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Gulfshore Business Daily: September 1

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Dana Young

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GOV. DESANTIS WORKING TO ASSIST UNEMPLOYED WITH ADDITIONAL BENEFITS, EXTENDED EVICTION MORATORIUM 

Losing a $600-a-week unemployment check was a crushing blow for tens of thousands of people in Southwest Florida, but more financial support may be on the way. President Trump signed an executive order giving the states a lifeline: $300 a week in federal benefits for those out of work. “So, the people that are still eligible for the state will still get the state. If that is expired, then you will get the $300 as a federal supplement and our hope is that we’re able to do that retroactively to the beginning of August and hopefully just payout, like, a lump sum for that time coming forward,” Gov. Ron DeSantis says. The governor also has offered some hope to people who are behind on their mortgage or rent. DeSantis signaled that he is likely going to give people more time to catch up on their bills by extending the eviction moratorium, which is set to expire today, WINK News reports.
 

COLLIER COUNTY BEGINS GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR CARES ACT FUNDING

Collier County on Monday started to offer one-time grants to small businesses hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic with money the county received through the CARES Act. Businesses can apply online during the next two weeks through the CollierCARES Relief Funding Program. Eligible are owners of small businesses in Collier County who employ 50 or fewer full-time employees. One-time grants will amount to $25,000 intended to offset costs of business interruption due to the shutdown of the economy. The application deadline is noon Monday, Sept. 14. Anyone who needs help applying online can go to any Collier County library branch for assistance. For more information about the CollierCARES program, call 239-252-8999 or click here.
 

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TEACHERS, STUDENTS RETURN TO CLASSROOMS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA 

School buses hit the road across Southwest Florida on Monday for the first time in six months, picking up children for the first day of school of a new academic year, WINK News reports. In Lee County, nearly 41,000 students returned to classrooms Monday, but more than 45,000 will be homeschooled, either doing Lee Virtual or Lee Home Connect. Collier County’s public schools saw more than 24,000 students return to in-person learning on Monday. For Charlotte County, 14,000 students were expected to return for face-to-face learning with 3,000 going virtual, the district said.
 

UPCOMING REIS MEETING TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF LEE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The Real Estate Investment Society (REIS) September meeting will take place at noon on Sept. 8 online. The event, “The Future of Public Schools,” will feature Lee County school expansion plans, details on coping with COVID-19, and a community school study that’s underway. Adam Molloy, coordinator of community engagement at the Lee County School District, will lead the discussion. The meeting is presented at no charge by REIS and event sponsor Midland Trust. Registration required here
 

Dana Young

CHAMBER TO HOST VISIT FLORIDA CEO FOR VIRTUAL MEETING

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce will host its next meeting at noon on Sept. 17 online. Dana Young, president and chief executive officer of Visit Florida, will speak about the current state of tourism from the perspective of Florida’s official destination marketing organization. The chamber has sent members Zoom invitations to register for the virtual event and will be sending another closer to the date. When members RSVP, they will receive a link to the Zoom meeting in advance. Sponsorships are still available for the presentation. For information on becoming a sponsor or registering for the meeting, contact Ashley Pignato at ashley@sanibel-captiva.org. Participants can also send questions for Young to Pignato in advance or submit them during the meeting through the chat feature.
 

JOYFUL YOGA CLOSES BONITA SPRINGS STUDIO, CONTINUES ONLINE SESSIONS 

The Joyful Yoga studio in Bernwood Place at Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs has permanently closed after 15 years. It’s the end of an era and the beginning of a new one for the yoga studio, locally owned and operated by Jackie Chiodo, her sister, Emily Cioffi; and their mother, Tess Chiodo. Monday was the last day for sessions on joyfulyoga.com and Mindbody online. “If you want to continue to Zoom with us, please sign in to your new account by going to jackiechiodo.com,” according to an online note. For assistance regarding live yoga sessions, email Jackie at jackiechiodo@yahoo.com. “We hope to continue offering you the highest quality of yoga online, and truly appreciate your support during this transition. Thank you for building an incredible community with us over the past 15 years, we will continue to grow and evolve together in yoga for the next 15 years and beyond!” 
 

PEACE LOVE & LITTLE DONUTS RELOCATES IN NAPLES 

The exterior sign is up now on the new location of Peace Love & Little Donuts of Naples at 2622 Tamiami Trail N. The shop relocated this summer, moving less than a half-mile south from where it was for the last six years. It is the third local spot for the groovy doughnut franchise, which initially opened shop in 2011 inside the former Wayne’s World BP station at Naples Plaza. The new location in The Courtyards retail center has the same hours — 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily — and phone number, 239-213-0188.  Meanwhile, Locos x Argentina (Crazy for Argentina) Bakery & Cafe is building out Peace Love & Little Donuts’ former space at 3106 U.S. 41 N. with plans to launch the new business this fall. 
 

FIFTH THIRD BANK DEVELOPING NEW OFFICE IN EAST NAPLES 

Fifth Third Bank is developing a new 1,819-square-foot branch office with a drive-thru on a former gas station outparcel at 2898 Tamiami Trail E., the Bayshore Drive corner next to McDonald’s at Gulf Gate Plaza in East Naples. The commercial lot has been vacant since 2007 when the former Bayshore Mobil gas station there was demolished. Since then, the site has occasionally been temporarily used for a seasonal tent selling fireworks and Christmas trees.
 

IN THE KNOW

Stock Development receives national acclaim

Stock Development landed on the cover of Builder magazine’s August issue. The company, which ranked No. 162 on the latest Builder 100 list, was featured in the magazine for its response to and success amid COVID-19. For the full article, click here. For the Builder 100 list, click here.
 

Philhower joins Sanibel Captiva Community Bank

Brittany Philhower has joined Sanibel Captiva Community Bank as a teller at the College Parkway Branch, located at 7500 College Pkwy. She is responsible for assisting customers with personal and business banking transactions. Philhower has five years of experience in the banking industry working for several local financial institutions. To learn more, visit SanCapBank.com.

 

CHARITABLE NOTES

Preferred Travel of Naples collects over $2,500 worth of school supplies for Immokalee children

Preferred Travel of Naples collected school supplies and backpacks during the months of July and August. With the efforts of staff, clients and one travel advisor in particular, two carloads of supplies were collected. “Tina Gelinas, Independent Travel Advisor, and her family collected nearly $1500 worth of school supplies alone – we were all very impressed,”  said Olga Placeres, President of Preferred Travel. Pastor Arnie Coones of Reach Assembly Church of Immokalee works with individuals and businesses each year with the goal to collect enough backpacks and supplies to serve at least 500 children. With the help of Gelinas and her family, Preferred Travel of Naples, and 15 other businesses and individuals, the church was able to serve over 1,000 children. Coones and volunteers at Reach Assembly Church in Immokalee distributed school supplies and backpacks to children in Immokalee by a drive-through event on Aug. 22.
 

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