Gulfshore Business Daily: November 20

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Vineyards Country Club main lobby.


The Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Corporate Training Center is offering new Drinking Water Treatment Plant Operations and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations study tracks. These training certification classes prepare students for the state of Florida’s drinking water and wastewater licensing exams. Courses require a high school diploma or GED but are of interest to a broad range of people from recent high school graduates to degreed people working in related fields who are stacking credentials atop their degrees for advancement or those in unrelated fields seeking a career change. The basic certifications in each area are attainable by coursework and a state exam. FSW’s Corporate Training Center is the only entity in Southwest Florida currently offering these classes. Classes begin January 2020 and meet twice a week for 18 weeks. Instructors are approved by the state of Florida. The cost is $700. For more information, visit or call FSW’s Corporate Training Center at (239) 433-6915.



The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Florida Southwest Chapter presented its 2019 Design and Honor Awards on Nov. 14 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers. The following design awards were presented: New Work – Commercial Honor Award, Corban Architects, LLC for Celebration Park; New Work – Commercial Merit Award, Corban Architects, LLC for Grace Place for Children and Families; New Work – Residential Honor Award, David Poorman Architect, LLC for Hacienda Gomez; New Residential Merit Award, HLevel for Courtyard Residence; Interior Architecture Honor Award, Architecture Joyce Owens for Villa Captiva; Interior Architecture Merit Award, RG Architects, PA for Shell Point, Crystal Dining; Additions and Restorations Honor Award, Architecture Joyce Owens for Captiva Peace; Additions and Restorations Merit Award, HLevel for Ankrolab Brewing; Unbuilt Honor Award, HLevel for Chesapeake Townhouses; Interior Architecture, Merit Award, RG Architects, PA for Heights Foundation, Charter School; Test of Time Honor Award, Dwight Oakley, for Soderberg Residence; and Test of Time Merit Award, Victor Latavish Architect, PA for Iona Hope Episcopal Church. Honor Awards went to: Firm of the Year, BSSW Architects, Inc.; Contractor of the Year, Envirostruct, LLC; Allied Member of the Year, TLC Engineering Solutions; Associate of the Year, Natali Garcia, Associate AIA; President’s Award, Tyler F. Patak; and Frizzell Medal of Honor, Tyler F. Patak.


Vineyards Country Club main lobby.


The multi-million-dollar, multi-phase renovations of Vineyards Country Club and its surrounding areas have now reached the second phase of improvements. The project’s most recent phase consists of extensive structural and aesthetic transformations and improvements, with all areas offering a transitional and timeless design. Phase two includes a new entry lobby and terraces overlooking the golf course, enhanced clubhouse exterior and porte cochère, significant expansion of Mr. P’s Pub, expansion of the bocce courts, and new golf Pro Shop, locker rooms and card rooms. In January, Peacock + Lewis and contractor Premiere Builders completed the clubhouse renovation’s first phase, which was highlighted by the design and construction of a new, 15,000-square-foot, standalone wellness center and spa. The entire renovation project is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.


Stephanie Wardein


Lee Association of Remarkable Citizens (LARC) has appointed Stephanie Wardein to its board of directors. Wardein is the system director of community affairs for Lee Health. She is responsible for all community relations activities, community health strategies, outreach, education and collaboration with other community organizations to develop working solutions to address local health-related needs. Wardein has been with Lee Health since 2012.  Gulfshore Business named her to its 2018 “40 under 40” class. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts – theology from Franciscan University and a master’s degree in theological studies from the Institute for Pastoral Theology at Madonna University. Wardein is a leader and volunteer in a number of local organizations.



Residential Options of Florida (ROOF) is expanding into Lee County with the opening of its fourth and fifth supported living homes, both located in southeast Cape Coral. The homes, known as Independence Place Cape Coral and Liberty Place Cape Coral, are designed to meet the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Like its other homes, ROOF’s newest supported living homes provide an affordable and accessible option for adults with disabilities to live independently in the community with support services to meet their needs. These are ROOF’s first homes in Lee County, with the other homes located in Charlotte and Collier counties. All five homes owned by ROOF are part of a Community Land Trust program, known as ROOF Housing Trust, that ensures that these homes will remain affordable and available to people with disabilities in perpetuity. Independence Place Cape Coral and Liberty Place Cape Coral were made possible by a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Block Grant awarded by Lee County. ROOF is set to open its sixth supported living home, Liberty Place Naples, later in November.


Building G at the Moorings Park


Suffolk recently completed construction on Building G at the Moorings Park campus in Naples. This project is a continuation of a partnership between Moorings Park and Suffolk and was designed by Studio+ Architects. Similar to Building A, which was also completed by Suffolk, Building G is a comprehensive renovation of an existing 320,000-square-foot, 96-unit independent living building that included the demolition and replacement of the entire building facade, including a new curtainwall system, windows and other updated features. Suffolk’s scope of work also included the renovation of the residential units and common spaces installation of a new fire suppression system, new fire alarm system, as well as all associated site work and landscaping. Suffolk implemented technology from their Smart Lab, including Touch Plan for Lean pull planning. This technology allows stakeholders from every aspect of the process. to collaborate and develop solutions in real time. Suffolk previously completed a number of projects for Moorings Park, including construction of Building R and the community’s clubhouse addition and renovation.


Stephen Hull


Target Roofing & Sheet Metal has hired Stephen Hull as business development manager. In this position, Hull will use data analysis and digital intelligence to help guide the company’s overall growth strategy, as well as draft standard operating procedures to improve production and workflow. Hull’s experience spans digital marketing, data analysis and management. Hull most recently was an independent contract marketer and data scientist at Allyn International. He previously held positions as technical adviser for Galway Public Library, transportation supervisor for Iron Mountain/Archives One and production coordinator for Fortitech. Hull also served as a chemical operations non-commissioned officer for the U.S. Army and Army National Guard, receiving four honors. Hull earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition science from Kaplan University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Argosy University and a Doctor of Business Administration, with a concentration in marketing, from Argosy University.


Charitable Notes

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. collects toys for Toys for Tots

For the 13th year, Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. offices will collect toys to be distributed by the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation. Toys will be collected until Dec. 15, when they will be picked up and distributed by Toys for Tots to approved local social welfare agencies, church groups and other organizations. The public is invited to bring new, unwrapped toys for newborn children to age 12 to any of the six Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz offices. In addition, members of the firm also donate toys for the drive. For Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz locations accepting Toys for Tots donations, visit Monetary donations are also accepted at


Collier’s Reserve fundraiser benefits Habitat for Humanity of Collier County

Collier’s Reserve recently held an evening of wine and hors d’oeuvres in which residents raised more than $100,000 to build a home in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Collier County. This marks the 60th home underwritten by the North Naples community through both resident donations and the state’s Community Contribution Tax Credit Program. Once constructed, the home will be purchased with a zero-interest mortgage by a Habitat Collier partner family.  


Bonita Springs Historical Society presents the Festival of Trees fundraiser

The Bonita Springs Historical Society will present its inaugural Festival of Trees event from 5-9 p.m. during Dec. 2-6. Admission is $5 per person, children 12 and under are free. The festival will take place at the newly renovated McSwain House in downtown Bonita Springs. Each evening from 6-8 p.m. a different musical entertainment will perform on the lawn of the McSwain House. Refreshments will be provided nightly from Straight from New York Bagels. Christmas trees and holiday wreaths have been submitted by area businesses. Tickets may be purchased for a chance to win one or more of the decorative trees or wreaths for $10 each or three for $25. The money raised from the week-long event will be used to renovate the multi-purpose annex building to add a kitchen and venue space. For more information, visit or contact Trish Leonard at


Tickets available for 10th annual Golisano Children’s Hospital Fashion Show

Tickets and sponsorships are still available for the 10th annual Golisano Children’s Hospital Fashion Show, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 6 at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa to benefit Kids’ Minds Matter, Golisano Children’s Hospital mental and behavioral health program. The event will feature a gourmet luncheon, fashion show, silent auction, and flower wall, where guests select a flower and win a corresponding prize. Models in the fashion show include former patients from the hospital. Residents of the Pelican Landing community created the fashion show in 2009. Sponsorships are available and include tickets, group tables, public recognition and other benefits. Individual tickets are $100 per person. For more information, visit or call (239) 343-6950.


Gaither Homecoming Soloist to sing at Christmas Carol Sing 

Gaither Homecoming Soloist and Grammy Award winner Larry Ford will make a special guest appearance at the 29th annual Christmas Carol Sing sponsored by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. The Christmas Carol Sing will be held on Dec. 17 at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Fort Myers. Three sing-alongs are planned at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.  The doors will open 30 minutes prior to show time. Admission is free, although organizers request voluntary donations of at least two cans of non-perishable food for The Soup Kitchen, operated by Community Cooperative, and a voluntary cash donation, if possible. Residents who cannot attend any of the Christmas Carol Sing performances may donate canned goods at either the Galloway Ford dealership on Boy Scout Drive or the Coconut Point Ford dealership on U.S. 41 in Estero or mail donations to Community Cooperative, P. O. Box 2143, Fort Myers, FL  33902. For more information, call First Presbyterian Church at (239) 334-2261 or visit


Guadalupe Center seeking donations for Holiday Gift Shop

 Guadalupe Center is accepting donations to restock its Holiday Gift Shop, an annual shopping experience that allows Immokalee parents to select Christmas presents for their children. Now through Dec. 5, Guadalupe Center will accept new, unwrapped donations of toys, clothing, shoes and other gifts appropriate for infants through teenagers. The Holiday Gift Shop is open to parents of children in Guadalupe Center programs. Donated items include new clothing and shoes, board games, dolls, bicycles, LEGO sets, books, stuffed animals and other toys, as well as gift cards for the teenagers. After parents select gifts, community volunteers then wrap the presents. The Holiday Gift Shop runs Dec. 9-13. Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at Guadalupe Resale Shop in Naples; or contact Ellie Ramirez at to arrange for drop off at the Morgridge Family Early Childhood Education Campus in Immokalee. Monetary donations can be made at Guadalupe Center staff will also be collecting gifts from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Mercato on Nov. 20 outside Bravo Italian Restaurant and on Dec. 5 on the event lawn.


Clinic to Receive State Farm grant for patient education 

The Neighborhood Health Clinic will receive a $2,500 State Farm grant for patient education during a check presentation ceremony taking place at 11 a.m. on Nov. 26 at the charity’s campus, located at 88 12th Street N., Naples. The $2,500 State Farm grant for patient education materials will be awarded during a check presentation ceremony featuring state Rep. Bob Rommel; State Farm agents, and clinic CEO Leslie Lascheid. For more information, visit


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