Gulfshore Business Daily: Sept. 1

Lead Photo: Courtesy DeAngelis Diamond

 

LEE COUNTY KEEPS ROLLING OUT ROUNDABOUTS
At Gateway Boulevard and Commerce Lakes Drive, Lee County commissioner Cecil Pendergrass led a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday at the newest one, which cost $2.8 million. Another one should break ground in early 2022 about a half-mile north, at Gateway Boulevard and Griffin Drive. “This came together three years ago,” Pendegrass said. “We noticed a lot of accidents in this area. We had to do something.” Over a three-year span, that intersection, which had been built about 1990 with a two-way stop sign for east-west traffic and continuous flow for north-south traffic, saw 68 accidents with 19 injuries. Every intersection gets due diligence, evaluating and reevaluating by the county department of transportation, said director Randy Cerchie. He helps determine if an intersection will have a two- or four-way stop sign, a traffic signal or a roundabout. In this case, the county said having a roundabout saved about 50 trees from being removed, as traffic signals require about 800 feet of removal for visibility purposes. Wright Construction completed the project 109 days ahead of schedule. Full the full story, click here.

 

BANK OF AMERICA FUNDS OPEN FUTUREMAKERS COALITION POSITIONS
As part of the $300,000 grant from Bank of America, FutureMakers Coalition is looking to add three full-time and one part-time member to its team. The staffing positions were created and funded by the bank’s multi-year commitment to further FutureMakers Coalition’s goal of transforming Southwest Florida’s workforce by increasing the percentage of working-age adults who hold post-high school credentials to 55% by 2025. FutureMakers Coalition is now hiring a full-time partnership manager and a full- and part-time navigator. The partnership manager will develop and support partnerships with the goal of securing additional revenue and funding opportunities to grow the coalition’s impact and manage its network. In addition, two navigators will be added to help connect adults to training programs and find students who previously attended college but did not complete a credential or certification. Modeled after programs in Nashville and Detroit, FutureMakers expects these positions will bolster the region’s training and degree programs by boosting their enrollment as well, the organization states.

 

LEE COUNTY BLACK HISTORY SOCIETY LAUNCHES CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FOR BLACK CULTURE CENTER
The Lee County Black History Society has officially kicked off a capital campaign to raise $22 million for a Black Culture Center at Clemente Park in Dunbar. As part of the City of Fort Myers’ comprehensive plan for Clemente Park, residents have expressed their desire for the construction of a Black Cultural Center in the expansive urban green space available. Fort Myers City Councilmember Teresa Watkins Brown recently kicked off the funding of the capital campaign by donating $25,000. The first floor of the Cultural Center would include an art gallery with large glass windows that would showcase the gallery to pedestrians and vehicle traffic. The second floor is a community space for events and performances and the third floors will include music studios where residents can come in and produce music, podcasts or photography. To support the campaign, donations can be mailed or dropped off to Lee County Black History Society at 1936 Henderson Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33916. For more information, call 239-332-8778 or email blackhistory@leecountyblackhistorysociety.org

 

SCAFFOLDING REMOVED AT RSW AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER
DeAngelis Diamond nears completion of the $80 million Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) Air Traffic Control Tower project in Fort Myers. The scaffolding was removed July 20, and the project is now in its final stages. The tower, which stands more than 200 feet tall from the ground to the cab roof, is scheduled for completion this October. DeAngelis Diamond has previously provided construction management services for RSW, Naples Airport, Marco Island Executive Airport, Immokalee Airport, and Punta Gorda Airport.

 

NAPLES COMMERCIAL SPACE SELLS FOR $3.685 MILLION
PKG Naples LLC purchased approximately 3,175 square feet of commercial space known as the former Another Broken Egg Café at 670 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, from 670 Tamiami Trail N LLC for $3.685 million. David J. Stevens, CCIM, and Tara L. Stokes of Investment Properties Corp. negotiated this transaction.

 

GATES CONSTRUCTION AWARDED RENOVATION PROJECT AT VINEYARDS COUNTRY CLUB
Gates Construction has been awarded a renovation project at Vineyards County Club in Naples. The renovation will include demolition of the existing kitchen, reconfiguration of the existing space, coordination of new kitchen equipment installation and the installation of new walk-in coolers and freezers. The project is slated for completion this winter. PK Studios is providing design services.

 

Mary Beth Monzingo Link

MONZINGO SPEAKS AT LEE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION LUNCH & LEARN
Monzingo Legal Search Founder Mary Beth Monzingo Link was the featured speaker at the Lee County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division’s August Lunch & Learn on Aug. 25 at the Downtown Regional Library Meeting Room in Fort Myers. Monzingo Link spoke about “How to make the team…what a legal recruiter looks for” and the legal job market outlook in general. Monzingo Link’s presentation was approved by The Florida Bar for Continuing Education Credits (CLE) for lawyers. The video recording of the meeting can be found on the LCBA YouTube Channel. Monzingo Link is a Certified Personnel Consultant by the National Association of Personnel Services. Founded in 2013, Monzingo Legal Consulting is a national legal recruiting and law firm consulting agency.

 

FRIENDS OF FOSTER CHILDREN FOREVER ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD
Friends of Foster Children Forever announces the new board for the fiscal year 2022 beginning on July 1. The new board includes Elaine Rubin Moorin, chair; Rebecca Lambert, immediate past chair; Susan Erb, vice chair; Jim Derham, treasurer; Craig Harrington, secretary; and board members Doug Campbell; Edee DeLuca; Alison Douglas; PJ Fuerstman-Meyer; Janet Gable; Jim Henderson; Mary Pisarczyk; Brian Sawyer; Michael Schroeder; and Kathy VanOort.

 

Lina Ayers

JOHN R. WOOD PROPERTIES ADDS SALES ASSOCIATE
John R. Wood Properties has hired Lina Ayers has joined the company as a sales associate in the Central Naples office. Before beginning her real estate career in 2015, she spent 18 years as a domestic and international flight attendant for American Airlines. At the time of the American/US Air merger, Ayers was selected from among 22,000 flight attendants to advise the company’s board of directors on client relations and in-flight operations. Having lived in Europe and Asia, she is multilingual and speaks English, Farsi and conversational German. Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, Ayers earned a degree in business administration from DeKalb College in Decatur, Georgia. A member of the Naples Area Board of Realtors, her professional designations include Real Estate Negotiation Expert, Accredited Buyer’s Representative and Seller Representative Specialist.

 

NOVEMBER SPECIAL SECTION: COMPANIES THAT CARE
The November issue of Gulfshore Business magazine will include our annual “Companies That Care” special advertising section. Charitable organizations are invited to participate to highlight the critical work they do and the positive impact that it has on our communities. Companies are invited to participate to highlight the charitable organizations they support and why they give. Don’t miss this special opportunity to promote your company’s philanthropic efforts to the 40,000-plus monthly readers of Gulfshore Business magazine. For advertising inquiries, please contact Associate Publisher Chris Renstrom at 239-498-8517 or chris.renstrom@gulfshorebusiness.com.

 

Bev Cherry

CHARITABLE NOTES

Guadalupe Center announces date, theme for 2022 fundraising gala
Guadalupe Center has announced the date and theme for its signature fundraising gala, an annual event that supports life-changing educational programs for students in Immokalee. “Guadalupe Galaxy: Constellations of Hope, Charting the Future” will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. Event chairs for Guadalupe Galaxy are Bev Cherry and Debbie Toler. Guadalupe Galaxy will be an in-person event featuring student performances and speakers, galaxy-inspired décor, the return of a live auction and entertainment. The gala will include the Jump Up for Education, a lively interactive call to action that allows attendees to

Debbie Toler

make donations and jump up to show their support for Guadalupe Center. Tickets are $500 per person with patron ticket packages. Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities also are available. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Tammy Richelieu at 239-963-3668 or TRichelieu@GuadalupeCenter.org.

 

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