Winter weather impacting the central and eastern regions of the U.S. has caused shipping delays for first dose COVID-19 vaccines in Lee County, announced the Florida Department of Health
. First doses appointments that were scheduled for Feb. 17 are rescheduled for Feb. 25 at the same time. People in Lee County who had an appointment this week to get their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will still be able to get their shot. To cancel your first dose appointment, email Lee-PIO@flhealth.gov
Florida restaurants would be able to sell alcohol for takeout and delivery under a bill
approved by a Senate committee Tuesday that would make permanent a suspension during the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order last year allowing to-go alcohol to help restaurants that were losing business as people stayed home and capacity restrictions were enforced. While DeSantis has since lifted capacity limits, he has expressed support for allowing the businesses to continue takeout and delivery of cocktails, wine and beer. The Senate Regulated Industries Committee unanimously approved the bill. A similar proposal
is scheduled to go before the Florida House Regulatory Reform Subcommittee
today, WINK News reports
TALMAGE REPORTS SUNNY OUTLOOK FOR COUNTY, ISLANDS THIS YEAR
Indicators such as building permitting, airport ratings, real estate prices and inventory, and new construction demonstrate the return to a robust economy in Lee County, John Talmage, director of the Lee County Economic Development Office, told members of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce at its Feb. 10 Economic Development Power Hour virtual meeting. “From an economic development perspective, we’ve never been more busy,” he said. “We hope as a county that our property tax base is stabilized, that we’re not going to have to see any serious budget cuts.” For coastal communities such as Sanibel and Captiva islands, staycations and the “snow chicks” trend, where families temporarily relocate here while their children learn remotely, are the silver lining. As a result of Lee Cares, the county was able to put about $2 million into Sanibel, he said, including to non-profits such as CROW, the Community House, and F.I.S.H.; and grants for more than 110 Sanibel-based businesses. The next virtual business meeting of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for noon on March 10 with Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau Executive Director Tamara Pigott as guest speaker. For more details, contact Lai at 239-472-2348 or John@sanibel-captiva.org.
CHAMBERS PARTNER WITH FRLA FOR HOSPITALITY VIRTUAL LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Two speakers with the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) will address hospitality industry issues in the upcoming state legislative session during a Hospitality Virtual Legislative Update 2021 scheduled from 9:30-10:15 a.m. on Feb. 24. The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce
and Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce are partnering on the presentation, which is sponsored by SENTEXT. As FRLA general counsel, speaker Samantha Padgett provides legal advice and services to FRLA and its leadership and serves as an advocate for the restaurant and lodging industries at the federal, state, and local levels. She previously served for 10 years as the vice president and general counsel of the Florida Retail Federation. Speaker Richard Turner assumed the role of FRLA senior vice president of government relations in September 2002. He has been a member of the Florida Bar for more than 25 years and has more than 17 years of experience in state government. The Sanibel-Captiva chamber already has sent its members Zoom invitations to register for the virtual event. When members RSVP, they will receive a link to the Zoom meeting in advance. For more information, contact Lai at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAPLES CHAMBER EVENT TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF RESTAURANT INDUSTRY
The Greater Naples Chamber
will host a panel of local restaurant owners to discuss the future of the local restaurant industry on March 3 at Hilton Naples. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m., followed by the 4 p.m. program. Panelists Vincenzo Betulia, owner of Osteria Tulia, Bar Tulia and The French; Mick Moore, partner at The Turtle Club; and Tony Ridgway, co-owner of Ridgway Bar & Grill, Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar and Tony’s Off Third; will discuss how the restaurant industry responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, lessons learned over the past few months and opportunities for growth in the future. The event is similar to “Wake Up Naples” and will provide opportunities for networking prior to the program. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be offered. Register online here
. The cost to attend is $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers.
MARDI GRAS PLANNED THIS WEEKEND AT PARADISE COAST SPORTS COMPLEX
The United Arts Council of Collier County, in partnership with Paradise Coast Sports Complex, is hosting Mardi Gras
this weekend at Paradise Coast Sports Complex
, 3868 City Gate Blvd N., Naples. The local event, 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, will feature live music from local and regional musicians, an art exhibition with local artists, as well as festival-inspired food and beverages. The event will include local jazz musicians including Gerald Augustin, Dan Miller and Lew Del Gatto. Social distancing practices should be followed, as well as the requirement to wear masks per CDC and Collier County guidelines. Tickets are limited and can only be purchased online by clicking here
DESIGN COMPLETED FOR NEW LUXURY CONDO COMMUNITY IN PUNTA GORDA
has completed the design of the exterior and interior of Paradise Pointe — the first luxury condominium community in Punta Gorda in more than 10 years. The team completed this project, from plan to permit, in approximately six months. All 39 units have full views of Charlotte Harbor and features such as imported quartz countertops, porcelain tile floors and sliding pocket glass doors. Two lifestyle floor plans, from 1,832 to 2,597 square feet, include two to three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms built around distinctions like dual closets, tray ceilings and LED lighting in the master suite as well as double sinks, a garden tub, an enclosed shower door and linen closets in the master bathroom. The adjacent kitchen includes stainless-steel appliances, soft-close cabinets and an eat-in island.
MS CENTER OF SWFL WELCOMES NEW BOARD CHAIR, MEMBERS
The Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southwest Florida
has appointed a new board chair, Shannon Diener, and two new board members, Suzanne McGuire and Ann Walsh, for 2021. Diener owns MSD Property Management and has served on the board of directors for four years. She was involved in a start-up wheelchair manufacturer and the disabled sports world at the age of 24. McGuire is a Realtor and broker for Go McGuire Group in Bonita Springs. Walsh, the executive director for All Seasons Naples, has a background in senior housing and served in various executive-level positions over the last 20 years. McGuire and Walsh join sitting board members Kevin Hallinan, treasurer; Julie Fisher; and Charles Stanisce, secretary.