BUSINESS BRIEFS Longboat estate sales for $5.7 million

April 18, 2013 

Longboat estate sells for $5.7M

A Longboat Key estate at 6301 Gulf of Mexico Drive sold for $5.7 million after being on the market for just 19 days.

"The luxury market has been very active over the past six months," said Judy Kepecz-Hays, the Coldwell Banker Realtor who sold the property. "A product of buyer confidence in the relative stability of their assets, a real estate market that is making the turn in value the national and international awareness of what a beautiful place Sarasota is for people to own a piece of real estate."

The 6,570-square-foot home sits on an acre on the Gulf of Mexico. The estate includes a separate three bedroom guest house that is connected to the main home by a covered bridge.

The new homeowners are from Texas and the home will be a vacation get-a-way for the family. They were represented by Court Hoyle from Exit Realty.

According to the local MLS, four properties have closed at more than $5 million this year, and two more are pending. There are 58 active listings in Sarasota/Manatee priced at more than $5 million.

CEO roundtable set to meet Friday

MANATEE -- The Manatee CEO Roundtable will meet at 8 a.m. Friday in Room 203 of the Manatee County School District's School Support Center.

The Roundtable meets quarterly and is chaired by Manatee School District Superintendent Rick Mills. This will be Mills' first CEO Roundtable meeting since joining the district.

The agenda will include discussions on tobacco prevention policies in Manatee County and recommendations from Mary Ruiz about mental health programs and evaluations for students.

The School Support Center is at 215 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Sarasota firm designs marina to be green

SARASOTA -- Carlson Studio Architecture has designed a resort and marina that has been designated as the first LEED certified floating green building, and has received Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The eco-friendly marina is located in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area just outside of Las Vegas. CSA, based in Sarasota, was selected for this unique project because of its diverse sustainable design experience. The project, spearheaded by the National Park Service and Forever Resorts, LLC, serves as the marina's operations office, and is floats on Lake Mohave.

"Using a team approach and the integrated design process, we were able to seamlessly incorporate environmentally friendly features throughout the project," said Michael R. Carlson, project architect.

The floating eco-friendly structure features modular construction and state-of-the-art energy-efficient and environmentally responsible materials and fixtures. Decking is made of a composite of rice hulls and recycled plastic, and the exterior stucco contains recycled tire particles.

-- Herald staff reports

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