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PARROT BAR & GRILL PERMANENTLY CLOSES IN NAPLES
The Parrot Bar & Grill was evicted Wednesday after losing a Collier County court case to extend its lease another five years. Co-owners Patrick Daly and Timothy Coakley locked up for the last time Wednesday night after operating for about 11 years at Dockside Boardwalk, a rustic retail destination at 1100 6th Ave. S., near Tin City and where the Gordon River flows into Naples Bay. The Lazy Parrot LLC filed suit against TBC Dockside LLC and Shoppes at Dockside LLC, the old and new owners of the center, in a real property action about a five-year lease option. An emergency motion to stay was denied Wednesday morning and a writ of possession put Shoppes at Dockside LLC and its principals in possession of the property. The tenant did not have a written lease agreement, according to the case’s final summary judgment, court records show. For the full story, click here.
CMX CINÉBISTRO DEBUTS OCT. 1 AT COASTLAND CENTER MALL IN NAPLES
Showtime is just three weeks away for CMX CinéBistro, an upscale dinner-and-a-movie destination launching Friday, Oct. 1, at Coastland Center mall in Naples. The new 35,000-square-foot freestanding cinema, built on the footprint of the longtime Sears store demolished years ago on the northwestern corner of the mall, marks a rebirth for Miami-based CMX Cinemas, which filed for bankruptcy last spring after the pandemic lockdown. The company has hired about 80 team members, including eight managers and an executive chef for Naples. The cinema has six movie screens, a full-service dinner menu, a full bar and a lounge. Patrons are advised to arrive a half-hour before the movie begins to place dinner orders so that meals are delivered to their seats before the show starts. Admission after 6 p.m. is only for patrons 21 and over.
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FORT MYERS WANTS TO REACQUIRE CITY OF PALMS PARK BEFORE DEMOLITION
The city of Fort Myers wants to save City of Palms Park from demolition in the midtown section of the city. The ballpark is owned by Lee County, but Fort Myers City Council voted Tuesday night for the park to be transferred back to the city and to keep baseball at the stadium. The deadline for the city to reacquire the park from the county is in slightly more than three weeks. Mayor Kevin Anderson said the city does not want the county to move forward with plans to demolish it. He says the city would like to hold off for a year and assess its future. He says that could include leaving the park, renovating it or demolishing it and building a new space there. Anderson says this decision would also allow the baseball and softball teams from FSW to play at least one more season at the park, WINK News reports.
WORLD HERITAGE EXHIBITIONS RECEIVES THREE TOURING PROPERTIES
World Heritage Exhibitions (W.H.E.), which produces and plans the displaying of priceless artifacts across the country and around the world, established its headquarters in January 2020 in Lee County and is getting even bigger. The company, founded by Cape Coral resident Anthony Tann, received the rights to produce three new touring properties. Pompeii, Mummies of the World and Victoria the T.rex are three new exhibitions that will be under W.H.E.’s arsenal. Tann set up shop in Lee County after graduating from St. Bonaventure with a political science degree. World Heritage Exhibitions has a 15,000-square-foot warehouse and office space at 14661 Jetport Loop Road. “We hire people all over the world. We’re really trying to have our entry-level positions out of Fort Myers.” Tann is next looking to hire an accounting finance manager. For the full story, click here.
SIZZLE DINING EVENT RUNS THROUGH SEPT. 29 AT RESTAURANTS IN LEE, COLLIER COUNTIES
Sizzle Dining started Thursday and runs through Sept. 29, offering dining deals at more than 30 restaurants in Lee and Collier counties. One dollar from each meal goes to the charity Blessings in a Backpack SWFL, which provide food on the weekends for local elementary school children who might otherwise go hungry. Restaurants can offer takeout, delivery, curbside and indoor/outdoor dining, as permissible by public health guidelines. Each participating restaurant offers a three-course prix fixe dinner menu for either $29 or $39, depending on each location. Some restaurants may also offer a two-course prix fixe lunch menu for $19 or $24 and a brunch menu for $24 or $29.
ARTIS—NAPLES TO HOST JOB FAIR SEPT. 17 FOR VARIOUS POSITIONS
Artis—Naples is hosting a job fair to recruit energetic team members for various positions across several departments. The job fair will take place from 2-6 p.m. on Sept. 17 in the Hayes Hall lobby. Among the positions to explore at the job fair are bartenders, event services team members, patron services representatives, museum store associates, safety and security officers, ushers, housekeepers and more. Artis—Naples representatives will be available to answer questions about the organization, open positions and job responsibilities. Interested candidates can register in advance by completing an online application and bringing up-to-date copies of their resumes to the job fair. If not registered in advance, candidates should bring up-to-date copies of their resumes to the event. Artis—Naples has more than 300 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees. Background checks and pre-employment drug testing are required. Additionally, employees are required to obtain and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
HYATT REGENCY COCONUT POINT TO HOST CAREER FAIR ON SEPT. 22
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa will host a career fair at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sept. 22 in the resort’s Captiva ballroom. The resort is seeking to fill positions in several departments, including food and beverage, culinary, and engineering. A full list of open positions at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa can be found by clicking here. Candidates are encouraged to fill out an online application in advance of the career fair through the site. The event will provide on-site interviews and on-the-spot job offers for qualified candidates. All attendees will also be entered into a raffle to win a one-night stay at the resort as well as a package of day passes to the resort’s pool. The resort offers several benefits for employees including medical insurance plans, visions and dental care, sick leave, 401(k) options, educational assistance and flexible scheduling. Additional benefits include complimentary room nights at Hyatt properties worldwide, employee discounts, friends and family rates and more.
REPORT: SWFL AMONG BEST PLACES TO GET A MORTGAGE IN STATE
Southwest Florida is among the “Best Places to Get a Mortgage” in the state, according to a new study from SmartAsset. The financial technology company included factors like borrowing costs and property taxes to determine results. Lee County ranked No. 7 on the list, with a 63.49% loan-funding rate. Collier County followed at No. 8, with a 63.25% loan-funding rate. For the full results and methodology, click here.
APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR ASSOCIATE LEADERSHIP COLLIER PROGRAM
The Leadership Collier Foundation of the Greater Naples Chamber is now accepting applications for the Class of 2022 Associate Leadership Collier program, formally known as Growing Associates in Naples. Each year, this program offers community and business leaders a behind-the-scenes look at Collier County’s life: government, commerce, human services, education, health care and more. The program, focused on community education and peer networking, runs from Feb. 22-April 19 and includes nine, 2.5-hour sessions, typically from 3-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons.
EARN TO LEARN FL MOVES TO GUIDEWELL’S GROWING RESILIENT COMMUNITIES CHALLENGE
Earn to Learn FL, a matched-savings financial assistance program, has been selected to compete in GuideWell’s Growing Resilient Communities West Florida Pitch Competition on Sept. 30. The challenge is focused on sourcing innovative approaches that empower community residents to be actively involved in developing their neighborhood’s long-term resiliency. Applicants were selected to present in one of four virtual regional pitch events. The top three finalists from each region will each receive $5,000 in funding and will be invited to the statewide challenge for a chance to win a $40,000 grand prize. ETLF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to empower income-challenged students to complete college. ETLF’s Near Peer Coaching for Postsecondary Success program is the focus of this competition. “A funding award from this challenge will be used to enhance our Near to Peer program and help additional students pursue their dream of completing a postsecondary education with little or no debt,” said Brenda Tate, CEO of Earn to Learn FL.
SANIBEL CAPTIVA COMMUNITY BANK HIRES JONES
Jasmine Jones has joined Sanibel Captiva Community Bank as a teller at its Winkler office at 7040 Winkler Road in Fort Myers. She is responsible for assisting customers with personal and business banking transactions. Jones has over five years of experience working in the customer service and retail industries, as well as in early childhood education. She has an associate degree in paralegal studies from Florida SouthWestern State College.
Naples Art District to host Art for a Cure: Pink with a Purpose
The 80 artist members of the Naples Art District (NAD), The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation and Susan G. Komen Florida are presenting Art for a Cure: Pink with a Purpose. During October, artists from the NAD will host a series of VIP behind-the-scenes tours to benefit breast cancer awareness, research and treatment initiatives. Tickets are $125 and tours are available from 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 14 and Oct. 16 and 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 21. A $125 donation includes a three-hour VIP artists’ studios tour. Tours will include refreshments, treats by Norman Love Confections, 10 raffle tickets and special invitations throughout the season to art openings and exhibition previews in the Naples Art District. Tours will be closed to the public and VIP guests will be chartered between artists’ studios by Dolphin Transportation Specialists.
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