Monday, June 24, 2013

Bickel Helped Keep Florida Beautiful

Whether it was running her own business or her crusade to keep Sarasota and the state of Florida beautiful, Helen Madira Bickel certainly left her mark.

Click here for theTitle Article from SarasotaHistoryAlive

Other related websites:

Madira Bickel Mound State Archeological Site

Madira Bickel Mound Park transports visitors back 1000 years into Florida's past

Take a Tour of the Mound on YouTube

Terra Ceia & Madira Bickel Mounts 1450 AD

Thursday, June 20, 2013

MAY: A New 8 Year High in Sarasota Bay Real Estate Sales

After a robust "season" of home/condo sales, the Sarasota Bay real estate market continues to push upward with May sales 19.4 percent above those of May 2012. 

And the high sales volume was accompanied by yet another increase in median sale prices of homes.  For single family homes (now $220,000), it was the highest level since August 2008, up 18.8 percent over last May's figure of $185,000.  Condos (now $194,250) fared well also -- up almost 8 percent over last May's figure of $180,000.

Available inventory has hit a new low for the decade - down almost 16 percent since May of 2012.  Inventory stood at 3 months for single family and 3.9 months for condos in May - both well below what would be considered "typically healthy" for our marketplace.

CLICK HERE for the complete Sarasota Association Monthly Statistics Report for May 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013

Bertha Palmer Adds Cowboy to Her Estate

Bertha Honore Palmer, American businesswoman, socialite and philanthropist and Florida Real Estate Pioneer.  Mrs. Palmer played an important part in Sarasota's founding history and development.

Click here for Mrs. Palmer's Biography

Click here for the Title Article from the
Sarasota History Alive website

Monday, June 10, 2013

Baseball Legend, Ted Williams

Sports, especially baseball, has played an important part in Sarasota's history.  One baseball legend, Ted Williams, was a popular subject in the local community during his time with the Boston Red Sox and the time he spent in Sarasota.

Click Here for the Ted Williams article from SarasotaHistoryAlive website

Monday, June 3, 2013

Amish and Mennonite Communities - Article from Journals of Yesteryear

Amish and Mennonite Communities have been a vital part of the Sarasota landscape since the first settlements in 1925. 

Click Here for the SarasotaHistoryAlive article

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Pet Friendly Sarasota/Bradenton

Recently I visited my daughter, son-in-law and new baby in their home in Atlanta, GA.  As I was driving, I chose to take "my baby", Sophie, with me rather than leave her with her "Pet Nanny" for a week.  Thankfully she was good as gold both on the drive and while visiting in their new home.

Sophie is definitely a member of the family, as most pets are to their families.  So when traveling, it is important to plan ahead for "pet friendly" restaurants, hotels and parks so that our four legged family members enjoy their vacation as much as we do.  Fortunately the Sarasota/Bradenton communities embrace this love of our pets.  We have some beautiful community dog parks as well as many public parks. 

When researching the information for this blog, I hit on a gold mine at site called This site offers helpful travel information for many locations around the world!

I have included some helpful direct links below for those coming to Sarasota/Bradenton. But check out when going elsewhere as well.  It is user friendly and loaded with helpful information.

Awesome travel site for Dog Lovers - Click here to visit the site:


Bayfront Dog Park - not off leash

17th Street Paw Park - off leash

Click Here for a list of "Pet Friendly Restaurants in Sarasota"

Click Here for a list of "Pet Friendly Hotels In Sarasota"


Happy Trails Dog Park - off leash

Click Here for a list of "Pet Friendly Restaurants in Bradenton"

Click Here for a list of "Pet Friendly Hotels in Bradenton"