Weekly Roundup: Dec. 28-31

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Lead Photo: Vaccine kits. Credit: WINK News

 

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Editor’s Note: Gulfshore Business Daily will not be published on Jan. 1, in observance of the holiday weekend. Happy New Year!

 

Thursday, Dec. 31

EMS AND PARAMEDICS TO BEGIN GETTING VACCINATED IN COLLIER COUNTY TODAY 

NCH Healthcare System has announced it will begin to vaccinate “pre-hospital workers” in Collier County today, Thursday, Dec. 31. EMS and paramedics will be able to get the first dose of the Moderna vaccine at NCH Baker Hospital, WINK News reports. “These vaccinations will represent the first vaccine shots administered at NCH to our community’s emergency medical personnel with direct patient contact an at highest risk for developing COVID-19,” according to a news release. First responders in Lee County began to get vaccinated last week ahead of the county releasing the vaccine to those 65 and over in the general public. The Department of Health in Lee County began to offer the vaccine on Monday and has quickly run out of doses each day this week. The Department of Health in Collier County will offer the vaccine to the public over 65 beginning Jan. 3. It opened up appointments on Wednesday and quickly ran out of slots.
 

Wednesday, Dec. 30

HEATHERWOOD CONSTRUCTION CO. COMPLETES AFFORDABLE HOUSING RENOVATION

Heatherwood Construction Co. has completed a full renovation of the Jones Walker Palm Gardens Apartments, a 61,000-plus-acre community of 160 affordable housing apartment homes at 2902 Blount St. in Fort Myers. New owners, Redwood Housing of Austin Texas, made good on their promises to renovate the affordable housing community and temporarily rehouse tenants during the renovation. Heatherwood Construction was hired to fully renovate the older housing project to improve living standards and bring the units up to code. The project was led by the Bonita-Springs-based team’s senior project manager, Rafael Valdes, and additionally supervised by Charles Crouch and Levi Whiteleather. The design was done with MK Architecture and overseen by architecture project manager Carlos Cardet. All tenants were moved back into their new homes at the end of November. To celebrate the completion of this project and the Christmas season, Heatherwood Construction teamed up with Toys for Tots and Love & Light Ministries to have a gift giveaway for the residents at the Royal Palm Gardens Apartments, giving 130 children two-plus presents each.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 29

 

Video courtesy of WINK News

RSW SEES POST-CHRISTMAS TRAVEL SPIKE BUT ONLY HALF OF LAST YEAR’S NUMBERS

Southwest Florida International Airport experienced one of the busiest travel days Sunday since the pandemic began as hundreds of thousands of people return from Christmas vacations. However, the Transportation Security Administration says double the amount of people were coming in and out of the airport this time a year ago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Americans limit travel because of the pandemic. The official holiday travel numbers for RSW will not be available until Monday, Jan. 4, WINK News reports.

 

Monday, Dec. 28

Photo Credit: Pexels

FIRST REGIONAL FERRARI DEALERSHIP LAUNCHES IN NORTH NAPLES

Just in time for shiny red Christmas presents, Ferrari of Naples is revved and ready on U.S. 41 just north of Immokalee Road in North Naples. The Italian luxury sports car brand’s first official dealership in Southwest Florida recently launched at 11291 Tamiami Trail N. You can’t miss the striking new two-story, 57,000-square-foot showroom that’s as much of a head-turner as its powerful prancing horses. Ferrari of Naples’ showroom is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and closed Sundays. Its service and parts department is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and closed weekends. 
 
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