Southern Siesta Key Beach Makeover Complete


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, May 20th, 2016 – Chalk up another delight to the southern Siesta Key communities of Tortoise Estates, Island Reef Condominium, Fisherman’s Cove, and Fisherman’s Haven. Prospective buyers of Sarasota homes for sale in these properties will be pleased to note that the sand renourishment project of the neighborhood’s Turtle Beach has been successfully completed.

Costing $21.5 million, the beach improvement pumped sand of more than 713,000 cubic yards to a two-mile section of Turtle Beach. This operation, completed in April 2016, added between 150 to 200 feet of open shore. With this expansion, visitors to the Turtle Beach Park in particular now don’t have to descend from a three-foot-high scarp to access the beach.

Gulf-front Homes Get Added Lift

Southern Siesta Key Beach Makeover Complete

The project’s completion is as delightful for properties at Tortoise Estates as this community features deeded Gulf beach access. Many of its homes are also located gulfside, while others are in lots facing the bayfront.

Notably, the designs Sarasota homes for sale in Tortoise Estates match Siesta Key’s tropical beach setting, with most of its residences consisting of custom-built bungalows in the Grand Cayman, Key West, and classic Florida style. The available properties in this neighborhood are typically residences with floor areas ranging from about 2,200 square feet up to 7,600 square feet at asking prices starting at around the $700s and topping near the $2.4 million mark.

The south Siesta Key sand renourishment was as warmly received at the Fisherman’s Cove condominium which only had a narrow strip of beach prior to the Turtle Beach project such that rock buffers had been previously laid out to protect its gulf front. Sales-listed units in this neighborhood is down to just one as of in May of 2016, with six having been sold recently and a deal closing less than three weeks of the property’s listing.

Wheelchair-friendly Siesta Beach

Surely, there are many other factors which are currently driving market interest on Sarasota homes for sale in Siesta Key, be it single family residences or condo units. Even grander improvements are now in place towards the north end of the key at Siesta Beach where the recent upgrades were inaugurated early this 2016.

As a follow-through to the makeover of Siesta Beach, innovative access pathways were recently installed around its pavilion. Called Mobi-Mats, this amenity makes the beach park friendlier to wheelchair-bound beachgoers and pedestrians pushing strollers or hauling beach carts.

Turtle Protection Measures Set

These portable and removable roll-out mats are not only compliant with the ratings standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The installation of these ADA-compliant devices also needed authorization from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in order to help conserve the sea turtles which are very much a part of the charms of the island’s beaches and Siesta Key homes for sale as well. The Mobi-Mats have to be designed in such a way that there would be no adverse impact on nesting turtles on the beach, and their hatchlings’ can access the Gulf waters unimpeded by the devices.

Should a sea turtle nest close to the Mobi-Mat, portions of the mat nearest the next will be removed to lessen the chances of any potential conflicts with the nesting creatures. During the nesting season, there will likewise be daily monitoring of turtle nesting activities for remedial intervention if necessary.