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March 2011 Blog Archive

OSCEOLA COUNTY NEW 5 POTENTIAL PLANS THAT WILL RESHAPE THE COUNTY Wed, Mar 23, 2011 Kevin Schoolfield and Dale Parsons revitalized City Centre in Kissimmee three years ago.  There are now plans for two similar sized downtown projects: eight story 40,000 square foot mix of retail and apartments on a city parking lot and a $20 mi... Read More

HOMEOWNERS DIP INTO THE REMODELING WATERS Wed, Mar 23, 2011 Now the recession is behind us, homeowners are spending money on their properties again. Contractors said that clients are willing to spend again, but cautiously.  "Clients have been procrastinating for nearly three years now," states Joe Tighe... Read More

SEMINOLE STATE COLLEGE PLAN FOR EXPANSION Tue, Mar 22, 2011 Seminole State College is expected to unveil two proposed master plans for its Oviedo campus March 18th and both show the college desires to grow by 270,000 sq. ft with three buildings which would come out of the ground as new construction.  In ... Read More

KENNEDY LAUNCH PAD DISMANTLED Tue, Mar 22, 2011 Pasco Iron & Metal a growing Land O Lakes scrap metal business has a large job on their hands. They have agreed to purchase all scrap metal from the extensive dismantling of Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39B. This tower helped launch 53 space... Read More

Tiger Woods The Legend of Orlando Tue, Mar 22, 2011 When you think of celebrities in Orlando Florida what name comes to mind first?  I dare you to find a more famous Orlando resident than professional golfer Tiger Woods. For a few months Tiger Woods put Orlando on the map after the news of his Th... Read More

ARE THE BRITISH COMING? Tue, Mar 22, 2011 In 2010 the number of British visitors who traveled to Orlando fell for a third consecutive year.  Central Florida was once the largest international market.  It is difficult to pin point for sure why this is happening. Last year was consi... Read More

ORLANDO ONE OF THE FEW U.S. CITIES WITH THREE CHILDRENS HOSPITALS Tue, Mar 22, 2011 In the fall of 2012 when Nemours Children's Hospital opens its doors with 95 beds, Orlando will become the ninth metro area nationwide to have three or more pediatric hospitals. Los Angeles, New York City  are the other areas with that many chi... Read More

INVENTORY OF HOMES ARE AT THE LOWEST LEVEL IN 5 YEARS! Tue, Mar 22, 2011 Orlando area's existing home inventory is at an all time low of 13,480 homes on the market for February 2011. This is a sixteen percent drop from the same month February a year ago.  It is the lowest home inventory we have had since March of 20... Read More

The Do's and Don'ts of Landscaping Projects Tue, Mar 22, 2011 It is this time of year to have a well-manicured lawn.  There are smart ways to spend your landscaping dollars and some which are not very smart either. Here are few tips from designers and architects that will interest you.   DO...... ... Read More

8th Annual Pet Adopt-A-Thon Fri, Mar 18, 2011   Seminole County Animal Services is hosting its 8th Annual Pet Adopt-A-Thon on Saturday March 19, 2011 from 10am to 3pm We will be wishing on some 4 leaf clovers that lots of lucky animals find their new fur-ever homes during this event. A... Read More

I Drive Attraction May Draw Millions of Visitors Per Day Wed, Mar 09, 2011 Can you imagine a  425 foot rotating observation wheel called the Orlando Eye?  How about Madame Tussauds wax museum and 200,000 square feet of shops and restaurants? This is in negotiations with Unicorp principal Chuck Whitall who is talk... Read More

St Patricks Day Wed, Mar 09, 2011 It is that time of year  Time to Go Green!  Have you ever wondered where the color of green originated from?  Here is a little story of the St. Patrick's Day theme. Originally, the color was associated with Saint Patrick's Day Blue.&n... Read More

New Ownership for Bella Collina Community Mon, Mar 07, 2011 The luxury neighborhood of Bella Collina in Lake County is likely to be resurrected by a Palm Beach Gardens based developer, Kitson & Partners LLC. In 2004 the 800-home lot golf resort community sold lots for more than $1 million.  The luxu... Read More

Universal's Harry Potter Continues to Attract Tourists Mon, Mar 07, 2011 In 2011, three of Florida's four theme-park resorts will add major attractions. One attraction that is not adding anything new may have the biggest draw.  Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter is expected to continue to attract sig... Read More

Sanford Airport Welcomes Vision Airlines Mon, Mar 07, 2011 Domestic carrier, Vision Airlines will start services April 1 at Orlando-Sanford International Airport.  Service to Florida cities include Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, St. Petersburg/Tampa and Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda.  The airline's hub is based in... Read More

Commercial Market Recovery To Take Flight in 2018 Tue, Mar 01, 2011   News reported that Wells Fargo economist told commercial broker last week that this year should signal the end of the economic decline for most commercial real estate sectors.   The recovery will be slow, however, Senior Economist Mark... Read More

Homeownership May Bring Big Savings Find Out How Tue, Mar 01, 2011 It is that time of year, as the April 18th federal income tax filing deadline arrives.  Millions of Americans are sorting through dozens of forms to determine how much money they will get as a refund as well as how much money they owe the Federa... Read More

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