Gulfshore Business Daily: March 19

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Lead Photo: Hill Tide Estates observation pier 

 

BAYFRONT HEALTH ER & URGENT CARE IN CAPE CORAL OPENING TODAY

Bayfront Health ER & Urgent Care in Cape Coral is opening this morning in north Cape Coral, providing a service closer to community members who would have otherwise traveled greater distances. Tara McCoy, the CEO of Bayfront Health Port Charlotte in Punta Gorda, is the driving force behind the new, all-in-one ER and urgent care facility in Cape Coral. The design is simple and easy. Half the space is urgent care. The other half is a full-service emergency room. The new ER and urgent care facility will create 50 new jobs, WINK News reports.

 

REPORT: 78% SUPPORT PPP EXTENSION, BUT PPP NEEDS MANY REPAIRS

Seventy-eight percent of small business owners are supportive of legislative efforts to extend the PPP deadline, as overall optimism about their ability to stay afloat continues to decline, according to results from the Alignable PPP Process Poll taken this week among 5,306 small business owners. However, the poll also reveals several other PPP problems that must still be fixed to make the program as effective as possible. The poll shows small-and-midsize-business optimism is waning, as 75% told Alignable they’re concerned their businesses won’t stay afloat for the rest of the COVID era. Forty-five percent of those business owners say they’re highly concerned. For the full report, click here.

 

FGCU NAMED TO ‘BEST VALUE COLLEGES’ IN FLORIDA LIST

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) earned the No. 8 spot in SmartAsset’s Florida seventh annual study of “Best Value Colleges.” The schools were ranked as a result of their performance in categories including scholarships, starting salary, tuition, living expenses and student retention rate. FGCU was listed with $6,590 in average scholarships and grants, $48,000 as average starting salary, $14,272 in student living costs, 80% student retention rate, and an overall College Education Value Index of 42.06. More details on the study, including the methodology and interactive map, can be found here.

 

INPUT WANTED FOR FORT MYERS PUBLIC ART SCULPTURE

The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the City of Fort Myers Public Art Committee have joined forces to bring a landmark sculpture to the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Veronica S. Shoemaker Boulevard. The teams says they envision bringing a piece that is both interesting and representative of the community. The CRA is actively seeking input from all members of the public as to the aesthetic, design, look and feel of the sculpture. Individuals can share their ideas during a community meeting held at 6 p.m. on March 29 on Zoom. The information will be incorporated into the Request for Proposals (RFP) and will guide artists submitting in response to what the community envisions. To RSVP, click here

 

INDUSTRY APPRECIATION AWARDS RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER

Due to COVID-19, the Industry Appreciation Awards’ event organizers have made the decision to postpone the annual awards celebration to best serve guests, honorees and event supporters. The event will now be held on Oct. 22 at the Caloosa Sound Convention Center in downtown Fort Myers. Since 1992, the Industry Appreciation Awards have celebrated the Lee County business community and recognized outstanding businesses that have positively influenced Southwest Florida. In response to the pandemic, organizers have added a special award category for the 2021 event. The Business Resiliency and Innovation Award will recognize a business that successfully pivoted its operations, products or services to be resilient and help the needs of the community during COVID-19. For more information about or to get involved with the 2021 Industry Appreciation Awards, contact Dilman Thomas at 239-810-1948 or dthomas@horizon-foundation.com.

 

Video courtesy of WINK News

SWFL ROOFING COMPANY OFFERING TESLA SOLAR GLASS ROOFS FOR CLEAN ENERGY

A Southwest Florida company is offering a new clean energy solution. Kelly Roofing is installing a new Tesla solar glass roof on a Cape Coral home. The system uses the complete roof to generate, store and provide clean energy. The Solar Energy Industries Association said sun power in the U.S. is growing and nearly $9 billion have been invested in Florida solar. Ken Kelly of Kelly Roofing said users in Florida can still generate power even after a hurricane or power outage. Kelly said the photovoltaic panels that generate electricity and power homes are an investment, WINK News reports.

 

TITLE COMPANY PLANS SECOND LOCATION IN NORTH NAPLES

Naples-based Cottrell Title & Escrow plans to open a second location this year at Logan Landings in North Naples. The 1,546-square-foot satellite office will share a freestanding outparcel with First Watch daytime café, which will occupy more than two-thirds of the building now under construction next to a water feature on the corner of Logan Boulevard and Immokalee Road. Founded in 2007, Cottrell will continue to operate its Naples office at 5147 Castello Drive. Also in Logan Landings, Consolidated Cleaners Inc. is targeted to open a Tide Cleaners franchise in a 2,400-square-foot unit with curbside valet service this summer in another outlot it will share with the existing Naples Modern Dentistry fronting Immokalee Road. 

 

BONITA SPRINGS-BASED ENVIROKLENZ LAUNCHES AIR PURIFIER FOR DENTISTS

EnviroKlenz, a Bonita Springs-based company specializing in indoor air quality and technology, announces a new product created for the dental industry – the EnviroKlenz Source Capture System, a standalone air purifier with a suction hose that directly captures airborne pathogens and droplets that may escape from the patient’s mouth during dental procedures. The system uses EnviroKlenz’s patented earth mineral technology, originally designed for chemical warfare decontamination, in a directed point-of-source system for critical applications. Using three filtration methods, including the patented EnviroKlenz air cartridge, HEPA filter and UVC bulbs, and the adjustable hose, users can manipulate the new system to draw air from the source point. In the midst of a pandemic, this is an essential tool to keep dental staff safe while patients are unable to wear masks, the company reports.

 

Richard Garner

BSU ANNOUNCES BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. members re-elected Richard Garner, Mike Malloy and Lawrence Kosilla Jr. to its board of directors. Election results were announced during the utility’s annual meeting. BSU members elect three fellow members each year for a three-year term. Ten candidates ran for three open board seats. BSU mailed 25,120 ballots, and volunteers from the League of Women Voters of Lee County counted 5,024 returned ballots. Elected to three-year terms, Garner received 2,204 votes, Malloy received 2,084 votes and Kosilla received 1,754 votes. Other board members are Paul J. Attwood, Robert Bachman, Brian Farrar, Vincent J. Marchesani, James Murphy and Ben Nelson. The board of directors holds a public meeting at 5 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. In addition, each board member serves on various subcommittees and task groups, working with the utility’s management and staff. Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. is a not-for-profit water and wastewater utility cooperative founded by local citizens in 1970. 

 

Theo Etzel

CONDITIONED AIR CHAIRMAN EARNS 2021 SWACCA PIONEER AWARD

Conditioned Air Co. Chairman W. Theodore Etzel III has earned the 2021 Pioneer Award from the Southwest Air Conditioning Contractors Association (SWACCA). The award recognizes Etzel’s 40-plus years as a leader and role model and for paving the way for future industry professionals in Southwest Florida. The award was presented to Etzel by Tim Dupre, SWACCA past president and president and CEO for Conditioned Air. In presenting the award, Dupre mentioned himself as a testimonial to Etzel’s leadership and employee mentoring skills. Dupre was hired by Etzel at the age of 18 as an apprentice and has worked his way up to the CEO office. A native Floridian, Etzel graduated from Stetson University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and finance. He has decades of experience as a business executive and entrepreneur. As chairman of Conditioned Air since 1995, he has helped guide the company into the region’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with nearly 400 employees from Marco Island to Sarasota.

 

The event-featured, three-story Bal Harbour model is 4,068 square feet over four bedrooms, four-and-two-half bathrooms, and a three-car garage.

HILL TIDE ESTATES TO HOST PIER GRAND OPENING EVENT

Hill Tide Estates is preparing a 9.98-acre gated enclave for the grand opening of its observation pier from 10 a.m. to noon on March 29. The public will start their morning on the first floor of the in-progress Bal Harbour model at 867 Grande Pass Way on Boca Grande. There, bartenders and servers will present a southern-style brunch in line with the location on the southern tip of Boca Grande. Guests will then be directed to the newly completed pier that overlooks Charlotte Harbor, Boca Grande Pass and the Gulf of Mexico. Representatives from co-developers Seagate Development Group and BCB Homes as well as Gulf Coast International Properties will be on-site to answer questions and supply information about model homes, lot sizes, floor plans, and custom and semi-custom luxury homes at Hill Tide Estates. To RSVP to this pier grand opening event, contact Michael Foster from Gulf Coast International Properties at (941) 855-0421 or mfoster@gcipbg.com.

 

CHARITABLE NOTES

12th annual Go Red for Women luncheon takes place March 26

Women’s heart health remains top of mind as the top killer of women, according to the American Heart Association, and the 12th annual Go Red for Women luncheon is bringing an educational opportunity to participants’ homes or offices with this year’s digital experience. The event takes place at noon on March 26. Register here and get a sneak peek at this year’s agenda, which includes a break-out session, keynote address, and the story of a brave girl to inspire everyone to ‘Live Fierce.’ Go Red for Women is presented by Lee Health.

 

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