Gulfshore Business Daily: March 21

An artificial reef will be constructed in Lee County, the top financial advisor in Florida is named, new hires and more.

ARTIFICIAL REEF TO BE CREATED WITH GRANT

The Lee Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday awarded a contract to create an artificial reef at Chris Koepfer’s ARC Reef Site using a $120,000 grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The contract awarded to Kelly Brothers Inc., is for the creation of an artificial reef using 1,000 tons of donated concrete or limestone within Chris Koepfer’s ARC Reef Site. The reef site is located approximately 14 nautical miles southwest of Redfish Pass.

Lee County has had an active artificial reef program since the early 1990s. Grants from federal, state, and private sources help create a range of recreational opportunities from inshore to the deep water of the Gulf of Mexico. Chris Koepfer’s ARC Reef Site is named in memory of the pioneer of Lee County’s artificial reef program. For a video on Lee County artificial reefs, click here.


Tom Moran

MORAN NAMED TOP ADVISOR IN FLORIDA

Barron’s Magazine has recognized Tom Moran as the No. 1 Advisor in the State of Florida on its annual list of America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in the U.S.  This is the sixth consecutive year that Moran has been named to this list. 

Moran is the founder, chief executive officer – senior PIM portfolio manager of Moran Edwards Asset Management, a fee-based wealth management firm for private investors, located in Naples, that is responsible for $3 billion in client assets as of Dec.31, 2018. 

Moran has more than three decades of experience in comprehensive investment planning, retirement-plan analysis, investment research and screening, and portfolio management services. Moran is an active member of the Naples community and is involved in many local nonprofit organizations.

FORT MYERS HOUSING AUTHORITY NAMES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers has appointed Marcia Davis as its executive director. Davis has more than 15 years of public housing experience and served as director of real estate development for the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers from 2006 -2013. She also served as chief real estate officer for the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority in Richmond, Virginia.

Davis has directly designed and managed several complex affordable housing redevelopments and is experienced with administering HUD programs including Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) programs, Capital Funds, CDBG, HOPE VI implementation and utilization of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit to further the redevelopment of communities. Davis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Cameron University in Oklahoma.​

MILITARY VETERANS TO PRESENT IN SPEAKER SERIES

The Uncommon Friends Foundation’s new Distinguished Speakers Series will present “An Evening of Heroes and Inspiration” from 6-8 p.m. on April 10 at the Gale McBride Pavilion of the Burroughs Home & Gardens in Fort Myers. A social hour will run from 5-6 p.m.

Honored speakers will be retired Army Major General James L. Dozier, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Gary L. Peppers, and retired Air Force Capt. Wayne O. Smith. Each officer will relate his own story of strength and courage in enemy combat to eventually return home to their families and continue to serve their country for good.

Uncommon Friends Foundation board member and past president Gray Davis, agency executive and senior vice president of McGriff Insurance Services, will moderate the panel discussion. Davis retired after 21 years in the Navy and Marines. All four panelists were awarded numerous medals and commendations for their service. Tickets are $50 for adults and $15 for students.  For reservations, contact Jennifer Nelson at (239) 337-9305 or at jennifer@uncommonfriends.org.​​

ADG ARCHITECTURE ADDS CPTED DESIGN SERVICES

ADG Architecture, llc has added Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) design services to its architectural practice. CPTED is a design process that focuses on creating safe cities, safe work environments, and safe places to live and play.

Robert Taylor, founding principal of ADG Architecture, LLC, recently received certification as a CPTED practitioner.

ADG Architecture is a full-service architectural firm with offices in Fort Myers and Port Charlotte. The company offers architectural and interior design services to the commercial, government, educational, and religious marketplace.​

REIS TO HOST PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUES MEETING

Emergency preparedness and public safety issues will be discussed at the Real Estate Investment Society’s (REIS) luncheon meeting, held at 11:45 a.m. April 9 in the Osprey Room at Pelican Preserve’s Clubhouse. Lee Mayfield, director of Lee County’s Department of Public Safety, will be the featured speaker. Mayfield will address lessons learned from Hurricane Irma and preparations for the approaching hurricane season. 

 In addition to emergency management and medical services, the Department of Public Safety also oversees the government communications network and administers distribution of fire and EMS impact fees. Following the presentation, Mayfield will respond to questions of specific interest to the real estate investment and development industry.

The meeting is sponsored by IBERIABANK. Admission is $30 for members and $40 for guests, which includes lunch. Reservations are required by April 4 and may be made at www.reis-swfl.org. ​

EVENT SPECIALIST JOINS MARKETING FIRM

Allie Andrews has joined Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and Public Relations as the firm’s events specialist. In the position, Andrews manages the planning and execution of multi-day conferences and other special events and provides public relations support for ongoing client programs.

Andrews previously served as lifestyle director for Ave Maria, where she implemented communitywide events for the town’s residents. She has more than a decade of experience in the hospitality industry, including special event and wedding planning, lifestyle programming, and resort recreation.

Andrews graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor’s degree in resort and hospitality management. She is also a Certified Wedding Planner and Certified Guest Services Professional.​​

CHARITABLE NOTES​​

Unity of Fort Myers to host luncheon and fair

The Unity of Fort Myers is hosting a luncheon and fair from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on March 31 at 11120 Ranchette Road in Fort Myers. The family-oriented luncheon includes a silent auction, raffle, arts and crafts, face painting and a bounce house. For more information, call (239) 278-1511 or visit www.unityoffortmyers.org.​

CHEF announces auction lot items for April fundraiser

CHEF, the Culinary & Hospitality Education Foundation of Southwest Florida, has released a sample of auction lots to be called by Scott Robertson Auctioneers at its upcoming fundraising event, held at 6:30 p.m. on April 3 at Kensington Golf & Country Club.

Auction items include a weeklong stay in a Tuscany villa; catered gourmet wine pairing dinner for eight guests in your home by chef Brian Roland of Crave Culinaire; special champagne lunch and cooking class for 10 guests at Sea Salt Restaurant in Naples; catered dinner with wine pairings by private chef Ruth Manchester, co-host of FOX 4’s Great Neighborhood Cooks, with celebrity Teen BBQ Champion Taylor Sanders; and many other chef-hosted culinary experiences, plus golf and other sports outings.

CHEF Scholarship recipient Daniella Sepulveda will speak at the event. For more information, contact Beth Oliver, (239) 985-7516 or visit ChefSWFL.org.​

Southwest Florida Free Pain Clinic to host spring fundraising event

The Southwest Florida Free Pain Clinic will host “Spring Fling to Heal the Hurt” at 6 p.m. on April 4 at Lexington Country Club in Fort Myers. The fundraising event will feature dinner, wine tasting, and a live and silent auction. The dinner and auction will benefit continued efforts to expand services to an underserved demographic. Reservations are $75 per person and can be made at www.freepainclinic.org.

To learn more about the Southwest Florida Free Pain Clinic, visit the website or call Heather Moore, at (239) 308-7107. 

Best Buddies Friendship Walk half-way to goal

The first ever Best Buddies Friendship Walk in Southwest Florida is halfway to its $30,000 goal, but teams are still needed. Walkers have raised more than $17,000 so far. The event, which raises funds for and promotes inclusion of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, takes place April 6 at Miromar Outlets.

The celebration will include a one-mile walk, live DJ, face painting, food and more activities for people of all ages. Everyone fundraising at least $50 will receive a Best Buddies T-shirt. To register for the walk, click here. Sponsorships are also available, beginning at $500. For sponsorship information, call (239) 275-2510.