Island Update

The charm of Captiva is here to stay

Watch this episode of SoWeFlo where LeAne explains why Captiva is so special and what’s like to live here. John R Wood Properties and LeAneSUAREZGroup presents SoWeFlo Life…


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The 13th Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H., originally scheduled as a hybrid virtual and in-person event on Oct. 23, 2021, is now completely virtual. The change to an all virtual event was made out of an abundance of caution and care for participants and islanders due to the ongoing rise in COVID-19 cases.

You can register through Fort Myers Track Club and it’s open until October 31st. Below are the specifics

  • Registration closes October 31st (11:59pm).
  • Times must be entered by October 31st (11:59pm).

All participants will receive a gender-specific tri-blend tee shirt and medal printed with the 13th Annual Sanibel Island 10K Race for F.I.S.H. race logo.

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Complimentary Skin Cancer Screening this Wednesday

Complimentary Skin Cancer Screening Wednesday, October 13th 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Sanibel Recreation Center

Harris Dermatology will be offering a complimentary skin cancer screening at the Sanibel Recreation Center on Wednesday, October 13th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Screenings are quick and easy. The exam is a non-invasive, visual inspection of exposed areas of the body that will be done after a brief medical history is completed. No appointment or registration necessary – walk-ins are welcome. Face masks are required.

The Sanibel Recreation Center is located at 3880 Sanibel-Captiva Road. Daily, weekly, semi-annual and annual memberships are available. For more information call the Sanibel Recreation Center at (239) 472-0345 or visit our website at

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Chefs of SWFL

Chefs of SWFL (series), our first featured chef, SO many more to come! Chef Fabrizio of Sea Salt.

John R Wood Properties and LeAneSUAREZGroup presents SoWeFlo Life… Every episode, from the heart, by our family of agents who love life in SouthWest Florida.

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Track Update on Sanibel Causeway Shoreline Project

The City of Sanibel has received from Lee County updated communications related to the Shoreline Stabilization Project currently underway on Sanibel Causeway Island B.

The Sanibel Causeway Island B Shoreline Stabilization Project addresses chronic erosion of the San Carlos Bay and Pine Island Sound shorelines of the Causeway. The project consists of clearing exotic vegetation along the shoreline, excavating some existing stone which will be reused, placement of new beach sand and construction of “T-Groins”. A T-Groin is a structure built perpendicular to the shoreline and is used to capture sand preventing it from eroding off the beach.

The contractor will work first on the Pine Island Sound side of the island then move to the San Carlos Bay side of the island. Areas of Island B will be restricted during the construction of the shoreline stabilization project. The project is expected to be complete by spring 2022.

Sanibel residents and visitors are encouraged to track the progress of the project by visiting

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RSW provides nonstop service to 57 destinations

RSW provides nonstop service to 57 destinations by 14 air carriers

RSW Airport Flight Map

New Airline & City

Air Transat

  • NEW! Montreal, Canada (YUL)-Weekly, seasonal service starts Dec. 16

Avelo Airlines

  • NEW! New Haven, CT (HVN)-Weekly, year-round service starts Nov. 11

Eurowings Discover

  • NEW! Frankfurt, Germany (FRA)-Weekly, year-round service starts March 28, 2022
New Flights

Air Canada

  • Toronto, Canada (YYZ)-Weekly, resumed Aug. 1
  • Montreal, Canada (YUL)-Weekly, resumes Nov. 2


  • Los Angeles (LAX)-Weekly, resumes Nov. 19
  • Seattle (SEA)-Weekly, resumes Nov. 19


  • NEW! Austin, TX (AUS)-Limited holiday service operating Dec. 16, 2021-Jan. 3, 2022


  • NEW! Orlando (MCO)-Daily, starts Nov. 1


  • NEW! Louisville (SDF)-Weekly, starts Nov. 17
  • NEW! Manchester, NH (MHT)-Weekly, starts Nov. 17
  • NEW! St. Louis (STL)-Daily, starts Nov. 17

Sun Country

  • NEW! Duluth, MN (DLH)-Weekly, starts Dec. 17
  • NEW! Green Bay, WI (GRB)-Weekly, starts Dec. 16
  • NEW! Milwaukee (MKE)-Weekly, starts Dec. 15
  • NEW! Rochester, MN (RST)-Weekly, starts Feb. 3, 2022


  • NEW! Los Angeles (LAX)-Daily, starts Dec. 16
  • NEW! San Francisco (SFO)-Daily, starts Dec. 16


  • Toronto, Canada (YYZ)-Weekly, resumes Sept. 12
  • Ottawa, Canada (YOW)-Weekly, resumes Nov. 6

Click here for the full report

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‘Ding’ Darling branded beer to launch in December

As part of its 40th-anniversary celebration, the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge will roll out its exclusive, limited-edition Wild Daze Ale on Dec. 4 starting at 4 p.m. at the Fort Myers Brewing Co. in Fort Myers. The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s Wildlife on Wheels mobile interactive experience will be onsite, along with food trucks and other special goings-on.

Ding Beer

JJ Taylor Companies will distribute canned Wild Daze Ale on Sanibel and Captiva only for the first year. The brew will be available with a limited window of about six months after its rollout.

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grill and Bailey’s General Store on Sanibel and the ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa on Captiva will sell the beer, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the conservation, research, education and land acquisition efforts at the Sanibel refuge. The DDWS is planning island rollout events in partnership with Bailey’s and Doc Ford’s, with the dates to be announced.

Chaired by April Boehnen with the DDWS, the Wild Daze Committee commissioned native Miami Latina artist Emily Alvarez to design the label for the canned beer.

For more information, visit or contact Boehnen at 239-472-1100, ext. 4.

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The Resort has been SOLD | Welcome Timber’s Resort

The Next Chapter in Captiva Island’s Story

JUST IN! The Iconic South Seas Island Resort has been officially acquired by Timbers Company, Wheelock Street Capital and The Ronto Group in a joint acquisition. In the latest press release, the group confirmed this notable acquisition, citing “the notable acquisition of this historic property supports Timbers Company’s continued plans for growth as announced earlier this year.”

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Click here to view the full press release. 

About the Timbers Company:
Timbers Company, the company behind Timbers Resorts, is the developer and operator of a collection of luxury properties in over 16 of the world’s most exclusive high-end destinations. The Timbers Collection includes boutique resorts, hotels, and private residence clubs in some of the world’s most sought-after ski, golf, leisure, and beach locations. Since 1999, Timbers Resorts has been committed to being authentic, unique, and respectful of the destination, focusing on family and experiences, and never compromising quality and service. Timbers Resorts also manages a luxury rental business where guests can rent some of their most exclusive residences at the resorts. Owners at properties in the Timbers Collection are granted an ownership experience with expanded benefits through a host of travel and lifestyle partners such as Sentient Jet, Hertz, MedjetAssist, The Ghurka Collection, and many more, as well as access to the Timbers Reciprocity Program and the ability to trade vacation time with other destinations in the portfolio. Current Timbers Collection properties can be found in Aspen, Beaver Creek, Cabo San Lucas, Jupiter, Kaua’i, Kiawah Island, Maui, Napa, Scottsdale, Sonoma, Southern California, Steamboat, Tuscany and Vail.

About Wheelock Street Capital:
Wheelock Street Capital was formed in 2008 by Rick Kleeman and Jonathan Paul, two veteran real estate private equity investors, each with 30 years of broad real estate transaction experience across all major asset classes. Wheelock has raised over $4 billion in capital commitments from well‐known institutional investors and focuses on real estate investment opportunities throughout the United States, in both public and private markets. Wheelock is currently deploying its sixth fund in its value‐added series, Wheelock Street Real Estate Fund VI, and its first perpetual life fund, Wheelock Street Long Term Value Fund. The Long Term Value Fund targets high‐quality, cash‐flowing assets with stable, yet attractive risk‐adjusted returns over a 5‐15 year investment horizon. The firm may invest directly or with high-quality joint venture partners through a variety of capital structures and transaction types, including acquisitions, restructurings, and recapitalizations. Wheelock’s investment team benefits from extensive experience from top‐tier institutional investment firms and highly regarded real estate operating companies and has produced a 10‐year track record of demonstrated and consistent outperformance over industry benchmarks.

About The Ronto Group:
Since 1967, The Ronto Group has been perfecting their skills in real estate development through the creation of residential and commercial projects worldwide. For over thirty years, Ronto has been developing in the Southwest Florida market, creating communities that celebrate the area’s irresistible appeal, from Marco Island to Tampa. The Company has built a solid reputation for imaginative vision, steadfast integrity and reliable performance. Headquartered in Naples, Ronto’s expertise in condominium and land development has been recognized internationally for communities that are lasting examples of the luxury lifestyle, thoughtful planning, and dedicated craftsmanship. In the past 8 years, the partnership between The Ronto Group and Wheelock Street Capital has resulted in three high-rise towers and two mid-rise communities, totaling 700 residences in Southwest Florida. Ronto has also received numerous awards from the southwest Florida homebuilding industry for superior design and craftsmanship. The Ronto Group’s expertise and attention to detail is evident in each of their projects.

The Resort holds a special place in our hearts. It has served generations of families and had been their partner in creating forever memories. It has witnessed marriages, romantic walks on the beach, family, and friends spending their time away from the chaos of everyday life. It has been a home away from home for many of us.

South Seas Island Resort

With this acquisition, we look forward to witnessing a new chapter of Captiva and Resort’s story.  Click here to read about the South Seas Island Resort history

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New Fall Fitness Classes Starting Monday, October 4th, 2021

Fall fitness class schedule starting Monday, October 4th, 2021 at the Sanibel Recreation Center. Classes offered are for all persons 12 years old and older at all fitness levels. Classes are included with Sanibel Recreation Center memberships. Members must show their Sanibel Recreation Center membership card to attend fitness classes. Face mask is required inside the Recreation Center for all persons aged 2 and older.

Weekly Fitness Class Schedule – Effective October 4th

8:30 a.m. Basic Yoga
10:00 a.m. Vertical Pilates

8:30 a.m. Cycling
10:00 a.m. Power Sculpting

8:30 a.m. Meditation
10:00 a.m. Bosu Pilates

8:30 a.m. Cycling
10:00 a.m. Power Sculpting

8:30 a.m. Cardio Yoga
10:00 a.m. Dailey Method

8:30 a.m. Cycling
10:00 a.m. Mat Pilates

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Sanibel Farmers Market 2021

Sanibel farmers market is returning for its 14th Season. The opening day of the farmers market is Sunday, October 3rd, 8 am to 1 pm.

The Sanibel Island Farmers Market was established in 2008. Now, it is one of Southwest Florida’s most beloved places to go to for fresh fruits, vegetables, and a variety of other local treats.

Sanibel Farmaers Market

You can visit the Sanibel farmers market every Sunday from Oct. 3 through May 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is something for everyone, from fresh fruits and vegetables, honey and cut flowers, to meats, seafood, prepared meals, cupcakes, bagels, fresh guacamole, native plants, and more.

New vendors this year include Mangia Meatballs, Pickles and Olive Garden, Sage & Indigo Juices, Key Lime Pies, Simply Savory Dips, Ackermann Syrups, Courageous Seeds with kava chai, ghee, herbal teas, honey elixirs and cedar burning bundles, and Karina’s Kitchen with German food, plus Divine Tea for the month of October.

Sanibel City Hall, 800 Dunlop Road

Oct. 3 to May 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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