I have visited many coastline communities of Florida and know first-hand that Sanibel’s beauty is unique. Take a quick look at these satellite images from Google of nearby beach destinations and see for yourself how Sanibel is different (note: images are not to scale).
Look at all the green on the island. Over 60% of Sanibel’s land can never be developed.
Look for the green on Marco Island.
Not much green on Siesta Key.
Saint Pete Beach
Can you see any conservation land on Saint Pete Beach? I can’t.