Gulfshore Business Daily: March 6

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Publix will anchor the new 82,540-square-foot Crescent B Commons shopping center located at a new entrance to Babcock Ranch, about one mile south of the existing entrance. Photo Credit: Babcock Ranch


The Florida Department Health in Lee County (FDOH-Lee) in partnership with Lee Health and First Assembly Cornerstone will host a Community Faith and Wellness in Action Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 21 at First Assembly Cornerstone Church in Fort Myers. The community event will take place to raise and promote public health awareness. Health screenings will be available, free of charge, for all who attend. The health screening includes HIV/STDs screenings, immunizations, tobacco cessation, dental and vision, blood pressure, cholesterol, chronic disease, asthma, behavioral health, nutrition and more. The event will also feature educational materials and resources and a food pantry. Free family-friendly entertainment and refreshments will be provided.



41 West has received the ‘Top of Market 2019’ Award presented by Certified Luxury Builders. The company, founded by BJ Barone, serves each client with the industry’s best products and materials, latest technologies, top-notch craftsmanship, and unique design elements, according to a press release. 41 West has also been ranked No. 1 General Contractor in Naples by For more information, visit



Tom Moran, the founder, chief executive officer and senior PIM portfolio manager of Naples-based Moran Wealth Management, was named to the Forbes 2020 Best-In-State Wealth Advisors list as the No. 1 advisor in South Florida. This year’s Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors list spotlights more than 4,000 top advisors across the country who were nominated by their firms—and then researched, interviewed and assigned a ranking within their respective states and markets. The Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria, mostly gained through telephone and in-person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. Learn more at



The Firm Advertising Agency has expanded and added a new subsidiary called The Firm 360° specializing in 3D virtual tours, drone and still photography. Elizabeth Lombardo, founder and CEO of the Firm Advertising Agency, named Thom Proffer director of photography to lead the new division. With a 3D virtual tour, customers can see a property/business from its current street view. Users are able to gain a real-world, 24/7 perspective anytime day or night. Additionally, 3D virtual tours can be embedded into a website, shared with customers and uploaded onto social media available for residential/commercial real estate, retail stores, new home builders, vacation rentals, restaurants, hotels and hospitality, architecture/engineering/construction, event venues, cultural spaces and historic preservation. For more information, visit


Publix will anchor the new 82,540-square-foot Crescent B Commons shopping center located at a new entrance to Babcock Ranch, about one mile south of the existing entrance. Photo Credit: Babcock Ranch


Kitson & Partners, developer of Babcock Ranch, has announced that Publix will anchor Crescent B Commons, an 82,540-square-foot shopping center under construction at a new entrance to Babcock Ranch being constructed about one mile south of the existing entrance on Babcock Ranch Road/State Road 31. The estimated opening date for Crescent B Commons is first quarter 2021. Publix will occupy 48,387 square feet and offer a drive-thru pharmacy. Three available outparcels totaling 14,653 square feet are suitable for retail or restaurants. Publix–which for 22 consecutive years has ranked among Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For–will either hire new associates from the area or transfer current associates to help staff its new Babcock Ranch location. Crescent B Commons offers in-line leasing opportunities for 19,500 square feet of space with a bay configuration of 65-foot bay depth. For more information, visit


The NextGen Speaker Series hosted former Pzifer CEO and Chairman Ian Read on Feb. 28 at Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples for a discussion about his four decades with the pharmaceutical company, which included leadership roles across the world. Read is the latest in a line of distinguished entrepreneurs and CEOs who have shared their life journeys with audience members through the NextGen Speaker Series, which brings together business and community professionals to encourage leadership, mentorship, empowerment and philanthropy. The NextGen Speaker Series was founded by Michael Benson, CEO of Benson Blackburn, a wealth consultancy firm advising affluent families, business owners and family offices. The nonprofit beneficiary for the February event was the Neighborhood Health Clinic. 



The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce has launched its third class of Impact SWFL, a professional development program designed to educate rising leaders about regional issues and develop their personal leadership styles. The Impact SWFL Class of 2020 includes Adam Barter, Bonita Springs Utilities; Amy Castro, Lee Health; Ana Villacis, Habitat for Humanity; Brian Ostrowski, Key Private Bank; Brittney Thoman Jones, Physicians Regional Healthcare System; Carrie Dones, Effectv; Donald Woodruff, Bonita Springs Utilities; Garrett Anderson, NCH Healthcare System; Jake Hepokoski, Bonita Springs Utilities; Kailee Mateika, Florida SouthWestern State College; Kevin Dowty, Agnoli, Barber and Brundage Inc.; and Tina Markowitz, Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. Program Leader Christleen Knaub will work with the 2020 class, who will participate in educational sessions focusing on local issues such as improving water quality and creating affordable workforce housing. For more information, visit


Sanibel & Captiva Chamber cuts ribbon for new shell museum exhibits


The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce on March 3 celebrated the opening of Beyond Shells: The Mysterious World of Mollusks permanent exhibit at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum at 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road on Sanibel Island. Museum executive director Dorrie Hipschman welcomed members of the chamber, and board president Holli Martin and campaign cabinet chair spoke about the new exhibit. The Beyond Shells living exhibit is the keystone of a $6 million expansion and renovation that the shell museum began last spring. On the ground floor, it holds 11 aquariums that house live mollusks, from junonia and scallops to cuttlefish, squid, and a giant Pacific octopus. The exhibit officially opened on March 1. For more information, visit


Pulte’s new home floor plans feature customized kitchens, versatile outdoor living spaces and smart home technology.


Pulte Homes’ newest floor plans exclusive to Edgewater at Babcock Ranch are now available for viewing online at here. The new lakefront neighborhood of 166 single-family homes will showcase 11 single-family home designs with flexible, open concept floor plans, customized kitchens, versatile outdoor living spaces and smart home technology. The public will have an inside opportunity to view the new home designs at the Grand Preview Event on April 25 at the Lake Timber Neighborhood Lakehouse. Guests will be able to view Edgewater’s available home sites, receive exclusive tours of the new decorated model homes with early-bird pricing, along with enjoying live music, brunch-inspired food and drinks, and VIP giveaways. RSVP at


Rist Family Foundation donates $1 million to FGCU

The recently established Rist Family Foundation has donated $1 million to Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Rist Family Foundation President and Storm Smart Executive Chairman Brian Rist officially presented the check to FGCU President Dr. Michael Martin and other school officials on March 3. A portion of the donation—$750,000—will go to the FGCU Center of Entrepreneurship & Innovation for the construction of an on-campus building the institute will call home. The center currently offers 34 courses in entrepreneurship and has seen 400-plus businesses started by FGCU students since August 2016. In addition to the Center of Entrepreneurship & Innovation donation, the Rist Family Foundation is donating $250,000 to FGCU’s Newton Ethical Leadership Initiative (NELI).

Stock Development named presenting sponsor of Progress Gala

Emmanuel Communities and Emmanuel Academies announces Stock Development as the presenting sponsor of the 2020 Celebration of Progress Gala. The fundraising event will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on March 20 in the Family Life center at Emmanuel Lutheran Church located at 777 Mooring Line Drive in Naples. This marks the third year that Stock Development has been the presenting sponsor. With community support, Emmanuel Lutheran Church strengthens its outreach through two ministries, Emmanuel Academies and Emmanuel Communities. The 2020 gala will celebrate and benefit Emmanuel Communities and Emmanuel Academies while raising funds for park programs, costs associated with converting the parsonage into a learning center, and scholarships for up to 20 students to be part of the Emmanuel Academies Pastoral Leadership Degree Program.

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