Wire Taps: Adam Eaton returns to Nationals’ lineup; Jeremy Hellickson arrives in West Palm Beach…

Adam Eaton returned to the Nationals’ lineup (and hit a home run) and Jeremy Hellickson flew to West Palm Beach, FL a day after his minor league deal with Washington was made official. It was a big day in the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Catch up on all the latest Nats news before this afternoon’s Grapefruit League game…

NATS BEAT:

An emotional blur of a day for Adam Eaton
“Suffice it to say, there was a lot for Adam Eaton to process at the end of his first big league game since he tore the ACL in his left knee nearly 11 months ago.”

Adam Eaton makes emotional return to Washington Nationals’ outfield
“The last time he played on a major league field with his teammates was April 28. The last time he played on a major league field, he didn’t walk off it.”

Nationals’ Adam Eaton homers in 2018 debut
“After Nationals manager Dave Martinez wrote Adam Eaton’s name in the lineup for the first time this spring, he gave Eaton a hug.”

Jeremy Hellickson waited for a phone call all winter. Now he’s in Nationals camp
“Like so many other free agents, Jeremy Hellickson sat in quiet agony this winter, waiting for a phone call that never came.”

Nats sign Jeremy Hellickson to Minors contract
“The days until Opening Day are quickly dwindling, so new Nationals right-hander Jeremy Hellickson wasted no time getting started at camp.”

Hellickson reports to camp, joins “perfect situation” with Nats
“They were actually the first team that called,” Hellickson said. “When Scott told me the Nationals, I thought: ‘That’s a perfect situation.’”

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

UVA grad and Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle: ‘This is a team that can win the World Series’
“It’s kind of scary to get traded. I’d been with Oakland my entire career and been with the organization for 10 years. It was all I knew.”

How does new #Nationals manager Dave Martinez handle the expectations for the reigning NL East champs in 2018?Martinez, with @StevePhillipsGM and @PerezEd at #Nationals camp, part of MLB Network Radio’s Tour of Spring Training: pic.twitter.com/eU5iDlHTnH

— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) March 17, 2018
NL EAST UPDATES:

Braves’ Ronald Acuna hits fourth spring homer
“Braves top prospect Ronald Acuna Jr., has been the Grapefruit League’s biggest star thus far.”

Yoenis Cespedes talks about his health
“Yoenis Cespedes addresses his health on Saturday, March 17, 2018.”

Jake Arrieta delights crowd, breaks bats
“Five days after signing a three-year, $75 million contract with the Phillies, Jake Arrieta climbed atop a mound and threw a 31-pitch (two-inning) simulated game.”

Miami Marlins’ shortstop nearing return from shoulder surgery
“Marlins’ shortstop JT Riddle’s chances of being available by Opening Day are starting to look a little more realistic.”

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Palm Beach, Florida, Luxury Market Ended 2017 on High Note

Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida

Prices for luxury property in Palm Beach, Florida, soared during the last three months of 2017, according to a Douglas Elliman report released Thursday.

Luxury condos and single-family homes—defined by Douglas Elliman as the top 10% of sales— in the oceanfront market had a median sales price of $15.21 million, the highest of the eight South Florida areas analyzed in the report. The figure was a 97.6% rise from the third quarter of 2017 and a surge of 162.4% from the same period last year. The report did not separate the prices for luxury condos and luxury single-family homes in Palm Beach.

“The final quarter of 2017 for Palm Beach was the strongest quarter for that market in 2017,” Jonathan Miller, chief executive of appraisal firm Miller Samuel and author of the report, told Mansion Global.

“The high-end market woke up,” Mr. Miller said. “The reason was not so much that buyers returned but that sellers got in sync with actual market conditions.”

The uptick in luxury activity is not unique to Palm Beach, Mr. Miller said. The same is being seen in other markets around the country, like Manhattan and Greenwich, Connecticut. Though it is “much more in your face in Palm Beach,” he said.

The findings were echoed by Corcoran’s Palm Beach market report for the fourth quarter, also released Thursday, which found that the median closed sales price of all single-family homes in the South Florida enclave rose 92% compared to a year ago, with all properties sold at or above $2.4 million. The report did not highlight luxury.

Other South Florida markets experienced a boost, too.

The median price of luxury single-family homes in the city of Boca Raton—north of Miami—reached $2 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, an increase of 52.7% year-on-year, and 44.9% from the previous quarter, according to the Douglas Elliman report.

In Wellington, west of Palm Beach, the median price of luxury condominiums was up 27.8% year-on-year and 29% from quarter three, to $677,500, the report said. Mainland Miami saw luxury condo prices rise too, up to $845,000, an increase of 30.5% from 2016 and up 22.2% from quarter three 2017.

Not all South Florida markets experienced the surge though. While luxury single-family homes in Boca Raton saw prices increase, luxury condos in the area saw median prices fall 25% from the same period in 2016 and down 8.3% from quarter three, to $825,000, according to the report. Luxury single-family homes in Jupiter fell 12.4% year-on-year to $1.55 million, but rose 3.7% from quarter three.

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The Reasons You Should Visit Florida

When it comes to vacation locations, Florida is always going to be on the radar. There are more locations within the state to enjoy your vacation than you could shake a stick at. It doesn’t matter if you are talking about the breathtaking views of the ocean or if you plan on spending some time in the Everglades, there is plenty to do for you and your entire family.

Of course, Florida is not only a vacation location, it is also an excellent place to put down roots as well. Some people visit Florida on an annual basis as snowbirds, staying during the wintertime and enjoying the warm weather. Other people may retire to the state, and that certainly is a popular option. In any case, you have your choice of locations to live, from the small town in the center of the state to the hustle and bustle of the paradise in South Florida.

Regardless of whether you want to visit the state temporarily or if you live in Florida, there are some attractions that should not be missed. In fact, those who live in the state could visit all of those areas and spend a lifetime traveling without ever leaving its borders. Here is a couple of the grander attractions that you may want to consider.

Orlando – As far as vacation locations are concerned, Orlando is probably at the top of any list. It offers almost anything that a person could want when they are on vacation, regardless of whether they are there by themselves or with the family. Not only does Orlando house some of the top theme parks in the world, including Walt Disney World, but it also offers all of the other amenities that you could want out of a vacation location.

The Florida Keys – In the southern part of the state of Florida you have the keys, and they are more than worth the visit. The keys offer simple living, peaceful vacations and plenty of beautiful beaches. Take your time and travel from one key to the next, exploring everything from Key West to Key Largo.

These are only a couple of the many options available for Florida visitors and for those who live in the state. It certainly is a beautiful location and it is unique as far as the United States is concerned. Take some time to visit Florida and you may never want to leave again.

Reasons To Visit Florida

The State of Florida is the fourth most populous state in the US and there is a reason it is known as the Sunshine State as people from all over the country come here to enjoy the luxuries it has to offer. If you are still wondering why you need to visit Florida, read the article below to find out various reasons people chose to vacation in Florida.

If you want to go shopping, you will find all the options ranging from upscale shops to popular outlets within your budget. There are a lot of shopping malls doting the landscape of the state which means you will be spoilt for choice. You will be able to find all the brands that you want in many malls across the state in various cities including Orlando, Florida City and Naples among others. If you’re interested in nightlife, Miami Beach is one of the most popular spots in the state for enjoying the nightlife. There are also some other places where you can enjoy the pleasures of nightlife and party like it’s New Year each night.

There are hundreds of museums and entertainment venues on both the coasts as well as everywhere in between. You can easily get tickets for Broadway-style shows, rock concerts, dinner theater and various other such things in almost all the major cities in the state. There are also some amazing art museums, history museums as well as science and nature museums in various cities around the state. In other words, Florida has a rich history and you will enjoy every single moment you spend in the state on your vacation.

There are more than ten national parks in the state and it will be enjoyable for you to explore these national parks and monuments. The Everglades National Park is a must see as this national park is home to many rare species of plants, birds and animals. There are also some state parks where you can experience diverse natural area full of pinelands and various other things.

Overall, there are some things to see and explore in the state of Florida. This is the reason that millions of people from all over the country come to this state to enjoy the natural pleasures the state has to offer. You can easily find affordable accommodation in various cities throughout the state if you want to spend your vacation days here.