Gulfshore Business Daily: May 17

Lead Photo: Face It Botox Bar moves to new office space. Details below.

 

HERTZ SELECTS $6 BILLION BID TO FUND CHAPTER 11 EXIT

Following the completion of the auction previously approved by the bankruptcy court in its Chapter 11 case, Estero-based Hertz Global Holdings Inc. has selected and approved a revised proposal from certain funds and accounts managed by affiliates of each of Knighthead Capital Management LLC, Certares Opportunities LLC and Apollo Capital Management LP to provide the equity capital required to fund Hertz’s revised plan of reorganization and exit from Chapter 11. The proposed agreements with the KHCA Group were approved at a hearing Friday. Under the revised proposal, Hertz’s Chapter 11 plan will be funded through direct common stock investments from the KHCA Group and certain co-investors aggregating $2.781 billion, the issuance of $1.5 billion of new preferred stock to Apollo, and a fully backstopped rights offering to the company’s existing shareholders to purchase $1.635 billion of additional common stock. The revised plan would provide for the payment in cash in full of all administrative, priority, secured and unsecured claims in the Chapter 11 cases and would deliver significant value to the company’s shareholders, including $239 million of cash, common stock representing 3% of the shares of the reorganized company, and 30-year warrants for 18% of the common stock of the reorganized company.

 

MORE LOCATIONS OFFER COVID-19 VACCINES AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN, TEENS

More area locations are offering the COVID-19 vaccine to children and teenagers ages 12 to 15. Lee Health started administering the Pfizer vaccine to this age group on Thursday. Appointments may be booked on Lee Health’s website by clicking here. In Collier County, the health department is continuing to open pop-up Pfizer vaccine clinics. Charlotte County was also only administering the Moderna vaccine but will be getting Pfizer doses in the next week or so. Charlotte says it will be administering the shot to teens at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County as well as a middle school. Pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreens and Walmart also offer the Pfizer vaccine, so appointments may be made there, too, WINK News reports.

 

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LEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT LAUNCHES PORTAL FOR INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH

The School District of Lee County has launched a webpage to help the community get involved in the search for an interim superintendent. At the top of the Lee County schools website is a new page about the search for a superintendent as the board begins its search for an interim leader. On April 16, Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins announced his retirement effective June 30. The School Board will contract with a local consultant to select an interim superintendent for about six months, with additional time as needed. They say they will also be contracting with a national search firm to find the best superintendent to lead the district, WINK News reports.

 

FLORIDA MAKES ALCOHOL-TO-GO PERMANENT WITH FOOD ORDERS AT RESTAURANTS

Florida restaurants will be able to sell cocktails with delivery and takeout food orders even after the coronavirus pandemic ends under a bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday. DeSantis lifted restrictions on alcohol-to-go early in the pandemic as a way to help restaurants when they were temporarily ordered to not seat customers. Restaurants were able to survive the pandemic because of to-go alcohol sales. In order to get alcohol with an order, customers must order food as well. All alcoholic drinks must be put in sealed containers and remain closed when leaving the restaurant.

 

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TRAIL PROPOSED IN COLLIER COUNTY TO HELP PROTECT PEDESTRIANS, CYCLISTS

A proposed trail in Collier County will help protect walkers and bikers – and make sure tragedy doesn’t strike again. The Paradise Coast Trail is expected to be 70 miles long, and it will get people who walk, run or bike away from distracted drivers. The paved trail separated from the roadway would connect Naples, Ave Maria, Immokalee and beyond. It’s expected to cost $25 million to $35 million. There will be a ride of silence on Wednesday, May 19, to commemorate cyclists killed in crashes. Riders will meet at 6 p.m. at Cambier Park in Naples, WINK News reports.

 

ARTHREX INNOVATION HOTEL OPENS SPACE FOR MORE MEETING PROFESSIONALS

Originally designed and built for medical meetings, Innovation Hotel, adjacent to Arthrex’s corporate headquarters in North Naples, is now making its state-of-the-art hotel available to a larger, more diverse segment of the executive level corporate business market. The 169-room, education-centric hotel opened in early 2020 primarily to accommodate visiting surgeons and other leading medical professionals from around the world. In light of ongoing seismic shifts impacting the global meetings market, including the enhanced need for health and safety, Innovation Hotel is making its premier venue with cutting-edge cleaning technology available to a broader group of medical meetings, as well as select local and regional corporate meetings, events and other gatherings. The property features 3,715 square feet of indoor meeting space including the high-tech Innovation Cinema with a capacity of up to 40 guests. Outdoor meeting and activity spaces are available and Arthrex One across the street offers an additional 19,000 square feet of meeting and conference space as well as a 20,000-square-foot Wellness Center. For more information, call 813-614-1717, email sales@innovationhotel.com or click here.

 

STEVENS CONSTRUCTION COMPLETES BAR TULIA AT MERCATO

Stevens Construction has completed the construction of Bar Tulia at Mercato, located at 9118 Strada Place, Suite 8150, in Naples. Stevens Construction provided a 3,200-square-foot interior renovation, which houses the second location of Bar Tulia, led by Chef/Partner Vincenzo Betulia. Bar Tulia features a European farmhouse interior design with reclaimed lumber, brick flooring and built-in seating. A cornerstone of the commercial kitchen includes a custom, hand-tiled, Italian pizza oven. Bar Tulia offers a main dining room, bar, spacious outdoor seating and mezzanine-level dining. Bar Tulia is owned by the Campagna Hospitality Group (CHG), which operates Osteria Tulia, Bar Tulia and The French. The Stevens Construction team included project manager Alan Bennett, superintendent Joseph Powalski and project administrator Angie Sugg. Architectural services were provided by Kukk Architecture & Design P.A. and interior design by Debra Yelner of DLY Design.

 

Ryann Lavenia

FACE IT BOTOX BAR MOVES TO NEW OFFICE SPACE IN SOUTH FORT MYERS

Face It Botox Bar has moved into its new permanent, larger facility at 12424 Brantley Commons Court in South Fort Myers. Established in fall 2018 by Ryann Lavenia, Face It Botox Bar has grown from two to 11 employees and provides personalized aesthetic skincare services and procedures for men and women. Lavenia is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with more than 21 years of experience in the medical profession. Face It Botox Bar’s new space includes 2,500 square feet and 10 rooms to provide aesthetic services including injectable treatments, laser, laser resurfacing (Halo), IV nutrition, hormone replacement therapy, a variety of facial treatments and the Qwo cellulite injectable. Albania Crosby oversaw the construction and Jeniver Piatt completed the interior design.

 

HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL WASTE COLLECTION SCHEDULED THIS WEEK IN NORTH FORT MYERS

North Fort Myers residents may safely dispose of household chemical waste from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 N. Recreation Park Way. The collection of waste such as leftover paints, cleaners, herbicides, pesticides, automotive fluids and pool chemicals is an easy drive-through process available to all residents at no charge. Lee County Solid Waste hosts the event in partnership with Lee County Parks & Recreation to provide residents convenient and responsible disposal of chemicals that might otherwise be harmful to people and the environment. Businesses that need chemical waste disposal can call Clean Earth at 321-952-1516 to schedule an appointment for the monthly business collection held at the county’s permanent household chemical waste drop-off location, 6441 Topaz Court, off Metro Parkway in south Fort Myers.

 

LEE COUNTY PARKS & REC HAS LIMITED SPACES LEFT FOR SUMMER CAMP

Lee County Parks & Recreation has a limited number of spaces available for summer camp at various sites in Boca Grande, Estero, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Matlacha, North Fort Myers and Olga. Registration for these additional spots will open at 8 a.m. today. Summer camp runs for five weeks; June 28 through July 30. Camp is offered on a weekly basis. The price for each week is $75 per participant. To register for camp on May 17, call 239-533-7275 or click here

 

Yolanda Yslas

CHILD CARE OF SWFL HIRES DIRECTOR FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Child Care of Southwest Florida has hired Yolanda Yslas to serve as center director at the P.A. Geraci Child Development Center in Fort Myers. Yslas has worked in education since 1990, most recently serving as administrative coordinator for Child’s Path. Prior roles include leadership positions at four early learning centers in Southwest Florida in addition to teaching positions with several private providers and the School District of Lee County. Yslas is completing a degree program at Florida SouthWestern State College, where she is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. P.A. Geraci Child Development Center is currently enrolling students at all age levels, as well as the Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Program and federal Head Start Program.

 

Jeff Robinson

STOCK CUSTOM HOMES PROMOTES VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

Stock Custom Homes, the custom home-building division of Stock Development, has promoted Jeff Robinson as vice president of operations. Robinson has been with Stock Custom Homes for nearly three years and previously held the position of area construction manager. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design advanced professional designation from the U.S. Green Building Council and a Project Management Professional designation from the Project Management Institute. Robinson is also a certified general contractor.

 

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SWFL nurse hopes to lead medical mission trip to India to fight COVID-19 surge

A Southwest Florida nurse is leading an effort to combat the COVID-19 surge in India. Sonal Payne, who moved to the U.S. from India in 2004, is working to lead a group of about 40 American nurses on a medical mission to India. Payne said her desire to help India was inspired by a large number of Indian doctors and nurses that came to the U.S. to help when COVID cases were at their worst here. “They jumped in; they didn’t even ask,” says Payne, a trauma nurse. The volunteer nurses will be paying for this trip out of pocket and must also get approval to go, WINK News reports.

 

Tommy Bohanon and 2021 TBF Scholarship Recipient Marco Medrano

Tommy Bohanon Foundation exceeds fundraising goal to support at-risk youth

The Tommy Bohanon Foundation hosted two events to raise more than $150,000 for local nonprofit organizations and programs. The remainder will fund youth scholarships, camps and programs hosted by the Tommy Bohanon Foundation. On April 30, The Tommy Bohanon Foundation hosted a silent and live auction at Nor-Tech’s 30th Anniversary party at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village in Tarpon Point and raised $80,000. The funds were equally split between the Tommy Bohanon Foundation, Blessings in a Backpack of Southwest Florida, Ronald McDonald House and Southeastern Guide Dogs. Tommy Bohanon Foundation’s annual Playmakers Tailgate Party, held on May 1 at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, raised $73,000. Funds benefit the foundation’s youth scholarship fund, sports equipment grants, Man UP Seminar and football camp. At the Playmakers Tailgate Party, the Tommy Bohanon Foundation awarded two $10,000 scholarships through the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. In addition, the foundation presented the Most Valuable Playmaker Award to Justin Lee of Lee Drywall and the Hall of Fame Sponsor Award to Clint Green of Titan Contracting LLC.

 

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