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Local accommodations qualify for prestigious designation

September 26, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Representatives of the Florida Superior Small Lodging Association recently announced 21 Lee County hoteliers have successfully qualified for the distinguished SSL designation. The SSL certification is a statewide hospitality recognition program.

In addition, 14 of the 21 total SSL properties inspected by the Property Review Program qualified to receive the coveted Donal A. Dermody White Glove Award for best practices in housekeeping. Properties must receive a score of 100 percent for all components of the housekeeping inspection to be eligible to receive the White Glove Award.

Superior Small

Lodging Program

Eligibility for participation in the Lee County SSL program is restricted to accommodations with 50 room units or less. Properties must hold a valid hotel, motel, inn or bed and breakfast license and pay all applicable state and local taxes related to the operations of an accommodation.

The SSL inspection program and designation is designed to provide travelers with an easily identifiable symbol to demonstrate that the accommodation is a "clean, safe and well managed small lodging establishment, offering friendly ambiance and personal service." All property review inspections are conducted unannounced and can be repeated periodically and randomly to ensure that SSL program standards are being maintained.

The passing grade for participation in the program is 82 percent and is based on a comprehensive review process of six different property attributes: registration / operations / public places, guests accommodations, bathrooms, bathroom supplies, kitchens, and property exterior. These six categories are further delineated with numerical scoring to create the 343 total point inspection system.

The properties on Pine Island that were recognized by the SSL hospitality recognition program include Bokeelia Tarpon Inn White Glove Award; Bridgewater Inn; Tarpon Lodge White Glove Award and Two Fish Inn White Glove Award.

Other Lee County properties recognized by the SSL hospitality recognition program include Casa Loma, Legacy Harbour Hotel & Suites White Glove Award; Beach Shell Inn White Glove Award; Harbour House at the Inn White Glove Award; Manatee Bay Inn Bed & Breakfast; Matanzas Inn, Silver Sands Villas White Glove Award; Anchor Inn & Cottages White Glove Award; Blue Dolphin White Glove Award; Gulf Breeze Cottages White Glove Award; Mitchell's Sand Castles White Glove Award; The Palm View White Glove Award; Sandpiper Inn, Shalimar Resort White Glove Award and Signal Inn Tropical Winds Motel & Cottages, Waterside Inn on the Beach White Glove Award.

For more information on the SSL program, contact Nancy MacPhee, program manager, Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau at 239-338-3500.

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