Gulfshore Business Daily: January 18

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Naples ranked number one in the nation on the Best Places to Retire Index by SmartAsset. The index considers income and sales taxes, the number of local doctors’ offices and opportunities for recreation and social life. SmartAsset calculated an average ranking for each area, weighting the three aforementioned factors equally. The areas with the lowest average ranking were the best places to retire. Two other Florida cities—New Port Richey and Orange Park—made the top 10 list. For the full study, click here


The Nolte Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors will present “The End of Easy,” the firm’s 2019 economic and market outlook seminars along with First Trust’s and Franklin Templeton’s market outlook, on Jan. 23 in Fort Myers. The daytime session begins at 11 a.m. at The Edison Restaurant Bar & Banquet Center, and the evening session is set for 6 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops.

Nick Chlumsky of the Nolte Group will host a panel that includes Bryan Piskorowski, Wells Fargo Advisors; Mark Staples, Wells Fargo Advisors; John Molinari, First Trust Advisors; and Jack Goldin, Franklin Templeton. There is no cost to attend, but registration required at or by calling (239) 479-7917. Event details for seminars on maximizing Social Security, women’s wealth, millennial investing and more are also available from the link.


The Best and Brightest in Wellness has named Florida Skin Center a 2018 National Winner for the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For Program. This makes it one of 512 honored organizations out of 2,400 nominations. Florida Skin Center will be celebrated during the Inaugural Best and Brightest National Summit 2019, taking place from Sept. 15-17 in Chicago.

The Best and Brightest assessed Florida Skin Center based on communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more. This followed a nomination, the dermatological staff’s blind responses to the program’s survey, and a company survey completed by an operations contact person. To maintain program integrity, a third-party partner/independent research firm analyzed and scored Florida Skin Center’s application and company data relative to other nationally recognized winners.


Waldrop Engineering has opened a new office at 1514 Broadway, No. 201, at the corner of First Street and Broadway in Fort Myers. The new office is strategically placed for faster, more effective coordination on projects with Lee County, the City of Fort Myers, and the surrounding areas. It will be a collaborative space for clients, designers and other professionals to meet, discuss and share new project ideas. James Ink and Alexis Crespo will manage the office.


The Naples Airport Authority (NAA) invites the public to attend two upcoming open houses for its master plan study. The first open house will take place from 9-11 a.m. on Jan. 29 at the Naples Airport Commercial Airline Terminal. The second open house will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. the same day at the Naples Regional Library in the Rees meeting room.

These are the first of several open houses to be held in 2019. The master plan, last updated in 1997, will support NAA in achieving strategic goals and result in a plan for safe, efficient and environmentally conscious airport facilities to meet the current and long-term transportation needs of the community. For more information, visit


Promenade at Bonita Bay is now home to Eden’s Closet, a baby and kid’s boutique located in Suite 134 of 26811 South Bay Drive in Bonita Springs. With clothing, accessories, shoes, room décor and blankets for newborns to tweens, the shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Eden’s Closet is inspired by owner Netta Perez’s daughter and produces collections internally, as well as via a manufacturer in Montreal.  The majority of fabrics utilized by Eden’s Closet are cotton. All collections are designed to mix and match with an everyday wardrobe, as well as special-occasion styles.

Now, the business owner’s goal is to develop collections of matching parent and child outfits, in collaboration with her fashion designer mother’s brand, Lace—another store in the Promenade. Eden’s Closet will soon launch an online store at For more information, call (239) 288-2298.


Attorney William D. Keith has been recertified by the Florida Bar as a civil trial lawyer.  Board certification is the Florida Bar’s highest evaluation of attorneys’ competence and experience. Only about 5 percent of this state’s 100,000 licensed attorneys are board certified, according to a press release.

Keith, a partner in the law firm of Cardillo, Keith & Bonaquist, was recognized by the Florida Bar as being one of only 221 lawyers statewide who have maintained the status of being board certified for 30 years. Keith’s legal specialties include personal injury and wrongful death litigation.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree with highest distinction from Rutgers College and his Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law. He is a past president of the Collier County Bar Association and a past recipient of its Attorney of the Year award, along with the “Lion of the Law” Award for Professionalism by the Collier County Judiciary.


Mobile food pantries available for federal employees affected by government shutdown

Local federal employees who are affected by the government shutdown and struggling to buy groceries and other necessities can access the mobile food pantry from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today at Southwest Florida International Airport. The pantry will be at 16000 Chamberlin Parkway, Lot No. 12. A second mobile pantry will be held at the same location from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 25.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank; the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties; Lee County Human & Veteran Services; and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation are partnering to hold the pantry, primarily for TSA and air traffic controllers, however, all local federal employees who need help are invited.

People in need will receive non-perishable food along with bread and produce. In addition, United Way 211 will provide information and referrals to other available resources. United Way 211 is a free 24-hour non-emergency helpline for health and social services that provide food, housing, child care, veterans services, and more in Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties. To contact United Way211, dial 2-1-1 or (239) 433-3900.

Neighborhood Health Clinic to host 2019 Gourmet Vintner Dinner

The Neighborhood Health Clinic is “Celebrating 20 Years of Hope & Healing” at the charity’s annual Gourmet Vintner Dinner, set for 6 p.m. on Feb. 2 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples.

Now in its 16th year, the event begins with the Vintner Reception featuring a sampling of more than six winemakers selected by The Ritz-Carlton’s sommelier. Following the tasting, guests will be treated to a gourmet dinner, live entertainment and DJ, live auction and Pass the Hat fundraiser with auctioneer Jon Finstrom, dancing and more.

Funds raised during the event help the clinic to provide more than 27,065 patient procedures and 10,000 patient visits with Collier County’s working, uninsured men and women annually, according to its 2017 fiscal year. Tickets for the Gourmet Vintner Dinner are $375 per person; cocktail attire. Tables of ten are available for $3,750. For more information, click here or call Marcie Burland at (239) 316-7416. 

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