Vennitta Campbell Joins GATES Construction as Staff Accountant

GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Vennitta Campbell as Staff Accountant. Campbell will be in charge of preparation and analytical review of financial statements for the firm, variance reporting, budgeting, and bank reconciliations. Campbell has over 22 years of diversified accounting experience. She will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters in Bonita Springs.

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.

Boltrek to Address MCA and Small Business Lending Industries in Miami

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that Attorney William Boltrek will be speaking to brokers, funders and professionals from the Merchants Cash Advance and small business lending industries at the deBanked CONNECT conference on January 24, 2019 in Miami. He will facilitate a panel discussion on “Tackling the Bloomberg Articles and the Negative Media Attention” with panelists Dan Gans (Principal & Founder of Polaris Consulting), Steve Denis (Executive Director of the Small Business Finance Association), and Deidre Krause (Founder & Fixer of The PR Company).

Boltrek assists Merchant Cash Advance companies throughout Florida in all aspects of their business, including collecting and domesticating judgments, drafting contracts, and representing MCA companies in lawsuits. He also has an active insurance litigation practice, helping clients minimize risk, damages and cost in the defense of personal injury cases, motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall, premises liability, and tractor trailer accidents. He also represents healthcare professionals in medical malpractice and licensure matters.

Boltrek is a member of the Florida Association of Police Attorneys, Lee County Bar Association, Florida Defense Lawyers Association, and Defense Research Institute. He is an alumnus of the 2013 Greater Fort Myers Chamber Leadership Program. Boltrek received his undergraduate degree from the University at Buffalo (B.A., 1997) and his law degree from Quinnipiac University (J.D. 2000). He may be reached at 239.344.1299 or via email at william.boltrek@henlaw.com.

Since 1924, Henderson Franklin has been assisting clients build their homes, businesses and communities in Southwest Florida. Henderson Franklin is the largest, locally-based law firm between Tampa and Miami over 50 attorneys dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, commercial 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 Boltrek or Henderson Franklin, visit www.henlaw.com.

Waldrop Engineering Opens Office in Fort Myers

Waldrop Engineering has opened a new office in Fort Myers at 1514 Broadway, #201 at the corner of  First Street and Broadway. The new office is strategically placed for faster, more effective coordination on projects with Lee County, the City of Fort Myers, and the surrounding areas. Following years of growth and success, the new office will be a collaborative space for clients, designers and other professionals to meet, discuss and share new project ideas. James Ink, P.E. and Alexis Crespo AICP, LEED AP will manage the office. “We love the work we do and are very excited about the places we create for our clients. This new platform gives use the ability to promote what we do, and why we stand out from our competition.  We are grateful for these opportunities and want to make the most of them for our clients and our team,” says Ryan Binkowski, Senior Vice President, COO.


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About Waldrop Engineering
Waldrop Engineering, P.A. is a full-service development consulting firm specializing in civil engineering, landscape architecture and planning. Headquartered in Bonita Springs with branch offices in Fort Myers, Sarasota, Tampa and Orlando, the Waldrop Team offers interdisciplinary expertise founded on exceptional customer service, quality design, and a solid commitment to their clients’ success. For more information please visit www.waldropengineering.com

Party Like It’s 1999! 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.

New attractively priced floor plans available in alluring waterfront community

Gulf Cove offers the best of coastal living in Port Charlotte

An alluring combination of convenience, location and value awaits homebuyers in Gulf Cove, a picturesque community of single-family homes in Port Charlotte. Express Homes by D.R. Horton Southwest Florida is pleased to announce it’s now selling two brand new floor plans by appointment only in Gulf Cove, an alluring neighborhood with an unbeatable waterfront location, just minutes from Boca Grande.

The 1,389-square-foot Boardwalk floor plan features three bedrooms, two baths and a two-car garage and is available starting at $184,990. An inviting foyer opens into the stylish kitchen and open great room, an ideal space for entertaining guests. The Freeport floor plan includes 1,499 square feet of living space and includes four bedrooms, two baths and a two-car garage, perfect for growing families. The spacious master suite boasts a large master bath and a walk-in closet. The Freeport is attractively priced starting at $189,990.

Both floor plans will include the new D.R. Horton Home is ConnectedSM package, an industry-leading suite of smart home products that keep residents connected with the people and place they value most. The technology allows homeowners to monitor and control their home from the couch or across the globe. For more details on the Home is ConnectedSM package, visit drhorton.com/smart-home.

Gulf Cove is located near the scenic Myakka River and is convenient to both Interstate 75 and U.S. 41. This “old Florida” community is situated on the river’s edge, a captivating opportunity for homebuyers to enjoy the best of coastal living. Port Charlotte Beach Park, Boca Grande and Fishermen’s Village are just a short drive away offering homeowners a variety of retail shops, restaurants and entertainment options.

For more information on how to secure your piece of paradise in Gulf Cove, call sales agent Wendy Barlow at 239-225-2600 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 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 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

Local Federal Employees Affected by Government Shutdown can Receive Help from Mobile Food Pantries and United Way 211

Local federal employees who are affected by the government shutdown and struggling to buy groceries and other necessities can find help from a mobile food pantry on Friday, January 18th from 11:00 to 1:30 p.m. at Southwest Florida International Airport.  The pantry will be at 16000 Chamberlin Parkway, Lot #12. 

A second mobile pantry will be held at the same location from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 25th.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank, the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties, Lee County Human & Veteran Services and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation are partnering to hold the pantry, primarily for TSA and air traffic controllers; however, all local federal employees who need help are invited.

Local TSA officials say 393 employees are being affected by the federal government shutdown, now in its 26th day. People in need will receive non-perishable food along with bread and produce. In addition, United Way 211 will provide information and referrals to other available resources.  United Way 211 is a free 24-hour non-emergency helpline for health and social services that provide food, housing, child care, veterans services, and more in Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties. To contact United Way211, simply dial 2-1-1, or (239) 433-3900

“The current shutdown has created an economic emergency for many government employees and their families,” said Richard LeBer, president and CEO of the Harry Chapin Food Bank. “We’re glad to be able to provide some assistance to those who are struggling to feed their families.”

Cliff Smith, president of the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Counties, added: “Our United Way and our United Way 211 program are pleased to be working in collaboration with the Harry Chapin Food Bank, the Lee County Department of Human and Veteran Services, and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation to support our local federal employees who have been impacted by the shutdown.  The well-being of these hard- working employees and their families is very important to all of our organizations and to our community.”

About United Way of Lee County

The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee has raised and distributed over $167 million since it was established in 1957.

All money raised in the United Way campaign stays in the local community to help support the local human service network. United Way Partner Agencies and initiatives include: The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, Partners for Breast Cancer Care, Harry Chapin Food Bank, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and United Way 211, to mention a few. These agencies serve a diverse range of needs in our community such as nurturing children and youth, strengthening families, and meeting critical needs like helping the elderly and disabled live independently, and empowering communities by bringing health and human services to neighborhoods. 

In addition to raising funds for human service organizations in our community, the United Way promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies and initiatives, helping them to work together focusing on issues and solutions that continue to improve lives.  For more information please call United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee at (239) 433-2000 or visit www.UnitedWayLee.org.

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.

Zonta Club of Bonita Springs-Estero Turns 25 in April

International Zonta Club Celebrates 100 years

Zonta Club of Bonita Springs-Estero celebrates 25 years in April. The international Zonta Club celebrates 100 years of empowering women worldwide.

To celebrate both achievements, Zonta Club of Bonita Springs-Estero is hosting a fundraising auction along with its annual Woman of the Year luncheon. Nominations for Woman of the Year are due Feb. 1.

To attend the Woman of the Year luncheon and the gift auction, tickets are on sale now for $50, $65 after April 1. Tickets may be purchased on the Zonta Club of Bonita Springs-Estero website at www.zontabonitasprings.com.

Funds from this event are used to provide grants to local organizations that best serve women, to provide scholarships to local students and to support various service projects.

For more information, contact Nancy Dalaskey at ndalaskey@comcast.net, visit www.zontabonitasprings.com or follow the Zonta Club on Facebook.

About Zonta Club of Bonita Springs-Estero

The Zonta Club of Bonita Springs-Estero is a not-for-profit organization located in Bonita Springs, Fla. It is an organization of business and professional women dedicated to improving the circumstances of women at all stages of life, locally and globally. It is part of Zonta International and participates in global initiatives, such as “Free the Girls” and “Say No to Violence Against Women.” To become a part of this organization, contact the club at BonitaZonta@gmail.com.

Bonita Springs Boy Scout Troop 109 Serves Breakfast to the Community

Breakfast Served Sunday, Feb. 10 at First Methodist Church

The Bonita Springs Boy Scout Troop 109 will be serving breakfast to the community to raise money for the local youth. The breakfast will be held Sunday, Feb. 10, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the First Methodist Church, located at 27690 Shriver Ave., Bonita Springs.

Tickets for the event are $10 and may be purchased by the local Boy Scouts or at the door. All proceeds go to support the Bonita Springs Boy Scout Troops’ mission to prepare every eligible youth in Bonita Springs to become the next generation of leaders.

This event also takes place on the birthday of Scouting in America, which takes place on the second Sunday of Feb.

To learn more about the Bonita Springs Boy Scout Troop 109 and this event, visit their website at www.Troop109Bonita.com or follow them on Facebook.

About Boy Scout Troop 109

Boy Scout Troop 109 is located in Bonita Springs, Fla. The Troop was chartered over 30 years ago by the First United Methodist Church of Bonita Springs. The Troop consists of 32 scouts, 5 adult leaders and 6 committee members. The boy scouts participate in adventurous programs that teach ethical behavior, self-reliance, organization skills and community service. For more information, go to www.Troop109Bonita.com or follow Troop 109 on Facebook.

Physicians Regional Healthcare System to Host Annual Heart Fair

In recognition of American Heart Month, Physicians Regional Healthcare System is once again holding its Annual Heart Fair on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, from 4-6:00 pm at Physicians Regional – Pine Ridge, 6101 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples, FL 34119.

The Heart Fair is free and open to the public, and will help raise awareness about heart disease and offer strategies for prevention. The event will feature free blood pressure checks, heart-risk assessments, “hands only” CPR and AED training by Collier County EMS, medication safety and healthy meal tips, a physician panel discussion, and education from American Heart Association representatives.

For more information or to register for the event, visit PhysiciansRegional.com/Classes-Events.

Best Moving & Storage Celebrates 25 Years in Business

Family Owned and Operated Business Continues to Serve Southwest Florida

Best Moving & Storage celebrates 25 years in business this year. The family owned and operated company continues to serve the Southwest Florida area. The company is also an Allied Van Lines agent.

In addition to relocation moves, Best Moving & Storage offers storage and receiving services as well as special handlings. The 10,000 square feet of air-conditioned storage space meets the needs of any customer looking for a well-maintained facility.

Throughout its 25 years, Best Moving & Storage has won several awards, including the Naples Daily News Silver Award, Allied Van Lines Women’s Choice Award, Allied Van Lines Quality Mover Award and the 2017 Small Business of the Year Award from the Estero Chamber of Commerce.

“We are very fortunate to continue to provide quality customer service and look forward to meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations,” said Robert McHugh, owner of Best Moving & Storage. “My sister Suzanne, who is the operations manager, along with myself, have been involved with the family business since inception.”

To learn more about Best Moving & Storage or to get a free quote, call 239-592-6565, visit the website at http://bestmovingnstorage.com, follow it on Facebook or stop by the office at 1025 Collier Center Way, Naples.

About Best Moving & Storage

Best Moving & Storage is a family owned business located in Naples, Fla. since 1994. The company has professional residential and commercial movers who serve the Southwest Florida area. Best Moving & Storage takes pride in quality, service and attention to detail. Its courteous and professional staff pack your items and take special pride in the work. Best Moving & Storage and Allied employees are certified and background checked.