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Four Large Housing Tracts Set For East Sarasota County

Monday, August 6, 2018

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Where Is The Long Range Public Plan? If you live in Sarasota east of the Interstate, or if you like to experience the country roads of rural Florida, prepare for the shock of large-scale development. Several super-sized housing tracts are coming to East Sarasota. Four projects alone will add nearly 28,000 housing units on 20,705 acres. The four largest are Waterside at Lakewood Ranch (Rex Jensen), Hi Hat (Turner), LT Ranch (Turner) and Grand Lakes (Pat Neal). Stretching from University down to 681 near Venice in East Sarasota, these ambitious projects will replace East Sarasota’s rural ranchlands and open space […]

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Lakewood Ranch Number Two In The Nation

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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Sales In Lakewood Ranch Push It to #2. Lakewood Ranch’s exceptional sales numbers have boosted the community’s ranking to second place in the nation for mid-year 2018 for the first time in its history, according to Maryland-based real estate consulting firm RCLCO. Lakewood Ranch bettered its 2017 mid- and year-end position of No. 3 and outpaced many other recognizable and well-known communities in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, Colorado, and even Florida. The Ranch secured 826 new home sales through the end of June of 2018, versus last year’s figure of 622; an increase of 33 percent. Only one other community […]

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Neal Communities Adds New Area Sales Manager

Monday, June 25, 2018

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MaryAnn Koops Joins Neal Communities. Neal Communities recently added MaryAnn Koops to its Lakewood Ranch-based team as an area sales manager. A seasoned professional, Koops possesses over 30 years of practical experience in all aspects of new home construction, marketing, management and sales. In her new role, she will manage and build the homebuilder’s southwest Florida team to achieve optimum sales goals and further influence the market. Prior to joining Neal Communities, she served as a sales trainer for another builder before being promoted to an area sales manager. During her 15-year tenure, she trained over 100 new employees on […]

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June 16, 2018 Atlanta Braves Spring Training Launch Party

Friday, June 15, 2018

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Join the Atlanta Braves in celebrating their new Spring Training facility in North Port! They will have a full line-up of family friendly activities and giveaways including: – Free food – Music – Face painting – Giveaways every hour with a grand prize drawing of a weekend trip to Atlanta with Braves game tickets, hotel and airfare – Free Chipper Jones replica jerseys to the first 500 deposits placed – Pictures with life-sized bobbleheads When: Saturday June 16th, 9am-1pm Where: George Mullen Activity Center, 4956 City Center Blvd, North Port, Florida 34286 To view construction progress click HERE.

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Neal Communities Breaks Ground On Indigo’s New Recreational Center

Friday, May 25, 2018

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Neal Communities breaks ground on the new recreational center at Indigo. Indigo is a gated, resort-style community in Lakewood Ranch. Dubbed Indigo Oasis, the latest, second recreational center will be an exclusive offering for villa homeowners in Indigo. The amenity center will feature a resort-style pool and spa, a lounge deck and restroom facilities. Luxurious and leisurely, the builder projects a summer 2018 opening. The already-established Club Indigo, Indigo’s $1.6 million recreation center, boasts a full-time lifestyle coordinator and features areas for community events, a culinary kitchen, fitness room and movement studio, resort-style pool with cabanas, spa, pickleball and bocce […]

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Halfacre Construction Company Names New Partners

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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Reed Giasson and Tom Rees Now Partners. Lakewood Ranch-based commercial construction company Halfacre Construction Company recently named Reed Giasson and Tom Rees as partners. In their new roles, the two will work alongside Halfacre Construction President Jack Cox to strengthen local relationships and strategize future growth and lead various projects for the company. Giasson joined Halfacre Construction 18 years ago as a carpenter. He advanced from that position to lead estimator, to a field superintendent, to a project manager and later became a vice president. With over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, Giasson has overseen all aspects […]

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Neal Communities Adds Two To Marketing Team

Saturday, May 19, 2018

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Christine McKelvey And Lara Bommersheim Join Neal Communities. Neal Communities recently welcomed Christine McKelvey as a marketing manager and Lara Bommersheim as a marketing coordinator. In their new roles the duo will assist with the execution of marketing plans and programs, participate in the development of strategies and help develop marketing materials, such as ad campaigns, press releases, e-blast campaigns and direct-mail campaigns.

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Dolphin Tower Reconstruction Wins Award Of Excellence

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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Post Tensioning Institute (PTI) Bestows Award Upon Dolphin Tower For Reconstruction Efforts. At 2017’s PTI Awards Unveiling in Atlanta, GA, which recognizes excellence in post tensioning applications, the Dolphin Tower team received the Award of Excellence for their efforts in saving the building. In 2015 the same team was a finalist for the Award of Excellence. Some comments from the Jury were: “Post tensioning saves the day and the building.” “Only through the innovative use of post-tensioning was this building salvaged.” “What they did here was just spectacular.” Click HERE to download the full story.

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November 17, 2016 Job Fair

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

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Teaming Up For Greater Success. In order to best serve the community and to reach as many individuals as possible, City of Sarasota, Keiser University, Sarasota Campus and CareerSource Suncoast are collaborating and partnering to host this community Job Fair November 17, 2016. The Job Fair is open to those in the community who are pursuing employment opportunities within various fields and industries of allied health, information technology, culinary, legal, criminal justice, education and many other business related opportunities. This event will feature different companies representing multiple areas of industries and professions. Please join us on Thursday, November 17th, 2016, […]

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Halfacre Construction Completes Myrtle Street Improvements

Friday, October 21, 2016

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Improvements Feature A New Pedestrian Bridge. Halfacre Construction Company wrapped up the improvements for the west phase of Myrtle Street ahead of schedule. They acted as the construction manager for the $1.2-million project. The west phase improvements began in early April 2016 and were completed a week ahead of schedule. The construction took place within Sarasota city limits eastbound on Myrtle Street from the west side of Carolina Avenue to Old Bradenton Road and from the east side of Old Bradenton Road to the train tracks. Funded and approved by Sarasota County, the updates included milling and resurfacing the south […]

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5th Generation Takes The Helm At Gilbert Design Build

Friday, September 2, 2016

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Rebranding Brings Local Jobs With Opening of Second Design Center. A leading, longstanding local remodeling company is expanding its operations and has re-defined its brand with a focus on offering a total solution for kitchen and bathroom design build services. Serving Manatee and Sarasota counties, Gilbert Design Build is now managed by fifth-generation construction specialists Jarrod and Evan Gilbert, along with their father Ernest Gilbert, owner of Gilbert Construction. As a part of the rebranding, brothers Jarrod and Evan took on roles as co-owners. The Gilbert brothers – and many key team members – have spent years working under the […]

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New Development Slated For Golden Gate Point

Friday, August 26, 2016

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“The Pearl” To Break Ground This October. Golden Gate Point Ventures announced plans for an elegant residential development located west of downtown Sarasota in the heart of Golden Gate Point. “The Pearl” will be located at 609 Golden Gate Point, with upper levels offering breathtaking views of Sarasota Bay and the downtown Sarasota skyline. The 5 story, The Pearl, offers 8 individual condominium residences at 2,750 sq ft each, starting at $1.65M. The Pearl will exude an upscale, classic modern style with art deco influences. “The Pearl’s design concept matches its name,” said local award-winning interior designer Sally Trout, who […]

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Neal Communities Breaks Ground On The Estuary

Monday, August 15, 2016

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50 Home Community To Rise In Northwest Bradenton. Neal Communities announced they broke ground at its newest community, The Estuary. The Estuary is a small exclusive enclave community with just 50 homes ranging in size from 2,181 to 2,600 square feet. “The Estuary will be a small and private community surrounded by Florida’s natural beauty,” said Nicole Brooks, vice-president of sales for the Lakewood Ranch-based Neal Communities. “With the Robinson Preserve bordering the property to the north, south and west, the neighborhood will enjoy a reserved and out-of-the-way atmosphere while being centrally located.” The gated and maintenance-included community sits on […]

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August 13, 2016 Art And A Movie

Saturday, August 6, 2016

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Ringling Presents The Man Who Would be King. On August 13th at 1:30pm The Ringling’s Art and a Movie series features The Man Who Would be King. $5pp/Free for members. Click HERE for more information. Sean Connery and Michael Caine portray two British men who stumble on the isolated kingdom of Kafiristan, bearing a strong resemblance to the mountainous areas of South Asia. The westerners plot and scheme to take advantage of the trusting local inhabitants and their treasure.

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New Gulf Front Development On Siesta Key

Thursday, July 28, 2016

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“Oceane” Announced. Crossgate Partners announced plans for one of the last undeveloped stretches of exclusive gulf front on Siesta Key. This will be the first new condo development on the Key since 2005. “Oceane,” offering 6 4,500 sq ft condominium residences, will be located at 4740 Ocean Blvd., within walking distance to Siesta Key Village and the award winning Siesta Key Beach. Randy Moore, Managing Partner of Crossgate, said, “We believe Oceane will suit a need for buyers who enjoy the ultimate contemporary living experience, coupled with a laid back, island lifestyle, while close to the cultural sophistication of downtown […]

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