Pure Florida to hold Halloween Costume Cruises

Pure Florida Halloween Cruise

Children in costume cruise free with purchase of adult ticket

Pure Florida invites guests to visit its Naples and Fort Myers locations for a spooktacular Halloween weekend aboard its Halloween Costume Cruises. During each Pure Florida cruise on Saturday, Oct. 31 and Sunday, Nov. 1, all children in costume will receive a free bag of candy and free admission with the purchase of an adult ticket.

The Naples-based M/V Double Sunshine will explore the Naples Bay, and the Fort Myers-based M/V Edison Explorer will take passengers on a journey along the Caloosahatchee River. The narrated cruises are guided by Coast Guard-certified captains, also master naturalists, and will showcase the natural beauty of Southwest Florida. Visitors will have the opportunity to observe seasonal wildlife, including dolphins, manatee, birds and other animals and plants. Passengers can also enjoy beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks, available for purchase.

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. Reservations are required. For pricing and registration information, contact Pure Florida’s Naples location at 239-263-4949 or Fort Myers location at 239-919-2965. For more information on Pure Florida and its cruises, visit www.PureFL.com.

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 Naples and Fort Myers, the water attraction company offers sunset and specialty cruises as well as boat and Jet Ski rentals, fishing charters, group events and educational field trips for schools and students. 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 Naples location at 239-263-4949 or its Fort Myers location at 239-919-2965.

Discovery Village At Castle Hills hosts Grand Reopening Aug. 27

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Discovery Village At Castle Hills, formerly Stonebridge At Castle Hills, introduces its newly transformed senior-living community during an open house celebration on ThurPool with Fireplacesday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Discovery Village At Castle Hills is a luxury senior rental apartment community, offering the best options for maintenance-free living in Lewisville, with 151 units in one- and two-bedroom apartment homes.

Located at 2500 Windhaven Parkway in Lewisville, Texas, a short distance from Sam Rayburn Tollway, Discovery Village At Castle Hills provides the perfect environment for active seniors with amenities that include a Grande Clubhouse, pool and spa, outdoor lounge area with fireplace, wellness center, business center and movie theater.

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The open house event encourages the public to tour the community and experience the exceptional lifestyle that is provided by Discovery Senior Living, a national award-winning developer, owner, operator and manager of senior-living communities. The celebration event will include hors d’oeuvres and a $250 gift card raffle.

Thomas J. Harrison, CEO and co-founder of Discovery Senior Living, said the newly transformed community reflects the active and luxurious lifestyle that is ideal to maturing adults.

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“As a part of Discovery Senior Living, Discovery Village At Castle Hills offers seniors world-class features and resort-style amenities that promote a perfect combination of happy, healthy and active lifestyles,” Harrison said.

Discovery Village At Castle Hills offers maintenance-free apartment home living on acres of lush grounds and is close to shopping, cultural centers and entertainment venues. For more information, call 972-939-4647 or visit www.DiscoveryVillages.com.

About Discovery Senior Living

Discovery Senior Living, a family of companies founded by Thomas J. Harrison and Richard J. Hutchinson, includes: Discovery Management Group, Discovery Development Group, Discovery Realty Group, and Discovery At Home, a Medicare-certified home healthcare company. Discovery Senior Living owns and operates a portfolio of senior-living communities in Florida, Georgia and Texas under the brand name of Discovery Village. Additionally, the firm has an ownership interest in, and is the exclusive manager and operator of, Aston Gardens senior-living communities in Florida and Conservatory senior-living communities in Texas. It also manages and operates senior-living communities Regency Pointe in Alabama.

For more than 25 years, Discovery Senior Living has developed, built and operated upscale, luxury senior-living communities. The award-winning management group has a flourishing portfolio of more than 4,000 homes for seniors, caring for almost 4,500 residents. Discovery Senior Living has become a recognized industry leader in the development, marketing and management of world‐class resort‐style communities. The corporate office is located at 3301 Bonita Beach Rd., Suite 113, Bonita Springs, Florida 34134. For more information, visit www.DiscoverySeniorLiving.com.

Pure Florida offers Sunset Music Cruise Aug. 21

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Pure Florida’s Naples location is offering a Sunset Music Cruise on Friday, Aug. 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cruise will drift along the Gordon River and Naples coastline as the sun begins to set over the Gulf of Mexico. Aboard the M/V Double Sunshine, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking scenery while listening to live music by Jennifer “Golden Note” Gilmore.

Aboard the vessel, guests are invited to relax, have a drink and enjoy the beauty of Naples. The cruise will coast by the luxurious mansions along the Naples Bay and will showcase the unique wildlife native to Southwest Florida. Once out to sea, the captain will stop the vessel as the sun begins to set so that guests can enjoy the famed Southwest Florida sunset.

Once the sun has dropped below the horizon, the M/V Double Sunshine will begin its return to Tin City, providing the opportunity for guests to enjoy the rich colors in the sky and twinkling evening lights on the river, set to the tune of the evening’s musical performance. Upon returning to the Pure Florida dock, guests can conclude their experience by exploring the local shops and restaurants of Tin City.

Registration for the Sunset Music Cruise is $35 per person. The M/V Double Sunshine departs from the historic Tin City, located at 1200 Fifth Ave. S. in Naples. Reservations are required. For more information or to book your ticket, call 239-494-5595 or visit www.PureNaples.com.

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 Fort Myers and Pure Naples, 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.

Pure Florida presents Bark on the Ark Aug. 15

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Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location is presenting Bark on the Ark on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 8:30 to 11:30 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 of Southwest Florida.

Passengers can enjoy a peaceful cruise along the Caloosahatchee River followed by a playful time on the island, socializing with man’s best friend. During the excursion, dogs and owners can run, swim and play catch while enjoying the sunshine, water, sand and fresh air.

Water, Frisbees and dog treats are included for the canines. Human treats, such as soda, wine and beer will also be 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 pets. 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. 

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 Fort Myers and Pure Naples, 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.

GMA Architects and Planners complete the design for Gulfshore Pediatric Dentistry in Estero

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GMA Architects and Planners recently completed construction of a 6,340-square-foot tenant improvement for Gulfshore Pediatric Dentistry located at 9921 Corkscrew Rd. in Estero, Florida.

Working with Drs. Sammons and Tarver, GMA developed a playful beach and undersea motif throughout the public areas providing a cheerful distraction for the young patients and their families.  Two separate video/game rooms are available to entertain patients and their siblings, one in the patient waiting room and another in the treatment area.

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The inclusion of private family consultation rooms, procedure rooms, a laboratory, and IV room provide the opportunity for comprehensive dental care for children and their family members.

Ramon Acevedo was the Project Architect with Natali Garcia as Project Manager from GMA; Bob Schuerman was the Construction Administrator.  Envirostruct was the General Contractor with Steve McKenna as Principal in Charge, Chuck Hardwick as Project Manager, and Mark Olson as Construction Superintendent.

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For the past 34 years, GMA Architects and Planners (GMA) has been Southwest Florida’s leading architectural design firm. Earning recognition from the Florida Southwest American Institute of Architects, the Florida Home Builders Association and the Lee County Building Industry Association, the firm has provided award-winning architectural and interior design services for a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including several leading area developers. For more information, call 239-275-0225 or visit www.GMAarchitect.com.

Pure Florida presents Eco-Cruise to Picnic Island Aug. 8

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Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location will present an Eco-Cruise tour to Picnic Island on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The 3.5 hour eco-adventure includes a narrated cruise along the Caloosahatchee River and a guided tour of Picnic Island, a natural, uninhabited island located between Sanibel and Pine Island.

During the Eco-Cruise to Picnic Island excursion, guests will have the opportunity to bask in the sunshine and experience the natural beauty of Southwest Florida. While discovering the island, explorers can enjoy leisurely walking amidst black and white mangroves, playing in sand, shelling and fishing. Visitors will also have the opportunity to observe wildlife native to the Caloosahatchee River and Picnic Island, including dolphins, manatee, birds and other animals and plants.

Eco-Cruise tours are guided by Coast Guard-certified captains and master naturalists and highlight the history of the Caloosahatchee River and the accomplishments of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford during their time spent at the nearby Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. Registration for the tour is $39 per person, and the M/V Edison Explorer departs from The Marina at Edison Ford, located at 2360 W. First St. in Fort Myers.

The Eco-Cruise to Picnic Island is a popular attraction for voyagers of all ages. Bottled water and light snacks will be provided and additional refreshments are available for purchase. Reservations are required. For more information or to book your ticket, call 239-919-2965, email info@PureFortMyers.com or visit the website at www.PureFortMyers.com. 

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 Fort Myers and Pure Naples, 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.

Pure Florida offers “Kids Ride Free” program

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Saturday morning Dolphin Watch Sightseeing Cruise free for children

Pure Florida’s Naples location is offering children a free ride on the Dolphin Watch Sightseeing Cruise every Saturday at 10 a.m. when accompanied by a paying adult. Children can participate in the “Kids Ride Free” program year-round aboard the M/V Double Sunshine.

The 1.5 hour children’s cruise provides an entertaining environment for young ones to learn about the Southwest Florida environment and to observe the variety of wildlife present on the waters, such as dolphins, pelicans, eagles and many other animals. As a special treat offered during the cruise, Pure Florida holds a sightseeing scavenger hunt for the children to participate in to win a prize.

While registration for the children’s cruise is free for youth 12-years-old and younger, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult tickets are $35 per person. The M/V Double Sunshine departs from the historic Tin City, located at 1200 Fifth Ave. S. in Naples. Reservations are required. For more information or to book your ticket, call 239-494-5595. For more information, visit www.PureNaples.com.

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 Fort Myers and Pure Naples, 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.

Discovery Village At Sarasota Bay introduces new preview gallery to open July 24

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Discovery Village will introduce the preview gallery of its newest and most advanced senior-living community on Friday, July 24. Discovery Village At Sarasota Bay is a unique, first-of-its-kind, 126-unit residential community, offering the best options for resort-style senior-living combined with a state-of-the-art wellness center in the Sarasota-Bradenton area. The gallery is open to the public and guests are welcome to preview the community’s floor plans, color renderings and amenities and discover the many exceptional features and care options available to residents. The world-class community is currently under construction and is anticipated to open at the beginning of 2016. The community and preview gallery are located at 1414 69th Ave. W. in Bradenton, Florida, adjacent to Bowless Creek and Sarasota Bay. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with a Senior Lifestyle Counselor to visit the preview gallery, call 941-209-3466.

Discovery Village At Sarasota Bay brings a new level of supervised independent living, assisted-living and memory care to the Sarasota-Bradenton area by offering resiDiningdents world-class amenities and services that are more likely to be found within the clubhouse of a sizeable independent-living community. Assisted Living and Memory Care residents are offered the luxury of personalized, all-inclusive care plans that fulfill the needs of all levels of capability, eliminating the stress of varying assistance options.

“Discovery Village At Sarasota Bay offers seniors an active and luxurious living environment with world-class features that residents will really enjoy,” said Thomas J. Harrison, CEO and co-founder of Discovery Senior Living. “As a Discovery Senior Living community, residents at Discovery Village At Sarasota Bay will have access to an array of resort-style amenities and services that will encourage happy and healthy lifestyles.”

The 130,000-square-foot comLiving-Room-Social-Roommunity is unlike any other, offering a variety of features and amenities which include a Grande Clubhouse that offers fine dining with three gourmet meals with tableside service daily, bistro and ice cream parlor, bar and lounge, library, indoor heated wellness pool, senior-equipped fitness center, health and wellness center, arts and crafts studio, salon and barber services, Discovery Zone Media Center with Brain Fitness and Discovery Silver Cinema Movie Theater. Additional features and amenities include complimentary scheduled transportation, concierge services, housekeeping, social and recreational activities, an on-site medical director, on-site therapies, an on-site Medicare-certified home healthcare agency and 24/7 access to a team of experienced and licensed professionals. Accommodations include grande suites, and one- and two-bedroom senior-living apartment homes.

  • Discovery Village At Sarasota Bay is the design creation of Architectural Concepts Inc. (ACI) of Largo, Florida, under the leadership of founding partner Bo Russ. ACI provides architectural services to clients throughout the U.S., Bermuda and New Zealand, specializing in senior building design.
  • Wegman Design Group’s design principal, Lori Wegman, provided the creative and strategic interior design solutions. Wegman’s professionals have been providing innovative design since its startup in 2001.
  • The Douglas Company is the general building construction management firm in charge of construction. The Midwest-based firm has offices in Ohio and Florida and specializes in several types of construction, including senior housing.
  • Community & Southern Bank, Herbert J. Sims & Co. and Synovus Bank are the construction financing providers.

For more information on Discovery Village At Sarasota Bay, visit www.DiscoveryVillages.com.

About Discovery Senior Living

Discovery Senior Living, a family of companies founded by Thomas J. Harrison and Richard J. Hutchinson, includes: Discovery Management Group, Discovery Development Group, Discovery Realty Group, and Discovery At Home, a Medicare-certified home healthcare company. Discovery Senior Living also owns and operates a portfolio of senior-living communities in Florida, Georgia and Texas under the brand name of Discovery Village. Additionally, the firm has an ownership interest in, and is the exclusive manager and operator of, Aston Gardens senior-living communities in Florida and Conservatory senior-living communities in Texas. It also manages and operates senior-living communities Regency Pointe in Alabama and Stonebridge At Castle Hills in Texas.

For more than 25 years, Discovery Senior Living has developed, built and operated upscale, luxury senior-living communities. The award-winning management group has a flourishing portfolio of more than 4,000 homes for seniors, caring for almost 4,500 residents. Discovery Senior Living has become a recognized industry leader in the development, marketing and management of world‐class resort‐style communities. The corporate office is located at 3301 Bonita Beach Rd., Suite 113, Bonita Springs, Florida 34134. For more information, visit www.DiscoverySeniorLiving.com.

Pure Florida offers Eco-Cruise tour to Picnic Island July 18

Edison ExplorerPure Florida’s Fort Myers location is offering an Eco-Cruise tour to Picnic Island on Saturday, July 18, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The narrated cruise will navigate the Caloosahatchee River and includes a walking tour of Picnic Island, a natural, uninhabited island located between Sanibel and Pine Island.

The Eco-Cruise to Picnic Island allows explorers to experience Southwest’s Florida natural environment while walking amongst black and white mangroves, playing in sand, shelling, fishing and enjoying the sun and water. During the 3.5 hour excursion, visitors will have the opportunity to view wildlife including dolphins, manatee, birds and other native animals and plants along the Caloosahatchee River and on Picnic Island.

Directed by Coast Guard-certified captains and master naturalists, the excursion includes the history of the Caloosahatchee River and the exploits of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, who spent many winters at the nearby Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. Registration for the tour is $39 per person, and the M/V Edison Explorer departs from The Marina at Edison Ford, located at 2360 W. First St. in Fort Myers.

The Eco-Cruise tour is suitable for explorers of all ages. Bottled water and light snacks will be provided and additional refreshments are available for purchase. Reservations are required. For more information or to book your ticket, call 239-919-2965, email info@PureFortMyers.com or visit the website at www.PureFortMyers.com. 

About Pure Florida

In 2009, father-and-son duo Captains Lance and Harry Julian acquired the Naples-based Double Sunshine cruises 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 Fort Myers and Pure Naples, 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.

Raymond Building Supply co-sponsors Dress for Success SW Florida event

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Raymond Building Supply announces their co-sponsorship for a fundraising event benefiting Dress for Success SW Florida on July 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The event will be hosted at Clive Daniel Home in Naples, located at 2777 Tamiami Trail, and will feature guest speakers from Clive Daniel Home, D. Gates Wealth Management and Dress for Success SW Florida.

Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy catered drinks and hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening and participate in a raffle drawing to win gift baskets donated by D. Gates Wealth Management and Clive Daniel Home. Guests are encouraged to bring a donation of interview appropriate clothing, accessories and handbags or portfolios. All proceeds and clothing donations from the event will be donated to Dress for Success SW Florida.

“We are excited for the opportunity to support such a worthy cause,” said Duane Swanson, President and CFO of Raymond Building Supply. “Dress for Success SW Florida is a great organization that is doing so much for the women in our community and we are happy to play a role in an event that will benefit this organization’s mission.”

Dress for Success SW Florida’s goal is to provide disadvantaged women with professional attire, support and career development resources that will promote economic independence. For more information about Dress for Success SW Florida, visit swflorida.dressforsuccess.org. Other sponsors of this event include Clive Daniel Home and All About Closets, Inc. Those interested in attending the Dress for Success SW Florida event may RSVP with Nicole Emery by phone at 239-424-8305 or email at nemery@fscadvisor.com.

Raymond Building Supply Corporation is backed by 50 years’ experience and is the largest independent supplier and manufacturer of residential and commercial building products in southwest Florida. The company has multiple locations in Lee, Collier, Sarasota, Hamilton, Broward and Hillsborough counties and provides an array of products and services including lumber, trusses, garage doors, windows and doors, cabinetry, custom millwork and more. For additional information, visit www.rbsc.net.