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November 30, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

BackStreets Sports Bar to celebrate 23 years in business Saturday

BackStreets Sports Bar will celebrate 23 years in business Saturday, Dec. 1. The festivities start with a Raffle Party for those donating supplies for local veterans, and wraps up with 23-cent pizza slices, prize wheel, drinks for bar VIPs, live music and karaoke.

At 4 p.m., people can drop off items for the SWFL Military Museum & Library, which provides much needed services to both active and retired military members. A raffle ticket will be provided for each donated item, and people can win gift cards and merchandise.

Necessary items include paper goods, canned goods and cleaning supplies. For more information on the donation drive and the items needed, visit

The 23 Years Celebration starts at 7 p.m. White Claw will be in the house and a prize wheel will include White Claw swag, BackStreets merchandise, including $23 gift cards. VIP members get free mixed drinks, beer or wine from 7-9 p.m. and, yes, there will be cake! Karaoke starts at 9 p.m. on the patio and local band Soapy Tuna takes the inside stage at 930 p.m.

Henderson Franklin welcomes attorney Tuck

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., recently announced that attorney Kaylee Tuck has joined the firm as an associate in the Real Estate and Land Use & Environmental Law Depart-ments. She returns to the firm after serving as summer associate in 2017. Tuck focuses her practice in commercial and residential sales and leases, development, land use and survey matters.

Tuck was born and raised in Sebring, graduated in 2012 from Sebring High School, and currently resides in Fort Myers. She received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University in 2014, and law degree from Stetson University College of Law, cum laude, in 2018. Tuck may be reached via email at or by phone at 239-344-1164.

Henderson Franklin has 55 attorneys dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, business and civil litigation, eminent domain, intellectual property, workers' compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law.

Henderson Franklin operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Naples. For information on Tuck or Henderson Franklin, please visit

Matter Brothers donates furniture to United Way

Since June of 2018, Matter Brothers Furniture has donated over $78,000 worth of furniture, rugs and bedding to United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee's Gifts In Kind program. Businesses give new and used furniture, household items and office supplies to United Way, and United Way distributes these items to local non-profit agencies. Non-profit agencies then distribute them to families who have been devastated by disasters, or in the case of office furniture, keep them to replace badly worn-out desks and chairs.

Non-profit agencies like Child Care of Southwest Florida, a United Way Partner Agency, typically forgo purchasing office furniture in favor of spending money on their client programs.

Matter Brothers began donating furniture because many people in the area were without basic furniture and bedding after Hurricane Irma. The company is run by five brothers, Stewart II, David, Tom, John and Gary Matter. The business is family owned and operated since 1976, with five locations throughout Southwest Florida including Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, Pinellas Park and Tarpon Springs.

Companies or individuals who wish to donate to United Way Gifts-In-Kind program should contact Asia Johnson at (239) 433-7556 or email her at

Southwest Florida International Airport releases traffic numbers for October

During October, 569,553 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, a decrease of 2 percent compared to October 2017. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 5.6 percent from the same period last year.

The traffic leader in October was Delta Air Lines with 119,860 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were American (98,408), Southwest (91,966), JetBlue (75,693) and United (64,125).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 5,379 aircraft operations, an increase of 0.3 percent compared to October 2017. Page Field saw 9,167 operations, a 34.5 percent increase from October 2017. In addition, slightly more than 2.7 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in October 2018.

Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 8.8 million passengers in 2017 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, visit

Applebee's to host 20th annual Breakfast with Santa fundraiser

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar locations in Florida and Georgia have announced its 20th annual Breakfast with Santa fundraiser will take place at 13 participating Applebee's owned and operated by Doherty Enterprises in Florida and Georgia on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

In Florida, participating Applebee's are located in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Okeechobee, Port St. Lucie, Greenacres, Coral Springs, Pembroke Pines, Doral, Venice, Cape Coral and Fort Myers and in Georgia in Waycross.

The fundraiser will support the efforts of the U.S. Marines Corps Toys for Tots program, which distributes new toys to underprivileged children to provide a tangible sign of hope to as many economically disadvantaged children as possible at Christmas.

Guests can enjoy breakfast compliments of Applebee's along with goodies, raffle tickets for door prizes and the opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus. Tickets to Breakfast with Santa can be purchased for $10 each by calling or visiting a local Applebee's. Advanced reservations are required as seating is limited. Children under the age of 2 are admitted free of charge.

Applebee's will raise additional funds by selling paper "gift tags" for $1 each, which will be displayed in the restaurants. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Breakfast with Santa events and "gift tag" purchases will be donated directly to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program to be distributed to local families.

For more about Doherty Enterprises Inc. visit

Hooters Calendar Tour coming to Cape Coral

The public is invited to come meet the Hooters Girls featured in the 2019 Hooters Calendar from Dec. 6-8 in Southwest Florida. The Hooters Calendar Tour will include Miss Hooters International and 2019 Hooters Calendar cover girl Laiken Baumgarner from Georgia, Miss January Briana Smith from Fort Lauderdale, Miss February Hailey Slobodzian from Fort Myers, Miss June Gianna Tulio from Boca Raton, Feature Girl Jaimee Howes from Naples, Feature Girl Tiyada Sritrakul from Miami and Miss Please and Thank You Michaela Holliman from Orlando.

Additional local Hooters Calendar Girls will be at the autograph signings that are open to the public at Hooters. Each Hooters location has selected a non-profit to help for the holidays as part of the tour.

Hooters Calendar Tour schedule:

Thursday, Dec. 6

10:45 a.m. Golisano Children's Hospital visit to make arts and crafts and bring toy donations with Hooters Calendar Girls

2-3 p.m. Visit to Gulf Coast Humane Society (2010 Arcadia St., Fort Myers)

3:45 p.m. - Drop off toys to the Children's Advocacy Center.

7:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Hooters of Fort Myers Beach (1600 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach)

Friday, Dec. 7

9-11 a.m. - Hooters Calendar Girls will be visiting the Harry Chapin Food Bank

12 p.m. 1:30 p.m. - Hooters of Fort Myers (4411 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers)

3:30 p.m. - Toy Drive at Naples Fire Station (3410 Pine Ridge Road, Naples)

5-6:30 p.m. - Hooters of Naples (3625 Gateway Lane, Naples)

8-9 p.m. - Hooters of Cape Coral (3120 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral)

Saturday, Dec. 8

2-4 p.m. Hooters of Port Charlotte (1360 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte)

5-630 p.m. Hooters of Bradenton (4908 14th St., W, Bradenton)

7:30-9 p.m. Hooters of Sarasota (6507 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota)

As part of its military support, Hooters also invites guests to participate in its annual Operation Calendar Drop program by purchasing a 2019 Hooters Calendar and attaching a personal note of thanks to our troops. Hooters will then collect and deliver the calendars to U.S. military deployed around the world. Since 2013, more than 150,000 Hooters Calendars have been distributed to troops worldwide.

For additional information about South Florida Hooters, visit



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