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The Sanibel and Captiva Chamber of Commerce reports businesses on the two islands lost $19 million in just July and August. Thursday, US Senator Bill Nelson met with business owners to talk about solutions.
Among the stores with representation at the meeting was Bailey’s General store, which has operated on Sanibel Island since 1899. It’s still a family business and it has expanded, but on a recent September day, the fully stocked grocery store on Periwinkle Drive saw only a few tourists who weren’t scared off by images of algae and fish kills on the beaches.