Sanibel & Captiva Chamber reacts to Gulf oil spill
On Monday, the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce’s regular weekly e-mail to its members — e-Connect — made reference to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill accident which occurred late last month in the Gulf of Mexico.
"As we follow new developments in the ongoing tragedy of the BP oil spill, we wanted to let you know that the Lee County VCB is proactively planning for the potential impact on our community," the message stated. "We already have created a ghost page on our consumer website that we can activate at a moment’s notice to report the latest local news to destination travelers, and we have provided talking points to our call center for use in responding to any inquiries they may receive on the matter."
The chamber is participating in conference calls with the Governor’s Office, Florida Association of CVBs and Visit Florida for the latest information.
"To update you, the Governor’s Executive Order declaring a state of emergency has been extended through Sarasota County," Monday’s e-mail continued. "We have been contacted by many local media in reference to the oil spill’s effect on tourism."
The chamber also reminded members that suggested key messages include:
• Currently, there is no local impact from the BP oil spill.
• We are open for business.
• We don’t know if our area will be affected.
"In addition, we are reaching out to local organizations to offer support and to help coordinate potential response efforts. Though we are hoping no such efforts will be necessary, we want to be prepared should that potential occur."
In the meantime, please alert the VCB to any news you hear regarding consumer queries on the matter as well as any community response efforts so that Lee County can work as a team as much as possible. We shall continue to keep you posted of our efforts as the situation unfolds.