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FLORIDA REALTORS SEEK TO GET AFFORDABLE HOUSING INITIATIVE ON 2022 BALLOT
Florida Realtors are launching a petition to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2022 ballot that would provide money for affordable housing programs. The group of Realtors funneled $5 million to the political committee Floridians for Housing while the National Association of Realtors chipped in another $3 million. If approved by 60% of voters, the proposed measure would establish state and local housing trust funds, which would receive a percentage of revenue from the documentary stamp taxes collected on real estate transactions. The committee needs to submit more than 220,000 signatures for the Florida Supreme Court to review the proposed amendment, and nearly a million signatures to get it on the 2022 ballot, WINK News reports.
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PROPOSAL WOULD OPEN MORE FLORIDA PANTHER LAND TO PUBLIC IN COLLIER COUNTY
A new proposal could give people more access to wildlife in Southwest Florida. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to add new trails and allow for fishing and hunting for wild turkeys at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in Collier County. More than 26,000 acres of land are preserved for Florida panthers, and the refuge wants to open that land up to the public. In a proposed plan, the 26,000-acre panther refuge would be available for activities such as fishing, turkey hunting, camping and hiking. Government officials are reviewing public comments submitted on the issue and hope to make a decision on the proposal by late summer, WINK News reports.
MOBILE PEDIATRIC CLINIC FOR VACCINES OFFERED THIS WEEK IN SWFL
Golisano Children’s Hospital’s mobile pediatric vaccination clinic will be traveling to areas in Southwest Florida this week. The service is walk-up only, and there is no cost for the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine. The mobile clinic will be at the following locations this week: today, July 13, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Fort Myers High School, 2635 Cortez Blvd.; Wednesday, July 14, 3 to 7 p.m., old Winn-Dixie plaza, 1500 Lake Trafford Road., Immokalee; Saturday, July 17, 9 a.m. to noon, Quality Life Center(QLC), 3210 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers. A parent or authorized guardian must accompany a minor for vaccination. The second dose will be set for the same location or one nearby. Anyone 12 years old and older can also receive their COVID-19 vaccine at no cost at Lee Health’s Community Vaccination Clinic at Gulf Coast Medical Center, WINK News reports.
BAHIA BOWLS FRANCHISE OPENS IN NORTH NAPLES
Bahia Bowls Acai Café opened Friday in the former space of Planet Smoothie next to Miller’s Ale House on Naples Boulevard in North Naples. The franchise’s made-to-order menu has a variety of customizable superfood fruit bowls and smoothies. The concept has grown since the first Bahia Bowls launched in Estero in 2017. Another new franchise also is planned to open in October near Petar’s Restaurant in The Center of Bonita Springs. Bahia Bowls in the Promenade at Naples Centre, 6420 Naples Blvd., Unit 101, is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Dine-in, online ordering and curbside pickup are available.
FLORIDA SKIN CARE PUNTA GORDA EXPANDS
Florida Skin Center has expanded its Punta Gorda staff, facility and services. Shana Peterson has joined the practice and is now seeing guests. Peterson is a certified physician assistant specializing in general and cosmetic dermatology. She joined Florida Skin Center from New Mexico, where she worked for a large dermatology practice as a medical provider. At the Punta Gorda office, Peterson joins Dr. Chetan Vedvyas, director of Mohs micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology. Additionally, Florida Skin Center has added additional exam rooms. There are now 16 exam rooms in all, including Mohs surgical suites with amenities such as snacks, beverages and entertainment choices. Additional services have been added to the Punta Gorda practice as well.
MORAN WEALTH MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCES EXTENDED SUMMER SCHEDULE
Moran Wealth Management, a Naples-based investment management practice, has extended its financial seminars schedule into the off-season months this year. Moran Wealth Management hosts these seminars to educate the community on various financial topics. Seating is limited for these complimentary seminars. For reservations, call 239-513-2511. For the most up-to-date information, click here.
ELITE JETS HIRES FOUR PILOTS, CHARTER CONSULTANT
Elite Jets has added four new pilots and a charter consultant to accommodate continued growth in the private travel industry. New pilots include Kevin Johnson, Allen Mounts, Tom Taylor and Michael Grebb, and Josh Simpson as an executive charter consultant. Johnson captains the Legacy 500, a 10-passenger luxury jet with a range of 3,100 miles. Mounts captains the Phenom 300, a nine-passenger private jet with a 2,000-mile range. Taylor captains the Phenom 300 and has been a pilot since 1988, flying professionally since 2000 for multiple aviation sectors. Grebb captains the Phenom 300 and Hawker 850XP, a mid-size aircraft that Elite Jets manages. As an executive charter consultant, Simpson works with Elite Jets’ operations team and assists passengers with trip planning, scheduling and logistics. Elite Jets operates from its private terminal at the Naples Airport. The charter company employs approximately 40 aviation professionals.
COX JOINS GATES CONSTRUCTION AS JUNIOR ESTIMATOR
Gates Construction has added Brenen Cox as a junior estimator. Some of his responsibilities include subcontractor database maintenance, solicitation of subcontractors and material suppliers for proposals, management of the FTP site, organization of bid documents including electronic and hard copy and review of plans and specifications to develop scopes of work. Cox recently moved to Florida from Texas and is based in Gates’ corporate office in Bonita Springs.
EDGE EXPANDS TO OFFER RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL INTERIOR DESIGN
EDGE Cabinet and Space Creators has expanded to include residential and commercial interior design services to clients throughout Southwest Florida. The company, which will now be known as EDGE, will continue to provide its original services, including custom cabinetry, closets, millwork and inspirational space planning. The company has named Adriene Ged lead interior designer, to work alongside architectural coordinator Karen Velasco-Carter, lead cabinet designer David Cureton and design assistant Nikole Richards.
Local companies donate coffee, supplies to Surfside rescue workers
Companies including The Belfor Property Restoration office in Bonita Springs, Grumpy Goat Coffee Co., Stan’s Coffee & Food Service and M&M Multimedia have collaborated with the Belfor branch in Deerfield Beach, Florida, to donate more than 2,000 cups of coffee, commercial coffee brewing equipment and related coffee supplies to Mercy Chefs and the rescue crews working at the scene of the Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside, Florida. Mercy Chefs, a faith-based, non-profit disaster relief organization is in Surfside to provide professionally prepared, restaurant-quality meals to victims, volunteers and first responders of the Surfside condominium building collapse. Emergency crews and volunteers will be working at the site for at least three more weeks, Belfor states. To contribute to the ongoing effort, contact Stacie Nikkel at email@example.com.
Florida Lions Eye Clinic receives United Way grant
The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties has awarded a $27,500 grant to the Florida Lions Eye Clinic. The funding will support optometry and ophthalmology staffing, a mobile eye clinic and monthly eye screening events. The United Way orchestrated an additional $20,000 donation from an anonymous supporter to fund equipment used to perform selective laser trabeculoplasty, a form of laser surgery used for glaucoma patients.
Wells Fargo partners with Habitat for Humanity
Wells Fargo is helping to fund the construction of an affordable home in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Collier County. The bank is contributing $15,000 through its grant program to go toward constructing a home for a family living in Immokalee. The grant comes as part of Wells Fargo’s commitment to building an inclusive, sustainable recovery for all through a focus on opening pathways to economic advancement, championing safe, affordable homes, empowering small businesses to thrive, and enabling a just, low-carbon economy.
HELP receives support from United Way of Collier and the Keys
The Housing Development Corp. of SW Florida Inc., d/b/a HELP, has received an $11,250 award from the United Way of Collier and the Keys to support the Collier Financial Empowerment Program. The award confirmation was received on March 31. Funds will be used over a 12-month period to support individual financial coaching available to Southwest Florida households that fall into the ALICE population (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). The objective is to assess the overall financial health of the household and create an action plan designed to achieve specified goals.
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