Gulfshore Business Daily: December 5

BBGI declares a cash dividend, NaplesNEXT debuts in March, Mercato announces new tenants and more.



Left to right: Pushing the Envelope's Kiara Panio, Annelise Przywara, Samantha Scott, Juliana Metzner, and Hannah Anderson

BBGI DECLARES CASH DIVIDEND

Beasley Broadcast Group Inc. (BBGI) Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share of its Class A and Class B common stock. The dividend is payable on Jan. 8 to shareholders of record on Dec. 31. While the Company intends to pay regular quarterly cash dividends for the foreseeable future, all subsequent dividends will be reviewed quarterly and declared by the board of directors at its discretion, a press release states.​

NAPLESNEXT DEBUTS IN MARCH

The NaplesNEXT Ideas Festival will be held March 17-19, 2019 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. Former First Lady Laura Bush will be the festival’s closing keynote speaker. She will join leading professionals and policy experts across a myriad of fields. Panels, roundtables and Q&A sessions will address subjects of global and national importance and integrate with culinary experiences directed by the James Beard Foundation. Discussion leaders include Christine Brennan, sports columnist for USA Today, best-selling author of seven books, and contributor to several news outlets; John Brennan, former CIA director and senior national security and intelligence analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. Eric Eikenberg, CEO, The Everglades Foundation; Denis McDonough, former White House chief of staff; Dr. William Nelson, professor and director of oncology, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University; Reince Priebus, former White House chief of staff and former chairman of Republican National Committee; and David Rubenstein, financier and philanthropist, co-founder of The Carlyle Group and chairman of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institution. The event will also include live entertainment, an interactive lunch to kick off March Madness, a Mac Stone photography showcase and more. The three-day event is $3,000 per person. For information, visit NaplesNEXT.com.​​​

MERCATO ANNOUNCES NEW TENANTS

Mercato, which is managed and leased by Madison Marquette, has announced recent and upcoming openings of six tenants. New retail and service additions include Cariloha Bamboo, Southern Tide and CycleBar. New restaurants include The Hampton Social, Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar, and TooJay’s Deli. Cariloha Bamboo and Southern Tide are now open, while The Hampton Social and CycleBar are set to open in December. Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar and TooJay’s Deli will open in 2019. Additionally, the center has invested in a number of new common area enhancements in advance of its upcoming 10-year anniversary. The enhancements—including new outdoor seating, an improved event lawn, complimentary center-wide Wi-Fi, landscape speakers, new benches, three new selfie walls, and a series of large-scale cantilevered umbrellas in valet areas—are expected to be completed this month.​

ROETZEL REPRESENTS C.S.I ENTERPRISES IN MAJOR ACQUISITION

Roetzel & Andress LPA (Roetzel) represented C.S.I. Enterprises Inc. (CSI), a global corporate payments technology company based in Bonita Springs, in its agreement with Edenred, a Malakoff, France-based company. Edenred will acquire CSI in the $600 million transaction. The transaction allows CSI to accelerate its growth strategies and leverage Edenred’s world leadership in transactional solutions, as well as help Edenred enhance its digital payment technology platform and significantly increase its North American presence. The transaction furthers a partnership between CSI and Edenred formed nearly two years ago. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in early 2019. The Roetzel team representing CSI was led by firm shareholder Christopher P. Reuscher, chair of the corporate, tax and transactional practice group, along with Roetzel attorneys including Karen D. Adinolfi, Lindsie Everett, Laura (Megan) Faust, Terrence S. Finn, James D. Fox, Paul A. Giordano, Paul Heuerman, Paul L. Jackson, Suzanne K. Ketler, Ph.D., Ronald S. Kopp, Terrence H. Link III, Lisa H. Lipman, Jessica Lopez, J. Breton McNab, Chad L. Mowery, Stephanie Y. Olivera, Joseph M. Ruscak, James K. Shaw, and John B. Waters.​

CAPE CORAL ARTS & MUSIC FEST TO RETURN

The Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival, hosted annually by the Rotary Club of Cape Coral, will return to South Cape Coral for its 34th year. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 12 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 13 at Cape Coral Parkway between Del Prado Blvd. and SE 10th Place, and north to SE 47th Terrace. In addition, the juried art show will showcase live music from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 12. Admission and parking are free for festival attendees. Attracting more than 100,000 visitors, the annual festival brings together the works of more than 300 juried artists and artisans from across the country. Food will be available for purchase from a variety of vendors via Little Joe’s Special Events. The Rotary Club of Cape Coral is also offering business booths at the festival. These booths were added as an extension to the existing festival vendors. For more information on getting a business booth, visit  CapeCoralFestival.com/business-booth.html. Volunteers are needed, and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, call Jim Perry at (239) 699-7942 or visit CapeCoralFestival.com.​​

RHOADES JOINES NAPLES SENIOR CENTER

Naples Senior Center at JFCS has appointed Kelly Rhoades as director of outreach and community services. In this newly created position, Rhoades will be responsible for communications with the community and donors, including planning and managing special events and fundraising. Rhoades joins Naples Senior Center with more than 10 years of experience in event planning, business management and fundraising. Previously, she served as volunteer and special events coordinator for Artis-Naples and as guest services and volunteer manager for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Rhoades earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Central Florida. In 2010, she graduated valedictorian from Full Sail University with a master’s in business. Rhoades serves as a committee member for the “Bark for Life” and “Relay for Life” events of the American Cancer Society and volunteers at Sugden Theatre. She also has coached the award-winning Gulf Coast High School dance team for the past 14 years. In 2017, Rhoades was named a Gulfshore Business magazine 40-under-40 honoree.

CHARITABLE NOTES​

Contributions needed for Quality Life Center building campaign

Quality Life Center’s campaign to support the addition of a new wing on its building on Martin Luther King Blvd. and Cuba Street is in its final stages, as more than $1.4 million of its initial $1.5 million goal has been raised. The push to raise the final $99,182 has urgency, as it must be raised by the end of December in order for a $500,000 match from the Elizabeth K. Galeana Foundation to kick in. The final budget for construction has just been completed, and the actual cost will be $1.734 million so the campaign will continue into 2019. To contribute to the building campaign, go to qualitylifecenter.org.​

Pushing the Envelope’s CAN IT! Campaign surpasses goal

Pushing the Envelope Inc. completed its eighth annual CAN IT! Campaign on Nov. 15. The campaign collected 2,016 non-perishable food items for Community Cooperative Inc. (CCI), exceeding the 2,000-item goal. With the support of community members and businesses, Pushing the Envelope Inc. collected more than 1,900 pounds of non-perishable food items. With the completion of this campaign, the CAN IT! Campaign has donated thousands of items amounting to more than 9,500 pounds of food to CCI since its inception in 2010. Area businesses who helped collect non-perishable items, in addition to Pushing the Envelope Inc., included Around the Clock Fitness, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., McGriff Insurance Services, Lee County Elections Offices, Gulf Coast Humane Society, and Safe Harbor Community Church in Fort Myers; Around the Clock Fitness, Lee County Elections Offices, Rusty’s Raw Bar & Grill, and Vogue Hair and Nail Salon in Cape Coral; and Salon Adrian and Lee County Elections Offices in Bonita Springs.​

Collier Senior Resources hosts holiday donation drive 

Collier Senior Resources (CSR) is seeking donations of new blankets, toiletries and related items to support its members this holiday season. In addition to addressing the emotional challenges of seniors who may be separated from loved ones by location and/or loss this holiday season, CSR is collecting the following new items to meet the physical needs of the organization’s 1,300 members: toiletries for men and women; adult diapers in all sizes; blankets, pajamas and slippers; sweaters, sweatshirts and jackets; and Walmart, Target, Visa and MasterCard gift cards The new (unused) items can be dropped-off Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., at Collier Senior Resources’ Golden Gate Senior Center in Naples. For more information, visit www.CollierSeniorResources.org.

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