Gulfshore Business Daily: January 7

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School District of Lee County seal. Credit: WINK News.

Lead Photo: The Caves Development Group launches phase two of luxury auto condos. Details below.

 

Video courtesy of WINK News

LEE COUNTY SET TO VACCINATE THOUSANDS AS MORE WAIT TO GET RETURN CALLS FOR SCHEDULING

The 5,000 vaccine appointments allocated in Lee County for this week are all booked. Still, many people told WINK News they were supposed to receive a callback but still haven’t heard anything. The company in charge of the call center for Lee County vaccine appointments said, if you were already in the queue from calling Monday, you are pre-registered when the county gets more vaccines. There were appointments for 2,000 COVID-19 vaccinations scheduled Wednesday and another 2,000 scheduled Thursday in Lee County. DOH-Lee asks people don’t arrive for their appointment until 45 minutes before it’s scheduled. Snowbirds visiting their homes in Southwest Florida, who meet the criteria for the current rollout of the coronavirus vaccine, can get vaccinated. Visit WINK‘s COVID-19 vaccine schedules and information for vaccine updates.
 

FORMER DEL’S STORE SET TO BE DEMOLISHED SOON AFTER PURCHASE BY COLLIER COUNTY

The former Del’s 24 Hour Store and an adjacent warehouse will be demolished soon, most likely in February, said Debrah Forester, director of Collier County’s Community Redevelopment Agency. Collier County purchased the East Naples property in November for $2,118,000 from Theresa Ackerman, the widow of Del Ackerman, who owned and operated the local convenience store for more than 55 years. Ackerman died in August 2019 at the age of 83 and his landmark store closed a year later after operating around the clock since 1963. The recent sale included three small parcels totaling 1.84 acres on what is known as Del’s Corner, the southeast corner of Thomasson and Bayshore drives. While the 3,600-square-foot retail store and the 3,920-square-foot wholesale warehouse at 2808 Thomasson Drive will be razed soon, the small building behind them associated with a boat brokerage business at 4825 Bayshore Drive will remain, Forester said. Henry Lowe, who operated Lowe’s Marine Sales there, relocated his business last weekend to 2382 Linwood Way in East Naples. Del’s Used Tires shop, which had leased the warehouse from Ackerman, will relocate its business nearby to 4000 Bayshore Drive during the weekend of Jan. 16. The county will provide an opportunity for community feedback for future use proposals of the vacated property, which will be rezoned and redeveloped, Forester said. “We think there’s great opportunity with its location,” she said.
 

CAPE CORAL BUILDING SELLS FOR $5.25 MILLION

Royal Palm Coast Holdings Inc. sold an approximately 55,499-square-foot building located at 2503 Del Prado Blvd S., Cape Coral, for $5.25 million. Michael J. Frye, CCIM with Frye Commercial Group at RE/MAX Realty Group, Commercial Division brokered this transaction and the property management team of Rachael Guertin and Cindy Stratton.
 

School District of Lee County seal. Credit: WINK News.

LEE COUNTY DISTRICT PLANS PUBLIC MEETINGS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ZONING

The School District of Lee County is in the process of developing new zoning for elementary schools for the 2022-23 school year. It’s a proximity-based student assignment plan. Through a collaboration between community and district stakeholders with Davis Demographics, GIS technology is being used to organize elementary schools and students into new attendance boundaries. Each new draft scenario has between 15 to 16 new zones compared to the six sub-zones the district currently has. The school district is inviting the community to a series of four public meetings Jan. 11-14 to learn about the proximity plan for elementary schools and provide feedback, WINK News reports.
 

CHAMBER TO HOST VIRTUAL FORUM FOR CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES

To help Sanibel Island residents prepare for the March 2 election of three city council members, the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce will host a virtual Zoom candidate forum at noon on Jan. 20. Candidates have until Jan. 15 to file for a chance to succeed Mick Denham, who is not seeking reelection, and Chauncey Goss and Jerry Muench, both of whom were appointed in November by the council as interim members to replace retiring councilmen Jason Maughan and Kevin Ruane. Chamber members should watch their email inboxes for invitations to the forum. Attendees need not belong to the chamber and can receive an invitation by contacting Ashley Pignato at 239-472-8255 or Ashley@sanibel-captiva.org. A Zoom recording of the forum will be accessible to all from the chamber’s web site following the forum.
 

PHASE TWO OF LUXURY AUTO CONDOS LAUNCHES

The Caves Development Group is now accepting reservations for The Caves II, a luxury auto condo community of more than 40 units, each with the ability to be completely customized. It will be adjacent to The Caves I—the original inspiration for the vehicle storage community—which is located in Southwest Cape Coral. The Caves II will offer sizes from small caves to huge caverns, ranging from 450 to 1,650 square feet, with preconstruction prices between $99,000 and $329,000. Phase two will include a limited number of ‘Castles,’ ranging in size from 2,000 to 3,000 square feet. With 19-foot ceilings, these condos will accommodate motorcycles, sports and vintage cars, car lifts, boats and luxury RVs. The community will be fully gated and secured. For more information, visit thecavescapecoral.com.
 

GATES CONSTRUCTION COMPLETES NEW STORAGE FACILITY

Gates Construction has completed building The Lock Up Self Storage facility located at 12700 University Drive in Fort Myers. The new facility consists of a three-story, 106,016-square-foot climate-controlled building with 849 units. Climate control has become an important aspect within storage facilities in order to protect the clients’ valuables from the intense Florida heat and humidity, according to Gates Construction. Established in 1976, The Lock Up Self Storage Group is one of the leading private storage companies in the industry, owning and operating more than 40 facilities in eight different states, totaling more than 1.6 million square feet of self-storage space. Design services for this project were provided by Partners In Design Architects.
 

Dr. Todd Lang

BAYSIDE EYE CENTER JOINS GROWING US EYE NETWORK

Bayside Eye Center in Punta Gorda has partnered with US Eye and Center For Sight, expanding Center For Sight’s Southwest Florida footprint to 14 locations. US Eye is a physician-led, patient-centric network of practices, founded by Center For Sight. US Eye operates 27 clinics and three surgery centers across the southeast U.S. Dr. Todd Lang founded Bayside Eye Center in 1991. All existing patient appointments will proceed as scheduled and patients will continue to be seen by Dr. Lang at his existing practice location at 314 N. Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda.
 

Dr. Aurora Badia

FLORIDA SKIN CENTER PRACTICE, FOUNDER HONORED BY ASDS

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) has named Florida Skin Center Founder and Medical Director Dr. Aurora Badia as the top screener and the practice as top practice, for performing the most free skin cancer screenings in the nation. This is the second consecutive year that ASDS has recognized Florida Skin Center for these achievements in its Choose Skin Health program. ASDS operates this year-round program in partnership with Neutrogena promoting free skin cancer screenings to the public. Florida Skin Center performed 2,355 free skin checks in 2019-2020. This was an increase of 500 over the previous year despite the limitations and restrictions from the COVID -19 pandemic placed on non-essential services and group gatherings. The free skin checks, provided by Florida Skin Center in Southwest Florida, represent two-thirds of the total 3,500 annual free screenings provided by all ASDS participating members nationwide this year, according to Florida Skin Center.
 
 

Laurel De Luca

SOUKUP STRATEGIC SOLUTIONS HIRES DE LUCA

Soukup Strategic Solutions has hired Laurel De Luca as fundraising, marketing, and communications coordinator. In this role, she will specialize in branding, social media, and public relations.  Before joining Soukup Strategic Solutions, De Luca served as marketing coordinator at an architecture and interior design studio. She graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) with a major in journalism and minors in marketing and interdisciplinary studies. De Luca served as a staff writer for FGCU’s publication, Eagle News. Over the last six months, the Soukup Strategic Solutions team has doubled its number of employees and tripled its fundraising, marketing, and communications team as it embarks on an expansion plan to serve more nonprofits nationwide, the company states.
 
 

Gabriel Miranda-Sousa

SPIRO & ASSOCIATES HIRES CONTENT PRODUCTION SPECIALIST

Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Brand Architecture has hired Gabriel Miranda-Sousa, following an autumn internship with the 30-plus-year-old agency’s social media department. As a junior account executive and content production specialist, he will create, develop and execute copy, audio and visuals for in-house and external stakeholders as well as assistant manage workflow. Miranda-Sousa graduated Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in communication, focused on advertising. While on campus, he worked as a copywriter and creative director for a student-run advertising agency. Miranda-Sousa completed an internship with a full-service ad firm in London. Born in Lima, Peru, he speaks fluent Spanish and intermediate French. Miranda-Sousa was raised in Fort Myers and graduated from Fort Myers High School.
 

Emerging artist Adorable Monique’s acrylic interpretation of the Everglades in “Evoked by Light.”

NAPLES UPTOWN ART FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE JAN. 23-24

The Naples Uptown Art Festival presented by United Art Council will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 23-24 in the Naples Design District.  The socially-distanced, outdoor art experience includes current safety protocols along with local and visiting fine artists featuring thousands of creations on display in a showcase of art across all mediums. The event is presented by Howard Alan Events a Florida-based company that produces award-winning arts and craft festivals in 40 different locations each year. Visitors should reserve a free time slot at ArtFestival.com.
 

Brent Hoedeman

BROWN & BROWN INSURANCE PROFESSIONAL EARNS CAPI DESIGNATION

Brent Hoedeman of Brown & Brown Insurance in Naples has been awarded a Certified Advisor of Personal Insurance (CAPI) designation from the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Chubb. Hoedeman is among a group of 39 agents this year to receive the certification after completing a one-year intensive educational program on understanding the lifestyle and risk management and insurance needs of successful individuals and families. Created by Wharton and Chubb in 2014, the CAPI program is the first of its kind to focus on a specific client segment in the personal insurance marketplace. For more information, visit chubb.com.
 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

Youth Haven Inc. awarded $5,000 donation from Publix Super Markets Charities

Youth Haven Inc. has received a $5,000 donation from Publix Super Markets Charities. The funds received will benefit Youth Haven’s Residential Shelter and Transitional Living Cottage/Homeless Teen Transitional Living programs and will be used to purchase consumable supplies used in the day-to-day care for the youth who reside on its 25-acre therapeutic campus. Founded in 1972, Youth Haven is Collier County’s only residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-19 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or are homeless. The Publix Super Markets Charities foundation was established by Publix Founder George Jenkins.
 
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