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Gulfshore Business Daily: Oct. 11

Lead Photo: Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. ribbon-cutting ceremony, commemorating its office expansion, located at 3200 Tamiami Trail N. in Naples. Details below.


The U.S. Health Resource Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded Lee Health $3.2 million to fund efforts by Lee Community Healthcare to address health disparities in the community. Created by Lee Health, Lee Community Healthcare is a community health center that provides primary medical care to the medically uninsured and economically distressed residents of Southwest Florida. The funds from the HRSA grant will be used over the next two years for several initiatives, including to help fund salaries and benefits for staffing of the planned expansion of the Dunbar Lee Community Healthcare office; establish a mobile medicine program in partnership with a local organization; create six telemedicine hubs in facilities serving underserved communities and streamline the referral process for smoking cessation services for Lee Community Healthcare patients.


The Charlotte County Airport Authority announces inaugural flights of the newest route from Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) via Allegiant and Sun Country Airlines. Both Allegiant and Sun Country flights are scheduled Mondays and Fridays October through January. During February, March and April both airlines have flights from PGD to MSP on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Both airlines offer different pricing, scheduling and amenities. Flight days, times and fares can be found and booked online on each airline’s website.


Lee Health is investing nearly $150 million to expand Cape Coral Hospital and bring additional health care services to the city of Cape Coral. At its Aug. 26 meeting, the Lee Health Board of Directors approved plans to expand the intensive care unit (ICU) at Cape Hospital, add additional treatment bays in the emergency department and purchase a 22.7-acre parcel of land in the city. Other new projects are also underway. The 12-bed expansion of the ICU increases the number of available beds from 22 to 34. The expansion of the emergency department creates six additional treatment bays and a 12-bed observation unit, which allows patients to be monitored for up to 24 hours without being admitted to the hospital. Lee Health anticipates using the newly acquired land in the city to build a health care facility similar to Lee Health Coconut Point, which opened in Estero in December 2018. In addition to the planned expansions, Cape Coral Hospital is poised to become a teaching hospital as Lee Health will soon launch its internal medicine residency program at Cape Coral Hospital. The Lee Health Board of Directors also approved a plan to construct a new building on the southeast corner of Palm Tree Boulevard and Cape Coral Parkway. Known as Bimini Basin, this project will include a large medical office footprint and apartment units located on top of the medical space and brings access to medical care to an area of Cape Coral that is currently underserved, Lee Health states. The outpatient facility at Surfside is also growing, with a 14,000 square foot expansion.


Video courtesy of WINK News
The Naples Players are expanding and redeveloping their current space and will meet with the Naples City Council to discuss the changes, WINK News reports. The project is entirely funded by what the theater company calls “generous donors.” Those donors together will make up the $15 million going towards the renovation of the Naples Players’ entire facility, the Sudgen Community Theatre on Fifth Avenue Sout. It’s a bit of an expansion as well, with the existing 30,000 square feet being renovated and another 8,000 to 10,000 square feet added. Changes to the current space include the addition of a balcony to the main theater and a renovation of the smaller black box theater. The Sugden Community Theatre was built at the center of downtown Naples in 1998 to provide a civic center for the city. The Players say the hope is for the project to start by May 2022. For the full story, click here.


Woodward, Pires & Lombardo P.A. has expanded its Naples office at 3200 Tamiami Trail N. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Oct. 5 with the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce to commemorate the company’s expansion and milestone anniversary of 50 years this year, along with the launch of its new website. The law firm added 2,500 square feet on the first floor of the building to supplement its existing 6,000 square feet encompassing the entire second floor. The new space contains a videoconferencing and audiovisual room, plus additional conference rooms, attorney and paralegal offices, a second kitchen and an office services area. Humphrey Rosal Architects, located on the third floor of the building, provided the design and planned renovations for WPL’s first-floor space, and EECON Construction Services completed the project.


Angela Melvin

Valerie’s House, a nonprofit organization that helps children grieve the loss of a loved one, has resumed in-person group therapy sessions after a six-week hiatus due to the spike in COVID-19 cases. “The number of new families seeking grief counseling is increasing every week. About 20% of them are families that have lost a loved one to COVID-19,” said Valerie’s House Founder and CEO Angela Melvin. Valerie’s House is implementing safety precautions at all of its locations, including requiring all employees to be vaccinated and wear masks during group therapy sessions.  Families, however, will not be required to be vaccinated. About 400 children and family members participate in the group therapy sessions at the three Valerie’s House locations in Fort Myers, Naples and Punta Gorda. Sessions are held Monday through Thursday evenings. In addition, Valerie’s House is now providing grief support groups for students, teachers and staff at several Lee County schools that requested the help.  Counselors are conducting grief support groups at several schools. 


Sean Gradomski

Troon has been selected to manage The Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek in Naples. Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon, will oversee club operations and has named Sean Gradomski as The Golf Club’s new executive director of hospitality, overseeing golf operations, agronomy, and merchandising.  Additionally, Gradomski has been appointed executive director of Hospitality for The Club & Spa at Fiddler’s Creek, The Tarpon Club, Marco Beach Ocean Resort and Sale e Pepe restaurant, all among Fiddler’s Creek’s lifestyle clubs and amenities. Gradomski has 18-plus years of golf and hospitality industry experience, having most recently served as general manager of Bayside Resort Golf Club, a Troon Privé-managed, private facility in Selbyville, Delaware. Prior to Bayside, Gradomski was the general manager of The Diplomat Golf, Tennis & Yacht Club in Hallandale, Florida. He began his career in golf with Marriott International at Royal St. Kitts Golf Club in St. Kitts-Nevis in the Caribbean, working his way from head golf professional to general manager. Gradomski holds a marketing and professional golf management degree from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.  He is a Class A member of the PGA of America.


Gail Markham

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. P.A. (MNMW) Partner Gail Markham, a Florida Supreme Court certified family mediator,  has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Foundation.  As a board member, Markham will assist the FGCU Foundation in its mission to advance the university and its students by promoting the institution through philanthropy, offering long-term perspectives for FGCU, and sharing resources to benefit its teaching, scholarship, and public service mission. The FGCU Foundation is the channel for private gifts to FGCU through annual giving programs, planned gifts, capital and other special-purpose campaigns. The Foundation’s principal responsibilities are to raise awareness of the need for private support, solicit gifts on behalf of FGCU and exercise fiduciary management of those gifts.




The Immokalee Foundation Director of Philanthropy Marie Hernandez Rubenstein and Hyde N Chic Owner and Chef Andy Hyde

The Immokalee Foundation invites the community to ‘Dine for a Cause’
Thirty local restaurants are donating 10 to 35% of their sales during The Immokalee Foundation’s “Dine for a Cause” event Oct. 13-17, to celebrate the foundation’s 30th anniversary. The proceeds will fund The Immokalee Foundation’s mission of forging new pathways to success and financial independence for the youth of Immokalee. “Dine for a Cause” restaurants include a variety of cuisine from burgers and barbecue, pizza and pasta, French and other international flavors to casual and fine dining options. Each restaurant has agreed to donate a percentage of its breakfast, lunch and/or dinner sales on select dates. A complete list of restaurants is available here.


The Seaside Bar & Grill sets fundraiser to help fight against breast cancer
The Seaside Bar & Grill has scheduled a fundraiser event to raise money to help fight against breast cancer. The fundraiser, “Real Men Wear Pink,” will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the Seaside Bar & Grill in Bonita Springs. Guests are welcome to attend dressed in business casual attire and any accents of pink. There will be live entertainment, including a raffle, DJ, dancing and other festivities. Marc Devisse, the president of both The Seaside Bar & Grill and Tri-Town Construction has announced Tri-Town Construction will donate $1,000 for every project closed from now until Oct. 14. Tickets for the Real Men Wear Pink party are currently on sale at The Seaside Bar’s website. The total revenue generated from ticket sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society to aid its fight against breast cancer.


Starability Foundation announces co-chairs for 2022 Star Gala
Starability Foundation has announced Jennifer Marchionda and Holly Shapiro as co-chairs of the 2022 Star Gala, Light the Night, presented by Accanito Capital Group. The annual fundraising event will be held on Feb. 12, 2022, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. Shapiro owns Aries Title with husband and attorney Marc L. Shapiro, and Marchionda runs her own business, Jennifer Marchionda Design. Shapiro’s son, Nathan, 14, was diagnosed with autism and other rare medical issues at age 2. Nathan recently joined the Junior Trailblazer Academy, Starability’s afterschool program. Marchionda’s 15-year-old daughter Larissa, who is on the autism spectrum, also has engaged in the program. The gala will feature Cirque du Soleil-style entertainment and include a silent auction and live auction packages.


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