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Florida Design Consultants acquires engineering company

Florida Design Consultants of Clearwater has acquired the engineering and surveying assets of Casson Engineering Company of New Port Richey.

"We see this as an opportunity to combine an older, well-established company like Casson with a younger, high-tech company like Florida Design Consultants," said Edward Mazur Jr., president of Florida Design Consultants at 2639 McCormick Drive. "We merged our assets to create a more up-to-date, full-service company in both Pinellas and Pasco counties."

Casson was established in 1963 by Walter A. Casson Jr. The company now will do business as FDC-Casson Consulting, Mazur said. The merger creates a consulting firm of 55 engineers, surveyors, transportation planners and environmental experts, he said.

This is the second acquisition Mazur said his company has made since he and Gregg Singleton created Florida Design Consultants two years ago. In mid-1996, the company acquired Seminole Engineering, which had a 25-person staff and had been in business nearly 20 years in Largo, he said.

Mazur, 53, a New York City native, has been working in the Tampa Bay area for 25 years. He previously worked for Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan in Tampa and was president and principal stockholder in King Engineering Associates in Clearwater until late 1993.

Several people in the Clearwater firm will transfer to the New Port Richey office. "We're looking to hire people up there also," Mazur said.

Banking

Crown Bank, with headquarters in Casselberry, has opened its first office in Clearwater at 1698 Missouri Ave. Nancy Soifer is branch manager. The 3,600-square-foot bank was designed and built by Florida Concepts of Clearwater for $345,000. Crown Bank's other Pinellas County branch is in St. Petersburg.

Contracts

Wyndham Investment Corp., 29656 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater, has hired PAR Builders II of Clearwater to build Phase I of the planned 150,000-square-foot Tropicana Mini-Storage facility on Belcher Road, just south of East Bay Drive in Largo.

Michael L. Gentile, chief operating officer of Wyndham, said the $3.6-million contract for 80,000 square feet is to be completed in September. Sterling Management of Boca Raton will manage the property when the project is finished, he said.

Contractors

Kathya Ismark has joined Creative Contractors, 620 Drew St., Clearwater, as a project manager. She has 10 years' experience in construction management and will be responsible for overseeing scheduling, purchasing, budgeting and allocation of resources needed for her projects.

Law

Joseph A. Corsmeier is now associated with the law firm of Tew, Zinober, Barnes, Zimmet & Unice at 2655 McCormick Drive, Clearwater. He is a former disciplinary counsel for the Florida Bar and practices in the areas of bar admission and disciplinary matters and other bar-related issues. He also practices in litigation, workers compensation and government law.

John E. Dinkell III, Carter B. McCain, Stephen H. Reynolds and Gordon J. Schiff have been elected to the board of directors of Macfarlane, Ferguson & McMullen at 625 Court St., Clearwater, and 400 N Tampa St., Tampa.

Dinkell received his law degree from Washington and Lee University and has been a member of the firm since 1975. McCain received his law degree from Stetson University College of Law and co-chairs with Schiff on the firm's land use, regulatory and governmental affairs section.

Reynolds received his law degree from the University of Florida and his primary area of practice is real estate law. Schiff received his law degree from Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary.

Real estate

Michael Meoni and Melody Halloway have joined the sales staff of RE/MAX Mutual Realty at 29259 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. They work as a team and specialize in residential real estate in North Pinellas. Meoni has lived in Dunedin more than 20 years and has worked 16 years in real estate. Halloway is a lifelong Pinellas County resident and has worked five years in real estate.

Four new tenants have signed leases with The Sembler Co. of St. Petersburg for space at Bayside Bridge Plaza, 1520 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater: Beall's Outlet Stores, 12,000 square feet; Wild Birds Unlimited, 2,546 square feet; Barbie's Boutique, 1,700 square feet, and Cowhides, 1,275 square feet.

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