The SanCap Kiwanis Club extends their appreciation to Sam Ankerson, Executive Director of the Baileys-Matthews National Shell Museum, for being the featured speaker at their recent meeting. Sam shared the impact of the storm on the museum and its mission, highlighting the resilience and determination to restore this vital island resource.

Sam Ankerson reported that their building suffered extensive damage during the storm, with a 5 1/2 foot water surge and two breaches in the roof. Tragically, over 80% of the marine life housed within the museum perished. The total damage amounted to over $2 million dollars, underscoring the significant challenges faced by the museum in the aftermath of the storm.

Despite the devastating impact, Mr. Ankerson expressed optimism and shared the progress being made in restoring the aquarium and sea life exhibits. With dedicated efforts, the Baileys-Matthews National Shell Museum is on track to have the aquarium and sea life fully operational by late fall. This milestone represents a significant step forward in the museum’s commitment to conservation and education.

The Baileys-Matthews National Shell Museum would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the SanCap Kiwanis Club for their support. The club’s contribution to the “Mollusk on the Move” program, which provides educational opportunities for school children, has been instrumental in furthering the museum’s mission of fostering conservation and education.

The SanCap Kiwanis Club remains committed to supporting organizations and initiatives that positively impact the youth and families of Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Through their ongoing efforts, they aim to create a vibrant and nurturing community for all residents.

About SanCap Kiwanis:
The Kiwanis Club of Sanibel & Captiva Islands is a community organization dedicated to serving the children and families of Sanibel and Captiva. Through various programs and initiatives, the club strives to make a positive impact in the lives of the community’s youth. For more information, please visit