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Rosemary District transforms itself

by Roger Pettingell

Over 1,300 new residences in the district

New construction and new attitudes promote its Sarasota resurgence

BLVD downtown Sarasota
BLVD - One of the most visible new construction is rising quickly on the edge of the Rosemary District

It’s no secret that the Rosemary District in downtown Sarasota is getting a major overhaul, Rosemary 3.0. It’s taking shape with new mid-rise residences, apartments, restaurants and services that cater to the new denizens of the area. For decades it had already all the conveniences and entertainment venues that downtown Sarasota had to offer, most within easy walking distance.

This resurgence has displaced many of the elements that resembled a Bowery section of town. Business owners and developers are reacting, or creating this new atmosphere. On Fruitville Road along N. Tamiami Trail it is most visible with the BLVD in a fast pace of construction. Although on the other side of Fruitville on the south is the new Embassy Suites finished this year.

Travel down 4th Street and the array of new construction comes into plain view. Zahrada is soon to blossom into its own luxury enclave of six modern, multiple-story residences with retail and office space near North Orange Avenue. On residence is over 3,300 Square feet of living space while residences 2-6 offer 3,542 square feet of living space. Each unit has its own 2-car garage and pool deck.

332 Cocoanut
332 Cocoanut Avenue in the Rosemary District

The Sarasota Film Festival building at 332 Cocoanut Avenue will be razed for a five-story mixed-use building to include the new home of the film festival and 36 residences. The property was owned by the film festival president and chairman, Mark Familglio. Plans call for 18 homes of 900 square feet and one bedroom each. The remaining 18 residences will be two-bedroom units with 1,200 to 1,600 square feet. Office space and the garage will occupy the first floor.

These six new residences are among the 1,300 new residences within walking distance. The newly completed Risdon on 5th has six Active listings for its 3 bedroom and 3.5 bath homes in ranges of $409,000 to $999,000. These 22 modern residences are in the heart of the Rosemary District.

The 30 townhouses in Valencia at Rosemary Place between 601 to 649 Cocoanut Avenue are sold out. Ranging in size of 1,900 to 2,500 square feet of living space, this enclave was completed in three phases in the heart of the Rosemary district.

Under construction, the Courtyard at Citrus is a mixed-use community of retail space and ten modern residences between 505 and 555 North Orange Avenue with two active listings before they are sold out. They are 2 bedroom and 2 baths around 1,000 square feet of living space.

The Rosemary District is bordered by 10th Street on the north, the Trail on the west, Fruitville Road on the south and North Orange Avenue on the east. It’s had a rich history since it was first platted in 1855 and known as Black Bottom for its first settlers, then changed to Overtown in the next century. For over 70 years it maintained its name until 1994 when it picked up its current name in honor the Rosemary Cemetery that is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Music nightly at the Blue Rooster Bar and Grill
Blue Rooster - Nightly bands in this Rosemary District bar and grill is in the heart of new construction

With all of its new development around the successful Blue Rooster. The menu of southern cooking and lively entertainment, the Blue Rooster has become the place to be. Its Happy Hour, Gospel Brunch Buffet on Sundays, this venue has some of the hottest bands in Sarasota. Other businesses are popping up in the Rosemary District that cater to a younger population. These include restaurants, fitness programs and even a Whole Foods store across the district boundary on Fruitville. The furniture stores and other retail stores sell modern products.

In the past few years many other community developments have started and completed. A list with summaries, their progress and expected completion dates are reported on the New Condominium Construction page of this website.

I listed a wonderful West of Trail home last week at 1835 Lincoln Drive near downtown Sarasota in the Avondale community. It has 4 bedrooms and 4 baths under 3,476 square feet of living space. 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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1835 Lincoln Drive $1,799,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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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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3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #275 $849,000 Video Photo Slideshow
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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658 Mourning Dove Drive $1,895,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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