Island Update

Pine Island Sounds to feature Ryan Scott

In partnership with Captiva Cruises and Todd and Leanne Marcum, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s next  Pine Island Sounds cruise will feature Ryan Scott on Jan. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m.; it will depart from McCarthy’s Marina, at 11401 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva. Scott is a Brooklyn-based guitarist and soul singer whose music embodies rock ‘n’ roll and soul in its purest form, influenced by the blues-rock guitar lineage, New York’s jazz tradition, New Orleans R&B, Brazilian psychedelia and more. Tickets are $100 and include first drinks provided by Janie Howland and Jack Thomas and snack box from Catering by Leslie Adams. A cash bar will also be available. Proceeds will benefit the SCCF’s water quality efforts including research, policy and educational outreach. For more information or tickets, visit

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Sanibel Captiva “Let’s Pink Out” Breast Cancer Awareness Gala”

The LeAneSUAREZGroup was one of the key sponsors for the Let’s Pink Out Sanibel Captiva Pink-A-Ball gala held on Saturday, October 9th at Sundial Beach Resort and Spa.

Pink Out

Let’s Pink Out raises funds for uninsured and underinsured residents and employees of Sanibel and Captiva islands who need mammograms and assistance with other cancer-related needs.

2021 marked the 10th year for the organization which has grown from a simple picnic table at the Sanibel Fire Station during the month of October to a month-long affair with a variety of wonderful community events.

LeAne and the entire Suarez family were honored to support the breast cancer needs of their community and especially support John R. Wood Properties very own staff member and breast cancer survivor, Ann Neubauer.

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Historical village announces gala sponsors

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village announced that the Blue Giraffe Restaurant is a platinum sponsor and Bailey’s General Store is a silver sponsor for its Gala Movie Premiere on Feb. 22. The event will feature the documentary “Secrets & Stories of the Sanibel Lighthouse.” For sponsorship information, call Executive Director Emilie Alfino at 239-472-4648 or 239-357-1644.

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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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Captiva chapel to host annual community sing-along

Come and join the Captiva Chapel by the Sea for its 11th Annual Community Carol Sing on Dec. 12 from 6 to 7 p.m. The program will include popular and sacred seasonal selections for attendees to sing along to.

The Rev. Larry L. Marshall will be the host for the evening, while chapel organist Lynne Dugan and her husband, Bob, lead the music. Attendees will have the chance to sing along to a variety of seasonal selections, from “Jingle Bells” and “Oh Holy Night” to “Joy to the World,” in the casual setting. Ample outside seating will be available, in addition to seats in the chapel.

For more information, visit or call 239-395-1886. The Chapel by the Sea is located at 11580 Chapin Lane, Captiva.

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HomeLook Magazine December 2021


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Christmas Boat Parade, Fort Myers Beach

Celebrate an evening of lights and holiday cheer, Floridastyle, on a boat! Traverse the backwaters of Fort Myers Beach as boaters begin the parade at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Salty Sam’s Marina, go through Pelican Bay and toward Bowditch Point to finish the parade around 8 p.m. Salty Sam’s Marina, 2500 Main St., Fort Myers Beach, 239-454-7500.

Two years ago the Ft Myers Beach Parade boat was voted the 5th Best Holiday Parade in a USA Today 10BEST poll. Click here for more info

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Captiva Holiday Village Golf Cart Parade 2021

Don’t miss the Golf Cart Parade this Saturday, December 4th, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. The parade begins and South Seas Island Resort and goes through the Village. If you’d like to participate, you can rent carts from Sunny Island Adventures. All golf carts must incorporate a holiday theme and check-in by 2 pm at the Sand Dollar Plaza parking lot.

Rain or Shine.

  • 2pm check-in & ohotographs of golf cars at South Seas Isalnd Resort,
  • Judging begins at 2:30pm
  • Proceeds benefit Sanibel Capiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF)
  • Awads Party is at South Seas Sand Dollar Plaza

People’s Choice Award!

Vote for your favorite entry at Photos of all entries will be posted. Tuesday, December 11th the winner wil be announced.

Awards Presentation Party immediately following the Parade.

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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 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 — will carry special Wild Daze Ale merchandise based on Alvarez’s art.

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