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Deputy Chance to headline April 13 ‘Festi-Bell’ community event celebrating final stage of Bell Tower’s redevelopment

Lee County Sheriff to launch Deputy Dogs program at Bell Tower

Bell Tower will celebrate a milestone in its year-long redevelopment with a family- and pet-friendly community event on April 13.

Festi-Bell features live music, children’s activities and the first major public appearance for Deputy Chance, the newest canine member of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Bell Tower is celebrating its comprehensive redevelopment that modernized the 343,000-square-foot destination with updated architecture, redesigned storefronts, fresh paint and contemporary lighting. Festi-Bell is a free event that runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at Bell Tower, 13499 S. Cleveland Ave. in Fort Myers.

Festi-Bell kicks off with a special appearance by Chance, an abandoned dog found in Lehigh Acres bleeding, dehydrated and with his muzzle taped shut. Chance’s story of abuse, survival and healing made national news, and he ultimately was adopted and deputized by Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno.

Chance has been on the mend, and Festi-Bell will be his first major public appearance. Chance will join Marceno and others from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the entrance to Grimaldi’s and Society for a meet-and-greet and photo opportunities, and will be joined by another canine ambassador, Lieutenant Bosco. Chance also serves as the official “spokesdog” for Deputy Dogs, a new volunteer program asking pet owners to be law enforcement’s eyes and ears in the streets while walking their dogs. The Sheriff’s Office will be registering pets and their owners from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Festi-Bell.

Local musicians and entertainers will be performing throughout the mall at various times including The Island Doctor, Brian Markley, Nostaljah Band, DJ Robert McDonald and balloon artist and stilt walker Way Too Tall Torrie. Guests can stop by the children’s activation station sponsored by 96.9 WINK FM on the lawn area near World of Beer for a chance to meet Henry the dairy cow of Southern Fresh Farms – that’s right, a meet-and-greet and photo ops with the happiest cow in Fort Myers! Endless Trails Stables will be bringing mini ponies Misty and Majik, as well as their Arabian friend, Jules. The Gulf Coast Humane Society, Cat County 107.1 and other community partners also will be participating at Festi-Bell.

Additional activities include kids crafts, complimentary face painting, a bounce house, photo booth fun, beer specials for mom and dad, and so much more!

For more information about Festi-Bell, visit Bell Tower’s event page on Facebook.

About Bell Tower

Bell Tower is a landmark shopping, dining and entertainment destination centrally located in Fort Myers, Florida. The open-air center offers fine retail shops including eclectic boutiques and shopping favorites Williams-Sonoma, Chico’s, White House | Black Market, Victoria’s Secret, Pink and Talbots. Exceptional shopping is complemented by distinctive restaurants: Bistro 41, Cru, DaRuMa Japanese Steak House, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Blue Pointe Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill, Cantina Laredo, Mimi’s Café, T.G.I. Friday’s, Society and World of Beer. In addition to The Fresh Market, Bed Bath & Beyond, a 20-screen Regal Cinema complex and Dave & Buster’s (opening April 8), Bell Tower Shops is home to exceptional specialty retailers like Francesca’s Collection and Ulta. A community partner and pet-friendly destination, Bell Tower Shops hosts special events throughout the year, including concerts, fundraisers, art fairs and more. Visit www.TheBellTowerShops.com for more information.

About Madison Marquette

Madison Marquette is a leading private real estate investment manager, developer, operator and service provider headquartered in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1992, the company’s reputation is built on the successful development, repositioning and redevelopment of commercial mixed-use assets in major gateway and emerging high-growth markets throughout the United States. Madison Marquette partners with global institutional and private investors to achieve industry-leading investment performance across asset classes. In addition, the firm provides integrated management and leasing services to many of the most sophisticated institutional owners in the industry. On behalf of owners and investors, Madison Marquette provides insight, and often innovative incorporation of retail, that results in high-performing and unique real estate destinations that add long-term value to their communities. Current high-profile projects include The Wharf in Washington, D.C., the redevelopment of the Asbury Park waterfront in New Jersey and Pacific Place in Seattle, WA. The firm covers major U.S. markets through its primary offices in Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Fort Lauderdale.  Madison Marquette is a member of the Capital Guidance global group of companies. For more information, visit www.MadisonMarquette.com.

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