Sanibel, FL (May 11, 2015) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting to welcome Image Yacht Charters as a new member. The event was hosted at ‘Tween Waters Marina on May 6th.

Image Yacht Charters provides ‘stay aboard vacations’ as well as half-day and full-day charters on their various vessels. Those looking to vacation on the water are offered all-inclusive packages that can be tailored to meet any needs.

“For the short amount of time we have been a part of this Chamber, Image Yacht Charters has received so much support from the other business members,” stated Image Yacht Charters spokesperson Lauren Epidy. “We love all of the new relationships we have formed and are encouraged by the strong backing the Chamber provides,” Epidy concluded.

Ric Base, President of the Chamber of Commerce added, “The Chamber welcomes Image Yacht Charters to our islands and looks forward to their continued growth and success.”

For more information on Image Yacht Charters, visit their website here.




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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(Sanibel, FL – October 15th, 2014) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce unveiled a new look for its 2015 Visitors’ Guide at this week’s Member’s Business Lunch at the Captiva Yacht Club.

The new look features a cover photograph by Denise McKee of L3 Beach Photo, one of the island’s best known photographers. Denise was the chosen winner in a special Chamber photography competition, specifically designed to find an image that accurately captures the essence of Sanibel Island and Captiva Island.

Chamber President, Ric Base, said “Members will know that our Visitors’ Guide is a very popular publication. The cover photograph is an important aspect of its success and we are delighted with the Denise McKee image chosen for this year. We expect to distribute more than 150,000 Visitors’ Guides over the coming year.”

The Visitors’ Guide, published by South West Florida Distributing & Publishing, is offered to all guests at the busy Chamber Visitor’s Center. The Guide is also distributed around Florida and other States at events attended by Chamber Staff to promote the Islands of Sanibel and Captiva.

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Denise McKee of L3 Beach Photo

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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Captiva Island voted #2 happiest seaside town in the U.S.A. by Coastal Living!

America’s Happiest
Seaside Towns 2014

Captiva Island voted #2 happiest seaside town in the U.S.A. by Coastal Living!

Local folklore holds that pirate José Gaspar hid his captives on this pristine island. A gorgeous prison, indeed: The slender barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico west of Fort Myers has pale, powdery sands graced with more than 250 types of seashells.

A single main road runs Captiva’s five-mile length, making much of its raw beauty best appreciated by sea kayak. (Buck Key Paddling Trail, a best-kept paddlers’ secret, winds past green herons and gators.) There are plenty of finds on foot, too; shoppers here love the intimacy of Captiva Village along Andy Rosse Lane, which houses not only galleries and boutiques, but also a public library, community center, and the historic beachfront Chapel By The Sea. It’s a 10-minute stroll from the Village to sweeping Alison Hagerup Beach Park (aka Captiva Beach), a great sunset post for spotting the horizon’s famous green flash.

Although Captiva’s sunny, mild climate means warm days year-round for its 400 residents, a particularly special time is May to October, when thousands of tiny loggerhead turtles emerge from their nests and make their way slowly to the water’s edge. They might be the only islanders who ever feel like leaving.

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Sanibel Island Event – Ribbon Cutting for Island Life Spa

Sanibel Island FL (February 11, 2014) – The Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting for Island Life Spa on February 5, 2014.

Island Life Spa is a new, locally-owned, family-run spa providing many services including: warm island lava shell therapy, body melt stone and medical massages, lumin essence face brightening and face lifting, red currant skin tightening, calming or “after sun” care, 24 ct. gold Cleopatra skin services, as well as body slimming wraps and scrubs.

“We are happy to welcome Island Life Spa as our newest member and look forward to their success here on Sanibel Island,” said Ric Base, President of the Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce.

Island Life Spa is located at 1101 Periwinkle Way, Suite 102, Sanibel Island Florida. For more information please call 239-400-4410 or visit

Sanibel Island - Island Life Spa Ribbon Cutting

Island Life Spa Ribbon Cutting – Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island -1 of 10 Best Beach Towns

Sanibel Island Makes Smarter Travel’s 1 of 10 Best Beach Towns in Florida

Sanibel Island Top 10 by Smarter Travel 2014

Smarter Travel
February 5, 2014

Famed for its white-sand beaches teeming with coquinas, whelks, sand dollars, and scallops, Sanibel Island is a paradise for nature lovers. But there’s more than shelling on this barrier island: Head downtown and visit the shops, restaurants, and artist galleries on main thoroughfare Periwinkle Way, and you’ll see why almost 200,000 vacationers make the trip to this charming spot every year.

Don’t Miss: While not open to the public, the Point Ybel Lighthouse (or Sanibel Island Lighthouse) is a must-see photo op on the island. Pause along your shelling route to snap a shot of this beachside beacon, which has guided seafarers to Sanibel Island’s shores since 1884.

Sanibel Island Named 1 of the 10 Best Places to go in Florida by Smarter Travel, 2013

Sanibel Island 2013 Award - Smarter Travel
Smarter Travel

March 1, 2013

In 2013, Smarter Travel named Sanibel Island one of the 10 Best Places to Go in Florida noting our world-renown shelling and our famous “Sanibel Stoop” as well as The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum and our serious conservation efforts.


The Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce thanks Smarter Travel for recognizing Sanibel Island with these prestigious awards.

Sanibel Island Event – Ribbon Cutting – Enchanted Ballroom

The Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting event for their newest member, Enchanted Ballroom, on November 13, 2013.

Enchanted Ballroom is a dance studio offering lessons in Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Swing, Rumba, Samba, Salsa, Cha Cha, Hustle, Nightclub Two-Step and West Coast Swing with both American & International Styles.

“We are delighted to welcome Enchanted Ballroom as our newest member of the Chamber of Commerce,” said Ric Base, President of the Chamber of Commerce.


Enchanted Ballroom is located at 2496 Palm Ridge Road on Sanibel. To attend classes or book a complimentary lesson with David Flory, call 579-0468 or 471-6797. For more information visit

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Sanibel Island – “Happiest Seaside Towns” 2013




New York, NY (May 07, 2013) – Sanibel Island, Florida places third in Coastal Living’s second annual list of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns.” The complete list of the 10 best places to live by the sea, as ranked by consumers, is featured in the June 2013 issue of Coastal Living, on newsstands May 17th.

Coastal Living editors unveiled their list of the 10 “Happiest Seaside Towns” in the February 2013 issue and invited America to vote for their favorite. Consumers could vote hourly from January 10 to February 28 online or via smartphone. Fans rallied around their favorite towns and voted often. Beaufort came in first  place followed by Harwich Port, Massachusetts then Sanibel Island.

“It was incredible to see such enthusiasm from our readers,” said Coastal Living Editor-in-Chief Antonia van der Meer. “People take great pride in their home towns and we at Coastal Living are thrilled to share their happy little secret with the rest of America.”

Coastal Living chose its 2013 “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” finalists based on criteria that included ranking on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of sunny days, healthiness of beaches, commute times, walkability, standard of living and financial well-being of the locals, geographic diversity, and an editorial assessment of “coastal vibe.” Coastal locations named as “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” in 2012 were not eligible to make the current list.

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