Colgates receive prestigious Junonia Award from Lee County VCB
Steve and Doris Colgate, owners of the Offshore Sailing School, received the prestigious Junonia Award on May 24 from the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB).
The award, as stated on the plaque, honors Steve and Doris Colgate and Offshore Sailing School as official members of the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel Junonia Club “due to their tremendous commitment and dedication to the Lee County Tourism Industry.”
Awarded at the sole discretion of the VCB, the Junonia Award was created to recognize those individuals who have positively impacted the local tourism community by demonstrating unique capabilities, leadership, commitment and dedication.
The Junonia, a highly treasured shell, was selected as a symbol of the VCB’s ongoing annual award due to its rarity. The Colgates join an esteemed list of 11 past recipients.
The award was presented to the Colgates at the Celebration of Business & Tourism Awards Luncheon and Trade Show held at the Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers on May 20. The event, co-produced by the VCB and the Greater Fort Myers Chamber coincided with National Travel and Tourism Week.
The first annual Chrysalis Awards were announced, honoring businesses and individuals who have positively impacted the local community in six categories. The Colgates were nominated in three of those categories: Business Development, Education, and Sales & Marketing.
Tamara Pigott, executive director of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, presented the Junonia Award to the Colgates at the end of the ceremonies, evoking a standing ovation.
Offshore Sailing School, founded by Steve Colgate in 1964 in New York City, opened its first Florida location in 1975 on Captiva Island at what was then South Seas Island Resort. It now operates two locations in Lee County – South Seas Island Resort on Captiva and the Pink Shell Beach Resort and Spa on Ft. Myers Beach.
“We enjoy working with the VCB to introduce sailing education as a destination vacation activity,” said Doris Colgate.
Over the years, the Colgates estimate they have introduced at least 25,000 vacationers to Lee County, bringing in millions of dollars in revenues to Offshore Sailing School partners and the area in general.
Offshore Sailing School operates five other locations in addition to the two in Lee County. These include branches in St. Petersburg, Fla.; the British Virgin Islands, New York, New Jersey and the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Md. on the Chesapeake. Since its inception, more than 115,000 graduates have gone through Offshore Sailing School programs.
For more information, please visit www.offshoresailing.com or call 800-221-4326.