Gulfshore Business Daily: December 24

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Gulfshore Business Daily will not be published on Dec. 25 in observance of the holiday weekend. 

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Lee Health received its first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Gulf Coast Medical Center on Tuesday morning. Nurses and health care workers were the first to receive the vaccine, which 4,800 Lee Health frontline workers will eventually receive. Doctors, nurses and staff who work in the COVID-19 units, the emergency room and intensive care units are up first, WINK News reports.


During November, 500,468 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers. This is a decrease of 43% compared to November 2019; however, it is a 19.9% increase compared to October 2020. The traffic leader in November was Southwest Airlines with 108,023 total passengers. Rounding out the top five airlines were American (76,033), United (69,242), Delta (65,937) and Spirit (58,130). Southwest Florida International Airport had 7,112 aircraft operations, a decrease of 8.9% compared to November 2019. Page Field saw 9,629 operations, a 17.6% decrease compared to November 2019. For more information, visit



A 16-unit, multifamily complex at 3817 Del Prado Blvd. S. in Cape Coral was purchased by 3817 Waterfront LLC for $1.95 million. The seller, Tommar Inc., renovated the dilapidated, vacant motel into an attractive, stabilized multifamily asset to capitalize on the growing demand for residential rentals in Southwest Florida. “Given the strength of the multifamily market, the seller was able to reap the rewards of his hard work,” said Frank Kupiec, senior broker associate for LandQwest Commercial Naples. Because of the improvements and demand, the property was able to sell fairly quickly to a large, independent investor, said Bruce Micciche of LandQwest. Kupiec and Micciche represented both parties in the sale.


A recently purchased 1,000-square-foot retail building with a drive-thru is planned for the third Dunkin’ destination in Cape Coral. Del Prado Coffee Realty LLC purchased the former Scooter’s Coffee at 1014 Del Prado Blvd. S. in Cape Coral for $575,000. The principal, Michael Koroghlian, owns and operates more than 30 Dunkin’ locations in Lee and Collier counties, and opened his first Cape Coral location at the corner of Pine Island Road and Nicholas Parkway in 2019. The Del Prado location offered an excellent opportunity to expand Dunkin’s Cape Coral footprint. “We have been looking for a location in this market for some time, and it was difficult to locate a suitable site that works for a drive-thru in the southbound (“going to” work) lane,” says LandQwest Senior Associate Bob Pekol, who represented the buyer in the transaction. Jack Britton with Professional Realty Consultants represented the seller, Kevin H. Schuman and Carol J. Schuman.


Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida has received three national awards from the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association in recognition of its commitment to improving the health of its patients in cholesterol management, controlling blood pressure and management of Type II Diabetes. Part of the 2020 Target: BP Recognition Program, The Gold Award for blood pressure control recognizes practices that have 70% or more of their adult patient population with high blood pressure controlled. The Gold Award for cholesterol control recognizes practices that have 70% or more of their adult at-risk patient population appropriately managed with statin therapy. The Gold Award for Type II Diabetes management recognizes practices that have 75% or more of their patient population maintain control of their diabetes with diet, exercise and medication management.

Cheryl Turner


John R. Wood Properties Broker Associate Cheryl Turner on Dec. 7 was elected to serve as the first female president of the Moorings Golf and Country Club. Located at 2500 Crayton Road and founded in 1963, it is one of the City of Naples’ oldest private clubs. Turner has more than 30 years of experience in the luxury real estate market. She has earned numerous designations including Certified Sales Negotiator and Certified Residential Broker. She has served on the Legal Resources Committee and the Broker Committee for the Naples Area Board of Realtors and has served with many community organizations. Turner volunteered as the director of the marketing committee at Moorings Golf and Country Club prior to being elected the president of the club.

Richard Shera


Richard Shera has joined the Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands team in a newly created position of assistant vice president and loan specialist. Shera will be based at the Bank of the Islands’ Sanibel office. In his new role, he will support the bank’s continued growth of its commercial and personal loan portfolios in the Sanibel and Captiva markets. Shera has extensive banking experience. He brings more than 19 years of banking knowledge to this new position in areas of loan origination, processing and compliance. Shera also actively volunteers for organizations in Lee County.



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Community Cooperative serves families food for holiday in Lehigh Acres

Long lines this week at Community Cooperative’s mobile food pantry in Lehigh Acres meant nearly 400 more families trying to make ends meet would be able to put a Christmas dinner on the table Friday. Community Cooperative packed two trucks full of food, but the need was so great, that wasn’t enough to feed all the families in the drive-thru line that stretched around Veterans Park. More than nine months since the pandemic started, food pantry lines still have high demand. The Community Cooperative event was no exception. The Lehigh Acres event was the last food pantry for the year through Community Cooperative, but the organization’s mobile food pantries restart on Jan. 8 in Cape Coral, WINK News reports.

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Marines help homeless veterans during the holidays

This holiday season, Marines in Southwest Florida made it a point to not only remember veterans but to help them. Two Marines came bearing gifts to Army veteran Susan Rogers, who lives at the Punta Gorda Veterans Village along with 22 other veterans. Every one of them received gifts but each still has a Christmas wish: to find a permanent home. Volunteers of America of Florida works not only with homeless veterans but with families and seniors as well. The mission of Volunteers of America is to create positive life changes through affordable housing, WINK News reports.

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Food pantries see higher demand during holiday season

Mary Bousquet has never been busier. She’s been a volunteer at the Cape Coral Caring Center for over a year. “Just in the holiday season here we’re getting so many more customers than we were before because there’s just so much need in the community,” Bousquet says. Every month, Bousquet said she sees new faces lining up to receive food. This year, the need for food has nearly doubled at the Cape Coral Caring Center, which held a drive-thru distribution Tuesday and many people showed up. Bousquet, who was a single mom for years, said she knows how difficult it can be to make ends meet. According to the center, they used to help about three to five families a day, but now it’s up to 50 to 70 families every day, WINK News reports.

Businesses partner for Grace Place for Children and Families toy donations

Dal Lago Law, Aesthetics in Plastic Surgery by Kiran Gill and Suite 200 at the Naples Executive Suites partnered with Pop Toy to bring some sparkle to children at the Grace Place for Children and Families this holiday season. They conducted a toy drive to collect educational toys from Dec. 1-13, and Pop Toy provided a 10% discount for all items purchased for this drive. More than 50 toys were collected and donated on Dec. 15.

Community Cooperative returns Meals on Wheels program to five days per week, seeks volunteers 

Community Cooperative has returned its Meals on Wheels services to five days per week and seeks volunteer drivers to serve throughout Lee County. The Meals on Wheels program has more than 30 meal delivery and transport routes in North Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres and Bonita Springs, supplying daily nutritious home-delivered meals, groceries, pet food, and friendly safety and security checks to eligible homebound neighbors who cannot shop or cook for themselves. Volunteers will be scheduled at their convenience and are needed Mondays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and noon. Background checks are conducted and volunteers who drive must have a current driver’s license and vehicle insurance information. For information on volunteering for Meals on Wheels, call 239-337-1055.
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