Gulfshore Business Daily: February 6

The Naples Bay restoration project earns national recognition, United Way earns a perfect score from Charity Navigator, new businesses open at University Village Shops.


The Naples Bay Restoration and Water Quality Improvements at the Cove Project in Florida has received the Envision Silver award for sustainable infrastructure, designated by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. To reach silver status, a project must demonstrate that it delivers a heightened range of environmental, social, and economic benefits to the host and affected communities.

What began as a predominantly engineering issue dealing with sediment and its environmental impact, grew into an opportunity to provide a more comprehensive water quality enhancement for Naples Bay that also provides an interactive and aesthetically improved experience for Naples residents and guests, a press release states. The goals of this project were to restore and enhance the ecosystem and habitat, protect the environment and connect the public with Naples Bay. The city of Naples worked in close collaboration with Stantec to deliver the award-winning sustainable project.

Naples Bay and its contributing watershed have been dramatically altered by development over time. Associated with various water management projects, the watershed of Naples Bay has expanded from approximately 10 square miles in size to its current 160 square miles.


Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Executive Director Michele Hylton-Terry has been selected to serve on the City of Fort Myers’ Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee. In her role on the committee, Hylton-Terry will provide observations, advice and council to Fort Myers Mayor Randall P. Henderson Jr. as guidance in embracing different walks of life and culture, thereby increasing the city’s cohesiveness.

Hylton-Terry has served the community for several years. In 2018, she became an honored recipient of the local Fort Myers-Lee County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Service Award. She has received the 2017 Keeper of the Dream Award for meritorious service in the Southwest Florida community by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Xi Omicron Lambda Chapter. Hylton-Terry is also a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Fort Myers Alumnae Chapter.


United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee has received a four-star rating and perfect overall score of 100 percent by Charity Navigator. Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a four-star rating. To receive a 100 percent rating, charities must execute their missions in a fiscally responsible way while adhering to good governance and other best practices. United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee has earned a perfect score for financial health, accountability and transparency.  Less than one percent of the thousands of charities Charity Navigator rated have earned the perfect score.


Poke Fusion and Sunshine Sundaes & Desserts are now open at University Village Shops. Beehive Beauty Co., a full-service hair salon, expects to welcome its first customers next week. Poke Fusion and Sunshine Sundaes join Skillets, Tacos & Tequila Cantina, Thai Udon, Mellow Mushroom, The Shaved Ice Bar, Smoothie King, Frutta Bowls, Yoga Lab, Vânti Nails & Spa and F45 Fitness.

Several other restaurants will open in the coming months, including KC American Bistro, Get Fried, Slicers Hoagies and Marlins Brewhouse which will feature Florida’s first CaliBurger. University Village, created by Miromar Development, offers more than 70,000 square feet of commercial space, and apartment residences for 588 students—expanding to 924 this summer.


SCORE Naples will host “Growing Your Business Using Digital Marketing,” a two-part series, on March 13 and March 27. Both events run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and are held at Naples Accelerator. Solomon Thimothy, CEO of DMA, will present the events. The first session is titled “Using Paid Ads on Social Media.” The second session is titled “ABCs of Search Engine Optimization (SEO).” The cost to attend is $30 per workshop when registering online or $50 for the whole series. For registration and to make payment, go to or call (239) 430-0081.


Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Brand Architecture has appointed Ashley Swain as bookkeeper and media planner. She currently manages accounts payable/receivable for all clients and processes payroll for all employees, as well as assists the agency’s media director with media purchasing and plans. Swain started her career as a unit secretary for NCH Healthcare System’s oncology unit and then Lee Memorial Hospital’s emergency department after attending Horizon Healthcare Institute, a local technical school.

She transitioned to administrative roles in 2013 after managing the office aspect of her husband’s landscape business and filled coordinator and assistant positions for NCH’s WCP Microsystem and Sodexo at NCH. In 2015, she joined Entech Computer Services in Fort Myers and The Laurie Johnstone Group with Coldwell Banker, also in Fort Myers. Swain is experienced in Microsoft Office, data analysis, inventory management and helping c-suites achieve key performance indicators.


The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Neapolitan Chapter February meeting, “How to Manage Business and Personal Credit and Make Credit Work for You,” will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 at Hilton Naples. A meet-and-greet will take place in the lobby from 5:15-5:55 p.m.

Julie Schmeizle, senior vice president, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, will present the event, focusing on women and financial wellness. To register, visit For more information, contact Nina Christensen at (239) 580-7306 or


Tickets available for 2019 Grande Dames Tea

Tickets are now available for Pace Center for Girls, Lee County’s 2019 Grande Dames Tea, to be held from 1-3 p.m. on March 26 at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers. Each year, Pace’s Grande Dames Tea honors women who exemplify the organization’s guiding principles and have made a significant impact on the community through decades of service and helping others.

During the 2019 Grande Dames Tea event, Pace will recognize Linda Brown, Doris Colgate and Mary Fischer, for their roles in business, community and philanthropy. Honorees will share words of wisdom and advice during the event, which also features a Q&A session and special performances by the Pace girls. The event is themed “The Wisdom of Time – Honoring the Female Spirit.”

Admission is available at $60 per person and $500 for tables of eight. Proceeds will benefit Pace programs. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite tea party hat. To purchase tickets or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit or call (239) 425-2366.

Amber’s Antibodies raises $200,000 for families fighting cancer

Amber's Antibodies raised $200,000 at its annual Sporting For a Cure event, held on Jan. 26. More than 250 people attended the tailgate-style fundraiser, and guests enjoyed dinner, drinks, and a relay game-style tournament while wearing casual sports attire. During the event, Zeke Newbery, an 8-year-old grant recipient of the organization, told his story of having brain cancer since he was 4. 

Amber's Antibodies is a nonprofit charity that provides grants to local families who are fighting cancer and funds for clinical trials for cancer research in hopes of finding a cure. Amber's Antibodies is a 100-percent volunteer-run organization with 13 board members and numerous volunteers. For more information, visit

Collier, Charlotte food drives support Harry Chapin Food Bank

The “Let’s Feed Collier” food drive, held at 19 Publix Super Markets in Collier County, and “Let’s Feed Charlotte” food drive, held at eight Publix Super Markets in Charlotte County, brought in a preliminary estimate of 24,000 pounds of food to support the Harry Chapin Food Bank and its partner agencies.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank and Publix partnered to bring in some of the most-needed items for the 35 partner agencies the food bank serves in Collier County, and 29 partner agencies the food bank serves in Charlotte County. Participants were able to purchase most-needed items for food bank clients, using a shopping list given out by food drive volunteers, and donate the items as they left the store.

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