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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.

Success is The Tom Smith Team

by Tom Smith Team

A business built on a solid foundation and excellence! 

With over 40 years of experience and over $100 million of real estate sold Tom and Vivian Smith and their team of agents are known for an impeccable reputation and a team that gets results.  Remarkably Tom and his team sell 9 out of 10 homes before the end of the listing term compared to the MLS stat of 6 out of 10.  In 2018 his team was ranked in the top 3% of realtors in Pinellas County.  The numbers matter in real estate and these numbers prove that the Tom Smith gets results.  If you’re thinking about listing your property or buying one give us a call today and let us help you reach your dreams.

The key to real estate in any market is price.  As volume vs price increases there are buyers at all price points ready.  With this in mind Tom and his team have had tremendous success selling luxury homes and condominiums up and down the beaches in as little as one day.

Listed to sold in one day $520,000 condo on Clearwater Beach

Listed to sold in twenty days $315,000 condo on Clearwater Beach

Listed to sold in twenty-four days $440,000 condo on Clearwater Beach

Listed to sold in eighteen days $440,000 condo on Clearwater Beach

Listed to sold in eighteen days $460,0000 condo on Clearwater Beach

Listed to sold in twelve days $600,000 condo on Clearwater Beach

Listed to sold in two days $850,000 single family residence in Belleair

Listed to sold in nineteen days $760,000 single family residence in Belleair

Sold in ninety-one days $1,625,000 single family residence on Island Estates


If you are thinking of listing your home for sale call Tom at 727-776-3375 or Kristin at 727-686-1596 

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

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