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 The Gettys Group Turns Adversity to Opportunity
for Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa


Award-Winning Interior Design and Procurement Firm Helps
Hotels and Resorts Get Back to Business after Hurricanes

Executes Swift Renovation of Fort Myers Hotel

CHICAGO, IL—Sept. 30, 2004—The Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa is not only getting back to business in record time after being hit by Hurricane Charley, but it is also getting a fresh look.  Renowned interior design and procurement firm The Gettys Group is moving quickly to expand its original design work that helped Sanibel Harbour Resort and & Spa achieve a 95 percent facility approval rating by Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.  Swift action by the firm will help the hotel return to full operating status by the beginning of 2005—only a few months after the hurricane damaged the hotel.  The Sanibel Harbour Resort and Spa is located in Fort Myers, Fla., overlooking Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

The Gettys Group completed an initial renovation of the Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa in 2002.  The firm responded immediately to the hotel’s call for restoration because of damage inflicted by Hurricane Charley. The firm will re-design all 401 guest rooms; the main hotel lobby and the main lobby of the Inn at Sanibel Harbour, a boutique hotel located on a corner of the resort property; three food and beverage outlets and 45,000 square feet of indoor function space that contains four ballrooms and 24 meeting rooms.  The firm will also integrate new technologies throughout the hotel.  A final budget has not been established, but it is estimated to be a multi-million dollar project.

A hotel renovation of this magnitude would normally take about one year to complete; however The Gettys Group is fast-tracking the project with a dedicated design and procurement team that will enable the hotel to re-open in time for high season. The firm wields powerful relationships, an extensive list of vendor resources and expert consultants throughout the United States and overseas allowing for the mobilization of highly responsive and qualified teams.

“The Gettys Group is thrilled to continue our association with the Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa,” said Roger Hill, CEO, The Gettys Group Inc. “It’s an excellent opportunity to not only refurbish and refresh, but to implement some of the master planning concepts developed earlier, in tandem with the client, into a repositioning of the property through intelligent design and procurement solutions.  The resultant installation will be a much better reflection the market position the hotel so richly deserves and can achieve, yet in exceptionally record time.”

“We asked The Gettys Group to handle this renovation project because of the talent they displayed in the first renovation and their ability to respond quickly in our time of need.  The Gettys Group has proven their client commitment time and again,” said John McCarthy, president of Liberty Hospitality Group which owns and operates The Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa.  “We look forward to building upon our strong reputation in southwest Florida by showcasing our new look as the premiere resort for travelers, meetings and events.”

About The Gettys Group

The Gettys Group is an award-winning interior design, design architecture and procurement firm committed to promoting the business success of its clients.  With more than 15 years of experience, The Gettys Group portfolio includes hotels, resorts, spas, conference centers, restaurants and condominiums. Recognized for innovative and intelligent design, expert documentation and unparalleled purchasing power, the Chicago-based firm is consistently ranked among the top design and procurement firms in the industry.  The Gettys Group has worked in more than 100 cities and 8 countries and has specified and/or purchased over $1 billion in furniture, fixture, equipment and art. For more information about the company and its services, please visit

About Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa

Sanibel Harbour offers 401 spacious rooms, suites and condominiums, all with breathtaking views of Sanibel and Captiva islands. For business functions, the resort includes a 45,000-square-foot waterfront meeting and banquet facility and centrally located business center. Other features include a 40,000 square-foot world-class spa, championship tennis complex, bayside beach and marina offering a variety of daily cruises and water sports, supervised children’s programs, nearby golf courses, complimentary shuttle to Sanibel Island’s famous beaches and attractions, three incredible restaurants and the Sanibel Harbour Princess, a private 100-foot yacht featuring nightly sunset dinner cruises. For more information, call (800) 767-7777, or visit


Jill Wigal
for The Gettys Group
773-244-1610 office/fax

Also See: The Gettys Group and SB Architects Design Espirito Santo Plaza’s Hotel Before Flag is Finalized / May 2003
Gettys Fast Track Solutions Expeditiously Transformed the Historic Lexington Hotel into the High-styled Radisson Hotel New York-East Side Hotel / June 2001

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