Gulfshore Business Daily: July 27

Lead Photo: Stevens Construction completes Frantz EyeCare medical office. Details below.


Video courtesy of WINK News



The Lee County School Board voted to move the first day of school to Aug. 31, with the end date being June 17, 2021. The board talked about the pros and cons for more than an hour during its meeting Thursday before voting unanimously to move the start of school. The board ultimately agreed they need the extra time to prepare for this unusual school year because of the pandemic. They also decided to give more time for parents to decide whether to send their kids to school or choose a virtual option. The deadline for that is now July 30, WINK News reports.


The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) announced Thursday the first 12 restaurants and hotels to achieve the FRLA Seal of Commitment, demonstrating their dedication to enhanced safety and sanitation practices. Establishments across Florida have achieved the seal, with dozens more in progress, representing the statewide commitment of the hospitality industry to the health and safety of employees and guests. Seal of Commitment achievers in Southwest Florida include Shangri-La Springs/Harvest & Wisdom in Bonita Springs, Burg’r Bar in Punta Gorda and Michael’s on East in Sarasota. To qualify for the FRLA seal, businesses must ensure that all managers have a current food manager certification, all employees have a current Florida food handler certificate, and all employees have completed the FRLA COVID-19 Sanitation & Safety Course. Additionally, establishments must meet specific sanitation standards outlined in the FRLA Seal of Commitment guidelines. To learn more about the FRLA Seal of Commitment or to apply for the designation, visit


The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) on Thursday announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to distribute nearly one million reusable cloth masks to restaurant and hotel workers across Florida. Masks will be distributed regionally across the state. Distribution event dates and locations are forthcoming.


In order to meet the demand for COVID-19 testing, the City of Cape Coral, in partnership with Lee Health, is increasing the days of operation for its mobile specimen collection site from three days to six days per week beginning today. The collection site is located at the Chester St. Resource Center, 4816 Chester St., in Cape Coral, and is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. by appointment only. A physician’s order is required to be tested at the collection site. Patients should contact their primary care provider, visit an urgent care clinic or do a virtual telehealth visit through Lee Telehealth to determine if an order is clinically indicated. The Page Field collection site will now operate Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The testing is by appointment only and a physician’s order is required. For more information, visit


Pending home sales (homes under contract) increased 61.3% compared to June 2019, with single-family homes being the home choice for a majority of buyers, according to the June 2020 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). New listings during June increased 25.8% compared to June 2019, which indicates growing consumer confidence for both sellers and buyers leading into the summer Naples real estate market, a news release states. While closed sales in May were down nearly 50% compared to May 2019, closed sales in June decreased by 4.6% to 881 closed sales from 923 closed sales in June 2019. To view the entire report, visit


Stevens Construction has completed construction of a new, two-story, 21,400-square-foot medical office for Frantz EyeCare, said Mark Stevens, company president. Stevens Construction worked with Frantz EyeCare and the architect, Southview Studios LLC, for more than six months prior to construction to design a facility that promotes staff efficiency, innovative technology and the highest patient experience. Located at 2500 Goodlette-Frank Road in Naples, Frantz EyeCare houses a 9,280-square-foot medical office on the first floor with an optical boutique, 21 exam rooms, patient lounge and procedure room. Situated in the center of the medical office is the cornerstone of the design, a state-of-the-art diagnostic testing room, which evaluates eye conditions and vision capabilities. On the second floor, Stevens Construction is underway with the 5,528-square-foot Suncoast Surgery Center, an outpatient surgery center to serve Frantz EyeCare Collier County patients. The remaining 3,752 square feet will be available for lease.


Studio+ has completed design and is entering construction of the NCH Baker Downtown Emergency Department renovation and expansion. NCH’s design objective for the expansion focuses on improving the operational flow of the department and providing more exam and observation units during seasonal fluctuations. The project consists of a new main patient walk-in entry, a new waiting area, two triage rooms, 43 new exam rooms, six trauma rooms, three lean care areas, a nurse station, and more emergency dedicated service rooms. NCH Baker ED is targeting completion nearing the end of 2021, totaling approximately 47,000 square feet. Partners for the project include DeAngelis Diamond, Affiliated Engineers, Select Structural, Hole Montes, Architectural Land Design Inc., and Mitchell Planning.

Kirsten O’Donnell


O’Donnell joins CONRIC PR & Marketing

CONRIC PR & Marketing welcomes Kirsten O’Donnell to its team. O’Donnell will serve as the agency’s marketing director. In her role, O’Donnell will develop, implement, and measure strategic marketing, communications, public relations and advertising campaigns. She will collaborate closely with CONRIC team members and clients to manage accounts and projects. O’Donnell brings two decades of award-winning public relations, marketing, and journalism knowledge to the position. Most recently, she served as director of communications and outreach at the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida. Her public relations and marketing experience also include positions at the City of Fort Myers and Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida. In addition, O’Donnell spent eight years as a television sports journalist, reporting and anchoring at stations in Missouri, Georgia, and Southwest Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication arts from Oakland University, a Master of Arts in interpersonal and public communication from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Phoenix.

Robert Shearman

Shearman named chairman of United Way board of directors

Robert Shearman, a stockholder and chair of the tort and insurance litigation department at Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A.. has been named chairman of the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties Board of Directors. He has served on the United Way’s board for five years, including serving as campaign co-chair in 2019. Shearman represents public and private entities with respect to constitutional claims, employment law, wrongful termination, discrimination, and harassment matters, and injury cases. He also represents law enforcement agencies and officers, and real estate professionals in civil litigation and administrative actions. Shearman is Florida Bar Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Mediator. Shearman received his undergraduate degree from Emory University and his law degree, with honors, from Florida State University. 

William E. Prysi

Hole Montes Inc. hires two

Hole Montes Inc. has added two team members: William E. Prysi, director of landscape architecture and design, and John J. Holtsclaw, senior designer. Prysi has helped integrate digital technologies with landscape architectural design in Southwest Florida over the past several decades, winning numerous state and national awards for his work, according to a news release. Holtsclaw has a long career in landscape architectural design and has previously served as a project manager for a local architectural firm. Prysi is experienced in Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) and 3D graphics. In addition to landscape architecture and computer-generated graphic design, Hole Montes provides a full range of professional services including land planning, civil and environmental engineering, public infrastructure design, including, roadway and aviation facilities, and surveying and mapping.

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank awards bonuses

For the third year, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank’s board of directors rewarded bank employees with a bonus from the bank’s savings under the federal tax law. The bonus is a show of appreciation from the board for the employees’ ongoing hard work and contributions to the bank’s success. Employees chose from a cash bonus or the equivalent amount of paid time off. All employees, except for the executive management team, were eligible and included in the bonus. Sanibel Captiva Community Bank maintains an employee turnover rate of under 9%, according to a news release. Among all 100 employees at its eight Lee County branches, the average tenure is five years. To learn more, visit

Guadalupe Center students


Guadalupe Center launches Back-to-School Shoes & Supplies Drive for Immokalee students

Guadalupe Center has launched its 28th annual Back-to-School Shoes & Supplies Drive to provide students with new sneakers and school supplies as the 2020-21 academic year begins. The nonprofit is collecting new notebooks, writing utensils, art supplies and other classroom items, as well as monetary donations, that will ensure students are prepared for success when classes resume. This year’s collection is critically important as many parents in Immokalee face unprecedented economic hardships caused by COVID-19, according to a news release. Guadalupe Center also has partnered with Snyderman’s Shoes of Naples and the nonprofit Laces of Love, which will be distributing new shoes to Guadalupe Center students in the coming weeks. Monetary donations can be made online through a secure portal at New school supplies can be dropped off or mailed to Guadalupe Center in Immokalee, Guadalupe Center’s development office in Naples, or Guadalupe Resale Shop in Naples. All donations are tax-deductible.

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