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May 3, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Happy Sun Ice Cream opens in Cape Coral

Happy Sun Ice Cream has opened in Cape Coral at 110 N.E. 2nd Place, units 301 & 302. The new business - "A place to enjoy as a family!" - offers such treats as pallets, ice cream, flavored waters, smoothies, cones, prepared cracklings, esquires and more.

Also available are nachos and chicharrons.

The store is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays.

For additional information, call 239-246-7409.

Cartridge World celebrating anniversary

Cartridge World at 13141 McGregor Blvd., Suite 4, in Fort Myers, is celebrating its 8th year in business in Lee and Collier counties.

The local Cartridge World is part of a worldwide franchise, selling and servicing printers and cartridges, and offering print solutions for business and home users.

The Fort Myers business is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, call 239-689-5123.

Dentist collects 1,138 lbs. of food for Harry Chapin Food Bank

Passenger count climbs at Southwest Florida International Airport

During March, 1,482,239 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, an increase of 7.4 percent compared to March 2018. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 7.4 percent compared to last year.

The traffic leader in March was Southwest Airlines with 288,142 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Delta (280,584), Spirit (187,471), Ameri-can (175,855) and United (142,387).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 11,202 aircraft operations, an increase of 2.7 percent compared to March 2018. Page Field saw 11,086 operations, a 31.7 percent increase from March 2018. In addition, nearly 3 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in March 2019.

Southwest Florida International Airport served nearly 9.4 million passengers in 2018 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

Fiesta at Fort Myers Brewing Company during Taco Fest today

Fort Myers Brewing Company is hosting a Cinco de Mayo pre-party at the second annual Taco Fest today, May 3. The fiesta gets started at 3 p.m. at Fort Myers Brewing Company, 12811 Commerce Lakes Drive, Suite 28, in Fort Myers.

The event features local craft beer, music and taco trucks including Taco Tummy, El Local, Red Roc Cravings, King's Tacos and Burritos, Rollin' Raw Bar, Wicked Streatery and Farmers Corn. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and to be prepared to crush tons of tacos.

Established in 2013, Fort Myers Brewing Company was the first microbrewery to open in Lee County and continues to lead Southwest Florida's surging craft beer movement. Founded by Rob Whyte and Jen Gratz-Whyte, Fort Myers Brewing carries a signature line of flagship beers in addition to seasonal brews and small batch specialties. Its ales, pilsners, stouts and IPAs are winners of multiple awards, including golds at the Best Florida Beer Championships and a silver at the 2018 World Beer Cup. Fort Myers Brewing was named "Best Brewery in Florida" in 2016.

For more, visit or call 239-313-6576.

Pediatric Dentistry collects food for food bank

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida collected 1,138 pounds of food for the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida during its third annual touch-a-truck on April 27, 2019. This equates to 900 meals additional meals the food bank will be able to serve the Southwest Florida community.

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD & Associates are celebrating its 27th anniversary this year and provides a full complement of pediatric dental care to children throughout Southwest Florida. For more information, visit, or (239) 482-2722.

Attorneys to provide free legal advice at Edison Mall

Free legal consultations are available from Lee County Bar Association member attorneys from 10 a.m/ to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 27, at the Edison Mall. The Law in the Mall event is marking its 25th year of public service as part of the bar's Law Week, an annual series of events designed to celebrate the role of law in American society.

Anyone can come and meet face-to-face with the attorneys, who'll provide answers and direction on situations that fall within their legal practice areas, including divorce, probate, criminal law, bankruptcy, real estate, foreclosure and more. No pre-qualification or pre-registration is necessary, though attendees should bring any paperwork related to their case.

Law in the Mall will be held at the Edison Mall, between entrances F and G in front of Dillard's.

Alpern joins GSMA

Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and Public Relations has welcomed Jessica Alpern as public relations and marketing coordinator. In the position, Alpern supports the development and execution of media relations, marketing communications and advertising coordination for ongoing client programs.

Alpern joined the firm from WINK-TV in Fort Myers, where she served as the station's lead morning reporter and fill-in anchor. She is an Emmy-winning television reporter whose stories have run on CNN, CBS and Inside Edition.

Alpern graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunication news and minor in business administration with a concentration in accounting.

Founded in 1983, Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold is a full-service marketing and public relations firm specializing in strategic communications, media relations, event coordination, public information outreach and government relations. The firm has been recognized with numerous state, national and industry awards for its successful programs and initiatives for clients throughout Southwest Florida, the state and the U.S.

For more information, visit or call 239-275-5758.

Public Relations professionals and nonprofits team up for FPRA Annual Nonprofit Day

Florida Public Relations Association, Southwest Florida Chapter is hosting FPRA's annual Nonprofit Day, an opportunity for Southwest Florida's philanthropic organizations - and those interested in learning more about the area's charity landscape - to gather and learn from local industry experts on topics to enhance community reach and impact. Nonprofit Day will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 9, at Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center located at 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33913.

This year's theme, "Cheering for the Home Team," will focus on providing attendees with usable, practical information on how to build effective strategic alliances for a common goal. Attendees will head back to the office with case studies, takeaways and practical tips on how collaboration and non-monetary resources can be used to improve non-profit PR functions for organizations, while positively impacting the Southwest Florida community.

Nonprofit Day will incorporate speakers, a panel featuring some of Southwest Florida's successful nonprofit collaborations and a unique targeted networking opportunity to pair PR professionals with others who share similar goals for their organizations.

Visit for more information and registration. Price: $30 general admission, $20 for students (includes breakfast)

MNMW team member Bowersox earns CPA license

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A., has announced that Elisa Bowersox recently earned her license as a Certified Public Accountant. Professionals who receive the CPA license must pass through four sections of the CPA exam within 18 months. This rigorous exam covers Auditing and Attestation; Business Environment and Concepts; Financial Accounting and Reporting; and Regulation.

Bowersox, a graduate of Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland, , has more than 10 years of public accounting experience with specialties in individual and business taxation, and non-profit tax planning and preparation.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. is a public accounting and consulting firm with offices in both Fort Myers and Naples. The firm offers a wide range of services including business consulting, human resources consulting, technology consulting and support, marketing and public relations consulting, tax planning and preparation, litigation support, mediation, forensic accounting, and elder services.

For additional information, call 239-433-5554 or visit

Florida Skin Center donates $3,000 to local philanthropic organizations

Florida Skin Center has donated $3,000 to two regional charities - Children's Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida and The New Beginnings of SWFL Inc. - as part of its "Dermatology from the Heart" program.

Now in its second year, "Dermatology from the Heart" is Florida Skin Center's way of giving back to the communities it serves via philanthropic organizations that reflect team members' values. These contributions are part of $88,000 that Florida Skin Center has donated since 2015.

The CAC offers therapeutic counseling, parenting education and prevention programs, among other initiatives, to victims of abuse and neglect.

Additionally, The New Beginnings provides family-style housing and lifetime guidance, among other forms of support, to single mothers living in poverty.

Florida Skin Center opened its doors in 2001. Currently with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres and Punta Gorda, Florida Skin Center maintains a focus on excellence in patient care, with same-day, early-morning and walk-in appointments readily available. Insurance and billing are handled on-site, and scheduling is strategically constructed to respect our guests' most valuable commodity - time.

Please call 239-561-3376of visit online at

7th Annual Hooters and Hounds pet adoption event on May 11

Fort Myers Hooters is partnering with Lee County Domestic Animal Services, Gulf Coast Humane Society and Big Hearts for Big Dogs Rescue for a pet adoption event Saturday, May 11, the Hooters of Fort Myers. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hooters located at 4411 Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers. The six previous Hooters and Hounds events have resulted in the adoption of 99 dogs.

Hooters and Hounds is a fun filled day for the community to come out and adopt pets and meet their local Hooters Girls.

Previous Hooters and Hounds have taken place at the Fort Myers and Cape Coral Hooters locations. LTP Management, a franchisee of Hooters of America, owns and operates 16 locations in South Florida.

For more information Hooters of Southwest Florida, please visit



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