I found this extraordinary video on “Sanibel Toot’s Lazy Days” blog of a Loggerhead Turtle hatchling making it’s way to the Gulf. Just wanted to make sure all of our viewers see this. Toot’s also reminds us that when we leave the beach at the end of the day during nesting season, to be sure and smooth away any sand sculptures that could hinder the little turtles on their journey. Be sure and stop by Toot’s blog to thank her for her amazing video and enjoy all of her wonderful photos.
There is to be a Purple Martin Festival Friday night, July 31st! Tonight!! It will be held at the Bar Association Restaurant in downtown Fort Myers. This is a celebration in honor of the 30,000 plus Purple Martins who are roosting in the four trees along Edison Street near the restaurant. Be sure and pencil it in for a fun time this evening and don’t forget to wear some purple in their honor!
What do you think, are they having fun?
The Bailey-Mathews Shell Museum on Sanibel Island has started another wonderful program directed towards children, but which will also benefits parents! There was an article about the program published in our local newspaper that quotes Dru Doyle about implementing it at Ocean’s Reach. This program is best described by Diane Orvis Thomas, who is the Public Programs Specialist for the Museum.
In response to an identified need introduced by lodging partners throughout the county, The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum has developed a resort program called, Children PlayÂ . . . Parents May . . .? . . .
Family vacations are great, but did you ever find yourself dreaming of a few hours of adult play time?Â Maybe Mom and Dad have shopping in mind without the stress of assuring fragile gift shop objects remain on the shelves.Â Perhaps your favorite book is calling or you wish you could have a meal accompanied by just grown-up conversations. Do you ever have the vision of walking hand and hand down the beach, but linking with only one set of hands?
If so â€“ this program is for you.Â Drop the children off and enjoy 2 Â˝ hours of guilt-free adult time.Â Your children wonâ€™t even know youâ€™re gone because they will be reading about mollusks and their friends, playing educational games, creating shell craft projects, making fact wheels or pop-up books, and doing creative writing.
The program is appropriate for ages 5 through 12. The cost is $15.00 per child.Â Classes will be held at the Museum from 9:00 â€“ 11:30 am on the following Tuesdays and Thursday in July, August and September:
July 28, 30
August 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
September 15, 17, 22, 24
To register call Diane Orvis Thomas, the Museumâ€™s Public Programs Specialist, at 239.395.2233, ext 11 or email her at email@example.comÂ Â Â Register by 3 pm Monday for Tuesday sessions and 3 pm Wednesday for Thursday sessions.
The Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival, is being held October 23-November 1, 2009. This is a 10 day paddling festival with all sorts of activities ranging from speakers and instruction, to competitive races and tournaments. All of the events are held at public parks and campgrounds and other areas all along the Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. This Festival is held to celebrate the 190 mile long saltwater trail that meanders along the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast. All of the detailed information can be found atÂ theÂ Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival site, which also include all of the entry forms for the canoe and kayak races, a catch and release fishing tournament and also a photo contest.
Call 800-336-6722 to make your reservation for this exciting event!!
To all Ocean’s Reach Owners and Guests:
The following is a request for anyone who is interested in helping the City of Sanibel obtain a grant to improve the wonderful shared paths that most everyone on the Island enjoys. As you read the following news release, you will understand why resident support is so important to this project. We are asking residents and guests to email their thoughts in support of Sanibel’s 26 miles of shared use pathways. It is an island treasure and Ocean’s Reach is on the pathway. Send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is 5pm on Friday the 26th of June. Thanks!!!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
City of Sanibel
Sanibel, Florida – June 22, 2009
City Seeks Residents Assistance for Shared Use Path Grant Application
Dear Sanibel Resident:
With much public input, the City of Sanibel recently completed a comprehensive Shared Use Path Master Plan. The Plan calls for various investments necessary to improve the safety and infrastructure of Sanibel’s Shared Use Path System. At this time, we are seeking grants which may assist in reducing the costs to the City.
One of the grants that we are currently working on is the Kodak American Greenways Award. We are pursuing this grant with the purpose of implementing adequate directional signage along the Shared Use Paths. The grant gives special consideration to community based projects that have significant resident support. Therefore, we need you.
If you would like to send an email to be included in the grant application package explaining why you enjoy and appreciate Sanibel’s Shared Use Paths and the importance of these paths to our community, please send an email to email@example.com by 5pm, Friday, June 26, 2009.
Thank you for your consideration.
Sanibel City Manager
Show Your Support for the Biking Grant Today!!
Forty years of helping injured wildlife – what a mission! This past January, CROW (Care and Rehabilitation of Wildlife) celebrated their grand reopening. CROW is one of the nations leading wildlife hospitals for tropical native and migratory wildlife caring, for 3500 injured and orphaned wildlife patients each year. The new facility has a real state of the art education center that is amazing. One outstanding new feature is the 11 live camera feeds placed in the patient cages to allow visitors to witness the animals up close. Another feature of this new interactive center is called “You be the Vet”. The “patient’s” symptoms or condition are given and the visitor chooses the treatment plan. The answer is then given to show the participant whether they chose the correct plan. Watching rehabilitated sea turtles in their tanks is a popular attraction as well. These are just a few of the educational opportunities to learn about the wildlife and how they have been rehabilitated to return to their natural habitat. CROW is waiting to share this exciting learning experience with each and everyone of you.
Winter visitors to Ocean’s Reach enjoy many activities. Among them is a ladies golf group, that has been active for 10 years. Each Wednesday the ladies depart in several vehicles to head off island to the golf course. Along with Ocean’s Reach ladies, there are friends of the ladies from off island who join the group as well. Play is at Myerlee Country Club with an 8:30 shotgun. Each week the lady with the fewest putts wins the “pot” which consists of a dollar contributed by each participant. The highlight of the day is lunch where the discussion runs from golf to grandchildren and many of the worlds problems are solved at this gathering. Anyone interested in being a part of this fun group can notify the office who will in turn let Mary Ellen Paulson know. She is the group leader and handles scheduling duties, vehicle assignments and pairings. It is always a fun day with many laughs and definitely many fond memories. A good time is had by all!!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009, was Voting Day on Sanibel Island. There were many issues involved and we hope to shed some light on them, along with the results, here at Ocean’s Reach Blog.
THREE IMPORTANT ISSUES:
The first is a set of three questions that the Sanibel-Captiva chamber of Commerce posed to each of the candidates. You can view these questions by clicking HERE.
WILDLIFE PRESERVATION ISSUE
An advocate for preserving our preserved lands awaits voters on Sanibel. Read about the important wildlife preservation referendum that Sanibel voters weigh in on Tuesday. For the complete details read on.
This sign is located on the north side of Island Inn Road a half mile from Tarpon Bay Road. It marks the boundary of the Sanibel Gardens Preserve. The last sentence reads, “This preserve is dedicated to the citizens of Sanibel and their foresight in protecting and restoring the rare barrier island freshwater wetlands along the Sanibel River.” (The legend in the lower right corner of the map is covering a portion of the Bailey Tract).
The white circle (added to this photo) indicates the approximate location of the proposed dog park. The entire Sanibel Gardens Preserve was purchased using your tax dollars and restored with the funding assistance of SCCF, The City of Sanibel, The Dept. of Environmental Protection, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Partners for Fish and Wildlife.
On Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 you were being asked by a special interest group to vote “yes” to the permanent removal of acreage from within this preserve. In addition to this historic precedent, the traffic, noise, odor and chemicals of this dog park would negatively impact the Sanibel Gardens Preserve, the Malcolm Beattie Preserve, the Marie Fisher-Craig Tract and The Bailey Tract of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Preserve as well as the peaceful ambiance of Island Inn Road.
If these referenda pass, the voters of Sanibel will be handing over the use of 1.45 acres, free of charge, to a well-monied, well-organized Political Action Committee determined to take this acreage away from the creatures we purchased it for -the gopher tortoises, red-shouldered hawks, marsh rabbits, spartina grass, butterflies and countless others – and make it a county wide destination for pets.
Please understand that this area is neither a burn site nor a subdivision. IT IS A PRESERVE! Take a bike ride down Island Inn Road and read this sign for yourself. For the future of Sanibel and the dangerous precedent this will establish as well as for the wildlife we so love, please vote “NO” to both referenda on Tuesday. Then write or e-mail the City Council, SCCF and the City Manager’s Office and ask them to restore the former emergency burn site to its pre-hurricane condition and NEVER LET THIS HAPPEN AGAIN!
Concerned Sanibel Residents.
Now the Results!
The headlines and following article as in all Island newspapers today reads
INCUMBENTS SWEEP CITY COUNCIL ELECTION
In Tuesday’s City Council election, a stunning 54 percent of island voters turned out and re-elected Mick Denham, Kevin Ruane and Marty Harrity following a heated campaign between the three incumbents and two challengers, Dr. David Berger and David Bath.
Denham, the city’s current mayor, received more than 27 percent (2,259 votes) of the total vote, followed by Ruane (nearly 23.5 percent, or 1,912 votes) and Harrity (20.6 percent, or 1,678 votes).
A former Planning Commissioner, Dr. Berger garnered almost 15.5 percent (1,254 votes) of the votes, followed by Bath’s 12.8 percent (1,042 votes).
In the two referendums proposed on the ballot, Sanibelians rejected an exchange of environmental lands swap for use as a dog park, with 52 percent – or 1,517 votes – against the idea.
Also, another referendum proposing an exchange of land owners in Sanibel Gardens was overwhelmingly approved at 69 percent (or 1,983 votes).