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By Staff | Apr 28, 2017

‘Cinco de FINS Parking Lot Party’ next Friday to benefit Hope Hospice

FINS Seafood & Dive Bar, located at 3422 Del Prado Blvd., S., in Cape Coral, is hosting “Cinco de FINS Parking Lot Party” Friday, May 5, to benefit Hope Hospice.

Managing partner Kelly Feather said she chose Hope for this event in memory of her stepmother, Gwen Hope Feather, who served as Hope’s director of patient services and as a member of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Social Work Advisory Board.

The taco eating contest and piata bashing event will be held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free, and guests will enjoy special pricing on food and beverages. Preregistration is required. For more information, call 239-984-5449 or visit FINS Seafood & Dive Bar on Facebook.

Hope Healthcare is a not-for-profit health care organization dedicated to providing care and comfort to every individual and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey.

For more information, call 239-482-4673 or visit www.HopeHCS.org.

Passenger count at FSW down slightly in March

During March, 1,252,124 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, a slight decrease of 1.4 percent compared to March 2016. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is down 2.8 percent from the same period last year.

The traffic leader in March was Southwest with 303,545 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Delta Air Lines (247,253), American (151,735), Spirit (132,142) and JetBlue (129,141).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 10,535 aircraft movements (takeoffs and landings), a decrease of 1.3 percent compared to March 2016. Page Field saw 10,579 movements, a 1.1 percent decrease from March 2016. In addition, more than 3 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in March 2017, an increase of 6.2 percent compared to March 2016.

Southwest Florida International Airport served 8.6 million passengers in 2016 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 www.flylcpa.com or Like Us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/flyRSW.

Buc-ee’s announces expansion plans into Florida, Alabama

Buc-ee’s, the popular Texas-based gas station and convenience store chain, has announced plans to expand operations into the southern United States. Known for plentiful gas pumps, delicious, freshly made travel snacks and award-winning clean restrooms, Buc-ee’s is scheduled to break ground in Florida in 2018. The Daytona Beach Travel Center will be Buc-ee’s first location outside of Texas and will be followed by new locations in Fort Myers, Fla., and Baldwin County, Ala.

Following its first store opening in 1982 in Lake Jackson, Buc-ee’s has steadily gained a loyal customer following and become widely known for Buc-ee’s Beaver Nuggets, a decadent caramel coated snack; freshly made barbecue, sandwiches and pastries; an assortment of Buc-ee’s jerky, fresh fudge and other homemade staples; unique apparel, gifts and handmade craft items, including products featuring the chain’s popular buck-toothed “Beaver” mascot; and gear for enjoying the outdoors

Once open, the 50,000-square-foot Daytona Beach Travel Center will become the largest gas station/convenience store in the state of Florida. It will offer products tailored to the Florida market, and will feature at least 120 fueling positions.

About Buc-ee’s

Founded in 1982, Buc-ee’s has 32 convenience stores and travel centers in Texas. The company also operates the largest convenience store in the world, located in New Braunfels, Texas. The New Braun-fels Travel Center covers 68,000 square feet and features 120 fueling positions, 83 toilets, 31 cash registers 4 Icee machines and 80 fountain dispensers. Buc-ee’s is based in Lake Jackson, also home to the company’s first convenience store, which is still in operation. For more information, visit www.buc-ees.com.

7-Eleven franchise seminar May 18

7-Eleven will host a seminar on local franchise opportunities Thursday, May 18, from 5-7 p.m. The program will offer information on current franchise opportunities and how to apply.

Applications can be filled out prior to the seminar, giving potential franchisees the opportunity to attend seminar and be one step closer in the application process.

The seminar will be held at the 78-Eleven Fort Myers office at 9351 Cypress Lake Drive. For more information, call t 1-800-782-0711 or visit franchise.7-eleven.com/franchise/seminar-sign-up

Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD, office collects 930 pounds of food for Harry Chapin Food Bank

Pediatric Dentistry of Fort Myers, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD, and his staff collected 930 pounds of canned food donations during their “Touch-a-Truck” event. All food collected will benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.

Pediatric Dentistry of Fort Myers, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD, continues to provide pediatric dental care to children for over 25 years. Areas of service include comprehensive dental exams, cleanings, composite fillings, dental hygiene education, extractions, fluoride treatments, sealants, sedation dentistry, space maintainers, x-rays and tooth nerve treatment.

For more information, visit www.DrVerwest.com or (239) 482-2722.

FGCU Small Business Development Center to host women’s entrepreneur forum

The Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University will host “Evolutionary Women Entrepreneurs: Women’s Knowledge Circle” at the FGCU Sugden Welcome Center Tuesday, May 16, from 9-11 a.m. The cost is $10.

Topic discussions on the forum will focus on employment law, professional speaking, internet marketing, social media and philanthropy. Register online at http://bit.ly/2pPtIJe.

Attendees will learn how to overcome challenges for female entrepreneurs regardless if they are in the beginning stage and later stage of their business. The forum panelists include Heather Christie, Nicole S. Cooper, Batya Maman, Christina Schwinn and Brenda Tate.

The FSBDC at FGCU offers one-on-one, confidential, no-cost consulting and low-cost workshops for businesses throughout Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades counties. It is designated by the state as Florida’s principal provider of business assistance. The Florida SBDC at FGCU is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

For more information, contact Amanda Stirn at astirn@fgcu.edu.

FPRASWFL to present workshop

The Florida Public Relations Association Southwest Florida Chapter will present a workshop Tuesday, May 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The Edison Restaurant, 3583 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. The luncheon will give attendees a look at how local neighborhood restaurant First Watch has whipped up a better breakfast experience with fresh food and fresh social media marketing.

First Watch public relations and communications manager Eleni Kouvatsos will discuss some of the ways in which the company has been able to maintain a local, neighborhood feel and build brand loyalty as it’s grown to hundreds of location in dozens of states. Kouvatsos will also talk about why media relationships and localized social media efforts are more important now more than ever before and the benefits of leveraging mobile marketing at the local level, across all channels.

The cost for attending the May luncheon is $25 for members, $35 for non-members and $15 for students. Space is limited so please register early. Guests must RSVP online at fpraswfl.org.

Luncheon sponsorships ranging from $250 to $500 are available. Sponsors will receive acknowledgement in news releases, complimentary event admission, table display to showcase promotional items, visibility on electronic and print marketing and more, depending on level. For more information or to become a sponsor, please contact Trish Robertson at trishrobertson@collier-gov.net.

The Florida Public Relations Association is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. For more information on the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association, please visit fpraswfl.org.

Abuse Counseling and Treatment Inc. appoints Sheehy to its board

Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc., whose mission is to serve victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking, recently appointed CONRIC PR & Marketing’s chief marketing strategist, Ryan Sheehy, to its board of directors. Sheehy brings a 17-year marketing communication career and passion for mental health advocacy to help further the organization’s goals.

With a multi-million dollar operational budget, ACT relies on the generous support of the community to drive donations to help run its facilities in Lee and Hendry Counties and support key programming to fulfill its mission. The 2017 lineup of activities include: the “Poker Run” to Benefit ACT on May 28 at Six Bends Harley-Davidson; “Firefighters versus Law Enforcement Officers Basketball Tournament,” as well as ACT’s premiere annual event, “Arts for ACT” at the Hyatt Coconut Point on Nov. 11

Sheehy leads CONRIC PR & Marketing’s creative marketing and communications team. She conceptualizes and directs fully integrated marketing communication campaigns for a diverse group of clients. She is accredited in public relations, launched her career in the theme park capital of the world, Orlando, and has more than 17 years experience representing companies like Broadway Across America and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

Retina Consultants’ physicians named Castle Connolly Top Doctors

Five physicians with Retina Consultants of Southwest Florida have been named “Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. in New York – Retina Consultants founder Joseph P. Walker, M.D.; Glenn L. Wing, M.D. – Physician Emeritus; Paul A Raskauskas, M.D.; Tom Ghuman, M.D.; and Ashish Sharma, M.D.

All five are repeat winners of the Top Doctors designation, and all five see patients at their Cape Coral office at 106 Del Prado Blvd., S.

Other physicians in the practice include Dr. Donald C. Fletcher, low vision rehabilitation specialist, and the newest retina specialist, Dr. Katrina Mears.

Selections are made through a national survey of physicians and hospital administrators conducted by Castle Connolly, an independent research and information company that is the nation’s leading provider of information on top physicians.

Retina Consultants of Southwest Florida is an experienced team of retina specialists with combined experience of more than 125 years. Doctors with Retina Consultants of Southwest Florida are members of the American Society of Retina Specialists, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Medical Association.

Retina Consultants of Southwest Florida offers all FDA-approved therapies for retina eye disease and is a leader in clinical research through the National Ophthalmic Research Institute, including clinical trials funded by the National Eye Institute and other public and private medical research foundations. Five offices are conveniently located in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples and Port Charlotte.

Stevens celebrates 20 years in business with new logo and website

Douglas Stevens, MD Facial Plastic and Laser Center, a leading practice in Southwest Florida for facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, is celebrating its 20th year in practice with a brand new website, along with a redesigned logo.

In early 2016, Stevens and his staff started this journey to a new, more updated look.

Stevens will still be providing the high-quality facial plastic and reconstructive surgery that he has been known for during the last 20 years. For three consecutive years (2015, 2016, 2017), he has been recognized as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and has also achieved Suneva Medical’s Bella Diamond provider status, placing him among the top 1 percent of Bellafill providers nationwide.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call patient advisor Amy Miller at the office of Douglas Stevens, MD at (239) 481-9292 or visit www.douglasstevensmd.com.

Located at 15721 New Hampshire Court in Fort Myers, the practice provides both surgical and non-surgical alternatives for facial rejuvenation and reconstruction. Call (39-481-9292 or visit DouglasStevensMD.com.

8th Annual Chrysalis Awards today

For the eighth consecutive year, the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau and the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual Celebration of Business & Tourism Chrysalis Awards Luncheon and Trade Show Friday, April 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Sanibel Harbour Marriott.

The Chrysalis Awards signify an ongoing partnership between the business and tourism communities that are working together to increase the business community’s awareness of the tourism industry and to help tourism partners better understand the needs of non-hospitality businesses. The awards ceremony is designed to foster a stronger alliance between the tourism industry and the county’s business community.

The Celebration of Business & Tourism Chrysalis Awards Luncheon and Trade Show is part of the VCB’s Team Tourism program, recognizing the value of tourism and community teamwork in maintaining and enhancing tourism as a major economic engine for the county.