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Lydia Black bartending at Coastal Dayz in 2018.


Florida has ranked No. 2 in SmartAsset’s “Top 10 States That Would Benefit the Most from Healthcare Reform.” For the study, SmartAsset considered nine metrics that span a range of healthcare indicators, including availability, affordability and outcomes, to uncover the states that stand to benefit the most from healthcare reform. In 2017, 12.9% of Florida’s total population, 7.3% of children and 21.3% of the low-income population did not have health insurance, according to the report. In comparison, only 2.8% of the total population, 1.5% of children and 4.6% of the low-income population did not have health insurance for the same year in Massachusetts, one of the top-ranking states according to those three metrics. Additionally, the percentage of primary care need met in Florida ranks fourth-lowest across all states and the District of Columbia, according to The Kaiser Family Foundation, study shows. For more information, click here.



Collier County ranked among the best places to own a home in Florida, according to. SmartAsset. The study compares average rent and home prices in counties across the U.S. to determine the places where buying a home can be most advantageous versus renting. Places, where the cost of buying a home became more cost-effective than renting in the shortest amount of time, ranked highest in the study. Collier County came in at No. 10, with an average monthly mortgage payment listed at $2,146; average monthly rent of $1,910; average home price of $512,684; breakeven year of 2.9; and a Rent vs. Buy Index of 89.56. Additional details on the study, including the methodology and interactive map, can be found here



CareerSource Southwest Florida and the Lee County Port Authority will partner to host a hiring event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Fort Myers CareerSource Center. There will be representatives from the Port Authority and several of their onsite vendors conducting interviews. Please come dressed to impress and bring extra resumes. For a list of participating businesses, visit careersourcesouthwestflorida.com.


Mitchell Turiel


Allyn International Services Inc. (Allyn) announces Mitchell Turiel as the Americas consulting and sourcing team manager working in its Fort Myers headquarters. Turiel’s work will encompass developing and executing supply chain consulting services, suggesting and implementing tools, detailed reports and systems. Before joining Allyn, Turiel earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business economics from the State University of New York in Cortland (SUNY Cortland. Turiel brings to Allyn client relationship and business development knowledge from the marketing services industry, serving as a marketing assistant for Capital Education Network and participating in Disney’s College Program.


Boyd Lindsley


Dr. Boyd Lindsley has been elected chair of the board of directors of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. The 23-member board is from a 22-county region of Florida, which includes Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota, Fort Myers and Naples. Lindsley began volunteering for Planned Parenthood in 2011 and joined the board in 2013. He is the senior associate director for the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication and Media. Lindsley is a recognized leader in the LGBTQ community and serves on committees for Equality Florida and the Zebra Coalition.


Robin Goldstone Garcia


Robin C. Goldstone Garcia has joined the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center as executive director, succeeding Jan Kerlin, who recently retired after seven years in the position. Garcia has executive-level managerial experience and most recently served as deputy director of Florida’s Division of Blind Services. She previously was executive director of Lighthouse of Collier for four years and has more than 20 years of business experience in financial services, contracts, human resources and operations. She holds bachelor degrees in business administration and psychology from State University of New York College at Oswego and has pursued a master’s in holistic nutrition from the Clayton College of Natural Health.


Jared Kalpin


Kensington Golf & Country Club has appointed Jared Kalpin as director of court sports. In this role, he is responsible for managing all of the club’s tennis, pickleball and bocce ball facilities, training and supervising department personnel, and overseeing any court sports construction, maintenance and renovations. Kalpin has several years of tennis and country club experience with properties located in Southwest Florida. Most recently, he was director of tennis at West Bay Club in Estero. He also previously served in various positions at Dunes Golf & Tennis Club on Sanibel Island, Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs, and Colonial Country Club in Fort Myers. Kalpin has been a tennis professional since 2003 and attended Florida State University, where he played tennis.



The Forest Country Club, WIBN SWFL to host World Champion David Taylor III

The Forest Country Club and Wrestlers in Business Network (WIBN) SW Florida present Dinner with World Champion David Taylor III on from 6-9 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the country club located in Fort Myers. The networking and fundraiser event will feature cocktail hour followed by a silent auction to benefit local wrestling programs. The evening will also include dinner and special guest speakers World Champion David Taylor III, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno and MC Austin Shanfelter. Taylor will discuss his international career, quest for Gold in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and help raise funds for schools like Dunbar High School, which will be the recipients of new headgear equipment from the organization. 


Fort Myers mayor to have head shaved by pediatric cancer patient

As part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson will have his head shaved by Sarai, a 6-year-old pediatric cancer patient at Golisano Children’s Hospital, at the second annual Clips for Cancer event on Sept. 27. Sarai was diagnosed with stage four cancer after being hospitalized around Thanksgiving in 2018. Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida Chief Administrative Officer Armando Llechu, alongside dozens of doctors and team members, community leaders and influential individuals from Southwest Florida, will have their heads shaved by pediatric cancer patients in the main atrium of the children’s hospital during Clips for Cancer. Twenty-eight local Great Clips salons are donating their time and skills to clean up the participants after the pediatric patients have finished shaving. The community is encouraged to donate to Barbara’s Friends – Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund. For more information, visit LeeHealthFoundation.org/ClipsForCancer.


LCEC to host Goblin Gallop 5K Run/Walk for United Way

LCEC will hold its eighth annual LCEC Goblin Gallop 5K to benefit the United Way on Oct. 26. The 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run will be held at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral. Registration/check-in begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 7:30 a.m. The Kids Fun Run will immediately follow the 5K. Advance registration is $25 for ages 18 and over ($30 day of), $20 for ages 13-17 ($30 day of), and $15 for the Kids Fun Run for ages 12 and under. Last year’s event raised more than $1,000 for United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties with more than 100 runners, walkers, volunteers and supporters attending. For race and sponsorship information, visit https://uw.lcec.net/SitePages/5k.aspx, email 5K@lcec.net or call (239) 656-2380.


Lydia Black bartending at Coastal Dayz in 2018.

Alliance for the Arts, Coastal Dayz Brewery team up to raise funds

The Alliance for the Arts is teaming up with Coastal Dayz Brewery as Alliance Executive Director Lydia A. Black serves as guest bartender from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 10 at 2161 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. All tips from the evening will be donated to the Alliance for the Arts, a nonprofit community visual and performing arts center whose mission is to transform lives and improve the community through the arts. The event comes alongside the announcement of the Alliance for the Arts annual Arts On Tap Fundraiser on Nov. 9. Now in its third year, Arts On Tap is a taste of creativity in the Alliance gallery featuring the craft of local brewers including Coastal Dayz. Additional crafters include Big Blue BrewingBury Me BrewingBreweryEight Foot Brewing, Millennial Brewing Co., Momentum BrewhouseNaples Beach BreweryPalm City Brewing, and  Point Ybel Brewing Co.

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