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November 20, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Cape electronic cigarette store to open Vapor Lounge on Black Friday

Visual Vapors will hold the grand opening of its new Electronic Cigarette Vapor Lounge in Cape Coral on Nov. 23. Five percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Invest in America Veterans Foundation.

The very first of its kind in Cape Coral, Visual Vapors will offer a tasting bar, relaxing atmosphere and will educate consumers on this new product that is helping so many people around the country quit smoking.

Laura Anderson, owner of Visual Vapors said, "My goal is to educate customers on the electronic cigarette. We want to show people how to use them and for them to be able see and sample the different products on the market."

Anderson came up with the idea for Visual Vapors E-cigarette Vapor Lounge and the tasting bar after using the product herself. A smoker for 34 years she has successfully kicked the habit using the electronic cigarette four months ago.

She quit smoking without weight gain and craving for a cigarette and she now wants to help others quit.

Anderson said, "I invite everyone who never thought they could quit smoking to visit Visual Vapors to learn how to feel better, smell better and save money."

The tasting bar is a vital part of Visual Vapors concept.

Visual Vapors is located at 1112 S.E. 47th Terrace, Suite E in Cape Coral, behind the Iguana Mia's Mexican Restaurant.

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman,

Rice & Purtz selected

to U.S. News 2013 Best law firms

The Southwest Florida law firm Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., received a Tier 1 Litigation ranking in the 2013 edition of U.S. News Best Lawyers Best law firms.

To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers as part of the annual peer-review assessment. Managing Partner J. Jeffrey Rice was selected for inclusion in the 19th edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2013, published by Woodward/White. Rice has received this distinction for five consecutive years.

Rice is certified in Civil Trial Law, Business Litigation and Construction Law by The Florida Bar Board of Certification. In addition, attorneys John B. Cechman and Richard L. Purtz are certified in Civil Trial Law.

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., celebrating its 50th anniversary, provides a full complement of legal services to clients in its Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres and Port Charlotte offices.

For additional information, visit on a mobile phone, or 239-334-1146.

Indian Princess announces Thanksgiving cruise Nov. 22

Southwest Florida families are invited to celebrate Thanksgiving aboard the Indian Princess authentic double-deck paddleboat Thursday, Nov. 22.

From 4 to 7 p.m., passengers can enjoy a sunset cruise while eating a buffet-style Thanksgiving meal, which will include turkey, stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, salad and more.

Adult tickets are $35 and cover the cost of the dinner and cruise but does not include alcoholic beverages. Children, 11 years old and younger, can enjoy the dinner cruise for $15.

In order for all guests to be served downstairs in the dining area, capacity will be limited to 60 people. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 239-765-8919.

Unless reserved for a private charter, the Indian Princess offers daily cruises from 2 to 4 p.m. as well as sunset cruises. Tickets start at $25 for adults and $15 for children for the two-hour cruise along the back bay of Fort Myers Beach and Ostego Bay. These cruises are popular for their wildlife sightseeing environment.

The Indian Princess is located before the sky bridge next to the Key West Express at 2080 Main St. on Fort Myers Beach. For more information, call 239-765-8919 or visit

DiamondHead Beach Resort and Spa receives Readers' Choice Award

DiamondHead Beach Resort and Spa, located in Fort Myers Beach, was recently honored with the 2012 Readers' Choice Award from the publishers and editors of ConventionSouth.

DiamondHead Beach Resort & Spa is among 100 convention and visitor bureaus, meeting facilities and hotels located across the South to receive this year's Readers' Choice Award. Throughout the year, meeting professionals nominated the meeting sites they believe provide exemplary service for group events. The nominated properties were then compiled onto an online ballot where meeting professionals were asked to vote for the best of the best. More than 1,500 voters participated this year in the selection process.

DiamondHead Beach Resort & Spa will be featured as an award recipient in the December 2012 Awards Issue of ConventionSouth magazine. A complete list of award winners can be found online at:

Helsel joins Ted Todd Insurance Agency to manage Cape Coral

and Lehigh Acres offices

Lorrie Helsel has joined the Ted Todd Insurance Agency to manage both the Cape Coral and Fort Myers/Lehigh Acres offices. Helsel was formerly a 30-year employee with AAA Naples, having been the insurance manager in Port Charlotte for the last three years.

She has held many roles within the AAA organization, from travel planning to hotels, license tag and title responsibilities, and has taught the defensive driving class offered to seniors. Reporting to Vic Blackwelder, Helsel will lead new business development at both offices, while retaining their high level of customer satisfaction.

Ted Todd formed Ted Todd Insurance Agency 26 years ago, which is now one of the largest Allstate agencies in the country. The corporate office is located at 10020 Coconut Road #144 in Bonita Springs. It has a total of seven locations throughout Lee, Brevard, Palm Beach, and Sarasota Counties that provide home, auto, business, commercial, retirement, and life insurance to more than 30,000 South Florida customers.

For more information, visit or call 866-760-3999.

IBERIABANK invites the public

to sign holiday cards for troops

IBERIABANK, a 125-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, continues the "i Gives Back" program with a partnership with the American Red Cross to bring cheer and words of appreciation to our troops this holiday season. While military deployments and hospital stays may keep our nation's heroes away from their families during the holidays, IBERIABANK is providing holiday cards for the public to stop-in and sign that will be sent to American troops throughout the world. Cards will be available through the month of November at the following IBERIABANK branch locations:

Lee County: 2247 First Street, Fort Myers (239) 332-3527; 6651 Orion Drive, Fort Myers (239) 225-4560, 8870 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers (239) 225-4560; 4670 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers (239) 985-2660; 8341 Dani Drive, Fort Myers (239) 433-6020; 9101 College Pointe Court, Fort Myers (239) 332-4440; 7580 Winkler Road, Fort Myers (239) 481-2875; 1715 Cape Coral Parkway West, Cape Coral (239) 541-5200; 812 Del Prado Boulevard South, Cape Coral (239) 985-8120; 2546 Heydon Lane, Cape Coral (239) 433-6000; 23250 Via Villagio, Estero (239) 985-8140

Over the last five years, the Holiday Mail for Heroes program has collected more than 4 million cards filled with messages of gratitude, encouragement, and holiday greetings from the American public for American soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, veterans, and military families in communities nationwide and on military installations around the world. In addition to cards, IBERIABANK's branches will also feature catalogs for the Red Cross Holiday Campaign. These catalogs provide the opportunity to purchase comfort kits, disaster assistance kits, phone cards for service men and women, blankets, swim lessons and more for anyone that is interested.

Frontier Airlines offers nonstop

service to Trenton-Mercer Airport

Frontier Airlines has announced it will expand its low-fare service at Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN), in Trenton, N.J., with the addition of four nonstop destinations launching in late January and early February 2013. The Denver-based airline also announced that it would be basing an Airbus A319 aircraft at Trenton-Mercer Airport to operate this new service. Frontier is the only airline providing scheduled service out of Trenton-Mercer Airport, the gateway to New Jersey's state capital, all of central New Jersey, and southeast Pennsylvania.

In addition to its previously announced nonstop service to Orlando, Fla. (MCO), Frontier will now provide customers throughout New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania convenient, low-fare service to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (FLL); Fort Myers, Fla. (RSW); New Orleans, La. (MSY); and Tampa, Fla. (TPA). This new service brings the number of nonstop destinations served by Frontier out of Trenton-Mercer to five. Customers traveling these new routes will find the best fares, more choice and better perks when booking on Frontier's website

Encore Bank to purchase Liberty Bank offices in Southwest Florida

Encore National Bank announced today that it has received regulatory approval from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to proceed with the proposed acquisition. Encore National Bank signed an agreement to purchase the two Southwest Florida Offices of Liberty Bank in October.

Under the terms of the agreement, Encore National Bank is to assume approximately $80 million of deposits associated with the two offices located in Naples and Bonita Springs, Florida. Encore National Bank is also expected to purchase approximately $17 million of loans as well as other assets, including the banking centers and equipment.

Ovation Holdings, Inc. is the holding company for Encore National Bank.

It is anticipated the transaction will be completed on Dec. 31, 2012.



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