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By Staff | Nov 19, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Florida Gulf Coast University recently held a special reception to announce a $25,000 donation made by Sanibel Captiva Community Bank designated for the College of Education and the official naming of the Sanibel Captiva Community Bank Courtyard.

Council taking applications for board vacancy

The Sanibel City Council is accepting applications to fill a Municipal Officers’ Pension Board of Trustees partial-term appointment with an expiration date of Sept. 30, 2022.

The board meets on the second Wednesday in February, May, August and November at 2 p.m.

Any resident wishing to serve can visit mysanibel.granicus.com/boards/w/7544dac3d80bbd3e to access the online Advisory Board Application. Click the green “Apply” button and complete the application. At the end of the application process, click the green “Submit” button, which will allow submission of the application to the Sanibel City Clerk.

SanCap Community Bank donates to FGCU

PHOTO PROVIDED Laura Holland

Florida Gulf Coast University recently held a special reception to announce a $25,000 donation made by Sanibel Captiva Community Bank designated for the College of Education and the official naming of the Sanibel Captiva Community Bank Courtyard.

The donation represents an ongoing public/private relationship demonstrating both organizations’ respective commitments to the development of future leaders and educators in Southwest Florida. Contributions from the gift will be used for a select number of College of Education students to cover their initial program expenses.

FYZICAL to welcome new employee

FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers on Sanibel will welcome physical therapist Laura Holland to its operations on Dec. 2. She will help serve island residents in their rehabilitation needs this season.

Holland has been working as a physical therapist for eight years in outpatient clinics.

PHOTO PROVIDED Chris Stack and Cindi Vos

She has worked heavily with patients recovering from strokes, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, amputations, dizziness and balance issues, joint replacement surgeries (hips, knees, and shoulders), other post-surgical PT, chronic pain, post-concussions and athletic injuries.

Jennings-Rodriguez selected for 40 under 40

After 20 years in the vacation rental industry on Sanibel, Patience Jennings-Rodriguez of Select Vacation Properties recently was honored as one of the top 40 most influential business professionals under 40 by the Business Observer.

According to the nomination, Jennings-Rodriguez earned her place on the list the hard way – she worked for it. She started out in the vacation rental industry at the age of 19 answering telephones, and through diligence, perseverance and hard work, has become known throughout the islands and in the regional real estate industry.

Jennings-Rodriguez is the director of owner and guest relations and the senior reservation coordinator at Select Vacation Properties, which she helped launch in 2006. With the primary responsibility for acquiring and retaining properties, she has been instrumental in adding more than 90 units to the SVP rental program. Jennings-Rodriguez is a primary reason for the company’s immediate profitability in year one, and double-digit growth every year since inception

She has a significant role in the development of marketing strategies, social media, web development and other customer-facing components of the company. Jennings-Rodriguez was recently tasked with designing a five-year growth and expansion plan and is an active member and treasurer of the Sanibel Captiva Rental Managers Association, member of the Society for Human Resource Management and holds a real estate sales associate license.

In The Garden employees earn certification

Cindi Vos and Chris Stack, of In The Garden on Sanibel, recently became certified horticulture professionals through the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association.

The eight-week Certified Horticulture Professional program is the industry’s only standard for measuring horticulture knowledge on everything from plant and pest identification to landscape management.

Candidates must pass a comprehensive four-part online written exam to demonstrate knowledge about plant identification, disease and insect control, plant biology and landscape management.

Vos is the general manager of In The Garden, while Stack works with customers, manages the grounds and plant stock, and coordinates installations of items purchased at the garden center.

SanCap Community Bank named award finalist

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has been named a finalist for the Uncommon Friends Foundation Business Ethics Award.

The award recognizes organizations that exemplify standards of high ethical behavior in conducting their daily operations, as well as during times of crises.

Nominations are reviewed by a panel of experts in the field of ethical business practices.

The winner will be announced at the annual Uncommon Evening Gala “Pearls of Wisdom,” set for Nov. 14 at The Burroughs Home in Fort Myers.

Fundraiser on FMB benefits CROW

Matanzas on the Bay’s family-friendly, Halloween and animal-themed Howl-O-Ween Wildlife Fundraiser raised $2,028 for the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel.

Held on Fort Myers Beach on Oct. 26, the event featured an array of children’s activities, including face painting, pumpkin painting, games and animal-themed arts and crafts. Attendees enjoyed food, craft beer and live music, as well as interactive educational sessions led by CROW, with appearances from wildlife ambassadors Lola, the American kestrel, and GiGi, the Virginia opossum.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will help CROW continue to operate its teaching hospital to save the sick, injured and orphaned native and migratory wildlife of Southwest Florida and beyond. Through veterinary care, public education programs and its visitor center, CROW works to improve the health of the environment, humans and animals through wildlife medicine.