Gulfshore Business Daily: January 4

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The Charlotte County Tourist Development Tax revenues collected during October 2018 totaled $178,919. This reflects at 6.3 percent increase over October 2017’s collections of $168,306. In addition to the 7 percent sales tax, Charlotte County levies a 5 percent tourist development tax (TDT) on accommodation stays six months or less. The first 3 percent is spent for tourism promotion and marketing support and 4 and 5 percent are used to fund the debt service on the bond for the recent renovations at the Charlotte Sports Park.

During the calendar year 2017, Charlotte County welcomed an estimated 422,500 visitors, tourism generated an estimated $380,841,400 in direct expenditures, and made an estimated $580,783,200 million economic impact. The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau annual conducts marketing, sales and promotional campaigns for the area. For more information, visit


The Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University is inviting the public to nominate their favorite Southwest Florida business for the 2019 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award of Southwest Florida. The annual award celebrates Southwest Florida business owners who have overcome obstacles, discovered new technologies to help grow their business or dedicated themselves to helping other small businesses through mentorship and civic leadership. Self-nominations are permitted. Awards include Distinguished Entrepreneur, Distinguished Small Business Advocate, and Distinguished Innovator of the Year. Nomination forms are available here

Nominations close Feb. 28. This year marks the eighth annual celebration of this event, supported by Hallmark sponsor Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. 


Elly Hagen has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC). Hagen, the owner of Elly Hagen Marketing & Public Relations and the parent of an adult son with autism, is appointed for a term lasting from Nov. 16 to Sept. 30, 2022.

Hagen is a board member of The Planned Giving Council of Lee County, a graduate of FDDC’s Partners in Policymaking, the past chair of The Southwest Florida Autism Speaks Walk, a former member of the Promising Pathways National Autism Conference planning committee, and a former advisory board member of Easter Seals Florida and Eden Autism Services.


William P. Pope will speak at the Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida’s first luncheon of 2019. The luncheon will take place at 11:45 a.m. on Jan. 11 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point. Doors will open at 11:15 a.m. The luncheon topic of discussion is who Putin really is, what his game plan is and whether he is succeeding.

Pope attended the University of Virginia and Georgetown University. He served as a Russian linguist in the U.S. Army Security Agency and attended the National War College and the Department of Defense's flag officer training course, Capstone.

A Membership Mixer titled “Let Us Entertain You” will be the second Speakers Assembly event of 2019, held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 at the Bonita Springs Center for the Arts. Refreshments, giveaways, surprises and more will be available. For more information on the scheduled events and speakers, contact Arden McCurdy at (239) 948-7909 or, or visit


Ryan Benson, principal with A. Vernon Allen Builder in Naples, has once again been named a National Association of Home Builders Region A finalist for the 2018 NAHB Young Professional Award. 

The NAHB Young Professional Awards recognizes young building industry professionals under the age of 45 who propel their careers forward, advance in all three levels of the NAHB Federation, advocate for the home building industry, engage with their peers, and establish themselves as exceptional members of their communities.

Benson will join 15 other finalists at NAHB’s Young Professional Committee meeting during the 2019 International Builders Show in Orlando, where they will recognize all finalists and award winners for each region during the meeting on Feb. 18th at the International Builder Show in Las Vegas.


Lori L. Moore, shareholder-in-charge of Roetzel’s Fort Myers office, has joined the board of directors for the Southwest Florida chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

Moore’s practice includes the representation of owners, developers, and companies in real estate transactions, including acquisitions, sales, leasing, and title claims work, and corporate governance and transactional matters. She also has experience in commercial real estate and banking, with credentials handling financial transactions and loan workouts from both the lender and borrower perspectives. Moore has been involved in both trials and dispute resolution.

She is board certified in real estate by the Florida Bar and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law for 2018. She is an active member in the Lee County Bar Association, the Real Estate Investment Society of Lee County, Commercial Real Estate Women – Southwest Florida Chapter, and more.


Florida Skin Center is now offering plastic surgery procedures out of its 13691 Metropolis Ave. office in Fort Myers in conjunction with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andrea P. Basile. Basile performs breast surgery, body sculpting and facial surgery.

The founder and medical director of BASILE Plastic Surgery, Basile dedicates his Naples-based practice to surgical and noninvasive approaches to beauty enhancement. He graduated cum laude from Tufts University in Massachusetts, holds a medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, and had his general surgery internship and residency at Harvard University’s former New England Deaconess Hospital.

He also received training from Massachusetts General Hospital and served as assistant professor of plastic surgery at Boston University School of Medicine and attending surgeon at the Boston Medical Center. Basile completed his residency training in plastic surgery at Georgetown University before working as a visiting fellow in aesthetic surgery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and he is fluent in Italian and French.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast announces 2017-2018 Big Brother, Sister of the Year 

Cheryl Maymon of Punta Gorda and Cliff Smith of Fort Myers have been selected as the 2017-2018 Big Brother & Big Sister of the Year. Maymon is the owner of CAM Realty of Southwest Florida and Smith is president of the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee counties. Maymon has paired with a “little sister” for two years. Smith is matched with two “littles” who happen to be brothers, and he is now coaching their basketball team at the local YMCA. This past year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast has served more than 1,800 youth across a 10-county footprint. For more information, visit

21st Century Oncology’s upcoming “Kids Rock!” to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital patients

21st Century Oncology, will host “Kids Rock!” from 10 a.m. to noon on Jan. 19 at corporate support center at 2270 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. The event welcomes children to participate in a rock-painting party to create works of art that will then be placed at the Golisano Children’s Hospital to uplift patients. Registration for the event is free. In addition, the event will offer snow cones, face painting, and clowns for entertainment during the painting party. For more information or to register, call (239) 369-4141.

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