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KOVA Partners Celebrates Successful Merger in Southwest Florida

September,7,2014

You don’t have to be a real estate professional to know that there’s much more to owning and managing commercial property than collecting rents and changing light bulbs. But even the most seasoned investors sometimes need expert advice and assistance in order to maximize their profits and reduce their risk. That’s why many owners and investors in Southwest Florida are turning to KOVA Partners, LLC, for professional real estate asset management.

Saad Law Office Recognized for Leadership

The Law Office of Sam J. Saad III has been named a member of Attorneys’ Title Fund Service’s President’s Circle.

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LandQwest Expands Services With TaxCuts1 Alliance

LandQwest Asset Recovery, in conjunction with its sister company, LandQwest Commercial, has formed a strategic alliance with TaxCuts 1, Inc., to provide property tax appeal services in Southwest Florida.

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Sales and Leasing News from Lee & Associates

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

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LeVan Asset Management Reports Uptick in Leasing

Terris LeVan, of LeVan Asset Management Corp. in Fort Myers, negotiated the following new leases during the second quarter:

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Bonita Bay Club Buys On-Site Medical Center

The Bonita Bay Medical Centre, a 70,000sf office building in Bonita Springs, was recently sold to the Bonita Bay Club for $4.25 million.

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Ted Todd Insurance Names Estrada as New CSR

David Estrada has joined the Ted Todd Insurance Agency as a customer service representative at its Fort Myers office in the Arborgate Shopping Center on Colonial Boulevard. He recently graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor’s degree in finance and holds a Florida 4-40 insurance license.

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GCG Construction Recognized in Local Business Poll

GCG Construction, Inc., finished near the top in two different categories in this year’s Gulfshore Business Best of Business awards. Based on the results of an online readers’ poll, GCG was one of three finalists for Best Commercial Builder and Best Remodeling Company honors.

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Stevens Construction Earns National Ranking

Stevens Construction has been ranked as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., earning a position on the Inc. 5000 list for 2014. Based in Fort Myers, the healthcare and commercial construction management and design-build firm reported revenue growth of 88 percent over the past three years.

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SunTrust Building Sells For $17.5 Million

The 70,000sf SunTrust Building in Naples was recently sold to Steelbridge Capital for $17.5 million. The seven-story, Class-A office building is in Pelican Bay on U.S. 41, adjacent to the Waterside Shops.

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Van Vliet Joins Commercial Division at RE/MAX

Annette Van Vliet has joined RE/MAX Realty Group’s Commercial Division as an investment specialist with the Frye Commercial Group. She is specializing in office, land, retail, industrial, farm/ranch, hospitality, multi-family and business opportunities.

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Mercato Announces New Tenants

Tommy Bahama and Paper Source are among the many new tenants that continue to flock to Mercato in north Naples. Both are expected to open before the end of the year.

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Ford’s Garage Gets Green Light to Use Namesake’s Brand

In a licensing agreement with the automaker, Ford’s Garage has been granted official permission to use the Ford Motor Company brand.

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Scott Robertson Chosen to Present at International Event

Scott Robertson, a 20-year veteran auctioneer and principal of Scott Robertson Event Fundraising Consultants/Auctioneers, was selected to present at the National Auctioneer Association’s (NAA) 65th International Auctioneers Conference and Show held in Louisville, Kentucky in July. The NAA is the world’s largest association dedicated to professional auctioneers.

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CRE’s Wallace Negotiates Significant Lease for Naples Charter School

Recently, CRE Consultants’ Dave Wallace, CCIM, facilitated Mason Classical Academy’s (MCA) lease of 62,586sf of office space for its new charter school.

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Creighton Commercial, Ada’s To Sponsor Rotary Club Benefit Gala

Creighton Commercial Development and Ada’s Natural Market have pledged $25,000 in support of the inaugural Law and Order Ball.

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  • Reuben’s Smokehouse

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    One thing that Arvey Krise and her son, Reuben Sliva, have discovered as restaurateurs is that home cooking never goes out of style. Case in point: Reuben’s Smokehouse, located at 11506 South Cleveland Avenue, next to Dunkin’s Diamonds in Fort Myers.

  • Rib City

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    Famous for its award-winning ribs and barbecue, Rib City is gaining recognition for another reason these days: Longevity. In May, the family-owned, national chain of barbecue restaurants turned 25 — a rare distinction that places it among Southwest Florida’s restaurant elite.

  • Cape Cod Fish Company

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    From the day it opened last fall, Cape Cod Fish Company (CCFC) has attracted two types of customers: (1) New Englanders who miss the clam shacks back home and (2) seafood lovers who had no idea what they’d been missing until their first visit. Either way, chef Joseph Faria’s tiny south Fort Myers restaurant has been a big hit with customers craving fresh, cold-water seafood.

  • 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.