st pete beach: Fort De Soto Park...No New Fees...Yet! - 07/22/09 08:34 AM
Fort De Soto Park, consistently ranked as a top beach is now a target by the County Commissioners. Apparently, there was a proposal for the 2010 budget to have a new fee at the park. It would cost up to $8 per car or pedestrian to enter the park.
Thankfully, the Commissioner's decided to table the issue until later this year, according to the news report that came out today. Pinellas shelves entrance fees for Fort De Soto and Fred Howard parks. Let's hope that when this issue comes up again, that it does not pass. The park generates its revenues … (2 comments)

st pete beach: The History of Our Independence - 07/03/09 11:51 PM
"A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference."
 - Thomas Jefferson
Today now marks the 233rd Anniversary of one of our most sacred treasures of liberty. I am of course referring to The Declaration Of Independence. 
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God … (20 comments)

st pete beach: 7401 Bay Island Dr S #135, South Pasadena, FL 33707 - 06/27/09 02:02 PM
Bay Island is a 55+ gated, waterfront community that sits along Intracoastal waters of Boca Ciega Bay. This active community features tennis courts, several heated pools, clubhouse with men's & women's saunas, fitness center and more. Conveniently located to St. Pete Beach and the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico, shopping, restaurants and a hospital. Offered For Sale At $119,000.
Virtual Tour: 7401 Bay Island Dr S #135, South Pasadena, FL 33707 … (2 comments)

st pete beach: 7300 Sun Island Dr S #902, South Pasadena, FL 33707 - 06/27/09 01:59 PM
Bay Island is a 55+ gated, waterfront community that sits along Intracoastal waters of Boca Ciega Bay. This active community features tennis courts, several heated pools, clubhouse with men's & women's saunas, fitness center and more. Conveniently located to St. Pete Beach and the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico, shopping, restaurants and a hospital. SELLER ABLE TO HOLD MORTGAGE. Offered For Sale At $199,000.
Virtual Tour: 7300 Sun Island Dr S #902, South Pasadena, FL 33707 … (2 comments)

st pete beach: Mr. Lender, Bring Me A Loan... - 06/21/09 02:44 AM
(bung, bung, bung, bung...)
And make it one that you're gonna close...
In today's market with the lenders tightening their belts, it seems harder for the buyer to obtain a mortgage. Even with stellar credit and ample income, the lenders seem to find place other obstacles in the way. If you don't want to lend money, tell us right from the start. Please don't wine and dine us, leading us down the romantic road toward a closing only to dump us like yesterdays trash with a denial in the morning!
Lenders are coming up with more creative ways to deny a … (12 comments)

st pete beach: Happy Birthday "Old Glory"...Today is Flag Day...Did You Know? - 06/14/09 01:17 AM
 The Birth Of Old Glory. Percy Moran, artist, copyright 1917.
Resolved, that the Flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.
Just what is Flag Day and when did it start? What about the history of the "Stars & Stripes"? Were you aware or do you remember that the 13 stars on the blue background represented the 13 Original Colonies?

According to The History Of Flag Day, the idea of an annual day celebrating the Flag, was first originated … (12 comments)

st pete beach: Home short sale flips nixed... - 06/13/09 03:16 AM
I was reading emails from one of the boards our company belongs to and this one caught my attention right away.
This issue has been the talk of the community both here on Active Rain and outside of Active Rain. Recently Richard Zaretsky posted two appropriate blogs on this issue, they are: Short Sale Flips - Title Insurance Prohibited and Short Sale Flip - Questionable Methods.
The news article starts out by saying: It may be a bit tougher now for investors to flip short sales for big profits.Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund notified its 6,000 member lawyers this week that it will not insure … (8 comments)

st pete beach: My Active Rain Success Story...I was found thanks to Active Rain! - 06/13/09 01:44 AM
I received a call yesterday afternoon from a past friend & co-worker (when I was in the corporate world). What astonished me, is that we had not kept in touch over the years and it has been about 15 years since we last spoke.
She remembered I do not spell my first name with an "h" in it, as I used to yell at her (good naturedly) for misspelling my name. She needed to locate a realtor for a friend of hers who is looking to sell their home. She went onto the internet and typed my name in...low and behold, … (19 comments)

st pete beach: Hurricanes and Foreclosures, Who's Job Is It To Protect The Property? - 06/05/09 03:12 AM
With Hurricane Season starting, who is responsible for protecting the vacant, foreclosed homes? As stated in the following article, Foreclosures add to hurricane hazards, "... no state laws mandate who prepares buildings before a hurricane; even officials from the Florida Division of Emergency Management say that securing foreclosures isn't a concern."
Technically, the legal homeowner would have the responsibility of securing their property prior to a storm. A checklist for Securing your property includes the roof, shutters, doors, windows. These are basic items, but when the legal homeowner is a bank, how would they handle this basic need?
As realtors, we … (9 comments)

st pete beach: Hurricane Season Is Now Upon Us...Are You Ready? - 06/01/09 02:17 AM
Another hurricane season starts today. The season lasts from June 1 thru November 30 each year. Are you ready for this year's season?
Hurricane Isabel - 2003-10-17This close-up view of Hurricane Isabel was taken by one of the Expedition 7 crewmembers onboard the International Space Station. In addition to the station's cameras, NASA satellites provided imagery of the storm, as it approached the eastern seaboard of the United States.
The 2009 Hurricane Season Outlook as stated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is projecting a near normal season this year. They are predicting 9 - 14 named storms, 4 … (10 comments)

st pete beach: Are you Pooh, Tigger or Eeyore when faced with a challenge? - 05/31/09 02:34 AM
After reading Candice Donofrio's blog Got A Pen? (The Art Of Being Cool) the other day in which she tells the story of negotiations between her and another agent, it got me thinking...
We all face challenges of varying magnitudes each day. It is how we handle these challenges that will affect us emotionally, mentally and sometimes physically. It can also affect the outcome of a real estate transaction you are working on. Handled the wrong way, no more transaction and a lot of angry people. Handled correctly, everyone is happy and satisfied.
So, when pressed with a challenge that would … (7 comments)

st pete beach: The TRUE meaning of Memorial Day... - 05/25/09 01:23 AM
What does Memorial Day mean to you? How many realize what this National Holiday actually means or when it started? Does your town or city hold a parade? Are you aware some have not held a parade in years?
In these times of mass marketing and retail sales events galore, we have forgotten what this "day off" really means. We are to be remembering the lives of those service men and women who gave their lives defending our country. Per the Memorial Day History, "It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all." Spending … (8 comments)

st pete beach: Multiple Uses of Algae...Our Next Energy Supply? - 04/12/09 11:15 AM
While checking emails yesterday afternoon, I came across this article about the city of Venice, Italy looking to use algae as a source for its electricity. This is certainly one way to have "green" energy. Venice to use algae for its electricity.
Most of us think of algae as slimy green goo at the bottom of a pond or "blooming" as in Red Tide in the ocean.  Of course, those of us who have or have had swimming pools, are all too familiar with what it looks like and the varying colors it comes in, not to mention how annoying it can … (13 comments)

st pete beach: Do concealed weapons belong in our National Parks? 13 days left to voice your opinion! - 06/18/08 06:48 AM
13 days left to have your voices heard. June 30 2008 is the deadline set by The U.S. Interior Department to receive public comments as to whether or not Concealed Weapons should be allowed in our National Parks.
To read my prior blog about this issue, click on the following link: Concealed Weapons And The U.S. National Parks...
The following video was from CNN the other day, also discussing this all too important issue. I would urge you to view the video at
No matter which side of this issue you sit, you need to have your voice heard. Let Mr. … (5 comments)

st pete beach: Bank/Seller wants my buyer to pay more than appraised value...Are you kidding me? - 06/18/08 06:08 AM
Thanks to Dionne Morgan's post Are Foreclosures Like Bad Apples?, she saw what I had written as a comment to her and informed me that I had a blog within that comment. So, without further ado and to her little it is:
I have been working with a buyer for quite some time who is already approved for financing. This is very important in today's know what the buyer's threshold is and I know it!
My buyer fell in love with a property as it suited all his setting and plenty of room in the house to be … (17 comments)

st pete beach: 342 Corey Ave, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706...Corey Ave Art/Craft Show - 06/06/08 09:35 AM
IT'S SUMMERTIME ON ST. PETE BEACH and that means it is Art/Craft Show time! The art/craft show is held on Historic Corey Ave in downtown St. Pete Beach. This event draws a host of artists, sculptors and craftspersons for the two day event, being held this weekend June 7 and 8, 2008 from 10:00 AM to 5 PM. The event is free for the public to attend.

While here and partaking of the wonderful art and crafts on display, you can also visit the quaint boutique shops or enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants located on Corey Ave or … (11 comments)

st pete beach: Hurricane Season Begins June 1st...Are You Prepared? - 05/26/08 06:53 AM
With the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get prepared. The following link to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s website, will help you in this endeavor...Hurricane Preparedness And please...DO NOT forget about your pets!! Include them in your preparedness plans!
Here is a list of the key factors that any Disaster Prevention should include:
Developing A Family Plan
Creating a Disaster Supply Kit

Having a Place to Go

Securing your Home

Having a Pet Plan

Another important thing to remember is to ALWAYS heed the … (17 comments)

st pete beach: Hurricanes and Global Warming...Fact or Fiction? - 05/25/08 11:48 AM
It's that time of year again...Hurricane Season is right around the corner...June 1st
The following was an interesting article this week on the internet regarding global warming and the "above normal" hurricane activity. It appears that global warming may not be a key factor and we are just in our normal multi-decade cycle of hurricanes.
Read the article and you be the judge...Discovery Channel News. You can also visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s website at to learn more about hurricanes, the studies, the cycles and the history.

st pete beach: Polar Bears Are "Threatened"...Placed on list by Interior Department - 05/17/08 04:17 AM
The U.S. Interior Department is back in the news this week. This time is for placing the Polar Bear on the "threatened" species list under the Endangered Species Act. After a 15-month study was conducted, the Secretary viewed the criteria and I believe correctly placed the Polar Bear on this list.
To view one of the articles that appeared the other day on this issue, please visit the following link: Climate Change: Yahoo! Green
To view the News Release from the Interior Department, please visit this link. It contains a link within the article to view the models & study that … (10 comments)

st pete beach: Concealed Weapons And The U.S. National Parks… - 05/13/08 06:14 AM
This has recently been a hot, contested issue put forth by the National Rifle Association. They would like the U.S. Department of Interior, who is in charge of the National Parks through the National Park Service, to amend the current regulation regarding the carrying of weapons onto National Park and Refuge lands from being unloaded, safely stored firearms to now loaded, concealed firearms. The Secretary of the Interior, Mr. Kempthorne, has opened a 60-day public response to this issue. The end date to send a response to the Secretary of the Interior's office is 30 June 2008.
One of the key … (9 comments)

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