Chico's Names a New President

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Friday, March 8


The historic Tin City Waterfront boardwalk, where Pure Florida is docked, has reopened after damage from Hurricane Irma forced its closure. Turrell, Hall and Associates assisted in the restoration.

The updated boardwalk includes more user-friendly walkways, covered seating, and a pedestrian connection under U.S. 41, allowing people to walk along the waterfront uninterrupted between Tin City, Bayfront and beyond.

The restoration project took 18 months of work, since the seawall that supports the boardwalk and restaurants was severely damaged in the storm and needed to be rebuilt. The new boardwalk is made from the dense hardwood Ipe, the same wood used at the Naples City Dock, Naples Pier and the Gordon River Greenway. For more information, visit

Thursday, March 7


Chico's FAS Inc. has appointed Karen McKibbin as president of its Chico's brand, effective April 1. McKibbin will oversee all business activities for Chico's and will report directly to Shelley Broader, chief executive officer and president of the company.

McKibbin joins Chico's after a career with Nordstrom Inc. She most recently served as president of Nordstrom Rack, the company's fastest growing brand. Prior to that role, she was president of Nordstrom Canada, leading the company's expansion into the Canadian market. Previously at Nordstrom, she served as vice president and led four different regions for the company. McKibbin received her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, San Diego.

 Chico's FAS Inc. has also released its financial results for the fiscal 2018 fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Feb 2. For the fourth quarter, the company reported a net loss of $16.6 million, compared with a net income of $28 million for last year’s fourth quarter. For fiscal 2018, the company reported net income of $35.6 million, compared with a net income of $101 million in fiscal 2017.

Wednesday, March 6


Four Lee Physician Group (LPG) primary care clinics became the first pediatric outpatient offices in the state designated platinum-level “Asthma-Friendly” by the Florida Asthma Coalition (FAC), according to a news release. This is the highest level of recognition the coalition awards and highlights outpatient centers that create a safe and healthy environment for patients with asthma.

Pediatric clinics in Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres each had to meet specific criteria that were designed to improve asthma care and outcomes for patients.

Last year, the FAC designated Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida as the fourth “Asthma-Friendly” hospital in the state. Lee Health already helped day care centers and school districts throughout Southwest Florida work toward Asthma-Friendly designation.

The Lee Health Child Development Centers were also honored at the FAC 2019 Summit, when they received the platinum-level “Asthma-Friendly” recognition for Child Care Centers. To learn more about the Asthma-Friendly recognition, visit

Tuesday, March 5


The TSA Pre✓ Mobile RV will be coming to the Punta Gorda Airport for a TSA Pre✓ Mobile Enrollment RV onsite event, held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. from March 25 to April 4. The event will continue from 9 a.m. to noon on April 5. The blue TSA Precheck RV will be located in the short-term parking lot across from Skyview Café & Bailey Terminal.

TSA Pre✓ is an expedited screening program that enables identified low-risk air travelers to enjoy an efficient screening experience. The TSA Precheck RV is equipped with steps and is not wheelchair accessible. If needed, check the TSA’s website to determine the nearest permanent location that is ADA compliant. Register for an appointment at

Monday, March 4


The Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University (FSBDC at FGCU) will host its eighth annual Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida Awards on 6-9 p.m. on April 30 at Bonita Bay Club. 

The awards recognize three outstanding Southwest Florida business owners for their success, innovative technology, and business advocacy in award categories including The Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year, The Small Business Advocate of the Year, and the Distinguished Innovator of the Year.

The 2019 judges are: Phil Borchmann, editor of Gulfshore Business magazine; Timothy J. Cartwright, managing director of Compass Advisory Group;  Barbara Melvin, vice president for Community Relations Officer for First Florida Integrity Bank;  Donna M. Flammang, member/partner in the law firm of Brennan Manna & Diamond; Sarah Newcomb, executive director for the Estero Chamber of Commerce; and Scott Fischer, 2018 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida Award winner and owner of Scott Fischer Enterprises. Individual tickets for the Distinguished Entrepreneur Awards are $75 per person.

Sponsorships range from $500 to $3,000. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the FSBDC office at (239) 745-3700 or emailing

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