About the Panel
Captiva is a coastal barrier island with low-density residential development, augmented by limited commercial activities which serve residents and tourists drawn to a tranquil experience in a natural setting. As an island community, Captiva’s natural resources — beaches, waterways, wildlife and flora — are its most important attractions, and Captiva residents regard the protection of its mangrove fringe, water quality, and dark skies as matters of paramount importance. Toward this end, the Captiva Community Panel and other Captiva community, civic and business organizations must work together with Lee County and other regulatory bodies to sustain the fragile and limited resources of the island.
Captiva residents, property owners and businesses value the following:
- An island lifestyle which respects the fragile land, coastline and waters of Captiva
- The island’s history as an environmentally special and informal resort destination
- The island’s diverse coastal community architecture and landscaping
- A coastal community that balances tourism-oriented activities with a respect for the privacy and property rights of the island’s residents
- A community that provides a level of commercial services that reflects the balance between tourism, seasonal occupancy and year-round residency, and acknowledges the need to reduce automotive dependence and create more environmentally-sensitive alternative modes of transportation
To achieve these ends, organizations representing Captiva residents, property owners and businesses must work together, and with Lee County to achieve the following:
- Environmental protections that preserve the shoreline and natural habitats, enhance water quality, encourage the use of native vegetation, maintain the mangrove fringe, and limit noise, light, water and air pollution
- Creative mixed-use development of traditionally commercial properties to maintain the island’s neighborhood-style business community sufficient to support the needs of Captiva residents and visitors
- Building standards that maintain existing densities and building heights, and development regulations designed to preserve the Captiva Community Vision
- Upgrading public infrastructure and enhancing the appearance and functionality of the island’s rare public spaces
The future of the island will be secured and enhanced as present and future residents and organizations on Captiva work together to reach consensus on island goals, and work with Lee County, the Captiva Erosion Control District, the state and its agencies, and nongovernmental organizations serving the island to ensure that those goals are realized.
2021 Captiva Panel Members
Jay Brown, President
Jay Brown is a retired business executive who lives full-time in his home on Captiva’s Tween Waters Stretch. In addition to his service on the Panel, he is active locally in the U.S. Power Squadron, Sanctuary Golf Club and the Captiva Island Yacht Club. A native of St. Louis, he is married, has five grown children and three grandchildren. Community service, golf, fishing, boating and continuing public company board service are his principal interests.
Antje D. Baumgarten, VP
Antje holds a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Cologne and is a permanent resident. She is an entrepreneur who owns a solar power company in Europe and is starting up a new company that will empower people to regain their own physical strength and live a life full of energy. As a dedicated conservationist and nature lover, she believes that the islands are an ideal place to live and work. Generations of her family have dedicated themselves to conserving forests and preserving nature. Antje learned at a young age to understand and respect the power of nature. She brings this vision into the Captiva Community Panel and takes a balanced approach to problem-solving.
Michael Lanigan, Secretary
Michael and his wife Mary began visiting Captiva in 1989 and purchased their home here in 2004. They became full-time residents in 2016. Michael spent 35 years in the Investment Banking industry, serving as Managing Director at Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan and Senior Managing Director at Citadel Securities in Chicago. He currently assists in development work for Saint Ignatius College Prep, a Jesuit high school in downtown Chicago. He has been a Panel member since 2017.
Tony Lapi, Treasurer
Tony Lapi and his wife moved to Sanibel in 1976. Tony began his career running ‘Tween Waters Inn as general manager. The company later acquired other properties on the islands. In 2015, the company acquired West Wind Inn and the corporate name became “Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts.” Tony also serves on the United Way Board, Captiva Island Historical Society, and the Lee County Tourist Development Council.
Ann Brady is the Director of the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva. In 2011, she was engaged by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to create and launch the multidisciplinary artists’ residency program on the 20-acre site of the late artist’s former home and studio complex. Ann has worked as a consultant for cultural organizations, and she spent 17 years with Atlantic Center for the Arts, an artists’ community in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Ann has a condo in Sanibel and a home in New Smyrna Beach where she sometimes travels on the weekends; she has a son in college in Tallahassee.
John moved to Captiva Island in 1982 from the Detroit area of Michigan to help run his family’s businesses. In February 2021, the Jensen Family sold their historic marina on Captiva, Jensen’s Twin Palm. Today, he, along with his brother, Jimmy, and sister, Pat (his brother Dave passed away on 2/20/21) oversee the day-to-day operations of Jensen’s On The Gulf Resort. John has owned a home in Sunset Captiva since 1985 and has served on the HOA since 2009; as President since 2014. John has been married to Gina since 1995, and they have a teenage son, Johnny.
Graduate Notre Dame Business School and U of Michigan Law School. Served in various capacities for Dayton Hudson Corp. for over 25 years, becoming CEO of the company’s Real Estate Division. He then led a private buyout of their property management business. Based in Minneapolis, it became one of the largest shopping center management companies in the U.S. Kelly sold that business in 1998 and semi-retired with his wife Peggy to Captiva. In Florida, Kelly served as past president and current director of Sanibel Community Center, past director Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, board member Charitable Foundation of the Islands, past president and current board member Captiva Community Panel, and board member of the South Seas Beach Homes HOA.
Linda Laird first visited Captiva in the 1970s, bought her home in Sunset Captiva in the late 1990s, and now lives here for 5-6 months a year. Linda has worked on the Sea Level Rise Committee since 2019. Her first career was in software at Bell Labs; she retired from her second career in academia in 2017. She has two grown sons. She’s an active artist and cyclist. When not in Captiva, Linda lives on a lake in North Eastern Pennsylvania, where she races her sailboat every weekend.
Boston-born, full-time Island resident for 30 years, and one of the founders of the Captiva Community Panel and a former and current Captiva Erosion Control Commissioner for 15 years. During this time authored the “Captiva Erosion Emergency beach maintenance restoration plan” which allows the island to restore our beaches immediately should there be a major storm event without any bureaucratic impediments from government nor the landowners . This law, specific to Captiva and now used elsewhere at other barrier islands, has been termed by former Florida EPA director Mike Sole as the single most important piece of beach protection law in the past 40 years.
20-year career as an international Fashion and Art Photographer and subject of a 1993 PBS
Documentary, “Master manipulator,” a Florida PBS production about his art photography process that was syndicated and played in all 50 states for the following decade. Entrepreneurial pursuits include a portfolio of residential vacation properties and owner of The Franklin Shops in downtown Fort Myers a large-scale cooperative department store with nearly 100 shops and 250,000 visitors annually.
Currently starting a new company that is a private-public partnership for Attainable Housing Initiatives with the Lee County School district and Lee County for Teachers and other Government employees. Married to Margarethe Thye-Miville with 3 children together.
Michael C. Mullins founded a financially-oriented software company in 1976. Previously he was VP with Chase Manhattan Bank, a computer services executive with Deutsche Bank. Later he founded and operated several businesses including finance/lending, computer software and business consulting, vacation rental and property management. He has served on the Captiva Community Panel off and on since early 2000s, formerly a Captiva Civic Association governor, on the Board of Trustees of Ding Darling Wildlife Society, Board of the National Wildlife Refuge Association, Roger Tory Peterson Institute and Board of the Eye Bank for Sight Restoration of New York Foundation. He founded and is trustee of the Michael C. Mullins Charitable Foundation and started the St. Luke Educational Foundation in NYC. Dedicated to preservation and enhancement of Captiva’s beach and dunes systems, he has been Commissioner of Captiva Erosion Prevention District since 2006.
Bob Walter, Regional Managing Director for South Seas Island Resorts since 2013, has been in the hotel business for the last 40 years. Resort hotels are his passion and all of his leadership roles have been located on beautiful resorts in Florida and Bermuda. Bob understands the need for a beautiful, well-maintained and natural beach setting, not only from a resort perspective but from a preservation perspective. The need to preserve our beaches, wetlands and environment is second to none. Bob and his wife Mercedes reside at South Seas Island Resort, and have two daughters, one in Tampa and one in Boston.
Ken Gooderham, administrator
Max Forgey, planner
• Wastewater– Jay Brown, chair
• Captiva Code and Ordinances– David Mintz, chair
• Sea Level Rise & Stormwater– Linda Laird, chair
• Golf Cart Safety – Antje Baumgarten, chair
• Iguana eradication – John Jensen, chair
• Development/Membership– Ann Brady, chair
• Communications– Mike Mullins, chair
• Captiva Drive Improvements– David Mintz, chair
• County Taxation– Mike Mullins, chair
• Captiva Brand Video & Education – Antje Baumgarten, chair
• Governmental Affairs – David Mintz, chair
• Blind Pass Bridge– Michael Mullins/Antje Baumgarten, co-chairs