Island Living

Why I love living and raising my family on Sanibel Island

Biking Safety on Sanibel

Looking out of our office window, we see a bounty of bikers peddling up and down Periwinkle Way every day. Especially during the busy weeks of “peak season,” there seems to be almost as many bikers on the sidewalks as cars on the road!

Sanibel Farmers Market Tradition

If you’ve visited Sanibel & Captiva Islands in the winter or early spring, you’ve probably experienced the Sanibel Farmers Market first-handedly. Locals and vacationers alike flock to the market on Sunday mornings to bask in the bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and pastries. Since 2008, farmers, bakers, fishermen and chefs have brought their local […]

Sanibel Wood Stork Sightings

Today, I was surprised to find a pair of Wood Storks lounging in our yard. They let us walk up close to them without concern. Emily, our 15 year old daughter, took these pictures with her new camera.

How’s The Weather on Sanibel?

Snowbirds Welcome Sanibel Island Weather During the winter months, it’s pretty cold up north and many people flock to Southwest Florida to thaw out. Down south, we call these people “snow birds” and we warmly welcome them to paradise. We encourage visitors to leave their winter parkas behind, because here on Sanibel Island, it rarely […]

The Magic of the Sanibel Causeway

The Sanibel Causeway evokes an emotional response in even our most stoic visitors. Below are some thoughts from folks that cross it often. Jim McCallion, Marketing Director at McCallion & McCallion Most bridges simply allow you to travel from one side of an obstacle to another. But the Sanibel Causeway transports me in so many more […]

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, […]