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The Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association (SRMA) will host a roundtable discussion on disaster readiness and business continuity from 8-9:30 a.m. on March 13 at CareerSource on 4150 Ford St. Extension in Fort Myers.

Amy Lee, director of business continuity strategy for FloridaMakes, will be the keynote speaker for the event, sponsored by Entech.

The cost to attend is $10 for SRMA members and $20 for nonmembers. Payment is accepted at the door or on srma.net.

SRMA will also host an after-hours social at 5:30 p.m. on March 20 at Boston Beer Garden in Naples, with half-price drinks until 8 p.m. and a 50-50 raffle for a chance to win a dinner for two. For more information, visit srma.net.

Spring forward

Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead by one hour!


The historic Tin City Waterfront boardwalk, where Pure Florida is docked, has reopened after damage from Hurricane Irma forced its closure. Turrell, Hall and Associates assisted in the restoration.

The updated boardwalk includes more user-friendly walkways, covered seating, and a pedestrian connection under U.S. 41, allowing people to walk along the waterfront uninterrupted between Tin City, Bayfront and beyond.

The restoration project took 18 months of work since the seawall that supports the boardwalk and restaurants was severely damaged in the storm and needed to be rebuilt. The new boardwalk is made from the dense hardwood Ipe, the same wood used at the Naples City Dock, Naples Pier and the Gordon River Greenway.

For more information, visit www.tin-city.com.


Dave & Buster’s is slated to open its 126th location on April 8 at Bell Tower Shops and is now hiring for more than 200 positions. Positions are available in both front- and back-of-house, including servers, bartenders, hosts, line cooks, game techs and more.

Interested candidates should complete an online application at DaveandBusters.com/careers.

The new Dave & Buster’s location will feature 40,000 square feet of entertainment including chef-crafted food, drinks, hundreds of arcade games and the D&B Sports Bar. Dave & Buster’s offers a benefits package for several positions, internal promotion opportunities and more.


The TSA Pre✓ Mobile RV will be coming to the Punta Gorda Airport for a TSA Pre✓ Mobile Enrollment RV onsite event. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. from March 25 to April 4. The event will continue from 9 a.m. to noon on April 5.

The blue TSA Precheck RV will be located in the short-term parking lot across from Skyview Café & Bailey Terminal.

TSA Pre✓ is an expedited screening program that enables identified low-risk air travelers to enjoy an efficient screening experience. The TSA Precheck RV is equipped with steps and is not wheelchair accessible. If needed, check the TSA’s website to determine the nearest permanent location that is ADA compliant.

Register for an appointment at www.IdentoGO.com/PreCheck.


Commercial real estate investment and development incentives will be explained at the March 12 meeting of the Real Estate Investment Society (REIS).

John Talmage, director of the Lee County Economic Development Office (EDO), will lead the discussion with assistance from EDO staff. Talmage will discuss the federal tax incentives and local development advantages for investment, development, and redevelopment with properties in designated Opportunity Zones.

The program will also include updates on the DevelopLee and DevelopNFM initiatives to stimulate development and business growth in selected commercial districts.

Talmage is expected to provide a brief overview of local economic trends with a look at current marketing efforts and success stories. Following the presentation, he will respond to specific questions from the attending real estate and development professionals.

The meeting is sponsored by Roetzel & Andress and will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. on in the Magnolia Room at Pelican Preserve’s Town Center, on Treeline Avenue at Colonial Boulevard. Admission is $30 for members and $40 for guests, which includes lunch. Reservations are required by March 7 and may be made at www.reis-swfl.org.


The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee will host a networking meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 6. The networking event will be at Brunch Bar & Patio within Miromar Outlets, with La Bamba providing the food.

Welcoming representatives from the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University, the March Women in Business program will highlight the many services and resources available to area businesses at no cost through the FSBDC. Speakers include FSBDC director Lois Knox, assistant director Suzanne Specht, marketing director LaShaun Collier and consultant Andrea Robinson.

Admission is $10 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. Admission includes one free beverage and light appetizers. To learn more or to register for the event, visit FortMyers.org or call (239) 332-3624.


Elite RV & Boat Storage opened in south Lee County, offering covered and fully enclosed units in a facility located between Naples and Fort Myers.

RVs and boats at the new facility will be protected through state-of-the-art video surveillance with a motion detection system, a gated entry, fire protection system and an on-site caretaker and property manager.

Additional amenities at Elite RV include 30-amp electrical connections, a sewer pump-out station, wash bay and air stations. Wide drive aisles were designed to allow for easy maneuvering into storage units.

Elite RV will feature 255 covered storage spaces, including a limited amount of fully enclosed spaces, large enough to accommodate luxury recreational vehicles and high-end boats. Individual units range from 12 feet wide and 36 feet deep to 24 feet wide and 60 feet deep.

For more information, visit EliteRVBoatStorage.com or call (239) 768-2225. 


The 2019 annual Zonta Club of Bonita Springs-Estero Woman of the Year Luncheon will be held April 16 at Palmira Golf and Country Club.

The luncheon will honor this year’s Woman of the Year, Sally Smith. Smith is a long-time humanitarian. For the past eight years, she has traveled to the community of Santa Eulalia in Guatemala to help improve the lives of those in the area. Smith also volunteers, teaching English and mathematics to the Hispanic community of Bonita Springs. Smith has been a member of The Rotary Club of Estero since 2010 and has been selected as Rotarian of the Year on three occasions.

Tickets for the Woman of the Year Fundraising Luncheon are on sale for $50 and will be $65 after April 1. Purchase tickets at www.zontabonitasprings.com.

Funds from this event are used to provide grants to local organizations that best serve women, to provide scholarships to local students and to support various service projects

Nomination Deadline Fast Approaching for Women of Distinction Awards Gala


The Ladies Leading Right in Cape Coral wish to honor and celebrate women of distinction throughout Cape Coral and Lee County in this 3rd annual event. Nominations are being accepted through February 28th.

Any Lee County Republican woman who exhibits leadership, teamwork, integrity, compassion and dedication to her community in her field of expertise can be nominated. Many of us give back to our communities through our time, talent and incredible efforts. Your sister, friend, neighbor, leader, artist, media person, entertainer and more are all eligible.

The selection committee of 7 community leaders will choose exemplary women to honor in six categories. Three finalists in each category will be named. All these women of distinction will be honored on Friday, April 12th at the Cape Coral Yacht Club in the Gala event. Of the six category winners, one will be chosen as the 2019 Woman of the Year.

“We will hold an awards ceremony on April 12th to honor six very special women in Lee County. We will recognize these “Women of Distinction,” women who make a very positive difference in our communities. Our mission is to grow our community of women leaders, ladies leading right, and lift each other up in the process.” – Susan McNamara, Women of Distinction Committee Chair.

Nominations can be submitted by visiting www.ladiesleadingright.com/women-of-distinction.

Please mark your calendar to join us at the awards gala on April 12th honoring these women of distinction. Tickets to the awards gala may be purchased online at www.ladiesleadingright.com/women-of-distinction.