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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.

VCB News
Shellcast the podcast

Shellcast the podcast visits J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Three, that's right, three new Shellcast episodes feature J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and conversations with Ranger Toni Westland.

Shellcast, the official podcast of The Beach of Fort Myers & Sanibel, is available on our website, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and iHeart. Follow the podcast on Instagram @shellcastthepodcast.

Songs from the Sofa, Sept. 17, Clint Daniels

#BeachReadySpiritWeek: Show us your beachside bites #3

Bring our beaches to your plate and share your foodie photos with us using the hashtag #BeachReadySpiritWeek.

#BeachReadySpiritWeek details

Aug. 23-29 STR Report for Lee County

Occupancy: 37.9%, down 19.9%
ADR (Average Daily Rate): $107.01, up 4.5%
RevPAR (Revenue Per Available Room): $40.52, down 16.3%


Important announcements

The current LeeCARES Individual/Family Assistance and Business Rehire programs will close Sept.18. All documents must be submitted by Sept. 18, 2020.  
Another round of distribution of LeeCARES Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is planned for businesses and residents.

The business distribution sites, which will operate from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weather permitting on their set dates, are:
• Sept. 15 to 18 at Veterans Park, 55 Homestead Road South, Lehigh Acres
• Sept. 22 to 24 at North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 North Recreation Park Way
• Sept. 28 to 30 at Estero Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd.

No advance registration is necessary. The person representing the business will be asked for the business name, address and EIN number (Employer Identification Number). Only businesses with Lee County addresses will be eligible to receive PPE.

Distribution sites for the general public, which will be coordinated with nonprofit partners, will be announced soon.

More details on both types of distribution will be posted soon at and on Facebook @leecountyflbocc.

Your health
Walk up COVID-19 testing
Lee County Health Department
Florida Department of Health dashboard
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Industry partner spotlight
PopStroke to open Sept. 12 in Fort Myers

Tiger Woods-backed PopStroke to open Sept. 12 in Fort Myers

PopStroke is a golf entertainment venue that features two 18-hole putting courses, designed by Tiger Woods and his TGR Design Team. The facilities also include outdoor dining with a full menu, a variety of craft beer and other alcoholic beverages, ice cream, outdoor games and a kids playground.

More about PopStroke
Jensen's coastal cleanup
Cape Coral virtual scavenger hunt
Best practices
Mask Up Cape Coral campaign
 RDA Our Home Sweet Home campaign
SanCap Safe
RSW Stay Safe
Community kindnes
Teen makes dog beds for shelter

Teen recycles race tires for shelter pet beds

Lee County Domestic Animal Services tells how Cody Krucker, 15, came up with an idea to help shelter pets. 

VCB News
Respecting the trades

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 

When Sep 10 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
Join Online click here

VISIT FLORIDA's Love Florida campaign, just for Floridians

Floridians, share your Florida love stories
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
Let's go there

USTA launches 'Let's Go There' campaign

U.S. Travel Association's "Let's Go There" campaign launched this week to inspire Americans to make plans to travel when the time is right. 

More about the campaign
American Hotel & Lodging Association's CARES Act FAQs
National Restaurant Association's CARES Act Guidance
Small Business Administration Relief Options
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
Like us on Facebook
Sept. 11 industry partner call
Suggestions, questions, feedback? Email us
COVID-19 Resources for Recovery Newsletter archives

Cover photo: Beach sunflowers in bloom, Sept. 8, 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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