Of sand, surf and skateboards on Sanibel Island

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🙂 On Sunday, I drove out to Sanibel Island to hang out with my friends Gary and Tootie. Shortly after I arrived, we proceeded to “Santiva”, as the the area near the bridge between Sanibel and Captiva is known. We had lunch at the Sunset Grill, and then we went to look at Blind Pass. The pass between Sanibel and Captiva had filled itself in years ago, but a recent dredging project opened it up again. It is hoped that the flow of salt and brine through the pass will improve the health of the estuaries on the bay side of the islands, and also improve fishing in the area. Tootie said that it’s been reported that sharks are using the pass quite a bit already. 😯

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As we stood on the bridge watching the water swirl under the bridge and break on the newly carved shores, Gary and I realized that one of our prime shelling beaches had in fact been removed by the dredging! You can click here to see all the gifts from Gustav (one year ago on September 1st 2008), and then if you want to see more, click here to see what came later in the month when Ike passed through (September 22nd, 2008). The place where we’d scored great hauls of shells after storms last year was now gone, and the swirling waters were in it’s place. We contemplated this for a moment, and then we saw the skateboard. Tootie observed that you’re supposed to bring a surfboard, not a skateboard! We were there for another ten minutes or so, but the owner never showed up, and the mystery of the skateboard in the sand remains unsolved.

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17 thoughts on “Of sand, surf and skateboards on Sanibel Island”

  1. Not sure what will happen, Gail. We were saying also that the opening of the pass has changed the tides and all that, so it’s possible that the pile won’t just go into the pass – it’s possible it will just land somewhere else on Turner Beach.

    Well we can hope – it’s better than wading into the pass amongst the sharks to get the shells!

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  2. Sanibel and Captiva have probably changed greatly since I last say the. We were there 30 to 35 years ago and there wasn’t much around save for a couple of low-rise condos and a motel called Mitchell’s Castaways. Your phtos are terrific. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

  3. Hmmm…this is a favorite spot for my MIL when she is in Fort Myers.
    Too bad about the beach and shells.

    I’ll have to speak to my MIL about leaving her skateboard behind..lol.

    Becky K.

  4. I hope the shells turn up somewhere new for you. Sharks don’t sound thrilling at all. That’s a nice long board…can’t believe someone forgot to take it with them.

  5. I don’t know what’s wrong with my pc or my connection, but this is the second time in a row bloghopping that only one picture is shown. I can’t see the one with water (i’m assuming since this is a ww post).

    Take care.

  6. Hi Ewok – I’m not sure what the problem is. I haven’t had anyone else report this sort of issue. My photos are hosted at Flickr and they are “public” so they should all be showing up for you.

    The only thing I can think of is this – several weeks ago, I was having a similar problem viewing photos at Facebook and some other sites. They would show up as just a black box on the page. After I updated Flash, the problem disappeared on it’s own.

  7. Very interesting post. All the changes are amazing!! I have often wanted to visit Sanibel Island and perhaps someday I will!

    Happy OW!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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