Gulfshore Business Daily: May 29

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DISCUSSION SET ON PIVOTING BUSINESS MODELS DURING COVID-19

The Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) will host a virtual panel of local businesses that have responded and adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ZOOM event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 9. The featured speakers include Matthew Johnson, executive director of IMAG History & Science Center and chairman of the Florida Attractions Association; Brian Podlasek, owner of The Island Cow on Sanibel Island; and Jen Whyte, co-founder and co-owner of Fort Myers Brewing Co. The panel members will discuss creative and out-of-the-box accommodations they have made to continue serving their clients and community. This webinar is for public relations professionals interested in gaining real-time crisis communications knowledge and learning more about businesses in Lee County. The event is $5 for students, $10 for members and $20 for future members. Register here. Monthly FPRA webinars will be available at fpraswfl.org for members who cannot attend live.
 

Rib City Express

FIRST RIB CITY EXPRESS OPENS

The first Rib City Express opened on Thursday at 1480 Lee Blvd. in Lehigh Acres, just a quarter-mile east of Lehigh Regional Medical Center. Rib City Express is a fast-casual restaurant concept offering counter service and self-seating rather than Rib City’s traditional full-service locations. The restaurant was formerly a full-service Rib City. Rib City Express is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Contact Rib City Express at (239) 303-2100. The Rib City Express menu is available for dine-in and take-out. For more details, visit ribcity.com.
 

COLLIER CHILD CARE RESOURCES TO DEBUT NEW NAME, HOST LAUNCH PARTY

Collier Child Care Resources is changing its name on July 1 and hosting a Virtual Launch Party on Facebook Live on at 7 p.m. the same day at facebook.com/collierchildcare. The organization is also planning a social media challenge with more details to come. Collier Child Care Resources’ Board of Directors began this major rebrand last October to better reflect the organization’s mission to serve at-risk and underserved children by providing scholarships for high-quality early learning and childcare. For more details, visit collierchildcare.org.
 

BUSINESSES CONTINUE TO REOPEN, EXPAND AVAILABLE SERVICES

Child Care of Southwest Florida will reopen two additional early learning centers in Fort Myers, P.A. Geraci Child Development Center and The Children’s Learning Center, on June 1. The nonprofit organization also has announced that families facing economic hardships caused by COVID-19 can apply for federal funds to help cover their weekly child care costs. The Community Children’s Center in Lehigh Acres and Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center in Fort Myers already reopened May 18. Reopening plans have not yet been announced for the Harlem Academy Child Care Center in Clewiston or Children’s Garden of LaBelleBeautiful Health is back in full business mode with in-store shopping and spa services with a variety of massages, facials, and skin treatments available. Addy Huff, licensed massage therapist, recently joined the Beautiful Health team and will be scheduled every two hours to allow for extensive cleaning between each appointment. Florida Skin Center, in accordance with state and federal guidelines, is now accepting appointments and providing elective procedures. Performed by a doctor or physician assistant, new and existing patients can receive cosmetic injectable and laser treatments, skin-rejuvenating and wrinkle reduction systems, removal of benign lesions, PRP therapies and more.
 

Moorings Park Grande Lake

PHASE ONE OF NEW LIFEPLAN COMMUNITY COMPLETE

Suffolk recently completed the construction of the first phase of Moorings Park Grande Lake, a luxury Life Plan Community in Naples. Moorings Park Grande Lake is a partnership between Moorings Park and luxury custom home builder and developer London Bay Development Group. The architect is BSSW Architects. Phase1 of Grande Lake includes three, seven-story buildings totaling 47 high-end lake view Independent Living units overlooking Naples Grande Golf Course. Units range in size from 2,210 square feet to 3,230 square feet. The project will include a total of 299 units of which 275 are reserved for Independent living occupancy and 24 are reserved for assisted living and memory care. The construction phase commenced in 2018 and will continue until the end of 2026. Construction impacts are predicted to be in excess of $549 million, providing 4,798 jobs to the local economy, based on a preliminary study using the IMPLAN modeling. Suffolk is now overseeing construction on Moorings Park Grande Lake Phase II and Moorings Park Grande Lake Town Center for the same development team.
 

IN THE KNOW

Lee County Parks & Recreation has limited amount of spaces left at camp

Lee County Parks & Recreation has a limited number of spaces available at various sites for summer camp. Registration for these spots will open up at 8 a.m. on June 1. All Lee County Parks & Recreation summer camp programs will be following Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Each camp will operate under a ratio of nine campers to one staff member for each group and adhere to 6-foot social distancing. Campers will remain on-site for the duration of each day. Each site will be disinfected and cleaned frequently and routinely throughout the day. Summer camp runs for seven weeks; June 15 through July 31. Camp is offered on a weekly basis. The price for each week is $75 per participant. To register for camp on June 1, go online to leeparks.org or call 239-533-7275. Available spots vary for each week at each location.
 

Disney reveals its reopening plan for theme parks 

Pending approval from government agencies, Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom theme parks in Central Florida will begin a phased reopening on July 11—with Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopening July 15. The parks will reopen with some updates to promote physical distancing, including a new park reservation system, and a postponement of new ticket sales and new reservations at Disney resort hotels. Face coverings are required for all cast members and guests over age 2. To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date is required. Some attractions, amenities and experiences such as shows, parades and fireworks may have limited availability or may remain closed. For more information, click here.
 

Bill Bergman

St. Matthew’s House appoints chief medical officer 

Bill Bergman, MD, has been appointed chief medical officer of St. Matthew’s House. Bergman is responsible for providing leadership and direction for St. Matthew’s House addiction recovery programs. A physician and educator in the fields of preventive medicine and stress management, Bergman has authored and co-authored nine books on topics related to his field. He received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1970. Since 2010, 575 men and women have graduated from the St. Matthew’s House Justin’s Place Recovery Program. St. Matthew’s House also provides a women’s residential addiction recovery program at Jill’s Place Retreat Center in Alva. For information, visit stmatthewshouse.org.
 

Naples executive search firm adds three recruiters

The Morisey-Dart Group, a nationwide executive search firm based in Naples, today has added three recruiters to its team in an effort to help clients navigate evolving areas of their businesses through proactive hiring strategies. Bill Crupi joined the firm in February as a recruiter for the manufacturing team. He formerly served as a business administrator for an ophthalmology practice based in the Tampa Bay area. Angela Maurer-Green joined the firm in May as a recruiter to lead the global sourcing, procurement, and supply chain areas of business. In her former role as principal of executive search, she ran her own firm for nearly eight years in the manufacturing sector. Garrett Lewis joined the firm in May as a recruiter with the civil construction team. Before joining the organization, he worked in the consumer electronics industry and received multiple awards for his efforts.
 

DeAngelis Diamond Ranks on ENR’s Top 400 for the Sixth Year in a Row

DeAngelis Diamond has ranked for the sixth consecutive year in Engineering News Record’s 2020 Top 400 Contractors list, landing this time at No. 297. Every year, ENR ranks the top U.S. construction companies by their revenue from the previous year. This year’s Top 400 earned a cumulative contracting revenue of $414.38 billion in 2019 – a 2.3% increase from 2018 and a new record.
 

CHARITABLE NOTES

Golisano Foundation awarding grants to Southwest Florida organizations

The Golisano Foundation has awarded $265,500 to 10 organizations in Western New York and Southwest Florida in its second round of COVID-19 Response Grants. The Humane Society Naples received $2,000 from the Foundation’s Bailey and Friends Fund. A total of $5,500 went to organizations dedicated to animal welfare that are experiencing unexpected costs due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Now through the end of October 2020, the Golisano Foundation is redirecting approximately $2 million in grant funding to assist organizations in Western New York and Southwest Florida due to the coronavirus crisis. Application eligibility and guidelines may be found here. The next round of grant decisions will be made by June 17.
 

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