Gulfshore Business Daily: October 20

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Lead Photo: Champions For Learning awarded grants to Collier County teachers. Details below.



LeeCARES and CollierCARES programs have been extended for those still struggling to make ends meet because of the pandemic. Both Lee and Collier counties started accepting online applications again Monday. LeeCARES has new three new rounds of utility payment assistance for October, November and December, expanded childcare assistance and more funding for area food banks. For more information about LeeCARES, go to CollierCARES also assists full-time residents behind on basic payments such as rent or mortgage. Qualifying Collier businesses employing 50 people or fewer also are eligible for funding. For more information about CollierCARES, go here.

Video courtesy of WINK News


Lines at the terminal are forming again to catch flights at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW). This comes just before the official start of the holiday travel season. During the pandemic, the number of flyers passing through RSW dropped drastically from more than one million in February to less than 55,000 in April. Now, some of the restaurants and shops in the terminal are reopening to meet the demand as the number of people has been steadily climbing, WINK News reports.


The Lee County Library System has received a 2020 Exceptional Employer Award in recognition of its efforts to employ people with disabilities. The annual Exceptional Employer of the Year Awards program is organized by the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Vocation Rehabilitation and Division of Blind Services. The Fort Myers office of the Division of Blind Services nominated the Lee County Library System for the award based on its inclusive workforce and dedication to providing materials, services and programs for everyone in the community. Library Director Mindi Simon accepted the award on behalf of the organization Wednesday in a virtual event.


Thee City’s Diner Bar & Grill replaced Jeri Lu’s Kitchen this month in Naples Towne Centre South on U.S. 41 East in East Naples. The new restaurant builds on Jeri Lu’s scratch-kitchen for breakfast, lunch and dinner with the addition of a full bar, nightly dinner specials and more steaks, seafood and dishes inspired by the Mediterranean and global influences encouraging the diner’s tagline: A Taste of Diversity. Jeri Holecek no longer is a partner in the restaurant she co-owned for about three years with Greek native Ilias Tsangouris, who still owns the restaurant and a few other eateries in Naples. Thee City’s Diner, 3883 Tamiami Trail E., is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 239-228-5921 or go to

Courtesy of METHOD & CONCEPT


Method & Concept will reopen in a new location on Nov. 12 at The Collective, a new contemporary lifestyle center at located at 111 10th St. S. in Naples. Located on the ground level in Unit 112, Method & Concept will expand its footprint from 1,200 square feet to 2,900 square feet, enabling the art gallery and design atelier to enhance its exhibition space and programming opportunities. Method & Concept will open its new doors with the exhibition Beyond Nature, featuring work by Arik Levy and Zoé Ouvrier. Also on Nov. 12, Method & Concept and The Collective will celebrate the official dedication of Levy’s Craterstone296, a monumental, marble sculpture that is permanently on view outside the entrance of The Collective. The vision of Randy Kurtz of RR Kurtz Development, The Collective is a design hub and catalyst for inspiration, showcasing a mix of products and services ranging from traditional to contemporary. The Collective was designed by Randall Stofft of Stofft Cooney.

Pelican’s Nest Golf Club


Pelican’s Nest Golf Club at Pelican Landing has completed the final phase of its multi-million-dollar renovation and expansion project. The $9-million project, designed by the architectural firm of Humphrey Rosal Architects and built by D. Garrett Construction Inc., included the addition of several new member amenities as well as a complete refurbishment of certain existing facilities. Work began in the summer of 2019 and was recently completed. A highlight of the clubhouse renovation is the expanded and elevated outdoor dining area, giving members a covered and weather-protected veranda to enjoy al fresco dining with views looking west toward the golf course, Spring Creek and Estero Bay. Several fans and heating elements also were added to enhance the dining experience. The private meeting rooms, card rooms and kitchen also were improved and floor-to-ceiling pocket doors were installed in the dining room. Technology enhancements include Wi-Fi throughout the clubhouse building, additional large flat-screen TVs in the Grill Room, USB capable plug-ins at the bar, and enhanced sound-proofing in the dining room.


WDG Architecture | Planning + Interiors of Naples completed the design of a mixed-use building on a neighboring site adjacent to its Watermark Lake Norman luxury mid-rise condo community in Cornelius, North Carolina. The new two-story building consists of corporate office space, a restaurant/bar, and café. The project is considered an urban development catalyst and the building is strategically designed for community and pedestrian engagement. WDG Architecture has both luxury residential and commercial design studios with a local and national client base.  For more information, visit



Sarah Marcenat

MNMW welcomes Haislip, Marcenat to team 

Kylie Haislip and Sarah Marcenat recently joined Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. P.A. (MNMW) after working with the firm as Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) interns. Both Haislip and Marcenat work in the tax division, helping to prepare individual and business tax returns and provide supportive accounting services. Haislip is working towards her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting at FGCU, with anticipated graduation in December of this year. Marcenat is also working towards her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting at FGCU, with expected graduation in fall 2021.   

Scott Taylor

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank promotes Taylor

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has promoted Scott Taylor to loan closer. Taylor will join the residential loan operations team at the Downtown Branch, located at 1533 Hendry Street, Fort Myers. He is responsible for the assembly, preparation and verification of closing documents, as well as coordinating all aspects of the loan closing process. To learn more, visit

Coalwell joins Charlotte State Bank & Trust

James Coalwell brings nearly two decades of experience in community bank lending and finance to his new position as vice president of commercial lending at Charlotte State Bank & Trust. Coalwell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and an associate degree in management at Minnesota State University in 2001.

James Coalwell

Coalwell held leadership positions as a senior vice president, chief credit officer, and vice president of commercial lending prior to joining Charlotte State Bank & Trust. He graduated with honors from the Florida School of Banking in Gainesville and received a diploma from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University in 2014, the same year he completed the Farr Leadership Institute. He currently serves as an instructor and Education Council board member with the Florida School of Banking, member of the Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, and board member of the Charlotte County Industrial Development Authority. He also is a board member and former two-term president of the Charlotte County Economic Development Partnership.


Shy Wolf Education & Experience Center hires LoVerde

Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education & Experience Center has hired Debbie LoVerde as its community education coordinator. In her role with the organization, LoVerde will be responsible for building relationships with partner organizations to expand on the Healing Hearts therapeutic animal experiences. She is developing a new initiative called “Tell me your Story” to empower children to speak up about the stresses they have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. LoVerde holds a Doctorate in Education, with certifications as a school psychologist, elementary education instruction, and school building and district administration from her home state of New York. She has extensive experience in developing and managing special education programs.

Russell Whittle

Whittle presents in human resources webinar series

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A. Shareholder Russell Whittle presented “Workers’ Compensation and COVID-19” to Public Risk Management of Florida members as part of its human resources webinar series. Whittle explained whether COVID-19 could be classified as an accident or occupational disease, protections under Florida Law for first responders, and provided a checklist for employers when an employee tests positive. Whittle has been representing the interests of insurers and employers in the defense of workers’ compensation and liability matters in Florida for nearly 30 years. He has lectured throughout the U.S. on various topics including Medicare set aside issues, Medicare Secondary Payer legislation and compliance, discovery, ethics, liability, and workers’ compensation law. Whittle received his undergraduate degree from Skidmore College and law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. 



Champions For Learning awards more than $79,705 in grants to Collier teachers

Collier County teachers were surprised by their principals and school staff on Oct. 16 with funding for their classroom grants through Champions For Learning. Champions For Learning awarded 141 grant checks that totaled $79,705 to 41 schools. The funds help teachers to implement creative and innovative learning experiences for students in the classroom and virtually. These classroom grants were requested by Collier County teachers through the online grant portal on Champions For Learning’s website. Thanks to a charitable gift from Suncoast Credit Union, which supports the technology and capacity for the classroom grant portal, 100% of community contribution goes into supporting teacher grants. To support local classrooms, click here. You can also help fund Classroom Grants through the License to Learn Fund (Florida Education Tag). Collier County community members can buy the new version of the tag now, $20 of the annual $25 fee is donated to Champions For Learning and 100% of the funds support classroom grants.

Total Wine’s customer appreciation event in September will help Community Cooperative feed the community.

Total Wine & More event raises $34,330 for Community Cooperative

A two-week customer appreciation event where shoppers collected five times the loyalty points at Total Wine & More’s Lee County stores resulted in a donation of $34,330 for Community Cooperative. The donation will help fund ongoing emergency food programs during the pandemic, including the soup kitchen, Meals on Wheels, the Community Market and mobile food pantries throughout Southwest Florida. Total Wine & More donated an amount equal to the value of all points that customers accrued at Total Wine & More’s Lee County stores from Sept. 1-13. The initiative was part of a Points with a Purpose event at Total Wine & More nationwide, which committed to donating up to $2 million across 25 states.

Webb of Support gives back to community members.

Webb of Support helping SWFL families affected by COVID-19

A campaign started by the Law Offices of Dennis L. Webb P.A. to support families that have been impacted by COVID-19 has now garnered more than one hundred applicants since it began in July. Webb of Support has been providing $1,000 a month in gift cards, divided among four families or individuals, to help them deal with the financial struggles they have faced as a result of the pandemic. The law firm has distributed $3,000 in gift cards from Publix and various gas stations thus far and will give out another $3,000 by the end of the year. To apply for the Webb of Support donation, visit here

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