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Commissioners approve final rule establishing a Vessel Turn-In Program as part of derelict vessel prevention efforts

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Commissioners approve final rule establishing a Vessel Turn-In Program as part of derelict vessel prevention efforts 

At its July meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved the final rule establishing a statewide Vessel Turn-In Program (VTIP) as part of the Derelict Vessel Prevention Program. The new rule will create a voluntary program to remove at-risk vessels before they become derelict, which helps Florida’s environment and public safety.  

The Division of Law Enforcement’s Boating and Waterways Section is spearheading a multi-year effort to dramatically reduce the backlog of derelict vessels currently on Florida’s waters. These vessels cause the destruction of valuable seagrass resources and endanger marine life. They also threaten human life, safety and property as they drift on or beneath the surface of the water or block navigable waterways, posing a navigational hazard to the boating public.  

Recent legislation enables the FWC to create a Derelict Vessel Prevention Program, and the VTIP is one component of the FWC’s approach to derelict vessel prevention.

“Commissioners receive numerous contacts from the public about derelict vessels and I know the establishment of this new program will really make a difference,” said FWC Chairman Rodney Barreto. “Thanks to the efforts of Senator Ben Albritton, Representative Josie Tomkow, Representative Jay Trumbull and Senator Kelli Stargel, we’ve received the resources and the legislative support to make this program a reality.” 

Derelict vessels are more costly and complicated to remove than at-risk vessels. A VTIP will prevent vessels from becoming derelict by removing them from the state’s waters when they are at risk of becoming derelict, which will result in cost savings for taxpayers and ultimately fewer DVs appearing on Florida waters. The VTIP is designed to allow owners of vessels at risk of becoming derelict the ability to voluntarily turn the at-risk vessel over to the state for removal and destruction. 

“Derelict vessels are a priority for the FWC. Establishing the Vessel Turn-In Program provides a voluntary pathway for owners to remove at-risk vessels from the water before becoming derelict, thereby reducing future costs of removal. Removing at-risk vessels from Florida’s waterways before they become derelict is not only a win for the environment but also for public safety, taxpayers and the vessel owners,” said Col. Roger Young, director of the FWC Division of Law Enforcement

View the Commission meeting agenda and documents at MyFWC.com/Commission by clicking on “Commission Meetings” and the agenda under “July 13-14, 2022.”

Former Commissioner Albion campaigns to return to District 5 seat

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Former Commissioner Albion campaigns to return to District 5 seat

Albion successfully served 14 years prior to Commissioner Frank Mann

FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 14, 2022) – John Albion, a Republican who successfully represented District 5 on the Lee County Board of County Commissioners from 1992 to 2006, is vying to regain that seat after the June passing of Commissioner Frank Mann. Albion will put his experienced leadership to work to advocate for low taxes, water quality, infrastructure improvements and balanced growth.

“The unfortunate passing of my friend Commissioner Mann has left a void both personally and within the community,” said Albion. “I would honor the opportunity to fill his seat and advocate for our District 5 communities and all of Lee County. The attraction to Southwest Florida is not just the lifestyle, it is the breadth of opportunities. I believe in a balance of environmental conservation and systems along with economic growth to preserve our paradise. We must do so with low taxes. You deserve to be heard and I have the passion and experience necessary to help ensure the quality of life in Lee County for generations to come.”

With the primary quickly approaching on August 23, Albion believes his leadership and experience makes him the best person to fill the District 5 vacancy for the remaining two years of the current term.

As a former Commissioner, Albion fulfilled all of his 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 campaign promises, including a $20 million Federal Grant for Cape Coral, Midpoint, and Sanibel Bridges creating a toll discount program and introducing transponders to Lee County; $15 million to widen Lee Blvd.; the building of the current airport terminal at RSW; voting to purchase more than $19 million in environmentally sensitive lands; building a regional library system; improving the park system; implementing Community Redevelopment Agency projects in Lehigh Acres, Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Springs and North Fort Myers; fighting to keep lower tax rates through accountability; and more.

As Lee County’s newly elected commissioner, Albion would advocate for:

Keeping taxes low by holding all county departments and constitutional officers accountable to meet the needs of the community for the least amount of taxpayer money.

Protecting water quality through reservoirs and assisting the state delegation to gain funding to help waterfront property owners to convert septic systems and reduce pollutants. Albion will do so in collaboration with Governor DeSantis, the USACE, the South Florida Water Management District, and through continued service on the Regional Water Supply Authority.

Proactively planning for infrastructure as population and traffic continually increase, Albion will add to his success by again fighting for available government funding to save locals time and money while increasing capacity and safety on roadways.

Environmental Conservation by balancing growth with natural surroundings. Albion voted for Conservation 2020 and has helped secure over $10 million in additional grants to preserve the environment while respecting private property rights.

Economic Growth by attracting desirable companies and improving low wage issues in the area.

“Improving our quality of life is best achieved by building tremendous partnerships with our communities and local businesses,” said Albion. “Strong collaboration with local governments on every level was instrumental in building effective partnerships during my time as commissioner.”

Albion has an impressive record of advocating for responsible growth and development while maintaining the quality of life for all in Lee County. He played a role in the development of the Horizon Council and Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs), worked through the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council (which he also chaired), and the Metropolitan Planning Organization which provided state funding for roads. Albion has also served as Chairman of the County Commission three times; Member of the Lee County Port Authority for 14 years; Chairman and Treasurer of the Regional Planning Council; Smart Growth Task Force Member; Commissioner Liaison for Economic Development; Chairman of the Tourist Development Council; Chairman of the CRA; and many more. These organizations have been instrumental in bringing positive change to the entire region.

After 14 years as District 5 Commissioner, Albion went on to serve as Executive Director for the Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. He then joined Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Property Southwest Florida as a Director in 2013 where he continues to serve clients today.

“I am the only candidate with a proven history as a County Commissioner and a track record that the community can have great confidence in. They will have my ear and we’re going to accomplish so much together,” said Albion.

A Special Election to fill the District 5 seat will coincide with the regular election cycle, with a party Primary on August 23, and General Election held on Nov. 8.

For more information, or to make a contribution, please visit ElectJohnAlbion.com, and Albion’s Facebook.

About John Albion

John was born on August 26, 1962, in Lynn, Mass, and he grew up in Framingham, Mass. He attended is a 1984 Graduate of The Centre College in Kentucky with a B.A. in Government and a minor in English. John came to this area immediately after college. He received his Real Estate License in 1984. John became the Real estate broker for Safe-T Realty in 1985. John and Lauri were married in September of 1989.  They have three beautiful children:  Jake, David, and Hannah. He was employed in his family’s business, Safe-T-Storage, as Director of Operations from 1984 until 1992. In November of 1992, John was elected to the Lee County Commission serving District 5. He worked passionately for his constituents for 14 years until 2006. While in office, John was tasked with many leadership assignments (see below). After leaving public office, John went on to serve as the Executive Director for the Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. He joined Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Property Southwest Florida as a Director in 2013 where he continues to service clients today.

Two Burmese pythons, clutch of eggs and hatchlings found and removed from Big Cypress National Preserve 

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Two Burmese pythons, clutch of eggs and hatchlings found and removed from Big Cypress National Preserve 

Shortly before midnight on July 11, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Officer Matthew Rubenstein was on patrol in Big Cypress National Preserve. That evening, he encountered a South Florida Water Management District python removal contractor, Alex McDuffie. Little did Officer Rubenstein know he would assist McDuffie with the removal of a large number of invasive Burmese pythons from this sensitive habitat later in the evening. 

McDuffie was in the process of catching and bagging a Burmese python hatchling from the area. The python appeared to be freshly hatched, so they began searching the immediate area for more hatchlings. They found a female Burmese python on a nest containing 23 unhatched eggs and 18 additional python hatchlings. Nearby, they found a separate nest site but no snakes were present. All the snakes and unhatched eggs will be turned over to Big Cypress National Preserve.   

McDuffie reported to Officer Rubenstein that upon returning to the same site the following evening, he removed a second breeding female, which measured 17 feet, 6 inches long. 

Under the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis, the FWC is partnering with the South Florida Water Management District and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida for the 2022 Florida Python Challenge®. On June 16, Governor DeSantis announced opening of registration for the 2022 Florida Python Challenge®. The annual 10-day event will be held August 5-14. Members of the public are now able to take the required online training and register to compete to win thousands of dollars in prizes while removing invasive Burmese pythons from the wild. The competition is open to both professional and novice participants. Active duty military personnel and veterans who register for the competition will be eligible for additional prizes. 

Visit FLPythonChallenge.org to register for the competition, take the online training, register for optional in-person trainings, learn more about Burmese pythons and the unique Everglades ecosystem, and find resources for planning your trip to south Florida to participate in the Florida Python Challenge®.  

Participants in the 2021 Florida Python Challenge® removed 223 invasive Burmese pythons from the Everglades, more than double the number that were removed in 2020. Over 600 people from 25 states registered to take part in the 10-day competition in 2021.  

In addition to python removal efforts on public lands, pythons may be humanely killed on private lands at any time with landowner permission — no permit or hunting license required — and the FWC encourages people to remove and kill pythons from private lands whenever possible. 

About Invasive Burmese Pythons  

Burmese pythons are not native to Florida and negatively impact native species. They are found primarily in and around the Everglades ecosystem in south Florida where they prey on birds, mammals and other reptiles. A female Burmese python can lay 50 to 100 eggs at a time. More than 16,000 Burmese pythons have been removed since 2000. For more information on Burmese pythons, visit MyFWC.com/Python.

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Shop for unique gifts for unique people! Browse handcrafted items in the Alliance gallery and buy directly from the makers at our Summer Art Market & Sale – it doesn’t get much more local than that! Bring the whole family and all your friends, explore vibrant works from over 120 local artists with our gallery exhibition, enjoy food trucks and so much more!

Summer Art Market & Sale

Thursday, July 14 • Sip and shop at the Alliance! Beat the summer heat and enjoy our air-conditioned gallery where you will enjoy exploring a wide variety of mediums for sale such as paintings, photography, jewelry, potted succulents, and more, all hand-created through the artists’ talents and passion for their work!

Keep in mind, we are past the six-month mark to the Holiday Season and this event will provide you the perfect head start in purchasing unique gifts for the special people in your life. Perfect presents start here!

Additionally, shop the Alliance for the Arts gift shop, featuring work from over 75 local and regional artists. Alliance members will receive a 10% discount on every purchase from the gift shop.

And when you get hungry, there will be food trucks conveniently located outside to appease your shopping-induced appetite. We welcome you to bring as many friends as you wish to enjoy mingling with your neighbors and local artists!

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Experience Live Theatre with Our 2022/23 Season

It’s here: Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts’ 29th consecutive season! Once again we are bringing you another exciting season of affordable, quality entertainment that covers the classic to the cutting edge. New playwrights like Selina Fillinger, what will be our 5th production out of the 10 plays that make up August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, the world premiere of local favorite Derek Lively’s The Last Show, our off the wall production of Clown Bar by Adam Szymkowicz and more. There is something for everyone!

Experience it all with a season subscription and receive up to $36 in savings! If you plan on attending multiple shows, we have a variety of flexible subscription packages that will fit any budget and offer you more freedom in your schedule.

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Submit a Class or Workshop Proposal

Let’s work together! Are you interested in teaching a class or workshop at the Alliance for the Arts? We’re looking for a variety of offerings that entertain, inspire and connect us – from fine art classes, to crafting, cooking, spoken word, abstract painting and everything in between.

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Playing with Pastels Family Playdate (Ages 5+)

Saturday, July 16 • Bring your family! Artists of all ages will flourish in an atmosphere of play, experimentation and individual artistic expression. We’ll start by seeing the world through each others’ eyes, and then create individual interpretations in dry pastels. Using shapes, colors and marks unique to this uniquely vibrant medium, you’ll get encouraging guidance and personalized attention which will guide artistic development.

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Bob Ross Classic “Waterside Way” (Ages 13+)

Saturday Workshop, July 23 • Join Mathew Halstead, CRI of Lazy Painter Brushworks, for a classic Bob Ross painting workshop with friends at the Alliance. Find freedom on a canvas as Mathew leads you from start to finish though creating a version of Bob’s “Waterside Way” painting. Students will take home a finished 12×16 painting. ALL SUPPLIES and boxes for transport will be provided. Come enjoy the Bob Ross philosophy of, “there are no mistakes, just happy accidents.”

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Beginner Painting Workshop (Ages 16+)

Wednesday Workshop, July 25 • Are you interested in working with acrylic paints, but not sure how to get started? In this workshop, we’ll introduce you to the fundamentals of acrylics and acrylic painting! By the end of this course you will be equipped with the know-how to pick up a brush and start experimenting with acrylics- in a fun, friendly environment!

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Beginner / Intermediate Knitting Workshop (Ages 10+)

Saturday Workshop, July 30 • This workshop is for those who have never picked up knitting needles and for those who have some experience and want to learn a new stitch or two! This workshop is for those who have never picked up knitting needles and for those who have some experience and want to learn a new stitch or two! By the end of this workshop you’ll be ready to make more tiny hedgehogs, or whatever knitted project your heart desires.

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Clown Bar by Adam Szymkowicz and directed by Bill Taylor

August 18 – 28 • Join us for this immersive experience as we transform the Alliance theatre into the Clown Bar, plunging you into the dark and secret world of these hilarious, yet frightening, gangster clowns!

Clown Bar by Adam Szymkowic with music and additional lyrics by Adam Overett is a zany Clown noir-dramedy. When Happy Mahoney’s younger brother Timmy is gunned down, he returns to the world of organized clown crime he left behind. Will Happy be able to face his past, discover the killer and get out alive without getting sucked into the underbelly of vice and violence that’s nearly impossible to escape at the Clown Bar? Find out in this crazy production!

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Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6)

Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) is Americans for the Arts’ sixth economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry in the U.S. The study is conducted approximately every five years to gauge the economic impact (on employment, government revenue, and household income) of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and the event-related spending by their audiences.

The AEP6 study is happening in 387 U.S. communities, so surveys may be coming to an arts event near you! If you meet your local arts workers out and about with surveys, please consider taking a few minutes to anonymously share information about your reasons for attending the arts and any spending related to the event. Survey responses will contribute to a better understanding of the powerful economic impact of the arts in your community and nationwide!

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Periwinkle Garden Club Donates Artist's Rain Barrel

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Periwinkle Garden Club donates artist’s rain barrel and butterfly sign to Edison and Ford Winter Estates

FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 11, 2022) — Edison and Ford Winter Estates recently received a donated rain barrel and a butterfly sign from the Periwinkle Garden Club. The rain barrel was painted by artist Marie Dyer, who teaches painting classes at the Estates, and the butterfly sign was designed by Nick Bodvin, a long-time, local butterfly gardener.

When Thomas Edison arrived to Fort Myers in 1885, he purchased 13 acres along the Caloosahatchee River from Samuel Summerlin, a prominent cattle rancher. The property included a “cracker” (the nickname for Florida cowboys) house, which became Edison’s caretaker’s home. Today, it is one of the oldest standing structures in Lee County. The barrel is installed outside that same house; collected rain will be used to water plants in the nearby garden beds.

The Edisons would have similarly collected rain to water their crops and gardens. The artist’s painting on the barrel depicts “crackers” herding cattle in Southwest Florida. The scene is one that Edison himself may have witnessed — back when Fort Myers’ population was only about 350 and the largest industry was cattle ranching.

The butterfly sign was installed in the new butterfly garden between the side of the museum and Larchmont Avenue, near the Garden Shoppe. It represents the many butterflies that visitors are likely to see at the Estates. The butterfly garden includes a shaded path for visitors to stroll, or they may sit on a bench and observe butterflies.

For locals wanting to create a butterfly garden of their own, many of the plants featured in the garden are sold in the Garden Shoppe. A butterfly gardening talk will be offered at the Estates on September 10 and will provide guests with information on how to attract butterflies to a home garden. Tickets for the talk are $10 for Edison Ford members, or $15 for non-members.

Mina Edison enjoyed gardening at her Fort Myers estate and became involved in many community projects, including efforts to beautify the city. In 1928, the Periwinkle Garden Club was founded and Mina Edison was one of the initial members. Today, Edison and Ford Winter Estates hosts many gardening events and classes in Mina’s honor. Tours are offered daily and specialty garden tours are available by appointment through the horticulture department. To purchase tickets or check the calendar for upcoming events, visit EdisonFord.org.

SBA Upcoming Webinars & Workshops

Upcoming Webinars & Workshops Building Credit for your Business - July 12 1pmThe Building Credit…

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Building Credit for your Business – July 12 1pm
The Building Credit webinar summarizes the importance of small business owners having a good personal and business credit history.
About this event
After completing this training, participants will understand the following:
1. How the personal and business credit reporting landscape relates to their business
2. What goes into the personal and business credit reports and scores used to assess credit profiles
3. How to establish and build strong personal and business credit histories to support the growth and sustainability of their business
4. How lenders and other businesses may use personal and business credit reports and scores to assess lending risk or evaluate other business-to-business opportunities;
5. How the use of credit reporting services can help small business owners make sound decisions
6. How to leverage strong personal and business credit histories to obtain satisfactory financing terms
7. How to recognize when business and personal credit history may become a bigger factor in seeking larger financing options
Building Credit for your Business Tickets, Tue, Jul 12, 2022 at 1:00 PM | Eventbrite

Starting a Business in Florida – July 13 12pm
If you’ve been considering starting your own small business, but are unsure of how and where to begin, don’t miss out on this presentation. You will be provided with step-by-step information about how to start a business in Florida.
Starting a Business in FL | SCORE

Business Structure – Which Should I Choose? – July 14 11am
Learn the difference between Sole Proprietorship, LLC, S-Corp as well as the importance of copyrights, trademarks and patents. Thinking about starting a business but you don’t know where to start? Join this informational webinar to learn about the different types of business structures such as Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, LLC, S-Corp as well as the importance of copyrights, trademarks and patents.
Business Structure – Which Should I Choose? Tickets, Thu, Jul 14, 2022 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite

Crédito Personal y Crédito Comercial – July 19 11am
Descubra cómo sus puntajes crediticios personales y comerciales pueden afectar las oportunidades de financiamiento.
La Administración Para Pequeños Negocios de los Estados Unidos con sus oficinas en el Sur de Florida (SBA – South Florida District office) y el Centro de Negocios para las Mujeres de la Bahia de Tampa (TBWBC) ofrecerán una presentación de asesoramiento crediticio para ayudar a los propietarios de pequeñas empresas a entender la importancia de porqué se debe tener un buen crédito y cómo el mismo puede afectar directamente el éxito de su negocio.
Crédito Personal y Crédito Comercial Tickets, Tue, Jul 19, 2022 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite

How to Perform Insightful Market Research – July 20 12pm
Are you looking to identify who your prospective customers are and create targeted B2B and B2C prospective customer lists? Discover the power of Mergent Intellect, which contains detailed company profiles, industry overviews, and forecasts powered by Dun & Bradstreet; custom market research; residential contact information and consumer data powered by Claritas/Nielsen. Learn how to filter and export lists at will based on company criteria like location, size, revenue, industry NACIS/SIC codes, to target your B2B potential clients, or based on demographics to target your B2C prospective customers. Once you have the lists, you can use traditional or digital marketing channels to nurture and sell to them.
How to Perform Insightful Market Research and Generate Free Client Lists | SCORE

Deep Dive into Microsoft Excel – July 21 1pm
Take a dive into the intermediate features of Excel formatting, functions, and accessibility.
Microsoft Office presents this webinar guiding you through the intermediate features of Excel formatting, functions, and accessibility. Attendees taking this course should have a strong understanding of Excel’s basic features, navigation, functions, and custom formulas.
Objectives:
• Expand knowledge of notable functions in Excel
• Understand a wide variety of cell formatting to manipulate and interpret data
• Learn to create Pivot tables for data analyzation
• Understand options to restrict and protect data in Excel
• Utilize accessibility options in Excel using the Check Accessibility tool and how to add alternative text
Deep Dive into Microsoft Excel Tickets, Thu, Jul 21, 2022 at 1:00 PM | Eventbrite

Grow Your Business with a SWOT Analysis – July 27 12pm
A SWOT (strengths. weaknesses. opportunities. threats.) analysis is fundamental in identifying the critical factors you need to be aware of when growing your business.
Grow Your Business with a SWOT Analysis | SCORE

Cybersecurity for Federal Contractors – July 28 12pm
This will be the fourth in our series of Expert Speaker Series events focused on the topic of cybersecurity for federal contractors. This session will focus on providing some framework and tools for OSCs (that’s “Organizations Seeking Certification” in case you are wondering) to understand their compliance requirement and what to expect from MSPs (Managed Service Providers) as they offer to provide support. This will be a panel discussion format, moderated by Kara Vernon, Florida PTAC at UCF Counselor.
CMMC 2.0: Understanding OSC and MSP Compliance (floridasbdc.org)

Overview of SBA Programs and Services – August 3 12pm
This class covers the programs and services that the Small Business Administration (SBA) offers to help you start and grow your business. Although the SBA is usually associated with loans, this overview will run through the SBA Loan Programs as well as our other programs and services including Counseling, Export Assistance, Government Contracting, Surety Bonds, and Disaster Assistance.
Overview of SBA Programs and Services | SCORE

Mining Your Business – August 6 10am
Learn how to grow your business, access government contracts, funding, and other resources to take YOUR BUSINESS from ordinary to extraordinary.
Mining Your Business Tickets, Sat, Aug 6, 2022 at 10:00 AM | Eventbrite

Valerie's House to Host Celebrating Charlotte July 30

TICKETS ON SALE FOR “CELEBRATING CHARLOTTE” HOSTED BY VALERIE’S HOUSE Sponsors announced for July 30…

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TICKETS ON SALE FOR “CELEBRATING CHARLOTTE”

HOSTED BY VALERIE’S HOUSE

Sponsors announced for July 30 event

PORT CHARLOTTE, FLA., July 12, 2022 – Tickets are now on sale for “Celebrating Charlotte,” the first-ever fund-raising event hosted by Valerie’s House to support Charlotte County children grieving the loss of loved ones.

“Celebrating Charlotte: Celebrating What Makes This Home” is the theme of the fund-raiser planned at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on July 30.

General admission tickets are $25 with children under 12 admitted free with one paying adult.  VIP tickets are $35 each and entitle the purchaser to shop one hour before the doors officially open.  Tickets can be purchased at www.valerieshouse.org/events

“We are so pleased with how the community is embracing our first-ever fund-raising event in Charlotte County,” said Christine Carey, director of the Charlotte County Valerie’s House.  “We have some wonderful sponsors who are joining us in celebrating Charlotte and what makes this such a wonderful place to live.”

Burnt Store Title of SWFL has signed on as the presenting sponsor.  Other sponsors are Dillard’s, Aloia│Roland Attorneys at Law, Millennium Physician Group, State Farm-Mike Martin, and Sun News Media.

Other sponsorships are available from $3,000 to $5,000 by contacting Carey at 239-841-0382 or emailing her at christine@valerieshouse.org

Organizers are planning a day of food samples from some of Charlotte County’s best restaurants, select local brewery tastings, fashion and shopping in the marketplace for unique creations and hand-made items.

Dillard’s will present a fashion show and provide mini make-up makeovers.

“We’re also looking for vendors who want to showcase their products.  Specifically, we are encouraging restaurants, breweries, crafts, salons, home good stores, women’s clothing stores and more to get involved,” Carey said.

Vendor space is available for $125 or $75 plus a donated auction basket.  A 50/50 drawing also will be conducted.

All funds raised at the event will be used to support programming costs of Valerie’s House in Charlotte County, including materials for group nights and school groups, staff for group nights, counseling services, legal, financial and food assistance for grieving children and families. All services are offered free of charge to grieving families.

Valerie’s House, which is headquartered in Fort Myers, has provided grief support services to 245 Charlotte County children and 76 caregivers since its opening in Charlotte County in 2019.  Grief support groups are offered at 1st United Methodist Church in Punta Gorda and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Charlotte with additional services offered at the Family Services Center in Port Charlotte.

Valerie’s House was founded in 2016 by Angela Melvin, whose own mother was killed in a car accident in 1987, and has expanded to include locations in Fort Myers and Naples as well as Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte.

One in seven children in Florida is predicted to lose a parent or sibling before the age of 25, according to the 2022 Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model.

Valerie’s House is fully supported by community donations.

About Valerie’s House

Valerie’s House opened in January 2016 and has served more than 2,000 children and their families from Charlotte, Sarasota, Glades, Lee, Hendry and Collier, counties as well as the Florida panhandle. The organization provides a safe, comfortable place for children to share, grieve and heal together following the death of a close family member. Valerie’s House has five locations: 1762 Fowler St. in downtown Fort Myers, 819 Myrtle Terrace in Naples, and grief support groups meetings at 1st United Methodist Church at 507 West Marion Ave. in Punta Gorda and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2565 Tamiami Trail, in Port Charlotte. Support services also are available at the Charlotte Family Services Center at 21500 Gibralter Drive in Port Charlotte.  For more information, visit www.valerieshouse.org

Introduction to Construction Management at FGCU!

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CONRIC pr + marketing appoints Marin Asher as Chief Operating Officer

CONRIC pr + marketing appoints Marin Asher as Chief Operating Officer FORT MYERS, Fla. (July…

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CONRIC pr + marketing appoints Marin Asher as

Chief Operating Officer

FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 12, 2022) – CONRIC pr + marketing is excited to welcome Marin Asher to the agency to help lead the company’s growing team of marketing professionals as their Chief Operating Officer. Asher will oversee the business’s day-to-day administrative and operational functions in this role.

“I’m honored for this opportunity to work side-by-side with such a talented group of individuals. I’ve admired and respected the company’s high standards and commitment to serving our community for many years,” said Asher. “I plan to use my extensive marketing background and passion for collaboration to help the CONRIC team, and ultimately our clients, achieve their highest potential!”

Asher’s marketing career spans over two decades and includes experience in video production, graphic design, web development, online marketing, advertising sales, magazine publishing, event promotion, copywriting, and photography. Most recently, Asher was the Director of Sales & Marketing for a local service-based business where she wrote and directed an Addy Award winning 30 second television commercial as part of a successful 2022 advertising campaign. In addition to overseeing all aspects of the marketing, she also developed and managed an inside sales team which helped increase the company’s sales by 28%.

“We are thrilled to have Marin join our team. Her diverse skill set combined with an ability to connect with people and see the big picture is exactly what we need right now,” said CONRIC pr + marketing president and chief marketing officer Connie Ramos-Williams. “This year marks CONRIC’s 15th Anniversary, and we’re growing stronger than ever. As COO, Marin will ensure that we continue maintaining the same quality and attention to detail that our clients have come to know and appreciate from us.”

Since moving to Fort Myers in 2002, Asher has utilized her marketing talents and connections within the community to support many nonprofits in the area. She is currently the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Our Mother’s Home of Southwest Florida, an organization that helps young mothers achieve independence and success.

See the successful campaigns CONRIC creates daily for businesses and community organizations at conricpr.com. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 239-690-9840.

CONRIC pr + marketing

CONRIC pr + marketing is a leading national creative digital marketing, branding, public relations, advertising, and web development agency headquartered in Southwest Florida. Connie Ramos-Williams launched the award-winning, full-service agency in 2007. The firm serves a diverse portfolio of clients in 35 states across the country in industry sectors, including financial, legal, education, medical, government, non-profit, hospitality, manufacturing, construction, real estate, association, and salon and spa. CONRIC was named Gulfshore Business magazine’s Best Advertising Agency and Best Public Relations Firm in the region. The agency has earned multiple Image Awards from the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association and Golden Image Awards from its statewide chapter, Charlie Awards from the Florida Magazine Association, national Addy Awards from the American Advertising Federation, an international MUSE Award for creative design, an Industry Appreciation Award for Business Diversity and a 2021 Uncommon Friends Business Ethics Award Finalist. CONRIC pr + marketing has offices located at 5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd., Suite 307 in Fort Myers, and 1415 Panther Lane in Naples. For more information, call 239-690-9840 or visit conricpr.com.

Fort Myers CRA Special Planning Workshop Notice

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Fort Myers CRA Special Planning Workshop Notice

The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency will hold a
Special Planning Workshop on these dates:

Thursday, July 21, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
and
Friday, July 22, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The workshop will be held at:

Riverside Community Center
3061 E. Riverside Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33916

Please contact the CRA Office for assistance if needed.

Phone: (239) 321-7100
Email: cra@cityftmyers.com

We hope to see you there.
Thank you!