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August 23, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Pollo Tropical to celebrate opening of 100th company

Pollo Tropical, the Caribbean-themed restaurant noted for its marinated, grilled chicken, signature side dishes and more, is celebrating the milestone of opening its 100th company-owned location by rewarding 100 members of its Pollo Tropical Reward$ Loyalty Program with free Pollo Tropical for a Year!

On Aug. 30th, Pollo Tropical representatives will select 100 winners randomly from those who have enrolled in the Pollo Tropical Rewards$ Loyalty Program at

Contest participants must be enrolled in the Pollo Tropical Reward$ Loyalty Program any time before 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 30. Winners will be notified by e-mail or text message.

Pollo Reward$ Loyalty Program provides Pollo Tropical fans with discounts, free menu items and more, delivered right to their email or mobile phones. Members can redeem Pollo Tropical Reward$ at any company-owned Pollo Tropical restaurant simply by displaying the reward to the cashier, eliminating the need to print anything.

The Pollo Tropical restaurant in Cape Coral is at 1652 N.E. Pine Island Road, just east of Del Prado Boulevard.

For more information please visit

Bender promoted at Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard has announced that Jerry Bender is now the company's lead residential and commercial service representative. He has over 40 years' experience in the golf course maintenance and consulting business, with local experience on golf courses, Landscape Account manager with Tru-Green Landcare

Naples and Estate Landscaping, and has resided here since 1985. He owned Turf

Concepts Pest Control Inc. in Cape Coral from 1987 to 1997.

He has over 10 years' experience with working with real estate property management companies,

HOA and commercial properties, locally. He has a strong background in mowing management, turf management and plants, sodding and sport field renovation and management, and is also a state certified pest control operator for indoor and outdoor services.

Scotland Yard Pest Control is at 931 N.E. 7th St., Suite B., Cape Coral. For additional information, call 239-574-WEED

Ted Todd Insurance Agency installs new telephone technology

Ted Todd Insurance Agency has installed a VoIP ICON Enterprise Communications Server from Estero-based Softrim Corporation, designed to increase call handling productivity and improve customer service. The system is a 100 percent integrated seamless multi-location networking solution with IX-5930 voice over IP telephones for all seven Florida offices. It features an ESNATECH TOL, unified messaging voicemail server.

Ted A. Todd formed The Ted Todd Insurance Agency 27 years ago. Now with a total of 53 insurance professionals located in Lee, Brevard, Manatee, and Palm Beach counties, it is one of the largest Allstate agencies in the country. The Ted Todd Insurance Agency provides home, auto, retirement and life insurance products to more than 30,000 customers in Bonita Springs, Boca Raton, Cape Coral, Delray Beach, Estero, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Naples, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Sarasota, Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach, Melbourne, Viera and Palm Bay. For more information, visit or call 866-760-3999.

Softrim Corporation is at 9210 Estero Park Commons Blvd., Units 1-6, Estero. For more information, visit or call 239-449-4444.

Assuage Spa opens in Fort Myers

Assuage Spa, a new medical spa that brings exotic relaxation treatments from around the globe to Southwest Florida, will open Aug. 28, at 9407 Cypress Lake Drive, Suite C, in Fort Myers.

Assuage is located adjacent to the South Fort Myers office of facial plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Prendiville, who will serve as medical director of the spa. "Assuage," which means to soothe or satisfy, was created by Tehjan Prendiville, a registered nurse and the wife of Dr. Prendiville.

Prendiville has worked in the field of mental health for 26 years and has traveled the world with a special interest in cultural healing. Assuage Spa was created to incorporate these age-old holistic approaches acquired on her travels.

Ancient practices and exotic techniques are complimented by contemporary equipment and state-of-the-art technology. All services are accompanied by complimentary use of the spa's steam shower and sauna.

For more information, call 239-333-1450 or visit .

Southwest Florida International Airport July traffic tops 465,000

During July, 467,946 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, an increase of 0.7 percent compared to July 2012. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 5.9 percent from the same period last year.

The traffic leader in July was Delta with 108,265 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were AirTran (82,391), JetBlue (62,012), US Airways (51,856) and Southwest (40,092).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 5,081 aircraft movements (takeoffs and landings), a decrease of 0.3 percent compared to July 2012. Page Field saw 5,500 movements, a 12.2 percent decrease from July 2012. In addition, more than 2.3 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in July 2013, a decrease of 1.4 percent compared to July 2012.

Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 7.3 million passengers in 2012 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, visit or Like Us on Facebook at

Attorney elected to board

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., has announced that Attorney Christina O'Brien has been elected to the Family Resource Center of Southwest Florida's Board of Directors (the "Center"). The Center is the only court-approved facility in Lee County that works in conjunction with the Children's Advocacy Center to provide supervision services, education and training to Southwest Florida families who are required to have monitored family time.

O'Brien concentrates her family law practice in matters of dissolution of marriage (divorce), custody, paternity, child support, domestic violence injunctions, post-judgment modifications and dependency issues. Throughout her career, she has handled and tried both jury and non-jury trials in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit (Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Glades Counties) and the Twelfth Judicial Circuit (Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto Counties) Florida. She is admitted to practice in all Florida State Courts. Prior to joining Henderson Franklin, O'Brien had her own practice in Fort Myers where she handled family law and civil cases.

O'Brien can be reached at 239.344.1279 or via email at

One of the state's oldest firms, Henderson Franklin was founded in Fort Myers in 1924 and operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Sanibel Island and Naples. For more information on O'Brien or Henderson Franklin, please visit

Southwest Florida Chapter of FPRA members earn awards

The Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association won several prestigious awards at the 2013 state FPRA Annual Conference held Aug. 4-7 in St. Petersburg. The Golden Image Awards competition recognizes outstanding public relations programs, tools and student projects throughout the state of Florida during the past year to encourage and promote the development of public relations professionalism. Winners demonstrate the very best examples of innovation, planning and design.

Golden Image Award and Judges' Awards: Canterbury School Grandparent Annual Fund Appeal Brochure Carolyn Rogers, APR, CPRC and Deborah Johnson; and Southwest Florida International Airport Facebook Launch Lee County Port Authority Public Affairs Team.

Awards of Distinction and Judges' Awards: Modern Day Mother's Day news release Samantha Scott, APR and Terri Davidson-Cabitt; and Storage Opportunities PowerPoint Presentation Carla Ulakovic and East County Water Control District.

Award of Distinction: Lee BIA Builders Care Certified Builder Partner Program Lee BIA Builders Care, Priority Marketing of SWFL, and Stock Development.

Judges' Award: An Evening of Laughs with Kevin Nealon Debra Webb, APR, HOPE Clubhouse of Southwest Florida, Susan Bennett, APR, CPRC, Susan Bennett Marketing & Media, L.C. and Chris Nealon, REACH FREQ.

Established in 1938, FPRA is the oldest public relations organization in the country. FPRA is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners, who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades counties. For additional information, please visit the Chapter website at

Lee County Port Authority earns award

Facility Maintenance Decisions magazine has honored the Lee County Port Authority, operator of Southwest Florida International Airport, with a Financial Management Award in its 2013 Achievement Awards. The award program acknowledges successful and efficient projects accomplished by maintenance, engineering and grounds care departments in institutional and commercial facilities throughout the United States.

LCPA was one of eight companies selected for this year's awards and was recognized for greatly reducing energy costs at Southwest Florida International Airport. Since moving into RSW's new terminal in September 2005, the maintenance team has aggressively worked to minimize maintenance costs, improve efficiencies and reduce energy consumption on its Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning and lighting systems. These innovative efforts have cut energy usage for the terminal chillers from 8,792,200 KWHs in 2006-07 to 5,590,800 KWHs in 2011-12. In addition, the overall electric costs for all facilities at Southwest Florida International Airport have been reduced by 33 percent.

Facility Management Decisions is the only magazine written exclusively for engineering and maintenance professionals at commercial and institutional facilities with content aimed to help them do their jobs better and acknowledge their key role in successful and efficient operations. For more information, visit

Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 7.3 million passengers in 2012 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, visit or Like Us on Facebook at

Hope HealthCare Services awarded grant from BJ's Charitable Foundation

Hope HealthCare Services recently was awarded a $5,000 grant from BJ's Charitable Foundation to support the Hope Connections program.

Hope Connections provides in-home care for elderly adults in Hendry and Glades counties, providing nutritious meals and assistance with a variety of needs including chores, companionship, safety reviews and transportation. Funds from BJ's Charitable Foundation will help purchase food for Hope Connections patients.

Hope HealthCare Services recipient of the 2012 Business Ethics Award presented by the Uncommon Friends Foundation is a registered d/b/a of Hope Hospice and Community Services, a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) status community-based agency, nationally recognized as a leader in providing high-quality, innovative care. Hope Hospice, a program of Hope HealthCare Services, is accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program, the national leader in improving the quality of care in the home-care industry; and is a recipient of the nationally acclaimed Circle of Life Award for excellence and innovation in patient care. For more information, call 855-454-3100 or visit

BJ's Charitable Foundation was established with the mission to enrich every community BJ's Wholesale Clubs serve. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that primarily benefit the underprivileged in the area of basic needs (hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, education and health). For more information about BJ's Charitable Foundation, visit

Blue Chip Award applications deadline Sept. 9

The deadline for owners of small businesses to submit applications for the 19th Annual Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award is Monday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m.

BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company and BB&T Bank coordinate and sponsor the program to recognize successful small businesses and share their stories of how they overcame adversity as a way to teach and inspire other entrepreneurs.

The award, presented to a single Southwest Florida business each year, recognizes that company's innovative methods of overcoming hardship. Previous award winners relied on ingenuity, stamina, dedication and hard work to meet challenges, vault financial hurdles, medical issues and overcome adversity.

To request an application, contact Stacey Mercado at 239-433-7189 or Business owners may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. Complimentary assistance is available to draft applications.

The competition is open to companies that meet the following criteria: for-profit business; operating under the same ownership for at least three continuous years with principal office located in Lee, Collier or Charlotte counties; employs five to 400 people; and has overcome adversity to achieve success.



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