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Monthly Archives: May 2016

    Dr. Beach ranks Siesta Key No. 2 | Siesta Key

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | May 31, 2016

    Dr. Beach releases ranking for top beaches in America.  The Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve in Oahu, Hawaii took the first place position, and Siesta Key, Florida took second place. Stephen Leatherman has released his annual list of the best beaches in the country.  After falling off of one of the most popular annual lists of the... Read More

    Risdon condo developer buys next door building for $2.8 million

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | May 27, 2016

    Developer Steve Bradley said the building, 435 Central Ave., will be renamed The Risdon and given exterior enhancements.  The developer of the proposed Risdon on 5th condominium project bought the building next door for $2.8 million.  Developer Steve Bradley said the building, 435 Central Ave., will be renamed The Risdon and given exterior enhancements.  The... Read More

    Entertainment district at UTC is unveiled

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | May 26, 2016

    Entertainment row is taking on a whole new meaning in Sarasota, and It may actually involve paddles. The long-anticipated entertainment district at the southeast corner of University Town Center is slated to have a canal down the center of the mixed-used development, according to renderings from Manatee County’s Benderson Development Co. The project eases up to... Read More

    iPic Luxury movie theater coming to University Town Center | Sarasota

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | May 25, 2016

    Move over CineBistro, iPic is coming to Sarasota! Mark Chait, executive director of leasing for Manatee County’s Benderson Development Co., confirmed Monday that iPic, a luxury dining and movie experience, is slated for an upcoming development on the east portion of the University Town Center area. The iPic theater was visible in a rendering that... Read More

    DeMarcay developer shares construction plans | Downtown Sarasota 

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | May 23, 2016

    After a judge ruled against residents attempting to block the project, the developer of the high-rise DeMarcay project on Palm Avenue will begin construction in June. Another high-rise condominium project is prepared to break ground in downtown Sarasota.  Construction on the DeMarcay, an 18-story, 39-unit building planned for 33 S. Palm Ave., is scheduled to... Read More

    Developers target abandoned golf courses for new development | Sarasota

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | May 19, 2016

    The Sarasota-Manatee Building Industry Association says that’s a growing trend, and says builders are targeting former golf courses that closed during the recession when people couldn’t afford to play. “I saw it declining,” said Metzgar of the golf course. “Less and less people coming and lack of business,” she added. All the while, the land sat... Read More

    Farmers Market Targets New Homes during impending construction | Downtown Sarasota

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | May 19, 2016

    As three private developments plan to break ground along State Street and Lemon Avenue, the Sarasota Farmers Market is discussing relocating a number of vendors. The continued growth in downtown Sarasota comes with its share of side effects — including, potentially, the relocation of dozens of Sarasota Farmers Market vendors that traditionally operate south of... Read More

    Road improvements started for Lakewood Ranch Waterside | New Community

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | May 18, 2016

    With construction already underway to extend Deer Drive and Lorraine Road into Sarasota County to serve the planned 1,425-acre Lakewood Ranch Waterside community, a notice to proceed is expected to be issued Monday to extend Lakewood Ranch Boulevard as well. * Infrastructure construction for Lakewood Ranch Waterside will start in the first quarter of 2016,... Read More

    Commissioners approve 1,400-home community | East County

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | May 16, 2016

    Medallion Home plans to convert dairy farm immediately south of Waterlefe. Manatee County commissioners on May 5 approved a general development plan by Medallion Home for the property formerly known as the Moore’s Dairy site. It is immediately west of Upper Manatee River Road, wedged between the Greenfield Plantation and Waterlefe communities. The existing Heritage... Read More

    Top 5 Reasons to Become a Florida Resident

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | May 16, 2016

    For those wondering if becoming a Florida resident makes sense, here you will find a list of the top five reasons why moving to Florida will be of great benefit to you and your family. With many states struggling to collect revenues and, in turn raising tax rates, the well to do, and even the... Read More