Gulfshore Business Daily: February 19

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West Bay Club Golf House and Niblick Rendering


Collier County tourism research shows 1.9 million visitors stayed at least one night in paid lodging in 2019, an increase of 5.8% over 2018. Those visitors also spent over $2.3 billion, an 8.1% increase for the economic impact to the county. Visitation, spending and other key tourism indicators were reported at the monthly Collier County Tourist Development Council meeting, based on this month’s report from Tampa-based Research Data Services, Inc. Highlights for 2019 compared to 2018 showed average occupancy in paid lodging rose 2.9% to 76.9 percent; the average daily rate in paid lodging increased 1.4% to $256.60; Revenue per available room grew 4.4% to $197.30; and direct hospitality and tourism jobs in Collier County topped 32,400, up 1,700 over 2018. The most recent tourist tax report, reflecting taxes paid by guests at hotels, short-term rentals and campgrounds in 2019, shows collections at $32.68 million, up $4.1 million over 2018.

West Bay Club Golf House and Niblick Rendering


Residents and members of The West Bay Club, an 868-acre luxury community in Estero, have approved a $12 million amenity improvement and renovation plan focused on updating and transforming the community’s Bay House activity center, poolside fitness building, dining options and Beach Club ocean-side amenity, as well as The West Bay Club’s Golf House and pub. This approval comes on the heels of a $4 million renovation of The West Bay Club’s Pete Dye championship golf course in 2018 by Fry/Straka golf course architects. Meyers & Associates architects, Clive Daniel Hospitality design, Troon Design, West Bay Golf Club management and a resident-led Renovation Task Force collaborated for nearly a year on the West Bay Vision 2020 plan for these amenity improvements. Crews are expected to begin the first phase of construction this April, beginning with the West Bay Club’s Golf House and pub and followed in phases by the community amenities. For more information on West Bay Club, visit


The Zonta Club of Bonita Springs-Estero is hosting its annual Woman of the Year fundraising dinner on April 22 at Pelican’s Nest Golf Club in Bonita Springs. Each year, the club honors a woman who exemplifies Zonta’s mission, which is dedicated to improving the circumstances of women during all stages of life, locally and globally. The 2020 Woman of the Year is Kathleen Berkey, a shareholder and certified land planner with the Law Firm of Berkley & Poliakoff, in Fort Myers. The evening will include a cocktail hour, plated dinner, silent, live and dessert auction, as well as tickets for a chance to win $1,000 at $20 apiece. Stacey Deffenbaugh, NBC-2 news anchor, is the master of ceremony, and Rick Gallo will be the evening’s auctioneer. Several local dignitaries will be present. Tickets to attend are $100 and $125 after April 1. Tickets may be purchased online here. Funds from this event are used to provide scholarships to local students and women who plan to return to the workforce.

Kaufman Lynn Construction associates Dan Root, Chris Long and Steve DeLong along with CEO Mike Kaufman and President Frank White gather at the beam-raising ceremony for the Siena Lakes Continuing Care Retirement Community.


More than 200 people watched with excitement as Kaufman Lynn Construction (KL) hoisted a beam– signed by hundreds of employees and future residents–atop its new home at Siena Lakes Continuing Care Retirement Community in Naples, an Erickson Living project. KL is working with Erickson Living and the Bessolo Design Group on the senior housing project, which is expected to have 355 one- and two-bedroom independent living units, an adult living section with 35 assisted living beds, and 30 skilled nursing and memory care beds. Resort-like amenities will include a swimming pool, fitness center, multiple restaurants, a theater room, classrooms, a library, and an on-site medical center. Kaufman Lynn is managing a team of more than 300 subcontractors and tradespeople working on the site, located at 2775 Orange Blossom Drive in Naples.

Decorum Luxury Apartments


DeAngelis Diamond has built and completed Knott Realty Group’s Decorum Luxury Apartments located at 9851 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy. in Fort Myers. The 630,000-square-foot multifamily apartment complex has 435 units and features a resort-style pool with private poolside cabanas, pickleball courts, a theater, and billiards room, two state-of-the-art fitness areas, dog parks, walking trails, and garages. DeAngelis Diamond has over $1 billion worth of multifamily/senior living construction experience, totaling over 7,500 units. Decorum Apartments is one of DeAngelis Diamond’s 41 multifamily/senior living projects with similar developments currently under construction. Rockledge Flats Apartments in Rockledge, Florida and Marina Bay 880 in Clearwater, Florida, will be completed in early 2021.


Four real estate management and development professionals with ties to the transformation of Naples’ Fifth Avenue South have launched a new organization—ADG4. Led by Zahra Antaramian, Bob Frazitta, Charles Thomas and Peter Carroll, ADG4 provides an array of residential and commercial property management and development services through a group of related entities. ADG4Living in Naples, for one, specializes in home management and residential owner representation. For the homeowner, ADG4Living offers a complete range of management and maintenance services. For those remodeling or building a custom home, ADG4Living acts as the owner representative, managing every aspect of the project from start to finish. Complimenting ADG4’s residential services are commercially focused ADG4Properties and ADG4Development. ADG4Properties provides an array of comprehensive commercial real estate solutions, including customized property management and owner representation services for properties ranging from mixed-used and office to retail and hospitality. ADG4Development establishes and leads development partnerships of mixed-use, commercial, retail, hospitality and office properties. ADG4Development provides the full suite of services necessary to handle every aspect of development.

Keynote speaker David Martin


The Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association (SRMA) will present keynote speaker David Martin at a roundtable event held from 8-9:30 a.m. on Feb. 20 at Shaw Development in Bonita Springs. Martin will talk about “The Toyota Way” guiding principles and how to apply these winning strategies to your own business. Martin has worked two decades as a design and development engineer at a major construction equipment manufacturer plus more than two decades at Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America in the field of quality assurance/quality control. Guests will learn Toyota’s philosophy and approach, how to achieve operational excellence, as well as enjoy networking and light refreshments. The event is sponsored by CliftonLarsenAllen. The cost to attend is $10 for SRMA members and $20 for nonmembers. Reservations are requested. Visit to register.


CareerSource Southwest Florida is hosting a “Retaining Employee Workshop” to discuss recruitment versus retention, the true cost of turnover, easy and low-cost practices, and businesses sharing best practices. The Workshop will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. on Feb. 25 at CareerSource Southwest Florida in Fort Myers. There is no cost, but seating is limited. RSVP to (239) 931-8282, ext. 1803.

Marketing Coordinator Karen Pickrum, Marketing Consultant Gretchen Berger, President/CFO Olga Placeres, Managing Director Kristina Gear and Director of Membership Bethany Sawyer (Chamber).


Preferred Travel of Naples named Collier County Business of the Month

The Greater Naples Chamber and the Board of Collier County Commissioners selected Preferred Travel of Naples Inc. as the Business of the Month for February 2020. Each month, the award is presented to an organization that has enhanced the community through financial, volunteer and active involvement in organizations and programs that creates a better quality of life for all citizens in Collier County.  The Board of Collier County Commissioners and Bethany Sawyer, director of membership at the Greater Naples Chamber, presented President/CFO Olga Placeres with a commemorative plaque on Feb. 11 at the County Commission meeting. To learn more about Preferred Travel of Naples, visit

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