Royal Shell moved forward on Tuesday, Aug. 22, with the reopening of its 959 Periwinkle Way office, home to its real estate brokerage operation on Sanibel Island. SanCap Chamber celebrated the occasional with a ribbon-cutting and blast of biodegradable confetti.

Since Hurricane Ian, Royal Shell has already had ribbon-cuttings at its Captiva office and vacation office at 1547 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel.

“Royal Shell Real Estate has been open operating out of our 1547 Periwinkle Royal Shell Vacations office since December to help members of our community with their real estate needs,” said Michael Polly, Royal Shell president and managing broker. “Where we could, we have contracted with island companies to help support our community businesses.”

Flooding combined with roof damage required a complete gutting of the iconic building at the island’s entrance, which has long served real estate firms.

“The beautiful, copper-topped Royal Shell Office right off the causeway has been greeting visitors and returning islanders for decades, and to see it restored and reopened gives us all another reason to cheer for our islands’ recovery,” said John Lai, chamber president and CEO. “Built in 1973, the building is an island landmark.”

“It is vital that the public knows the islands are open,” said Polly. “Not everything, but enough to enjoy our beautiful beaches. Getting that word out, and the chamber being there to help foster communication within our community, is integral to our long-term success.”


The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting the prosperity of its members and preserving the quality of life of our community. The Chamber plays a key role in facilitating communication and cooperation between business, residents, and government to enhance the economic health of the islands. Its website,, receives over 1.3 million visits per year. For more information about the chamber, visit or contact John Lai, president and CEO, at 239-472-2348 or [email protected].