Remember “The Signs of Sanibel Island”?
Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2022
The cover story of the very first issue of SignCraft back in 1980 was a feature on the signs Sanibel Island, Florida, and its adjoining island, Captiva. They’re two of the beach islands off the Fort Myers/Cape Coral, Florida, coast and like many resort areas, were home to plenty of great-looking, inspiring signs. Over the next 40 of SignCraft’s print editions, we featured the island’s signs in articles several times as new signs joined the classics that remained.
Most of the signs there, though, are gone now as a result of the pounding the island took during hurricane Ian on September 27, 2022. They were no match for the 150mph winds and the 15-foot storm surge that swept over the island. The storm destroyed countless homes and businesses and killed several people on the island.
The signs were a large part of the island’s look and feel. The work of a variety of creative designers, including Vince Brodeur, Charles Lebuff, Larry Jones, Richard Hallier and others from across the country, they helped create the unique ambiance of that cool island destination.