Orlando airport pitch 1,800-acre project


Orlando Airport

Roads slated to access the project include Boggy Creek Road, Narcoossee Road and Medical City Boulevard. A planned extension of Osceola Parkway would access the southern end of the project.

With the Greater Orlando Airport to the north, plans mention transit prospects for the property, which has long known as the Poitras property.

Located in a southeast Orlando sector planning area, owners are seeking “urban village” land use approval. About 236 acres would be set aside for conservation, according to plans submitted last week. Plans also mention connections to the existing sidewalks and bike lanes in Lake Nona.

The project proposals comes as Starwood has submitted plans for the 1,572-acre Vista Park north of State Road 528 and west of State Road 417. And further east, Tavistock is working through the process of a project that would engulf other proposals. With more than 24,000 acres, Sunbridge would span stretches of Orange and Osceola counties.

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Construction unemployment drops

June unemployment rates improved in 47 states, including Florida, a new analysis from Associated Builders & Contractors shows.

The national construction unemployment rate of 4.6 percent was 1.7 percent lower than a year ago, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Statistics.


Construction Statistics

“The drop in the construction unemployment rate from June 2015 extends the uninterrupted monthly sequence of year-over-year rate decreases that started in October 2010,” said Bernard M. Markstein, president and chief economist of Markstein Advisors, who did the analysis for ABC. “Starting in 2000, when the BLS data for this series begins, the June national NSA construction unemployment rate has fallen from May every year except 2010 when it was unchanged.”

The top five states with the lowest construction unemployment rates included:

  • Vermont (1.9 percent)
  • Colorado (2.3 percent)
  • Idaho and Iowa (tied at 2.4 percent)
  • Nebraska (2.5 percent)

Meanwhile, Florida’s construction unemployment rate was 5 percent in June, a drop of 1.9 percent from May.

Specialty grocer may anchor Lake Nona retail center

A North Carolina Specialty grocer may anchor new Lake Nona retail center

Fletcher, N.C.-based Earth Fare Inc. is rumored to be interested in signing up as the anchor tenant for a new 70,000-square-foot neighborhood shopping center near Lake Nona High School.

Grocery Store

Organic Grocery

If it’s true, the project is being developed by Palm Beach Gardens-based Blackfin Partners on one of the few parcels along that western stretch of Narcoossee Road not owned by Lake Nona developer Tavistock Development Co. LLC.

The site — which Orange County records show is still owned by Edgar O. Yates Trust, Colleen R. Yates Trust, Clifton Ackerman and Joy Ackerman — was annexed into the city of Orlando in February, city documents showed.

Meanwhile, this could be the third Central Florida location for Earth Fare. The grocer, which has been looking for local sites for more than a year, has appeared on planning documents for the Crescent Lucerne mixed-use development in downtown Orlando, as well as the Griffin Farms at Midtown complex planned for Lake Mary, as previously reported by Orlando Business Journal.


New 120-room Holiday Inn Lake Nona

Pioneers USA, an Orlando missionaries organization, has filed plans with the state to build a new estimated $12 million-$20 million Holiday Inn Valencia College hotel on more than 6 acres it owns near Valencia College’s Lake Nona Campus and the future U.S. Tennis Association complex.

A four-story, 120-room Holiday Inn Express hotel is proposed for the land, which sits on a larger Pioneers-owned chunk of land that’s home to an existing KOA camp ground, a church and other structures. The nearly 100,000-square-foot hotel would take up 2.28 acres and may create up to 200 temporary construction jobs and nearly 100 hotel jobs.

Industry estimates would put the construction cost of a new 120-room hotel at about $101,000-$172,000 per room for mid-range to upscale hotels, or between $12 million-$20 million.

The contractor on the project is Lake Mary-based The Collage Cos., with Altamonte Springs-based Forum Architecture & Interior Design Inc. and Longwood-based Tri3 Civil Engineering Design Studios as the designer and civil engineer, respectively.

There already are several Holiday Inns and other InterContinental Hotel Group hotels near Lake Nona due to its proximity to Orlando International Airport.

This would be yet another investment near Lake Nona, which has been booming in residential, commercial and other real estate development like the USTA tennis complex and Vista Park, a new 4,400-home neighborhood in the pipe line for that area.

Lakefront Living in Florida-A Dream

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This is a photograph of Lake Eola in downtown Orlando, Florida. It is a focal point of our community. Enjoy walking around the lake and seeing our beautiful swans swimming While dreaming of Florida Lake Living


Lake Nona Area in Southeast Orlando, Florida

Lake Nona is a pristine 500+ acre lake in the heart of “Medical City”. This is truly a preserved portrait of “Florida”. There is limited access to this lake. Residents and members of the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. It is interesting that there is relatively little information about the lake of Lake Nona. It does chain into Lake Buck and Red Lake, however, you can only get to those two lakes with a kayak or canoe. Of course the views from the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club golf course are absolutely spectacular and frame most of the course. Lake Nona is a preserved part of “true” Florida. The water quality is pristine since the motorized boats are strictly limited. In addition, it is lined with Cypress trees and lily pads which the bass absolutely love. If you are a resident then all have access to fishing and non-motorized boats from Green Dock on Lake Nona.th (9)




Lake Nona in Southeast Orlando, Florida


Lake Hart

Lake Hart is located in Southeast Orlando and is approximately 6.5 square miles. It is also connected to Lake Mary Jane. The water quality here is extremely nice, and there are very few boaters so you can enjoy your time there whether it is skiing, tubing, wake boarding or fishing. There is a boat ramp to Lake Hart using the Moss Park State Park.

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Lake Mary Jane

Lake Mary Jane connects to Lake Hart as mentioned above. The ramps at Moss Park State Park are excellent here. Please note if you have a “high” floating boat or canopy you may be challenged to access Lake Hart underneath a bridge. It all depends on the water level. This lake is also a true testimony to “old Florida”.  The surface area is approximately 1,135 acres with a mean depth of 7 feet. There is a tropic state here.


Lake Tohopekaliga

Majority of the time we are fishing the Kissimmee Chain, which is about 25 minutes from the Disney World th (2)Orlando area. Lake Toho, the top lake in the chain, has been hot for quite a few years. Even though B.A.S.S.
Top Pros broke all kinds of records, for most fish over 10 pounds, biggest one day weight, and biggest four day total.
Picking great Orlando fishing locations is part of being the premiere Central Florida fishing guide service you get to enjoy a day where the fishing at its best. We are the Florida fishing guides of choice, located near Disney World, Epcot, Universal Studio’s, Islands of Adventure, Sea World and other Central Florida attractions located in Orlando. Lake Tohopekaliga or “Lake Toho” has long been known as one of Florida’s trophy Largemouth Bass fisheries all time best.


Lake Kissimmee

At different times of the year other parts of the chain can get HOTTER than a firecracker and yield great catches. Lake Kissimmee is one of those lakes that can and  and has  proven to be a big fish lake. Lake Kissimmee is 44,000 acres and one of the most beautiful lakes in the state of Florida.

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Lake Kissimmee is world famous for its’ catches of big largemouth bass, yet the fishing pressure is fairly light due to the expanse of vegetation, and the many places for bass to hide out and ambush baitfish. It is entirely possible for a bass to live to a ripe old age without many encounters with anglers, since there are places where they can hide.



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Conway Chain of Lakes located in Orlando Florida is actually made up of two lakes, but four pools of water. There is Little Lake Conway and Lake Conway. The four pools are considered to be East, West Middle and South Pools. There is limited public access to this chain with only one public boat ramp. The Shore line of the Conway Chain of Lakes is completely developed. The total size of the combined lakes is almost 1,800 acres and the water is clear. What makes the Conway Chain such a hit in Orlando for bass fishing is the beds of peppergrass, eelgrass and hydrilla scattered offshore and hard sandy bottom.th (3)

Bass Fishing in Orlando on Lake Conway offers some exciting action for fishing in the Orlando, Central Florida area especially in the winter. Summer time bass fishing can be slower, but the winter time t he bass fishing can be explosive. In the winter the bass start schooling up on schools of Shad and catching 50 plus bass in one trip is not out of the question. If you would like to take your children fishing or spouse, this is an excellent lake to go on. The bass fishing on Lake Conway in the winter is constant and can keep your child excited and busy all day long. Not only is the Conway Chain a great bass fishing lake in Orlando but this lake also produces some excellent Crappie Fishing. No matter if you want to catch bass or crappie, Central Florida Bass Fishing Guide Services can help you have a successful and exciting fishing trip.


Butler Chain of Lakes

The Butler Chain of Lakes was formed as a result of a typical Florida occurrence known as topography which happens with others as the Conway Chain of lakes. The earth’s bottom called limestone, which underlies most of Florida, was slowly dissolved by water to form sinkholes. A series of sinkholes that formed over time produced the sparkling, pristine Butler Chain of Lakes. Many areas within the lakes can be as deep as 30 to 40 feet. The chain of lakes, Down, Wauseon Bay, Butler, Louise, Isleworth, Tibet-Butler, Chase, Blanche, Sheen, Pocket, and Fish, have been designated by the Department of Environmental Regulation of the State of Florida as “Outstanding Florida Waters” due to their excellent water quality and wildlife habitat.th (1)

th (4)Consisting of clear water, deep ledges, visible and submerge vegetation, the Butler chain offers a wide variety of lure options as well as year round fishing. Schooling bass are found almost year round allowing for exciting top water action at times. Finesse techniques are also excellent choices that are used for water that can be clear enough to see 10 ft deep on a sunny day. Techniques used for finesse fishing can be drop shot, wacky rigging for artificial fishing and shiners or shad for live bait among others.
Best times to fish the Butler chain are from October through May. This time of the year offers quality size bass in the 3-8lb range and good numbers of fish caught each day. Boat traffic can be difficult on weekends, but the cooler winter temperatures keep recreational boaters to a minimum.
Although, live bait can be used on this chain, it is a very popular Orlando fishing locations for artificial because of the wide variety of techniques available to catch pre-spawn, spawning and post spawn bass. This chain is excellent for anglers from the North and from Japan who are accustomed to deep clear water while using spinning tackle with light line. Another plus is the location of the chain which is located just minutes from Disney and Universal Studios. 

Winter Park Chain of Lakes, Florida



  • Lake Killarney
  • Lake Maitland
  • Lake Mizell
  • Lake Osceola
  • Lake Virginia

The City of Winter Park encourages all residents to use and enjoy our aquatic resources. No matter what your idea of recreation on a lake is, the waters in and around Winter Park can offer what you seek. The chain of lakes is a popular boating and skiing destination for residents who prefer active recreational activities. The chain is also popular among area anglers, most of whom ply the waters of the chain early in the morning, or during the week, when boat traffic is lighter. Remember that a Winter Park boat sticker or day pass is required before launching motorboats on the chain of lakes.

Fishermen who prefer quieter surroundings can try their luck at Lake Baldwin. The ramp at Lake Baldwin Park on Lakemont Avenue can accommodate most fishing boats. The City Commission has designated the lake a “no motor boat lake” so you’ll have to use your electric motors, or oars (fishing boats with gas engines may be launched but only electric, sail or manual power may be used). The status as a no motor lake is somewhat tentative since most of the lake is within the City of Orlando, and they have not made any decisions on the future use of the lake. For the time being, however, Lake Baldwin offers a peaceful alternative. People who like to sail, canoe and kayak will also enjoy the quiet surroundings.

Canoes and kayaks can be used in all city lakes unless otherwise posted. If you are using a car or truck to haul your boat, please obey all parking restrictions. Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed and/or towed.

Shops, eateries planned near Lake Nona

Looks like more space for shops and restaurants is on its way to the area near the Orlando International Airport.

Plans for Vista Park — a new mixed-use neighborhood slated for 1,572 acres north of State Road 528 and west of State Road 417 in Orlando — now include up to 80,000 square feet of retail space, up from the original 20,000 square feet, city of Orlando documents showed. This gives construction firms a larger potential job, and gives businesses more opportunities to set up shop in the neighborhood.

This comes after nearby homeowners raised concerns with the development, including 20,000 square feet of retail not being sufficient for the 4,300 homes and 20,000 square feet of offices Nona parking garage 2also planned for Vista Park. “This is a compromise we had agreed to at a quasi-judicial hearing,” said Miranda Fitzgerald, land-use attorney with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed PA, who represents the land owner. Mockingbird Orlando LLC, an entity related to South Florida casino and horse racetrack owner John J. Brunetti, owns the land.

Jay Thompson, managing partner of developer Palm Beach Gardens-based Land Innovations LLC, has had his eyes set on Vista Park and catty-corner property, Starwood DRI, for a “mini Lake Nona” that may create an economic impact of $4.5 billion, he previously told OBJ. Plans for Starwood DRI include thousands more , square feet of retail, office and industrial space.

Orlando’s city council during a July 25 meeting approved Vista Park getting a planned-development zoning as it’s consistent with the city’s comprehensive plan. The project can now move forward after concerns from home owners were reviewed by a hearing officer.

The project still needs to be reviewed by the state Department of Economic Opportunity, and specific zoning ordinances need to go before the city. Overall, development is not expected to begin until 2018, Fitzgerald told OBJ.

Meanwhile, the land slated for Vista Park is being cleaned up, as World War II-era bombs are buried beneath it. Permits for the clean-up process were issued last summer, Fitzgerald said.

Orlando June home sales price reaches $228,000


The price of an existing home in the Orlando area went up 14 percent last month, according to the latest Florida Realtors report.

Metro Orlando — Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Lake counties  median sales price for single-family of $228,000. However, the 3,272 single-family homes homes sold was 1.7 percent less last month, when compared with June 2015, the report showmoneyed.

Meanwhile, the median sales price of an existing Central Florida townhome or condominium also rose 13 percent last month to $129,950. A total of 894 multifamily units sold in June of this year, which was a 2.5 percent uptick from a year ago.

Statewide, the median home sales price was $225,000, up 10.8 percent. The number of home sales also saw an increase at 27,086 — 0.4 percent higher than June 2015’s closed sales.

“Florida’s is experiencing tight supply and pent-up demand,” Florida Realtors President Matey Veissi, states. “That’s affecting the pace of sales and putting pressure on statewide median prices. Florida’s economic growth, rising jobs outlook and acclaimed quality of life continue to draw new residents eager to call the Sunshine State home.” You may click on the video link below to visit this special video report


Interest rates soften- buyers have few options

Mortgage interest rates dropped during June but the improved home financing did not boost overall sales in the core market, a new report shows. Median prices in an area of mostly Orange and Seminole counties increased to $207,000 during June – up 15 percent from a year earlier and up about 2 percent from a month earlier, according to a report released Friday by Orlando Regional Realtor Association. Allyn Maycumber of Keller Williams Advantage says that with such a limited supply of on the market,it is making it very difficult to find buyer’s the right home. What the market needs is a influx of well priced homes to offset the abundance of new buyer’s entering the market.money

In the Lake Nona area of Orlando, Florida we do have a strong new housing development engine, and that is indeed giving our local buyers more options than most buyers across the country. Remember if you are interested in new construction let us represent you. The builder already factors in our compensation, and we carefully review your new home build contracts to make any needed changes to protect you. Meet us personally, or verify our single agency representation for you by email. The same applies to existing home sales. Our real estate expertise with Florida sales contracts is extensive, and so very important for one of the most critical asset purchases in your life.


Kissimmee- vacation home capital

will be known as the “Vacation Home Capital of the World” —Complete with pro athletes and corporate executives popping in for stays at sprawling, richly appointed mansions. “It’s real exciting for Orlando and the new visitors everyday. “It’s a whole different market.” Different doesn’t begin to describe the luxury-rental-home market for which Kissimmee is becoming known.DSCN4798

British investors have high hopes of selling their overseas 10 years from now and retiring in the Kissimmee homes. Bella Vida is one of these communities that offer so many amenities that you really don’t need to venture out. If you feel you need to go exploring everything is close.

With so much entertainment around Central from , to Universal Studios , and Sea World, who needs to venture anywhere else. Just imagine renting a 6 bedroom home with a private pool and spa on conservation with a large game room and 5 and 1/2 bathrooms Great and inexpensive compared to hotels that run 300 to 350 a night,you can get these homes for around 250 a night


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Orlando begins entertainment complex

The Magic’s planned $200 million project across from the Amway Center finally is showing signs of movement.

The Magic have begun to prepare the property by beginning demolition of the parking garage just north of the team’s arena, said Joel Glass, spokesman for the team. There’s no timeline yet for when construction will start.

“As you know, this project represents a $200 million-plus investment by the Magic and its partners that will create jobs and provide dining, hotel and entertainment options, and continue the revitalization of downtown Orlando and the Parramore neighborhood,” he said, noting the complex is still in the design phase.

Last December, Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins said team would begin work on the facility sometime this summer.

The proposed 7.82-acre complex, to be built on west Church Street, is designed to have a 250-room hotel with convention/meeting space, plus 64,000 square feet of retail space, 100,000 square feet of office space, 250 residential units and a parking garage. Those plans could change as the project gets closer to development.

The team has been quite busy over the past couple of weeks during the NBA offseason acquiring and trading players. The team’s planned new entertainment complex would provide the area with new economic impact via the tourists and locals it could draw. Along with the addition to our soccer team this development will put Orlando in the spotlight for bigger and better venues in the future. Imagine the addition of a possible NFL team or maybe getting the opportunity to host an olympic event, that would be amazing! Orlando is a growing community with great aspirations and with good leadership will be the place to live. If you need the top Real Estate agents in the area contact us.