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The Sea Shell Islands by Elinore M. Dormer
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message 1: by Jessica (last edited Jan 23, 2011 05:57AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jessica A wonderful read until the last third. Dormer covers the island's history--prior to, during, and after the arrival of the Spaniards--in colorful detail and story. The island's settling by Americans also covered well. The last third of the book, post-Sanibel causeway, is taken over by the battle for Sanibel: between preservationists, real estate developers, business interests, etc. Dormer and her husband were clearly participants (preservationists), so you get first-hand accounts...of endless meetings, agreements, unraveling of agreements...while important, it need not be covered in the detail Dormer uses, but there is no distance (the book was published in 1987) and so taken from a 2011 standpoint, there's an imbalance to the island's history.
Still, if you've spent any time on the island or are curious about it, a fascinating read.
Out of print, but easy to obtain.


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