The 21st-century condominium developer is learning that bigger is not necessarily better.

For its first U.S. project, the Vandyk development company of Toronto is going small. But that doesn’t mean cheap. Vandyk executives came to Sarasota last week to unveil One88, a modernist project of just eight residences on Golden Gate Point.

“It’s a boutique-y type of development,” said Dominic Zita, executive vice-president of the Vandyk group of companies. “It caters to a style of living without a huge building and the masses.”

The units — two to a floor and 40 feet wide — will have about 3,030 square feet of air-conditioned space; terraces will add at least 756 square feet to each unit. Prices range from $2.6 million to $3 million on floors one through three. The two penthouses, which also have rooftop terraces of 1,657 square feet each, are $3.9 million. The small size of the parcel limited the height of the building to 50 feet, and parking was another factor.

The footprint allows for only 16 cars — two per unit, Zita said.


SARASOTA – The 2.4 million dollar BMX Track renovation on Tuttle Avenue gives Sarasota an Olympic style super cross track.

County commissioners and some of the BMX community spoke to the crowd at the opening ceremony. Riders from two years old to adults can ride at the track and compete on Saturdays.

Local riders aren’t the only ones using the track. Olympians have used it to train for Rio, and Sarasota County Parks and Rec Director Carolyn Brown says the world’s best BMX riders will be back on the Suncoast in October for the world championship.


As the town of Longboat Key starts the $3.5 million revamp of the park, permitting remains uncertain.

It may look like an eyesore, but when Longboat Key Streets, Facilities and Parks and Recreation Manager Mark Richardson looks at the 900-foot chain-link fence surrounding Bayfront Park, he sees a beacon of hope.

“The fence going up means we’ve got it, the money’s in place, everything’s in place and this is actually going to happen,” said Richardson, who has watched as town leaders and staff have planned the $3.5 million revamp of the parkland for longer his entire 10-year career on Longboat. “To me, being a true recreation guy, that’s exciting.”


Commissioner Calvin Williams along with members of the community and City Leaders were all in attendance for the Grand Opening of the Turf Field Project at The Robert L. Taylor Complex in Sarasota.

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held in the morning followed by an Open House in the evening. The celebration was for the first public multi-sport artificial field in Sarasota.

The Open House included free tours of the facility, family activities, music, vendors, food trucks, sports demos, and more!