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Gulfshore Business Daily: August 6

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Lead Photo: Seagate completes extensive renovation of Randall Interior Finishes. Photo Credit: Tim Gibbons Photography

 

LEE HEALTH SUSPENDS ELECTIVE PROCEDURES AS COVID HOSPITALIZATIONS MOUNT 
Lee Health is temporarily suspending some elective procedures because of the rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Procedures that require an overnight stay that can be postponed without causing patient harm are being rescheduled or not scheduled. Patients who need an elective outpatient surgery and who will go home the same day are not impacted by this change. “We understand this decision may be disappointing news for our patients, but it is necessary to safely manage our hospitals at a time when COVID-19 is spreading rapidly throughout our community, placing an extraordinary demand on our ability to manage our hospitals’ bed capacity,” Lee Health said in a Wednesday statement. “We will reevaluate this change when the number of COVID patients begins to decline.”

 

MASON CLASSICAL ACADEMY ACQUIRES HODGES BUILDING FOR HIGH SCHOOL IN NORTH NAPLES 

Mason Classical Academy has a new high school this academic year after acquiring a North Naples building from Hodges University this summer. The local charter school purchased the nearly 50,000-square-foot, two-story Stock Building in June for $10 million on about 3 acres in the Professional Village at Northbrooke near the northeast corner of Immokalee Road and Interstate 75. The new high school for grades 9 through 12 opens Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 2647 Professional Circle on what MCA is calling its North Campus. The tuition-free public school will continue operating its South Campus on Horseshoe Drive in East Naples for students in grades K through 8. Meanwhile, Hodges University, a private, nonprofit institution founded in Naples as International College in 1990, no longer has a physical campus in Collier County. The university operates a Fort Myers campus and hosts virtual classes. 


Video courtesy of WINK News

SPIRIT CANCELS MANY FLIGHTS, LEAVING SOME TRAVELERS STRANDED AT RSW

Spirit Airlines canceled many flights this week, stranding thousands of passengers at the height of the summer travel season. By Tuesday evening, it had canceled more than 400 flights, or nearly 60% of its schedule, according to the FlightAware tracking service. Nearly 100 other flights were late. The blame appeared to lie at least partly with a technology outage affecting crew scheduling. All of Spirit’s flights into and out of Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) were showing as canceled Wednesday evening. On Thursday, six of Spirit’s eight scheduled arriving flights at RSW were canceled and four of its six departing flights were canceled, according to flight data. A Spirit spokesperson told WINK News that cancelations would start dropping Thursday. 

 

BEASLEY BROADCAST GROUP REPORTS SECOND-QUARTER NET REVENUE OF $59.6 MILLION 

Beasley Broadcast Group Inc. increased net revenue during the three months ended June 30 to $59.6 million, the Naples-based company reported Thursday. The increase primarily reflects a year-over-year increase in audio advertising revenue and digital revenue due to the continued recovery of the commercial advertising market from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, partially offset by a decrease in other revenue, the company reports. Beasley reported a net income of $187,694 in the second quarter of 2021 compared to a net loss of $17.7 million in the second quarter of 2020, largely reflecting the year-over-year increase in net revenue and $1.5 million of other income from life insurance proceeds related to the death of company founder George Beasley in June 2021. Revenue gains were partially offset by interest expense, which increased 78% to $6,865,369 in the second quarter of 2021. 

 

FLORIDA SKIN CENTER CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY 

Florida Skin Center (FSC), skin care specialists that provide a full range of medical and cosmetic dermatological care, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Anais Aurora Badia, M.D., D.O., founded her solo medical practice in 2001 with an office suite across from the current FSC headquarters in Fort Myers. Today, FSC has five offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres and Punta Gorda and 65 full-time employees, including two physicians and six board-certified physician assistants. The practice provides comprehensive services focusing on medical excellence and guest service to diagnose and treat skin, hair and nail disorders and procedures for aesthetic and cosmetic concerns. 

 

SWFL INC. TO CELEBRATE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY AUG. 12

SWFL Inc. will host a Business After Hours event from 4-6 p.m. on Aug. 12 at The Hub at 25071 Chamber of Commerce Drive in Bonita Springs to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its free membership model and rebrand. Each $15 ticket includes food and two beverages. No chamber membership is required to attend. Register online by Aug. 10. SWFL Inc. members with a Nonprofit or Relationship Package can RSVP online for free.

 

SEMI-ANNUAL FALL HOME & GARDEN SHOW TO RETURN SEPT. 18-19

The 2021 Semi-Annual Fall Home & Garden Show will return on Sept. 18-19 to the Caloosa Sound Convention Center, adjacent to the Luminary Hotel. Last fall the Home & Garden Show was the first public event to be held at the new event center in downtown Fort Myers. Attendees can experience the newest in-home improvement products and services inside and out from furnishings, accessories, decorating and remodeling ideas to landscaping and more. Hourly drawings and door prizes will also be given away. Expo Management Inc. produces the Home & Garden Show and was established in Fort Myers in 1987. For more information about the Home & Garden Show, contact David Pardi at 239-284-4597 or email fldave@expomanagementinc.com.

 

Tim Gibbons Photography

SEAGATE COMPLETES RANDALL INTERIOR FINISHES RENOVATION

Seagate Development Group has completed outdoor and indoor renovations of Randall Interior Finishes’ 14,085-square-foot facility at 12100 Commerce Lakes Drive, Suites 3-6, in Fort Myers. Crews built new walls within the corridor, warehouse, offices and office hallways and installed an acoustical grid ceiling, power and lighting for the flooring service provider. Seagate also furnished and installed new exterior hardware for the storefront and overhead doors. The scope of work was topped off with sliding windows in the existing storage area and new registers, lighting fixtures, low voltage options and upgraded fire detection systems.

 

Rudi Hammer

SANIBEL CAPTIVA COMMUNITY BANK PROMOTES HAMER

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has promoted Rudi Hamer to vice president, commercial lending officer and commercial relationship manager at its operations center, located at 9311 College Parkway in Fort Myers. Hamer joined the bank in 2017 when she relocated to Southwest Florida from Pennsylvania. She is responsible for originating commercial loans and developing new commercial relationships. Hamer has more than 25 years of commercial and residential lending experience within the banking industry. She has also previously worked as a licensed commercial and residential insurance agent. A member of the Blessings in a Backpack, Southwest Florida Chapter board of directors, Hamer has helped raise significant funds for the organization.

 

Kat Velez

CONRIC PR + MARKETING ADDS VELEZ AS MARKETING ACCOUNT MANAGER

CONRIC pr + marketing has added Kat Velez to its team as marketing account manager. Velez is experienced in public relations, marketing and project management within the healthcare industry and in print and television news and photography. Before joining CONRIC, Velez served as the marketing communications manager for LeeSar/CSF, an assignment editor at FOX 4 WFTX-TV, and a media relations specialist for Lee Health. Her writing and photography have been featured in various regional news outlets. Velez earned a Bachelor of Arts in television from Columbia College Chicago and a Master of Business Management focused on organizational leadership from Hodges University. She has been a member of the Southwest Florida chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association since 2011.

 

CHARITABLE NOTES
 

FSW Foundation awarded $500,000 grant for Career and Technical Education Program

The Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Foundation was recently awarded a two-year, $500,000 grant from The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. The grant will support FSW’s Career and Technical Education Vision for Innovation Success and Access (CTE VISA) program. The CTE VISA program is a workforce development-focused initiative that identifies and expands career path opportunities and enhances existing partnerships with regional employers with a focus in the technology, education, and emergency medical services fields.
 

YMCA of Southwest Florida to host Family Fun Night with Mighty Mussels  

The YMCA of Southwest Florida will host a Family Fun Night in partnership with the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels minor league baseball team at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at Hammond Stadium. The event will help raise funds for the Bonita Springs YMCA, Fort Myers YMCA and other local Ys. The first 500 fans will get a free Mussels tumbler. Tickets for the event will be $10 and can be purchased here.
 

Sixth annual golf tournament to support The Heights Foundation’s programs

The Heights Foundation’s sixth annual benefit golf tournament, “Swing Fore The Kids,” will take place on Sept. 24 at Old Corkscrew Golf Club. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. A boxed lunch and shotgun will start at 1 p.m. Hors d’ oeuvres, an auction and awards will follow at 6 p.m. Tournament registration is now available. A foursome is $600, and two golfers are $300. Sponsorships that include golf packages and recognition are available. The sponsorship deadline is Sept. 10, and the golfer registration deadline is Sept. 17. For more information, click here. The event proceeds support The Heights Center’s programs that work to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood of Fort Myers. Last year’s tournament raised $50,000. This year’s presenting sponsor is Entech.

 

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