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July 4, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

95 single-family home permits

pulled in June in county

During June, contractors pulled 95 permits to build single-family houses collectively valued at more than $21.5 million in unincorporated Lee County. That compares to 88 permits issued in May and 94 issued in June 2013, according to the Lee County Department of Community Development.

Also during June, 83 multi-family units were permitted, compared to 173 in May and 29 in June 2013. These include a 65-unit apartment building, part of the Palazzo Del Sol development on Pamplona Run, southwest of McGregor Boulevard and Pine Ridge Road.

General commercial activity was valued at more than $5.3 million for 26 permits, compared to nearly $15 million in May and $8.5 million in June 2013. June's commercial permits include a Chili's restaurant, which is valued at $1.25 million, on an out-parcel of Gulf Coast Town Center.

Lee County Community Development issued 3,676 permits of all kinds during June.

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.

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Pentico new sales associate

at Schooner Bay Realty

Schooner Bay Realty Inc. has welcomed Jennifer Pentico to its growing team of associates.

Pentico brings close to 10 years of experience in the residential and REO/Distressed properties markets. Her demonstrated success aligns itself well with Schooner Bay's 38+ year reputation for exceptional service backed by a solid brand.

Schooner Bay Realty is a full service real estate company servicing Cape Coral, Fort Myers and greater Lee County. For more information, call Dusty Gardner at 239-997-4000 or visit its website at

Elsea completes luxury

home market advanced training

Jones & Co. Realty has announced that broker associate Erik Elsea has completed special training in luxury home marketing from the Sarasota Association of Realtors. Presented by Laurie Moore-Moore, president of the Dallas-based Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, the course provided an in-depth exploration of topics such as demographics of the affluent, lifestyle segmentation, trends and amenities in today's luxury home product and creating a marketing plan for the multimillion dollar property.

The course is a step toward earning the prestigious Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designation, which the institute awards to sales professionals all over the world who meet performance standards in the upper-tier residential market.

Elsea has worked in real estate since 2004 and specializes in the southwest Cape Coral luxury home and condo market. He is also a graduate of the Realtor Institute. Contact Elsea at Jones & Co. Realty at 239-415-5881 or email

JJ Jones is the broker of Jones & Co. Realty, which sells and lists homes, property and condos in Estero, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Sanibel, Captiva, Bonita Springs, Lehigh Acres, South Fort Myers, North Fort Myers, Lee County and Naples. Find out more, and search like an agent for free at, or call 239-415-5881.

Jones & Co. Realty is located at 9403 Cypress Lake Drive, #3, Fort Myers.

LandQwest Commercial represent owner in sale of retail space

Chuck Smith, CCIM, and Carlos Acosta with LandQwest Commercial, represented the seller in the disposition of 8,651 square feet of retail space at 1523 Tropicana Parkway in Cape Coral. 6950 Incorporated purchased the Dollar General, constructed in 2011, for $2,175,000.00.

Acosta is a commercial agent who specializes in office, retail, land and investment sales and leasing throughout Florida's west coast and has resided in South Florida most his life. Smith, CCIM, a native of Fort Myers, specializes in retail and investment properties in Southwest Florida. As a result of the long-term residency, both men offer comprehensive knowledge of the Southwest Florida business community and unique insight into the real estate market.

For more information, visit or call 239-275-4922.

Molitor new-home sales

specialist at Elysium Homes

Ingo Molitor has joined Elysium Homes of Cape Coral and Marco Island as the custom homebuilder's newest, new-home sales specialist, announced company president Irina Prell.

Molitor joins Elysium Homes following a career in the investment banking and fund managing industries for some 25 years in Europe. During his career at Deutsche Bank, one of Europe's biggest banks, he also worked as a trader for stocks, bonds and derivatives in Germany, London and Tokyo. He started his career as a specialist for private wealth management. Arriving in the United States in 2010, Molitor has now set his sights on combining his financial experience with a career in real estate.

Established by general contractor Prell, Elysium Homes launched in 2007 on Captiva Island and has since expanded to other markets in Southwest Florida. As a broker, Prell also owns and operates Elysium Realty Inc., a full-service realty company with extensive local experience that has closed more than 750 transactions over the past three years.

Both companies are located at 3729 Chiquita Blvd., South, Cape Coral. Call 239-229-4444. Online visit

Realtors create meals

for families in need

NAPLES - Over 100 Realtors from Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Sanibel, as well as leaders from Florida Realtors, came together June 20 at Quail West Country Club to meet the candidates for the 2015 Florida Realtors board. The event also provided Florida Realtors President Sherri Meadows with an opportunity to discuss how Realtors can be involved in helping to combat the issue of homelessness across Florida.

After candidate speeches and Meadows presentation, everyone participated in a Meals of Hope meal packing event, which created 20,000 meals for families in need. Meadows and her team are traveling to boards across Florida in the official BELIEVE bus to raise awareness.

The Florida Realtors leadership team, including Meadows, President-elect Andrew Barbar, Vice President Matey Veissi, Treasurer Maria Wells and Secretary Christine Hanson, gave a group presentation on the state of homelessness in Florida. Here are some facts about homelessness in Florida as well as in the immediate area:

- 58 percent of Florida's homeless were living in homes just one year prior to bring surveyed.

- There are 396 homeless in Collier and Hendry counties.

- 257 families, 17 veterans and 26 chronically homeless are currently in shelters in Southwest Florida.

- 1,123 students enrolled in public schools are homeless in Collier County.

For more information on local efforts to combat homelessness, please consider donating your time or attention to Meals for Hope or St. Matthews House.



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