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Chamber plans Seafood and Farmer’s Market

Public input sought for proposed weekly sales on island

August 27, 2012
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce is asking for feedback from the community regarding the start of a Seafood and Farmer's Market on the island once a week later this year.

Chamber President-elect Steve Timcak said they have tentative approval for the location of the market, at the crossroads at the island center between the ballfield and the Garden Club's park.

"That area is critical to our plan," he said.

Within the next couple of weeks the chamber will learn of the final approval for the location.

The community's opinion is being sought to get an idea of what people think about the Seafood and Farmer's Market, along with if they are willing to get involved.

"What we are hoping for is approximately 30 booths," he said, because that is what the site can accommodate.

The goal is to have 60 percent of the booth space compiled of seafood and produce vendors.

Timcak said the goal is to give Chamber of Commerce membership the first option on the market. He said if the chamber needs to do a search to fill spaces after that they will.

Timcak said he wants people to arrive on the island every Saturday and learn what the island is all about while having the opportunity to visit the Seafood and Farmer's Market.

"The concept is to get people to make a habit of coming onto the island from the demographic of northwest Cape Coral, Burnt Store and all of Pine Island," he said.

There will be an informational booth that the chamber will occupy each week of the market to hand out a print-out of what is taking place on the south and north ends of the island.

Timcak said an email can be sent to the chamber of what they would like to see on the flyer, which will be altered on a weekly basis. He said it is about promoting all the activities on the island on a weekly basis.

The market, he said, will get an awful lot accomplished, along with allowing many people to earn money off of their talents and crops.

The hope is to launch the Seafood and Farmer's Market in December and have it run to late April early May.

"It's really just feeling out the public and trying to generate a little buzz to see what we can do for everyone and see who wants to get involved," Timcak said.

Those interested are encouraged to call the Chamber of Commerce at 239-283-0888.

A committee will eventually be formed to jump-start the process once feedback is received from the community.



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