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LeBuff, Charles R. 1936-

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Please enter a valid email address. Walmart Services. Get to Know Us. Customer Service. In The Spotlight. Shop Our Brands. As of the census of , there were 6, people, 3, households, and 2, families residing in the city. The population density was There were 7, housing units at an average density of The racial makeup of the city was Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2. There were 3, households out of which 8. The average household size was 1.

Among the population; 8. The median age was 65 years. For every females there were For every females age 18 and over, there were About 3. The island's curved shrimp -like shape forms Tarpon Bay on the north side of the island. It is linked to the mainland by the Sanibel Causeway, which runs across two small manmade islets and the Intracoastal Waterway. The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel is the only museum in the world dedicated entirely to the study of shells.

The Gulf-side beaches are excellent on both Sanibel and Captiva, and are world-renowned for their variety of seashells , which include coquinas, scallops , whelks , sand dollars , and many other species of both shallow-water and deeper-water mollusks , primarily bivalves and gastropods. Sanibel Island is home to a significant variety of birds , including the roseate spoonbill and several nesting pairs of bald eagles.

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Birds can be seen on the beaches, the causeway islands, and the reserves, including J. Common sights include pelicans , herons , egrets , and anhingas, as well as the more common birds like terns, sandpipers , and seagulls. There is a population of American alligators on Sanibel Island. A lone rare American crocodile had been seen at the Wildlife Refuge for over 30 years, but she died in of unseasonably cold winters or old age. A memorial was set up at J. A new crocodile was introduced in May when she was found on a private property and relocated to J.

Plants on the island include the native sea grape, sea oats, mangroves , and several types of palm trees. The Australian pine is an introduced species that has spread throughout the island, to some extent overpowering native vegetation and trees. Once mature, the pine blocks sunlight and drops a thick bed of pine needles that affect the soil's pH and prevents new native growth.

The ground is very soft under these pines. The local form of the marsh rice rat has been recognized in some classifications as a separate subspecies , Oryzomys palustris sanibeli.

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Preserving the island's natural ecology has always been important to its citizens and visitors alike. A driving force in the preservation of the island is the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation which was founded in with a mission to "preserve natural resources and wildlife habitat on and around the islands of Sanibel and Captiva.

The biggest wildlife refuge on the island is the J. Fish and Wildlife Service" The lands also serve to provide a home for many endangered and threatened species. Currently the refuge provides a home for over species of birds native to the island.

Visitors to the refuge can walk, bike, drive, or kayak though the wildlife drive which takes you through five miles 8. To show that preserving the wildlife really is important, the drive is closed one day every week, Friday, so that the wildlife can have a day to themselves where they can scavenge for food closer to the drive and not have to be bothered by or fearful of humans.

There is also an education center which features "interactive exhibits on refuge ecosystems, the life and work of "Ding" Darling, migratory flyways, and the National Wildlife Refuge System. Sanibel beaches attract visitors from all around the world, partly because of the large quantities of seashells that frequently wash up there.

Many sand dollars can be found as well. One of the reasons for these large accumulations of shells is the fact that Sanibel is a barrier island which is "part of a large plateau that extends out into the Gulf of Mexico for miles.

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It is this plateau that acts like a shelf for seashells to gather. Hence, the island is gifted with great sandy beaches and an abundance of shells. People who are lucky enough to find the elegant brown-spotted shell of a Junonia on a Sanibel beach often get their picture in the local newspapers. Junonia volutes are reasonably common living in deep water, but they only rarely wash up; a beach find of a whole shell is greatly prized. Junonia shells can be purchased at local shell shops, or can be seen on display in the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, in some of the glass display tables at the Sanibel Cafe, or at the Sanibel Shell Fair in early March.

Throughout the year, many people come to the beaches of Sanibel to gather shells. People are often seen bending down as they look for seashells, and this posture is known as the "Sanibel Stoop. There are even beaches along the Sanibel causeway, and these are great for fishing and windsurfing. However, beach parking on Sanibel itself is very limited, and in high season finding a convenient parking space can be a challenge. Lighthouse Beach is named after the famous Sanibel Lighthouse, which includes a popular fishing pier and nature trails. The most secluded beach on the island is Bowman's Beach; there are no hotels in sight and the beach has a "pristine and quiet" atmosphere.

June is when the Island gets most of its rainfall. The area is prone to being hit by tropical cyclones and hurricanes; the hurricane season starts in June, but most of the activity occurs in September and October. However, local communities have "adapted to cope with these occasional storm threats. Southwest Florida rarely suffers direct strikes by hurricanes, but every 20 or so years it takes a significant hit, and about every 40 years a major one. Most of these have affected Sanibel. While much of the native vegetation survived, the non-native Australian pines suffered serious damage, blocking nearly every road.

Wildlife officials were also concerned that nests of birds and sea turtles were destroyed.

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The Sanibel Lighthouse survived with little damage, and the Sanibel Causeway suffered relatively minor damage, save for a toll booth tilted partly over, and erosion of a small seawall. Blind Pass was again cut through, but refilled less than one month later. Residents who left before the August 13 storm were not allowed back by the city government until August 18, due to hundreds of downed trees and electric power lines, and the lack of potable water and sanitary sewer.

A temporary city hall for Sanibel was set up on the mainland in a Fort Myers hotel, until utilities and transport could be restored to the island.

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Sanibel Public Library was built in and measured 19, square feet. In , the building was expanded an additional 10, square feet for a total of 29, square feet. Sanibel Public Library is owned by the citizens of Sanibel Island and governed by a seven-member elected Board of Commissioners.

Sanibel Public Library District is an independent special district created by the Florida Legislature, and is a governmental agency for all purposes under Florida Law.