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Business Notes (3/26/14)

March 26, 2014
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Food managers certification class open

A food managers certification class will be offered April 14 starting at 9 a.m. at the Lee County Parks and Recreation-UF/IFAS Lee County Extension, at 3410 Palm Beach Blvd. in Fort Myers.

The course is a comprehensive food-handler training that includes the current regulations to assist in taking the ServSafe Manager's Exam, which is offered through the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

Following the class, the exam will be held at 2 p.m. The national certification is valid for five years.

The cost is $110 for the class and exam or $165 for the class, exam and textbook.

Register at least three business days before the class; no walk-in registrations will be permitted.

To register, visit: or call (888) 232-8723.

New yoga studio offers free classes

Namaste Flow Yoga, at 904 Lee Blvd., Unit 104, is a new yoga studio. It will offer a free yoga class every Saturday in April.

The class is great for beginners. Students can come and find that it relieves stress, improves circulation, lubricants the joints, increases strength/endurance and eases pain.

For information, call (239) 699-8595.

Lee County opens Environmental Policy Management Office

Lee County Manager Roger Desjarlais has announced the establishment of the Environmental Policy Management Office.

The new office will be responsible for ensuring a balanced approach as county staff reviews and enforces Lee County Commissioners' environmental policies.

Staff will serve as a central source of environmental information and assistance to Desjarlais and his senior management team, as well as to county departments such as Community Development, Natural Resources, Transportation, Utilities, Transit and Solid Waste - areas that affect Lee County's management of environmental sciences, construction management and land-use planning and zoning.

The Environmental Policy Management Office will be led by Holly Schwartz, a 20-year county employee with experience and knowledge of environmental policies and the Lee County Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

Schwartz will transition from her post as assistant county manager to head up the new office, which will include four other current county employees, who will be reassigned to the effort.

The announcement is part of an ongoing strategic planning process that is designed to identify Lee's critical financial, operational, capital, technology and staff issues and to focus on our basic services and customer service. It will support commissioners in establishing priorities and direction for several years.

A landing page at: will be established soon for the new office, which officially launched March 24.

For information, call (239) 533-2221.

Airport reports February traffic

During February, 862,899 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, an increase of 4.3 percent compared to February 2013. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 3.7 percent from the same period last year.

The traffic leader in February was Delta with 176,910 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Southwest (169,408), JetBlue (92,291), US Airways (83,148) and Spirit Airlines (74,113).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 8,125 aircraft movements - takeoffs and landings - a decrease of 1.3 percent compared to February 2013. Page Field saw 8,347 movements, an 8.8 percent increase from February 2013.

In addition, nearly 2.9 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in February 2014, an increase of 3.1 percent compared to February 2013.

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CROW to receive environmental funding

LCEC announced that it will provide the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) with a $4,450 environmental funding award to help in its mission to save wildlife through care, education and collaboration.

CROW is the first organization to receive LCEC's newly established environmental funding award. To apply for the award, organizations can email to receive an application.

The deadline for 2014 applications is Sept. 1.

Interested organizations must meet certain criteria to be considered for the award including being located within LCEC service territory, funding utilized for projects/programs related to the environment and the utility industry and having a demonstrated need for funds.

LRMC?team wins awards at Spring Festival 5K

The Lehigh Regional team had 10 people participate in the annual Rotary race held on March 15 at Veterans Park. Of the 10, six won awards.

The winners were Osman Gruhonjic, Lanie Bossard, Cathy Agacinski, Joanie Jeannette, Brenda Perez and Brandon Bossard.

LRMC is the major sponsor of the annual Rotary Spring Festival 5K Race.



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