Pat Neal celebrates 9,000th home by sending out tree seedlings

July 9, 2013 

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LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Neal Communities is celebrating building 9,000 homes over its 40-year history in Southwest Florida by sending out thousands of tree seedlings to homeowners, business partners and friends.

"The milestones are coming more frequently, as we celebrate not only this 9,000th home, but also a record-breaking sales year so far," Pat Neal, president and CEO of Neal Communities, said in a press release.

Neal has marked record-breaking sales every month in 2013, recently surpassing 2011's yearly sales total in June 2013.

"I am so thankful to our amazing team, our homeowners, and to our friends for helping us reach this momentous accomplishment," Neal said.

"We hope people will share in our celebration of planting strong communities in Florida by planting these trees."

Sean Snaith to keynote EDC luncheon

SARASOTA -- The Economic Development Corp. of Sarasota County will hold a mid-year update at its Economic Outlook 2013 luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Francis, 1289 N. Palm Ave. Sean Snaith, director of the Institute for Economic Competitiveness at the University of Central Florida, is this year's keynote speaker.

Registration is $65 at, or call Dina Berg at 941-309-1200, ext. 103 for a corporate table.

Outfitters store offers free fly fishing clinic

SIESTA KEY -- CB's Saltwater Outfitters, 1249 Stickney Point Road, will hold an "Orvis Fly Fishing 101" clinic with Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guides and instructors, Capt. Ed Hurst and Capt. Rick Grassett, from 9-11 a.m. Saturday.

The free clinic will include fly casting and fly tackle rigging basics.

Upon completion of the clinic, students will receive free memberships to International Federation of Fly Fishers and Trout Unlimited, each a $35 value.

There will also be special in-store offers on Orvis products. Call 941-349-4400 for reservations.

Gecko's exec receives humanitarian award

Michael Quillen of Gecko's Hospitality Group has received the Florida Cornerstone Humanitarian Award, part of the "Restaurant Neighbor Awards," from the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.

The award, which recognizes outstanding community service and involvement, will be presented at a July 10 summit in Tampa.

-- Herald staff reports

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