The 14th Annual GeckoFest will take place this Saturday, August 30th, 2014 from 10am until 10pm in Gulfport, Florida. There will music, artists, craftsmen, dancers, magicians, jugglers costume contest, plenty of food & drinks and much more. It is located on Beach Boulevard from 22nd Ave South to Gulfport beach and the Gulfport Casino. Each year, Gulfport celebrates the end of summer with its largest festival of the year, dedicated to the town’s unofficial mascot and favorite reptile-the Gecko!

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Gulfport is located between St. Petersburg and Boca Ciega Bay. Originally, it was called Disston City when Hamilton Disston first purchased land in 1884. Since there was already a city named that in Hillsborough County, the name was changed to Bonafacio. Then in 1890 it was changed to Veteran City and finally in 1910 it was officially named Gulfport. That’s a lot of names for such a small town. Glad that Gulfport was the final name chosen.

Gulfport has always had a high concentration of artists and musicians. Some say they are inspired by the beautiful light, tropical scenery, relaxed atmosphere and that “Old Florida” feel. There is a great mix of small cottages, boutiques, independent restaurants and businesses scattered along Beach Boulevard down to the beach.

The first Friday and third Saturday of each month “Art Walk” is held. Tuesdays are Fresh Market days in the Gulfport Waterfront district from 9 am to 3 pm, on Beach Blvd. The market has fresh produce, cheese, seafood, honey, nuts, baked goods, plants, art and crafts, and local entertainment and it takes place all year. If you haven’t been to Gulfport yet, this weekend might be a good time to check it out.



Tampa Bay Times-Saturday, August 2014
Two projects recently announced in St. Petersburg will help grow the city’s reputation as a place that values artistic expression, but the projects also excite because they bring new investment to the city’s core.

The Warehouse Arts District Association is spending just under a million dollars to purchase the former Ace Recycling property and several nearby warehouses and offices in the 500 block of 22nd Street S, within sight of the Morean Center for Clay and close to glass artist Duncan McClellan’s hot shop. The association has long-term plans for gallery space, classrooms and a metal-casting foundry, but it will begin by creating about 20,000 square feet of studio space for 30 to 40 artists. A foundry at what’s been named the Warehouse Arts Enclave would create “a triad of fire art that would put us on the map nationally,” association president Mark Aeling said.

It’s an ambitious plan with a high price tag for a nonprofit group founded just two years ago. The group has been raising funds from private donors. A first public fundraiser at the property, 515 22nd St. S, is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday. The association hopes to raise $350,000 by Nov. 1 for the down payment and first phase of renovations.

The property, which is across the street from the Pinellas County Job Corps campus, needs rehabilitation and is surrounded by industrial and commercial buildings, some of them empty. Its conversion to a complex that eventually could host classes and arts events will bring new energy to that stretch of 22nd Street.

The second announcement involves a public investment of nearly $2.3 million for an “art-in-transit” project along Central Avenue. Its goal is to make mass transit easier and more comfortable to navigate and also to enliven and visually unify Central Avenue. The Mickett/Stackhouse Studio, hired by the city to develop a master concept for the project, showed off its work at a recent City Council meeting. And while nothing has been designed yet, just the concepts the team showed excited council members, who unanimously moved the project to the design phase.

The concept showed tall, lighted glass pillars clustered on the east and west ends of Central Avenue — “welcoming portals” to the city’s central street. Each column was a different color to represent the seven character districts along Central. The team’s work included artistically designed bus shelters at 10 Central Avenue Trolley stops east of 28th Street, each with the lighted column motif and a lighted transit map. Trees would shade passengers waiting for the trolley.

The art-in-transit project will be funded with a $975,000 federal transportation grant, $500,000 from the Penny for Pinellas sales tax, $500,000 in transportation impact fees paid by developers and $300,000 from the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. If the Greenlight Pinellas referendum passes Nov. 4 and Bus Rapid Transit lines are created to move passengers along First Avenue North and First Avenue South, the city will use some of the “art-in-transit” components on those corridors, too.

Though the eventual design could differ from the concept the team showed, representatives predicted that light and color will remain important components. Light was requested by downtown merchants to give Central Avenue visitors a greater sense of safety. The bright colors and unique bus shelter designs would further the city’s emphasis on art and artistry.

Art is a proven mechanism for renewing neighborhoods, bringing color and energy to moribund areas and attracting visitors and investment. These two plans hold out promise of continuing St. Petersburg’s string of successes in those areas.

Tampa Bay Times Editorial: Projects invest in St. Petersburg’s core


For sale a beautiful Key West style waterfront home with 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths plus an additional bedroom & full bath downstairs.  The finished square footage downstairs is not included in the heated 2683 sq ft or the overall 2848 square footage.



The kitchen is a chef’s dream with a gas cooktop, double ovens, center island, an abundance of cabinets plus a breakfast bar. There is space for a table in the kitchen nook overlooking the water. With the kitchen, dining room & living room open to each other, there is plenty of space for entertaining. A guest bath is conveniently located nearby. To add to the entertaining experience, the home offers open living areas with water views looking straight down the canal.1165044

The master bedroom has sliding glass doors that open onto the waterfront balcony. There are 2 additional bedroom, a full bathroom, an office with built-ins and laundry room.



The extra finished space downstairs could be used as guest quarters or media room. As an extra bonus, the house has its own private elevator.   1165047 The 3 car plus garage has room for extra storage as well as an area for games. The garage has a third garage door that opens to the waterside for easy access.

The home is elevated for lower flood insurance. The HOA is $185/monthly.



This home is located in the only gated community that includes single family homes on the beaches.  The gated community offers a clubhouse which includes an exercise room, meeting room, kitchen, pool, spa & 2 tennis courts. Redington Shores has 1.19 miles of pristine beaches overlooking the Gulf of Mexico which are just across the street from this home. Enjoy the beaches, fishing, boating, parks, shops, restaurants & more. Midway between Clearwater Beach to the north and St. Pete Beach to the south, Redington Shores is just 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport and museums, music venues, professional football, hockey, soccer and baseball.

Don’t miss the opportunity to own this great home!  You could be enjoying this beautiful beach daily.1165048

Liquid Desires

Saturday, Aug. 23rd, 8:00PM–11:00PM

The 4th annual Liquid Desires Craft Beer Party celebrates Florida breweries and other unique craft brews with a vibe mirroring Dali’s fascination with double images, in celebration of the special exhibit, Marvels of Illusion. Celebrate your passion for craft beer among some of the most famous paintings in the world with samplings of a variety of craft beers and access to the brewers themselves, trendy local eateries, and dancing. Liquid Desires is hosted by The Dali Museum’s Zodiac Membership Committee. Proceeds benefit the  Museum and its education programs.

2014 Liquid Desires Tickets
$85 VIP (VIP Tickets are sold-out)

General Admission includes unlimited beer and food tastings, commemorative tasting glass, giveaways from participating vendors, a raffle for beer enthusiasts, free valet parking and full access to the permanent collection & special exhibition galleries.

VIP ticket includes early access at 7pm, swag bags, exclusive small batch tastings, and a special presentation by three esteemed craft beer aficionados: Joey Redner, Owner of Cigar City Brewing, Tom Williams, Co-Owner of St. Pete Brewing Company, and Jeremy Joerger, Owner of JDub’s Brewery. (Limited number of tickets available. First-come, first-serve.)

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Yesterday, I hosted an open house at this lovely home nestled in the exclusive gated community of Pasadena Yacht & Country Club of St. Petersburg, Florida. 

From the moment you enter through the double doors, you see the open floor plan with a view of the in-ground pool and the marina beyond.  This Costanza, an established and respected Florida master homebuilder with an excellent reputation for service, value and quality in design since 1972, block home with 3715 heated square feet (345.1348 square feet) and a total square footage of 5119 (475.5707 square meters). photo 5 The light filled home has 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths plus a separate office.




photo 2 photo 3The family room, which is open to the kitchen, has a natural gas fireplace and a view of the gorgeous enclosed gas heated swimming pool. All of this makes it perfect for entertaining & relaxing with family & friends. To add to this, the kitchen has a wine chiller and a sink located in the island. There is a newer stainless steel refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher to enhance the entertaining. The home is loaded with built-ins and a large separate laundry room. Want to keep your vehicles out of the sun & still have extra storage? Then this 4 car garage should fulfill your needs.

The Pasadena Yacht Club Marina is just steps away via the gate located in the back yard. The large yard is well maintained & beautifully landscaped.

photo 6 From the marina, there is immediate access to the Intracoastal and the Gulf of Mexico. The Pasadena Yacht & Country Club, established in 1924, offers a unique environment of quiet, understated elegance with an 18 hole championship golf course designed by Wayne Stiles, renovated by Arnold Palmer, yacht basin with 82 boat slips and three dining areas, a Health Club with heated Jr. Olympic swimming pool and newly renovated tennis courts just steps away. There are a limited number of deep-water dockominiums available for purchase or lease. The PYCC marina  is known as one of West Florida’s most protected marinas.

The flood insurance is approximately $750. per year and the homeowners dues are approximately $1750. per year. This house has many more features to help you enjoy the Florida lifestyle. It is located close to downtown St Petersburg with its fine restaurants, museums, music venues & sporting events, St Pete Beach, Ft Desoto and the airports. Offered at $889,000.

It will be on the market shortly. If you would like more information or would like to view this home, please contact me at

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So if you are interested in buying his home, please contact me immediately! I will gladly escort you to the property. We do have some beautiful waterfront homes here in the St Pete Beach-St Petersburg-Clearwater area of Florida that are also available, if you prefer.

A home in Hong Kong is being listed for the equivalent of $105.7 million in U.S. currency, but it’s the price per square foot that has the world talking.

The home would cost $22,677 per square foot if it sells at its current price, making it the world’s most expensive home ever sold on a per-square-foot basis, The Wall Street Journal reports. It would also be the priciest home ever sold in Hong Kong.

The 4,661-square-foot home features four bedrooms, a private pool, a garden, rooftop terrace, and a carport that can accommodate two cars. The home is located in the new Twelve Peaks development within the city’s exclusive Victoria Peak neighborhood.

The home’s developer, Sun Hung Kai Properties, has offered any fast-acting buyer a 3 percent discount if a deal is made within five months. Discounts are becoming more common in Hong Kong as developers try to revive recent sluggish demand for new homes lately, The Wall Street Journal reports.

How does the house compare to U.S. real estate prices? Forbes recently spotlighted the most expensive homes listed for-sale in the U.S., with the Owlwood Estate in Holmby Hills, Calif., currently leading at an asking price of $150 million for a 13,000-square-foot mansion on 10 acres.

Source: “World’s Most Expensive Home Per Square Foot Goes on Sale,” The Wall Street Journal (Aug. 8, 2014) and “The Most Expensive Houses for Sale in America,” (August 2014)


Surely you can’t miss the third installment of The Dali’s Cult Classic summer movie series. Tues, Aug 19th we'll show the quintessential 80s classic Airplane, free in the Museum’s Avante-garden.

 Surely you can’t miss the third installment of The Dali’s Cult Classic summer movie series. Tues, Aug 19th we’ll show the quintessential 80s classic Airplane, free in the Museum’s Avante-garden.  Don’t call me surely!!

cult clas•sic noun \kelt ’kla-sik\: A movie that keeps getting better with every line of dialogue memorized and every off-beat costume inspiration.

The second annual Cult Classics series at The Dalí will celebrate four influential classic films in an anti-movie theater experience on our patio in the Avant-garden. Grab a lawn chair and prepare to be entertained by the high jinx and shenanigans from the casts of characters we’ve come to adore.

Doors open at 7pm Movie starts at sunset

Cost: FREE + open to the public

Cash Bar: J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc., Food Truck: Burger Culture tampa

Event takes place on the museum patio. (Museum will be closed.)



Want great R.O.I.?.Conference


August is here and if it’s August that means the Florida REALTORS Confrence & Trade Expo is just around the corner.  If you haven’t registered yet, do it now because you are not going to want to miss this year’s convention – advanced registration is open through tomorrow, August 5th.  I have been attending the FR meetings for over 20 years and truthfully, I always walk away with knowledge that has made my business better and helped me increase my bottom line.  The R.O.I. is tremendous.

As REALTORS you have anBarCamp opportunity to meet from around the state is truly amazing.  North, South, East Coast, West Coast, Central Florida – REALTORS with every kind of experience and expertise.  It never fails, I always meet someone who knows someone or has just the knowledge that I need at a later date.  The payback, my R.O.I.?  I have gotten AND given referrals! Huge R.O.I.

Simon BaileyEDUCATION:  The ultimate time-management for your business!                                 Dozens of leading edge and business necessity programs and speakers all in one place.  Risk management for your business, technology for today’s REALTOR, what’s new in short sales, working with foreclosures, along with learning how public policy affects our ability to do business and where our RPAC dollars ultimately end up.  Something for everyone, including Residential, Commercial and International practitioners.  Programs f vital importance to our business and our ability to make a living.  More great R.O.I.

EXPO and TRADE SHOW: Hundreds of exhibitors!FR Trade Expo 2014               
Products and services for the individual REALTOR, for Teams, for offices and for companies and associations – all under one roof.  Find what you’ve been looking for, ask the questions you’ve been wanting to ask and find the answer to your business needs. Even more R.O.I.!

conference masksPARTY: Yes, we REALTORS do like to party and have a good time – join us for a Party on the Moon Concert. Voted America’s #1 Corporate and Private Party Band, Party On The Moon delivers a non-stop, high-energy evening of current dance, 80s, classic rock, Latin, disco/funk, R&B and Motown fun. BE THERE! After all, how often do you get to Party On The Moon?! And come dressed in either all white (traditional during Brazilian Carn*a*val) or your brightest, most colorful party attire, and jump in during the parade featuring floats from each of our 13 Districts. One complimentary ticket is automatically included with Full Registration. 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14. Check out all the special and ticketed events during the 2014 Florida Realtors Conference & Trade Expo.

These are just a few of the reasons you should be there, this is why it is important to you register-now1and your business.  Looking for great R.O.I.?  Be there…advanced registration closes tomorrow, August 5th…so get registered today and make the commitment for your business, for yourself!  I’ll be there…will you?

Until next Monday…

Matey Veissi, Vice President for Florida Realtors 

Had to post the article below about something that my daughter & I are doing this week. My daughter was part of the scavenger hunt last year and thought that I would like to join in on the fun & creativity. Can’t tell you what photos, videos & activities that I have been involved yet but there will be some interesting things to post when the competition is over. Oh my goodness!!   Our team of 15, from all over the world, is called GooniesLovesCornographicporn or Goonies for short. Don’t ask me how that name was chosen. Wish us & all the scavenger hunters good luck.

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. GISHWHES 2014’s logo-behold, I give you the elopus!

William Shatner-His Twitter header photo says it all.   by    on

 What could possibly bring thousands of people from all over the world – including William Shatner – together for one week of good-natured mayhem? The humbly-titled Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen (or, GISHWHES, for short), that’s what.

GISHWHES is a week-long annual competition that involves multimedia submissions from teams of 15. And yes, Shatner recruited his own group to compete in this year’s challenge – he seems pretty confident about winning the championship, according to his Twitter account header photo). The conceit is essentially this: teams need to artfully and imaginatively tick off the most items on a list of over 150 tasks.

Previous years’ tasks have included edicts such as picturing Adam and Eve at a bus stop, throwing a puppet show at a children’s hospital, creating a Sanitauras Rex, sharing an image of yoga skiing and snapping a shot of a Stormtrooper cleaning a pool next to a sunbather enjoying a cocktail.


This year’s battle kicked off on August 2, and ends August 9, and the participants number in the thousands – it’s sort of a no-brainer as to why: not only is the competition wacky fun, but the prize is pretty sweet. This year, the winning team will be flown to “King’s Landing” in Croatia (yep, the infamous site where “Game of Thrones” scenes are filmed) where they’ll board and set sail on a pirate ship and, “be treated to a survivor-style weekend adventure of revelry, mayhem and wondermentation.” Whatever “wondermentation” means, we want to go there. Past winners have vacationed in Rome, British Columbia and even a haunted castle in Scotland.


Pretty amazing stuff, considering that the whole thing began in 2011 as a publicity stunt to help actor Misha Collins’ show “Supernatural” win a People’s Choice Award. It’s now a five-time Guinness World Record-holding operation, and in the competition’s fourth year Collins is looking to add three more world records to the GISHWHES trophy shelf.


Now that the game is under way, this year’s task list is closed to non-participants, but you can follow the action at the GISHWHES Twitter (check the hashtag #GISHWHES) and Facebook accounts.

The best part about the GISHWHES program – aside from the fact that it encourages teamwork, International good will and crazy fun – is that the proceeds from entry fees are donated to Collin’s charity Random Acts, a non-profit dedicated to promoting random acts of kindness.

Here are just some of the many things to do in the St. Petersburg-St. Pete Beach-Tampa Bay this weekend. Have fun!! Also don’t forget, it’s tax-free shopping weekend for back to school items

Tampa Bay Comic Con   Friday, August 1, 2014 12:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am

Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

Comics, videos, toys, action figures, Anime, Star Wars, artwork, trading cards and other collectibles. Special guests include Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Evan Peters (American Horror Story/X-Men), John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings/Indiana Jones) and Caity Lotz (Arrow/Mad Men). …$30, $60 three days, 12 and younger free.


Material Collaborations: David Hicks and Alejandro Contreras Opening Reception   Friday, August 1, 2014 6:00pm

Mindy Solomon Gallery, 124 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL

The opening reception for an exhibit by two artists who explore and exploit two and three-dimensional surfaces. Remains on display through Sept. 12. Free. (727) 502-0852


Kid’s Night Pioneer Style   Friday, August 1, 2014 6:00pm

Pinellas Pioneer Settlement, 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg  kids will be entertained with pioneer fun and a campfire with s’mores. $15.  (727) 893-7326


Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels    Friday, August 1, 2014 7:10pm 

Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida

Tonight-Joe Maddon Wine Glasses or View the game from a $15 Club level seat to benefit Juvenile Arthritis. Call (310) 936-5184.

Tickets Toll-free 1-888-326-7297  Rays vs. Angel Saturday & Sunday too


The Dirty Heads   Friday, August 1, 2014 8:00pm 

Jannus Live 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg

The reggae-rock group with Pepper and opener Aer.  $35-$40.


Dive-In Movies-Happy Feet   Friday, August 1, 2014 8:00pm 

 St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach

at the St. Pete Beach city pool with Olympic swimming lanes, a spray play area for kids and two large water slides. Bring your noodles, floats and chairs for movie watching. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the movie starts after sunset. $4.


Miracle on South Division Street  Friday, August 1, 2014 8:00pm 

Eckerd College Bininger Theatre, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg

A Simple Theatre presents the comical story of the unraveling of a family’s long time legend of  the sighting of the Blessed Mother.

$30, $25 students/seniors.


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest  Friday, August 1, 2014 8:00pm

Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

When a man decides to serve his sentence in a mental institution thinking it will be a better alternative to prison, his plan doesn’t account for the nurse who rules the  hospital with an iron fist. $20-$44


Intro to Florida Friendly Landscaping   Saturday, August 2, 2014 10am

Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg

Landscaping and composting techniques and more, for new to Florida landscapes and experienced gardeners. Free.


Breakfast with Dali for Families   Saturday, August 2, 2014 9:30am

Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg

Monthly docent-led tours introduce Salvador Dali and the Dali Museum to families with children. The interactive tour highlights Dali paintings and other works that appeal to children. A Spanish-themed breakfast buffet and hands-on activities follow the tour. Reservations required.

$21, $10 ages 6-12; $10, $5 ages 6-12 members.


Downtown Saturday Market Williams Park  Saturday, August 2, 2014 9am

Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg

fresh produce, food and entertainment. Free.


Customer Appreciation Day  Pronto Car Wash and Quick Lube   Saturday, August 2, 2014 11am

220 34th St N, St. Petersburg

Castrol pro angler Mike Surman-autographs and giving fishing tips. a casting contest, workshops, free popcorn, racing simulator, face painting and prizes. Free


ABC’s of Style  Saturday, August 2, 2014 1pm

Tyrone Square Mall,  6901 Tyrone Square, St. Petersburg

Afternoon of fashion, games, performances, swag bags and a special performance by Mikel Soulhop of Soulhop Nation for teens. Macy’s court.  Free.


The group  Yes   Saturday, August 2, 2014 8pm

Mahaffey Theater  400 First St. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

They will perform two classic albums, 1971’s Fragile and 1972’s Close To The Edge, in their entirety, as well as some greatest hits and new material.   $49.50-$125.50.


Made in St. Pete   Saturday, August 2, 2014 8pm

Jannus Live  200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

More than 20 dance crews perform in this show presented by St. Pete-born NBA player Marreese Speights, including We Are Toonz, who created the hit dance “Nae Nae.” A portion of proceeds will go to shoes, book bags, and school supplies for kids. $20.






Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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