Intercoastal Realty was happy to have Marty Kiar, Broward County Property Appraiser, speak at our office meeting. Mr. Kiar provided a wealth of knowledge valuable to our professional realtors and our customers. Important information on the portability of property homesteads, property valuation and the appeal process were detailed. Mr. Kiar also provided his direct phone and email information for our realtors to contact him with any questions they or their customers might have. This access and information will be used to educate our buyers and sellers on the benefits and cost savings of homestead and other potential tax saving exemptions.
Mr. Kiar continues the tradition of speakers coming into Intercoastal Realty’s office to help educate our realtors, staff and customers.
Other recent speakers have included:
Florida State Representative George Moraitis. Representative Moritias discussed current and proposed legislation initiatives impacting real estate and Fort Lauderdale.
Fort Lauderdale Fire Marshall and Deputy Fire Chief Jeffrey Lucas. Chief Lucas discussed the current fire safety regulations for homes, apartments and condominiums. The recent fires in apartment towers in London and Hawaii provided new focus on how Fort Lauderdale’s Fire Department is working with building owners and managers to insure the safety of Fort Lauderdale residents. The rules and regulations are complex and have sometimes been misunderstood. Chief Lucas provided clarity on these issues allowing Intercoastal Realty’s realtors to provide current and comprehensive information to our customers.
Intercoastal Realty has weekly office meetings to keep our realtors and customers informed on topics important to real estate. We also use these meetings to update our realtors and staff on the market, current real estate trends and available real estate tools. Intercoastal Realty is a family business and our realtors work together like a family. These meetings provide an opportunity to share information and get help and advice from each other.
Fort Lauderdale beach visitors will soon see dramatic changes as they cross east over the Las Olas Boulevard bridge to the barrier island. Six major projects that have been debated for years are approved now. Together, they are expected to change the beachside parking layout significantly, add two park options for visitors who don’t want sand in their toes, and entice swimmers who prefer chlorine to salt. Some changes might not be embraced by all. For instance, the number of public parking spots in the Las Olas/State Road A1A area will be reduced. And a new garage is a two-block trek — with beach chairs, umbrellas and coolers — from the beach.
Hundreds lined Las Olas Boulevard to watch the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Parade as it headed down the street to Huizenga Park, where festivities continued.
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Brazilian beach volleyball star Larissa Franca Maestrini should be used to the routine: win a tournament title, high five the fans, take the podium, accept flowers and trophies and checks, pop the champagne. If only the cork cooperated on Sunday afternoon.
Larissa and teammate Talita Da Rocha Antunes struggled to free the champagne from its oversized bottle, needing a few attempts to finally celebrate their victory at the Swatch Major Series’ Fort Lauderdale Major.
In front of a capacity crowd and a national television audience, Larissa and Talita beat fellow Brazilians Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda “Duda” Santos Lisboa in the gold medal match 21-15, 21-18.
“We are so happy to know that we are doing our job in the best way,” Talita said.
It was Larissa’s 60th FIVB championship since 2004, the most in women’s beach volleyball history. In addition to Sunday’s $40,000 prize, she has earned more than $1.8 million in her career, also the most ever.
An eye-catching parking garage planned on the beach comes with an eye-catching price.
The five-level structure at the base of the Las Olas Boulevard bridge will cost almost $21 million, or $31,460 per parking space.
By comparison, the 2016 Miami-area average is $16,600 a space, according to national parking consultant Carl Walker Inc. The Broward County Courthouse garage came in at around $18,487 a space, and a 1,000-space Rick Case dealership garage in Davie cost about $17,155 a space, said Paul Kissinger, who heads up the EDSA architectural firm team of Fort Lauderdale, which designed the new beach garage.
Kissinger said the city’s garage, which will begin construction in March, will be dramatically different from those two. It will be part of a growing urban trend of turning traditionally drab parking places into stunning architectural statements.
Las Olas Boulevard is in the midst of a retail renaissance.
The Las Olas Co., owner of the Riverside Hotel and a major landlord along downtown Fort Lauderdale’s signature street, says it’s planning to boost Las Olas’ profile by filling a handful of vacancies and a new building with a mix of well-established restaurants and retailers.
Vann Padgett, senior vice president and director of real estate, wouldn’t identify potential tenants. But she said the firm and fellow landlords Steve Hudson and Charlie Ladd have teamed with the Comras Co. to turn the street into a destination shopping and entertainment district that appeals to the increasing number of millennials living and working downtown.
“They need a place where they can go and have a lifestyle,” Padgett said. “We want to bring more of a national face to the boulevard.”
The landlords are searching for big-name national chains, as well as strong local and regional operators, to revitalize the street.