Collier Named Among Best Places for Employee Benefits

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1500 Jackson St. Courtesy of Melinda Isley, APR

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Friday, Nov. 15

REPORT: COLLIER AMONG BEST PLACES FOR EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Collier County ranked No. 5 in Florida in SmartAsset’s “Best Places for Employee Benefits” list. The study measured the unemployment rate and cost of living in each county as well as the percentage of the population securing health insurance and retirement funds through their employer. Counties were then ranked on the study’s index determining where people were most utilizing workplace benefits. Collier County was reported with an unemployment rate of 5.3%, health insurance coverage of 32.76%, cost of living of 61.2%, retirement savings contribution of 51.97%, and Best Places for Employee Benefits Index of 43.12. Additional study details including the methodology and interactive map can be found here.

 

Thursday, Nov. 14

LEE COUNTY RECEIVES HURRICANE IRMA REIMBURSEMENT FOR DEBRIS REMOVAL

The Lee Board of County Commissioners this week received wire transfers of $17.7 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for debris removal costs incurred during Hurricane Irma. This is the county’s single largest reimbursement of funds since Irma hit in 2017. Last month, the county received a reimbursement of $2.2 million for debris removal. In all, the county requested $40.4 million in expenses incurred to recover from the hurricane. The federal government’s 90% share totals $36.4 million, and the State of Florida’s 5% share is $2 million. The county has received $20.7 million to-date. In August, Gov. Ron DeSantis requested that the federal cost-share be increased from 75% to 90% based on the magnitude of damages from Irma. That request was approved. Hurricane Irma made landfall in Lee County on Sept. 10, 2017. The county collected 2.7 million cubic yards in debris post-storm.

 

1500 Jackson St. Courtesy of Melinda Isley, APR

Wednesday, Nov. 13

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS PROPERTY PURCHASED FOR $4.4 MILLION

Fischler Property Co. has sold an iconic downtown property for $4.4 million to an international buyer. The landmark historic building at 2282 First and 1500 Jackson streets was built in 1911 and renovated to its former glory by BSSW Architects in 2005. Phil Fischler and Michael Curran of Fischler Property Co. represented the seller, 2282 First Street LLP. No other brokers were involved. The 20,733-square-foot building currently features a mix of restaurant, retail and office tenants, including Izzy’s Fish and Oyster and Soni Yoga on the first floor, BSSW Architects on the second floor, and property management firm Great Jones on the second and third floor. 

 

Bob Ohrablo

Tuesday, Nov. 12

ZAWYER SPORTS ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT, MANAGEMENT TEAM TO OVERSEE FORT MYERS MIRACLE

Zawyer Sports, owner of the Fort Myers Miracle baseball club and Jacksonville Icemen hockey team, as well as operator of spring training for the Minnesota Twins and Hammond Stadium, has announced a new management team for the company. Andrew Kaufman, CEO of Jacksonville-based Zawyer Sports, has named Bob Ohrablo as president of Zawyer Sports. Ohrablo will oversee operations for both the Miracle and Icemen, as well as future Zawyer Sports business interests.

Ohrablo has 36 years of experience operating professional sports franchises and was a founding partner of the Orlando Solar Bears and Jacksonville Icemen hockey teams, which both compete in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). A Floridian for the past 19 years, Ohrablo earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Binghamton University and a master’s degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business.

Chris Peters, formerly the president and general manager of the Miracle, has been promoted to vice president of corporate partnerships and baseball ventures for Zawyer Sports. Scott Einhorn, who directed day-to-day sales and marketing operations for the Icemen, will perform the same duties for both Zawyer clubs. Lauren Muni, who was director of marketing for the Icemen, will fill a similar role and responsibilities for both Zawyer teams. Additionally, Zawyer Sports has promoted Judd Loveland, the Miracle’s assistant general manager for the past two seasons, to the position of general manager for the Miracle.

 

Monday, Nov. 11

PUNTA GORDA INVITES PUBLIC INPUT FOR TOURISM PLANNING

The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau has embarked on a strategic planning process, and the public is invited to provide input and help shape the future of Charlotte County’s tourism industry. The result will be a Tourism Strategic Plan. This plan will provide framework for tourism development within the county and how the destination markets for at least the next five years. It is anticipated to address new accommodations, infrastructure, transportation, visitor activities, and marketing the destination. The Washington, D.C.-based firm Streetsense will lead the strategic planning process. Representatives from Streetsense will meet one-on-one with key tourism community stakeholders and hold various focus groups. Members of the community are invited to attend one of two focus groups. The first is held between 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Nov. 14 at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda. The second focus group is held between 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Nov. 15 at the Englewood Chamber of Commerce in Englewood. RSVPs are requested by the end of Nov. 13 by either calling the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau at (941) 743-1900, visiting Eventbrite.com and searching for “Punta Gorda Englewoood Beach,” or at https://bit.ly/33rEhqk.
 

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