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  • 16 Jun 2017 10:14 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (June 14, 2017) — Manatee County Government received a proposal today from Schroeder-Manatee Ranch (SMR) offering to donate the underlying land of the Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch to become a county park.

    The proposal offers the 126.9-acre campus in exchange for compensation for the physical improvements that have been made to the property. It also includes an additional 36-acre parcel of land, with the request that the county construct an aquatic center and parking within the next five years.

    The Premier Sports Campus improvements include parking, 22 quality irrigated fields — eight of which are lighted for evening play — and other recreational facilities. The price for the improvements is $5.2 million based on the SMR construction cost, which could potentially be paid through impact fee revenue. The cost for the aquatic center will be determined based on the scope of the facility. 

    According to Director of Parks and Natural Resources Charlie Hunsicker, this opportunity is important to the community.

    "The addition of the Premier Sports Campus to our inventory of recreational spaces will greatly enrich the community’s recreation opportunities,” said Hunsicker. “The facility is consistent with the upcoming Parks Master Plan, and the acquisition of this site at cost only is a great opportunity for our community and the thousands of children who will be served. We are extremely grateful to Rex Jensen and the SMR community for their vision and largesse.”

    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.

      


  • 08 Jun 2017 12:15 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Sarasota, Florida – June 6, 2017 – Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate – Atchley Properties, a locally owned real estate firm specializing in residential, luxury and commercial properties, is excited to welcome experienced Sarasota real estate professionals Keith Kropp and Wayne Rogers to its team of full-service residential property experts.

    “Keith and Wayne are proven specialists who bring extensive market knowledge and help reinforce our goal of extending our presence and reach in Sarasota real estate,” said Alan Atchley, President of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate – Atchley Properties. “It’s an honor to welcome this experienced, passionate, client-focused team to our family of associates to give home buyers and sellers the outstanding results they deserve.”

    Born in Wilmette, Illinois, Kropp grew up in the Greater Chicago area and earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Kropp relocated to Florida in 1974 and obtained his real estate license in 1979. Kropp began his real estate career in 1984 working for new home builders in both sales and sales management. During that time, he was named Sales Manager of the Year by the Home Builders Association of Mid-Florida in 1993 and again 1995.

    In 1995, Kropp was selected by The Walt Disney Company to head the sales team for Celebration, Disney’s Master Planned Community, as the Broker of Record for Celebration Realty. In 1998, he transitioned into general real estate and soon after opened his own brokerage in Celebration, Florida. Kropp is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee Counties, and has earned the GRI and e-PRO designations. “Having lived in the State of Florida for many years and travelled extensively around the state, we chose to invest in Sarasota in 2005,” said Kropp. “I sold my business and we moved permanently to Sarasota in 2011. We have never regretted the move. If anything, we wish we had moved here many years earlier!”

    Wayne Rogers graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration. Rogers also played baseball and was recently recognized as one of the Top 100 Players to ever play at UF. Rogers began his real estate career in 2003 after a highly successful 27-year career in medical sales. Rogers is also a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee Counties, and has earned the GRI, e-PRO and Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) designations.

    Seasoned in assisting homebuyers and sellers with all local lifestyle options, Kropp and Rogers are active members of the Gay Real Estate Executive Network of Sarasota (GREEN), National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP), the Florida Council of Equality Florida, and have both earned the At Home With Diversity® designation from the National Association of Realtors. “Inclusion is a core value of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate – Atchley Properties, which allows our team to grow while letting us be who we are,” said Kropp.

    About Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate – Atchley Properties

    A locally owned, independent real estate brokerage, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate – Atchley Properties provides exceptional buying and selling services for residential, commercial and rental properties in all price ranges and lifestyle options. With locations in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch, the brokerage is part of the international franchise network of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate. The Atchley Properties philosophy is grounded in the passionate pursuit to achieve the highest level of professionalism in the real estate industry, raise the standard of service excellence and continually improve processes by utilizing

          

  • 06 Jun 2017 2:11 PM | Amy Gonzalez (Administrator)

    (Sarasota, FL) Designing Women Boutique is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of its annual grants program, which is expected to bestow over $100,000 in the coming year. The list includes the Asolo Foundation, which is the primary beneficiary of the DWB grants program, along with the following local organizations:

    • All Faiths Food Bank – in honor of Butch Amerson
    • Asolo Rep – this donation brings the total over 15 years to $536,000
    • Baby Basics of Sarasota
    • Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County – in honor of Ethel and Ron Taub Foundation
    • Child Protection Center, Inc.
    • The Circus Art Conservatory – in honor of Ethel and Ron Taub Foundation
    • Forty Carrots Family Center – in honor of Ethel and Ron Taub Foundation
    • The Sarasota Ballet – in honor of Ethel and Ron Taub Foundation
    • Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation – In honor of Margaret Wise
    • Sarasota Opera Association
    • Sarasota Symphony
    • The Venice Symphony
    • Tidewell Hospice
    • Venice Symphony
    • Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe – In honor of Ethel and Ron Taub Foundation

     “It is our great pleasure to have the resources to be able to support these outstanding organizations in our community,” said Ida Zito, DWB board president. “Everything we do throughout the year, from running our boutique to our annual gala to our luncheons, fashion shows and special events, it’s all geared towards raising the funds that allow us to give these grants to support the greater good. It’s so rewarding to see our time and effort pay off in such a meaningful way. All of this would not be possible without our staff, volunteers, consigners, donors, and sponsors.”


  • 06 Jun 2017 1:59 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Chamber names Caldwell winner of its 2017 Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Small Business Award;

    company also wins Top Honor Small Business of the Year Award

    VENICE, FL: Members of Caldwell Trust Company attended the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce 2017 Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Small Business Award awards luncheon on Friday, June 2. The company, a finalist, was doubly honored when the Chamber named Caldwell as winner in the professional services category and also as winner of its Top Honor Small Business of the Year Award.

    The prestigious honors were announced before an audience of over 400 attending the Chamber’s annual awards luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. The Frank G. Berlin Award recognizes member businesses and individuals with locally owned and operated business while the Top Honor Small Business of the Year Award chooses its winner across all six categories.

    R. G. “Kelly” Caldwell Jr., CEO, president and co-founder of Caldwell Trust Company, accepted the awards on behalf of the 24-year-old company, which provides a full range of fiduciary services to individuals as well as management of retirement plans for employers. “We are truly honored and humbled by this award,” he said. “When we started our company in 1993, we pledged to offer traditional financial services in a highly personal way, and we vowed always to remain independent. We felt that this was the right path to serve our clients and grow the business.”

    The founding philosophy proved accurate. As the company approaches its first quarter-century of service, it is nearing the mark of $1 billion in assets under management with $890,000 currently in its portfolios. Its success in generating strong returns for investors at modest costs is due not only to careful, responsible management but also to Caldwell’s development of proprietary software programs that greatly enhance efficiency, according to Kelly Caldwell.

    Caldwell Trust Company began with six co-founders in offices above a bank in Venice. Today the business operates from an elegant $4 million headquarters building at 1400 Center Road in Venice and additional offices at 1561 Main Street, Sarasota, with a staff of 29.

    Known for its family-oriented culture and strong ethic of corporate citizenship, the business has donated over $1 million to local organizations that focus on youth and social causes. In keeping with the company philosophy of giving back, employees also donate their time to serve on boards and committees of chosen area charities, which now number over three dozen.

    Caldwell Trust Company is an independent trust company with offices in Venice and Sarasota, Florida. Established in 1993, the firm currently has nearly $1 billion dollars in assets under management for clients throughout the United States. The company offers a full range of fiduciary services to individuals including services as trustee, custodian, investment adviser, financial manager and personal representative. Additionally, Caldwell manages 401(k) and 403(b) qualified retirement plans for employers. To learn more about Caldwell Trust Company, call 1.800.338.9476 (toll-free), 941.493.3600 (Venice) or 941.926.9336 (Sarasota); email info@ctrust.com; or visit www.ctrust.com.


  • 05 Jun 2017 12:37 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Local students pursuing a career in the healthcare field get help from volunteers at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

    Sarasota, FL (June 5, 2017) – Each year, several local high school seniors who want to pursue a career in the healthcare industry get some financial help from the Auxiliary of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Since the hospital first opened in 1967, the non-profit group has been awarding scholarships to Sarasota County high school graduates. To date they have awarded more than $1 million dollars in scholarships. The auxiliary raises the money from fundraisers, newspaper sales in the hospital lobby and donations made throughout the year. This year ten students received scholarships. They are:

    •  Avia Davis- Booker High School attending FAMU majoring in Physical Therapy
    • Joshua Guaita-Homeschool attending Cedarville University majoring in Nursing
    • Joey Flanagan- Riverview High School attending FSU majoring in Pre-Bio Science and Nursing
    • Nadine Elnagaar-Riverview High School attending USF majoring in Pre-Med
    • Maximillian Konarzewski- Pine View School attending U of M majoring in Pre-Med
    • Kim Nguyen-Pine View School attending UF majoring in Nursing
    • Amara Wilson- Sarasota High School attending SCF majoring in Nursing
    • Caroline Jungels- Venice High School attending UF majoring in Bio-Med/Pre-Med
    • Bryana Mammana- Venice High School attending UF majoring in Physical Therapy
    • Melissa Whitman-Venice High School attending FGCU majoring in Nursing

    Scholarships are available to any high school senior attending school in Sarasota County. Applications and more information can be found at http://doctorsofsarasota.com/about/volunteers.dot

    **Photo of the group is attached.

    For more information contact:
    Monica Yadav
    Director of Marketing & Public Relations
    Doctors Hospital of Sarasota
    5731 Bee Ridge Road
    Sarasota, FL 34233
    Monica.Yadav@hcahealthcare.com


  • 05 Jun 2017 9:14 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Lakewood Ranch, Fla., June 2,, 2017 — All Star Laundry Announces its newest division, “All Star Scrubs, Shoes and Chef” has reached an agreement to acquire Scrubs, Shoes and Chef located (HWY 64) 1002 Manatee Ave E # A, Bradenton, FL 34208, (941) 795-1100 www.scrubsshoesandchef.com.  Additionally All Star’s Management Company, SunCoast Development has also agreed to acquire the property located on Manatee for an undisclosed amount. SunCoast CEO Dave Walstad states “the ongoing revitalization of the downtown Bradenton Area provided us a great opportunity to acquire this property for future development of a multi-story complex”.

    As the market leader for Garment Care in the Sarasota and Manatee County Markets, adding Scrubs,Shoes and Chef gives unparalleled capability to now be able to provide the uniforms, custom embroidery, logo digitizing and full service cleaning at the same time.“The acquisition of Scrubs, Shoes and Chef provides us an excellent platform to begin our expansion into the uniform industry. Allen and Vera have created such a terrific company and we are thrilled to have it as part of our store portfolio” , says company President Cheryl Walstad Commenting on the deal, Allen and Vera Royce; "Even though it is time to move on. It is still difficult to walk away from something you have nurtured and cultivated for years. However, we are extremely excited with what All Star brings to the table. They will grow and move Scrubs Shoes and Chef in ways we could only dream of. We would like to thank all our customers that have supported us over the years and are pleased to know that they will be in capable and caring hands."

    About All Star Laundry & Dry Cleaners

    Under the Brand “All Star" the company's strategic growth plans target surrounding communities along the I-75 corridor in Sarasota, Manatee counties and include the Venice and Tampa- St Pete Markets. Services include GreenEarth Dry-cleaning, Wet Cleaning, Ozone Cleaning, Alterations, Hotel Guest Services, Fine Table Linen Cleaning, Pickup and Delivery, Restoration Cleaning, for Commercial andResidential. And now Uniform and accessories thru retail stores and online.

    For More Information call (941) 921-1258 or visit www.allstarlaundry.com 


  • 05 Jun 2017 9:12 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (June 2, 2017) – Efforts to encourage redevelopment in some of Manatee County's aging areas have garnered statewide recognition.

    The Florida Planning and Zoning Association has awarded Manatee County Urban Corridors Plan (UCP) with the 2017 Outstanding Long Range Plan award. County Commissioners approved the UCP and related changes last year in an effort to allow greater densities and building heights, encouraging mixed-use developments that combine retail, offices, residential  in walkable settings.

    Manatee County Building and Development Services Director John Barnott praised Planning Section Manager Lisa Barrett and her team for the award. 

    "This is the culmination of hard work for the last five years," Barnott said. "Once our team assembled the final product it was unanimously accepted by Board of County Commission and we think it will pay huge dividends for our citizens and customers in Manatee County." 

    Lisa Barrett said the plan and recent Commission-approved changes will encourage the kind of development community leaders have envisioned for years.

    "Through community efforts, goals of administration, hard work of staff and dedication of our elected officials, the Urban Corridor amendments came to fruition," Barrett said. "The Urban Corridors Project embodies sound planning and zoning practices sought in the planning of local urban communities not only within the State of Florida, but the entire nation."   

    • Manatee's Urban Corridor Plan extends along six local areas areas:
    • Manatee Avenue from 75th Street West to 34th Street West
    • Cortez Road-44th Avenue from 75th Street West to 15th Street East
    • 53rd Avenue West (State Road 70) from 36th Avenue West to U.S. 301
    • 14th Street West from 26th Avenue West to University Parkway
    • 15th Street East from U.S. 301 to University Parkway
    • First Street (U.S. 41) from 21st Avenue West to Cortez Road


    This year's FPZA award winners will be honored at the 2017 FPZA Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 9 at the Ritz Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. 
     
    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov
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  • 02 Jun 2017 1:28 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Sarasota, Florida 5-9-17 – Rite Technology was presented the SHARP AAA Platinum Service Provider award from Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, in recognition of their high-level achievement in the critical areas of customer service and service delivery. RITE is the only Sharp Dealer in the Southeastern United States to have this designation and it is the highest possible service designation awarded by Sharp. The award was officially given on February 1, 2017; but presented on May 9, 2017. 

    “It is an honor for us to receive the SHARP® AAA Platinum Service Provider Award,” said RITE Technology’s CEO David Polimeni. “We are proud to work with Sharp products which are among the most valuable in the line-up that we offer. Rite Technology is dedicated to providing an unprecedented level of customer service with best-in-class technicians and knowledgeable sales personnel that make sure each model purchased perfectly fits the client’s needs.”

    The Sharp program was implemented to acknowledge service organizations that exceed benchmarks in performance and applications of “industry best practices” in this area. Several requirements must be met to be eligible, which are: exceptional education, training, customer satisfaction, and service support. Once recognized, the companies must show continued commitment to their training by achieving certification in a Network discipline alongside archived certification on all of their current models. Additionally, the organization must demonstrate a commitment to customer satisfaction by: having written service escalation processes, practice their written total call procedures, and follow-through on all preventive maintenance guidelines to augment mean copies between visits.

    Rite Technology has exhibited superior customer support by assuring all logical solutions have been applied before generating support tickets with Sharp’s technical hotline. Furthermore, RITE leverages their remote diagnostic technologies, updates their tickets in a timely fashion, and continues to display consistent quality and performance while using Sharp’s authentic parts and supplies.


  • 02 Jun 2017 11:40 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Tuesday, July 4th, 2017, Fishermen’s Village will host their annual 4th of July Celebration. Admission and parking are free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

    The always popular Freedom Swim begins at 11 am on the north side of the southbound US 41 bridge and ends at Harpoon Harry’s. (call 941 661-5622 for more Freedom Swim details) The Green Hibiscus Trolley will provide transportation between Fishermen’s Village and the swim starting point between the hours of 9 am until 3 pm. (no kayaks, and inflatables must be deflated). The trolley ride is free (tips are appreciated!) Other festivities will include: Live Music by Country Express and Ambush, The Band, 12 noon-9 pm in Center Court. Singer Rita Beach will perform 12 noon-4 pm near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Café. Harpoon Harry’s will be featuring live music and fun family activities throughout the day. Viewing of annual fireworks display over Charlotte Harbor begins at 9:00 pm. King Fisher Fleet will be offering a Fireworks Cruise, departing at 7:30 pm and returning to Fishermen’s Village at 10 pm. Tour Charlotte Harbor, watch the sunset and enjoy the fireworks display. Call 941 639-0969 for rates/reservations.

    Fishermen’s Village Waterfront Mall, Resort and Marina is located off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda. From I-75, take exit 164, turn left and proceed 3 miles to Fishermen’s Village. Call (941) 639-8721 for more information or visit on line at www.fishville.com.


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Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

 

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is a strong community-driven membership organization that focuses on business growth, partnership, opportunities and awareness. Its proud members are a wide variety of large and small business owners and their dedicated employees within the community. All of its valued members are committed to best businesses practices, networking opportunities, training, seminars, education, business connections, economic development and community expansion. Member businesses are located in, or doing business in, the Lakewood Ranch area, near Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. Our proud members are dedicated to promoting a vibrant business community and speaking up for business needs in the community. The Alliance also has a strong working relationship with local Chambers of Commerce and is focused on creating awareness for local non-profit organizations.


8430 Enterprise Circle

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Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Phone: 941-757-1664 
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