South Seas Island Resort Sponsors Luminary Festival 2015

(Nov. 11, 2015) Sanibel, FL– The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce announced today that South Seas Island Resort has taken a gold sponsorship for this year’s Luminary Festival weekend. The 31st annual 2015 Luminary celebrations will take place Friday, December 4th on Sanibel and Saturday, December 5th on Captiva.

Bob Walter, Regional Managing Director for South Seas Island Resort and Inns of Sanibel stated, “The luminary festivities are an exclamation mark to another fantastic year for Sanibel and Captiva. We are thrilled to be a part of such a strong community and we thank the SanCap Chamber, its members, volunteers, and residents for their continued support.”

Luminary Festival is the one time of the year when the islands main streets are lined with illuminated candles. Businesses are decorated with festive trimmings and the landscape is decorated with lights. Island visitors and local residents can enjoy these two magical nights as they stroll the streets and participate in the beginning of the holiday season, island style.

Visitors and residents are invited to mark their calendars for this very special occasion.

 

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Island Inn Sponsors Luminary Festival 2015

(Nov. 5, 2015) Sanibel, FL – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce announced that the Island Inn has taken a Gold Sponsorship for this year’s Luminary Festival. The 31st annual 2015 Luminary celebrations will take place Friday,
December 4th on Sanibel and Saturday, December 5th on Captiva.

“Luminary Weekend is an important event that we value, as it brings the entire Sanibel and Captiva community together for an official start to the holiday season,” said Chris Davison, General Manager of the Island Inn. “It’s truly a memorable experience for our guests and we are proud to support the 31st year of this wonderful event,” he continued.

On each of the island’s Luminary nights the main roads are lined with white bags filled with island sand that support carefully lit candlesticks. These luminaries do more than just illuminating the holiday path. Their magical glow sets the mood for the evening and begins the holiday traditions we look forward to on our islands all year.

Steve Hatfield, VP of Administration & Finance with Island Inn and Chris Davison, General Manager of the Island Inn and are joined by The Sanibel & Captiva Island Chamber representatives Ric Base, President and Trent Peake, Member Services Manager

Steve Hatfield, VP of Administration & Finance with Island Inn and Chris Davison, General Manager of the Island Inn and are joined by The Sanibel & Captiva Island Chamber representatives Ric Base, President and Trent Peake, Member Services Manager

 

Chamber Congratulates E-Awards Nominees

Sanibel, FL (Aug. 27, 2015) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce wishes to congratulate their wonderful staff and volunteers for their many nominations at this year’s E-Awards held Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Estero. E-Awards recognize individuals and businesses throughout Lee County that impact guests to our area in positive ways. Being nominated is quite an honor and puts you in a group of extraordinary people. Once again the visitor center staff made an exemplary showing with the following individuals being nominated by island guests: Mike Baldwin, Julianne Kirkpatrick, Anne Liese, Allen Myers, Orlene Shimberg, Barry Solomon and George Veillette.

In addition to the chamber staff, the following Chamber business members were recognized for their professionalism, customer service and exceptional service to the tourism industry:

Restaurant-Honorable Mention – Russ Boorman – RC Otters
Restaurant-Winner-David Rashty – Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina
Other – Honorable Mention – Whitney Blair – Royal Shell Vacations
Good Samaritan – Honorable Mention – Billy Kirkland – Billy’s Rentals
Good Samaritan – Winners – Captain Skip Laney and Captain Brian Holaway – Captiva Cruises
Attractions – Honorable Mention – Dorothy Buchholz – Broadway Palm Dinner Theater
Attractions – Winner – Bill Hammond – Endless Summer Charters
Accommodations – Honorable Mention – Dawn Jewell – Caribe Beach Resort
Accommodations – Winner – Bob Fodor – Beachview Cottages

 “On behalf of the chamber and wonderful business community on Sanibel and Captiva Islands I am pleased to wish all the nominees, finalists and winners for the exemplary customer service and in some cases life-saving efforts in making our islands a sought after and desired vacation destination”, stated Ric Base, the President of The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce.

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce Earns State Recognition

Sanibel, FL (Aug. 25, 2015) – The Francis P. Bailey, Jr. Visitor Center on Sanibel has been named one of only thirteen official Florida Certified Tourism Information Centers in association with a new VISIT FLORIDA program.

The VISIT FLORIDA Certified Tourism Information Centers (CTICs) Program brings VISIT FLORIDA recognition to Visitor Services facilities around the state, providing these facilities and their staff with benefits that enable successful promotion of travel to and throughout Florida.

To become an official Florida Certified Tourism Information Center, visitor centers must meet requirements specified by VISIT FLORIDA, such as: centers must be a VISIT FLORIDA Partner, centers must be open year-round at a minimum of five days per week, centers must be located in a convenient and accessible location for the ease of travelers, and centers must have access to parking and restroom facilities to accommodate visitors including persons with disabilities.

“VISIT FLORIDA is not looking to franchise visitor centers,” said David Dodd, VISIT FLORIDA Vice President of Visitor Services. “The VISIT FLORIDA Certified Tourism Information Center Program is focused on presenting a consistent Florida message and a quality Florida experience for all visitors to the Sunshine State.”

“We are very proud of our staff and volunteers who look after the many visitors that come through our doors each and every day” said Chamber president Ric Base

The Francis P. Bailey, Jr. Visitor Center is located at the entrance to Sanibel Island and welcomes over 165,000 visitors each year. The Visitor Center is open 365 days a year and provides visitors with comprehensive information about things to do, places to visit, where to stay, shop or dine.

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Bailey’s Marketplace Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island, Florida – May 19, 2015 – After more than 115 years of serving residents and visitors on Sanibel Island, Bailey’s General Store expanded its presence with the addition of a new location. Bailey’s Marketplace, located at Sundial Beach Resort and Spa, is officially open for business.

Bailey’s, the premier grocer on Sanibel Island, marked the occasion with a well-attended ribbon cutting in the company of business leaders, city officials, visitors, and Chamber of Commerce members and guests.

Bailey’s Marketplace is a slimmed-down version of Bailey’s General Store, carrying the highest quality fresh produce, tender meats, succulent seafood, wine and beer, deli meats and sandwiches along with gifts and beach supplies.

In 1889, Frank P. Bailey started the Sanibel Packing Company, which packed various goods and shipped them to buyers. As the demand for food on the island grew, so did the packing company. The packing company expanded to meet the increased demand and evolved into Bailey’s General Store.  And now, Bailey’s has expanded again with its new location on the west side of the island to once again meet the ever-changing needs of residents and visitors alike.

Owners, Richard and Mead (granddaughter of Frank Bailey) credit Bailey’s longevity to two key factors: a long history of exceptional, friendly customer service along with the drive to meet the needs of their customers. “We were delighted to see so many people joined us for our ribbon cutting,” said Richard Johnson, Bailey’s co-owner. “And with the multi-million dollar investment in property improvements, that have been made at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, the feedback we got from residents and visitors alike was that the location is ideal,” he concluded.

“We were proud to celebrate this great addition to one of Sanibel’s long time Chamber of Commerce members, providing another location for their quality products,” said Ric Base, President of the Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce.

The Bailey family has been involved in their community throughout their history.   They believe in giving-back to the community and help many people along the way.  “This is one more opportunity to treat Sanibel Island residents and visitors to Bailey’s “Platinum Rule”:  Treat others as they want to be treated,” said Mead Johnson, Bailey’s co-owner. “We are delighted to expand our service.”

Bailey’s Marketplace is located on 1451 Middle Gulf Drive at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, Sanibel Island providing food supplies, sundries, wine and beer.

For more information, visit Bailey’s General Store or call 239-472-1516.

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CHAMBER HOSTS RIBBON CUTTING TO CELEBRATE SUNDIAL BEACH RESORT & SPA

Sanibel, FL (April 21, 2015) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the newly renovated property and updated amenities at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa on April 14, 2015.

Sundial, the premier beachfront condominium resort and spa on Sanibel Island, marked the occasion with a very well attended ribbon cutting in the company of business leaders, City officials and Chamber members and guests.

The enhanced facilities include a new state of the art fitness center, a Kay Casperson Lifestyle Spa and Boutique, the Slice of Paradice poolside pizza and ice cream parlor, a Sanibel Sea School campus and Bailey’s Marketplace, a new well-stocked onsite grocery.

“We were delighted to see so many people join us for our ribbon cutting” said Phillip Starling, Sundial’s newly appointed General Manager. “It enables us to introduce our new Sundial Beach Resort and Spa enhanced offering to so many of our good friends and supporters” he concluded.

“We are proud to celebrate this great addition to Sanibel Island’s beachfront resorts” said Ric Base, President of the Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce. Present at the Ribbon Cutting was Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane, City Manager Judie Zimomra and Councilmen Chauncey Goss and Jim Jennings.

Located on 1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel, Sundial Beach Resort and Spa offers spacious fully equipped condominium accommodations in various sizes, complete with kitchen, living room, and dining area.

For more information visit www.sundialresort.com or call 239-472 4151.

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Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA

U.S. News and World Report Travel ranks Sanibel #3 in their Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA.

Taking the family to the beach can create lifelong memories, as long as every member of the family is satisfied. To help you choose your next family beach vacation, U.S. News considered factors like safe waters, kid-friendly attractions, dining options, spacious accommodations, multi-generational appeal and overall accessibility. The list below features destinations across the country that are most ideal for family getaways, according to travel experts and our readers. Weigh in by voting below, then use this list to plan your upcoming travel.

Why Go: Sanibel Island is a hit with kids for two reasons. The “Sanibel Scoop” keeps little ones occupied for hours as they comb the wide beaches for shells and sand dollars. If you’re not yet convinced, keep in mind that hotel deals are pretty easy to find here.

This secluded Fort Myers offshoot is considered even more low-key, quiet and quaint than its Gulf Coast neighbor, and that’s saying a lot. Casual is the order of the day on Sanibel Island; a shabby chic vibe permeates the Periwinkle Way galleries, restaurants and shops; seashells cover every sandy and linoleum surface. In fact, the abundant seashells have become this island’s (and its smaller sister, Captiva’s) claim to fame.

You’ll find plenty of beachcombers practicing the “Sanibel stoop” — what locals call shelling — on any lengthy stretch of sand. Plan on joining them for at least one afternoon of your stay; that is, if the mood strikes you. The residents of laid-back Sanibel wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Colony Inn

Sanibel, FL (March 2, 2015) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the recently updated property, Colony Inn, on the East end of Sanibel.

Local Chamber business members joined owners and guests to enjoy the newly renovated condos, a new logo and new name. Complimentary appetizers and beverages were served by Colony Inn board members. “The renovations are ongoing as we are working to update the property to meet the needs of time,” stated Betsy Dekker, General Manager for the Inn. “We are thrilled with the improvements that have been made so far. Business has been wonderful as a result and we are looking forward to what lies ahead.” The Colony Inn offers a variety of accommodation types that range in price. They are located at 419 East Gulf Drive. For more information, call 239-472-5151 or visit their website at http://www.colonyinnsanibel.com.

 

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TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Awards

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Awards

Several Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber members recently were acknowledged by TripAdvisor with a Certificate of Excellence award.

The winners were:

Congratulations to all!

 

Sanibel Ranked #1 on 11 Stunning Florida Towns You Need to Visit


Sanibel Ranked #1 on 11 Stunning Florida Towns You Need to Visit by BuzzFeed

1. For secluded and untouched beauty, visit Sanibel Island.

You won’t find many buildings that are taller than a palm tree on
Sanibel Island, and that’s because the city has taken careful measures
to preserve the natural beauty of the area. The town is markedly devoid
of fast food restaurants, which were banned, and even stoplights. So get
ready to step into a world that feels totally removed from the norm.

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