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SURVEY QUESTION: DO YOU FEEL SAFER ABOUT TRAVELING NOW?
Traveler confidence is soaring, according to a recent AAA survey. More than three-quarters of Floridians feel more comfortable traveling now than they did three months ago because many received COVID-19 vaccinations and are more confident in safety measures being implemented. What about you? Let us know here. The survey will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, and results will be shared in an upcoming issue of Gulfshore Business Daily.
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LEE COUNTY MAKING UP FOR TEACHER SHORTAGE WITH TRAINING PROGRAM
Three weeks away from the start of another school year, Lee County still needs about 50 teachers, so the county’s school district is helping people in other professions to become educators. The district is hiring more teachers through Alternative Lee, an alternate program allowing anyone with a degree, no matter what the focus, to become professionally certified as a teacher. Alternative Lee simplifies the process by allowing prospective teachers the chance to meet state requirements through job-embedded tasks designed to support their effectiveness in the classroom. The district offers the program free to qualifying teachers who, in turn, agree to teach in Lee County for three years after graduating. More than 50 teachers have graduated from the program since it launched in 2019, WINK News reports. For school district employment opportunities, click here.
LEE COUNTY HAS IMMEDIATE OPENINGS FOR SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS
The School District of Lee County has immediate openings for bus drivers for the new school year. Applicants should have five years of driving experience and a satisfactory driving record. The requirement for a GED or diploma has been waived until the end of February 2022. In addition to an hourly rate starting at $14.69, drivers will receive a training stipend after driving for 45 days. Click here to apply.
SEMINARS ON FIGHTING FRAUD, CYBERCRIME SLATED FOR AUGUST
The Above Board Chamber of Florida is hosting two seminars on fighting fraud and cybercrime. The Naples seminar will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 9 at the Hilton Naples. Panelists include Rachel Busch, Cigent Technology Inc.; Carrie Kerskie, Kerskie Group, LLC; Janet Moore, BKS-Partners; James Ritter, Pulse Business Solutions; and Chris Vernon, The Vernon Litigation Group Team. The Fort Myers seminar will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Bell Tower on Aug. 12. Panelists include Busch; Kerskie; Moore; Ritter; and Mark Nieds, Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A. Early bird admission is available through Aug. 5 for the Naples event and Aug. 6 for the Fort Myers event and costs $33 for members and $35 for nonmembers. After those dates, it’s $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Lunch is included.
GREATER FORT MYERS CHAMBER LUNCHEON HELD AUG. 18
The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s next monthly luncheon will explore the unique ways companies are helping their communities in Southwest Florida. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the Crowne Plaza at Bell Tower in Fort Myers. The five guest speakers include Julio Barina, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. P.A.; Brandy Lai, NeoGenomics Laboratories; Joe Ramsay and Rusty Smith, Pit Stop Auto Repair; and Denise Spence, Dunbar High School. Admission is $25 for chamber members and $35 for future members. Register online or call 239-332-2930.
FLOOR & DECOR PLANS NEW WAREHOUSE STORE IN NORTH NAPLES
Floor & Decor, a hard-surface flooring warehouse retail chain, plans a store on the corner of Pine Ridge Road and Naples Boulevard in North Naples. The 78,205-square-foot space most recently was home to NCH Healthcare System’s central campus offices and White Elephant resale store in a 107,000-square-foot building built in the 1990s for Pace Membership Warehouse. In late April, Agree Limited Partnership purchased the building at 2157 Pine Ridge Road from NCH for $18 million. Additional retail opportunities also are available on that 11.78-acre property. NCH moved its offices there to the former Naples Daily News building that it purchased in December in North Naples. NCH is still seeking a new location for its White Elephant store.
‘LET’S GET BACK TO WORK’ JOB FAIR HELD JULY 27 IN FORT MYERS
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida (SWFL), the City of Fort Myers and the STARS Complex are partnering for a “Let’s Get Back to Work” job fair, held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 27 at Stars Complex, 2980 Edison Ave., Fort Myers. During the event, job seekers can meet with 20 companies for on-the-spot interviewing, including Goodwill SWFL. The event is open to all job seekers but targeting the Dunbar community to help increase employment and bring opportunity to the community. Goodwill Community Resource Center (CRC) coordinators will be onsite to assist with the application process, and applicants may be hired on the spot. Goodwill’s CRCs offer employment services and free computer skills training. Anyone who would like help with interview skills or resume writing can contact the closest CRC coordinator and make an appointment for assistance prior to the event. Those interested in working for Goodwill SWFL can apply ahead online.
LEE CLERK OF COURT TO HOLD CAREER FAIR AUG. 5
The Lee County Clerk of Court is hosting an in-person career fair on Aug. 5 to fill more than 20 positions. The career opportunities are available in several areas of the organization, including courts, information technology, tourist tax, minutes and communications. The three-hour event will start at 3 p.m. at the County Admin East building at 2201 Second Street in Fort Myers. Participants can speak directly with hiring managers and learn about the office’s benefits. Participants are required to register for the free event.
SWAMP AXE CO. REOPENS IN EAST NAPLES AFTER FIRE CLEANUP
Swamp Axe Co. reopened last weekend after being closed since an early June fire at a thrift store in its East Naples retail center temporarily caused minor smoke and water damage to other units in the complex. More than a month later, the smoke has cleared and the damage has been cleaned up. Launching last fall at 2487 Linwood Ave., Swamp Axe offers six caged ax-throwing lanes for one-hour or two-hour sessions. A single lane can be reserved for up to four players or multiple lanes can be booked for a special event such as a birthday celebration, bachelor party or a company team-building outing. For more information call 239-331-3923 or click here.
LEE COUNTY’S PUNTA RASSA BOAT RAMP TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY FOR REPAVING
The Punta Rassa Boat Ramp, Lee County Parks & Recreation’s most-used boat ramp, will be closed temporarily from Monday, July 26, through Thursday, July 29, for parking lot improvements. The ramp at 15001 Punta Rassa Road, Fort Myers, will reopen Friday, July 30, weather permitting. During the parking lot project, the Lee County parking sticker will be honored at the Sanibel city boat ramp – just across the Sanibel Causeway from the Punta Rassa Ramp – so boaters with stickers have the option to pay the bridge toll and use that ramp without paying its meter fee. Parking fees are $10 for 24 hours, $20 for 48 hours or $30 for 72 hours. Boaters may purchase an annual parking sticker online or by calling 239-533-7275.
ECCL APPOINTS TECCO-ROACH AS BOARD MEMBER
The Board of Directors of the Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) announces Linda Tecco-Roach as a member of the board. Tecco-Roach, a Philadelphia native, has lived in Estero with her husband, Joseph Roach, for 22 years. From 2013 through 2019, she served as the ECCL membership chair after working with members of the ECCL board in the Estero incorporation effort in 2013. Before her retirement in 2012, Tecco-Roach worked in the financial services industry for more than 40 years as a management professional with experience in relationship management, sales, electronic payment delivery, risk management products and services, strategic and market planning, project management and process re-engineering.
O-A-K HIRES CLAWSON AS PROJECT MANAGER
Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. has hired Edwin Clawson as project manager. Clawson started his career as an architectural draftsman of construction documents and assisted and configured codes and permitting processes for multiple projects. He moved into leading teams for new construction projects and coordination of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing, civil, and Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Clawson is currently managing the Naples High School roof replacement and the Naples Airport Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Station demolition and new 9,065-square-foot building.
United Way of Collier and the Keys supports YMCA of South Collier
United Way of Collier and the Keys has granted $73,500 to the YMCA of South Collier to support scholarships and supplies for early learning and afterschool programs in 2021 and 2022. The YMCA’s early learning program helps children ages 2-5 to develop their skills in literacy, math and socialization. The after-school programs at the YMCA continue to focus on literacy, math, embracing healthy lifestyles and character development for children K-8. The YMCA of South Collier serves children throughout southern Collier County including the communities of East Naples, Lely, Isles of Capri, Marco Island, Goodland, Port of the Islands, Everglades City and others.
Sponsors needed for Shy Wolf Scramble
Shy Wolf Sanctuary, Education & Experience Center Inc. will host its inaugural golf tournament fundraiser, Shy Wolf Scramble, at 8 a.m. on Sept. 25 at Heritage Bay Golf & Country Club in Naples. The event will include the golf tournament, lunch, drinks, raffles, 50/50, prizes and an opportunity to meet an ambassador animal from Shy Wolf Sanctuary. Proceeds will benefit the expansion of the Shy Wolf property in Golden Gate Estates. Registration for the tournament is $500 per foursome and $150 for individual golfers. Sponsorships are available and range from $200 to $2,500. Donations for raffles and prizes are also being requested. Contact events@
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