GATES Construction Completes RaceTrac in Naples

GATES Construction has completed the new RaceTrac located on the southwest corner of Rattlesnake Hammock Road and Collier Boulevard in Naples. This project, which adds to the growing portfolio of RaceTracs constructed by GATES, includes a new state-of-the-art RaceTrac fuel station with 16 pumps, a 6,182 SF market and convenience store, and a 30+ space parking lot. The project also included site work to accommodate future development. Design services were provided by Hill, Foley, Rossi & Associates.

Celebrating 25 years, GATES provides construction management, general contracting and design-build services.  Their diverse portfolio of commercial, healthcare, multi-family, club and hospitality, institutional and special projects showcases numerous landmarks successfully 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, and operates throughout the Southeast United States and Latin America.  For more information on GATES, please call (239) 593-3777 or visit the website at www.GATESinc.com.

4th Annual Lovers Key Boat Show. Market and Seafood Fest

Lovers Key Boat Show, Market and Seafood Fest celebrates its 4th year at popular Lovers Key State Park on Friday, January 25, Saturday January 26 and Sunday, January 27. The Boat show has become a fixture for year-round residents and visitors alike.

 This year’s show is highlighted by 60 feet of fresh seafood offered fried, steamed, grilled and in sandwiches and recipe’s such as paella. Everything is fresh! This includes crab legs, grouper, snapper and more!

Among annual favorites will be pontoon boats, center consoles, deck boats and a full line of kayaks. Add the wide variety of retail goods from fishing gear to shirts, hats, sunglasses and more. Household items including knives and awesome teak furniture. There is something here to please everyone!

The annual event is presented jointly by the Friends of Lovers Key State Park and the Bonita Springs Rotary Club. Both organizations have specific use for the funds generated. Lovers Key’s new “Welcome and Discovery Center” will be under construction soon. The interior furnishings and exhibits will cost $1.5 million and are being paid for from funds raised by the Friends of Lovers Key.

The Bonita Springs Rotary Club funds several local charities in addition to its direct efforts in rebuilding local residences and assisting Habitat for Humanity after Hurricane Irma. In addition, this year marks Rotary International’s 30th year effort to eradicate polio. Portions of the Boat Show proceeds go to this effort along with money to build water systems, fund lifesaving surgery for children in third world nations and more.

Come on out to the Park and have a grand time at the Boat Show!! And know that your $5 entry donation is going to fund really worthy causes.

FEES: $5

CONTACT: For additional information please go to www.loverskeynauticalmarket.com

Songwriters at Sunset Beach BBQ and Free Acoustic Concert

Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) has joined with the Americana Community Music Association (ACMA), to offer a series of monthly Free Acoustic concerts of all original music this upcoming season.

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The concerts will take place in the large gazebo located right on the beach. Seating is available for the first 80 people.  Additional seating is also available on the sand. www.friendsofloverskey.org

This months concert will feature Tim McGeary, Carleen Thissen, and Marie Nofsinger.

Tim McGeary is an accomplished songwriter who writes and sings songs that can connect to people and bring them to an emotional state.

​McGeary’s dedication to his muse has never faltered, and now, even after a couple of decades of plying his craft, that passion is as intense as ever.

McGeary’s songs have been tapped for such hit television shows as “Smallville,” “One Tree Hill” and “Glory Days,” as well as the made-for- HBO film “Girl Got Moe.” McGeary’s songs are not only a perfect soundtrack for the Hollywood hit-makers, but for those everyday individuals who can relate to those intimate feelings and connect them with their own.

Carlene Thissen, is a singer, songwriter and author from Naples, Florida.  Her voice reminds us of her influences, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, and Joan Baez.  From Woodstock memories to her passion for Immokalee’s farm workers, Carlene’s music will take you back and may even inspire you to Go Change the World.

Marie Nofsinger is an award winning songwriter, national touring performer and recording artist who will take you on a journey into the soul of America.

Tales of outlaws, anarchists, the common working man, Jesus and broken hearts fill her original repertoire. Lilting melodies, swamp stomp rhythms, as well as jazzy swing tunes carry the lyrics into your memory.

A published BMI songwriter, her credits include; Her CD “Boots” which was voted City Link Magazine’s “Best Acoustic CD of 1999” and the latest 2010 release “The Wildlife Rides Again” chosen as “Best Roots and Acoustic CD of 2010” by the Palm Beach Post Entertainment Editor.

Prior to the start of the concert, FOLKS will be hosting a Beach BBQ with hamburgers, hot dogs, soda, wine and beer for sale.  All proceeds from the Beach BBQ will go towards the future Visitors Center at Lovers Key State Park.

FOLKS (Friends of Lovers Key, Inc.) is a 501 ©(3) non-profit Citizen Support Organization established to protect, preserve and support Lovers Key State Park.

The ACMA is a Fort Myers based organization that promotes local artists who write and sing their own origianl songs. 

Come hear great original music and the stories behind the songs in an intimate Songwriters Showcase.  The show will finish with a fabulous Lovers Key Sunset.  www.americanacma.org

Come Early to enjoy the Beach BBQ, and give yourself time to take tram or walk to the beach!

For more information, visit our website at www.friendsofloverskey.org

FEES: Free with paid park entry fee.

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

Future Songwriters at Sunset Beach BBQ and Concert Dates:

Thursday, March 7, 2019  4:30pm

Thursday, April 4  5:45pm

Beach BBQ starts 1 hour prior to the concert start time.

Lovers Key State Park

8700 Estero Blvd.

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

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

STAR Gala 2019, You’re Invited, “Dazzling Diamond Soirée”

STARability Foundation annual fundraiser dazzles and shines a light on abilities, not disabilities.

Get ready to be dazzled at the Star Gala, “Dazzling Diamond Soirée” on March 9, 2019, a benefit event at The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort, Naples.

You are invited to an evening inspired by the dazzle of diamonds including cocktails, dinner, dancing, a live auction of unique items and experiences, silent auction with online bidding, and giving opportunities where all proceeds will support the STARability Foundation and its life transforming programs.

Event Chairs Laura and Lou Georgelos and their dedicated committee have created an exciting event that has been recognized as the must-attend event of the season.  The Star Gala also shines light on the over 250 individuals and their families who need STARability’s innovative quality programs that provide social, vocational and educational connections to the community while strengthening awareness and respect for individual abilities.

“We chose the theme Dazzling Diamond Soiree,” says Laura Georgelos, “because like diamonds, our STAR members are unique, and with nurturing, in the right environment and the right setting, their radiance can shine through.”  She adds, “STARability offers that environment and the opportunities to bring out our members’ abilities and give them meaning and purpose in their lives.”

Guests at the 2019 STAR Gala will have several giving opportunities to support STARability including a “Fund-a-Need”, and a live auction featuring a spectacular selection of unique items and experiences:  Wine Tasting & Historic Estate Accommodations in Bordeaux, France for up to 10 people; Exclusive Sunset Wine Dinner at a private home on Keewaydin Island; Fashionable, one-of-a-kind Waterside Shops Style Tour; Canadian Rockies Executive Getaway in Canmore with golfing at Stewart Creek Country Club; Napa Valley Harvest Weekend for two couples hosted by Gargiulo Vineyards; and Capital Grille Wine Dinner for 8 people in the private boardroom.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort located at 2600 Tiburon Drive in Naples.  Tickets are $350 per person and Sponsorship and Underwriting opportunities are available. Ten Carat (Title) Sponsor is Cosway Company/Hempz Body Products; Diamond Sponsor is Waterside Shops; Emerald Sponsors include Kurtz Homes, Pelizzon Family Fund, Stofft Cooney Architects, and Woods/Weidenmiller/Michetti & Rudnick; Ruby Sponsors include Florida Community Bank, Lisa Kahn Designs, MVP Autism Foundation, and US Bank Private Wealth Management; Pearl Sponsors include Sharon Gilkey/Axiom Gallery, FineMark National Bank & Trust, Dr. Joseph and Merrylee Kandel, MedExpress Urgent Care, BCB Homes, Stuart Nassos, Premiere Systems, Ken Gilman, Allison Baker, Debbie & George White and Mike and Lynn Zak.  The Star Gala exclusive “Diamond Drop” is courtesy of A Jaron Fine Jewelry. Media Sponsors include Gulfshore Life and Naples Daily News.  Invitation Underwriter is The Lutgert Companies; Photography Underwriter is Collins & DuPont Design Group; and Valet Underwriter is Ernest and JoAnne Nassos. 

For tickets to the 2019 Star Gala „Dazzling Diamond Soirée”, as well as sponsorships or additional information, visit www.STARability.org/gala or call 239-594-9007.

About STARability Foundation 

STARability Supports people with disabilities by providing life transforming opportunities that emphasize Teamwork and connection to the community to build Awareness and Respect for individual abilities. In 2018, the organization rolled out its new name to reflect a focus on what people with disabilities can do, not what they can’t do. Their roots date to 1982 when about a dozen parents came together to form a 501(c)(3) nonprofit known for many years as the Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled. They grew and evolved to become STARability, where a professional staff and more than 100 volunteers work to give their members the quality of life they seek and deserve. STARability serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Southwest Florida, where they fill a void that exists after aging out of school supported services. STARability opens up a whole calendar of engaging activities with innovative and creative programs that focus on continuing education, teamwork and community involvement. For more information about the STARability Foundation and its programs, please visit www.STARability.org.

Harry Chapin Food Bank receives a matching grant for Care & Share: Senior Feeding Campaign

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation will award up to $300,000 in a matching grant to the Harry Chapin Food Bank when donors give to the food bank’s senior food kit program called Care & Share: Senior Feeding Campaign.

The Care & Share program supplements the diets of more than 2,300 low-income seniors age 60 and older in Lee, Charlotte and Collier each month with two bags of canned fruits and vegetables, grains, protein and other nonperishable food. When possible, the food bank will also provide bread, produce, and frozen meat to clients. Seniors enrolled in Care & Share face the difficult choice of paying for rent, utilities, and medication, or buying food. A gift of $500 can help feed a senior for a year.

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation will match donations designated to this program, dollar for dollar, up to $300,000.

 “The Care & Share program is an essential aid to many of our highest-need seniors, and the private funding it receives is a unique model nationally,” said Richard LeBer, president and CEO of the Harry Chapin Food Bank. “We are very grateful to the Schulze Foundation for their leadership support of this program and the impact it has in our community.”

 About the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation (RMSFF) was created in 2004 by Best Buy founder, Dick Schulze, to give back to the communities where Dick and his family grew up — in Minnesota, where he built Best Buy to become the world’s largest consumer electronics retailer and in Florida, where he now maintains a permanent residence. The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation creates grant partnerships with organizations that generate transformational results in human and social serviceseducation, and health and medicine.

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.

Party Like It’s 1999 This Weekend! Miromar Outlets Celebrates 20 Years

Miromar Outlets is celebrating its 20-year anniversary with a two-day bash featuring live entertainment, family activities and over $20,000 in gift card giveaways. The celebration is Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20 beginning at 11 a.m. each day.

Voted Best Shopping Experience and Best Factory Outlet Mall in Southwest Florida for 20 consecutive years, Miromar Outlets welcomed its first shoppers two decades ago. Today, the shopping, dining and entertainment center has tripled its original size and welcomes 8 million visitors annually; even being named TripAdvisor’s top Estero attraction.

“The Southwest Florida community has graciously supported us from the beginning,” said Vice President Jeff Staner who has been a member of the Miromar Outlets team since its inception. “This 20-year anniversary party is a thank you for being part of our success.”

The celebration begins Saturday with a ’90s-themed party featuring live tribute bands, over $20,000 in gift card giveaways throughout the weekend, face painting, stilt walkers, and much more. Family fun activities on Sunday include games, mascots, and live entertainment for the entire family. A 20-Year Anniversary Sidewalk Sale will be offered Friday, January 18 through Monday, January 21. Expect additional savings of up to 70 percent off regular retail prices.

WHAT: MIROMAR OUTLETS CELEBRATES ITS 20-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

WHEN: SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 FROM 11 A.M. TO 9 P.M. AND SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 FROM 11 A.M. TO 6 P.M.

WHERE: 10801 CORKSCREW RD. ESTERO, FL 33928

NOTE: GUESTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING LAWN CHAIRS OR BLANKETS. COOLERS AND TAILGATING ARE NOT PERMITTED.


Day 1 – January 19, 2019 – Theme: Party Like It’s 1999!

Entertainment from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • DJ MAF (children’s DJ), face painter, Too Tall Tori (balloon animals/stilt walking) in WINK Playland
  • Solo live entertainment near Neiman Marcus Last Call, the Restaurant Piazza and between Ford’s Garage & Naples Flatbread

Located on the big stage at the northwest corner; adjacent to the lake

Opening Band – Neon Summer from 4 to 5 p.m.

Opening Band – Love Alive (Heart Tribute Band) from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Headliner – Saved by the 90s (90s Tribute Band) from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Day 2 – January 20, 2019 – Theme: Family Fun Day

Entertainment from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Meet your favorite mascots: Guest appearances by Azul, Sway, Swampee, The Paperboy (Florida Weekly), Captain Blackbeard, Smokey Bear and Smiling G (Goodwill)
  • DJ MAF (children’s DJ), face painter, Too Tall Tori (balloon animals/stilt walking) in WINK Playland
  • Solo Live Entertainment near Neiman Marcus Last Call, Restaurant Piazza, and between Ford’s Garage & Naples Flatbread

Voted Best Shopping Experience and Best Factory Outlet Mall in Southwest Florida for 20 years in a row, and Best Place to Buy Shoes, 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. 

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 MiromarOutlets.com.

Publix Super Markets partners with Harry Chapin Food Bank for “Let’s Feed Collier” and “Let’s Feed Charlotte”

Residents are invited to visit any one of 19 Publix Super Markets in Collier County and eight Publix Super Markets in Charlotte County from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, for two county-wide food drives.  

The Harry Chapin Food Bank is partnering with Publix to bring in some of the most-needed items for the 35 partner agencies the food bank serves in Collier County and 29 partner agencies the food bank serves in Charlotte County. Participating is easy. Just go to a store, purchase one or more items, and donate them as you leave to the food bank staff and volunteers set up outside.

Any donation of nonperishable food is welcome, but the items most needed are breakfast bars, canned fish or chicken, beans – dry or canned, other canned vegetables, cooking oil, pasta, pasta sauce, tomato sauce, dry milk, jelly, rice, cans of soup and beef stew.

In Collier County, about 36,640 people are food insecure, which means they often don’t know where their next meal is coming from. About 12,420 are children. In Charlotte County, about 23,140 people are food insecure. Of that number, about 4,820 are children.

In addition, about two-thirds of public school children in Southwest Florida are eligible for or receive free or reduced-price meals from their school because of their families’ low income.

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.

Friends of Lovers Key Annual Meeting

SAVE THE DATE 01/22/2019  6PM

FOR THE FRIENDS OF LOVERS KEY ANNUAL MEETING

CONTACT: Richard Donnelly for more information 239-495-7045

Lovers Key Meeting to feature Dr José Leal. 

Friends of Lovers Key State Park (FOLKS) invites the community to their annual meeting of members which this year will feature a timely presentation by Dr José Leal, the science Director and Curator of the Bailey-Matthew National Shell Museum. After a brief business meeting that will include the election of new Board Members, Dr Leal will speak. The meeting will be held at the Fort Myers Beach Women’s’ Club,175 Sterling Ave., Fort Myers Beach on January 22nd at 6 PM. Light refreshments will be served and FOLKS membership information will be available at this free community event. FOLKS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Citizen Support Organization established to protect, preserve, and support Lovers Key State Park. Among recent accomplishments of FOLKS is the creation of a new Welcome and Discovery Center building at the park scheduled to commence construction this March   A capital Campaign  by FOLKS to raise funds to furnish and install Environmental Exhibits in the new facility is currently under way. 

Millennium Physician Group expands offices, services

Millennium Physician Group has added a walk-in clinic, three doctors’ offices and a dentist’s office to its building in the Colonnade Medical Park at 9500 Bonita Beach Road Southeast. The remodel was celebrated recently with a ribbon cutting coordinated by the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.

The remodel of the 15,000 square-foot office building took one and a half years. The renovated Walk-In Center has imaging and lab capabilities and is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.

“We are very happy to expand our services in Bonita Springs to better serve our patients,” said Millennium Physician Group Chief Administrative Officer Bob Bray. “Our focus is on our patients. It’s very important for us to make healthcare accessible.”

Learn more at MillenniumPhysician.org or call the Walk-In Center at (239) 498-9294.

ABOUT THE BONITA SPRINGS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Five-Star Nationally Accredited Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce strives to serve members, promote a region where business can grow and prosper, and enhance the quality of life of the Bonita Springs area. With the support of annual partners including Lee Health, Naples Daily News / The Banner, NCH Healthcare System, Physicians Regional Healthcare System and The News-Press Media Group, the Chamber is able to focus on its mission of community development. The Chamber operates a fully staffed Visitor Center at 25071 Chamber of Commerce Drive in Bonita Springs, Florida Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call (239) 992-2943 or visit www.BonitaSpringsChamber.com.