Insiders’ Guide to the Greater Tampa Bay Area: Including Tampa, St. Petersburg, & Clearwater

February 28, 2010

By Anne W. Anderson

Anne W. Anderson has explored the Tampa/St. Petersburg area for over thirty years and written about  Florida’s West Coast for the St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Bay Newspapers, Inc. In addition to being a freelance journalist, she write children’s stories, liturgical dramas, ad copy, poetry, and grocery lists. Anne teaches seminars and short courses about writing, children and media, and liturgical drama.

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Manatee Insanity: Inside the War over Florida’s Most Famous Endangered Species

February 27, 2010

By Craig Pittman

Why is the manatee just as imperiled today as it was 40 years ago?

“The best available, most factual account of the decades-long struggle to protect the Florida manatee, skillfully told by a veteran journalist who has followed the story closely. I’ve been involved in this controversy for over 30 years, and I learned countless things about it that I never knew!”–Daryl Domning, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

“The Florida legislature gave the manatee its own license plate, and Jimmy Buffet sang poetic lyrics about the iconic creature, but Craig Pittman offers a whole new perspective–the manatee as battleground. With a cast of characters including environmentalists and biologists, developers and boaters, lawyers and lobbyists, politicians and shady citizens, Manatee Insanity is a colorful work of non-fiction.”–Keith Rizzardi, South Florida Water Management District.

Loveable or loathed? Poster child for conservation efforts or impediment to development? Nuisance or in need of protection? For the past two decades, the quiet manatee has been a flash point of frequent environmental debates.

Included on the very first endangered species list issued in 1967, the docile creatures have stirred curiosity and passions for more than a hundred years. They are Florida’s most famous endangered species, as well as its most controversial. Manatees appear on hundreds of license plates, attract hordes of tourists, and expose the uneasy relationships between science and the law and between freedom and responsibility like no other animal.

As passions have flared and resentments have grown, the battle over manatee protection has evolved into a war, and no reporter has followed the story more closely than Craig Pittman. He’s flown with scientists trying to count manatees from overhead. He’s been on the water with the leader of the biggest pro-boater group. He’s observed biologists dissecting the animals and politicians discussing their fate.

Manatee Insanity provides the first in-depth history of the attempts to provide legal protection for the manatee. Along the way, Pittman takes a close look at the major and minor players in the dispute, from Jacques-Yves Cousteau to Jeb Bush, from Jimmy Buffett to O. J. Simpson, from a popular children’s book author to a federal lawman who dressed in a gorilla suit for the ultimate undercover assignment.

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Trinity, FL Real Estate

February 27, 2010

0304-0607-0904-2553_tnAre you looking for a Realtor to help you buy or sell real estate in Trinity, Florida?

Consider calling Chris O’Connor with Charles Rutenberg Realty for all of your home buying and selling needs in the Tampa Bay area. With close to 30 years of calling Tampa Bay my home I can comfortably say that I know this market inside and out.

And Trinity, FL is one of my preferred markets!

Whether you’re looking for a luxury waterfront condo or a small 2-bedroom starter home…I’d love to help you find your next home or investment property.

Are you thinking about selling your home? You’re going to need a Realtor with experience, knowledge, ethics, discipline and a track record of successfully listing and selling real estate in both traditional sales and short sales. Please consider calling Chris today at 727-804-5319 to discuss your Trinity real estate needs.

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JUST SOLD! – For Sale By Owner found on

February 26, 2010

2177 Barcelona Dr.
Clearwater, FL 33764

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Weird Florida: Your Travel Guide to Florida’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

February 26, 2010

By Charlie Carlson

This book makes you feel proud to be a Floridian. Graphic and in depth, Weird Florida probes into the dark under belly of our battered state. I discovered stuff I drove by all the time that I never thought much about. Now I know–it’s weird! Much better than those Roadside America books since this goes into more depth. I’m looking forward to getting the other books. – Review

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Tampa Bay Realtor – Short Sale Specialist

February 25, 2010

forsaleAre you considering buying or selling real estate in the Tampa Bay area? More than likely your home is going to be worth less than you owe if you bought in the past four years. This poses a challenge to both buyer and seller as the transaction is much more complicated and lengthy than a sale where the seller is walking away from the closing with money.

If you owe more than you can sell your home for you will need to consider a short sale, and to do a short sale you need an experienced and knowledgeable Realtor with a proven track record for selling short sales in the Tampa Bay market. Please consider calling me today at 727-804-5319 and I’ll help get your home sold. With close to a 100% success rate with Florida short sales I have the knowledge and experience to navigate the complexities of loss mitigation and short sale negotiation.

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Open Road’s Best of the Florida Keys & Everglades by Bruce Morris

February 25, 2010

Open Road’s Best of the Florida Keys gives readers a great mix of unique trips of varying lengths for great diving and fishing, kayaking through mangrove swamps and hundreds of square miles of sand and turtle grass flats, sightseeing along the bridges and causeways of stunning overseas highway, and visiting the fun and quirky towns along the way to anything-goes Key West. This edition includes a new chapter just on visiting Everglades National Park. Morris explores the delights of quaint B&B’s delicious seafood, the small islands and coral reefs that make up Dry Tortugas National Park, historic walks through Key West’s old town-and where to go to relax, hang out on a remote beach, and watch a beautiful sunset.

About the Author

Bruce Morris is also the author of Open Road’s Best of Panama and co-author of Open Road’s Best of Costa Rica.

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Charles Rutenberg Realty is on the rise

February 24, 2010

Over 3700 agents have joined Charles Rutenberg Realty.

30 agents joined Charles Rutenberg Realty this month! They decided to keep all of their commission. They heard of the free training, the social/charitable events, a non-competing broker with the best staff in the business and much more.

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Pinellas County, FL Notary Public

February 23, 2010

notary_signing_imageI’m a Pinellas County, FL Notary Public that will come to your home, business or any location you like to notarize your documents. Call Chris today at 727-804-5319 to discuss your notary needs.

The following are some of the more commonly requested documents people need notarized:

  • Power of Attorney
  • Medical Consent Form
  • Living Will
  • Divorce paperwork
  • Consent for Minor to Travel Aboard
  • Certifications
  • Affidavits

When we meet I’ll need to see identification to prove your identity. The following is a list of approved forms of identifications:

  • Drivers License
  • Military Identification Card
  • State Identification Card
  • Passport
  • Resident Alien Card

Whatever you need notarized I can help. Call Chris at 727-804-5319 if you have questions or would like to set up an appointment. I look forward to meeting you soon.

Consider me your Pinellas County, FL Notary Public.

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Hidden Florida Keys and Everglades: Including Key Largo and Key West

February 23, 2010

Perfect for lovers of hot beaches and warm water with complete information on swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and boating. This book guides readers to both famous and unknown spots all along the beautiful string of islands. It also includes reviews of over 80 local restaurants including the best places for fresh seafood and homemade key lime pie. Review

Candace Leslie’s Hidden Florida Keys And Everglades is a compact and reliable guide to the unique attractions and outdoor activities of Florida. Complete travel information is provided for sightseeing, lodging, dining, shopping, and urban nightlife. For the outdoor enthusiast there is sound advice and suggestions for camping, hiking, diving, canoeing, horseback riding, biking, and fishing. For the truly adventurous there are “hidden locales” where you can find such time capsules as the Historic Smallwood Store Museum, built in 1906 as a trading post for settlers and Seminole Indians; underwater attractions such as the San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve where an 18th-century galleon went down in a hurricane; and Civil War sites such the Fort Zachary Taylor State Historic Site featuring the remains of an 1845 fort. If you are Florida bound, begin your trip with a copy of Hidden Florida Keys And Everglades.

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