Archive for February, 2010


What is a walkable neighborhood, and why should anybody want one? Here’s what walkscore.com has to say:

Picture a walkable neighborhood. You lose weight each time you walk to the grocery store. You stumble home from last call without waiting for a cab. You spend less money on your car—or you don’t own a car. When you shop, you support your local economy. You talk to your neighbors.

Walkscore believes that walkable neighborhoods are essential to the health of cities and citizens alike. We here at Laurel Park Management agree. Walkscore gives Laurel Park a rating of 92 out of 100, meaning that virtually everything one wants or needs is within arm’s (or in this case foot’s) reach. From any of Laurel Park Management’s Downtown Sarasota apartments, residents can walk to grocery stores, restaurants, shopping, movies, parks, services, and just about everything else. That’s why we call Laurel Park Sarasota’s urban village.

check out Laurel Park’s Walkscore rating at walkscore.com


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SILVA COURT COTTAGES 237-45 South Osprey Avenue

Some years ago, undocumented in the annals of history, five small wood frame old-Florida cottages were moved adjacent to the Silva Court apartment buildings. Altogether they provide four studio apartments, two 1BR/1BA cottages, and a 2BR/1BA bungalow, all lovingly restored. The ideal combination of charm, privacy, communal space, and proximity to downtown.

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Do you love Downtown Sarasota? You’re not alone. Started by local residents Rich Swier and Matt Orr, “I Love Downtown Sarasota” is a grass-roots movement to bring together Sarasotans of all stripes in a continuing effort to make Downtown Sarasota as great as it can possibly be. According the website:

We all love downtown Sarasota. But sometimes we need to be reminded of why we love our city so much. Our goal is to remind locals of the small wonders that brought us here to live in the first place. We want people to shop, dine and play downtown every day. The “I Love Downtown” initiative will leverage the strengths of each and every merchant and bring us together as a community to make this next season the best yet.

The “I Love Downtown Sarasota” website features a weekly list of things to do, places to eat, and places to shop that support local businesses. An increasing number of store windows are adorned with the group’s sticker, and its facebook page already has over 5000 fans.

visit ilovedowntownsrq.com

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Main Street, Sarasota

February 20-21, 2010

Consistently ranked one of the top 100 Fine Art Shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the 22nd Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts is one of the area’s biggest and best art events. The festival is held along Main Street in downtown Sarasota, spanning from 5 Points-Selby Park to Orange Avenue. Meet some of the best artists in the nation, displaying life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography and more.

see more info at event website

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Owned and operated by local green builder Devin Rutkowski, LPM manages nearly sixty apartments, cottages, and bungalows in Historic Laurel Park, Downtown Sarasota’s urban village. Our unique properties exude historic charm and feature many green amenities including energy-efficient appliances and lighting, low-VOC paints, and low-flow fixtures. We also offer a recycling program with incentives.

LPM is committed to green living, and encourages you to join us. Laurel Park feels like a quiet residential village, but its proximity to Main Street and Downtown Sarasota enables residents to live virtually car free. Bicycling and walking is not only better for the environment, it’s better for our own health and better for our community. Interested in learning more about green living? Stop by the office and say hello.

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Sarasota’s very own Mote Marine Laboratory is renowned for their scientific research. But one needn’t be a scientist to get a behind the scenes look at what makes the Sarasota Bay area such a dynamic marine ecosystem. Mote Marine’s Behind the Science program stimulates inquiring minds with six rotating topics: Rescue, Rehab, Release; Saving Seahorses; Spineless Sea; Water World; Exploring the Bay; and Kayaking.

Residents of Laurel Park can enjoy an easy bike ride, drive, or bus ride from Downtown Sarasota across the bay to Mote Marine Laboratory, located just north of St. Armand’s Circle.

Program Description: Learn about the marine animals and plants that thrive in Florida’s coastal waters as you kayak in Sarasota Bay. All kayaking equipment is provided and class begins with basic kayaking instruction.

Age: 11 years old through adult. Kids under 14 must attend class with an adult. Pre-registration is required.

Member Price: $14 per person

Non-member Price: $16 per person

2010 Dates: December 19; January 9, 23; February 6, 20; March 6, 20; April 3, 17; May 1, 15, 29; June 12, 26; August 7, 21; September 4,18; October 2, 16, 30; November 11; December 11

for more info click here to visit mote.org

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