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John R. Wood Christie’s International Real Estate acquires new Cape Coral office

John R. Wood Christie’s International Real Estate, a leading Southwest Florida real estate brokerage, this week announced the acquisition of a new office building at 4017 Del Prado Blvd., S., in Cape Coral.

“In addition to almost tripling the size of our previous space, the new waterfront office ensures excellent visibility and contributes to our local prominence while highlighting Cape Coral’s boating lifestyle,” John R. Wood Christie’s International Real Estate President and CEO Phil Wood. “This central location offers greatly enhanced facilities and easy access to downtown Cape Coral, the Midpoint Bridge and the Cape Coral Bridge.”

The 4,400-square-foot, free-standing building is situated in a central location along the Plato Canal with direct Gulf access via the Caloosahatchee River. The building is three times as large as the company’s previous Cape Coral location.

In addition to increased space, the new location offers enhanced facilities including a spacious foyer and greeting area; 16 individual offices and workstations, a cyber room and work area designed specifically for mobile agents; agent training area; two spacious, glassed conference rooms overlooking the waterway; full kitchen and ample parking for guests and staff via a private parking lot.

John R. Wood Christie’s International Real Estate, founded in 1958, is the oldest major real estate brokerage in Southwest Florida. Family owned and operated, it is a nationally recognized company with 65 years of market experience and broad international exposure to buyers in various countries. John R. Wood has more than 800 agents and staff in 23 offices, offering luxury real estate services throughout the area. For more information, visit

Ruane to discuss hurricane recovery projects and funding at REIs meeting

Kevin Ruane, Lee County commissioner and chair of the Recovery Task Force, will report on hurricane recovery projects and funding at the Real Estate Investment Society (REIS) Oct. 10 luncheon.

Ruane will explain the federal Community Development Block Grant and Disaster Recovery Funds and present the draft Action Plan that’s been developed by the Recovery Task Force and Lee County’s Department of Strategic Resources and Government Affairs. The plan outlines use of $1.1 billion in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist Lee County in restoring housing and rebuilding infrastructure. Following the presentation, the Commissioner will respond to specific questions from attending real estate and development professionals.

Ruane represents District 1 on the Lee County Board of County Commissioners and also serves on the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. He formerly served as mayor of Sanibel. His company, Castleton Capital, provides financing for businesses throughout the country.

The meeting is sponsored by Busey Bank and will begin promptly at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 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 $45 for guests, which includes lunch. Reservations are required by Oct. 5 and may be made at the REIS website:

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