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Frightful Fun in the Suncoast this Halloween!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Eeeek! Halloween is finally here! Find incredible Halloween festivities throughout the Suncoast! With haunted houses, trick or treating, live music, activities and games, costume contests, and so much more, everyone in your family is sure to have a frightfully great time this Halloween!

 

BOO Fest

Date: Friday, October 27th

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Lakewood Ranch Main Street

Cost: FREE!

"Frightful Fables" Haunted House

Date: Friday, October 27th

Time: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Location: Lakeside Pavilion at SCF Venice (8000 South Tamiami Trail, Venice)

Cost: $3 per person

 

The Blood Jam Music Festival

Dates: Friday, October 27th & Saturday, October 28th

Time: 7:00 pm - 2:00 am (daily)

Location: Central City Lounge (1945 17th Street, Sarasota)

Cost: $15+ per person | Purchase tickets HERE!

 

Boo Run 5K

Date: Saturday, October 28th

Time: 8:30 am (Race starts)

Location: Lakewood Ranch Main Street

Cost: $35 per adult, $10 per child (ages 12 & under) | Register HERE!

 

Pet Costume Parade

Date: Saturday, October 28th

Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Location: Downtown Sarasota (Lemon Avenue & First Street)

Cost: FREE to spectators, $8 per participant | Register HERE!  

 

Main Street Live! Halloween Party

Date: Saturday, October 28th

Time: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am

Location: Old Main Street, Bradenton

Cost: FREE!

 

Ghost Tours

Date: Saturday, October 28th

Time: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Location: Historic Spanish Point (337 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey)

Cost: $15 per adult, $5 per child (Members); $20 per adult, $15 per child (Non-members) | Purchase tickets HERE!

 

Spooktacular

Date: Sunday, October 29th

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Shelby Gardens (900 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota)

Cost: FREE for Members; $20 per adult, $10 per child (Non-Members)

 

Children's Halloween Bash

Date: Sunday, October 29th

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: The Italian American Club of Venice (1375 Ringling Drive South, Venice)

Cost: FREE!

 

Halloween Safe Treats for Kids

Date: Tuesday, October 31st

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Ocean Boulevard, Siesta Key

Cost: FREE!

 

Community Trick or Treat Stroll

Date: Tuesday, October 31st

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Village of the Arts (1113 12th Street West, Bradenton)

Cost: FREE!

 

Fright Night

Date: Tuesday, October 31st

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: St. Armand’s Circle, Sarasota

Cost: FREE!

 

The Flerlage Real Estate Group wishes everyone a frightfully fun and safe Halloween!  

 

Transition Your Outdoor Spaces from Summer to Fall!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

With cooler temperatures, Fall is the perfect season to enjoy your home's outdoor living spaces in Florida. Spruce up your Suncoast patio, porch, loggia, or backyard this autumn and create the perfect cozy spot for you and your family to enjoy time outside. Focus on these design elements to transition your space from summer to fall.

 

 

COLOR. Use neutral colors as your overall base for the outdoor area. This allows you to easily transition between all of the seasons of the year. Switch out those beachy, bright hues of blues and greens, which are perfect for Florida summers, with oranges and reds that evoke the stunning colors of fall.

 

FURNITURE. The weather in the Suncoast allows residents to enjoy just as much time outside as inside. Your outdoor furniture should be just as comfortable as that inside your home since you can utilize the space year-round. Consider versatile, comfy pieces such as daybeds, outdoor swings, hooded chairs, and chaise lounges. Think about materials such as wicker, metal, and dark woods that are more seasonally appropriate in fall.

 

LIGHTING. The days get shorter as the year progresses so make sure you add some lighting to your outdoor living spaces. String bulbs, lanterns, and chandeliers can all add a beautiful ambiance to the space.

 

ACCENTS. Additional design elements can keep you nice and cozy outside this fall. Add hanging curtains to the space that can blow beautifully in the breeze. Put some throws on the furniture to cuddle up in on chillier nights. Keep your feet warm with an outdoor rug. Although the nights will stay relatively warm throughout the season, consider adding an outdoor fireplace to the space for some extra comfort. It will quickly become your family's favorite spot to gather at the end of the day.

 

 

 

Resource:  House Beautiful

 

 

Assessing Damage After Hurricane Irma

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

Hurricane Irma caused much damage throughout the Suncoast area. Our hearts go out to all of the families in our communities and throughout Florida as life transitions back to normal in the wake of the storm. Although the storm has passed, it is important to continue to stay safe and aware of your surroundings. If you are returning to your Suncoast home in order to inspect for damage, remain cautious and follow these recommendations:

 

  • Avoid any objects or trees touching power lines.

  • Stay far away from puddles that are close to electrical sources.

  • Wait until you get word from city officials to drink tap water and make sure that the sewage system is running properly.

  • If anything in your home is wet, turn off the main fuse box before unplugging appliances.

  • Check your refrigerator for spoiled food, if your home has power.

  • Do not place any storm debris in the street or by utility meters and storm drains.

  • Be careful when handling anything that runs on electricity or gas.

  • Take photos of any damage inside or outside of your home.

  • Drive with caution throughout your neighborhood and city.

  • Continue to listen to the radio or check with local authorities for any updates on disaster relief efforts.

  • Let your family know that you are safe.



Resource: Sarasota Herald-Tribune

 

Suncoast Home to Top School Districts!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

The public school districts in the Suncoast are some of the best in all of Florida!! Educational Review and Ranking website Niche recently released their list 2018 Best School Districts in Florida! The website analyzed several key factors regarding academics, athletics, extracurriculars, resources, and more from data collected by the US Department of Education as well as student and parent reviews.

 

When all the results came in..........3 school districts in the area were found to be the best of the best! Find out how the Suncoast districts ranked below!

 

#6 Sarasota County Schools | 1960 Landings Boulevard, Sarasota

#14 Charlotte County Public Schools | 1445 Education Way, Port Charlott

#21 Manatee County School District | 215 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton

 


If you are interested in Buying a home within one of these top school districts, give the Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.

Back to School in the Suncoast!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

The first day of school is fast approaching throughout the Suncoast! School buses will be loaded, backpacks filled with supplies, and the first bell ringing through the halls. Check out the dates for the first day of school at our area school districts.

 

Charlotte County Public Schools | 1960 Landings Boulevard, Sarasota

 

First Day of School: Thursday, August 10th

2017 - 2018 District Calendar  

Sarasota County Schools | 1960 Landings Boulevard, Sarasota

First Day of School: Monday, August 14th

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

 

The Flerlage Real Estate Group hopes all the students in the Suncoast have a successful and fun 2017-2018 school year!!!

 


Both Charlotte County Public Schools and Sarasota County Schools are top rated districts in the state. They are both dedicated to academic excellence and offering a wide variety of extracurricular activities. If you are interested in Buying your dream home within one of these school districts, Search Homes for Sale. Give the Flerlage Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/!

 

 

Celebrate Freedom in the Suncoast!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

There is no better place to spend July 4th than in the beautiful Suncoast! Celebrate our nation’s birthday and everything you love about this great nation this Independence Day! There are incredible community events planned throughout the area for you to show off your patriotic pride!  

 

Myakka River Kayak and 4th of July Jam Blast

When: Tuesday, July 4th | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Snook Haven Restaurant (5000 East Venice Avenue)

Have an active 4th of July kayaking and canoeing with your family at this great event. Boat rentals are available or bring your own. When you aren’t enjoying the day on the beautiful Myakka River, take in some fantastic live tunes and delicious food.

 

Englewood Firecracker Festival 2017

When: Tuesday, July 4th | 10:00 am

Where: Dearborn Street

Come down to this great block party filled with food and music. Over 60 vendors will be lined up on the street selling their handmade goods. The kids will love their designated area with bounce house and water slides. There are numerous live bands playing throughout the day to keep you dancing. Finish the day watching the largest fireworks display in Southwest Florida!

 

All-American Cookout

When: Tuesday, July 4th | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (900 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota)

Enjoy a delicious cookout, live music from SoulRCoaster, and games at this favorite annual event. Tickets can be purchased HERE!   

 

Sarasota Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular

When: Tuesday, July 4th | 9:00 pm

Where: Sarasota Bay

Set up a chair anywhere in Bayfront Park or Island Park or anchor your boat in Sarasota Bay to witness this spectacular fireworks display.

 

27th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display

When: Tuesday, July 4th | 9:00 pm

Where: Siesta Key

Find the perfect spot along Crescent Beach, on the Gulf, or on the Intracoastal Waterway to see the beautiful fireworks in Siesta Key.

 

Venice Area Fireworks

When: Tuesday, July 4th | Sunset

Where: Venice Beach

Marvel at the stunning fireworks display from Venice Beach, Nokomis Beach, or on the water.

 

Flerlage Real Estate Group  wishes you and your family a very happy and safe Independence Day!

 

 

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!  

 

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

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 http://www.experiencevenice.com/.

 

Image Credit: Escape to Sarasota

 

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