Gulfshore Business Daily: June 12

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The Bike Bistro


To fulfill its need for hundreds of teachers this fall, the Lee County School District hosted multiple, online recruitment events this week. A virtual webinar Wednesday schooled participants with a workshop on “How to Become a Teacher.” The purpose was to engage the local community in the process of how they can become a teacher although they may have a degree outside of education. Subject areas for which schools are always recruiting include math, science, special needs, English and elementary education, WINK News reports.


The Lee County Library System will open three additional branches on Monday, June 15. The eight open locations will operate at 50% capacity. Opening Monday will be the Bonita Springs Public Library, North Fort Myers Public Library and Lakes Regional Library in south Fort Myers. Branches already open are Fort Myers Regional Library, Cape Coral Lee County Library, Northwest Regional Library in Cape Coral, South County Regional Library in Estero and East County Regional Library in Lehigh Acres. Hours at these locations are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. Curbside pickup will continue at all library locations. The library system also invites patrons to tune in daily for a summer reading program provided by Page Turner Adventures courtesy of the Southwest Florida Library Network. To find out more about the Lee County Library System’s Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Program, visit


The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (SWFRTP) is presenting an informative panel discussion, “Cybersecurity in a COVID-19 World and Beyond,” at 5:30 p.m. on June 18. This virtual event, moderated by Dr. Robert Totterdale, Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) associate professor CIS-LCOB, hosts a panel of four cybersecurity professionals including representatives from Cyber Florida. Panelists include Ralph Quarles, Wells Fargo Risk Advisory, John Schlager, Inceptus, Dr. Ron Sanders, Cyber Florida, and Luis Valdez, Cyber Florida. The event will address the changing cyber threat landscape caused by COVID 19, approaches for responding to cyber threats, and the availability of resources and programs from Cyber Florida to support businesses in Florida. This event offers pre-event networking and opens to the public with pre-registration. Event registration and information are at


The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools announced Lee Health as a 2020 Business Partner of Year at the 29th Partners in Education – State of Our Schools event held virtually on May 29.  This award recognizes the work and support Lee Health has dedicated to the Foundation and the School District of Lee County for over 30 years. Lee Health supports the Foundation’s College and Career Initiatives, such as STEM@Work and hosted the STEM@Work Kick-Off this year at Coconut Point. They are major sponsors of the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program and are involved with the Take Stock in Children Scholarships/Mentoring program. Lee Health also provides internship programs for School District students, supports teachers by donating supplies and more.


Vascular & Vein Center, is now offering treatment for Carotid Artery Disease (CAD) called Transcarotid Artery Revascularization, or more commonly, TCAR. TCAR is a clinically proven, minimally invasive, advanced procedure that delivers a stent into a blocked carotid artery to treat CAD and prevent future strokes. Some of the benefits of utilizing the TCAR procedure over the formative procedure, Carotid Endartectomy or CEA, include a smaller incision and a faster recovery on top of it being a closed surgery, according to a news release. Additionally, it reduces the risk of stroke during stent insertion, the news release states. For additional information on the TCAR procedure, click here.

The Bike Bistro


The Bike Bistro, a locally owned cycle shop near the Sanibel Causeway, has remodeled its café and partnered with Chocolattes Coffee and Roasting to offer specialty single-origin coffees. The Bike Bistro is also carrying the latest Specialized brand of bikes. Founded in 1974 in California, Specialized was the first company to create production mountain bikes. It now offers a full range of bikes, including road bikes, cruisers and electric bikes. Chocolattes is a Fort Myers-based specialty roaster that offers seasonal coffees from Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala and Kenya. For more information visit

Ita Neymotin


Neymotin appointed chair of The Florida Bar Committee on Professionalism

The Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, Second District, announces that the Florida Bar President, Honorable Dori Foster-Morales, has appointed Regional Counsel Ita M. Neymotin as chair of the Committee on Professionalism. Neymotin oversees 14 counties within the Second District Court of Appeal and manages 140 attorneys and staff. In addition to being regional counsel, she will begin her new voluntary appointed position beginning July 1 through June 30, 2021. Neymotin was appointed by former Gov. Rick Scott in 2011 and confirmed by the full Florida Senate. At 38, she is the youngest and first appointed female to hold a position as regional counsel in the state of Florida. For more information on the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, Second District Court of Appeal, visit

Buttino celebrates 15-year anniversary with Preferred Travel of Naples

Preferred Travel of Naples employee Margo Buttino is celebrating her 15-year milestone work anniversary. Buttino joined the Preferred Travel of Naples team in 2005 and has been affiliated with the travel industry for over 40 years. Buttino is a senior travel advisor with Preferred Travel and has her Certified Travel Associate (CTA) and Destination Specialist (DS) credentials in the South Pacific.  She has traveled extensively by land and sea and specializes in travel to the South Pacific, Italy and Western Europe including cruises, tours and custom itineraries, as well as luxury ocean cruises and river cruises. She works with clients to customize their travel experience and itineraries. Buttino currently serves on the board of the Italian American Society of Southwest Florida as secretary.

Joel A. Johnson

Johnson earns CFP designation

The Sanibel Captiva Trust Co.’s Joel A. Johnson, vice president, has earned his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. The CFP provides formal recognition of expertise in the areas of financial planning, taxes, insurance, estate planning, and retirement plans. Owned and awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc., the designation is awarded to individuals who successfully complete the CFP board’s initial exams, then continue ongoing annual education programs to sustain their skills and certification. Johnson has been a member of the trust company’s investment management team for five years and manages a number of client accounts.  His work also focuses on researching specific sectors in information technology and telecommunications for client portfolios. Prior to joining the firm, Johnson worked as a personal banker at Fifth Third Bancorp. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Florida Gulf Coast University.


Virtual Heart Ball raises more than $80,000

The American Heart Association’s first-ever Virtual Heart Ball in Southwest Florida raised more than $80,000 in just one night and pushing closer to the million-dollar mark. The virtual event with presenting sponsor DeAngelis Diamond was chaired by John & Kelly DeAngelis. So far, the 2020 Heart Ball has raised $922,000 thanks to sponsors and donors. To donate, click here.

Comedian wins $25,000 on show for Hope Hospice

Saturday Night Live alumni Kevin Nealon prevailed on Celebrity Family Feud, winning $25,000 for the comedian’s charity of choice: Hope Hospice. The episode is now available for viewing on Hulu. Joined by his wife, actress Susan Yeagley, brother Chris Nealon, mother-in-law, Dr. Sally Yeagley, and actress Cheryl Hines, Nealon competed against The Price is Right host Drew Carey’s team. Hope Healthcare is a not-for-profit health care organization dedicated to providing care and comfort to every individual and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey. For more information, visit

Cappelli’s Kitchen, IMA Creative increase meal donations at St. Matthew’s House 

Cappelli’s Kitchen and IMA Creative teamed up this spring to provide donated meals to Justin’s Place clients at St. Matthew’s House on Saturdays. The team has increased their donation efforts in order to serve more people at St. Matthew’s House. Cappelli’s Kitchen and IMA Creative will now provide the Friday evening meals at Campbell Lodge homeless shelter through the end of June. Cappelli’s Kitchen is a family-owned caterer and food delivery service in Naples. The owners, who were previously longtime restaurateurs in downtown Naples, prioritize healthy, fresh ingredients. Partnering in the effort is IMA Creative, a full-service marketing and creative agency under the direction of Gail Webster.

The Heights Foundation – Kyle DeCicco, Debra Mathinos, Kathryn Kelly

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank donates $100,000 to SWFL organizations

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank is giving a charitable donation in the amount of $100,000 to help 11 Southwest Florida not-for-profit organizations serving children and feeding people in need due to the unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sanibel Captiva Community Bank’s $100,000 gift will support Southwest Florida programs serving the ongoing needs of children and hunger relief efforts, including The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, Blessings in a Backpack SWFL, Valerie’s House, PACE Center for Girls-Lee, The Heights Foundation, Hearts to Home, Senior Friendship Centers, Children’s Education Center of the Islands, Sanibel Sea School and the Sanibel School Fund. The bank’s not-for-profit financial contributions are in addition to its ongoing work with customers through Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program loans, other loans and lines of credit, and loan deferrals. To learn more, visit

Physicians Regional Medical Center supports Neighborhood Health Clinic

Physicians Regional Medical Center’s Scott Lowe, market chief executive officer, and Susan Takacs, market chief operating officer, provided Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to Neighborhood Health Clinic for the protection of medical volunteers and patients. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the clinic has remained open to patients, thereby using a mass quantity of supplies. For more information about Neighborhood Health Clinic, visit

Guadalupe Center receives $10,000 grant from Bank of America

Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to support students in Guadalupe Center’s three educational programs. Guadalupe Center serves 1,400 students annually through its nationally accredited Early Childhood Education Program, After-school Tutoring & Summer Enrichment Program and college-preparatory Tutor Corps Program. The nonprofit recently announced expansion plans that will allow it to serve several hundred additional students by the end of 2021. Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Community Partners Grant Program helps build thriving communities by addressing issues fundamental to economic health and sustainability. The Foundation is advancing economic mobility by addressing issues related to workforce development and education, community development and basic needs. Guadalupe Center’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee. To donate, visit

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