STATE APPROVES LEE COUNTY’S MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR VACATION RENTALS
The state of Florida has approved Lee County’s minimum standards so that reservations can resume for vacation rentals, which had been prohibited under a prior executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis. Rentals must allow adequate time between the conclusion of a guest stay and the check-in of the next guest for appropriate cleaning and sanitation. Measures required as minimum standards for vacation rentals throughout Lee County accepting reservations and guests for any length of stay and other county updates, information and documents can be viewed at leegov.com/covid-19.
LA FITNESS LOCATIONS SET TO REOPEN MONDAY MORNING
For the first time since closing March 16 for the coronavirus lockdown, LA Fitness centers will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday. The relaunch includes locations in Bonita Springs at 8951 Bonita Beach Road; Cape Coral at 2301 Del Prado Blvd.; Fort Myers at 10058 Gulf Center Drive; Golden Gate at 6800 Golden Gate Parkway, and North Naples at 871 Vanderbilt Beach Road. For a complete list of locations reopening nationwide, go to LAfitness.com.
THREE COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES WILL BEGIN PHASED REOPENING TUESDAY
Next Tuesday, Collier County’s three regional libraries will reopen with limited hours and limited services at 25% occupancy. The three regional libraries that will reopen for walk-ins include the library headquarters are 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, North Naples; Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave.; and South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, East Naples. The hours of operation at the three regional libraries will be Monday through Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Curbside pickup will be limited to 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Two computers with internet access will be available for one-hour per person daily. Patrons are encouraged to wear face coverings. Curbside pickup will continue at the Golden Gate Branch, Immokalee Branch and Marco Island Branch from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call 239-252-7311.
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PLAYGROUNDS ARE REOPENING TODAY IN LEE COUNTY
Lee County playgrounds reopen today just as the CDC says touching surfaces is a lot safer than previously thought. The new guidance from the CDC is a big deal because prior research showed the virus can live on metal and plastic for days. Now the country’s top scientists say the virus does not spread easily from touching surfaces or objects. Nevertheless, parents should still pack essentials such as masks for kids over 2, sanitizer, and even wipes to clean off playground equipment. County staff will be monitoring these areas to make sure people are social distancing and also frequently cleaning equipment as well, WINK News reports.
ON-SITE WORK HAS BEGUN FOR NEOGENOMICS INTERNATIONAL HQ
On-site work has begun and is underway for construction of NeoGenomics’ new global headquarters, located just west of Interstate 75 and north of Alico Road along Three Oaks Parkway in Fort Myers. Seagate Development Group is the developer, construction manager and site contractor for the $60 million state-of-the-art facility. The project is scheduled to be completed by the third quarter of 2021. On-site work began with the installation of silt fencing and clearing of the 14-acre site. In preparation to begin vertical construction, the site required importing an estimated 65,000 cubic yards of fill dirt to bring it to the proper elevation. Seagate Development was filling at a rate of 5,000 yards per day. Vertical construction is slated to begin this month. NeoGenomics, Inc. is a leading provider of cancer-focused genetic testing services. The new 150,000-square-foot headquarters will be home to administration and an expanded laboratory. The cutting-edge facility will incorporate innovative technology to deliver comprehensive oncology testing for physicians and their patients.
SUNSHINE ACE HARDWARE BOOSTS INVENTORY FOR HURRICANE SEASON, SALES TAX HOLIDAY
Sunshine Ace Hardware has increased its inventory of hurricane supplies and is featuring key items to help customers prepare for hurricane season. The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs June 1 to Nov. 30. Forecasters are predicting another above-average storm season, with as many as 18 named tropical systems, according to a press release. Sunshine Ace has worked with its suppliers to procure additional supplies if the region is included in the forecast track of a tropical storm or hurricane. Florida’s 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins May 29 and extends through June 4. Sunshine Ace Hardware has created special product displays and signage outlining items that qualify for a sales tax break, including special light and lantern combo kits. Sunshine Ace’s “Helpful Hardware folks” are available to help customers find and purchase necessities to replenish hurricane supplies for both personal and business use. For locations and hours, visit sunshineace.com.
SWFL businesses will benefit from virtual 5K hosted by Fort Myers Chamber
The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce wants the community to get active, or not, in support of local businesses. The Business as (Un)usual 5K will begin today and continue until Monday to encourage exercising while social distancing and also raising money for businesses, WINK News reports. Those who register before the start will receive a T-shirt by mail as a token of the chamber’s appreciation. Registration is just $20 for those ages 13 and up while participation for those 12 and under is free. Other apparel is also for sale by the chamber in support of businesses in the area. Participants are encouraged to walk, run, outside or on their treadmills, or skip, whatever makes them happy for 5 kilometers. More information on the Business as (Un)usual initiative can be found on the Chamber’s website.
Office Depot warehouse space donated to St. Matthew’s House
Office Depot and Kite Realty have partnered to make a temporary donation of warehouse space to St. Matthew’s House to provide needed space for storage, sorting and packaging of food donations to help the growing numbers of those suffering from food insecurity as a result of job losses and other factors related to COVID-19. The warehouse is located in the Courthouse Shadows Shopping Center. It will be available to St. Matthew’s House until August. Weekly food distribution will continue on Tuesday and Thursday at First Baptist Church at 3000 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Donations of canned goods and food staples are needed. For information, visit stmatthewshouse.org.