Bonita Business Podcast Launches Season Two

The second season of the Bonita Business Podcast is now underway, hosted by Bonita Springs-based executive coach Darcy Eikenberg, founder of RedCapeRevolution.com. This locally-focused podcast features interviews with Bonita Springs leaders who share behind-the-scenes insights and business wisdom for Southwest Florida professionals.

Episodes already released for the new season include Alex Greenwood of Lee Health Coconut Point, Sara McCallum of the Bonita Community Health Center, and Wendell McClurg of NCH Bonita. Coming up are interviews with John Jenkins, executive director of Bonita Springs Utilities and Jamie Grofik, general manager of Coconut Point mall, and Jameson Yingling of Sugarshack Inc., and more. The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Google Play and other popular podcast apps. 

More information, including show notes and episodes from Season One, can be found at www.BonitaBusinessPodcast.com.

Henderson Franklin Welcomes Ave Maria Law School Alumni Anthony Cetrangelo

Fort Myers, Florida — The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that Attorney Anthony Cetrangelo has joined the firm as an associate in the Wills, Trust & Estate Planning department. Prior to joining Henderson Franklin, he was the managing partner of a Naples, Florida, law firm.

Cetrangelo assists clients in all aspects of planning an estate or setting up a trust, including revocable and irrevocable trusts, enhanced life estate deeds, durable powers of attorney, living wills and health care surrogacy. He also guides families through trust or summary administrations, as well as formal administrations in probate court.

Cetrangelo was named the Legal Aid Attorney of the Month (November 2018) and received Avvo’s Client Choice Award (2017-2018). He is a member of the National Italian American Bar Association, Lee and Collier County Bar Associations, and Collier Lawyers Care, providing pro bono services through the Legal Aid Society of Collier County.

Cetrangelo received his law degree from Ave Maria School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Troy University (with honors). While at Troy, he played Division-1 college football for the Troy Trojans as a place kicker and was named to the Sun Belt Conference’s Commissioner’s List. Cetrangelo may reached at Anthony.cetrangelo@henlaw.com or by phone at 239-344-1358.

Henderson Franklin is celebrating 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 Cetrangelo or Henderson Franklin, please visit www.henlaw.com.

The Spa at Shangri-La Springs offers EpiWave facials and summer specials

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (July 11, 2019) – Shangri-La Springs, a historic property in downtown Bonita Springs, now offers EpiWave facial treatments, using advanced ultrasonic technologies to repair the skin at the cellular level.

Through Aug. 31, 80-minute Fountain of Youth Facials with EpiWave technology are $159 (regularly $189) and include a free organic gift (while supplies last) and complimentary healthy skin evaluation.

The ultimate facial uses ultrasonic technology from low-frequency sound waves to deliver three treatments in one luxurious facial for all skin types. A thorough exfoliation without irritation is followed by nutrient rich treatments designed to plump, hydrate, firm and brighten the skin to decrease the look of fine lines and wrinkles and enhance oxygen absorption caused by free radical damage, leaving skin looking radiant.

The treatment combats aging skin, manages rosacea, clears acne and reduces wrinkles, pore size and hyperpigmentation and are designed for all skin types, including aged, sun damaged and problem skin. The results are thorough exfoliation with no irritation or inflammation without the use of crystals, salts or chemicals.

“This non-invasive, advanced technology is safe with all skin types,” said Deborah Leible, The Spa Shangri-La Springs manager. “This 3-stage facial combines ultrasonic exfoliation, infusion of nutrient-rich anti-oxidants and hydrating topicals, and gentle low level micro-current repair of injured cells to stimulate cellular renewal and collagen production. Clients love the results.”

For more information about the spa, therapists, services offered or to book an appointment, please call 239- 676-7334.

About Shangri-La Springs

Built in 1921, Shangri-La Springs offers a variety of unique services including a stately property with an organic garden, fitness studio, organic restaurant, full-service organic spa, gift shop and event and wedding venue rated GOLD in the Naples Daily News 2019 Best of Bonita/Estero. The property specializes in offering guests a nexus of beneficial practices, activities and engagement opportunities that include wellness classes, art shows and special programs. A range of natural and organic treatments and products including facials, massages, eucalyptus steam room, far infrared sauna and private garden lounge are offered at the Spa at Shangri-La Springs, which was rated SILVER for Day Spa in the Naples Daily News 2019 Best of Bonita/Estero. The organic farm-to-table restaurant Harvest & Wisdom, with an ever-changing menu crafted with produce fresh from the on-site garden, locally sourced organic proteins and organic beverages, is open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch. In addition, the historic property is undergoing interior renovations to open as a full-service boutique hotel that will feature 21 guest rooms, outdoor dining area and conference room in the Great House. Renovations are also underway for six guest rooms located in Villa Ascona, a building positioned near the property’s courtyard, perfect for spa weekends or bridal party accommodations. Shangri-La Springs is located at 27750 Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs. For more information call 239-949-0749 or visit www.ShangriLaSprings.com.

Vi at Bentley Village in Naples Achieves Great Place to Work® Certification

[Naples, FL] (July 8, 2019) – Vi at Bentley Village, a high-end continuing care retirement community in Naples, is pleased to announce that it has been certified as a great workplace by Great Place to Work®.

Led by independent analysts, Great Place to Work® certifications are based on employee responses and feedback through an annual survey of more than 60 questions, which focus on employees’ workplace experiences, happiness’ and overall satisfaction. Decades of research shows workplaces with high-trust cultures see higher levels of revenue, innovation, customer and patient satisfaction, employee engagement, organizational agility, and more. 

“We are thrilled that Vi at Bentley Village has once again received a Great Place to Work designation,” said Penny Smith, Executive Director of Vi at Bentley Village. “We truly value all of our employees and to know that they feel recognized and appreciated for their work brings us great joy.” 

“We are honored to earn this designation by Great Place to Work, especially since the certification is based solely on employee feedback. Our talented and engaged employees are at the heart of Vi’s brand promise of delivering exceptional service and quality care,” said Randy Richardson, President at Vi. “For more than 30 years, Vi has been dedicated to providing a nurturing and positive work environment and furthering the growth of our employees. We remain an industry leader in providing employees opportunities to learn, grow and realize their career aspirations.”

Vi is committed to providing team members meaningful work, engaging culture, and opportunities to learn and grow as they are the primary drivers of resident satisfaction and quality care. Recognized as a leader in employee development, Vi offers employees a wide-range of training and development programs including tuition reimbursement, free language training, an array of company-paid certification courses, robust leadership development programs as well as access to Vi’s online university, E-Campus.

Vi has received a variety of awards and accolades including Chief Learning Officer Magazine’s LearningElite and Training Magazine’s Top 125. To learn more about employment opportunities at Vi at Bentley Village, visit www.jobs.viliving.com/

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About Vi

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Vi operates 10 continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) across the United States. With more than 30 years of experience as the owner and operator of residential communities for older adults, Vi continues to work toward providing quality environments, services and programs to enrich the lives of those they serve. In 2018, Vi was recognized by Great Place to Work and Fortune as one of the Best Workplaces for Aging Services.

Back-to-School Savings at Miromar Outlets

ESTERO, FL (July 9, 2019) – Miromar Outlets in Estero, Florida invites the public to the following events in the month of August. For more information visit MiromarOutlets.com. Shop 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. Call (239) 948-3766 for more information.

August Events & Entertainment

TAX-FREE SHOPPING SIDEWALK SALE
Friday, August 2 thru Tuesday, August 6
Receive A+ savings!

iHEART MEDIA SHOE DRIVE

Saturday, August 3
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Donate children’s shoes to any of the iHeartRadio tents located throughout the mall and enter-to-win (up to five times) a $250 gift card to Miromar Outlets or to any of your other favorite stores.

SUMMER GIVEAWAY SERIES

Fridays, August 9 & August 23
6:30 p.m. at Naples Flatbread Kitchen & Wine Bar

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

SCIENCE SATURDAY
Saturday, August 10
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!


FAMILY YOGA WITH KATHRYN
Saturday, August 17
10 a.m. in WINK PlaylandA FREE 45-minute beginners’ yoga class for families with toddlers to tweens.Bring your own mat.

MOMS APPRECIATION DAY
Wednesday, August 21

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.

KIDS DAY            
Saturday, August 31
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.


BABY BOOT CAMP

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

FITNESS CAMP

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

ROCK CLIMBING FUNWALLS
WINK Playland, 239.948.3766
AMAZING THINGS 5-D MOTION THEATER
Suite 323, 239.262.9464
Party packages available at MiromarOutlets.com/Play

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 MiromarOutlets.com for more information.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties launches Cost of Home affordable housing advocacy campaign, dedicates six new Habitat homes

FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 2, 2019) – One in six households in the U.S. spend more than half their income on housing. That equates to 19 million households nationally and 52,000 households in Lee County.

Committed to finding solutions and creating policies that increase home affordability, Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties launched the “Cost of Home” advocacy campaign on Thursday, June 13.  

“Rent and homeownership costs are skyrocketing, while wages are not keeping pace, and the reality is that far too many families are barely surviving financially and the stability that a home should bring remains out of reach,” said Becky Lucas, CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties. “These families are one missed paycheck or medical emergency away from homelessness. Over the next five years, we commit to working with fellow Habitat organizations, mobilizing our partners, our volunteers, and community members to find solutions and create policies that will increase home affordability for low-income, working families.”

Following the announcement, Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties dedicated six new Habitat homes in the Majorca Palms community. During the ceremony, the house keys were handed over to the new homeowners who each completed more than 300 hours of sweat equity, attended financial literacy and home maintenance classes, paid closing costs, and committed to paying an affordable, monthly mortgage payment. The homes were sponsored by local businesses including B&I Contractors, Scanlon Auto Group and Wayne Wiles Flooring.

About Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties

Since 1982, 1,550 families in need of a hand up have partnered with Habitat Lee and Hendry to build or improve their home. Habitat homeowners, alongside volunteers, help build their own home and pay an affordable mortgage. Through volunteering, financial or material donations, everyone can help Lee and Hendry county families achieve strength, stability and independence. Through shelter, we empower. For more information, visit www.habitat4humanity.org.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Holly Boldrin, APR, CPRC, Priority Marketing, holly@prioritymarketing.com, 239-267-2638 or 239-887-9335 (cell)
Teri Hansen, APR, Priority Marketing, teri@prioritymarketing.com, 239-267-2638 or 239-849-3300 (cell)

Koreshan State Park Newsletter July 2019

2019-2020 Nature Programs

Click on any link below to register online.

Naturalist Grub Club
Bring your lunch and join the Grub Club to learn and experience the naturalist topic of the day. Naturalist Grub Club sessions are held in the picnic pavilion down by the Estero River.

Nature Talk – Why Native Plants? 
July 23, 2019, 10AM – 11AM 
Learn the importance of native plants in the local ecosystem, and resources for native plants.

Tuesday Nature Trail Hikes
Learn some park history, history of the Estero River and find out about plants and critters that we meet along the way with a park naturalist!

Saturday Nature Trail Hikes
Learn some park history, history of the Estero River and find out about plants and critters that we meet along the way with a park volunteer!

Beginning Cell Phone Photography
Bring your cell phone, learn the basics of photography and the best places to snap that perfect photo in the park!

Beginning Butterflies
A presentation and talk on the butterflies of Koreshan State Park and Southwest Florida.

Beginning Photography
A beginning photography tour of the different habitats and architecture within the park.

Photographer’s Nature Hike
A photographers walk on the nature trails of Koreshan State Park.

Gopher Tortoises
Discover just how fascinating this ancient species is!

Shells – Mysterious Beauties of SWFL
A talk on shells and the mysterious creatures that reside inside.

Manatee and Dolphins
Creatures that are fun to watch and extremely interesting!

Celebrate Florida Gopher Tortoise Day, April 10, 2020
Learn gopher tortoise behaviors, anatomy and fun facts–and hold and see the shells of specimens that lived in Koreshan State Park!

*Programs are free with park entry fee ($5 per vehicle with 2-8 occupants, $4 per single-occupant vehicle, and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists) but reservations are either required or requested.

Other Events

Guided Historic Settlement Tours
Jan-Mar, Wed – Sun, 10am & 2pm;
Apr–Dec, Sat & Sun, 10am

Farmers Market & Native Plant Sale
Sundays, Year-round, 8am-1pm 

Forging demonstrations by Stephen Kalb of Kalb Ironworks in the Cast Iron Cafe Sundays, 9am-12pm 

6th Annual Family Halloween Festival
Saturday, Oct 12, 4-7pm

3rd Annual Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar
December 7 & December 8, 8am to 1pm

28th Annual Antique Engine, Quilt & Craft Show
March 14 & March 15, 8am to 1pm

Businesses and organizations that would like to sponsor, sell products, or provide activities at our events can click here for application forms.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP WITH ALL PARK EVENTS! If interested, please email us @ friendsofkoreshan@gmail.com

*Events are free and subject to change; state park entrance fee required per vehicle for all events. To keep up-to-date with all events, visit http://friendsofkoreshan.org/events-things-to-do-estero-fl/ and follow us on Facebook.



Local Real Estate holds grand opening in Bonita Springs

CONTACT:        Nina Barbero, Communications Coordinator

(239) 992-2943

Nina@BonitaSpringsChamber.com

Bonita Springs, Fla. (July 2, 2019) – Local Real Estate recently celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting with the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. The brokerage firm helps buyers and sellers throughout Lee and Collier County with single-family residential, commercial, multi-unit, leasing and new home sales.

Amber Reyes, a Realtor with Local Real Estate, appreciates the smaller size of the brokerage and the support of its owners.

“This is a smaller brokerage with a true passion of helping its agents succeed in the competitive field of real estate with the knowledge, technology, and education of a big brokerage,” said Reyes. “The well-rounded agents working under this brokerage are a direct reflection of the support and coaching provided by this team.”

Local Real Estate is located at 24821 South Tamiami Trail, Suite #2 in Bonita Springs. Learn more at (239) 221-8665 or LiveLocalRE.com.

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. The Chamber is thankful for support from its annual partners: Digital Marketing Agency, Lee Health, Naples Daily News / The Banner, NCH Healthcare System, Physicians Regional Healthcare System and The News-Press Media Group. The Chamber operates a Visitor Center and The Hub 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 BonitaSpringsChamber.com.

D.R. Horton opens new amenity center at Magnolia Landing

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 2, 2019) – Homebuyers have a can’t-miss opportunity to enjoy an active lifestyle without leaving their neighborhood. A brand new amenity center is now open at Magnolia Landings, a highly sought after D.R. Horton Southwest Florida community in North Fort Myers.

The gated community offers plenty of ways to stay active. Residents can take advantage of the expansive fitness center, which includes strength, cardio and aerobics equipment or kick back and relax at the new sparkling resort-style pool overlooking an expansive lake. Magnolia Landing also features another pool perfect for swimming laps. Those looking for a little friendly competition can take up a game of bocce ball or shuffle board at the courts available on site.

Magnolia Landings also features a stunning Gordon Lewis-designed championship golf course and a 10,000-square-foot golf clubhouse, which features both fine and casual dining. Residents looking to hit the links can purchase an optional golf membership.

Homebuyers can choose from six captivating D.R. Horton floor plans with living spaces ranging from 1,816 to 2,540 square feet. With prices starting in the high-$200s, D.R. Horton homes in Magnolia Landing are beautifully appointed and several feature expansive lanais with breathtaking golf course views.

Express Homes by D.R. Horton offers five additional floor plans within the community, including two twin villas and three single-family homes. These attractively priced homes start in the high-$100s and boast open concept designs with contemporary features.

Three stunning model homes are open to tour, each showcasing innovative home designs and a variety of interior finishes. This alluring community has it all and is conveniently located off U.S. 41 just a short drive away from both downtown Fort Myers and downtown Punta Gorda.

To secure a home in this amenity-rich community, call sales agents Adam Walden or Jack Shea at 239-225-2608 or email SWFLonline@drhorton.com.

Founded in 1978 in Fort Worth, Texas, D.R. Horton has operations in 84 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 www.drhorton.com/swfla. 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