Lee and Collier Counties were included in SmartAsset’s list of “Places Receiving the Most Value for their Property Taxes” in Florida. Lee County ranked No. 2 in the state, while Collier County ranked No. 10. The financial technology company ranked the places where home values have risen the most throughout a five-year period and included metrics on school ratings and effective property tax rates. According to the study, home values in Collier County were among those that rose the most in Florida. For additional information on the study, including the methodology and interactive map, click here
FISHING PIER PROJECT TO BEGIN AT LEE COUNTY’S MATLACHA PARK
Work to replace the fishing pier at Matlacha Park, 4577 Pine Island Road, is anticipated to start Monday, Aug. 3, weather permitting, and the work is expected to be completed in spring 2021. During construction, a dozen parking spaces will be blocked off for equipment staging. In April, Lee County commissioners awarded a contract to Kelly Brothers Inc. for the removal and replacement of the fishing pier, which is more than 50 years old and is closed because it has deteriorated from the elements. The project will include new benches, garbage cans, lighting, fish-cleaning stations and ADA accessibility features at the 9-acre Matlacha Community Park along Matlacha Pass. The $833,805 pier replacement is being funded largely through tourist development taxes collected on short-term lodging rentals.
CAINE PREMIER PROPERTIES NOW POWERED BY KELLER WILLIAMS NAPLES
Effective Aug. 1, Keller Williams Naples
(KW Naples) is expanding its presence in Southwest Florida with an alliance with brokerage firm Caine Premier Properties
. In the Naples area, Caine Premier Properties’ $100 million per year in volume builds on KW Naples’ $200,000-plus million per year in sales volume. Caine Premier Properties’ agents will have immediate access to the “KW Consumer App,” a proprietary app built by Keller Williams and exclusive to its agents. The AI-driven app, developed by partnering with Next Door and Google, is neighborhood-based as opposed to zip code-driven, enabling consumers to create a home search based on neighborhood trends and happenings for a more “lifestyle compatible” search. Caine Premier Properties will be known as “Caine Premier Properties, powered by KW Naples.”
THIRSTY BIKER LAUNCHES MOBILE APP
Thirsty Biker has launched a mobile app geared toward motorcycle riders across the U.S., aimed to let bikers spend less time planning and more time riding. The app, which launched on July 20, helps bikers enhance their ride and enforce their social circle, providing access to events, biker-friendly bars, live music, riding groups and more. This interactive app is now available for download in the Apple and Google app stores. Kenny Pavlovich developed the Thirsty Biker app. For more information, visit thirsty-biker.com
O-A-K COMPLETES SANIBEL CAPTIVA COMMUNITY BANK RENOVATIONS
(O-A-K) has completed renovations of Sanibel Captiva Community Bank’s new Bridge branch location, located at 9311 College Parkway in Fort Myers. The 16,000 square foot, $5 million building is the bank’s eighth and largest location in Southwest Florida. The branch service center is now open to clients and the operations center will be fully occupied by the end of July. The building features two drive-thru lanes, a drive-up ATM, night drop and safe deposit boxes. It also houses the bank’s operations center and over 40 employees, including training facilities and multiple conference rooms. All doors and windows were replaced with new impact-rated systems. Site work included new lighting, paving and landscaping. O-A-K provided pre-construction services including constructability reviews and budget estimates as well as construction management services throughout the project. The O-A-K project manager is Fred Doster. The job site superintendent was Jerry Benson, and Matthew Zwack was the vice president of operations and general superintendent. Abel Natali, O-A-K vice president, was the chief estimator. Moore & Spence Architects P.A. served as the architect.
AREA AGENCY ON AGING PLANS NEW CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS
Seagate Development Group
announced its new contract with the Area Agency on Aging to design and build its new corporate headquarters. Located at 2830 Winkler Ave., the facility will include a floor plan that enhances workflow and productivity. The facility offers 15,876 square feet of small and large private offices, large meeting rooms and co-working spaces for cubicles. The team at Seagate Development Group is overseeing the design and construction management. Upon completion, the new facility with include updated flooring, cabinetry and countertops, acoustical ceiling enhancements, all new windows and doors, new drywall and paint, updated electrical and plumbing, updated bathroom fixtures, and new parking lot additions to assist with handicap accessibility.