Gulfshore Business Daily: July 30, 2018

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Beasley Broadcast Group Inc. (BBGI) will report its 2018 second quarter financial results before the market opens on Aug. 3. The company will host a conference call and webcast at 10:30 a.m. that morning to review the results. To access the conference call, interested parties may dial (719) 325-4768, conference ID 9601913 (domestic and international callers).  Participants can also listen to a live webcast of the call at Please allow 15 minutes to register and download and install any necessary software.  Following its completion, a replay of the webcast can be accessed for five days on the company’s website. Questions from analysts, institutional investors and debt holders may be e-mailed to at any time up until 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 3. Management will answer as many questions as possible during the conference call and webcast (provided the questions are not addressed in their prepared remarks).


The Lee Board of County Commissioners has approved a test project for algae cleanup and directed staff to apply for funds from Florida Harmful Algal Bloom Management Grant Program through the Department of Environmental Protection. (DEP) The board also authorized staff to hire a vendor already under state contract to clean up and dispose of blue-green algae from areas with the highest concentration. The board approved spending up to $150,000 of general fund reserves to begin remediation in advance of the grant dollars. Gov. Rick Scott on July 9 declared a state emergency regarding algal blooms in seven counties and authorized the $3 million grant program for cleanup. The Florida DEP activated its grant program earlier last week. The county has conducted field and aerial assessments to determine the extent of harmful algae blooms in local waterways and will begin a targeted test project for algal bloom cleanup in significantly impacted areas. Once state grant funds are obtained, these targeted tests will extend to the most severely affected municipalities.


Gulfshore Business will present its 16th annual 40-under-40 awards reception at 6 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the Miromar Design Center, 10800 Corkscrew Road in Estero. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, entertainment and, of course, recognition of this year's honorees, who will be announced and profiled in our September issue. For ticket information, please click here.


Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC) has launched a new, evidence-based service called hippotherapy. The new service utilizes the purposeful manipulation of equine movement to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems to achieve functional outcomes. Hippotherapy is part of an integrated treatment strategy utilized by occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology professionals. Hippotherapy utilizes a sensory-rich environment that adds an additional dimension to the therapeutic process. NTRC recently completed a $4 million capital expansion with the goal of expanding and adding programs, providing instructor and volunteer trainings and conducting research that will further the benefits of equine-assisted activities and therapy. NTRC is now the only accredited riding center in the county offering the facility, training and therapy horses to local licensed professionals, according to a press release, allowing them to offer hippotherapy as an additional service in their practices.


 The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village has appointed Alex Kruger Springer as sous chef. Springer brings more than 15 years of experience in the culinary world and, under direction of executive chef Christiana Menassa, will oversee the property’s two dining outlets, Marker92 Waterfront Bar & Bistro and The Nauti Mermaid Dockside Bar & Grill. A Midwest native, Springer began his culinary career at North Bridge Tavern in Chicago before moving to Florida to study culinary arts at Keiser University in Sarasota. Following graduation, he accepted an internship with the Westin Maui before pursuing a full-time line cook role with the resort. Springer returned to Florida to be a member of the St. Regis Bal Harbour opening team, where he worked under famed Miami chef and restauranteur Brad Kilgore with the hotel’s banquets department and signature restaurant, J&G Grill. Most recently, Kruger served as sous chef at the Key West Yacht Club and chef de cuisine at The Reach, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.


Carmen Ho, a quality manager and interior designer with Studio+ in Fort Myers, has passed the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID) examination and earned the Certified Healthcare Interior Designer (CHID) certificate. Ho is one of only five CHIDs in the state of Florida. With the CHID designation and exam passage, Ho has met the standards for education, experience and examination and is a board-certified healthcare interior designer. To be eligible to take the exam, participants must have a minimum of three years of healthcare interior design experience, portfolio review and professional references. The CHID examination requires participants to demonstrate competence in a variety of aspects that affect the healthcare interior environment. Ho has worked in the interior design field for seven years with a specialty in healthcare design.

Charitable Notes

Caine Premier Properties launches ‘Let’s Get Moving’ campaign

Caine Premier Properties has launched its “Let's Get Moving” campaign, which seeks to raise funds for local charities. The next event will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Aug. 11 at Naples Barn Wedding and will feature line dancing instruction by Crystal Hollingsworth. A $20 donation will be collected at the door, and all proceeds from this event will benefit Cancer Alliance of Naples. Partnering with fitness centers across Southwest Florida and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area (the company has offices in Naples and Texas), the campaign's goal is to raise funds for various charity organizations through interactive, physical activity. All proceeds of these events go straight to charity. For more information, visit

Rowing machines donated to area VA facility

 Southwest Florida-based bowling center chains Bowland and HeadPinz Centers have donated to the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL), which will help Lake Baldwin VA Domiciliary’s (OPC) mission to integrate 200-400 veterans back into the community. With their medical care in check, the facility is charged in part with giving the veterans the skills that they need to successfully transition to community life. The donation resulted in three rowing machines so veterans at the OPC can improve their health and emotional wellbeing with rowing.

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