Gulfshore Business Daily: October 22

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Sign outside of a Collier County business asking customers to please wear a mask inside. Credit: WINK News.
Lead Photo: Sign outside of a Collier County business asking customers to please wear a mask inside. Credit: WINK News.



The Collier County Board of County Commissioners has scheduled a special meeting for this afternoon to consider extending its mask mandate during the coronavirus pandemic. The board’s agenda will include a recommendation to consider whether to extend an executive order mandating that individuals wear a face-covering in certain circumstances. The order was approved Sept. 3 and will expire at midnight tonight unless extended. The meeting starts at 3 p.m. Thursday in Commission chambers at the Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., in East Naples, and will be broadcast live on Collier TV channel 97/98 and live-streamed on the county website and on FacebookWINK News reports.


Lee County commissioners approved more than $4.6 million in annual contracts Tuesday with service providers for substance abuse/mental health treatment services and initial medical exams/consultations for children under the suspicion of abuse. During the fiscal year 2020-2021 budget process, the commission allocated funds for mental health and substance abuse treatment programs for children and adults; and initial medical exams and consultations for children under the suspicion of abuse. SalusCare Inc. will receive an amount not to exceed $4,425,451 for FY 2020-21. Funds are needed to satisfy the required match for state funding and sustain the current level of service for the purchase of core mental health and substance abuse treatment services for adults and children. Children’s Advocacy Center of SW Florida Inc. will receive an amount not to exceed $250,000 for FY 2020-21 to pay for medical examinations and consultations.

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Officials in Collier County are working on a trolley to make it easier for people to get to Marco Island, and although tourists love the idea, some residents don’t think it’s worth their tax dollars, WINK News reports. During the busy season, people often can’t find a place to park at lots near the beaches. County officials say an island trolley could help fix that. The proposed route would pick up passengers at the government center in East Naples and take them straight to the island. The exact stops of the route haven’t been decided yet, and what it would cost is still up in the air. 


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Lee County is now using drones to reach previously untreated, hard-to-reach areas in its fight to control the mosquito population. What makes these drones unique is their exclusivity; other mosquito control districts really aren’t utilizing them yet. Attached to each drone is a container of liquid that will be sprayed as it flies. Once a certain area is mapped for focus, the drone can do the rest. The mosquito control district is targeting a specific invasive plant, the common water hyacinth, that thrives alongside canals and attracts a lot of mosquitoes, WINK News reports.

Brooks Grill & Tavern


The Brooks Burgers & Tavern location at Logan Landings in North Naples is changing its name to Brooks Grill & Tavern and diversifying its menu to be less of a burger joint and more of a dining spot for steaks, ribs, prime rib and seafood as well as a bar-friendly atmosphere through midnight. The name on the building already has been changed ahead of the fresh concept’s debut on Monday, Oct. 26, owner Todd Brooks said. Brooks’ other three locations in Naples, East Naples and North Naples will continue operating as the original Brooks Burgers concept, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this month. Those famous burgers also still will be on the new menu at the Logan Landings location, which launched last November in the Sprouts-anchored center at 2220 Logan Blvd. N, Suite 805. 


Healthcare Network, a nonprofit organization working to reduce health disparities, is expanding its dental care program with the opening of a new pediatric dental practice in the Nichols Community Health Center located at 12655 Collier Blvd., Naples. Healthcare Network’s pediatric dental practice includes 16 operatories and two sedations suites with private recovery rooms, and is committed to improving access to appropriate dental care for thousands of underserved children living in Golden Gate and nearby communities. The new practice exists with support from the Naples Children & Education Foundation through grants from the Blueprint Partner Program. Along with pediatric dental care, Healthcare Network’s Nichols Community Health Center offers obstetrics and gynecology, pediatric, adult and senior care, integrated behavioral health and drive-thru pharmacy with convenient care coming soon. Medicare, Medicaid and most major insurances are accepted, and a sliding fee discount is available for eligible patients in need of financial assistance. For more information, visit


The Leadership Collier Foundation, the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the Greater Naples Chamber, is now accepting applications for the Class of 2021 Associate Leadership Collier program, formally known as Growing Associates in Naples (GAIN). Associate Leadership Collier is a program specifically designed for emerging leaders and professionals in Collier County of ages 21-40. Through hands-on experiences and exclusive behind-the-scenes sessions, participants explore local government, education, economic development, the arts and more. Class members will also hear from experienced area leaders who deal with the community’s biggest opportunities and challenges. This program, focused on community education and peer networking, runs from March 9 to May 4, and includes nine, 2.5-hour sessions, typically from 3-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons. The tuition is $750. Space is limited to 40 participants. Visit to learn more about the program and to access the application. 



The Zonta Club of Naples to host Town Hall meeting today

The Zonta Club of Naples will host its next Town Hall meeting from 7-8 p.m. today. The featured speakers will be from the School District of Lee County, School Counseling and Mental Health Services Department. Lori Brooks is the director of school counseling and mental health services with 28 years of experience as an educator, counselor and district leader. Sherry Wenzel is a licensed clinical social worker, employed 18 years with the Lee County School District; 17 of those years as a school social worker. Brooks and Wenzel will discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on children, the human-trafficking curriculum, and mental health and wellness issues.  To join the meeting, click here. The Meeting ID is 896 4871 4392, and the passcode is 777195. To dial by your location, call 1-929-205-6099 US. 

Naples-based Capital Wealth Advisors presents Market Happy Hour Webinars 

Capital Wealth Advisors (CWA) in Naples continues its monthly Market Happy Hour Webinars. The next webinar is at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 27. During the webinars, CWA’s veteran research team members review what they believe to be the important market events of the month and discuss the economic and global drivers that they believe are moving the markets. The webinars are free and open to the public. Prior registration is required. To register, visit

The Nov. 12 Business After Hours event will be held outdoors at Shangri-La Springs.

Tickets available for SWFL Inc.’s Nov. 12 After Hours at Shangri-La Springs

Limited tickets are available for SWFL Inc.’s next Business After Hours event, to be held from 4-6 p.m. on Nov. 12 at Shangri-La Springs. This will be an outdoor event featuring refreshments, appetizers and networking with area business professionals. Registration is $15, and ticket sales will close at 5 p.m. on Nov. 10. Due to CDC guidelines, attendance at the event is limited, so early registration is recommended. No tickets will be sold at the door. To learn more about SWFL Inc.’s upcoming events and membership for all Lee, Collier and Charlotte County businesses, visit or call 239- 992-2943 and ask for Phyllis Blanchette.

2020 Business Summit coming Nov. 16-19

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will host its 2020 Business Summit virtually this year, bringing the local business community together for an expanded multi-day summit Nov. 16-19. The virtual event launches at 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16 with a keynote address by Christin Collins, “Thriving Through These Unprecedented Times: Organizational Health Starts with You!” Virtual workshops will be held at 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. on Nov. 17-18, featuring 18 one-hour sessions led by local business leaders. The Business Summit will conclude on Nov. 19 with a special session led by Tessa LeSage of FutureMakers Coalition, “Introduction to a Conversation about Structural Racism & Implicit Bias,” and a closing presentation by Charly Caldwell, “Make 2021 Your Best Year Ever Through the Power of the 5P’s.” The virtual Business Summit is $75 for members of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and $99 for non-members. Attendees can choose to attend nine live sessions, including the keynote and closing presentations, and will also receive the recordings of all sessions and presentations. To register and learn more about each session, click here or call 239-332-2930.

St. Matthew’s House opens Lulu’s Kitchen with ribbon cutting 

St. Matthew’s House, donors and friends gathered at St. Matthew’s House on Oct. 21 to commemorate the opening of LuLu’s Kitchen—an 8,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that will serve as the new home for St. Matthew’s House restaurant and catering operations and more. LuLu’s Kitchen is located on the St. Matthew’s House Naples’ campus at 2125 Airport Road S. in Naples. LuLu’s Kitchen was made possible by a major gift from long-time St. Matthew’s House supporter The Holecek Family Foundation. The project architect is Ted Sottong of Liberating Vision Design LLC, the engineering firm is GradyMinor, and the building contractor is Connor & Gaskins Unlimited LLC. The opening of LuLu’s Kitchen brings all of the St. Matthew’s House culinary operations under one roof. The facility includes a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen, open-to-the-public Fresh Start Café that seats 65 diners for breakfast and lunch service, and a drive-thru window serving hand-crafted coffees and limited food selections. In addition, it houses the St. Matthew’s House Delicious by Design catering operation and Culinary Training Institute of Southwest Florida. For information, visit



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Lee County School Board approves hiring Cape Coral police chief for new safety role

Southwest Florida’s largest city needs a new chief as the current one prepares to retire from the force to take on a new role as executive director of safety, security and emergency management with the Lee County school district, effective Dec. 1. The school board approved the hiring of Cape Coral Police Chief Dave Newlan on Tuesday for the new safety position to ensure students are protected at schools. Cape Coral’s city manager is working on a plan to replace Newlan, who has had 30 years of service and was planning to retire in February, WINK News reports.

Kris Fay

Lee Health announces organizational leadership changes

Lee Health announced several promotions and expanded roles to its organizational leadership structure to allow for more integration of clinical operations and improve collaboration across the system. These changes are a reflection of the health system’s strategic approach to fully operationalize and continue to work towards its vision to become a more effective and efficient, nationally recognized, high-value, integrated delivery network. Kris Fay has been appointed chief officer population health and physician services. David Cato has been appointed chief officer outpatient and hospital operations and post-acute care. Armando Llechu has been appointed chief officer hospital operations and women and children’s services. Dr. Venkat Prasad has been appointed chief medical officer population health and physician services. Jennifer Higgins will continue her role as vice president of operations and chief nurse executive at Gulf Coast Medical Center and will serve as interim system chief nursing officer.

Rick Johnson

WGCU general manager to retire in June

WGCU General Manager Rick Johnson recently announced his intention to retire from that post on June 1, 2021. Johnson’s career in broadcast media spans 52 years, with four decades and eight sets of call letters to his credit before he joined WGCU as general manager 12 years ago. A national search will ensue for his replacement. For more information, visit,

Christopher Olson

Vineyards Country Club names sous chef

Vineyards Country Club has promoted Christopher Olson to sous chef. A Naples native, Olson joined Vineyards Country Club in 2019 after serving as sous chef at a fine dining restaurant within a local resort for more than five years. His culinary experience includes tenure with Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples and several restaurants throughout Florida and Massachusetts. Located in Naples, Vineyards Country Club is a 1,400-acre private, non-equity master-planned golf and country club community open to both residents and non-residents for more than 30 years. For more information, visit

building II model at Kalea Bay

Renée Gaddis Interiors completes new building II at Kalea Bay

Renée Gaddis Interiors, a full-service residential interior design firm, has recently completed the model for building II at Kalea Bay. The Palm Beach modern-designed model features a mixture of metal and wood tones with a variety of architectural wall details, ceiling accents and multiple features. All bathrooms are accented with stunning wallcovering treatments that add a splash of color. Situated on the coast of North Naples, Kalea Bay is developed by Soave Real Estate, a subsidiary of Soave Enterprises. The five-tower waterfront property offers a full 88,000-square-foot amenity center, with three pools, two restaurants, two bars with evening entertainment and Har-Tru tennis courts. Each residential tower comes complete with unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico, rooftop edge pools and open-air fitness centers.


Annual donation drive at Evelyn & Arthur to benefit Hope Chest at The Crossings

In honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Evelyn & Arthur at The Promenade at Bonita Bay is continuing its tradition of offering shoppers a special discount on an in-store purchase from Nov. 2-30 if they bring in a gently used item of women’s or men’s clothing, an accessory, or a pair of shoes for donation. Shoppers will receive a 20% coupon for any one regular price item of $75 or more. Evelyn & Arthur, which has partnered with Hope Healthcare for National Hospice and Palliative Care Month since 2008, collects the donated apparel for Hope Chest at The Crossings, the upscale resale store benefiting Hope Healthcare programs that provide exceptional care and support to individuals and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey. One discount coupon is offered per donation, not item. For information about volunteer opportunities or donating items to the Hope Chest Resale Stores, visit

Help a Diabetic Child Foundation to hold Inaugural Golf Scramble Fundraiser

Help a Diabetic Child (HADC) will host its Inaugural Golf Scramble Fundraiser will be held on Nov. 8 at Old Corkscrew Golf Club. The event is being held to raise funds to help local families afford medical care and insulin for their children who have diabetes. HADC is asking the community for support as players and sponsors are needed to make the event a success. Sponsorships are available for $2,500, $1,000, and $500, and for participants, early birdie registration is available for $500 for a foursome and $125 for single participation. Dinner will be included for all participants.  There will also be a $10,000 prize for a ‘Hole in One’ which is being presented by The Olde Naples Insurance Co. Registration is being completely handled online through Glide Golf at or through the Glide Golf app. To learn more or get involved, contact Tami Balavage at

Supplies donated from Allyn International Services Inc.

Allyn International Services Inc. donates to Education Resource Center 

Allyn International Services Inc. has partnered with The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools in support of the Foundation’s Education Resource Center. Allyn International worked with the Foundation to create an Amazon wish-list, where Allyn employees were able to purchase supplies to be donated directly to the resource center. Allyn collected children’s books, pencils, markers, paper, manipulatives, glue sticks, highlighters, art supplies and more.  Additionally, Allyn donated 1,500 masks to the foundation. Allyn International matched what the employees spent on supplies, totaling their give back to more than a $3,000 value benefitting the Education Resource Center. The Education Resource Center was created to collect and store new and reusable items donated by businesses and individuals to benefit our teachers, students, and their schools. Teachers in the Lee County Public Schools can shop materials at no-cost for classroom instruction. For more information, visit

Bricks & Sticks Fishing Tournament raises over $16,000 for Lee BIA Builders Care

The 13th annual Bricks & Sticks Fishing Tournament, hosted by the Lee Building Industry Association, raised more than $16,000 for Lee BIA Builders Care. Held in September at the South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, the fishing tournament featured a live auction to raise funds for Lee BIA Builders Care. The donations will support the nonprofit’s efforts to provide emergency home repairs and construction services to elderly and/or disabled homeowners and families in Lee County. To date, Builders Care has provided more than $4.75 million in construction services to more than 450 individuals and families, facilitating critical repairs that allow local families to live safely and comfortably in their own homes.

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