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Starting off on Friday, March 31st 7-9pm -2157 !st Ave S, St Petersburg, FLORIDA
Funky Film and Flea Market at Black Crow Coffee Roasting
Shop at Black Crow Coffee Roasting & watch a class B movie. The Night BoHo Market will have booths set up for local vendors including St. Pete Ferments, 9 Lamps, Anchor Skate Supply, Black Moth Candle Company, Bluebird Books & more. The B-movie classic is Jesse James and Frankenstein’s Daughter. Urban Brew & BBQ will be serving food.
Saturday, April 1st
Tampa Bay Rays Kids Pep Rally at Tropicana Field 10am-1pm
Attend the Kids Pep Rally, presented by Sagicor Life Insurance Company. Free gift for all kids 14 and under. Family oriented entertainers & games, plus kids get to run the bases at Tropicana. Hot cool is that?!?!
Tiny Home Festival at St. Pete Eco Village 10am-6pm 302 15th St N
Learn about the Tiny Home & see some tiny homes. Learn from experts who have studied & made the transition to tiny living. For me-my tiny home is going to have to be on or near the water for it to work.
St. Pete Indie Market in the EDGE District 11am-4pm. 1133 Baum Avenue North.
Local vendors in the Burg gather on Baum Avenue between 10th & 11th Streets N outside of Green Bench Brewing. Fine art, skateboards, cards, candles, vintage items, furniture, & much more.
Orchid Lei Making Class at Museum of Fine Arts 11am-noon 255 Beach Dr NE
Leis are associated with the graciousness of Hawaii. The MFA, in honor of Art in Bloom, invites you to make your very own orchid lei. Classes are limited to 30 individuals, ages 7 and older. All supplies included. $20 for MFA members, $30 for non-members. Must register in advance.
Feast with the Beasts at Lowry Park Zoo Saturday & Sunday 4-9pm, 1101 West Sligh Ave,
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is hosting its brand-new food, spirits & wine fundraising festival, Feast with the Beasts! Unlimited sips & bites from restaurants in Tampa among the dinosaurs & live entertainment. Help save animals.
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Toronto FC II 7:30pm Al Lang Stadium, 230 1st St SE
“Pack the stadium and help show support our local soccer squad as they make the push to join Major League Soccer!” so sayth the Rowdies
Sunday, April 2nd Opening Day for Baseball
The Rays regular season begins this Sunday at Tropicana Field against the New York Yankees. Support your team!
Please join us for our first CIPS course this year on April 3rd. Register now before it’s too late. It’s just next week!
Florida accounted for the largest share at 22 percent of total U.S. residential home sales to international clients, which the National Association of REALTORS® estimated at $102.6 Billion. Florida attracted buyers from Latin America, Europe, and Canada who tend to purchase properties in warm climates for vacation purposes. St Petersburg-Tampa-Clearwater is in the top 10 markets in the USA for International BUYERS.
Consider these facts:
- $19.4 Billion in sales to international buyers for the year ending 6/16
- 19% of Florida’s market (volume) was to international buyers
- 47,000 residential properties
- 12% of Florida’s market (units)
- 72% made an all-cash purchase
Note: The facts above were provided as part of the National Association of REALTORS® Profile of International Home Buyers in Florida study.
The 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship is being held tonight in Tampa. It looks like a repeat of last year’s game the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers.
Time: Monday, January 9th at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Thousands of fans started arriving last week. According to the news last week 15 of the top hotels in the Tampa Bay area-including St Petersburg & Clearwater Beach-were completely sold out with many other area hotels filled too. The fans aren’t just college kids. Alum of all ages have been arriving from all over the country too. Raymond James Stadium is expecting more than 50, 000 people to attend the game tonight.
The festivities started on Friday with Fan Day where you had the chance to meet the players & coaches. Saturday was the beach competition with football and special appearances by both championship team bands and cheerleaders.
Yesterday there was a concert with Jay Pharoah introducing the bands-Jamie N Commons, Gavin DeGraw & Usher. Nice line up.
TAMPA — This isn’t the first time Tampa has tried to do something bold and visionary and transformative at the 23 acres of Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. But at $35.5 million, City Hall has never put this kind of money into the effort.
Tampa Bay Times Staff Writer http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/tampa-to-launch-35-million-redevelopment-of-riverfront-park/2285761
“This park is not cheap,” Mayor Bob Buckhorn said at a mid-morning ceremony to kick of 18 months of construction at the park, which is just across the Hillsborough River from the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. “But I think we also understand as a community the value of parks in our city. They are the common ground.”
It’s the biggest city project in West Tampa in decades, one that’s aimed at creating an urban park as active and popular as Water Works and Curtis Hixon Waterfront parks.
Officials also hope a re-energized Riverfront Park will draw new residents and investment to 120 nearby acres they are calling West River.
To pay for the project, City Hall will use $15 million of the $20 million Tampa received from BP because of lost tourism revenues after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Most of the rest of the project funds will come from the Community Investment Tax, the half-cent that Hillsborough County collects on sales to pay for schools, roads and other public projects.
“You will find something to do no matter what your tastes are in this park,” Tampa parks and recreation director Greg Bayor said. When the new park opens around February 2018, it will feature:
• A new river center with a community room, a large shaded deck, storage for rowing shells and dragon boats, a public dock, paddleboard rentals, a riverfront promenade and a sheltered cove where beginners can practice on calm water.
• A large lawn where people at art shows and concerts would have good views of the river and the downtown skyline.
• Tennis, basketball and pickleball courts, plus a lighted, synthetic-turf athletic field with bleachers for soccer, football and lacrosse.
• A family picnic area, a splash pad for children, a fenced children’s play area, a dog park and a water taxi stop.
“We’re making progress in West Tampa,” said City Council member Frank Reddick, who grew up three blocks away and learned to play tennis and basketball at the park. The finished park, he said, will create “what we all want in this community, and that is a safe, livable place where we can come and bring our families.”
But to make room for the new amenities, the city will scrape the site bare of the defining features of the last big experiment there — the large earthen mounds, berms and swales designed by renowned New York architect Richard Dattner.
“I have heard about the replacement project, and am sad to see my park leveled,” Dattner, who is known for creating unorthodox, rough-hewn spaces for adventurous play, said in an email to the Tampa Bay Times.
In the mid-1970s, the city brought in Dattner to do something creative at what was then a flat, featureless park. The project was being done as part of the Model Cities program created by former President Lyndon Johnson, but money was limited. Dattner said Tampa officials wanted the resulting park to draw together mostly black neighbors and mostly white downtown office workers on their lunch hour. At the same time, officials were concerned about visibility and safety within the park.
Instead of putting up new buildings, Dattner designed the park with a series of “earth sculptures” — exterior rooms, he said, that were “carved out of earth berms to preserve the entire park as a green, landscaped surface.” Enclosed within man-made hills of various heights were an amphitheater and adventure playground with a ropes course, tennis courts, outdoor pool, central courtyard and fountain, tennis courts, and storage space and maintenance offices under a circular landscaped berm.
To get people walking across the park, making it safer in the process, Dattner laid out two tree-lined diagonal promenades that cross at the center of the park.
Dattner said the most original idea at work was to treat the entire site as a large earth sculpture, not only creating a green park at a reasonable cost, but providing high spots in the park to give visitors good views of the river.
“On a flat site, despite opinions to the contrary, only people at the water’s edge can actually see the river,” he said. “The built park was beautiful. Kids loved the water fountain in the activity circle as well as the slide safely descending from the top of the highest mound — in kids’ imaginations a ‘mountain’ in overwhelmingly flat Tampa. On my few visits after its completion I found a diverse group of all ages enjoying the variety of activities purposely provided.”
In the years that followed, however, one of the mounds was bulldozed, and more conventional playground equipment replaced the forts. The shuffleboard courts and pool were taken out. It became a little-used space. Former Mayor Pam Iorio commissioned a study that recommended improvements such as new softball fields, but Buckhorn discarded that in favor of a complete do-over.
It’s too bad, Dattner said.
“It could have been treasured, maintained, and gently upgraded to meet current requirements,” he said, “rather than demolished — a landmark landscape gone.”
‘Alien space mounds’
But the history of Riverfront Park goes back before the 1970s. In the 1940s, it was the site of stock car races on an oval track. During segregation, Tampa’s two black high schools, Middleton and Blake, played their home football games there, and Hillsborough and Plant played an annual Thanksgiving game there. And it was known as a place for neighborhood gatherings and weekend cookouts.
“A place where it didn’t matter which side of the city you were from,” said North Boulevard Homes residents council president David Gallon, who said the park means so much to him that he got married there. “When you came here, you were family.”
It’s no secret that Buckhorn doesn’t like Dattner’s design. He’s called the earth sculptures “alien space mounds” and says they obstruct views of the river.
Surveys done during the design process found that some residents didn’t know what was at Riverfront Park. The daughter of former Mayor Julian B. Lane has said that before the unveiling of the new design two years ago, she had never walked to the river through the park named for her father.
To give visitors views of the river and downtown’s skyline, the redevelopment of the park will flatten the mounds and create a grade that is highest next to North Boulevard and gently slopes down to the river.
Beyond this immediate project, officials hope remaking Riverfront Park will accomplish much of what Model Cities aimed to do.
Investing in Riverfront Park, Buckhorn hopes, will help Tampa compete for a $30 million federal Choice Neighborhoods grant to help pay for the West River plan. City Hall is moving a nearby truck maintenance depot and wants to sell the land for apartment development. North Boulevard Homes, Tampa’s oldest public housing complex, is earmarked for demolition. Housing officials plan to replace it with both subsidized housing and dwellings that sell or rent on the open market.
“It is the project that is the most transformative for West Tampa,” Buckhorn said. He said when Gallon and other North Boulevard Homes residents return to a redeveloped neighborhood, “they won’t have to live in a gang-infested, violent public housing project. They can live in a community that they are proud to call home and where everyone enjoys the same benefits.”
Contact Richard Danielson at (813) 226-3403 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @Danielson_Times
Neighborhood Advocates Initiative
TBX Campaign #7
Traffic is everywhere, and it seems to get worse every year. Community leaders have tried many times to work out plans that could alleviate congestion, provide transit options, and reduce cost to citizens. The Department of Transportation has begun work on a new plan called Tampa Bay Express (TBX).
TBX is a $6 billion overhaul of the Interstate system in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. This eight-part project will fix many choke points and add capacity to the “spine” of Tampa Bay.
Construction on the first major piece will begin soon as they connect I-275 to US 19 by building an elevated highway where 118th Ave runs in Pinellas Park. The other seven parts will fix the major choke points, create transit options for buses in Hillsborough, leave open the possibility of rail across the Howard Frankland Bridge, and add express toll lanes throughout the system.
Here are some highlights of the project:
I’m letting people know because these issues have the potential to directly impact the growth and strength of the local economy, as well as our quality of life. In order for our area to remain attractive to residents, visitors and the workforce, we must find a solution to our existing traffic problems. It ultimately affects all homeowners, and I wanted to keep you informed.
You can find out more at tbxYES.com or TampaBayExpress.com.
If you have any questions or any real estate needs, you can email me at AnnalisaWeller1@gmail.com or call me at 727-804-6566.
© 2016 Pinellas Realtor Organization
Check this out-St Petersburg made it in the top 10 & Tampa is NUMBER ONE for coastal cities!! -Annalisa
Florida is the best place in America for tying the knot, according to personal finance website WalletHub, which just released (in time for Valentine’s Day!) its 2016 ranking of Best and Worst Cities to Get Married.
By Tracey Minkin in Coastal Living
The Sunshine State is home to 3 of the top 10 cities in WalletHub’s brand-new ranking: Orlando (which topped the list at #1), followed by Florida’s coastal cities of Tampa, which came in at #4, and Miami, which came in at #8.
To arrive at its nuptials numbers, WalletHub researchers compared the 150 largest cities in America in search of the cheapest and most convenient wedding destinations that also promised what WalletHub called “a memorable occasion.” Researchers used 18 key indicators to judge each city, including number of venues, flower, and bridal shops per capita, hotel availability, and average cost of a wedding in that city.
While many of the cities were inland, we collected the coastal winners for getting the best bang for your bridal buck . . . at the beach. Because really: who would want it any other way?
Here’s how the top coastal cities fared:
#1 Coastal/#4 Overall: TAMPA, FLORIDA
Bridal 411: One of Tampa’s greatest strengths overall was its diversity of attractions and activities, according to WalletHub.
#2 Coastal/#8 Overall: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Bridal 411: Miami, the city where every event is a party, scored in the top 5 overall as having the most bridal shops per capita and scored #1 for the most flower shops per capita. (See why Miami made our 2016 list of top luxury beach destinations, here.)
#3 Coastal/#18 Overall: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Bridal 411: Like Tampa, this romantic Delta city (hey, that’s coastal in our books) scored big in activities and attractions. (Check out how a trip to New Orleans can change your life, here.)
#4 Coastal/#18 Overall: FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
Bridal 411: This true beach town scored highest on its overall wedding facilities and services ranking–20th among 150 cities. (Find out what more there is to love about Fort Lauderdale, here.)
#5 Coastal/#27 Overall: MOBILE, ALABAMA
Bridal 411: Talk about bang for your buck… this lively port city on the Gulf of Mexico was #5 out of 150 in most affordable wedding cost ranking. (You’ll never believe what this creative city drops from one of its highest buildings on New Year’s Eve!)
The other top coastal cities in WalletHub’s ranking were:
#6 Coastal/#32 Overall: Portland, Oregon
***#7 Coastal/#39 Overall: St. Petersburg, Florida ***
#8 Coastal/#46 Overall: San Diego, California
#9 Coastal/#53 Overall: Los Angeles, California
#10 Coastal/#73 Overall: Corpus Christi, Texas
By Tracey Minkin in Coastal Living
TAMPA, Fla. – Jan. 19, 2016 – The Tampa metro area continues to be a desirable destination for international homebuyers.
Realtors cite a variety of reasons for the area’s popularity – the growth of direct international flights to Tampa International Airport, higher prices in South Florida sending people further north and stepped up marketing campaigns overseas by real estate companies.
Last year, international real estate purchases increased between 14 to 20 percent in Hillsborough County, according to Carlos Fuentes of Namaste Realty.
Despite an overall drop in real estate sales to international buyers in Florida last year, the state has long been a desirable market for foreign investors looking to purchase homes. With its desirable climate, the state accounts for 25 percent of all international real estate purchases in the United States. Half of those purchases have historically been in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale region.
But Realtors say that could be changing in the Tampa metro area’s favor with the new direct international flights, better pricing on both lots and existing homes here, a secure environment in which to invest, proximity to beaches, professional sports, a new outlet mall and plans for a more vibrant downtown Tampa with more residential units.
“We have construction up in all sectors of real estate,” said Fuentes, past president of the regional Multiple Listing Service. “And the quality of life here versus South Florida is huge.”
Smith & Associates, this area’s leading luxury real estate broker, has been focusing on a marketing strategy for about four years to draw in more international buyers.
“We’ve been developing strategies, thinking about those direct flights and how to put our properties in front of these folks and build a presence,” said Bob Glaser, president and CEO of Smith & Associates, which did $1 billion in sales last year. People are a lot more likely to purchase in an area they can fly to directly, he said, and the recent addition of direct flights such as those from Frankfort, Germany could be game changers.
International buyers account for 12 percent of all sales in the state, according to the Profile of International Buyers in Florida 2015, published by Florida Realtors.
The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area was listed among the major destinations in Florida for international buyers, according to the Florida Realtors report. International sales in the Tampa metro area rose 6 percent during a 12-month period ending June 2015, the report shows. That figure was less than the 11 percent in 2014, which followed a similar drop in other metro areas across the state last year.
In 2014, the Tampa metro area was tied with Orlando for the highest percentage of foreign buyers in the state.
Top international buyers in the Tampa metro area in 2015 came from: Canada (31 percent), United Kingdom (19 percent) and Sweden (12 percent), according to the Realtors report.
Last year, international sales in Florida totaled 44,000 properties, or 12 percent of the state’s residential market, compared to 15 percent in 2014. Nationally, international sales accounted for just 4 percent of sales, according to the report that conducted a Realtor survey between July and August.
And when foreigners buy here, they buy more expensive real estate than Floridians. Many pay cash. The volume of international sales totaled $23.7 billion, or 24 percent of Florida’s residential dollar volume of sales (19 percent a year ago), compared to 8 percent nationally.
It’s a market worth growing, Glaser said.
The Realtors report listed the Miami metro area with 36 percent of international buyers in 2015; Fort Lauderdale got 14 percent last year and the Orlando-Deltona-Daytona Beach MSA getting 8 percent. The Northport-Sarasota-Bradenton MSA accounted for 7 percent of sales to foreign buyers in 2015.
The number of Realtors handling international sales went up from 52 percent in 2014 to 69 percent in 2015, Florida Realtors reports. Of those who worked with international clients 78 percent of them reported closing at least one sale with those clients. That is up slightly from the previous year.
Smith & Associates now works with Luxury Portfolio International to market its properties worldwide and has a working agreement with Mayfair International Realty, which acts as its London office, and links with the Financial Times to market properties in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
Jacqueline Hutchinson, a Realtor with Smith & Associates, sold three homes to French investors last year. They found out about homes here through a website called French District, then contacted Hutchinson, a native of France.
“Florida is very popular with the French,” Hutchinson said. “Before, they always went to Miami, but because of the direct flights, they come here and they like it.” They like the Gulf of Mexico and they like the prices, she said.
And until recently, people from the United Kingdom and Germany targeted Sarasota and Fort Myers, Fuentes said. “Now, the prices have gone up down there and there are limits in land mass. You are seeing movement of Germans and British here. Prices are a big draw.”
Copa Airlines, which now offers direct flights from Panama City, brings in Latin American investors who previously flew directly to Miami. “Those flights, that is huge,” Fuentes said. “In addition, just in December Lufthansa added the direct flights from Frankfort, a hub for Asians who want to come to the United States.”
Glaser said a number of his Latin American clients come here because they consider it a safe place to invest their money and a safe place for their families, who in some cases are living behind barbed wire fences in their home countries.
The majority of Latin American buyers come from Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and Argentina.
Part of the difficulty in bringing in foreign buyers is that they are not all familiar with Tampa, Glaser said. There’s a learning curve about where it is in relation to Miami and Orlando and what this area has to offer, from condos and suburban homes to restaurants, museums and culture.
“Walkability is big with Europeans,” said Jane Gowarty, vice president of business development and relocation for Smith & Associates. “They want to be able to walk to the grocery, the museum, to look at the water. If you can get them to Tampa Bay and give them a tour, safety is a huge factor and the pricing here is right.”
Copyright © 2016 the Tampa Tribune (Tampa, Fla.), Yvette C. Hammett. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
The Scandinavian Trade Association held its 2015 Viking Fest on this last Saturday, October 10, 2015. The Scandinavian Trade Association is a non-profit organization established in 1992 to foster the growth of Scandinavian business & cultural exchange in the Tampa Bay Area. Their mission is serve the Tampa Bay area as a professional organization for Scandinavians living in the area, for cultural & professional networking and relocation to the bay area or Scandinavia. Ivar Fiskaa is once again the President. He always makes everyone feel so welcomed & comfortable immediately. I first met him about 8 years ago & he is just as vibrant as ever. Thank you for letting us join Saturday’s event.
Tara Morgan & I had a Coastal Properties Group International / Christie’s International Real Estate booth at the Tampa Garden Club. It was a beautiful day and we had fun meeting so many wonderful new people and Viking descendants-from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland & Iceland. Not only did we meet new friends, conduct some business, learn so much more about the real Vikings but also had a lot of fun. For me it was extremely important & I know that my grandmother would have been so happy that I attended. She was so proud of her Norwegian heritage. I attended many a Sons & Daughters of Norway events with her in Portland, Oregon.
Ms. Ritta G. (see image below) was the winner of our Gift Basket drawing and she gave us permission to share with everyone that she was the lucky winner. If Tara or Annalisa can be of any assistance to you (or anyone you know) with your real estate needs in the future in Florida, Costa Rica or around the world, please feel free to contact us. Til vi møtes i Valhalla.
The town of Safety Harbor is a secret little hideaway known as the Jewel of Tampa Bay. Safety Harbor is neighbored by the major city of Clearwater, Florida. This beautiful quaint community of 17,000 people boasts a famous spa resort, distinctive shops and offers a variety of family fun and year round special events. There is definitely something for everyone, from beautiful parks rich with historical significance and nature’s artwork to cultural events and award winning restaurants for the cosmopolitan visitor.
With a first look at the renderings, you will know that there is something really special surrounding Harbor Place and this entire project of 41 units. Having the ability to exit the building elevator and be within a block of the downtown area is a dream come true! Poised on a slight bluff, the views of Old Tampa Bay and the surrounding area are breathtaking. For those that enjoy the outdoors, Safety Harbor offers the East/West Trail, the ability to bike or walk along the waterfront, the marina area where you can catch a glimpse of Manatees or simply watch the fishermen at the Marina Park Fishing Pier.
These condo homes offer spacious balconies where you can catch the magic of the lights of Tampa in the distance with the water glistening in the forefront. The security of a keyless entry into the building and the gated underground parking enhances the glorious floor plans available with main living areas and a Master Suite offering views of the water and skyline. With a minimum of over 1800 sq. ft. and the largest Penthouse at a maximum of 3400 sq. ft., there is a size for any need. And of course, the pool offers more picturesque views. If needed, there is even a work-out room, bike storage, and storage closets for each unit. Only 20 minutes to the airport and 30 minutes to the beaches make this location ideal.
- Panoramic Views from Each Residence
- Granite Countertops
- Gourmet Kitchens
- Custom Cabinetry
- Covered Private Balcony’s
- All Concrete Building
- State of the Art Impact Glass on all Windows
- Keyless Entryway to Lobby
- Spacious Halls and Entryways
- Private Storage for each Residence
- Gated Garages
- 2 Covered Parking Spots for each resident
- Resident Work Out Center
- Refreshing Swimming Pool & Sun Deck
- Outdoor BBQ Grills- ideal for social gatherings
- Shops & Restaurants
- Steps to the Pier and Marina
- Walking Distance to Bayshore’s Bike and Walking Trails
- Low Maintenance Fee
- Close to Highways & Tampa International
Pre-construction pricing starting at $539,900. From http://www.worldpropertyjournal.com
If you are interested in purchasing a new condo, please contact me at AnnalisaWeller1@gmail.com