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Celebrate National Bike Month and Infrastructure Week with a bicycle ride from Downtown Clearwater to Downtown Dunedin and learn about the projects that are in the works in these two growing cities.

The 5-mile, family-friendly bicycle ride – which is called Downtown to Trail Town – will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. The ride will begin at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave. Visit downtowntotrailtown.eventbrite.com to register for the event.

Participants will learn about Clearwater’s plans for Coachman Park, the projects that encompass Imagine Clearwater and the Complete Streets plans for Drew Street. Bicyclists will head north on the Pinellas Trail and stop at Seminole Street to hear about the plans for the North Marina Area and the multi-million dollar upgrade to the Seminole Boat Launch.

The ride will continue north on the Pinellas Trail to Dunedin.

In Dunedin, the trip will include a visit to Dunedin Stadium, the spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays that will be renovated and enhanced in the near future. Bicyclists will visit the Lari White Music Pavilion to learn about the city’s Trail Town designation and planned development projects. They will also visit Skinner Boulevard, a well-utilized roadway for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. The final stop will be at Dunedin’s Blur Nightclub, where there will be a food truck, refreshments, games and fun.

There is a limit to the number of people who can participate in this event. Organizers are accepting the first 75 people who register. The guided tour is solely from Clearwater to Dunedin.

The event is sponsored by the city of Clearwater, the city of Dunedin, Bike/Walk Tampa Bay, the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.

Learn more by contacting Ric Hartman, the city of Clearwater’s senior transportation planner, at Richard.hartman@myclearwater.com or (727) 562-4539.

The Final Weekend of the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival Presented by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Will Host a Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft Party, Fireworks, Free Beach Concerts, Kids’ Fishing Rodeo and More
Along with the amazing Sugar Sand Art Exhibit featuring elaborate sand sculptures depicting visuals from around the world, the festival will also be hosting a wide variety of “sandtastic” events for the whole family to enjoy throughout the entire weekend.
As the 2019 Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival Presented by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater enters its final weekend, the excitement and entertainment continues to heat up. Along with the amazing Sugar Sand Art Exhibit featuring elaborate sand sculptures depicting visuals from around the world, the festival will also be hosting a wide variety of “sandtastic” events for the whole family to enjoy throughout the entire weekend until the festival wraps up on Sunday, 

April 28.

Are you ready for some football? On Day 3 of the NFL Draft, which begins on Saturday, April 27 at noon, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will help showcase America’s #1 beach at the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival. During rounds four and five, join Captain Fear, Buccaneers Cheerleaders and pirates amongst one-of-a-kind sand sculptures as the Buccaneers’ selections are announced. Fans in attendance will also enjoy the Buccaneers Street Team activations throughout the afternoon as the festival pays tribute to sugar sands, sunsets and world-renowned art. Clearwater Beach will play host to free activities for all ages, including live entertainment, performers, fireworks and more.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, the 18th Annual YMCA Kids’ Fishing Rodeo will be held on Clearwater Beach in partnership with the Sugar Sand Festival. Children who sign up will receive a new rod and reel, bait, T-shirt and lunch with their $10 entry fee. Entry fees must be received by Friday, April 26 or it’s $15 the day of the event. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA Community Support Program. Visit YMCASuncoast.org to register and get more information.

The rest of the weekend will feature free live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday along with a spectacular fireworks show on Saturday night at 9 p.m. Visitors will also enjoy free sand sculpting classes, a kid’s play zone, street-performers, Sunsets at Pier 60 daily festivals and more.

Online tickets are available and will allow you to skip the line. The festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m on Sunday. To purchase tickets or get more information, visit SugarSandFestival.com.

About the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

Fourteen master sculptors from around the world craft elaborate sand sculptures from Clearwater’s internationally famous sugar sand. The works of art are on display in a 21,000-square-foot structure. More than 1,000 tons of Clearwater sand takes on a new life, bringing visitors on a magical journey. The festival is a joint effort between Sunsets at Pier 60, a 501(c)3 organization and the city of Clearwater.

Help Protect Sea Turtles

by Tom Smith Team

Sea turtle nesting season begins May 1 and ends Oct. 31.

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Sea turtle nesting season begins May 1 and ends Oct. 31. Newly hatched turtles find their way to the sea by following the natural light reflected by the water. Young turtles have a small amount of energy that must take them to the water. Under natural conditions, they go to the brightest spot on the nighttime beach. If they disorient and head the wrong way, they may starve to death before landing in the floating sargassum weeds that are their food source.

Clearwater city ordinances determine specific lighting requirements for beach parking lots, streets and promenades to protect sea turtles. If you live near the beach, shut off or dim your lights at night.

In May 2018, Clearwater approved a voluntary resolution that promotes the long-term goal of reducing the harms of plastic pollution and single-use plastics. The city also partners with Ocean Allies, a grassroots environmental cause to help protect the environment.

Residents are encouraged to choose reusable or paper-based items when playing at the beach, and properly dispose of all garbage to help protect sea turtles and other marine life. Follow these tips from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to help protect sea turtle nests:

  • Flatten sand castles and fill in holes.
  • Bring reusable bags, straws and containers to prevent plastic waste from entering the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Pick up and properly dispose of litter on the beach.
  • Take all personal belongings from the beach at the end of the day, so no obstacles exist on the young turtles’ way to the water.
  • Stay off the dunes and use the designated walkovers for crossing.
  • Shield any artificial lighting that might shine toward the beach.

The Tampa Bay area averages about 120 nests each season, and each nest can contain an average of about 100 eggs. If you are lucky enough to find a turtle nest on the beach, don’t disturb it. If the nest is unmarked, notify the Clearwater Marine Aquarium at (727) 441-1790.

It’s time for family fun with the 2019 Children’s Day – Día del Niño – set for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in Clearwater’s Downtown Gateway.

The city of Clearwater’s free festival, which will be held on Cleveland Street between Lincoln Avenue and Betty Lane in Downtown Clearwater, will feature children’s amusement rides, art activities, music, dance groups, raffles to win prizes, bicycle giveaways for children, food vendors and more.

For a number of years, the city of Clearwater has helped spearhead Children’s Day – Día del Niño – to celebrate the city’s children. All the free activities at the event are geared toward children and families, including the bounce house, bungee jumping trampoline, face painting, balloon artist, caricature artist, tennis demonstrations, Clearwater Fire & Rescue firefighters and fire truck and the Nomad Art Bus, which helps unleash children’s inner creativity by allowing them to paint the exterior of an entire van.

“It’s an awesome opportunity to bring the greater Clearwater community together and celebrate one of our treasures – the children,” said Gabe Parra, the city’s community development manager.

The event also offers free parking at Cleveland Street and Lincoln Avenue.

 

For more information, email gabe.parra@myclearwater.com or call (727) 562-4047.

 

For Condos in the Clearwater Beach market ranging from $400,000 to $800,000 the average sale price has fell from $615,000 in January to $571,000 in February and $554,000 in March.  Total sales ticked up to 23 units in March from 20 in February.  Inventory dropped from 8 months to 7 months and the total number of listings remained at 160.  Over the last 2 years the average sale price of Condo’s in this range have been in a range with bounces as low as $521,000 in February of 2018 and as high as $615,000 in January of $2019.  Sales per month reached its highest total in June of 2017 with 36.  Since then sales have been in a slow downward trend managing to break over 30 units only once since.

Pricing and condition continue to be the largest factor in the amount of time a property takes to sell. The “sweet spot” is when a home is in top condition and priced competitively, creating a higher demand and more activity. The result is less time on the market

The Tom Smith Team specializes in luxury property sales and select luxury rentals.  Give us a call today if you have any questions about the condo or single family home market.

The Tom Smith Team was ranked in the top 3% of realtors in Pinellas County in 2018, has over 40 years of experience and over $100 million sold!

Big Time Artists Coming To Clearwater Beach April 12-28

by Tom Smith Team

For the rest of the month of April there is no shortage of great artists.  There is a little something for everyone.  We hope to see you there!

April 12 Richard Marx 8pm Capitol Theatre

April 13 Cedric the Entertainer 8pm Capitol Theatre

April 14 Tampa Bay Blues Festival 1pm Vinoy Park

               98 Rockfest 5pm Amalie Arena

April 18 Boz Scaggs 8pm Van Wezel

April 19 Collective Soul 8pm Capitol Theatre

April 20 Santana 7:30pm Al Lang Stadium

April 22 Buddy Guy 8pm Orpheum

April 23 Whitesnake 8pm Ruth Eckherd HallApril

April 24 Kansas 8pm at Orpheum

April 25 Patti Labelle 8pm Ruth Eckerd HallApril

26/27 The Temptations with The Four Tops 8pm Van Wezel and Ruth Eckerd Hall

April 28 Foreigner 6pm Busch Gardens

27 Whoopi Goldberg 8pm at Van Wezel

 

What The Demolition of The Harborview Center Means

by Tom Smith Team

This is exciting news! The demolition signifies the first step in moving the Imagine Clearwater plans forward. The plan is expected to take 10 years to finish. Some of the highlights of the plan includes:

  • 19 acres of park space a 110% increase in what is currently in Coachman Park
  • 4 acre increase of event space
  • $55 Million total plan investment
  • .3 miles of new walkway along the intercoastal
  • .4 miles of new Bluff walk area

The demolition of the Harborview Center in Downtown Clearwater began in January 2019 following contract approval with Biltmore Construction, who began asbestos abatement and geotechnical remediation in preparation for demolition. Approximately 40 percent of the building has been demolished and current videos and photos can be found on the city's social media accounts. The entire demolition is to be complete by early August.

The Harborview Center's demolition and removal of its adjacent surface parking is part of phase one of the "Imagine Clearwater" Master Plan approved in January 2017. The city's engineering department and Biltmore Construction gave an update on the demolition process at a city council work session on Feb. 19.

Clearwater Downtown Redevelopment Plan Update

by Tom Smith Team

Downtown Clearwater will thrive as the urban core and heart of the City, as the center of business and government, and as an attractive place to live, work, shop and play. A revitalized Downtown will be achieved through quality urban design, continued creation of a high quality public realm, and a dense and livable pattern which will strengthen the overall health of the City.

- Vision Statement, Clearwater Downtown Redevelopment Plan 2018 Update

The Clearwater Downtown Redevelopment Plan is a long-term vision for the Downtown and includes an implementation plan for achieving this vision. The City has prepared a significant update to the Plan to make existing properties and buildings more viable while still preserving neighborhood character.

CLEARWATER DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT PLAN

The Downtown Plan, as adopted by City Council on March 2, 2018 and as amended on August 2, 2018 can be viewed here.  

DOWNTOWN DISTRICT & DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS

The Downtown District and Development Standards as adopted by City Council on August 2, 2018 and amended on January 17, 2019 can be viewed here. 

The new Downtown District in the Community Development Code achieves the following:

  • Increases the Number of Uses Allowed by Right
  • Streamlines Approval Process for Most Projects (Majority Approvable by Staff)
  • Transitions from Use-Based Regulations to Form-Based
  • Incorporates Low Impact Development Standards
  • Establishes Downtown-specific sign standards

Luxury Condo Market Getting Top Price for Long Term Leases

by Tom Smith Team

Clearwater is America's #1 beach again according to Trip Advisor so it comes as no surprise that the long-term rental market here on the beach is very hot right now.  The area is very desirable for long term tenants as well as buyers.  From time to time I will help a client find a tenant and negotiate top price.  I just finished leasing the following luxury condo's:

$3900 a month located at 85 Belleview Blvd #603

$3600 a month located at 1430 Gulf Blvd #806

$3600 a month located at 16 Winston Dr

$3000 a month located at 1430 Gulf Blvd #802

$3000 a month located at 1540 Gulf Blvd #1203

If you are looking for an agent to lease your luxury home or condo give me a call today.  I will help find you a quality tenant at the top price.

Kristin Vincelli
Realtor
727-686-1596

The Tom Smith Team Over $100 Million Sold!

March Update Clearwater Beach State of The Market for Condo's

by Tom Smith Team

  The sugar fine white sand is a trademark of this fabulous beach. Perfect for a day in the sun. You might even spot a dolphin or two playing on the horizon.

 

It has been an amazing start to the year in the Clearwater Beach area.  The weather has been fantastic, and the energy here feels incredible.  In the condo market we see average sale prices jumping to peak levels in February.  Active listings and monthly inventory are trending at slightly higher than average levels as well.  Thankfully, Clearwater Beach was just voted #1 Beach in America again by trip advisor.  Optimism about Florida remains high.  No state income tax and nasty weather up North may continue to push sales and maybe even prices higher.

The average sale price in February was $692,580 up from $672,000 in January and $663,000 in December. February was the highest average sale price in the last 12 months.  Total sales in February was 40 which is in line with average for the last 12 months.  In January we saw inventory clean out a bit with 115 recorded condo sales.  Currently there is approximately 9 months of inventory on the market which is slightly higher than average for the last 12 months.  September of 2018 had the highest number of condos on the market with 12 months.  There are 37 active listings going into March in this price range.  In February there was 39 and one year ago there was 49 which was the highest in the last 12 months.

On a side note, since 2016 absorption rates for Pinellas County have been the highest from March to September.  High absorption rates indicate homes are selling the quickest and point to a sellers’ market.  We hope this trend continues this year in the beach condo market.   

We have narrowed our research down to the markets that matter most to you as a client.  Clearwater Beach real estate has a different dynamic to it.  Therefore, we believed it best to separate our market from the rest of Pinellas county to get a clearer picture.  We looked at activity for condominiums from $500,000 to $900,000 in select zip codes.

For more information or to set up a listing appointment please contact Tom or Kristin today.
Tom 727-776-3375
Kristin 727-686-1596

Tom Smith Team 40 years of real estate experience and over $100,000,000 sold!

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