Island Update

Property tax valuations go up on islands

Early preliminary property tax valuations for Sanibel and Captiva have increased over 2021.

The Lee County Property Appraiser’s Office released its estimated tax roll values on June 1, which indicate a 12.13 percent increase for the city of Sanibel and a 15.93 percent increase for Captiva as part of unincorporated Lee County. Early estimated valuations for the fire districts on the islands also rose.

The official numbers will come out by July 1, then be sent to Tallahassee for state approval.

According to estimates, Sanibel’s taxable value rose approximately $680.78 million — the 12.13 percent — to about $6.29 billion. Assessed value increased 11.66 percent to about $6.63 billion, up $692.04 million from 2021. Just value rose 32.39 percent to about $8.57 billion, up $2.10 billion.

Also for Sanibel, taxable new construction increased from approximately $12.38 million to $23.07 million, while total just new construction climbed from about $15.70 million to $23.70 million.

County estimates, which include Captiva, show an approximate $15.29 billion rise in taxable value — the 15.93 percent — to about $111.29 billion. Assessed value increased 14.48 percent to about $130.24 billion, up $16.48 billion. Just value jumped 30.25 percent to about $173.27 billion, up $40.25 billion.

Also for the county, taxable new construction rose from approximately $2.16 billion to $3.29 billion, while total just new construction increased from about $2.29 billion to $3.58 billion. As for the county’s taxable school value, it jumped approximately $23.77 billion to $128.38 billion — up 22.72 percent.

In addition, early estimates for the Sanibel Fire and Rescue District and Captiva Island Fire Control District, plus Upper Captiva Fire District, have increased year-over-year, according to the information.

The Sanibel district rose 11.87 percent to approximately $6.42 billion, up about $680.77 million. The Captiva district saw a 11.87 percent growth to about $1.72 billion — a $182.79 million difference.

Upper Captiva experienced a 20.04 percent rise to about $288.49 million, up $48.17 million.

Island Update

RSW Airport New June 2022

New air service at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)
Breeze Airways: nonstop to Las Vegas (LAS) and Charleston, South Carolina (CHS), twice weekly, beginning June 11.
Eurowings Discover: Frankfurt, Germany (FRA), weekly, year-round service
Alaska Airlines: Seattle (SEA) weekly, year-round service.

Island Update

Sea turtle nesting season picking up

As of May 18, sea turtle nesting activity had started to pick up with a total of 62 loggerhead nests on the islands’ beaches, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation reported. Staff and volunteers have been working each morning to survey the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva for signs in the sand of sea turtles that have come ashore.
Four teams monitor different stretches of beach every morning at dawn, collecting data from turtle nests and false crawls. If it is determined that the area is a nesting site, it is then marked off with yellow stakes, a screen to discourage predation and informative signage.

Volunteers Gwenda Hiett-Clements and Nancy Riley, who is a designated east end permittee, marked the first nest on the east end of Sanibel on May 4. As permittee, Riley documents crawls and nests reported by walkers on the east end, from Tarpon Bay Road Beach to the Sanibel Lighthouse.

As of May 18, Sanibel and Captiva had collectively logged 62 loggerhead sea turtle nests, compared to 76 reported nests on the same date last year. Forty-four had been laid on the west end of Sanibel, seven on the east end of Sanibel, and 11 on Captiva.

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Island Update

Registration open for 4th of July Annual Rally

On July 4, starting at noon, the 42nd annual Road Rally begins outside Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market on Sanibel. This year’s proceeds will be donated to Community Housing and Resources. The event has been managed by the Sanibel Captiva Optimist Club until this year, when it was transferred to a new organization called The Friends of Randy of Sanibel.

Interested participants are encouraged to sign up early; registration will be limited to 50 vehicles.

In addition, past and potential new sponsors are invited to pitch in with donations. The registration form for participants is available at the Sanibel Cafe and Bailey’s General Store. For early or preferred start time, contact Randy at 239-699-8739 or rcarsonsan@gmail.com. For more information or to donate, call Randy, Tim at 941-626-2943, or Allen at 239-699-9474.

Island Update

F.I.S.H. announces annual 10K 2022

The 14th Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. will be held in conjunction with the Fort Myers Track Club on Sunday, Oct. 22. Due to concerns about the pandemic, the event was held virtually the last two years.

Participating runners will receive a race tank with the F.I.S.H. logo on the front. In addition, F.I.S.H. is hoping to add a kids run, business expo and other opportunities to make this year’s 10K an extra special event focused on the organization’s 40th anniversary.

For information on sponsorships, as well as 10K Days — opportunities for island businesses to showcase their establishments and support F.I.S.H. — visit https://www.fishofsancap.org/.

For more information, contact Cortese at Dianerc10@gmail.com or Race Committee Chair Nicole McHale at noel2me@icloud.com