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Play Some Golf This Coming Spring Near Longboat Key!

by Roger C. Pettingell

It's no surprise that Florida is well-known for its vast amount of golf courses that are scattered all around the state. The Sarasota area has several great golf courses all around the area, many of which are only a few miles away from Longboat Key.

The winter may have been fairly bleak for many parts of Florida, but the golf courses have stayed open and are anxiously awaiting the better weather that springtime will bring along with it. Bradenton Golf course

Here are a few popular golf courses that are in the Longboat Kay/Bradenton/Sarasota area worth checking out if you haven't already:

  1. Longboat Key Club
  2. Laurel Oaks
  3. Gator Creek
  4. Bent Tree

Of course there are several more courses in the surrounding areas that will fit your preferences as well as your skill level and most can be found using golf directories like Golflink.

Have you ever played at any of these golf courses before? Share with us your experience by leaving a comment!

Want Real Cuban Food in Longboat Key? Then Visit Jose's!

by Roger C. Pettingell

Cuban SandwichLining the streets of Longboat Key and the Bradenton area are several great restaurants to choose from, ranging in all kinds of food from the Asian to Italian to American cuisine. However, one popular type of food in the lower region of Florida is Cuban food and sometimes it can be hard to find a Cuban restaurant that is truly authentic when it comes to Cuban dishes.

If you live in the Longboat Key area and are looking for the most authentic Cuban cuisine, you don't have to look past Jose's Real Cuban Food. Not only is the truth right in the name of the dining establishment, but it is one of the highest-rated restaurants on user-reviewed sites such as Yelp! with a five-star rating from over 30 previous customers.

So what's worth getting on the menu at Jose's? For sandwiches you can't go wrong with the Pan con Lechen and for an entree, some of the popular choices are the classic Arroz con Pollo and the Fricase de Pollo. You can view the entire menu online as well.

So if you're in the mood for some of the most authentic Cuban food in the Longboat Key area, be sure to visit Jose's Real Cuban Food located at 8799 Cortez Rd W in Bradenton. 

Have you ever eaten at Jose's? Share with us your dining experience by leaving a comment!

Speed Cleaning Tips for a Surprise Buyer's Visit

by Roger C. Pettingell

Cleaning a mirrorIs your house currently on the market in the Longboat Key area? If so, you've probably already received that phone call a couple of times when a real estate agent notifies you that they would like to bring a buyer by your house within the next thirty minutes to an hour.

Like most people, this can leave you totally unprepared and your home not exactly ready for it to be presented to a potential home buyer. However, there are a few things you can do around the house to make certain rooms look presentable:

  • Quick Sweep/Dry Mop -- There's no need for dirty floors in your kitchen and bathroom. Just give each room a quick sweep if you have tiled or linoleum floors.
  • Countertops -- If you have marble or granite countertops, wipe them down with a washcloth to get rid of any "leftovers" from previous meals you prepared.
  • Wipe Down Appliances -- Give those kitchen appliances a quick shine by wiping them down with a damp washcloth.

There are several more things you can do to tidy up your house depending on how much time you actually have and you can read more about them from this article by Good Housekeeping

If you're moving to the Longboat Key area, be sure to give Roger Pettingell a call at 888-309-5714 for the most current listings.

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