Gulfshore Business Daily: November 5

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Lead Photo: Charlotte County encourages residents to get flu shots. Credit: WINK News.



During the general election Tuesday, Florida voters approved raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, which would be phased in over the next six years. More than 61% of Floridians casting ballots voted yes on Amendment 2. This supermajority approved the amendment to the Florida Constitution that will increase the state’s minimum wage from the current $8.56 an hour to $15 an hour by 2026. Nothing happens until Sept. 30, 2021, when the minimum wage will increase by $1.44 to $10 an hour. Then, every year on Sept. 30 the minimum wage will be raised by $1 until it reaches $15 in 2026. Future increases would then be adjusted for inflation again starting in 2027.


Naples-based Beasley Broadcast Group Inc. reported a net loss of $2.7 million in the three months ended Sept. 30, 2020, compared to a net income of $3 million in the three months ended Sept. 30, 2019. The year-over-year decrease was primarily due to the decline in net revenue related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Net revenue during the three months ended Sept. 30, 2020, primarily reflects a year-over-year decrease in commercial advertising revenue due to the impact of the pandemic, partially offset by growth in digital, esports and political revenue and contributions from the August 2019 acquisition of WDMK-FM in Detroit. Beasley operates 64 radio stations in 15 large- and mid-size markets in the United States. For the company’s latest financial report, click here


The Charlotte County Department of Health is urging residents to contact their health care providers or pharmacies to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible. Once vaccinated, it takes about two weeks to offer protection. Reducing illness and hospitalization from flu is even more critical this year to protect frontline health care workers and hospital systems working to care for people with COVID-19 and other illnesses, according to the Department of Health. The department offers free flu vaccinations for children from 6 months to 18 years old. Vaccines for adults are available for $26.64. Appointments can be made by calling (941) 624-7200, WINK News reports.


The Factory, a new MoveStrong outdoor fitness and obstacle course, is opening with scheduled events from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 22 at Paradise Coast Sports Complex in Naples. The public event features scheduled workouts, an obstacle course review and challenge with timed categories, and more. MoveStrong offers customizable, functional fitness equipment. For more information about the events and company, click here.


Advocate Radiation Oncology, the first medical practice in Southwest Florida to introduce the Halcyon radiotherapy system, according to the company, has added a second Halcyon to its lineup of state-of-the-art cancer-fighting machines. The Halcyon uses image-guided radiotherapy to deliver highly targeted cancer treatments with precision and comfort. Compared to traditional systems, the Halcyon’s intelligent automation provides for faster treatment times and uses quiet, smooth motions and soft, ambient lighting. The Halcyon has been proven effective in treating breast, prostate, lung, brain and other types of cancers, Advocate states. Advocate installed its first Halcyon machine at its Cape Coral office and the second system is now available to patients at Advocate’s Fort Myers location. No other oncology practice in Fort Myers offers the Halcyon, according to Advocate. For more information, visit


The Bonita Springs Downtown Alliance recently elected new officers for the 2020-2022 term who will continue to represent the downtown merchants and residents. Trish Leonard, the owner and CEO of TLC Marketing and Creative Services, was elected as president; Susie Sayer, the owner of Heaven Scent Flowers and For Heaven Shakes, will be the new vice president; Bonnie Whittmore, the president of the Bonita Springs Historical Society, is the new secretary; and Charlie Strader, who is also with the Bonita Springs Historical Society, will remain as treasurer. The Bonita Springs Downtown Alliance meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Shangri-La Springs. Each month different speakers are invited to discuss downtown developments and happenings. All downtown residents and businesses are encouraged to join the Alliance. 


The Town of Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy confirmed this week that the fireworks display for New Year’s Eve will be postponed because of social distancing requirements and concern over the spread of COVID-19.



Preferred Travel of Naples welcomes Macrides

Preferred Travel of Naples is pleased to welcome Cindy Macrides as an independent travel advisor in the newly opened Bonita Springs office. Macrides began her travel career in 1981 and is a graduate of the Wilma Boyd School of Travel, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Originally from New Jersey, Macrides has lived in Naples for the past 29 years. She is an independent full-service travel consultant specializing in corporate, group travel, river cruises, cruises, tours, custom itineraries, and is experienced in planning vacations to New Zealand, Australia, and Europe. Prior to joining Preferred Travel of Naples, Macrides was affiliated with another local travel agency for 18 years. She is an AMA Waterways Certified Advisor, an Aussie Specialist, A Rocky Mountaineer Specialist, a New Zealand Specialist, and attended the College of Disney.

Dr. Liliya Gerasymchuk

Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida hires pediatrician 

Dr. Liliya Gerasymchuk has joined Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida as a pediatrician. Gerasymchuk earned her doctor of osteopathy degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri.  She served her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, Michigan. Gerasymchuk is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians.         

Dawn Hall

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank hires Hall

Dawn Hall has joined Sanibel Captiva Community Bank as a loan coordinator in the bank’s residential lending division at the McGregor Branch, located at 15975 McGregor Blvd. She is responsible for supporting residential loan officers and assisting customers with residential loans, including conventional and construction loans. Hall has more than 15 years of experience in the residential lending, banking and sales industries. Founded in 2003, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has two locations on Sanibel Island and six more locations throughout Lee County. To learn more, visit

Amavida Living announces executive leadership

Scott Moore brings nearly two decades of experience in senior living to his new position as president of Quadrum Senior Living and executive director of Amavida Living. His previous experience includes serving in many leadership roles, including chief operating officer and executive vice president.  Moore is responsible for developing a senior management team to launch the Amavida Living vision to create a resort=style residential lease option for seniors still on the move. Amavida Living features maintenance-free cottage residences and apartment homes that have access to a private entrance to the Lakes Park wildlife preserve adjacent to the community. For more information, visit



Dress for Success SW Florida raises over $90,000

Dress for Success SW Florida raised over $90,000 at its virtual fundraiser, “A Recycled Night in Black & White,” on Oct. 15. The event streamed live from Opulent Lighting and Design, and more than 1,200 supporters tuned in to watch from the comfort of their home, some as far away as Rome. The gala featured a fashion show showcasing the theme “Making Marvelous out of the Discarded.” Designers were challenged with creating one runway-ready women’s ensemble from randomly assigned, donated bags of clothing, not appropriate for client suitings. The following designers were honored as winners: first place, Sedona Lehua; second place, Francielle Stiefelmann; third place, Yvonne Krystman and people’s choice, Alanna Jaron. Other competing designers were Kaylee Rouse, Amanda Jaron, Dinara Idayalova, Anny Allen, Melanie Herrera, Anna Maria Cortes Rodriguez, Sarah Coble and Allisa Kliewer. Money raised from this annual event will help support programs that are offered free to women in Lee, Collier and Hendry counties, including Women Empowered Through Employment Series (WETES) for unemployed and underemployed women, Professional Women’s Group (PWG) for employed women and Entrepreneurial Spirit Program (E$P) for women that want to start their own business.

Knights of Columbus St. John XXIII golf tournament raises $3,000

The inaugural Knights of Columbus St. John XXIII Catholic Church charity golf tournament raised $3,000 for local not-for-profits Hope Hospice, Special Equestrians and St. Martin de Porres Outreach. Nearly 30 local businesses supported the 100-player tournament hosted at The Forest County Club in Fort Myers. For information about sponsoring the 2021 tournament next October, visit   

BIG8 BBQ supports Hope Hospice

BIG8 BBQ, a new restaurant at 1217 SE 47th Terrace in Cape Coral, is donating a portion of sales to support Hope Hospice’s mission of improving the quality of life for every person experiencing serious illness by providing exceptional, comforting care. When owner Bill Keister opened BIG8 BBQ in October, he knew supporting a local not-for-profit would be part of his business plan. “Hope came to my heart,” said Keister, who shared that his parents and brother were in Hope Hospice’s care during the past year. “I was grateful for the way Hope helped my family both during and after the passing of our loved ones. I want other people in the community to get that help too.”

REIS Scholarship Foundation donations needed

Donations are needed for scholarships to be awarded by the REIS Scholarship Foundation in 2021. The REIS Scholarship Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation and donations may be tax-deductible. The Real Estate Investment Society (REIS) manages the foundation, allowing 100% of donations to be used for scholarships in real estate related programs at Florida Gulf Coast University. For information and an online donation form, visit

Nearly $2M in mortgage, rental assistance distributed thanks to United Way of Collier and the Keys

The United Way of Collier and the Keys has helped distribute nearly $2 million to more than 300 Collier County households in CARES funding. Collier residents who qualify can receive up to $11,250 per household based on their specific documented needs, such as past-due electric bills and current utility bills — if included in lease/rent — and/or overdue mortgage payments, or childcare payments. Accumulation of overdue payments must be due to the onset of COVID-19. The maximum for housing and utility is $10,000. Childcare assistance has a separate maximum award of $1,250.  To date, $1,802,037 has been paid out to more than 300 Collier County households. Funding for this project comes from the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act administered by Collier County government.
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