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R.T. Rybak brings Minneapolis Foundation perspective, expertise to Islands’ renewal

03/27/2024

The desire to restore Sanibel and Captiva islands to their former splendor remains strong some 18 months into recovery from devastating Hurricane Ian. Realizing that a fresh perspective can inject energy and possibilities into the process, the Charitable Foundation of the Islands (CFI), led by CFI’s Economic Revitalization Committee, recently welcomed R.T. Rybak and his…

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CBIA announces 2024 Leadership, Associate of the Year and Builder of the Year

03/27/2024

The Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) recently announced its 2024 leadership members, and named its Associate and Builder of the Year.  According to CBIA Executive Officer Amelia Vasquez, Nick Radick, Knauf-Koenig Group was recognized as Builder of the Year, and Mark Monastiero, UMI The Source, LLC was named Associate of the Year. The 2024 Board of Directors was…

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Robotics team wins state championship and heads to world championship

03/25/2024

Fort Myers based FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team, Java The Hutts, has advanced to the world championship to be held in Houston, Texas, on April 17 – 20. Java The Hutts won the overall first place Inspire Award which earns the top bid  of the four allocated to Florida teams to advance to the…

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SWFL nonprofits release study highlighting impact of water quality on economy

03/21/2024

Captains for Clean Water (CFCW), the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF), and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida released the findings of a study executed by Greene Economics, which quantifies the economic impacts of harmful water-quality events (like Harmful Algal Blooms) and degraded water quality on the southwest Florida economy. A Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) is the proliferation of a toxic algal species that negatively…

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DSDG Architects expands with opening of Naples office

03/18/2024

DSDG Architects, an architectural firm based in Sarasota specializing in residential, commercial and hospitality designs, announced the official opening of its Naples office. This expansion marks a significant milestone for the company as it returns to the roots of its founder, Mark Sultana, who began his career designing some of Naples’ most iconic landmark structures.…

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Southwest Florida labor force up 13,390 over the year

03/15/2024

FloridaCommerce announced the Southwest Florida labor force increased by 13,390 over the year in January 2024. Fort Myers area unemployment rate was 3.4 percent in January 2024, unchanged from the year ago rate. The Fort Myers area had the fastest over-the-year job growth rate compared to all metro areas in the state in construction at…

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Tessa LeSage from Collaboratory appointed to CivicLab

03/13/2024

CivicLab is announcing the appointment of Tessa LeSage from southwest Florida’s Collaboratory as its newest fellow. The CivicLab Fellows program selected national leaders for their unique knowledge, skills, and abilities that can be applicable to civic collaboration at the community, regional, and state level. These individuals will further CivicLab’s mission, serving dozens of partnerships that are…

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Business tax returns due by March 15

03/07/2024

March 15th is the tax-filing due date for 2023 calendar year S corporations and partnerships. While this filing deadline does not require making a tax payment, missing the due date could cost you a hefty penalty. The penalty The penalty is calculated based on each month the tax return is late multiplied by each shareholder…

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Engage Estero publishes report on development in Estero

03/05/2024

The pace of development in greater Estero is significant, making it difficult for residents to track and comprehend. Often, residents are unaware of a development until they see the grounds being cleared, by which time years of planning and decisions have already been approved. Our not-for-profit organization, Engage Estero, has alerted residents for over twenty…

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Slaw Dog golf tournament raises funds for FGCU scholarship program

03/05/2024

The 27th annual Paul Sands Memorial Slaw Dog invitational golf tournament and major sponsor Rockstar Harley-Davidson donated $35,000 for the Paul Sands Memorial – REIS Scholarship program at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). The program funds scholarships for outstanding students pursuing degrees in real estate, finance, engineering, and construction management. The presentation took place at…

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