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Priority Marketing celebrates 30 years of brand building

Teri Hansen founded Priority Marketing on her kitchen table in 1992. She did so about a month after the birth of her daughter, Anna, after walking away from a marketing job with a real estate company. “I still love it,” Hansen said. “I actually love it more today than when I started.” Priority Marketing is […]

The Omni fitness center brand returning to Fort Myers

In this Gulfshore Business report, The Omni was once one of Southwest Florida’s biggest fitness centers, with over 6,000 members. Owner Bill Davey is bringing back the brand, upscaling it, and downsizing simultaneously in Fort Myers, at Royal Palm Square. Over the next few months, renovations are being made to about 12,000 square feet of […]

SWFL banks’ different reactions to Silicon Valley Bank collapse

On Friday, March 10, Silicon Valley Bank of California failed. The next business day, March 13, as banks opened across Southwest Florida, one local bank got ahead of the grim headlines by reassuring customers its capital was intact and there were no worries. Another local bank ignored the chaos across the country publicly but privately […]

Collier County beaches continue recovery during peak tourism season

It’s spring break in Southwest Florida with tourists and seasonal visitors flocking to Collier County. Although Hurricane Ian ripped through the Gulf Coast six months ago, heavy traffic and long waits at restaurants demonstrate damage from the storm won’t deter those wanting to visit the Paradise Coast.   There is one part of the community that […]

Tim Aten Knows: Tractor Supply store coming to Golden Gate Estates

Q: Have you heard anything about a Tractor Supply being built on the corner of Golden Gate Boulevard and Wilson? — David Rotkvich, Golden Gate Estates  A: Tractor Supply Co. has proposed building a new store on vacant commercial property on the northwest corner of Wilson Boulevard and Golden Gate Boulevard in Golden Gate Estates.  […]

Varsity Crossing commercial plaza breaks ground in Lehigh Acres

Originally from Vietnam, Vu Pham moved to Fort Myers nearly 50 years ago, running a Taekwondo school in Lehigh Acres as a fifth-degree black belt for 25 years. After retiring five years ago, Pham opened Presotea’s first Florida location in October 2022.    Pham’s newest business venture is making its way back to the home of […]

Collier County beach berm project to begin by April 3

Collier County’s 2023 Emergency Berm Project is expected to begin the first week of April. The project, approved by county commissioners in January in response to major sand loss due to Hurricane Ian, will place 20-to-30-feet-wide, knee-high berms along the county’s coast.  Naples City Council discussed this week how the project will be carried out […]

Palmera on the River project receives 18-month extension in downtown Fort Myers

Palmera on the River, a planned 239-unit multifamily community, was approved for an 18-month extension by the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Board of Commissioners.  The 2-acre vacant lot, 2543 First St., was undeveloped for several decades. Since the site is within walking distance of the downtown River District, it remains one of the city’s […]