Can’t stop smiling

Villa am Meer being restored by new developer

Villa-am-Meer, built in 1935 on Longboat Key. The property is being developed as the upscale Aria condominium; the house is being renovated for use as the clubhouse for residents. (Staff photo / Harold Bubil)

Villa-am-Meer, built in 1935 on Longboat Key. The property is being developed as the upscale Aria condominium; the house is being renovated for use as the clubhouse for residents. (Staff photo / Harold Bubil)

For those who have been following my Jacob Wetterling story, I apologize for this short digression back to a former blog topic, but this is big news. In fact, this news is so great that I just can’t stop smiling today.

I woke up this morning to find an email from Chet Pletzke, a member of the Longboat Key Historical Society. He sent me a link to a newspaper article that appeared in today’s Real Estate section of the SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE. The article is about the development of the Villa am Meer property and it mentions my blog.

**Sidebar**

For those of you who are new to my blog, or for those who have only happened-upon it because of my Jacob Wetterling story, you may have missed how this blog came into existence in the first place. It’s called “Joy the Curious” for a reason… and it all started with my curiosity about a weather-beaten beach house located on Longboat Key, Florida. If you haven’t already, I invite you to read the story from the beginning:

http://www.joybaker.com/villa-am-meer/

Last year, I was invited to be a speaker as part of the Longboat Key Historical Society’s annual lecture series. In case you missed it, here’s a link to that presentation:

http://www.longboatkeyhistory.com/villa-am-meer-2013-lecture-video-presentation.html

**End sidebar**

Now then, back to today’s newspaper article in the SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE. The big, great news is… drum roll please… Villa am Meer has been sold and the property is being developed by an experienced builder who is committed to restoring the historic beachfront home. Villa am Meer has been saved. And, there’s a small piece of me that would love to believe that all the hard work I put into researching and writing about the property might have helped… if even a little… to save it from the wrecking ball.

And THAT’S why I can’t stop smiling.

When I started this blog in 2010, I found myself smack in the middle of a mid-life crisis. I knew I was ready for a career change, but I wasn’t quite sure how to go about it. I wanted to write, and for some reason, more than anything, I wanted to write about this ramshackle beach house. My curiosity became intense, and I just couldn’t let the story go. I kept on and on, and I couldn’t explain why. All I knew for sure is that writing about Villa am Meer just felt good… and right.

At the time, I had no idea where all this would lead… and I still don’t for that matter. But today, all I know for sure, is that when I walk down the beach this March… and next March, and the March after that… Villa am Meer will still be there. And maybe, just maybe, my blog had a little something do with that.

So, for anyone else out there who currently finds themselves smack in the middle of a mid-life crisis, I have just one little piece of advice. Trust your gut. Do what feels good and right. Follow your passion, and pay attention to the Godbumps along the way. You might not understand it at the time, but good things will come when you follow your heart.

Read the article in today’s SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE

2 Comments

  1. Yay! I hope to walk by here one day. I’ve loved reading the story from the your beginning!

  2. Hi Joy, yesterday I was talking to friends about my trip to Longboat Key and again we were using this gorgeous I-pad. Suddenly I found the good news about my aunt’s and uncle’s Villa am Meer.. This morning I read all about it and I feel happy and also grateful for your work on the blog. Very certainly you have helped a lot that this rare and special house will be left and appreciated. Wonderful news ! Thank you.

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