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Wednesday, February 27 2013
Our own river on Sanibel Island!

The Sanibel River - We wouldn’t be Sanibel without it!

One of the things that makes Sanibel Island a truly unique place is that abundance of wildlife.  Birds, reptiles, and mammals of all types have made Sanibel home. The reason they can do this and flourish - The Sanibel River. 
 
  I recently read a really interesting article by Ed Brotak in Times of the Islands that brought forth some very interesting facts about the Sanibel River.

• It is actually a Slough, not a river.
• A Slough is an area of freshwater lowlands
• Because there is very little elevation change on Sanibel, the water in the River does not consistently flow in one direction
• The water levels in the Sanibel River are directly related to rainfall
• There are two Weirs that control the water levels in the river.
• SCCF – the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation was created in 1967 and has as a top priority the preservation of Sanibel’s freshwater wetlands.

If you would like to learn more about this unique feature on Sanibel Island, stop by the SCCF Nature Center.  From there you can view the river from their Observation Tower and learn more about the ecology of the island.  
And if you think it's time to become a part of our Sanibel Island lifestyle, I am ready to help you search for the perfect Sanibel Island Real Estate! Just give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form!

Our season is in full swing and our weather is as perfect as it can be! No snow, no ice, no winter storm warnings. Come on down and relax on our beaches and enjoy our wildlife!
Give me a call today!
Thanks!
Sarah
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Sunday, November 18 2012

Our Favorite Sanctuary - Ding Darling

The J.N. "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge is known worldwide for its mangrove ecosystem and its incredible migratory bird population. It's also an easy way for visitors to enjoy nature and learn about our wildlife through our educational Visitor's Center. Driving and walking trails through the Refuge allow people to get close to our island wildlife.

Wildlife drive is a five-mile loop road that takes you through the 6,400 acre preserve. Over 220 species of birds call the sanctuary home and low tide is the best time to watch them feed and play in the shallow salt water and fresh water flats.

At the entrance to the Refuge there is the Visitor's Center where you can explore the in-depth workings of our mangrove ecosystem. There is also a hands-on area for kids!

To tour the preserve you can sign up for a narrated tram tour, or you can walk, bike or take your own car. Besides Wildlife Drive, there is the four-mile Indigo Trail, the quarter-mile Wulfert Keys Trail and the quarter-mile Shell Mound Trail. You can also tour by canoe or kayak! Just be sure to remember your camera.

Fishing is allowed and you can relax while fishing for snook, redfish, sheepshead or sea trout. The Visitor's Center can fill you in on what's in season and where to fish. Boating is also allowed in designated areas of the Refuge.
In 1967 the sanctuary was renamed for the political cartoonist Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling. Ding was an avid conservationist and in 1945 he was instrumental in having President Harry Truman sign an Executive order creating the Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge. Currently approximately 2,800 acres are designated by Congress as a Wilderness Area.

The Refuge offers much more than I can mention in this blog, and you can find more information at this Website. You can also visit my new webpage and check out my video of the Refuge. You can see roseate spoonbills along with egrets and herons feeding on the flats. You can check out the video Here!

I hope you remember to make time for a visit to the Refuge on your next island visit, but until then, please give me a call at 239-691-4915, or use my contact form for all the latest information about my special islands! Miles and miles of beach, our historic lighthouse, condos, homes and vacant land - this is the year for you to explore Sanibel and Captiva real estate!

Thanks!
Sarah
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Thursday, September 13 2012
Blind Pass
Instead of continuing to explore the various condos and neighborhoods on Sanibel, I thought I would just share some photos of a gorgeous day at Blind Pass! For those of you not familiar with the area, Blind Pass is located at the northern end of Sanibel and crosses over to Captiva Island.The pass has been dredged and opened recently and it is fantastic! It's a great place to shell, fish or just relax.
  
  
Blind Pass has always been a favorite spot for shelling. Or maybe just bringing your umbrella and a book for some first class relaxation! When lunchtime rolls around you just have a short drive to some of Captiva Island's famous dining locations - The gulf front Mucky Duck is always a favorite.
  
  
There are a few properties located near Blind Pass so if this looks like just the area for you, give me a call 239-691-4915 or use my contact form here. Autumn is a great time to check out properties and to have miles of beach to yourself.
  
  

I hope you enjoyed the photos of Blind Pass! You can see more of Captiva Island on my webpage, as well as watch a video! Captiva is always a fun time so when you get to the area I can help you with all the latest information on my islands! 

Thanks
Sarah

 

Posted by: AT 02:17 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, February 10 2011
Last night I attended a talk sponsored by the Bayous Preservation Association on the current status of Blind Pass.  The guest speaker was from the Lee County Department of Natural Resources, Engineer - Robert Neal. As background - Blind Pass, which had been closed for 5+ years was re-opened  and improved the water flow between the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound and also improved the flushing of Dinkins and Clam Bayous so much so that the birds and fish have returned in abundance.. 

The good news from last night is that they are monitoring the situation.  The bad news is that it seems as though, until the Pass is actually closed, they will not take any action to re-dredge.  April is the decision month and that seems very far away when on a daily basis the opening appears smaller and more shallow.  At question seems to be the definition of "open".  Mr. Neal kept repeating the idea that the pass needed to be "open" and that didn't mean for navigational purposes but for water flow.  He presented several charts with water flow rates, both projected and actual and it appeared, from my naive perspective, that the estimates were way off.  This raised the question from the audience about who had made the projections and perhaps they needed different folks to do it because the ones who did weren't very good at their job.  Perhaps true.

My other side tells me that people have been messing around with Mother Nature for a long time and the past history shows that she will do what she wants, when she wants and how she wants regardless of what the humans want.  I came away last night feeling that the government agencies were trying to do the best job they could however it wasn't with any type of pro-active intent.  They continue to react and as a result, should Blind Pass close, it won't be until September or October of this year that we will get the dredge back to re-open it.  Additionally, the permit only allows them to re-dredge the approved area from before, even though it is evident at this time that a different channel is what Mother wants.

Only time will tell how this story ends.......
Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 06:54 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, October 18 2009
Hi -

Ever wonder what Sanibel Island was like after hearing so much about it?

Well, I have talked to so many folks who have never been here and wondered "What is it like there?"  that I decided to try to answer their questions in video as well as words. 

On my website - www.sanibelislandsensations.com you can now click on the link on the homepage to the first of my Island videos.  I started on the East end of Sanibel Island. The two videos bring you across the Causeway and show you the Sanibel Marina, the Sanibel Island Fishing Pier, the Sanibel Island Lighthouse and, of course, some of the great Real Estate on that end of the island.  I take you around and show you Sanibel Island Canal Homes and Gulf Front Condo complexes as well as "the island within the island" - Kinzie Island on Sanibel Island.  Take a look at these two fun videos and let me know what you think.  Over the next couple of months I will be adding to the video collection so you will get a sense of Sanibel Island and then it's on to Captiva Island.
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Wednesday, September 09 2009

Think of Sanibel Island and you think FISHING - at least many do.  For those Sanibel Island lovers, please be advised that the City of Sanibel will be doing some repairs to the pier from 9/21 - 10/5.  It is important to keep this treasure in good form.  The official notice from the City of Sanibel is below.

"On Monday, September 21, 2009 the City of Sanibel will begin repair work to the City Fishing Pier and construction will continue through October 5, 2009.  The City Fishing Pier will not be available for use during this construction project.  We apologize for any inconvenience you may experience while this important public improvement project is completed."

The project involves the removal and replacement of wood decking, hand rails, and other miscellaneous items.  The City of Sanibel has contracted with Bridge Masters Construction, LLC to perform this work.  The Lee County Tourist Development Council (TDC) is providing funding for this project.

Anyone with questions regarding the City Fishing Pier Repair Project is invited to contact the City of Sanibel Public Works Department at (239) 472-6397. You can also check the Sanibel Government Website for more information.


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