Bahamas Disaster Relief Donation Event

Bahamas Disaster Relief Donation Event
Saturday, September 28 & Sunday, September 29
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Miromar Outlets
Located in the northwest parking lot adjacent to I-75

Fort Myers-based Bahamas Relief Aid is collecting emergency supplies for those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.


Construction Materials:
·         Plywood/Lumber
·         Sheet Rock
·         Roofing Materials (Shingles, Tar Paper, etc.)
·         Nails
·         Plastic Sheeting Rolls/Tarpaulin
·         Chain Saws
·         Mops & Buckets
·         Towels
·         Gloves
·         Wet Wipes
·         Large Trash Bags
·         Bleach
·         Chlorine Tablets
·         Disinfectant
·         Water

·         Canned Goods
·         Meals Ready To Eat
·         Non-Perishable Dry Goods
·         Baby Food, Formula & Juice
Home & Outdoor:
·         Generators
·         Portable Stoves
·         Butane Canisters
·         Blankets
·         Air Mattresses
·         Mattresses (Single or Double)
·         Pillows
·         Sheet Sets
·         Non-Electronic Can Openers
Safety & Hygiene:
·         First Aid Kits
·         Water Filtration Devices
·         Mosquito Repellent
·         Flashlights
·         Hygiene Kits
·         Diapers
·         Baby Wipes

Miromar Outlets features more than 140 top designer and brand name outlets with savings of up to 70% off retail prices. Find great savings on top names including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, H&M and many more. Shoppers of all ages can experience the Rock Climbing FunWalls in the award-winning WINK Playland equipped with an exterior playground and sun shades.

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

Pure Florida reveals M/V Sea Flight

Fast, eco-friendly 45’ vessel enables guests to fish further faster

NAPLES, Fla. (September 18, 2019) – Pure Florida, a family friendly water attractions company, has announced the arrival of M/V Sea Flight, a custom built 45’high speed  catamaran available for deep sea fishing reservations beginning this coming season from the historic Tin City docks. Sea Flight has a 30 knot service speed and will comfortably take anglers further faster allowing more time to catch trophy fish.
            M/V Sea Flight is a foil-assisted catamaran with an elevated hull designed to reduce drag and water impact. The vessel is powered by twin 440 hp Yanmar high speed diesel engines coupled with HamiltonJet Waterjet drives.  These latest Tier 4 engines achieve top EPA emission standards which increases the performance, fuel economy, and comfort for guests.
            “We recognize the need to get further offshore faster.  Our guests are telling us they want to fish deeper waters.  Sea Flight’s cutting edge technology and capabilities can do that.  Bringing in this new vessel shows how heavily Pure Florida is investing in our customers’ experience,” said Capt. Harry Julian, CEO, Pure Florida.
            M/V Sea Flight’s signature experience will be 4 ½ hour public half-day Deep Sea fishing charters up to 25 miles offshore offered twice daily.  The extended range and faster speed capacity will allow guests to fish deeper waters, find bigger fish and get further faster. M/V Sea Flight’s private charter experiences can include ¾ day charters or full-day charters for the avid fishing enthusiast. “The boat is ideal for half-day fishing excursions for the recreational angler and extreme long range charters for the avid angler. Sea Flight is a great option unlike any other currently available in Southwest Florida,” Julian added.
            Passengers aboard Sea Flight will experience a smooth and dry ride compared with conventional vessels.  Guests will enjoy comfort features including a full canopy to protect all passengers from the sun or rain, full walk-in restroom, 4” padded bench seating and plenty of walking space.  The avid fishing enthusiast will appreciate the non-skid deck, rod holders, refreshment holders, tackle storage, bait prep stations, fish boxes and plenty of cooler space aboard the M/V Sea Flight. The vessel also has state-of-the-art navigation radar and fish finding technology.
            Pure Florida also makes fishing easy by providing licenses, bait, tackle, rods and reels.  At the conclusion of the trip, Pure Florida mates will clean, cut and put keeper fish on ice. M/V Sea Flight meets the latest Coast Guard regulations for safety at sea. 

Digital Media Assets
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Photo Credit: Manta Films

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Photo Credit: Manta Films

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Story also see in:
Marine Link
Marine Log
Maritime Executive
Maritime Global News
Professional Mariner
Baird Maritime
Maritime Journal

About Pure Florida Pure Florida is an award winning water attractions company helmed by father-and-son duo Captains Lance H. and Harry Julian since 2008 who give their guests access to a variety of unique eco-excursions that incorporate sightseeing, maritime history and entertainment. Pure Florida operates 20 vessels from marinas in Naples and Fort Myers for sunset and specialty cruises as well as boat and jet ski rentals, fishing charters, group events and educational field trips for schools and students. For more information, visit or call
(239) 263-4949.

About Pure Image Productions and Marine Team International
In addition to owning Pure Florida, Captains Lance H. and Harry Julian are also partners in Marine Team International and Pure Image Productions, providing professional marine consulting, television and video production and photography services. With a long history in maritime productions, Lance and Harry Julian have helped to create some of the most memorable water scenes in film production, with credits including “Titanic”, “The Hangover II” and “Waterworld,” and television credits such as the reality show, “Survivor.” As the fourth and fifth generation working within the maritime industry, Lance and Harry Julian enjoy sharing their passion and expertise with fellow adventurers in the Southwest Florida area. For more information, visit

Ken Gentry Joins GATES Construction as Senior Project Manager

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla., (September 19, 2019) – GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Ken Gentry as Senior Project Manager. Gentry is responsible for overall project coordination and management from the pre-construction and permitting stage through to owner occupancy. He has over 30 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in commercial, hospitality, healthcare, and education. He will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.

For over 25 years, GATES has provided award-winning construction management, general contracting and design-build services throughout the Southeast United States and Latin America.  Their diverse portfolio of commercial, multi-family, industrial, healthcare, and club and hospitality projects showcases numerous landmarks constructed over the past quarter of a century.  As Florida’s premier builder, GATES serves its clients from offices in Bonita Springs, Sarasota and Palm Beach Gardens.  For more information on GATES, please call (239) 593-3777 or visit the website at

Sunshine Ace, Wynn’s and Crowder Bros. partner with Meals of Hope for Hurricane Dorian relief in the Bahamas

NAPLES, Fla., (Sept. 19, 2019) – A partnership between Southwest Florida businesses and Meals of Hope is making it easy for area residents to help those impacted by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

Customers at the following stores can make a donation of $1 or more at the register to help provide nutritious, balanced meals to Bahamians in need:

  • Sunshine Ace Hardware stores in Naples, East Naples, Marco Island, Golden Gate, Bonita Springs, San Carlos Park, Port Charlotte and Largo
  • Crowder Bros. Ace Hardware stores in Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch
  • Crowder’s Gifts & Gadgets stores in Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch
  • Wynn’s Market in Naples
  • Wynn’s Catering in Naples

A $1 donation can purchase four meals. The partnership’s initial goal was to provide as many as 250,000 meals through the Meals of Hope collection, but thanks to the community’s generosity, that target was exceeded within the first week that donations were being accepted.

Sunshine Ace, Crowder Bros. Ace and Wynn’s Market also will make a corporate donation of $10,000 to Meals of Hope.

“We were fortunate enough to have dodged Hurricane Dorian here in Southwest Florida, however, others were not as fortunate,” said Michael Wynn, President of Sunshine Ace Hardware. “Hurricane Dorian has devastated the Bahamas and as part of our core value, ‘Care for your Neighbor,’ we have partnered with a local organization, Meals of Hope, to help ensure that healthy meals reach those in desperate need. We set a very ambitious fundraising goal, and to surpass that total within a week speaks volumes about the generosity and caring spirit of our community.”

Meals of Hope is a Naples-based nonprofit organization with a mission of “communities coming together to end hunger.” Meals of Hope hosts food-packing events, operates a food pantry and runs a successful program to provide nutritious meals to children on the weekends and during the summer.

For more information about Meals of Hope, please visit

About Sunshine Ace Hardware

Family owned and operated since 1958, Sunshine Ace Hardware serves Florida with nine locations in Collier, Lee, Charlotte and Pinellas counties, as well as two Crowder Bros. stores in Manatee County, and are staffed by a long-term, friendly and knowledgeable team. Focused on customer service, Sunshine Ace employees are best known for building relationships and going above and beyond to help solve a home repair or maintenance issue or to simply guide customers to the right tool for the job. For in-home support, Sunshine Ace provides a range of professional services such as rod-tip repair, screen, glass and equipment repairs. Free delivery and assembly is also provided on items such as grills, power tools, mulch, soil and more. Sunshine Ace offers a wide variety of products including plumbing, hardware and electrical supplies, houseware, fishing gear, power equipment, paint, painting supplies and more. Sunshine Ace proudly carries quality brands including Benjamin Moore paints, Scotts lawn and garden products, Craftsman tools, STIHL power tools, Weber and Big Green Egg grills, as well as Penn and Shimano fishing gear. In addition to serving residential clients, Sunshine Ace services commercial accounts, with flexible options to support contractors in managing and growing their business. For locations and hours, visit

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Media Contacts:

Michael Wynn, Sunshine Ace Hardware,, 239-992-0454

Holly Boldrin, APR, CPRC, Priority Marketing,, 239-267-2638 or 239-887-9335 (cell)