Gulfshore Business Daily: December 28

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Lead Photo: Naples United soccer team partners with Paradise Coast Sports Complex. Credit: Juan Salamanca from Pexels.

 

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FIRST REGIONAL FERRARI DEALERSHIP LAUNCHES IN NORTH NAPLES

Just in time for shiny red Christmas presents, Ferrari of Naples is revved and ready on U.S. 41 just north of Immokalee Road in North Naples. The Italian luxury sports car brand’s first official dealership in Southwest Florida recently launched at 11291 Tamiami Trail N. You can’t miss the striking new two-story, 57,000-square-foot showroom that’s as much of a head-turner as its powerful prancing horses. Ferrari of Naples’ showroom is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and closed Sundays. Its service and parts department is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and closed weekends. 
 

COLLIER COUNTY SEEKS ARTWORK, PHOTOGRAPHY TO DISPLAY AT GOVERNMENT CENTER

Collier County continues to display a rotating exhibit of local artists’ and photographers’ work in the Board of County Commissioners chambers on the third floor of the Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., East Naples. Artists must be at least part-time residents of Collier County. The work must be appropriate imagery for a public space and should have a broad appeal to people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures. Those interested in being considered must submit a brief letter of interest describing their level of expertise, training and experience along with digital images of seven art pieces proposed to display to Aimee Trochessett, communication and customer relations division, at Aimee.Trochessett@colliercountyfl.gov. 
 
 

NAPLES UNITED SOCCER TEAM PARTNERS WITH PARADISE COAST SPORTS COMPLEX

Naples United premier soccer team is partnering with Paradise Coast Sports Complex to kick off its 2021 season. “2021 will be a historic season for Naples United FC, as we will be the first team to represent our beautiful city nationally through the US Open Cup, and we are thrilled for Paradise Coast Sports Complex to be our home,” says Veronica Docio, founder and vice president of Naples United FC. “It is one of the finest sports fields that I have ever had the pleasure of working with and we are eager to start our season with them.” A critical part of Naples United, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is to provide free access to soccer to every student throughout Collier County. To learn more, visit naplesunited.com.
 
 

LEE COUNTY MPO CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETS JAN. 7

The next Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting will be held at 3 p.m. on Jan. 7. Agenda topics for the meeting include a presentation on LeeTran’s Transit Safety and Asset Management Performance Measures, Election of CAC Officers, UPWP Amendment of MPO Budget, and a review of the most recent crash statistics and mobility data. For additional information, visit leempo.com.
 

CASANOVA LAUNCHES SECOND SHOWROOM IN NAPLES

The owners of Casanova Boutique opened a second showroom last month in Naples, returning to Bayfront, where the business started 15 years ago. While they continue to operate a gallery in the Village Shops on Venetian Bay, Keith Davison and his wife, Marina, have branched off with a slightly different concept combining art and fashion, including new luxury brands of women’s apparel and leather accessories from Italy, France and other parts of the globe. “My wife’s specialty is Italian clothing lines. She was born in Torino, Italy, and has spent her life in the fashion and clothing world,” Davison said. “My specialty is Murano Glass. I have the largest selection of Murano in the United States. Over the last few years that selection has grown to include fine art from around the world, probably the largest selection of Venetian masks in the U.S., and probably one of the largest selections of ancient coins in the U.S.” Casanova Art & Fashion is now open at 470 Bayfront Place, next to Southern Style Kitchen & Cocktails in the Bayfront mixed-use development where Goodlette-Frank Road meets U.S. 41 along the Gordon River. The new specialty business is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.  
 
 

Brielle Neptune-Kiker

TRUST TEAM HAS NEW OPERATIONS SPECIALIST

Charlotte State Bank & Trust has appointed Brielle Neptune-Kiker as a trust operations specialist. She was a student at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) when she joined the bank in February as a part-time teller. Neptune-Kiker graduated summa cum laude in May, earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in legal studies and a minor in economics and finance. A Punta Gorda resident and Charlotte High School graduate, Neptune-Kiker also worked in retail as a sales associate and customer service representative prior to joining the bank. Fluent in English and conversational French, Neptune-Kiker volunteers at the Peace River Wildlife Center in Punta Gorda, working in the facility’s animal hospital.
 

PDS ARCHITECTURE MARKS 10 YEARS WITH BRAND EVOLUTION

PDS Architecture has revealed its evolved brand, amid its 10th anniversary as a full-service design firm. The evolution began to unfold earlier this month during the Lee Building Industry Association Awards. It includes a logo and introductory video, followed by an animated e-blast and revamped website. Each brand component echoes a literal evolution by paying tribute to the development of function as an art form. This tone and matter are spelled out within each tab of the updated website, with a comprehensive portfolio and client logo list as visual examples. These are mimicked throughout the e-blast. Meanwhile, the logo acknowledges the anniversary by adding the milestone, not altering the colors, fonts or style. For more information, visit PDSArchitecture.com.
 
 

CHARITABLE NOTES

Video courtesy WINK News

Fort Myers restaurant owner gives back during pandemic

It’s been a tough year for the restaurant industry as a whole. Salty Papa’s Shrimp House off of McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers is no exception, but the owner found it in her heart to give to those who are even worse off than she is. Vallee Arnett fed her neighbors with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes more during a Christmas Eve lunch. Arnett said she knew she had to do something after seeing long food distribution lines day after day. She admits that she struggled during the pandemic, too. But she got a helping hand so she felt it was only right to pay it forward,WINK News reports.
 
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