Gulfshore Business Daily: July 2

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Lead Photo: FSW Respiratory Care Program Receives $500,000 Donation. Details below.

 


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NAPLES RANKED AMONG TOP CITIES FOR SENIOR HEALTH

Naples has been ranked one of the top five best cities for seniors’ health by the Mesothelioma Center. The Orlando-based advocacy center looked at the total population of seniors, average retirement income, how many senior centers are in the area and the average life expectancy. The top-ranked place for seniors to live was Truckee, California, WINK News reports.

 

FOURTH OF JULY EVENT TO CLOSE CAPE CORAL BRIDGE ON SUNDAY

The Lee County Department of Transportation reminds motorists the Cape Coral Bridge will be closed for the Red, White and Boom celebration from 3 a.m. Sunday, July 4, through 3 a.m. Monday, July 5. Cape Coral Parkway from Del Prado Boulevard to the bridge will also be closed at that time. Motorists are encouraged to use the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge or the U.S. 41 and Business 41 bridges as alternate routes. Lee DOT has placed message boards for motorists that will remain in place through the holiday and the closing. The Freedom 5K race starts at 7 a.m. on Independence Day. The city’s holiday celebration begins at 5 p.m. at the foot of the bridge on the Cape Coral Parkway side. Fireworks will follow at about 9:30 p.m.

 

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PILOTS IN DEMAND AS AIRLINE INDUSTRY STRUGGLES TO KEEP UP

The airline industry is struggling to keep up with the recent uptick in air travel. Because pilots are in demand, American Airlines is canceling almost 1,000 flights through mid-July. Paragon Flight training school at Page Field in Fort Myers is expanding to keep up with demand. The academy is building a new maintenance facility and an 8,000-square-foot learning center slated for completion next year, WINK News reports.

 

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NAPLES GRANDE OFFERING INCENTIVES TO HIRE MUCH-NEEDED RESORT STAFF

A local luxury beach resort is in need of a workforce boost. Naples Grande Beach Resort in North Naples is hiring dozens of employees in all fields to keep up with the increasing demand at the beach hotel, which is hiring on the spot and even offering extra cash to fill the positions Regardless of the incentives, few people are applying for the positions, but the crowds are returning to the Naples area. “We’ve been very blessed to have a really good occupancy level, basically since Presidents’ Day weekend in February,” says Melinda Hutchins, director of sales and marketing at Naples Grande. “We’ve got about 40 open positions here at the hotel, across all various departments.” Openings are in housekeeping, maintenance, customer service and other departments, WINK News reports.

 

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NEW FIRE STATION BEING BUILT IN FORT MYERS

To keep up with Southwest Florida’s exploding population, a new fire station is being built in Fort Myers along Six Mile Cypress Parkway just south of Colonial Boulevard. Citywide call volume for fire services in this area has seen a double-digit percentage increase from last year, and the fire marshal estimates there are roughly 4,500 new homes in the corridor south of Colonial at Six Mile, so the project is needed in the city. When Station 17 is completed next spring, response times for emergency responders will be much quicker, from four to six minutes compared to the nine to 14 minutes it takes now, WINK News reports.

 

RENOVATION PROJECT BEGINS AT VANDERBILT BEACH PARKING GARAGE

The Collier County Parks and Recreation started renovating the decks and trellis of the Vanderbilt Beach parking garage this week in North Naples. The project will continue through October. The parking garage, located at 100 Vanderbilt Beach Road, will remain open during the renovation. Areas of the parking garage will temporarily close during different phases of the renovation, but most parking areas will remain available for park visitors.

 

SEAGATE BREAKS GROUND ON WHITE CAP CONSTRUCTION SUPPLY 

Seagate Development Group has broken ground on a 9.71-acre, 45,000-square-foot facility for White Cap Construction Supply. The national building materials supplier’s design-build project is under construction at 16542 Oriole Road in Fort Myers. Crews are now clearing and filling the site and preparing the two building pads for the foundation and slabs. Within the next two months, they will complete all the required infrastructure and drainage. Seagate will also erect an 18,000-square-foot metal structure for steel fabrication, complete with an overhead crane and steel-bending machines. The main building will feature a 32,990-square-foot warehouse, an open-area conference room, a break room and a showroom. Seagate is slated to complete the facility in mid-October and turn it over before month’s end. PDS Architecture is the architect on the White Cap project, while Quattrone & Associates is the civil engineer.

 

Wendy Ponting

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF COLLIER COUNTY APPOINTS NEW CFO

The Community Foundation of Collier County has welcomed Wendy Ponting as chief financial officer. Her primary role will be to provide executive leadership, vision and strategic oversight for the foundation’s overall operating, financial and administrative activities. She will also offer investment management oversight and work actively with the investment committee to develop investment policy and asset allocation. Ponting spent 23 years with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, starting in 1998 as an accountant and advancing to vice president of finance and controller. She graduated from Cardinal Stritch with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a master’s degree in management. The Community Foundation’s former CFO, Lisette Holmes, has transitioned into the financial analyst role, a new position at the foundation. 

 

HR COLLIER TO DISCUSS WORKSITE WELLNESS JULY 15

HR Collier will host its next monthly membership meeting, “Making Florida a Healthy Place to Live and Work,” presented by Lisa DePatie, on July 15 at the Vineyards Country Club, 400 Vineyards Blvd., Naples. The session will help attendees understand the impact worksite wellness has on corporate strategy, share tools to help reduce risk factors and expenses and increase productivity, and identify resources available through the state to put them into place. Register online here.

 

Thalish Sajeed, Gartner panelist

GARTNER PARTICIPATES IN CAREER PANEL WITH THE IMMOKALEE FOUNDATION STUDENTS

Students from The Immokalee Foundation’s Business Management & Entrepreneurship Career Pathway recently engaged in a virtual career panel with professionals from Gartner, a global research and advisory firm based in Fort Myers. The Gartner-sponsored panel included five professionals from varying states, countries, cultural backgrounds and areas of expertise. Career panels take place monthly as part of The Immokalee Foundation’s Career Pathways program. Field trips and internship opportunities also are made available throughout the year. 

 

SUBMIT TO GULFSHORE LIFE SOCIAL REGISTER

Gulfshore Business‘ sister publication, Gulfshore Life, is accepting submissions for its 2021-2022 Social Register through Friday. Published in September, Gulfshore Life’s Social Register recognizes local nonprofits and helps connect donors and volunteers with causes they care about. To register your nonprofit’s fundraising event information, click here.

 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

FSW Respiratory Care program receives $500,000 donation

Florida SouthWestern State College’s Respiratory Care program has received a $500,000 donation from Brian and Kim Rist and the Rist Family Foundation. The funds will be used to provide enhancements to the program, including equipment, technology and additional instructional staff. The FSW respiratory care lab and classroom will be named The Rist Family Foundation Respiratory Laboratory and Classroom.

 

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