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FEASIBILITY STUDY TO COMMENCE FOR THE 70-PLUS MILE PARADISE COAST TRAIL
Naples Pathways Coalition (NPC) selected Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. to complete a feasibility analysis of the organization’s keystone project, the 70-plus mile Paradise Coast Trail. Florida Department of Transportation’s Notice to Proceed is expected soon. Over the subsequent 12-15 months, engineers will be collecting and inventorying data, conducting public outreach, and developing an action plan. In addition to the feasibility study, Kimley-Horn will complete environmental reviews for two priority segments that will be identified through the feasibility study. Upon completion of the study, stakeholders will have a report with key milestones to guide the development of the Paradise Coast Trail. Funding for the feasibility study is provided by the Florida Department of Transportation through a Local Legislative Funding Request, Collier County, the City of Naples, and donations made to Naples Pathways Coalition, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to create safe, bikeable and walkable communities in Collier County.
LEE HEALTH ANNOUNCES VISITATION CHANGES
Effective immediately, Lee Health has made changes to its hospital visitation hours to protect the safety of patients and staff from the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the community. Visitation hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. At the adult acute care hospital campuses, patients are allowed to designate up to two visitors upon admission, and both may visit at the same time. No visitors under the age of 12 are permitted. Exceptions will be made for compassionate care reasons. All visitors are required to practice physical distancing, complete a health screening and thoroughly sanitize their hands with alcohol-based gel before visitation. Visitors are also required to bring their own mask or face covering, and wear it all times while in a Lee Health facility. In outpatient facilities, adult patients are allowed one visitor to accompany them to their appointments. For surgeries, a visitor can accompany a patient to registration and pre-op and then reunite with them in the recovery room. Golisano Children’s Hospital visitation hours will remain the same.
COMMUNITY PARTNERS LAUNCH HEALTH MINDS INITIATIVE
Twenty-five behavioral health organizations across Lee and Collier counties have partnered to launch a new community initiative called Healthy Minds. Beginning this week, Healthy Minds will offer presentations to senior communities, local agencies and professional and community organizations. In addition, outreach events will be held where education, resources, and referral information will be provided. All events will include complimentary screenings across Lee and Collier counties, convenient tips on how best to cope with stress, and low/no-cost resources for adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and other difficulties. No advance registration is necessary for the health fairs and other outreach events. Those interested in resources, or a free screening, can attend the event and speak to an expert who will then help link them and loved ones with local service providers and available community resources. To schedule presentations or events in Lee or Collier counties, complete a scheduling request form here. For a full list of upcoming events and resources, click here.
CAREERSOURCE SWFL CONTINUES THREE-PART WORKFORCE SERIES ON MARCH 25
CareerSource Southwest Florida announced its Symposium II – Emerging Roles in Education, part of the three-part series called “Tomorrow’s Workforce: A Trilogy. Education leaders from Southwest Florida will discuss how education can meet our future workforce demands at the next event. Symposium II takes place from 8:30-10 a.m. on March 25. Michael Dalby, president and CEO, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, will act as moderator. “Tomorrow’s Workforce: A Trilogy – Symposium II” is a free virtual event and reservations may be accessed here. Symposium III, “Next Steps for Tomorrow’s Workforce,” takes place from 8:30-10 a.m. on May 27.
VIRTUAL EDUCATION EVENT COMMEMORATING NATIONAL PARKINSON’S AWARENESS MONTH TO BE HELD ON APRIL 14
To commemorate National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Hope Parkinson Program is offering a virtual education event in partnership with Lee Health Rehabilitation Services to share tips and tricks to help manage symptoms of the disease. Designed for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s and their care partners, the interactive Zoom event will be held at 11 a.m. on April 14. It will feature a panel of Lee Health Rehabilitation Services’ speech and swallowing, physical, and occupational therapists. The hour-long event will include opportunities to ask questions of the experts about mobility, balance, and activities of daily living. This event is open to the community at no cost. Preregistration is required by emailing PDevents@HopeHCS.org or calling 239-425-9886. One-on-one assistance is available in advance for individuals who need help learning how to access the virtual event from their computer, tablet or phone.
MK ARCHITECTURE TO DESIGN VETERANS MEMORIAL
MK Architecture and Michael Sheeley, president and partner of the company, have been awarded the architectural design services for the Naples Therapeutic Riding Center’s new Veterans Peace Memorial, to be located at the entrance to their Naples Campus. The new memorial will be a tribute to the nation’s veterans and to remember and honor their sacrifice. The memorial will highlight the history all military branches of service. Sheeley served as a U.S. Army combat engineer officer and is donating his personal time to the project. The memorial is expected to be completed during 2021. MK Architecture is the only veteran- and woman-owned architectural firm located in Florida, the company states.
TRI-TOWN CONSTRUCTION RECEIVES GOVERNMENT CONTRACT IN BONITA SPRINGS
Tri-Town Construction has received its first government contract with the City of Bonita Springs. The company was awarded top vendor placement through the city’s open solicitation for construction manager at-risk continuing services contractor in November 2019. Tri-Town Construction Public Outreach Coordinator Crystal Hamblen is working with Florida Power & Light (FPL) and local businesses to complete the utility conversion project that will ensure downtown businesses with underground power, which will update the downtown area to be more electrically efficient.
DEANGELIS DIAMOND COMPLETES SPECIAL PROJECTS
DeAngelis Diamond’s Special Projects division recently completed two projects. The first, a tenant improvement for TerraCap Management’s new office space, located at 999 Vanderbilt Beach Road in Naples. The project included demolition of the existing space, installing new firewalls and partitions, new ceiling grid and tile, new casework, MEP, and new interior glass and doors. The second, a remodel of the Naples Art Association lobby in Downtown Naples, including corridor walls and ceilings, new lighting and sound panels, and restoration of the terrazzo floors. Currently under construction are tenant buildouts for Olympus Ventures and for Breast Center of Naples. Upcoming projects include a new food pantry and social services offices for The Salvation Army. DeAngelis Diamond’s Special Projects division concentrates on interior renovations, additions, tenant improvements, and build-outs for commercial, faith-based, nonprofit facilities and more.
BETTER BUILDINGS CEO COMPLETES FLORIDA CONTRACTOR EXAM
Better Building Inc.’s CEO and Owner Jeanette Dean Richards recently passed the state-certified Florida contractor exam. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations requires three tests to attain this license. As the owner of Better Buildings, and as a certified Florida builder contractor, Richards will now be able to apply for women-owned small business status, a certification that will make Better Buildings eligible to compete for federal funding contracts. Five percent of all federal government contracting budgets are awarded to certified women-owned small businesses to increase opportunities for female-owned companies in fields where women are underrepresented. Nationally, 13% of construction firms are owned by women. Richards, a graduate of the University of Florida, is a member of the Lee County Builders Industry Association (LBIA), Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association (SRMA), Associated Builders and Contractors Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (ABC), and the Real Estate Investment Society (R.E.I.S.), as she is also licensed real estate broker in Florida.
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COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND ST. MATTHEW’S PROGRAM EMPOWERS GIRLS
A program put on by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and St. Matthew’s House has one goal. The “You Can Do It All” program empowers fifth-grade girls to “build self-confidence and poise” to help them transition to middle school. This week’s session focused on the power of volunteering and basic cooking skills, so 15 fifth-graders went to Lulu’s Kitchen at St. Matthew’s House to learn cooking skills. Collier County deputies hope to expand the program, which began in 2019, to help eighth-graders transition to high school, WINK News reports.
SOTO JOINS GATES CONSTRUCTION AS PROJECT ACCOUNTANT
Gates Construction has added Rico Soto to its team as project accountant. Working under the supervision of the firm’s CFO, he will manage all of the financial matters on the projects he is assigned, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, and financial forecasting. Soto has more than three years of diversified accounting experience. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in finance from Ave Maria University. He will be based out of Gates Construction’s headquarters in Bonita Springs.
Best Buddies Friendship Walk CARE-a-Van to be held on April 17
The Best Buddies Friendship Walk CARE-a-Van will take place from 9-11 a.m. on April 17 at Miromar Outlets in Estero, in the area nearest the Playland entrance. Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since 2009, more than 250,000 participants have walked in more than 60 cities and raised more than $24 million to support the inclusive programs Best Buddies provides. Best Buddies in Southwest Florida is expecting to have approximately 300 attendees caravanning for inclusion, all working to surpass 2021’s fundraising goal of $45,000. With safety in mind, registered walkers and guests will remain in their cars to drive a pre-set course at Miromar to visit various stations that will provide various giveaways. Register here. To volunteer for the event, submit this form.
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