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Gulfshore Business Daily: Aug. 20

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Lead Photo: Hammock Park Luxury Apartment Community rendering courtesy of MK Architecture. Details below.

 

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DELAYS IN ELECTIVE PROCEDURES COULD CAUSE HEALTH CARE COSTS TO SKYROCKET 
Hospitals across the country are nearing capacity, forcing tough decisions to be made when it comes to prioritizing operations. Some health care groups such as Lee Health are delaying or limiting some elective procedures to deal with the rising cases of COVID-19. The delay in procedures could cause out-of-pocket costs to skyrocket for individuals, especially because some patients strategically plan their operation, often first spending their medical deductible before going under the knife. Jon Hess with Athos Health said if patients are forced to wait until after their benefits reset, it could cost tens of thousands of dollars out of their pocket, WINK News reports

 

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OPENING OF FIRE STATION IN COLLIER COUNTY DELAYED BECAUSE OF COVID-19 

A fire station planned for a fast-growing neighborhood east of Lely in Collier County has been put on hold because of the pandemic. So many firefighters became infected and there are not enough to staff the new station off of Collier Boulevard. The new collaboration between the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District and Collier County EMS is designed to serve homes off of Rattlesnake Hammock Road and in gated communities such as Cedar Hammock and Verona Walk. The goal is to have the fire station up and running in October. Greater Naples Fire Chief Nolan Sapp said he’s waiting on funds to hire more firefighters to staff the new station, WINK News reports

 

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CITY OF CAPE CORAL HOPEFUL GRANT COULD LEAD TO BETTER INTERNET SERVICE 
The internet service in parts of northwest Cape Coral is so frustrating that some people can’t log in, especially during business hours. The city is working on a solution after numerous complaints from homeowners about poor internet service north of Pine Island Road. In the age of working remotely, virtual classes and shopping from home, bad internet service becomes a quality-of-life issue. “I think this is definitely something that we need to take a very close look at and try to move forward,” says Cape Coral Mayor John Gunter. Partnering with a new broadband provider could qualify the city for a grant or financial aid to improve its digital infrastructure, WINK News reports.  

 

TURCO TACO OWNERS PLAN TURKISH RESTAURANT IN EAST NAPLES 

Turco Taco co-owners Yavuz “Oz” Ozturk and Ivo Milanoski are introducing Simit Fresh Mediterranean, a new local dining spot for Turkish street food this fall in East Naples. The new restaurant will replace Two Guys Kitchen & Catering at 1230 Airport-Pulling Road N. in River Reach Plaza. Simit is a popular Turkish bread ring similar to a bagel served with spreads such as hummus or baba ganoush, said Ozturk, an immigrant from Turkey. Simit will have a small, fast-casual menu for quick, healthy lunches, especially catering to local businesses in the nearby industrial park area, the Naples Airport or Collier County offices. The remodeled restaurant will have 30 to 40 seats for dining in and will also provide takeout, delivery and even drive-thru pickup. Its upgraded kitchen also will serve as a commissary for Turco Taco. 

 

RIBBON-CUTTING SET FOR ROUNDABOUT AT GATEWAY BLVD./COMMERCE LAKES DRIVE 

The public is invited to attend an official ribbon-cutting for the newly constructed roundabout at Gateway Boulevard and Commerce Lakes Drive at 10 a.m. Aug. 31 at the Alta Resources parking lot, 12600 Gateway Blvd., Fort Myers. The ceremony will feature brief remarks by Lee County commissioners and other officials. The $2.8 million roundabout project was designed to improve traffic flow, enhance safety and save energy because traffic keeps moving. In addition, by building a roundabout instead of a traditional traffic signal, Lee County Department of Transportation was able to preserve about 50 existing trees at the site. 

 

AVELO AIRLINES TO START SERVICE TO FORT MYERS IN NOVEMBER
The Lee County Port Authority announces that Avelo Airlines will begin service to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers in November. Avelo will bring the first nonstop service between New Haven, Connecticut (HVN) and RSW on Nov. 11. The flights will operate twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays utilizing a 737-700 aircraft.

 

DLC NOW APPROVED SITE FOR FEDERAL STUDENT LOAN DEBT RELIEF PROGRAMS

David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC) has been approved as a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) site after a rigorous application process and virtual site visit with the Health Resource Service Administration (HRSA) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. As an approved site, certain licensed providers, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, nurse practitioners, nurses, peer recovery specialists and physician assistants, are now eligible to apply for student loan debt relief under the NHSC, Nurse Corps and Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Loan Repayment Programs. Full-time and part-time staff are eligible. The amount of the loan repayment and the time commitment to serve at the facility varies depending on the position and the loan repayment program. Approved candidates receive funds to repay outstanding, qualifying, educational loans. DLC can now recruit from the HRSA site portal for clinicians who are looking to gain employment at approved sites.

 

Scotlynn USA Division Inc.’s North American corporate headquarters

SEAGATE COMPLETES SCOTLYNN’S CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS

Seagate Development Group has completed the development and construction of Scotlynn USA Division Inc.’s North American corporate headquarters at 9597 Gulf Research Lane in Fort Myers. In addition to eight acres of site improvements and a road extension, crews built a 60,000-square-foot, class-A multinational transportation and logistics facility – over 59,000 square feet larger than Scotlynn’s original office in 2010. It includes a gym, a basketball court, a cafeteria, and an indoor/outdoor recreational space with an eating area as well as private offices and collaboration centers for 350 management and operations team members. By 2024, that number will increase to 460, the company states.

 

HAMMOCK PARK APARTMENTS REACHES NEW STAGE IN DEVELOPMENT

MK Architecture has completed the permit drawings for the new 265-Unit Hammock Park Luxury Apartment Community in Naples, Florida, by FL Star Development and Construction. The project is located at the intersection of Collier Boulevard and Rattlesnake Hammock Road. The four-story apartment buildings feature a 2-story amenity center complete with a resort-style beach-entry pool and activities courtyard. Other amenities include a putting green, poolside cabanas, barbeque pavilion, trellis seating and fire pits with lounge seating. Currently in the permitting phase, the project is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2022.

 

IRON RIDGE INSURANCE SERVICES ACQUIRES OLDE FLORIDA INSURANCE

Iron Ridge Insurance Services is expanding its presence in the Florida insurance market. On Aug. 1, the Fort Myers-based boutique independent insurance agency acquired Olde Florida Insurance. The move will significantly increase Iron Ridge’s footprint in the personal insurance market. Historically, it has primarily served commercial clients, with particular focus on physicians and medical practices, architects and engineers, condominium and homeowners associations, attorneys and legal practices, and religious organizations. The former Olde Florida Insurance staff have transitioned to the Iron Ridge Insurance team. Licensed insurance professionals Gary Roth, Lori Roth and Larry Browning will be joined by licensed insurance specialist Millie Browning and account executives Patricia Crowther Pierson and Kathy Buelow.

 

Toni Peck

PECK BECOMES CERTIFIED FAMILY COURT MEDIATOR

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A. announces that divorce, marital and family law attorney Antoinette (Toni) Peck is now a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Court mediator. Peck handles all aspects of divorce, marital and family law, including adoptions, dependency matters, paternity, interstate jurisdictional issues, as well as unique laws pertaining to children of tribal nations. She has a decade of litigation experience and served as a former assistant public defender. Peck is licensed to practice law in both Florida and Minnesota. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota and law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis. 

 

CHARITABLE NOTES

Knights of Columbus St. John XXIII parish to host charity golf tournament 

The Knights of Columbus from the St. John XXIII parish will host its second annual charity golf tournament on Oct. 29 at The Forest Country Club in Fort Myers. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. with the golf scramble beginning at 10 a.m. Last year’s event raised $3,000 for charitable causes. The entry fee is $150 per golfer and includes dinner and an award ceremony. Dinner tickets are also available for $35. Sponsorship levels start at $100. Funds from the golf tournament will benefit local not-for-profit organizations, including Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs, Hope Hospice, Special Equestrians, and St. Martin De Porres Outreach.

 

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