Seagate Development Completes EmCyte HQ. Details below.
COLLIER COMMISSIONERS EXTEND COUNTY’S MASK MANDATE UNTIL OCT. 22
Commissioners voted 3-2 Thursday to extend Collier County’s mask mandate another seven weeks after hearing from scores of citizens who spoke on both sides of the divisive issue. Without Thursday’s action, the emergency executive order made July 21 would have expired at midnight. Commissioners Donna Fiala and Bill McDaniel voted against extending the face-covering mandate, while commissioners Burt Saunders, Andy Solis and Penny Taylor voted to extend the order until Oct. 22. The three commissioners who voted for the mandate wore masks on the dais Thursday while the two who opposed it did not wear masks during the meeting. The mandate requires the covering of one’s nose and mouth in public buildings and businesses in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and preserve the health, safety and welfare of the community. The requirement does not apply to restaurant patrons dining or drinking while seated at a table, gym patrons while working out, or by people getting haircuts if wearing a face-covering interferes with service. No criminal penalty is associated with the order, which is enforced via code enforcement. Widespread compliance of the order has been seen in the last 45 days when five violations, which carry fines up to $500, have been issued to businesses after 98 verified complaints were filed. Commissioners also voted 4-1 Thursday to retain outside counsel to represent commissioners Saunders, Solis and Taylor, who are individually being sued by Oakes Farms owner Alfie Oakes because of what he claims to be the federal unconstitutionality of the mask mandate. McDaniel voted against the action.
SWFL INC. CONNECTS FGCU STUDENTS WITH REGIONAL EMPLOYERS THROUGH PROGRAM
SWFL Inc. is partnering with Florida Gulf Coast University for the fall 2020 semester to run the fifth session of Career Compass, a unique program that connects students with local employers for informational and mock interviews. This semester’s program will continue with support from a grant from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. The program began with FGCU in 2018. This year, SWFL Inc. and FGCU will also work with the Greater Naples Chamber and Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce to continue to connect students with employers in the area. For more information about Career Compass, contact Dawn Brewer at (239) 992-2943.
WAWA EXPANDS IN COLLIER COUNTY WITH NEW EAST NAPLES STORE
Wawa Inc. opened its new store, located at 4939 Tamiami Trail E., East Naples, at 8 a.m. on Thursday. Wawa’s newest store, third in Collier County, will provide customers with access to necessary supplies, fuel and support during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. The store employs approximately 30 associates and provides competitive pay, benefits and an opportunity to stock through the company’s ESOP (Employee-Stock-Ownership-Plan) after completing one year of service, according to a news release. The team is led by Wawa General Manager Carla Aparicio and Area Manager Kevin Sekula. Wawa held a virtual grand opening for the store with a slideshow available here.
JEREMIAH’S ITALIAN ICE CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING THIS WEEKEND IN NORTH NAPLES
Jeremiah’s Italian Ice in North Naples plans its grand opening celebration this weekend. Saturday through Monday, all attendees will receive half off all treats while one winner will receive an entire year of free Italian ice at the family-friendly dessert spot famous for more than 40 flavors. The locally owned franchise of Jeremiah’s opened July 1 at 2405 Tarpon Bay Blvd. in the Super Target-anchored plaza off Immokalee Road and near Interstate 75. For more information call 239-431-7855 or go to jeremiahsice.com.
SEAGATE DEVELOPMENT GROUP COMPLETES EMCYTE CORP. HQ
Seagate Development Group has completed EmCyte Corp.’s 30,000-square-foot headquarters, located at 4331 Veronica S. Shoemaker Blvd. in Fort Myers. Seagate started by remodeling 11,314 square feet of EmCyte-purchased space at this location. Then, EmCyte gradually took over additional space once occupied by an indoor playground as well as a commercial transportation dealership. The result is Seagate’s reconfiguration of the entire site for storage as well as reception and start-of-the-art training areas, bathrooms, offices, a conference room and laboratory, an X-ray room and examination rooms, clinic treatment and manufacturing facilities, and an AV-equipped auditorium. Many of the amenities are accompanied by stain-resistant carpeting and modern lighting and fixtures. This complements a multitude of purposes and the evident technologically advanced space and that occupies it. For more information, visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com.
FPRA SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CHAPTER, MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS WIN AWARDS
The Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) honored the Southwest Florida Chapter with multiple awards at FPRA’s Golden Image Awards & President’s Awards Virtual Gala on Aug. 27. The Southwest Florida Chapter received the President’s Award for Chapter of the Year, and during the virtual awards event, it received the Most Engaged Chapter honor. FPRA also honored five member organizations from the Southwest Florida Chapter with 21 awards in three divisions and 14 categories. For a list of award winners, click here.
GULFSHORE PLAYHOUSE FORMS PLANNED GIVING COUNCIL
Gulfshore Playhouse has announced the formation of its Planned Giving Council. The Planned Giving Council, comprised of volunteer, veteran industry professionals, will serve as an advisory group that will offer recommendations on initiatives to cultivate and solicit current and legacy gifts. The Planned Giving Council is chaired by Ashley Dewji, a private banker with J.P. Morgan and a member of the board of directors at Gulfshore Playhouse. Serving as co-chair is Gulfshore Playhouse Board of Director Member and Finance Committee Chairman Dave Wilson, a former managing partner at Ernst & Young, a former professor at Harvard Business School, and current board member of Barnes and Noble Education. Other members of the Planned Giving Council are Erika Aron, Mary Beth Crawford, Kelly R. Dee, Michael J. Mongin, Susan Nesbet-Sikusa, and Cherry W. Smith. The council will also provide oversight and guidance for the newly formed Standing Ovation Society, which includes generous donors who have named Gulfshore Playhouse as a beneficiary in their estate plans. To learn more about planned giving opportunities at Gulfshore Playhouse, contact Kimberly Dye at 239-261-7529 or email@example.com.
TRILOGY LABORATORIES LAUNCHES SCREEN SAVER SERUM
Trilogy Laboratories of Fort Myers has developed a new Screen Saver serum to protect skin from the harmful effects of blue light and other environmental factors. Screen Saver contains sustainable plant extracts, antioxidants, and vitamin C to reduce oxidative stress and protein carbonylation caused by excess screen time. The new serum works by stimulating the skin’s own defenses against UV and blue light damage while also boosting anti-aging mechanisms including retexturizing skin and diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, according to a news release. In addition to the Screen Saver serum, Trilogy Laboratories has recently released a moisturizing hand mask to soothe skin irritation due to frequent sanitizing and washing, and a luxury home facial kit for clients who don’t feel comfortable scheduling a traditional spa visit at this time. Trilogy Laboratories provides turn-key private labeling of luxury skincare products. From packaging to graphic design, Trilogy helps retailers create skincare lines using premium medical-grade skincare products. For more information, visit TrilogyLaboratories.com.
Cape Coral Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 33 donates $34,000 to nonprofits
The Cape Coral Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 33 (FOP) has donated approximately $34,000 to Pace Center for Girls, Lee County; Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida; and the Cape Coral Caring Center. This summer, FOP President Sergeant Paul Blanchard learned about Pace-Center-affiliated students who were in need of Chromebooks for the 2020-21 school year. As a result, the FOP donated $14,000—enough to buy 40 of these devices for 65-plus girls through program resources. In addition, Blanchard and FOP Vice President Robert Goff presented $2,000 to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. This donation helped the charity purchase the equivalent of $16,000 worth of food, 540 pounds of which they offered in a single day to families in need. Last month, the FOP also donated $1,000 to the Cape Coral Caring Center (CCCC). This marked the organization’s 30th anniversary with resources that helped 18,237 Cape Coral residents and contributed to 188 tons of distributed food. FOP also partnered with local churches to provide $17,000 in school supplies to about 85 area students in lieu of an annual back-to-school shopping trip. The FOP previously modified this event due to the COVID-19 pandemic and thanks to their connection to the Cape Coral Police Department Chaplain program. For more information on the FOP Lodge 33, visit CapeCoralFOPLodge33.org.