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Gulfshore Business Daily: December 23

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Lead Photo: Researchers study the effects of dead fish on red tide. Details below. Credit: WINK NEWS

 

ULINE INC. PURCHASES 102-ACRE SITE FOR DISTRIBUTION CENTER IN COLLIER COUNTY

Uline Inc. plans a new 946,000-square-foot regional distribution center coming in Collier County on 102.68 acres purchased for $45,369,511 in two phases from 850 NWN LLC and CG II LLC. The City Gate Commerce Park site is located east of Collier Boulevard and north of Interstate 75, LSI Companies Inc. announced. “This monumental transaction has been several years in the making and a big win for Collier County and Southwest Florida as a whole,” says William Rollins, senior broker of LSI Companies. William Rollins, CCIM, ALC and Justin Thibaut, CCIM of LSI Companies Inc. and Dave Desper of CBRE Inc. represented the buyer in this transaction.
 
 

NCH RECEIVES COVID-19 VACCINES FOR ITS FRONTLINE WORKERS

Although the COVID-19 vaccine is not available yet to the general public, NCH Healthcare System has received its first batch of the vaccine. NCH Baker received 2,600 vials of the Moderna vaccine, which shipped out Sunday. Another 2,300 vials were sent to NCH North Naples. Lee Health said Cape Coral Hospital also was expected to receive a shipment of vaccines this week. Frontline workers will be the first to receive the vaccine. An exact timeline of when the vaccine will be available for the general public has not been established. The FDA approved emergency use authorization of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine last week. Data has shown that the vaccine has an efficacy rate of more than 94%. The vaccine requires two injections given 28 days apart. Three other hospitals in Southwest Florida are set to receive the Moderna vaccine for their frontline workers, WINK News reports.
 
 

HEALTH ALERT ISSUED FOR RED TIDE ALONG LEE COUNTY COAST

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County is notifying the public of a red tide bloom near South Seas Plantation beach access on Captiva Island, Lighthouse Beach Park and Tarpon Bay Road Beach on Sanibel, Lynn Hall Park on Fort Myers Beach, and Lovers Key State Park. Some people may experience mild and short-lived respiratory symptoms such as eye, nose and throat irritation similar to cold symptoms. Some individuals with breathing problems such as asthma might experience more severe symptoms. Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Sanibel on Monday to survey the impact of red tide in the area, WINK News reports.
 
 

COLLIER COUNTY NAMED AMONG ‘BEST PLACES FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS’ FLORIDA LIST

Collier County ranked No. 7 in SmartAsset’s list of “Best Places for Small Business Owners” in Florida. The New York financial technology company’s study measures IRS data on the number of small businesses operating in each county, how much income they generate and what they pay in taxes. Additional study details, including the methodology and interactive map, can be found here.
 
 

LONG LINES AT CENTURYLINK’S COVID-19 TESTING SITE BEFORE HOLIDAY

CenturyLink Sports Complex was packed this week with people waiting in line for COVID-19 tests before holiday family gatherings. Are people feeling safe to gather and travel after a negative test result? Some say yes, while others say that those results are just a snapshot in time. All in all, many students, parents and others just want to see their families after months apart. Rapid tests seem to be at the top of everyone’s lists this week, WINK News reports.
 
 

UNCOMMON FRIENDS FOUNDATION NAMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

The Uncommon Friends Foundation has elected three new board members and a new executive committee, just ahead of 2021. Amy McQuagge, Marc Collins and Christopher Spiro of Spiro & Associates will now sit on the board. Meanwhile, Spiro will also serve as secretary of the executive committee for one year. The remaining committee list comprises president Brian Rist, Storm Smart; vice president Cole Peacock, RC Peacock Consulting; treasurer Tom Hoolihan, Southern Waters, Tommy Hoolihan’s Real Estate and Lifestyle, Riverbend Golf and River Club, Vision One Realty Group, Heritage Residential Group of Florida; and past president Gary Eskin, Eskin Business Solutions. Starting in January, McQuagge, Spiro, Collins and their peers will help rebrand the Uncommon Friends Foundation as well as its speaker series, scholarship and awards programs, and events.
 
 

FIFTH AVENUE SOUTH PLANS NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION

The Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District will offer a full week of festivities to celebrate the New Year on Dec. 28 through Jan. 3, 2021.  A highlight of the week is the inaugural Restaurant Showcase, featuring creative tasting menus, cocktail flights and other specials at more than 30 restaurants along the avenue. This event will be a kick off to the “Flavors of Fifth Restaurant Showcase” that will happen tri-annually, previewing menu releases and showcasing seasonally fresh items. Reservations are encouraged to be made in advance with the specific restaurant. The weeklong celebration also will include a “New Year’s Evening on Fifth,” from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Dec. 28 through Jan. 3, 2021. Naples New Year’s Art Show will return from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 2-3. Other highlights of New Year’s week include a showcase of modern and vintage cars by Porsche Naples, official vehicle sponsor of Fifth Avenue South, and official partner Slidr will be on hand to provide concierge transportation services up and down the avenue. COVID-19 protocols will be put in place.
 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

FineMark National Bank & Trust grant provides housing, hope for working families

Community Cooperative received a $20,000 gift donated by FineMark National Bank & Trust. With the donation, Community Cooperative has been able to help eight families thus far with housing and other holiday needs and the list is growing. Community Cooperative’s Building Stronger Families program is a family stability-focused program that partners with the Lee County School District focused on homeless prevention. Community Cooperative social workers work with families with children under 18 that are homeless or on the brink of becoming homeless. The program works to help clients in need become self-sufficient and rebuild their lives with dignity via a two-generation approach to help meet the needs of children and adults simultaneously to foster both academic success and break the cycle of poverty.  For more information, visit communitycooperative.com.
 

Guadalupe Center applying for USDA food program at new Monaghan campus

Guadalupe Center has announced its intention to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child Care Food Program at its new Monaghan Family Early Childhood Education Campus. The federally funded program reimburses child care providers for serving nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children. The program operates similar to the free and reduced-price meal program in public schools. Regulations allow public and private nonprofit child care centers, outside-school-hours care centers, Head Start programs, and other licensed institutions to participate. Students attending Guadalupe Center’s Morgridge Family Early Childhood Education Campus and The Martin Foundation Campus at Lake Trafford Elementary already are eligible for meals and snacks. In 2019, Guadalupe Center earned gold-level recognition from the Florida Early Care & Education Recognition Program for its exemplary efforts to implement strategies that help prevent childhood obesity.
 

Ronald McDonald House Charities SWFL seeks support amid pandemic

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida relies on community support and fundraising events to help ensure families with ill and injured children can stay near them during treatment and is asking for donations. “Like many nonprofit organizations, we have had to cancel multiple fundraising events in 2020. As a result, we are facing an unexpected loss of nearly $200,000 in sponsorships and donations,” said Laura Ragain, executive director. “If you can contribute, a gift of any amount will be appreciated.  Your donation today will help the families we serve every day, giving them the greatest gift: being together when it matters the most.” For more information, visit give.classy.org/rmhcswfl2020.
 

Swinging With Purpose receives $1,800 year-end donation

Swinging With Purpose (SWP) has received a donation of $1,800 from Pelican Lawn and Landscaping Co. which represents 2% of gross sales from 2020 new clients. The donation will help SWP fulfill 2021 grants for its 2021 beneficiaries. SWP recently completed its grant application process and the 2021 beneficiaries who will benefit from 2021 fundraising efforts include Alliance for Period Supplies SWFL, LACES of Love, Family Initiative, FL Dreamcatchers, Premier Mobile Health Services, Ricky King Children’s Fund and Wellfit Girls. Swinging With Purpose (SWP) is a nonprofit organization that provides support to grassroots organizations serving women, girls and children in Southwest Florida. For more information, visit swingingwithpurpose.org.
 
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