Public Water Summit Set

Plus: 2019 Florida Companies to Watch Southwest Florida finalists

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Friday, June 7


Special Tech Systems LLC, a Southwest Florida-based company, has launched its new severe weather alert system, AssetDoppler. The system identifies weather damage to commercial and can also be applied for residential properties. The system tracks damaging weather events including hail, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, wind, snowstorms, wildfires and lightning. This new weather forensics software provides real-time alerts directly to clients’ desktop or mobile devices, providing the most detailed data information about storms on the market, with coverage spanning all addresses and GPS coordinates in the U.S., a press release states. AssetDoppler costs $120 per year. For more information, visit

Thursday, June 6


Calusa Waterkeeper will host a public water summit running from 5:30-9 p.m. on June 24 at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers. The event, called “Public Health Alert – Florida Water,” will include a screening of the documentary Toxic Puzzle, narrated by Harrison Ford. An expert panel, including two scientists featured in the documentary, will discuss why harmful algal blooms have become a public health concern, where to find key information as the threat evolves, and what Southwest Florida residents can do to help safeguard themselves and their families while fighting for change. A question-and-answer session with the experts will follow the panel presentation. The Southwest Florida Community Foundation is funding the program through a grant. A second public forum is set for Aug. 5. Tickets, which include a buffet dinner, are $20, with proceeds benefiting Calusa Waterkeeper’s scientific research and educational outreach efforts. Tickets are available at Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, email K.C. Schulberg at

Wednesday, June 5


The Sales and Marketing Council (SMC) of the Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) will present its Education Series event from 8:30-10 a.m. on June 21 at Olde Cypress Country Club in Naples. Guest speaker Lesley Deutch, principal of John Burns Real Estate Consulting, will address “Navigating the Changing Housing Market by Delivering What Matters.” The presentation illustrates the challenges facing the housing market over the next 24 months, how national housing marketing will affect Naples, and more. Table top sponsorships are available. The deadline for reservations is June 14. For details, visit, email or call (239) 436-6100. Cost is $20 for SMC members, $30 for CBIA and NABOR members, $40 for non-members.


Tuesday, June 4


TPL-Land Sub, LLC closed on the purchase of 637.5 acres from Pepperland Ranch, LLC for $19.5 million on May 31. The property is located in the Corkscrew Road corridor with 5,280 feet along Corkscrew Road. The 637.5 acres were rezoned from Industrial Planned Development (IPD) to Residential Planned Development (RPD) to permit the development of up to 700 dwelling units and a 50,000-square-foot amenity center. Maximum proposed building height is 35 feet for residential buildings and 45 feet for the amenity center. The development proposes connections to public potable water and sanitary sewer service. The transaction was handled by Select Real Estate agent Beth Stark.

Monday, June 3


Southwest Florida companies VeraData, CONRIC PR & Marketing, and Spiro & Associates were among the first round of the 2019 Florida Companies to Watch finalists, announced by GrowFL. The awards event, now in its ninth year, honors 50 select second-stage companies from throughout the state for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and broadening new industries throughout Florida. Chosen from 224 growing second-stage participants from throughout, Florida, this year’s applicants had a total revenue of $596 million and more than3,000 employees. The Florida Companies to Watch program consists of two rounds of selections. Finalists now advance to the second round, where they will be further evaluated. The honorees for this year’s award will be announced in July. The ninth annual Florida Companies to Watch awards celebration will take place on Nov. 14 at Hard Rock Live, Universal CityWalk, in Orlando. Tickets go on sale June 19. For more information, visit
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