Gulfshore Business Daily: March 11

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The Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) presented 27 overall excellence in construction design and merit awards at its Multi-Site Parade of Homes (POH) awards reception held on March 5 at the Hilton Naples. Individual judging sheets sanctioned five sections (exterior, interior, livability/workmanship, floor plan and outstanding feature) with suggested scoring for each section on a scale of (1) Poor to (5) Excellent. Each section included key features to consider such as overall architectural design, outdoor planning (landscaping, decks, pool, lighting) and notable special design features. The 2020 CBIA Parade of Homes will be hosted Friday through March 13-15 and 20-22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Mediterra models will only be open on Saturday and Sunday. The 2020 Parade of Homes offers 54 fully decorated model homes constructed by 18 of Southwest Florida’s premier homebuilders located throughout 30 different communities. CBIA’s annual Parade of Homes recognizes homebuilding excellence within communities located from Marco Island to Estero. For more information about Parade of Homes and the list of winners, visit


Naples-based luxury home builder Diamond Custom Homes has announced plans to establish the Building Dreams Foundation. The Building Dreams Foundation will be a separate nonprofit with the initial mission of supporting safe, affordable housing in Collier County. The company will officially launch the foundation at an invitation-only fundraising event scheduled for March 11 at a private residence in Naples. Funds raised during the event will support the construction of a home in Naples in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Collier County. 

Juan Fernandez de Castro and Eye Centers of Florida conducted 168 free vision screenings at an annual health fair.


Board-certified ophthalmologist Juan Fernandez de Castro and a team of employees from Eye Centers of Florida conducted 168 free vision screenings for workers and their families at Pacific Tomato Growers’ annual health fair in Immokalee on Feb. 22. Fernandez took the opportunity to use brand new cutting-edge technology, a binocular mobile refractometer and vision analyzer called Kaleidos. Kaleidos is a unique and first of its kind independent vision analyzer. It detects refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and other sight anomalies. The device serves as a portable darkroom that allows refractive examination in any environment and light condition. For the Pacific Tomato Growers screening program, anyone found with concerns requiring further care is provided an appointment at Eye Center of Florida’s Immokalee office at significantly reduced fees for medical care and eyeglasses. A brief product video about Kaleidos is featured here

Noel Davies


Noel Davies, a land use and zoning attorney in Quarles & Brady LLP’s Real Estate practice group in Naples, has been elected chairman of Urban Land Institute (ULI) Southwest Florida. ULI Southwest Florida is a nonprofit education and research institute centered on real estate and land development. The organization provides members with independent forums for discussion and debate regarding local development issues and best practices. Davies has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America – Real Estate Law as well as Florida Super Lawyers – Rising Stars. He focuses his practice on real estate development and land use matters and represents developers in all facets of zoning and land development.

Gerald Hendry


Gerald Hendry, a partner with Maxwell, Hendry & Simmons, was recently awarded the Henry Entreken Lifetime Achievement Award by the Appraisal Institute Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. The award recognizes professionals who have made significant contributions within the appraisal industry and in service to the local chapter of the Appraisal Institute. Hendry holds the Member Appraisal Institute (MAI) designation, which is held by fewer than 7% of appraisers nationwide, and the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation, which is held by 6% of commercial real estate professionals nationwide and recognizes experts in commercial and investment real estate. A fraction of industry-related professionals in the U.S. have this dual recognition, according to a press release.


Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare, has been inducted into the Hall of Honor in the McKnight’s Women of Distinction awards, a joint program of McKnight’s Long-Term Care News and McKnight’s Senior Living. The program, in its second year, recognizes women who have made significant contributions to the senior living and skilled nursing professions or who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the fields. Nominations were judged by an external panel of industry experts. All winners will be honored at a May 7 awards dinner in Chicago. An educational forum will follow on May 8. To see the full list of inductees, and for more information about the program and to register for the events, visit With more than 40 years of experience in hospice and health care, Beckwith’s leadership on local, state and national levels is broadly recognized. She is a frequent participant in national and state health policy forums, and she has provided expert testimony before government bodies including the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and the U.S. Senate Aging Committee. She became president of Hope Healthcare in 1991.

Matlacha Fire Station No. 4


The new Matlacha Fire Station No. 4 has been designed by Art Castellanos of Castellanos + Tramonte Architects, reflecting the character and architecture of nearby fishermen shacks and island charm. Whimsical murals designed by local Matlacha artist Leoma Lovegrove adorn the exterior with functional interior features that include community room, kitchen, sleeping quarters, exercise rooms, contamination room and two fire apparatus bays. Castellanos worked with Vantage Construction Services, LLC as the design-build team with TDM Consulting, Inc. and Passarella & Associates, Inc. providing civil engineering and environmental consulting services, respectively. Located at 3500 SW Pine Island Rd., the new station will allow for better response times.

Cristal Sanborn O’Meara


Gulf Coast International Properties has named Cristal Sanborn O’Meara as the Agent of the Month for February 2020. Sanborn O’Meara’s area of expertise lies in the high-end luxury sector of the industry which she has been selling for the past 28 years. Her notable sales include the Regions Bank Building on 5th Avenue South in Naples for $16 million and her own record-breaking Gordon Drive beachfront sale for $13.1 million. In 2017, she conducted over $45 million in sales. She has family roots in Naples dating back to the 1970s and has been an Old Naples resident since 1989.

Paul H. Schaefer II


Paul H Schaefer II, of Sage Homes LLC in Punta Gorda, is now a Florida Certified Master Builder. Florida Certified Master Builders are elite home builders, remodelers and commercial contractors who are dedicated to excellence in building and client satisfaction. The builders who request certification hold themselves to a higher standard than required by the State of Florida for licensure, according to a press release. Schaefer is a custom home builder who specializes in energy-efficient and accessible designs. Schaefer also holds the designation of Certified Aging in Place Specialist. He also served as 2011 president of the board of directors of the Charlotte DeSoto Building Industry Association, as well as on the board of Burnt Store Meadows Property Owners Association, He currently sits on the board of trustees for Charlotte Preparatory School.


NCEF to award over $20 million to local children’s charities

The Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) will invest more than $20 million in the future generation of Collier County at an annual grant awards ceremony at 4 p.m. on March 16 at Bay Colony Golf Club. This includes grants to over 40 nonprofit organizations, including seven multi-year strategic initiatives that fill fundamental gaps in children’s services, and an allocation toward future projects and initiatives. Thanks to the generous support of those who bid high during the Naples Winter Wine Festival’s live auction, these funds will support a wide variety of programs and organizations that improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of children in Collier County.

Sam Galloway Jr. & Friends Soup Kitchen Benefit raises $1 million

The Sam Galloway Jr. & Friends Soup Kitchen Benefit raised a record-breaking $1 million. For 17 years, Community Cooperative has presented this fundraising event to raise money for Lee County’s hungry and homeless population. More than 150 volunteers came together for event day to help set up, serve food, attend to our guests, and clean up at the end of the evening. Nearly 20 food and drink vendors donate 100% of their goods and services to help create a southern comfort meal in Southwest Florida, preparing food for 700-plus guests. For more information, visit

2019 The Fast and the Furriest attendees.

A new, fresh ‘The Fast and the Furriest’ to celebrate 10th anniversary

The Fast and the Furriest 5K Run/1-Mile Walk will be bringing a new, fresh look and feel to the 10th annual April 4 event, held at JetBlue Park for the first time. Registration is now open for the event, which serves as one of the Gulf Coast Humane Society’s biggest fundraisers of the year. The Fast and the Furriest is pet-friendly, with registration starting at 6 a.m. and the run/walk starting at 7:30 a.m. There will be vendors and sponsors on hand with their booths to provide pre- and post-run snacks, with the first 400 participants who cross the finish line earning a medal. To register, click here. To donate, click here.

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