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    Siesta Key stays busy in the offseason | Siesta Key

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | June 21, 2016

    Tourism rates continue to rise, but they may level out into a new normal. Katie Ware and Adam Brisske drove up from Cape Coral to spend a relaxing day on Siesta Key June 4 — but first, they had to find a place to park. “Parking is definitely the most stressful part of my day,” said Ware, who eventually... Read More

    Sarasota County has Software & Bio-health future

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | June 20, 2016

    Sarasota County has a burgeoning cluster of bio-health companies and other locally grown and relocated companies that are seeing rapid growth, contributing to the creation of a widening talent pool and helping diversify our economic base. These companies often fall into the category of disruptive innovators whose products have the potential to shake up or... Read More

    In S. Florida, buying a home beats renting after about 2 years

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | June 20, 2016

    It takes a little more than two years for buying to beat renting in South Florida, a new report shows. Buyers in the Florida region will realize the financial benefits of buying a home instead of renting it in 2.4 years, according to real estate website “If you know you’re going to be in... Read More

    Longboat Key breaks ground on Bayfront Park | Longboat Key

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | June 20, 2016

    As the town of Longboat Key starts the $3.5 million revamp of the park, permitting remains uncertain. It may look like an eyesore, but when Longboat Key Streets, Facilities and Parks and Recreation Manager Mark Richardson looks at the 900-foot chain-link fence surrounding Bayfront Park, he sees a beacon of hope. “The fence going up means... Read More

    Redevelopment could boost town coffers | Longboat Key

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | June 15, 2016

    What could the town of Longboat Key do with $8 million in building fees? If three proposed projects come to fruition, more than $6 million could flow into the town’s land acquisition fund. But with the island essentially built out and Bayfront Park upgrades mostly funded, what will the town do with the potential influx... Read More

    Bradenton commercial site sells for $930,000 | June 15, 2016 | Real Estate

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | June 15, 2016

    A 1.4-acre commercial property in Bradenton sold Tuesday for $930,000. Creekwood Corp. of Georgia bought the 18,880-square-foot building and vacant parcel at 2903 W. 9th St. as an investment. Maaco Auto Body Repair and Paint occupies nearly 90 percent of the building, while Baker Inc., a towing company, occupies the rest. Baker sold the building... Read More

    Arlington Park Awakens | Real Estate | Sarasota

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | June 14, 2016

    At long last, this east-of-the-Trail neighborhood is rising and shining. View: Arlington Park Property On a list of desirable Sarasota neighborhoods, Arlington Park has never rated very high. I remember considering it as a place to live when I moved here in the mid-1980s. The location was great—just south of downtown, on the east side... Read More

    Manatee County gives boost to urban redevelopment

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | June 14, 2016

    Roughly 1,800 to 2,000 homes are built in Manatee County each year, mostly in areas east of Interstate 75 such as Parrish and Lakewood Ranch.  Meanwhile, what is considered the county’s “urban core” — much of which dates to the 1950s and 1960s — experiences scant new development and noticeable decline, such as vacant or partially empty... Read More

    Braves Investing in Sarasota Talks

    By DeAnna Greenhaw | June 14, 2016

    While the Atlanta Braves haven’t signaled exactly where they want to move spring training operations, developers for the West Villages in South Sarasota County are planning right now for a baseball stadium on site, and the Major League Baseball club has hired local consultants to help refine the scope and cost of moving the operation... Read More

    The GRAND New Luxury Ritz-Carlton Residence in Sarasota, FL (pre-construction)

    By Oliver McConnell | June 13, 2016

    The Grande, the planned 18-story tower of Ritz-Carlton Residences adjacent to the hotel in Sarasota. View: The Newest Listings for The Grand Kolter expects a spring 2017 groundbreaking for the 72-unit condo, reduced from the first announced 84 units, where three- and four-bedroom residences will sell from $2 million to more than $5 million. The... Read More