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SCCF and The Sanibel Report

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Introduction 1

Chapter 1 (A)

Chapter 1 (B)

Introduction 2

Chapter 2 (A)

Chapter 2 (B)

Chapter 3 (A)

Chapter 3 (B)

Chapter 4 (A)

Chapter 4 (B)

Chapter 5

Chapter 6+7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9 (A)

Chapter 9 (B)


SCCF and the Sanibel Report

The Sanibel Report, prepared in 1974-75, reports on every facet of the island’s natural systems, such as beach, mangroves, interior wetlands, hydrology and wildlife information. SCCF staff and volunteers provided many of the reports, research, and existing data; recruited experts; and even supplied lodging and financial support for the visiting scientists.

This was incorporated into the Sanibel Plan, adopted in 1976, which is still used by the City of Sanibel as it balances orderly development with the preservation of ecological integrity.

The fundamental concept of Sanibel’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan is design with nature in mind. In order to protect those areas that are most crucial for wildlife and wetland functions, development and density determinations were set according to what the native landscapes could reasonably bear.

The concepts of conservation within City regulations have persevered through the years and in many instances, have been further defined and strengthened. The book, The Sanibel Report, published in 1976, contains both the Sanibel Report and the original Sanibel Plan. Please note that the Sanibel Plan is supplied for informational purposes only. Check with the City of Sanibel for the current Plan, which has been revised over the years.

Above: Section of an illustration in The Sanibel Report showing the different ecological zones on the island.