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Business Briefs 1-1-21

By Staff | Dec 30, 2020

Fort Myers Brewing Company earns gold and bronze medals at national beverage competition

Fort Myers Brewing Company’s locally crafted spiked seltzer beverages, Spyk’d Hard Seltzer, earned two medals at the U.S. Open Beverage Championships held in November in Oxford, Ohio. Fort Myers Brewing Company’s Spyk’d Mojito Hard Seltzer won a Gold medal in the Hard Seltzer Herb category and the company’s Spyk’d Lemon Lime earned the Bronze award in the Lemon-Lime category.

Fort Myers Brewing’s Spyk’d Hard Seltzer is brewed naturally gluten free with all-natural flavorings, fermented just like the company’s other popular craft brews. The refreshing spiked beverage contains 5.0% alcohol with 90 calories, 0 carbs and 0 sugar per 12-ounce pour and comes in a variety of flavors including orange, watermelon, mojito, strawberry lime and more.

Established in 2013, Fort Myers Brewing Company was the first microbrewery to open in Lee County. Founded by Rob and Jen Whyte, Fort Myers Brewing carries a signature line of flagship beers in addition to seasonal brews and small batch specialties. Its beers are poured at 1,041 locations, including 620 bars and restaurants, and are available for purchase in 421 retail outlets, including grocery, package and convenience stores. The brewery is located at 12811 Commerce Lakes Drive, Suite 28, in Fort Myers. For more information, visit FMbrew.com or call 239-313-6576.

Henderson Franklin welcomes Marra

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., has announced that John Marra has joined the firm as an associate in the Tort & Insurance Litigation Department.

Marra was a member of Henderson Franklin’s 2019 Summer Associate Program. He received his B.S. from Florida State University and his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, magna cum laude, in 2020.

Marra is originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. An avid basketball player, he was named MVP one semester at Stetson and his team won the intramural basketball championship twice. Marra will be based out of the firm’s Fort Myers office and may be reached at john.marra@henlaw.com or by phone at 239-344-1263.

Henderson Franklin is one of the largest, locally-based law firms between Tampa and Miami with 60 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 more information, visit www.henlaw.com.


FineMark National Bank & Trust provides grant to Community Cooperative

The holidays and the new year are brighter for several Southwest Florida Families, thanks to a $20,000 gift donated to Community Cooperative by FineMark National Bank & Trust. With the donation, Community Cooperative has been able to help eight families thus far with housing and other holiday needs and the list is growing.

“We are pleased to be in a position to give to individuals and families in need this holiday season,” said Joseph R. Catti, Chairman and CEO of FineMark National Bank & Trust. “As we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize it has been a very difficult year for many people in our community and we believe it is our responsibility to help those who are in need.”

Community Coopera-tive’s Building Stronger Families program is a family stability focused program that partners with the Lee County School District focused on homeless prevention. Community Coop-erative social workers work with families with children under 18 that are homeless or on the brink of becoming homeless. The program works to help clients in need become self-sufficient and rebuild their lives with dignity via a two-generation approach to help meet the needs of children and adults simultaneously to foster both academic success and break the cycle of poverty.  

Community Cooperative has seen unprecedented need during the pandemic, with triple the requests for food assistance from mobile food pantries. Funding for Community Cooperative programs comes from private donations, faith-based and corporate contributions, grant support and the United Way of Lee County.

For information on how to help, visit communitycooperative.com.


Pavese Law Firm welcomes Swick

The Pavese Law Firm this week announced that Ryan Swick has joined the firm as an associate and will be practicing in the areas of community association and planned development law, construction law and real estate development law.

Prior to joining Pavese, Swick practiced construction litigation in Miami, where he represented general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and condominium associations in construction litigation and contract matters.

Swick obtained his undergraduate degree in political science, economics and public policy from Southern Methodist Univer-sity in Dallas, Texas. He went on to obtain his Juris doctor and L.L.M. in real property development from the University of Miami School of Law.

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, business and corporate, civil litigation, condominium and homeowners’ association law, construction, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trusts, marital and family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. For more information, visit paveselaw.com.