Lead Photo: Beacon Social Drinkery at Luminary Hotel & Co. is now open. Details below.
PRESIDENT TRUMP’S VISIT TO FORT MYERS TODAY EXPECTED TO FOCUS ON HEALTHCARE COSTS, SOCIAL SECURITY
President Trump is scheduled to attend an event today at the Caloosa Sound Convention Center in downtown Fort Myers, where he is expected to discuss healthcare costs and Social Security. Plan on traffic delays and likely some downtown roadblocks for the presidential visit during the late morning to early afternoon. The visit is believed to be an invitation-only event, said Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson, who plans to attend, WINK News reports. With less than three weeks until Election Day, Trump also is scheduled to be at public rallies today at Ocala International Airport at 4 p.m. and in Macon, Georgia, at 7 p.m.
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ENGINEERS BEGIN LAKE O RELEASES TO CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed that Lake Okeechobee releases to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers began Wednesday afternoon. According to the Corps, the releases started with the expected 4,000 cubic feet per second toward the Lee County coast. Because of the active storm season, Lake O is rising quickly, so the engineers began the releases. Ahead of the releases to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers, Lake Okeechobee’s water level was at roughly 16.25 feet Wednesday, which is too high for the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding the lake. The goal is for the Corps to allow releases for the shortest amount of time as possible until the lake level has stabilized, WINK News reports.
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GOLDEN GATE GOLF COURSE PROJECT DELAYED, NEEDS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO MOVE FORWARD
A multimillion-dollar proposed project to redevelop the Golden Gate Golf Course property has been delayed. Redevelopment plans are at a standstill after a builder says it needs millions to move forward on the $29 million property Collier County purchased last year. At their next meeting in two weeks, commissioners are set to discuss the status of plans for a new driving range, golf course and entertainment center for that Golden Gate property on the southwest corner of Golden Gate Parkway and Collier Boulevard. The county also is working on two other possible developments on the property: workforce housing and a veterans’ nursing home, WINK News reports.
ESTERO RESIDENTS ASKED TO HELP DETERMINE FUTURE GROWTH
The Village is inviting residents to attend a series of workshops and public hearings to discuss its first land development code. The code is important because it sets the standards for the community’s future development and redevelopment. These standards include architecture, landscaping, zoning, open space, and other items that aim to provide a high quality of life in Estero. Eight meetings are scheduled through the end of the year, with the first workshop being held in the Village Hall at 9:30 a.m. onOct. 21. Click here for the full schedule. Residents are being asked to participate in this important planning process by either attending the upcoming workshops or watching them online here. They may submit their input via an eComment card available at this link. The Village Hall is located at 9401 Corkscrew Palms Circle, near the entrance to the Estero Community Park.
APEX AWARDS MOVED TO APRIL 2021
The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee has announced a new date for its APEX Awards. The ceremony will now be held at 11:30 a.m. on April 30, 2021, at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village in Cape Coral. The annual APEX Awards recognizes outstanding women in the Greater Fort Myers community who excel in the areas of professionalism, philanthropy and leadership. The community is invited to nominate leaders online here through Nov. 13. Upon acceptance of a nomination, nominees must be current members of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce. Nominations that have already been submitted for the 2020 awards will remain in the running, and the nominators will be contacted to see if updates are needed. New entries are encouraged. This year, the five finalists for the APEX Awards will be announced as part of the Women in Business “Sweethearts & Scholarships” auction at 4 p.m. on Feb. 10, 2021, at 4 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza at Bell Tower in Fort Myers. The APEX Awards ceremony is presented by Sanibel Captiva Community Bank. For more information on nominations or sponsorships, visit FortMyers.org.
BEACON SOCIAL DRINKERY NOW OPEN AT NEW LUMINARY HOTEL & CO.
The Luminary Hotel & Co. on Thursday officially opened the doors to Beacon Social Drinkery, its showcase rooftop bar which crowns the new boutique hotel in downtown Fort Myers. Perched atop the 12-story hotel, Beacon offers a wide variety of wines, craft cocktails and beers to complement a tapas-style menu, all served with views from high above the Caloosahatchee River. Beacon Social Drinkery is open Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight. Capacity will be managed on a first-come, first-served basis. The rooftop bar menu of small plates features Pan Asian and Latin-inspired selections such as tuna tataki, snapper ceviche, spicy chicken mole empanadas, lemongrass shrimp sliders and more. The 1,600-square-feet space will also provide a new option for private social or corporate gatherings. Beacon Social Drinkery can comfortably accommodate up to 120 guests, with seating for 105. For more information on Beacon Social Drinkery and Luminary Hotel & Co., visit LuminaryHotel.com.
TCG ANNOUNCES MORE RESTAURANTS COMING TO THE POINT AT FOUNDERS SQUARE
An Asian restaurant, a breakfast-lunch spot, a pizzeria and a late-night entertainment venue are coming next fall to The Point at Founders Square in Naples, Estero-based Trinity Commercial Group (TCG) announced this week. The locally owned and operated Naples businesses — South Street, Palumbo’s Pizzeria, Skillets and Fuji Sushi Bar & Asian Kitchen — plan additional locations at the 38,000-square-foot restaurant/retail hub under construction on the southeast corner of Immokalee Road and Collier Boulevard. Many more restaurants and additional announcements are expected soon for The Point, which is part of the 55-acre Founders Square redevelopment project on the former Pelican Nursery property. The venture by Barron Collier Companies, TCG and Metro Commercial will include a 400-unit luxury apartment community, a Physicians Regional Healthcare center, a gas station/convenience store, a self-storage facility and a half dozen outparcel lots.
HAMBERG JOINS HODGES UNIVERSITY AS A TRUSTEE
Hodges University announces Dianne Hamberg has joined as a trustee. Her career in banking spans 25-plus years. She has been the vice president and branch leader for BB&T, now Truist, for over 10 years. She oversees the client experience and sales goals, operational effectiveness and developing the bank’s associates through coaching. She is serving on The Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida Executive Board and as chairman of the advisory committee and has been involved with the organization since 2008. She also volunteers with the Cancer Alliance of Naples. Through BB&T, she has been a volunteer, co-captain and captain for multiple BB&T Lighthouse Projects in Collier and Lee counties. She attended the University of Georgia and has completed the Dale Carnegie Sales and Leadership Courses.
METRO-MCGREGOR KIWANIS ELECT NEW OFFICERS
The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club held their installation banquet for the club’s 2020-2021 officers in a hybrid fashion this year at Priority Marketing in Fort Myers and via Zoom. Awards were also given to club members for their support in service to the community and new club members were installed. The individuals that took office include Cathy Smith as club president, Karen Hurst as president-elect, Kim Berghs as secretary, Todd Adams as treasurer, and Lindsey Lenhart as immediate-past president. Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club also recognized members with top club honors. Hurst was awarded Kiwanian of the Year. Steve Hess was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year. Berghs was presented with the highest honor from the Florida Kiwanis Foundation, the Ralph Davis Fellowship award, for her many years of dedication to service in the community.
Guardian ad Litem Foundation to host virtual ‘Voices of Hope Gala’
Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, will host its inaugural Voices of Hope Gala at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 as a virtual event featuring dinner and wine service for viewers in Southwest Florida, as well as a live auction and other surprises for viewers nationwide. Supporters living in Southwest Florida are encouraged to host “watch parties” and invite friends and family members into their homes for dinner parties. Tickets are $100 per person and include a chef-prepared dinner, wine, gifts, an entry into a drawing for a special prize and opportunities to bid during the live auction and participate in the Fund-a-Need appeal. Hosts also will receive a Party Favor Box that includes favors and décor. Burntwood Tavern will provide catering for watch parties in Collier and Lee counties, while Hurricane Charley’s Raw Bar & Grill will cater parties in Charlotte County. During the Voices of Hope Gala, Guardian ad Litem’s volunteer child advocates will share stories of impact and success with virtual guests. For more information, click here or call 239-533-1435.
FGCU Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program awards $34,500 to start-up
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Derrick Aguilar received a $13,300 grant from competing in the Compassionate Shark Tank Pitch Competition at the end of his participation in the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University’s (FGCU) Institute for Entrepreneurship. The funds were to be used towards a commercial vehicle for his mobile welding business. Aguilar continued with the Summer Growth Program through virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic for another six weeks. An additional $21,200 was awarded through the FGCU VFEP to fund the veteran-owned business for a total of $34,500 by the end of both programs. FGCU selected Aguilar to represent the university at the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Expo, where he pitched his business, American Veteran Welding, in the statewide competition. For more information, visit americanveteranwelding.com.