Longboat Key, Florida | July 25th, 2017 – Come this December, Longboat Key will have a new Town Manager in the person of Tom Harmer, who is leaving his current position as Sarasota County Administrator to assume stewardship of our town.
As long-time realtors in the Sarasota area, the Judy Kepecz-Hays Team is as delighted as the rest of our community in Tom as the choice to continue the good work of outgoing Town Manager Dave Bullock. We believe that other real estate professionals involved in Longboat Key properties share our excitement in Tom’s appointment as he has an intimate knowledge and understanding of our industry sector.
Exec’s Strength in Real Estate
It pleases us to note that before he became deputy administrator of Sarasota County in August 2012, Tom Harmer has a well-established career in real estate. In joining the county administration, Tom brought with him an extensive experience as senior vice president of the national real estate developer Pizzuti Companies.
As one of the top executives of this Columbus, Ohio-based company, Harmer not only managed commercial‒industrial projects, but he also facilitated public‒private partnerships to promote economic development in the Southeast. The projects that came under him included the construction of infrastructure and new facilities adjacent to the Cape Canaveral Kennedy Space Center.
His track record in real estate development no doubt served him well, as less than two years as deputy Sarasota county administrator, Tom was promoted to top administrator in early 2014. Among the major accomplishments credited to him was the stability that he provided to county leadership.
A Well-Networked Manager
Also quite reassuring, no less than our Town Manager Dave Bullock has endorsed Harmer to the Town Commission as his replacement. In his endorsement, Dave cited Tom’s background as well as his temperament. He likewise highlighted Harmer’s experience in emergency services, city and county management and administration, and his existing regional and statewide network which would be valuable and beneficial to the town.
Importantly, Tom and Dave have also worked together in their respective capacities as county administrator and town manager, and hence, a smooth transition in Longboat Key town management could be expected.
Another upside to the upcoming changeover is that Harmer’s county public works director, Isaac Brownman, is also coming in. He will take over the Longboat Key public works post of Juan Florensa who is retiring early next year along with Town Manager Dave Bullock. Brownman already has a 17-year stint with the county, and he has worked closely with both Harmer and Bullock too.
Valuable Hands in Tasks Ahead
Our town’s new hires and their extensive work experience should be valuable as Longboat Key tackles several major initiatives which will shape the future of the island and its residents. One of these moves is a proposal to shift Longboat’s boundaries under the entire jurisdiction of Sarasota County. Longboat leaders maintain that if the town is able to swing this, a third of town residents could save millions of dollars in tax reductions, given the current disparity in the taxes that Manatee and Sarasota impose on their residents.
This milestone shift happening will certainly impact upon valuations of local properties, especially those which are currently under the jurisdiction of Manatee County. You can be sure that the Judy Kepecz-Hays Team shall be keeping close watch at how our new town management is progressing with this proposed jurisdictional shift and other moves affecting our market. Call or e-mail us if you’re selling or buying real estate in Longboat Key for a more comprehensive appraisal of the town’s property market.