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Weekly Roundup: Sept. 21-25

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Lead Photo: August home sales are up in Naples. The Lazy Artist Gallery from Pexels

 

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Friday, Sept. 25

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COLLIER COUNTY REALLOCATES $12M IN CARES ACT FUNDS

Collier County commissioners on Tuesday approved $12 million of CARES Act funding for community health and services. The money will go to hospitals, emergency health services, elder care and nonprofits, ensuring more people will get the help they need and employees will get to keep their jobs at locations such as the St. Matthew’s House Thrift Store and Naples Senior Center. Both nonprofits survived with help from the Collier County CARES Act funds, and they learned this week they will get more relief after commissioners voted to reallocate around $12 million. That money comes from areas where the county over projected what they’d need, like for PPE and childcare assistance, WINK News reports.

 

Thursday, Sept. 24

COMMUNITY PARTNERS LAUNCH ‘HEALTHY MINDS’

Seventeen behavioral health organizations across Lee and Collier counties have partnered to launch a new community initiative called Healthy Minds to address the increased need for support on a local level, considering the mental and emotional effects of COVID-19. Beginning this week, Healthy Minds will offer educational events and complimentary screenings across Lee and Collier counties, providing accessible, convenient tips and resources at no cost for adults who are experiencing new or increased feelings of anxiety, depression, stress, substance use, and more. Healthy Minds events will be held at select dates and locations over the next several months, offering valuable resources, tools, techniques, and screenings geared to help others gain resilience and overcome adversity. No advance registration is necessary. For more information, visit HealthyLee.com/HealthyMinds.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Photo of fish kill caused by red tide. Credit: WINK News.

SANIBEL ASKS BUSINESSES TO TAKE SURVEY ABOUT 2018 RED TIDE ECONOMIC IMPACTS

The city of Sanibel wants businesses in the community to take part in a survey evaluating the 2018 red tide impacts on the local economy. The University of Florida and Sea Grant Florida are conducting a survey regarding the effect of the outbreak on Florida’s marine and recreation industries. Although the city is specifically encouraging its businesses in its community to take part, the survey is not limited to Sanibel businesses. Any businesses in the industries impacted by red tide in 2018 can take the survey, WINK News reports. The deadline to complete the survey is Monday, Sept. 28.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 22

OLLIE’S BARGAIN OUTLET OPENS STORE IN BONITA SPRINGS 

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet launched at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the Springs Plaza anchor space Winn-Dixie vacated last year next to LA Fitness on the southeast corner of U.S. 41 and Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs. The Pennsylvania-based retail chain, promoted as “Good Stuff Cheap,” has more than 360 no-frills stores of closeout merchandise and excess inventory of name-brand items such as housewares, hardware, sporting goods, toys, flooring and food. The fast-growing chain has 28 other locations in Florida, including stores in south Fort Myers and Port Charlotte.
 

Monday, Sept. 21

REPORT: AUGUST HOME SALES UP IN NAPLES

Closed sales activity in the Naples area housing market maintained steady momentum through August with a 35.2% increase in overall closed sales, from 812 closed sales in August 2019 to 1,098 closed sales this August, according to the August 2020 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS (NABOR), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). Homebuying activity in Naples during the last three months exceeded the activity reported in the first three months of 2020, more typically known as peak resident season. Broker analysts reviewing the report predict this momentum—driven from more closed sales, more new pending sales, and more new listings compared to a year ago—will set the Naples area housing market up for continued positive performance into the fall months. To view the entire report, visit NaplesArea.com.
 
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