Island Living

Why I love living and raising my family on Sanibel Island

Wow! That’s a Catch

Check out this video of fishing along the Sanibel Causeway Bridge. These guys catch a Goliath Grouper they estimate to be around 300lbs. These incredible fish can grow to 800lbs! Now a protected species, these fish can be found in the waters off Sanibel and Captiva.

Cool Video: Sanibel Rays

I often see Cownose Rays gliding in formation along the shore with their wing-tips lifting out of the water. Sometimes one will jump into the air and hit the water with a loud slap. These rays do have stingers, but they are not at all aggressive. As a kid, my friends and I chased and […]

Sanibel Island Neighbors: Sea Turtles

Sanibel is a haven for nature and nature lovers. As over 60% of our island is protected land, many species thrive here. I’ve always loved turtles and many species of these ancient hard shelled reptiles make their home on Sanibel Island. Today I’ll write a bit about our Sea Turtles. Sanibel Sea Turtles Every year […]

Video: The Sanibel Legacy

Sanibel is special – it was saved from bulldozers and the over-development that has scarred most of Florida. This unique character has attracted a community of folks who value living where nature and the environment are given high regard. This is what attracted our family to the island. I believe that Sanibel’s unique character and […]

Bowman’s Beach Sanibel Island

This weekend we took our family to Bowman’s Beach on the West end of Sanibel. This protected Sanibel beach has no development in sight, providing remote and natural landscape views. With only native vegetation, white sand and the Gulf of Mexico, you get a feel for ‘big sky’ as the low horizon expands in all […]

Sanibel Island Map Search Surprise

I was using the map search to do some research for a client and noticed a blemish on the map (click on the image to see it full sized). At first I didn’t take much notice, but as I kept scrolling over the area I became curious. So I zoomed in to reveal…..     […]

How not to worry about Hurricane Season

I don’t worry about hurricanes anymore. Don’t misunderstand me, I take them very seriously. I lived at ground zero for Hurricane Andrew in Miami (a category 5 beast) so I have first hand experience of what they can do. I just don’t WORRY about them anymore. Why not? I prepare and have a plan. That’s […]

What Does Hurricane Season Mean for Sanibel?

From June 1st through November 30th it’s hurricane season again. For the Gulf Coast of Florida, the hurricane season doesn’t usually heat up until the second half: late August through November. The peak of the season on Sanibel Island is September 10th. Every place to live has special considerations: quakes, tornados, floods, monster blizzards, pollution, […]

Sanibel Island Summer Camps 2011

As I get ready to register 3 of our kids for summer camp, it dawned on me that having suggestions for friends might be helpful.

Videos of The Sanibel School, National Blue Ribbon Award Winner, K-8

The first video gives you the history of the first 100 years of the Sanibel School. The second gives the Sanibel School success story!