Do you know of this little gem just off the causeway in Fort Myers?
The Crackerbox was recently named one of the “Best Sanibel Area Restaurants” by Food Critic Jean Le Bouef of the Fort Myers News-Press when listing restaurants that are “beloved by us locals for being good, reasonable and oh-so-close to our beautiful beaches.”
JLB writes: “Time hasn’t been kind to Fort Myers’ second-oldest restaurant. This 56-year-old cottage has been flooded and wind-beaten, but man, is it a classic. Go for the live music and the cold beer and the same family that’s been behind Crackerbox almost since its 1962 start.”
The Crackerbox is located at 16910 McGregor Blvd. in South Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-466-4334 or check them out on Facebook!
It’s time for peanuts and crackerjacks and good times with island friends!
Join us tomorrow night when we commemorate the 25th anniversary of one of Sanibel’s most beloved traditions: Sam Bailey’s Islands Night at Hammond Stadium.
Islands Night began in 1993 by beloved islander Sam Bailey as a way to celebrate the special community we have on Sanibel and Captiva. It’s become a night for us to kick back and enjoy a baseball game with friends, neighbors, and business partners while giving back to our island communities. Proceeds from Islands Night benefit the Sam Bailey Scholarship Fund along with select area non-profits. Over the past two decades, Islands Night has raised more than $150K in donations.
The family-fun event begins tomorrow night with a grand parade followed by a baseball game hosted by our hometown team, the Fort Myers Miracle. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the parade begins at 5:50 p.m. The Miracle team takes the field at 6:35 p.m. against the Charlotte Stone Crabs.
If you still need tickets, pick yours up — free of charge — at our front desk. See you at the ballpark!
First-time visitors Mary C. and Andy P. from Natick, MA, were kind enough to send along this photo of some “baby” sand dollars they found in the waters in front of Ocean’s Reach (before gently returning them back to the sea).
They were thrilled with their visit here and the opportunity to learn so much about our incredible sealife.
And sand dollars are indeed quite incredible. Did you know:
— In their sandy seafloor habitat, sand dollars use their fuzzy spines, aided by tiny hairs (cilia), to ferry food particles along their bodies to a central mouth on their bottom side. Sand dollars also breathe through their spines. They lose their spines soon after they die, so that’s why the sand dollars typically found on shore are smooth, hard and bleached white by the sun.
— In rough waters, sand dollars really don’t have a good way to prevent themselves from being tossed around. Adult sand dollars are heavy enough that they simply lie flat and cling to the ocean floor, but juvenile sand dollars learn to swallow grains of sand to give themselves added weight.
— A sand dollar is a notoriously slow eater. Their mouth has a jaw with five teeth-like sections to grind up food, which it may do for up to 15 minutes before they swallow. It can take the sand dollar up to two days to digest its food.
— Like counting the rings on a tree stump, scientists age a sand dollar specimen by simply counting the rings in the sand dollars’ exoskeleton. They don’t have to count high — sand dollars usually live six to 10 years.
Avid shell seekers know that, some days, they’ll come away
with nothing but a lesson in patience and perseverance.
Other days, their faith will be rewarded with
more than they ever hoped for.
Should you have any photos you’d like to share, please email them to Dina@OceansReach.com.
Today’s Guest Photographer: Bruce Klink
It’s been described as “one of the last vestiges of how it used to be” on Captiva Island.
Jensen’s Twin Palm Cottages & Marina Resort looks like it jumped off a postcard depicting historic Old Florida. Featuring small wooden cottages along the waterfront, tiki huts scattered about, and a marina with longtime, knowledgeable boat captains, Jensen’s has long been considered a Captiva institution.
The first cottage was built on the property in 1928. It is still standing today. More cottages were constructed in the 1940s and 1950s, and currently maintain that Old Florida look with wide wooden screened-in porches and throwback décor, although throughout the years they’ve been modernized with air-conditioning and up-to-date bathrooms.
After 41 years in the family, the Jensens are selling their more than one-acre property on the bay that includes not only 14 rental cottages, but also a 35-slip marina, store and little museum surrounded by palm trees along the back bays of Captiva Island.
For more information on this cherished island family, click here.
BTW, the sale price is $19.85 million. Any takers?