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February 2023 client headlines: 10 news stories to read, watch

Tim Tebow keynote speaker

Priority Marketing’s February 2023 Client Headlines Report recaps 10 news stories that you should read, watch or hear.

The firm’s award-winning PR Team helps clients and partners earn media coverage in newspapers and magazines, on television and radio, and on blogs, social media and websites. At the end of each month, the PR Team combs through hundreds of local, national and international news headlines to create its informative Client Headlines Report.

Below are just 10 of the many important stories that were published or aired in February 2023.

Prayer Breakfast scores touchdown with keynote speaker 

The Southwest Florida Community Prayer Breakfast announced that two-time national champion, first-round NFL draft pick and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow will be keynote speaker for this year’s event, which will be held May 4 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers. Complimentary tickets are required and available on a first come, first served basis at CommunityPrayerBreakfast.com. 

Cape Coral Breeze: Southwest Florida Community Prayer Breakfast announces Tim Tebow as keynote speaker for May 4 event 
God TV: Tim Tebow will be the keynote speaker at National Day of Prayer breakfast 

New housing development rising in Immokalee 

The Immokalee Fair Housing Alliance is celebrating a milestone on a first-of-its-kind residential development that helps families move from dilapidated, overcrowded shacks and trailers into brand-new, affordable apartments. The project includes 128 two- and three-bedroom apartments, along with a community center for meetings, after-school programs, health care assistance and more.

WINK: Immokalee begins adding affordable housing on Lake Trafford Rd
Naples Daily News: SWFL organization raises $5 million so far to build affordable housing in Immokalee 
WINK: Nonprofit building hurricane-resistant housing for low-income families in Collier County 
ABC7: New affordable housing project set to launch in Immokalee 
Immokalee Bulletin: Immokalee Fair Housing Alliance to host ‘Wall Raising’ for new affordable housing community 

Showing love for Valentine’s Day 

Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go hand in hand. Fort Myers Chocolatier Norman Love and his company, Norman Love Confections, continue making Valentine’s Day a sweet holiday for lovebirds in Southwest Florida and beyond. The company’s 2023 Valentine’s Day Collection featured 10 heart-shaped dark, white and milk chocolates. 

Naples Illustrated: A Sweet Pairing for Valentine’s Day 
ABC7: In the Kitchen: Norman Love Confections presents 2023 Valentine’s Day Collection 
Forbes: Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: The Finest Milk Chocolate Boxes 
Coastal Breeze: Love in the air on Valentine’s Day 
Gulfshore Life: Valentine’s Day 2023 Dining Specials in Southwest Florida 

Interns welcome modern digs in Naples 

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida celebrated the opening of its new Environmental Studies Dormitory, which accommodates interns working in environmental education, science exploration (including sea turtle research), Burmese python research and the von Arx Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital. The project was made possible through a generous donation by Jeannie Meg and Christopher Byron Smith with support from friends of the Conservancy. 

WINK: Conservancy of Southwest Florida gets new environmental studies dormitory 
FOX4: Conservancy of Southwest Florida opens new Environmental Studies Dormitory 
ABC7: New dorm helps grow Conservancy of SWFL’s internship programs 
Gulfshore Business: Environmental Studies Dormitory opens on Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s campus 

Brewery comes of age 

Fort Myers Brewing Company celebrated its 10th anniversary with a four-day party that featured the brewery’s signature taps and new beer releases, along with food trucks and live music. Fort Myers Brewing started a decade ago with a 400-square-foot facility as Lee County’s first microbrewery, and today is among the state’s largest at 22,000 square feet. 

Gulfshore Business: Fort Myers Brewing Co. celebrates 10th anniversary 
WGCU: Lee County’s First Microbrewery Celebrates 10th Anniversary 
Brewbound: Fort Myers Brewing Company turns 10 
The News-Press: Lee County’s first craft brewery to throw 10th anniversary bash and you’re invited 
Brewer: Fort Myers Brewing hosts 10th anniversary party 

Local contractor brings golf and dining concept to another market 

Stevens Construction completed its fourth PopStroke project in Florida, helping bring the experiential golf and casual dining concept to Wesley Chapel. The firm completed a Fort Myers PopStroke in 2020 and locations in Orlando and Sarasota in 2021. 

Tampa Bay Times: Tiger Woods’ first Tampa Bay Pop Stroke opens to long lines, eager putters 
Tampa Beacon: Tiger Woods’ golf center PopStroke opens in Wesley Chapel  
That’s So Tampa: PopStroke, a mini golf course designed by Tiger Woods, is now open in Wesley Chapel 

Top SWFL businesses recognized for success 

The Horizon Council, Horizon Foundation and Lee County Economic Development Office announced six winners of the 2022 Industry Appreciation Awards, which celebrate Lee County businesses that drive the local economy, employ our workforce and shape their industries. Winners included Minaya Learning Global Solutions (Inclusion & Diversity Award), Vectra Digital (Technology Award), My Undercover Agent (Innovator of the Year), HF scientific (Manufacturer of the Year), Spiro & Associates, Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Brand Architecture (Small Business of the Year) and Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. (Large Business of the Year).  

The News-Press: Strong after Ian; six businesses honored at 2022 Lee Industry Appreciation Awards 
Cape Coral Breeze: Industry Appreciation Awards recognize excellence in business 
Florida Weekly: 2022 Industry Appreciation Awards 

High-end winery set to take flight 

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, a lifestyle brand and one of the nation’s fastest growing upscale casual dining restaurants, announced the company is bringing its unique concept to Fort Myers. The new location is slated to open in spring 2023. 

Business Observer: Popular national wine bar and eatery expands in SWFL, seeks to hire 100 people 
The News-Press: Taking flight: Popular upscale casual restaurant opening soon in Fort Myers 
Gulfshore Business: Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants location in Fort Myers expected to open in spring 
Florida Weekly: Cooper’s Hawk coming to Fort Myers 

A place to call home 

A Lee County school counselor whose home was rendered uninhabitable after Hurricane Ian now has an RV to call home, thanks to a partnership between United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades, Bank of the West and North Trail RV. 

Lehigh Acres Citizen: Helping the helper: United Way, Bank of the West donate RV to school counselor 
ABC7: Lee County school counselor gets donated RV after Hurricane Ian 

SWFL seniors get special treatment 

Prom season isn’t until the spring, but a group of seniors recently had a night to remember. This senior prom had a few high school seniors, but attendees were primarily senior citizens – residents at The Preserve in Fort Myers. Two weeks after that celebration, residents again enjoyed the royal treatment as local children brought flowers and candy for Valentine’s Day, along with some furry friends for companionship. 

ABC7: Fort Myers seniors get Valentine’s Day visits 
ABC7: Lee County High School seniors plan prom for senior living community 

Do you need a Public Relations Team to help tell your story? Please give us a call today at 239-267-2638 or send an email to LetsTalk@PriorityMarketing.com. 

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