Resilience in the face of red tide outbreak on Sanibel

In recent weeks it seems that all of the news coming out of Sanibel Island and Southwest Florida regarding the red tide is bad. However, there are plenty of stories of heroism, resilience, survival, hope and recovery, if you take the time to look.  Admittedly, in the first weeks of the recent algae bloom it was hard to find any silver linings, with dead sea life and our sick waterways impossible to ignore. But after […]

Sanibel Red Tide Update

Sanibel Red Tide Bloom- What is it? As of Monday August 5th, conditions appear to be improving on the beaches of Sanibel, after a significant outbreak of red tide last week.  For those not familiar with red tide, it is a colloquial name for a naturally occurring growth of red algae know as Karenia Brevis. Many types of algae naturally occur in the southeastern United States.  Karenia brevis is a dinoflagellate found in the Gulf […]

Sanibel Beach Conditions and Water Quality

Sanibel Beach Conditions Sanibel Island is surrounded by water, so the Sanibel beach conditions are important to any island vacation. Our team at Select Vacation Properties understands your concerns about water quality and we take the comfort and safety of our guests very seriously. We all live and work here, and  these waters are a huge part of daily life for our families and children as well.  When it comes to beach conditions, we recommend […]

Sanibel Island ban on single-use plastic straws

  The Sanibel City Council recently approved a Sanibel Island ban on single-use plastic straws.  This eco-friendly decision is in keeping with Sanibel’s long tradition of being a steward of the environment.  There will be a final hearing on August 7, at which time the ban will be signed, and will go into effect 12o days later.  Plastic straws have long been a danger to sea life and contribute to the massive amounts of plastic […]

Time for a Summer Vacation on Sanibel Island

Face it, you need a Summer Vacation on Sanibel.  People today are working harder and spending more time in the office and less time with family and friends than ever before. Most of us are so busy making a living – that we sometimes forget about truly living! And far too often, vacations are a casualty of this seven day a week hectic lifestyle. But taking a summer vacation is extremely important. Not only to […]