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  • 15 Aug 2019 2:37 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    SARASOTA, FL – Icard Merrill is pleased to announce that six of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Shareholder Charles J. Bartlett was also named the Best Lawyers 2020 Real Estate Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Sarasota. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as a "Lawyer of the Year." Bartlett was previously named Sarasota Construction Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in 2018.


    Icard Merrill attorneys selected to the list of 2020 Best Lawyers are Charles J. Bartlett (Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Real Estate), Michael J. Furen (Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law), Thomas F. Icard, Jr. (Construction Law, Mediation), Robert G. Lyons (Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs), William W. Merrill III (Administrative/ Regulatory Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning), and Jaime L. Wallace (Family Law ).

    The Best Lawyers in America was first published in 1983 with the core mission of highlighting the top legal talent in America. The selection process is exhaustive. Nominated attorneys are divided by geographic region and practice areas, and are evaluated by their peers on the basis of professional expertise. The top attorneys exemplify a standard of excellence and influence. For the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 8.3 million votes were analyzed.


  • 13 Aug 2019 1:36 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Kerkering, Barberio & Co., Certified Public Accountants, is pleased to announce that it has been ranked one of the Top 300 Accounting Firms in the nation by INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA 300).  In all, there were more than 550 participating firms.  The list includes national, regional and local accounting practices.  The rankings and the accompanying analysis create a comprehensive picture of the state of the accounting profession today.

    “The IPA 300 is a prestigious group, and we are proud to have made it into the ranking.  We believe our success is a result of the relationships we have built with the people who have helped us grow – our clients, staff and the community we serve,” said Rob Lane, Managing Shareholder.

    About Kerkering, Barberio & Co.

    Kerkering, Barberio & Co. is one of the largest independent certified public accounting firms in Southwest Florida and offers a wide range of services to businesses, organizations, and individuals.  The firm has been serving clients since 1972.  Kerkering, Barberio & Co. has three locations:  1990 Main Street, Suite 801, Sarasota, FL; 9423 Town Center Parkway, Lakewood Ranch, FL; and 4350 West Cypress Street, Suite 930, Tampa, FL. For more information, visit kbgrp.com or Facebook.com/KBGRP.


  • 12 Aug 2019 3:39 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    DeAngelis Diamond was just voted as Best Commercial Builder for the Gulfshore Business 2019 Best of Business Awards! They have won this award for the sixth consecutive year in a row! Congratulations to the entire team!

  • 07 Aug 2019 11:35 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Alicia M. Phidd, Esq. was voted in as a board member to Crowley Museum and Nature Center in May 2019. The Crowley Museum and Nature Center is a 501(c)3 community organization founded by Jasper Crowley and Edna Truchot in 1974, to celebrate Old Florida, pioneer history and artifacts through a museum, pioneer cabin, blacksmith shop, working sugar cane mill and more. A half-mile boardwalk takes visitors through five Florida habitats including Maple Branch Swamp, and Tatum Sawgrass Marsh ends with a two-story observation tower overlooking the marsh and the Myakka River.

    Phidd is the general counsel of Sarasota Sports Management, which owns Sarasota Metropolis FC, and has been practicing law for more than 15 years.

    Crowley Museum and Nature Center


  • 07 Aug 2019 10:39 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    One of the largest medical schools in the country is investing in more radio stations.

    Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, or LECOM, is purchasing WZZS from Solmart Media for $279,000.

    LECOM, which has a campus in Lakewood Ranch, bought WSRQ-FM last December. ABC7 partners with WSRQ to give listeners daily first alert weather forecast reports.

    Right now, its frequencies can be heard in Manatee County and parts of Sarasota County. If this deal gets regulatory approval, the acquisition will extend WSRQ’s reach to the north, south and east.


  • 06 Aug 2019 1:47 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The site has been shaped and bunkers put into place, and The Concession Golf Club is now letting Mother Nature take the lead as the growing phase has begun on a $2 million expansion at the private golf club in the Bradenton/Sarasota area. The all-new Par-3, 9-hole short course and 1-acre putting course is designed by Jack Nicklaus’ team at Nicklaus Design.

     

    Construction of the new playing facility commenced in March on the 8-acre space, tucked into a beautiful natural setting within the championship course. Sprigging and sodding was completed in late June, and now the grounds team stands by at the TifGrand Bermuda fairways and TifEagle Bermuda greens take shape.

     

    “This course is designed to be fun and challenging for our members and even people who may be new to golf,” explained Terry Kennelly, superintendent for The Concession Golf Club. “We’ve had a great time designing and implementing representations of some of golf’s most famous holes around the world.”

     

    Hole #3 has a very deep stacked sod bunker and green reminiscent of St. Andrews famous “Road Hole” (#17) in Scotland, using new Permaedge® artificial sod technology. Hole #9 is a take-off of California’s Riviera Country Club’s challenging #6, which has a surprise bunker right in the middle of the green.

     

    The highly anticipated facility has been given its own name and identity, The Gimme, to distinguish it from the championship course. In a nod to that famous moment of sportsmanship in golf at the 1969 Ryder Cup between the U.S. team’s Jack Nicklaus and Great Britain’s Tony Jacklin, the “Gimme” signifies that short putt that Nicklaus conceded to Jacklin, resulting in the first Ryder Cup tie and a moment forever etched in golf history. The course will have signature markings on each of its flagsticks to signify that “gimme” distance, adding to the jovial atmosphere of play.

     

    “We have created a Par-3 course equal in its quality and visual impact to The Concession’s championship course and complements its challenging nature with a family-friendly design that caters to beginners, juniors, seniors and die-hard golfers alike,” shared Chris Cochran, Senior Designer with Nicklaus Design. “It has been a great experience getting to work with old friends, Bruce Cassidy, Senior (President), Terry Kennelly (Superintendent) and Jerame Miller (shaper) on this long-awaited project.”

     

    The Gimme Par-3 and it’s partnering Snake Acre Putting Course will open to Concession Golf members on November 1 for a members-only tournament.

     

    To accompany the new course construction, a special Social Membership option has been established for local golf enthusiasts who are interested in exploring club membership. For details, contact Membership Director Brian Weimann at 941-322-1922 or visit TheConcession.com.

     

    LINK TO CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS AND PLAN

     

    About The Concession Golf Club

    The Concession Golf Club is located at 7700 Lindrick Lane on the border of Sarasota and Manatee counties, just six miles east of 1-75 on University Parkway. Named "Best New Private Course of 2006" by Golf Digest magazine, The Concession golf course was designed by Jack Nicklaus in association with Tony Jacklin. This 18-hole par 72 golf course is set on 520 acres of ruggedly pristine land dotted with massive oaks and majestic pines. It totals 7,470 yards and runs three miles from tip to tip. For more information, visit TheConcession.com or call 941-322-1922.


  • 06 Aug 2019 8:36 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    On Saturday, July 27, 2019, Bank of America presented Manatee County Habitat for Humanity with $15,000 in funding to support one of their many home builds. The funding will directly benefit the organization’s initiatives that help provide affordable housing and promote the economic mobility of Sarasota/Manatee residents. Jamie Kahns, Bank of America Sarasota/Manatee market manager, and Mike McCoy, Bank of America Sarasota/Manatee market president, presented the check to Manatee County Habitat for Humanity at the Bradenton Marauders baseball game, where McCoy threw out the first pitch.

  • 31 Jul 2019 11:36 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Matt Walsh, editor and CEO of Observer Media Group, publisher of the Business Observer, has been inducted into the Florida Newspaper Hall of Fame, run by the Florida Press Association. 

    Walsh, a career-long newspaperman; his wife, Lisa; his in-laws, David and Ruth Beliles; and a group of investors became newspaper entrepreneurs in 1995, when they purchased the Longboat Observer. David Beliles had recently retired from a 42-year newspaper career, and Lisa, too, worked in newspapers like her father and grandfather.  The family is now in newspaper generation four: Emily Walsh, one of three Walsh children, is the publisher of four of the publications, including the Longboat Observer.

    From starting with the Longboat Observer, Observer Media Group, based in Sarasota, is one of the largest family-owned and operated community media companies in the state. The company has more than 125 employees, with papers and websites in the Sarasota area, outside Orlando, in Palm Coast and in Jacksonville. Matt Walsh launched the Business Observer in 1997 in Sarasota. The paper expanded to Tampa in 2001 and Fort Myers-Naples in 2005.

    Prior to Observer Media Group, the Walshes — they met at the University of Missouri's journalism school — worked at several publications nationwide. Early on, that took the young couple to Brookings, S.D., at the Daily Register. When a snowdrift hit the second floor of their townhouse, Lisa Walsh decided it was time to move to Florida.

    Matt Walsh then held three newspaper leadership roles in the Sunshine State:

    • An editor on the business desk at the Miami Herald in the early 1980s, during the South Florida crime wave. He worked with Dave Barry and Carl Hiaasen, among many other characters;

    • Editor of Florida Trend Magazine, based in St. Petersburg. It was at Florida Trend, Walsh said in a speech after his induction, where he met business owners and CEOs statewide and developed a passion for the entrepreneurs that drive the state’s economy; and

    • Southeast Bureau Manager of Forbes Magazine, where Walsh worked remotely out of their garage in St. Petersburg.


  • 31 Jul 2019 10:56 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Children First received a $1,500 grant from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation upon being nominated by Doug Sutter, President of Sutter Roofing.  The grant will go toward the agency’s Families First Institute, an award-winning initiative aimed at strengthening our community’s most economically vulnerable families.

    Sutter Roofing, a four-generation family owned business, credits its core family values with its longevity and success. “We built our business on principles of trust and integrity, and I am very thankful for Sutter Roofing’s partnership with Enterprise Holdings. For the second year in a row, we are able to bring collective support for our community’s most economically vulnerable children and families,” says Mr. Sutter.

    “The courses offered by our Families First Institute are life-changing,” says Children First CEO Philip Tavill. “Whether a single mom is being mentored as she re-enters the workplace or a father is learning how to speak English as a second language, these classes help to reduce the effects of poverty through education, information, guidance, and support.”

    The Enterprise Holdings Foundation was established in 1982 to give back to the communities where partners and employees live and work. Since then, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation has contributed over $350 million to thousands of local nonprofits focused on initiatives like community improvement and education. Children First is deeply appreciative to the Foundation and Sutter Roofing for the positive and enduring change this grant will bring for local children and families living at-risk.


  • 31 Jul 2019 10:20 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    FCCI Insurance Group was recently named one of Florida Trend magazine’s “Best Companies To Work For.” This year marks the company’s 11th year on the list, ranking No. 14 in the “Large Companies” category. The annual list is featured in the August issue of Florida Trend magazine; 100 companies are ranked in small, medium and large employer categories. Companies that chose to participate underwent an evaluation of their workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The process also included a survey to measure employee satisfaction. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.





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.

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