Gulfshore Business Daily: February 19

Lead Photo: NCH Facade Concept courtesy Crifasi Real Estate. Details on Green Tree Center redevelopment below.

 

HODGES UNIVERSITY LAUNCHES DENTAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM

Those interested in a career in the dental field can get their start with the Foundations of Dental Assisting program at Hodges University. The demand for Dental Assistants is expected to grow 23% by 2026 in Florida, according to Hodges. Students will learn dental terminology, anatomy, instrument sterilization, communication and patient privacy, appointment scheduling, financial arrangements and inventory maintenance. Students will also learn how to properly mix and prepare dental impression trays and prepare stone models for diagnostic purposes. It’s a six-week program, held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the new Health Sciences building on the University’s Fort Myers campus. The first class begins on March 6. Tuition is $1,199 and includes the textbook with bonus materials, the Basic Life Support certification for Health Professionals, and hands-on simulations in a state-of-the-art dental lab. Students will learn from dental professionals in the field. Click here to register. 
 
 

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COLLIER COUNTY HOPES TO BE PART OF STATEWIDE VACCINE PRE-REGISTRATION SYSTEM SOON

Florida’s COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration website is supposed to help get people signed up for first and second doses, but Collier County has not been added to it yet, and people want to know when that will happen. The short answer: The state is working on it. Collier was not part of the statewide system that was launched with eight pilot counties, so many people are beyond frustrated with Collier’s current process of booking appointments through Eventbrite, WINK News reports.
 
 

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SOUTH FLORIDA POLITICAL LEADERS TAKE TOUR OF CALOOSAHATCHEE, DISCUSS WATER QUALITY

Leaders from both coasts of South Florida met Wednesday to discuss water quality issues facing this region of the state and its possible solutions. The cities of Miami, Sanibel and Fort Myers are joining efforts to address water quality and Everglades restoration. To do this, representatives from Captains for Clean Water, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, the Everglades Trust, the city of Sanibel, and city of Miami went on a tour of the Caloosahatchee River. On the Southwest Florida coast, one of the main issues is the discharges from Lake Okeechobee that contribute to blue-green algae. The hope is that sending more water from Lake Okeechobee south, can help restore the Everglades and relieve Lee County from the harmful discharges, WINK News reports.
 

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NAPLES FINALIZING PLAN FOR BIKE, PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

The city of Naples is working to make the community more accessible for walkers, bicyclists and drivers. In designing its 2021 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, the city is looking at things like crosswalks and ways to make them safer by drawing attention to them, potentially raising them. Some bikers hope getting around on two wheels will be a little easier in the future. The Naples Path Coalition is pushing for more connectivity of bike paths, with hopes of reducing the number of deadly biking accidents. The city says it will have the plans set by June, WINK News reports.
 
 

Joey D’s corner concept

GREEN TREE CENTER IN NORTH NAPLES REDEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCED

Crifasi Real Estate has announced a major redevelopment of the Green Tree Center located at the intersection of Airport Road and Immokalee Road in North Naples. A fresh coastal-contemporary design and the open-air concept are replacing the former Mediterranean design, transforming the property into more of a lifestyle center versus a traditional retail shopping center. This being illustrated by the restaurant spaces being offered coupled with an expanded outdoor dining area. There is significant interest in the modernized 51,000-square-foot former Sweetbay space with various potential tenants, and space may be divided, Jack Crifasi, of Crifasi Real Estate, says. Some of the property cosmetic updates include open-aired gables, large outdoor cupolas, custom lighting, expanded tile walkways, fountains with torches, as well as updated landscaping flora throughout the property. The NCH Wellness Center located within the center is also going through a massive multi-million-dollar renovation to be completed in June 2021. 7-Eleven is being built on the parcel just off Green Tree Center Airport Rd with a completion date in May. Renovations will be completed in 2021. Retail units are now available for lease by Crifasi Real Estate.
 
 

VETERAN RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS OPEN PRIVATE PRACTICE

Inspire Oncology, led by veteran board-certified radiation oncologists Dr. Bruce Nakfoor, and Dr. Michael Hanus, has opened at 8625 Collier Blvd., Suite 102 in Naples, and is accepting new patients. Nakfoor and Hanus have more than 50 years combined experience in the practice of radiation oncology, having seen nearly 20,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients. Nakfoor has been voted top doctor by the readers of Gulfshore Life magazine every year since the award was created. Hanus has also been named a multi-year top doctor by Gulfshore Life
 
 

SEAGATE MAKING PROGRESS ON SCOTLYNN’S NEW FORT MYERS HQ

Construction is progressing at the new Scotlynn USA Division North American headquarters near Alico Road and Interstate 75 in the Fort Myers area. Structural steel has been completed along with framing on the first, second and third floors while electrical and HVAC are underway, reports Seagate Development Group, builder of the three-story, 60,000-square-foot building. Scotlynn, a company specializing in hauling refrigerated produce, is one of the fastest-growing perishable logistics providers in the United States. To see building progress photos, click here
 
 

Shaun St. Dennis

STEVENS CONSTRUCTION EXPANDS WITH NEW OFFICE IN SARASOTA

Stevens Construction Inc. has expanded operations with a fourth office location in Sarasota, announced President Mark Stevens. The new office at 1605 Main St., Suite 904, reflects client demand and the company’s strategy to broaden the geographical area served. Stevens Construction, which has three projects in preconstruction in Sarasota, is assisting these clients with project budgeting, constructability, scheduling and permitting to ensure the projects will achieve budget and quality goals before construction begins. The Sarasota location will be led by division manager, Shaun St. Dennis, a LEED accredited professional who has 20 years of commercial construction experience in Florida, completing more than 300,000 square feet in senior living, mixed-use, multi-family, hospitality and healthcare construction. Headquartered in Fort Myers, Stevens Construction expanded with an Orlando office in 2008 and a Tampa office in 2013.
 
 

Michael Brunoli

PBS CONTRACTORS PROMOTES BRUNOLI TO VP

PBS Contractors promotes Michael Brunoli to vice president of operations, residential division, this month. Brunoli has an extensive background in construction management, with more than 20 years of experience managing all phases of construction. He has provided project managerial services for building types including business parks, office buildings, luxury condominiums, shopping plazas, multi-family, and estate homes. Notable projects of Brunoli’s include Humane Society Naples von Arx Adoption Center, Sunshine Ace Hardware East Trail, and the new home of Golden Paws, currently in pre-construction.
 
 

BENSON TO CHAIR ADVOCACY COMMITTEE FOR FGCU CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT ADVISORY BOARD

Ryan Benson, principal with A. Vernon Allen Builder, has been named chairman of the advocacy committee of the Construction Management Advisory Board for Florida Gulf Coast University’s U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering. The Department of Construction Management is committed to leadership in innovative construction education. Benson is the co-owner of A. Vernon Allen Builder, a luxury home builder in Naples, and a director for the Florida Housing Finance Corp., appointed by Gov. DeSantis in 2019. Benson earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Stetson University and his Master of Business Administration from Florida International University. This year he was awarded the Florida Home Builders Association’s Young Professional (YP) award and is a two-time national finalist for the YP award with the National Association of Home Builders. He has received the 40 under 40 award from Gulfshore Business.
 
 

ANDRESS ELECTED CHAIR OF AIRPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Lee County Port Authority Airport’s Special Management Committee (ASMC) elected Noel Andress as chair and Fran Myers as vice chair during its Feb. 16 meeting. Other members of the ASMC include John Goodrich, Randy Krise and Robbie Roepstorff. The committee also includes two regional members, R. Scott Cameron and Dana Carr, who represent the interests of neighboring Collier and Charlotte counties. The committee advises the Board of Port Commissioners on policy matters pertaining to Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field in Fort Myers. Each Port Commissioner appoints one ASMC member, who serves without compensation.

 

Matthew Brust

BRUST JOINS HENDERSON FRANKLIN’S CORPORATE LEGAL TEAM

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A. has hired attorney Matthew Brust to the firm’s business and tax department. Brust focuses his practice on business organization operations and planning, mergers and acquisitions, and federal and state taxation. Prior to joining the firm, Brust was a senior tax consultant with a firm located on the east coast of Florida. His experience also includes assisting start-ups to go public and working on complex corporate structures with foreign investors and Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPAC). He is a graduate of Mariner High School and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in pre-law from Webber International University. Brust received his Juris Doctor degree from Florida Coastal School of Law and his LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
 
 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

Wayne Kirkwood

Kirkwood named Community Cooperative Lifetime Advisory Board member

Community Cooperative has named board member Wayne Kirkwood, former owner and president of Kirkwood Electric, to the nonprofit’s Lifetime Advisory Board. The board is made up of longtime supporters who continue to serve in an advisory role to the nonprofit made up of social service entrepreneurs fighting to end hunger and homelessness in Southwest Florida. Kirkwood helped the organization rebrand from Community Cooperative Ministries Inc. to Community Cooperative Inc. Kirkwood was recognized as an ENPY Nonprofit Board Leader of the Year in 2019 by the Cape Coral Community Foundation for his service on the Community Cooperative board of directors. Kirkwood joins the organization’s co-founder Sam Galloway Jr. and lifetime directors Sybil Edgar, Helen Fallert, Rev. Richard Grady, Steve Shimp, Christine Larson, John McGee and John Klass Sr.
 
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