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Business Notes (4/26/17)

April 26, 2017
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Author publishes novel

Lehigh Acres author Brian Terenna recently released his second novel, "Kissing the Intern: A Multicultural Romance," with co-author Julia Perez.

The diversity in the book models the writers' local community, and Florida is a theme in it.

The novel is available on Amazon as an e-book, with the print version to follow.

To contact Terenna, visit online at:

Four recognized for Girl Scouting contributions

In conjunction with National Volunteer Appreciation Week, which is April 23-29, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is recognizing four residents who received Adult Achievement awards at the council's annual meeting.

Amy Semiklose, of Lehigh Acres, received the Volunteer of Excellence Award, as well as Sara Cannistraci, Lauren Fruehan and Cheryl Hardman, all of Cape Coral.

The honor is reserved for those who have contributed outstanding service, while partnering with girls to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through use of the National Program Portfolio, or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the council's mission delivery to members.

The award is recognized nationally by Girl Scouts of the USA as one of the highest awards available to adults in Girl Scouting.

Bus route changes

Three bus routes will return to their off-season schedules on April 27, affecting service for Fort Myers Beach, downtown Fort Myers and Southwest Florida International Airport.

The changes are:

- Downtown Fort Myers' River District Trolleys (Blue and Gold lines): Winter season service will end.

- Fort Myers Beach: The two trolley routes that operate during peak season will be merged into one route called Route 400. It travels from the Beach Park & Ride at Summerlin Square, Summerlin Road and San Carlos Boulevard, to Lovers Key State Park.

- Airport: Route 50 will reduce its daily trips from 18 to 14 on weekdays and 14 to 13 on Saturdays.

View schedules, buy discounted passes and plan your next ride at:

Business, Retail Crime Awareness Seminar set

The Lee County Sheriff's Office, the South American Theft Group Intelligence Network and Keiser University will host the 2017 Business and Retail Crime Awareness Seminar on May 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Keiser University, at 9100 Forum Corporate Parkway, Fort Myers.

Expert speakers will share the newest information on cyber security risks, credit card fraud and other serious issues beneficial to business owners, employees, customers and stakeholders.

The topics to be covered are:

- Beyond the traffic stop: Learn to identify counterfeit credit cards, gift cards and fraudulent checks

- How to plan for workplace violence and/or an active shooter situation

- Stealing from your bottom line: Traveling gypsies (thieves) and the crimes they commit

- Business security risks: Cybersecurity and Data Breaches

A continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

The seminar is free, but reservations are required as seating is limited. To make a reservation, contact the LCSO at 239-258-3287.

SWFL Crime Stoppers reels in regional awards

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers was recently awarded for its accomplishments in 2016 at the Southeastern Crime Stoppers Association's 36th annual banquet in Baltimore, Maryland.

Among the accolades afforded was the Productivity Award for the number of arrests, cases cleared and property and drugs recovered from tips. It is the 12th consecutive year that it has received the award.

Also on the list was the Premier Management Award, as well as Citizen of the Year for Board Secretary and volunteer JoAnn Beaumont.

Board Coordinator Trish Routte received the President's Award and was elected to her second term as Vice President of the Southeastern Crime Stoppers Association.

Board President John Scrivanich was elected to his first term on the Southeastern board, and Vice President Eric Berglund was appointed to committees.

Airport reports traffic

During March, 1,252,124 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, a slight decrease of 1.4 percent compared to March 2016.

Year-to-date, passenger traffic is down 2.8 percent from the same period last year.

The traffic leader in March was Southwest with 303,545 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Delta Air Lines (247,253), American (151,735), Spirit (132,142) and JetBlue (129,141).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 10,535 aircraft movements - takeoffs and landings - a decrease of 1.3 percent compared to March 2016. Page Field saw 10,579 movements, a 1.1 percent decrease from March 2016.

In addition, more than 3 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in March 2017, an increase of 6.2 percent compared to March 2016.



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