Florida’s economic future is looking bright, according to University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith‘s latest Florida & Metro Forecast. Florida’s economy will outpace the U.S. average in the next four years.
The primary drivers of the Sunshine State’s economic growth are rising job growth and home construction.
“The fundamental underpinnings of the housing market in Florida continue to strengthen,” wrote Snaith, director of the Institute for Economic Competitiveness at the UCF College of Business Administration, in the report. “Job growth in Florida is forecasted to continue outperforming the U.S. labor market, and more baby boomers continue to reach the end of their working lives.”
Snaith believes the improved outlook will help Floridians get back in the job hunt, attract out-of-state job seekers and lift consumer sentiment and spending.
In fact, the economy is growing so quickly that Florida faces a single-family housing shortage that Snaith said should correct itself as new housing construction begins to grow in the next few years.
See the full report on Florida’s forecast here.
We visited Wheat + Water with a group of friends recently and found it to be more than your run-of-the-mill Italian restaurant. Located in the Beall’s shopping center on SR70, it is convenient to Lakewood Ranch and I-75. We had some excellent pasta dishes and great service.
Wheat + Water presents the great flavors of Italy using only the finest ingredients from Italy and the United States. Their Chefs prepare food fresh daily which include versions of the classic Italian dishes inspired from the various regions of Italy. The pasta is imported from Italy or made fresh depending on the sauce that is used for the dish. Soup and sauces are made fresh in-house. The menu features artisanal cured meats and choice aged steak and chops that are char-grilled to perfection.
They also serve regional craft beers and inspired hand crafted cocktails. They are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, happy hour from 4-6:30pm daily. Online reservations are accepted.
Ph: 941-216-3562 | 7303 52nd Place East Bradenton, Fl
Visit their website at http://wheatpluswater.com
Starting on June 25th and running through July 4th Sarasota will be home to many events included in the Powerboat Grand Prix and Festival. From the opening golf tournament, car show, fishing tournament, downtown block party and boat parade to the boat races and fireworks on July 4th there will be lots to do in and around Sarasota.
The funds raised by these events support Suncoast Charities for Children which provides services that impact over 8,000 children, teens and adults with special needs and their families each year. It’s a great cause as well as a great time for our town.
The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports that the housing data for May reveals that inventory numbers are rising along with the mercury for the Sarasota and Manatee two-county area, likely the result of sellers taking advantage of rising prices. For single family homes in Sarasota County, inventory is up 15.3 percent from May last year, and up 20.2 percent in Manatee County. Condo inventory is also on the rise in Sarasota County, up 33 percent, while Manatee County experienced a 17.4 percent increase year-over year.
The continued decline in the number of distressed property sales (foreclosures and short sales) really shows the recovery and health of our market. In May, only 5.1 percent of closed sales were distressed, compared to 15.8 percent for the same month last year, fast approaching the historic average of about 2 percent. Distressed sales for single family homes in the two-county area represented only 5.9 percent, and distressed condo sales were only 3.5 percent. At their peak a few years ago, 48 percent of all sales were distressed.
To view the full press release and statistical charts visit Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee
Celebrate our nation’s independence this month by getting out and enjoying all that our area has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the area during the month of July:
|Date||Event or Activity||Location||Click Link for
|July 1st||Music on Main||Lakewood Ranch||Lakewood Ranch Main Street|
|July 1st||“Live from Downtown” First Friday||Sarasota||Downtown Sarasota Alliance|
|July 1-4th||Grand Prix Super Boat Race and Festival Downtown||Sarasota||Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix|
|July 1-2nd||Summer Artwalk||Bradenton||Village of the Arts|
|July 1-30th||Summer Circus Spectacular||Sarasota||Ringling.org|
|July 2nd||Bradenton Marauders vs. Charlotte Stone Crabs & Fireworks||Bradenton||Bradenton Marauders|
|July 3rd||Siesta Farmer’s Market||Siesta Key||Siesta Farmer’s Market|
|July 4th||Fourth of July Fireworks 26th Anniversary Celebration||Siesta Key||Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce|
|July 4th||5th Annual Fourth Festival||Palmetto||City of Palmetto|
|July 5-26th||Kids Summer Beach Runs||Siesta Key||Manasota Track Club|
|July 6-31st||“The Roommate”||Sarasota||Florida Studio Theatre|
|July 7th||Learn to Bowl @ Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club||Sarasota||Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club|
|July 9th||ReptiDay at the Sarasota Fairgrounds||Sarasota||ReptiDay Sarasota|
|July 13-24th||“Cyrano De Burgershack”||Sarasota||The Players Theater|
|July 13-31st||“How I Got Over”||Sarasota||West Coast Black Theatre|
|July 14-16th||8th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival||Sarasota||Florida Studio Theatre|
|July 15-16th||Christmas in July||Venice||Venice Main Street|
|July 22nd||Free Friday Night Music||Venice||City of Venice|
|July 22-23rd||“The Wiz”||Bradenton||Manatee Performing Arts Center|
|July 23rd||Antique Flea Market||Arcadia||Arcadia Antiques|
|July 23rd||Snooty’s 68th Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival||Bradenton||South Florida Museum|
|July 23rd||Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market||Sarasota||Sarasota Farmer’s Market|
|July 23rd||Antiques, Arts & Craft Show||Bradenton||Mixon Fruit Farms|
|July 23-24th||5th Annual Mystic Faire||Sarasota||Mystic Faires|
|July 29th||“Friday Fest” at the Van Wezel||Sarasota||Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall|
Call us when you are ready to make your move! To search for homes in the area go to Search for Sarasota Homes. We’re here to help you every step of the way…call us today!
Chef Darwin Santa Maria and Tom Golen, chef/owner of Señor Siesta are on a mission. Donning chef jackets like culinary superheroes, these two like-minded lovers of Latin fare have paired together to bring affordable Latin street food to the Siesta Key ‘hood. Which means not just the homes, condos and businesses on Siesta Key, but also the beach itself. That’s right. . . healthy and innovative Latin food delivered to your beach chair as you take in the awesomeness of the best beach in Florida, if not the entire USA!
Chef Darwin returns to Siesta Key to turn Señor Siesta, one of SarasotaFoodies’ favorite restaurants on the Key, into a hip, quick-service restaurant that offers dine in, take-out or home/office/beach delivery of a menu featuring ceviche, tacos, salads, and stir-fry Latin street food know as Chifa. Cevichela also offers Latin twists on American fare like Chicken Wings with aji limo yuzu and a seaweed/radish mix, or maybe try one of their “My Way Saichipapas” – a crispy hot dog with bacon, and potatoes smothered in a creamy Peruvian mustard sauce.
Head to Marina Jack on the bayfront in Sarasota for a spectacular evening of waterfront dining and the region’s largest fireworks show. Go casual, bring a blanket and beach chairs and sit out under the stars at City Island to watch the sparklers over the bay or make reservations and book a fabulous evening of dinner, drinks and entertainment at Marina Jack’s restaurant. Benefitting Suncoast Charities for children, this family-friendly event is a local tradition.
To make a dinner reservation at Marina Jack’s call 941-365-4232.
SATURDAY, JUNE 20 • 5:30pm LIVE AT MARINA JACK
Featuring “The Voice” Season 8 Runner-Up Meghan Linsey with musical guest Rebel Heart.
Marina Jack and Andros Boatworks are proud to announce the first ever “Rock the Docks” concert starring contemporary country vocalist and songwriter Meghan Linsey, with opening act Rebel Heart. The concert will take place on Saturday, June 20th at 5:30pm at Marina Jack. “Rock the Docks” is open to the public with free admission. With the help of LJ Promotions, this unique event is the first concert at Marina Jack to take place on floating docks.
For more information visit Rock The Docks
The 24th annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival will take place June 18 & 19th (Saturday & Sunday) along Miami Avenue. Crafters from around the country will exhibit their handmade items for sale. Hours are 10am to 4pm and admission is free.
Once you’ve visited the festival be sure to check out the excellent shopping and dining options in Venice.
For more information visit ArtFestival.com
Sarasota in June never sounded so good. From June 9th through the 25th, pre-professional students and faculty artists from around the world converge on Sarasota for three weeks of coaching, master classes and performances. Don’t miss your chance to celebrate one of classical music’s finest teaching festivals.
For more information visit Sarasota Orchestra’s website at: sarasotaorchestra.org