Posts Tagged ‘Sarasota Amenities’


Ritz-Carlton Burger

December 4, 2009

Today, Sarasota’s Ritz-Carlton will begin serving Black Angus burgers on the waterfront patio. Casual waterfront dinning will be available Fridays and weekends from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Affordable fare will include the Big Bufford burger with cheddar, bacon, and onion ring and BBQ sauce. Casual dinners will also enjoy checkin sandwiches, hot dogs, cocktails and milkshakes. Dinning at the Ritz for less than $10.00… We’ll see you there.


Today Show, Sarasota is Best Place to Buy Real Estate

October 6, 2009

The Today Show just aired a segment on Real Estate naming Sarasota as the number one place in the country to buy real estate.  Our beautiful beaches were mentioned and  Sarasota was described as “a sophisticated city, an urban city with all the things that sophisticated people like to find.”  They also stated that the median home price in Sarasota is $175,800 which is own 34% from last year and that there has been a 13% increase in property values since last quarter indicating that the market has bottomed and is increasing again.  If you are a sophisticated person, Sarasota is the place for you and now is the time to buy!  The market has turned around.  Visit to see the video.


Lido Key Restaurant

September 28, 2009

This weekend we enjoyed a very nice dinner atop the Holliday Inn on Lido Key. My lovely wife Opal, our two daughters and a friend all were taken back by the amazing view. I took the picture seen above with my iPhone. The sunset was spectacular. The views are 180 degrees panoramic from north to south.  When you go try the macadamia nut encrusted grouper.


Flemmings Restaurant Sarasota

September 23, 2009

The other day my wife Opal and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Flemmings Steakhouse.  We wanted to thank our client that sent us the gift certificate.  I am blessed to have a wife like Opal and also to live,work and play in a town with so many excellent restaurants and things to do.  The Sarasota life style is great.


Sarasota Baseball

July 18, 2009

Major League Base Ball Spring Training has been a Sarasota tradition since 1924.  Our town has hosted  many of base balls best teams.  With the Cincinnati Reds heading further south, Sarasota has been in talks with the Baltimore Orioles. Sarasota has been seeking to rebuild Ed Smith Stadium lure the Orioles.   The state of Florida has recently agreed to provide a $7.5 million grant to be used to help pay to rebuild Ed Smith Stadium. The new stadium which is expected to cost $31 million.  The following is a brief history of Base Ball in Sarasota.

  • 1912 The Sarasota Baseball Team was organized to “furnish amusement during the summer months and also to advertise the town by having a good baseball team.” The team’s colors were blue-grey trimmed with red. 
  • 1923 Payne Park, the original stadium for the city of Sarasota, was built on a portion of 60 acres of land donated by Calvin Payne and his wife, Martha. 
  • 1924 – 1927 The New York Giants held spring training in Sarasota. John Ringling is credited with scoring the Giants for Sarasota.
  • 1933 – 1958 The Boston Red Sox called Payne Park their spring training home (with a four-year hiatus during World War II).
  • 1959 The Los Angeles Dodgers used Sarasota’s spring training facilities for one year. 
  • 1960 – 1997 The Chicago White Sox called Sarasota their spring training home.
  • 1989 Ed Smith Stadium was built and named to honor the hard-working, multi-year president of the Sarasota Sports Committee – Ed Smith.
  • 1990 Payne Park was demolished in November 1990, after standing for 65 years. History of Sarasota’s Baseball Tradition 
  • 1998 – Present  In 1998, the Cincinnati Reds began their spring training and minor league operations at Ed Smith Stadium.
  • 2007 Payne Park reopens on Oct. 6, 2007.

Tortuga Siesta Key

June 3, 2009

Recently I had the pleasure of spending some time with past clients, Mr. & Mrs. Dabagian.  They purchased their beautiful penthouse at Tortuga condominiums on Siesta Key about 11 years ago.  They had much to say about their satisfaction with their island home and the Sarasota lifestyle.


Suncoast Off Shore Grand Prix

May 29, 2009

This year the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival will celebrates its 25th anniversary. The races held in Sarasota’s one of the longest running race venues in the country. During the last the races and related events have raised over 14 million dollars for the benefit of the mentally and physically handicapped. Proceeds this year will benefit the Suncoast Foundation for the Handicapped. This year’s festival events will begin June 27 and run thru July 5th. For more information visit