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Sarasota Sky Bar & Club to open Friday

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The nightclub is slated to open in the Charles Ringling building on the east end of downtown this weekend.
by: Alex Mahadevan News Innovation Editor

Following some delays, downtown Sarasota’s newest nightclub will open this weekend in the historic Charles Ringling building.

Sarasota Sky Bar & Club will open at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at 1927 Ringling Boulevard, which is adjacent to McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre. The club will feature 1960s-themed local band Robin and the Retros starting at 8 p.m., with a $5 cover to get in, said co-owner Tony Tannus.

Democracy, a reggae band, will play during the same hours Saturday.

“We have to mix it up,” said Tannus, who said he wants to focus on bringing in a mature crowd to the non-smoking building. “I’m not bringing in 20 year olds to bounce around.”

Tannus, who also co-owns the Meadows Village Pub & Grill, said the 7,000-square-foot size of the interior, and its history, attracted him to the property. Charles Ringling, John Ringling’s brother, constructed the two-story building in 1926.

“His office is still up there,” Tannus said.

 

Sean Dreznin & Jag Grewal from Ian Black Real Estate handled both sides of the transaction.

Sarasota-Manatee Tourism: From Europe, with love

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British transplant Mark Toomey owns Robin Hood Rentals on Siesta Key.

 PHOTO by/ NICK ADAMS

By Dale White
Year after year, the Sarasota-Manatee region has been shattering its own records for attracting European tourists and 2015 appears to be no exception.

From 2010 through 2014, the numbers of Europeans patronizing area lodgings, restaurants and attractions from Anna Maria Island to Venice climbed by more than 50 percent – from more than 125,350 to more than 188,500. Reports from the first quarter of this year already show that foreign visitor count up 7.3 percent compared with the same three-month period of 2014. And the bulk of European visitors expected for this year are still two or more months away from making landfall.

Those year-over-year increases do not come by chance. Visit Sarasota County and the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau credit a strategy that promotes this area as a destination for travelers from the United Kingdom and central European countries such as Germany, Austria and Switzerland. That strategy calls for targeted advertising and making connections with travel agencies most Europeans rely on. The strategy continues to work, even when the exchange rate is not in the dollar’s favor.

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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. 

Facts

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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Beach Road owners may get OK to build on contested lot

Beach Road owners may get OK to build on contested lot.

Beach Road owners may get OK to build on contested lot

Beach Road owners may get OK to build on contested lot

by: Alex Mahadevan Digital Editor via Yourobserver.com

The owners of the Siesta Key property at 162 Beach Road refused to give up the fight to build on the never-been-developed lot. Now they’ll get another chance to ask Sarasota County commissioners for a variance to do so.


Following advice from County Attorney Stephen DeMarsh Tuesday, commissioners agreed in a 4-1 decision to a mediated settlement with Ronald and Sania Allen to hold a public hearing to consider tweaked site plans for the lot. It will be the fourth time commissioners vet a construction proposal for the property.

During the last public hearing in 2014, opponents cited the nearby nesting sites of snowy plovers, the history of flooding on the site and its environment as reasons to deny the request. 

“(The Allens) purchased the property assuming the risk of not being able to develop it,” said Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick attorney Cathleen O’Dowd, who represented the residents of the Terrace East condominium complex.

But, Icard Merrill attorney William Merrill, who represented the Allens, said denial of the request would constitute a regulatory taking.

“The case law from the United States Supreme Court on down is crystal clear on this,” Merrill said. “A regulation which denies all economically beneficial or productive use of land will require compensation under the taking clause.”

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2014 Link to Sarasota Sharks Siesta Key Triathlon Results

2014 Link to Sarasota Sharks Siesta Key Triathlon Results

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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.

 

The Sexiest Small Cities in the U.S.

The Sexiest Small Cities in the U.S.

Laura Allan via Movoto

If someone mentions the word “sexy,” what cities do you think of? Las Vegas, maybe. San Francisco with its Folsom street Fair. Or perhaps you think ofNew York City and its chic and often revealing fashions.

Basically, you think of big cities. Instead, imagine someone asked you to think of sexy small cities.

Not so easy, is it? Well, the Movoto Real Estate Blog is here to help you out, and we’ve made a list of the 10 hottest and sexiest small cities out there. These spicy little spots were:

1. Sarasota, FL
2. Pensacola, FL
3. Bradenton, FL
4. Marietta, GA
5. Carson City, NV
6. Ocala, FL
7. Grand Junction, CO
8. Lancaster, PA
9. Chapel Hill, NC
10. San Marcos, TX

Some of these might not be much of a surprise, and seeing so much Florida on there is probably to be expected. But how exactly did we determine what makes a place sexy?

Math might not be the most sultry subject, but we think it’s pretty hot, and we’ll talk about it in the very next section.

If you can’t stand the anticipation, you can scroll to the bottom of the article and take a look at the 50 sexiest small cities. We won’t hold it against you.

How We Created This Ranking

We’ve been around the block a few times when it comes to rankings, but let’s go over our methodology for all you Big Deal List virgins.

First, we made a list of small cities with populations between 50,000 and 60,000, which gave us 140 places. Then, we collected data from the U.S. Census (2010) and business listings in seven sexy criteria:

  • Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
  • Lingerie stores per capita
  • Adult stores per capita (novelties, videos, etc.)
  • Adult entertainment per capita (strip clubs, burlesque, use your imagination…)
  • Massage parlors per capita (hey, it can be a sensual experience)
  • Hotels per capita
  • Average summer temperature (hotter means fewer clothes *wink*)

After that, we ranked each place in each category from one to 140, with numbers closer to one being sexier. Then, we averaged each places’ rankings into one Big Deal Score, with lower scores being better.

The place with the lowest Big Deal Score became our sexiest small city, which ended up being Sarasota, FL.

Let’s take a look at each of our top 10, and why exactly they ranked where they did. Be forewarned: some of these details might get you a little hot under the collar.

1. Sarasota, FL

Sexiest Small Cities In America

Source: Flickr user doubleuely

Sarasota blew away the competition with the first place ranking in hotels and nightlife. We guess if you meet someone special at a club one night, it’s not too hard to find a nearby hotel room at the spur of the moment?

Of course, that wasn’t the only area in which Sarasota flashed a little skin. Not a single ranking across the board was below ninth, which means if you like adult entertainment, lingerie, or some sensual massage, you can find it here.

If you’ need any inspiration with finding the right outfit, you can grab something from one of the No. 3 ranked lingerie stores, like Intimate Ideas. The average summer temperatures here are also very high, which means swimsuit weather is a regular thing.

 

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What is the beast beach on the Gulf Coast of Florida?

Paradise... Officially!

Paradise… Officially!

The top 10 ‘Most Exciting’ city’s in Florida

The top 10 ‘Most Exciting’ city’s in Florida

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When people think of Florida, they definitely think of fun. Amusement parks galore, beautiful beaches, and an awesome nightlife are all easy to find in this state, and the world knows it. Okay, so they might also think of retirement homes, but in general, Florida is one of the more exciting states in the nation.

So where are the most exciting places in this ever-exciting state? Ah, now that’s what the Movoto Real Estate Blog team decided to find out. We put on our shades and got ready to enjoy some beaches as we collected exciting data about Florida cities. Our finished list came out as:

1. City of Miami Beach
2. City of Fort Lauderdale
3. City of Miami
4. City of Sarasota
5. City of Orlando

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