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LEE COUNTY’S EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM GETS $14M UPGRADE
Hurricane Irma revealed flaws in Lee County’s emergency system, but now those flaws have been fixed. In case of emergency or disaster, first responders can now be sure they’ll hear each other on their radios. Crews spent last week installing a tower shelter to protect Lee County’s new emergency communications system. The $14 million project will triple the capacity of emergency communications, improve radio workability between first responders and provide storm resilience in the case of a major storm. Now that the system is in place, Lee County plans to test it over the next couple of months, WINK News reports.
NYC CHEF TAKES HELM OF SAILS RESTAURANT AND TWO MORE VENUES PLANNED IN NAPLES
Eli Kaimeh has been named executive chef of a Naples-based restaurant group that includes Sails Restaurant as well as two additional restaurants, Sava and The Butcher, planned to launch this May by Sails’ co-founders and owners Corinne Ryan and Veljko Pavicevic. Darren Veilleux retains his title as executive chef of Sails, a fine-dining venue that launched three years ago on the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South in downtown Naples. Kaimeh, who has been a chef at critically acclaimed restaurants in New York City for many years, is responsible for managing all culinary operations for the Naples team, effective immediately. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Kaimeh was chef de cuisine at New York’s legendary Per Se, which accrued the maximum three Michelin stars for each of the seven years of Kaimeh’s tenure as top toque. He most recently received accolades at Tavern by WS in Manhattan and previously worked in multi-Michelin Star-winning kitchens at Daniel, Gramercy Tavern and Tocqueville. Sava is planned next door to Sails and The Butcher steakhouse is coming to the former Agave space in North Naples.
FGCU ACADEMY PRESENTS ‘GET ORGANIZED’ EVENT ON FEB. 24
Naples’ professional organizer and the creator of the popular “Get Organized” columns, Marla Ottenstein will be presenting a class on how to downsize and simplify your life at the Naples campus of the FGCU Academy, 1010 Fifth Ave. S., from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. Participants will have the choice of attending the class in person or online. In-person attendance will adhere to strict CDC-recommended guidelines. Be it downsizing from a large home into a smaller unit or transitioning into a retirement venue, the “Get Organized! How to Downsize & Simplify Your Life” class will explore the emotional and physical challenges many people experience when faced with the daunting task of downsizing. The cost to attend is $30 ($25 for FGCU Academy members). Participants may register by calling 239-434-4737 or register online with a credit card by clicking here.
RUANE TO DISCUSS LEE COUNTY GOALS AND PRIORITIES
Kevin Ruane, chairman of the Lee County Board of County Commissioners, will address the challenges and priorities facing Lee County government at the Real Estate Investment Society’s (REIS) next luncheon meeting, held at 11:45 a.m. on March 9 in the Osprey Room at Pelican Preserve’s Clubhouse in Fort Myers. Ruane’s presentation will focus on the county’s budget, coordination with municipal governments, infrastructure projects, and Lee County’s role in managing water resources. Ruane will respond to questions following the presentation. Admission is $30 for members and $40 for guests, which includes lunch. Reservations are required by March 4 and can be made here.
WEBINAR FOR MARKETING IN THE PANDEMIC HELD ON MARCH 3
The Above Board Chamber of Florida will host the webinar “Finding Success Through Marketing in a Pandemic World,” from noon to 1 p.m. on March 3. Emceed by Jeanne Sweeney, CEO and founder of the Above Board Chamber of Florida, the event panelists include Jessica Walker, manager and consultant/marketing and public relations at Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. PA; Sue Huff, owner of E. Sue Huff and Associates Marketing and Consulting; Sabastian Saitta, director of marketing and public relations at Blue Zone Project; and Hope Daley, executive producer Guerilla Media LLC. Admission to the webinar is $10. Guests will be able to join the program live or save it for viewing at a later date. To register, click here.
CHRONIC DISEASE SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM STARTS IN MARCH
Lee Health’s Lee Health Solutions, in partnership with many local community agencies and supported in part initially by a grant from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, is offering “It’s All About You,” a research-based Chronic Disease Self-Management program originally developed at Stanford University Patient Education Research Center. The program is designed for people 18 years of age or older with chronic health conditions to help them learn ways to better manage their chronic conditions and the symptoms that often accompany chronic health conditions. The free virtual workshop is two hours once a week for six weeks. Virtual workshops will be offered from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Mar. 16 and Wednesdays beginning Mar. 17. For more information or to register, call 239-343-9264.
WDG ARCHITECTURE TO DESIGN NEW GERMAIN LEXUS DEALERSHIP
WDG Architecture | Planning + Interiors of Naples has been retained as the architect for the new Germain Lexus dealership. The project, located on Immokalee Road in Naples, will expand Lexus inventory and service capabilities in a new 80,000-square-foot facility. WDG Architecture has both luxury residential and commercial design studios with a local and national client base.
MORAN WEALTH MANAGEMENT NAMES NEW SENIOR VP, FINANCIAL ADVISOR
Moran Wealth Management in Naples has added a new senior vice president and financial advisor, Charles “Charlie” E. Chesebrough. He has more than 25 years of experience in the investment industry. Prior to joining Moran Wealth Management, Chesebrough 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 and is a member of the CFA Institute.
HOLE MONTES PROMOTES MCMICHAEL TO VP OF PLANNING
Hole Montes has promoted Paula McMichael to the position of vice president of planning for the Southwest Florida firm. McMichael is certified through the American Institute of Certified Planners and has 18 years of experience in the public and private sectors as a planner in Florida. She joined Hole Montes in 2013 as director of planning and became a shareholder in 2020. McMichael earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Smith College and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Florida Atlantic University, where she graduated with honors and was named an environmental growth management fellow. McMichael is a member of the American Planning Association, Florida Planning & Zoning Association and Lee County Land Development Code Advisory Committee.
SCHANER JOINS MK ARCHITECTURE AS PROJECT MANAGER
Tom Schaner has joined MK Architecture in Fort Myers as a project manager. Schaner graduated from the Maryland Drafting Institute in Langley Park in architectural drafting and later took a LEED Certification course. Schaner has 40 years of industry experience and has held positions such as draftsman, construction administrator, job captain and senior-level project manager. Schaner has worked on large-scale projects including commercial, residential, educational, institutional, medical, military, public works and governmental types.
SWFL ORGANIZATIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN PILOT PROJECT
The Patterson Foundation has partnered with mission-based data and analytics company HundredX Inc. to connect regional nonprofits with HundredX’s Express Feedback for Good program. Aligned with The Patterson Foundation’s effort to strengthen nonprofit organizations, the pilot project aims to leverage nonprofits’ relationships with board members, staff, volunteers, partners, donors, and other stakeholders to generate new revenue streams to sustain their work in our community. The Patterson Foundation is offering the opportunity to eight organizations that previously worked within its NGO Thrivability initiative. The Southwest Florida organizations participating in this pilot project include Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity in Punta Gorda; Charlotte Players Inc. in Port Charlotte; Peace River Wildlife Center in Punta Gorda; and Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda. To learn more about NGO Thrivability and this pilot project, click here.
MIGHTY MUSSELS RELEASE SCHEDULE; FIRST HOME GAME MAY 11
The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels will return to the field in May for the first time in 18 months. The 2021 season will consist of 120 games, including 60 home games at Hammond Stadium at CenturyLink Sports Complex. The Mussels’ home opener is scheduled for May 11 against the Clearwater Threshers. After significant restructuring throughout professional baseball, the Mighty Mussels, formerly Fort Myers Miracle, will now compete in the Low-A Southeast region. The new league consists of 10 teams, all of which are previous members of the Florida State League. Call 239-768-4210 or follow the Mighty Mussels on social media for season tickets on sale now, and other ticket packages including single-game tickets on sale starting in April, WINK News reports.
Sophia’s hosts holiday luncheon for Pace Center for Girls, Collier at Immokalee
Pace Center for Girls, Collier at Immokalee, in partnership with Sophia’s Ristorante Italiano, hosted a Valentine’s Day luncheon on Feb. 12 for 70 Pace students. Sophia’s provided lunch consisting of their homemade mostaccioli, house salad, and fresh-baked bread. They even presented each girl with their own rose. The Valentine’s Day luncheon is part of Pace Center for Girls’ “Growth and Change System” that each girl participates in during their time at Pace. Within the system, each girl is rewarded on a point system for exhibiting Pace’s Guiding Values and Principles, they are then able to use their points to redeem prizes and rewards. Events like the luncheon were created to reward and celebrate their hard work.
The Immokalee Foundation introduces wearable temperature alert devices
Students and staff of The Immokalee Foundation are using new, cutting-edge wearable technology that provides real-time health information at a glance and helps ensure community safety during the pandemic. With a grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County, The Immokalee Foundation purchased innovative new temperature alert device (TAD) bracelets for 69 middle school students, providing additional benefits to the existing career exploration program that introduces students to in-demand jobs in Southwest Florida. The CFCC grant also provided TADs for The Immokalee Foundation’s high school students participating in its Career Pathways Engineering and Construction Learning Lab, an 18-home subdivision in Immokalee that serves as a hands-on professional career experience. Each student in the pilot program was issued a TAD temperature alert device bracelet, allowing for temperature alerts at home, school and while participating in The Immokalee Foundation’s programs. Based on the success of the middle school student pilot program, The Immokalee Foundation hopes to purchase 120 TADs for students in the high school Career Pathways program.
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