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Celebrating 65 years of service

By Staff | Jan 25, 2013

PHOTO BY SHANNEN HAYES Nave Plumbing, 2244 Periwinkle Way, has been open for business for the past 65 years.

Nave Plumbing has been providing plumbing services and

sometimes more to Sanibel and Captiva for the past 65 years.

It started with a visit to Sanibel Island by founders Goldie and

Allen Nave when islanders learned Allen was a plumber.

“(The past 65 years) have been more than we expected,”

said Goldie, who recalled some of the challenges of getting

supplies from the mail boat and when there was no phone service

or mailing addresses on the islands. “The islands, friends

and customers have been good to us.”

The Naves erected its first building along today’s

Periwinkle Way, which now houses Norm Zeigler’s Fly Shop.

During off-season, the family built up the entire property,

including the house located on the back of the lot. And

throughout the years, the Nave children joined the plumbing


“We have built this business on the honor system,” said

Roger Tabor. “Trust is still a big factor between the company

and our clients, even though much has changed in the past 65


With more than 400 years of plumbing experience between

its 12 staff members, including family and ownership, Nave

Plumbing continues to provide a full-service plumbing company.

Customers will find a knowledgeable salesperson behind

the counter of the Nave store located at 2244 Periwinkle Way,

and skilled plumbers at their front door.

“We don’t quit until the job is done,” said Roger. “And we

know everyone will give their best from the beginning to the

end of a job.”

Goldie and Allen Nave feel they have been blessed throughout

these past 65 years. “It’s what we do; it’s been our life. We

come to