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June 29, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Rua, Pelletier, Krastel join Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate has announced that Nelson Rua has become an affiliated sales associate with the company's Cape Coral office, and that Marianne Pelletier and Joanie Krastel have become sales associates with the Cape office.

Rua may be reached at 239-351-4786, or

Formerly with Century 21 Birchwood Realty, Pelletier, an experienced real estate professional, specializes in residential property sales.

Pelletier may be reached at 239-202-3630, or

Krastel may be reached at 239-850-9018, or

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is a leading full-service residential real estate brokerage company with more than 85 offices and 5,000 sales associates serving the communities of Central Florida, Flagler, Brevard, Palm Beach, Southeast Florida, Southwest Florida, Tampa Bay and the Panhandle. Worldwide, the Coldwell Banker network includes 3,000 offices with nearly 85,000 sales associates. Every day, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate properties are exposed to 16 million buyers on more than 725 high-traffic websites. For more information or to view local listings, visit To learn more about a career in real estate or affiliating with Coldwell Banker, visit Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is a subsidiary of NRT LLC, the nation's largest residential real estate brokerage company.

Weissert of Florida TaxWatch to speak at REIS meeting

Florida's budget and spending policies and the implications of proposed tax amendments will be analyzed at the Real Estate Investment Society's Tuesday, July 10, luncheon meeting. Robert E. Weissert, Esq., executive CEO of Florida TaxWatch, will be the special guest speaker.

The program will address the Legislature's restructuring of funding for the state's economic development agency, Enterprise Florida, and tourism promotion agency, Visit Florida. Proposed tax amendments will also be discussed. Florida's current cap on non-homestead property tax rate increase will expire at the end of this year unless voters approve Amendment 2 on the November ballot, which will make the cap permanent. Unless approved, the increase is expected to cost property owners approximately $700 million annually. The ballot also includes Amendment 1, which would increase the homestead tax exemption by $25,000. Following the presentation, Weissert will respond to questions of specific interest to the real estate investment and development industry.

Florida TaxWatch ( is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute and government watchdog. Weissert oversees the research agenda and coordinates efforts to increase government efficiency, improve accountability and enhance effectiveness.

The meeting is sponsored by Roetzel & Andress, and will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. in the Osprey Room at Pelican Preserve's Clubhouse, on Treeline Avenue at Colonial Boulevard, one mile east of I-75 exit 136 in Fort Myers. Admission is $30 for members and $40 for guests, which includes lunch. Reservations are required by July 5 and may be made at the REIS web site

Prima Luce introduces new sales team, iConnect Realty

Prima Luce LLC is pleased to announce its new Fort Myers-based sales team, iConnect Realty.

The latest project from downtown developer Bob MacFarlane of MacFarlane Barney Development, Prima Luce LLC is a luxury two-tower, 22-story condominium community located in the Historic River District of downtown Fort Myers, featuring waterfront views from every residence, a three-tiered heated swimming pool, a fitness center and yoga studio, virtual concierge services, and 325 feet of direct river frontage.

Prices range from the low $200s to more than $1 million.

Lead by listing agent and sales manager William Noah, the iConnect Team consists of iConnect Realty co-founder and sales agent Matt Burstein, sales agent Sonia Perez and sales agent Grace Acosta, who have more than 65 years of combined professional real estate experience .

The Prima Luce Sales Center - located at 2631 First St., in Fort Myers, FL 33916 - is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from 1-5 p.m. To learn more, please call the Prima Luce Sales Center at 239-214-7542 and visit

Hawkeye Hotels and HOS Management purchase Fort Myers' Hotel Indigo in joint venture

Iowa-based firm Hawkeye Hotels, in a joint venture with Georgia-based HOS Management, has announced the completed acquisition of Hotel Indigo in downtown Fort Myers for an undisclosed sum. HOS will manage the property, which is the first Florida asset in Hawkeye Hotels' portfolio.

The seven-story hotel has oversized guest rooms and seven suites with hardwood floors. Guests have access to a rooftop pool and bar, in addition to a large retail space connected to the hotel.

Neither Hawkeye Hotels nor HOS purchased the retail space, but it will continue to operate for guests' convenience.

Hotel Indigo is located near Burroughs Home and Gardens, Centennial Park, Edison & Ford Winter Estates and IMAG History and Science Center. The Caloosahatchee River waterfront, Harborside Event Center, historic Lee County Courthouse and Space 39 Art Bar are within walking distance.

Founded in 1982 with one roadside hotel in Mena, Arkansas, Hawkeye Hotels has become one of the fastest-growing family-owned hospitality companies in the United States.

Today, the firm owns and operates over 50 hotels across the country. Hawkeye Hotels employs over 1,500 staff across its portfolio of hotels and corporate offices. The firm maintains lasting affiliations with leading brands, including Marriott, Hilton, InterContinental and Starwood.



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