SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. introduces its 2015-2016 board of directors, elected during the organization’s annual trustee meeting to serve a one-year term through July 2016. The president of the board of directors is Elaine Hawkins, and vice-president is Dorothy Fitzgerald. Other officers are: Dave Copham, treasurer; Debbie Toler, vice president of public relations and marketing; and Bev Cherry, secretary.
Board members are responsible for supporting the operations and mission of the SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. and administering funds that support local programs benefiting the care and well-being of children in Southwest Florida. In addition to managing the operations of SWFL Children’s Charities Inc., a 501c3 organization, the board’s officers oversee the planning and execution of the charitable organization’s signature fundraising event, the 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, to be held Feb. 26 and 27 at Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club.
The SWFL Children’s Charities Inc.’s annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, has raised nearly $15 million over the past seven years, making it the most successful fundraising event in Lee County and one of the top-grossing wine fests in the country. Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is the primary beneficiary of the event. To date, SWFL Children’s Charities has raised nearly $15 million over the past seven years to benefit the building of the new family-centered children’s hospital that will provide new and expanded medical services and subspecialty services to children from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. In addition to providing funds for the new state-of-the-art Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, the SWFL Children’s Charities supports programs at Florida SouthWestern State College and Florida Gulf Coast University. For more information, visit www.swflwinefest.org.
Pure Florida will provide a hands-on learning experience during its Marine Science Cruise in Fort Myers on Sept. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Children in first through seventh grade are invited aboard the Fort Myers-based M/V Edison Explorer to participate in activities that encourage creativity, problem solving, teamwork and critical thinking as they experience and learn about the Southwest Florida environment.
The 1.5 hour cruise will sail out to the Caloosahatchee River, where children will work in groups to test local waterways for water temperature, salinity levels, pH, nitrate, ammonia and phosphate levels, and complete other related activities. The cruise will showcase Southwest Florida ecosystems and the wildlife native to the area, providing the opportunity for students to connect the subject matter taught in school with their firsthand experience on the water.
The upcoming Marine Science Cruise will depart from The Marina at Edison Ford, located at 2360 W. First St. in Fort Myers. Space is open to the public and tickets for the educational cruise are $15 for children and $25 for adults. To make your reservation, or for more information on Pure Florida and its cruises, visit www.PureFL.com or call 239-793-7529.
Pavese Law Firm to sponsor Sept. 10 Above Board Chamber media panel on how to get discovered by the media
To educate local business leaders on strategies for generating news coverage and becoming a go-to resource for media, the Above Board Chamber of Florida is bringing together local media experts from FOX-4, Florida Weekly, The News-Press, Southwest Florida Business Today, Business Observer, Gulfshore Business and Beasley Media Group for a panel discussion titled, “How to get discovered by the media.”
Sponsored by local business partners including Pavese Law Firm, the event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at City Pier, 1300 Hendry St. in Fort Myers. Registration is available online at www.aboveboardchamber.com.
Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. With a long history of service to Southwest Florida, Pavese Law Firm has played a significant role in the growth of local businesses, communities and major development projects. For more information, visit www.paveselaw.com.
Carroll & Carroll, Inc.’s real estate appraiser Timothy Sunyog has earned his MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute, a professional association which encourages ethical appraisal practices and the advancement of professionalism.
The MAI designation is held by professional appraisers who have expertise in the valuation and evaluation of commercial, industrial, residential and other types of properties, and can provide expert advice regarding real estate investment decisions. In order to earn the MAI designation, Sunyog has demonstrated good moral character and fulfilled requirements regarding standards and ethics, education, course exams, demonstration of knowledge and 4,500 hours of specialized work experience.
Sunyog graduated from Rollins College with a degree in economics in 2004. He joined the Carroll & Carroll, Inc. team in 2005 and has since specialized in commercial real estate appraisal. As a State-Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, Sunyog’s practice includes appraisals for mortgage lending, condemnation, insurable value, feasibility studies, buy-sell decisions, estate planning and Ad Valorem tax appeal. Sunyog has additional expertise in valuing religious properties.
Founded in 1984, Carroll & Carroll, Inc. specializes in providing full-service residential and commercial real estate appraisal and consulting services for real estate markets of Collier County and Lee County. The family owned and operated company has provided more than 35 years of service to the Southwest Florida community offering a wide array of expertise in litigation, insurable value estimates, partial interest appraisals, condemnation, buy and sell decisions, estate settlement and structuring and mortgage loan underwriting. Carroll & Carroll, Inc. is located at 2805 South Horseshoe Drive, Suite #1 in Naples. For more information, call 239-775-1147, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.CarrollandCarroll.com.
Stevens Construction has completed Landmark Hospital of Southwest Florida, a 50-bed, long-term acute care facility, announced Mark Stevens, company president.
Located at 1285 Creekside Blvd. E. in Naples, the 86,676-square-foot, three-story hospital specializes in providing care to medically complex patients who benefit from an extended recovery time. Typical diagnoses include stroke, respiratory failure, post-surgical complications, and complex wound care. The average length of stay is 25-30 days, and the majority of Landmark’s admissions come from short-term hospitals; typically from the intensive care and step-down units.
Landmark Hospital is a unique crescent-shaped structure constructed via the tilt-wall method. The first floor is shell space available for lease. The second floor of the hospital houses state-of-the-art operating rooms, conference rooms, CT scan, X-ray and administrative offices. The third floor features a ten-bed intensive care unit, ten-bed progressive care unit and 30 medical and surgical beds.
The project is licensed and inspected by the Agency for Healthcare Administration, which ensures regulatory compliance for healthcare facilities throughout Florida.
The Stevens Construction team included Dan Adams, LEED AP, senior project manager; Will Houser, project engineer; Stephen Hebden, superintendent and Kathryn Gomez, project administrator. Landmark Hospital was designed by Paul Macheske of HuntonBrady Architects.
With offices in Fort Myers, Tampa and Orlando, Florida, Stevens Construction specializes in providing construction management, general contracting and consulting services to clients and design professionals. Other services include site and design team selection, budgeting, project scheduling, permitting, cost and quality control and warranty service. The company builds healthcare, commercial and hospitality facilities. For information, visit www.stevensconstructioninc.com or call 239-936-9006.
The Florida Public Relations Association honored Priority Marketing and the Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida with an Award of Distinction at the Florida Public Relations Association’s 2015 Golden Image Awards. The winners are selected by a panel of industry professionals outside the state of Florida who evaluate entries based on several criteria including a situational analysis, objectives, implementation, results and budget.
Priority Marketing and the Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida were awarded the Award of Distinction for the development and execution of a public service campaign to raise awareness of the prevalence of human trafficking in Southwest Florida, to promote the Human Trafficking Resource Center and to generate attendance at the first annual human trafficking awareness seminar in Southwest Florida.
The Florida Public Relations Association’s Image Awards is an annual competition that recognizes measurable excellence among Florida public relations professionals. Priority Marketing has won more than 100 Golden Image Awards since its inception in 1992.
Established in 1992, Priority Marketing is a full-service marketing, advertising, public relations and web development firm. The company is located at 8200 College Pkwy., Suite 201 in Fort Myers. For more information call 239-267-2638 or visit www.prioritymarketing.com. Also, follow Priority Marketing online at twitter.com/prioritymktg or on Facebook. For recent news and marketing insights, visit the blog: www.SouthwestFloridaMarketingForum.com.
Pure Florida will take passengers and their dogs aboard the Fort Myers-based M/V Edison Explorer for Bark on the Ark on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The sightseeing cruise will travel along the Caloosahatchee River to Picnic Island, an island located between Sanibel and Pine Island, where man’s best friend and their owners can explore the natural Southwest Florida environment.
Humans and animals can enjoy the fresh air on the Caloosahatchee River while making new friends with other passengers. Once on land at Picnic Island, guests and their pets will have the opportunity to frolic on the shoreline or simply enjoy the beauty of the island. Canines will receive the royal treatment with water, Frisbees and dog treats available for all
of Pure Florida’s new furry friends.Guests can also enjoy soda, wine and beer, available for purchase.
The M/V Edison Explorer departs from The Marina at Edison Ford, located at 2360 W. First St. in Fort Myers. Registration for the tour is $39 per human. Reservations are required as room is limited to 25 passengers and their pet. All dogs that can follow basic commands are welcome. For more information or to book your ticket, call 239-919-2965, email info@PureFortMyers.com or visit the website at www.PureFortMyers.com.
On the first Sunday of every month, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach will offer restaurant-goers a Sunday Jazz Brunch with a special live show from Father Al and the Jazz Congregation from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday Jazz Brunch performances will begin Oct. 4 where diners can relax to mellow jazz tunes while enjoying a delicious meal on the patio at the Matanzas on the Bay waterfront restaurant.
Matanzas on the Bay’s full lunch menu will be available during the Sunday Jazz Brunches and will feature a special selection of brunch entrees, including the delicious Maine Lobster Benedict and Raspberry Stuffed French Toast. Discounted cocktails will also be available with $6 Matanzas’ Mary with Gulf Cocktail Shrimp and $5 Mimosa with fresh Florida orange juice. Call ahead seating is accepted.
Father Al and the Jazz Congregation is a local band with music featuring popular jazz hits from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s and their own twist on music from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and other well-known artists from these eras. The group has performed at Matanzas on the Bay in the past and is a fan-favorite of restaurant patrons. Featured entertainment contributes to the relaxing waterfront dining experience and offers diners a carefree Sunday dining experience that is sure to kick-off the week the right way.
Matanzas on the Bay and Petey’s Upper Deck are best known for waterfront views, fresh seafood and old Florida ambience and is located at 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach on Estero Bay. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as caters to special occasions and private parties. As part of its commitment to use as many locally sourced products as possible, Matanzas on the Bay offers fresh produce in partnership with Oakes Farm, rum from the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery and High 5 IPA on draft from Fort Myers Brewing Company. Its upstairs sports bar, Petey’s Upper Deck, is popularly known for its Dave’s Dockside Pizza, named the best pizza on Fort Myers Beach. The restaurant is located adjacent to the Matanzas Bayside Inn waterfront accommodations, just steps away from the Fort Myers Beach entertainment district. Free car parking and boat dockage is available. To book your party or for more information, call 239-463-3838 or visit www.Matanzas.com.
Photo Caption: From left to right: Santo Spina; Janice Spina; Sam Vincent; Fred Forbes, Bonita Springs Fire Control & Rescue District; Tracy Spina; Capt. Brien Spina; Mayor Ben Nelson; Dr. Stephen McIntosh, City of Bonita Springs City Council; Jean Beauvoir; Janet Martin, City of Bonita Springs City Council; Mark Stevens; Peter Simmons, City of Bonita Springs City Council.
Stevens Construction has started the construction of the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center, located at 11515 Bonita Beach Road, announced Mark Stevens, company president.
Stevens Construction is remodeling an existing 14,000-square-foot building and providing a 3,500-square-foot addition to total a 17,500-square-foot performing arts facility offering diversified cultural programming, including musical, dance and comedic performances. The performing arts center will additionally be used as a full service venue for private events such as weddings, banquets and formals.
Slated for completion in winter of 2016, Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center will feature a full test kitchen with walk-in cooler and freezer, lobby, two bars, outdoor veranda, green room, restrooms and a podcast café with broadcasting center.
Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center will also include a theater, stage, full-service restaurant, restrooms and tiered seating.
The Stevens Construction team includes project manager, Ken Kensinger; project administrator, April Kelley and superintendent, Steve Hebden. Architectural services are provided by Vincent Architecture.
With offices in Fort Myers, Tampa and Orlando, Fla., Stevens Construction specializes in providing construction management, general contracting and consulting services to clients and design professionals. Other services include site and design team selection, budgeting, project scheduling, permitting, cost and quality control and warranty service. The company builds healthcare, commercial and hospitality facilities. For information, visit www.stevensconstructioninc.com or call 239-936-9006.
Pure Florida recently partnered with Trinity-by-the-Cove Church’s Community and Trinity outreach program on Aug. 4 to present Parkside Elementary School in Naples with a back-to-school appreciation event for teachers and school staff, in honor of the school’s continued academic achievement. Pure Florida brought 82 passengers aboard the Naples-based M/V Double Sunshine for an exclusive 90-minute breakfast cruise to ready school personnel for the upcoming academic year.
In a recent thank you letter from Parkside Elementary School’s principal, Tamie Stewart, the school expressed gratitude for the support from Pure Florida and Trinity-by-the-Cove Church.
“Our theme for this school year is ‘Sailing to Success by Giving Our Best,’ and you certainly helped us kick off the sailing part of that in grand fashion! It was a pleasure to meet some of the Pure Florida team, as well as the wonderful Trinity-by-the-Cove folks who helped out,” Stewart wrote. “Your support through your gift of this cruise helps us in providing ‘perks’ for our staff to recognize the tremendous effort they put forth each day, as part of building that positive culture. Thank you again for helping make the Parkside vision become a reality.”
The recent event was the second back-to-school teacher appreciation breakfast cruise that the water attraction company provided to the school personnel at Parkside Elementary School. The staff at Pure Florida believes in supporting local schools and enjoyed providing the relaxing morning to admirable Collier County teachers.
“Pure Florida is very grateful for the opportunity to support the local community and we were excited to provide this fun-filled morning to the deserving staff at Parkside Elementary School,” said Captain Lance Julian, co-founder of Pure Florida. “We greatly appreciate the teachers and school staff within our community that have devoted themselves to helping future generations succeed and we are happy to extend our thanks to this school.”
The M/V Double Sunshine departs from the historic Tin City, located at 1200 Fifth Ave. S. in Naples and the M/V Edison Explorer departs from The Marina at Edison Ford, located at 2360 W. First St. in Fort Myers. For more information on Pure Florida and its cruises, visit www.PureFL.com or call 239-263-4949.
About Pure Florida
In 2009, father-and-son duo Captains Lance and Harry Julian acquired the Naples-based Double Sunshine and Lady Brett fishing vessel, and have grown the company to include 19 vessels and two locations providing a variety of unique eco-excursions for its visitors that incorporate maritime history, tourism, sightseeing and entertainment. With locations in Fort Myers and Naples, the water attraction company offers sunset and specialty cruises as well as boat and Jet Ski rentals, fishing charters and group events. In addition to Pure Florida, the founders are also partners in Marine Team International and Pure Image Productions, providing professional marine consulting, television and video production and photography services. With a long history in maritime productions, Lance and Harry Julian have helped to create some of the most memorable water scenes in film production, with credits including “Titanic” and “Waterworld,” and television credits such as the reality show, “Survivor.” As the fifth and sixth generation working within the maritime industry, Lance and Harry Julian enjoy sharing their passion and expertise with fellow adventurers in the Southwest Florida area. For more information, visit www.PureFL.com or call its Fort Myers location at 239-919-2965 or its Naples location at 239-494-5595.