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Here are the September 2013 statistics for the real estate market in Sarasota County. These statistics offer a clear-eyed view of exactly what's happened in the Sarasota County real estate market during the past 12 months. Community stats for a particular ZIP Code appear on the neighborhood pages.

These results have not yet been released to the public by the Sarasota Association of REALTORS®.

Note that these four charts are updated frequently and automatically from Multiple Listing Service (MLS) feeds. For the date of the most recent update, please see the line below each chart.

  • The Market Activity chart tracks inventory trends;
  • The Pricing chart tracks median and average sale price changes;
  • The Days On Market chart tracks length of
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I ran across this photo showing Lido Key toward the end of the 1940s. The vintage postcard illustrates so much that has changed in 60-plus years.

The card features Lido Casino designed by renowned architect Ralph Twitchell in Art Deco style. Ornamentation included cast concrete seahorses, tropical murals and glass blocks. Formally opened in 1940, the building was destroyed and replaced in 1969.

Some joys don't change. We still walk from St Armands Circle to Lido Beach for brilliant sunsets and a chance at spying the green flash just before the sun drowns in the Gulf of Mexico. The little cottages are mostly gone, replaced by condominium complexes along Ben Franklin Drive and mansions along Sarasota Bay, but the park purchased by the city from

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Today Green turtles are flourishing on Manasota Key, thanks to the tireless efforts of about 150 volunteers up before sunrise to check for turtle nesting activity. The barrier island that straddles Sarasota and Charlotte counties claims the highest concentration of turtle nests on the Gulf Coast — 69 green turtle nests and 2,644 loggerhead nests.

As recently as a couple of years ago, the numbers looked very different. Then just 19 of the endangered green turtles nested on the beaches from Manasota Key to Anna Maria Island. This year that number jumped to 104, an increase sea turtle experts call remarkable. There's a larger population explosion among turtles in Florida.

Green sea turtles, which are uncommon on local nesting beaches, laid 30 nests

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Here are the August 2013 statistics for the real estate market in Sarasota County. These statistics offer a clear-eyed view of exactly what's happened in the Sarasota County real estate market during the past 12 months. Community stats for a particular ZIP Code appear on the neighborhood pages.

These results have not yet been released to the public by the Sarasota Association of REALTORS®.

Note that these four charts are updated frequently and automatically from Multiple Listing Service (MLS) feeds. For the date of the most recent update, please see the line below each chart.

  • The Market Activity chart tracks inventory trends;
  • The Pricing chart tracks median and average sale price changes;
  • The Days On Market chart tracks length of
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Do you keep one eye trained on the Rosemary District hoping that the eclectic neighborhood will bloom again? This area showed so much promise as a developing arts district before the Great Recession dealt its blows.

And maybe, like me, you’ve wondered about the Alfstad& Productions whose intriguing website promises to create "a quality ‘White Cube’ multi-purpose exhibition space that will become the contemporary art destination of choice."  

Now it looks like Alfstad& Productions and its team, which includes artists and crafts people, at least three of whom are graduates of Ringling College of Art and Design, are poised to breathe new life into this historic and well-located Sarasota neighborhood located just north of downtown.

The

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The reauthorization last year of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) made a big change to flood insurance rates by gradually ending federal subsidies for flood insurance. Yes, the differences are significant for some homeowners who received subsidies, yet most people did not receive subsidies in the first place.

Even so, if you are buying or selling real estate whether or not flood subsidies are involved, you must be vigilant about disclosures covering whether or not a property lies in a Flood Zone. Sellers must disclose the details of any applicable flood insurance. Buyers must investigate the availability and cost of insurance.

Older homes in flood zones benefited from subsidies that kept flood insurance rates low, and the owners of these

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Sarasota makes a great place for Boomer retirees, points out USA Today (September 9, 2013). After decades in the suburbs, Baby Boomers are moving to cities where they may safely walk to shopping, dining and events.

I encourage my clients to click on the WalkScore® feature associated with the listings shown on my website to see how friendly a neighborhood is for walkabouts. Many of my clients find that a walkable neighborhood contributes health, environmental, and economic benefits. For example, One Hundred Central in Downtown Sarasota boasts a WalkScore® of 94.

Downtown Sarasota appeals to Boomers seeking small-town ambiance yet big-city amenities. Located at the center of Florida’s cultural coast, the city center boasts excellent restaurants,

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The Indianapolis Prize announced the nomination of Randall Wells, a Sarasota dolphin researcher, for its 2014 prize, considered the world’s top award for animal conservation. Wells is the director of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, the world's longest-running study of a wild dolphin population. Since 1970, the program, a collaboration between Mote Marine Laboratory and the Chicago Zoological Society has conducted research on bottlenose dolphins in Sarasota Bay, the home of more than 160 identifiable dolphins spanning at least five generations

The other nominees for the Indianapolis Prize include anthropologist Jane Goodall and ocean conservationist Carl Safina. Six finalists will be selected in the spring, and the winner will be announced

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Sarasota holds a ceremony in remembrance of September 11 at 8:30am Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the front entrance to the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane in Downtown Sarasota. The FREE event is open to the public.

City of Sarasota, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and the Sarasota County Fire Department will participate along with the Police Department.

A memorial to the First Responders stands in the lobby of the Sarasota Police Department. The pedestal holds 14-foot-long artifact from the World Trade Center. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey donated the 2,500-pound piece to the Sarasota Police Department. The formal dedication of the memorial took place in Sarasota on the tenth anniversary of the attack. 

The 9/11

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The Palm Avenue garage soon will charge parking fees after the first two hours. Get ready to pay a dollar or so if you stay longer than a couple of hours at dinner or the theater. The FREE parking time apparently matches the time-frame for FREE on-street parking.

On Tuesday, September 3, 2013, the City of Sarasota commissioners voted to end FREE parking in the Palm Avenue Garage. The City of Sarasota Parking Division has not announced the date for implementation, but they only need to turn on the pay-in-lane equipment to effect the fees. Parking will cost motorists $1 for the first two hours after the complimentary two-hour period. An additional three hours cost $3. Then fees graduate to a maximum $16 daily rate. Downtown employees may participate

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