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A Conversation with Florida CCIM President-Elect Randy Krise

March,10,2014

In a commercial real estate market dominated by large national firms, independent agents and small brokerages have become the exception rather than the rule. That doesn’t bother Randy Krise, CCIM, broker/owner of Krise Commercial Group in Fort Myers. He began buying, selling and developing real estate on his own 35 years ago in Marietta, Georgia and continues to conduct business as an independent broker.

Sales & Leasing News From Lee & Associates

Commercial agents with Lee & Associates|Naples – Ft. Myers recently closed the following sales and lease transactions in Fort Myers (unless otherwise indicated).

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Jeremy Walsh Joins Landscaping Business

Jeremy Walsh has joined R.S. Walsh Landscaping as project manager. Walsh is a recent graduate of The University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape and Nursery Horticulture.

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GATES Announces New Hires

Dick Missal and Raul Rodriguez have joined GATES as superintendents. Their responsibilities include supervision, quality control, safety and security of the company’s projects, among other duties.

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Boback Commercial Goes Global

Boback Commercial Group in Fort Myers has formed a strategic partnership with iCORE Global, based in San Jose, California.

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CRE’s Richards Assists in Record-Setting Sale of Rental Community

CRE Consultants’ Multi-Housing Group participated in the recent sale of Oceans 52, a 53-unit rental community on Bayshore Drive in south Naples. The location provides convenient access to the shops, restaurants and offices in the city’s downtown district.

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Stacey Cannington Named CCMI’s Community Relations Coordinator

In January, Stacey Cannington was named community relations coordinator for Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc. (CCMI).

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RE/MAX Realty Adds Steve Wood to Commercial Division

Steve Wood has joined RE/MAX Realty Group’s Commercial Division in Fort Myers as a commercial and residential investment property specialist.
Wood, a Florida native, is also a Commercial Investment Professionals (CIP) member. To contact him, please call 239-489-0444.

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Grant Reid Joins CRE Consultants

Fort Myers-based CRE Consultants has hired Grant Reid as real estate manager. Based out of the Naples office, he will handle a portfolio of five properties.

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VIP Realty – Commercial Reports Sales and Leases

Agents with VIP Realty-Commercial in Fort Myers recently negotiated the following sales and lease transactions. All are in Fort Myers unless otherwise noted.

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Downtown Naples’ Business Improvement District Names Officers and Board Members

The Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District, Inc., has announced its 2014 officers and board of directors.They are: President Skip Quillen, owner of Culinary Concepts; Vice President Stefania Martin, owner of Bellini Restaurant; and Secretary-Treasurer Michael Wynn, president of Sunshine Ace Hardware.

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Trade Publication Names Conditioned Air Best Employer in Region

Conditioned Air Corp. of Naples, Inc., was honored as the “Best Contractor to Work For” in the South by the NEWS, a publication for the air conditioning, heating and refrigeration industry.

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CFS Roofing, Chris-Tel Construction Contribute to PACE Center Renovation

CFS Roofing Services is working with general contractor Chris-Tel Construction on the renovation of the former Richard Milburn Academy in Fort Myers. The facility at 3800 Evans Avenue is the new home of PACE Center for Girls in Lee County.

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Wright Completes Road Improvements Ahead of Schedule

Wright Construction Group recently completed a $10.55 million Florida Department of Transportation roadway improvement project five months ahead of schedule. Located on U.S. 41 (S.R. 90), the road stretches 32.3 miles from S.R. 29 in Collier County to the Miami-Dade County line.

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Construction of Naples Opera Center Underway

Heatherwood Construction has started construction of the new David and Cecile Wang Opera Center on Linwood Avenue in Naples. The new facility will house the rehearsal studio, administrative headquarters and educational facilities for Opera Naples.

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GMA Completes Goodwill Center in Lehigh Acres

GMA Architects and Planners has completed the new Lehigh Acres Goodwill Retail and Donation Center on 2825 Lee Boulevard.

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  • Kearns Restaurant Group’s New Dining Destinations

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    In the history of Lee County, only a handful of local restaurateurs have simultaneously owned and operated multiple restaurants in this market (think Prawnbroker Group, Paul and Craig Peden, and the Phelan family, among others). While most have evolved as a result of slow, steady growth, Kearns Restaurant Group (KRG) has burst onto the scene, fueled by innovative ideas for new restaurants and bars, and the resources to develop, build and manage them.

  • Tom, Dick & Harry’s American Grill

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    Sometimes, the best indication of a great restaurant isn’t what’s on the menu, but the number of cars in the parking lot. If so, that’s a very good sign for Tom, Dick & Harry’s American Grill in south Fort Myers, where the parking lot has been near capacity since opening day several months ago.

  • Broadway Factory

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    There is no shortage of frozen yogurt shops these days, particularly in Southwest Florida. Given the hot climate and consumers’ growing demand for healthful alternatives to traditional ice-cream, the appeal is understandable. But with frozen dessert franchises and locally-operated shops continuing to proliferate, one has to wonder if there’s room for even one more.

  • Square 1 Burgers & Bar

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    Although the term suggests a setback of sorts, finding yourself back at Square 1 means something far different to burger lovers, namely an outstanding meal.
    Located in Page Field Commons in Fort Myers, Square 1 Burgers & Bar is unlike any other casual-dining restaurant on Florida’s west coast and far superior to a typical burger joint. Local diners know that now, but weren’t quite sure what to make of the place when it opened in 2012. Since then, its unique appeal has drawn a growing fan base.

  • Capt’n Fishbones Seafood Grill

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    If you’re looking for a place to have lunch or dinner in Lee County, The Shell Factory & Nature Park may not immediately spring to mind. But that’s likely to change after a visit to Capt’n Fishbones Seafood Grill, a restaurant that seems to be hiding in plain sight within the iconic North Fort Myers attraction.

  • Firestone

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    If you’re going to name a restaurant after one of the great inventors of the 20th century, it behooves you to be a bit inventive yourself. In downtown Fort Myers, the owners of The Firestone have outdone themselves, from concept to cuisine.

  • Ford’s Garage

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    As commerce continues to rev up in downtown Fort Myers, business at Ford’s Garage appears to be in overdrive. From mid-day until late in the evening, near-capacity crowds have filled the sizeable First Street establishment — and its spacious patio — ever since it opened in February 2012.

  • Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria

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    Just because there seems to be a pizza restaurant on every corner in Southwest Florida doesn’t guarantee you’ll find an outstanding pie at any of them. Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria is an exception.

  • Tabo

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    Relocation can be a tricky proposition for restaurateurs, as diners tend to be creatures of habit. Some establishments don’t survive the move, no matter how short the distance or how great their previous success. Others seem to bloom where they’re planted – or in Yabo’s case, transplanted.

  • Elephant Bar

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    It’s one thing for restaurants to be busy when Southwest Florida is filled to the rafters with snowbirds and tourists. Even then, dining rooms tend to empty by 9 p.m. So to find a large restaurant near capacity and still seating diners at 9:30 p.m. during the off season is quite remarkable, especially when it’s located in central Fort Myers.