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August 1, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

NICMAR Administrative Services

NICMAR Administrative Services Inc., located at 1008 N.E. 7th Terrace, Suite C, in Cape Coral, offers administrative support and accounts receivable recovery.

Owned by Nicolas Castellanos, the company is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For additional information, call 239-424-8637.

Made Just For You

Made Just For You, located at 4140 S.W. 6th Place in Cape Coral, specializes in advertising and promotional products.

Owned by Brian Parry, the company has been in business for 17 years. Made Just For You can put your company logo on everything- golf shirts, coffee mugs, key chains, pens and more.

"Always available," the company can be contacted at 239-541-2062.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home receives certificate of authority

The Florida State Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services, which falls under the direction of the Florida Department of Financial Services, approved Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service's application for its certificate of authority.

This certificate allows Mullins Memorial, 1056 N.E. 7th Terrace, Cape Coral, to accept monies from families and individuals wishing to "freeze" the cost of their final expenses in advance.

Harbour View Gallery welcomes August 2012 Visiting Artists

Harbour View Gallery in Cape Coral will exhibit the acrylic paintings of Kyra Beln and multi-media sculptures by David Lanier. Their work will be on display for viewing and purchase through August.

A public reception will be held on Tuesday, August 7, from 6-8 p.m., at the gallery which is located at 5789 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Harbour, Cape Coral.

Harbour View Gallery is an artist-owned cooperative gallery comprised of award winning local artists offering ever-changing displays of unique gifts, fine art paintings, pottery, photography, paper casting, jewelry, glass art and more.

This fall the gallery celebrates its 5th Year Anniversary. Since opening in 2007, Harbour View Gallery has hosted two visiting artists each month, providing opportunities for more than 100 local artists to display their work alongside the artists who own and operate the gallery.

Summer hours: Tuesday Sunday, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Open 9:30 a.m. for Saturday Farmer's Market.

For more information, contact the gallery at 540-5789 or visit its web site harbourviewgallery.com/

Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau to discuss

social media marketing

There is no question that businesses and organizations should be utilizing social media in their overall marketing strategy, but it often leads to many questions. The Florida Public Relations Association, Southwest Florida Chapter welcomes the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau's marketing team Tuesday, Aug. 14, to guide guests through social media marketing for businesses.

Laura Chmielewski, marketing director, and Katie Meckley, marketing coordinator, will share tips and insights into how the VCB uses social media to enhance its marketing efforts, demonstrating tips on what has worked, what hasn't, and ways to make social marketing easier.

The monthly luncheon and program will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, located at 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.

The cost to attend the luncheon meeting is $20 for members, $25 for non-members, and $10 for students with advance reservations. Walk-ins are welcome for an additional fee of $5. For reservations or more information, please visit www.fpraswfl.org.

The Florida Public Relations Association is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida.

Pavese Law Firm hires Gordon

Attorney Matthew P. Gordon has joined Pavese Law Firm and will be based in the Fort Myers office. Gordon primarily focuses his practice in the areas of real estate, condominium and homeowner association, land use and environmental law.

Prior to joining Pavese Law Firm, Gordon worked in the legal department of a publicly traded luxury homebuilder, at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, and at a large statewide law firm where he handled a variety of legal matters encompassing real property, litigation, taxation and probate law.

Gordon obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida with honors, graduating No. 1 in his class. Gordon went on to obtain his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law, graduating magna cum laude. Gordon is a member of the Lee County Bar Association, and the Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and Environmental and Land Use Law Sections.

Pavese Law Firm (paveselaw.com/) is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law.

Gulf Coast Medical Center named one of Florida's Best Hospitals

Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers has been included in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Hospitals. The 349-bed hospital was named the 23rd Best Hospital in the state of Florida and listed as a High Performer for the specialty area of Nephrology for the South Florida region. GCMC has the only kidney transplant program in Southwest Florida.

"We are deeply pleased to be recognized as one of the best hospitals in the state and high performing in the specialty field of nephrology," said Josh DeTillio, chief administrative officer for Gulf Coast Medical Center. "It's an enormous honor that recognizes the work of our staff, physicians and volunteers who contribute to the care of patients each day."

This year's Best Hospitals, the 23rd annual edition, showcases more than 720 of the nation's roughly 5,000 hospitals. Fewer than 150 are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties. The rest of the recognized hospitals met a standard of performance nearly as demanding in one or more specialties.

The complete rankings and methodology are available at health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.

Hair Cuttery to hold

13th annual Share A Haircut

Children receiving a back-to-school haircut at one of 11 Fort Myers-Naples metro area Hair Cuttery salons during the first two weeks of August will be giving one back to a disadvantaged child in the community.

Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, will launch its 13th annual Share A Haircut event this year, donating one free haircut to a child in need in the community for every haircut purchased for a child 18 or younger last August.

Through partnerships with the Childrens Network of SWFL and other government and non-profit agencies in the state, vouchers are distributed to local children in need to obtain a free haircut in August.

Nearly 900 salons nationwide will participate in Share A Haircut. Hair Cuttery has donated more than 625,000 haircuts since the program's inception in 1999.

Hawk joins Ted Todd Insurance Agency

After two years pursuing undergrad studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, Christina Hawk has rejoined the Ted Todd Insurance Agency as a licensed insurance agent. In her new role, she assists clients with changing and binding personal lines of property and casualty insurance to ensure every customer's needs are well met to protect them from unexpected financial losses. She also continues to work toward dual bachelors' degrees in Communications and Exercise Science at FGCU.

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 throughout Lee, Collier, Brevard, Palm Beach, and Sarasota Counties. The sgency provides home, auto, business, commercial, retirement, and life insurance products to more than 30,000 customers in Boca Raton, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Estero, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Naples, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Indian Harbour Beach, Sarasota, Satellite Beach, Melbourne, Viera, and Palm Bay. For more information, visit www.TedToddInsurance.com or call 866-760-3999.

Sweetwater Landing marina

launches 'Harbor for Heroes' program

The Sweetwater Landing public marina is extending a 50 percent discount on boat slip rentals to public service personnel through its "Harbor for Heroes" program.

Applications may be submitted for vessel approval with proof of insurance along with a valid ID and proof of current employment with EMS, fire department, U.S. Coast Guard or police serving Alva, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Shores, Lehigh Acres, North Fort Myers and Tice.

Sweetwater Landing is a full-service marina offering in-water dockage for boats 30 to 100 feet and dry dockage for boats 18 to 30 feet. The 50 percent reduction on current rates is available on a limited number of vacant slips that will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sweetwater Landing offers access to the Caloosahatchee River and Gulf of Mexico just one-quarter mile north of State Road 80 on State Road 31 (GPS:N 26 degrees 42'57", W 81 degrees 45'41").

Sweetwater Landing also offers boat repairs, detailing services, fuel, power and water hookups, shower facilities and a ships store. For more information, call 239-694-3850 or visit www.SweetwaterLanding.net

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz donates clothes to homeless

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz P.A. donated more than 100 pounds of new and gently used clothes to Blankets for the Homeless of Fort Myers.

The organization's goal is to feed and clothe as many homeless and disadvantaged local families as possible. Sharie Zipperer began Blankets for the Homeless from her home in 2001. It follows the Jesse Jackson motto, "Never look down on someone unless you are helping them up."

With the aid of her two teenage daughters, Charlie and Sammie, the Zipperers have expanded their services from collecting groceries to offering holiday meals and closets full of clothes and shoes for all ages. According to Zipperer, "Anyone is welcome and everything donated goes directly to those who need assistance."

For more information about Blankets for the Homeless, email CharlieSammie732@Comcast.net or visit www.blankets4thehomeless.com .

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz P.A. is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and provides a full complement of legal services to clients in its Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres and Port Charlotte offices. Areas of practice include personal injury and accidents, wrongful death, wills and estates, real estate, insurance, guardianships and construction law. For more information, visit www.JusticeStartsNow.com , call **LAW (529) on a mobile phone, or 239-334-1146.

Indian Princess paddleboat

comes to Fort Myers

Southwest Floridians can now step back in time as they travel the back bays and Caloosahatchee River on a double deck authentic paddleboat.

The Indian Princess is a 60-foot paddleboat that recently arrived in Fort Myers from Tennessee. The flat-bottomed paddle-driven sternwheeler travels between five to six knots and can navigate very shallow drafts. The boat can cruise the back bays of Estero Island and up the Caloosahatchee River.

The Indian Princess is truly paddle driven; though for reasons of efficiency, weight and pollution, the wood burning boilers of long ago have been replaced by clean-burning diesel engines.

Seating capacity for the interior lower level is 85. Catering can be arranged through the Indian Princess staff.

On the exterior top deck, guests can enjoy cold beverages, live music and spectacular views of the back bays of Fort Myers Beach.

Unless reserved for a private charter, the Indian Princess offers daily cruises from 2 to 4 p.m. as well as sunset cruises. Tickets start at $20 for adults and $15 for children for the two-hour cruise along the back bay of Fort Myers Beach and Ostego Bay. These cruises are popular for their wildlife sightseeing environment.

The boat is also available for private rental for sightseeing and sunset cruises as well as weddings, corporate events and private parties.

Services include catering, event planning, DJs or live entertainment, full bar with top shelf liquor, beer and wines, soda, juice, coffee, tea and bottled water.

The Indian Princess is located before the sky bridge next to the Key West Express at 2080 Main St. on Fort Myers Beach. For more information, call 239-357-8919 or visit www.indianprincessfortmyers.com

State Farm collecting school supplies

State Farm agents in Collier and Lee counties are collecting school supplies at their offices now through August 7, 2012 to help hundreds of needy families and children in our community.

The following school supplies are needed: backpacks; notebooks, folders, binders, pens, pencils, colored pencils, markers; erasers, rulers, protractors, scissors, crayons; USB drives, calculators, board eraser solutions, glue sticks; and paper clips, chart paper, index cards, printing paper, lined paper

All collected school supplies will be donated to the Education Foundation of Collier County and to the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. The school supplies will benefit hundreds of at-risk children in Collier and Lee Counties.

To make a donation, you can visit any participating State Farm agents' offices such as: Karen Wolfe, Ray Hair, Javed Kapadia, and Buzz Hill.

For information, call 786-394-9688.

Ramos-Williams to serve on court grievance committee

Connie Ramos-Williams, CEO of CONRIC PR & Marketing and CONRIC Publishing, has been selected to serve on the 20th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee with The Florida Bar through June 30, 2015. Ramos-Williams is the publisher of the Lee County Bar Association's monthly magazine, Res Gestae, and the Broward County Bar Association's new monthly publication, Barrister.

CONRIC PR & Marketing and CONRIC Publishing are divisions of Conric Holdings, LLC, which Ramos-Williams launched in 2007. CONRIC PR & Marketing provides creative writing and graphic design that positively brands and promotes business professionals, companies, services and products. The company's clients include banks, law practices, medical offices, salons and spas, restaurants, organizations and not-for-profits. Services include logo design, press releases, social media, email newsletters, stationary, business cards, brochures, banners, websites, advertising campaigns, media buys and event promotion.

CONRIC Publishing provides complete publishing services for magazines, newspapers, and newsletters, including writing, editing, advertising sales, advertising design, page layout and printing. The company publishes Res Gestae, the monthly magazine of the Lee County Bar Association, and Barrister, the monthly publication of the Broward County Bar Association. The company also publishes Black & Gold Alumni Magazine for Bishop Verot High School. For more information visit www.conricholdings.com, or contact Ramos-Williams at 239-690-9840 or connie@conricholdings.com

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company named one of Florida's Best Companies to Work For

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company P.A. has been selected as one of Florida's Best Companies to Work For by Florida Trend. The firm, with 30 employees, was selected as the 29th best place to work and is the only small business in Southwest Florida to be included on the list.

One hundred companies are recognized in the fourth annual list, which includes small, medium and large companies across the state. Selection is focused on leadership and planning; corporate culture and communications; role satisfaction; work environment; relationship with supervisor; training and development; pay and benefits; and overall engagement.

For a complete list of the Florida's Best Companies to Work For, visit tinyurl.com/d8goqll. The rankings are also published in the August issue of Florida Trend magazine.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company P.A. is a certified public accounting and consulting firm with offices in Fort Myers and Naples. They offer a wide range of services including business consulting, technology consulting, technology management and support, tax preparation and planning, audits and reviews, litigation, mediation, forensic accounting and elder services. For more information, call 239-433-5554 or visit www.markham-norton.com .

RSW receives 2012 Outstanding Commercial Service Airport of the Year Award

The Florida Department of Transportation honored the Lee County Port Authority with the 2012 Outstanding Commercial Service Airport of the Year Award for Southwest Florida International Airport. The airport was presented this top award at the Florida Airports Council Annual Conference in Naples, Fla. This is the fourth time that RSW has received this prestigious honor.

The FDOT Aviation Office awards the Commercial Airport of the Year annually to one of 19 commercial service airports in the state of Florida. To be considered, the airport must demonstrate exceptional safety and security standards and have superior achievement in all aspects of management and customer service. Airports must successfully manage financial resources, have adequate and current master plans and knowledge of and compliance with state and federal rules and regulations.

Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 7.5 million passengers in 2011 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic. No ad valorem (property) taxes are used for airport operation or construction. For more information, log onto www.flylcpa.com.

LCPA receives Outstanding Environmental Project Award

The Lee County Port Authority was given the Outstanding Environmental Project Award for the Page Field General Aviation Terminal Complex at the 2012 Florida Planning & Zoning Association Awards during the FPZA 60th Annual State Conference in Orlando. The FPZA annual awards have become a standard for land development and public/private planning statewide with the intention of identifying and promoting best practices.

Pole lighting used on the airfield and lights on the building are shielded to help limit the "night-glow" to surrounding communities;

Page Field's rich military heritage was incorporated into the terminal's architecture and design, paying respect to the historical role of the airfield in the community;

Solar panels installed on the roof of the new hangar adjacent to the terminal will help reduce costs of providing electricity to the facility;

Design of the terminal building included large windows to maximize natural sunlight, use of a chiller system, energy-efficient light fixtures and other conservation efforts;

Facility was constructed to meet LEED Certification standards.

The Florida Planning and Zoning Association was established in 1951 as a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to planning and developing a quality Florida. Its mission is to furnish a medium for the exchange of information and mutual assistance among those interested in planning and zoning. FPZA has shaped and promoted state planning and zoning legislation, and its membership has grown to nearly 1,000 people and organizations.

Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 7.5 million passengers in 2011 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic. Page Field provides services to corporate, commercial and private aviators and accommodated more than 78,000 aircraft operations in 2011. No ad valorem (property) taxes are used for airport operation or construction and both airports are funded solely with revenue generated from their operations. For more information, please visit www.flylcpa.com

Local law firm launches 'Southwest Florida Business Recovery Plan'

Frank Aloia Jr., a partner at the law firm of Aloia, Roland & Lubell, LLP, has announced the launch of the firm's "Southwest Florida Business Recovery Plan" in response to the new $15 billion BP Oil Spill Settlement. Most businesses and individuals in Southwest Florida were impacted in one way or another by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in April 2010. Many businesses lost revenue, had to lay off workers, or worse file for bankruptcy. The good news is that BP is taking full responsibility and allocating funds to help small businesses with their recovery. Thousands of businesses affected by the disaster will be compensated for their economic losses. However, business owners and individuals must act quickly to allow sufficient time to review financial documents, determine qualification, and opt out of the claim if they so choose.

Because of the volume of Southwest Florida businesses impacted by the oil spill, Aloia, Roland & Lubell, LLP have partnered with one of the country's leading law firms handling BP claims. With more than 30 accountants and nine attorneys on their team, Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, P.A. of Pensacola in partnership with Aloia, Roland & Lubell, LLP, will be able to review financial statements and secure settlements for qualified businesses quickly for clients.

The settlement will be fully funded by BP, with no cap on the amount BP will pay. BP is obligated to fully satisfy all eligible claims under the terms of the Court supervised settlement, irrespective of the funds previously set aside. The agreement will resolve the majority of private economic loss, property damage, and medical injury claims stemming from the Gulf Oil Spill. The settlement will hold BP fully accountable to individuals and businesses harmed by the spill.

Businesses and individuals who feel they were financially impacted by the oil spill must act now. To receive a BP Client Packet or for more information, visit FloridaLegalRights.com, email BPClaims@FloridaLegalRights.com, or call 1-855-SWFL-BIZ (855-793-5249) or (239) 791-7950 today.

WestJet to feature weekly flights from RSW to Ottawa

WestJet announced that it will inaugurate weekly flights between Southwest Florida International Airport and Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport on Dec. 22, 2012. The Fort Myers-Ottawa seasonal service will be operated on Saturdays. This will be RSW's first nonstop route to the capital of Canada.

For more information or to book a flight, please visit www.westjet.com. For more information about Southwest Florida International Airport, log onto www.flylcpa.com.

Suncoast Beverage Sales employees volunteer at CCMI

More than 20 Suncoast Beverage Sales employees recently provided two days of service at Community Cooperative Ministries Inc.

Employees spent the morning and afternoon preparing meals for the hungry in CCMI's Everyday Cafe, stocking shelves and helping clients shop in the Everyday Marketplace, contacting Meals on Wheels clients and volunteers and mentoring students in the Community Montessori.

Since 1993, family owned and operated Suncoast Beverage Sales has served as the authorized distributor of Anheuser-Busch products to grocery and convenience stores, bars, restaurants, sports lounges, drug stores, the hospitality industry and other popular commercially licensed institutions in Southwest Florida

CCMI is an innovative nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of social service entrepreneurs fighting to end homelessness and hunger in our community. The agency provides more than 14,000 meals each month through its Everyday Caf and Marketplace and Home Delivered Meals programs. CCMI also educates 40 children in its Community Montessori, offers homeless and comprehensive case coaching services through its United Way Resource House, oversees an emergency mobile food pantry and supplies weekend backpacks full of food to more than 1,500 children each school year.

CCMI serves Fort Myers and the greater Lee County area, including Bonita Springs, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres. CCMI works in partnership with United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades, Harry Chapin Food Bank and various community foundations as well as collaborating with fellow community and service groups including The School District of Lee County and numerous churches, businesses and community support organizations.

Barnhart joins Myers, Brettholtz

Lori Wilson, shareholder with Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA, Certified Public Accountants & Business Consultants has announces that Paula Barnhart has joined the accounting services department at the firm.

She is a Florida native from Immokalee. She attended Edison State College and has worked in the administrative and bookkeeping field since leaving the United States Marine Corps in 1999.

Myers, Brettholtz & Company serves clients across the nation by performing accounting and auditing, tax preparation, bookkeeping and consulting. The firm has 24 staff members and provides accounting and bookkeeping services for timeshares, nonprofit organizations, condominium and homeowner associations, country clubs and medical practices as well as individuals and businesses.

Myers, Brettholtz & Company is the outgrowth of a regional CPA firm first established in Miami in 1953 and the Fort Myers branch opened in 1979.

For more information, visit www.mbcopa.com or call 239-939-5775.

 
 

 

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