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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!



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!  


Events to Check Out This Weekend in the Suncoast!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage


After a short work week, the weekend is going to be here before you know it! Not sure how to spend it? There are numerous community events planned throughout the weekend. Check out our recommendations for ways to spend your upcoming weekend in the beautiful Suncoast!




Literacy Under the Trees

Date: Saturday, September 9th

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

Cost: FREE park admission with donation of gently used book or by presenting library card!

Celebrate International Literacy Day at the beautiful Oscar Scherer State Park. This is the perfect weekend event for families. Enjoy story time with local authors, literary activities, book signings, and a book swap for all ages.


A Taste of Downtown


Date: Saturday, September 9th

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Sarasota Opera House (61 North Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota)

Cost: $65 per person | Purchase tickets HERE!

Come enjoy delicious bites from Sarasota’s best restaurants at the 4th annual Taste of Downtown. Dine on tasty dishes paired with craft beers, fine wines, and specialty cocktails on the stage of the Sarasota Opera House. Participating restaurants include Bijou Cafe, Brick's Smoked Meats, Cafe L'Europe, Clasico Sarasota, Currents at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, Duval's Fresh Local Seafood, El Greco Mediterranean Cafe, H20 Bistro at Hotel Indigo Sarasota, Jack Dusty at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, Kahwa Coffee Sarasota, Louies Modern, Mattison's City Grille, The Melting Pot, Michael's On East, Nancy's Bar-B-Q, The Rosemary, Selva Grill, Sift Bakehouse and Five-O Donut Company, Tsunami Sushi, and many more. All proceeds from the event benefit the Sarasota Youth Opera, who will be performing.


Snooty Memorial Open House


Date: Sunday, September 10th

Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: South Florida Museum (201 10th Street West, Bradenton)

Cost: FREE admission!

Snooty the manatee was a beloved resident of the Suncoast area for 69 years. Come remember his legacy at the South Florida Museum. This day of remembrance and celebration will include a visual tribute to Snooty in the Bishop Planetarium, special hands on memorial projects, and visits to the Manatee Rehabilitation Program.


Fins, Flippers, & Friends!


Date: Sunday, September 10th

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Sarasota Sailing Squadron (1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota)

Cost: $75 per person | Purchase tickets HERE!

Support the Sea to Shore Alliance at their 5th annual fundraiser. Enjoy delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvres while listening to live entertainment by Trevor Bystrom and John & Cheryl Moody. Check out the silent auction filled with incredible trips, prizes, and items. Learn more about life in our oceans during the presentations by Dr. James “Buddy” Powell, Executive Director of the Sea to Shore Alliance, and keynote speaker Dr. Randall Wells, Director of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program. All proceeds from this event help protect the manatees, North Atlantic right whales, sea turtles and their habitats in our communities.



There is always something fun happening in the communities of the Suncoast. Come make this thriving, active area your home! If you are interested in Buying or Selling your Sarasota area home, give the Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today or visit our website at    






Image Credits: MySuncoast and Sea to Shore Alliance  



Health and Happiness Found in North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton Residents!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage


With strong senses of community, endless outdoor recreational amenities, a thriving local economy, and more, cities throughout the Suncoast promote the well-being of their residents. In fact, North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton has been named the 6th best metropolitan area for well-being in the entire country, according to a report released by Gallup-Healthways!



In order to determine the overall well-being of communities throughout the United States, Gallup polled 354,473 adults over the telephone in 2015 and 2016. The Well-Being index was calculated based on a 0 to 100 scale. The were 5 key elements of well-being that were examined, including Purpose (happiness with what one does in their daily lives and sense of motivation to achieve goals), Social (happiness with personal relationships), Financial (happiness and security with economic situation), Community (happiness in the city where they live and sense of safety), and Physical (ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle).



North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton was ranked 6th overall for residents’ well-being. The area’s well-being index score was 65.2! The community also ranked in the top for each of the key factors: 14th for Purpose rank, 4th for Social rank, 1st for Financial rank, 12th for Community rank, and 14th for Physical rank!



If you are interested in moving to the Suncoast, give the Nick Flerlage Team a call today or visit our website at





Suncoast Named as one of 2017's Hot Real Estate Markets!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage


Looking to relocate in 2017? Real estate website Trulia released their list of 2017’s 10 hottest real estate markets. They looked at several key factors to determine which communities are the best potential markets for this new year. The factors examined included positive job growth, affordability, low vacancy rates, and other determinants that home buyers look for when finding a great spot to settle down.



Our great state of Florida was the most represented state with 5 metropolitan areas making the cut. One of those areas is found in our very own Suncoast! Making it in the top 10 hot real estate markets was Sarasota-North Port-Bradenton!



It is no wonder why Sarasota-North Port-Bradenton were recognized as an amazing community for home buyers in 2017. Residents enjoy beautiful weather all year round with warm temperatures and abundant sunshine! This allows for ample time enjoying the stunning natural landscapes in the area. From beaches to state parks, there is always lots of things to do outside in Sarasota-North Port-Bradenton. There is also a strong community feel. Instead of being an area with seasonal residents, the majority of the population in these cities reside here all year round! These communities have a thriving art scene and numerous cultural attractions. Families enjoy excellent school systems that are dedicated to strong academics and extracurricular offerings for all their students. The presence of institutions of higher education and universities also create a strong community and offer many interesting things to do. Trulia also recognized that this area is on the track for strong economic growth. There are many small and medium companies offering diverse job opportunities for potential and current residents.



If you want to live in one of 2017's hottest real estate markets, look no further than Sarasota-North Port-Bradenton! The Flerlage Team is here to help you every step of the way! Give us a call today or visit our website at




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