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January 6, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Applications available for Down Payment Assistance Program

The Lee County Department of Human and Veteran Services continues to accept applications for the HOME Down Payment Assistance Program.

Residents who meet income qualifications and are purchasing a home in Lee County may be eligible to receive assistance in purchasing the home. To qualify for assistance, you must meet the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's income guidelines, which vary based on household size. For example, a two-person household must have a combined household income of $36,100 or less and a four-person household must have a combined household income of $45,100 or less.

More household income limits, additional qualifications and other program information, including the application, are available at

County issues 85 single-family home permits in December

During December, contractors pulled 85 permits to build single-family houses collectively valued at about $18.5 million in unincorporated Lee County. That compares to 66 permits issued in November and 132 issued in December 2015, according to the Lee County Department of Community Development. Data for 2015 includes permits for the Village of Estero.

Also during December, 12 multi-family units were permitted, compared to 12 in November and 200 in December 2015. Of the permits issued for multi-family units in December 2015, 174 units were in The Reef, an off-campus student housing complex on Shepard Street in Estero.

For the year 2016, Lee County issued 1,171 single-family permits, compared to 1,202 in 2015. Permits were issued for 333 multi-family units in 2016, compared to 2,094 the previous year. The permitted value of all new single- and multi-family dwellings built in 2016 is estimated at $306.6 million.

In December, general commercial activity was valued at $4.1 million for 19 permits, compared to $16.6 million in November and $3.7 million in December 2015.

For all of 2016, Lee County issued 224 permits for general, commercial structures, compared to 221 in 2015. The value of those structures was about $122.7 million, compared to $188 million the previous year.

Lee County Community Development issued 2,863 permits of all kinds during December and 43,443 for all of 2016.

Lee County Community Development oversees planning, zoning, development and building services, environmental review, building inspection, and code enforcement for the unincorporated areas of Lee County.

To learn more about the department and its services, visit

Lee BIA inducts officers, board of directors

The Lee Building Industry Association inducted its 2017 officers and board of directors Dec. 1 at the Blue Coyote Supper Club in Fort Myers. Richard Durling of Marvin Development Corporation will serve as the Lee BIA's 2017 Board of Directors' president. First vice president is Frank Jenkins of Harbourside Custom Homes, second vice president is Randy Thibaut of Land Solutions Inc., secretary is Darin McMurray of Lennar Homes and Butch Ritter of Cape Coral Plumbing will act as treasurer.

Randal L. Mercer of CRE Consultants will serve as past second vice president. George Knott of Knott Ebelini & Hart PA will serve again for 2017 as Lee BIA's legal counsel.

The 2017 Board of Directors are:

* Darryl Aubuchon, Lee County Sheriff's Office

* Carl Barraco, Jr., Barraco & Associates, Government Affairs Chair

* Mike Dannenhauer, Five County Insurance, Membership Chair

* Ted Gaduoury, J. L. Wallace, Commercial Contractors Chair

* Robert Himschoot, Crews Environmental

* Bob Marion, Argos RMX

* Richard McCormick, PulteGroup

* Neale Montgomery, Pavese Law Firm

* Ian R. Moore, D.R. Horton

* Annette Nilles, Nilles Design

* Jeff Richards, Better Buildings, Inc.

* Sherri Rozzi, Norris Furniture and Interiors

* Christopher Spiro, Spiro & Associates, Sales & Marketing Chair

* Gregg Truxton, Bolaos Truxton, P.A.

* Mark Wiles, Wayne Wiles Floor Coverings

The Lee BIA, a not-for-profit organization representing Lee, Hendry and Glades counties, provides a voice for the building industry in the regulatory arena. Membership in the Florida Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders is automatic upon joining the Lee BIA.These combined memberships provide a flow of information at the state and national levels to the local office and directly to the membership, providing status on pertinent actions affecting the industry.

For more information on membership and the various programs available, visit or call 239-936-5525.

Suffolk Construction employees volunteer at Community Cooperative

A dozen Suffolk Construction Southwest Florida team members recently volunteered their time at Community Cooperative in Fort Myers preparing food for the hungry and homeless in the organization's Everyday Caf and for its Meals on Wheels program, as well as cleaning in the kitchens, wrapping holiday gifts for local families in need and landscaping exterior areas.

The mission of Community Cooperative is to eliminate hunger and homelessness in Lee County while simultaneously inspiring and supporting sustained positive change in its clients by delivering innovative food, education and social service programs. It provides more than 15,000 meals each month through several programs, including Meals on Wheels, offer comprehensive homeless series through United Way and provide employment and financial skill classes to help achieve positive life changes.

Since opening its Florida office in 1994, Suffolk Construction has become one of the largest construction management firms in the state. Suffolk provides preconstruction, construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to clients in the health care, transportation, science and technology, education, federal government and commercial sectors.

For additional information about Suffolk Construction Company, visit and/or follow Suffolk on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube and Instagram.



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