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By Staff | Sep 29, 2020


Islands chamber CEO takes FACP board seat

John Lai, president and chief executive officer of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, recently took a seat as chair-elect of the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals.

The agency installed its 2020-21 board of directors at its annual conference on Sep. 15-17.

The board of directors is the governing body responsible for overseeing the operations of the FACP, whose mission is to advance excellence in chamber management in the state of Florida.

Lai has served at the chamber’s helm since his appointment in 2017. He has led members through toxic water quality issues and pandemic upheaval during that time by rallying local businesses at the state and federal government levels. Lai was instrumental in bringing together the Southwest Florida Alliance of Chambers and in seeing the chamber’s visitor center modernized and named by Visit Florida as one of 13 official Florida Certified Tourism Information Centers.


BMNSM earns Travelers’ Choice award

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum announced that it has been selected for Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice award, honoring the Sanibel institution as one of the top-rated in the world.

Each year, the travel giant combs through hundreds of thousands of reviews and ratings on its global platform to identify the top 10 percent of institutions.

The scientific institution is the only museum in the United States dedicated solely to shells and the animals that create them. In March, it unveiled its new aquarium gallery, “Beyond Shells: The Mysterious World of Mollusks,” which highlights the living animals that create the shells.

The award also comes as the museum celebrates its 25th anniversary this fall, having welcomed more than 1 million visitors to date.

For more information, visit www.shellmuseum.org or call 239-395-2233.

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is at 3075 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel.

Chamber to host virtual Power Hour

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce’s executive board considers November’s election ballot amendments such an important topic that it has opened its Oct. 2 Government Affairs Committee meeting to the entire membership, starting at 8:30 a.m.

The chamber will hosts Michael Nachef, system director of government relations for Lee Health, as speaker at the virtual Ballot Briefing Power Hour. He will give a description of each of the six amendments and will answer questions from chamber members.

As an in-house registered lobbyist, Nachef works closely with elected officials and their staff at the local, state and federal levels. His work is focused on policy and funding issues that affect healthcare delivery and cost for residents of Southwest Florida.

The chamber will send a Zoom invitation to its members to register for the event. When members RSVP, they will receive a link to the Zoom meeting in advance.

Chamber members can send questions in advance to Ashley Pignato at ashley@sanibel-captiva.org or submit them at the meeting using the chat feature.

Sponsorships are still available for the presentation. For information on becoming a sponsor or registering for the meeting, contact Ashley Pignato at ashley@sanibel-captiva.org.

Clinic offering free virtual, in-clinic screenings

September was Fall Prevention Awareness month, and to recognize the local need to prevent falls, Island Therapy Center on Sanibel is offering free virtual or in-clinic screenings for fall risk throughout the fall-autumn season.

All screenings are conducted by a licensed physical therapist on staff.

Island Therapy Center will also educate patients in how to avoid falls, improve home-safety, reduce injury with a fall and how to get up from a fall.

To schedule a clinic or virtual screening, contact Island Therapy Center at 239-395-5858. Virtual screenings are conducted through a secure Telehealth platform.

Masks are required for all persons entering the clinic.

For more information, visit www.islandtherapycenter.com.