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Lapi joins CIHS Board of Directors

By Staff | Nov 22, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Tony Lapi

The Captiva Island Historical Society recently welcomed Tony Lapi to its board of directors.

“With the start of our exciting 2019-2020 season, the CIHS appreciates that Tony brings his experience, leadership talent and rich knowledge of Captiva history to our board of directors,” President Tom Libonate said.

For over 40 years, Lapi has lived the history of Sanibel and Captiva. He began his association with the historic ‘Tween Waters Inn as the general manager in the mid 1970s. Lapi now is president and chief executive officer of the Rochester Resorts, whose holdings include ‘Tween Waters Inn, Castaways, the Blind Pass Cottages and West Wind Inn. It also operates the Sanibel Captiva Island vacation rentals.

Lapi and his wife moved to Sanibel in the mid ’70s. Over the years, he has served Florida and its barrier island communities as a volunteer at the Sanibel and Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, Sanibel Shell Fair, Sanibel Community Association, Charitable Foundation of the Islands, Captiva Businessman’s Association and United Way, to name just a few organizations. Lapi is a member of the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau and was the chair of the board of directors of VISIT FLORIDA. He also serves on the board of the Florida Council of Tourism Leaders.

Lapi brings with him a strong work ethic, generous philanthropic bent and deeply rooted history on Captiva and Sanibel. The CIHS directors reported that they are honored to welcome him to the board.