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


Commissioners approve new LeeCARES program

The Lee Board of County Commissioners today voted to extend LeeCARES to non-profit human service agencies and municipalities. A new round of PPE distribution is also planned. Business Rehire and Individual/Family Assistance programs to close Sept. 18.

LeeCARES updates
LeeTran rolls out LeeCARES message

LeeTRAN helps get the word out about LeeCARES

LeeTran is literally helping LeeCARES roll out the message that assistance is available to many who need it. Check eligibility and apply at

Industry partner spotlight

Allegiant adds Houston, Chicago flights

Allegiant Air is adding two nonstop routes from the Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) to Houston and Chicago, beginning Nov. 20. 

The new seasonal nonstop routes to William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) will fly out of Punta Gorda twice a week. 

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Caloosa Sound Convention Center & Amphitheater

New Caloosa Sound & Convention Center (rendering pictured above) to host Home & Garden Show Sept. 19-20

Big Storm Brewery to take over Big Blue Brewery's space in Cape Coral

Sanibel Island's Turner Beach closed from Sept. 8 to Nov. 6, 2020, for Shoreline Stabilization Project

Best practices
Pink Shell earns FRLA Seal of Commitment

Pink Shell earns FRLA Seal of Committment designation

Congratulations to Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina for earning 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. 

Other 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
VCB News

#BeachReadySpiritWeek: Show us your at-home beach retreat #2

Whether it's your living room or backyard, show us your at-home beach oasis using the hashtag #BeachReadySpiritWeek.

#BeachReadySpiritWeek details

Aug. 16-22 STR Report for Lee County

Occupancy: 44.1%, down 12.5%
ADR (Average Daily Rate): $109.80, up 7.6%
RevPAR (Revenue Per Available Room): $48.39, down 5.6%

Community kindnes

Local experts discuss need for kindness in the workplace

Are we in a kindness deficit? 

See how "The War for Kindness," by Stanford professor Jamil Zaki inspired VCB Communications Director Francesca Donlan, to teach a class on the subject at Florida Gulf Coast University. Learn about how Doni Landefeld, a leadership transformation coach at Metamorphosis Coaching in Fort Myers, works with her corporate clients to improve their empathy levels. 

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The war for kindness
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 

Your health
Walk-up COVID-19 testing
Lee County Health Department
Florida Department of Health dashboard
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

VISIT FLORIDA to promote staycation deals and specials targeting Florida residents

As part of VISIT FLORIDA's in-state rebound campaign, the agency will be promoting staycation deals and specials available for Florida residents. 

Partners are encouraged to add new deals or update existing offers on the VISIT FLORIDA Partner Portal. Questions? Contact

8.28.20 Executive order extends liquor license renewal deadline to Dec. 31
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
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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Sept. 11 industry partner call
Suggestions, questions, feedback? Email us
COVID-19 Resources for Recovery Newsletter archives

Cover photo: Rainbow over the Gulf of Mexico off the beaches of Sanibel Island, Aug. 18, 2020

Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau
2201 2nd street, STE 600 Fort Myers, FL 33901
phone: (239) 338-3500 | toll free: (800) 237-6444


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