DENTAL PRACTICE TO OPEN IN ESTERO
Dr. Aaron Delgado and Dr. Jordan Eckardt will soon offer dental services to the community of Estero at Dental Care at Grande Oak. The new full-service family dental practice is set to open on July 19. Dental Care at Grande Oak will be fully equipped with the latest products and equipment available in the dental industry. Delgado received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. He is also Invisalign certified. Eckardt also obtained his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to dental school, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Miami. Dental Care at Grande Oak is located at 20330 Grande Oak Shoppes Blvd., Unit 101, in Estero. The office is now accepting new patients. Appointments can be made by calling (239) 719-1015 or visiting www.DentalCareatGrandeOak.com.
CYPRESS COVE EXPANSION COMPLETED
Chris-Tel Construction has finished the multi-million-dollar villa expansion of Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida. The expansion features 14 new two- and three-bedroom villa homes ranging in size from 1,700 square feet to 1,900 square feet. Each villa features either a lake or preserve view, lanai, garage, private front yard and upgraded interior finishes. The completion of the villa expansion wrapped up an extremely busy three-year period for Cypress Cove’s 48-acre campus, which added key elements to the Life Plan community and resident services, according to a press release.
SPECHT HONORED WITH FSBDC AWARD
Suzanne Specht, assistant director of the Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University (FSBDC at FGCU), received a Hurricane Irma Disaster Recovery Award from the Florida SBDC Network on June 13 in Fort Lauderdale. The Valor Awards were presented to 10 Florida SBDC employees, including Specht, in recognition of their efforts to help small business following the storm. In addition to a medal and a monetary award courtesy of the Florida First Capital Finance Corp. (FFCFC) and the Florida Small Business Development Foundation, Valor Award winners were presented with a personalized letter of recognition from Gov. Rick Scott. Following the storm, Scott activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan and Citrus Emergency Loan programs, which provided short-term, interest-free loans to eligible small businesses and citrus growers, respectively. As part of the loan process, the Florida SBDC Network partnered with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and FFCFC to help small businesses through the application process, as well as in identifying and securing long-term recovery resources, such as federal disaster assistance. Together, DEO, FFCFC, and the Florida SBDC Network closed 828 Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans and 58 Citrus Emergency Loans totaling $34.8 million. For more information, visit www.FloridaSBDC.org.
SHULA’S NAPLES WINS WINE EXCELLENCE AWARD
Shula’s Steak House Naples in the Hilton Naples has been honored for its wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2018 Restaurant Awards. The restaurant is recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers. Shula’s Naples has won the Best of Award of Excellence. Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and breadth across multiple regions. Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world’s best wine lists in 1981. There are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award—with 2,453; 1,215; and 91 winners this year in each respective category. The complete list of award winners is available in print in Wine Spectator’s August issue and at Restaurants.WineSpectator.com.
PAUL SPEAKS AT FLORIDA BAR SEMINAR
Florida lawyer regulation attorney Henry Lee Paul spoke about defending lawyers in grievance proceedings during the Masters Seminar on Ethics at The Florida Bar’s annual convention in Orlando. Paul, who has offices in Tampa and Fort Myers, covered how to avoid ethics complaints and common reasons why those complaints are filed with The Florida Bar, with a focus on proactive steps. His presentation included six best practice tips to avoid trust account bar complaints, the most common variety. The seminar also included a panel on the intersection of ethics and lawyer health and wellness. Paul and many of the other speakers were part of a discussion recorded after the seminar for an episode of The Florida Bar Podcast. The episode is available through iTunes, Google Play and legaltalknetwork.com. The entire seminar is available online by visiting tfb.inreachce.com and typing Masters Seminar on Ethics into the search field. The course number is 2777R, and it provides three hours of ethics credit and one hour of technology credit for attorneys.
Lipman Family Farms annual backpack giveaway returns
The seventh annual Lipman Family Farms Backpack Giveaway and Back to School Event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 4 at the Immokalee High School football field. Lipman Family Farms, America’s largest open field tomato grower, will give away more than 1,500 backpacks, 200 bikes, gift cards and free back-to-school haircuts to elementary and middle school students in Immokalee. Students must be present with their parent or guardian to receive free school supplies such as notebook paper, folders, crayons, glue, pencils and pens. Attendees can enjoy music, food, face painting and games. Collier County Sheriff’s Office will be on site with a rock climbing wall and Ciclovia Immokalee will offer physical activities. The free event lends a helping hand to students and families in need while celebrating the start of the 2018-19 school year. Lipman Family Farms plans to provide every child in attendance with a backpack, eliminating the need for families to arrive early and form a line. For more information about the event, or to volunteer, visit facebook.com/LipmanFamilyFarms/ or call (239) 657-4421.
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