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SRQ DAILY May 22, 2023

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"A lot of people want a second home or condo, whether it is for a brief respite or an extended one in the sunshine and the warmth."

- Robin Sheakley, President of Sibcy Cline Realtors

[Economic Development]  North Port Hosts First Quarter Startups
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

North Port city officials hosted 84 new businesses on Saturday for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and welcome to town. The Quarterly Business Welcome included presentations of public commendations and certificates to all companies founded in the South Sarasota City from January through March.

Economic Development officials in the city said it was critical to maintain relationships between the burgeoning businesses and local government.

“Establishing connections during the critical early-growth phase of a local business's journey is paramount to our team," said Vinnie Mascarenhas, interim North Port Economic Development manager. "This is the time when our team and community partners can make a significant difference, helping new businesses create connections and discover the resources available to them as they navigate the North Port market."

Companies included everything from new franchises like Wendy’s to upstart businesses like Otter Water Solutions. A list of new companies covers numerous industries from professional services to real estate and construction. 

"The rate at which small businesses are sprouting and thriving here is nothing short of phenomenal,” said City Manager Jerome Fletcher. “It's not just growth, it's transformative growth – reshaping our economic landscape at a pace that's been both exciting and inspiring." 

WalletHub recently ranked North Port as the No. 38 Best Small Sized Cities to Start a Business, putting it in the top 3% of municipalities in the country. The same list put Sarasota at No. 24 and Bradenton at No. 29.

The Saturday event served as more than a photo op.

Representatives from Service Corps of Retired Executives attended to connect entrepreneurs with SCORE mentors and corporate advisors. The Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida (SBDC Tampa Bay) officials CareerSource Suncoast participated and informed businesses of available resources offered by those organizations. The North Port Chamber of Commerce attended to share its offerings to new businesses in town. 

Photo courtesy City of North Port.

[Realty Alliance]  The Realty Alliance Conference Explores Current Real Estate Trends
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

Last month, members of The Realty Alliance, a network of real estate experts, came together at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Sarasota to discuss their perspectives on Florida real estate at a breakfast event hosted by Michael Saunders, the founder, and CEO of Michael Saunders and Company. She led the group in discussions about recent housing trends in the Sarasota area and across the state of Florida. Industry leaders from across the country shared their take on current patterns, exploring why Florida appeals to so many people.

“There is something about the weather and the active lifestyle, those are the two key things we hear from people who are coming. People are not necessarily leaving because something is wrong, but they are finally executing on their plans,” says Vice President of Sales at John R. Wood Properties Ron Howard. Robin Sheakley, the president of Sibcy Cline Realtors in Cincinnati agreed. “I think it’s the sunshine,” she added. “And I’ve also seen people who come down and get involved in philanthropy here. I think Florida’s art scene has a general diversity.” Saunders, who has a great deal of experience with local residents, has observed a similar trend. “These people come for the arts but they also bring an enormous amount of talent that they lend to different arts organizations and every other kind of organization,” she said.

In terms of the homes that people are looking for, it turns out that many northern residents are not abandoning their lives in the north, but rather are eager to add a second home. “A lot of people want a second home or condo, whether it is for a brief respite or an extended one in the sunshine and the warmth,” said Sheakley. “Then they’re here and active, whether physically or philanthropically. People want to be doing things, and we’ve seen people enjoy this coast for that reason.”

Modern design dominates the properties sold, and people are looking for more space. “The Mediterranean style is out,” added Mike Pappas, president of the Keyes Company. In particular, they want outdoor space and to experience the indoor-outdoor lifestyle, boding well for Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Learn more about The Realty Alliance at therealtyalliance.com. 

Robin Sheakley and Michael Saunders share real estate insights at the Realty Alliance breakfast. Photos courtesy of Michael Saunders and Company.


[Expansion]  Shumaker Law Firm Expands its Ohio Presence with Acquisition of Insurance Recovery Group

Shumaker, a nationally recognized law firm, has announced the acquisition of a team of experienced insurance recovery attorneys, expanding its presence in Ohio. The addition of these 12 partners, associates, paralegals, and an e-discovery manager will provide a significant boost to Shumaker's insurance recovery practice, an area of law that has been rapidly growing over the past few years. As part of the acquisition, Shumaker will open an Akron office, where the attorneys will focus on insurance recovery cases throughout the United States. The team includes the addition of Akron Managing Partner Amanda Leffler and Partners Stacy Berliner, Wes Lambert, Lucas Blower, Drew Miller, Joe Cole, and Joe Thacker; Associates Sarah Sears and Michael Class; Paralegals Evelyn Evans-Eck and Rebecca McCoy; and E-Discovery Manager Natalie Bargy. The acquisition is set to take place on May 15, 2023. 

[Speaker Event]  Christopher Alan Homes President and CEO Ian Schmoyer Speaks at Builder 100 Leadership Summit

Christopher Alan Homes President and CEO Ian Schmoyer was a featured panelist at the 2023 Builder 100 Leadership Summit, an annual conference attracting the nation’s top homebuilders, developers and industry leaders. Schmoyer participated in the panel discussion, “Building on Margins: Lessons from the Top Private Builders,” sharing the innovative, strategic and personal approaches to business which have guided Christopher Alan Homes’ success in the highly competitive Florida market. As a nationally ranked builder-owned company, Christopher Alan Homes is the only local homebuilder among Southwest Florida’s top five builders for permitted single-family homes in 2022. The 2023 summit was held May 1-3 at The Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point, Calif. Presented annually by Builder Magazine, the conference is considered a must-attend event for the country’s senior-level builders, developers, financial experts and sales and marketing executives. During his panel presentation, Schmoyer also discussed Christopher Alan Homes’ impressive growth, from its 2017 founding in Southwest Florida and 2023 expansions to Florida’s East Central Space Coast and a planned Tampa division. Christopher Alan Homes is also the exclusive builder in the Creekside Run neighborhood at Babcock Ranch, America’s first solar-powered town, builds single-family homes in Burnt Store Village and recently introduced the second development phase of The Hammocks in West Port. The company also builds on scattered homesites in Lee, Charlotte and Sarasota counties in Southwest Florida and Melbourne and Palm Bay on Florida’s East Central Space Coast, and is planning to open a new division in Tampa mid-2023. For more information about Christopher Alan Homes, call 855-44-MYCAH or visit online at www.ChristopherAlanHomes.com. 

[Community Safety]  Local Relief, A New Disaster App and Local Support

Local Relief, a groundbreaking nonprofit organization and social media app, is on a mission to revolutionize the way communities communicate during natural disasters. By harnessing the power of technology and community support, Local Relief is empowering locals to stay connected, informed, and supported when they need it most.Natural disasters can strike unexpectedly, leaving communities in chaos and disarray. In such challenging times, the ability to communicate effectively is crucial for coordinating assistance, sharing critical information, and offering support to locals in need. Local Relief recognizes this need and has developed an innovative platform that acts as a lifeline during emergencies. The Local Relief platform serves as a centralized hub where individuals and communities can come together, communicate, and coordinate relief efforts. With features designed specifically for disaster scenarios, users can post real-time updates, request assistance, provide shelter, and share vital information with their neighbors. In essence, it's Locals helping Locals. 

[SOON]  FILM: Vermeer, The Greatest Exhibition at Lakewood Ranch Cinemas , May 19 – May 25, Various times
This Exhibition On Screen film invites audiences to a private view of the exhibition, accompanied by the director of the Rijksmuseum and the curators of the show. A truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. As well as bringing together the works of Vermeers, both the Rijksmuseum and the Mauritshuis in the Hague have conducted research into Vermeer's artistry, his artistic choices and motivations for his compositions, as well as the creative process behind his paintings. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Lakewood Ranch Cinemas, 10715 Rodeo Dr. 8, Lakewood Ranch, filmsociety.org.
[SOON]  FOOD: Geckos Hospitality Group Iron Chef Challenge 2023 , May 15 – June 18, Restaurant Hours

Join the Geckos Hospitality Group family of restaurants to celebrate the culinary creativity of your favorite Geckos Grill and Pub Chefs during the annual Iron Chef Challenge. From May 15th to June 11th and June 12th to 18th each of our six Geckos will participate in a weekly special Iron Chef Menu, with several of our Chefs designing delectable and inventive fare, plus some tried and true favorites with a creative twist. The contest is a weekly competition between Geckos Kitchen Creatives and guests may sample what the GHG kitchen pros have up their Chef Jacket sleeves. Whichever Iron Chef Special Menu is the favorite of our GHG guests for the week wins the Iron Chef title for that week and a cash prize with seven Iron Chefs named after the competition knives have been cleaned and put away in June. There will be a Championship Final the week of June 12-18th, with the winning GHG location being crowned the Iron Chef 2023 Champ. All Geckos Hospitality locations, geckosgrill.com.

[SOON]  FOOD: SIN Nights at Geckos on Hillview , May 12 – August 31, 10 pm to midnight

Enjoy SIN Nights for Geckos Hospitality and Service Industry Colleagues. Join Geckos on Hillview Street in Southside Village and let us serve you late at night after your shift on Friday and Saturday nights. We will keep the light on late for you and offer Geckos food and drink specials just for you from 10-Midnight. Come in wearing your uniform or bring in your schedule and enjoy the camaraderie of friends at Geckos on Hillview. 1900 Hillview Street, Sarasota, www.GeckosGrill.com.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Lorna Bieber, Natural World at The Ringling , May 20 – October 15, Museum hours

The Ringling presents a solo exhibition of works by Lorna Bieber in May that includes two new pieces making their debut in the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery for Contemporary Art. Her artwork first and foremost encourages us to indulge in the pleasures of looking and discovering anew the details of the visual world. Her artistic practice is grounded in appropriating, recycling, and manipulating imagery. The work reminds us of the image world that inundates our daily existence. Our experience of reality is mediated through a barrage of photographic digital images that supplants our connection to the natural world. Yet, Bieber is less interested in a critique of this condition than she is in offering her work as an antidote, a way to inspire viewers and reconnect with our shared sense of wonder. Included with museum admission. The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Lake Club of Lakewood Ranch Art Exhibition , May 8 – July 31, 9 am-5 pm
ComCenter Lakewood Ranch hosts local art groups to exhibit in the main lobby area of the building. The exhibits are open to the public to view Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, and the majority of the art is for sale. The artists are usually treated to a welcome reception by ComCenter as well. The exhibits continually change about every four to six months so there is always something new to see and our ComCenter clients and their clients enjoy the ever-changing exhibits. The next group, The Lake Club of Lakewood Ranch, will be exhibiting for the first time at ComCenter from May 8 through July 31. ComCenter Lakewood Ranch, 9040 Town Center Pkwy, Lakewood Ranch, comcenters.net.
[SOON]  MUSEUM: From the Chambers Honoring John Sims at Ringling Museum , May 6 – August 6, Museum hours

In December 2022, the innovative artist, activist, writer, and filmmaker John Sims passed away suddenly at his studio in Sarasota. The tragic loss of Sims left a deep impact on the art world. His art, informed by mathematics, design, sacred symbols, and poetic text, boldly confronted white supremacy, the Confederate flag, and the deep disparities and division within our society. The Ringling is honored to have had the opportunity to work closely with Sims, who was their artist in residence in 2020. The exhibition From the Chambers, Honoring John Sims brings those two works together, on view publicly for the first time, in conjunction with John Chamberlain’s sculpture Added Pleasure. The exhibition serves as just one part of the significant legacy the artist leaves behind, in Sarasota and beyond. On view May 6 through August 6, 2023 in the Searing East galleries. Ringling Musuem, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org

[SOON]  GALLERY: Unique Differences at Art Uptown Gallery , May 2 – May 26, Various times

The newest artists at Art Uptown Gallery will be featured in the May exhibit, Unique Differences showcasing their original paintings. Meet the artists, Ian Begg, Lynn Armstrong Coffin, and Tammy Keller, at the First Friday public reception on May 5 from 6-9 p.m. All four award-winning artists are local, full-time residents of Sarasota. The exhibit opens on Saturday, April 29 and runs through Friday, May 26. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse work of award-winning regional artists is exhibited daily. Telephone 941-955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com for hours and further information.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Disney Artist and Ringling College Alumnus Tim Rogerson Show , May 2 – May 26, During gallery hours

Madeby Gallery invites you to the Disney Artist and Ringling College Alumnus Tim Rogerson Show now through May 26. Over 50 of Tim’s original paintings, giclee on canvas, and lithograph prints are for sale. Many have been personalized on the back by Tim, which brings added value to the Disney piece. Don't miss this rare opportunity to add to your Disney collection. Tim Rogerson is a Disney Fine Artist and Ringling College Alumnus. He is one of only a select group of artists allowed to recreate iconic Disney characters and scenes. Visit madebygallery.com to learn more. Madeby Gallery, 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Extended Orioles Spring Training , April 28 – June 3, Various times

With the Major League Baseball season now underway, the Orioles’ year-round baseball operations continue in Sarasota with Extended Spring Training. The public is invited to watch Orioles minor league players in action at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in April, May, and June. Baltimore’s farm system is currently rated as the top player development system in baseball, according to Baseball America, ESPN, and MLB Pipeline. Visit orioles.com/sarasota to learn more.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: She Engineers at the Bishop , January 24 – July 30, During museum hours

SHE ENGINEERS is a bilingual (English and Spanish) poster exhibition highlighting eight women in various engineering fields. In their own words, the women share their passion and what inspired them to become engineers. If we support a woman in STEM, then she can change the world.

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