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Gulfshore Business Daily: January 30

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Golf Concept with putting courses by TGR Design is coming to Fort Myers.

TGR FINANCIAL INC. REPORTS RECORD 2019 FINANCIAL RESULTS

TGR Financial Inc., the holding company for First Florida Integrity Bank, announced year-to-date earnings of $17.1 million for 2019, representing a 14% increase compared to 2018 results. The company produced a return on average assets of 1.15%. Earnings represented $0.89 per diluted share for the year, an increase of $0.11 over prior year. Common shares of TGRF closed on Jan. 28 at $13.50. For more information, visit www.ffibank.com.
 

CROWNE PLAZA COMPLETES $6 MILLION RENOVATION

The 225-room Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops has completed an extensive renovation of its guest rooms and corridors. Rooms now have a contemporary, Southwest Florida style of décor including all new furnishings, mattresses, carpeting, wall coverings and lighting fixtures with energy-efficient LED bulbs. The refreshed lower level floor rooms feature new 42-inch high-definition televisions, while the club level rooms have 55-inch screen high-definition televisions. All guest room bathrooms were totally reconstructed and now offer new walk-in showers and upgraded lighting and the latest fixtures, along with new “barn door” entryways, creating a more spacious feel. The hotel’s corridors were also remodeled with new carpet, wall coverings, window treatments, and lighting. Exclusive to the Crowne Plaza at Bell Tower Shops are the hotel’s special female traveler accommodations, offering extra amenities and comfort including an upgraded hairdryer, flat iron, special toiletries, a robe and slippers, DVD player, yoga mat and yoga block.
 

Golf concept with putting courses by TGR Design is coming to Fort Myers.

STEVENS CONSTRUCTION BEGINS POPSTROKE

Stevens Construction has started construction of PopStroke, a technology-infused golf concept merging putting courses designed by TGR Design with food and beverages, announced Mark Stevens, president, Stevens Construction Inc. Located at 5551 Six Mile Commercial Court, PopStroke launches in Southwest Florida with its first location in collaboration with TGR Design. PopStroke will also include a full-service restaurant and bar, golf simulators, playground, televisions, and indoor and outdoor seating. Scheduled for completion in the summer of 2020, PopStroke features a technology platform with an iPutt ball enabling guests to receive scores via the custom PopStroke app. Guests can compete against other patrons in a dynamic and social environment, which is displayed on a Jumbotron leaderboard. Food and beverages are also available to order on the app for delivery directly to the courses. The Stevens Construction team includes project manager, Mark Pelafas; superintendent, Brad Bowers; and project administrator, Sue Ziegenfus. MHK Architecture & Planning is the architect of record.
 

CALUSA BLUEWAY SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES

“Curious Tales of the Lee County Waterways” will be the third talk in a series of free Calusa Blueway-related programs set for 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center in Fort Myers. Presenter Joanne Semmer is the president of the Ostego Bay Foundation, a Florida Master Naturalist Instructor, and historian. She will share tales of the eclectic history of the Lee County waterways. The Calusa Blueway Speaker Series will also present Victoria Burgess, discussing “Cuba to Key West on a Standup Paddleboard,” on March 3. For more information and directions to the program, contact Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center at (239) 432-2154. Trail information is available at www.calusablueway.com or www.leeparks.org/blueway. For more details, visit www.fortmyers-sanibel.com.
 

MARCH PRESENTATION TO ADDRESS GENDER PAY GAP

The Greater Naples Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) presents on Equal Pay Day, March 31, the program, “Why does the Gender Pay Gap Persist?” The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Collier County Education Association offices in Naples. Featured Speakers are Quarles & Brady, LLP Managing Partner Kelly Lyon Davis and Dr. Sandra Pavelka, professor and director of the Institute for Youth and Justice Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. To register, click here. Sponsor tickets are also available for $500. Proceeds benefit the Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc., which supports the community service programs of the AAUW Greater Naples Branch.
 

GRAETER’S ICE CREAM CATERING AVAILABLE THROUGH MARCH

Graeter’s Ice Cream, a family-owned craft ice cream maker since 1870, is offering its signature French Pot flavors to Floridians this winter. From now through March, Naples and Fort Myers residents can book the Graeter’s Food Truck for private events or catering services. To book, contact Jennifer at catering239@graeters.com or call (614) 245-5496. For more information, visit https://www.graeters.com.

 

SWFL READING FESTIVAL TO RETURN IN MARCH

The 21st annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 7 on the downtown Fort Myers Regional Library campus. The Southwest Florida Reading Festival has a diverse line-up of nationally recognized authors for adults, teens, and children. Participants of this free event can hear and meet best-selling authors, participate in contests and activities and find the latest and greatest in books, technology, and accessories. In addition to author appearances and autographing sessions, there will be food truck vendors, storytelling programs, arts, crafts, youth writing, and coloring contests and a free book for every child and teen. For more information, visit www.ReadFest.org.
 

PRIORITY MARKETING EARNS DAVEY AWARDS

Priority Marketing has earned four Davey Awards for its outstanding creative design work in developing brand identities for four clients across Southwest Florida. Produced by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, the Davey Awards is an international competition among advertising agencies, digital agencies, production firms, in-house creative professionals, graphic designers, design firms and public relations firms. Priority Marketing won two gold awards and two silver awards, all in the Design/Print category for corporate identity and logos. The firm’s gold winners include logos for The Ingenuity Lab and Hoke Fishing Charters. Priority Marketing won silver awards for logos developed to promote the 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Festival and Pine Manor’s Food Forest. The firm has won 20 international Davey Awards since 2006.
 

Fellow chamber members joined Allied Air Service employees at a ribbon-cutting.

ALLIED AIR SERVICES JOINS SANIBEL & CAPTIVA CHAMBER

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member Allied Air Services. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Jan. 28 in the parking lot of George & Wendy’s Seafood Grille on Sanibel Island. Currently, Allied Air has an office in Fort Myers at 10923 Kelly Road. Owner Dennis Ball heads a staff of six other employees for the company, which opened in spring 2019 to provide full air-conditioning service designed to help customers save time and money. For more information about Allied Air Services, visit alliedair.biz or call (239) 217-4111.
 

CHARITABLE NOTES

Guadalupe Center raises $1.2 million at Be Flamazing gala

Guadalupe Center raised $1.2 million at Be Flamazing, a flamingo-themed gala that will enable the nonprofit to enhance and expand its educational programs in Immokalee. Be Flamazing was held Jan. 16 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples and included a catered dinner, auction, jump-up and live entertainment, as well as opportunities to meet students whose lives are being impacted through philanthropic support. Proceeds from Be Flamazing will help support Guadalupe Center’s mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee. The nonprofit’s gala has become one of Southwest Florida’s highest-grossing annual philanthropic events, a press release states. For more information, click here
 

Youth Haven’s Soiree on the Strip held Saturday

Youth Haven’s Annual Soiree on the Strip will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples (Beach) located at 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Tickets are still available for the signature annual fundraiser to support the children and teens that call Youth Haven home. For more information, visit https://youthhavenswfl.org/events/soiree-on-the-strip/.
 
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