New homes under construction
Saint Petersburg-based Canopy Builders, an upscale custom home builder, plans to offer new homes on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Petersburg’s Development Review Committee this week approved an amendment request for the project called Canopy Oaks Townhomes to be built in the 1900-1920 complex of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. Inn.
Canopy Builders will build a new single-family residence at 917 19th Ave. N. and maintain the current office at 1900 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St N. St N., according to the plans presented.
New owner of Gulfport vegetarian restaurant Golden Dinosaurs
Gulfport’s popular vegetarian restaurant, Golden Dinosaurs, has been sold out.
Haerle Wolfgang sold the 3,440-square-foot restaurant at 2930 Beach Drive S. to KOR Capital Fund for $1 million.
The restaurant is run by husband and wife duo Brian and Audrey Dingman.
It is known for bringing a vegan twist to traditional meat dishes with fan favorites like homemade pastrami, spicy dog and buffalo tempeh, and deserts like vegan cheesecake and baked goods.
The sale comes after the restaurant celebrated its fourth anniversary in July.
The owners did not respond to a request for comment on the company’s future.
Punky’s Bar & Grill is closed
Punky’s Bar & Grill, known as a local hot spot for the LGBTQ+ (LGBTQ) community, has officially closed its doors.
Punky’s Bar & Grill, in operation for seven years, closed at 3063 Central Ave. Opens on Wednesday.
“Two thousand four hundred twenty-three days. We have accomplished a lot in this time. We have made loyal friends and customers and acquired an amazing team of employees who have become family,” posted the owners John Burt and Lynne Diebert on Punky’s Facebook page. “We worked hard, laughed a lot and made a difference at every opportunity we got. We have become a safe place for the LGBTQ+ community, a melting pot for people from all walks of life…and their pets! We celebrate victories, overcome struggles, mourn losses and come together to help each other and society.”
The owners said they will distribute their remaining food stocks and anything left after that will be donated to charitable organizations that can distribute it to people in need.
New Clearwater hotel development underway
The Tennessee-based entity Beachrock Lodging LLC is planning to develop the Embassy Suites Hotel at 325 Gulfview Blvd. and 326 Coronado Drive, which is currently home to the Beachview Inn Clearwater Beach.
The 1.6-acre property, which was purchased by 3H Group last year, has pre-approved for the development of a hotel project consisting of the demolition of an existing hotel and the construction of a new hotel project of 180 overnight accommodation units, with an approved density of 113 units per acre, meeting space For guest use, a swimming pool, new lobby and car park with 241 parking spaces, according to city documents.
Current plans show a nine-story Embassy Suites, 99 feet with a rooftop pool deck and 11,667 square feet of retail, which includes a 4,436-square-foot restaurant.
A second public hearing for the project is scheduled for August 18 at 6 p.m.
Sell the property of the Venetian Islands
Waterfront estate at 1900 Carolina Ave. NE. In the exclusive Venetian Isles, it was sold for $3.5 million.
Built in 2019, John Cannon’s 3,520-square-foot home represents a new build in the Venice Islands.
It features three bedrooms, a spacious outdoor recreation area with a saltwater pool and a boat dock with lift.
Before the house was built, the property was purchased for $760,000 in 2016.
Michael Lynch of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty represented seller and buyer Mike Florio of Compass Florida. Anja Prusac with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty was the key person.