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Patience Rodriguez wins Customer Service E Award

Select Vacation Properties is proud to announce that Patience Rodriguez was the recipient of the Honorable Mention award at the 2018 Elaine McLaughlin Hospitality Service Awards.  The awards are held annually by the News-Press and the Lee County Visitors and Convention Bureau to recognize those within the hospitality and allied industries who positively impact a visitor or resident’s experience in Lee County. Patience is the head of owner relations and the senior reservation coordinator at […]

Select Vacation Properties in Top 500

Select Vacation Properties has been recognized for the second year in a row as one of the Gulf Coast Top 500 by the Florida Business Observer. The 2018 Top 500 list ranks the top 500 companies from nine counties from Polk to Collier by revenue.   In addition to the list, the Top 500 also features strategies and stories of the companies, and bits of information you may not know about them.  In addition to being […]

Red Tide levels declining on Sanibel

The latest Red Tide Status Update from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission shows that while red tide is still present in the waters off Sanibel, the number of samples testing with high or medium levels has declined by greater than 25% over the last week.  This is the largest weekly decline in red tide levels for any county on the Gulf Coast of Florida.  We look forward to seeing this trend continue until our […]

Resilience in the face of red tide outbreak on Sanibel

In recent weeks it seems that all of the news coming out of Sanibel Island and Southwest Florida regarding the red tide is bad. However, there are plenty of stories of heroism, resilience, survival, hope and recovery, if you take the time to look.  Admittedly, in the first weeks of the recent algae bloom it was hard to find any silver linings, with dead sea life and our sick waterways impossible to ignore. But after […]

Sanibel Red Tide Update

Sanibel Red Tide Bloom- What is it? As of Monday August 5th, conditions appear to be improving on the beaches of Sanibel, after a significant outbreak of red tide last week.  For those not familiar with red tide, it is a colloquial name for a naturally occurring growth of red algae know as Karenia Brevis. Many types of algae naturally occur in the southeastern United States.  Karenia brevis is a dinoflagellate found in the Gulf […]

Sanibel Beach Conditions and Water Quality

Sanibel Beach Conditions Sanibel Island is surrounded by water, so the Sanibel beach conditions are important to any island vacation. Our team at Select Vacation Properties understands your concerns about water quality and we take the comfort and safety of our guests very seriously. We all live and work here, and  these waters are a huge part of daily life for our families and children as well.  When it comes to beach conditions, we recommend […]

Sanibel Island ban on single-use plastic straws

  The Sanibel City Council recently approved a Sanibel Island ban on single-use plastic straws.  This eco-friendly decision is in keeping with Sanibel’s long tradition of being a steward of the environment.  There will be a final hearing on August 7, at which time the ban will be signed, and will go into effect 12o days later.  Plastic straws have long been a danger to sea life and contribute to the massive amounts of plastic […]

Five Cool Beach Hacks for Your Summer on Sanibel

(17 May 2018) With summer right around the corner, use these great tips to get the most out of your day at the beach! 1. Keep your sunscreen in the cooler… not only will it protect you from the sun, it will cool you down each time you re-apply! 2. Freeze juice boxes and throw them in your cooler. They will stay cold longer, keep your other items cold, and the kids can eat them […]

Select Vacation Properties gaining National Television Exposure

(28 September 2016) Select Vacation Properties gaining National Television Exposure Sanibel Island, FL – Vacation rental agency Select Vacation Properties announced that the company is being featured on an episode of the award winning morning show “The Balancing Act” airing on the Lifetime Network October 11th and October 18th.  The segment is called Travel Trek; a recurring segment on travel and vacationing. The segment will feature interviews with and footage of some of the vacation […]

SVP Proud Sponsor of 28th Annual Arts for Act Gala

(1 October 2016) Sanibel Island, FL – One of the beachfront units in the Select Vacation Properties rental program will be auctioned off at the 28th annual Arts for ACT fundraiser at the Harborside Events Center, Saturday October 29th 2016.  This year’s event is a “Disco Ball” Gala and Fine Art Auction.   The auction annually features works by local and national artists, and was a special cause for Captiva Artist Robert Rauschenberg, whose works are […]