Financial advisors to offer help in Bradenton Friday

February 28, 2014 

BRADENTON -- Fifth Third Bank will partner with United Way to bring Bradenton its Financial Empowerment Mobile; known as the eBus.

The eBus A serves as a mobile classroom, allowing visitors to receive free one-on-one credit counseling, money management and homeownership advice in English and Spanish.

In addition to the financial empowerment services offered by the eBus, United Way of Palm Beach County will offer free tax preparation through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance for qualifying households.

Ashton Homes sales start at The Retreat

BRADENTON -- Ashton Woods Homes recently began selling homes at The Retreat, its newest community in Bradenton off of 17th Avenue Northwest, just west of 75th Street Northwest.

Michael Roche, vice president of sales for Ashton Woods Homes in the Tampa Bay area, said the homebuilder has 12 oversized home sites available at The Retreat.

Homes at The Retreat are priced from $329,990, Roche said.

Siesta Key home sells for $7 million

SIESTA KEY -- A newly constructed, waterfront home on the northern end of Siesta Key has sold for $7.07 million, making it the largest residential sale in Sarasota County in just more than a year.

The custom-designed home, 3466 Gulfmead Drive, offers expansive Gulf and bay views from its perch on Sarasota's Big Pass. It was listed by Michael Hays, with the Siesta Key office of Michael Saunders & Co., and sold to buyers represented by Pat and Mackenzie Mudgett, of the firm's Main Street office.

The property was on the market 201 days before being placed under contract.

Designed in an Old Florida/West Indies style, the home's construction conforms to Florida's stringent Miami-Dade storm codes. Its interior includes 7,132 square feet of air conditioned space. Its tropically landscaped exterior features a saltwater pool and a dock.

Sarasota pool builder wins design award

SARASOTA -- Pool builder Coast to Coast Pools received an award in the Florida Swimming Pool Association's annual design awards contest.

Coast to Coast Pools of Sarasota received silver in the residential-- shotcrete, gunite, dry-pac masonry 250- to 500-square-feet and over category. The company also received gold in the residential pool/spa combination vanishing edge category.

The annual design Awards program gives association members an opportunity to enter their pools, spas and water features for judging on workmanship, soundness of design, beauty, practicality and safety. Categories customized for Florida pool construction divide

the entries by size, type of construction and features.

This year, 24 awards ranging from best of show to award of merit were given out.

-- Herald staff reports

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