Builders Care presents BBQ, Bands and Brew fundraiser April 3

Builders Care, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) is hosting the seventh annual BBQ, Bands and Brew on SuPhoto 2nday, April 3 from 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. All Star Equipment Rentals and Sales is this year’s title sponsor. The fundraiser is open to the public and will feature live music from Soapy Tuna, Rocker, Deb & the Dynamics and The Alter Ego Band of Fort Myers, along with several local barbecue restaurants, vendors, BBQ competition to name the Best BBQ in town and activities for kids. Admission is $10 per person. Children ages 12 and under are free, and free parking is available.

Also part of the event is the fourth annual Poker Run that begins at 9 a.m. at Six Bends Harley-Davidson and includes a ride around Fort Myers before ending at BBQ, Bands & Brew at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. Registration is $25 and $10 for passengers, and includes admission to the event. Best hand wins $500 and Harley-Davidson gear.

New to this yeaPhoto 8r’s event is a cornhole tournament, which will begin with registration from 11 a.m. to noon, with the tournament commencing at noon. The tournament is open to the public, double-elimination format and participants must bring a partner to play. The cost is $20 per two-person team, and prizes include $400 for first place and $100 for second place.

The seventh annual BBQ, Bands and Brew is presented by All Star Equipment Rentals and Sales as title sponsor. Other sponsors include: Ferguson, Sunset Air Conditioning, Gateway Charter School, Cape Coral Plumbing, Moen, Minto Communities, Stock Development, Action Automatic Door & Gate, Banks Engineering, Brent’s Music, Carter-Pritchett Advertising, Everglades Farm Equipment, Five County Insurance, Florida Weekly, Grabber Construction Products, Happenings Magazine, iHeartMedia, Kinetico Quality Water, Land Solutions Inc., Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC), J Steakley Wealth Management, Juniper Landscaping, J.W. Craft Portable Restrooms, Lightning Wireless Solutions, N Square, Nilles Design Group, Priority Marketing, Promotional Incentives, Sarlo Power Mowers, Southern Gulf Equipment, Stevens Construction, Suncoast Beverages/Budweiser, and WINK-TV.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or at Lee County Alliance for the Arts at 10091 McGregor Blvd. in Fort MyePhoto 1rs, Stevens Construction at 6208 Whiskey Creek Drive in Fort Myers and the Lee BIA office at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Suite 118, in Fort Myers, or tickets can be reserved by calling 239-938-0056 or emailing BBQ@bia.net. Additional information is available at www.BBQBandsandBrew.com.

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA). Its objective is to provide emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. To date, Lee BIA Builders Care has put more than $3.8 million in construction services back into the community at no cost to homeowners in need.  Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Certified Building Partners include Stock Development and Minto Communities. Major supporters include Cape Coral Plumbing, Ferguson Enterprises, Nilles Design Group, Priority Marketing of Southwest Florida, Sunset Air and The Aubuchon Team of Companies. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Suite 118 in FoPhoto 3rt Myers. The Building Industry Association (www.BIA.net) is a 50-year-old association affiliated with National Home Builders Association and Florida Home Builders Association to serve the local building and related industries to strengthen our community by advancing a professional building industry through advocacy, education and services. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Ave. in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056.

Matanzas on the Bay reveals new look for 2016

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Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach has revealed a new look for its customers this year, featuring a redesigned menu offering an in-depth look into the restaurant’s history and locally sourced menu options, along with a newly renovated bar for guests to enjoy.

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Matanzas on the Bay is setting itself apart from the rest with its focus on locally sourced menu options. The redesigned menu resonates this commitment to restaurant patrons by sharing the stories behind its products, including its locally caught grouper, shrimp and oysters exclusively sourced from the Gulf of Mexico, lobster tail from the Florida Keys, vegetables that are locally sourced whenever possible and unique bar offerings from Fort Myers Brewery and Wicked Dolphin Rums. The menu also highlights fun happenings that occur year round at Matanzas on the Bay, including its weekly Jazz on the Bay, which takes place every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., and other popular annual events.

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Matanzas on the Bay’s revamped bar area offers guests an enhanced dining experience, providing the opportunity to relax and enjoy the island ambience of Fort Myers Beach. With the overall goal to brighten the area and enliven the attitude of the space, the renovated bar now features a new white quartz bar top and white paint accents in the space, newly installed wood grain ceramic tile floor and the addition of Edison light features for ambience. Matanzas on the Bay also opened the space by reducing the size of the host station, replacing lattice room dividers with glass dividers and utilizing additional window space to allow more natural light into the bar area.

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“Our goal for Matanzas on the Bay is to create an inviting atmosphere that will make our guests feel right at home,” said Glen Petrarca, general manager of Matanzas on the Bay. “The menu enhancements give restaurant goers the opportunity to learn more about Matanzas on the Bay and become familiar with who we are as a company, and the renovations within our bar area contribute greatly to the overall environment.”

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.

Matanzas on the Bay hosts FGCU Spearfishing Pelagic Rodeo March 18-20

MATMatanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach will host the FGCU Spearfishing Pelagic Rodeo March 18-20. The freediving-only spearfishing tournament is open to the public and will offer raffles and prizes, featuring spearfishing gear, merchandise and gift certificates. Registration is $200 per team, with no more than five divers to a team. Offering 100 percent payout, cash prizes will be awarded to the biggest fish for each category as well as the top three overall winning teams. Funds raised from the raffle and any donations will benefit the FGCU Spearfishing sports club to support future club functions.

In an effort to promote safe and responsible freediving, the tournament will offer local spearfishermen the opportunity to test their skills while enjoying the sport of spearfishing. The tournament will begin Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m. with a captains’ meet at Bass Pro Shops. Shooting Day will take place Saturday, March 19 from dawn to dusk, and divers will compete within the Gulf waters stretching between Marco Island and Venice. Tournament categories including amberjack, cobia, permit, African pompano, barracuda, king fish and snapper. The tournament will conclude Sunday, March 20 with a weigh-in ceremony at Matanzas on the Bay at 1 p.m.

For more information, or to register for the tournament, visit www.fgcuspearfishingtournament.bigcartel.com, or contact Cade Stokes by emailing cadestokes14@hotmail.com or calling 863-634-8226. Registration ends March 14.

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.

Matanzas on the Bay to host JENDU Cornhole Tournament Feb. 27

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Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach will present the JENDU Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 27, with tournament brackets beginning at noon, followed by a championship game at approximately 3 p.m. The event will feature a single elimination tournament, where the best team out of three games will be declared the winner. The grand prize package presented to the winning team will include a JENDU Cornhole Board set, $100 gift certificate to Matanzas on the Bay, a free night stay at Matanzas Bayside Inn and a championship trophy. Tournament festivities will also include a 50/50 raffle, $100 Long Shot Shoot Out and awards for Most Spirited Team and Runner Up.

Check in will begin at 11 a.m. for all teams. Two-person teams and single players can register for the tournament at www.JenduRecreation.com, with registration $40 per team for two-person teams, and $20 per person for single players. Registration includes tournament participation, team shirts, goodie bags, door prize raffle drawings and buy-one-get-one drinks at Matanzas on the Bay.

The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 19 to secure team shirts. For event questions, please contact Jenene Dulaney at 239-571-6961 or JDulaney@JenduRecreation.com.

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.

Matanzas on the Bay to offer Valentine’s Day specials, live performances

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Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach will celebrate Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14, by offering all-day specials and live performances for guests to enjoy.

Matanzas on the Bay’s Valentine’s Day menu features include 12-ounce Choice Angus Prime Rib of Beef for $26, Single Stuffed 4-ounce Cold Water Lobster Tail for $20 and Twin Stuffed 4-ounce Cold Water Lobster Tail for $30. Providing live music throughout the festivities, Gregg Watts will perform downstairs from noon to 4 p.m., and Wendell Ray will perform on the Upper Deck from 5 to 9 p.m.

“There is no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Fort Myers Beach than by enjoying phenomenal food right on the water at Matanzas on the Bay,” said Glen Petrarca, general manager of Matanzas on the Bay. “Whether you wish to enjoy a romantic meal with a great view of the bay, or simply relax to the tune of live music, it is guaranteed to be a great time!”

Matanzas on the Bay is currently accepting limited reservations for Valentine’s Day, with room available for walk-in diners as well. Free car parking and boat dockage is also available for guests.

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.

PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar raises more than $2,400 for Fort Myers Beach New Year’s Eve firework celebration

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PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar on Fort Myers Beach has raised more than $2,400 to benefit the community production of the annual Fort Myers Beach New Year’s Eve firework celebration.

With an annual fireworks display costing approximately $20,000 for the fireworks production alone, the Fort Myers Beach community has come together to assist the Town of Fort Myers Beach in raising the necessary funds that will keep the annual firework production alive for Southwest Florida. PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar commenced its fundraising efforts in May, and has since hosted several fundraisers throughout the year, including “Fling a Flounder for Fireworks” and Firework Fridays, along with fundraising drink specials.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the beloved New Year’s Eve firework celebration, and it is wonderful to see our community come together to keep this special event alive here on Fort Myers Beach,” said Martin York, managing partner of PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar. “We could not have done it without our valued guests, and PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar is greatly appreciative of their continued support this year.”

Located on Fort Myers Beach directly next to the public pier in Times Square, PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar is a family-friendly restaurant featuring award-winning food, drinks and sunsets. Open seven days a week from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar serves lunch and dinner daily, and happy hour from 3 – 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, visit www.PierSideGrill.com.  

Matanzas on the Bay raises $880 for Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida

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Matanzas on the Bay has raised a total of $880 for the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida through its annual fundraising event, which was held Dec. 11 at Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach. Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida held a raffle drawing, and Matanzas on the Bay contributed five percent of the day’s sales, all to benefit Southwest Florida’s only professional core chorus. Throughout the day, guests had the opportunity to enjoy caroling by the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida, followed by an evening of live performances from Father Al and the Jazz Congregation and Terry Stewart.

“It is an honor to once again hold our annual fundraiser for Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida, and we are extremely thankful for those who joined us in supporting such a great organization,” said Glen Petrarca, general manager of Matanzas on the Bay. “This is one of the many ways that Matanzas on the Bay remains involved in the great community of Southwest Florida, and we are excited to have the opportunity to share this involvement with our valued guests.”

To learn more about the Symphonic Chorale, visit www.SymphonicChorale.org. For more information about Matanzas on the Bay, call 239-463-3838 or visit www.MatanzasontheBay.com.

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.

Stevens Construction completes Jason’s Deli at Gulf Coast Landings

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Stevens Construction has completed construction of Jason’s Deli at Gulf Coast Landings, announced Mark Stevens, company president.

 

Stevens Construction completed construction of a free-standing 5,330-square-foot Jason’s Deli restaurant which features a dining room, to-go area, kitchen and food preparatory station, walk-in cooler and freezer, beverage station, office, men’s and women’s restrooms and 653-square-foot covered pat
io for outdoor dining. Jason’s Deli also features a drive-thru.

 

The Stevens Construction team included project manager, Dan Adams; superintendent, Jamie Butdorf; and project administrator, April Kelley. The design services were provided by Christopher J. Lee Architects, Inc.Jason's Deli

 

This is the first free-standing Jason’s Deli in Southwest Florida and the third location in Lee County.

 

Jason’s Deli has more than 250 restaurants throughout the country including locations in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Naples.

 

About Stevens Construction, Inc.

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.

 

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.

Matanzas on the Bay to host fundraising event for Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida Dec. 11

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Matanzas on the Bay is hosting its annual fundraising event for the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida on Friday, Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Throughout the day, Matanzas on the Bay will be donating five percent of all sales to support the Symphonic Chorale.

Diners will also have the opportunity to participate in a raffle drawing for a chance to win special prizes. Proceeds from the drawing will go to support the Symphonic Chorale, which is Southwest Florida’s only professional core chorus. Ringing in the holiday season, members of the Symphonic Chorale will also perform Christmas carols throughout the day at Matanzas on the Bay, which is located at 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach.

To learn more about the Symphonic Chorale, visit www.SymphonicChorale.org. For more information about Matanzas on the Bay, call 239-463-3838 or visit www.MatanzasontheBay.com.

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.

Jason’s Deli opens Dec. 10 at Gulf Coast Landings

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Southwest’s Florida newest Jason’s Deli location opens on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 16451 Corporate Commerce Way in Fort Myers. Known for serving foods prepared with natural, fresh ingredients, Jason’s Deli at Gulf CoJason's Deli Drive Thruast Landings’ 5,330-square-foot restaurant supports a natural atmosphere with updated surroundings, such as a salad bar now featured in the front of the dining room instead of the rear, ambient touches and a 653-square-foot covered patio for outdoor dining. The new Jason’s Deli also features drive-thru service, as well as offers catering services, including breakfast catering as early as you need it. The restaurant is open daily from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Located near Florida Gulf Coast University and Gulf Coast Town Center, Jason’s Deli at Gulf Coast Landings is the area’s firsJason's Deli Exterior with Drive Thrut free-standing Jason’s Deli and the third location in Lee County. Jason’s Deli at Gulf Coast Landings is bringing approximately 60 new jobs to Lee County.

“The opportunity to build and open a Jason’s Deli east of I-75, close to FGCU and the airport was a natural fit for Jason’s Deli and we look forward to serving this growing area of Lee County,” said Diana Willis, owner, Jason’s Deli of Southwest Florida. “As part of our commitment to supporting the community, our newest location will partner with the Pace Center for Girls of Lee County to help fulfill their Christmas wish lists to ensure girls in the school have an especially good holiday. We invite the community to stop by the new restaurant to pick up a wish list, make a donation, and enjoy our newest Jason’s Deli.”

Construction was completed by Stevens Construction and design services were provided by Christopher J. Lee Architects, Inc.

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.