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Home showcase series on Winding Oaks

by Roger Pettingell

Location, private and beach access

Winding Oaks properties are featured in this Home Showcase XXXX article

REALTALK™ #216
Winding Oaks - Featured in REALTALK™ #216.

Looking for a community with Gulf of Mexico beach access, high walkability score, is private and family oriented, then you should look at the neighborhood of Winding Oaks in a great location on Longboat Key. These two and three bedroom live like single family homes, most with golf and water views. I discussed two of my active listings there, its features and amenities in REALTALK™ #216.

Behind the secure gates of Bay Isles, Winding Oaks is centrally located with homes that have their own private courtyards and decks. The high ceilings of these homes present a light and open feeling, built with comfort in mind between 1988 and 1991. Most of the 58 homes are equipped with 2-car attached garages. Relish a luxurious maintenance-free lifestyle in Winding Oaks.

And the Bay Isles Beach Club is a short bicycle ride. Homeowners enjoy deeded beach access through the beach club. With your club card you will find many of the pleasures that exist for members any time of the day or night. This private beach on the beautiful sands of the Gulf has showers, pavilions, picnic areas with grills, sand volleyball courts and restrooms. The amenities make for a relaxing day at the beach.

3431 Winding Oaks Dr, #16
Winding Oaks - 3427 Winding Oaks Dr, #14.

The first listing to discuss is 3427 Winding Oaks Dr, #14. Contemporary upgrades accentuate every inch of this chic waterfront residence. You will adore the radiant ambiance this 3BR villa creates with its clean lines, unique flooring, plus designer kitchen that opens to the living/dining room and relaxing views beyond. This home offers a screened patio and its own pool.

As you stroll outside your Winding Oaks home you can sense the friendly atmosphere as you encounter others walking or biking on the streets and walkway trails. You will also see that this is a very pet-friendly community with little restrictions on the size of your pooch. Walk a little further and you will be standing in front of Publix and the boutique shops in the plaza at the entrance to Bay Isles.

3431 Winding Oaks Dr, #16
Winding Oaks - 3431 Winding Oaks Dr, #16.

A little walk from my first listing is my second listing at 3431 Winding Oaks Dr, #16. Situated in a prime spot, overlooking peaceful lake waters, this 3BR Winding Oaks residence has been recently updated throughout. Offering a single-family home atmosphere, with its more than 2,500-square- feet of interior, two-car garage, cathedral ceilings, as well as wraparound walls of glass windows and sliders that open to the terrace or atrium in multiple rooms and enhance the light and lofty mood throughout.

I have three new properties I put on the market last week. Hailed as one of the best lots in Harbor Acres, spectacular direct views of Sarasota Bay, John Ringling Bridge, downtown’s cityscape and sights of sailboats abound around every corner of this five-bedroom estate at 1364 Harbor Drive. Looking for something to fit a lower budget, look at 453 East Royal Flamingo Drive in Bird Key or 99 Sunset Dr, #102 at Lawrence Pointe in 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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Entertainment series continues with the arts

by Roger Pettingell

A cultural arts city for everyone

Part IV of this series highlights the winter season devoted to the classics

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Anyone who has lived in Sarasota and Bradenton for any length of time can tell you that the cultural arts are of the highest quality, particularly for cities of their size. Accordingly, they were named respectively in American Style Magazine’s top arts destinations in the nation for populations of 100,000 or less. This area supports the arts as operas, symphonies and ballets that are well attended.

The season is approaching critical mass. The Sarasota Ballet, under the direction of Iain Webb has its schedule out for the 2019-20 season. Webb is an accomplished dancer and choreographer, formerly with the Royal Ballet in London. While many of the performances are at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts on the grounds of The Ringling Museum, they do stray for special productions at the Sarasota Opera House and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Seven programs in all, the first has already been completed late last month, Graziano, Retrospective, choreography by Ricardo Graziano. Symphonic Tales November 22-23 continues with Program 2 at the Sarasota Opera House. John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker is a holiday favorite, to be held at the Van Wezel December 20-21. The year 2020 rings in with the Ballet Gala on January 5, a performance and dinner catered by Michael’s on East at the Opera House. The ballet returns to the Van Wezel for a special performance of Romeo and Juliet, Program 6, for two nights, March 27-28. Redefined Movement, January 31 through February 3, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company February 28 through March 1 are scheduled at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, Programs 4 and 5. The internationally known dance company has performed in over 500 cities in 64 countries. Beyond Words at the Opera House April 24 and 25 is a company premiere. Information and tickets are available through the Sarasota Ballet website.

If you really want to see ballet from an expert perspective, visit Inside The Studio at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts Hall, November 13. It is a behind the scenes look at the rehearsal of Las Hermanas – Repression and Oppression. Tickets are selling out fast through this special link of Sarasota Ballet website.

Classical music taps into the hearts of concert attendees

Asolo Repertory Theatre
Florida State University Center for the Performing Arts - Asolo Repertory Theatre

The Sarasota Orchestra accompanies the John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker in December. This classic has a Sarasota theme as an honor to one of the greatest circus magnates. The orchestra also performs the live music for the Romeo & Juliet ballet in March. Their schedule has a series of Masterworks, Great Escapes, Pops and Chamber music on tap, beginning with the Classical Romance, a Masterworks program arrangement, this Friday through Sunday at the Van Wezel. As a special treat to classical music lovers, enjoy a conversation with guest conductor Gerard Schwarz who will preview the concert on Thursday at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. A sold-out dinner with the conductor laureate of the Seattle Symphony will be held later on Thursday at the PNC Bank third floor.

The Masterworks series continues December 6 through 8, Roman Festivals with guest conductor Joann Falletta. A Mozart and Mahler program January 17 to 19 with guest conductor Steven Sloane; Ludovic Morlot conducts, Chang Plays Dvorak January 30 through February 2; The Sounds of Nobility, February 21 through 23 with guest conductor Bramwell Tovey; Keith Lockhart conducts Beethoven to Bartok, March 12 through 15 and an American Impressions program led by Teddy Abrams, April 3 through 5 completes the Masterworks sessions. Most of these concerts are held at the Van Wezel, with only a couple at the Neel Performing Arts Center in Bradenton. A conversation with guest conductors before each concert and dinners are also planned.

The Great Escapes series typically start on Wednesdays and run for five days through Sundays, scheduled December through March. The programs in Holley Hall are generally shortened to one hour on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with no intermissions. Full programs with a discussion from the conductors are held on Thursdays and Saturdays. The four scheduled Pops concert series are two or three day runs. The first of three Chamber music sessions of one day is sold out and there are special concerts on the Sarasota Orchestra website. Subscriptions for the season can also be purchased online.

For three weeks in June the Sarasota Music Festival, a program of the Sarasota Orchestra, attracts classical music aficionados with themed concerts Thursdays through Sundays. It is a festival of true delight as visitors from many countries participate as a patron of the arts, performers and students who are selected through an audition process to learn from the masters. The full schedule for the 2020 Sarasota Music Festival will be announced in February.

Learn opera from the experts, then be amazed by its passionate performances

Sarasota Opera House
Sarasota Opera House

Unfamiliar with opera? There are plenty of opportunities to brush up before you go to witness one of the great cultural staples of Sarasota. During the November to March season the opera house opens its doors on Mondays to tour the iconic building in downtown Sarasota. A docent will discuss the different aspects of opera, the building and backstage tour. Understanding Opera, four talks by Executive Director Richard Russell and Director of Artistic Administration Greg Trupiano, discuss the topics that seasoned fans and novice patrons can learn from the experts. The next At the Opera with Richard & Greg will be held on Thursday.

Rigoletto, Love is Dangerous, is an opera with four performances on the schedule in November. This ring of three figure out that love can be treacherous, one of Verdi’s greatest works. With two shows in November, Brundibár, Love Conquers Evil, a name from Czechoslovakia for bumblebee is a children’s opera that was first performed in 1938 as a government competition.

Four love themed operas continue in the 2020 Winter Opera Festival February and March. La bohème, Love is Fragile is sung in Italian and translated in English. With music by Giacomo Puccini, the opera is in four acts. The classic Love is Forever opera, Romeo and Juliet, is sung in French with English translations. The combination of William Shakespeare’s genius with the musical composition of Charles Gounod, this five-act opera is on the list of many fans. In The Elixir of Love, Love is Intoxicating, Dulcamara's love potion turns a wary Adina to be become romantically involved with Nemorino, sung in Italian. Also sung in Italian but translated into English, La Wally, Love Hurts, has a chain of events that leads to a tragic ending. Single tickets, subscriptions and group sales are available on their Sarasota Opera website. These events and many others are on my upcoming schedule page with a schedule that continues through June 27, 2020.

Last week I listed a charming house at 1715 Hyde Park Street. Well-appointed updates adorn every room of this 4BR downtown residence. The impressive exterior creates a wonderful spot to relax the day away and features wraparound porches, as well as elaborate entertaining spaces. You will love the central “West of the Trail” locale, just minutes from lively 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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Black tie events: Where philanthropy shines

by Roger Pettingell

Fundraisers have started for non-profits

Part III of this series features the annual galas that support organizations

Ritz-Carlton in downtown Sarasota
Sarasota Ritz-Carlton - Many of the annual galas are held at this popular venue for black tie events.

Many of the non-profit organizations in Sarasota continue to support the many services with the gracious giving of local philanthropists. The schedule is starting to fill up with annual black tie events where a major portion of the yearly budget depends on the success of these events. These gala nights or luncheons have become social events for those who are genuinely supportive of the organizations.

The season has started. Annual kick-off parties have been held recently for the Opera’s 2019-2020 season at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens and the Asolo Repertory Theatre welcomed back 200 guests last Tuesday at the Robert and Beverly Koski Center. The Safari Sarasota benefit for the All Hearts Fund, which supplies education and supplies to African families, was held Thursday at Michael’s on East. The fabulous affair, UnGala 2019: the evolution, the first of its kind in 10 years for the Ringling, was held at the Circus Arts Conservatory.

This past Saturday the 6th Annual JLS Lilly Luncheon and Fashion Show was an accomplished event, a display of the latest fashions from designer Lilly Pulitzer was themed as a Cuban Fiesta, with an after party on the rooftop of the Westin. Proceeds benefitted The Junior League of Sarasota, an organization that promotes volunteerism among women. Michael’s on East was the scene for the Raise the Roof Party earlier this month to benefit the Safe Place & Rape Crisis Center. SPARCC conducts a 24-hour crisis line and confidential services for those who survived a domestic or sexual assault encounter. In this event they had a city-wide scavenger hunt and rooftop after party. The Oceanic Evening at the Ritz-Carlton was sold out last weekend. The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium benefit celebrated living coral.

Regularly scheduled Upcoming black tie events over the next few months

Westin rooftop in downtown Sarasota
Raise the Roof Party - The new Westin rooftop was the scene for two local October fundraisers.

Dinner, dancing and an information session to express the organization’s gratitude typically accompany these upcoming black tie affairs. Keep the Dream Alive on November 18 at Michael’s on East will support the Benevolent Care fund. Entertainment will be a production from the Manatee Performing Arts Center. The fund supports those in need of assisted living or have out-lived their planned retirement years.

The Hospital Gala to benefit Sarasota Memorial Health has been set for January 11 at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota. The focus for this 2020 event has shifted from its $2.2 million emergency/trauma and cardiac services fundraising to support cancer services at the hospital. Its inaugural gala was in January of 2018 and now continues as an annual event.

One event scheduled in February is on the first Saturday and supports the Opera, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton. Guitarist Marc Mannino returns for the annual Sarasota Opera Gala, that also kicks off the Opera’s Winter Festival. Expect a silent auction, dinner and performances by the Principal Artists. Tickets can be purchased through TicketCity.

On March 28 the Firefly Gala benefitting the Forty Carrots Family Center will be held in the Ritz-Carlton ballroom. This year there was a silent auction followed by dinner, and the main event private concert with Billboard acclaimed rapper and songwriter Kesha. An after party and dancing followed. Forty Carrots started in 1993 and has served over 40,000 families and needy children in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The Wine, Women & Shoes event November 14 through 16 also benefits Forty Carrots.

Also in March is the Paws on the Catwalk event, which will be celebrating its 14th year in 2020. A benefit for the Humane Society of Sarasota County, the lively pet adoption 2019 program for the evening was followed by a fashion show on the runway catwalk. The luncheon and events were held at Art Ovation hotel in downtown Sarasota.

Sarasota Opera Gala
Sarasota Opera Gala - This benefit is February 1, 2020

This year in March was the inaugural Red Ribbon Gala to support the CAN Community Health system, which provides for the well-being of those living with HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted diseases. Billy Porter and MJ Rodriguez of the FX show, Pose! Discussed the Face of HIV at the event held in the Ritz-Carlton ballroom this year. Expect another grand showing in 2020 as the organizers work to start an annual tradition.

I am fortunate to be among 40 captains tasked with raising $10,000 each for the Blue Ties and Butterflies fundraiser in April. The $400,000 from the captains will be matched with auction and gala money to benefit the Child Protection Center, which will be in its 40th year in 2020 for the prevention of child abuse, family intervention and treatment programs. In 2017 the CPC helped 84,000 individuals and their families.

There is a bundle of black tie affairs in March, some of which haven’t had their dates set. Visit the upcoming schedule page often for updates as new events are added each Thursday. Currently there are over 460 events through October 31, 2020

My new listing at 519 Blue Jay Place has had a good share of interest so may not last long. This sunny, three-bedroom pool home in the sought-after Bird Key neighborhood is located in an ideal garden spot. 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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Festival season: Something for everyone

by Roger Pettingell

October heats up the weekend schedules

Film, music, oddity and seafood festivals progress throughout the year

Upcoming events in Sarasota
Sarasota Oktoberfest - You may have missed the Oktoberfest in J.D.Hamel Park this weekend but there are plenty of festivals for your fall and winter plans

You may have missed some of the Oktoberfests the past few weeks, but not to worry as more are on the schedule in Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton this weekend. The local versions of the traditional German festivals set in motion a series of festivals in the upcoming months that are all well attended. These annual festivals include art, music and film celebrations with some created for seafood lovers. This is part two of the four-part series on local peak season events.

There are a couple Oktoberfests remaining, sponsored at local breweries. The Lucky Frog Restaurant on Cortez Road in Bradenton will present Bavarian music and feature a beer stein contest from 11 AM to 9 PM on Saturday. Music, beer and schnitzel will be served at the Naughty Monk Restaurant in Lakewood Ranch from 2 to 7 PM on Sunday.

With Halloween rapidly approaching the pumpkins are on the minds of those celebrating this holiday. So it follow that festivals cater to those setting up for Halloween and Thanksgiving. The 31st annual Pumpkin Festival at Fruitville Grove continues with the Pumpkin Fest Rally the next two Saturdays and the Around the World Festival the next two Sundays. Top-quality bands, along with magic shows, monster truck show, circus performances, motorcycle daredevils, jugglers, dog tricks and bicycle stunts are on the schedule for the final weekend of the 2019 Pumpkin Festival at Hunsader Farms in Bradenton.

The annual One-Act Play Festival runs five consecutive days at the Manatee Performing Arts Center in Bradenton, October 31 through November 3. Four plays were selected for this event that is a series of events, the Ten-minute Play Festival in May and the Student Ten-minute Play Festival, January 25 and 26, both in the Cook Theatre at FSU/Asolo Center for the Performing Arts on the Ringling grounds in Sarasota.

The Chalk Festival has a long history in Sarasota, with the past few years at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds. This year’s theme, Garden of Wonders, runs November 15-18. These amazing pavement artists gather in Sarasota from around the globe each year to participate in this juried competition. Spectacular 3D images on the their medium is incredible to watch and return for the final presentation. Local popular bands also perform in concert.

Upcoming events in Sarasota
St. Armands Art Festivals - Artists display their works for sale at multiple times throughout the year

Art festivals are plentiful in the fall and winter months. On the St. Armands Circle November 9 and 10, over 175 artists will display their wares on the circle. It coincides with the fall sidewalk sale, merchants selling their inventory with deep discounts in time for holiday gift shopping. The 17th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival returns January 25. The Sarasota Fall Art Festival, November 16 and 17, Winter Art Festival, January 11 and 12, and Spring Fine Art Festival, May 7 and 8, attract artists and shoppers to J.D. Hamel Park on the Bayfront Street. The Fine Art Fair with Craft Marketplace is in the parking lot for one day this Saturday at the University Town Center Mall. Lido Beach has local and North American artists displaying their works February 8 and 9 at the Lido Beach Fine Art Festival.

For the seafood lover in you, the fishing village of Cortez opens up the series with its Neptune’s Seaside Bash this Saturday at the Seafood Shack Marina and the 8th Annual Cortez Stone Crab and Music Festival at the Swordfish Grill, November 9. The history of Cortez as a fishing and seafood village continues its heritage with one of the most celebrated seafood festivals locally. February 15 and 16 is the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival which celebrates the heritage of Cortez, visited by thousands.

Away from Cortez, Lakewood Ranch continues the series with their Seafood Festival November 22 on Main Street. In December, the Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival is December 6 through 8, while the Coquina Beach Seafood and Music Festival stretches for three days the following weekend, December 13 to 15. Next year the St. Armands Seafood and Music Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 22 to 24, features top local bands on the circle and food entrees created by local restaurants.

This area has one of the most unusual festivals, the Shark’s Tooth Festival is a three-day celebration in Venice, a main location in the country for finding shark teeth on the beaches or in the depths off shore. This annual event will be held April 3 through 5 next year on the airport festival grounds in the proclaimed shark’s tooth capital of the world. As with other festivals expect plenty of good entertainment and your opportunity to see some massive historic megalodon teeth collected off the shores of Venice. There is a Shark’s Tooth 10K run on Saturday and a 5K Shark Fin run on Sunday.

The smooth sound of jazz returns and celebrates 40 years as a festival, March 8 through 14, with The Manhattan Transfer featured, a group that began in the 70s with multiple hits and had its own CBS variety show that premiered in 1975. The multiple Grammy Award winning group will be in town for the Sarasota Jazz Festival, featuring Ken Peplowski as music director. There will be four themed afternoon jazz stages, trolley pub crawl, Jazz in the Park and main stage concerts at the Municipal Auditorium.

Sarasota Oktoberfest
The Verge - Attendees danced to 70s tunes this past weekend at the Sarasota Oktoberfest

For two weeks at the end of March, Sarasota is transformed into a motion picture mecca highlighting some of the most celebrated international films. Compared with Cannes and Sundance, the Sarasota Film Festival opens with a red-carpet event at the Opera House, has a schedule of films highlighted at local downtown theaters, well-planned theme parties and closing night awards ceremony. Expect to see some celebrity actors and directors in some of the finest restaurants of Sarasota. The 22nd annual film festival begins March 27 and runs through April 5 of 2020.

Each May the Harvey Milk Festival honors the legacy of the gay rights activist with a series of parties and concerts around J.D. Hamel Park in downtown Sarasota. Its events are also coordinated with the Fabulous Independent Film Festival, five days of films in the Burns Court Cinema with a special movie screening the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the first night of the festival. The festival recently concluded the last week in September.

Sarasota swells with visitors each June for the Sarasota Music Festival. Hundreds of classic music students from around the globe audition the 62 slots, a continuation of training with some of the masters of classical music. During the weeks of the music festival visitors are invited to catch faculty performances with various themes Thursday through Saturday, with the fellowship participants performing on Sundays or invited to perform as guest musicians throughout the week. These events and many others are on my upcoming schedule page with a schedule that continues through June 27, 2020.

We continue to build our inventory of homes for sale during peak season. Last week I listed a stunning penthouse at L’Ambiance with sunrise-to-sunset panoramic views at this 4,900+ square-foot beach home. At 4325 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #604 is our Tiffany Plaza four-bedroom penthouse with more than 2,900 square feet of interior space. Grand Bay is one of my favorite communities on the bay and the new listing at residence 262 has panoramic sixth-floor direct bay views, something you will want to see for yourself. 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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Peak season also means top entertainment

by Roger Pettingell

Local theater and the Van Wezel shows

First in a four-part series of festivals, dance, plays and classical concerts

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall - Concerts, performances and shows nearly every night in season.

Last week I discussed the homes that were activated for peak season, which is rapidly approaching us. That is the real estate market. The next three weeks in a series I will be discussing the entertainment in this area, a series that begins today with the long running theater plays and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall performances scheduled. In following weeks the festivals, cultural and upcoming black tie events will each have their day in the sun spotlight.

Nearly every day, November through May, the Van Wezel has top quality entertainment. With the Quay project looming and this iconic structure mixed in with the discussion, there may only be a few years left for the Van Wezel as we know it. The city has long thought of the structure as a cultural and architectural landmark since it was opened on January 5, 1970. It sits on part of the 52-acre land destined to become a Bayfront park, entertainment, restaurant and housing venue.

Until then we can continue to enjoy performances from world renown comedians and concerts from some of the best touring bands. This year will mark the 50th season of classical orchestra performances and 50th season of Broadway shows, celebrated through subscriptions to each. Last year the Van Wezel experimented a little by bringing in a short run of the Lion King.

The annual events that are popular are returning once again this year, starting with Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock ‘N Roll. This full cast of rock musicians and singers bring back the golden age of Rock and Roll on November 1. Around the holidays the special shows abound each year. There are two shows on December 28 of Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker. Each year the Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert is a tradition, this year on January 2.

Book of Mormon
Book of Mormon Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Back for a mini-run from January 7-12, The Book of Mormon returns to the Van Wezel with its musical comedy, the story of missionaries sent half-way around the world to spread their opposing views of the Lord’s message. From the creators of the show South Park, this sensational hit has been sold out in other performances so you may want to find out what all the fuss is about and order tickets for The Book of Mormon early.

The remainder of the schedule is filled in with comedians such as Steve Martin & Martin Short on January 23, returning by popular demand. Touring bands and tribute concerts to the greats are also on the schedule. This year they have scheduled a three-night run of the Waitress from January 24-26. Classical music is on stage with the Sarasota Orchestra November 8, The Great Performer Series with six concerts January 15 through March 30 and an Itzhak Perlman recital March 21. All these shows have the chance of selling out, order tickets soon online.

Local theater is thriving too, a continuation from the summer months. The quality of acting in Sarasota and Bradenton rivals some of the bigger cities. These are some of the reasons Sarasota and Bradenton were voted 1-2 respectively in American Style Magazine’s top arts destinations in the nation for populations of 100,000 or less.

The Underpants, a play written by comedian Steve Martin is currently running through October 20 at the Players Centre for the Performing Arts in Sarasota. Martin adapted the script from a 1911 German play by Carl Sternheim. This comedy “covers” unmentionables that exist under trousers.

Next up at the Players Centre for the Performing Arts, The Fantasticks is a Broadway musical to hit our stage October 23 through November 10. It tells the story of Luisa and Matt who fall in love on the urging of their fathers.

Venice Theatre celebrates 70 years in the 2019-2020 season. Now running is The Bikinis, songs from the Jersey shore in 1964, ending October 20. We all know that ABBA sang Mamma Mia and the Venice Theatre is bringing the musical set on a Greek island to the stage which runs from October 25 through December 1. Assisted Living the Musical is a comedy of the Home, for the Holidays starting November 29 and ending December 22. A Christmas Carol has been performed on the Venice stage for 20 years, a classic December 13-21.

Thursdays through Sundays, but not on Tuesdays, is the autobiographical story of journalist Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie which runs until October 27 at the Manatee Performing Arts Center in Bradenton. The story is actually about his former college professor Morrie Schwartz and his influence on the life of the journalist. The venue has two stages, Tuesdays with Morrie is on the smaller Kiwanis Theater with general admission festival seating.

On the larger Stone Hall stage beginning October 24 is Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story. In his short, three year span he helped shape the history of Rock N Roll before his tragic plane crash in 1959 that also killed Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and pilot Roger Peterson, The Day the Music Died. The music doesn’t die on stage until the last performance on November 10. Get your tickets for all the performances at the Manatee Performing Arts Center here.

Back in Sarasota Antigone is set at a time in ancient Thebes and the death of Antigone’s brother, condemned without a burial for his alleged treasonous actions as ordered by King Creon. Antigone faces the consequences and the moral dilemma for his defiance by performing the sacred burial ritual. It runs October 30 through November 17 at the Asolo Conservatory.

Florida Studio Theatre
Florida Studio Theatre - Bright Star has a long run

Another Steve Martin comedy Bright Star is brought to the Florida Studio Theatre stage for a long run, November 8 through January 3. This is banjo and bluegrass in the Blue Ridge Mountains, whose stories by Billie are rejected by the editor of the Asheville Southern Journal. It has a happy ending with published stories and along with it a love affair with Alice, the editor.

Holiday shows emphasize the spirit of the season

One of the first holiday shows is The Thanksgiving Play at the Urbanite Theatre, November 8 through December 15. It is a satire on the Native Americans, Pilgrims and the annual tradition we have celebrated for a few centuries. Political correctness is overcome by the awkward actions of the all-white Thanksgiving pageant organizers.

If you can’t get enough of the classic It’s a Wonderful Life, the Jimmy Stewart movie of George Bailey’s tragic life and its turnaround, follow this musical twist to the movie in Stone Hall of the Manatee Performing Arts Center. This is a “wonderful” adaptation for the entire family December 5-22.

Coinciding with It’s a Wonderful Life in Bradenton, Every Christmas Story Ever Told runs in the Kiwanis Theater. Three actors perform every play, song and tradition of Christmas. And they do it in one night with limited engagements December 5-22.

Another adaptation, Radio Show Christmas Carol, the original Dickens story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the three spirits who visit him to alter his perception of Christmas. This play is a narration by DraMature at the Carnegie Library in Palmetto, December 12-22. DraMature is the senior acting troupe of the Manatee Players and tickets can be purchased through the Manatee Performing Arts Center website.

Returning to the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe for six shows, but performed at the Sarasota Opera House, December 4-6 and December 18-20, is the popular A Motown Christmas. Created, adapted and directed by WBTT founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs, the revue blends traditional songs of Christmas with popular songs made famous by Motown greats.

There is plenty of holiday cheer at the Van Wezel starting with the Broadway musical Cirque Dreams Holidaze, two performances November 22-23. The popular and returning Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour features the Grammy nominated star and the musical talent that surrounds him for this one-night show November 29. The Celtic Angels Christmas on December 1 is Irish dancing, instrumentals and spectacular singing by five Celtic Angels. Dance to the Holidays is a first-time entry into the Christmas itinerary at the Van Wezel December 4. Under the Streetlamp: Hip to the Holidays is December 12 followed by The Ten Tenors – Home for the Holidays December 22. Ebenezer is back on stage for a Christmas Carol for one show the following night.

A new year and plenty to offer during the winter months

REALTALK interview with Nate Jacobs of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe
Interview with Nate Jacobs of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe in REALTALK™ #101.

The plays pick up after the holidays with Caroline, or Change at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, January 8 through February 16. American race culture is questioned through this musical that portrays life in the South and the dead-end laundry job of Caroline Thibodeaux. The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is featured in this REALTALK™ #101 video.

In Gulf View Drive, relatives ascend on a couple’s Siesta Key dream home shortly after moving cross country. The play runs January 10-26 at the Venice Theatre. Menopause The Musical coincides with the running January 10 through February 2. They are followed up by Yard Sale, a musical about junk February 7 to March 8 and Guys and Dolls, February 21 to March 22.

We had Underpants with Steve Martin, Into the Breeches, women get to wear the pants to portray Shakespearean plays, normally performed by men. But this is 1942 in the fictional Oberan Play House while the men were fighting overseas in World War II. This play opens February 12 and runs through March 21 in the Asolo Repertory Theatre of the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Also get tickets for upcoming Asolo productions of The Sound of Music, Murder on the Orient Express, The Lifespan of a Fact and The Great Leap. These shows and many more can be found on our Upcoming Events page.

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New and refreshed listings on the market

by Roger Pettingell

It's October, ready for peak season

Fresh new inventory for Longboat Key and Sarasota luxury home buyers

Grand Bay
Overlooking Harbourside - Grand Bay Blvd, #461

As we head into mid-October we have a good idea what is going to happen in the luxury waterfront market. There will be buyers looking for good property to buy. They won’t be kicking the tires, they will be serious buyers. With a good economy it is more imperative that we put our best foot forward and show a good inventory to interested buyers. This past week we made active 11 properties we held back waiting for peak season and five new listings to present good opportunities for buyers.

Here are five new listings to consider. The first is a rarely available Antigua residence in the coveted Building IV at Grand Bay. This beautifully updated sixth-floor residence highlights breathtaking bay, marina and city views. Walk in and fall in love with the designer renovations including new flooring, custom finishes, built-ins and access to the wraparound terrace from every room at 3010 Grand Bay Blvd, #461.

If you are looking in Englewood find ideal Gulf-front living in this 4BR beach home at 7760 Manasota Key Road. Flourishing in recent renovations, from the Florida pine wood floors, to the glass French doors that open to your own boardwalk to the beach, this delightful getaway will be hard to ever leave.

The treat of maintenance-free living behind secure club gates can be yours to enjoy at this 4BR Queens Harbour residence. Beautifully maintained, offering many updates throughout, including a modified layout that added substantial square footage, neutral decor, cathedral tray ceilings, newer eat-in kitchen and custom built-ins. Enjoy the amenities with deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club at 3531 Fair Oaks Lane.

Winding Oaks
REALTALK™ #216 - Winding Oaks

Winding Oaks residents adore this neighborhood's tranquil environment, offering a newly upgraded swimming facility with heated infinity pool, lounge areas and lakeside walking trails. I listed two in this community, discussed in REALTALK™ #216, both overlooking the water of the Blue Heron course, the final nine of the Harbourside Golf Course.

Contemporary upgrades accentuate every inch of this chic lakefront home at 3427 Winding Oaks Dr, #14. Includes a radiant ambiance which offers clean lines, unique flooring, designer kitchen that opens to the living/dining room, high-end adornments, stone wall accents, brand-new bathrooms, private swimming pool and spa, screened patio and much more.

The home at 3431 Winding Oaks Dr, #16 is situated in a prime spot, overlooking peaceful lake waters. This 3BR residence has been recently updated throughout. Relish a luxurious maintenance-free lifestyle, within biking distance to the deeded private beach through the Bay Isles Beach Club.

Refreshed listings back on the market for peak season

Sometimes we take the summer months to review homes that need to be fresh on the market during peak season. We use this time to throw a fresh coat of paint on the walls, replace some aging mechanicals and make the home more appealing from the curb. We have 11 back on the market that are sure to make their new home owners glad they purchased in the Sarasota area.

16416 Baycross Drive
Lake Club - 16416 Baycross Drive

The first is an absolute stunning adult sports park at 16416 Baycross Drive, a lifestyle estate in The Lake Club that was built in 2015. Boasting one-of-a-kind, spectacular amenities all on one floor, including its own professionally designed 5-hole golf course, 1/8 mile running track, tennis court, basketball court, gym, motor courtyard, car museum, drawing room, billiards and media rooms, library, plus 1,000-bottle wine cellar. This walled 5BR estate in a private, gated community is surrounded by expanses of lush foliage and Savannah. The Lake Club is an exclusive gated community in Lakewood Ranch.

Perfectly positioned just two homes in from the open bayfront, offering stunning views of Sarasota Bay and John Ringling Bridge, this newer 4BR Harbor Acres home is immediately ready for you to begin enjoying. Built to the highest standards in 2009, features include a custom-designed layout with all conveniences on one floor, impact doors, windows and sliders, elevator, 14’ ceilings, Travertine flooring, coffered ceiling treatments, waterside swimming pool, plus boat dock and lift at 1352 Harbor Drive.

Back on Longboat Key I have a brand new 4BR home, completed in 2019, which 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. You must see this Country Club Shores new home at 560 Putter Lane.

Enjoy breathtaking sunset views and walk to downtown Sarasota from this fourth-floor bayfront Phoenix residence on the famed Golden Gate Point neighborhood at 136 Golden Gate Pt, #401. More than 3,700 SF of 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.

658 Mourning Dove Drive
Bird Key - 658 Mourning Dove Drive

The home at 658 Mourning Dove Drive on Bird Key is back on the market. You will love the fabulous, coastal contemporary updates found throughout this waterfront home. Overlooking tranquil waters that reach out to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico beyond, this 3BR home is situated near the end of the cul-de-sac on Mourning Dove’s sought-after street. Bird Key is ideally located with a short drive to the west for the beaches and over the Ringling Bridge to the east for downtown Sarasota. Every aspect, inside and out, of this luxury home has been renovated to enhance the sunny, inviting atmosphere.

Built by famed architect Mark Sultana of DSDG Inc., this modern, move-in ready boater’s paradise is located on a quiet canal along Longboat Key’s north end at 705 Jungle Queen Way. Yachtsmen will love the secluded feeling of this waterfront home, with its newer seawall and IPE wood dock in 2011, under-dock lights and new 10,000 lb. lift in 2016 able to accommodate a 22-footer. This newer elevated, 4BR home abounds in clean lines, open concept and a neutral decor that perfectly complements the contemporary family’s lifestyle.

Enjoy a tranquil lakefront lifestyle at this lovely 3BR plus den residence at 3635 Fair Oaks Place on Longboat Key. It technically becomes our second new listing in Queens Harbour last week. Brick pavers surround the exterior, welcoming you with a glass double-door entry. The floor plan, modified during its original construction, offers more than 3,000 SF of custom-designed interior, with cathedral ceilings, oversized tile flooring throughout, crown molding, granite countertops, plus a private master wing. See this home behind 24/7 manned guard gates with deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club.

76 Osprey Point Drive
The Oaks - 76 Osprey Point Drive

Many home owners enjoy the Osprey area in south Sarasota and the home at 76 Osprey Point Drive was designed by Harry MacEwen. This custom-built residence is located behind the exclusive gates of The Oaks Country Club, situated on more than a 1/4-acre of property and surrounded by lush vegetation. Offering lovely features, the light and open interior 3BR includes crown molding, soaring tray ceilings, plantation shutters, custom built-ins, formal dining room a few steps from the generous living room and a den with gas fireplace. Glass French doors in multiple rooms open to the pool deck and enhance this home’s bright atmosphere.

You may be looking for a residence on the Gulf of Mexico beaches of Longboat Key. Beautifully renovated and completely ready to move into, this Gulfside residence is a flourish of recent updates, offering picture-perfect views at every turn. The 3BR, 1,600+ SF interior is a rare offer at the Player’s 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. Also includes first-rate, completely updated community amenities at 1445 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #202.

Grand Bay is always popular and our second new listing is no exception to this secluded Bayside community at 3060 Grand Bay Blvd, #112. Move right in and immediately begin enjoy this charming 3BR Biscayne residence. In close proximity to many first-rate community amenities, with an expansive terrace that wraps from one end of the residence to the other and access from just about every room. Walls of glass in most rooms allow for plenty of sunny views of Harbourside golf course and Sarasota Bay. Offered furnished, you will appreciate the stone flooring, open layout, private bedroom suites and eat-in kitchen. Bike to the private Bay Isles Beach Club.

4960 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #PH5
Windward Bay - 4960 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #PH5

We might have saved the best for last. This 2BR, top-floor Windward Bay residence is a flourish of views of the community marina that stretch out to Sarasota Bay’s tranquil waters. The bayfront terrace at 4960 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #PH5 has been enclosed to create a sunny Florida room. It offers new windows installed in May 2019 to optimize the interior space. The marina is a wonderful place to dock your boat on sailboat-deep waters, for a small additional fee. You will love the convenience of three Gulf of Mexico beach access points. Ready to renovate, rent or enjoy, this penthouse residence offers more than 1,300-square feet of living space and an open layout.

And there will be more. Soon we will be listing residences at Tiffany Plaza, Grand Bay and a spectacular penthouse at L’Ambiance. But you don't have to wait, we can show them now. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

 

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Options for residences on south Longboat Key

by Roger Pettingell

Ten Longboat communities with CMAs

Southern end of Longboat Key, from the New Pass Bridge to Bay Isles

Homes and residences behind the gates of Bay Isles have deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club
Bay Isles Beach Club - Deeded beach access

Residences like Beachplace and Grand Bay are very popular, and on each coast of Longboat Key. There are many that line the shores on the lower end of Longboat Key, from New Pass on the south to Bay Isles about the midway point. Bay Isles covers a large surface area as Longboat Key widens to support the island with a Publix, CVS and boutique shops. Within this area homeowners have deeded access to the beach club that includes amenities on the Gulf of Mexico white sands. Bay Isles is behind two 24/7 manned gates that I discuss these perks in my REALTALK™ #109 video and in a 2016 REALTALKplus™ article.

Last week I posted Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) reports for ten of these communities in the southern half of Longboat Key. These monthly reports show Active, Pending and Sold listings, some as far back as a decade. I have provided a link in this report to those CMAs.

L'Ambiance Community spotlight
L'Ambiance - Spotlight in REALTALK™ #104.

Once over the New Pass bridge from Lido Key you will turn left just past the Chart House restaurant and pass through the gates of the Longboat Key Club, around the golf course bend to access the L’Ambiance community of 136 residences in two buildings on your left. This is luxury living on the Gulf of Mexico, with 300 feet of white sand as your private beach. With Har-Tru tennis courts, 240-foot swimming pool and a concierge staff in each building, you may never want to leave. Built in 1992, it sets adjacent to the Longboat Key Club with two championship golf courses and 20 Har-Tru tennis courts. I discussed L’Ambiance in a community showcase in REALTALK™ #104 and in this REALTALKplus™ article. The monthly CMAs for L’Ambiance extend back to 2010.

Continue up Longboat Club Road to the Pierre. You can get a three-bedroom residence with an average floor space of 2,410 square feet overlooking the Gulf on one side and the club’s Links on Longboat across the street. There are 66 residences and amenities to rival the other luxury communities on the island. Relax in the heated pool and hot tub or stay healthy with the fitness center and on the tennis courts. Feel safe with state-of-the-art security and manned guard gate. It is one of our newest members of CMAs back to 2017.

The next door neighbor to the Pierre is the Sanctuary, aptly named for it has a haven-like atmosphere in five buildings, spread out over 18 acres on Sanctuary Drive. Of the 181 units, the Ascot floor plan has 3,115 square feet of floor space and 800 square feet of terrace for wonderful sunset views. The five to seven floor buildings were built in phases from 1989 to 1992, with under-building deeded parking spaces. Residents also enjoy the 25-meter heated lap pool, fitness center, two tennis courts, spa and clubhouse. There are seven years of monthly CMAs and was also covered in a REALTALKplus™ article.

Residences in Regent Place are rarely available for sale. Once you purchase a unit here you likely will want to hang onto it. It’s also on Longboat Club Road past the Sanctuary and Longboat Key Towers. These units are spaced out in two buildings with an oversized swimming pool, fitness center and clubhouse separating these structures. Regent Place has some of the largest floor plans in their regular units on Longboat Key, built in 1995 and continues to fetch high dollar. Each owner has two enclosed garage spaces. Regent Place CMAs came online with its first to appear in April of 2012.

Other communities on Longboat Club Road offer a wide selection of floor plans and amenities. They have one thing in common, with a short drive they are close to St. Armands Circle and the shopping complex at Bay Isles. If you have a Longboat Key Club membership you are likely overlooking the Links On Longboat golf course and some of the amenities that are offered through the club that I covered in a REALTALKplus™ article.

Back to the beginning of our venture. Driving from the New Pass bridge your first residences on the Gulf of Mexico Drive right side is Tangerine Bay. Flanked by a bird sanctuary on the south at Quick Point and the popular Dry Dock Waterfront Grill, you can get your exercise early and have lunch at noon, all within a short walk of each other. The Tangerine Bay Club is an oasis within an oasis. The beautiful lush manicured gardens greet you as you enter this community. The swimming pool and clubhouse is on an island accessible in the center of the property by walking bridges, creating stunning views from the units facing inward from the five buildings at Tangerine Bay. Buildings I and V face Sarasota Bay, where a day dock is available on a first served basis. Tangerine Bay CMAs have been covered each month since 2014.

Beachplace Community spotlight
Beachplace - Spotlight in REALTALK™ #76.

On the Gulf side our next community up Gulf of Mexico Drive has 11 buildings on 31 acres on the beach, Beachplace is one of the most socially active communities on Longboat Key. Arvida Corporation constructed these buildings over three years starting in 1979. Residences average around 1,500 square feet and are offered as two or three bedroom units. Amenities include a state-of-the art fitness center, Olympic size swimming pool and three Har-Tru tennis courts. Buildings either overlook the Gulf or the peaceful lake with soothing fountains. It too has a 24/7 manned guard gate and on-site management. I covered Beachplace in a REALTALK™ #76 video with the Gulf as my background and in a REALTALKplus™ article. Monthly CMAs for Beachplace started in 2012.

Next door to the north is the Promenade, constructed in 1985. Units here range in size from just under 1,600 square feet to the largest at 4,172 square feet, in two and three bedroom configurations. The 112 residences are surrounded by a heated swimming pool, clubhouse, four tennis courts, fitness center and hot tub. Security is 24/7 with manned guard gates and on-site management are there to help with your needs to make your stay comfortable. For more information see my REALTALK™ #118 video and read my REALTALKplus™ article. Monthly CMAs for Promenade started in 2012.

Water Club Community spotlight
Water Club - Spotlight in REALTALK™ #127.

The Water Club is the next set of residences as you continue your tour up Gulf of Mexico Drive. The centerpiece of this community is its grand Mediterranean style clubhouse. There exceptional amenities found only at the Water Club in the Clubhouse is a spacious ballroom, catering kitchen, library with fireplace, pool table and table tennis. The Water Club provides its signature amenities including an outdoor hot tub, two indoor hot tubs, Olympic size swimming pool and the azure colored waters of the Gulf. There are four lighted tennis courts. Security is provided 24/7 with guard gates and secure garage parking areas. Catch my REALTALK™ #127 video, read the REALTALKplus™ article and research monthly CMAs for Water Club dating back to 2010.

Vizcaya is a rare community that is actually divided between the Manatee and Sarasota counties. Built in two years starting in 1997, this community consists of 37 residences. Not only are you on the sandy white beaches of Longboat Key, you have your own Gulf-side pool, a state-of-the art fitness center and private garage space. This is a pet-friendly community with board approval. We started monthly CMAs at Vizcaya in 2012.

Grand Bay Community spotlight
Grand Bay - Spotlight in this REALTALKplus™ article.

Behind the secure gates of Bay Isles, Grand Bay is one of our favorite communities on the bay side of Longboat Key. We often have listings at Grand Bay among the variety of floor plans, some with flow-through residences with views of the Gulf and the bay. It is known for its two resort pools, Har-Tru tennis courts, fitness center and 24-hour security with its own private manned gate entrance. It is more attractive with the Longboat Key Club membership as its Harbourside Golf winds past the six buildings with 272 residences. The Moorings has slips for 291 boats with a full-service marina. Grand Bay is covered in this REALTALK™ #117 video and in a REALTALKplus™ article. Monthly CMAs for Grand Bay started in 2009.

New listings last week

Address List Price Media Slideshow
340 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #122 $1,295,000 Video Photo Slideshow
2016 Harbourside Dr, #344/345 $849,000   Photo Slideshow
1115 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #502 $519,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Luxury waterfront residences on Longboat Key

by Roger Pettingell

Home Showcase XXXIX: On the beaches

Three rarely available residences on the water as showcase communities

Earlier this month I discussed value properties on the water. To continue with that theme for Home Showcase XXXIX I present three luxury waterfront residences on Longboat Key appropriately priced for their value. They are also in communities where homes are rarely listed, Villa di Lancia, Longboat Key Towers and Tangerine Bay.

2165 Gulf of Mexico Dr #123 - Villa di Lancia

Rarely available, direct Gulf-front residence at Villa di Lancia! With nearly 2,500 SF of living space to love, this sunny beach getaway feels like a single-family residence. Offering great room, eat-in kitchen, split bedroom layout and secure parking.
$1,495,000 - Click here for the video

2165 Gulf of Mexico Dr #123 - Click here for the website
340 Gulf of Mexico Dr #122A - Tangerine Bay

Tangerine Bay residences don’t come on the market often. Ready for the MLS, this beautifully updated 3BR residence directly overlooks the peaceful waters of Sarasota Bay with a flourish of recent renovations.
$1,295,000

340 Gulf of Mexico Dr #122A - Click here for the website
603 Longboat Club Rd #201N - LBK Towers

Panoramic, direct views of the Gulf’s azure waves and pristine shores abound! Located in a corner spot, this 3BR residence is reminiscent of a single-family home, offering 2,400+ SF of interior, plus west and east-facing terraces.
$1,195,000 - Click here for the video

603 Longboat Club Road #201N - Click here for the website

We also have several new listings that are off the market now but poised to be listed in MLS soon. Last week I listed a wonderful full lot with main and guest house on the open bay at 8204 Longbay Boulevard. Please contact us at (941) 387-1840 to schedule a showing of these properties or to see the other residences in our inventory.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
8204 Longbay Boulevard $1,185,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Bridge repairs and replacement progress

by Roger Pettingell

Two bridge projects on barrier islands

Repairs to Longboat Pass and FDOT options to replace Cortez bridge

Longboat Pass bridge
Repairs of Longboat Pass Bridge - Crews work on the Longboat Pass bridge on the north end

The north end of the barrier islands, Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island, have been the subject of construction projects with plans for the future. Two projects are in the works, the Florida Department of Transportation has started work on the Longboat Pass bridge and is reviewing plans to alleviate congestion with new designs for the Cortez bridge.

The $5.2 million of repairs to the Longboat Pass bridge will add 10 more years of life to the 60-year-old bridge. Although considered safe to cross, the extended life will give FDOT time to research the best course of action for the future of the bridge. The Longboat Pass connects Longboat Key to the south end of Bradenton Beach where Coquina Beach is located. The drawbridge also connects the intracoastal waterway to the Gulf of Mexico for boaters.

Drivers and boaters have seen little impact to their commutes. There have been minimal lane closures during the day as most work continues during the nighttime hours between 9 PM and 6 AM. There is no work scheduled on weekends. The walkways for pedestrians will be impacted by closures. Procedures are in place to ensure emergency vehicles can cross in a timely manner.

Construction will affect boat traffic, mainly sail boaters with masts to exceed 17 feet that require the drawbridge to be raised as a passage to the Gulf. Before the work boaters could request an opening 24 hours a day. During construction the bridge operator will honor requests at 10 AM, 2 PM and 6 PM, with a 30-minute window at each of the three times. Boaters can hail the operator with one long and one short blast on the horn. They also monitor VHF channel 9 for requests.

Alternatives for boaters are to the north through the Cortez and Manatee drawbridges or to the south through New Pass bridge or the open waters of Big Sarasota Pass. Recent dredging projects have made these waterways more accessible to boaters with deep drafts. Still, caution should be exercised.

Repairs include the drawbridge grid deck, concrete road deck, reinforcement of steel beams, railings, underwater erosion protection, fender repairs, and mechanical and electrical systems. Longboat Key was dismissed from a lawsuit last year when the bridge was damaged by a contractor replacing a water pipe under the bridge in 2014.

FDOT Cortez Bridge simulation
FDOT posted a simulation of the proposed fixed-bridge

Over the last decade FDOT has reviewed changes to the bridge that crosses over from Cortez to Bradenton Beach. The two-lane drawbridge has been a nuisance to visitors attempting to cross the bridge as the volume mounts in peak season and the bridge has a liberal open rate for boaters. Three major repairs to the bridge since 1996 have been costly and future repairs will drive up costs even more. The last repair in 2015 extended the life of the 63-year-old bridge another 10 years.

FDOT presented two options in August 2017. The first is a replacement drawbridge that extended the closed height clearance from 17.5 feet to 35 feet. The second option presented is to have a fixed Ringling Bridge style with a 65-foot clearance. The department has announced it will make its final presentation and propose one of the solutions, possibly as soon as this month.

The most feasible is the fixed-bridge option, as revealed by those close to the project. A simulation was released that includes two lanes with a 10-foot wide pedestrian and bicycle crossing. The bridge will require a higher elevation at the beginning and touchdown points on both sides of the bridge. The projected cost is $75 million, and FDOT suggests it will save money over time by reducing maintenance and bridge tender labor costs.

The beginning and end points have residents concerned. Cortez home owners contend that the higher elevation will split the town in half. Cortez is a historic fishing village that flourished for many years before gill netting was banned in 1994. The village continues with seafood restaurants, some commercial fishing and is home to the Florida Maritime Museum.

On the other end in Bradenton Beach businesses with hotels say the elevated bridge will block the view that many of their patrons enjoy. The increased volume of traffic will also increase congestion at the Gulf Drive intersection, the two-lane north and south main road on Bradenton Beach that is controlled through a single traffic light. A roundabout at the intersection has been in discussion outside of the bridge project.

In 2017 the U.S. Coast guard reduced the bridge openings from three times an hour to twice an hour, at 15 minutes and 45 minutes after the hour between 6 AM and 7 PM. Bridge tenders can be hailed in the same manner of horn blasts and Channel 9 transmissions.

Last week I listed a home for sale at TPC Prestancia. Overlooking the 3rd hole of Stadium Golf Course, this lovely 4BR residence abounds in updates and custom features. Situated on a nearly 1/2-acre, estate-sized parcel offering tranquil views that stretch out to the lake. 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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3988 Losillias Drive $949,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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New Longboat Key north end dining options

by Roger Pettingell

North end revamps its dining experiences

Mar Vista renovates, Shore opens as two new classy waterfront spots

Shore Restaurant, Longboat Key
Shore Restaurant Opens - After a couple years of construction the old Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant opens with new owners on the waterfront

When the Shore held its soft opening, it marked the beginning of a new era for the restaurant chain. It also established the north end of Longboat Key as another center of great restaurants on the island. When Mar Vista completed its three-year renovation, the seafood restaurant now offers a stark difference between the old charm of Florida and the modernistic look of its neighbor the Shore. And yet a third new restaurant with a more casual deli look is taking shape at the Gulf of Mexico Drive and Broadway Street corner. Whitney’s Restaurant will transform an old gas station into a casual atmosphere where beachgoers can relax.

Shore restaurant seats about 185 guests. With multiple bars, outdoor patio seating, an upper level and indoor dining your mood can set the tone for your seating expectancies. Almost every seat has a spectacular view of Jewfish Key and the intracoastal boat traffic. There are 14 slips for large boats on a 300-foot dock and a valet car parking service.

Shore Restaurant - March 2019
Construction progressed quickly on the Shore Restaurant since this photo was taken in March 2019

It is on the previous site of Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant, which closed in 2015 after 40 years of serving seafood on Longboat Key. Tom Leonard and Mark Caragiulo purchased the property for 3.2 million dollars and have put in a couple more million into its construction. If you are familiar with the Shore restaurant on St. Armands Circle, most of the menu items will carry over to the Longboat Key restaurant that the co-owners had a vision to create a special place on this island paradise. There will be local favorites that have been served in St. Armands Circle combined with creative recipes for variety.

The restaurant is operating under a temporary certificate of occupancy until it completes some final tasks required by building inspectors. Those should be complete by the end of the month. The owners have endured other setbacks. They wanted to have more parking so they requested this summer that Longboat Key vacate a portion of the sidewalk so they could have 14 additional spaces. That request was denied by the Planning and Zoning Board. Opening was also delayed when a fire destroyed the interior of the building during construction last fall.

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, Longboat Key
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub - Opening its doors, literally after renovation completed this year

The Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub opened its doors, literally, earlier this year after a three-year renovation process that added side doors for an open-air dining area. It kept its unique outdoor seating under buttonwood trees, with views of plentiful dock space, the water beyond and a new outdoor fireplace. On the interior there is state-of-the art kitchen, a renewed dining area and an extra capacity bar for its patrons. As with the Shore, Mar Vista has 14 dock slips and a beach to pull up your kayak or paddleboard.

The two-million dollar renovation that reopened earlier this year was the former home, rental, bar and bait shop until the 1980s when it was purchased by the Chiles Restaurant Group. The son of former Florida Governor Lawton Chiles, Ed Chiles is the founding member of the chain that includes the BeachHouse Restaurant on Bradenton Beach and the Sandbar Seafood & Spirits on the north end of Anna Maria Island. Chiles Restaurant Group also owns the Gamble Creek Farm, a supplier of fresh produce for the restaurants in the chain.

Serving portions of seafood are generous at Mar Vista. Whether you start with the smoked Florida fish board or calamari and continue with an entrée of scallops, shrimp and grits or even try one of the favorite mullet dishes, you can be assured the preparation is exquisite. There is a special Land Line menu with dishes that are served with fries. Leave some room for dessert. It received the 2019 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.

Also on the short road of Broadway Street, James Bearley is transforming an old gas station that had sit vacant for years at the Gulf of Mexico Drive intersection. The lighter deli menu at Whitney’s Roadside is expected to attract a beach crowd under its 2,128-square-foot building. Architects have worked in the old gas station design but removed the overhead canopy. The name is an honoring remembrance to Gordon and Lora Whitney who moved to Longboat Key in 1935 and ultimately built 13 cottages for the Whitney Beach village. Nearby Whitney Plaza is also named for the famous development. Two of the remaining cottages have been moved across Broadway Street from the old station awaiting funding to become a welcoming and historical center.

Contemporary style
I discuss the contemporary style of this home near Harry's Continental Kitchen in REALTALK™ #213

Your choices have expanded with the renovations and additions of these restaurants. For many years Longboat Key residents have had great choices on the northern end of the island. You can opt for the Longbeach Café and there is still fine dining at Harry’s Continental Kitchen, currently closed for vacation until October 2nd. These two dining locations have been local favorites for years. Harry’s Continental Kitchen started as a catering service with take-out and opened as a full-time restaurant in 1985. Longbeach Café has been serving breakfast and lunch for many years.

I have some excellent properties for sale on the northern end of the island. Fall in love with newer contemporary home living in a quiet, waterfront locale at 705 Jungle Queen Way near Harry’s Continental Kitchen. I may have something exactly what you are looking for, even if they are currently resting off the market. 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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