Author Jennifer L. Schiff is back in hot water — or, more accurately — the warm waters of Sanibel Island with her new book, Something Fishy. This is the second volume in her Sanibel Island Mystery series, which premiered with A Shell of a Problem, published last fall.
Like its predecessor, Something Fishy is a cozy mystery set on our tranquil Florida island, tranquil until a crime is committed and the series’ protagonist Guinivere Jones gets involved.
In the first book, Jones was a reporter for a local newspaper who got into the middle of an investigation about the theft of a valuable seashell, that soon resulted in murder. She solved the murder and got the scoop on the story, as well.
In Something Fishy, Jones is again caught up in mayhem, but this time the main suspect is her ex-husband. It’s been almost a year since Jones moved to Sanibel from Connecticut to start her new, single life. Then, her ex comes down for a fishing trip/sales conference and almost immediately his biggest rival disappears. All fingers point to him and Jones is drawn into trying to keep him both out of jail and out of her bedroom.
According to the author, “It’s fun, fast-paced and will make you feel like you’re at the beach!”
Sounds like the perfect summer read! For more information, visit sanibelislandmysteries.com.
Andy snapped this photo recently of accessories that would make any fishing fanatic jealous.
You know what they say (or at least fans of Doug Larson do):
“If people concentrated on the really important things in life,
there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.”
Lee County, home to Sanibel Island, has been a recycling leader in Florida since 2002. According to data recently released by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Lee County currently ranks third in the state with a 74 percent recycling rate, putting the county well on track to meet the statewide 75 percent recycling goal by 2020.
However, the county’s road to recycling proficiency has not been an easy one, as in order to reach the 74 percent rate, Lee County’s recycling contractor has had to pull 19.4 million pounds of trash out of recycling carts. That’s nearly 10,000 tons of trash that should not have been placed in recycling bins to start with, and removal efforts have cost taxpayers close to $363,000.
As a Green Leader on Sanibel, Ocean’s Reach is joining the effort to encourage everyone to Recycle Smart.
Only five materials belong in a recycling cart:
– Metal cans are acceptable, including both aluminum and steel.
– Plastic containers labeled No. 1 through No. 7 on the bottom or side. “Container” is the key word; not straws, hangers or pool noodles.
– Glass bottles and jars.
– Cardboard boxes are acceptable unless it held a liquid or a frozen food.
– Papers are accepted unless shredded or soiled.
While recyclables can be co-mingled, everything placed in a recycling bin needs to be clean and dry. Haulers are getting more stringent about the recycling they will collect. It’s especially important to note that plastic bags, which are not recyclable with our current collection and processing equipment, are not accepted.
Clean recycled materials are such an issue nationwide that China, the world’s largest buyer of scrap materials, stopped buying U.S. materials on May 1. That means the market for recyclable materials has dropped dramatically. Lee County must offer clean materials for sale or 83,000 tons will be sent for disposal rather than be recycled.
Please join us in our efforts to focus on proper recycling. For more information, visit www.leegov.com/solidwaste.
Paul Brook’s “Mangrove Cuckoo with Moth Caterpillar.” DDWS photo
The submission process is now open for Ding Darling’s Annual Amateur Nature Photography Contest!
Sponsored by the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge, the annual J.N. “Ding” Darling Days Amateur Nature Photography Contest is open to non-professional photographers. Winning photographs will be announced in conjunction with the annual “Ding” Darling Days, which will take place Oct. 12-14, 2018.
Please note a change from previous DDWS amateur photography contests: Entries must now be submitted electronically. In an effort to maintain their commitment of ecofriendliness, DDWS will no longer be accepting mailed-in photo contest entries.
• There is a $25.00 entry fee per person that provides you with a membership to the Society and is used to defray the cost of the contest. See payment instructions and details on the 2018 Entry Form.
• Only AMATEUR photographers are eligible to enter. (May not possess a professional photographer tax identification number for the sale of photographs).
• Photos must be taken at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and have been taken within 2 years of entry date.
• Each person may enter up to two photos but is eligible to win only one award.
• Photos must be submitted electronically via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each photo must be a JPEG file of at least 3000 x 2400 at a resolution 300 DPI or 4 megabytes (MB). Panoramic photos are not allowed.
• Photos that have won awards in previous “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society photo contests may not be resubmitted.
• Judging will be anonymous. Please do not put your name or anything that will identify you on your photograph.
• Judging criteria:
1) Technical excellence (sharpness, lighting, composition, exposure)
• Only limited image modifications are permitted. Minor manipulation should be used only to produce a more natural looking photograph. Cropping is allowed but adding any elements not existing in the original scene will not be. Judges, at their discretion, will disqualify any photos that appear to be manipulated beyond these guidelines.
• All photo files will become the property of the Society, with proper photo credit given to the photographer.
• First, second, and third place winners and honorable mentions will be formally announced during the “Ding” Darling Day’s weekend-long celebration held in October and winners will be notified by October 2018. These photos will remain on display in the Refuge’s Free Visitor & Education Center until October 2019, where they will be seen by our 250,000 annual visitors.
• The DDWS will announce the winners on October 13, 2018 at Conservation Art Day. Cash prizes are awarded to the winners, which consist of $250 for first place, $150 for second place, $100 for third place and $25 for honorable mention. Last year, there were 10 honorable mentions.
The deadline to submit entries is September 15, 2018.
Entries must be emailed to email@example.com.
For an entry form and complete rules, visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/photo-contests.
For more information, contact 239-472-1100 ext. 256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are like islands in the sea.
Separate on the surface, but connected in the deep.
– William Jones
Should you have any photos you’d like to share, please email them to Dina@OceansReach.com.
Today’s Guest Photographer: Debbie Hartman
Yep, the data adds up, even for the most analytical among us: There are plenty of good sound reasons to take a vacation!
And for those who require empirical evidence, just look to the many guests who take advantage of our special offers, too!
Happy Anniversary to one of our favorite Oceans’s Reach couples ever — Collette and Eric A. from Athens, GA — who celebrated their 50th year of wedded bliss with us one month ago today.
Today, we want to take the opportunity to wish you a wonderful 601-Month Anniversary, too!
Can’t wait to see you lovebirds again next summer!
“Halo” by Katy Danca Galli
Thanks to a special partnership between the Southwest Florida International Airport and our local Alliance for the Arts, millions of travelers have the opportunity to view works of art by area artists as they arrive and depart through our main airport in Fort Myers.
The unique “Art in Flight” art exhibits have been displaying brilliant artwork for more than a decade.
Currently, a juried exhibit entitled “By the Sea” features a stunning collection of work from 10 Florida photographers who have captured the beauty and mystery along our state’s coastlines. Travelers can find the artwork on the upper level of the airport in the hallways leading to the B and D concourses.
There’s a vibrant creative community in Southwest Florida. Next time you fly into RSW, be sure to take a look!