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Business Briefs: 9/29/23

By Staff | Sep 28, 2023

RSW announces August passenger count

During August, 601,542 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers. This was a decrease of 3% compared to August 2022. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is down 13%.

The traffic leader in August was Delta with 143,430 passengers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Southwest (107,725), American (100,693), United (78,417) and JetBlue (65,050).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 5,342 aircraft operations, a decrease of 4% compared to August 2022. Page Field saw 16,082 operations, which was a 0.3% decrease compared to August 2022.

Southwest Florida International Airport served a record-breaking 10.3 million passengers in 2022 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 flylcpa.com or facebook.com/flyRSW.

Greater Fort Myers Chamber to meet

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10, sharing insights on the use of interns and employee retention.

During the luncheon, attendees will hear from Ashleigh Droz, director of internships & cooperative programs at Florida Gulf Coast University, speaking on how to keep employees engaged and how businesses can leverage internship opportunities.

Droz has 15 years of experience working in career and student development in higher education and has taught more than 80 university courses on career development, student success, work-based learning and public speaking. She is also a founding member of the FGCU PAGES Program and focuses on career exploration and preparation of humanities and social sciences majors.

The October luncheon will also feature the ARCHway Institute as the nonprofit spotlight. ARCHway Institute serves the community by providing education to increase awareness and transform perspectives around substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.

The luncheon will take place at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers Gulf Coast, at 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive in Fort Myers. Admission is $35 for chamber members and $40 for future members and includes lunch.

The event is sponsored by HBKS Wealth Advisors. To learn more or to register, visit FortMyers.org or call 239-332-2930. Registration closes Friday, Oct. 6.

Kelly joins Henderson Franklin’s Business Litigation team

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., has announced an addition to its Business Litigation department, Amantha “Amy” Kelly, who joins the firm as an associate.

Kelly’s journey to Henderson Franklin began with a successful Summer Associate internship, where she demonstrated her dedication to the practice of law. She has also gained valuable experience as a judicial intern for the Honorable Nicholas Mizell in the Middle District of Florida, Fort Myers Division.

A proud “Triple Gator,” Kelly graduated from the University of Florida, where she earned her bachelor of arts, summa cum laude, and her master of arts in history. She continued her academic journey at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, graduating cum laude with a juris doctorate.

Kelly can be reached at amantha.kelly@henlaw.com or by phone at 239-344-1251.

Henderson Franklin has served the legal needs and communities of Southwest Florida since 1924. Henderson Franklin operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Naples. For more information on Kelly or Henderson Franklin, please visit henlaw.com.