Capt. Styles’ former home turned into rental property

One of the property owners involved in the May 11 North Beach Road vacation petition — Christy Ramsey — has sold her house at 99 Beach Road for $3 million to Holderness Enterprises LLC, which lists a 7333 N. Tamiami Trail address in Sarasota.

Many Siesta residents will recall that before Ramsey owned the property, it was well known as the residence of Capt. Ralph Styles. Linda Styles sold it to Brent R. Cooper — “individually and as a Trustee of the Burton M. Cooper Credit Shelter Trust No. 1” of Rockville, Md., as county property records put it — in June 2009 for $1,650,000. Then Cooper sold it to Ramsey in July 2011 for $1.8 million.

Picture credit to US Navy website

Picture credit to US Navy website

Capt. Styles drew countless visitors to the house at the intersection of Columbus Boulevard, eager to participate in the beautiful ceremonies in which he raised and lowered the American flag.

The captain, who died in October 2008 at the age of 98, was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He also was one of the oldest living graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy. Styles served as a submarine commander in World War II and was a former assistant director of Naval Intelligence.

County records indicate that Holderness Enterprises has been buying up quite a few pieces of property on Siesta since March 2014. The first listings show the firm spent $2,550,000 on eight duplexes and a detached single-family home at 124 Columbus Blvd. Earlier this month, it purchased a single-family house at 95 Columbus Blvd. for $2 million.

The registered agent of Holderness Enterprises is Michael Holderness, a Realtor, according to the Florida Division of Corporations. The firm was established in November 2013, state records show.

Holderness’ real estate website has the Styles house listed for rent. The cost: $695 per day.