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AutoZone distribution facility at Ocala/Marion County Commerce Park

AutoZone distribution facility at Ocala/Marion County Commerce Park is moving full speed ahead.

Back in August 2016, AutoZone announced the leading retailer and distributor of automotive parts and products in the United States, will establish a distribution facility in Ocala. This facility will service AutoZone stores throughout Florida and Puerto Rico.

Walls and steel trusses have started going up as $49 million, 440,000-square-foot distribution centre takes shape.

Once complete the facility will serve the 290 AutoZone retail stores throughout Florida and Puerto Rico, will receive supplies from more than 400 vendors and create about 192 full-time jobs with an average annual wage of $38,000. (more…)

Renewed Confidence in Cayman Islands Real Estate

Market gaining momentum

The Cayman Islands market is looking good for 2017 and beyond, according to the Cayman Islands Real Estate Brokers Association.

Towards the end of 2015 activity in the real estate market began to increase. Throughout 2016 the trend continued across the Cayman. House prices are rising, there are new developments and there is a sense of increased investor confidence across the Islands.

Waterfront properties are improving at a faster rate. Not surprisingly, with growth centered around Seven Mile Beach doing the best. This trend continued through 2016 which is indicating that the market is strengthening and things overall are look up.

Limited supply on waterfront property is resulting in a shift toward a seller’s market, leading to availability being a bigger issue in 2017 than pricing. There is also increased popularity in canal-front homes, partly as they are more affordable than ocean properties but still offer buyers outstanding views and waterfront locations. (more…)

Cayman ranks 28th in Global Financial Centers Index

Cayman ranks 28th in the latest Global Financial Centers Index, up from 41 in the previous survey.

Cayman’s index score increased from the previous survey 6 months ago by 35 points to 676.

Jude Scott, CEO of Cayman Finance said, “Our reputation as a center of excellence for international financial services continues to go from strength to strength and this latest ranking is proof of that.”

“The Cayman Islands continues to be recognized for its client-centric focus and for delivering excellence in service. Clients are at the center of our financial services industry. They are at the core of everything we do, and this approach has been central to our success as a leading international financial center,” Mr. Scott added.

“The Cayman Islands is now the highest-ranking mainstream international financial services center.” (more…)

George Town Harbor ‘Hope Spot’

Cayman Hope Spot

The George Town harbor has been nominated and listed as a world Hope Spot by Mission Blue after being vetted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The Harbor is currently at risk of being destroyed by the development of cruise berthing facilities in the Cayman capital.

The Hope Spots are places deemed critical to the health of the ocean. Scientists explained that while around 12% of the earth’s terrestrial regions are currently under some form of protection, less than 4% of the ocean is protected in any way. Leaving it vulnerable to overfishing, pollution, and over-exploitation.

Local environmental activists Save Cayman said the nomination was a victory for thousands of people who are fighting to protect the reef system in the harbor from the cruise project. (more…)

National Conservation Law Protects Land

New Scoring System

The Department of Environment has detailed a new scoring system to assess nominations for land to be protected under the new National Conservation Law.

For this year, funds of $6 million have been allocated to buy up environmentally sensitive land.

There will be 18 different criteria for the land under review, with a 1-5 ranking system for each category.

The system rates biological diversity as the most important criteria, with social, financial and strategic value. As well as climate value also factored into the decision-making process.

The conservation council will allocate points in a range of sub categories. Categories include the diversity of plant species, the cost of the land and its value to nature tourism. (more…)

Mountain of Tires to Be Made into Landfill

Local firm Island Recycling and its overseas partner Guernsey Recycling, are to shred the tires in the George Town landfill site, and use them as fill in local construction projects.

The contract was signed on Monday 15th August for $1.25 million from the Environmental Protection Fund, after five previous failed bids to sell or give the tires away.

The work is expected to commence within the next four months, once specialized equipment arrives on the island, and is expected to take around 11 months to shred the stockpile of tires.

The Environmental Protection Fund has been criticized in the past for taking far to long to come to a deal involving the tires.

Premier Alden McLaughlin said “The landfill is an issue and has been an issue for the country for many, many years, and while many people believe we are moving far too slowly, we are absolutely committed to developing a long-term plan that creates a solution that will last the course of the next 50 years.” (more…)

Dart Buys Little Cayman Forest

Dart, one of the biggest developers in the Caribbean, has had a busy couple of years in the Cayman Islands, buying up land, beachfront, roads, hotels and restaurants on Grand Cayman. Now they have turned their attention on to the Sister Islands.

Most recently a large piece of forestland on the Little Cayman was bought back in March. Whereas on Grand Cayman the idea was to develop, the idea for Little Cayman is to preserve – for now.

The new purchase on Little Cayman will be held undeveloped for conservation with the possibility of creating a public hiking trail.

Previously Dart has bought hundreds of thousands of acres in remote areas around the globe for conservation, in Patagonia, Australia, New Zealand, U.S., Mexico, Jamaica, Canada and now Little Cayman. (more…)

Why Ocala Florida is a great place to invest

Ocala Florida is conveniently located in the middle of three massive cosmopolitans, Jacksonville, Tampa and Orlando. Ocala being so central you have access to State freeways, worldwide airports, shipping ports, attractions and resulting commerce.

The ease at which you can access recreational and leisure destinations make Ocala ideal for investment. Ocala has many tourist friendly parks and preserves, and the nearby coastlines give ample beach space.

Florida is known globally as the Sunshine State. The beautiful sunny skies and clean country air make cities like Ocala prime stops for retirees and vistors alike.

Today’s extremely affordable rates are a magnetic force drawing investor funds to Ocala and Marion County. Properties with the prospect of getting fantastic revenue are in great abundance throughout Ocala. (more…)

Dart Buys in Little Cayman

Dart Group continued with there busy year and confirm it will buy Paradise Villas resort and Hungry Iguana restaurant on Little Cayman.

This will be Dart’s first project on the Sister Islands, and they have reassured people that it will keep in the style of the island.

“We share the widely held view that Little Cayman’s charm comes from its quaintness and unspoiled nature. We intend to help preserve that character for this and future generations,” said Mark VanDevelde, chief executive officer of Dart Realty.

Paradise Villas is the only 100% Oceanfront Resort on Little Cayman, and a popular accommodation spot for dive tourists exploring the islands Bloody Bay Marine Park. The villas are also part of TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame for obtaining Certificate of Excellence for 5 years in a row.

The Hungry Iguana bar and restaurant is one of only a few nightsports on the island and serves as a de facto airport departure and arrival lounge. The ‘Iggy’ also has the only true waterfront dining on the Island. (more…)

West Ocala to have $60 Million of Upgrades

The West Ocala Community Redevelopment Area will see $60 million pumped into the area over the next 30 years. The program will bring upgrades and aesthetic improvements that the area has needed for decades.

“I believe that the West Ocala is long overdue, and although it will be slow moving in the beginning, it will allow the compounding of dollars to help towards future projects,” Ocala City Council President Jim Hilty wrote in an email.

Over the next three decades the funds will be aimed at projects including beautification of the State Road 40, Pine Avenue, Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, State Road 200 and U.S. 27 gateway corridors through West Ocala; upgrades in the historical section; and more housing development in the formerly blighted Busbee Quarters area now known as Phoenix Heights.

These redevelopments come at a good time for Ocala, with house prices finally starting to increase. According to the latest report from Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors, there has been a 15.6 percent boost on the price of an average single-family home from the previous year.

Moving forward, the city is feeling very positive and hopeful about the proposed changes and improvements. Efforts will be made to reach out to the current residents of the area for their insight and input in order to make Busbee Quarters as great as possible. Nothing but positive change is anticipated for West Ocala.

CrownWorld offer an opportunity to purchase building plots which have full and irrevocable planning permission for residential family homes to be developed on a secure gated subdivision in Ocala. Buyers can confidently take advantage of the upturn in the US real estate market as prices begin to rise but yet still invest in the precious commodity of land. For more information please go to our contact page or email info@crownworld.com and leave your details.

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