Gulfshore Business Daily: December 11

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An aerial view of the 1.28-acre home site marketed by John R. Wood Properties’ LeAne Taylor Suarez recently sold for $5.6 million
Lead Photo: An aerial view of the 1.28-acre home site marketed by John R. Wood Properties’ LeAne Taylor Suarez recently sold for $5.6 million.



A local survey from Gulfshore Business is taking the pulse of the community’s willingness to get a vaccine for COVID-19. Please take a few seconds to respond to a couple of questions and look for the overall results in a future issue of Gulfshore Business Daily. To take the survey, click here.

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A new partnership has formed between the Cape Coral Fire Department and the Florida Department of Health to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible. The city approved the partnership because paramedics with the fire department already have the training and certification necessary to give injections, putting more hands on deck to help get Southwest Floridians vaccinated en masse. Fire Chief Ryan Lamb says the next challenges are educating the public and deciding when and where people will be able to get the vaccine, WINK News reports.



Work to restore the beach shoreline at Lynn Hall Park, 950 Estero Blvd., will begin Saturday. The beach will be closed from the fishing pier to the north end of Lynn Hall Park for dune renourishment that is needed due to damage from Hurricane Eta in November. The north side of the parking lot will be closed to be used as a construction staging area, but the south side of the parking lot will remain open. The amenities at the park, including restrooms and shower facilities, will remain open. The work is expected to be completed by Dec. 24. The $200,000 project is funded by Tourist Development Tax dollars collected on short-term lodging. Other nearby county sites available to beachgoers include Bowditch Point Park at the north end of Fort Myers Beach and Crescent Beach Family Park, which is just south of the Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier.

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The Cape Coral Economic Development Office (EDO) reveals that six new medical offices are planned in the city. These long-awaited projects will help Cape Coral residents find more convenient care. EDO Manager Ricardo Noguera said that the construction of a new medical clinic on the corner of Kismet Parkway and Del Prado Boulevard marks the beginning of a medical building boom. The city projects that all six of the new medical facilities could be open by as early as 2021, WINK News reports.

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A fire station in the middle of Alligator Alley is at risk of being shut down. Greater Naples Fire Rescue District’s Station 63 is in trouble of falling victim to the economic impacts brought on by the pandemic. Without the station operating, there would be a 66-mile stretch with no first responders. Alligator Alley, a highway that travelers use to get from coast to coast, is notorious for serious crashes. “Medical emergencies at the rest stops, hikers that are stranded, motor vehicle accidents, cars submerged in canals,” said Great Naples Fire Chief Kingman Schuldt, who received a letter from the Florida Department of Transportation saying FDOT cannot reimburse the fire district to run Station 63 because of less toll revenue during the pandemic and an expensive paving project. The state helps fund station 63 because there is no tax base in that area. Chief Schuldt says losing the fire station would mean a 45-minute response time to some areas, WINK News reports.

Jackie McRedmond


Iron Ridge Insurance Services, a boutique independent insurance agency based in Fort Myers, has expanded its footprint in the Florida commercial insurance market. On Nov. 30, Iron Ridge acquired Centennial Insurance Services, a move that will significantly increase Iron Ridge’s presence in providing solutions to condominium and homeowners Associations. “This move will increase our business by about 30 percent,” said Norman Lutz, Iron Ridge CEO. In conjunction with the transaction, account executive Jackie McRedmond will transition to the Iron Ridge Insurance team to ensure a smooth changeover. McRedmond has extensive experience in providing service to homeowner and condominium associations, and to religious organizations.


Visuality, a nonprofit regional support group for the LGBTQ+ community, is partnering with Kids’ Minds Matter, an advocacy and fundraising group, to increase area pediatric mental and behavioral health care. The partnership will establish a Youth Support Group to provide a safe, supportive space for LGBTQ+ youth to address mental health issues. The group will be led by a licensed mental health professional to help youth address increased anxiety, depression, and isolation associated with LGBTQ+ issues exacerbated by the pandemic. The Visuality Kids’ Minds Matter Youth Support Group will convene weekly, through a mostly virtual platform. All services will be free and open to youth residing throughout the five-county area of Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Hendry and Glades counties. Pre-registration is required. For details, visit To learn more, visit

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The Tampa Bay Rays are ending their affiliation with the Charlotte Stone Crabs in 2021. The Rays announced Wednesday that they’ve invited the Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs to join the Durham (N.C.) Bulls, Montgomery (Ala.) Biscuits and Bowling Green (Ky.) Hot Rods as affiliate teams. The change comes as part of Major League Baseball’s new player development structure, which begins next year. Along with the Stone Crabs, the Hudson Valley (N.Y.) Renegades and Princeton (W.V.) Rays will no longer be affiliated with the Rays. The Stone Crabs play at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte and became a Rays affiliate in 2007. The Rays will continue spring training there, but the future of the Stone Crabs is up in the air. The team is one of at least 40 Minor League teams that lost their Major League connection, WINK News reports.



The New York Philharmonic String Quartet

Community Concert Association announces 2021 season

The Fort Myers Community Concert Association has announced its revised concert series for 2021 that includes five performances by world-class musicians playing classical to contemporary music in the organization’s 72nd annual concert series. Temperatures will be taken of every patron before being admitted to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on the Florida SouthWestern State College campus in Fort Myers, where all of the concerts are scheduled, says Community Concert Association President Mary Lee Mann. Masks also will be required of all attendees and staff. Hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the hall. Season tickets for all five performances are now on sale by contacting Mann at 239-693-4849 or emailing her at All five concerts are included in one ticket price. For membership forms, visit Tickets to individual concerts will be sold by the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall box office beginning Jan. 15. The five performances all begin at 7:30 p.m.



$5.6 million gulf-front vacant land sale highest on Captiva to date

A 1.28-acre buildable vacant home site within South Seas Island Resort at 925 South Seas Plantation Road recently closed for $5.6 million. The sale represents the highest gulf-front vacant land sale to date on Captiva Island, according to John R. Wood Properties. The excavated property, marketed by LeAne Taylor Suarez, vice president and broker of John R. Wood Properties’ Captiva Island office, includes more than 130 feet of gulf frontage. The property closed for 95% of the list price and was on the market for 200 days.

Gateway Trinity Lutheran Church sanctuary

O-A-K completes Gateway Trinity Lutheran Church addition, renovations

Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. (O-A-K) has completed renovations of Gateway Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 11381 Gateway Boulevard in Fort Myers. Phase I consisted of renovations to the existing reception lobby, offices, restrooms, kitchen and lanai. Phase II was the construction of a 13,303-square-foot addition with a 4,356-square-foot welcoming center and multi-purpose room with cafe and recessed ceiling lighting. The 8,947-square-foot sanctuary features a raised dais and choir and music platforms, a suspended curved ceiling panel system and an 808-square-foot porte-cochere. The O-A-K project manager was Jane Gaia. The job site superintendent was David Campbell, and Matthew Zwack is the vice president of operations and general superintendent.  Abel Natali, O-A-K vice president, was the chief estimator.

Hough named GM at HeadPinz Naples

Bowling Management Associates announces the hiring of John Hough as general manager of HeadPinz Naples. Hough has spent the last 12 years in management positions with Publix in Naples. He’s been a bowler for more than 50 years and is a member of Hall of Fames in both Syracuse, New York, and Southwest Florida; winner of the 1994 Team All-Events title at the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Open Championships; owner of 49 career 300 games/18 series of 800 or better; and part-time bowler on the PBA50 (seniors) Tour. Hough will take the reins in mid-January 2021 when current general manager Marc Ciniello moves to the company’s latest project, FastTrax Entertainment in Lee County. 



UWCK seeks request for proposals for $2.5M towards reef revitalization

In celebration of the one-year anniversary of Mission: Iconic Reefs, United Way of Collier and the Keys (UWCK) announces the scheduled release of the ‘Reef Revitalization’ Request for Proposals (RFP) on Jan. 6, 2021, to support coral restoration. This grant opportunity is part of UWCK’s larger initiative — ‘Revitalizing the Florida Keys through Reef Restoration and Beyond,’ with support from the United Arab Emirates. Over the course of the next five years, $2.5 million will be available to coral restoration practitioners for Mission: Iconic Reefs. The application for funding will be open through the UWCK grant management portal through Feb. 15, 2021. Additional Information, including the full request for proposals and application, will be available through the UWCK website and social media on Jan. 6.

FutureMakers Coalition receives $75,000 grants from Bank of America

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has granted $75,000 to FutureMakers Coalition/Southwest Florida Community Foundation, which serves as the backbone organization for FutureMakers Coalition. “The pandemic has magnified the historical inequalities faced by people of color and demonstrated a heightened need for workforce training and reskilling in underserved communities,” said Gerri Moll, Southwest Florida market president for Bank of America. “By supporting organizations like FutureMakers Coalition, we are aiming for positive change, helping provide critical services and programs to families that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.” More than 60% of the jobs in Florida will require a credential beyond a high school diploma by the year 2025. Regional data also illustrates the equity imperative in FutureMakers’ work, as education and workforce achievement gaps are reinforced by policies, practices, and beliefs that perpetuate inequitable outcomes for people of color, particularly Black, Latinx, and Hispanic people. Bank of America’s grant will be used by the coalition to add additional team resources that increase their programs. A portion of the funds will be utilized to develop career pathways resources to assist traditional-age students as well as adults wishing to re-skill or upskill in identifying needed competencies, training programs and degree programs aligned with careers in Southwest Florida. For more information, visit

Lee Heart Walk Digital Experience held this Saturday

There’s a good reason to get moving no matter where you are this weekend and safely stay socially distant as well. This Saturday, Dec.12, is the 2020 Lee Heart Walk Digital Experience. You can still register for the walk and join the activities in the Facebook event. Ways to get moving are featured now in the online platform and Celebration Saturday videos and activities begin at 8 a.m. The Lee Heart Walk is chaired by B&I Contractors Inc. President and CEO Gary Griffin. The funds raised from the Lee Heart Walk go toward research, advocacy, CPR training and promoting better health. Visit to learn more.
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