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Ground breaks on new Margaritaville hotel

Ground breaks on new Margaritaville hotel

PERICO ISLAND – You’ll soon be able to waste away in Margaritaville in a new way at One Particular Harbour. The first ever Compass hotel...
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Good news and good news

It’s been a while since we had positive news about how the national real estate market was trending. The little black cloud hanging over...
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Are you smarter than a hedge fund manager?

The most expensive home in U.S. history was just sold. It’s a four-story condo on Central Park South in New York City dubbed “billionaire's...
Developer previews sustainable Hunters Point home

Developer previews sustainable Hunters Point home

PALMETTO – Pearl Homes president Marshall Gobuty recently gave The Sun a tour of the new research and design center in Palmetto that now...
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Tourist tax collections 2019

Here's a look at the most recent tourist tax collections in Anna Maria Island's three cities. Numbers reflect the approximate change from the same...
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House hunting – the fun and not so fun

I love technology and, although I may not be as well-versed as a 12-year-old, I do feel that for my generation I’m pretty competent....
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Florida’s new foreign buyers

I was born in New York state and up until 20 years ago when I moved to Florida, lived my entire life in the...
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A home’s equity is sometimes subjective

Are you familiar with the expression, “The happiest days of a boat owner’s life are the day he buys the boat and the day...
Surf Shop reopens

Surf Shop reopens

HOLMES BEACH - West Coast Surf Shop, 3902 Gulf Drive, just south of Manatee Beach, is back in business following a fire on April...
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Why is the housing market declining?

It’s a curious situation the national economy is in right now. In spite of the stock market having a fit in December, not only...
Red tide down, tourism promotion up

Red tide down, tourism promotion up

Updated Feb. 14, 2019 - BRADENTON – Local officials are accelerating tourism promotion efforts to overcome the stigma left by red tide since it...
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Selling your home – it should show like a model

Every year around this time I try and remind homeowners what potential buyers are looking for. Even though our market remains brisk, we are...
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County plans to pursue Airbnb users for taxes

BRADENTON – Manatee County commissioners have unanimously voted to find another way to collect tourist taxes from vacation rental owners using Airbnb to rent...
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Tourist tax collections 2018

The local 5 percent tourist tax is collected from owners of accommodations rented for six months or less who charge the tax to their...
Surf shop reopening soon

Surf shop reopening soon

HOLMES BEACH - The surf is up for the reopening of the West Coast Surf Shop, 3902 Gulf Drive, after a fire heavily damaged...