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April 24, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Vapin' in the Cape

to hold grand re-opening

Scott and Lorrie Covington, owners of Vapin' in the Cape, 4307 Del Prado Blvd. S. #5, Cape Coral, are hosting a grand re-opening Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Vapin' in the Cape, the first original retail store in Southwest Florida dedicated to the electronic cigarette, accessories, eliquid and recognized as an official distributor of Joyetech products, are celebrating their first year in business.

Vapin' in the Cape has experienced rapid growth during the year and added five additional employees and recently moved to a larger facility in Cape Coral, .

Vaping is an alternative to smoking. With an electronic cigarette, you no longer have to worry about offending anyone standing nearby. Savings on average, according to their customers, is approximately $75 to $200 per month compared to smoking cigarettes.

In addition, Vapin' in the Cape has an online store. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday and Saturday; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and closed on Sunday.

Ocean Conversions & Mobility recognized

for customer satisfaction

The Braun Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles and lift systems, recently honored Ocean Conversions & Mobility with a Customer 1st Award.

OCM, which has been servicing customers in Florida for over 23 years, is family owned and operated and has three locations - Fort Myers, Pompano Beach and Hollywood. OCM is a certified BraunAbility dealer and a member of National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association.

The company also sells new and used wheelchair accessible vans, both full size and minivans, and all types of driving aids.

For more information, visit or call 239-936-6333.

Purr-Fect Air Inc.

hosting charity drawing

Purr-Fect Air Inc. will be donating a free A/C unit and "Second Wind" Ultra Violet Light System to a local needy family. The winner will be announced at a charity event celebrating the company's ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce Monday, April 30, from 2-6 p.m., at 836 N.E. 7th Terrace, Cape Coral.

For additional information, call 239-242-4213 or visit

AARP-branded auto

insurance available through Susan Schreiber Martin Insurance Agency

The Hartford has announced that it is making its award-winning AARP-branded auto insurance program available through Susan Schreiber Martin Insurance Agency LLC in Cape Coral.

Susan Schreiber Martin Insurance Agency was chosen after satisfying a number of eligiblity requirements, which included, demonstrating commitment to community service, meeting a high level of business and ethical standards and completing a training program designed to address the needs of the 50+ populations.

The AARP-branded auto insurance program is designed in consultation with The Hartford Advance 50 team, which helps to tailor products and services specifically to the interests and needs of baby boomers and older adults.

Schreiber is a native of Lee County and has worked in the insurance industry for 28 years. She is a member of the FAIA and Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce. Her office is located at 3723 Del Prado Blvd., on the northeast corner of Savona Parkway. For more information, call 239-540-0005.

Ted Todd Insurance Agency wins Allstate's Regional Agency Achievement Award

The Ted Todd Insurance Agency has won Allstate's Agency Achievement Award for the Florida Region for achieving the highest standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitable business growth. The annual Allstate award recognizes the agency's exceptional achievement in helping Florida customers meet all their protection and retirement needs, while also managing a successful small business.

Ted Todd formed The Ted Todd Insurance Agency 26 years ago, and it is now one of the largest Allstate agencies in the country. It has a total of seven locations and 47 licensed insurance professionals located throughout Lee, Collier, Brevard, Palm Beach, and Sarasota counties. The Ted Todd Insurance Agency provides home, auto, business, commercial, retirement, and life insurance products to more than 30,000 customers in Sarasota, Boca Raton, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Estero, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Naples, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach, Melbourne, Viera and Palm Bay. For more information, visit or call 866-760-3999.

Turner and Sutton-Lewis announce new partnership

Attorneys Katherine Turner and Heather Sutton-Lewis, with a combined legal experience of more than 20 years, have announced their partnership and new law firm, Turner & Sutton-Lewis, P.A.

The firm offers legal counsel in a variety of practice areas, including criminal, civil, juvenile delinquency, family law and criminal and civil appeals. The attorneys met while working for the Office of the Public Defender in Fort Myers. Their new firm is located in the Key West Professional Offices at Colonial and Royal Palm Square boulevards.

Originally from Atlanta, Turner is a 2004 graduate of the Stetson University College of Law, where she was awarded the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Scholarship Award for 2003-04. After graduation, she moved to Fort Myers and worked as a prosecutor in the State Attorney's Office, 20th Judicial Circuit. From there, Turner diversified into practice areas that included criminal defense, debtor bankruptcy and civil litigation before joining the Public Defenders Office.

Sutton-Lewis graduated magna cum laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and began her legal career as an appellate attorney in Chicago with the Office of the State Appellate Defender. After relocating to Fort Myers, Sutton-Lewis joined the Office of the Public Defender, 20th Judicial Circuit, handling a variety of criminal cases that included juvenile delinquency and specialty court dockets. She went on to work as the writs and appeals adviser of the Public Defender's Office, where she and Turner met.

Turner & Sutton-Lewis, P.A. is located at 1342 Colonial Blvd., Suite 226 in Fort Myers, Florida. For more information, call (239) 275-7550 or visit

Lee County Bar Association Hosts 'Law in the Mall'

The Lee County Bar Association will kick off Law Week 2012 by hosting its annual Law in the Mall event Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Edison Mall located at 4125 Cleveland Ave. Attorney Ryan O'Halloran, the chair of the Law in the Mall event, has gathered more than thirty attorneys from the LCBA to participate and offer free legal advice to members of the community who cannot afford to hire an attorney.

Attorneys will offer legal direction on topics that include divorce, probate, criminal law, bankruptcy, real estate and foreclosure, as well as many others. Members of the bar also will host four free 45-minute seminars and workshops at the mall that will include instruction and information on simple wills and powers of attorney, foreclosure & bankruptcy, family law and a variety of other legal topics.

Law in the Mall is the first event of this year's Law Week, an annual week of activities honoring and promoting the importance of law in our community and our country.

Lee BIA hosts April Business After Hours

The Lee Building Industry Association will host a business after hours event on Thursday, April 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Aqua Systems Showroom in Fort Myers. Attendees will enjoy networking, music, complimentary appetizers, beer, wine and a fun prize give away. Aqua Systems is also collaborating with Suncoast Beverage to provide a beer tasting of several new beers.

The cost is $10 for attendees. For more information or to RSVP for the event, call the Lee BIA office at 239-936-5525 or visit

Seliger takes the helm

at Voices for Kids

of Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida attorney Shawn Seliger has taken the helm at Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida for the 2012 term. Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida is a nonprofit agency supporting Florida's 20th Judicial Circuit's Guardian ad Litem program of volunteers who advocate for abused, neglected, and abandoned children in court, the child welfare system, and the community.

The Law Office of Shawn Seliger is located at 9990 Coconut Road, Suite 372, Bonita Springs. Seliger is a member in good standing with The Florida Bar, Lee County Bar Association, and the Association of Family Law Professionals.

For additional information, visit or call 239-333-0077.

Six Florida urban planners named to college of fellows

Washington, D.C. - The American Institute of Certified Planners inducted six Florida urban planners - Pat Blackshear, AICP, of Santa Rosa Beach; Whit Blanton, AICP, of Orlando; Victor Dover, AICP, of Coral Gables; Charles Gauthier, AICP, and Thomas Pelham, AICP, of Tallahassee; and William Spikowski, AICP, of Fort Myers - into the elite membership of AICP's College of Fellows April 15 at a black-tie ceremony being held in conjunction with the American Planning Associa-tion's National Planning Conference in Los Angeles.

"The AICP College of Fellows recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the planning profession and their own communities," said AICP President Anna Breinich, AICP. "The Fellows have devoted their careers to excellence in planning. They continue to set the bar for professional planners today," she added.

Every two years a new class of AICP Fellows is honored in recognition of outstanding achievements by individual planners in one of four categories: professional practice, research, teaching and mentoring or community service and leadership. Visit for a list of the 35 other planners from 22 additional states that were inducted at the April 15 ceremony at the J.W. Marriott Los Angeles hotel - L.A. Live.

For more information, visit

GMA Architects and Planners complete

design of Goodwill Center

GMA Architects and Planners completed the design for a new Goodwill Retail and Donation Center on Corkscrew Road in Estero.

The 11,260-square-foot building will have a Mediterranean design to include arched pergolas, a sloped roof and porticos in compliance with the Estero Design Review Committee Guidelines. In addition, landscape design was integrated within the arched pergolas on the front faade of the building. The design also includes a covered area for the exterior donation drop-off area.

For more than 32 years, GMA Architects and Planners has been a Southwest Florida 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

Mathis earns

FIVE STAR Wealth Manager Award

Emerald Wealth Management Solutions, LLC, a financial services firm in Cape Coral, has announced that its managing member, DeAnne Mathis, CFP, AIF, has been named a 2012 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager by Gulf Shore Life Magazine for overall client satisfaction. Less than 5 percent of wealth managers in the Southwest Florida area were named to the list.

Mathis, a certified financial planner / practitioner, is also an accredited investment fiduciary. As an independent financial advisor, she offers unbiased advice. Her specialties include women's finances, estate planning, retirement income planning and collaborating with other professionals including legal and tax professionals on behalf of clients.

Emerald Wealth Management Solutions, LLC has been providing individuals and organizations with financial guidance since 2008. It is located at 3011 Del Prado Blvd., S, Cape Coral. For more information, visit

Languell serves as judge for EPA competition

Jennifer Languell, Ph.D., president of Trifecta Construction Solutions and nationally renowned green construction expert, was selected to serve as a judge for the 2012 Environmental Protection Agency's P3 competition. The P3 competition, which stands for people, prosperity and planet, is a design competition that enables college students from across the U.S. to develop scientific, technical and policy solutions to sustainability challenges. The competition took place on Earth Day weekend, April 21 to 23, in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Languell was slated to be involved in reviewing the written proposals presented by students, evaluating the progress and projections for the projects, and making recommendations to the EPA on project funding.

This is the second time that Dr. Languell has been asked to judge this competition.



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