Casa Ybel Resort

Sanibel Island, Florida

Miss Florida USA Visits Sanibel for The Cure – Proclaims “No Oil On the Beaches”

Miss Florida USA Visits Sanibel for The Cure and Proclaims No Oil On the Beaches

The reigning Miss Florida USA 2010, Megan Clementi, 26, visited Sanibel Island to climb the lighthouse, determined to complete her Climb For The Cure awareness campaign benefiting Susan G. Komen. Clementi developed this initiative as a way to promote Breast Cancer Awareness as well as bring awareness to the restoration needs of Florida’s lighthouses. She put the plan into action on January 10th, 2010 completing 12 of 30 planned lighthouse climbs thus far. On June 29, she added the Sanibel Island Lighthouse and the Boca Grande / Gasparilla Island Lighthouse located, both in the Beaches of Fort Myers – Sanibel, to her list of accomplishments.

“The most amazing part about the Susan G. Komen Foundation is that 75% of the proceeds goes back to the area in which it was raised,” said Clementi, which prompted an unplanned $500 donation to the cause from Marty and Brenda Harrity on behalf of Doc Ford’s. Clementi met the Harritys’ as she and lighthouse photographer John Kennedy and family stopped in to Doc Ford’s for lunch prior to heading to Boca Grande. Overwhelmed by the generosity, Clementi announced, “75% of this $500 donation will go back to the State of Florida to assist those who have been stricken with Breast Cancer and the other 25% will go to research so that the women of the future and, actually the men as well, will not have to suffer.”

(from left) Froilan Ramirez, Miss Florida, Damon Pyle and Amy Speckman

Froilan Ramirez, Amy Speckman and Damon Pyle, all of Casa Ybel Resort‘s management team, happened to be lunching at Doc Ford’s. They suggested that Clementi film a statement for release about our clean beaches. As cameras rolled she began, “I had the honor of climbing the Sanibel Lighthouse this morning and I think the common misconception is many people think that the unfortunate oil spill happening in the Gulf right now has affected the entire West coast of Florida and it’s simply not true. I saw the beaches today and the oil has not come to the West Coast, it’s not on Sanibel Island, so if anyone out there wants to tour this beautiful place, please do because there is not an issue with the oil and it’s still just as beautiful as it’s ever been,” said Megan. The Casa Ybel Team thanked Clementi for supporting efforts to inform the world that The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel are clean and open for business.

“Miss Florida’s timing couldn’t be better. We are grateful she came to Sanibel to climb our lighthouse today in support of The Cure and to clarify that there is NO oil on our beaches,” said Ramirez, General Manager at Casa Ybel Resort.

Casa Ybel Resort Wedding Proposal!

We had a lot of fun and excitement at Casa Ybel today – a wedding proposal on the beach! Champagne and tears of joy were flowing on the beach on Sanibel Island. Our local NBC affiliate was even there to cover the event. Congratulations!

Lavish Wedding Proposal
NBC-2 News
Monday, August 04, 2008 by Chad Oliver

SANIBEL ISLAND: Many people head to Sanibel Island expecting to see white sandy beaches, clear water, and shelling that’s world-renowned. They don’t expect to see what unfolded on the beach in front of Casa Ybel Monday morning – a wedding proposal.

Cynthia Briand, from Florence, Alabama, has been bringing her family to the same timeshare since 1979.

Her son, John, learned to swim there and is now 24-years-old. He grew up spending part of his summers there. So when it came time for an important announcement, Sanibel was the family’s first choice.

“The more excited John and I got about this, then it got bigger and bigger and John said, ‘I’m going to get a plane to fly over with a banner,'” said Cynthia.

John Briand chose Sanibel Island as the spot to propose to his girlfriend, Brittany Brooks. Cynthia tipped off NBC2 on the big announcement and their lavish plan.

John couldn’t find a plane in Lee County to fly a banner popping the big question. So he chartered one from Fort Lauderdale with a planned flyover planned at 10:30 a.m.

The couple planned on arriving at the beach about 10 a.m. and NBC2 showed up on the beach posing as a documentary crew interviewing visitors about Sanibel’s recovery from Hurricane Charley four years ago.

Brittany saw our camera on the beach and said, “I don’t even want to be in it, just interview him because I’m in my bathing suit.”

During the interview with John, he pointed and asks, “Now what is this?”

She spotted those seven words in red letters trailing behind an approaching plane.

“Brittany, will you marry me? Love, John.”

With one knee in the sand, John said, “You’re my everything, you’re my always. Will you be my wife?”

Brittany said yes and just seconds later, John’s family ran out from behind the sand dunes with bottles of champagne.

“The plane came just in time and it was to her back and it looked like she was completely surprised,” says John’s cousin Tuyle Denman.

The couple met in nursing school in Alabama and graduated back in December. They plan to get married in Birmingham next April.

Brittany, still shaking with excitement, said “I was shocked, I still can’t believe it.”

Meanwhile, Cynthia gathered the family on the beach for a toast to the new couple.

“To love, to laughter, to happily ever after,” she said.

© 2008 NBC2 NEWS. Reprinted with permission.

You can see video taken for the happy couple at AMC Video Productions.