Pet-friendly Communities, Anyone?


Longboat Key, Florida | February 26th, 2019 – Hunting for a residence to relocate in could be a bit more complicated with a pet dog in tow. Some communities don’t allow pets at all, but the good news is there are many too which allow homeowners to keep their furry friends.


Outright, the Judy Kepecz-Hays team can identify two pet-friendly communities in our sales listings: the Grand Bay condominium in Longboat Key and the Vintage Grand neighborhood in Palmer Ranch. In downtown Sarasota, the newly built Vue condominium even has its onsite dog park.


HOA Rules to Watch


However, it is important to note also that in pet-friendly communities, the homeowners association can set certain restrictions. Some may only allow one small dog or a cat. Typically, HOAs define a small dog as weighing between 12 and 15 pounds. The medium-sized pet that other neighborhoods may approve are from 15 to 35 pounds. Other communities instead set a wider range of pet weight of from 15 to 40 pounds.


Very few HOAs allow big dogs weighing 100 pounds or over. Grand Bay in Longboat Key and The Beach Residences, Ritz-Carlton Managed, on Lido Key are two of the more liberal when it comes to pets. Both allow two pets with no weight limit and extra-large dogs weighing over 100 pounds. At Vintage Grand, two pets are likewise welcome but with a maximum weight of 100 pounds.


Of course, homeowners associations would expect its resident-members to be responsible pet owners. Keeping a pet dog on leash and cleaning up after one’s dog during walks are to be expected from the owners. Also an SOP for pet-keepers is the anti-rabies vaccination which the local and state laws require. It should be ensured that the pet’s license tag following the vaccination is visible on its collar.


Local Parks Dogs Love


Outside of a pet-friendly community, there are many places in Sarasota which welcome dog as company. In Longboat Key, its Bayfront Park at 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive has an off-leash dog park, divided into separate areas for small and for large dogs to play and romp around.


This park, thanks to generous donors like the Rotary Club of Longboat Key, has been equipped with agility equipment for large dogs, misting fire hydrants, doggie water stations and waste bags. Dog owners, as to be expected, should be always in command and view of their pets and are responsible for picking up after their animal wards.


In the mainland, Sarasota County provides several dog parks (aka paw parks) similar to Longboat Key’s. These fenced, off-leash areas for pet dogs could be found at Lakeview Park, Woodmere Park and the 17th Street Park. There is an off-leash area too for dogs at the South Brohard Beach as well as in Venice Beach in South County.


Local pet owners can likewise turn to several dog-friendly parks which also include nature preserves like Celery Fields and the Culverhouse Nature Park. In these areas though, the pet owners have to keep their dogs on a handheld leash at all times.


Certainly, there are many more details involved in a sale of a residential property besides pet-keeping. Consult our Judy Kepecz-Hays team for more of the finer points in buying or selling real estate in Longboat Key or Sarasota. We can partner with you in uncovering the many opportunities available in this market wherein we’ve been immersed for the last 40 years.



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