Gulfshore Business Daily: October 21

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 D.R. Horton Southwest Florida has opened two model homes in Meadowood. Details below.



Lee County commissioners on Tuesday voted to approve contracts for the design of two flood-mitigation projects in south Fort Myers. The projects are part of the board’s ongoing commitment to flood mitigation and water quality. The projects will design improvements for the Iona Drainage District Canal H-7, located just south of College Parkway between Florida SouthWestern College and Cleveland Avenue. The area serviced by the canal experienced flooding from multiple rain events. The contract was awarded to Kimley-Horn and Associates for $268,745. Also approved were modifications to the drainage network along the southern end of Ten Mile Canal in the Lee County U.S. 41 Industrial Park area. The contract with Kisinger Campo & Associates Corp is for $246,082. The project design for both are funded in part by a grant from the Florida Department of Emergency Management.


During September, 255,926 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport. This is a decrease of 44.5% compared to September 2019, but it is a 10.7% increase compared to August 2020. In September, 3.11 million pounds of air freight were carried through the airport, which was a record-breaking number for that month. Air freight for the year is currently up by nearly 1%. Page Field had 10,071 operations, an 11.5% increase compared to September 2019. General aviation continues to be a bright spot in this current challenging environment. For more information, visit


Lee County Clerk Linda Doggett announced the Cape Coral office will resume services by appointment starting Oct.26. Appointments at the government center will be available between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Cape Coral residents may schedule an appointment to pay traffic fines, court case fees, probation, and other municipal and county infractions. Notary services are also provided for a $10 fee, and a free public computer station is available to search and view court and official records online. Anyone visiting the office will be required to wear a face mask, maintain six feet distance from others, and there is a two-person limit in elevators. If they are unable to visit the office in person, they can connect via Zoom for select services during business hours without an appointment. For more information on services to schedule an appointment or video conference with a Deputy Clerk via Zoom, visit Customers wishing to record documents are directed to use the Clerk of Court drop-box at the Cape Coral or Fort Myers Offices. 


Goodwill is joining Planet Fitness in taking large sections of the former Albertsons supermarket space at the newly refreshed Imperial Bonita Plaza on the southeast corner of Bonita Beach Road and Imperial Parkway in Bonita Springs. The exterior sign for Planet Fitness went up over the weekend and the more than 20,000-square-foot health club is scheduled to open in the first week of November. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida anticipates opening next May or June in a 20,000-square-foot space on the center’s eastern end, which will allow the nonprofit organization to have a drive-thru donation center. The larger space and drive-thru were incentives for Goodwill to relocate east next year from its nearly 17,000-square-foot store in Springs Plaza on the corner of Bonita Beach Road and U.S. 41. Meanwhile, in an outparcel building at the entrance off Bonita Beach Road to the newly re-landscaped Imperial Bonita Plaza, Sherwin-Williams paint store is set to open around Thanksgiving and Dunkin’ is shooting for early 2021, said Mike Concilla, principal and managing director of retail for LandQwest Commercial Real Estate Services.


New businesses are coming to undeveloped spaces in Logan Landings, the Sprouts-anchored retail center on the southeast corner of Immokalee Road and Logan Boulevard in North Naples. A construction fence recently went up for a First Watch daytime cafe to be built on the Logan Boulevard side of the corner water feature. Targeted to open next fall, the breakfast-lunch venue will have an indoor/outdoor bar and a waterfront patio and share its outparcel building with another 1,546-square-foot business yet to be named. A couple of other units are still being built out in Logan Landings: Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria is targeted to open before the end of the year in the end unit next to Pet Supermarket near the Logan entrance; Tide Cleaners will take the 2,400-square-foot unit next to Naples Modern Dentistry near the center’s Immokalee Road entrance.

Gates Construction will renovate Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton.


Gates Construction (Gates) has been awarded a $30 million renovation project for Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton.  The renovation will add dining options and increase amenities. Managed out of Gates’ Palm Beach Gardens office, the renovation will feature a grand motor court with a dramatic sculptural fountain as its centerpiece. At the clubhouse entrance, a glass-covered porte cochère will provide a large covered gathering space for drop-off and pick-up. The Broken Sound Club will offer its members and guests several new and updated dining venues with both indoor and outdoor seating choices. An addition to the clubhouse will be used to update and expand the men’s and women’s locker rooms which will include room for card and table games. The pro shop that leads into the locker rooms will also be expanded. A playground, waterpark, splash pad, and bistro will be offered as well. Other club amenities include a two-acre poolscape, a 38,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, 23 tennis courts, four dedicated pickleball courts, two Audubon Sanctuary Certified Golf Courses, and an 18-hole miniature golf course. The clubhouse reimagination is from Peacock + Lewis Architects LLC with an anticipated completion date of late 2021.


The Prado Stadium 12 movie theater in Bonita Springs remains open despite movie closures around the state. The movie theater offers new releases and can be rented out for private parties. The price for rentals starts at $150. On Halloween, anyone who comes dressed up in a costume will receive free popcorn. With each ticket pricing, popcorn and soda will be included. The Prado Stadium 12 is taking safety and cleaning precautions. All guests are required to wear masks and will be temperature checked before entering the building.  Tickets are recommended to be purchased online at to cut down contact at the ticket booth. The movie theater will be open from 12:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday.


Southwest Florida-based Heatherwood Construction is partnering with VITAS Healthcare to bring a new facility to Sebring, Florida. In addition, Heatherwood will expand and renovate a VITAS location in Naples. VITAS has more than 40 years of experience in hospice care and is the nation’s largest single-source provider of end-of-life care, according to a news release. VITAS works across 14 states and the District of Columbia. Heatherwood has named Rafael Valdes as the senior project manager. Both projects were designed by Anderson Architecture of Boca Raton, Florida.



Moran named to Barron’s 2020 Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors List

Moran Wealth Management Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Senior PIM Portfolio Manager Thomas M. Moran was named for the second consecutive year to the Barron’s Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors List and was ranked No. 14 in the country. Once again, he was the only advisor in Florida to make the list. Barron’s 2020 Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors rankings are based on assets under management, revenue generated for the advisors’ firms, and the quality of the advisors’ practices. Investment performance isn’t an explicit factor because clients have varied goals and risk tolerances. A trusted financial advisor for over 30 years, Moran has received local, national and industry recognition in the financial services industry. For more information, visit

Pelican Isle Yacht Club

Pelican Isle Yacht Club selected as Platinum Club of America

Pelican Isle Yacht Club has been selected again as a Platinum Club of America. Pelican Isle Yacht Club ranked No. 7 nationally in the Yacht Club Category 2021-2022. PIYC first appeared on the Platinum Clubs list at No. 14 in 2014, then as No. 10 in 2016, and rose to No. 7 in 2019 following a comprehensive renovation in 2018. Further recognized by the Platinum Club Organization as one of the top 50 Yacht Clubs in the World in 2020, these accolades reflect the highest quality of member experience as well as the fullest expression of the seven selection criteria, according to a news release. 

Christina “Christy” O’Brien

O’Brien discusses Florida Child Relocation Law

The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt P.A. Stockholder Christina “Christy” O’Brien served as a panelist during the recent Association of Family Law Professionals’ annual conference. The session focused on the circumstances and procedures available under Florida law when one parent wishes to relocate a child more than 50 miles from their current residence. O’Brien is a member of The Florida Bar Family Law Rules Committee. She concentrates her family law practice on matters of divorce and dissolution of marriage, custody, paternity, child support, domestic violence injunctions, post-judgment modifications and dependency issues. She also writes on divorce and family law issues including “Co-Parenting Recommendations during COVID-19” and “How to Get Divorced in Florida.” O’Brien received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Tampa and her law degree from Florida State University College of Law. 

Park opens for residents in Enclave of Distinction

The Enclave of Distinction has opened a lush park just beyond its gated entrance to the community. The park is exclusively for residents of the 27 custom homes currently under construction.  Located on Livingston Road in North Naples, the Enclave of Distinction’s goal is to bring like-minded people together and turn neighbors into life-long friends, says Steve Fiterman, developer and founder of Distinctive Communities. Named Fiterman’s Point, the park at The Enclave of Distinction has seating and lush planters overlooking the lake. Homeowners at The Enclave of Distinction can schedule a neighborhood party, pursue their fitness regimens, find a quiet place to work or read a book and collect the mail in this open-air pavilion. Additionally, residents can take advantage of the bocce ball court and enjoy wide-open space for picnics, games and other outdoor activities. Fiterman’s Point offers Wi-Fi and access to gas, electricity and water. For more information, visit

D.R. Horton opens model homes in Meadowood

D.R. Horton Southwest Florida has opened two professionally decorated, open-concept model homes in Meadowood. This Express Homes community of 228 townhomes and 38 buildings opened last month on bustling Collier Boulevard in North Naples. The two-story, 1,680-square-foot Surfside model home features interior design by One Of A Kind Design Inc., based outside of Fort Lauderdale. The townhome layout includes a kitchen, dining and living areas connected to form a large great room. A set of sliding glass doors leads to the screened-in lanai. Three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a flexible loft area are located on the second floor. The two-story Bayside model home features a similarly accommodating floor plan, but with 1,582 square feet of interior design elements by City Furniture. Home prices in Meadowood start in the high $200,000s. For more information, call 239-225-2620 or email



Fort Myers Christian School to launch third annual Feed the Need campaign

Students at Fort Myers Christian School (FMCS) have a goal of raising $50,000 and feeding over 10,000 local families in the Southwest Florida region through “Feed the Need.” The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 23 at the gymnasium on campus. This will be the third year that FMCS students have participated in the on-campus mission campaign to raise funds for their school and come together for a packing party where they pack nutritional meals for those in need in the community. Food that is packed by students will be distributed to the Harry Chapin Food Bank and Community Cooperative. FMCS will have social distancing and safety measures in place at this event. To donate, visit

Grace Martin delivers Meals on Wheels to George Sand before the pandemic.

Jennifer’s boutique collecting gifts for Meals on Wheels

Jennifer’s boutique is collecting gifts for Community Cooperative’s Meals on Wheels clients from Oct. 26-28.  More than 300 adults who are homebound and cannot shop or cook for themselves receive home-delivered meals and a safety and security check from Meals on Wheels. Suggested gifts include personal notes and cards, socks with non-slip grips, large print word searches, back scratchers, hand lotion, lip balm, handkerchiefs, window light catchers, mini nail care sets, and silk flowers. Please do not purchase perfume, makeup, chocolates or candy. Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at Jennifer’s by Oct. 28.  As a thank you, Jennifer will give each donor a $25 gift certificate to the boutique.

Youth Haven announces Home, Hope & Healing online fundraiser

Youth Haven Inc. will launch its Home, Hope & Healing online fundraiser at 9 a.m. on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1 at 9:00 am and commence at 9 p.m. on Dec. 4. Items will be able to be viewed online beginning Nov. 23 Items up for bidding include golf foursomes, jewelry donated by Marissa Collections, gift certificates to local dining, spa packages, trips, gently loved high-end designer handbags and more. Watch for updates on Youth Haven’s Facebook page.

The SKY Family YMCA receives $70,000 grant

The SKY Family YMCA has received a $70,000 grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to support its scholarship fund.  These funds will provide scholarship assistance to children in Fort Myers YMCA and Bonita Springs YMCA School Age Care programs.  As a result of the financial impact of COVID-19 on families, The SKY Family YMCA expects the need for scholarship assistance to be greater than ever. Last year, The SKY Family YMCA provided more than $1.5 million in scholarship assistance to those in our community who could not afford YMCA services otherwise. As families and individuals re-enter the workforce and children go back to school, many have found themselves financially insecure. These families would not have access to YMCA life-changing services without financial assistance from The SKY Family YMCA’s Children and Families Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit

FutureMakers Coalition awarded $50,000 challenge grant

The FutureMakers Coalition has secured a $50,000 challenge grant from The Elsa & Peter Soderberg Charitable Foundation Inc., based in Boca Grande, for the Talent Hub efforts at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW). The goal of these efforts is to reduce barriers to bringing back identified stop-out students, many who left school just a few credits short of earning a degree. Southwest Florida has more than 40,000 stop-outs from FGCU and FSW, according to a news release. In January, Southwest Florida was designated a Talent Hub by Lumina Foundation in partnership with The Kresge Foundation and received a $125,000 grant to support local efforts to increase educational attainment. For more information, visit

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