Village of Estero Mayor earns Home Rule Hero Award
The Florida League of Cities (FLC) has recognized Village of Estero Mayor Bill Ribble with a 2020 Home Rule Hero Award. Ribble earned this award for his efforts throughout the 2020 legislative session to promote local voices making local choices, protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s municipalities and advance the League’s legislative agenda, a press release states. This is the third year in a row Ribble has been honored with this award. Home Rule is the ability for a city to address local problems with local solutions with minimal state interference. Home Rule Hero Award recipients are local government officials, both elected and nonelected, who consistently responded to the league’s request to reach out to members of the legislature and help give a local perspective on an issue.
Mertz Taggart advises clinic transaction
Cielo House Inc., a comprehensive eating disorder treatment center with four locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, has been acquired by Refresh Mental Health. Refresh Mental Health
partners with outpatient mental health, substance abuse and eating disorder centers across the country, including Comprehensive MedPsych Systems – Fort Myers
. Mertz Taggart served as the exclusive advisor in this transaction, representing the seller. Mertz Taggart, with offices in Fort Myers, specializes in mergers and acquisitions of healthcare, behavioral, and home healthcare organizations.
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The Preserve hosts grand opening
The Preserve held its grand opening on March 9 to celebrate the completion of Southwest Florida’s newest skilled nursing and assisted living community. Located at the Hope Preserve Campus in south Fort Myers, the new three-story, 118,000-square-foot facility features 75 private skilled nursing suites for senior residents with specialized or advanced health care needs, as well as 21 boutique assisted living apartments and 17 memory support suites. Attending the grand opening event were local government officials, area business leaders, staff members from The Preserve and Gulf Coast Village, and representatives from Volunteers of America, the non-profit parent organization that operates both senior living communities.
‘Ding’ Darling hires deputy refuge manager
Erin Myers has joined the staff at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
as the new deputy refuge manager. She comes to the refuge from a position as the private lands biologist for South Florida. Myers served as a collaborative partner with a U.S. Fish & Wildlife (USFWS) program developing and implementing wildlife management plans, managing multi-agency restoration programs, and coordinating partnerships between government and non-governmental agencies and the public. She is a founding member and past co-chair of the Florida Invasive Species Partnership, and co-chair of the Southwest Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. Myers studied to become a wildlife veterinarian at Texas A&M University. She went on to earn her master’s degree in wildlife pathology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
Sanibel Captiva Community Bank promotes Rodgers
Sanibel Captiva Community Bank
has promoted Mark Rodgers to assistant vice president at its Gateway branch. His primary responsibility is to continue expanding the bank’s lending footprint in the Gateway community. Rodgers has been a loan officer at the Gateway location since 2018. A Southwest Florida resident since 1981, he has more than two decades of banking experience as well as a background in the home health care industry.