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Business Observer 06.24.10


+ Simonds selected for leadership institute
Warren G. Simonds, vice president and CMO for Lakewood Ranch-based Willis A. Smith Construction Inc., was selected to participate in the 2010 Class of the Gulf Coast Leadership Institute.

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice has selected 27 leaders from across the region to participate in this program. The group currently is taking part in a three-month leadership development program in Venice led by the nationally recognized Fanning Institute of the University of Georgia. In exchange for their training, participants have committed to use their newly acquired skills for the long-term benefit of the community.

Leadership institute participants will meet for seven sessions between May and July. Upon graduating from the institute, they will join 54 alumni who participated in the first two classes of Gulf Coast Leadership Institute.

+ Ranch releases new home sites
LWR Communities announced last week the release of home sites in a new section of Country Club East.
The first section of Secret Harbor will be released this week for reservations.

“We are seeing a very high demand for our 62-ft. home sites,” said LWR Communities President Milt Flinn. “We are thrilled to be able to open up more home sites in this size range, surrounding beautiful Lake Royal, and expect some to sell and close by November of this year.”

So far this year, there have been more than 100 lots either reserved, under contract or sold in Lakewood Ranch. Eighty-five homes currently are under construction. There are 200 single-family homes on the market in Lakewood Ranch, which amounts to less than 3% of the inventory, and 158 homes have sold on the resale market so far in 2010. The average price at closing of a new home in Lakewood Ranch this year was $576,710, with the average price of a resale home coming in at $434,807.

+ Holland Construction to build Ranch restaurant
Holland Construction has been awarded the contract for a new restaurant project in Lakewood Ranch.

Located at 8131 Main Street, Main Street Trattoria Italian Restaurant will contain more than 3,300 total square feet of space and seat about 150 inside and 50 outside. Restaurant construction should be complete in late July.

The Main Street Trattoria will include a “two-way” bar accessible to patrons inside and outside the restaurant, along with seating for casual outdoor dining.

“Lakewood Ranch’s Main Street is developing a great line-up of restaurants offering diverse cuisine, and Holland is extremely pleased to be a part of this growth. It is an encouraging economic sign,” said Craig Campbell, vice president for Holland’s Florida office.

Founded in 1907, Holland specializes in general contracting, construction management and design/build projects. To learn more about the company, visit

+ Lee Wetherington announces new VP
Peter D. Mason has joined Lee Wetherington Homes as vice president of sales and marketing. Mason has also taken on the responsibilities of broker for the homebuilder.

Mason brings 28 years of real estate and marketing experience on Florida’s Gulf Coast, primarily within Sarasota and Manatee counties. He also has held leadership positions in some of the area’s leading building and trade organizations. As vice president of sales and marketing for a decade with another leading builder in this area, Mason managed all phases of sales, marketing and design.

To contact Mason, call 922-3480, Ext. 211, e-mail [email protected] or visit




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