Sanibel & Captiva Chamber Welcomes The Clam Shack as New Member

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to welcome new member The Clam Shack. The restaurant, which opened Sept. 21, 2015 in the former Greenhouse Grill space, serves up authentic New England-style seafood.

“Our lobster rolls have proven to be popular on the island,” said Chef Mark Thomas, who owns The Clam Shack with his wife Laurie.

The menu is a smaller version of its sister restaurant, the 10-year-old Clam Bake in south Fort Myers. “We chose the best from our Clam Bake menu and brought those items to Sanibel,” said Mark, a graduate of Johnson and Wales University with more than 30 years experience in the food industry.

The menu may be a smaller selection, but it includes Ipswitch clams, stuffed quahogs and two kinds of chowder. There is the more traditional New England-style chowder and the broth-based Rhode Island chowder Mark grew up with in West Warwick.

“Sanibel reminds me a lot of the town I grew up and lived in for many, many years,” said Mark. “We are happy to be here, feels like home.”

The Clam Shack’s 50 seats have been filled by locals and regular visitors looking for tastes of the north or something different on the island. “We have received amazing support from the community,” said Laurie. “Everyone has been so welcoming.”

“We also extend a warm welcome Mark, Laurie and their Clam Shack to our islands,” said Chamber President Ric Base. “We wish them continued success.”

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Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting To Welcome New Member Sanibel Sweet Shoppe

Sanibel, FL (Nov. 4, 2015)The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting to welcome Sanibel Sweet Shoppe as a new member. The event was hosted at their store located at 2330 Palm Ridge Road, in Palm Ridge Plaza, on November 4th.

Beth and Tim Musser, owners of the Sanibel Sweet Shoppe, are on premise daily creating their handmade fudge, sweets and hand dipped Italian Ice. You’ll also find salt water taffy and molded chocolates in the shape of shells in their shiny glass cases that give the shop an old fashioned sweet shop feel. They will be baking special cookies and candies just in time for the holiday season this year.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the wonderful business community on Sanibel and Captiva and hope the island residents will stop in and enjoy our sweets!” said Sanibel Sweet Shoppe owner Beth Musser.

Ric Base, President of the Chamber of Commerce added, “The Chamber welcomes the Sanibel Sweet Shoppe to our islands and is pleased to have them join our family of successful businesses.”

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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.


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 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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