Gulfshore Business Daily: November 2

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Lead Photo: Lucas Hall. Credit: Rowe Architects Inc. and Parker/Mudgett/Smith



The stock for Hertz Global Holdings no longer will trade on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), effective Friday, Oct. 30. The Estero-based company announced Friday that its common stock will start trading exclusively on the over-the-counter market. Stock quotations will be available on the OTC Bulletin Board (Pink Sheets) under the ticker symbol HTZGQ. The NYSE determined that Hertz was no longer suitable for listing following the company’s May 22, 2020, Chapter 11 filing and its review of the company’s appeal of the delisting. 



Travel Channel veteran Samantha Brown is planning a return visit to Southwest Florida next month to shoot a new episode for her PBS travel series “Places to Love.” Producer-Director Sylvia Caminer, who won a Daytime Emmy last year for “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love,” was in Fort Myers and Sanibel-Captiva last week to scout locations for the show, said Jackie Parker, communications manager for the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. Caminer was really impressed with the Edison-Ford Winter Estates, so Parker thinks that will be a strong contender for one of the segments. The four-day shoot will be in mid-November for a show that is targeted to air in spring 2021. Brown’s local visit is a collaborative effort with the public relations and marketing teams at the Visitor & Convention Bureau, said Brian Ososky, the bureau’s director of marketing. “We’re excited to be working with her and her team and she is excited as well,” Ososky says during the agency’s Tourism Outlook 2021 live presentation Thursday. In a prerecorded video, Brown spoke directly to viewers about coming here: “I cannot wait to experience the white sand beaches, the islands, the seashells, the seafood. I haven’t seen that or eaten that in like six months,” she says. “Of course, I’ve traveled just about my entire career. I’ve spent a lot of time in coastal communities, but there’s something really special happening in Southwest Florida and I just can’t wait to share that with my viewers, who will no doubt make this a place to love and a place to visit.” During a Season 2 visit in May 2018 for Places to Love,” Brown visited many locations on the Paradise Coast from Naples beaches to the Everglades. As part of that half-hour TV show, she enthusiastically experienced boat rides, grouper sandwiches, craft cocktails, local music, wildlife and sunsets. 



Flights increasing at RSW are a sign that tourism is recovering in Lee County. Leaders say that the industry could be back on track by spring after being hit hard by the pandemic. Floridians traveling across the state to the Gulf Coast and new nonstop flights from Los Angeles and Seattle beginning next month are additional reasons for optimism, said Tamara Pigott, executive director of Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. The Visitors & Convention Bureau predicts that leisure travel will be back up to normal levels by spring 2021, WINK News reports.


David Lucas at FGCU. Credit: Julia Bonavita


Florida Gulf Coast University’s (FGCU) new entrepreneurship building has been named after David Lucas, one of FGCU’s earliest and strongest supporters, with gifts and pledges in excess of $8 million. The FGCU Board of Trustees approved the naming at its Oct. 29 virtual meeting. Lucas’ latest gift, a $4 million challenge that spurred other pledges to collectively match his and ensure the building’s construction, empowers FGCU to groom generations of students who aspire to be entrepreneurs like him, a news release states. Rising quickly on a site adjacent to the Student & Community Counseling Center, Lucas Hall will house the Daveler & Kauanui School of Entrepreneurship as well as the Small Business Development Center and FGCU’s Regional Economic Research Institute, all of which engage in community partnerships that benefit economic development.



MK Architecture announces the completion of Naples’ newest assisted living and memory care facility located at 7901 Radio Road, Naples. The Pineapple House provides amenity-rich features in a state-of-the-art facility, according to a news release. For more information on the facility, visit  



The Silver King Ocean Brasserie at Luminary Hotel will open on Nov. 12, according to a news release from the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). Named for the elusive Silver King Tarpon that lured people from around the world to Fort Myers when the city was first established, it will be the hotel’s signature restaurant, showcasing fresh seafood. Additionally, Fort Myers’ Denison Parking team won the contract to manage the parking garage for the Luminary Hotel. Denison Parking also manages parking operations in the downtown river district for the City of Fort Myers.


Construction Video of Silver Hills at Fort Myers Phase I. Credit: Courtesy of DeAngelis Diamond/Eagle Eyes UAS Drone Service


Phase I of Silver Hills at Fort Myers is making noticeable progress, according to a news release from the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). Silver Hills at Fort Myers is a two-building, four-to-five-story luxury apartment community to be built at 2220 West First Street. Construction work around the perimeter continues, as the northern half bordering the river now has one story of structural concrete, and the southern portion bordering First Street now has two stories of structural concrete in place. The development will feature two buildings containing a total of 327 apartments. For up-to-date views, click here.



The basic structural concrete work is nearly complete at West End at City Walk, including the concrete for the parking structure which is enclosed by the apartments, amenity building, and office space, according to a news release from the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). West End at City Walk is a 318-unit residential apartment community that will include 22,500 square feet of amenity and co-work office space. It broke ground in 2019 and is planned for completion in April 2021. Leasing for the first building will begin in early December 2020.


Pre-construction sales have started at Enbrook. 


Pre-construction sales began in October for nearly 300 twin villa homes in the Enbrook residential community on more than 65 acres on the south side of Manatee Road, just east of Collier Boulevard in South Naples. The D.R. Horton gated community will feature coastal-designed Freedom Homes surrounding two large lakes with a resort-style pool and a clubhouse that will have a fitness center, a large social room, a recreation room and a catering kitchen as well as amenities such tennis, pickleball and bocce courts. The one-story, 1,503-square-foot Carrington model features a twin villa home with an open-concept design, two bedrooms, two baths and a two-car garage starting from $317,990. For more information contact the Enbrook sales center at 239-225-2668 or Jason Chang at or 239-233-0592.




ABWA Imperial River presents Susan McManus, Champions For Learning  

Susan McManus, the president of Champions For Learning, The Education Foundation of Collier County, will speak at ABWA Imperial River’s monthly chapter webinar held at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 11. McManus will discuss her 27 years of experience while building a community that is 100% engaged in student success, according to a news release. Registration and a Zoom account is required. For more details, visit


Greater Fort Myers Chamber hosts roundtable with U.S. Secretary of Commerce  

 The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce hosted U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Oct. 28 for a virtual roundtable with Lee County business and community partners. The roundtable featured a discussion on the local economy, the challenges of doing business in the wake of COVID-19, and ideas for revitalizing industries and communities, generating more jobs and creating a resilient economy. Roundtable participants included  Colleen DePasquale, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce; Helen Edenfield, global director for facilities at NeoGenomics; Daniel Eveloff, senior vice president of Regions Bank and board president for the Horizon Foundation; Kevin Kollker, director of operations for Scotlynn; Matt Price, CEO of Seagate Development Group; Ray Sandelli, commissioner for the Lee County Board of County Commissioners; Robert Shovlin, president of the clinical services division for NeoGenomics; John Talmage, director of the Lee County Economic Development Office; and Jen Whyte, co-owner of Fort Myers Brewing Co. Talmage shared that the Southwest Florida International Airport is “recovering faster than any other in the state,” while developer Price commented that Lee County is “pro-business, pro-growth” and has “ways to get things done versus getting in the way,” according to a news release. For more information, visit




Chamber sets 2021 legislative priorities

The Government Affairs Committee of the Sanibel & Captiva Island Chamber of Commerce recently advised the board of directors to adopt five priorities for the 2021 Florida legislative session starting in March. All five address local water quality issues. In the interest of clean water, the priorities support sustained funding for the Everglades reservoir and other Everglades restoration projects, the implementation of the Blue-Green Algae Task Force’s recommendations to reduce nutrient pollution from all sources, strengthening stormwater standards for urban and agricultural landscapes, funding for upgrading and building advanced wastewater treatment, and the establishment of statewide septic tank inspection and maintenance requirements. During the session, chamber representatives will meet with legislators and testify in the house and senate on the priority issues. Last year, the chamber alliance pushed for some of the same issues, making headway on most. It also backed funding for and stabilization of Visit Florida, the state’s tourism promotion agency. With a big win in successfully obtaining both long-term reauthorization and $50 million in annual funding for Visit Florida, the chamber removed that priority for 2021.


Miromar Outlets announces change to operating hours

Miromar Outlets returned to its regular operating hours on Nov. 1. The mall is now open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday to give customers more time to shop and save through the holiday season. Miromar Outlets is closed on Nov. 26, but opens from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for Black Friday, Nov. 27. Leading up to Christmas Day, the mall will open as early as 9 a.m. to accommodate the influx of expected shoppers. For more information, visit


Founder\’s Square at Babcock Ranch

Babcock Ranch’s downtown Founder’s Square earns FGBC accolades

Kitson & Partners has announced that Babcock Ranch, America’s first solar-powered town located northeast of Fort Myers on Babcock Ranch Road/State Road 31, has earned Florida Green Building Coalition’s (FGBC) “Florida Green” Commercial Building certification for the structures composing downtown Founder’s Square. Slater’s Goods & Provisions, Bloom Academy, the Lee Health Healthy Life Center, and Woodlea Hall – home to the newly redesigned Babcock Ranch Discovery Center – received Gold certification, and Table & Tap restaurant was awarded Silver certification. Babcock Ranch was certified a Platinum “Florida Green” community by the FGBC in 2018. For more information, visit


Goodwill hires director of development

Ashley Price Swick has joined Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida as director of development. In her role, Price Swick will be working with the vice president of communications and development, Carolyn Johnson. She will focus on identifying and developing funding sources for the organization’s mission and services. She previously served as assistant director at Miami Herbert Business School. Price Swick is the president of the board of directors for Refugee Assistance Alliance, an organization that supports the underserved refugees in South Florida. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University in political science with a focus on American government and international relations as well as a minor in sociology focused on class and minority struggles. Price Swick will be an ambassador for Goodwill’s mission to provide life-changing opportunities to those with disadvantages and disabilities in Southwest Florida, a news release states.


David Orochena

Crave Culinaire promotes executive chef

Southwest Florida caterer Crave Culinaire has promoted Chef David Orochena to executive chef. Getting his start at the young age of 14, Orochena discovered his love for cooking at his vocational high school. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America with a bachelor’s degree in business management, Orochena explored the culinary scene in his native Chicago, New York and now Florida. Entering his third season with Crave Culinaire, Orochena previously served as executive sous chef.



Lee Health in immediate need of convalescent plasma donors

Lee Health is in urgent need of convalescent plasma donations to help refill supply levels. Under an emergency use authorization (EUA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has made investigational convalescent plasma available for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to fight COVID-19. Convalescent plasma refers to blood plasma collected from people who have recovered from COVID-19. That plasma is then used to treat others with advanced illness as part of the clinical trial. The blood donor must have had a positive test for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), be symptom-free for at least 14 days, and be otherwise eligible to donate blood. The procedure is the same as any routine blood donation. After donation, the blood is processed in the lab to obtain the plasma component. The patient is transfused with the donor’s convalescent plasma, which contains antibodies that may attack the virus and may help the patient recover more rapidly. To volunteer, call 239-343-2332 or email  E-mail is preferred. All donations collected by Lee Health stay in our community and are used exclusively for Lee Health patients.


‘Faces of Hope’ raises more than $80,000

Hope Clubhouse’s annual mental health fundraising luncheon, “Faces of Hope: Celebrating 10 Years of Growing Hope,” was held virtually on Oct. 19, drawing more than 120 virtual attendees. The event generated $81,786 to aid in HOPE Clubhouse’s mission of providing a community of support for adults living with a mental illness and opportunities for paid employment and access to education, housing, and wellness. The event included entertainment by comedian Amy Tee, messages from clubhouse members, a live auction, and recognition of the founding mothers, Judith Gardner, Sharon Harris, Carrie Lucas, and Susan Tew, in honor of the organization’s 10th anniversary. For more information, visit


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