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FORT MYERS COUNCILMAN WANTS TO DISCUSS DISBANDING FORT MYERS POLICE DEPARTMENT
A city councilman wants to discuss the possibility of disbanding the Fort Myers Police Department and turning over policing duties to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office instead. Fred Burson, who represents the city’s Ward 5, credits Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs with much of the improvements at the police department, but now that Diggs has applied for another chief of police job in Columbus, Ohio, Burson worries the progress could be lost. “With the police chief looking for another job, I thought it might be an opportune time to discuss the possibility of having the sheriff’s department take over the responsibility of policing in the city of Fort Myers,” says Burson, who plans to put the topic on the agenda for the next city council meeting, scheduled for May 17, WINK News reports.
LEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS HIRING BUS DRIVERS
The School District of Lee County has immediate openings for school bus drivers. “If you believe in our mission to ensure that each student achieves his or her highest personal potential, then, we want to hear from you,” according to the district’s website. Qualifications include five years of driving experience and a satisfactory driving record. The district offers training for prospective bus drivers. Anyone interested can visit the Lee County school district website for the step-by-step application process, WINK News reports.
COLLIER COUNTY RANKED AMONG PLACES WITH MOST FAVORABLE COST OF LIVING IN FLORIDA
Collier County ranked No. 4 in SmartAsset’s list of “Places with the Most Favorable Cost of Living” in Florida. The study from the financial technology company compares median income and cost of living data to find the counties where people hold the most purchasing power. According to the study, Collier County was one of the places in Florida where residents get the most mileage from their money. The full study results, methodology and interactive map can be found here.
WHARF TAVERN CLOSES, THE SYREN COMING THIS FALL TO NAPLES BAY
Wharf Tavern Restaurant & Lobster House permanently closed April 25 after ending its 10th season on Naples Bay, but the waterside seafood restaurant is targeted to reopen this fall with a new name, new owners and a more upscale concept. After operating the local restaurant since December 2010, the Henry Diodati family sold the commercial condominium in January to local restaurateur Peter Tierney and Dr. Edward “Bud” Negley, who also own the Bellasera Resort and The Claw Bar in downtown Naples. Turtle Bay Holdings Co LLC bought Wharf Tavern’s unit 206 at Naples Boat Club, 909 10th St. S., for $1.95 million, Collier County property records show. Plans call for Wharf Tavern to be gutted to make way for The Syren, which will serve cuisine focusing on seasonal regional and international seafood. In a boat slip in front of the new restaurant, a vessel is planned for hotel guests to enjoy high-end dining, cruising and cocktails, Tierney said, noting that the recently remodeled Bellasera Resort also will be rechristened The Neapolitan Hotel soon.
TROPICAL HAIR SALON UNDERGOES COMPLETE TRANSFORMATION IN NORTH NAPLES
Tropical Hair Salon recently experienced a complete transformation after operating for more than 20 years in North Naples. The salon had its grand reopening Saturday night. Originally owned by Martha Gonzalez, her daughter, Natalie Gonzalez, now operates the local shop in Fontana Palm Plaza, just west of U.S. 41 in Naples Park. Both work at the salon as a dynamic duo and are hiring additional hairstylists and barbers. In addition to hair care, the salon offers additional services such as manicures and pedicures. Tropical Hair Salon, 886 110th Ave., Unit 4, is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, but closed Sundays. Call 239-596-2006.
NEW AESTHETICS PRACTICE COMES TO FIFTH AVENUE SOUTH IN NAPLES
Project Glammers, an expansion of Dr. Irene Gladstein’s New York City aesthetics practice, celebrates its new Naples location with a grand opening from 4-6 p.m. on May 20. During the event, guests may tour the Fifth Avenue South facility and meet eyelid surgeon Dr. Gladstein. She will conduct educational demonstrations throughout the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring a business card to be entered into a drawing for a special Project Glammers treatment. Light appetizers and drinks will be served. A ribbon-cutting by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce takes place at 5 p.m. All those that would like to attend are encouraged to RSVP by calling 877-208-2882 before May 20. Project Glammers is located at 898 Fifth Ave. S., Suite 204, Naples, and is now accepting appointments.
GREATER FORT MYERS CHAMBER TO HOST MAY 27 LUNCHEON
The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon, held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 27 at the Crowne Plaza at Bell Tower in Fort Myers, will explore the unique ways companies are helping their communities in Southwest Florida. Attendees of the chamber luncheon will hear from a panel of business professionals who have implemented creative ways to serve their community. The four guest speakers include Jennifer Balliet, chief culture officer of NeoGenomics Laboratories; Joe Ramsay, owner, and Rusty Smith, marketing manager of Pit Stop Auto Repair; and Julio Barina, firm partner with Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. P.A. Admission is $25 for chamber members and $35 for nonmembers. Registration in advance is encouraged. To learn more or to register for the event, click here.
SPECTRUM CONCIERGE, ACCENT CLEANING SERVICES JOIN BLUE ZONES PROJECT
Spectrum Concierge, a home management company serving Naples and Bonita Springs, along with Accent Cleaning Services, a residential and commercial cleaning company serving Estero, Bonita Springs and Naples, have received their Blue Zone Project certification based on the various health and wellness initiatives the companies and their employees have demonstrated. Spectrum Concierge and Accent Cleaning, owned by Dave and Steph Feightner, are being recognized by the Blue Zones Project for implementing several wellness initiatives, including a daily employee breakfast bar featuring a variety of healthy and nutritious choices to start the day, sharing weekly health tips based off Blue Zone Project’s Power 9 principles, organizing team bonding and social events outside of work, and promoting volunteerism. Blue Zones Project is a community well-being improvement initiative designed to change the way people experience the world around them.
WALL JOINS IRON RIDGE INSURANCE SERVICES
Ann Wall, a risk management professional with more than 30 years of industry experience, has joined Iron Ridge Insurance Services’ team of insurance authorities. As marketing executive, Wall will focus on building Iron Ridge’s presence in the condominium and homeowners’ associations and religious organizations. Wall has served as a treaty underwriter for Latin America and the Caribbean with GE Insurance Solutions and as corporate insurance risk manager for Del Monte Fresh Produce in Coral Gables. Most recently, Wall was the risk management property and casualty manager for Miami-Dade County, the seventh-largest county in the U.S. Wall holds a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation and is a past president of the CPCU Society South Florida Chapter.
AMAVIDA RESORT RETIREMENT COMMUNITY HIRES GENERAL MANAGER
Amavida Resort Retirement Community and Unidine Corp. hired Andrew Coates as general manager of dining operations. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Coates brings more than 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. Prior to joining Amavida with Unidine, he was chef-partner at The Greenery in Chicago before becoming executive chef and general manager at The Pump Room, also in Chicago. He also served as a district manager with Unidine for almost three years.
STEVENS CONSTRUCTION AWARDED CLIVE DANIEL HOME CONTRACT
Fort Myers-based Stevens Construction has been awarded the construction management contract for a new 65,000-square-foot showroom by luxury home furnishings retailer Clive Daniel Home, as the Naples- and Boca Raton-based company expands to Sarasota. The two-story showroom will be located at 3055 Fruitville Commons Blvd. Stevens Construction will break ground on the project in late May and construction is slated for completion in late 2021. Stevens Construction has been working in preconstruction with Clive Daniel Home and MHK Architecture and Planning for six months.
Edison Mall and American Legion Post 38 partner to fight against hunger
In partnership with American Legion Rabe O. Wilkinson Post 38, Edison Mall will host a canned food drive to help combat hunger in the community. The canned food drive will take place from May 15-31. Edison Mall and the American Legion challenge the community to help them fill all 1,591 square feet of Suite 1480 with canned goods and other nonperishables. Participants may bring a canned good or nonperishable item to Suite 1480, located at Entrance C, right across from JCPenney, during mall hours.
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