Gulfshore Business Daily: August 21

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Tiffany Esposito
Lead Photo: Stevens Construction has completed Viscaya-Prado Veterinary Hospital. Details below.


After most movie screens went dark for many months because of the coronavirus pandemic, expect some action today as many area cinemas flicker back to life. Tickets are on sale now for national theater chain Regal, which relaunches movies today at four theaters in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. Movies are showing again at Regal Belltower in south Fort Myers, the Regal cinema at Gulf Coast Town Center, Regal Naples in North Naples and Regal Town Center in Port Charlotte. Paragon Pavilion also reopens today in North Naples as well as many AMC theaters nationwide. Not opening until next week are AMC’s Merchants Crossing 16 in North Fort Myers and Regal Coconut Point in Estero. Reopening plans include health and safety measures based on guidelines provided by the CDC. In most cases, moviegoers will be required to wear face masks while in the lobby, hallways and restrooms.


Cameron Mitchell Restaurants is projecting a fall 2021 opening date now for its Del Mar restaurant and bar on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples. Before the pandemic setback, the Ohio-based restaurant group had planned to launch the new upscale concept for coastal cuisine this fall in the two-story, 9,174-square-foot building that was home to Cafe Lurcat and Bar Lurcat for 15 years until they closed in May 2018. Cameron Mitchell also operates the popular Ocean Prime restaurant on Fifth Avenue, as well as at least 15 other dining concepts. Del Mar, which has a sister location in Columbus, Ohio, features dishes and cocktails inspired by Southern California.


Stevens Construction has completed Viscaya-Prado Veterinary Hospital, an 11,630-square-foot, 24-hour facility, said Dan Adams, vice president and partner. Located at 1141 Country Club Blvd. in Cape Coral, Viscaya-Prado Veterinary Hospital includes 20 exam rooms, four operating rooms, a treatment area, outdoor run, pharmacy and lab. The veterinary hospital also houses separate dog and cat wards. Stevens Construction was engaged with the client and design team early in their planning, providing preconstruction services such as budgeting and constructability reviews at specific design milestones. Stevens Construction’s early involvement saved the client more than $150,000 and allowed them to open for business ahead of schedule, the company reports. The Stevens Construction team includes project manager Jon Zander, superintendent Mark Battaglia and project administrator Angie Sugg. The architect of record is Ronald J. Melvin. For information, visit or call 239-936-9006.


CVS Health confirms 77 additional drive-thru COVID-19 test sites are set to be added at CVS pharmacies in Florida, which include more test sites in Southwest Florida. The added test sites are expected to be operational at CVS locations beginning today. There are currently 221 CVS pharmacies already operating drive-thru test sites in the state. In Southwest Florida, additional test sites include four in the Fort Myers area, two in East Naples one each in Bonita Springs, Cape Coral and Golden Gate. In addition to increasing the number of drive-thru sites, that it has expanded its network of independent third-party lab partners in an effort to help improve turnaround time for the delivery of test results, according to CVS. The majority of test results across the country should be available within two to five days, WINK News reports.

Tiffany Esposito


Tickets are available now for SWFL Inc.’s next Business Owners Sharing Solutions (BOSS) Panel, which will give attendees quick takeaways to “Leverage Your Virtual Network.” This virtual event will be held from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at In this fast-paced Q&A, top tips for continuing to build a professional network, even while working remotely, will be shared by three panelists: Erica Castner, CEO of Castner Consulting & Coaching; Jacqueline Langi, CEO and co-founder of Reframed Marketing & Design; and Tiffany Esposito, president and CEO of SWFL Inc. After the Q&A session with all three panelists, attendees will participate in breakout rooms with individual panelists for the opportunity to ask additional questions and network. The BOSS program is a professional development series presented by Suncoast Credit Union and sponsored by NCH Healthcare System and Willett Business Management. 


The Above Board Chamber of Florida will present webinars in September with useful information for local business leaders. The first September webinar will focus on the significance of podcasts and webinars in today’s world and how to build an audience, while the second webinar will focus on trade jobs in Southwest Florida. The Zoom webinar, “Bringing Life to Webinars/Podcasts and Create an Audience,” will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, followed by the Zoom webinar “Respecting the Trades” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. Jeanne Sweeney, CEO and founder of the Above Board Chamber, will emcee the panels of experts. The registration fee for each webinar is $10. To register, visit


Friends of Rookery Bay seeks a paid marketing and communications intern to support the Rookery Bay Research Reserve beginning Sept. 21. The position is open to students in local post-secondary education institutions who can commit to working virtually for 16 to 29 hours per week for four to six months. Under the direction of a supervisor, the intern may develop website copy and social media posts, create event graphics, organize photo archives and support interactive virtual events. The intern should be creative, ambitious, a multi-tasker and have strong written and verbal communication skills. The internship is funded through the Norris-Gaynor Scholarship Fund, which was established in 2019 through a generous contribution by Lavern Norris Gaynor, a long-time champion of youth education and environmental causes. To apply, email a cover letter, one letter of recommendation and school transcripts to by Aug. 28. Learn more at Friends of Rookery Bay is a non-profit organization that supports the 110,000-acre Rookery Bay Research Reserve, which encompasses 40% of Collier County’s coastline.


C’mon appoints Dena Rae Hancock as executive director

The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) has appointed Dena Rae Hancock as the museum’s new executive director, effective immediately. In addition, C’mon welcomes Ashley Drury Gerry and Kristine Meek to its board of directors. Hancock joined C’mon in 2019 as the museum’s first chief advancement officer. Prior to joining C’mon, she was vice president of institutional advancement at Marian University and director of campaign and major gifts for the Indianapolis Zoological Society. She holds a number of leadership and board positions with Indiana University, serving as the incoming president of the National Varsity Club Board and recently completed chairing the Women’s Philanthropic campaign portion of the IU Bicentennial 3 Billion Dollar Campaign. She also recently joined the board of advisors of the internationally known Center on Philanthropy in Indianapolis. For more information on C’mon, visit

Heatherwood Construction names new project superintendent

Wade Smallwood has joined the team at Heatherwood Construction as a project superintendent. Smallwood has nearly 35 years of experience in the construction industry. Smallwood’s experience includes managing the construction of luxury custom homes and a wide variety of commercial construction projects throughout Southwest Florida. He also is a U.S. Army veteran. Heatherwood Construction, based in Bonita Springs, is a full-service commercial general contractor serving the region from Marco Island to Tampa since 1980. The firm provides complete construction services, including site search and selection, feasibility analysis, site development, value engineering, vertical construction, LEED certification and more. For more information, call 239-949-6855 or visit


ROOF uses Angel Fund grant to create rental assistance program

Residential Options of Florida (ROOF) was awarded a $15,000 grant by the Angel Fund at the Community Foundation of Collier County. The grant award will support ROOF’s mission to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to successfully obtain and maintain affordable and inclusive housing of their choice. This $15,000 grant award will support ROOF’s new Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program, which will make housing affordable for low-income residents with developmental disabilities. ROOF will provide financial assistance and case management for tenants with disabilities in Collier County so they can afford to rent a home for no more than 30% of their gross income. A case manager will help residents develop a self-sufficiency plan that addresses the development of life skills, employment skills and financial literacy skills. The program is scheduled to launch on Oct. 1. Additional funding comes from Collier County through an allocation of federal funding from the U.S Housing and Urban Development HOME program. For more information, visit or call 239-774-ROOF (7663). 

Women in Business plans virtual bingo to raise funds for local scholarships 

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee will host an afternoon of fun and networking with virtual bingo at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2. Guests from across the region are invited to play for a chance to win special prizes, and all proceeds will benefit the Women in Business Scholarship Fund, supporting scholarships for area students. Women in Business scholarships are awarded annually to non-traditional students from Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida SouthWestern State College and Hodges University. Registration is $15 for members and nonmembers and includes one bingo card to play in each of three games. Additional cards are $5 per game. To register, click here. Sponsorships are also available for $150 each and will provide the opportunity to lead two 10-minute networking breakout sessions. To make a donation or for more information, contact the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce at 239-332-2930 or email


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