Naples is Named the Top Place to Retire

Plus: Collier County approves a Complete Streets policy, Chrysalis Award nominations are sought, Chico's store closures and more.

Need to catch up on Southwest Florida business news? No problem. Here are the top stories of the week pulled from our daily newsletter, Gulfshore Business Daily.

Friday, Jan. 18


Naples ranked number one in the nation on the Best Places to Retire Index by SmartAsset. The index considers income and sales taxes, the number of local doctors’ offices and opportunities for recreation and social life. SmartAsset calculated an average ranking for each area, weighing the three aforementioned factors equally. The areas with the lowest average ranking were the best places to retire. Two other Florida cities—New Port Richey and Orange Park—made the top 10 list. For the full study, click here

Thursday, Jan. 17


Collier County Commission on Jan. 8 approved a Complete Streets Resolution, joining 69 municipalities that have adopted Complete Streets Policies in Florida. Complete Streets are streets for all people and modes of transportation, with roadways designed for the safety and convenience of drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians alike of all ages and abilities.

This policy will allow transportation and land use planners to thoughtfully consider all modalities in new projects and resurfacing projects based on the context and use of the street.

According to the Complete Streets Coalition, more than 1,140 local, regional, and state level agencies in the U.S. have adopted complete street policies since 2004.

Wednesday, Jan. 16


The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB), the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Inc. and IberiaBank will present the 10th annual Chrysalis Awards, a celebration of business and tourism, from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 10 at Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa.

The Chrysalis Awards signify the development of a partnership between the business and tourism communities. The two work together to help the business community add to its awareness of the tourism industry, and help tourism partners to better understand the needs of non-hospitality businesses. To nominate an individual or business for a Chrysalis Award, complete the nomination form by Friday.

Tuesday, Jan. 15


The Charlotte County Airport Authority’s Fixed Base Operator (FBO) at Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) has achieved NATA Safety 1st qualified status in the last quarter of 2018 and is now listed on the NATA FBO Status Map.

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) developed its ‘Safety 1st’ program as an educational outreach and training arm to elevate the quality of FBO services and safety. The program brings best-practices training to FBOs and their staff for the safe handling of aircraft in their charge and related activities (from fueling to towing, and other ground-handling tasks).

In order to be listed on the status map, companies must adhere to strict qualifying tests and audits, and have all of their line service personnel enrolled or certified in a Professional Line Service Training (PLST) or Supervisor program. Additionally, students training status may not be listed as “lapsed” or “expired.” 

PGD’s FBO is joining the ranks of a select few Safety 1st FBOs in Southwest Florida including Boca Grande Jet Center, Base Operations at Page Field and Private Sky at RSW.  

Monday, Jan. 14


Chico's FAS Inc. will close 250 stores and conduct an expanded review of its operation as part of the company’s initiatives to build its omnichannel platform. With its retail fleet optimization plan, the company will close at least 250 stores in the U.S. over a three-year period. This will allow the company to take advantage of its lease expiration cadence, while improving profitability and return on invested capital, a press release states.

 Closings will be across the three brands and weighted to years two and three. The company is also updating its outlook for the fiscal 2019 fourth quarter ending Feb. 2 and anticipates a low double-digit decline in net sales compared to its previous expectation for a mid-teen decline, which includes the negative impact of the 53rd week of $29 million in fiscal 2017, and a mid-single digit decline in consolidated comparable sales, versus its previous outlook for a high single-digit decline in consolidated comparable sales.

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