Gulfshore Business Daily: January 29

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The Greater Naples Chamber has announced Vi at Bentley Village, a continuing care retirement community, as the organization’s newest Legacy Leader. Legacy Leaders serve as corporate underwriters to the overall mission of the Greater Naples Chamber. Legacy Leaders are considered an influential group of key stakeholders in Collier County, who play a key role in the chamber’s public policy involvement, economic development efforts and civic engagement. Through their contributions, the chamber is equipped to educate the public on legislative issues, be a voice for business and strengthen informal ties among government, business and non-profit leaders to spark greater trust, civility and progressive cooperation, according to a press release. For more information, visit
Moran Wealth Management is hosting a seminar focused on establishing Florida domicile from 10 a.m. to noon this Friday, Jan. 31 at Moran Wealth Management at 5801 Pelican Bay Blvd., Suite 110, in Naples. The seminar, “How to Change Your Domicile to Florida,” will address unique Florida domicile considerations for residents of Pennsylvania. William C. Banfield, president – investment officer of Moran Wealth Management Seating, will present the event. Seating is limited. Reservations can be made by calling (239) 513-2511. There will be an attorney present at each seminar to discuss these topics.
Our Yoga Place opened on Jan. 25 at the north side of Coconut Point Mall next to Best Buy. Owners Tom Palmer and Nancy Gerald have combined their passion for yoga, the healing arts, and business into a state-of-the-art facility to serve Estero and its surrounding communities, according to a press release. The school offers a variety of traditional yoga classes, Thai bodywork, health and life coaching, and wellness education. Vendors for the environment were selected based on their eco-friendly and energy-efficient solutions, including SpectraClean Lighting, BPE Energy Recover Ventilators, and PEM Surface flooring. Our Yoga Place is the first school to combine these efficiencies together, a press release states. For more information, visit
Roers Development has selected Fort Myers-based Incore Residential to manage operations of its Cape at Savona Point property currently under construction. Located at 1730 Savona Point Circle in Cape Coral, the 319-unit, four-story apartment complex is now accepting lease agreements and will begin moving in residents on April 1. Incore Residential will manage the lease-up and ongoing operations of the property. With a focus on Florida, the firm currently manages more than 1,000 new development units and several thousand units of repositioned acquisitions throughout the state. The 20-acre, resort-style community will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes ranging from about 750 square feet to 1,310 square feet. Amenities will include an expansive clubhouse, pool, cabanas, tiki hut, walking trails, playground, and picnic area, as well as a dog grooming center and two dog parks. For more information, visit
Chef Harold Balink will serve as collaborating chef at The Roots of Society at Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Balink was raised in the restaurant business and holds a degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University, a bachelor’s degree in hotel restaurant management from Boston University, and Advanced Level Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Balink has also completed apprenticeships at Le Cirque in New York, The Flagstaff House in Colorado and The Greenbrier in West Virginia. His 30-plus-year career in the restaurant and hospitality business includes positions with South Seas Plantation, The Magnolia House, The Ocean Reef Club, Tetley’s, Harold’s on Bay, H2 and Cru. He launched Harold’s, a small upscale restaurant serving creative American cuisine, in 2015. Harold’s in South Fort Myers will remain unchanged and will be Balink’s focus Wednesday to Saturday until closing at 10 p.m., but he will also be a regular fixture at The Roots of Society during other days and hours. The Roots of Society culinary team members include Marbin Avilez and Miguel Guzman as well as general manager Tyler Carr and director of events and marketing Shannon Quinn. Society is in the process of hiring additional staff. For more information, email Carr at 
Florida Skin Center has officially launched an ongoing, first-of-its-kind campaign—Hello, Skin Health—that will allow providers to track critical diagnoses and personalize guest outreach via video-linked messages.  Tracking active guests’ individual medical outcomes using an electronic health records program, Dr. Aurora Badia and her team are sending text messages (some available in Spanish and Portuguese) tailored to the individual’s skin condition. For example, if one has been previously diagnosed with a pre-cancer, cancer, melanoma or serious rash, the person will receive messages reminding him or her to schedule an appointment with Florida Skin Center on a date that is dictated by the condition. Other messages may alert guests to follow their treatment protocols or include new treatment options or clinical studies, while others may simply remind people with no prior condition about their next visit or their free skin check once per year. The process for the text messages with private video links from any of the providers and additional team members will continue as long as a guest remains in Florida Skin Center’s care. Dozens of other conditions and messages will be added to the campaign as it is expanded. For more information, call Florida Skin Center at (239) 561-3376. 
Ana Puszkin-Chevlin, a climate expert with 25 years of experience in urban planning, resilience and sustainability, is speaking about “Preserving Paradise: Facing Our New Climate Future,” at the upcoming Press Club of Southwest Florida ( lunch program. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 6 at Tiburon Golf Club. Puszkin-Chevlin has researched, analyzed and developed policy related to land use, development and environmental protection. She recently joined the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, leading a multi-organization project to find climate change solutions and prepare the region for what is ahead. The public is invited to attend. Reservations and advance payment are required. The cost is $45 for guests. RSVP by Feb. 4 here.
The Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida will host a lecture with Dr. Paul Simeone on Feb. 6 at at The Center for Performing Arts. Doors open at 4:15 p.m. Simeone is the vice president of Mental & Behavioral Health at Lee Health. Simeone will be speaking about “Our suffering children: Canaries in the Coal Mines of our Troubled World.” Purchase tickets here.


Robin Currier (third from the left) with VillageWalk residents who modeled clothing from Coastal Outfitters, Jami’s Boutique and Well Read Department Store.

Promenade at Bonita Bay merchants support Partners for Breast Cancer Care, Inc.

Three Promenade at Bonita Bay merchants—Coastal Outfitters, Jami’s Boutique and Well Read Department Store—helped raise over $14,000 for Partners for Breast Cancer Care, Inc. during the seventh annual High Tea & Fashion Show. The event was hosted by the VillageWalk of Bonita Cancer Crusaders, a cancer support group, and took place on Nov. 14 at VillageWalk Town Center in Bonita Springs. The Promenade merchants helped coordinate the fashion show, which was emceed by Robin Currier, the owner of Well Read Department Store. All proceeds—$3,000 more than the previous year—from the High Tea & Fashion Show went toward low-income, uninsured women and men in need of breast care. This is anything from mammograms, to ultrasounds, to biopsies and surgeries provided by dedicated medical professionals at Partners in Health, part of United Way.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation donates $23,000 to Harry Chapin Food Bank
Harry Chapin Food Bank has received $23,000 from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation to address food insecurity in Southwest Florida. The donation is part of Enterprise’s Fill Your Tank program, which launched in October 2016 to mark Enterprise’s 60th anniversary by providing $60 million to fight hunger globally. Now in its fourth year, the Fill Your Tank program has distributed a total of $40 million among larger food banks and charities throughout North America and Europe, in addition to smaller local food banks and pantries in North American communities. The Fill Your Tank program donations made locally are determined by regional Enterprise operations, and this year $5 million was distributed to food banks and pantries throughout communities served by Enterprise. For more information, visit
Freedom Waters Foundation presents sixth annual Kind Mariners Ball
The 10-piece jazz band Bob Leary’s New Orleans Po’ Boyz will highlight the Mardi Gras-themed sixth annual Kind Mariners Ball, held from 5:30-10 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Naples Sailing & Yacht Club. The event includes a New Orleans-inspired menu, and after dinner and the live auction, guests will enjoy dancing to the band Electric Lipstick as well as a beignet and coffee station. Guests are invited to wear traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. The Well Dunn Award will be presented to Scott and Jennifer O’Dell for their contribution to the success of the Kind Mariners Ball and ongoing support of the Freedom Waters Foundation. The evening benefits the Freedom Waters Foundation, which provides free boating experiences to people with special needs and veterans. The $300 tickets are available at or by calling (239) 263-2377.
Pace Center for Girls, Lee County announces date, honorees for 2020 Grande Dames Tea
Pace Center for Girls, Lee County has announced its 2020 Grande Dames Tea, which will honor three local women, Marie Ackord, Marilyn Stout and Barbara Watt-Biggs, for their roles in business, community and philanthropy. The three honorees will be recognized at Pace’s annual Grande Dames Tea celebration presented by the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation on from 1-3 p.m. on March 10 at Broadway Palm in Fort Myers. Ackord, 81, worked locally in education for 43-years. She currently serves as a trustee emeritus of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and is a member of Bethune-Cookman University Booster Club and the Saint John First Missionary Baptist Church, where she serves on the board of directors and the Willing Workers Ministry. Stout, 83, is a council member for the City of Cape Coral. Watt-Biggs, 83, is the founder of Century 21 Sunbelt Realty and philanthropist within the Cape Coral community. Ticket sales begin Feb. 3, with admission at $60 per person and $500 for tables of eight. Proceeds from the event benefit Pace. To learn more about the event and sponsorship opportunities, visit or call (239) 425-2366.
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