Lead Photo: Market Trends opens registration for Sept. 9 real estate summit
ENGINEERS THANK GOVERNOR FOR STRONG INVESTMENT IN FLORIDA’S ENVIRONMENT, WATER, TRANSPORTATION
Florida’s engineers thank Governor Ron DeSantis for signing the 2021-2022 state budget into law, and making strong investments in Florida’s environment, water and transportation future. Florida’s record level budget mitigates the impacts of sea-level rise, including establishing a statewide resiliency program to address flooding; expedites water storage north of Lake Okeechobee, further enhancing Everglades restoration; retrofits existing roadways and prioritizes widening projects on rural highways. Florida’s 15 deep-water seaports also will soon see critical COVID-related financial relief, thanks to the new state budget. “Planning today for Florida’s long-term water and transportation solutions will help ensure our state continues to prosper for generations to come,” said Allen Douglas, executive director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida (ACEC-FL) and the Florida Engineering Society (FES).
BEASLEY BROADCASTING FOUNDER DIES IN NAPLES
George G. Beasley, the founder and executive chairman of Naples-based Beasley Media Group, died on Wednesday in Naples at the age of 89, the company reports. While Beasley stepped back from his role as chief executive officer in 2016, he continued to serve as executive chairman of the company’s board of directors. Born April 9, 1932, Beasley grew up working in the tobacco fields in his hometown of Ararat, Virginia, the town where his family plans his private burial service. Details will be forthcoming for a memorial service for family and friends in Naples.
PORTER WRIGHT LAW FIRM LAUNCHES LGBTQ+ BUSINESS PRACTICE
Porter Wright, a Columbus, Ohio-based law firm that has an office in Naples, is expanding its services to include a group focused on LGBTQ+ businesses. Attorneys in the LGBTQ+ Business practice group will work with business owners in a wealth of areas to help their businesses succeed. “LGBTQ+ business owners often face unique challenges when doing business,” says Naples attorney Ted Walters, co-chair of the group. “The attorneys in our group are members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community and bring the experience, understanding and authenticity to partner with our clients to help them achieve their goals.” In addition to Columbus and Naples, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP has offices in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Information on the LGBTQ+ Business Practice may be found on the firm’s website.
FREEZE PLAY PLANS TO OPEN SECOND AREA CHIRO AND CRYO LAB
Freeze Play, a local cryo and chiro lab, plans to open this fall in Cameron Commons retail center at 8855 Immokalee Road, just east of Collier Boulevard, in North Naples. “The start date will be dependent on time for permits and construction. Our best estimate for the moment is October,” says Jeff Mason of Freeze Play. The new business is moving into the space being vacated by Edison’s Smart Fitness, which closed Monday after operating for five seasons in suites 13 and 14. Freeze Play Inc., which recently leased the 3,800-square-foot space from Cameron Partners LLC, operates another location on Highland Oaks Drive in Estero for natural beauty, anti-aging, sports recovery and chronic pain treatments.
CHICKEN SALAD CHICK CHAIN SCOUTING LOCATIONS IN FORT MYERS AND NAPLES
Chicken Salad Chick, a Southern-inspired, fast-casual chicken salad restaurant concept, has signed a five-unit franchise development deal for the greater Fort Myers and Naples areas, the company reports. The owners of the local franchises are still in the site selection phase, so specific locations have not been announced. The news marks a return to Naples for the chain, which boasts more than a dozen original chicken salad flavors. A local franchise of Chicken Salad Chick opened in mid-May 2016 at 11180 U.S. 41 N. in North Naples, but flew the coop at the end of October 2017. Its former unit in Riverchase Plaza remains vacant. The chain also has Florida restaurant openings planned this year in Brooksville, Gainesville, Ocala, Wellington and Wesley Chapel. Founded in Auburn, Alabama, Chicken Salad Chick has more than 180 restaurants in 17 states. The brand plans to have 50 new restaurant openings per year by 2022 to bolster its overarching goal of having 500 locations operating by the end of 2025.
FGCU FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETS JUNE 9
The Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Foundation Board of Directors will meet at 9 a.m. on June 9 in the Cohen Student Union Ballroom, Room No. 203, at FGCU. Board meetings are open to the public. Public comment requests must be sent by email to email@example.com no later than 5 p.m. on June 8. More than one member of the FGCU Board of Trustees may participate in the meeting. The Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation Inc. is the nonprofit, fundraising arm of FGCU. For more information, contact Kitty Green at 239-590-1067.
GREATER FORT MYERS CHAMBER TO APPOINT BOARD OF DIRECTORS ON JUNE 11
The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will install its 2021-2022 Board of Directors and officers during its monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on June 11 at the Crowne Plaza at Bell Tower in Fort Myers. During the event, chamber president and CEO Colleen DePasquale will share an update on chamber activities and initiatives for the year ahead. Following the presentation, board members and officers will be appointed for both the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which supports the chamber’s efforts to enhance education and professional development at a variety of levels in Southwest Florida. The chamber will also recognize outgoing board chair Jim Larkin as well as board members and volunteer committee chairpersons for their year of service. Admission is $25 for Chamber members and $35 for nonmembers. Advance registration is encouraged here.
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR SEPT. 9 MARKET TRENDS REAL ESTATE SUMMIT
Market Trends of Southwest Florida has opened registration for its real estate summit, held from 4-7 p.m. on Sept. 9 at Caloosa Sound Convention Center & Amphitheater in Fort Myers. Randy Thibaut of LSI Companies Inc. will address land, new home sales and development. Denny Grimes of the Denny Grimes & Team at Keller Williams Realty will address residential real estate. Justin Thibaut of LSI Companies Inc. will address commercial real estate. The event will include in-person and virtual options. General admission event tickets are $50 and include a comprehensive data book. VIP event tickets are $90 and include the market data book and access to a VIP area that with free food and complimentary drinks during a networking hour. Additionally, four table options are available for the event. Virtual tickets are free and include access to view the live-streamed event. For more information and to register, click here.
COMMUNITY COOPERATIVE ANNOUNCES CEO TRANSITION
The board of directors of Community Cooperative has appointed Stefanie Ink Edwards as chief executive officer, effective June 14. Edwards succeeds Tracey Galloway, who has announced her retirement after 10 years with the organization. Community Cooperative’s board chairman Keith Banasiak said Galloway has accomplished a great deal in 10 years. “She articulated a vision for the organization and centered our mission, while greatly improving fundraising capabilities and building our volunteer base and service footprint across the county,” he said. “She gave Community Cooperative a strong voice full of creativity and passion.” Edwards joined Community Cooperative in 2014 as development director. More recently she has served as COO and together with Galloway, helped to rebrand, reenergize and reposition Community Cooperative as a leading nonprofit in Lee County working to end hunger and homelessness.
GOLISANO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM ANNOUNCES FIRST FEMALE BOARD CHAIR
The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (CMON) welcomes its first-ever female board president, Jodie Montgomery. Montgomery joined the Golisano Children’s Museum Board in 2018 after serving in a leadership role on the CMON Guild. The Golisano Children’s Board of Directors includes Ted Corbin, Chris Essig, April Garrett, Tony Garvy, Todd Gates, Ashley Gerry, Robert Lancaster, Kristine Meek, Rabbi Adam Miller, Daniel Perry, Jason Philips and Dr. Brian Thornburg.
SIEGEL NAMED 2020 AIR CARRIER AIRPORT MANAGER OF THE YEAR
The Federal Aviation Administration’s Southern Region Airports Division named Ben Siegel, executive director of the Lee County Port Authority (LCPA), the 2020 Air Carrier Airport Manager of the Year. The award is given to an airport professional who exemplifies excellence in airport management, demonstrates exceptional leadership, works to promote the aviation industry and has achieved efficiencies and improved productivity in their organization. Siegel was recognized for demonstrating leadership in steering both Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and Page Field (FMY) through the COVID-19 pandemic. Siegel and his team actively worked with airlines, business partners and other stakeholders to implement safety measures. As executive director, Siegel directs the administration, operations and development of RSW and FMY. He has been with the Lee County Port Authority since 1992 and is an experienced airport executive with an extensive background in business and finance.
MARTINEZ JOINS SANIBEL CAPTIVA COMMUNITY BANK
Alex Martinez has joined Sanibel Captiva Community Bank as a customer service representative and teller at its main office, located at 2406 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel Island. He is responsible for assisting customers with personal and business banking transactions. Prior to joining the bank, he worked in the armored transportation industry for several years. Martinez is originally from Puerto Rico and moved to the U.S. in 2008. He relocated to Southwest Florida in 2018.
Jennifer’s boutique collecting canned goods for Community Cooperative in June
Jennifer’s women’s boutique in Fort Myers is collecting canned goods for Community Cooperative throughout June. Shoppers who donate a minimum of 10 items will receive 20% off their entire purchase. Suggested donation items include peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna, chicken, ham and beef, beans, whole wheat pasta, pasta sauce, family-sized bags of brown rice, cereal, Hamburger Helper, canned fruit and vegetables, soup, macaroni and cheese, canned milk, child-friendly snacks and food allergy-free items. Glass containers are not accepted. Last June, Jennifer’s collected 1,500 pounds of food for Community Cooperative. This year’s goal is 1,700 pounds.
Legal Aid Service of Collier County benefits from grant
Legal Aid Service of Collier County (LASCC) announces the impact of a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County. The General Operating Support grant proceeds furnished were used over the last 12 months to help sustain LASCC’s capacity to assist those in need. LASCC provided life-changing free civil legal services to 2,425 clients during the term of the grant, the organization reports. These services benefitted 7,424 household members. LASCC prioritizes providing legal services designed to keep clients safe, healthy and able to meet basic needs such as food and shelter.
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