Island Update

Dunes offering pickleball memberships with courts expansion

The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club on Sanibel recently announced a planned expansion of its pickleball courts and the chance to reserve one of 50 pre-construction memberships for purchase on Dec. 1.

A pickleball membership includes access to the club and unlimited court time for the balance of 2022 and 2023. Benefits include 20 percent off pickleball lessons, use of the pool and sundeck, charging privileges at the club, invitations to member-only events, preferred dining reservations, 15 percent off in the dining room and bar, 20 percent off golf and tennis apparel, and reduced fees for the outdoor entertainment pavilion.

For more information, visit DunesGolfSanibel.com or call 239-472-3355.

The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club is at 949 Sand Castle Road, Sanibel.

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DDWS announces rollout events for limited-edition beer

As part of its 40th anniversary celebration, the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge will roll out its limited-edition Wild Daze Ale on Dec. 4 starting at 4 p.m. at the Fort Myers Brewing Co. in Fort Myers, with island events to follow throughout the month.

The outdoor stations of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s Wildlife on Wheels mobile interactive experience will be onsite, along with food trucks, music, trivia games and other goings-on.

The brew — a smooth and light-bodied golden ale with a subtle hint of sweetness — will be available for a limited time of about six months after its rollout, depending upon how long supplies last.

Bailey’s General Store, Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grill, Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts and The Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market will sell it on Sanibel and Captiva, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the conservation, research, education and land acquisition efforts at the Sanibel refuge.

Bailey’s will host tasting events on Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 18-19 from 2 to 6 p.m. and will set up a table with information about the refuge and DDWS. For the Dec. 18-19 events, the WoW outreach experience will be on site from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chaired by April Boehnen of the DDWS, the Wild Daze Committee commissioned native Miami Latina artist Emily Alvarez to design the label for the beer. Throughout December, the Refuge Nature Store’s locations — at the refuge and 2250 Periwinkle Way, plus online at ShopDingDarling.com — will carry special Wild Daze Ale merchandise based on Alvarez’s art.

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

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Shell museum sets up online store for gift shop

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum recently launched an online store for its gift shop. It offers items for the whole family at every price point, including jewelry, art, glassware, wooden serving pieces, soaps and diffusers, Christmas ornaments, children’s toys and games, books, and more.

Onine store shell museum

For more information, visit ShellMuseum.org/store or call 239-395-2233.

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is at 3075 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel.



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The Sanibel Captiva Luminary Returns in Classic Form

Candles, Santa, live entertainment, open houses, and a new Luminary Lager brew — the 2021 Luminary Holiday Stroll will return to its traditional festivities on Dec. 3-4 on the islands.


The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 37th year of bringing holiday cheer, once again setting the pathways aglow with candlelight, a warm welcome and goodwill. Sanibel will observe Luminary on Dec. 3 and Captiva on Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Highlights will bring a live nativity scene to Sanibel and the well-loved golf cart parade to Captiva.

Last year, Luminary introduced fresh traditions that will continue this year. The tagline “Eat. Shop. Stay. Play,” created for 2020, has become permanently woven into the fabric of chamber messaging. Also, a limited-edition Luminary Lager brewed by Point Ybel Brewing Company will be on tap. The lager will be available for a limited time at: the Casa Ybel Resort, Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, RC Otter’s, Tipsy Turtle, and Traditions on the Beach.

The Island Inn is the presenting sponsor.

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The latest news for you from CEPD

Apply to Become a Commissioner of the Captiva Erosion Prevention District.

At the CEPD November Board meeting, Commissioners discussed opening the vacancy for the Secretary position following the loss of Harry Kaiser, who devoted years to serving the residents of Captiva on our Board of Commissioners.

The Captiva Erosion Prevention District is governed by an elected board of five commissioners, each of whom is a qualified elector residing within the district. This is a non-partisan office.

Why Become a Commissioner of the Captiva Erosion Prevention District?

  • Because you are community-oriented.
  • Because you care about preserving and sustaining the coastal environment.
  • Because you recognize the benefits beach renourishment bring to both the community and local economy.
  • Because you want to make sure Captiva is a viable and thriving community well into the future.

Visit www.mycepd.com to complete and submit your application. Application can be submitted to Jelston@mycepd.com deadline for submitting your application is December 31st , 2021, by the end of business day.

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Captiva farmers market to return for new season

Opening Day! Captiva Island Farmers Market opens today for its 5th season. The market will open every Tuesday from 9 am -1 pm, starting today November 2nd to April 2022. The market is located in the parking lot at the entrance of South Seas Island Resort. The market will be offering products to not only guests of the South Seas, but ALL Captiva Island visitors and residents. Each week you will be able to buy: Just picked produce, seafood, cheese, pickles, orchids, cut flowers, native plants, prepared foods, soaps, candles, guacamole, smoothies, organics, meats and so much more. We will even have, local artists selling handmade crafts on certain Tuesdays of the season as a special event.

South Seas Island Resort Entrance
5400 Plantation Rd, Captiva, FL 33924

November – April

Tuesdays, 9 am – 1 pm

Parking is available in the adjacent plazas.