Florida Gulf Coast University welcomes American Council on Education Fellow

Fort Myers, Fla. – Sept. 17, 2019 – There’s a new face in the crowd at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). James Cousins, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Western Michigan University (WMU), selected FGCU as the institution where he would work through the summer of 2020 under the auspices of his prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship.

“FGCU’s leadership team made it a natural choice,” Cousins said about choosing the FGCU campus for his fellowship. “President Mike Martin is one of the most influential thought-leaders in higher education. His experiences, successes, and unique outlook really put him in rare company.  Provost James Llorens, a former ACE fellow himself, has an amazing record of accomplishment in his own right, and Vice President Susan Evans saw FGCU from vision to reality, which gives her a perspective on university planning, development, and leadership few can match.”

Cousins is one of 39 ACE Fellows selected for the 2019-20 academic year. The program “enables participants to immerse themselves in the study and practice of leadership and experience the culture, policies, and decision-making processes of another institution,” according to the ACE website. Cousins is the second fellow to choose FGCU, both coming during President Mike Martin’s tenure.

“We are pleased to have ACE Fellow Dr. James Cousins join us from WMU,” said Martin. “Dr. Cousins has established a strong reputation as a scholar and is an up-and-coming university leader. I’m confident he’ll benefit from his time at FGCU, and we will certainly benefit from having him participate at FGCU as a colleague.”

Over the next year, Cousins said he will be looking at one overall idea.

“I’ll focus on university advancement, enrollment management, and government relations, but I’m most interested in the future of higher education here at FGCU and throughout Florida. I’d like to see how these areas have prepared for future changes to employment, technology, demographics and politics,” Cousins said.

As associate dean at WMU, Cousins is responsible for undergraduate student services, retention, program assessment and curriculum development. Taking the reins of his current role at WMU in 2015, Cousins previously worked as the director of undergraduate studies and is a tenured faculty member in the department of history.

While WMU provides him with the preparation to expand his career, FGCU gives him a chance to look at a different approach to higher education.

“This is a year for me to experience all aspects of university governance and understand how all the pieces fit together. I’d like to spend time with the university leadership, but would also like to get ‘in the weeds’ and see how individual units affect the whole.  It’s also a year for me to learn about the unique features of a state-coordinated system of higher education, connect with university leaders throughout Florida and understand how their plans and planning processes intersect,” Cousins said.   


Premier Commercial, Inc. Sales & Lease Report

For Immediate Release:                               Premier Commercial, Inc. Sales & Lease Report

Date of Submittal:                           9/13/2019

Contact Name:                                  Brandy Cartaino, Licensed Assistant

Phone (Direct):                                 239-992-1200

Email:                                                   BrandyC@premiermail.net

Headline/Title:                    Sales and Leasing News

Premier Commercial, Inc., recently closed the following transactions in Lee and Collier County:


Estate of Doris Umbricht sold 1.8 +/- Acres located at 27694 Imperial River Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34134 to Bonita Beach Land, LLC for $650,000. (Matt Stepan, CCIM and Andrew DeSalvo, MBA of Premier Commercial, Inc., represented the Seller and Tom Runyon of Sun Village Realty represented the Buyer).

J.M. Beals Enterprises, Inc. sold a .53 +/- Acre lot located at 4105 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34134 to Chrishelle II, LLC for $200,000. (Matt Stepan, CCIM and Andrew DeSalvo, MBA of Premier Commercial, Inc., negotiated the transaction).


Naples 5th Avenue SAA, LLC leased a 2,603 +/- SF office located in the Collier Commercial Building at 851 5th Ave N, STE 102, Naples, FL 34102 to Well-Being Medical Center, PLLC. (Matt Stepan, CCIM and Andrew DeSalvo, MBA of Premier Commercial, Inc. represented the Landlord and Derek Housh of Carr Healthcare Realty represented the Tenant).

One Parker Center KLA, LLC leased a 1,217 +/- SF retail space located at One Parker Center, 9011 Daniels Parkway, STE 103, Fort Myers, FL 33912 to Hemp Joi of Southwest Florida, LLC. (Matt Stepan, CCIM and Andrew DeSalvo, MBA of Premier Commercial, Inc. negotiated the transaction).

Coconut Point TWA, LLC leased a 1,172 +/- SF office condo located at the Offices at Coconut Point, 23150 Fashion Drive, Units T242-243, Estero, FL 33928 to Peach Paw, LLC. (Matt Stepan, CCIM and Andrew DeSalvo, MBA of Premier Commercial, Inc. negotiated the transaction).

Poet Mary Biddinger Presents “Finding Time for Creativity” at FSW

SEPTEMBER 16, 2019 – FORT MYERS, FLA – Poet Dr. Mary Biddinger will present “Finding Time for Creativity” at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30, in Building J, Room 103 at the Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Thomas Edison Campus, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers.

Dr. Biddinger will share insights on how to find time for creativity in our often hectic lives along with advice for getting started as a creative writer. Prior to her talk, Dr. Biddinger will read from her newest collection, “Partial Genius,” published by Black Lawrence Press, at 12:30 p.m. in Building J, Room 117/118, and she will hold a book signing at 3:30 p.m.  All events are free and open to the public.

Dr. Biddinger has authored six poetry collections, including “Prairie Fever,” “Saint Monica,” “O Holy Insurgency,” “A Sunny Place with Adequate Water,” “Small Enterprise” and “The Czar,” which was a collaboration with Jay Robinson. In addition, she recently worked with fellow poet John Gallaher to co-edit “The Monkey and the Wrench: Essays into Contemporary Poetics,” a collection that offers a window into the nuances of composing or reading poetry in our contemporary moment. An English professor at the University of Akron, Dr. Biddinger is on the faculty of the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing Program where she teaches literature and creative writing courses with a focus on women writers, contemporary poetry and world literature.

This project is presented by The Florida Literary Arts Coalition and FSW Writes, a FSW faculty group that plans writing events for FSW students, employees and the public. For more information, contact Dr. Scott Ortolano, professor, English, at (239) 489-9472 or sortolano@fsw.edu.

Last Chance to Register for Artificial Intelligence TechTalk

Bonita Springs, Fla. (September 16, 2019) – Registration will close on September 18 for the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership  (SWFRTP) TechTalk, “Prep Your Business for the Next Wave of Artificial Intelligence.” The seminar event will be September 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Two39 Work, 24301 Walden Center Dr., Suite 300, Bonita Springs. Registration is required at www.swfrtp.org and the TechTalk is free to attend. Light food and beverages will be served compliments of the event sponsors Stickboy Creative and Vectra Digital.

The third wave of artificial intelligence gives technology the ability to self-moderate and take action on its own. Send that email. Write and post that online ad. No human required. Stickboy and Vectra Digital are pioneers in Southwest Florida when it comes to offering services with leading-edge technology. At Stickboy, the team creates custom software and applications and runs its information technology division with AI. Vectra Digital uses Ada, a proprietary artificial intelligence-based software created by Stickboy to completely run digital ad campaigns with tested algorithms and deep learning skills.

About the SWFRTP

The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (SWFRTP) was chartered in 2008 and is the only group dedicated solely to the growth of the technology cluster in southwest Florida. The non-profit organization is a member of Lee County’s Horizon Council and is comprised of technology companies and technology users, economic development groups and higher education institutions. Through its strategies to inspire, innovate and inform, the SWFRTP produces educational seminars, career forums, professional networking events and the only regional awards program dedicated to technology development and implementation. Membership and sponsorship information is available at www.swfrtp.org.

Hodges University Helps with Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts

September 16, 2019 –NAPLES/FORT MYERS, FLA – Hodges University not only provides educational pathways for the students it serves, it also works hard to be engaged with the community. The most recent example of that community spirit is the call to help our Bahamian neighbors who suffered devastating losses after Hurricane Dorian.

“One of the most impressive things about Southwest Florida is the outpouring of generosity of its people. In less than a day, individuals and businesses were coming to our Fort Myers and Naples campuses to donate desperately needed items, from water, diapers, medical supplies, and blankets to pet food, cleaning supplies, and toiletries, said Dr. John Meyer, President of Hodges University. “We partnered with Stilwell Enterprises to be a place where others could bring items.”

On September 11, Hodges University paramedic and ESL students, faculty and staff gathered on the Fort Myers campus to organize and pack the donated items, and then load them onto two, large trucks. From there, the trucks would make the trip to Florida’s east coast to have the items loaded onto boats for the trip to the Bahamas.

“The timing of our work gave it even more meaning. Eighteen years ago, on September 11, 2001, our country was attacked and nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives,” said Dr. Meyer. “We could not think of a better way to honor their memory than to work together to help others in need.”

Hodges University, a regionally accredited, private nonprofit institution founded in 1990, prepares students to leverage higher learning in their personal, professional, and civic endeavors. With over 10,000 graduates having a 93 percent rate of continued success in careers, Hodges is recognized for developing programs that are uniquely designed and delivered to serve a diverse adult learner population. With campuses in Naples and Fort Myers, Florida, Hodges provides flexible day, evening, and online classes taught by world-class faculty for undergraduate and graduate degrees. Hodges is also designated as a Hispanic serving institution, and is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). More information about Hodges University is available at Hodges.edu.

GATES Construction Has Been Awarded New Humane Society Project

SARASOTA, Fla. (September 16th, 2019) – GATES Construction has been awarded the construction of Suncoast Humane Society’s new facility. Located on San Casa and Worth Drive in Englewood, this new 5 acre campus with nearly 20,000 SF of building space will replace their existing30 year oldlocation. To better serve the community, the new facility will offer indoor kennels, outdoor shelter, greenspace for exercise, an adoption center, medical facilities, offices, and meeting space. The project is scheduled to start fall of 2019. Design services are being provided by Animal Arts Design Studio.

For over 25 years, GATES Construction has provided award-winning construction management, general contracting and design-build services throughout the Southeast United States and Latin America.  Their diverse portfolio of commercial, multi-family, industrial, healthcare, and club and hospitality projects showcases numerous landmarks constructed over the past quarter of a century.  As Florida’s premier builder, GATES serves its clients from offices in Bonita Springs, Sarasota and Palm Beach Gardens.  For more information on GATES, please call (941) 538-7998 or visit the website at www.GATESinc.com.

David Lawrence Center Gets Help for Seniors with Moorings Park Foundation Grant

Naples, Fl – David Lawrence Center, Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit mental health and addiction recovery treatment center serving children, adults and families, has received a $20,000 grant from the Moorings Park Foundation to provide uninsured or underinsured seniors who are 65 and older with mental health and substance use disorder treatment. The Moorings Park Endowment Fund grant is a result of the Moorings Park Social Accountability Program, which supports unmet needs by funding community health initiatives to local non-profit and public health agencies.

The grant will help seniors access treatment services they might otherwise not seek as a result of their inability to pay. The funds will be utilized for crisis stabilization, adult detoxification, residential addiction treatment and outpatient medical services.

“David Lawrence Center greatly values our continued partnership with Moorings Park Foundation and appreciates their investment in senior health and wellness,” said Scott Burgess, David Lawrence Center President and CEO. “We are serving more and more seniors with depression and addiction from prolonged use/misuse of opioid pain killers. These funds will eliminate financial burdens for some of our most vulnerable, aging citizens so they can live their life to the fullest.”

Southwest Florida nonprofit David Lawrence Center is a national leader in providing world-class mental health and addiction recovery solutions for children, adolescents and adults. The Center’s innovative, integrated treatment includes inpatient, outpatient, residential, and community-based services – a comprehensive system of care funded by community and government support. Each year, David Lawrence Center creates life-changing wellness for more than 9,800 people through over 276,000 treatment sessions. To learn more, please call 239-455-8500 or visit www.DavidLawrenceCenter.org.



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David Lawrence Center
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Emerald Homes now selling captivating homes in serene location

New model underway in sought-after Hickey’s Creekside

Alva, Fla. (Sept. 18, 2019­) – Boaters wanting to combine hobby with home life can find the best of both worlds in the peaceful town of Alva. Hickey’s Creekside is a tranquil Emerald Homes community by D.R. Horton Southwest Florida that features a boat ramp into Hickey’s Creek that is approximately one-third of a mile from the scenic Caloosahatchee River.

The picturesque neighborhood features expansive homesites, each averaging nearly one acre. Homebuyers can now select from five home designs featuring coastal elevations and open-concept living ranging from 2,196 to 3,148 air-conditioned square feet. Home prices in Hickey’s Creekside currently start in the high-$300s.

Every Hickey’s Creekside home will include the new D.R. Horton Home is ConnectedSM package, an industry-leading suite of smart home products that keep residents connected with the people and place they value most. The technology allows homeowners to monitor and control their home from the couch or across the globe.

Homebuyers will soon be able to tour the stunning one-story Sage model home. Now under construction, the 2,414-square-foot home includes four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a three-car garage. The model will feature a well-appointed kitchen overlooking the large living and dining areas. The owner’s suite is ideally positioned at the back of the home for privacy.

Hickey’s Creekside is located off Palm Beach Boulevard and just a short drive from Caloosahatchee Regional Park, a nearly 800-acre recreational area featuring trails for mountain biking and hiking. The community is also minutes from great shopping and dining options in downtown Fort Myers.

For more information on this boater’s paradise or to schedule a tour, call sales agent Joe Stulb at 239-225-2681, or email SWFLonline@drhorton.com.

Emerald Homes has created a tradition of excellence by developing innovative home designs and crafting luxury homes with meticulous attention to detail for over a decade. Our philosophy is to incorporate features and amenities into our homes that complement each individual customer’s preferences, personality, and lifestyle. The successful blending of our customers’ ideas and our experience creates dramatic living areas with personalized touches. Our focus is to create highly livable homes that combine luxury and function. Emerald Homes are built with quality materials by an experienced team of builders, and each home is designed and constructed with the latest in building technology and design. We combine your ideas, luxury features, and attention to detail to create your unique dream home. For more information, visit www.emeraldhomes.com/neighborhoods/southwest-florida/. Home and community information including pricing, included features, terms, availability, and amenities are subject to change and prior sale at any time without notice or obligation. Square footage dimensions are approximate. Pictures, photographs, features, colors and sizes are approximate for illustration purposes only and will vary from the homes as built. Emerald Homes is an equal housing opportunity builder.

City of Fort Myers mayor to have head shaved by pediatric cancer patient

Henderson, Golisano Children’s Hospital and SWFL community leaders go bald to help kids with cancer

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2019) – As part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, City of Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson will have his head shaved by Sarai, a six-year-old pediatric cancer patient at Golisano Children’s Hospital, at the second annual Clips for Cancer event on Friday, Sept. 27.

Sarai was an active, energetic 5-year-old, always smiling. On Thanksgiving Day 2018, she was playing with her family and enjoying a bounce house. Everything changed the next day when Sarai woke up and complained of a tummy ache. She wouldn’t let her mom touch her belly, and by that evening, Sarai spiked a fever. She told her mom she had a pillow in her belly. Sarai’s parents took her to the emergency room with a bloated abdomen. Doctors thought it could be a twisted intestine and ordered surgery at Golisano Children’s Hospital. During surgery, the doctor removed a tumor near her bladder. The diagnosis was cancer, stage 4. Treatment began immediately.

Sarai needed radiation five days a week for several months, and is currently receiving chemotherapy treatments. She missed the rest of her kindergarten year and lost all her long, jet-black hair. Through it all, Sarai keeps smiling and lights up a room with her laugh. She wears sparkly ballet slippers to chemo with a tutu skirt and big hair bow. Her nails are painted bright pink with yellow polka dots. She’s brave and just wants to go back to school.

“She is stronger than I am,” says her mom, Adela. “I don’t know what we’d do without Golisano. We are family here. All the doctors and nurses know Sarai – and all love her. They’ve done everything and more to help us.”

Sarai hopes to complete chemo and end weekly visits to the hospital this October. She will still come back for regular checkups, but her goal is to be a first-grader and make it through the full year of school.

“When our children are suffering from this wretched disease called cancer, we are compelled to rally for them and with them any way possible,” commented Mayor Randy Henderson. “We know they can fight it off with our help and encouragement when combined with modern medical advances. Let’s all join to embrace this challenge with and for our children.”

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida Chief Administrative Officer Armando Llechu, alongside dozens of doctors and team members, community leaders and influential individuals from Southwest Florida, will have their heads shaved by pediatric cancer patients in the main atrium of the children’s hospital during Clips for Cancer.

To raise awareness and drive philanthropic support that will help local children with cancer, these “hero sidekicks” are asking the Southwest Florida community to come together and make donations to Barbara’s Friends – Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund. For more than 20 years, Barbara’s Friends has supported lifesaving cancer care for children across Southwest Florida at Golisano Children’s Hospital. The Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Program is the only program of its kind in Southwest Florida, and no child is denied treatment or turned away as a result of their family’s inability to pay for care.

“The children truly are the real heroes, the ‘sidekicks’ provide encouragement during a time when our heroes need all the help they can get to battle this evil disease,” expressed Llechu on the heroes and sidekicks event theme. “It’s heartwarming to see this level of support once again for the brave children during their battle with cancer. Through this head-shaving event, we can show these children that bald is beautiful, bald is strong and no matter what, we are fighting alongside them. While we may never have the strength they do, we are with them on their journey.”

Twenty-eight local Great Clips salons are donating their time and skills to clean up the “sidekicks” after the pediatric patients have finished shaving.

For more information about helping kids with cancer, go to LeeHealthFoundation.org/ClipsForCancer.

About Golisano Children’s Hospital Established in 1994, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida has been named a “Top Hospital” by The Leapfrog Group for the past two years. It is the only recognized children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami. Lee Health opened the new 134-bed Golisano Children’s Hospital in May 2017, relocating the children’s hospital from the adjacent HealthPark Medical Center. It includes comprehensive pediatric services including a 24-hour pediatric emergency department, hematology-oncology unit, milk lab, Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center, and Level II and Level III NICU with 70 private rooms. Golisano Children’s Hospital is proud to have been named Soliant’s 2018 Most Beautiful Hospital in the U.S., a recognition determined by popular vote. For more