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Gulfshore Business Daily: September 28

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FLORIDA’S MOVE TO PHASE 3 ALLOWS RESTAURANTS TO FULLY OPEN

On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the state will move to Phase 3 of his “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan” for Re-Opening Florida, including allowing restaurants to operate at full capacity, effective immediately. There will no longer be operational limitations enforced by the State of Florida. He further explained that his Executive Order will prohibit local municipalities from restricting the re-opening of businesses. They must be allowed to operate at least at 50% capacity, regardless of local rule. Gov. DeSantis highlighted that the restaurant industry is difficult to succeed in with thin margins, and there have been devastating effects from COVID-19 shutdowns on operators and their employees since March, according to the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association.
 

Founders Bistro

FOUNDERS BISTRO RELAUNCHES WITH NEW MENU, MANAGEMENT IN NORTH NAPLES

A bit of the past merges with the present at The Founders Bistro in North Naples. Chef Tony and Kathy Newton, the couple best known for operating the former Fred’s Diner, have been busy the last two months since they were tapped by The Founders’ owners to step in to relaunch the restaurant with a new menu and management team. The Founders Bistro, originally opened Feb. 21 as a farm-to-table restaurant, closed Aug. 9 after the idealistic sheen of its debut was dulled by the grim realities of the pandemic. The new full-service restaurant and bar went public Saturday, Sept. 26. Signs also went up this week for the restaurant’s companion business –The Founders Market – which is targeted to open in about two months in an identical building on the other side of an expansive courtyard fronting Airport-Pulling Road just south of Vanderbilt Beach Road in the Fountain Park retail center. The Founders Bistro, 7941 Airport-Pulling Road, is open 3 p.m. to midnight daily, except closed Sundays. For the full story, click here.
 

NARRATIVE COFFEE ROASTERS TO EXPAND WITH SECOND LOCATION

MK Architecture is providing architectural and engineering plans for Narrative Coffee Roasters as it expands to include a second coffee house location in Naples. This location will include an in-house coffee roaster. Once complete, the new Narrative will be located within the Eleven Eleven Central development located at 1111 Central Ave., Naples. MK Architecture is currently in the design phase of the project with permitting anticipated toward the end of 2020. 
 

Sonia Diaz

DIAZ RECOGNIZED AS CCBWA WOMAN LAWYER OF THE YEAR

Sonia Diaz—a partner in Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz’s litigation practice—was named Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Collier County Women’s Bar Association (CCBWA). Diaz has received multiple awards and recognitions throughout her career. She represents businesses and individuals in a variety of matters, both in the courtroom and through mediation or arbitration. Diaz joined Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz more than 18 years ago. For more information, click <a href="https://www.chtlegal.com/sonia-m-diaz<https://www.chtlegal.com/sonia-m-diaz" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.chtlegal.com/sonia-m-diazhere.
 

John Lai

ISLANDS CHAMBER CEO TAKES FACP SEAT

John Lai, president and chief executive officer of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, recently took a seat as chair-elect of the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP). The statewide chamber agency installed its 2020-2021 board of directors from throughout the state at its annual conference held Sep. 15-17 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The board of directors is the governing body responsible for overseeing the operations of FACP, whose mission is to advance excellence in chamber management in the state of Florida. Lai has served at the chamber’s helm since his appointment in 2017. He has led members through toxic water-quality issues and pandemic upheaval during that time by rallying local businesses at the state and federal government levels. Lai was instrumental in bringing together the Southwest Florida Alliance of Chambers and in seeing the chamber’s visitor center modernized and named by Visit Florida as one of 13 official Florida Certified Tourism Information Centers, a news release states.
 

ORTHOCOLLIER OFFERS SATURDAY MORNING FALL YOUTH SPORTS CLINIC

The physicians at Naples-based OrthoCollier, Dr. Michael Havig, Dr. Chirag Patel, Dr. Patrick Joyner, and Dr. Courtney Bell, have started a Saturday Morning Fall Youth Sports Clinic for any youth athlete that requires medical treatment of an injury as a result of their participation in a school sports competition during the fall youth sports season. As of Sept. 26, school athletes and their parents can walk-in with no appointment necessary to OrthoCollier, located at 1250 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 202, anytime between 9-10:30 a.m. to receive injury assessments, physical therapy, X-rays, casting, and splinting. OrthoCollier physicians volunteer as team doctors during local high school football games and felt a new Saturday clinic would help many athletes avoid long-term injury issues. The Saturday Morning Fall Youth Sports Clinics are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No primary care referral is necessary to receive immediate medical attention, and youth athletes who are uninsured or whose families are low-income will not be turned away from the clinic. 
 

Maureen Camacho

SUFFOLK NAMES BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Maureen Camacho has joined Suffolk’s Southwest Florida operations as business development manager. In her new role, Camacho will work with Suffolk’s executive and business development teams to implement a growth and diversification strategy for the company’s Southwest Florida division.  She will leverage her industry background in sectors such as public works, healthcare, education, multifamily housing and senior living. Originally from Costa Rica, Camacho grew up in Naples and is bilingual in English and Spanish. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Camacho is a member of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Real Estate Investment Society and Urban Land Institute; board member for Make-a-Wish Foundation Southern Florida; treasurer for the Fort Myers FGCU Alumni Chapter; and representative for the Construction Industry Advisory Board for FGCU. She is also a Leadership Collier graduate and is involved with a number of nonprofits.
 

BEHAN JOINS GATES CONSTRUCTION AS SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT

Southwest Florida-based GATES Construction has added Josh Behan as senior superintendent. Behan is responsible for daily onsite supervision of GATES’ projects, including quality control, safety, security, project closeout, and transition planning. He has over 25 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types such as healthcare, education, multifamily, and commercial construction. Josh Behan will be based out of GATES’ Sarasota office and working is currently working on 332 Cocoanut, a luxury condominium community located in the Rosemary District neighborhood of downtown Sarasota.
 

STOCK SIGNATURE HOMES PROMOTES PITT, HIRES SUSIK

Stock Signature Homes has promoted William Pitt to warranty manager and hired Mike Susik as the regional director of construction for the Lakewood Ranch, Florida, area. Pitt will oversee the warranty processes for Stock. He has been with Stock for seven years, starting as an assistant superintendent and eventually becoming a superintendent in Naples. Pitt then relocated from Naples in 2016 to build for Stock in Lakewood Ranch. He is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University. Susik will oversee all parts of the construction life cycle from pre-construction planning through warranty as needed. He will be working with the sales, purchasing, design, and construction teams, as well as the buyers. Susik has 25 years of experience in the residential contracting business. Susik is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and has held general contractors and home inspector licenses.
 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

Charity Fundraiser at Cloud10 Car Wash to raise money for Bikes for Tykes

Cloud10 Car Wash is partnering with Bikes for Tykes to help raise $12,000 to provide 200 children in Collier County with a bike for Christmas. A fundraiser will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 24- 25 at Cloud10 Car Wash in Naples. The event is free to attend. The fundraiser will be Halloween-themed and include a Trunk or Treat Car Show, with cars from the West Club Muscle Car Club Inc., Cool Cruisers, and the Naples and Marco Island Antique Automobile Club of America. Social distancing and mask zones will be enabled. For more information, visit cloud10carwash.com.
 

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