• Union buys Sarasota office building for $2.6 million
    SARASOTA - The International Union of Police Associations has bought an office building in Sarasota for its new headquarters. The trade union that represents law enforcement and related support personnel nationally paid $2.6 million for the 17,401-square-foot property at 5632 Bee Ridge Road, in the RidgeGate Center, according to Ian ... read more
    By Staff Report
    Marty Haines Marty Haines, a broker-associate in the Venice office of Re/Max Alliance Group, has been named among the Top 40 Business Professionals by the Venice Gondolier Sun. Nominated by readers and selected by a panel, the Top 40 Business Professionals are recognized for demonstrating business and professional ... read more
  • HAROLD BUBIL: What you can do for a healthier bay
    Naturally occurring red tide is a historical irritant to the region's tourist- and real estate-based economy, not to mention those tourists' eyes, noses and throats, but it just seems worse this year. It probably is - and now there are more people than ever in Southwest Florida to be alarmed ... read more
  • AIA Gulf coast chapter winners
    The awardsAIA Florida/Caribbean chose a London-based jury of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) members to consider 300 design-award entries. The jury selected 42 awards from 32 firms in Florida and Puerto Rico. Sarasota architects, members of AIA's Gulf Coast chapter, won eight awards for the design of individual projects:• ... read more
    By Harold Bubil
  • Architecture: Beyond the image
    Pretty photographs play a big role in the judging of design awards, but this year's big winner at the state convention of architects says there's so much more to design than first appearances.Michael Halflants believes one of the biggest issues his profession faces is the "understanding of architecture being just ... read more
    By Harold Bubil
  • Market snapshot: Saddle Oak Estates
    Saddle Oak Estates is a well-established equestrian community with spacious luxury homes in beautiful natural surroundings. Located five miles east of Interstate 75 on Clark Road and sandwiched between the neighborhoods of Saddle Creek and The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch, it offers quiet, secluded, leisurely country living.At the entrance, ... read more
    By By Chris Angermann Correspondent
  • FLORIDA BUILDINGS I LOVE: No. 88: Center for Asian Art, 2016, Sarasota
    One of Florida's most important and architecturally progressive new buildings is tucked away at the rear of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.But once visitors make it to the west side of The Ringling's 66-acre campus, it is hard to miss.The simple box clad in emerald green ceramic ... read more
    By Harold Bubil
  • Another Rosemary District condo project in offing
    SARASOTA - This week a developer active in the Rosemary District filed a request for city approval of an administrative site plan for a small property at 1469 Fifth St.Tetra Terra Development LLC intends to construct a five-story condominium building with seven residential units with either a private rooftop terrace ... read more
    By Chris Wille
  • CHRIS WILLE: Ritz-Carlton Sarasota sale gets state's top dollar per room
    The sale of the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota this year put the city in first place in the state for the second quarter for one key indicator in hotel acquisitions. The $171 million purchase price amounts to $643,000 per "key," finance-speak for a hotel room.The buyer, a Dallas real estate investment trust ... read more
    By Chris Wille
  • New Zealand bans foreigners from buying homes
    New Zealand's government will ban foreigners from buying residential property, making good on its promise to crack down on offshore speculators who it says are partly to blame for spiraling house prices.The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill, which places limitations on foreign purchasers, passed its final reading in Parliament on Wednesday ... read more
    By By Tracy Withers Bloomberg