Gulfshore Business Daily: June 24

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Seagate is nearing the completion of Scotlynn’s corporate headquarters. Details below.

 

FPL SEEKS STATE APPROVAL FOR RATE INCREASE

Florida Power & Light Co. is asking for a pay increase, which must be approved by the Florida Public Service Commission. The utility company is proposing to raise electric rates gradually over the next four years, eventually seeking an additional $18 per month from the average consumer. Rates could rise $10.50 per month next year. If the plan to raise rates is approved, it would take effect in January. The next step in the rate-increase process is a technical hearing in August before the PSC, which would function as a court case with witnesses and testimony. Customers are encouraged to attend one of the PSC virtual hearings to speak directly to the PSC about FPL’s proposal. Time slots are available through July 2. For information about contacting the commission’s Office of Consumer Assistance and Outreach about this case, click here.

 

ALASKA AIRLINES TO RESTART FORT MYERS TO LOS ANGELES AND SEATTLE FLIGHTS IN NOVEMBER

The Lee County Port Authority announces that Alaska Airlines will resume its nonstop service between Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) on Nov. 19. Alaska has also increased the frequency of both flights and will operate daily to LAX and SEA.

 

SEAGATE NEARS COMPLETION OF SCOTLYNN’S CORPORATE HQ

Seagate Development Group is weeks away from completing the design-build of Scotlynn USA Division Inc.’s North American corporate headquarters. Passersby can already see the 60,000-square-foot, class-A facility, located at 9597 Gulf Research Lane in Fort Myers, from I-75. Crews have completed the exterior of the building, the installation of kitchen equipment, the on-site basketball court as well as the floors and ceilings on the first and second floors. Landscaping and the ceiling on the third floor are also underway. Additionally, Scotlynn has installed its office furniture in the contemporary, industrial space in preparation for turnover. The eight-acre multinational transportation and logistics facility offers a gym, a cafeteria, a walking track, an indoor-outdoor recreational space and eating area, as well as private offices and collaboration centers. Seagate will finalize all components of the project next month.

 

Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida – Shell Point

NEUROPSYCHIATRIC RESEARCH CENTER OPENS AT SHELL POINT

Shell Point Retirement Community has announced the opening of Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida (NPRC) – Shell Point. The new outpatient research facility, located within the Larsen Pavilion, combines the strength of Neuropsychiatric Research Center, an Evolution Research Group portfolio site, and Florida’s largest continuing care retirement community to conduct high-quality clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders. During an open house in May, guests toured the new NPRC – Shell Point site and met Dr. Vinod K. Bhatnagar, who will lead a team of board-certified physicians that includes Dr. Wendy Bond and Dr. Andrew J. Cutler. The NPRC – Shell Point team will offer research opportunities and education for the residents of Shell Point and throughout Southwest Florida. The facility will also offer an inpatient unit to serve even a greater population of volunteers desiring to participate in clinical research trials and fight back against Alzheimer’s, memory loss and other central nervous system disorders. Research will also branch into chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular conditions.

 

SEAGATE’S WINDWARD ISLE NOW SOLD OUT

Seagate Development Group has announced that Windward Isle – a gated enclave of 28 single-family residences on Airport-Pulling Road in Naples – is sold out. Windward Isle features eight one- and two-story floor plans that are fully customizable. They accommodate 2,583 to more than 4,000 square feet of living space. That includes three to five bedrooms, three to five-and-one-half baths, and a two- to three-car garage – all presented in an open-concept layout.

 

Begonia model, located at 858 Wintergreen Court on Marco Island, built by Frey & Son Homes

CONSTRUCTION STARTS ON MARCO ISLAND INVENTORY HOME

Frey & Son Homes has recently begun construction on a new inventory home on Marco Island. Located at 858 Wintergreen Court on Marco Island, the four-bedroom, four-bathroom Begonia model will feature 3,048 square feet under air and 3,955 square feet under roof. The team broke ground on the project earlier this year and plans to complete the home in spring 2022. The home is listed for $2.3 million. Frey & Son Homes has been building homes on Marco Island and throughout Lee and Collier counties for more than 49 years.

 

Adam Heisner

HEISNER JOINS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA LAW FIRM

Attorney Adam Heisner has joined Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, a nearly 60-year-old Southwest Florida personal injury law firm. He will emphasize motor vehicle accidents and slip, trip and falls cases. Heisner has a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in business administration and received his law degree from Ave Maria School of Law. He started his legal career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and received a Bronze Star and General Letter of Commendation. After his military service, he served as an assistant public defender for the 20th Judicial Circuit. He continues to serve as an officer with the U.S. Army and as a frequent guest lecturer on ethics, alternative dispute resolution and business planning at Ave Maria School of Law.

 

 

John Lai

LAI APPOINTED TO VISIT FLORIDA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

John Lai, president and chief executive officer of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, last week received confirmation from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and Gov. Ron DeSantis of his appointment to the Visit Florida Board of Directors. The appointment is effective July 1 and runs through June 30, 2025. The board of directors is Visit Florida’s private sector governing body that provides guidance, input and insight into the evolution of its marketing programs. The board, appointed by Enterprise Florida Inc., in conjunction with the DEO, comprises representatives from key sectors of the tourism industry and is balanced geographically throughout the state. Lai became president and CEO at the Sanibel and Captiva chamber in September 2017. Before that, he served as membership director for eight months.

 

KEUVELAAR JOINS SANIBEL CAPTIVA COMMUNITY BANK

Katherine Keuvelaar has joined Sanibel Captiva Community Bank as a residential loan processing coordinator in the bank’s residential loan operations division at the Bridge Branch, located at 9311 College Pkwy. in Fort Myers. She is responsible for processing personal loan files. Prior to joining the bank, Keuvelaar worked in sales for the automobile and wireless services industries. She graduated from Flagler College with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. Founded in 2003, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has two locations on Sanibel Island and six more locations throughout Lee County.

 

CONDITIONED AIR EARNS 2020 EXCELLENCE AWARD

Conditioned Air Co. has earned the Dave Lennox Award from Lennox Industries for the seventh straight year. The Dave Lennox Award is the most prestigious award bestowed by the international heating and air conditioning equipment manufacturer, recognizing the top 25 dealers in the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1962, Conditioned Air has 400 employees in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties. Based in Naples, the firm has in-house resources to design, estimate, install and maintain new construction, refrigeration and air dehumidification systems.

 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

Boys & Girls Club of Lee County to host ninth annual Poker Tournament June 24

The Boys & Girls Club of Lee County will host its ninth annual No Limit Texas-Hold’em Poker Tournament on June 24 at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower. During the event, more than 120 players join together for an evening of fun and camaraderie while raising money for the Boys & Girls Club of Lee County (BGCLC). Proceeds from the event support the BGCLC mission, which is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

 

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