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Gulfshore Business Daily: April 14

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Teresa Lientz
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LEE COUNTY OPENING NEW COVID-19 VACCINE SITE TODAY AT EDISON MALL

Lee County is opening a new COVID-19 vaccination site today at the old Sears store at Edison Mall on Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers that will make it much easier for people to get vaccinated. The new location is more than 120,000 square feet, which is similar to the size of the old site at RSW, but the big difference is that the new location is indoors out of the heat, humidity and rain. The more central location also provides plenty of parking and will allow more people to get vaccinated. There also are bus stops near the site, and the county hopes that will help those from underserved communities get there, WINK News reports.

 

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MICCOSUKEE TRIBE PROTESTS PROPOSED OIL DRILLING IN BIG CYPRESS PRESERVE

Members of the Miccosukee Tribe gathered in protest this past weekend to rally against drilling by a big oil company near their homes at Big Cypress National Preserve, as well as the threat to endangered wildlife species. A more than 6-mile hike on land in Big Cypress is sacred to the Miccosukee Tribe. Natives fear the land near mile marker 63 off Interstate 75’s Alligator Alley could become the road to a drilling site. It’s where generations of Miccosukee are buried. Texas-based Burnett Oil Co. filed for permits in January to drill in Big Cypress in 2022. Florida Department of Environmental Protection is reviewing Burnett Oil’s application, WINK News reports.

 

COLLIER COUNTY CREATING ORDINANCE ABOUT TRUCK TRAFFIC ON LOGAN BOULEVARD

Collier County commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to create a county ordinance restricting through truck traffic on the Logan Boulevard extension between Immokalee Road and Bonita Beach Road. A future public hearing will be scheduled regarding the proposed ordinance. Residents living in gated communities along that stretch of Logan in North Naples have voiced concerns about motorists, in particular dump trucks, speeding down the new through road. The county conducted a traffic study and has advised trucking companies to use alternate north-south routes between Lee and Collier counties. 

 

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FEMA TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR COVID-19 FUNERAL ASSISTANCE

FEMA began taking applications this week to provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses. For families who’ve lost a loved one to COVID-19, FEMA is offering to help families with funeral costs. If the person died from COVID-19 after Jan. 20, 2020, eligible families could get $9,000 for costs such as funeral home, headstones, cremation or burial services. The assistance is being provided under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Applicants can call 844-684-6333 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, WINK News reports.

 

NUWVISION OFFERS FLEXIBLE SHARED WORKSPACES IN BONITA SPRINGS

Independent business professionals who seek office space can find it at nuwVision, a new membership-based workspace located at 3181 North Bay Village Court, Suite A200, Bonita Springs. Coworking spaces at nuwVision are equipped with the traditional office amenities and a variety of spaces to suit all work styles, the company states. Varying membership options including open desks, dedicated spaces and private offices, and meeting rooms are available. Membership prices range from $150 to $475 per month.

 

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‘FISHIN’ FRANK’ FINDS NEW SPOT FOR BAIT AND TACKLE SHOP IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY

Nearly a year after his business was destroyed, “Fishin’ Frank” Hommema in Charlotte County is moving into a new spot after his original store, Fishin Franks Bait and Tackle, was destroyed in a fiery crash in May 2020. Hommema lost all of his merchandise in the fire, but he never lost hope. “Fishin’ Frank” found a new spot at an old pizza shop about a half-mile south of the old bait and tackle shop. His longtime customers are coming together to get it in top shape, WINK News reports.

 

RICHLIN INTERNATIONAL MOVES TO GALLERIA SHOPPES AT VANDERBILT

Richlin International, an exclusive distributor of contemporary European and American kitchen, bath, closet and furniture products, recently moved to the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt at 2343 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 616, Naples, from the Miromar Design Center in Estero. The Richlin team was seeking a fresh, new space to showcase their key partners, adjust to evolving display trends and provide an exterior storefront. Buildout for the new space started in January 2020 and was completed in October 2020. The new 6,000-square-foot open showroom features Richlin International’s key partners including Poliform, Oikos, Viva, Kasthall, Fantini, and Glas Italia. The working bathrooms in the new showroom contain products from Lacava as well as wallpaper designed by Wall and Deco. In addition to the products, the new space features a technology-enabled conference room.

 

NEXT SPEED NETWORKING EVENT HELD TODAY

Speed Networking, a networking group of area professionals, will host its next meeting from 4-5 p.m. today, April 14, virtually. To join the meeting, click here. The group, which meets weekly by Zoom or in-person, discusses a mix of business and fun topics. Upcoming meetings will be held from 5-7 p.m. on April 21 at The Hangout By Two Guys in Naples and from 4-5 p.m. on April 28 on Zoom.

 

CLA TO HOST MARKET TRENDS WEBINAR ON APRIL 21

CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA), which has offices in Fort Myers and Naples, will host a complimentary webinar, “CLA’s Top Market Trends to Watch in 2021 and Beyond,” on April 21. The company will discuss current market trends and outline how effective investment and tax planning can help better position professionals to achieve their goals. Christopher Dhanraj, managing principal of investments in the Tampa office, and other CLA members will be speaking and sharing knowledge. Register here.

 

FRLA COLLIER CHAPTER TO HOST LEGISLATIVE HOSPITALITY FORUM ON APRIL 28

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) Collier Chapter will host a local legislative hospitality forum from 5:30-7 p.m. on April 28 at JW Marriott Marco Island, Palms Ballroom. The conversation will include the most pressing topics facing the hospitality industry. Local government leaders will have an opportunity to speak to the state of the community and what they are doing to ensure the area remains a top destination for tourism and new economic growth. Confirmed panelists include Commissioner Andy Solis, Naples City Councilman Gary Price, Marco Island City Councilman Rich Blonna, and County Manager Leo Ochs. Submit questions for the panel ahead of time to Laura.Radler@edgewaternaples.com. Register for the event here

 

‘EDUCATION: RECOVERING FROM THE PANDEMIC’ HELD ON APRIL 29

The Chamber of Southwest Florida will host “Education: Recovering From The Pandemic” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 29 at The Crowne Plaza at Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers. Confirmed panelists include Florida Gulf Coast University President Mike Martin, Florida SouthWestern State College President Jeff Allbritten, Hodges University President John Meyer, and Lee County School Superintendent Greg Adkins. Limited seating is available for in-person guests. Virtual attendance is available. To register for the event, click here.

 

Teresa Lientz

GATES CONSTRUCTION HIRES LIENTZ

Gates Construction has added Teresa Lientz as assistant project manager. Lientz will assist in overall project coordination from the preconstruction stage and permitting through to owner occupancy. She has more than 18 years of construction experience with a career focus in assisted living, multi-family, and clubhouse. Based out of Gates Construction’s Sarasota office, Lientz is currently working on Evolution, a 10-story, luxury condominium development. Gates serves clients from offices in Bonita Springs, Sarasota and Palm Beach Gardens.

 

MORAN WEALTH MANAGEMENT WELCOMES LEBRITON

Moran Wealth Management, an investment management practice based in Naples, has added Jeff LeBriton to the team as a client account specialist. LeBriton joins the Moran Wealth Management team after spending a decade working in office management positions. In his new role, LeBriton will be responsible for performing operational and administrative functions for client requests, providing support to financial advisors in daily business practices, handling maintenance and service requests and assisting customers with everyday account service needs. Prior to his new role at Moran Wealth Management, he served as an administrative assistant for PNC Wealth Management. LeBriton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

Lee Health resumes Community Contributions Program, launches new online system for requests

After pausing community contributions and sponsorships last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lee Health is reopening sponsorship requests for virtual and outdoor events. Lee Health is dedicated to giving back to the community and, through its Community Contributions Program, provides support to registered 501(c)(3) organizations in Southwest Florida. Lee Health reviews requests for support of new and ongoing programs, education and/or awareness, or other community outreach activities that support community health and human services, education and workforce development, and other community needs. Each request will be considered for particular alignment with health priorities as identified by our most recent Community Health Needs Assessment. Due to COVID-19, Lee Health is only considering requests for virtual and outdoor events at this time. Any request for an indoor event that takes place in several months may be submitted and will be reviewed at a later date. In addition to resuming the Community Contributions Program for sponsorship, Lee Health is unveiling a new online system to streamline the application process. Interested organizations can now apply online by visiting Lee Health’s Community Contributions Program website. Instructions and eligibility requirements are listed on the site.

 

Naples Classical Academy to hold inaugural gala fundraiser

Naples Classical Academy’s inaugural “Denim & Diamonds” gala will be held on May 15 at Destiny Tabernacle in Naples. The fundraising gala event will kick off with a reception and silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a program at 7 p.m. The featured guest speaker is Congressman Madison Cawthorn. Guests will experience BBQ by Herb’s Catering, tunes by DJ Gil Blake, line dancing by Dance the Line Ivy G, and fun from Naples Photo Booths. Individual tickets are available for $150, tickets for two are $275, and a table for eight is $1,100. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, starting at $1,000. For more information or to purchase a ticket, click here. Proceeds from the gala will go toward funding Naples Classical’s capital expenses, such as buildings and physical inventory, along with assisting in hiring excellent teachers and staff with competitive pay scales and purchasing curriculum supplies and other school expenses.

 

Marco Island Historical Society receives grant from Marco Island Community Fund

Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) has received a grant from the Marco Island Community Fund of the Community Foundation of Collier County. The grant will provide funds for directional signage and interpretive panels for the Marco Island Historical Museum campus to enhance the visitor experience. The Marco Island Fund of The Community Foundation of Collier County provides support to organizations significantly serving Marco Island. 

 

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