Gulfshore Business Daily: August 17

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Kiel Lombardo


During the remainder of 2020 and into 2021, we are dealing with an uncertainty of what’s going to happen next, according to information presented Aug. 11 during the 10th annual Market Trends report by Randy and Justin Thibaut of LSI Companies Inc. “Everything is dependent upon the end of COVID, the outcome of our upcoming elections, and our nation finding peaceful times again,” says Randy Thibaut. As the region navigates through a shifting commercial real estate market, Justin Thibaut said we need to keep the three R’s in mind: react, rethink, recover. “The fog is being lifted,” he says. “We are now seeing new and different retail champions emerge based on how we do business. Industrial is continuing to thrive and space is being delivered to our deserving market, office spec buildings have emerged in a market that has seen very little activity since 2006, and the hotel industry is facing an unprecedented setback. For all these sectors, we have to remember that in our market we operate against the norm and our specific drivers, which promote tourism, retirement, recreation and outdoor open spaces, will be the key to our recovery.” Download the latest LSI Market Trends report at


Building permits will be ready in September or October to begin construction on a 38,000-square-foot restaurant/retail hub called The Point at Founders Square on the southeast corner of Immokalee Road and Collier Boulevard. “We’re at 55 percent occupied (units with signed leases) with LOIs (letters of intent) on another 35 percent or so,” says Dan O’Berski, managing broker of Estero-based Trinity Commercial Group Inc., which is not releasing names yet of businesses expected to land in what TCG calls the best new development in Southwest Florida. Also proposed as part of the 55-acre Founders Square are a 400-unit apartment community, a 110,000-square-foot climate-controlled self-storage facility, a 35,000-square-foot medical office building, a gas station/convenience store and a half dozen other outparcel lots. The project is being developed on a former plant nursery property owned by Barron Collier Companies, Metro Commercial and TCG. 

Kiel Lombardo


Luminary Hotel & Co., the new 243-room waterfront hotel opening next month in downtown Fort Myers, has made four key additions to the hotel’s executive team, including Kiel Lombardo, executive chef; Steve Adams, director of food and beverage; Robert Nokley, director of rooms operation; and Lindsey Appelget, director of finance. Lombardo will direct daily culinary operations at the hotel’s signature Silver King Ocean Brasserie and Ella Mae’s Diner, as well as the Beacon Social Drinkery rooftop lounge. He has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Adams will oversee all aspects of the hotel’s food and beverage planning and services and plan, coordinate, and oversee special events in the hotel’s 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. He is a hospitality veteran of more than 30 years. Nokley will directly supervise the hotel’s housekeeping, front office, valet parking, loss prevention, and engineering departments. His hospitality career spans 13 years. Appelget has been appointed director of finance and will oversee the areas of finance, project accounting, and hotel operational accounting. She has more than a decade of experience.


For the eighth consecutive year, The Immokalee Foundation has earned the statewide Gold Level of Excellence Award from Take Stock in Children, a scholarship and mentoring program that serves to increase high school graduation and college enrollment rates. Established in 1995, Take Stock operates in every county in Florida and offers students the opportunity to earn a two- or four-year college scholarship. Collier County students in Immokalee participate in Take Stock through The Immokalee Foundation, a local affiliate. Beginning in middle school and continuing through high school, students receive academic support and mentoring through the foundation to help them achieve their Take Stock scholarships. Gold Level of Excellence is awarded to Take Stock’s local affiliates that meet high marks on its Balanced Scorecard indicators. These include mentor pairing, college-readiness workshops and coaching, student recruitment, timely and accurate reporting of data, and compliance with all program requirements. The Immokalee Foundation received a perfect 100 points.


Seagate Development Group has completed renovations for NeoGenomics’ technologically advanced laboratory, located at 12701 Commonwealth Drive in Fort Myers. As the contractor for this project, Seagate transformed multiple workspaces into one enlarged molecular laboratory. The renovation included a complete modification of the interior walls and the installation of new floors and ceilings. Crews also modernized the plumbing with new sinks, a safety shower and eye-washing stations as well as updated electrical, HVAC, duct and sprinkler systems. NeoGenomics, Inc. specializes in cancer genetics testing and information services. For more information, visit


MHM Development has recently completed the development and construction of the new 7-Eleven convenience store in Port Charlotte at U.S. 41 and Toledo Blade Boulevard. Over the past several years, MHM Development has built various retail and healthcare projects in Florida and Texas. To learn more about MHM Development, visit



Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida celebrated 20 years of business on Aug. 14. What started with two orthopedic surgeons on Aug. 14, 2000, has grown into a full-service orthopedic medical practice with 12 fellowship-trained surgeons, 12 physician assistants and over 140 employees. Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida has cared for and treated thousands of residents and visitors suffering from bone, joint, muscle, back and spine problems, according to a news release. The office is located at 2531 Cleveland Ave., Suite 1, in Fort Myers.  For more information, visit

Dave Dagostino


Dagostino Geospatial Inc. leader becomes U.S. ambassador for Get Kids into Survey initiative

David Dagostino, CEO of surveying and mapping company Dagostino Geospatial Inc., has entered into a U.S. ambassador relationship in support of the international Get Kids into Survey (GKiS) project created in 2017 by Elaine Ball Ltd of the U.K. According to the GKiS website, the project’s main objective is to inspire future geospatial experts by bringing young people into the world of survey through pioneering content and engaging experiences. Dagostino, a Florida-licensed professional surveyor and mapper, earned his Bachelor of Science in surveying and mapping degree from the University of Florida (UF). In 1991, when Dagostino graduated, UF was the only Florida college offering formal education in surveying and mapping, according to a news release.

Jodi Huntoon

Huntoon promoted to marketing director for Stevens Construction

Jodi Huntoon has been promoted to marketing director for Stevens Construction. Bringing 17 years of marketing experience, Huntoon oversees all branding, print and digital marketing, external communications, public relations, industry events and community outreach for Stevens Construction’s three Florida locations. She has been a Stevens Construction team member since 2008. Earning her Bachelor of Science in marketing from Florida Gulf Coast University, Huntoon is a member of the Florida Public Relations Association, Real Estate Investment Society, Lee Building Industry Association, and served 10 years in the Junior League of Fort Myers.

Dal Lago Law launches new website

Dal Lago Law, a business and bankruptcy boutique law firm with offices in Naples and Fort Myers, has launched a new website.  On the heels of its five-year anniversary, Dal Lago Law created the new website to better highlight the firm’s unique offerings and provide a more streamlined experience for users.  It features a fresh, clean, dynamic, and cutting-edge design with comprehensive information about Dal Lago Law’s services. For more information, visit


United Way VITA program concludes extended tax season

United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program has concluded the extended 2019 tax season. United Way’s VITA volunteers provided free tax assistance service to over 5,700 individuals and families who received approximately $8 million in tax refunds and saved over $1.7 million in tax preparation fees. That’s money that goes back into the community, according to a news release. This year, 194 volunteers were trained and certified in partnership with the IRS and assisted at over 30 locations, including ten United Way Houses and special events during the tax season. The VITA program serves households earning $66,000 or less by preparing and e-filing their federal tax returns. For those who still need to file their 2019 tax return, United Way has four year-round VITA sites, operated by appointment only, located in Estero-San Carlos, LaBelle, Lehigh Acres, and Fort Myers to help. For more details about filing online, visit To join the VITA team, click here.

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