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Gulfshore Business Daily: January 11

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SEAGATE TO DEVELOP 175 ACRES OF LAND WITH BARRON COLLIER COS.

Seagate Development Group is partnering with Barron Collier Cos. on one of the largest pieces of undeveloped land in Bonita Springs. Having recently closed on this 175-acre property at 14780 Bonita Beach Road SE, they will take it through entitlements for a residential neighborhood. The completed community will offer lake and preserve views for all residents as well as opportunities for passive recreation and easy access to stores, restaurants and I-75. Seagate and Barron Collier Companies have been partnering on successful residential and commercial projects for many years. These include Hill Tide Estates in Boca Grande; CubeSmart self-storage facilities in Ave Maria, Estero and Fort Myers; and Eastlinks Business Park in the Gateway area of Fort Myers. For more information and updates, visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com.
 
 

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF LEE COUNTY TO HOST VIRTUAL HIRING EVENT 

The School District of Lee County is seeking guest teachers and will host a virtual hiring event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 21 to increase the number of available guest teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels. The District will conduct virtual interviews to add qualified candidates to its pool of guest teachers. Positions offer flexible scheduling and compensation beginning at $92.70 per day. To qualify for a guest teaching position with the District, candidates must have a minimum of 60 credit hours in college coursework, provide three qualified references, including one from a current or most recent employer, and complete a background check. Interviews will take place by appointment. To schedule an interview, click here.
 

LUMINARY HOTEL & CO. TO HOST JAN. 14 JOB FAIR

Luminary Hotel & Co. is hosting a job fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 14 to fill various full- and part-time positions at Oxbow Bar & Grill, opening in March, as well as the boutique hotel. The event will take place at Caloosa Sound Convention Center at 1375 Monroe Street, Fort Myers. Opportunities include front office, housekeeping, banquets, engineering, food and beverage, and more. Applications and a full list of positions are available online and will also be provided during the event. Candidates are asked to bring their resumes. To apply online and see a full list of positions available, visit here.
 

YOUTH HAVEN ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGES

Jinx Liggett, Youth Haven’s executive director, is retiring, announced Brenda O’Connor, president of Youth Haven’s Board of Directors. After an extensive search, The Board of Directors announces Linda Goldfield has accepted the position of Youth Haven’s incoming executive director. With close to 20 years of nonprofit experience, Goldfield most recently served as the executive director of the Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida. Past experience also includes serving as director of development and external affairs for Planned Parenthood. Liggett joined Youth Haven in 2010 as its program director before transitioning into the role of executive director in 2012. During Liggett’s tenure, Youth Haven greatly expanded its programs and services. Liggett, along with her management team, increased Youth Haven’s campus from seven beds to more than 70 in order to meet the growing needs of the community. Under her leadership, Youth Haven has set a state-wide standard of excellence for its foster care programs.  
 

JA OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ANNOUNCES ANNUAL HALL OF FAME EVENT DATE

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will host its annual Hall of Fame event virtually on at 6:45 p.m. on Feb. 25. This will be the first time Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida hosts a combined event, honoring laureates from both Lee and Collier Counties simultaneously. 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 in regard to financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work-readiness, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida states. To register to attend the event, visit here. That same link will provide guests access to the February virtual event. For more information on the event or sponsorship opportunities, click here, call 239-225-2590, or email info@jaswfl.org.
 

COLLIER CAPITAL CLUB OFFERS PRIVATE OFFICES FOR REMOTE WORKERS

For Southwest Florida professionals seeking to restore the work/home life balance by securing office space outside of their residence, Collier Capital Club offers a variety of memberships: private offices, dedicated desks, co-working seating, virtual offices, social memberships, corporate memberships and day passes. For companies looking to downsize and offer a hybrid work option, a corporate membership can be obtained where multiple employees can rotate workdays in the office with days at home. Each private office is secured with a coded entry lock and includes a desk and storage cabinet with optional upgrades such as guest chairs, a lounge chair, standing desks, bookshelves and a personal refrigerator. Membership amenities include access to two private conference rooms with large TVs for remote screen mirroring, complimentary coffee and water, high-speed WiFi, a mailbox with mail and package handling and a production-class print station. The Naples offices are centrally located in Wilson Professional Center on Airport-Pulling Road between Pine Ridge Road and Golden Gate Parkway. For more information call 239-325-1115 or visit colliercapitalclub.com.
 

EMILLIONS ART IS NAPLES LAUNCHES HOSPITALITY DIVISION

Boutique international art-consulting firm Emillions Art plans to launch a hospitality division at the Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) membership mixer on Jan. 27, said Emillions Art founder Marlissa Gardner. The event will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Emillions Art showroom at 837 Fifth Ave. S., Suite 202, in downtown Naples and adhere to CDC guidelines. “The hospitality division is dedicated to developing artistic spaces with notable national and international artists in corporate and hospitality settings such as model homes, hotels, country clubs, community centers and public spaces, Gardner said. To RSVP, call 239-436-6100 or email Nancy@cbia.net by Jan. 21. CBIA members may also reserve online at cbia.net/news/calendar/
 

Bernie Quinn

HABITAT LEE & HENDRY WELCOMES DONOR DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Habitat for Humanity Lee and Hendry Counties welcomes Bernie Quinn to their strategic partnerships team as the new donor development officer. Before joining the Habitat team, Quinn served as a nonprofit executive coach and as the lead pastor of Grace Community Church in Rochester, New Hampshire. Quinn has also served as the president of a homeless shelter and a hurricane relief charity that built homes for victims of natural disasters. He holds a master’s degree in psychology. Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties offers a hand up to local, low-income families by creating opportunities for affordable homeownership. Affordable homes are built thanks to donations contributed by community members, philanthropists, corporate sponsors and volunteers.
 

Kerry Keith

KEITH ELECTED CHAIR OF CFASPP STATEWIDE STEERING COMMITTEE

Kerry Keith, senior director of development and facilities for the Naples Airport Authority, has been elected chair of the Continuing Florida Aviation System Planning Process (CFASPP) Statewide Steering Committee. Keith has served as chair of CFASPP’s Southwest Region since 2016 and will continue in that role. Keith also serves as secretary/treasurer of the Florida Airports Council. He previously served as chair of the FAC Environmental Committee. In 2012, Keith joined the Naples Airport Authority and is responsible for all planning, construction and renovation activities at the Naples Airport. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Davidson College in North Carolina and has extensive airport construction, regulation compliance, project management and supervisory experience. CFASPP was created by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Florida Department of Transportation in order to maintain a safe and viable aviation environment. The committee monitors the aviation environment in Florida and determines development requirements to best meet projected aviation demands.
 

Nicole S. Peet

FARR LAW FIRM ADDS ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

Farr Law Firm has added Nicole S. Peet as an associate attorney in the Punta Gorda office. Peet is the newest member of the firm’s experienced and growing trusts, estates and probate team. Peet earned both her Juris Doctor degree and Bachelor of Science in biological science, psychology and chemistry, cum laude, from the Florida State University. As a law student, Peet was regularly on the dean’s list and served as an editor for the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law. Prior to joining the firm full time, she worked as a summer law clerk at Farr Law Firm. 
 

GRANT FRIDKIN PEARSON P.A. WELCOMES NEW ATTORNEY

Grant Fridkin Pearson P.A., a Southwest Florida law firm, has added Alec M. Pearson to the firm. Pearson began his practice as an associate after being sworn in on Nov. 30, 2020, by Judge Hugh Hayes of the 20th Judicial Circuit of Collier County. Pearson will be gaining experience with the firm’s business, real estate, trusts & estates, and litigation law groups. Pearson received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and his Bachelor of Science in finance from the University of Florida. During law school, Alec served as a judicial intern for Judge Hugh Hayes of the 20th Judicial Circuit of Collier County, clerked with Legal Aid Services of Collier County, and volunteered with various non-profit organizations such as Ronald McDonald House and the Alachua County Humane Society.
 
 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

Community Foundation of Collier County thanks COVID-19 superheroes

To show its appreciation of efforts by the staff of Collier County Public Schools and NCH Healthcare System during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Foundation of Collier County (CFCC) is posting thank you signs at 60 local elementary, middle and high schools, adult and workforce technical schools, alternative schools, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center, and NCH Baker Hospital and NCH North Naples Hospital. Community Foundation staff and their families spread out across Collier County last weekend from Immokalee to Everglades City to place signs to thank teachers, administrators, doctors, nurses, frontline workers, and support staff from office personnel and cafeteria workers to custodians and bus drivers. CFCC thanks these superheroes for their dedication to helping students continue their education both virtually and in-person and the selflessness, professionalism and commitment of the NCH staff to combating the virus.
 

WGCU awarded Arthrex grant for Family Learning Workshops

WGCU Public Mediahas been awarded a $9,000 charitable grant from Arthrex to support its education initiatives, specifically WGCU’s Family Learning Workshops. WGCU’s Family Learning Workshops bring PBS KIDS programs and learning tools to families in an innovative, community-focused way. Often called America’s largest classroom, PBS programming is available to 98% of America’s children. Over the past nine years, WGCU has presented 320 Family Learning Workshops and reached thousands of families throughout Southwest Florida. The media outlet provides the educational workshops at no cost to schools, education organizations, or families. WGCU will utilize the Arthrex grant to provide 10 workshops in Collier and Lee counties. For more information about hosting or attending a workshop, contact Anne Stavely at astavely@wgcu.org.
 
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