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Role of Longboat Key in WWII

by Roger Pettingell

Area played a vital role in training pilots

Munitions from military training exercises continue to be found on island

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last week I listed an exclusive direct bayfront residence within walking distance to Sarasota’s downtown. This 3BR/31/2BA contemporary residence in the sought-after Golden Gate Point neighborhood is a move-in ready dream at 188 Golden Gate Pt, #201. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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Luxury Homes in Showcase XXXIII

by Roger Pettingell

High-quality Sarasota County homes

Four new listings that qualify as Coldwell Banker Global Luxury homes

REALTALK™ 194 on McClellen Park in Sarasota
McClellen Park - We discuss this new listing and Sarasota community in REALTALK™ #194

The Home Showcase series allows me to highlight newer listings and the communities that have a common theme. I have over a dozen estates that meet the criteria of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury home standards, including four that were listed in the last few weeks and are discussed in this article. Global Luxury homes are unique in that they are promoted on a worldwide scale and have features associated to high-end homes.

The oldest Sarasota community, McClellan Park, with a great location

1744 Seminole Drive in McClellen Park
McClellen Park - 1744 Seminole Drive

This year I reported on the Sarasota community of McClellan Park in REALTALK™ #194. In 1916 sisters Daisy and Katherine McClellan settled into the area to claim title to the community that continues to today, making it the oldest settlement in Sarasota. The 56 acres were sold as the Garden Spot in local advertisements. Seminole words were used to identify roads because there was an Indian mound on the property. The road names of Yamaw Drive, Sioux Drive and Mietaw Drive are still used. Cottages of the day were ordered through Sears, Roebuck & Company and shipped from Chicago. Sears Modern Homes were shipped throughout the sates from 1908 to 1940. The Garden Spot still exists, and although homes are close to downtown Sarasota, this enclave is hidden by the trees that seclude it from the hustle and bustle of an active city.

Overflowing with charm, we described this family-inspired home at 1744 Seminole Drive as a modern farmhouse in the REALTALK™ video. Completed in 2000, the traditional, yet whimsical, architecture perfectly complements an interior that welcomes you home. Despite its spaciousness, with a five-bedroom main residence, separate studio/mother in-law suite, bunk room over the garage and Cypress guest cottage, this home’s allure is in the coziness and timeless beauty it emotes. The meticulously-maintained (and newly staged) decor abounds in trendy touches in every room.


Bungalow Hill is within walking distance of some Sarasota’s finest attractions

969 Citrus Avenue in Bungalow Hill
Bungalow Hill - 969 Citrus Avenue

A few blocks north in Sarasota is our second home of this Home Showcase XXXIII article in the West of Trail community of Bungalow Hill that I covered in REALTALK™ #172. Just south of Hudson Bayou in Sarasota this community is within walking distance to great attractions such as Selby Gardens, Marina Jack and Burns Court. Several homes in Bungalow Hill are designated by Sarasota as historically significant. Formed as Sarasota Heights in 1917, the town became associated with Greater Sarasota in 1925 after taxes proved insufficient to continue as a sovereign town.

Luxuriate in modern, green living at this centrally-located, new construction at 969 Citrus Avenue. Built by GreenLife Luxury Homes and completed in 2017, this three-bedroom estate abounds in high-end finishes inside and out. The West Indies-inspired architecture offers HardiPlank siding, metal roof, Smart home details and a contemporary interior with designer features in every room. The inviting and tropical outdoor space is just as impressive.


Rich in history, Bird Key has grown to become a family-oriented community

386 Bob White Drive on Bird Key
Bird Key - 386 Bob White Drive

We travel over the Ringling Bridge to Bird Key where our third Global Luxury home is for sale. Bird Key has a long history as a location for the rich and famous. Even from its humble beginnings when Thomas Worcester built the New Edzell Castle on the secluded island in 1914 to honor his deceased wife, the island wouldn’t see growth for a few decades. The castle mansion became the home of John Ringling’s sister, Ida Ringling North, until her death in 1950. During that time the first Ringling Causeway linked Sarasota to Lido Key. The Arvida Corporation purchased the island in 1959 and several holdings on the Sarasota County end of Longboat Key. Development began, increasing its size with landfill from 14 to 277 acres and 511 lots.

Waiting for you to create your dream home in Bird Key, this prime waterfront parcel at 386 Bob White Drive offers a three-bedroom residence with new roof in 2014, lush landscaping, plus a sunny and open interior, walls of French doors that open to the waterfront pool deck. The home also includes boat dockage and lift on deep sailboat waters that flow out to the bay.


The development of Longboat Key owes its history to Corey’s Landing

3436 Mistletoe Lane in Corey's Landing on Longboat Key
Corey's Landing - 3436 Mistletoe Lane

Our next home is a short drive up Longboat Key to the Corey’s Landing community behind the secure gates of Bay Isles. Longboat Key was settled by those looking for inexpensive property in Florida. But the first property acquired under the Homestead Act of 1862 wasn’t until 1891 when Thomas Mann applied for property. Byron Corey was given 154 acres through the Homestead Act four years later where he began to grow produce on the island. He required a dock where boats could dock and expand his sales to mainland buyers. The first Longboat Key post office was added to the dock in 1907. Today there is one of seven historical markers placed by the Longboat Key Historical Society and the town to commemorate the location of the dock that was destroyed by a hurricane in 1921.

One of the most prominent ships to dock at Corey’s Landing to exchange goods with the mainland was the steamship Mistletoe. The fourth home street name in this article bears its name, 3436 Mistletoe Lane. Move in and immediately enjoy the chic, contemporary upgrades offered throughout this three-bedroom home in Corey’s Landing, directly overlooking the tranquil waters of Sarasota Bay. Located in a wonderful, corner spot next door to a stretch of Harbourside golf course. You will love the neutral decor, cathedral ceilings, beautiful hardwood flooring on both levels, designer bathrooms, plus an open granite kitchen with breakfast nook surrounded by bay sliders. Deeded access to the private Bay Isles Beach Club is only a sunny bike ride away.

I listed two residences last week on Longboat Key, a fourth-floor beach home in the Veinte community at 2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #403 and an eighth-floor residence at 3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #283 that offers beautiful direct views that stretch from Sarasota Bay through the Harbourside golf course and beyond. A third residence listed is a charming three-bedroom townhome in the Moorings at Edgewater of Lakewood Ranch at 6431 Moorings Point Cir, #201. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #403 $995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #283 $995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
6431 Moorings Point Cir, #201 $475,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Heritage Days in Festival Series

by Roger Pettingell

Manatee County Heritage Days in March

A special event for each day of the month is planned for the county

Florida Maritime Museum 1912 Schoolhouse on the Cortez Nature Preserve
Florida Maritime Museum - One of the historical parks in Manatee County with many events planned.

As we approach March we begin the start of multiple-week festivals, the first of which starts Friday for the entire month, the 40th Annual Manatee Heritage Days. Nearly every day there is a program at one of 13 participating organizations to display the wealth of history in the county. Some of the historical sites that require admissions have waived their fees on special days during the month to highlight their programs.

The special events are also meant to draw attention to the historical parks in the county. These are the Manatee Village Historical Park in Bradenton, The Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez, the Manatee County Historical Records Library in Bradenton, the Palmetto Historical Park and the Manatee County Agricultural Museum in Palmetto. Each has its own unique records for preserving the heritage of the county.

When Manatee County had reached its legal population in 1855, it was formed as the size of seven current counties. Hardee, Desoto, Highlands, Charlotte and Glade counties were separated out on May 9, 1887. Sarasota County was split off on May 14, 1921. The Historical Records Library has files from all seven counties dating back to 1856.

Heritage Days events slated for the historical parks in Manatee County

The Manatee Village Historical Park at 1404 Manatee Avenue East preserves the early history of this large land mass, comparable to the size of Connecticut when all the counties were combined as one. Some buildings of the period from 1840 to 1918 have been restored and are open to the public.

In the village are an original general store, church, courthouse, school and blacksmith shop. The pioneer Stephens family of 12 has their 1912 home preserved in the village. The history of Manatee County wouldn’t be complete without mention of John Fogarty and the family shipbuilding business. One of his original boat works buildings is in the park. The Fogartys settled along the Manatee River because there was a prevalence of wood for shipbuilding and fishing was a way of life for them.

On March 6 there is a free two-hour walking tour of Fogartyville starting at 10 AM as part of Heritage Days. The Historical Park is open 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday, and the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Free guided walking tours are available through reservations on their website. These 45-minute separate tours explore the village and 1850 burial grounds.

The Florida Maritime Museum in the historical fishing village of Cortez is home to cultural maritime artifacts packed into a restored 1912 school house on four acres of land on 119th Street. For Heritage Days there is a special coffee with the staff on March 23 from 9 to 11 AM. The museum is free and open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM. With the permanent exhibits, temporary displays continue the mission of providing education of the fishing culture. The current exhibit is Always Ready, featuring the U.S. Coast Guard in Florida.

A special fundraising dinner with Pulitzer-prize winning author Jack E. Davis at the Seafood Shack in Cortez is set for 6 PM on March 14. He will discuss topics from his book The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea. Profits from the dinner will add to the museum donation campaign to raise $34,290, which will be matched by the Manatee County Tourist Development Council when the goal is reached.

The Folk School at the Florida Maritime Museum is a converted early American store and post office that served the fishing village. The Burton Store was the first commercial building in the village, constructed in 1890 on the Cortez waterfront. It was later expanded into the Albion Inn on the current site of the U.S. Coast Guard Station. In 1991 the inn was demolished and the original building was moved to its current location on the grounds of the museum. The beautifully restored building opened in February of last year. The classes are taught by professionals that preserve the traditional skills of the Florida fishing culture. Registration is required and a list of classes is on their website. The Pillsbury Boatshop and a Chickee Hut are also on the museum grounds.

The first county archival library in Florida is located within the Carnegie Library at 1405 4th Avenue, West in Bradenton. Built in 1918 the Carnegie Library has been on the U.S Department of the Interior’s Registry of Historic Sites since 1987. A treasure of collections exist within the Manatee County Historic Records Library.

The records that date back to the beginning of Manatee County include maps, public family records, county commission minutes, real estate records and court filings. The library is free to use but there are charges for copies, photos can be taken by your personal camera without a fee. The library is open during the week from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. As part of Heritage Days a two-hour walking tour of the historic buildings in downtown Bradenton is scheduled for March 13, beginning at 10 AM.

The Manatee County Agricultural Museum provides a hands-on learning experience for school children through group tours and specially designed educational programs. School field trips designed around local agriculture are also arranged through the museum located at 1015 6th Street in Palmetto. The Hall of Fame is a permanent exhibit at the museum, drawing attention to prominent citizens of Manatee County, two each year from 1967 to present.

The Palmetto Heritage Festival will be held at the museum and the Palmetto Historical Park from 10 AM to 2 PM on March 9. The local post office will be conducting a special one-day stamp cancellation in honor of the Heritage Days festivities. Live music, food, demonstrations and building tours are planned for this special day. A Chicken & Yellow Rice luncheon will be served at the Woman’s Club of Palmetto starting at 11 AM.

On March 27, a special Heritage Days, Ag at Night program is scheduled to begin at 7 PM at the museum. Based on the theme Eat Your Fruits and Veggies, the presentation will focus on growing these edible plants in the sunshine of Florida. For adults only, pre-registration is required by email or through their special event website. The Ag at Night program is a series with continuing dates of Homesteading in Florida on May 29 with Plants and Pollinators scheduled for July 31.

Other Manatee County programs and festivals centered around Heritage Days

DeSoto National Memorial - National Park Service
Camp Uzita - Daily programs and a special event on March 23 is in the plans at DeSoto National Memorial.

Travel back in time to 1539 when the Hernando DeSoto expedition began its reign of conquests in the area. Demonstrations at Camp Uzita in the DeSoto National Memorial of Bradenton will highlight the clothing and armor worn by the explorers. Spanish and Native American life of the times will be discussed in these programs four times a day, starting with the first at 10 AM Thursday through Sunday. While DeSoto was searching north for gold, 100 of his men protected his supplies at Camp Uzita. On March 23 a special presentation, Five Centuries of Florida History, will feature over 30 actors who will reenact different periods from DeSoto to present day in the memorial park.

A history of tourism in Manatee County will be on display in a month-long exhibit, Marvelous Manatee, in the Eaton Historical room of the county central library located at 1301 Barcarrota Boulevard in Bradenton. This exhibit celebrates the changes in tourism from the 1900s to present. The exhibit is open at different times of day, Monday through Saturday.

Each Friday of March a free Music in the Park concert will be held at the Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater in downtown Bradenton. Food and beverage sales benefit Realize Bradenton, your chairs or blankets are welcome while enjoying local band music that starts at 6 PM. The group BABYL will take the stage March 15, followed by Kettle of Fish, March 22 and Passerine, March 29.

Enjoy free open houses of the 19th century house that serves as the visitor center for Robinson Preserve and the Jiggs Landing Fish Camp cabin each Saturday during Heritage Days. Explore the historic house with its flora at Robinson Preserve, the history of Palma Sola and review photos of the home that was transported from Palmetto through the Manatee River to its current location. The replicated Jiggs Landing cabin will serve as the venue for a presentations on the history of Jiggs Landing, Braden River and Evers Reservoir. It will be open from 9 AM to 1 PM each Saturday.

Mainly Art featuring local artisans will expand the Farmer’s Market during Heritage Days in historic downtown Bradenton from 9 AM to 2 PM each Saturday in March. Family activities are also planned for these pet-friendly events, free to the public with free parking on Saturdays.

There are vents planned for nearly every day through the month, associated with Heritage Days. Some of the most notable not mentioned above include the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Annual Heritage Day festival this Saturday starting at 9 AM in the Historical Park on Pine Avenue. The Parrish Heritage Days Parade and Festival starts at Parrish United Methodist Church and ends at the festival grounds of the Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish. A Chili cookoff, local bands perform and family-oriented experiences are also planned.

On Sunday the Gamble Plantation tour will be free for the historic state park’s annual open house. Open from 10 AM to 3 PM, volunteers will dress in clothing of the era from the 1840s to 1870s. The 4th Florida Volunteer Infantry will re-enact a Confederate encampment on the grounds of the plantation in Ellenton.

The Winter Seminar of the Manatee Genealogical Society will be hosted at the Manatee Technical College on March 16 from 8 AM to 4 PM. The editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly journal, Dr. Thomas W. Jones, will be the featured speaker. Visit their website for more information and to register for this Heritage Days event. Also on that Saturday, meet historical fiction author Peggy Donoho, and follow the discussion of her great-grandparents Miguel and Frederica Guerrero starting at 10 AM in the Palmetto Historical Park.

There will be a reception for members and volunteers of the Reflections of Manatee at the Theodosia Curry Museum House in East Bradenton from 5 to 7 PM on March 23. An exhibit funded by the Florida Humanities Council will highlight the Angola’s Freedom Seekers and the Florida Underground Railroad. The display with special guests will be open to the public on March 30 starting at 10 AM, closing at noon.

A guided tour of the historic 1899 Alkire home on Riverside Drive in Palmetto will be open to the first 30 people who register for the event at their Eventbrite special webpage. This historic home has been beautifully restored by its current owners. The tour is sponsored by the Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum. All the events for Heritage Days are listed on the upcoming events page.

I listed two residences for sale last week in Longboat Key and Sarasota. The top-floor residence at 2450 Harbourside Dr, #253 offers striking panoramic views of downtown Sarasota, tranquil bay waters and the Gulf. Chic upgrades adorn every room of this direct bayfront residence in the sought-after community of Lawrence Pointe at 99 Sunset Dr, #102. 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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2450 Harbourside Dr, #253 $1,095,000 Video Photo Slideshow
99 Sunset Dr, #102 $999,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Pirates and Orioles in town

by Roger Pettingell

End of February means spring training

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming winter and spring festivals

by Roger Pettingell

March multi-day festivals are highlighted

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8380 Catamaran Circle
New listing at 8380 Catamaran Circle

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

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

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Longboat Key senior fitness programs

by Roger Pettingell

Three organizations with many offerings

Seasonal fitness, meditation and range of motion programs for seniors

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

A non-profit educational center focuses on education and fitness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Beachplace - Home Showcase XXXII

by Roger Pettingell

Longboat Key Community with Amenities

Beachplace has the location and services for privileged homeowners

Beachplace on Longboat Key
Beachplace - Eleven buildings on 31 acres

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

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

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

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

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


Beachplace8401
Beachplace #401 in Building 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Players Club community spotlight

by Roger Pettingell

Upgraded community in great location

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Home Showcase XXXI - First of 2019

by Roger Pettingell

Waterfront and Global Luxury listings

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

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


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

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

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


Waterfront home within walking distance of famed St. Armands Circle

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

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


Meticulously maintained Bird Key home with direct access to Sarasota Bay

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

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

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

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3070 Grand Bay Blvd, #646 $795,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Nate Jacobs promotes his dream at WBTT

by Roger Pettingell

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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