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January 31, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Southwest Florida Yachts introduces Yacht Watch

Southwest Florida Yachts has introduced Yacht Watch, a complete and professional management service for power and sail yachts moored at Tarpon Point Marina.

Those services include:

- Yacht wash a monthly wash down of the topsides, from toe rail up

- Yacht check monthly start and run engines and generator; check boat systems and report to owner. This "pre-flight-type check can also be schedule just prior to cruising

- Yacht detail a compound buff and wax topsides and/or hull

- Yacht maid interior cleaning, including heads, galley, lockers, etc. Service may also include drop off/pickup of laundry, canvas delivery/pickup for repair as well as provisioning in which the owner orders from and it is delivered by Publix. Deliveries will be stowed on board.

Barb Hansen and her husband, Vic, established Southwest Florida Yachts in 1984 and offer power and sail yacht charters, power and sail classes and brokerage services. Charters are available on sail and power yachts from approximately 30-50 feet and include trawlers, motor yachts and sailing vessels. All company operations are based at Tarpon Point Marina.

Additional charter information is available at Florida Sailing & Cruising School offers both sail and power boat training.

Added detail, including pricing for Yacht Watch is available by calling 239/257-2788 or 800/262-7939.

Basinait chair of firm's Land Use & Environmental Law Practice

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., has announced that attorney Charles Basinait has been named chair of the firm's Land Use & Environmental Law Practice. Basinait takes the reins from Russell Schropp, who served as chair for eight years (2005 to 2013).

Basinait handles matters relating to developments of regional impact (DRI), re-zonings, special exceptions, special permits, variances, comprehensive plan interpretations and amendments, and a host of other land use-related matters. He also reviews projects from a zoning and a planning standpoint, as well as from a financial feasibility and financing perspective.

Call 239-344-1204 or via email at

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is one of the largest law firms between Tampa and Miami. A full-service firm, Henderson Franklin has over 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. For more information on Basinait or Henderson Franklin, please visit

Wright Construction Group completes FDOT roadway improvement project

Wright Construction Group has completed a $10.55 million Florida Department of Transportation roadway improvement project on U.S. 41 (State Road 90) in December, five months ahead of schedule, announced construction project manager Robbie Powell. Work began in September 2012.

The road stretches 32.3 miles from SR 29 in Collier County to the Miami-Dade County line. This section of U.S. 41 runs through Big Cypress National Preserve, skirting the northern border of Everglades National Park for about 20 miles.

The project involved safety improvements to guardrails, milling and resurfacing of shoulders, base work, shoulder widening from two feet to four feet, turnouts, bridge rail retrofit and signing and pavement markings

Wright Construction Group was established in 1946 in Elkhart, Ind., relocated to Southwest Florida in 1981. With offices in Lee and Charlotte counties, Wright provides construction services from Sarasota and Lakeland to Marco Island. The multi-disciplined firm provides expertise in civil, environmental and all facets of construction services in the areas of multi-family living, office, commercial, medical, governmental, and educational facilities, historic restorations and general building services.

Visit or call 239-481-5000.

Offshore Sailing School to celebrate 50 years in business

Offshore Sailing School Chairman Steve Colgate has announced a yearlong celebration commemorating the 50-year-old sailing school.

Headquartered in Fort Myers, with eight sailing vacation and commuter locations, the school has taught more than 130,000 adults and their families to sail or hone their sailing skills since Colgate, an Olympian and America's Cup sailor, founded it in 1964.

The sailing school has planned a year filled activities, special programs and contests. The celebration begins with a contest open to everyone who has had an on-water experience with Offshore Sailing School.

"We invite anyone who has taken a sailing lesson or sailing activity in the past 50 years to share their experiences and win fantastic prizes," said Doris Colgate, president and CEO. "The contest runs through Sept. 1, 2014 and entries can be any form of artistic expression including essays, poetry, videos, photos or drawings depicting how sailing has impacted their lives."

The contest's grand prize is a private dinner with the Colgates at the exclusive New York Yacht Club in New York City.

Offshore Sailing School packages its courses with accommodations at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach and the Hampton Inn & Suites in downtown St. Petersburg, Fla., and The Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Md. Offshore has been teaching cruising courses in the British Virgin Islands, partnering with The Moorings, one of the world's largest sail and power charter companies.

For additional information on Offshore Sailing School, call 888-454-7015 or visit

Uhler, Vertich named to Raymond James Executive Council

Tom Uhler and Corey Vertich, principals with Uhler and Vertich Financial Planners, have been named members of the 2014 Raymond James Financial Services Executive Council. Executive council honors are presented to only those financial advisors who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to clients through personal service and professional integrity. Membership is based mainly on assets under management, education, credentials and fiscal year production. Requalification is required annually.

Uhler, who has qualified for the council for 19 years, has more than three decades of experience in financial services in Southwest Florida. This marks the eighth year Vertich has qualified for the council.

Uhler and Vertich Financial Planners, an independent registered investment advisory firm founded in 2002, is dedicated to the success of its clients' personal, family, financial and charitable goals. The firm's advisors assist families in becoming and remaining financially independent with comprehensive plans designed to maximize income, minimize taxes, protect against the unexpected and provide for the efficient transfer of accumulated wealth. Securities are offered through Raymond James Financial Services Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. To learn more, log onto, call 239-936-6300, or visit Uhler and Vertich at 1510 Royal Palm Square Blvd., Suite 103, in Fort Myers.

Action Automatic Door & Gate promotes Miranda

Action Automatic Door & Gate has promoted long-time employee Jose "Machi" Miranda to the newly created position of installation manager, announced George Ebel, founder and CEO of the Fort Myers-based company serving Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Hendry counties. Miranda's previously was a field manager.

With Miranda's new title come increased responsibilities of supervision of both the commercial and residential gate crews of the company.

Action Automatic Door & Gate services residential and commercial clients with products including Clopay garage doors, LiftMaster door openers and gate systems, and LifeStyle Screens and Titan screens for garage door openings, and parts for all brands. The company will mark its 40th year in business in March.

For more information, call (239) 768-3667. Online at



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