Gulfshore Business Daily: March 8

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The historic Tin City Waterfront boardwalk, where Pure Florida is docked, has reopened after damage from Hurricane Irma forced its closure. Turrell, Hall and Associates assisted in the restoration.

The updated boardwalk includes more user-friendly walkways, covered seating, and a pedestrian connection under U.S. 41, allowing people to walk along the waterfront uninterrupted between Tin City, Bayfront and beyond.

The restoration project took 18 months of work, since the seawall that supports the boardwalk and restaurants was severely damaged in the storm and needed to be rebuilt. The new boardwalk is made from the dense hardwood Ipe, the same wood used at the Naples City Dock, Naples Pier and the Gordon River Greenway. For more information, visit


The Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association (SRMA) will host a roundtable discussion on disaster readiness and business continuity from 8-9:30 a.m. on March 13 at CareerSource on 4150 Ford St. Extension in Fort Myers.

Amy Lee, director of business continuity strategy for FloridaMakes, will be the keynote speaker for the event, sponsored by Entech.

The cost to attend is $10 for SRMA members and $20 for nonmembers. Payment is accepted at the door or on SRMA will also host an after-hours social at 5:30 p.m. on March 20 at Boston Beer Garden in Naples, with half-price drinks until 8 p.m. and a 50-50 raffle for a chance to win a dinner for two. For more information, visit


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Greater Naples Branch will host the “AAUW Work Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop for Women” from 8:30-11 a.m. on April 11 at the Community Foundation of Collier County.

This workshop, where men are also welcome, will teach attendees how to conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits. Attendees will also learn how to identify and articulate their personal value, develop persuasive responses during the interview process, and other negotiation strategies.

The registration fee is $20 per person at The mission of AAUW is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. Learn more at


Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. P.A. (MNMW) welcomes Krista Wyant as a marketing and graphics associate with the firm. In this position, Wyant designs and maintains the website, creates presentations and advertisements, drafts news releases and designs promotional items.

Wyant received her Bachelor of Science in communications with a concentration in public relations, and a minor in digital media design from Florida Gulf Coast University FGCU.

Prior to joining MNMW, Wyant worked within the local government tourism industry and served as the program assistant for the Lee County 4-H organization


Raymond Building Supply has hired Corie Briody as marketing and events coordinator. Based out of Raymond Building Supply’s North Fort Myers showroom, Briody carries out the planning and execution of the company’s ongoing events, which include regular “Lunch and Learn” seminars for its associates, and she also manages the company’s social media channels.

Prior to her full-time position, Briody served as a marketing intern with Design Studio by Raymond, a subsidiary of Raymond Building Supply. For more than two years, she provided marketing support for the design and product showroom in addition to developing promotional efforts for the company’s diverse and comprehensive product selection and superior professional services.

Briody holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Florida Gulf Coast University.


Priority Marketing has hired Greg Hoffert as digital marketing manager. Hoffert’s experience spans sales, digital marketing, analytics and account management. As digital marketing manager, Hoffert will develop solutions to help Priority Marketing’s clients reach new and current customers through digital marketing consulting, email marketing and automation campaigns, search engine optimization and social media advertising programs.

Hoffert earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Florida State University and a Master of Business Administration in information systems management from Florida Gulf Coast University.


Local celebrities paint platters for Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwest Florida

Preferred Travel of Naples will be holding a TSA Pre-check mobile enrollment event from March 18-22. The TSA Pre-check vehicle will be in the travel agency’s parking lot from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday. Preferred Travel is located at the SunTrust Building at 801 Laurel Oak Drive in Naples. TSA Pre-check is an expedited screening program that enables identified low-risk air travelers to enjoy a smart and efficient screening experience.

To participate in this event, individuals must go online and start the application process. Appointments are required for the TSA mobile bus pre-check. To complete the application process, documentation proving identity and citizenship is required; the application cost is $85 per person and is valid for five years. For more information, visit To start the application process click here or call (239) 261-1177. 

ART AID auction to benefit Legal Aid Service of Collier County

A group of Southwest Florida artists will host ART AID, a charity live auction featuring the artwork of local artists such as Paul Arsenault, Clyde Butcher and Phil Fisher, online from April 1-14. Pre-registration will begin on March 18 and may be accessed through the group’s Facebook page

All proceeds raised by the live charity auction will support at-risk residents that are served by Legal Aid Service of Collier County.

All 30 participating artists created and donated a piece of art specifically for ART AID. The public may preview paintings, photography, and other fine art for sale after pre-registering for the online auction. To learn more about ART AID, click here.

Sunshine Ace Hardware to host second annual Big Green EGGFest

Sunshine Ace Hardware’s Big Green EGGFest will return from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 13 at Riverside Park in downtown Bonita Springs. EGGFest is a family-friendly event featuring live music, grilling demonstrations, food samplings, craft beer, special offers and a raffle to win a large Big Green Egg. The highlight of EGGFest is a cooking competition to name the best barbecue chef in Southwest Florida. Chefs can enter as individuals or teams.

Registration is $25 for amateur competitors and $150 for professionals. EGGFest general admission tickets are available for $20 per person; children ages 10 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance at any Sunshine Ace Hardware location, as well as online at

Online ticketing allows guests to direct proceeds to one of five local youth charities partnering with Farm City Barbeque Charities for EGGFest. More than 1,000 people attended the inaugural EGGFest in 2018, helping raise $25,000 to support five nonprofit organizations.

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