The 5th Avenue South Business Improvement District
The 5th Avenue South Business Improvement District, Inc. (BID) was established in December 2010. A 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, the BID represents the interests of both property owners and businesses in growing and sustaining a healthy, vibrant 5th Avenue South district.
What is the BID?
The BID provides an ongoing mechanism and dedicated source of revenue used by property owners and merchants to guide the future of their retail and commercial areas. The BID is based on state and local law, which permits property owners and merchants to band together to use the local government’s tax collection powers to “assess” themselves. In Naples, these funds are collected by the county and through the city, returned to the BID and are used for purchasing supplemental services (e.g. advertising, promotions and special events and providing downtown management and administration) beyond those services provided by the city.
The BID is managed by a Board of Directors representative of the district boundaries and includes a ten-year “sunset” provision, whereby the district would require a vote after every ten years but would report annually on goals and objectives accomplished. The City of Naples agrees to maintain the baseline level of services.
Promote brand awareness of the 5th Avenue South Business Improvement District to residents and visitors as THE destination of choice to live, work, shop, dine and play.
Board of Directors
Christopher Shucart is President of JCS Realty Group. JCS Realty Group is locally based in Naples, Florida and has over 50 years of experience in real estate development and investing including: hotels, restaurants, marina, condo conversions, residential & multi-family projects, raw land development, and retail, office, industrial real estate investments. Christopher is married to his beautiful wife Rochelle and they have an adventurous, energetic and sports enthusiast son, Carsten. When Christopher is not working he enjoys spending time with his family. They enjoy many outdoor activities, including boating, fishing, jogging, tennis & traveling.
Vice President & Immediate Past President
Mr. Wynn is current President of Wynn Properties and serves on the Wynn Family Board. A graduate of The University of Florida with a BBA and an MBA concentration in Finance, Mr. Wynn has significant experience in Commercial Real Estate Sales, Leasing, Development and Management. Mr. Wynn represents the property owner category on the Board of Directors.
As a recent graduate of High Point University Joseph McCabe is full of energy and tenacity. He majored in business with a concentration in entrepreneurship. Being one of the few life-long residents of Naples, Joseph has an extensive knowledge of the history of the town and the direction in which it is going. As Vice President of project development at Gulf Coast Commercial Corp, he looks forward to using his day-to-day work to complement the mission of the BID in promoting the growth and flourishment of Downtown Naples.
Jerri and her husband, David, have made a significant investment in 5th Avenue South, having amassed key properties up and down the Avenue as a part of Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate. She grew up in Missouri, in a family of small retailers and graduated from Central Missouri State University with a bachelor of science degree in education. Jerri will bring practical experience to the table as a seasoned community volunteer, having chaired numerous fundraising and philanthropic events and endeavors. She has worked extensively in a variety of roles for HCRE over the years and has been actively involved in the transformation of Avon, Colorado, both with the Town of Avon and as a commercial property owner. She and her husband have a deep love of community and the arts and look forward to becoming involved with the 5th Avenue South family. She will serve as representative of the property owner category.
Jarred Kaplan is the Managing Partner of Provident Jewelry Naples and Fort Myers. Provident Jewelry, a recognized leader in the jewelry industry, has called 5th Avenue South home for 20 years. During his time in Naples, Jarred has supported numerous charities and philanthropic events working closely with the Naples Humane Society and Community School of Naples. He is a Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America and has a bachelor of fine arts degree from the New School of Social Research in New York City. He and his wife, Melissa, have three daughters and enjoy traveling.
Ms. Macdonald is the Managing Broker for the Naples 5th Avenue South Office of Coldwell Banker. She has been in the business for over 25 years, and has held various senior management positions within the company, most recently Regional Vice President for Coldwell Banker CT/NY overseeing 17 offices throughout the Fairfield County, CT region. In addition, Nancy also worked in Commercial Real Estate in San Diego County, California, specializing in investment Properties and the sale and leasing of office and retail space. She is a graduate of Hofstra University with a BA in English Literature. Ms. Macdonald represents the merchant category on the board of directors.