PINE RIDGE NAMED TOP U.S. NEIGHBORHOOD
Pine Ridge in Naples ranked No. 1 in the top five U.S. neighborhood housing markets based on the second annual ATTOM Data Solutions Neighborhood Housing Index. ATTOM ranked more than 10,000 neighborhood housing markets nationwide based on six factors impacting the hyperlocal housing market: affordability, home price appreciation, school scores, crime rates, unemployment rates and property taxes. Pine Ridge reportedly had a median sales price of $632,871 in the first half of 2018. Other Southwest Florida neighborhoods received top scores, including but not limited to Carlton Lakes, Imperial Golf Estates and Naples Park in Naples; Bonita Shores and Spanish Wells in Bonita Springs; Burnt Store Lakes in Cape Coral. For the full report, click here.
WORLD SAILING EVENT TO BE HELD ON CAPTIVA
The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) will welcome the 22nd Hobie 16 World Championship next year. The International Hobie Class Association (IHCA) will host its sailing event from Nov. 1-16, 2019 at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva. This is the first time in 35 years that Hobie will host a World Championship in the U.S. Sailors from around the world will compete in three world championship disciplines. South Seas Island Resort will host more than 1,000 athletes and 336 teams on 60 new Hobie Cat racing catamaran sailboats for 16 sailing days. Sailors from 30 countries are expected to attend. In past world events, as many as 7,000 people have attended the championships. For more event details, visit www.hobieworlds.com.
LEE COUNTY BEACH CLEANING UNDERWAY
Lee County has hired its debris-removal contractor to supplement efforts currently underway by Parks & Recreation employees to clean county beaches affected by the recent red tide fish kill. CrowderGulf will begin this morning, concentrating first along county parks and beach accesses on the Sanibel Causeway, Lynn Hall Park to Bowditch Point on Fort Myers Beach, and Boca Grande. Parks & Recreation crews now are cleaning parks and boat ramps of the larger fish each morning. CrowderGulf will be supplementing those efforts and also is under contract by the Town of Fort Myers Beach and City of Sanibel. The county will focus on the most affected county parks and accesses. The county also urges property owners adjacent to beaches to clean their immediate areas and is working on a plan to place dumpsters in key locations where residents can dispose of these fish. People may also pick up fish immediate to their homes and businesses and place them in their normal waste stream by double-bagging them and placing them in their regular trash receptacles, but understand that the hauler will not be able to make additional collections outside of regularly scheduled collection days. Once the locations of dumpsters are determined, the county will release that information on its website. For more information, visit http://myfwc.com/redtidestatus.
SECOND ANNUAL ENPYS NOMINATIONS OPEN
Nominations are open for the second annual Excellence in Nonprofit Performance Yearly awards (The ENPYs). Finalists and winners will be recognized by the Cape Coral Community Foundation at the awards luncheon, held from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Crowne Plaza Bell Tower in Fort Myers. Up to three finalists will be selected in each of the following categories by a panel of judges: Nonprofit Organization of the Year (established more than three years ago); Nonprofit Rising Organization of the Year (established less than three years ago); Nonprofit Executive of the Year; Nonprofit Board Leader of the Year; Nonprofit Employee of the Year; Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year; and Nonprofit Business Partner of the Year. In addition, the Community Impact Award, the Paul Sanborn Service Above Self Award and the Elmer Tabor Generosity Award will be presented to three other individuals. The Organization of the Year and Rising Organization of the Year will each be awarded a grant from the Cape Coral Community Foundation. Application submissions are due at 10 a.m. on Aug. 31. For more information or to place a nomination, visit TheENPYs.com.
NAPLES COUNTRY CLUB EARNS TURFGRASS INDUSTRY HONORS
The Country Club of Naples has been selected as the 2018 Celebration Bermudagrass Florida Golf Course of the Year. The award will be presented by Sod Solutions Inc., the world’s leader in turfgrass research and development, at the 66th Annual Florida Turfgrass Association Conference & Show on Sept. 18 in St. Augustine. Situated on 160 acres in the heart of Naples, The Country Club of Naples provides top-rated golf, dining and a year-round social calendar in a private club atmosphere. The club also features a newly renovated 26,600-square-foot clubhouse, offering expanded casual dining, new locker rooms and a veranda for outdoor dining, in addition to a new multi-purpose room.
UPCOMING GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS WORKSHOP
The Collier County Office of Business & Economic Development is offering a two-hour workshop, “Government Contracts: A Business Opportunity,” from 9-11 a.m. on Aug. 16, at the Naples Accelerator. Participants will hear from businesses that have increased their revenues through federal and county contracts, Collier County’s procurement services manager, and a representative from the U.S. SBA’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). Businesses and government officials will explain how businesses can bid on government contracts, including those set aside for minority-, women-owned and other small businesses. The event also will feature a short panel discussion, “Practical Tips for Winning Government Contracts.” Coffee and baked goods will be served. It’s free, but registration is requested here.
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