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STATE SAYS MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY TREATMENT SITE SLATED FOR LEE COUNTY
A coronavirus treatment plan is on its way to Southwest Florida. Lee County confirmed this week that Florida Division of Emergency Management is planning a monoclonal antibody treatment site in the county. The monoclonal antibody treatment is aimed to keep people out of the hospital by building antibodies for COVID-19 quickly. Gov. Ron DeSantis is going all in on monoclonal antibody treatments, opening clinics in Orlando and Jacksonville, as well. The location of the clinic in Lee County is yet to be determined, but the state hopes to have it up and running soon, WINK News reports.
EHC BEHIND MANY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN COLLIER, LEE COUNTIES
EHC, a construction company that provides pre-construction, earthwork and infrastructure services, has started four new projects in Lee and Collier counties, including SUN Trail in Cape Coral, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Collier, Jasper Flats in East Naples and Naples Square Phase Four in Naples. In 2021, EHC has stayed busy with new projects, progressing on active projects and completing others, such as the St. Paul Catholic Church in Acadia, Central Avenue Phase Two and Crest at Bonita Springs. Baker Liturgical Art LLC, on behalf of the Diocese of Venice, entrusted EHC with the project of converting an existing commercial space to a church.
D’AMICO RESTAURATEURS INDUCTED INTO BUSINESS HALL OF FAME
D’Amico & Partners co-owners Richard and Larry D’Amico have been inducted into the 2021 Minnesota Business Hall of Fame. D’Amico owns and operates Naples’ restaurants Campiello Naples, The Continental and Ziggy D’Amico’s Whiskey Bar & Diner, as well as several properties in Minnesota. The D’Amico brothers were chosen for having “transformed the Twin Cities’ food culture, creating a legacy that will last for generations.” The D’Amicos join previous honorees in a permanent exhibit on display at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
CHARLOTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEES SPIKE IN COVID-19 AMONG EMPLOYEES
Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County has categorized the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office as an outbreak location for the coronavirus. CCSO has confirmed 34 positive COVID-19 cases among personnel in August, so it’s making some changes to slow the spread. Twenty of that total tested positive for COVID-19 last week. It says eight more cases were confirmed Monday. CCSO says it’s going to follow all of the CDC’s guidelines to keep deputies, staff and the community safe. With the number of employees off the job because of COVID-19, CCSO is suspending all fingerprinting services offered to the public and postponing its citizens police academy classes slated to begin in early September. For business that does not need in-person contact, CCSO asks the public to call 941-639-0013 for assistance.
NCH HEALTHCARE SYSTEM RESTRICTS VISITATIONS DUE TO COVID-19 RISE
On Wednesday, NCH Healthcare System began restricting hospital visitation at both the Baker Downtown Hospital and North Naples Hospital because of the spread of COVID. Visitations will be virtual in most departments, except for compassionate care at the COVID unit and the Critical Care Unit. Emergency department visitations will be virtual unless it is a parent of a minor. Brookdale Rehabilitation and Behavioral Health will also have virtual visitation. At the BirthPlace & NICU, one visitor over the age of 18 will be allowed at a time. In Pediatrics, parents and guardians over the age of 18 will also be allowed to visit, WINK News reports.
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MASK MANDATE FAILS IN LEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD VOTE
A vote by Lee County School Board to mandate masks in response to rising COVID-19 cases in Lee County schools failed Tuesday during a packed school board meeting. School board members listened to more than 80 public speakers on the agenda item before the vote failed 5-1. Board member Betsy Vaughn was in favor of the mask mandate. Board member Gwyn Gittens was not present for the vote, while all other fellow board members dissented. The majority of parents and community members who spoke to the board were against the mandate. A few school district employees were also among the large number of public commenters. Public commenters largely agreed it was up to parents to decide whether their child wears a mask to school, rather than by school board decision, WINK News reports.
JULY REAL ESTATE INVENTORY DROPS IN NAPLES
Overall housing inventory decreased by 77% in July compared to July 2020, according to the Naples Area Board of REALTORS (NABOR), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). Overall pending sales were down by 22% to 1,135, compared to last July, while overall closed sales were down by 3% to 1,142. New listings decreased by 12% to 1,075, and the median closed price was $469,950, up 29% from July 2020. Properties in the Naples area spent an average of 28 days on the market, down 70% compared with last July. The full July 2021 Market Report will be available online at noon on Friday.
NAPLES CHAMBER TO HOST 2022 LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW ON SEPT. 1
The Greater Naples Chamber will host a panel discussion with Sen. Kathleen Passidomo and Rep. Lauren Melo during Wake Up Naples, held at 8 a.m. on Sept. 1 at the Hilton Naples. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Passidomo and Melo will provide attendees with a preview of what to expect during the 2022 legislative session, discuss issues facing Southwest Florida, and explain why it’s important for business and community members to be informed and engaged in government. The 2022 legislative session begins on Jan. 11. Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, the chamber’s director of government relations, will serve as moderator. The event is sponsored by the United Way of Collier and the Keys. Attendees are encouraged to adhere to local regulations and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention guidelines while at the event. The cost to attend is $30 for members and $40 for future members or walk-ins. Registration is encouraged. Register online.
DUNCAN JOINS GATES CONSTRUCTION AS SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT
Gates Construction has added Tony Duncan as senior superintendent. Duncan is responsible for daily onsite supervision of Gates’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project closeout and transition planning. Duncan has more than 40 years of experience in the commercial construction industry that includes a wide variety of high-end, large-scale project types in the education, hospitality and healthcare sectors. Duncan is based out of Gates Construction’s headquarters in Bonita Springs.
O-A-K FLORIDA HIRES O’DONNELL AS MARKETING MANAGER
Owen‑Ames‑Kimball Co. (O‑A‑K) has hired Cory O’Donnell as marketing manager. O’Donnell joins O-A-K Florida from his previous work as marketing manager for Advanced Outdoor Solutions, an outdoor hospitality firm in Cape Coral. Hel began his career in the media industry working for television stations around the country as a commercial producer before moving to Southwest Florida. His 15 years of local media experience in Fort Myers and Naples includes running news websites as a digital director, plus managing social media channels and digital marketing strategies for news organizations. He spent eight years as an engagement editor with The News-Press and Naples Daily News and co-founded The News-Press Young Professionals Advisory Board. O’Donnell holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Central Missouri. He’s a graduate of the Cape Coral Leadership Class of 2018.
Midwest Food Bank Florida’s Shoot Down Hunger fundraiser event set for Nov .6
Midwest Food Bank of Florida will host its 2021 Shoot Down Hunger Clay Shoot fundraiser event from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov 6 at Bermont Shooting Club in Punta Gorda. Funds raised from the clay shoot will benefit Midwest Food Bank of Florida, a faith-based organization dedicated to feeding the hungry and ending malnutrition, as well as providing disaster relief, in communities throughout Southwest Florida. Each dollar raised provides $34 worth of food to individuals in local communities. Tickets are $125 per person, with ammo and a catered lunch included. Teams of four people, for $400 total are also available for sale. Sponsorship options are also available. Purchase Shoot Down Hunger tickets online.
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