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  • 22 Aug 2019 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    Jack Cox is waiting, and watching. Mostly watching.

    Cox is the president and CEO of Halfacre Construction, which is thriving in its commercial and industrial construction business as growth continues to fuel the number of projects coming to the Manatee and Sarasota counties area.

    He still watches, though, because part of his job is seeing what is around the next corner, or the corner that is 10 miles down the road.

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  • 20 Aug 2019 9:38 AM | Anonymous

    Inc. magazine has named DeAngelis Diamond No. 3881 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, a prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents an inside look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become a hallmark of entrepreneurial success.

    The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. DeAngelis Diamond is an innovative, award-winning, national construction management firm, specializing in commercial, multifamily, and healthcare construction with more than 20 years of general contracting experience across the United States and in the Caribbean Islands. 

  • 19 Aug 2019 1:29 PM | Anonymous

    Sweet Sparkman Architects adds Michele Demperio as Firm Partner. Sweet Sparkman Architects is pleased to announce Michele Demperio has been named a Partner at Sweet Sparkman Architects.

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  • 19 Aug 2019 1:20 PM | Anonymous

    Sarasota, FL (May 8, 2019) – Kellogg & Kimsey, Inc. is pleased to announce that Alden Jones has recently been promoted to the position of Project Manager. Alden has four years of construction management experience and earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida’s M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management.

    Alden first worked with Kellogg & Kimsey, Inc. as a summer intern in 2012. Upon graduation, he began his career with a general contractor in Tampa, FL. He then re-joined K&K in 2017.

    Alden has gained a wealth of experience in his previous position at Kellogg & Kimsey, Inc. while co-managing hospitality projects in Georgia and retail projects in Southwest Florida. Alden has amassed nearly $40 million in hotel project experience in his short tenure at the firm.

    In his new role as Project Manager, Alden’s responsibilities will be expanded to include pre-construction functions, accounting duties, and client relations. Alden will also be responsible for mentoring assistant project managers/engineers. His new role will continue to require management of new projects, supervision of subcontractors and field operators and working alongside Project Executives.

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  • 19 Aug 2019 1:18 PM | Anonymous

    The picture is – robust. In the past five years, Florida has added nearly a million jobs. The current economic expansion, which began in June 2009, is now entering its second decade, and Florida has never seen a job market like today’s. Employment in virtually every sector in every metropolitan area in Florida is up markedly since 2014, and wages are growing as well. Notably, the fastest-growing areas have been in better-paying sectors like construction, health care and professional services. [Source: Florida Trend]

  • 16 Aug 2019 1:26 PM | Anonymous
    Halfacre Construction Company, a Lakewood Ranch-based commercial construction company, recently completed a 13,365-square-foot welcome center addition and renovation for the First Baptist Church of Palmetto, which opened in 1892.

  • 31 Jan 2019 5:43 PM | Anonymous

    (VENICE, Fla.) January 25, 2019 – DMK Associates, Inc. (DMK), a local civil engineering and surveying firm, has adopted Ruscelletto Park as part of the City of Venice’s Adopt-a-Park Program for 2019. Ruscelletto Park was DMK’s top choice for the program because the firm designed the park in 2008.

    Participating in the City’s program is a natural choice for DMK, says Karl Kokomoor, President and CEO of DMK. “Our firm believes in building better communities and investing our time in this park supports that sentiment.”

    DMK staff will be volunteering their time throughout the year to help maintain the park. “We are pleased to be involved with the maintenance of a project that we helped create,” says Kokomoor.

    This is the first year for the Adopt-A-Park Program for the City of Venice, says Patricia Matero, the City’s program coordinator. “We love the background that DMK has with this park.”

    DMK Associates, Inc. is a full-service surveying, engineering, planning, and design firm with offices in Venice and Englewood. DMK has been serving Charlotte and Sarasota County for over 30 years in the public and private sectors.

  • 23 Jan 2019 5:01 PM | Anonymous

    Venice’s J.E. Charlotte Construction Corp. was recently awarded the contract for the exterior renovation of a 2,200-square-foot outdoor dining area for the Bird Key Yacht Club. The $340,000 project is slated to begin this spring, with a three-month schedule to revamp the space. The construction team will demolish the existing deck and add an extension and exterior design details, including a new stainless steel railing, tile flooring and updated lighting and cabinetry. An awning system will also be installed and the outdoor seating capacity will double to approximately 60 seats.

  • 04 Jan 2019 10:27 AM | Anonymous

    Construction workers, both salaried and skilled, are expected to be in strong demand in 2019. Florida contractors said they anticipate the acute shortage of construction workers in recent years to continue in 2019, even as they plan to add new projects and hire, according to a new survey and 2019 forecast released by Associated General Contractors of America. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

  • 04 Jan 2019 10:23 AM | Anonymous

    Judge throws out Aqua by the Bay lawsuit. Bradenton development cleared to begin

    More than a year after a contentious hearing and subsequent lawsuit over the planned Aqua by the Bay, a Manatee County judge has ruled that the massive housing project may move forward.

    Aqua by the Bay is a Medallion Home development that is slated to bring 2,384 multi-family and 510 single-family homes to the area along Sarasota Bay. There will also be 78,000 square feet of commercial space, according to the general development plan. Manatee County commissioners voted unanimously to approve the development on Oct. 3, 2017.

    Just one month after the board’s decision, environmentalist group Suncoast Waterkeeper Inc. and a host of other plaintiffs, including former county commissioner Joe McClash, filed a lawsuit against Manatee County, claiming that they were not afforded due process in the approval of the 529-acre development between El Conquistador Parkway and Sarasota Bay.

    In a 21-page opinion, Circuit Judge Gilbert A. Smith Jr., however, said there is precedent that the public is not entitled to due process without being a party in the case.

    A Medallion Home spokesman could not be reached Wednesday to comment on how the ruling may affect the timing of the project’s construction.

    “Contrary to Petitioners’ assertions, courts have held that participants are not afforded the same due process protections as parties,” Smith wrote.

    The two parties in the quasi-judicial case were the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners and Long Bar Pointe, LLLP. Smith pointed out that members of the public did participate in public comment.

    The crux of the opponents’ argument was that the development, namely two concepts — a sea wall and an estuary enhancement area between the development and a shoreline of mangroves that would be 20 feet wide and 8 feet deep — that did not make it to final approval, would harm the environment.

    During the extended recess of the October 2017 hearing, developer Carlos Beruff agreed to strike those plans. Without those elements, the environmental impact of the project shrunk to 7.93 acres.

    Thirteen members of the public stuck around to provide public comment regarding the changes they had asked for, but the lawsuit claims they did not have the chance to have an expert review the adapted proposal. Smith said that’s not a right the public is entitled to, either.

    “Petitioners present no authority to support their contention that they are entitled to have experts review and present to testimony regarding updates to the [general development plan,]” Smith wrote.

    Beruff’s updates to the general development plan were enough to appease commissioners.

    “The applicant has done everything I have asked. I have no right to oppose this project based on who the applicant is,” former Commissioner Charles Smith said at the time.

    The lawsuit also alleged without evidence that county staff held backdoor conservations with the developers, acting “as a conduit of information from the developer directly to the Commissioner[,] influencing their decision outside the public hearing quasi-judicial proceedings.”

    According to court documents, Smith disagreed with their claim of “unfair, unbalanced communication.”

    “As members of the public, they are entitled to an opportunity to be heard by the Board, and they did speak at various public hearings. The record also indicates that they submitted written ex parte communication to the Board,” the judge said. “However, Petitioners have presented no authority establishing their entitlement to meet with County staff outside of the quasi-judicial hearing.”

    Suncoast Waterkeeper released a statement regarding Smith’s ruling on their Facebook page Wednesday morning.

    The Aqua by the Bay community spent more than 10 years working its way through Manatee County government before finally being approved. It was formerly known as Long Bar Pointe, which included plans for condos, hotels, a marina and a conference center.


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