Gulfshore Business Daily: June 19

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An Amazon distribution center is proposed for the unfinished commercial building that has loomed for more than a decade on the southwest corner of Davis and Collier boulevards in East Naples. The proposed distribution center would handle last-mile delivery – the shipment of goods from a transportation hub to the final destination – with employees and vans primarily utilizing the site, according to a traffic impact study filed with Collier County planners. A resolution approved June 9 by county commissioners designates a logistics facility as a comparable and compatible use within the Interstate 75/Collier Boulevard commercial center planned unit development. Proposals show the building will be occupied by a single tenant, unlike previous retail plans by Benderson Development for the 104,860-square-foot Davis Crossing structure on more than 15 acres at 8770 Davis Blvd.


In conjunction with the Lee Building Industry Association, Collier Building Industry Association, and LSI Companies Inc., the 10th annual Market Trends will be presented virtually on Aug. 11. Market Trends is the region’s premier home building and commercial real estate event, bringing together building industry professionals and businesses to support the Building Industry Associations of Lee and Collier counties. This year’s event will be offered completely free of charge to all participants. Randy and Justin Thibaut of LSI Companies Inc. will present a mid-year snapshot of market facts, data and insights that directly impact the real estate industry. Registration details can be found at



Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Collier County is getting ready to move to a new location after hoping to expand for many years. Sanctuary Director Deanna Deppen said they just signed a $1.7 million contract to expand from a 2.5-acre property to 17 acres on the corner of Third Street Northwest and Golden Gate Boulevard. For two decades, Shy Wolf Sanctuary has been in Nancy and Kent Smith’s backyard in the Estates, rescuing more than 1,200 animals of all shapes and sizes. In addition to providing more space, the new location will be used as a Category 5  hurricane shelter for area pets, WINK News reports.


A total of $48 million dollars worth of real estate closed on Marco Island in May according to Gerry Rosenblum, broker associate at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty. That’s down from $80 million in May 2019. Sold single-family homes were down 48% this May compared to May 2019, from 57 to 24. Eleven homes that closed were each over $1 million. Sold condominiums were down 52% this May compared to May 2019, and sold singly-family vacant lots were down 13% this May compared to May 2019. Inventory for single-family homes was at 244 in May, down 24% from May 2019. For more information, visit


Maple Ridge aerial of new homes.


Ave Maria Development announces 38 new home sales in May, a record-setting month for the master-planned community since it opened in 2007. Home sales were reported from the four residential builders in Ave Maria—CC Homes, Del Webb Naples, Lennar and Pulte Homes. As of May 31, Ave Maria reports a 35% increase in new home sales over the same period in 2019. Currently, builders in Ave Maria are offering both quick move-in and build-to-suit homes in a variety of price ranges from the high $100s to over $500s. There are over 75-floor plans to choose from. including terrace homes, condominiums, coach homes, attached villas and single-family homes. For more details, visit


 The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) will have a grand opening for its new Inventioneer’s Lab on July 11 during the museum hours. C’mon’s Inventioneer’s Lab brings together science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) as a significant part of the Lab’s programs, curriculum and activities and is designed to empower kids to move from imagining to doing. Makers of all ages are encouraged to build and experiment in the Lab, as they challenge themselves to solve problems. Skill-building projects introduce kids to new tools and materials preparing them to advance to the next step in the process of making. The C’mon Inventioneer’s Lab caters most specifically to children ages 7-14, although the activities can be enjoyed by younger children with some hands-on family assistance. Visit for new hours and admission policies.


Cora Molloy


United Way elects new officers, board members

New officers and four new board members were elected at the recent United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Annual Meeting. The officers and executive committee members for 2020-2021 include board chair Robert Shearman, Henderson, Franklin, Starnes, & Holt PA; vice chair Roger Desjarlais, Lee Board of County Commissioners; treasurer Cynthia Hawkins, Wiltshire Whitley Richardson & English PA; assistant treasurer; Craig Folk, Miller, Helms & Folk PA; secretary Mary Vlasak Snell, Pavese Law Firm; and immediate past chair Beth Hendry, IBERIABANK. Joining the United Way Board of Directors are Noelle Branning, Lee County Tax Collector; Jerry Elliott, McGriff Insurance Services; Cora Molloy, Morgan & Morgan; and Andrea McNiff Kershaw, Enterprise Holdings. For more information, visit

Elmquist Eye Group

Elmquist Eye Group now offering Durysta implant procedure

Elmquist Eye Group is offering a new procedure using the FDA-approved sustained-release implant, Durysta, to help administer treatment for patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve–commonly associated with high eye pressures–that can lead to vision loss or blindness. Durysta delivers glaucoma treatment via intracameral injection to help lower eye pressure. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Durysta in March 2020. To learn if you are a candidate for the Durysta implant, contact Elmquist Eye Group at 239-936-2020.

Christopher Alan Homes ranked among top builders by Builder magazine

Christopher Alan Homes has been ranked No. 144 as a top builder nationally by Builder magazine. Each year, Builder magazine researches and assembles a most-sought-out list of top builders across the nation. The annual “Builder 100 and Next 100” list looks at the top 200 home builders across the U.S., ranked by closings. The list, populated with responses to the annual survey, also includes the firms’ gross revenue from homebuilding operations, and where and what they built. Christopher Alan Homes finished 2019 with 275 closings and total annual revenues in excess of $58 million. Christopher Alan Homes builds from Cape Coral all the way to North Port, including Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres. For more details, visit


Annelise Przywara

Pushing the Envelope promotes Przywara

Pushing the Envelope Inc. (PTE), a strategic marketing communication firm based in Fort Myers, has promoted to Annelise Przywara to senior communication coordinator. In her new role, Przywara will lead the implementation of marketing and communication plans, as well as act as a liaison with clients. Building on her more than two years with PTE, Przywara will continue to assist with executing public relations and marketing services, including, but not limited to publicity, media relations, strategic community outreach, reputation management, and digital communication for a variety of clients/industries. Przywara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies with a focus on strategic communication/public relations from Wilkes University and a master’s degree in strategic communication from American University.


Hughes, Snell & Co. CPA participates on PPP compliance discussion panel

Hughes, Snell & Co. P.A. CPA Erica Harp recently participated in a Southwest Florida Community Foundation panel discussion on compliance and other important rules associated with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A. attorneys Sara Qureshi and Michael Lehnert and Edison National Bank Vice President, Senior Loan Officer Greg Burton also participated in the panel. The recorded discussion is available here.

The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida announces virtual summer arts camps

The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida will host its annual summer arts camps virtually, scheduled weekdays from June 22-26.  In its 29th year, the summer camps have moved online in order to continue the annual tradition of offering programs that provide a variety of high-quality artistic and educational experiences that enrich and transform the lives of young people, while respecting current social distancing requirements due to COVID-19. This year, four virtual camps will be offered in music, theatre, and digital arts. While most classes are designed for middle school students, some are open to students as young as fourth grade and others include high school students. The fee for each camp is $70 per week. Additional online private lesson camps are $120 for four weeks. Scholarships of $100 and $50 are available. New this year, online private lessons will be offered by professional musicians. All virtual summer arts camp students must have access to a computer or digital device and they must provide their own instruments for all band and string camps. For registration and scholarship applications, click here


Neighborhood Health Clinic earned the highest-ranking attainable from NAFC 

Neighborhood Health Clinic earned a 2020 Gold Rating, the highest-ranking available from the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) Quality Standards Program. By self-attesting that the organization has certain policies and procedures in place, it is able to highlight its commitment to providing quality care to patients. The mission of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics is to ensure the medically underserved have access to affordable, quality health care. In 2019, the Neighborhood Health Clinic performed more than 28,000 patient procedures. The clinic is fully funded by private philanthropy. For more information, visit


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