Gulfshore Business Daily: August 28

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Stephen Prendiville, M.D.

CHICO’S SEES BETTER 2ND QUARTER, BUT STILL REPORTS MAJOR LOSS FROM PANDEMIC 

Chico’s FAS Inc., a national retail clothing company based in Fort Myers, reports net sales of $306.2 million, an improvement of 9.2% from its first quarter, but sales decreased about 39.8% from last year’s second quarter, according to financial results the company announced Wednesday for the fiscal 2020 second quarter ending Aug. 1. The company’s second-quarter net loss of $46.8 million, which reflects significant retail disruptions related to the pandemic, also is an improvement from the first quarter of the year. The company reports a net loss of more than $225 million for the first half of the fiscal year. Chico’s FAS includes a brand portfolio of retailers Chico’s, Soma and White House Black Market. 
 

MORE AREA MOVIE THEATERS REOPEN TODAY

More area movie theaters reopen today after all cinemas closed for many months because of the coronavirus pandemic. Tickets went on sale Wednesday for Silverspot Cinema at Mercato in North Naples. The cinema first reopens at noon today with showtimes until 9 p.m. for its first-week hours, but will still be closed Mondays and Wednesdays for now. Regal Coconut Point in Estero also resumes showtimes today. AMC’s Merchants Crossing 16 in North Fort Myers reopened Thursday and most other theaters relaunched last week or earlier. Following CDC guidelines for health and safety measures during the pandemic, moviegoers will be required to wear face masks while in the lobbies, hallways and restrooms of theaters. 
 

LEE COUNTY’S FISCAL MANAGEMENT EARNS STRONG MARKS

Lee County has received high marks for sound fiscal management from two separate sources, including an AA credit rating from Fitch Ratings and solid grades on the newly issued report card from the Florida House of Representatives. The Florida House’s Local Government Report Card, part of the Taxpayer Accountability & Transparency Project, grades counties in a number of areas. Lee County received an “A” grade for government size, ranking sixth out of 32 large counties.  The category takes into consideration salaries and benefits as a percentage of overall spending; the number of employees per 100,000 residents; and average employee salary. The Florida House also ranked Lee County a “B” for government spending and debt. For a full comparison of the report card, go to floridataxpayers.com. The AA rating from recognized that Lee County possesses superior control of expenses and a low long-term liability burden; has solid post-pandemic growth prospects for revenues; maintains strong reserve funds and a 20% minimum reserve policy; and rebuilt a strong financial cushion in the recent expansion, positioning it well for the current downturn. For more details, visit leegov.com.
 

HENDERSON FRANKLIN TO HOST 28TH ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT LAW SEMINAR VIRTUALLY

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A. will host the 28th Annual HR Law & Solutions virtually on Sept. 10, to educate business owners, managers, human resource professionals and in-house counsel on legal issues impacting the workplace. Speakers will share recommendations to keep their businesses in compliance with new laws thereby reducing risk and exposure to legal claims. Topics and speakers include  “Case Law and EEOC Update 2020,” featuring Robert Shearman, Kyle Dudek, Robert Weisberg, and Benjamin Yormak; “Paycheck Protection Program Update,” featuring Sara Qureshi and Kyle DeCicco; “How Does COVID-19 Effect Your Workers Compensation Claims?” featuring  David Roos, Russell Whittle, and Spencer Shaw; “COVID-19 Legal Issues,” featuring Scott Atwood, Katherine Cook, and David Ledermann. Continuing education credit is available from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). The cost is $25 per person. To register, visit henlaw.com/news-insights.
 

Stephen Prendiville, M.D.

QUIGLEY EYE SPECIALISTS TO OPEN THE Q LASIK & MED SPA IN NAPLES

Quigley Eye Specialists will offer patients LASIK and advanced aesthetic services through its first LASIK and medical spa in Naples, opening in October. The division will be called The Q LASIK & MED SPA, located at 675 Piper Blvd. in North Naples next to the Quigley Eye Specialists ophthalmology clinic. The Q LASIK & MED SPA will be directed by board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Prendiville, who recently joined the Quigley Eye Specialists team. The 2,000 square-foot LASIK and medspa will offer advanced anti-aging procedures including leading-edge lasers, facial contouring, injectables, and medical facials and peels. Prendiville also will offer consultations for surgical procedures such as facelifts, neck lifts, rhinoplasty, brow lifts and eyelid surgery. The LASIK team will consist of Dr. Duane Wiggins and Dr. Emmanuel Kai-Lewis.
 

Pebblebrooke Dentistry new rendering

PEBBLEBROOKE DENTISTRY BREAKS GROUND ON NEW OFFICE BUILDING IN NORTH NAPLES 

Pebblebrooke Dentistry broke ground this month for a new office on a vacant commercial lot in the Mission Hills shopping center anchored by Winn-Dixie on the northwest corner of Colier Boulevard and Vanderbilt Beach Road in North Naples. The local dental office, which has operated for 18 years in leased space in the Publix-anchored Shoppes of Pebblebrooke, plans to relocate to its own one-story, freestanding outparcel under construction next to Dunkin’ across from St. Agnes Catholic Church. ALPLANAS LLC, registered to Pebblebrooke Dentistry business manager Abel Planas, purchased the 1-acre parcel in May for $700,000, Collier County property appraiser records show. Site development plans submitted by Phoenix Associates of Florida were approved Aug. 12 by the county. The private practice of Dr. Kenia Campos, DDS, doing business as Pebblebrooke Dentistry, plans to move 2.5 miles south at the end of next summer to the new office at 14255 Collier Blvd., said office manager Courtney Short. The dental practice plans to lease part of its new 4,987-square-foot building to an additional business such as another dental or medical practitioner, she said.
 

CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS FOR SAINT RAPHAEL ROOFING’S NEW HEADQUARTERS COMPLETED

MK Architecture has completed construction documents for Saint Raphael Roofing’s new 7,800-square-foot headquarters to be located within the Alico Commercial Park at 7911 Drew Circle in Fort Myers. The pre-engineered building will house approximately 2,100 square feet of the company’s operations and administrative functions with 5,700 square feet of warehouse and storage space. The newly designed, state-of-the-art facility will also include a fenced rear yard for company vehicles and equipment. Permitting is anticipated to be completed within the next four-to-six weeks. 
 

Mark Nieds

IN THE KNOW

Henderson Franklin launches intellectual property group

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A. has launched its Intellectual Property (IP) Group to help clients protect their ideas, brands and technologies. Attorney Mark Nieds will serve as IP group chair. The IP group advises clients on matters relating to the identification, protection, enforcement, and monetization of IP assets including trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets. They also help clients understand the sources of IP in their operations and assist in establishing programs to protect those assets. Drawing on its depth of experience as a full-service law firm, Henderson Franklin’s IP Practice Group includes registered patent attorney Luca Hickman, business litigation attorneys Douglas Szabo and Carlos Kelly, business and tax attorneys Erin Houck-Toll and Sara Qureshi, as well as tort and insurance litigation attorney Michael Corso. Together, the IP team handles copyright, U.S. and foreign trademark and patent litigation, trade secret, unfair competition and counterfeiting matters and more.
 

James Wenyon

Metro Forecasting Models names Wenyon as staff planner

Metro Forecasting Models LLC has appointed James C. Wenyon to the position of staff planner. Wenyon is a recent graduate of Florida State University in Tallahassee, with a Master of Science in Planning, specializing in transportation planning. He also received his undergraduate degree in history/urban and regional planning and obtained a Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from Florida State University. While attending college, Wenyon served as a geographic information system (GIS) and emergency management intern for Leon County. He is set to receive an Outstanding Student Award at this year’s Florida APA Conference for his GIS and emergency management work for the Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota. Headquartered in Bonita Springs, Metro Forecasting Models is a high-tech firm that provides accurate and reliable forecasts for development demand, population growth and housing demand for communities throughout the U.S., according to a news release.
 

Florida Skin Center physician assistant awarded Diplomate Fellow Status by SDPA

Florida Skin Center’s Board Certified Physician Assistant, Demi Soulet, has been awarded Diplomate Fellow status by the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA), a nonprofit professional organization. The SDPA Diplomate Fellowship is the premier training program for physician assistants in the field of dermatology that requires the completion of 22 didactic modules as part of an intensive curriculum. As a Diplomate Fellow, Soulet must maintain her SDPA Diplomate Fellow membership and complete all necessary CME credit exams offered by the SDPA. Soulet graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science after completing an accelerated STEM program via the University of Central Florida’s College of Biomedical Sciences. From there, she went to Florida International University where she became a master in Physician Assistant Studies and graduated in the top 10% of her class. Soulet started her professional career in skincare medicine as a medical assistant for Dermatology Associates of Tallahassee before undertaking specialty clinical rotations for dermatology and cosmetic procedures in Fort Myers.
 

CHARITABLE NOTES

STARability Foundation’s third annual 3K Fun Run, Walk & Roll set for October

The  STARability Foundation’s third annual 3K Fun Run, Walk & Roll, is set from 9-10 a.m. on Oct. 10.  This year’s event is presented by Kurtz Homes Naples. The 3K is a little different this year because it will be a virtual event, not in person, with registrants running, walking or rolling through their neighborhoods and sharing their experiences with the STARability community online. To participate, register and create a team, invite friends and family to join, schedule the event any time before Oct. 10, share your story while taking part in the 3K by sending STARability Foundation a short video that will be shared on race day. The celebration will be available for viewing here. Registration fees are $30 for adults and $15 for children younger than 12. To register or create a team, go to starability.org/3k-fun. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, email events@STARability.org or call 239-594-9007. The event benefits the STARability Foundation.
 

Child’s Path announces the Make A Child Smile social media challenge

Child’s Path, formerly known as Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR), announces the Make A Child Smile social media challenge and fundraiser launching on Sept. 1. All funds raised will help provide partial scholarships for childcare and early learning to the children of frontline essential workers. The challenge is to make a child smile with something planned to elicit a smile. Participants can take a photo or video of the process and post it to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #makeachildsmile #challenge. The challenge can help raise funds when participants post their challenge photo or video on social media and then challenge someone else by tagging them in their posts. The person tagged is encouraged to either take the challenge or make a donation by visiting childspath.org/challenge. Child’s Path provides partial scholarships to the children of low-income working families for childcare and high-quality early education.
 

Shon Wells

Storm Smart donated to Valerie’s House through the We Care program

Storm Smart has chosen the winners for the July and August philanthropic We Care program. For the months of July and August, Storm Smart partnered with Valerie’s House, a nonprofit established to help children and families work through the loss of a loved one through counseling and support systems. Due to the impact of COVID-19, Valerie’s House moved all services virtually. To assist with reopening facilities according to updated Centers for Disease Control & Prevention requirements, executive chairman of Storm Smart, Brian Rist, donated $18,000 so that the families in need could come back together safely.  In addition to the financial donation to Valerie’s House in the month of July, Storm Smart wanted to use the month of August to honor a teacher through the We Care program by providing a state-of-the-art whole-home hurricane protection system to a local teacher. The August We Care winner is Shon Wells, a teacher who is also participating in programming at Valerie’s house with his two sons after losing his wife to cancer three years ago. Storm Smarts’ We Care Program allows individuals to nominate others to win a custom-designed, whole-home hurricane protection system. In order to nominate yourself, a family member, friend or neighbor, email Storm Smart at WeCare@StormSmart.com You may nominate a person based on need, circumstance, or merit. Additional nomination rules apply. Click here for more information.
 

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