Sanibel & Ft. Myers – Did You Know?

The Coconut Telegraph

I read a great article today by Stephanie Maier. She listed 14 surprising facts about two distinct areas of Southwest Florida – Sanibel & Ft. Myers. I myself have been a resident of Southwest Florida for 28 years and even I learned a thing or two. Here I’ve listed the facts that most surprised me from Stephanie’s surprising list.

  1. Fort Myers – then a small fort along the Caloosahatchee River – was named by General David Twiggs in 1850. He named the fort for his daughter’s fiance, Abraham C. Myers.
  2. Fort Myers has the highest number of days with sun! Beating out other sun filled towns such as Orlando and Tampa. No wonder everyone here is always in a good mood.
  3.  Captiva is an oasis for artists. Robert Rauschenberg moved to Captiva in the 1960s and is largely responsible for the rich atmosphere of arts found in Captiva and Sanibel we have today. What surprised me is all of Southwest Florida boasts over 125 art galleries, studios and museums. Who new we were living in such a cultural hub!
  4. The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum in Sanibel is the only one of its kind in the country.
  5. The SA Feather Company has been supplying wholesale feathers such as the feathers used in boas, showdancer headdresses and wigs since 1906 right from Ft. Myers.
  6. Thomas Edison and his wife Mina are responsible for the first planting of royal palm trees along McGregor Blvd, which is still one my favorite sites when driving around Ft. Myers.
  7. The world’s smallest fishing museums is housed on Captiva at Jensen’s Marina. The bothers David, John and Jimmy have a collection of antique rods and reels, fabulous old pictures and more to discover.

I hope you discovered a thing or two about Southwest Florida you didn’t know before about the area you love. And if we haven’t seen you in awhile, come on back and see what new things you can discover.

John Petel

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