Chamber finds new home

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By Jane Bartnett

The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, which is also home to the island’s Visitor Center, is relocating to a larger office space. The move comes after 25 years at Davidson Plaza in the Siesta Village.
“While we have enjoyed our time at 5114 Ocean Blvd. for many years … a lease opportunity presented itself that we couldn’t refuse,” Ann Frescura, the chamber’s executive director, said.
The new home will be at 5221 Avenida Navarra, one street behind the current chamber location, where Siesta Dental used to conduct business. The chamber plans to relocate no later than April 30. The building consists of nearly 3,000 square feet of office space – much more than the 1,133 square feet it currently occupies.

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Frescura said the move will provide the chamber with much-needed space for in-house storage, a conference room for meetings, and a guest restroom.
“It couldn’t have worked out better for everyone,” said Chris Brown, owner of several properties in the Village area including the chamber’s new locale. “We have an ongoing relationship with the chamber and we want to support them.”
The building is steps away from Ocean Boulevard in the heart of the Siesta Key Village. The chamber’s new offices will have ample parking for those coming to the Visitor Center as well as for individuals attending meetings at the chamber.
“We gave them access to the space in advance of their final move so that they could move in and not feel rushed,” noted Brown.
Paid parking will be added to the chamber’s new parking area, said Brown.
“The chamber was very receptive to the idea,” he said. “Being able to monetize the parking allows us to subsidize the rent as costs rise.”
Each year, more than 10,000 people drop in at the chamber to learn about Siesta Key, its data shows. In addition to the chamber’s four-person, full time staff there are more than 50 trained and knowledgeable volunteers who assist.
Looking ahead, Frescura said she and her team are excited to move into their new headquarters.
“We can’t wait to host a grand opening, once plans are confirmed,” she said.

5221 Avenida Navarra will be the new home to the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce. (photo by Jane Bartnett)
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