1. Boca New staff member and club expansion plans!

     The Boca Royale community is growing and so is our family as we welcome experienced General Manager, Ian Fetigan to the Boca Royale Golf & Country Club team!

    With more than 20 years of successful, hands-on management experience in the hospitality, non-profit, and private country club industries, Fetigan brings a wealth of knowledge to the Boca Royale team in all areas and will be an invaluable asset in our expansion and enhancing an already thriving club.

    The Boca Royale community will be expanding over the next few years. New staff, new dining menus and a perfectly manicured golf course are already setting Boca Royale apart as one of the finest golf and country clubs in the region with a reputation for delivering a quality, Florida lifestyle.

    Neal Communities is building homes within Boca Royale and offers homeowners a variety of new home options at Boca Royale. The builder offers single-family homes from its Cove and Signature Series, and paired villas from the Coral Series. Homes range in size from 1,434 square feet to 3,262 square feet. Homes are nestled amidst existing and established oaks and preserved land.

    Located right off of 776, Boca Royale has access to shopping, beaches, and entertainment. For more information about the community and country club, please go to www.bocaroyale.com or call 941-475-6464.


  2. Holiday Gifts For Pool Lovers

    Finding the perfect gift isn’t easy. The most thoughtful gifts require some imagination, creativity — or at least a little research. If you have a pool owner on your list, you’re in luck! We’ve done some of that research for you and came up with great ideas for fun and useful pool-related items anyone would love.


    Get personal. These days you can customize almost anything. A set of personalized cabana towels, insulated can sleeves or a special pool sign would look awesome in their outdoor oasis. Or DIY and stencil their name on a USCG-approved life ring or a lifeguard chair. Purchase plans and ready-to-assemble kits online for a lifeguard chair that’s sure to be a big hit.


    Make it fun. When water is involved, adults are basically kids in larger swim suits, so they’ll appreciate a toy as much as any tot. There are all sorts of games designed for kids, such as wacky diving toys, but consider something the whole family can get in on. How about a friendly game of backgammon or an exciting round of table tennis? Floating versions put a whole new spin on these classics.


    Practical-ly perfect. You can’t go wrong with practical gifts such as festive plastic tableware, colorful pool towels or a drying rack. And one can never have too many floats! But opt for something they might not already own, like the Spongex Unsinkable Pool Float or zany Pool Petz for the kids.


    Waterproof their gear. Do some sleuthing to see whether they’ve invested in waterproof cases for their smartphone and tablet. If not, look no further! Lifeproof cases provide submersible protection that could save the day — and make them forever thankful they have a thoughtful friend like you.


    Fit for giving. Pool workouts become even more effective with aqua fitness equipment such as swim gloves, dumbbells and jogging belts. Who wouldn’t love to move their workout to the pool during hot summer months — or anytime for that matter?


    Light up their life. If you’re still stumped, consider a cool lighting gadget, such as the rechargeable Ocean Blue Nova Floating Pool Light or a floating fountain. Get lights and action in one with the Dancing Water Light and Fountain Show. There are a multitude of reasonably priced options online, at Home Depot and your local pool supply store.


    If you’re shopping for the pool lover in your life, the only difficult part will be deciding what to get! From inexpensive toys to splurge-worthy items, the perfect gift is just a click away.


  3. Gobble Gobble! Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t forget the stuffing!

    Everyone has a favorite Thanksgiving recipe. Perhaps it is your grandmother’s famous oyster stuffing, or your mother’s incredible pumpkin pie, whatever it may be it is sure to conjure up fond memories of past Thanksgiving celebrations.
    Those tempting aromas drifting from the kitchen on Thanksgiving morning are enough to tempt any one’s taste buds!
    One of our family favorites at Neal Communities is a recipe that we’ve been serving for many years. Thanksgiving would not be Thanksgiving without cornbread and sausage stuffing!
    Cornbread stuffing, a Southern favorite, is a nice change from more traditional white-bread stuffing. Also, the stuffing is so easy to make that it’s sure to become a favorite side year-round.

    •  1 pound sweet Italian turkey sausage, (about 4 links), casings removed
    •  2 cups finely chopped onion
    •  1 1/2 cups finely chopped celery
    •  1/4 teaspoon salt
    •  Freshly ground pepper, to taste
    •  2 pounds prepared cornbread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 12 cups)
    •  1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
    •  1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
    •  1 1/2-3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth


    1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
    2. Cook sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring and breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 10 minutes. Add onion and celery; cover, reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add cornbread, parsley and sage.
    3. Bring broth to a simmer in a small saucepan. Pour 1 cup over the stuffing mixture and toss gently (the cornbread will break into smaller pieces). Add as much of the remaining broth as needed, 1/2 cup at a time, until the stuffing feels moist but not wet. Spoon the stuffing into the prepared pan and cover with foil.
    4. Bake the stuffing until thoroughly heated, about 25 minutes. Serve warm.

  4. Color is all the rage for 2013!

    Are you tired of looking at your old white kitchen hutch day after day but don’t want to invest in a new one? Why not breathe new life into it by adding a couple of coats of ocean blue paint? It will not only change the look of your existing piece, it will brighten and improve the look of your entire room!

    From pumpkin and light blue to violet and lime, bright bold colors are making a strong comeback in home decor! If you aren’t ready to paint your entire room an electric shade of fuchsia, you may want to consider adding colorful accessories like throw pillows, glass sculptures or candles to spice up a room. Or you may consider painting just one wall in a room as an accent wall. The wonderful thing about painting a room is that you are not committed. If you decide you no longer like your pumpkin spice kitchen after a few months, just paint over it!

    A splash of color can change the entire look and feel of a room. Children’s rooms can be especially fun to create by using bold colors and accessories. To get your creative juices flowing why not spend an afternoon touring some of Neal Communities’ beautifully decorated model homes? When we design and decorate our models we use a variety of colors, styles and themes to appeal to a wide variety of personal tastes by adding our pureSTYLE touch. Charlene Neal: pureSTYLE is a complete interior design service in which we offer interior design service to homeowners looking to “freshen up” their existing home, or applying our interior design expertise to your new, fantastic Neal home!

    The color forecast from the pros at Pantone reveals new colors that soothe, renew, and even surprise.

  5. Celebrating Summer! Tips on How to ‘Stay Cool’

    In the United States and the rest of the northern hemisphere, the first day of the summer season is the day of the year when the Sun is farthest north (on June 20th or 21st). This day is known as the Summer Solstice.
    For children, summertime means two relaxing months of freedom from going to school. It can also mean summer camp, sleeping in ‘til noon, lounging poolside, and enjoying the plethora of outdoor activities that are available.
    Those of us who live in Florida know that the summertime heat can be intense. So how do you ‘stay cool’ while still enjoying all the fun that summertime brings? Here are our top five tips for keeping your cool in the summertime heat.

    1. Avoid being in the sun during peak hours. This typically means 10 am – 2 pm. And, if you are out during the peak hours be sure to use a sunscreen with PLENTY of SPF, and apply it regularly.
    2. Take a break from the heat and go to a movie matinee! Ticket prices are generally less during the day.
    3. Drink plenty of liquids, including water or sports drinks that have electrolytes. This will help to keep you hydrated.
    4. Take a trip to the mall! There is something for everyone to enjoy at the mall!
    5. Make homemade ice cream with the kids! Here is an easy recipe for delicious key lime pie ice cream. Don’t forget to buy the cones!

    Ingredients (Recipe from allrecipes.com)
    • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
    • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
    • 2 cups milk
    • 2/3 cup heavy cream
    • 2 egg yolks, beaten
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1 cup lime juice
    • 2 teaspoons lemon extract (optional)
    • 1 (3 ounce) package lime flavored gelatin mix
    • 6 whole graham crackers

    1. In a saucepan over low heat, combine the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, milk, and heavy cream. Cook until warm, whisking frequently. Once the mixture is hot to the touch, whisk in the gelatin mix and sugar, stirring constantly until sugar and gelatin are completely dissolved. Whisk in the egg yolks, and remove from the heat. Stir in the lime juice and lemon extract.
    2. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker, and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This recipe takes a bit longer to set up than the usual ice cream.
    Once the ice cream is thick, open the canister, and place large pieces of graham cracker evenly on each side. They will break into smaller pieces as the machine churns. Mix for about 5 more minutes. Transfer to a freezer container, seal, and freeze until solid

  6. It’s summertime and the living is easy and breezy in Sarasota! Our top 10 picks for fun times this summer!

    If you’re from the Sarasota area, you know there is ALWAYS something fun and exciting to do. Even when the mercury is rising – the fun just keeps coming. Here are some of our favorite summertime adventures for you and your family to enjoy!

    For the list of the Top 50 ideas and suggestions on how to enjoy your summer in Sarasota, visit the Herald Tribune’s website to view the complete list with slideshow!


    1. Hunt for a shark’s tooth in Venice - Caspersen Beach is the famous spot to find these mysterious treasures. Have fun and bring plenty of sunscreen!

    2. Stargaze at South Florida Museum’s planetarium, and meet Snooty!- Head over to the Parker Aquarium at the South Florida Museum and pat Snooty, our beloved manatee. Then check out the exciting exhibits and catch a show in the planetarium.

    3. Treat yourself to a meal on St. Armands Circle - After a day of shopping and strolling make sure you stop and enjoy a bite to eat on St. Armands Circle….from fudge and ice cream to pasta and seafood, there is always something delicious to eat.

    4. Get SCUBA certified - Explore the undersea world with the help of a regulator and oxygen tank with a simple diving class . Then feel free to explore the treasures under the waves off a local beach.

    5. Learn to bodysurf or skimboard - It looks simple, but just wait until you try it! You might want to enlist your children for some lessons!

    6. Climb the Myakka River State Park Observation Tower - 74 feet above the ground, the wooden observation tower in Myakka River State Park offers a panoramic view of the forest and scrub below, perfect for catching a glimpse of soaring bald eagles.

    7. Go canoeing at Oscar Scherer and look for gators - Oscar Scherer’s South Creek is one of the most placid and relaxing canoe/kayak spots in town, and the on-site canoe rentals make it easy to dip a paddle with little hassle. Just don’t feed the gators.

    8. Bike, run or walk the entire Legacy Trail – The Legacy Trail is 10 miles that runs from the city of Sarasota all the way to Venice along the former CSX railroad corridor, with trailheads at six different Sarasota parks.

    9. Visit the Ringling Museum on a Monday, free of charge - This is one of those secret benefits of being a local: On Mondays, the Ringling Museum of Art offers free admission to Florida residents. Take advantage of this great deal!

    10. Explore Sarasota Jungle Gardens - Sarasota Jungle Gardens is one of the oldest continuously operating attractions in the State of Florida. Open to the public in December of 1940, the “Gardens” has retained its old Florida charm. Check out the birds of prey show and alligator encounter, along with the hundreds of reptiles, birds, monkeys and more.