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Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Board of Directors Mark Anderson Benchmark General Contractors 16836 McGregor Blvd Fort Myers, FL 33908 manderson@benchmark-gc.com

Ken Kouril The Sanctuary Golf Club 2801 Wulfert Road Sanibel, FL 33957 kkouril@sanctuarygc.net

Doug Babcock Tween Waters Inn P.O. Box 249 Captiva, FL 33924 dougbabcock22@gmail.com

Michael Miller – Chair Michael P. Miller CPA, P.L. 2340 Periwinkle Way, Suite J-2 Sanibel, FL 33957 Mpmillercpacam@comcast.net

Mark Blust Timbers Restaurant 703 Tarpon Bay Road Sanibel, FL 33957 mblust@prawnbroker.com

Robert Monk Murty & Monk, P.A. 1633 Periwinkle Way, Suite A Sanibel, FL 33957 rmonk@murtymonk.com

Blanaid Colley Hillgate Communications 2451 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, FL 33957 Blanaid@hillgate.biz

Chris Pendleton Edison & Ford Winter Estates P.O. Box 2368 Fort Myers, FL 33902 cpendleton@efwefla.org

Chris Davison Island Inn 3111 West Gulf Drive Sanibel, FL 33957 chrisd@islandinnsanibel.com

Fran Peters Island Vacations of Sanibel & Captiva, Inc. 1101 Periwinkle Way, Suite 108 Sanibel, FL 33957 fran@sanibelislandvacations.com

Dru Anne Doyle Times of the Islands P. O. Box 1227 Sanibel, FL 33957 dru@toti.com

Donna Puma Pinocchio’s Original Italian Ice Cream 362 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, Fl 33957 dmpt@aol.com

Lee Ellen Harder - Secretary BIG ARTS 900 Dunlop Sanibel, FL 33957 lharder@bigarts.org

Jeff Shuff - Treasurer Tween Waters Inn P.O. Box 249 Captiva, FL 33924 jshuff@tween-waters.com

Barb Harrington – Past Chair RLR Investments, LLC 2340 Periwinkle Way, Suite K Sanibel, FL 33957 barb.harrington@RLRLLC.com

Sonja Smith Suitor Condominium Association of Sanibel, Inc. P. O. Box 1041 Sanibel, FL 33957 suitors@earthlink.net

Chris Heidrick - Chair Elect Heidrick & Company P.O. Box 59 Sanibel, FL 33957 chris@sanibelinsurance.com

Ric Base President 1159 Causeway Road Sanibel, Florida 33957 ric@sanibel-captiva.org

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1159 Causeway Road Sanibel Island, Florida 33957 Phone: 239-472-1080 Fax: 239-395-0783

www.Sanibel-Captiva.Org PRESIDENT Ric Base

EDITOR & DESIGN Bridgit Stone-Budd

LAYOUT & GRAPHICS Lorraine Milano

CONTRIBUTORS Ric Base Mike Miller Bridgit Stone-Budd

Chamber Photography, Hillgate Communications, Kevin James Photography

CHAMBER STAFF Ric Base, President Steve Ehrhart, Director of Operations Bridgit Stone-Budd, Director of Marketing Tyrone Humbles, Promotions - Chamber Tour Bus Visitor Center Staff Candice Thompson, Visitor Center Supervisor Bob Bechhold, Barbara Lans, Anne Liese, Allen Myers, Don Oglander, Barry Solomon, Jim Slattery George Veillette, Lisa Williams The Sanibel-Captiva Islands Chamber NewsMagazine is published quarterly by The Sanibel-Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce. Circulation: 6000 Online: www.Sanibel-Captiva.Org

For advertising or submissions, please contact Bridgit @ 239-472-8255 or Services@Sanibel-Captiva.Org For subscriptions or address changes, please contact Steve @ 239-472-8759 or Support@Sanibel-Captiva.Org

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Cover Art: Myra Roberts Project Tolerance

“The Anne Frank Series comprised of 30 original paintings of Anne Frank and a book of the paintings will be exhibited across the country. Starting with Big Arts and Sanibel Public Library, Sedona Arizona Art Center, Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Delaware and the Florida Holocaust Museum in St Petersberg. This project has been endorsed by Hillary Clinton, our Secretary of State and Jane Goodall, world renown anthropologist. The purpose of this project is to promote peace, equality and brotherly love...to understand , and learn from the past to create a better future. Anne is a worldwide symbol of innocence lost.” - Myra Roberts Cover Artist: Myra’s artwork is available at 2 Islands Gallery on Captiva, Sanbel Art & Frame and Lily & Co. on Sanibel. See all of Myra’s work at: MyraRoberts.com

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C H A M B E R Ribbon Cutting at Port Sanibel Marina. Catered by the Lighthouse Restaurant.

Chamber Business Luncheon at The Community House. Sponsored by The Community House and Catered by Cip’s.

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Did you know you have this resource available to you? If you need help placing your member to member hot deals, call Steve @ 472-8759

2005-2012 SANIBEL & CAPTIVA ISLANDS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE STATISTICS

THOUSANDS of Individuals Visiting the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce Visitors’ Center THOUSANDS of Incoming Telephone Calls to the Chamber THOUSANDS of visits to our web site (based on Google Analytics) 4 Transition to Google Analytics in 2007 1 2 3

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From the Chairman, Michael Miller CPA You may have noticed that, over the past year or so, there has been heightened interest in Sanibel and Captiva, both in the media and around the Islands. This has not happened by chance. Our Chamber staff has worked hard to create a proactive media relations program with the objective of providing both local and national media with more and better information about Sanibel and Captiva. I thought I might share with you some of the ways they have been achieving this. Locally, we have sent regular news items and tourism information to our newspapers, websites, magazines and radio and TV stations. By distributing carefully prepared information about Chamber events, such as the 4th of July fireworks, Luminary, the Retail Expo and our 50th anniversary, they have managed to get some great media coverage. The staff has also targeted media outside Southwest Florida in the staycation market. Journalists active in markets such as Tampa, Sarasota and Miami have accepted our invitation to visit us and write about the unique beauty of our islands.  Nationwide, Chamber staff identified and contacted important media in key states such as Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio. Travel, Leisure and Lifestyle magazines have also received our press materials with the result that during the past year Sanibel and Captiva have been featured in key publications like the Miami Herald, the New York Times, Chicago Sun Times, Orlando Sentinel and the Boston Globe. We have also been featured in Travel and Leisure Magazine, Southern Living and Coastal Living. Internationally, markets like Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland and Sweden have been the focus of our communications efforts. Many of our members have commented on the increased frequency of visitors from these countries. On behalf of our Board of Directors I want to thank our Chamber staff for the results that their hard work has achieved. We look forward with added confidence to the coming season.

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C H A M B E R Chamber Business Luncheon hosted by Sea Star Cafe. Sponsor & Speaker: Sawyer Smith with BusinessesByTheBeach.com

Chamber After Hours, Hosted by Candlewood Suites

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Welcome New Members

B. Unique Boutique Inc. Sandra Williams, Owner 1614 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel 239-395-4500

Holtz, Mahshie, Decosta, P.A. Jason Holtz, Partner 239-931-7566 hmdlegal.com

Palm Printing Debi Robison, Sales Representative 239-332-8600 palmprinting.net

Gregory Walsh, Chiropractor

Sanibel Postal Service Kimberly Martin, Postmaster 650 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel 239-472-1573

Sunny Daze, Vacation Home Rental Tim Landon, Owner 800-656-9111 Rsvp@rsvpsanibel.com

1456 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Suite C 239-472-0900 sanibelchiropractic.com

Tropicana Apartments Jim Capes, Owner Fort Myers 239-466-4616 tropicanaapts.com

Joe & Linda Mondelli, Realtors 1019 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel 239-472-2411 sanibelrealestatemarket.com

Fort Myers Seaplane Rides Robert Dellaert, Owner Serving South Seas & Cabbage Key 239-850-3599 flyairex.com

Water Experiences Sunset & Dolphin Rides Mark Hatfield, Captain sunsetride.com

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Baker & Baker Real Estate Mark & Teresa Baker John R. Wood Island Real Estate 239-395-4500

Terry Moore, Owner Serving Sanibel & Captiva Islands 239-472-2394 Sanibelislandlocksmith.com The Islands of

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Record Turnout for this Year’s Fireworks Party Hosted by The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club!

We couldn’t have done it without our community’s support! Special thanks goes out to our sponsors: Presenting Sponsor: John R. Wood Realtors Silver Sponsors: Island Inn, Island Vacations, Castaways & Beachview Cottages, Myers, Brettholz & Company, The Wilbur Smith Law Firm, Superior Title Services of Sanibel, Bondurant Realty Group, The Timbers & Matzaluna Media Sponsors: Island Sun and The Islander Bronze Sponsors: Bailey’s General Store, Sandalfoot Condominiums, Sandcastle Construction, Select Vacation Properties, Adventures in Paradise, Holiday Inn Beach Resort, Sarah Ashton & Jim Metzler, LCEC, Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar & Grill, Benchmark General Contractor Friends of the Fireworks: Congress Jewelers, Hillgate Communications, Island Graphics, Sanibel Air Conditioning, Sanctuary Island Electric, LeRoy & Diane Neitzel, The City of Sanibel, The Sanibel Fire Department, Kiwanis, Jerry Edelman, Coffee Bar @Bailey’s, Ms. Peggy Hoel, Heidrick & Co. Insurance, Tim & Elizabeth Landon The Islands of

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Chamber Schedule of Events 2012-2013

2013 events will fill up fast! Claim your Luncheon Sponsorship and/or After Hours Host now! www.Sanibel-Captiva.org

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3rd quarter 2012 Chamber Newsmagazine  

3rd quarter 2012 Chamber Newsmagazine

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