Gulfshore Business Daily: December 18

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Lead Photo: Shadow Wood Country Club’s newly redesigned Preserve Course is open. Details below.

 

SURVEY: WILL YOU TRAVEL DURING THE HOLIDAYS?

A local survey from Gulfshore Business is gauging the community’s plans for holiday travel despite pandemic restrictions. Please take a moment to respond to our brief survey and look for the results in a future issue of Gulfshore Business Daily. To take the survey, click here.
 

4 SWFL HOSPITALS ON LIST TO RECEIVE MODERNA’S COVID-19 VACCINE

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Florida’s initial distribution plan for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday night. Florida is preparing to receive 367,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine after Sunday, pending emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Doses of the vaccine will be distributed to 173 hospital locations that did not receive doses in the first allocation of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The state is able to distribute the Moderna vaccine to a large number of hospitals because it does not require ultra-cold storage. Upon Moderna’s approval, four Southwest Florida hospitals will receive the vaccine: NCH North NaplesPark Royal Mental Health Hospital in Fort Myers, Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, and Englewood Community Hospital. Floridians can receive updates about the COVID-19 vaccine by texting FLCOVID19 to 888777, WINK News reports
 
 

Gov. Ron DeSantis at Okeechobee Steak House for a press conference. Sourced from WINK News

GOV. DESANTIS URGES RESTAURANT DINING DESPITE PANDEMIC

During a press conference this week from Okeechobee Steak House, Gov. Ron DeSantis reaffirmed that restaurants will remain fully open and reassured owners and workers he is fully supporting the hospitality industry. Amid increasing COVID-19 cases and deaths recently in the state, DeSantis said statistics show the majority of coronavirus infections are not connected to people dining out, WINK News reports.
 
 

Video courtesy WINK News

NAPLES CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER MASK MANDATE AGAIN NEXT WEEK

Naples City Council renewed discussion about a mask mandate Wednesday in what was a late addition to the meeting’s agenda. Ultimately, council members decided to hold off on a decision on the matter and plan to discuss it during a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. Monday. City council members were visibly frustrated during the topic’s discussion, with Mayor Teresa Heitman saying she felt “blindsided” by masks being added to the agenda the morning of the meeting. Councilman Gary Price brought forward the discussion, saying it would not sit right with him to not do anything. Fire Chief Pete DiMaria advocated for the city to pass a mask mandate. In special meetings this summer and earlier this month, City Council declined proposed mask mandates, WINK News reports.
 
 

Video courtesy WINK News

USPS OVERWHELMED WITH RECORD SHIPMENTS, FEWER EMPLOYEES

The U.S. Postal Service is overwhelmed by a record number of holiday shipments while it has fewer employees because of the surge in COVID-19 cases. It’s an issue across the country, and people in Southwest Florida are experiencing it firsthand. While the Christmas shopping rush is on, long lines are the rule, not the exception. To avoid longer wait times, postal clerks advise coming after hours to take advantage of self-service kiosks. The Post Service says its deadline for getting holiday packages and cards to their destinations on time is Friday, Dec. 18. After today, expect to pay extra to guarantee delivery before Christmas, WINK News reports.
 
 

NOVEMBER CLOSED SALES INCREASE IN NAPLES

Overall inventory for Naples area homes was down by 43% this November compared with November 2019, according to the Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). Overall closed sales increased by 59%, and the median closed home price increased by 16% to $382,250. Homes spent an average of 79 days on the market, down 14% compared with November 2019. The full November 2020 Market Report will become available at noon today at NaplesArea.com.
 
 

NAPLES GRANDE BEACH RESORT RESTAURANT REOPENS AFTER CLOSED SINCE MARCH

After being shuttered since March because of the pandemic, The Catch of the Pelican restaurant at Naples Grande Beach Resort reopened to the public for dinner this week. The restaurant debuts a selection of new menu items while keeping its vibrant flavor and signature Gulf Coast-style cuisine. The Catch of the Pelican will also relaunch its popular weekend brunch on New Year’s Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will have brunch each Saturday and Sunday in 2021. The Catch of the Pelican, 475 Seagate Drive, is open 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and closed Monday and Tuesday. For more information call 239-227-2182 or click here
 
 

SHADOW WOOD COUNTRY CLUB COMPLETES PRESERVE COURSE

The November opening of Shadow Wood Country Club’s newly redesigned Preserve Course marks the culmination of the club’s extensive four-year, three-course renovation plan that began in 2017 under the direction of golf course architect Rees Jones. Jones and senior designer Bryce Swanson developed the course renovation plans that included completely rebuilding greens, revising and dramatically recontouring surfaces for interesting and challenging hole locations, reimagining greenside bunkers to improve playability and strategy, creating chipping areas adjacent to most greens for a variety of shot options, relocating fairway bunkers built to allow for manageable recovery shots, and rebuilding rock walls adjacent to ponds and adding view-enhancing bulkheads to several holes. For more information, visit shadowwoodcc.com
 
 

APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED FOR 2021 YOUTH LEADERSHIP COLLIER PROGRAM

The Leadership Collier Foundation of the Greater Naples Chamber is accepting applications for the class of 2021 Youth Leadership Collier. The mission of the intensive week-long program is to develop ethical leaders committed to active community involvement. The program empowers students to become effective leaders through hands-on experiences and fieldwork with key organizations while encouraging returning or staying in Collier County to begin careers and community leadership. Participants interact in daily sessions designed to give them firsthand experience in various aspects of the community such as local government, health care, law enforcement, business, agriculture, media, human services, environment and the arts. Tuition is $500 for the 2021 program, which will be June 12-18. The deadline for applications is Feb. 12. To apply, visit napleschamber.org/youthleadershipcollier.
 

IN THE KNOW

 

Collier County Schools wants feedback on 2022-2023 calendar

Collier County Public Schools has posted its draft 2022-2023 academic calendar along with a survey so parents, employees and other community members can weigh in on it. The survey will be available until 3 p.m. Jan. 8.
 
Video courtesy of WINK News

Cape Coral neighborhood wants permission to share road with golf carts

Many neighborhoods allow golf carts onto the roadways, but often they are gated or on golf courses. One Cape Coral community is asking City Council for permission to drive their golf carts on the road, an issue that could impact the entire city. The issue is expected to be on a City Council agenda in late February or March, WINK News reports.
 

Tish Sheesley

Soukup Strategic Solutions promotes Sheesley

Soukup Strategic Solutions has promoted Tish Sheesley from fundraising and event specialist to fundraising, marketing, and communications manager. In this role, Sheesley will lead the fundraising, marketing, and communications team to grow the presence of nonprofits by producing engaging material that reinforces the brand and mission of clients. Sheesley has worked with nonprofits for more than 35 years in roles such as executive director, assistant director, and missions director. During her time with Soukup Strategic Solutions, Sheesley has developed, coordinated, and managed special event fundraisers for various clients and assisted them with annual appeals and fundraising campaigns, and program development and nonprofit operations. Sheesley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida, with a major in advertising/public relations and a minor in radio and television. 
 

Alessandro Secino

Henderson Franklin welcomes Secino to real estate department

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A. has added Alessandro Secino to the firm as an associate in the real estate department. Secino served as a summer associate with Henderson Franklin in 2019. He has a developing practice in water rights law and works with the condominium and homeowners’ association practice group. In addition to his J.D., Secino achieved a Business Law Certificate with high honors from Florida State University College of Law. He served as an editor on FSU Law’s Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law and was a board member of FSU Law School Council. Secino is a member of the Lee County Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Division. 
 

Okray joins RMC Group as general lines manager

RMC Group has hired Larry Okray as general lines manager. Okray is responsible for the property and casualty division of RMC Group while maintaining carrier relationships and growing the book of business. Okray brings nearly 25 years of experience in the property and casualty industry to RMC Group. He holds Life and Annuity (Florida 2-14), Surplus Lines (1- 20), and Property and Casualty (Florida 2-20) licenses. Larry graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in economics. He was previously an agency owner and brings substantial work experience to RMC Group, according to the life insurance agency and actuarial consulting company.
 

Charitable Notes

 

Literacy Parade brings books to students at The Children’s Learning Center

Students at The Children’s Learning Center in Fort Myers waved and cheered as Fancy Nancy, Thing 1 and other Dr. Suess characters circled the entrance before delivering a crate full of new books to the early learning center. The socially-distanced Children’s Literacy Parade was the result of a partnership between Humana, the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida and Child Care of Southwest Florida. As a community service initiative, Humana collects books for pre-school aged children. Volunteers were unable to read to students this year, instead, they decorated their vehicles with plush storybook characters, balloons and inspirational messages to help spark children’s interest in reading. Each student walked back to their classrooms after the Literacy Parade on Dec. 16 with a children’s book tucked under their arms. For more information, visit CCSWFL.org.
 
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