Local Resources

Take a look at some of the great things Sarasota and Venice have to offer. These resources are designed to help you move and get settled, and to acquaint you with the area after your move. If you don’t see what you need here send us an e-mail and we’ll help you find it – that’s the kind of service you expect when you Ring The Wingers!

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Aerial Photography
Lofty Lens Aerial Photography – Order an aerial photo of YOUR “estate” here on the Suncoast or just browse the great shots of the area shot by Kerry and Greg Baker!
Mortgage
Estimate Your Credit Score! – Everyone talks about your credit score or FICO score. FICO stands for Fair Isaac Company – the company that first devised credit scoring. In this tool from Fair Isaac I have found that if you give it truthful answers it will give you back a pretty solid estimate of what you’re likely to find when you have a lender “pull your credit”. Remember don’t let ANYONE pull your credit until you’re serious about needing credit and will be taking a loan within 90 days – call me and I’ll tell you why!
New Home Builders
Red Show Development – Luxury Modular developer Bill Tagland will bring your dreams of a new home to reality in as little as 4 months! Bill’s designs for Waterfront Living have won numerous awards – one look and you’ll see why!
Siesta Key Beach Report from Siesta Key Show – view this and you\’ll move here!
Why Use an E-Pro?
What is an e-Pro REALTOR? – What is an e-PRO—— and why should you use one?A short guide for the Internet consumer
Homestead Exemption
How to Apply for The Homestead Exemption in FL – From the Sarasota Property Appriasers Office – all the information you need to understand and apply for your exemption.
Area Information
Chamber of Commerce – Sarasota – Great source of information on area businesses and attractions. Also a good link for relocation resources.
Community Information – free community profiles
New Resident Guide to Sarasota – Sponsored by Sarasota County – ALMOST anything you need to know when you relocate here!
Sarasota Area Brochure from Local Board of Realtors – We invite you to learn about Sarasota and why so many people are happy to call it home
Sarasota Herald Tribune and SNN6 – Sarasota’s largest circulation daily and it’s local Cable TV all news affiliate.
Sarasota Memorial Hospital – There are a multitude of excellent choices for health care in the area, and SMH is one of them.
See Sarasota! – One stop for Dining, Hotels, area attractions.
Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce – Things to do, places to stay, eat, drink etc all out on Siesta Key!
Siesta Rentals – Great place to find a seasonal rental or a place to stay while you look for a home – AND you get to stay near the nicest beach on the Planet! Investors take note – great place to see what property rents for too!
Venice Government – Official Website for the City of Venice, FL.
WWSB ABC Channel 7 – Sarasota’s ABC affiliate, great source for local news and the weather is done by a Remax Agent!!!
Fun Things to Do!
Big Cat Rescue – Sure you can drive to Tampa over the Skyway and..You have just found the world’s largest and most diverse collection of rare and exotic cats. Here you will meet and learn all about lions, tigers and bearcats!
Caspersen’s Beach Venice – Venice beaches are where to find Shark’s Teeth and this is the BEST of the Venice Beaches!
Fishing!!Local Charter company’s nice list of Saltwater fish you can catch here in Florida. If you love to fish – you live in the right place!
Go To The BEACH!! – There are of course many great beaches in the area but our favorite – and the closest to our home and office – is Siesta Key. One visit to the cool white sand there and you’ll know why!
Mote Marine Aquarium – Mote Marine Laboratory A nonprofit organization dedicated to excellence in marine sciences – check out the Manatees and the Shark Cam!
Myakka River State Park – Myakka River State Park is out Route 72, Clark Rd. In our opinion the best place in the state to see alligators in their natural habitat and the second best place (after Siesta Key Beach) to catch a sunset!
Ringling Museum of Art – Think Ringling is just the Circus? Guess again – though the circus museum is here so is the State of Florida Museum of Art (AWESOME) and John Ringling’s restored home – all must sees!
Selby Gardens – World renowned orchid collection and oasis of Tropical Beauty downtown.
St. Armand’s Circle – Sarasota’s version of Rodeo Drive! Great shopping, dining, people watching!
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – It’s just 50 minutes drive up to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa to see the Bucs!
Tampa Bay Rays – Baltimore Orioles do Spring Training Baseball in Sarasota but after March, if you love America’s Pastime – drive 40 minutes to the cool comfort of Tropicana to see the Rays!
Ven Wezel Perfoming Arts Center – GREAT Live Performances in the Purple Building in Downtown Sarasota!
Government Information
Florida Dept Of Law Enforcement Predator Database – Harsh reality is that we all need to be informed on these matters – particularly when relocating. This state provided tool allows you to search by zip code and address.
Local Weather
Local Weather – forecasts, weather patterns, radars….
Tide Information for Sarasota Area – For us nautical types – local tide information – don’t want to hit the ICW while it is empty!
Schools
Florida Dept of Eductation’s School Report Cards – View the State of Florida’s annual report card on any school in the state.
Great Schools.Net – National Website with tons of great insight into Schools throughout Florida and the US.
Manatee County Schools – Official Website of the Manatee County School system. Homes in the Sarasota area NORTH of University Parkway are in the Manatee system.
Sarasota County Schools – Official Website for Sarasota County Schools – Contact them for a Welcome Kit!
Local Utilities
BrightHouse Networks – If you live or plan to live in Bradenton this will be who to contact for your cable service.
Verizon Fiber Optics (FiOS) – Fiber has been placed in parts of Sarasota County where you may have the option for very-high-speed internet and premium TV.
Comcast CableTV and High Speed Internet – Sarasota County is served by Comcast for Cable TV. They are also a provider of Broadband.
Florida Power and Light – How to reach and work with the primary provider of electricity in the area.
Verizon TelephoneLocal land line based service is provided by Verizon. Call as soon as you know your closing date so the phone will be on when you get there!
Maps
Sarasota County Zoning Maps – Find out the Zoning status of any address in Sarasota County!
Relocation Links
National Weather – find weather info anywhere in the US
Official City Websites – find area info websites across the world!
US State Departments of Education – see the list of all 50 states
USPS’ Movers Guide – help for planning and executing your move
Tax Information
Charlotte County Tax Records – The Charlotte County Property Appraiser and Tax Collector make every effort to produce and publish the most current and accurate information possible – online search
First-time homeowners
Homeowner deductions information
How to report moving expenses
Sarasota County Tax Data – WELCOME TO THE SARASOTA COUNTY, FLORIDA PROPERTY APPRAISER’S HOME PAGE Offers electronic access to Internet users. You will be able to view our records online, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, from the comfort of your home or office
Selling your home