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)

Florida Gulf Coast University welcomes American Council on Education Fellow

Fort Myers, Fla. – Sept. 17, 2019 – There’s a new face in the crowd at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). James Cousins, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Western Michigan University (WMU), selected FGCU as the institution where he would work through the summer of 2020 under the auspices of his prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship.

“FGCU’s leadership team made it a natural choice,” Cousins said about choosing the FGCU campus for his fellowship. “President Mike Martin is one of the most influential thought-leaders in higher education. His experiences, successes, and unique outlook really put him in rare company.  Provost James Llorens, a former ACE fellow himself, has an amazing record of accomplishment in his own right, and Vice President Susan Evans saw FGCU from vision to reality, which gives her a perspective on university planning, development, and leadership few can match.”

Cousins is one of 39 ACE Fellows selected for the 2019-20 academic year. The program “enables participants to immerse themselves in the study and practice of leadership and experience the culture, policies, and decision-making processes of another institution,” according to the ACE website. Cousins is the second fellow to choose FGCU, both coming during President Mike Martin’s tenure.

“We are pleased to have ACE Fellow Dr. James Cousins join us from WMU,” said Martin. “Dr. Cousins has established a strong reputation as a scholar and is an up-and-coming university leader. I’m confident he’ll benefit from his time at FGCU, and we will certainly benefit from having him participate at FGCU as a colleague.”

Over the next year, Cousins said he will be looking at one overall idea.

“I’ll focus on university advancement, enrollment management, and government relations, but I’m most interested in the future of higher education here at FGCU and throughout Florida. I’d like to see how these areas have prepared for future changes to employment, technology, demographics and politics,” Cousins said.

As associate dean at WMU, Cousins is responsible for undergraduate student services, retention, program assessment and curriculum development. Taking the reins of his current role at WMU in 2015, Cousins previously worked as the director of undergraduate studies and is a tenured faculty member in the department of history.

While WMU provides him with the preparation to expand his career, FGCU gives him a chance to look at a different approach to higher education.

“This is a year for me to experience all aspects of university governance and understand how all the pieces fit together. I’d like to spend time with the university leadership, but would also like to get ‘in the weeds’ and see how individual units affect the whole.  It’s also a year for me to learn about the unique features of a state-coordinated system of higher education, connect with university leaders throughout Florida and understand how their plans and planning processes intersect,” Cousins said.   


Premier Commercial, Inc. Sales & Lease Report

For Immediate Release:                               Premier Commercial, Inc. Sales & Lease Report

Date of Submittal:                           9/13/2019

Contact Name:                                  Brandy Cartaino, Licensed Assistant

Phone (Direct):                                 239-992-1200


Headline/Title:                    Sales and Leasing News

Premier Commercial, Inc., recently closed the following transactions in Lee and Collier County:


Estate of Doris Umbricht sold 1.8 +/- Acres located at 27694 Imperial River Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34134 to Bonita Beach Land, LLC for $650,000. (Matt Stepan, CCIM and Andrew DeSalvo, MBA of Premier Commercial, Inc., represented the Seller and Tom Runyon of Sun Village Realty represented the Buyer).

J.M. Beals Enterprises, Inc. sold a .53 +/- Acre lot located at 4105 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34134 to Chrishelle II, LLC for $200,000. (Matt Stepan, CCIM and Andrew DeSalvo, MBA of Premier Commercial, Inc., negotiated the transaction).


Naples 5th Avenue SAA, LLC leased a 2,603 +/- SF office located in the Collier Commercial Building at 851 5th Ave N, STE 102, Naples, FL 34102 to Well-Being Medical Center, PLLC. (Matt Stepan, CCIM and Andrew DeSalvo, MBA of Premier Commercial, Inc. represented the Landlord and Derek Housh of Carr Healthcare Realty represented the Tenant).

One Parker Center KLA, LLC leased a 1,217 +/- SF retail space located at One Parker Center, 9011 Daniels Parkway, STE 103, Fort Myers, FL 33912 to Hemp Joi of Southwest Florida, LLC. (Matt Stepan, CCIM and Andrew DeSalvo, MBA of Premier Commercial, Inc. negotiated the transaction).

Coconut Point TWA, LLC leased a 1,172 +/- SF office condo located at the Offices at Coconut Point, 23150 Fashion Drive, Units T242-243, Estero, FL 33928 to Peach Paw, LLC. (Matt Stepan, CCIM and Andrew DeSalvo, MBA of Premier Commercial, Inc. negotiated the transaction).

Poet Mary Biddinger Presents “Finding Time for Creativity” at FSW

SEPTEMBER 16, 2019 – FORT MYERS, FLA – Poet Dr. Mary Biddinger will present “Finding Time for Creativity” at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30, in Building J, Room 103 at the Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Thomas Edison Campus, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers.

Dr. Biddinger will share insights on how to find time for creativity in our often hectic lives along with advice for getting started as a creative writer. Prior to her talk, Dr. Biddinger will read from her newest collection, “Partial Genius,” published by Black Lawrence Press, at 12:30 p.m. in Building J, Room 117/118, and she will hold a book signing at 3:30 p.m.  All events are free and open to the public.

Dr. Biddinger has authored six poetry collections, including “Prairie Fever,” “Saint Monica,” “O Holy Insurgency,” “A Sunny Place with Adequate Water,” “Small Enterprise” and “The Czar,” which was a collaboration with Jay Robinson. In addition, she recently worked with fellow poet John Gallaher to co-edit “The Monkey and the Wrench: Essays into Contemporary Poetics,” a collection that offers a window into the nuances of composing or reading poetry in our contemporary moment. An English professor at the University of Akron, Dr. Biddinger is on the faculty of the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing Program where she teaches literature and creative writing courses with a focus on women writers, contemporary poetry and world literature.

This project is presented by The Florida Literary Arts Coalition and FSW Writes, a FSW faculty group that plans writing events for FSW students, employees and the public. For more information, contact Dr. Scott Ortolano, professor, English, at (239) 489-9472 or

Last Chance to Register for Artificial Intelligence TechTalk

Bonita Springs, Fla. (September 16, 2019) – Registration will close on September 18 for the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership  (SWFRTP) TechTalk, “Prep Your Business for the Next Wave of Artificial Intelligence.” The seminar event will be September 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Two39 Work, 24301 Walden Center Dr., Suite 300, Bonita Springs. Registration is required at and the TechTalk is free to attend. Light food and beverages will be served compliments of the event sponsors Stickboy Creative and Vectra Digital.

The third wave of artificial intelligence gives technology the ability to self-moderate and take action on its own. Send that email. Write and post that online ad. No human required. Stickboy and Vectra Digital are pioneers in Southwest Florida when it comes to offering services with leading-edge technology. At Stickboy, the team creates custom software and applications and runs its information technology division with AI. Vectra Digital uses Ada, a proprietary artificial intelligence-based software created by Stickboy to completely run digital ad campaigns with tested algorithms and deep learning skills.

About the SWFRTP

The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (SWFRTP) was chartered in 2008 and is the only group dedicated solely to the growth of the technology cluster in southwest Florida. The non-profit organization is a member of Lee County’s Horizon Council and is comprised of technology companies and technology users, economic development groups and higher education institutions. Through its strategies to inspire, innovate and inform, the SWFRTP produces educational seminars, career forums, professional networking events and the only regional awards program dedicated to technology development and implementation. Membership and sponsorship information is available at

Hodges University Helps with Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts

September 16, 2019 –NAPLES/FORT MYERS, FLA – Hodges University not only provides educational pathways for the students it serves, it also works hard to be engaged with the community. The most recent example of that community spirit is the call to help our Bahamian neighbors who suffered devastating losses after Hurricane Dorian.

“One of the most impressive things about Southwest Florida is the outpouring of generosity of its people. In less than a day, individuals and businesses were coming to our Fort Myers and Naples campuses to donate desperately needed items, from water, diapers, medical supplies, and blankets to pet food, cleaning supplies, and toiletries, said Dr. John Meyer, President of Hodges University. “We partnered with Stilwell Enterprises to be a place where others could bring items.”

On September 11, Hodges University paramedic and ESL students, faculty and staff gathered on the Fort Myers campus to organize and pack the donated items, and then load them onto two, large trucks. From there, the trucks would make the trip to Florida’s east coast to have the items loaded onto boats for the trip to the Bahamas.

“The timing of our work gave it even more meaning. Eighteen years ago, on September 11, 2001, our country was attacked and nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives,” said Dr. Meyer. “We could not think of a better way to honor their memory than to work together to help others in need.”

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