Lead Photo: Development plans are underway for midtown Fort Myers.
KRISE COMMERCIAL GROUP ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR MIDTOWN FORT MYERS DEVELOPMENT
Randy Krise, the owner/broker of Krise Commercial Group, and his partner Bahram Khoobehi, have announced plans to develop 5.42 acres in midtown Fort Myers. The property is located between Central Avenue, Market Street and Fowler Street. Inspired by the Midtown Fort Myers Integrated Redevelopment Plan Vision, their project, ALDEA, is one of the first planned for Midtown and is expected to transform the landscape of the surrounding area. ALDEA will occupy an entire city block while still maintaining an intimate urban lifestyle experience with two separate residential buildings that look inward to multi-functional courtyard spaces. The development will include 300 rentable multifamily units with a mix of studios, one and two bedrooms, several of which offer additional dens. ALDEA, estimated to cost nearly $65 million, is expected to break ground in fall 2022. The team working with Krise and Khoobehi Krise includes Dean Martin with TDM Consulting; Ron Reitz, and Cathy Roche with Studio for Architecture Inc., and DeAngelis Diamond as the construction manager. The owners will be applying for tax increment financing (TIF) grants through the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency.
MK ARCHITECTURE TO SERVICE LOFTON’S ISLAND PLEASURE KEY PROJECT
MK Architecture and Michael Sheeley have been awarded the schematic architectural design services for the first phase of the new Lofton’s Island Pleasure Key located in the Caloosahatchee River in downtown Fort Myers. The project is proposed to include a swim-up bar, a restaurant with adjoining adult and family pools, a lazy river, an outdoor amphitheater with a bandshell, a 70-foot observation tower with waterslides and zip-line, a renourished beach with beach volleyball, and transient, short- and long-term boat dockage. The island was recently purchased by a group of investors and is expected to be in development during 2021.
THE NATIONAL GOLF COURSE TEEING OFF AT LENNAR COMMUNITY IN AVE MARIA
Lennar Homes unveiled its new golf course, The National Golf & Country Club at Ave Maria, with a ribbon-cutting and shotgun event on Thursday. The Gordon Lewis-designed 18-hole golf course opens to the public on Friday, Jan. 15. Features of the golf course include a chipping area, putting green, driving range, and a pro shop. The National Golf & Country Club office is at 5080 Annunciation Circle, Suite 101, Ave Maria. To sign up for community updates, events and VIP information, go to TheNationalVIP.com.
GATES CONSTRUCTION BREAKS GROUND AT BROKEN SOUND CLUB
Gates Construction (GATES) has started a $30 million renovation project at Broken Sound Club in South Florida. The pre-construction permit phase has been completed and the building process is now underway. Managed from GATES’ Palm Beach Gardens office, this renovation and addition project will add dining options and increase amenities, all of which are designed to replicate and improve the member experience. The clubhouse re-imagination is from Peacock + Lewis Architects LLC, with an anticipated completion date of late 2021.
BEAUTIFUL HEALTH’S THIRD FREE HEALTH TALK SET FOR JAN. 21
Overeating and excessive nibbling during the holidays sometimes show up as belly fat, which is the most difficult to get rid of for most people. Beautiful Health will be offering its third free health talk via Zoom at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. This session is part of a series of online talks offered by Caroline Thonon, certified health coach and owner of Beautiful Health. The 30-minute session will include a question-and-answer period. To register for the session, email Caroline Thonon at BeautifulHealth111@gmail.com. For more information about Beautiful Health, call 239-241-5111 or visit beautifulhealth.biz.
THE DUNES NAMES BARONE AS CONTROLLER
The Dunes, a luxury residential community located steps from Vanderbilt Beach, has appointed Timothy Barone as controller. In this position, Barone will be responsible for planning, directing and coordinating all finance and accounting operations and managing the budget process. Barone has worked in the Naples area for 14 years. Prior to joining The Club at the Dunes, he was chief financial officer/chief operations officer for Grace Place for Children and Families. Before joining Grace Place, he served as chief financial officer, vice president of operations, and inventory director for Alternative Laboratories LLC. Barone earned his Master of Business Administration from Stetson University in Deland, Florida. He also earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Stetson with a major in international business and a minor in electronic business technology. The Dunes of Naples is comprised of seven high-rise towers of high-end luxury condominiums and 40 luxury coach homes. In 2019, The Club at the Dunes completed a $9.2 million renovation and expansion project.
EYE SURGERY CENTER MERGES WITH QUIGLEY EYE SPECIALISTS
St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center and Community Eye Center have merged with Quigley Eye Specialists. St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center and Community Eye Center are owned and operated by ophthalmologists Joseph W. Spadafora, D. O., and Eric R. Schaible. M.D. Community Eye Center joins 16 other locations under Quigley Eye Specialists ownership in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. Community Eye Center will continue to provide care from its offices in Port Charlotte, North Port and Venice. No operational changes are planned because of the merger. In addition to the three Community Eye locations, patients may be seen at any Quigley Eye Specialists office as well. For more information, visit QuigleyEye.com.
CYPRESS LIVING NAMES VICE PRESIDENT OF CLINICAL SERVICES
Louisa L. Cannamela, former director of nursing for home care by Cypress at Home, has been promoted to vice president of clinical services for Cypress Living. Cannamela, who joined the Cypress family in September 2019, will focus on strengthening the clinical services across the organization and its affiliates. Cannamela is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with multiple years of experience in both sub-acute, acute and outpatient care of older adults within skilled nursing facilities, primary care offices and client homes. Cannamela, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida Gulf Coast University and then received her Master of Science in Nursing with a certification in Adult and Geriatric Primary Care from South University. Since joining the Cypress Living organization, Cannamela managed a large team of care providers for the growing Home Care by Cypress at Home service line while also maintaining the company’s Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) accreditation.
HOWE JOINS OFFICE PRIDE OF SWFL
Office Pride of SWFL has hired Trent Howe as director of operations. In this new role, he will be responsible for directing the continuing growth of the company including sales and day to day operations. Howe brings his years of operational and sales experience to the commercial cleaning company. For the past eight years, Howe worked as the executive director for the March of Dimes. He has been in Southwest Florida for 26 years.
RINDENAU JOINS RMC GROUP AS DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
RMC Group has hired Michael Rindenau to the company as director of marketing, property and casualty division. He will also contribute to RMC’s captive and health operations. Rindenau brings more than 30 years of experience in the property and casualty insurance industry to RMC Group. Rindenau previously worked for Insurance Office of America in New Jersey. Rindenau is a licensed insurance agent in the state of New York and New Jersey, and a graduate of Brooklyn College.
Sponsors needed for NAMI Collier County’s 19th annual Hope Shines walk
NAMI Collier County has announced sponsorships for its 19th annual awareness walk, Hope Shines. The annual walk will be from 8:30-11 a.m. on Jan. 30 at Baker Park in Naples and will include free food, fun and entertainment for participants. The outdoor scenic walk provides an in-person, socially distanced event to support NAMI Collier County. The event will also include the opportunity to participate remotely. The Hope Shines walk will now serve as the organization’s largest annual fundraiser. Due to COVID-19, the organization canceled its annual March luncheon, which was expected to raise $120,000 for the operations of NAMI Collier County. The family of Tommy August, a Naples resident who lived with mental illness, has donated $20,000 to support NAMI Collier County’s Tommy August Emergency Care Fund. Other sponsorship opportunities for the Jan. 30 walk are still available. For information about sponsoring or to register a team for the walk, visit namicollier.org/events/. To donate to NAMI Collier County, visitnamicollier.org/donate/.
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