Lee County celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) May 2-8, as it spotlights the critical role travel plays in driving economic recovery efforts and building the path forward through the theme Power of Travel.
The annual celebration of the contributions of the U.S. travel industry, NTTW was created by Congress in 1983 to elevate the economic power of domestic travel. The weeklong celebration arrives at an opportune moment to recognize the importance to the U.S. economy of initiating a post-pandemic travel recovery.
In place of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau’s (VCB) annual in-person Travel Rally, a virtual celebration will feature engaging videos about the people and places that make Southwest Florida special to its visitors and to the community. The VCB will showcase appreciation for the local tourism and hospitality industries, and share the importance these businesses have played in bolstering the local economy.
“NTTW takes on a special significance this year as our industry continues to rebound quickly from the pandemic and accelerate recovery efforts,” said Lee County Commissioner Brian Hamman, chairman of the Tourist Development Council.
“We all recognize the past year was incredibly challenging, but we saw the full power of our destination on display in the way we united and supported one another through this crisis.”
As the tourism industry moves forward with optimism about the future, it’s important to recognize that visitor spending in calendar year 2020 generated an economic impact of $4,274,184,500.
The destination attracted 3,391,700 visitors and tourism supported 49,006 jobs.
The upcoming NTTW schedule includes:
Sunsational Sunday, May 2, kicks off NTTW as we celebrate the importance of the tourism industry and show appreciation for its workforce and the impact within the community, along with educating the public on the Power of Travel.
Magical Managers Monday, May 3, highlights three special leaders that make a difference in Lee County’s tourism community. They are exemplary role models and mentors to our frontline staff.
Be Kind Tuesday, May 4, profiles and recognizes employees whose acts of kindness have helped guide us through the pandemic and demonstrate what it means to be kind.
Wanderlust Wednesday, May 5, creates an urge to get out and explore some of the hidden gems Lee County has to offer. Learn about the cultural experiences within the destination and how to plan a vacation in your own backyard.
Throwback Thursday, May 6, is a reminder of how far we have come in Lee County tourism. With Lee County attracting 5 million visitors a year, tourism is a tool for enhancing what we love about our region – from its ecological wonders to its history and culture.
Fantastic Friday, May 7, showcases the Power of Travel and how it has positively impacted our community through economic spending, local workforce and our tourism ambassador program at Southwest Florida International Airport. Join us for fun facts and trivia as we celebrate the visitors who choose Lee County as their vacation destination.
Small Business Saturday, May 7, recognizes the resilient business owners who have had an impact in our local tourism community as we continue our recovery. Their support with the launch of the VCB’s cost-saving Sun Saver Passport is helping keep our community thriving with discounted experiences as we continue in our recovery phase.
Cape Coral Pet Vet, a privately owned, two-doctor veterinary clinic, has relocated to their new facility at 120 Del Prado Blvd. S.
This modernized, 4,000 sq. ft facility more than doubles their previous space.
With a continued emphasis on wellness and preventative medicine, the new location offers 7 comfortable exam rooms, a state-of-the-art treatment and laboratory area, a large surgical suite, and a fully stocked pharmacy.
“We are so excited to be in our new home. It’s been a difficult past year making this facility a reality, but we are so thankful to our wonderful clients, our staff, the community, our vendors, and our construction team, E.G. Contracting, that made our new home a reality,” said Dr. Cecilia Fisher, owner of Cape Coral Pet Vet said.
“As clients will see, this new facility allows us to provide even better service to our patients, while maintaining our small, family friendly feel.”
A first of its kind in Cape Coral, the new facility has separate cat and dog entrances leading into their own exam rooms. The building is equipped with pet-friendly features such as LED lighting that can change colors and in room music to help soothe pets, cat rooms with cat furniture and a large virtual fish tank. For pet parents, the clinic offers exam rooms equipped with computers and displays to show x-rays and ultrasounds, indoor and outdoor waiting areas, and a dedicated peaceful room for end-of-life services.
“Our new facility has helped us continue our goal of providing high quality medicine, with a calm fear free experience for pets and people alike,” stated Fisher.
Cape Coral Pet Vet is a full-service veterinary hospital, offering comprehensive medical care. Doctors Cecilia Fisher and Sharon Lomnicki, along with their amazing team, believe your pet is part of their family!
Pet Vet prides itself on its strong community presence, supporting causes such as “Shop With a Cop” and Cape Coral Youth Soccer, as well as hosting events such as “Black Ties and Tails Masquerade Ball” in support of the Cape Coral Animal Shelter. Follow Cape Coral Pet Vet on Facebook for updates.
Millennial Brewing Co. Co-owner Amber Cebull has launched a brand new non-alcoholic beverage company.
Gather Beverage Co. is specializing in herbal, CBD and therapeutic beverages. The debut CBD beverage, called Chill Out, seeks to elevate the standards for CBD beverages in the industry by offering a higher quality product with better ingredients that maximize the bioavailability of the CBD.
The idea for the drink was brought about amidst pandemic shutdowns. The microbrewery was unable to sell alcohol, so they got their CBD license and began selling CBD beverages instead.
“What we experienced during the Pandemic was an emerging market of people that are looking for healthy, non-alcoholic and therapeutic beverages and it really snowballed from there,” Cebull said.
The beverage is unique in that it replaces the standard CBD seltzer waters with organic juices. The CBD product in it is both broad spectrum and nano-amplified, which increases the absorption and bioavailability as well as the effects through the multiple cannabinoids in the beverage.
Direct to consumer subscription deliveries are now available and multiple wholesale partners have begun to carry the product.
It is expected to be available in many locations throughout the state by mid-April.
“This is the definition of turning adversity on its head. Sky’s the limit from here,“ said Cebull. “Who knew that the biggest challenge our brewery has faced since inception would turn into a catalyst for creating a therapeutic non-alcoholic beverage that will literally change lives. It’s a movement and we’re happy to be part of it.”
Lee Health has announced the newly elected officers of its board of directors for 2021.
David F. Collins has been re-elected as board chairman for 2021. A resident of Lee county since 1984, he has been a mortgage banker for more than 29 years and has served as a board member for PACE Center for Girls of Lee County, and as treasurer for the PACE Capital Campaign.
Therese Everly has been re-elected as vice chairman. She is a registered respiratory therapist and licensed Florida Realtor who also serves on the boards of the Lee County Homeless Coalition and Alzheimer’s Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.
Donna Clarke has been re-elected as treasurer. She is a former Florida state representative and has served as an adjunct professor with State College of Florida.
Diane Champion has been re-elected as secretary. She is a nine-year Board liaison to the Lee Health Volunteers and an elected member of the Community Council of Lehigh Acres.
In addition to the officers, other Board members include Dr. Stephen R. Brown, Dr. Sanford Cohen; Kathy Bridge-Liles, Chris Hansen, Nancy McGovern, and Stephanie Meyer.
The Board of Directors’ primary goal is to set the mission and vision of Lee Health.
The Pilot Club of Fort Myers and the Cape Coral Police Department are holding a shredding event on Saturday, January 23, 2021. The event will be held in the front parking lot of the Cape Coral Police Department, 1100 Cultural Park Blvd, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19, we ask that all participants socially distance themselves and wear a mask.
Oasis JROTC cadets will be on hand to help drivers unload their boxes to be shredded; the boxes can be returned if desired. Shredding will occur on site.
All proceeds of the event will be donated to the Cape Coral Project Lifesaver Programs and the Pilot Club. A donation of $5.00 per box to be shredded is suggested. Please remove binder clips or paper clips attached to paper being shredded. Commercial boxes will not be accepted.
Project Lifesaver is a program of Cape Coral Police Department which uses wristbands that emit a signal to help find individuals who tend to wander. The proceeds of this event will be used to help update and replace damaged or worn equipment. This technology can minimize the length of time it takes to locate a missing person / wanderer.
As increases in the number of people diagnosed with Autism, ASD, Alzheimer’s disease, and Dementia occur, the need for additional equipment is necessary. Equipment costs for families can be too costly. The financial help provided by the Pilot Club by holding the Shred-A-Ton event goes a long way.
The Pilot Club of Fort Myers focuses their efforts on helping organizations seeking to improve the quality of life for individuals with brain-related disorders through volunteer activities, education, and financial support. The club name came from a riverboat pilot who could steer safely through troubled waters. The club’s motto is “do more, care more, and be more.” For information about the Pilot Club, contact the president, Fran D’Alessandro, 239-332-1140, or email at email@example.com.
Victory Park to Offer Hotel, Commercial Space, Medical Space & Industrial Space; Expected Ground Breaking is Q2 2021
Blue Waters Development Group, LLC is announcing plans to develop the extraordinary Victory Park, a commercial project in Cape Coral, which Forbes has named America’s No. 1 fastest growing city. Cape Coral is the largest city by population between Miami and Tampa.
Victory Park will include a 125-room Wyndham Garden hotel, commercial space, and 100,000 square feet of medical space and industrial space at 2313 NE 24th Avenue in North Cape. The groundbreaking is scheduled for Q2 2021. Pre-leasing is now taking place.
Wyndham Garden’s newly introduced prototype is a cost-effective concept that features a smart layout, designed to maximize efficiencies and combat rising construction costs. It is inspired by the beauty of nature, and incorporates elements of dappled light, textured wood, natural fabrics and flexible outdoor space. In addition, the Wyndham Garden presents a new food and beverage concept, nice & vice®, offering a celebrity-chef-inspired menu.
“Situated in one of the nation’s fastest growing cities, Victory Park presents a wonderful opportunity for those looking to lease space for their business, tech and medical companies,” said Danny Aguirre, manager of Blue Waters Development Group. “It’s exciting to bring more options to local residents, as well as the 5 million people who visit Lee County each year.
“The Wyndham Garden will be a spectacular addition to the Cape Coral area,” he continued. “This new smart, sophisticated concept brings the outside in with a connection to nature. This new hotel will welcome many visitors to Cape Coral with a delightful twist on modern hospitality.”
RealAmerica Realty, one of Southwest Florida’s oldest business brokerage firms, is the leasing agent for Victory Park. For leasing or general information about Victory Park, contact Steve Komondorea at 239-573-6464 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.