Weekly Roundup: Sept. 8-11

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Friday, Sept. 11

PopStroke

TIGER WOODS-DESIGNED POPSTROKE LAUNCHES IN FORT MYERS

Eat. Putt. Drink. That’s the tagline of PopStroke, a new family entertainment center built around two 18-hole putting courses designed by Tiger Woods and his TGR Design team. The ribbon-cutting was Thursday morning for the Fort Myers location, which officially opens Saturday at 5531 Six Mile Cypress Court. Not your traditional miniature golf venue, these realistic courses introduce people of all ages to the game of golf with synthetic turfs, fairways, bunkers, rough and even real trees. A 6,900-square foot concession area built by Stevens Construction includes a full-service outdoor dining area with a menu of 10-inch pizzas, salads, ice cream and small bites such as wings, potstickers, meatballs and fried calamari. The sports bar serves specialty cocktails, wine and beer on tap and in bottles. In addition to the golf courses, PopStroke includes a playground and other family activities such as cornhole, ping pong and foosball. The Fort Myers location is the second for PopStroke, which launched its first last year in Port St. Lucie. Additional locations are planned on the Gulf Coast. The new local business is open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. For more information call 239-323-4653 or go to PopStroke.com.
 

Thursday, Sept. 10

Video courtesy of WINK News

UNEMPLOYED FLORIDIANS START TO SEE LOST WAGES ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS

Long-awaited benefits from the federal government, part of the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program, started to hit bank accounts Tuesday. So far, FEMA has approved the State of Florida for only three payments of $300 to cover the first three weeks of August. People who earn less than $100 on unemployment don’t qualify for extra federal benefits from the LWA program, WINK News reports.
 

Wednesday, Sept. 9

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE TO HIRE 1,000 EMPLOYEES FOR HOLIDAY SEASON

The U.S. Postal Service in Central Florida will be hiring more than 1,000 employees for the 2020 holiday season to work at one of seven mail processing and distribution centers Nov. 7 through Jan. 1. Holiday openings will include Postal Support Employee Mail Processing Clerk at $18.15 per hour and Mail Handler Assistant at $16.55 per hour. Positions are available at Fort Myers Processing & Distribution Center, 14080 Jetport Loop, as well as postal centers in Sarasota, Lake Mary, Tampa and Orlando, WINK News reports. Applications for PSE Mail Processing Clerk and Mail Handler Assistant will be accepted through Saturday at USPS.com.  Click on “Search Now and Apply” and select “Florida” to view current openings.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 8

LEETRAN RESUMES COLLECTION OF BUS FARES 

LeeTran is restarting the collection of bus fares today, Tuesday. Fares were suspended in the spring at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic as part of Lee County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts for contactless interaction. LeeTran also said riders will again be allowed to board at the front of buses. The county has installed driver shields and customer-service safety barriers, resumed selling fare passes and reopened its Rosa Parks Transit Center, LeeTran headquarters and transit vending machines. LeeTran also has upgraded its technology with new fast-fare boxes and fare-collection system. The new electronic fare boxes provide an improved rider experience while offering payment methods that minimize touch while boarding buses. For fares, service-related updates or to learn more about LeeTran, go to RideLeeTran.com.

 

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