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Sand Renourishment Moves South to Longboat

by Roger Pettingell

Sand Renourishment Moves South

Longboat Key Schedules Project for Mid-2015

A barge draws sand from a surveyed pocket
A barge draws sand from a surveyed pocket.

Beach erosion on the outer keys destroys wildlife habitats, threatens beach homes and hinders tourist traffic. Beach renourishment projects replenish the sand so that nature can take over and reposition the sand base over several months. The current beach renourishment project on Anna Maria Island is similar to one scheduled for the summer of 2015 here on Longboat Key.

Juan Florenza, public works director for the Town of Longboat Key, said that bids will be sent out to companies that will renourish certain sections of the town’s 11 miles of gulf beachfront. He expects that upon completion by the selected company, an average of 140 feet of sand beach width will be added in the designated areas.

Water, sand and debris is filtered on the beach.
Water, sand and debris is filtered on the beach.

It is a massive undertaking on Anna Maria Island. There, workers on barges are deployed on two, 12-hour shifts, and on land spend three, eight-hour shifts filtering and moving sand that is brought in from pockets up to two miles out in the gulf. These workers replenish the beaches with the white sand that is pumped in. This process is ongoing seven days a week.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock started the current project on the northern tip of Anna Maria Island. The $13 million federal project was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The sand is filtered and graded to extend the beach width 125-150 feet.
The sand is graded to the width of 125-150 feet.

That project is completed. An estimated 900,000 cubic yards of sand was brought in from the gulf to renourish nearly 4.7 miles of beach. Manatee County extended the project with Great Lakes Dredge & Dock through Bradenton Beach with local funds to renourish nearly two more miles. That project extension is expected to pump in 216,000 cubic yards at an additional estimated cost of $5 million. Nearly 125-150 feet of beach sand width is added as the company moves southward in 1,000 feet sections. If you drove north this weekend you would have found it hard to miss the project with its heavy equipment, barges, large piping and filtration systems.

Work is 24 hours, seven days a week.
Work is 24 hours, seven days a week.

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. Tropical storm Debby took its toll on the beaches and removed a greater amount of sand in 2012. Renourishment is part of the process and is scheduled every few years.

Projects for renourishment begin with survey boats that review sections of the gulf that has a suitable pocket of sand. Once a location is selected, a filtration barge is sent to dredge out the area and pipe it onto the beach where it is filtered again. Then the sand is graded so that over the next six months natural movement takes place and repositions the sand.

Updated: March 18, 2014. Observer News Article - Town works to secure sand for this summer
Date: March 12, 2014 by: Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor 

Each section of work is 1,000 feet in length.
When workers complete this section, they will move equipment, pipes and fences another 1,000 feet.

Please take a look at our current listings. We welcome these sellers to our services here at Roger Pettingell, Coldwell Banker Previews International. As a licensed agent I can show any property in the Multiple Listing Service. With 26 years of real estate experience in Sarasota and Longboat Key, you can be assured that I have a good working knowledge for any of your luxury waterfront property needs. If you have any questions on buying or selling, please feel free to contact me at (941) 387-1840.

 

Pianos as Art in Downtown Sarasota

by Roger Pettingell

Pianos as Art in Downtown Sarasota

Six Pianos were Painted by Local Artists for All to Enjoy

Son Jack tickles the ivories of one of six pianos around the Five Points area of Sarasota
Son Jake tickles the ivories of one of six pianos around the Five Points area of downtown Sarasota.

In Sarasota there is a love of art, and there is a love of music. Combine the two and we have an artistic series of pianos on the streets of downtown Sarasota.

The cultural phenomenon is sponsored by business owners and the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota. Six local businesses maintain and sponsor each of the pianos for anyone to play.

Stroll around the area of Five Points where they made their debut in January to find any of the pianos on Main Street, Pineapple Avenue and Palm Avenue. If you are an accomplished pianist expect to draw a crowd while playing. On occasion other musicians stop to break out a guitar or wind instrument. The upright pianos are there for anyone to enjoy, accomplished or not. Just don't be shy about it.

The paintings make these pianos unique as local artists were selected to interpret their own meaning of music. Jack Dowd painted one piano to represent musicians such as Janice Joplin, Curt Kobain, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix whose lives were cut short at the age of 27. The 27 Club has over 40 members on the list, 12 are represented on the piano outside of the Mattison's City Grill on Main Street.

Other local piano artists include Richard Capes, Gale Fulton Ross, Lori Loveberry George, Tim Jaeger, Cassia Kite and Steven Strenk. The city commission approved a six month trial for the piano playing project, expecting to end in May. Here are the locations of the musical instruments:

  • Mattison's City Grille, Main Street
  • Main Steet Traders, Main Street
  • Bohemian Bliss Boutique, Main Street
  • Sarasota Opera House, Pineapple Avenue
  • DiFilippo Kenty Gallery, Palm Avenue
  • Louies Modern, Palm Avenue

The ideas for pianos in the street have been picking up momentum when they were introduced in cities around the world starting in 2008. Downtown Sarasota has its own jazz, classical, pop and classic rock at any time. I support the arts and this unique interpretation of music and arts. It adds to the fun and the culture in Sarasota.

Please take a look at our most recent listings. We welcome these new sellers to our services here at Roger Pettingell, Coldwell Banker Previews International. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (941) 387-1840.

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Historic Tin Goose Flies over Longboat Key

by Roger Pettingell

Historic Tin Goose Flies over Longboat Key

Ford Tri-Motor Followed a Week of Historic Military Aircraft

Ford Tri-Motor, the Tin Goose, tours at Sarasota Bradenton Airport on February 2, 2014
Tin Goose - Ford Tri-Motor tours at Sarasota Bradenton Airport on February 2, 2014. Click on the image above for a flight video.

For the past couple weeks Sarasota Bradenton Airport has been a good venue for vintage aircraft. Last weekend continued the trend as the historic Ford Tri-motor was in town for short trips over Sarasota and Longboat Key.

Labeled as the Tin Goose for its structure, this plane and its fleet made history. These planes were manufactured by a Henry Ford assembly plant and sold to Eastern Air Transport for use as the first commercial passenger planes. If you missed a chance to ride on this historic airplane you may have seen it fly over-head, with its rumbling engine and seemingly slow flight over the area. Watch the video now.

The plane cruised at 90 mph and reached an altitude of 1,000 feet on Sunday as it left Sarasota Bradenton Airport, flew over the John Ringling Bridge to St. Armand’s Circle, then went up the coast along Longboat Key to Bradenton when it came full circle to the airport 35 minutes later. February 2 was a clear day to see all of the keys with the only cloud casting its shadow on the western point of Sarasota. With a crew of one, pilot Larry Harminski, the plane taxied 10 passengers over the area on each of its trips.

This visit followed a week where two heavy bombers from the Collings Foundation, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Consolidated B-24 Liberator, plus a P-51 Mustang fighter were on display at our local airport.

Ford Tri-motor flies over St. Armand's Circle with a port side view of Lido Key and Siesta Key
Flying over St. Armand's Circle with a port side view of Lido Key and Siesta Key

The Ford Tri-motor was brought in from its home in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, by its current owner, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).

Just 199 Ford Tri-motors were originally built from 1925 to 1933 at a cost of $42,000 each with the three famous aircraft engines manufactured by a Henry Ford crew. Later models were manufactured with more powerful Pratt & Whitney engines, this particular Tin Goose received its retrofit of new engines in 1950. Although most of the fleet was manufactured for passenger use, several were purchased by the U.S. Army Air Corp. Of those built, 18 still remain and eight are certified for flight by the FAA. In 2013 the value of these planes increased to $736,000. With a length of 50 feet and a wingspan of 78 feet, it could reach a maximum speed of 150 mph.

This particular plane, the 4-AT-E-NC8407, had a history of its own:

  • This plane was number 146 off the assembly line and first flew on August 21, 1929. It is painted with its original markings, that of Eastern Air Transport. Eastern Air Transport later became Eastern Airlines.
  • Through a lease in 1930 it became the first air service between Havana and Santiago de Cuba.
  • It then was sold to the government of the Dominican Republic.
  • In 1950 it was moved to Phoenix, Arizona for use as a crop duster.
  • Five years later it served in aerial fire-fighting in Idaho following a retrofit of two 275 gallon tanks.
  • In 1958 it was modified to accommodate smoke jumpers.
  • It started flying as a barnstorming tour plane in 1964.
  • This plane was used for the first of two movies starting in 1965 “The Family Jewels” which starred Jerry Lewis an inept owner, mechanic and pilot.
  • This Tin Goose was in restoration for 12 years following storm damage in 1973, when it was purchased by EAA founder Paul Poberezny.
  • Following restoration it debuted for display in Oshkosh in 1985 at the EAA Convention.
  • In 1991 it returned as a short tour passenger service.
  • This plane appeared in its second movie in 2009 "Public Enemies" with Johnny Depp who was filmed sitting in the last seat of the plane.

Sarasota is proud of its culture and arts background. This is one more reason to live in this area of rich heritage. Please feel free to contact me to buy real estate here or to sell your property. Contact me at (941) 387-1840.

Special thanks to Kyle Voltz of the EAA for supplying some of the information for this blog.

 

Getting the Most Out of This Website

by Roger Pettingell

Getting the Most Out of This Website

New Features and Easier Access Help Buyers and Sellers

We’ve spent a great deal of time the last few months poring over LongboatRealEstate.com to make it better for sellers and for buyers. Over the years customers have told us they want different options for home searches, searches by map and statistics to help place a value on the home they are selling or looking to buy. More recently the trend in searches has gone mobile and we have heard the feedback for an intuitive platform to assist those on the go.

The Quick Search with Property Listings menu.We have taken some of the top requests and worked them into our site. We also have eliminated the need for a mobile app as the site is optimized for tablets and smartphones. Using a smartphone, go to LongboatRealEstate.com and within a couple taps you should have the information you need while on the road.

On the desktop we have provided much more information for research and in a variety of ways. The Quick Search was moved up so it is more visible to users (see image at right). We overhauled the section on Property Listings. The drop-down has more features. An MLS Map Search was the most requested feature so we put it at the top. It starts at Longboat Key properties for sale, but you have the ability to center it over the area you are searching by moving the map or by clicking on the centering ring to display the area of your location. The options to zoom in or out and set your criteria for price and/or number of bedrooms, bathrooms were implemented. At the top of the screen you also have the option for searching with Advanced options, by Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Listing ID or by street address. For some, this may be only link they need to complete their cursory home search.

The new community map section lets you select an area of property listings.In the Community Map (see image at left) under the MLS Map Search is a larger map of the area that is segmented into communities. Simply mouse over the area of choice to select the listings in the seven communities of Longboat Key, Bird Key, Siesta Key, Osprey, Sarasota, Western Manatee County and Nokomis.

Under the Community Map in the Property Listing menu is my properties for sale, or Roger’s Listings. My listed residences for sale from Manatee County to southern Sarasota County are filtered out and displayed as red houses on the map. Featured Properties also displays my properties in listing form for active, pending and sold residences. We have filtered the search even further, as you have the ability to list only the condominiums or homes for sale. They are the next two menu items under Property Listings. Sold Properties appear next. The maps are provided through the Mapquest service, which allows you to change views from street view to satellite view.

If you need to continue your search you can have future residential listings sent to your email inbox. The last link, New Listings Alerts, takes you to a different website service that we maintain. FindLongboatKeyHomes.com is a free service to help area home buyers find their dream home. Your first email will list all homes currently for sale that meet your search criteria. Then each morning you will be emailed a list of all of the new homes for sale and price changes since your previous search. No more having to rely on manual searches.

For the seller, get an instant market valuation for your Longboat Key area home. It is listed under the menu, For Sellers, as another separate website with a link from Home Value Analysis, LongboatKeyHomePrices.com. Presented by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, this market analysis provides you with the information you need to evaluate your home before you speak with an agent to list the property. And when it comes time to list your home, please consider our services so you can have that peace of mind that your best interests are always in the forefront.

FindLongboatKeyHomes.com LongboatKeyHomePrices.com.

Looking for information on each of the communities in the Community Map listed above. We provided a narrative for you to get a feel for each of these communities. We placed these links in the Communities menu section.

Comparative Market Analysis Reports for 17 communities on Longboat Key and near Sarasota (2008 - present)There is a new section under the Communities menu, CMA History that has a great wealth of information for 17 separate single family home subdivisions or condominiums (see image at right). Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) reports are presented in printable PDF format on select communities for Longboat Key, Lido Key, Bird Key and Sarasota. Communities and condominium units are listed alphabetically, or click the area on the map to see the available CMAs for that community. We began this project in 2008 and within the last month posted our CMAs on the website. This is a great tool for finding the value of a home as new CMAs are added every month.

We are within weeks of posting a new feature that will add value to the CMA reports. On each CMA page we will have a link that presents a map view of that community and the current property listings for sale there. In that way you have a view of current listings and the research in one location.

We printed 30,000 area guides that listed 629 services in 26 different categories. For those that like our guide to the area, we will have that available on the mobile site and the desktop. Our challenge is to get this valuable resource guide into a format that is easy for visitors to pull up the information quickly.

With these additions and the market research that has been available on the website we hope we have provided valuable resources to help in your dream home search. We also hope the information provided here will provide an insight into your property when you are ready to sell. This knowledge is helpful when you speak to me on our initial listing appointment. We appreciate the feedback and welcome any suggestions to help improve our website.

Please take a look at our most recent listings. We welcome these new sellers to our services here at Roger Pettingell, Coldwell Banker Previews International. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (941) 387-1840.

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