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History of the Sanibel Lighthouse

Found on the eastern end of Sanibel Island, the Sanibel Lighthouse dates back generations. Also called the Sanibel Island Light or even Point Ybel Light, the old lighthouse was first proposed to be built way back in the 1830s.

History behind the Tamiami Trail: Muck, Mosquitoes, and Motorists

Originally conceived as a way to connect Tampa to Miami, the Tamiami Trail stretches more than 270 miles across the State of Florida. Opened up in the late 1920s, the roadway is considered one of the major forces in drawing tourists to the state. While Florida’s warm temperatures were certainly[…]

Dean Park Celebrates 100 Years

As one of the oldest neighborhoods in Fort Myers, Dean Park is celebrating a century of history. Sitting just to the north of Downtown Fort Myers, this 100-year-old community was first developed in 1920 when the remote city only had about 4,000 residents.

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The Iconic Sanibel Lighthouse

An island known for its beautiful beaches and plentiful shelling is sometimes recognized for an entirely different reason. The iconic Sanibel Lighthouse welcomes visitors to the island today just as it has for generations.

Bailey s General Store: A Sanibel Treasure

Locally owned and operated for well more than a century, Bailey’s General Store remains a true Sanibel Island treasure. A staple in the community for at least 120 years now, Bailey’s officially got its start back in the late 1800s.

Jubilee Celebration for Cape Coral

The city of Cape Coral is gearing up for a major milestone, with a big celebration to mark the occasion. Cape Coral’s upcoming 50th Anniversary Jubilee Celebration is coming up at the end of January. The 24th of the month marks the beginning of the city’s golden anniversary festivities. Put[…]

The Wacky History of Koreshan State Park

A popular spot for kayaking and camping, Koreshan State Park also boasts a pretty wacky history. It seems in the late 1800s the leader of a religious sect convinced 200 or so of his Chicago followers to move to Florida.

Lee County Buys Mound Key Parcel For Conservation

Lee County just made a major buy when it comes to conservation. Commissioners recently unanimously approved spending $860,000 to buy the final privately-owned piece of land on Mound Key. It’s part of the Conservation 20/20 Land Acquisition Program.

Historic Homes in Bonita Springs

While Bonita Springs offers some impressive new construction homes for buyers to choose from, it’s also the site of several historic homes. It’s that selection of homes that has some preservationists hard at work.

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Rediscover History at the Ford & Edison Winter Estates

Complete with gardens, a museum and historic homes, the Ford & Edison Winter Estates provide the perfect excuse to take a stroll back in history. Located along McGregor Boulevard in Downtown Fort Myers, the estates combine to form one of the nation’s most visited historic home sites.

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Celebrate Island History at the Sanibel Museum

For a taste of the history of Sanibel Island, consider at visit to the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village. Not only is it a place to celebrate the island’s history, but also to give a better understanding of its present and potentially its future. Dedicated to telling the story of[…]