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A good variety among local farmers markets

by Roger Pettingell

A win-win situation with Farmers Markets

Markets provide entertainment and fresh produce throughout the year

Ty Kirkland
Live Music - Local musician Ty Kirkland performs at a recent farmers market on Saturday morning.

Farmers Markets are popular in the Sarasota area. You can find them in most municipalities, concentrating on Saturday mornings. The benefits are wonderful to the local farmers of these nutritious plants and to the buyers who are looking for fresh food at good prices. There is even entertainment and a place to mingle with neighbors. Some are seasonal and others are there every Saturday morning.

When 75% of the farmers in these markets claim they use organic methods of crop production, you can be assured the fruits and vegetables you buy are fresh and nutritious. These markets serve the communities in other ways. They stimulate the local economies and maintain a good cultural atmosphere for farm promotions in rural settings.

Most even have an online presence to promote their events that coincide with the markets. The Sarasota Farmers Market is open year round on Saturdays from 7 AM to 1 PM. The foot traffic generated around Lemon Avenue is a boon for the businesses in the area. Sarasota has grown its market to become one of the largest since it first opened in 1979.

The Sarasota market formed as a non-profit organization in 2009 to focus on local food growers. The non-profit status also allowed this organization to assist other local non-profits and establish educational programs. With this motivation the Earth Day Celebration on April 20 will highlight some of the non-profits. Events for children are also planned with a harp performance and the smooth sounds of the Sarasota Jazz Project.

You can bring sociable pooches to the market in Sarasota as long as the owners abide by basic rules of pet control. Non-expandable short leashes are required and they don’t like it when dogs get their meals from the vendors. Please carry a bag to dispose of dog waste. Service dogs are always welcome.

A second Sarasota market at 4454 S. Beneva Road is open from 8 AM to 1 PM on Saturdays. There are three Detwiler’s Farm Markets including the one at 6100 N. Lockwood Ridge Road. It is a commercial venture open seven days a week from 8 AM to 5 PM, but closed this Sunday for Easter. Bread, fruits and vegetables baked and grown locally are available at the Phillippi Farmhouse Market, open Wednesdays from 9 AM to 2 PM.

Farmers Market in Bradenton
The Bradenton Farmers Market is open every Saturday in season from 9 AM to 2 PM on Old Main Street.

Musicians perform at each end of Old Main Street in Bradenton to welcome guests who visit the Farmers Market there each Saturday from 9 AM to 2 PM. It is season from the first Saturday in October to the last in May. Every third Saturday of each month local artists display their work for sale on Fourth Avenue West, perpendicular to the farmers market. There are other special events throughout the market season to celebrate Halloween, FFA and 4H clubs, artists and young readers. They advertise 35 vendors offering fresh grown food and prepared meals. Dogs are welcome here too, kept on a leash and with other sensible restrictions.

Open for two years, a short life span for farmers markets, the market at Lakewood Ranch has grown to 40 vendors and a wider variety of prepared foods, seafood, fresh grown foods and cooking demonstrations. Since it is close to dusk from 3 PM to 7 PM each Wednesday, the live music is geared toward a later crowd and the sunset yoga is a popular event. There are specialty days with DIY workshops and Bingo. The Lakewood Ranch market is also seasonal from December to April at the polo grounds, 8201 Polo Club Lane.

Another popular farmers market is located at the city hall in Venice year round each Saturday, with winter hours January through April of 8 AM to 1 PM. The Venice Farmers Market closes at noon on other months. The variety is here with cooking demonstrations, fresh food, pastries, baked goods, art and clothing.

The Beach Market at Coquina Beach has a different schedule depending on the season. Excluding holidays the market is open 10 AM to 2 PM each Sunday from November to July and doubles up each week on Wednesdays from the third week of December to the fourth week of May. The South Bradenton Beach is closed August to October. The market atmosphere here is focused on art sales but you can find some fresh food while relaxing on the white Gulf of Mexico sandy beach. Food and drinks are served at the Coquina Café and the AMI String Band plays live music from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. It is wheelchair accessible but sorry, only service dogs are welcome.

I listed two waterfront homes last week. The first is a boater’s dream home that overlooks a deep-water canal and mangroves at 705 Jungle Queen Way. The second is a lakefront home in Kentwood Estates at 1555 Eastbrook Drive. 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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Comedy clubs and hilarious stage plays

by Roger Pettingell

Laughter, good medicine at any time

The best locations to find comedy performances in Sarasota

Florida Studio Theatre
Improv comedy - The Florida Studio Theatre improv troupe performs Friday and Saturday nights.

“Laughter is good medicine,” are upcoming seminars at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in April. And indeed, humor can turn a stressful day into a day that has a feel-good ending. How about any day of the week? There are a few places in Sarasota to get a regular fill of laughter and chase those blues away. Some of these venues you may be quite familiar with and others only passively recognized for its comedy.

The first venue that comes to mind is McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, which last year celebrated its 30 year anniversary in Sarasota. Pam and Les McCurdy have been operating the theatre since 1988 from local venues in Bradenton and Sarasota. After 2014 the club moved from a small strip mall in the Trail Plaza, across from the Walmart Marketplace on North Tamiami Trail.

Today it continues as one of the most prestigious comedy clubs on the Gulf coast at their current location, 1923 Ringling Blvd in downtown Sarasota. There you can find well known comedians nightly such as Pauly Shore, Jamie Kennedy who has appeared in over 40 films, Josh Blue and his comedic look at his cerebral palsy that has been highlighted on network TV, late night talk-show guest Chris Cope, Helen Keaney with numerous TV credits, or Al Romas who has appeared on MTV and Comedy Central. Dale Jones, with several comedy shows on his resume, is up next from Wednesday to Sunday.

As their tagline also indicates it is a Humor Institute, a boot camp to build confidence on stage for those willing to share their jokes or humorous anecdotes. Les and Ken Sons guide the tutelage for structuring an on-stage performance. Sounds serious, but laughter is soon to break out in these sessions. These eight-day classes result in a 95% success claim, they say the other 5% just don’t listen. The next on-stage performance from the Humor Institute is on May 1. Visit the Green Room before and after where everyone is a comedian.

Alumni and other self-proclaimed comedians compete on stage in Open Mic Nights on Wednesdays starting April 24 and on some Tuesdays starting May 7. The competition concludes in an Open Mic session on June 18 with the winner receiving five minutes on the main stage and a cash prize. The annual World Series of Comedy, July 17-20, will present 40 North American comedians who travel the United States to compete in cities as the best comedian in the country. You can register as a comedian on TheWorldSeriesofComedy.com website.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Big and Purple - Yes, there are comedy acts at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota

Mostly known for attracting high-profile concerts, musicals and stage performances, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall brings in some of the most highly visible comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno to its stage. Next Tuesday The Second City troupe is in the city with their show, “It’s Not you, It’s Me” which brings laughter to the study of human relationships. The hilarious musical, “Menopause” follows on Wednesday. Multiple award-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg performs stand-up on April 27. And if you haven’t seen, “The Book of Mormon” get your tickets now as they go quickly for the four shows January 7-10, 2020.

The Florida Studio Theatre has its improv team perform every Saturday at 8:30 PM. The current run is “Comedy Freestyle” where all the rules of improv are removed. Just about anything Sarasota, “Life’s a Beach” is an improv performance each Friday at 7:30 PM. The “Tournament of Fools” this Saturday lets the audience decide who goes on to be the “Champion of the Fools”. For longer running plays, “Buyer and Cellar,” takes a comedic route in the play about a struggling actor who finds out life in the big city when he moves to Los Angeles. The show is currently running through Sunday in the FST Bowne’s Lab Theatre at 1241 North Palm Avenue.

“In a Word” at the Urbanite Theatre is extended to April 21 and combines grief with comedy for a look back at one fateful night. The theater on Second Avenue presents many dramatic plays but slips in a good hilarious performance such as the satirical “The Thanksgiving Play” with a long run starting November 8.

Now back to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where lectures on Parkinson’s support, baby health and trauma treatments are scheduled daily, they include a lesson improving your health through laughter at HealthConnection on the first floor of the hospital this Friday and again on April 26. Improv actors from FST will lead the hour-long training of laughter exercises.

Keep up the laughter for a healthy lifestyle, these venues and more have their performances listed on our upcoming events page. Get your Vitamin D in Sarasota with outside activities while visiting. And when you are ready to commit permanently or during the winter months check out my new listing last week in the Beaches community at 775 Longboat Club Rd, #706. This beautifully updated seventh-floor 2BR/2BA residence has direct Gulf of Mexico views on the beach 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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Sarasota Spring festivals Series III

by Roger Pettingell

Sarasota's popular festivals this week

A frenzy of wine auctions, chalk art, movies and chamber music

Our festival schedule has been heavy this year, nearly one good-sized festival each weekend. This week is different, a frenzy start to some of the most attended festivals to choose from in art, music, wine and film. While two of these festivals continue into next week, a fifth festival begins for whiskey aficionados.

Wine Auction to benefit children's programs in Sarasota

Florida Winefest Auction Sarasota
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall - Florida Winefest Auction kicks off the series of festivals

Four days of events for wine connoisseurs and philanthropists begins Thursday with proceeds to benefit 18 Sarasota children programs, the Florida Winefest Auction kicks off on the South lawn of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The Pique Nique Sur la Baie, Winefest Style “Where the Guests are the Show” is at 11 AM, followed by an opening reception at noon. The “Apre La Fete” luncheon starting at 1:30 PM with half of your reservation fee is tax deductible toward the charities.

Wine dinners follow at Mattison’s Forty One, Sage SRQ and San Remo private residence. On Friday a lunch tasting will be held at the bayfront of the Van Wezel with a grand banquet on the block of Lemon Avenue starting at 6:30 PM. Educational seminars and classes are Friday and Saturday with the Grand Tasting, Brunch and Charity Auction at 11 AM Saturday at the Van Wezel Bayfront. Enjoy Wine on the Water Sunday at 1 PM on the Bayfront. A complimentary Business Trade Tasting Friday open to licensed members is by invitation only.

Chalk Festival returns to downtown Sarasota for the first time since 2013

Sarasota Chalk Festival
The Sarasota Chalk Festival returns to downtown

One of the top festivals in Sarasota was moved to the Venice Airport grounds to attract 200,000 visitors from around the world. The Sarasota Chalk Festival last year in November was postponed and rescheduled to start April 5 at its original location in downtown Sarasota. The regular schedule will pick back up November 15 in Venice. The streets of Burns Square will come alive with street chalk artwork from the masters of their craft that travel here from around the globe.

Under the theme of “Museum in Motion” the streets of Burns Square will become the canvas for these artists to transform downtown into a festival of beauty for the first time in six years. A world debut of 3-dimensional illusion art by 3D pavement illusion designer Kurt Wenner will be on display. Stroll through the artwork at night on Saturday evening when the streets become illuminated with lanterns. Live music, late shopping and the artists will be discussing their artwork starting at 6 PM. Amateur adult artists and students over the age of 12 can also participate in the three-day festival for free by requesting a spot on the website.

Sarasota Film Festival for 2019 starts with a look at the career of Mike Wallace

Friday begins the Sarasota Film Festival with a look at the career of one of the most iconic broadcast journalists in “Mike Wallace is Here” by award winning director Avi Belkin. The movie at 6 PM in the Municipal Auditorium will be followed by a panel discussion led by Belkin on the legacy Wallace left behind. An opening night party follows at The Modern in downtown Sarasota. The Regal Hollywood Stadium 11 will host many of the 200 feature and short film screenings during the nine days of the festival.

The festival continues award ceremonies and parties at multiple locations in Sarasota. Have an upfront conversation with Greg Kinnear, Oscar nominee for “As Good as It Gets,” 1 PM at Sage SRQ on April 13, the last night of the festival when his directorial debut of “Phil” premieres. The closing night party at Sage SRQ is destined to be one of the most elegant and enthusiastic parties of the year. But save your energy for the last day on Sunday as multiple award winning actress Blythe Danner takes the Sage SRQ stage for a personal discussion of films and Broadway. Anne Heche, actress, director and screenwriter follows at 1 PM.

Chamber music is highlighted at the Opera House in the La Musica Festival

Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
La Musica events will be hosted at the Opera House

Artistic director Bruno Giuranna has put together four concert performances in the Opera House downtown to begin next Monday and continue every three days during the 2019 La Musica International Chamber Music Festival. Giuranna is a world renown violinist and conductor, providing direction for the festival with associate artistic director, American born and famed pianist Derek Han.

On concert off days you may want to take in a rehearsal of the masters in the Mildred Sainer Pavilion at New College of Florida, the first of which is Saturday. A free panel discussion on the continuing legacy of chamber music, "Truthful and Timeless", will follow the rehearsal April 9 at New College. Bradenton resident Harold J. Bott Jr. will lead a discussion of panelists Giuranna, Han and others.

Meet the musicians and enjoy a mini concert, “An Irish Melody and Mozart’s Flute Quartet”, April 12 in the Dolphin Aviation Hangar at SRQ Airport starting at 5:30 PM. Although sold out, the Musical Chefs Interactive Dinner in Michael’s Wine Cellar is an annual treat. You can put this on your plans next year when La Musica returns for its 34th year.

“It Must be the Whiskey” and everything about it during its obsession 2019

Look out Sarasota, the seventh annual Whiskey Obsession, the largest whiskey festival in the United States hits Sarasota for four days starting April 10. An elegant four course kickoff dinner with executive chef Anthony Puccio at the Sarasota Yacht Club gets the festival rolling.

On Thursday, two intimate small group dinners at the Hyatt Regency are paired with panel discussions of relevant topics. Four award winning whiskies are celebrated at the World Whiskey Dinner, while four Scotch whiskies are paired with dinner during the Single Malt Scotch Dinner. A panel of unique distillers and Whiskey experts share brands at an interactive tasting after the dinners. Samples of Whistle Pig Rye conclude the evening on Thursday, a lively late night gathering with live music.

A master class of single malt scotch begins the activities on noon Friday at The Bijou restaurant. One of the highlights of the festival is the Grand tastings and Masterclasses Friday evening at the Hyatt Regency. There are three ticket levels for these events. Two events on Saturday conclude the festival, the Women of Whiskey brunch at the Sarasota Yacht Club and Beer, Bourbon and Cigars at Smokin’ Joes on Main Street.

You can find these festivals and hundreds of other events through May 3, 2020 on our Upcoming Events page. This page is updated every week on Thursday to help you plan for the weekend and beyond.

Last week I listed a sunny and open three-bedroom townhome at 1555 Napoli Drive West in Sarasota. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy. Enjoy the remainder of your April Fool’s Day, this list of events was no joke.

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Revisiting Grand Bay - Home Showcase XXXIV

by Roger Pettingell

Grand Bay, overlooking Sarasota Bay

Community that is secure, located for convenience on Longboat Key

REALTALK™ #117
REALTALK™ #117 spotlight on Grand Bay

The community that overlooks Sarasota Bay is certainly grand, inspiring the name Grand Bay. Six buildings built by the Arvida Corporation from 1994 to 1999 are tucked away in a secure location of Bay Isles, secured with its own manned guard gate 24 hours a day. I have four listings there, three in the last few months, for my Home Showcase XXXIV.

I highlighted Grand Bay in my REALTALK™ #117 Community Spotlight video, on a beautiful day in February 2017. We’ve had many more similar weather days since then so our reputation as the Sunshine State remains strongly intact. In the video I discussed the value you can achieve in these residences and the variety of size floor level.

You also have the option of choosing from different floor plans. With nearly 3,000 square feet of living space, the corner Antigua floor plan is highly desirable as it overlooks the Harbourside Golf Course of the Longboat Key Club and gentle waters of Sarasota Bay. Residents with a Biscayne floor plan enjoy a split bedroom plan, wraparound balcony, great room and media room under 2,250 square feet of living space. The 2,500 square-foot Cayman flows through the building with balconies facing east and west, for sunrise and sunset vistas. Penthouse suites offer the highest level of luxury and views, a large terrace for your own private hot tub or putting green and over 4,400 square feet of living space.

There are three different floor plans in buildings five and six. Without modification, equipped with two bedrooms, two baths and wraparound balcony the Aruba floor plan is open with a great room and split bedroom plan for guest privacy. The Bimini floor plan is designed with a wraparound terrace, ideal for sunset gazing. Like the Cayman, the Capri floor plan flows through the building with direct balcony access from the master and guest bedrooms, nearly 1,400 square feet.

Grand Bay is very pet-friendly, one of the Longboat Key communities that allow up to two large dogs. Within the community you have access to two swimming pools, Har-Tru tennis courts, a fitness center and clubhouse. There are social meeting rooms for small gatherings. Residents also appreciate the on-site management and experienced maintenance staff. Grand Bay is located close to Publix, CVS and Chase bank and is a short drive to St. Armands Circle.

All residences at Grand Bay come with deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club. You can take advantage of the well maintained white sand and warm Gulf of Mexico waters currently at 70 degrees, open 24 hours with a private gate pass. Catch the sunset or enjoy the many amenities of the beach club such as sand volleyball. The club is equipped with a pavilion which is available for reservations to entertain guests. Grills, restrooms and showers enhance your beach enjoyment.

In the last 12 months I have closed on four of my listings at Grand Bay with an average sale of $802,500. Currently there are 14 residences for sale, I have a brief summary of my four listings below.


Stylishly furnished, three-bedroom Cayman residence is move-in read

3040
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #223

A flourish of fabulous upgrades and stylishly furnished, this lovely Cayman residence in Building II at 3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #223 is ready to immediately move into! Upon entering, designer updates throughout in 2013 and floor-to-ceiling glass walls showcasing direct views of Sarasota Bay, Harbourside Golf Course and downtown greet you to this sunny three-bedroom residence. Includes two generous terraces, an east-facing terrace is the perfect place to enjoy bay breezes and panoramic views, plus one on the west accessed from the den and kitchen, priced at $1,130,000.


Spectacular views from this eight-floor Cayman residence in Building II

3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #283
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #283

Eighth-floor living offers beautiful direct views that stretch from Sarasota Bay, golf course and downtown’s city skyline to the Gulf of Mexico; this light and open three-bedroom Cayman residence at 3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #283 is a wonderful complement listed at $995,000. Double doors open to a sprawling interior offering walls of floor-to-ceiling glass in multiple rooms that beautify the sunny atmosphere around every corner.


Penthouse getaway includes two under-building parking spaces

3070
3070 Grand Bay Blvd, #646

Furnished penthouse immediately ready for you, this fourth-floor getaway abounds in spectacular, direct bay, city and golf course views from every room at 3070 Grand Bay Blvd, #646, in an Aruba floor plan in Building VI. A relaxing and sunny ambiance welcomes you to this charming two-bedroom residence. Includes two parking spaces and is listed at $699,000.


Offered furnished with an expansive terrace located near the best of Grand Bay

3060 Grand Bay Blvd, #112
3060 Grand Bay Blvd, #112

Priced for the perfect value at $695,000, move right in and immediately begin enjoy this charming three-bedroom Biscayne residence at 3060 Grand Bay Blvd, #112. In close proximity to many first-rate community amenities, with an expansive terrace that wraps from one end of the residence to the other and access from just about every room. Walls of glass in most rooms allow for plenty of sunny views of Harbourside Golf Course and Sarasota Bay. Offered furnished, you will appreciate the stone flooring, open layout, private bedroom suites and eat-in kitchen.

I listed two residences worthy of the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury brand last week, based on their features and list price. These properties are marketed worldwide. The first is on Golden Gate Point in The Phoenix community. The second is in the north building of L’Ambiance on the Gulf of Mexico shores. 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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Options without a boat ownership

by Roger Pettingell

In Sarasota without a boat, no worries

Variety of boat charter, membership or rental options discussed

Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota
Marina Jack - The harbor pier companies offer plenty of charter, membership or rental opportunities.

When you live near the water as we do in Sarasota you may love boating and fishing, or fishing and boating. Either way it’s recreational boating at its best on the bay, intracoastal and Gulf of Mexico. You may own your own boat or you may decide to captain a boat through other means. Renting, timeshare or charter services are plentiful in the area but are typically restricted from dusk-to-dawn boating. You have many options.

An average boat rental may start with a 17-foot center console for a few hours to a full-day or multi-day program on a 24-foot deck boat. The maximum number of guests range with the size too, from four to 12. Cannons Marina on Longboat Key has a good selection of pleasure or fishing boats. Near Siesta Key, check out Siesta Key Marina at 1265 Old Stickney Point Rd. Nearby is CB’s Saltwater Outfitters. Bradenton Boat Rental near Whitfield Estates has a selection of boats for rental by the day.

Looking for a pontoon boat to accommodate more guests? You have a number of choices such as Sarasota Boat Rentals has two locations for pontoon rentals in the Marina Jack harbor and another at south Siesta Key, 8865 Midnight Pass Road. Pontoons are also available for rent at H2O Watersports just south of the Seafood Shack in Cortez.

Personal Watercraft (PWC) are available at some of the same locations as above, including H2O Watersports and Siesta Key Jet Ski at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters. Cortez Watersports, also near the Seafood Shack also has a good number of jet skis for rent. Island Jet Ski in Englewood and Osprey rent jet skis and pontoon boats.

The boat rental companies want experienced boaters and each has their own set of rules. Compliance with Florida law is a requirement of all rental companies, the first of which states that persons born on or after January 1, 1988 (21 this year), are required to complete a NASBLA-approved boater education course prior to operating a vessel powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or more. The regulations and a list of exemptions can be found on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website. Online courses qualify for licensing. Most of the local rental companies will ensure the boat is properly equipped with the correct number of life jackets and safety equipment.

Personal Watercraft are restricted to those over 14 years of age and no one under the age of 21 may rent a PWC. In most cases the rentals of boats are restricted to those over the age 21. You may also need to demonstrate that you have the skills in boat operation and safety if you are over the age of 21.

Captains are available upon advanced request, typically at $25 per hour plus tips and a four-hour minimum. Tax and fuel usage are additional charges. There are varying degrees of cancellation fees, be sure to ask. They may also cancel your trip if there is a small craft advisory associated with stormy weather or high winds.

Enjoy your day on the water with a charter

The Flying Fish Fleet in Sarasota
The Flying Fish Fleet in Sarasota by Marina Jack is one of a few companies that has a variety of charters.

Another option to enjoyable boating is to charter a boat with a number of options in Sarasota. Fishing charters are a wonderful way to get where the fish are. Knowledgeable captains give great advise on proper techniques and will know the legal restrictions for fishing Florida waters. They can get you set up with the right licenses whether you are fishing shoreline, in freshwater or saltwater. Florida residents can get a free shoreline fishing license. Discounted freshwater or saltwater licenses are available to Florida residents. Free licenses are also distributed to seniors over 65 years of age.

Charters are a great way to get on the water with sailboats as well since they require a little more knowledge and skills than power boats. There are a number of sailing companies that offer a day on the water with the breeze as your power. Sarasota Sail & Power Boat, Flying Fish Fleet, Key Sailing, Latitude Sailing and Captain Jacks offer a sailing experience. Kathleen D. Sailing in the Marina Jack harbor and Connelly Yacht Charters in Whitfield Estates have a number of large catamarans.

A dinner cruise is a form of charter, it just may not be exclusive to your small group. But large groups such as weddings are exclusive to you aboard the Marina Jack II. Their captains are certified notaries so a wedding on the water is official. The 96-foot cruise boat is a great way for a sunset dinner on the water. LeBarge Tropical Cruises in the Marina Jack Plaza are more casual with sightseeing tours and tropical sunset cruises. It has a full bar, light food menu and is an ideal location to watch the 4th of July Fireworks or Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade. LeBarge is also available for private charters. As with all charters, a personal recommendation may a go a long way and Yelp.com is useful for suggestions. Then just sit back and enjoy yourself.

Maintenance-free boat memberships, like timeshares on the water

Freedom Boat Club
Freedom Boat Club - Membership in one the local clubs is a maintenance-free way to be on the water.

There are two organizations that have good locations in the Sarasota area, that once registered with the club you only pay a low monthly fee and fuel that you use. The Freedom Boat Club has franchise throughout the United States and the Waves Boat and Social Club has five locations from Englewood to Cortez.

The number of locations for the Freedom Boat Club is unique, most of the good waterfront cities in over 175 cities of the United States and Canada will have a franchise open to its members. Beyond that, they have locations in places you may not expect such as Navajo Lake State Park in New Mexico or Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.

There are different levels of memberships at Freedom to fit your needs. Seasonal memberships in the southern states, family and single memberships are offered. Pay attention, they often run specials so that you can save on memberships. Once enrolled, your monthly fee covers maintenance of the boats, insurance and staff. All you pay for is fuel that you use. There may be restrictions if you join in Michigan but want all of the extended offerings in Florida.

Reservations are recommended and made online, so you may not have access to a favorite deck boat on a busy day without a reservation. The same system is used whether booking in Sarasota or at a location in Ohio on Lake Erie. The club is also increasing its fleet of sailboats at each location. Once you sit through a three-hour indoctrination on boating safety after joining, sailboat captains also attend a skills demonstration on the water.

The Waves Boat and Social Club has been around for over 22 years with its five locations in the Sarasota area. Deck, pontoon, fishing and even kayaks are in their fleet of boats at each location. Very similar to the Freedom Boat Club with its membership fee, followed by seasonal and full-time monthly fees of $189 to $289, this club may be right for you if you limit yourself to the western intracoastal, west shores of the Gulf and Sarasota Bay.

Throughout the week different days are staggered at each location as a day off for employees. For instance, the Boatyard Villages location on Stickney Point Road are closed on Tuesdays. On Mondays the location by the Seafood Shack in Cortez is closed but you can call the office and arrange for a boat. The Fisherman’s Wharf is closed on Thursdays, Phillippi Harbor Club is closed on Wednesdays and Stump Pass Marina in Englewood is closed on Thursdays. During the peak season months all locations may be open seven days a week, dusk to dawn.

Waves has its social club aspect as well. Members are invited to the beach parties, tours and sunset cruises. The concierge may also point out the best restaurants to enjoy special occasions along the waterways. And if you like the area well enough to join the club, think of home ownership as well. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

 

Role of Longboat Key in WWII

by Roger Pettingell

Area played a vital role in training pilots

Munitions from military training exercises continue to be found on island

Plaque to commemorate World War II training exercises
WWI Training Commemorative Plaque - The plaque at 4250 Gulf of Mexico Drive recognizes Longboat Key for its pilot training services in World War II.

Longboat Key played a vital role in training fighter pilots during World War II, a fact many longtime residents of the island have known for years. In the 1940s Longboat Key was more desolate and Florida had ideal weather for training. Along the Sarasota and Manatee county line, the attraction wasn’t tourism, it was warfare preparation. What started as construction of a civilian airport under the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the current Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) was transformed as one of three landing strips in the area used to launch the U.S. Army P-40s and P-51s fighter planes.

From different bases including the Sarasota Army Air Base, they would practice their bombing runs over Longboat Key with powder-filled bombs that a made more visual impact than explosion. Spotters could gage the accuracy of the pilots with the flurry of smoke the bombs made on impact.

The Venice Army Air Base, now the Venice Municipal Airport (VNC), was the second training ground for fighter pilots of four different planes who also practiced bombing runs over Fruitville Road area and Osprey locations. The third was MacDill Air Force Base (MCF) located in Tampa, still in use today as a military base of operations. The training was treacherous and pilots lost their lives with skip bombing practice runs. Skip bombing was used to attack ships by dropping the bombs at low altitude and have it skip across the water into the hull. The town and the Longboat Key Historical Society have commemorated its role in the war with one of seven historical markers at the Town Water Plant located at 4250 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

World War II artifacts are continually unearthed to this day. Occasionally 50-caliber shell casings have been found on the beaches. A P-40 canopy washed up on the shore in 1985. Contractors that sift through the sand during dredging and renourishment projects regularly find shell casings and rounds. Even live rounds have been reported. The Department of Defense has scheduled a munitions cleansing project for Longboat Key in 2047 after labeling the area a low-risk for hazardous rounds of ammo. Two years ago the U.S. Coast Guard was dispatched to waters off the northern tip of Anna Maria Island on reports of an unexploded ordnance.

The famed Lido Key Casino was also built starting in 1938 as a WPA project and opened in May of 1940. During WWII the casino was host to many military personnel relaxing from the rigors of training at nearby military bases. The casino was used as a lookout post for German U-Boat submarines during the war and reports of U-boats in Charlotte Harbor have been recorded. The casino lasted a scant 29 years before its demolition in 1969.

Last week I listed an exclusive direct bayfront residence within walking distance to Sarasota’s downtown. This 3BR/31/2BA contemporary residence in the sought-after Golden Gate Point neighborhood is a move-in ready dream at 188 Golden Gate Pt, #201. 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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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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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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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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969 Citrus Avenue $1,995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
3436 Mistletoe Lane $1,385,000 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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