AVE MARIA, BABCOCK RANCH AMONG TOP MASTER-PLANNED COMMUNITIES IN THE NATION
Ave Maria in Collier County and Babcock Ranch in Charlotte County are among the top-selling, master-
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REPORT SHOWS HIGH RENT COSTS MAKING IT HARD TO LIVE IN MOST OF FLORIDA
High-rent costs are making it harder for many people to make ends meet in Florida, and that especially includes Southwest Florida – one of the most expensive areas to rent in the state. According to the Out of Reach 2021 report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, an individual would have to make more than $26 an hour to afford housing in parts of Collier County. On average, someone would have to work nearly three full-time jobs at minimum wage to afford a two-bedroom rental home. According to the report, one of the top five most expensive areas to rent is the Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island area, where renters would need to make $55,000 annually on average to live comfortably. The salaries needed to live comfortably in Cape Coral and Fort Myers are almost $48,000 each year and more than $42,000 in Punta Gorda, WINK News reports.
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PARKING TOUGHER AT FORT MYERS BEACH AS MARGARITAVILLE RESORT CONSTRUCTION NEARS
Finding parking when you visit Fort Myers Beach is more challenging as construction is set to begin soon for the Margaritaville Resort, which took 100 parking spots in Helmerich Plaza at the base of the Matanzas Pass Bridge. Until resort construction begins in mid-August, expect infrastructure work on sewer, electric and stormwater lines. The goal is to build the 254-room resort with restaurants and entertainment amenities in two years. Town Councilman Bill Veach said there’s still public parking available under the bridge and at beach access points, as well as private parking along the island, WINK News reports.
COMHAR PARTNERS ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICE IN NAPLES
Comhar Partners, a national leader in retained executive search and professional recruiting, opened an office
CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD BROKERS SALE OF COMMERCIAL PROPERTY IN FORT MYERS
William Forenski purchased 2.88 acres of vacant commercial land at 1381 Betmar Blvd., just west of U.S. 41, in North Fort Myers from Alger RE Investment Properties LLC for $199,000. Representing the buyer and the seller in negotiating the transaction were Gary Tasman, CEO and principal broker, and Shawn Stoneburner, senior director and broker, of Cushman and Wakefield | Commercial Property Southwest Florida LLC.
FIFTH AVENUE SOUTH WELCOMES CAROLYN’S DESIGNER CONSIGNMENT
The Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District announced the addition of Carolyn’s Designer Consignment to downtown
HENDERSON FRANKLIN ADDS ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEY BRICK
The Fort Myers law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., announces the addition of trust and estate planning attorney Daniel “D.J.” Brick, who holds a Master of Laws in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. Brick is admitted to practice in all state courts in Florida, Michigan and the District of Columbia. Prior to joining Henderson Franklin, Brick worked for one of the nation’s top Am100 law firms in Washington, D.C. In 2021, Best Lawyers in America named Brick to its “Ones to Watch” list. He graduated with a B.A. in business administration from Michigan State University, and a J.D. from MSU’s College of Law, cum laude. Between degrees, Brick served in the U.S. Navy.
BOY PROMOTED TO EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM AT CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD
After a record-setting second quarter of commercial real estate transactions, Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Property Southwest Florida expanded its executive team by promoting Lane Boy, CCIM, to the role of executive director-
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