This Week in Real Estate: Sept. 17-23

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Closed sales activity in the Naples area housing market maintained steady momentum through August with a 35.2% increase in overall closed sales, from 812 closed sales in August 2019 to 1,098 closed sales this August, according to the August 2020 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS (NABOR), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island). Home buying activity in Naples during the last three months exceeded the activity reported in the first three months of 2020, more typically known as peak resident season. Broker analysts reviewing the report predict this momentum—driven from more closed sales, more new pending sales, and more new listings compared to a year ago—will set the Naples area housing market up for continued positive performance into the fall months. To view the entire report, visit

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Fort Myers wants to improve parts of the city where neighbors are currently stuck looking at unappealing lots, vacant properties or both. It would take abandoned lots and convert them into affordable homes. Councilman Fred Burson told WINK News that the goal of the Fort Myers infill housing program is to put vacant plots of land in the city to good use. In addition to promoting new construction in Fort Myers, the goal of the project is to also give new homeowners an affordable opportunity. A plot of land made available through the program went on sale for $4,000 and sold for $500. “We give it to them at a discounted rate in exchange for building on it within the next three years,” Burson says.
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Plans to build 100,000 homes in part of eastern Collier County are being met with opposition. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is fighting to protect the area’s wetlands and wildlife habitat and wants a say in new rules to manage the growth in this section of the county, WINK News reports. Thousands of homes are planned on 300 square miles of mainly undeveloped land in part of the 185,000 acres known as the Rural Lands Stewardship Area (RLSA). The Conversancy of Southwest Florida said that if the RSLA downsizes plans for its development footprint, it will reduce costs for new roads, maintenance, utilities and emergency services. A public hearing to discuss changes for this area of eastern Collier County’s growth was scheduled for Sept. 17.


Construction has begun on a dozen new coach homes in the Viansa neighborhood at Talis Park a master-planned community in Naples. The new coach homes from WCI, a Lennar company, feature 1,710 and 2,376 square feet of living space, three bedrooms, two baths, and private two-car garages. Second-floor homes with elevator access offer a study. With an open great room design, Viansa coach homes feature expansive lanais and loggias that enhance the indoor-outdoor connection and offer lush preserve views. Starting in the high $500,000s, the coach homes are scheduled for completion in spring 2021. For more information, visit




South Cleveland Habana Properties LP purchased two fully leased office buildings totaling 16,880 square feet at 8771 College Pkwy., Fort Myers, from MedSup Development LLC for $2.5 million. Stan Stouder, CCIM and Randal Mercer of CRE Consultants represented the seller and Invest Florida LLC represented the buyer in negotiating the transaction.


A 6700-square-foot industrial building at 3538 Plover Ave., and the adjacent half-acre lot at 3534 Plover Ave., both located in the White Lake Park of Commerce in East Naples, sold for $1.5 million. The seller was Schardt Properties LLC and the buyer was GWE Realty LLC. Ed Boeder of SWFL Properties represented the seller in negotiating the transaction.


Soflor Realty LLC purchased a 3.25-acre commercial-zoned site at 2719 Fourth Street W., Lehigh Acres, from G & D All Services Inc. for $300,000. Fred Kermani, CCIM, AIA of CRE Consultants represented the seller and Barry Gionfriddo of Treeline Realty Corp represented the buyer in negotiating the transaction.


Naples Classical Academy (NCA), a new classical curriculum K-12 charter school, has selected a location for its campus at 10270 Immokalee Road, just east of Collier Boulevard in North Naples. The $20-million campus will feature a two-story 70,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility with sports and recreational fields. A future development phase, including a 14,000-square-foot gymnasium, is also planned. The 17-acre property is the current location of Fogg’s Nursery, which is relocating. NCA is the third charter school to be launched and managed by The Optima Foundation, a Naples-based organization founded to support the establishment and expansion of superior quality schools of choice in Florida. Its other two schools under management are Treasure Coast Classical Academy and Jacksonville Classical Academy. Currently in the permitting process, construction is expected to start soon with Summit Construction Management Group. Peninsula Engineering will provide engineering services, and NOVA will provide inspection services for the project.


Gulfshore Playhouse is forging ahead with record progress on its new Cultural Campus thanks to the support of local Neapolitans and business leaders. A bipartisan group known as the East of 41 Coalition, led by Michael Wynn, has formed to demonstrate support for the Naples Community Redevelopment Agency to accept Gulfshore Playhouse’s land donation offer for a municipal parking garage on First Avenue South that would not only support programming at the theater, but serve various retailers, restaurants and shops. The theater’s location also supports the City of Naples’ redevelopment plans for the East of 41 downtown area. The new Baker Theatre and Education Center on the Gulfshore Playhouse Cultural Campus will feature two new state-of-the-art theaters and spur more than $20 million annually in anticipated economic activity within the city, according to a news release. Naples Square resident and art collector Anthony Petullo has also committed his public support for the new theater and education center with a $250,000 gift for the Garden Lounge at the new building, scheduled to break ground early 2021. Throughout the summer, Gulfshore Playhouse also made record progress on the design of the new building, completing nearly 100% of the construction documents phase. The campus is designed by H3/Arquitectonica under the creative direction of Bernardo Fort-Brescia. For more information about The Next Stage Capital Campaign and fundraising efforts, contact Kimberly Dye at


Naples City Council unanimously accepted the preliminary and final plat of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club property last week, following the Planning Advisory Board’s Aug. 12 recommendation regarding redevelopment plans for the nearly 125-acre historic resort on the Gulf. Council’s actions were necessitated after a review of the site plan by city staff identified a discrepancy between parcel boundaries and the zoning district boundaries within the project. Certain parcels and elements of the project were located within two zoning districts — a planned development and a residential district. The Athens Group development team plans to subdivide the property to create multiple tracts that are consistent with the zoning district boundaries established by prior rezoning petitions for 851 and 852 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., 1090 Crayton Road, and 485, 801 and 825 South Golf Drive. The resort’s golf course will remain in operation but a proposed major overhaul of the beachfront strip will see new lodging and residential buildings, including a 220-room luxury hotel and 185 condominiums for a property to be renamed Naples Beach Club Hotel, Residences and Golf Course.


Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida recently broke ground in East Naples for a 20,000-square-foot store, which is targeted to open in late March or early April, weather permitting, said Carolyn Johnson, vice president of communications and development for Goodwill. The store will be in Egrets Crossing on the southwest corner of Davis and Santa Barbara boulevards. “This store will have a covered donation drop-off/drive-thru to facilitate donors making donations at the store and 100-plus parking spots to accommodate our shoppers,” Johnson says. “Approximately 40 to 50 new jobs will be created with the opening of this store. Most employees will be hired at least 30 days before the doors open to the public.”



The grand opening was Sept. 19 for Kava Culture Kava Bar in The Pavilion shopping center in North Naples. This is Kava’s sixth regional location, but the first in Collier County for a bar with a menu of euphoric kava, energizing kratom elixirs, kombucha tea and other plant-based beverages. All drinks are buy-one-get-one this week. For now, the venue will be open 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. but Kava Bar Naples eventually will provide a late-late-night scene in the Naples area because it will be open nearly around the clock: 7 a.m. to 4 a.m. “This is so different from anything people are accustomed to, especially in Naples,” says Jacqueline Rusher, who co-owns the business with her sister, Caroline. The new location is at 8925 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 60, where the two legs of the retail center meet at the northwest corner of U.S. 41 and Vanderbilt Beach Road. For more information, call 239-431-5931 or go to


Ollie’s Bargain Outlet launches at 9 a.m. today, Wednesday, in the Springs Plaza anchor space Winn-Dixie vacated last year next to LA Fitness on the southeast corner of U.S. 41 and Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs. The Pennsylvania-based retail chain, promoted as “Good Stuff Cheap,” has more than 360 no-frills stores of closeout merchandise and excess inventory of name-brand items such as housewares, hardware, sporting goods, toys, flooring and food. The fast-growing chain has 28 other locations in Florida, including stores in south Fort Myers and Port Charlotte.


After a false start before COVID-19 sidelined the business and a Mercedes-Benz SUV drove into its building in mid-March, Revive MedSpa revived itself this summer with a fresh business model in new offices at Bonita Bay Professional Center off U.S. 41 in Bonita Springs. Christina Thomas co-owns and operates the local mind, body and healing center with her husband, Charles Patti, and Lisa Colando. Dr. Andrew Ferber is Revive’s medical director and in-house psychiatrist. Revive focuses on a holistic, healing journey approach to health and well-being using ketamine treatments to assist people with chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and addiction issues. Revive, 3541 Bonita Bay Blvd., Suite 200, is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 239-908-9958 or go to


The next location of Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria is targeted to open before the end of 2020 at Logan Landings in North Naples. The restaurant and bar are being built out in the unit next door to Pet Supermarket and nearest the Logan Boulevard entrance to the retail center at Logan and Immokalee Road. A construction crew recently replaced the windows on the north side of the unit with overhead doors to open up the restaurant space. The first area location of Felipe’s Taqueria launched five years ago at Park Shore Plaza in Naples and a second opened in Fort Myers Beach in 2018.

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Summus Property Owners LLC leased a 9,123-square-foot space located at Shoppes at Plantation, 6800 Shoppes at Plantation Drive, Suite100, Fort Myers, to 70720 Partners LLC. Matt Stepan, CCIM and Jeffrey Clapper of Premier Commercial Inc. represented the landlord and Adam Palmer of LandQwest Commercial LLC represented the tenant.
NCH Inc. leased 5,034 square feet of space at Vanderbilt Commons, 7211 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Vanderbilt Commons | Land Trust is the landlord. Ryan Paiva, an agent at Welsh Companies FL Inc., was the listing agent.
Comprehensive Logistics Co. LLC leased 4,365 square feet of office space from Drackett & Ott Enterprises LLC, located at 8200 Health Center Blvd., Suite 101B, Estero. Clint L. Sherwood, CCIM of Investment Properties Corp. represented the landlord and Tiffany Luongo of SVN Lotus represented the tenant.
Summus Property Owners LLC leased a 3,270-square-foot space located at Shoppes at Plantation, 6810 Shoppes at Plantation Drive, Suite 10, Fort Myers, to Glamour Paws of Florida LLC. Matt Stepan, CCIM and Jeffrey Clapper of Premier Commercial Inc. represented the landlord and Carlos Acosta of Commercial Real Estate Services of SWFL Inc. represented the tenant.
Workroom Studio LLC, an upholstery and home furnishings company, leased 3,250 square feet of showroom and warehouse space at 9786 Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs. The landlord was J&K Bonita Group LLC. Ed Boeder of SWFL Properties represented the tenant and the landlord in the transaction.
Allied Ventures Group LLC leased a 2,812-square-foot space located at 10981 Harmony Park, Unit 2, Bonita Springs, from Weiss Property Holdings LLC. Matt Stepan, CCIM and Jeffrey Clapper of Premier Commercial Inc. negotiated the transaction.
Rupert’s Karate Academy Inc. leased 2,441 square feet at the Davis Plaza, 2795 Davis Blvd., Naples. Thomas Schulte is the landlord. The listing agent was James Doane at Welsh Companies FL Inc.
Larue Pest Management Inc. leased a 2,400-square-foot office space in the International Business Center at 13881 Plantation Road, Suite 11, Fort Myers, from International Flex SWFL LLC. Randal Mercer of CRE Consultants and LSI Companies negotiated the transaction.
ECS Florida LLC leased a 2,100-square-foot office space at 13850 Treeline Ave., Suite 4, Fort Myers, from 13850 Treeline Commerce LLC. Randal Mercer of CRE Consultants negotiated the transaction.
Two Brothers Contracting LLC leased 1,754 square feet at the Ming Building, 4584 Enterprise Ave., Naples. Ming & Kwang Development Corp. Ming & Kwang Development Corp. is the landlord. Ryan Paiva, an agent at Welsh Companies FL Inc., was the listing agent.
Wholesome Hounds leased 1,050 square feet at Davis Plaza, 2795 Davis Blvd., Naples. Thomas Schulte is the landlord. The listing agent was James Doane at Welsh Companies FL Inc. The tenant agent was Tamara Arnold at Arnold & Arnold LLC.
Chief Pride Judo Club Development Program Inc. leased a 1,000-square-foot retail space at 11300 Lindbergh Boulevard, Suite 111, Fort Myers, from Dogwood Development Inc. Randal Mercer of CRE Consultants represented the lessor and Jeff Forsythe of Lee & Associates represented the lessee in negotiating the transaction.



Bill Pinho

Bill Pinho has been named director of community patrol at Babcock Ranch, America’s first solar-powered town. Pinho brings more than three decades of law enforcement experience with the City of Elizabeth Police Department in New Jersey, serving as patrol platoon commander, captain of detectives investigations commander, and office of the chief of police internal affairs commander. In his new role at Babcock Ranch, Pinho will create a patrol force for the town’s residential and retail community, head special event patrol operations, and serve as a liaison with local law enforcement and public safety organizations. Babcock Ranch was created by Kitson & Partners with respect for the natural environment and the philosophy that smart growth and sustainability work hand in hand. For more information, visit


Robert Gurdian

LSI Companies Inc. welcomes Robert Gurdian as its director of accounting. Gurdian will be working alongside the chief financial officer to provide financial governance and is responsible for the timely completion of month-end financial statements, operational budgets, internal analyses, and payroll. Robert received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Illinois State University and brings over 25 years of construction, real estate and development experience to the company.

John R. Wood Properties added seven new agents throughout the month of August. In Collier County, Theresa BockaBarbara MorleyDavid Peterson, and Robin Rozankowski have joined the Central, North Naples and Marco Island offices. In Lee County, Lance Tyo and Mary Vogt have joined the Bonita Springs office, while Jacquline Guadagna has joined the Cape Coral office. John R. Wood Properties is the Southwest Florida representative of LeadingRE. For more information, visit


Residential Options of Florida (ROOF) received a $7,500 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to create a Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program. The grant will support ROOF’s mission to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to successfully obtain and maintain affordable and inclusive housing of their choice. This $7,500 grant will allow ROOF to increase housing opportunities for low-income residents with developmental disabilities. ROOF will provide financial assistance and case management for tenants with disabilities in Collier County so they can afford to rent a home for no more than 30% of their gross income. A case manager will help residents develop a self-sufficiency plan that addresses the development of life skills, employment skills, and financial literacy skills. Participants can remain in the program for up to two years. The program is scheduled to launch on Oct. 1.

Burns Family Team

The Burns Family Team, top-producing sales associates with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Sanibel and Captiva offices, have achieved a recording-breaking $21 million in closed transactions in August. The team, consisting of Jeff and Tiffany Burns, Joe and Joan Burns, John and Denice Beggs, Kathy Haungs, Tim Drobnyk, and Shaelyn Dimiceli, has more than a century-and-a-half combined real estate experience. In business on Sanibel and Captiva Islands for the last 35 years, they achieved over $1 billion in total sales volume. For more details, visit

Royal Shell Real Estate recognizes its top producers for August 2020. In the Sanibel/Captiva Office, the Top Listing Producers Team is McMurray & Members; the Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners is Maureen Ahmed; the Top Sales Producers Team is Newman/Panico; and the Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners is Trevor Nette. In the Fort Myers Office, the Top Listing Producers Team is Team Stacey; the Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners is Troy De Mond; the Top Sales Producers Team is Team Stacey; and the Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners is Troy De Mond. In the Cape Coral Office, the Top Listing Producers Team is The Koffman Group; the Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners is Paula Towell; the Top Sales Producers Team is The Koffman Group; and the Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners is Ron Cotorakas. In the Bonita Springs Office, the Top Listing Producers Team is The Lummis Team; the Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners is Tammy Workman; the Top Sales Producers Team is The Lummis Team; and the Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners is Deb Adams-Bateman. In the Naples – Park Shore Office, the Top Listing Producers Team is Smuk-Ekovich; the Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners is Justine Hine; the Top Sales Producers Team is The Roboci Team; and the Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners is Mary Ellen Bonelli. In the Naples – Fifth Ave. Office, the Top Listing Producers Team is The Epifanio Team; the Top Listings Producer Individual/Partners is Liz Appling; the Top Sales Producers Team is Juliano/Keegan Team; and the Top Sales Producers Individual/Partners is Ralph Galietti.

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