Lead Photo: Randy Thibaut will be one of three speakers in the upcoming fall Market Trends summit.
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UNEMPLOYMENT TAKES TOLL ON MENTAL HEALTH OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDIANS
Although the jobless rate has dropped by more than half since last May, the effects of unemployment and underemployment weigh heavily on people. “Many people do go into depression, they have feelings of worthlessness,” said Dr. Alise Bartley, who runs the Community Counseling Center at Florida Gulf Coast University. “And, if you’re not in a good place, it’s really hard to put your best foot forward to be able to interview for a job.” A Pew Research survey shows 70% of people without jobs now say it has left them more stressed, 56% say they’re having to deal with anxiety and depression, and 81% say they feel lost, they’re arguing more with loved ones, and they’re experiencing other emotional issues, WINK News reports.
LEE HEALTH EXPANDS VACCINATION CLINIC APPOINTMENTS TO SATURDAY
To increase the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine to the Southwest Florida community, Lee Health is offering appointments this Saturday to anyone over the age of 16. The clinic’s regular days of operation are Tuesday through Friday. The vaccination clinic is open to anyone; you do not need to be a Lee Health patient to get the vaccine. All vaccines will be administered at Gulf Coast Medical Center. You can schedule your appointment by clicking here. Lee Health is currently offering Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines for those over 18 years old. Through the online scheduling system, you will be able to select which vaccine you would like to receive if both are available. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is approved for use in those 16 years old and above, is being offered to 16 and 17 year-olds. A parent or authorized guardian must accompany a minor for vaccination. A mask is required to enter any Lee Health facility.
BAY HOUSE RESTAURANT IN NORTH NAPLES SELLS FOR $7.5M TO PHELAN FAMILY BRANDS
Mutual respect led to a deal for Phelan Family Brands to purchase The Bay House, one of Naples’ premier waterside dining destinations for three decades. Phelan Family Properties, based in Bonita Springs, bought the 1.5-acre property at 799 Walkerbilt Road for $7.5 million from Naples-based Turtle Bay Holding Co., Collier County property records show. Built by Tom and Martha Jennings in the late 1980s, The Bay House had been operated by local restaurateur Peter Tierney since 2007. Don’t expect to see any changes to the casually elegant dining spot in North Naples. “Not a single change has been made. We have kept the entire staff and kept the menu and everything the same. No need to fix perfection,” said Grant Phelan, CEO of Phelan Family Brands, which owns and operates the Pinchers, Texas Tony’s and Deep Lagoon Seafood restaurant brands.
POPSTROKE ANNOUNCES RAPID EXPANSION WITH 7 LOCATIONS PLANNED IN ARIZONA, FLORIDA AND TEXAS
PopStroke Entertainment, co-owned by Tiger Woods and Greg Bartoli, announced Thursday new property agreements signed with seven properties across Arizona, Florida and Texas within the next 18 months. PopStroke, based in Jupiter, Florida, opened a Southwest Florida location last fall off Six Mile Cypress Parkway in south Fort Myers. The new locations will be in Delray Beach, Florida; University Town Center in Sarasota; Cypress Creek Town Center in Tampa; Waterford Lakes in Orlando; Katy Grand in Houston/Katy, Texas; The Pavilions at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Arizona; and Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, Arizona. Tiger Woods and TGR Design, his award-winning design team, will build two unique 18-hole putting courses for each property. These are synthetic turfs, incorporating fairways, bunkers, and rough as seen on traditional golf courses.
NEW CANCER TREATMENT CENTER OPENS IN BONITA SPRINGS
Advocate Radiation Oncology has opened a new cancer treatment center at 25243 Elementary Way in Bonita Springs to better serve patients in southern Lee and northern Collier counties. Dr. Kevin R. Kozak has been hired to serve patients at the Bonita Springs center, Dr. Arie Dosoretz, managing partner at Advocate Radiation Oncology, announced. Kozak brings nearly two decades of experience to Advocate, most recently serving as director of oncology services for Mercy Health System in Wisconsin. Kozak also served as a member of the University of Wisconsin’s faculty, where he directed a cancer biology laboratory. Kozak graduated magna cum laude with the highest honors from Harvard University on a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship and served as an aviation intelligence officer for VAW-113. Following his military service, Kozak earned a Doctor of Medicine and Ph.D. in biochemistry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Kozak returned to Harvard to complete his radiation oncology training and post-graduate studies in tumor vascular biology. Kozak is certified in radiation oncology through the American Board of Radiology.
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CONSTRUCTION ON SUNSEEKER RESORT MAY RESUME BY END OF YEAR
Construction of the Sunseeker Resort at Charlotte Harbor may resume by the end of the year, which is welcome news to nearby business owners. Allegiant Air initially had aimed to open the resort on U.S. 41 in late 2020, but the pandemic forced Allegiant to pause construction last spring. Allegiant Air’s CEO and Chairman Maurice Gallagher and President John Redmond are confident construction will take off again before the end of 2021. The airline discussed the possibility of an investor to resume Sunseeker’s construction, but there’s no word yet on a partnership, WINK News reports.
DAIRY QUEEN CLOSES DECADES-OLD DRIVE-THRU IN GOLDEN GATE
After operating for decades in Golden Gate, Dairy Queen permanently closed its drive-thru in Golden Gate Center at 4895 Golden Gate Parkway. That franchise was operated by Minnesota-based Fourteen Foods, the largest multi-unit operator of Dairy Queen franchises in the United States. The company owns and operates more than 230 DQ Grill & Chill and Dairy Queen Brazier restaurants in 13 states, including 20 in Florida and five in Lee County. A Fourteen Foods representative could not be reached for comment, but the company chose not to renew its expiring lease in April, said Christina Ladd-
2021 DISTINGUISHED ENTREPRENEUR WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) announced the winners of the 2021 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida Awards during a live-streamed virtual awards ceremony on May 4. The FSBDC awards are held annually to recognize three Southwest Florida small businesses for their innovation, advocacy, and business growth. This year’s awardees include Distinguished Entrepreneur of SW Florida, Bill Daubmann of MY Shower Door/D3 Glass; Innovator of the Year, Reema Bhatia of Stickboy Creative; and Advocate of the Year, Ryan Young of Rising Tide Explorers. Click here to watch the full live stream and learn more about all of the finalists and winners.
HR COLLIER TO HOST NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING MAY 20
HR Collier will virtually host its next membership meeting, “Negotiation Skill Building,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 20. The event will be facilitated by Jason Stitt, trainer, and coach with Stitt Feld Handy Group. The program will provide guidance on successful negotiation techniques, maintaining your relationships during difficult negotiations, understanding the motives of each side in a negotiation, and how to make others better listen to you. For more information, click here.
EDISON MALL HOSTS SPRING JOB FAIR
Edison Mall stores are looking to hire additional part-time and full-time associates to join their respective teams during the Edison Mall Job Fair, being held from 1-4 p.m. on May 22. Retails including Aeropostale, JCPenney and Carters will be in attendance. Guests can expect on-site interviews, store information and fill out applications with participating retailers.
FALL MARKET TRENDS SUMMIT TO BE HELD SEPT. 9
Market Trends of Southwest Florida will present a second real estate forum in 2021 during what’s shaping up to be a historic year for commercial and residential real estate. The fall Market Trends summit will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Sept. 9 at Caloosa Sound Convention Center & Amphitheater in Fort Myers. The event offers both an in-person option with networking opportunities as well as a virtual attendance option. Event speakers include Randy Thibaut, LSI Companies Inc.; Denny Grimes, Denny Grimes & Team at Keller Williams Realty; and Justin Thibaut, LSI Companies Inc. Click here for information about tickets, sponsorships and networking opportunities for the fall Market Trends event.
VI AT BENTLEY VILLAGE ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Vi at Bentley Village has appointed Tim Dahlby to director of human resources. In his role, Dahlby oversees and manages all functions of the human resources department, enhancing both resident and employee satisfaction. He has 25 years of experience in human resources, including employee development and training with several national companies such as The Goodman Group and Norfolk Southern Corp. Recently relocated from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dahlby holds a Master of Arts in industrial/organizational psychology from Minnesota State University-Mankato and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Winona State University. In addition, he holds the certifications of Professional in Human Resources through the HR Certification Institute.
Partners for Breast Cancer Care Inc. receives $100,000 donation
Partners for Breast Cancer Care Inc. has received a $100,000 donation from From Our Hearts Inc. of Pine Island. Partners for Breast Cancer Care Inc. is dedicated to funding breast screening, diagnostic testing, surgery and treatment for uninsured, low-income women and men in Southwest Florida at no cost to the client. In the past 12 years, the organization has helped 9,525 Southwest Florida residents and funded 14,604 breast care procedures at an expenditure of $1,921,869. Of these, 160 have been diagnosed through Partners for Breast Cancer Care Inc.’s efforts.
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