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The intersection of Main Street and Palm Avenue will close for the next three weeks beginning September 25, 2013. The City of Sarasota mapped suggested detours (see illustration at left).

Crews will install brick paver crosswalks. Part of the summer improvements to Downtown Sarasota, the work schedule aims to skirt High Season when visitors flock to Sarasota.

Looking at the summary of planned Main Street Improvements, we've only just begun. Divided into three segments, the project has a completion date of November 5, 2013.

The Main Street-Palm Avenue cross walk is part of the first work segment. Add to that a new roundabout at Orange Avenue and Main Street to be completed by July 15, 2014.

Detour map courtesy of the City of Sarasota

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Join the crowd at Lakewood Ranch tomorrow afternoon to watch American Idol film singer/songwriter Sam Woolf, who is a contestant on the popular television show.

Woolf describes his music as acoustic/folk/rock “with a little pop.” The 17 year old musician has performed at the Sarasota Chalk Festival, Bradenton Riverwalk and other venues.

The American Idol crew plans to shoot video 2-4pm Friday, September 6 at MacAllisters Grill & Tavern, 8110 Lakewood Main Street.

Photo taken at MacAllisters Grill & Tavern on Lakewood Ranch by Louis Wery

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If you received a letter offering to copy your certified property deed, Sarasota County Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller Karen Rushing urges you to decline the offer and go to her office for that document. You will save time and money.

Property deeds are public records. The Clerk's Office provides these documents starting at $3 a copy — considerably less than $59.50 cited in solicitation letters received recently in Sarasota County.

You can print a noncertified copy of your documents for FREE by going to—choose Online Services and look for Official Records.

For a Certified Copy, call the Clerk’s Office at 941.861.7425 or visit your local office at 2000 Main Street in Sarasota or 4000 S. Tamiami Trail in

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Sarasota Mayor Shannon Snyder suggests developing the GWIZ site in concert with the nearby Quay property, according to SRQ Magazine. He wants the waterfront property on the city tax roll.

 Other commissioners see the possibility of renting to a new and similar tenant.

 GWIZ closed with a whimper on August 12. The children’s hands-on science museum limped along for the past year and has 60 days  to remove its equipment and property.

Photo by Louis Wery

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Diana Nyad successfully swam nonstop from Cuba to Florida on her fifth try. The long-distance swimmer began her endurance water event at 9am August 31, 2013 and finished just before 2pm September 2. She crossed the Florida Straits without a shark cage or  flippers.

The 64-year-old athlete broke the record for the longest ocean swim without a shark cage or flippers.. She swam the 110.36 miles total distance in about 53 hours, according to her website. She was 28 years old when she made her first attempt in 1978 to swim the Florida Straits. Thirty five years later, she did it!

Nyad trained on Anna Maria Island near Sarasota for her 2010 Cuba-Florida effort.

She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1986 and the International

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Just announced in Chungju, South Korea: The International Federation of Rowing Associations (FISA) officially named Nathan Benderson Park as the site for the 2017 World Rowing Championships, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

The announcement affirms Sarasota as a center for sports tourism. Officials expect the 2017 World Rowing Championships to draw 42,000 people to Southwest Florida. Estimates of the financial impact range in the $25 million range, according to the announcement.

Two other FISA events take place at Benderson Park in 2018.

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The Chief economist for the popular real estate website predicts moderation in Sarasota home prices over the next 12 months. Stan Humphries noted a 13 percent increase in home values over the last year but predicted a more sustainable 4.3 price-appreciation percent for the next 12 months, according to an interview with Harold Bubil in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Humphries points to higher mortgage rates, lower affordability and new construction as factors in reducing demand. He expects newly built homes to ease the current low inventory. Also, homeowners will begin selling again once they achieve enough equity to cover transactions costs.

He suggests that the Sarasota real estate market take four or five years to return to boomtime

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The Florida Agriculture Department recruited a black Labrador Retriever named Bear to sniff out rat-sized Giant African Land Snails (GALS) before they escape from the Miami area and invade the rest of the state.

Before dogs joined the hunt, human snail fighters tried baiting traps and even crawling areas where residents reported seeing the pests.

About two years ago, a Miami homeowner identified the danger posed by the enormous mollusks, whose ravenous appetite for stucco and plaster can damage buildings. The snails devour calcium to grown their big shells. The snails also eat many different kinds of plants and help disburse a parasite that causes meningitis.

The canine detector teams tasked with rooting out the destructive slimy creatures have

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The Local Market Insightall-cash deal has held sway in Sarasota for as long as I can remember, especially in the luxury market, and I have lived in the Sarasota area for more than 20 years. In my experience focused on selling residences listed at $500,000 and up, my clients are individual buyers, not institutional investors.

Certainly, people became more aware of this reality as credit tightened. The buyers who need mortgage support do struggle to find sellers willing to accept their offer.

In July 2013, there were 562 all-cash out of 991 sales for 57 percent; 389 involved a loan (39 percent); and 40 were classed as other (4 percent). For Manatee County, 47 percent of the July sales were all cash (330 out of 701). My Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service

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A day after renowned architect Edward J. “Tim” Seibert spoke at The Ringling’s Historic Asolo Theater, the Sarasota County Commission reviewed plans for renovating his 1959 Siesta Beach Pavilion.

Author and architect John Howey included Seibert’s pavilion in his essential reference book titled The Sarasota School of Architecture: 1941-1966 and includes a 1962 photo of the structure.

The August 1963 issue of Architectural Record published an article about the design pointing out the way Seibert employed low-maintenance materials such as reinforced concrete and concrete block. The article also examined the construction techniques and the way that the architect protected the structure against storms.

In 1980, the restroom entrances on the beach side

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