Carr, Riggs & Ingram (CRI) Partner Byron Shinn Appointed to Florida Cybersecurity Task Force

Press Release – updated: Dec 5, 2019 01:00 CST

BRADENTON, Fla., December 5, 2019 (Newswire.com) – The partner-in-charge of CRI’s Bradenton and Sarasota offices, Byron Shinn, has recently been appointed to the Florida Cybersecurity Task by the president of the Florida Senate, Bill Galvano.
The Florida Cybersecurity Task Force was created by House Bill 5301 (2019) and is tasked with reviewing and providing recommendations for the improvement of the state’s cybersecurity infrastructure, governance, and operations. Once finalized, the task force is required to submit a final report of its findings and recommendations to the Executive Office of the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by Nov. 1, 2020. Byron’s term began on Oct. 4, 2019, and will expire Jan. 1, 2021.
About Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC
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Alligator Attraction in Florida Earns Certified Autism Center™ Designation

Press Release – updated: Dec 3, 2019 11:39 EST

MADEIRA BEACH, Fla., December 3, 2019 (Newswire.com) – Alligator Attraction recently completed training and certification in autism to become a Certified Autism Center™ through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education (IBCCES).
“Our mission is education and conservation; to become a Certified Autism Center™ allows us to reach all audiences large and small,” said Sonny Flynn, managing partner. “We strongly believe in giving back to the community, and in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, ‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the services of others.’”
Alligator Attraction is in Madeira Beach, Florida, and is home to over 200 unique and interesting animal species. Visitors have the opportunity to feed and hold live gators as well as learn about many kinds of native Florida species.
The Certified Autism Center™ designation is awarded to organizations that have shown a commitment to ongoing training and certification in autism. The certification requires staff to complete research-based autism and sensory awareness training to ensure they can better accommodate guests with autism or other sensory needs. Alligator Attraction joins a growing list of Certified Autism Centers in the U.S. and overseas.
“To see more organizations and attractions going above and beyond to make sure they are providing a welcoming environment for all guests is inspiring. We look forward to what this certification will mean to Alligator Attraction’s visitors and how it will influence their future programs and initiatives,” said Myron Pincomb, Board Chairman at IBCCES.
For almost 20 years, IBCCES has been the industry leader in autism and cognitive disorder training and certification for healthcare professionals and educators around the globe. IBCCES recognized that many families and individuals who have special needs have limited travel options. In response to this need, IBCCES created training and certification programs specifically for the hospitality and travel industry. The term “autism-friendly” means different things to different people, and there are still relatively few trained and certified recreation options for parents and individuals looking for destinations able to accommodate their needs. Increasingly, parents are seeking out organizations that have completed certification and professional review as they search for options.
Media Contacts
Alligator Attraction
Sonny Flynn, Managing Partner
Phone: 727-249-1868
Email: alligatorattraction@gmail.com
Meredith Tekin, President
Phone: 904.508.0135 / 904.434.1534
Email: meredith@ibcces.org
Source: IBCCES

Dena Wilcoxen, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, Named Realtor of the Year by Bonita Springs – Estero REALTORS®

Dena Wilcoxen, named Realtor of the Year, Bonita Springs – Estero Realtors

“I am humbled and honored for this special recognition. My success is a result of hard work, dedication to my profession, and being a long-time real estate ambassador for our outstanding Bonita Springs – Estero and surrounding communities,” said Wilcoxen.

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (PRWEB) December 03, 2019
Dena Wilcoxen, an award-winning Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty Sales Professional, was recently named REALTOR® of the Year by Bonita Springs – Estero REALTORS®.
The prestigious appointment was announced and presented to Wilcoxen during the Bonita Springs – Estero Realtors® Annual Installation Dinner on Friday, November 22, 2019 where she was also inducted as the Vice President of the Board. The Bonita Springs – Estero REALTORS® has 1,000 members serving the Southwest Florida area.
This is considered the highest honor bestowed by the Board. It is designed to go to the individual REALTOR® who has done the most for the organization during the year selected and exemplifies all the REALTOR® standards and be considered a role model for others.
“I am humbled and honored for this special recognition. My success is a result of hard work, dedication to my profession, and being a long-time real estate ambassador for our outstanding Bonita Springs – Estero and surrounding communities,” said Wilcoxen.
“We are extremely proud of Dena and look forward to continuing to support her unparalleled commitment to professionalism and outstanding customer service,” said Rei Mesa, President and C.E.O., Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty.
With over 20 years of residential real estate sales, and as one of Southwest Florida’s Top Real Estate Sales, Relocation, and Marketing Specialists, Dena Wilcoxen, joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty in 2006 and has consistently earned the Chairman’s Circle Award, which honors the top 2% of sales professionals within the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nationwide Network. She has been active in the Bonita Springs – Estero community through her service as a REALTOR® and volunteer work. She is committed to providing 100% professional and personal service to her customers.
Dena Wilcoxen works under the leadership of Sherry Stein, Managing Broker – Bonita Springs Branch Sales Office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty located at 24880-1 Tamiami Tr. Ste. 1 Bonita Springs, Florida 34134. She can be contacted at (239) 989-2436, denawilcoxen@gmail.com.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty serves 21 counties throughout Florida with more than 40 locations and approximately 1,800 sales professionals. The full-service brokerage company, founded in 1999, is part of HomeServices of America, the nation’s premier provider of homeownership services. The company is a franchise member of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ network, one of the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name. The company offers residential and commercial services as well as seasonal rentals, property management, REO & Foreclosures, corporate relocations, referral services, title, home warranty plans, and personal concierge services. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty ranks in the Top 10 in the network of 50,000 Sales Professionals, 1,500 offices throughout 47 states. The company is the overall No. 1 fundraiser for The Sunshine Kids Foundation, having generated more than $3.6 million.

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AltMed Florida to Open its 11th MÜV™ Medical Cannabis Dispensary in Lakeland with Grand Opening Set for Nov. 30

AltMed Florida Dispensary Design

SARASOTA, Fla. (PRWEB) November 27, 2019
AltMed Florida, one of the fastest growing Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTC) in Florida (source: OMMU), has announced the grand opening of its newest MÜV™ Medical Cannabis Dispensary at 10 a.m. Saturday Nov. 30 (pending final approvals) at 224 North Florida Avenue in Lakeland.
AltMed’s eleventh MÜV Dispensary in Florida, is located on the corner of North Florida Avenue and West Pine Street next door to the popular Swan Brewery.
“At 3,300 square feet, this is one of our largest dispensaries and, combined with our existing Longwood dispensary and another planned soon in Orlando, our new Lakeland location allows us to better serve more patients along the heavily populated i-4 Corridor,” said AltMed Marketing Director Todd Beckwith. “This is part of our broader corporate strategy to open 40 dispensaries conveniently located to serve patients throughout Florida.”
The Lakeland MÜV Dispensary will offer an extensive selection of award-winning products including flower, pre-rolls, a wide range of vaporizer pens, metered dose inhalers, topicals, oral sprays, patent-pending encapsulation formulations in its Tinctures, 72-Hour Transdermal patches and transdermal gels. MÜV is also recognized for having one of the widest selections of concentrates for patients needing macro-dosing options.
“Our dispensaries set the standard for quality products, service and overall patient experience at our current locations and we’re excited to offer our premium MÜV medical cannabis brand to even more people as we expand our presence across central Florida,” said AltMed Florida CEO John Tipton. “Our MÜV dispensaries are unlike anything in the state and we’re excited to invite licensed patients throughout Polk County and the surrounding areas to visit our newest state-of-the-art location in Lakeland.”
Like AltMed Florida’s 10 other locations (Apollo Beach, Clearwater, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Jacksonville/San Marco, Jacksonville Beach, Longwood/Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa and Wellington/West Palm), the new Lakeland MÜV Dispensary stands out from others because it’s designed as a premium experience. Think Apple store, with a modern, open-concept design and expert staff with extensive training.
During the grand opening, all licensed Florida medical cannabis patients will receive 25 percent off their entire first purchase and the first 100 patients will receive a MÜV SWAG bag with their purchase. Patients can also order online at http://www.muvfl.com for express pickup or delivery.
The MÜV brand already has a wide following in other legal medical cannabis markets, including Arizona, where it has won five Best of Arizona medical cannabis awards. MÜV products are sold exclusively in Florida at MÜV dispensaries because, unlike other states, Florida does not allow wholesale of product between license holders – only products that license holders make themselves can be sold in their dispensaries.
For more information about the new ADA-compliant Lakeland MÜV Medical Cannabis Dispensary, including hours and available MÜV products, visit altmedflorida.com.
AltMed Florida is on pace to open 40 MÜV Medical Cannabis Dispensaries across the state, all supplied by its 200,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art cultivation facility. Visit this link for images of AltMed Florida’s cultivation operations and watch this brief video to see what makes AltMed Florida and its MÜV™ Medical Cannabis Dispensaries stand out.
About Plants of Ruskin, LLC – d.b.a. AltMed Florida, LLC – With a focus on quality and attention to detail, Plants of Ruskin has more than 35 years of experience in providing seedlings to farmers for vegetable and medical product production. Plants of Ruskin founders, the Dickman Family, are 4th generation farmers with a long history of working in conjunction with the University of Florida, including an endowed chair specifically dedicated to plant improvement.
About AltMed Enterprises – Alternative Medical Enterprises, LLC, headquartered in Sarasota, FL and doing business as AltMed Enterprises, is a fully integrated medical cannabis company that brings compassion, community engagement and pharmaceutical industry precision to the development, production and dispensing of medical cannabinoids.
About MÜV™ – The MÜV brand of cannabis infused products was launched in Arizona in 2016 and quickly gained international attention and recognition. In its first six months alone, MÜV received four best of Arizona medical cannabis awards, including two first prizes for its proprietary Ethanol extractions that are the basis of all MÜV products.
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