8-unit downtown Sarasota apartment building changes hands

8-unit downtown Sarasota apartment building changes hands.

Former Quay site in Sarasota, fl finally sells for $27 million — It once had $90 million of debt on it

Former Quay site in Sarasota, fl finally sells for $27 million — It once had $90 million of debt on it.

Young Homebuyers Lack Funds, Not Interest

Young Homebuyers Lack Funds, Not Interest.

Global Doldrums Could Reach US in 2015: NAR

Global Doldrums Could Reach US in 2015: NAR

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By Paul Bubny via GlobeSt.com

A slowdown in economic growth globally isn’t breaking the stride of the US economy or commercial real estate, the National Association of Realtors said Monday, predicting that the momentum will carry forth into the new year. However, NAR’s quarterly forecast hints at a potential drag on US growth as overseas markets weaken.

“GDP growth in the fourth quarter will be sluggish at around 2% behind stalling exports,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “Although GDP will likely climb to near 3% in 2015, the current pace of job growth could slow and ultimately impact commercial real estate activity if sluggishness in the global economy persists.”

It was increased export activity, along with government spending turning positive, that drove third-quarter GDP growth, says NAR. US exports rose 7.8% in Q3 after a double-digit annual rate of growth in Q2, while import volume dipped by 1.8%.

Government spending rose at a 4.6% annual rate during Q3, led by increased federal spending and particularly increased defense spending, which rose 15.9% during the quarter. Consumer spending also rose, albeit more modestly, as did business spending. All in all, according to the NAR report, “The economic picture was positive across most major indices” during Q3.

This goes to prove, Yun says, that “the second quarter wasn’t an anomaly, as business spending increased, commercial construction rose and the labor market continued to make positive strides. Job growth is the catalyst to improved demand for commercial real estate leasing and new construction projects.”

NAR say national office vacancy rates are forecast to decrease 0.5% over the coming year to 15.7%, thanks to job growth exceeding inventory coming onto the market. On a more localized basis, though, the numbers continue to vary quite widely.

NAR says that improved manufacturing activity should lead to a declining vacancy rate for industrial space, going from 8.8% at the end of this year to 8.4% 12 months from now.

Vacancy rates in the retail market are expected to decline from 9.7% at year’s end to 9.5% 12 months hence.

Average apartment rents are projected to rise 4.0% this year and 4.1% in 2015. Multifamily net absorption is expected to total 216,300 units in 2014 and 171,200 next year. “Low housing inventory and the sizeable demand for rentals will continue to spur multifamily construction as well as keep rents rising above inflation through next year,” says Yun. That being said, the pace of construction will mean a slight uptick in the multifamily vacancy rate to 4.3% by the end of ’15.

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Lake Effect Snow up North drops all kinds of Blizzard — Most people stay indoors — Here are the others.

Lake Effect Snow up North drops all kinds of Blizzard — Most people stay indoors — Here are the others.

Life is Precious. Embrace it. A Father Sings To His Dying Newborn Son After His Wife Dies Following Childbirth

Life is Precious. Embrace it. A Father Sings To His Dying Newborn Son After His Wife Dies Following Childbirth

Via Buzzfeed

A heartbreaking video of a grieving father singing the Beatles’ “Blackbird” to his dying newborn son after the mother died in her sleep following childbirth is being shared across the world.

Published on Nov 12, 2014

Chris Picco singing Blackbird to his son, Lennon James Picco, who was delivered by emergency C-section at 24 weeks when Chris’ wife Ashley unexpectedly and tragically passed away in her sleep. Lennon’s lack of movement and brain activity was a constant concern for the doctors and nurses at Loma Linda University Hospital, where he received the absolute best care available. During the pregnancy, Ashley would often feel Lennon moving to music so Chris asked if he could bring his guitar into the NICU and play for Lennon, which he did for several hours during the last days of Lennon’s precious life. One day after filming this, Lennon went to sleep in his daddy’s arms.

Father & Son

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Chris Picco singing Blackbird to his son, Lennon James Picco, who was delivered by emergency C-section at 24 weeks when Chris’ wife Ashley unexpectedly and tragically passed away in her sleep. Lennon’s lack of movement and brain activity was a constant concern for the doctors and nurses at Loma Linda University Hospital, where he received the absolute best care available. During the pregnancy, Ashley would often feel Lennon moving to music so Chris asked if he could bring his guitar into the NICU and play for Lennon, which he did for several hours during the last days of Lennon’s precious life. One day after filming this, Lennon went to sleep in his daddy’s arms.

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Gillespie Park in Sarasota, FL faces homeless problem — Pay attention ACLU!

Gillespie Park in Sarasota, FL faces homeless problem — Pay attention ACLU!

by: David Conway via The Observer

Linda Holland moved to Gillespie Park nearly 35 years ago. During that time, she’s seen the area make significant strides toward addressing issues with drug dealing and other crime.

That progress — and the work she’s done as the head of the Gillespie Park neighborhood watch group to help achieve that progress — explains her weariness when she talks about a new issue affecting the area: the recent influx of homeless individuals at the neighborhood park.

“We have worked so hard for so many years, and we’ve come such a long way that it’s just very discouraging,” Holland said. “We feel like there’s nothing that can be done.”

Earlier this month, at a meeting of the Coalition of Community Neighborhood Associations, Holland reported that a new group of individuals were populating the pavilion at Gillespie Park throughout the day. The issue was not with the mere presence of the homeless, she said, but with their behavior.

Holland said that, for some time, residents in the area have had a relatively harmonious relationship with the homeless population. Both sides were respectful, and residents were understanding of the circumstances that could put people in such a situation.

Echoing complaints that Rosemary District residents made in September, Holland said the new homeless population was significantly different. They were less respectful and more prone to smoking, using vulgar language and leaving trash strewn about the park. They monopolized the pavilion at the park, making it increasingly difficult for residents to use the neighborhood amenity.

“In the past, there have been times when everyone has been extremely compatible and respectful to each other,” Holland said. “Everyone can get along and utilize the park the way it’s supposed to be used. But not now.”

Holland expressed a frustration with inaction from the city, as well. She was disappointed to see talks between the city and county regarding a come-as-you-are homeless shelter fall apart, though she acknowledged residents in the area were divided on that issue.

Dissatisfaction with city leaders is more widespread, she said. She acknowledged that there are no easy solutions for addressing homelessness issues, but Holland said Gillespie Park residents felt they had done all they could do — whereas those in charge had failed to take strides to tackle the neighborhood’s problems.
“You guys are the elected officials,” Holland said. “You’re running the city, and guess what — it’s not working. It’s not working here over in the park.”

At the Nov. 3 City Commission meeting, Vice Mayor Susan Chapman brought up the Gillespie Park homeless population. She said she had been getting a significant number of complaints, and suggested restricting access to the park to Gillespie Park residents as a possible option.

Mayor Willie Shaw was hesitant to embrace that idea, concerned that taxpayers near Gillespie Park would be boxed out. City Attorney Robert Fournier said less-extreme options were available, and could be presented at a future meeting.

Although the history of improvement in Gillespie Park contributed to Holland’s frustration, she was emphatic that this didn’t represent a significant step backward for the community. As a manager of dozens of properties in the area, she said she hasn’t seen any curtailed interest, and she didn’t believe the issue should cause people to avoid the neighborhood.

Still, she was hopeful that the harmonious atmosphere between all occupants of the Gillespie Park area could be restored.

“We don’t like what’s going on right now, but it’s a small part of the neighborhood,” Holland said. “The neighborhood is so much more and is going to continue to be so much more than that — but we would like to get this resolved.”

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My first and only Kim Kardashian Post. Kim Kardashian pours champagne, shows her butt and gets naked for art. Why is this not shocking?

My first and only Kim Kardashian Post. Kim K poses clothed, partially clothed and hardly clothed for art.?

‘To me it appears she is going back to her basics by being naked. Albeit, this appears classier then the previous Ray J tapes, but alas, it is ultimately Kardashian marketing at its best. Nude, Naked and Screaming LOOK AT ME!’

photos by Jean-Paul Goude — text by Amanda Fortini via Papermag.com

Recreating a classic image

If you know nothing else about Kim Kardashian, you know that she is very, very famous. Some would say that’s all you need to know. At press time, she has 25 million Twitter followers, about a million less than Oprah Winfrey and nearly 5 million more than CNN Breaking News. Her Instagram account, where she is a prolific purveyor of selfies, is the site’s third most popular. You can’t walk through a supermarket without glimpsing her on a multitude of tabloids whose headlines holler about her relationships, her parenting style and the vicissitudes of her ample curves. But she has also graced the covers of highbrow fashion bibles like W and Vogue; with her now-husband, Kanye West, she appeared on the latter above the hashtag #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple, creating a furor that made it perhaps the #worldsmostcontroversialcover.

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Her millions-strong popularity and inescapable media presence have made her grist for think pieces galore. She is variously seen as a feminist-entrepreneur-pop-culture-icon or a late-stage symptom of our society’s myriad ills: narcissism, opportunism, unbridled ambition, unchecked capitalism. But behind all the hoopla, there is an actual woman — a physical body where the forces of fame and wealth converge. Who isn’t at least a tad curious about the flesh that carries the myth?

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Unlike most people, she looks exactly the same in person as she does in photographs or on television, with one exception: she is smaller than she appears in images, with tiny, almost doll-like ears and feet and hands. Everything else about her seems amplified, tumescent. Her black hair is thicker than any you have ever seen, her lips fuller, her giant Bambi-eyes larger, their whites whiter, and the lashes that frame them longer. If some of this is the result of artificial enhancement — does anyone else have eyelashes that resemble miniature feather dusters? — none of it seems obviously ersatz. But that’s not to say it looks real, either. She is like a beautiful anime character come to life.

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Kim Kardashian’s greatest asset

Kim Kardashian Full Frontal

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REV3 Venice, Florida Half (70.3) & Olympic distance 2014 triathlon results

REV3 Venice, Florida Half (70.3) & Olympic distance 2014 triathlon results

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Former REV3 Florida Medals

What You Need to Know About the Mosquito-Borne Disease Ravaging the Caribbean : It has also been reported in Venezuela & Florida.

What You Need to Know About the Mosquito-Borne Disease Ravaging the Caribbean : It has also been reported in Venezuela & Florida.

Chik-V & West Nile

Chik-V & West Nile

Laura Begley Bloom via Yahoo Health

If you’re traveling to the Caribbean anytime soon, bring the DEET. Chikungunya, a virulent mosquito-borne illness with no known cure is sweeping the islands. The disease is similar to dengue and causes extreme muscle pain that can last months or even years; it has been fatal in rare cases.

Historically, chikungunya (pronounced chik-en-GUN-ya), which was first discovered in Tanzania in 1952, has been more prevalent in Africa and Asia. Saint Martin was the first location in the Western Hemisphere to report cases of the disease in December 2013. In recent months it has spread across the region, with over 10,000 cases on islands like Guadeloupe and Martinique. Even tony Saint Bart’s hasn’t been spared. There have also been isolated cases as far away as Florida and Venezuela.

“It’s been absolutely blowing up recently,” Chris Pardee, the manager of health intelligence for iJET International told Yahoo Travel. The disease even has a nickname throughout the islands: Chik-V.

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