Collier County in July saw 112,900 visitors staying in hotels and other vacation rentals, up 2.7 percent from a year ago, according to a report by Tampa-based Research Data Services Inc.
Those visitors directly spent $57.1 million, with a total economic impact of $85.2 million, up 6.5 percent over last year.
Occupancy in July rose 4.1 percent to 66.3 percent, compared to the same month in 2011. Meanwhile, the average daily rate increased 3 percent to $115.50 year-over-year. Tourist tax collections for July increased to $778,252, exceeding a projection of $678,131. The county has a four percent tourism development, or bed tax, which is charged on all hotel rooms and other short-term rentals.
Fewer home permits pulled in Lee County in August
Contractors in August pulled 41 permits to build single-family homes, valued at more than $13.3 million in unincorporated Lee County. That compares to 63 permits in July and 37 a year ago, according to the county's department of community development.
The county permitted 17 multifamily units last month, up from four in July and 18 a year ago. Also, there were 20 new commercial permits issued, valued at nearly $20.3 million. That compared to nearly $3.7 million in July and nearly $10.8 million in August 2011. In total, Lee County Community Development issued 2,737 permits of all kinds last month, for a total of 19,425 for the year.
Peck finalist for magazine award
Kathleen Peck, of the All in One Realty Group Inc. in Naples, is a finalist in Realtor Magazine's 2012 Good Neighbor Awards. The award recognize Realtors who improve quality of life in their communities through volunteer work.
Five winners will be selected in October to travel to the 2012 Realtors Conference & Expo in Orlando to receive their awards and a $10,000 grant for their community cause. The other five finalists will receive a $2,500 grant. Peck, who is legally blind, cofounded Lighthouse of Collier, Inc., in 2009.
The organization helps the blind and visually impaired function more independently and improve their quality of life.
Alico parts ways with land development president
Alico Inc. is parting ways with the president of Alico Land Development, one of its wholly owned subsidiaries.
The company and Donald Schrotenboer reached an agreement to part ways Sept. 30, Alico has announced.
Alico Inc. officials say they continue to focus on its agriculture and rural land management operations.
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