Gulfshore Business Daily: May 18

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Ahana's Bombay Grille
Lead Photo: Robert Bosch Jr. leads the Naples office of McDermott Investment Services. Details below.

 

AAA: COLONIAL PIPELINE FULLY OPERATIONAL; FLORIDA GAS STATIONS RECOVERING FROM DELUGE OF FUEL DEMAND

Florida gas prices have held relatively steady even after last week’s Colonial Pipeline outage led to a deluge of gasoline demand, AAA reports. The state average price for gasoline is $2.89 per gallon. That’s one cent more than a week ago and two cents less than this year’s highest price of $2.91 per gallon, set back in March, according to AAA. Florida filling stations are still recovering from surging demand last week. Gasoline sales were reportedly two to three times stronger than normal, as drivers lined up at pumps to top off their tanks. Although Tallahassee is the only major market directly serviced by the Colonial Pipeline, outages were reported at various filling stations throughout the state due to “panic buying.” The Bainbridge terminals are once again receiving gasoline from the Colonial Pipeline, which should help restore normal supply patterns for the Tallahassee market. Statewide, Florida ports continue receiving gasoline deliveries. Ninety percent of the state’s gasoline is delivered via cargo ships.

 

Video courtesy of WINK News

NEW COVID-19 VACCINATION SITE OPENS IN CAPE CORAL

Another option for getting COVID-19 vaccination shots opened Monday in Cape Coral. The vaccine will be administered every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1020 Cultural Park Blvd., next to the police department and across from City Hall. The plan is to vaccinate about 200 people a day. The location is administering Moderna now but is expecting to receive the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines in the next couple of weeks. To make an appointment, go to Curative’s website. For at least the first week, people are asked to schedule an appointment but they will try to accommodate any walkups. Second doses will be scheduled the day you get your first, WINK News reports.

 

VIRTUAL TOWN HALL ON COVID-19 VACCINES HELD ON MAY 24

To increase awareness of the COVID-19 vaccines, Lee Health is hosting a virtual town hall meeting for community members to ask questions on the different vaccines available to the community. Lee Health is partnering with Healthcare Network and NCH Healthcare System to host the event. The virtual town hall will be held at 11 a.m. on May 24. You can watch it live on the Lee HealthNCH Healthcare System and Healthcare Network Facebook pages or on Lee Health or Healthcare Network’s websites. The virtual town hall will be interactive and allow community members to ask questions through Facebook and have them answered by Lee Health, Healthcare Network and NCH leaders. Lee Health is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 12 years old and older. Click here to schedule an appointment.

 

Video courtesy of WINK News

LUXURY HOME SALES CONTINUE TO RISE IN COLLIER COUNTY

Luxury home sales at higher rates are booming more than ever in Collier County. Dreamy pools, spectacular Gulf views, and a lot of space make these homes a hot commodity. Some buyers are saving money, even if they’re buying big. The cost of living is cheaper in Florida, even in the luxury market, when comparing property taxes and state income taxes. Realtors say they’re seeing an influx of buyers, specifically from California and New York, looking for high-end homes here during the pandemic, WINK News reports.

 

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SWFL MOVING COMPANIES SEE HIGHER DEMAND, LONGER WAIT TIMES FOR CUSTOMERS

If you’re planning to move, you’ll need to book movers far in advance. Several movers said their services are fully booked until November, and it all comes down to the current climate of the housing market in Southwest Florida. Because more people are buying homes now, more than a dozen moving companies said they’re seeing a boom in business from the massive influx of people relocating to the area. Realtors also are noticing longer wait times for home-buying services such as inspections, appraisals and appointments with title companies, WINK News reports.

 

LEE COUNTY UTILITIES ANNUAL WATER-QUALITY REPORT AVAILABLE

Lee County Utilities’ customers received water that met or exceeded all federal and state requirements last year, according to a recent report available online. The report, which also includes information such as source water assessments and service areas, is required annually by the Environmental Protection Agency. See the Lee County Utilities’ 2020 Water Quality Report by clicking here. A printed copy can be obtained by contacting 239-533-8845.

 

LEE COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM PLANS VIRTUAL SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Tails and Tales, Lee County Library System’s 2021 summer reading program for all ages, kicks off June 14. Participants are encouraged to explore their imagination through reading and learning adventures about wildlife and folktales. The summer reading program offers engaging virtual events, weekly “Grab and Go” activity kits, reading and activity challenges and prizes. For students, reading over summer break can help prevent the learning loss known as the “summer slump” and keep kids on track for the upcoming school year. The purpose of the program is to spark curiosity in even the most reluctant reader by offering activities and reading challenges that are fun and engaging. During the six-week program, the library is offering virtual programs for pre-K, children, teens and adults. To find out more about the Tails and Tales summer reading program, click here.

 

NCH BAKER HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT TO OPEN NEW ENTRANCE

The NCH Baker Hospital Emergency Department (ED) will be completing phase two of the expansion project and opening its doors to the public at 7 a.m. on May 18. The current entrance to the existing ED will be closed at that time and community members seeking emergency care at the NCH Downtown Hospital should start using the new entrance. The new entrance sits just to the east of the current entry and is signed and closer to parking for convenience. The ED project began in fall 2019 with the opening of the first phase in January, which added a second floor with 18 observation rooms and six observation bays to better accommodate peak volumes of patients. The expansion and modernization doubled the ED footprint to nearly 47,000 square feet. The next phase opens in the fall and will add more private rooms. Upon completing the entire project in early 2022, there will be 43 private beds. Additionally, the new ED expansion will incorporate six resuscitation rooms with specialized equipment for acute, critical care of heart attacks, strokes and trauma.

 

Ahana’s Bombay Grille

AHANA’S BOMBAY GRILLE RELOCATES, TRIPLES SIZE IN BONITA SPRINGS

Ahana’s Bombay Grille has tripled the size of the local restaurant by relocating in Bonita Springs. After operating for more than five years in Beach Road Plaza, Ahana’s closed in early January to move about one-half mile east to Ace Hardware Plaza on the north side of Bonita Beach Road, east of U.S. 41. The new Ahana’s opened in mid-April in a freestanding building it shares with Tires Plus on the western end of the retail center. Chef-owner Nitin “Nathan” Jadhav and his wife, Jessi, serve healthy Indian cuisine made fresh every day in small batches with herbs and spices from India, organic rice, fresh vegetables from local growers and house-made yogurt and chutneys. Ahana’s, 9060 Bonita Beach Road SE, is open for dining in, takeout and delivery 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and closed Sundays. Call 239-301-2539 or click here

 

Kerry Hunter

ESTATE-PLANNING BASICS, FLORIDA RESIDENCY EXAMINED IN FREE JUNE SEMINARS

Kerry Hunter, trust development officer at Englewood Bank & Trust, is wrapping up her spring series of complimentary Trust and Investment Management Services seminars with a pair of events in June. The first event, “Estate-Planning Basics,” is presented with Lori Wellbaum Emery of Wellbaum & Emery P.A. and held on June 10. The second event, “Becoming a Floridian,” is presented with Dean Hanewinckel of the law office of Dean Hanewinckel P.A. and held on June 24. The sessions are held from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Englewood Chamber of Commerce, 601 South Indiana Ave., Englewood. To register, click here or contact Hunter at 941-473-3629 or khunter@ebtfl.com. Participants are being asked to practice social distancing. Due to limited seating, Hunter is asking attendees to let her know if they plan on bringing additional guests.

 

FIFTH AVENUE SOUTH WELCOMES MCDERMOTT INVESTMENT ADVISORS

The Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District (BID) announced the opening of McDermott Investment Advisors LLC. Located at 780 Fifth Ave. S., Suite 200 in Naples, McDermott Investment Advisors is an SEC-registered investment advisory firm offering services including investment management, retirement planning, trust planning and real estate/1031 Exchange assistance. Investment brokerage services are offered through McDermott Investment Services, a FINRA-registered broker-dealer. The firm has grown to 20 locations throughout the U.S. The Naples office is led by Robert Bosch Jr., who services firm clients in Naples and Fort Myers offices. He holds both the Series 7 (registered representative) and Series 66 (investment advisory) licenses.

 

WRIGHT CONSTRUCTION GROUP CELEBRATES 75TH ANNIVERSARY

Fort Myers-based Wright Construction Group is celebrating 75 years in business with a private celebration on May 20. The event marks the beginning of a full year of celebration honoring the firm’s milestones and growth. Wright Construction Group has a long-standing presence throughout Southwest Florida, obtaining initial contracts such as Jerry’s Shopping Center on Sanibel Island, the former Edison State College and projects with the Lee County School Board. Fred Edman became president of the company in 2001 and acquired Wright Construction Corp. in 2005, renaming it Wright Construction Group. 

 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

Lee Health holding mobile blood drive Friday

Lee Health will be holding a mobile blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Friday, May 21, at Promenade at Bonita Bay in Bonita Springs. Blood donations with Lee Health Blood Center remain in its four acute care hospitals—Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital. Blood also benefits patients at the organization’s specialty hospitals — Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, the Rehabilitation Hospital, Regional Cancer Center and Lee Health Coconut Point. You do not need an appointment to donate. All donors will receive a thermal tote bag and wellness checkup. For more information, click here.

 

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