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February 24, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Passenger count down in January at Southwest Florida International Airport

During January, 892,905 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, a decrease of 2.8 percent compared to January 2016.

The traffic leader in January was Southwest with 193,959 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Delta Air Lines (164,744), American (112,825), Spirit (110,690) and JetBlue (96,034).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 9,014 aircraft movements (takeoffs and landings), an increase 1.2 percent compared to January 2016. Page Field saw 9,320 movements, a 3.2 percent increase from January 2016. In addition, slightly more than 2.5 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in January 2017, a decrease 3.1 percent compared to January 2016.

Southwest Florida International Airport served 8.6 million passengers in 2016 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic. For more information, visit or Like Us on Facebook at

Launch party for HerOffice

A launch party for HerOffice, a business that offers space for collaborative co-working, business meetings and a sense of community geared toward the female entrepreneurial spirit, will be held Thursday, March 2, at 6 p.m. The business is located at 2030 W.1st St., Suite C, in Fort Myers.

Founder and managing director Tanya Torres of HerOffice offers an affordable alternative to leasing. HerOffice offers private offices and communal co-working spaces to facilitate meetings, conferences, workshops and daily business tasks.

To RSVP or for additional information, call 239-628-8874 or visit

Financial advisors announce series of presentations

Financial advisors Danielle and Graham Lucht of Alliance Financial Group will present five, one-hour presentations on Florida domicile and maximizing Social Security benefits in March.

The sessions are free and open to public.

On March 7 and 21, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the couple will host an estate planning and domicile workshop for new full-time and part-time residents to learn how Florida laws differ from other states, about declaring Florida residency and how to use the power of Florida laws to their advantage.

On March 9 and 23, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., the Luchts will educate attendees on strategies to help reduce the taxes in their IRA and defer up to 25 percent of their IRA's required minimum distribution (RMD) and the best techniques to maximize Social Security. This seminar is best for anyone who hasn't started taking his or her RMD or social security benefits and will show the potential pitfalls and costs of taking Social Security too early.

All sessions will be held at Alliance Financial Group located at 14021 Metropolis Ave., in Fort Myers.

Space is limited, and reservations must be made by calling Graham Lucht at 239-244-1512 or emailing

Graham Lucht a registered representative of Park Avenue Securities LLC. Danielle Lucht a registered representative and financial advisor of Park Avenue Securities, LLC. Securities products and advisory services are offered through PAS, a registered broker/dealer and investment advisor.

Gulfshore Ballet unveils new training facility for aspiring ballerinas

Southwest Florida's premier not-for-profit school of classical ballet, Gulfshore Ballet has revealed a new facility located at 5636 Youngquist Road in Fort Myers. The new facility will enable the organization to continue its mission of serving more deserving students in the community.

During a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 20, the volunteer-led board of directors and aspiring ballerinas revealed the new space, which boasts 6,000 square feet, an expansion of nearly 2,400 square feet more than the school's current location, just two miles south of its longtime Andrea Lane address. The new location offers three fully equipped studios complete with mirrors, barres, flooring and new sound system. It includes three dedicated dressing rooms, enhanced office facilities, an executive conference room and a larger parking lot.

To make this dream of a new facility a reality, the not-for-profit has been conducting a "Dance into the Future" capital campaign with the fundraising goal of $100,000. Naming opportunities throughout the facility range from $2,500 to $10,000. Donors can also be featured on an artistic donor display to be presented in the school lobby, which range from $250 to $2,000. To date, the ballet school has raised more than $18,000. To donate to the capital campaign, visit the "Dance into the Future" web page.

Gulfshore Ballet is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation, organized and operated for the charitable purpose of providing classical ballet education and performance opportunities to students following a structured curriculum. Part of the mission of Gulfshore Ballet is to prepare students for professional dancing careers and to promote academic, athletic, cultural and social growth. Learn more at

Above Board Chamber of Florida to present 'Cybercrime How to Protect Your Business'

For its next luncheon meeting, Above Board Chamber of Florida presents "Cybercrime How to Protect Your Business," from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 9, at Pelican Preserve, 10561 Veneto Drive, in Fort Myers, and Monday, March 13 at Hilton Naples, 5111 Tamiami Trail North. Reservations are required at

The Fort Myers meeting will be emceed by Javier Fuller, chief engineer at Fuller Online Solutions, and feature a panel including Pulse Technology Solutions CEO James Bryan Caudill-Ritter, Cyber Security Defense Solutions Lead Consultant Greg Scasny, CPT Tool Inc. and CEO John Benkert.

Registration for the Fort Myers session on or before Thursday, March 2, will be $25 for members, $28 for guests. After March 2, registration will be $30 for members, $35 for guests.

FSW launches 'Career Coach' for students and community

Florida SouthWestern State College has launched "Career Coach," an online tool for students and members of the community wanting to explore local and state job listings, wage and salary information, and degrees for chosen careers.

Career Coach features a short and long career assessment that suggests potential career fields and goes even further by allowing visitors to explore job descriptions, salary projections, growth rates, potential employers, the amount of education required for a specific position and even offering real-time local and state job listings from

The new service is available at and can be used anytime, anywhere by middle or high schools, prospective FSW students, current FSW students and members of the Southwest Florida community seeking a new career opportunity.

Visit for additional information.



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