Lead Photo: Chartreuse craft cocktail lounge opens in Bonita Springs. Details below.
AMAZON DEVELOPER SEEFRIED BUYS MORE THAN 45 ACRES OF INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY NEAR FORT MYERS
Atlanta-based Seefried Industrial Properties, which has an extensive build-to-suit project portfolio that includes many last-mile delivery stations and fulfillment centers for Seattle-based Amazon, recently purchased more than 45 acres of industrial property in the Alico Road corridor of the Fort Myers area for a total of more than $15 million. The sale included more than 30 acres purchased from Alico Family Golf Center for $9 million. Another property of nearly 15 acres was purchased for $6.1 million from Wayside Industrial Inc. at the northwest corner of Alico Road and Lee Boulevard. The deals were brokered by Justin Thibaut and Alexis North of LSI Companies Inc.
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CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON MARGARITAVILLE BEACH RESORT AT FORT MYERS BEACH
After years of delays and setbacks, a major waterside resort project has begun construction. Margaritaville Beach Resort is being built at the base of the Matanzas Pass Bridge on Fort Myers Beach. The goal is to build the 254-room resort with all of its restaurants and entertainment in two years. Town crews are adding underground utility infrastructure now so roads won’t have to be ripped up later. Vertical construction is expected to begin in July, WINK News reports.
COLLIER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVE DEVELOPMENT OF VILLAGES
Collier County commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve resolutions designating a total of nearly 2,000 acres within the Rural Lands Stewardship Area zoning overlay district east of Golden Gate Estates as stewardship receiving areas known as Bellmar Village and Longwater Village. Together, the villages will allow the development of a maximum total of 5,350 residential units, of which 15% will be affordable housing units, a minimum of 10% will be multi-family dwelling units, 10% will be single-family detached units and 10% will be single-family attached or villas. Additional development includes 133,750 to 165,000 square feet of commercial or office space; a minimum of 53,500 square feet of civic, governmental and institutional uses; and about 33 acres for amenity centers. The board agreed that the petition by Naples-based developer Collier Enterprises allows controlled growth within the environmentally sensitive rural area. Commissioner Penny Taylor was the lone dissenter, saying the proposal puts an unnecessary burden on taxpayers. “I don’t believe this village creates the economic opportunity to decrease transportation on our roads that we have already built,” she says. “I think that this increases the demand on our roads, therefore, it’s costly to our taxpayers.”
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FORT MYERS CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY VOTES TO KEEP DIGGS AS POLICE CHIEF
Fort Myers City Council’s decision this week came quickly to extend the contract for Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs. Council members want to keep Diggs here and are glad to hear that he wants to stay. This spring, Diggs was in the running to become the police chief in Columbus, Ohio. Chief Diggs’ contract isn’t actually up until August, but the city manager and Diggs will begin contract negotiations soon, WINK News reports.
FDOT SEEKS PUBLIC OPINION ON MASTER PLAN FOR I-75 SOUTH CORRIDOR
The Florida Department of Transportation is giving citizens a chance to make their voices heard about interstate plans. FDOT is holding virtual outreach meetings now through June 18 to hear thoughts about its Interstate 75 South Corridor Master plan for the part of I-75 that runs through Lee and Collier counties. The plan includes specific items such as widening, lane management and improving emergency response times. For a list of meeting dates and for more information, click here.
PUNTA GORDA AIRPORT SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR RESTAURANT SERVICES
The Charlotte County Airport Authority is currently requesting bids for a public full-service restaurant, bar and caterer (known as restaurant services) at the Punta Gorda Airport’s new General Aviation Center (GAC). Proposals are due by 2 p.m. on July 30. While the lease space is approximately 2,500 square feet, the 1,045-square-foot dining area can also be combined with an adjacent 534-square-foot rentable events room to open the entire space for larger events. The events room and restaurant services spaces feature wall-to-wall windows with views of PGD’s runways, aircraft parking and aviation activity. The Authority is building the new 13,000 square-foot GAC as the focal point of the airport’s aviation expansion area, referred to as the PGD AviEx. Construction of the GAC is expected to be substantially completed in March 2022, with restaurant services expected to be operational in the following six months. For more information, click here.
CHARTREUSE CRAFT COCKTAIL LOUNGE OPENS IN BONITA SPRINGS
Chartreuse, a craft cocktail and dessert lounge, opens today in the historic district of Bonita Springs on Old 41 Road. The green-yellow hue of chartreuse accents the décor at the bar, which strives for a swanky 1930’s vibe, says Danielle Dyer, who co-owns the business with her husband, Stephen, and business partner Peggy Baker. Cocktails created at a pre-opening celebration Friday included the Chartreuse Swizzle with green chartreuse, pineapple, angostura bitters and absinthe; Bloc Party with vodka, watermelon, mint and lime; Swan Song with gin, aperol, lemon and Cointreau liqueur; and Smokin’ Buddies with Johnny Walker Black whisky, mezcal and peppered beef jerky. In addition to classic and craft cocktails, wine and beer, desserts will be prepared by nearby Survey Cafe in Bonita. Chartreuse, 27313 Old 41 Road, is open 4 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, and closed Mondays.
REDEFINE LIFE LAUNCHES ONLINE CONCIERGE PRIMARY CARE PRACTICE
Board-certified physicians and sisters Dr. Samantha Jean and Dr. Gerdie Jean-Smith have launched ReDefine Life in Punta Gorda, an online primary care concierge practice available around the clock for a monthly fee to patients with or without health insurance. ReDefine Life is not a doctor brokerage but a primary care private practice where patients see the same doctor every time. All primary care services are offered, including management of chronic conditions like COPD, hypertension and diabetes. Medical, natural, holistic, or combined monthly plans are available for individuals and families, including children starting at age 8. Jean is board certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine. Jean-Smith is a fellowship-trained geriatrician who specializes in aging, dementia and palliative care. She is board certified in both family medicine and geriatrics.
WALL TO RETIRE FROM LONGTIME CAREERSOURCE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA POSITION
Jim Wall is retiring as director of communications at CareerSource Southwest Florida, effective June 30. He has spent 30 years championing employment and training initiatives throughout Southwest Florida, CareerSource states. Wall started the first Career Center in 1992 at the old Private Industry Council (PIC) on Evans Avenue in Fort Myers. Janeth Castrejon, a Florida Gulf Coast University graduate of communications, will replace Wall on July 1.
RAMBOSK HONORED WITH DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD
Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk received the Leadership Collier Foundation’s Distinguished Alumni Award during the graduation event for the 2020 and 2021 classes of Leadership Collier and Associate Leadership Collier. The event took place on May 27 at Arthrex in North Naples. Each year, the award is presented to an individual who fulfills the mission of Leadership Collier Foundation through their continued education and work toward community solutions in the public interest. Collier County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton, a member of the 2012 Leadership Collier class, presented the award to Rambosk, a 2003 Leadership Collier class member. The Leadership Collier Foundation of the Greater Naples Chamber educates local business leaders about the community’s societal and economic challenges today through the programs and initiatives it governs.
BOY EARNS CERTIFIED COMMERCIAL INVESTMENT MEMBER DESIGNATION
Lane Boy of Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Property Southwest Florida (CPSWFL) has recently earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation from the CCIM Institute. Boy received the designation in May by the Florida CCIM chapter. CCIM designees have achieved the highest levels of education, technical proficiency and business ethics in the industry, according to CPSWFL. An estimated 6% of industry professionals have earned the CCIM designation. To earn a CCIM, commercial real estate professionals must complete four core courses and several electives, submit a portfolio showcasing a depth of experience and pass a comprehensive exam. A native Floridian, Boy has 20-plus years of experience in real estate-related industries and joined Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Property Southwest Florida in July 2017.
TRIPPIE PROMOTED AT B-SQUARED ADVERTISING
Naples-based B-Squared Advertising has promoted Dominick Trippie, the agency’s communications and marketing intern for 2021, to the full-time position of multimedia specialist. Trippie completed his first two years of schooling at Niagara University, located just north of Buffalo, New York, before transferring to Florida Gulf Coast University, where he graduated in May with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in communications with a concentration in public relations. As the agency’s multimedia specialist, Trippie will be responsible for writing blog content, coordinating social media platforms, overseeing and refreshing website copy and managing new business contacts.
Babcock Ranch executives share career insights with The Immokalee Foundation’s students
Executives from Babcock Ranch discussed careers and employment possibilities with students in The Immokalee Foundation’s Career Pathways program during a recent career panel sponsored by the solar-powered town. The virtual panel featured Tyler Kitson, senior vice president of communities for Kitson & Partners, the developer of Babcock Ranch; David Mercer, land development project manager; and Natalee Burns, marketing manager. Along with career panels, Career Pathways students are offered career field trips throughout the year. The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to professional careers through support, mentoring and tutoring, and life skills development leading to economic independence.
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