Need to catch up on business news in Southwest Florida? No problem. Here are the top stories of the week pulled from our daily newsletter, Gulfshore Business Daily.
Friday, June 28
LUMINARY HOTEL APPOINTS NEW GM
Luminary Hotel & Co. has appointed Bob Megazzini as general manager of the 243-room hotel coming to downtown Fort Myers in late 2020. Megazzini will oversee the hiring of new staff, day-to-day operations, and guest and employee satisfaction at Luminary Hotel, along with the remodeled Harborside Event Center, which will be rebranded, and the planned amphitheater in Centennial Park. With more than 30 years of experience at several Marriott hotels around the country, Megazzini started his career in the kitchen and worked his way up to executive chef. Megazzini was most recently the area general manager for the JW Marriott Denver and Courtyard Denver Downtown for three years. The Luminary Hotel will be a part of the Autograph Collection of Marriott International Inc. and is expected to be the first Autograph hotel in the Fort Myers-Naples area, according to a press release.
Thursday, June 27
FLORIDA REP PURCHASES DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS PROPERTY
Florida Repertory Theatre has purchased the Bradford block in downtown Fort Myers, which contains the historic Arcade Theatre, ArtStage Studio Theatre, and other Florida Rep facilities, as well as the parking lot across Bay Street. This purchase was made possible by multiple transformational gifts from a group of anonymous donors, given solely for the company to purchase the property. In addition to the theatre’s two stages, other facilities, and the 110,000-square foot parking lot, the Bradford block contains 20 commercial units and 42 residential units. Florida Rep currently rents 12 of the residential units for visiting artists working at the theatre. Bill Smith Inc. previously owned the downtown property since 1979. The property was initially developed and owned by the Heitman family.
Wednesday, June 26
LEE, HENDRY HABITAT NAMES NEW CEO
Tuesday, June 25
BONITA SPRINGS ESTERO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL REBRANDS
Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council has launched new branding that complements its name change to South Lee EDC. The new name and brand will be commemorated at the upcoming EDC Social, held from 4-6 p.m. on July 10 in the Cohen Center, Room 214, at Florida Gulf Coast University. Refreshments and light appetizers will be served. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested by email to Director@SouthLeeEDC.com. South Lee EDC’s key strategic priorities are quality of life, workforce development, and business retention and expansion. The EDC exists to support thoughtful growth in local communities, to help relocating companies successfully plant new roots, and to attract business and resource partners that make the region economically stable. For more information, visit SouthLeeEDC.com.