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January 25, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Waste Pro division wins award for Cape Coral video for customers

Waste Pro's Fort Myers division received a 2018 Communicator Award of Excellence for a series of videos for Cape Coral residential customers. The award is given to winners whose work "transcends innovation and craft [and makes] a lasting impact."

The award, in the Online Video category, was presented on Jan. 14 by the city of Cape Coral and accepted by Division Manager Bill Jones. The videos for which Waste Pro received the award dealt with yard waste, recycling, and solid waste collection. The Fort Myers team worked with local production company 1Pro Media to create the videos.

This is the second consecutive year Waste Pro's Fort Myers division has won an award for its educational videos for Cape Coral residents. Last year, the team won a 2017 Silver Davey Award, which recognizes efforts of small agencies in the fields of web, design, video, advertising, mobile, and social.

Waste Pro USA, Inc. is one of the country's fastest growing privately-owned waste collection, recycling, processing and disposal companies, operating in nine southeastern states. Waste Pro, with revenues exceeding $700 million, serves more than two million residential and 40,000 commercial customers from over 75 operating locations. Waste Pro is headquartered in Longwood, Florida, and maintains more than 265 exclusive municipal contracts and franchises.

Yappy Hour at Fathoms tonight

The Cape Coral Animal Shelter and Fathom's Res-taurant will hold the monthly Yappy Hour tonight, Jan. 25, from 5-7 p.m.

This event is an opportunity for pets and their owners to enjoy an evening of outdoor entertainment while celebrating the upcoming Super Bowl. This month's theme is Super Bark Night. A party where guests, with their pups, are encouraged to join the fun by wearing their favorite team jerseys or colors.

Fathom's Restaurant and Bar will be providing beer and wine as a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization to receive all proceeds. CCAS merchandise will be available for sale and a 50/50 raffle will be held during the evening. Attendees at the evening festivities will also enjoy live music.

Fathom's Restaurant and Bar is located at 5785 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Coral.

The Cape Coral Animal Shelter, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter, will be located at 325 SW 2nd Ave., a 4.6-acre site next to Sun Splash Family Waterpark. More information on the Shelter can be found at

Small Business Class starts Feb. 4

Individuals who are thinking about starting their own business but need some mentoring are invited to apply to the Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Institute, scheduled to begin February 4.

The MicroEnterprise Institute is a six-week training program to help emerging entrepreneurs start new ventures and grow small businesses. Graduates complete a comprehensive training course and prepare a solid feasibility plan, working with mentors who are successful businesspeople.

Classes are scheduled from 6-9 p.m. on Monday and Thursday evenings at the city Public Works Building., 815 Nicholas Parkway, East, Cape Coral, FL 33990.

The course ends March 14 with a graduation ceremony.

To apply, visit, or call 239-995-2106, extension 2215, for more information. The session is $80; applicants that meet certain income guidelines are eligible to attend the course without cost.

Passenger count up at Southwest Florida International Airport

During December, 958,717 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida Interna-tional Airport in Fort Myers, an increase of 9.8 percent compared to December 2017. Year-end passenger traffic was up 6 percent compared to last year.

The traffic leader in December was Delta Air Lines with 165,344 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Southwest (149,892), Spirit (121,638), Frontier (118,516) and American (114,081).

Page Field saw 8,397 operations, a 15.2 percent increase from December 2017. For more information, visit



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