Gulfshore Business Daily: February 4

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Lead Photo: Habitat for Humanity of Collier County will celebrate the grand opening of its relocated ReStore on Friday. Details below.

 

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LEE HEALTH ASKS FOR DOSES TO VACCINATE ‘EXTREMELY VULNERABLE’ FRONTLINE WORKERS

Lee Health Board Chairman David Collins sent a letter this week to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to push to have more coronavirus vaccines supplied to the community health system and hospitals statewide. Collins specifically requested that Lee Health be granted more shipments of vaccines due to lack of supply to vaccinate its frontline health workers in the hospital system, as well as those who don’t currently meet vaccine criteria in the state and are “extremely vulnerable” to COVID-19. The community health system asserts it has the refrigeration requirements needed to house the Pfizer vaccine at its facilities compared to other types of local facilities, WINK News reports.
 

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ALDI TO REPLACE EMPTY LUCKY’S IN CAPE CORAL

A half-built eyesore in Cape Coral will soon have a new look. The space at Veterans Parkway and Santa Barbara Boulevard was supposed to be occupied by Lucky’s Market, but Aldi will take over the location instead. When Lucky’s pulled out of Florida a year ago, it left its proposed Cape Coral location as an unfinished shell with walls up and a roof but nothing else. No timeline has been given on when that new Aldi grocery store will open, WINK News reports.
 

CITY OF NAPLES CONSIDERS NEW PARKING GARAGE

The city of Naples is working on a proposed plan to add a parking garage at the corner of First Avenue South and 12th Street South, just west of Goodlette-Frank Road and the future home of Gulfshore Playhouse’s 45,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art theater. The hope is that a new garage will help alleviate parking concerns in nearby areas such as Bayfront, Naples Square, Tin City, Baker Park and the Naples Design District. Citizens spoke both for and against the proposal this week at a meeting of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency. The CRA did not make a decision Tuesday night but asked city staff to return with detailed proposals for both three-level and four-level garages. 
 

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SANIBEL SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASES PARKING FEES ON THE ISLAND

Sanibel is raising parking prices by the hundreds on the barrier island in Lee County. City Council voted Tuesday to increase a nonresident beach parking permit from $124 to $300 annually. Sanibel Mayor Mick Denham and the city welcomes people from off the island, but he said the old price was a steal. The now more-than-doubled fee is to help maintain the pristine beaches and amenities on Sanibel, WINK News reports.
 

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CAPE CORAL CONSIDERS REGISTRATION PROGRAM FOR RENTAL PROPERTY OWNERS

A Cape Coral proposal could affect renters and rental property owners in the city. Southwest Florida’s largest city plans to look at and consider altering the way code violations are reported. It would place more accountability on property owners so, if there’s a code violation at a rental property, Cape Coral will be able to quickly find the name and contact information for the owner responsible. If this idea is approved, rental property owners will have to pay a one-time $35 registration fee, a process that could be completed online or at City Hall. Several cities in Florida, including Sanibel and Bonita Springs, already have a rental registration process, WINK News reports.
 

COLLIER AREA TRANSIT’S BEACH BUS STARTS NEW SEASON

Collier Area Transit (CAT) is ready for a busy beach season with the start of the Beach Bus route today (Thursday, Feb. 4) through May 30. The Beach Bus offers a free shuttle service to Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in North Naples. Look for the Beach Bus “trolley” with its authentic wooden seats and a rack to store coolers. The Beach Bus will operate from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 4:30 to 7:10 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The bus travels from Creekside on Immokalee Road in North Naples to Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park on Bluebill Avenue. Pedestrians can flag down the bus anywhere along the route for a free ride to the beach or any destination along the route. While the shuttle service is free, there is a $2 entrance fee per person to Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. Just pay the bus driver when boarding the bus to cover the entrance fee. CAT is following all CDC guidelines; the vehicles are frequently cleaned, and masks are mandatory at all times. For more information about the CAT Beach Bus, call 239-252-7777 or click here.
 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY’S RELOCATED RESTORE LAUNCHING IN NAPLES

Habitat for Humanity of Collier County will celebrate the grand opening of its relocated ReStore on Friday morning at Carillon Place retail center on the southeast corner of Airport-Pulling and Pine Ridge roads in Naples. Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the doors will open to the public at 10 a.m. After operating for five years on Yahl Street in North Naples, ReStore closed in October to make the move to the former Pier 1 Imports store that closed last fall in Carillon Place. The local nonprofit organization’s new 10,482-square-foot ReStore sells gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances at affordable prices. ReStore donations are tax-deductible and the sale of items there provides a funding stream that helps Habitat build homes for local families in need. The new store at 5062 Airport-Pulling Road N. will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. 
 

Andrew Kohne

PRO FLEET CARE BRINGS ITS RUST PROOFING SYSTEM TO SWFL

Pro Fleet Care announces the grand opening of its first Florida location in Cape Coral. Pro Fleet Care uses a rustproofing system that creates a barrier of protection for metals and neutralizes the harmful effects of salt and moisture. Bob Lawrie founded Pro Fleet Care in Canada in 1984 to protect metals against rust. Over the past 35-plus years, Pro Fleet Care has worked with farmers and landscapers, large and small vehicle fleet owners, governmental agencies, and Fortune 100 companies. Franchise owner Andrew Kohne is now expanding on the concept to bring the product and service directly to homeowners and businesses in the Southwest Florida area. Before opening Pro Fleet Care, Kohne worked in various management and service roles in the hospitality, golf and homebuilder industries. 
 

FLORIDA DEO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO SPEAK AT FEB. 5 LUNCHEON

Tiger Bay Club of Southwest Florida will host Dane Eagle, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), for a luncheon program to discuss the future of Florida’s economy. Eagle will share information about Gov. Ron DeSantis’s plans to rebuild Florida’s economy and the DEO’s efforts to invest in communities throughout the state, workforce assistance and business growth. The event begins with registration and networking at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and a program from noon to 1 p.m., on Feb. 5 at Broadway Palm in Fort Myers. The meeting will also be streamed via Zoom. In-person registration is $35 for non-members and $25 for members; virtual registration is $10. 
 

Connie Ramos-Williams

SWFL INC. NEXT ‘BOSS’ VIRTUAL PANEL HELD ON FEB. 9

SWFL Inc. is offering its Business Owners Sharing Solutions (BOSS) educational series again this year, with a mix of virtual and in-person events. BOSS events give attendees quick, actionable takeaways with a marketing or sales focus, along with an opportunity to network, in just over an hour. Anyone can attend – no membership required. The next virtual panel, called “Refreshing your marketing message for 2021,” will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 9. Marketing experts Connie Ramos-Williams, owner of CONRIC pr + marketing and Jordan Eades, owner of Your Best Business Life, will share quick tips to help businesses in any industry create messaging for 2021 that is clear and easy for new clients to understand. Each BOSS panel includes a moderated question-and-answer session, followed by audience questions and breakout networking sessions. Limited tickets are available now.
 

Kali Kaye

KAYE EARNS PROFESSIONAL PUBLIC RELATIONS ACCREDITATION

Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Member Kali Kaye recently earned professional public relations accreditation and received the designation of Accredited in Public Relations (APR). Kaye joins the more than 4,300 active public relations professionals worldwide who represent an elite group of skilled professionals committed to practicing with high ethical standards, including 39 currently in Southwest Florida. Kaye is the internal communications supervisor at Lee Health and manages the strategic communication efforts for Lee Health’s more than 15,000 employees, the Lee Health medical staff and the volunteers and auxilians. Kaye earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2005. She is a native of Fort Myers and has worked for Lee Health for 10 years.
 

ALLIANCE FOR PERIOD SUPPLIES OF SWFL ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD

The Alliance for Period Supplies of SWFL has welcomed Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster and Danielle Viens-Payne to its board of directors. Buzzacco-Foerster is the director of government relations at the Greater Naples Chamber. Prior to joining the Chamber, she spent more than a decade as a reporter covering local and state government for the Naples Daily News and FloridaPolitics.com. Viens-Payne is the high school coordinator at the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County – Nicholas Campus. She has a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, previously working with at-risk and immigrant youth and families in Baltimore. Olivia Annoye, a Barron Collier High School student, and Sotayouna Joseph, an Immokalee High School student, have also joined the Alliance for Period Supplies of SWFL Board of Directors as ex-officio high school members. The Alliance for Period Supplies of SWFL has also launched a new website.
 

WELLFIT GIRLS ANNOUNCES 2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Wellfit Girls has unveiled its 2021 board of directors. The dynamic group was installed earlier in 2020 and will serve through June 2021. The 2021 slate of board members includes board president Debra Frenkel, founder and executive director of the Freedom Waters Foundation; vice president Nannette Staropoli, CEO of MARKIT Group and ContentClix; secretary Jill Wheeler, a licensed psychotherapist and the founder of Wellfit Girls; treasurer Colby Robertson, Wellfit Girls’ first executive director and co-founder of the organization; Ashley Mandeville, Ph.D., a professor of management and leadership at Florida Gulf Coast University; Heather Border, co-founder of Alliance Global Advisors; and Rio DeArmond, former program coordinator for Wellfit Girls and student of counseling at Northwestern University.
 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

Fifth Third Bank and Fifth Third Foundation support FGCU foundation

Fifth Third Bank and Fifth Third Foundation have presented a grantfor $100,000 to Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation. The grant will support the sustainability program for small businesses. The funds will create a resource for some of the hardest-hit small businesses in Southwest Florida, Fifth Third Bank states. The funds will support technical assistance, one-on-one counseling, and provide support for small and minority disadvantaged businesses or low-or-moderate-income (LMI) LMI businesses in the community. The support also includes financial health assessments and concentrated training to help small businesses survive the pandemic, maintain and increase sales and profits, raise capital and maintain or create jobs. 
 

Strides for Education 5k Run/Walk to benefit Take Stock in Children program

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools will hold its 10th annual Strides for Education 5k Run/Walk on Feb. 6 at Florida SouthWestern State College. Check-in starts at 6:30 a.m., followed by the race at 7:30 a.m. Suncoast Credit Union is the title sponsor of the event. Strides for Education 5k Run/Walk raises money for college scholarships to benefit students entering the Take Stock in Children program. More than 1,000 business leaders, community partners, teachers, and local runners are expected to participate either in-person or virtually.  The event will be following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for the safety of all who attend.
 

Step Up for Parkinson’s Disease walk held virtually, in-person on Feb. 13

The Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida will host the 22nd annual “Step Up for Parkinson’s Disease” walk held on Feb. 13 virtually and in-person at Baker Park in Naples. In-person walk registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by the walk at 10 a.m. All proceeds from this event will support Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida programs.
 
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