Lead Photo: The Horse Creek community in Lee County has limited lots for sales. Details below.
NAPLES MOTORSPORTS PLANS EXPANSION WITH SECOND DEALERSHIP
Naples Motorsports plans to expand with a second location a short distance away from its existing luxury and exotic car dealership at 1250 Airport-Pulling Road S. Collier County commissioners this week amended the future land use map to create the Meridian Village Mixed-Use Subdistrict to allow construction of a luxury auto dealership on 3.29 acres on the northwest corner of the intersection of Airport-Pulling Road and Estey Avenue in East Naples. The property was cleared six years ago when Beach House Naples built its assisted living and memory care residential community on the more than 6 acres on the northern part of the land along Airport-Pulling. The second location for Naples Motorsports is still in its early design stage, so a construction timeline is not available yet for the future expansion. Todd Rosenthal, founder and owner of Naples Motorsports, plans the second dealership to be home to Karma luxury electric exotic cars and Rimac, a Croatian startup car company. His current location features brands such as Alfa Romeo and Lotus. The core business of Naples Motorsports, which just marked its 20th anniversary this fall, has always been pre-owned exotics such as Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, McLaren, Bentley, Aston Martin and even the 1965 replica Shelby Cobra classic, Rosenthal said.
NEW MILITARY MUSEUM OPENS IN CAPE CORAL
Walking through the new military museum in Cape Coral means taking a trip back in time. On Tuesday, the Brotherhood of Heroes Military Museum and Resource Center officially opened its to serve veterans. From the Revolutionary War on, each exhibit tells a story, some with a Southwest Florida connection. The museum in the “Purple Heart City” will not only house military treasures but also welcomes veterans’ groups like The Purple Heart and the Disabled American Veterans, WINK News reports. The museum, 4522 Del Prado Blvd. S., is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, and closed Sundays and Mondays. Admission is $4 and free for military personnel and first responders.
ALICO ITEC PARK ACHIEVES MAJOR CONSTRUCTION MILESTONES
Alico ITEC Park — Innovation, Technology, Enterprise, Commerce — by ITEC LLC, has achieved several construction milestones ahead of the new year. It is all underway on a 1.2-million-square-foot industrial space in the northeast quadrant of the Alico Road/Ben Hill Griffin Parkway Corridor. Recently, Advanced Hurricane Technologies (AHT) closed on what will be a 48,000-square-foot, three-acre manufacturing facility. It will be located on Tract H and part of a two-location consolidation. In addition, more than 13 total acres have been reserved for a construction business, flexible commercial space and special purposes building. This leaves 19 available lots, ranging from 0.5 to 1.18 acres, for retail and commercial users. ITEC LLC is also offering eight tracts, ranging from 2.15 to 25.66 acres, most of which offer Airport Haul Road frontage for light and heavy industrial use. One of the biggest projects at Alico ITEC Park is My ITEC Place — a 22,000-square-foot luxury auto and storage facility that is set to be complete by May 2021. With Phoenix Associates as the builder, 22 units starting in the mid-$100,000s will range from 513 to 1,330 square feet . For more information, visit AlicoITEC.com.
THE CLUB AT THE DUNES NAMED A BLUE ZONES PROJECT APPROVED FACILITY
The Club at the Dunes, part of The Dunes of Naples private residential community in Naples, has been recognized as a Blue Zones Project Approved facility. Blue Zones’ mission is informed and inspired by the world’s longest-lived cultures, helping people live longer, better lives by improving their environment. To become a Blue Zones Project Approved facility, The Club at the Dunes demonstrated a commitment to providing opportunities to move naturally through activities such as organized sports, biking, stretching and exercising in the new, expanded wellness center. Additionally, The Club at the Dunes promotes positive outlooks, eating and drinking wisely, and connecting with the surrounding community for the wellbeing of its members and associates. Blue Zones Project is sponsored locally by NCH Healthcare Systems. The Collier County-based hospital introduced the health and longevity initiative to the region several years ago.
CHAMPIONS FOR LEARNING TO LAUNCH INNOVATION CENTER
Champions For Learning, The Education Foundation of Collier County, has received a $500,000 contribution from Frank Daveler and his late wife, Ellen, to launch the Frank and Ellen Daveler Center for Innovation in Learning at Champions For Learning. The new center will expand the capacity and opportunities for Champions For Learning to support collaboration and innovation with teachers, students, parents, volunteers and community partners. The expansion and renovation of the remainder of the first floor will provide space, technology and enhanced efficiency. Aligning with the Davelers’ life experiences, the center will have a heightened focus on developing the entrepreneurial spirt in the community around learning. The Frank and Ellen Daveler Center For Innovation in Learning is scheduled to be complete by spring 2021. For more information, visit ChampionsForLearning.org.
SEAGATE COMPLETES WALL PANELS, STARTS STRUCTURAL STEEL AT SCOTLYNN HQ
Seagate Development Group has tilted up the wall panels and started the structural steel at Scotlynn USA Division Inc.’s North American corporate headquarters. Located at 9597 Gulf Research Lane in Fort Myers, the wall panels are 30 to 61 feet high and 7.25 to 19.5 inches thick, with the concrete spanning 1,500 cubic yards. Meanwhile, the structural steel will be approximately 60% complete by the end of this month, and crews are slated to top off the roof by mid-December. Seagate is also looking toward 2021, preparing to launch interior construction on the first, second and third floors before the new year. Recently unveiled industrial design features range from acoustical, wood-paneled ceilings with suspended wire mesh to linear and geometric lighting for highlights and accents. The main lobby is expected to be finished with an approximately 25-inch open ceiling. Upon completion of the facility, amenities will include a workout area, eatery with recreational space, walkout balcony, basketball court and jogging track.
MOORINGS PARK COMMUNITIES CELEBRATES TOPPING OFF NEW CLUBHOUSE
Moorings Park Communities recently celebrated the topping off of the new resort-inspired clubhouse located on the Moorings Park Grande Lake campus, Naples’ premier Life Plan Community. Situated on 55 acres in the heart of Naples and overlooking a 28-acre lake, as well as the Naples Grande Golf and Beach Resort, Moorings Park Grande Lake offers a variety of residences, including penthouse-style homes, and healthcare services. The new clubhouse elevates the senior living lifestyle with amenities featuring both casual and fine dining venues, including a poolside Bistro as well as a lakefront resort-style pool and cabanas, a fitness center with lake views, golf simulator, theater and salon and spa. The seven-story, 223,043-square-foot tower will also feature 16 clubhouse residences located directly above the clubhouse, featuring two- and three-bedroom floor plans ranging from 3,331 to 3,566 square feet under air. The Center for Healthy Living will be located on the third floor of the clubhouse. For more details, visit MooringsParkGL.org.
11 LOTS REMAIN AT HORSE CREEK IN FORT MYERS
Horse Creek, a Fort Myers community of custom homes on estate-sized lots, has 11 acre-plus properties remaining for sale. As one of the few subdivisions in Southwest Florida offering minimum one-acre lots, Horse Creek offers a natural setting on the Orange River and welcoming Old Florida home designs by the exclusive builder and developer Daniel Wayne Homes Inc. The deeded and gated community was designed as an exclusive enclave on 220 acres with 113 total residential lots. Buyers can choose from one of 17 floorplans or build a custom home. Additional options include oversized garages for RVs and boats, as well as double lots.
MEETINGS & EVENTS
Informational event tells how to begin career in health care
FutureMakers Coalition partners are teaming up to hold an online informational event where interested participants can learn about essential careers as Medical Assistants (MA) or Certified Nursing Assistants (CAN). The free event will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Dec. 1 online through Zoom. The participating partners include Cypress Cove, Hope Healthcare, Lee Health, NCH Healthcare System, Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida, Shell Point Retirement Community, Cape Coral Technical College, Fort Myers Technical College, iTECH – Immokalee Technical College, Lorenzo Walker Technical College and Career Source Southwest Florida. To register for the event, click here. Potential students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA here.
Naples portfolio manager to speak at national investor conference
Pelican Bay Capital Management LLC Portfolio Manager Tyler Hardt has been invited to be a panelist at this year’s Investor Summit, a national investor conference hosted by the Ascent Group. Hardt will participate in the panel on “Investing in the Era of Ultra Low Interest Rates,” held at 6:15 p.m. on Nov. 16. He will also share his favorite investment idea in the “Stock Pitch Competition,” held at 6:15 p.m. on Nov. 18. The virtual conference is free for attendees. To register, click here For more information about the conference, visit investorsummitgroup.com.
Survey Café celebrates four-year anniversary
Survey Café, a French-themed restaurant located in downtown Bonita Springs, is celebrating its four-year anniversary on Nov. 20 with a VIP Ribbon Cutting at 4 p.m., followed by a French-inspired celebration open to the public from 5-8 p.m. The event will include live entertainment, a special menu, door prizes, a photo booth and more. The Leroux family—Sophie, Paul, and Philippe—purchased Survey Café in November 2016. Chef Paul came from award-winning kitchens in Europe and is the sous chef and part-owner with his parents, Sophie and Philippe.
IN THE KNOW
Aubrey joins RE/MAX Blue Skies, The Key Team in Naples
Eric Aubrey has joined RE/MAX Blue Skies, The Key Team in Naples, where he specializes in luxury residential sales. Aubrey previously served as the founder and CEO of Intelivert, a software company specializing in safety and compliance software-as-a-service for clients that included Waste Management, Covanta Energy, PSE&G, Aramark, KPMG, Nestle and Heineken USA. He became a full-time resident of Naples after selling the company. Prior to Intelivert, Aubrey worked as the director of marketing and director of enterprise corporate communications at Canon Technology Solutions, a subsidiary of Canon USA. He was also the founder and CEO of Red Armadillo Productions, a multimedia production company that created programming for nationally syndicated radio, television and film. Aubrey, a former professional musician, previously toured and recorded with the bands Syntax, Arc Angel and The Eric Aubrey Band where he released his first solo single “A Place in My Heart.” His touring included opening shows for The Vapors, Foghat and Joan Jett.
Lisa Kahn Designs expands team
Lisa Kahn Designs has added three new team members to better serve its growing list of design clients and expand on its Finding Sanctuary initiatives. The new employees report to Lisa Kahn, CEO of Lisa Kahn Designs. Sally Richardson serves in the newly created position of vice president of design, Anna Hunt is the new design assistant, and Kennedy Johnson is the administrative assistant to the CEO. Richardson’s job responsibilities include all areas of design selection along with client relations. Hunt will assist Kahn and Richardson with project management, client relations and design selection as well as vendor management and relations. Johnson will assist Kahn in her work, oversee Finding Sanctuary projects, and handle marketing and e-commerce tasks.
Naples Therapeutic Riding Center welcomes White to board of directors
Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC), a nonprofit organization providing therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-facilitated group services to children and adults with physical, social and mental health needs, has welcomed Sara White to its board of directors. White is a senior associate with the law firm Porter Wright where she focuses her practice on a variety of complex commercial litigation including real estate, banking and finance. White is a member of the Florida Bar, Collier County Bar Association and the Collier County Women’s Bar Association.
PBS Contractors rebrands
After 34 years of building luxury homes and commercial spaces in Southwest Florida, PBS launches the revitalized brand while staying committed to the same team and dedication to excellence, the company states. To view the updates, visit pbscontractors.com.
Community Cooperative calls on community to support holiday outreach programs
Community Cooperative is asking partners and supporters to provide meals and gifts to families and the homebound elderly for its annual Full Plates Project and Holiday Outreach programs. The drives to provide food and gifts to community members in need is especially critical this year as many people are still struggling with the financial impacts of the pandemic. People can help Thanksgiving’s Full Plates Project in several ways. For a list of options, click here.
Youth Haven Inc. awarded $3,000 grant from bailey and friends
Youth Haven Inc. has received a $3,000 grant from Bailey and Friends. Bailey and Friends was established by the Golisano Foundation in November 2019 to support animal welfare for cats and dogs in Western New York and Southwest Florida. The funds received from Bailey and Friends will benefit Youth Haven’s Animal-Assisted Therapy Program, a key element of Youth Haven’s therapeutic program. Youth Haven, founded in 1972, supports children and teens ages 6 -19 that have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or are homeless. Youth Haven began its Animal-Assisted Therapy Program in 2010 with a golden retriever named Dixie. Currently, Champ and Houston carry on Dixie’s legacy and work with the children and teens of Youth Haven. For more details, visit youthhavenswfl.org.
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