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BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW THIS ABOUT THE FAMOUS ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE

Bet You Didn’t Know THIS About the Famous St. Armands Circle

Posted on BLVD’s website on June 6th

Set amidst a tropical paradise, St. Armands is an enchanting circle of fine shops and gourmet restaurants. Renowned as a market place with a continental flavor, it is a charming and graceful synthesis of past and present.

Lush tropical plantings, and contemporary architectural design skillfully contribute to an international atmosphere of friendly warmth and timeless style. Relax in the restaurants, explore the shops – from trinkets to treasures, gourmet snacks to candlelight feasts, you’ll find it all on St. Armand’s Circle.

However, becoming the thriving cultural destination it is today did not come without struggle. Here are a few little known facts about the history of St. Armand’s Circle:

In 1893, Charles St. Amand, A Frenchman and first resident of the island, purchased for $21.71 three tracts of land totaling 131.89 acres. In later land deeds, his name was misspelled “St. Armand” and this spelling has persisted to the present day.

Visionary circus magnate John Ringling purchased the St. Armands Key property in 1917 and planned a development which included residential lots and a shopping center laid out in a circle. As no bridge to the key had yet been built, Ringling engaged an old paddle-wheel steamboat, the “Success,” to service as a work boat. Circus elephants were used to haul the huge timbers from which the bridge and causeway were built.

One year later, amid much pomp and ceremony, both the John Ringling Causeway and Ringling Estates development opened to the public, with John Ringling himself leading a parade across the causeway and his Circus Band playing from a bandstand in the center of the Circle.

As the nationwide depression worsened, land sales in Florida and on St. Armands stopped completely. In 1928, the City of Sarasota accepted the causeway as a gift, which Ringling himself could no longer afford to maintain. Gradually, the wooden causeway began to rot, the Circle bandstand sagged, and the native vegetation covered the carefully planned streets and sidewalks.

During the 1940’s, several courageous investors opened restaurants and a service station on the Circle but not until 1953 did business once again resume on St. Armands. By 1955 a number of stores had opened.

Today, more than 130 stores on St. Armands Circle pamper customers from all areas of the United States and many foreign countries.

The St. Armands Circle experience is indeed a memorable one. Explore and enjoy a day of European style shopping with a gourmet lunch in a cozy cafe. Those who admire St. Armands sophisticated style and luxury will also notice that there is a new addition to that tradition of Sarasota excellence. Just a short drive from St. Armands Circle, in the heart of the Rosemary District, is BLVD Sarasota, downtown’s newest and most impressive address.

Here are a couple of businesses located on St. Armands Circle;

Tropical Shores Popcorn

Crazy Shirts

Settimi’s Gelato

 

Has Our Region Failed Young Professionals?

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Picture via SRQ Magazine

BY JACOB OGLES SRQ DAILY FRESHLY SQUEEZED CONTENT EVERY MORNING WEDNESDAY MAR 1, 2017

 

Raucous rhetoric and amiable jabs marked the Tuesday launch of a new debate series hosted by SRQ Media Group, where two teams debated the question “Has our region failed our young professionals?”

The SB2 Rumble, promised as an intellectual bloodsport, turned the Powell Crosley Estate into an academic wrestling ring before onlookers weighed in on who made the best case in the modified Oxford-style debate.

Criminal defense attorney Jacob Grollman, of Glen and Hibbert, who led the team arguing the region has failed young professionals, argued that regional failures extended much further. “We continue to discuss this problem but nobody offers any solution,” he argued. He noted home prices since the recession have skyrocketed up to $242,000 even though average annual wages here run around $28,000, or $2,000 less than the national average.

Jag Grewal, a broker with Ian Black Real Estate, added that county leaders failed to attract North American Roofing for petty reasons, giving up a chance for high-paying jobs. And Raymmar Tirado, chief disruption officer for Clear Idea Labs, suggested the exodus of Sarasota-trained college grads to other areas showed how badly the region has abandoned the needs of millennials. “All you have to do is ask a young person,” Tirado said. “They do not get involved because it is not advantageous to be involved.”“They do not get involved because it is not advantageous to be invo

But Frank Maggio, of Centennial Bank, suggested infrastructure has been in place for 15 years that empowers professionals, but that it’s on young people to become more engaged. “The community is doing what it can to attract and engage young professionals,” he said. “There are many of us that are actually doing something and influencing things.” Doug Grosso, a broker associate with Dwell Real Estate, said many millennials are living in the area—in their parents’ homes—and noted that the Sarasota-Bradenton market lags behind only Orlando and Dallas in terms of business development and job growth. Candice McElyea, owner of ThreeSixOh PR, noted many successful professionals today grew up in the region and chose to stay here because of the opportunities and quality of life. “The people I went to school with, everybody made a name for themselves,” she said.

CLICK HERE for full article <——-

Multi-Family Complex Sold for $445,000

A Chicago couple recently purchased the four-unit multi-family complex located at 2027 Fiesta Drive, Sarasota, for $445,000.

By 941 CEO Staff 2/23/2017 at 2:32pm

A Chicago couple recently purchased the four-unit multi-family complex located at 2027 Fiesta Drive, Sarasota, for $445,000.

The property includes two single-story duplexes totaling 3,012 square feet on a .3-acre parcel.

Sean Dreznin, a sales agent with the commercial real estate firm Ian Black Real Estate, represented both the buyers, Eric and Shelley Swanson, and the seller, Beverly Meadows, in the transaction.

Dreznin focuses his real estate practice on the sale of investment and multi-family properties between St. Petersburg and Naples.

Weeks 3-5

Well these weeks have literally flown by.

It’s all about perspective!

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“All you can handle, Bro!”

The workouts have remained fairly consistent and the eating has remained steady as well.

The one new aspect which my wife is amazing at, but I tend to struggle with is a cleanse.

She has started her 6 day cleanse and she will crush it.

I am stumbling into my cleanse by under preparing and not making it a priority.  I bought smoothie products to blend only to have to leave the house at 7:30am this morning and by the time I left my son had just woken up.  At the end of the day, its a bunch of excuses and I will buckle down today.

Let’s do this!

 

I’ll keep you posted as to how things proceed.

The Journey… Back to becoming an Ironman

Week 1 – So on truth, I’ve been diligent about the foods I’ve been eating for a solid week and I’ve been working out 3-4 times a week. (During the week at 6am and weekends closer to 7:30am).


Having said that, removing one or two dense calorie items (Lenny & Larry’s protein cookies) from the daily diet (approx 400 calories per serving) has helped me feel better.

I will actually record my weight this week but my starting baseline 2 weeks ago was 285 lbs.

I haven’t taken measurements yet or done my BMI.  Here is a safe assumption at this point.  I’m overweight.  The heaviest I’ve been in approximately 10 years.  My son is going to be 2 years old in April and I want to be a healthy role model and be able to comfortably play with him.

So one of my goals for 2017 is to lose 40 lbs on the low end and 80 lbs on the high end.  

It sounds big, but removing something as simple as one protein cookie a day equates to 400 calories and over 7 days that equals 2,800 calories.  3,500 calories equals a pound.  So one more subtle change in the eating regimen and we’re easily at 1 pound per week of weight loss plus the workouts which I had pretty much given up previously.

Another goal of mine, will be to work on getting a couple of sponsors or advertisers on this blog to motivate me with their products but also so I can show the results herein.

Thanks for joining me in this journey and I hope it inspires you as well.

We’re gonna do great things in 2017!


Me & my amazing super athlete and supportive wife Jonell!

S7 Airlines OK Go, Upside down & Inside Out video – Zero Gravity & Awesome!

OK GO’s new video is fantastic because similar to their past videos, they think outside the box!

 

Ronda Rousey Open Workout Session

Very cool to see such an artist practicing her craft!

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.

For complete story, CLICK HERE <——

Ragnar Key West Results – 2015

Ragnar Key West Results – 2015

https://www.ragnarrelay.com/race/floridakeys/results

It’s Ragnar time! Miami to Key West 2015

It’s that time of year again…  RAGNAR

Ragnar Logo from ragnarrelay.com

I am unable to participate this year and instead wanted to give a shout out to the Running Bad crew!

Among all the teams, I have heard the Sarasota area has upwards of 12 total teams, including Standard and Ultra teams.  That is impressive!  Go Sarasota Teams!

My wife and I will see some of you down in the keys as we kept our rooms and are gonna have a quick little vacation instead.

Have fun and Ragnar on!