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SRQ DAILY Apr 22, 2019

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"I would surmise unless trade is shut down totally, this cargo will continue to flow and increase."

- Carlos Buqueras, Port Manatee

[Trade]  Port Manatee Boasts Record Start to Fiscal Year
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Whether it was aluminum from Argentina or lumber from Brazil, the crates and containers continued moving for the last six months at Port Manatee. In fact, the October-March period proved to be the busiest start for a fiscal year in the Palmetto port’s history.

Port Manatee Executive Director Carlos Buqueras credits improvements made over the decade and the attraction of a number of major logistics players to the area.

“We have reconfigured infrastructure to accommodate additional cargo, and we have aggressively marketed the infrastructure and facilities,” he says.

That’s borne fruit—and along with vegetables and minerals.

Containerized cargo jumped to more than 25,000 containers of goods moving through the docks. That’s up 34 percent compared to the first half of last fiscal year. Containerized cargo tons went up even more, up 36 percent from last year to upward of 262,000 tons.

The port saw a short tons increase of 14 percent, to more than 5.1 million. And more than 1.2 million in dry bulk cargo tons in imports and exports went through Port Manatee, a leap of 32 percent. Liquid bulk cargo jumped 11 percent, to more than 3.4 million tons.

“As we approach 2020 and the 50-year anniversary of Port Manatee operations, we are clearly on course for continuing record productivity and prosperity,” says Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh, Port Authority chair.

Port officials attribute much of the growth to the doubling of juice volumes coming in special containers to the port. Buqueras refers to orange juice imported as “liquid gold,” and, along with aluminum, that commodity remains one of the port’s most valuable imports. Much of the juice comes via Mexico services through World Direct Shipping, which is based at the port. The supply helps supplement Tropicana’s needs; Buqueras says domestic citrus can’t fulfill the appetite of American orange juice consumers.

As America renegotiates a trade agreement with Mexico, Buqueras won’t speculate much on impacts. But he says it’s truly market forces driving traffic. Also, most trade with Mexico happens over the land border, and the port relies more of traffic from Central and South America. Europe also makes up a significant portion of import and export business.

“I would surmise unless trade is shut down totally, this cargo will continue to flow and increase,” he says. 

Photo courtesy Port Manatee: Specialized juice-carrying containers join other cargo containers and trailers at a busy dockside yard at Port Manatee, which has set numerous records in the first half of its fiscal year.

[Horizon Mortgage]  Projects That Shaped 40 Years of Success: Part 1 of 2

Horizon Mortgage Corporation proudly celebrates forty years of business as one of the region’s largest Commercial Mortgage and Commerical Real Estate Firms. Horizon closes an average of $350,000,000 a year in commercial mortgage placements, $175,000,000 a year in real estate sales and $500,000,000 in equity placements.  Horizon Mortgage Corporation was established in 1979, and  for the past 40 years their highly-regarded reputation and consistent deal closings have catapulted Horizon to be one of the largest commercial banking companies on the West Coast of Florida, and recently named the 59th largest commercial lender in the United States by National Real Estate Investor magazine. Though home-based in Sarasota, Horizon has steadily built a clientele and base of lenders nationwide—closing on multiple noteworthy transactions in 42 states—with property locations in Chicago, Nashville, Oregon, Denver, Houston, the St. Regis Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, seven assisted living facilities in St. Louis and a $45,000,000 permanent mortgage on the On-The-Avenue Hotel in New York City.  

Horizon Mortgage | 6771 Professional Parkway West, Suite 202, Sarasota, FL 34240 | (941) 365-0450

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[Business]  BankUnited, Florida SBDC to Offer Quick Start Series for Small Business Owners

BankUnited is sponsoring the Quick Start Series for small business owners in Sarasota, in collaboration with the Florida SBDC at University of South Florida, beginning April 29. The series, which can be taken in its entirety or as individual seminars, will be offered at Gulf Gate Library, located at 7112 Curtiss Avenue in Sarasota, at no cost. 
Series seminars include: Starting Your Business on Monday, April 29; Financing Your Business on Monday, May 6; Marketing Your Business on Monday, May 13; and Building Your Business Plan with Live Plan on Monday, May 20. (Includes a 6-month subscription to the web-based LivePlan software.) All sessions will be from 4:30pm to 7:30pm, and taught by Pat Gordon and Scott Carpenter, business consultants with the Florida SBDC at USF, based in Sarasota and Manatee counties, respectively. There is no charge for the series or individual seminars, but registration is required at the website below. 

Quick Start Series Registration

[Real Estate]  13th Annual Global Conference Brings Real Estate Experts to Sarasota

The Global Business Council (GBC) of the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) is hosting the 13th Annual Global Conference with Florida Realtors Chief Economist, Dr. Brad O’Connor. In addition to a Florida real estate market update from O’Connor, the annual event will bring local and international speakers to discuss the global economy on a local level.
Canadians make up 41 percent of foreign buyers in Sarasota and Manatee counties. At the Global Conference, Susan Harper, Consul General of Canada in Miami, will lead a Canadian Workshop, alongside Steve Levy of Levy Salis LLP and Alain Forget from Royal Bank of Canada. On the local level, Kelly Defabo, director of sales at Visit Sarasota County, will provide an update on area tourism. Fernanda Cortes, an attorney at Beshara Global Migration Law Firm, will answer questions about EB-5 Visas, and a representative from Moneycorp will provide information on Foreign Exchange Rates. Conference attendees will also learn about inbound and outbound marketing from Nobu Hata, the Director of Digital Engagement at the National Association of Realtors.
Open to the public, the event is held at the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee from 9am to 4pm on May 7. Registration is required, $30 for GBC members, $60 for RASM members and $65 for non-members. Visit the website below to register and view the conference schedule. 

13th Annual Global Conference

[Real Estate]  Sellitti Joins RE/MAX Platinum Realty

Realtor Tom Sellitti has joined RE/MAX Platinum Realty as a Sales Associate in the downtown Sarasota, Florida, office. He specializes in residential real estate, with special emphasis on first-time homebuyers. Sellitti has a 10-year working relationship with the RE/MAX network. Prior to real estate, he worked in multinational business, last serving as Florida Regional Manager for Kraft Inc. He brings strong marketing, negotiation and customer service skills. 

RE/MAX Platinum Realty

[Business]  Walsh Jr. Named to 2019 Financial Times Top Financial Advisors

Walsh & Associates CEO Joseph Walsh Jr. was named to the 2019 Financial Times 400 Top Financial Advisers. Members must have more than 10 years of experience, at least $300 million in assets under management (AUM) and rank highly in areas of AUM growth rate, compliance record, industry certifications and online accessibility. FT caps the number of advisers per state roughly corresponding to the number of millionaires across the U.S., and this is the first time in several years that an adviser from Sarasota has made the list. 

Walsh & Associates

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Woodblock Prints from Post-War Japan , November 18 – May 5

In the wake of the Second World War, woodblock prints emerged as a channel of diplomacy and friendship between Japan and the U.S. Printmaking continues to be a vibrant and ever-changing art form well into the 21st century. This exhibition draws the Ringling Museum of Art’s extensive holdings of postwar Japanese prints and local collections. On display will be works by key artists including Onchi Koshiro, Hiratsuka Un’ichi, Saito Kiyoshi, Yoshida Chizuko, and Hoshi Joshi, including a number of new acquisitions and never-before exhibited pieces.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Pioneers of Climate Science , April 23

An entertaining talk about the basics of climate science through stories from the lives of scientists, from Benjamin Franklin to Jennifer Francis. Jim Eachus is the organizer of Sarasota Climate Change Meetup.  He is a retired computer geek with a PhD in theoretical physics.  Jim will show slides, tell stories, and disagree with the most powerful man on the planet.

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center , 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: An Emerald Evening , April 25

Join NAMI Sarasota County for an evening to raise awareness and support youth and family mental health programs in our community. The event will include dinner catered by Michael's on East, open bar, live auction, and music and entertainment by the one and only Jonathan Cortez.

Michael's On East Ballroom, 1212 East Avenue, Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Relay For Life Of Venice , April 26 – April 27, 7:00pm - 7:00am

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is the world’s largest movement to end cancer. Money raised from Relay For Life helps the American Cancer Society save lives by funding ground breaking research to discover cancer’s causes and cures and help people facing cancer today with free programs and services. People form teams and raise money together leading up to the event. Then, everyone comes together for a night of fun that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost to cancer, and unites us in our commitment to fight back against the disease.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: A Journey Through India , April 26 – April 28

Created in collaboration with local community partners, the festival will celebrate the performing and visual arts, literature, flavors and thought of historical and contemporary India. Friday, April 26, the festival will kick off with a Bollywood dance party in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Saturday, April 27, look forward to a day-long program of cultural exploration, including a series of lectures from scholars speaking on various aspects of Indian culture; music and dance performances by community groups; art-making and other activities for families; and a market featuring local food and artisan vendors. Sunday, the Festival culminates with a free, celebratory morning Hatha yoga event on the Ca’ d’Zan terrace.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers , May 2

Named one of the ‘Top 10 New Country Artists you Need to Know’ by Rolling Stone Country, Phoebe Hunt is an accomplished Americana instrumentalist with foundations in jazz and swing music.  Phoebe is skilled at taking seemingly disparate elements and pulling them together in a dazzling kaleidoscope of lush, coherent sound and rhythm patterns. The result is music that swells, crashes, and breathes organically under Phoebe’s soulful, plaintive voice.

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center , 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Evolving/Revolving , May 2 – May 5

"Evolving/Revolving" is becoming SCD's annual homage to the 'upbringing' of Sarasota Contemporary Dance. The final performance of the season will be comprised of diverse, new works by past company collaborators and/or dancers as well as works brought back by popular demand. This year's production will feature Gerri Houlihan, Pamela Pietro, and an aerial work by SCD Co-Founder, Rachael Inman.

Jane B. Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Hear Me Roar Women in Business Leadership and Awards Luncheon , May 2, 10:30am-1pm

Join us for the 2019 Hear Me Roar Awards and Leadership Luncheon taking place on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 10:30am to 1pm at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota in Sarasota. Every year, this incredibly powerful event features a nationally-recognized keynote speaker, a noted luminary who has made a significant impact in their field and the announcement of the winners of this year’s 2019 Women in Business Competition. We are thrilled to announce this year's Keynote Speaker Geralyn Lucas, author, breast cancer survivor and inspirational speaker and this year's 2019 Trailblazer Award Recipient, Journalist and Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Butler Gilliam. Stories collected over the course of the past year's Women in Business initiative will be shared along with the announcement of the 2019 inductees into the Women in Business Leadership Circle who will engage in the science and art and mentorship through regional programming aimed to empower women—from 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th-grade girls in Sarasota and Manatee counties to professionals looking to expand their capacity for leadership. Tickets online through March 25.

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Plena Adentro , May 4

Plena’s origins can be traced back to the changes in society caused by Puerto Rico’s transfer from Spanish to U.S. rule, and the abolition of slavery which caused displaced colonial sugar cane workers to seek economic opportunities in the growing cities of the island. While it is important to study Plena given the popularity of its folkloric style, it is equally as important because it is a living tradition that is still an active part of Puerto Rico today, marking important occasions in the lives of our people, from birth to death, and even street protests.

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center , 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Sweeney Todd- The Demon Barber of Fleet Street , May 4 – June 1

This murder and revenge in 19th Century London has shocked audiences. Unjustly imprisoned for 15 years, barber Sweeney Todd returns to take his revenge on the judge who took him from his family. When he partners with Mrs. Lovett and opens a barber practice above her meat pie ship, Todd’s need for vengeance increases. Their notoriety soars until Todd comes face to face with the judge. This thrilling theatrical treat is Sondheim at his very best.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Tomorrow's Voices Today , May 5

Witness a choral festival incorporating more than 200 singers of all ages. Maestro Caulkins inspires music-making at the highest levels, planting seeds that will ripen throughout students’ lives with an eclectic program from classics to contemporary. Key Chorale’s 6th annual collaboration with the Sarasota County Schools will feature Pine View, Venice and North Port High School choirs performing separately and alongside Key Chorale.

Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: An Afternoon of Operetta , May 12

Two centuries after the beginnings of operetta - a form of opera with light music and subject matter - it continues to delight audiences worldwide. Our production showcases the work of favorite composers Gilbert & Sullivan, Franz von Suppe' and Jacques Offenbach. Revel in the glorious melodies featurning soloists, chorus and instrumentalists.

Sarasota Opera HOuse , 61 NOrth Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Relay for Life Sarasota , May 18

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is the world’s largest movement to end cancer. Money raised from Relay For Life helps the American Cancer Society save lives by funding ground breaking research to discover cancer’s causes and cures and help people facing cancer today with free programs and services. People form teams and raise money together leading up to the event. Then, everyone comes together for a night of fun that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost to cancer, and unites us in our commitment to fight back against the disease.

Van Wezel , 777 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  FOOD: Morton's Market 50th Anniversary Party , May 19

Join Morton's Market to celebrate their 50 Year Anniversary. Food & Fun! Live music & raffle prizes! All proceeds to benefits the Morton Culinary Education Fund.

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