Gulfshore Business Daily: January 3

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Morris-Depew Associates secured development permits for the new Timber Creek community in Fort Myers.


Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has appointed Budge Huskey as the company’s chief executive officer, which will take effect today. The appointment follows a three-year succession plan first announced when he joined the brokerage as president in 2016. Huskey will oversee all of the operations and growth strategies of the $5 billion real estate company, a leading affiliate in the Sotheby’s International Realty network ranked as the 34th largest real estate brokerage company in the country. He succeeds Judy Green, who remains a shareholder in the company serving in an advisory capacity. Huskey previously led the Coldwell Banker brand as president and CEO before electing to return to Florida and the brokerage business. During his career, he has been ranked among the top 10 in the annual Swanepoel Power 200 report, as well as frequently appearing on the Inman list of Most Influential People in Real Estate, a press release states.


Morris-Depew Associates secured development permits for the new Timber Creek community in Fort Myers.


Located at the west corner of State Road 82 and Daniels Parkway, Timber Creek will serve as the future home of a new residential community that will expand options for eastern Lehigh Acres-Fort Myers homeowners. Following a multi-year comprehensive plan amendment process that was approved by Lee County, Morris-Depew Associates secured development permits for the 695-acre mixed-use project. Approximately 40 acres will be used for mixed planned development, permitted for 250,000 square feet of commercial uses, including 50,000 square feet of medical office and a 150-room hotel. The remaining 655-acre residential planned development will be owned by the Lennar Corp. and offer a mix of single-family and multi-family units. Morris-Depew Associates’ Landscape Architecture division collaborated with Lennar to develop various residential and commercial designs and maximize the property’s access. The project was previously unanimously approved by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners and the Lehigh Acres Architectural, Planning & Zoning Review Board and commenced construction earlier this year.



Delia D’Ambra, NBC-2 news reporter, who recently was assaulted while reporting in North Fort Myers; Rich Kolko, WINK-TV security reporter and former FBI agent and spokesperson; and Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, are the featured panelists at the Press Club Southwest Florida (formerly Naples Press Club) lunch program. The event begins with 11:30 a.m. registration on Jan. 9 at Tiburon Golf Club. The panelists will discuss the dangers, the experiences and measures that can be taken so reporting can continue and journalists will be safe. The public is invited to attend. Reservations and advance payment are required. The cost is $45 for guests. RSVP by Jan. 7 here.



The Above Board Chamber of Florida will host a series of meetings, “Measure your Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness (DiSC),” in Fort Myers and Naples. The Fort Myers meeting will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops. The Naples event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 13 at the Hilton Naples. Cost for both meetings is $30 for members and future members. For both meetings, there is homework for registrants who want to participate. In order to measure an organization’s effectiveness, attendees are asked to provide a DiSC Personality Profile. Performance Management Associates will email all registrants with a link to access the online profile until Jan. 3 for the Fort Myers meeting and Jan. 8 for the Naples event. Once the profile is completed, each registrant will receive a 20-page feedback report. If someone registers after Jan. 3 for Fort Myers and Jan. 8 for Naples, the profile can still be accessed and completed but results may not be available until after the meetings. The luncheon fee includes the test, which normally costs $50. The facilitator for both meetings will be Robin Larkin, principal at Performance Management Associates. She has been in management for Fortune 100 and nonprofit organizations. Completing the profile is not a requirement to attend. Register for either meeting at or call (239) 910-7426.


Scott Hansen


Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR) has appointed Scott Hansen to its board of directors. Hansen is vice president of Karpus Investment Management and is currently serving as vice president of the board of the Cancer Alliance of Naples. Hansen served as board member of Artis—Naples, JFCS of Southwest Florida/Naples Senior Center, Greater Marco Island YMCA and a position on the Planning Council at Hodges University. CCCR is a nonprofit organization that offers scholarships for early education to local, at-risk children. For more information, visit



Roetzel & Andress LPA associate Jennifer A. Nichols has been named shareholder at the firm. Nichols focuses her practice on the representation of planned communities including condominiums, homeowners’ associations and country clubs. She represents community associations in all aspects of their day-to-day operations including compliance with federal law, including the Fair Housing Act, and Florida statutes and regulations. She also represents associations in litigation matters, including arbitrations and mediations before the Division of Florida Condominiums, preparation of amended documents, interpretation of governing documents, and other corporate governance issues. Nichols has extensive experience in civil litigation, including lien or mortgage foreclosures, property and contract disputes, and landlord-tenant issues. Nichols also has extensive experience in residential real estate transactions. Nichols earned her Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rollins College.



Inessa Pawson, executive director of Albus Code, a SWFL nonprofit providing Computer Science educational and career mentoring programs to local middle and high school students, was recognized for her contributions to the NumPy project in 2019 at the second annual NumFOCUS ( Awards Dinner. NumPy is the open-source foundational package for scientific computing in Python. Its user-base has expanded in recent years due to Data Science becoming one of the most in-demand career paths for skilled professionals. Presently NumPy is estimated to have between 10-15 million users worldwide, according to a press release. Despite its significance and maturity, NumPy is supported largely by 15-20 active maintainers, most of whom are volunteers.


Emillions Art showroom


Marlissa Gardner, founder of Emillions Art announces the official launch of the new 2,000-square-foot showroom in Naples. A grand opening reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 on the second floor at 837 Fifth Ave. S. Emillions Art represents contemporary artists of mediums including paint, sculpture, and photography. The “sneak-peek impact show” during the grand opening features select works from many of these artists exhibiting in 2020/21. For more information, visit



SWFL Children’s Charities Inc. pledges $3 million to establish eye institute

SWFL Children’s Charities Inc. has pledged $3 million to establish the SWFL Children’s Charities Eye Institute at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and Lee Physician Group currently provide ophthalmology services to children throughout Southwest Florida. For the last five years, they have had only one pediatric ophthalmologist operating in a 1,400-square-foot clinic with three examination rooms. This has created an access issue with the wait time for first available appointment exceeding six months. While they have recently added two additional ophthalmologists, there is still a critical need for eye care services in Southwest Florida, a press release states. During the 2020 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, auction-goers can raise their paddles in support of this year’s Fund-A-Cause to support the establishment of the SWFL Children’s Charities Eye Institute. The 2020 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest will take place Feb. 21-22. For more information, visit


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