Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Outback Bowl Beach Day

Outback Bowl Beach Day will be held Tuesday, December 30th from 11 - 4, at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort on Mandalay Avenue. This annual event will include live music, skydivers, and contests like tug-of-war. Everyone is invited to join the teams, their marching bands and cheerleaders as they enjoy the sun and beaches at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort. This fun day includes live music, skydivers, a tug-of-war and other contests.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Cabana Club Apellate Court Decision Delayed

The December 15th hearing was cancelled due to the judge being sick. It is expected to be rescheduled for next month.

Some residents were hoping for the judge to overturn a Community Development Board ruling allowing the Belleview Biltmore Hotel LLC and its owner, Legg Mason Real Estate Investors to build a hotel and restaurant at the Cabana Club on Sand Key.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Sand Key Real Estate Transactions November 2008

The following sales closed in November 2008. Data is obtained from the local Realtor MLS


Property Address / Subdivision / Sale Price / # Days On Market

1270 Gulf Blvd #605 / Harbour Light Towers / $199,000 / 7
1270 Gulf Blvd #406 / Harbour Light Towers / $325,000 / 167
1290 Gulf Blvd #406 / Lighthouse Towers / $395,000 / 425
1290 Gulf Blvd #1401 / Lighthouse Towers / $580,000 / 57
1600 Gulf Blvd #812 / Dans Island / $550,000 / 367

Average Sales Price $409,800
Average number of days on market 205
Number of properties sold: 5
For more Sand Key Real Estate information & a Free CMA for your Sand Key Condo call PropCo Real Estate 727-585-0800, or visit SandKeyProperty.com

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Shoppes at Sand Key Zoning Reversed

On December 1st a panel of 3 Circuit Court Judges overturned the Clearwater City Council's decision to deny Tourist zoning to the Shoppes at Sand Key property.

The ruling came in response to an appeal of the Council's action by the property owner, D. A. Bennett Company. The court ruled that because the property's land use designation was Resort Facilities High, Tourist was the only zoning consistent with the city's Comprehensive Plan at the time the application was made.

Clearwater Vice-Mayor George Cretekos daid that the City Attorney and staff are currently reviewing the court order and appeal options available.

Monday, December 1, 2008

2008 Holiday Boat Parade Schedule

Island Estates: The 34th annual Memorial Holiday Boat Parade has been set for Friday December 13th. The area's largest and most popular boat parade is being organized by the Island Estates Yacht Club. Boats will gather at the South Bridge in Mandalay Channel at 6 pm, and then proceed east into the basin by Island Way Grill and the, meander through several canals before heading to Coachman Park around 8 pm, then head back following the causeway to maker 7, finally heading south to Clearwater Yacht Club. Prized will be awarded, there is no entry fee. Registration forms will be available the first week of November. Call Captain Wayne Millington 727-462-81006

Indian Rocks Beach:Holiday Lighted Boat Parade December 20, 2008 at 7:00pm. Big or small, all boats are welcome. Vessels tour the IRB fingers via the Intracoastal Waterway, beginning at Holiday Inn Harbourside, near the Walsingham Bridge, up to the northern IRB city limits and returning to the Holiday Inn Harbourside.Visit www.IRBHOME.com for more information.

Tierra Verde Lighted Boat Parade: Dec. 10. Begins at 6 p.m. from Pass-a-Grille Channel, passes under the Tierra Verde bridge, heads south along the east side of Tierra Verde, then returns by the same route to Pass-a-Grille Channel. Best viewing is from the Tierra Verde bridge or the vacant lot next to Billy's Stone Crab. To enter your decorated boat, register by Dec. 9 at Billy's Stone Crab. $500 prize awarded. For information, call 458-8512.

St. Pete Beach Holiday Boat Parade and celebration: Dec. 12. Begins at 6 p.m. at the St. Pete Beach Yacht and Tennis Club, 94th Avenue and Blind Pass Road, along the Intracoastal Waterway through Boca Ciega Bay and ends at Pass-a-Grille Way. Also holiday tree lighting, boat parade viewing party, an appearance by Santa and holiday music by the Boca Ciega Jazz Band at the Community Center. For information or to participate in the parade (sign up by Friday) call 363-9245 and check the Web for a detailed route at http://www.stpetebeach.org/.

Boca Ciega Yacht Club Christmas Boat Parade: Dec. 13. Begins at 6 p.m. at the Gulfport Marina, passes in front of the Gulfport Pier, into Town Shores, and into the Broadwater canals. For more information and a detailed route check the Web at www.sailbcyc.org or call 321-7295. To participate in the parade call 572-1356 or e-mail david.tarbox@yahoo.com.

Madeira Beach Holiday Illuminated Festival of Lights Boat Parade: Dec. 13 (rain date Dec. 20). Begins at 6:30 p.m. The boats will gather just north of the Tom Stuart Causeway and travel parallel to the causeway, around the City Hall Complex then travel back under the causeway in the Intracoastal Waterway, around the perimeter of the island and end at John's Pass. For a map of the route and more information check www.madeirabeachfl.gov or call 391-9951, ext. 231.

St. Petersburg: Bruce Watters Jewelers Illuminated Boat Parade: Dec. 13. Activities from 3 p.m.-10 p.m., Dec. 13, with activities at Spa Beach, 615 Second Ave. NE. Chili cook-off, food and beverage, live entertainment before and after parade. Best viewing is from the Pier and along the Vinoy Basin. Grandstand seating at Spa Beach, $10. Proceeds benefit The Children's Dream Fund and Rotary Charities. To enter your decorated boat, or for information, call 896-6661.

Treasure Island: Christmas Boat Parade and Holiday Celebration: Dec. 14 (rain date Dec. 15). Begins at 6:20 p.m. leaving the Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club basin then passing through the Treasure Island toll bridge at 7 p.m. and finishing at John's Pass between 8 and 8:30 p.m. The parade includes the islands of Paradise, Palms and Capri. To receive a pass to watch the parade from Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club and to attend the holiday party bring a new toy to the Recreation Department at City Hall or Treasure Bay on Paradise Boulevard from Monday to Dec. 12. Activities include holiday music and complimentary hot dogs, chowder, hot cider and cookies served poolside plus Santa will make an appearance. Toys will be donated to the Christmas Toy Shop Project Inc. Call 367-4511, ext. 236.

Indian Shores and Redington Beaches Christmas Boat Parade: Dec. 14. Begins at 5:45 p.m. on the north side of Tom Stuart Causeway and heads north through the Intracoastal Waterway, arriving at the Pub restaurant in Indian Shores about 9 p.m. Public viewing areas are Del Bello Park, 17925 Gulf Blvd.; the Pinellas County Boat Launch at Park Boulevard; and the Estelle Harper Park behind Indian Shores Town Hall, 19305 Gulf Blvd. Call 391-3875.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Civic Association Vacancies

The Sand Key Civic Association annual meeting of the Board of Directors will be Wednesday, December 3, 2008, at 7 pm at the Clearwater Sailing Center on Gulf Blvd. At the meeting 3 directors will be elected to fill vacancies. If you are interested in serving as a board member, you can contact the SKCA secretary, Donald van Weezel1200 Gulf Blvd. - #1408Clearwater, FL 33767 donaldvanw@aol.com . You must be an owner or resident of a home or condo on Sand Key, or own a business on Sand Key.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Belleair Beach City Wide Yard Sale This Weekend

Belleair Beach will have its annual city wide yard sale tomorrow, November 15th from 8 am to 2 pm.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Sand Key Real Estate Transactions - October 2008

The following sales closed in October 2008. Data is obtained from the local Realtor MLS

Property Address / Subdivision / Sale Price / # Days On Market
1270 Gulf Blvd #804 / Harbour Light Towers / $257,500 / 295
1290 Gulf Blvd #805 / Lighthouse Towers / $295,000 / 142
1390 Gulf Blvd #603 / Clearwater Sand Key / $365,000 / 14
1501 Gulf Blvd #708 / Sand Key Condo South / $300,000 / 97
1430 Gulf Blvd #708 / Sand Key Condo South / $350,000 / 148
1520 Gulf Blvd #1604 / Ultimar Condo/ $455,905 / 84
1480 Gulf Blvd #701/ Sand Key Condo South / $425,000 / 117
1460 Gulf Blvd #71201 / Sand Key Condo South / $435,000 / 59
164 Marina Del Rey Ct / Marina Del Rey/ $564,150 / 237
1170 Gulf Blvd #802 / Grande On Sand Key/ $1,775,000 / 440

Average Sales Price $522,256
Average number of days on market 163
Number of properties sold: 10

For more Sand Key Real Estate information & a Free CMA for your Sand Key Condo call PropCo Real Estate 727-585-0800, or visit SandKeyProperty.com

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Shoppes Saga Continues

A 3 judge panel is deciding whether the Circuit Court should hear the owner’s request to overturn the city’s decision to zone the Shoppes on Sand Key “commercial” or let the ruling stand. After listening to the arguments and asking a few questions, the judges promised to reach a decision “as soon as possible” on whether the court will hear the case.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sand Key Real Estate Transactions September 2008

The following sales closed in September 2008. Data is obtained from the Realtor MLS database

Property Address / Subdivision / Sale Price / # Days On Market
1501 Gulf Blvd #207 / Sand Key Condo South / $280,000 / 34
240 Sand Key Estates Dr #248 / Harborage II / $340,000 / 43
1480 Gulf Blvd #209 / Sand Key Condo / $340,000 / 138
1400 Gulf Blvd #807 / Sand Key Condo South / $375,000 / 90
1480 Gulf Blvd #806 / Sand Key Condo / $380,000 / 86
1290 Gulf Blvd #707 / Lighthouse Towers/ $465,905 / 7
1582 Gulf Blvd #1707/ Cabana Club Condo / $467,000 / 73
1460 Gulf Blvd #1007 / Sand Key Condo South / $530,000 / 21


Average Sales Price $397,125
Average number of days on market 57
Number of properties sold: 8
For more Sand Key Real Estate information & a complimentary market valuation for your Sand Key Condo call PropCo Real Estate 727-585-0800, or visit SandKeyProperty.com

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Residents Appeal Cabana Club Decision

Five residents from the Save Our Neighborhood organization have appealed the Clearwater Community Development Board’s decision to allow Belleview Biltmore, LLC, to build a 38-room hotel and 165-seat restaurant on its Cabana Club site on Sand Key.They claim it would reduce the value of 110 nearby homes by an average of $75,000 each and would make an already bad parking situation worse. There have been issues with Cabana Club patrons parking in in the driveway of the Cabana Club condos, blocking emergency vehicle access, and parking in condo owners parking spaces. The sides agree that there will be some decrease of nearby property values, but there is disagreement on the amount. Experts for the applicant testified that the reductions would be in the 7 to 10 percent range. Save Our Neighborhood claims they will total $8.35 million.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Cabana Club Plans Approved

The Clearwater Community Development Board unanimously approved plans to redevelop the Cabana Club on Sand Key. The Cabana Club property, which will be an annex for the Belleview Biltmore in Belleair, will include a six-story, 38-room Victorian-style boutique hotel and a new 4,981-square-foot restaurant. New Florida-friendly landscaping will be installed throughout the site.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sand Key Real Estate Transactons- August 2008

The following sales closed in August 2008. Data is obtained from the local Realtor MLS

Property Address / Subdivision / Sale Price / # Days On Market

1340 Gulf Blvd #4G / Crescent Beach Club / $725,000 / 75
1520 Gulf Blvd #PH7 / Ultimar I / $600,000 / 122
1560 Gulf Blvd #1204 / Ultimar III / $600,000 / 128
1270 Gulf Blvd #1708 / Harbour Light Towers / $370,000 / 39
1520 Gulf Blvd #305 / Ultimar I / $335,000 / 141
1460 Gulf Blvd #1112 / Sand Key Condo South / $315,000 / 35
1301 Gulf Blvd #102 / Sand Key Condo Bayside / $215,000 / 112

Average Sales Price $451,429
Average number of days on market 93
Number of properties sold: 7

For more Sand Key Real Estate information & a Free CMA for your Sand Key Condo call PropCo Real Estate 727-585-0800, or visit SandKeyProperty.com

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Civic Assocation Meeting Sept 3

On September 3rd, the Sand Key Civic Association will meet at the Clearwater Sailing Center at 7 pm. Red tide, Shoppes of Sand Key zoning, and Cabana Club development are on the agenda.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sand Key Real Estate Transactions - July 2008

The following sales closed in July 2008. Data is obtained from the local Realtor MLS

Property Address / Subdivision / Sale Price / # Days On Market

1180 Gulf Blvd #505 / Grande on Sand Key/ $993,000 / 206
1310 Gulf Blvd #5G / Crescent Beach Club / $789,000 / 428
1290 Gulf Blvd #1001 / Lighthouse Towers / $650,000 / 141
1340 Gulf Blvd #14D / Crescent Beach Club/ $615,000 / 28
1180 Gulf Blvd #1804 / Grande on Sand Key/ $615,000 / 31
1520 Gulf Blvd #1807 / Ultimar I / $606,667 / 351
1520 Gulf Blvd #804 / Ultimar I / $525,000 / 597
1540 Gulf Blvd #807 / Ultimar II / $550,000 / 661
1430 Gulf Blvd #401 / Sand Key Condo South / $335,000 / 121
1520 Gulf Blvd #1405 / Ultimar I / $324,200 / 266
1460 Gulf Blvd #309 / Sand Key Condo / $320,000 / 83
1400 Gulf Blvd #305 / Sand Key Condo South / $320,000 / 257
1651 Sand Key Estates #41 / The Harborage / $339,000 / 68

Average Sales Price $534,067
Average number of days on market 249
Number of properties sold: 13

For more Sand Key Real Estate information & a Free CMA for your Sand Key Condo call PropCo Real Estate 727-585-0800, or visit SandKeyProperty.com

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Planning Commission Meeting Rescheduled

The Clearwater Planning Commission meeting scheduled for August 19th to review the Cabana Club project has been postponed until September 16. A staff report was released indicating the proposed code deviations be granted with certain conditions. The complete report is available from the Clearwater City Planning Department.

Friday, August 15, 2008

On Tuesday, August 19th the Planning Commission will consider code deviation requests and review opposition to the project by Sand Key residents.

Legg Mason Real Estate Investors, Inc. purchased the Biltmore properties in 2007. The Cabana Club is the "beach resort" for the Belleview Biltmore. Renovation plans include a 1.5 mile ferry ride to shuttle guests to the club where they could enjoy the white sand, pool, and cabanas. Renovation of the club is expected to take 16 months.

Local residents oppose the project, claiming the area is not meant for commercial development and that the plans violate building codes. Also of concern is obstruction of thier gulf views and parking issues.

One variance they are requesting is a setback reduction along Gulf Boulevard. An increase in height of 25 feet to 67 feet is also being requested. 2 properties at 1350 and 1370 Gulf Boulevard have received variances to 80 feet within the past three years.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Sand Key Real Estate Transactions - June 2008

The following sales closed in June 2008. Data is obtained from the local Realtor MLS

Property Address / Subdivision / Sale Price / # Days On Market

1270 Gulf Blvd #305 / Harbour Light Towers/ $198,000 / 228
1250 Gulf Blvd #304 / Landmark Towers / $325,000 / 222
1621 Gulf Blvd #403 / Isle of Sand Key / $290,000 / 37
240 Sand Key Estates Dr #253 / Harbourage II / $280,000 / 98
1270 Gulf Blvd #807 / Harbour Light Towers / $375,000 / 10
1230 Gulf Blvd #906 / Landmark Towers / $380,000 / 117
1290 Gulf Blvd #1703 / Lighthouse Towers/ $400,000 / 297
1340 Gulf Blvd #8D / Crescent Beach Club/ $565,000 / 8
1180 Gulf Blvd #1804 / The Grande on Sand Key/ $616,000 / 31
1340 Gulf Blvd #3G / Crescent Beach Club/ $675,000 / 85
1310 Gulf Blvd #17G / Crescent Beach Club/ $725,000 / 61
136 Marina Del Ray Ct / Marina Del Ray / $430,000 / 213
1560 Gulf Blvd #902 / Ultimar III / $930,000 / 38
1200 Gulf Blvd #1004 / Meridian on Sand Key / $1,250,000 / 131
1540 Gulf Blvd #1701 / Ultimar II / $1,500,000 / 115

Average Sales Price $608,112
Average number of days on market 129
Number of properties sold: 16

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Sand Key Residents Fight Cabana Club Development

Legg Mason Real Estate Investors, the owner and redeveloper of the Belleview Biltmore and the Cabana Club, plans to replace the current club and swimming pool with a 6 story luxury 38 room boutique hotel with a large restaurant, bar and beach side cabaƱa amenity. Lead architect Richard Heisenbottle presented the details of the project in a public meeting last Tuesday at the Belleview Biltmore.

Many Sand Key residents say that the project is too commercial for the residential area, although the present site operates commercially. Community activists have organized opposition to the project and have fashioned an information blog and web site pointing out their objections. One is heavy beach use as a result of the hotel and cabanas in an area they consider environmentally sensitive. Ocean views coveted by residents near the project could conceivably be diminished by the height of the proposed building. It measures 67 feet above the flood zone line that is approximately 6 feet above ground level at the site. The code calls for 25 feet, but many buildings in the area surpass that and 2 properties at 1350 and 1370 Gulf Boulevard have received variances to 80 feet within the past three years.

Design and construction plans that have been revised by the developer seek various deviations to the Community Development Code including set backs, distance to neighboring properties and building height, all of which pose problems according to opponents. The issues are now under review by the Clearwater Planning Department and a report should be available in August with city staff recommendations concerning the variances. The board will study the report before taking action on the issues at their August 19th meeting at city hall.

Detour To Clearwater Beach Today

Sandy Key residents who want to go to Clearwater Beach today will have to use the Belleair Causeway and Memeorial Causeway. Access via the Sand Key bridge will be closed for the implosion and television coverage of the Spyglass Hotel.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

It's Final - Shoppes Are Zoned Commercial

Sand Key residents have gotten what they've been hoping for. City Council has confirmed its earlier decision to zone the Shoppes on Sand Key “Commercial.” In 1986 the shopping center was zoned“Business”, a designation that is no longer used. The settlement that resulted in that zoning expired last year leaving the parcel without valid zoning.

Property owner, D.A. Bennett Company, the Clearwater had requested “Tourist” zoning, which would have allowed it to build a 100-foot-tall hotel on the site.

But the council on March 20 instead instructed city staffers to set the wheels in motion to zone the property “Commercial,” capping the height of any building at 50 feet. Residents are very protective of the Shoppes, the only shopping center on the island. Although the Bennett Company says it has no plans to redevelop the property, even if “Tourist” zoning is granted, the residents are skeptical.

The council voted 4-1 to zone the property “Commercial.” Councilwoman Carlen Petersen, was the lone dissenter.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Belleair Causeway Closed For 24 Hours This Weekend

The Belleair Causeway will close to traffic at 7 pm Saturday July 26th and will remain closed until 7 pm Sunday July 27th. The 24 hour closure will allow workers to complete work that will minimize future lane closures during the day. Sand Key residents will need to use the Memorial Causeway in Clearwater Beach during the closure.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Pizza has Returned to Sand Key

Good news for pizza lovers, pizza is back at the Shoppes of Sand Key. The pizza restaurant that has been closed has been replaced with a new one. This is a new shop with new owners from Illinois, called Little Italian Pizza. We stopped in for a slice, $2.95 plus tax, and to check it out. It's not the the NY style I love, but it's very good, and very filling. Nice crispy crust and lots of cheese. They serve salads and other items as well, including Chicago style pies(smart move, have you seen all the Illinois license plates in town?). You can take out or dine in, and they will soon offer delivery.

Update: Try the sausage pizza, the sausage is delicious!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Triathalon Cancelled

The Morton Plant Mease triathalon scheduled for this morning has been cancelled due to weather. Participants will be emailed details about rescheduling.

Friday, July 4, 2008

4th of July Fireworks

Tonight's Fireworks Displays

Clearwater - Coachman Park 9:30 pm
Madeira Beach - John's Pass 9:00 pm
Safety Harbor - Marina Park 9:00 pm
Largo - Central Park 9:00 pm
St Pete - The Pier 9:00 pm

Saturday Fireworks Displays
Dunedin - Knology Park, Saturday 9:00 pm

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Sand Key Real Estate Transactions - May 2008

The following sales closed in May 2008. Data is obtained from the local Realtor MLS

Property Address / Subdivision / Sale Price / # Days On Market
1401 Gulf Blvd #116 / Sand Key Condo Bayside / $220,000 / 112
1270 Gulf Blvd #508 / Harbour Light Towers/ $295,000 / 22
1270 Gulf Blvd #1702 / Harbour Light Towers / $389,000 / 31
1250 Gulf Blvd #902 / Landmark Towers / $400,000 / 30
1250 Gulf Blvd #406/ Landmark Towers / $430,000 / 213
1290 Gulf Blvd #1803 / Lighthouse Towers/ $430,000 / 168
1430 Gulf Blvd #306 / Sand Key Condo South/ $445,000 / 46
1660 Gulf Blvd #302 / Dans Island / $755,000 / 135
1580 Gulf Blvd #501 / Ultimar III / $1,050,000 / 80

Average Sales Price $490,000
Average number of days on market 93
Number of properties sold: 9
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Cabana Club Plans Submitted

Revised plans were resubmitted June 11 for the refurbishment of the Cabana Club on Sand Key. Originally built in the 70s, the Cabana Club was purchased by Legg Mason Real Estate Investors as part of their development plans coinciding with the restoration of the Belleview Biltmore . Now known as the Belleview Biltmore Cabana Club, plans call for a 38-room Victorian-style boutique hotel with ground level parking, and new restaurant . The Cabana Club,which includes a restaurant and pool, has been available to guests of the Biltmore since 2002. Plans call for transportation to and from the Cabana Club site via van and boat launch from the main hotel.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Morton Plant Mease Triathalon

The Morton Plant Mease Triathlon on July 13 will include a 1/3 mile open water swim in the Gulf, a 13-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run ending in Sand Key Park. The race begins at 7 a.m. at Sand Key Park. To register, visit www.mpmf.org/triathlon/home.asp. $4,000 will be divided among the top finishers. Everyone who finishes the race will receive custom medals and custom plaques will be awarded to the top five finishers in each category.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Sand Key Real Estate Transactions - April 2008

The following sales closed in April 2008. Data is obtained from the local Realtor MLS

Property Address / Subdivision / Sale Price / # Days On Market
1351 Gulf Blvd #118 / Bayside Gardens / $200,000 / 210
1270 Gulf Blvd #1404 / Harbour Light Towers/ $300,000 / 504
1400 Gulf Blvd #809 / Sand Key Condo South / $365,000 / 264
1460 Gulf Blvd #506 / Sand Key Condo South / $385,000 / 25
1501 Gulf Blvd #305 / Sand Key Condo South / $350,000 / 88
1651 Sand Key Estates Ct #42 / Harbourage/ $420,000 / 218
1621 Gulf Blvd #802 / Isle of Sand Key/ $510,000 / 222
1180 Gulf Blvd #1904 / Grande on Sand Key / $580,000 / 69
1520 Gulf Blvd #307 / Ultimar / $530,000 / 107
1560 Gulf Blvd #1703 / Ultimar III / $600,000 / 127
1170 Gulf Blvd #603 / Grande On Sand Key / $674,000 / 55
1310 Gulf Blvd #PH G / Crescent Beach Club / $750,000 / 176
1350 Gulf Blvd #502 / Utopia / $835,000 / 257


Average Sales Price $500,000
Average number of days on market 179
Number of properties sold: 13
For more Sand Key Real Estate information & a Free CMA for your Sand Key Condo call PropCo Real Estate 727-585-0800, or visit SandKeyProperty.com

Pepper Fest This Weekend

The 2nd annual Pepper Fest will be held at Sand Key Park on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Hotel Density Debate Ended With Compromise

At the April 17 City Council meeting more than 300 people came to City Hall to hear the council debate a proposed hotel density increase in the city, most of whom live in Sand Key. Many spoke about how more hotel rooms at the Marriott and Sheraton would ruin their view and their neighborhood.
Last year Pinellas County approved a boost in hotel room density to encourage developers to build hotels instead of condos. Cities like Clearwater, which wants more mid-price hotels, are deciding whether to adopt the county density plan which would let builders add 50 to 150 percent more hotel rooms per acre.
Clearwater Vice Mayor and long time Sand Key resident George Cretekos made a motion to reduce the proposed increase in density by 10 percent, which is lower than the county desity plan. The council unanimously approved his motion.
City Council opted to reduce the number of rooms allowed by the county by 10 percent and not to apply the rules to any land zoned commercial, eliminating the chance a developer would build a hotel on such property.
However, the council did sign off on a plan allowing land zoned "tourist" receive higher hotel room density. Instead of 50 rooms per acre, developers can now build 70 units on parcels of less than an acre; 90 units an acre on 1- to 3-acre parcels and 110 units an acre on parcels larger than 3 acres.

Whale Sighted Off Sand Key

Photo by CJ Peppe
A whale was spotted about 500 yards off Sand Key, just south of Clearwater Pass.

There are whales out in the Gulf, but experts say it's very rare to see them so close to shore because the prefer cooler, deeper waters. Pictures were sent to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to see if experts there can identify the type of whale it was.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Clearwater Aquarium Free To Sand Key Friday

Sand Key residents are invited to a free evening at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Friday April 25th, from 5:30 to 9 pm. The aquarium recently intalled a 125 seat theater and made other renovations. Refreshments will be available for purchase. The aquarium is located at 249 Windward Passage on Island Estates.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Sand Key Real Estate Transactions - March 2008

The following sales closed in March 2008. Data is obtained from the local Realtor MLS.
Property Address / Subdivision / Sale Price / # Days On Market
1230 Gulf Blvd #1805 / Landmark Towers / $210,000 / 98
1340 Gulf Blvd #17C / Crescent Beach Club/ $200,000 / 79
1651 Gulf Blvd #540 / Harborage Condo / $370,000 / 135
1501 Gulf Blvd #108 / Sand Key Condo South / $437,500 / 301
1660 Gulf Blvd #517 / Dans Island / $437,000 / 148
1390 Gulf Blvd #303 / Clearwater Sand Key/ $475,000 / 12
1310 Gulf Blvd #12G / Crescent Beach Club/ $725,000 / 6
1586 Gulf Blvd #2304 / Cabana Club Cndo / $800,000 / 0
1540 Gulf Blvd #1401 / Ultimar II / $750,000 / 41

Average Sales Price $501,611 Average number of days on market 103
For more Sand Key Real Estate information & a Free CMA for your Sand Key Condo
call PropCo Real Estate 727-585-0800, or visit SandKeyProperty.com

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Annual Sport Fest At Sand Key Park April 19th

The 2008 annual Sport Fest will be held at Sand Key Park on April 19th. 4000 employees representing 160 companies will compete in volleyball, tug-of-war, dodgeball, tub dash, and horseshoes. For more information visit http://www.sportsfest.com/

Clearwater Wants To Be "Coast Guard City"

The Coast Guard Air Station in Clearwater is the largest and busiest in the service. Every day crews fly missions the eastern Gulf down to South America and the Caribbean. About 600 personnel are stationed at the air station and at Sand Key.

The Navy League wants to help Clearwater apply to become a “Coast Guard City", Becoming a Coast Guard City is a great honor, giving a city prestige and “bragging rights”. There’s a long list of criteria and the commandant must recommend the city to Congress. Once the application is filed, inquiries are made to junior enlisted personnel asking how the city treats them. It could take 1 or 2 years, and community support is needed.

The first “Coast Guard City” was Grand Haven, Mich., which received its designation in the 1920s. Some other Coast Guard Cities are Alameda, Calif.; Mobile, Ala.; and Wilmington, N.C.

The Navy League was founded by Teddy Roosevelt in 1902 to remind the public of seamen and their dedication to our country. The league supports the Merchant Marine, The Coast Guard, the Marine Corps and the Navy. The Clearwater Council adopted the air station a few years ago.

Claudia Huber, chair of the chamber’s tourism and marketing committee and sales and marketing director of the Holiday Inn Gulfview, is working to get local businesses involved. “Our committee took this on as a project and we expect it will take a year or two to meet all the criteria. The Coast Guard wants to be sure we appreciate them,” she said.

Huber outlined some plans that are under consideration, including welcome packets for new Coast Guard personnel and families, and pertinent information on schools, doctors, recreation, restaurants, hotels, etc. There is also talk of organizing events in Clearwater that recognize the service.

Citizens Protest Taxes

The Clearwater Beach Property Tax Relief Fund (CB-PTRF), has been formed to protest unfair property tax assessments and explore legal options for residents of north or south Clearwater Beach, Sand Key and Island Estates who are unhappy property tax assessments, which in many cases far exceeds current market values.

The CB-PTRF is in the process of engaging legal counsel to lead a proactive effort for fair appraisals. Once representation is chosen, a town meeting will be organized. Residents are asked to donate $50 to the CB-PTRF to fund to cover legal and administrative costs. If you want to learn more about how you can support CB-PTRF, please e-mail w2smith@aol.com. You can send contributions to CB-PTRF, 868 Bayway Blvd., Unit #112, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Sand Key Real Estate Transactions - February 2008

The following residential sales closed in February 2008. Data is obtained from the local Realtor MLS.
Property Address / Subdivision / Sale Price / # Days On Market
1230 Gulf Blvd #1005 / Landmark Towers / $179,000 / 44
1301 Gulf Blvd #203 / Bayside Gardens/ $200,000 / 6
240 Sand Key Estates Dr #281 / Harborage II / $310,000 / 57
1660 Gulf Blvd #906 / Dans Island / $370,000 / 59
1480 Gulf Blvd #204 / Sand Key Condo/ $422,500 / 83
1270 Gulf Blvd #1006 / Harbour Light Towers/ $400,000 / 101
1340 Gulf Blvd #3E / Crescent Beach Club/ $615,000 / 296
1290 Gulf Blvd #2008 / Lighthouse Towers / $700,000 / 416
1180 Gulf Blvd #2005 / Grande On Sand Key / $1,100,000 / 5


Average Sales Price$477,388
Average number of days on market 119
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Friday, March 21, 2008

Victory For Sand Key Residents

The Shoppes are safe, for now. In a 4-1 vote, with hundreds of residents present, City Council voted against rezoning the Shoppes of Sand Key to "tourist", potentially allowing hotel units to be constructed. While residents rejoiced, there is the possibility that the owner will file a lawsuit because City Council violated its own statutes.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Cabana Club Variance Rejected

Legg Mason, owner of the Belleview Biltmore and the Cabana Club Grille presented a redevelopement plan for the Cabana Club Grille that would demolish the current builiding and construct a 38 room hotel and restaurant. After reviewing the proposal and taking questions from citizens, the Sand Key Civic Association has rejected a variance request that would raise the 25ft height variance to 65 ft.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Sand Key Real Estate Transactions - January 2008

The following residential sales closed in Janauary 2008. Data is obtained from the local Realtor MLS.
Property Address / Subdivision / Sale Price / # Days On Market
3500 Gulf Blvd #307b / Montmarte / $355,000 / 249
1380 Gulf Blvd #503 / Clearwater Sand Key/ $726,000 / 387

Average Sales Price$540,500
Average number of days on market 318
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Clearwater Aquarium Open Again

After recent improvements, including an IMAX type movie theater, the aquaruim on Island Estates is open after a 6 week hiatus. Other additions are an expanded gift shop, windows on the dolphin pool, and additional exhibits.

Sand Key Shoppes Zoning Decision Delayed

With a 3-3 split vote, the re-zoning decision will wait. It was standing room only at the 5 hour public hearing yesterday where 100 people had to watch the meeting via video from the 2nd floor of city hall because the main event was at capacity. The huge turnout was due the the "Save Our Shoppes" coalition, opposed to any re-development that would lead to the demise of their stores and restaurants, who chartered a bus to get as many residents as possible to the hearing. The current owner claims to have no interest in tearing down the Shoppes, but is seeking to have the zoning changed to "tourist" which could potentially lead to redevlopment, perhaps even a 100+ plus room hotel or condo tower. This can of worms was opened by a potential buyer who's contract has recently expired, but the city wants it settled and kept the hearing on the agenda - maybe they figure it's only a matter of time before there's another suitor. After 5 hours of citizen oposition, the community develpment board cast a vote of 3-3. On March 3rd the deciding vote will be cast by the 7th member who was not in attendance. The recommendation will then be fowarded to city council.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Boating Safety Class

The Coast Guard Auxillary is holding a class for adults and children. Topics include how to read a GPS and nautical charts. The class is 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Clearwater Sailing Center, 1001 Gulf Blvd., Sand Key. The course costs $75. Call 469-8895 or visit a0701101.uscgaux.info.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Sand Key Park Kite Championship March 8th

The Mid Florida Regional Stunt Kite Championship will be held on March 8, 2008 at the Sand Key Park. Visit www.sunsetflyers.com for more information.

Sand Key Residents Concerned Over Cabana Club Plans

While the rebuilding of the aging Cabana Club is a welcome change to residents, some condo owners are concerned about their view. Most noteably, the owners of the Cabana Club condos. There are 2 condo buildings with 90 units on the property. The proposed hotel building would be constructed to the south, where there is currently a pool and parking lot. Most of the condo owners have givine approval of the projcect, but some fear the new 6 story building will obstruct their view. Back in 2000 a 13 story building was proposed and met with much oposition.

The Cabana Club is owned by the Belleview Biltmore hotel, and serves as a beach club for hotel guests, providing a beachfront pool, and gulf front dining at the Cabana Grill restaurant. The structure was deemed unsafe by officials back in 1998. Repairs were done in order to stay open, but it was only a matter of time before a major overhaul would occur. The redevelopment is part of the larger historic preservation of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel in Belleair.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Cabana Club May Be Redeveloped - New Hotel Added


Owners of the Belleview Biltmore have filed for redevelopment with the city of Clearwater for the Cabana Club in Sand Key. The Cabana Club is the "beach club" for Belleview Biltmore hotel guests, providing them with a beach, pool, and dining. The two properties are directly accross bay from each other.

The redevlopment would be part of the larger historic preservation of the Belleview Biltmore hotel on the Belleair side of the bay. The current property includes a pool, parking lot, restaurant and 2 condo builidings. Planned changes include demolishing the existing restaurant and replacing it with a new one one story shorter. A 6 story 38 room Victorian boutique hotel with underbuilding parking will be added on the south south side of the existing condos. In addition to the existing shuttle service that transports guests betweent properties, a water taxi would be added (the Biltmore is directly accrss the bay from the Cabana Club), as well as beach cabanas.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Triathalon Scheduled For September

The 2008 Sand Key Triathalon will be held on September 21. The event will kick off at Sand Key Park. The event includes a 1/3 mile swim, 11 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run through Clearwater Beach. Visit www.sandkeytriathalon for more information.

Clearwater Beach Resident Vies For Next Top Chef

A 37 year old Clearwater Beach resident named Spike is one of 16 competitors to compete. The popular Bravo series starts on March 12 and takes place in Chicago.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Belleair Beach Causeway Closing Tuesday

On Tuesday January 29th the Belleair Beach causeway will close at midnight and will not reopen until 6 am on Wednesday. The bridge will be closed for work related to the new causeway.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Sand Key Real Estate Transactions December 2007

The following residential sales closed in December 2007. Data is obtained from the local Realtor MLS.

Property Address / Subdivision / Sale Price / # Days On Market

1301 Gulf Blvd #219/ Sand Key Condo Bayside/ $365,000/ 50
1400 Gulf Blvd #101/ Sand Key Condo South/ $395,000/ 22
1621 Gulf Blvd #1205/ Isle of Sand Key/ $365,000/ 38
1390 Gulf Blve #502 / Clearwater Sand Key / $405,000 /28
1390 Gulf Blve #802 / Clearwater Sand Key / $479,500 /41
1621 Gulf Blvd #807 /Isle Sand Key Condo / $422,500/ 28
1460 Gulf Blvd #1209/ Sand Key Condo South / $436,000/ 5
1290 Gulf Blvd #607 /Lighthouse Towers /$525,000/ 15
1460 Gulf Blvd #603 / Sand Key Condo South / $599,900 /0
1540 Gulf Blvd #1201/ Ultimar II / $800,000 /138
1200 Gulf Blvd #1701/ Meridian on Sand Key /$1,200,000 /39

Average Sales Price$544,763
Average number of days on market 40

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Shoppes of Sand Key Still a Question

While the Marriott's option to purchase the Shoppes of Sand Key property has expired, the Community Development Board will still address the rezoning issue on January 15th. Marriott has expressed continued interest, but perhaps at a lower price. The Sand Key Civic Association is encouraging everyone to attend the meeting to address concerns about the potential project.

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