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Chamber cuts ribbon for new Visitor Center parking lot

By Staff | Sep 10, 2013

Chamber and city officials cut the ribbon on the new Visitor Center parking lot. PHOTO PROVIDED.

The Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Aug. 28 to celebrate the completion of their new Visitor Center parking lot.

The Chamber’s parking lot has recently undergone a significant eco-friendly transformation, thanks to the assistance of the City of Sanibel and a number of local expert contractors. The Chamber receives an average of 180,000 visitors to the Visitor Center each year. The lot, previously unpaved and containing many pot holes, had a sandy and gritty surface that concerned many Sanibel and Captiva visitors.

The parking lot, owned by the City of Sanibel and leased to the Chamber of Commerce, is now complete with semi-pervious pavers and designed to ensure that rain water flows to the back of the lot into two newly created retention ponds. The surface of the lot is now smooth, made possible by the introduction of the environmentally friendly semi-pervious pavers and the subsequent native landscaping that had accompanied this project.

“The pavers not only look beautiful, but they are helping to direct the water in the parking lot and give visitors a good impression of our islands as they enter the Visitor Center,” said Ric Base, president of the Chamber of Commerce. “This major project would not have happened without help from staff in the Planning, Natural Resources, and Engineering departments of the City of Sanibel and we are very grateful for their help and advice throughout this process.”

“We would also like to acknowledge the excellent job done by Gigi Designs, who were responsible for the preparation and laying of the pavers, to Mark Andersen of Benchmark Construction for his help and guidance, and Edwin Herms, Island Home Services for plantings and sodding the retention area,” said Base.