Gulfshore Business Daily: July 7

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Lead Photo: Gulf Shore Cooling Partners with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County. Full story below.

 


Video courtesy of WINK News

LEE HEALTH CALLING FOR MORE ICU NURSES AS COVID CASES INCREASE

Lee Health officials are looking for more ICU nurses since the number of ICU beds is already limited due to the recent spike in coronavirus cases. A representative with Lee Health says that just 11% of beds in their intensive care unit are available because of the rise in COVID-19 patients coming to the hospital. The rise in ICU occupants over the weekend prompted Lee Health leaders to seek more ICU staff for its multiple hospitals, WINK News reports.
 

SWFL COUNTIES AMONG BEST PLACES FOR FLORIDA HOMEOWNERS

Hendry, Glades and Collier Counties are included in SmartAsset’s “Best Places to Own a Home in Florida” list. The financial technology company analyzed which markets are most favorable for buyers by comparing the financial impact of renting a three-bedroom home against the cost of buying one. Hendry County ranked No. 5, followed by Glades County at No. 6 and Collier County at No. 10. Additional details on the study, including the methodology and interactive map, can be found here.
 

NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN REOPENS WITH EXTENSIVE SAFETY MEASURES

The Naples Botanical Garden has opened its doors to everyone for the first time since the shutdown. The local attraction welcomed back the public on Monday after reopening to its members two weeks ago. The reopening follows months of maintenance and implementation of extra safety measures. This summer, you can visit between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., with timed tickets available in 15-minute intervals to limit crowd sizes. Staff spent quarantine talking with botanical gardens across the country and came up with a long-term plan to make sure they wouldn’t have to shut down again. In addition to booking timed tickets online, you will notice a mask requirement and sanitizer stations. Signs block entrances to high-touch areas, like the children’s section, and the Garden now has touchless refillable water stations.  Another big change was altering the cafe with touchless pay options and outdoor seating. You can read more about it on Gulfshore Life‘s online section here.
 

LEE HEALTH WELCOMES RESIDENT PHYSICIANS

The Florida State University College of Medicine (FSUCOM) Family Medical Residency Program at Lee Health welcomes eight new resident physicians, who started their training on June 22. The new residents include Dr. Francesca Blazekovic from Port Charlotte; Dr. Jenna De Francesco from Naples; Dr. Thomas Flynn from Sarasota; Dr. Shane Geffe from Cape Coral; Dr. Joseph Guernsey from Ave Maria; Dr. Gerard Mulles from Fort Myers; Dr. Dakin White from Bradenton; and Dr. Luke Wren from Carmel, Indiana. The FSUCOM Global Health Fellowship Program also welcomes two new fellows: Dr. Bradley Green, Global Health Fellow – completed residency in Cleveland, Ohio; and Dr. Alice Shallcross, Global Health Fellow – completed residency in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Based at Lee Memorial Hospital with The Florida State University College of Medicine as its institutional sponsor, the residency program was created to abate the shortage of primary care physicians anticipated nationally, an issue that is compounded locally by rapid population growth in Southwest Florida. Medical school graduates are required to complete residency training in their chosen specialty to become independently practicing physicians.
 

Alayna Curry

PANEL DISCUSSION ON VIDEO FOR PR CAMPAIGNS COMING SOON

The Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) will host a virtual panel discussion on the best ways to incorporate video into public relations strategies. The ZOOM event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 14. The featured speakers include Alayna Curry, media relations and public affairs manager, Orlando Health; and Chris Gent, director of corporate communications, Kissimmee Utility Authority. Curry and Gent will discuss how video has played a role in the success of their public relations campaigns. The event is $5 for students, $10 for members and $20 for future members. Register here
 

DOWNING-FRYE REALTY OPENS NEW OFFICE

Downing-Frye Realty Inc. has opened a new office in the Galleria at Vanderbilt at 8950 Fontana del Sol Way, Suite 100, Naples. With more than 5,000 square feet, the centrally located office will improve accessibility for clients and agents as well as allow the growing firm to enhance services for its agents, a news release states. The space offers a training room equipped with technology to accommodate over 75 people. Agents will have access to private and semi-private offices, multiple conference rooms for meetings with clients, and a full kitchen. The new office is located next to Ross Title & Escrow. For more information, visit DowningFrye.com.
 

Michele Garlough

GULF COAST INTERNATIONAL PROPERTIES ANNOUNCES NEW HIRE, AGENT OF THE MONTH

Gulf Coast International Properties (GCIP) has hired realtor Michele Garlough to the firm. Hailing from Perrysburg, Ohio, and a resident of Naples, Garlough graduated from Bowling Green State University and holds a master’s degree from the University of Toledo. In addition to real estate experience, Garlough has nursing experience and worked as a flight nurse for 20 years before becoming a nurse practitioner in Emergency Medicine at Naples Community Hospital. In addition, Gulf Coast International Properties named Christina Stoneburner Legutki the Agent of the Month for June. Born and raised in Naples, Stoneburner Legutki has long-established family roots in the development of Collier County and the Southwest Florida real estate landscape. She recently had a record sale in the Mangrove Bay community for $3.33 million.  
 

CHARITABLE NOTES

Gulf Shore Cooling Partners with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County recently received two brand new air-conditioning units from Gulf Shore Cooling for their Lehigh Acres Club. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County exist to enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. For more information, visit loveleekids.org.
 

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