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March 24, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Lenny's Grill and Subs to celebrate National Cheesesteak Day

To celebrate National Cheesesteak Day, which is March 24, Lenny's Grill and Subs in Cape Coral will be giving away free cheesesteaks to the first 25 customers today and offering $2 off any cheesesteaks through the end of the promotion Sunday, March 26.

Lenny's Grill and Subs is located in the Coralwood Shopping Center, 2301 Del Prado Blvd., #665, Cape Coral, FL 33990. For more information, contact the restaurant at 239-574-3360.

Passenger numbers down in February at Southwest Florida International Airport

During February, 946,079 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, a decrease of 4.4 percent compared to February 2016. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is down 3.7 percent from the same period last year.

The traffic leader in February was Southwest with 203,388 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Delta Air Lines (171,295), American (122,654), Spirit (113,065) and JetBlue (108,637).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 8,586 aircraft movements (takeoffs and landings), a decrease of 2.9 percent compared to February 2016. Page Field saw 10,143 movements, a 3.3 percent decrease from February 2016. In addition, more than 2.6 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in February 2017, an increase of 2.7 percent compared to February 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. No ad valorem (property) taxes are used for airport operation or construction. For more information, visit or Like Us on Facebook at

Vendors market available every Saturday at Snowbird Station

A vendors market is now being held every Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Snowbird Station along Hancock Bridge Parkway in North Fort Myers.

A number of vendors will be setting up shop at the center selling such items as crafts, beauty and wellness products, flowers, food, jewelry, plants and more.

In addition, the merchants at the Snowbird Station will also have food, beverages and an ATM available during the market.

The Snowbird Station is located at 1001 Palm Ave., North Fort Myers, 33903. For more information, visit

Versnik joins Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., has announced that Michael Versnik has joined the firm as an attorney in the Tort & Insurance Litigation division.

Versnik is an experienced trial lawyer, focusing his civil and insurance litigation practice representing individuals, policyholders, corporations and insurance companies against bodily injury claims and construction defect claims. He handles cases in state and federal court, as well as at the appellate level. Earlier in his career, Versnik served as a plaintiff's personal injury and commercial litigation attorney. His experience working on both sides of the aisle uniquely positions him in his evaluation and defense of tort- related claims.

Versnik can be reached at 239-344-1249 or by email at

Henderson Franklin has 50 attorneys dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services in the areas of business and tax planning, business and civil litigation, employment law, estate planning, family law, intellectual property, workers' compensation, real estate and land use and environmental law. Since 1924, Henderson Franklin has been assisting clients build their homes, businesses and communities in Southwest Florida. Henderson Franklin operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Sanibel Island and Naples (by appointment only). For more information on Versnik, visit

Lee Health welcomes eight new resident physicians

Lee Health has welcomed eight first-year family medicine residents to The Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health (Fort Myers). The eight graduating medical students who will complete their training at Lee Health were introduced at the annual Match Day celebration on Friday, March 17.

The residents include Jennifer Carrion from Kissimmee, Fla.; Arieal Felix from Nashville, Tenn.; Shayna Klein from Westland, Mich.; Murilo Lima from Coconut Creek, Fla.; Christine Norton from Lake Orion, Mich.; Kristen Noud from Deerfield Beach, Fla.; Jaime Realsen from Franktown, Colo.; and Hannah Schrubbe from Fairhope, Ala.

This is the first class of eight residents to join the program, as it was recently approved for expansion and received Continued Accreditation with Commenda-tion from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The local program is based at Lee Memorial Hospital with The Florida State University College of Medicine as its institutional sponsor. This residency program was developed to abate the shortage of primary care physicians anticipated nationally, an issue that is compounded locally by a rapid population growth in Southwest Florida. Medical school graduates are required to complete residency training in their chosen specialty in order to become independently practicing physicians.

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Formerly known as Lee Memorial Health System, the organization began its second century of service with a new name in 2016. Learn more at

Schwinn and Traurig to present The Knowledge Group webcast April 4

Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn and Greenberg Traurig, LLP of counsel Carranza Pryor, will provide an update on the state of the contingent workforce and the "gig economy" Tuesday, April 4, during a live webcast entitled "The Changing Landscape of the Gig Workforce: Key Trends and Legal Issues Explored," presented by The Knowledge Group. The webcast will take place at 3-4 p.m. at

As technology and the gig economy continue to greatly influence the workforce, business structures and employment processes are being modified by companies to be able to adapt to these arising developments and, therefore, avoid potential risks. In this live Webcast, a panel of leaders and professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group will provide an in-depth discussion of the changing landscape of the Gig Workforce. Speakers will also give highlights to the key trends and legal issues of this significant topic.

Registration for the event is $299-$349. The webinar will provide Continuing Professional Education hours for CLE, CPE, SHRM and IAPP.

To register, visit

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. With a long history of service to Southwest Florida, Pavese Law Firm has played a significant role in the growth of local businesses, communities and major development projects. Visit

Goodwill Industries' Breakthrough Awards Luncheon set for May 11

Save the date! Join Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida Thursday, May 11, at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Fort Myers River District, for the annual Breakthrough Awards Luncheon and Fashion Show to honor individuals and businesses who have achieved independence or helped others to do so.

Those attending will also learn about the impact Goodwill programs and services made in the Southwest Florida community in 2016.

Goodwill will honor our Breakthrough Achiever, Graduate, Business, Employer and Volunteer of the year.

Guests can also enjoy a Goodwill Boutique Fashion Show, directed by Boutique Manager Jonathan Matamala and featuring Goodwill program participant and LIFE Academy student models.

Tickets are $50. Register by calling 239-652-1613.

Lee BIA hires Banion to coordinate membership, communication services

The Lee Building Industry Association has hired Annie Banion as its new membership and communications director. Banion will coordinate membership and communications for the association.

Banion is an Ohio native, but has lived in Southwest Florida for the last 11 years. She is set to graduate in May from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in communication, concentration in public relations and a minor in management.

She has a background in resort and hospitality coming from The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village.

Banion also has experience working with the Lee BIA as she served as a public relations and media intern for both the Lee BIA and its nonprofit charitable arm, Builders Care last year.

The Lee BIA, a not-for-profit organization representing Lee, Hendry and Glades counties, serves as a voice for the building industry in the regulatory arena. The Lee BIA is chartered by the National Association of Homebuilders and is affiliated with the Florida Home Builders Association, providing members with three memberships in one. The association serves its members and strengthens the community by advancing the professional building industry through advocacy, education and service.

The Lee BIA's office is located at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Suite 118 in Fort Myers. For more information on membership and its various programs, please visit or call 239-936-5525.

Nomination deadline March 31 for Distinguished Entrepreneur of SW Florida

Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University deadline to submit final nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida is midnight, Friday, March 31. The application process is online. Manual submissions will not be accepted.

Apply online at Self-nominations are permitted and encouraged. All nominees, regardless of nomination source, are responsible for completing the application due to the confidentiality of information collected. The awards ceremony will be held May 10, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the SWFL Performing Arts Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs.

Sponsor-ship opportunities are still available.

Tickets cost $75 per person.

For information, contact Amanda Stirn at or 239-745-3706.



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