Weekly Roundup: June 1-4

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Friday, June 4

ALDI, CHICK-FIL-A AND HEARTLAND DENTAL COMING TO NEW RETAIL CENTER IN NORTH NAPLES

ALDI, Chick-fil-A and Heartland Dental are targeted to open later this year with all three businesses fully operational by early 2022 at Addison Place retail center near the northwest corner of Immokalee Road and Collier Boulevard in North Naples. WMG Development, a national real estate investment and development company, has been making progress on the 4,260-square-foot dental office, which will separate the discount grocery store and the fast-food restaurant in front of the existing Addison Place Apartments. The 4,942-square-foot, 106-seat Chick-fil-A restaurant, the third in Collier County, will include an innovative drive-thru design featuring a full-size sliding door for convenient service. The more than 20,000-square-foot ALDI store will be the fourth for the national grocer in Collier County.  

 

Thursday, June 3

ENGINEERS THANK GOVERNOR FOR STRONG INVESTMENT IN FLORIDA’S ENVIRONMENT, WATER, TRANSPORTATION

Florida’s engineers thank Governor Ron DeSantis for signing the 2021-2022 state budget into law, and making strong investments in Florida’s environment, water and transportation future. Florida’s record level budget mitigates the impacts of sea-level rise, including establishing a statewide resiliency program to address flooding; expedites water storage north of Lake Okeechobee, further enhancing Everglades restoration; retrofits existing roadways and prioritizes widening projects on rural highways. Florida’s 15 deep-water seaports also will soon see critical COVID-related financial relief, thanks to the new state budget. “Planning today for Florida’s long-term water and transportation solutions will help ensure our state continues to prosper for generations to come,” said Allen Douglas, executive director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida (ACEC-FL) and the Florida Engineering Society (FES).

 

Wednesday, June 2


Video courtesy of WINK News

PLANS FOR THREE-BUILDING COMPLEX MOVE FORWARD IN FORT MYERS’ MIDTOWN

A new development in Fort Myers could be the key to more business moving to the area. Plans for a massive three-building complex in Midtown are moving forward. A four-story apartment building, a five-story building with upscale amenities and a six-story parking garage are set to make up what will be called The Montage at Midtown. The developer says the project will create nearly 700 jobs directly and indirectly with a nearly $130 million economic impact for a section of the city that needs a jumpstart, WINK News reports. The city is hoping this development will inspire other investors to consider the 243-acre Midtown, bordered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on the north, Edison Avenue to the south, Cleveland Avenue on the west and Evans Avenue to the east. 

 

Tuesday, June 1

PARADISE COAST MARKETING CAMPAIGN PAYING OFF FOR 2021 TOURISM

Florida’s Paradise Coast, Collier County’s tourism bureau, is reaping success from its “Only Paradise Will Do” promotional campaign this spring in several target markets. “When you feel comfortable enough to travel again, reward yourself with the stunning beaches, wide-open spaces and impeccable hospitality Naples and Marco Island are known for. Because after everything you’ve been through, only paradise will do,” the marketing campaign tells potential visitors. The decision to advertise during the pandemic was an absolute home run, Commissioner Andy Solis said last week at the county commission meeting. “Because it kept us out there. It kept Collier County as the place to be,” he says. A recent report from the Tourist Development Council shows that the local tourism industry is roaring back, Solis said. “Depending on what information you want to look at, we are anywhere from 1% to 5% down from 2019, which was the record-breaking year of all time. So, it is great news. The hoteliers are doing really well. The group business is starting to come back a little bit,” he said, noting that the data clearly shows that the change in Collier’s marketing campaign for Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades made an incredible difference. “We had some research partners say that, other than the Florida Keys, we were the only market that has bounced back and is really back to where we almost were in 2019,” Solis says. 

 

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