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Gecko’s Sports Bar Newest Location

By | April 5, 2018

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gecko-s-grill-pub-stickneyThe Original Gecko’s was established by Mike & Mike just down the street in 1992. Their newest location embraces their heritage of being known for hosting great game watching parties, family celebrations & award-winning Happy Hours. Located just south of the Stickney Point Bridge and 41 at the Gateway to Siesta Key, Gecko’s Stickney Point offers a spacious, newly renovated Sports Bar, fresh, locally sourced fare, American Pub food with a Gourmet Twist, a full bar, Barrel fresh Wine on Tap, and a patio with outside seating.

Sunday - Thursday (11 a.m. - Midnight)
Friday & Saturday (11 a.m. - 1 a.m.)
6606 South Tamiami Trail,  Sarasota, FL 34231
Phone: 941.248.2020

Visit their website at www.geckosgrill.com for other locations, menus, etc.


			

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Home Sales Increase in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

By | March 22, 2018

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Sold SignHome sales in Sarasota and Manatee County increased for the second consecutive month in 2018. The two-county area reports another month of tight inventory, pressuring median prices to rise again.

Combined closed sales in the two-county area increased by 8.8 percent from February 2017. Manatee County single-family home sales increased by 8.6 percent to 441. Sarasota County showed a 9.8 percent increase to 569 closed sales. Sarasota condo sales jumped by 14.1 percent to 315, while Manatee increased by 5.2 percent to 202.

Overall, median sales prices are up. Manatee condos increased by 22.2 percent to $213,250, breaking $200,000 for the first time since 2008. As for Sarasota condos, the median price decreased by 0.1 percent to $219,000. Manatee single-family homes increased by 3.5 percent to $300,000, while Sarasota single-family home prices increased by 5.8 percent to $272,500.

Inventory is tight, with a combined 2 percent decrease from February 2017. Manatee County single-family homes decreased by 1.6 percent, while Sarasota single-family homes decreased by 5 percent from last year. Condo inventory increased by 2.9 percent in Manatee County, while Sarasota decreased by 0.1 percent.

The number of properties that went under contract in February increased by 5.6 percent overall from last year. Condo pending sales are up by 11.3 percent, while single-family homes are up by 2.9 percent.

New listings increased from this time last year, with condos increasing by 15 percent and single family homes by 7.5 percent. However, when compared to last month, the combined number of new listings decreased 10.1 percent, expected after January’s jump at the start of the season.

The month’s supply of inventory reflects a sellers’ market. The condo market is close to the balanced market benchmark with Manatee condos at a 5.3-month supply and Sarasota condos at a 5.7-month supply. Manatee County single-family homes are at a 4.4-month supply and Sarasota single-family homes are at a 4.7-month supply.

Monthly reports are provided by Florida REALTORS® with data compiled from My Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service. For comprehensive statistics dating back to 2005, visit www.MyRASM.com/statistics.

 

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April in Sarasota

By | March 20, 2018

April Flowers

April Flowers

 

The winter season is winding down now so it’s a great time to enjoy one or more of the many events and adventures in and around Sarasota! Check out just a few of the activities happening during the month of April:

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April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29th Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show Lido Key Ski-A-Rees
April 5th Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
April 6th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
April 6-8th Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show Sarasota Home Show Florida
April 6th Moon Over Myakka Concert Series Sarasota Myakka River State Park
April 7-8th SailFest Regatta Sarasota Sarasota Youth Sailing Club
April 7-8th 16th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival Sarasota ArtFestival.com
April 8th Sarasota Polo Match Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Polo
April 13th Free Music Friday Night Venice City of Venice
April 13-15th 26th Annual Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival
April 13-22nd Sarasota Film Festival Sarasota Sarasota Film Festival
April 14th Beach’N Food Truck Festival Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
April 14-22nd Sarasota Open Tennis Championship Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Open
April 15 & 29th Suncoast Concert Band Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band
April 16th Ringling By the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
April 18-30th “Soul Man” Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre
April 20-21st 9th Annual Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash Venice Suncoast BBQ Bash
April 20-22nd 36th Annual Suncoast Boat Show Sarasota Suncoast Boat Show
April 21st Mainly Art at Bradenton Farmer’s Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
April 21st World Circus Day Celebration Sarasota Ringling Circus Museum
April 21st Sarasota Earth Day Celebration Osprey Oscar Scherer State Park
April 25-29th DeSoto Heritage Festival Bradenton DeSoto Historical Society
April 27th Music in the Park Bradenton Bradenton RiverWalk
April 27-30th “Gloria” Sarasota Asolo Repertory Theatre
April 28-29th Florida Scholastic Rowing Regatta Sarasota World Class Rowing
April 28-29th 39th Annual Siesta Fiesta Siesta Key Siesta Fiesta
April 29th 16th Annual “Ride the Beaches” Venice Island Sharky’s

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!

 

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Cannon’s Steakhouse and Tavern

By | March 17, 2018

Cannons SteakhouseThere’s another great steakhouse in Sarasota…Cannons in Gulf Gate is a cross between high-end cuisine and the causal dining atmosphere of a neighborhood tavern. This place is on par with steakhouses such as Ruth Chris and Morton’s for a much more reasonable price. The staff is exceptionally friendly and the entertainment is great.

The menu has something for everyone! They offer steaks, prime rib, one-of-a-kind salads, mouthwatering hamburgers and sandwiches, chicken & fish. Portions are large and sides are definitely shareable. You must try the orange cake for dessert…a Florida favorite!

They are open Tuesday through Sunday from 4:30-9:30pm with happy hour until 6:30 (beer and wine). They are located in Gulf Gate at 6540 Superior Avenue. Call for reservations at 941-924-7171.

For more information or to view the menu visit their website.

 

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Siesta Fiesta Coming Soon

By | March 14, 2018

Siesta Fiesta

Siesta FiestaDon’t miss this fun art and craft show on Siesta Key coming the weekend of April 28 & 29th. This is the 40th year of the show. Stroll along the beach while enjoying fine art and handmade crafts from 200 of the nation’s most talented artists and crafters. Showcasing an extensive collection of work ranging from life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics and more, this show truly has something for anyone. Complete with an additional green market, this spectacular show also features plants, body products, and tasty dips.

For further details visit ArtFestival.com.

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Sarasota Manatee Home Sales Up

By | February 22, 2018

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Real Estate NewsSarasota-Manatee home sales and prices increased again in January 2018 according to the Realtor Association of Sarasota Manatee. Inventory tightens, but a rise in pending sales and new listings indicate an upcoming season of sales.

Combined closed sales in the two-county area increased by 13 percent from this time last year. Single-family home sales in Manatee County rose by 12.7 percent to 399. Sarasota County showed a 9.5 percent increase to 519 closed sales. Sarasota condo sales jumped by 31.5 percent to 326, while Manatee condo sales decreased by 4.2 percent to 221.

Compared to last year, condo median sales prices are down slightly, while single-family home prices are up. Manatee condos decreased by 1.4 percent to $172,500, Sarasota condo prices decreased by 0.8 percent to $238,000. Single-family homes in Manatee increased by 7.6 percent to $300,145, while Sarasota increased by 10.4 percent to $275,900.

Pending sales, or the number of properties that went under contract this month, increased by 14.8 percent from January 2017. Condo pending sales are up by 20.9 percent in pending sales, while single-family homes are up by 11.8 percent. When compared to December 2017, combined pending sales in the two-county area increased by 45.5 percent, an indicator of future closed sales this season.

New listings, or the number of properties put onto the market during the month, jumped from last year with a combined increase of 7.3 percent. As buyers list their properties for the season, new listings will typically increase from the low levels seen in December. New listings, combined in the two-county area, increased by 62.5 percent from December 2017.

Inventory is tight at the start of this year, with an overall 3.8 percent decrease from January 2016. Manatee County single-family homes showed a 2.1 percent decrease and Sarasota a 7.6 percent decrease from last year. Condo inventory stayed the same in Sarasota, while Manatee decreased by 2.2 percent.

For the most part, the month’s supply of inventory is at a lower level than it was this time last year. Sarasota condos stay close to a balanced market with a 5.3-month supply, while Manatee condos are at a 4.5-month supply. Manatee County single-family homes are at a 4.2-month supply and Sarasota single-family homes are at a 4.1-month supply.

To read the full press release and view statistical charts click here.

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March in Sarasota

By | February 20, 2018

March 2018

March 2018Spring is here and our weather is outstanding so get out and enjoy the area. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of March:

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March 1-31st Manatee Heritage Days Manatee County Manatee Village
March 1-11th Florida Strawberry Festival Plant City Florida Strawberry Festival
March 1-4th 24th Annual NMRA Nitro Spring Break Shootout Bradenton NMRA Bradenton Motorsports Park
March 2nd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
March 2nd Moon Over Myakka Concert Sarasota Myakka River State Park
March 3rd Anna Maria Island Heritage Day Anna Maria Anna Maria Island Heritage Society
March 3rd Suncoast Blues Festival Sarasota Suncoast Blues Festival
March 3-4th Sarasota Bradenton Home Show Palmetto Sarasota Bradenton Home Show
March 3-4th Downtown Venice Art Classic Venice ArtFestival.com
March 7-10th 39th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival Sarasota The Jazz Club of Sarasota
March 8th Brown Bag Concert Sarasota Phillippi Estate Park
March 4,11,18 & 25th Ski-A-Rees Waterski Show Lido Key Ski-A-Rees
March 8-11th 90th Annual Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo Arcadia Arcadia Rodeo
March 9th Music in the Park Bradenton Bradenton Riverwalk
March 10th Mixon Fruit Farms Annual

Orange Blossom Festival

Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
March 10th 6th Annual Irish Celtic Festival Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
March 10-11th 5th Annual Spring Fine Art Festival Sarasota Paragon Art Events
March 11th 12th Annual Corvettes in

Venice on the Isle

Venice Venice Florida Corvettes
March 11th Suncoast Concert Band Performance Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band
March 16-25th 82nd Annual Sarasota County Fair Sarasota Sarasota Fair
March 17th Gardens in Paradise Sarasota Sarasota Garden Club
March 19th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
March 21st Farmhouse Market

at the Phillippi Estate Park

Sarasota Sarasota County Parks
March 23rd Legacy Trail 10th Anniversary Celebration Venice Legacy Trail Friends
March 23-25th Cirque Des Voix Sarasota Key Chorale
March 24-25th 9th Annual Downtown Sarasota Springfest Arts & Crafts Show Sarasota Fairs & Festivals
March 26th Spring Concert Venice Venice Concert Band

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!

 

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Cafe Baci for Great Italian in Sarasota

By | February 16, 2018

Cafe Baci

Cafe Baci

Café Baci in Sarasota strives to perfectly recreate the full Italian experience. From the moment you walk through our door, you sense the difference and you feel the culture. The atmosphere here is enchanting and peaceful, the Italian cuisine reminiscent of that created by some of the greatest Italian Chefs.

Cafe Baci AntepastoWe had an excellent meal here last week before heading to the Van Wezel for a show. Even though they have been around for many years they still have a very loyal clientele and wonderful food. We were warmly greeted upon our arrival and seated promptly. We did have a reservation which I highly recommend as they were full by 6pm on a Tuesday night!

Cafe Baci InteriorThe waiter was so attentive and personable. After we placed our order they brought out fresh bread with olive oil dipping spices and an antipasto for the table. Our meals were three different fish dishes (salmon, flounder and snapper) and each was really tasty. The entrees included a starch and perfectly cooked green beans on this night. Salads with the meals are at an extra cost but the portions of the meals were plenty without it. They have an excellent wine selection as well as some scrumptious sounding desserts.

They are open Monday through Friday for lunch and every day for dinner. Relax and enjoy a delicious meal at Café Baci. Savor the delicate flavors….you’ll feel you are in Italy, if but only for a moment.

To view the menu visit Cafe Baci.

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Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo

By | February 13, 2018

Arcadia Rodeo

Arcadia RodeoThe Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo is held annually in Arcadia, located in DeSoto County. First held in 1928, it is Florida’s longest running and largest rodeo event. The rodeo has evolved from its pioneer beginnings (when competing cowboys and ranchers matched their skills for the entertainment of local audiences) to a national sport drawing top cowboy athletes from all over the nation.  Cowboys who compete for purses and points are aiming for the “Super Bowl” of rodeo: the National Finals held annually in Las Vegas.

The schedule of events are Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Bareback Bronc Riding, Calf Roping, Team Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding. Their are no finals. All contestants compete for money and points for the whole weekend. The order of event will stay the same but the stock and contestants change each day.

Arcadia Rodeo Barrel Ride

 

The event runs from Thursday, March 8th through Sunday, March 11th. Gates Open at 11:00 a.m. Shootout performs at 1:00 p.m. Mutton Bustin at 1:30 p.m. Rodeo action starts at 2:00 p.m.

 

My kids still talk about going to this event when they were very young so if you haven’t been I encourage you to check it out!

For more information visit ArcadiaRodeo.com

 

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Circus Sarasota Performances Coming in February

By | January 31, 2018

Circus Sarasota Ovation

Circus Sarasota Ovation

Circus Sarasota boasts an impressive roster of international artists pushing human boundaries and leaving audiences awestruck. This year’s performance, titled Ovation, honors the legacy of the circus arts and those who have impacted the artform. Included in an international lineup of all-stars are Russian quick change masters the Smirnovs, unbelievable hand balancers Duo KVAS, and Swiss juggling master Kris Kremo. Also featured in the show are the tempting tricks of the Juju tight wire act, Sylvia Zerbini and her masterful horses, AJ Silver and his laser-sharp lasso act, Italian clown Luigi Folco and Portuguese rola bola artist Dany Daniel. Completing the cast are those daring young men and women on the flying trapeze, The Flying Cortes.

Circus performances start on February 9th and continue through March 4th at the Big Top located behind the UTC Mall behind Dillards.

SAVE TIME! Purchase your tickets ahead of time Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Circus Box Office, 2075 Bahia Vista St. Big Top Box Office hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – 140 University Town Center Dr. 34243  Beginning February 9 – March 4th, the Big Top Box Office will be open 7 days a week, from 10:00 a.m. until one half hour after last show begins.

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