Gulfshore Business Daily: July 3

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OAK Family Health Centers Summer Ridge


Businesses have an opportunity to apply for help through the LeeCARES Business Rehire grant program, beginning at noon on July 6. Assistance is available to eligible businesses (and some nonprofits) that are rehiring employees laid off or furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants of $5,000 are available for each full-time employee (or full-time equivalent) rehired. Funds can only be used for operating expenses not covered by other resources. Businesses receiving the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) may be eligible if their covered loan period has expired. Businesses must have 250 or fewer employees, and the business owner must be a Lee County resident. Applications and additional eligibility requirements will be available online at or by appointment by calling 239-533-2273.

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The Fort Myers Beach town council voted Wednesday in favor of a mandatory mask requirement. A mask is required inside businesses, but not at public parks, beaches, inside hotel rooms, in church, or if you have a disability or are under the age of 6. If you are found without a mask in the required places, you could face a fine of $50. The mask requirement is considered an “emergency declaration,” not an ordinance, WINK News reports.


Launching this fall in downtown Fort Myers, Luminary Hotel & Co. is offering a chance for three local residents and their guests to take part in a private hard hat tour of the property on Saturday, July 18. To give away the three spots, the hotel has created a social media contest on its Facebook and Instagram pages. To enter the contest, participants must like/follow @LuminaryHotel on social, comment with the name of their favorite luminary, and tag a friend they would like to bring along on the tour as their “plus one.” The contest begins at 10 a.m. Monday and ends at 11:59 p.m. on July 12. The new 12-story hotel, the latest property from Mainsail Lodging & Development, and Fort Myers’ first hotel in the Autograph Collection of Marriott International will be connected to the neighboring Caloosa Sound Convention Center & Amphitheater. 

OAK Family Health Centers Summer Ridge


Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. (O-A-K) has been chosen to provide construction administration and management services for the new Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida (F.H.C.) clinic on Summer Ridge Lane in Fort Myers. The building will be a one-story, approximately 36,000-square-foot multi-disciplinary clinic containing offices for pediatrics, women’s health, laboratory, dental and a meeting/conference area. The building is designed to be energy efficient and sustainable. Construction started in May. The project architect is Burt Hill/Pollock Krieg Architects, Inc. O-A-K’s project manager is Kevin James, the project superintendent is Philip Pre-Genzer and the project estimator is Abel Natali. O-A-K also constructed Family Health Centers’ Lehigh and Estero facilities and has renovated one of its clinics in Fort Myers. Family Health Centers operates 21 medical and eight dental offices in Lee, Charlotte and Hendry counties. 


The Naples Senior Center will present a free “Care Partners Boot Camp for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Related Dementias” from 1-3 p.m. on July 17. This meeting will be presented via Zoom. Topics to be addressed during this workshop include “Skills Training Techniques” by dementia programs coordinator Simona Staicu-Levy; “How to Use Music to Navigate Challenging Situations” by music therapist Marissa Luizzi; and “Ways to Assist Your Loved One with Their Daily Routine” by Lisa Maxwell, a registered nurse at McKenney Home Care. There is no charge for this event. However, space is limited. For reservations, contact The Naples Senior Center at 239-325-4444 or


Youth Haven announces board of directors

Youth Haven Inc. announces its board of directors for 2020–2021, effective July 1. They are Brenda O’Connor, president; Denise Murphy, vice president; Patrick Arnall, treasurer; Lynda Waterhouse, secretary; Jackie Balandra; Mary Beth Johns; Christina Linaberry; Pamela Lundborg; Evelyn McKoan; Mike Prioletti; and Christopher Raphael. Youth Haven’s Honorary Lifetime Trustees consists of Carol Boyd, Lamar Gable, Lavern N. Gaynor, Frances Pew Hayes and Sheriff Kevin Rambosk. 

Adam Palmer

Palmer earns SIOR designation as a dual specialist

LandQwest Commercial Managing Principal Adam Palmer has achieved the Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS (SIOR) designation for recent accomplishments in the specialized office and industrial sectors. SIOR is an international organization of approximately 3,200 commercial real estate experts worldwide. These experts earned the designation after maintaining a sizeable per-year production and transactional volume over the previous four-year term. SIOR also enforces a strict code of ethics, requiring designees to complete its ethics course early on in their membership.,Palmer, a top producer at LandQwest Commercial, is the first SIOR designee in the company’s history and one of only 130 dual specialists worldwide. Dual specialists demonstrate a credible record of experience and performance in both office and industrial transactions.

Nicole Goetz

Henderson Franklin welcomes Goetz to family law team

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A. has hired Nicole Goetz to the firm. She brings a wealth of experience to deepen the breadth of the firm’s family law and appellate practice. Prior to joining Henderson Franklin, Goetz was the managing partner of two boutique family law firms including her own firm in Naples. Goetz assists her clients through every aspect of divorce, marital and family law. Goetz is admitted to practice in Florida and is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. In addition to publishing several articles, Goetz shares her experience and insight for anyone contemplating or going through a divorce in her book, “Divorce Proceedings in Florida: What You Need to Know (Quick Prep),” available on Amazon. Goetz has been actively involved with the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, including serving as chair from 2017-2018. Goetz received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida, cum laude, and her law degree from the University of Florida Fredrick G. Levin College of Law, with honors. 

Clark Hawkins

Hawkins named director of engineering and electric operations

Clark Hawkins was recently promoted to the top leadership position in the LCEC electric operations division. Hawkins has 38 years of experience in the electric utility industry including 23 years at LCEC with supervisory and managerial responsibility of various workgroups and departments within the electric operations division. His new responsibilities include directing the planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance of the transmission, substation, and distribution facilities. In addition, Hawkins plays a key role in the development of corporate strategic and vision planning, and the policy and procedure decision-making processes, including labor relations and bargaining unit negotiations.


Hodges University partners for COVID closet cleanout drive for veterans

Hodges University has partnered with the Collier County Veterans Council, Wounded Warriors of Collier County, and the Hunger & Homeless Coalition for a “COVID Closet Cleanout” through July 31. Both the Naples and Fort Myers campuses are drop-off sites for the following items: adult clothing (gently used, any season), adult shoes (gently used or new), new socks and underwear, shoelaces, sleep bags in good condition, blankets, tents in good condition, masking tape, duct tape, rope, and canteens. Donations can be dropped off by appointment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Hodges University Naples Campus at 2647 Professional Circle, and the Hodges University Fort Myers Campus at 4501 Colonial Blvd. To schedule a drop-off time and location, contact Tish at 239-938-7833 or

David Lawrence Center to host Ribbon of Hope virtual fundraiser

This July, David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC) invites the community to share a message of hope for those with mental-health or substance-use challenges and all frontline workers, medical professionals, first responders and hospitality workers, through its Ribbon of Hope virtual fundraiser. Each message will be represented by a colorful ribbon tied to the branches of DLC’s enormous and sprawling Tree of Hope banyan tree on the main Golden Gate Parkway campus. The tree was planted in the 1980s by clients. All of the messages will be displayed on Ribbons are a minimum donation of $25 and can be purchased at For more information, call 239-354-1445 or email

Assuage Luxury Spa offers ‘Heroes in Healthcare’ package in July

Assuage Luxury Spa is offering a special “Heroes in Healthcare” package in July for first responders as a thank you for their work to keep the community safe during COVID-19. During the month, any first responder who confirms they are a member of the healthcare community, law enforcement, or a firefighter, will receive a Signature Massage, Signature Facial and any one of 13 additional services for $150. This is a 30% discount from the usual cost for these services. In addition, Assuage will be offering one free package to a first responder on their Facebook page. The “Heroes in Healthcare” special package is available at both the Fort Myers and Naples locations of Assuage Luxury Spa.

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