‘Ding’ Darling Refuge Staff Shortages

Honorable Mention - Thomas Brott, Cape Coral, Florida - Spoonbill in Flight, "Ding" Darling Days Amateur Nature Photography Contest. |

‘Ding’ Darling Refuge Staff Openings As reported in NaplesHerald.com. “The ‘Ding’ Darling Refuge staff was a robust 23 in 2005, but today has recoiled to 11 due to several budget cuts. “We’ve had positions eliminated because of budget cuts, but also just some that are vacant,” said Tritaik. “We have a fairly high turnover rate. We…

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Captiva Community Panel October Meeting

Current Captiva Island Waste Treatment, Florida Government Utility Authority, December 2015. |

Captiva Community Panel Meeting October 11 At South Seas Island Resort The Captiva Community Panel issued the following news release on the agenda for the October monthly meeting, including an update wastewater treatment/management. “The Captiva Community Panel will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 11, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Cone Rooms (room…

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Heavy Rainfall from Tropical Depression Nine

Approximately two to three inches of rain are forecast from Tropical Depression Nine over the next 36 hours. |

SFWMD Prepares for Heavy Rainfall from Tropical Depression Nine The South Florida Water Management District issued the flowing news release. Kissimmee, FL – “The South Florida Water Management District today is taking  operational measures to ensure flood protection to residents in the Kissimmee River area as rains from Tropical Depression Nine fall throughout South Florida. Approximately…

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New Guinea Flatworm Identified On Sanibel Island

Invasive New Guinea Flatworm Identified on Sanibel Island. |

Invasive New Guinea Flatworm Identified on Sanibel Island. The City Of Sanibel issued the following news release regarding the presence of New Guinea Flatworm on Sanibel Island. Invasive New Guinea Flatworm  Identified on Sanibel Island New Guinea Flatworm (Photo credit: Shinji Sugiura, Google Images) The New Guinea flatworm (Platydemus manokwari), an introduced non-native invasive species to…

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Sanibel Mayor Issues Urgent Call To Action

Sanibel Water Quality: Lake Okeechobee Water Release Impact, Redfish Pass, 7:10:13, Photo By SCCF. |

Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane Issues Urgent Call To Citizens For Support Of Expedited Clean Water Initiatives! The City Of Sanibel issued the following news release at 11:28AM/E this morning. Water Quality Update from   Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane & a Call for YOU to Act Now! “Citizens of Sanibel, On July 19th, 2016 the Sanibel…

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Water Clear At Cayo Costa; Lee County Launches Water Quality Site

The Hendry Creek Watershed Is Located In Southwest Lee County |

Lee County Creates Water Quality Site; Clearing House Website For Water Quality Reports. Water quality is very high right now moving north toward Cayo Costa Island.  Photo and video from Captain Joey Burnsed fishing and shelling at Cayo Costa Island this morning. Seperately, the Captiva Erosion Prevention Distraction issued the following news release. “As media continue to cover…

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Sanibel Water Quality Report

Lake Okeechobee & Florida Everglades Water System, Courtesy Of SCCF. |

Sanibel Water Quality Report, Friday, July 8, 2016. Sanibel Water Quality Report, Friday, 7-8-16:  a weekly summary on water quality in the areas surrounding Sanibel & Captiva Islands. The overview is that there is no presence of Red Tide or Blue-Green Algal Blooms in Sanibel Captiva waters at this time.  There is some presence of dark fresh water…

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Blind Pass Inlet Management Study June Update

Blind Pass, Sanibel, Dredging, File Photo By Florida Sea Grant, Via Creative Commons. |

Blind Pass Inlet Management Study Progressing. “[S]everal management alternatives will be simulated and compared to the “no action” scenario to evaluate the potential effects on the inlet system.” The Captiva Erosion Prevention District issued the following news release. “The Blind Pass Inlet Management Study is well underway and progressing as planned. The study is being…

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North Captiva Arson: Reward Offered

File Photo: House Fire North Captiva, February 17, 2013, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service. |

North Captiva Arson:  Reward Offered For Information. As reported in today’s News-Press. “Information on arson fires that destroyed two structures and connected to a burglary on Upper Captiva Island is being sought by Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers. The Upper Captiva Fire Department and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to the blaze at 11441 Peguan…

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Prescribed Burn Of The Bailey Tract

Sanibel Rentals, April 13, Sanibel Prescribed Burn #2, Courtesy Of SCCF. |

Prescribed Burn Of The Bailey Tract On Sanibel Island This Tuesday. The City Of Sanibel issued the following news release. “The J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) is planning to implement a prescribed burn of the Bailey Tract on Sanibel Island this Tuesday, June 21, if weather conditions allow. Wednesday, June 22, is…

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Sea Turtle Hatching Season!

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchlings, Sanibel Island & Captiva Island. |

Sea Turtle Hatching Season Has Begun! The City Of Sanibel issued the following news release this afternoon. “Our first sea turtle nest on Island has just recently hatched, producing a total of 81 hatchlings! Below is a video of Kelly Sloan from SCCF with some more information regarding Sea Turtle nesting/hatchling season. Please do your…

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Likely Sanibel Causeway Delays

Sanibel Causeway By Shanna Terry, Via Creative Commons. |

Traffic Advisory – Sanibel Causeway Moving Operation and Striping Maintenance Monday, June 13th and Tuesday, June 14th, 2016. The City of Sanibel issued the following news release this morning. “Lee County DOT will be performing a striping maintenance with possible traffic delays on 6-13-16 through 6-14-16 (or the next weather permitting day) between the hours of 9:00…

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SFWMD Meeting Tomorrow, June 9, Downtown Fort Myers

Sanibel Water Quality: Lake Okeechobee Water Release Impact, Redfish Pass, 7:10:13, Photo By SCCF. |

South Florida Water Management District Meeting Thursday, June 9 In Fort Myers @ 9 AM. What: South Florida Water Management District Meeting When: June 9th, 9 am Where: Lee County Commissioners Chambers, 2120 Main St. Fort Myers, FL 33901 The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation issued the following news release. “Thursday’s meeting will be an excellent chance…

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