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Olive Trees in Florida

May 18, 2013

University of Florida extension agents believe olive trees are good idea in the Florida climate. Not only are they productive, but they require little irrigation once established.

Of course, the trees look like the Mediterranean, and olives can be of course eaten or pressed for oil.

Florida agronomists recommend self-fertile cultivars like ‘Arbequina’, ‘Mission’, or ‘Manzanilla’; planting more than one will increase production.

They need a sunny area and well-drained soil, and will produce in three years.

Find out more HERE.

Ideas for Finding Your Dream Tiny House in Florida

March 25, 2013

Interested in building or buying one of those eco-friendly, mortgage-free tiny houses in Florida?

Florida is an ideal state for tiny houses. The climate and growing season make it perfect too; with the 12 month sunny season an outdoors lifestyle is possible. Most expensive houses have large patios and porches, and some families live outside most weekends.

Much of the buzz about the tiny house movement is centered on the West Coast, however they suffer from a nannyish government complex that makes living in a tiny house difficult, especially in large metropolitan areas. However, in some jurisdictions in Florida, zoning laws are not carefully enforced because of the large transient population and prevalence of mobile homes. Agriculture, with its need for multiple outbuildings and staging areas, also means that a well-kept tiny house can be seen as a civic asset, not a liability. Read more

Faber Says Florida Good Investment for Continued Recession

July 22, 2012

NEW YORK – Renowned investor Marc Faber, whose predictions on the economic crisis earned him the nickname “Dr. Doom,” feels that Florida and other states with distressed real estate will be good places to ride out the continuing recession.

Faber, quoted on CNBC this spring, said:

“In Georgia, in Arizona, in Florida their property values will not collapse much more and will stabilize, so I think to own some land and some property, not necessarily in the financial centers but in the secondary cities, these are desirable investments relatively speaking,” Faber said.

You can find the story here.

Dinosaur World Expands on I-75

February 21, 2012

PLANT CITY – On February 29th at 10 a.m. Dinosaur World Official map for Dinosaur World near Orlando in Plant City, Floridawill unveil its 12-acre expansion project. The expansion began in November of 2010 and will be complete in two weeks with their animatronic exhibit being the feature new draw.

Five animatoric dinosaurs are roaring with life in the new 22,000 square foot addition which is home to the Prehistoric Museum. In this scene, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Brachiosaurus, Pterodactyl and of course T-Rex are all “alive” and all waiting to greet visitors. Read more

Doubletree Miami Mart Near MIA

May 1, 2011

20110428-080157.jpgMIAMI - The Doubletree Miami Mart is a nicely run hotel with an exceedingly friendly staff, including a clerk who used to be a youth pastor and a chief bellman has been there for two decades.

This property near Miami International carries a West Indies style and has two restaurants. Frequented by pilots and flight crews, it has a departure board in the lobby. It is connected to the slightly odd “mall” of the Miami Convention Center, which is redeemed for having an Au Bon Pain in the center. Read more

Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Opens in February

January 18, 2011

PENSACOLA – The Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach is set for a February 2011 opening. The 206-room Gulf property will feature a full-service restaurant, 10,000 square feet of meeting space, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and lazy river pool with cascading waterfalls. See www.holidayinn.com.

Briefly: Holiday Inn Marathon New in 2010

January 14, 2011

MARATHON – The Holiday Inn Express & Suites opened Nov. 5. The hotel has 134 rooms with amenities including a marina with docks for guests, a large outdoor pool facility, a 5,000 square-foot tiki bar and 24-hour fitness and business centers. For reservations, call 888-465-4329 or www.hiexpress.com

Bluegreen Manages Sandhurst Hotel, Ft. Pierce

May 5, 2010

BOCA RATON – Bluegreen Corporation (NYSE: BXG) yesterday announced the expansion of its fee-based services business to include hotel management. Bluegreen recently commenced hotel management services for an existing client, South Mountain Resort in Lincoln, New Hampshire, and for a new client, The Sandhurst Hotel in Ft. Pierce, Florida. The addition of hotel management expands the Company’s portfolio of fee-based service offerings beyond its previous offerings of vacation-resort operations management and sales and marketing. Bluegreen launched its fee-based services business in 2009 at resorts in Arizona, the Bahamas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Virginia. For the year ended December 31, 2009, Bluegreen generated fee based services revenues of $20.1 million compared to no such revenues in 2008.

“In 2009 we announced that we would actively pursue growth through fee-based services. We couldn’t be happier with the interest shown in our services and the quality of properties we now have under contract,” said David Pontius, President of Bluegreen Management Services. “Now that we have expanded into hotel management at these particular locations, we can continue to broaden our service footprint, delivering the true Bluegreen service experience, from the moment our hotel guests plan their vacation, to the moment they leave the resort.”

The Sandhurst Hotel, located on Hutchinson Island in Ft. Pierce, Florida, is designed for leisure and offers waterfront accommodations just steps from popular area attractions and local businesses. Although Bluegreen owns, operates, or manages many other Florida resorts, this particular vacation destination extend Bluegreen’s specialized hotel management services into a boutique hotel location.

“We have continued to focus on ways to expand our business by leveraging our service and management expertise, while conserving capital,” says Bluegreen’s President and CEO, John Maloney. “We believe that the expansion of our fee-based services model into the boutique hotel arena validates both our ongoing commitment to and successful execution of these strategic initiatives. We believe that there is a sizable market for our style of hospitality services in the hotel business as well as in our core business of vacation ownership.”

Retirees Find Florida Affordable Again

April 20, 2010

We’ve seen it with our own eyes. The retirees are back.

And this time, they are a bit different than they were five years ago. They are coming to scoop up bargains and foreclosures and short sales, for prices that are a fraction of what they were a few years ago. Very often, a substantial house that was $250,000 or more is now less than $100,000. The best bargains are the houses that were abandoned during foreclosure, and got a little run down.

Read more at CNN.

Sponsor: Florida Timeshares: Florida is home to thousands of gorgeous timeshare suites, popular to individuals looking for inexpensive and comfortable lodging. These prime properties boast many high end amenities such as full gourmet kitchens and multiple bedrooms. Visitors can buy timeshare suites on the resale market for far less than the resort prices, and will still be able to enjoy everything the resort has to offer.

Great Deals In Florida’s Boca Grande

February 27, 2010

BOCA GRANDE – This town on Gasparilla Island, partly in Charlotte and partly in Lee County, is a happy little place devoid of the new money mansions that litter many once great Florida resort towns. Nevertheless, it isn’t backward, or frozen in time. The old Gasparilla Inn still rules the town.

There is nothing completely showy here, real estate wise; you will have to head up to Casey Key in Sarasota for that. Instead, there are some nice condos, great houses and lots of Northeastern bluebloods on golf carts.

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