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The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce joined Billy and Salli Kirkland in cutting a ceremonial ribbon on Monday, Aug. 19, to honor the couple’s two decades of business on the island. Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane issued a proclamation in recognition of the Kirkland’s 20th anniversary at the City Council meeting in August.
“The island is our home and we care very deeply about it,” said Billy. “I want to thank everybody who has helped us make it to where we are today. We are not ready to retire, yet, so we may go for the 25th year.”
The Kirklands have owned and operated a rental business since 1985, when they began with beach chairs, bicycles and sailboats in partnership with Sanibel and Captiva resorts. In August 1999, they purchased the bicycle and scooter business, Island Moped. Today, Billy’s Rentals has expanded to include the retail and repair shop, Billy’s Bike Shop, and a second rental location in Bailey’s Center.
Billy’s Tractor Business was established in 2004, as a result of Hurricane Charley. That operation offers brush removal and maintenance of parking lots and private roads. Throughout the past two decades, the couple has received numerous awards, including The Visitor Control Board Award for Outstanding Hospitality Retail Service, Top Attractions and Good Samaritan awards, The Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award and the Florida Senate Medal of Excellence for Dedication to the Community.
“Billy and Salli have fulfilled their dream to be local business owners and community leaders,” said Chamber President John Lai. “It was truly an honor to celebrate this amazing milestone with them.”
Billy’s Rentals, at 1470 Periwinkle Way, offers carbon road bikes, flat bar road bikes, catrikes, tandem bikes, and family bikes, as well as Segway tours. Billy’s Bike Shop, across the street at 1509 Periwinkle Way, carries a wide selection of bikes for sale and offers bike repairs and maintenance. To learn more, visit sanibelbike.com.