Gulfshore Business Daily: September 24

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Lead Photo: Stevens Construction begins Truly Nolen operations building. Details below.



To help nonprofits with employees gain a better understanding of paid leave requirements, Florida Nonprofit Alliance and the National Council of Nonprofits are offering a free webinar at 3 p.m. today. On the webinar, speakers from the U.S. Department of Labor will walk participants through the requirements of the laws; explain which employees and employers are covered and which are exempt; discuss the concept of intermittent family leave in the context of schools reopening; and address the recent federal court decision and changes to DOL regulations. Register here.


Seventeen behavioral health organizations across Lee and Collier counties have partnered to launch a new community initiative called Healthy Minds to address the increased need for support on a local level, considering the mental and emotional effects of COVID-19. Beginning this week, Healthy Minds will offer educational events and complimentary screenings across Lee and Collier counties, providing accessible, convenient tips and resources at no cost for adults who are experiencing new or increased feelings of anxiety, depression, stress, substance use, and more. Healthy Minds events will be held at select dates and locations over the next several months, offering valuable resources, tools, techniques, and screenings geared to help others gain resilience and overcome adversity. No advance registration is necessary. For more information, visit

Turco Taco


Saturday is the grand opening of Turco Taco 2 in North Naples. To celebrate, the new local restaurant will provide complimentary churros with every order Saturday. The second location of the gourmet taco shop is in Creekside Corners, the retail center anchored by Bone Hook Brewing and McAlister’s Deli on the southeast corner of Goodlette-Frank and Immokalee roads. The simple menu for the popular eatery features tacos and quesadillas with antibiotic-free and hormone-free meats grilled on a vertical rotisserie, gourmet salads, Mexican corn, guacamole, Mexican paletas ice cream and more. The new Turco Taco, 1514 Immokalee Road, Suite 116, will be open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. For more information call 239-431-6682 or go to


Cavo Lounge, which has been shuttered for the last few months because of the coronavirus pandemic, reopened Tuesday at Mercato in North Naples. The local upscale restaurant and bar introduced a new menu of small plates. Cavo, 9108 Strada Place, Suite 14120, is open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily. For more information call 239-431-8706 or go to

Bodega Olé


Lunch service began Tuesday at the new Bodega Olé, a Spanish-Cuban restaurant and sangria wine bar at 965 Fourth Ave. N. in Naples. The space previously was home to Barbosa Kitchen and IM Tapas. The local café is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays for lunch with plans to launch brunch next month. Dinner hours are 5 to 10 p.m. daily but closed Sundays. The menu features tapas, small plates, soups, salads, paella and entrees such as steaks, osso buco and seafood. For more information about Bodega Olé call 239-304-8108 or go to

The Apple store at Waterside Shops


The Apple store at Waterside Shops in Naples reopened at 11 a.m. Wednesday for online order pickups. The store at 5555 Tamiami Trail N. is open by appointment from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Technical support and reservations for one-on-one retail shopping with a specialist are available by clicking here. To safeguard guests and staff during the pandemic, face masks will be provided and precautions will be taken to limit store occupancy, encourage physical distancing, provide touchless temperature checks and continually deep clean the store. “We look forward to resuming full operations as soon as it’s safe to do so,” Apple reports. Apple also operates a regional retail store at Coconut Point in Estero. 


Stevens Construction has started construction of a new operations building for Truly Nolen. Stevens Construction is building a two-story, 9,722-square-foot facility, which will house Truly Nolen’s Fort Myers sales, service and administration departments, as well as provide warehouse storage. Located at 2715 Edison Ave., the project is slated for completion in summer 2021. The Stevens Construction team worked in preconstruction for six months prior to construction starting. The Stevens Construction team includes project manager, Michael Brooks; superintendent, Jamie Bridges; and project administrator, Rebeccah Cabana. The project was designed by Studio A.D. Architect.

Hood Craddock


The Sanibel Captiva Trust Co. held a virtual presentation titled “Elections Years and Your Wealth Strategy,” in which more than 150 clients and guests participated. Presenters included Ian Breusch, chief investment officer; Timothy Vick, director of research; and Hood Craddock, director of family office services. Some of the key questions the presentation addressed included, “How does the stock market react to the elections – whether Democrats or Republicans,” “Is it wise to sit in cash and wait out the elections,” plus “What should concern us most – the election or COVID?,” and “What is the likelihood my income or estate taxes will rise?” Craddock finished the program by highlighting key issues on both income tax planning and estate tax planning. To receive the replay of “Election Years and Your Wealth Strategy,” contact



Lära Fisher

Grace Place for Children and Families names CEO, expands team

After completing a national search, the Grace Place for Children and Families Board of Directors has selected Lära Fisher as chief executive officer, effective Oct. 19. Fisher will build on the strength of the distinctive, nationally recognized, and award-winning family literacy model at Grace Place. Fisher has more than 20 years of experience and success in youth education and human services for underserved communities. Fisher most recently served as CEO and President of the South County Outreach – Hunger and Homeless Services Agency in Irvine, California. Fisher holds a Master of Arts degree in public relations from the University of Northern Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and journalism from Iowa State University. 

Ann Marie Barter

Additionally, Grace Place for Children and Families has appointed Ann Marie Barter as Grace Place family literacy model administrator. Barter joins Grace Place following nearly six years with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, where she served as the senior director of curriculum and training. At Grace Place, Barter will facilitate the growth and implementation of the Grace Place Family Literacy Model (GPFLM). Barter holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern Maine and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois.


Falls joins Vineyards Country Club as assistant golf professional

Vineyards Country Club has named Alexandra “Alex” Falls assistant golf professional. Falls, a Naples native, is a Class A Professional Golf Association member and graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor’s degree in PGA golf management. She began her golf career in Vineyards’ junior program at age 13 and played for three years on the golf team at Gulf Coast High School, where she also currently serves as girls’ head golf coach. After graduation, she worked in the golf shop and served as an intern at Vineyards Country Club for three years.

Zania Ledwidge

Residential Options of Florida hires resident services coordinator

Residential Options of Florida (ROOF) has hired Zania Ledwidge as resident services coordinator. Ledwidge will use her extensive background in service coordination to ensure ROOF residents successfully live independently. Ledwidge will provide residents with referrals, assist in accessing community resources, and empower residents by locating or initiating enrichment services. Ledwidge has worked 20 years in the health and human services nonprofit industry. She has experience working as a director of Medicaid service coordination, care manager director, and residential manager. She received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

Vampire Penguin to celebrate first anniversary on Halloween

Numerous festivities are planned for Vampire Penguin’s first anniversary which officially falls on Oct. 31. In honor of their customers and to accommodate social-distancing guidelines, Vampire Penguin will offer a month-long celebration leading up to Halloween day. The celebration will begin on Oct. 1 with Vampire Penguin introducing Halloween inspired snows, discounts, Vampire Penguin Halloween coloring pages for the kids and double loyalty points. Customers who purchase shaved snow desserts during the month of October will be entered into a drawing for Vampire Penguin merchandise and prizes. Customers may enter the drawings and contests the entire month of October; winners will be announced on Halloween day. Children and adults on Halloween who visit Vampire Penguin wearing costumes will receive dessert discounts and there will be extra discounts for customers who dress as a vampire, penguin, or a “vampire penguin.” Plus, there will be Halloween inspired decorations and music. For more information, visit


Ticket sales close soon for SWFL Inc. Stock Your Bar Foundation Fundraiser

A limited number of $100 tickets will be sold for a chance to receive more than 30 bottles of wine and liquor for a total value of more than $1,300. A limited number of tickets are available here. Many local businesses supported the fundraiser by donating bottles of wine and liquor, which will be raffled off to one winner on Facebook Live on Sept. 30. The Stock Your Bar Fundraiser is presented by Florida Gulf Coast University, Lee Health, NCH Healthcare System, and Physicians Regional Healthcare System.

Barry Silver, Jim Murphy, Greg Dewitt, Eric Madden

Spots filling fast for Oct. 30 golf tournament 

Team slots are filling up for SWFL Inc.’s Oct. 30 Golf Scramble at Raptor Bay. The tournament is an annual tradition in the Southwest Florida community and is open to all skill levels, community members and business professionals alike. Foursomes can be registered for $600 here or over the phone at (239) 992-2943. The tournament will feature raffle prizes, activities throughout the course, and lunch. Each member of the winning team will be awarded with a free round of golf for four from Raptor Bay. For information on promoting your company at the annual event, contact Christleen Knaub at

The Immokalee Foundation asking for votes to win $25,000 grant

The Immokalee Foundation is asking for online votes from the public through Oct. 2 for a chance to win a $25,000 grant from State Farm, which selected the foundation as a Top 200 Finalist in a national competition. U.S. residents who are 18 and older with a valid email address can vote for The Immokalee Foundation up to 10 times each day through Oct. 2 at State Farm Neighborhood Assist. The top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced online Nov. 4, and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to each of the affiliated nonprofits. The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to professional careers through support, mentoring and tutoring, and life skills development leading to economic independence. To learn more about The Immokalee Foundation, visit

Sydney Hudson

The Alliance for the Arts announces Bruce T. Gora Scholarship recipient

The Alliance for the Arts names Cypress Lake High School graduate Sydney Gabrielle Hudson as this year’s Bruce T. Gora Scholarship recipient. This competitive scholarship was created by the Alliance for the Arts with donations made in honor of the life and legacy of Bruce T. Gora and is administered by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. The Bruce T. Gora Scholarship Fund is an annual scholarship given to a Lee County high school senior or a college student who is pursuing a fine arts degree with an emphasis in music or photography. The Bruce T. Gora scholarship was created in 2010 from proceeds of the Alliance’s annual fundraiser, A Night to Remember, to honor the memory of photographer, architect, musician and Alliance for the Arts board member Bruce Gora, who was known throughout the community for his lifelong dedication to the arts and volunteerism. Hudson often hosted a guitar circle in the mornings and afternoons with summer art campers. She is currently a music major at Florida Gulf Coast University.

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