RMA hosting public presentation on Bimini Basin project April 12
Redevelopment Management Associates has scheduled a presentation on the Bimini Basin project for Wednesday, April 12, at the Yacht Club ballroom. The presentation will be from 4-6 p.m. The Yacht Club is located at 5819 Driftwood Parkway. The public is invited to attend.
In January, the city selected RMA to develop a framework and strategy for design and construction of appropriate development in the Bimini Basin area of downtown Cape Coral. RMA will be updating the community about the Bimini Basin project and discussing their approach to economic development. They also will be soliciting additional valuable feedback regarding the Bimini Basin project.
Builders Care hosts BBQ, Bands & Brew fundraiser April 9
Lee BIA Builders Care, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association is hosting the eighth annual BBQ, Bands & Brew Sunday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Lee County Alliance of the Arts. The fundraiser is open to the public and will feature live music from Soapy Tuna, Rockin' Horse, Deb & the Dynamics and Ben Allen Band, a barbecue competition to name the Best BBQ in town and activities for kids. The fifth annual Poker Run begins at 9 a.m. at Six Bends Harley-Davidson, which includes a ride around Fort Myers before ending at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts, and a cornhole tournament begins at noon.
All Star Equipment Rentals and Sales is this year's title sponsor.
Barbecue-themed foods between $2 and $5 will be provided by Bootleggers Waterfront BBQ, Bubba's Roadhouse & Saloon, BurgerQue, Famous Dave's, Jonesez BBQ, Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant, MOFO's, Orange Tree Coffee and Slider City, and desserts by Artisan Gelato by Norman Love.
BBQ, Bands & Brew raises funds for the Lee Building Industry Association's Builders Care program, which provides emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged residents in Lee County. For more information, visit www.BBQBandsandBrew.com.
Lee County Community Development issues
March permit report
During March, contractors pulled 112 permits to build single-family houses collectively valued at about $27.7 million in unincorporated Lee County. That compares to 118 permits issued in February 2017 and 100 issued in March 2016, according to the Lee County Department of Community Development.
Also during March, 48 multi-family units valued at about $3.8 million were permitted, compared to 18 units in February 2017 and 6 units in March 2016.
General commercial activity was valued at about $4.2 million for 30 permits, compared to about $5.2 million in February 2017 and about $8.1 million in March 2016.
Lee County Community Development issued 4,599 permits of all kinds in March.
Lee County Community Development oversees planning, zoning, development and building services, environmental review, building inspection, and code enforcement for the unincorporated areas of Lee County.
To learn more about the department and its services, visit www.leegov.com/dcd/.
Charity event to benefit lives of abused children
April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month, and to raise money for the thousands of children who are victims of abuse/neglect, Erik Fine of Florida's Finest Realty and Ana Loiselle, Certified Relationship Specialist are joining with Children's Advocacy Center of SWFL to benefit these precious children.
To bring awareness, Fine and Loiselle will host a fundraising event, From Surviving to Thriving, Saturday, April 8th from 6-8 p.m., at Marker 92 at Tarpon Point Marina, in Cape Coral. The event includes entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $25 and available at caa17.eventbrite.com
The aim is to raise $5,000 or more to enable the Foundation to continue treating kids believed to have been physically or sexually abused or to be at-risk of such abuse, and provide a safe place for them to come and be heard.
This month and throughout the year, both Fine and Loiselle encourage all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Lee County a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities.
"April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children and strengthening families. It's easier to build up a child than it is to repair an adult," said Ana Loiselle. "There's no excuse for child abuse. We all have a role to play in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Everyone's participation is critical," added Erik Fine.
Erik Fine is the owner of Florida's Finest Realty and Father of one son. He is actively involved in child abuse prevention and dedicates his time to spreading awareness towards this cause.
Ana Loiselle is a certified relationship specialist who helps couples overcome issues plaguing their marriages. Ana was inspired to get involved in helping abused children after seeing the difficulties adults who have suffered abuse as children face in relationships.
For additional information, call Ana Loiselle at (239) 910-8622, or email Ana@FtMyersMarriageCounseling.com