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April 14, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Petersons move home-based travel business to Cape Coral

Pete and Nancy Peterson have announced that they have moved their office to Cape Coral. They are part of Cruise Planners, an independently owned and operated home-based franchise that is part of the American Express Travel network. They currently have over 3,000 clients from all over the world.

Affiliation means that the Petersons are able to offer their clients personalized service and exclusive pricing on a wide range of cruise and destination wedding packages, private cruise sales, as well as cabin upgrades and special amenities, such as shore excursions, discounted fares, travel gifts and more.

The Petersons are certified special needs specialists, so they can help those who may require any type of equipment or mobile devices to make their vacation more accessible.

The Petersons started their business in March 2002, so this year marks their 15th anniversary with Cruise Planners.

As an American Express Travel Services Represen-tative agency, Cruise Planners offers special programs for both American Express cardholders and non-card holders, offering even more added value to vacationers.

Cruise Planners' travel professionals independently book amazing vacation and travel experiences for their clients around the world. Cruise

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Touch of Class Pet Grooming opens on Cape Coral Parkway

Touch of Class Pet Grooming has opened at 1207 Cape Coral Parkway, E., in Cape Coral.

According to manager Eric Wester, there are always three or more professional groomers present and the shop offers a monthly "Splash-n-Dash" program for everyone's budget. Walk-in nails are accepted.

In addition to offering creative grooming (colors and dyes), the shop also offers pet accessories, such as pet clothing, shampoos and leashes, and a variety of food.

Touch of Class also grooms cats.

The shop is open Monday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. It's closed Sunday.

Ruiz named senior vice president, director of information technology at Sanibel Captiva Community Bank

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has promoted Jonathan Ruiz to senior vice president and director of information technology. He is responsible for all technological infrastructure, security and facility management; oversees implementation of new software and hardware to help automate processes; and manages customer-facing applications such as online and mobile banking, in addition to handling additional IT-related functions.

Ruiz, a Cape Coral resident, joined the bank in 2005 and has more than 16 years of IT experience. Prior to joining Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, he operated an IT repair company and served as an IT technician and also network administrator.

Founded in 2003, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has two locations on Sanibel and five additional locations in Fort Myers. The bank's professionals provide customized individual and business banking services and specialize in residential loans. The bank offers free personal and business checking, top-yielding money market accounts, safe deposit boxes, electronic statements and a mobile banking app, as well as online and drive-thru banking.

To learn more, visit

Southwest Florida Harmony Chamber of Commerce kick-off event April 20 at The Gathering Place

The newest chamber of commerce in town, The Southwest Florida Harmony Chamber of Commerce, better known as "HCC," will have a kick-off event Thursday, April 20.

The HCC was established to promote LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly business and professional community throughout Southwest Florida including Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.

The mission is to promote networking within the existing LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly business and professional community, to promote business opportunities for chamber members, to promote Southwest Florida as a year-round LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly tourist destination, to provide resources for our members and to provide outreach from our community to community organizations.

The HCC will meet at The Gathering Place, at the Butterfly Estates, 1815 Fowler St., in downtown Fort Myers, from 5-7 p.m.

Please join HCC for networking, hors d'oeuvres and a cash wine & beer bar.

For additional information, contact

Morgan joins Aloia, Roland & Lubell as an equity partner

Aloia, Roland & Lubell, PLLC, a leading Southwest Florida personal injury, business litigation, family law and real estate law firm, has announced that Jack C. Morgan III has joined the firm as an equity partner. The growing firm will soon be reconstituted as Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC.

A former partner at a large firm with offices in Ohio, Illinois and Florida, Morgan is a distinguished local attorney who concentrates in the areas of commercial litigation, liability litigation, and construction defects.

Aloia, Roland & Lubell, PLLC serves clients throughout Southwest Florida in personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, negligent security, products liability, business and commercial litigation, family law, real estate and business transactional matters. The firm is led by partners Ty Roland, Evan Lubell, and Frank J. Aloia, Jr., an experienced team of attorneys who are committed to providing the highest level of service for their clients.

Aloia, Roland & Lubell, PLLC has offices at 2254 1st Street in Fort Myers, and 1716 Cape Coral Parkway East in Cape Coral. For more information, call 239-791-7950 or visit

Hollier promoted at Sanibel Captiva Community Bank

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has promoted Lana Hollier to senior vice president and director of deposit operations. Based at the College Parkway branch, she is responsible for deposit operations, including business and consumer banking.

Hollier, a Cape Coral resident, joined the bank in 2004 as vice president and director of deposit operations and has more than 30 years of banking experience, including previous positions as branch manager, assistant branch manager, team lead, senior personal financial associate, and sales and service associate.

Founded in 2003, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has two locations on Sanibel: the main office at 2475 Library Way and 1037 Periwinkle Way, and five additional locations in Fort Myers: in the Edison Theatre building in downtown Fort Myers; in the Myerlee community; on McGregor Boulevard near Kelly Road; on College Parkway; and at the intersection of Gateway Boulevard and Devonshire Lakes Drive.

The bank is well-capitalized, with $350 million in assets, and generates the second-highest return on equity of Florida's 149 chartered banks.

To learn more, visit

Court new media director for Spiro & Associates

Amy Court has joined Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations & Brand Architecture in Fort Myers as a media director, announced CEO Christopher T. Spiro. She works hand-in-hand with clients, the account management team and the creative department in planning, purchasing and evaluating media buys, including online, print, cable and TV broadcasting, radio and outdoor.

A UCF graduate, spent eight years at Waterman Broadcasting as digital media manager where she developed digital advertising platforms, optimized digital campaigns and grew advertising revenue.

She began her career in Atlanta where she held various sales positions with Landmark Communications Inc., and then moved up to account executive and Regional Sales Manager for The E.W. Scripps Company. She moved back to Southwest Florida in 2007.

Spiro & Associates is a marketing, advertising, public relations and brand architecture firms. The company serves local, regional and national clients in the fields of land development, construction, retail, real estate, law, marine, business and residential services, the arts, government, healthcare, contractor services and property management.

Additional information about the business can be found online at or by calling 239-481-5511.

Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery to offer free skin cancer screenings for Melanoma Awareness Month in May

The American Academy of Dermatology reports that one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. Skin cancers are easily treated if diagnosed early.

May is Melanoma Awareness Month and Riverchase Dermatology is again opening its doors to new patients of the practice for a complimentary skin cancer screening.

This is Riverchase Dermatology's largest Melanoma May screening event in the company's history, expected to offer over 700 complimentary screening appointments at 16 different office locations spanning from Marco Island to Zephyrhills.

Screenings will take place between May 2-31 at the following Riverchase offices: Marco Island, Downtown Naples, Greater Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers West, Fort Myers at the Forum, Downtown Fort Myers, Cape Coral, North Port Bobcat Village, Englewood, Venice, Sarasota, St. Petersburgh, Zephyrhills, Sun City Center, and Clearwater.

New patients to the practice may call 1-800-591-3376 or visit to reserve their free skin cancer screening.



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