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CONTENTS Florida Homes & Lifestyles Magazine Volume 4 Issue 3 | Summer 2012

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Publisher’s Note

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Feature Property

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Water’s Edge

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by Monika DeBenedictis

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A Room with a View

departments Florida Design

Beautiful new products for the home

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Editor’s Picks

Our editor’s top property picks

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Florida Real Estate

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Florida Lifestyle

Worry Free Boating by Karen Smith

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Point of View

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Collier’s Reserve

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Apollo Beach Bayfront Estate by Jennifer Zales

Real Estate Market Report

By Gail Shane

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Insurance 101

by Greg Gibson

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Architectural History

Architect Addison Mizner by Barry Stein

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The perfect blend of casual “Old Florida” and cosmopolitan chic, the Sun Coast offers a unique perspective on coastal living. The Sun Coast is comprised of the city of Tampa, various barrier islands, and 35-miles of white-sand beaches encompassed by the Gulf of Mexico and the bay. Downtown Tampa is a culturally vibrant metropolitan city center with the award-winning beaches of St. Petersburg and Clearwater just across the bridge. From action packed sporting events, to a relaxing stroll on the beach, there’s a perfect experience awaiting you on Florida’s Sun Coast.

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The Cultural Coast is home to an abundance of outdoor recreation, cultural amenities, award-winning beaches, and outstanding cuisine. The region includes Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice, accompanied by barrier islands, and surrounding communities. The barrier keys offer 35-miles of stunning beaches, including Siesta Key, rated America’s number one beach in 2011. Sarasota is also home to a world-class ballet company, as well as numerous playhouses and symphonies. A “silk and sandles” type of lifestyle, the Cultural Coast offers a unique and decidedly artistic take on coastal living.

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Tropical luxury is what comes to mind when thinking of the Paradise Coast. Located between the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Everglades, Naples and surrounding communities boast miles of unspoiled beaches, upscale neighborhoods, over 130 highly acclaimed golf courses, culinary delights, and numerous cultural events. Naples, Marco Island, and the Florida Everglades include the Paradise Coast. Neighboring communities include Fort Myers, known as “The City of Palms” and Fort Myers’ beaches, Sanibel Island, and Captiva Island. Whether you prefer golfing and fine dining or nature hikes and swamp buggy excursions...this quintessential Florida community welcomes you.

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Although I have the pleasure of living at the beach year round, the last couple of weeks of May still hold a certain feeling of anticipation and excitement for me. Summer is just around the corner. Maybe it’s my childhood memories of building sandcastles on the beach and swimming in the pool from dawn ‘till dusk. Summer to me is like a long exhale and the first sip of a fine wine. The time of the year to relax, take the scenic route, laugh until it hurts with friends on the back porch and lounge by the pool with a good book. Yes, even us Floridian’s have a special place in our hearts for summer. The sun does shine a little brighter, and, of course, it is hot! All the more reason to call it a day and head for the water. In this issue, we explore many fun ways to spend your summer. We have carefully selected the best concerts, festivals and plays coming to Southwest Florida this summer. And, if boating is your passion, you will want to read “Worry Free Boating”, which explores the benefits of boat clubs. For those looking for a new home this summer, we have some beauties to show you. Two of my favorites are the exqusite estate on Tampa Bay featured on our cover and a water lovers dream house on Casey Key with the Gulf of Mexico in your front yard and Little Sarasota Bay in the back. We also explore the coastal chic high-rise in Clearwater, Water’s Edge, and a lovely golf course community in Naples, Collier’s Reserve. As for me, the beach bag is packed, cooler’s stocked, sunscreen applied, I’m ready. Time to build some sandcastles. Have a great summer!

Jules Gibson Publisher

ON THE COVER Photograhy Detlev Von Kessel Waterfront Estate for sale in Apollo Beach Page 12

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Volume 4 Issue 3 | Summer 2012 Gulf Coast Edition PUBLISHER / EDITOR jules gibson jules@floridahomesmag.com ASSOCIATE EDITOR meredith mueller meredith@floridahomesmag.com CREATIVE DIRECTOR jules gibson jules@floridahomesmag.com ADVERTISING tina day tina@floridahomesmag.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS barry stein barrystein@me.com monika debenedictis monika@yourhomeinnaples.com meredith mueller meredith@floridahomesmag.com terri harrison terri@floridahomesmag.com gail shane gshane@nealcommunities.com greg gibson greg@insurewithgibson.com PHOTOGRAPHERS detlov von kessel peggy taylor ACCOUNTING donna olsen donna@floridahomesmag.com greg gibson greg@floridahomesmag.com

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Photography: Detlev Von Kessel

Marbella Boulevard, Apollo Beach

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ust minutes from downtown Tampa, your paradise beckons through the gate. Dark blue skies eagerly welcome the sun, as it floats down behind this majestic Tampa Bay estate. Tall palm trees guard the property with leaves that shake to attention in the bay breeze, like your own private guards. The hum of the car’s engine shuts down silent, in front of the four-car garage. Brazilian Oak double doors welcome you to this custom made dream home as you pass through their entrance. In the distance, droplets from the heated pool’s raised fountain, patter like Spanish castanets on the magnificent patio. Just past the formal dining room and elegant living room a lavish great room and gourmet kitchen provides the perfect backdrop for casual entertaining. The cool smooth granite countertops perfectly compliment the top of the line appliances any professional chef would envy.

Celebration is announced with the pop of a cork that echoes through the halls, off the crisp stone tile and Cypress Beams. History is made when you open one of the five-hundred plus perfectly chilled bottles from the temperature controlled wine cellar. Retreat to the sprawling and seductive master suite featuring peaceful bay views, tranquil fireplace and luxurious hydro-massage tub. Friends and family will feel equally relaxed in their private guest suites, serving morning coffee from their own breakfast kitchens. They too will greet each new day from their private bay front balconies. Though you might never want to leave, a membership at the Andalucia Yacht Club is included with the purchase of the home. Also included, a boat slip at the yacht club awaits your new vessel to carry you off into the sunset.

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Andalucia Gated Community Bay Front Estate Marbella Boulevard, Apollo Beach, Florida Offered at $2,900,000 6591 Square Feet 4 Bedrooms, 5/1 Baths For photos and information to be sent directly to your mobile phone, please dial 1-866-600-6008 and enter property code 41816. Represented by

Realtor速, Luxury Waterfront Specialist Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Direct: 813-758-3443 Office: 813-286-6563 E-mail jennifer@jenniferzales.com Web www.jenniferzales.com

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Photography: Peggy Taylor, FastPix

Jennifer Zales


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Grand Bergere Chair by Century. www.centuryfurniture.com Bachelor Chest, Tribeca Collection www.centuryfurniture.com

Oil lamps designed with a clear glass base that holds the oil and reflects the flickering flame. www.potterybarn.com

Oyster and Brown Penshell Inlaid Nautilus Shells on Twisted Iron Base. www.Maitland-Smith.com

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Athena Cocktail Table by Lexington available at Kane’s of Sarasota. www.kanesofsarasota.com


EDITORS PICKS From the current listings available for sale in Southwest Florida, I have selected my personal favorites. These properties demonstrate the range of beauty, quality and pricing that is available on the market today.

More than a slice of heaven, Villa Toscana offers over 7,000 square feet of luxurious living space on 1.3 acres of gulf-to-bay property. Located on Casey Key, an 8 mile barrier island 15 miles south of Sarasota, with the Gulf of Mexico as your front yard and Little Sarasota Bay as your backyard. Offered at $4.8 million By: Deborah Beacham, Realtor ®, Michael Saunders & Co. 941.387.1820 | DeborahBeacham@MichaelSaunders.com

Coastal bayfront dreamhome in a private gated community in popular South Tampa neighborhood. Offered at $1,895,000

Golfer’s paradise! This lovely estate home has a sunny, elegant feel and picturesque golf course views. Located in an excellent private community, Collier’s Reserve in Naples.

By: Jeffrie van Loveren, Realtor ®, Smith & Associates

Offered at $1,275,000

813.839.3800 | jvanloveren@smithandassociates.com

By: Monika R. DeBenedictis, P. A., John R. Wood Realtors 239-450-4222 | monika@YourHomeInNaples.com

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Integrated Marketing & Advertising Agency Specializing in the Luxury Lifestyle Market LUX Marketing Group Sarasota, Florida

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Florida’s Housing Market Heats Up By Meredith Mueller

For real-estate investors interested in a “hot” market, Florida is once again the place to purchase a home. Sales of existing homes in Florida rose in April and remain at a higher level than a year ago. The median sales prices in April for single family homes increased 10.2% to $144,350 and 16.1% to $108,000 for condos (Florida Realtors Industry Data and Analysis). These improvements in sales and prices were evidenced across all regions of the state. According to Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, the housing recovery is underway. “It is no longer just the investors who are taking advantage of high affordability conditions. A return of normal home buying for occupancy is helping home sales across all price points, and now the recovery appears to be extending to home prices.” This can be evidenced as well through the information released by the Florida Association of Realtors®, which states that for April 2012, the pending sales are up, prices are rising, and the inventory rate is reaching a balanced market.

Research, room revenue rose 10.9 percent in Florida last year compared with 8.8 percent for the U.S. Florida tourism has been regaining market share since January 2011, at a rate that is 2 percentage points above the rest of the US. This increase in tourism has also impacted the job market, as travel-related employment rose to 1.01 million, an increase of 38,000 jobs. The encouraging market in Florida real estate has had more than a local impact. Florida is the most popular market in the US for global homebuyers (Inman News March 2012). 58% of international sales in 2011 came from just four states: Florida (31 percent), California (12 percent), Texas (9 percent), and Arizona (6 percent), according to National Association of Realtors® data. Canadians account for a large share of those international home buyers in Florida. For example, Canadians represent 77.2% of the international buyers in the Sarasota market, 72.3% of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater market, and 67.4% of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers market.

Nationwide the median existing-home price for all housing types was $177,400 in April, a 10.1 percent increase from April 2011. According to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index, there is more evidence of a steady recovery in the housing market. Home prices increased in March in 12 of the 20 cities that they tracked for the first time in seven months. In Florida, both Tampa and Miami experienced a 2.5 percent gain over the prior year’s reading, the biggest year-over-year gain since February 2007. The positive real-estate information is supported by a variety of other market data. The current mortgage rates have never been lower. The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage is 3.78 for the 3rd week of May. This is the lowest mortgage rate since long-term rates began in the 1950s. Builders are also displaying confidence in the Florida market, breaking ground on more homes and requesting more permits to build single-family homes later this year. The State economy has been demonstrating marked improvements as well. According to Smith Travel

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Clearly, Florida is an attractive market to both national and international home buyers. The eventual national lows in home values are still expected later this year, even though there is significant upside risk in this forecast given the current bullish home value trends. What we do know is that in Florida home sales are up, the mortgage rates have never been lower, builders are displaying confidence, and the regional job market is growing.


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FLORIDALifestyle and sea, return the craft and you’re done. Boat clubs relieve you of ownership and the headaches that go along with it: dry dockage fees, cleaning, repairs, insurance….to say nothing of the cost of purchase. A membership entails an initiation fee of a few thousand dollars, and monthly fees of a couple of hundred. For landlubber members who need some training on managing a sea craft, staff is available for free lessons. With a few dozen boats to choose from, including sailing, fishing, party boats for inshore and offshore enjoyment, members can get their fill of the Bay or Gulf. Unlike day rentals that prohibit just how far out you can go or what waters you can visit, boat clubs permit a broader water experience.

Worry Free Boating By Karen Smith

With sunshine guaranteed almost all year long, a sandy coastline of approximately 1200 miles and close to 500 more miles of salt marshes, and mangrove wetlands, it is no wonder fishermen and boaters alike flock to Florida. Boating can be great fun or a great hassle, as the old saying goes, “the two best days of being a boat owner are the day you buy it and the day you sell it”. Due to the costly and frustrating down sides of owning a boat, a new option has gained tremendous popularity over the past few years, boat clubs. Many boaters think this is a more practical way to enjoy the waters with minimal expense yet maximum pleasure. Waves Boat Club owner, Carissa Dressel, learned about boating from her dad, who ran a boat club when she was a child. During the summer between college semesters

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in Canada, she would fly to Florida to help him with his boat club. But before Carissa was ready to commit to the coastal life, her father sold the business. Years later, she not only began a club of her own, but created a romance-novel life for herself. Her boat club, Waves, provided not only an- enjoyable business, but brought forth a husband as well. During one of her social networking parties for the club, she met her husband. Now that’s the kind of success that should bring in a lot of new members. Membership is the name of the game in boat clubs, and much like a golfing outing, you reserve a time and in this case, a vessel for a half or a full day. Show up and the craft is waiting, fueled and off you go. When you have had your fill of sunshine

Socially boat clubs offer group activities with like minded individuals: singles, fishermen, families with children who gather on land, or tie up off-shore and party. And for the rugged individualist, what could be better than to gather someone dear, board your awaiting sailboat, tack into the wind and sail off to a sandy, secluded beach?

Carissa Dressel, her family and staff at Waves Boat Club, Sarasota.


Why buy a boat when you can have a fleet Worry Free. Unlimited Boating. Concierge Service.

Experience the finest waterways on Florida’s Southwest coast, an extensive “members only” private fleet and premium private club services.

Show up. . . Step aboard and ENJOY! No Hassles, No Worries, ALL THE FUN! Seafood Sharck Marina 4110 127th St West Bradenton 941-795-1600

Phillippi Harbor Club 1780 Phillippi Shores Dr Sarasota 941-795-1600

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The Boatyard Villages 1530 Stickney Point Rd Sarasota 941-408-5171

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SUN COAST

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TAMPA, DAVIS ISLANDS, ST. PETERSBURG, CLEARWATER, LARGO, PALM HARBOR, TARPON SPRINGS, APOLLO BEACH


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IN THE NEWS The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reported that the Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater region added 12,600 jobs in April, ranking them the No 2 metro area in Florida for job groth. The Republication National Convention rolls into Tampa this summer. The hospitality industries and local goverment departments eagerly prepare for the wave of visitors and the national spotlight. Tampa’s West Shore is rapidly becoming a commercial and entertainment hub. Relocating and expanding companies to the West Shore read like the Fortune 100. Three new office towers are up, with more planned, along with 3,000 new condominiums.

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The Sun Coast is geographically defined by the Tampa Bay area and numerous barrier Islands. Rich resources, cultural offerings and award-winning beaches make it a top destination for visitors, as well as those looking to relocate to the Sunshine State. Aside from the gorgeous beaches and endless waterways, the area boasts a vibrant business climate, several professional sports venues and marvelous entertainment attractions. With the largest performing arts center in the Southeast, the largest science museum in the South, and the number one children’s zoo in the country, the Sun Coast offers world-class attractions for all ages.

Housing in the Tampa Bay area is as diverse as the city itself with a wide variety of residential communities from the charming historic neighborhoods and chic high rise condominiums of South Tampa to pristine golf course communities in Palm Harbor, beach bungalows in St Pete Beach and grand waterfront estates on Davis Islands. While luxury properties are plentiful in Tampa, overall the average housing prices are among the most affordable in South Florida. The Real Estate Market Report on page 20 offers insights and statistical analysis of the current housing market in the Tampa Bay area.

Regardless how you define entertainment, the Tampa area delivers endless adventures. From the manicured greens of over 300 golf courses, to endless boating and fishing on miles of shimmering waterways, the natural courses here are sure to intrigue the outdoor adventurer. The exhilarating attractions at Busch Gardens appeal to the young, as well as the young-at-heart while the sports enthusiast will certainly find someone to cheer for with professional baseball, football and hockey teams in town.

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Museum of Science & Industry

Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise

4801 E Fowler Ave, Tampa (813) 987-6000 www. mosi.org MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States.

25 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach (727) 446-2587 www.captainmemo.com Cruise away into the fantasy world of “The Pirate’s Ransom.”

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

701 Channelside Dr, Tampa (813) 273-4000 www.flaquarium.org One of the top familyfriendly aquariums in the country.

Lowry Park Zoo

1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa (813) 935-8552 www.lowryparkzoo.com Ranked the # 1 zoo in the U.S. by Parents magazine.

10165 N McKinley Dr, Tampa (813) 987-5000 www.buschgardens.com World-class thrill rides and one of North America’s largest zoos

Bok Tower Gardens

1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales (863) 676-1408 boktowergardens.org One of America’s finest gardens and nature preserves.

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Shop Beneath the towering oak trees of one of Tampa’s oldest and most glamorous neighborhoods is Hyde Park Village, an eclectic collection of specialty shops, from designer boutiques to unique local stores full of treasures. Strolling the brick-lined streets of the former “Cigar Capital of the World” Ybor City, vintage clothing stores, art galleries, coffee houses, cafes, bistros and nightclubs can be found here. In addition to antique furniture, gargoyle statues and handcrafted Spanish tiles, hand-rolled cigars can still be purchased in the old brick buildings

of this National Historic Landmark District. The Latin Quarter’s latest development, Centro Ybor, offers shopping, dining and entertainment with stores like Urban Outfitters and restaurants such as Samurai Blue. Those in search of upscale retail establishments such as Saks Fifth Avenue will enjoy WestShore Plaza and the International Plaza, world-class retail shopping destinations. In addition to Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, approximately half of International Plaza’s 200 specialty shops are new to the area, including Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, J. Crew and Cole Hahn.


SUN COAST

BERN’S STEAK HOUSE

The Tampa Bay Area is spoiled by this world famous restaurant best known for it’s delicious steaks and vast wine collection. Most think the magic that spills onto the plates at Bern’s Steakhouse begins in the kitchen. In fact, it starts on a 40-acre tract of land outside Tampa, Bern’s Farm. Every day produce is picked on the farm to be served only hours later on the plates at Bern’s. Bern was “Green” before the term existed and his food is the eiptome of fresh. Another great passion of Bern’s was wine. A quest for fine wine took him all over the world resulting in what Sommelier, Eric Renaud declares, “the largest working wine cellar in the world”. Current owner, Bern’s son David Laxer says, “I want to continue the legacy my parents began. I want to give our customers a reason to come back”.

Eat

Exceptional dining experiences UNIQUE to Southwest Florida.

Cafe Ponte

13505 Icot Blvd, Clearwater 727.538.5768 www.cafeponte.com New Continental

Carmel Cafe

14306 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa 813.265.1415 www.carmelcafe.com Mediterranean

Mise En Place

442 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa 813.254.5373 www.miseonline.com New American

Parkshore Grill

300 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg 727.896.3463 www.parkshoregrill.com Contemporary American

Pane Rustica

3225 S. MacDill Ave, Tampa www.panerusticabakery.com Contemporary

Pearl in the Grove

31936 St Joe Rd, Dade City www.pearlinthegrove.com New Southern For more restaurant reviews visit www.FloridaHomesMag.com

The Hot Spots Hyde Park Cafe

1806 W Platt St, Tampa www.thehydeparkcafe.com The Place to Be and Be Seen

Dunedin Brewery

937 Douglas Ave, Dunedin www.dunedinbrewery.com Ultimate Brew Pub

The Dallas Bull

3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa www.dallasbull.com Mega Country Bar

Jackson’s Bistro

601 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa www.jacksonsbistro.com Big Party Big Fun

The Undertow

3850 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach www.undertowbeachbar.com Ultimate Beach Bar

A Taste For Wine

241 Central Ave, St Petersburg www.tasteforwine.net Romantic Wine Bar

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Offering some of the finest views on Florida’s West Coast, this outstanding waterfront community provides the perfect urban lifestyle with casual coastal sophistication. The menagerie of residents, from European fashion designers to vibrant empty nesters, give the building an eclectic neighborhood feeling not often found in high-rise living.

From the spectacular waterfront location overlooking Clearwater Harbor, Water’s Edge offers a relaxed and sophisticated lifestyle with amazing water views. The resort-style amenities, and an ideal downtown Clearwater location make Water’s Edge a magnificent place to live. All the pleasures of Tampa Bay are at your doorstep, with immediate access to your boat, award-winning beaches, and all of the urban appeal of downtown’s vibrant offerings. Located one block from the library, the historic Capitol Theatre, waterfront Coachman Park, and municipal tennis courts, this downtown Clearwater location

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offers residents a unique opportunity to enjoy city life but in casual coastal style.

Fashion designers Craig and Yul Taylor, whose women’s sportswear line is favored by many celebrities, were among the first residents to move into Water’s Edge in 2010. International travelers, the Taylors regularly visit Lake Como in northern Italy, where they develop new designs for each season. It remains only a destination, as they always look forward to returning home to Water’s Edge. “It feels like we’re living in a luxurious resort,” says Craig, “complete with impressive finishes and gorgeous details, along with amazing water views overlooking Residents Craig and Yul Taylor at the marina in front of Water’s Edge.

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The spectacular views from the last remaining penthouse at Water’s Edge

Area Attractions Downtown Clearwater Marina The Downtown Clearwater Marina offers 126 boat slips and space for daytime and overnight visitors. Designed to accommodate boats and yachts from 30 to 55 feet.

Cleveland Street District Cleveland Street Retail and Entertainment District combines beautiful waterfront living with a walkable urban setting of galleries, exhibits, cafés, shops and entertainment.

Coachman Park Offering 20 acres of landscaped waterfront park and meandering pathways, the open-air venue plays host to concerts, festivals and exhibits year round.

Capitol Theatre This highly acclaimed theater offers a rich history and outstanding live performances. From comedy and music venues to live opera, theater and dance performances, the Capitol Theatre brings a vibrant culture to Downtown Clearwater.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium The setting of the popular movie Dolphin Tale, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium offers a variety of unique opportunities to interact with marine life.

“We love the beach, and at Water’s Edge we get the proximity to the beach without the headaches. We have a number of easy ways to get there: walk, bicycle, ride the Jolley Trolley, drive, or take our boat,” says resident John Herndon. His wife Kathy adds, “Here we have the best of both worlds.”

Clearwater Harbor, Clearwater Beach, and the Gulf of Mexico.” The “crown jewel” of Water’s Edge is a two story penthouse that has been held back by the sellers until now. This spectacular residence offers up to 6,000 square feet of unsurpassed views, a two story living area, and the option to completely customize the interior spaces. The only remaining penthouse residence is available as two units with 3,400 square feet and 2,600 square feet, or can be combined into one luxurious residence with up to five balconies.

Built to uncompromising standards, Water’s Edge offers exceptional interior details, floor-to-ceiling hurricane resistant windows, 12’ ceilings in the penthouses, covered terraces and luxurious master suites. Resort-style amenities include a spacious pool deck, cabanas, heated pool and spa, outdoor fireplace, grill and al fresco dining areas. In addition, Water’s Edge offers services one might find at a luxury hotel: 24-hour concierge, 24-hour security, secured entry, a fully-equipped fitness center, and a business center. Located near award-winning beaches and the culturally rich downtown Clearwater, Water’s Edge offers a unique coastal chic feel. For those who want to enjoy the beach and boating Florida lifestyle but also want an urban setting with dinner and a play just down the block, Water’s Edge is the perfect place to call home.

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For more information, contact the Water’s Edge sales team. Phone: 727.290.4646

www.ClearWatersEdge.com


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At the point where Water’s Edge touches the sky, its two premier penthouses will elevate your expectations. Two top-floor homes, just released, provide an incredible opportunity to be combined into one 6,000 square foot Grand Penthouse Estate that is unlike any other home, complete with five terraces and panoramic views of Clearwater Harbor, Clearwater Beach and Sand Key, and the Gulf of Mexico. Also available sold individually, please inquire for more information.

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ORAL REPRESENTATIONS CANNOT BE RELIED UPON AS CORRECTLY STATING REPRESENTATIONS OF THE SELLER. FOR CORRECT REPRESENTATIONS, MAKE REFERENCE TO THIS AD AND TO THE DOCUMENTS REQUIRED BY SECTION 718.503, FLORIDA STATUTES,TO BE FURNISHED BY A SELLER TO A BUYER OR LESSEE. Prices and availability are subject to change at any time without notice. This project has only been filed in the state of Florida and no other state. This is not an offer to sell, or solicitation of offers to buy, the condominium units in states where such offer or solicitation cannot be made. Prices and availability join us on: are subject to change at any time without notice. Actual views may vary. Views shown cannot be relied upon as the actual view from any particular unit within the condominium. Views will differ depending on conditions such as location, skyline and weather. Prospective purchasers should be aware that any view from the condominium property may in the future be limited or eliminated. Broker Participation Welcome and Encouraged - Register your buyer and let us do the rest. L U X U R Y WAT E R F R O N T L I V I N G C L E A R WAT E R , F LO R I D A


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Tampa | Dade City Beautiful country estate on 2.5 acres in Tampa Bay. Enjoy true Florida living with the perfect blend of urban convenience and rural privacy in this seven bedroom home with inspiring views. Nearly 7000 SF, this large home offers an amazing split floor plan with a separate formal living, dining and family room. The gourmet kitchen offers granite countertops, maple cabinets, large walk-in pantry, breakfast bar, and center island. The open kitchen overlooks the spacious family room complete with a cozy wood-burning fireplace. Additional features include two master suites downstairs,an additional master suite upstairs, a 43x23 bonus room triple sliders from family room opening onto the lanai, pool and heated spa. $ 567,000 | 7 bedrooms, 5 baths Presented by: Joseph Brault, PA 813-784-2571 | www.BraultRealEstate.com

Tampa | Parkland Estates This exceptional home offers a refreshing floor plan and features quality detailed finishes throughout. Amenities include a grand foyer opening to the formal living room with fireplace and 20’ ceiling, formal dining room flanked by full service wet-bar with wine refrigeration, an ideal cooks kitchen with top-line appliances, walk-in pantry, center island, breakfast bar plus breakfast area and opens onto the family room with views of the unique courtyard pool. The first floor master suite opens to the courtyard and features a sitting area, master bath with jetted tub and separate shower with dual shower heads. The second floor features spacious loft areas, balconies and 3 more large bedrooms.

$ 995,000 | 4 bedrooms, 3 baths Presented by: Hughes Shelton Realtors, Coldwell Banker 813-286-6563 | Sales@HughesShelton.com

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SUN COASTCultural

Arts Calendar

Beauty and the Beast

June 2 - Aug 4

July 11-29

June 6 - Aug 18

July 18

June 17 - Aug 19

July 27

A Night in the Islands Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks www.spongedocks.net

Historical River Brunch Cruise Channelside-Yacht Starship www.yachtstarship.com

the

HOT tickets June 21 - July 15 Cabaret Free Fall Theatre Company St. Petersburg www.freefalltheatre.com

July 1

Ringo Starr All-Starr Band Ruth Eckerd Hall www.rutheckerdhall.com

Aug 1 - 5

Beauty and the Beast Musical Ruth Eckerd Hall www.rutheckerdhall.com

Aug 27-31

Republican National Convention Tampa Bay Times Forum www.tampabaytimesforum.com

Sept 23

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Ruth Eckerd Hall www.rutheckerdhall.com

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Summer Beach Bash (Sundays) Gasper’s Grotto Ybor City www.gaspersgrotto.com

June 28

Coldplay Tampa Bay Times Forum www.tampabaytimesforum.com

June 28

Rock of the Ages Tampa Bay Times Forum www.tampabaytimesforum.com

June 20

Scotty McCreery in Concert Dallas Bull www.dallasbull.com

July 4

4th of July Celebration Channelside www.funintampabay.com

July 4

4th of July Extravaganza The Pier www.stpetepier.com

Closetland Straz Center for the Performing Arts www.strazcenter.org

Dave Matthews Band 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre www.ticketmaster.com

Kenny Vance and the Planotones Ruth Eckerd Hall www.rutheckerdhall.com

July 29

Breakfast with the Sharks The Florida Aquarium www.flaquarium.org

August 4

Waazoo 2012 Lowry Park Zoo - Tampa www.lowryparkzoo.com

August 25

Hippifest Ruth Eckerd Hall www.rutheckerdhall.com

Sept 15

Festival del Sabor Ybor City www.ybormarket.com

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SARASOTA, LAKEWOOD RANCH, BRADENTON, OSPREY, VENICE, NORTH PORT, PUNTA GORDA, PORT CHARLOTTE


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From sophisticated to casual, F lorida’s Cultural Coast offers an unmatched coastal experience.

IN THE NEWS American Style Magazine named Sarasota #1 in its 2012 list of the “Top 25 Best Arts Destinations,” with Bradenton ranked #2. The HUB, Sarasota’s downtown self-described “incubator for creative minds” is moving to a new location on Fruitville Road. Located in the former Century Bank building, the new location is slated for an October completion. A new luxury residential tower is in the planning stages for Downtown Sarasota’s Main Street and Gulf Stream Avenue, featuring 18 stories and 360-degree views of downtown and the bay front. Developers envision 16 luxury units, along with new storefronts.

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The Cultural Coast is known for cultural amenities rivaling many much larger cities. Sarasota’s charming downtown combined with the distinctive personalities of the Keys, make this area a culturally diverse microcosm. Here you’ll find the best of live performances, unique retail shops, art galleries, year-round festivals, and outdoor recreation. Referred to as a “silk and sandals type of lifestyle,” the Cultural Coast combines a coastal casualness with cultural depth, making it a haven to artists and attracting visitors from around the globe.

Charming historic neighborhoods and architecturally acclaimed mid-century modern peacefully coexist with downtown Sarasota’s high rise waterfront luxury. Step back in time in the quaint community of Anna Maria, or live grand in a waterfront estate on the shores of Casey Key. For the golfers, numerous award-winning golf course communities provide endless outdoor recreation. A variety of price points from Sarasota to Venice, Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton, make it possible to find a piece of paradise, regardless of your budget.

Endless cultural opportunities await on the Cultural Coast. Explore the Ringling Museum of Art’s impressive art collection, or relive the history of the Greatest Show on Earth at the Ringling Museum of the Circus. Take in a play at one of the many area theaters or an opera at the 58 year old Sarasota Opera House. Outdoors, explore the vast display of botanical brilliance at Marie Selby Gardens, enjoy marine life at Mote Marine Aquarium, or cruise the open waterway on one of the numerous sightseeing and sunset tours.

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Ringling Museum

Downtown Sarasota Downtown Venice

Mote Aquarium

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

1600 Ken Thompson Pky, Sarasota 941-388-4441 www.mote. org Private marine research labratory and public aquarium.

811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota 941-366-5731 www.selby. org Cascades of color sprawl across approximately 10 acres of land.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Captain Ron’s Ocean Explorer

3701 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota 941-355-5305 www.sarasotajunglegardens.com One of the oldest continuously operating attractions in Florida.

Circus Sarasota

1500 Stringfield Ave, Sarasota 941-355-9805 www. circussarasota.org Professional circus performances amd circus school.

2714 Datura St, Sarasota 941-376-2714 www. ocean-explorer.com Offshore fishing charters, snorkeling, and sightseeing trips.

People At Play

6029 33rd Street East, Bradenton 941-756-0886 www. pplatplay.com A construction playground unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.

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Shop The Cultural Coast offers a unique shopping environment driven by independent businesses, each filling a niche, but also fulfills the passions of the owners. Walk into a shop on luxurious St. Armands Circle or the charming tree lined streets of Downtown Sarasota and you’ll find hand-picked, one-of-a-kind treasures, and get the personal service only shop owners provide. Downtown Venice’s quaint and casual shopping district is another shopping experience not to be missed. Sarasota is also home to a giant outlet mall,

Ellenton Premium Outlets featuring acres of discounted goods. Famous brands such as Coach,

J.Crew, Michael Kors and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th are only a few of the 130 stores with discounted goods that enhance your wardrobe or spruce up your home. The Cultural Coast also has several traditional indoor malls, including the giant Westfield Sarasota Square Mall – convenient to Venice and Osprey, and Gulf Gate Mall near the southern bridge to Siesta Key. Even the most discriminating fashionista can find a retail home at Westfield Southgate Mall. Located near Siesta Key and Downtown Sarasota, luxury goods and high fashion can be found in stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, and Dillards.

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Explore


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By Jules Gibson

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q, Sarasota. Among the high rises of downtown Sarasota, Nancy

Krohngold has created a pitch perfect BBQ joint. A mouthwatering line-up of smoked meats and delicious Southern sides await you at Nancy’s Bar-B-Q. The southern sides are distinctly reminiscent of the dishes proudly served at family reunions. Perhaps Nancy had just this image in mind when she decorated with picnic tables, a screened in porch, and cedar planks lining the walls. The cider vinegar cole-slaw and perfectly golden corn bread are amazing, however the pulled pork is the hands-down winner in my family, a true BBQ marvel.

Exceptional dining experiences UNIQUE to Southwest Florida. 1287 1st Street, Sarasota 941.966-8111 www.bijoucafe.com Continental American

Ceviche

Libby’s Cafe & Bar

1917 S. Osprey, Sarasota 941.487.7300 www.libbyscafebar.com Contemporary

Owen’s Fish Camp

1216 1st Street, Sarasota 941.952.1036 www.ceviche.com Tapas

516 Burns Lane, Sarasota www.owensfishcamp.com 941.951.6936 Southern

Derek’s

Maison Blanche

514 Central Ave, Sarasota 941.366.6565 www.dereks-sarasota.com Casual New American

Cà d’Zan Lounge

1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota www.ritzcarlton.com Elegant Lounge, Music & Dancing

Marina Jacks

Eat

Bijou Cafe

The Hot Spots

Perfect Caper

121 East Marion Ave, Punta Gorda 941.505.9009 www.theperfectcaper.com New American

Pomona

481 N. Orange Ave, Sarasota www.pomonabistroandwine.com 941.706.1677 Contemporary

2605 Gulf of Mexico Dr, maisonblancherestaurants. For more restaurant com 941.383.8088 reviews visit www. Modern French FloridaHomesMag.com

2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota www.marinajacks.com Spectacular Setting Dining & Bar

Five O’Clock Club

1930 Hillview St, Sarasota www.5oclockclub.net Ultimate Neighborhood Bar

McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre 3333 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota www.mccurdyscomedy.com Comedy Club

Mattison’s

1 North Lemon Avenue, Sarasota www.mattisons.com Outdoor Restaurant & Live Music

Sharky’s on the Pier

1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice www. sharkysonthepier.com Casual Waterfront Dining

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CULTURAL COAST PROPERTIES

Sarasota | Beau Ciel Sleek and sophisticated Beau Ciel 6th floor residence 601 with breathtaking Sarasota Bay views from the main rooms and distinctive appointments. Prepared for your entertaining and distinctive lifestyle, with the finest of luxury amenities. You have to experience this incredible location in the heart of Sarasota’s cultural district. This elegant residence has been appointed with the finest amenities including 3,100 square feet under air, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Neff kitchen, marble flooring multi-zone surround sound and glorious views. Broker/Owner $ 1,595,000 | 3 bedrooms, 3 baths Presented by: Barbara Mei, Broker/Associate, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty 941.893.7417 | www.mybeauciel.com

Longboat Key | Bay Isles Harbor A waterfront haven in gated Bay Isles Harbor is available on the desirable south end of Longboat Key. A Yachtsman’s paradise, this home offers a wraparound dock & boat lift on a deep water basin, a private pool, and membership to the exclusive Bay Isles Beach Club to enjoy both gulf and bay access. The gracious floor plan boasts marble floors, crown moldings, detailed mill work, and a “cooks” open concept kitchen. The living room flows into a salon with wet bar perfect for entertaining while looking out to covered lanai, pool and basin. The lower level offers a 4 car, tiled garage and massive nonconforming, air conditioned, bonus room with 5,345 total square footage. $ 1,389,000 | 3 bedrooms, 3/1 baths Presented by: Linda Page, Realtor®, Michael Saunders & Co 941.504.0123 | www.lindapageproperties.com

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La Joie de L’eau - “Joy of the Water” is the soul of this Boca Grande Style gated mainland residence positioned on 160’ of a wide-open protected deep-water basin with fully powered dock & 2 lifts. This beautiful home has something for everyone: 7,582 SF, 5 bedrooms with en-suite baths, 3 powder rooms, separate living, family & formal dining rooms, a gourmet kitchen, butler’s pantry, media room, an executive office, library, playroom, even a pet room! Highlights include over the top custom finishes like 6” maple wood floors, specialty themed coffered ceilings,extensive custom moldings,lighting and arched doorways. All three stories have elevator access from the 4-car split garage to the top floor.

CULTURAL COAST PROPERTIES

Sarasota | San Remo

$ 3,995,000 | 5 bedrooms , 5/3 baths Presented by: Barbara Akerman, Realtor®, Coldwell Banker 941.387.1820 | www.barbaraackerman.com

Longboat Key

Downtown Sarasota

Stunning sunsets from the expansive balcony with 180 degree Gulf views. Enjoy 12 foot ceilings which provide a spaciousness that is reflected in the floor-to ceiling windows and open interiors. This gorgeous residence offers three bedrooms, two master suites, three full baths and an exquisite powder room. Gulf front summer kitchen is ideal for entertaining.

A private foyer and gorgeous rose colored Breccia marble floors welcome you to 9’8” ceilings and 8’ doors that create a more spacious feel to the 2,335 sq. ft. Wonderful downtown Sarasota, marina and Sarasota Bay views, with the finest of luxury amenities at Beau Ciel and the Hyatt Regency.

$ 2,795,000 | 3 bedrooms , 3/1 baths Presented by: Barbara Akerman, Realtor®, Coldwell Banker 941.387.1820 | www.barbaraackerman.com

$ 985,000 | 2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths Presented by: Barbara Mei, Broker/Associate, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty 941.893.7417 | www.mybeauciel.com

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BY GAIL SHANE Liz Klements has been in the real estate industry in Southwest Florida for over 28 years. On the corporate side with Coldwell Banker (CB), she worked as a Corporate Administrator for the Home Office of CB and Arvida.She was a broker for CB for 6 years, before entering the sales side. She is currently a realtor with the Coldwell Banker office located in St. Armands Circle on Lido Key. “The learning experiences I have had and the different hats I have worn in this business, enable me to give my clients a unique perspective in the real estate world. I strive to make their experience a good one and not a stressful one.” Liz Klements can be reached at liz.klements@floridamoves. com, 727-424-6444.

Liz, Why do you like living in Sarasota?

Gail, I get asked that question often, because my family lives in the Clearwater area. When I stop to think about it, I realize Sarasota is the best of the best – the best of all worlds for me. Though my family is an hour away, I feel most at home here. Born and raised in Clearwater, FL, I moved to Sarasota in 2002 with a job transfer. My first reaction was rent, don’t buy, you may not stay. Now, 10 years later and owning my home for 9 years, I can’t imagine leaving.

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Many people say, Sarasota is a little town with a big city feel, would you agree? Yes, absolutely! I am fortunate enough to have a job that allows me to go out and see all the

beautiful places of Sarasota and her outlying areas, and to learn about our little town that has a big city mentality. Whether you enjoy visiting the Farmers Market in the morning, in the same neighborhood you will watch a ballet straight from NYC, I believe Sarasota has it all for every personality, every age group, one and all. Going back to when I first moved here, after having a conversation with a new friend about where she was from and what it is like living on the West Coast of Florida, she looked at me straight in the face and said, “you don’t get it – you have lived in Paradise all your life”. Driving across the Ringling Bridge a few days after that I

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understood what she meant, she was right, “I have lived in Paradise all my life”. From Clearwater to Sarasota, I feel I have gone from good to great.

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Liz, for our newcomers, how easy is it to make Sarasota their “Home” ? I smile when I have a client tell me they don’t know anyone in town, they don’t know what to do or where to go. I smile because I said the same thing 10 years ago and here I am with no thoughts of leaving and never a day of nothing to do. I tell my clients who move here, either full time or part time, Sarasota has it all. Living and visiting here; no matter what your age, you will find something you love to do, something to fill your time, something or some way to stay young. I always appreciate a walk across the bridge year ‘round, a boat ride with friends, a night out to dinner to one of the locally owned restaurants (which beats a chain restaurant any day), or attending a show direct from the Big Apple. I love taking clients around and showing them why Sarasota is the place to live. But most of all, I love spending time with my grandchildren and taking them to our local aquarium, Mote Marine, Jungle Gardens, going to Siesta Key for a day at the beach or playing at one of our numerous parks.


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Sarasota has many non-profits. How do you give back to the community? Gail, The people who live here care about it – they give back to their Community and those not as fortunate, that live here. Sarasota has a big heart and it shows in all the philanthropic activities going on year ‘round. Big or small, you can help. I have had the honor of being part of Habitat for Humanity builds, organizing fund raisers for the Coldwell Banker Foundation who believes in giving back to the Community that gives us so much and attending events around town that raise funds for schools, shelters, Boys and Girls Club, etc. Friends, family and clients ask me “why do you live here” – I drive them around, let them see the soul of our town and say, “why don’t you?”

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Contributing Writer Gail Shane is the Realtor Liaison for Neal Communities and John Neal Homes www.NealCommunities.com. Gail hosts a weekly radio show, Gail Shane & Friends every Saturday at 10am on WSRQ 106.9 FM and 1220 AM. Shows are archived at www.gailshane.com.

Liz enjoys the Mote Marine


CULTURAL COASTCultural

Arts Calendar

Asolo Repertory Theatre

June 12 - 16 Fanny Brice

Asolo Repertory Theatre www.asolorep.org

August 10 The Venturas Van Wezel Hall www.vanwezel.org

July 4

August 18

Annual Freedom Festival

The Boomers

Longboat Key

Venice Theatre www.venicestage.com

the

HOT tickets June 8 - Sept 14

Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall www.vanwezel.org

July 19 - Aug 9

Love, Loss and What I Wore Asolo Repertory Theatre www.asolorep.org

July 25 - Aug 5

July 4 Sarasota Bayfront Spectacular Downtown Sarasota

July 13 Adrian Ray

www.ringling.org

Vinology “Uncork Your Word”

July 14 Bandana

South Florida Museum www.southfloridamuseum.org

Venice Theatre

Sept 15

www.venicestage.com

Yesterdayze

July 25 - Aug 25

Venice Theatre

August 8 - Sept 8

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Museum of Art

www.vanwezel.org

August 18

Great American Orchestra Series Van Wezel Hall www.vanwezel.org

The John and Mable Ringling

Sept 14

Talley’s Folly

Sept 1

Mystic Creatures of China

Van Wezel Hall

Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Venice Theatre www.venicestage.com

Carreno Festival Recital Sarasota Opera House www.sarasotaopera.org

Sept 8 - 2013

Florida Studio Theatre www.floridastudiotheatre.org

www.venicestage.com

Sept 17- Dec 20 Selby Poets Selby Public Library

Perfect Wedding

sclibs.net/libraries/selby.aspx

Florida Studio Theatre

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NAPLES, FT MYERS, MARCO ISLAND, BONITA SPRINGS, SANIBEL ISLAND, CAPE CORAL, ESTERO


Known for its abundant natural resources,

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F lorida’s Paradise Coast offers a true coastal adventure.

IN THE NEWS Jack Wert, Collier County Tourism Director advised that Collier County Visitation set a record with nearly 1.5 million visitors in 2011, up 7.7% over 2010. Additional information from Research Data Services included an increase in direct spending by visitors, up 10.6 percent and total economic impact up 10.6%. A public-private partnership further protects the Florida panther habitat along the Caloosahatchee River in Glades County. Wildlife officials find this additional area necessary to give the endangered Florida panthers a path to expand their range for a growing population. New owner - Lone Ranger LLC will operating a working ranch on a portion of the land, while two other areas will be wetland restoration. Scientists estimate between 100 and 160 Florida panthers remain in the wild.

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The natural bounty of The Paradise Coast is unsurpassed. Tucked between the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Everglades, you’ll find a strong nature conservancy, cultural sophistication and unmatched outdoor recreation. Geographically defined by Naples, Marco Island, Fort Myers, Sanibel, Captiva & the Florida Everglades, this area appeals to the beach lover, ecoconscious, art enthusiast, as well as the affluent. Over 130 award winning golf courses, numerous award winning communities, exceptional cuisine, romantic islands, white-sand beaches and delightful cultural amenities provide the perfect backdrop for exceptional Florida living.

Upscale and refined best describes the Naples lifestyle. Master planned communities with rich amenities and green space offer an unsurpassed lifestyle with surprisingly budget-friendly pricing. Choose from gated communities with European charm, or opulent condominiums on the south end of Fort Myers Beach. From grand estate homes in Bay Colony to secluded tropical living on Keewaydin Island, tree-lined streets or pristine beach views, the area’s residential options appeal to artists, boaters, families, young professionals, retirees and more. The Real Estate Market Report on page 18 offers insights and statistical analysis of the current housing market in the Naples area.

Nature provides the playground for air boat rides, swamp buggy races, sunset tours and ecoexcursions throughout the vast waterways of the region. Enjoy live performances by the Naples Philharmonic, and Florida Repertory Theatre. Explore the Caribbean Gardens or Edison’s Winter Estate in Fort Myers. Visit over 130 galleries, or local historical attractions. From the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge to Big M Casino at Fort Myers Beach, there’s no shortage of adventure for all ages.

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Old Naples

Fifth Ave South Audobon Corkscrew Sanctuary

Explore

Murder Mystery Dinner Train

Colonial Blvd, Ft. Myers 239.275.8487 www.semgulf.com Comical dinner theatre aboard the Seminole Gulf Railway.

Audubon Corkscrew Sanctuary

Sanctuary Rd, Naples 239.348.9151 www.fl.audubon.org 14,000 acre nature and wildlife preserve.

Adventure Sea Kayak Widlife Tours

Captiva Island 239.822.337 www.kayak-captiva.com Educational water adventure.

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

Goodlette-Frank Rd, Naples 239.262.5409 www.napleszoo.com Southwest Florida’s only nationally accredited zoo.

Collier County Museum

Tamiami Trail East, Naples 239.252.8476 www.colliermuseums.com Featuring five unique museum facilities.

Naples Museum of Art

Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 239.597.1900 www.thephil.org 30,000 SF art museum.

Imaginarium Science Museum

Cranford Ave, Ft. Myers 239.321.7420 imaginariumfortmyers.com

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Shop From upscale shops and quaint tree lined streets, to waterfront ambiance and top designer outlets, shopping on the Paradise Coast has it all.

Fifth Avenue South offers a beautiful historic setting in the heart of Naples. Fine shops, galleries, restaurants and sidewalk cafes, along the beautifully landscaped promenades, are a favorite destination for visitors and locals to enjoy the smalltown friendliness. In the heart of Old Naples, Third Street South, offers attractive courtyards and chic boutiques, spas, restaurants, galleries and markets to tantalize the senses.

Voted one of the best in South Florida, Miromar Outlets features over 140 top designer brands, great dining and great savings. Well known designer brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Lenox, Coach and many others offer 70% off retail on the hottest trends. Get a glimpse of Naples’ nautical past at Tin City

Waterfront Marketplace featuring 40 plus boutiques and restaurants. Enjoy casual boardwalk shopping, dining and more at the Dockside Boardwalk, or discover some of the best shopping in Naples at the The Villages on Venetian Bay, a superior shopping experience in a beautiful waterfront setting.


Nervous Nellie’s Waterfront 1131 1st, Ft Myers Beach www.nervousnellies.net Seafood

The Veranda, Ft. Myers The Veranda located in downtown Fort Myers is the epitome of Southern hospitality. A perfect blend of Southern ingredients with French culinary techniques, reminiscent of Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. The building consists of two century-old houses built by trading-post pioneer and early settler Manuel Gonzalez. Paul Peden purchased the buildings in 1978 and made them the Veranda. Dining is offered in the main dining rooms and the piano bar, as well as the romantic courtyard with a serene goldfish pond and waterfall nestled among the tropical landscape. The Veranda menu plays to its Southern roots with Bourbon Street fillet, Fried Green Tomato Salad or Southern Grit Cakes. You can also enjoy Chateaubriand, veal picatta, New Zealand lamb, Atlantic herb-crusted grilled salmon and other continental dishes. Superbly professional service, delicious food beautifully presented and a romantic atmosphere make for a fine night out at the Veranda.

Eat

Exceptional dining experiences UNIQUE to Southwest Florida.

Cafe & Bar Lurcat

494 Fifth Ave. S, Naples 239.213.3357 www.damico.com Contemporary

Figs Grille

25987 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs 239.390.1700 www.figsgrille.com Mediterranean

M Waterfront Grille

4300 Gulf Shore Blvd N., Naples 239.263.4421 www.mwaterfrontgrille.com Contemporary

Traders Cafe

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The Hot Spots Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille Rabbit Rd, Sanibel Island www.docfordssanibel.com Local Seafood Old Naples Pub 255 S. 13th Avenue, Naples www.oldnaplespub.com Live Entertainment Blue Martini 9114 Strada Place, Naples 239-591-2583 bluemartinilounge.com Dancing Hot Spot The Club at The Ritz Carlton 280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Naples 239-598-3300 Live Music, Dancing

1551 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island 239.472.7242 www.traderssanibel.com Continental/Seafood

The Veranda

2122 Second St, Ft Myers 239.332.2065 www.verandarestaurant.com Southern Regional

Perfect Caper

121 East Marion Ave, Punta Gorda 941.505.9009 www.theperfectcaper.com New American

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PARADISE COAST COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

Collier’s Reserve A vision of gracious living and dedication to preservation, Collier’s Reserve offers residents a unique opportunity to live luxuriously in harmony with nature. Rustic bridges atop the meandering river and custom homes tucked within lush foliage frame this picturesque country club neighborhood. Perfectly positioned on 450 pristine acres, Collier’s Reserve defines luxury living in North Naples. Developed by the Collier Family who owned the property for more than 70 years before developing the land, Collier’s Reserve stands as a testament to responsible development. The family’s focus on conservation is evident as you meander through the streets lined with grand old oaks. More than 30 percent of the land, some 130 acres, is dedicated as conservation areas. Approximately 50 acres of upland preserve are maintained as gopher tortoise habitats. The Collier’s Reserve Country Club holds the distinction of being named the World’s First “Audubon Signature Cooperative Sanctuary” and ranks # 4 in the country among the “10 most eco-friendly courses in America” by Links Magazine. This idyllic gated community

is peacefully nestled along the Cocohatchee River, one of Southwest Florida’s most scenic waterways. The large lots (1/3 - 3/4 acres) and spacious custom homes, combined with numerous amenities, make this community one of Naples’ finest golf and tennis communities. Two miles from the Gulf of Mexico and the vibrant surrounding area of North Naples, residents enjoy pristine beaches, and upscale dining and shopping just outside the gates. Collier’s Reserve is unique in that residents live in a community made up of estate single family homes onlyno condos, no townhouses. Residents are surrounded by acres and acres of tropical Florida beauty, an oasis of

By Monika R. DeBenedictis

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The Boathouse

COLLIER’S RESERVE Nearby Attractions Delnor Wiggins Pass State Park The sugar white sand of Vanderbilt Beach stretches into this popular seaside destination in North Naples ranking one of the best beaches in America. A tropical beach lover’s paradise, the 166acre park offers something for everone. Boaters can launch into Water Turkey Bay and travel to the Gulf or up the Cocohatchee River for both saltwater and freshwater fishing.

Barefoot Beach Preserve Barefoot Beach Preserve’s 342-acres of natural plant life, resident species and 8,200 feet of beach provide a blissful paradise. Established in 1990, Barefoot Beach Preserve remains one of Southwest Florida’s most beautiful and natural places. Additional features include a one-mile nature trail, showers, picnic area and educational programs to promote environmental and wildlife protection.

North Collier Regional Park A visit to North Collier Regional Park is a true family adventure. Next to the Sun-n-Fun Lagoon water park and the Can U Dig It playground is C’MON, the new Children’s Museum of Naples. The 30,000 square foot “green-certified” building houses ten exhibits devoted to connecting child’s play with exploration and discovery. It is a fun place for Space Kidettes, their moms and grand moms too.

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Collier’s Reserve home currently for sale MLS # 212004399

sorts. Residents are just five minutes from the beach catching an awesome sunset, at Whole Foods grocery shopping, or at the Silverspot theater for a movie night out. The newly renovated Plantation-style Clubhouse and riverfront Boathouse serve as the social epicenter of the community. With both casual and formal dining areas, there is an array of social events throughout the year, including Renowned golf course wine tastings, charity dinners and art exhibitions. The Cocohatchee Room at the architect Arthur Clubhouse offers elegant fine dining, while Hills describes the Old Florida ambiance of the Boathouse is the perfect setting for casual meals Collier’s Reserve accompanied by great water views. A day on the greens at Collier’s Reserve provides you with brilliant views, freshwater lakes and lush natural preserves. The 18-hole Arthur Hillsdesigned course offers challenges for golfers at any skill level. Improve your skills at the putting and chipping facilities or take a private golf lesson.

as “truly one of the most extraordinarily beautiful natural settings I have ever encountered”.

Collier’s Reserve Country Club has a very active tennis program that offers opportunities for all levels of play. Players enjoy four Har-Tru courts that are lit for those preferring after-dusk court time. In addition to golf and tennis, the Club offers a state-of-the art fitness center, lap pool and fishing pier. With an active calendar of sports, dining, social, and special interest events, Collier’s Reserve is a vibrant community of neighbors enjoying good times and a relaxed lifestyle in a natural country club setting. Contributing Writer

Monika R. DeBenedictis, P. A. John R. Wood Realtors® 239-450-4222 monika@YourHomeInNaples.com www.YourHomeInNaples.com


Collier’s Reserve www.YourHomeInNaples.com

Natural preserve setting on 2/3 acre

Tropical retreat for indoor-outdoor living

11726 Walton Place 4+den/4 $1,895,000 - MLS# 212004951

12387 Collier’s Reserve Drive 4+den/3.2 $1,550,000 - MLS# 212013604

Sunny gem with southern golf vistas

Casual elegant great room design

12627 Collier’s Reserve Drive 3+den/4 $1,445,000 - MLS# 212015722

12243 Collier’s Reserve Drive 3+den/3 $1,215,000 - MLS# 212001798

Monika DeBenedictis P.A., ABR, GREEN, GRI, REALTOR®

Collier’s Reserve Resident Agent 239-450-4222 (mobile) monika@YourHomeInNaples.com www.YourHomeInNaples.com


Naples & Southwest Florida!

PORT ROYAL| $6,449,000

NAPLES CAY|$3,175,000

Southwest views and open floor plan. 6,400 square foot masterpiece encourages entertaining while allowing for serene waterfront living. Over $1 million in renovations. 4+Den/3.5 (H6075).

Exquisite hardwood floors throughout this spacious residence in The Seasons, home to only 43 residences. Guardgated beachfront community. 4+Den/4.5

(C7957).

Nick Potestio, (239) 404-7374 www.JohnRWood.com/H6075

Paula Sims, (239) 564-1900 www.paulasims.com

PELICAN BAY|$1,395,000

PELICAN BAY | $749,900

Gulf Views from 17th floor of St. Raphael! Beautifully renovated with Saturnia marble floors, granite kitchen and crown molding. 3/3 (C8242).

Beautifully renovated detached villa in Bay Villas. Features include skylights, travertine, granite, vaulted ceilings. Large courtyard with pool. 3/2 (V1663).

Jim Scartz, (239) 877-9726 www.StRaphael1707.com.

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Bonita Bay Specialists A Bonita Bay Residents We have successfully assisted Canadian clients with their real estate needs since 1994. References available from Canadian clients upon request.

Bay Woods ~ 26221Woodlyn Drive $2,895,000

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Elegant architecture and gracious living spaces inside and out. This exceptional waterfront home has direct Gulf of Mexico access. The main level living includes a gourmet kitchen, family room and dining, marble flooring, custom-crafted cabinetry, master suite, and open patio overlooking the water and pool area. The upper level is designed for guest comfort with a bonus area and 3 bedrooms. The lower living areas include stunning zero edge pool and spa, bonus great room, second kitchen, pool bath, fire-pit and outdoor cooking area. The dock includes space for a sixty-foot boat, in addition to a 16,000 lb lift and space for dinghy.

PARADISE COAST PROPERTIES

Naples | Aqualane Shores

$3,995,000 | 4 bedrooms + den , 4/1 baths Presented by: Michele Harrison, MBA, CRS, CRB, TRC, MIRM, Realtor ÂŽ, John R. Wood Realtors 239-580-9889 | www.micheleharrisonnaples.com

Naples |Isle Toscano at Grey Oaks Nestled on one of this enclave’s most sought after sites at .72 acres, this amazing property provides serene Southwesterly water views and vast vistas of the Palm Golf Course. This majestic residence boasts over 7,200 square feet of classic customized living space. Beautifully executed architectural details and finishes grace the residence throughout. Highlights include four en suite bedrooms with dual master suites, private courtyards and balconies on each level, and a 4,500 square foot screened lanai area with pool, spa, outdoor kitchen and fireplace, all of which add to the privacy and resort-like qualities for its owner and guests. $ 3,997,000 | 4+ bedrooms , 5/1 baths Presented by: Sandra L. Malone, LLC, John R. Wood Realtors 239-218-7164 | www. NaplesToBonitaSpringsRealEstate.com

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the Arts

PARADISE COASTCultural May 26 - June 24

June 28 - Aug 8

July 20 - 21

Cllck, Clack Moo Naples Players Theatre www.naplesplayers.org

Grease Broadway Palm www.broadwaypalm.com

PBR Pro Rodeo Division Germain Arena www.germainarena.com

July 6 - 28

Aug 1 - 31

June 1 - June 23

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Arts Calendar

Cinderella Broadway Palm www.broadwaypalm.com

June 24 Happy Birthday America Concert Barbara Mann Performing Hall www.bbmannpah.com

Psycho Beach Party Musical Laboratory Theatre laboratorytheaterflorida.com

July - August Puss in Boots Play Broadway Palm www.broadwaypalm.com

Rob Shorter Exhibit Marco Island Historical Museum www.colliermuseums.com

Aug 3 - 25 Five Kinds of Silence Laboratory Theatre laboratorytheaterflorida.com

Cirque de La Symphonie

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PARADISE COAST

Š Peter Kirillov

Cinderella

the

HOT tickets June 1 - Aug 4 26th Annual All Florida Juried Exhibition Alliance for the Arts www.artinlee.org

June 15 Gang of Outlaws, ZZTop Germain Arena www.germainarena.com

June 24 - July 29 All Shock Up Naples Players Theatre www.naplesplayers.org

Aug 5 - 6

Sept 6 - Oct 6

Repticon: Reptile & Exotic Animal Convention Broadway Palm www.broadwaypalm.com

Aug 6 Celebration of Dixieland Jazz Norris Center www.naplesgov.com

Rat Pack Lounge Broadway Palm

July 4

www.broadwaypalm.com

Independence Day Celebration Ft. Myers Beach fortmyersbeachchamber.org

Sept 14 - 29

Aug 1 - 5

Picasso at the Lapin Agile Laboratory Theatre laboratorytheaterflorida.com

Dralion from Cirque Du Soleil Germain Arena www.germainarena.com

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HISTORYL egends

of F lorida Architecture

Addison Cairns Mizner, 1872 – 1933 By Barry Stein

Forced to wait, I wondered when things would change. Paused at a stoplight, in my humble Toyota Camry, I admired the fancy brake lights on the silver Bentley in front of me. Over to my left was the gated entrance to a huge Mediterranean mansion. A sign of the times was pounded into the ground in front of this homage to classic architecture topped with ceramic tile and lined in front with rows of ornate columns and arches. The sign said, “For Sale. Vintage, 1920’s Home. For more information…” This had to be the longest light in the history of South Florida. My mind wandered as I sat and waited. I wondered how different things are now, from when that house was built in the 1920s. On the radio the DJ plays a popular sound track,

“Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of ticky tacky, …And they all look just the same.” Lyrics from poet and songwriter Malvina Reynolds, describes much of the home design familiar to suburban neighborhoods throughout America. Looking at that 1920s house for sale

Addison Cairns Mizner

and hearing that song reminded me of a trip I took to Boca Raton a while back. I was meeting my parents for dinner at a nice restaurant in a part of town called Mizner Park. I arrived early and had some time to wander around. It was a gorgeous European fairytale village, in the middle of modern Boca. I was drawn to an amazing looking statue that stood in the distance. At the foot of the sculpture read the sign describing the man cast in bronze.“ Addison Cairns Mizner (December 12, 1872 – February 5, 1933) an American resort architect whose Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial Revival style interpretations left an indelible stamp on South Florida. In the 1920s Mizner was the best-known and most-discussed living American Continued on page 63

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Photography: A classic 1920’s Mizner estate for sale in Naples, FL. Represented by James W. Bates, RealtorŽ Coldwell Banker, 239.961.3973

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Mizner’s goal was “to make a building look traditional and as though it had fought its way from a small, unimportant structure to a great, rambling house.”


Mizner continued that are exceptional themselves and demand unique expression.

architect and the visionary behind the development of Boca Raton, Florida.” The plaque went on to describe how with only three years of apprenticeship and just prior to The Depression, the 1920s roared with this American resort architect who found his way to the top of the social scale by catering to those that prospered. He revived classic architectural elements that redefined the homes of the rich and famous and changed the face of South Florida residences forever. Mizner built cottages, estates, mansions and rambling resorts for the healthy wealthy in California, the reclusive affluent in the Adirondack Mountains, the money making Manhattanites and the cash heavy conquistadors of Florida. Before his passing in 1933, he left a dynasty of design including, but not limited to, The Everglades Club in Palm Beach, Calvin Coolidge’s Summer White House in the Adirondacks, the Kennedy’s Winter White House on N. Ocean Blvd. and the giant pink landmark that distinguishes itself from every angle as the Boca Raton Club and Resort. I stood in awe of this eleven-foot statue dedicated to a man who rejected mass-produced modern architecture for its lack of character and unique elements. Similar to his own rise to fame, Mizner forced into existence Classic Mediterranean homes with a humble entrance that methodically progressed into a dramatic reveal of magnificent space. His elaborate arrangements of stone, tile, and stucco were perfect for the Sunshine State.

The plaque story ended with how he road the boom of the 1920’s and went bust right along with it, falling into poverty with the rest of the country in 1929.

Mizner’s homes were all unique and at the same time shared the features of cool cross ventilation in the large main rooms, romantic rows of columns, rolling barrel tile roofs, luscious waves of clustered arches, grand stairways and hearths accessorized with flamboyant wrought iron and castle-like, hand-cast stone. He even started manufacturing the building material specific to his unique homes as well as crafting the furniture to fill them. Mizner rejected the common lack of specialty that had become the signature of architecture at the turn of the century. His goal was “to make a building look traditional and as though it had fought its way from a small, unimportant structure to a great, rambling house.” For those that could afford it, Mizner provided a preferred one-of-a-kind house that opens into a surprising exclusive home reserved for those

Modern Architecture after the depression, focused on speed, cost, efficiency, and economy of scale. A room was eight feet high because that was the length of dry wall. Ornate details were excused from the window and door moldings of modern homes because they were too expensive. Hallways got shorter, archways went flat and somehow, round columns evolved to square, thin hollow posts. Fancy roofs became simple pitched shingles, carpeted plywood floors replaced real wood planks and any inclination to taste or unique feature was considered a builder upgrade. As the setting sun passed behind the statue of Mizner and blasted me in the eyes, the driver behind me pounded on her horn and brought me back to the present intersection of Bentley and Sale. The light had turned green and it was finally time to go. I hit the gas and moved forward from that place where we were all forced to stand still. I glanced in my rear view, at the mysterious estate for sale and marveled about how the more things change the more they stay the same. The bust follows the boom and eventually prosperity returns. We are only forced to stand still for a short time as the red light always turns green and we can all move on.

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101 Top

5 things to do

to prepare for hurricane season

1

By GREG GIBSON It is that time of year again, the North Atlantic Hurricane Season. The time of year insurance agents keep our fingers crossed. I’m actually one of the few people I know who has been on “both sides of the desk” so to speak. Not only have I helped hundreds of customers settle their catastrophic hurricane claims, I am also a two-time hurricane victim myself. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan ripped off the roof of my home in North Florida and my neighbor’s boat found a nice comfy spot in my front yard. But that experience pales in comparison to what I experienced in 1992. The storm that all others are compared to: Hurricane Andrew. To this day, experts actually do not know how strong the winds from that storm were. The last reading from the Air Force’s anemometer reached 190 mph, before it blew away! My neighborhood after the storm was unrecognizable. Concrete block homes were leveled. No tree was still standing. Those who refused to evacuate did not survive. Understandably, I take hurricanes very seriously and so should you. We have been very fortunate in Florida the past six years, but please do not let our good luck turn into complacency. Eventually, we will get another hurricane, and it is smart to prepare now.

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Record every room of your home with a video recorder and camera. Pay particular attention to anything unique or valuable.

2

Remove anything outside that can exacerbate potential damage from a storm. Cut down dead tree limbs, get rid of the unused swing set, old lumber, unused flower pots, etcetera.

3

Gather all unreplaceble items in a storage bin in case you need to evacuate. (Birth certificates, medical records, old photograph albums.)

4

Create an evacuation plan. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.

5

Learn about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required and make plans for your pets.

© victor zastol’skiy

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Most people wonder as to whether or not to evacuate. I always answer that with a resounding ‘YES”, if it is going to be a category 2 storm or stronger. Even if you are confident in the strength of your home, the odds of losing power are quite high. There is no misery like two weeks of no power or water in a Florida July! Regarding insurance and being made whole after a loss, the worst time for a person to discover they did not have proper insurance coverage is after the fact. The most common mistake is having insufficient ‘Other Structures’ coverage, which is usually the second item on your list of coverages. This covers your fence, sheds, workshops, guesthouses, basically everything outside of the main structure of your home. Fortunately, it is also the least expensive part of your policy. The second most overlooked item is Flood Insurance. No homeowner policy covers the flooding from

rising rain or storm surge, and it too, is an inexpensive coverage for most people. Go over your homeowner, renters, or landlord policy with an expert now. I know first hand, as an agent as well as a victim, that important coverages are often overlooked. Be sure to obtain a full protection review to make sure you are truly prepared for this year’s storm season.

Contributing Writer: Greg Gibson, Agency Principle of Gibson Financial & Insurance of Sarasota. Mr. Gibson has been a leader in the financial and insurance industries in Florida for over 20 years. Contact Greg by email greg@investwithgibson.com or call 941-923-6500, if you would like a free, no obligation protection review of your coverage.

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Naples | Cap Ferrat Cap Ferrat is a luxury high-rise nestled along mangrove reserves and the Gulf of Mexico in the incomparable community of Pelican Bay, which features two private beach clubs with year-round dining and chair/umbrella service. Residence 704 is a sanctuary for living in casual elegance or formal sophistication, capturing old world charm with modern amenities. Offered with magnificent finishes, furnishings, and décor, the spacious floor plan includes formal and casual entertaining and living spaces. Enter through the foyer (secured by private elevator code) into the living room with wide, western views. This gracious designer model features tumbled marble floors with artful use of beautiful woods to define space, Italian kitchen cabinets, a gas cooktop, his and hers chambers in the master bath, spacious his and hers

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closets in the master suite, and an inviting office with rich woods, to name a few of this home’s unique elements. Each guest room has a private bath, and residence 704 also has very spacious terraces. Enjoy sunrise from your east terrace and toast the colorful sunsets from the expansive west terraces. There are two dedicated parking spaces.

Property Listed for Sale $2,595,000 Represented by Rosemary Everett, (239) 272-7790 and Jessica Bibbee, (239) 272-6810 Realtors®, John R. Wood Realtors reverett@johnrwood.com or jbibbee@johnrwood.com


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