Gulfshore Business Daily: July 2

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FLORIDA GOVERNOR EXTENDS MORATORIUM FOR EVICTIONS, FORECLOSURES UNTIL AUGUST

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday extended the moratorium for evictions and foreclosures until 12:01 a.m. Aug. 1.  The signing of “Limited Extension of Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief” extends the governor’s previous executive order that was set to expire July 1. The order temporarily assists Floridians who have had the COVID-19 pandemic impact their ability to make mortgage payments, WINK News reports.
 

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ANNOUNCES 2020 SEASON CANCELLATION

The inaugural season for the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels will have to wait until next year. Minor League Baseball officially announced Tuesday the cancellation of the 2020 season because of the pandemic. Mussels is the new name given in December to the longtime Fort Myers Miracle team. The Charlotte Stone Crabs also are affected by the news, WINK News reports. “Obviously, it’s disappointing,” says Chris Peters, Mighty Mussels vice president. “But, with everything going on in the world–the pandemic, the devastation it’s created–we want to do our part to make sure the community is as safe as possible.”
 

NAPLES SETS SPECIAL BEACH HOURS, REGULATIONS FOR HOLIDAY WEEKEND

The city of Naples will have special beach hours and regulations for the Fourth of July weekend, effective at 7 a.m. Friday, July 3, to 7 a.m. Tuesday, July 7. During that time, city beaches will be closed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and the Naples Pier and City Dock will be closed to foot traffic July 3-7. Chairs and umbrellas are allowed on the beach, but tents, grills, coolers and fireworks are prohibited. Through Tuesday, July 7, beach parking (including parking meters) will be only for vehicles with Naples or Collier County beach parking permits. No parking will be permitted on residential streets unless in properly marked parking areas, according to a news release. City Council voted to make the changes at a special meeting Tuesday after Miami-Dade and Broward counties closed beaches this weekend.
 

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FIREWORKS IN HIGHER DEMAND IN SWFL WITH JULY 4 DISPLAYS CANCELED

Operators of several fireworks stands and stores in Southwest Florida report that business is booming this year. Because many professional fireworks displays have been canceled this year, citizens are gearing up to celebrate Independence Day at home, WINK News reports. “We have doubled our numbers in the month of June from last year, and it’s unbelievable,” says Denny Billec with Phantom Fireworks of Fort Myers. “This started 10 days ago, and it’s not slowing down. It just increases every day.”
 

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR 12TH ANNUAL TECHNOLOGY AWARDS

​The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (SWFRTP) seeks applications for the 12th annual Technology Awards Event. Award finalists will be notified by July 20 and awards will be presented at the 2020 Annual Awards event, to be held virtually, at 6 p.m. on Aug. 6. Applications are being accepted in the following categories: Innovation Award, Transformation Award, Leaders in Technology Award, Technology Student Award, Startup of the Year Award, and the Leader in Adversity of COVID-19 Award. Applications can be submitted at swfrtp.org by completing the designated form. Submit an application by 5 p.m. on July 15.  This year’s Award ceremony will highlight keynote speaker, Jeffery Hayzlett, a television and podcast host and best-selling author. Event and corporate sponsorships are available.
 

SEMI-ANNUAL HOME & GARDEN SHOW RETURNS TO DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS

In 1991, Bill Anderson’s Home & Garden Show was the first event to be held at the then-new Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers. On Sept. 19 and 20, the 2020 Semi-Annual Home & Garden Show will be the first public event to be held at the new Caloosa Sound Convention Center, adjacent to the Luminary Hotel, which is set to open on Sept. 17. Now in its 24th year, the semi-annual Home & Garden Show features more than 130 local and regional companies that display and present products and services to homeowners. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Jim Parks from HGTV will serve as a celebrity guest and will give three entertaining and educational seminars each day. Expo Management produces the Home & Garden Show. For more information, visit expomanagementinc.com.
 

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice

ORLANDO-BASED JEREMIAH’S ITALIAN ICE COMES TO SWFL

Southwest Florida’s first location for Jeremiah’s Italian Ice opened Wednesday in North Naples. The Orlando-based chain’s first franchise, operated by Naples residents Nicholas and Renata Frisone, is scooping Italian ice, gelato and ice cream in a shop at the Super Target-anchored plaza off Immokalee Road near Interstate 75. The frozen dessert concept has more than 40 Italian ice flavors such as mango Margarita, caffe latte, sea salted caramel, lemon basil and mint chocolate chip. Jeremiah’s Gelati features layers of Italian ice swirled with vanilla or chocolate soft-serve ice cream. Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, 2405-5 Tarpon Bay Blvd., is open daily 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and features a large outdoor patio. For more information call 239-431-7855 or go to JeremiahsIce.com.  
 

NEW PODCAST CELEBRATES THE BEACHES OF FORT MYERS & SANIBEL

The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) has launched Shellcast, a new podcast. The first three episodes include an interview with Capt. Brian Holaway of Captain Brian on the Water; a visit to the 2020 Burrowing Owl Festival and interviews with Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife members; and a walk on a Sanibel beach with Dorrie Hipschman, executive director of The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. Shellcast is available for free on fortmyers-sanibel.com, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more. Ideas or comments are welcome at shellcastthepodcast@gmail.com. The host and producer of Shellcast is Jackie Parker, a VCB communications manager, and the audio technician is Ray Sarracino, a communications specialist with the Lee County Office of Communications.
 

Julie Pedretti

IN THE KNOW

Healthcare Network hires Pedretti as director of COVID-19 community relations

Julie Pedretti has joined Healthcare Network as the new COVID-19 community relations director. The position is funded by a federal grant awarded to the organization by Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). Pedretti will be responsible for directing grant activities that support increased COVID-19 testing and education throughout Collier County. Pedretti brings more than 25 years of healthcare marketing, communications and administration experience, to the role. Pedretti has held marketing roles with Lee Health and NCH Healthcare System. In 2017, she joined Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami as the community relations director for Southwest Florida. She received a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, a master’s degree in urban affairs and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
 

Quarles & Brady

GATES Construction completes law offices of Quarles & Brady

GATES Construction has completed the renovation and build-out for the law offices of Quarles & Brady, located on the northeast side of Goodlette-Frank Road and Pine Ridge Road in Naples. The 14,000-square-foot renovation of the law firm’s current offices and 3,000-square-foot buildout of new space is complete on the first and third floors. The buildout creates a new reception area, kitchen and multiple conference rooms on the first floor for the firm. The renovation provides aesthetic updates to the entire third-floor offices including employee collaborative hub and multipurpose room. Design Services were provided by David Poorman Architect.

 

CHARITABLE NOTES

Sunrise Community of Southwest Florida receives grant from United Way

The United Way of Collier County and the Keys has awarded Sunrise Community of Southwest Florida with a grant. This contribution will secure funding for the people supported at the Sunrise Adult Day Training Center in Naples. The gift allows the Sunrise staff to continue offering people with developmental disabilities residing in Collier County with quality programs that enrich their lives. Sunrise Community of Southwest Florida supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and manages the Sunrise Adult Day Training Center. Through their continued support, United Way of Collier County and the Keys has made a marked difference in the lives of the more than 80 men and women who attend the center every day, a news release states. For more details, visit sunrisegroup.org.
 

Annual Back to School Supply Drive held through Aug. 5

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools Inc. is holding its annual Back to School Supply Drive until Aug. 5  at several participating locations throughout Lee County and at the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. Donations will benefit the Foundation’s Education Resource Center, which provides Lee County School District educators access to new and reusable classroom supplies at no cost. Suggested donations include notebook paper, pens, No. 2 pencils, crayons, glue sticks, rulers, notebooks, three-ring binders, scissors, and backpacks. For more details, visit leeschoolfoundation.org.
 

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