Chamber, FRLA Partner on Mask Giveaway

provided to Santiva Chronicle

Ashley Pignato, chamber member services manager: John Lai, chamber president and CEO; and Mitch Orr, chamber office manager, take delivery of reusable masks from Lois Croft, FRLA Southwest Director

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) in a program to distribute reusable face masks to the local business community starting this week. FRLA Southwest Director Lois Croft delivered the washable cotton masks to the chamber on Monday, Aug. 31, as part of an effort to distribute 50,000 masks throughout Lee, Collier, and Charlotte counties. They are available now to pick up or request for delivery.

“The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association partnered with Florida Health & Human Services to provide more than 1 million masks to our hospitality industry throughout the state of Florida,” said Croft. “Our hospitality industry has endured a major hardship these past six , and to provide them with cloth, washable/reusable masks for their employees and guests was another way the FLRA supported and provided resources to our industry.”

Businesses need not be a chamber or FRLA member to pick up or request delivery on up to 40 masks per business, said John Lai, chamber president and chief executive officer. “We are grateful to the association for its support,” he added. “We are doing everything we can to keep our businesses safe, healthy, and strong during these uncertain time. These quality masks are one more step toward recovery and stability.”

To pre-order your masks, please contact Ashley Pignato, member services manager, at 239-472-8255 or, with the amount requested.

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.

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