Gulfshore Business Daily: July 29

Lead Photo: Construction is underway at Grandview at Bay Beach



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. 



You can interview your potential employer before applying for a high-paying job while getting tips and tricks on how to land and keep it at this afternoon’s “reverse job fair” in Port Charlotte. The Charlotte DeSoto Building Industry Association will host the fair from 3 to 6 p.m. at the CDBIA office, 17984 Toledo Blade Blvd. Job seekers can listen to companies talk about current openings and how to grow in an office position, as a laborer and as management. CDBIA will even make resume copies for those without a printer. All you have to do is show up ready, WINK News reports. Register on the CDBIA website.



DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Naples started construction this spring on the first phase of an interior and exterior improvement project at the all-suite hotel at 12200 Tamiami Trail N. in North Naples. All 101 suites are expected to be renovated by September at the three-story hotel. The hotel’s owner, Virginia-based Guest Services Inc., also plans renovations to enclose 68 square feet of pool deck and 216 square feet of a covered walkway, improve existing pavement and landscaping, and other changes, Collier County development plans show. Additional expansion plans next year may include another restaurant to replace Charlie Chiang’s Chinese restaurant that operated there for 12 seasons before permanently closing three years ago. 



A new music education center is coming to Southwest Florida. A partnership initiative with the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, the Southwest Florida Music Education Center (SWFLMEC) provides music education and life skills development for neurodivergent young adults. SWFLMEC has hired Jennifer Clark to serve as the organization’s vice president. Currently, the Southwest Florida Music Education Center offers integrated programming for all interested students through The Creative Group in Naples. Community education opportunities will begin in fall 2021 and two- and four-year programs will launch by fall 2023. Phase two of the project will include an onsite student living center and dormitory. The Southwest Florida Music Education Center is currently seeking groundbreaking support to build the new music center and dormitory, including land purchase and campus development. 


London Bay’s Grandview at Bay Beach luxury high-rise is now under construction.


Construction is underway and sales remain active for London Bay’s Grandview at Bay Beach, Estero Island’s new 11-story tower. Located within the gated Waterside neighborhood at Bay Beach, Grandview features 58 residences from 2,400 to 2,900 square feet. Grandview’s open-concept floor plans will feature three or four bedrooms, a den, up to three-and-a-half bathrooms, private elevator access and a dedicated covered space in the main garage. Six top-floor penthouses will feature 11-foot ceilings and a private two-car garage. Luxury residences start from the low $1 million, and Realtor commission offerings are paid up front.



MK Architecture has been awarded the architectural design services for St. Paul’s Antiochian Orthodox Church New Fellowship Hall to be built at its existing church campus on Rivers Road at Immokalee Road in Naples. The project includes a new 7,500-square-foot fellowship hall building with a full-service kitchen, classrooms and a 240-seat multi-purpose hall. The project is expected to be completed in 2022. MK Architecture specializes in religious, hospitality, commercial and multi-family architecture with offices in Fort Myers, Naples, and Lexington, Kentucky.



TGR Financial Inc., the holding company for First Florida Integrity Bank, announced second-quarter earnings of $5.5 million, providing a return on average assets of 0.95%. Earnings were $0.29 per diluted share for the quarter. Common shares of TGRF closed on July 27 at $13.24. At $13.5 million for the quarter, net interest income decreased 1% over the same period one year ago as cash and cash equivalents rose to 37% of total assets at quarter-end compared to 18% on June 30, 2020. The net interest margin, contracted due to increasing liquidity levels, was 2.5% for the second quarter of 2021 compared to 3.35% for the same period one year ago. Forgiveness payments on PPP loans totaled $55 million for the quarter. 


Donald R. Schrotenboer


Donald R. Schrotenboer has formed Realvizory, a full-service real estate consulting firm offering advice, guidance and project management from acquisition through development, including entitlements, permitting and owner’s representation. Schrotenboer serves as the company’s managing partner. Before launching Realvizory, Schrotenboer served as president and CEO of Fort Myers-based Private Equity Group, where he directed daily operations for a family legacy fund controlling direct equity investments in apartments, hotels, land, commercial property, and mixed-use and residential communities totaling more than $2.5 billion in transactions. Notable projects included WildBlue, Esplanade Lake Club (formerly known as CenterPlace), and Westport, on the site of the former Murdock Village in Charlotte County. Schrotenboer previously served as president of Alico Land Development and executive vice president for Ave Maria Development and the Ave Maria Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel, restaurant and hospitality management from Siena Heights University. 


Jeremy Conrad


Jeremy Conrad, lead biologist for the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, has been promoted to regional coastal ecologist for the inventory and monitoring branch of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS). While he will remain based at “Ding” Darling, his post will take him throughout the 12-state/territory USFWS Southeast Region. Conrad joined refuge staff in March 2010. Before that, he served as an invasive species biologist at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Boynton Beach, Florida, and earlier spent four years at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. During his 11 years at “Ding” Darling, Conrad became known for his research on linking mangroves with sea-level rise mitigation and as a speaker on everything from sea turtles to marshland ecology. Conrad says he will continue supporting the “Ding” Darling’s biological program along with Refuge Manager Kevin Godsea and Deputy Refuge Manager Erin Myers during the transition. The refuge and “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) are also co-funding biological technician Avery Renshaw to assist with the transition.



Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida has announced its incoming board of directors, elected to serve through the end of June 2022. The board of directors will be led by chair Jeff Fusco, First Citizens Bank; immediate past chair Scott Fischer, Scott Fischer Enterprises; treasurer Tom Pitser, Robert W. Baird & Co.; secretary Suzanne Specht, Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University; and members-at-large Andrew Buschle, Bank of America Private Bank; Curt Todd, Wells Fargo; Sean Friend, Cogent Bank; and Gary Tasman, Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Property Southwest Florida. The board of directors also includes members Carlos Artime, Collier County Public Schools; Jason Brewer, Truist Bank; Jason Duke, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; Nancy Korista, Klocke of America Inc.; Justin Land, Wasmer Schroeder Strategies at Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc.; Linda Maere, School District of Lee County; Sandy Stilwell Youngquist, Stilwell Enterprises and Restaurant Group; Mathew L. Sheep, Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University; Michael Traficante, Grant Fridkin Pearson Attorneys at Law; and Earnest Wilks, Regions Bank. The responsibilities of the elected board members of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida include managing the organization’s business, assets and activities and the authorization of critical policies and practices. 


Christopher Lombardo


Woodward, Pires & Lombardo P.A. Partner J. Christopher Lombardo has been elected to the Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education & Experience Center Board of Directors. Shy Wolf Sanctuary provides a haven for wildlife, including cougars, wolves and wolfdogs, raising awareness for protecting these and other exotic species. Lombardo focuses his practice areas on family law, litigation, securities and commodities arbitration and litigation and class actions. He has three decades of legal experience, also serving as a Certified Financial Litigator, and is a founding member of the American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators.


Chamber representatives welcomed SCBWA to the chamber with a ribbon-cutting.


The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce celebrated the formation last fall of the Sanibel Captiva Business Women’s Association (SCBWA) with a ribbon-cutting on July 21 at Blue Giraffe 2 on Sanibel Island. Taylor Osborne serves as president of the organization. Other officers include treasurer and founding board member Gloria Garrett, secretary Colleen Zurcher-McGauran, and speaker chair and founding board member Mary Bondurant. With a membership of 26, SCBWA holds hybrid meetings on the third Tuesday of the month, offering the option to attend via Zoom or in-person at Sundial Resort. The group is currently conducting a Women in Leadership Speaker Series at its lunch meetings, which are open to the public. SCBWA is also partnering with Sundial Resort and the nonprofit organization Let’s Pink Out to host its first major event, a Pink Flamingo High Tea, on Oct. 5. The collaborative fundraiser will support cancer needs in the community along with SCBWA’s continuing education platform. 



Collier County Medical Society (CCMS) installed its 2021-2022 president and board of directors at the Medical Society’s 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting. Dr. Rebekah Bernard, outgoing president, passed the gavel to Dr. Alejandro Perez-Trepichio, who began his one-year term as the 64th CCMS board president at the virtual meeting on July 24. The new 2021-2022 CCMS board of directors joining Dr. Perez-Trepichio are Dr. Rebecca Smith, vice president; Dr. Gary Swain, treasurer; Dr. Zubin Pachori, secretary; Dr. George Brinnig, officer/director at large; and Drs. Jose Baez and Glenn Groat, directors at large. Dr. Bernard remains on the board as immediate past president. Ex-officio board members include April Donahue, Amy Howard and Dr. Jamie Weaver, CCMS Alliance co-presidents; and Drs. Kelsey Diemer and Michael Witte, resident physician representatives. The board members will lead CCMS in the mission to serve the needs of its physician members to better serve the community’s needs.



The Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, has sworn seven new members onto its board of directors, responsible for program oversight, fundraising, event coordination and public awareness campaigns. The new board members include Eric Bivens, Cape Coral; Cathy Corey, Cape Coral; Marianne Piccirilli Lentini, Naples; Aliza Recher, Naples; Melissa Grege Schiffman, Naples; Alison Campbell Stone, Fort Myers; and Carl Wolaver, Punta Gorda. Corey, Lentini, Recher and Schiffman are active volunteer child advocates with Guardian ad Litem. The Guardian ad Litem Foundation recruits, trains and supports volunteer child advocates who serve as the voice for abused, neglected and abandoned youth in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties as they navigate the judicial, education and child welfare systems. The foundation also provides financial assistance to help meet a child’s basic and developmental needs.



NAI Thor Commercial Group, a full-service commercial real estate brokerage firm servicing the Gulf Coast and Southwest Florida, has revealed NAI Skyway National Partners as its new corporate name. The corporate renaming was spurred by the recent alignment between NAI Skyway National and Hiffman National, a Chicago-headquartered property management and project services company. Founded last year by Brad Berzins, a 20-year industrial and investment sales broker, and Andy Georgelakos, a former president of NAI KLNB based in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area, NAI Skyway National is headquartered in Tampa, with regional offices in Sarasota, Fort Myers and Naples.



Publix invests in affordable homes in Collier County 

Publix Super Markets Charities Inc. has awarded a $45,000 grant to Habitat Collier to help underwrite a significant portion of construction costs for a family’s home in Immokalee. The charitable arm of the regional grocer has partnered with the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity for nearly 25 years to support the construction of affordable homes in Collier County. This most recent grant brings its total investment in affordable homeownership opportunities to $1.2 million over the life of the partnership. The home that the latest grant helped make possible was completed earlier this year, and the new homeowners signed their mortgage closing documents last month. This Habitat home marks the 16th that Publix has helped fund in Collier County.

Iron Ridge Insurance Services nurtures team climate through philanthropy

Iron Ridge Insurance Services has donated $5,000 to charitable endeavors in 2021. The company annually asks each team member to identify a cause to support with a $500 gift from the company. Ten charitable initiatives were selected by Iron Ridge team members to each receive a $500 contribution. Donations were provided to Child Care of Southwest Florida for the Community Children’s Center, Faces of Courage Foundation, the Fort Myers Police Department Community Outreach Against Child Hunger program, Hoops on Mission Lee County, IMAG History & Science Center, Meals on Wheels of East Pasco, Midwest Food Bank, Naples Humane Society, Pickup the Ball Inc., and the Surfside Hardship Fund.

Naples Gulf Shore Rotary plans annual Hallowine Wine Walk event

The Naples Gulf Shore Rotary Club will hold its annual Hallowine Wine Walk from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the Mercato in North Naples. Event tickets will include food and drink from Mercato restaurants, a costume contest, raffle drawings, a photo booth and a commemorative wine glass. Proceeds from the annual fundraising event go to charities, including Blessings in a Backpack, Meals of Hope and PACE Center for Girls. Pre-event tickets are $60 per person or four for $200. Event day tickets are $75 at the door.


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