Gulfshore Business Daily: June 17

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NCH Healthcare System plans to host a virtual public town hall meeting via Zoom at 10 a.m. Thursday. The meeting will give community members an overview of what NCH is doing from introducing its new chief medical officer to COVID-19 updates and antibody testing. After registering on Zoom, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar, WINK News reports.


A new 77-unit residential community named Ventana Pointe is planned on nearly 38 acres on the south side of Immokalee Road about 2 miles east of Collier Boulevard. At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Collier County Planning Commission unanimously approved the planned unit development and amending the future land use element of the county’s growth management plan to allow two dwelling units per acre for property within the Rural Fringe Mixed Use District-Receiving Lands. The subdivision by Florida-based Zuckerman Homes is proposed on a narrow strip of land east of Fogg’s Nursery & Mulch Supply, west of Richards Street and across Immokalee Road from Heritage Bay Golf & Country Club. Primary access to Ventana Pointe will be on Immokalee Road, where a right-in/right-out turn lane will be added.


Free parking is being made available in downtown Fort Myers. The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency and the River District Alliance said Monday that free parking is available after 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the city’s two garages at 2118 Bay St. and 2286 Main St.  Participating restaurants and retail shops will distribute parking vouchers to their customers that can be used any time during the allotted hours. Customers must request a voucher from participating merchants. Vouchers are good for one day only and may not be used on weekends or before 4 p.m., WINK News reports. For more information on the parking, restaurants and shops visit the River District Alliance website.


The SBA South Florida District Office is hosting a series of Small Business Recovery webinars to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses. Today’s events include Encore Entrepreneur 2020, held from 10 a.m. to noon, targeting entrepreneurs over the age of 50 to match the “encore entrepreneurs” with successful business owners and community leaders for advice and assistance. “The Basics of Non Profit Fundraising” webinar follows from 5-6:30 p.m. today, featuring strategies for creative fundraising, funder research, and grant-writing. For more events, click here.


Radiant Web Marketing, a local marketing firm specializing in online marketing and social media, has announced a coronavirus special to help local businesses get back on their feet. The firm is offering businesses the opportunity to leverage its Basic Social Media Management package for three months, while only paying for one. The agency’s social media team uses online tools to optimize the timing of posts, analyze the topics that resonate most with audiences, track the success of paid ad campaigns and generate monthly reports and recommendations based on each finding. The Basic Social Media Package is normally priced at $350 per month. Those who are interested or want to learn more should contact Tara Geissinger at 239-297-2894 or send a message through Facebook.


Lenis and Broderick join Hope PACE

Hope Healthcare has named Dr. Claudia Lenis and Dr. Elisabeth Broderick physicians for Hope PACE, the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. The program provides comprehensive medical and therapeutic care, medications, social activities, and meals at special PACE centers to keep Lee and Collier seniors at risk for nursing homes healthy, comfortable and independent in their own homes. Lenis, who will provide care in Lee County, has worked at the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida. Broderick, who was the medical director and primary care physician of a PACE program in Massachusetts, will serve Hope PACE participants in Naples. For more details, visit

Nicole Robinson

GATES Construction hires Robinson

GATES Construction has added Nicole Robinson as controller. In this position, Robinson oversees the firm’s accounting staff including staff and project accountants. Robinson will also manage the production and management of all reports and accounting records. As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over 20 years of diversified accounting experience, Robinson will help guide the firm’s strategic financial decisions. She will be based out of GATES Construction’s headquarters in Bonita Springs.

Solar panel installation.

Pulte Homes creates solar home in Babcock Ranch

Pulte Homes is taking a lead from America’s first solar-powered town with a first-of-its-kind solar home in Babcock Ranch. Pulte Homes’ new Summerwood home design is now complete and available for viewing in the Lake Babcock neighborhood. The new home, available for purchase, includes 21 Panasonic HIT 330watt solar panels with embedded Enphase Microinverters, and a Tesla Powerwall stored energy system that the homeowner can control and monitor with an app. Rick Vaske, director of operations for Advance Solar & Energy in Fort Myers, said the homeowner-friendly system combines the power of solar energy with a Tesla stored energy solution. The system’s stored energy can be used to power critical power loads in a home, such as lights, the refrigerator and the home’s security system during a power outage. Vaske added that in addition to a 26% Federal tax credit on the solar system and Tesla Powerwall, homes with solar will save homeowners close to $200 per month on their electric bill. For more information about Pulte Homes in Babcock Ranch, visit or

Deborah E. Meisenberg was a Past President and longtime supporter of the Alliance for the Arts.


Alliance for the Arts Announces Charitable Gift of $190,000 from Meisenberg Family Trust

The Alliance for the Arts has received a charitable gift totaling $190,000 from the Meisenberg Family Trust. The donation will support Alliance operations and its mission to transform lives and improve the community through the arts as well as support the future of the Southwest Florida creative community through the Arts are Vital Grant. The Arts are Vital Grant is an emergency relief program for Lee County’s arts organizations and individual artists formed in partnership with the Meisenberg Family Trust and the Alliance for the Arts to ensure the impact of the arts is not lost during a time when we need it most. More information about the Arts Are Vital Grant will be released on June 22. For more information, visit

Wendy Kindig chairs the DDWS Education Committee

‘Ding’ Darling awards $20,700 for environmental studies scholarships

In compliance with state pandemic guidelines, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) this year awarded $20,700 in conservation education scholarships remotely to 10 students from the surrounding five-county area. During its 14-year history, the DDWS Environmental Scholarship Program has awarded a total of $147,100 to deserving students. Ten donors sponsored the ten scholarships this year. In lieu of the traditional physical awards ceremony, DDWS invited scholarship recipients to send a video describing their plans to share with donors. For an application and to read full descriptions of 2020 scholarship winners and donors, click here. Individuals and businesses interested in establishing a named scholarship of $1,000 or more for 2020-2021 should contact Lynnae Messina at 239-472-1100 ext. 233.

STARability Foundation wins big with first virtual fundraiser

The big winner of STARability Foundation’s first virtual fundraiser will be the STAR programs that offer vocational and life-skills training, social activities, art classes and other life-enriching opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since March 16, STARability has tailored its programs to virtual platforms so STAR participants can continue to learn and engage with their community. To help with funding, STARability’s first virtual fundraiser was a night of Virtual Bingo that was held on June 6, via Zoom. A total of 55 players came together to raise more than $5,500 for the STAR programs. Virtual Bingo was made possible by Tori Georgelos, a STAR program participant. Her Co-hosts included Michael Walker of the Jacksonville Jaguars and local auctioneer Rick Gallo. For more details, visit

Melissa Senick

Storm Smart selects winner of ‘We Care Program’ promotion

Storm Smart has chosen the winner for its June 2020 “We Care Program” promotion. Storm Smart’s We Care program donates a whole-home hurricane protection system every month to one winner. The winner for June 2020 is a local registered nurse at Lee Health Hospital System, Melissa Senick. Nominated by friends, family and colleagues, Senick was chosen to receive the hurricane protection system on June 5. The donation will be a three-part event including award day, installation day, and final completion ceremony.​​​​​​​

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