REAL cares – Suncoast Charities For Children

Suncoast Charities for Children

Suncoast Charities for Children

Making A Difference

By Ed Bertha

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Suncoast Charities for Children continues to make a unique contribution to the well-being of children, teens and adults with special needs. Each year they provide a grant to the Suncoast Foundation, thanks to fundraising events such as the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix and Thunder By The Bay. These grants have enabled the Suncoast Foundation to construct buildings in the Sarasota, Venice and North Port areas valued at over $20 Million serving over 5,000 clients annually. This equates to upward of 73,000 square feet of space occupied by Children First, The Haven, The Florida Center for Early Childhood, and Sarasota County Special Olympics for only $1 per year. Loveland Center in Venice also receives support.

During the construction of these buildings many local businesses from the construction industry have donated products and services such as plumbers, roofers, electricians, and dry wallers. More recently, these annual grants help support continued maintenance on these aging facilities, so that program and service funding remains untouched and can go directly to clients. Read More

REAL tribute – Victor Young

Victor Young

Thank You Victor Young

By Poonam Maini

Photograph By James Corwin Johnson

Victor Young is a man with many talents; a master entrepreneur, visionary and executive coach. At The Daily Life Coach his podcast is heard in over 35 countries around the world on Apple iTunes and Sound Cloud. He is co-owner of BMW of Sarasota, Lamborghini Sarasota, Land Rover Ocala, Jaguar of Ocala, International Auto Spa and Digital Caviar Productions. Victor is a writer, director and producer at Victor Young Productions as well and enjoys tapping into his creative side.

According to Victor, “I’ve always had a passion for working with creative minds and entertaining audiences.” Through his podcasts, Victor has pulled entrepreneurs out of their comfort zones and help them create successful and fulfilling lives. He also believes in changing lives by giving back to the community. Victor has supported more than 60 charities in Sarasota, Bradenton and the Tampa Bay Area with his time and financial contributions. Read More

Cover – Julia Montei Women’s Council Of Realtors Sarasota

Julia Montei

Julia Montei

Women’s Council Of Realtors Sarasota

25 Years Of Fashion

By Ed Bertha

Photography By Christine Nicole Photography

In the 1930’s the real estate community witnessed an influx of women working in the real estate industry. In 1938 the Women’s Council of Realtors was established with 37 founding members. Today the Women’s Council is a nationwide community of over 12,000 real estate professionals, including many of the best and brightest in the business. The Women’s Council’s vision is “Through our influence as successful business professionals, women will effect positive change in the profession and in the broader community”.

Julia Montei, current President of the Women’s Council of Realtors Sarasota shares, “As one of the strongest networks in the Realtor family, the Council seeks to distribute information to its membership that is relevant, timely, and furthers the goals of the Realtor organization. Sarasota’s currently membership is made up of 80% Realtors and 20% business partners. Our membership continues to grow.” Read More

Cover – Bay Isles Longboat Key Pocket Listing

Bay Isles

Bay Isles Longboat Key Pocket Listing For Sale

Mariner’s Paradise

100’ of Dockage – Minutes to the Bay

This phenomenal estate offers a 100-foot dock with unobstructed access to the Intracoastal Waterway. A mariner’s paradise.

Situated on a quiet street this lovely Longboat Key custom residence in the Bayou neighborhood of Bay Isles is waiting for the mariner requiring sufficient dockage for their coveted yacht. Behind the secure gates of the Longboat Key Club, at the southern end of Longboat Key, this residence boasts an elevated site and sits on a wide deep-water canal with views out to Buttonwood Cove of Sarasota Bay. There is a large wrap around deck complimenting the key west design of the exterior. Read More

Letter From The Publisher Ed Bertha – Red Tide And Algae Blooms

Ed Bertha Publisher Letter

Are The Lights Going Out On Florida’s Charm?

By Ed Bertha

“Not One Florida Official Can Claim To Be Surprised By This Year’s Algae Crisis”

As early as January South Florida Water Management District officials warned that suspended bottom sediments in Lake Okeechobee, stirred up by Hurricane Irma and winter cold fronts, had spiked nutrient levels in the lake’s surface waters. So the lake started the year with unusually abundant food for algae. The other factors needed for major blooms–sunlight and warmth–are inevitable in South Florida.

But discharges are not inevitable. The US Army Corps of Engineers Lake Okeechobee usually draws down Lake Okeechobee to a target of 12-½ feet during the dry season to leave capacity for rain in the wet season. This year the Corps didn’t do that. Spokesman John Campbell told News-Press that the Corps held water in the lake because of a dry long-term weather forecast. The forecast was wrong, the swollen lake filled up with rainwater, and the only option to lower it was discharging the lake, now brimming with algae, to the coasts. Read More

Eskimo III – REAL Consignments

Eskimo III

Eskimo III

1958 Trumpy

For Sale

The Eskimo III, a sister ship to the Presidential yacht, the Sequoia was the third Trumpy commissioned by paper magnate, John Kimberly. The Eskimo III was delivered to Kimberly in 1958. A 68 model (64’ in length) she contained many innovative features not seen in Trumpys until a decade later. She’ll effortlessly cruise economically at 12-14 knots without a hint of shudder due to the power of her twin 871 Detroit Diesels and comfortably sleep 7 guests and 3 crew members, with all modern amenities. A 22.5 KW generator supplies the power, 4 A/C systems, including one for the fantail, provide the creature comforts.

Her structure consists double planked Mahogany (outside hull) and double planked White Oak (Inside hull). The hull was completely rebuilt/replaced and now contains 4 coats of bottom paint. Her bilges were scraped and cleaned, then their interiors finished off with Thompson’s Water Seal. 14 new brass “Thru Hulls” were installed and transom rebuilt. This took over 10 months at the renown Rybovich Shipyard in West Palm Beach, FL. Read More

REAL cares – All Faiths Food Bank

All Faiths Food Bank

All Faiths Food Bank

“Addressing hunger through assistance to those in need throughout our community”

All Faiths Food Bank is the hub of hunger relief in Sarasota and DeSoto counties and serves more than 66,000 neighbors in need through our member network. Since 1989, we are the only food bank serving Sarasota and DeSoto counties and have been a member of Feeding America since 1990. Our number one priority has always been to serve the most needy and vulnerable, including children, seniors, veterans, and those in crisis.

In 2016, the Food Bank changed its mission representing a shift in how we address hunger and an understanding that hunger is a health issue. Since then, AFFB’s new mission has been: Together with our partners, we provide healthy solutions to end hunger in our community. Read More

REAL Profiles – Christine Nicole Photography

Christine Nicole Photography

Christine Nicole

Exist In Portraits, Leave Your Legacy Behind!

By: Becca Towery

Photography By: Christine Nicole

Meet Christine Nicole! A wife, mother, fur baby mom, a best friend, and of course a Photographer. She loves to cook, travel, work out and going to the movies. Yes, buttered popcorn please!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and no one knows more about that than Christine Nicole, owner of Christine Nicole Photography. Her mantra, “Exist in portraits, leave your legacy behind.” When it comes to portrait photography, Christine is the best. Her ability to capture an individual’s or families’ life through the lens is magical. Read More

REAL La Dolce Vita – Tandoor With Kim & Sandra


REAL La Dolce Vita


A Sacred Communion Nourishing Body And Soul

By Sandra Halliday

Photography by Sally Ullman

If you have that sudden craving for authentic and healthy Northern Indian cuisine in a relaxed and friendly setting where the dining experience is both an exotic journey and a feast fit for a king, then you’ve come to the right place at Tandoor. Named after a type of clay oven used in Northern India, the word immediately conjures up images of delectable slow-roasted meats and flat breads. Head chef and owner Poonam Maini believes that it is her destiny to serve mankind as a chef and as a restaurateur. Inspired by her father, who was a passionate cook, she learned all her culinary techniques from her parents. Straight from the cookbook of Poonam and her family, all the dishes at Tandoor are based on time-honored traditional family recipes. Aromatic herbs and spices are specially selected for both their flavors and for their Ayurvedic healing properties. Read More

Norm Luppino – Perspectives – Historical REAL Estate

Norm Luppino

Architect Ralph Twitchell –

The Making Of A Sarasota Legend

By Norm Luppino

Ralph Twitchell’s name is best associated as being the “Father of the Sarasota School of Architecture”. He is also noted for having practiced with two of the nation’s most renown 20th century architects. The first was with prominent New York’s society architect Dwight Baum, whose credits in Sarasota include John and Mabel Ringling’s Ca’ d’Zan and the Sarasota Courthouse. In the late 1940’s, Twitchell teamed with Paul Rudolph, who went on to become internationally famous as one of world’s most acclaimed modernist architects during the 1960’s and 70’s.

Throughout his career, which spanned six decades, Twitchell designed some of the area’s most prominent buildings and structures, including the Lido Beach Casino, the layout for St Armands Circle, and many custom residences primarily on Siesta Key. As Dwight Baum’s apprentice, he was the on-site architect for Ca’ d’Zan during its construction. Read More

Laurel James – Perspectives – REAL Health

Laurel James

Two Steps to Clearing Space

By Laurel James

Do you feel like you have some breathing room every day to stop and take a moment to collect your thoughts? Do you have spaces in your home that are clear of clutter to unwind and just be?

Making time to stop and just be, is the first step. It gives you time to clear your mind, hear the essence of your inner self and focus on what you do want. Stop and take breathing time for you self each day. Breathing is the foundation of our dwelling place. Take several deep breaths and let your busy details of you lives go. Relax into your environment. Have no agenda for this moment of time. Sit, listen and feel the quiet. Even if thoughts are running through your mind, that’s okay. Just breathe. It will help to clean and clear you mind.

Think of clearing your mind as going to the “Peaceful Mind Gym” at a specific time for a certain number of times each week. Read More

Becca Z Towery – Perspectives – REAL Style

Becca Towery


Sneakers are acceptable footwear pretty much anywhere, from a polished day at the office to a slinky, sexy night at the bar.

By Becca Z. Towery

Ladies “we’re never, ever going to say goodbye to Sneakers as they are everywhere, everyday shoes.” So treat yourself to a couple of fabulous pairs this summer and walk the Sarasota streets in REAL Style! Take note – this year we are benching our beloved white sneaks in favor of fashionable-approved tennies. After fashion week, it’s clear that the top 2018 sneaker trends are anything but basic. Between “ugly” dad sneakers, refreshing pastels, and the reboot of the retro gum sole, we wouldn’t want to be caught dead in plain white low tops.

Here are 6 Sneaker Trends every fashion girl will be wearing in 2018. These six styles have built up some major hype from sneakerheads and Instagram stars alike in only two short months. Read More

Sheila Venancia – Perspectives – REAL Beauty

Sheila Headshot

Hair Accessories

By Sheila Venancia

Hair accessories come in lots of different shapes and sizes. Many are great for securing your hairstyles, some are a good way of getting your bangs off your face, and others just work as hair adornments. Try what suits your look the best.

Jaw Clips
Jaw clips come in a range of sizes, so you’re likely to find one suitable for your hair’s length. Closer spaced teeth mean they’re more suitable for finer hair types. Mini jaw clips are a great way of separating pieces of hair. These work best for casual occasions, like when you’re running a few errands.

Snap Clip
Snap clips are good for securing pieces of hair that are any type and texture. Snap clips are really for casual looks, because they’re basically about securing layers or pieces of hair that would otherwise fall out of a ponytail or half up/updo. Read More

Patricia Tan – Perspectives – International REAL Estate

Patricia Tan

Welcome! To Our Summer Real Estate Buyers

By Patricia Tan

Just as our tourism market is becoming less seasonal, so too is our real estate market. The gap is narrowing between the number of transactions closed as a result of our winter seasonal visitors, and transactions closed during the steamy summer months.

No sooner have we waved goodbye to our winter residents and visitors, then we start to greet summer tourists who come to sample our sunny shores. We hope they will stay a while and enjoy the Florida lifestyle. Many of our summer visitors will be from other countries, particularly European nations where the tradition of a long summer holiday persists. Walk around St Armand’s Circle and listen to the many different languages being spoken – French, Italian, Spanish, German, Norwegian, Swedish and Portuguese to name a few. Many of our international visitors will enjoy their time here so much, that they may look to purchase a home they can use for future vacations or retirement. Read More

Lori Collins Rodriguez and Helaine Giddens – Perspectives – REAL Estate

Helaine Giddens and Lori Collins Rodriguez

Are You Thinking Of Selling Your Home?

By Lori Collins Rodriguez and Helaine Giddens

Seller Beware!
Reasons FSBO are a BAD Idea!

Homeowners obviously know their homes better than anyone, but that doesn’t mean they’re the best salespersons for their properties.

Some sellers are tempted to try a For Sale by Owner (FSBO) transaction because their local community is in the midst of a sellers’ market and they think they can sell easily without help. Others try the FSBO route because they want to maximize their profits and avoid paying a commission to a Realtor.

However, statistics show that selling your home with the assistance of a professional real estate agent will garner you a higher profit, enough to cover the commission as well as put more money in your pocket. According to the National Association of Realtor’s 2017 Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the average FSBO sales price was $190,000, while the average price for a home represented by an agent was $250,000, a difference of $60,000! Read More

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