Gulfshore Business Daily: January 22

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Naples Classical Academy rendering, courtesy Naples Classical Academy
Lead Photo: Naples Classical Academy rendering, courtesy Naples Classical Academy

 

NAPLES CLASSICAL ACADEMY CLOSES ON FOGG NURSERY PROPERTY FOR NEW CHARTER SCHOOL

Naples Classical Academy, a new tuition-free charter school, has closed on the 17-acre property at 10270 Immokalee Road that will be home to its campus when the new academic year begins this fall. Groundbreaking will be on Jan. 29, when the school’s construction will begin on land formerly owned by Fogg Nursery & Mulch Supply. For the next month or so, Fogg will continue to operate on part of the property along Immokalee Road as work begins on building the school behind it. The retail/wholesale landscaping operation will relocate soon once the transaction is finalized at a new location nearby in Golden Gate Estates, said Stanley Fogg, who operates Fogg Nursery, a family-owned local business for more than 20 years. Meanwhile, Feb. 1 is the application deadline to attend school there this fall and the next lottery will be Feb. 2 for students in kindergarten through 10th grade. More than 600 students have already confirmed spots and enrolled for the 2021-22 school year and the classical curriculum charter school is expected to open this fall with 800 students. 
 
 

CRU WINE CLUB PREPARES TO LAUNCH IN BONITA SPRINGS

The exterior sign was erected Thursday by Spectrum Signworks for CRU Wine Club, targeted to open next month in the new Causeway Commerce Park, 28280 Old 41 Road, south of Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs. The new local business is being opened by Tom Cassata of the Cassata Sonoma Family Vineyard in Glen Ellen, California. The intimate 650-square-foot wine tasting room, which features seating inside and outside, can be booked on a reservation-only basis for a maximum of 12 guests to learn about California wines and discover new varieties to buy for enjoyment at home. Light bites and wine tastings will be featured during the day and chef-prepared small plates with host-led wine pairings will be featured during happy hour. The room will also be available for small private events. 
 
 

LASTING LINKS SOLUTIONS REBRANDS TO SENIOR ADVOCACY GROUP

Lasting Links Solutions has announced its rebranding to Senior Advocacy Group, a name that reinforces the company’s mission to advocate for seniors’ well-being with comprehensive life management services that integrate legal, financial, medical, emotional and social needs, the company states. Senior Advocacy Group combines the strengths of partners Shelley Rhoads Perry, a seasoned trust and estates attorney with extensive fiduciary planning and administrative experience, and Linda Flores, a former banking executive with more than 25 years of experience in the financial sector and Florida-registered Professional Guardian. Together, they offer senior protective services, including fiduciary services, life care management, asset recovery and exploitation prevention. As a public benefit corporation, Senior Advocacy Group gives back and supports those in need. Perry and Flores formed Senior Safety Matters, a nonprofit organization connected to Senior Advocacy Group, to provide their services to those who cannot otherwise afford them. For more information, visit SeniorAGroup.com.
 
 

CONNOR & GASKINS UNLIMITED, TRAVELCENTERS OF AMERICA PARTNER

Naples-based Connor & Gaskins Unlimited LLC has entered into a contract with TravelCenters of America Inc., the largest publicly traded full-service travel center company in the country with 272 current locations in the US and Canada. Connor & Gaskins will serve as an extension of TA’s internal team to support a broad range of activities including the development of a property and asset management database and provision of construction management services for site-level improvements across the portfolio. For more information, visit CGUnlimited.com.
 

Dr Charene Adams

ADAMS JOINS HODGES UNIVERSITY AS DIRECTOR OF NURSING

Dr. Charene Adams has joined Hodges University as the director of nursing. In her role, Adams is responsible for overseeing the educational goals and objectives of the university’s nursing programs, including accreditation. She brings 20 years of real-world and instructor experience in nursing. She earned her associate in nursing degree from Trinitas School of Nursing, Union College; her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington; her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix; and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chamberlain University. Adams holds a multi-state license and is also licensed with the Florida Board of Nursing and the New York State Board of Nursing, as well as multiple credentials. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nurses, the American Nurses Association, the Florida State Nurses Association, and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
 

Christopher Shucart

FIFTH AVENUE SOUTH BID NAMES NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

The Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District (BID) has elected Christopher Shucart as president of the nonprofit organization. Shucart is president of JCS Realty Group, a real estate development and investment firm with more than 50 years of experience in residential, commercial and industrial projects. Also appointed as officers are vice president and immediate past president Jeff Wynn, president of Wynn Properties; and secretary and treasurer Joseph McCabe, vice president of project development for Gulf Coast Commercial Corp. and founder of Naples Jet Sales. Each of the newly elected officers will serve a two-year term. Other board members of the Fifth Avenue South BID include Jerrilyn Hoffmann, Jarred Kaplan, Nancy Macdonald, and Eric Tancredi. Bruce Barone, Jr. will enter into his fourth year as the organization’s executive director. The Fifth Avenue South BID represents the interests of both property owners and businesses in the Fifth Avenue South district. The mission of the organization is to promote brand awareness of Fifth Avenue among residents and visitors as “the destination of choice to live, work, shop, dine and play.”
 

Nancy Anthony

CONSERVANCY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ELECTS BOARD MEMBERS

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida members elected four new directors for four-year terms on the board of directors. Nancy Anthony, chairperson of Fernwood Council LLC; Pam Brown, a ranch owner and lifelong resident of Immokalee; Leslie Frécon, founder of founding LFE Capital; and Tom Watkins, a former pharmaceutical and biotechnology company executive; were elected at the organization’s 57th Annual Members’ Meeting on Jan. 19, held virtually. During the meeting, retired U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney was awarded the Eagle Award, the Conservancy’s highest honor. The Conservancy’s board of directors is led by board chair Van Williams, vice-chair and treasurer John R. Walter and secretary Gerri Moll. The annual meeting was presented by LFE Capital with support from Gulfshore Insurance and William Raveis Real Estate.
 

Dr. Max Padilla

AZUL COSMETIC SURGERY AND MEDICAL SPA WELCOMES PADILLA

Dr. Maximilian Padilla has recently joined Azul Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Spa. Padilla specializes in ocular facial plastic surgery, including eyelid and brow surgery, facial cosmetics, facial trauma, advanced skincare, and reconstructive surgery. Padilla is a board-eligible ophthalmologist and recently completed an ASOPRS Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. During his fellowship, Padilla was an attending physician at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and a clinical instructor in the Department of Surgery in Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University. During his fellowship, Padilla performed more than 5,000 surgeries. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Padilla holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Albertson College of Idaho and a medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine. He interned at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
 

MILLENNIAL BREWING FAIR FOOD STREET FEST HELD TODAY AND SATURDAY

Millennial Brewing Company is celebrating four years in business with a Fair Food Street Fest from 5-10 p.m. today and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday at 1811 Royal Palm Ave. in Fort Myers. Eight food vendors will serve favorite carnival foods, such as funnel cakes, fried Oreos, churros, walking tacos, Philly cheesesteaks, German-style pretzels, deep-fried mac and cheese, salchipapas, hotdogs and more. Vegan options will include corn dogs, chicken and waffles, sloppy joes and more. Live music will be featured from 7-10 p.m. on both nights of the festival, first by Jeff Lyons and then by Brian Jackson and the Po Boys Duo. In addition to Millennial Brewing’s house-made beers, full cider menu, wines and cocktails, Founder and CEO Kyle Cebull is also introducing nine never-before-seen beers. Millennial Brewing will adhere to the latest Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidelines with highly sanitized facilities and by encouraging staff and patrons to wear masks at all times. The festival will include free entry and parking as well as a family- and a pet-friendly atmosphere. For more information, visit SWFL.Beer.
 
 

FORT MYERS CRA TO MEET ON JAN. 27

The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board of Commissioners will host its regular meeting from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 27. In accordance with social distancing orders limiting gatherings, anyone who wishes to join the meeting via Zoom may do so by calling 877-853-5257, toll-free. The webinar ID is 985 3526 3313. Public comments are accepted during the meeting. For assistance, call 239-321-7100 or email cra@cityftmyers.com. For more information, click here.
 

REIS FEBRUARY, MARCH LUNCHEON SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED

The Real Estate Investment Society (REIS) will host Dr. Larry Antonucci, president/CEO of Lee Health as its guest speaker for its Feb. 9 luncheon, sponsored by Suffolk. Then, Kevin Ruane, chair of the Lee County Board of County Commissioners, will discuss Lee County’s goals and challenges at the March 9 REIS luncheon, sponsored by Bank OZK. Future programs this year are planned to include housing and development strategies, state legislative review, and property value trends. Contact Molly Scott at 239-226-0500, for information and availability of opportunities to sponsor REIS events. For more details, visit reis-swfl.org.
 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

FLCPS, The Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation partner for scholarships

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools (FLCPS) has partnered with the Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation. The Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation has donated $50,000 for a new scholarship opportunity for Estero and Bonita Springs high school seniors, who plan to attend a technical college or trade school. Five seniors from each high school will be awarded $5,000 to support their first and second year of school. To qualify, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, have completed their Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and submit a letter of recommendation from an administrator at their high school. Applications will be made available until March 26.  Students can apply for this scholarship and other scholarship opportunities at leeschoolfoundation.org/scholarships
 
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