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Gulfshore Business Daily: April 29


Today, Lee County is reopening the county parks and preserves, including all beaches and beach access points, parking lots and freestanding restrooms. Staff will be onsite to help encourage following the CDC guidelines, including social distancing. This move, approved at an emergency Board of County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, is part of the county’s phased-in approach for residents while still observing the governor’s executive order. 

Lee County amenities remaining closed include playgrounds, pavilions, recreation centers, basketball courts, pools, splash pads and soccer, lacrosse and football fields. Baseball and softball fields will reopen with caveats, including no league play and no access to dugouts or bleachers. Normal operating hours at all parks, preserves and beach-access sites will be observed. For a complete list of parks and restrictions, go to leegov.com.


Video courtesy of WINK News


Cape Coral City Council voted Monday to reopen city parks Tuesday in a limited capacity. Council detailed how parks will open to the public only for biking and walking in what it calls a cautious, medical approach to give residents a place to exercise. Eleven city parks will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with restrictions and no amenities. No restrooms, pavilions, dog parks, playgrounds, community buildings, beaches and courts for pickleball, tennis or basketball will be open yet. Cape Coral police, city staff and park rangers will be monitoring activity to ensure that park visitors are following CDC guidelines for social distancing. For other details and a list of the parks reopened, see the story reported by WINK News.


The Lee County Library System starts contactless, curbside pickup at four branch locations today. Curbside pickup will be available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday for library patrons with materials being held at Cape Coral Lee County Library, 921 SW 39th Terrace; Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers; North Fort Myers Library, 2001 N. Tamiami Trail; South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. To use contactless, curbside pickup, patrons with holds available for pick up at one of the pilot locations can drive to the main entrance of the library, stay in their car, and call the telephone number provided on the signs at the location. The staff member who answers will ask the patron for their library card number, check out their materials and bring them out to the designated spot. The patron can then pick up their materials and depart with their items. For additional Lee County updates, visit leegov.com/covid-19.

Video courtesy of WINK News


CVS Health announced it will soon be able to test people for the coronavirus at many of its pharmacies. The pharmacy chain wants tests at 1,000 of its locations nationwide. In a matter of days, CVS will offer self-swab tests to people who meet the CDC’s criteria. It will perform them in parking lots and drive-through pharmacies. It will not take place within stores. People visiting locations for testing will be able to make appointments online at select pharmacy locations, but those have not been released yet. Walgreens is also working to test more people. It has 11 states right now with stores that do testing, including Florida. The company is hoping to open up more soon. Story reported by WINK News.


JetBlue is the first airline requiring all passengers to wear face masks. “Starting May 4, all customers are required to wear a face-covering over their nose and mouth throughout their journey, including during check-in, boarding, while in flight and deplaning. JetBlue crew members have already been utilizing face coverings at work,” according to a blog on the airline’s website. “CDC guidance defines a suitable face covering as an item of cloth that should fit snugly against the side of the face, be secured with ties or ear loops, include multiple layers of fabric and allow for unrestricted breathing.”  Small children who are not able to maintain a face covering are exempt from this requirement. To learn more about face coverings visit the CDC’s website.



Entech launches COVID-19 resources page

Entech has launched a special COVID-19 information hub here on its website focused on IT solutions and resources to help businesses navigate through the current pandemic. From working remotely tips to live demos with Microsoft, the resources are available to help set up businesses for success. The company is also hosting a series of weekly live streams related to technology and collaboration at 2 p.m. every Tuesday. For more information on live streams, visit entechUS.com/livestream.

Get Organized Hurricane Preparedness Event canceled

Due to the Coronavirus, the third annual Get Organized Hurricane Preparedness Event, featuring co-presenters Marla Ottenstein, Naples’ Premier Professional Organizer, and Dan Summers, director of the Collier County Department of Emergency Services, has been canceled. The event, which was to be held in the Daniels Pavilion at Artis—Naples on June 3, is being postponed until late May or early June 2021.Alternatively, Ottenstein, who conceived of and organized the event, will produce a 15-minute video, which will be available to the public. Details will be provided at a later date. 

More Estero restaurants offering pickup, delivery

More restaurants continue to re-open for delivery and curbside pickup at Miromar Outlets in Estero. Go Greek Restaurant and Wasabi Japanese Steak House & Sushi Lounge are now offering menu options to go. La Bamba Mexican Restaurant began offering pickup on Tuesday. Ford’s Garage and Naples Flatbread are also open at Miromar Outlets. Nearby, restaurants open at University Village Shops & Dining include Mellow Mushroom, Poke Fusion, Skillets, Slicers Hoagies,  Smoothie King, and Thai Udon. Miromar Outlets and University Village Shops were created by Miromar Development.

Olga Placeres, President of Preferred Travel of Naples, presents check to Dawn Montecalvo, President of Guadalupe Center


Preferred Travel of Naples presents $32,070 to Guadalupe Center

Preferred Travel of Naples held its annual travel showcase on Feb. 17 at Club Pelican Bay with over 450 guests in attendance. The “For the Love of Travel” themed travel event marked the 13th year for Preferred Travel’s annual extravaganza and the 13th year for benefitting a local nonprofit organization. Each year, Preferred Travel selects a non-profit charitable organization to benefit from the event; this year the event raised over $32,000 to benefit the Guadalupe Center.

Frontline Foods Southwest Florida raises $5,500

In the first two weeks since its launch in Southwest Florida, Frontline Foods has raised $5,500 working with restaurants, hospitals and other medical facilities to feed those working on the frontline COVID-19 crisis. Frontline Foods donates healthy meals to hospital clinicians who are working in unprecedented times by partnering with local restaurants that have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Frontline Foods program started organically in multiple cities across the country; there are now 50 chapters (and growing) powered by over 650 volunteers. Thanks to the support communities, Frontline Foods has raised more than $4.4 million, provided more than 250,000 meals to frontline workers and supported over 600 restaurants. In Lee County, Frontline Foods’ first four deliveries to Lee Health included 100 meals from Jason’s Deli, 100 meals from Key Lime Bistro, 100 meals from Crave Culinaire and 100 meals from Ariani. For more details, visit frontlinefoods.org/swfl.

Collins DuPont Design Group is sewing masks for healthcare workers.

Interior designers sharpen sewing skills to benefit healthcare workers

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the teams at Bonita Springs-based Collins DuPont Design Group have spent nights and weekends honing their skills to help healthcare workers. On April 10, the company received a surprise donation from a textile vendor: a large box of The Walfab Co. fabric marked “use for mask production.” Its teams immediately started snipping and sewing in their spare time. Since then, the award-winning interior design firm’s “mask makers” have created more than 100 fabric face masks. The masks have been donated to healthcare workers at facilities including Lee Health.

IBERIABANK donates $15,000 to St. Matthew’s House

IBERIABANK has donated $15,000 to St. Matthew’s House to use for its food bank to feed the hungry of Southwest Florida. Wynn’s Market will provide the needed food items at their cost, when St. Matthew’s House spends the $15,000 on the ten most needed food items. St. Matthew’s House fed 1,404 families last week.

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