Welcome to the South Seas Island Resort!

SSIR Logo_1On behalf of the entire staff of South Seas Island Resort, I want to welcome those of you that will be joining us for the 29th Annual Florida Literacy Conference being held at South Seas on beautiful Captiva Island, Florida, May 7, 2013 to May 10, 2013.

What can you expect from your trip to South Seas?  Relaxation and rejuvenation. 

Aerial Shot LOW RESSouth Seas is a sprawling tropical oasis, 330 acres and 2.5 miles long, framed by the tranquil blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Pine Island Sound.  It’s best to think of South Seas as its own little village, consisting of two major areas: South Village and North Pointe.

South Village is where you’ll find your meeting rooms for the event, main reception center for check-in, your accommodations (Beach, Tennis and Bayside Villas), Chadwick’s Square for shopping and spa services (Starbucks in the morning, anyone?), tennis, and one of our staffed beach areas, South Beach.  Each of the villa areas has its own pool and SouthBeach has chairs, towels and umbrellas available during the day.  All of these areas are within easy walking distance to each other.

About 1 mile away is North Pointe, where you’ll find the Resort Pool Complex (featuring H2Whoa! waterslides), the Yacht Harbour, golf course, Harbourside Bar & Grill (serving Fish Market Cuisine nightly), Scoops & Slices (serving pizza, ice cream and a wall of candy), and my favorite spot, Sunset Beach.  Sunset Beach is our main beach area where we have Sunset Beach Bar, Sunny Island Watersports, a volleyball net, chairs, towels and umbrellas.  We have live music from 5pm – 8pm nightly and just as the sun sets each night, we have a special ceremony on the beach.

T DockMoving between SouthVillage and North Pointe is easy.  We have a trolley service that runs continuously for all guests from 7am – 11pm, and bikes and golf carts are available for rent.  There will be a dedicated trolley for the FL Literacy Coalition during peak event times as well.  One of the best deals on the property is at check in when you’ll be asked if you’d like to rent a bike during your stay.  It’s only $5 per bike, per day, and you rent it for the duration of your stay, versus $15 per bike, per day if you elect to rent a la carte.  It’s a great way to travel throughout Captiva and South Seas at your own pace.

If you would like to learn more about South Seas, I encourage you to visit www.southseas.com, www.facebook.com/southseasresortvillage, or follow us on twitter and instagram @SSIslandResort.  We look forward to seeing you in May.


Daniel Smock
Communication Manager, South Seas Island Resort

Registration is open for the 2013 Conference!


Registration is now open for the 2013 Conference!  Until March 8th, you can register for the reduced rate of $235!  If you are an FLC member, you can get a greater discount by paying just $210 for the conference!  If you are not a member yet, you can sign up to be a member right on the conference registration form.


Registration to the conference includes:

  1.  Admission to amazing and inspiring general sessions,
  2. Your choice of informative sessions within 13 tracks,
  3. The opening reception filled with delicious hor dourves,
  4. A yummy continental breakfast on Thursday, a tasty closing luncheon Friday and daily refreshments,
  5. A chance  to meet with fellow literacy advocates though social and networking events,
  6. Admission to the resource filled literacy product exhibition, and
  7. A snazzy conference tote bag, program and resource materials

Registration is easy!  Just follow this link to registration, and it will take right to the registration form.  You can pay online through PayPal (no PayPal account needed!) or you can send us a check or PO.

 Member, Early Bird – March 8, 2012 $210
Non-Member, Early Bird – March 8, 2012 $235
Member – Before April 26, 2012 $235
Non-Member – Before April 26, 2012 $260
On-Site – After April 26th, 2012 $275

Do you have more questions about the conference?  Go to the Conference webpage!

Call for Presenters for the 2013 FLC Conference!

Twenty-nine years later, the Florida Literacy Conference is still going strong. However, we could not do it without people like you. We are looking for presenters that have a passion to share their wisdom, insight, research, techniques and practices within the world of family and adult literacy to speak at the 2013 Conference in Captiva.  Below you will find the perks, important dates and information on the application process. j


Perks of presenting:

  • $25 off the regular registration rate
  • Networking with your peers and people who share your experiences
  • Priority registration

The Nitty-Gritty: Session last 1 hour and 15 minutes. You may present longer but we will have to schedule you for more than one concurrent session between May 8-10. We could also schedule you for a pre-conference workshop on May 7th. If your proposed session is longer than 1 hour and 15 minutes, please note this on the form. Concurrent sessions will be set up in classroom and theater style. If you would like a different session set up style, it needs to be requested. Please let us know who will be responsible for passing out and collecting evaluations, and making sure attendees complete the sign in sheet. We also will need to know who will keep you on time in your presentation. This may be you or a colleague that will attend with you. We will select proposed sessions based on the information that you want to cover and the content of the presentation. Do not worry if you are a repeat presenter, but keep in mind we want new and exciting information presented each year. Try to propose a refreshed, updated version of your presentation that is relevant to the times.

Need-to-know dates:

  • Presentation proposal due ONLINE: Monday, December 17th, 2012
  • Confirmation that your proposal was received: within 3 days of submitting
  • Final notification on the status of your proposed workshop: January 31, 2013

How to submit your application:Just fill out the online form! It’s that easy. Once you are done filling out the form, you can select the option that allows you to receive an email copy for your records. Keep in mind that the information provided on this form is the same information that will be used in the final conference program.

Thank you for your interest in the Florida Literacy Conference! We look forward to hearing from you!