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Gulfshore Business Daily: Oct. 4

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Photo credit: Old Collier Golf Club
Photo credit: Old Collier Golf Club

 

Old Collier Golf Club

HOFFMANN ACQUIRES OLD COLLIER GOLF CLUB IN NORTH NAPLES  
Hoffmann Family of Companies, operated by Naples resident David Hoffmann, on Friday acquired Old Collier Golf Club, a prestigious 18-hole championship course on nearly 400 acres in North Naples. The purchase price for the property has not been disclosed yet. Situated along the Cocohatchee River, west of U.S. 41, the property originally was purchased for $7,299,000 in December 1998 by the Old Collier Golf Club Inc., an affiliate of Collier Enterprises, a Naples-based real estate investment and development firm. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Old Collier Golf Club offers invitation-only membership and does not have a residential component. Its stately clubhouse at 790 Main House Drive is recognized for its fine-dining and wine program. The park-like setting course was designed by notable golf course architect Tom Fazio, who has created some of the top courses in the United States for decades. For the full story, click here

 

SOUTH SEAS ISLAND RESORT SELLS FOR $50.25 MILLION
South Seas Island Resort, which is on the northern tip of Captiva Island, has sold for $50.25 million. The Timbers Company, Wheelock Street Capital and the Ronto Group have combined forces for the purchase. They bought it from BRE/South Seas Resort Owner LLC. The previous owners had purchased it in February 2006 for $23.4 million. The new purchase price has yet to become public record. For the full story, click here.

 

SCHOOL SYSTEM PLANS FOR FUTURE GROWTH
Dr. Ami Desamours will speak at the Real Estate Investment Society’s (REIS) luncheon meeting held at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 12 in the Osprey Room at Pelican Preserve’s Clubhouse in Fort Myers. Desamours will report on sales tax revenue fluctuations and their use and also explain school design modifications for public health and safety. Desamours is responsible for budget management and financial operations for Lee County Schools, including financial planning for land acquisitions and development. She has provided financial leadership for the district, Florida Southwestern College, and nonprofit organizations in Southwest Florida for nearly 20 years. Following the presentation, she will respond to questions of specific interest to the real estate investment and development industry. Admission is $30 for members and $40 for guests, which includes lunch. Reservations are required and may be made at the REIS website.

 

SUNSHINE ACE HARDWARE HOSTING JOB FAIRS IN NAPLES, BONITA SPRINGS
Sunshine Ace Hardware is hosting a pair of early-October job fairs in Collier and Lee counties to fill full-time and part-time positions across the company. Available positions include sales associates, cashiers, receivers, maintenance staff, delivery drivers, supervisors, B2B sales leaders and more. The Collier County Job Fair will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 at Best Western in Naples. Sunshine Ace’s Collier locations include stores in downtown Naples, East Naples, Golden Gate and Marco Island, and the Sunshine Commercial Paint store in Naples. The Lee County Job Fair will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 7 at Sunshine Ace Hardware’s administrative offices at 9148 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 206, in Bonita Springs. Sunshine Ace has two Lee stores in Bonita Springs and San Carlos Park. Hiring managers will consider candidates for positions in Sunshine Ace stores in Charlotte and Pinellas counties and Crowder Bros. Ace and Crowder Bros. Gifts & Gadgets stores in Manatee County. Collier County applicants are encouraged to pre-register here, while Lee County applicants can pre-register here. Walk-ins will be welcome at the on-site hiring event. Applicants must bring an ID and resume. Job fair applicants who are hired will receive a $250 sign-on bonus after 90 days of service. 

 

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company

O-A-K SELECTED FOR PUNTA GORDA AIRPORT FBA HANGAR PROJECT
In collaboration with SchenkelShultz Architecture, Owen-Ames-Kimball Company (O-A-K) has been chosen as the design-build team for the new Fixed Base Operator (FBO) hangar at the Punta Gorda Airport by The Charlotte County Airport Authority. The team will provide design and construction turnkey activities for this project performance, including architectural programming, design, scheduling and construction services. The new standalone hangar with office space and restrooms will be located in the Punta Gorda Airport’s Aviation Expansion Area, located on the north side of the airfield off of Challenger Road. The facility will comprise an approximately 14,400 square foot, single-story building with office spaces and restrooms to serve as a base for transient customers flying into and out of the FBO. O-A-K’s project manager is Abel Natali, the project superintendent is John Tartaglia, and Matthew Zwack is the principal-in-charge. The SchenkelShultz Architecture team includes Gary Krueger, project manager, and Nathalie White, project designer.

 

LASER LOUNGE SPA ESTERO HOSTS OPEN HOUSE OCT. 27
The Laser Lounge Spa Estero is celebrating the opening of its new salt room and introduction of signature SaltFacial with a “Fall in Love with Salt” open house. The event will take place on from 4-7 p.m. on Oct. 27 at 20400 Trailside Drive in Estero. It will feature a tour of the new treatment room with Himalayan salt walls and demonstrations of the Estero location’s signature SaltFacial services. The kickoff evening will include swag bag giveaways, free food and bar, collagen consultations and exclusive specials in addition to the salt room tour and SaltFacial demonstrations. Attendees are encouraged to bring a friend and earn $50 in free beauty bucks each for themselves and their friend to be applied toward any advanced aesthetic service at The Laser Lounge Spa. Space is limited. Call 1-844-LASR-SPA (527-7772) for reservations.

 

John Sommers

TIBURÓN GOLF CLUB NAMES NEW HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL
Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples has named John Sommers as the club’s new head golf professional. Sommers will lead all golf operations for the 36-hole, semi-private facility located in Naples and focus on member-related golf programs and activities as well as enhancing operational efficiencies. Prior to being promoted to head golf professional, Sommers had served as Tiburón’s tournament coordinator since 2019. Born and raised in Galloway Township, just outside of Atlantic City, New Jersey, Sommers began his career in golf in 2013 at Seaview Golf Club, a Troon-managed facility in Galloway Township. Sommers holds a business and economics degree from Greensboro College in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he played four years on the golf team. After graduation, he became an assistant golf professional going seasonally between Seaview Golf Club and Tiburón Golf Club.

 

James Ortiaga

CRAVE CULINAIRE JOINS ORTIAGA AS EXECUTIVE CHEF
Crave Culinaire has appointed Chef James Ortiaga as executive chef. Originally from the Philippines, Ortiaga immigrated to Staten Island, New York, at the U.S. at the age of 6. He graduated from the New York Restaurant School, learning under Michelin chefs Alain Ducasse and Joel Robuchon. Ortiaga worked his way up to chef de cuisine at March Restaurant and then to sous chef at the Essex House. He has worked at Four Seasons in New York and St. Regis hotel, where he was promoted to executive chef in 2015. Ortiaga previously served as executive chef at Fiddler’s Creek in Naples. Crave Culinaire is a luxury catering company in Southwest Florida. Its sister companies include Crave Management Group, Crave Event Staffing and Virtual Venue SWFL. 

 

Anais Aurora Badia, M.D., D.O.

FLORIDA SKIN CENTER FOUNDER NAMED LEE HEALTH DERMATOLOGY RESIDENCY COORDINATOR
Florida Skin Center (FSC) Founder and Medical Director Dr. Anais Aurora Badia has been named dermatology subspecialty coordinator for Lee Health’s new Florida State University College of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health, Cape Coral Hospital. A collaboration between Lee Health and the Florida State University College of Medicine, an inaugural internal medicine residency program. The residency program will have the first group of new physicians start training in July of 2022. In addition to educating residents in the clinical settings and teaching them by hands-on experience, Badia will conduct educational lectures on dermatologic medical conditions and treatments commonly seen by internal medicine doctors. She will also perform grand rounds, an instructional method for presenting case studies of actual medical conditions and treatments. Badia will also be a mentor for residents expressing the desire to conduct dermatology-based research. The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGNE) approved Badia’s application and credentials for the position.  

 

Keep Lee County Beautiful Inc.

KEEP LEE COUNTY BEAUTIFUL NETS 540 POUNDS OF LITTER DURING CLEANUP
Keep Lee County Beautiful Inc. partnered with Gutteridge Haskins & Davey and the City of Fort Myers on Public Lands Day, Sept. 25, to clean up Manuel’s Branch Neighborhood Park and a section of the 3.5-mile stream that is a part of the Caloosahatchee Watershed. The 38 volunteers spanned more than one mile of waterway, one mile of roadway, one acre of public lands and ultimately collected 540 pounds of litter and debris. The volunteers cleaned three different parts of Manuel Branch from 8-11 a.m. including the Manuel Branch Neighborhood Park, south of Lee Memorial Hospital and alongside Canal Street, east of Fowler Street A majority of the debris were wrappers, plastic bottles and other common waste products, however, the volunteers also gathered other items including softballs, wiffle balls, tennis balls, buckets, car scraps and a laundry basket. 

 

PACK & POST MOVES TO NEW LOCATION ON FIFTH AVENUE
The Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District announced that Pack & Post, a mainstay in downtown Naples for more than 20 years, has moved to a new location along the historic main street. Located at 539 Fifth Ave. S. in Naples, the store is just two blocks east of its prior home and across the street from Coldwell Banker Realty. In service since 1999, Pack & Post offers shipping via FedEx, UPS and U.S. Postal Service, plus packing and shipping supplies. It also offers mailbox rentals, international shipping and free local pickup. Pack & Post is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with parking in the back of the building.

 

SEAGATE BEGINS VERTICAL CONSTRUCTION ON WHITE CAP WAREHOUSE
Seagate Development Group has completed the shell of White Cap Construction Supply’s steel fabrication building and begun vertical construction on the national building materials supplier’s warehouse. This is part of a 10-acre, 45,000-square-foot facility at 16542 Oriole Road, off Alico Road, in Fort Myers. The steel fabrication building includes an 18,000-square-foot steel structure, an overhead crane and steel-bending machines. Meanwhile, the 32,990-square-foot warehouse is coupled with an open-area conference room, a break room, a showroom and office spaces. Crews are building these components as they conduct site utility work, which includes a lift station, water, sewer and fire lines and drainage and the start on asphalt in the parking lot. PDS Architecture is the architect on White Cap, while Quattrone & Associates is the civil engineer.

 

DECEMBER SPECIAL SECTION: PRIVATE SCHOOL HANDBOOK
The December 2021 issue of Gulfshore Business will include our annual Private School Handbook. To assist the working professionals who read Gulfshore Business monthly in making informed decisions, the Private School Handbook will be an indispensable resource for making school selections. Don’t miss this special opportunity to promote your private school to the 40,000-plus monthly readers of Gulfshore Business by way of this special advertising section! For advertising inquiries please contact Associate Publisher Chris Renstrom at 239-498-8517 or chris.renstrom@gulfshorebusiness.com.

 

CHARITABLE NOTES 

The Immokalee Foundation receives grant from Moorings Park Foundation
Moorings Park Foundation recently awarded The Immokalee Foundation a $10,000 grant to support career-focused educational programming and training through the foundation’s Healthcare Pathway program. The grant will provide program funding throughout the school year, as well as the summer. Developed with industry experts and educators, the Career Pathways program includes four concentrations in business management and entrepreneurship, education and human services, engineering and construction management and healthcare. All pathways follow a comprehensive curriculum that prepares the foundation’s students for careers. The Moorings Park Foundation grant is one of 22 local grants it awarded in 2021, totaling $500,000. All of these grants support successful aging and the workforce necessary to serve local senior citizens. 

Rachel Toomey of the Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club, Bruce Boyd of the Florida Kiwanis Foundation, President Cathy Smith, Robin Gretz and Shari Clark from the Pine Manor Improvement Association

Kiwanis awarded grant to benefit Pine Manor
The Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis were awarded a $750 grant from the Florida Kiwanis Foundation to support the Pine Manor Improvement Association Community Garden. The grant money will fund replacing 23 wooden raised boxes that have deteriorated with garden beds supported by concrete blocks. The club will be covering any additional funds needed for the project. The new garden beds will also have the goal of being ADA accessible. The Pine Manor Improvement Association Community Garden serves approximately 3,000 low-income and at-risk individuals in Fort Myers to provide the community with fresh, free healthy food. The food from the garden is also used in the Pine Manor Improvement Association’s culinary arts training program. The program provides low-cost culinary training to those seeking to learn how to prepare healthy meals and ready them for entering the workplace. The culinary training program has graduated more than 100 students since 2014. In the past two years, the garden has grown two tons of fresh food.

 

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