Episode 11

Published on:

27th Mar 2018

011 Mermaids and Manatees

Highlights from this episode

  • Looking for mermaids at Lido Beach. - (0:04)
  • Recording from the beach! - (1:02)
  • Social shout-outs to Laraine, Rhett, Niel, and Noemi. - (1:24)
  • Ed could be a mermaid. - (2:50)
  • Meet the Chief Executive Mermaid. - (3:20)
  • The one and only Mermaid Mafia. - (3:30)
  • One sip and we got hooked! - (4:27)
  • Carol's passion for fishing and for mermaids created Mermaid Vodka. - (6:45)
  • Why Carol is not distilling vodka in The Mermaid Lounge. - (7:15)
  • Why mermaids? - (9:15)
  • Could Ed be a merman? Should he wear leggings? - (10:57)
  • Fish Mavericks sponsorship on Discovery! - (13:50)
  • Local places where you can get hooked! - (18:30)
  • Nobody thinks Ed should be a designated driver. - (23:02)
  • Jinx! Shelley owes Ed a Coke! - (23:28)
  • Ed can't tell sharks from manatees. - (24:00)
  • Confusing manatees for mermaids? Rum goggles maybe? - (24:30)
  • Finders keepers - really? - (27:16)
  • Shenanigans...and other big words. - (30:15)
  • My realtor has a first name. - (34:10)
  • We love mermaids, because unicorns are soooooooooo last year! - (34:40

The Local Flavor - extended edition - (2:09)

This week in The Local Flavor we are focusing on all things MERMAID (and that includes manatees)!

Interview with Carol Strickland, Chief Executive Mermaid of Mermaid Vodka - (2:49)

We had the good fortune of being one of the first customers to order Mermaid Vodka the day it was first sold at Crescent Club and we were hooked from the very first sip!  From then on we started following the mermaids on social media and booked an interview with the Chief Executive Mermaid herself - Carol Strickland!
Carol shared with us the origins of Mermaid Vodka combining her passions for fishing and mermaids along with the journey so far and her plans for the future including upcoming events and and exciting new sponsorship of the hit show Fish Mavericks on Discovery this summer!
Mermaid Vodka
Fish Mavericks
On Discovery starting in July 2018 - Sundays at 7am!

Upcoming Events featuring Mermaid Vodka

April 6th - Mix & Mingle with the Chief Executive Mermaid
April 23rd - Sides Charity Golf Tournament

Local spots where you can get hooked on Mermaid Vodka!

Crescent Club (bar & package)
6519 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242
Siesta Spirits (package)
6637 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242
Claytons Siesta Grille (bar)
1256 Old Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242

Manatee Viewing Center from Tampa Electric - (24:50

The Manatee Viewing Center is the best place to get a look at this amazing creatures in their natural habitat every spring! The warm water flowing from the Big Bend Power Station into the bay and the manatees seek refuge there during the colder months.  The canal is now a state and federally designated manatee sanctuary.  Admission is free to watch the manatees, pet the rays in the petting pool, and take a walk on the nearby hiking trail.  On the trail you'll find a 50-foot-high vantage point where you can enjoy a breathtaking 360 degree view.
As much as we love manatees, we just can't figure out how sailors used to mistake them for mermaids?
Tampa Electric - Manatee Viewing Center 
6990 Dickman Rd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572
Open Daily: 10am to 5pm
Paradise Adventure (paddleboard rentals & tours)
Ted Sperling Nature Park at South Lido
190 Taft Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236

Shell & Tell - (26:45

We had several questions asked on a Facebook post from Shelley and we will answer them all in future episodes.
Laraine Chulla asks via Facebook:
"If I accept a deposit on my home and the potential buyer's loan is denied do I have to return the deposit?"
The answer is "probably not, but it depends" on what is written into the contract and when the loan is denied.  Listen for more details from Shelley. 

Shell & Tell Information 

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Welcome to Selling Sarasota Podcast! In every episode Shelley lays the smackdown on misinformation and delivers key insights into local real estate. Shelley Panas is a REALTOR® with Century 21 Beggins Enterprises in Sarasota, Florida.

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Shelley Panas

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Living in Paradise! After running a successful company in Colorado Springs I decided that although mountains are beautiful, it was time for beaches. I relocated to Florida and joined the highly successful team at CENTURY 21 Beggins Enterprises -- the #1 C21 in Florida! I love it here! There is always something new to experience. At the end of the day, it is so nice to hop on my bike and head to the beach. The feel of sand squishing between my toes, listening to the waves crash on the shore while watching the sun paint the sky beautiful shades of gold, red and purple as it set is the perfect way to end my day. So I ask, why just come visit when you can stay?

I believe there is something profound in owning a home. This is your personal place to dream big dreams, relax in comfort, and be with the ones you love. I became a REALTOR® to help people have a better life.

We started our podcast in 2018 after Ed spent most of 2017 developing ideas for launching a podcast, only he didn't like any of the show topics he was testing. To test his audio gear he started "interviewing" me about my work in real estate. Needless to say, these test recording sessions became very silly very quickly and that's we realized we had our show. Ed brings his technical expertise in web development and digital marketing to complement my skills and experience in real estate to the show.

Edward Panas

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I have been a huge fan of podcasts since before they were even called "podcasts"! I remember listening to talk radio shows as far back when I was a kid through my college years. My frustration was always with getting a good signal or catching my favorite shows when they aired. When "Internet radio" shows started in the early 90's I used to listen to streaming shows from college & public radio stations, but connection speeds were limited. When podcasting started in 2004 I knew this was going to be a significant change in audio entertainment. As my weekly listening time increased over the years my interest in starting my own show grew as well.

I started kicking around the idea of starting a podcast shortly after moving to Florida in 2014, so in 2017 I joined Florida Podcaster Association in Tampa and learned how I could start my own show. As Shelley mentions in her bio, my ideas all sucked. (She says it much nicer than this.) I either lost interest very quickly or the ideas were just plain bad. She agreed to work with me testing out my new gear and audio production skills talking about her work in real estate. We were having so much fun doing these practice recordings we realized that this was our show. After a few months of learning about audio production and working out our content plan, we launched Selling Sarasota Podcast at PodFest Multimedia Expo on February 9th, 2018!