SCCF has a great new venue for their annual fundraiser this year — the new Bailey Homestead Preserve!
Come celebrate the 9th annual “Wines in the Wild” benefiting the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation on Saturday, November 5, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
“We always like to add a new element to this fundraiser,” said Tom Uhler, event co-chair. “We’re excited to announce that this year ‘Wines in the Wild’ will be at the Bailey Homestead. We look forward to welcoming all wine and nature lovers to SCCF’s newest property.”
In addition to tastings of six wines paired with hearty hors d’oeuvres, the evening will feature silent and live auction items which will celebrate the islands by offering unique island-themed experiences.
Advance reservations at $75 per person can be made by calling SCCF at 1-239-472-2329. If space is available, the cost will be $85 the night of the event. Proceeds will benefit SCCF’s programs that conserve the coastal habitat and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed.
Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has gone solar!
The bank recently announced that it has installed solar electricity systems at its two largest branch locations: Main Office at 2475 Library Way on Sanibel and McGregor Branch at 15975 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers.
The solar electricity systems, also known as solar photovoltaic systems, work in parallel with utility electricity to provide power in a seamless manner to the bank. The main office’s system contains 85 solar modules and McGregor branch’s system contains 46 solar modules, rated at 260 watts each. The two systems’ electricity production is projected at nearly 50,000 kilowatt-hours annually.
“We began exploring solar energy options as part of the SanCap Solar Connect Solarize initiative for our main office on Sanibel,” said Craig Albert, president and CEO of Sanibel Captiva Community Bank. “We strive to be a responsible corporate neighbor and are committed to practicing sustainable conservation practices and reducing our carbon footprint.”
Sanibel Captiva Community Bank’s professionals provide customized individual and business banking services and specialize in residential loans. The bank provides free personal and business checking, top-yielding money market accounts, safe deposit boxes, electronic statements and a mobile banking app, as well as online and drive-thru banking. To learn more, visit www.sancapbank.com.
At Ocean’s Reach, we frequently come up with special offers to make a visit to your favorite beach destination simply irresistible! This year, escape the stressful hustle and bustle that seem overwhelming right before the holidays and plan an ever-so-relaxing trip to the beach instead!
Take care of all of your holiday shopping by visiting the many unique shops and boutiques on Sanibel, and immerse yourself in the holiday spirit that takes over the island this time of year. As an early holiday present to our guests — for a limited time only — we’re offering 20% OFF one-bedroom condominiums from December 10 – 23, 2016.
Come enjoy the enchanting holiday backdrop of Ocean’s Reach this year: the shimmering waters of the Gulf of Mexico … our gorgeous shell-strewn beach … swaying palm trees and twinkling lights everywhere … breathtaking sunsets … lighted boat parades, holiday strolls and festive entertainment … an assortment of charming shops and restaurants that take all the stress out of the holidays … and the chance to experience it all with the ones you love most.
We’re offering a 20% discount off published rates for one-bedroom condominiums, based on availability, when booked for a minimum 5-night stay anytime from December 10 – 23, 2016.
These special rates will only be offered for a limited time, so call 800-336-6722 to make your reservation today!
Sanibel packs adventure beyond the beaches and bicycle paths. A little-known secret is the well-groomed yet seldom trekked hiking trails adjacent to SCCF’s vast new marshes. Over 50 acres of hardwoods were recently cleaned and gleaned to maximize wildlife habitat restoration and return the land to its origin. The removal of the hardwoods was located north of the Sanibel River, south of the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and west to Rabbit Road.
If you have previously traveled by bike or foot on the SCCF’s network of trails (behind the Visitor’s Center), come back and view the amazing transformation of the open land. It’s a hiker’s dream and wildlife habitat spectacular.
We love that so many of our guests and residents care about our coastline.
Case in point, many teamed up recently with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) and Keep Lee County Beautiful to help with the 30th annual International Coastal Cleanup.
While we don’t have this year’s numbers in yet, more than 2,050 volunteers helped out across Lee County last year. Together, they removed 5,000 pound of litter and debris from our beaches.
Worldwide, the numbers are even more staggering. Ocean Conservancy, the host of the global event, notes that nearly 800,000 volunteers collected more than 18 million pounds of trash from around the world during the International Coastal Cleanup last year.
In Florida last year, 22,777 people took part, gathering 285,112 pounds of trash over 861 miles of coastline. The trash included nearly 229,000 cigarette butts, approximately 30,000 plastic bottles and just under 20,000 plastic bags.
Plastic is now the top concern for those who work at Ocean Conservancy. A new study shows that upwards of 12 million tons of plastics enter the ocean each year from land-based sources. Fish, birds and turtles can get entangled in plastic debris, or mistake plastic trash for food, leading to eventual starvation.
The majority of the items collected on Sanibel’s beaches last year were cigarette butts, plastic beverage bottles, food wrappers, plastic bottle caps, straws, plastic bags, glass beverage bottles, metal bottle caps and plastic lids.
For more information, or to find out how you can help, visit Ocean Conservancy.
After nearly three months, the Sanibel Fishing Pier has officially reopened following an extensive rehabilitation project.
Closed since June 6, the fishing pier welcomed back anglers earlier this month with new decking, railings, fish cleaning stations and a covered area with bench seating.
Among the new features of the refurbished fishing pier are improved ADA accessibility, an expanded covered area, improved fish cleaning stations (with a potable water supply) and new composite decking material guaranteed for a 50-year lifespan.
Come on down and enjoy! As they say, “A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work!”