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Gulfshore Business Daily: October 15

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There are some big changes and more jobs coming to one part of Southwest Florida. Collier County commissioners agreed to move forward Tuesday to allow new development along Collier Boulevard from Golden Gate Parkway to Interstate 75. One of those projects is a $70 million distribution center for packaging supply company Uline. The huge facility planned next to the new Paradise Coast Sports Complex is expected to bring 190 warehouse jobs and 30 office jobs. With the addition of Uline, commissioners are betting on this area to become a focal point for the local economy, WINK News reports.

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Collier County commissioners are discussing a proposed development of a 500-room Great Wolf Lodge resort next to the new Paradise Coast Sports Complex off Collier Boulevard. The proposed resort in the City Gate commerce center would cost about $250 million and could include 550 rooms, a conference center, an outdoor pool and 375 new jobs. The resort would mean more events and visitors to the sports complex and more extended family vacations, according to the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau, WINK News reports.


AJS Realty Group‘s third-quarter sales and lease transactions demonstrate a strong real estate market in the Naples area despite pandemic concerns. Recent transactions include the leasing of the former Ruby Tuesday outparcel in Marketplace at Pelican Bay to Pinchers for the 13th location of the local seafood restaurant and bar concept. Pinchers’ new North Naples location is targeted to open in late 2020 or early 2021 near the U.S. 41 entrance to the Publix-anchored retail center on the southwest corner of Tamiami Trail and Vanderbilt Beach Road. Pinchers of North Naples LLC leased the 5,500-square-foot freestanding building at 8777 U.S. 41 N., Naples, from Musca Properties LLC. Andrew Saluan of AJS Realty Group represented the landlord. 


Seventh South Craft Food + Drink opened for dinner Tuesday night in a space that had been 7th Avenue Social for five years on Seventh Avenue South in downtown Naples. Lunch service launched Wednesday at the new restaurant and bar owned and operated by Chef Adam Nardis and beverage director Barry Larkin. Menus for lunch, dinner, the bar and lounge, desserts and cocktails range from starters such as duck confit arancini and coal-fired harissa octopus to entrees such as braised short ribs and Patagonian sea bass. Seventh South, 849 7th Ave. S., Suite 101, is open daily for lunch, dinner and late night. For more information call 239-231-4553 or go to seventhsouth.com

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The Lee County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference on Tuesday to announce the creation of Homeless Outreach Teams – or HOT – in partnership with the county government. The teams will consist of a trained civilian, a crisis-intervention deputy from the sheriff’s office, and a licensed mental health professional provided by the county. They will be placed throughout the county, including in downtown Fort Myers, where Centennial Park was recently closed, leaving many people experiencing homelessness without a place to gather and sleep. The goal of the five teams is to proactively seek out those in need of help and to learn from them and connect them to services, WINK News reports.


MK Architecture has completed the design Owl’s Nest, Cape Coral’s newest multi-family apartment complex. The 96-unit project includes three four-story apartment buildings and a two-story, 6,000-square-foot clubhouse. The apartments are configured in one-, two- and three-bedroom units ranging between 783-1,148 square feet. The clubhouse ties the complex together and features a conference room, fitness center, kitchen, balcony and large pool and deck. The project is currently in permitting review with the City of Cape Coral. Being developed by Fazio Construction Group, Owl’s Nest will be located on Hancock Bridge Parkway and is set to break ground in early 2021.


Membership Directors’ Association of Southwest Florida (MDASF) announces the 2020-2021 Board of Directors: president, Danita Osborn; vice president, Kristen Yanzer; secretary, Tammy Mercer; treasurer, Stephanie Glasco; membership chair, Daniela Jacob; PR chair, Sara James; and website and communications, Jennah Liskin. MDASF creates a resource for club marketing and membership professionals in the private club industry and to encourage the advancement of the position by providing educational programs and support. The MDASF currently represents over 87 golf clubs, country clubs, and yacht clubs. For more information, visit mdasf.com.



Naples Yacht Club

Naples Yacht Club named to Platinum Clubs of America

Naples Yacht Club, the first and oldest private club in Naples, according to a news release, has once again achieved Platinum Clubs of America recognition. In the latest ranking of the nation’s top clubs by The Club Leaders Forum Advisory Board, Naples Yacht Club is ranked as the number six yacht club in the U.S. and the top yacht club in Florida. In electing Naples Yacht Club as a Platinum Club of America, a panel of industry experts, historians and connoisseurs considered the Club’s universal recognition, respected membership, excellence in amenities and facilities, exceptional service standards, and how the Club has adapted to changing times, management and operations, and the overall experience. In total, there are only 300 Platinum Clubs of America, comprising 150 country clubs, 50 golf clubs, 30 yacht clubs and 20 city clubs. Located at the southern end of Seventh Street in the Aqualane Shores section of Naples, the Naples Yacht Club was founded in 1947 by three friends – Stephen Briggs, Benny Morris and John Glen Sample. In 2019, the Club completed a $10-million-dollar renovation and expansion that completely updated the clubhouse that was built in 1960.

The Club at the Dunes

The Club at the Dunes earns America’s Healthiest Club Certification

The Club at the Dunes, a private club in The Dunes of Naples residential community, has been certified as one of America’s Healthiest Clubs, recognizing its culture of wellbeing for both members and staff. Each year, Prevo Health Solutions conducts surveys, research, interviews and on-site evaluations to determine the club industry’s most complete library of best practices, including activities, events, workshops, classes, programming, lecture series, challenges, incentive programs and management systems. America’s Healthiest Clubs is the club industry’s only wellness rating system, according to a news release, providing a third-party validation and recognition for a healthy environment. Certification is key for member recruitment, retention and experience. Recruiting and retaining healthy members and staff increases club usage and revenues while lowering employee-related costs, both of which help to improve member experience. Only a small percentage of the nation’s private clubs has been recognized among America’s Healthiest Clubs. Located just steps from Vanderbilt Beach, The Club at the Dunes completed a $9.2 million renovation and expansion project during 2019.

Beatrice “BB” D’Angelo

Emmanuel Academies, Emmanuel Communities welcome operations coordinator

Emmanuel Academies and Emmanuel Communities have appointed Beatrice “BB” D’Angelo to the team as the new operations coordinator for both nonprofit organizations. D’Angelo will take the lead position for recruiting and student management for Emmanuel Academies. She will also provide support for the development programs for both entities, Emmanuel Communities and Academies. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, one in bilingual education and the other in journalism and mass communications. Previous to her new appointment, D’Angelo assisted attorney Chris Lombardo, worked as an advertising executive for a local publication, and supported sales and marketing at Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers. Originally San Juan, Puerto Rico, she relocated to Naples in 2002 after 13 years in the midwest.

Wire Experts Group names marketing manager

Wire Experts Group (WEG), the parent company to Pelican Wire of Naples and Rubadue Wire of Loveland, Colorado, has named Trent Dunn as the new WEG marketing manager, with overall responsibility for the marketing departments of all business units, including the parent organization. Since he assumed the role of marketing manager for Pelican Wire in 2018, Dunn has brought the company through a complete brand refresh, rebranded the parent company from Pelican Holdings Group to Wire Experts Group, managed three website development projects, written, produced and edited 10 videos, and has had technical & corporate content published over sixty times in 20-plus publications in 14 countries. Dunn has also been instrumental in Pelican Wire receiving multiple local, regional and statewide awards for manufacturing excellence and business resilience, including the 2018 MAF Florida Manufacturer of the Year and the 2019 Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award.

Joachim Buchner

Mediterra announces director of culinary arts

Mediterra, a Naples gated golf course community offering new luxury estates, has announced Joachim Buchner the newest director of culinary arts at The Club at Mediterra. With 35 years of professional cooking and kitchen management experience, certified master chef Joachim Buchner recently relocated from Mountain Lake in Lake Wales, Florida, where he was the executive chef for The Buffalo Club and Chevy Chase Club. Buchner received his dual master chef certifications from the American Culinary Federation and Germany’s Industrie-und Handelskammer. Throughout his career, Buchner has been featured on The Food Network as well as CMAA Chef for education demonstrations. A 14-time gold medalist in international cooking competitions, he is also a world champion in hot and cold food competitions, according to a news release. Buchner has been featured in a number of cooking publications and performed as a guest chef for companies across the globe. For more information, visit MediterraNaples.com.



Lee Health in urgent need of blood donations, will hold several drives

Lee Health is in urgent need of blood donations, especially Type O. They will hold several blood drives around Lee County to help replenish the supply. Type O+ remains critically low, and Lee Health officials say they are also below normal supply levels for all other blood types. For a list of locations and dates for the Lee Health Blood Mobile, see this WINK News report. If you’re unable to attend one of the blood drives, you can make a donation at a Lee Health blood center

Salvation Army needs businesses, groups to host Angel Trees

The Salvation Army needs more hosts for Angel Trees to meet this year’s growing demand. Angel Trees are placed with businesses, organizations, church groups and clubhouses to provide gifts for children in need during the holiday season, but this year, The Salvation Army says they’re lacking sponsors, and more than half of the 2,400 kids already registered have yet to be matched with a host partner. The trees are decorated with paper angel tags representing a child who may not receive a gift for Christmas without this program. To learn more about how you or your organization can be an Angel Tree host, call 239-278-1551 or sign up online here.

Community Cooperative launches Becoming Cosmopolitan Cares campaign

Community Cooperative’s fall annual fundraiser, “Becoming Cosmopolitan,” will not be held this year due to the pandemic, but the community’s need for food is greater than ever. Supporters of the nonprofit dedicated to bringing food to the hungry and hope to the hopeless have pledged $50,000 and are asking the community to collectively donate $50,000 too. The Becoming Cosmopolitan Cares will help fund these Community Cooperative programs: Full Plates Project, the annual effort to make sure there are no empty plates this Thanksgiving, supplies meals at the soup kitchen and baskets to families; Mobile Food Pantries, an ongoing effort to distribute food to anyone needing it, which has tripled during the pandemic, and the need traditionally increases during holiday months; Holiday Outreach to support families in need of extra help through initiatives like Adopt-a-Family and Adopt-a-Senior. To support Becoming Cosmopolitan Cares, click here. Donations are also accepted by mail or by phone.

10th Annual CAN IT! Campaign food drive kicks off

Pushing the Envelope, Inc. (PTE) is launching its 10th Annual CAN IT! Campaign food drive. The Fort Myers-based marketing communication firm has teamed up with Community Cooperative (CCI) once again to help relieve hunger in Southwest Florida. PTE’s goal is to collect 2,000 food items to help feed local families in need this Thanksgiving. Donations for the CAN IT! Campaign, including canned food and other non-perishable food items, will be accepted today through  Nov. 15 at participating locations across Southwest Florida. To view those locations, click here. PTE has also created two other ways to donate. Participants can shop online via Amazon Pantry and have their donation delivered directly to the office located at 2402 Bay Street, Suite 106, in Fort Myers. If preferred, donors can also drop off cash, checks, or gift cards at PTE’s office to have the firm purchase non-perishable items and donate on their behalf. To get involved as a drop-off location or to donate, contact 239-221-2858 or email annelise@getpushing.com.


ROOF receives $2,500 technology grant from CFCC

Residential Options of Florida (ROOF) received a $2,500 grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County in support of technology for virtual education and case management. The funds will be used to purchase tablets to provide continuous safety and education for ROOF residents during COVID-19. With the help from the Community Foundation of Collier County, ROOF’s residents will have the opportunity to work on their goals for independence and self-sufficiency with their case manager remotely. Residents will be able to expand their knowledge on the use of technology, as well as other topics of their choice. ROOF was founded in 2014 with a vision that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have an abundance of housing choices in communities across Florida. Since 2014, ROOF has engaged with the Southwest Florida community to increase affordable housing opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

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