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Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce to hold awards ceremony, annual meeting

By Staff | Mar 3, 2021

The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce will be in a 1920’s mood when it holds its annual meeting and award ceremony, “A Night at the Speakeasy” Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Diamondhead Beach Resort.

“We’re excited about being able to safely hold an event,” Chamber of Commerce President Jacki Liszak said. “Costumes are encouraged. You don’t have to. It’s something to lighten the mood. The chamber encourages “Roaring Twenties” attire for attendees. There will be live music performed.

Tickets are $65 per person or flapper and include hors d’oeuvres, a chef’s carving board, drink tickets, dessert table, entrance to the Diamondhead Resort terrace, awards ceremony and installation of new board members. There will be a raffle, silent auction, with “some nice prizes” including golf packages, Liszak said.

There will also be a recognition of the board and the chamber’s ambassadors and a photo booth.

Each year, the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce recognizes various organizations for their continued support and dedication to the community. This year, five awards will be presented to individuals and area businesses for their contributions.

The Chamber’s “Environmental Award,” will be presented to Turtle Time in recognition of the ongoing efforts of the group to educate and advocate for sea turtles. Turtle Time recorded a record number of seat turtle nets this year on Fort Myers Beach.

The “Commitment to Community Award” will be presented to Anita Cereceda, Jan Fleming, and Janeen Paulauskis for their creation of the #WeAreFMB initiative which raised tens of thousands of dollars for hundreds of gift cards to local workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chamber of Commerce has chosen the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation to receive the “Outstanding Service Award,” for its dedication to the island with the #WeAreFMB initiative, the gifting of scholarships and advocacy on FMB. The chamber’s “Civic Award” will be presented to the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, in recognition of the department’s commitment to Ft. Myers Beach and the creation of the Community Outreach Center on the island.

Masks are required to attend. The event will comply with social distancing regulations and temperatures will be taken at the door. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.fortmyersbeach.org/events/annual-meeting/, or call the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce at 239.454.7500.