Bailey’s General Store

Bailey’s General Store is an island favorite for visitors and locals alike! What’s the history behind the Bailey family?

Sanibel Historical Museum and Village

History buffs – this is your place! The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village features 7 original buildings from Sanibel’s early years.

History of the Sanibel Lighthouse

The Sanibel Lighthouse is a well recognized symbol of quant Sanibel Island and a historical landmark on the Gulf of Mexico. It is the first lighthouse on Florida’s Gulf Coast that is north of Key West.

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 […]

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.

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 […]

Avoid Condo Catastrophe

Sanibel will never have highrise condos. Why does this matter? Consider the story of my buddy Rob. He grabbed a great deal on an older condo on Miami Beach early in the boom. Luxury condos were built on either side and were selling for big bucks. Rob was happy that he got in first. Surely, […]

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 […]