Author Archives: Joe Cleary

About Joe Cleary

Joe T. Cleary Realtor®, GRI, SFR, CDPE came to Sarasota from Cleveland, Ohio at the age of two. He graduated from Riverview High School where he was a member of the internationally famous “Kiltie Band”. Joe attended Western Carolina University in North Caroling where he graduated with a degree in Business Management. Joe was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and ultimately President of that fraternity. Upon graduation, Joe joined Walgreens Drug Stores in their management training program. After four and a half years with Walgreens he decided to join The Cleary Group in real estate sales. His adeptness with computer technology enables The Cleary Group to provide many special services to their client base. Joe’s firm commitment to success and excellent follow-thru has enabled his clients to realize their goals in the sale or purchase of real estate. He has become a very successful real estate Broker-Associate and especially enjoys working with his wife, Missy.

Sarasota History Alive 12th Edition

By | December 28, 2011

Just before Christmas, Santa Claus jumped out of a plane and landed in a Sarasota family’s backyard! This goes to show he doesn’t always shimmy down a chimney to deliver good cheer – in this case yummy candy canes. Santa took footage of his own jump and we are happy to present it for you … Read More! »

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Sarasota History Alive 11th Edition

By | December 21, 2011

If by chance you are getting a little weary with the many jingles that are played throughout the season, we have the cure for that. How about putting a local ditty in your repertoire? It was produced by Hack Swain and to this day it is a favorite – we just added some great photos … Read More! »

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Sarasota History Alive 10th Edition

By | December 7, 2011

Recently, I was asked if there were any notorious gangsters that stayed in Siesta Key or visited here secretly. After turning to my most reliable local history buffs, no one could verify if this were true or not. One thing I can say for sure, Sarasota had its share of notorious murders and attempted murders. … Read More! »

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Sarasota History Alive 9th Edition

By | December 1, 2011

The Lido Beach Casino This past week was filled with some of that $500-a-day weather that visitors clamor for to visit the beach. While Sarasota tourism was given a boost with Siesta Key having the ‘whitest sand in the world’ designation, there is also a beach that has a heralded past and a national reputation … Read More! »

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Sarasota History Alive 8th Edition

By | November 29, 2011

The City of Sarasota’s Municipal Auditorium/Recreation Club, 801 North Tamiami Trail, consists of a barrel vaulted auditorium and an attached two-story, semi-circular recreation club. The building was constructed in 1937; a second floor was added to the recreation club portion in 1940. The building, designed by Sarasota architects Thomas Reed Martin and Clarence A. Martin, … Read More! »

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Sarasota History Alive 7th Edition

By | November 17, 2011

With all the fuss these days about post offices being closed down and the price of stamps going up, I’m glad some places where we used to pick up our mail, or had items shipped, are still here and are a class-act. Our Federal Building was a post office back in the 1940s until a … Read More! »

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Sarasota History Alive 6th Edition

By | November 10, 2011

Harry Ben Rigby platted out his La Plaza Subdivision in 1925, and completed his unique enclave of Spanish Eclectic structures in 1926. They were perfect for him to house his family, and his Sarasota Real Estate Exchange office in their home, on the corner of Alta Vista and Osprey Avenue. The other structures were meant … Read More! »

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O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill at Island Park in Sarasota

By | November 5, 2011

Welcome to our waterfront tiki bar complete with a huge palm-frond covered deck and waterfront tiki bar! O’Leary’s has been around for years and is situated right on Sarasota Bay overlooking the water on Island Park in Sarasota. The restaurant is quite casual with window service only. It has waterfront picnic tables and is dog-friendly. … Read More! »

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Sarasota History Alive 5th Edition

By | November 3, 2011

In honor of the 4th Annual Sarasota Chalk Festival, we are doing an encore presentation of our video when the festival was gaining ground to become a very popular venue for our community. It has grown exponentially, and has overcome some hurdles to once again grace downtown’s Burns Court area on South Pineapple Avenue this … Read More! »

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Sarasota History Alive 4th Edition

By | October 27, 2011

Rosemary Cemetery is burial place for many early Sarasota citizens, civic leaders, and entrepreneurs including Scotsman John Hamilton Gillespie. We like to show this video during this time of year to set the mood for All Hallows Eve. The cemetery was set aside in plat “Town of Sarasota”, filed on July 27, 1886. Courtesy of … Read More! »

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