New hires

Sarasota Bayfront Planning Group Picks Managing Director

The Board of Directors of the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization recently hired William Waddill.

11/22/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Vacation Rental Company Expands to Anna Maria Island

The vacation rental management company Vacasa and Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, Inc. recently forged a new partnership.

11/22/2017 By Staff

Data

Local Home Sales Increase After Hurricane Slowdown

Sales of single-family homes in Sarasota and Manatee counties were up in October after September declines caused by Hurricane Irma's landfall.

11/22/2017 By Staff

Construction

Hospital Board Picks Architect, Builder for New $225 Million Venice Hospital

The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board recently voted to work with Flad Architects and Gilbane Building Company.

11/22/2017 By Staff

Nonprofits

Healthcare Foundation Adds Eight to Board

The Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation recently added eight new individuals to its board of trustees for 2017-2018.

11/22/2017 By Staff

Honors

Lakewood Ranch Business Group Presents Members' Choice Awards

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance last week announced the nine winners from the organization's annual Sandies Members’ Choice Awards.

11/22/2017 By Staff

Data

Number of Visitors, Economic Impact of Tourists Both Up

More than 1.2 million visitors stayed overnight in a paid lodging in Sarasota County during Visit Sarasota County's most recent fiscal year.

11/21/2017 By Staff

Labor

Manatee School District Strikes Tentative Deal with Teachers' Union

If the agreement is approved, the salary for a beginning teacher with a bachelor's degree would rise from $38,285 to $39,094.

11/21/2017 By Staff

Data

Three Americans Now Have More Wealth Than Bottom Half of the Country

Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett together now have more wealth than 160 million Americans, or 63 million households.

11/21/2017 By Staff

Construction

Intersection at Ringling Boulevard and Orange Avenue to Close Monday

Construction on a new roundabout there is expected to be completed by next May.

11/21/2017 By Staff

Networking

Business Groups Hold Expo Nov. 28

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce are partnering to present the East Meets West Regional Business Expo.

11/20/2017 By Staff

Data

Students Say Area Has Job Opportunities, But Few Plan to Stay

Sixty-nine percent of high school students say the area has enough job opportunities, but only 16.7 percent say they plan to stay, according to a new survey.

11/20/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Sarasota Travel Agent Named Top Specialist for Southern Africa

Ryan Hilton of Admiral Travel was recently named a travel specialist for the 14th consecutive year by Condé Nast Traveler.

11/20/2017 By Staff

New hires

Bradenton Law Office Adds New Estate, Probate Attorney

Gerling Law Group recently hired Scarlett Guy.

11/20/2017 By Staff

Nonprofits

Gulf Coast Community Foundation Vice President Honored for Literacy Efforts

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation's Veronica Brady is being recognized for her advocacy for the Reading Recovery program.

11/20/2017 By Staff

Trade

Ecuadorian Officials Discuss Strengthening Port Manatee Ties

An Ecuadorian trade commissioner and business development manager recently visited Port Manatee.

11/17/2017 By Staff

Politics

Early Voting in State House Democratic Primary Begins Nov. 25

The special election was called because of the resignation of former state Rep. Alex Miller, R-Sarasota, who quit after serving less than a year in office.

11/17/2017 By Staff

Networking

Economic Development Corporation Reschedules Annual Meeting for Dec. 5

The meeting was originally scheduled for September, but was pushed back because of Hurricane Irma.

11/17/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Tourist Development Tax Collections Hit New High

The Sarasota County tax collector's office collected almost $21.3 million in Tourist Development Tax money during its most recent fiscal year.

11/17/2017 By Staff

Retail

69 Percent of Americans Plan to Shop This Weekend

That portion includes shoppers who plan to spend on Cyber Monday.

11/17/2017 By Staff