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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT GULFSHORE BUSINESS
 
 
 
 
 
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TODAY'S NEWS

BEASLEY ENTERS AGREEMENT TO EXCHANGE BOSTON STATIONS
Beasley Broadcast Group Inc. announced that it has entered into an asset exchange agreement with Entercom Communications Corp., whereby Beasley will exchange WMJX-FM, 106.7 MHz Boston and $12 million cash for WBZ-FM, 98.5 MHz Boston. In addition, pursuant to a local marketing agreement, Entercom will begin operating WMJX-FM upon the completion of its pending merger with CBS Radio. The planned asset exchange highlights Beasley’s focus on premium local programming and content and is complementary to the company’s five other radio stations and digital operations in the Boston market, the 10th largest designated marketing area in the country.
 
 
 
 
LEE OCTOBER PERMITTING UP IN OCTOBER
During the month of October, contractors pulled 172 permits to build single-family houses collectively valued at about $29.2 million in unincorporated Lee County. That compares with 86 permits issued amid Hurricane Irma disruptions in September 2017 and 95 issued in October 2016, according to the Lee County Department of Community Development. Also during October, 304 multifamily units valued at about $29.3 million were permitted, compared with four units in September 2017 and no units in October 2016. General commercial activity was valued at about $7.4 million for 36 permits, compared to about $9.9 million in September 2017 and about $17.7 million in October 2016. Lee County Community Development issued 5,297 permits of all kinds in October.
 

$5 MILLION FUND ESTABLISHED FOR COLLABORATORY
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s board of trustees, along with David and Linda Lucas, announced a major funding milestone. The new $5 million Southwest Florida Community Foundation Collaboratory and Tech Hub Fund was made possible by the Lucases gifting the Foundation, and inspiring 83 other supporters to join in raising the additional $2.5 million match. The $5 million fund will be used for the Foundation’s work in their new space in the historic Atlantic Coast railway station in Fort Myers. A public-private partnership of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the City of Fort Myers is currently transforming the station and construction of a 15,000-square-foot LEED addition to create a campus that includes the Foundation’s second regional headquarters and shared space for the community and tenants. When complete in summer 2018, the Collaboratory will feature spaces for work, gatherings and special events. In addition, plans include technology that encourages regional collaboration.
 
 
 
 
DUHANEY PROMOTED AT HILTON NAPLES
Hilton Naples announced that Tracy Duhaney has been promoted to assistant director of catering. She will be responsible for leading the catering department for the AAA Four Diamond-rated hotel. While orchestrating an anticipated 300-plus events annually, Duhaney will be the key liaison between clients and the hotel’s sales, food and beverage, and audio-visual departments. Duhaney joined the Hilton Naples team in 2013 as sales, catering and marketing coordinator. She was promoted to senior conference services manager in 2016 and earned her current promotion in October 2017. Duhaney earned a B.A. in business economics from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.

NCH NORTH NAPLES HOSPITAL EARNS ‘A’ FROM LEAPFROG
The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The safety grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. NCH North Naples Hospital was one of 832 awarded an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.  Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed and free to the public.
 
 
 
 
HEALTHPARK CARE LISTED AS A ‘BEST NURSING HOME’
HealthPark Care & Rehabilitation Center has been listed as a 2017-18 Best Nursing Home by U.S. News & World Report, receiving a five-star rating. Only 15 percent of the facilities that U.S. News rated achieved “Top Performing” status by earning an overall rating of at least 4.5 stars.  Analyzing data posted by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. News & World Report assigns each facility a rating ranging from 1.0 to 5.0.  HealthPark Care & Rehabilitation Center is a skilled nursing facility with 112 beds located adjacent to HealthPark Medical Center.
 

SALLY FRIZZELL COLEMAN FIRM BECOMES PART OF HBK
HBK CPAs & Consultants (HBK) announced the signing of an agreement under which the former Sally Frizzell Coleman firm becomes part of HBK. This represents a widened presence in the Fort Myers region for HBK. Coleman, CPA, has been serving businesses and individuals in Fort Myers for more than 30 years. Her areas of specialization include: accounting, tax advice and preparation, estate administration, IRS representation, and certified family mediation services.    

GOETZ TO SERVE AS FLORIDA BAR FAMILY LAW SECTION CHAIR
Attorney Nicole Goetz of Nicole L. Goetz P.L. in Naples has been elected to serve as the 2017-2018 chair of The Florida Bar Family Law Section, a 3,700-member, statewide, voluntary legal organization dedicated to high standards of professionalism in legal advocacy for Florida’s families. Goetz represents Southwest Florida clients in marital and family law cases, with focuses on complex and high-net-worth divorces and appeals. Goetz graduated from the University of South Florida and earned her Juris Doctor degree with honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MEETING PLANNER GUIDE
The January/February winter edition of Gulfshore Business will feature the section Meeting & Conference Planner Guide. This is a valuable information source for readers about the venues and other vendors available to plan an off-site business meeting or function. For more information about the advertising opportunities, please contact Rob Wardlaw, associate publisher, (239) 449-4145, rwardlaw@gulfshorebusiness.com.

LAW FIRM SELECTION GUIDE
Selecting an attorney is a serious undertaking that should be done with all available information. To assist our readers in that selection process, the January/February Gulfshore Business will include the section Law Firm Selection Guide. Attorneys and law firms are invited to advertise and participate in this important informational and promotional opportunity. For more information, contact Rob Wardlaw, (239) 449-4145, rwardlaw@gulfshorebusiness.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
CHARITABLE NOTES
 
 
 
 
 
Giver Challenge event tickets still on sale
Tickets are still available for Charity for Change’s fourth annual Giver Challenge event, to be held 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday at Quail West Golf & Country Club at 5950 Burnham Road in Naples. Proceeds from the event will support Charity for Change’s afterschool, summer school, preschool and in-school programs for students throughout Collier County. To learn more about the Giver Challenge, or for more information on sponsorships and ticket purchase, visit www.charityforchange.org or call (239) 592-6787.

Children's Advocacy Center raises $19,004
The Children's Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida (CAC) is pleased to announce that it has raised $19,004 and attained 100 percent participation during its United Way Pacesetter campaign. United Way funding is crucial to CAC's sustainability; its dollars are used to fund virtually all of CAC's programs and services.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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