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Norm Luppino – Perspectives – Historical REAL Estate

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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The Legendary Crosley Estate: An Upside To A Real Estate Bust By Norm Luppino Few properties were as affected by the dramatic swings in Florida’s volatile real-estate market as the historic Crosley estate on Sarasota Bay. But as evidence that there is often an upside within a market bust, it was during some of Florida’s biggest real estate slumps that the Crosley mansion was built, later saved, and finally restored to create one the premiere cultural facilities on Florida’s west coast. The first attempt to develop the property occurred during the famous land boom of the 1920s. In 1925 – […]

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William Henry PhD – Perspectives – Architect’s REAL Viewpoint

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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Grand Opening of Clinique Of Plastic Surgery and Laser Institute Creates Unique Affiliation With ZO® Skin Health By William Henry, PhD RGA-DESIGN LLC, and Focus Development, each of Tampa FL, are pleased to announce the completion and Grand Opening of the Clinique of Plastic Surgery and Laser Institute located at 240 1st Ave South, St. Petersburg, FL (www.cliniqueps.com 888-247-9886). RGA Design and Focus Development designed and constructed the comprehensive renovations to the historic four-story building, which now is the home of the state of the art surgical center. William Henry, Ph.D., is the principal architect at RGA. He has over […]

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William Henry PhD – Perspectives – Architect’s REAL Viewpoint

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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Less Is Better In The Housing World By William Henry, PhD Compare the 1959 Cadillac to the models of 2016. The name is the same but that’s about it. The new ones are much smaller and more sophisticated than the 1959 behemoth. Housing is following the same path. Smaller homes are becoming attractive to buyers and developers, and for some of the same reasons. There are over 70 million Baby Boomers in this country with their successors close on their heels. And then there are the young, first time home buyers – together these two demographic groups seem to be […]

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William Henry PhD – Perspectives – Architect’s REAL Viewpoint

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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The Architect’s Role In Construction By William Henry, PhD The public’s perception of an architect is often quite simple. Of course the real world can be quite different than traditional perceptions. The simplest perception of an architect is a person hired to design a structure by the future structure’s owner, who also hires a contractor to undertake its construction. There are situations in which this perception is totally accurate, but generally only in the simplest situations such as a party desiring to build a home or place of business. However, many projects are much more complex. Commercial projects can involve […]

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William Henry PhD – Perspectives – Architect’s REAL Viewpoint

Sunday, April 24, 2016

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Required Procedures In Florida For Dealing With Design And Construction Defects By William Henry, PhD The Florida Legislature has created a mandatory method to resolve construction disputes with idea that it would reduce the need for litigation as well as protect the rights of property owners. It requires that a property owner file a notice of claim with the contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or design professional that he or she asserts is responsible for design or construction defects. It provides the contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or design professional, and their insurers an opportunity to resolve the claim through confidential settlement negotiations without […]

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William Henry PhD – Perspectives – Architect’s REAL Viewpoint

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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Slip or Trip and Fall Cases Can Yield Multi Million Dollar Settlements By William Henry, PhD It may come as a surprise to many that a slight defect in a sidewalk could result in a multi million dollar settlement by your local government to the injured party. Yet a recent accident on a public sidewalk outside of a New York City Hospital yielded the victim a settlement of 2.25 million dollars. The City preferred to settle this claim rather than risk exposure to a larger award by a jury who could empathize with the victim’s plight. Since we at RGA […]

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Tom Mannausa – The Jewel Rising – REAL Interview

Thursday, May 15, 2014

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Interview With Developer Tom Mannausa The Jewel Rising By Ed Bertha Tom, you opened The Jewel’s sales office in November, 2012. In December, 2013 you began converting deposits into binding purchase agreements. During the same timeframe you had to deal with permits and other legal hurdles. Construction began in April, 2014. The Jewel’s residents are slated to move in early August, 2015. What a ride, and the most satisfying part is only beginning. Let’s reflect.

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Jay Anderson – Perspectives – REAL Construction

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Thinking Of Remodeling Your Condo? By Jay Anderson It is the time of year when our Florida weather spawns spring cleaning and remodeling projects. Large condominium projects typically occur when a resale purchase is made, while smaller projects, like a kitchen or bath, can occur any time. In a single-family home you are usually inconveniencing one person or a single family, but in a condo, you could be impacting hundreds. Sometimes, though, structural elements or utilities prevent a contractor from being able to redesign the interior as much as you would like. If you live in a condo here are […]

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William Henry PhD – Perspectives – Architect’s REAL Viewpoint

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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Designer Liability From A Forensic Architects Point of View? By William Henry, PhD “Your Architect Cannot Deliver Perfection” As a forensic architect and court certified expert witness, I am often engaged by both plaintiff and defense counsel to opine on whether an architect has committed errors and omissions that would lead to liability exposure. What actions by architects constitute errors and omissions (E&O) that could lead to damages incurred by property owners, clients, and/or victims of construction site injuries? A Take On Errors And Omissions Prior to attempting to offer up yet another definition of E&O, we need to establish […]

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William Henry PhD – Perspectives – Architect’s REAL Viewpoint

Monday, January 6, 2014

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What are DreamScapes? By William Henry, PhD Over the last 30 years or so I, like many Florida residents, enjoy taking my family to Disney World as well as other theme parks in Central Florida. I hope to take my grandchildren there someday. My favorite has always been the MGM theme park attraction at Disney World. I am also impressed with Downtown Disney and Pleasure Island. There seems to be an aura of “Magic” present as well as at the other Disney venues. Though my background entails practicing both as a designer and researcher, I had not bothered to tap […]

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Perspectives Super Boat Grand Prix

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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Super Boat Grand Prix “THIS IS NOT JUST A BOAT RIDE” By Ed Bertha Photography by Rodrick Cox There is nothing typical about the Super Boat International Racing Series; the racetrack is mother-nature’s water, relentlessly changing and frequently includes volatile, unpredictable environments. The level of skill required by the racers is exceedingly intense: adrenaline, dexterity, talent and a hyper focus on surroundings and conditions are just a few. It is exciting for spectators as well. There is no stadium-style seating or chain link fence dividing the fans from the racers. Depending on what watercourse is attended, fans watch from the […]

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Perspectives Furniture Follows Fashion

Thursday, November 1, 2012

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Furniture Follows Fashion By Ed Bertha I recently enjoyed a conversation with Jeff Bacon, who manages Bacon’s Furniture and Design of Sarasota. He said something that really provoked great interest and curiosity: “Furniture follows fashion”. Interesting indeed: all design students are taught “Form follows function”, and perhaps I didn’t give much thought to the significant impact the fashion industry has on the furniture industry. But it seemed logical. I am sure events such as Manhattan’s Fashion Week are those to which fashionistas pay great attention so they can be the first to sport the new, trendy and sometimes avant-garde whims […]

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Ricky Perrone Perspectives Pride Of Home Ownership

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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Pride Of Home Ownership By Ricky Perrone For more than 32 years my family’s passion has been building high end custom homes in the Sarasota area. I’ve grown up learning what makes a home special, the aspects and features in a home that lead to pride of ownership and when the time comes, a quicker and higher resale value next to comparables. I’d like to share some of my insights with you

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Mark Miller Perspectives Habitat for Humanity Sarasota ReStore

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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The Birth of ReStore By Mark Miller Westwater Construction Approximately ten years ago the concept of ReStore was born. It all started one day as I walked through Westwater’s warehouse.

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Sarasota School Of Architecture By Pamela Hughes

Monday, March 14, 2011

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Design Lines The Sarasota School Of Architecture By Pamela Hughes In our last column, I wrote about Modern Design, so I thought it might be interesting to further the discussion and specifically focus on Sarasota itself and “The Sarasota School”. It is interesting to recall that this “modernism” is now more than 50 years old! While that is certainly true, it is also true that as one drives around Sarasota and occasionally sees these houses and buildings from that time, they retain a freshness and originality that is still stunning and inspiring. In an earlier time, Sarasota was a beautiful, […]

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