Gulfshore Business Daily: August 27

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Lead Photo: Seagate Development Group has commenced construction of Scotlynn USA Division Inc.’s North American corporate headquarters. Details below.


Video courtesy of WINK News


Lee County wants to make changes to Cape Coral Bridge. Many community members have wanted to see a change to the way the bridge functions for years. The mayor questions whether the current plan makes sense but does support a bridge project. The current plan is to replace the westbound span of the Cape Coral Bridge, something the Lee County Department of Transportation says would happen in 2027. A representative of the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization said they do not think a new bridge is a viable option, WINK News reports. The concern is funding and environmental constraints, but they plan to do an environmental screening on a possible bridge connecting south Cape Coral to Iona Road. The city and county maintain the only set plan is the replacement of the westbound span of this bridge.


Seagate Development Group has commenced on-site and off-site construction of Scotlynn USA Division Inc.’s North American corporate headquarters. The future location for the multinational transportation and logistics firm is 9597 Gulf Research Lane in Fort Myers. The off-site work includes the extension of Gulf Research Lane eastward, along with the installation of utilities, which is more than 90% complete. Seagate has also begun importing the fill needed to raise the road and start the road extension. This phase of the eight-acre project will continue through project completion next summer. With division offices in Tampa and Indianapolis, Scotlynn’s new headquarters will be occupied by 350 management and operations team members over the next three years. This staff will have full access to a gym, basketball court, cafeteria, walking track, and an indoor/outdoor recreational space and eating area. For additional information, visit


EHC Inc. has completed various site development milestones at Crest at Bonita Springs. The Crest at Bonita Springs is an apartment community that will consist of 264 units in six three-story buildings on 21 acres with client The Residential Group (TRG). EHC has completed all underground utility work, two man-made lakes, and 95% of the site’s grading as well as the first phase of asphalt. Next is phase two of the final asphalt while EHC completes the remaining portion of grading at the east exit road tying into Quails Nest Lane. EHC is also providing Crest at Bonita Springs with sidewalks and concrete steps around the community to tie the buildings together. The site construction company has completed 70% of the sidewalks and continues to monitor erosion control measures for maintenance around the property line and preserve areas.


An Asian fusion restaurant chain has launched a location in Ave Maria. Teriyaki Madness opened Aug. 19 on Annunciation Circle, the drive encircling the landmark Ave Maria Catholic Parish Church. The new restaurant was opened by Phong Ho, who also operates the Tropical Smoothie Cafe next door. The menu centers on made-to-order bowls of rice or noodles, stir-fried veggies and a choice of chicken, steak, salmon or spicy tofu, as well as nine original house-made sauces. Appetizers include eggrolls, crab rangoon, edamame, potstickers and fried rice. Teriyaki Madness, 5072 Annunciation Circle, No. 103, is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, except 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. The new eatery has pickup available for app orders and a dining room with limited seating and social distancing. For more information call 239-658-5938 or go to

Laird A. Lile


Laird A. Lile, a board-certified wills, trusts and estates attorney in Naples, has been named by The Florida Bar Board of Governors to the COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Task Force. Chaired by Florida Bar President-Elect Michael Tanner, the task force will study the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Florida’s legal profession, identify key issues facing citizens of Florida and Florida Bar members, and advise The Florida Bar president and executive director on how to best address these key issues. Lile is serving his eighth consecutive term on the Board of Governors for The Florida Bar. He is one of two governors elected by members to represent the 20th Judicial Circuit, which includes Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. For more information, visit

David Rahahę•tih Webb


The Everglades Wonder Gardens has hired David Rahahę•tih Webb as the nonprofit organization’s new executive director. In this position, Webb will be responsible for overseeing the Garden’s operations, philanthropy, and overall management. Webb will start Sept.14 at the Gardens. Webb brings nearly 20 years of experience and leadership in nature centers, zoological parks and aquariums, botanical gardens and museums. Most recently, Webb was director of education at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale. The cutting-edge programs that he and his team developed to meet community needs during COVID-19 were recently covered in The Washington Post and NBC’s Today Show’s website, according to a news release. Webb served as director of public engagement at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited (AZA) Aquarium of Niagara for two years. He also served as nature center director at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, where he founded the STEM Institute in partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University’s (FGCU) Whittaker Center for STEM Education, and Collier and Lee County schools. In addition, Webb oversaw Miami-Dade County’s environmental education and ecotourism programs, including six nature centers and museums, and the county’s sea turtle protection program.


Naples’ largest Interior design firm and high-end furniture retailer Clive Daniel Home welcomes Madeline Tracy as director of business development for its Naples location. Tracy brings a track record of promotional and sales accomplishments from her previous tenure with Nordstrom, where she held a series of managerial positions in both the Naples Waterside Shops location and in Salt Lake City. Her tenure with Nordstrom included most recently serving as service experience manager, where she expanded the department and oversaw the rollout of Nordstrom’s digital selling tool. Madeline’s further accomplishments for Nordstrom include the launch of Nordstrom Waterside’s young contemporary department, as well as the successful integration of new vendors and launching several product and teaching seminars for the Nordstrom team. Tracy attended the University of Utah with a major in communications. Originally from Naples, she moved to Salt Lake City for a position with Nordstrom after college, then returned upon promotion to the Waterside location in February 2018. For more information about Clive Daniel Home, visit online.  

Mike Rooks


Morris-Depew Associates welcomes Michael “Mike” Rooks to its team as the Fort Myers company’s director of survey. With more than 25 years of dedicated experience in the survey industry, Rooks’ highly-detailed logistics and permitting experience in both the public and private sector will bolster the firm’s wide-ranging services, supporting real estate transactions, permitting and entitlements, construction and more. Rooks spent the early days of his career in Florida, working as survey/project manager for P&S Paving and managing member of Directional Surveying Services, both in Daytona Beach. He then launched his own surveying and mapping firm in Chattanooga, Tenn. After a stint as a permitting specialist focused on large-haul, cross-country transports for a transportation services provider, Rooks returned to Florida. Rooks is a member of the Florida Surveying & Mapping Society and National Society of Professional Surveyors. He received his computer-aided drafting and design certification from Chattanooga State Community College and has completed coursework toward a degree in construction management at Miami Dade College. For more information, visit

Casey McKnew


McKnew promoted at Hodges University

Hodges University has promoted Casey McKnew to the director of IT (information technology). In his new role, he leads the support and administration of all facets of the information technology infrastructure for the university. This includes the servers, workstations, networks, classroom technologies, data centers, and telecommunications systems. McKnew brings over 22 years of professional experience in IT. He joined Hodges University in 2013 as the lead network engineer and assistant director of IT. He earned his Associate of Science degree in computer information systems from Hodges University and holds professional certifications in CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA A+. He is a member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Laura Lafakis

Youth Haven promotes Lafakis

Youth Haven Inc. has promoted Laura Lafakis to associate director of development. Lafakis has been with Youth Haven for over eight years, most recently serving as its development manager. Under this new role, Lafakis will be responsible for overseeing all fundraising efforts, sponsorships and donors, event planning and marketing initiatives. Lafakis’ previous roles at Youth Haven include community engagement and events manager and executive assistant. 

Spectrum Concierge expands staff to accommodate growth

Spectrum Concierge, LLC has appointed Robert Peia and Tim Beard as marketing manager and home service professional, respectively. Peia will oversee and execute marketing and social media initiatives, including marketing and advertising plans and campaigns for Spectrum Concierge and sister company, Accent Cleaning. Beard will assist in caring for client residences, managing and overseeing repairs, home inspections and home maintenance tasks, as well as special projects. The company has grown from two employees in 2013 to 11 currently, also recently adding Fanny Rodriguez, Meagan Borro and Molly Schwartz as office administrator and administrative concierges, respectively. For more information, visit

Leedy celebrates 30-year anniversary with Preferred Travel of Naples

Preferred Travel of Naples Luxury Travel Advisor Joan Leedy is celebrating her 30-year anniversary with the travel agency. Leedy joined the team at Preferred Travel of Naples in August of 1990. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Leedy has been a resident of Naples since 1984 and has been in the travel industry for over 40 years. She specializes in personal travel planning for individuals, families, and incentive groups for cruises, tours, hotels and more. She is experienced in all aspects of travel, from tours and cruises to customized independent travel planning.

Aracelly Peralta in front her designs.

Naples Design District selects FGCU student to design neighborhood’s street banners

The Naples Design District worked with the Digital Media Design program at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) to design the neighborhood’s street banners. To highlight the design talent of Southwest Florida, the board and marketing committee of the Naples Design District chose college students to design the street banners. Aracelly Peralta, a recent FGCU graduate, designed the winning banner. The Naples Design District team worked with associate professor Mike Salmond to spearhead the process at FGCU. He selected a group of four students to participate and provide them with additional opportunities to continue to build their portfolios. For more information about the Naples Design District, visit


The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools awards scholarships

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools (FLCPS) and Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) on Aug. 20 surprised Pamatarr Ndure of Fort Myers High and Matteo Rodriguez of Cape Coral High each with a $10,000 scholarship to FSW. Cape Coral High and Fort Myers High School had the highest (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) FAFSA completion rate this past school year, which allowed the schools to nominate students for the scholarship. The two scholarship recipients were chosen by a selection committee made up of principals, counselors and staff of the FLCPS. Both students will be attending FSW in the fall.  

Help a Diabetic Child Foundation awarded $23,000 grant 

Help a Diabetic Child (HADC) received a $23,000 grant through the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation for essential medical testing supplies, insulin, and doctor visits, which include endocrinology and emotional support services for children living with diabetes who are unable to afford these lifesaving services. Help a Diabetic Child was founded with a belief that all people diagnosed with diabetes deserve the medical supplies and insulin they need to manage their diabetes. In addition to purchasing the essential testing and treatment supplies and services for hundreds of children and students each year, HADC has expanded its programmatic scope to include services such as coverage of doctor visits as well as emotional support. For more information, visit

Rusty’s Raw Bar and Grill’s Stuff a Bus! Fundraiser a success

Rusty’s Raw Bar and Grill recently hosted its first annual Stuff a Bus! Fundraiser in partnership with the Lee County School District. The two participating locations encouraged patrons to bring in school supply donations including hand sanitizer, backpacks, pencils, paper, and more in exchange for a coupon for a free appetizer. Through the fundraiser, Rusty’s was able to collect several large boxes full of donations to help provide for students at the beginning of the school year. Lee County Schools started back this past week with in-person and virtual learning options.

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