Weekly Roundup: Jan. 19-22

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Naples Classical Academy rendering, courtesy Naples Classical Academy
LEAD PHOTO: Lee commissioners have approved a construction contract for a water quality project. Details below. Photo by Matt Hardy from Pexels

 

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Rendering courtesy of Naples Classical Academy

Friday, Jan. 22

NAPLES CLASSICAL ACADEMY CLOSES ON FOGG NURSERY PROPERTY FOR NEW CHARTER SCHOOL

Naples Classical Academy, a new tuition-free charter school, has closed on the 17-acre property at 10270 Immokalee Road that will be home to its campus when the new academic year begins this fall. Groundbreaking will be on Jan. 29, when the school’s construction will begin on land formerly owned by Fogg Nursery & Mulch Supply. For the next month or so, Fogg will continue to operate on part of the property along Immokalee Road as work begins on building the school behind it. The retail/wholesale landscaping operation will relocate soon once the transaction is finalized at a new location nearby in Golden Gate Estates, said Stanley Fogg, who operates Fogg Nursery, a family-owned local business for more than 20 years. Meanwhile, Feb. 1 is the application deadline to attend school there this fall and the next lottery will be Feb. 2 for students in kindergarten through 10th grade. More than 600 students have already confirmed spots and enrolled for the 2021-22 school year and the classical curriculum charter school is expected to open this fall with 800 students. 
 

Thursday, Jan. 21

Video courtesy WINK News

PUBLIX PHARMACY LOCATIONS IN LEE, CHARLOTTE TO OFFER COVID-19 VACCINE

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that all Publix Pharmacy locations in Lee County and seven locations in Charlotte County will offer the COVID-19 vaccination by appointment only beginning Thursday, Jan. 21, WINK News reports. By 7:03 a.m. Wednesday, all Charlotte, Collier and Lee County Publix appointments for Jan. 21 and 22 were filled. Publix store locations without pharmacies are not included. DeSantis made the announcement at the Publix at Midpoint Center on Santa Barbara Boulevard in Cape Coral. The vaccines are only available for adults 65 years and older and are administered by appointment only. Appointments can be made online. Appointments are not accepted by phone or in person.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 20

LEE COMMISSIONERS APPROVE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT FOR WATER QUALITY PROJECT

Lee County commissioners on Tuesday voted to approve a contract to build a project adjacent to Yellow Fever Creek Preserve, a Conservation 20/20 site, to improve water quality and the ecosystem. The project in Cape Coral near Averill Boulevard and Del Prado Boulevard North is designed to improve water quality by diverting excess flow from Gator Slough Canal into a reservoir. There, it will be treated before being released into Yellow Fever Creek, a tributary to the Caloosahatchee River. This joint project with the city of Cape Coral will help reduce the flow of freshwater toward Matlacha Pass and restore historic base flows to the Yellow Fever Creek watershed. The transfer of water will also enhance the rehydration of wetlands south of Del Prado Boulevard, restoring the habitat. The $1.5 million contract approved Tuesday with Fort Myers-based Cougar Contracting is for the installation of a reservoir, pumping station, water transfer main, submersible pumps and related equipment. Construction is expected to begin in February and take about six months to complete, the county reports.
 

Tuesday, Jan. 19

NEW HOTEL, COMMERCIAL PARK COMING TO NORTHEAST CAPE CORAL

A new commercial park and hotel are coming to northeast Cape Coral. Victory Park will include a 125-room Wyndham Grand hotel, commercial space and 100,000 square feet of medical and industrial space at the intersection of NE 24th Avenue and Kismet Parkway/Littleton Road, Blue Waters Development Group LLC announced. The groundbreaking is scheduled for the second quarter of this year by pre-leasing already is taking place. The hotel will be the second to open in the northern part of the city. Fairfield by Marriott is set to open in March on Old Pondell Road, near the intersection of Del Prado Boulevard North and Pine Island Road, WINK News reports.
 

Gulfshore Business Daily was not published on Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

 

 

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