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April 24, 2015
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

WooBamboo celebrates

second anniversary on Earth Day

Earth Day is special for a lot of people, but for local boys Tom Burt, Steve Hyde, and Christopher Fous, it's extra special. Their company turned 2 Wednesday. WooBamboo was launched April 22, 2013, and has since then sold half a million eco-friendly toothbrushes made from organic bamboo.

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Special award

Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott presents Dr. Mel Young with a plaque noting her extraordinary service to the community for 15 years. Dr. Young’s Wellness Center is at 916 E Cape Coral Parkway. She can be reached at 239-542-1422.

"We're not a toothbrush company," says Fous. "At WooBamboo, we're in the inspiration business. It's our goal to help inspire the world to make more eco-friendly choices. Small steps lead to big change."

The WooBamboo line consists of toothbrushes for adults, children and pets. They're not stopping there. By the end of 2015, WooBamboo will also boast natural mouthwash and toothpaste, all packaged in Earth-friendly materials, including recycled plastic and natural bamboo.

The toothbrushes are available in local stores like Ada's, Earth Origins, Mother Earth and over 600 retail locations and dental practices world-wide.

The company's headquarters is at 1416 Lafayette St., Cape Coral. For more information, call 239-217-3501 or visit the company website a

Fernandez named to Florida Bar's Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Local Attorney Miguel C. Fernandez III, a former president of the Lee County Bar Association and former chairman of the 20th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, was recently appointed to the Florida Bar's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and will serve until his term expires in 2017.

According to the Florida Bar, the mission of the committee is to "increase diversity and inclusion in The Florida Bar so that the Bar will reflect the demographics of the state, to develop opportunities for community involvement, and to make leadership roles within the profession and The Florida Bar accessible to all attorneys, including those who are racially, ethnically and culturally diverse, women, members of the LGBT community and persons with disabilities."

Attorney Fernandez was born in Camaguey, Cuba and emigrated to the United States in 1968. His family settled in New Jersey and he later graduated with a degree in political science from Seton Hall University (1985) and a law degree as well as a masters in public administration from Syracuse University (1988).

Fernandez and his wife, Denise, have been Cape Coral residents for more than 25 years. He has been in private practice since 1990 in Fort Myers, the Law Office of Miguel C. Fernandez III, at 1401 Lee St.

For more information, call 239-337-0123.

Humane Society to celebrate

Cinco de Mayo at Yappy Hour

The Gulf Coast Humane Society will be breaking out the sombreros for an early Cinco de Mayo at the monthly Yappy Hour. All dogs and their handlers are invited to join in on the fun Saturday, April 25, from 6-8 p.m., at Cape Harbour, at 5785 Cape Harbour Drive, in Cape Coral.

A fun gift bag full of dog goodies will be available for raffle and T-shirts will also be available for sale. Attendees can meet and visit with adoptable dogs from GCHS looking for their forever home. Fathoms Restaurant and Bar, with The French Press Caf will provide beer, wine, and a DJ for entertainment during the event. Proceeds from beverage sales and a portion of sales from the Cape Harbour's Fetch Dog Boutique & Bakery will also benefit GCHS.

Gulf Coast Humane Society, at 2010 Arcadia St., in Fort Myers, was established as the first non-profit animal welfare organization in Southwest Florida in 1947. The 501(c)(3) mission is to rescue, provide safe refuge and compassionate care, and find forever homes for abandoned and neglected animals in the area. GCHS only takes in owner surrendered and transfers from other shelters and rescue groups with a high success rate of adoptions. Its veterinary clinic is open to the public and offers a full array of affordable services six days a week. For more information about the events with the Gulf Coast Humane Society call 239-332-0364 or visit

Pearman vice president, residential

mortgage officer at Encore Bank

Encore Bank has announced that Terrie Pearman has joined the bank as vice president, residential mortgage officer. Encore Bank continues to expand its residential lending activities, which are managed by Senior Vice President Dan Royal. She will work out of the Fort Myers office at 7920 Summerlin Lakes Drive.

Pearman brings more than 40 years of mortgage lending experience in the area to the bank. As a resident of Lee County for the past 38 years, she is familiar with the market and is committed to identifying the best loan for every client, from the first time homebuyer to an experienced investor. She provides knowledge of VA, FHA, conventional loans, jumbo loan programs and construction products for Lee, Charlotte and Collier Counties. She is also active with the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association, the Cape Coral Association of Realtors, and the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach.

Encore Bank has six convenient locations, including two branches in Naples at 3003 Tamiami Trail North and 2370 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Bonita Springs at 4450 Bonita Beach Road, Fort Myers at 7920 Summerlin Lakes Dr., Port Charlotte at 2120 Kings Highway, and Sun City Center at 1653 Sun City Center Plaza.

For more information, call 239-278-5505 in Fort Myers or visit

Above Board Chamber, Hispanic American Alliance

to present 'Southwest Florida Mayors Going Global!' Wednesday

The Above Board Chamber of Florida and the Hispanic American Alliance will present "Southwest Florida Mayors Going Global!" Wednesday, April 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The Landing, 4425 S. Landings Drive, Fort Myers.

The Lee County Port Authority is the title sponsor for the event, which has been planned following the announcement of new non-stop flights between Southwest Florida Regional Airport and San Juan, Puerto Rico, starting in May.

A distinguished panel of local mayors/officials will answer questions about trade opportunities for the region, as well as the assets that position it as an international destination for tourism, commerce, business site selection and lifestyle.

For additional information, contact the Above Board Chamber of Florida at 239-910-7426.

March passenger count jumps

at Southwest Florida Regional Airport

During March, 1,181,382 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, an increase of 3 percent compared to March 2014. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 5.5 percent from the same period last year.

"Southwest Florida International Airport is proud to report that March 2015 was the single-largest month for passenger traffic in our 32-year history and is our 16th consecutive month of record-breaking growth," said Robert M. Ball, A.A.E., executive director of the Lee County Port Authority.

The traffic leader in March was Southwest with 305,827 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Delta (249,241), US Airways (118,856), JetBlue (115,452) and United (110,639).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 10,360 aircraft movements (takeoffs and landings), an increase of 0.5 percent compared to March 2014. Page Field saw 10,578 movements, an 11.3 percent increase from March 2014. In addition, more than 2.7 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in March 2015, a decrease of 15.5 percent compared to March 2014.

Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 7.9 million passengers in 2014 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.

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Legacy Harbour Marina receives

Clean and Resilient Marina designation

Legacy Harbour Marina has been awarded a distinction for its marine and environmental practices. The marina, located at 2044 W. First St., in Fort Myers, recently received the Clean and Resilient Marina designation in Southwest Florida by the Department of Environmental Protection and the Clean Boating Partnership.

This designation is in addition to the marina's Clean Marina designation it has maintained for the past 10 years. To celebrate this, the marina hosted an event to recognize that decade-long distinction and the addition of the Resiliency portion to be held Wednesday, April 22, (Earth Day), at 11:30 a.m. at the marina site.

The Resilient Marina Program, introduced in 2013 by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, builds on Clean Marina practices already in place and provides additional recommendations to strengthen local marinas' ability to withstand natural and man-made disasters.

Legacy Harbour Marina is a 131-slip marina featuring state-of-the-art floating docks that accommodate boats up to 140 feet. Surrounded by one of the largest 'floating breakwaters' on the Gulf of Mexico, its open layout and large fairways make its slips easily accessible to almost any size craft. Situated just east of Marker 49 on the Okeechobee Waterway, its central location along the Caloosahatchee River makes it the ideal spot for stopovers or extended stays.

For more information, visit

Florida Telecommunications Relay Inc.

opens new distribution center

Florida Telecommunications Relay Inc., the non-profit distributor of amplified telephones for people with hearing loss and speech challenges, has opened a new distribution center in Lee County at the Center for Independent Living Gulf Coast, 7011 Cypress Terrace, Suite 103, in Fort Myers.

At the distribution center, permanent Florida residents who are certified as having hearing loss or speech challenges can easily obtain amplified telephones and other telecommunications equipment at no cost. For more information, call the center at 239?260?4575 or visit

FTRI estimates that more than 3 million Floridians experience some degree of hearing loss.

The expansion of distribution centers into additional Florida counties supports FTRI's campaign, #KeepFloridaConnected - a social media campaign that aims to help Floridians stay connected to their families, friends, and communities and highlights the importance of conversations in the lives of those with hearing loss or speech challenges.

Should you want an FTRI presentation or demonstration of equipment, please contact the Center for Independent Living Gulf Coast at 239?260?4575.

Hersch publishes second book,

'Legal Matters When a Loved One Dies'

Attorney Craig R. Hersch has authored and published his second estate planning book entitled, "Legal Matters When a Loved One Dies." It follows his first book entitled, "Common Cents Estate Planning," published the fall of 2014. Both books provide practical, easy-to-understand information to help readers navigate complex and sometimes confusing wills, trusts, and estate planning matters.

Hersch's new book will be a valuable resource for widows, widowers, sons, daughters, and other family members as they prepare to work with attorneys, CPAs and financial advisors following a death. The book provides a checklist of documents that need to be gathered for upcoming meetings with advisors.

He explains how the probate and trust administration processes differ, as well as the roles of personal representatives and trust administrators. Property and homestead rights are discussed, along with what usually happens to personal automobiles, investment and bank accounts, settling up with creditors, handling insurance and annuity accounts, accessing safe deposit boxes, dealing with personal effects, filing taxes and a wealth of other specific information based on Hersch's 26 years of experience helping Florida families.

Hersch is a shareholder in the law firm of Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill, P.A. in Fort Myers, where he practices law in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, and asset protection strategies, serving an extensive client base of retirees, individuals, families and business owners throughout the state.

Founded in 1924 and celebrating 91 years in business in 2015, Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill, P.A. is located at 9100 College Pointe Court in Fort Myers, FL 33919.

For more information, visit or call (239) 334-1141.

Storm Smart to receive

'Recycling Recognition Award'

Sustainability Summit organizers have announced that Storm Smart will receive the 2015 "Recycling Recognition Award" from the Florida Department of Environ-mental Protection on April 30 at Harbor-side Event Center in downtown Fort Myers.

The Recycling Recognition Pro-gram was developed to encourage private businesses, institutions, schools, public organizations and citizens to increase recycling in order to reach Florida's recycling goal of 75 percent by 2020.

Brian Rist, president & CEO of The Smart Companies whose largest subsidiary is Storm Smart Building Systems, explained the reason behind his sustainability efforts. "Living in such a beautiful place as Southwest Florida is motivation enough for us at Storm Smart to do our part in preserving that beauty for future generations. We consider recycling and materials repurposing as smart business and would encourage all other businesses to share in that philosophy."

Through the DEP's easy-to-use website, organizations can register for free, track, compare, and report their recycling efforts, as well as produce reports on how those efforts are helping to shrink their carbon footprint.

Past recipients include two-time award recipient Arthrex and Florida State University. For more information on past awardees, visit the DEP Recycling Award website.

About the SWFL Sustainability Sum-mit: The Summit is organized by Visaggio & Co., in partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and will feature thought leaders, educators, and experts in sustainability, economic development, and education.

Storm Smart's main office in Southwest Florida is at 11040 Plantation Road, Fort Myers. Open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Storm Smart can be contacted at 239-938-1000 or toll free at 888-962-7283.



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