So Much More Than a Room with a View!

"Season" has returned to Sandalfoot, and we have been fortunate to greet many of our longtime guests as they return to see us for a portion of the winter. Sanibel and Captiva received record amounts of rainfall in January due to a particularly strong El Nino. Sixteen inches of rain fell in one month and it felt like we were about to float away! February saw much improved weather conditions, and March has been beautiful so far.

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SWFL News Update
Water Update

As many of you have been following in the news, the record rainfall led to release of water from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie river basins. This water appeared darker in color because of tannins and potential fertilizer run-off, and there was a distinct difference in color where the fresh salt water from the Gulf of Mexico met the river water from the Caloosahatchee. There was a bit of red tide from excess nitrogen in the water, but it was not a serious red tide bloom.

Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane led a delegation of all six of the Mayors of the cities of Lee County to meet with Florida state representatives and members of Congress, including Florida Representative Curt Clawson and Senator Bill Nelson to discuss the potentially devastating impacts of the Lake Okeechobee releases.  A release in February directed water to the Everglades as a temporary solution, but the delegation is working with state and federal representatives, along with the Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District for a long-term solution. 


One of our delightful guests helped with fish removal on the beach when we had a few days of red tide due to the Lake Okeechobee releases. All is well now and our guest was recognized for his efforts with the Singing Fish Award: "  I Will Survive ."

What's New at Sandalfoot?

Sandalfoot Happenings...
If you have had the pleasure of being at Sandalfoot during the winter, you know that it is the time for special events. Tuesday Treats is a morning gathering around the pool with pastries and orange juice, and lots of good conversation.
We feature water aerobics in the pool twice a week, and celebrate special occasions such as Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day and Good Friday. One of our winter guests and a good friend took pictures at our Valentine's Day potluck.  Another guest shared pictures of our water aerobics in action! On Thursday, March 17 th , we will all be Irish for a day and have a lunch with hot dogs and potato salad on the menu. Our Good Friday fish fry on March 25 th will welcome the Easter Bunny.

Sandalfoot observed a special remembrance ceremony for one of our wonderful winter guests who passed away March 1st. 

The celebration of life gathering by the pool was full of lovely anecdotes from guests, family and friends who told entertaining and poignant stories.  Attendees wrote notes in a guestbook that was then given to the family afterward.  

Sanibel Island Tidbits
Adventures in Paradise
One of the joys of living in or visiting Southwest Florida is time spent on the water. If your own boat is not a possibility, take advantage of one of the many companies offering you cruises to explore this wonderful natural resource.

Adventures in Paradise is a local company in business since 1986. The Stewart family's love of nature and the water led them to southwest Florida and Sanibel Island. Since they discovered Sanibel and started their business, their fleet has grown to three Corinthian Power catamarans, "Miss Paradise", "Sun Princess" and "Dolphin Waters." 

Click here to view more details. 

Winter Programs at "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge

J.N. "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge Winter Programs  Until the 3 rd  of April, daily tours and programs are offered throughout the day, Monday to Saturday, at the "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge. All programs are free of charge and family friendly, although entrance fees do apply for tours that meet on Wildlife Drive. Tours run an hour to an hour and a half.

Click here to view daily tours and programs. 

Here's What's Happening on the Island!
The Strauss Theater will be humming again starting on March 21 st with the opening of a new show: The Musical of Musicals. The show, written by Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell, is structured into five acts. Each act parodies the style of a well-known American or British composer, from Rogers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim, culminating in a hilarious satire of musical theater.
Performances at the Big Arts Strauss Theater run from March 18 through April 16 th, Monday to Saturday at 7:30. There is a matinee on Wednesday, March 23 at 2:00 pm. Call the box office telephone number at (239) 472-6862 to book tickets or for more information. Ticket prices are $42 for adults and students/children $5.
On Tuesday, March 22 nd, master gardener Karen M. Maxwell will present a one hour program at the Sanibel Library, beginning at 1:00 pm.  Karen M. Maxwell is a Master Gardener in Florida and Maine, a Florida Master Naturalist and a Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association-certified horticulturist.

A former manager of the garden shop at Edison & Ford Winter Estates, she has spoken at the Estates, at the Lee County Fair, and taught programs to master gardener candidate classes. Karen will be revealing where to find unique trees and plants (all on public properties) in Southwest Florida. The library is located at 770 Dunlop Road and there is no pre-registration requirement nor cost. For more information, contact the Sanibel Public Library at (239) 472-2483.
On Saturday, March 26 th, the Children's Education Center will host a special event to celebrate the Easter holiday. The event will be held at the Sanibel City Park (next to the Sanibel Community House) and will be held from 9 until 11 am.

At 9 am an Easter Egg Hunt by age group will begin, followed by games, crafts, contests and the Easter Bunny will appear at 10am for photos! On the grounds will also be a bounce house, a grand slide, face painting and much more!

For more information, call (239) 472-4538. Admission is $10 per child, for unlimited fun!

The Sandalfoot Team

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Located on the east end of Sanibel Island, just one mile from the historic Sanibel Lighthouse, our vacation rental condo community is nestled beachfront on the Gulf of Mexico.  Sandalfoot Beachfront Condominium has been consistently ranked #1 and #2 in our category by TripAdvisor, also receiving their Hall of Fame for achieving a Certificate of Excellence five years in a row.  Sandalfoot Beachfront Condominium. So much more than a room with a view!

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