Larry Kiker Preserve
PRESERVE NEWLY NAMED AFTER KIKER
The Lee Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to name the nearly 4,000-acre Conservation 20/20 preserve in south Lee County the Larry Kiker Preserve in honor of the District 3 commissioner who passed away in April. Lee County closed on the $42.4 million purchase on Dec. 4, 2017. The land, also known as Edison Farms, is the largest parcel purchased by the board since the Bob Janes Preserve, which is 5,620 acres. That preserve was named for the District 1 Commissioner who passed away while in office in 2010.
LEE COUNTY SHERIFF TO DISCUSS PUBLIC SAFETY SOLUTIONS
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno will discuss strategies for public safety issues and law enforcement priorities at the Real Estate Investment Society’s (REIS) July 9 luncheon meeting, held at 11:45 a.m. in the Osprey Room at Pelican Preserve’s Clubhouse in Fort Myers. The program will include crime trends and prevention programs, community relations, and implementation of new technology. He is also expected to address joint initiatives and coordination between area law enforcement agencies. Following his presentation, Marceno will respond to questions of specific interest to the real estate investment and development industry. Carmine Marceno was appointed in 2018 to replace Sheriff Mike Scott. Marceno previously served as undersheriff in Lee County and as a deputy with the Collier County Sheriff’s Department. Event admission is $30 for members and $40 for guests, which includes lunch. Reservations are required by July 5 and may be made at www.reis-swfl.org.
ALLEGIANT OFFERS NEW NONSTOP SERVICE
Allegiant will offer service to Southwest Florida via Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) from Traverse City, Michigan, beginning Oct. 17. To celebrate, the company is offering one-way fares on the new route starting at $69. The new seasonal flights will operate twice weekly. With the addition of this new route, Allegiant will now serve 41 cities to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD). Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found at Allegiant.com.
NAPLES CHAMBER ADDS BOARD MEMBERS
The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce has appointed four new members to its board of directors, effective as of June 1. The new members are Michelle Borders, co-owner of Naples Networks Services; Lisa Barnett Van Dien, general counsel and a vice president of London Bay Homes; Thomas S. Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza and former owner of the Detroit Tigers baseball franchise, who currently supports Ave Maria University and Ave Maria School of Law; and Aysegul Timur, assistant vice president of strategic initiatives, strategy and program innovation at Florida Gulf Coast University.
GULF COAST MEDICAL CENTER EARNS PATIENT SAFETY AWARD
Lee Health’s Gulf Coast Medical Center has received the 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award by Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. This marks the second consecutive year the hospital has received this honor. This award recognizes the top 10 percent of hospitals in the country who have the lowest occurrence of preventable patient safety events. The list is based entirely on objective outcomes for 14 safety indicators outlined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). In addition to the safety indicators, all hospitals on the list have zero incidents of retained foreign objects. Gulf Coast Medical Center is one of two local hospitals and only 40 in the state of Florida to receive this award. For more information, click here.
BUCKLEY CELEBRATES 50 YEARS WITH LAW FIRM
Fort Myers attorney Stephen W. Buckley in June celebrates 50 years with Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. Buckley joined the firm in 1969 after graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1966 and Florida State University with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1969. The firm was established in 1962. He assists clients with wills, trusts, estate planning, probate, real estate and real property law cases. Buckley is a top-rated lawyer under the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rating system.
ALLYN INTERNATIONAL HIRES SOLOW
Allyn International Services Inc. has hired Joshua Solow as global sales and key account team manager, based in the firm’s Fort Myers headquarters. Solow’s work will encompass business development and marketing activities for prospective clients including proposal preparations. Solow will also serve as Allyn’s key account team manager for one of its biggest clients. Before joining Allyn, Solow earned his Bachelor of Science in international business from Florida State University. Solow most recently served in a vice president role for Regions Bank. In addition to his position at Allyn, Solow sits on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lee County and volunteers for Junior Achievement and the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee counties.
RUBEN JOINS ROETZEL & ANDRESS
Roetzel & Andress LPA has added David A. Ruben to the estate planning, tax and transactional group as a shareholder in the firm’s Naples office. In his practice, Ruben will advise individuals and families on sophisticated estate planning and wealth preservation strategies. He writes on the topics of trusts and wealth management and has been published in several industry journals. He holds licenses to practice law in Florida, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Ruben received his Juris Doctor from the Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, and his Master of Laws in taxation from Villanova University School of Law. He is active in the Naples community and is a member of the board of directors of Naples Zoo.
The Zonta Club of Bonita Springs- Estero to present scholarships, induct board
The Zonta Club of Bonita Springs-Estero will present three $3,000 and one $1,000 scholarship to four local high school seniors headed off to college or pursuing a local management program, at the new board induction ceremony held at 5:30 p.m. today at the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. Incoming board of directors are president Trish Leonard, vice president Shannon Fitch, co-treasurers Rosi Haller and Brooke Spencer, and secretary Angela Elmore. Additional directors include Karen Berens, Susan Kadel, Julie Olander, Carol Sissman and past President Nancy Dalaskey. For more information, visit http://zontabonitasprings.com.
Meals of Hope to expand mobile food pantry outreach with grant
Meals of Hope plans to use a $68,000 grant from Empty Bowls Naples to expand its mobile food pantry outreach. Empty Bowls Naples is a fundraiser held annually on the last Saturday in January that benefits local organizations that provide food to those in need. Meals of Hope provides a total of 12 food pantries–including five mobile pantries–throughout Collier and Lee Counties to distribute fresh and nutritious food to approximately 1,000 families each week. Additional services and summer meal programs serve more than 10,000 Southwest Florida residents each month. To learn more, visit www.mealsofhope.org.
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