How do you know it's Stone Crab Season on Longboat Key?

We were showing a property to clients by boat this afternoon and suddenly realized it’s October 5th.  What’s October 5th, you ask?  It’s 10 days prior to the start of stone crab season; the 1st day traps can be set for the 2023 season.  Mark your calendar – 1st harvest is Sunday, October 15th, when fishermen are permitted to collect their catch and deliver the delicious bounty to wholesalers, restaurants, and fish markets.

Longboat Key, Florida, is a breathtaking destination not only for its beautiful beaches and serene atmosphere but also for the delectable “Longboat Key Florida stone crab season” that arrives every year. The excitement is palpable as the season brings a fresh perspective to…

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We've compiled in this post the bridge clearances between low and high tides for the bridges surrounding Longboat Key and Sarasota County.  We hope our experience as long-time local Longboat Key waterfront realtors will help you become more familiar with Longboat Key Waterfront Real Estate.

John Ringling Causeway Bridge

The Ringling Causeway Bridge connects Sarasota and St. Armands Circle. This bridge has a vertical clearance of 65 ft and a 100 ft horizontal clearance. This bridge is a fixed-span bridge.

John Ringling Causeway Bridge

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for Longboat Key, the mean high tide level is 1.69, the mean low tide level is 0.42, and the mean tide level is 1.03. On average, the clearance during high tide for Ringling…

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Explore luxury living in private gated communities on Longboat Key. Discover the elegance of Gulfside communities such as L'Ambiance, Lighthouse Point, and Positano, boasting private beaches, top-tier amenities, and captivating Gulf views.

Or immerse yourself in the serene coastal lifestyle of Bayside communities like Corey's Landing, Fairway Bay, and Marina Bay, offering bayfront vistas, private docks, and exclusive access to beach clubs. Join us as we tour the epitome of Florida's coastal living, and let us help you find your dream home in paradise.

Gulfside Luxury Communities

Longboat Key Gulfside Luxury Communities on White Sandy Beaches

L'Ambiance Condominium

L’Ambiance radiates an aura of luxury, sophistication, and high-status allure. This spectacular condominium can be found inside the…

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Starting from May 1st and continuing until October 31st every year, numerous endangered sea turtles begin to nest on the beaches of the Town of Longboat Key. To ensure the safety of these nesting females and their hatchlings, the Town has implemented specific Code requirements for beach-front properties and any other properties with visible lights from the beach. These requirements aim to prevent the negative impacts of artificial light, which can distract sea turtles from reaching the Gulf, and any obstructions or hazards that could cause harm or disturbance to the nesting turtles or their hatchlings as they make their way to the Gulf waters.

There are two primary actions that property owners and visitors to Longboat Key can take to help protect these…

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2022 Michael Saunders Top Longboat Key Real Estate Team

The Walter Group Real Estate team has been awarded the title of Top Luxury Waterfront Real Estate Team on Longboat Key by Michael Saunders & Company again for the year ending December 31st, 2022. This prestigious honor recognizes the Walter Group's exceptional dedication to delivering outstanding service to their clients in the Longboat Key area. Their unparalleled expertise in luxury waterfront real estate, coupled with their unwavering commitment to professionalism, has set them apart as a leader in the industry. The team's hard work, attention to detail, and innovative marketing strategies have helped them achieve this remarkable accomplishment.

The Walter Group is known for providing unparalleled customer service and attention to detail,…

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Walter Group Real Estate, a renowned real estate agency, has successfully sold the highest-priced condominium in Positano on the Gulf for $4,900,000.  Located at 4975 Gulf of Mexico Dr., PH#305, Longboat Key, FL 34228, the luxurious condo offers breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico and boasts top-of-the-line amenities.  The sale is a testament to Walter Group Real Estate's commitment to providing its clients unparalleled service and expertise in the luxury real estate market.

Walter Group represented the prior owners of PH#305 when they purchased the unit in June of 2017 for $3,100,000.  When the owners determined they wanted to market their property, they interviewed several top Longboat Key realtors and determined Walter Group was the best choice…

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As 20-year residents and the top Michael Saunder's & Company luxury realtor of Longboat key, we know what it's like to want a little paradise.

Steve and Janet Walter - Walter Group Real Estate - Sunset on the beach on Longboat Key Florida

But the idea of finding the perfect location and buying a vacation home can seem like an unattainable dream. However, with the correct information, resources, and a good realtor, owning a vacation home on Longboat Key is within reach for many buyers.

We created this guide to give you insight into everything a prospective buyer would like to know about purchasing their dream vacation property in this exclusive island paradise.


Longboat Key, Florida, is one of the most popular vacation hotspots in the United States. The average monthly temperatures are from the mid-80s in winter and…

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Living on Longboat Key for over 20 years in the Bayview Estates community, we know what island living is all about. Imagine where every day, when the sun rises and sets, you are only minutes away from a beach looking out into the expanse of the Gulf of Mexico or a private boat dock. Longboat Key living is about finding your perfect Zen for the entire day or getting on your boat from your private dock to explore or go fishing.

Longboat Key bayside canal. One of many canal communities private docks.

Aren't you tired of living in a place where freedom is only a dream? Are you longing to break away from the confines of everyday life and move somewhere that celebrates your right to be free? If so, then Longboat Key may be the perfect destination for you.

This beautiful island paradise boasts some of the best…

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Longboat Key is located along Florida's Gulf Coast and a 10-minute drive to Sarasota's downtown. It is an idyllic paradise for those seeking to invest in a home or vacation getaway. Its stunningly beautiful beaches and year-round warm climate provide the perfect backdrop for relaxation and adventure.

Whether you are considering buying or selling property on Longboat Key, as a 20-year resident and Longboat Key realtor, we created this guide to provide comprehensive information that can help make your experience enjoyable and successful.

Nestled between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Longboat Key boasts miles of powdery white sand beachfront. From deep sea fishing to golfing to exploring nature preserves, there is something here for everyone…

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The Florida legislature has adopted requirements which mandate that Milestone Inspections and Structural Integrity Reserve Study (SIRS).  It is important that Condo Associations, condo sellers, and condo buyers understand their obligations to comply with this new legislation.

Milestone Inspections

To comply with the new legislation, the Town of Longboat Key requires that all buildings that are three stories or more, and are at least 30 years old, undergo a milestone inspection every ten years. The inspection must be conducted by a licensed engineer or architect. The milestone inspection must evaluate the building's structural integrity, including the roof, walls, foundation, and any other components that support the building.


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