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Pete's Point beer celebrates man who was a true friend of the hospitality industry

Point Ybel Brewing Company's Pete's Point beer was brewed in honor of Peter O'Brien and to bring awareness to Put it on Pete's Tab, which offers assistance to hospitality industry workers in need.

O'Brien died unexpectedly in March. He was not only a veteran of the hospitality industry but a big fan of spending too much money at bars and restaurants and leaving tips that usually exceeded 50%.⠀⠀

Read about Put it on Pete's Tab
Pete's Point beer

TwinCutZ offers free back-to-school haircuts on Aug. 30

In preparation for back to school, TwinCutZ is hosting its annual free haircut day for students from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at all five Southwest Florida locations.

Every student will also receive a free backpack. Due to social distancing and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention precautionary guidelines, advance reservations are required. 

Free haircut info
Free haircuts for back-to-school
Best practices
FRLA Seal of Commitment

Congratulations to establishments for achieving FRLA Seal of Commitment designation

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association's highest designation for hospitality safety and sanitation standards, the Seal of Commitment is a promise that your restaurant or hotel meets safety and sanitation standards as designated by FRLA.

Awarded establishments have invested resources to ensure that the location, staff, and guests remain safe and healthy. In a post COVID-19 atmosphere, when guests see an FRLA Seal of Commitment decal on an establishment’s door, they have confidence the business is sanitary and safe and that staff are well-trained.

Seal of Commitment designees in Lee County:

Statewide list of designees
Mask Up Cape Coral campaign
 RDA Our Home Sweet Home campaign
SanCap Safe
RSW Stay Safe
Industry partner spotlight
Everglades Wonder Gardens Announces New Executive Director

Everglades Wonder Gardens selects new executive director

The Everglades Wonder Gardens announces the hiring of David Rahahę•tih Webb (pictured above) as the non-profit organization’s new executive director. Webb will be responsible for overseeing the Garden’s operations, philanthropy, and overall management.

Webb will start Sept. 14 at the Gardens.

Webb brings nearly 20 years of experience and leadership in nature centers, zoological parks and aquariums, botanical gardens and museums. Most recently, he was director of education at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale. 

Webb is a true local, an 8th-generation Floridian, originally from Sanibel Island. He has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Florida Gulf Coast University. Webb is a recipient of the Gulfshore Business 40 under 40 award and has received numerous awards for his programs.

Additionally, David Rahahę•tih is Haudenosaunee; Tuscarora and Meherrin Indian, keeping his culture central in his life as a respected traditional artist, Tuscarora language speaker and enrolled member of his community. His art has been displayed at museums across the southeastern U.S.

Florida Festivals & Events Association

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

Big wins for ArtFest Fort Myers, Island Hopper

Congratulations to ArtFest Fort Myers and Island Hopper Songwriter Fest for being recognized with a total of seven awards at the Florida Festivals and Events Association Virtual Conference's award ceremony on Aug. 25.

ArtFest Fort Myers wins at  Florida Festivals and Events Association Virtual Award Ceremony

Final Wednesday of food truck grab-and-go at Alliance for the Arts

This is the last Wednesday for Alliance for the Arts Food Truck Grab-and-Go event from 5 to 7:30 p.m. 

The Aug. 26 event features:

  • Viet Yum (Asian fusion)
  • Wicked Good Food (Italian-American casual cuisine)

Safety and social distancing precautions will be in place. Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd.

Read more
Food truck grab 'n go
VCB News

#BeachReadySpiritWeek #1 is on!

The first week of #BeachReadySpiritWeek gives you the chance to turn your home into a fashion runway with this week's theme: Flashy Beach Fashion!

Get in a beach state of mind and share your most over-the-top beach outfit using the hashtag #BeachReadySpiritWeek.

#BeachReadySpiritWeek details

Aug. 9-15 STR Report for Lee County

Occupancy: 47.1%, down 18.4%
ADR (Average Daily Rate): $119.87, up 8.9%
RevPAR (Revenue Per Available Room): $56.51, down 11.1%

July 2020 STR Report for Lee County

Occupancy: 49.6%, down 24.4%
ADR (Average Daily Rate): $140.78, up 4.6%
RevPAR (Revenue Per Available Room): $69.76, down 20.9%

VCB News
Virtual bingo to benefit Women in Business scholarships
4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2

There will be one round of bingo then everyone will move to Zoom breakout rooms to spend time networking. Then, Game 2 of bingo and another Zoom breakout with different people; same with a third round. 

Cost: Registration is $15 for members and future members and includes one card to play in each of three games. Additional cards are $5 per game.

Questions: Call 239-332-2930 or email



Bringing life to podcasts/webinars
Noon Wednesday, Sept. 3

Meet some of the local experts in these fields and find out how they bring life to podcasts and webinars. Podcasts and webinars have become extremely popular forms of media, especially in light of the current COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings. Knowing the difference between these formats and how they function is important for individuals and organizations to benefit from them.

Cost: Registration is $10 



Respecting the trades
Noon Thursday, Sept. 10

Here in Southwest Florida, trade industries are vital to keeping our economy thriving. From plumbers to electricians, tradespeople are in high demand across the region. Experts from across the region will reveal more about these highly skilled jobs and discuss their importance to our local economy.

Cost: Registration is $10 

Individual assistance updates
Childcare assistance updates

You may qualify for assistance. Eligibility requirements for LeeCARES programs have been recently updated. Review these changes and apply at

United Way

United Way Houses offer application help for LeeCARES Individual Assistance

United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Counties is partnering with Lee County to offer application sites for Lee residents seeking help with rent, mortgage or utility payments through the LeeCARES Individual Assistance Program.

Documents needed to apply include:


  • photo ID for head of household
  • income documentation
  • proof of loss of income
  • lease or most recent mortgage statement
  • most recent utility bills (water and electric only)
Your health
Lee County Health Department
Florida Department of Health dashboard
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Walk-up COVID-19 testing
8.5.20 Executive order rescinds quarantine mandate for travelers
Department of Health dashboard
Florida Chamber of Commerce's COVID-19 Resource Center
VISIT FLORIDA's Small Business Toolkit
U.S. Travel's CARES Act Relief Resources
National Restaurant Association's CARES Act Guidance
Small Business Administration Relief Options
American Hotel & Lodging Association's CARES Act FAQs
Complete Florida list
FRLA Seal of Commitment
Helpful links
VCB hurricane preparedness resources
Hurricane preparation guide
Intro to hurricane season
Making a plan
Before the storm
Preparing your pets
After the storm
Emergency shelters
Generator safety
Connect With Us
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Aug. 28 industry partner call
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COVID-19 Resources for Recovery Newsletter archives

Cover photo: Lakes Park, Aug. 24, 2020,

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phone: (239) 338-3500 | toll free: (800) 237-6444


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