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The Lifeblood of the Island


As a gathering spot for more than 100,000 people each year, The Sanibel Community House has served as the heart of the island since 1927.

With its recent re-opening ribbon-cutting ceremony pictured above, it is officially back in service catering to the needs of our island community.

Hurricane Ian destroyed most of its kitchen and event spaces, but even during its renovation, The Community House was able to use their outdoor area for several community get-togethers, much needed meal and supply distributions, and onsite FEMA assistance.

“We held gatherings for people just to come share a beverage and snacks that were well attended and served as a healing space,” said Executive Director Teresa Riska-Hall.  “It is important that we all support each other in a positive, upbeat way, keeping each other’s spirits up and looking forward.”

Now that The Community House is back open, its calendar is quickly filling up, including the return of The Shell Festival scheduled for March 7 – 9, 2024.

“What a proud, proud moment this is,” said John Lai, president and CEO of SanCap Chamber.  “The reopening of The Community House is like a transfusion to get the lifeblood of the island pumping once again!”



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