Sanibel-Captiva Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Quik Pack & Ship

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for Quik Pack & Ship, the mailing and copy center under new ownership since October 2016. “We remodeled and moved the counter to create a sense of more space,” said Rob Wright, who owns Quik Pack & Ship with his mother Kathy […]

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Sanibel Captiva Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for New Island Taxi

Island Taxi has become a member of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, which hosted a ribbon cutting for the new business. Island Taxi was established in September 2016 to provide the best customer service with experienced and friendly staff and drivers. “The community has really embraced us and the Chamber has been […]

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Fort Myers Pest Control Celebrates 50 Years with Sanibel Captiva Chamber Ribbon Cutting

Fort Myers Pest Control celebrated its 50th anniversary with the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce in a ribbon cutting Dec. 14 at Blue Giraffe. Fort Myers Pest Control is a family-run business serving more than 17,000 customers in Southwest Florida. “We believe in treating people right and doing our very best, which has […]

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Sanibel Captiva Chamber Hosts December Luncheon at Remodeled Sanctuary GC

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce hosted its December luncheon at the newly remodeled Sanctuary Golf Club and members packed the room for a three-course meal created by Executive Chef Joe Albertelli. Bobby Logue, BIG ARTS theater artistic director, provided holiday tunes from “A Christmas Carol,” playing through Dec 23. Special guest Congressman […]

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Author Barbee Talks Innovation with Sanibel Captiva Chamber Members

Author and businessman George E. L. Barbee spoke to members of The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce during the monthly luncheon hosted by Shell Point Retirement Community. Barbee has been teaching innovation for the past 15 years and presented a small portion of his latest book “63 Innovation Nuggets (For Aspiring Innovators).” “I […]

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Sanibel Captiva Chamber Dedicates Visitor’s Guide Cover to McCarthy

The Sanibel & Ccaptiva Islands Chamber of Commerce dedicated its 2017 Visitor’s Guide cover to the memory of Paul McCarthy, owner of Captiva Cruises and longtime Chamber member. The cover photo of Lady Chadwick, the Captiva Cruises flagship vessel, was unveiled Tuesday, Oct. 11 during the monthly business luncheon at the Captiva Island Yacht Club, […]

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Sanibel Captiva Chamber Members Hears of SCORE Business Services at Luncheon

SCORE Volunteer Mentor C. Robert Leadbetter was guest speaker of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce business luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the Captiva Island Yacht Club. Leadbetter discussed services offered by SCORE, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering vibrant small businesses through mentoring and education. “We have more than 11,000 volunteer mentors nationwide […]

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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 […]

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Sanibel & Captiva Chamber Members Learn Importance of Customer Service at Monthly Luncheon

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held its monthly business lunch Tuesday, Aug. 9th at The Captiva Island Yacht Club. Members heard from guest speaker Christine Davlin from the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. Davlin educated members on the VCB’s Guests First Customer Service Training Program. It consists of seven sessions, each […]

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Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber Unites Supporters for Signing of Now or Neverglades Declaration

A crowd of more than 100 supporters gathered in front of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce Thursday, Aug. 4, to sign the Now or Neverglades Declaration. The waters of Southwest Florida are a national treasure that power the economy and shape our way of life. “This is a very important issue to […]

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Florida Native Mark Blust Joins Board of Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce

Mark Blust is a Florida native who loves to cook, bike and run. He oversees three Sanibel Island restaurants in the Prawnbroker Restaurant Group portfolio as Vice President of Marketing and Operations. Recently, he was welcomed as a member of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “Mark brings valuable skills […]

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Adventures in Paradise Evelyn Stewart Joins Sanibel & Captiva Chamber Board

After a long, prosperous relationship with the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, Evelyn Stewart has joined its Board of Directors. She, and her husband Craig Stewart, have owned and operated the popular Adventures in Paradise for the past three decades. “We are delighted to welcome Evelyn to the Chamber Board of Directors,” said […]

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Sanibel Captiva Chamber Members Hear of Economic Outlook at Business Lunch

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce members heard about the economic landscape from the eyes of Sanibel Captiva Trust Company. It’s Chief Investment Officer and Senior Portfolio Manager Craig Holston presented informational slides during the July business lunch Tuesday, July 12 at Sanibel Harbour Marriot Resort & Spa. “We can expect moderate GDP growth […]

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Sanibel & Captiva Chamber Welcomes Attorney Aaron Pruss as Board Member

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce welcomes board member Aaron Pruss, a Sanibel resident and practicing attorney. Pruss brings his experience as a member of the Government Affairs Committee and dedication to his community. “The well-being of my neighbors and the business community are of critical importance to me,” Pruss said. “I welcomed […]

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Chamber Hosts June Business Lunch at the Dunes

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber Members Presented ‘The Highland Study’ at Luncheon Barb Harrington of Hillgate Marketing Services presented The Highland Study commissioned by The Lee County Visitors & Convention Bureau to members of Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce at the June business lunch. The Highland Study has become a tool for Lee […]

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Sanibel & Captiva Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for On Island

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting Wednesday, March 30 for new member On Island, a shop created by two locals Kate Sergeant and Dawn Hillman. The pair envisioned a shop which encompassed the feeling of being ‘on island.’ “It all began with our online locals guide (OnIslandSanCap),” Sergeant said. […]

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Denham, Zimomra Talk Traffic, Water Quality at San Cap Chamber Business Lunch

February 9, 2016 Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce business members heard from Vice Mayor Mick Denham and City Manager Judie Zimomra during the Tuesday, Feb. 9 luncheon at Sanibel Recreation Center. The pair talked traffic and water quality issues, two points of conversation among island business owners. “We partnered with several island organizations, […]

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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 […]

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Enjoying Your Sanibel Experience During Peak Season

As the Mayor of Sanibel Island, I can attest that the number one complaint we receive from our visitors is the negative impact of traffic congestion during peak season. The factors that have created peak season traffic congestion on Sanibel have developed over many years, and implementation of efforts designed to ease congestion will require […]

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CHAMBER HOSTS RIBBON CUTTING AT NEWLY RENOVATED DUNES GOLF & TENNIS CLUB

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 […]

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Mary & Fred Bondurant Title Sponsors of the 2015 Luminary

(Nov. 11, 2015) – Sanibel, FL – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announced that the Bondurant Realty Group at John R. Wood Properties has taken the Title sponsorship for the 31st annual Luminary Festival Weekend. Luminary weekend is rapidly approaching – festivities will take place on Sanibel Friday, December […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Sanibel Captiva Community Bank becomes Luminary 2015 Sponsor

(Nov 2nd, 2015) – Sanibel, FL – The Sanibel Captiva Community Bank presented The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce with a check for $1000 on Monday, Oct. 26th. The Chamber welcomes them as a gold sponsor for this year’s Luminary Festival Weekend. The 31st annual 2015 Luminary celebrations will take place Friday, December […]

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Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts becomes Luminary 2015 Gold Sponsor

(Nov. 2, 2015) Sanibel, FL – Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts 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. “We are pleased to be able to support the Luminary festival again this year,” […]

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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 […]

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CHAMBER HOSTS RIBBON CUTTING TO WELCOME NEW MEMBER TECHNICAL EDGE

Sanibel, FL (Oct. 21, 2015) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting to welcome Technical Edge Inc., Electrical Contractors as a new member. The event was hosted at The Blue Giraffe in Periwinkle Place on October 21st. The owners of Technical Edge, Electrical Contractors, have worked on Sanibel for […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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SANIBEL-CAPTIVA CHAMBER ANNOUNCES FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS DISPLAY

  (Sanibel, FLA – May 25, 2015) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce announces the 4th of July Sanibel Fireworks Display – always a major draw for tourists and residents alike. The fireworks display, which will begin at dusk, will be launched from Bailey Road on the Bay side. The Dunes Golf […]

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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, […]

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CHAMBER HOSTS RIBBON CUTTING TO WELCOME NEW MEMBER IMAGE YACHT CHARTERS

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 […]

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#1 Family Getaway – Sanibel Island

Family Fun Magazine has awarded Sanibel Island the number one destination for families in the entire country. View the Today Show clip above. Family Fun magazine asked 2,000 families who travel with kids ages 3-12 to name their favorite getaways. Here are some of their top picks: 1. Sanibel Island, Florida This beautiful island off […]

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CHAMBER HOSTS RIBBON CUTTING TO WELCOME NEW MEMBER GUARDIAN AD LITEM FOUNDATION

Sanibel, FL (May 4, 2015) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting to welcome the Guardian Ad Litem Foundation as a new member. The event was hosted at SS Hookers Restaurant on Punta Rassa on April 29th. Guardian Ad Litem Foundation (GAL) is a non-profit agency supporting Florida’s 20th […]

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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 […]

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CHAMBER HOSTS RIBBON CUTTING AT SANIBEL PLUMBING & SANCAP ELECTRICAL

Sanibel, FL (April 23, 2015) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the new ownership and rebranding of Sanibel Plumbing and SanCap Electrical Companies of Sanibel. Sanibel Plumbing has been in business for more than 67 years and its new sister company, SanCap Electrical Company, for 34 […]

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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 […]

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You Only Live Once is YOLO Watersports’ Motto!

From Yoga on a Standup Paddleboard to Scoot Coupe motor scooters, YOLO Watersports are Captiva’s one-stop shop for equipment rentals and watersports activities. If you are looking for a little fun on Captiva Island, YOLO Watersports has all the sports toys you could possibly need. Located on Andy Rosse Lane, the colorful beach shack building […]

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Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Sanibel Health Club

Sanibel, FL (March 19, 2015) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Sanibel Health Club, located at 975 Rabbit Road. Chamber members joined new owners, Nancy & Chet Miesel, and staff of the Sanibel Health Club to promote the recent additions and renovations. Tours were […]

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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 […]

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Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Tower Gallery

Sanibel, FLA (February 23, 2015) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on February 11th to celebrate the 100th birthday of Tower Gallery’s Historical Cottage. The bungalow housing the gallery was filled with local Chamber business members and Tower Gallery artists admiring the local artists’ work. The Tower […]

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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 […]

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Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Island Chiropractic Center

(Sanibel, FL – January 26, 2015) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new member, Island Chiropractic Center, at a very successful ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, January 21. Owner of Island Chiropractic Center, Dr. Sudeep Chawla, serves patients at both his Sanibel and Fort Myers locations five days a week. […]

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Chamber of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting for McCallion & McCallion Realty

Sanibel, FLA (January 22, 2015) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Wednesday, January 14th to officially welcome McCallion & McCallion Realty as a new Chamber member. The event took place at their new office located at 1640 Periwinkle Way, Suite 1, Sanibel, FL. “We are very […]

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Chamber Hosts Ickle Pickle Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Sanibel, FL (Dec 23, 2014) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce celebrated the one year anniversary of the popular and whimsical children’s store, Ickle Pickle, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, December 17. Ickle Pickle’s owner, Joelle Ziemian, and her four year old daughter, Alina Ziemian, gracefully greeted people and showed […]

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Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Sanibel Historical Museum & Village

Sanibel, FLA (Dec 15, 2014) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on December 10th to officially welcome the new Visitors Center at the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village. The new Visitors Center is located in a brand new exhibit, Shore Haven, a 1924 two-story Sears kit home, […]

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Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Island Jewelry

SANIBEL, FL (December 8, 2014) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to officially welcome Island Jewelry, an island retailer of fine gems and accessories, as a member to the chamber on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. Previously known as the Sanibel Diamond, Island Jewelry’s storefront contains a beautiful […]

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Island Inn Sponsors Luminary Festival 2014

(Sanibel, FL – November 25, 2014) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce announced that the Island Inn has taken a Gold Sponsorship for this year’s Luminary Festival. The 30th annual 2014 Luminary celebrations will take place on Friday, December 5th on Sanibel and on Saturday, December 6th on Captiva. “Luminary Weekend is […]

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‘Tween Waters Inn becomes Luminary 2014 Gold Sponsor

(Sanibel, FL – November 25, 2014) – ‘Tween Waters Inn has taken a gold sponsorship for this year’s Luminary Festival Weekend. The 30th annual 2014 Luminary celebrations will take place on Friday, December 5th on Sanibel and on Saturday, December 6th on Captiva. “We are pleased to be able to support the Luminary festival again […]

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South Seas Island Resort Sponsors Luminary Festival 2014

(Sanibel, FL – November 21, 2014) – The Sanibel and 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 30th annual 2014 Luminary celebrations will take place on Friday, December 5th on Sanibel and on Saturday, December 6th on Captiva. […]

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Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Chloe’s of Captiva

Sanibel, FLA (Nov 25, 2014) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to officially welcome Chloe’s of Captiva, an eclectic ladies clothing and accessories store located on Captiva, on Wednesday November 19, 2014. Chloe’s of Captiva owner, Julia Moore, and her team provided very impressive hospitality with a […]

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Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Sanibel, FLA (November 17, 2014) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate Premier Sotheby’s International Realty new office location on Palm Ridge Road, Sanibel on Wednesday night, November 12th. Premier Sotheby’s hosted a fabulous and delicious reception welcoming Chamber members with an abundance of delicious cheeses, […]

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Chamber Staff Assists in Tree Decorating at Edison-Ford Winter Estates

Candy Thompson and Trent Peake, Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce staff, trim Christmas Trees at Edison-Ford Winter Estates for their ‘Holiday Nights Festival’.  

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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 […]

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Sanibel & Captiva Island Chamber of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting for McGinn Construction

Sanibel, FLA (October 30, 2014) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Captiva Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting to welcome another new member, McGinn Construction at their new office on Wednesday night, October 29th. Michael McGinn and Christina Lazar, co-owners of McGinn Construction, are no strangers to the island. Michael has worked on the […]

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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 […]

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SANIBEL & CAPTIVA ISLANDS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE UNVEILS 2015 VISITORS’ GUIDE COVER

(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 […]

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Sanibel Island Restaurants – Blue Giraffe Spotting!

The Blue Giraffe is sure to put a smile on your face when you dine at this laid-back restaurant on Sanibel Island. Sanibel Island is well-known for its wildlife, birds and offshore dolphins, but it is also home to the Blue Giraffe! Designed to make people smile, this unlikely sounding animal is actually a casual […]

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7 Ways to Enjoy a Trip with Captiva Cruises

Captiva Cruises has been entertaining locals and visitors on all types of fun cruises since 1986. Here are 7 different cruises to book and enjoy. Located on Captiva Island, Florida, Captiva Cruises is a recognized leader in the ecotourism industry. It has earned itself an excellent reputation due to its friendly crew, local knowledge of […]

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SCCF Named Conservation Organization Of The Year

SCCF Named Conservation Organization Of The Year SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) was presented the Conservation Organization of the Year award by the Florida Wildlife Federation (FWF) at the 77th annual conservation awards banquet in June at the Naples Hilton. SCCF “was selected to receive this award because of its outstanding accomplishments on water quality, land […]

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Sanibel Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Honey’s House of Fashion

Chamber hosts ribbon cutting for Honey’s House of Fashion SANIBEL, FLA (July 28, 2014) – The Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for their newest member, Honey’s House of Fashion, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served while ribbon cutting guests shopped and mingled in the store. Honey’s […]

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Site names beach on Sanibel among most dog-friendly

Tourism Talk Site names beach on Sanibel among most dog-friendly Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 12:57 by Gary White Summer is the time for travel. Some travelers seek destinations that will allow them to bring their four-legged companions along. Sanibel Island can claim one of the eight most dog-friendly beaches in the country, as rated […]

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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: Sanibel Siesta on the Beach Condominiums ‘Tween Waters Inn Resort Old Captiva House at Tween Waters Inn Congratulations to all!  

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Chamber of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Sanibel Blue Financial

Sanibel, FLA (May 19, 2014) – The Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting to welcome new member Sanibel Blue Financial. Sanibel Blue Financial owner Debi Almeida provided generous and cheerful hospitality with a range of drinks and appetizers for chamber business members and clients. Sanibel Blue Financial offers professional, independent assistance to […]

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Sanibel Chamber of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Island Time Dolphin & Shelling Cruises

Sanibel Florida (May 19, 2014) – The Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting to welcome Island Time Dolphin & Shelling Cruises – the custom charter firm based out of Fort Myers Beach, on Wednesday May 14, 2014. Island Time owner, Captain Jessica DeGraw, who is U.S.C.G. Licensed and insured, has been in […]

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Sanibel Chamber of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Island Time Dolphin & Shelling Cruises

Sanibel Island makes CNN Travel’s Top 10 Best Budget Vacations for Spring

April 2014 – CNN Travel Sanibel Island, Florida Your own private island? Well, it’s about as close as you’ll find… Sure, there’s a long list of things you can do on Sanibel Island. But maybe the most appealing of all is… nothing. If your idea of a spring vacation involves warm sand, subtropical breezes, and […]

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SANIBEL – CAPTIVA CHAMBER ANNOUCES AWARD WINNERS AT ANNUAL MEETING

The Sanibel and Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 29 at ‘Tween Waters on Captiva Island.  More than 160 Chamber members and guests were in attendance for this sold out event. The Chamber gathered in the Wakefield Room at ‘Tween Waters to review the key activities and achievements of […]

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Chamber of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting for SanCap Gateway Center

Sanibel Florida (April 2, 2014) – The Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting for the new SanCap Gateway Center on April 2, 2014. Sanibel Island cuisine, drinks, music, and door prizes were enjoyed by attendees. SanCap Gateway Center will now host the new SanCap Gateway Realty and SanCap Management. SanCap Gateway Realty […]

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Herb Strauss Theater Honored with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Sanibel Island

Sanibel, FL (March 28, 2014) – It’s been a big year for Herb Strauss Theater, including producing of one of the biggest casts (Into the Woods) ever to tread the boards of the only professional theater on Sanibel Island or Captiva Island. A part of the BIG ARTS family of cultural, entertainment and educational venues […]

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Edison & Ford – USA Today, Best Historic Homes for the Holidays

Edison Ford selected by USA Today, Best Historic Homes for the Holidays Edison & Ford Holiday Nights at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates was selected by USA Today in a featured online article,November 27, 2013.  Edison Ford was chosen by the editors of 10 Best for USA Today as one of the Historic Homes for the Holidays which […]

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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 […]

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Sanibel Island -1 of 10 Best Beach Towns

Sanibel Island Makes Smarter Travel’s 1 of 10 Best Beach Towns in Florida 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, […]

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Sanibel Island Event – Ribbon Cutting -The Sandbar Restaurant

Sanibel Island, FLA (January 23, 2014) – The Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting for The Sandbar on January 29, 2014. The Sandbar is a restaurant featuring meat and seafood dishes which is open for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and for dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The […]

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Sanibel Island Event – Ribbon Cutting for Sanibel Island Golf Club

Sanibel Island, FLA (January 23, 2014) – The Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting for the new Sanibel Island Golf Club on January 22, 2014. Sanibel Island Golf Club, formerly known as Beachview Golf Club, is a semi-private, 18-hole par 70 championship golf course that wraps around the scenic beauty of the […]

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Sanibel Island Event – Ribbon Cutting for the Sangria Grill

The Sanibel Island and Captiva Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Event at the Sangria Grill on December 18, 2013. The Sangria Grill welcomed a large crowd with sangria and a great selection of appetizers. The new restaurant is known for their wide selection of house-made sangrias. “We are pleased to welcome The Sangria […]

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Sanibel Island, voted the seventh best Florida attraction by Usa Today Reader’s Choice

Visitors come from around the globe to do the “Sanibel stoop” on the shell-covered beaches of Sanibel Island, voted the seventh best Florida attraction. Sanibel lies on the Gulf coast. From USAToday.com’s 10 best attractions in Florida Readers’ Choice winners: 1. Clearwater Marine Aquarium 2. The Ringling – Sarasota 3. Everglades Holiday Park – Ft. […]

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Sanibel Island Event – Ribbon Cutting for Blue Coyote Supper Club

The Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce held a combined Ribbon Cutting and After Hours at the Blue Coyote Supper Club on December 9, 2013. The Blue Coyote Supper Club, which is open to the public, welcomed a very large crowd for this event at its newest location in the Sanibel Island Golf Club. Guests arriving […]

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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 […]

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TARPON BAY EXPLORERS HELP LOCAL SCHOOL CHILDREN VIEW NATURE THROUGH CAMERA LENSES

Ant lions and spiders and snakes, oh my.  Sometimes these can be pretty scary creatures, but some local students got the opportunity to see them differently through their camera lenses. Recently, seventh and eighth grade students from Cypress Lake Middle School and Sanibel School boarded Tarpon Bay Explorer trams for photo trips along Wildlife Drive […]

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“Ding” Darling Days

“Ding” Darling Days will be held the 18th to the 24th of October.   The event will begin on October 18th and end on the 24th. The 19th will be a free family fun day. Other free and discounted events will continue through the week. Events during the week include nature photography contest, art exhibits, […]

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Chamber Unveils its 2014 Visitor Guide Cover

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce unveiled the cover photo for its 2014 Visitor Guide at their monthly business luncheon, The cover photo was taken by Milissa Sprecher of Milissa Sprecher Photography and published by Southwest Florida Distributing & Publishing. Shown in the photo below (from left to right) are: Ric Base, President of […]

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Sanibel Lighthouse Restoration Project

Sanibel Lighthouse Restoration Project Featured in National Publication The soon to be completed restoration of the Sanibel Lighthouse is featured in the current issue of Lighthouse Digest, The Magazine of Lighthouses. The City of Sanibel obtained a $50,000 grant from the State of Florida to fund the project. Revenues from the City’s beach parking program […]

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Sanibel Island’s Bowman’s Beach in the Top 10 Best Beaches in the World

U.S. News Travel Recognizes Sanibel Island’s Bowman’s Beach in the Top 10 Best Beaches in the World. Sanibel Island’s Bowman’s Beach, located near the western end of Sanibel, has been named among the Top 10 Beaches in the World by U.S. News Travel. The City of Sanibel maintains Bowman’s Beach in its natural state.   […]

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Sanibel & Captiva Chamber Parking Lot Open!

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce parking lot has reopened after almost 3 weeks of renovations. The parking lot now has pervious paver and 2 detention ponds to help control run-off to protect our beautiful and fragile environment. Chamber member GiGi Design Group was the contractor and did a beautiful job. No more […]

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CROW Receives 1st Place Gulf Guardian Award

The Gulf of Mexico Program recently announced the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) will receive a First Place 2013 Gulf Guardian Award in the Civic/Non-Profit Organization category. The awards ceremony will be held on June 26th at the Tampa Bay Grand Hyatt. For more than 40 years CROW has been caring for and […]

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2013 Chrysalis Awards Honor Two Sanibel & Captiva Chamber Members

May 22, 2013 – The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau honored 8 individuals and businesses at the 4th annual Chrysalis Awards presented by Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry. The tradeshow and awards luncheon highlighted businesses for their community involvement and positive impact on Lee County in the […]

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Sanibel Island – “Happiest Seaside Towns” 2013

COASTAL LIVING READERS VOTE SANIBEL ISLAND ONE OF THE TOP FIVE “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 […]

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Turtle Nesting Season Started on Sanibel Island & Captiva Island

Sea turtle nesting season runs from May 1st to October 31st Sanibel Island & Captiva Island’s beaches provide the perfect subtropical nesting area for sea turtles, but please be sure to follow the guidelines of Sanibel Island and Captiva Island and turn off all lights that could draw attention away from the Gulf of Mexico […]

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Sanibel and Captiva Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center Ranked #1

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The Sanibel and Captiva Visitor’s Guide Has Arrived!

Sanibel Island & Captiva Island Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Guide Now available Everything you need to know about Sanibel & Captiva Islands You can pick up a FREE copy of the Visitor’s Guide at the Chamber Visitor Center. The guide is full of great information on things to do, places to stay, restaurants and more.  […]

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Sanibel listed in the top ten best Florida Beach Towns by USA Today

Sanibel: With thousands of snowbirds pointing their convertibles south to the Sunshine State for a dose of winter warmth, we asked “Dr. Beach”— aka Florida International University professor and coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman — for 10 Florida destinations that combine sand, surf and a welcoming sense of community. Sanibel Island:Yes, “you have to pay […]

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Sanibel Island Made USA Today’s list of 10 Great Places for Families to Escape the Snow

Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY You’ll get a beach vacation, but so  much more at this Gulf Coast Island near Fort Myers. The island’s  location makes it one of the best places to find seashells in the  country. “Who wouldn’t love shelling on the beach and wading in the  mellow, mellow waters?”  Biking’s easy on […]

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WILDLIFE REFUGE WINS TRAVEL WRITERS AWARD

The Society of American Travel Writers awarded the J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge their prestigious “Phoenix” award. The purpose of the Phoenix Award is to give appropriate recognition for  Individuals or Organizations actively involved in conservation,  preservation, beautification and anti-pollution campaigns which further  the growth and appeal of North American travel destinations. J.N. “Ding” […]

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Sherman’s Travel Named Sanibel Island, Florida a Top 10 Family Beach

Top 10 Family Beaches, Sanibel Island, FL Following is what Sherman’s travel wrote about Sanibel Island… “Nearly 15 miles of seashells are yours for the pickin’ on Sanibel Island, known as one of the country’s top destinations for this family-friendly activity. This family beach destination on Florida’s Gulf of Mexico has all the ingredients for […]

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Historical Property Relocated to Sanibel Historical Museum and Village

The structural relocation of a historical property known as Shore Haven, from Bird Lane to the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, located at 950 Dunlop Road took place on October 3th. For more information regarding the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village please contact (239) 472-4648 or Click Here.  

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2012 E Awards for Local Sanibel & Captiva Island Travel-Related Businesses

The purpose of the E Awards is to recognize those employees within the hospitality and allied industries who positively impact a visitor or resident’s experience in Lee County. Who is eligible to be nominated:  Employees who work in hospitality and allied industries in Lee County. Who can nominate:  Anyone who experiences exceptional customer service and who […]

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Sanibel Library is an All Star!

The Sanibel Public Library has been named a ‘5 Star’ library by the Library Journal. This is their highest ‘star’ rating. The Library Journal Index is a national rating system designed to recognize  and promote America’s public libraries, to help improve the pool of  nationally collected library statistics, and to encourage library  self-evaluation. Congratulations to […]

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Sanibel Island Voted ‘Best Shelling Beach’

Weather Channel Facebook friends voted Sanibel Island as their best shelling beach. What better place to search for shells than an island actually made of shells.  That’s exactly what Sanibel Island, Florida is. Located less than an hour from Fort Myers, Sanibel and its neighbor Captiva Island, consistently rank among the best in the world […]

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Sanibel Island Makes Top 10 Family Beaches List

Sanibel Island Makes Sherman’s Travel Top 10 Family Beaches List ShermansTravel Editorial Staff ShermansTravel.com Sanibel Island was rated #10 on Sherman’s Travel list of top 10 U.S. Family Beaches! Ahhh . . . the family beach vacation. It’s as all-American as apple pie, a time-honored tradition where some of the best childhood memories are made. […]

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‘Tween Waters Inn on Captiva Island, Joins National Register Of Historic Places

Courtesy of the Island Sun ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort commemorated the official historic designation of the storied Captiva Island Resort Sunday, May 20. The resort was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places on December 15, 2011, according to Alissa M. Slade, chief of the bureau of historic preservation and deputy state […]

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Voters pick Walker House top residence on Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island’s Walker Guest House won the favor of online voters as the top residential building in Florida during a month-long campaign by the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). “I think it is good for the island,” said Joyce Owens of AIA Florida. “It serves as a nice reminder that there is […]

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Sanibel tops Frommer’s “Top Ten World Destinations”

Arthur Frommer has announced his Top Ten world wide favorite destinations and Sanibel topped the list! Come and find out why Sanibel Island ranked ahead of Bali, Indonesia and Paris, France.

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Our 50th Anniversary

      The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce is celebrating it 50th anniversary of incorporation this year. The actual date is February 20th. We will be celebrating the date with a special After Hours event with our members and special guests.

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