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Pine Lakes to host inaugural homes show

February 14, 2014
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

If home renovation is your thing, or anything to do with a home interests you, for that matter, the Pine Lakes community is the place to be today, Feb. 14, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

That is when it will host its first homes show at the Pine Lakes Clubhouse at 10200 Pine Lakes Blvd., just off U.S. 41, in North Fort Myers.

And for an inaugural event, it should bust at the seams, with nearly 50 vendors to accommodate the thousands expected to come.

"We have a huge variety of vendors, we have cabinet people, window and door people, lawyers, banks, assisted living facilities and more. We tried not to get more than one of anything," said event organizer Tom Miniman. "We tried to get a good cross-section of different trades and home improvement."

Every community in the area has been invited, since there are more than 10,000 homes in the three-mile radius where the mobile home communities exist.

Miniman, who expects this to become an annual event, said he got the idea when he owned a closet company and did many home shows himself up north, and he also wanted to add a charitable aspect to the event.

"It's a good lead generator for companies and especially toward older people and home owners," Miniman said. "Also, the men's club does a lot of charity work, so it's our main mission to give to charity.

The Men's Club gives annually to the Salvation Army, The Day of Caring, the Candlelighters, and others. Miniman believes this will be a great opportunity to raise money for others.

Walgreen's is expected to be on hand to give flu shots and take blood pressure. There will also be a food court and every hour on the hour there will be door prizes given away, including dinner and a show for two at the Broadway Palm.

"We hope people get educated and gain a lot of knowledge about everything from the home to lawyers about probate and wills," Miniman said.

Admission and parking is free. For more information, call Miniman at 543-9891.



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