MOUND KEY PARCEL TO BE PURCHASED FOR CONSERVATION 20/20
The Lee Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to purchase a 9.57-acre parcel on Mound Key for the Conservation 20/20 Land Acquisition Program. The property is the last remaining privately held parcel on Mound Key and is adjacent to the boundaries of Mound Key Archaeological State Park. Mound Key is located in Estero Bay and is accessible only by boat. The island is a significant archaeological site, thought to have been the cultural hub of the native Calusa people. The State of Florida has owned most of Mound Key since 1961, including a dock and hiking trails. For more information about the park, click here. The privately held land also includes a dock and has been used in recent years to pasture goats, which would be removed prior to the purchase closing.
BIGGS FIRST IN REGION TO OFFER OMNIBOTICS
Dr. H. Kurtis Biggs, founder of Joint Replacement Institute has become the first orthopaedic surgeon from Tampa to Miami to offer OMNIbotics, an advanced robotic-assisted treatment option for total knee replacements, according to a news release. He is also one of the first surgeons in the country to perform this innovative total knee solution, designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. Biggs is performing OMNIBotics total knee replacement procedures at Physician’s Regional Medical Center – Pine Ridge, and Seaside Surgery Center, where Biggs is one of the founding surgeons.
DEANGELIS DIAMOND NAMES VP OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT
DeAngelis Diamond has promoted Craig Bryant from director of project management to vice president of project management. Bryant oversees project managers and projects within the Naples market to ensure all projects meet and exceed owner’s expectations with reference to schedule, budget, and quality. Bryant joined DeAngelis Diamond in 2015 and has more than 20 years of construction experience. Throughout his career, Bryant has worked on projects all over Florida and the Midwest. He graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in construction management.
NAPLES ORIGINALS’ FOODIE CAMP RETURNS IN OCTOBER
Foodie Camp, Naples Originals’ annual series of cooking classes at the city’s top chef-led restaurants, holds its fifth year from Oct. 21-30. Expanding on the sold-out success of last year’s showcase, more classes were added this year, with a roster of several new participants, including 21 Spices by Chef Asif, FUSE Global Cuisine and 7th Avenue Social. As the signature fundraiser for Naples Originals, Foodie Camp has raised more than $30,000 since 2015 for beneficiaries Florida Gulf Coast University and St. Matthew’s House. Visit FoodieCampNaples.com for the calendar of events and details on demo dishes, chef bios, and to purchase tickets at $60 per class.
AJS REALTY GROUP HIRES TWO
AJS Realty Group has added Christine Stanfield as asset manager and Dawn Mayor as asset manager/office Administrator. In their new positions with the firm, Stanfield and Mayor are involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations of properties. They assist in the preparation of annual budgets, monthly reporting and financial performance of properties, as well as establish and maintain preventive maintenance schedules for equipment and building systems. Mayor assumes internal administrative responsibilities. With more than 20 years of experience in real estate operations, Stanfield joined AJS Realty Group after holding regional real estate management roles at both KeyBank and Charles Schwab. Mayor has 16 years of experience in the real estate industry, with a background in administration, accounting, commercial and residential property management.
BOUCHARD JOINS VINEYARDS COUNTRY CLUB
Zachary Bouchard recently joined Vineyards Country Club as digital marketing manager. Bouchard is responsible for developing and directing digital marketing efforts across multiple platforms, as well as digital and print content strategy, production of advertising, publicity and communications for the master-planned community. Prior to joining Vineyards Country Club, Bouchard served as vice president of business development AND marketing for Naples-based KTS Custom Homes. He also served as marketing manager with Lennar Homes throughout its merger with WCI Communities and subsequent rebranding. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and an associate’s degree from Edison Community College (now Florida SouthWestern State College). Bouchard is a member of the FGCU Leadership Academy 2019 and FGCU Alumni Association, and serves as a volunteer for Special Equestrians (Naples) and LARC Inc., Fort Myers.
EDGE APPOINTS MANAGING DIRECTOR
EDGE Cabinet and Space Creators has appointed Lorri Purin as its managing director. Purin is experienced in both interior design and architectural inspirations. While helming Dianne Lorraine Interior Design in Naples, she apprenticed at an artisanal millwork firm. Her work in cabinetry has earned recognition from Heritage Custom Cabinetry and Studio Becker. An early career foray as an art director specializing in graphic design for a Raleigh, North Carolina-based advertising agency resulted in eight Addy Awards for Excellence wins, the industry’s highest accolade. Purin earned a master’s degree in interior design from the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design and a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Mary Washington College. She studied interior architectural design at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University.
RMC GROUP WELCOMES MYERS
RMC Group has appointed Robert Myers as a health and benefits consultant. Myers is responsible for building relationships and soliciting new business for the health division of RMC Group based out of its Tampa office. Myers brings more than 10 years of experience in the health and benefits industry to RMC Group. He holds both Life and Health (Florida 2-15) and Property and Casualty (Florida 2-20) licenses. Myers graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in finance.
Swinging With Purpose to give $175,000 in grants
Swinging With Purpose will fulfil more than $175,000 in grants to its 2019 beneficiaries. Ninety-five cents of every dollar collected goes to Swinging With Purpose beneficiaries due to the organization’s volunteer board of directors. Grant applications are being accepted through Oct. 15 for the 2020 fundraising efforts of the organization. Applications may be submitted at https://www.swingingwithpurpose.org/grant-application.
World Wine Tour to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwest Florida
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate presents the 12th annual World Wine Tour, benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwest Florida, on Nov. 2 at Shangri-La Springs in Bonita Springs. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., attendees will tour and sip a variety of domestic and international wines, hand-selected by the owner of The Wine Store Naples. Guests will also enjoy lite bites from participating local restaurants, a raffle, and musical entertainment by Spotlight Entertainment of SWFL. Guests that register early online may book advance dinner reservations for Harvest & Wisdom for the evening of World Wine Tour. The restaurant is currently serving lunch but will open its doors to our guests for dinner after the event. Admission to the event is $75 per person. VIP tickets are available for $125 per person which include event entry, designated VIP to enjoy exclusive samplings of Shangri-La Spring’s organic wine and beer, along with samplings from the new organic restaurant, Harvest & Wisdom. Tickets can be purchased at www.rmhcswfl.org/events.
David Lawrence Center receives Moorings Park Foundation grant
David Lawrence Center has received a $20,000 grant from the Moorings Park Foundation to provide uninsured or underinsured seniors who are 65 and older with mental health and substance use disorder treatment. The Moorings Park Endowment Fund grant is a result of the Moorings Park Social Accountability Program, which supports unmet needs by funding community health initiatives to local non-profit and public health agencies. The grant will help seniors access treatment services they might otherwise not seek as a result of their inability to pay. The funds will be utilized for crisis stabilization, adult detoxification, residential addiction treatment and outpatient medical services.
11th annual Fort Myers Rotary Italian Fest set
The Italian Fest, presented by TriCircle Pavers, returns to Fort Myers from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Alliance for the Arts. The Rotary Club of Fort Myers is hosting the event for the 11th year. The outdoor event includes raffles, games for all ages, and more. Italian restaurants will have their specialty dishes available for purchase, including three different dessert vendors. There will be beer and wine, and a marketplace of specialty vendors. Entertainment will range from high school marching bands, actors from Broadway Palm Theatre, and Austin Giorgio, NBC’s The Voice finalist 2018. On the main stage, the annual Spaghetti-eating contest will return. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets and plan to spend the day outdoors. The event is free, but a $5 donation is appreciated. This year’s event will benefit the Rotary Club of Fort Myers Trust and Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida. For more information on the Rotary Club of Fort Myers, email email@example.com or call (239) 332-8158.
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