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September 13, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Vegter Automotive opens

Vegter Automotive has opened at 844 S.E. 9th St., Cape Coral. The dealership is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday by appointment; and closed Wednesday.

Vegter Automotive opened in August and had been a goal of the family for some time. This independent used car dealership is run mainly by Margit Vegter, a former high school math teacher, and her son, Eric, a graduate of Penneco Tech, who has many years of experience in the automotive industry. Dad Ron Vegter works behind the scenes to make it all happen.

The business is starting out small but the family hopes to expand, with plans to add a car repair operation in the new year.

For information, call 239-288-8800.

Achieva Credit Union to open second Cape branch

Achieva Credit Union is celebrating its second branch opening in Cape Coral with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, Sept. 13, at 4:30 p.m.

The Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce will be welcoming Achieva's second branch, located in the Camelot Isles, 1616 W. Cape Coral Parkway. A grand opening celebration will follow Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This new branch features state-of-the-art touch screen information stations, and iPads in the waiting area. It also includes free-standing teller pods, which eliminate lines and bring the Achieva tellers out from "behind the glass" so they can interact face-to-face with members, creating a personalized banking experience.

During the grand opening Achieva's "Cash Cube" and "Prize Wheel" will be available along with free face painting, a balloon artist, refreshments and iPad Mini Giveaway

Achieva Credit Union was founded in 1937 in Pinellas County. Today, it is rated a Superior 5-Star credit union by BauerFinancial and has $1 billion in assets and seventeen branches serving more than 102,000 members.

For more information please visit

Premier Auto Service Center to hold blood drive

Premier Auto Service Center of SW Florida Inc. will be holding its annual blood drive, featuring the Big Red Bus, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16. The drive will be held in conjunction with a Cruise-In, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the SW Corvette Club.

During the event, the service center will be offering a free tire rotation with an oil service for anyone who brings in a baseball cap. The business is collecting hats for the kids at the Children's Hospital of SW?Florida from September through November. Also, there will be a 50/50 raffle to benefit the hospital.

Premier Auto Service Center has two locations: Chiquita Boulevard in Cape Coral (239-471-7049) and in the Grand Bay Plaza in San Carlos Park (239-600-7254). The shops are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and closed Sunday.

Premier Auto Service Center is a full-service auto repair facility. It is family-owned and operated business with 15 years of business ownership and over 30 years of automotive experience. The center has up-to-date, and state-of-the-art equipment with the ability to repair all import and domestic vehicles. It offers BG products, Interstate Batteries and a 2-year/24,000-mile warranty.

Kruger joins Scotland Yard Pest Control and

Shur Shot Pool Service

Scotland Yard Pest Control and Shur Shot Pool Service have announced that Mike Kruger, formerly of Keller Pools, has joined the team of pool techs. The 20-year-old is a 2012 graduate of Island Coast High School.

Contact Mike at 239-574-WEED, for additional information.

Allegiant Airline service: Punta Gorda to Long Island

Allegiant Airline recently announced that starting Dec. 20 it will offer nonstop flight service from Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) to MacArthur Airport (ISP) on Long Island, N.Y. The flights will be available on Mondays and Fridays.

With the addition of Long Island, Allegiant now has nonstop service to 20 cities from Punta Gorda.

The Punta Gorda Airport is located at Exit 161 on I-75, providing quick access from Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples and all of Southwest Florida.

For information about Allegiant Airline, visit

White to sign copies of new book 'Deceived'

A book signing for Randy Wayne White's new novel, "Deceived," will take place Wednesday, Sept. 18, from noon to 2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m., at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille, 708 Fisherman's Wharf, Fort Myers Beach.

The book-signing event begins with a 15-minute question and answer session.

In the 1980s, White led fishing expeditions at Tarpon Bay Marina on Sanibel; when it closed in '87, he wrote "Sanibel Flats," propelling himself from unemployed fishing guide to New York Times best-selling author.

"Deceived" is his second Hannah Smith novel. The tale begins with a hundred pound tarpon landing in the fishing guide's boat, knocking two paying clients overboard. Hannah works fast to retrieve the men as a 12-foot hammerhead works to retrieve a meal. Is the unusual incident an omen? Will there be death, injury or lawsuit? Buy the book and find out.

Copies of "Deceived" are available for purchase at all three Doc Ford's locations - Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and the newest location on Captiva Island.

Learn more at or call 239-765-9660.

Hertz to hold career fair Sept. 25-26 at new headquarters in Estero

The Hertz Corporation will host a Career Fair Sept. 25 and 26 in Bonita Springs for a range of openings for the new headquarter location in Estero.

The career fair will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Resort, 50001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs.

Hertz, the world's largest general use airport car rental brand, is relocating its corporate headquarters to Estero from Park Ridge, N.J.

The company is currently looking to hire employees to work in its brand new, state-of-the-art facility, officials said.

Hertz is hiring in all corporate disciplines within the company, with many roles focused on people with three-10 years of experience for positions as individual contributors, managers, directors and vice presidents.

Find more information at, the Hertz Careers Facebook page or connect on Hertz LinkedIn.

Ted Todd Insurance Agency reps hit the road in hybrid vehicles to build relationships

The Ted Todd Insurance Agency has just put four agency representatives on the road in fuel-efficient, hybrid vehicles to build community alliances in Southwest Florida, Sarasota, Viera, and Delray Beach communities.

Kristen Kamen of is taking the wheel of a Chevrolet Volt to visit businesses throughout Lee and Collier counties. She is originally from Ft. Lauderdale and graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in psychology.

"We're proactively visiting boat and car dealers, Realtors, property managers, and others in the community to introduce Ted Todd Insurance and build relationships," said Ted Todd. "By using fuel-efficient, hybrid vehicles, we can drive more economically throughout the area in an environmentally friendly way."

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.

Rice selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014

J. Jeffrey Rice, managing partner of the Southwest Florida law firm Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., has been selected by his peers to be included in the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward/White for his work in the fields of Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation. Rice has received this distinction for six consecutive years, and is recognized as one of the top attorneys in his field.

Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprised of more than 5 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys. Because no fee or purchase is required, being listed in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

Rice is certified as a Civil Trial Advocate and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (Trial Practice - Commercial and Corporation). Certified in Civil Trial Law, Business Litigation and Construction Law by The Florida Bar, Rice is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and admitted to practice in the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, he is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit and County Court Mediator.

Rice focuses his practice on commercial and construction law, construction lien cases and real estate closings. He has been named one of Florida's Super Lawyers each year since 2006.

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., continues to provide a full complement of legal services to clients for over 50 years in its Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres and Port Charlotte offices. Areas of practice include personal injury and accidents, wrongful death, wills and estates, real estate, insurance, guardianships and family law, social security disability, commercial and construction law, criminal law, bankruptcy and BP claims. For more information, visit, call **LAW (529) on a mobile phone, or 239-334-1146.



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