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Gulfshore Business Daily: November 27


Chico’s FAS Inc. reported a net loss of $8.1 million for the 13 weeks ended Nov. 2, or $0.07 loss per diluted share, compared to net income of $6.5 million, or $0.05 earnings per diluted share, for the 13 weeks ended Nov. 3, 2018. The company reported a third-quarter adjusted net loss of $4.6 million, or $0.04 loss per diluted share, as presented in its GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation report. For the 39 weeks ended on Nov. 2, the company reported a net loss of $8.4 million, compared to net income of $52.3 million for the 39 weeks ended Nov. 3. For the 39 weeks ended Nov. 2, the company reported adjusted net income of $0.9 million as presented in its GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation report. Click here to view the full results.



Collier County ranked No. 10 in SmartAsset’s “Best Places to Own a Home” list for Florida. The study compared the total costs of buying and renting a home, and counties were ranked by the amount of time it took renting to become more expensive than buying. This represents how long it takes to offset the upfront costs of homeownership, the down payment and closing costs. Collier County was reported with an average monthly mortgage payment of $2,146; an average monthly rent payment of $1,910; average monthly home price of $512,684; a breakeven year of 2.9; and Rent vs. Buy Index of 89.56. For the full report, click here.



Lee Health’s HealthPark Medical Center is among the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals again, joining some of the most elite hospitals in the country for top heart care, including the Mayo Clinic. IBM Watson Health’s 50 top-performing cardiovascular hospitals represent the very best heart care in the U.S. HealthPark Medical Center is one of only three hospitals in Florida to earn the designation and the only one south of Daytona Beach. It’s also the only hospital in the state to make the list three years in a row. This year’s study included 989 U.S. hospitals with cardiovascular service lines utilizing independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance in key clinical and operational areas for selected cardiovascular procedures and medical care. The winners delivered better outcomes while operating more efficiently and at a lower cost, based on comparisons between the study winners and a peer group of similar hospitals in the study.  The annual study identifies top U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services based on a balanced national scorecard of hospital performance metrics, including outcomes, clinical processes and efficiency measures. For more information, visit www.100TopHospitals.com.



Scholarships to attend the 10th Annual Imagine Solutions Conference are now available for executive leadership of Southwest Florida nonprofit organizations. Imagine Solutions Conference is a one-day, nationally recognized, thought leader forum that presents big ideas from experts on critical issues. The 10th Anniversary Conference, entitled “Visionary Viewpoints,” will take place on from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. Founded, funded, and operated by local community leaders, Imagine Solutions welcomes 650 like-minded attendees to the conference each year. To date, Imagine Solutions has underwritten more than $251,000 in scholarships for nonprofit leaders. In addition, Imagine Solutions provides scholarships annually to Golden Apple Award-winning teachers in Collier and Lee counties, totaling $46,800 through 2019. For more information or to request scholarships for nonprofit leadership and purchase tickets, visit www.ImagineSolutionsConference.com.



Planning for growth in one of the nation’s fastest-growing areas will be addressed at the Real Estate Investment Society (REIS) held at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 10 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 present an overview of growth trends, emerging development opportunities, and County efforts to support and manage it. After his presentation, Strain will respond to questions from the attending real estate development and investment professionals. Mark Strain has served on the Collier County Planning Commission since 2001, being chairman for 15 years, and as hearing examiner since 2013. The meeting is sponsored by Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt. Admission is $30 for members and $40 for guests, which includes lunch. Reservations are required by Dec. 5 and may be made at www.reis-swfl.org.



The first house in Southwest Florida to receive both Platinum certification from the Florida Green Building Coalition and Gold Florida Water Star certification from South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) was unveiled at a Babcock Ranch ribbon-cutting ceremony for Florida Lifestyle Homes’ new Lily Rose model. President of Florida Lifestyle Homes Bill Ennen accepted the certification awards from C.J. Davila, executive director of the Florida Green Building Coalition and Robert Wanvestraut, senior conservation analyst at South Florida Water Management District. Florida Water Star is SFWMD’s water conservation certification program for new and existing homes and commercial developments. Standards and guidelines for water efficiency are included for indoor fixtures and appliances; landscape design and irrigation systems. Builders who use FGBC’s residential green standards reach beyond minimum requirements in the areas of energy performance, water conservation, site conditions, healthier home materials and disaster mitigation. The Lily Rose received a certified home score of 195 points to achieve Platinum certification. Babcock Ranch was recognized as the first Florida Green Building Coalition Platinum Certified Land Development project in 2018.



Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida Inc. is being recognized for being the county’s first recreational organization to adopt a tobacco-free policy in the Dunbar community of Fort Myers. The Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida Inc. adopted a tobacco-free policy for staff, members, volunteers, and visitors. The tobacco-free policy will prohibit the use of all cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes. Quality Life Center youth participating in Florida’s statewide youth advocacy organization, Students Working Against Tobacco, collaborated with the Department of Health in Lee County to develop a policy that would protect the community, particularly youth from the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco and electronic cigarettes. Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida assists employees and community members wanting to quit smoking by referring them to Tobacco Free Florida’s free Quit Your Way cessation resources.  


Alex Bremner


Alexandra (Alex) Bremner received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Uncommon Friends Foundation at the annual Uncommon Evening gala, held on Nov. 14 at the Burroughs Home & Gardens in Fort Myers. The award signifies many years of exemplary service to the locally-founded nonprofit organization. Bremner was a teacher in the Lee County School System for 35 years. Her aunt, Berne Davis, provided the seed money to start the Uncommon Friends Foundation’s scholarship program. Bremner has served as chair of the scholarship committee for many years in addition to serving on the foundation board of directors.  She is currently serving as chair of the foundation’s Uncommon Evening. For more information, visit https://uncommonfriends.org.


Charitable notes

Families choosing Christmas gifts at The Heights Center Christmas Outreach

Donations needed for Harlem Heights Community Gift Drive

The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center is hosting its annual Harlem Heights Community Gift Drive. Individuals, businesses and philanthropic groups are asked to donate new, unwrapped gifts for local children.  Gifts are needed for more than 800 children, ranging in age from birth to 17 years of age. Suggested donations are gifts under $25 including Legos, dolls, art sets, footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, remote control cars, tea sets, action figures, board games, coloring books and crayons.  Personal items are needed including pajamas, jewelry, body lotion, spray, soaps, hair accessories and wristwatches.  Donations of gift cards from Target, Kmart or Walmart are appreciated.  Monetary donations can be made at www.heightsfoundation.org/donate. The gifts will be distributed to parents on Dec. 21 at The Heights Center. Items can be dropped off at The Heights Center, through Dec. 19. Volunteers are needed to assist with event set up and at the event. Organizations and individuals interested in participating can contact Melissa Barlow at (239) 482-7706 or melissa@heightsfoundation.org.  All donations are tax-deductible.  Monetary donations can be made at www.heightsfoundation.org.


‘Dollars for Scholars’ sells out attendance, golf tournament rescheduled

“Dollars for Scholars” took place on Nov. 15. Co-sponsored by the Bentley Village Foundation and Vi at Bentley Village, the event provides funding for the Bentley Wings Competitive Scholarships and the Scholarship Endowment Fund. Those efforts to date have resulted in 39 scholarships amounting to a commitment of more than $195,000, not counting the proceeds from the 2019 event, which brought in more than $50,000, providing scholarships for an additional 10 students. The golf portion of the event was cancelled due to rain, but a reception and dinner with more than 125 people attending went on as planned, and included a silent auction with 29 selections, and a raffle drawing with the winner taking home $10,010. A makeup date for the golf event has been scheduled for Jan. 6, 2020.  The day’s activities for 76 participants will feature a four-person scramble, a putting contest on a specially designed green, and the chance to score a whole-in- one with a Mercedes leased car as the prize. The Dollars for Scholars Committee for this event was chaired by Marcia Courtney and included Dave Courtney, Stan Geer, Janice Hitch, Carroll and Herb Koelling, Karen and Roger Rittinger, Ron Tougas and Jim Wismar.


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