It's Your Business: Fort Myers again on list of lowest-taxed cities for travelers

Dave Osborn

Dave Osborn

Fort Myers' travel taxes are among the lowest in the U.S., a study shows.

The Lee County city joins Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach as the lowest nationally, with travelers paying as little as $22.21 in taxes for hotels, rental cars and meals per day.

This fact isn't lost on Nancy Hamilton, communications director for the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau.

She said Fort Myers actually has earned that distinction for the last few years and it's a fact used as a selling point when trying to attract travelers to head to Southwest Florida (along with beaches, sunshine, spring baseball, etc.).

"When we're working with especially groups of people coming in, we make them aware that we are one of the lowest-taxed cities," she said.

A Wall Street Journal story Thursday reported that Fort Myers was one of the cities with the lowest travel taxes. Chicago topped the list at $40.31 a day, followed by New York, Boston, Kansas City, Mo., and Seattle. It was based on a study the Global Business Travel Association released in September.

Hodges center hosts free session on workplace bullying, law

The Professional Development Center at Hodges University will host a free session on employment law from noon to 3 p.m. Monday at the Hodges Naples campus, 2655 Northbrooke Drive.

Otto Immel, a labor and employment attorney, will discuss important legal issues in the hiring process and critical wage and hour issues for managers. He also will discuss the need for civility in the workplace, how to spot a workplace bully, and what to do about it.

The event is free but a reservation is required. Contact Mandy Goldenberg at 239-598-6143.

'Fair trade' gallery opens on Fifth Avenue South

A new "fair trade" gallery has opened at 800 Fifth Ave., S., Suite 101, in downtown Naples.

Toucan's World offers various handcrafted items such as fine ceramic from Nicaragua; Shona stone sculptures from Zimbabwe; and nut leis from Hawaii and the Philippines.

Fair trade means paying a reasonable price for products crafted in developing countries, with the hope of providing for a higher standard of living and promote sound environmental practices.

A ribbon-cutting is 5 p.m. Tuesday and a grand opening wine and cheese reception is the afternoon and evening of Saturday, Oct. 27. Information: www.toucansworld.com

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