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Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce 2011-2012 Board of Directors Danny Adams Holiday Inn 12341 Middle Gulf Dr. Sanibel, FL 33957 danny.adams@att.net Mark Anderson Benchmark General Contractors 16836 McGregor Blvd Fort Myers, FL 33908 manderson@benchmark-gc.com Doug Babcock Tween Waters Inn P.O. Box 249 Captiva, FL 33924 dougbabcock22@gmail.com Mark Blust Timbers Restaurant 703 Tarpon Bay Road Sanibel, FL 33957 mblust@prawnbroker.com Blanaid Colley Hillgate Communications 2451 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, FL 33957 Blanaid@hillgate.biz

Richard Johnson – Past-Chair Bailey’s General Store 2477 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, FL 33957 baileysgeneral@baileys-sanibel.com Michael Miller – Chair-Elect How & Associates 9130 Galleria Court, suite 312 Naples, FL 34109 mmiller@how-associates.com Robert Monk Murty & Monk, P.A. 1633 Periwinkle Way, Suite A Sanibel, FL 33957 rmonk@murtymonk.com Chris Pendleton Edison & Ford Winter Estates P.O. Box 2368 Fort Myers, FL 33902 cpendleton@efwefla.org

Dru Anne Doyle Ocean’s Reach Condominiums 2230 Camino del Mar Drive Sanibel, FL 33957 dru@oceansreach.com

Fran Peters Island Vacations of Sanibel & Captiva, Inc. 1101 Periwinkle Way, Suite 108 Sanibel, FL 33957 fran@sanibelislandvacations.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 – Chair RLR Investments, LLC 2340 Periwinkle Way, Suite K Sanibel, FL 33957 barb.harrington@RLRLLC.com

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

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

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www.Sanibel-Captiva.Org PRESIDENT Ric Base

EDITOR & DESIGN Bridgit Stone-Budd

LAYOUT & GRAPHICS Lorraine Milano

CONTRIBUTORS Ric Base Barb Harrington 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 Bus Visitor Center Staff Candice Thompson, Visitor Center Supervisor Gloria Agel, Bob Bechhold, Mary Kelly, Anne Liese, Don Oglander, Barry Solomon, Lisa Williams, Barbara Lans, Allen Myers 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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Your Wish Is Our Command Photo Shoot

Cover models heading for Tweenies Beach. And yes, stopping traffic.

Setting the stage...

Getting busted by Doug and Jeff.

Waiting on our props.

A special thanks to everyone involved in making this another fun cover shoot: Danny - “Does this hat make me look silly?” - Adams, cover model and Director of Sales & Marketing at Holiday Inn. Lee Ellen Harder and Jennie Smith from BIG ARTS and The Herb Strauss Theater for hooking us up with Danny’s genie costume. Showcase Shells of Sanibel (now in Fort Myers) for letting us borrow the giant Junonia. (Which I had to guard with my life!) Jeff Shuff and Doug Babcock with Tween Waters Inn for letting us use their beach and their staff. The gals at the pool bar were amazing. They concocted a giant supply of strawberry daiquiris for the shoot. And of course my husband, my muse and key grip, Dan Budd. www.Sanibel-Captiva.org

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Submitted by Charlene Kocinski @ Bailey’s

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Your Chamber Members, Staff & Volunteers Represented at this Year’s E-Awards!

Lenora Hoffmann

Lisa Williams

Visitor Center volunteer and nominee

Visitor Center staff and nominee

Orlene Shimberg

Gloria Agel

Visitor Center volunteer and nominee

Visitor Center staff and nominee

HONOR OF DISTINCTION

MICHAEL GARBE, with the Castaways Beach and Bay Cottages

“My daughter, 12, and her friend, 13, wanted to go kayaking, so we rented kayaks and off they went… They disappeared behind the island but I didn’t initially worry because I assumed they would reappear on the other side. When there was still no sign of them 30 minutes later, I became concerned. My husband had circled the small island twice and there was no sign of the girls so I called 911, who called the police, the Sheriff’s department, and the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard said they would send

a boat but it would take over 25 minutes. Needless to say, I was becoming frantic. When Michael was told what happened, he didn’t hesitate to take action. And when he found the girls, aground on an oyster bed over two miles from the island due to the current, he made them sit in the canoe while he used his maintenance radio to call in. Though transmission was bad, the front desk staff heard him. Then he began the difficult paddle back to safety, with the kayaks attached, against the current. When they finally made it back, in this nominee’s typical caring manner, all he asked the mom to do was to not ground the girls.”

ATTRACTIONS

TYLER HAAS, with South Seas Island Resort

A nominator expressed the spirit of this category winner well—“I want to let you know you have the most amazing employee. My son has a passion for fishing and I’m not a fisherman at all. As we went out Tuesday to catch just one fish to make his vacation memorable, we met my nominee. He helped us bait the hook, then showed my son how to practice from the

dock. Three fish later, my son’s joy and excitement were unbelievable. My nominee was so helpful and patient with my son and made his day. This went on the whole vacation—every time my son and I were on the dock my nominee wasn’t far away to lend a helping hand. I could not be more thankful to him for his patience and for making this summer family trip one my son will NOT forget.”

Our Chamber members who won special recognition as Honorable Mention Awards: South Seas Island Resort - Michael Avjean South Seas Island Resort - Rosa Castillo Offshore Sailing School - Kevin Wensley Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa - Stella Dorsey Residence Inn Fort Myers/Sanibel - Silvia Antunes Residence Inn Fort Myers/Sanibel - Cheryl Richardson Everglades Day Safari - Manfred Dangel www.Sanibel-Captiva.org

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Barb’s Blog Luminary Shines Brighter This Year! The Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce is getting ready to celebrate their 27th annual Luminary Festival the weekend of Dec. 2 & 3. Mark your calendars and get ready for the celebration. This year, chair-elect Mike Miller is joined by his lovely wife Linda, and together they will be working to head the committee and recruit volunteers. We need your assistance as the event continues to grow. If you can volunteer please contact them at FtmyersMouse@comcast.net. Get ready for an eventful weekend! On Friday night Chamber members (individuals, businesses and service groups) light Periwinkle Way from the East End to the Olde Sanibel Shoppes with luminary candles. Businesses open their doors with food and beverages and entertainment venues pop up at various locations. Santa arrives for his final weekend in the tropics before heading north for his big event. On Saturday, Captiva embraces Luminary weekend with lights and activities throughout the village. Their second annual golf cart parade begins on Saturday afternoon and includes prizes for the best decorated golf cart. The public is invited to enter this fun event. The plan this year is to shuttle people from Captiva to Sanibel on Friday and from Sanibel to Captiva on Saturday. Thus you can see the need for additional volunteers. Luminary should be a bright beginning for our holiday season. See you there!

Barb Harrington - Chairperson Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce

2005-2011 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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Welcome New Members

David Stroud, Director

Thomas Hopf, Realtor

Kathy Rooker, Administrator mycepd@gmail.com 239-4752-2472 mycepd.com

info@gulfcoasthumanesociety.org 239-332-0364 gulfcoasthumanesociety.org

sanibelisland@engelvoelkers.com 239-472-0044 engelvoelkers.com/sanibel

Brian Ritz, President and Owner dreamhomes23@yahoo.com 239-272-5120 fheusa.com

Alliant Association Management Tina Gerhardt tina.gerhardt@alliantproperty.com (239) 454-1101 AlliantProperty.com

Kari Hennagin, Development karih@habitat4humanity.org 239-652-1696 habitatswfla.org

Julie Davis, Owner

Andrew Johnson, Owner

itsabeautifulthing.gj@gmail.com 239-362-2100

office@sanibelsurveys.com sanibelsurveys.com 239-472-0095

The Transpetters Debra & Curt McIntyre, Owners transpetters@embarqmail.com transpetters.com 239-560-3203

Nicole Logan, Sales & Marketing sales@ftmyerscandlewood.com ftmyerscandlewood.com 239-210-7777

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Jessica Clark

jessiaclark@shellpoint.org 239-466-1131 Shellpoint.org

@ Tanger Outlet Mall

Brenda Vigliotti

Swimmart@Swimmart.com 239-466-1580 Swimmart.com

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C H A M B E R Traditions on the Water Ribbon Cutting

Jeremy Kane & Ida Vaynberg

Mike Valiquette & Dan Schyler

Chris Davison, Andrea Mucciga, Bridgit Stone-Budd, Sheila Mucciga

Ribbon Cutting Group Shot

Carlo & Sheila Mucciga

Francis Bailey, Richard Johnson, Lynn Ridlehoover, Bailie Johnson

Joe McCormick & Barbara Smith

Bridgit Stone-Budd and Candy Thompson

Mike Miller, Angie Nichols, Linda Miller

Chamber Luncheon at the Captiva Island Yacht Club

Nancy McHenry, CHR Speaker, Kathy Roaker, KJ Lynch, Captiva Erosion Kevin James Photography Prevention District Jose Leal, Bailey’s Matthews Maureen Emanuel, Myers, Angeline Choo & Maureen Emanuel, Shell Museum Brettholz & Co., Myers, Brettholz & Co. Virginia & Bill Fellows, Ellen Lai, BB & T Bank F.I.S.H. Lauren Davies, Captiva Island Yacht Club

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C H A M B E R Chamber After Hours at The Pink Shell Resort

Mike & Linda Miller, How & Miller, CPA and our newest Luminary Volunteer Coordinators!

Bob Bechhold, Chamber Staff Steve Liese Anne Liese, Chamber Staff

Donna Denton, EZ to Use Barbara, Pink Shell Katja, Pink Shell

Barb Harrington, Royal Shell Properties Ellen Lai, BB & T Bank.

Chamber After Hours at Sharkey’s in the Sundial

Samantha Price, guest Friedrich Jaeger, T.O.T.I. Sharon Michie, Cottages to Castles

Mark Blust, Prawnbroker Restaurant Group Debra & Curt McIntyre, The Transpetters

Danny Adams, Holiday Inn Allen Myers, Chamber Staff Scott Thompson, guest Ric Base, Chamber Pres. Chris Heidrick, Heidrick Insurance

Dan Budd, Wildseed Construction Bridgit Stone-Budd, Chamber

Yvonne Peters, Custom Canvas by Yvonne Deb Hogue, guest Jeremy Kane, Hillgate Communications Tyrone Humbles, Chamber Staff Jessica Peters

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Sanibel & Captiva Island Chamber of Commerce 4th quarter 2011 Newsmagazine