Gulfshore Business Daily: March 16

Lead Photo: Tribby Arts Center

 

MILLENNIUM PHYSICIAN GROUP OPENS VACCINE REGISTRATION WEBSITE

Millennium Physician Group is offering its patients the opportunity to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine. Millennium patients just have to visit the new website and enter some personal information. Once a vaccine becomes available, they will receive an email or text asking them to choose a time, date and location at which to get vaccinated. In accordance with new state guidelines that were effective Monday, patients who are 60 and over, Millennium’s own health care workers with direct patient contact, and patients under 60 deemed “extremely vulnerable” to COVID-19 are eligible to pre-register. The first appointments through Millennium’s patient vaccine self-registration website will be scheduled for the week of March 22, WINK News reports.

 

CONSTRUCTION OF CAXAMBAS PARK COMMUNITY CENTER BEGINS MONDAY ON MARCO ISLAND

Construction of the new Caxambas Park Community Center will begin Monday, March 22, on Marco Island. The new, two-story, 2,900 square-foot community center will include a large meeting/training room, offices, restrooms and a small break room. The $1,375,401 project also includes reconfiguring the parking layout and updated landscaping. The 4-acre Caxambas Park has ample parking and a boat launch for easy access to the northern Ten Thousand Islands and the Gulf of Mexico. The park features a marina with concessions, including gasoline and diesel fuel, fishing gear, food, beverages and sunscreen. During construction, the adjacent U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary building, which houses Marco Island Flotilla 95, will remain in operation, as will all marina operations. The majority of parking areas will remain available for park visitors during construction by Fort Construction Group of Naples Inc. The project is expected to be completed by March 2022. 

 

SWFL COUNTIES RECOGNIZED FOR LOWEST CREDIT CARD DEBT PER CAPITA

Charlotte and Collier counties were named to SmartAsset’s Florida list of “Counties with the Lowest Credit Card Debt per Capita.” The financial technology company measured the ratio of credit card debt to per capita income for each county and the ratio of credit card debt to net wealth per capita in each county. Charlotte County ranked No. 4, followed by Collier County at No. 7. The full methodology and interactive map can be found here.

 

Kava Luv

KAVA LUV SOCIAL LOUNGE LAUNCHES IN NORTH NAPLES

Kava Luv Social Lounge launched Saturday in the Mission Hills Shopping Center anchored by Winn-Dixie on the northwest corner of Collier Boulevard and Vanderbilt Beach Road. Naples’ newest kava bar specializes in non-alcoholic organic teas, coffees, kombucha and vegan treats. The tearoom features kava, brewed from the root of a Pacific island plant, that can provide a euphoric or sedative feeling. Kava Luv, 7550 Mission Hills Drive, Unit 310, is open from 10 a.m. to midnight daily. For more information call 239-963-9133 or click here

 

PRSA GULF COAST CHAPTER TO HOST VIRTUAL LUNCH ’N LEARN MARCH 23

Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Gulf Coast Chapter will host a virtual “Lunch ‘N Learn” session from noon to 1 p.m. on March 23 via Zoom. Libby Anderson, president of TalentForce Solutions, will host an interactive workshop about inclusion, unconscious bias and respect. She will offer suggestions on how leads in organizations can foster inclusion, challenge unconscious bias and drive an environment that focuses on respect in the workplace. The cost to attend is  $20 for PRSA members, $25 for nonmembers, and free for students. Upon registering, guests will receive a link to join the Zoom meeting in advance of the event. To register, click here.

 

COMPLIMENTARY FLORIDA TAX AND WEALTH WEBINAR SLATED FOR MARCH 24

CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) will be host a complimentary Florida Tax and Wealth webinar on March 24.  In this session, we will discuss taxes, the economy, and the markets’ impact on your portfolio and your wallet. Learn how to look for opportunities to make long-term plans in the market while preparing for potential short-term volatility.  Register here by March 19.

 

LEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO HOST VIRTUAL TALENT CONNECTION EVENT

The School District of Lee County will host its virtual Talent Connection Event on April 26-30 to hire certified teachers for the 2021-22 academic year. With a growing enrollment of more than 95,000 students and 120 schools, the District will conduct virtual interviews to connect talented, high-energy educators with instructional vacancies for the upcoming school year. Positions are available across the District with a focus on high-demand positions like English, elementary education, science, math and special education. During the Talent Connection event, candidates will have an opportunity to meet with District representatives via pre-scheduled virtual interviews held daily April 26-30. Qualified candidates are invited to apply online here for the position titled “Pool – Talent Connection Event” (Job ID 20210305) by April 12. To learn more about the Talent Connection Event and available career opportunities, click here.

 

CGU HOMES COMPLETES NEW HEADQUARTERS

CGU Homes has completed its new office headquarters at 1998 Trade Center Way in Naples. The new headquarters will be home to office spaces for the existing CGU Homes team. It will showcase photography of the company’s completed projects as well as a variety of products in the residential construction industry that the team is currently using. The new space will also accommodate new employees joining the team in 2021.

 

Tribby Arts Center auditorium

HOLE MONTES COMPLETES TRIBBY ARTS CENTER AT SHELL POINT

Hole Montes has completed site planning and utilities work for the newly opened Tribby Arts Center at Shell Point Retirement Community. The two-story, 44,000-square-foot Tribby Arts Center is a performing arts center dedicated to visual and performing arts, as well as educational programming. The building includes a grand entrance and atrium gallery, 400-seat auditorium, art gallery, practice rooms for musicians, gift shop, café, sculpture garden and art studios. Hole Montes provided new utility services for the project. Hole Montes was responsible for an 11.4-acre site plan that included 203 parking spaces for vehicles and golf carts, as well as the building itself. Hole Montes’ lead designers for the Tribby Arts Center were Tyler Bonnough and Byron Taylor. Project partners included Gates Construction as general contractor, Stantec as landscape architect, Christopher J. Lee Architects as building architect and Fiber Solutions to oversee fiberoptics.

 

Nakia Jackson

JACKSON JOINS GATES CONSTRUCTION AS PROJECT ACCOUNTANT

Gates Construction has added Nakia Jackson as project accountant. Working under the supervision of the firm’s CFO, she will manage all of the financial matters on the projects she is assigned, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, and financial forecasting. Jackson has more than 16 years of diversified accounting experience. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Capella University. She will be based out of Gates Construction’s headquarters in Bonita Springs.

 

THE FUND NAMES FARR LAW FIRM TO PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE

Attorneys’ Title Fund Services LLC (The Fund) has named Farr Law Firm to the President’s Circle, a group of member firms based on policies remitted in 2020. Backed by Old Republic Title, The Fund promotes and facilitates the real estate practices of its members in their protection of the public. The support and loyalty of top-performing members allows The Fund to continue to serve 2,500 member firms throughout Florida. For almost 100 years, the Farr Law Firm has served Southwest Florida and is the oldest and largest law firm in Charlotte County with additional offices in Sarasota County.

 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

NCEF awards 2021 grants to children’s agencies

The Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival (NWWF), has invested more than $9.2 million this year in close to 40 nonprofit organizations helping underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County. The investment comes from the proceeds of the 2021 NWWF and includes traditional funding grants of $5.9 million, plus $3.2 million for three strategic initiatives – early learning, out-of-school time and vision – that fill fundamental gaps in children’s services. An additional $75,000 is being allocated for Collier CARES (Community Application for Resources and Emergency Services), a free, bilingual mobile and web application designed for the purpose of connecting people in need with the essential resources and services available in Collier County. This year, the number of beneficiaries receiving annual grants totaled 32, plus six other agencies that help fill needs in the community by taking part in NCEF’s multi-partner strategic initiatives focusing on the wellbeing of the whole child. The 2021 Festival raised approximately $7.4 million, bringing the total amount raised by the NWWF to nearly $220 million since its inception in 2001. 

 

Kevin Nealon and family share Hope Hospice experience in ‘More Hope’ video

Actor and comedian Kevin Nealon has supported Hope Hospice’s mission for more than two decades – from participating in the 1999 Hope Gulf Walk on Captiva, to appearing at Broadway Palm in Fort Myers for a sold-out stand-up performance in 2018, to competing on ABC’s Family Feud for his charity of choice last year and winning $25,000 for Hope. Now, Los Angeles-based Nealon enlisted the help of his siblings, Kim and Chris Nealon in Fort Myers and Mike Nealon in Atlanta, to create a heartfelt video with a two-fold purpose: to share their appreciation for the organization that provided comfort and care for the family’s grandmother, mother and father over the last 20 years, and to encourage others to support Hope Hospice too as part of the “More Hope” campaign. The video is available for viewing here.

 

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