Downtown Naples Farmers Market to Open

Plus: Business Ethics Award finalists are named, Erin Brockovich pays a visit to Fort Myers, a reduction in building permit fees is announced and more.

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Friday, Oct. 5


The Uncommon Friends Foundation has selected the finalists for its 2018 Business Ethics Award. The finalists are Chris-Tel Construction, PBS Contractors and Priority Marketing. As part of the final judging, finalists and area business leaders will jointly participate at the 13th Annual Ethical Leadership Conference on Oct. 23 at the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University. The roundtable discussion will focus on ethical challenges Southwest Florida executives face in business. The winner of the Business Ethics Award will be announced at the Uncommon Friends Foundation’s annual Uncommon Evening, held Nov. 8 at the Burroughs Home & Gardens in Fort Myers. For information on Uncommon Evening tickets and sponsorships, contact Jennifer Nelson at (239) 337-9503 or

Thursday, Oct. 4


The City of Naples has approved for the Downtown Naples Farmers Market to take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays beginning Nov. 4 at Naples Square. The first season will begin with more than 60 vendors selling produce, baked goods, food, artwork, home goods and personal and accessory items. New vendor inquiries are still being considered for local small business owners. New vendors should call Laura Sloat at (239) 273-2350.

Wednesday, Oct. 3


The Burroughs Home & Gardens hosted a panel of speakers that includes consumer advocate and environmental activist Erin Brockovich on the topic of clean water 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday at the Burroughs Homes and Gardens, 2505 First St., Fort Myers. Other panelists will represent the Calusa Water Keeper, Captains for Clean Water, and the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation. The panel discussion will serve as an opportunity for participants to educate the audience about clean water challenges in Southwest Florida. Brockovich is best known for her involvement in one of the largest direct-action lawsuits in U.S. history and is the subject of the 2000 film Erin Brockovich. There will be limited seating, so guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for lawn seating. There is no fee for entry; however, donations are greatly appreciated and will be split among the four participating organizations to help defray the event costs. For more information, visit or call (239) 337-9503.

Tuesday, Oct. 2


The Fort Myers City Council recently voted to cut building permit fees by 50 percent for one year beginning on Oct. 1. In addition to the building permit fee reduction, a comprehensive fee study conducted by MGT Consulting Group recommended adjusting other building and development fees to align with annual costs. The results of the study were presented in a special workshop on Aug. 13, as well as suggested future modifications to the city’s planning, engineering and fire inspection fees. Recent population increases have pushed the city’s population to more than 80,000 residents, a press release states. The public can track development activity through the city’s development map updated weekly at For more information, contact Stephanie Schaffer at (239) 321-7157 or

Monday, Oct. 1


Advancing business leaders will have an opportunity to learn about death and the funeral business during the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership NEXT program beginning at 5 p.m. on Oct. 9 at Harvey-Englehardt Funeral & Cremation Services in Fort Myers. Harvey-Englehardt Managing Partner Tim Hauck and Funeral Director Rachel Schad will give attendees a tour of the Fort Myers facility, including the chapels, arrangement rooms, display rooms, crematory and preparation areas for embalming. After the tour, Pricilla Doyle, a forensic investigator at the District 21 Medical Examiner’s Office, will offer a presentation and discussion about her line of work. Following the formal discussions, attendees will enjoy networking opportunities, appetizers and refreshments at Harvey-Englehardt’s on-site banquet facility. Leadership NEXT is free to attend for members of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and $10 for nonmembers. Attendees are encouraged to register in advance at

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