Happy Luke Day!  Join in Our Annual Day of Community Outreach by Supporting Canine Companions for Independence!

NextHome SunRaye Realty is joining forces with our fellow NextHomies around the country in celebrating Luke Day, our annual day of community outreach that was created in honor of our company mascot, Luke!

Today is the day we come together in support of a great organization – Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). Through Canine Companions, we are inviting Facebook friends, families, clients, and colleagues to assist us in making a difference by donating and helping to raise funds to support the mission of Canine Companions for Independence, our national charity. This incredible organization works with adults, children, and veterans with disabilities by providing them with expertly trained assistance dogs that can help them live a better quality of life!

Click here to see a local news report on News Channel 8/ from February of this year that shows footage of a recent service dog graduation where these special dogs get paired with their partners for the first time. It shows how two service dogs, Lauren and Tibet have been called to duty at the Hillsborough County Courthouse facility in Tampa, Florida to provide assistance to abused children who face tough testimony at court hearings. These dogs are there to help them relax and let them know that they have special support standing close by. These highly trained service animals also serve children in foster care at a child advocacy and protection center here in Tampa.

Every dollar you donate will help provide these incredible dogs to people that need their assistance. From picking up keys, turning on light switches, comfortably going to the park with family and much much more.

With your help, we can get more of these amazing Canine Companions assistance dogs into the lives of those who need them.

Thanks for your support! Click HERE to help our team, the SunRaye Tail Waggers, reach our $1,000 fundraising goal!




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Don CeSar Claims Top Spot in Florida Architecture Contest

The Don CeSar never ceases to impress! St. Pete Beach’s historical landmark has made headlines again by beating out several contenders for the top spot as the 2020 People’s Choice for Architecture. Victory was claimed after a Florida panel of architects deliberated over the designs of several historic hotels and inns throughout the state. Among the contenders were St. Petersburg’s own Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort, and The Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

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Also known as the “Pink Palace,” the Don CeSar was opened in 1928 by a man named Thomas Rowe. After he passed away in 1940 after suffering a heart attack in the hotel lobby, his estranged wife, Mary, inherited the hotel. By 1974, the Don Cesar was added to the National Register of Historic Places.  Click here to learn more about the legendary history of this magnificent hotel.

What made this spectacular gem stand out to the panel of architects tasked with this decision making? Its Spanish and British Colonial influences, along with its “exuberant extravagance in the Roaring’20’s,” according to the report.  A popular tourist attraction and an exceptional resort accommodation if you’re planning on visiting Florida’s Gulf Coast, the luxurious Don Cesar hotel features its own private beach, spa, fitness center, numerous amenities, and it is ideally located near a multitude of cultural attractions, golf courses, shopping, dining, and much more in the surrounding St. Petersburg area.


The New St. Pete Pier Opens Today!

After a long and patient wait, St. Petersburg residents can finally enjoy the brand new St. Petersburg Pier and sprawling Pier District that embodies a 26 acre expanse along downtown St. Petersburg’s public waterfront! Starting today, visitors can expect to dine, shop, and fish at the Pier head as they explore all the amenities the new St. Pete Pier District has to offer. The Pier District includes a newly expanded Spa Beach for visitors to relax on, play beach volleyball, or launch a kayak from. The beach borders Spa Beach Park and there is also a playground for families visiting with their kids. The Pier Marketplace has a diverse mix of vendors, and the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center will teach visitors about Tampa Bay’s ecosystem. There is also an inviting “Tilted Lawn” for visitors to take in breathtaking views of Tampa Bay and the city’s skyline under its umbrellas, and there are some really spectacular art installments, including the Pier’s signature public art piece, Janet Echelman’s aerial net sculpture, Bending Arc, and more. Here’s a photo of the new Pier that was published in today’s Tampa Bay Times’ article covering the Grand Opening:


The new $92 million dollar St. Petersburg Pier will open on July 6 to the public. This image was shot on Tuesday, June 30 at Demens Landing [BOYZELL HOSEY | Times]
The new $92 million dollar St. Petersburg Pier will open on July 6 to the public. This image was shot on Tuesday, June 30 at Demens Landing [BOYZELL HOSEY | Times]
Parking can be found in the “Pelican” parking lot located next to Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, as well as the “Dolphin” parking lot which is north of the marketplace. There is plenty of shade to enjoy – something the old Pier lacked. Solar panels shade much of the Pelican parking lot, as well as the Pier Marketplace. In addition, there are plenty of umbrellas and newly planted trees. Trams come by every ten minutes and make four stops – near each of the parking lots, the Discovery Center, and the Pier head. There will be several options for dining and refreshing libations, as well as the Bioswale, a tree-populated park that is ideal for picnicking. Plenty of seating and shade abounds at the new St. Petersburg Pier 2.0 – don’t miss out! Best of all, there is no charge for admission and most events are free to the public, with some ticketed special events (that are subject to a fee) happening throughout the year.

This week is the St. Pete Pier’s Grand Opening week, and reservations are limited (but free!) to maintain capacity and optimal social distancing. Click here to secure reservations. See you at the Pier!