Gulfshore Business Daily: October 28

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Discovery Senior Living Center hosts a ribbon cutting for its new headquarters at 3461 Bonita Bay Boulevard. Details below.
Lead Photo: Discovery Senior Living Center hosts a ribbon cutting for its new headquarters at 3461 Bonita Bay Blvd. Details below.


Video courtesy of WINK News


Encompass Health plans new rehabilitation hospitals in Cape Coral and North Naples. The company provides in-patient rehab for people recovering from strokes, brain injuries and other orthopedic injuries. “We do believe there is an underserved market in an opportunity to provide that level of care,” said David Clementz, chief strategy officer for Encompass Health. Hospitals planned on Pine Island Road in Cape Coral and on Collier Boulevard in North Naples are still in the design stages, but Encompass Health has purchased more land than needed for its rehab hospitals so space for future expansion is available, WINK News reports.


Lee Health and SWFL Inc. invite the business community to attend a virtual tour and ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon tomorrow, Oct. 29, for the new occupational medicine clinic at Bonita Community Health Center (BHC). The Facebook Live event will be broadcast on the SWFL Inc. Facebook page. The new clinic opened in August and resides in an existing space near the main entrance of the building. The expansion of services is in response to the increased growth in the area to better serve the business community. With the addition of occupational medicine, expanded services will include drug and alcohol screenings, Department of Transportation physicals, pre-employment physicals, immunizations and vaccinations, vision and hearing exams, tuberculosis testing, workers’ compensation, workplace wellness resources and more. BHC is a 100,000-square-foot facility with physician offices, an urgent care center, diagnostics and imaging, a surgery center and physical therapy services.


Discovery Senior Living Center celebrated the opening of its new, state-of-the-art headquarters in Bonita Springs with a ribbon-cutting coordinated by SWFL Inc. The new space is 28,000 square feet and located at 3461 Bonita Bay Blvd. It will house many of the national company’s teams including its executive leadership, finance, accounting, marketing, sales, operations, human resources, construction and design teams, to accommodate its growing workforce. Discovery Senior Living is an award-winning family of companies that develops and operates luxury senior living communities across the country. For more information, visit


A new business in East Naples offers an interesting recreational activity that is kind of similar to bowling or darts, but instead of tossing darts or bowling balls, participants throw axes and hatchets at targets. Swamp Axe Co., the Naples area’s only indoor ax-throwing venue, opened this month on Linwood Avenue across the street from Naples Opera. The business offers six caged ax-throwing lanes for one-hour or two-hour sessions. A single lane can be reserved for up to four players or multiple lanes can be booked for a special event such as a birthday party, bachelorette outing or business team-building function. Booking online and signing a waiver ahead of time is encouraged. The theme inside is based around the swamps of Collier County. Everglades creatures are displayed and hidden throughout the space and the logo for Swamp Axe features an ax-wielding skunk ape riding a Florida panther. It’s a BYOB establishment during its soft opening but it soon plans to offer beer, wine and an occasional food truck. Swamp Axe Co., 2487 Linwood Ave., is open 4 to10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and another day is expected to be added in season. Private parties also can book anytime. For more information call 239-331-3923 or go to


The third location of Deep Lagoon Seafood recently launched for lunch and dinner daily in the Esplanade Shoppes on Marco Island. Deep Lagoon Seafood & Oyster House features a raw bar with Gulf oysters or clams on the half shell and peel-and-eat shrimp, as well as a variety of fresh local fish — including black grouper, snapper, mahi, hogfish, yellowfin tuna, swordfish and more — served as a platter, sandwich or in a salad. The new waterfront restaurant on Marco’s Smokehouse Bay shares its extensive menus with Phelan Family Brands’ other Deep Lagoon locations in North Naples and Fort Myers. Its 5,000-square-foot corner space formerly was home to Chop 239 and Tara Steak & Lobster House. The new Deep Lagoon, 760 N. Collier Blvd., Suite 105, is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information call 239-235-7497 or go to


Beautiful Health will be offering a series of free online sessions in November, December and January. Caroline Thonon, owner of Beautiful Health, wants to offer sessions that are a concern to most people who are health conscious. The first series of talks will include three 30-minute sessions with question-and-answer periods: “What is non-toxic beauty and why should you care?” at 4 p.m. Nov. 19; “How stress is killing your digestive system especially during the holidays” at 4 p.m. Dec. 10; and “3 proven ways to get rid of belly fat” at 4 p.m.  Jan. 21. To register for one or more of these sessions, email Thonon at For more information, call 239-241 5111 or visit


The 2020 Sand Dollar Awards Gala “Come Together – Virtually – Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence in Construction,” presented by the Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) Sales and Marketing Council (SMC), was held Oct. 24. More than 200 Sand Dollar Awards were presented to 72 companies in all. This year’s celebration was presented via live broadcast on the CBIA website. Partial proceeds from the virtual auction will benefit the annual CBIA-SMC toy drive and Educational Series. Sand Dollar Committee Chairperson Erin Otterbeck, chairperson of Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild, spearheaded this year’s event with Lynne Stambouly, vice-chairperson from Illuminated Design, and Jackie Nelson of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, immediate past-chair. For more information, visit

The Outstanding Philanthropic Organization award goes to Waterside Shops.


Area philanthropists to be honored during National Philanthropy Day celebration

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Collier-Lee Chapter (AFP) will honor four philanthropists and 15 distinguished volunteers at its National Philanthropy Day Celebration happening from noon to 1 p.m. on Nov. 17 via livestream here. The event is free to the community. AFP encourages the public to host watch parties and share photos on social media with the hashtag #NPD2020. For more information and a list of honorees, visit

Chamber toasts Luminary with branded lager beer

Luminary Lager promises to add a bit of holiday cheer this year to a Holiday Luminary weekend has been restructured from a two-night street festival to a weeklong online promotion, the Sanibel & Captiva Island Chamber of Commerce announced this week. The chamber has partnered with Point Ybel Brewing Company, just across the bridge in south Fort Myers, to create an exclusive, special-edition winter lager flavored with Colorado blue spruce tips and served up in a festively labeled, 16-ounce can. The brew will also be available on tap at participating restaurants starting in November. Production will halt after Luminary Week, Dec. 4-11. Luminary Week “The Coastal Distance Edition” will take place Friday to Friday during normal operating hours, when businesses will be offering special discounts and deals. Retailers, restaurants, accommodations, personal services, attractions, recreational activities, and other local operations will participate on a dedicated landing web page the chamber is creating to showcase the week’s offers online. Sponsorships are available. Businesses interested in sponsoring or participating should contact member services manager Ashley Pignato at Participating businesses should submit their logo or photo, special offer, and any details by Nov. 1.



Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts promotes department leaders

Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts (SCBR), a hospitality marketing and management organization, has promoted two key departmental leaders. Jiri Vilim has been promoted to director of engineering for all four Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts. Vilim has served in various engineering positions for almost 10 years at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa. In his new position, Vilim will oversee all properties for SCBR and work to restructure the maintenance departments of all properties. Sergii Melnychenko has been promoted to maintenance manager for ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa. Melnychenko has served in various maintenance positions at the resort since 2012 and will oversee day-to-day operations for ‘Tween Waters, continue to lead the maintenance staff, and help restructure the department as needed. 

Melissa Maher

‘Ding’ Darling hires urban education leader

Melissa Maher took the position of urban education leader last week for the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. The position, funded by the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS), was created to oversee the refuge’s education outreach, including the Wildlife on Wheels (WoW) mobile classroom, which deploys next month to schools and venues in underserved areas throughout a five-county region. Maher comes to the refuge from Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, with more than 20 years of experience in the development and oversight of student-focused strategies and programs. Within the past 15 years, she has held positions as a teacher, school program manager, and district career coordinator.

Scott Pauzar

Southwest Florida law firm welcomes new attorney

Southwest Florida law firm Woodward, Pires & Lombardo P.A. welcomes attorney F. Scott Pauzar III to the Naples office in the areas of marital and family law and litigation. A Naples native, Pauzar earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2004. Pauzar has 16 years of experience as a litigator in complex litigation in both state and federal courts. He began his legal career as an assistant state attorney at the 20th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office in Fort Myers and currently focuses his practice on matters relating to commercial and civil litigation, marital and family law litigation, mediation, personal injury and trial law. Pauzar is also a military veteran, serving active duty in the U.S. Air Force between 1989 and 1993.

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank names assistant VP

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has promoted Jeanette Michaels from senior loan closer to assistant vice president. Michaels is responsible for the assembly, preparation and verification of closing documents as well as coordinating all aspects of the loan closing process. One of the bank’s original employees, she works out of the Downtown Branch, located at 1533 Hendry Street. Founded in 2003, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has two locations on Sanibel Island and six more locations throughout Lee County.

Zulaika Quintero

New members join WGCU Public Media Advisory Board

Five new members joined the WGCU Public Media Advisory Board, at its meeting on Oct. 14. The new members are Michael Hirsh, Linda Penniman, Zulaika Quintero, Richard Solum and Steve Vesce. Members with continuing terms on the WGCU Public Media Advisory Board are Judy M. Bricker, chair; Jim Hale, vice chair; Lydia Black; Mimi Chapin Gregory; Howard Cohen; Rick Johnson, WGCU general manager and ex-officio member; Iqbal Mamdani; Steve O’Brien; Maria Palacio; Kevin Price, ex-officio member; and Charisse Thomas. Muriel Olsen is the board secretary. The Public Media Advisory Board guides the management and staff of WGCU-FM and WGCU-TV. Board members live within the broadcast area of WGCU. They serve two-year terms and can serve up to four consecutive terms. A board member who is termed off is eligible to serve again after one year.

The winning corporate team included Wayne Meland, Jon Kukk and guide Andrew Bostick.


Conservancy of Southwest Florida nets $38,000 for clean water at 27th annual RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Fishing Tournament

More than 100 anglers and fishing guides participated in 44 teams in the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s 27th annual RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Fishing Tournament Oct. 24 and 25. The tournament benefits the Conservancy’s commitment to water quality protection, as well as preservation and enhancement of local fisheries. This year’s event was co-chaired by Conservancy supporters Mokey Shea and Henley Shotwell. Teams fished in guided and unguided teams, using live, artificial or fly bait. In light of the pandemic, the traditional in-person Friday Night Kickoff Party was not held. Instead, an online silent auction was available the week before the tournament. Contactless angler buckets and measuring devices were available for participants to pick up prior to the tournament. A virtual award ceremony was held on Oct. 25. Winners included the winning corporate team of Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., with Wayne Meland, Jon Kukk and guide Andrew Bostick. The largest snook caught was 35 inches by Nick Camusi and the largest redfish was 27 inches by Terry McMahan.

Lee BIA Builders Care’s Charity Clay Shoot returns in December

Lee BIA Builders Care has announced its fourth annual Charity Clay Shoot, to be held on Dec. 4 at Bermont Shooting Club in Punta Gorda. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. All participants must attend a mandatory safety meeting at 8:15 a.m., and the tournament starts at 8:30 a.m. Following the tournament, participants will enjoy lunch, live music, raffle drawings and an awards ceremony. The tournament offers individual shooters and shooting teams an opportunity to navigate a multi-station interactive course while completing specialty challenges and competing for prizes. The event is a signature fundraiser for Lee BIA Builders Care, which provides emergency construction services at no cost to needy and deserving elderly and/or disabled homeowners, and their families, who cannot obtain repairs through traditional means. For individual shooters, the cost to participate is $250 and includes lunch. The entry fee for a four-person team is $750 and also includes lunch for each participant. For more information on sponsorships, tournament details and volunteer opportunities, contact Builders Care at 239-938-0056 or, or visit

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