Monthly Archives: January 2016

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New board chair and members elected at Conservancy of Southwest Florida Annual Meeting

2016-11-08T14:59:26+00:00 January 28th, 2016|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Discussions, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida recently hosted the organization’s Annual Meeting at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center. During the meeting, Conservancy members elected Ken Krier as the new board chair along with seven new community and business leaders to serve four-year terms on the Board of Directors. Also during the annual meeting, the [...]

GMA Architects & Planners completes Moe Auditorium and Film Center

2016-11-08T14:59:26+00:00 January 28th, 2016|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Economic Development, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

GMA Architects & Planners (GMA) announces the completion of the Moe Auditorium and Film Center for the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. In 2013, the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs purchased an existing church campus including a secondary youth activity structure. GMA has developed a phased conversion of the sanctuary and [...]

Stevens Construction, Inc. launches new website

2016-11-08T14:59:26+00:00 January 27th, 2016|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Stevens Construction has launched a new website designed to provide education on the company’s construction management process and project experience with improved functionality and navigation, announced Mark Stevens, company president. The enhanced corporate website of Stevens Construction (www.stevensconstructioninc.com) offers simple access to the company’s history, executive team biographies, project portfolio, client testimonials and recent news.  [...]

Tickets still available for The News-Press Market Watch 2016: The Truth About The Market

2016-11-08T14:59:26+00:00 January 27th, 2016|Categories: Economic Development, Events, Hot Tips, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Tickets are still available for The News-Press Market Watch 2016: The Truth About The Market, to be held Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers. During the event, three local real estate experts will provide insight into the local residential, land and commercial real estate industries, [...]

Discovery Senior Living breaks ground on its new independent-living community at Discovery Village At The Forum

2016-11-08T14:59:26+00:00 January 26th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Economic Development, Events, Health and Wellness, Jobs, News, Public Relations, Social Media|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Discovery Senior Living began its expansion of Discovery Village At The Forum with a groundbreaking ceremony on Jan. 21 for its new, state-of-the-art independent-living community. “The Discovery Village At The Forum independent-living community will offer adults the opportunity to stay active and remain independent as they age, while enjoying the resort-style luxuries that are offered [...]

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company’s Abel Natali and Matthew Zwack appointed to Board of Directors

2016-11-08T14:59:26+00:00 January 26th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company (O-A-K) announces the appointment of Abel Natali and Matthew Zwack to the O-A-K Florida, Inc., Board of Directors. Natali graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and business administration from the University of Florida. He joined O-A-K in 2006 as a job site superintendent on the Marco Marriott Resort [...]

Design Studio by Raymond awarded Best Of Houzz 2016

2016-11-08T14:59:26+00:00 January 25th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Home and Garden, Hot Tips, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Design Studio by Raymond has earned the “Best Of Houzz 2016” award for Design from Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Design Studio by Raymond was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and [...]

LeeSar to honor Cape Coral soldier, the late Capt. Daniel William Eggers on Feb. 11

2016-11-08T14:59:27+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lee County family to receive original portrait of their son at The American Fallen Soldiers Project event To honor the service and sacrifice of the late Capt. Daniel William Eggers, LeeSar, a regional health care supply chain management company, will present The American Fallen Soldiers Project event on Feb. 11. In 2004, Eggers was killed [...]

Pure Florida presents Bark on the Ark Feb. 20

2016-11-08T14:59:27+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|Categories: Events, Learn and Laugh, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location is presenting Bark on the Ark on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 8 to 11 a.m. Guests will have the opportunity to bring their dogs aboard the M/V Edison Explorer for a sightseeing river cruise to Picnic Island, an island located between Sanibel and Pine Island that exhibits the natural beauty [...]

Tickets available for Annual Horizon Council Annual Meeting on Jan. 29

2016-11-08T14:59:27+00:00 January 21st, 2016|Categories: Discussions, Economic Development, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The Lee County Economic Development Office, the Horizon Council and Horizon Foundation will host the 2016 Annual Meeting on Friday, Jan. 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. To register online, visit www.horizoneventsite.com. Now in its 25th year, the Horizon Council invites local business [...]

Bell Tower Shops hosts Super Pug Fest on Jan. 30

2016-11-08T14:59:27+00:00 January 20th, 2016|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Bell Tower Shops is teaming up with the Gulf Coast Humane Society to host Super Pug Fest Jan. 30, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Center Court at Bell Tower Shops. The free event is open to the public and all breeds. Super Pug Fest will feature pet contests, a silent auction, vendor/sponsor activities [...]

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. introduces Million Reasons to Give campaign to fund much-needed surgical equipment for new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

2016-11-08T14:59:27+00:00 January 20th, 2016|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Children are not little adults, and pediatric health care requires special tools, equipment and technology that is made just for young patients. To help provide the special surgical instruments and communication and monitoring technology that a state-of-the-art children’s hospital needs to effectively serve its patients, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. presents “A Million Reasons to Give,” [...]

First Love inspires Norman Love Confections’ 2016 Valentine’s Day Collection

2016-11-08T14:59:27+00:00 January 20th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

First love is often described as the one you never forget. With that in mind, Norman Love Confections is bringing back ten favorite Norman Love Signature flavors from years past to create the First Love Collection for Valentine’s Day 2016. The limited-edition First Love Valentine’s Day Collection features 5 Spice, Lime, French Silk, Gianduja, Crema [...]

Pure Florida to offer Valentine’s Day sunset cruises Feb. 14

2016-11-08T14:59:27+00:00 January 20th, 2016|Categories: Events, Learn and Laugh, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In observation of Valentine’s Day, Pure Florida invites the Southwest Florida community to enjoy celebratory cruises on Sunday, Feb. 14, setting sail at 5:30 p.m. from its Naples and Fort Myers locations. Pure Florida’s Valentine’s Day sunset cruises are available for $37.50 per passenger at its Naples location, and $32 per passenger at its Fort [...]

Conservancy of Southwest Florida launches new website design

2016-11-08T14:59:27+00:00 January 19th, 2016|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Economic Development, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has launched its redesigned website at www.Conservancy.org. The mobile-friendly website offers users a more enhanced website experience, providing deeper insight into its various initiatives, valued team members and the latest issues impacting Southwest Florida. The website also offers a multimedia-friendly platform that features the addition of continually updated slideshows, blogs [...]

Gulf Coast Village’s Amy Hoffmann Schenk and Elizabeth Perez-Vasquez earn designation as Certified Dementia Practitioners

2016-11-08T14:59:27+00:00 January 18th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Gulf Coast Village, a continuing care retirement community in Cape Coral, has announced that two of its employees, Amy Hoffmann Schenk and Elizabeth Perez-Vasquez, have earned designations as Certified Dementia Practitioners. Schenk and Perez-Vasquez received their certifications from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, a worldwide leader in dementia education and certification for health [...]

Cruise and Discover Matlacha Island Saturday, Feb. 6 aboard Pure Florida’s M/V Edison Explorer

2016-11-08T14:59:27+00:00 January 18th, 2016|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Pure Florida invites guests aboard the M/V Edison Explorer to Discover Matlacha Island during a special cruise to Pine Island on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. The day begins with a narrated cruise along the Caloosahatchee River and includes a guided tour of Matlacha Island. An old Florida fishing village, Matlacha Island [...]

Gulf Coast Village’s Jennifer Cohen earns Keiser University’s Outstanding Fieldwork Educator Award

2016-11-08T14:59:27+00:00 January 15th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Economic Development, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Certified occupational therapist assistant (COTA) Jennifer Cohen of Gulf Coast Village, a continuing care retirement community in Cape Coral, was recently awarded the Outstanding Fieldwork Educator Award from Keiser University during the university’s Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assisting (ASOTA) pinning and graduation ceremony. The award was presented to Cohen in recognition of her [...]

Norman Love named inaugural inductee of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame

2016-11-08T14:59:28+00:00 January 14th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Norman Love of Norman Love Confections will be the first chef chocolatier to be inducted into Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame. Love will be inducted on Jan. 27 during a celebration and awards ceremony event that will also honor Dessert Professional Magazine’s 2015 Top Ten Chocolatiers in North America. Presented by Cacao Barry [...]

Local educators cruise with Pure Florida to preview Marine Science Field Trips

2016-11-08T14:59:28+00:00 January 14th, 2016|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location recently took local educators and their children on two complimentary cruises to preview its Marine Science Field Trips, where passengers had the opportunity to gain firsthand experience of the educational field trip cruises provided by Pure Florida. Available from its Naples and Fort  Myers locations, Pure Florida’s Marine Science [...]

Mike Brooks joins Stevens Construction Inc.

2016-11-08T14:59:28+00:00 January 13th, 2016|Categories: Jobs, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Mike Brooks has joined Stevens Construction as project manager, announced Mark Stevens, company president. Brooks will have overall responsibility for the management and execution of health care and commercial projects during all phases of design and construction, ensuring projects maintain budget and schedule.  Brooks will also work closely with the design team to provide value [...]

Norman Love Confections unveils Naked Love

2016-11-08T14:59:28+00:00 January 12th, 2016|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Inspired by the desire to provide beautiful and delicious, fresh gourmet cakes, Norman Love Confections introduces Naked Love. Embracing classic American flavor combinations, these rich and flavorful cakes are handmade, packaged carefully for shipping, and ready-to-serve or refrigerate upon arrival. Adorned with polka dots on top, Naked Love cakes feature fresh, quality ingredients and seven [...]

Pure Florida offers Cruise for Kids to benefit Lee and Collier county schools

2016-11-08T14:59:28+00:00 January 11th, 2016|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pure Florida invites the Southwest Florida community to join in supporting the school districts of Lee and Collier counties by hosting Cruise for Kids Jan. 15-17 at its Fort Myers location and Jan. 22-24 at its Naples location, with cruises setting sail at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and sunset cruises departing one hour before [...]

Fort Myers Technical College offers new Pilot Ground School, semester begins Jan. 26

2016-11-08T14:59:28+00:00 January 8th, 2016|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Fort Myers Technical College is offering a new Private Pilot Ground School program focused on basic aerodynamics, as well as communication procedures. The Pilot Ground School is now accepting students for enrollment, with classes beginning Jan. 26. Training toward becoming a certified pilot is done in two steps. The first step is obtaining the [...]

Builders Care to host building product blow-out event Jan. 16

2016-11-08T14:59:28+00:00 January 8th, 2016|Categories: Economic Development, Fundraising, Home and Garden|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lee BIA Builders Care, the nonprofit arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA), will host its fifth annual building product garage sale to raise funds to help local homeowners in need. The sale will take place Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Cape Coral Plumbing, located at 5812 Enterprise Parkway in [...]

GMA Architects & Planners welcomes two new hires

2016-11-08T14:59:28+00:00 January 7th, 2016|Categories: Economic Development, Jobs, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

GMA Architects & Planners (GMA) has recently hired architect Charles Dickey as project architect and Christopher Moulton as an intern architect. Dickey has been practicing architecture for over 30 years with firms in Washington DC, Charlottesville, Virginia, and Tallahassee, Florida, serving in a variety of roles including design, production, project management and administration. Since earning [...]

Minto Communities presents second quarter donation to Builders Care

2016-11-08T14:59:28+00:00 January 6th, 2016|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Economic Development, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Minto Communities, a premier builder and developer in Southwest Florida and beyond, has been awarded the “Building Partner of the Year” award by Lee BIA Builders Care for its continued support of Builders Care.  As a certified building partner, Minto Communities is donating $100 from each home sale through its Bonita Isles community to Builders [...]

Matanzas on the Bay to participate as hole sponsor for Putt & Pub Crawl

2016-11-08T14:59:28+00:00 January 6th, 2016|Categories: Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Matanzas on the Bay will serve as a hole sponsor for the Putt & Pub Crawl, taking place Saturday, Jan. 16 on Fort Myers Beach. Matanzas on the Bay is one of nine locations on Fort Myers Beach serving as sponsors for the event, and its course will be open for participating golfers from 10 [...]

Pavese Law Firm partner Katherine English appointed to American Farm Bureau Federation’s Issue Advisory Committee on Water and Water Quality

2016-11-08T14:59:28+00:00 January 5th, 2016|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Discussions, Economic Development, Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Pavese Law Firm partner Katherine English has been appointed to serve a two-year term as chair on the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Issue Advisory Committee on Water and Water Quality. The American Farm Bureau Federation, or AFBF, works to enhance and strengthen the lives of rural Americans and to build strong, prosperous agricultural communities through [...]

Stevens Construction Inc. adds project manager

2016-11-08T14:59:29+00:00 January 5th, 2016|Categories: Economic Development, Jobs, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Stevens Construction has expanded its Tampa team with the addition of project manager, Ben Perry, announced Troy Hernly, vice president of central Florida. Perry joins the company with eight years of experience, completing more than $32 million in health care construction throughout Florida. Perry’s previous project experience includes North Tampa Behavioral Health, a 60,000-square-foot treatment facility; [...]

Pure Florida presents Sunset Music Cruises in Naples and Fort Myers Friday, Jan. 29

2016-11-08T14:59:29+00:00 January 5th, 2016|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pure Florida will offer Sunset Music Cruises on Friday, Jan. 29 at 4:30 p.m. departing from its Naples and Fort Myers locations. The 90-minute excursions will take passengers on a relaxing cruise featuring a live musical performance and the stunning Southwest Florida sunset. Passengers cruising from Pure Florida’s Naples location will travel along the Gordon [...]

Attorneys Craig R. Hersch and Michael B. Hill host Florida Residency and Estate Planning Workshop in Sanibel and Fort Myers Feb. 4 and Feb. 5

2016-11-08T14:59:29+00:00 January 5th, 2016|Categories: Discussions, Economic Development, Events, Hot Tips, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Attorneys Craig R. Hersch and Michael B. Hill, partners with Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill, P.A., will host a Florida Residency and Estate Planning Workshop Thursday Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. at Sanibel Community House, located at 2173 Periwinkle way in Sanibel, and Friday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth El, [...]

2016 Governor’s Baseball Dinner to be held in Lee County

2016-11-08T14:59:29+00:00 January 4th, 2016|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Governor Rick Scott, Lee County Sports Development and the Florida Sports Foundation kick off the annual Florida Spring Training season at the 2016 Governor’s Baseball Dinner, to be held Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs/Fort Myers. While Fort Myers and Lee County’s history of hosting [...]

12th Annual Ballpark Festival of Beers set for Jan. 30

2016-11-08T14:59:29+00:00 January 4th, 2016|Categories: Economic Development, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Filling glasses with more than 75 beers from around the world, the Ballpark Festival of Beers presented by Good Deals Appliances, Jenn-Air, Whirlpool and Michael F. Hornung, P.A. Attorneys at Law is the quintessential celebration of brews in Southwest Florida. Tickets are on sale online now for the 12th Annual Ballpark Festival of Beers brought [...]