Gulf Coast Village appoints new assistant director of nursing, Kimberly Roth

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Gulf Coast Village has promoted Kimberly Roth, R.N. to assistant director of nursing for its Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral. Roth brings more than 19 years of experience working in the field of post-acute healthcare and possesses extensive knowledge in the Minimum Data Set (MDS) process as well as Quality Improvement and Risk Management.

“Roth has continued to demonstrate her dedication to Gulf Coast Village and its residents through her commitment to building strong relationships with those affiliated with our organization, including residents, staff, guests and family members,” said Kevin Ahmadi, executive director of Gulf Coast Village. “We value her knowledge of the healthcare industry and impressive leadership abilities, and we are looking forward to seeing how she will continue to succeed in her new role at Gulf Coast Village.”

Founded more than 25 years ago, Gulf Coast Village is the premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, Florida. Residents enjoy active independent living in an unparalleled lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well. The community also offers the security of knowing there is the full continuum of care when needed including:  assisted living, skilled nursing, specialized memory support, home health and outpatient services. Gulf Coast Village is located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991. For more information call 239-772-1333 or visit www.GulfCoastVillage.com.

Gulf Coast Village is sponsored by Volunteers of America, a national non-profit faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 and is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing for seniors and a provider of professional long-term care including assisted living, home health care and nursing home care.

Carroll & Carroll, Inc. appraiser Timothy R. O’Neill earns SRA designation

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Carroll & Carroll, Inc. is pleased to announce that real estate appraiser Timothy R. O’Neill has obtained his SRA designation, specializing in residential appraisal practice. The SRA designation is conferred on professionals who demonstrate expertise in delivering a variety of appraisal services in relation to residential properties.

O’Neill’s designation was earned through the Appraisal Institute, a global professional association of real estate appraisers dedicated to advancing professionalism and promoting the highest practice standards within the real estate appraisal industry. In order to become a SRA designated member of the Appraisal Institute, candidates must demonstrate good moral character and fulfill standards and ethics, education, demonstration of knowledge and experience requirements.

O’Neill earned a degree in exercise psychology from Cleveland State University. Prior to joining Carroll & Carroll, Inc. in 2011, O’Neill developed nearly 10 years of experience in the residential real estate appraisal industry through his work as an independent fee appraiser within the Southwest Florida and Ohio areas. He is a member of the Young Professionals Group and has qualified and testified as an expert witness in Collier County Circuit Court. O’Neill currently specializes in appraisals for mortgage lending purposes, litigation, estate settlement and planning, buy and sell decisions, insurable value estimates and property tax assessment challenges. He is also a Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-approved Federal Housing Administration (FHA) appraiser.

Founded in 1984, Carroll & Carroll, Inc. specializes in providing full-service residential and commercial real estate appraisal and consulting services for real estate markets of Collier County and Lee County. The family owned and operated company has provided more than 35 years of service to the Southwest Florida community offering a wide array of expertise in litigation, insurable value estimates, partial interest appraisals, condemnation, buy and sell decisions, estate settlement and structuring and mortgage loan underwriting. Carroll & Carroll, Inc. is located at 2805 South Horseshoe Drive, Suite #1 in Naples. For more information, call 239-775-1147, email info@carrollandcarroll.com or visit www.CarrollandCarroll.com.

Pure Florida presents Bark on the Ark Aug. 15

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Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location is presenting Bark on the Ark on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Guests will have the opportunity to bring their dogs aboard the M/V Edison Explorer for a sightseeing river cruise to Picnic Island, an island located between Sanibel and Pine Island that exhibits the natural beauty of Southwest Florida.

Passengers can enjoy a peaceful cruise along the Caloosahatchee River followed by a playful time on the island, socializing with man’s best friend. During the excursion, dogs and owners can run, swim and play catch while enjoying the sunshine, water, sand and fresh air.

Water, Frisbees and dog treats are included for the canines. Human treats, such as soda, wine and beer will also be available for purchase. The M/V Edison Explorer departs from The Marina at Edison Ford, located at 2360 W. First St. in Fort Myers.

Registration for the tour is $39 per human. Reservations are required as room is limited to 25 passengers and their pets. All dogs that can follow basic commands are welcome. For more information or to book your ticket, call 239-919-2965, email info@PureFortMyers.com or visit the website at www.PureFortMyers.com. 

About Pure Florida

In 2009, father-and-son duo Captains Lance and Harry Julian acquired the Naples-based Double Sunshine and Lady Brett fishing vessel, and have grown the company to include 19 vessels and two locations providing a variety of unique eco-excursions for its visitors that incorporate maritime history, tourism, sightseeing and entertainment. With locations in Fort Myers and Naples, the water attraction company offers sunset and specialty cruises as well as boat and Jet Ski rentals, fishing charters and group events. In addition to Pure Fort Myers and Pure Naples, the founders are also partners in Marine Team International and Pure Image Productions, providing professional marine consulting, television and video production and photography services. With a long history in maritime productions, Lance and Harry Julian have helped to create some of the most memorable water scenes in film production, with credits including “Titanic” and “Waterworld,” and television credits such as the reality show, “Survivor.” As the fifth and sixth generation working within the maritime industry, Lance and Harry Julian enjoy sharing their passion and expertise with fellow adventurers in the Southwest Florida area. For more information, visit www.PureFL.com or call its Fort Myers location at 239-919-2965 or its Naples location at 239-494-5595.

GMA Architects and Planners complete the design for Gulfshore Pediatric Dentistry in Estero

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GMA Architects and Planners recently completed construction of a 6,340-square-foot tenant improvement for Gulfshore Pediatric Dentistry located at 9921 Corkscrew Rd. in Estero, Florida.

Working with Drs. Sammons and Tarver, GMA developed a playful beach and undersea motif throughout the public areas providing a cheerful distraction for the young patients and their families.  Two separate video/game rooms are available to entertain patients and their siblings, one in the patient waiting room and another in the treatment area.

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The inclusion of private family consultation rooms, procedure rooms, a laboratory, and IV room provide the opportunity for comprehensive dental care for children and their family members.

Ramon Acevedo was the Project Architect with Natali Garcia as Project Manager from GMA; Bob Schuerman was the Construction Administrator.  Envirostruct was the General Contractor with Steve McKenna as Principal in Charge, Chuck Hardwick as Project Manager, and Mark Olson as Construction Superintendent.

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For the past 34 years, GMA Architects and Planners (GMA) has been Southwest Florida’s leading architectural design firm. Earning recognition from the Florida Southwest American Institute of Architects, the Florida Home Builders Association and the Lee County Building Industry Association, the firm has provided award-winning architectural and interior design services for a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including several leading area developers. For more information, call 239-275-0225 or visit www.GMAarchitect.com.

Pure Florida hires Barb Frederick as vice-president of development for Pure Image Productions

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Pure Florida has hired Barb Frederick as vice-president of development of Pure Image Productions. Frederick recently relocated to Southwest Florida from Los Angeles, bringing 20 years of video production and talent management expertise to the role. An award-winning video production company based in Naples, Pure Image Productions specializes in films, commercials, water production, corporate events and documentaries. As vice-president of development, Frederick is responsible for business outreach, new project development and sponsor procurement for special projects. In addition, Frederick will coordinate marketing and community relations projects for Pure Florida, a water-based attractions company with locations in Naples and Fort Myers.

A pioneer in the reality television industry, Frederick broke into the entertainment business with her role in the production of the critically acclaimed Discovery series “Eco-Challenge.” She then spent eight seasons working with Mark Burnett Productions on the program, “Survivor,” honing her skills in the field of international television production. Her experience piqued her interest in the talent industry and she soon began working in casting, eventually becoming the casting coordinator and producer for many Emmy-nominated shows that were aired on a wide variety of networks. Frederick began working in the talent management industry in 2006 and, in 2008, was employed as a talent agent for Innovative Artists where she worked closely for more than six years with many of the largest production companies in the world.

Frederick met the Julian family, owners of Pure Florida, while working on the set of Survivor, and was recently recruited to manage new clients and projects for Pure Image Productions.

“Barb brings a wealth of industry experience, knowledge and professional contacts to Pure Image Productions and we are fortunate to have her on board,” said Capt. Lance Julian, founder of Pure Image Productions.

In addition to Frederick, the Pure Image Productions team includes Director and Cinematographer John Scoular, Producer Madeline Scoular and Captains Lance and Harry Julian.

Currently, the Pure Image Productions team is shooting the documentary film “Artificial Reef” documenting the creation of one of the largest, master-planned artificial reef systems in the Western Hemisphere in the Gulf waters of Collier County. The project is expected to generate an estimated $30 million in economic impact in Collier County and will create vital marine life habitats off of the coast of Collier County.

About Pure Image Productions

Located in Naples, Florida, Pure Image Productions was formed in 2014 by the founders of Marine Team International and Scoular Image and is a part of the Pure Florida company. The award-winning video production company specializes in high-quality film, video and television production services for clients in both local and national markets. For more information about Pure Image Productions, call 239-595- 9512 or visit www.PureImage.tv.

About Pure Florida

In 2009, father-and-son duo Captains Lance and Harry Julian acquired the Naples-based Double Sunshine cruises and Lady Brett fishing vessel, and have grown the company to include 19 vessels and two locations providing a variety of unique eco-excursions for its visitors that incorporate maritime history, tourism, sightseeing and entertainment. With locations in Fort Myers and Naples, the water attraction company offers sunset and specialty cruises as well as boat and Jet Ski rentals, fishing charters and group events. In addition to Pure Fort Myers and Pure Naples, the founders are also partners in Marine Team International and Pure Image Productions, providing professional marine consulting, television and video production and photography services. With a long history in maritime productions, Lance and Harry Julian have helped to create some of the most memorable water scenes in film production, with credits including “Titanic” and “Waterworld,” and television credits such as the reality show, “Survivor.” As the fifth and sixth generations working within the maritime industry, Lance and Harry enjoy sharing their passion and expertise with fellow adventurers in the Southwest Florida area. For more information, visit www.PureFL.com or call its Fort Myers location at 239-919-2965 or its Naples location at 239-494-5595.

Gulf Coast Village promotes Debbie Wheeler to director of nursing

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Gulf Coast Village, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, has promoted Debbie Wheeler, R.N. to director of nursing for the organization.

Wheeler has 23 years of experience in the healthcare industry, with previous involvement in hospital, home health and skilled nursing settings. Wheeler has worked with Gulf Coast Village for more than 11 years as a floor nurse, unit coordinator, Minimum Data Set (MDS) coordinator and assistant director of nursing.

“Wheeler has been a huge asset to Gulf Coast Village and continually demonstrates her dedication to providing excellent care to our residents,” said Kevin Ahmadi, executive director of Gulf Coast Village. “Her experience and leadership skills have played a significant role in fulfilling the mission and vision of Gulf Coast Village and we are looking forward to her continued involvement within our organization.”

Founded more than 25 years ago, Gulf Coast Village is the premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, Florida. Residents enjoy active independent living in an unparalleled lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well. The community also offers the security of knowing there is the full continuum of care when needed including:  assisted living, skilled nursing, specialized memory support, home health and outpatient services. Gulf Coast Village is located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991. For more information call 239-772-1333 or visit www.GulfCoastVillage.com.

Pure Florida presents Eco-Cruise to Picnic Island Aug. 8

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Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location will present an Eco-Cruise tour to Picnic Island on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The 3.5 hour eco-adventure includes a narrated cruise along the Caloosahatchee River and a guided tour of Picnic Island, a natural, uninhabited island located between Sanibel and Pine Island.

During the Eco-Cruise to Picnic Island excursion, guests will have the opportunity to bask in the sunshine and experience the natural beauty of Southwest Florida. While discovering the island, explorers can enjoy leisurely walking amidst black and white mangroves, playing in sand, shelling and fishing. Visitors will also have the opportunity to observe wildlife native to the Caloosahatchee River and Picnic Island, including dolphins, manatee, birds and other animals and plants.

Eco-Cruise tours are guided by Coast Guard-certified captains and master naturalists and highlight the history of the Caloosahatchee River and the accomplishments of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford during their time spent at the nearby Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. Registration for the tour is $39 per person, and the M/V Edison Explorer departs from The Marina at Edison Ford, located at 2360 W. First St. in Fort Myers.

The Eco-Cruise to Picnic Island is a popular attraction for voyagers of all ages. Bottled water and light snacks will be provided and additional refreshments are available for purchase. Reservations are required. For more information or to book your ticket, call 239-919-2965, email info@PureFortMyers.com or visit the website at www.PureFortMyers.com. 

About Pure Florida

In 2009, father-and-son duo Captains Lance and Harry Julian acquired the Naples-based Double Sunshine and Lady Brett fishing vessel, and have grown the company to include 19 vessels and two locations providing a variety of unique eco-excursions for its visitors that incorporate maritime history, tourism, sightseeing and entertainment. With locations in Fort Myers and Naples, the water attraction company offers sunset and specialty cruises as well as boat and Jet Ski rentals, fishing charters and group events. In addition to Pure Fort Myers and Pure Naples, the founders are also partners in Marine Team International and Pure Image Productions, providing professional marine consulting, television and video production and photography services. With a long history in maritime productions, Lance and Harry Julian have helped to create some of the most memorable water scenes in film production, with credits including “Titanic” and “Waterworld,” and television credits such as the reality show, “Survivor.” As the fifth and sixth generation working within the maritime industry, Lance and Harry Julian enjoy sharing their passion and expertise with fellow adventurers in the Southwest Florida area. For more information, visit www.PureFL.com or call its Fort Myers location at 239-919-2965 or its Naples location at 239-494-5595.

Exterior renovations complete at the Offices at Pelican Bay in North Naples

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The first phase of renovations have been completed at The Offices at Pelican Bay located at 5801-5811 Pelican Bay Blvd. in North Naples. The property features two, six-story Class-A office buildings totaling 171,926 square feet of rentable office space and a three-level covered parking garage.

The property owner, Steelbridge Capital, recently completed exterior renovations that include new paint, sidewalk pavers, landscaping upgrades and updates to the parking lot and garage. In addition, interior renovations are underway in both buildings that will include lobby renovations, common area upgrades and the build out of six ready-to-occupy speculative office suites in the 5811 building ranging from 957 square feet to 2,366 square feet that will be available beginning October 2015.

Between the two Exterior-Wells Fargo1buildings (5801/5811), currently 12 office spaces are available for lease ranging from 957 square feet to 12,637 square feet. The Offices at Pelican Bay are managed and leased by CRE Consultants.

Property highlights include spectacular Gulf of Mexico views, flexible floor plates, prominent visibility and signage opportunities, Pelican Bay’s only parking garage, an on-site café, on-site conference center and on-site property management. One of the key property features is a prominent location immediately proximate to Waterside Shops which offers upscale dining amenities and retail conveniences, all conveniently situated within the renowned Pelican Bay community in North Naples.

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Steelbridge Capital, LLC is a privately held, value-focused real estate investor and real estate services provider based in Florida and Chicago. The company is dedicated to acquiring real estate – either through debt or equity – whose values have been temporarily discounted due to supply/demand imbalances in real estate capital, space or information markets and whose values can be significantly enhanced through redevelopment and repositioning. For more information on Steelbridge Capital, visit www.steelbridgecapital.com.  For more information on The Offices at Pelican Bay, visit http://theofficesatpelicanbay.com or contact CRE Consultants at 239-659-1447.

Renovations complete at PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar on Fort Myers Beach

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PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar on Fort Myers Beach has completed renovations. Interior and exterior alterations have been designed to create a comfortable, casual and family-friendly atmosphere for guests. Interior updates to the 1,500-square-foot gulf-front restaurant were completed by a variety of local tradesmen. The restaurant’s interior walls have been refinished with new siding and beadboard wainscoting to reflect a traditional nautical feel, while new granite table tops, wood and vinyl chairs, new booths and pendant lighting fixtures bring a contemporary flair to the restaurant and bar. White and light gray colors dominate the space with pops of blues and greens to add a beach-cottage feel.Outside Deck

On its 3,000-square-foot outside deck, PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar added new outdoor synthetic teak tables with umbrellas to complement the beach-cottage theme. Additional exterior renovations include a repainted outside bar, new barstools, tables and a bar ledge at the water’s edge of the window openings, new entrance door to open up the restaurant and two new white trellises to enhance the two main entrances.

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Located on Fort Myers Beach directly next to the public pier in Times Square, PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar is a family-friendly restaurant featuring award-winning food, drinks and sunsets. Open seven days a week from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar serves lunch and dinner daily, and happy hour from 3 – 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Lee County Economic Development Office presents noted economist Mark Vitner

Posted July 23rd, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Economic Development, Events

managing director and senior economist of Wells FargoMark Vitner, managing director and senior economist of Wells Fargo, will discuss “Global Economic Turmoil and Southwest Florida” at the Horizon Council’s General Membership Meeting, 8:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe St., Fort Myers.

Presented by the Lee County Economic Development Office, Vitner has a reputation for clear analysis of U.S. and global economic conditions. As managing director and senior economist for Wells Fargo, he routinely provides updates on housing markets, commercial real estate, regional economies and inflation. Vitner has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, USA Today and is a frequent guest on CNBC, CNN, FOX Business News and National Public Radio. Vitner also writes for the company’s “Monthly Economic Outlook” report and “Weekly Economic & Financial Commentary.” Vitner joined Wells Fargo (formerly Wachovia and First Union) in 1993 after nine years of experience as an economist for Barnett Banks.

Vitner is a member of the National Association of Business Economists, American Economic Association, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, Charlotte Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, Blue Chip Economic forecasting panel and the Western Blue Chip forecast panel. He currently chairs the Economic Advisory Council for the California Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Joint Advisory Board of Economists for the Commonwealth of Virginia, acts as chief economist for the North Carolina Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and partners with the University of Georgia as a lecturer and practitioner.

The Horizon Council is a public-private board established in 1991 to advise the Lee County Board of Commissioners on economic development issues. The Council has more than 80 members representing five cities; chambers of commerce; economic development and trade organizations; community, business, and education organizations; along with various officers and at-large members. The Lee County Economic Development Office works to attract new and diversified businesses to the area, and improve the overall business environment in Lee County. Services include Site Selection Assistance, Demographic and Statistical Information, Business Assistance, Financial Assistance, Employee Training and Recruitment and Community Tours. For more information, visit www.leecountybusiness.com or call 239-338-3161.

The Lee County Economic Development Office offers numerous resources for businesses considering relocation and site selectors, in addition to incentives, including statistical data, demographic information, custom property locator tools and other research. Current target industries for major growth in Lee County, Florida include medical technologies, aviation, information services and distribution and logistics. For information on the Lee County Economic Development Office, visit LeeCountyBusiness.com.