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By Staff | Jul 21, 2020

Sweet Melissa’s Cafe wins Award of Excellence

James Beard-nominated Sweet Melissa’s Cafe has been honored by Wine Spectator’s 2020 Restaurant Awards with the Award of Excellence.

The annual program recognizes restaurants around the world. Award recipients are celebrated for their breadth across multiple wine growing regions and a vertical depth of top wines.

Sweet Melissa’s Caf is one of 2,289 restaurants in the world to receive the award this year. Wine Spectator has presented the restaurant with the award for the past three years.

The magazine honors excellence in wine lists, recognizing programs in all 50 states and 80 countries and territories.

For more information, visit www.sweetmelissascafe.com/menu.

Sweet Melissa’s Cafe is at 1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

San Cap Community Bank opens Bridge Branch

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank recently opened its eighth location – the Bridge Branch – at 9311 College Parkway, Fort Myers.

Located at the corner of College Parkway and McGregor Boulevard, the $5-million newly renovated building is the largest branch in Lee County and one of six that are located off of Sanibel.

The 16,000-square-foot building features two drive-thru lanes, a drive-up ATM, night drop and safe deposit boxes. It also houses the bank’s operations center and over 40 employees, including training facilities and multiple conference rooms.

Founded in 2003, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank started with one location on Sanibel. Since then, it has grown its Lee County presence. The main office is at 2475 Library Way and a second branch is at 1031 Periwinkle Way, both on Sanibel. Five other locations are located throughout Lee County.

Lee County snags top recycling spot

The amount of material Lee County residents recycled in 2019 would be enough to fill 138 football fields with material 70 feet high – as high as the Sanibel Causeway Bridge.

Lee County received credit for recycling 1.8 million tons of the total 2.27 million tons of waste generated locally in 2019, according to numbers released by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. It brings the county’s recycling rate to 80 percent.

It is the fifth time Lee County has led the state in recycling since Florida began tracking in 2000.

Recycling credits include curbside recycling by residents as well as business recycling of materials such as cardboard, yard waste, scrap metal and construction and demolition debris, among other items. Lee County also receives recycling credit for energy produced from garbage processed at the waste-to-energy plant in Buckingham.