Matanzas on the Bay hosts 10th Annual Fillet and Release tournament Sept. 20 to benefit Hope Hospice

Posted August 25th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Events, Fundraising, News, Public Relations

catchMatanzas on the Bay, a waterfront restaurant located on Fort Myers Beach, is hosting the 10th Annual Fillet and Release Fishing Tournament on Sept. 20. More than 500 anglers are expected to participate in the light tackle, inshore fishing tournament with shotgun start at 7 a.m. and boats returning by 3 p.m. Last year’s event raised more than $16,000 to benefit Hope Hospice.

During weigh-in, participants can participate in a raffle to benefit Hope Hospice. A dinner and awards ceremony will follow. Winners are determined by total weight of fish caught. Eligible species include Redfish and Snook, and all fish will be released following weigh in. The entry fee is $250 per team with a maximum of four angler per boat. For more information

Matanzas on the Bay offers waterfront dining in a tropical setting on Estero Bay on Fort Myers Beach. Serving fresh seafood, steak and a full bar, the restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as caters to special occasions and private parties. The restaurant is located adjacent to the Matanzas Inn Resort waterfront accommodations, just steps away from the Fort Myers Beach entertainment district. To book your party or for more information, call 239-463-3838 or visit

Conservancy hosts educational sessions on Amendment 1

Posted August 22nd, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Events, Fundraising

MangroveRoots_200 pxOn Nov. 4, a historic conservation initiative will give Florida voters a chance to directly decide the future of Florida’s water and environmental sensitive lands. The Florida Water and Land Conservation, Amendment 1, dedicates funds to acquire and restore Florida conservation and recreation lands. To help educate the community, the Conservancy will host several educational programs on Amendment 1:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 8 a.m. in Eaton Conservation Hall
  • Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. in Eaton Conservation Hall
  • Thursday, Oct. 2 at noon in Eaton Conservation Hall

These sessions are free and open to the public. Please arrive a few minutes early for light refreshments and preferred seating.

“Protecting our water is a critical area of focus for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida,” said Conservancy President and CEO Rob Moher. “As a strong and active supporter of Amendment 1, the Conservancy encourages citizens to Vote Yes on 1 on Nov. 4. This amendment is our best opportunity to address threats to water quality and keep pollution out of our waters without any increase in taxes.”
The Conservancy joins more than 400 other organizations endorsing Amendment 1, including the Florida Water and Land Legacy, a coalition of conservation and civic organizations, businesses and concerned citizens who share the mission of protecting Florida’s most cherished waters and natural areas. This group was successful in placing Amendment 1 on the ballot, giving Florida voters the chance to support clean drinking water, protect our beaches, rivers, lakes and streams and restore our natural treasures including the Everglades.

In addition to attending these educational sessions, the public can support the campaign in a number of ways:

  • Sharing Facebook and Twitter posts,
  • Forwarding informational emails to your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues;
  • Submitting a letter to the editor of your local paper, explaining the importance of Amendment 1;

To learn more and find out how you can help, call Conservancy Environmental Policy Specialist Jeremy Frantz at 239-430-2467 or visit

Conservancy of Southwest Florida began 50 years ago when community leaders came together to defeat a proposed “Road to Nowhere” and spearheaded the acquisition and protection of Rookery Bay. The Conservancy is a not-for-profit grassroots organization focused on the critical environmental issues of the Southwest Florida region, including Glades, Hendry, Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties, with a mission to protect the region’s water, land and wildlife. Conservancy of Southwest Florida and its Nature Center are located in Naples, Fla. at 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. For information about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, call 239-262-0304 or visit

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida launches 5-8-GRADUATE – New organizational structure aims to impact more schools and students in Southwest Florida

Posted August 21st, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

PrintJunior Achievement of Southwest Florida (JASWFL) has developed a new strategic initiative called 5-8-GRADUATE.  This new plan will focus JASWFL’s attention and resources on 5th grade, 8th grade and high school students in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. Although JASWFL has had great success over the years teaching Junior Achievement (JA) programs to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade, the programs had been limited to only certain schools, leaving a majority of SWFL students without JA instruction.

“While JA is a non-profit, we must operate like a business and maximize our investments and resources so that we will have the greatest impact on our local youth, economy, and educational system,” said Anne Frazier, president and CEO, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. “5-8-GRADUATE will allow us to focus our JA programming around our three main pillars at key transitional times in the lives of our students.  5-8-GRADUATE will help make JA available to more schools therefore impacting more students.”

JA’s 5th grade curriculum focuses on entrepreneurship while the 8th grade lessons teach financial literacy. The JA high school curriculum prepares students for workforce readiness as these students make plans for future education or careers post-graduation.

Under the new 5-8-GRADUATE program, JA will continue to rely on volunteers and businesses to support the program, and to offer the JA Job Shadow program for high school students.

About Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida (JASWFL)
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Inc.’s 5-8-GRADUATE program focuses attention and resources on 5th grade, 8th grade and high school students in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. The program focuses on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Today, JA reaches 4.4 million students per year in 117 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 121 other countries worldwide. For more information about Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida visit or contact Anne Frazier at 239-225-2590 or

Stevens Construction Inc. named to fastest-growing companies list by Inc. Magazine for second year

Posted August 21st, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Public Relations

Stevens Construction, a healthcare and commercial construction management and design build firm, has been ranked as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, earning a position on the exclusive Inc. 5000 list.

Stevens Construction reported an 88 percent growth in revenue over the past three years. The Inc. 500/5000 2014 list ranks companies according to percentage of revenue growth between 2010 and 2013. To qualify, companies must also be U.S.-based, privately-held, for-profit and independent firms with minimum revenue of $2 million in 2013.

Named Contractor of the Year in 2012 and 2011 by the Lee Building Industry Association, Stevens Construction was founded in 2003 in Fort Myers by Mark Stevens. The company employs 38 professionals throughout Fort Myers, Orlando and Tampa. Stevens Construction’s current projects include a multiphase renovation of DeVoe Cadillac in Naples, Landmark Hospital, an 88,686-square-foot, 50-bed facility in Naples and Oasis Clubhouse and Amenities at ChampionsGate in Orlando.

With offices in Orlando, Tampa and Fort Myers, 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 commercial, healthcare and hospitality facilities. For information, visit or call 239-936-9006.

Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation kicks off “Scarecrows in the Park” contest to benefit Lakes Park

Posted August 20th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Events, Fundraising

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Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation is challenging local businesses, organizations and the public to participate in its fifth annual “Scarecrows in the Park” contest by creating personalized, unique scarecrows. The scarecrows are designed and constructed by businesses, organizations, and elementary and middle schools then displayed at Lakes Park during the Fall & Halloween Festival, Oct. 17-31. In addition to the “Scarecrows in the Park” contest, the festival includes a pumpkin patch, bounce houses, hayrides, the Halloween Express train, and other activities.

A group of celebrity judges will judge the scarecrows on the opening night of Scarecrows in the Park on October 17.  During the week following, attendees can vote for their favorite scarecrows which will be recognized the second week of the Fall & Halloween Festival. All winners will receive prizes. Last year, more than 75,000 people attended the festival. The donation/entry fee is $250 and all proceeds benefit the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation, or donate $300 to sponsor a youth group entry, and $50 will go to supplies for that group.  New this year, nonprofit organizations can register for $150.  Scarecrow registration forms are available at  The deadline for registration is Sept. 30. School or youth groups that would like to participate should contact Rio DeArmond at

“A great team building project and low-cost promotional opportunity for local businesses and organizations, the scarecrows can just be funny or reflect a theme that ties into a business or service, and will include signage to identify the company. In addition, schools, youth groups, family submissions are also accepted and can be a fun way for each to celebrate the fall season while supporting Lakes Park. Now’s the time to get the information and get started!” says Rio DeArmond, event chair for Scarecrows in the Park.

The Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation established in 2004 by a group of LeeCounty business leaders and dedicated citizens who recognize LakesPark as an extremely important green area in LeeCounty. The foundation’s main focus is to assist Lee County Parks and Recreation in the continued implementation of the $30 million Lakes Park Master Plan, enhancing the park’s environmental aesthetics, wildlife habitat and recreational amenities for the community to enjoy for many years to come. Currently, the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation is focusing its fundraising on creating a botanical garden at Lakes Park.  For more information on the foundation, visit


Brantley Gilbert to headline Lakeside Country Bash on Dec. 13 at Lakes Regional Park

Posted August 18th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Events, News

Cat Country 107.1 and Lee County Parks and Recreation welcome Brantley Gilbert’s Let it Ride Tour with Tyler Farr, Chase Bryant and special guest Colt Ford and Parmalee


Tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 22 for the sixth annual Lakeside Country Bash to benefit Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation. The concert features chart-topping country artist Brantley Gilbert and will be held Saturday, Dec. 13 with gates opening at 2 p.m. at Lakes Regional Park. Gilbert earned the Recording Industry Association of America’s gold certification for his third album “Just As I Am” released by Valory Music Group. The album also debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Country Albums Chart, scoring the third highest album debut of the year with over 212,000 copies sold in the first week. Brantley’s latest project has already produced the platinum-certified, No. 1 lead single “Bottoms Up,” and the music video has earned more than 23 million views. Quickly climbing the Country airplay charts, the Top 20-and-rising follow-up, “Small Town Throwdown,” features label mates Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett.

Ticket prices are $29.75, $46, $56, $66.00, and $76, and do not include facility fee or service charges. Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster outlets and at To order tickets by phone call 800-745-3000.  For more information visit

Tyler Farr recently released “A Guy Walks into a Bar” the next single off of his upcoming Columbia Nashville LP. The song, written by Melissa Peirce, Jonathan Singleton, and Brad Tursi, hit a chord with the Missouri-born singer, who loved the use of a simple act – walking into a bar – to highlight everything from a relationship’s first exciting meeting to heartbreak. Hailed as a breakout new country male vocalist, Columbia Nashville’s broke through the country and all genre charts last year with debut album, “Redneck Crazy”, which landed at No. 2 on the Country Albums chart and No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart and marking the year’s highest entry by a debut male country artist on the all-genre Billboard 200 album sales chart at its debut.

coltford[1]Colt Ford is just an unassuming good old country boy from Georgia, a one-time pro golfer turned songwriter and musician who has struck a chord with his growing fan base. On “Thanks for Listening”,his fifth album on his own perfectly named Average Joes Entertainment label, he returns the favor, offering his audience a humble token of his appreciation. With his groundbreaking blend of country music and hip hop rhythms, Ford is a cultural force who is ready to go from cult status to a household name, from the mud trucker events where he started to arena stages, where he’ll next be seen sharing the bill with Toby Keith.

Parmalee’s country rock sound has its roots in the bluegrass, traditional country, southern rock and blues covers the guys grew up hearing their families play. Matt and Scott Thomas grew up near Greenville, North Carolina watching their father Jerry front a popular local southern rock blues band. The boys watched and learned, picking up their own instruments and jamming along with their dad’s band. From this they learned how to integrate their own style into the songs they were playing. Barry Know, who played drums for the church choir, loved what his cousins were doing and soon joined them.

Music defines Chase Bryant at every level and in often unexpected ways. His truths are expressed in melody, lyrics, hooks and sounds…but his reality goes even deeper than that. Bryant’s heritage is defined by music. His upbringing, his craft, his inspiration and his obsessions are all centered in the same – which is good – because there’s no other way to explain how a 21-year-old Texan could already be a top flight guitar player, head turning song writer, RED BOW recording artist and co-producer of his debut album.

For more information visit or Sponsorship opportunities also available at a variety of levels and include exclusive VIP-area tickets with catering, restrooms and front-stage access. For sponsorship opportunities and additional information visit, call 239-533-7575 and tune in to Cat Country 107.1.

Co-sponsored by Lee County Parks and Recreation, the event will benefit the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation established in 2004 by a group of Lee County business leaders and dedicated citizens who recognize Lakes Park as an extremely important green area in Lee County. The foundation’s main focus is to assistLee County Parks and Recreation in the continued implementation of the $30 million Lakes Park Master Plan, enhancing the park’s environmental aesthetics, wildlife habitat and recreational amenities for the community to enjoy for many years to come. Currently, the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation is focusing its fundraising on creating a botanical garden at Lakes Park.  For more information on the foundation, visit

Stevens Construction completes renovation of former Jalapeno’s building

Posted August 13th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Marketing, Media Relations

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Stevens Construction has completed the renovation of the 16,097-square-foot building located at 7381 College Parkway, announced Mark Stevens, company president.

The project included an upgrade of the entire exterior façade from the former Jalapeno’s restaurant to a new plaza which houses Physicians’ Primary Care and Blue Moon Pizza. The remaining tenant space is available for lease.

Physicians’ Primary Care accommodates 10,612 square feet of the building and includes 22 exam rooms, eight physician offices, ultrasound, laboratory, nurse stations, staff lounge, reception and waiting areas. The tenant improvement was designed by Burt Hill/Pollock Krieg Architects, Inc.

Blue Moon Pizza, a 3,474-square-foot, full-service, upscale pizza restaurant, includes a bar, dining area, kitchen, and take-out/curbside delivery room. Designed by Sheeley Architects, the restaurant also includes a 1,410-square-foot covered patio for outdoor dining. This is the first Florida location for Blue Moon, the restaurant has four stores in Georgia.

The Stevens Construction team consists of Trent Swartz as project manager, Mark Jackson and Will Houser as superintendents and Sue Ziengenfus as project administrator.

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 or call 239-936-9006.

Morgan Grimes Joins the Denny Grimes Team at Royal Shell Real Estate

Posted August 12th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

Morgan Grimes - only meMorgan Grimes has joined the Denny Grimes Team at Royal Shell Real Estate in Fort Myers. She is responsible for helping buyers locate the right residential property, and working with sellers to market and sell their homes. She specializes in the Gateway community.

A Fort Myers native, Morgan Grimes holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Florida Gulf Coast University and has had a Florida real estate license since 2009. She brings five years of experience to the team and is also a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE).

Royal Shell Real Estate is a full-service real estate company with offices throughout Southwest Florida. The Denny Grimes Team at Royal Shell Real Estate is a professional team serving customers in Lee and Collier counties. The team’s leader, Denny Grimes, has been a licensed real estate agent in Lee County for more than 30 years. He is a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Certified New Homes Sales Professional (CSP), Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), and a respected real estate seminar speaker and trainer. For more information about The Denny Grimes Team at Royal Shell Real Estate, call (239) 689-7600 or visit

Reservations are nearly sold out for Sept. 19 Industry Appreciation Week luncheon honoring local businesses

Posted August 12th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

PrintTo salute excellence in Lee County’s business community, the Horizon Council and Horizon Foundation, Inc. will honor businesses in the categories of General Business (Large), General Business (Small), Manufacturing, Information Technology and Tourism. Also, there will be a Lifetime Achievement Honoree presentation.  The honorees will be recognized during the Industry Appreciation Week luncheon ceremony, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 19 at the Harborside Event Center in the downtown Fort Myers River District.

Last year’s event drew together more than 1,000 local business and community leaders and public officials, and this year’s event, is nearly sold out with less than 200 seats available. For reservations and sponsorships, visit

Presented by the Horizon Council, an advisory group to the Lee County Board of Commissioners, the Horizon Foundation, Inc. and Lee County’s Economic Development Office, Industry Appreciation Week is a statewide event designed to create public awareness about how industry boosts the state’s economy.

“The Horizon Council’s 23rd Annual Industry Appreciation Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the business community of Lee County and to recognize outstanding local companies that have positively impacted Southwest Florida,” said Horizon Council Chair Denny Hamilton.  “Our awards have spotlighted many amazing Lee County businesses over the years, and we look forward to sharing more success stories with this year’s event.”

The Horizon Council  is a public-private board established in 1991 to advise the Lee County Board of Commissioners on economic development issues. The Council has more than 70 members representing five cities; chambers of commerce; economic development and trade organizations; community, business, and education organizations; along with various officers and at-large members.  The Horizon Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) organizations established as a fundraising vehicle enabling individuals and businesses to actively support the program of work of the Horizon Council and the Lee County Economic Development Office. For more information, visit or call 239-338-3161.

Design Studio by Raymond new Naples showroom now open

Posted August 7th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

Design Studio by Raymond - Naples ShowroomDesign Studio by Raymond’s new two-story, 8,500-square-foot loft-style showroom in downtown Naples is now open. Located in the Naples design district at 990 1st Ave. N., the design studio is open to industry professionals as well as to the public, and showcases mid- to high-end millwork, cabinetry, windows and appliances. The showroom includes six different vignettes that feature cabinetry and appliances from leading manufacturers, including an outdoor kitchen, a working demonstration kitchen, products and displays from Andersen Windows, and a dedicated center for millwork.

Design Studio by Raymond offers a team of expert designers, and a variety of products, including top-of-the-line appliances, custom cabinetry, and an array of high quality windows & doors. Design Studio by Raymond offers turnkey installation services with the help of their highly skilled in-house craftsman. In addition to featuring a comprehensive product selection, Design Studio by Raymond will showcase works of art by local artists in the showroom, including Naples native Leland Brinkman specializing in original liquid metal artwork. The design studio will host ongoing events for professionals and home owners and will offer continuing education classes for designers and architects. Design Studio by Raymond is also opening up their Naples showroom for community groups and organizations to utilize the showroom for meetings and events.

The builder in charge of the project is Naples Redevelopment, and the architecture and design of this unique building was prepared by Harrell & Company. Local contractors who participated in the new Naples showroom include Tubs and More which provided the plumbing fixtures; HB Marble and Granite which provided the counter tops for the in-studio vignettes; Julie Coleman from District Design, who provided interior design; Premier Electric which provided electrician services; and Executive Electronics which provided the audiovisual and lighting control systems.

“Our goal is to provide an environment where our designers and their clients can select from a large variety of products and to support that process from design to installation,” said James Martin, vice president of operations at Design Studio by Raymond. “We are showcasing many different design styles, from traditional to modern and everything in between, so that everyone can find something that fits their lifestyle.”

Design Studio by Raymond professional design team has been responsible for beautiful homes in some of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Southwest Florida, including homes in Mediterra, downtown Naples, The Moorings, Talis Park, Miromar Golf & Country Club, and Barefoot Beach. The purpose of the new location is to grow with the demand of the design studio’s products and simplify the process for their customers.

As part of the Raymond Building Supply family of companies, Design Studio by Raymond offers a diverse and comprehensive product selection and superior design services. Backed by more than 50 years of industry experience, the design studio offers turnkey installation and contractor services, as well as design support from trained industry professionals for a high-end one-stop shopping experience. The new Naples showroom is located at 990 1st Ave. N., Naples 34102. Hours of operation and more information are available online at or by calling 239-278-1334.