Weekly Roundup: April 12-16

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Friday, April 16

 

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PICKLEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP BIG BOOST FOR COLLIER COUNTY

The annual U.S. Open Pickleball Championships brings thousands of people and dollars to Collier County. The fifth annual tournament, which starts Saturday and culminates April 24 at East Naples Community Park, will bring a much-needed boost for local businesses. Organizer Terri Graham said this year’s event will be bigger than ever with 2,200 players from 48 states. “Just in 2020, pickleball in the country grew 20.3%,” she says. “All eyes are on this tournament for sure. This is the biggest pickleball party in the world right here.” It will also bring in the bucks. Tourism officials said players spread out across a couple of dozen hotels and provide a needed boost to restaurants and retailers, WINK News reports.

 

Thursday, April 15

 

COLLIER COUNTY MASK MANDATES NOT EXTENDED ON EXPIRATION DATE

Neither Collier County nor the city of Naples extended mask mandates, which expired at midnight Wednesday. Mask mandates were adopted last year by both the city and county in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with an April 13 expiration date. The issue was not discussed Tuesday at the regular Collier commission meeting. “I agree with our governor,” Commissioner Rick LoCastro, former chief operating officer at Physicians Regional Medical Center in East Naples, said later. “Even as you look at other counties, those with mandates and those without show little difference.” Some local businesses still may require customers to wear masks.

 

Wednesday, April 14

 

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LEE COUNTY OPENING NEW COVID-19 VACCINE SITE TODAY AT EDISON MALL

Lee County is opening a new COVID-19 vaccination site today at the old Sears store at Edison Mall on Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers that will make it much easier for people to get vaccinated. The new location is more than 120,000 square feet, which is similar to the size of the old site at RSW, but the big difference is that the new location is indoors out of the heat, humidity and rain. The more central location also provides plenty of parking and will allow more people to get vaccinated. There also are bus stops near the site, and the county hopes that will help those from underserved communities get there, WINK News reports.

 

Tuesday, April 13

 

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SWFL CONSTRUCTION FACES MORE DELAYS DUE TO MATERIAL SHORTAGE

New home builds are facing another round of major delays, but not because of the pandemic. U.S. factories that make construction materials such as PVC pipe, latex and metals were shut down for weeks during winter storms. Residential construction is impacted the most, says Joseph Cimilluca, contractor and division director with Stevens Construction in Fort Myers, but even a few commercial projects are affected. The building industry already saw delays from COVID-19 lockdowns, but Cimilluca says recent delays are worse. Items such as PVC pipe, which would usually cost $16, now cost $100, WINK News reports.

 

Monday, April 12

 

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LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS TO TRANSITION VIRTUAL STUDENTS BACK TO IN-PERSON LEARNING

The School District of Lee County has made the decision to discontinue Lee Home Connect for the next school year. “We understand that this may cause concern for families who wish to have their child enrolled in a virtual learning environment, however, Lee Virtual School will continue to be an option.” the district emailed. Students who have been learning from home during the school year will automatically be transitioned back to face-to-face learning at their assigned brick-and-mortar school. No action needs to be taken for parents OK with the transition. To enroll a child into Lee Virtual School for this fall, click here. The deadline to enroll is July 15, WINK News reports.

 

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