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Century 21 Sunbelt Realty opens new satellite office on island

May 31, 2017
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Thursday afternoon, the Century 21 Sunbelt Realty team assembled at its new satellite office on Matlacha for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Barbara Watt, owner of Century 21 Sunbelt Cape Coral, was present.

Watt's company is one of the top Century 21 companies in the nation.

"We are happy to announce Century 21 Sunbelt Realty now has two offices: one on Pine Island and one in Matlacha," broker Mike Shevlin said. "It's interesting that this is the building where we started way back when."

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With the staff and others looking on, Barbara Watt, third from right, cuts the ribbon officially opening the new Century 21 Sunbelt Realty office at 4126 Pine Island Road in Matlacha.


Century 21 Sunbelt Realty started in the tiny building next to what is now Hooked Island Grill in 1985.

"This is the building where I sold my first house from," Shevlin said. "We were here until we built the building next door and then we built the building on Stringfellow Road 12 years ago.

"Matlacha was, and still is such a special place," Shevlin said. "There's lots of old stories about the history of Matlacha and this spot right where this office is. Originally the Padilla family had some fishing shacks over here and then in the 1930s, L.K. Piner from North Carolina discovered the oyster beds around Matlacha and set up a seafood plant next door. This small building was the office for the operation.

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"When I bought this building in 1985 there wasn't much here unless you just wanted to get drunk this was the place to come," Shevlin said. "The building was a disaster. I removed the ceiling exposing this beautiful roof and took off layer after layer of flooring until I reached the old tar paper. When I peeled array the tarpaper, I found this beautiful floor. I've been told that a long time ago this building was the Fisherman's Hall of Fame."

Shevlin said when he purchased the building, he wanted the name of the realty to be "Island Realty" but the building was grey/brown.

"That wasn't an island color, so we painted it pink, actually Mojave red," Shevlin said. "It was the first building painted pink on the island and started the trend that has made Matlacha what it is today."

"What this real estate office offers is how unique Matlacha and Pine Island are," Watt said. "When people come here for the first time, they can see the quaintness of Matlacha and learn all about the area almost like a chamber of commerce."

"We wanted to throw a little bash and be sure people knew about this grand opening," Shevlin said. "The office is open to all Century 21 Sunbelt Realty agents and offers plenty of parking (10 spaces) behind the building."

The satellite office is located next to the Wellness Center at 4126 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, FL 33993. The phone number is 239-283-1100. More information can be found online at



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