Need to catch up on Southwest Florida business news? No problem. Here are the top stories of the week pulled from our daily newsletter, Gulfshore Business Daily.
Friday, June 21
RSW REPORTS RECORD-BREAKING MAY
During May, 725,754 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers, an increase of 8.5 percent compared with May 2018. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 9.6 percent compared with last year. The traffic leader in May was Delta Air Lines with 187,907 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Southwest (141,576), American (122,639), JetBlue (85,852) and United (83,586). Southwest Florida International Airport had 6,018 aircraft operations, an increase of 3.7 percent compared to May 2018. Page Field saw 9,294 operations, a 29.8 percent increase from May 2018. In addition, slightly more than 3 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in May 2019.
Thursday, June 20
NAPLES NAMED BEST BEACH TOWN IN U.S.
Naples has been ranked as the best beach town in the country by WalletHub. The list included other Florida cities, such as Marco Island at No. 47 and Bonita Springs at No. 66. WalletHub compared 192 cities across six key dimensions—affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life—using 62 relevant metrics. For the full study, click here.
Larry Kiker Preserve
Wednesday, June 19
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.
Tuesday, June 18
CHRYSALIS AWARD WINNERS NAMED
The five local businesses and one local leader were recognized for their efforts at the 10th Annual Chrysalis Awards, presented by the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) and the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce. The 2019 Chrysalis categories and honorees include: Cultural Achievement, IMAG History & Science Center; Business Development, Norman Love Confections; Eco-Innovation, Pure Florida; Education: Fort Myers Technical College; Sales & Marketing: Millennial Brewing Co.; and Business Tourism Leader: Jim Larkin of Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops. The Chrysalis Awards are part of the Celebration of Business & Tourism Awards Luncheon and Trade Show held this year at The Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa with IBERIABANK as the presenting sponsor.
Monday, June 17
UNITED WAY NAMES NEW PRESIDENT, CEO
United Way of Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Board of Directors has appointed Jeannine Joy as the organization’s new president and CEO. Joy, who has been with the organization for 24 years, will replace Cliff Smith, who is retiring after 26 years as the president. Joy earned her bachelor’s degree from Saint Leo University. She is a community volunteer, having served in various capacities from PTA’s to Little League. Joy recently completed the United Way Worldwide Advanced Leadership Program.
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