As an emergency informational measure relating to island businesses and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce will host a free, Zoom-platform virtual meeting on Monday, April 6, at 2 p.m. with Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane and director of the Lee County Economic Development Office, John Talmage.

“Our speakers were eager to hold this meeting as soon as possible to discuss impacts on the business community and opportunities during this unprecedented event,” said John Lai, chamber president, and chief executive office. “There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion through the moderator.”

Talmage asked to join the meeting to update the community on where island businesses stand from the county’s economic perspective and to offer insight on the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, Lai added.

The chamber has sent members a Zoom invitation to register for the virtual event. Members must RSVP by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3, to receive a link to the Zoom meeting in advance. During the
meeting, questions must be submitted through the chat feature. At the end of the speaker discussions, the moderator will present the questions to the speakers.

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. With over 560 active Chamber members from both islands including businesses from Lee and Collier counties, the Chamber plays a key role in facilitating communication and cooperation between business, residents, and government to enhance the economic health of the islands. The Francis P. Bailey, Jr. Chamber Visitor Center is located at the entrance to Sanibel Island and welcomes over 160,000 visitors each year. VISIT FLORIDA named the Visitor Center one of thirteen official Florida Certified Tourism Information Centers. The Visitor Center is open 365 days a year and provides visitors with comprehensive information about things to do, places to visit, where to stay, shop, and dine. The Chamber website receives over 1.3 million website visits per year.

For more information about the chamber, visit or contact Ashley Pignato, member services manager, at 239-472-8255 or [email protected].