Everglades Restoration is Topic at Sanibel Captiva Chamber Business Lunch

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce welcomed Everglades Trust Executive Director Kimberly Mitchell as guest speaker of the business luncheon Sept. 13 at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa. Mitchell spoke about how to save the Everglades by uniting to fight a giant.

“We the people must have the same message, be on the same page, to be effective,” Mitchell said. “The Now or Neverglades declaration is that message.”

The Sanibel & Captiva Chamber hosted a Now or Neverglades Declaration signing in August, while the City of Sanibel was among the first cities to enact an ordinance in support of saving the Everglades. Mitchell explained the problem with Lake Okeechobee discharges flowing east and west instead of south, as nature intended.

“The Everglades is in a state of collapse right now, from not enough fresh water,” Mitchell, whose father was the sixth man to walk on the moon and her inspiration to fight for the Everglades, said.

Mitchell is a former West Palm Beach City Commissioner who served from 2002 to 2015. During her Commission tenure, she was a leading proponent of water supply management for the city and region. Mitchell’s understanding of the need for Everglades restoration is rooted in her leadership during numerous droughts, water shortages and polluted water releases from Lake O.

Mitchell’s well-rounded career also includes working as a governmental affairs professional in Tallahassee where she specialized in local and state representation, and management of local, state and national campaigns.

Adventures in Paradise sponsored the October business lunch. Owner Evelyn Stewart gave away a cruise for 50 passengers aboard any of Adventures in Paradise vessels.



Sanibel, FL (Nov. 19, 2015) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated Dunes Golf & Tennis Club.

As guests arrived at the clubhouse they were greeted by the tropical sound of steel drums, a scrumptious buffet of crab claws, fresh fruits and cheeses and an open bar where they were able to sample cocktail creations, beer and wine. Leilani Sivsov, General Manager, expressed her delight over the renovations. “No expense was spared. We love the new, upscale appearance of The Dunes. We can’t wait for our seasonal residents and winter guests to come and experience the new look.”

Ric Base, President of the Chamber of Commerce, added “The Chamber is excited to see the finished project at The Dunes. The Dunes continues to be a favorite destination for Chamber members and Island guests alike.”

The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club is open to the public and features an 18-hole championship golf course, masterfully designed by ten-time PGA Tour winner and world renowned golf course designer, Mark McCumber. It sits within a stunning wildlife preserve that has been officially endorsed by the Audubon Society. The Dunes also offers a tennis club, private rooms to host social events, a magnificent swimming pool and a beautiful open-air pavilion. Exceptional dining is now offered at the club where lunch is served daily from 11am – 3pm and dinner every Friday starting in December; as well as on select event nights from 6-9 pm.

For more information on The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club visit their website at www.DunesGolfSanibel.com or call 239-935-8267.

The Dunes reopening after their clubhouse renovation project

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.

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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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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Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Sanibel Sprout

Sanibel, FL (February 6, 2015) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting to welcome The Sanibel Sprout in its new location in the Bailey’s Center at 2463 Periwinkle Way on February 4th 2015.

The Sanibel Sprout, a popular organic, vegan, and juice bar café, also offers a range of groceries, vitamins & supplements and inspiring home decor. The Sanibel Sprout moved to the Bailey’s Center last November and has established itself as a very busy and successful business in this central shopping location on the island. ”We like to think of ourselves as Sanibel & Captiva’s number one resource for all things natural and healthy,” said Nikki Rood, co-owner with her mother Edith Rood.

Edith Rood, co-owner added, “We are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality organic foods and products to support the process of internal energy production and renewal.” The Ribbon Cutting ceremony was performed by Nikki and Edith Rood along with City Council member and former mayor of Sanibel, Mick Denham and Chamber President, Ric Base.

The Sanibel Sprout offers a custom, weekly, vegetable & fruit organic co-op basket that members can order each week. The baskets contain the freshest in-season produce available. The Sanibel Sprout is now located at 2463 Periwinkle Way in the Bailey’s Center and is open daily from 8:30am to 7:00pm. For more information give them a call at 239-472-4499.

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Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting for the SS Hookers Restaurant

Sanibel, FLA (Nov 7, 2014) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce hosts Ribbon Cutting ceremony on November 5th to welcome one of their newest members, SS Hookers. More than 350 people came out to celebrate the opening of the 5,000 Sq. Ft. new restaurant which features waterfront dining, outdoor decks, full service restaurant, full bar, fish market and a gift shop. The event also raised more than $2,000 for the local charity, Pace Center for Girls, through a silent auction held in the restaurant during the Ribbon Cutting.

The fishing inspired restaurant at Punta Rassa overlooks Sanibel and the Gulf of Mexico and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. SS Hookers pays tribute to the home of big game fishing, serving up American cuisine with a Cajun flair. Anglers can buy their bait, have their filleted catch cooked by the chef and also order a range of Angler’s Boxed Meals To Go.

Sandy Stilwell, CEO and Owner of Stilwell Enterprises, said “I am very pleased to be celebrating the opening of our newest restaurant” said Stilwell. “This has been a long project – we began the planning process for SS Hookers more than three years ago but I think you will agree that it was worth the wait!”

SS Hookers is located at 17501 Harbour Point Drive, Fort Myers, to the right of the Sanibel toll booths. For more information about the restaurant please call 239-689-3857 or visit them at  http://sshookers.com

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Sanibel & Captiva Island Chamber of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Sanibel Catering Company

Sanibel, FLA (October 29, 2014) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting to welcome its newest member, Sanibel Catering Company by Bailey’s at the Sanibel Community House on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

Richard Johnson, Bailey’s General Manager, and his catering team at Sanibel Catering Company provided a very impressive hospitality experience with a wide range of appetizers and delights highlighting the service talents of the team. The company is a part of the Sanibel Packing Company, that also includes Bailey’s General Store and Bailey’s Hardware. The Sanibel Catering Company provides catering services for parties and special events.


Sanibel Catering Company Chamber Ribbon Cutting

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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