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August 11, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest honored by FFEA

The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel recently received top honors for the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest, its nationally recognized festival. The event, which brings dozens of singer-songwriters to Captiva, Fort Myers Beach and downtown Fort Myers, won four Sunsational Awards from the Florida Festival & Events Association.

The songwriter fest received first place awards for the event's outdoor ad and social media ad campaign, and second place honors for program/event guide/brochure and for its website.

Representing 3,500 events throughout the state, FFEA promotes the festival, event and fair industry. The Lee County festival competed against 120 events including top festivals such as the Florida State Fair and Coconut Grove Arts Fest.

The songwriter festival takes place over 10 days on Southwest Florida's barrier islands and offers a range of star-studded performances. The 2017 Island Hopper Songwriter Fest runs from Sept. 22-Oct. 1. It is presented by the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, BMI, the largest music rights organization in the U.S., iHeartMedia and Cat Country 107.1.

For more information visit Follow the festival hashtag #islandhopperfest on Twitter and other social channels.

Hales joins the Law Offices of Dennis L. Webb, P.A.

The Law Offices of Dennis L. Webb, P.A. has added Justin B. Hales as an associate to expand its focus on criminal defense. Hales has dedicated his career to advocating for clients who have been charged with a crime, and comes to the firm from the Office of the Public Defender in Fort Myers, where he served as assistant public defender.

Dennis L. Webb originally opened the Law Offices of Dennis L. Webb, P.A. in Miami in 1986. In 1996, Attorney Webb became the president and senior partner at Webb & Scarmozzino, P.A., in Fort Myers, Fla. for more than 20 years.

As of January of 2017, Webb reopened the Law Offices of Dennis L. Webb, P.A., bringing 35 years of trial experience to focus on complex personal injury, mental health abuse, medical malpractice, employment law, product liability and insurance claims. Additionally, the firm offers representation in labor and employment law matters, including workers compensation retaliation. The hiring of attorney Hales further reinforces the firm's commitment to its clients and serving a wide variety of their legal needs.

In 2008, Hales earned two Bachelor of Science degrees, in philosophy and political science, from the University of Georgia, which also included a semester abroad at Oxford University. Hales earned his Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2012. While in law school, he clerked for a firm where he performed an array of services to assist clients in personal injury, bankruptcy and foreclosure matters, and served as a certified legal intern at his school's disability and public benefits clinic.

EHC Inc. to begin widening of State Route 82, wraps up projects

EHC Inc., a construction company that provides pre-construction, earthwork and infrastructure services, recently announced the SR 82 widening project in Fort Myers with AJAX Paving for the Florida Department of Transportation. The new project is set to begin in the coming weeks.

In addition, EHC completed development of the Naples Grand Sales Center in Naples and the Somero Enterprises addition in Fort Myers. Both the Naples Grande Sales Center and Somero Enterprises addition projects started in the first quarter of 2017.

AJAX Paving engaged EHC to expand SR 82 between Colonial Boulevard through the Daniels Parkway intersection to six lanes. EHC is providing 580,000 cubic yards of excavation including an off-site borrow pit, subsoil excavation, over 600,000 cubic yards of embankment, surcharge embankment, more than 300,000 square yards of Type B stabilization, and optional base groups 1, 4, 6, 9 and 10 for the nearly 4.5-mile project.

For the Naples Grande Sales Center, EHC developed the underground storm drainage and utilities, parking lot and final grading for the project. Plus, the site construction company completed the building pad for the 4,000-square foot London Bay Homes sales building at Naples Grande.

Chris-Tel Construction awarded EHC with an addition to the Somero Enterprises Headquarters in Fort Myers. EHC provided grading, utility adjustments, earthwork, and other site improvements for the building expansion. EHC also developed the Somero Enterprises Global Headquarters and Training Facility from fall of 2015 to spring of 2016 with Chris-Tel Construction.

EHC currently has 16 active projects and several in the planning stages from Sarasota County to Collier County spanning the real estate and government industries. For the latest happenings at EHC, visit, contact 239-592-0828 or connect with EHC on LinkedIn.

Hope Chest stores to offer special savings Sept. 1, 2, 4

Shoppers can enjoy three days of special savings Friday, Sept.1, Saturday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 4 as Hope Chest upscale resale stores celebrate Labor Day.

Visitors to the Hope Chest stores in North Fort Myers and Bonita Springs will discover brand-name clothing, high-quality furniture, specialty home goods, antiques and collectibles many priced up to 50 percent off.

Proceeds from the Hope Chest stores benefit Hope Healthcare programs that provide exceptional care and support to individuals and their loved ones as they fulfill life's journey.

The North Fort Myers Hope Chest at 13821 North Cleveland Ave. is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hope Chest at The Crossings, located at 28520 Bonita Crossings Blvd., off U.S. 41, south of Bonita Beach Road, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

For information about volunteer opportunities or donating items to the Hope Chest resale stores, call 239-482-4673 or visit

State association names Mannix 2017 Employee of the Year

Kevin Mannix, director of dining services at Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida, has been named the Employee of the Year by LeadingAge Florida.

The award, given by Florida's 400-membership senior care and service community organization, was recently awarded to Mannix at the association's convention in Orlando. Mannix, who has served since 2006 as director of dining services at the 48-acre life plan community in South Fort Myers, was recognized for his demonstrated extraordinary dedication and commitment to the enhancement of the quality of life for residents of Cypress Cove.

Together, more than 100 dining services employees work to ensure outstanding service to residents and a consistent high standard in food quality is provided for Cypress Cove's 1,000 daily meals.

Mannix attended the University of South Florida before coming to South Seas Resort on Captiva Island where he served in many capacities including directorship in catering and food and beverage.

Hog and Air Dogs returns Nov. 17-19 at Six Bends Harley Davidson

Ultimate Air Dogs, a national dock jumping company, is having a three-day dock jumping event to benefit the Gulf Coast Humane Society Nov. 17-19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at Six Bends Harley Davidson, 9501 Thunder Road, Fort Myers.

The event is named Hogs and Air Dogs and dogs from all over the state of Florida will be riding down to Fort Myers to jump to help raise money for Gulf Coast Humane Society, a non-profit no-kill shelter, that runs solely on donations.

Dogs of all ages will be jumping for the ultimate bragging rights all in an effort to help those in need. Jumps will be happening Friday at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. with a special game called Fetch It at 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. with Chase It at 4 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m., noon, and Catch It at 2 p.m. with finals at 2 p.m.

There will be an above ground pool set up with a trailer also known as the dock brought in for this special event. Vendors and sponsors from around the area will be at this event.

The Lee County Sheriff Office will have a SWAT display, motor unit display, an archery display, seat belt convincer and sheriff's canine unit demo along with appearances from McGruff and Fire Dog Sparky.

Dogs in the dock jumping competition will have "Speeding Tickets" on the dock from the motor unit on Saturday between 2 and 5 p.m.

Free to all to attend. Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash.

People can try dock jumping for a $10 fee and signature on a waiver to be on the dock. If they decide to jump in the event, it is $20 to pre-register or $25 on site for dock jumping; the IT games are $25 pre-register and $30 on-site. For information, go to

Brettholtz re-elected to Southwest Florida Symphony board of trustees

Steve Brettholtz, president and shareholder of Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA, Certified Public Accountants & Business Consultants, has been re-elected to the board of trustees of the Southwest Florida Symphony.

The symphony and its family of affiliates are committed to sharing their passion for music with the entire Southwest Florida community through continuous improvement of the artistic quality, programmatic breadth and cultural relevance of their concert programs and presentations. Each year the orchestra presents a series of five masterworks concerts featuring music from the great symphonic repertoire.

Brettholtz's years of accounting experience include numerous assignments in nonprofit organizations, all phases of common interest realty association development and administration, and various business entities.

Southwest Florida Community Foundation announces new executive committee

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has announces its new executive committee.

Dr. Larry Hobbs will serve as the foundation's new chairman of the board of trustees; Craig R. Folk will serve as vice chair and governance committee chair; Howard Leland will serve as treasurer/finance committee chair, and Guy E. Whitesman will serve as immediate past chairman of the board.

Hobbs joined the Foundation board in July 2009 and brings with him experience and knowledge received from the medical field since 1985. Hobbs is an emergency physician with the Gulf Coast Medical Center. He is also the managing partner of Urgent Care Centers of Southwest Florida

Folk is a retired CPA and shareholder in the firm Miller, Helms & Folk. He has been in practice in Fort Myers for the past 30 years.

Whitesman is a shareholder and chair of the business and tax department of the law firm of Henderson, Franklin Starnes & Holt, P.A. in Fort Myers.

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, founded in 1976, cultivates regional change for the common good through collective leadership, social innovation and philanthropy to address the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. Based in Fort Myers, the Community Foundation has satellite offices located in Sanibel Island, LaBelle (Hendry County) and downtown Fort Myers. For more information, visit or call 239-274-5900.



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