Sunday, March 29, 2009

Casey Key, Sarasota, FL Incorporation or Not

There has been a lot of heated debate about the pros and cons of incorporation of Casey Key lately.

There is a meeting to educate voters on the issues of incorporation on March 30th 2009 at 4:30 to 7:30PM at the Nokomis Fire House. Commissions John Thaxton, The Attorney for Long Boat Key and the Retired Venice Police Chief will be present in addition to others to cover topics of interest and answer questions. An agenda will be posted shortly and mailed to all registered voters on the Key. There will be tables for Proponents and those opposed starting at 3:30PM and then for 30 minutes after the meeting to answer questions.

David Macrae has spent considerable time and effort in the following blog site for Casey Key residents to express their concerns for or against incorporation of Casey Key.

The following is a link to the Incorporation Blog site:

Casey Key residents can register and then add comments to a given category.

They can submit reference material to be posted, such as charters ordinances and formal documents that will be posted as PDFs. Please send as PDFs. Please email them to David for posting.

The site is to capture pros and con views on each topic and is meant to be an information and opinion gather site.

The site is monitored and therefore no postings will be made that are mean spirited nor will span come through (hopefully). A straw poll will be taken as this proceeds.

Nick Herron, the Herron Group, RE/MAX Alliance Group will keep you posted as to how Casey Key decides what they want to do about incorporation. If you would like any information on Casey Key please call Nick at 941.350.5035.

Beach, Bay or Back Nine…Live the Dream

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

CASEY KEY BROKER TOUR MARCH 19th 4 p.m. - 7p.m.

We are having our Spring Broker tour of CASEY KEY listings. We will have a large tour of 19 properties available to view. This is open to the public as well and residents of Casey Key. The following properties will be open.

1 443 N. Casey Key Rd. $ 1,995,000
2 13 N. Casey Key Rd. $ 3,500,000
3 4000 Casey Key Rd. $ 1,595,000
4 3820 Cutlass Bayou $ 1,999,000
5 3716 Sandspur Ln. $ 1,000,000
6 3744 Sandspur Ln. $ 2,159,000
7 3206 Casey Key Rd. $ 4,595,000
8 3000 Casey Key Rd. $12,500,000
9 2880 Casey Key Rd. $ 3,689,000
10 1608 Casey Key Rd. $ 2,900,000
11 1215 Casey Key Rd. $ 3,999,000
12 1060 Gulf Winds Way $ 1,499,000
13 1000 Gulf Winds Way $ 1,595,000
14 911 Casey Cove Dr. $ 1,400,000
15 927 Casey Cove Dr. $ 4,900,000
16 929 Casey Cove Dr. $2,900,000
17 405 Casey Key Rd. $ 1,899,000
18 502 S. Casey Key Rd. $ 2,489,000
19 615 S. Casey Key Rd. $ 4,500,000

Several of the different Brokers and agents are taking part in this Spring Broker Tour. The Herron Group, Nick Herron and Kathleen Herron with RE/MAX Alliance Group, Tak Konstantinou with Michael Saunders & Company, Schemmel Property Group with Signature Sotheby’s International Realty, Gabricle Charity & Rudi Weiss with Charity & Weiss International Realty LLC, Barbara Deighton Haupt, Deborah Beacham with Michael Saunders & Company, Maggie Hutter & Jo Rutstein with Signature Sotheby’s International Realty, Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers with Michael Saunders & Company, Linda Dickinson with Michael Saunders & Company, Beverly Weltzien with Michael Saunders & Company, Monica Slater with Michael Saunders & Company, The Hedge Team with Signature Sotheby’s International Realty, Mary Evelyn Miley with Michael Saunders & Company, and Mark P. Riley with Mark P. Riley International Inc.

We are expecting a good turn out for this Casey Key Spring Broker Tour.
Wine and Hors d. oeuvres will be served at each listing!

If you can’t make it to the Casey Key Tour the Herron Group Nick Herron & Kathleen Herron would be glad to show you any of the properties listed on Sarasota’s Barrier Island Casey Key. 941.350.5035.
Beach, Bay or Back Nine…Live the Dream

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Music, Fun, & Sun in Osprey this Weekend

Do you have small town, country roots? Are you ready for some old Florida fun in Casey Key’s back yard? This weekend, Oscar Scherer State Park is hosting the sixth annual Sarasota Folk Festival. This Florida state park is just about a mile from Casey Key Road’s exit off the Key at Blackburn Point Road, between Sarasota and Venice near Osprey on Route 41. The event is sponsored by the Sarasota Folk Club, and the theme this year is “Go Green!” Local and state musicians, eco-friendly vendors, and plenty of food and warm sunshine promise to make this a day to remember, especially if folk music floats your boat. The music—mostly acoustic folk music—will include bluegrass, blues, jazz, country, pop, and Irish. The music starts Saturday March 14th at 11:00, with a dinner break at 5 p.m. and the evening concert starting back up at 6 p.m. Over 30 musical acts will perform over the weekend. Tickets are available at the gate (cash or local check only) and range from $30 for the whole weekend, $15 for Saturday night (includes Sunday), or $10 for Sunday only. (Hint: bring a flashlight and your own chair to ensure your comfort!)

Sarasota and the barrier islands around here are known for music, the arts, theater, and simply a wonderful variety of things to do. And our reputation is global—the upcoming Sarasota Film Festival brings visitors and celebrities from around the world. Watch for more details on this fabulous event March 27 – April 5.

So whether you’re the stay-at-home type who prefers long, quiet beach walks; the get-out-and-dance type who would feel at home swaying to blues and acoustic music under the stars; or the theatrical type who prefers to mingle with renowned filmmakers—our hometown of Sarasota, Florida has something for everyone.

To make this your hometown, or simply to buy or sell your Sarasota real estate, call 800-789-6580 or email Nick Herron or Kathleen Herron with The Herron Group, RE/MAX Alliance Group. We have many lovely, luxury properties including several with the famed beach-to-bay access on Casey Key. We can show you anything from Longboat Key, Siesta Key, Lido Key, and any of the lovely golf course homes in Sarasota, Osprey, Nokomis, Venice, and more.
Beach, Bay or Back Nine...Live the Dream

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Let the Sun Shine In!

Florida sunshine…now that’s something we’d like to wrap up in a box and send to our northern, wintry friends. There’s no hint of “seasonal affect disorder” around here…even on a cold day you can usually work on a tan, and we don’t have that many cold days. It’s no wonder Florida is known as the Sunshine State! Wouldn’t you like to bottle up those rays?

Wait a second…that’s what solar energy is all about—harnessing the power of the sun, that fierce ball of flame perched at just the right distance from our small planet to keep us in a delicate balance of life. And right here in our backyard, we’ve just learned of a planned solar energy project that may be the country’s largest. According to a recent Biz941 daily news bulletin:

“The Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice announced yesterday that it is pursuing a partnership with a major power company to create a $350-million solar project on 300 acres that it owns within the city of Venice, east of I-75 off Laurel Road. The facility could produce at least 40 megawatts of clean, renewable electricity, or enough to power 4,800 homes, making it the country's largest solar project. Groundbreaking is expected sometime in 2009.”

By the way, if you aren’t from around here, Venice is a small city just to the south and inland of Casey Key. Known as the “Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World,” it hosts an annual Shark’s Tooth festival to celebrate the abundance of fossilized shark’s teeth that can be found on its beaches. When the grandchildren come to town, take them to the “shark’s tooth beach” to hunt for those tiny, black teeth…when you get there, ask around for tips on how to find them. You’ll see beachcombers with strainers and even spaghetti colanders sifting through the sands. By the way, Venice isn’t the only beach with shark’s teeth…Casey Key’s beaches also are known for excellent shark tooth finds. But don’t worry—we rarely see sharks. These are prehistoric teeth.

So back to sunshine—we’re excited about the developments in solar energy. Many homeowners are already capturing the sun through passive pool heating systems, solar landscaping lights, and other passive solar technologies.

Let Nick Herron and Kathleen Herron of The Herron Group, RE/MAX Alliance Group help you find your place in the sun—right here in Casey Key, Florida, one of Sarasota’s beautiful barrier islands. Casey Key is home to some of the most beautiful beach-to-bay properties in the nation, where your backyard dock stretches out into the bay and your front yard extends to your own sandy beach right on the Gulf of Mexico. Sunrise on the bay, sunset on the beach, and plenty of solar energy to fuel your winter desire for warmth and light. Also featuring properties in Venice, Nokomis, Sarasota, Lido Key, Longboat Key, and Siesta Key.
Featured Venice properties:

811 The Esplanade, Venice, FL #708 Reduced: $1,599,000
Beleza on Venice Beach...the newest luxury condo with fantastic Gulf, bay & city views. Marble floors, granite counters, jetted tub, expansive terraces and private elevator. Fitness room, pool & spa.

158 Montelluna Drive, Venice, FLReduced: $447,000Views of second hole from salt waterfall lagoon pool and spa at this wonderful golf course home. Great outdoor living on the lovely enlarged Lanai and a fire pit. So many upgrades: lighted tray ceiling, Herringbone wood floors & large ceramic tile on the diagonal, surround sound, granite kitchen counters.

Monday, March 2, 2009

American Traditions—“The Rest of the Story”

“Stand by for news!” was the trademark call that Paul Harvey announced on his popular radio broadcasts. Here’s a nod to this treasured American icon, who passed away this weekend at age 90. Harvey worked for ABC Radio Networks for more than 50 years, telling tales of American living with that distinctive voice. Paul Harvey led a long, creative, productive life and his story is now woven into our history—an American tradition.

Another American tradition popping up all over town are Girl Scout Cookies! Heading onto Lido Key on the way to Longboat Key the other day, we turned right onto N. Adams Drive and there was a mom and daughter with a Girl Scout Cookie stand set up, selling to passers-by. We had to get several boxes of Thin Mints, partly because they taste so good and partly to promote old-fashioned hard work on the part of the Girl Scout selling her cookies.

Nothing says “American tradition” quite like baseball, and Sunday’s Grapefruit League game at Sarasota’s Ed Smith Stadium saw the Reds win over the Yankees 13-11. It was a bit windy for baseball, but a great day to be outside nonetheless. Spring training in Florida attracts all kinds of visitors, and local baseball fans get a chance to see their favorite players in our own backyard.

Beachcombing, looking for shells, spotting dolphins, or just relaxing in the sun and sand is another fine American tradition, at least around Sarasota’ s barrier islands. Casey Key’s quiet, residential beaches are the perfect place to enjoy nature’s finest—sunsets, morning walks, or quiet afternoons. In fact, beachcombing on Casey Key is perfect no matter the time of day.

Perhaps it’s time to start your own American tradition—investing in that waterfront home you’ve always dreamed about. Nick Herron and Kathleen Herron of The Herron Group, RE/MAX Alliance Group have created quite the tradition of excellence when it comes to matching up sellers with buyers—and buyers with the island home or golf course retreat that suits their style to perfection. Call Nick today at 800-789-6580 and schedule a tour of waterfront homes that will wow your senses…beach, bay, or back nine. The Herron Group, RE/MAX Alliance Group has several exquisite Casey Key homes to offer, and there’s never been a better time to buy.
2108 Casey Key Road, Casey Key, FL

Reduced: $3,195,000
Cabana on the Gulf in Florida. Live in the existing house until you are ready to build your new Dream Home. Pre-cast concrete Seawall on Bay Side & Boat Dock. Marvelous waterfront location for a new Casey Key home.
325 Casey Key Road, Casey Key, FL

Reduced: $1,599,000
You can own this exceptional beach front home and enjoy the spectacular sunset from your glass-walled family room or your private sandy beach. Adorable 2 bedroom beach cottage is ready to move in and offered as the lowest priced gulf front home on Casey Key. It could very well steal your heart.