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Since the entire island is incorporated into the city of Sanibel, I'm proposing the merger of Sanibel Island into this article. Niteshift36 (talk) 03:31, 6 February 2010 (UTC)
I support a merge as well. I've lived on Sanibel my entire life. There is no part of Sanibel that isn't Sanibel Island and vice versa. Any pre-incorporation should be included under History.188.8.131.52 (talk) 21:37, 18 October 2010 (UTC)
I would leave them unmerged but I'd include (under Sanibel, Florida) the parts about the actual municipality since it was incorporated in 1974. This would consist of things like History since 1974, Demographics, Education and Notable Residents. Anything that would happen whether the current city existed or not (like: History before 1974, Ecology, Beaches and Climate), I'd put in Sanibel Island.
For example, I'd include part of the subsection Hurricanes in both articles. The Sanibel Island article would stop with "Blind Pass was again cut through, but refilled less than one month later". Sanibel, Florida would start with something like "In August 2004, Hurricane Charley passed directly over Captiva Island, just north of Sanibel. The City put together reentry packets..." and so forth.
The city of Sanibel covers the entire island. There is no Sanibel Island that isn't in the city of Sanibel. Anything pre-incorporation could easily be merged. Many articles about cities cover the history before they were established as cities. Niteshift36 (talk) 20:45, 15 February 2010 (UTC)
Support merge. They cover the exact same thing. Reywas92Talk 02:57, 26 February 2010 (UTC)
It does not make sense to leave them seperate, the island is too small to warrant two wikipedia articles. I would merge them both under Sanibel Island, Florida and create a section for the municipality. Many of the current sections are just repeats. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Nolongersmith (talk • contribs) 18:32, 25 March 2010 (UTC)
Merge – I feel that the two should be separate articles, but with the amount of information that we have, it would work better as one article. Pepper∙piggle 22:37, 22 April 2010 (UTC)
Oppose. Two different topics. The notability that the island itself has is not the same notability that the town has. The island's article is pretty well developed in terms of content, but it has a small amount of content that should be in the town's article alone. The town's article does not really have any information that should only be located in the island's article. Contrary to Nolongersmith, both topics certainly warrant their own article. SwarmTalk 18:52, 5 July 2010 (UTC)
Oppose The content overlaps significantly now, but there is a whole history of the island prior to incorporation that will be exclusively in the island article Scaptivate (talk) 16:44, 27 September 2010 (UTC)
Oppose Sanibel is the incorporated town. Sanibel Island is the land with much history. Because it is so notable, it should be kept as two different pages. jswfl09 (talk) 9:26, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
I honestly think the oppose votes are missing the point. Nobody is denying the history of the island prior to incoporation. However, there is no reason why it need to be separate. Almost every city had a history prior to it becoming a city and that history is incorporated into a single article in the vast majority of the cases. Take the county seat of Lee County (where Sanibel is located), Ft. Myers. The history in the article goes back to before the city existed. There was no need to make a pre-incorporation and post incorporation article. All of Sanibel is Sanibel Island. That means all of Sanibel Island's history is Sanibel's history. Niteshift36 (talk) 23:30, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
This has been left alone for a good while. 6 support merger and 4 oppose it. I would like to hear from any that oppose it and have them explain how the history of the island would somehow vaporize if the two were merged. Niteshift36 (talk) 23:10, 12 June 2011 (UTC)
Merge According to the Sanibel city (yes, Sanibel is a city) charter, the corporate limits are co-terminus with the island. . Compare Longboat Key, Florida. The articles need to be merged and rewritten to bring up to Wikipedia standards. clariosophic (talk) 17:22, 30 April 2012 (UTC)
Support merge: Sanibel is the US Postal Service designation, not Sanibel Island. The article on Sanibel Island should be added to the article on Sanibel as history prior to incorporation. The fact that there are currently two separate articles caused only confusion when I was looking for information. The confusion is unnecessary. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bigbells (talk • contribs) 15:11, 21 September 2012 (UTC)