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Fun Community Events this Labor Day Weekend!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

Labor Day Weekend is Here! That means plenty of time for grilling out, relaxing on the beach, and spending time with family and friends! Looking for something unique to do over the long weekend? There are many opportunities in the Suncoast! Check out these great community events for you and your family to enjoy all weekend long!

 

71st Annual Labor Day Regatta

Dates: Saturday, September 2nd - Sunday, September 3rd

Location: Sarasota Bay

Come to the oldest and largest regional sailing event in the entire Southeast! Since 1946, the Sarasota Sailing Squadron has been hosting this incredible annual event. Watch hundreds of competitive sailors from across the United States and Canada compete. Along with the 5 separate race courses and numerous age divisions to watch, there will be delicious barbeque, fun live music, and so much more! Want to compete? Register HERE!

 

9th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival

 

Dates: Saturday, September 2nd - Sunday, September 3rd

Location: Downtown Venice

Stroll through beautiful Venice as you find some of the best arts and crafts you can find! Talented artisans will be selling a wide variety of handmade goods, including ceramics, jewelry, metal works, paintings, and more. There will also be a great Green Market for you to stock up on lovely flowers and delicious food.

 

Venice Triathlon

 

Date: Saturday, September 2nd

Location: Downtown Venice

Cheer on the participants in the Venice YMCA’s annual triathlon as they make their way from Sharky’s on the Beach throughout downtown Venice. Triathletes of all ages are welcome to participate. This year also features a Splash N’ Dash for the younger athletes. There is still time for you to be active this Labor Day weekend and compete! Register HERE!

 

 

The Flerlage Real Estate Group wishes everyone a very Happy & Safe Labor Day Weekend!  

 

 

 

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!  

 

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

 

Suncoast Valentine's Day Events for You and Your Loved One!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! There is no better place to spend this romantic holiday than in the beautiful Suncoast! Romantic events are planned the weekend prior to and on Valentine’s Day in the cities in our area. Check out our recommendations for things to do this Valentine’s Day!

 

 

"Wild About You" Valentine Celebration

 

 

Date: Saturday, February 11th

Time: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Cost: $25 per person (member), $30 per person (non-member)

Have a romantic evening with your sweetheart at this great event. Enjoy social time from 5:30 to 6:00 pm before having a delicious dinner from White Roses Banquet & Catering. Afterwards, dance the night away to music from The Cruzer. Call Johanna at (941)468-5013 for tickets.

 

 

3rd Annual Maxine Barritt Park Valentine's Art & Craft Show

 

 

Dates: Saturday, February 11th - Sunday, February 12th

Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Location: Sharky’s On The Pier (1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice)

Cost: FREE!

Find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart at this great annual arts and craft show. There will be artisans selling their handmade products, including paintings, pottery, sculptures, photography, fiber, woodwork, food, and so much more.

 

 

Siesta Key Village Association Valentine Stroll

 

 

Date: Tuesday, February 14th

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Siesta Key Village

Cost: FREE!

Take a stroll with your loved one in beautiful Siesta Key. Stop in businesses that have red and pink balloons displayed to receive a Valentine’s candy kiss. Enjoy time in the village while you listen to great live music.

 

 

Renew Your Vows!

 

 

Date: Tuesday, February 14th

Time: 4:30 pm

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

Cost: $10 per couple

Celebrate your love by renewing your vows at the beautiful Siesta Key Beach! It will be a romantic evening with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico, live music, and light refreshments. Each couple will receive a certificate, flower, and gift. A magistrate will begin the renewal services at 6:00 pm. Couples much register by February 10th by calling (941)861-5000.

 

 

Renew Your Vows!

 

 

Date: Tuesday, February 14th

Time: 4:30 pm

Location: Venice Beach (101 The Esplanade South, Venice)

Cost: $10 per couple

Celebrate your love by renewing your vows at the beautiful Venice Beach! It will be a romantic evening with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico, live music, and light refreshments. Each couple will receive a certificate, flower, and gift. A magistrate will begin the renewal services at 6:00 pm. Couples much register by February 10th by calling (941)861-5000.

 

 

Marina Jack II Valentine's Day Cruises

 

 

Date: Tuesday, February 14th

Times: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm; 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm; 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm

Location: Marina Jack (2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota)

Cost: $39.95 per person (lunch cruise); $69.95 per person (dinner cruise)

Take your sweetheart on one of the 3 Valentine’s Day cruises on the Marina Jack. All three cruises will feature live music by Dan Crawford. These romantic cruises will feature delicious lunch and dinner options for you to enjoy. Call (941)365-4232 to make reservations.

 

 

Wishing you and yours a very romantic Valentine’s Day in the Suncoast!

 

 

 

 

Top Suggestions for an Inexpensive & Fun Labor Day Weekend in the Suncoast!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

As the weather starts to cool slightly and the children head back to school, Labor Day Weekend is considered to be the last hurrah of summer. Spend it to its fullest with family and friends in the Suncoast! There are lots of fun things that you and your family can do that won’t break the bank and will keep you occupied during the long weekend!

 

Visit A Nearby State or National Park

Labor Day Weekend is the perfect time to go camping. Enjoy time with your family in the beautiful outdoors at one of the nearby state or national parks. You can pass the time exploring nature on a hike, playing games, telling stories, and cooking over the campfire. If you don’t want to spend the night, plan a day trip to one of the parks. They all offer tons of outdoor activities for you to spend the entire day. We recommend checking out these great nearby spots for your camping or day adventure:

Oscar Scherer State Park (1843 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey)

Lake Manatee State Park (20007 State Road 64 East, Bradenton)

Myakka River State Park (13208 State Road 72, Sarasota)

Stump Pass Beach State Park (900 Gulf Boulevard, Englewood)

De Soto National Memorial (8300 Desoto Memorial Highway, Bradenton)

 

Host a Barbeque Potluck for Family and Friends

Having a good ole barbeque is a Labor Day tradition! There is no better way than to enjoy the “final” weekend of summer outdoors, playing lawn games, and eating delicious food. But, that trip to the grocery store for the feast can add up. Help keep your barbecue more affordable and manageable by hosting a potluck! Ask everyone to bring a side dish to pass or a beverage to share. This way you can have a variety of delicious dishes and make sure that everyone leaves well fed. All you need to do is provide the location and the main meat (or vegetarian) dish for your guests!  

 

Have a Staycation

When you call a city home, you often lose sight of the great attractions your community has to offer. Plan a “vacation” at home! Look up the local tourist websites for the Venice area and see what they recommend. Then pack a picnic for you and your family and go exploring. Try to focus on things outdoors in order to take advantage of the beautiful summer weather and look for places that you have never discovered. You will have a whole new appreciation for our communities and will save money by lodging at home during the staycation!  

 

Check out a Local Event or Festival

There are always great local events and festivals occurring in the summer and with Labor Day being the unofficial “end” of the season, everyone wants to get in a last minute festival! The plus side to these festivals….they often have cheap or no admission costs! Have fun doing something new, eating some delicious food, and enjoying live entertainment at one of these events occurring this weekend:


 

70th Annual Labor Day Regatta

This amazing annual event is one of the biggest in the Suncoast. The Sarasota Sailing Squadron will host the regatta Friday, September 2nd, through Sunday, September 4th. With over 300 sailors competing and five different courses, there will be plenty of exciting races to watch all weekend. Also enjoy delicious barbeque and refreshments while listening to live music.

Englewood Pioneer Days

If you haven’t been able to stop by the festival all week, the last weekend of Englewood Pioneer Days cannot be missed. On Sunday, September 4th, and Monday, September 5th, your family will have lots of fun at this great festival. From vendors and giveaways, musicians and bands, and kids activities including a scavenger hunt, everyone will enjoy their Labor Day at Pioneer Days.

Sponge Docks Arts & Crafts Festival

Head over to the quaint town of Tarpon Springs for the Sponge Docks Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, September 3rd, through Monday, September 5th. There will be over 90 vendors selling their unique arts and crafts! After finding some amazing treasures while shopping, explore the city that is rich in Greek heritage and dine on some delectable Greek dishes.

 

We wish you and your family a very safe and fun Labor Day Weekend!     

4th of July Events in Venice & the Suncoast Communities!

by BLOGGERHEAD

The Fourth of July is almost here! There are exciting family-friendly events going on this holiday throughout VENICE and the SUNCOAST that we wanted to share with you! Head on down to the beach for some live entertainment, kids activities, delicious food, and, of course, spectacular fireworks displays!

 

 

VENICE

3rd Annual Myakka River Kayak and 4th of July Jam Blast

When: Monday, July 4th | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Snook Haven Restaurant (5000 E. Venice Ave.)

Cost: FREE!

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 bluegrass tunes and delicious food.

Venice Fireworks Show

When: Monday, July 4th | Sunset

Where: Venice Beach

Cost: FREE!

Grab a blanket and head down to one of the beautiful beaches in Venice or spend the night out in the Gulf of Mexico to take in the spectacular firework show. Fireworks are launched off of the south Venice jetty.

 

SARASOTA

Fireworks Spectacular Over Sarasota Bay

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

Where: Downtown Sarasota

Cost: FREE!

Bring your family to Bayfront Park or Island Park to watch the fantastic firework show.

 

All American Barbecue and Independence Day Celebration

When: Monday, July 4th | 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Where: Shelby Gardens (900 S. Palm Ave.)

Cost: $25 Members, $35 Non-members, $10 Children 4-11, FREE for kids 3 and under

Head to the botanical gardens for an amazing event with delicious barbecue, live music, and family activities. Finish off the night with a spectacular fireworks show over Sarasota Bay.

 

Sarasota Sailing Squadron’s Liberty Day Regatta and Family Festival

When: Monday, July 4th | 1:00 – 8:00 pm

Where: Sarasota Sailing Squadron (1717 Ken Thompson Parkway)

Cost: FREE admission; $7 dinner for adults, $5 for children 11 and under

Watch the annual regatta before eating an amazing potluck dinner including a pig roast!

 

A Patriotic Spectacular 

When: Monday, July 4th | 4:30 pm

Where: First United Methodist Church (104 S. Pineapple Ave.)

Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at door, $15 for students with ID

Listen to the beautiful voices of Gloria Musicae as they perform your favorite classic American songs. This concert will surely put you in the patriotic spirit before heading down to the bay to watch the fireworks.

 

ENGLEWOOD

Englewood Firecracker Festival and Craft Show

When: Monday, July 4th | 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Where: Dearborn Street

Cost: FREE!

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. Finish the day watching the largest fireworks display in Southwest Florida!

 

Celebrate America’s 240th birthday at one of these amazing events in Southwest Florida!

The Nick Flerlage Team wishes you and your family a very happy and safe Independence Day!

Home Repairs That Are A 911 Before You List!

by BLOGGERHEAD

You're trying to get your Venice home on the market while the market is still hot and sizzling....who's going to notice if there are a few minor repairs that still need to be done? Umm....the new potential home owners, and definitely the home inspector! 

While we understand your urgency in trying to get your home on the market, this being the prime selling season for Venice, but ignoring those "minor repairs" could end up biting you in the behind in the end. For many buyers, especially First-time home buyers, having these repairs show up during a home inspection causes extra anxiety and stress and could potentially kill the sale of your home.  Even if you are willing to lower the selling price to provide for the needed repairs, you don't know that the buyer is going to want to deal with having to have those repairs done.  Most buyers want to close on a home and move in....that's it.  Bottom line make those repairs BEFORE putting your home on the market and save yourself, and any potential buyers, the headache on the back end of a potential sale!

These are the Home Repairs that need your Immediate Attention:

  1. INTERIOR WATER DAMAGE Make sure you have no water damage in your home. None around sinks, bath tubs (especially jets on Jet Tubs as there seems to be a big problem with them as of late) and shower units. Make sure everything is sealed properly and recaulk to show a nice new layer around the unit.
  2. FOGGED WINDOWS Fogged windows happen when the seal is broken between double paned windows. This makes the windows "whistle" with air that is coming through and the "fog" is trapped moisture. Although you can try to have the windows professionally cleaned, resealed & rehung, your best bet is to have the windows replaced.
  3. EXTERIOR WATER DAMAGE Replace any rotten wood or boards from the homes body or trim and always put on a fresh coat of paint if possible. Also inspect your homes porch, hard rails and decks for the same type of damage and replacement need.
  4. HVAC  This is another area that is a MUST in Venice! Sometimes it is as simple as changing your air filters and wiping down any dust or rust that has accumulated over time. However, if you are having problems with your HVAC system it needs to be resolved, and if need be- replaced, prior to be put on the market. 
  5. PLUMBING  If you have toilets or faucets that do not work properly it is a must that these are fixed prior to being put on the market. ALL potential buyers are going to turn faucets on and off and flush the toilet to check water pressure...and to see how your plumbing is working overall in the home. If they find that you are having issues, it will kill a sale very quickly. Buyers do not want to deal with big issues like plumbing!

 

The last one is an easy one...MAKE SURE YOU HAVE LIGHT BULBS IN ALL THE LIGHT SOCKETS! That may sound like a given, but it doesn't always happen Laughing

If you really want to get your Venice home on the market, and get it SOLD, then get it prepped the right way.  We are here to assist in any way we can, so give us a call!

If you'd like to see what your home is worth in today's market just follow this link for a FREE home valuation: FREE HOME VALUATION

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