• Huge industrial park rising in Manatee
    Construction of a huge light industrial park in a prime Manatee County location is well underway. Benderson Development Co. expects the first building in its 2 million-square-foot Florida International Trade Port in Ellenton will be completed this year. It will easily be the biggest complex in this part of the ... read more
    By Chris Wille
  • Is Airbnb worth it? Losing property-tax breaks can be costly
    Homeowners who make a little extra money with Airbnb but ignore the tax man could end up paying a high price.If they do short-term rentals with their primary residence, they can't continue to claim a homestead exemption that limits increases in property taxes. Those who continue to could be forced ... read more
    By Chris Wille
  • Multifamily going prefab
    VALLEJO, Calif. - California is in the middle of an affordable-housing crisis that cities across the state are struggling to solve. Rick Holliday, a longtime Bay Area real estate developer, thinks one answer lies in an old shipyard in Vallejo, about 40 minutes northeast of San Francisco.Here, in a football-field-size ... read more
    By By Conor Dougherty The New York Times
  • FLORIDA BUILDINGS I LOVE: No. 79: Boca Raton Resort & Club, 1926, Boca Raton
    There's a lot to love at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, but the architectural and historical pedigree is rooted in its original building, originally called the Cloister Inn and now simply called the Cloister.This Mediterranean Revival palace of just 100 guest rooms was the dream - and partly the ... read more
    By Harold Bubil
  • 2018 local AIA design awards
    Architecture stands as a chronicle of a community's regard for itself through design.The latest set of design awards presented by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects reflects the increasing sophistication of Sarasota's architects and their clients.It also represents a changing of the guard, as a new wave ... read more
    By Harold Bubil
  • HAROLD BUBIL: Hurricane prep and real estate
    So many stories are real estate stories. From national security and history to architecture and sustainability, and, yes, even hurricane preparation, so many issues hinge on (a) protecting our lives and (b) protecting our homes, either financially or physically.That is why I consider hurricane preparation an appropriate message for these ... read more
  • Market Snapshot: Bella Villino
    Located on Central Sarasota Parkway in Palmer Ranch a little more than half a mile east of U.S. 41, Bella Villino is one of Sarasota's most eye-catching condominium communities. A resort-style neighborhood - the name means "beautiful detached house" in Italian - it offers attractive natural surroundings, outstanding amenities and ... read more
    By By Chris Angermann Correspondent
  • Spectrum digital TV upgrade coming to Manatee
    Sharper television picture quality is coming to Manatee County Spectrum TV customers. The company announced Thursday that Spectrum subscribers in the Tampa Bay region will be upgraded beginning July 10 with different communities receiving the improvement each week over the next few months.The target date for starting the upgrade in ... read more
    By Staff Report
  • 2018 Small Business of the Year: Habitat for Humanity Sarasota
    Habitat for Humanity Sarasota stood out among the category winners for the top honor in the 28th Annual Frank G. Berlin Sr. Small Business Awards. The celebrated nonprofit won the 2018 Small Business of the Year honor from the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce at a Friday luncheon ceremony at ... read more
    By Chris Wille
  • 300 acres once for affordable housing sold to Neal Land Ventures
    Neal Land Ventures bought 300 acres in North Venice for almost $18 million from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The tract is located just east of Interstate 75 and between Laurel and Border roads.John Neal, who formed Neal Land Ventures in 2013, said he and his partner, Frank Cassata, plan ... read more
    By Chris Wille