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Sarasota History Alive 14th Edition

By | January 11, 2012


Southside School opened its doors to 170 students January 11, 1926, one of several schools built in Sarasota County’s land boom of the 1920s. These schools included two richly ornamented Mediterranean Revival style elementary schools along the new Tamiami Trail, Southside and Bay Haven. They were inspired by Italian and Spanish Renaissance architecture, and both were the work of Tampa architect M. Leo Elliott, who also designed the Gothic Revival style Sarasota High School. Southside featured open hallways around an interior courtyard, a barrel tile roof, and separate arched portals to boys’ and girls’ playgrounds. On opening day, Southside School was located south of the city limits in the center of what was called “South Side School Subdivision” created in 1925 by the Board of Public Instruction.

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Sarasota History Alive 13th Edition

By | January 4, 2012

Established in 1899 the Sarasota Times was the only newspaper at the turn of the century in Sarasota. It moved from its original location on 241 Main Street to 1216 1st Street in 1926. For most of its life, the publication was run by an enterprising woman named Rose Wilson. Her husband, C.V., passed away, and she was faced with producing a weekly newspaper, selling advertising and producing the content.

By 1923 Rose made the difficult decision to sell the paper to L.D. Reagin who in turn chose to relocate the Times to the building that stands today at 1216 1st Street. The building is currently home to Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant.

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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 to experience what it is like for him during his hectic season. Every now and then, the reindeers need a break; in this case I think they were being fitted for new shoes. To boot, the magic sled needed some overdue maintenance. So, what is a dedicated North Pole resident to do?

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January Events in Sarasota

By | December 27, 2011

 

Kick off the new year by enjoying 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 January:

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Jan. 1st Penguin Island at Mote Marine Aquarium Sarasota Mote Marine Aquarium
Jan. 4th Shake, Rattle & Roll at the Goldstein Cabaret Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Jan. 5th BB King Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Jan. 6th Film Fridays “It Happened One Night” Bradenton South Florida Museum
Jan. 6th Thunder by the Bay Sarasota Motorcycle Festival Sarasota Thunder by the Bay
Jan. 8th High Tea Sarasota Historical Society of Sarasota County
Jan. 10th Love Sung in the Key of Aretha Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre Troupe
Jan. 11th Town Hall Lecture Series Featuring Laura Bush Sarasota Ringling College Library Association
Jan. 12-22nd Manatee County Fair Palmetto Manatee County Fair
Jan. 14-15th Coquina Beach “Winter Fest” Anna Maria Island Fairs & Festivals
Jan. 14th Downtown Bradenton Farmer’ Market Bradenton Bradenton Farmer’s Market
Jan. 14th Pioneer Days at the Lord Higel House Venice Friends of Lord-Higel House
Jan. 18th Munchtime Musicales Free Concert: Hoffman & Kock Flute & Guitar Duo Sarasota Sarasota Concert Association
Jan. 20th Towles Court Art Walk Sarasota Towles Court
Jan. 21st 9th Annual Ringling Bridge Run Sarasota New Balance Ringling Bridge Run
Jan. 21-22nd 5th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice Venice Craft Festival
Jan. 22nd Pittsburgh Pirates Fantasy Camp Bradenton Pittsburgh Pirates
Jan. 22-Feb. 19th 17th Annual Jewels On The Bay Home Tour Sarasota Designer Showhouse Sarasota
Jan. 24th ABBA The Concert Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Jan. 24th Hemingway at the Crosley Bradenton Powel Crosley Shows
Jan. 27th Chinese New Year Cultural Celebration Bradenton South Florida Museum
Jan. 27-29th Made in America Sarasota Sarasota Ballet
Jan. 27-29th Fifth Annual Sarasota Indian Festival Sarasota Indian Festival
Jan. 28-29th Winter Arts Festival at St. Armands Circle Sarasota St. Armands Circle Association
Jan. 31st Super Senior Grand Prix Tennis Tournament University Park SRQ Tennis

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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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 for your enjoyment.


 

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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. Today we are featuring the story of Judge John Early and the assassination attempt on his life. He was the oldest living Eagle Scout in America when he was still alive. His home is in the beautiful and historic Laurel Park area. Drive past it sometime and recall his story when you do.

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4 Mistakes Foreclosure Buyers Make

By | December 2, 2011

Due to the mortgage crisis that our country faced over the last several years, there are continually more and more foreclosure properties that are being put up for sale everywhere you turn. Of course, this can be very tempting for homebuyers as people can sometimes get properties for 30% or even less on the dollar.

However, if you are considering a foreclosure property for your next purchase, then there are some common pitfalls that you will need to avoid along the way to protect yourself and your future asset. Let’s review some areas to be aware of before making any serious offers.

Avoid Making Emotional Offers

When you are planning on putting a bid down on a property, you need to be extremely confident with the home’s current condition, its true market value, and what will be needed to fully restore the property.

Too many buyers will think that they found a slamming deal and fear that they will lose the home to another bidder. So instead of taking the time to truly do their homework and complete the proper inspections and analysis, they can end up locking up a property for more than it’s actually worth.

Estimate Neighborhood Values

Consider what other comparable properties are selling for and talk to a real estate agent who has a working knowledge of the area. In fact, it’s a wise decision to thoroughly review these questions and any other recommendations your Realtor may make:

  • Is this neighborhood a desirable location and how are crime rates?
  • What schools would be available for my kids or future buyers?
  • Were there any other foreclosures or investor sales that could negatively affect the future value of my home?
  • How long do I plan on living there and how could that affect things?
  • What type of appreciation should I expect?

 

Get Preapproved

Before you even start looking at homes, you must get preapproved on a mortgage in order to know exactly what you can afford. Sadly, many buyers can miss out on some phenomenal deals or spend hours of wasted time because they avoid this step. Show banks that you are a serious buyer and have your financing in place!

Get Professional Help

Not only should you seek the expertise and of an experienced Realtor, but you may also need guidance from a real estate attorney or financial consultant as well. Each professional can ensure that you are making the right choices throughout the process and can protect you from any issues you may come across along the way.

Remember that there is a lot more than meets the eye when you are trying to buy a foreclosure property. Negotiating with the banks, filling out paperwork properly, and undergoing all the necessary inspections can be a very detailed and tedious procedure.

Therefore, we encourage you to give us a call today to get started. Our agents have years of experience assisting other clients with buying foreclosures for their next home or investment property. Discover how we can help you to make a smart and profitable investment as well!

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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 – Lido Beach. It wasn’t the sand that brought locals and visitors together, but a beach casino like no other on this coast – the Lido Beach Casino.

The casino was the centerpiece for national gymnastics, swim meets, fashion shows, dining, moonlight dancing to live bands, cocktail lounges, volleyball, artists, lovers, live radio broadcasts, civic functions, and much more. In other words, it was THE place to be! That dream-filled palace is gone now, however you can watch its history unfold.

 

 

In 1940, as America pulled itself out of The Depression, an oasis appeared on the shores of Lido Beach. Built with the financial aid of the Works Progress Administration Program (WPA) started by then President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Lido Beach Casino served the citizens and tourists of Sarasota until 1969.

Designed by architect Ralph Twitchell, the Casino was a multi-purpose facility including; a junior olympic-sized pool (which remains today), a ballroom, several restaurants and bars, cabanas, shops and locker rooms. It played host to famous bands, Hollywood celebrities, athletic events, and even beauty pageants.


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December Events in Sarasota

By | November 30, 2011

 

The year is coming to an end but there’s no end to the number of fun things to do in the Sarasota area! Check out just a few of the activities happening in the area during the month of December:

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Dec. 1st Eddie Herr International Youth Tennis Tournament @ IMG Academies Bradenton Eddie Herr Tournament
Dec. 1-31st Tram Tours of Groves and Wildlife Refuge Bradenton Mixon Groves
Dec. 1-31st Heritage Holidays at Historic Spanish Point Osprey Spanish Point
Dec. 2nd Holiday Night of Lights at St. Armands Circle Sarasota St. Armands Circle
Dec. 2-4th American Craft Show Sarasota Sarasota Craft Show
Dec. 3rd Downtown Holiday Parade Sarasota Holiday Parade
Dec. 5th Live Music at Oleary’s Tiki Bar Sarasota Oleary’s Tiki Bar
Dec. 6th Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles Sarasota Van Wezel
Dec. 7th “The Last Romance Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Dec. 9th Swinging Under the Stars Jazz Concert Venice Jazz Club of Sarasota
Dec. 10th Free Shredding Event Sarasota SRQ Document Shredding
Dec. 10th Two on Tap Bradeenton Manatee Players Theatre
Dec. 10th Porsches in the Park at St. Armands Circle Sarasota St. Armands Circle
Dec. 10th Barefoot Beach Bazaar Nokomis Sarasota County Parks
Dec. 13th “Miracle on 34th Street Sarasota Van Wezel
Dec. 14th Phillippi Farmhouse Market Sarasota Phillippi Estate Park
Dec. 15th “Happy Birthday Ludwig” Sarasota Sarasota Chamber Orchestra
Dec. 15-19th Art Sarasota Holiday Fair Sarasota SeaFair
Dec. 16-27th Lights in Bloom at Selby Gardens Sarasota Selby Gardens
Dec. 17th Arcadia Antique Fair Arcadia Arcadia Antique Association
Dec. 19th 25th Annual Boat Parade of Lights Sarasota Boat Parade
Dec. 19th Liberace’s Christmas Special Sarasota Golden Apple Dinner Theater
Dec. 20th Lego Builders Club Englewood Elsie Quirk Library
Dec. 21st Third Friday Art Walk at Towles Court Sarasota Towles Court
Dec. 22nd Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum
Dec. 29th Open Mike Poetry Venice Jacaranda Public Library

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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Sarasota History Alive 8th Edition

By | November 29, 2011

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