Gulfshore Business Daily: November 5

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Beasley Broadcast Group Inc. (BBGI) has released operating results for the three-month and nine-month periods ended Sept. 30, 2018. The company reported a third-quarter net income of $2.6 million, down from $6.1 million the year prior. Net income for the nine-month period was $4.4 million, down from $17.5 million the year prior. Operating income, net income and net income per diluted share in the three months ended Sept. 30, 2018 were impacted by the $1.7 million USTN bad debt expense, a press release states. In addition, the 2018 third-quarter net income and net income per diluted share were impacted by a loss of $0.3 million due to a modification of long-term debt and $0.8 million of professional expenses incurred in connection with the shelf offering completed during the period.


St. Matthew’s House will host a renaming and groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation of the Naples homeless shelter at 10 a.m. today at 2001 Airport Road, South in Naples. The existing shelter was built in 1993 and since then it is estimated that more than 25,000 residents have been served. Remodeling the facility will allow the space to be repurposed in order to better meet the needs of homeless families. It is estimated that the new shelter will serve more than 1,200 men, women and children per year. The facility will also be renamed Campbell Lodge in honor of longtime board member Don Campbell and his wife, Ruth, who made the renovation possible through a donation.


Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida inducted Jeff Fridkin, co-founding member of Grant Fridkin Pearson P.A., and Adria Starkey, Collier County president for FineMark National Bank & Trust, into its 2018 Business Hall of Fame, Collier County during a dinner and awards ceremony on Nov. 1 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples. More than 550 local business professionals and Collier County students attended the 30th annual celebration event, which recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who serve as role models for youth through their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community. Fridkin and Starkey joined a distinguished group of individuals who have been inducted into the Business Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1988.


The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (RTP) invites area technology professionals and students to attend TECHmatch 2018, held from 5:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday at Florida Gulf Coast University, Cohen Center Ballroom in Fort Myers. The technology jobs event is designed to match technology employers with students and prospective job seekers. The event is geared toward current tech job seekers, technology students of all levels, and current technology professionals. This year’s event is sponsored by CareerSource Southwest Florida and will feature a record number of regional companies. All attendees can interact with company representatives and match their skills to open positions. Companies attending TECHmatch include 21st Century Oncology, Sprint, Cigent, Two 39 Group, Red Sneakers, Summit Broadband, Hodges University, Chico's FAS, FGCU Hertz, Hyperteam, iPartnerMedia, Health Care Network of Southwest Florida, Benseron Hospitality, Lee Health, IT Vantage, ReachMobi and more. Registration is required at and the event is free to attend.


A Fort Myers home has sold for $7 million, a new record sale for the city. Built on what was once a civil war plantation and home to Gen. Shaddelee, the contemporary-style Shaddelee Plantation was sold furnished as a record high sale for Fort Myers in the last 10 years. The property sits on nearly an acre of riverfront land off McGregor Boulevard and has more than 9,200 square feet under air of living space. Ted Stout, Realmark Realty broker, listed and sold the property, and the buyers were represented by Aaron Wolf and Trae Zipper.


HealthPark Care & Rehabilitation Center has been listed as a 2018-2019 Best Nursing Home by U.S. News & World Report, earning two top badges for quality care. Only 19 percent of the facilities U.S. News rated achieved a “Top Performing” badge, and even fewer earned two. New this year, U.S. News is giving most facilities two ratings—one for the overall quality of the home, the other a new “short-stay rehab” rating. This enhancement is designed to make the ratings more meaningful to consumers. HealthPark Care & Rehabilitation Center is one of only four facilities in Lee County that earned “Top Performing” status in the overall ratings (20 Lee County facilities were rated) and one of only two to earn a “Top Performing” badge in short-stay rehabilitation. For more information, including methodology, visit


Miromar Outlets is offering a free motorized shuttle service around the center from now through April 30. As a convenience to shoppers, shuttles will continuously circle the perimeter, with nine designated stops to optimize easy access to Miromar Outlets’ 140 outlet stores. The shuttle will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit


LOTUS Architecture has added Annette Filer to its team. She received her bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1988 from the University of Miami. Her 30 years of experience includes working on projects with the Miami-Dade Aviation department, School Board of Miami-Dade County and library projects for Miami-Dade County government. Her background in custom residential projects include recovery from Hurricane Andrew and creation of new HUD homes in the aftermath. With offices in Naples and Fort Myers, LOTUS maintains a staff of more than 25 design professionals.


Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida raises record amount

Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida has set a new fundraising mark, collecting $133,000 at its recent Annual Mental Health Luncheon, which brought more than 300 people to the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers. The theme of this year’s luncheon, “Faces of Hope at Work,” was designed to spotlight the organization’s job placement efforts through the new Hope Works LLC, which connects employers to Hope Clubhouse members. Fort Myers attorney Sawyer Smith delivered a keynote address after revealing his own struggles with mental illness in a talk at last year’s event, according to a press release. Smith, along with event chair Kelly L. Fayer, of the Law Offices of Kelly L. Fayer P.A., and state Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, the honorary chair, continued the dialogue on mental health.

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