MORE: Inside night club boss’s not-so-suburban home RELATED: Phone bidder wins mansion from hotel qaurantine Newcomers are keen to take a residence on the southern Gold Coast.Real estate agents battling to do business either side of the Queensland-NSW border report they have been inundated with inquiries for homes on the southern Gold Coast. Schmith Estate Agents, with an office just six metres from the border in Marine Parade, Coolangatta, said the demand for sales and rental properties has ramped up over the past four weeks.“Coolangatta is just booming. People are coming from everywhere,” said principal Justin Schmith.“A lot of people I’m dealing with have moved up from Sydney and Melbourne prior to the shutdowns and from what we’re hearing more people are planning their escape to Queensland. I’ve done eight sales in two weeks.” An influx of new residents are keen on Coolagatta. Picture: DJ Stringer / REAThe influx comes as agents battle the logistics of doing business on both sides of the border. “We are licensed in both states so I’ve got staff working either side of the border every day and it’s just a nightmare,” said Mr Schmith. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoHe said locals were frustrated “trying to live here and do business here’’. Getting to open homes on time has been tricky. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Steve HollandMr Stringer had faced similar challenges trying to operate between Currumbin and northern NSW.“Staff getting to the office has been a big problem and we’re having to reshuffle our open homes either side of the border because we just don’t know how long it’s going to take to get across,” he said.“From a buyer’s perspective, I think they’re working around it as best they can and allow themselves plenty of time.“Time will tell (this) weekend with open homes.” Top 10 Qld suburbs searched as safe havens The Coolangatta beachside strip, back when crowded pubs were the done thing. Picture: DJ Stringer / REAThere had been a sudden spike in demand for rentals too, according to David Stringer, director and principal of DJ Stringer Property Services at Coolangatta.“Rental inquiry has been really strong. The team can’t get enough stock,” Mr Stringer said.“Last month we had a record month for rentals in 19 years. We leased over 40 properties for the month, which is well above our average and the demand is still very strong.”
Trinidadian calypsonian Dr. McCartha Linda Sandy Lewis, better known as Calypso Rose, was hailed for her contribution to Caribbean culture when Caribbean Airlines (CAL) dedicated one of its 737 jets in her honor. The formal commissioning of the aircraft took place last week. The signage on the nose of the aircraft was unveiled by three TNT government ministers: Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly; Minister of Tourism Shamfa Cudjoe and Minister of Trade and Industry Paula Gopee-Scoon.Chairman of Caribbean Airlines Sameer Ronnie Mohammed and Rose’s international manager, Jean Michel Gilbert were present at the function..Rose was, however, absent from the function but watched live from Lyon in France where she was scheduled to perform.Winner of World Music Album of the Year The entertainer is the first Soca artiste to win the World Music Album of the Year for her latest album “Far From Home.” She was awarded at the French Victories de la Musique award ceremony in Paris on February 10.In 1978 she made history when she won the Calypso King title, with her renditions “I Thank Thee” and “Her Majesty.” This forced the organizers of the competition to change competition’s title to Calypso Monarch.She began writing songs at age 15 and now at age 77 has penned more than 800 tunes.Music videoThe music video for the song “Far From Home”, which was shown on board the aircraft, features Rose at the controls of a vintage aircraft and many scenes of her native Tobago.“We must protect what she has and continues to give to us as a nation and celebrate her talent, beauty and enormous star power on the world stage,” said Mohammed who praised Rose as a source of great pride and inspiration, noting that she continues to champion the Caribbean brand at the age of 77.He said the airline is discussing with her management team some other honors including travel benefits such as complimentary Caribbean Miles for three years and complimentary Caribbean Club membership.That is in addition to putting the celebrated album “Far From Home” and the documentary “The Lioness of the Jungle”, which is based on Rose’s life, on its in-flight playlist.Some of Calypso’s Rose greatest hit songs were, Calypso Queen, DO Dem Back, Constable Rose, Far from Home and Gimme More Tempo.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Wellington Sears Store is on the move. Sears will be moving from the Warner Strip Mall on U.S. 160 just south of Penny’s Diner to the former Tibbs Furniture Store location at 214 South Washington.The new location will be the former building for Tibbs Furniture Store on 214 S. Washington.“We are hoping for a location that is a better fit for our store,”Â said Melinda Haggard, of Pratt, who owns the Wellington Sears.The target date to open at its new location is Nov. 17.Wellington Sears will be using 7,000 square feet of the building – 5,000 of it being for showroom.Â Tibbs Furniture Store closed in 2012. The building was recently sold at auction to Shaun Weaver, Farm Bureau Financial Services and is currently getting renovated for the national chain outlet that sells a variety of home appliances.“I thought when I was purchasing the building, the size would be attractive for a business such as Sears,” Weaver said on why he bought the building. “But no I had no idea Sears wanted to move when I made the purchase. It was strictly speculative.” Weaver said the building is getting a new tile floor and other upgrades before opening. The move comes as welcome news to those in the Wellington downtown area, who have been working to bring more retail to the business district. Haggard said the current Warner location was not ideal for visibility for Sears. Plus the owners of the property at U.S. 160 are expected to make significant changes to the lot in the very near future. With the Sears exit, the strip mall will be completely abandoned. Close Forgot password? 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Thank you for your input. +6 Vote up Vote down ronco · 355 weeks ago How about a story on the significant changes planned in the near future for the strip mall. Other than Pennys, this property is an eyesore that needs a realistic business plan. Would be a good location for that Motel that’s been coming soon for years. Good move by Sears. Report Reply 0 replies · active 355 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Scooter · 355 weeks ago Please tell me you are serious about there being a plan for the strip mall. Perhaps you could throw us a bone and give us a little hint. Report Reply 0 replies · active 355 weeks ago -12 Vote up Vote down mr ed · 355 weeks ago lets see move from a location that had thousands of cars pass by a day to a location where just a few hundred may pass by. If they aint busy at the east location things are really going to slow down when the relocate uptown. Not sure this makes sense Report Reply 6 replies · active 354 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Brian · 355 weeks ago I wish Sears the best. Breathe more live into downtown that is looking a lot more alive! Go down town shop and eat people. You know what they say…..use it or loose it! Report Reply 0 replies · active 355 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down guest · 355 weeks ago Best wishes and thank you to SEARS for sticking with Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 355 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Jake W. · 355 weeks ago It’s great to see the Sears business moving and also our downtown block improving. The sad part is the strip mall. I have a soft spot for the old movie theatre and yes, its an eyesore but its full of fond memories. Perhaps before they tear it down, there can be a look around date. Report Reply 0 replies · active 355 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Tom Countryman · 354 weeks ago Great move on Sears’ part. It should be a great enhancement to Wellington’s downtown. As far as the strip mall is concerned, I hope the improvement plans include repaving the lot. That is the reason we stopped going there way back when Dollar General was still there – fear of ruining the car’s suspension. Report Reply 0 replies · active 354 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 354 weeks ago I wonder if they will keep the same knowledgeable helpful employees. Report Reply 1 reply · active 354 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down South Haven Hick · 354 weeks ago The strip mall is in a steel building that is old and dated, which would take more expense than it would be worth to restore and rehabilitate. No effort has been made to keep the back side in as good shape as the front, and the front does not look that great as is. When the building was constructed, there was not adequate planning in providing for drainage off the lot on the east end, which in the winter becomes a parking or slip and fall hazard. Water is falling out of the gutter system where it should not when it rains. Due to the current condition of the building and property, I think no one who would choose to locate there would meet with success. Wellington would benefit from this structure being removed totally and the property redeveloped with a new and different strip mall layout or free-standing buildings planned to be easier to remodel if owners change and occupied by businesses for which demand will always be strong with local residents and out of town travelers. Report Reply 0 replies · active 354 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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