Chamber Hosting Virtual Forum for City Council Candidates

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

To help Sanibel Island residents prepare for the March 2 election for three city council seats, the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce will host a virtual Zoom candidate forum on Wednesday, Jan. 20, starting at noon.

Candidates have until Jan. 15 to become qualified for a chance to succeed Mick Denham, who is not seeking reelection, and Chauncey Goss and Jerry Muench, who were appointed in late 2020 by the council as interim members to replace councilmen Jason Maughan and Kevin Ruane.

“We are pleased to provide this service to the Sanibel constituency so that voters can make their most informed decisions,” said John Lai, chamber president and chief executive officer. “The forum format will include a predetermined Q&A with each candidate. A celebrity moderator from Waterman Broadcasting will lead the forum.”

Sanibel Mayor Mick Denham

Chamber members should watch their email inboxes for invitations to the forum. Attendees need not belong to the chamber and can receive an invitation by contacting Ashley Pignato, member services manager, at 239-472-8255 or A Zoom recording of the forum will be accessible to all from the chamber’s web site following the forum.

On Wednesday, Jan. 13, starting at noon, the chamber will host its first virtual luncheon of the year featuring Sanibel Mayor Mick Denham as guest speaker. Members will be receiving invitations for that Zoom meeting also by email.

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

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