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The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau’s weekly newsletter is your resource for news and best practices to help you navigate COVID-19 in the days and weeks ahead.

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Small business relaunch

Business Relaunch grant program closes June 26

This week, businesses have a final opportunity to apply for help through the LeeCARES Business Relaunch grant program. The application period will close at 8 p.m. Friday, June 26. The county will then move to its next phase of assistance to businesses. The Business Rehire program opens July 6 to qualifying businesses and some nonprofits in Lee County that are not publicly traded, with a special focus on 501(c)(19) veterans organizations and 501(c)(3) organizations. The intention of the program is allow 4,000 people to be rehired. 

Applications for LeeCARES assistance programs must be completed online at For residents who have questions about the application process, please call 239-533-CARE.

Read more about Phase 2
LeeCARES Transparency Dashboard
Hurricane Season Message from Emergency Management
VISIT FLORIDA's Small Business Toolkit
Florida Recovery Phase 2 FAQs
Department of Health dashboard
Florida Small Business Development Council
Florida Chamber of Commerce's COVID-19 Resource Center
White House's Opening Up America Again
National Restaurant Association's CARES Act Guidance
Small Business Administration Relief Options
U.S. Travel's CARES Act Relief Resources
American Hotel & Lodging Association's CARES Act FAQs
Community kindness

Bokeelia deli owner offers free meals to unemployed

Robin Lilly knows what it's like to own a business during uncertain times. In 2008, when she opened her Bokeelia Island deli, Little Lilly's, the Great Recession devastated the local economy. Twelve years later, during the coronavirus pandemic, she has found a way to help ease the pain of others.

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Bokeelia deli owner offers free meals to unemployed
Bridging the gap through conversation

Brewery hosts Juneteenth events

Millennial Brewing partnered with Bridging the Gap of Southwest Florida for a series of events for Juneteenth weekend.

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Community kindness
Wine Room coming to downtown

New Wine Room set for July opening downtown

The Wine Room, founded by Sarah Newcomb at 1544 Broadway Ave., will offer more than 30 varieties of wines, including five from a California private label that will have unique and locally significant names like Caloosahatchee Chardonnay and Music Walk Merlot. It will also include a nonprofit donation component.

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New podcast launches 
We're happy to announce that Shellcast, the podcast of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is officially available on our website and Apple Podcasts.

Listen to interviews with:

Best Practices
U.S. Travel Association Travel Confidently
U.S. Travel Association's Travel Confidently Toolkit
CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses & Employers
CDC guidelines for events & gatherings
AHLA Safe Stay Initiative
AHLA Enhanced Industry-Wide Hotel Cleaning Standards
FRLA preferred COVID-19 suppliers
SanCap Safe
RSW Stay Safe
Restaurants and COVID-19: Assuring safety while delivering value
10 a.m. Tuesday, July 7
A panel discussion of local business people on the industry's response to, as well as the lasting impact of, the COVID-19 pandemic on the restaurant industry.

Webinar archive

VCB 6.12.20 webinar
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Wildlife cams
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Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau
2201 Second Street, Suite 600, Fort Myers, FL 33901, USA
phone: (239) 338-3500 | toll free: (800) 237-6444

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