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Shark Days at Mote Aquarium!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Residents in the Suncoast share their home with some amazing creatures beneath the sea! Celebrate one of our most interesting, magnificent marine neighbors at Shark Days at Mote! From Monday, June 26th, until Saturday, July 1st, there are incredible, informative activities planned at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium (1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota)!


Monday, June 26th | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sharks & Crafts

Children of all ages will love being creative while creating shark-themed crafts in the Aquarium courtyard. This fun craft event is free with regular paid admission to the Aquarium.


Tuesday, June 27th | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Tiburones: The Sharks of Cuba Screening

Come to the WAVE Center for a free screening of Tiburones: The Sharks of Cuba, which features Mote's own shark researchers Dr. Robert Hueter and Jack Morris. There will be an interactive Q&A following the screening. Please RSVP HERE for this FREE event.


Wednesday, June 28th | 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Shark Training Facebook Live

Stay in the comfort of your own home to learn more about how Mote aquarium biologists take care of and train their resident sharks! Like Mote on Facebook in order to see this information presentation.


Thursday, June 29th | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Sharks, Tales and Ales: The Teeth Beneath

Learn more about Florida's top predators, including sharks, crocodiles, and dolphins, at this fun, casual discussion. Experts from Mote will help you discover all about these animals adaptations and interactions beneath the waves. The evening's featured speakers will be Brian Siegel (Senior Aquarium Biologist-Mote Marine Laboratory), Veronica Garcia (Aquarium Biologist-Mote Marine Laboratory), Dr. Katie McHugh (Staff Scientist-Sarasota Dolphin Research Project), and Krystan Wilkinson (Research Assistant & Graduate Student-Sarasota Dolphin Research Project). There will be cocktails and small plate appetizers from Mote Science Café available for purchase. This program is designed for adults 21 and over. Reserve your spot HERE.


Friday, June 30th | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

SeaTrek.TV Livestream: Dr. Robert Nowicki

See Dr. Robert Nowicki discuss his current and future research. Learn about plans to establish shark monitoring in the Florida Keys, which will help provide data for the population's management and restoration.


Saturday, July 1st | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Fins & Fun Family Festival

Enjoy a day full of family fun. Meet Gilly the Shark, Mote's mascot, have your face painted, join in educational activities regarding the importance of sharks in our area, and so much more! After the festival, girls ages 6-13 and their families can come to the free  Gills Club July Meeting - Real Talk About Sharks  meeting from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm. Partipants can register for the meeting HERE.


Flerlage Real Estate Group hopes all the families in the Suncoast have a great time at Shark Days at Mote!


Image Credit: Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Fun Father's Day Events in the Suncoast!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

It’s time to celebrate the best dad in the Suncoast….YOURS! Father’s Day weekend is here! Find an unique way to show dad how much you appreciate all he does by treating him to something special in our area. Check out one of these incredible local events to help you celebrate the holiday with your father!


Father's Day Weekend

Dates: Saturday, June 17th & Sunday, June 18th

Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Dads and granddads enjoy FREE admission into the Jungle Gardens with the purchase of a same day full priced admission. Explore the incredible animal life that resides at Sarasota’s favorite family attraction.


The Great Father's Day Race

Date: Saturday, June 17th

Time: 8:00 am

Location: Siesta Key Beach (948 Beach Road, Sarasota)

Get active with dad this Father’s Day weekend and run/walk in this annual 5K race. The race takes you along the stunning shores of Siesta Key Beach. Stick around after the race for food, drinks, prizes, and plenty of Father’s Day fun. Register HERE!  


5th Annual Fathers & Fenders Car Show

Date: Sunday, June 18th

Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Shelby Five Points Park (North Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota)

Take dad to beautiful downtown Sarasota to admire some of the most incredible collector classic and antique cars in southwest Florida.


Father's Day Meal

Date: Sunday, June 18th

Time: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

Location: The Crow’s Nest Restaurant (1968 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice)

Treat dad to a delicious meal at this favorite Venice spot! With steaks, prime rib, and lobster, dad will delight in his feast. And, he can wash his meal down with the area’s broadest whiskey selection! Call (941) 484-955 for reservations.



Flerlage Real Estate Group wishes all the dads in the Suncoast a very Happy Father’s Day!  

Sarasota Named Best Place to Live!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

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The Sarasota metropolitan area has been named one of The Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2017! U.S. News & World Report looked at the 100 most populated areas in the country and analyzed them based on value, desirability, quality of life, job market, net migration, and other key factors.


Looking for an amazing place to settle down? Look no further than Sarasota! This metropolitan area with 735,767 residents was recognized for its stunning beaches, beautiful year round weather, sizable job market, and booming arts and cultural scene. This city has experienced one of the largest net migrations of the others on the list, with a 10.7% growth between 2010 and 2015. Although cost of living compared to annual income is slightly more, the many amenities offered by Sarasota, plentiful recreational areas, excellent schools, fun community events, and more, continue to make it an attractive spot for families and retirees.





Ready to call this incredible city home? Check out the Current Homes for Sale in Sarasota. Give The Nick Flerlage Team a call today or visit our website at  



Graphic Credit: U.S. News & World Report

Venice Beach: One of the World's Most Extraordinary Beaches!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Life’s a beach in Venice, Florida! It is easy to spend plenty of time in the surf and sun on the 14 miles of beaches in the city. And, not only is the shoreline seemingly endless, but the beach in Venice has been recognized by travel website Expedia as one of the World’s Most Extraordinary Beaches!



Venice Beach (101 The Esplanade) made this elite list of 28 due to its most unique feature…...fossilized Shark Teeth! Venice Beach is known as the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World”. Visitors to the beach can find fossilized shark teeth that is millions of years old all along the shoreline. If you are really lucky, you might find a large Megalodon tooth! Along with combing the sand to find your own bits of fossilized treasure, there is much to do at Venice Beach. Enjoy lounging on the soft sand, engaging in your favorite water sport, strolling the boardwalk, playing a game of sand volleyball, and so much more.




The beach isn’t the only reason why life in Venice is so great. The beautiful historic downtown area boasts a wide variety of unique retail and delicious dining options to explore. Fun community events and festivals help create a tight knit population within the city. Venice also offers excellent public schools and all the amenities and services its residents could possibly need.



Ready to call this incredible city home? Check out our Current Homes for Sale in Venice. Give Flerlage Real Estate Group a call or visit our website at so we can help you find your dream Venice home today!

Suncoast Memorial Day Events!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Memorial Day Weekend is here! Although this weekend always holds a lot of summertime fun and celebration, it is important to remember the reason for the holiday. Throughout the Suncoast, the communities in our area will be honoring our active and retired military service members and saluting those that made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our great nation. Check out these great community events taking place this Memorial Day.


Manatee County Veterans Council's Memorial Day Ceremony

Date: Monday, May 29th

Time: 9:00 am

Location: Veterans' Monument Park (8209 Natures Way, Bradenton)

Sarasota Memorial Day Parade

Date: Monday, May 29th

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Downtown Sarasota (starts at Osprey and Main, ends at JD Hamel Park)

*Stay at the park for the Memorial Day Ceremony starting at 11:00 am.

Venice Memorial Day Ceremony

Date: Monday, May 29th

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Patriots Park (800 Venetia Bay Boulevard, Venice)

Annual Memorial Day Concert

Date: Monday, May 29th

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Philippi Estate Park (5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota)

Cost: $5 per adult, FREE for children 12 and under

The Nick Flerlage Team extends a huge thank you to all of the brave men and women of our armed forces and wishes everyone a Happy & Safe Memorial Day.


Mark Your Calendars for Savor Sarasota!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Do you feel your stomach rumbling?! That is because Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week is right around the corner! Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 1st, through Wednesday, June 14th, for this spectacular event of feasting!

Restaurants throughout the Suncoast will be presenting their delicious food at incredible prices! And, with the highest concentration in Florida of top Zagat®-rated restaurants, you will surely enjoy every bite! Participating restaurants will be offering special multi-course meals during Savor Sarasota. Enjoy lunch for $16 per person or dinner for $32 per person! Whether you love seafood, Italian, Peruvian, French, or some other world cuisine, there is a restaurant in Sarasota, Siesta Key, or Venice that will strike your fancy! Click HERE for a list of the 75 Savor Sarasota restaurants and to view their menus. With prices this low and two full weeks to try them, be sure to check out more than one great restaurant during this fun annual foodie event.

The Nick Flerlage Team
wishes everyone happy dining during this year’s Savor Sarasota!  


Image Credit: Savor Sarasota

Happy 90th Anniversary to the City of Venice!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

It’s time for a celebration! May 9th marks Venice’s 90th anniversary as a city! Venice Heritage Inc. is hosting the festivities this Tuesday on the grounds of the Lord-Higel House (409 Granada Avenue) from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.


Enjoy tours of the first floor of the 120 year old Lord-Higel House, which is Sarasota County’s 2nd oldest home. Cool down from water splashed by Old Betsy, Venice’s historic fire engine. Dine on delicious homemade lemon bars. Buy raffle tickets for your chance to stay in an Italian villa for a week. Help bury a time capsule that will be reopened for the city’s centennial in May 2027!


Florida’s legislature officially changed Venice’s designation from a town to a city on May 9th 1927. There are even more events planned to commemorate this special anniversary! The Venice City Council will be issuing a special proclamation on Tuesday morning. Then, don’t miss the Roaring '20s Costume Ball Fundraiser on June 10th. This fun event will be held at the Summit building (200 Nassau Street North) from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Tickets for the costume ball are only $10 a person. Swing by the Cashier’s Office in Venice City Hall (401 West Venice Avenue) to pick up yours.


Favorite Venice annual community events will be themed especially for the 90th anniversary. Venice Main Street’s Beach Party in September and the Women’s Sertoma Sun Fiesta in October will carry on the celebration. Watch our Blog for more information about these great events!


The Flerlage Real Estate Group wishes the great city of Venice a very happy 90th anniversary!!  


Image Credit: Venice Heritage Inc.

Siesta Sand Sculpture Contest this Weekend!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Sarasota County is home to one of the most spectacular beaches on the planet. Known for its fine white sand, crystal clear blue water, and fantastic amenities, Siesta Beach in Siesta Key is a favorite amongst locals and vacationers alike. In fact, Trip Advisor named Siesta Beach the #5 Best Beach in the World for 2017!  


Head down to this world class beach this Saturday, May 6th for the Siesta Sand Sculpture Contest! Now in its 45th year, this awesome annual event features incredible artistic designs made completely out of sand.


Want to show off your sand design skills? This contest is FREE and open to all! Registration begins at 8:30 am on Saturday near the pavilion (948 Beach Road). There are 4 competition categories, including Adult Humorous, Adult Miscellaneous, Children (ages 10 and under), and Youth (ages 11-17).


Judging will be done at 1:00 pm with winners announced around 2:00 pm.


Whether or not you are participating, come to Siesta Beach this Saturday to see some spectacular works of sand sculpture and enjoy a day at one of the world’s most beautiful beaches!!


Live close to one of the world’s best beaches! Give the Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today or visit our website at


Image Credit: Escape to Sarasota

Venice Seafood & Music Festival Fast Approaching!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Enjoy mouthwatering food, lively musical entertainment, and beautiful arts and crafts at the Venice Seafood & Music Festival! Head to Centennial Park in Downtown Venice on May 6th-7th. This fantastic community event features favorite local restaurants creating their most delectable seafood plates on the spot, a diversity of music, and a great marketplace filled with unique crafts and products from local vendors and artists. Come explore all the fun at the Venice Seafood & Music Festival!


Delicious Food!

Dine on some of the best seafood and drinks from these Venice restaurants:


Blu' Island Bistro

Brew Burgers

Burgundy Square Cafe  

Cafe Venice Restaurant & Wine Bar

Captain Eddie's Seafood Restaurant

Cedar Reef Fish Camp

Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar

Made in Italy Restaurant & Martini Bar

Saltwater Cafe

The Crow's Nest


Live Music!

Catch incredible performances by some of the best local and regional musicians around. With Caribbean, jazz, R&B, rock, steel pan, and more, you and your family will surely be dancing all weekend long.


Saturday, May 6th

11:30 am - 1:00 pm | Ocean's Eleven Big Band

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Spark Notes

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm | The Sarasota Steel Pan Band  

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm | Jah Movement    

Sunday, May 7th

11:30 am - 1:00 pm | Sarasota Jazz Project  

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Kettle of Fish  

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm | Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues  

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm | Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio


Event Details

Dates: Saturday, May 6th, 2017 - Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Time: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm Daily

Location: Centennial Park (200 West Venice Avenue)

Cost: FREE Admission!

Image Credit: Paragon Art Events


Ready to Retire? Venice FL is the Perfect Community for You!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Venice is the perfect community for retirees! After decades at your career and thoughtful saving, why not move to paradise to enjoy a life of leisure and fun! Choosing where to retire to can be a difficult decision but the city of Venice makes it easy! With an unbeatable climate, access to health care, recreational facilities, and strong real estate market, Venice has it all. In fact, Venice FL is one of America's Best Cities to Retire according to destination website Escape Here!

Venice top offed the list at #2! Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Venice offers a beautiful, year round climate and stunning natural setting. Escape Here recognized the community for its thoughtfully designed layout and architecture based on the Italian Renaissance. Venice offers affordable living in a small, tight knit community. There is always something fun to do with endless recreational facilities. And for anything else that you might need, the larger city of Sarasota is only a short drive away.


If you are looking for the perfect community to retire, give Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today! We can help fill you in on everything there is to know about living in Venice and help you find perfect home to meet your lifestyle need. Whether you are looking for a life of retirement in the area's Condominiums, Golf Course Communities, Luxury Homes, or Waterfront Properties, we will help you find it quickly so you can start to enjoy your retired life!

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Contact Information

Flerlage Real Estate Group
RE/MAX Alliance Group
1314 B East Venice Ave
Venice FL 34285
Fax: 941-244-5354