Gulfshore Business Daily: October 23

A Florida construction report is issued, new businesses open at University Village Shops, a water safety symposium is scheduled and more.

REPORT: FL SHOWS TOP ANNUAL CONSTRUCTION JOB INCREASE

Florida added the most construction jobs during the past year—a 70,700 job or 14.8 percent gain over the last 12 months—out of the 45 states and the District of Columbia that added construction jobs between September 2017 and September 2018, according to a report from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America). Florida construction employment totaled 550,000 in September, compared with 479,300 the year prior. For the full report, click here.

NEW BUSINESS OPENS AT UNIVERSITY VILLAGE SHOPS

Frutta Bowls and F45 Fitness are now open at University Village Shops, a pedestrian-friendly development located at Ben Hill Griffin and Estero parkways on the southern border of Florida Gulf Coast University. Marlins Brewhouse, Sunshine Sundaes & Desserts and a full-service hair salon have also been announced as future tenants. They will join existing businesses, which include Skillets, Tacos & Tequila Cantina, Thai Udon, The Shaved Ice Bar, Smoothie King, Vânti Nails & Spa and Yoga Lab. Created by Miromar Development, the mixed-use village offers more than 70,000 square feet of commercial space and residences for 588 students in its inaugural phase.

WATER SAFETY SYMPOSIUM HELD THURSDAY

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, in partnership with The Vasari Cares Foundation Inc. and the Vasari Women’s Golf Association, is hosting the 2018 SWFL Water Safety Symposium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday at Bay Oaks Pool in Fort Myers Beach. The event is geared toward training homeowner associations, property rentals, hotel and condominium associations, pool operators and managers, Realtors, business owners, yacht clubs, water sport and tour companies, rental boat companies and marinas to learn about liability, local statistics on drowning, and how to prevent drowning and other water injuries. Speakers include Ronald Martin, Fort Myers Beach Fire Department; Trina Sutor, Blake Sutor Foundation; Dr. Carmen Garcia, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida; Taylor Brown, Lee County Health Department; Holli Martin, Heidrick Insurance; and Sally Kreuscher, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided for attendees. Register at fortmyersbeach.org. For additional questions or information, please call (239) 343-6199.

NAPLES BEACH HOTEL WINS AWARD

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has been named a winner of Smart Meetings magazine’s 2018 “Platinum Choice Award.” The award recognizes excellence in service and amenities among meeting hotels and resorts in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The award will be presented to Jason Parsons, general manager of the resort. Winners of the “Platinum Choice Award” were determined by votes from the magazine’s readers. Selections were made based on excellence in amenities, service, ambiance, breadth of resources, facility quality, meeting space, recreational activities, dining options, technical support and more. A complete list of winners will appear at smartmeetings.com, and the winners will be recognized in the print and digital editions of the December 2018 issue of Smart Meetings magazine. 

OASIS SENIOR ADVISORS EXPANDS

Oasis Senior Advisors has opened new franchises in Pennsylvania, Texas and Michigan. The Bonita Springs-based franchisor now operates 75 franchises in 26 states. Scott Burgess (not of Naples-based David Lawrence Center) operates the new Oasis Senior Advisors franchise for lower Bucks County in Pennsylvania. Crystal Drumgoole owns Oasis Senior Advisors in Fort Worth, Texas. Brian Hauenstein owns the new Oasis Senior Advisors franchise for greater Grand Rapids, Michigan.  For more information about Oasis Senior Advisors, visit oasissenioradvisors.com or call (888) 455-5838.

SRIMATI TO PARTICIPATE IN SPEAKER SERIES

As part of a National Speakers’ Series, Lee Health will host Julie Piatt, known as SriMati—a wellness-based author, podcast host, plant-based chef, motivational speaker, yoga teacher and singer—for a presentation. The free talk, open to the public, will be held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 6 at Fort Myers High School. Register for the event at leehealth.org/classes. For more information, call (239) 424-3234.

SHADOW WOOD COUNTRY CLUB COMPLETES RENOVATION

Shadow Wood Country Club reopened its south course in October following a summer-long renovation project under the direction of Rees Jones, president of Rees Jones Inc. Golf Course Design. This time last year, the club reopened the north course after an extensive renovation by Jones, who was a longtime friend of Bob Cupp, the original designer of both the north and south courses. Along with Vice President and Senior Designer Bryce Swanson, Jones added a new set of membership tees, increased the size of selected tees, and adjusted the location of others in order to improve options and create variety off the tee. The greens were completely rebuilt, and the new green surfaces were re-contoured. All greenside bunkers were redesigned, with some being relocated. Several bunkers were removed to provide for closely mowed chipping areas to create shot options around the greens. Rock walls adjacent to the ponds were rebuilt to increase playability and to enhance the appearance. Fairway bunkers were added, relocated or removed. For more information, visit shadowwoodcc.com.

CHARITABLE NOTES

First Annual Wicked Walk to benefit Lee County education

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and the Sidney & Berne Davis Arts Center (SBDAC) will host the First Annual Wicked Walk from 6-10 p.m. on Friday at the SBDAC, with Wicked Walk tours occurring every 20 minutes. Nearly 200 students from Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts, Estero High School, Fort Myers High School, North Fort Myers High School and Riverdale High School will be participating in the event, which serves as the largest original artistic collaboration among Lee County Schools. The theme of the Wicked Walk, “Walking Shadows,” will explore “ghosts” of Lee County’s past and feature theatric, musical and creative art performed by Lee County students at multiple stations. The ticketed walk-through event is open to the public, and all proceeds will be split between The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and SBDAC to support art education in the School District of Lee County. To purchase tickets, visit sbdac.com/wicked-walk-2018.

Free Dentistry Day to be held Saturday

Residents in the Naples community and surrounding areas can receive free dental services between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday at Renaissance Aesthetic Dentistry. Dr. Jorge Rodriguez and the team at Renaissance Aesthetic Dentistry will be improving the oral health of the community as part of Free Dentistry Day, a day dedicated to providing free dental care to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. During Free Dentistry Day, a choice of one free cleaning, filling or extraction will be provided per patient. Patients will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (239) 530-3335 or visit freedentistryday.org

Leaders help raise $2.1 million for Women's Sports Foundation

Rebekah MacFarlane Barney, chief operating officer of MacFarlane Barney Development and Prima Luce LLC, along with Jenna Persons of Strayhorn & Persons, hosted an Oct. 17 fundraiser that helped raise $2.1 million for the Women’s Sports Foundation. The fundraiser was an official VIP viewing party and live stream of the 39th Annual Salute to Women’s Sports Foundation awards gala in New York City. About 85 people turned out for the event, which took place in Fort Myers at the home of Dr. Deborah MacFarlane-Antoine, CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation and the mother of MacFarlane Barney. Rachel Pierce, the co-anchor of NBC2 News Today, emceed the event, while Diana Willis, a PACE Center for Girls board member, served as the keynote speaker. The evening also included a first-ever live auction, with text to pledge and online donation options, hosted by Dwayne Bergmann of Dwayne Bergmann Interiors and Luis Insignares of Luis E. Insignares Attorneys at Law. 

Cape Coral Community Foundation names 10 honorees for Generous Cape Reception

The Cape Coral Community Foundation will celebrate 10 friends of the foundation during the Generous Cape Reception, held from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the Palmetto-Pine Country Club in Cape Coral. The following community members will be recognized at the fundraising event: Elmer Tabor, Wonderland Realty; Karen Mosteller, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company PA; Bob Knight, Paul Homes; Donna Caruso, DJC Insurance; Joe Padgett, LCEC (retired); the Rev. Dr. Tim Halverson, Faith Presbyterian Church; Donna Giannuzzi, Lee Health (retired); Steve Pohlman, City of Cape Coral Parks & Recreation (retired); David Gomer, retired banking executive and donor adviser at Cape Coral Community Foundation; and Ivan Gorr, retired business executive and donor adviser at Cape Coral Community Foundation. David Erickson, president and CEO of ECHO, will deliver a keynote address. Funds raised at the event will benefit the Cape Coral Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Education Fund. Tickets cost $50. For more information, visit capecoralcf.org/events.    

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