RSW Reports Record-Breaking June

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Friday, July 19


During June, 586,319 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers, an increase of 7.4 percent compared to June 2018. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 9.4 percent compared with last year. The traffic leader in June was Delta Air Lines with 153,972 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Southwest (123,772), American (95,304), JetBlue (67,932) and United (53,464). Southwest Florida International Airport had 4,804 aircraft operations, a decrease of 1 percent compared to June 2018. Page Field saw 8,583 operations, a 12.4 percent increase from June 2018. In addition, slightly more than 2.6 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in June 2019. 


Thursday, July 18


The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) on July 16 announced $75 million is now available to local governments in communities impacted by Hurricane Irma through the Rebuild Florida Voluntary Home Buyout Program. Grant funding can be used by local governments to purchase homes damaged by Hurricane Irma from willing homeowners in high-risk flood areas or to match funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The Rebuild Florida Voluntary Home Buyout Program is designed to help reduce the impact of future disasters in high-risk flood areas. Local governments can apply for funding to acquire secured contiguous lots or single properties. Funding can also be used as leverage to match funding for projects that are also eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency HMGP. To complete an application by the Aug. 15 deadline, or for more information about the program, visit


Wednesday, July 17


The 10th annual “Thinking Outside the Box” seminar for nonprofits will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Aug. 9 at the Naples Daily News Community Room. Registration is now open for nonprofit organizations in Collier County. This year’s theme is The” Top 10” Tips for a Non-Profit’s Success which will coincide with the 10th annual event. The free seminar is being presented again this year by the event’s founder Sue Huff of E. Sue Huff & Associates Marketing and Management Consulting. Event speakers will include Sue Huff; Kelly E. Capolino, Diamond Volunteer Program; Katie Schweikhardt, United Way of Collier County; Cecily Lancit, Lancit Digital Media; Batya Maman, Social Connect; and John C. Riley, Riley Philanthropy. Sponsors are making the event free for local nonprofits. To register, go to Seating is limited and early registration is encouraged as this event fills fast. Limit two people per organization.


Tuesday, July 16


Entech and the Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA) are hosting a cybersecurity awareness session, “Framing the Question – Is Your Business Ready for the Next Hack?” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on July 17 at Cantina Laredo in Fort Myers. The event is part of a cybersecurity initiative lead by Entech that will discuss cybersecurity trends and tips specifically for the building industry. Topics covered will include security breaches, cyber insurance, the importance of training staff, two-factor authentication, cloud adoption and more. Registration and additional information can be found at


Family Pictures USA Executive Producer Don Perry, Host and Creator Thomas Allen Harris and Oasis Senior Advisors CEO Tim Evankovich.

Monday, July 15


Oasis Senior Advisors is continuing its work to preserve family heritage through its support for a new PBS series. Family Pictures USA explores American cities, towns and rural communities through the lens of the family photo album. The Bonita Springs-based senior living assistance provider serves as a national underwriter of the show that premieres at 9 p.m. EDT on Aug. 12 on PBS stations across the country. For Southwest Florida viewers, an additional studio-based local episode will air at 10 p.m. on Aug. 13 on WGCU, and the World Channel nationwide on 8:30 p.m. EDT on Aug. 23. For more details, visit

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