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August 15, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Animal ER of Southwest Florida open

The Animal ER of Southwest Florida Inc., which provides emergency veterinary services, is located at 1327 NE Pine Island Road, #110, in Cape Coral.

The Animal ER of Southwest Florida is here to assist residents and visitors with emergencies for your pets. It is open after hours, and happily works with your family veterinarian for ongoing care. The highly trained staff is equipped to handle all emergencies from minor to major, and provide you and your pet with compassion.

The center has an on-site blood machines, digital radiography and coming soon, ultrasound.

Hours of operation are 5 p.m. to 8 a.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Monday. Call 239-673-7426 for additional information.

Denny's reopens in Cape

Back by popular demand, Denny's is reopened its doors in Cape Coral Thursday, Aug. 9. The former Sunny Mugg's, located at 1306 Del Prado Blvd. S., had been closed for two weeks to allow for remodeling and conversion to Denny's.

All of the same friendly faces the community knows and loves will be back, as well as an additional 25 to 35 new employees. Interested candidates can apply in person or send an email to or

A grand opening celebration is planned for later this summer.

As a full-service diner, the Cape Coral Denny's will be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night items in a relaxed, friendly environment.

Denny's is one of America's largest full-service family diner chains, currently operating more than 1,680 franchised, licensed, and company-owned diners across the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guam, Puerto Rico, Curacao, Dominican Republic and New Zealand. For further information on Denny's, including news releases, please visit the Denny's website at

Rumrunners Celebrity

Chef Night Aug. 23

The 9th Annual Rumrunners Celebrity Chef Night is set for Thursday, Aug. 23 from 6-9 p.m. at Rumrunners in Cape Harbour. The event raises funding for Barbara's Friends-The Children's Hospital Cancer Fund.

Chefs Todd Johnson and Ralph Centalonza of Rumrunners and The Joint, Chef Harold Balink of Cru, Chef Ron Duprat of Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club and Chef Brian Roland of M Waterfront Grille will create culinary delights for the special evening. Norman Love of Norman Love Confections will offer the dessert extravaganza.

The evening is presented by Century 21 Sunbelt Realty and features some of the biggest local culinary talents. The perennially sold-out event serves as the kick-off celebration for the Cat Country 107.1FM "Helping Kids with Cancer" Radiothon. Tickets to Rumrunners Celebrity Chef Night 2012 are $150.

To register to attend, please call the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation office at 239-343-6950.

BJ's to present 'Health, Wellness and Safety Expo'

BJ's Wholesale Club in Cape Coral presents the "Health, Wellness and Safety Expo," a free BJ's Wholesale Club event that offers community residents information on child safety and family health. The event will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the store, located at 1929 Pine Island Road.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of free screenings and health services including vision screening from BJ's Optical; blood drive/donation from Lee Memorial Health Systems; fingerprinting, health information from Axis Natural medicine, Main Street Orthodontics and many more.

In addition, attendees can take part in a variety of family-fun activities including, balloon artist, arts and crafts and face painting. There will also be entertainment by DJ Tony, door prizes and much more. Everyone is welcome.

For information, call (239) 829-3300.

Colt Ford to perform

at Dixie Roadhouse

Cat Country 107.1 has announced that Colt Ford, an artist who is best-known for performing a mixture of country music and hip-hop, will be headlining a concert at the Dixie Roadhouse night club in Cape Coral Sept. 5.

Ford is beginning his support of his fourth full-length album, "Declaration of Independence," which was just released to the public Aug. 7. The two singles from the new record include the leading track "Answer to No One" and "Back," which is a joint effort with fellow country artist Jake Owen.

Tickets to the show are $15 for advance purchase, and $20 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. Dixie Roadhouse is a 21 and up club, but for Ford, 18 and up will be permitted with an additional surcharge of $5 at the door.

The Dixie Roadhouse is a country-themed bar and night club located in Cape Coral. It is located at 1023 S.W. 45th Terrace, Cape Coral; (239) 541-7900.

Tickets: or at Dixie Roadhouse

Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry to hold an Antiques & Collectibles Roadshow

Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry will hold an Antiques & Collectibles Roadshow at Gulf Coast Village Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. An appraisal fee of $5 will benefit the Gulf Coast Village Foundation Community's Service Program.

Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry's staff will assist residents with personal and cherished items to see what each will bring to its auction held Sept. 22 at our Bonita store located in the Bonita Commons. The staff will look at items including rare coins, jewelry, diamonds, pocket watches, pearls, china, antique furniture and more.

Gulf Coast Village is a family of senior living located at 1333 Santa Barbara Boulevard in Cape Coral. Residents enjoy a lifestyle of health, fitness and safety all year round. Plus, they serve great meals; there are wonderful apartment homes and good times with new friends and family.

For additional information, please call 239-573-3306.

Berke featured speaker

Attorney Bill B. Berke of Cape Coral-based Berke Law Firm P.A. was a featured speaker at the Florida Workers' Advocates 22nd Annual Educational Conference at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. Berke was part of a three-person panel that counseled other attorneys on how to identify and litigate wage and hour cases. Berke also serves on the board of the organization.

Florida Workers' Advocates is an organization of civil justice attorneys representing injured workers in Florida whose members focus on protecting the rights of injured workers.

Berke Law Firm is at 1003 Del Prado Blvd., Suite 300, in Cape Coral. The firm offers services in personal injury, drug litigation, Social Security disability, workers' compensation, wrongful death, bankruptcy and overtime pay. For more information, call Bill Berke at (239) 549-6689. Online at

Fleamasters Anniversary Sale Days this weekend

Fleamasters Fleamarket's Anniversary Sale Days will be held Aug. 17-19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine

There will be market-wide sale tables and thousands of discounted items. Enjoy music performances by Jam2, Just Country, Colton James and Laura Leary.

Visitors can also give the prize wheel a spin. Get details on or call 239-334-7001.

Fleamasters is located at 4135 Dr. M.L.King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers.

Hair by Carlos to host Oma's Heart's Cuts for a Cause

On Sunday, Aug. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hair by Carlos will be hosting Oma's Heart's 1st Annual Cuts for a Cause. For a suggested donation of $15, Carlos or one of five other local well-known stylists will offer wash and haircuts. While you wait, we will have available hors d'oeuvre, a local massage therapist, The Omni Club, Profiles and more.

Oma's Heart, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization in Cape Coral. The ultimate goal of Oma's Heart is to provide Christmas gifts to financially struggling families. Last year the organization was able to provide Christmas for 500 local families, over 800 children.

Hair by Carlos is located at 6338 Presidential Court in Fort Myers. Call 481-8010 for information.

West Marine collects $11,000 for charities

during grand opening

West Marine, one of the country's largest specialty retailers of boating supplies and accessories, announces more than $11,000 was collected for local charities at the grand opening celebration of its newest flagship location in Fort Myers.

To launch the grand opening weekend, West Marine held a "Cruising for a Cause" charity event.

A highlight of the live auction was a fishing trip with Edgar Hansen, deck boss and chief engineer of the F/V Northwestern featured on "Deadliest Catch." Les Achilles with Venture Out Charters will sponsor the fishing trip. The winning bid of $2,100 was donated to the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation.

The store is located at 7070 College Parkway, Suite 102 at the intersection of College Parkway and U.S. 41 / Tamiami Trail.

For more information on West Marine's products and store locations, or to start shopping, visit or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464).

Educational seminar

on fat reduction planned

Riverchase Dermatology physicians and staff will present information on CoolSculpting, a revolutionary, non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that reduces fat layers in problem areas through the use of a patented cooling technology. "A Cool Night Out" will be held Aug. 15, from 6-8 p.m. at the Riverchase Dermatology and Spa Blue MD office at 7331 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers.

The complimentary program will feature a demonstration of the CoolSculpting procedure. Space is limited and reservations are required, call (239) 449-8328.

Dr. W.G. Eshbaugh and Dr. Andrew Jaffe, who perform the procedure in the Fort Myers office, will explain and demonstrate the procedure and answer questions about CoolSculpting, a safe, effective, and FDA-cleared alternative for eliminating fat in stubborn, exercise-resistant areas including love handles and the belly.

The CoolSculpting procedure is performed in a medical office, under a doctor's supervision. Each session takes one to two hours, and patients will begin to see a reduction in fat in the treated areas as quickly as three weeks after treatment, with the more dramatic results appearing over a period of two to four months.

To learn more visit

Williams Joins CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing

Connie Ramos-Williams, CEO of CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing, has announced that Lauren Williams has been named social media coordinator for the firm. Williams earned her bachelor's degree in information, communication and technology from Florida State University and is a 2008 graduate of Bishop Verot Catholic High School. Williams will assist clients with social media marketing and strategy, website development, blogs, e-newsletters, and public relations.

CONRIC PR & Marketing and CONRIC Publishing are divisions of Conric Holdings, LLC, a full service agency serving the Southwest Florida business and professional community. The company provides creative writing and design in all areas of marketing, public relations, advertising and publishing. The firm currently serves clients in the banking, legal, medical, not-for-profit, restaurant and other service industries and publishes monthly magazines for the Lee County and Broward County Bar Associations. For more information on CONRIC PR & Marketing, please call (239) 690-9840 or visit .

Hussey achieves certification as Florida Supreme Court mediator

Pavese Law Firm partner Alison C. Hussey has achieved certification as a circuit mediator for the 20th judicial circuit by the Supreme Court of Florida. In the role of certified mediator, Hussey serves as a neutral third party facilitating communication between parties involved in a dispute to help them resolve their differences outside the court system. Hussey will provide mediation services in a variety of practice areas, including probate and guardianship.

Based in the firm's Cape Coral office, Hussey conducts a general practice with a focus on estate planning, real estate, probate and family matters. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Lee County Bar Association, Cape Coral Bar Association, Lee County Association of Women Lawyers and Hendry-Glades County Bar Association.

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. With a long history of service to Southwest Florida, Pavese Law Firm has played a significant role in the growth of local businesses, communities and major development projects.

Speaker announced for 18th Annual Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award

Author and motivational speaker Ron "Gus" Gustafson has been selected as the keynote speaker for the 18th Annual Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award luncheon Thursday, Nov. 1, at Harborside Event Center.

Coordinated and sponsored by BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company and BB&T Bank, the Blue Chip Award program recognizes small businesses that have overcome adversity to achieve success.

Gustafson is the author of "Fully Armed," founder and president of Ron Gustafson-My Story and a sales agent at Prudential Ambassador Real Estate in Omaha, Neb.

Charlotte, Collier and Lee county for-profit businesses that have been in operation for at least three years and employ five to 400 people are eligible for the award. Applications, which must be submitted no later than Sept. 10, can be requested by contacting Stacey Mercado at 239-433-7189 or Independent judges will select the winning entry.

Harborside Event Center is located at 1375 Monroe Street in Fort Myers. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The program starts at 11:30 a.m.

Planning under way for Captiva Holiday Village

The two-week-long Captiva Holiday Village launches its 2012 spectacular the Friday after Thanksgiving with fireworks, tree lightings, holiday readings and musical performances.

Now in its third year, Captiva Holiday Village is a cooperative event sponsored by hoteliers, merchants, attraction owners and restaurateurs of Captiva Island.

"Captiva is a remarkable island village and known as a magnet for creative people," said Paul McCarthy of Captiva Cruises. "It's famous for its beautiful beaches, wildlife-filled waters, family-friendly atmosphere, and a quirky, relaxed way of life. This island is a perfect place to unwind from holiday stress."

Each special-themed weekend, beginning Nov. 23 through Dec. 8, will be a fun-filled extravaganza of sight and sound, set against the backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico and evening sunsets. During the event weekends, visitors will enjoy everything from decorated golf cart and lighted boat parades to Junkanoo and fire dancers, live music and even a Marching Mullet Parade.

All three weekends of events take place in Captiva's "village" center, where its colorful restaurants and shops will be festively decorated.

For a list of all events and hotel packages, visit

Sproat named to the executive council of the Florida Bar's trial lawyers section

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. has announced that attorney Vicki Sproat has been named to the executive council of the Florida Bar's trial lawyers section. The trial lawyers section provides a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas leading to the improvement of individual trial ability. The trial lawyers section assists the courts in improving the administration of justice, promotes the art of advocacy, and strives to preserve and protect the jury system.

Sproat is one of only seven attorneys in Florida with dual board certifications in labor and employment law and civil trial law. She primarily defends employers in all aspects of employment law.

Sproat is vice president (and immediate past president) of the Fort Myers-Naples Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and an emeritus member of the Calusa Chapter of American Inns of Court. She is also a member of the Grievance Committee for the United States District Court, Middle District.

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is one of the largest law firms between Tampa and Miami. A full-service firm, Henderson Franklin has 55 attorneys practicing in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, commercial and civil litigation, immigration law, workers' compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law. One of the state's oldest firms, Henderson Franklin was founded in Fort Myers in 1924 and operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and on Sanibel Island. For more information on Sproat or Henderson Franklin, please visit

Williams Joins CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing

Connie Ramos-Williams, CEO of CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing, has announced that Lauren Williams has been named social media coordinator for the firm. Williams earned her bachelor's degree in information, communication and technology from Florida State University and is a 2008 graduate of Bishop Verot Catholic High School. Williams will assist clients with social media marketing and strategy, website development, blogs, e-newsletters, and public relations.

CONRIC PR & Marketing and CONRIC Publishing are divisions of Conric Holdings, LLC, a full service agency serving the Southwest Florida business and professional community. The company provides creative writing and design in all areas of marketing, public relations, advertising and publishing. The firm currently serves clients in the banking, legal, medical, not-for-profit, restaurant and other service industries and publishes monthly magazines for the Lee County and Broward County Bar Associations. For more information on CONRIC PR & Marketing, please call (239) 690-9840 or visit .

Synovus Bank launches new prepaid card

Synovus Bank of Florida, a division of Synovus Bank, announces the availability of its prepaid Synovus Connections Card at all Synovus Bank divisions across the company's five-state footprint. Synovus Bank developed the card as a payment alternative to a traditional checking account.

The Synovus Connections Card works like a check card, but there is no checking account or credit check required. The card is appealing to customers with a specific need for a prepaid card, and as an affordable option for individuals currently paying check cashing fees because they do

not have a checking account. The Synovus Connections Card allows customers to get cash at the ATM, make purchases most everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted, get cash back at point of sale, and make purchases online or over the phone. The card can be reloaded with no fee at any Synovus Bank division branch with cash and through direct deposit.

Synovus Bank of Florida is a division of Synovus Bank. Together with affiliates of Synovus Bank, Synovus Bank of Florida provides commercial and retail banking, as well as investment services, through 21 banking centers in Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Lee, and Collier counties. See Synovus Bank of Florida at

Synovus Bank is a Georgia-chartered, FDIC-insured bank. Synovus Bank, together with its affiliates, provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services to customers through 30 locally branded divisions, 293 offices, and 417 ATMs in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. See Synovus Bank on the web at

Fifth Third Bank donates 1,000 school supply-filled backpacks to children in need

Fifth Third Bank (South Florida) collected enough school supplies to fill 1,000 backpacks during its fourth annual "Back to School" Supply Drive. Donations were collected this summer at 64 financial centers in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Manatee, Broward and Palm Beach counties and will be distributed to students through the Education Foundation in each area.

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools will receive a portion of the school supplies to provide to local children. The organization reported that more than 70 percent of the approximately 80,000 students in the school district receive free or reduced lunch.

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $117 billion in assets and operates 15 affiliates with 1,315 full-service Banking Centers, including 105 Bank Mart locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and 2,404 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 39% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC, formerly Fifth Third Processing Solutions, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of March 31, 2012, had $296 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $26 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations.

Stenger named secretary of NAHU

Jim Stenger was elected secretary on the National Association of Health Underwriters' Board of Trustees at NAHU's 82nd Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

Stenger entered the health insurance business in 1973 and worked for two large insurance companies and two international employee benefit brokerage firms in New York. He joined NAS Financial Services in 1986 as an owner. He built NAS to become one of the largest general agencies in New Jersey. NAS was acquired by BenefitMall in March 2010.

The National Association of Health Underwriters represents more than 100,000 professional health insurance agents and brokers who provide insurance for millions of Americans. NAHU is headquartered in Washington, DC. For more information, visit

Southwest Florida International Airport receives A- bond rating

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has affirmed the outstanding A- rating on Southwest Florida International Airport's $309 million airport revenue bonds. The Rating Outlook on all bonds is Stable. The bonds are payable from the net revenues generated by the operations of Southwest Florida International Airport.

The A- rating is based on Southwest Florida International Airport having a very strong liquidity position with unrestricted cash and investments; excellent airline diversity; continuation of good financial management and metrics; improved signatory cost per enplanement; a manageable capital improvement program with no additional debt plans; a hybrid agreement that the Lee County Port Authority entered in with its airline partners in 2008; and limited competition in the region.

The stable outlook reflects the expectation of continued good passenger enplanement trends, debt service coverage and liquidity during the next two years.

Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 7.5 million passengers in 2011 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic. No ad valorem (property) taxes are used for airport operation or construction. For more information, log onto

Pushing the Envelope wins award

Pushing the Envelope Inc., a local marketing communications firm, was recently honored with a Judges' Award at the Golden Image Awards Ceremony by the Florida Public Relations Association.

A Judges' Award highlights a public relations program that achieved maximum impact for the least amount of money, and as part of the Golden Image Award program, it represents excellence on a statewide level.

The award was for work done on behalf of the Scott Fischer Enterprises for the launch of its VIB (Very Important Biker) Rewards Program for its Harley-Davidson locations. PTE coordinated a multi-state program launch using a variety of communication vehicles, exceeding project goals utilizing a minimal budget.

Pushing the Envelope Inc. is a mixed marketing communications firm offering public relations, social media strategy, Internet and traditional marketing and Web development services. Based in Fort Myers, the firm services clients both regionally and nationally. For more information, please call (239) 221-2858, visit or email

Blevins selected for Judicial Grievance Committee

Bill Blevins, Lee County Market Executive for Encore National Bank, has been selected to serve on the 20th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee with The Florida Bar through June 30, 2015. A 25-year banking executive, Blevins lead the Encore commercial lending team to support area businesses with their corporate business banking and lending needs.

The grievance committee is comprised of volunteer members, at least one-third of whom are not lawyers. The committee reviews complaints with much the same purpose as a grand jury. After a case is submitted to them by bar counsel, the committee decides whether there is probable cause to believe a lawyer violated the professional conduct rules imposed by the Supreme Court of Florida and whether discipline against the lawyer appears to be warranted.

Encore National Bank, currently one of the strongest FDIC-insured community banks in Southwest Florida, is an active lender focused on new loans and relationships, with over $100 million to lend. The bank provides secure online banking, personal banking, business banking and corporate banking. Encore National Bank's five convenient locations are in South Naples at 3003 Tamiami Trail, N., North Naples at 10600 Tamiami Trail, N.; Fort Myers at 7920 Summerlin Lakes Dr.; Sun City Center at 1653 Sun City Center Plaza; and in Port Charlotte at 2120 Kings Highway. For more information about Encore National Bank, call 239-278-5505 in Fort Myers or visit

IBERIABANK announces completion of Florida Gulf Bancorp Inc. and Florida Gulf Bank acquisitions

IBERIABANK Corporation, the holding company for the 125-year-old IBERIABANK, has announced completion of the acquisition of Fort Myers, Florida-based Florida Gulf Bancorp Inc. and its subsidiary bank, Florida Gulf Bank. The acquisition, including the merger of the subsidiary bank with and into IBKC's subsidiary, IBERIABANK, was completed after the close of business on July 31.

At June 30, Florida Gulf had total consolidated assets of $357 million, $240 million in net loans, and $287 million in total deposits. IBERIABANK anticipates the conversion of Florida Gulf Bank's branch and operating systems to occur by the end of August 2012.

William P. Valenti, president and chief executive officer of Florida Gulf, was named market president for Lee County for IBERIABANK.

Shareholders of Florida Gulf will receive 0.466 share of IBKC common stock per share of Florida Gulf common stock. The stock issuance is valued at approximately $37 million in the aggregate, based on 1.6 million shares of Florida Gulf common stock outstanding and IBKC's closing stock price of $46.82 per share on July 31, 2012. In addition, approximately $4.1 million in Florida Gulf preferred stock was redeemed by Florida Gulf immediately prior to consummation of the acquisitions.

IBKC, a bank holding company headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana, has 269 combined offices, including 179 bank branch offices in Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, and Florida, 22 title insurance offices in Arkansas and Louisiana, and mortgage representatives in 59 locations in 12 states. The company's website is



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