Lead Photo: Advocate Radiation Oncology has a new location in Bonita Springs. Credit: Priority Marketing
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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SET TO BREAK TOURISM RECORDS FROM 2019
Business in Southwest Florida is headed for a record-breaking year. Last month, tourism was up from the best year ever in 2019. From flights to hotels, people want to spend money in the region, boosting the local economy. Hotels are saying this year is like a never-ending season. People clearly want to be in Lee County and other parts of Southwest Florida, and the weather is one reason, but so is the fact that the Sunshine State didn’t shut down as long as other states did during the pandemic. In April, the Tourist Development Council in Lee County shows a 46% increase in bed tax collection compared to the record year of 2019. Southwest Florida International Airport expects to see a 60% to 90% increase in passengers between June and August, WINK News reports.
LEE COUNTY’S FOUR COMMUNITY POOLS TO CLOSE JUNE 22 FOR TRAINING
The four community pools operated by Lee County Parks & Recreation will be closed Tuesday, June 22, for lifeguard training and will reopen at 9 a.m., Wednesday, June 23. All full-time and summer lifeguard staff will be conducting annual training, testing skills and practicing drills. Signs have been posted at the sites to inform pool patrons of the closings at Lehigh Community Pool, 1400 W. Fifth St.; North Fort Myers Community Pool, 5170 Orange Grove Blvd.; Pine Island Community Pool, 5675 Sesame Drive; and San Carlos Community Pool, 8208 Sanibel Blvd.
ADVOCATE RADIATION ONCOLOGY OPENS CANCER TREATMENT CENTER IN BONITA SPRINGS
Advocate Radiation Oncology celebrated the grand opening of its fifth location last week with a ribbon-cutting coordinated by SWFL Inc. The new office is located at 25243 Elementary Way in Bonita Springs. Advocate Radiation Oncology is a locally owned and operated practice with additional offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte and Tamarac, Florida. Patient treatments include the Halcyon radiotherapy system and the Identify surface-guided system. Advocate Radiation Oncology is one of the first practices in the nation to offer both the Halcyon and Identify systems to patients, the company states.
GBG COMPLETES MARINEMAX DRY STORAGE BOAT RACK PROJECT
GCG Construction Inc. has completed the newest amenity to the MarineMax Deep Lagoon Marina in Fort Myers. The latest expansion consists of a new open boat storage rack that will house upward of 270 new boat slips. The 48-foot high structural steel rack system is complimented by four architectural tower elements that transition to the surrounding design theme on the 20-acre site. The project’s architectural design was completed by GMA Architects & Planners, with civil engineering site design by Hole Montes. Other improvements completed by GCG Construction include new fuel dispensers for the property, additional parking, gated entry system for member access and additional site landscaping beautifications.
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COLLIER ENTERPRISES AIMS TO PRESERVE WILDLIFE WHILE DEVELOPING NEW VILLAGES
Environmental conservation and preservation do not often come with new development, but Collier County, the Florida Wildlife Federation (FWF) and developer Collier Enterprises are trying to change that, WINK News reports. FWF wants to ensure public benefit on this land in eastern Collier County while protecting wildlife. It plans on building wildlife crossings, fencing, bear-proof trashcans and dark sky lighting, but there is still concern that the land is too close to panther habitat, and it has been a long and controversial road for these villages. On Tuesday, Collier County commissioners approved the Longwater and Bellmar villages, slated to be built on rural land stewardship area. Collier Enterprises says the villages will provide affordable housing and protect thousands of acres of environmentally sensitive land, at no cost to the county’s taxpayers. FWF says Collier Enterprises is following the law. Construction is expected to break ground next year.
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HISTORIC TRAIN DEPOT UNDERGOING REPAIRS IN PUNTA GORDA
A historic building damaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017 is getting new life, WINK News reports. The old train depot in Punta Gorda is almost 100 years old, and money has been granted to repair the damage. The train depot might look like an old building, but its roof, walls and windows are part of nearly a century of Punta Gorda’s history. Hurricane Irma damaged the building, and Punta Gorda Historical Society asked for and received nearly $350,000 in grant money to make needed improvements. “A completely new roof, window restoration, fascia, soffits,” said Bob Morgan, the project superintendent of Chris-Tel Construction. “Basically, the entire outside envelope of the building to protect it.” Crews are expected to finish the first phase of the construction by the end of the summer. An architect is working on plans for phase two.
NEW MODELS UNDERWAY AT ARDENA IN NORTH NAPLES
New model homes are underway and floor plans have been announced for Pulte Homes’ Ardena, a new 40-acre community of luxury single-family estate homes on Livingston Road in North Naples. The enclave community will offer 77 estate homes, with nearly all of the homesites featuring lake or private natural preserve views. Ardena will offer new construction homes in Naples starting from the $700,000s to more than $1 million. Two designer-furnished models are now underway and scheduled for completion this summer. Sales for Ardena’s one- and two-story home designs are expected to open in late August.
HOLE MONTES’ BROWN EARNS ENGINEERING LICENSURE
Austin Brown, a project manager at Hole Montes, has passed the PE Civil Transportation licensure exam through the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. The Principles & Practices of Engineering exam is the second of two tests certifying an individual meets specific qualifications in education, work experience and knowledge. Brown joined Hole Montes in 2016 and works on the firm’s aviation team. Some of his notable experience includes managing runway, taxiway, ramp and hangar projects at Page Field, a runway rehabilitation project at Everglades Airpark, and taxiway extension and runway rehabilitation projects at Immokalee Regional Airport. Brown earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Florida.
HENDERSON FRANKLIN WELCOMES SIX SUMMER LAW CLERKS
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A. has welcomed six law students: Taylor Bollt and Melany Hernandez from Stetson University College of Law; Sarah Baulac and Christopher Gero-Prado from Ave Maria School of Law; Sara Jackson from the University of Miami; and Colten Thomas from Florida State University. They will supplement their law school experience with on-the-job training working as clerks in multiple practices. As part of Henderson Franklin’s summer associate program, they will attend live and virtual hearings, trials, depositions, mediations, arbitrations and meetings with clients. They will also perform research, assist in drafting pleadings, and discover and analyze various legal issues. Each summer associate is paired with a Henderson Franklin attorney mentor who assists the summer associate with the transition from a law student to a lawyer.
LOMBARDO GRADUATES FROM LEADERSHIP COLLIER
Woodward, Pires & Lombardo P.A. Attorney Zachary W. Lombardo has completed The Leadership Collier Foundation of the Greater Naples Chamber’s Associate Leadership Collier class of 2021. The class began its program with a kick-off session at Paradise Coast Sports Complex on March 9 and continued weekly with immersion learning days about aspects of the community. Associate Leadership Collier is a program specifically designed for emerging leaders and professionals in Collier County. Participants learn about local government, charitable organizations, arts, commerce, law enforcement, tourism, education, health care and other resources so that graduates can become involved and be effective contributors to the community.
SVdP Naples receives $50,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County
St. Vincent de Paul Society, Naples (SVdP Naples) has received a $50,000 donor grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County. SVdP Naples is part of a worldwide, privately-funded Catholic lay organization that operates SVdP Naples Meals on Wheels and SVdP Naples Financial, Food & Furniture Assistance. The $50,000 grant is helping SVdP Naples launch its new Life Skills Program. The SVdP Naples Life Skills Program offers low-income, working and recently unemployed Collier County individuals and families access to a series of 90-minute classes on essential life skills. Current classes include financial literacy and family budgeting, credit use and repair, employment skills and opportunities, and everyday savings. Each Life Skills class is offered twice a month and taught by area professionals from SVdP Naples donor organizations. SVdP Naples expects 250 attendees to complete Life Skills classes in 2021. To join, contact Samantha Maturo at -239-775-2907, extension 1014, or LifeSkills@SVdPNaples.org.
Community Cooperative partners with FPL to distribute hurricane kits
For the third year, Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) partnered with Community Cooperative CommunityCooperative.com to distribute 400 hurricane kits to Meals on Wheels recipients who are homebound and often unable to go out and buy necessary items to prepare for storms. Each kit included a three-day supply of nutritious shelf-stable food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and water and snacks to help homebound residents if Community Cooperative is unable after a storm to make regular food deliveries to Meals on Wheels recipients. On June 2, volunteers, including Miss Cape Coral Juliandra De Jesus and her mother Alexandra Berru, and Community Cooperative and FPL staff, packaged the kits. Kits were distributed with Meals on Wheels deliveries on June 9.
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