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May 23, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Francioni promoted to senior vice president

at Smart Companies

Joseph Francioni has been promoted to senior vice president for The Smart Companies in Fort Myers, announced company CEO Brian Rist. Francioni is responsible for helping to guide the continued success & growth of the corporation.

Francioni joined The Smart Companies last June as the company comptroller. Before joining The Smart Companies, Francioni owned and operated Innovative Printing and Signs in Cape Coral for five years before selling the company. Prior to that, he was chief financial officer and chief operations officer at C A Wunder Engineering Inc. in Cape Coral for 10 years.

He is a 21-year resident of Cape Coral, and is active in the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral and the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association.

The Smart Companies offers products and services related to storm protection, home technology, energy efficiency and solar solutions for residential and commercial customers throughout Southwest Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico and Guam. The company's family of enterprises includes Storm Smart Building Systems, Storm Catcher and GoEnergySmart, all located at 11040 Plantation Road in Fort Myers. For more information call 239-938-1000. Online at

Passenger count up

in April at RSW

During April, 865,554 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, an increase of 6.1 percent compared to April 2013. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 4 percent from the same period last year.

The traffic leader in April was Delta with 171,831 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Southwest (149,662), JetBlue (110,033), United (92,100) and US Airways (82,260).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 8,045 aircraft movements (takeoffs and landings), a decrease of 5.2 percent compared to April 2013. Page Field saw 9,302 movements, a 16.4 percent increase from April 2013. In addition, more than 2.9 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in April 2014, an increase of 14 percent compared to April 2013.

Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 7.6 million passengers in 2013 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 or Like Us on Facebook at

Forensic accountant elected to

Lee County Legal Aid Society Board

The board of directors of the Lee County Legal Aid Society recently elected Leslea G. Ellis to the board. A Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner, Ellis is the owner of Leslea Ellis, LLC, a CPA firm serving accounting and tax clients in the greater Southwest Florida area. Established is 2013, the firm specializes in fraud examination and forensic accounting litigation support for the entire state of Florida.

For more than 40 years, the Lee County Legal Aid Society has worked to ensure equal justice to all by providing legal representation to residents who cannot afford it in family law proceedings including divorce, dependency, custody, and paternity. For more information, contact them at 239-334-6118 or

Action Automatic Door & Gate

and LiftMaster to host celebration

Action Automatic Door & Gate and LiftMaster door openers will host a day-long celebration in recognition of "Garage Safety Month," announced company founder and CEO George Ebel. The public is invited at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 12, at Action Door's Fort Myers' showroom at 11360 Metro Parkway to celebrate with a barbecue cookout, activities for kids and presentations on the importance of garage door system maintenance and safety.

Presentations will include: The importance of garage door system safety, child safety and garage doors, use of door openers and proper installation, reversal testing, force setting tests, visual inspections of springs, rollers, pulleys, cables and the track, lubrication of the garage door system and door balance

Action Automatic Door & Gate CEO George Ebel founded the business in 1974 with a $100 advertisement in a local newspaper while in college in Toledo, Ohio. A second location was opened in Naples in 1981, and the third, in Fort Myers, opened in 1984. The business started out offering 13 automatic door openers, and today is one of the most successful garage door and automatic gate system companies in the country.

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Grand opening/open house

at The Salon Professional Academy June 10

The Salon Professional Academy is now open in Royal Palm Square and has scheduled a public open house for Tuesday, June 10, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Located at 1388 Colonial Blvd., in the front of Royal Palm Square, in Fort Myers, The Salon Professional Academy is the only cosmetology school in Southwest Florida endorsed by REDKEN for excellence in education.

The open house is free to the public. A ribbon-cutting with the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, community and local government leaders will take place at 4:30 p.m. In addition to complimentary refreshments and hourly giveaways, attendees will be able to meet TSPA's staff and students and learn more about the school's services, education curriculum and professional salon products available.

The academy is accredited and offers financial aid for those who qualify. All services are performed by students under the direction of a licensed cosmetology educator.

Full-time courses begin every four weeks. A high-school diploma or GED is required. The academy accepts Florida Prepaid College Plans and financial aid from those who qualify.

Salon services including hair, skin and nail treatments in the student salon are available Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and range from $6 to $35.

For more information on admissions, call 239-208-3958 or visit

To make an appointment for services, call 239-208-3954.

Adult Dentistry of S.W. Florida

to hold 'A Day of Hope'

Dr. Norma Jeanne Appelbaum of Adult Dentistry of S.W. Florida will be offering a "Day of Hope," a free community dental event Saturday, June 7. The first 200 people will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis. Patients, who must be 18 and older to receive assistance, may choose to receive a tooth extraction, filling or cleaning.

Sign-in/registration starts at 7 a.m. with dental treatments from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Adult Dentistry of S.W. Florida is at 1519 S.E. 47th St. Cape Coral, 33904

Appelbaum and staff, and a host of volunteers, will be providing the free dental event for the residents of Cape Coral, in Lee County, and the surrounding areas.

For information, visit or call 239-549-6100.

Surfside Sunset Market is open

every Tuesday - year-round

The Surfside Sunset Market is open at The Shops at Surfside, Unit 101, every Tuesday, year-round from 3-8 p.m. Enjoy the comfort of indoor shopping from May to November.

The market is filled with friendly and knowledgeable vendors offering fresh, healthy and local produce; fresh bakery items, breads and pastries, Micro-greens, handcrafted soaps and lotions, cupcakes, cheese, pickles and olive mixes, local honey, jams and jellies and so much more.

The Surfside Sunset Market are at the intersection of Veterans Parkway and Surfside Boulevard, adjacent to the Sandoval community entrance, in Cape Coral.

For additional information, call 1-888-859-1100.



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