January 12, 2012
BILL SCHILLER (email@example.com ) , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home, but sometimes, there’s good reason to brag. While the picturesque paradise that is Sanibel Island is well recognized by anyone who lives or works here, the community may attract a number of new admirers due to the release of several new reports that further herald Sanibel’s status as the most desirous of Florida destinations.
In a recent U.S. News & World Report ranking of the eight best beaches in Florida, Sanibel shined as the #1 spot. Neighboring communities like Naples (#2) and Fort Myers (#8) were included on the list. In accompanying text, travel writers said, “You’ll be hard-pressed to find a place in Florida with quieter and clamer shores than Sanibel Island.” Pleasant weather and low-cost lodging venues were credited with making Sanibel enjoyable all year long. Online media attached with the article also paid tribute to area attractions such as Captiva Island, the shops along Periwinkle Way, programs at Big Arts, Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum and J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. The multimedia presentation is available on the Internet at www.travel.usnews.com.
Bowman’s Beach on Sanibel secured distinction for itself in a Top 10 of Most Secluded Beaches as surveyed by principals of the popular travel website known as “shermanstravel.com. Bowman’s, which is located along a corridor of the San-Cap Road took top honors. It was regarded as a great place to find shells, but not a lot of competition from other shell collectors.
TripAdvisor.com, which is reportedly the world’s most widely-used travel-related website, also recently announced their Top 15 U.S. Destinations for 2012. These were determined through a poll of TripAdvisor travelers and editors.
Fort Myers, which ranked in 3rd Place, was distinguished among the top vacation hot-spots. The accompanying text, however, regarded Sanibel and Captiva among the area’s top attractions.
Of course, Sanibel and Captiva remains first and foremost in the hearts and minds of so many who live here, but such polls have been shown to influence destination choices made by tourists. Given the degree that this community achieves favor in this kind of national reporting, locals may soon see even more visitors with which they can share their love of Sanibel.
Casa Ybel’s historic Thistle Lodge on Sanibel Island is accepting reservations for Valentine’s Day 2011.
You can view small sample of the special menu by clicking the image to the right.
View the full menu online at ThistleLodge.com
Thistle Lodge Beachfront Dining
at Casa Ybel Resort
2255 West Gulf Drive ~ Sanibel Island
Casa Ybel Resort is proud to be a sponsor at the Snowy Egret level of this years Ding Darling Days at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island.
Running from October 17 – 23, Ding Darling Days is held in conjunction with National Wildlife Refuge Week and celebrates the birthday of the refuge’s namesake, father of the Duck Stamp program and Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist, Jay N. “Ding” Darling.
This year’s events include Family Fun Day, narrated Refuge tram tours, live wildlife presentations, food, nature crafts for the kids, a touch tank, butterfly house, and much more. Click on the image on the right to see the full schedule of planned event.
Thanks to such generous sponsorship, throughout the week festival-goers can enjoy free and discounted activities such as biking and birding tours, kayaking and sea life boat excursions, nature photography, nature talks and animal demonstrations.
Bring your love of fine food and family to Casa Ybel Resort. Now is the time to plan for your Thanksgiving Feast – This year make it Gulf Front on Sanibel Island!
Beachfront dining and a special menu of exquisitely prepared food is guaranteed to make this holiday one you and your family will always remember.
Click the image at right to view our Special Holiday Menu.
Call 239.472.9200 and Make Your Reservations Today!
Thistle Lodge Beachfront Dining
Casa Ybel Resort
2255 West Gulf Drive • Sanibel Island
With his flair for the pop standards, New York singer and musician, Robert Mosci, will be in town to heat up the house at The Thistle Lodge on Wednesday, November 3rd from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Mosci was the resident musician at New York’s Top of the Tower located on the east side in the Beekman Towers Hotel and is now the featured performer at the NYC’s famed Water Club. He is noted not only his vocals but for his command of the piano as well.
Listen to his smooth and mellow voice and his interpretations of some old favorites. Mosci’s voice has been described in much the same way that music aficionado’s described Sinatra’s voice. In fact, his latest CD entitled, Frankly Speaking is a tribute to Sinatra and has been receiving notable radio recognition.
For reservations call 239-472-9200 or visit www.thistlelodge.com
Thistle Lodge 2255 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL 33957
Recent projections by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmthe sentiments of a leading local expert that there is a minimal likelihood of oil from the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill impacting The Beaches of Sanibel and Captiva on southwest Florida’s Gulf coast.
In a technical report released July 2, NOAA reports that the probability of oil impacting the destination is less than 1 percent and that the probability of oiling for much of the west coast of Florida is 20 percent or less. It further states that any oil reaching the area would have spent considerable time degrading and dispersing and would be in the form of scattered tar balls and not a large surface slick of oil.
The report echoes statements from Kristie Anders, education director for the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, who earlier stated that the chances of oil impacting The Beaches of Sanibel and Captiva are slim. She said the loop current in the Gulf follows the edge of the West Florida Continental Shelf, which runs parallel to the state’s coast and extends to about 150 miles off the destination’s shores. When the strong current hits the shelf, it curves southward along its edge.
“The continental shelf serves as our guardian angel,” explains Anders. “Barring a major storm, it’s the greatest reason to be optimistic that we will experience minimal impact from the spill, since it will steer the loop current away from our area and well offshore of Southwest Florida.”
Anders further explains that the Gulf Stream, a warm Atlantic Ocean current and one of the strongest known ocean currents, originates in the gulf as the Loop Current that is steered by the continental shelf. The shelf is the extended perimeter of each continent that was part of the continent during glacial periods when sea levels were lower, but the shelf is undersea in relatively shallow waters during interglacial periods such as the current timeframe.
To date, NOAA reports that no significant amount of oil has entered the Loop Current.