New Sand Part of the Makeover of Local Beaches


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August, 22, 2013 – Homeowners in popular coastal communities in Venice and Anna Maria Island in Florida need not be overly concerned about beach erosion brought by tropical storms would significantly affect values of their properties, Sarasota Bay Real Estate reports. The full service realty firm notes that budget allocations totaling nearly $32 million are in the pipeline for the restoration of the beaches in these two areas damaged by Tropical Storm Debby last year.

These beach makeovers will be funded by federal, state, and county funds which in Venice’s case will total $11.87 million, roughly the same amount spent in a similar project eight years ago. The beach damage appears more extensive at Anna Maria Island as a total of $20 million is set to be spent to replenish sand on its beaches, the full service real estate firm notes.

Vital to Economy, Environment

Residential Price Gains

Informatively, these beach repair projects involve dredging sand from approved sites in the Gulf of Mexico and using the retrieved materials to replace the shorelines’ sand eroded by strong typhoons. The dredged sands are also utilized to rebuild the buffer protecting island and coastal communities from storm surges.

The beaches of Southwest Florida, said U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan who pushed for the federal funding for the Venice and Anna Maria beach renourishment, are vital both to the economic and environmental health of local coastal communities. Erosion has been a long-term and persistent threat to homes and businesses on Venice Beach and Anna Maria Island, Rep. Buchanan emphasized. Notably, this problem is particularly evident in Venice where the sand that would provide natural replenishment no longer reaches Venice Beach because of work done in the 1960s on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Coastal Real Estate Opportunities

The Golden Beach community in Venice, Sarasota Bay Real Estate notes, is a neighborhood which still has many options for prospective home buyers wanting to partake of the area’s storied Southwest Florida coastal attractions. The available properties in this subdivision include single family homes starting in the low $300s with three bedrooms in their floor plans of between 1,100 and 3,400 square feet.

Sarasota Bay Real Estate also suggests attractively priced condo units at the Bird Bay Village. This condominium is a popular choice among buyers as mostly of its available units are already in the pending list of Venice Fl real estate for sale. There’s a new listing here, priced at the mid-$100s for its two-bedroom design within a floor area of 1,200 square feet.

There are also gems of a find in Anna Maria Island, where the inventory appears as limited as in Venice. Currently, less than a dozen single family homes in Anna Maria Beach are listed in the MLS of Anna Maria real estate. Sales-listed properties here with floor areas starting from under 1,000 square feet up to about 2,300 square feet are priced in the $300s up to the $900s. Available single family residences here with four bedrooms and more spacious floor plans are typically priced over the $1 million level. For condominiums, only the Bayou Condo in Anna Maria Island currently has an MLS-listed unit which is priced close to the $300s mark for its two-bedroom design within a floor space of 822 square feet.