Monthly Archives: December 2016

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FMBeautiful Bay Company partners with Matanzas Inn and Harbour House to offer guests discounted custom boat tours

2016-12-29T19:16:48+00:00 December 29th, 2016|Categories: Learn and Laugh, Lunch, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

FMBeautiful Bay Company, a new custom boat tour company on Fort Myers Beach, has partnered with Matanzas Inn and Harbour House to offer guests a one-hour introductory tour for $75 for up to six passengers, or 15 percent off any private and customizable tour experience, accommodating up to six guests. FMBeautiful Bay Company offers a [...]

Lee BIA Builders Care and Cape Coral Plumbing grant elderly woman the gift of hot water for Christmas

2016-12-23T17:09:05+00:00 December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

On Friday, Dec. 23, Lee BIA Builders Care and Cape Coral Plumbing came together to provide a Christmas gift for an elderly woman who has been living without hot water for over a year. Kathleen Smith is a self-sufficient, strong-willed 87-year-old widow who has lived in her 960 square foot Fort Myers home since 1981. [...]

The Joy in Childhood Foundation Awards $8,000 to Support Nonprofits in Southwest Florida

2016-12-23T17:27:32+00:00 December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Discussions, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

The Southeast chapter of the Joy in Childhood FoundationSM recently announced $8,000 in grants to support two organizations in Southwest Florida. The Joy in Childhood Foundation provides the simple joys of childhood to sick and hungry kids. Since 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation (formerly The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation) has been deeply [...]

Matanzas on the Bay to offer New Year’s Eve dinner specials, live music Dec. 31

2016-12-21T15:29:17+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Categories: Events, Lunch, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Matanzas on the Bay is ringing in the New Year on Fort Myers Beach by offering New Year’s Eve dining specials and live musical performances for guests to enjoy on Saturday, Dec. 31. In addition to its regular menu options, Matanzas on the Bay will offer two featured plates for New Year’s Eve, available all day [...]

Pure Florida introduces online ticket reservations

2016-12-21T13:59:44+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Categories: Learn and Laugh, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pure Florida visitors can now register for cruises, rentals and tours at the touch of a button with the company’s new online ticket reservation system. Guests interested in booking a sightseeing, river, sunset or eco-cruise, fishing trip, boat rental, jet boat ride, jet ski tour or rental in Pure Florida’s Naples and Fort Myers locations [...]

Priority Wins 2016 Premier Print Award

2016-12-20T14:53:52+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Categories: Blogging|Tags: |

The Printing Industries of America’s “Premier Print Award” is awarded to firms that have demonstrated a unique ability to create visual masterpieces, and Priority Marketing and Palm Printing have been honored for their collaborative work on the Magnolia Magic – A Celebration of Gracious Giving campaign. The campaign was created for SWFL Children’s Charities Inc.’s [...]

Around the Clock Fitness launches 90-Day Body Transform Challenge

2016-12-21T13:30:25+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Grand prize winner receives $10,000 In celebration of the New Year, Around the Clock Fitness has launched its annual 90-Day Body Transform Challenge, a three-month, community-wide fitness challenge, which awards $10,000 to the grand prize winner. Registration is available now through Jan. 31, and participants can begin the 90-day challenge anytime between Jan. 1 and [...]

Free Florida Residency and Estate Planning Workshops in Fort Myers, Sanibel and Naples

2016-12-21T13:21:42+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Categories: Events, Hot Tips, Learn and Laugh, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Attorneys Craig R. Hersch and Michael B. Hill share latest in estate planning In recent years, laws surrounding estate, trust, durable power of attorney, health care surrogate and living will have all undergone significant change. Seasonal Florida residents and those contemplating Florida residency should be aware of certain considerations. Florida Bar Board Certified Wills, Trusts [...]

Around the Clock Fitness gives the gift of health, benefiting Children Cancer Foundation, Inc.

2016-12-19T23:09:49+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Around the Clock Fitness is inviting the Southwest Florida community to exercise their giving muscles this holiday season by giving the gift of health, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Children Cancer Foundation, Inc. Through Dec. 31, Around the Clock Fitness will donate 10 percent of each gift certificate purchase to support Children Cancer [...]

Ocean Prime Opens on Fifth Avenue in Downtown Naples

2016-12-19T22:58:01+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Events, Lunch, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Award-winning restaurant adjacent to Inn on Fifth Ocean Prime, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants’ award-winning modern American restaurant and lounge, is now open in Naples, Florida. Located at 699 5th Ave. South in the heart of downtown Naples, the 8,000-square-foot restaurant is adjacent to the Inn on Fifth, a Forbes 4-star and AAA Four Diamond Inn. Ocean [...]

Lee BIA Builders Care announces 2017 board of directors

2016-12-19T21:53:17+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lee BIA Builders Care, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) announces its 2017 board of directors, led by president Dan Beiter, partner, Riverview Homes, LLC; vice president Michael Reitmann, director of international marketing, Marvin Development Corp; secretary Butch Ritter, president, Cape Coral Plumbing; [...]

The Patel Family purchases Boca Grande Resort

2016-12-19T23:46:16+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Categories: Economic Development, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The Patel Family of Fort Myers, Florida has purchased the Boca Grande Resort on Gasparilla Island for $3.6 million. Operating as Boca Grande Resort Inn, LLC, the Patel Family, who also own Captain Jack’s Airboat Tours, Wooten’s Everglades Airboat Tours, in addition to several other hotel properties located in Florida, recently closed on the 18-unit [...]

Pure Florida presents Bark on the Ark Jan. 21

2016-12-19T21:42:39+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Categories: Events, Learn and Laugh, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location will present Bark on the Ark cruise from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21. 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 [...]

The Place on First opens preview studio for new luxury urban living in Fort Myers River District

2016-12-19T21:38:20+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Categories: Design, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For those seeking luxury urban living in Fort Myers’ historic River District, The Place on First has opened a preview studio and will begin accepting reservations in January 2017. The preview studio is located at 2275 Main St. in Fort Myers, and offers guests a first glimpse of the property’s floor plans. Located on the [...]

Dunkin’ Donuts launches local Holiday Twitter Contest

2016-12-16T21:28:19+00:00 December 16th, 2016|Categories: Digital Marketing, Media Relations, News, Public Relations, Social Media|Tags: , , , |

Dunkin’ Donuts has launched a Twitter holiday contest, running now through Saturday, Dec. 17. The co ntest titled, #XmasTownContest, invites participants to share with Dunkin’ Donuts why they should receive tickets to experience Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™ or earn a Dunkin’ Donuts Swag Bag. One grand prize winner will be chosen to win four tickets [...]

Stevens Construction begins Lee Health medical office

2016-12-16T14:54:01+00:00 December 16th, 2016|Categories: Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Stevens Construction has been awarded the construction management services for a 41,432-square-foot, multi-specialty medical office for Lee Health, announced Mark Stevens, company president. Developed by Summit Management Group of Naples, Lee Health is leasing the four-story medical facility which will house an urgent care on the first floor and cardiology and infectious disease services on [...]

Creighton Commercial Development and Construction expands team, welcomes six new hires

2016-12-16T13:24:10+00:00 December 16th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Jobs, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Creighton Commercial Development and Construction has expanded its operations, welcoming six new members to the Creighton team, announced Dan Creighton, CEO, and Brent Evans, COO. New hires for Creighton’s Florida office include Bob Proper as real estate representative, and project managers Bill Griffith, Josh Kirsch, Roger Posey and Jason Sawyer. Marley Phillips has also joined [...]

Pelican’s Nest Golf Club’s Hurricane course recognized for design excellence

2016-12-15T23:26:31+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pelican’s Nest Golf Club’s Hurricane golf course was recognized for design excellence at the fifth annual American Society of Golf Course Architects’ (ASGCA) 2016 Design Excellence Recognition Program, which recognizes projects that expose excellence in problem solving, innovation and adapting to market needs. Pelican’s Nest Golf Club was among 11 courses honored by ASGCA. Honorees [...]

Pure Florida offers Cruise for Kids Jan. 16-22 to benefit Collier County schools

2016-12-15T23:05:08+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pure Florida invites the Southwest Florida community to join in supporting Collier County schools by hosting Cruise for Kids Monday, Jan. 16 through Sunday, Jan. 22 at its Naples location. During the Cruise for Kids week, Pure Florida will donate a portion of the proceeds from any of Pure Florida’s cruises or activities to Champions [...]

Rick Giannasi Takes Lead Role with Ocean Prime Naples

2016-12-14T20:31:33+00:00 December 14th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Jobs, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

  Ocean Prime, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants’ award-winning modern American restaurant and lounge, announces Rick Giannasi as general manager at Ocean Prime Naples. For Giannasi, a successful acting career segued into an equally successful restaurant career. Like many actors, Giannasi worked in the restaurant industry while pursuing his acting career. After living in New York City [...]

Priority Marketing, Palm Printing recognized by Printing Industries of America

2016-12-13T16:40:23+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Marketing, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Priority Marketing and Palm Printing were recently honored with the “Award of Recognition” in Printing Industries of America’s 2016 Premier Print Awards. Priority Marketing and Palm Printing were recognized for their collaborative work on the Magnolia Magic – A Celebration of Gracious Giving Campaign for the SWFL Children’s Charities Inc.’s [...]

Pure Florida presents Marine Science Kids Cruise Jan. 7

2016-12-13T15:20:17+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Categories: Events, Learn and Laugh, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Kids cruise free with purchase of adult admission Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location will offer a Marine Science Kids Cruise on Saturday, Jan. 7 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The Marine Science Kids Cruises are free to children with paid adult admission as part of Pure Florida’s Kids Cruise Free Saturdays at 10 a.m. program. [...]

Gulf Coast Village’s Pastor Tom Hafer presents at Dr. Piper Center for Social Services volunteer appreciation event

2016-12-14T13:44:09+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Discussions, Events, Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pastor Tom Hafer, director of spiritual services for Gulf Coast Village, Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, recently served as keynote speaker at Dr. Piper Center for Social Services, Inc.’s 25th Annual Foster Grandparent & Senior Companion Volunteer Recognition event, held at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers. Hafer spoke to the [...]

Stevens Construction begins Specialized Veterinary Services expansion

2016-12-12T23:12:38+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Stevens Construction has started the remodel and expansion of Specialized Veterinary Services, announced Mark Stevens, company president. Stevens Construction will be completing a 13,589-square-feet addition and remodel of the existing 5,000-square-foot, 24-hour animal emergency hospital. Slated for completion in winter of 2017, the expansion will include additional patient rooms, expanded treatment area and an onsite [...]

Priority Marketing wins gold, silver in 2016 Davey Awards

2016-12-12T16:38:43+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Priority Marketing was recently honored by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), receiving recognition for outstanding creative work at the 12th Annual Davey Awards. Priority Marketing earned three Gold Davey Awards, the competition’s highest honor, in the “Online Film and Video-Charitable/Not-for-Profit” category for beneficiary videos prepared for the 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & [...]

Pure Florida partners with St. Matthew’s House to provide complimentary cruises and tours

2016-12-09T21:52:41+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pure Florida’s newest partner is St. Matthew’s House, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating the elements of poverty in the community at their base.  Pure Florida’s partnership launches a new program to support employees of St. Matthew’s House and graduates of the organization’s Justin’s Place Recovery Program, a long-term program for men and women aimed to [...]

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. presents $200,000 to Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida SouthWestern State College for scholarships

2016-12-09T21:32:18+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Fundraising, Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. recently presented $200,000 to both Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and to Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) to award scholarships to qualifying students within their health care programs. Over the past eight years, the organization has granted more than $1.6 million to FGCU and FSW for programs and scholarships focused on [...]

Jason Mallon named Executive Chef for Ocean Prime Naples opening Dec. 19

2016-12-09T14:55:06+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Jobs, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ocean Prime, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants’ award-winning modern American restaurant and lounge, welcomes Executive Chef Jason Mallon to its new Naples location opening Dec. 19 adjacent to Inn on Fifth in the heart of downtown Naples. Mallon brings 15 years of restaurant industry experience to the role of Executive Chef. Highly regarded for its genuine hospitality, [...]

Pavese Law Firm’s Matthew Roepstorff elected as Member-at-Large for 2016-2017 Lee County Bar Association Executive Council

2016-12-08T16:31:03+00:00 December 8th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Pavese Law Firm is pleased to announce that attorney Matthew Roepstorff has been elected as member-at-large for the 2016-2017 Executive Council of the Lee County Bar Association. Roepstorff will serve a two-year term in this position. Roepstorff primarily focuses his practice in the areas of business law, civil litigation, and local government. Born and raised [...]

Naples Soap Company introduces limited-edition Sugar Cookie scent for the holidays

2016-12-08T14:34:26+00:00 December 8th, 2016|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Just in time for the holidays, Naples Soap Company is pleased to introduce its first holiday scent, a limited batch of its new Sugar Cookie holiday fragrance. Ideal for holiday gifting and stocking stuffers, the new Sugar Cookie scent offers a special blend that captures the warm, homey sweetness [...]

Pure Florida Cruise Cash campaign recognized at VISIT FLORIDA’s 2016 Flagler Awards

2016-12-07T18:37:20+00:00 December 7th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Digital Marketing, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pure Florida was recently recognized for excellence in tourism marketing by VISIT FLORIDA for its Cruise Cash program, a direct email marketing automation campaign that delivers “Cruise Cash” to the inboxes of users who subscribe to Pure Florida’s email database. Pure Florida’s automated email campaign, developed by Priority Marketing, earned a Bronze Award at the [...]

Expanded von Arx Wildlife Hospital opens at Conservancy, new wildlife protection campaign introduced

2016-12-06T23:12:14+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  The new outdoor wildlife rehabilitation and guest education areas are now open at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples. The expansion includes state-of-the-art wildlife recovery areas and new structures that allow the Conservancy staff and volunteers to best [...]

Paradise Reef earns Emmy in 40th Annual Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards

2016-12-06T22:30:42+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The documentary film, Paradise Reef has received recognition from the Suncoast Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, as the winner of the 2016 Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards in the Topical Documentary category. The winners were announced during an awards ceremony on Dec. 3 in Orlando. The Suncoast Chapter is the regional [...]

Pure Florida partners with Friends of Foster Children Forever to present birthday celebration cruises for foster families

2016-12-02T23:25:55+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pure Florida has partnered with Friends of Foster Children Forever to present birthday celebration cruises to foster children and their families. As part of the Friends of Foster Children Forever Birthday Club, Pure Florida’s cruise experience will provide foster children the ability to select a day within their birth month to come aboard a Pure [...]

Home Sweet Home: Conservancy of Southwest Florida hosts wildlife housewarming party Saturday, Dec. 10

2016-12-02T23:17:16+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Conservancy of Southwest Florida invites the public to celebrate the Conservancy’s wildlife ambassadors as they move into their new homes in the newly expanded outdoor wildlife rehabilitation area, now open at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital. The wildlife ambassadors are former patients, now permanent residents, unable to be released due to the extent of their [...]

Norris Furniture & Interiors named “Best Furniture” in Best of the Islands 2016

2016-12-02T21:03:34+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Home and Garden, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Readers of the Sanibel Captiva Islander and the Island Reporter have recognized Norris Furniture & Interiors for excellence in furniture by naming the firm “Best Furniture” on Sanibel and Captiva islands in the “Best of the Islands 2016.” Each year, the Best of the Islands readers’ poll invites islanders to cast their votes to name [...]

U.S. Sports Congress brings sports tourism industry leaders to Lee County

2016-12-01T19:08:50+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lee County will serve as the host of the annual U.S. Sports Congress, taking place Monday, Dec. 5, through Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa in south Fort Myers. The three-day event will feature a variety of workshops and roundtable discussions, along with presentations from leaders within the industry. Speakers will [...]