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RVA, Resort Vacations Announces Second Administrative Office on Longboat Key
Posted by Jana Troyer | Thursday, October 24, 2019

Longboat Key, FL (October, 2019) – RVA, Resort Vacations, the area’s oldest property management company, is proud to announce the opening of a second administrative office located at 7000 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, in additional to their numerous resort offices scattered throughout the islands of Sarasota and Manatee counties. RVA has been providing lasting vacation memories out of the same 4030 Gulf of Mexico Drive office since first opening its doors in October, 1989. This new office location will be shared with Century 21 Beggins Enterprises, one of the area’s premier real estate services team.

“RVA, Resort Vacations is excited at the opportunity for a shared working environment with Century 21 Beggins Enterprises. As the Northern most commercial building on the Island, 7000 Gulf of Mexico Drive has always been a prime office location because it is the last building you see before leaving the island and the first one you see when arriving to Longboat from the North end. We look forward to offering this additional service location to both our guests and owners, as well as providing a one-stop-shop for travelers looking to rent first, then buy their own piece of the area,” said Larry Starr, CEO and owner of RVA. “RVA is growing and expanding - we recently acquired a property management company of 25 exceptional Anna Maria Island vacation rentals – and this new office location will allow us to service this expansion with the high level of customer service our guests appreciate.”

This new office location will service all RVA home and condominium inventory located on North Longboat Key as well as Anna Maria Island and Bradenton areas. RVA’s main administrative office is located at 4030 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. RVA also offers resort on-site offices at: 645 Cedars Court, Longboat Key, 5841 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, 3465 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, 5310 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, 2201 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach and 6732 Sarasea Circle, Siesta Key.

To inquire or make reservations for RVA, Resort Vacations rentals, 7000 Gulf of Mexico Drive & 4030 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key FL 34228 call 800-237-9505 or visit www.rvafl.com

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About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacation Accommodations, is one of the area’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  Our Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations such as: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota, Siesta Key and Casey Key.   

 

 


WELCOME TEAM MEMBERS
Posted by Jana Troyer | Thursday, October 17, 2019

The RVA team is growing and thriving, and is proud to introduce the following newest members of our RVAFL family!


Meghan DeLong, Resorts Manager

RVA is happy to announce the newest member of our Operations Team, Meghan DeLong. Meghan comes to us with an extensive vacation rental background - she has done it all from accounting to customer service. Her working knowledge of each department gives her the advantage of providing a "big picture" viewpoint to our resort environments. Previously stationed on Anna Maria Island, Meghan has a great working knowledge of our local community and hit the ground running immediatly. As the Resorts Manager, Meghan will oversee our front desk environments and their many community operations.

 

 


 

Leslie Harjung, Reservations Manager

A native of Mephis, TN Leslie brings a diverse leadership and knowledge to our rental division as our new Reservations Manager. After living in Germany for over 20 years, she returned stateside and chose FL due to our beautiful beaches and culture. Wanting to get closer to the beaches - Leslie recently relocated to the Gulf Coast from the Orlando area. Leslie brings years of customer service and travel industry experience to our rental department. A fluent German speaker, in her spare time Leslie enjoys traveling abroad to visit her adult children.

 

 


Patricia "Patty" Kerr, Community Association Manager

A licensed Community Association Manager in the State of Florida, Patty has over 20 years of experience molding and shaping many area communities with a patient and professional hand. A detailed individual, Patty leaves no stone unturned when it comes to the requirements and maintenance of each Association she oversees. Patty has lived in the Southwest Florida area for many years and has a great working knowledge of our local community and requirements.


RVA Earns SuperHost Award thru AirBNB
Posted by Jana Troyer | Thursday, April 11, 2019

LONGBOATKEY, Florida – April 11, 2019 – RVA, Resort Vacations announced that it has received the prestigious SUPERHOST status thru boutique vacation rental site AirBNB.com. SUPERHOST recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. The AirBNB model requires a high level of expectation in order to meet this qualification, including continual high rankings by guests, high review rates, a more than average number of bookings within a time period and that the host does not cancel any confirmed bookings.

RVA, with close to 300 vacation rental homes, condominiums and resorts in popular areas of Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key, is primarily run through it’s administrative office at 4030 Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat Key. Providing memorable vacations since 1989, RVA offers comfortable yet luxurious accommodations in a private setting that molds well with the AirBNB model.

”RVA and its affiliated properties are very proud of this accomplishment” said Larry Starr, owner and President of RVA. “Recognition by our vacationing guests and premier rental sites is the highest compliment we can receive; something we work very hard to achieve. This honour validates our efforts and helps establish us as, yet again, one of the premier vacation options.”

To inquire about RVA call 800-237-9505 or visit www.rvafl.com.

 

About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.

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RVA Acquires the Management of Edgewater Vacation Homes
Posted by Jana Troyer | Friday, February 1, 2019

RVA, Resort Vacation Accommodations, and Edgewater Vacation Homes partner to provide more vacation rental options on Anna Maria Island

RVA, Resort Vacation Accommodations, Acquires the Management of Edgewater Vacation Homes on Anna Maria Island.

 

Anna Maria Island, FL (February 1, 2019) – On January 7, 2019, RVA, Resort Vacation Accommodations closed on an asset purchase of the management contracts of Edgewater Vacation Homes on Anna Maria Island, previously owned and managed by Edgewater Real Estate, Inc.  This purchase includes operational and contractual aspects of the vacation rental division, allowing both companies to provide guest reservations.

Edgewater Vacation Homes features a variety of vacation homes and condominiums both on the island as well as the mainland area - from one-bedroom villas, to five-bedroom luxury homes. Each unit is individually owned, and decorated with unique island-flair, several are located on the water and all provide vacation amenities desirable to today’s travelers.

“RVA, Resort Vacation Accommodations is excited about the prospects of what this will bring in terms of variety and added inventory to our existing portfolio of vacation rentals and services. We look forward to continuing the high level of service that our guests and owners have come to expect from both Edgewater and RVA,” said Larry Starr, CEO and owner of RVA.

When referring to the recent transaction, current owner of Edgewater Real Estate, Lynn Zemmer said, “We are equally excited at the prospects of what together RVA and Edgewater will bring in terms of service and exposure. We are looking forward to partnering with RVA to ensure a smooth transition for all involved.”

To inquire or make reservations for Edgewater Vacation Homes, 106 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217 call 800-237-9505 or visit www.rvafl.com/edgewater.

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About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacation Accommodations, is one of the area’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  Our Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations such as: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota, Siesta Key and Casey Key.   

 


Cedars to Host Food Drive in Support of Local U.S. Coast Guard Station
Posted by Jana Troyer | Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Cedars Tennis Resort & Club to host Food Drive in support of U.S. Coast Guard Station Cortez
 
 
 
LONGBOAT KEY, Fla -The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAux), Longboat Key, announced that the Cedars Tennis Resort & Club (Cedars), 645 Cedars Court, Longboat Key, FL 34228, will host a food drive to support the men and women assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Station Cortez on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
The USCG, part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), are the only members of the U.S. Armed Forces to be affected by the partial government shutdown, and have not received any salary for over a month, causing undue hardship, while still performing their assigned mission with honor, respect, and devotion to duty.
 
Cedars would like to help our local unsung heroes, who answer the call and risk their lives on a daily basis regardless of being paid, by volunteering to be a focal point for the community, to thank these brave men and women in their time of need. 
Among the non-perishable items that can be dropped off are to:  Canned goods (meat, fish, vegetable, fruit); cooking oil; rice; juice / juice boxes; cereal; condiments (sugar, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise); coffee/tea; paper goods; baby diapers (all sizes); personal hygiene items (deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, soap).  If you can't be present during the actual event, Cedars will gratefully accept donations in advance.  Those wishing to make a monetary contribution can make a check payable to:  Sun Coast Chief Petty Officer Association.
 
Uniformed members of the USCGAux, Longboat Key, will be present to personally thank those who stop by to support this effort and will deliver this much needed help to those who help us. 
 
For further information on this event, call Cedars at 877-670-1778 or the USCGAux, Longboat Key at 941-388-1033/ www.CGAuxLBK.org.
 
 
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary - Serving our Country, Serving our Community, Saving Lives since 1939. For more information, please visit www.cgaux.org.
 
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Note from Cedars: Although the government has reopened, it is for a limited time and these families have already been affected so much. We hope this small act can alleviate some of the hardships they have recently endured.

 


50 Years of Wedded Bliss at Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort
Posted by Kelly Gillece | Thursday, May 31, 2018

Longboat Key, FL - On May 18, 2018 Larry and Kathy Goodman returned to unit #236 at Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort and celebrated their golden anniversary, just as they did 50 year ago. Their story is one we only read about in fairytales - meeting at the University of South Florida in journalism class. Soon after marrying, and then honeymooning on Longboat Key, Larry was stationed in Okinawa; serving in the United States Air Force and living abroad for over six years.

After observing the couples love of seafood, the Operations Manager sent the Goodman’s to a partner restaurant for a special dinner, compliments of RVA, to toast their golden anniversary.
 

In 1968, Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort, then known at Silver Sands Apartments, was a small, eight-unit building located directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Over the years Silver Sands grew in size; however unit #236 always remained the Goodman’s ‘special apartment and sacred honeymoon site.’ Living just a short drive away in Temple Terrace, the Goodman’s returned to Silver Sands about a dozen times over the past 50 years,  celebrating milestone anniversaries.
 

Their love for the island, nearby eateries and beaches are apparent from the stories they share. Feeling a bit nostalgic, Larry remembers unpacking their portable record player on the first day of their honeymoon in 1968, listening to their favorite ‘beach music’. Including Bossa nova, Henry Mancini and Johnny Mathis. As they unload their car from their many trips to the island, the couple listens to the famous Ed Ames song and are reminded, “In only a moment, we both will be old we won’t even notice the world turning cold. And so, in these moments with sunlight above. My cup runneth over with love.”
 

Larry and Kathy share stories of a mostly uninhabited Longboat Key, with wide beaches and beautiful flora and fauna. Visiting the island for 50 years, the Goodman’s have seen lots of development, endured storms, (which they didn’t mind - they were on their honeymoon!) and beach replenishments. A couple of things have remained the same over the years: their love for each other and their memories of Silver Sands Apartments and the beautiful Longboat Key beaches.

**Picture compliments of The Longboat Key Observer


RVA EARNS PRESTIGIOUS SUPERHOST STATUS FROM AIRBNB
Posted by Jana Troyer | Sunday, October 15, 2017

LONGBOATKEY, Florida – October 15, 2017 – RVA, Resort Vacations announced that it has received the prestigious SUPERHOST status thru boutique vacation rental site AirBNB.com in the short four months of partnership. SUPERHOST recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. The AirBNB model requires a high level of expectation in order to meet this qualification, including continual high rankings by guests, high review rates, a more than average number of bookings within a time period and that the host does not cancel any confirmed bookings.

RVA, with close to 300 vacation rental homes, condominiums and resorts in popular areas of Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key, is primarily run through it’s administrative office at 4030 Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat Key. Providing memorable vacations since 1989, RVA offers comfortable yet luxurious accommodations in a private setting that molds well with the AirBNB model.

”RVA and its affiliated properties are very proud of this accomplishment” said Larry Starr, owner and President of RVA. “Recognition by our vacationing guests and premier rental sites is the highest compliment we can receive; something we work very hard to achieve. This honor validates our efforts and helps establish us as, yet again, one of the premier vacation options.”

To inquire about RVA call 800-237-9505 or visit www.rvafl.com.


About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.

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