|Sanybel Light, An Historical Autobiography: A Comprehensive History of Sanibel Island, It's Lighthouse, and the National Wildlife Refuge by Charles LeBuff
Once known in the English-speaking world as Sanybel, the Sanibel Island of today is a bridge-linked popular resort destination on Florida's lower Gulf Coast. Until 1963, this subtropical island was a remote wildlife refuge, a secret retreat for famous Americans and sportsmen, and its wide white sand beach still has the reputation of being the nation's best beach for collecting seashells. Today, nearly a million people per year visit the wild mangrove forest of the famous J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Charles LeBuff shares intimate tales about a bygone, special lifestyle on this barrier island. He passes on to the reader his expert knowledge pertaining to the island's ecology, wildlife — especially alligators, the dastardly "red tide," sea turtles, and manatees — mosquitoes, horrific hurricanes, and the duties of a light keeper at the Sanibel Lighthouse. The creation of the J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and the City of Sanibel are fully covered as is "Ding" Darling, the man.
This book was written for the education and enjoyment of today's residents and those new visitors who will also "discover" their personal paradise on Sanibel Island. Sanybel Light is a book written especially for anyone who has ever experienced the charm of Sanibel and Captiva Islands.