SCCF and The Sanibel Report
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
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.