Monthly Archives: December 2013

Picture Perfect

By Melanie Pagan

When we outline content for our magazines, we always ask the question: “what will hit home with our readers?” Whether we cover a person making a difference locally, or shed light on under-the-radar activities, we strive to keep our audience connected to the Lee County community.

But now we want more. I guess you can call us needy. Not only do we want readers to take pleasure in our content, we want them to feel like they are a part of it. It’s one thing to give our supporters pages to flip through, but showcasing photos of their own can transform: “here’s a story on the beach I visited,” into “here’s a picture of me at that very beach!”

Our social media outlets are good places to start. As we expand our internet presence, we want our fans to grow along with us. We have started to announce photo contests on our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages, so people can enter to win a chance to appear in print or online.


Until January 1, we are asking friends to send us pictures of themselves or loved ones in the “Sanibel Stoop” pose for a chance to appear in our March/April issues. We have also implemented a weekly #OfficePawty challenge on Facebook, where readers can submit photos of furry friends hanging out on the clock, in the office. The weekly winner will be featured on our page.


So, if you haven’t already, I encourage you to “like” our social media pages to find out where and what to submit. Without our loyal subscribers and readers, we wouldn’t be where we are, and we want to express our thanks.

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Melanie Pagan is the editorial assistant and social media representative for TOTI Media.

Mermaids, Dolphins, Elves, Oh My!

By Melanie Pagan

This month on the island is truly a special one for residents and guests alike. Captiva Holiday Village holds a series of events that combine the essence of a winter wonderland with a laid-back, tropical twist (think Palm trees wrapped in Christmas lights).

This past weekend, I enjoyed watching the Fourth Annual Golf Cart Parade while it traveled from Chadwick’s Square at South Seas Island Resort to Andy Rosse Lane, looping around Chapin and Wiles Drive and back past the Green Flash restaurant before returning to South Seas. I even managed to snap a few shots of the creative carts amid the excitement!

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This year’s winners included:
Best in Show- American Realty of Captiva’s “Snow Renourishment”
Commercial Category- Kingfisher Vacation’s” Rudolphin”
Non-commercial Category- Mixed Nuts, featuring Betsy Hanna, Terry McClure, Cannella Mullins, Kim and Kathleen Nealon, and Deb Wendall.

Click here to see which events have yet to take place during the Captiva Holiday Village weekends!

A portion of the $20 entrance fee benefitted the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation.

Melanie Pagan is the editorial assistant/social media representative for TOTI Media, Inc. and she encourages you to participate in our Sanibel Stoop picture contest. LIke our Facebook page for details.

Run, Run, Rudolph

By Melanie Pagan

Recently on our Facebook, we shared the image below of TopNotch® Records singer, songwriter, and pianist Whitney Wolanin  hanging out with musician Gavin DeGraw. She ran into him while filming her short parody film for Run, Run Rudolph–a song that will play in over 100,000 retail stores this holiday season!

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The film has already played in Berlin, Paris and IDAR Oberstein, but you can une into it here:

To hear more music by Whitney Wolanin, download her holiday mini-album Run, Run, Rudolph available on iTunes now! Learn more about the singer in our January/February issues, on stands soon.

 Melanie pagan is the editorial assistant for TOTI Media, Inc.