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February 12, 2010

extra extra newspaPer sanibel & captiva islands february 12 , 2010 happenings • health • business • classifieds • crossword • sudoku hundreds gather to celebrate coti’s 35th anniversary The celebration included cake and balloons submitted by coti ( committee of the islands ) ome 250 members and guests of the COTI past presidents , back row : John Harries , Wayne Ponader , COTI Incorporator Milena Eskew , Mike Gillespie , Jim Lavelle Committee of the Islands gathered at ( incumbent ) , Dick Curtin , Armand Ball ; front row : Jack Thomas and Larry Schopp SBIG ARTS Thursday evening to celebrate COTI’s 35th anniversary . Seven past COTI presidents were also in attendance , as well as current president The celebration was held in the Phillips Gallery and garden areas at BIG ARTS , Jim Lavelle , all of whom were recognized and thanked for their efforts on behalf of the where the guests had food and wine and heard music by the Island Jazz Band , as they organization and the island community . mingled and heard remarks and presentations touching on COTI’s history and pur - COTI was founded by Eskew and others who had helped incorporate Sanibel as pose . an independently governed city within Lee County . Their efforts were in response to To help commemorate the occasion , COTI’s board of directors honored Milena county development plans that envisioned Sanibel with a population of 90,000 . Eskew , COTI’s first secretary of the corporation and a member of its original board . continued on page 18B Eskew is also unique in that she was a signatory to the group’s articles of incorporation on July 21 , 1975 . gulf and a special menu from Chef Jason Miller . The Sweetheart Dinner , devoted to around the islands with anne two , includes Crab Cakes , Old Captiva House Salad , Surf and Turf , including a four - ounce filet mignon and seven - ounce lobster tail , roasted garlic mashed potatoes , and love is in the air as island Merchants Strawberry Love dessert . Price starts at $ 150 per couple . For reservations or more information , call 472 - 5161 ext . 421 . help You celebrate Valentine’s day Other restaurants to consider : • Treat your sweetheart at The Jacaranda restaurant , 1223 Periwinkle Way , by anne Mitchell where you can dine inside or outside on the patio . Call 472 - 1771 for reservations . ove may make the world go ‘ round , but this year practicality may be the key • Beachview Steakhouse & Seafood at 1100 Par View Drive , is also catering ingredient when it comes to Valentine’s gifts . to Valentine’s Day couples . Call 472 - 4394 to book a table . L The National Retail Federation predicts that personal and practical gifts like • McT’s Shrimp House & Tavern is also doing it up for sweethearts . The res - sweaters and clothing will be up there with sexier items such as jewelry for sweethearts . taurant is at 1523 Periwinkle Way , phone 472 - 3161 . The good news for retailers is that total spending should be around $ 17.6 billion , • Valentine’s Day reservations are being taken at Il Tesoro Fine Italian Cuisine , 3.3 percent higher than last year , and that consumers are planning to spend more on 751 Tarpon Bay Road , phone 395 - 4011 . You can reserve the Chef’s Table for a spe - small gifts for friends and family . cial menu for up to 10 people . The federation says couples will spend an average of $ 63.34 on gifts for each other • The Island Cow will present gift boxes of the famous Norman Love confec - which is a bit down from last year’s average of $ 67.22 . Men surveyed will spend about tions to the first 100 sweethearts on February 14 . If that doesn’t grab you , maybe the twice as much as women . arrival of the stone crabs will ! Location is 2163 Periwinkle Way , phone 472 - 0606 . More than 35 percent of consumers will have an evening out – probably dinner . • Courtney’s is inviting you to romance your sweetheart at the restaurant at 1231 Which brings me to island restaurants , many of which are putting out the red carpet Middle Gulf Drive , phone 472 - 4646 . for couples . Here are some of them : continued on page 12B Old Captiva House at ‘ Tween Waters Inn on Captiva , has stunning views of the

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