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Protecting Sanibel and Captiva Islands


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Betty Anholt is a long-term student of Florida's natural and social history--and in particular that of Southwest Florida and the islands. She has published four books, including Sanibel's Story: Voices and Images from Calusa to Incorporation, as well as numerous articles, columns and smaller pieces. Born and raised in New Jersey, Betty moved to Sanibel with her husband, Jim, and their young family many years ago and owned/operated two local businesses for much of that time. She has canoe-camped along several of Florida's rivers and streams, canoeing the Suwannee from the Okefenokee Swamp to the Gulf of Mexico at the Cedar Keys, and crossed the Everglades by paddle. Well versed in island history and ecology, as of this writing she works in reference and cataloguing at the Sanibel Public Library. Charles LeBuff was born in Massachusetts and moved to Bonita Springs, Florida, in 1952. In 1958, he was selected to fill the number two position at the Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida. He spent thirty-two years as a wildlife technician at this refuge, renamed J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in 1967. During his time on Sanibel Island, he served as president of the Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society, was a founding board member of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, was twice elected to the Sanibel City Council and founded and directed the loggerhead sea turtle conservation project Caretta Research Inc. Today, Charles and his wife, Jean, live near Fort Myers, Florida. He can be contacted through his website (www.amber-publishing.com).

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