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Gulfshore Business Daily: April 2

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SURVEY: SHOULD EMPLOYERS REQUIRE VACCINATIONS?

Should businesses be able to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for employees? Click here to let us know your thoughts by 5 p.m. today. The results from this survey will be published in an upcoming edition of Gulfshore Business Daily.

 

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LEE COUNTY UTILITIES MORATORIUM EXPIRES

The “utilities moratorium” in Lee County that kept power companies from turning water and power off during the pandemic expired Thursday, but Cape Coral is giving families about 60 days’ notice for when shutoffs continue. Lee County Electric Cooperative will turn off the lights, if necessary, but will work with people who can’t pay their bills. Florida Power and Light is waiving bills and offering payment extensions, WINK News reports.

 

COLLIER CARES APP LAUNCHING TO CONNECT PEOPLE WITH ESSENTIAL SERVICES

The Naples Children and Education Foundation is launching an app called Collier CARES to connect people with essential services in Collier County. Families will be able to use the app to search for things like benefits, housing, food and jobs.

 

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SHORTAGE OF UBER DRIVERS IN COLLIER COUNTY COULD AFFECT WAIT TIMES

Longer waits for Uber drivers is becoming more common. With more people eating on Fifth Avenue, shopping on Third Street South and heading to the Naples Pier, there’s an increase in demand yet a shortage of drivers. “As more people are vaccinated, demand from customers has increased which has caused longer wait times. We’re working to bring more drivers and delivery people onto the road,” Uber states. The ride-share company says it is looking for more drivers and hopes that mandating masks during rides will encourage more people to drive for the company, WINK News reports.

 

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WASTE PRO HIRING SUBCONTRACTOR TO HELP WITH DRIVER SHORTAGE IN CAPE CORAL

Many Cape Coral residents are tired of waiting for a solution to their trash pickup woes. Waste Pro says it’s hiring subcontractors to help deal with its driver shortage, and at the same time, the company says it’s actively recruiting new ones. Waste Pro Division Manager Bill Jones said the driver shortage is something the company is experiencing nationwide. The company recently hired some subcontractors to help out with the bulk pickup, Jones said. For anyone interested in a position, Waste Pro will train prospective drivers and pay for state testing and certification, WINK News reports.

 

TWO NEW OFFICE FACILITIES COME TO HOPE PRESERVE

LSI Companies Inc. has added two new office facilities in the Hope Preserve development in Fort Myers. Stevens Construction plans to build these facilities on an approximately 3.73-acre parcel fronting Metro Parkway. One building will consist of a 20,000-square-foot, two-story professional office which will serve as the new headquarters for Stevens Construction Inc. while the other is a planned 27,000-square-foot, two-story specialized medical office. Other projects planned for Hope Preserve include a new Hope Hospice location and a 124-key hotel with additional retail, office and commercial parcels available. Hope Preserve is located at the northeast corner of Metro Parkway and Ben C Pratt/6 Mile Cypress Parkway.

 

PBS CONTRACTORS STARTS RENOVATIONS FOR JOINT REPLACEMENT INSTITUTE OF NAPLES 

PBS Contractors is a month into developing a final phase to the 16,660-square-foot Joint Replacement Institute facility located on Pine Ridge Road in Naples. Led by Project Manager David Minton, PBS is working with the architectural firm Studio+ to expand the practice with a complete build-out of 3,500 square feet grey shell. The Joint Replacement Institute of Naples provides orthopedic care and has been serving patients since 2008. Dr. H. Kurtis Biggs, Dr. Brian Wallace, Dr. Paul Beebe, Dr. Jaime Weaver, and Dr. Dan Harman offer noninvasive and surgical treatments, including on-site physical therapy, diagnostic imaging, and pain management procedures. 

 

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ABOVE BOARD CHAMBER WEBINAR TO HELP BOTTOM LINE FOR BUSINESSES

The Above Board Chamber of Florida will host a two-part webinar, “What is Data Literacy and How Can it Help Your Bottom Line?” from noon to 1 p.m. on April 6 and April 13 on Zoom. The two-part presentation will help members and guests better understand the value of data literacy and how the knowledge and use of data can improve a business’s profitability and success. Emceed by Jeanne Sweeney, CEO and founder of the Above Board Chamber of Florida and Timothy Dupre, president and CEO of Conditioned Air, the panel includes Laura Madsen, partner at Via Gurus, who will be live from Minneapolis; Jerry DiMaso, President of The Data Literacy Foundation, who will be live from New Jersey; and Lake Yoke, operations/data analyst at Island Piling Manufacturing, who will be live from Naples. Click here to register. Registration for each one-hour webinar is $10. Attendees can watch live or save the presentations for future viewing.

 

FORT MYERS CRA MEETING TO TAKE PLACE APRIL 7

The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Advisory Board will hold its regular meeting from 5-7 p.m. on April 7. In accordance with social distancing orders limiting gatherings, anyone who wishes to join the meeting via Zoom may do so by calling 877-853-5257, toll-free. The Webinar ID is 934 2681 0591. Public comments are welcome. Contact the CRA office for assistance at 239-321-7100 or cra@cityftmyers.com.

 

Sadie Fox

FOX JOINS FLORIDA SKIN CENTER AS MARKETING COORDINATOR

Florida Skin Center has hired Sadie Fox as marketing coordinator. Fox will be responsible for developing and coordinating marketing efforts across various platforms. Before joining Florida Skin Center, Fox worked at Parr Moto as a project coordinator for two years.  She helped develop digital and print marketing assets for Harley-Davidson dealerships nationwide and create seasonal marketing plans. In addition to her digital marketing experience, Fox has experience working with Make-A-Wish Southern Florida as a brand advancement intern. Fox attended Florida Gulf Coast University, where she received a bachelor’s in communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in marketing.

 

Janet and Jerry Belle

BELLE NAMED CHAIR OF THE IMMOKALEE FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Immokalee Foundation has announced Naples resident Jerry Belle as the chair of its 2021-22 board of directors. After a 35-year global career with pharmaceutical company Aventis SA, Belle retired as CEO of Aventis Pharmaceuticals in 2004. He then served as executive chairman of global animal health company Merial Ltd., retiring again in 2007. He also has served on the board of directors for multiple leading pharmaceutical and diagnostic businesses. Belle earned a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University. Belle and his wife, Janet, were introduced to The Immokalee Foundation in 2017, after Hurricane Irma severely impacted the community. Belle began volunteering and served as a mentor, and in 2019 was elected to The Immokalee Foundation board of directors. That year, the Belles hosted the annual networking event for The Immokalee Foundation students at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club and co-hosted the annual Charity Classic Celebration gala fundraiser at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples.

 

MARZUCCO REAL ESTATE INCREASES Q1 SALES VOLUME BY 512%

The Marzucco Real Estate team has increased its 2021 first-quarter sales volume by 512% from its 2020 first-quarter sales volume, the company states. This is an increase of more than $41 million in sales volume over the first quarter of the prior year.  Marzucco Real Estate team closed a sales volume of $49.156 million in the first quarter of 2021 with 185 agents. The first-quarter sales volume in 2020 was $7.7 million. Josh Marzucco established Marzucco Real Estate in 2017 in a 700-square-foot office in Naples. Marzucco Real Estate now has three offices serving Naples, Cape Coral and Plant City.

 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

Southern Comfort on Sanibel virtual gala takes place April 23

The Southern Comfort on Sanibel virtual event and auction benefitting the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) will take place at 7 p.m. on April 23. The pre-program starts at 6:45 p.m. The virtual event will include a live and silent auction and balloon pop. Attendees received a Southern Picnic Basket of Goodies, which includes dinner and wine, along with other goodies. Guests may pick up picnic baskets from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Sanibel Community House or a designated location in Fort Myers. Tickets are $125 through April 9. To purchase tickets or sponsorships, click here.

 

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