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Pirates and Orioles in town

by Roger Pettingell

End of February means spring training

Catch the big leaguers, upcoming players and a few entertainment stars

Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota
Ed Smith Stadium - Since a $31 million overhaul in 2011 this ball park of the Baltimore Orioles is now considered to be one of the best facilities in Florida.

March means spring training baseball where the 15 teams of the Grapefruit League center around the Sarasota area. And if you want to see the stars up close in these smaller ballparks, this is your chance. You may even catch a star of another entertainment circuit practicing with the big-leaguers. Garth Brooks is participating in the Pittsburgh Pirate organization at LECOM Field in Bradenton. Tim Tebow turned down an offer to play quarterback in the newly created Alliance of American Football for an opportunity to enter spring training with the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie.

Back in the day Michael Jordan practiced with the Chicago White Sox for a month in Sarasota 25 years ago. Billy Crystal played in a New York Yankees game against the Pirates on his 60th birthday. Tom Selleck struck out as a pinch hitter for the Detroit Tigers in a 6-4 loss to Cincinnati. Since then the Reds have moved to the Cactus League and hold their spring training games in Goodyear, Arizona. Musician Bruce Hornsby was a pinch runner for the Angels in 1997. Kevin Costner played shortstop, went 0 for 3 at the plate and pitched to manager Lou Piniella in the final inning of an exhibition game with the Seattle Mariners. Baseball reporter Tom Verducci spent five days with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2005 for a Sports Illustrated cover story.

This is where the stars of the future play alongside the established baseball players beginning February 23. The whole month of March you can drive within a couple hours to follow your favorite team in Florida. And if you are an Atlanta Braves fan accustomed to driving to Lake Buena Vista, your team will be training in the new Cool Today Park in North Port. Ticketmaster has incorrectly listed the sports complex in Venice for its stadium opening on the last day of training March 24 with a pre-season game featuring the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays actually have their spring training in Port Charlotte, away from their home stadium of Tropicana Field.

In Sarasota the Baltimore Orioles hold their spring training at Ed Smith Stadium with 17 home games on the schedule, starting with the first game on Saturday as they host the Minnesota Twins. The Orioles are looking to rebuild this year following their 47-115 record in 2018, 61 games out of first place and the worst record for the franchise. All-star shortstop Manny Machado was traded to the Dodgers mid-season so the roster is open for new talent. The pitchers and catchers reported last week, returning with a disastrous starting rotation. No starting pitcher had a winning record. Dylan Bundy, Andrew Cashner, Alex Cobb and David Hess are in the depth chart for the starting rotation this year. Richard Bleier had the best ERA from the bullpen at 1.93, with 3 wins and 0 losses.

They begin the full roster training today to begin their rebuilding year. Baltimore great Frank Robinson died in February, possibly sparking the team posthumously. His Baltimore Oriole jersey number 20 was retired and will be worn as a patch on the team’s uniforms this year. Filling the shoes of Machado is a concern for rookie manager Brandon Hyde. They recently signed veteran shortstop Alcides Escobar, a Gold Glove winner and past All-Star who hit .231 with four home runs in 2018. Outfielder Adam Jones played for the Orioles for the last 10 seasons, is a free agent possibly ready to rejoin his team. Slugger first baseman Chris Davis has had two slumping seasons but hopes this season will be a rebounding one for him. Watch the team develop with a young squad.

LECOM Park in Bradenton
Pirates spring training at LECOM Park in Bradenton

The Pittsburgh Pirates finished with a more respectable record over .500 at 82-79, but finished 13 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central division. They open in Clearwater on Saturday to play the Philadelphia Phillies and have their home opener in Bradenton on Sunday versus the Miami Marlins at 1:05 PM. The stadium was renamed LECOM Park in 2017 and is the oldest stadium used for spring training. Constructed in 1914, its renovations this decade revitalized the park into a modern marvel. Many have known the stadium as McKechnie Field since the 1960s, named in honor of former Pirates manager Bill McKechnie. LECOM Park received its naming rights through an agreement with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, its main campus in Erie, Pennsylvania and branch campus in eastern Bradenton.

Starting pitchers Jameson Taillon returns from his 14-10 record with former Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer, who finished with a 6 and 8 win-loss record last year. Right-hand pitcher Trevor Williams also finished 2018 with a successful season with a 14-10 record and ERA of 3.11. Manager Clint Hurdle, now in his eighth Pirate season, has a strong bullpen with most of his relievers heralding a winning record in 2018 with low ERAs, possibly led by newcomer Keone Kela. A 2018 All-star, Felipe Vázquez, returns to the bullpen for the Pirates. He had 17 saved games last year and finished with a 4 and 2 record.

The Pirates have 15 home games in LECOM Park, enough to see the team that will contend for the divisional title. Josh Bell anchors the infield at first base and with his bat, finishing with 26 home runs in his second year in the majors. Adam Frazier at second base will likely be leadoff hitter for the Pirates this season as he enters his fourth season. The Pirates could not come to terms with their starter at second, Josh Harrison opening the door for Frazier. Right-fielder Gregory Polanco had 23 home runs in 2018 before he was injured in September. The Pirates have brought in Lonnie Chisenhall from the Indians to hold the position until Polanco returns from surgery, sometime before mid-season.

When the major leaguers pack their bags to start the regular season up north, the Bradenton Marauders take the field at LECOM. The Pirates' farm team, a Class A-Advanced affiliate in the Florida State League plays a 71-game schedule beginning at home April 6 in their third game of the season. Ed Smith Stadium has been the site for teams in the Gulf Coast League, although a schedule has not been released for 2019. Watch rising stars and have a nice day at the ball park April through August. And if you want to be close to your Pirates or Orioles in March, please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of a house you have in mind or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Upcoming winter and spring festivals

by Roger Pettingell

March multi-day festivals are highlighted

This weekend, jazz and Jewish film festivals updated in Part I of series

F.I.S.H. Festival 2019
Thousands attended the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival under sunny skies February 16, 2019

At this time of year you should be able to find a festival for all occasions on any given weekend. There are two and three-day seafood festivals, fine art and craft festivals are commonplace with different themes to keep them relevant. Different themes also keep them fresh and are introduced in different locations. This is one of the advantages of living in an area with sunny skies daily.

This weekend two of the most highly attended festivals of the year will attract thousands to Sarasota and Cortez. The Thunder by the Bay Festival, now in its 21st year, celebrates with three days of motorcycle revelry and concerts at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds starting on Friday. This festival benefits the Suncoast Charities for Children, an organization that supports special needs children and adults through construction projects.

Saturday and Sunday thousands will visit the tiny fishing village of Cortez for the annual Commercial Fishing Festival. You won’t miss the festivities if you travel on Cortez Road toward Bradenton Beach. In most recent years of this festival that is celebrating 37 years, there has been an average attendance of over 20,000 visitors. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage. The non-profit F.I.S.H. organization supports the culture and environment of Florida’s fishing communities. The public is encouraged to visit for free, its education programs at the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez, Tuesday through Saturday.

Mark March 3 for the start of the Sarasota Jazz Festival week

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe building
The Jazz Festival gets rolling in the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe theatrical production of Lil & Louis the first Monday and Tuesday of the Festival.

Springtime is a time when this area really shines with multi-week festivals that have become renown worldwide. The 39th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival kicks off March 3, noon, with a free concert of three bands at Phillippi Estate Park. There the festival moves to multiple downtown Sarasota venues for six days of theatrical productions, morning films and concerts.

The Lil & Louis theatrical production hits the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe stage in the newly remodeled Education & Outreach Building, March 4 and 5, at 7:30 PM. This is the story of Lil and Louis Armstrong, the First Couple of Jazz, developed and directed by Chuck Smith.

A live musical introduction by Jeremy Carter and John O’Leary will precede a presentation of the movie Round Midnight on Wednesday and Thursday, starting at 9:30 AM each day in the Burns Court Theatre. The 1986 acclaimed movie received several awards and nominations including an 1987 Oscar for Herbie Hancock who won in the Best Music, Original Score category. The tenor saxophone musician Dexter Gordon was nominated that year for an Oscar in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category. His role in the movie as sax player Dale Turner received multiple domestic and international film best actor awards.

Wednesday is also the day for a VIP reception in the Hyatt Regency Hotel marina boathouse at 5 PM and a meet-and-greet of the musicians backstage following a concert on the main stage of the hotel. Ken Peplowski presents the concert starting at 7:30 PM where sponsor Arbors Records introduces its newest recording artist James Suggs, on trumpet, with other professional jazz musicians. Peplowski returns Friday night for another main stage concert at 7:30. On Saturday he will present two concerts, the first will be a concert by the University of Miami Big Band in the hotel grand ballroom at 3 PM, another concert at 7:30 PM, followed by the presentation of the Satchmo award.

On Friday and Saturday, starting at noon each day, there will be four different themed jazz concerts performed concurrently on different stages. Blues, classic, contemporary and Latin performances will appear. As an added bonus during the festival, there will be five trolleys visiting 12 bands at different venues in the trolley and pub crawl on Thursday starting at 5:30 PM.

18 different movies in 11 days of the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Film Festival

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel
Heading Home - The film festival opens March 6 in the Municipal Auditorium with special guests.

Before the Sarasota Jazz Festival concludes on March 9, The 2019 Jewish Film Festival begins its 11-day run with an opening night screening on March 6 with the film, Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel. It is the true story of Team Israel in its first season quest to become eligible for the World Baseball Classic. The film will screen in the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium at 7 PM, and roll again in the Hollywood 11 complex on March 12 where most of the films will be screened in theaters 5, 6 and 7. Opening night special guests include filmmaker Jeremy Newberger and baseball players Ryan Lavarnway, Dean Kremer and Jeremy Bleich.

The Optimists will be shown March 7, 11 and 14, the story of Palestinian Chemist Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed. The movie 93Queen is the 2018 film about Hasidic women living in a Brooklyn borough, on March 7, 11 and 15. Six other movies start on March 7, including Shelter, a Mossad agent called back for a new assignment under a different identity. The film returns for March 12 and 15 showings. Another award winning film beginning that day is the Light of Hope, which returns March 13 and 15. It is the true story of a woman who saved many lives during WWII. Keep the Change, appearing March 7, 11 and 12, is a story of coming to terms with autism. Past Life follows the story of two daughters of Holocaust survivors to be shown March 7, 12 and 13. A comedic drama featuring a teenage and his grandfather, The Samuel Project, appears March 7, 8 and 13. The Last Suit portrays the story of an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor, March 7 and 14 with a special screening on Longboat Key in the Temple Beth Israel on March 13.

Five films have their first runs on March 8, the first is a story of a German baker having an affair with a married Israeli man and the lies that continue after the death of the husband, in The Cakemaker, March 8, 12 and 13. The Fortunate Man on March 8, 13 and 15 tells the story of a man who escapes a deeply religious family only to be drawn back in when he becomes a prominent engineer. Three Israeli soldiers fight for the strength to live in the true story, When the Smoke Clears, March 8, 12 and 14. Who will Write Our Story tells the story of those who fought back against the Nazis in a 1940 Warsaw ghetto. It appears five times, once on March 8 and twice on March 11 and 14. Fanny’s Journey follows the story of a young woman who precipitates a trek of children to the Switzerland border. It returns to the screen on March 15.

My Dear Children opens March 11 for five showings in three consecutive days. It depicts the horror that a family ensues following the Russian Revolution of 1917. Life is Rich, a true comedic story of filmmaker Bonnie Rich will be shown March 11 and 12. She will host a Q&A after each screening. Back to Berlin, three consecutive days starting March 12, follows eleven motorcyclists who carry the Maccabiah torch from Israel to Berlin in the summer of 2015. The closing event in the Beatrice Friedman Theater is the southwest Florida premiere of the movie The Mamboniks follows the performances of Latin music and dance combining two cultures directly after WWII.

8380 Catamaran Circle
New listing at 8380 Catamaran Circle

In part II of this series on February 25 we pick up with The Sarasota Film Festival April 5 through 14 and three weeks of the Sarasota Music Festival, June 2 through 23. Manatee Heritage Festival Days is a month-long series of free and paid daily events in March that highlights the history of Manatee County, once 5,000 square miles that included Sarasota, Hardee, Desoto, Highlands, Charlotte and Glades counties until they were split off in 1887 and 1921.

Life at The Lake Club in Lakewood Ranch is an exceptional experience, and this gorgeous lakefront home that I listed last week at 8380 Catamaran Circle on more than a half-acre of lush property is the perfect complement. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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8380 Catamaran Circle $1,395,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Longboat Key senior fitness programs

by Roger Pettingell

Three organizations with many offerings

Seasonal fitness, meditation and range of motion programs for seniors

Residents of Longboat Key have plenty of opportunity to learn, exercise or gather socially at public and private organizations at different areas of the island that is 11 miles in length. These organizations cater to the demographics of the island, many are retired seniors that remain active. The three facilities I discuss today offer plenty of opportunities to its constituents on the island.

A non-profit educational center focuses on education and fitness

Longboat Key Education Center
Longboat Key Education Center - Courses taught are liberal arts and science classes for seniors who want to extend their knowledge and fitness.

The Longboat Key Education Center at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive in the Centre Shops of Longboat Key sell out many of their programs in January and February so registration early is critical during these two months. There are fall, winter and spring terms with many programs offered to members and non-members. These are non-credited classes in many of the liberal and science arts disciplines. They also offer field trips for bird watching enthusiasts and discussions on current topics of interest.

On Mondays an Advanced Intermediate Bridge class is offered from 1 to 2:30 PM. Topics such as contract, duplicate and bridge bidding are discussed in these classes of advanced tactics. Qigong for Health and Vitality is offered in the mornings from 9 to 10 AM each Friday. Qigong is an adaptation of exercises and breathing control developed by the Chinese. The term ends in three weeks on February 22 but those interested can still get involved through a pro-rated tuition rate.

Bayfront Recreation Center is a public facility run by the town of Longboat Key

Longboat Key Recreation Center
Bayfront Recreation Center - The Longboat Key town operates this facility with many seasonal fitness programs Monday to Saturday.

A wide variety of activities are available at the Bayfront Recreation Center on the northern half of Longboat Key. It is family-oriented recreational park with something for all ages including a dog park with separate sections for small and big canines. The kayak launch is operated sunrise to sunset by the private company, Happy Paddler Kayak Tours and Ecoventures, LLC. This company also offers annual kayak storage. Walking paths guide visitors along scenic views of Sarasota Bay and the Bayfront Park has a handicap-accessible Gulf beach section across the main road at 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Basketball, pickleball, shuffleboard and tennis courts are available for more active residents.

The main building of Bayfront Park is the recreational center. Here you will find educational and exercise activities Monday through Saturday, some of these activities are offered multiple times throughout the week. Different instructors teach these classes depending on the program that is offered. The costs vary among members and non-members, generally $10 and $15 for each respectively. They are also offered by season, extending mostly through the peak winter months.

Each Monday and Wednesday at 10 AM the activity Moving Free: Yoga Stretch, Core and Meditation, is designed to increase flexibility and range of motion among senior adults. Pumping the Prime is offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and prepares its students for a program of muscle strength development with a focus on metabolism. Muscles and More is a similar program on the same days to help maintain body strength.

Tuesdays and Thursdays you will find two separate programs taught by one instructor, Debby McClung, one after another starting at 9 AM and finishing before noon. The first is a Pilates Mat Class, followed by the Feel Good Yoga program. Debby also teaches a class for veterans with PTSD problems each Thursday at 4 PM in the Feel Good Yoga studio at 6350 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Nia, a low impact exercise program that is a health and fitness alternative is taught each Saturday at 10 AM in the Longboat Key Recreation Center.

Temple Beth Israel, a denominational house of worship with many outside activities

The Paradise Center at Temple Beth Israel
Temple Beth Israel - This faith-based organization offers many fitness programs for seniors in its Paradise Center. Its location and size is also fitting for local organizations to hold its own programs.

If you are looking for a full schedule of fitness activities and social events, look at the event schedule of the Temple Beth Israel. A place of worship for the Jewish Faith, the Paradise Center there offers similar physical maintenance programs as the Recreation Center and Educational Center mentioned above. The Paradise Center is a non-profit program as well with its mission for the residents of Longboat Key to live life to its fullest.

Tai Chi, a Chinese martial arts program that teaches defense and health benefits is taught each Monday at 10 AM. On Tuesdays the Yoga and Meditation Class focuses on breathing techniques and joint mobilization. This increases strength, flexibility and balance with each hour-long program at 10 AM. On Thursdays a combination of Zumba and Mat Pilates from 10 to 11 AM is designed to build core strength and movement among active seniors.

Our Town - Our Future series offers a discussion each Wednesday at 10:30 AM with different topics presented by locals leaders. The Bay presented by Bill Waddill, managing director at the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization will begin the series next Wednesday. The Sarasota Bayfront is undergoing drastic changes that will continue the revitalization of the downtown area. Dr. Michael Crosby CEO of the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium will discuss the programs and future of the aquarium on February 13 as it prepares for a move to Nathan Benderson Park. Selby Botanical Gardens is also upgrading its grounds in Sarasota that will be discussed February 20 by Jennifer Rominiecki, CEO. The following week a discussion on the future of the theatrical The Players Centre in downtown Sarasota will be discussed by Donna DeFant, its board of directors chairman.

Social gatherings take place at The Paradise Center such as the Fridays @ Paradise Café, beginning at 10:30 AM each week. Coffee, tea and snacks are served in an atmosphere of social interaction through activities, from games to music. There are other programs each week in the Paradise Center such as Mah Jongg each week from 1 to 3 PM. The Chinese based tile game has spread around the world since the 20th century. Visit their website for many programs of community interest at Temple Beth Israel.

Last week I listed two homes for sale on Bird Key, both meeting Coldwell Banker Global Luxury standards of pricing and features. A third listing last week in one of my favorite communities on Longboat Key at Grand Bay features many upgrades and is offered stylishly furnished. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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386 Bob White Drive $1,495,000 Video Photo Slideshow
214 Robin Drive $1,370,000   Photo Slideshow
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #223 $1,160,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Beachplace - Home Showcase XXXII

by Roger Pettingell

Longboat Key Community with Amenities

Beachplace has the location and services for privileged homeowners

Beachplace on Longboat Key
Beachplace - Eleven buildings on 31 acres

Beachplace on the southern end of Longboat Key is in a great location, has many amenities and many of the residences have been upgraded since the community was built between 1979 and 1981. I have four new listings of the six at Beachplace that I am highlighting in this Home Showcase XXXII article.

The eleven buildings of Beachplace are arranged to be on the water, have a little private seclusion or overlooks the pond that is the centerpiece of the community. Building 1 at 1145 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Building 2 at 1135 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Building 8 at 1055 Gulf of Mexico Drive and Building 9 at 1045 Gulf of Mexico Drive overlook the Gulf of Mexico with over 1,400 linear feet of white sandy beaches.

There are many reasons to love Beachplace. The location is a short drive to fine dining, entertainment and boutique shopping in renowned St. Armands Circle. Head north and you are in the Publix Shopping Center where a CVS and a newly constructed Chase Bank is on-site for your convenience. In the planning stages is a Longboat Key Arts, Culture and Education Center with much to offer residents and guests. You can be secure with the manned guard gate 24 hours and the on-site management that is there to help with routine maintenance of your residence or help with any questions you may have.

Once a resident you will have many opportunities to explore the abundance of amenities in this community. The junior Olympic size pool with spa and kiddie pool attracts you and your neighbors to become a social gathering place. There are three tennis courts on the grounds for a more active lifestyle. If you want to work your muscles a little harder the fitness center has the latest in exercise equipment. For golfers, the Links on Longboat and Harbourside Golf Course offers championship opportunities for those with a Longboat Key Club membership.

Many owners of Beachplace are year-round occupants but the association has a liberal leasing policy which is taken advantage of by those who want some rental income and prefer to visit in the season. A minimum of 30 days is required to lease a residence at Beachplace. Here are the four new residences on the market, two are on the top floor.


Beachplace8401
Beachplace #401 in Building 8

Move right into this furnished, direct Gulf-front Beachplace residence in Building 8 offering immaculate updates throughout at 1055 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #401! Fourth-floor panoramic Gulf views of sandy-white shores and azure waters that stretch on forever welcome you. Relish captivating evening sunsets and you will find it hard to ever leave. This coastal contemporary, two-bedroom beach retreat was completely renovated in 2017.

Immediately fall in love with the direct beach vistas that stretch from Gulf-to-bay at this top-floor 2BR getaway in Building 4, residence #601. Enjoy evening sunsets on the extended wraparound terrace with access from the open living room and master suite, only offered in penthouse residences.

Beachplace 6 602
Beachplace #602 on the top floor in Building 6

There are brand new windows and sliders throughout this lovely residence at 1095 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #602! You will love the sunny views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, lush community grounds and tranquil pond waters. Offering updates throughout the 2BR layout, you can move in and immediately enjoy this top-floor home.

This charming 2BR residence #203 in Building 7 offers sunny beach views and is immediately ready for you! The light and bright interior features an open concept, oversized diagonal tile flooring throughout, updated bathrooms with granite countertops, plus a newer kitchen.

Last week I listed four homes; two in the coveted “West of Trail” area near the heart of downtown Sarasota, one in the Corey’s Landing community and one in Country Club Shores of Longboat Key. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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1744 Seminole Drive $3,995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
969 Citrus Avenue $1,995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
3436 Mistletoe Lane $1,385,000 Video Photo Slideshow
520 Wedge Lane $999,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Players Club community spotlight

by Roger Pettingell

Upgraded community in great location

Wonderful amenities at the Players Club cater to a luxury lifestyle resident

REALTALK™ #192
Community Spotlight in REALTALK™ #192.

Residents love their homes at the Players Club on Longboat Key. This is a highly sought-after community based on its location, amenities and recent upgrades, so a residence available for sale in this community is a rare occurrence. I have two listings there in different buildings that are worthy of feature reviews. This is not my first discussion of the Players Club, I highlighted this grand community last week in REALTALK™ #192 and its upgrades in REALTALK™ #78. The Players Club is on the Gulf of Mexico shores, with gorgeous sunset views and white sandy beaches.

This community was built in the years from 1981 to 1983. At the time Longboat Key had established itself as a tennis center and many of the top pros journeyed to the island to learn from the masters of tennis. The famous coach Nick Bollettieri was well established among the elite stars when he conducted his training at the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort in the late 70s. That was before moving his academy to Bradenton, and the eventual formation of IMG Academy. Today student athletes from around the world train at IMG in tennis and other popular sports of today.

With the popularity of tennis on the island the Players Club evolved into a first-rate community. The four Har-Tru tennis courts serve the community as just some of the many amenities. The many renovations include a stylish new clubhouse with a game room, library and granite catering kitchen. The fitness center has also been renovated and equipped with state-of-the-art exercise furnishings.

Players Club upgrades
Players Club upgrades in REALTALK™ #78.

The Players Club had its own list of amenities that was attractive before the renovation. With the tennis courts, there is an Olympic-sized heated swimming pool and spa. A putting green keeps golfers sharp on their short game. And of course the boardwalk to the beach is a pleasure to enjoy.

Its location sets it apart from other communities in that it is roughly midway between St. Armands Circle and the Publix Shopping center. Drive a short distance south and you are in St. Armands with its boutique shopping, fine dining and nightlife entertainment. Travel north by bicycle or car and you are in the shopping center with its anchor stores of CVS and Publix. A new Chase bank branch recently opened for your convenience.

And now the Players Club has become more valuable as an investment just for its location. With the planned development of the St. Regis resort next door on the old site of the Colony, the five-star hotel and residence community will be an attraction that will bring much value to the island. This may create an appreciation of the 134 properties that are in four buildings of the Players Club. The Colony sits vacant following the building demolition, replanted with fresh grass until construction can begin.

1465 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #504
Top-floor Players Club residence listed last week

Looking for a residence on the top floor? Last week I listed a residence at 1465 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #504 for $998,000. It is a true three-bedroom home with 2.5 baths that has been beautifully updated. Recent upgrades include marble flooring, designer cabinetry and new countertops in the eat-in kitchen, as well as both bathrooms. The corner location is waiting for you to make it your own. Gaze at the sunset from one of two beachfront terraces. Penthouse owners have the privilege of owning one garage and one under-building parking spot. A chic new rooftop deck with dining areas, barbeque grills and lounge was also added to the list of upgrades.

Players Club 202C
Furnished and move-in ready Gulfside residence

Beautifully furnished and move-in ready, this Gulfside residence at 1445 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #202 is a flourish of recent updates, offering picture-perfect views at every turn. The three bedroom, 1,600+ SF interior is a rare offer at Players Club. Fall in love with the oversized diagonal tile flooring, crown molding, new designer bathrooms and wonderfully renovated kitchen that overlooks the living/dining room. Relish breathtaking vistas of evening sunsets and ideal Gulf breezes from the open terrace that is attractively priced at $799,000.

Last week I also listed three other properties on Longboat Key’s Gulf of Mexico Drive, two in popular Beachplace and one in Sand Cay. Move right into this coastal contemporary, furnished 2BR beach retreat at 1055 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #401, completely renovated in 2017 or enjoy evening sunsets on the extended wraparound terrace only offered in the penthouse at 1115 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #601 in the Beachplace community. The top-floor residence at 4725 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #309 in the Sand Cay community offers cathedral ceilings, an open 2BR layout, plenty of windows to enhance the sunny atmosphere and is just steps from the beach. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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1055 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #401 $899,000   Photo Slideshow
1115 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #601 $699,000   Photo Slideshow
4725 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #309 $595,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Home Showcase XXXI - First of 2019

by Roger Pettingell

Waterfront and Global Luxury listings

Highly desirable homes that are a great value in the luxury market

Waterfront homes that meet the Global Luxury standard, these are homes that are highly desirable and I have listed three that meet the criteria for my first article of 2019 in my Home Showcase series. Two of these homes are on the highly sought after location of Bird Key, while one is within walking distance to St. Armands Circle on Lido Key. The Global Luxury standard of Coldwell Banker is based on features and list price. These homes are marketed to a worldwide audience.


Bird Key home on the water with expansive garage for 11 cars

212 Bird Key Drive
Bird Key - Waterfront home for the car enthusiast

Relish the opulence of brand-new bayfront living on Bird Key! This custom-built John Cannon home at 212 Bird Key Drive was just finished in August 2018 and has never been occupied. It is my first listing of 2019. Offering a flourish of gorgeous interior finishes, custom details, extensive outdoor entertaining, plus boat dock and lift on sailboat waters, this elevated 4BR residence is waiting for you to make it your own. Car aficionados will love the most unique aspect of this home, which is its expansive, two-level air-conditioned garage with room for 11 cars! You have to see this one listed at $4,040,000 and bring your favorite automobile.


Waterfront home within walking distance of famed St. Armands Circle

236 Tremont Lane
Lido Key - Secluded location with open Gulf access

Alluring bay views abound at this private 4BR residence steps from famed St. Armands Circle! Boasting a secluded location within walking distance to the best that Sarasota offers, this home is ready for you to make your own. Nearly 130’ of water frontage, plus a U-shaped dock and lift on sailboat waters, with unobstructed bay access, makes this a paradise for the avid boater and fisherman. Fall in love with tranquil bay breezes from this elevated, direct bayfront residence, overflowing with boundless possibilities at 236 Tremont Lane, selling for $3,495,000.


Meticulously maintained Bird Key home with direct access to Sarasota Bay

Marina and Moorings of the Longboat Key Club
Boating -Just 3 homes in from Sarasota Bay

My newest listing of the four, placed on the market Friday is this lovely estate at 453 East Royal Flamingo Drive listed at $2,195,000. Just three homes in from Sarasota Bay, this updated and meticulously maintained waterfront residence in Bird Key is a wonderful gem. Boating enthusiasts will appreciate the 100’ of water frontage, brand-new dock, 32,000-pound lift and seawall (all new in 2017). This 4BR plus family room and office home abounds in delightful updates, including all impact windows, sliders, storm shutters and upgraded powder room with floating vanity and walls of glass sliders in multiple rooms that open to the sunny pool deck.

In addition to the new listing at 453 East Royal Flamingo Drive last week I also listed another home in Country Club Shores and a residence in Grand Bay. The lovely 3BR waterfront home at 512 Hornblower Lane in Country Club Shores is a showcase of updates, including new kitchen and baths, walls of glass and 13’ ceilings, newer lanai with dock and lift. Furnished penthouse immediately ready for you, this 4th-floor getaway at 3070 Grand Bay Blvd, #646 abounds in spectacular, direct bay, city and Harbourside golf course views from every room. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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512 Hornblower Lane $899,000   Photo Slideshow
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Nate Jacobs promotes his dream at WBTT

by Roger Pettingell

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

A construction capital campaign close to its goal is 'Heartbeats Away'

REALTALK interview with Nate Jacobs of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe
A 2016 interview with Founder and Artistic Director Nate Jacobs of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe in REALTALK™ #101 ends with a song and dance.

On the last day of 2018 I highlighted some of the new construction projects in Sarasota and the surrounding keys. In that REALTALKplus™ article the capital campaigns of several non-profits were included. The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is one of them. Their programs have expanded beyond the walls of its current building that has blossomed the careers of many actors.

The educational and theatrical programs provided by the WBTT have been ongoing for 19 years. During that time Artistic Director and Founder Nate Jacobs has provided quality performances, while drawing crowds from all nationalities and bridging any divide in the community. Our desire for the cultural arts make us all one in Sarasota.

The 2018-19 campaign is critical for the theatre to expand to the next level. To support the enthusiasm Nate Jacobs has brought back the most requested shows and put them together as their “Command Season”. Performances include tributes to the great artists such as the wonderfully talented Aretha Franklin. The Prince of Soul tribute to singer, song-writer and Motown producer Marvin Gaye that continues through Sunday was written and adapted for the stage by Nate Jacobs. A list of their musicals and plays this year reads like an anthology of great stage productions.

The “Heart & Soul Campaign” for a building makeover is climbing to its goal of $8 million, of which $6.5 million has been raised through charitable donations. Every gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to a maximum $200,000 so your donation doubles in size. Naming rights are still available to their newly renovated Education & Outreach Building.

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe building
The remodeling of the WBTT Education & Outreach building in Sarasota was completed in April. The MainStage theater and seating on the Orange Avenue complex is about to be remodeled, beginning in May.

The planned theater will transform the existing building into an entirely new exciting first-class venue. When you first walk in your new experience will begin with a larger remodeled lobby. Seats will be expanded to 200 and remodeled with comfortable theater-style furniture. Your new experience continues with a redesigned MainStage, new lighting and sound system. Larger restrooms are planned for your convenience. Behind the scenes there will be upgraded dressing rooms, with new costume and prop areas. A second stage will be used for rehearsals and for student learning.

Education and outreach has been one of the founding principles of WBTT. The Stage of Discovery is a summer intensive program offered free to students ages 13 to 18. Not only will students develop their artistic skills taught by experienced professionals, they are challenged to become a greater person in society. Funding for this worthwhile program continues through charitable donations. The community continues its social growth through these gifts.

Special productions celebrating legacies and showcasing upcoming artists often appear on the WBTT schedule. On January 21 the troupe will present, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Celebrating his Legacy in the Spoken Word and Song, at the VPA Theatre in Booker High School. The Kid is Alright, an evening with Maicy Powell will highlight this young artist’s career on February 4 in the theatre where she began her talented story.

Black Nativity performed by the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe
An annual favorite request of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is the Black Nativity, two-act musical. The holiday show written by Langston Hughes was expanded to more days in December and moved to the Sarasota Opera House to accommodate more guests.

One of the more lasting impressions on the community is the Black Nativity, a Langston Hughes’ Broadway adaptation by Nate Jacobs. Community support for this holiday-time performance has escalated where this year extra shows were added. The current WBTT stage was undersized for demand that a move to the Sarasota Opera House was needed to include a larger stage and more seating capacity. Sold out shows continued through its five days in December.

Delight in upcoming shows, The Amen Corner by James Baldwin beginning January 23, Love Sung in the Key of Aretha, with its first date on March 13. When these two theatrical runs complete, the seats will be removed and the building will begin its transformation into a first-class theater. Construction is expected to begin in May of this year. The dream of Nate Jacobs will continue to thrive and the city will be better for it. Everything of good in life comes with a little patience.

The first listing of 2019 at $4,040,000 on Bird Key
First 2019 Listing - 212 Bird Key Drive, Sarasota

When the Pineapple dropped in downtown Sarasota at Midnight last Monday I completed another county record with $106,112,445 in volume sales. This is the ninth time in eleven years I was the top-producing single agent in Sarasota. The average sale price was $1,493,853 and last week I highlighted some of the most significant properties sold in 2018. I draw your attention to my first listing of 2019, a $4.04 million estate at 212 Bird Key Drive. This is a unique new waterfront home that boasts an incredible garage with space up to 11 cars. Even that can be expanded with space for a lift at its center and a sturdy second floor. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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2018 in Review - Happy New Year!

by Roger Pettingell

New construction transforms Sarasota

High-rise developments spark 2018 growth spurt for Sarasota County

BLVD in downtown Sarasota
BLVD - The Belle Haven Apartment building in the background of the BLVD construction site on old Quay property has been saved from the wrecking ball.

As we approach 2019 and ring in the year tonight I will take the time today to reflect on the very eventful year for new development on Longboat Key and Sarasota. It was one of the largest development booms I have seen in years. What has started this year will change the skyline of Sarasota downtown and return Longboat Key to the glory days with a resort to complement the Longboat Key Club. Even the Key Club itself is transforming with new hotel spaces.

The Rosemary District in downtown Sarasota is glowing with new construction for the luxury buyer. One of the most visible new construction sites is the BLVD, 18 stories downtown with planned 49 new residences and an estimated completion date of August 30, 2019. Get in on the ground floor, literally, as there are residences remaining for sale. The new Westin, VUE and Embassy Suites are all within a couple blocks of each other. These high rise buildings of contemporary style have already made their mark on the landscape.

As the land across the street is in the process of clearing, the old Quay area will be a wonderland of mixed use dwellings that will expand into new residential, entertainment and dining experiences. The first building to rise up out of the grounds is a new Ritz-Carlton. Sitting alone among the construction equipment and mounds of gravel is the Belle Haven Apartment building. The 1925 structure will become the center-piece of the 15-acre bayfront property once it receives a complete remodeling of its interior.

On Longboat Key, excitement abounds for the resurgence of the Colony Beach Resort. Demolition of the last building has been completed for the planned luxury resort of 17.6 acres that will be operated by the prestigious St. Regis Hotel chain and renamed Residences at Longboat Key. To continue, the courts will decide on a process to dissolve the condominium association and with it the remaining properties still under ownership. If construction begins in 2019, completion is expected by the end of 2021 for 166 five-star resort hotel rooms and 78 residential units. A highlight of the old Colony was the Monkey Bar which will be recreated on the resort grounds. Expect more opulent amenities typical of a five-star hotel such as swimming pools and a lazy river, high quality recreational facilities, fine dining and lush landscaping.

Guard Shack at Longboat Key Club entrance
The new guard shack at the Longboat Key Club entrance paves the way for the new hotel on the south end of Longboat Key overlooking New Pass.

The Longboat Key Club is undergoing its own renaissance with the realignment of its entrance road in preparation for new development on the southern end of the island. In 2015 Longboat Key residents approved a referendum that would allow 300 tourism units. Longboat Key Club owners, Ocean Properties, plan to use those units to expand its number of guest rooms with a new hotel overlooking New Pass. Although specific plans have not been made public, Ocean Properties has committed $100 million to the project.

Cultural centers and non-profits are launching capital campaigns to expand their programs that are on the drawing board. The Ringling Museum has raised most of its $100 million goal for its Ringling Inspires campaign. The upgrades to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will be significant with its $92 million campaign. The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will renovate its theater starting in the spring after meeting the campaign goal of $6 million and the Players Centre for the Performing Arts has plans to open a new three-theater complex in Lakewood Ranch, likely in 2020. The Asolo Repertory Theatre will double in size once its capital campaign is completed. The Ringling College of Art and Design has already opened its new post-production studio and three soundstages. Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium will move most of its futuristic public education center out to a site near the new Mall at University Town Center.

The year has also been kind to my real estate business, setting another county record by an individual agent. Volume sales this year totaled over $106 million with 71 total sides, a combination of seller listings and buyer representation. That beat my record last year, the previous county record, prolonging my streak of consecutive top sales for Sarasota County. There were some challenges overcoming economic instability and environmental hazards with a strong inventory of diverse properties for sale. There were some high profile sales, seven luxury properties over $3 million that are spotlighted here.

622 South Owl Drive
Highest sale of 2018 - 622 South Owl Drive

In April I sold a home that closed at the highest amount ever recorded on Bird Key, a home with adjacent land that combined closed for $8.6 million and reported in this Business Observer article. The spectacular location of this custom home is unique to Sarasota at 622 South Owl Drive. Situated on a two-lot, corner homesite, offers more than 450 feet of direct bay frontage and direct boating access to the bay and Gulf when accompanied with the 626 South Owl Drive lot with beautiful landscaping. The stunning four-bedroom layout is a flourish of beautiful finishes, featuring over 5,000 square feet of impressive interior with sound-proof office, family room, gourmet kitchen, plus a fully-equipped summer kitchen with plenty of outdoor entertaining areas.

Also in April I closed on the most coveted beach penthouse available at 1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr, #1201. Dazzling morning sunrise and crimson sunset views abound from this residence at Beach Residences, the beach properties of the Ritz-Carlton. In a fabulous corner location, this three-bedroom plus family room, top-floor residence gives the feeling of a single-family home, boasting 4,200 square feet of interior, its own private two-car garage, plus an additional covered space with two generous terraces. This residence closed at an even $5 million and can be seen here on its own single-property website.

5080 Gulf of Mexico Drive
My highest sale on Longboat Key in 2018 was at 5080 Gulf of Mexico Drive, sold at $4.7 million.

On the last day of July we closed on my highest Longboat Key sale for the year at $4.7 million. The European-inspired bayfront estate is immaculately maintained, a remarkable display of custom features and elegant finishes at 5080 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Surrounded by privacy walls of tropical landscaping with a gated entry, this special home offers more than 100 feet of bay frontage, showcasing far-reaching views of tranquil waters at every turn. The luxurious five-bedroom layout comprises nearly 9,000 square feet of designer living space and over 2,300 square feet of terraces covered in Travertine tile.

The one-of-a-kind, double-Sabel floorplan with almost 5,700 square feet of living space at 415 L’Ambiance, #C704-5 was placed on the market and within one week it went into contract for $3.9 million. Built in 1992, L’Ambiance has been sought after for its opulence and amenities. From this unique residence, the owners could use personal steps from their own terrace to access 300 linear feet of white sand on the Gulf of Mexico. In two buildings L’Ambiance offers many recreational opportunities with a state-of-the-art fitness center, Har-Tru tennis courts and heated swimming pools. Fantastic views of the Gulf of Mexico, Ringling Bridge, Sarasota Bay and sparkling lights of the city of Sarasota were accessible in this residence. This home and couple I represented were featured in a Sarasota Herald-Tribune article, Circus couple turning the page on striking Gulf-front condo.

663 Mourning Dove Drive
Bird Key - Strong 2018 sales here include this $3 million home sale at 663 Mourning Dove Drive.

Two Bird Key homes on Mourning Dove Drive closed for similar prices over $3 million. The first home at 663 Mourning Dove Drive that closed in April for $3.3 million has sprawling views of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Its expansive, 6,200 square-foot interior create an ideal environment to immediately enjoy this six-bedroom estate. Lovely details inside and out, also include pavered driveway and gated entry, coffered and tray ceilings, solid-wood beam work, chef’s kitchen with granite countertops, custom built-ins, elevator, solar water heater and panels, brick patios and an open pool deck.

Five months later I closed on a lovely, updated five bedroom, 5,000 square foot Bird Key home at 639 Mourning Dove Drive that sold for $3.15 million. This residence abounds in sprawling views of the bay, bridge and downtown. Boating enthusiasts will covet the direct-bay location, 130 feet of frontage and deep-water dockage.

Just before Thanksgiving I closed on a beachfront residence in the Longboat Key Positano community at 4985 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #401 for $3.1 million. There is a spectacular walkout to the beautiful beach and azure waters from this first-floor beachfront condo that features a private pool and spa. Positano, a 10 acre oasis with only 29 residences, has a full time security staff and a gated entrance. This is Florida living at its very best.

With each new year we reflect on the past and make resolutions for a better year. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 in 2019 if you have property to sell or buy. I wish you a very happy and healthy 2019, Happy New Year!

Mother nature gives and takes away

by Roger Pettingell

Updating the barrier islands with sand

Dredging projects to aid boat navigation and provide beach renourishment

Water, sand and debris is filtered on the beach.
Sand Filtration - One process of renourishment involves pumping sand and water onto the beach and filter out the sand to widen the area.

Now that Longboat Key has plans to dredge 14 canals in four areas of the island, is there an effect on other dredging, renourishment and groin projects in the area? Other planned and current projects affect New Pass, Big Pass, Lido Beach and a groin project on the north end of Longboat Key.

Dredging helps keep the waterways navigable, which may be considered three feet below mean lower level. The town of Longboat is using this measurement in its assessments. Keeping the waterways navigable promotes safety, supports recreation and increases home values along these canals.

With dredging you also have a good resource in some cases to renourish the beaches that we hold as a precious tourist draw. In the case of Longboat Key, the good sand that was deposited by recent storms would have to be sifted out for renourishment projects. Although the city has not decided what to do with the windfall, the 15,000 cubic yards of silt that will be pulled out may end up in a landfill.

The canal project with an estimated $1.2 million cost to cover feasibility studies, engineering, monitoring and dredging is expected to begin in the fall of 2019. The city must apply first for state and federal permits as means to discover any mitigating damage to wildlife and plants. Roughly 25% of the cost will be paid by Sarasota County, ten of the 14 canals are in Manatee County.

Dredging New Pass
Dredging New Pass - Workers begin their day for the project to increase the inlet depth and provide sand renourishment to the beaches of Lido Key.

The current project on New Pass by the drawbridge between Lido Key and Longboat Key will help offset what Hurricanes Hermine did in 2016 and Irma accomplished in 2017. Not only did these hurricanes move the sand into the channel, they reduced the width of the beaches on Lido Key that opened up considerable damage to waterfront properties. As a result New Pass had become unnavigable and the popular beach destination of Lido Key was less appealing and dangerous. This year the U.S. Coast Guard removed the channel markers from New Pass as the shifting shoal created hazardous conditions for boaters, especially those with significant drafts on fixed keel sailboats. The cost of this project is $3.9 million dollars which is expected to move 185,000 cubic yards in the 90 days of the project.

More lasting solutions to the problem on Lido Key beach has been presented, including moving sand from Big Pass to Lido Key. Big Pass is an inlet to the Gulf between Siesta Key and Lido Key. Some residents of Siesta Key have filed lawsuits to prevent the project, claiming there will be erosion on the world renown beaches of Siesta Key, a perennial favorite of beach judges and travel sites. With funds from local, state and federal governments this project is expected to begin in the spring of 2019.

In September 600 feet of beach was renourished on the north end of Longboat Key to help recover from Hurricane Irma one year before. Over 1,300 trucks from Davenport hauled in nearly 22 tons of white quartz sand during that project. White quartz sand is prevalent in the area, making it popular with tourists because it reflects 99 percent of the heat and is comfortable on bare feet.

At the same time Longboat Key started a process and is requesting permission from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to place five groins in the area spaced 350 feet apart, starting on the south side of Greer Island on the Gulf of Mexico side at the northern edge of Longboat Key. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection must also approve the project. The groins jut out into the Gulf and restrict the devastating force of seawater during a storm. If approved, the $12 million project could begin as early as fall 2019.

Longboat Key residents and businesses have become accustomed to renourishment projects. In the spring of 2016 Longboat Key used a three-sided attack on renourishing its beaches. Through the use of truck deliveries, dredging and renourishment, the $25 million project was approved by voters as a referendum a few years earlier. During that summer nearly 60-100 trucks moved sand from out of the county, and over the Ringling Bridge to eventually find their way to various points of Longboat Key. Dredging on New Pass and Longboat Pass to the north accounted for much of the renourishment on the southern and northern ends of the island.

Water, sand and debris is filtered on the beach.
24-hours a day - The project four years ago on Anna Maria Island required workers to complete shiftwork.

It is a common process on other barrier islands on the Gulf of Mexico side of Florida. Each county with scenic beaches have had some level of renourishment in the last few years. A major project on Anna Maria Island had beaches closed for a few months in 2014. Workers spent 24 hours each day working in shifts on land and on barges to use the offshore natural resources of sand deposits to renourish the beaches there. Nearly 900,000 cubic yards of sand was used to widen 4.7 miles of beaches there. An additional two miles and another 216,000 cubic yards were added to that project.

Beach erosion is a natural process. Experts estimate that 10-15 feet of beach width is eroded each year from pounding waves against the shoreline. Sometimes we put up with some inconveniences to perpetuate the paradise we live in. I listed two residences for sale on Longboat Key last week, increasing our inventory for the peak sale months. The first is a beautifully furnished residence at the Players Club. This amenity-rich community recently finished remodeling its clubhouse. The second is a home on the north end within a short walk of Greer Island discussed in this article. Florida-sourced vegetation surround this charmingly private bungalow in Long Beach. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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Thirsty? Read this week's article

by Roger Pettingell

Craft beer finds its own in the area

Microbreweries rise up around many areas of Sarasota and Manatee counties

Motorworks in Bradenton
Motorworks - Co-owner Frank Tschida enjoys one of his own creations from his brewery in Bradenton

Do you want to make and sell craft beer as a living? The rise of microbreweries in Florida has been constant, now almost every major city in the state can claim multiple breweries where consumers can order the beer made on site. The name brewpubs is the shortened combination of brewery pubs, but you likely won’t find that in marketing. They just advertise the brewery in the name.

Typically multiple flavors of beer display the taste and invention of the brewmaster in these microbreweries. In the local breweries it is common to see up to 22 different tastes of ales, IPAs and stouts. Some are marketed with fruity flavors or seasonal based on the holiday, pumpkin in the fall is popular.

And the alcoholic content varies as much with the taste. What used to be 6 percent Alcohol by Volume, now is pushing 9 percent by some breweries. Although common wisdom in the brewing industry is that 14 percent ABV is the upper limit, Samuel Adams introduced the Triple Bock in 1994 that contained 17.5 percent ABV. The higher content beers are also considered premium liquids and can get a higher price. Local breweries have also introduced their own high content beers.

So why has the phenomenon taken off in recent years? Since 1979 the number of microbreweries have climbed, federal laws deregulated the industry that year under President Carter. It was left up to the states to set their own limits which Florida has done. With a $500 license you can brew up to 10,000 kegs per year. That is more than enough for personal consumption. You can opt for a higher license and become a distributor of your own craft beer. Before jumping in though, you will need to check zoning laws and register with state and federal agencies for permits.

You can actually see some of the beers on shelves at your local grocery stores. In 2016, 99 percent of the 5,301 breweries in the United States have been classified as microbreweries. The growth has slowed a little in the past three years but still represents a significant number.

You can find a number of these breweries locally in wet zones around the city. JDub’s in Sarasota is located near the Ed Smith baseball stadium, while Motorworks and the Darwin Brewing Co. are within a block of each other around the LECOM baseball diamond in Bradenton. Baseball fans do love to consume: peanuts, Cracker Jacks and beer.

Other breweries are off the beaten path. The Naughty Monk in Lakewood Ranch is located miles from Main Street. Big Top Brewing is located near I-75 in Sarasota but thankfully away from any entrance ramps. The Corporate Ladder Brewing Company in Palmetto is near an I-75 ramp on Moccasin Wallow Road.

Owners join organizations that promote the industry, a camaraderie all to itself. Many join the Florida Brewers Guild that is devoted to advocacy and education. The Brewers Association is a national group that promotes craft beers. This month six breweries gathered at Off the Wagon Bar in Venice for a Brewery-vs-Brewery Family Feud. Teams from the Naughty Monk, JDub’s, Darwin, Corporate Ladder, Big Top and Off the Wagon faced off against each for charity.

JDub's beer garden
JDub's Beer Garden - Near Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, this brewery has special events and food truck rallies when it opens up its grounds.

JDub’s is popular with its Food Truck Rallies. Food trucks are the main source of restaurant food at most of the local breweries and it’s not bad either. The trucks compete for bragging rights in the parking lot of JDub’s while patron parking is moved to the side lots, of which there is plenty. During regular business days the trucks rotate so there is one in the parking lot on most open days. The pub and beer garden courtyard serve as gathering points for guests. This brewing company has four flagship beers around 5 percent ABV and two yearly offerings of 10 and 11 percent ABV. They also promote a fruits of Florida series.

Formerly a Hudson Motors car dealership, some of the motif can still be seen in the taproom of Motorworks in Bradenton. Owners Frank and Denise Tschida have created an arena for beer competitive sports such as corn bag tossing and bocce ball in their beer garden with a 150 year old oak tree in the center. The food truck is the 9th Street West side of the building, opposite the main stage. Sporting events are projected on two large screens, one in the tap room and one in the beer garden. They have a number of award-winning beers to choose from and a full liquor bar. Also, check out their Groupon deals on a flight of beer tastings.

Darwin Brewing Company
Darwin Brewing - A second brewery near LECOM baseball stadium in the heart of Bradenton

Down the road and across from LECOM field is the Darwin Brewing Company. Its crafted IPAs, ales, stouts and pilsners are highly respected artisan ales and lagers. This brewing company opened its doors in 2012 serving Andean cuisine. Craft beers were added later when the brewery began its operations soon after the opening. They have a good selection of seasonal and core beers to select from. Darwin is closed Mondays and Tuesdays and may have seasonal hours so you may want to check ahead.

Get your circus mind in gear under the Big Top Brewing Company in Sarasota. One of the first breweries in Sarasota, this company near Nathan Benderson Park will coordinate some of its big events around rowing championships there. They are open seven days a week until 10 PM on weekdays but are open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. They have a special blend of 22 special night, core and specialty brews on tap. Join the Big Top Beer Club to receive news about events and new offerings on tap.

Off the Wagon
Off the Wagon - This bar serves Three Bridges Brewing selections from its location in Venice

Head on down to Venice on Tamiami Trail to the Off the Wagon Bar and its own award-winning 3 Bridges Brewery serving high quality cuisine at good prices and cocktails. Open seven days a week, this venue books some of the best entertainment in the area and has something for everyone every night of the week. Mondays are trivia night and karaoke spins with DJ Tony on Thursday nights.

The Corporate Ladder Brewing Company in Palmetto where the owners boast they quit work and started brewing beer. They are open seven days a week until 10 PM, midnight on Friday and Saturday. Sunday is their day of rest when they close at 8 PM. They have 15 of their own beers on tap and 8 guest taps, including a Fruit-Full Fort, a strong ale with 17.2 percent ABV. Of their own brewing, the Nepotism stout is an 11.9 percent ABV and the Where’s My Bonus Check is an ale served with 9.1 percent ABV.

Naughty Monk Brewing
Naughty Monk - The brewery is in full view from the taproom in Lakewood Ranch

Brewmasters have crafted 22 flavors of Belgian-inspired beers and one cider on tap at the Naughty Monk in Lakewood Ranch. A variety of wines are also available for consumption. The taproom is nicely configured with plenty of seating, activities and two prestigious Diamond pool tables. You have a full view of the brewery through glass walls and possibly arrange for a tour. Check out the daily food truck for food, but outside restaurant orders are encouraged. Gather on Tuesdays for 2-for-1 beer specials and Thursdays for trivia competitions. The Pump Queen is an ale that boasts 9.8 percent ABV with a pumpkin pie aroma.

If you are thirsty for a good craft beer check out any of these breweries or do your own search for more discoveries. While on a discovery tour, check out my three new listings last week including this stunning home on Yawl Lane in Country Club Shores. I increased options for Grand Bay with a listing there and now have a new listing at the popular Promenade, which has recently undergone a renovation. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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