Island Living

Why I love living and raising my family on Sanibel Island

If Doctor Suess Taught Biology…(video)

Hilarious Ding Darling Refuge Video I wish my biology teacher had this sense of humor. Our friend Mark Meyers produced this one minute cheeky video about a new display at Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge here on Sanibel Island.

Captiva Christmas: Tree Lighting Kicks-off Season

Our family just had a blast at the Tree Lighting festivities at Tween Waters Inn on Captiva Island. They hold this event every year, but it was the first time we went – and we’re glad we did. Tween Waters has limited parking so we rode an open air trolley from South Seas. This was […]

Sanibel is a “Happiest” Town says Coastal Living [Video]

Coastal Living Magazine’s readers voted Sanibel as one of the top 5 “Happiest Seaside Towns” in the United States. I’m not sure what the criteria for “Happiest” is, but as a year-round Sanibel resident, I sure am happy. Click the triangle below to watch a segment from the Today Show discussing these happy towns. Click […]

See Tropical Storm Isaac on Sanibel Island [Videos]

Tropical Storm Isaac Causes Little Damage, Some Flooding on Sanibel [Videos Below] Isaac passed Sanibel far to the West. We experienced gusty winds and rain, but our main concern was the storm surge. To see first hand how Tropical Storm Isaac was affecting our island, Susan and I took a driving tour. The Good News […]

What Sanibel Doesn’t Have

I want to share the story of my client Gerald. Gerald wanted a get-away home on the Gulf Coast of Florida, but didn’t know exactly where. When I spoke with him, he was concerned about “Quality”. He desired a quality condo with quality construction, quality finishes, and in a ‘quality’ neighborhood. No problem, I thought, […]

A Seashell Hunter’s Paradise [Video]

CBS Sunday Morning did a 5 minute story on seashell hunters and Sanibel Island. I’m not an ‘extreme’ collector like some featured on the show, but I do enjoy finding uncommon shells while strolling our living beaches. While at the beach last weekend, our 12 year old daughter Emily said it best: “Looking for shells […]

Sanibel Then and Now

During the 30 years I’ve known Sanibel, the island hasn’t changed much – at least not compared to the rest of Florida. However, the island did undergo a dramatic and rapid transformation starting in 1965 after the first bridge was built. Fortunately, proactive residents incorporated the City of Sanibel and put in place the Sanibel […]

But It’s a Dry Heat…

I took our son Andrew with me to a conference in Phoenix, then stayed for week south of Tucson visiting Grandparents and enjoying the mountains of the Sonoran Desert. It was a great week with horses, ATVs, gold mines, jeep rides, mountain trails, and hidden caves. The stark arid climate of Arizona contrasts with the […]

Morning Beach Surprise

Even after visiting and living here most of my life, Sanibel still amazes me. Last week Susan and I enjoyed an early morning walk on the beach. Still tired, my bleary eyes barely registered the brownish cloud of water that was apparent a few feet from shore. This didn’t seem notable as occasionally clumps of […]

Manatee Encounter [Video]

Several years ago, we went on our first kayak outing with the kids. Andrew (then about 6 years old) was in the tandem kayak with me as we drifted alongside what looked like a big log floating in the water. Both of us were startled as the log turned and a huge manatee (dwarfing our […]