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Guest opinion: Stock Development, building association, industry partners serve the community

November 10, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The building industry plays an important role in Southwest Florida's

economy. Construction-related industries are responsible for thousands of

jobs in our community today, and that number is finally rising again.

We can see this recovery through the work of Builders Care, the non-profit

arm of the Lee Building Industry Association. Since 2005, local builders and

service providers have donated their time, money, materials and labor to

renovate homes for residents in need in Southwest Florida.

At the start of 2012, local builder/developer Stock Development signed on to

be a Certified Building Partner with Builders Care. Not only did Stock

Development pledge a donation of $100 per each home sale throughout the year

in their PASEO community, but when they heard the compelling needs of a

local family, Stock Development stepped up to the plate.

They see the light at the end of the tunnel for the industry, and for the

Garcia family. In its first three quarters of the year, Stock Development

has seen sales rise and that means more donations to local homeowners in

need, with the best quarter expected to be the fourth quarter. Stock

Development is a community oriented builder with a big heart. They are an

integral part of this community and give back in a meaningful way to those

that need it most.

The Garcia family knows this first hand. Last month, Stock Development

surprised homeowners Bob and Mary Garcia during their church service with

news that their prayers were coming true. Not only was the family of 14

going to get a new roof on their home of 35 years, but since the roof had

been leaking for months and mold was growing, Stock Development announced

they would build them a brand new home in just 17 days, and in time for

Thanksgiving. To make it happen, Stock Development and Builders Care

mobilized more than 75 local companies to join them in getting the job done.

As a result, the family will not only have a new home, but it will be fully

furnished, including appliances.

This project will be No. 130 and helps Builders Care surpass a milestone of

providing more than $2 million in construction services to complete

much-needed home renovations to improve their safety and living conditions.

Please join me in giving thanks to Stock Development and the many companies

and organizations that have joined together to help our neighbors. They are

the heroes of this community. The Garcia family, all 14 of them, would

still be living in deplorable housing conditions if not for their true

commitment to our community. Way to go, Stock Development and all our

Builders Care partners - you are truly making a difference in Southwest


- Michael Reitmann is the president of the Lee Building Industry Association.



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