It's Your Business: Lee County foreclosures increased in 2012

Dave Osborn

Dave Osborn

Lee County finished 2012 with 7,606 new foreclosure filings.

That was up from 5,417 in 2011, according to county clerk records.

Last month, there were 461 new filings, down from 543 in November and 554 in December 2011.

In 2012, the busiest month for filings was in March, when they spiked to 799. After that, only one month, August, saw more than 700 new filings.

New filings slowed locally and nationally in 2011 after a so-called "robo-signing" controversy caused banks to pull back on foreclosures amid criticism of the procedures that mortgage service providers and law firms were using to go after delinquent borrowers in court.

Business, baseball summit is Feb. 12

The 2013 Business of Baseball summit is Feb. 12 in Fort Myers.

A baseball panel will address how to best work with teams, increase business and leverage advertising. Panelists include Katie Haas, Boston Red Sox director of Florida operations; Steve Gliner, Fort Myers Miracle president; and Bill Smith, Minnesota Twins assistant to the president and general manager.

A continental breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., with the program from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Plantation Country Club. Cost is $30.

Information: www.swflima.org

Naples Boat Charters relocates

Naples Boat Charters, which has operated for two years from Naples Bay Resort, is moving across U.S. 41.

Captain Jim Albert moved to the Docks on Fifth as of Tuesday. Naples Boat Charters provides hourly, half-day and full-day, private sightseeing and sunset charters for up to six passengers aboard the Maritime Lady in Naples Bay and around Southwest Florida.

For more information, visit www.naplesboatcharters.net or call 239-593-7475.

Pettay promoted to senior VP

Aliette Pettay was promoted to senior vice president of retail banking administration at the First National Bank of the Gulf Coast's headquarters in Naples.

Pettay has worked in the banking industry for more than 30 years in Collier County and oversees all functions of the First National Bank of the Gulf Coast branches, from staffing to product implementation.

Information: www.fnbofgc.com

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