Gulfshore Business Daily: January 10

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Florida ranked  as the 1st most popular destination for interstate moving in the countryin 2018, with Lee County coming in seventh in the state, according to a survey conducted bySTORAGECafé. The findings showed that 26,796 moved to Lee during that period. Hillsborough County finished first with 38,040 in-migrations.Other results showed that1,609 people per day settled in Florida in 2018 and that 11 percent of the total came from New York. 


The Everglades Wonder Gardens ( board of directors has announced its new officers. Donna Flammang is chair, Debi Braendle is vice chair, Beth Hagan is treasurer and Thomas Small is secretary. Immediate past chair is Westley Weidenmiller. The board of directors comprises local community members who provide stewardship for the nonprofit organization. Additional board members include Russell Anderson, Linda Gutshall, Damien Lin, Jacke McCurdy, Connie McIntosh, Marjorie Rubacky, Sabra Smith, Connie Vestal and William Douglas. 


The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., ( announced that Attorney Jeff Wright has been named chair of the firm’s Land Use & Environmental Law Department. He takes the reins from Russell Schropp, who held the position from 2005-2014 and then again from 2018-2019. Wright is Florida Bar Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and law degree from the University of Denver College of Law. He is admitted to practice in Florida and Colorado.


The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers in Naples to help respond to and provide relief to families impacted by local disasters such as home fires, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes.Volunteers carry out 90 percent of the humanitarian work of the Red Cross. Each day, they help thousands of disaster victims, provide care and comfort to service members and veterans, teach others lifesaving skills such as First Aid and CPR and educate the community on disaster preparedness and safety.To learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to get involved, visit or call (786) 509-2350. 


WGCU Associate General Manager for Content Amy Shumakerand survivalist Les Stroud recently won a $75,000 grant from American Public Television to produce a 90-minute documentary.EGCU is the presenting station for the program. “Surviving Disasters with Les Stroud”is projected to cost about $200,000 and is expected to be complete and air nationally on public television late next year. Some of Stroud’s exercises include the best way to get out of a flooded car, how to purify water when you can’t boil it in a container, how to gauge the hours of daylight left with your fingers, how to use a vegetable peeler for kindling and other life-preserving hints. Stroud, who has produced and hosted more than 100 documentaries in both Canada and the United States, will host and produce this new program.WGCU is Southwest Florida’s PBS and NPRaffiliate.

FINEMARK TO SPONSOR MENTORS OF IMPACT EVENTFineMark National Bank & Trust is sponsoring Mentors of IMPACT, a Feb. 19 event recognizing the achievements of eight individuals who have inspired others in the community through mentoring.Among those being recognized at the Mentors of IMPACT event is Joe Catti, FineMark’s CEO and president.In addition to Catti, seven other individuals will be recognized at the Mentors of IMPACT event: Alise Bartley, Ph.D. (Mental Health Crusader); Kellie Burns (NBC2); Myra Daniels (Philanthropist); Gail Markham (Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A.); Michael Martin, Ph.D. (Florida Gulf Coast University); Susan McManus (Champions for Learning); and Mark Stevens (Stevens Construction).The Mentors of IMPACT event will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 at The Club at Mediterra, 15755 Corso Mediterra Circle in Naples. Individual tickets are $400 per person and can be purchased online at, and include a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, networking opportunities and a keynote address by Babcock Ranch Founder Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners.

Charitable notes

‘Startender’ Night raises $1,300 for Youth Haven

A Celebrity Startender Night at Dorona, benefitting Youth Haven, was held on Dec. 11. More than $1,300 was raised to support the children and teens that rely on Youth Haven for Home, Home & Healing.

Annual Strides for Education slated for Feb. 1

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools is holding its ninth Annual Strides for Education 5K Run/Walk on Feb. 1 at Florida SouthWestern State College. Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. and the race will begin at 7:30 a.m. Schools and businesses throughout Lee County are challenged to create the largest team.  More than 1,300 business leaders, community partners, and educators participated in last year’s race. The first 1,100 registered participants will receive a long sleeve, dry-fit race shirt and goody bag. Online registration is available until Friday, January 31st by visiting Registration will be available the day of the event for $35.

Sporting for a Cure to Return, Benefitting Cancer-Stricken Naples Families

Amber’s Antibodies presents its next annual Sporting For a Cure event on Jan. 25 at The Club at Olde Cypress in Naples. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite sports team jersey or colors. There will be a tailgate-style dinner, drinks, raffle prizes, and the Not-So-Olympic-Relay-Tournament. Florida Senate Majority Leader Kathleen Passidomo is this year’s guest speaker. The event benefits Southwest Florida families fighting cancer. For admission tickets to Sporting for a Cure, raffle tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or to make a donation, visit




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