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December 28, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Bell Tower Shops to host 17th annual Corvette and Open Car & Truck Show

The Bell Tower Shops will host a charity car show Saturday, Jan. 5, to help raise money for Barbara's Friends Golisano Children's Hospital Cancer Fund.

The 17th annual Corvette and Open Car & Truck Show, presented by Bell Tower Shops and Corvettes on the Gulf, includes 29 classes for 'Vettes and 37 classes of stock and modified cars, trucks and street rods. Awards will be given to the top two vehicles in each class, along with 29 "best of show" winners.

The car show runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 5, at Bell Tower Shops, 13499 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers. The registration fee is $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the show, which will be held rain or shine.

Admission is free. Attendees can partake in a 50/50 raffle and register for door prizes. Music will be provided by Tommy Tunes, and food and drink will be available for purchase.

Proceeds from the Corvette and Open Car & Truck Show will support Barbara's Friends, which helps pay for equipment, staffing and services to support lifesaving cancer care for Southwest Florida children. Funds also support the Barbara's Friends Hematology/Oncology Outpatient Center at Golisano Children's Hospital.

The car show is being produced by Premium Productions, a Pinellas Park-based company that coordinates car shows across the Southeast U.S. To learn more about the event, please visit Premium

A community partner and pet-friendly destination, Bell Tower Shops hosts special events throughout the year, including concerts, fundraisers, art fairs and more.


Passenger count climbs at Southwest Florida International Airport

During November, 810,283 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, an increase of 5.6 percent compared to November 2017. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 5.6 percent from the same period last year.

The traffic leader in November was Southwest Airlines with 148,114 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Delta (126,275), American (116,176), Spirit (100,829) and JetBlue (96,376).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 7,252 aircraft operations, an increase of 3.9 percent compared to November 2017. Page Field saw 9,293 operations, a 19.4 percent increase from November 2017. In addition, slightly more than 2.8 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in November 2018.

Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 8.8 million passengers in 2017 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

Hope Chest to host week-long silk flower sale

Hope Chest resale stores are offering a 30 percent discount off a variety of quality silk flowers Monday, Jan. 7, through Saturday, Jan. 12. Ideal for home decor and craft projects, the colorful flowers were donated by Silks by Mu, the upscale silk floral design store. No coupon is necessary for the sale.

Hope Chest resale stores feature an array of designer-brand clothing and accessories, home furnishings, antiques and unique collectibles.

Shoppers can now visit three Hope Chest locations. Hope Chest at the Crossings at 28520 Bonita Crossings Blvd., off U.S. 41 just south of Bonita Beach Road, and the North Fort Myers Hope Chest at 13821 N. Cleveland Ave., are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. The newest Hope Chest at 14540 S. Tamiami Trail in South Fort Myers is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Proceeds from Hope Chest benefit unfunded programs and services of Hope Healthcare, which provides exceptional care and support to individuals and their loved ones as they fulfill life's journey.

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

Akin a stockholder at Henderson Franklin

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., has announced that Attorney Richard Akin has been elected a stockholder. Akin joined the firm in 2012 and is a member of the Tort & Insurance Litigation division.

Akin concentrates his litigation practice representing local municipalities, businesses, insurance companies and individuals in civil, employment and tort claims, including constitutional claims, premises liability, product liability, and motor vehicle accidents. He also represents businesses and individuals in administrative litigation, including licensing and permitting matters.

Akin also represents many Florida school boards (before both administrative and civil courts) in tort and special education matters under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act, and representation in connection with Constitutional matters under the 1st, 4th and 14th Amendments.

Akin received his undergraduate and law degree from Florida State University. He may be reached at 239-344-1182, or via email at

Henderson Franklin a locally-based law firm, has over 55 attorneys dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, business and civil litigation, eminent domain, intellectual property, workers' compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law. For more information on Akin or Henderson Franklin, please visit

Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce to highlight wellness at Jan. 17 luncheon

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will kick off 2019 with a focus on health, wellness and "Living Your Why" at its January General Membership Meeting.

Christin Collins, system director of health and wellness for Lee Health, will offer insightful discussion on how understanding your unique purpose, and living life to fulfill this focus, can help pave the way to desired health and happiness. Attendees of the Chamber program will learn valuable techniques for discovering your "why," and how to live life with purpose.

The luncheon is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, at Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Myers-Estero, 10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive in Estero.

Admission to the January luncheon event is $25 for prepaid chamber members and $35 for future members and those who pay at the door. To learn more or to register for the event, visit or call 239-332-3624.

Serving Lee County and surrounding areas since 1989, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Inc. is a business organization of professionals who support and promote a progressive, sustainable community. The chamber represents nearly 800 businesses, professionals, and individuals throughout Lee County, providing opportunities for members to participate in a variety of meaningful networking, educational and community- and business-focused programs and events. The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is located at 2310 Edwards Drive in downtown Fort Myers.

For additional information regarding membership opportunities or events please call 239-332-3624 or visit For the latest news and updates, follow the Chamber on Facebook at or Twitter at @FtMyersChamber.

Johnston Law, Thrivent Financial to host Shred Event Jan. 12

Richard Johnston Law and Thrivent Financial are holding the second annual Shred Event for the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee.

The free shred event will be held Saturday Jan. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the parking lot of Richard Johnston Law located at 7370 College Parkway, Fort Myers.

Donations will be accepted and appreciated for the United Way, and Bennett's Fresh Roast donuts and coffee will be served to the first 100 attendees. Bring your friends and family and have your shredding done in seconds right on site. Up to four file-sized boxes per vehicle please.

Richard Johnston Law is a Fort Myers-based law firm specializing in business litigation, foreclosure defense and bankruptcy.

Thrivent Financial is a not-for-profit organization of Christians that help individuals, business owners, and families be wise with money and live generously.

For more information please call United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee at 239-433-2000 or visit



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