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Gulfshore Business Daily: June 18

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Video courtesy of WINK News

FLORIDA CONGRESSMAN WANTS TO BAN CITRUS IMPORTS FROM CHINA TO HELP LOCAL FARMERS

Help could be on the way for Southwest Florida citrus farmers as they deal with added struggles from the pandemic. Rep. Greg Steube wants to ban commercially-produced citrus imports from China. “There’s a lot more than just the domestic production competition. The other issues are the safety of bringing in pests from outside the United States,” Steube says. He represents the largest citrus-producing district in the U.S. and believes banning commercial citrus imports from China can diminish their dilemma. Steube’s bill was referred to the US House Ways and Means Committee on June 11, WINK News reports.
 

LEE COUNTY ADOPTS SOFTWARE FOR STUDENT EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

As of Spring 2020, The School District of Lee County has adopted a brand new software solution that will offer high school students the ability to discover, apply to, and engage in various experiential learning styles. Fieldr’s online platform offers a diverse and inclusive environment made readily available for all students. The Fieldr platform allows employers, both nonprofit and for-profit, to register in Lee County’s privately accessible portal by submitting a request to the Administrative team at Lee County. Once approved in the Lee County Portal, employers can post any available opportunities they have. Frequent opportunities include internships, project-based learning, work-based learning, and volunteering. Employers will have access to an abundance of emerging talent in need of experience, while also being able to save on costs considering the style of opportunity, according to a news release. For more details, click here.

 

FRLA, FGCU PARTNER FOR JULY RESTAURANT WEBINAR

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) and Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) are co-sponsoring the “Restaurants and COVID-19: Assuring Safety while Delivering Value” webinar held at 10 a.m. on July 7. Panelists include Michael Collins, moderator and participant Michael Collins, Lutgert College of Business; Kelly Livingston, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association; Jay Johnson, Bubba’s Roadhouse; Fred Malone, Fort Myers Brewing Co.; Laurie Farlow, Farlow’s on the Water (Englewood); and Veljko Pavicevic, Sails Restaurant (Naples). The panelists will discuss the industry’s response to, as well as the lasting impact of, the COVID-19 pandemic on the restaurant industry. To join the meeting, register here.
 

John Miller

LAW FIRM WELCOMES MILLER AS PARTNER

Litigator John Miller has joined the law firm of Boy Agnew Potanovic as a partner. Miller is experienced in defense-side tort litigation and personal injury experience and will continue to serve his existing insurance defense clients while broadening his work into areas of employment and business litigation to assist the firm in handling existing caseloads. Miller joins Boy Agnew Potanovic after 12 years at Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A., where he was a partner. Miller graduated from the University of Florida before receiving his law degree from Stetson University College of Law. He currently serves on the Lee County Bar Association Executive Committee and the Fort Myers YMCA Advisory Board.
 

FREE FIRST-TIMERS GUIDE TO PRIVATE JET TRAVEL AVAILABLE

Private Jet Card Comparisons has published a free first-timers’ guide to help new consumers navigate the private aviation industry. The Private Jet 101: First-Timers Guide is available on a complimentary basis and does not require registration. Key elements of the guide include information consumers should have about their planned travel before contacting providers to ensure they receive the best advice; jet card and memberships, plus other options including on-demand charter, fractional ownership, and jet sharing, outlining the positives and negatives for each; who owns the private aircrafts you will fly on; how to avoid illegal charters; and variables that impact the private aviation experience. The guide is free at privatejetcardcomparisons.com.

 

CHARITABLE NOTES

Millennial Brewing Co., Bridging the Gap partner to host racial equality events

Millennial Brewing Co. and Bridging the Gap for Southwest Florida are hosting a series of events to raise awareness and educate the community on racial equality. The next events will take place on Friday and Saturday. From 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Millennial Brewing Co. is hosting the first of three events called Juneteenth Teen Night. This event includes a basketball tournament for teens with free pizza provided by Sir Pizza, free beverages, and prizes for the winning team. Following the tournament, Bridging the Gap of Southwest Florida will offer a workshop to educate youth on their rights and how to conduct themselves when it comes to interacting with law enforcement officers. Bridging the Gap: Family Fun Day kicks off from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday. This event is specifically geared towards youth 11 and under and will include a bounce house, face painting, art therapy and coloring sheets focusing on the theme of equality and peace. Brighter Bites will also be providing 250 free produce boxes for those families that attend. The last of this event series follows the family fun day from 5-9 p.m. , on Saturday. This last event, Bridging the Gap: Meet the Candidates Mixer, will bring together local candidates running for offices in Lee County and the City of Fort Myers. The goal of this event is to educate the community on where these candidates stand on important issues and what changes they plan to make within Southwest Florida. For more information, call Millennial Brewing at (239) 271-2255 or visit the Bridging the Gap Facebook page.
 

St. Matthew’s House extends food distribution program at Golden Gate High School through Aug. 11

St. Matthew’s House, in partnership with the District School Board of Collier County, continues its food distribution program at Golden Gate High School every Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to noon, through Aug. 11. Golden Gate High School is located at 2925 Titan Way. St. Matthew’s House also will continue food distribution every Thursday, from 1 to 5 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Naples, located at 3000 Orange Blossom Drive. For 32 years, St. Matthew’s House has provided food, shelter and comfort to those struggling with poverty, food insecurity and homelessness. For information, visit stmatthewshouse.org or call (239) 774-0500.

 

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