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Parrot Key Caribbean & Big Game Waterfront Grills Delete 04/06/2012 at 10:10pm

Parrot Key Caribbean Grill and Big Game Waterfront Grill
Give a Helping Hand to Operation Open Arms

Parrot Key Caribbean Grill and Big Game Waterfront Grill of Fort Myers Beach gave a helping hand to Operation Open Arms this week by donating $1,000 in gift cards to be used in assisting service personnel. Operation Open Arms had been storing their donated items at the Pine Island Chamber until a recent fire that completely destroyed the Chamber office.
 

Fire Commission Tables Fire Inspection Software Delete 01/26/2012 at 3:00pm

Fire Commission Tables Fire Inspection Software

At the Fort Myers Beach Fire District's Fire Commission's monthly meeting on Tuesday night, the Board decided to table a decision on purchasing a new software program designed to make fire inspections easier and appointed Commissioner Carol Morris to a fact-gathering team to look at the six respondents to the District's Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new ambulance billing service.

During the Chief's report, Chief Mike Becker reported that, since January 20, the District's third ambulance has been in service around the clock in response to the higher amounts of calls during season, and that next week crews will be out inspecting fire hydrants.

"Offload delays for our EMS transports are a concern going into busy season and the District is in a continuous state of monitoring the hospitals to avoid delays,” he said. "As far as union negotiations, the District is moving through the process for Impasse.”
 

Salazar Announces Ban Delete 01/17/2012 at 3:51pm

Salazar Announces Ban on Importation
and Interstate Transportation of Four Giant
Snakesthat Threaten
Everglades

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized a rule that would ban the importation and interstate transportation of four nonnative constrictor snakes that threaten the Everglades and other sensitive ecosystems across the United States, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today.

The final rule – which incorporates public comments, economic analysis, and environmental assessment – lists the Burmese python, the yellow anaconda, and the northern and southern African pythons as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act in order to restrict their spread in the wild in the United States. It is expected to publish in the Federal Register in the coming days.

 

Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau Delete 01/16/2012 at 2:17pm
Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau steps up
Canadian exposure with marketing agency

The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) has appointed VoX International Inc. as its marketing agency to promote the destination in Canada. Under the direction of the VCB, the firm will be responsible for developing and implementing a marketing plan, provide a strategic direction in sales, public relations and promotions for this important international market.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Travel and Tourism Industries reports that Canada is the strongest inbound market to Florida. More and more Canadians are discovering the diverse nature- and history-based attractions and activities offered along The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.

Based in Toronto, VoX International Inc. has extensive experience in the tourism industry, directing travel trade marketing for several destinations throughout North America and the Caribbean. The account will also be supported by the agency’s team members in Quebec and Western Canada.