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1,600 homes coming

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published November 1, 2002

LOOKS LIKE A PLAN: Transeastern will break ground any day now on Live Oak Preserve, a 1,600-home master-planned community on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard at County Line Road.

The Coral Springs-based company, which has nearly a dozen properties statewide, also bought Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club in 1998. The company has developed about a dozen communities statewide, most of them in Palm Beach.

"We're coming into the Tampa Bay market to be a main player now. This is just the first of many projects that we're working on. We're looking at two or three more communities just like them," says Steve Wilson, Transeastern's central Tampa division project manager.

"In the next three to five years we'll probably be up to about 15,000 homes in the Tampa/Orlando area."

Transeastern currently has about 1,500 homes in the area.

Models at Live Oak Preserve should be under construction by March, Wilson says.

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LIVING LARGE: Better living through technology will be the theme of Florida's largest fall home show, which starts today and runs through Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds. New gadgets to help with cooking, cleaning and home security will be the hot topic.

Participants plan to show homeowners how to streamline their lives and make time for themselves and their families by using the latest high-tech gadgets.

Featured products will include voice-recognition software to eliminate the need for typing documents on the computer, an oven that cuts cooking time by 75 percent and the Roomba Intelligent Sweeper Vac, a self-propelled, self-navigating vacuum that cleans floors all by itself.

Take a look at the RoboScout Personal Robot, which makers say can watch the newborn baby sleep, call the kids for dinner and carry up to 2 pounds of chicken wings and beer to party guests.

Video links and audio pickups allow you to send the RoboScout around the house while watching the outcome on the handheld control unit. Sort of evokes images of George Jetson yelling, "Jane! Stop this crazy thing!"

In addition to the gee-whiz gizmos, homeowners can check out the latest decorating, landscaping and remodeling products.

Tickets, $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for seniors and free for children under 12, are available at the door. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information call (813) 677-6925.

-- Write to Janet Zink in care of the St. Petersburg Times at 1000 N. Ashley Drive, Suite 700, Tampa, FL 33602; or by e-mail,

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