Gulfshore Business Daily: September 21

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Lead Photo: ‘Access’ event series will connect complementary industries. Photo courtesy SWFL Inc. Details below.
 

REPORT: AUGUST HOME SALES UP IN NAPLES

Closed sales activity in the Naples area housing market maintained steady momentum through August with a 35.2% increase in overall closed sales, from 812 closed sales in August 2019 to 1,098 closed sales this August, according to the August 2020 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS (NABOR), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). Homebuying activity in Naples during the last three months exceeded the activity reported in the first three months of 2020, more typically known as peak resident season. Broker analysts reviewing the report predict this momentum—driven from more closed sales, more new pending sales, and more new listings compared to a year ago—will set the Naples area housing market up for continued positive performance into the fall months. To view the entire report, visit NaplesArea.com.
 

NAPLES CITY COUNCIL APPROVES FINAL PLAT FOR NAPLES BEACH CLUB REDEVELOPMENT

Naples City Council unanimously accepted the preliminary and final plat of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club property last week, following the Planning Advisory Board’s Aug. 12 recommendation regarding redevelopment plans for the nearly 125-acre historic resort on the Gulf. Council’s actions were necessitated after a review of the site plan by city staff identified a discrepancy between parcel boundaries and the zoning district boundaries within the project. Certain parcels and elements of the project were located within two zoning districts — a planned development and a residential district. The Athens Group development team plans to subdivide the property to create multiple tracts that are consistent with the zoning district boundaries established by prior rezoning petitions for 851 and 852 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., 1090 Crayton Road, and 485, 801 and 825 South Golf Drive. The resort’s golf course will remain in operation but a proposed major overhaul of the beachfront strip will see new lodging and residential buildings, including a 220-room luxury hotel and 185 condominiums for a property to be renamed Naples Beach Club Hotel, Residences and Golf Course.
 

COGENT BANK OPENS BANKING OFFICE IN LEE COUNTY

Cogent Bank enters Southwest Florida with the opening of a de novo, full-service community banking office located at 14421 Metro Ave., Suite 102 in Fort Myers. Cogent Bank has hired nine seasoned bankers from Lee and Collier counties and has plans to open a second location in Collier County in the first half of 2021. The Southwest Florida division of Cogent Bank is led by Brandon Box as market president and Marty Mahan as regional banking executive. Mahan has been in the financial industry for over four decades, previously holding executive positions with several Florida-based banks including Barnett Bank and CNL Bank. Most recently he served as president for the Southwest Florida division of Valley National Bank. Box previously served as market president for a large regional bank, where he oversaw commercial banking, private banking and 12 retail branch offices in Lee, Manatee and Sarasota counties. The new banking team includes Julie Celozzi, Paul Cotoni, Pete D’Alessandro, Sean Friend, Beth Hendry, Kris Scoone and Craig Sherman. 
 

SWFL INC. LAUNCHES NEW EVENT SERIES

SWFL Inc. has launched its Access event series, starting Sept. 30. Access events will be held monthly to help professionals in complementary industries connect in small group settings. For example, one Access event each month will connect real estate professionals with home services professionals. These exclusive group events will help professionals interact with a targeted audience. This event series is open to SWFL Inc.’s Relationship Members. To participate, sign up here or contact Business Development Manager Phyllis Blanchette at (239) 992-2943 or Phyllis@SWFLinc.com.
 

CWA MARKET HAPPY HOUR WEBINARS RESUME

Capital Wealth Advisors (CWA), headquartered in Naples, will hold its next Market Happy Hour Webinar at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 29. During the webinars, CWA’s veteran research team members review the important market events of the month and discuss the economic and global drivers they believe are moving the markets. They also review factors they are closely monitoring. The webinars are free and open to the public. Prior registration is required. To register, visit capitalwealthadvisors.com/mhh
 

Heather Singleton

CHILD’S PATH NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Child’s Path has appointed Heather Singleton as its new executive director. Child’s Path gives underserved local children a path to a brighter future by providing access to high-quality early education through scholarship assistance to low-income, working families. Singleton has more than 18 years of experience in the field. Singleton previously served as the director of education of Child’s Path since 2019. In addition to her expertise in early education, she comes to this leadership role with 14 years of nonprofit management experience. Before joining the Child’s Path team, Heather was director of Bright Beginnings Early School and served as program director and acting executive director of Gladiolus Learning and Development Center. Singleton has a bachelor’s degree in business management and an associate’s degree in accounting. She is a certified CLASS Observer and has been a member of the Program Committee for the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida for several years. Additionally, she has served as a committee member on several local committees that focus on early childhood education. Singleton’s appointment comes as the organization implements a plan of strategic growth to double in size over the next five years.
 

MILLER LEADS COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE DIVISION FOR CENTURY 21 OFFICE

Century 21 Sunbelt Realty on Cape Coral Parkway in Cape Coral announces Daniel Jan Miller as the head of the office’s newly-formed commercial real estate division. Miller, a former firefighter with 23 years of service, will serve the commercial real estate needs of businesses and investors throughout Southwest Florida and across the state. Century 21 Sunbelt Realty was the top producing location for the global Century 21 network in 2005, according to a news release, and reinvigorates its commercial department with the addition of Miller. The agency, owned by Barbara Watt, Susan Bennett and Jim Fischer, has 10 locations throughout Southwest Florida, two of which are in Cape Coral. 
 

NTRC renovates the Volunteer House.

NAPLES THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER HOSTS RIBBON-CUTTING FOR VOLUNTEER HOUSE

Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC) has received a $25,000 grant from Arthrex, a global leader in orthopedic product development and medical education headquartered in Naples. The grant-funded the renovation for the open-air Volunteer House located at the Observation Deck, where parents and guardians of participants watch lessons and volunteers gather between lessons to a more comfortable, climate-controlled and functional environment. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and plaque unveiling was held in September. The funds were used to install viewing windows in the Volunteer House looking out over the covered arena where parents and guardians are required to stay close during lessons. The grant-funded the necessary upgrades to the electrical system required to install a commercial certified air conditioner unit. Additional costs included painting the indoor and outdoor structure and purchasing furniture to provide adequate indoor seating.
 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

Salvation Army starts holiday collections early

The Salvation Army has started its annual holiday donation campaign earlier than ever. The charitable organization expects 155% more people will need help this holiday season due to economic impacts from the pandemic. With fewer people spending money and so many people out of work, they also expect 50% fewer donations, WINK News reports. To donate, use the Salvation Army’s “Kettle Pay App” or by going to rescuechristmas.org.
 

Annual Gene Doyle Fishing Tournament goes virtual

The Gene Doyle COVID Virtual Fishing Tournament will be held from Oct. 1-20, with fishing wherever registered anglers choose to fish. Registration is required, but there is no fee to participate in this catch-and-release virtual tournament. Prizes will be awarded following review of photos from contestants, to be uploaded to the tournament website at genedoyle.org. Every registered angler will also be entered into a drawing to win an entry into the 24th Annual Gene Doyle Fishing Tournament, scheduled for April 16-18. The Annual Gene Doyle Fishing Tournament benefits the Gene Doyle Memorial Foundation, a 501c3 organization that awards Adventure Scholarships to Collier County high school students. Complete rules and registration information on the website.
 

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