Stained… The beat goes on with The Colony on Longboat Key

Stained… The beat goes on with The Colony on Longboat Key

Colony Lender files foreclosure suit against owners

by: Robin Hartill via The

Colony Lender LLC filed a lawsuit against Colony Beach & Tennis Resort unit owners Friday, seeking to foreclose on units at the shuttered Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. In the lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court’s Tampa Division, Colony Lender states it is owed more than $5.1 million in damages. Although it filed a notice of voluntary dismissal Tuesday, Colony Lender will refile the identical complaint in state court due to jurisdictional issues, according to Colony Lender principal David Siegal.

The suit seeks $4,594,276.40 for accrued unpaid rent plus interest on a disputed recreational facilities lease for the period of Oct. 29, 2008 through Aug. 15, 2014, plus $525,244.82 in unpaid real estate taxes plus interest and attorney fees.

When the Colony was operational, unit owners paid $650,000 annually for use of the tennis courts and other recreational properties at the property to longtime owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber and other leaseholders.

Colony Lender argues that it owns both a 95% interest in the land and the lease, a claim that the Colony Beach & Tennis Association denies, arguing that Colony Lender owns only real property at the resort. The association also argues that the Florida Legislature outlawed agreements such as the recreational facilities lease in 1975.

The suit lists 174 defendants, representing all owners of the 237 units at the shuttered resort — except for Siegal, who owns two units.

Approximately nine owners agreed to sell their units to Orlando-based Unicorp National Development Inc., which has an agreement to purchase Colony Lender’s resort assets. Those owners will be dropped from the suit, according to Siegal.

“I would expect there will be a number of defense lawyers talking to us, and I would expect … being able to reach resolution with some and not with others,” he said.

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Law enforcement, mall officials prepare for traffic at Mall at UTC in Sarasota, FL… ‘Lawd have mercy on folks driving that area’

Law enforcement, mall officials prepare for traffic at Mall at UTC in Sarasota, FL… ‘Lawd have mercy on folks driving that area’


UNIVERSITY PARK — It promises to be the biggest tourist attraction in an area that is already full of them.

Local law enforcement is working to ensure that traffic patterns around the Mall at University Town Center remain as normal as possible during the attraction’s opening next month.

The Manatee County and Sarasota County sheriff’s office, Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Highway Patrol have been meeting with the mall’s management in past months to prepare for the mall’s Oct. 16 opening, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Captain Ron Locke said. The mall is located at the intersection of Interstate 75 and University Parkway in Sarasota County.

“I just think the people who plan on coming there should exercise patience as we are trying to make it the safest possible environment that we can,” Locke said.

Manatee County Commission OKs new zoning and site plan for Villages of Amazon South, A NEAL communities project

Manatee County Commission OKs new zoning and site plan for Villages of Amazon South, A NEAL communities project  


Manatee County commissioners Thursday OK’d plans for another huge development near Parrish.

Commissioners approved a new mixed-use zoning and preliminary site plan for the Villages of Amazon South, 12420 U.S. 301 N.

The project is on the northwest corner of Moccasin Wallow Road at U.S. 301 North.

“This will be an all-American community,” developer Pat Neal told commissioners.”It will be well-planned by the Neal company.”

Plans called for 1,999 residential units, including 1,385 lots for single family detached housing, 280 lots for single family semi-detached housing and 334 lots for single family attached residential units, according to county documents.

Also envisioned: 60,000 square feet for office/commercial use.

About 623 acres, or 51 percent of project acreage, would be open space, and 20 acres would be devoted to recreation among four phases, according to county documents. Neal called his project “very un-Neal like” because he is hoping to attract people whom the company has not normally drawn to Manatee County.

The project will offer a variety of uses and home styles at various prices with recreational amenities such as ballfields, tennis and basketball courts, dog parks and pools, community rooms and clubhouses, according to the plans.

County officials nixed a request by Neal and his son, John Neal, to omit sidewalks for the project in favor of contributing to a fund to install sidewalks elsewhere such as at schools, they said were more sorely needed.

Vengroff buys North Trail motel in Sarasota, FL near Airport to convert into Low Income Housing or an alternative to a Homeless Shelter

Vengroff buys North Trail motel in Sarasota, FL near Airport to convert into Low Income Housing or an alternative to a Homeless Shelter

Sarasota businessman Harvey Vengroff continues his push for more affordable housing with the purchase of a North Trail motel — a move that fits into local needs for transitional or emergency housing for homeless families.

Vengroff, who recently bucked plans to move to Belize, bought the 117-unit Sarasota Airport Hotel for $2.25 million, with a price that equated to roughly $19,000 per unit.

Vengroff plans to convert the motel rooms into affordable studio apartment units for low-income families as an alternative to a homeless shelter. He is working with local charities, such as the Salvation Army and Jewish Family & Children’s Services, to find renters that have the best chance of using low-cost housing to move out of poverty.

“It’s going to need a lot of improvements before people are going to want to live there,” Vengroff said. “We plan to start renting them out in a couple of weeks.”

The affordable-housing model is similar to Vengroff’s 100-unit University Row Apartments located north of the Sarasota Airport Hotel. The apartments do not participate in federal, state or local government affordability programs.

Vengroff expects to charge $575 a month per unit, which includes electric and water service. The apartment will feature nighttime security and won’t tolerate abusive drinking and drug use, Vengroff said.

“We’re trying to create a situation for [the renters] where they can work together on things such as childcare,” Vengroff said. “They watch each other’s kids when they aren’t at work. We also make sure they go to work.”

Vengroff also recently proposed an 800-unit apartment complex on Fruitville Road, to create affordable housing, but will need to get approval for more density on that site.

“Everyone in Sarasota bitches and moans about affordable housing, but nobody seems to really want affordable housing,” Vengroff said in a May interview with the Sarasota Observer.

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Kacy Catanzaro back in action on ‘American Ninja Warrior’

Kacy Catanzaro back in action on ‘American Ninja Warrior’

Kacy Catanzaro - American Ninja Warrior BAMF!

Kacy Catanzaro – American Ninja Warrior BAMF!

Kacy is a honorary BAMF!

By  via Yahoo

As word that she’d be on TV spread around the bar, they tuned more TVs to NBC. There was still a half hour or so before she’d be on, but commercials were already teasing her obstacle run. After a few, the older couple sitting next to her looked over. “It was funny. She looked at us, and at the TV, and said, ‘Wait a second, is that you?’” Catanzaro recalls.

Yes, it was her – and they were about to see Catanzaro do something that had never been done in ANW’s six seasons: in the pre-recorded episode, the 5-foot, 95-pound ball of muscle became the first woman to ever complete the ANW city finals course.

As she worked her way through the course, the announcers’ excitement was contagious. They seemed as shocked as everyone else as Catanzaro effortlessly completed one obstacle after the next. She never looked nervous, keeping her composure even as she nearly slipped off the ring ladder and had to leap from one vertical pole to another over a pool of water, even stopping at one point to yell “I love you guys, thank you,” to the crowd. “She’s just amazing!” the announcers exclaimed more than once.

The ANW course is based on the courses designed for the Japanese show “Sasuke,” which has been around since 1997. The obstacles test every part of the competitor’s body, from grip to core to agility. One part of the course is called the Warped Wall. Earlier this year, Catanzaro became the first woman to complete it, and was invited onto “Good Morning America” to do it again. That was her first taste of fame. As she worked her way through the Dallas city finals course, she had no idea how much more fame she’d soon experience.

Kacy Catanzaro - a rare picture relaxing and not kicking tail!

Kacy Catanzaro – a rare picture relaxing and not kicking tail!

She needed two attempts to conquer the Warped Wall at the city finals. As soon as she made her way to the top, the crowd roared. Next came the Salmon Ladder, and she made it look like a playground activity. The final challenge was the spider climb, a 30-foot vertical chute. She practically flew up it, pounding the red buzzer at the top to signal that she was done. 

Doing so earned her a place in the national finals, which will air on Sept. 1.


Ringling College of Art & Design buys Vision building next to Sarasota High

Ringling College of Art & Design buys Vision building next to Sarasota High

Article via The Observer

The Ringling College of Art and Design made a strategic property acquisition last month that will give the school space next to the Sarasota Museum of Art.

Ringling bought a 7,100-square-foot retail building north of Sarasota High School on U.S. 41 for $1.6 million. The building is leased to glasses and contacts retailer Visionworks for at least the next year.

Ringling spokeswoman Christine Lange says the college saw the building as an obvious opportunity given its location adjacent to the former Sarasota High School.

The college has raised $22.5 million to convert the 57,000-square-foot school building into a modern and contemporary art museum called the Sarasota Museum of Art. The redeveloped building will feature a 110-seat auditorium, sculpture court, indoor/outdoor café, classroom, studios and meeting spaces. Construction of the project is expected to take until 2016 at the earliest.

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The Beat Goes On… Neal Communities extends Lakewood Ranch north; Indigo to become 500-home development

Neal Communities extends Lakewood Ranch north; Indigo to become 500-home development

BY MATT M. JOHNSON via Bradenton Herald

LAKEWOOD RANCH — A record-breaking land purchase that extends the northern reach of the Lakewood Ranch community is expected to give Neal Communities a bit of extra cache when it puts its latest subdivision on the market early next year.

Last week, Lakewood Ranch-based Neal purchased about 111 acres from Schroeder-Manatee Ranch Inc. for $8.29 million, according to Manatee County records. Located at the eastern terminus of 44th Avenue, the rural land will be combined with an earlier purchase to become Indigo, an approximately 500-home development. The deal, which was partially financed by SMR to the tune of $4.14 million according to records, is the largest amount Neal has ever paid in a single land deal in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Neal Communities President Pat Neal said his company has already started infrastructure construction on 39 acres of pasture he purchased for the development in June for $3.2 million from Loraine B. Riker. The work is timed to bring the first Indigo homes to the market just as Neal Communities sells the last of 80 homes it still has for sale in the company’s 826-home Central Park subdivision on the south side of 44th Avenue. Neal said his company is selling those homes at a rate of about 12 per month.

The entire Indigo community will be included within the borders of Lakewood Ranch, a master-planned development controlled by Schroeder-Manatee. Indigo marks the farthest north Lakewood Ranch has ever extended, according to the community’s official map.

“The Lakewood Ranch address adds great panache,” Neal said. “It certainly enhances the value.”



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We’ve been duped. America is filled with fun-loving and caring people. The viral ice bucket challenge has combined both our sense of responsibility to our fellow human with fun. And it has been fun! Who didn’t love seeing Sarah Palin doused?

But wait? Ice Bucket Challenge donations are nearing $100 MILLION. Where is that money going?

According to the ALS Foundation, not towards ALS.

Over 73% of all donations raised are going to fundraising, overhead, executive salaries, and external donations. Less than 27% is actually used for the purpose we donated for.

According to the ECFA, a charitable watchdog, 27% of donations actually making it to the cause they are donated to is unacceptable. In fact, the ECFA won’t deem a non-profit as a reliable charity unless at least 80% of donations make it to their intended projects.

Here’s the breakdown of the ALS Foundation’s Financials:


Employee salaries at the ALS Foundation are out-of-this-WORLD!

  • Jane H. Gilbert – President and CEO –$339,475.00
  • Daniel M. Reznikov – Chief Financial Officer – $201,260.00
  • Steve Gibson – Chief Public Policy Officer – $182,862.00
  • Kimberly Maginnis -Chief of Care Services Officer – $160,646.00
  • Lance Slaughter -Chief Chapter Relations and Development Officer – $152,692.00
  • Michelle Keegan – Chief Development Officer – $178,744.00
  • John Applegate – Association Finance Officer – $118.726.00
  • David Moses – Director of Planned Giving – $112,509.00
  • Carrie Munk – Chief Communications and Marketing Officer – $142,875.00
  • Patrick Wildman – Director of Public Policy – $112,358.00
  • Kathi Kromer – Director of State Advocacy – $110,661.00

If you decide to take the Ice Bucket Challenge, may I humbly suggest that you select a well-researched charity (on your own, no endorsements here) and send it to them.


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Hilarious Peyton Manning Gatorade Ads – I’m getting stoked for the NFL Season!

Hilarious Peyton Manning Gatorade Ads – I’m getting stoked for the NFL Season!

Hidden Gems – Party at The Cove

Hidden Gems – Party at The Cove


The Cove, Sarasota, FL

The Cove, Sarasota, FL

by Rachel S. O’Hara – Ticket Sarasota

During the summer, those with boats like to take their friends and family to places a little less chaotic than the public beach. Places like The Cove. People have taken advantage of this secret oasis for decades, getting to the destination by boat, paddleboard, kayak or by simply swimming out the short distance to where The Cove becomes a very enticing sandbar. People spend hours swimming, floating on inflatable rafts or just bobbing around in the cool water.

Many come to The Cove prepared with food and drinks, and some people even barbecue on the back of their boats. Jell-O shots and mixed drinks are consumed by groups of adults while parents with children sip on juice boxes and look for sea urchins and other creatures that crawl along the bottom. During special weekends like Tubapalooza – an annual tradition for the last five years, the Fourth of July, the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix and Labor Day weekend, the festivities grow, with more boats, people and louder music blaring. It’s a party.