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Gulfshore Business Daily: September 30

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Naples Airport O-A-K
Lead Photo: iLASIK & MED SPA will soon open in Southwest Florida. Details below.

 

Video courtesy of WINK News

COLLIER COUNTY SPENDING $7M TO ADD HUNDREDS OF BODY CAMS, DASH CAMS TO SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Collier County Sheriff’s Office plans to add hundreds of new body cameras and dash cameras to its fleet at a cost of $7 million. The county plans to suit up 600 deputies with body cameras. It will invest $3 million for new body cameras and $4 million to replace older dash cameras. The county and the sheriff’s office hope to have the body cameras operational next year and replace all of the dash cameras over the next five years, WINK News reports.
 

PARMESAN PETE’S ITALIAN KITCHEN RELAUNCHES LUNCH SERVICE

After a six-month hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic, Parmesan Pete’s Italian Kitchen relaunches its lunch service today, Sept. 30. During its reopening, the local restaurant at 7935 Airport-Pulling Road in North Naples will offer a buy-one-get-one special on lunch entrees Wednesday through Friday this week. Lunch hours are 11:30 to 2 p.m. weekdays with dinner from 4:30 to 9 p.m. daily. The menu includes pasta, flatbreads, sandwiches, salads and entrees such as crispy shrimp scampi and Italian lobster mac-n-cheese. For more information call 239-992-3663 or go to ParmesanPetes.com.  
 

NEW YACHT CLUB PLANNED FOR CAPE CORAL

A new yacht club is planned in Cape Coral, equipped with shops, boat slips and a water park with splash pads and water slides. The City of Cape Coral wants to move forward with plans to add boat docks, an ice cream shop and a three-story parking garage for the Cape Coral Yacht Club. The deal is not finalized, but City Council is expected to vote on the plans next week. The project is estimated to cost about $34 million with additional costs for other amenities such as the parking garage and boat ramps, WINK News reports.
 

Naples Airport O-A-K

O-A-K COMPLETES NAPLES AIRPORT FIRE FIGHTING AND RESCUE BUILDING

Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. (O-A-K) has completed the replacement of the Naples Airport Fire Fighting and Rescue building (ARFF). The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) partially funded the 9,067-square-foot building at taxiway A, next to the air traffic control building. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held later this fall. The building includes a three-door apparatus bay with mezzanine and equipment storage, administrative, fitness and training rooms, three dorm rooms, restrooms with showers, a kitchen and dining/day room. The overhead doors on the taxiway side of the building open in just three seconds, according to a news release. A new utility transformer and generator were installed. Site improvements include a parking lot, driveways, fencing, gates and landscaping. The old ARFF building, located at the north intersection of the runways, was demolished.
 

The Q iLASIK & MED SPA

Q ILASIK & MED SPA TO OPEN OCT. 5 IN NAPLES

Quigley Eye Specialists will open the first-of-its-kind iLasik and medical spa in Naples Oct. 5, offering advanced aesthetic services, the area’s first dry eye spa and the new iLasik procedure all under one roof, according to a news release. The 2,000 square-foot Q iLASIK & MED SPA, located at 675 Piper Blvd. in North Naples next to the Quigley Eye Specialists ophthalmology clinic, is directed by board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Prendiville, who recently joined the Quigley Eye Specialists team. The grand opening will be celebrated with a month-long celebration in November with tours offered every Wednesday and Thursday with prizes, giveaways and drawings for free products, services and a free iLasik procedure to correct near-sightedness or far-sightedness valued at $3,500. Reservations for the free tours can be made by calling 239-329-theQ. All COVID precautions will be observed during the tours, including social distancing, limited attendance and face masks. For more information, visit QuigleyEye.com.
 

Brian Schoedel

SWFL FPRA CHAPTER TO HOST WEBINAR ON SURVEY, MESSAGING TIPS

The Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) is hosting a webinar from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 13 for tips on how to effectively use surveys to guide messaging and drive targeted client action. Brian Schoedel of Testimonial Tree Inc. will share how to use collected data effectively for public relations efforts. The cost to attend is $5 for students, $10 for members, and $20 for nonmembers. Register here.
 

Teresa Stohs

STOHS JOINS SOUKUP STRATEGIC SOLUTIONS

Soukup Strategic Solutions has appointed Teresa Stohs to the firm as director of grant services. The addition of this new position is part of the company’s expansion plan. Stohs will use her extensive background in nonprofit fundraising and executive leadership to help nonprofits maximize grant funding opportunities and make strategic decisions. She will also contribute to business development for the company. Stohs has previously served the Southwest Florida community as the foundation relations specialist for the Avow Foundation, major gifts officer for the Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon), and executive director of what is now known as STARability Foundation.
 

Julio Barina

BARINA NAMED PARTNER AT MNMW

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. P.A. (MNMW) has named Julio Barina a firm partner. Barina has completed an extensive three-year leadership program, and he graduated from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey, with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He joined the business consulting and tax services team in 2013 and is a Certified Public Accountant in Florida and New Jersey. His area of expertise is in the construction and service company industries, and he provides tax and strategic planning for individuals and businesses.
 

CHARITABLE NOTES

 

Community Cooperative is awarded the inaugural Bay Pines Director’s Cup for service to veterans

Community Cooperative was presented the inaugural Bay Pines Director’s Cup for service to Southwest Florida’s veterans through bimonthly mobile food pantries held at Lee County Veterans Affairs (VA) Clinic in Cape Coral. Until the pantries were stopped in March due to the pandemic, Community Cooperative served more than 500 veterans a month since 2017. At the pantries, veterans received a week’s worth of shelf-stable food, meat and fresh produce. Community Cooperative started with one pantry a month, but after seeing the need went to twice-a-month distributions for veterans and their families at the Lee County Veterans Affairs Clinic in Cape Coral. The pantries were sponsored in part by the Bonita Bay Veterans Club. The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, with headquarters in Bay Pines near St. Petersburg, runs nine facilities serving more than 108,000 veterans in 10 counties in central Southwest Florida. In patients treated or served, the system is the fourth busiest VA Healthcare system in the country, according to a news release.
 

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