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Thank you to all that presented and attended the Economic Development Forum held by the Pinellas Realtor Organization and the Pinellas International Council on June 11th. Great appreciation goes to St Pete City Council Members Brandi Gabbard Kunard, Alan DeLisle and Rob Gerdes as well as Tampa International Airport representative Danny Cooper for such an informative presentation. We would also like to thank our Pinellas Realtor Affiliate sponsors Christine Washick and Tommy Rex both from Affordable Lock and Vladimir Larivaud from Title & Abstract Agency.

Coastal Properties Group International is the Leader in Luxury Real Estate in the Tampa Bay Area from St Petersburg to St Pete Beach to Clearwater Beach to Tampa! For two years in row, Coastal Properties Group International has been the affiliate of the year for Christie’s International Real Estate. I rarely toot my own horn, but I am so proud to be a member of such a wonderful group of Real Estate Advisors. This is the beginning of my 5th year with Coastal Properties International and I plan to be with them for many more years. As an invitation-only boutique brokerage, we specialize in beach, waterfront and luxury properties. We understand what it takes to market and sell a luxury home or estate. Coastal Properties Group sells an average of five properties per day; and a waterfront property every day.

Sounds of Brazil in the Tampa Bay Area 🇧🇷!! A program with vocal artist Daniela Soledad, jazz guitarist Nate Najar and saxophonist Jeff Rupert called From Rio with Love, Bossa Nova will be performed on April 18th at the Palladium Theatre in St Petersburg.

Daniele Soledad was born in Rio but moved to Tampa when she was 16 when her mother married a Cuban American man from Tampa.

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Florida has a life expectancy of about 80 years, whereas Mississippi has the lowest life expectancy at 74.9 years.
— Read on www.wtsp.com/mobile/article/news/regional/florida/study-being-a-floridian-could-lead-to-a-longer-life/67-6f5fdc00-3d42-4628-9d1d-00674f0e1232

Local artist alternative holiday market in St Petersburg, Florida waterfront park

Takes place in South Straub Park November 24.  Shop local. Support local. Enable the makers and collectors in the Sunshine City to prosper while picking up a totally unique gift for a loved one. 10-5pm for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/374707542937157/

Santa Parade & Tree Lighting
The parade begins at Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Dr. SE., and runs along Bayshore Dr. to Fifth Ave. N. Following the Santa Parade, Mayor Rick Kriseman lights up the downtown waterfront around 8pm in North Straub Park for St. Petersburg’s annual Tree Lighting. Stay after the Santa Parade & Tree Lighting to enjoy a night in the park with games, a marching band performance, concessions and more! Starts 5:30pm. Take the downtown looper FREE to avoid the hassle of looking for parking along Beach Drive.

Tampa-based Argentinian restaurant expanding to the Burg – I Love the Burg
— Read on ilovetheburg.com/tampa-based-argentinian-restaurant-expanding-to-the-burg/

Glass House, a tri-level penthouse in downtown St. Petersburg\u2019s Signature Place condo tower, is on the market for $3.1 million. [Courtesy of Becky McConnell]

ST. PETERSBURG — For a limited time, you could own the loftiest penthouse in the Tampa Bay area.

Glass House, a tri-level condo in downtown St. Petersburg’s Signature Place, just went on the market for $3.1 million. Spanning the 34th through 36th floors, it will be the area’s most skyward condo until the 41-story ONE St. Petersburg tower is completed later this year.

Since listing the unit last week, “I’ve already had two showings with potential,’’ agent Becky McConnell said.

The seller, who is building a home on Snell Isle, is asking $1.265 million more than he paid for the condo three years ago. He has not made any changes to the 4,177-square-foot unit, which had undergone a massive renovation by its previous owners, interior designer Rob Bowen and Bob Glaser, CEO of Smith & Associates Real Estate.

They paid $1 million for the unit in 2012. Bowen’s team then spent 18 months stripping it down to bare concrete and eliminating all but one wall on the unit’s first floor to maximize the space and views of the city and the bay.

The condo’s base level, which has a wraparound balcony, contains the kitchen, living and dining areas with black-veined marble floors. An elevator provides access to a family room, home office, guest room and laundry on the second floor, and the master bedroom and guest suite on the third floor.

The most striking tower in downtown St. Petersburg, Signature Place at 175 First St. S also has been among the most problem-plagued.

The project was announced in 2005 at the peak of the real estate boom and neared completion just as the market collapsed in 2008. Plagued by slow sales, developer Joel Cantor had to slash prices and finally resorted to an auction to unload dozens of the 244 units.

In 2014, the condo association sued Cantor and others alleging that the building had numerous construction and design defects. For well over a year, much of the facade was sheathed in scaffolding as workers replaced stucco in danger of falling and made other repairs.

The case was settled last year and now “the scaffolding is down, everything is remediated and everything is paid for,” McConnell said.

Sale prices in the tower, which had tumbled during the repair work, have rebounded, although not to the level of condos with addresses on nearby Beach Drive. In the past six months, Signature Place units have sold for as little as $390,000 and as much a $1.225 million.

Glass House is the third-priciest downtown condo currently on the market, exceeded only by two units in Ovation on Beach Drive. The top asking price is $3.95 million for a condo owned by Mindy Grossman, former head of St. Petersburg-based HSN and now CEO of WW (the recently renamed Weight Watchers International).

https://www.tampabay.com/news/business/realestate/St-Pete-s-Glass-House-condo-hits-market-for-3-1-million-_172170874

Contact Susan Taylor Martin at smartin@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8642. Follow 
@susanskate.

Here are just a few of the great variety of things to do this weekend in St Pete, Florida. Get out there, have fun and enjoy life!

Friday, September 21, 2018

St. Pete Asian Street Food & Craft Beer Fest 
All of the food trucks will serve up Asian-inspired dishes as well as offering their normal cuisine. Located at Albert Whitted Park, Downtown St Petersburg across from the Dali Museum and Mahaffey Theatre. 6-11pm.
480 Bayshore Dr SE

Tampa Bay Boat Show   Tampa Convention Center

Showcases area boat dealers and manufacturers, the latest in boating and fishing supplies, accessories. Three-days to see available makes and models in one location. The main floor-new boats, trailers, docking and safety equipment and many outdoor-related exhibits. http://www.tampaboatshow.com/ 

Date and Hours

The event is open to the public. Admission is free but parking is $8.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Run With Rollin’ Oats Kick Off
The St. Pete Run Fest kick offs Rollin’ Oats’ 10k race and special health and wellness programming. The first 25 people to register at the event for either the 10k or Half Marathon will receive a $25 Rollin’ Oats Gift Card and some St. Pete Run Fest swag.  Free smoothie samples, meet some of the Run Fest participating sponsors Orangetheory Fitness St. Petersburg, Back 2 Normal Physical Therapy, Great Explorations Children’s Museum, Kahwa Coffee. 10am. Rollin’ Oats St. Pete 2842 Dr Ml King Jr St N

Arts Alive! Free Museum Day
Free Museum Day is Saturday, September 22, beginning at 10am and ending at 3pm. Visit your favorite museums or those you’ve always wanted to check out. This event is part of the St. Petersburg Festival of the Arts. Click here for a list of participating museums.

 

 

You know football 🏈 season is about to begin when you walk into the grocery store and are greeted by the Tampa Bay Bucs ship. Go Bucs!

 

As a festival that brings nearly 200,000 people to St. Pete every year, St. Pete Pride‘s commitment to No Straws St. Pete means a great deal. It’s just the latest in a number of impressive commitments to the movement which is growing, not only in St. Pete, but across Tampa Bay.

https://ilovetheburg.com/st-pete-pride-commits-to-no-straws-movement/

“How can we call ourselves St. Pete Pride without having pride in St. Pete,?” said St. Pete Pride board member, J. Aller. “For us as a board, it just made sense to align ourselves and the event with ‘No Straws St. Pete.’ We love our beautiful waterfront city and have a responsibility to help keep it pristine for years to come. Each beverage and food vendor was asked and strongly persuaded to refrain from freely giving straws to parade and festival goers. If a vendor agrees, they will be given a plaque to display their participation.”

The news comes on the heels of recent commitments by the newly opened Lucky’s Market as well as all three Hooters locations in St. Pete and follows the support of other major events including Run Fest St. Pete. While we’ve aimed to keep tabs on all of our partners, we’re learning new ones daily that have simply committed to the idea of making straws available only on request.

At a recent committee hearing at City Hall, councilwoman Wheeler-Bowman cited the movement’s impact on businesses saying she didn’t get a straw with her drink at a recent trip to Joey Brooklyn’s Pizza.

Pete Boland, owner of The Galley, commended the movement’s impact on the consumer saying guests are specifically requesting “no straw please” with their drinks.

As we have said all long, our partners are capable of educating the public simply by making the commitment. With thousands of people descending upon St. Pete for Pride, the impact of their commitment will be felt immediately.

That’s great news for our planet and the Burg, indeed.

https://ilovetheburg.com/st-pete-pride-commits-to-no-straws-movement/

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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