Lee Clerk of Court opens new location in Tax Collector’s Bonita Springs office

Bonita Springs residents can now apply for passports, marriage licenses and obtain certified copies of documents without having to drive to Fort Myers or Cape Coral.

Lee County Clerk of Court Linda Doggett has partnered with Tax Collector Larry Hart to begin providing the Clerk’s recording services from 8:30am to 5:00pm at the Bonita Springs office at 25987 S. Tamiami Trail.

“While many of our services are conveniently provided online, this additional location will save drive time for thousands of customers who need to visit the Clerk’s office in person,” Doggett said. “Most importantly, this partnership gives citizens easier access to Clerk services without increasing any costs to taxpayers.”

Deeds, mortgages, notice of commencementsand all other official records can be recorded at the new location. Couples can apply for marriage licenses as well as get married at the office. Customers can also apply for passports and have their passport photos taken. Additional Clerk services may be added in the future.

To learn more about Lee County Clerk of Courts, visit leeclerk.org or call 239-533-5000.

ABOUT THE CLERK’S OFFICE:

The Florida Constitution established the Clerk of the Circuit Court as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Linda Doggett is directly elected by and accountable to Lee County residents. In addition to the role of Clerk of the Circuit Court, the Clerk is the County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, and the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Lee County.

Monday morning Yoga on the Beach FOLKS

SAVE THE DATE: Yoga on the Gazebo at Lovers Key State Park

FORT MYERS BEACH

Join us on Monday mornings for Yoga on the Gazebo at Lovers Key State Park.

The Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS)  offers Monday morning yoga on the gazebo at Lovers Key State Park every Monday at 9:30am  this season through May.


FOLKS is committed to providing high quality and affordable Yoga for everyone. Join instructor Sandy McShane for an hour of Open Vinyasa Flow (multilevel) and experience the magic of yoga on the spectacular Lovers Key gazebo on the beach.

Your participation helps to fund the future Welcome and Discovery Center, as a portion of the class fee will be donated to the FOLKS.

Bring a yoga mat, water, and any props you may need.

Be sure to give yourself time to park, and take the tram down to the gazebo.  The tram departs to the beach at 9am and 9:15am to make the class.

FEES: 

$10 per class plus park entry fee.

Park entry fees are $8 for vehicles (2-8 people), $4 for single person in vehicle, $2 for pedestrian/bicyclist.

CONTACT: For additional information please contact Sandy McShane

#774-563-8874

Yoga on the Gazebo at Lovers Key State Park will take place:

Mondays 

9:30am to 10:30am

Lovers Key State Park

8700 Estero Blvd.

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

New Non-Surgical Treatment to Correct Facial Wrinkles Introduced in Florida by Dr. Stephen Prendiville

“Genius” to Be Explained at Free Seminar

A new non-surgical option to correct facial wrinkles has been introduced in Florida by Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Stephen Prendiville.

“Genius,” a radio frequency micro-needling device that was recently approved by  the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), will be explained at a free seminar conducted by Dr. Prendiville Friday, Feb. 15, in Fort Myers.

Dr. Prendiville is the first facial plastic surgeon in the state of  Florida to offer the new Genius, which was developed by Lutronic, a global aesthetic laser medical device manufacturer.

Genius delivers radio frequency energy to a variety of depths, regardless of skin type.  It can be used for several facial rejuvenation treatments, including skin tightening, acne scarring, stretch marks, scars and improvements in skin texture, according to Dr. Prendiville. 

Dr Prendiville will explain the advantages of Genius as well as other facial rejuvenation procedures during the free seminar February 15.

                The seminar begins at 11:30 a.m. with a light lunch at Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club on McGregor Boulevard in South Fort Myers. The seminar is free, but reservations are required by calling 239-437-3900.  Space is limited.

“We’re excited to be the first in Southwest Florida to offer this new treatment.The advantage of Genius radio frequency micro-needling is that patients can get these dramatic results without laser resurfacing and virtually no downtime,” said Dr. Prendiville, who also is the medical director of the Assuage Luxury Spa in Fort Myers and Naples.  “Patients can apply makeup after just 24 hours and it is safe for all skin types.”

Using before and after pictures of actual patients, Dr. Prendiville also will discuss the latest advances in facelifts, eyelid lifts, nose surgery, lasers, and reconstructive surgery.  He also will review injectable wrinkle fillers Botox®, Sculptra®, Juvederm®; Restylane®, Restylane Silk®, Radiesse®, Voluma®, Vollure®, and Revanesse Versa® for deeper wrinkles and lines.

Another recent advance that Dr. Prendiville will discuss is SculpSure®, which is approved by the FDA as the world’s first non-invasive fat-melting laser device to treat stubborn fat in just 25 minutes.  SculpSure is available at the Assuage Luxury Spa in Naples.

                In addition to a light lunch, attendees will be able to make an appointment for a free consultation with Dr. Prendiville.

Dr. Prendiville is the only Fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon in Fort Myers who is certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.  He has performed more than 3,000 surgical procedures.

He is recognized nationally as a facelift expert with more than 20 articles published in medical journals and he has served as guest editor for Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America.

Dr. Prendiville is one of only 10 doctors in the U.S. to be honored as an Elite Inductee into the RealSelf 100 and RealSelf 500 Hall of Fame for excellent patient service and his willingness to answer patient inquiries on the RealSelf website, which is the leading online community that helps people make confident choices in elective cosmetic procedures.  To achieve Elite Inductee status, surgeons must be among the top 1 percent of more than 1,000 surgeons reviewed.

Dr. Prendiville is the past president and secretary/treasurer of the Florida Society of Facial Plastic Surgery, an association consisting of 250 facial plastic surgeons in the state.  

Dr. Prendiville graduated with his M.D. degree with high honors from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and served his residency at Georgetown University. 

He was awarded a Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at St. Louis University in Missouri, where he was a clinical instructor in the St. Louis University Department of Otolaryngology.

All surgeries are performed at Dr. Prendiville’s state-of-the-art Surgical Center adjacent to his office in South Fort Myers at 9407 Cypress Lake Drive..  The Surgical Center is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF), which is the largest accrediting body for outpatient surgical facilities in the United States. For more information about Dr. Prendiville, please visit his website at www.drprendiville.com.

Waldrop Engineering hires James Ink to lead new Fort Myers office

Waldrop Engineering is pleased to announce the addition of James Ink, P.E. as Director of Operations for their Downtown Fort Myers office. Jim has more than 35 years of development consulting experience throughout Florida. He has directed numerous complex entitlement efforts and high-profile projects. Jim has extensive expertise in waterfront-related development, including marinas, resort-hospitality, residential design and jurisdictional permitting and compliance. Jim is active in the community and serves on the City of Fort Myers Planning Board, Lee County Local Planning Agency, Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program Management Committee and several other boards and committees across Southwest Florida.

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About Waldrop Engineering
Waldrop Engineering, P.A. is a full-service development consulting firm specializing in civil engineering, landscape architecture and planning. Headquartered in Bonita Springs with branch offices in Fort Myers, Sarasota, Tampa and Orlando, the Waldrop Team offers interdisciplinary expertise founded on exceptional customer service, quality design, and a solid commitment to their clients’ success. For more information please visit www.waldropengineering.com.


United Way 2nd Annual “Taxathon,” Kicks off start of Tax Season

United Way Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee launches tax season with 12-hour free tax prep and filing to result in taxpayers claiming Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Care Credits.

WHAT: United Way holds tax preparation “Taxathon” at peak of tax season for low-income individuals and families with household incomes of $66,000 or less as part of our mission to bring back the financial stability of our community. While IRS trained volunteers provide free tax preparation, clients can visit a variety of agencies that will offer credit, job search, and with agencies and vendors such as Goodwill Job-link, Suncoast Credit Union, Florida Legal Aid, United Way 211, and more.

WHEN: Friday, February 8, 2019  

8:45 a.m. – 8:59 a.m. – Program including countdown to Taxathon with leaders from United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Counties, along with volunteers and tax filers.

9:00 a.m. Friday – 9:00 p.m. – Taxathon kick off – Volunteer tax preparers work for 12 hours

WHERE: United Way Campus – 7273 Concourse Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908

MORE: Interview opportunities with volunteer tax preparers, taxpayers, and leadership. Follow United Way Lee (@UnitedWayLHG) on Twitter using the hashtag #taxathon.

Appointments are still available. Call United Way 211 or 239-433-3900, or book online at www.UnitedWayLee.org/FreeTaxPrep If you are unable to participate at the TAXATHON on February 8th, you can make an appointment at one of our other 15 convenient locations by going to www.UnitedWayLee.org/FreeTaxPrep or call United Way 211 or 239.433.3900.

Last year, 5,000 individuals and families were able to utilize the earned income tax credit and other available credits through the United Way VITA FREE tax preparation resulting in $6.7 million coming back to our five-county region and saving an average of $250 per family in tax preparation fees.

In addition to raising funds for 95 health and human service organizations in our community, the United Way promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies, helping them to work together focusing on issues and solutions that continue to improve lives.  The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee has raised over $167 million since it was established in 1957. For more information please call United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee at (239) 433-2000 or visit www.UnitedWayLee.org.

Hodges University’s Dr. Timur and Community Foundation’s Lesage to Present at Florida College Access Summit

Hodges University’s Dr. Aysegul Timur, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Dean, Johnson School of Business, and Tessa Lesage, Director of Social Innovation and Sustainability, Southwest Florida Community Foundation, will be will be presenting during the 2019 Florida College Access Network Summit.

The presentation, entitled “Growing and Credentialing Employability Skills in SWFL – Professional Effectiveness Certificate” will be in May 2019 in Orlando. “The issue of the gaps that exist in employability skills and how to address them is critical to the continued economic growth of our region,” said Dr. Timur. “This summit is an ideal place to shed further light on the need to address this issue.”

“The professional effectiveness certificate is a great example of the FutureMakers Coalition’s ability to respond to employer needs by aligning resources and working across organizations to create an effective credentialing solution that increases employability,” said LeSage. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the FutureMakers partners work to our state partners.” 

Florida College Access Network’s mission is to create and strengthen a statewide network that catalyzes and supports communities to improve college & career preparation, access, and completion for all students.

The FutureMakers Coalition’s goal is to transform our workforce by increasing the number of Southwest Florida residents with degrees, certificates and other high-quality credentials by the year 2025. The FutureMakers Coalition encourages residents to join and support this community-changing initiative. For more information, visit www.futuremakerscoalition.com.

Hodges University, a regionally accredited, private nonprofit institution founded in 1990, prepares students to leverage higher learning in their personal, professional, and civic endeavors. With over 10,000 graduates having a 93 percent rate of continued success in careers, Hodges is recognized for developing programs that are uniquely designed and delivered to serve a diverse adult learner population. With campuses in Naples and Fort Myers, Florida, Hodges provides flexible day, evening, and online classes taught by world-class faculty for undergraduate and graduate degrees. Hodges is also designated as a Hispanic serving institution, and is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). More information about Hodges University is available at Hodges.edu.

Lake Michigan Credit Union offering federal employee consumer loan relief during government shutdown

Lake Michigan Credit Union is offering LMCU members who are qualified Federal Employees affected by the government shutdown a no fee payment deferral available on LMCU consumer loans. The offer excludes mortgages and home equity loans and lines of credit.

LMCU also has options available for low rate unsecured relief loans to those who qualify.

For further details and qualification requirements, please visit your local LMCU branch or call 800-242-9790.

LMCU Signature products:

3% Max Checking

Pays 3.00% Annual Percentage Rate on balances up to $15,000. No fees or minimum balance required.

Max Rewards Visa Credit Card

Pays cash back or points – 3% on gas, 2% on groceries and dining, 1% on everything else.

Prime Platinum Visa Credit Card

Features one of the lowest rates in the country. Named by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as the best credit card in the country for those who carry a monthly balance.

Auto, Life, and Home Insurance

Helping you make informed decisions about the best coverage for your needs.

Lake Michigan Credit Union is the largest credit union in Michigan. Employing a staff of over 1,200, LMCU’s assets exceed $6 billion, with a mortgage serviced portfolio of over $10 billion and over 430,000 members. LMCU has 53 convenient branch locations overall, including ten in southwest Florida. LMCU members have access to over 55,000 AllPoint ATMs worldwide. LMCU provides a full-range of financial services, from high interest-bearing checking accounts to personal loans, mortgages, investments and commercial banking.

To find out more, visit LMCU.org.

Vi at Bentley Village Acknowledges Employees for Years of Service

Vi at Bentley Village recently honored a total of 116 employees for their years of dedicated service to the local Life Plan Community. Lauri Sherrill who works in dining services was honored for 30 years of employment. Four people were recognized for 25 years of service. They included: Harry Oldham of the Lifestyle Department; Dominga Nieto of Dining Services; Pamela Barclay of Home Health & Wellness; and Manga Singh of Skilled Nursing & Lifestyle. In addition, three employees were honored for 20 years of service and six employees were recognized for 15 years of service.

Executive Director, Penny Smith says “Our employees work diligently to support Vi’s mission of providing a quality environment, services, and programs to enrich the lives of older adults. Their commitment to our residents is demonstrated through their choice to stay with us for many years. I am honored to work with such an outstanding team of employees.”

Vi at Bentley Village employs more than 600 people in various departments across its 156 lush acres, providing more than 12 miles of walking trails, an 18-hole par 3 golf course, a pro shop, and much more. For more information about Vi at Bentley Village, visit Naples.ViLiving.com.

About Vi: The Vi family of companies consists of 10 continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) across the United States. We have more than 30 years of experience as the owner/operator of residential communities for older adults, and have continued to work toward providing quality environments, services and programs to enrich the lives of those we serve. Our corporate office, located in downtown Chicago, Illinois, supports Vi’s 10 communities.

WINK Feeds Families Hunger Walk preliminary total is an estimated $212,000

The 11th annual WINK Feeds Families Hunger Walk Saturday featured hundreds of walkers who strolled under sunny skies on a perfect Southwest Florida day, for a common goal: to help the Harry Chapin Food Bank feed the hungry. At the end of their two-mile route, they had raised a preliminary $212,000.

The Hunger Walk, held at the Miromar Outlets in Estero, is the food bank’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

“We’re so grateful for the generous support of our wonderful volunteers and walkers who came out to support us on this beautiful, sunny day to help feed our hungry neighbors,” said Richard LeBer, food bank president and CEO.

The Walk supports emergency food programs that feed children, families, seniors and others in need through the food bank’s network of more than 150 partner agencies. These agencies operate food pantries, soup kitchens and other feeding programs that serve 28,000 Southwest Floridians each week.

All funds from the Walk will stay in the five-county area that the food bank serves: Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties.

The Walk is presented by Bill Smith Appliances & Electronics and the Copperleaf Charitable Foundation. The lead sponsor is the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. The major sponsor is 7-Eleven. We thank them and all of our other sponsors and supporters.

About the Harry Chapin Food Bank

The Harry Chapin Food Bank, an affiliate of Feeding America, is the leading hunger-relief organization in Southwest Florida. The food bank solicits, collects and stores food for distribution to families and others in need through a network of more than 150 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties, providing food to about 28,000 people a week.

For every dollar donated, the food bank can provide $8 in food value. In fiscal year 2017-18, The Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 24 million pounds of food and other grocery items, including 6.4 million pounds of fresh produce. The food, valued at $41.5 million, is the equivalent of 20 million meals for people in need. 

The Harry Chapin Food Bank is also recognized as a four-star organization by Charity Navigator, the national nonprofit watchdog organization. The food bank is also a United Way partner agency.  For more information or to make a donation, call (239) 334-7007 or visit harrychapinfoodbank.org.