PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar donates $1,000 to support Fort Myers Beach Fourth of July firework celebration

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PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar on Fort Myers Beach recently donated $1,000 to benefit the community production of the annual Fort Myers Beach Fourth of July firework celebration.

The Fort Myers Beach community is working hard to raise $25,000 to fund the annual production of the Fort Myers Beach Fourth of July firework display, and their goal is within reach. The charge is led by the FMB Fireworks Fund, a committee of business owners and residents on Fort Myers Beach who have stepped forward to assist in offsetting the expenses for the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve fireworks shows on Fort Myers Beach.

PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar has supported the community’s fundraising efforts throughout the year by hosting several fundraisers and offering fundraising drink specials to benefit the annual firework production.

“The biannual firework displays are a special tradition that the Fort Myers Beach community enjoys on the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve,” said Martin York, managing partner of PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar. “We are happy to take part in supporting this community effort, and we encourage others to join the cause to help keep this firework show alive on Fort Myers Beach.”

For more information, or to donate to the FMB Fireworks Fund, visit www.gofundme.com/fmb-fireworks-fund.

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.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida and partners celebrate volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 11-15

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In honor of National Volunteer Week, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida has partnered with Naples Botanical Garden and Naples Zoo to celebrate the many dedicated volunteers who share their time, talent and abilities to make a difference within the Southwest Florida community. Throughout National Volunteer Week, which takes place Monday, April 11 through Friday, April 15, volunteers at the three organizations will have the opportunity to visit each partnering organization’s facilities free of charge with the presentation of a volunteer name badge or special pass. Volunteers can visit the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the Naples Botanical Gardens and Naples Zoo Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Volunteers are essPhoto 4 - Dalton Discovery Centerential to supporting the day-to-day operations and programs at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Their dedication is vital in helping our organization raise awareness about the importance of protecting Southwest Flori
da’s unique natural environment and quality of life,” said Kelly Rhoades, volunteer and intern services manager for Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “We look forward to showing our appreciation for all of our volunteers’ hard work and to celebrate the impactful individuals who are making a difference in our community.”

Karl Williams, volunteer chair for Conservancy of Southwest Florida, expresses an ever-growing need for volunteers committed to protecting the land, water and wildlife in Southwest Florida.Photo 3 - Critter Couriers

“Many of our volunteers fill essential roles from caring for wildlife in the von Arx Wildlife Hospital to working as docents in the Dalton Discovery Center to serving as captains of our electric boat tours,” Williams said. “Tourist season may be over, but the work at the Conservancy must continue. We welcome new people with a passion for protecting this wonderful place we call home.”

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, visit www.Conservancy.org/get-involved/volunteer. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 50 year history focused on the issues impacting the water, land wildlife and future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education Photo 1 - Rob Moher with Kelly Rhoadesand wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, world-class Nature Center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples, Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and how to support the quality of life in Southwest Florida www.conservancy.org.

Senior citizens zoom into wellness at Gulf Coast Village’s Eighth Annual Wellness Expo on March 30

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Gulf Coast Village, a continuing care retirement community in Cape Coral, invites the public to join a day of fun and fitness at its Eighth Annual Wellness Expo on Wednesday, March 30 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Gulf Coast Village Auditorium. The theme of this year’s event is a “Zumba – Move to the Music,” which will feature a variety of vendors, glow party entertainment, group exercise Zumba demonstrations with residents and employees, and a special skit for guests to enjoy.

“Fitness is key to maintaining independence and functionality as we age, and our team at Gulf Coast Village encourages the community to come together to raise awareness of the need for exercise as our bodies mature,” said Melissa Wallace, wellness director at Gulf Coast Village. “The ‘glow party’ theme of this year’s event is a great occasion to focus on fitness in a fun and friendly atmosphere, and is also a great, pressure-free opportunity for adults who are searching for a senior living community to visit the property and enjoy an afternoon socializing with current residents.”

Founded more than 25 years ago, Gulf Coast Village is the premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, Florida. Residents enjoy active independent living in an unparalleled lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well. The community also offers the security of knowing there is the full continuum of care when needed including:  assisted living, skilled nursing, specialized memory support, home health and outpatient services. Gulf Coast Village is located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991. For more information call 239-772-1333 or visit www.GulfCoastVillage.com.

Gulf Coast Village is sponsored by Volunteers of America, a national non-profit faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 and is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing for seniors and a provider of professional long-term care including assisted living, home health care and nursing home care.

See the sea turtles: Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers last chance to see Turtles on the Town loggerhead sculptures and the real resident loggerhead, Betsy

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Photo 1 - Off like a heard of turtles by marjorie pesekFor two weeks, 15 of the Turtles on the Town sculptures are on display at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, now through March 23. In addition to the final opportunity to view the sculptures, now is the final chance to give the turtles permanent homes in the community. The community is urged to support this project by bidding in the online auction, open now through 7:30 p.m. on March 23, 2016. Click here to access the auction catalog, register and start bidding.

No place for a turtle at your home? Please consider bidding on a turtle to be donated to a local nonprofit or public space. The Conservancy will work with interested bidders to find a suitable home.

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Learn more about Turtles on the Town, a community arts and education project benefitting the Community Foundation of Collier County, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, and the United Arts Council at www.turtlesonthetown.com.

Say Goodbye to Betsy 

While visiting the Turtles on the Town exhibit, guests can say goodbye to Betsy, the Conservancy’s beloved loggerhead turtle. Betsy has grown up, and is now large enough to be released into the wild. As soon as conditions are right, she will be released into the Ten Thousand Islands.

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See her one last time in the Dalton Discovery Center at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center before she is off to start her new life. Learn more about Betsy the loggerhead and the amazing story about how she got her name at www.conservancy.org/nature-center/dalton-discovery-center/betsy-sandstrom.

 

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 50 year history focused on the issues impacting the water, land wildlife and future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, world-class Nature Center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples, Fla., 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and how to support the quality of life in Southwest Florida www.conservancy.org.

Minto Communities presents second quarter donation to Builders Care

Minto Communities, a premier builder and developer in Southwest Florida and beyond, has been awarded the “Building Partner of the Year” award by Lee BIA Builders Care for its continued support of Builders Care.  As a certified building partner, Minto Communities is donating $100 from each home sale through its Bonita Isles community to Builders Care, providing funding to assist the organization in helping local homeowners in need of renovations. In addition, Minto Communities is donating its services and resources to complete a residential renovation project for a qualifying homeowner in Lee County in 2016. To date, Minto Communities has supported Builders Care with over $17,400 in financial donation resulting from home sales.Builders Care-Minto Communities Award

“We believe in helping our community and we believe in the mission of Builders Care.  We are looking forward to helping out through our industry,” said William Bullock, senior vice president, Minto Communities-Florida.

“Minto Communities’ on-going support speaks to their strong commitment to our community,” said Chris Brasher, president of Lee BIA Builders Care. “We are fortunate to have them to help local homeowners in Lee County.”

The funds provided by Minto Communities’ home sales in Lee County will provide wheelchair ramps, handicap accessibility, widened doorways, roof and air conditioning repairs and more.

About Builders Care

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 nearly $3.7 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. Major supporters include Cape Coral Plumbing, Ferguson Enterprises, Minto Communities, Nilles Design Group, Priority Marketing of Southwest Florida, Stock Development and The Aubuchon Team of Companies. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Suite 118 in Fort 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. For more information, visit www.LeeBuildersCare.org.

About Minto Communities

Founded in 1955, Minto is a family-owned business that has grown over the last 60 years into one of North America’s leading builders, with more than 80,000 homes built, including 25,000 in Florida in 44 communities throughout the state. Minto creates a wide array of award-winning new homes and resort-style master-planned communities to meet every lifestyle. The company has earned national awards and recognition that include consistently high rankings from Eliant Customer Service Surveys, Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) and multiple national awards in community and home design. For information, visit mintofla.com.

Matanzas on the Bay to participate as hole sponsor for Putt & Pub Crawl

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Matanzas on the Bay will serve as a hole sponsor for the Putt & Pub Crawl, taking place Saturday, Jan. 16 on Fort Myers Beach. Matanzas on the Bay is one of nine locations on Fort Myers Beach serving as sponsors for the event, and its course will be open for participating golfers from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., featuring a unique putting green design for players to golf. The event, organized by Lahaina Realty, will benefit the Fort Myers Beach Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Throughout the day, Matanzas on the Bay will also offer discounts on select beverages for participants to enjoy, and will donate proceeds from these sales to benefit the fundraiser.

“This event is a favorite amongst the Fort Myers Beach community, and we look forward to contributing to this year’s golfing experience,” said Glen Petrarca, general manager of Matanzas on the Bay. “Our team at Matanzas on the Bay believes that local relationships are key to our success as a community, and we are excited to offer our support to this great organization.”

The Putt & Pub Crawl event will feature a variety of activities for participants to enjoy, including a nine-hole course, raffles, prizes, drink specials and a dinner and award ceremony following the competition. Four-person teams may register for the Putt & Pub Crawl for $200; space is limited. To register or learn more about the event, contact Lahaina Realty by calling 239-463-0000 or visiting 6035 Estero Blvd. on Fort Myers Beach.

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.

Builders Care and Lennar Homes unveil new home for U.S. Air Force Veteran, her disabled daughter and family in time for the holidays

The Lee BIA Builders Care and Lennar Homes unveiled a new home for the Smith family in Cape Coral, completed in just 18 days, in time for ChristmasPicture 1- Charyse Smith with daughter, Kayla. Over 150 Lennar associates, along with more than 100 other local business and community partners donated their time, services and building materials to build a brand new house, from start to finish, in time for the Smith family to spend the holidays in their new home. The home site, located in a Southwest Cape Coral neighborhood within a mile of Kayla’s school, Patriot Elementary, was donated by Carney PrPicture 2- Charyse Smithoperties and Investment Group.

Brad and Charyse Smith saw their dream come true of owning a home accessible for their daughter with special needs, Kayla and their son Logan. The “home that love built for Kayla” is the 251st Builders Care project since the nonprofit organization’s inception in 2005.

Grammy award-winner Alicia Keys kicked off the unveiling with special video-taped message for Kayla: “Keep shining… you’re beautiful.” At the close of the ceremony, local deputies surprised Kayla and her family with another celebrity message. Basketball great Shaquille O’Neal sent a special recorded message to the family, sending his love to Kayla from “Uncle” Shaq, with special wishes for their first holiday in their new home.

Kayla is 100 percent dependent on her family for daily care because she was born with life threatening issues that resulted in permanent brain damage and the diagnosis of Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy.Picture 4- Kayla with Hello Kitty

“It’s so not real,” said Charyse. “I keep looking around thinking I’ll see the family that the home is for! Thank you doesn’t begin to cover what we are feeling right now, I am grateful to God for choosing me to be Kayla’s mom and this means the world to us. You will forever be in our hearts.”

Fred Barry, past President of Builders Care and a founding board member, said Builders Care is so grateful to the community for joining forces, building a home in 18 days and giving the Smith family peace of mind. The Smith home is 2,032 square feet under air and features three large bedrooms and three bathrooms. The home has been adapted to include wide hallways, doors and open spaces to maneuver a wheel chair for Kayla.

Inside their home, personal touches can be seen in every room. There are pictures of the family, a framed poem that expresses the gift she has in Kayla, and presents under the Christmas tree, including a brand new bicycle for son Logan. Kayla also received an enormous framed Hello Kitty, created by a Lennar employee, now hanging in her new room. On their new living room couch sits a giant stuffed Teddy Bear, to which Kayla exclaimed “unbelievablPicture 5- Smith Family Living Roome!”

“The community effort is overwhelming, it’s beyond belief for our family,” said Chuck Smith, Brad’s father. “I had never heard of Builders Care and it is amazing to see how they can work together and overcome challenges, this is evidence of God’s grace.”

Darin McMurray, Division President at Lennar, thanked Builders Care for giving everyone the opportunity to do something special in the community.

“We gave the family a timeline of early January, but our hope was always to get them in by Christmas. We like to under-promise and over-deliver! But truly, this home wouldn’t have been ready without the support of the entire building community and the businesses that pitched in to help,” said McMPicture 3- James Falpo, Jason Vancleave, Bill Doherty,Arthur Richardson, Ted Allen, Rick Rigoniurray.

Lee BIA 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 nearly $3.7 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. Major supporters include:  Lennar Homes, Land Solutions, Inc., Carney Properties and Investment GroPicture 6- Kayla with teddy bearup, the City of Cape Coral, Ken Sneeden & Associates and Priority Marketing of Southwest Florida.

Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Suite 118 in Fort 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. For more information, visit www.leebuilderscare.com.  Picture 7-Charyse Smith with Lennar crew in front of home

 

 

Lee County Plan Amendment decision on River Hall declared noncompliant

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The Conservancy of Southwest Florida recently participated in proceedings regarding a hot topic for debate in Lee County: the adopted Lee County Plan Amendment decision for River Hall and the concern over “overriding public necessity.” Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Suzanne Van Wyk has ruled that a Lee County Plan Amendment should not have been approved by Lee County. Judge Van Wyk determined that adopted amendment is contrary to the Caloosahatchee Shores Community Plan because no finding of “overriding public necessity” was made to support removing the land from the rural lands category. This ruling sets an important standard for Lee County development that will protect rural communities from being demolished. The Order can be found at this link: https://www.doah.state.fl.us/ALJ/searchDOAH

Ralf Brookes Attorney for the petitioners said, “This is an important recommended order that sets a precedent that supports community plans in Lee County with similar language.”

Expert planning opinion testimony was presented by Julianne Thomas, senior growth management specialist at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Inc. in the proceedings who said, “Comprehensive Plans are meant to be a vision for how the citizens in a community want to grow. In Lee County, community plans are created by citizen planning efforts. Those community plans are important, and this order gives legal significance to their plans and vision for the future.”

The Caloosahatchee Shores community plan is the result of a community planning effort and was adopted as part of the Lee County comprehensive plan.

The plan amendment, approved by a 4-1 vote on June 3, 2015 as Ordinance 15-10, would have increased density on 585 acres in the River Hall development located in the Caloosahatchee Shores Planning Area by changing the land use designation from the rural land category to the sub-outlying suburban land category.

This change would have effectively doubled the allowable density from one unit per acre in the rural land category to two units per acre in the sub-outlying suburban land category in the 585-acre amendment area.

The Caloosahatchee Shores community plan specifically requires that at least three members of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) make a finding of overriding public necessity in order to remove land from the rural land category in the Caloosahatchee Shores Planning Area.

In this case, 585 acres of land was removed from the rural land category without the required finding of “overriding public necessity.”

Lee County residents of River Hall as well as other Lee County residents from other Lee communities with similar language in their community plans, challenged the legality of this amendment, and requested a formal administrative hearing.

After conducting a full day long evidentiary hearing on October 12, 2015 the ALJ made findings and concluded that the comprehensive plan amendment was “not in compliance” with Florida’s Community Planning Act because it was inconsistent with the plain language contained in the Caloosahatchee Shores community plan.

The ALJ agreed with the residents entering a recommend order in their favor and against Lee County and the developers of the proposed project.

This is an important decision upholding community plans and requiring local governments to follow the rules, guidelines and requirements set out in their adopted comprehensive plans, including community plans adopted through the community planning efforts to promote community vision for future growth.

The Petitioners in this proceeding were represented by attorney Ralf Brookes, who is board certified in City, County and Local Government Law.

Expert planning opinion testimony was presented by Julianne Thomas, senior growth management specialist at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Inc. in the proceedings.

For more information about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, call 239-262-0304 or visit www.Conservancy.org.

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 50 year history focused on the issues impacting the water, land wildlife and future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, world-class Nature Center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples, Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and how to support the quality of life in Southwest Florida www.conservancy.org.

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.  

Minto Communities presents second quarter donation to Builders Care

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Minto Communities, a premier builder and developer in Southwest Florida and beyond, is pledging support to Builders Care through each home sale. Minto Communities presented a check to Builders Care based on its last quarter sales in the amount of $1,800 at a recent sales meeting bringing their total to $15,600. As a certified building partner, Minto Communities is donating $100 from each home sale through its Bonita Isles community to Builders Care, providing funding to assist them in helping local homeowners in need of renovations. In addition, Minto Communities is donating its services and resources to complete a residential renovation project for a qualifying homeowner in Lee County in 2015.

“We believe in helping our community and we believe in the mission of Builders Care.  We are looking forward to helping out through our industry,” said William Bullock, Senior Vice President, Minto Communities-Florida.

“Minto Communities’ on-going support speaks to their strong commitment to our community,” said Chris Brasher, president of Lee BIA Builders Care. “We are fortunate to have them to help local homeowners in Lee County.”

The funds provided by Minto Communities’ home sales in Lee County will provide wheelchair ramps, handicap accessibility, widened doorways, roof and air conditioning repairs and more.

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 nearly $3 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. Major supporters include Cape Coral Plumbing, Ferguson Enterprises, Minto Communities, Nilles Design Group, Priority Marketing of Southwest Florida, Stock Development and The Aubuchon Team of Companies. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Suite 118 in Fort 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. For more information, visit www.leebuilderscare.com.

About Minto Communities

Founded in 1955, Minto is a family-owned business that has grown into one of North America’s leading builders, with more than 70,000 homes built, including 20,000 in Florida. Minto creates a wide array of award-winning new homes and resort-style master-planned communities to meet every lifestyle. The company has earned national awards and recognition that include number one ranking by Eliant Homebuyer Choice Awards for percent of sales from referrals, among others. For information, visit mintofla.com.