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Sarasota Calendar of Events

by Roger Pettingell

Sarasota Schedule for Cultural Events

Calendar for opera, ballet, concerts, festivals, other events

Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
Van Wezel - Some of our 200 events are here, including the Lewis Black show November 13 with presale tickets Wednesday and Thursday for eclub members.

I know a couple here in Sarasota that are only interested in the opera. They know the dates and times of the Sarasota Opera House, and will even travel to Tampa for the Florida Opera Festival at the Straz Center. I have other friends that want to know the festivals, symphonies, plays, and concerts that are performed at the many venues in Sarasota and Manatee counties. My calendar of events is for the opera enthusiasts and those that want to know all the events in the area.

The calendar is updated often with a wide variety. I find the most important events in Longboat Key and Sarasota and post them first. For instance, the Classic Corvette show on St. Armands Circle is on the schedule for this weekend with the The Ballet Russes at the Sarasota Opera House. The schedule this weekend is diverse with the Poetry Life Weekend at the Florida Studio Theatre and It Only Takes a Moment play starts its run at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. Or American Pie which was held over to May 10 to become the longest running play in Florida Studio Theatre history of 42 years. At most times there are over 200 events listed from Sarasota, to Tampa, to Venice.

And now that most schedules are released for the 2015-2016 season and beyond, our schedule reaches as far out to  March 17, 2017 with the symphony pop series, the Gulfshore Trio at the Historic Asolo Theatre. The schedules for ballet, opera, symphony orchestra, and concerts are all on the calendar as well as most events held at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. We try to put the festivals and special shows on the calendar as far in advance as possible.

They are arranged first by date of current running shows with multiple dates, then by the date in the next section. I like to make sure the benefit dinners and shows for local charities are listed as I am on the board of directors on such local organizations such as the Southeastern Guide Dogs or Forty Carrots Family Center. All local charity organizations need our help and we place their events on the calendar.

Sarasota Opera House
Many of the events for the 2015 Sarasota Music Festival will be held at the Sarasota Opera House.

Last week we put up the schedule for the Sarasota Music Festival, the first three weeks in June. Put on by the Sarasota Orchestra under the new direction of Anu Tali, this year has its excitement level high. Many of these concerts were sold out last year so a subscription on the website guarantees your spot. Each weekend begins with an Artist Showcase every Thursday in Holley Hall. The first is Music by the Masters on June 4, followed by Pyrotechnic Pedagogues, June 11, and Delightful Duets on June 18. The Friday Festival series begins June 5 with Dazzling and Petite. This series in the Sarasota Opera House continues with Sixes and Eights and concludes with Classically Charged on June 19. Saturday Symphony 1 starts off with a lecture series in Holley Hall, then a concert at night each Saturday in the Sarasota Opera House. The first is Romantic Legends, followed by Beethoven’s Eighth, June 13, then Brahms and Beethoven on the last night of the festival. There is a series of three student recitals in Holley Hall June 7, 14 and 19.

I am on the board of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and we just received their schedule for the next season. Some good shows are lined up. Spunk is running now through May 17, an award winning off-Broadway show with high energy. Next up is the Cotton Club Cabaret that starts July 8, a high spirited musical that made its debut in 2000. The next season starts with the critically acclaimed motion picture and Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by Marsha Norman brought to stage, The Color Purple,  October 14 – November 21. The world premiere of A Motown Christmas follows December 2-31. In 2016 Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Sam Cooke Story and Driving Miss Daisy are all on the schedule.

Florida Studio Theatre
Florida Studio Theatre - The Sarasota Improv Festival runs for three nights here, July 9-11.

The seventh year of the Sarasota Improv Festival kicks off with a pre-festival gathering July 9. The festival runs July 9 – 11 at the Florida Studio Theatre on North Palm Avenue. Never Marry a Girl with Cold Feet is running now through June 7. They just solidified their summer performances, we have them all. We also put up comedy sessions at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre on Ringling Boulevard that includes the World Series of Comedy May 27-30. The full schedule for all events is on this website.

These year-round events make a great impression on those seeking homes in the Sarasota and Longboat Key area.

Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy. We have this new listing, a great corner lot on Longboat Club Road to build your dream home on the Islandside Golf Course. Return next week for a new listing at the Promenade and two residences for sale at Grand Bay.

1021 Longboat Club Road $999,000 Video Photo Slideshow


Preliminaries to Hiring an Inspector

by Roger Pettingell

Florida Home Inspections

Questions you should ask before hiring an inspector

Termites revealed
Potential Pests - A pest control company may be required for a full WDO inspection.

Inspections are a natural part of the process in a property sale. Buyers have the right to inspect the home they are purchasing, whether it is a conventional sale or contract “As is”. The buyers need to know that the condition of the residence is as described. I find many times the seller is not aware of problems that may be cause for concern as reported by the inspector. This mostly happens when a window or sliding door that is infrequently opened is hard to slide on their balance rods or tracks. A homeowner may never venture into the deep recesses of an attic where there may be evidence of an old roof leak.

In January I covered home inspections in more detail. A general home inspector may not be certified in all aspects of the home. I discussed different specialty inspections that may include pest, termite, HVAC, or mold. Today I write about the different questions you should ask a home inspector before you hire them to inspect. My office has a list of reputable inspectors that we recommend to our buyers and we are able to suggest why we think they would be good for a particular home purchase.

I recommend starting by getting a background into the experience of the inspector. Sometimes there is a team so you should ask that question of each member. At this time you should request a history of inspections, including the number of completed inspections for residential property. In Florida, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation licenses home inspectors. Once you are able to confirm their licensing, ask about any specialty licensing such as that for mold inspections. Typically a separate inspection is made if termites or other pests are suspected. General inspectors in Florida are required to complete 14 hours of continuing education, you can ask if they have completed any or all of the CEUs. You should ask for any references from past inspections.

I would also ask if they are insured. A typical home inspection insurance policy in Florida covers General Liability and Errors and Omissions. If an inspector breaks something in the home the insurance should cover the liability. If the inspector has an error on the report the Errors and Omissions coverage will provide possible reimbursement to correct the error.

Should you have any suspicions from answers to these questions there are organizations that verify home inspector credentials and complaints. If they are a member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or Florida Association of Building Inspectors (FABI), you have the ability to research any complaint history and member status. The Better Business Bureau of West Florida or Angie’s List are also good sources.

When you are ready to move forward with the inspector you can ask what the inspection will cover. The inspector should be able to provide a list of what will be covered during the inspection. If there are any particular concerns this would be a good time to point them out to the inspector. If you suspect mold or termites they can order a separate inspection if they are not licensed in those areas. They can request a Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) inspection that will look for subterranean termites, dry wood termites, beetles and wood decaying fungi. Carpenter ants are not covered in this report but I have been given a verbal report if they are seen on the premises. You might ask that they inspect for drywall manufactured overseas in homes built in the mid-2000s. This is a non-intrusive inspection for discolored pipes or copper electrical wiring. If a pool is involved you may request that a general pool contractor review the condition of the pool. If an insurance company will be involved after the sale you may want to request a wind mitigation inspection and four-point inspection. These may be required by the insurance company or to lower your insurance premiums.

Home Inspections video
Home inspections are a part of the closing process as I discuss what to expect in this video.

Once you have laid the framework for the inspection you can establish a cost, typically $300 to $500 unless other specialty inspections are requested. You may be able to use a general rule of $100 for every 1,000 square feet of home space that is under roof. The inspector will typically require that you sign a statement of what they cover and don’t cover, you might request that through fax or email to review before the inspection. You should be able to receive the results of the inspection within one day, ask if there will be any delays in receiving the report.

You can request to be there for the inspection. We will send a representative to be present to answer questions for the seller or to ask questions on the buyer’s behalf if they are not able to attend. An inspection m ay be completed in two hours for a normal condominium or three to five hours for a typical home inspection.

Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy. Check out these new listings for magnificent sunset views on the Gulf of Mexico beaches, both on Longboat Key.

1075 Gulf of Mexico Drive, #402 $699,000 Video Photo Slideshow
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Sarasota Film Festival

by Roger Pettingell

17th Festival Continues Through Sunday

Nearly 300 films, Discussions, and Parties with the Stars

Sarasota Yacht Club
Tribute Luncheon - A good opportunity to meet with the stars on Friday at the Sarasota Yacht Club.

With 278 films over multiple venues, the Sarasota Film Festival kicked off Friday with fanfare, glitz and red carpet. Celebrating 17 years the festival runs through Sunday, you may even see a star or two on the sidewalks. And although most of the events are at the Regal Hollywood 20 Theater in downtown Sarasota, some events such as the opening ceremony was held at the Sarasota Opera House or the moonlight movie on Lido Beach that was postponed to April 25 due to weather concerns. The moonlight movie feature is the Dolphin Tale, the celebrated story of Winter at the Clearwater Aquarium.

Independent film makers submit their films with entries through the first week of January. Movies are then selected for their social value and run from 10 a.m. to midnight each day. The opening night movie at the opera house was Time Out Of Mind, a story of homelessness starring Richard Gere. Queen Mimi also features homelessness, a story of a woman whose residence is a Santa Monica laundromat.

The buzz around town is a documentary on a Chicago school system directed and produced by Kayla McCormick that will screen on Friday and Saturday. Select(ED) puts on display one of the most culturally diverse school systems in the nation. SFF has partnered with the Through Women's Eyes (TWE) International Film Festival to help spotlight women directors.

Local filmmaker, Tony Stopperan, is also premiering his film at the opera house Paradise, FL. Filmed in Sarasota, this story is about a local oyster fisherman that cares for a young family of two. It premiered on Saturday but shows again tonight in Theatre 10.

The festival goes beyond film screening. There are other opportunities for discussion and yes, party with stars such as the British actress Jane Seymour and Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman at the Sarasota Yacht Club tribute luncheon on Friday. The Cinema Tropicale Celebration on Friday at Michael’s On East celebrates fashion on a runway, accompanied with music and fine cuisine. There is a hint of a surprise performance at this celebration.

Time Out Of Mind creator Oren Moverman and David Gordon Green of the movie Manglehorn discussed their career and movie insights in the SFF Conversation Series on Saturday. This series is your opportunity to get involved in an intimate discussion with the stars. The next opportunity is Friday with Cloris Leachman, star of the festival screening of This is Happening. Also on Friday at 7 p.m. is Jane Seymour with a discussion of her career and the festival movie Bereave. Saturday Tom Browne will discuss his narrative feature movie Radiator. He will be joined by the executive producer Rachel Weisz. Later on Saturday film producer Lynda Obst will discuss her career and movies from Flashdance to Interstellar. She is the 2015 winner of the inaugural Polly Platt Award for Producing. All the conversation series are held at the Florida Studio Theater on North Palm Avenue.

The 1137 Unwrap Party will be one of the last opportunies of the festival to meet with the stars in an informal setting. And yes, it begins at 11:37 p.m. in the Starlite Room on Cocoanut Avenue.

The festival concludes on Sunday with the movie Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead at McCurdy’s Comedy Club, and the Filmmaker Tribute Awards ceremony at the opera house. Tickets are available at the Regal Hollywood 20 Theater or online.

Sarasota has been a supporter of the arts since John Ringling promoted cultural performances starting in the 1930s. We just learned that the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton metropolitan area is distinguished ranked number one as the city with the highest well-being in the United States by Gallup’s annual Well-Being Index. The index ranks cities for financial, social and physical well-being.

New Construction Updates

by Roger Pettingell

Sarasota and Longboat Key Updates

Over One-half Billion Dollars in Construction Reported

The Jewel condos for sale
The Jewel - Rising above Sarasota are 17 stories of residential condominiums, just left of the crane.

When I took a tour of the Jewel last week I was reminded of all the new construction in Sarasota and on Longboat Key. As we reached the upper floors, decked out in hard hat, goggles and vest, I could see over Sarasota for a bird’s eye view of the cranes. The Jewel is sure to be one of the tallest buildings in the city when completion is expected in the fall. For sale in the Jewel is a 17th floor penthouse listed at $4 million, a magnificent residence with 12-foot ceilings and 360 degree view of the city. Retail stores will line the streets of Main and Gulfstream at the entrance of the Jewel. Developer Tom Mannausa filed a $19 million construction permit with the city last year at this time for this property so crews have been busy to get this ready for autumn occupancy.

Over $500 million in construction projects are planned or in progress, announced by the city of Sarasota economic development organization. The Downtown Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA) tracks the construction within a boundary of approximately one square mile. Included in their reports are hotels, residences and mixed use projects over $500,000 each. All in all, there will be 1,548 residential condominiums and townhouses added to the area when all the projects are completed. This represents new inventory that is available for sale, reservations can be made by contacting our office at (941) 387-1840.

REALTALK™ #52 new construction
Roger discusses new construction for sale in Sarasota with guest Amy Drake on July 1, 2015.

Another 18-story building at 621 Gulfstream Avenue with 17 residences by developer, The Ronto Group, is in the pre-application stage. Sansara, nearby on Pineapple Avenue, will also house 17 residences, has its foundation permit issued. A few properties remain available at Sansara, which should be ready to move in by spring 2016.

Steel framing Is completed for One Palm Avenue at the corner of Palm Avenue and Ringling Boulevard. With a construction value over $31 million, this building will have 139 residences, 138 hotel rooms, a restaurant and 6,000 square feet of retail space. The DeMarcay on Palm Avenue is in the planning stages for 39 more residences. Also in planning stages are the Sarasota Marriott Hotel & Condominiums with 40 residences planned and 200 hotel rooms.

Phases one through four and seven are under construction at the “Q”, with 39 condominiums at 1750 Ringling Boulevard. Applications are pending for phases five and six. The Sarasota Flats is awaiting approval this week from the planning board that will include 228 residences at 1404 Fruitville Road.

Vue Sarasota
Vue Sarasota will open its hotel rooms in 2016.

While at the Jewel you can’t help notice one of the biggest projects in Sarasota at the corner of Tamiami Trail and the Ringling Causeway, next door to the Ritz-Carlton. With a construction value of $120 million, a 255 Westin hotel is expected to be completed by fall of 2016. A residential tower is planned at Vue Sarasota with over half of the 141 properties already sold. Starting at a list price of $800,000, floor plans begin at 1,645 square feet for a 2BR/2.5BA residence and extend to an incredible 3,415 square foot penthouse. Besides commercial retail space, a 14,000 square foot ballroom is planned with two junior ballrooms averaging 5,500 square feet.

Another major project is planned for the site of the old Quay property. City planners are requiring that this project be completed before January 30 of 2017 for approval. This construction is expected to have 695 residences and 175 hotel rooms. The massive lot is vacant just north of Sarasota Vue on Tamiami Trail.

ONE88 on Golden Gate Point is nearing completion, ready for occupancy this summer. Golden Gate Point is outside of CRA tracking.

Longboat Key is also outside of the CRA. I had a good conversation with Mark Bolduc of Wicked Smart Homes a couple weeks ago for REALTALK™ #42. Not only was his company responsible for the smart home at 350 Harbor Gate Way where we recorded the episode, Wicked Smart Homes also designed the integrated technology for the 11 residences at Infinity of Longboat Key. Infinity has listed a 5,500 square foot penthouse for sale at $5.5 million. Sales have been brisk for this beachfront property. Another property with 3,638 square feet of luxury living space is available for a $3.3 million listing price.

Aria Villa am Meer on Longboat Key
Aria - Built on the grounds of the restored historic Villa am Meer residence.

Progress is continuing on Aria on the historic land of the Villa am Meer estate at 2251 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Villa am Meer was the Longboat Key gem property in 1935 and construction of Aria will highlight the original home there, restored on this five-acre site with walking paths and many other amenities on the Gulf of Mexico shoreline. Pictured on the right is the concrete shell for the 16 luxury waterfront residences, recently photographed through the gates of the historic property.

Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you are interested in any of these properties above. March was a good month for closing 10 properties listed here.

Address Sold Price BR/BA Photo Slideshow
602 S. Owl Dr, Bird Key $4,550,000 4/4.5 Photo Slideshow
13506 Matanzas Pl, Lakewood Ranch $1,670,000 4/3.5  
1055 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #106 $1,200,000 3/2 Photo Slideshow
511 Bowsprit Lane, Longboat Key $935,000 3/2  
573 Bird Key Dr, Bird Key $890,000 4/3.5 Photo Slideshow
5860 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key $800,000 Lot Photo Slideshow
2016 Harbourside Dr #344/345 $775,000 3/3  
1701 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #603, Longboat Key $545,000 3/3 Photo Slideshow
7105 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #12, Longboat Key $450,000 2/2  
1411 Southbay Dr, Osprey $430,000 3/2  


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