Gulfshore Business Daily: November 6

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Bruce Barone


Naples City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to cancel the city’s annual Christmas parade and New Year’s Eve fireworks next month because of coronavirus concerns. The events, which had been scheduled for Dec. 8 and Dec. 31, respectively, both attract thousands of people to the community. Earlier this year, the city canceled the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and the Fourth of July parade and fireworks.  


Twin Peaks plans a large restaurant on a new freestanding outparcel site at Coastland Center mall in Naples. The proposed 10,530-square-foot restaurant will front Golden Gate Parkway just north of the existing parking garage on the north side of the mall and east of the future CMX CinéBistro movie theater. The proposed restaurant will include about 8,650 square feet under air and about 1,880 square feet of outdoor patio area. “We have just started the process of design and are hoping to be open by the end of 2021,” says Austin Hester, chief operating officer and partner for DMD Restaurant Group, which holds the exclusive development rights in southern Florida for the restaurant brand. The Dallas-based entertainment concept, promoted as “the ultimate man cave,” has a mountain sports lodge theme and features a menu of comfort food and 29-degree draft beer. The Fort Myers location for Twin Peaks opened five years ago. The architect for the project learned last week that local government won’t be rubber-stamping Twin Peak’s corporate lodge design and architecture with its dark brown exterior. City staff said the restaurant’s proposed color scheme is not in keeping with the design standards for Coastland Center’s planned development, which calls for colors such as pastels, tan or off-white. The project is expected to be back later this month for a second look. 


The first phase of construction on The Enclave, Shell Point Retirement Community’s newest neighborhood, is complete and several residents have already begun moving into the community.
Located on 19.59 acres along On Par Boulevard within Shell Point Retirement Community, The Enclave features nine single-family homes and 26 villas as well as a 1,600-square-foot community center. Construction is complete on 22 of the single-family homes and villas, and construction continues on the remaining homes. The single-family homes range from 2,316 to 2,744 square feet, plus lanai, with either a three-bedroom, two-bathroom floorplan or a three-bedroom, three-bathroom, plus den. The villas range from 1,632 to 2,001 square feet, plus lanai, with either a two-bedroom, two-bathroom floorplan or a two-bedroom, two-bathroom, plus den.
Designed by RDG Planning & Design, the private, gated neighborhood is surrounded by a nearby golf course and offers scenic lake views. The interiors of the community center were created by Meghan Kolund, design director at Wegman Design Group in Naples. To learn more, visit


Emmanuel Academies, a local non-profit organization, has reached a milestone with record numbers of 21 students enrolled in their program this fall. The Emmanuel Academies bachelor’s and Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree programs are experiencing exponential growth, according to Howard Isaacson, chief executive officer of Emmanuel Academies. Emmanuel Academies’ mission is to equip pastors for Christian service within all communities, leveraging opportunities for theological and spiritual formation, leadership development, and vocational training as they earn accredited degrees. The programs are available for all Christian denominations. To find out more about the programs from Emmanuel Communities or the college degrees offered through Emmanuel Academies, contact Beatrice (BB) D’Angelo at or 239-595-6900, or visit

Bruce Barone


The Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District (BID) was recognized by the Naples City Council for its support of the “Do The Right Thing” program at the council’s regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 4. The “Do The Right Thing” program is designed to recognize school-aged children within the community who are doing good things. The program is a community-based initiative that brings the Naples Police Department together with the community, businesses, schools, community organizations, city recreational centers, and youth. Fifth Avenue South is a longtime partner in the “Do The Right Thing” program and Bruce Barone Jr., executive director for the Fifth Avenue South BID, has served on the organization’s committee for more than three years. The recognition from Naples City Council is in appreciation of the group’s continued support and sponsorship of two children who received the award for the month of November.

3320 Rum Row


Clive Daniel Home’s interior design team of Susan Trivison and Chantal Warmoth have completed furniture installation in a five-bedroom, eight-bathroom, 7,019-square-foot developer spec home located at 3320 Rum Row in Naples. The luxury home in the heart of Old Naples is being developed by Limitless Development, by Mark and Dante DiSabato and was designed by Jon Kukk, Kukk Architecture & Design P.A. It was built by A. Vernon Allen. For more information about the home, contact Dante Disabato of William Raveis Real Estate at



GCIP announces record-breaking broker, agent of the month

Gulf Coast International Properties (GCIP) Founding Partner Mike McCumber has achieved a record sales history in Collier County, according to his firm. McCumber, resident of Naples since 1981, started Gulf Coast International Properties with Tim Savage in 2009. Since GCIP’s inception, McCumber has set numerous sales records in Port Royal, Aqualane Shores, Old Naples and Naples beachfront properties. McCumber holds the record for the top three sales in Collier County history: 1777 Gordon Drive, 575 Admiralty Parade, 1000 Admiralty Parade, according to GCIP. In separate news, GCIP has named Shay Trask Agent of the Month for October 2020.  A transplant from Iowa, Trask has achieved early success in the Naples market with his recent representation of the buyer in the biggest closed sale thus far in 2020 at $19.8 million, according to GCIP. Trask graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in real estate. 

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty welcomes new associates

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty announces that the following associates have affiliated with the company’s Naples area office locationsAgata Ciaravino, Bonita Springs; Paige Good, Central Naples; Jodi Hanson, Bonita Springs; Amy Nease, Bonita Springs; Devin Sweazy, Marco Island; Roberta Zimmerman, Village. For more information, visit

Courtney Crowley

MNMW employee earns CPA license

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. P.A. (MNMW) announces that Courtney Crowley is a newly licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), having passed all four sections of the CPA exam within 18 months and meeting all education and experience requirements. This rigorous exam covers Auditing and Attestation; Business Environment and Concepts; Financial Accounting and Reporting; and Regulation. Crowley earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and her master’s degree in accounting and taxation from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). She is a senior associate in the Litigation Support, Forensic Accounting and Mediation Services division of the firm. Before entering public accounting, her experience included three years in the nonprofit and government industries.



Collier CARES app launched for families in need

The Naples Children & Education Foundation in partnership with the Community Foundation of Collier County and Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation announced the soft launch of a specially designed application to serve the community’s most vulnerable populations. Collier CARES (Community Application for Resources and Emergency Services) is a free and bilingual mobile and web application designed for the purpose of connecting people in need with critical resources and services available in Collier County. Over the past year, NCEF convened community leaders, stakeholders and service providers to identify the critical needs of the local community, which influenced the design of Collier CARES. The goal of Collier CARES is to connect families immediately with relevant resources and services to meet their needs. Providers will list their services, including the location, hours of operation and key elements of their service, on Collier CARES, ensuring information is accurate and updated in real-time. Families in need will then be able to search for services based on 12 categories. The soft launch phase of development will invite organizations to onboard and register their services on the app. During this soft launch phase, only the web application is available, but an Android and iOS version of the app is forthcoming. To be listed on the app, organizations must meet certain eligibility requirements. For more information, visit or email

Collier County Heart Walk held online Saturday

The American Heart Association (AHA), the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is moving the 27th annual Collier Heart Walk online. The Collier Heart Walk is a way to celebrate heart and stroke survivors, raise lifesaving funds and encourage physical activity. The public is invited to get moving at home or around the neighborhood starting at 8 a.m. this Saturday, Nov. 7. A few activities to consider include taking a walk outside and sharing photos with the AHA on Facebook; participate in the organization’s scavenger hunt, share photos of your #TopDog and vote for other four-legged friends online, or create an at-home circuit workout. Participants can stay up-to-date by downloading the Heart Walk mobile app and encourage friends and family to join in via e-mail or on social media. On the day of, everyone is encouraged to wear their Heart Walk shirt and post pictures and videos to document your activity using #CollierHeartWalk and joining the Facebook Event 2020 Collier Heart Walk Digital Experience. The Collier Heart Walk was Chaired by NCH Chief Nursing Officer Jon Kling. The funds raised from the Collier Heart Walk go towards research, advocacy, CPR training and to promote better health. Click here to learn more.

North Fort Myers man surprised with new air conditioning

Lee BIA Builders Care and community partners recently came together to surprise a North Fort Myers homeowner – who has gone over a decade without central air and heating – with the gift of a new air conditioning system. Jon Smith is an elderly and disabled homeowner who has lived alone in his home for over 15 years. The lack of air conditioning has presented a critical risk to his health, as it has slowed the recovery of a leg injury and has caused heat exhaustion on several occasions, according to Lee BIA Builders Care. Unfortunately, his fixed income and medical expenses did not allow him to afford a new system. To help Smith live more comfortably, Lee BIA Builders Care partnered with St. Clair’s Custom Air, Ferguson HVAC and RUUD to replace the air conditioning unit. The new system was installed at no cost to the homeowner.
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