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Gulfshore Business Daily: November 30

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WATERWAY BOAT LIFT COVERS EXPANDS WITH NEW OWNER

Dan Lynch has assumed ownership of Waterway Boat Lift Covers. The company is expanding its service areas outside of just Southwest Florida to reach the entire state of Florida, Texas and some international locations, such as Antigua. Lynch, who previously served as the main distributor to the east coast, northern Florida and panhandle, will be working alongside Eric Craig who will now serve as the CEO of international operations. Under Lynch’s leadership, Waterway will be focusing on a customer-driven experience and completely revamp its customer relations processes and hurricane and crisis systems. Originally from Massachusetts, Lynch has been living and working in Southwest for the past 25 years. He started with Waterway four years ago and previously served as an installer, lead trainer and distributor working throughout Florida.​​

PELICAN ISLE YACHT CLUB AWARDED PLATINUM STATUS

Pelican Isle Yacht Club has been selected again as a Platinum Club of America. Platinum Club recognition is the most respected award in the private club industry, with only the top 5 percent of private clubs receiving platinum status, a press release states. Pelican Isle Yacht Club received seventh place nationally in the Yacht Club Category 2019-2020. The club ranked seven positions higher in the Top Yacht Club list than in 2014. The Platinum Clubs of America vote takes place every other year and is conducted through a nationwide vote of 4,400 club managers and presidents or owners of private clubs around the nation, which makes Platinum recognition the most respected acknowledgment in the industry. The voters were directed to vote for clubs that meet the seven Platinum Clubs of America selection criteria, as approved by the advisory board.​​

THE SOUTHLAND TAPROOM OPENS

The Southland Taproom opened on Nov. 17 at 16230 Summerlin Road near Health Park Medical Center in south Fort Myers. Southland, owned by Florida native Tommy Johnson, curates the beers and ciders for its 24 taps from local breweries, while also bringing in crafts from across the country, with an emphasis on beers made in Florida and throughout the Southeast. The taproom also offers a selection of wines and spiked seltzers. A refrigerated case houses cold bottle and can inventory that can be consumed onsite or taken home. Craft-beer flights are also available. Growler fills will reportedly be offered soon. Johnson, a former IT project manager, holds a certificate in the business of craft beer from Portland State University and is a Certified Beer Server through Cicerone. ​

NEAL COMMUNITIES SELLS OUT ESTERO PLACE

Neal Communities is celebrating the completion of Estero Place, a private, gated community in Estero, after recently selling the community’s final home. The closed-out Estero Place includes 102 Mediterranean and country French-style single-family homes. The 57.4-acre community offered five single-story floor plans, ranging from 1,870 to 2,379 square feet. Estero Place also features two lakes, 17 acres of preserves, its own nature boardwalk and direct access to local parks and bike paths.​

THEATREZONE EARNS ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Mark Danni, founding artistic director of TheatreZone, has been honored with the 2018 Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music Alumni Achievement Award. Danni was in residence at the Conservatory on Nov. 8 and 9, interacting with students and faculty, visiting classes and participating in an all-Conservatory Convocation. He was presented with the award on Nov. 9. Danni earned a Bachelor of Music Education with a major in percussion in 1988. He focused heavily on conducting and studied with maestros Dwight Oltman and Stuart Raleigh. After his time at Baldwin Wallace, Danni connected with Broadway musical director and conductor Jack Lee, class of 1951, who helped to fuel his first gigs playing in musical pits. Upon moving from New York City to Florida, Danni launched a theatre program at the Community School of Naples, where he still serves as director of theatre. Danni and his wife, Karen Molnar Danni, also established TheatreZone. In 2015, Danni received a Baldwin Wallace Outstanding Educator award, honoring him for the significant contributions he has made to the lives of others as teachers, mentors and role models, both in and out of the classroom.

NEW ART EXHIBIT AT RSW

For the last 13 years, the Alliance for the Arts and Lee County Port Authority have partnered on a project called Art In Flight, which brings art to the public spaces and the millions of travelers at Southwest Florida International Airport. The current Art In Flight: My Florida exhibit features the creative perspective of 30 Florida artists and what it means to them to call Florida home. My Florida exhibits from December 2018 to May 2019 on Concourses B and D at the Southwest Florida International Airport. The show will come to the Alliance for the Arts main gallery in June of 2019. Participating artists in the exhibition include Robert Alllen, Elisabeth Arena, Jolie Black, Juli Bobman, Annette Brown, Stacey Brown, Martin Casanova, Donna Chase, Patrick Conolly, Lillian Coury, Betsy D'Jamoos, Lisa Duritsch, Alane Enyart, Lydia Fogaras, Janet George, Ehren Gerhard, Imani Gibbs, Julie Griffin, Megan Kissinger, Mariapia Malerba, Deborah Martin, Ellen Miller, Caren Pearson, J.T. Phillippe, Whit Robbins, Dorothy Salcedo, Erik Schlake, MiMi Stirn, Carla Wormington Messerli and Beverly Yankwitt. For more information, visit www.ArtInLee.org/RSW2019.​

CHARITABLE NOTES​

Festival of Lights returns this evening

Promenade at Bonita Bay will host the 2018 Festival of Lights from 5-8 p.m. today in the center court of the Promenade. The essence of the Festival of Lights is “Operation Santa,­” the Promenade’s coined partnership with the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida LLC. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy in exchange for complimentary pictures with Santa. The partners will donate all collected toys to abused and neglected children in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry countries via the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida. The Festival of Lights also includes tree lighting in the center court, holiday refreshments, live music, a kid’s craft area, a live dance demonstration by Enchanted Ballroom of Bonita Springs, food and drink specials for purchase, and more than 25 shopping and dining items for purchase throughout the Promenade. Additionally, starting at 4 p.m., two Promenade businesses, Little Paris Decoration and Creative Pottery, will host holiday events of their own. For more information about the festival, call the Promenade at (239) 949-1573. For a complete Children’s Network of Southwest Florida wish list and more, visit ChildNetSWFL.org.​

‘Dollars for Scholars’ raises $49,000

Sixty-eight golfers participated in the second annual “Dollars for Scholars” tournament on Nov. 16 at Bentley Village, helping to raise a record of $49,000 for the Bentley Village Foundation. The golf scramble, co-sponsored by Vi at Bentley Village and the foundation, included a ball drop, putting contest, and a hole-in-one contest on hole No. 14 for a leased car sponsored by Mercedes Benz of Bonita Springs. Members of the winning teams in the four-person scramble were Bentley residents Paul Donald, Pat Hoover, Phyllis Sharp and Mike Stanton (first place); FineMark National Bank & Trust’s Cyndy Carlson, Dennis Landfried, Harlan Parish and Billie Porter (second place); and Bentley residents Dave Courtney, Marcia Courtney, Brian Hitch and Janice Hitch (third place). Thirty-six donors provided items for a silent auction held during the awards banquet and all items were purchased. A 50/50 raffle drawing capped off the evening. All proceeds from the tournament will support the Bentley Wings Competitive Scholarship Program and the Scholarship Endowment Fund. For more information, visit http://www.ViLiving.com.​

Amigos Center launches $50,000 Matching Challenge Campaign

Amigos Center has announced a challenge campaign to match a one-time $50,000 year-end gift. The gift will be matched dollar for dollar and will help ensure that the Amigos Center may continue to offer services to the benefit immigrant families as they work to succeed in the U.S. The community center in Immokalee provides 5,000 clients each year with social services, including English language classes, and Creole and Spanish language congregations meet in multiple locations in Lee and Collier County. Since 1997, Amigos Center has been meeting the spiritual and physical needs of the immigrant community of Southwest Florida. Its professionally staffed, low-cost legal immigration service office in Fort Myers has served more than 13,000 clients to date. The Amigos Center is a partner agency of the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties. All donations are tax deductible to the highest amount allowed by law. For more information contact Rev. Robert Selle at (239) 281-1664 or visit www.amigoscenter.org.

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