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South Florida Fair organizes first home improvement show

From impact windows to home fitness equipment, the South Florida Fair’s Home Improvement & More Show is set to offer a one-stop shopping experience for residents looking to make at-home enhancements.

With over 60 vendors in attendance, the free event is set for Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Representing an array of home improvement areas, the vendors include kitchen, bath, water filtration, patios, doors, landscape, security, remolding, hot tubs, roofing, gazebos, household items, art, jewelry, window treatment, decks, patios, screening, tree services, flooring and automotive.

After experiencing a couple of bumps in the road due to COVID-19, South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Expositions President and CEO Vicki Chouris and corporate sales manager Tim Pachis overcame obstacles to put together the event.

“We had on our books a home show that is done by someone professionally all the time at different locations,” Chouris said. “They decided they were having some challenges early on with getting enough vendors… So, they canceled on us. We said, ‘We could go ahead and try to do this ourselves’ and that’s exactly what we did.

“Tim [Pachis] just started reaching out to different businesses that have the offerings for home improvement shows and got a positive response,” Chouris said. “People were anxious to participate. The vendors wanting to get out there and showcase their products.”

Guests are required to wear a mask for entry and will be asked to social distance. Spaced out walkways and hand sanitation stations will also be available.

Managing to put the event together within eight weeks, some of the event sponsors include Bath

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American Homes 4 Rent Opens Treaty Oaks Community in St. Augustine, Florida

AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE: AMH) is pleased to introduce Treaty Oaks in St. Augustine, Fla., which joins its rapidly growing family of newly built single-family rental home communities. Treaty Oaks is American Homes 4 Rent’s (“AH4R”) 59th new rental home community and its sixth in the Jacksonville market, building upon the success of its Black Creek Village, Calebs Cove and Kindlewood communities.

“American Homes 4 Rent’s communities are a new, innovative choice in American housing that combine the benefits of a single-family home with the flexibility and low-maintenance of leasing,” said Zack Johnson, Executive Vice President of Acquisitions & Development for AH4R. “We are proud to open our new Treaty Oaks community as we expand upon our already strong presence in the Jacksonville area.”

Treaty Oaks adds 31 homes built, owned and operated by AH4R to its existing portfolio of more than 2,300 units in the Jacksonville market.

“We are a resident-focused company seeking to create better experiences and our new Treaty Oaks community leverages our deep understanding of our industry and the Jacksonville market,” said Brent Landry, Senior Vice President of Development for AH4R. “We know where home shoppers want to live, the design features they prefer and we have the unique ability to lease our homes quickly with our in-house sales team.” 

The homes at Treaty Oaks feature upscale finishes that residents appreciate, along with the benefits of lawn care and pet-friendly yards. All homes are designed with open concept floorplans, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, luxury vinyl plank flooring, elegant bathrooms, quality fixtures, central heating and air conditioning and two-car garages.     

Treaty Oaks features four- and five-bedroom homes ranging in size from approximately 2,000 to 2,200 square feet. Pricing starts from the $1,900s

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South Florida Fair producing Home Improvement Show for the first time



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The South Florida Fair has announced it will be hosting it’s first-ever Home Improvement & More Show in the Expo Center at the end of October.

The Fair said they created the event because people are spending more time in their homes because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Given what we’ve been experiencing since March with this pandemic, there has never been such a high demand for at-home enhancements in kitchens and baths, lawn and landscape, décor and home office ideas,” said Vicki Chouris, president & CEO of the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions.

There are more than 60 vendors slated to be at the event that include categories such as windows, kitchen, bath, patios, landscaping, and more.

The show will run daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 25.

To be an exhibitor call (561) 795-6446 or e-mail [email protected]

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Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library closing in Cape Coral

Charles Runnells
 
| Fort Myers News-Press

After 11 years, the Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library will close its doors Wednesday in Cape Coral.

“It’s just the end of the road,” said founder and CEO Ralph Santillo. “That’s it.”

The closure comes after a financial dispute with the museum’s former business partner, which owns the building and had wanted the museum to pay $5,000 a month in rent, which would go up to $8,000 next year. Until recently, the museum wasn’t required to pay rent at all.

The other option: Buy the building for $1.8 million — money the museum’s leaders say they don’t have.

Santillo and the museum’s board of directors tried raising the money earlier this year, but only received about $6,500 through a GoFundMe page and other donations.

“It was never enough to really make a dent,” Santillo said. “We had to really face reality that we’re throwing good money after bad that we don’t have.

“We had until June 2021 to raise $1.8 million. But we realized that, after 11 years, if we haven’t started to reach that, that’s not gonna happen.”

Read more: Cape Coral military museum could lose its home and the veterans services it runs there

Now Santillo and his board of directors are figuring out what’s next for the museum, including loaning out its military artifacts to other museums and restarting its popular museum bus with traveling exhibits.

“That would keep the museum in business, so to speak,” Santillo said.

Meanwhile, the Cape Coral Parkway building is in the process of being sold to a new owner, he says. The museum’s landlord recently bought out the museum’s lease in exchange for two months’ free rent and a $50,000 bonus once the place sells.

Santillo says he doesn’t know who’s buying the property.

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Staycation ideas for Florida residents

Staycation ideas for Florida residents


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ADRIAN: WE’RE APPROACHING LABOR DAY WEEKEND, IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO TAKE A MUCH-NEEDED GETAWAY SOMEWHERE ONLY A FEW HOURS AWAY FROM HOME. FLORIDA RESIDENTS CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE WITH A STAYCATION THIS HOLIDAY. TO TELL US MORE, WE HAVE TRAVEL JOURNALIST DALIA COLON HERE WITH SOME OF HER TRAVEL IDEAS AND THANK YOU FOR BEING S HERE. MANY FLORIDIANS ARE EAGER TO ESCAPE THE STRESS OF THE PAST COUPLE MONTHS. WHY ARE YOU SUGGESTING A STAYCATION CLOSE TO HOME? DALIA: MY FAMILY JUST TOOK A STEAK PATIENT TO INDIAN ROCKS BEACH WITH THE OTHER FAMILY IN OUR QUARANTINE BUBBLE POD. THE EIGHT OF US HAD A GREAT TIME. EVERYONE CAN USE A CHANGE OF SCENERY, BUT WE DON’T WANT TO WORRY ABOUT LONG CAR TRIPS, BATHROOM BREAKS, AND NAVIGATING FOOD STOPS. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO FAR TO GET A CHANGE OF SCENERY. ADRIAN: TWO TO THREE HOURS AWAY. PARENTS THINKING ABOUT ESCAPING BUT WANTING TO MAKE SURE THE KIDS GET EDUCATION OUT OF THE TRIP, THERE ARE SUGGESTIONS FOR THE KIDS? DALIA: THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. I FEEL YOUR PAIN. NO ONE WANTS TO BE STUCK ON ZOOM ALL DAY. IT’S A GREAT TIME TO EXPLORE HANDS-ON LEARNING. SINCE WE’RE LEARNING REMOTELY, WHY NOT TAKE THE SHOW ON THE ROAD? ONE OF MY FAMILY’S FAVORITE DONATIONS IS THE KEY WEST BUTTERFLY SANCTUARY. EVERYONE FROM MY DAUGHTER TO MY SON HAD A GREAT TIME. ANOTHER WAY TO GET IN SCIENCE AND THAT IS THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, THEN HISTORIC SAINT AUGUSTINE TO WALK THE COBBLESTONE STREETS AND SEE THIS INJURIES-OLD BUILDINGS. IT BRINGS HISTORY TO LIFE. — CENTURIES-OLD HOLDINGS. HAD THE COCOA BEACH FOR JUNGLE ADVENTURES ANIMAL PART WHICH IS OFFERING ADMISSION FOR FLORIDIANS

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