Gulfshore Business Daily: November 17

Lead Photo: Chamber representatives celebrated with Savoury Spoon owners and staff on Nov. 13. Details below.


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From orange groves to tomato fields, farming is no stranger to Southwest Florida, and neither is fishing. And now, aquaculture – or seafood farming – is coming to the southern Gulf Coast. “It’s the idea of growing fish, shellfish, like oysters, and mussels, and clams, as well as algae, seaweed,” says Danielle Blacklock, director of the Fisheries Office of Aquaculture at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). “We haven’t found any of those spaces yet. We’re just starting to have that conversation.” NOAA is checking out four different study areas around the Gulf of Mexico for closer analysis and will be looking for public input, WINK News reports. Comment on the project through the Federal Register until Dec. 22, by clicking here.

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The Fort Myers Police Department continues to take steps to uphold transparency in the community and with the public at large. FMPD has made all of its policies available online. “Things change, the environment changes, the requirements on law enforcement change, the requirements that the public, the expectations change,” says Randy Jones, the accreditation manager for FMPD. “So, it was a natural evolution we needed to make this available.” The social justice climate and the department’s spotty history sparked the change, Jones tells WINK News. “The public wants transparency. The public is demanding transparency, and the public should have transparency,” Jones says.


Bradanna Inc. completed construction of the new Aldi grocery store at 19951 S. Tamiami Trail in Estero months ago, but because of permitting issues with the village of Estero, the store’s opening has been delayed. Naples-based Bradanna began work this month on the U.S. 41 turn lane into the new 22,000-square-foot store, which is now targeted to open Dec. 17. Meanwhile, Naples-based BT McCarthy began demolition and construction work last month on another Aldi store in south Lee County at Springs Plaza on the southeast corner of U.S. 41 and Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs. That 25,000-square-foot store is targeted to open in 2021 in the space of a former Bealls Outlet store at 8951 Bonita Beach Road.

Ninja Steak House & Sushi Bar


Ninja Steak House & Sushi Bar opened last week for lunch and dinner at the Galleria Shoppes At Vanderbilt on the northwest corner of Airport-Pulling and Vanderbilt Beach roads in North Naples. Ninja features Japanese cuisine with an entertaining tableside Hibachi cooking show, a sushi bar and a full bar with indoor and outdoor dining. The extensive menu includes hibachi entrees with chicken, salmon, shrimp, steak, filet mignon, scallops, lobster and vegetables. Lunch, served until 3 p.m. daily, includes hibachi plates, bento boxes and sushi bar and maki specials. Ninja steak house, 2371 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 701, is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 239-888-8889 or go to


Temporarily closed for more than seven months, Sneaky Pete’s restaurant and bar in Bonita Springs reopened Friday under new ownership. After operating Sneaky Pete’s for 22 years, Pete Walker and Joe Hall sold their longtime business in late October to SP2 2020 LLC, owned by Ronald Longo and Dennis Martin. Expect the same menu, same tropical décor, same staff and even the infamous Sneaky Pete namesake cocktail that former owner and bartender Pete Walker created 40 years ago. Sneaky Pete’s, 3465 Bonita Beach Road, Unit 20, is open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night entertainment from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information call 239-498-8887 or go to


Over the weekend, I Love Curry celebrated Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights, at its first brick-and-mortar location off Bayshore Drive in East Naples. The new local restaurant serves Indian cuisine for lunch and dinner. The business began as a food truck two years ago and previously was at Celebration Park, which is a short distance from its new location in the Gulf Gate South retail strip on Weeks Avenue. Co-founder Digambar “Chef D” Sahu has been fulfilling curbside pickup pre-orders from his colorful food truck in the parking lot. Now, the new restaurant’s open kitchen serves a mixture of traditional northern and southern Indian cuisine as well as dishes from Chef D’s native Mumbai on India’s west coast. I Love Curry, 2740 Bayshore Drive, Unit 11, is open 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more information call 239-331-4200 or go to


The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 13 celebrated new member Savoury Spoon’s Oct. 26 opening with a ribbon-cutting at its location in Bailey Center on Sanibel Island. Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the new eatery offers dine-in, take-out, curbside pickup, and delivery to island diners. It is known for its varied breakfast menu, lunchtime grilled cheese and melt sandwiches, and from-scratch goodness. For the full menu, visit



LaPlaya hosts job fair today

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort will be holding a job fair today, Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in its Bayview Ballroom at 9891 Gulf Shore Dr., Naples. The luxury beachfront property has openings for all positions and levels. For current career opportunities, visit

Cape Coral cancels in-person Art Festival and Market Place

Because of coronavirus concerns, the Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival has canceled in-person activities for the year for the annual Art Festival and Market Place. Representatives of The Cape Coral Rotary Club, which sponsors the event, say a virtual-only event will be held Jan. 4-31 with demonstrations and tours available 24 hours a day. Cape Coral Arts Festival and Market Place is Lee County’s largest special event, bringing in more than 120,000 attendees, according to Lee County Tourist Development Council and Lee County Visitors & Convention Bureau.

Luca Hickman

Hickman to discuss impact of intellectual property in coffee industry

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A. Registered Patent Attorney Luca Hickman will deliver the webinar “Intellectual Property Law 101 for the Coffee Industry” for members of the National Coffee Association of the U.S.A. Inc., on Nov. 18. Hickman will help explain the ways companies can protect their “house mark” and “subsidiary marks,” product labels and packaging, graphic elements in a logo, roasting time and methodology, coffee blends, flavor additives and more. Hickman received his undergraduate degrees from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, with high honors, and Lübeck University of Applied Sciences, and graduated valedictorian and first in his class from Ave Maria School of Law. He serves on the Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Board of Directors, is president and a director of Fresh Foundation Inc., and is a member of the Catholic Bar Association. 



Cliff Holland

Naples Airport Authority’s Noise Compatibility Committee elects chair, vice chair

The Naples Airport Authority’s Noise Compatibility Committee (NCC) reelected Cliff Holland as chair and Chris Auron as vice chair for 2021. Retired after 37 years of employment with Johnson & Johnson, Holland served as corporate vice president. He has been a Naples resident since 2014 and is serving his second term in the city-at-large position on the NCC. A Naples resident since 2011, Auron is a senior software engineer and project manager at New York-based Prognos. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years and later in the Arizona Army National Guard. Appointed to the NCC in March 2019, he represents the geographic area northwest of the airport. The NCC is comprised of nine citizens and volunteers who help monitor the impact of aircraft noise and makes recommendations about noise-mitigation procedures for consideration by the City of Naples Airport Authority Board of Commissioners. For more information, visit



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Harry Chapin Food Bank distributing gift cards instead of turkeys this Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving is going to be anything but traditional. And with so many families in need this holiday season, Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida is changing how it will be helping them. Starting this week, Harry Chapin is distributing gift cards to families in need to help supply them with Thanksgiving meals. Those gift cards will be handed out at the food bank’s distribution sites, WINK News reports. Richard Leber, CEO of Harry Chapin Food Bank, says gift cards allow families to pick out their perfect Thanksgiving meal. Leber says the demand for food will remain strong through the holidays and into next year. Volunteer at one of several food pantries or make a donation to the Harry Chapin Food Bank at

Partners for Breast Cancer Care Inc. receives $25,000 donation 

Partners for Breast Cancer Care Inc. has received a $25,000 donation from From Our Hearts Inc. of Pine Island. The funding will provide breast screening, diagnostic testing, surgery and treatment to uninsured, low-income residents in the five-zip-code area of Pine Island. For more information, visit
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