COLLIER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DECLINE PLAN FOR FOOD TRUCK PARK IN ISLE OF CAPRI
Collier County commissioners, acting as the Board of Zoning Appeals this week, unanimously overturned a staff recommendation that would have allowed a proposed food truck park to be built on Isles of Capri. The proposed local development on more than 2 acres of land zoned C-3 planned a park off Capri Boulevard with nine food trucks, two bars, outdoor seating, a dance area and amplified music. Commissioner Rock LoCastro made the motion to appeal the case based on what he said were issues regarding safety, noise, traffic, lighting, precedent and cohesion with the surrounding area. “I wouldn’t want to live anywhere near this type of facility,” says Commissioner Burt Saunders, noting that the issue probably will wind up in court. This type of business is not defined yet in the county’s land development code, Commissioner Bill McDaniel said. The commission directed staff to come back with LDC amendments regarding food truck parks in Collier County.
TRULY NOLEN’S NEW FORT MYERS BUILDING DEDICATED TO COMPANY’S VP OF COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS
During a grand opening ceremony Thursday, Truly Nolen Pest Control’s new Fort Myers operations building, 2715 Edison Ave., was dedicated to 40-year team member and VP of Commercial Operations Chris Maher, who is based in Southwest Florida. As part of the ceremony, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting, and company president and Southwest Florida native Scarlett Nolen and Chief Operating Officer Justin Bellet made the special presentation to Maher as well as gave tours of the new building. Fort Myers Mayor Kevin B. Anderson attended the event. Prior to 2021, Truly Nolen’s Fort Myers commercial team was located a few miles east of the residential team. This year, Stevens Construction completed construction of a new two-story, 9,722-square-foot facility which now houses both teams as well as provides warehouse storage. Stevens demolished the former building to allow for expanded parking.
AVE MARIA REPORTS MORE THAN 500 NEW HOME SALES SO FAR IN 2021
Ave Maria, a 4,000-acre master-planned community with residential neighborhoods, recreational activities and amenities, continues to see an acceleration in the pace of new home sales. Announcing more than 500 new home sales this year, the Barron Collier Companies development has already surpassed its total sales in all of 2020. Since the opening of the community in 2007, more than 3,500 new homes have been sold in the town, planned for about 11,000 residences. Home sales were reported from the four residential builders in Ave Maria: CC Homes, Del Webb Naples, Lennar and PulteGroup. Homes are available in a variety of styles- from single-family homes to condominiums- priced from the $200s to over $500s.
SEAGATE COMPLETES NEOGENOMICS’ GLOBAL HEADQUARTERS
Seagate Development Group and DeAngelis Diamond, Studio+, Hole Montes, and other key partners have completed NeoGenomics’ global headquarters at 9490 NeoGenomics Way in Fort Myers. This Class-A facility stems from NeoGenomics’ vision of a local team of experts. Seagate is the owner, developer, construction manager and site contractor, while DeAngelis Diamond is the general contractor. In 16 months, crews constructed a $60-million, 150,000-square-foot project over 14 acres. It includes two buildings – one 75,000-square-foot, three-story space for corporate offices and another 75,000-square-foot full-service cancer diagnostic lab. The latter accommodates a molecular laboratory for physicians and technicians. On-site amenities include an executive wing, a cafeteria, an indoor and outdoor dining area, and a courtyard between the two buildings. They accompany modernized products, such as a safety shower, eye-washing stations and updated electrical, HVAC, duct and sprinkler systems.
NAPLES CLASSICAL ACADEMY CELEBRATES SCHOOL OPENING
Naples Classical Academy, a new tuition-free classical curriculum K-12 charter school in North Naples, recently celebrated its opening for the 2021-22 school year with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by governing board members, school leadership and community members. Summit Construction Management Group completed constructions of the two-story, 70,000-square-foot building in August and the school welcomed scholars for the first day of school on Aug. 12. Naples Classical Academy currently has grades K-10 and began the school year fully enrolled with scholars. Eleventh grade will be added for the 2022-23 school year, and 12th grade will be added the year after. Naples Classical Academy is a licensed user of the classical curriculum provided by the Hillsdale College Barney Charter School Initiative.
PRO-TEC ADDS FORT MYERS LOCATION TO SERVICE LEE COUNTY
Pro-Tec Plumbing & Air has opened a location in Fort Myers to better serve residential and commercial customers in Lee County. Located at 2775 N. Airport Road, Unit 101, the Fort Myers can dispatch plumbers and HVAC technicians to homes and businesses in Fort Myers, Estero, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres. The new Fort Myers location features a business office as well as a parts warehouse and service center. Pro-Tec recently expanded its services to include plumbing as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). To accommodate the company’s growth, Pro-Tec is hiring plumbing and HVAC technicians to work out of the Fort Myers location. Positions also are available at the Naples locations.
BROWN NAMED CHIEF PHYSICIAN AT LEE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Dr. Ryan Brown has been named chief physician and operations executive for Lee Memorial Hospital. Brown comes to Lee Health with more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience. In his new role, Brown will be responsible for overseeing all hospital operations at Lee Memorial, jointly with Julia Liebscher, chief nurse executive. Most recently, Brown held leadership positions with Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina, including specialty medical director for hospital medicine and medical director for acute care health informatics. He also previously served in leadership roles with Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord, North Carolina, and the Naval Hospital Corpus Christi Health Care System in Corpus Christi, Texas. Brown is filling the role previously vacated by Dr. Scott Wolf. Dr. James Kasiewicz, served as the interim chief physician executive while a national search was conducted to fill the position. Brown began his role Oct. 1.
LEE & ASSOCIATES HIRES WESTERFIELD AS SENIOR VP
Lee & Associates has hired Brent Westerfield as a senior vice president. Westerfield will be joining the Naples’ branch office of Lee & Associates | Naples – Fort Myers specializing in retail brokerage. He represents more than 1 million square feet of anchored retail throughout Southwest Florida. Westerfield earned the Co-Star Power Broker award for retail leasing in Southwest Florida for 2017, 2019 and 2020. He is a long-time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
CONRIC PR + MARKETING ADDS NOEGEL TO CREATIVE DESIGN TEAM
CONRIC pr + marketing has added Guy Noegel to its creative design team as senior graphic designer. Noegel brings more than 15 years of creative experience and a fresh perspective to imagery and visual design projects for clients. Noegel was born in Smithtown, New York, and moved with his family to Florida, where he crafted his love for music into a creative outlet and a reason to learn graphic design at an early age. In his spare time, Noegel creates websites for charities, supports causes benefitting animal care and hosts Halloween event fundraisers for people in need.
MCKENNEY HOME CARE HIRES REYNOLDS AS DIRECTOR OF NURSING
McKenney Home Care has hired Sherry Reynolds as director of nursing. Reynolds will oversee McKenney offices in Naples and in Venice. She has a background in private duty home care Coming from West Virginia, Reynolds has been in Naples for 17 years and worked at Bentley Village Home Care for 10 years, including as director of nursing. She also worked for Cypress at Home and Trilogy Home Care. McKenney Home Care provides private-duty home-care services, with offices in Naples and Venice we serve all of Collier, Lee, Sarasota and Charlotte Counties.
WEBB JOINS VANTAGE CONSTRUCTION SERVICES AS BID COORDINATOR, SAFETY MANAGER
Vantage Construction Services, a commercial construction general contractor, has hired Haley Webb as its bid coordinator and safety manager. Webb oversees the bid management process, including managing the vendor and subcontractor database, disbursing invitations to bid and providing support for daily office operations. She is also taking the lead on Vantage’s safety program. Webb worked as a broadcast meteorologist for 15 years — 12 of them in Southwest Florida.
The Immokalee Foundation kicks off 30 for 30 Dine for a Cause event
The Immokalee Foundation has partnered with 30 local restaurants for a five-day 30 for 30 Dine for a Cause event. The event, which began Oct. 13 and will run through Oct. 17, was orchestrated by The Immokalee Foundation as part of a celebration of its 30th anniversary. Participating restaurants will donate 10 to 35% of their sales during their designated meal times to benefit The Immokalee Foundation. The restaurants are spread throughout Lee and Collier County and include local Three60 Market, Hyde N Chic, Brooks Burgers, The Aielli Group of Restaurants and more. A list of participating restaurant locations is available on The Immokalee Foundation’s website.
Youth Haven Inc. receives grant from Community Foundation of Collier County
Youth Haven Inc. has received a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County. The funds will assist with security enhancements on its therapeutic campus. Youth Haven is Southwest Florida’s only residential shelter for children and teens removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect, the organization states. With beds for up to 70 youth, Youth Haven accepts new residents 365 days a year, 24-hours a day.
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