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It’s Never Too Late to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Hurrican ErnestoWhile it turns out the Hurricane Ernesto will not have an impact on the Sarasota area (other than possibly some waves in the Gulf), both Ernesto and Tropical Storm Debbie earlier this summer are good reminders that it’s never too late to prepare for hurricane season…even here in Sarasota. According to experts the tropical storm season which typically lasts through November 30 is pretty tame this year. But still 12 named storms have been predicted and 7 have the potential to form into hurricanes.

If you have not done so yet, it is recommended you and your family put together a Home Emergency Supply kit. You can use a big Tupperware bin or some other form of waterproof case. Items to include but not limited to are listed below.

  • WATER: It is recommended that you pack one gallon per person per day for at least three days for drinking including sanitation.
  • FOOD:  Due to a possible power outage you will need non-perishable items to last up to at least three days. Do not forget a manual can opener!
  • Several flash lights. (FYI- glow sticks work great to ease the kid’s fears.)
  • Battery operated radio (do not forget the extra batteries).
  • First aid kit
  • Pliers or wrench in case you need to shut off utilities
  • Wet wipes and garbage bags
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Local maps
  • Whistle or loud noise maker: This is in case you need to signal for help.

In addition, be sure to always stay informed and have a plan.

Back to School Tax-Free Holiday

florida tax free shoppingIt’s that time of year again! Shopping for back to school supplies and clothing can be stressful. However this year the 2012 Florida Legislature passed and the Governor approved a tax-free period that states:

“No sales tax shall be collected on the sale of clothing, wallets, or bags, including handbags, backpacks, fanny packs, and diaper bags, but excluding briefcases, suitcases, and other garment bags, having a sales price of $75 or less per item, or on sales of certain school supplies having a sales price of $15 or less per item for the period beginning 12:01 a.m. on August 3, 2012, and ending at 11:59 p.m. on August 5, 2012.”

 

Here is a quick guideline to help you understand what the tax free holiday covers:

Any article of clothing that is wearing apparel: Not to exceed $75.00 per item

  • all footwear (except skis, swim fins, roller blades, and skates),
  • Items intended to be worn on or about the human body.
  • NOTE: does not include watches, watchbands, jewelry, umbrellas, handkerchiefs, or sporting equipment.

School supplies: Not to exceed $15.00 per item

  • pens,
  • pencils,
  • erasers,
  • crayons,
  • notebooks,
  • notebook filler paper,
  • legal pads, binders,
  • lunch boxes,
  • construction paper,
  • markers,
  • folders,
  • poster board,
  • composition books,
  • poster paper,
  • scissors,
  • cellophane tape,
  • glue,
  • paste,
  • rulers,
  • computer disks,
  • protractors,
  • compasses,
  • calculators.

Misc.: Not to exceed $75.00 per item

  • wallets,
  • handbags, backpacks, fanny packs, and diaper bags, but excluding briefcases, suitcases, and other garment bags

Of course just like any holiday expect long lines but well worth the savings and time!

5th Annual East County Fish Fry & Shrimp Boil

Lakewood Ranch Shrimp Boil

Got Shrimp?

Don’t miss the 5th Annual East County Fish Fry & Shrimp Boil this Saturday, July 14th at the Polo Grill and Bar located on Lakewood Ranch Main Street.

There’s no wonder why this event has been sold out the past 4 years with expert chefs Tommy Klauber and Spyder Broussard cooking up an amazing buffet that includes crawfish, corndogs, bbq brisket as well as oysters, gumbo, and of course, shrimp! Not only that, but there will be live music by the Gumbo Boogie Band so be ready to dance!

This family friendly event on Lakewood Ranch Main Street will go from 6:30 – 10:30, but make sure to reserve your seat quick as this event will sell out!

East County Fish Fry & Shrimp BoilLakewood Ranch Shrimp Boil
Polo Grill and Bar
10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
(941) 782-0899



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If you’d like to live the Lakewood Ranch lifestyle and need help finding a home…let us help! Below are the latest Lakewood Ranch real estate listings. Please contact me if you would like to see any of these Lakewood Ranch real estate listings…

  1. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,269 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,160 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 2
  2. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,391 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,932 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 3
  3. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,435 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,240 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 3
  4. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,716 sq ft
    Lot size: 32,844 sqft
    Year built: 2014
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 4
  5. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,019 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,538 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 4

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(all data current as of 4/24/2017)

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Upcoming Fireworks in Sarasota and Bradenton!

fireworksSit on any beach in Sarasota or Bradenton next week and you will be sure to see several firework shows. Bring a cooler, a beach chair, some glow sticks for the kids and sparklers. Then sit back and enjoy the shows after sunset. Here are a few locations if you want to get a closer look.

Monday July 2nd, 2012

Longboat Key: The Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant will kick off the festivities with the 4th annual “Boom Boom on the Bay” located at 760 Broadway St. Longboat Key. Come by car or by boat (marker #39).

Tuesday July 3rd, 2012

Bradenton: See the fireworks explode over the Gulf of Mexico right from the beach at the Beachhouse Restaurant during their 19th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza along with a special VIP dinner and a fabulous party. 200 Gulf Drive N, Bradenton Beach. Call 941-779-2222 for reservations and info. Of course, you can always go to Bradenton Beach with your beach chair and blanket and enjoy the fireworks for free!

Bradenton: Enjoy Marauder’s Baseball and Fireworks after the game at McKechnie Field, 1611 9th Street West, Bradenton. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday July 4th, 2012

Anna Maria Island: The 26th Annual Sandbar Restaurant Fireworks Spectacular is at the north end of the island at 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria Island. Enjoy a buffet, specialty drinks, beer, wine, party favors and music for a table of 8 at $1000. You can also just show up on the beach in front of the Sandbar and enjoy the fireworks for free!

Bradenton: Pier 22’s Annual Fourth Of July Fireworks Celebration & Pig Roast starts at 6:00 pm at Pier 22 Restaurant on the waterfront in downtown Bradenton. Live music by Shotgun Justice from 6-10pm, A Pig Roast and FIREWORKS along the Manatee River.

Bradenton: The Old Main Street Party runs from 4 – 10 p.m. Closed to vehicles starting about 2:30 p.m., there will be live music and vendors along old Main Street. Fireworks display over the Manatee River at dark.

Siesta Key: 22nd Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display and Party. Fireworks over Siesta Key are blasted off just north of the volleyball courts, so viewing is good from just about anywhere along Siesta Beach.

Venice: Fireworks are fired from the south Venice Jetty in the Venice Beach area and there are a number of good vantage points: anywhere along Venice Beach, Nokomis Beach, or from a boat on the Gulf of Mexico or Intracoastal waterway.

 

Buskers on St. Armands Circle

Buskers on St. ArmandsSt. Armands Circle has a charming European tradition on the first Wednesday of each month when the Circle comes to life with an entertaining evening of live visual and performing arts.

Street performance or busking is the practice of performing in public places, for gratuities, which are generally in the form of money and edibles. Busking dates back to antiquity, and occurs all over the world.Buskers on St. Armands

Performances can be just about anything that people find entertaining. Performers may do acrobatics, animal tricks, balloon twisting, card tricks, caricatures, clowning, comedy,live statues, contortions and escapes, dance, singing, fire eating, just to name a few! You never know what to expect on St. Armands Circle.

A family friendly event the first Wednesday of every month!


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St. Armands Circle is one of the most popular areas in Sarasota.  Below are the most recent real estate listings in St. Armands Circle. Please contact me if you would like to see any of the St. Armands Circle real estate listings below.

  1. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,800 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,000 sqft
    Year built: 1964
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 2
  2. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,170 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,233 sqft
    Year built: 1950
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 3
  3. 1 bed, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 972 sq ft
    Year built: 2007
    Days on market: 3
  4. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 810 sq ft
    Year built: 2001
    Days on market: 6
  5. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 990 sq ft
    Year built: 1985
    Days on market: 7

See all Real estate in the 34236 zip code.
(all data current as of 4/24/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Oscar Scherer State Park

Oscar Scherer State ParkOne of the great things about living in Sarasota is all the wonderful parks. The Oscar Scherer State Park offers a beautiful quiet setting to relax or find adventure. Hike one of the 15 miles of trails, go bicycling, enjoy wildlife viewing, take a leisurely paddle down South Creek or cool off with a swim in Lake Osprey.

For your convenience, canoe and kayak rentals are available. Freshwater and saltwater fishing is also available along the creek. Anglers can fish along the shores of Lake Osprey, which is also the park’s swimming destination. Picnic areas along South Creek are equipped with grills; pavilions can be reserved for a fee. The park has full-facility campsites and a youth/group campground. The Oscar Scherer State Park nature center has exhibits and videos about the park’s natural communities.Oscar Scherer State Park

Also, this large acreage of scrubby flatwoods makes this park one of the best places to see Florida scrub-jays, a threatened species found only in Florida. But be prepared to see Gators, snakes and other fun Floridian wildlife as well.

Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 S. Tamiami Trail
Osprey, Florida 34229


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Oscar Scherer State Park is another thing that makes living in Sarasota so wonderful.

Below are the most recent real estate listings in Osprey. Please contact me if you would like to see any of the Osprey real estate listings below.

  1. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,420 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,614 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 1
  2. 3 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,184 sq ft
    Lot size: 27,235 sqft
    Year built: 1996
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 4
  3. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,275 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,280 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 5
  4. 3 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,034 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,335 sqft
    Year built: 1988
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 6
  5. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,139 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,800 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 11

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(all data current as of 4/24/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Lakewood Ranch Premier Sports Campus

Lakewood Ranch Premier Sports CampusLakewood Ranch Premier Sports Campus continues to host major sporting events since its grand opening offering
Celebration-seeded grass on 22 fields, and more than 140 acres. The campus hosts soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, rugby, archery, senior games, Ultimate Frisbee, Special Olympics, flag football, youth football, Frisbee golf and punt/pass/kick football on local, state, regional and national levels.

Watch for future phases which will accommodate Special Olympic softball and baseball organizations, tournaments, camps, and clinics and special events of all sizes.

For upcoming events and summer camps go to http://www.premiersportscampus.com

Lakewood Ranch Premier Sports Campus
5895 Post Boulevard
Lakewood Ranch, FL 3421


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The Lakewood Ranch Premier Sports Campus is just another reason why we love calling Lakewood Ranch our home!

Below are the most recent Lakewood Ranch real estate listings. Please contact me if you would like to see any of the Lakewood Ranch real estate listings below.

  1. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,269 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,160 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 2
  2. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,391 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,932 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 3
  3. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,435 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,240 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 3
  4. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,716 sq ft
    Lot size: 32,844 sqft
    Year built: 2014
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 4
  5. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,019 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,538 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 4

See all Real estate in the city of Lakewood Ranch.
(all data current as of 4/24/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Lakewood Ranch YMCA Gets a Makeover

Lakewood Ranch YMCALakewood Ranch YMCA has grown to meet the demands of the community. Not only has it gotten much larger, it has a fresh new look and a few really cool things: Here is what’s new:

  • Teen Center with Climbing Wall
  • State-of-the Art Fitness Center
  • Group Exercise Studio with Wood Floors
  • Yoga & Dance Studio with Wood Floors
  • New Child-Care Space
  • Fitness Assessment Room

Come see for yourself and check out the memberships and programs available.

MANATEE COUNTY YMCA
Lakewood Ranch Branch
5100 Lakewood Ranch, Blvd., Bradenton Fl 34211
941-782-0220


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The Lakewood Ranch YMCA is just another reason why we love calling Lakewood Ranch our home!

Below are the most recent Lakewood Ranch real estate listings. Please contact me if you would like to see any of the Lakewood Ranch real estate listings below.

  1. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,269 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,160 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 2
  2. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,391 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,932 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 3
  3. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,435 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,240 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 3
  4. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,716 sq ft
    Lot size: 32,844 sqft
    Year built: 2014
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 4
  5. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,019 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,538 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 4

See all Real estate in the city of Lakewood Ranch.
(all data current as of 4/24/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Il Panificio – A Little Italy Right Here in Sarasota

Il Panificio is a little bit of Italy right here in Sarasota. Il Panificio is an Italian Market, Pizzeria, Deli and Bakery all rolled into one. If you are searching for delicious authentic Italian food in Sarasota then Panificio is the place. It offers a quaint atmosphere with brick interior and racks of wines.

Delicious Appetizers, Deli Sandwiches, Old World Style Bakery items and Desserts are offered daily. They even have a Cappucino & Espresso Bar and serve beer and wine.

They also provide excellent catering for Weddings, Corporate Events, Pizza Parties, and Food Deliveries. Their cater menu includes items such as: Baked Ziti, Lasagna, Chicken Parmigiana, Manicotti & many more Italian dishes with a variety of salads & desserts.Il Panificio Sarasota

A special treat is that their bread is made fresh daily by generations of family members. It is made with Old World healthy ingredients; Flour, water, salt and fresh yeast, no citrus acids, no MSG, no preservatives, no enhancers, just Old Style healthy bread from the days of no chemicals.

Il Panificio
1703 Main Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
Tel (941) 366-5570

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Il Panificio is just another reason why we love calling Sarasota our home!

Below are the most recent Sarasota real estate listings. Please contact me if you would like to see any of the Sarasota real estate listings below.

  1. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,073 sq ft
    Year built: 1985
    Days on market: 0
  2. 2 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 913 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,586 sqft
    Year built: 1975
    Days on market: 0
  3. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,216 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,697 sqft
    Year built: 1947
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 1
  4. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,555 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,625 sqft
    Year built: 1991
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 1
  5. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 784 sq ft
    Year built: 1960
    Days on market: 1

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(all data current as of 4/24/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

The Cottage on Siesta Key

Cottage-Siesta-KeyVoted Number one restaurant by Tripadvisor, The Cottage, is one stop you will have to make while visiting Siesta Key. This cozy little decorated gem offers live music, tropical drinks and dinner served until 10pm every night.

The food is elegantly served and the menu selection ranges from traditional Peruvian ceviches, to classic American dishes with international twists. Favorites include The Tuna Tiradito, a refreshing combination of sashimi style tuna with fresh watermelon, The Cottage’s Burger, Mahi Mahi Sliders, and the our famous Skirt Steak served with sweet plantains and topped with chimichurri.

There is something for everyone. Although the cottage is known for a great anniversary spot it also is excellent for groups of friends to kick back and enjoy the experience. Cottage-Siesta-Key

The Cottage is located in the north end of Siesta Key Village right next door to The Hub Baja Grill and across the street from The Beach Club.

The Cottage
153 Avenida Messina
Sarasota, FL 34242

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Siesta Key is just another reason living here is so much fun!

Below are the most recent real estate listings in Siesta Key. Please contact me iof you would like to see any of the Siesta Key real estate listings below.

  1. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,596 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,318 sqft
    Year built: 1974
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 11
  2. 6 beds, 6 full baths
    Home size: 4,112 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,097 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 5
    Days on market: 419

See all Real estate in the city of Siesta Key.
(all data current as of 4/24/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

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