Lead Photo: Gallery One moves to new location along Naples’ Fifth Avenue South. Details below.
SUN-N-FUN LAGOON WATER PARK REOPENING AFTER 15-MONTH HIATUS
Collier County’s Sun-N-Fun Lagoon is reopening this week after a more than 15-month hiatus in North Naples. The water park temporarily closed to the public in late March 2020 because of CDC guidelines to control the spread of COVID-19. The park remained closed for a scheduled renovation project to accommodate an ambitious construction timeline at North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road. The splash is back beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, July 9, for pools, waterslides, a lazy river and more. A special admission rate offered through the end of August is $8 for guests 48 inches and over and $4.50 for children under 48 inches. The local family destination will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
NAPLES LAND SELLS FOR $24.6 MILLION
SD San Marco LLC purchased 105 acres at 9220 Collier Blvd., Naples, from Winchester Land LLC for $24.6 million, or $234,285 per acre. Dan Guoan of CRE Consultants brokered the transaction.
MICROENTERPRISE INSTITUTE STARTS AUG. 16 IN CAPE CORAL
The next Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Institute will take place from Aug. 16 to Sept. 23. The six-week training program helps emerging entrepreneurs start new ventures and grow small businesses. Graduates complete a training course and prepare for a solid plan to guide their start-ups. They work with mentors and hear from subject-matter experts in accounting, legal, marketing, insurance and funding. Classes are scheduled from 6-9 p.m. on Monday and Thursday evenings at 815 Nicholas Parkway E., Cape Coral. Attendance is limited. Click here to apply, or call 239-995-2106 ext. 2215. The session is $80. Volunteer hours can be substituted for the fee if income requirements are met. For more information, email Dorothy Browning at email@example.com.
SUNSHINE ACE HARDWARE ANNOUNCES JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Sunshine Ace Hardware has announced new job opportunities at each of its store locations across Southwest Florida, as well as corporate positions. Available jobs include cashiers, sales associates, account executives, maintenance associates, receivers, B2B specialists, inventory coordinator, district manager, floor supervisor and marketing coordinator. Full- and part-time, benefits-eligible positions are available across store locations, including Marco Island, Naples, Golden Gate, East Naples, Bonita Springs, San Carlos Park, Port Charlotte and Largo. Positions also are available at Crowder Bros. Ace Hardware and Crowder Bros. Gifts & Gadgets in Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch. Job opportunities are posted online.
GALLERY ONE MOVES TO NEW FIFTH AVENUE SOUTH IN NAPLES
Gallery One has moved to 765 Fifth Ave. S. in Naples, the Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District announced. The art gallery is across the street from its previous home of more than 10 years. Founded in 1992 by the owner of the former Mole Hole shop on Third Street South, Gallery One has been owned and operated by Mary Lou Chronister for more than 15 years. The gallery currently represents more than 250 artists showcasing contemporary and eclectic art in various mediums and price ranges. It also offers specialized services such as art consulting and project-specific commissions, plus delivery and installation. The gallery also hosts private events.
FLORIDA-BASED NAI THOR COMMERCIAL GROUP REBRANDS
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 company’s recent alignment with NAI Skyway National and Hiffman National, a Chicago-headquartered property management and project services company, spurred the corporate renaming. 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.
BLEU PROVENCE TOPS 20 LOCAL VENUES WINNING WINE AWARDS
Bleu Provence in Naples has received Wine Spectator’s Grand Award for the seventh consecutive year. The Grand Award, presented to restaurants that show the utmost dedication to the quality of their wine program, is the highest honor, recognizing world-class wine lists. Bleu Provence is the only restaurant in Southwest Florida to receive this international honor, although 20 area venues were recognized for their exceptional wine programs. Winners of the Best of Award of Excellence are Angelina’s Ristorante, Baleen at LaPlaya Resort, Sails Restaurant, Sea Salt, The Capital Grille, The Grill at Ritz-Carlton Resort Naples and The Cave Bistro & Wine Bar. Local restaurants receiving an Award of Excellence this year are A Table Apart, Charley’s Boat House Grill & Wine Bar, Flying Bridge at Walker’s Hideaway Marina, Ridgway Bar & Grill, Seasons 52, Sunshine Seafood Café & Wine Bar, Terra Nostra Ristorante, The Oyster Society, The Pink Elephant, The Temptation Restaurant, Truluck’s and Twisted Vine Bistro.
NABOR HONORS REALTORS AT ANNUAL AWARDS NIGHT
Naples Area Board of Realtors held its annual Night of Honors celebration on June 26 at The Club at Olde Cypress. Paula Angelopoulos Urbinati received NABOR’s top recognition, the Realtor of the Year award for 2020. NABOR member and 2020 President Lauren Melo received the Ad Miller Award, which recognizes an individual who works to enhance and preserve private property rights, ownership and transferability, and the preservation of the free enterprise system. The 2020 NABOR Commercial Realtor Achievement Award was presented to John T. “Jack” Conroy Jr., founder of Investment Property Corp. (IPC). A new recognition, the Global Achievement Award, was presented to Izabela Wright for her work on the Global Business Committee.
NCEF APPOINTS NEW TRAVEL COORDINATOR
The Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, has appointed Jessica L. Jordan as its travel coordinator. In this role, Jordan will coordinate all transportation for chefs, vintners and other key participants, and the fulfillment, coordination and execution of auction lot packages. Jordan has nearly 20 years of experience working with private country clubs, hotels and restaurants in Florida. Most recently, she was assistant food and beverage director for Pelican Marsh Golf Club. Before that, she was assistant food and beverage manager at Spring Run Golf Club in Estero. She also has experience with Kensington Golf & Country Club and Bay Colony Golf Club. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Science in business management from Florida Gulf Coast University.
SANIBEL CAPTIVA COMMUNITY BANK HIRES KELLY
Addisyn Kelly has joined Sanibel Captiva Community Bank as a loan servicing assistant in the bank’s loan operations division at the Bridge Branch, 9311 College Parkway, Fort Myers. She is responsible for processing loan payoffs, preparing loan verification requests, managing loan payoff quotes and assisting in document management. Kelly has prior experience in retail sales and is currently pursuing an associate degree in radiology at Florida SouthWestern State College.
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation awards DLC $250,000 grant
David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health received a $250,000 social and human services grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Board of Directors. The goal of the funding is to enhance and expand access services, care coordination, and holistic and wellness services. The grant will support DLC’s efforts to ensure early identification, intervention and swift linkage to services to prevent children and adults from needing more intensive care when symptoms are at their worst. Funding will go toward expanding the clinical team at both DLC’s main campus Immokalee locations and supporting wellness services such as music therapy, personalized fitness, nutritional education and art therapy provided in the children’s crisis stabilization unit and partial hospitalization program.
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