Gulfshore Business Daily: September 9

Lead Photo: Courtesy of Collier County Sheriff’s Office, sourced from WINK News.



The U.S. Postal Service in Central Florida will be hiring more than 1,000 employees for the 2020 holiday season to work at one of seven mail processing and distribution centers Nov. 7 through Jan. 1. Holiday openings will include Postal Support Employee Mail Processing Clerk at $18.15 per hour and Mail Handler Assistant at $16.55 per hour. Positions are available at Fort Myers Processing & Distribution Center, 14080 Jetport Loop, as well as postal centers in Sarasota, Lake Mary, Tampa and Orlando, WINK News reports. Applications for PSE Mail Processing Clerk and Mail Handler Assistant will be accepted through Saturday at  Click on “Search Now and Apply” and select “Florida” to view current openings.


SunSplash Family Waterpark in Cape Coral reached its half-capacity numbers during the hot Labor Day weekend. General Manager Sandy Greiner said attendees appreciated her staff looking out for them, encouraging social distancing. “We’re disinfecting each and every life jacket just as it’s turned in,” she says. SunSplash will be open only on weekends through Sept. 27.


Shuttered for nearly six months because of the pandemic, Teri’s Diner finally reopens today at Imperial Bonita Plaza in Bonita Springs. The casual breakfast-lunch venue at 28100 Imperial Parkway, Suite 301, is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. The longtime local family-style restaurant is next to the new Mediterranean Paradise Cafe on the southeast corner of Bonita Beach Road and Imperial Parkway. For more information call 239-992-3300 or go to


ALDI continues to expand its Florida footprint by securing properties for three planned locations, including a 25,307-square-foot space in Springs Plaza at 8951 Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs. ALDI will replace a former Bealls Outlet store on that southeastern corner of U.S. 41 and Bonita Beach Road. Other Florida locations for the grocer are coming to Orlando’s affluent Windermere Village and Tampa’s booming Riverview corridor. LandQwest Commercial represents ALDI in all three markets.


The Lee County Port Authority’s Board of Port Commissioners approved a rental relief package for its airlines, concessionaires and other tenants at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) on Sept. 3, at the joint board meeting of the Board of Port Commissioners and Airports Special Management Committee. This program will provide one-month rent relief to the tenants at RSW for fees and charges due under their lease agreements and will cost LCPA approximately $3 million. This initiative comes in addition to the Port Authority’s 90-day fees/rent deferral that was extended to its airport partners in April 2020 to help provide cash flow at the start of the pandemic. This tenant relief package will be limited to the following: airline fixed rents, retail, food and beverage fixed rents and concession fees, aviation ground rents, non-airline terminal rents, rental car fixed rents, advertising rents, airport plaza fixed rent and concession fees and tenant employee parking, ground transportation, airline ramp parking and rental car privilege fees. For more information, visit



WDG Architecture | Planning + Interiors of Naples is ending the 2020 fourth quarter with four commercial projects under construction that are scheduled to be completed.  Among these is the new Bonita Springs Card Room at the greyhound racetrack site, which contains a restaurant/bar, state-of-the-art poker room, and large off-track simulcasting room. Other projects include the Vanderbilt Towers condominium common areas modernization; Humane Society Naples rescue intake and public boarding kennel facility; and the Watermark Lake Norman luxury mid-rise condo tower community in North Carolina. WDG Architecture has both luxury residential and commercial design studios with a local and national client base.  


Insurance Management Consultancy Group (IMCG), a recently formed commercial and personal insurance consultancy firm, announced a new corporate logo and headquarters after officially opening its doors in July. The new office is located at 7780 Cambridge Manor Place, Suite B, off Summerlin Road and College Parkway near Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers. The new, 2,300-square-foot facility has individual office spaces, collaboration rooms, and a training facility that will be used as an education site for a new learning series that will soon be launching to help train local business partners on how to move the needle forward in each of their industries. In addition, IMCG launched a new brand logo to complement the company values and services they offer. The imagery of an eagle was chosen as a representation of greatness, freedom, gracefulness, and elegance all of which will be exhibited in their business practices, according to a news release. The tagline is “Simple. Sophisticated. Results.”


Jennifer Bate Richy

Naples Senior Center names Richy as chief development officer

Naples Senior Center, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive programs and social services for seniors, has appointed Jennifer Bate Richy as chief development officer. Richy brings extensive experience in nonprofit fundraising and will lead philanthropic strategy and campaigns for the center. Before joining Naples Senior Center, Richy served as chief operating officer (COO) for Selfless Love Foundation. Prior to that, she was the executive director and COO of Boca West Children’s Foundation. A licensed attorney and member of the Florida Bar, Richy earned a Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law, where she served as president of the Student Bar Association. Richy also received a Master of Arts in mass communications and a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida. Richy has participated as a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Impact 100 Palm Beach County and Delta Gamma Alumni Association.

Hertz Arena will resume public skating Friday with added precautions

Hertz Arena Recreational Rinks in Estero will resume public skating Friday with added precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All sessions will have a limit of 50 skaters, masks will be mandatory and temperature checks will be performed on guests at the entrance. For more information or to secure a spot, call 239-948-7825, extension 1306, or visit

The Alliance for the Arts continues drive-thru GreenMarket with new time

The Alliance for the Arts weekly GreenMarket drive-thru service continues each Wednesday with a new time. To accommodate requests, the drive-thru pick up service will be Wednesdays between 4-6 p.m. at the Alliance for the Arts, located at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. The Wednesday GreenMarket drive-thru pickup service, which was initiated when the market closed in response to COVID-19, asks market customers to pre-purchase online at Menu items are released on Friday afternoons and the opportunity to pre-purchase closes at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. This new evening pick-up time also takes place during the Alliance’s Food Truck-Grab-and-Go event. The year-round and onsite GreenMarket is also open each and every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Alliance. For more information, visit

Gateway High School


Suffolk donates 3D model assets to FGCU

Suffolk recently donated Building Information Models (BIMs) for the new Gateway High School contracted by the Lee County School District to Florida Gulf Coast University’s (FGCU) construction management program in the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering. BIM is a collaborative 3D modeling process that allows Suffolk to solve constructability and coordination issues before work commences in the field, ultimately saving clients time and money. Suffolk pairs the model with cost and schedule data and utilizes the 3D visualization tools to develop more accurate logistics and safety plans, according to a news release. The models will be featured in the course titled “Building Information Modeling,” in which students learn the basics of 3D modeling and go through the full process of building a 3D model of a residential unit. Gateway High is scheduled to open in 2021.


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