Sean Dreznin from Ian Black Real Estate sells another investment property! 1739 Siesta Dr in Sarasota, FL

Sean Dreznin from Ian Black Real Estate sells another investment property! 1739 Siesta Dr in Sarasota, FL.

Cheers to the Tampa Bay Lightning, as they take game 3, 6 to 5 in OT.

Cheers to the Tampa Bay Lightning, as they take game 3, 6 to 5 in OT.

Has traffic affected tourism in Sarasota County?

Has traffic affected tourism in Sarasota County?

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Congestion pic by J. Parisi (C)

by: Alex Mahadevan Digital Editor via yourobserver.com

Traffic woes again surfaced during a local government meeting Tuesday, with Sarasota County officials downplaying the effect it has on the local tourism industry.

“Do we have traffic problems? Yes. Do we need to continue to work on it? Yes,” said Commissioner Christine Robinson. “But, the comments that tourists are beginning to shy away from Sarasota simply aren’t true.”

Robinson said she looks forward to working on traffic problems, but said the “rumor mill” she’s heard at community and government meetings about gridlock crippling regional tourism weren’t true. And that amplifying those comments could actually hurt the tourism sector in the long run.

“We have had occasional complaints, but they have had more to do with parking ticket issues,” said Visit Sarasota County President Virginia Haley, who was presenting the Tourist Development Council’s annual report.

According to visitor profiles complied by the Visit Sarasota County for the first quarter of this year, 97% of tourists polled were satisfied with their trips and 93% of respondents said they would return to the region again. While Haley expected to get dinged this year due to traffic, those numbers did not fall compared with the same timeframe in 2014.

Gridlock doesn’t have a profound affect on visitors because they aren’t in a hurry to get to work or drop their kids off at school, Haley said. And when traffic backs up on the Ringling Bridge or through St. Armands Circle, the views of Sarasota Bay and surrounding areas are pleasant sights.

“It’s not a terrible experience,” Haley said.

But, Haley said it will be important to explore new ways of moving tourists throughout the county, citing ideas for more trolleys or water taxis as potential transportation options.

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LeBron James’ Game 4 tear drop winning basket from all camera angles

LeBron James’ Game 4 tear drop winning basket from all camera angles

Manatee millennials to commission: It’s too expensive to live here

Manatee millennials to commission: It’s too expensive to live here

Affordable housing top issue for young Manatee residents, workers

Wearing “I am the Manatee Millennial Movement” buttons, the majority of Manatee County’s millennial team shared where they live with the county commission at its Tuesday meeting.

Renting apartments and homes, owning homes, living outside Manatee County and living with their parents were where the county employees who comprise the county’s 36-person millennial team call home.

During the presentation, they shared that there is a lack of workforce housing in Manatee County.

“We are not looking for a handout at all,” said Simone Peterson, a member of the millennial team and a county government neighborhood services specialist. “If I make $30,000, I want to live in a safe, affordable place.”

After talking with different players in the community, including builders and developers, workforce housing, placemaking and infrastructure were the top three concerns identified by the group, according to Peterson.

The Longboat Key Resort wants to add a second hotel

LONGBOAT KEY – In most towns, if a resort wants to add hotel rooms it can do so by acquiring the proper building and occupancy permits. 

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THE VOTE

Longboat decision On May 12, the elections offices in Sarasota and Manatee counties will count the mail-in ballots they received in a Longboat Key referendum about replacing potential residential units with hotel rooms at The Resort at Longboat Key. 

For more information, Longboat voters in Sarasota County should call that elections office at (941) 861-8600 or go to sarasotavotes.com. Longboat voters in Manatee should call that elections office at (941) 861-8600 or go to votemanatee.com.

On Longboat Key, however, adding “tourism units” becomes a more complicated endeavor in which public opinion becomes the determining factor.

Ocean Properties, the owner of The Resort at Longboat Key, wants to build a second hotel with 259 guest rooms at its Islandside property on the south end of the key.

To do so, it must get the consent of the townspeople.

“In order to increase density, we have to hold a referendum,” Town Manager Dave Bullock said.

On March 12, 1984, Longboat’s electorate approved an amendment to the town charter. It states that, whatever densities (units per acre) were allowed on a property by the town’s comprehensive land use plan as of that date “shall not be increased without the referendum approval of the electors of Longboat Key.”

The Resort at Longboat Key Club consists of two areas: Islandside, a golf course community with houses, condos, a gulf-front hotel and amenities for club members; and Harbourside, a golf course community also called Bay Isles on Sarasota Bay with homes, a tennis center and other facilities for club members.


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Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Lender, Unicorp face sanctions

Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Lender, Unicorp face sanctions

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by: Kurt Schultheis via Yourobserver.com

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May has dealt a blow to Orlando-based Unicorp National Development Inc. in its quest to redevelop the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort.

May revealed Tuesday in his Tampa courtroom that he plans to file an order against Colony Lender LLC and Orlando-based Unicorp National Development Inc. for a list of sanctions.

After he finalizes and enters his order, Colony Lender will have 14 days to dismiss lawsuits it filed in state court against all Colony unit owners. Colony Lender and Unicorp sought more than $5 million in damages for unpaid rent plus interest on a disputed recreational facilities lease. May ruled last month that those letters violated an automatic bankruptcy stay.

“There will be no further steps to collect,” May said.

May also is requiring Colony Lender LLC principals David Siegal and Randy Langley, along with Unicorp President Chuck Whittall, to write a letter to every unit owner on official company letterhead that includes their names, stating that the claims against them are being dismissed.

And five unit owners who sold their units to Unicorp last year for $20,000 each after receiving demand letters in August stating they could face millions of dollars in liabilities if they did not sell their units to Unicorp, will have  a 30-day period to get their units back. 

Liens Colony Lender and Unicorp placed on units for rent will be removed as part of the pending order.

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Dozens compete in inaugural ‘Swim Around Lido Key’

Dozens compete in inaugural ‘Swim Around Lido Key’

Good Karma - pic by Sean Dreznin

Good Karma – pic by Sean Dreznin

By  via Herald Tribune .com

LIDO KEYA world-ranked masters swimmer battled a 16-year-old high school student Sunday to become the first champion of the new “Swim Around Lido Key” race, a 7-mile loop around this scenic barrier island.

When Ricardo Valdivia, of Gulliver Swim Club in Miami, rounded the final jetty and swam toward the finish line, beachgoers and spectators on the sand at North Lido cheered for the 50-year-old winner of a race hosted by local swimmers.

Fitzhugh Rawls, 16, took second in the race, finishing two minutes behind Valdivia with a time of 2:29.37. Former collegiate distance swimmer Heather Roka, 28, was the first overall female.

“The conditions today were perfect,” said Roka, who swims in Fort Myers. “The sun was out and the current was helping you most of the way. Probably the most challenging part was that final push through the channel — you were so close to the end but you felt like you’d never get there.”

Roka finished the course — which took swimmers from North Lido Beach through New Pass and around the island through the south inlet — with a time of 2:50.23. About 100 swimmers participated in the Swim Around Lido Key, organized by co-directors David Miner, a coach for the Sarasota Y Shark Masters Swim Team, and Steve Butler, the race director behind the Siesta Key Triathlon and other local races.

“It’s a brand-new event for Sarasota,” Miner said. “We have 16 states, and representatives from Canada and Puerto Rico.”

Those who swam the 7 miles solo were accompanied Sunday by a kayak team, who could give the swimmer food and nutrition as long as he or she didn’t touch the boat. There were 30 additional relay entries, where two swimmers alternated between kayaking and swimming.

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