3 To Know: Goodwill closes; makes way for Pet Supermarket

Marco Eagle

1. Goodwill closes; makes way for Pet Supermarket

Goodwill Industries closed its retail store and donation center in Freedom Square at Collier Boulevard and U.S. 41 East on April 27 after its lease was not renewed by Brixmor Property Group, the owner of the shopping center.

The retail space formerly occupied by Goodwill Industries is being converted into a new Pet Supermarket store at Freedom Square in East Naples.

The longtime store at 12683 U.S. 41 E. will be a new location for Pet Supermarket.

“Goodwill has been a staple in East Naples for 27 years,” Rick Evanchyk, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, said in a news release April 20. “We are very disheartened that we have to leave. Goodwill would like to thank our loyal donors and shoppers who have helped support our mission from this location, as well as our dedicated staff in East Naples.”

Brixmor, based in New York City, acquired local shopping centers Freedom Square, Naples Plaza and Park Shore Plaza in 2011. In addition to leasing space to Pet Supermarket in Freedom Square, Brixmor also signed the Florida-based pet store chain to a deal at Naples Plaza, where Golden Gate Parkway meets U.S. 41. Both new stores are scheduled to open in the final quarter of this year in the Publix-anchored centers, said Kristen Moore, a Brixmor spokeswoman.

Two local longtime hair care businesses — Rice’s Barber Shop and Distinctive Hair Salon — have to vacate Naples Plaza by the end of the month. The last day for the barber shop will be June 28 or 29, manager John Najarian said. – Tim Aten/Staff

2. RSVP offers seniors chance to help community

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is an invitation to serve locally in a national organization designed to provide opportunities for persons aged 55 or older who want to remain actively involved in the life of their community. Collier County RSVP has a variety of opportunities for interested seniors.

About 1,900 volunteers have contributed more than 1 million volunteer hours at 15 different volunteer stations across Collier County. This equates to a savings of $22.5 million to our county because of the time, talent and energy our volunteers dedicate to making a difference, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Locally, more than 160 RSVP volunteers are engaged in meaningful community service activities in the following focus areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, education, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.

For more info, call Dawn Whelan at 239-252-4230.

3. Citizen scientists needed for barotrauma tool study

Do you fish for reef fish like snapper or grouper? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking volunteer anglers and charter/headboat captains to take part in a descending-device citizen science study.

Descending devices are tools used to recompress the swim bladder and increase a fish’s chance of survival when they cannot be kept and are experiencing barotrauma (swim bladder expansion when a fish is brought up from depths greater than 50 feet). Signs of barotrauma include the stomach coming out of the mouth, bulging eyes, bloated belly and distended intestines.

As a citizen science partner, you will test a descending device and help identify the benefits and drawbacks of using this tool when fishing in deeper waters. The information from all participants will be pooled to identify why some anglers might not use these tools.

To participate, prospective participants must first answer general screening questions. Randomly-selected participants will then watch a tutorial on descending devices, complete an initial evaluation, and test a descending device during the trial period from July 1 through Sept. 30, 2017. When the trial period ends, participants must complete a detailed post-evaluation about their experience by Oct. 15. Preliminary results of the evaluation will be available in late 2017.

To apply for an opportunity to participate in this study, visit surveymonkey.com/r/XK55MJV. For more info, call 850-487-0554 or email Marine@MyFWC.com.