November 5, 2024, marks the 50th Anniversary of a momentous island occasion – the incorporation of the City of Sanibel. The result of a grassroots movement to save Sanibel Island from overdevelopment back in 1974, the incorporation was highly celebrated following a favorable citizens’ vote. The celebration continues as Sanibel adheres to its original purpose to create a city where Nature comes first. Its groundbreaking Sanibel Plan became a model for cities of the future.
Starting November 2024 and running through Luminary Holiday Stroll in December 2025, Sanibel and the SanCap Chamber are planning a 13-month celebration in partnership with island businesses, non-profit and faith-based organizations, and resident groups. Partners will be adding events to the 50th Anniversary Calendar, below.
Also on this page, you can sign up for a special 50th Anniversary email subscription and shop for exclusive, limited-time-only 50th Anniversary merchandise. As we celebrate 50 years, we also applaud the island’s ongoing recovery from Hurricane Ian in 2022. Find the link, below, to explore businesses and places that have reopened and heartily welcome you.