Gulfshore Business Daily: February 11

FLORIDA GAS PRICES DECLINE AFTER 6-CENT BUMP 

Florida gas prices are declining again after briefly rising early last week. The state average jumped 6 cents per gallon, Tuesday. However, that increase was cut in half by the weekend. Florida drivers are now paying an average price of $2.39 per gallon. That’s 17 cents less than this year’s high, and 2 cents more than this year’s low. Sunday’s state average is 2 cents per gallon more than this time last week, and 14 cents more than this time last year. Last week’s increase snapped an 18-day streak of declines for a total discount of 19 cents. Punta Gorda was among the Florida metro markets with the least expensive regional gas prices, priced at about $2.33 per gallon.
 

HODGES AWARDS OVER $1 MILLION IN 2019 SCHOLARSHIPS, WAIVERS

Hodges University awarded over $1 million in student scholarships and tuition waivers for 2019. For the year 2019, these scholarships and waivers helped 400 Hodges students continue with their educational goals. Scholarships came from the Earl & Thelma Hodges Veterans Scholarship, the Hawks Scholarship Fund and the Meftah Foundation Scholarship for Single Mothers. Discounts and waivers were awarded from the university’s active-duty military, corporate/employer partners, the Hodges Graduate Discount, and the Veterans Discount. For more information, visit Hodges.edu.
 

CREIGHTON CONSTRUCTION BUILDS FORT MYERS URGENT CARE CENTER

Creighton Construction & Development has launched construction on a new MD Now urgent care center in Fort Myers. Located at 15165 McGregor Blvd., the project includes the construction and remodel of an existing 3,800-square-foot former bank building into an urgent care facility. MD Now offers a comprehensive lineup of physician-led health care services with an emphasis on convenience, efficiency, and affordability. Its state-of-the-art clinics utilize modern medical technology, including on-site digital X-rays, EKG, lab testing and more, and are nationally accredited as Certified Urgent Care Centers by the Urgent Care Association of America. MD Now serves Florida’s east coast with more than 40 locations across Indian River, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The project is currently scheduled for completion in April 2020.
 

Proposed Elevation Illustration of 3-Story Townhome to be built in Marina Villas at Cape Harbour.

NEW HOMES COMING TO CAPE HARBOUR

LDC Cape Harbour Holdings announces plans to develop the remaining 17.1 acres of vacant land in the Cape Harbour community located in Southwest Cape Coral. LDC Cape Harbour Holdings is a developer team associated with Landstar Development Group and Waterstone Builders.  The proposed development will complement the feel and style of the Cape Harbour community. Plans for the first phase of development include a mix of two- and three-story townhomes with one or two-car garages and waterfront villas with two-car garages. Townhomes in Marina Villas, with three-bedroom floor plans, will be priced starting from the mid $300s. Gulf access waterfront three-bedroom, single-story villas will start at just under $1 million based on location and optional features. A grand opening event will be held on February 14-16 at the Marina Villas at Cape Harbour Sales Center located at 5703 Cape Harbour Drive. Miloff Aubuchon Realty Group, Inc. has been selected by LDC Cape Harbour Holdings as the exclusive on-site sales team. For more information, call (239) 542-1075.
 

SUFFOLK HIRES EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Suffolk has hired former General Electric Co. (GE) vice president Ann Klee as its new executive vice president. In her new role, Klee will be responsible for leading Suffolk’s national business development function and external and government affairs, with the goal of expanding the company’s presence nationally. Before joining Suffolk, Klee simultaneously held several executive positions at GE. She served as GE’s vice president of Boston development and operations leading the search for GE’s new headquarters and move to Boston. She also served as president of the GE Foundation. In addition, Klee served as vice president of environment, health and safety at GE. Klee enjoyed an extended career in Washington D.C. as an environmental lawyer at two law firms, as well as in several senior government positions on Capitol Hill and in the George W. Bush administration. Klee serves on the boards of Wabtec, WGBH, University of Pennsylvania, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, Boston Harbor Now and the Boston Green Ribbon Commission. For more information, visit www.suffolk.com.
 

CHRIS-TEL CONSTRUCTION PROMOTES TWO

Chris-Tel Construction has promoted former marketing manager Molly Scott to manager, business development and marketing. Her role will now include a broadened set of duties and responsibilities for the firm. She will oversee the corporate marketing strategy and continue to build relationships in Southwest Florida. Scott received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from West Virginia University and is an active member in the community. In addition, the firm has promoted Nicole Fletcher to marketing administrator. In her new role, Fletcher will oversee all social media, website and digital communications for the firm, the creation and delivery of all RFQ/RFP submissions, marketing collateral creation and design, public and client relations, internal marketing efforts, tradeshow and vendor opportunities. Fletcher is a 2019 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
 

HEATHERWOOD CONSTRUCTION COMPLETES WILDBLUE ENTRY

Heatherwood Construction Company has completed a gatehouse and entry gates at WildBlue—a 3,500-plus-acre community of 1,100 preserve- and lake-surrounded home sites at 19001 Aqua Shore Drive in Fort Myers. Located off Corkscrew Road, the community entrance is a Key-West-style structure, complemented by accent stone, plantation shutters and decorative brackets, that welcomes homeowners and visitors. The project was led by the Bonita-Springs-based team’s senior project manager, Rafael Valdes, as well as supervised by James Beatty and designed by award-winning Humphrey-Rosal Architects. Heatherwood Construction will begin WildBlue’s new amenities center in March.
 

JPK Naples interior

FRENCH FASHION DESIGNER EXPANDS TO NAPLES

Jean-Pierre Klifa Paris has opened a second location of its namesake women’s clothing boutique at 487 Fifth Ave. S. in Naples. The company is known for its bucket bags and matching resort-style fashions, with a signature store in Key West. Designs are recognized for designer Pierre’s trademark look of electric colors, bold geometric prints, and clean cuts. The new boutique offers dresses, handbags, scarves, ponchos, silk kimonos, pants, and chenille jackets. Artisan jewelry is also available from two artists in Miami and Paris. For more information, visit www.jeanpierreklifa.com.
 

ST. MATTHEW’S HOUSE OPENS SECOND FORT MYERS THRIFT STORE

The public is invited to “Shop with a Purpose” at the St. Matthew’s House Fort Myers Thrift Store grand opening celebration on February 15. Refreshments will be served and there will be giveaways. In addition, the first 25 shoppers to arrive will receive a 50% discount, and the next 50 shoppers to arrive will receive a 25% discount. The 10,000-square-foot store is located at 13140 Metro Pkwy. in Fort Myers. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store features home furnishings, housewares, accents, fashions, and accessories.

 

CHARITABLE NOTES

2020 date announced for Shine, a benefit for Hope Hospice

Hope Healthcare will host the second annual Shine benefit for Hope Hospice at 5 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto and attorney Jenna Persons will return to serve as co-chairs for the event, featuring riverside cocktails, dining, entertainment and a live auction. More than 250 guests attended the inaugural event in October 2019, which raised $440,000 to benefit the Hope Kids Care program. This year’s fundraiser will support Hope’s mission to provide comforting care and support to everyone living with serious illness. To learn about sponsorship opportunities or to request an invitation to the event, call (239) 985-7758 or visit Shineforhope.com.
 

Gene Doyle Fishing Tournament slated for May

The Gene Doyle Fishing Tournament will hold its 23rd annual backcountry fishing tournament fundraiser on May 1-3.  The tournament is a fundraiser for the Gene Doyle Memorial Foundation, which awards annual Adventure Scholarships to Collier County high school students while honoring the memory and adventurous spirit of Robert Eugene “Gene” Doyle III (1976–1996).  The tournament’s family-friendly, laid-back atmosphere, combined with fun competition, is a tribute to Gene, who was an avid fisherman, honors student and star athlete at Naples High, according to a press release.  The participation of local anglers, sponsors and donors make the Tournament and the Adventure Scholarships possible. For more information, visit www.genedoyle.org.
 

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