Job posting: Director of Development (Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties)

Position Summary: is responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing Habitat’s individual donor program to help meet the organization’s fundraising goal and build the individual and group donor base.

Primary Responsibilities:   To secure funds for Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties by managing a group of assigned and acquired donors; assuring that as many as possible are retained as continuing donors to the organization and are upgraded in their giving and involvement.

  • The Director of Development will operate within the ‘moves management’ system which provides the structure for moving a donor from prospect to solicitation
  • Works cohesively with Community Outreach team to meet Strategic Plan
  • Supports the Vice President of Community Outreach in the Development Planning Process
  • Plans and executes a comprehensive annual giving program including prospecting, communications, solicitations, recognition and stewardship activities
  • Work to acquire new Habitat community partnerships and establish new donor relationships
  • Document all activity in donor software
  • Other duties as assigned

Necessary Personal/Professional Characteristics: 

  • Thrives on being results oriented
  • Offers creative solutions for all aspects of donor stewardship, cultivation and recognition
  • Demonstrates the ability to be persistent and authentic
  • Shows good judgment in interactions with all constituents
  • Possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Builds and maintains excellent relationships
  • Possesses the ability work independently as well as in a team setting
  • Has a positive attitude, is proactive in promoting the Habitat mission, and is eager to excel in all undertakings

Position Requirements:

  • 3-5 years’ experience in financial development
  • Valid Florida driver’s license
  • Acceptable background check

If interested, please send resume to Vince Modarelli.

Matthew Belcastro Certified as Florida Construction Law Expert

Fort Myers, Florida — Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that Attorney J. Matthew Belcastro has achieved the highest certification by The Florida Bar in Construction Law. Board certified lawyers’ experience and competency have been rigorously evaluated and have met the Bar’s highest standards for special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in the practice of law.

Belcastro is a stockholder in Henderson Franklin’s Tort & Insurance Litigation division and Chair of the firm’s Construction practice group. He concentrates his practice in construction litigation, construction contract drafting, as well as business and real estate litigation.

Belcastro has been recognized by several publications, including Florida Trend Magazine’s “Up and Comers” list, Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite and Florida Super Lawyers ® magazine for his work in the field of construction litigation.

Belcastro is a founding officer of the Lee County A.C.E Mentoring Program and is a member of the Lee County Building Industry Association (Lee BIA). He is a former board member of the Chamber of Southwest Florida, the Imaginarium and the City of Fort Myers Code Enforcement Board.

Belcastro received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College and his law degree from the University of Florida. He may be reached at 239-344-1205 or via email at

Henderson Franklin is celebrating its 95th anniversary of serving the legal needs and communities of Southwest Florida. The firm is the largest, locally-based law firm between Tampa and Miami with over 55 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 Belcastro or Henderson Franklin, please visit

Attractively priced, move-in ready homes available in Gulf Cove

Expansive floor plans, enticing new features await Port Charlotte homebuyers

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (August 14, 2019) ­­­– Brand newwell-appointed homes are move-in ready at Gulf Cove. Every new home in Gulf Cove by D.R. Horton Southwest Florida’s value-focused Express Homes line currently features a full appliance package including a refrigerator, range, dishwasher and garbage disposal. The kitchen boasts a quartz countertop with a stainless-steel double-bowl sink and chrome kitchen faucet. Each home also comes equipped with a washer and dryer, window blinds and a garage door opener.

Express Homes in Gulf Cove also include the new D.R. Horton Home is ConnectedSM package, an industry-leading suite of smart home products that keep homeowners connected with the people and place they value most. The technology allows residents to monitor and control their home from the couch or across the globe. Visit to learn more about the Home is ConnectedSM features.

The three- and four-bedroom Express Homes floor plans in Gulf Cove feature a welcoming foyer that flows into the stylish kitchen and open great room, an ideal space for entertaining.  Expansive windows pleasantly fill the great room with an abundance of natural light.  Both floor plans are attractively priced from the high-$100s.

Known for its friendly neighborhood character and peaceful waterfront setting, Gulf Cove is just a short drive away from Interstate 75 and U.S. 41. The area is ideal for leisure activities like golf, boating and fishing, and it’s convenient to scenic Port Charlotte Beach Park and Fishermen’s Village, an exceptional waterfront destination with gift shops, specialty stores, restaurants and a marina.

To learn how to make Gulf Cove your home, call sales agent Wendy Barlow at 239-225-2600 or email

Founded in 1978 in Fort Worth, Texas, D.R. Horton has operations in 87 markets in 29 states in the East, Midwest, Southeast, South Central, Southwest and West regions of the United States. D.R. Horton has been the largest builder in the United States by volume since 2002. For over 40 years, D.R. Horton has consistently delivered top-quality new homes to homebuyers across the nation. The livable floor plans, energy-efficient features, and robust new home warranty demonstrate our commitment to excellence in construction. D.R. Horton exhibits leadership in residential development through design innovation, superior craftsmanship, and responsiveness to the needs of its customers. The simple vision that began over 40 years ago represents years of value and security when you choose America’s Builder to make your dreams come true. For more information, visit our website at Home and community information including pricing, included features, terms, availability, and amenities are subject to change and prior sale at any time without notice or obligation. Square footage dimensions are approximate. D.R. Horton and Express Homes are equal housing opportunity builders. Florida Registered Building Contractor License # CBC1258802

Governor DeSantis Appoints Cicarello, Reappoints Martin and Nix as FSW Trustees

AUGUST 12, 2019 – FORT MYERS, FLA – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment David Ciccarello and the reappointment of Jonathan Martin and Danny Nix to serve on Florida SouthWestern State College’s (FSW) Board of Trustees. All appointments are four-year terms.

“We welcome Mr. Ciccarello to the FSW family,” said Dr. Jeff Allbritten, FSW president. “His local knowledge and community connections will be an immediate asset to Florida SouthWestern State College. We have already heard many great responses to his appointment from the community. We are also thankful for the reappointments of trustees Danny Nix and Jonathan Martin and their continued leadership of the FSW Board of Trustees.”

Ciccarello is a civil attorney and shareholder at Wilbur Smith Attorneys at Law in Fort Myers. Dedicated to serving clients in all areas of civil law, his primary focus is business law and real estate. He has served as a member and chairman of the grievances committee for the Florida Bar, 20th Judicial Circuit and volunteers his professional services to those in need, earning him the Florida Rural Legal Services Pro Bono Recognition Award. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law.

Martin is a trial attorney at Parvey & Frankel Attorneys, P.A. After gaining extensive trial experience as an assistant state attorney, he began representing the injured. He handles wrongful death, nursing home abuse, auto accidents, premises and product liability cases. He is an active member of the Southwest Florida community where he has served on and advised many boards. While a student at Fort Myers High School, Martin dual-enrolled at then Edison Community College. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Stetson University and his Juris Doctor from Liberty University School of Law in Virginia. 

Nix is a real estate broker/owner and commercial realtor. He strives to recruit and integrate companies and the people of those businesses into the area by finding them the best location at the highest use and value. He also works to build leaders in the employees of his companies, training them to excel in residential and commercial real estate, property management, and building personal wealth. Nix’s 19-year background in evaluating and managing underperforming commercial operations, prior to real estate, provides a platform of experience and leadership to be a valuable team member of Leadership Florida. Nix has a Bachelor of Science in marketing management from Western Governors University, and he volunteers with the Rotary, Crossroads Hope Academy and Deep Creek Community Church.

Henderson Franklin Welcomes John Spear and James Kerr

Fort Myers, Florida — Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. is pleased to announce that Attorneys John Spear and James Kerr have joined the firm’s Bonita Springs Office. In addition, the firm also welcomes their staff, Terri Dettmar, Legal Secretary; Karen Bonnough, Paralegal; Jo-Anne Rosario, Paralegal; Rebecca DeFrancesco, Paralegal; Denise Edwards, Paralegal; Melissa Mason, Paralegal; Carol Eden, Staff Accountant; Colleen Bush, File Clerk; and, Megan Harris, File Clerk.

Spear is a Florida Bar Board Certified real estate expert. For nearly 40 years, he has been representing owners and tenants in Bonita Springs, Estero, Naples and Fort Myers in all aspects of residential and commercial real estate. Spear is a former member of the Bonita Springs City Council and has been honored as Citizen of the Year by both the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Bonita Springs Lion’s Club. He previously served as President/Chairman of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs, the Bonita Springs Speakers Assembly, the Bonita Springs Community Foundation and the Bonita Springs YMCA. Spear was also named at 25 over 50 honoree by the Naples Daily News in 2015. Spear received his B.A. from Valparaiso Indiana University and his J.D. from the University of Illinois. He may be reached at or by phone directly at 239-344-1351.

Drawing on almost 40 years of experience, Kerr creates custom estate plans for families throughout Southwest Florida. He takes time to meet with each client to answer all their questions and address the very personal and sometimes complex issues that wills, trusts and estate planning often present. Kerr is a member of the Planned Giving Advisory Committee for Florida Gulf Coast University. He previously served on the Professional Advisory Committee of the South County YMCA Foundation and was a member of the Bonita Springs Noon Rotary Club. Kerr received his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University, and J.D. from Duquesne University. He may be reached at or by phone directly at 239-344-1130.

Henderson Franklin is celebrating its 95th anniversary of serving the legal needs and communities of Southwest Florida. The firm is the largest, locally-based law firm between Tampa and Miami with over 55 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 on John Spear, James Kerr or Henderson Franklin, please visit

Bonita Springs Mayor Simmons welcomes Natene Bwaya from Uganda

Bonita Springs, Fla. August 12, 2019 – Bonita Springs Mayor Peter Simmons welcomed Natene Bwaya to Bonita Springs as part of the August 7 City Council Meeting.  He presented her with an official welcome plaque from the City of Bonita Springs.

Natene is a 17-year-old high school student who will be attending Gulf Coast High School and living with Rotarians Sandra and Wayne Hemstead, as part of Rotary International’s Youth Exchange Program.  The Rotary Clubs of Bonita Springs and Bonita Beach Sunset are sponsoring Natene’s stay in Southwest Florida.

Rotary Youth Exchange is an international exchange program developed in 1929 that currently sends over 9,000 high school students around the world, for a yearlong stay in another country, living with host families.  Through this program, Rotary International hopes to create a more interconnected and understanding world. One of Rotary’s primary goals is promoting peace around the world, and through Rotary Youth Exchange we aim to make the world a more peaceful place, one exchange at a time!

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs meets every Wednesday at 7:15 AM for breakfast at Bonita Bay Club.  The Rotary Club of Bonita Beach Sunset meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 5:30 PM at Backwater Jacks in Bonita Bay.  Both of these Rotary Clubs are part of Rotary International, a fellowship and service organization for community and business leaders that holds annual fundraisers to support community and international projects.  Worldwide, Rotary has more than 1.2 million members in 35,000+ clubs in nearly every country.

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ZZ Top & Marc Anthony Concert Giveaways, plus Sidewalk Sales and Free Kids Events at Miromar Outlets this September

ESTERO, FL (August 13, 2019) – Miromar Outlets is giving away tickets to ZZ Top and Marc Anthony concerts, hosting its annual Labor Day Sidewalk Sale and offering plenty to do for children and families in September. Southwest Florida’s favorite shopping center hits a high note Friday, Sept. 13 at Naples Flatbread Kitchen & Bar when shoppers compete in rounds of trivia for tickets to see ZZ Top live in concert on October 18 at Hertz Arena. Miromar Outlets is also offering a chance to win tickets to see Marc Anthony on Friday, Sept. 27.

The month-long events kick off with the Labor Day Sidewalk Sale, Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 at Miromar Outlets’ 140 top designer and brand name outlets including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, H&M and many more. Free children’s events include Science Saturday, Kids Crafts, Family Yoga and Kids Day. 

Miromar Outlets has been voted Best Factory Outlet Mall, Best Shopping Experience and Best Place to Buy Shoes in Southwest Florida.

September Events & Entertainment

Friday, August 30 thru Monday, September 2Enjoy additional savings on already low factory outlet prices.


Fridays at 6:30 p.m. at Naples Flatbread Kitchen & Wine Bar

September 13: Win concert tickets to see ZZ Top

September 27: Win concert tickets to see Marc Anthony

Tricky trivia questions test even the most-knowledgeable music buffs as they compete for concert tickets at Hertz Arena.

Saturday, September 14
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in WINK Playland
Kids learn by doing interactive science and engineering projects – from making slime to constructing the solar system!

Wednesday, September 18

10 a.m. to Noon in WINK Playland
Treat yourself! Moms, enjoy a free goodie from le macaron french pastries when your children attend Kids Crafts.

Saturday, September 21
10 a.m. in WINK PlaylandBYOM (bring your own mat) to this FREE 45-minute beginners’ yoga class for families.

KIDS DAY            
Saturday, September 28
10 a.m. to Noon in WINK Playland
Toddlers to 12-year-olds participate in fun activities and receive free pizza, ice cream and other goodies.

FREE KIDS CRAFTS                                                                           
Every Wednesday
10 a.m. to Noon in WINK Playland
Our new Kids Crafts Reward Card is good for a $10 Miromar Outlets gift card after your fifth visit.


Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
9 a.m. in WINK Playland
Certified fitness professionals instruct exercise classes for pregnant, postnatal and ultra-fit moms.


Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
6:30 a.m. in WINK Playland
60-minute boot camp-styled class designed specifically for women.

WINK Playland, (239) 948-3766
Suite 323, (239)262-9464
Party packages available at

DIRECTIONS: Miromar Outlets is located at exit 123 off I-75, on Miromar Outlets Boulevard in Estero, between Naples and Fort Myers, across from the Miromar Design Center. Store hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Visit for more information.