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Real Estate Briefs 9-13

September 13, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association facilitates relief efforts for Bahamas

The Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association is spearheading an effort to bring urgently needed relief to the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

RPCRA, which has offices in Fort Myers and Cape Coral, is the National Association of Realtors' Ambassador Association to the Bahamas, and recently hosted its Bahamian counterparts at an association event in Fort Myers.

Josh Burdine, president of the RPCRA said that while infrastructure is a longer-term problem, the basic day-to-day needs of storm victims are something where RPCRA members can offer immediate assistance. The immediate need is for basic supplies and personal hygiene items, according to Burdine.

Burdine has been in contact with officials from the Bahamas Real Estate Association, who suggest that donations of goods and money be facilitated only through HeadKnowles, a Bahamian nonprofit group. Monetary donations can be made directly to HeadKnowles via the nonprofit's GoFundMe page.

Donations for distribution through HeadKnowles may be dropped off at any of RPCRA's three offices in Lee County: 2840 Winkler Ave., Fort Myers; 17640 South Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers; or 918 SE 46th Lane, Cape Coral. Members of the association and the public are urged to donate.

RPCRA will monitor receipt and deliver supplies to HeadKnowles for delivery and distribution in the Bahamas for those in need.

For more information, visit

REIS to meet Thursday

Developers, government leaders and real estate experts will address the dynamics of development and redevelopment in coastal areas at the 2019 Real Estate Symposium to be held in Estero on Sept. 19. The annual event is presented by the Real Estate Investment Society in partnership with the Lutgert College of Business at FGCU, the Calusa Chapter of the Florida Planning & Zoning Association and the Promised Lands Chapter of the American Planning Association Florida.

Leading developers and consultants will address site selection and development strategies, regulatory and construction issues and sea level rise and environmental concerns. Local development trends and impacts will be discussed by a panel of industry experts and government officials, moderated by Sean Ellis, Esq., of Roetzel & Andress.

The symposium will begin with registration and continental breakfast at 8 a.m. and the program 8:30 a.m. to noon, Sept. 19, at The Club at Grandezza on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway at Corkscrew Road. Admission is $35 for members of REIS, FPZA or ULI and $50 for all other interested persons, with the exception of FGCU students who may attend at no charge. Admission includes snacks and refreshments. Seating is limited and reservations are required by Sept. 16. AICP credits are pending approval. Reservations may be made online at

REIS is an independent professional organization, dedicated to assisting members in the effective utilization of real estate through networking, education, public service, and a common voice on pertinent issues. REIS information and program schedule are available at

Wright Construction Group fills several positions

Wright Construction Group has hired Scott Robbins, Christopher Hunt, Eric Oberg and Ryan Smith for several key positions throughout the organization, including senior estimator, assistant project manager and superintendent.

As senior estimator, Robbins is responsible for evaluating requests for estimates, conducting cost analysis and preparing complete estimates on large and complex projects. He brings with him more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry. Most recently, he spent 23 years with Lee Kennedy Company in Boston, where he held a variety of positions, including vice president and purchasing director.

Hunt and Oberg have been hired as assistant project managers. In this role, they are responsible for coordinating contract administration, change orders, submittals, material procurement, scheduling and budget control.

A University of Florida graduate, Hunt has 20-plus years of experience in construction management and has completed a many reputable projects throughout Southwest Florida. He is also a qualified stormwater management inspector.

Oberg earned a bachelor of science degree in construction management from Central Connecticut State University. Prior to joining Wright Construction Group, he worked at TerraSmart in Fort Myers as a project manager overseeing installation projects involving solar racking systems and ground screw foundations.

As a superintendent, Smith will oversee the operations of the construction site from planning to completion. His daily responsibilities include scheduling, supervising activities and tasks, and ensuring the safety and compliance of the site. Prior to joining Wright Construction Group, Smith worked for Lennar Homes as a construction project manager, overseeing residential and commercial projects through completion.

For more information, call (239) 481-5000. Wright Construction Group has been serving clients in Southwest Florida since 1981. The multi-discipline firm provides expertise in civil, environmental, and all facets of building construction services. The company's main office is located at 5811 Youngquist Road in Fort Myers.

Stevens Construction completes Legacy Dental Studio

Stevens Construction has completed Legacy Dental Studio, a 3,033-square-foot dental office for Dr. Angela M. Nash, announced Mark Stevens, president, Stevens Construction.

Legacy Dental Studio, a family and cosmetic dental practice, includes an expanded treatment room, laboratory, consultation room, staff lounge, offices, reception and lobby. Located at 12630 New Brittany Blvd., Legacy Dental Studio is now open for business.

The Stevens Construction team included project manager, Jon Zander; superintendent, Jim Ruby; and project administrator, Rebeccah Hamilton. GMA Architects was the architect of record.

With offices in Fort Myers, Tampa and Orlando, Stevens Construction specializes in providing construction management, general contracting and consulting services to clients and design professionals. Other services include site and design team selection, budgeting, project scheduling, permitting, cost and quality control and warranty service. The company builds healthcare, commercial and hospitality facilities. For information, visit or call 239-936-9006.

Only 17 lots remain in Horse Creek

Horse Creek, a luxury estate community in Fort Myers, has just 17 lots remaining for sale. As one of the few subdivisions in Southwest Florida offering minimum one-acre lots, Horse Creek offers a natural setting on the Orange River, and welcoming Old Florida home designs by exclusive builder and developer Daniel Wayne Homes Inc.

Originally started in 2006, Horse Creek embraces a more traditional sense of living and style including space for extra garages, outbuildings and more. The community was designed as an exclusive enclave with only 113 total lots.

Every lot is a minimum of 1-acre in size, in keeping with the rules of the Buckingham Preserve area and starts at $95,000. Base pricing for the custom estate homes start at $352,900 with lot and home packages starting in the low $400s. Buyers have the opportunity to choose from one of 16 floorplans or build an entirely custom home on the acre of their dreams. Additional options include oversized garages for RVs and boats, as well as double lots.

Horse Creek, located off Orange River Boulevard in Fort Myers, features estate-sized homes built throughout 220 acres of lush, green preserve. The neighborhood features a fitness trail and community park for kayaking, barbequing, picnicking,and more. The possibilities are endless in Horse Creek. For more information contact Jason Chodakowsky at (239) 332-7335 or visit

Daniel Wayne Homes has been building homes in the Tri-County area since 1992. As the developer and exclusive builder of Horse Creek, as well as the developer of Coconut Creek, Caloosa Creek and Hammock Creek, Daniel Wayne Homes has acquired a reputation for building neighborhoods and communities, as well as fine custom homes. For more information, visit

Brown to be featured speaker at The Docks Expo in Nashville

Robert Brown, the owner and president of GCM Contracting Solutions, will be presenting his company's latest innovations to an international audience of marina industry leaders in December.

Brown, who founded GCM in 1988, will address the advantages of drystack automation and tilt-up construction at The Docks Expo, a three-day conference attended by marina and dock owners, boatyard operators, marine product manufacturers and distributors, engineers, consultants and government officials.

GCM has drawn international attention for its construction of a smart marina that will be the world's first to feature stacker crane technology. Once completed, the fully automated, multi-level system at Gulf Star Marina on Fort Myers Beach will replace the traditional forklift method used in drystack boat storage with an electric railed solution, offering quick rack-to-water vessel delivery.

The Fort Myers-based company also is a leader in tilt-up construction, a type of construction in which the framework for walls is built directly on site, embedded with rebar and filled with concrete before cranes lift walls into place. Tilt-up is known for its sturdiness, fire safety protection and hurricane resistance, and facilities often are built in less time and at lower costs than other traditional construction methods.

The Docks Expo will be held Dec. 3-5 in Nashville, Tenn., and is produced by Marina Dock Age, a monthly magazine dedicated to marina and boatyard management. GCM and Gulf Star Marina were featured in the publication last year after the project broke ground.

The GCM family of companies includes GCM Contracting Solutions Inc., Coastal Erosion Protection System, Safe Harbour Dry Stacks and ASAR. For more information, call 239-334-8800 or visit

GATES completes construction at Estero Grande Site

GATES Construction has completed The Shoppes at Estero Grande, a new retail center located on the west side of U.S. 41 and Estero Parkway. The new retail center features multiple storefronts, including Zoom Tan and Starbucks. The project consisted of site work for the retail center as well as the entire Estero Grande site which included a lake that was constructed to provide storm water retention as well as a water source for landscape irrigation. New water, fire lines, sanitary sewer and storm piping was provided to all areas of the property to support future development, which includes a multifamily condominium complex. Architectural design for The Shoppes at Estero Grande was provided by Gersdorf & Gersdorf.

For over 25 years, GATES has provided award-winning construction management, general contracting and design-build services throughout the Southeast United States and Latin America. Their diverse portfolio of commercial, multi-family, industrial, healthcare, and club and hospitality projects showcases numerous landmarks constructed over the past quarter of a century. As Florida's premier builder, GATES serves its clients from offices in Bonita Springs, Sarasota and Palm Beach Gardens. For more information on GATES, please call (239) 593-3777 or visit the website at

Neal Communities' South Region recognized with Avid Award for homebuyer ratings

Neal Communities, a private homebuilder, was recognized by Avid Ratings with an Avid Benchmark Award for high customer satisfaction. Neal earned the award for the company's South region, encompassing nine communities from Fort Myers to Naples.

The ranking service scores homebuilders throughout the U.S. and Canada for ranking the highest with their customers on homebuying experience surveys. The scores evaluate the total homebuying experience, the willingness to refer and the actual number of recommendations a homebuyer has made. Award winners were chosen from data collected between January and December 2018.

Avid Awards span four categories: Avid Cup, Avid Gold, Avid Diamond and Avid Benchmark. Neal was recognized with an Avid Benchmark Award for both its Boca Royale community and its south region as a whole. The ranking places Neal Communities among the top 5 builders in the Southeast region for customer satisfaction.

To view the full Avid Awards list, visit

Neal Communities is based in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., and in its nearly 50-year history, it has built over 14,000 new homes in more than 90 communities from Tampa to Naples. Additional Neal Communities brands include Neal Signature Homes, Neal Land Ventures, Charlene Neal PureStyle, Waterscapes Pools & Spas, Neal Communities Funding and Allegiant Title Professionals. For more information, please visit



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