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Circus connection treasures and museums

by Roger Pettingell

Circus is alive through its memorabilia

Three Sarasota locations share the history of the Ringling Circus

John Ringling 1922 Rolls-Royce, known as the Circus Train Ghost
John Ringling 1922 Silver Ghost - The best known car in his collection was the Circus Train Ghost.

When one man’s junk becomes another’s treasure you may have a garage sale in mind. There are places in our area where the treasures are plentiful under one roof. And with the announcement that the Ringling Circus will have its last performance in May, treasures associated to it may become more valuable. That is the heritage of Sarasota that was started when brothers John and Charles Ringling brought their well-established circus here in 1919, over 35 years after the circus set up its first tent to entertain children and adults.

A good place to start is the Circus Museum on the campus of the John Ringling Museum, Welcome to the Big Show. There you can find interactive exhibits and walk a tight wire or for your youngster to experience a clown car. There is a great reproduction of the full circus as a model in the circus museum that first opened in 1948. The ornate decorations on the full scale band wagon greets you to give a sense of the circus eccentricity.

The museum has one of the largest collection of art history and theater in its library. The library is open to the public during museum hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. but the resource material is not in circulation. Customers have access to the digital collections as well, and Wi-fi is available for further research. During their Art After Five days each Thursday the museum is open until 8 p.m.

Across the street from the museum on Tamiami Trail is the Sarasota Classic Car Museum. The museum is home to over 75 classic and memorable automobiles, anything from a 1908 Rambler to a 2010 Spyker C8 Laviolette. The C8 has an Audi engine and can attain speeds up to 186 mph.

There is a circus connection, a beautifully restored 1922 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was used by John Ringling as he motored around town. Nathan Clary at Vintage Motors of Sarasota forwarded me the history of this car that just went under a three-year restoration project, completed last year. Known as the Circus Train Ghost, this car traveled with John Ringling on his circus train and was the best known of his Rolls-Royce collection. The car was purchased from the estate and has been in the museum since 1953, except for one time when it was on display at the Ringling for his 150th birthday celebration on May 31, 2016. A Pierce Arrow that was once owned by his wife Mable Ringling is also on exhibit.

The Car Museum has a gift shop but also holds events that are associated with tribute bands in their events center. There are also performances by the five-member Sarasota Car Museum Club Band. This Saturday there is a tribute to the late Big O, Roy Orbison, featuring Shake, Rattle and Soul. On February 25 there is Motown Revue while Jimmy Mazz is Cruizin’ the 50s on March 3. The shows start early at 5:30 p.m. each day of the performances.

Tata Bus Bar at Circus City Salvage
Tata Bus Bar - Imported from India, this bar sells for $2,495 at Circus City Architectural Salvage

One wonderful place to own a piece of circus history is the Circus City Architectural Salvage at 1001 Central Avenue. The owners envisioned a store where every item is a treasure and has a story behind it. There you can find an eclectic assortment of treasures from the circus mixed in with other antiques and genuine originals.

Take for instance an original bar that lights up made from the front of a 1950 Chevrolet truck. It is custom made in Florida and is on sale for $6,495. A similar custom made bar imported from India sells for $2,495. This Tata Bus Bar also lights up. There are not many locations in Florida that has a full suit of armor, especially when it sells for the low price of $129.

These items are on the show floor interspersed with other items hanging in the rafters, sitting on the floor or carefully placed on shelves and arranged by the category they mostly represent. Foot-tall letters from A-Z are stacked on a shelve that has them listed for $20 each. Circus posters hang from the walls while stained glass is hung in the windows. You can find antiques, art, collectibles and other furniture.

They have vinyl records cataloged and set in crates arranged in alphabetical order. And if you don’t have a player for the records you may find a vintage one there too. Above them are bar lights that are lit from behind or lit with neon lights.

On occasion you can see circus performers as you enter the building, such as the magician that greeted us with his tricks as we entered on a recent Saturday. You can spend hours strolling the maze of aisles or maybe catch a performance. But get there before 5 p.m., that is when it closes every day but is closed for the day on Sundays.

I have three new listings last week on Longboat Key, a good variety. The Antigua floor plan residence at Grand Bay, #221 features designer updates. A Key West inspired home in Triton Cove is just steps from the Gulf of Mexico white sand beaches. The 3BR/3BA residence at Beach Harbor Club, #E412 is on the top floor with stunning bay views. 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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Smart Homes, the future is getting here quickly

by Roger Pettingell

New technology drives service integration

Definition of a Smart Home by Coldwell Banker

Smart Homes in REALTALK #114
Smart Homes - The advances in REALTALK™ #114

Implementing Smart Home technology to new home construction is advancing and with wireless connectivity added to the systems, the same technology can be added with integration to existing homes. In some respect a programmable thermostat to control heating and air conditioning is considered the basic level of a Smart Home, but there is a whole new world when you plan your Smart Home around environmental, security and entertainment controls.

I first reported on Smart Home technology two years ago with a demonstration in REALTALK™#42 by Mark Bolduc of Wicked Smart Homes. Since then his company has implemented systems in such places as the new Infinity community on Longboat Key and many other homes and residences in the area. I updated advances in Smart Homes this month in REALTALK™ #114.

A lot has changed since then. I learned first-hand of some of the new technologies at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This past weekend Harold Bubil, real estate editor for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, interviewed me for his article on Smart Homes and BuilderFest. The emphasis now is on voice recognition and total integration.

A software app that recognizes your commands is the beginning of a new frontier in these systems. Whether you tell Siri to turn on the lights, turn up the volume of your Sonos speaker system in the family room, or activate your home security alarm, the integration of voice commands to Smart Homes is the future.

Even Amazon’s Echo with Alexa software is considered for home integration and companies are now building this component into their televisions and home appliances such as refrigerators. Some day you may be able to ask how long has the milk been stored in your refrigerator. Alexa is currently implemented in Smart Home hubs, lighting, HVAC and security systems. A smaller version, the Echo Dot, and a portable speaker version, Amazon Tap is on the market. You can use both these systems to order your pizza for dinner or send a voice command to set an alarm clock. The Tap is under $130 while the Dot is less than $50. The full Echo system is listed at $179.99 on Amazon.

Google Home integrates nicely with NEST thermostats, smoke detectors, CO alarms and security cameras. With a simple command that starts with “OK Google,” users can also communicate with Chromecast products. You also have a Google assistant answer some of your most pressing questions such as knowing the speed of light. In time they expect to accompany the assistant when services are activated for local home grocery delivery, for instance.

When I was in Vegas I spent more time in the Smart Home sections of the CES, rather than lose money in the casinos. The technology was fantastic but I was more interested in applications that integrated all the systems from one device or app on a Smart Phone. Almost anything electronic can be implemented into the overall convenience of a Smart Home, even a toaster that has a Wi-fi or Bluetooth component.

Coldwell Banker has partnered with CNET to set a definition of a Smart Home. To start, the home must have reliable Internet service. To be considered a Smart Home, there must be connections to at least three of following home services: Lighting, safety, entertainment, appliances, HVAC, outdoors, security and temperature. Outdoors could include services such as landscape lighting, pool covers, pond systems or plant watering. The company continues to lead the country in new implementation and has put out a glossary of terms for Smart Homes.

Coldwell Banker Smart Home certificate
I completed my training in Smart Home technology in September through Coldwell Banker University.

I am a certified as a Smart Home agent by Coldwell Banker, and received training through our organization for selling homes with this technology. Coldwell Banker has been a leader in new technologies and have launched a Smart Home kit for staging homes. It is my belief that homes will sell for more and sell quicker by implementing these services. The staging kit is available to home sellers who use Coldwell Banker to sell their home. Announced in august of last year, the $999 kit consists of a Nest thermostat, Nest CO and smoke alarm, Nest indoor security camera, August connect, and Lutron wireless lighting starter kit. Home sellers can install the kit themselves or hire a professional for installation.

Vivint, a company with a strong Florida presence, also offers an integrated package for doorbell, lock, lighting and security under one app with no contract and one monthly fee. They will also customize a package when you call their professionals for a free quote. Packages start at $39.99 per month and include 24/7 monitoring. This includes free installation in Florida, up to $1,500 in free equipment and 24 hours of video storage for security. They even have a good special going on now and waving the start-up costs. Their nearest sales locations are in St. Petersburg and Tampa.

I did have a chance to wander around CES and look at other technologies that included a $10,000 toilet and a Samsung smart watch that will include the iPhone IOS operating system. Now, there's an interesting concept. I also was photographed with Raymond Teller, who legally changed his name to Teller and is one half of the Penn & Teller comedy duo. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

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Annual winter events preview

by Roger Pettingell

Winter events preview for 2017

Arts, festivals, plays and black tie events

Aerial view of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
Aerial view of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center

It is that time of year when more events are scheduled and they seem to sell out quicker. With that in mind I present my annual pick of favorites for winter 2017 so you can begin reviewing your selections and start booking today. And if there is something that you know about, but don’t see, you can always look on our calendar of events where I express a wider variety and likely find it there. I am breaking them out by category of black tie benefit events, art festivals, plays, the finer arts and the best at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center.

Black tie affairs are charity events associated with a non-profit that benefits the community. A portion of the ticket costs and proceeds from silent auctions are donated. To start, former TODAY show co-host Ann Curry will give the keynote speech at a luncheon, February 10, at the Ritz-Carlton to benefit the Tidewell Hospice program. Two events are inspired by the French Riviera. The following day on Saturday the Orchid Ball benefiting Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will be held on the great lawn starting at 6 p.m. The une soirée en fleurs will provide a glimpse of their new exhibit The Color of Dreams. The annual gala to benefit the Asolo Repertory Theatre, La Fête de Monte Carlo, will be held March 4 at the Ritz-Carlton.

I support four organizations that help local children. They are the Sarasota Adopt-A-Family, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Suncoast, Forty Carrots and the Child Protection Center. Two of them have nice annual events that support their organizations. On April 1 the annual Firefly Gala at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club is a benefit for the Forty Carrots Family Center and features hip-hop artist Flo Rida from Miami. The Child Protection Center will hold its annual benefit on April 19 at Michael’s on East. A portion of the ticket price and a live auction at the Blue Ties and Butterflies affair will provide a good foundation of funds for the 2017 operating budget.

The Sarasota Winter Fine Art Festival this past weekend kicked off a series of festivals devoted to the arts. This Saturday Art Antiques will be on sale at the Municipal Auditorium downtown. The weekend of January 28-29 the Winter Art Festival will be held in St. Armands Circle, followed by the Winter Fine Art Festival on Lido Beach the first weekend in February. If you miss the winter fine art festivals you can connect with the Sarasota Spring Fine Art Festival on Gulfstream Avenue March 11-12 followed next month on April 8-9 by the Spring Fine Art Festival on Lido Beach. The Suncoast Blues Festival is January 27-28 at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Campsites are available for overnighters.

REALTALK interview with Nate Jacobs of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe
Interview with Artistic Director Nate Jacobs of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.

There are plenty of quality plays in the area. The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is now running its show The Piano Lesson, now through February 18. Girl Groups, the 60s Explosion, that runs from March 1 to April 8 was created by founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs with songs from the great female recording stars including The Shirelles, The Marvelettes, The Supremes and The Shangri-Las. I interviewed Nate in REALTALK #101. Also currently running but ending in January are the plays Stalking the Bogeyman at the Florida Studio Theatre, Little Shop of Horrors at the Manatee Performing Arts Center in Bradenton, Sweet Charity at The Players Centre for Performing Arts, and Moon Over the Brewery at the Players Theatre.

The performances that currently are on a longer run include Sister Act, based on the movie with Whoopi Goldberg, through runs February 5 at the Venice Theatre. The comedic play, Clever Little Lies, runs through March 4 at the Florida Studio Theatre and the play, The Great Society, is getting wonderful reviews. Running now through April 2 at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, this play follows the years of Lyndon Johnson during his White House years as President. There is a meet the actors night following the performance January 22. The Originalist starts Wednesday at the Asolo Repertory Theatre and follows the national discourse of thought that was created by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The play runs through March 7 and stars Edward Gero as Justice Scalia.

The oldest continuing orchestra in the state of Florida, the Sarasota Orchestra continues its tradition of first-class live music and musical education. Its series of classical, pops and family concerts are under the new direction of Anu Tali who has considerable experience as a concert and opera conductor overseas. A close up conversation with Anu and musicians is sold out on January 31 at the Sarasota Yacht Club. In addition to the Masterworks and Pops series, the orchestra combines for over 100 performances a year and includes Chamber Soirees and Great Escapes.

The Masterworks 4 concerto, Tchaikovsky to Tüür, was composed for Anu and will be performed February 2-5. The Masterworks 5 concerto series, Estonian Voices, a chorus by the Grammy Award winning Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir will be featured February 23-26. Titan, in Masterworks 6 provides a rare opportunity to see a flugelhorn performance of Tchaikovsky variations by Sergei Nakariakov, from March 17-19. Everything seven is in the Magnificent Seven, Masterworks 7, March 31 through April 2, in which Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 builds to its magnificent climax. In each of the Masterworks series the first night performance will be held at the Neel Performing Arts Center at the State College of Florida in Bradenton but the following performances will be held at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Andrew Lane, principal pops conductor leads a series of concerts and Saturday matinees including the first series January 20-21. This tribute to the Songs of Elton John and Others is performed by Grammy and Tony Award nominated piano man Michael Cavanaugh. The Leading Ladies of Broadway puts the spotlight on star Susan Egan. Other Broadway stars Liz Callaway and Deedee Magno Hall join Susan on stage for shows March 3-4 in the Pops 2 series. The Music of Sinatra April 21-22 in Pops 3 features Ol' Blue Eyes with movies and the silky voice of jazz vocalist Michael Andrew. Each Pops series at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has one show on Friday and two shows on Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m. A special Outdoor Pops: Hits and Home Runs will have performances May 12-13 at 8 p.m. each day at Ed Smith Stadium.

Only special ticket seating is available for the annual Van Wezel Foundation Gala, this year starring comedic legends Steve Martin and Martin Short in tandem on stage with the Grammy award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers bluegrass band. Proceeds support its Schooltime Performance program. Other concerts at the Van Wezel this month include Zoltán Mága: From Budapest with Love, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under the leadership of musical director Wynton Marsalis, and six incredible consecutive nights of music legends, January 27 through February 2 with a lineup of Kenny Rogers in his final tour, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, National Symphony of Ukraine, Boz Scaggs, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and finishes with Keith Lockhart & The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Riverdance is in town January 24-25 and spend the night with comedian Billy Crystal January 26. The concert by Engelbert Humperdink scheduled for tonight was canceled due to sickness.

I hope your holiday today was a good one. I am still celebrating my successful year of record sales in 2016 with over $77 million in volume by listing seven new properties for sale last week, all on Longboat Key with ranges starting at $3.295 million to $479,000. 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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1281 Gulf of Mexico Drive $3,295,000 Video Photo Slideshow
638 Bayview Drive $2,595,000 Video Photo Slideshow
7100 Longboat Drive East $1,695,000 Video Photo Slideshow
3261 Bayou Sound $1,395,000   Photo Slideshow
1965 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #401/403 $1,100,000   Photo Slideshow
604 Buttonwood Dr $599,000   Photo Slideshow
5841 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #245 $479,000   Photo Slideshow


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Annual Circus Ring of Fame this Saturday

by Roger Pettingell

Promoted as Sarasota's ties to the circus

Six new members will be added to the Circus Ring of Fame

Circus Ring of Fame in St. Armands Circle
Circus Ring of Fame - Two days of celebration for the circus and its performers starting on Friday.

The circus comes alive this weekend on St. Armands Circle. This area was the heart of the circus when John Ringling made Sarasota its home at the beginning of the 20th century. Ringling made Sarasota his home and had Ca’ d’Zan built in the northern part of the county. Near his home on the shores of Sarasota Bay the Circus Museum was constructed. And the tradition continues, this Saturday the circus band will perform and six new inductees will be honored in the annual Circus Ring of Fame ceremony. Also fitting is that St. Armands Circle was part of the plan by Ringling to make this area a major tourist destination.

Daily visitors browse the circle of plaques that surround the park at its center. They represent each of the circus aerialists, trapeze artists, wire walkers, ad men, clowns and now even circus animals there that hold a place in the history of the circus. In all, this year’s class of inductees will join the previous 110 inductees that have been honored since its beginning in 1987. And the list is impressive.

This year famed aerialist Reggie Armor will be honored. He started his career with stunt work in films and joined the circus in 1951 at the age of 22. By the time he was 29 he became one of the most recognized trapeze flyers, known for perfecting the three-and-a-half acrobatic flight. He passed away in 2010 to be honored posthumously.

Dora Rogge performed her circus act with the famous Rogge Sisters in London, known to the world as Rogana, the Baroness of Balance. Her balancing act of end-to-end dagger and sword thrilled audiences in the late 1950s. In the next decade Dora broke away from the act to perform solo around the world and traveled with her husband, the famous ringmaster, Frank Foster, Jr. She will be inducted under her married name Dora Foster.

Co-owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show from 1936-1967, Henry Ringling North, continued the circus his famous uncle created. Brother John Ringling North was inducted in 1988, the second year of existence for the Ring of Fame. Their mother was the sister of John Ringling, Ida Loraina Wihelmina Ringling, who married Harry Whitestone North. Henry was married to Gloria de la Feld and eventually became an Irish citizen. When the circus was sold to the Feld family, he remained as a consultant to the company. To this day Feld Entertainment maintains a massive warehouse and their worldwide headquarters just north of Bradenton in Palmetto.

Groups are eligible for induction, including the Pedrolas Troupe of five original members. Their shows included contortionists, high-wire acts and clowns. It is said that one of the founders, Rudolf Mootz, named the troupe Pedrolas for the first name Pedro, which he liked. Other original members included Willie and Peter Mootz, Gerda Meyer and Beppo Wallenda. Rudolf and Gerda married and had a daughter Dagmar, who joined the two as a wire walker at the age of five. After appearing overseas for years, the family combined with the Mills Brothers Circus in 1958.

A marketing and tour strategist for Ringling and Feld Entertainment, Allen Bloom, promoted the circus with advance posters in town designed to attract spectators to The Greatest Show on Earth by promoting the circus as a fun and family experience. He also modernized live event promotions for the entertainment and sports industries. He died at the age of 72 in 2008.

In order to propose a candidate for induction, there is a process but anyone can nominate “an individual or a group/act of two or more, may either be active or retired and living or deceased.” But animals are also considered stars by the Circus Ring of Fame Foundation and so the horse Starless Night will be inducted this year. This is the honor for an animal that was a circus horse and appeared in movies, but the committee also felt it was important to honor all the performing animals. Starless Night was trained and presented as a high school horse by Capt. Wiliam Heyer. A high school horse is known in dressage for its leaps from a standing position. Starless Night was seen in the parade of the movie, The Greatest Show on Earth.

Those are the inductees into the Circus Ring of Fame. There is a plaque of particular significance this year in St. Armands for the man who founded the Circus Ring of Fame, Larry Marthaler. It may be a somber occasion this year as he passed away in March of 2016. He envisioned the Ring of Fame in 1987 to promote our ties to the circus, while he was serving as a founding member of the Greater Sarasota Tourism Association, now Visit Sarasota County.

You can actually meet the inductees and their representatives on Friday at the Showfolks Club of Sarasota, 5204 North Lockwood Ridge Road. A meet-and-greet starts at 10 a.m. followed by entertainment provided by the Carousel Organ Association of America (COAA) and the Musical Box Society International (MBSI). Breakfast will be served and a flea market with circus memorabilia is planned.

The CPAA and MBSI performers will be on hand Saturday with their instruments on display, beginning in St. Armands Circle at 9 a.m. At 1:15 p.m. there will be an induction prelude by the Windjammers, presented by director Andrew Glover as the Sarasota Circus Band Concert. The plaque unveiling will begin as the induction ceremony starts at 2 p.m. All events are open to the public, including those at the Showfolks Club on Friday, which is rarely open to the public.

Update on three new community developments

by Roger Pettingell

Major complexes shaping the landscape

Three development areas that are in different phases

Vue Sarasota Bay
Vue Sarasota Bay - The residences and hotel rooms are near completion at the intersection of Tamiami Trail and Gulfstream, expected to open in the spring.

Three residential communities that could shape the Sarasota and Longboat Key landscape for years to come are in different stages of development. The Vue Sarasota Bay is near completion, The Quay Sarasota has received city approval and the Colony backers await approval from Longboat Key voters in March to move forward with their big plans on the island. If all are completed as they are drawn up, the area would see over 1,000 new residences in the area from these three communities.

The magnificent building at the corner of U.S 41 and Gulfstream in downtown Sarasota is near completion, 18 stories with 141 residences and 255-room Westin Hotel plus much more. Ground was broken for the Vue Sarasota Bay in September 2014 in an area that once was the location for a hotel and Denny’s restaurant. The Westin may become the latest hotspot for conventions with its number of rooms and nearly 14,000 square feet of meeting space. Add a spa, a couple junior ballrooms and proximity to fine dining and entertainment and you have an attractive meeting location. The Vue Sarasota Bay had been expected to have its doors open in Fall 2016, but now is expected to open in the spring of this year.

The Quay Sarasota is just north of the Vue Sarasota Bay on Tamiami Trail. In December developers received final city approval to begin its mega-project that will include up to 695 new residential units where Fruitville Road ends. But first a two-lane roundabout at the intersection must be constructed and a utility infrastructure is required to support the density of new residents. The historic Belle Haven Hotel will be at the center of the complex that could include up to nine 18-story buildings with 175 hotel rooms. Preliminary plans also call for nearly 200,000 square feet of retail space and office space of 39,000 square feet. Although a specific site plan has not been filed, the buildings will be constructed in phases, the first of which will be residences along the south end of the bayside waterfront.

Quay sarasota
Artist rendering of The Quay Sarasota that will add up to 695 residences when finished.

The Quay has been years in planning, the land has been vacant. GreenPointe Communities of Jacksonville is spearheading the long-awaited project after acquiring the land in December of 2014 for $27 million. Developers then moved forward with their plan for a mixed-use complex of residential, entertainment, office and retail space. General site plans without specifics can move forward and will be submitted as each phase is placed on the drawing boards. The project will likely take years to complete and finish with a price tag over $1 billion.

Across the bay on Longboat Key, Orlando-based developer Chuck Whittall is planning a different $1 billion project in the old Colony Beach & Tennis Resort that he claims will be one of the best resorts in the United States. Whittall heads Unicorp National Developments, Inc. The original resort was opened in 1972 and closed in 2010 amidst lawsuits from property owners. The road for Whittall has shown its bumps including voter rejection of three referendums that would have increased population density on Longboat Key. In December Longboat Key commissioners granted another referendum to take place on March 14 that is specific to the 17.3 acre property at 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The project calls for a potential density of 180 residences and 237 hotel rooms.

But there is much more planned for this property that will attract condominium buyers and tourists that may be willing to spend up to $1,000 per night for a hotel room and pay up to $10 million for a residence up to 5,000 square feet. The initial plans call for a 50,000 square foot saltwater pool that will be stocked with tropical fish and 20,000 square foot spa. Restaurants, tennis courts, ballroom and a tiki bar are also planned. When confronted with the idea that this project will create more traffic congestion, Whittall said he has plans for boat ferry service to the mainland, airport shuttles and a free trolley.

With Trulia releasing its hot real estate markets in the country, the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton area made the top ten on the list. Not surprising, half of the top ten areas were Florida cities. Trulia used a number of factors such as affordability, job growth and home searches to rate the cities in their poll. Last week I listed a lovely two-bedroom residence at Beachplace with peaceful lake and fountain views.

I ended 2016 with over $77 million of sold luxury real estate, it was the highest sold volume of my career. On this third day of the new year I have over $8.4 million in pending sales. Happy new year. 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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