Monthly Archives: February 2017

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Conservancy of Southwest Florida earns six ADDY Awards at 2017 American Advertising Awards ceremonies for AdFed Suncoast

2017-02-28T15:18:42+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida was recognized with six ADDY Awards at the 2017 American Advertising Awards ceremonies for AdFed Suncoast. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s marketing team earned three gold ADDY Awards under the Sales & Marketing category with the 2017 Magic Under the Mangroves™ invitation and campaign and the Out-of-Home & Ambient [...]

2016 a record year for sports tourism in Lee County

2017-02-28T14:05:39+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Economic Development, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations, Sports|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Lee County hosted a record number of 139 amateur sporting events in 2016, generating its highest year on record in terms of economic impact. According to figures released from Lee County Sports Development, the year generated $67.1 million in direct visitor spending, a 9 percent increase from the previous year. Hosting 24 additional events in [...]

New Dunkin’ Donuts opens on Radio Road in Naples

2017-02-27T18:12:41+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, has opened a new Naples location at 3345 Radio Rd. in Naples. Dunkin’ Donuts commemorated the grand opening with a celebration on Saturday, Feb. 11, featuring giveaways, special offers and appearances by the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District, the Safe and Healthy Children’s Coalition [...]

Sponsors announced for Wanderlust 2017, Florida Gulf Coast University’s Culinary and Travel Extravaganza

2017-02-27T18:01:18+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

28th annual Wanderlust event to be held April 1 The Wanderlust 2017 committee has announced the sponsors for the 28th annual Wanderlust 2017, a culinary and travel auction extravaganza benefiting Florida Gulf Coast University’s (FGCU) School of Resort & Hospitality Management. Platinum in-kind sponsors include Cheney Brothers, Inc. and Six Bends Harley-Davidson/Six Bends Entertainment. Republic [...]

Cooking with Love: 2017 Cooking Classes by Norman Love Confections begin March 29

2017-02-27T17:38:46+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Norman Love Confections announces its 2017 classes: Cooking with Love. Beginning March 29 through Nov. 8, the Hall-of-Fame chef chocolatier Norman Love and his award-winning team will share some of their techniques and lead participants through the process of creating artisan confections and exquisite desserts. Norman Love Confections is offering an assortment of evening [...]

Stevens Construction awarded Marlins Plaza

2017-02-27T17:20:35+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Stevens Construction has been awarded the construction management services of Marlins Plaza, located at 5631 Six Mile Commercial Court in Fort Myers, announced Mark Stevens, company president. The project consists of the new construction of a 14,665-square-foot commercial shell building which could occupy up to nine tenants. Designed by Southview Studios, LLC, construction is slated [...]

Volunteers needed for Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida

2017-02-24T15:07:45+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is currently seeking individual and group volunteers to help spread the Junior Achievement message to students throughout Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. Junior Achievement programs serve students Kindergarten to the 12th grade at both public and private schools, as well as after school programs and special at-risk groups, helping to [...]

Norman Love Confections’ Pastry Chef John Cook to compete for Pastry Chef of the Year

2017-02-22T15:23:57+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Norman Love Confections’ Pastry Chef and Chocolatier John Cook will compete for the coveted title of Pastry Chef of the Year at Paris Gourmet’s 28th Annual U.S. Pastry Competition taking place at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York on Sunday, March 5 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The theme for the 2017 competition [...]

Award-winning Chef Frederic Monti named Chief Operating Officer for Norman Love Confections

2017-02-21T21:52:39+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Norman Love Confections is pleased to announce that Chef Frederic Monti has been appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the company. Monti brings more than 30 years of experience in the pastry industry, with a background in product innovation, system design and implementation, education and training. As COO at Norman Love [...]

Matanzas on the Bay brings luck o’ the Irish with St. Patrick’s Day dining specials, live performances

2017-02-21T19:06:28+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Categories: Lunch, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the menu: Chef Dave Chetwin's Famous Corned Beef and Cabbage  Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach is bringing restaurant-goers the luck o’ the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day by offering festive dining specials, drink specials and live entertainment throughout the day. The St. Patrick’s Day buffet at Matanzas on the Bay will [...]

Tickets, sponsorships available for Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida 2017 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County

2017-02-21T18:48:35+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Laureates Teri Hansen and Sandy Stilwell to be inducted into Business Hall of Fame Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available for Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida’s 2017 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County, which will take place on Tuesday, May 2 with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. at [...]

Pure Florida to offer EGGcellent Spring Science Cruises April 15

2017-02-20T15:52:22+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Categories: Events, Learn and Laugh, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pure Florida is celebrating spring with a fun Spring Science Cruise featuring EGGciting experiments in Naples and Fort Myers on Saturday, April 15 with cruises departing in Naples at 10 a.m. and in Fort Myers at noon. The Spring Science Cruise is free to children with paid adult admission as part of Pure Florida’s Kids [...]

Conservancy of Southwest Florida presents Magic Under the Mangroves fundraising gala March 2

2017-02-20T15:49:39+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will host the 13th annual Magic Under the Mangroves gala dinner and auction fundraiser on Thursday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center. Presented by Northern Trust and William Raveis Real Estate, the fundraising event recognizes the importance of protecting the natural environment and [...]

Pure Florida presents Bark on the Ark April 15

2017-02-17T21:59:40+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Categories: 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, April 15. 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 [...]

Stevens Construction completes Naples Community Hospital fourth floor renovation

2017-02-17T21:42:04+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , |

Stevens Construction has completed construction management services for the fourth floor south renovation within Naples Community Hospital (NCH), located at 350 Seventh St. in Naples. Stevens Construction completed the 22,594-square-foot project, which houses a 23-bed oncology specialty care department and a 12-bed behavioral health treatment center. The project also includes construction of nurse stations, offices, [...]

Elmquist Eye Group earns esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

2017-02-17T16:44:53+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service Elmquist Eye Group has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016. “We are thrilled to have received the 2016 Super Service Award [...]

Sunshine Ace Hardware Stores Achieve Top Honors for Exemplary Performance

2017-02-16T15:14:28+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|

For the third consecutive year, Sunshine Ace Hardware has been recognized for its commitment to providing exemplary customer service by Ace Hardware Corporation. In 2016, the nation’s largest hardware cooperative, with more than 4,600 U.S. stores, bestowed the highest “Pinnacle Performance Retailing” recognition to its top-performing stores, including Sunshine Ace Hardware.   To achieve the [...]

Gulf Coast Village now accepting reservations at Palmview, a new assisted living and memory care center in Cape Coral

2017-02-15T20:04:19+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Events, Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Seniors and families invited to learn more about Palmview at Feb. 22 event     Gulf Coast Village is now accepting reservations at Palmview, the new state-of-the-art, 130,980-square-foot assisted living and memory care support residence located next to the existing Gulf Coast Village campus at 1433 Santa Barbara Blvd. in Cape Coral. Opening in March, [...]

Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn to speak at SHRM SWFL lunch meeting March 8

2017-02-15T18:17:15+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Christina Harris Schwinn, Pavese Law Firm partner and legislative director for SHRM SWFL, will speak at the SHRM SWFL lunch meeting on Wednesday, March 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Crowne Plaza, located at 13051 Bell Tower Dr. in Fort Myers. Sponsored by Pavese Law Firm, Schwinn will provide a legal update [...]

Timothy R. O’Neill returns to Carroll & Carroll, Inc.

2017-02-15T19:50:41+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Jobs, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Carroll & Carroll, Inc. is pleased to announce that real estate appraiser Timothy R. O’Neill has returned to the company’s residential real estate appraisal division. O’Neill earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Cleveland State University. A long-time resident of Naples, O’Neill originally joined Carroll & Carroll, Inc. in 2011, bringing more than 12 [...]

Pure Florida presents Bark on the Ark March 25

2017-02-15T19:37:53+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Categories: Events, 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, March 25. 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 [...]

Sunshine Ace Hardware hosts second annual Reel in the Sunshine expo on Feb 25

2017-02-14T21:00:19+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

  Sunshine Ace Hardware invites the public to a day of fun and fishing at its second annual Reel in the Sunshine free fishing expo on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sunshine Ace Hardware store in Bonita Springs, located at 9100 Bonita Beach Rd. Throughout the day, the free [...]

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. unveils auction items up for bid at 2017 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest

2017-02-14T13:54:09+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has unveiled the 40 phenomenal offerings that will be up for bid during the 2017 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest’s Live Auction, taking place Saturday, Feb. 25 at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club. Bidders can uncork the power of giving by raising their paddles for a chance to [...]

R.D. Johnson Construction, Inc. completes renovations at The Woodruff Institute

2017-02-15T14:33:11+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

R.D. Johnson Construction, Inc. has completed the second-floor renovations at The Woodruff Institute for Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, located at 23471 Walden Center Dr., Unit 200, in Bonita Springs. The project was an interior renovation of 2,134 square feet of existing medical office space and 1,600 square feet of [...]

PACE Center for Girls Lee County hosts 10th Anniversary Celebration

2017-02-10T20:14:57+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

February 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the PACE Center for Girls of Lee County. The PACE Center has provided academic and social services to over 600 local girls and young women, and has seen many achievements and milestones in recent years. In commemoration of this decade of service, PACE Center for Girls will host [...]

Wanderlust 2017 Introduces FGCU Student Event Committee

2017-02-10T21:02:51+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Wanderlust 2017, a culinary and travel auction extravaganza, has announced Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) School of Resort & Hospitality Management students Hannah Garnes, Laura Merritt and Leigh Pudwill as the student committee members leading this year’s event. The Wanderlust 2017 event will take place Saturday, April 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the [...]

Valentine’s Day specials abound at Bell Tower Shops

2017-02-07T15:07:30+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Bell Tower Shops is celebrating the month of love with Valentine’s Day specials from several of the shopping destination’s stores and restaurants. Throughout February, Southwest Florida shoppers will find a variety of ways to make the most of their Valentine’s Day with options for date night, special gifts and accommodations. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria knows the way [...]

Lee County hosts 27th annual Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic Feb. 25 – March 25

2017-02-07T14:57:47+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Baseball and softball players from across the nation will assemble in Lee County Feb. 25 through March 25 for the 27th Annual Lee County Parks & Recreation Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic. Men’s and women’s NCAA Division III baseball and softball teams, as well as NAIA softball teams, will have the opportunity to compete in “spring [...]

Stevens Construction completes Fish Tale Boats

2017-02-06T17:06:54+00:00 February 6th, 2017|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Stevens Construction has completed the construction management services of an expansion for Fish Tale Boats, announced Mark Stevens, company president. Stevens Construction converted an existing automobile showroom into a boat sales office and dealership located at 15581 S. Tamiami Trail in Fort Myers. Fish Tales Boats features a cedar wood beam entryway with complementing stone [...]

Tickets still available for The News-Press Market Watch 2017: Focus on Real Estate

2017-02-02T17:54:46+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Discussions, Events, Hot Tips, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Tickets are still available for The News-Press Market Watch 2017: Focus on Real Estate, taking place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Harborside Event Center. As Lee County’s steady recovery from the recession continues, three local real estate experts will provide important insights into the local [...]

Pure Florida to offer St. Patrick’s Day cruises March 17

2017-02-02T17:09:10+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Events, Learn and Laugh, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pure Florida’s Naples and Fort Myers locations will present celebratory St. Patrick’s Day cruises on Friday, March 17, offering buy one get one free drinks aboard any Pure Florida cruise throughout the day. Passengers cruising from Pure Florida’s Naples location will sail the Gordon River aboard the M/V Double Sunshine. Cruises set sail from at [...]