Gulfshore Business Daily: Sept. 4


Lee TeleHealth is offering free visits through Sept. 7 as a way to help the community and visitors get the non-emergency care they need for any reason due to Hurricane Dorian. Lee Telehealth provides on-demand access to board-certified physicians 24/7 even if patients unable to travel to their doctor’s office, they’re away from home or if their doctor is unavailable. During the virtual visit, patients have the ability to interact with the doctor via their device’s camera to receive a diagnosis and, if necessary, a referral or prescription. If you are seeking emergency care, please call 911. To download the app, visit the app store on your smartphone or tablet and search for “Lee TeleHealth.” To access a virtual visit from your computer, visit: and enter the coupon code “DORIAN” on the payment screen.



Bayfront Health Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda are offering free telehealth visits on Virtual Health Connect to help area residents impacted by the storm get non-emergency medical care. The free telehealth visits are available through 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 14 on any mobile device, computer or tablet. Access your free virtual visit by downloading the VirtualHealthConnect app from the App Store or Google Play, or by At the time of the visit, enter coupon code DORIAN to have the visit free of charge. Virtual Health Connect provides on demand, live access to physicians and nurse practitioners at any time. In the event of a life-threatening medical emergency, call 911.


Channelside apartments


Meyers Group has sold Channelside, a Class A apartment complex located in Fort Myers, to Wyse Technology Investments for $65.2 million. Newmark Knight Frank Multifamily’s Vice President Fernando Riboli completed a Freddie Mac loan on behalf of the buyer. The seller was represented by Hampton Beebe and Avery Klann, vice-chairmen, and directors Jonathan Senn and Tyler Minix. The building was completed in 2015 and comprises 325 units on a 29-acre parcel. The one-, two- and three-bedroom units range from 791 square feet to nearly 1,400 square feet with rents ranging from $1,115 to $1,698. The project is located at 15270 Ballast Point Drive and is 93 percent occupied. 


Silver Hills at Fort Myers Apartments Rendering Credit: Edwards Companies


Silver Hills at Fort Myers, a two-building, four-to-five-story luxury apartment community to be built in the downtown redevelopment area, was approved for a tax increment rebate of $12.96 million, at the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board of Commissioners meeting on Aug. 28. Silver Hills at Fort Myers will be built at 2220 West First Street on a 4.46-acre vacant parcel bounded on the south by West First Street, on the north by the Caloosahatchee River, and on the east by Altamont Avenue. The development will feature two buildings containing a total of 327 apartments. The units offered will be a mix of studio, one-bedroom/one bath, two-bedroom/two-bath, and three-bedroom/two-bath units. A 580-space parking garage will be located mid-block between the two residential buildings. The Silver Hills at Fort Myers project will receive a $12.96 million rebate of the taxes generated by the project in yearly installments until the total amount is reached, or until 2044 when the redevelopment area sunsets. Edwards Companies and Silver Hills Development Inc. will work in partnership as developers of Silver Hills at Fort Myers. The $75.524 million project is projected to open in 2021.



The Trustees Emeriti of the Community Foundation of Collier County announce the 2019 Celebration of Philanthropy honorees, who will be recognized for their dedication to the community and their philanthropic service at the annual Celebration of Philanthropy event, held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 at Grey Oaks Country Club. Four awards will be presented at the 2019 Celebration of Philanthropy: Harvey Kapnick Award Honoree – Lighthouse of Collier, Inc.; Outstanding Corporate Philanthropy Award Honoree – èBella Magazine; Excellence in Civic Leadership Award Honoree – Greater Naples Leadership; and the Robert C. Cosgrove Award Honorees – Christine and Terry Flynn. The event is sponsored by the Trustees Emeriti of the Community Foundation of Collier County, Naples Daily News, and Naples Illustrated.  Tickets are $200. To register and for more information, please visit   



The Board of Directors of the Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) appointed Jim Gilmartin president of the ECCL effective Aug. 23. The chairman of the ECCL, Don Eslick will retire in fall of this year after serving more than 19 years with the organization. In August 2019 with the passing of recently appointed ECCL president, Bob King, Gilmartin was approached by the ECCL board and offered the position of president. He was appointed ECCL president by a unanimous vote of the board. In January 2018, Gilmartin was elected to serve as chairman of the ECCL’s Economic Outreach Council, later renamed the Education Outreach Council. Gilmartin generated volunteers and other resources for Junior Achievement and other community education-related programs. He also established the ECCL Advocacy Foundation, a fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, in early 2019. Gilmartin was appointed ECCL’s chief communication officer in July 2019.



AAUW Greater Naples Branch will hold its first monthly meeting of the season on Oct. 5 at Collier County Education Association, with refreshments and registration at 9:30 a.m. The program and meeting will be from 10 a.m. to noon. The speaker will be Jacky Territo, the new chair of the Branch WorkSmart committee, who will discuss the AAUW WorkSmart program.  In addition, this year’s Public Policy priorities will be announced, and chairs of the committees and interest groups will share their upcoming plans for the year. The AAUW advances equity for women and girls through research, advocacy and education. There is no cost to attend.  For additional information, visit



The Guild of the Neighborhood Health Clinic reappoints president

The Guild of the Neighborhood Health Clinic, has appointed Susana Rogers to a second term as president. The Neighborhood Health Clinic Guild is a team of women building awareness and raising funds while working together to help ensure healthier lives and brighter futures for low-income, working but uninsured Collier County adults. The Guild creates awareness for the clinic by hosting onsite receptions with tours, various annual activities and a new speaker series this year. The upcoming clinic reception and tours, dubbed Evening with a Purpose, take place from 5:30–7 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: Nov. 13, Jan.15, 2020; March 11, 2020; and April 15, 2020. For more information, visit


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