Weekly Roundup: Feb. 8-12

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Friday, Feb. 12

FAIRSTEAD ANNOUNCES $85 MILLION REDEVELOPMENT OF GOODLETTE ARMS APARTMENTS IN NAPLES

Fairstead has announced the $85 million redevelopment of Goodlette Arms Apartments, a 250-unit permanently affordable development for seniors in Naples. Fairstead, a real estate company, purchased the complex from Full Circle Communities for $59.5 million and will spend more than $25 million to upgrade all apartments and common areas along with energy, sustainability and property resiliency measures across the property. The deal will preserve affordability at Goodlette Arms Apartments for at least the next 40 years. Fairstead secured financing for the project from Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, with Regions Bank acting as the tax credit investor and the Collier County Housing Finance Authority acting as bond issuer. 

 

Thursday, Feb. 11

MARCO ISLAND UPDATES VACCINE ROLLOUT TO INCLUDE RESIDENTS ONLY

Registration for the coronavirus vaccine through the city of Marco Island will now be exclusive to those who have proof of residence in the city and continue to meet the state’s criteria for vaccination, the city announced Tuesday. During the initial rollout of the vaccine through Marco, anyone with proof of Florida residence and eligibility could register to be vaccinated through the city’s supply. A new registration page is open for full-time and seasonal residents of Marco aged 65 and older, and appointments will be assigned based on ZIP code and age.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 10

 

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LEE HEALTH TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL VACCINES FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS, VULNERABLE PARENTS

Lee Health is trying to make sure more people get the COVID-19 vaccine. The local health care network will receive another 1,000 doses from the state of Florida. These doses are not only for health care workers but also for those vulnerable patients who happen to be under 65. Lee Health’s board of directors sent a letter to the state requesting more doses. The focus of vaccination efforts at Lee Health this week is still on vulnerable people under 65. Lee Health will call qualified patients to schedule an appointment for their shot, WINK News reports.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 9

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BAYFRONT HEALTH ER, URGENT CARE FACILITY SET TO OPEN IN CAPE CORAL THIS SPRING

A new $976,000 health care facility is being built in Southwest Florida’s largest city. Bayfront Health’s new emergency room and urgent care facility is set to be operational this spring off Del Prado Boulevard and Kismet Parkway in north Cape Coral. The new center comes at a time when there is extra stress on hospitals in the growing community. Construction is underway. Workers are putting on the finishing touches to make sure the doors to the emergency center open soon, and more people have access to crucial care. Bayfront Health plans to announce soon exactly what services the center will offer, WINK News reports.

 

Monday, Feb. 8

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LEE COUNTY SET TO ROLL OUT PANDEMIC RELIEF PLAN FOR STRUGGLING RESIDENTS

Lee County plans to help people hit by the pandemic stay on their feet. That county wants to distribute more than $23 million to struggling families who pay rent in Lee County and are having money troubles because of the pandemic. The county’s goal is to help people get back to normal as much as possible. The proposed relief plan will include 12 months of rent and utilities paid for those who qualify, with the possibility to extend it, if needed. The details are not yet final. Lee County commissioners plan to announce the plan on Feb. 16, WINK News reports.
 
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