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My team and I specialize in buying and selling homes in the greater Bradenton-Sarasota area.
Sarasota County Commissioners voted 3-2 in April 08' for plans to develop Payne Park in downtown Sarasota.  Those that opposed the plans like neighbors and some commissioners fear an oversized structure and can only hope the 9.5 acres will be used wisely.   Developer and property owner Ron Burks ...

Already committed to $200,000, the Riverview High School Science Center will replace the school's notably old planetarium.  Originally built in 1969 by the Sarasota School Board it currently attracts up to 4,500 viewers a year. The structure is equipped with a star projector, a six slide panorama...
Gov. Charlie Crist hopes Florida will be at 20% renewable energy by 2020.  Florida's is currently at 2% and companies have reacted to a Legislative bill requiring the Public Service Commission to set new standards for renewables' in utilities' energy portfolios.  FPL has created 3 new solar energ...
Gov. Crist's plan to spend 1.75 billion on 180,000 acres of U.S. Sugar land to restore the Everglades is still on hold.  This land purchase would be the greatest effort to save the Florida Everglades that would protect the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. Not only would the purchase secure...
Amendment 4 passed 68.4%-31.6% during this past November's election.  Effective in 2010 it will offer landowners a full property tax exemption by placing their land in a ‘conservation easement forever'.  Groups including The Nature Conservation will make sure that these landowners keep their land...
Sarasota is debating plans to build a 45,000-50,000-square-foot conference center on South Palm Avenue.  Githler & Associates is proposing a public-private partnership to sit on the 2 acre lot that includes a multilevel garage and eventual plans to connect to a 280-room Embassy Suites hotel.  The...
Visit Florida reported a 3.4% increase in those vacationing in the area in part of 2008 compared to 2007.  Florida's popularity has increased hospitality investments and luxury hotels have been recently renovated.  If loan availability slows for these types of investments current businesses shoul...
E.T. MacKenzie Company of Bradenton has started constructing a central sewer system in the Sarasota South Gate area.  2,646 properties in the Phillippi Creek area have already been completed as part of the Phillippi Creek Septic System Replacement Program.  Phillippi Creek empties into Sarasota B...
Florida real estate is being bought up for conservation reasons by the non-profit organization Nature Conservancy which purchases environmental sensitive land for public ownership.  Desperate sellers who bought land for development are putting their properties on the market.  The group's recent p...
International buyers account for 30 percent of real estate sold in Florida.  Because the U.S. is still viewed as one of the safest places to invest, it is important to network globally.  While globalization may be criticized it cannot be stopped and foreign investors can potentially stimulate our...

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