Gulfshore Business Daily: October 12

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Jon Bubb
Lead Photo: “TechMatch,” a virtual career fair for the technology field, will be held Thursday. Credit: Brett Sayles from Pexels



Lee County is planning a public meeting this week to inform stakeholders and residents about the yearlong effort the county has nearly completed for Phase 3 of its post-Hurricane Irma flood-mitigation efforts. The informational meeting will be formatted to accommodate CDC guidelines and will be held in half-hour time slots from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Road, Fort Myers. Participants are asked to make a reservation by calling or emailing in advance at or 239-533-2282. People who arrive without a reservation will be admitted as room capacity allows. Please bring a face covering to wear inside the meeting room. The county plans to create a video at the meeting for those who are unable to attend, but the meeting will not be broadcast live. County staff and engineering firms will be on hand to provide information about the study and its findings related to potential flood-mitigation projects, including East Lee County, Southeast Lee, South Fort Myers and Whiskey Creek. Information also will be available about a prior study completed for North Fort Myers. More information is available at; click on the “Interactive Story Map” on the top left part of the landing page. 


CareerSource Southwest Florida is hosting “TechMatch,” a virtual career fair for the technology field, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 15, at The event welcomes people of all levels of experience, and more than 30 employers will be looking to fill technology positions. The program is made in partnership with SWFL Regional Technology Partnership and CareerSource SWFL to connect businesses and job seekers. The virtual format will include on-screen interviews, chat rooms and online applications and resumes. For event information, visit click here or contact Peg Elmore at 239-931-8282 ext. 1801 or


Renovation work at Royal Palm Gardens Apartments, formerly Jones Walker Apartments in Fort Myers, is currently progressing on schedule, according to the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). Third-phase residents moved back to the property, and the fourth and final phase of unit work is now underway. The fourth-phase of unit work is expected to be completed in October. The community room/office area work has been completed, and the landscaping and site work will be completed shortly. 


James R. “Jim” Malone, chairman and founding partner of Naples-based Qorval Partners LLC, a boutique management consulting, turnaround, restructuring and advisory firm, has announced that Paul Fioravanti, formerly managing partner, will be assuming the position of CEO and senior managing partner of the firm.  Since Fioravanti joined the firm in 2011, he has been involved in more than 50 situations fixing companies across myriad industries for more than 20 years of his career. Malone will remain chairman emeritus and founding partner of the firm. He founded Qorval in 1996 to help challenged companies and organizations needing operational and financial improvement by providing them with strategic counsel and interim leadership.  


Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR) will provide a safe and free outdoor Halloween event for local families at its Trunk or Treat Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the large parking lot at its headquarters at 1455 Pine Ridge Road in Naples. Organized with public safety as a priority, costumed NABOR members will direct traffic, monitor safe distancing, and distribute disposable face masks, which are required to enter the event. The event features hand-sanitizer stations along a self-guided walking route that ensures every child receives commercially wrapped candy treats from all trunk participants. Adults should avoid costumes that may be inappropriate or frighten young children. For everyone’s safety, family groups should be limited to no more than 10 people.  


The second annual Rookery Bay Classic Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, completely outdoors at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Hosted by the Friends of Rookery Bay and Island Automotive, the event last year drew 92 cars representing everything from pre-1930s antiques to ‘60s and ‘70s muscle cars. This year, highlights so far include a 1981 DeLorean and a Toyota engine kit car. For information on registering a car or attending the event, go to

Jon Bubb


DeAngelis Diamond welcomes Jon Bubb to the team as senior project manager. In this role, Bubb will monitor project performance to ensure the project is delivered according to the client’s expectations. He will take a leadership role in managing the client relationship together with the project resources. With more than 25 years of construction experience, Bubb has completed various projects ranging from renovations to 225,000-square-foot buildings. He has extensive experience working in the construction industry with some of his top projects including Promise Pointe at Tampa Oaks Assisted Living Facility, Cortona South Tampa Apartments and Artistry St. Pete. Bubb began his career in Pennsylvania before transitioning to the Sarasota area in 2016. He will be based at the DeAngelis Diamond Sarasota office.



Foxboro Sports Tavern owner cutting off his hair for cancer fundraising event 

Thom Popoli, owner of Foxboro Sports Tavern in Naples since 2003, will be chopping off his hair that took more than two years to grow to honor his mother, Jean Popoli, who recently passed away from breast and bone cancer. The hair will be donated to Locks of Love. Popoli is asking for donations to The Cancer Alliance of Naples for the opportunity to cut off one of his many long braids of hair that will become a wig for someone in need from cancer treatment and radiation hair loss. In coordination with the NFL’s Crucial Catch/Cancer Awareness program in October, when all of the NFL teams wear pink, Popoli will host his fund-raising event at Foxboro Sports Tavern on Sunday, Oct. 25, as the Foxboro-favorite New England Patriots take on the San Francisco 49ers at 4:25 p.m. Foxboro Sports Tavern is located at 4420 Thomasson Drive in East Naples, and can be reached at 239-530-BEER, or on Facebook at Foxboro Sports Tavern

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation awards $50,000 grant to The Heights Foundation

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has granted $50,000 to The Heights Foundation to support The Foundation’s Fostering Academic Achievement program for at-risk kids in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. Funds will be used to provide an additional half-day of voluntary pre-kindergarten education (VPK) for children to supplement the free three hours they currently receive. Funds will also be used to purchase supplies, materials and equipment for School Success programming to support the continued academic growth of children. The opening of the new 36,000-square-foot Heights Education Center has increased enrollment in both programs by 20%, according to a news release. To learn more about The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center, visit The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation began its work in 2004 with the charge from its founder to support transformational change for the benefit of mankind. 


Child’s Path receives $10,000 grant from Suncoast Credit Union 

Suncoast Credit Union has awarded Child’s Path a $10,000 grant to help the organization provide partial scholarships for child care and high-quality early education to the children of low-income, working parents in Collier County. These scholarships give at-risk children access to high-quality early learning, which prepares them for kindergarten and later academic success. The Suncoast Credit Union Foundation is a nonprofit organization established to benefit sick children and their families and to support educational initiatives. The Foundation is sponsored entirely by the credit union. 

17th annual Calusa Blueway Fishing Tournament set for Nov. 14 

The Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament returns to Matlacha and proceeds will benefit the Candlelighters of Southwest Florida, a charity that supports children with blood disorders. The tournament organized by Gulf Coast Kayak is set for Saturday, Nov. 14. The cost is $45 per angler or $180 for a team of four. The cost of entry includes registration and a tournament shirt. There will be a mandatory virtual captains’ meeting at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. Prizes will include a Vanhunks  Mahi Mahi kayak, a Body Glove Porter inflatable kayak, Body Glove Performer inflatable iSUP, and other prizes. All fishing will be catch, photo and release. Anglers must fish from paddlecraft  on Lee County waterways. The tournament will begin at safe light and weigh-ins will be virtual from noon to 3 p.m. Anglers will email their photos to judges in lieu of an onsite weigh in. Weigh in updates will be posted on Gulf Coast Kayak’s Facebook Live page. Race details and registration can be found by searching for “Calusa Blueway kayak fishing” at or call 239-707-7981. 

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