Gulfshore Business Daily: February 12

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Lead Photo: Cape Coral’s Sullivan State Farm agencies announce State Farm Teacher Assist Program grantees. Details below.

 

FAIRSTEAD ANNOUNCES $85 MILLION REDEVELOPMENT OF GOODLETTE ARMS APARTMENTS IN NAPLES

Fairstead has announced the $85 million redevelopment of Goodlette Arms Apartments, a 250-unit permanently affordable development for seniors in Naples. Fairstead, a real estate company, purchased the complex from Full Circle Communities for $59.5 million and will spend more than $25 million to upgrade all apartments and common areas along with energy, sustainability and property resiliency measures across the property. The deal will preserve affordability at Goodlette Arms Apartments for at least the next 40 years. Fairstead secured financing for the project from Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, with Regions Bank acting as the tax credit investor and the Collier County Housing Finance Authority acting as bond issuer. 
 
 
Video courtesy of  WINK News

BRIDGE PROPOSALS COULD REDUCE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TIMES IN GOLDEN GATE ESTATES

Pending a traffic study, Collier County commissioners postponed voting this week on a proposal for five new bridges across canals in Golden Gate Estates. Commissioners are unsure if the pros of first responders cutting down their emergency response times would outweigh the cons of increased traffic along the rural roads. People who live near the proposed project areas say they understand both sides and believe it’s a tough call to make. Before bringing the issue back for discussion, commissioners voted to start a traffic study on roads in the Estates, so they can get a better understanding of how busy it could get, WINK News reports.
 

HOUSING MARKET SOARING DESPITE PANDEMIC, NABOR REPORTS

Like many industries, the Naples area real estate market was tested in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and shuttered businesses in every community. Fortunately, real estate professionals obtained essential-service designation from the state. The effects of the pandemic negatively impacted the housing market during March and April, two months that historically have been the best months for home sales during the year. As lockdown restrictions began to loosen, pent up demand for homes in Naples resulted in more homes sales during the second half of the year than during the first six months, a phenomenon broker analysts admit has never occurred in the history of Naples real estate. Pending sales for 2020 increased 28.8 percent to 16,254 pending sales from 12,623 pending sales in 2019, according to the Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR). 
 

D.R. HORTON BREAKS GROUND ON RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY IN NAPLES

D.R. Horton recently broke ground on Tamarindo, a community of 251 single-family homes on more than 100 acres along Collier Boulevard. South of Physicians Regional Medical Center and north of VeronaWalk, the new community will be built in three phases with a main entrance off of Sabal Palm Road in south Naples. Tampa-based Forestar Real Estate Group purchased the acreage, known as Rockedge planned unit development, in September for more than $13 million, according to Collier County property records. More than 24 acres on Tamarindo’s eastern edge will be conserved as a nature preserve, site development plans show. 
 

MK ARCHITECTURE COMPLETES HAMMOCK PARK APARTMENTS DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

MK Architecture has completed design development of Hammock Park Apartments by FLStar Development and Construction. The project will consist of a four-story contemporary apartment building totaling 265-units of luxury rental apartments to be located off Rattlesnake Hammock Road in Naples. It will also include a two-story amenity center complete with a fitness center, business center, demonstration kitchen, games area, grand lobby and resort-style pool. Currently in the construction documents phase, the project is anticipated to be in for permitting by the second quarter of 2021.
 

HEALTH & WEALTH CO. OPENS FIFTH AVENUE SOUTH

The Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District announced the recent opening of Health & Wealth Co. Located at 640 Fifth Ave. S., Health & Wealth Co. offers a combination of financial and physical health services to help clients maintain an upscale lifestyle. Services include financial planning, asset management, estate planning, insurance planning, hearing aids, tinnitus and balance treatment, nutritional IV’s, injections, pharmaceutical-grade supplements, massage, acupuncture, and micronutrient testing. Eric M. Marvin, co-owner of Health & Wealth Co., has more than 15 years of financial experience and has obtained the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. Marvin offers complementary financial consultations as he operates independently through his firm M&M Wealth Management LLC. Dr. Ann Rasmussen, co-owner of Health & Wealth Co., is also the founder of Doctors Hearing, the only fully mobile audiology and hearing aid practice in Southwest Florida. Rasmussen was the first approved provider in the Naples area for the non-invasive Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment.
 

MNMW NOW A BLUE ZONES PROJECT-APPROVED WORKSITE

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. (MNMW) is now a Blue Zones Project-approved worksite. MNMW joins more than 700 other organizations participating with Blue Zones Project – Southwest Florida, a community-by-community, well-being improvement initiative designed to support longer, better lives through sustainable changes to environment, policy, and social networks. Principles are based on lifestyles in Blue Zones areas, which are pockets of the world where people live longer with less chronic disease and higher quality of life. One of the ways that MNMW earned Blue Zones Project approval was through its corporate citizenship/corporate social responsibility programs; the firm is a United Way Pacesetter organization and works with other philanthropic organizations in the community.
 

NEW PROGRAM AIMED AT HUMAN RESOURCE PROFESSIONALS, SUPERVISORS

The Sky’s The Limit Consulting Inc. in Estero is offering a new program, “Out of Sight Yet Still Virtually Productive: Effectively Managing Employee Performance During COVID-19,” designed for human resource professionals and supervisors.  Employee performance management encompasses effective structure, communication, consistency, and fairness, the consulting company states. When conducted properly, it can impact the organization, individual departments, and every employee. 

 

Dr. Annette St. Pierre-MacKoul

FIRST PEDIATRICIAN IN LEE COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY’S HISTORY TO LEAD 2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The new president of the Lee County Medical Society is a pediatrician with extensive experience navigating the vaccination process. Dr. Annette St. Pierre-MacKoul is the 91st president of the LCMS, a professional organization of more than 800 physician members practicing in Lee County. A native of New York, Dr. St. Pierre-MacKoul earned her bachelor’s degree at Adelphi University and then attended Tufts University Medical School. She did her training and residency at the New England Medical Center’s Boston Floating Hospital before starting her first practice. She is the medical director for Family Initiative in Cape Coral. The 2021 LCMS board of directors executive committee also includes President-elect Tracy Vo, DO; Treasurer Ryan Lundquist, MD; Secretary Scott Caesar, MD; Past President Elizabeth Cosmai, MD; and Secretary-elect, Ethical & Judicial Affairs Chair Gamini Soori, MD.
 

FLORIDA RESTAURANT AND LODGING ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2021 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association announced its recently installed 2021 board of directors executive committee. FRLA is a non-profit hospitality trade association that has provided service to the industry and its members for 75 years. FRLA’s executive committee is comprised of Chairman Jim Shirley, chef/owner of Chef Jim Shirley Enterprises, Santa Rosa Beach; Vice Chair Olivia Hoblit, regional manager for Innisfree Hotels, Amelia Island; Secretary-Treasurer and Restaurant Director John Horne, owner of Anna Maria Oyster Bars, Bradenton; Lodging Director Barbara Bowden, area managing director for Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando; Restaurant Director Carlos Gazitua, president and CEO of Sergio’s Family Restaurants, Miami; Lodging Director Roger Amidon, general manager for Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa; and Immediate Past Chairman Sheldon Suga, vice president and managing director of Hawks Cay Resort, Duck Key.
 

Felix Lluberes 

STICKBOY NAMES LLUBERES AS CEO

Felix Lluberes has taken the helm as CEO of Stickboy. Lluberes has an extensive background in technology in a variety of positions from software development to leading companies with revolutionary technology. Lluberes’ vision for Stickboy includes becoming the regional leader in developing technologies, especially custom software, apps, and managed IT services. He plans on attracting the top talent in the industry to continue to grow the Stickboy team while building a strong company culture that is focused on the customer experience. Lluberes aims to help companies adopt artificial intelligence strategies to stay competitive, improve profitability and maximize business valuation. 
 

MORAN WEALTH MANAGEMENT ADDS SENIOR VP, FINANCIAL ADVISOR TO TEAM

Moran Wealth Management has added new senior vice president and financial advisor Charles (Charlie) E. Chesebrough to the team. Chesebrough has more than 25 years of experience in the investment industry. Prior to joining Moran Wealth Management, he spent more than 13 years at Honeywell International, where he held the position of director and head of Global Equities. Prior to that, he served as a senior portfolio manager and relationship manager at The Bank of New York, a portfolio manager/equity analyst at the Chubb Corp. and an audit manager at KPMG. Chesebrough obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Lafayette College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  In addition, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, is a nonpracticing Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is a member of the CFA Institute.
 

Tami Holliday

COMMUNITY COOPERATIVE HIRES HOLLIDAY

Community Cooperative has hired Tami Holliday as community relations and development manager. In this position, Holliday will work with the development department to provide leadership and support for fundraising, promotion and volunteer recruitment and retainment. Holliday will represent Community Cooperative in the community, with the goal of creating deeper engagement and commitment for donors, supporters and volunteers. Holliday spent the last nine years working for state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, and most recently, Ambassador Francis Rooney, the retired congressman for Florida’s 19th District. Holliday graduated magna cum laude from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Science in legal studies. Before entering politics, she was a paralegal and risk management coordinator at Florida SouthWestern State College.
 

ATTORNEY APPOINTED TO CITY OF NAPLES ETHICS COMMITTEE

John T. Cardillo of Cardillo Keith Bonaquist P.A. is one of five individuals appointed to the City of Naples Ethics Committee. Cardillo was appointed by Kathleen Smith, the public defender for the 20th Judicial Circuit. Under the charter amendment approved by the ethics referendum, the commission is expected to develop and draft an amended ethics code. This approved charter amendment also gives the commission 180 days from its first meeting to make known amendments to the city’s code. Cardillo Keith Bonaquist is the longest continuing law firm in Naples.
 

REIS 2021 officers and board

REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT SOCIETY ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICERS, BOARD

The Real Estate Investment Society (REIS) has elected the following officers and board of governors to lead the organization during 2021. President Bill Morris of Morris-Depew Associates; vice president Kent Poli of Busey Bank; treasurer Lori Moore of Roetzel & Andress; and secretary Justin Thibaut of LSI Companies Inc. The Board of Governors includes Dan Adams of Stevens Construction; Greg Blurton of Edison National Bank; BJ Brundage of DeAngelis Diamond; Donald Miller of McKim & Creed;  Josh Philpott of Stantec; Molly Scott of Chris-Tel Construction; and Kristine Smale of Zonda. The immediate past president, Mary Gentile of LandQwest Property Management, also joins the board. The Real Estate Investment Society is an independent organization, dedicated to assisting members in the effective utilization of real estate through networking, education, public service, and a common voice on pertinent issues.  
 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

Goodwill thrift stores help seniors get pre-registered for COVID-19 vaccine

A thrift store is joining in on the battle to help vaccinate local seniors. More than two dozen people have been able to sign up for pre-registration at the Goodwill Community Resource Center. For information on Goodwill Community Resource Centers where people can get pre-registered, visit Goodwill SWFL here.

 

SWFL community collects enough food for 23,000 meals

A local community went all in to help support regional families experiencing food insecurity. Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples collected nearly 2 tons of food and $9,000 for Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. The effort was organized by Grey Oaks residents Lee Bewley and Tom Leipzig. The three vans full of food donated translates to more than 23,000 meals for area families. To donate to WINK News’ March to a Million Meals, click here.
 

Four Lee County teachers receive $2,500 grants for innovative teaching ideas

Cape Coral State Farm Agents Mike and Dawn Sullivanannounce four Lee County teachers are receiving a boost towards their innovative teaching methods as recipients of State Farm Teacher Assist program grants. The local grantees are Marion Eidem, Pace Center for Girls; Anna Haag, Trafalgar Middle School; Dianna Quay, Cape Coral High School; and Joy Williams, North Fort Myers High School. Each of their schools will receive $2,500 to implement their innovative ideas. In total, 40 grant recipients were selected statewide, a total of $100,000 to Florida classrooms. Two hundred Florida entries were submitted as part of the Teacher Assist Program. Entries were scored based on three criteria: how students benefit from the submitted project; how the project advances academic achievement; and the innovation, creativity, and engagement of the educational project.
 
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