Ambitious Sarasota condo tower plan is resurrected

SARASOTA – One of the most ambitious real estate developments planned for Southwest Florida during the mid-2000s housing boom is moving forward again, the most telltale sign of recovery since the local economy slumped seven years ago. Kolter Group LLC’s plan to resurrect its 18-story Grand Sarasotan luxury condominium project — albeit with a new name…

CRA Advisory Board meets for “debriefing”

On June 17, the Fernandina Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board (CRAAB) met for a “debriefing” after a work session with the City Commission and Carol Westmoreland, executive director of the Florida Redevelopment Association. Individuals attending the Monday afternoon meeting were board members Mike Zaffaroni (chair), Andrew Curtin, Lou Goldman, Debra Stephenson, Marla McDaniel, and representatives from…

City, developer mum after meeting about Temple Terrace downtown redevelopment

TEMPLE TERRACE – Two weeks after a meeting to discuss the future of the Temple Terrace Downtown Redevelopment District project, neither side will talk about what was accomplished. Officials from the city’s three-member committee and representatives of the developer, Vlass Temple Terrace, signed a confidentiality agreement, banning them from speaking publicly about the details of…

Landscaping, renovations will revitalize historic Manatee courthouse

Landscaping, renovations will revitalize historic Manatee courthouse BRADENTON — New landscaping and other renovations will transform the grounds of Manatee County’s historic courthouse and integrate it with other improvements in downtown Bradenton. The project calls for war memorials that have long graced the courthouse grounds to be moved to its east side, sandwiched between the…

Boynton Beach CRA nixes Internet plan

Boynton Beach CRA nixes Internet plan   BOYNTON BEACH — The city wants to make the Internet available to everyone, especially those who can’t afford it. But a step toward that failed last week, mostly because of the price tag. The city and the city’s community redevelopment agency had proposed an ambitious plan that would have…