Gulfshore Business Daily: November 15

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Naples has been named number one on the  2018 10 Best Places to Retire list by To determine this year’s best places to retire, Livability’s data scientists first analyzed all U.S. cities with a population between 20,000 and 300,000 and weeded out places with high healthcare costs. Using a wide variety of data sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, Medicare, ESRI, USDA and NOAA, eligible cities were ranked on more than 20 data points. Data points included community engagement, safety, hospital quality rating, affordability, number of residents over 65, activities and recreation, primary care physician rate, air quality, natural disaster risk, climate, property tax rate, and nursing home accessibility and quality. Naples was the only Florida city to make the list, which can be viewed here.


Lee Health and Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida has announced a new $10 million campaign to support Kids’ Minds Matter, which aims to improve access to care for families and provide a framework to connect community partners. Kids’ Minds Matter has already funded new diagnostic and treatment protocols that will roll out in the community in the coming months, providing early intervention services for young people dealing with anxiety, depression and trauma, a press release states. Kids’ Minds Matter is developing the Golisano Center of Excellence for Pediatric Mental Health and a four-tiered model of care that clinically aligns the community, inpatient and outpatient care. Dr. Paul Simeone has been appointed as vice president of mental and behavioral health for Lee Health’s Center for Population Health. Lee Health Foundation will host its Secret Garden Gala, a Kids’ Minds Matter fundraising event, on March 6 at Shangri-La Springs in Bonita Springs. For more information or to donate, visit or call (239) 343-6950.​​


Allegiant this week begins new service to Fort Myers/Punta Gorda from three new cities: Appleton, Wisconsin; Omaha, Nebraska; and Syracuse, New York. To celebrate, the company is offering one-way fares on the new routes starting at $68. The new seasonal routes to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) began on Nov. 14 from Omaha, Nebraska; begin today from Syracuse, New York; and begin on Nov. 16 from Appleton, Wisconsin. Flight days, times and fares can be found at


The ABWA Neapolitan November chapter meeting, “10 Secrets You Don’t Know About Public Speaking,” will be held from 6-7:45 p.m. on Nov. 27 at the Hilton Naples. Networking lasts from 5:15-5:55 p.m. Lisa McDaniel Brown will present the event, sharing public speaking tips and techniques. Brown is a former broadcaster having worked at several radio stations in Tucson, Phoenix and Cincinnati as morning show co-host and news director. She has appeared several times on The Maury Povich ShowRicki LakeJudge Hatchett and other TV and radio shows as the communications director and DNA expert for the DNA Diagnostics Center that performs paternity testing for the media. She is now the owner of Lisa Brown Presents. She serves as a holistic health coach, speaker, media trainer, and a member of the National Speakers Association. Register for the event at For more information, contact Nina Christensen at (239) 580-7306 or


The Real Estate Investment Society (REIS) will present on planning for growth in Collier County at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 11 in the Osprey Room at Pelican Preserve’s Clubhouse in Fort Myers. Mark Strain, Collier County hearing examiner and chairman of the planning commission, will give an overview of growth trends, emerging development opportunities, and county efforts to support and manage it. Strain has served on the Collier County Planning Commission since 2001, being chairman for 14 years, and as hearing examiner since 2013. He has also served as chairman of the workforce housing advisory committee, Golden Gate Master Plan Committee, president of Golden Gate Chamber of Commerce, Golden Gate Estates Civic Association, and member of the Collier County Code Enforcement Board and Army Corps of Engineers EIS Study Group for Southwest Florida. Admission is $30 for members and $40 for guests, which includes lunch. Reservations are required by Dec. 6 and may be made at​


Absher Design Group Inc. is celebrating its 16th anniversary. Absher Design will be marking this year’s anniversary with a relocation to a larger facility to accommodate its goal of adding more staff. The move will take place on Dec. 1 to 868 99th Ave. N., Naples. Over its 16 years, the company—specializing in new branding, re-branding, and de-branding— has worked with various small to midsize businesses, primarily in the Southwest Florida region, to create custom creative and marketing plans. Last year the company launched its “Power of Two” campaign to celebrate senior graphic designer and media/video specialist Madison Absher joining with creative director Lisa Absher as a mother-daughter design team.​


Naples Senior Center at JFCS part of ‘A Season of Giving’

Naples Senior Center at JFCS is partnering with Tiffany & Co. in “A Season of Giving,” a new philanthropic endeavor that celebrates the holidays and supports 10 nonprofit organizations in the Greater Naples area. Ten decorated trees will be on display and up for bids from Nov. 15-Dec. 6 at the Waterside Shops, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the participating community organizations, including Naples Senior Center at JFCS. Bids may be placed at while the senior center’s tree is on display. A special gift from Tiffany & Co., valued at $1,000, will also go to the highest bidder for the Naples Senior Center tree. ​

Guadalupe Center seeks donations for Holiday Gift Shop

Guadalupe Center is seeking donations to stock the tables of its Holiday Gift Shop, a shopping experience that allows Immokalee parents to select holiday presents for their children. Now through Dec. 10, Guadalupe Center will accept new, unwrapped donations of toys, clothing, shoes and other gifts appropriate for infants through teenagers. The Holiday Gift Shop will open from Dec. 10-13 to parents of Guadalupe Center students. Last year’s Holiday Gift Shop provided gifts for a record-breaking 1,185 children from 448 families. Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at Guadalupe Center’s administrative offices, Guadalupe Resale Shop, or at Guadalupe Center’s educational facility. Alternatively, monetary donations can be made at For more information, contact Bob Spano at or (239) 657-7145.​

Wine, dinner event to benefit Lee BIA Builders Care

 “The Burly Wine Experience,” benefiting Lee BIA Builders Care, will begin at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Venue Naples. The event will feature a four-course meal crafted by chef Brian Roland of Venue Naples, plus wine pairings from boutique Napa Valley winery Burly Wine. Special appearances will be made by winery owner Hank McCrorie and winemaker Massimo Monticelli. During the event, guests will have the opportunity to contribute money for a needy family in Lee County. Tickets are $400 per couple or $200 per person. For more information, click here. ​

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