Gulfshore Business Daily: October 19

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Bay Colony
Lead Photo: Bay Colony Golf Club recently completed a more than $6 million renovation. Details below.



Hertz Global Holdings Inc. has secured commitments for debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing totaling $1.65 billion and has filed a motion for approval of the financing by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The proposed DIP financing will support the company as it moves through the next stage of its Chapter 11 process. The financing is to be provided by certain of the company’s pre-petition first-lien lenders and is expected to be structured as a delayed draw term loan debtor facility. Up to $1 billion can be used to provide equity for vehicle acquisition in the U.S. and Canada. Up to $800 million can be used for working capital and general corporate purposes. The financing is subject to finalization of definitive documentation, court approval and other customary conditions, and a hearing is scheduled for Oct. 29. Moelis & Co. is serving as investment banker, FTI Consulting is serving as Hertz’s financial advisor and White & Case LLP is serving as Hertz’s legal advisor. For more information, click here.

Bar Tulia


Stevens Construction has started the buildout of Bar Tulia at Mercato located at 9118 Strada Place, Suites 8145-8150, announced Daniel Adams, vice president/principal of Stevens Construction Inc. Stevens Construction is providing a 3,200-square-foot interior renovation which will house a second location of the Fifth Avenue gastro-craft cocktail pub led by award-winning Chef/Partner Vincenzo Betulia. The new Bar Tulia, slated for completion in spring of 2021, will feature interior design elements such as reclaimed lumber, brick flooring and built-in seating. Bar Tulia will include a full commercial kitchen with a pizza oven, and will offer spacious outdoor areas with extended outdoor seating and mezzanine-level dining. Replacing the vacated space of The Wine Loft at Mercato, Bar Tulia is owned by the Campagna Hospitality Group, which operates Osteria Tulia, Bar Tulia and The French in downtown Naples. The Stevens Construction team includes project manager, Alan Bennett; superintendent, Joseph Powalski and project administrator, Angie Sugg.  Architectural services are provided by Kukk Architecture & Design, P.A. and interior design by Debra Yelner of DLY Design.


Amfora Mediterranean Restaurant opened Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Coconut Point in Estero. The restaurant replaces MidiCi: The Neapolitan Pizza Co., which operated at that regional mall space between Panera and Starbucks for more than two years until closing on Feb. 1 this year. Amfora has inherited the golden, wood-fired ovens that were centerpieces in MidiCi’s open kitchen. The new upscale restaurant, co-owned by Gzim Molabeciri and Sabir “Sam” Fici, is using the twin ovens to create wood-fired appetizers, pizzas, entrees and sides celebrating coastal Mediterranean cuisine. Executive Chef Mounir Loqman, born and raised in Morocco, creates dishes infused with global flavors. Loqman has more than a decade of experience in the kitchens of Naples restaurants, including The Catch of the Pelican, Veranda E, U.S.S. Nemo and Bleu Provence. Amfora, 8076 Mediterranean Drive, Suite 107, is open 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. daily for dinner with plans to eventually add lunch service. For more information call 239-949-4038 or go to


Bay Colony Golf Club recently completed more than $6 million in luxurious upgrades at the exclusive private golf club, the continuum of renovations that started in 2017 with a combined value exceeding $10 million. Peacock & Lewis Architecture & Interior Design created the contemporary coastal feel that shines throughout the 37,000-square-foot building and outdoor spaces. The design experts raised the roof of the Ladies Lounge and locker rooms to make a bright, light-filled space accented with marble floors, quartz countertops and new make-up stations. The Men’s Lounge and locker room have been updated with darker hues of brown and silver. In addition, new personalized wine lockers are available to members as part of Bay Colony Golf Club’s Wine Club, along with a completely renovated and expanded Club Room offering another casually elegant dining venue.  The outdoor patio now has new furniture and umbrellas, and the Pro Shop has been refreshed. Updates during the earlier renovation included an expanded Grille Room, a new Board Room, a new Wine Room for private dining and meetings, the addition of two bocce ball courts with an outdoor pavilion, as well as a new outdoor kitchen and bar for casual patio dining with views overlooking the lake and 18th green. BCBE Construction worked on both phases of the project.

Island Storage Suites


Allan Development Group LLC announced that Building 6, in the third and final phase at Island Storage Suites, known in the community as “The Mancaves,” according to a news release, has sold out. Pre-selling started eight months ago for Phase 3, which is comprised of two buildings totally 14 new units. Currently, only three suites are left for purchase in Building 5. Located at 10950 Old South Way in Fort Myers, these customizable, climate-controlled oversized garages are in demand and selling quickly. The remaining units for sale are priced at $300,000 and come standard with finished drywall, epoxy floor paint and sealant, HVAC, plumbing stub-out for an optional full bathroom buildout, and a 16-by-16 insulated and panelized garage door. The community is gated with 24-hour video surveillance, an on-site car wash with an air/vacuum station, and dual boat and RV dumping stations. As a result of the project’s success, Allan Development is currently working to identify nearby sites for a similar concept. 


WGCU Public Media is joining local community organizations in a campaign to promote National Estate Planning Awareness Week, Oct. 19-25, by offering a free digital estate planning guide that will allow users to start organizing their financial assets and thinking through their personal goals. In 2008, Congress passed a resolution proclaiming the third week in October as National Estate Planning Awareness Week. “Public television has long served as an advocate for financial literacy. Estate planning is a critical component of the financial health of most adults,” said Rick Johnson, WGCU general manager. WGCU will recognize National Estate Planning Week by providing a free personal estate planning guide, which is downloadable. To request a digital planning guide, contact Jennifer Denike at (239) 590-2514 or

Christine Hause


Charlotte State Bank & Trust Vice President Christine Hause and Portfolio Manager Gregory Thomas are conducting a series of complimentary webinars this month. The webinars, exploring a variety of timely topics from a trust officer’s point of view, take place from 10 to 11 a.m. between Oct. 20-29. To register for the webinar, visit or contact Hause at 941-624-1917 or


To celebrate Manufacturing Month in October, the Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association has invited some of Southwest Florida manufacturers to participate in a virtual roundtable discussion that is open and free to the public from 8-9:30 a.m. on Oct. 21. Featured panelists for the October roundtable include Jimmy Dascani and Michael Koszewnik from Arthrex, Bill Daubmann of MY Shower Door/D3 Glass, Henrik Margard of Nor-Tech Boats, and JoAnn Elardo of Wicked Dolphin Distillery. Manufacturers will discuss the challenges they faced during the pandemic and how they pivoted their companies in order to stay relevant. Each manufacturer will then lead a behind-the-scenes tour of their manufacturing plants to show their day-to-day operations and products. The event is free for SRMA members and nonmembers. Guests must preregister online at



Spyk’d Hard Seltzer

Fort Myers Brewing Co.’s Spyk’d wins at national seltzer competition

Fort Myers Brewing Co.’s locally crafted spiked seltzer beverages, Spyk’d Hard Seltzer, has earned national recognition, voted Best Hard Seltzer by attendees of Seltzerland 2020, a national hard seltzer competition held Oct. 10 at the Westchase Golf Course in Tampa. Over 900 attendees participated in the socially distanced tasting festival, with approximately 40,000 samples served from well-known hard seltzer brands including White Claw, Truly, Bud Light Seltzer and other craft brands. In the Best Hard Seltzer category, Vizzy Hard Seltzer earned second place and BON V!V Spiked Seltzer earned third place.

Valle receives Humanitarian Award from NABOR

PBS Contractors Relationship Manager Mario Valle has received the Humanitarian Award in the 2019 Member Achievement Awards from the Naples Area Board of REALTORS (NABOR). Nominated by peers, this award honors Valle for his outstanding dedication to the community through his service with Collier County Sherriff’s Office. This is the second time Mario has been recognized for his community service by NABOR. In 2013, he was recognized at Citizen of the Year.

Jeff Combs and Supervisory Refuge Ranger Toni Westland at a recent volunteer luncheon that celebrated Jeff’s 20th anniversary with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  

‘Ding’ ranger Combs announces retirement

After nearly 24 years of service at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Ranger Jeff Combs recently announced his retirement from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, effective Oct. 30. Combs started working at “Ding” Darling on Dec. 8, 1996, as an interpreter. He transferred to the Assateague Island National Seashore to work for one summer in 1997, but returned that fall permanently. During his years at the refuge, Combs filled roles as fee collector, educator, and overseer of permits, contracting, and concessions. He also assisted the maintenance and biology departments. As volunteer coordinator, Combs trained, scheduled and worked with more than 300 volunteers. Each year, he was in charge of planning a volunteer holiday party and end-of-season awards luncheon.


Linz joins Moorings Park as site lead physician

Dr. David R. Linz, of the NCH Physician Group on Marco Island, has been named site lead physician at Moorings Park’s Center for Healthy Living. Linz graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. After earning his Doctor of Medicine degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, he served his internship and residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh. Linz currently serves as chief medical informatics officer for NCH Healthcare Systems. He is also a core faculty member of NCH Healthcare System’s Internal Medicine Residency program and holds academic appointments with the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, and the University of Central Florida.

Julian LH Stokes II

Stokes joins expanding sales team at LSI Companies, Inc.

LSI Companies Inc. welcomes Julian LH Stokes II as its newest sales associate. Stokes will serve as a dedicated representative to the Collier County real estate market as LSI Companies continues to focus on opportunities in Naples and surrounding cities. Stokes is a third-generation Floridian with a background in real estate and construction. His experience includes real estate valuation and consultation on a broad range of property types ranging from owner-user buildings in rural areas to complex mixed-use developments in prominent urban areas. He is also proficient in specialty properties ranging from operating agricultural to mixed-use high-rise event centers throughout the state of Florida. Stokes holds a Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI) accreditation, maintained through work experience and continuing education. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of North Florida and a master’s degree in real estate and construction management from the University of Denver.



Child’s Path received a 5K grant for underserved children to plant a garden and learn about nutrition.

Child’s Path receives $5K grant from Sprouts for garden and fruit trees  

The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation has awarded Child’s Path a $5,000 grant to plant a “Food for Thought Garden and Fruit Trees.” With these funds, underserved children ages 1-5 will grow, tend and harvest a vegetable garden and Florida fruit trees. They will be able to share the fresh fruits and vegetables they grow with their families. Child’s Path will also provide children and parents with nutrition information and education. The garden program will provide healthy food education, access to fruit and vegetables, and promote healthy behaviors. The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation was founded in 2015 and focuses on nutrition education and fresh food access to change in the health of communities they serve. Through the Neighborhood Grants program, the Foundation provides local nonprofit partners with funding to support children’s health and nutrition education programs. 

Knights of Columbus St. John XXIII golf tournament to benefit local not-for-profits

Advance registration is open for the inaugural Knights of Columbus St. John XXIII charity golf tournament held on Oct. 30 at the Forest Country Club, 6100 Club Blvd. SW in Fort Myers, benefitting local not-for-profits Hope Hospice, Special Equestrians, and St. Martin De Porres Outreach. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. for the Shamble – Blink Partners format tournament, with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The cost to participate in the tournament is $125 per player, which includes a 2:30 p.m. lunch and awards ceremony. Alternatively, $30 tickets are available for lunch and awards ceremony only. Sponsorship opportunities with hole signage and event program recognition are available for $100. The tournament is limited to 100 players. For information and tickets, visit or call 407-796-1645.

SWFL Inc.’s golf scramble held Oct. 30

Team slots are filling up for SWFL Inc.’s Oct. 30 Golf Scramble at Raptor Bay. The tournament is open to all skill levels, community members and business professionals. Teams can register for $600 at or by calling 239-992-2943. This year’s tournament has a different format from years before and will feature prizes for the top three teams, closest to the pin and the men’s and women’s longest drive. For promotional opportunities at the event, contact Christleen Knaub at

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