September 2015

There are 4 blog entries for September 2015.

Often referred to as the “Cradle of Golf,” Sarasota is arguably the birthplace of golfing in America. When John Gillespie arrived here from Scotland in 1885, he designed the first two holes where Main Street is today. Truly, golf is an integral part of Sarasota's history, and with well over 45 courses underneath great weather year-round, the sport is one of the main draws for people who want to visit or move here.

A survey of all of Sarasota's fine golf courses and their surrounding communities would need its an entire website of its own, but I want to highlight a few that have either contributed to the Sarasota golf legacy or just stand out as exemplary places to live and play.

TPC Prestancia

TPC Prestancia in Sarasota’s Palmer Ranch has

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St. Armands Circle is known around the world as one of the highlights of visiting Sarasota. But when you live here, you get to know it a little more intimately and discover some of the hidden gems in its crown.

Finding your way around St. Armands is pretty easy, since it is split into four colored quadrants with navigational maps between each one. If you arrive from the east (which most do as they take in the view over the John Ringling Bridge), the Gold Quadrant will be on your right, followed counterclockwise by the Pink Quadrant, then the Purple, and finally the Aqua. Each quadrant has its own highlights -- let's check out some of my favorites and recommendations!


Each quadrant has great places to get food and drinks, and in the

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Although Sarasota is noted for its beaches and the homes that dapple the keys, there are a lot of homes on the mainland that still open you up to island living. From the top of Manatee all the way to South Sarasota, the homes west of Tamiami Trail offer up the best of both worlds, infusing the beauty of Sarasota's architecture into some of the area's most sought-after locations.

12516 Safe Harbour Dr., Bradenton

The four-bedroom home at 12516 Safe Harbour Drive in Bradenton features 3,700 square feet of up-lit triple crown molding, 10-foot doors, granite throughout, coffee wood cabinets, 20-inch tile with designer insets, leaded glass, Italian stone archways, and gorgeously engineered wood flooring. The entertainment area on the second floor and an

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The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 1st. While there is a big media blitz every May to prepare local residents for hurricane season, by September -- the climatological peak of storm activity -- much of this important advice may have been forgotten.


So let's take a few moments out, dig up that hurricane preparedness kit that may be buried beneath beach toys in the garage, and go over some important tips that could help keep your family, your home, and your property safe in the event a major storm appears on our local weather radar.


Before we get started, I want to stress that hurricanes are not the only danger to your home during storm season. Even tropical depressions should be taken very seriously and

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