Island Chatter: January 2021

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Condo Council to conduct virtual membership meetings

In a Nov. 20 email blast, the members board of directors of the Siesta Key Condominium Council (SKCC) announced that they have cancelled membership meetings for the remainder of this year because of the coronavirus pandemic “and difficulty arranging a meeting where the SKCC can guarantee, so to speak, the condition of the attendees at the Siesta Key Chapel.”
The Chapel traditionally is where the Condominium Council conducts its sessions for members.
Then, the email blast pointed out that the board members have planned to hold a meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 3 p.m. The session will focus on changes in state law that affect condominium associations, the release added. Sarasota attorney Dan Lobeck, who has expertise in those issues, will make the presentation. The email blast pointed out, “He has been our speaker on this subject for many years.” 
“We anticipate sending out an info package well ahead of the meeting and will solicit questions from the membership that will be submitted ahead of time,” the email blast noted.

Congratulations to James Piatchuk!

Sarasota architect James S. Piatchuk has been named president of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for 2021, the chapter has announced.

Piatchuk’s firm is Piatchuk Architecture. He is a Sarasota native whose family came to Siesta Key in 1953, he told the News Leader.

Piatchuk also is a member of the Sarasota County Board of Zoning Appeals.

As the chapter’s website notes, “The American Institute of Architects was created in 1857 by a group of architects in Washington, D.C. The goal of the first members was to have a place where members could meet for lectures, conventions and meetings.”

In the intervening years, the website adds, the organization has grown to more than 200 chapters around the world, representing more than 95,000 licensed architects and associated professionals.

“AIA members adhere to a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct that assures clients, the public and colleagues of their dedication to high standards in professional practice,” the website says.

The AIA Gulf Coast chapter represents more than 150 members in Sarasota, Manatee, Highlands, Hardee and Desoto counties, the website adds.

And in other news from the Old Stickney Point Road area …

On Nov. 13, the owners of the home located at 6701 Peacock Road sold it to a corporation based in Geneva, Switzerland, for $7,825,000, according to the Sarasota County Clerk of Circuit Court and County Comptroller.

Peacock Road is the eastern border for Dr. Gary Kompothecras’ planned hotel project.

The sellers were Willis E. and Elizabeth Hartman and Hartman Oil Co., which is based in Wichita, Kan.

The buyer officially is Siesta Peacock Corp., the deed shows. The Florida Division of Corporations identifies the principal of that company as Walter Stresemann of Geneva. The articles of incorporation were filed with the state in early October, the Division of Corporations records note.

The Peacock Road parcel, which is located on Little Sarasota Bay, encompasses 56,453 square feet; the house on the property was built in 2008, the Property Appraiser’s Office records say. With two stories, the five-bedroom, five-bathroom home has 7,489 square feet of living area.

The property also has a boat dock, the Property Appraiser’s Office records say.

The taxable value of the parcel this year is $4,628,300.

The Hartmans bought the property in April 2011 for $4.9 million, the Property Appraiser’s Office record notes.

From January through October, Sarasota Magazine reported, the top prices for homes sold in the county were $10.5 million for the parcel located at 7712 Sanderling Road on Siesta; $7.9 million for the property located at 15 Lighthouse Point Drive on Longboat Key; and $7.25 million for the parcel located at 1219 Westway Drive on Lido Shores.

Another house on Peacock Road — standing at 6629 Peacock — went for $6.95 million, the magazine says.

Dr. Ta ribbon cutting ceremony

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Photo Credit: Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce

It’s official!  The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 11 to mark the opening of Siesta Dentistry in Davidson Plaza. Dr. Ta, DDS, cut the ribbon with the help of staff from the chamber and Dr. Ta’s dental office. 

Coastal Flow Featured on Fox 13 Tampa Bay News

Coastal Flow owner Jessica Gill was interviewed by Fox 13 Tampa Bay News for a story on the artists co-op that came about during the pandemic.

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(Note – I took this photo as it appeared on my computer.  Shouldn’t be any issues with copyright.)

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