A new senior housing development is being constructed on Rattlesnake Hammock Road and County Road 951 (Collier Boulevard) called Discovery Village Naples, built by the same developer and to the same high quality as its sister communities, Aston Gardens.
There will be 120 apartments available to rent, and will feature an indoor pool, fitness center and indoor movie theater. This means 100 new jobs offered in the Naples market.
For those living along U.S. 41 East, I’m sure you remember that new gas station and car wash built across from Treviso Bay. The elegant Treviso Bay struggled to stay afloat, but finally succumbed to the recession, as so many others before them.
Well, so did the gas station. It remained lighted at night and very clean, but not occupied. That has now changed. I noticed the price of gasoline was on their street sign, but it was so low I figured it was just another one of those tricks to get you in, and then you’d have to pay cash or get a car wash for the lower price.
I decided to investigate the other day, and was surprised and pleased to find that the price (at the time, it was $3.49 compared to $3.63 at a nearby competitor) was good no matter what choice of payment.
I went inside to a place so clean I was almost afraid to walk on the floors. That impressed me. They offer some groceries, but they also make food to eat right there. They are proud to offer Antonio’s “Cleveland Pizza.” And by the way, Antonio (Tony) was there to tell me about it. No, he doesn’t own the store, but he lives nearby. They had tables and chairs outside or inside to enjoy the food that has just been freshly prepared.
The SCORE organization (Senior Corps of Retired Executives) held its annual awards luncheon recently at Bear’s Paw (the best apple pie in the world was served for dessert) to an overflowing crowd.
Although they had no business results from 2013 yet, in 2012 they assisted in the start-up of 86 Collier County businesses and helped 127 businesses grow their revenue. With their help to small businesses, they provided an economic impact of more than $19 million.
This local SCORE group is one of the most productive organizations that receive federal funding. SCORE National estimates that for every federal dollar that SCORE receives, there is a return of $57 in tax revenue. It is estimated that SCORE Naples, which receives $7,000 of this funding, returns about $543 in tax revenue for every dollar — approximately 10 times the return of the national organization.
Steve Shear, who has counseled 252 hours this past year, was awarded as the group’s Counselor of the Year.
The Rookie of the Year award was presented to Greg Hunter. He leads the workshop program, planning and executing more than 30 workshops with attendance of roughly 450 people, and this in his first year as a SCORE member.
The Key Person of the Year award went to Betty Stauber, director of human resources, who recruited 10 promising new members.
And finally, the Client of the Year award went to Michelle Spitzer, owner of MaidPro of Southwest Florida.
Bruce Register, Collier County’s director of Business & Economic Development, attended the awards luncheon to meet, congratulate and support the many businesses represented.
It’s the holiday season and I want to mention the wonderful Christmas angel decorations at Barb and Lou Prigge’s home on Marco Island. You can’t miss them after coming over the bridge. It’s on the left hand side of Collier Boulevard — the place is glittering with lights and angels. Barbara cut each of those angels out of wood and painted them by hand!
Merry Christmas to the Elks Lodge on U.S. 41 East, which just hosted Manatee Elementary School children to an early Christmas dinner and then played Santa Claus to all! And Merry Christmas to all of you!
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