Saturday, January 21, 2012

Captiva Cruises - Katie Gardenia

Captiva Cruises is featuring a 2 hour cruise aboard the Lady Chadwick with Katie Gardenia. She will be signing copies of her book “A Bubble Moment” that include
Recipes and stories about Running the Bubble Room Restaurant on Captiva Island.
$35 per person – Call Captiva cruises at 239 472 5300.
Sounds like a great time!

VIP Realty Group as Realtor of the Year

January 12, 2012
From: Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander
San-Cap Association of Realtors Install 2012 Board of Directors The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of REALTORS held its Installation and Awards Banquet on January 7, 2012. Incoming President Glen Simmons (VIP Realty Group), President-elect Bruce Cochrane (VIP Realty Group), Treasurer Jeffery Burns (Royal Shell Real Estate), Secretary Kara "KC" Cuscaden (VIP Realty Group), Immediate Past President Judith Anderson (VIP Realty Group) and Directors: Janie Howland (VIP Realty Group); Eric Pfeifer (Pfeifer Realty Group); David Schuldenfrei (VIP Realty Group) and Debbie Staley (VIP Realty Group) were installed by William H. Poteet, Jr., 2012 Naples Area Board of REALTORS President. During the event, both Brett Brown, 2012 Florida REALTORS District 5 DVP and 2012 Florida REALTORS RPAC Trustee, and Sherri Meadows, Florida REALTORS Vice President, addressed attendees providing timely Florida REALTORS business updates. Additional visiting dignitaries included Bill Barnes, Bonita Springs-Estero Association of REALTORS CEO; Marion Briggs, REALTORS Association of Greater Ft. Myers & the Beach President; Michelle Deal, Cape Coral Association of REALTORS President; Nancy Dunning, Cape Coral Association of REALTOR CEO; Shirley English, Marco Island Area Association of REALTORS CEO; Doreen Falcone, REALTORS Association of Greater Ft. Myers & the Beach President-elect; Peggy Hummel, REALTORS Association of Greater Ft. Myers & the Beach CEO; Weslie Kunkle, Naples Area Board of REALTORS President-elect; Beth Mancini, Bonita Springs-Estero Association of REALTORS President and Gerry Rosenblum, Marco Island Area Association of REALTORS President. This annual event gives the Association of REALTORS the opportunity to honor those individuals who deserve special recognition for their outstanding achievements and service to the organization and to the community. These awards and the recipients include: REALTOR of the Year: Judith Anderson (VIP Realty Group), Community Service Award: Eric Pfeifer (Pfeifer Realty Group), Administrative Support Award: Melba Goliszeski (VIP Realty Group) and Sharon Jones (Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of REALTORS) and Affiliate of the Year: Nanci Berlin (Barrier Island Title Services).
Sixteen REALTORS received Honor Society Awards in recognition of their community service activities and professionalism through education, participation and service: Judith Anderson (VIP Realty Group), Susan Andrews (SanibelSusan Realty Associates), Art Corace (RE/MAX of the Islands), Kara Cuscaden (VIP Realty Group), Margie Davison (VIP Realty Group), Marlene Donaldson (VIP Realty Group), Jim Hall (VIP Realty Group), James Hetmanek (VIP Realty Group), Janie Howland (VIP Realty Group), Eric Pfeifer (Pfeifer Realty Group), David Schuldenfrei (VIP Realty Group), Glen Simmons (VIP Realty Group), Ron Smiley (VIP Realty Group), Deborah Staley (VIP Realty Group), Diane Stocks (VIP Realty Group) and Ira Zlatkin (VIP Realty Group).

Thursday, January 19, 2012

We're Number One! - | Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

We're Number One! - | Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Sanibel Island Ranked #1 on
Frommer's Top 10 Favorite Places to Travel

Arthur Frommer, the renowned founder of Frommer's Travel Guides, has ranked Sanibel Island #1 as his favorite place in the world to travel, describing Sanibel as, "Off the west coast of the Sunshine State, a few miles from Ft. Myers, is this idyllic haven of white-sand beaches, condos whose seafront apartments are available for weekly rentals, excellent restaurants, good shopping and most important, the Ding Darling Nature Preserve, visited by thousands of birds of every species, who bask in the sun after diving for fish, and are one of the great natural sights of wildlife in America."

When acknowledging Frommer's designation Sanibel City Manager Judie Zimomra stated, "Per Art Frommer, the best place in the world to visit is Sanibel Island, but for those of us who live here it is just a great place to call home."
Frommer's list of his personal favorite places in the world to visit below Sanibel Island are: Bali, Indonesia; Paris; St John, U.S. Virgin Islands; Cairo; Caribbean Island Bonaire; Yachats, Oregon; Chiang Rai, Thailand; Greenwich Village; and Kenya.

To read the entire article please click here

News release from the City of Sanibel. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Restaurant to open on Sanibel - Jan 16th!

IL CIELO RISTORANTE  located 1244 Periwinkle Way - will be open for dinner 7 days a week from 5 - 10pm.  (the old Dolce Vita or Ellington Building)
The restaurants full menu will be on www.

Menu selections will range from lighter fare, soups, salads and antipasti to main selections including pasta, seafood, meat and poultry with a wide selection of desserts and cheeses.

The Name means "the sky" in Italian. Celebrity chef Loretta Paganaini, host of SIMPLY GOURMET on the Discovery Channel and proprietor of the International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute, and Milan's Chef Marco Corricelli are the gourmet masterminds behind IL Cielo's Italian offerings.
We are very happy to have this new exciting restaurant open on Sanibel!!
Reservations now being accepted by phone and online  239 472 5555