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  • 22 May 2018 1:25 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    SARASOTA, Fla. – Bank of America distributed $155,000 in economic mobility grants in 4 ½-hours to 14 Sarasota-Manatee nonprofits that will advance economic mobility for individuals and families and put them on a path toward success. The grants focus on needs related to workforce development and education that help individuals chart a path to better economic futures as well as basic needs fundamental to building stability.  

    Sarasota-Manatee County reports that 75 percent of its population live in "food deserts," areas where residents do not have easy access to fresh, affordable foods. Forty-three percent of households do not have sufficient income to afford basic needs including food, shelter and medical care. Hunger relief in Sarasota-Manatee continues to be a pressing need for low-income individuals and families relying on local food banks in order to meet their needs.

    The nonprofits receiving funding are connecting youth to first-time jobs, giving young adults alternative pathways to employment and providing second chances to individuals with barriers to help them rebuild careers and lives. This work aligns with Bank of America’s commitment to help build a diverse Sarasota-Manatee workforce, providing skilled workers to organizations while creating economic opportunity. Additionally, funding will help individuals and families in Sarasota-Manatee chart a path toward greater economic mobility through access to food, shelter, benefits and other fundamental needs.

    “We recognize that addressing immediate basic needs as well as connecting individuals to long-term success through skills-building and jobs are critical to achieving greater economic mobility in our community,” said Mike McCoy, Bank of America Sarasota-Manatee market president. “We’re honored to partner with nonprofit organizations like Meals on Wheels and Boys and Girls Clubs from across Southwest Florida that are helping to build a more inclusive and sustainable community.”

    All Faiths Food Bank will use the funding to help those at risk of hunger through their Mobile Pantry program, which distributes food directly to those in need at 17 locations throughout Sarasota and DeSoto counties. With the help of volunteers, Mobile Pantries distribute fresh produce, meats and groceries to people of all ages. The pantries often serve as many as 300 households in less than 2 hours.

    “Our partnership with Bank of America allows the food bank to deliver food, fresh produce and nutrition through our Mobile Pantries to those living in food deserts,” said CEO of All Faiths Food Bank, Sandra Frank. “Together with our partners and volunteers, we are able to grow our impact in the community and lay a foundation for the individuals and families who struggle to access the food they need to thrive.”

    Other organizations receiving grants include: Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee and of Sarasota; CareerEdge; Education Foundation Sarasota; Harvest House; Meals on Wheels Manatee and Sarasota; Salvation Army; The Haven; Take Stock in Children; Turning Points; Unidosnow; and Women’s Resource Center.

    These grants are part of the company’s commitment to responsible growth as it works to improve the financial lives of individuals and families.  Philanthropic and volunteer investments play a key role in this effort to build thriving communities. Sarasota-Manatee Bank of America teammates have volunteered of 1,800 hours in the first quarter of this year.

    For more Bank of America news, including dividend announcements and other important information, visit the Bank of America newsroom. Click here to register for news email alerts.


  • 17 May 2018 11:05 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    INDIANAPOLIS—The NCAA Division 1 Women’s Rowing Committee has selected the teams that will compete in the 2018 NCAA Division 1Women’s Rowing Championships.

                   The championships will be held May 25-27 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasta, Florida with the University of Central Florida serving as host.

                   The team championship is composed of 22 teams.  Eleven conferences were awarded automatic qualification and the remaining 11 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the championship field.  Teams qualifying for the championship are required to field two boats of eight rowers and one boat of four rowers.  For the I Eights, II Eights and Fours, all 22 boats will be seeded into four heats.

                   The following teams were selected:

    Automatic Qualifiers:

    UCF

    Rhode Island

    Virginia

    Texas

    Ohio State

    Northeastern

    Jacksonville

    Navy

    Washington

    Princeton

    Gonzaga

    At-Large Selections:

    Brown

    California

    Indiana

    Michigan

    Southern California

    Stanford

    Syracuse

    Washington State

    Wisconsin

    Yale

    For all the latest news, results and a webcast of all races at the NCAA Championships, visit NCAA.com.


  • 10 May 2018 9:26 AM | Anonymous

    Sarasota, FL - HALL ARCHITECTS was named to the University of Florida’s 2018 Gator100 for the second consecutive year.

    Sponsored by the UF Alumni Association, in partnership with the UF Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, the Gator100 recognizes the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or led by UF alumni. 

    “The Gator100 honors UF alumni from across the university who are founding and growing amazing companies around the country,” said Kent Fuchs, president of the University of Florida. “It’s an incredible affirmation of the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the Gator Nation.”


    HALL ARCHITECTS is an award-winning full-service firm specializing in architecture, interior design, planning, and historic preservation. Its public and private sector projects have been recognized with awards at the local, state and national levels. The firm was founded in 2004 by UF alumnus Gregory Hall, AIA.  Greg received both his Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture from the UF College of Architecture.


  • 09 May 2018 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    PUNTA GORDA, FL---In cooperation with the Merchants Association, Fishermen’s Village announces their 2nd annual “Picnic in Paradise” Bluegrass Festival to be held 12 noon-4 pm, Saturday, June 16, 2018.

    This family friendly event celebrates summertime fun food favorites, games, prizes and lots of bluegrass music!

    Here is a sneak peak of the day’s activities:

    Live bluegrass and folk music throughout the day featuring:

    •  • Southwind Bluegrass Band
    •  • Kindred Spirit
    •  • Florida Mountain Men
    • • Bugtussle Ramblers

    Jeff the Juggler (Balloon creations/magic show/juggling)

    Finest Face Painting by MaryRose

    Free parking/free admission. Visit www.fishville.com for complete details.

    Fishermen’s Village is located off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda FL. Exit 164 from I-75. 941 639-8721


  • 09 May 2018 12:54 PM | Anonymous

    GET READY FOR SUMMER BY ATTENDING “WHAT TO DO

    IN YOUR BACKYARD” AT FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE

    PUNTA GORDA, FL – May 8, 2018 – Are you tired of hearing the kids say “I’m bored”? Then find out what you can do for summer fun by attending the What To Do In Your Backyard event on Saturday, June 2 from 10 am – 3 pm at Fishermen’s Village.

    What To Do In Your Backyard is hosted by Fishermen’s Village and the Southwest Florida Attractions Association and will feature over 20 local attractions and hotels. Explore all the fun that Southwest Florida has to offer! Whether it’s a family fun day or a romantic getaway, you can learn about special events and offers taking place this summer by visiting the different exhibitor booths located throughout the Village promenade.

    There will be fun games and a prize drawing for the chance to win prizes every half hour. While at Fishermen’s Village, enjoy live music, shopping and dining! Admission and parking is free.

    Fishermen’s Village is located at 1200 W. Retta Esplanade in Punta Gorda. Visit on line at www.fishville.com or call 941 639-8721.


  • 07 May 2018 8:57 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    VENICE, FL: Caldwell Trust Company has promoted three of its staff members to vice presidents according to R. G. “Kelly” Caldwell, CEO/president. “We’re always pleased when we can fill positions from within the company and these three dedicated employees have made it easy for us to do that. We congratulate each one of them.”

    Scott Antritt and Sonya Kristie, based in the Sarasota office, have been promoted to vice president and trust officer while Sheryl Vieira, based in Venice, moves up to vice president of marketing and PR. Besides professional performance, all three are also heavily involved in community service.

    Scott T. Antritt joined Caldwell Trust Company in 2011 as a trust officer with in-depth experience in financial planning, estate planning and portfolio management. A licensed financial adviser and independent registered securities representative, he is a cum laude graduate of Ohio University, holding a B.A. in business administration with a concentration in finance and insurance. In addition he completed curriculum through the College for Financial Planning and also graduated with top honors from the Florida Bankers Association Trust School.

    Scott serves on the board of directors of the Lakewood Ranch Rotary Club and Monsters Lacrosse Academy. He is a founding charter member and vice president of MCLAX, Inc. a non-profit organization that raises funds to support the growth of lacrosse in Manatee County public schools. In 2017-2018, MCLAX was responsible for implementing the first-ever boys and girls varsity lacrosse program at Lakewood Ranch High School, where Antritt is an assistant coach for the boys team. In addition he is a volunteer for the Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund and Suncoast Charities for Children.

     

    To contact Scott, email scott@ctrust.com or call 941.926.9336.  

    Sonya Kristie joined Caldwell Trust Company as an intern while still an undergraduate. After earning her bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of South Florida she became a full-time staff member in 2005, working first as an administrative assistant, then trust assistant. She was promoted to trust officer in 2010 and assistant vice president and trust officer in 2014. Sonya is responsible for the day-to-day administration of trusts, which includes serving as wealth manager for trusts, IRA’s, estates, and investment management relationships. She assists her clients with budgeting, estate planning, investments, taxes, and legal matters in conjunction with their accountants and attorneys.

    Sonya serves on the board and is an active K9 Handler for Sarasota K-9 Search & Rescue, which assists local, state and national first responders in finding the lost. She is also a member of the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council, the Florida Bankers Association and Women of the Sun Coast of Big Brothers Big Sisters. A past member of the Sarasota Evening Toastmasters Club, she has also completed the Engage Sarasota 2012/2013 program and the Adult Leadership Program Class of 2014, where she assists in coordinating the program.

    To contact Sonya, email sonya@ctrust.com or call 941.926.9336.  

    Sheryl E. Vieira joined Caldwell Trust Company as marketing manager in 2011, bringing extensive experience in advertising, client relations, community outreach, new business development, event planning, media relations and sales. In 2014 she was promoted to assistant vice president of marketing. She manages the company’s strategic marketing and business development program, advertising and public relations. The results of her activities are evident in the company’s increased growth in assets, visibility within the community and recognition by the American Advertising Federation. Sheryl relocated to Sarasota in 1999, coming from New York, where she had been a marketing consultant for RHI Group, Inc. She quickly developed a portfolio of regionally based businesses that benefitted from her abilities.

    Sheryl is deeply involved with the community as a volunteer. She currently serves on the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) board of directors and recently completed a five-year run co-chairing the annual Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund Golf & Poker Tournament and co-chaired The Orchid Ball for Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

    To contact Sheryl, email sheryl@ctrust.com or call 941.493.3600.  


  • 03 May 2018 1:26 PM | Anonymous

    Sarasota, FL - The Family Research Action PAC has announced their endorsement of Senator Greg Steube for the United States House of Representatives in Florida's 17th Congressional District.

    FRC Action PAC Vice President Lt. Gen. (ret.) Jerry Boykin made the following comments: "During Greg Steube's time in the Florida House and Senate, he has been a champion for faith, family, and freedom. He has been an especially strong defender of life, supporting several measures in the Florida House and Senate that expand protections for unborn children. Additionally, his support from other pro-life groups in Florida confirms his pro-life credentials."

    "During his time as a state representative, he has consistently sought to protect the values that Floridians cherish most. He has proven that he will defend the right of his constituents to speak freely and live out their faith, and he will oppose any attempt by the government to punish citizens for living out deeply-held religious beliefs. We appreciate his votes in the Florida House and Senate to protect the religious liberty of churches, students, and faith-based adoption agencies. If elected to Congress, we know that he will continue his fight to protect life and religious liberty for the people of Florida's 17th District.

    "FRC Action PAC is confident that Sen. Steube will be a strong advocate for Constitutional limited government, for individual liberties, and for strong family values," concluded Boykin.

    FRC's endorsement adds to an extensive list of supporters including Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell, Highlands County Sheriff Paul Blackman, Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott, Hardee County Sheriff Arnold Lanier, Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen, and Glades County Sheriff David Hardin. Florida Senate President Joe Negron, Florida Senate President Designate Bill Galvano, The Florida Police Benevolent Association, and Florida Citrus Mutual have also endorsed Steube's candidacy. 

    Steube has served as the State Senator for District 23, covering Sarasota County and western Charlotte County since 2016. He previously served as a State Representative for District 73, representing those in Manatee and Sarasota counties from 2010 - 2016. He lives in Sarasota with his wife Jennifer and son, Ethan. 

    ### 

    CURRENT LIST OF ENDORSEMENTS: 

    • Florida Senate President Joe Negron 
    • Florida Senate President Designate Bill Galvano 
    • Florida Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson 
    • Florida State Senator Dennis Baxley
    • Florida State Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto
    • Florida State Senator Travis Hutson
    • Florida State Senator Aaron Bean
    • Florida State Senator Keith Perry
    • Florida State Representative Jim Boyd
    • Florida State Representative Jake Raburn
    • Florida State Representative Jamie Grant
    • Florida State Senator Kathleen Passidomo 
    • Florida State Senator Kelli Stargel
    • Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell 
    • Highlands County Sheriff Paul Blackman 
    • Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott 
    • Hardee County Sheriff Arnold Lanier 
    • Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen 
    • Glades County Sheriff David Hardin 
    • State Attorney Ed Brodsky, 12th Judicial Circuit 
    • Public Defender Larry Eger, 12th Judicial Circuit 
    • Sarasota County Commissioner Mike Moran 
    • Sarasota County Commissioner Alan Maio 
    • Sarasota County Commissioner Paul Caragiulo 
    • Sarasota County Property Appraiser Bill Furst 
    • Sarasota County Charter Review Board Member Jim Gabbert 
    • Charlotte County Commissioner Bill Truex 
    • Charlotte County Commissioner Joe Tiseo 
    • Charlotte County Commissioner Ken Doherty 
    • Charlotte County Clerk of the Court Roger Eaton 
    • Former Florida Senate President John McKay 
    • Former Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos 
    • Former State Representative & Former Polk County Commissioner Neil Combee 
    • Former Sarasota County School Board Member Frank Kovach 
    • The Florida Police Benevolent Association  
    • Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Police Benevolent Association 
    • Florida Citrus Mutual 
    • TRUMP Chairwoman Sandra Atkinson
    • Club for Growth
    • Florida Family Action President John Stemberger


  • 02 May 2018 9:11 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    For your planning purposes here is a complete, updated list of events and team training taking place in April at Nathan Benderson Park. More details can be found at www.nathanbendersonpark.org.

    EVENTS:

    ·        May 11-13: USRowing Southeast Regionals

    ·        May 19: SUP & Run 5k

    ·        May 23-27: NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships DI, DII, & DIII

    PROGRAMMING:

    Programs at Nathan Benderson Park are ongoing. For the most up to date program schedule and pricing information please visit: www.NathanBendersonPark.org

    ·        Indoor Rowing Fitness

    o    Classes held daily in the beautiful Finish Tower- For More Information

    ·        ChiWalking

    o    Introduction to ChiWalking method by a certified instructor-Starting up in May

    ·        Rentals

    o    Pontoon Pedal Boat, single and double sit on top kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and single sculls are available to rent by the hour at NBP

    ·        Learn to Row

    o    101 & 201 courses are currently available, along with private lessons

    ·        Dragon Boat Paddling

    o   Courses are currently available

    ·        Team Building

    ·        Rowing and Dragon Boat team building opportunities are available

    ·        Camps

    o    Youth Aquatics Camp will feature Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboard, Rowing, Boater’s Education, Dragon Boat Paddling, RC Sailboats, Fishing and more. Click Here for more information

    WHERE: 

    Nathan Benderson Park

    5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL


  • 01 May 2018 2:55 PM | Anonymous

    Sarasota, FL. – April 13, 2018 – Thomas Financial, Thomas Financial, one of the nation’s leading providers of insurance solutions to affluent individuals and high-growth companies, today announced it is partnering with The Better Benefits Group, operator of the industry-leading UZIO online benefits management software.  The new partnership will combine state of the art benefits technology with Thomas Financial proprietary executive benefits solutions.

    The new employee benefits division led by JS Gagnon, an industry expert in Group, Medicare, and Individual healthcare coverage provides added value to clients who will utilize more information available to make more educated decisions regarding their benefits needs.

    “Given the changing health care landscape, employers are increasingly turning to technology health care platforms as another option for their employees’ benefits enrollment and administration,” said JS Gagnon, President of The Better Benefits Group. The Uzio platform offers side-by-side comparison tools, comprehensive education materials, transparent pricing and hands-on support to make choosing the right benefits plan easier based on each employee’s unique needs.  This will compliment the additional services Offered by TF, such as Life Insurance, Disability, and Executive Financial products. 

    “Joining forces with The Better Benefits Group was an easy decision for Thomas Financial because we both believe in empowering employers to help their employees make better benefit decisions,” said TF founder Rick Thomas. “The addition of Uzio’s world-class technology platform and strong brand recognition will enhance the options available in our benefits offering and help our client’s better meet their benefit goals.

    About Thomas Financial

    Thomas Financial specializes in life insurance, wealth transfer, business continuation, retirement planning, executive benefits and health insurance to meet the needs of the affluent and corporate markets. Combining deep expertise, product innovation, collective strength and legendary service, Thomas Financial has consistently performed at the top of its field for over 40 years. To learn more about Thomas Financial, go to www.thomasfinancial.com

    About The Better Benefits Group

    The Better Benefits Group is a dynamic, independent regional firm of professionals specializing in employee benefits, Medicare, and individual Healthcare coverage. We protect assets and minimize risk to help our clients avoid financial hardship. We strive to be the partner of choice for clients, insurance carriers and employees looking for long-term relationships built on a foundation of trust. To find out more about The Better Benefits Group, visit www.thebetterbenefits.com


  • 01 May 2018 1:33 PM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 1, 2018) – May 14-18 is Bike to Work Week and Manatee County Government is encouraging residents to bike to work or try cycling for fun, fitness or transportation throughout May, National Bike Month. The County will install three bike repair kiosks around town to promote bicycling and bicycle safety. 

    Deidra Greene-Larkins, Redevelopment & Economic Opportunity department, was one of 20 recipients of the Emerging Cities Champions grant award through 8 80 Cities and the Knight Foundation 

    The $5,000 grant will go to install bike repair kiosks to provide cyclists with the tools and equipment they need to make repairs while on the go. The bike repair kiosks will be unveiled to the public at 8:15 a.m. at these locations and dates:

    • DeSoto Bus Station on May 18 
    • Pride Park on May 25
    • Lincoln Park on May 31

    The County is partnering with the League of American Bicyclists to promote National Bike Month and local residents can enter a bike challenge online at www.lovetoride.net/usa 

    “Biking to work is an efficient and fun way to get the exercise you need, without having to find extra time to work out," said Bill Nesper, interim executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. "And this year, with gasoline prices as high as they are, biking to work makes more sense than ever.”

    Bicycling experts offer the following tips for a safe commute to work on a bicycle: 

    • Always wear a helmet to protect your head in the event of a crash
    • Ride in the right-most lane that goes in the direction that you are travelling
    • Obey all stop signs, traffic lights and lane markings
    • Look before you change lanes or signal a turn; indicate your intention, then act
    • Be visible and predictable at all times; wear bright clothing and signal turns

    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.

     


Recent Member News





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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