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Series continues with Home Showcase XXXVI

by Roger Pettingell

Home Showcase features local properties

Three waterfront residences meeting Global Luxury criteria in home series

Coldwell Banker Global Luxury properties are marketed to a broader international audience, primarily through the ColdwellBankerLuxury.com website. These properties must meet the criteria of the global luxury brand and we have several currently listed. I have selected three waterfront residences listed in the last couple of months and their communities for this Home Showcase Series.

The Phoenix residence on Gold Gate Point, a special place near downtown

The Phoenix on Golden Gate Point
The Phoenix - 136 Golden Gate Point, #401

The Phoenix community built in 2001 offers a special set of luxury waterfront properties with a great location near the entrance of the famed Golden Gate Point peninsula in downtown Sarasota. In one building there are six floors with two residences per floor and one penthouse. Owners have access to the rich amenities including a heated swimming pool with spa and fitness center. Entertain a large number of guests on the rooftop terrace or arrange a small gathering in the lounge. Each floor plan has three bedrooms with four full baths and two garage spaces. With the exception of the penthouse at 5,540 square feet of living space, the floor plans are spacious with 3,785 square feet each. The value in these homes are considerable when you realize that these properties are in the heart of downtown Sarasota, and will increase in value when the Quay takes shape with its fine dining and entertainment venues.

Enjoy breathtaking sunset views from this fourth-floor bayfront Phoenix at 136 Golden Gate Point, #401. The stylish interior, with an open concept, make this 3BR feel like a single-family home. Direct vistas of Sarasota Bay and John Ringling Bridge stretch on forever from nearly every room. Offering hardwood flooring, gas cooking and grills, stone countertops, designer cabinetry and a wraparound terrace this home is listed at $2,495,000.


A luxury ambience on the south end of Longboat Key at L’Ambiance

L'Ambiance on Longboat Key
L'Ambiance - 435 L'Ambiance Dr, #J403

Consider living in L’Ambiance, two buildings behind guarded gates in a great location on the Gulf of Mexico beach near the south end of Longboat Key with quick access to the world renown St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota. The 190 homeowners are privileged with some of the best amenities this community has to offer. Golfers will appreciate the Par 71, 6,748 yard Links on Longboat Golf Course outside your front lobby doors. Members of the Longboat Key Club also have access to fine dining, spas and tennis. And L’Ambiance has its own set of quality amenities concierge, on-site management, a Gulf-front heated pool with spa, two Har-Tru tennis courts, fitness center and three private guest suites.

Offered furnished and immediately ready to enjoy, Gulf-to-bay living at L’Ambiance is a sought-after experience and this 3BR, 4th-floor residence is a wonderful complement at 435 L'Ambiance Dr, #J403 listed at $2,195,000. Double doors open to beautiful hardwood flooring, 10’ ceilings and glass walls that span floor-to-ceiling, offering breathtaking morning sunrise and evening sunset vistas in multiple rooms. West and east-facing terraces provide the ideal spots to relish tranquil breezes, plus immaculate water and city views year-round.


Mid-rise residential enclave on the beach and the northern half of Longboat Key

Tiffany Plaza on Longboat Key
Tiffany Plaza - 4325 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #604

Tiffany Plaza was constructed in the 1970s with 41 residences on the Gulf of Mexico white-sand beach and beautiful azure-colored waters. It is also near the island’s Bayfront community park with an ever-expanding selection of recreational activities. Bayfront has a dog park, perfect for Tiffany Plaza residents where pets are allowed. Tiffany Plaza amenities include a meeting room, pool and sauna well placed within landscaped surroundings. There are assigned covered parking spaces and guest parking available.

Designer updates adorn every room of this direct Gulf-front penthouse residence. Expertly blending modern finishes with stylish decor, walk in and immediately fall in love with picture-perfect sunsets. The 4BR open layout at 4325 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #604 in Tiffany Plaza creates a stunning beach home, offering more than 2,900 square feet of living space. Many of the residences in Tiffany Plaza range from 1,400 to just over 1,500 square feet. Recent renovations in this home offered at $1,895,000 include impact windows/sliders, new eat-in kitchen, upgraded electrical and plumbing, hardwood flooring, remote-controlled shades and new luxury baths. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

WULB, radio for Longboat Key residents

by Roger Pettingell

At 96.3 FM, music from a bygone era

The only radio station licensed on Longboat Key, and playing beach tunes

Little Anthony and the Imperials
Little Anthony - Listen to Tears on my Pillow at WULB.

You’re cruising along in your automobile on Gulf of Mexico Drive listening to Little Anthony’s smooth voice and the music of Tears on My Pillow through the car speakers. The 1959 song switches and you’re listening to a Jim Croce melody, I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song. This isn’t the era of the 8-track but today with songs reminiscent of American Graffiti, even though you may be in your 2019 Lexus listening to the radio.

Odd as it may seem, the FM oldies radio station at 96.3 MHz is the only station exclusively licensed for Longboat Key. Broadcasting as the station for beach music lovers, the single vinyl genre from the 1950s to the 70s is to stimulate a nostalgic replay of those wonderful years. These are the right songs for the demographic with a median age of 71.

WULB has an Internet presence at The Beach WULB website, even has a Facebook page, Twitter account and you can find it streaming on sites such as TuneIn.com. Longboat Key weather and news is available through links from their website to the Longboat Key News weekly paper online.

The station is a Low Power FM broadcast started in the summer of 2015. The unidirectional antenna is at a low height of 12 meters. Its analog signal can reach the mainland but don’t count on the full strength where you would lose it completely north of Palmetto and south of Venice.

WULB
Nostalgia will keep you on this radio station at 96.3.

If you look up the building address you won’t find sales and production offices surrounding a slick lobby area. There isn’t a sound studio behind glass either where you might find a DJ imitating Wolfman Jack. Instead, its presence is just an antenna on top of a non-descript building near the middle of Longboat Key. The station is licensed to M&M Development, a non-profit organization headed by a local business consultant. The best way to contact the owners is by email. As of now there is little advertising solicitation, even when they break from the music to announce their call sign with station identification. Neither is there a link on the website to contact the advertising department.

It fills a void by providing music from a by-gone era and has no competition, even from the Tampa FM radio stations. You can find a number of these stations in St. Petersburg and Tampa that play a different genre classified as classic rock. Although one station plays oldies music in south Sarasota, WSRZ at 107.9 MHz, stick with WULB on Longboat Key for consistent beach music. It’s even hard to find an XM or Sirius broadcast, again the broad signal is hard for the demographics.

There are other local radio stations that offer a variety of music. The Shark, WPBB at FM 98.7 MHz, is a Holmes Beach station owned by the Beasley Media Group and plays classic rock. The other local classic rock station licensed in Sarasota is a member of the Cox Radio group, 102.5 MHz, The Bone. WRUB in Sarasota is a country music station at 106.5 MHz.

The University of South Florida broadcasts classical music from its campus location near the airport at 89.1 MHz, WSMR. The station WSLR at 96.5 MHz FM is another low-power broadcast offering a variety of selections. There are three local stations with religious content, WKZM at 104.3 MHz, WJIS at 88.1 MHz and the low-power broadcast from Bradenton at 102.1 MHz, WOPC.

While on the subject of Longboat Key, I listed two residences last week for sale on the water. Grand Bay is a hot market now and the new listing in building II is a seventh-floor gem at 3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #275. The penthouse in Windward Bay overlooks its own marina and Sarasota Bay at 4960 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #PH5. When you are done dancing to Archie Bell & The Drells and their 1968 hit, Tighten Up, 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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4960 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #PH5 $475,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Mote Marine changing quickly

by Roger Pettingell

Information update on the local facility

Research funding increases and Mote SEA gets closer to a start

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium - The programs started 64 years ago and the facility on City Island is receiving greater recognition at all levels.

Last year I did an update on Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. But events are happening quickly at the research facility on City Island and much of it has to do with the leadership of Michael P. Crosby, Ph.D. The President and CEO of Mote has been out in the community educating the public on the research while lobbying hard at all levels of government to fund programs to help revitalize the oceans and sustain life in the seas through its research.

The Waves of Support effort is a fundraising initiative to solicit the philanthropists of our world with seven different “Waves”, from Friends donating under $1,000 to those who make a significant donation of $75,000 or more and become members of the William R. Mote Guild. William R. Mote and family made large donations to the research facility that was renamed in his honor in 1967. It was founded in 1955 as the Cape Haze Marine Laboratory and a vision of the “Shark Lady”, Dr. Eugenie Clark.

Problems in the seas these past decades is bringing together scientists to research programs, including 30 Ph.D. researchers at Mote studying different programs that require these skills. Florida appropriated $500,000 last year for coral restoration research. The goal was to restore 50,000 corals in the Florida Keys. It was a continuation of state funding for coral restoration. Last November three national organizations partnered to issue $1.5 million to restore 130 acres of coral reefs. The initiative brought attention to the program and multiple grants matched. Coral reefs grow slowly from polyps that attach themselves to subsurface natural structures and provide an environment for other life.

One of the many exhibits at the aquarium open to the public
Educational Exhibits - High quality displays at Mote Marine provide a vast amount of information.

Harmful algal blooms became a big concern in Florida starting with a major outbreak in 2017. Mote has become one of the nation’s leaders in the research because of the effect it was having on our coastal wildlife. Mote became a partial beneficiary of an $8 million federal appropriation and provided research to congress for the legislation to pass. Last year State Executive Order 18-221 directed $100,000 to Mote for its responses to marine mammal, sea turtle and other fishes affected by the outbreak. While Governor Scott was in office last year he directed $2.2 million to Mote Marine Research. Earlier in 2018 the state divided $1.6 million between and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Florida Wildlife Research Institute.

Mote has 22 different programs of research, each receiving its own funding of grants, appropriations and donations. Some of these research programs may seem obscure but are vitally important to the future of the oceans. Consider Benthic Ecology, or the study of organisms on the bottom of sea, led by senior scientist Jim Culter. The Ocean Technology Research program provides a database of local coastal environments and has deployed an optical instrument to detect algal blooms. The Ecotoxicology headed by Dr. Richard Pierce relies on the data to study harmful toxins. The Environmental Laboratory for Forensics in Dr. Dana Wetzel program has studied the effects of petroleum in the water and has received $16 million over 18 years. Dr. Catherine Walsh of the Marine Immunology program is responsible for the health of marine life.

The vast other programs mentioned above combine with different research programs for phytoplankton, dolphins, manatees, fish, rays, sea turtles, sharks: well, just about anything in the oceans. They do this from field stations around the globe.

Upcoming events at Mote support World Oceans Day

An array of events surrounding World Oceans Day starting Saturday will be held at Mote. The day before on Friday the International OCEAN FILM TOUR, volume 6 is a big screen presentation starting at 7 PM, a film for all who have a fascination with the ocean. Saturday events start with the FMSEA/FWC Aquatic Species Collection Workshop, hosted by Mote and held twice a year. It is followed by the World Oceans Day Family Festival 2019 from 10 AM to 1 PM. This is a full day of photo opportunities, vendor booths, presentations and entertainment. Check out all the events at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium website.

Update on the Mote Science Education Aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park

Mote SEA
Mote SEA - Dream gets stronger for education center

Last month more news of the Mote Science Education Aquarium surfaced when a construction management team was announced for the new site of the Aquarium to be built between the Mall at University Town Center and Nathan Benderson Park off Interstate 75 in Sarasota. The project is proceeding with Willis A. Smith Construction which has had previous projects with Mote. A national firm The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company with an office in Tampa will work with Massachusetts based architect CambridgeSeven as the second and third triad in its construction.

The 12 acres of Benderson Park was allocated in January by Sarasota County and has a request to fund $20 million of the estimated $130 million cost. Private donations have totaled $34. Manatee County is studying the legality and feasibility of providing $15 million from funds raised by a 5 percent tourism tax on hotel stays.

When finished the Mote Science Education Aquarium will be an icon for the two counties and the state. It will become an education and marine outreach center with displays that have originated from around the world. Over 1 million gallons of water will host aquatic life and technology used throughout the 110,000-square-foot facility to educate with labs and even on-site scuba diving training center.

The location was selected for its proximity to I-75 and the increased traffic that is brought in through shopping mall visits. Last month the Benderson Development Company announced plans for 1,750 apartments, office space and a 900,000 square foot entertainment center with multi-screen theater. Three hotels, restaurants and shopping stores are also planned in the East District.

Last week I listed a fabulous, coastal contemporary home at 658 Mourning Dove Drive with updates found throughout this Bird Key waterfront estate. It should be one of those on your list worth looking at. 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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Enjoy your holiday and prepare for the festival

by Roger Pettingell

Annual Music Festival starts Saturday

Sarasota Music Festival attracts artists and fans from around the world

Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
Friday Festivals and Saturday Symphonies will be at the Sarasota Opera House on N. Pineapple Ave.

The annual festival that draws thousands of concert fans to Sarasota is ready to roll on Saturday, 21 days of classical music with students learning from the masters, mixing in with the artists and performing in three Rising Star concerts. But fans of the Sarasota Music Festival will also appreciate the chamber and orchestra concerts with a new twist for the 55th annual festival, an opening night performance on Saturday in Holley Hall, downtown Sarasota.

Saturday’s concert will feature Festival Music Director and Conductor Jeffrey Kahane on piano and acclaimed violinist Angelo Xiang Yu performing three of Johannes Brahms sonatas. The three romantic sonatas for violin with piano accompaniment are sonata No. 1 in G major, sonata No. 2 in A major and sonata No. 3 in D major. The program begins at 7:30 in Holley Hall. There is also an after concert reception for $25 with tickets available through the Sarasota Music Festival website.

For the next three weeks the concert schedule is filled Thursday through Sundays with Artist Showcases, Friday Festivals, Saturday Symphonies and Rising Star performances for a total of 50 classical works. Music scholar Robert Levin returns with his popular lecture on symphony and orchestra insights the last day of the festival June 22. For the artists it is seemingly a non-stop schedule of rehearsals and students pairing with master musicians to perfect their craft.

Rising Stars - Scholarships for Sarasota Music Festival
Rising Stars — Scholarships were offered to 60 students among the 500 musicians who auditioned for the 2018 Sarasota Music Festival. They will perform in the Rising Stars series and ensembles of acclaimed professionals throughout the festival.

These 60 students on the fellow roster arrive from the United States and international destinations from Eastern Asia countries. They apply online with entry deadlines in February and submit an audition video recording to be accepted. Applications for specific instruments of string, wind and piano require a choice of classical music in each category. They are paired in ensembles where they also perform at churches and community gatherings. A librarian fellow application requires a performance review, essay and basic skills test to be admitted to the music festival. The Rising Stars are in concert at 3 PM in Holley Hall on Sunday afternoons June 9 and 16 and Friday, June 20. The students pay for their meals, registration, housing and transportation.

Three Artist Showcases on successive Thursdays performed by an acclaimed staff of faculty members. In the Artist Showcase 1 on June 6 a combination of program of three works from German composer and pianist Robert Schumann, Paul Schoenfeld of Detroit and French composer Pierre-Octave Ferroud to combine for an evening of Fairy Tales and Fantasy.

Windfall is the theme for the second Thursday with two works written for the oboe and clarinet, a third by Ludwig van Beethoven composed for and performed by a string quartet. The evening begins with a sonata composition for the oboe accompanied with piano written by the French artist Francis Poulenc. A clarinet trio in A Minor, op. 114 composed by Brahms is the third in the showcase June 13.

Pianist and composer Fanny Mendelssohn, forbidden to have a musical career, is featured for a piano trio work in D minor, Op. 11. The program begins with a Beethoven string trio work and Austrian sextet composition by Austrian, Ludwig Wilhelm Andreas Maria Thuille. The Artist Showcases will be held in Holley Hall starting at 4:30 PM each week.

Holley Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
Artist Showcases and the Rising Star student series will be held at Holley Hall each week of the festival.

Friday Festivals in the Sarasota Opera House combine faculty with fellow artists for three evenings of chamber music, beginning with the Triple Crown where good things come in threes, started by Johann Sebastian Bach’s, triple concerto in D major. It is followed by a Antonio Vivaldi composition, concerto in A minor, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s oboe concerto in C major and Fanny Mendelssohn’s esteemed brother Felix composition with a piano trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66.

Return June 14 for Larger Forces, a Friday Festival performance that begins with a Jean René Désiré Françaix work Dixtuor. An octet in E-flat major, Op. 20 features the guest ensemble Pacifica Quartet with fellow artists is the second work for the night. A Brahms piano quartet in F minor, Op 34 completes the evening with Kahane on piano alongside the strings of the Pacifica Quartet.

If you are into Brahms and Beethoven, be sure to be in the opera house audience on June 21 for Friday Festival 3. Bebop to the Meeelaan composition by jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, performed with a bassoon and four string instruments to start the evening. It is followed by Beethoven’s piano trio No. 6 in E-flat major, Op. 70 and Brahms’ serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11. All Friday Festivals begin at 7:30 PM at the Opera House.

Full symphonies take the Opera House stage for the Saturday Symphony series of three combining faculty with festival alumni, beginning with Four, Two, One on June 8. The configuration of four, two and one featured artists provide a full sound of symphonic music. Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi’s work, Concerto Grosso in B minor from L'estro Armonico, Op. 3, No. 10, RV. 580, opens the evening with four violins featured. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, K. 364, features a violin and viola, followed by the energetic and charismatic Jon Kimura Parker to perform Beethoven’s piano concerto No. 4.

Three Titans of classical music with the works from the father of the symphony, Franz Joseph (Papa) Haydn is the second work of the evening symphony No. 80. An octet in E-flat major, Op 103 work by Beethoven and a clarinet concerto in A major, K. 622 by Mozart begin and finish the second Saturday Symphony, June 15.

The festival ends with the finale of the Saturday Symphonies, Pianos Paired. What could be more fitting than to combine Kahane, Levin and the full symphony to perform Mozart’s piano concerto No. 10. Symphony No. 8 from Vienna born composer Franz Schubert follows. The festival ends with a Franz Schubert, II composition Overture to Die Fledermaus.

I listed three properties last week, all on Longboat Key. The home at 610 Bowsprit Lane in Country Club Shores is a newer south-facing waterfront home with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths and over 4,000 square feet of living space built in 2008. A Queens Harbour home with 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 3,000 square feet of interior space at 3635 Fair Oaks Place overlooks a lake. The Longboat Key Towers residence at 603 Longboat Club Rd, #201N is on the beach with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Enjoy your Memorial Day holiday and 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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610 Bowsprit Lane $1,995,000   Photo Slideshow
603 Longboat Club Rd, #201N $1,195,000   Photo Slideshow
3635 Fair Oaks Place $995,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Listings with buildable waterfront lots

by Roger Pettingell

The value of land with a home attached

Three homes where buyers are interested in the waterfront property

REALTALK™ #183 - We discuss when a home is purchased for its land value as a tear-down.

Last week I listed three homes at prices to consider them for their lot values. These are strategies when the land value is greater than the home value of the home, especially in aging structures. In Sarasota and Longboat Key there is a scarcity of A-quality lots so buyers are looking at properties for their waterfront views with boat access to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

I reported on this land value proposition for buyers in REALTALK™ #183 and in REALTALK™ #54 while in a home in Harbor Acres. In that episode I followed up on a news story by Sarasota Herald-Tribune real estate editor Harold Bubil in which I was quoted in the article, Why tear down a perfectly good mansion? Because you can.

Harbor Acres is one of those prime communities where older homes sit next to mansions. I recently sold a property there on Hillview that the land was cleared as a vacant lot for sale. It sold for just under $2 million, I suspect even the dock that was left standing at the time of sale will be replaced.

Another community to consider is Country Club Shores on Longboat Key. Country Club Shores was developed by the Arvida Corporation in the 1960s with homes on man-made canals that stretched out to Sarasota Bay. Roads were added and given names that corresponded with golf and seamanship terms. Some of these homes are aging and are positioned next to the mansions that replaced their neighbor’s homes.

I have a listing there at 560 Putter Lane that I covered in the last Home Showcase XXXV article. It was finished early this year and is ready to take possession as a brand new home with nearly 4,400 square-feet of living space and 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms. Two of my listings last week that are listed as buildable lots with homes on them are also in Country Club Shores.

592 Ranger Lane in Country Club Shores
A combination of mansions and original homes looking down the new seawall at 592 Ranger Lane.

The first is at 592 Ranger Lane. A wonderful waterfront value, this furnished three-bedroom home is ready to rent, renovate or enjoy, ideally situated on deep sailboat waters that flow out to Sarasota Bay. The sea wall is new making it more suitable as a new construction home. The home and over 10,000 square feet of lot space is priced at $895,000.

A slightly larger lot is one at 570 Yardarm Lane in Country Club Shores that has over 11,000 square feet of lot space. It also has a new seawall, 100 feet of deep-water frontage and has a boat dock. It is just a stone’s throw from Sarasota’s open bay waters. The three-bedroom home with screen-protected lanai is ready to renovate or enjoy, listed comparably at $830,000.

Off the island and into a West of the Trail property in the Sarasota community of Kentwood Estates is a dream home waiting to happen, and is the third home priced last week as a buildable lot. This charming four-bedroom pool home at 1555 Eastbrook Drive is situated on a corner lakefront parcel spanning nearly a quarter-acre of lush, manicured property listed at $749,000. Waiting for you to renovate or begin a new build, its location in Sarasota is everything and this quiet community, bordering the deep-sailboat waters of the bay, is the perfect complement. This neighborhood is also home to the prestigious Field Club, where members enjoy private access to fine dining, swimming, tennis and the marina.

Over the years of REALTALK™ I have discussed similar topics on building homes in Sarasota. Here are just a few:

Episode Description Date
183 Choices between new, renovated or homes in need of updating October 25, 2018
173 Process for building a new home from start to finish June 28, 2018
84 Gulf-front property values on Longboat Key April 21, 2016
67 Florida home designs have changed over the years November 19, 2015
54 When a home is a tear-down for its land value July 30, 2015
43 Modern architectural design in Sarasota April 1, 2015
5880 Midnight Pass Rd, #905 - Siesta Key community of Casarina on the Number 1 rated beach in the world.

Last week I also listed a penthouse in the Casarina community on the Gulf of Mexico coastal beach of the famed Siesta Key. With nearly 1,700 square feet of updated interior, you will love the stunning ninth-floor views, wonderful amenities and proximity to the beach at 5880 Midnight Pass Rd, #905. 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 fitness programs for seniors

by Roger Pettingell

Senior citizen health and fitness programs

SilverSneakers program included with many of the Medicare Plans

Anytime Fitness in Sarasota is open to the SilverSneakers program
Anytime Fitness - Broadway Promenade Plaza in downtown Sarasota serving SilverSneakers

In February I wrote about the programs on Longboat Key that help seniors stay healthy in their body and their mind. Centers at Bayfront Park, in the Centre Shops and Temple Beth Israel provide a healthy dose of yoga, Pilates, Zumba and stretching activities. They also introduce Asian techniques such as Tai Chi, Qigong and Nia. Throw in some meditation classes and you have a well-rounded support structure.

Although the median age in Sarasota is nearly 25 years younger, senior citizens still have a wide range of programs for that demographic age group. The SilverSneakers program is designed for those over the age of 65 and included with many of the Medicare Plans. It includes a network of over 16,000 fitness locations in the United States. There are several locations near downtown and off Fruitville Road to choose from.

In the Burns Court area there is the Senior Friendship Center that is listed as a SilverSneakers program facility. By the Publix near 10th Street and Tamiami Trail is Anytime Fitness and down by Bahia Vista Street on Tamiami Trail is Elite Health. There are a couple Sarasota Crunch Fitness, LA Fitness and Youfit centers in the program.

Eleven classes are taught through the SilverSneakers to build the mind, mobility and cardiovascular system. The Classic builds muscle mobility, Circuit concentrates on low-impact upper-body strength and the Cardiofit uses aerobics to maintain a healthy body. Two water programs, Splash and Water in Motion burn calories and are safe for those with no swimming ability. Muscle, Stability, Mind, Flex and Movement complete the series. Guests can choose one or all, contact your center for times and availability. Check the SilverSneakers website for program eligibility, locations and registration.

The two YMCA centers are membership sites that offer a series of programs for senior adults. The Frank G. Berlin, Sr. YMCA on Euclid Avenue and the Evalyn Sadlier Jones YMCA on Potter Park Drive are open seven days a week, including limited times on holidays. Although there are many programs for children, upcoming classes feature Arthur Murray Dance Lessons, dance parties and adult tap. Social interactive programs of Mah Jong card games are also provided. There is Medicare Insurance Counseling sessions by reservations at the Sadlier Jones center.

Most of the 55+, assisted living and nursing homes have programs geared for healthy, active seniors. Well trained staff members assist in group exercises while some also have fitness centers where individuals can direct their own sessions.

Personal trainers are very active for seniors in Sarasota. Knowing the certification training programs designed specifically for seniors is helpful when making your selection. American Senior Fitness Association (SFA/ASFA) has been certifying personal trainers since 1992 through its Senior Personal Trainer (SPT) certification. The American Sports Fitness Association (ASFA) offers a Senior Fitness Instruction Certification (SFIC) program for professional trainers. Continuing education, study support and fitness resources are available to personal trainers certified as an ACE Senior Fitness Specialist (SFS), accredited through the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). If you have a specific ailment you may be able to find a trainer specialized in its recovery.

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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High quality theater options to consider

by Roger Pettingell

Catch live performances here in Sarasota

Different experiences of performing arts at local not-for-profit centers

Palmer Ranch entertaining center in Sarasota is an option when looking for a theater experience
Glenridge Performing Arts Center - Palmer Ranch entertaining center in Sarasota is one option

You are standing in line for a cocktail in the lobby of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the lights flicker with a signal that the show is about to start. You get your drink and head to your seat. It’s a good experience as it is in many of the live theaters here in Sarasota. And there are other theaters on school campuses and community centers that offer an option to the for-profit live performance halls that are well celebrated.

The Addams Family, a new musical just finished a short run at Glenridge Performing Arts Center (GPAC), concluding its third season of performances by the Rise Above Performing Arts group. A student cast of 43 members led a lively song and dance of this spooky and kooky family in New York.

The 260-seat GPAC theater is in the Glenridge campus of the Palmer Ranch community in southeast Sarasota near Honore Avenue and Palmer Ranch Parkway. It has state-of-the art lighting and sound, large screen and Schimmel grand piano. It is also ADA compliant with wheelchair accessibility and an induction loop for the hearing impaired.

The next season of Rise Above performances at Glenridge picks up again September 12-15 with School of Rock; Glory Days, a new American Musical November 1-3; the classic West Side Story January 3-5 and January 9-11; and the season finale, Bring It On, based on the popular 2000 cheerleading movie, April 23-26. This exceptional group of talented young performers compete nationwide, including its show choir that were the 2018 Grand Champions at OrlandoFest.

When Rise Above is not performing at GPAC, there are concerts and other professional performances. This year Patchouli and Terra Guitarra presented Landscape of Guitar, a music and art production. The Four Freshman has an annual spring concert at GPAC. This group started in 1948 at Butler University in Indiana, and has endured over the years with new talent and a legacy that continues to today. Nate Najar returns December 13 for his annual Jazz Holiday, this year with Daniela Soledade, Chuck Redd and Adrian Cunningham.

Looking for dinner and a pre-show cocktail? Although Palmer Ranch is somewhat in seclusion and known for its privacy with lush landscaping, there are plenty of restaurants on Clark Road to enjoy before or after the show. Rise Above is also looking to build a new performing arts hall. Its new undisclosed location may be closer to restaurants. You can get involved by texting to 44321, donate.

College and community sponsored recitals and concerts are scheduled in the Neel Performing Arts Center on the South College of Florida campus in Bradenton. Built in 1966 and remodeled in 1999, this auditorium has wheelchair accessibility and seating for 830 guests. It is also the home of the Elizabeth M. Eaton Memorial Pipe organ built by master craftsman Charles McManis.

To enjoy a cocktail and dinner before the show there are plenty of franchise restaurants near the campus on 14th Street (US 41) in Bradenton. The Italian cuisine restaurant Primo Ristorante and the popular Anna Maria Oyster Bar are a short drive away.

Neel hosts a variety of tribute concerts including the upcoming tribute to Pink Floyd, Pig Floyd, May 18; John Denver December 8; James Taylor February 9; Linda Ronstadt February 16; and Beach Boys March 22. There are other performances by the Diamonds, a Broadway musical salute on January 12 and Bill and The Belles, a celebration of vintage country music and vaudeville on January 26.

Riverview Performing Arts Center has live concerts, recitals and performances
Riverview Performing Arts Center in Sarasota

On the high school campus, the Riverview Performing Arts Center closer to downtown Sarasota is an elegant theater that seats over 1,000 patrons. The auditorium was built in 2009 when the new Riverview High School campus was constructed. It is equipped with superior lighting and sound technology. There isn’t a bad seat in the house from the individual seating with comfortable arm rests on each. Franchise restaurants are also on US 41 past Phillippi Creek near Proctor Road in Sarasota.

High school and community programs include concert, dance, lecture, plays and meetings year round. This week the high school presents its Choir Spring Concert on Friday, the Annual Recital will be held May 25. On August 2 the Peace & Love Tour is a 50th anniversary tribute to the Woodstock concert. Snatam Kaur will perform live with songs from her new album on October 23 as the winter season begins with a new slate of concerts.

Shows at the Venice Performing Arts Center (VPAC) on the high school campus brings together three different organizations for the arts and a variety of community events with 120 performances each year. The Venice Institute for Performing Arts was chartered as a non-profit on January 1, 2017 to help the community build on its strong arts tradition and to teach student skills that will last a lifetime.

VPAC has 1,090 unobstructed view seats that slope to the 2,000 square-foot stage and orchestra pit that can accommodate 50 musicians. Acoustics are exceptional based on surround-sound boards placed throughout the venue. Handicap seating is available on the main floor and balcony. The center itself is nearly 47,000 square-feet.

Timeless Country with the CJ Simmons Band is up next June 29 for its special monthly summer show season at VPAC. The All American Boys Chorus based in Costa Mesa, California performs July 27, followed by the Sandy Toes Stand-up comedy August 10. The winter season picks up strong with The Nutcracker, December 14, Decades Rewind December 31, Cash, Killer & the King tribute January 18. Broadway Boys January 24, movie music by Dick Hyman, Ken Peplowski, and Clairdee, January 30, and Beatles vs. Stones in the Battle of the Brits as the winter season continues February 1. More February, March and April tributes concerts and shows are on the VPAC website. One of the more popular annual events in Venice is the performance of Shen Yun, March 13-16 at VPAC, that celebrates 5,000 years of Chinese heritage.

VPAC is not to be confused with The Venice Theatre, just a few blocks from VPAC downtown near Centennial Park. The Venice Theatre hosts many events too including Honk!, a musical tale of the ugly duckling, May 10-19. There are plenty of good dining experiences available around Centennial Park with French, Italian, seafood and casual cuisine.

All of the performances and more can be found on our Upcoming Events page. This list is updated every Thursday and at current lists events, festivals and shows up to June 7, 2020.

These venues listed above are available to the public for rent. You may be able to find more throughout Sarasota, such as the Visual Performing Arts Center at Booker High School. I have many properties in my inventory, please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

References to other entertainment venues in Sarasota

Home Showcase XXXV on Longboat Key

by Roger Pettingell

Three waterfront homes with private dock

Two global luxury homes on the north end and one in Country Club Shores

These three listings in our Home Showcase XXXV have a lot in common. They are all on Longboat Key, they all have private dock space and they are eligible as a Coldwell Banker Global Luxury home. These homes are marketed to a worldwide audience and appear on the www.ColdwellBankerLuxury.com website.

Highly sought-after community of Country Club Shores

560 Putter Lane
Country Club Shores - 560 Putter Lane

We have highlighted Country Club Shores as a community spotlight in REALTALK™ #188 video and in these REALTALK™ Home Showcase articles. I currently have five of the 27 listings in Country Club Shores. Most homes built in five phases by the Arvida Corporation in the early 1960s are on a canal with direct access to Sarasota Bay, making them highly desirable. And many have been torn down and restructured with modern building codes, including the highest priced home of $3,499,000 at the end of Putter Lane. The lowest priced home of these active listings is $547,000 for an original home built in 1963 on Bogey Lane, a road that runs parallel to Gulf of Mexico Drive and does not have a waterfront presence. These homes are also desirable because the community is close to St. Armands Circle and a short drive to Sarasota.

One of my newest listings last week at 560 Putter Lane is a brand-new four-bedroom home, completed in 2019, and rests on sailboat waters that flow out to Sarasota’s open bayfront. Offering more than 4,300 SF of gorgeous interior, this is the best of waterfront living. Fall in love with the convenience of new construction, featuring new seawall, impact windows/sliders, designer finishes, first-floor master-sized guest suite, second level including family room and expansive master with its own balcony, plus elaborate outdoor entertaining with summer kitchen and fire pit, listed at $2,995,000.

Lands End community on the north shores of Longboat Key

749 Lands End Drive
Lands End - 749 Lands End Drive

The next two communities featured today are on the north end of the island, the first of which is Lands End, featured in REALTALK™ #185 video. The Longboat Pass Bascule Bridge and inlet is a direct sight from homes on Lands End. The azure colored waters and Jewfish Key are spectacular views complement the location. Lands End is also close to the popular Coquina Beach on the other side of the bridge on Anna Maria Island. The newly renovated Mar Vista restaurant is within easy walking distance.

The contemporary design and secluded location of this direct bayfront luxury home creates an ideal, move-in ready environment at 749 Lands End Drive priced at $1,895,000. Surrounded by tropical, Florida-sourced vegetation and located at the end of a private cul-de-sac, every aspect of this elevated home was completely renovated. Beautiful features include exterior Cemplank siding, durable IPE wood decks, plus an upgraded interior featuring Brazilian cherry wood flooring, Andersen impact windows and sliders encased in solid wood, Cypress ceilings and much more.

Manatee County’s Shipmans Add community is a yachtsman’s dream

705 Jungle Queen Way
Shipmans Add - 705 Jungle Queen Way

The luxury homes on Jungle Queen Way in the Shipmans Add neighborhood on the north side of Jungle Queen Way of Longboat Key are secluded with mangroves on the opposite side of the canal. It’s all about privacy. The community of single-family homes started in 2002 with multiple bedrooms are ideal for raising a family in Manatee County. School-aged children start at Anna Maria Elementary, move on to Martha B. King Middle School and complete their public education at Bayshore High School. Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School on Manatee Avenue is an excellent choice for a college preparatory education.

Yachtsmen will love the secluded feeling of this modern, move-in ready boater’s paradise at 705 Jungle Queen Way listed at $1,695,000, with its newer seawall and IPE wood dock, under-dock lights and new 10,000 lb. lift constructed in 2016, is able to accommodate a 22-footer. This newer elevated, four-bedroom home, one of the last built in Shipmans Add finished in 2011 abounds in clean lines, open concept and a neutral decor that perfectly complements the contemporary family’s lifestyle.

I listed 560 Putter Lane, also 1606 North Drive and 4325 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #604 last week, all global luxury homes based on the criteria of Coldwell Banker. Delight in a “West of the Trail” lifestyle at this North Drive six-bedroom custom home in Cherokee Park. On a quiet street near the end of a cul-de-sac, brick pavered walkways and manicured landscaping welcome you. Designer updates adorn every room of this direct Gulf-front penthouse in Tiffany Plaza. 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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1606 North Drive $2,295,000 Video Photo Slideshow
4325 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #604 $1,895,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Longboat Key public buildings and land

by Roger Pettingell

Emergency and government buildings

Longboat Key services offered at each of these buildings and parks

Northern fire department building
Fire Department - The north building constructed in 1994 is slated for renovation projects this year.

While many of the government activities for Longboat Key are housed in the main building at 501 Bay Isles Road, some departments have their buildings away from the town hall. The town hall is conveniently located near the Gulf of Mexico Drive halfway point of the 11-mile stretch. Finance, human resources, information technology, planning, zoning, building, town clerk and utility billing all have their departments in this 18,622 square foot building constructed in 1974.

Town manager Tom Harmer has an office there and the town commission has their meetings the first Monday of each month in the town hall. A meet-and-greet of the seven member panel will be held May 6. The commission also conducts workshops once a month including a two-day workshop April 24-25 to discuss lighting laws that protect sea turtle nesting sites. Restrictions on exterior lighting are put in place each May through October when the turtles are in their peak nesting months.

Although utility billing is handled from the town hall office, the public works department is at 600 General Harris Street by the Christ Church of Longboat Key, the barrier island’s northern end. This department is responsible for street maintenance, parks, beaches, utilities and garbage collection. Water and sewer concerns are also handled through public works with an after hour emergency number at (941) 316-1977. The town water plant is located at 4250 Gulf of Mexico, just south of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church.

The Longboat Library is the next-door neighbor to the town hall at 555 Bay Isles Road. This all-volunteer staff controls a large assortment of books and audio CDs, with membership fees to cover costs. The Longboat Key government provides no funding to the library. Internet access through library computers are connected to printers for patron convenience. At 2,300 square feet, the library was built in 1971. There is a proposal to replace the library with an arts, culture and education center and a small black box theatre. Another favored site proposal is the old Amore Restaurant site behind the Publix shopping center plaza. The town is working in cooperation with the Ringling College of Art and Design for the proposed center.

The town operates two fire department buildings and one precinct for police protection. The northern end of Longboat Key is protected by the fire and rescue staff at 5490 Gulf of Mexico Drive while protection of the lower end is at 2162 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Fire and rescue operates on three shifts daily with 33 employees, seven per shift and two lieutenants and one deputy chief. For the past 19 years Paul B. Dezzi has been the fire chief. The fire department was formed as a volunteer organization in 1953. A $1 million renovation of the 1994 northern building and replacement of the 1986 south end building is expected to start this year.

Police department building
Police Department - 5460 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

The police department building is next to the northern fire station at 5460 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Longboat Key came in second place, rated among the safest places to live in Florida, ranked by HomeSnacks. Police Chief Pete Cumming oversees 20 sworn officers, one reserve officer, seven civilian personnel and one part-time beach patrol officer. The department maintains a marine patrol to assist the coast guard and sheriff’s department to ensure safe boating operation on Sarasota Bay and intracoastal waterways.

Longboat Key maintains five parks from Overlook Park and Quick Point Nature Preserve on the south to Joan M. Durante Park on the north. Tennis and nature are big on Longboat Key so the Public Tennis Center by the town hall gets a lot of usage. Nature abounds in the Bayfront and Bicentennial parks.

The Bayfront Park Recreation Center building at 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive offers a 1,350 square foot activity room to rent for parties, wedding receptions or meetings. Pilates, yoga, dance and physical fitness training are on a daily schedule when the building isn’t rented. The park has many other amenities including dog parks, one for small and one for larger dogs. Tennis, basketball, pickleball, shuffleboard and a multi-purpose field are designed into the plans of this park. You can rent kayaks from the private operators Happy Paddler Kayak Tours & Ecoventures. You can store your own kayak on-site for a fee. The pavilion is available for rent as a picnic site. Most recently the town created a Gulf of Mexico beachfront park across the street.

Recreation Center building
Recreation Center - With activity room to rent.

To help preserve the history of the United States, Bicentennial Park was dedicated in 1976 as a one-acre conservatory park with native plants, just west of the town hall. More to the north Joan M. Durante Park is a 32-acre site with Florida natural trees. Invasive exotic plants were eradicated through a federal grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Driving over the New Pass bridge you are greeted to Longboat Key by Quick Point Nature Preserve on the right and Overlook Park on the left, a popular fishing spot on Longboat Key.

Last week I listed a residence, 707 S. Gulfstream Ave., #601, a 2BR penthouse at the Essex House in the heart of downtown Sarasota. 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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707 S. Gulfstream Ave., #601 $539,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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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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705 Jungle Queen Way $1,695,000 Video Photo Slideshow
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