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Gulfshore Business Daily: May 28

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Lead Photo: Collier Enterprises donated 8.3 acres for The Immokalee Foundation’s Career Pathways Learning Lab, which will include 18 single-family homes. Details below.

 

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HOT REAL ESTATE MARKET MAKING IT HARDER TO FIND RENTALS IN SWFL

A red-hot housing market is forcing people out of their homes as some landlords are selling their valuable rentals, leaving fewer places to rent. The sellers’ market is putting renters in a difficult spot and leaving them with nowhere to go. The housing shortage has sparked a bidding war with some people paying a year of rent in advance, WINK News reports.

 

COLLIER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS POSTPONE DECISION ON PROPOSED VILLAGES

After seven hours of public hearings this week, Collier County commissioners opted to postpone their decision regarding the future of two proposed villages in the rural area between Golden Gate Estates and Ave Maria. Collier Enterprises has proposed developing the villages of Bellmar and Longwater on a total of nearly 2,000 acres within the Rural Lands Stewardship Area zoning overlay district. Approval of resolutions for both villages would allow the development of up to 5,350 residential units, 133,750 to 1650,000 square feet of commercial and office space, and a minimum of 53,500 square feet of civic, governmental and institutional uses. Commissioner Burt Saunders requested tabling the decision on the villages because Commissioner Rick LoCastro was absent this week due to a family emergency. “I really think that this is so important that we need a full board,” Saunders said. The vote is expected at the commission’s next meeting on June 8.

 

HUD AWARDS $30 MILLION GRANT TO HOUSING AUTHORITY, CITY OF FORT MYERS

The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers (HACFM) and the City of Fort Myers have been awarded a $30 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that will help fund a major revitalization project within the greater Dunbar community. The Greater Dunbar Initiative is a comprehensive transformation plan for the large-scale revitalization of the 37-acre, 199-unit Southward Village into a mixed-income community. The Greater Dunbar Initiative was selected as one of just five initiatives across the country, and the only one in Florida, to receive the coveted grant through HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant program. The Greater Dunbar Initiative’s transformation team consists of HACFM and the City of Fort Myers, along with McCormack Baron Salazar, Urban Strategies, The School District of Lee County and many local nonprofits, government entities and community partners.

 

ALLEGIANT AIRLINES OFFERING NON-STOP FLIGHTS TO BALTIMORE

Non-stop flights are now available from Punta Gorda to Baltimore on Allegiant, the airline announced Thursday morning. Flights will leave Charlotte County twice a week for Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), nine miles south of downtown Baltimore and 32 miles northeast of Washington, D.C. To celebrate the new route, Allegiant is offering one-way fares for as low as $59. To get that price, travelers need to book by Saturday and travel by July 29. To book flights with Allegiant, click here

 

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NORTH FORT MYERS FLEA MARKET CLOSES AFTER SIX DECADES

After operating for six decades on the former site of a drive-in movie theater, North Fort Myers Flea Market permanently closed this week after the property was sold this month. The Wednesday flea market is relocating to the Shell Factory at 16554 N. Cleveland Ave. in North Fort Myers, where some vendors already had spaces on other days. Nevertheless, visitors will miss the longtime local venue, WINK News reports.

 

LAMBORGHINI PLANS SUPERCAR DEALERSHIP IN EAST NAPLES

Lamborghini plans a supercar dealership in the second phase of the Shops of Hammock Cove on U.S. 41 East in East Naples. Representatives of Lamborghini of Naples met Tuesday afternoon for a pre-application meeting with the Collier County Growth Management Department regarding the site development plan for a proposed 18,206-square-foot dealership with a showroom, offices and car wash for the high-performance exotic car brand. The 2-acre vacant commercial lot fronts U.S. 41 East between The Isles of Collier Preserve gated residential community and the Culver’s drive-thru restaurant at 5102 Tamiami Trail E. After a public hearing held Thursday morning, a hearing examiner will determine within 30 days whether to accept county staff’s recommendation that the use of a new luxury car dealership is comparable in nature to other permitted uses in the Sabal Bay mixed-use planned unit development. The proposed local dealership will be affiliated with Lamborghini Palm Beach in West Palm Beach. 

 

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WASTE PRO HIRING EVENT SUCCESSFUL AS TRASH SITUATION IN CAPE CORAL IMPROVES

More than 50 people showed up this week for a Waste Pro hiring event. For weeks, Waste Pro struggled to hire drivers, which means it couldn’t keep up with the garbage pickup schedule in Cape Coral. The number of complaint calls to the city’s 311 Action Center has dropped drastically because Waste Pro has had luck hiring more drivers. Waste Pro also is still using subcontractors to help with bulk collection. The company hopes to be back on schedule in a few weeks, WINK News reports.

 

STRUCTURAL RACISM, IMPLICIT BIAS CONVERSATIONS TO RESUME IN PERSON

For the first time since the COVID pandemic ended gatherings last year, the FutureMakers Coalitions’ Equity Action Team will resume hosting in-person conversations about how structural racism and implicit bias impact the region’s education and workforce outcomes. Beginning June 18 and continuing the fourth Friday of each month, the conversations will occur at Collaboratory at 2031 Jackson Street in downtown Fort Myers. The events are free and open to the public and will be limited to the first 28 guests to register. To register for the June 18 event, click here.

 

MK ARCHITECTURE PROGRESSES WITH ROMAN ROOFING DESIGNS

MK Architecture has reached the halfway point in the design and drawing production for two new industrial buildings for the expansion of Roman Roofing, residential and commercial roofing contractors in Cape Coral. The project consists of a 9,000-square-foot office and employee recreation building and another 7,000-square-foot pre-engineered storage building to be located at the company’s existing location in northeast Cape Coral. Roman Roofing is a residential and commercial roofing contractor. The project is currently in the construction documents phase and is expected to be break ground by the fourth quarter of 2021.

 

NAPLES SENIOR CENTER HONORED BY BOARD OF COLLIER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Naples Senior Center received a proclamation from the Board of Collier County Commissioners expressing deep appreciation for the efforts of its leadership, staff and volunteers in assisting thousands of seniors in obtaining COVID-19 vaccine appointments during the global pandemic. A pilot program was established through the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) – Collier, whereby Naples Senior Center would be given a link to register 100 seniors for the vaccine. The center continued the partnership with FDOH until April 16, when saturation was reached. Once it became known that Naples Senior Center was securing vaccine appointments for seniors, gated communities, civic groups and hospitals began referring seniors. When the number of incoming calls exceeded capacity, the center added phone lines so staff and volunteers could help every older adult in the community who wanted it. The center also contracted with a home health care company to provide transportation when needed. 

 

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DEANGELIS DIAMOND HIRES DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT

DeAngelis Diamond has added Zannon Garza as director of strategic development. Zannon is responsible for networking, community involvement, and developing relationships with potential and existing clients in her new role. Zannon graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and marketing before returning to Southwest Florida. She comes to DeAngelis Diamond after several years in director roles with the American Heart Association. Based out of the company’s Naples office, Zannon will serve the Southwest Florida region.

 

HALL NAMED TO CHAIR NRCA GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Tammy Hall, director of marketing and service division for CFS Roofing Services, will chair the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) Government Relations Committee for the 2021-22 fiscal year and serve as a committee member for Roofing Day Advisory and PAC Advisory committees. NRCA’s mission is to inform and assist the roofing industry, act as its principal advocate, and help serve its customers. NRCA has more than 3,500 members from all 50 states and 53 countries and is affiliated with 85 local, state, regional, and international roofing contractor associations. Hall also serves as a board member of the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association.

 

MORAN WEALTH MANAGEMENT RECOGNIZED BY BARRON’S

Moran Wealth Management has been named to Barron’s 2021 Top 100 Private Wealth Management Teams. Barron’s is a financial weekly newspaper published by Dow Jones & Co. since 1921. Its Top 100 Private Wealth Management Teams honor is an annual ranking of wealth advisory teams specializing in serving individuals and families. The teams are ranked on various factors, including their size and shape, their regulatory records and credentials of their members and resources they have at their disposal to serve their client bases. This Top 100 Teams honor follows Tom Moran, founder, chief executive officer and senior PIM portfolio manager of Moran Wealth Management, being listed on the Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors List and Top 1,200 Advisors List in the U.S., both for the 11th consecutive year. These rankings also earned Moran a place on the Barron’s Hall of Fame list.

 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

Lee Health seeking blood donations

Lee Health is seeking blood donations to help replenish supply levels. Current blood supplies are critically low, and Lee Health’s blood centers urgently need donors. Lee Health’s blood centers are the sole supplier of all blood products for the entire health system. About 800 units of blood are needed per week, and the blood centers rely on life-saving donations from the community to maintain inventory levels. The Lee Health Blood Mobile will be at numerous locations throughout Southwest Florida in June. Click here for dates and times. All blood donated at Lee Health stays within the health system to care for patients in Southwest Florida. If unable to attend one of the upcoming blood drives, donations can also be made at one of Lee Health’s blood centers to help save lives.

 

The Immokalee Foundation’s students gain hands-on experience at the Career Pathways Learning Lab.

The Immokalee Foundation receives $247,500 grant 

An anonymous donor with a particular interest in housing in Immokalee has made a $247,500 grant through the Community Foundation of Collier County to The Immokalee Foundation to support constructing a new home in the foundation’s 18-home Career Pathways Learning Lab subdivision. The Learning Lab is part of The Immokalee Foundation’s Career Pathways program, which provides the youth of Immokalee with robust after-school and summer programming that prepares them for well-paying, in-demand professional careers. With three bedrooms and two baths in 1,680 square feet of air-conditioned living area, plus a lanai and a two-car garage, the subdivision’s single-family homes will be sold at market price to further support The Immokalee Foundation’s Career Pathways Learning Lab project. Each home requires approximately seven months to complete. The Immokalee Foundation expects to build three homes per year and anticipates completing the Learning Lab in 2027.

 

Guadalupe Center receives donation of 3,500 books through BelieveNBooks, Canterbury School 

Guadalupe Center received more than 3,500 books following a two-week collection at Canterbury School coordinated by BelieveNBooks, a newly created nonprofit organization focused on making books accessible to all children. BelieveNBooks Founder Natasha Agarwal, a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Canterbury School in Fort Myers, formed the philanthropic organization to reduce inequities that prevent children from reading at home. Agarwal’s mother, Aditi Maheshwari, serves on the fundraising advisory council at Guadalupe Center, a nonprofit with a mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee. Maheshwari suggested that BelieveNBooks’ first major collection benefit students at Guadalupe Center. The collection’s initial goal was 1,000 books, but Canterbury students, parents, faculty and staff ended up donating more than 3,500 books. For more information about BelieveNBooks, call 239-295-8302 or email info@BelieveNBooks.org.

 

‘Ding’ tarpon tournament breaks records

The ninth annual “Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament on May 14 netted $180,000 from tournament sponsorships and donations to support conservation at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Earnings combined sponsor contributions from 2020 with this year’s for a record-breaking contribution. The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society (DDWS) organizes the annual tournament with Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille of Sanibel Island, Fort Myers Beach, Captiva Island, and St. Petersburg as the title sponsor. The Silver King Awards ceremony took place at the Fort Myers Beach location. The 2021 tournament paid out $56,500 in prizes to five winning teams out of 55 registered teams. When the 2020 tournament was postponed until this year, the purse essentially doubled as teams received the opportunity for a guaranteed spot on this year’s roster by allowing their 2020 entry fee to roll over to 2021. By then also paying the 2021 fee, they fed into the largest payout in the tournament’s history.
 

American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball date set

The American Cancer Society will hold this year’s 17th annual Lee County Cattle Baron’s Ball on Oct. 23 at Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. This year’s event is being chaired by Susan Frantz, founder and CEO of Frantz Marketing Solutions. Frantz also chaired the 2020 virtual experience and pediatric cancer fundraising campaign. For more information on partnering with the 2021 Lee County Cattle Baron’s Ball, volunteering at the event, becoming a sponsor, or donating auction items, contact Laura Bright at 239-330-3497 or Laura.Bright@cancer.org.

 

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