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Tips for beach condo owners

Tips for beach condo owners

Sarasota, FL -- If you own a condominium, there are probably things you don't know about being a board member or what kind of financial reporting is required for your association. However, an upcoming seminar sponsored by the county and state aims to fill in the information gaps.

The seminar will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15 in the county commission chamber. That's on the first floor of the Sarasota County Administration Center at 1660 Ringling Blvd.

The seminar is free and reservations are not required.

County to discuss affordable housing plans

County to discuss affordable housing plans

Sarasota County, Florida -- Sarasota County and the cities of Sarasota, Venice, and North Port have announced they will partner on a five-year consolidated plan for community development and affordable housing. Community visioning sessions will be held to explore such community needs as economic development, neighborhood improvements, special needs housing, services for the homeless, affordable housing and social services for low-income residents.

The two visioning sessions for the 2011-2016 consolidated plan will be held from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. on the following dates and locations: 

  • Tuesday, March 1, at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St., Sarasota
  • Thursday, March 10, at the North Port City Commission Chamber, 4970 City Hall Blvd., North Port

Captiva Beach Resort sold to famous Sarasota resident

Captiva Beach Resort sold to famous Sarasota resident

Sarasota, Florida - He's known for his ASK-GARY hotline, but now Sarasota chiropractor Gary Kompothecras owns a famed hotel.

According to property records, the Kompo Family Company LLC, headed by Kompothecras, purchased the Captiva Beach Resort for $1.8 million.

The property at 6772 Sarasea Circle is a highly-rated, 20-room hotel that has been a mainstay of Siesta Key since 1954.

Down payment assistance funding available

Down payment assistance funding available

Sarasota County, Florida -- Eligible applicants in Sarasota County seeking to buy their first home but lacking the funds for a down payment have a little-known resource available to help them.

With $1.2 million in federal and state funding in the Down payment Assistance Program, the Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) can assist eligible, first-time homebuyers with the purchase of their home. Eligible applicants can receive up to $20,000 for down payment and closing cost assistance to purchase their first home.

“With people struggling to achieve the dream of home ownership, this is a wonderful opportunity to help people make their dream a reality,” said Jane Hindall, a program manager with OHCD.

Dolphin Tower repairs may top $10 million

Dolphin Tower repairs may top $10 million

Sarasota, Florida-It will be at least a couple of years before residents of Sarasota's Dolphin Tower will be able to return to their homes. A report shows it will const $5 million to $10 million dollars to repair cracked and corroded concrete.

The work will not begin until a lawsuit between the 117-unit tower and Great American Insurance is completed. By then it is estimated residents would not be able to move back to the 15-story building at 101 S. Gulfstream Avenue until 2013 or even later.

The building was evacuated in June. 

ACLU wants interviews with 'robo-signers' to stay online

ACLU wants interviews with 'robo-signers' to stay online

Sarasota, FL (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union is appealing a judge's decision to keep videotaped depositions of so-called foreclosure "robo-signers" off the Internet.

The ACLU of Florida says it filed a motion Thursday asking a state appeals court to reverse a Sarasota judge's injunction forcing a law firm to remove the depositions from YouTube.

"Robo-signers" refer to mortgage loan servicers who file affidavits with a court in foreclosure cases without confirming their accuracy.

The ACLU's Howard Simon says putting the depositions of the three title company employees on the Internet "gives the world an opportunity to see how the practices of banks and title companies are affecting homeowners facing serious financial problems."