Gulfshore Business Daily: February 8

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Lead Photo: T42 restaurant and bar replaces TGI Friday’s at Coconut Point in Estero. Details below.

 

Video courtesy of WINK News

LEE COUNTY SET TO ROLL OUT PANDEMIC RELIEF PLAN FOR STRUGGLING RESIDENTS

Lee County plans to help people hit by the pandemic stay on their feet. That county wants to distribute more than $23 million to struggling families who pay rent in Lee County and are having money troubles because of the pandemic. The county’s goal is to help people get back to normal as much as possible. The proposed relief plan will include 12 months of rent and utilities paid for those who qualify, with the possibility to extend it, if needed. The details are not yet final. Lee County commissioners plan to announce the plan on Feb. 16, WINK News reports.
 

WINN-DIXIE TO BEGIN COVID-19 VACCINATIONS THIS WEEK

Winn-Dixie pharmacies will begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday. More than 8,000 Moderna vaccines will be available by appointment only throughout the state at pharmacies at Winn-Dixie, Fresco y Más, and Harveys Supermarket locations. Exact locations have not been announced by parent company Southeastern Grocers Inc., which is working with the Florida Department of Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The free vaccines will be available for adults ages 65 and older, health care workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. Eligible individuals can click here for updates, including vaccine availability details, participating store locations and to schedule an appointment online when available. 
 

T42 RESTAURANT AND BAR REPLACES TGI FRIDAY’S AT COCONUT POINT 

A new upscale restaurant launched Monday night in the former space of TGI Friday’s fronting U.S. 41 on the northern edge of Coconut Point in Estero. T42 restaurant and bar, built around shareable tapas and a wine club, is the creation of co-owners Anthony Quattrochi and his fiancée, Brandy Wong. They completely remodeled Friday’s kitschy digs, creating a clean, classy decor dominated by silver and black. T42, pronounced T forty-two, features a small plate dinner concept with a menu blend of Italian cuisine, seafood and American bistro favorites. “Everything is meant to be shared,” said Quattrochi, who operates T42 in the Chicago area and plans additional locations of his concept in the Naples area. T42 has a full bar as well as indoor and outdoor seating. Quattrochi plans to eventually triple the size of the patio on the northern side of the restaurant and introduce brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. He already is accepting memberships for an upscale wine club with wine lockers he plans to launch there this summer. T42, 7991 Plaza del Lago Drive, is open from 4 p.m. to midnight nightly. 
 

BED BATH & BEYOND PERMANENTLY CLOSING TWO STORES IN SWFL

Bed Bath & Beyond is permanently closing four stores in Florida this month, including its locations at Coconut Point in Estero and at The Forum in Fort Myers. Clearance sales have already depleted most items from the shelves at 8020 Mediterranean Drive and 3248 Forum Blvd. Bed Bath & Beyond plans to continue operating its remaining stores in Southwest Florida, but the retailer is liquidating 43 stores nationwide by the end of February as part of its plan to close about 200 locations by 2022. 
 
 

Gregory Adam Haile

‘FOSTERING EQUITY AND INCLUSION AS LEADERS’ EVENT SET FOR FEB. 17

The Leadership Collier Foundation (LCF) Alumni Association will host its next LCF Alumni Association Leadership Lunch Series with Gregory Adam Haile, president of Broward College and chair of Leadership Florida, to discuss “How to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.” This virtual event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Feb. 17. Cotrenia Hood, a graduate of Leadership Collier of 2013 and Executive Business Coach at Steel Bleu, will moderate the live conversation. Cotrenia is a founding member of the LCF Alumni Association’s new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. This meeting will be interactive, where all attendees can see one another and have the opportunity to ask questions live. The cost to attend is $10 for LCF alumni and $25 for non-alumni interested in learning more and applying for one of the Leadership Collier Foundation programs.
 

‘BUSINESS HALL OF FAME’ FEB. 25 EVENT APPROACHING

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida’s annual Business Hall of Fame virtual event begins at 6:45 p.m. on Feb. 25, beginning at 6:45 p.m. It will be the first time Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida hosts a combined event, honoring laureates from both Lee and Collier Counties simultaneously. It is also the first time it will be hosted entirely virtually. The acknowledgment honors influential, visionary leaders from the business community that have made a significant impact, created new opportunities and elevated the educational landscape for youth in their communities regarding financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work-readiness. Honorees include Sarah Owen and William T. Prather for Lee County and Dr. James J. Guerra and Sen. Kathleen C. Passidomo for Collier County. Registration is available here. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, click here
 
 

MK ARCHITECTURE TO DESIGN QUAIL VILLAGE GOLF CLUB PROJECTS

MK Architecture has been awarded the schematic design services for two new projects for the Quail Village Golf Club in Naples. The projects include a new two-story 10,000-square-foot building with the second floor, 100-seat Quail Pub overlooking holes one and 10, and a first-floor Pro-Shop and Cart Barn. The second project includes an interior renovation of the existing activities center, fitness center and resort pool area. The project is expected to be completed by 2022.
 
LEE BUILDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION INSTALLS 2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Lee Building Industry Association conducted the installation of the 2021 Board of Directors and swore in Paul Beattie, president of Beattie Development, as president of the association. Also serving on the 2021 Lee BIA Board of Directors are Carl Barraco Jr. as first vice president, Bob Marion as second vice president, Ian Moore as secretary, Chris Cartee as treasurer, Frank Jenkins as past president, Randy Thibaut as second past [resident, Marc Malaniak, Jeff Richards, Neale Montgomery, Michael Dannenhauer, Matt Roepstorff, Justin Thibaut, Matt Johnson, Annette Nilles, Jon Moore, John Dailey, Steve Gabor, Randal Mercer, Christopher Spiro, Dan Oberski, Nate Ritter and Darryl Aubuchon. Beattie is to serve the association as president for two years.
 

Lori Taylor

CAPITAL WEALTH ADVISORS NAMES SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

Capital Wealth Advisors (CWA), headquartered in Naples, has appointed Lori Taylor to senior vice president of Private Wealth Management. Taylor will be located at CWA’s Cary, North Carolina, office.  She is responsible for advising clients and families across all aspects of wealth management with an emphasis on defining what matters, achieving financial well-being, and developing sustainable legacies. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma and Certified Financial Planner, Taylor has more than four decades of experience in the financial industry, including retail banking, the leadership of wealth-management teams, and running a single-family office. 
 

Beatrice Galvan

GATES CONSTRUCTION APPOINTS HR MANAGER, PAYROLL ADMINISTRATOR

Gates Construction has added Beatrice Galvan as human resources manager and payroll administrator. She has more than 20 years of experience in human resources, employee benefits, and payroll working in local and state government. She received her Associate of Arts in accounting and Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Colorado Technical University. Galvan is responsible for implementing HR policies and managing all aspects of employee relations, compensation and benefits administration. Galvan is based out of Gates Construction’s headquarters in Bonita Springs.
 

Kimberly Royal

FLORIDA SKIN CENTER HIRES DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

Florida Skin Center has named Kimberly Royal as director of marketing and communications. Royal brings more than 15 years of healthcare marketing, communications, and business development experience to the role. Royal joined Florida Skin Center in 2019 as a consultant. Before Florida Skin Center, Royal owned PRN Marketing & Development and focused on providing professional marketing services to healthcare organizations.  She also worked as director of marketing and development for Riverchase Dermatology and Prism Aesthetics.
 

Claudia Paraldi

SANIBEL CAPTIVA COMMUNITY BANK WELCOMES PARALDI

Claudia Paraldi has joined Sanibel Captiva Community Bank as a loan processing coordinator in the bank’s loan operations division at the downtown branch, located at 1533 Hendry Street in Fort Myers. She is responsible for processing personal loan files. Paraldi has nearly 10 years of banking experience with a large, national bank, as well as a background in credit analysis. Founded in 2003, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has two locations on Sanibel Island and six more locations throughout Lee County. 
 

SUSAN BENNETT MARKETING & MEDIA L.C. CELEBRATES 30 YEARS

Susan Bennett Marketing & Media L.C. is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The company has now donated $2.5 million in in-kind professional services and cash contributions to area not-for-profit organizations and helped raise more than $70 million for fundraising and capital campaigns. Susan Bennett, an accredited and certified public relations professional with more than 50 years’ experience, founded the Fort Myers-based company that carries her name in 1991. Since that time, Susan Bennett Marketing & Media has received more than 200 awards from the Florida Public Relations Association, including the organization’s highest honor for the best public relations campaign in the state. She is the founder of the “Grande Dames Tea” for the PACE Center for Girls, “Laughter Is the Best Medicine Comedy Night” for SalusCare Inc., and the Founders’ Society of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, among others. Prior to opening her company, Bennett was a Gannett Co. executive, member of the launch team of USA Today and former marketing director, editor and reporter at The News-Press.  She is a high honors graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and a Master of Arts degree in mass communications.
 

MORRIS-DEPEW TEAM MEMBERS ACHIEVE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATIONS

Two team members at Morris-Depew Associates have achieved professional designations in the engineering and landscape architecture division. Matt Lincolnhol received his Professional Landscape Architect license, while assistant project manager and project engineer Stephen VerVaecke received his Professional Engineer license. A member of the team since 2018, Lincolnhol has been involved with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) since his collegiate days at Clemson University, where he served as president of the student chapter. Presently he is serving as the Southwest Florida section chair for ASLA. VerVaecke has been involved with numerous projects throughout the state of Florida, gaining experience in the community development process, site engineering design, traffic impact analysis, and local and state permitting. As a developing leader within Morris-Depew, VerVaecke is also involved within the community, attending Real Estate Investment Society, Tiger Bay, and Urban Land Institute local events.
 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

Southwest Florida Community Foundation approves first impact investment

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, with the collaboration of Catalyst Community Capital Inc., has approved its first impact investment of $270,000 to fund a wellness pharmacy in Dunbar. This is the first impact investment from the Community Foundation’s new revolving loan fund. Money that is repaid from these investments or loans is recycled to help other nonprofit and for-profit social entrepreneurs. The loan has been awarded to Total Healthcare Alliance, LLC d.b.a. Sozo Wellness of Dunbar, to de-risk starting a business in an underserved community and to provide structured opportunities for further investments in the pharmacy’s growth. Sozo Wellness is operated by Dr. Shadreka McIntosh, a fifth-generation Dunbar resident who has always dreamed of bringing a pharmacy to her community. McIntosh is a Doctor of Pharmacy and has a Master of Science in integrative medicine. 
 

Lipman Family Farms donates produce to Harry Chapin Food Bank

Lipman Family Farms, a large business in Southwest Florida with a heart for giving, is making sure people who rely on the Harry Chapin Food Bank for food on their tables are getting more than canned goods. Over the years, Lipman has become a major contributor to the food bank, donating thousands of dollars while also making sure the families Harry Chapin serves can get fresh produce. In addition, WINK News is raising funds for Harry Chapin Food Bank this month as part of its WINK Feeds Families March to a Million Meals. To help raise $400,000 by March 1, click here.
 

Habitat for Humanity’s ‘Give to the Max Matching Challenge’ now open

Feb. 5-8 marks the tenth anniversary of Habitat for Humanity of Collier County’s Give to the Max Matching Challenge. For four days, the nonprofit matches all donations dollar-for-dollar, up to $1 million. The goal is to raise funds to underwrite the cost of ten affordable homes, honoring ten years of Give to the Max. This year’s matching fund was made possible by donor sponsors including The Bauer Foundation, Barbara Forsythe, Linda & Curt Gillespie, Pat & Craig Jilk, Sharon & Tom Messmore, Janet & Andrew Miller, Naples Lumber, Naples United Church of Christ, Judy & Tom Rush, The Schoen Foundation, United Church of Marco Island, and The Wildflower Foundation.
 

Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, president/CEO of Naples Senior Center

Naples Senior Center awarded Women’s Giving Circle Grant

Naples Senior Center, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive programs and social services for seniors, has been awarded a $15,000 grant from The Women’s Giving Circle of Southwest Florida. These funds will be used to support the growing Just Checking and Case Management programs for local seniors. The center’s Just Checking program is entering its second year and acts as a lifeline to homebound seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, 120 seniors are receiving calls each week with at least nine receiving calls daily. More than 15 volunteers assist in making these calls and the need for these services is projected to continue to increase. The Case Management program connects frail seniors with professional geriatric case managers who offer community resources that enable them to age in place safely and with dignity. Due to seniors being isolated in their homes as a result of the global health crisis, Naples Senior Center has seen an increase in requests for these services.
 

Healthcare Network to participate in ‘Give Where You Live’ fundraiser

Healthcare Network is among the 40 nonprofits selected for the seventh annual Give Where You Live Collier, a Collier County-wide movement to encourage philanthropy after a year of canceled events and decreased donations due to COVID-19. Matching grants during the event help increase donors’ contributions. Through Healthcare Network’s COVID-19 Response Team, community health workers have provided door-to-door outreach with culturally appropriate educational materials and messaging as well as a COVID-19 Resource Line, testing and vaccinations. COVID-19 efforts are in addition to regular primary and behavioral healthcare for all ages, dental and pharmacy. The 24-hour online fundraiser starts at noon on Feb. 10 and is designed to remind the community of the impact of making a difference where you live.
 
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