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New Water Restrictions in 2011

As of March 26, 2011, there are new water restrictions in place. South Florida has had an unusually dry dry season and these restrictions will help keep water usage to a minimum.

Landscape irrigation is limited to two times a week, on certain days and at certain times. Any odd numbered home or business may water on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12 am to 10 am or from 4 pm to 11:59 pm. Any even numbered house may water on Thursdays and Sundays from 12 am to 10 am or from 4 pm to 11:59 pm. No watering is allowed from 10 am to 4 pm.

The restrictions apply to all sources of water, including wells. You may wash cars and boats, so long as they are washed using a water conserving nozzle attached to the hose and it’s washed over a non-paved, grassy or pourous area.

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Coconut Grove Names New Streets

A few years back, Grove residents were asked for their input on naming the numbered streets off US-1. Here’s what the City has renamed the streets:

23rd Avenue – Kirk Street

24th Avenue – Calusa Street

27th Lane – Tequesta Lane

27th Way – Tequesta Way

27th Terrace – Secoffee Terrace

29th Stree – Overbrook Street

 

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8th Annual Eggstravaganza on Saturday

Eggstravaganza

 

The 8th Annual Eggstravaganza is back! On Saturday April 15, Pinecrest Gardens will host the event from 10 am to 2 pm.

 There will be wildlife shows, balloon art, face painting and of course- an egg hunt. The price is $5 for general admission.

Bring the kids and enjoy this fun event in Pinecrest.

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Deering Seafood Festival

seafood festivalOn Sunday March 27, the Seafood Festival returns to Deering Bay for it’s 7th year . From 11 am to 6 pm, come out and try recipes from local restaurants and local celebrity chefs like Chef Sean Bernal from Sushi Samba, Chef Tricia Ferguson (co-author of Lionfish Cookbook) and Chef Houvens Jean from SAWA Village of Merrick Park. Students from Johnson & Wales’ culinary studies will work with the chefs to offer their assistance in food preparation.

Local restaurants like Whole Foods Market, Shibui Japanese Restaurant, Black Point Ocean Grill, Miller Alehouse, Sports Grill, Paella Party and Imlee Indian Bistro will offer an assortment of fresh catch, such as shrimp egg rolls, grilled dolphin, blue crabs, lobster and fried conch.

The Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. Tickets are $15 in advance / $20 at the gate. For children aged 4-14, admission is $5.

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Taste of Pinecrest 2011

pinecrest gardensThe 9th annual Taste of Pinecrest is back at Pinecrest Gardens on March 6 from 11 am-5 pm. Come and enjoy samples from 20 local restaurants and enjoy the activities it has to offer like a Student art show as well as performances from local students (chorus, theater, band, etc).

The Restivo Team and Mayers Team will be on hand to answer all your real estate questions and provide you with a Complimentary Market Analysis of your home. Come visit us!

Parking is free and over 6,000 guests are expected to attend. Come see what your local neighborhood has to offer and spend the day mingling with neighbors and local vendors.

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Royal Palm Tennis Club Celebrates 50 Years

Local tennis club Royal Palm is turning 50 this year and will celebrate on February 26, 2011. In honor of the big day, there will be many activities as well as the annual President’s Party. It’s also the Grand Opening of the brand new Clubhouse. Members will spend the day playing  tennis and reminiscing about the past 50 years. Contact Royal Palm today if you’re interested in becoming a member, or ask Vicki or Alexandra  for more information. The Restivo Team would love to help you find a home in Pinecrest, so contact us today for all your real estate needs.

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Homebuyers Attracted to Pinecrest Florida … Relocation Destination!

The Village of Pinecrest continues to be a magnet for homebuyers relocating to South Florida.  Home prices vary, ranging  typically somewhere between $500,000 and $3.5 million….  although homes can (and do) reach upward of $8 million.  Many homes in Pinecrest sit on acre lots.  

Property values in Pinecrest jumped exponentially a decade ago.   In part, that was because of  the calibre of schools. Pinecrest Elementary School is considered to be one the finest elementary schools  in Miami-Dade County.   Top schools ,both public and private, contribute to  property value increases in Pinecrest.  Read the rest of this entry »

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2011 Florida Homestead Exemption – How to Apply

IF YOU OWN  PROPERTY IN FLORIDA AS OF JANUARY 1, 2011  (AND IF IT’S YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE)  YOU QUALIFY FOR A HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION.      APPLY FOR A HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION…   SAVE ON PROPERTY TAX …  and CAP ANY FUTURE TAX INCREASES.    

Apply  between January 1st and March 1st…  REDUCE YOUR FLORIDA PROPERTY TAX …      After March 1  your eligibility for 2011 expires. 

To qualify for the Florida real estate tax exemption, you must 

 1) own your property (or hold legal title to it) by January 1st. 

 2) occupy the property as your primary residence

 3) be a legal resident or US citizen.

Instructions and locations are in the link here…  along with a list of what you need to take with you:  

TAKE WITH YOU:

1) Social security card

2) Proof of ownership (Any ONE of these: warranty deed, property tax bill, notice of proposed property taxes…) plus

3) TWO proofs of Florida Residence (drivers license, or voter registration, 1040 income tax return filed in Florida or W-2 form addressed in Florida, moving van receipt, doctors letter on doctor’s letterhead, church letter on church letterhead, employment letter with employer’s letterhead, letter from child’s school attesting child’s registration…)  

All documents must be in YOUR NAME.

The locations for applying are:

 1)  Stephen P. Clark Center 111 NW 1st St Miami Fl 33128  

 2) South Dade Government Center 10710 SW 211th St – Rm 207 – Cutler Bay, Fl 33189.

 Hours for applying are weekdays 9am-4pm.

Anytime you are considering buying or selling real estate in South Florida,  and need an experienced local Miami Realtor to assist you , contact the Restivo Team  here or 305 793-1365.

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Farmers Market at Pinecrest Gardens

Until May 28, 2011, Pinecrest Gardens plays host to the Farmers Market every Sunday from pinecrest farmers market9 am – 2 pm. Enjoy fresh local produce, spices and food. They also feature organic products, so get out and taste the local flavors.

Pinecrest Gardens is located on the corner of Red Road and SW 112 St and is home to many other activities such as Taste of Pinecrest, which is taking place on March 6 and 7, 2011. Stay tuned for more info on that and other local events.

If you would like to join the Pinecrest Community, contact the Restivo Team for all your real estate needs.

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Venetian Pool is Open Again

After being closed for a few months of maintenance and repairs, the Venetian Pool has finally opened it’s gates to the public.

venetian poolFrom now through April 3, the pool will be open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 am-4:30 pm.

April 4-May 29, the pool is open from 11 am-5:30 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 10 am-4:30 pm.

The Venetian Pool in Coral Gables is a great place to hold birthday parties or to enjoy the day swimming through the grottos and near the waterfall. Bring the family out to enjoy the day at this local hotspot.

If you would like to live in the Gables, contact the Restivo Team today!

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