Weekly Roundup: Sept. 6-10

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Editor’s Note: Gulfshore Business Daily was not published on Sept. 6, in observance of Labor Day.

 

Friday, Sept. 10

 

Courtesy Tim Aten

PARROT BAR & GRILL PERMANENTLY CLOSES IN NAPLES 
The Parrot Bar & Grill was evicted Wednesday after losing a Collier County court case to extend its lease another five years. Co-owners Patrick Daly and Timothy Coakley locked up for the last time Wednesday night after operating for about 11 years at Dockside Boardwalk, a rustic retail destination at 1100 6th Ave. S., near Tin City and where the Gordon River flows into Naples Bay. The Lazy Parrot LLC filed suit against TBC Dockside LLC and Shoppes at Dockside LLC, the old and new owners of the center, in a real property action about a five-year lease option. An emergency motion to stay was denied Wednesday morning and a writ of possession put Shoppes at Dockside LLC and its principals in possession of the property. The tenant did not have a written lease agreement, according to the case’s final summary judgment, court records show. For the full story, click here

 

Thursday, Sept. 9

FLORIDA PROPOSES INITIATIVES TO RECRUIT, RETAIN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS  
Gov. Ron DeSantis was joined by Attorney General Ashley Moody, members of the Legislature and local law enforcement officials on Tuesday to announce three new policy proposals for the next legislative session to help recruit new law enforcement officers and support Florida’s local and state law enforcement agencies. These proposals provide state resources to recruit law enforcement officers through new officer signing bonuses, an academy scholarship program and out-of-state relocation support. New officer signing bonuses will provide a one-time $5,000 payment to sworn law enforcement officers who are new to the profession in Florida. 

 

Wednesday, Sept. 8


Video courtesy of WINK News

SWFL TOURISM CONTINUES TO CLIMB DESPITE COVID-19 CASES 
Southwest Florida tourism is booming despite the spike in COVID-19 cases that the state recently experienced. Lee and Collier counties continue to have a record-breaking year for tourism. Brian Hamman, Lee County commissioner and chair of the Tourist Development Council, said most hotels in the area are booked. “We anticipate our August tourism numbers to be the best August that we have ever had in the history tracking Lee County tourist numbers,” Hamman says. “In fact, every month this year has been better than it was even in 2019.” In July, Southwest Florida International Airport had more than 7,000 incoming and departing flights, a 51% increase compared to July of last year, WINK News reports

 

Tuesday, Sept. 7

CHICO’S FAS INC. REPORTS BEST SECOND-QUARTER RESULTS SINCE 2013 
Chico’s FAS, a national fashion retailer based in Fort Myers, returned to profitability with the best second-quarter performance since 2013, the company reports. The company’s total second-quarter sales increased 54% year-over-year. Chico’s posted a $0.21 net income per diluted share for the second quarter of 2021, compared to a $0.40 net loss per diluted share for the 13 weeks ended Aug. 1, 2020, last year’s second quarter. Cash and marketable securities of $137.2 million marked a $34.8 million increase over the first quarter this year. Sales at Chico’s retail clothing brands Soma and White House Black Market were strong, with year-over-year second-quarter growth of 53% and 48%, respectively, over last year. 

 

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