Pure Florida presents Bark on the Ark April 16

Photo 5Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location is presenting Bark on the Ark on Saturday, April 16 from 8 to 11 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 frPhoto 3_1esh 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 $44 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, emailPhoto 4 FortMyers@PureFL.com or visit the website at 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 inPhoto 2_1corporate 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 Senior Living wins five marketing awards from the National Association of Homes Builders 2016 Best of 55+ Housing Awards

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Discovery Senior Living won five awards in the 2016 Best of 55+ Housing Awards from the National Association of Home Builders. The awards honor excellence in building, design and marketing of housing for boomers and beyond and were presented at the recent International Builders Show in Las Vegas.

A gold award was presented for Best 55+ Customer Retention Management Campaign, an automated, timed mail fulfillment program including a welcome letter and large format brochure and four follow-up postcards highlighting their uniquely remarkable lifestyle programs; a silver award was awarded for a Best 55+ Direct Mail Piece, “Your Vacation Lifestyle Awaits”; A silver award for Best 55+ Print Advertisement, “It’s a Wonderful Senior Life”; A silver award for Best 55+ Brochure, “Inspired Senior Living”; and a silver award for Best 55+ Integrated Marketing Strategy, “3-Year Rent Lock”.

“We congratulate our outstanding marketing team on a job well done,” said Thomas J. Harrison, CEO and Co-Founder of Discovery Senior Living. “As we continue to innovate new community designs, enhanced lifestyle programs and state-of-the-art wellness and care services, our marketing team delivers progressive and creative messages and marketing materials that keep our brands fresh and engaging and continue to position us as industry leaders.”

There were 11 gold award winners, seven silver award winners and one entry honored with an innovation award.

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. For more than 25 years, the award-winning management group has been developing, building, marketing and operating upscale, luxury senior-living communities across the United States. With a flourishing portfolio of more than 5,200 homes for seniors with an additional 500 under construction, caring for almost 5,500 residents, Discovery Senior Living has become a recognized industry leader in creating 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.

Matanzas on the Bay to offer New Year’s dinner specials, live music Dec. 31 and Jan. 1

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Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach will ring in the New Year by offering guests two great evenings of delicious food specials and live music. Matanzas on the Bay will feature a special New Year’s Eve appearance from Father Al and the Jazz Congregation on Thursday Dec. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. and a performance from Wendell Ray on Friday, Jan. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The two evenings of live musical performances will be accompanied by a selection of dinner specials for guests to enjoy. The menu will include the Local Grouper Oscar, an eight-ounce filet char broiled with lump crab, sun-dried tomato, asparagus and hollandaise for $29, and the Prime Rib, a 12-ounce cut of slow roasted choice Angus beef with au jus and horseradish cream for $25.

“With talented artists and delicious food, what better way to ring in the New Year than right on Fort Myers Beach, overlooking the bay?” said Glen Petrarca, general manager of Matanzas on the Bay. “We are excited to offer two great evenings of fun and food, and we hope the community will join us in giving 2016 a warm, Fort Myers Beach welcome.”

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 draft beer from Fort Myers Brewery. 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.MatanzasontheBay.com.

Fort Myers Technical College offers new Applied Cybersecurity program, semester begins Nov. 16

fmtc-logo-2015-smallFort Myers Technical College will offer a new Applied Cybersecurity program to students, designed to teach the essential technologies, processes and practices that cybersecurity professionals require in order detect and respond to cybersecurity threats. The program is scheduled to begin Nov. 16, and enrollment for this program is available through Nov. 20. The Applied Cybersecurity program is also accepting enrollment for the following semester, with classes beginning Jan. 26.

As the need for cybersecurity rapidly increases, the need for qualified and trained professionals to combat the threat of security breaches has greatly increased as well. The 750-hour program at Fort Myers Technical College provides hands-on experience for students to learn how to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack damage and unauthorized access.

“Information technology maintains a thriving presence within society, and Fort Myers Technical College has recognized a growing need in Southwest Florida for knowledgeable professionals that are capable of meeting the rising demand for cybersecurity,” said Bill McCormick, director of Fort Myers Technical College. “The new Applied Cybersecurity program will prepare students for the business world by teaching the fundamentals of this field and facilitating the development of the problem-solving and analysis skills that are essential for cybersecurity professionals to succeed.”

The Applied Cybersecurity program provides a great outlet for students who are interested in innovative problem-solving, and analyzing policy, trends and intelligence to evaluate potential risks. The program will focus on the development of a wide range of knowledge and skill sets, including computer operating systems, programming languages, web page design, computer and network security, intrusion detection and prevention, risk identification, recovery, planning and analysis and more.

For more information about programs at Fort Myers Technical College or for enrollment information for the Applied Cybersecurity program, call 239-334-4544 or visit www.FortMyersTech.edu.

About Fort Myers Technical College

Fort Myers Technical College was authorized in 1966 and functions under the governance of the State of Florida Department of Education (DOE) Division of Workforce Development and The School District of Lee County. The post-secondary school provides more than 30 vocational and technical programs, including business, hospitality, technology, health science, education, automotive, construction and many more. Fort Myers Technical College is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Its mission is to provide high-quality career and technical training in order to prepare students for current and emerging industries and to assist students in obtaining workforce credentials through its certificate programs. Fort Myers Technical College is located at 3800 Michigan Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33916. For more information, call 239-334-4544 or visit www.FortMyersTech.edu.

Jason’s Deli of Southwest Florida to host job fair at new Gulf Coast Landings location Nov. 14

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Southwest’s Florida newest Jason’s Deli location is now hiring and will host a job fair on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jason’s Deli of Southwest Florida invites prospective employees to complete applications and participate in on-site interviews at its soon-to-open Gulf Coast Landings restaurant, located at 16451 Corporate Commerce Way in Fort Myers.

Jason’s Deli of Southwest Florida is seeking customer service specialists, back-of-house food prep and catering production, salad bar attendees, dining room attendees and delivery drivers. The restaurant offers flexible work schedules for full- or part-time positions, competitive wages and benefits, meal discounts and holds the highest personal standards for its employees.

To be interviewed for a position at Jason’s Deli of Southwest Florida, please visit the Gulf Coast Landings restaurant location during the allocated job fair timeframe. Those unable to attend the job fair can apply at any Jason’s Deli location in Naples, Fort Myers and Cape Coral.

About Jason’s Deli

A family-owned deli restaurant chain, Jason’s Deli was founded in Beaumont, Texas, in 1976 by Joe Tortorice Jr. and now has more than 250 locations in 29 states. In 2005, Jason’s Deli was the first major restaurant concept to ban artificial trans fats in the U.S. and later became the first to eliminate high-fructose corn syrup. At Jason’s Deli, regardless if you want gluten-sensitive menu items or vegetarian options, healthy kids’ meals, or if you would like to build your own salad at their famous salad bar, you will be delighted by the bigger choices of better food, from healthy to indulgent. Jason’s Deli locations of Southwest Florida are Fort Myers: 13550 Reflections Parkway at Cypress Lake Drive; Naples: 2700 Immokalee Road; Cape Coral: 2311 Santa Barbara Blvd.; Port Charlotte: 1100 El Jobean Road; and Sarasota: 5231 University Parkway. For information, visit JasonsDeli.com or call 985-7215.

SWFL Children’s Charities pledges $5 million for new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

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To support the construction of a new, state-of-the-art children’s hospital in Southwest Florida, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has pledged $5 million to the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida Capital Campaign. In recognition of the pledge, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has earned a naming opportunity, and will dedicate the new Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in memory of Dr. Bob Arnall.

Affectionately thumbnailknown as the “Father of Golisano Children’s Hospital,” Dr. Arnall was one of the first pediatricians in Southwest Florida, Lee Memorial Hospital System’s first medical director, and the Children’s Hospital’s second medical director. Dr. Arnall passed away five
years ago.

“Our board felt that the new PICU should be named in Dr. Arnall’s memory, in recognition of his passion, leadership and advocacy for pediatric healthcare in Southwest Florida,” said Bev Cherry, board member, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. “As an organization dedicated to supporting children’s healthcare in our community, the dedication of the PICU is our way to honor his legacy and pay tribute to the man who helped establish pediatric healthcare in Southwest Florida.”

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is raising a total of $15 million for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and just completed their first pledge of $10 million. SWFL Children’s Charities is the second largest donor to the new building campaign, next to Tom Golisano.

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.

The two-day 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest includes private Chef/Vintner Dinners on Friday, Feb. 26 and the Grand Tasting and Live Auction on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club.

“To recognize Dr. Arnall and honor his commitment to the children of Southwest Florida with the dedication of the new PICU is one of the most admirable gestures I’ve encountered and truly memorializes the impact that he’s made to our health system, our community and the children of Southwest Florida,” said Jim Nathan, president of Lee Memorial Health System. “I’m forever grateful to the SWFL Children’s Charities for their continued generosity and support for the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.”

SWFL Children’s Charities hosts the annual Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest each year, donating 100 percent of all proceeds primarily to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, as well as to Florida SouthWestern State College and Florida Gulf Coast University for scholarships for local students planning to study in the Health Sciences fields and stay in Southwest Florida. Many of those students will eventually work in the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

“The mission of Southwest Florida Children’s Charities, Inc. continues to focus on advancing the healthcare services for children throughout our five-county region and Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida will be the main beneficiary of our support,” said Debbie Toler, board member, Southwest Florida Children’s Charities, Inc. “Not only will America’s newest children’s hospital offer the most advanced care available, but it will help attract new physicians and health professionals that specialize in pediatrics to meet the growing needs of our community. This is especially important as our population continues to grow and younger families move to Southwest Florida.”

Scheduled for completion in early 2017, the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida will include 128 beds for the care of local children along with the latest medical equipment and a specialty trained team of medical care providers. The 292,000-square-foot facility, currently under construction on the Health Park campus, will be completely dedicated to pediatric specialty care. Through the generous support of local residents and businesses, $91 million has been raised to help build the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is part of Lee Memorial Health System in Florida. It is the only acute care children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami. The children’s hospital opened in 1994 within HealthPark Medical Center. The name was changed to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in 2012. Lee Memorial Health System Foundation, the primary fund raising entity for Golisano Children’s Hospital, is currently engaged in a major capital campaign to enhance pediatric hospital care in Southwest Florida by raising $100 million to build and equip a new 128-bed children’s hospital on the campus of Health Park Medical Center. For more info, visit ChildrensHospitalGoal.org.

For more information, visit www.swflwinefest.org.

Owen-Ames-Kimball earns Best Commercial Contractors Project at Lee BIA Summit 2015 Awards

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Owen-Ames-Kimball (OAK) Company was recently recognized at the 2015 Lee BIA Summit Awards for Best Commercial Contractors Project for the 2014-2015 year. Lee BIA Summit honored the company for its outstanding level of success and professionalism in commercial building, planning and design of the Waterman Broadcasting studio expansion project.

The project included an 8,000-square-foot tilt-wall addition to the existing studio facility and demolition of the old studio space and atrium. Interior improvements included a renovated lobby with new staircase and elevator, a new studio, an open-plan newsroom, edit booths, a new videographers’ office, green rooms, office space, an employee break room and restrooms. The project also included improved power, HVAC and fire suppression systems and a renovation of the former studio space for production and marketing staff. The work was completed as Waterman Broadcasting continued its normal business operations.

“Owen-Ames-Kimball delivered the new studio on-time, despite the extreme challenges of working around our television production schedule,” said Steve Pontius, executive vice president and general manager of Waterman Broadcasting. “They worked with their subcontractors to accommodate our needs, sometimes working overnight, and ensured every deadline was met.”

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company has provided premier general contracting, design-build, and construction management services in Southwest Florida since 1982. OAK’s Florida operation is an affiliate of its parent company located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Florida operation has offices in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. The Lee County office is located at 11941 Fairway Lakes Drive in Fort Myers. Learn more about OAK at www.owen-ames-kimball.com.

 

Discovery Village At Palm Beach Gardens introduces new preview gallery

thumbnailDiscovery Senior Living is happy to introduce the preview gallery of its newest, state-of-the-art, 120-unit residential senior-living community, Discovery Village At Palm Beach Gardens. The gallery is now open to the public, and guests are welcome to preview the community’s floor plans, color renderings and amenities, and explore the many world-class features and care options available to residents. The community is currently under construction and is anticipated to open in the spring of 2016. The community and preview gallery are located at 100 Discovery Way, between Northlake Boulevard and Beeline Highway, onthumbnail (3) the west side of Jog Road in Palm Beach Gardens. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with a Senior Lifestyle Counselor to visit the preview gallery, call 561-801-7301.

Discovery Village At Palm Beach Gardens brings a new level of supervised independent living, assisted living and memory care services by offering seniors world-class amenities and services that resemble those found within a sizeable independent-living community. In addition to the luxurious amenities offered by the community, Discovery Village At Palm Beach Gardens also offers personalized, all-inclusive care plans for assisted living and memory care that fulfill the needs of all capability levels.

“Discovery Village Athumbnail (2)t Palm Beach Gardens offers seniors an active lifestyle with resort-style amenities and a luxurious community environment,” said Thomas J. Harrison, CEO and co-founder of Discovery Senior Living. “Our desire at Discovery Senior Living is to encourage our residents to be happy and healthy for years to come, and the world
-class features and services offered at Discovery Village At Palm Beach Gardens will help us reach this goal.”

The 130,000-square-foot community is unlike any other, offering a variety of features and amenities whithumbnail (1)ch
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, media center with brain fitness and movie theater. Additional features and amenities include complimentary scheduled transportation, concierge services, housekeeping, a full calendar of social and recreational activities, an on-site medical director, on-site therapies, an on-site Medicare-certified home healthcare agency and around-the-clock access to a team of experienced and licensed professionals.

  • Discovery Village At Palm Beach Gardens is the design creation of Architectural Concepts Inc. (ACI) of Largo, 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 Henning Group is the general building construction management firm in charge of construction. The Iowa-
    based firm is one of the largest general construction companies in North America and does business internationally.
  • Community & Southern Bank, Synovus Bank and Red Capital are the construction financing partners.

For more information on Discovery Village At Palm Beach Gardens, 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. For more than 25 years, the award-winning management group has been developing, building, marketing and operating upscale, luxury senior-living communities. With 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 creating world-class resort-style communities. Discovery Senior Living manages and operates senior living communities throughout the Southern United States in the states of Texas, Alabama, Georgia and Florida under the brand names: Discovery Village, Aston Gardens and Conservatory with ownership interest in, and also manages and operates Regency Pointe. The corporate office is located at 3301 Bonita Beach Rd., Suite 113, Bonita Springs, Florida 34134. For more information, visit www.DiscoverySeniorLiving.com.

Stevens Construction begins construction of new outdoor wildlife rehabilitation facility at Conservancy of Southwest Florida

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Stevens Construction has been selected as the construction manager for an expansion project at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, announced Mark Stevens, company president. Located at 1495 Smith Preserve Way in Naples, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida is dedicated to protecting Southwest Florida’s water, land, wildlife and future.

Stevens Constructionthumbnail (2) is building a new outdoor wildlife rehabilitation area at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s von Arx Wildlife Hospital. The expansion includes new wildlife recovery areas and outside structures that will allow the Conservancy to enhance its care of wildlife with the goal of rehabilitating animals and returning them to the wild.thumbnail

The expansion will also feature a new educational complex that will allow visitors to view the Conservancy’s permanent resident animals, former patient unable to be released due to the extent of their injuries. Visitors will learn about the threats to native wildlife and what the public can do to protect and prevent wildlife injuries.

The project is slated for completion in spring of 2016.

The Stevens Construction team includes Project Manager Dan Adams; Superintendent Will Houser and Project Administrator April Kelley.  GLMV Architecture provided the design services.

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.

Pure Florida presents Veterans Day Cruise Nov. 11

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Veterans cruise free with purchase of adult or child ticket

In honor of Veterans Day, Pure Florida’s Naples and Fort Myers locations will offer special Veterans Day Cruises on Wednesday, Nov. 11 where veterans can cruise for free with the purchase of an adult or child ticket.

Cruise with Pure Florida aboard the Naples-based M/V Double Sunshine, where guests can watch for dolphins and view luxurious mansions along the Gordon Bay. The Fort Myers-based M/V Edison Explorer will take passengers on a sightseeing cruise along the Caloosahatchee River where visitors will have the opportunity to observe the natural beauty of Southwest Florida, and learn about local history and ecology.

“The Pure Florida team is extremely thankful for the men and women who have served within our U.S. military, and we look forward to honoring these heroes with special cruises that provide fun for them and the entire family,” said Harry Julian, co-founder of Pure Florida. “Our veterans have sacrificed so much for our nation, and this is a token of our appreciation for their years of service to our country.”

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.