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April 26, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Lee BIA Builders Care raises record $90,000 at 10th annual BBQ, Bands & Brew

Lee BIA Builders Care, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association, netted a record $90,000 at its 10th annual BBQ, Bands & Brew event.

Thousands of food- and music-loving guests attended BBQ, Bands & Brew, which was held Sunday, April 7, at Centennial Park in Fort Myers. Proceeds support Lee BIA Builders Care's mission of providing emergency construction services at no cost to needy and deserving elderly and/or disabled homeowners, and their families, who cannot obtain repairs through traditional means.

A panel of celebrity judges awarded Jonesez BBQ with the coveted title of "Best BBQ in Town" for the second consecutive year. Additional category winners include: Best Chicken: Big Smoke BBQ, Best Pork: Dave's Bangin' BBQ, Best Ribs: Jonesez BBQ, Best Dessert: Norman Love Confections, Best Side Dish: Dave's Bangin' BBQ, Best Presentation: Big Smoke BBQ and People's Choice: Jonesez BBQ.

Chasing Dallas, The Echo, Deb & The Dynamics and Bite the Bullet were this year's featured entertainers.

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association. The mission of Lee BIA Builders Care is to provide emergency construction services at no cost to needy and deserving elderly and/or disabled homeowners, and their families, who cannot obtain repairs through traditional means. To date, Lee BIA Builders Care has put more than $4.5 million in construction services back into the community at no cost to homeowners in need. Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Builders Care and the Lee BIA are headquartered at 6835 International Center Blvd. #4 in Fort Myers. Donations can be made online at More information is available by calling 239-938-0056.

Diplomat Wesleyan Church selects architect for design improvements

Diplomat Wesleyan Church in Cape Coral has selected Art Castellanos, AIA, NCARB of Castellanos + Tramonte Architects, to oversee design improvements. The newly remodeled space will include the addition of a porte cochre and updated entrance to accommodate the church's growing attendance. Additional office space will also be incorporated into the design along with parking and landscape improvements.

Founded 31 years ago, the Cape Coral-based church offers children's ministry, youth group, adult bible study and global missions.

Led by partners Art Castellanos, AIA, NCARB and Jason Tramonte, AIA, Castlellanos + Tramonte Architects specializes in multi-family, hospitality, amenity, commercial, government, educational and faith-based design.

For more information, visit or call 239-549-0997.

Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association to host seminar for small businesses interested in owning retail, office and restaurant space

The Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association will host a breakfast seminar on May 1 offering valuable insight to small businesses interested in commercial building ownership.

The seminar will cover Southwest Florida's dynamic commercial real estate market and feature local experts from a variety of fields who have helped small business owners transition from leasing to buying. Commercial opportunities include the purchase of vacant land, freestanding buildings, warehouses and multi-unit facilities in a variety of locations and square footages.

Speakers and topics at the May 1 session include: Annette Barbaccia, Miloff Aubuchon Realty Group, and Ron Welebny, Commercial Realty Associates of Southwest Florida: industrial, office and retail properties; David Dale, Owen-Ames-Kimball: remodeling and renovating small business properties; Brian Chapman, Chapman Insurance Group: small business property insurance; Ned Hale, Hale Law Services: small business property legal issues; Michael Deluca, HBK CPAs & Consultants: accounting and tax ramifications for small business owners buying property; and William Wilson, Florida First Capital Finance Corporation: financing options for the purchase of small business property

The session includes breakfast and runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on May 1 at the Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association Education Center, 2840 Winkler Ave., in Fort Myers.

Registration is $20 per person. To RSVP, please contact Cindy Cornman at or 239-936-3537 (extenuation 233).

Comprised of more than 7,500 Realtors, the Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association exists to advance the success of its members, serving as a resource for professional development and an advocate in community issues affecting members, their customers and property owners' rights.

The Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association serves all of Southwest Florida, with offices in Cape Coral, Fort Myers and South Fort Myers. For more information, visit

Neal Communities introduces new discovery center during community event

Neal Communities, a Southwest Florida's private homebuilder, is hosting a grand opening event Sunday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to introduce its new discovery center at Verandah, a 1,456-acre, gated, golf course neighborhood located on the banks of the Orange River in Fort Myers.

Located at 11571 Verandah Blvd., in Fort Myers, visitors can explore this all-inclusive community, its resort-style amenities and collection of home sites. Guests will also have the opportunity to tour the four well-appointed model homes the Fresh Spring, Starlight, Bright Meadow and Sea Star from Neal Communities' popular Celebration and Cove series.

Verandah's new home sales associates will welcome potential homebuyers daily at the state-of-the-art discovery center, which houses interactive display tables with touch screens, offices, lounge areas and information on the area, available floor plans, the community and the builder. Light refreshments will be provided at the event.

Homebuyers can choose from a collection of nine distinctive single-story floor plans within the homebuilder's coastal-themed series of home designs, which showcase the appeal and charm of traditional waterfront architectural styling.

With two-thirds of the community dedicated as open space, Verandah will feature 1,800 homes at completion. Home prices start at $284,990.

Homes range from 1,812 to 2,427 square feet and feature three or four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms and two-car or three-car garages. Many of Verandah's floor plans offer flexible space options, which can be tailored to fit the needs of the homebuyer with the ability to add personalized options, such as a den, guest suite, pool bath and an outdoor kitchen wall, among others.

Situated two miles from Interstate 75 on Verandah Boulevard off State Road 80, Verandah is conveniently located near the Southwest Florida Interna-tional Airport, the historic Fort Myers River District and Fort Myers Beach.

For more information or to schedule a private tour, call 239-220-1743 or visit 11571 Verandah Boulevard in Fort Myers.

With over 40 years of building award-winning homes, Neal Communities has over 90 successful communities throughout Southwest Florida. For more information, please visit



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