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SRQ DAILY Jul 24, 2023

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"The residential market in Manatee County continues to thrive with two back-to-back months of increased sales over the last year, indicating strong buyer activity and market resilience."

- Brian Tresidder, 2023 RASM President and Strategic Growth and Sales Manager at William Raveis Real Estate.

[Real Estate]  Seller's Market Continues to Evolve
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

In Manatee County, the price of homes in June dropped but the number of houses sold increased. In Sarasota, it was the inverse.

The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee released sales data for the month of June. That shows the median sale price declining in the region. But the situation looks different in the two counties tracked by the association. Prices on single-family homes in Manatee County was down 4.5% compared to June 2022, to $525,000. Meanwhile, the median home price in June jumped in Sarasota County to $522,500, a 4.5% leap. In the smaller condo market, the median price in Manatee climbed to $370,000, a 3.8% increase from last year, while condo prices in Sarasota fell 6.3% to $390,000.

“The residential market in Manatee County continues to thrive with two back-to-back months of increased sales over the last year, indicating strong buyer activity and market resilience,” said Brian Tresidder, 2023 RASM President and Strategic Growth and Sales Manager at William Raveis Real Estate.

“The real estate market in Sarasota County remains dynamic, with single-family sales experiencing a decline compared to 2022. Nevertheless, June sales point to more balance, slowly narrowing the gap with last year’s figures and reaffirming the region’s market strength.”

The number of homes sold in Manatee County in June went up year-over-year. There were 759 total single-family home sales in the market, a 17.7% leap from last year. Condo sales also climed 12.1% to 297 in the month. Meanwhile, Sarasota posted 769 sales in June, a 4.1% drop from the prior June, but condo sales climbed 1.3% to 381 sales.

The market remains a seller’s market, but the amount of inventory on the market is starting to climb. Manatee in June reported just a 2.8-month supply of single-family homes on the market and a 3.4-month supply of condos. Sarasota County, meanwhile, has a 3.2-month home inventory and a 3.5-month supply of condos.

“With a home supply of around three months, our market continues with more favorable conditions for sellers than for buyers,” Tresidder said. “The decline in new listings within the two counties further contributes to the prevalence of a seller’s market. It is typical for our area to see a decline in new listings around this time of year before the market experiences more activity heading into fall and further into spring.”


Graphic courtesy Realtor Association

[]  PGTI University Celebrates 100th Podcast Episode

PGT Innovations (NYSE: PGTI), a national leader in the premium window, door, and garage door industry, recently announced PGTI University, the company’s customer-focused education team, celebrated the 100th episode of its Clear Impact Podcast. In May 2021, PGTI University developed The Clear Impact Podcast to educate dealers and members of the building industry on various topics. Recent series topics have included Past, Present, and Future of PGT Innovations; Customer Success; Community Matters; My Safe Florida Home; and more. The 100th episode, part of the Executive Update series, features PGT Innovations President and CEO Jeff Jackson. In the episode, Jackson discusses highlights from 2022, acquisitions, the company’s vision, and more. Since its launch, the podcast has reached 10 different countries and accumulated nearly 5,000 downloads. The top five most listened-to episodes were Windows and Doors 101: Vinyl versus Aluminum, Introducing Dean Ruark, Windows and Doors 101: All About Glass, Windows and Doors 101: All About Tint, and Customer Success: Field Services. Currently, PGT Innovations is the only window and door manufacturer to host an educational podcast for dealers, building industry professionals, and consumers. PGTI University will continue to add new episodes on a weekly basis and plans to introduce two new series later this year: Code Updates and Marketing. The Clear Impact Podcast streams on major music streaming services, including Spotify, iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, and more, and is also available at PGTIUniversity.com/Podcasts. 

[Anniversary]  Think Donson Celebrates 10 Years in Business

Think Donson, a Sarasota-based digital marketing agency for small businesses, proudly celebrates their milestone 10-year anniversary this year. Think Donson was founded by Gary Donson, digital director, and his wife Felicia Donson, creative director, in 2013. Services offered include website design, content creation, graphic design, targeted email marketing, innovative branding, ad word management, strategic remarketing, and more.  Their commitment to their clients is evident. Think Donson serves more than 60 local businesses monthly, including long-term clients such as Cafe Venice Restaurant & Bar, C & S Community Management Services, John Chapman Law Firm, Koval & Koval Dental Associates, Madfish Grill, Michael’s On East, Outer Image Spa, RLB Law Group, Sarasota Center for Acupuncture and Nutrition, Southwest Florida Veterinary Services, and Venice Pier Group, to name just a few. For more information or to book an appointment with Think Donson, visit thinkdonson.com or call (941) 229-7747. 

Pictured: Felicia and Gary Donson of Think Donson celebrate 10 years in business.

[Recognition]  Douglas A. Cherry Appointed to The Florida Bar’s Committee on Cybersecurity and Privacy Law

Shumaker Partner and Technology Business Sector Chair Douglas A. Cherry has been appointed to the recently formed Committee on Cybersecurity and Privacy Law of The Florida Bar, where he will help further thecommittee’s mission to facilitate attorney awareness of cyber risks on a continuing basis. The Committee on Cybersecurity and Privacy Law will work jointly with the Technology Committee and other committees to develop a series of firm- or attorney-appropriate cybersecurity best practices and to provide Florida attorneys with a continuously updated resource of cybersecurity law and regulations, news events, and focused educational seminars. In addition, the committee intends to provide Florida attorneys with resources addressing other state’s cybersecurity privacy laws and the European Economic Association’s cross-border General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Board Certified in Intellectual Property (IP) Law, Doug is known for taking complex principles and making them understandable for his clients. His areas of concentration include IP (patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, publicity rights, and unfair competition) consulting, acquisition, licensing, and litigation, as well as technology, cybersecurity, and data breach law. Doug represents corporations, municipalities, nonprofits, start-ups, and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries, including technology, health care, law enforcement, and manufacturing. Doug has extensive litigation and mediation experience involving high profile, corporate technology cases and intellectual property litigation. He is a founding member of Shumaker’s Data Breach Team and provides seminars on issues of cybersecurity and data breach avoidance/response. 

[Recognition]  Sheriff Hoffman Holds Award Ceremony

Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman presented Life Saving Awards and a Unit Citation on Thursday. Sergeant Jonathan F. Vanik and Deputy Yevgeniy Chernyavskiy received the Life Saving Award for their actions upon witnessing a vehicle crash into the side of a building. Sergeant Jonathan F. Vanik and Deputies Justin G. Osinga, Christopher M. Indico, and Kyle E. McKnight received the Life Saving Award for their response to a 9-1-1 call reporting a female with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Corrections Deputies Pedro Almeida White, Shaun M. Burley, and Asen D. Dimitrov received the Life Saving Award for their actions upon discovering an inmate attempting suicide. Deputy Daniel Furner received the Life Saving Award for his response to a 55-year-old male who was unconscious and not breathing. The Virtual Court Unit, comprised of the following members: Sergeant Michael L. Jackson, Corrections Sergeant Donald R. Bennett, Court Services Deputies William M. Rudiger, Elena Giannini, Robert E. Benucci, Shawn M. Coughlan, and Michael P. White, and Administrative Assistant III Louis H. Wolf, received a Unit Citation for the implementation and management of the new virtual courtroom program. 

Pictured: Sergeant Jonathan F. Vanik and Deputy Yevgeniy Chernyavskiy with Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman.

[Recognition]  HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital Nationally Recognized

HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital is proud to serve the community as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. Now the hospital has received additional recognition from the American Heart Association for its commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of cardiovascular disease and stroke. This ultimately leads to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer readmissions to the hospital for patients. According to the American Heart Association, every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke or heart attack, and heart disease and stroke are the number one and number five causes of death in the United States, respectively. Studies show patients can recover better when medical providers consistently follow treatment guidelines. This year, HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital received these achievement awards: Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus, Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll. Stroke Target Honor Roll Elite award: To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with clot-busting thrombolytics. Target: Type 2 Diabetes aims to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke. 

Pictured: Leadership and emergency team at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital.

[Education]  McKenney Home Care Helps Employees Hone Skills with Continuing Education and Training Program

Becoming a nurse or other healthcare professional requires years of education, but the learning doesn’t stop there. After earning certification or licensing, healthcare professionals are required to complete annual continuing education (CE). McKenney Home Care, Southwest Florida’s largest family-owned private duty home care agency, recently introduced a bi-annual continuing education and training program to ensure all its caregivers are up-to-date and enrich their knowledge of disease states, conditions, techniques and personal dynamics. More than 150 employees recently attended the company’s two-day program held in its Naples and Sarasota offices. ­McKenney’s program offers a mix of topics including an Alzheimer’s disease overview, confidentiality and HIPAA updates, emergency preparedness, fall prevention, infection control, and safety in the workplace. 

[Good Hero]  Nominate a Good Hero Today!

Do you know a board member, volunteer, philanthropist, staff member, or a corporate organization with a giving heart that has meaningfully impacted our community in the past year? Nominate them today! Nominations close Friday, October 6th, 2023 at midnight. 

Nominate Here!

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: John Pirman, Diving Into Nature , July 22 – September 17, Garden Hours

Dive into nature this summer at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, where a retrospective-like show of the career of Sarasota artist John Pirman to date can be seen inside the Museum of Botany and the Arts and outside in the Gardens. The show features several of his signature views of Sarasota, including iconic scenes of Selby Gardens itself, along with diverse works from his 30-year career in New York City and even pieces from his childhood in Ohio. On view daily through September 17. Learn more at selby.org.

[SOON]  GALA: Toast Local , August 19, 1-5 pm

On Saturday, August 19th from 1-5pm, at Robarts Arena in Sarasota join us for Toast Local, and raise a glass to local charities. Benefiting The Rotary Club of Sarasota Foundation, enjoy a craft cocktail and beer tasting with delicious bites, plus special musical guest Kettle of Fish. The fun begins with a free family-friendly car show from 9am to 1pm. The Rotary Club of Sarasota is a network of active and retired business, professional, and community leaders dedicated to helping make Sarasota and the world a better place. Each year, the club receives requests from a number of local not-for-profit agencies seeking support. Toast Local will bring the local community together for an afternoon this summer to taste local beers, cocktails, and food. All proceeds will then be donated back to the local community. Information and tickets at rotaryclubofsarasota.com/toast-local, 21 and older.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Wellen Park Summer Music Series , July 19 – September 30, Various times

Wellen Park invites the community to come out and enjoy music from local bands and artists during the Summer Music Series every Wednesday through Sunday in Downtown Wellen. Now through September, Wellen Park is hosting different musicians throughout the week. Every week, Wind Down Wednesdays, Thursday Tunes and Saturday Sounds will feature music under the Heritage Tree from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday Night Live, the first Friday of the month, will feature a band on the Solis Hall stage overlooking the Great Lawn from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday Groove, the second, third and fourth Friday of the month, will feature music under the Heritage Tree from 5 to 9 p.m. On Unplugged Sunday, every Sunday, there will be music under the Heritage Tree from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. The series is open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating on the Great Lawn and around the Heritage Tree. For more information, visit wellenpark.com/events/summer-music-series.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Bow Wow at The Bazaar , July 11 – December 31, Bazaar hours

Attention all animal lovers, The Bazaar is going to the dogs. The latest addition to our beloved market is Bow Wow Bazaar, where you can meet and greet some of the most adorable pups in town. We believe that every dog deserves a loving home, and that’s why we partnered with local animal shelters to help them find homes for their rescues. Come down to our market and meet your new best friend. Who knows, you might just find the perfect match. Not only will you be able to pet and play with these lovable pooches, but we also have books for the kids to read to these pups. Plus, you can browse the 40 local creators and curators inside The Bazaar and enjoy a delicious lunch at Hamlets Eatery. Join us for fun, food, and furry friends. The Bazaar is located at 821 Apricot Ave. in Sarasota. For more information visit www.Bazaaronapricotandlime.com or call 941-445-1938.

[SOON]  THEATER: Divas Three , July 11 – September 17, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre presents Divas Three, a dynamic music revue featuring four decades of hits by some of the most influential women of music. With songs made famous by Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Carole King, and more, this original revue pays tribute to the artists whose musical impact has earned them the coveted title of diva. Created by Nancy Allen Productions, Divas Three begins playing on July 11 in the FST Court Cabaret. Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000. Florida Studio Theatre, 1265 1st St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Creative Collaboration , July 1 – July 28, Various times

The newest artists at Art Uptown Gallery will be featured in the July exhibit, Creative Collaboration, showcasing their original paintings. Meet the artists, Donna Grossman, Christine Hales, Debbie Kadagian, Maureen Riesco and Kathryn Adele Schumacher at the First Friday public reception on July 7 from 6-9 p.m. All five award-winning artists are local, full-time residents of Sarasota. The exhibit opens on Saturday, July 1 and runs through Friday, July 28. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse work of regional award-winning artists is exhibited. Telephone 941-955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com for hours and further information.

[SOON]  THEATER: Black Pearl Sings , June 28 – August 6, Various times

In 1935 Depression-era Texas, two women from very different backgrounds discover the other holds the key to everything they have each been searching for. Susannah is an ambitious Library of Congress musicologist, determined to record undocumented slave songs. Pearl is an African American woman with a soulful voice, a steely spirit, and a sentence in a high-security female prison. Pearls memory is a treasure-trove of unrecorded slave era music, but can she hand over her ancestors’ songs without giving up something of herself? Black Pearl Sings tells the evocative story of an unlikely bond, preservation of musical heritage, and the human need for hope and healing. Florida Studio Theatre, Keating Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: 55 Frida Project , June 18 – August 18, Various times

Maverick, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo painted 55 self-portraits in her short and tragic life. View the commemorative exhibit by artist Beck Lane of her work at UUCS Lexow Wing Gallery, her artwork merges extraordinary creative vision and innovative technique and has been collected and shown in pop-up galleries, solo shows, galleries, and private collections in Boston, California, New York City, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Miami, Brussels, Switzerland, South America, and Israel. On her YouTube Channel, Catalyst and Co., Beck records herself painting live, while offering encouragement to fellow artists, and sharing her experiences as an artist and her painting process and techniques. These mixed medium works pulsate with powerful, vibrant energy, fluid color and rare style. On Sunday, July 16, Lane will be painting live from 12-2 pm at the Lexow Gallery. UUCS Lexow Wing Gallery, 3975 Fruitville Rd., www.uucsarasota.com, www.becklaneartist.com.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Surfer Boys at Florida Studio Theatre , June 13 – August 13, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre kicks off its Summer Cabaret Series with The Surfer Boys,an energetic tribute to the music of The Beach Boys. Featuring such hits as California Girls, Good Vibrations, Barbara Ann, and Surfin USA, The Surfer Boys is filled with the honey-tinged harmonies and unforgettable melodies that defined 1960s California and pop music. The Surfer Boys begins playing June 13 in the FST Goldstein Cabaret. Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Comedy Lottery at Florida Studio Theatre Improv , June 3 – July 29, 7:30pm
It is the lottery where everyone wins. Twelve lucky audience members determine the fate of our team by selecting the nightly lineup of games. Our cast of funny people are off to the races spinning scenes, sketches, and songs to win your laughter. Bownes Lab, 1265 First St., Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.
[SOON]  GALLERY: Identity, Exploring the Human Condition , June 1 – August 5, Gallery hours

The 2023 exhibition season continues with Identity, Exploring the Human Condition, which highlights the diverse talents of artists from across the southeast region of the United States and will be on display in all four gallery spaces. On view from June 1-August 5, the opening reception is Thursday, June 1, 6-8 p.m. The juror is Christy Paris, an art professor and PhD candidate in the College of Education at the University of South Florida. A Juror’s Critique, with Paris, will take place on Tuesday, June 6. Art Center Sarasota is located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For information, visit www.artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Geckos Grill and Pubs Trivia , July 1 – June 1, 7:30 pm

Geckos Grill & Pub’s Award-winning Trivia-Think While You Drink! If you love Trivia, join the fun at Geckos all year round. All Trivia starts at 7:30pm. We will have prizes, giveaways and specials plus the Geckos made-to-order fare, signature cocktails and hospitality you love. Monday trivia will be held at the Clark Road location in Palmer Crossing and on Tuesdays at the SR 64 location in Braden River Plaza. The SR 64 location will be taking a break from Trivia in October, but will start back up in April. On Wednesdays, trivia will take place at the Hillview Street location in Southside Village. www.GeckosGrill.com.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Eco Engineers , April 12 – September 3, During museum hours

Eco Engineers are plants and animals that profoundly impact their ecosystem. Through their presence or behavior, eco engineers create microhabitats, or unique areas within an ecosystem. Other species have taken notice of these microhabitats and decided to move in! In this exhibition, explore nine of Florida’s eco engineers and discover why our landscape wouldn’t be the same without them. Eco Engineers is a bilingual (English and Spanish) special exhibition created by our own Museum curators. Included with museum admission. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, bishopscience.org.

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