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Gulfshore Business Daily: March 17

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Lead Photo: D.R. Horton Southwest Florida has opened the doors to the lakefront clubhouse in Meadowood. Details below. 

 

LEE COMMISSIONERS APPROVE CONTRACT FOR NEXT GENERATION E911 SYSTEM

Lee County commissioners voted Tuesday to award a contract for a Next Generation E911 system that will improve call processing and management and add capabilities such as improved location of 911 callers using cellular phones and text-to-911 functions. The contract with Vesta Solutions Inc. is for all associated services, software, equipment and infrastructure at public safety answering points, which include Lee County Public Safety, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the Cape Coral Police Department, the Fort Myers Police Department and the Sanibel Police Department. The $2.9 million contract includes three years of warranty service and will be paid for with E911 reserve funds. The project was bid through an Invitation to Negotiate, and four bidders responded. The work is scheduled to be completed before the end of the year, with most of the installation and training planned for this summer.

 

LEE COMMISSIONERS AWARD CONTRACT FOR FIRST PHASE OF CORKSCREW WIDENING

Lee County commissioners on Tuesday awarded a contract for the first phase of widening Corkscrew Road east of Ben Hill Griffin Parkway to four lanes. The first phase of the widening project will create a six-lane, divided arterial road from Ben Hill Griffin Parkway east to Fire House Lane and a four-lane divided arterial road from Fire House Lane east to Bella Terra Boulevard. The $23.3 million contract is with Lee County-based Cougar Contracting. The roadway will include 4-foot bike lanes as well as sidewalks along the portions in unincorporated areas are part of the project. The Phase 1 widening project is within the existing right-of-way and will begin this spring. Phase 2, which will extend east to Alico Road, will require some land acquisition. Total project costs for both phases, including design, land acquisition, construction and construction inspection is expected to be $52 million.

 

COMMISSIONERS APPROVE MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR PRESERVE IN EASTERN LEE COUNTY

Lee County commissioners on Tuesday voted to approve a land management plan for the GS-10 Preserve in eastern Lee County that includes a water management and restoration project by the Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District. The board approved the purchase of the 624-acre GS-10 Preserve in April 2019 through the Conservation 20/20 program. The board and LAMSID entered into a memorandum of understanding to partner on the management of the land. The land management plan provides a general overview to construct a filter marsh to provide flood mitigation, total maximum daily load credits for improving surface water quality, and to provide for nature-based recreation.

 

LEE COMMISSIONERS VOTE TO PURSUE CONSERVATION 20/20 LAND PURCHASES

 Lee County commissioners on Tuesday voted to pursue the acquisition of two parcels through the Conservation 20/20 program that are near publicly held land. The parcels are about a quarter of an acre located inside the Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve in North Fort Myers, east of Interstate 75 and south of Bayshore Road; and about 2.5 acres located within the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed, a 60,000-acre area of interconnected environmentally critical land. Both parcels were recommended unanimously by the Conservation 20/20 Land Acquisition and Stewardship Advisory Committee.

 

D.R. HORTON OPENS CLUBHOUSE AT MEADOWOOD

D.R. Horton Southwest Florida has officially opened the doors to the lakefront clubhouse in Meadowood, a 228-townhome community by D.R. Horton’s Express Homes brand that is more than 30% sold out within five short months. The clubhouse surrounds a resort-style pool with seating and lake views.  Additional outdoor amenities include a family-friendly covered tot lot, basketball court, and pavilion. Indoors, a gathering room welcomes residents and their guests and features several tables, a sitting area with a large-screen TV and a catering kitchen.  Also included is a fitness room and game room for billiards, board games or cards. Interested homebuyers can choose from two distinct floor plans, the Bayside and Surfside, with prices currently starting in the low $300,000s. Meadowood is located on Collier Boulevard, approximately one mile south of Immokalee Road.

 

Jeannine Joy

SWFL INC. ‘BOSS PANEL’ EVENT TAKES PLACE MARCH 30

SWFL Inc.’s Business Owners Sharing Solutions (BOSS) Panel will be held from 8:15-9:30 a.m. on March 30 at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport. The topic is “creating authentic content.” Attendees will hear from two experts — Teri Hansen of Priority Marketing, and Jeannine Joy of United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee — on how to develop concise but passionate messages to create an emotional connection with new customers. The panelists will also help attendees build their own toolkit of ways to improve empathy and better resonate with potential audiences. Tickets can be reserved here for $35, and the event includes breakfast, a moderated question-and-answer session, the opportunity for audience members to ask questions, and breakout networking sessions. No chamber membership is required to attend.

 

REIS LUNCHEON SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 13

The Real Estate Investment Society (REIS) will hold its next luncheon on April 13 in the Osprey Room at the Pelican Preserve Clubhouse. The dynamics of the housing and community development market will be explained by Kristine Smale, senior vice president of Zonda. LSI Companies is sponsoring the event. Seating will be limited to four persons per table, service will follow safety protocols, and masks are required when attendees are not seated. Reservations are required here and will close when REIS reaches capacity. Members must log in on the website home page to register at member rates, even if paying by check.

 

Video courtesy of WINK News

CAPE CLEANERS OFFERING FREE SERVICES TO UNEMPLOYED JOB SEEKERS

A Cape Coral business is stepping up to help job seekers succeed. Free services are now available for those who don’t have time or money to do them. Dan Puleio, the owner of Cape Cleaners, says he may never stop feeling the pain 2020 brought. His 50-year-old dry-cleaning business took a hit, as did many other businesses in the Cape. Watching people lose jobs delivered an even bigger blow to him. Now that his business is back, Puleio wants to do what he can to help others. So, those who lost a job and are looking for another simply need to let him know. The owner of Cape Cleaners says he is offering $20 a week in free laundry and dry cleaning so people have freshly cleaned and pressed outfits to go on a job interview, WINK News reports.

 

Donald Avery

INVENTOR TARGETS HUNGER WITH PATENTED GROWING SYSTEM

Donald Avery, a Bonita Springs resident, veteran and inventor who was a principal in the development of the Pringles potato chips can, has created a system to help solve hunger and malnutrition. Through his company, Grow Plants Everywhere, Avery has patented the Vertical Growth Apparatus to allow individuals and communities to grow fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs and other plants more effectively and organically than modern farming methods for a fraction of the cost, the company states. The Vertical Growth Apparatus is custom-designed for virtually any space such as a home, school, community garden or small farm. It can be as high and as wide as required and is intended to be productive in any environment, from mountains to tropical wetlands and in rural or urban areas.

 

Christleen Knaub

CONRIC PR + MARKETING ADDS MARKETING COORDINATOR

CONRIC pr + marketing has hired marketing coordinator Christleen Knaub. She will play a multifaceted role at CONRIC, handling account management, digital communication, strategic marketing and event planning. Knaub will work closely with the digital team and clients to ensure successful digital marketing campaigns across all social media and newsletter platforms. She will also lend a hand to the planning and execution of events. Prior to joining CONRIC, she served as the programs and events manager at SWFL Inc. and community development manager with the American Cancer Society. She is a finalist for Connect Corporate’s 40 Under 40 designation, awarded annually to young professionals in the corporate events industry. A Southwest Florida native, Knaub studied communication at Florida Gulf Coast University.

 

Mike Isabella

ISABELLA JOINS STEVENS CONSTRUCTION AS ESTIMATOR

Mike Isabella has joined Stevens Construction as estimator. Bringing 25 years of Southwest Florida construction experience, Isabella has a background in all components of the electrical scope, including preconstruction and installation. As estimator, Isabella will manage the overall bid process for projects located in Southwest Florida, including creating scopes, cost proposals and preliminary schedules. Additionally, Isabella will maintain and develop subcontractor relationships and manage the subcontractor prequalification process. 

 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

Video courtesy of WINK News

Nonprofit raises thousands of dollars to benefit cancer patients, families

The pandemic has proven challenging for nonprofits raising funds for their missions, but that didn’t stop an organization in Southwest Florida. Thousands of dollars will go to help cancer patients and their families in Collier County thanks to the Cancer Alliance of Naples event, “Keep on Truckin,'” at Celebration Park in East Naples on Monday. With an auction, entertainment, food and drinks, donations poured in both virtually and in-person to the organization. WINK News anchor Chris Cifatte helped emcee the virtual event. CAN Executive Director Jodi Bisogno said the money is a huge help to those struggling to pay for basic essentials while battling treatment, WINK News reports.

 

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