One of the best things about living and working on Sanibel is the beach. I spent the morning working yesterday. My son played very well and was quite. I decided that he needed a little reward for being good and that we should get outside. Just a quick walk with some fishing poles and my son and I were building castles, splashing in the surf, catching fish and getting matching sunburns. No matter where you are on Sanibel it is never very far to get to the beach. At the most you will only be 2.5 miles from the water, but most of the time you will be within a half mile.
LESS THAN 1% CHANCE OF OIL ON SANIBEL/CAPTIVA BEACHES
It looks like Sanibel and Captiva are going to be safe from the oil. Not only are we overly prepared but there is good news from NOAA; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. There is less than a 1% chance of any impact with Sanibel or Captiva. Ric Base with the Sanibel Chamber of commerce put it this way,” Recent projections by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report the probability of oil impacting our destination is less than 1 percent. That echoes the opinion of Kristie Anders, education director for the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. She says the Loop Current in the Gulf of Mexico follows the edge of the 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. So, barring a major storm, it will steer the Loop Current away from our area and well offshore of Southwest Florida.”
My name is Chris Potter, I have been a Sanibel resident for the last eight years. I am starting this blog to let more people know about Sanibel and Captiva. Sanibel and Captiva are barrier islands off the coast of Fort Myers, FL in the Gulf of Mexico. I welcome comments and questions and I will be happy to help you find out anything you want to know about the islands. Tune in and enjoy.