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  1. More than half of the island of Sanibel is made up of wildlife refuges, the largest being J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
  2. The city's best-known resident is former CIA Director Porter Goss, who spearheaded the island's incorporation, became its first mayor, and represented the area in Congress from 1989 until his appointment as CIA Director in 2004.
  3. The Wall Street Journal selected Sanibel and Captiva Islands as one of the 10 Best Places for Second Homes in 2010.
  4. Throughout the year, many people come to the beaches of Sanibel to gather shells. People are often seen bending down as they look for seashells, and this posture is known as the "Sanibel Stoop".
  5. Parts of George A. Romero's Day of the Dead were shot on Sanibel Island.Romero had a second home on Sanibel, from which he rewrote Day of the Dead in 1984.

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