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Fishing for a Cure tournament accepting teams, sponsorships

August 23, 2017
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Skanska Gates and Pink Shell Marina are once again partnering up for an annual fishing tournament to fundraise for the Lee Health Gulf Coast Medical Center.

This year's tournament will be held Friday, Oct. 6. The festivities will begin at the Pink Shell, 275 Estero Blvd. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.and return to shore at 2:30 p.m.for the weigh-in.

Awards will be given for first, second and third places in inches of snook, redfish and trout and the Grand Slam Master Angler for the largest, total combined inches of all three species.

Skanska Gates, which is hosting the tournament, is also accepting tournament and event sponsors, with options from $2,000 to $10,000. Sponsorships must be submitted no later than Tuesday, Sept. 5.

For special rates at the Pink Shell, reservations must be made by Tuesday, Sept. 5.

For more information on the tournament, contact Bob Kramer, Skanska project executive, email

Skanska, a project development and construction group, is facilitating the Gulf Coast Medical Center expansion and renovation project in partnership with GATES Construction. The medical center is a 356-bed acute care facility that opened in March 2009 when Southwest Regional Hospital and Gulf Coast Hospital merged into a new state-of-the-art hospital. The surgery department houses 22 operating rooms. Major service lines are neuroscience and the Neuroscience Institute, orthopedics and general surgery. Gulf Coast Medical Center is an accredited Comprehensive Stroke Center and has the physician coverage and technology to treat all stroke patients, including bleeding strokes-such as those caused by brain aneurysms. Gulf Coast Medical Center has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association "Get With The Guidelines" Gold Plus Stroke Center designation. In addition, the hospital houses the region's only Kidney Transplant Center. An expansion project is currently underway that will add 275 beds and 367,500 square feet to the hospital. The expansion will include the addition of several departments and the relocation of the Trauma Center from Lee Memorial Hospital. Completion of the expansion project is expected in 2020.



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