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Friday, July 30

ALLEGIANT AIR TO RESUME CONSTRUCTION OF SUNSEEKER RESORT IN CHARLOTTE HARBOR 

Allegiant Air has plans to resume work toward completion of Sunseeker Resort in Charlotte Harbor, the airline confirmed Wednesday. Allegiant says it will announce a start date and an opening date on Tuesday, when it also will discuss renovation and opening of the golf course. Construction for Sunseeker Resort stopped May 12, 2020, because of the pandemic. Allegiant decided to stop putting capital into the project for at least 18 months to focus its efforts solely on the airline, WINK News reports

 

Thursday, July 29

CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN ON ENCOMPASS HEALTH REHABILITATION HOSPITAL OF NAPLES 

Construction will start this summer on Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Naples, which will be built on the west side of Collier Boulevard between Wolfe Road and Mission Hills Drive in North Naples. The initial phase plans a more than 52,000-square-foot, one-story, 50-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital on vacant property directly across Collier Boulevard from the Tuscany Pointe gated community and just north of the Mission Hills shopping center anchored by Winn-Dixie supermarket. Future plans for a proposed second phase show the addition of a 26,322-square-foot, one-story northern wing with another 50 beds and the eventual expansion of the hospital’s common area with more space for its cafeteria and therapy gym. When both phases are completed, the total space for the freestanding hospital with 100 private rooms is planned for 81,024 square feet, site plans show. In May, Birmingham-based Encompass Health started building another regional rehabilitation hospital in Cape Coral. 

 

Wednesday, July 28

FLORIDA AMONG STATES WITH LOWEST CREDIT CARD DEBTS

The average Floridian has $2,159 in credit card debt that would take nearly a year to pay off with $166 in interest costs until payoff. Residents of 37 other states average more credit card debt than Floridians, according to a new WalletHub report that draws upon data from TransUnion, the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Census Bureau and WalletHub’s proprietary credit card payoff calculator to determine the cost and time required to repay the median credit card balance in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The worst-ranked state is Alaska, while the best ranked is South Dakota, the report shows. 

 

Tuesday, July 27

SURVEY RESULTS: 77% OF RESPONDENTS FEEL SAFER ABOUT TRAVELING NOW

Nearly 77% of surveyed Gulfshore Business Daily readers said they are more apt to make travel plans now, according to responses from a survey included in last week’s newsletters. Some respondents said they feel safer with road trips and wearing masks on planes, while others noted plans to travel outside of the country. Some respondents also said they feel safer to travel now that they are fully vaccinated, while others said they had been traveling throughout the pandemic. Nearly 24% of survey respondents said they are not making travel plans now, and some noted rising COVID cases.

 

Monday, July 26

LEE HEALTH REACTIVATES COVID-19 TEAM AS HOSPITALIZATIONS RISE AGAIN 

Lee Health reactivated its COVID-19 Incident Management Team as its hospitals deal with an increase in hospitalizations because of the virus. The system’s hospitals are caring for 130 COVID-19 patients, and the 14-day rolling average positivity rate is at 22%, which is approaching levels seen last July, Lee Health said last week, noting that 89% of those hospitalized patients are not vaccinated. To make a vaccination appointment, call 239-343-0999 or click here. The clinic at Gulf Coast Medical Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays for free vaccinations. Masks are still required at all Lee Health facilities, WINK News reports.

 

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