(Carl Cronan is editor of Real EstateFlorida.)

CORAL GABLES, FL-Brokers with locally based Flagler Real EstateServices closed 900,000 square feet of new and renewed leasetransactions in Florida during the first quarter, topping the sameperiod last year by 20%. The firm believes the pace sets a positivetone for the remainder of 2009.

The activity was highlighted by Blue Cross and Blue Shield ofFlorida's decision to renew103,476 square feet at the Westside Plaza I office building inDoral. Flagler represented landlord Prudential Insurance Co. ofAmerica in lease negotiations.

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