Lead Photo: Vineyard Vines opens new Naples store on Fifth Avenue South. Details below.
HIRING EVENT FOR VETERANS HELD JULY 12
CareerSource Southwest Florida is hosting a hiring event for veterans from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 12 at Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops. The hiring event brings community veteran programs together, local employers and complimentary headshots for veterans. CareerSource says its goal is to connect more than 20 businesses dedicated to helping veterans and their families find careers. For more information, click here.
FORMER FORT MYERS BEACH MAYOR DIES
Former mayor of Fort Myers Beach Dan Hughes has died, WINK News reports. Hughes served as mayor of Fort Myers Beach and on the town council and other leadership roles in the community, according to a Facebook post published July 1 by the Town of Fort Myers Beach. “It is with an extremely heavy heart that I have to announce that Mayor Dan Hughes passed away this evening at his home surrounded by his friends and family,” said Town Mayor Ray Murphy. The Town of Fort Myers Beach celebrated Hughes with a proclamation in his honor on June 7. According to the proclamation, Hughes served on the local planning agency and was instrumental in formulating a comprehensive plan for Fort Myers Beach and its land development code.
LEE HEALTH LIFTS PANDEMIC-RELATED RESTRICTIONS ON VISITATION HOURS
Lee Health has returned to pre-COVID-19 pandemic visitation hours for non-COVID-19 patients. Visitation hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The number of visitors in a room at one time may be limited at the discretion of the patient’s care team. Visitation is not allowed for COVID-19 patients except for cases of compassionate care. All visitors must undergo symptom and exposure risk screening at facility entrances and wear a face-covering per the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention guidance for universal source control. For this reason, there can be no visitation by children under the age of 2. Children over the age of 2 are required to wear masks like all other visitors, including in mom-baby units. In OB areas, visitation by children under 12 is limited to siblings of the newborn. Other visitation by children can resume to pre-pandemic guidelines.
SPECIALS TO CELEBRATE 7-ELEVEN STORE LAUNCH IN NORTH NAPLES
A new 7-Eleven convenience store and gas station is opening Thursday at Green Tree Center in North Naples. The grand opening will be celebrated with five days of freebies for customers at the store, located at 10861 Airport-Pulling Road N. on the corner of Immokalee Road. Free Big Bite hot dogs will be available July 15, free coffee on July 19, free Slurpee beverages on July 21, free Big Gulp drinks on July 23, and a free slice of pizza on July 24. The 7-Eleven company also is donating $711 to Pelican Marsh Elementary School as part of its ongoing community outreach initiative, Project A-Game. The new store, which replaces a Mobil station, will have a state-of-the-art coffee brewer and cold brew tap system, a touchscreen soda fountain and bakery items baked in the store.
VINEYARD VINES OPENS NEW NAPLES STORE ON FIFTH AVENUE SOUTH
Vineyard Vines has opened on Fifth Avenue South in Naples, the Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District announces. Located at 694 Fifth Ave. S., the store occupies space near the entrance into the Inn on Fifth Club Level Suites owned by the McCabe family of Naples. Vineyard Vines is an American lifestyle apparel brand founded in 1998 on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, by brothers Shep and Ian Murray. The retailer is known for its smiling pink whale logo and offers clothing and accessories for men, women and children.
ESTERO HISTORICAL SOCIETY SPEAKERS SERIES STARTS JULY 10
The Estero Historical Society is launching its 2021-22 Speaker Series titled Yesterday & Today from 9:30-11 a.m. on July 10 at the Estero Park & Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., inside Estero Park. The monthly series alternates topics that focus on local history. The first presentation in the series, “Florida Insurance Industry – What YOU Should Know,” will be presented by Blake Chapman, owner of State Insurance USA, and include details about flood coverage. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to pre-register, as continental breakfast will be served.
HOPE FOR HAITI APPOINTS NEW CFO
Hope for Haiti has promoted Monica Perez to chief financial officer, effective July 1. “Monica has taken a greater leadership role over the years in all areas of our finances, and she has earned the trust of our entire organization through her hard work, dedication to Hope for Haiti’s mission, and resilience in our commitment to financial accountability and transparency,” said Hope for Haiti CEO Skyler Badenoch. Perez graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor of science and a master’s degree in accounting and taxation. She joined the Hope for Haiti staff in 2015 as a senior accountant.
MORRIS-DEPEW ASSOCIATES WELCOMES ABOUDIB
Morris-Depew Associates has welcomed its newest team member, Angela Aboudib. Before completing her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University, Adoudib held two internships: the Florida Department of Transportation in their permitting department and the second with Morris-Depew Associates’ engineering department. Adoudib also recently passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, which covers the subjects taught in the engineering program. Morris-Depew Associates is a multidiscipline consulting firm in Southwest Florida, specializing in civil engineering, land planning, expert witness, landscape architecture and surveying, and mapping services.
Sponsors needed for Becoming Cosmopolitan: ‘Gone Country’ fundraising event
Community Cooperative will host its annual fall fundraiser, “Becoming Cosmopolitan: Gone Country,” at 6 p.m. on Oct. 7 at The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers. The event will feature cocktails, food, boutique shopping, line dancing and auctions. Proceeds will benefit women and children’s programs that work to end hunger and homelessness in Southwest Florida. Tickets are $250 for VIP, $150 for general admission and $500 for the four-ticket Girlfriend Package. Sponsorships are now available and range from $1,000 to $10,000. Donations for the silent auction are also being requested. Tickets will go on sale in August.
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