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 of Turpentine and Pine Woods

By | December 12, 2013


Little remains of an industry that once spread throughout much of the pine woods of Sarasota County. The harvesting of gum from trees for the purpose of distilling it into turpentine had moved into Florida as the forests of Georgia became exhausted. In the first two decades of the last century, R.S. Hall and George … Read More! »

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Pretty As A Picture

By | November 18, 2013

Sarasota Jungle Gardens B&W

Now, how can you go wrong with Sarasota Jungle Gardens as a spot for lush tropical beauty? This meaningful treasure was developed by David B. Lindsay, Pearson Conrad and H.R. Taylor on New Year’s Eve in 1939 and has been with us ever since. I am so glad this property is protected and will not … Read More! »

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The Founding of New College

By | November 9, 2013

During the mid-1950s, when new universities were sprouting all over the country, Sarasota County yearned for an institution of higher education that would be as unique as the community itself. Sarasota’s local promoters for a ‘new’ university were concentrated in its Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber leadership referred to Sarasota as “a college town without … Read More! »

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Sarasota Real Estate Sales in September

By | October 26, 2013


The Sarasota Association of Realtors recently reported that property sales in September 2013 in Sarasota County hit 817 (545 single family homes, 272 condos), 22.5% higher than in September 2012. However, the total sales figure was down 14.6% from August 2013, when 957 sales were closed, mirroring a similar late summer drop last September. To … Read More! »

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Stone Crab Season is Here

By | October 19, 2013

YES! October 15 was the start of stone crab season, those melt-in-your-mouth goodies from the gulf! The tasty pink crab claws can be found seasonally as the season runs from October 15 to May 15. This year though, prices have shot up due to a perfect storm of a bad season last year where so … Read More! »

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Tequila Cantina in Sarasota

By | October 18, 2013

Tequila Cantina

Tequila Cantina Tequileria & Tacos 1454 Main Street in Downtown Sarasota Stopped by with a couple friends and family last Friday for happy hour (4-8pm). The owner, Kenny, greeted us and actually explained to us about the $3 beers, Chilean wines, wells, & margarita’s, and the $5 appetizers for happy hour! We sat outside and Nick, … Read More! »

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Halloween Just Around the Corner

By | October 17, 2013

You could take that title quite literally considering the Rosemary Cemetery is near the corner of Central Avenue and 10th Street. It is quite an amazing place whether it be this time of year, or any other for that matter. This was our first official cemetery and when you look at the headstones and grave … Read More! »

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Sarasota Home Sales in August Up Over Last Year

By | October 2, 2013

The Sarasota Association of Realtors recently released the sales statistics for the month of August which show property sales in Sarasota County stood at 957, a dozen sales less than recorded in July 2013, but 11.6 percent higher than in August 2012. In addition, the median sale price for single family homes in the county … Read More! »

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Oktoberfest in Sarasota

By | September 25, 2013

Geier's Sausage Kitchen

Come and enjoy a little bit of old-world traditional Germany right here in Sarasota! Geier’s Sausage Kitchen is hosting their 31st Annual Oktoberfest from September 26-28th at 11:00am. This is a family-friendly free community event.  Warm up your vocal cords so you can sing-a-long with their live traditional German band, indulge in Bratwurst and Knockwurst dinner platters and baked goods … Read More! »

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Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation Annual Bus Tour

By | September 12, 2013

Ron McCarty

Thomas Reed Martin was one of the most successful and prominent architects in Sarasota County. Moving here from Chicago to work for socialite, Bertha Palmer, Martin quickly established an office in Florida, eventually building over five-hundred structures within Sarasota County including the design for the Mable Ringling Memorial Fountain and Luke Wood Park. Please join … Read More! »

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