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  • 26 Apr 2018 5:44 PM | Anonymous

    Church of the Palms celebrated the completion of the new Palms Center, a 14,000 square foot new multiuse building. The building features a café, a lounge, classrooms, multipurpose stage area with a media projector and a basketball/volleyball court. The Palms Center was designed by Carlson Studio Architecture and built by Jon F. Swift Construction.

    “It is in the DNA of Church of the Palms to minister to the needs of the larger Sarasota community whether it’s through our food pantry, child-care center, tutoring program or the Samaritan Counseling Center,” said Senior Pastor Dr. Stephen McConnell. “Our mission is to Love God and Love Neighbor. Our new Palms Center will allow us to swing open another door to welcome our Sarasota neighbors into our life. We imagine people of all ages using this great facility to improve their health and to grow in new and old friendships. We envision this to be a hub for youth and families from our community wherein they can experience healthy relationships and life-giving activity,” McConnell added.

    “We are excited to bring this dream to life for the Church of the Palms,” said Jason Swift, Jon F. Swift Construction president. “We can see how much the Palms Center means to the Church of the Palms and we are proud to build this long-awaited project.”

    About Jon F. Swift Construction, Inc.

    Jon F. Swift Construction, Inc. is recognized as one of the area’s leading commercial contractors, serving Sarasota and Manatee County public and private sector clients for nearly 40 years. The company has a proven history of providing high quality construction services for commercial, institutional and municipal projects and offers a wide array of services to meet their client’s needs including general contracting, construction management, design/build and estimating. For more information, visit www.jonfswiftinc.com.

    About Church of the Palms

    Church of the Palms mission and deep commitment is to Love God and Love Neighbor. Established as a mission church in 1957 with 168 Charter Members, the church has gone on to see steady growth. The current membership is over 1800, with average church attendance over 1000, and 160 children and youth in Sunday and weekly programs. As part of their commitment to love neighbor, Church of the Palms has a food pantry that distributed over 20,000 bags of food in 2017 as well as an affordable community-tutoring program for nearly 150 children. The Palms Center is a powerful extension of this commitment, with its primary intended use to minister to the mind, body and soul of people in the Sarasota community.

    Church of the Palms is governed under the constitution of the Presbyterian Church USA and is a member of the Peace River Presbytery. For more information, visit, www.churchofthepalms.org.

  • 22 Mar 2018 7:23 PM | Anonymous

    Robinson Preserve Trail Extension Complete In Time For Upcoming Robinson Preserve 5K/10K

    Jon F. Swift Construction recently completed the 1.73 mile extension to the Robinson Preserve Trail. The new area of the Trail has a rubber coating that is easier onthe joints of walkers and runners. The extension comes just in time for the Robinson Preserve 5K/10K on March 23, 2018. “We wanted to use the Trail as a testing ground for the new material,” said Michael DiPinto, Project Manager for Manatee County. “The race is a great time to test it for athletes of all levels.”

    The public can still register for the race and the opportunity to be the first to try out the new Trail. The Trail will then open for a soft opening later that week, though the area may experience periodic closures as the County continues to restore the property.

    “We’re excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Robinson Preserve Twilight Run with the debut of this new trail,” said Melissa Nell, Manatee County Parks & Natural Resources Volunteer and Education Manager. “The Trail is a great addition to our existing routes in the Preserve.”

    The completion of the Trail extension followed the recent opening of the Mosaic NEST and is the continuation of future expansion at Robinson Preserve. Other anticipated projects include kayak storage, picnic shelters, restroom and shade structures along the Trail, and Florida Power and Light has discussed the opportunity of a few solar panels.

    “We are glad to have been a part of this project for Manatee County,” said Ross Russo, Jon F. Swift

    Construction vice president. “This is a great addition to Robinson Preserve as the material is great for runners and walkers alike.”

  • 15 Mar 2018 7:44 PM | Anonymous

    GATES Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Richard Mahoney as Senior Project Manager. Mahoney is responsible for the overall project coordination from the pre-construction and permitting stage through to owner occupancy. Mahoney has 28 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in multi-family, hospitality, and retail construction. Mahoney received a degree in Business and Marketing from Maryland University and is a United States Army Veteran. He also hold two Florida Professional licenses, Certified General Contractor and Certified Home Inspector. Mahoney will be based out of GATES Construction’s office in downtown Sarasota.

  • 08 Mar 2018 7:38 PM | Anonymous

    Russ Bobbitt, a longtime partner and agent at Sarasota’s Purmort & Martin Insurance Agency, recently assumed the role of president and chief executive officer from Jamie Purmort, who resigned to pursue other opportunities. In his new role, Bobbitt will continue to provide commercial insurance products and services to clients, manage the day-to-day operations of the agency, steer the firm’s direction and handle business development. He has been a partner in the firm since 2004.

  • 06 Mar 2018 2:29 PM | Anonymous

    GATES has begun work on an interior renovation at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), located at 6000 Airport Circle in Sarasota. The newly reconfigured Welcome and Information Center will allow airport patrons to access pertinent information about local activities, attractions, and amenities. A large interactive touch screen will elevate the user’s experience even further. Display cases will feature information from various restaurants, cultural experiences, nature exhibits and boutique shopping throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Designed by Gresham, Smith and Partners, the project is scheduled for completion spring 2018.

  • 22 Feb 2018 3:07 PM | Anonymous

    Florida Shoreline & Foundation Experts achieved some exciting milestones in 2017. With a new and larger office and warehouse to accommodate our expansion, record sales, and added services we decided it was the perfect time to evaluate our company’s brand and logo to ensure it was in sync with who we are and the direction we are headed. We are proud to announce the launch of our new company logo as part of our ongoing development and growth.

    To symbolize our dynamic future we have not only made a change to our brand identity we shortened our name to ‘Florida Shoreline and Foundation’. This decision reflects our company’s willingness to change and streamline our identity.

    We have also begun redesigning our website and hope you find the new layout easier to navigate. In the coming weeks you will gradually see our brand transition on the job sites with all our crews, equipment, and signage.

    We want you to be clear about the direction Florida Shoreline and Foundation is headed. Thank you for your continued support, business, and referrals.

  • 14 Feb 2018 3:16 PM | Anonymous

    Guignard is a family-owned surety bond agency that offers an honest approach to business, one of the many reasons it is celebrating 40 years in business. With an entrepreneurial spirit, Jack Guignard, an experienced surety professional, founded Guignard in 1977. Since then, Guignard has made its mission to deliver reliable, professional and sincere service to every client. With Jack’s son, Bryce Guignard, serving as current president after 25 years at the agency, the combined experience of the Guignard family, along with that of its seasoned team, provide a strong stewardship for the business. 

    As a surety agency, Guignard serves as the facilitator between clients needing bonds and the surety companies that provide them. Because it works with multiple sides of the industry, Guignard’s team not only understands the process, but they respect it and are dedicated to finding the right solution for clients. The agency prides itself on fostering relationships, and that commitment goes beyond the normal workday. “We’re not just an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. company, we’re available whenever the client needs us,” says Guignard partner, Margie Morris. Guignard is comprised of more than 175 years of combined surety company and agency experience, as well as a trusted network of more than 20 surety partners to fulfill any bond request. 

    When working with clients, Guignard knows that integrity and relationship-building are key. A genuine dedication to helping people find the right solution is seen with each project. That’s why the approach to every contract is the same, “regardless of three zeroes or 9 zeroes on the balance sheet,” says Margie Morris. Guignard employees, many of whom have over 25 years of experience, offer the same expertise to all clients, whether it’s a startup company or a tenured business. 

    “We treat each client with white gloves, and we walk alongside them at all levels of the contract process.” – Margie Morris, Partner 

    Guignard’s dedication doesn’t end with its clients. In fact, it begins internally with a strong company culture. With a positive, family-oriented workplace, Guignard understands the importance of a work/life balance and it offers a flexible environment for employees. As a family-focused team, Guignard also cares about the wellness of its employees. A current health initiative is aimed at increasing office exercise, with the goal of collectively walking the equivalent of the Earth’s diameter within one year. Enjoying almost 30 years at Guignard, senior account executive, April Lively, appreciates the level of trust between employees and management. “There’s independence and freedom to do my job and they know it’s going to be done well.”

    “From the top to the bottom of our agency, you’re going to find a greater sense of ownership. We all take pride, and we all act like owners.” – Bryce Guignard, President

    To those looking to enter the industry as a surety professional, Guignard offers wise advice about respecting the process. The agency places a firm importance on assisting clients before gaining dollars. “Focus on doing the job of presenting good deals for everyone involved,” says Bryce Guignard.

     In addition to supporting clients and employees, Guignard supports charitable organizations in both a corporate and personal capacity, championing arts in Central Florida and participating in the causes their clients care about, such as the Central Florida Zoo, the Red Cross, Dancing for Diabetes, Kids House of Seminole, the American Cancer Society and more. 

    Celebrating 40 years in business prompts Guignard to look toward the next 40 years and beyond. “We’ve excelled because we focus on our core business — surety bonds. We spend 100% of our time doing that, which make us unique in the industry,” says Guignard partner, Paul Ciambriello. 

    We’ve got a great foundation and we want to continue building on that.” – Bryce Guignard 

    With a solid foundation guiding the way, the agency expects to continue providing excellent surety solutions along with its goal of expediting the bonding process through the use of the latest technology. With offices in Longwood and Tampa, Guignard is keeping an open mind to more expansions, and the next generation of agency employees. 

  • 14 Feb 2018 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    Public Hearings Privately-Initiated Comprehensive Plan Amendment No. 2017-G; for Hi-Hat Ranch 2050 DOCC 
    and Zoning Ordinance Amendment No. 134

    Date: March 1, 2018

    Location: Robert L. Anderson Administration Center, County Commission Chamber, 4000 South Tamiami Trail, Venice, Florida

    Time: 5:00 p.m., or soon thereafter

    The Sarasota County Planning Commission, acting as the Local Planning Agency, will hold public hearings to consider a proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment and a Zoning Ordinance Amendment.

    Comprehensive Plan Amendment No. 2017-G: A privately-initiated amendment to the Primary Components of Chapter 8, 2050 Resource Management Area VOS Policy 2.1 and 2.6 of the Comprehensive Plan relating to Timing/Phasing of Development and Master Development Plan Options.

    Zoning Ordinance Amendment No. 134: A privately-initiated Amendment, amending Section 11.3 and 11.4 of the Code relating to Application Submittal Requirements and Definitions.

    The proposed amendments to policies and regulations are to allow for a two-step process for the future development of properties located south of Fruitville Road and north of Clark Road as defined in the Amendment as the "Central

    Village Planning Area" and generally shown on the map below: Following the public hearings, the Planning Commission will forward its recommendation on the proposed Amendments to the Sarasota County Commission.

    You are invited to appear, be heard, and submit relevant evidence. Copies of the petition and supporting documents are available during normal business hours in the Planning and Development Services Department at 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, Florida. Copies of the petition and supporting documents will be available to view or download at www.scgov.net, Keyword: Planning Commission two Fridays prior to the public hearings.

    You are invited to comment on the request by attending the public hearings or submitting your written comments to:

    Planning and Development Services Department

    1660 Ringling Blvd, 1st Floor

    Sarasota FL 34236


    Please call 941-861-5000; TTY: 7-1-1 or 1-800-955-8771; or

    email: planner@scgov.net or adacoordinator@scgov.net with your



  • 09 Feb 2018 8:06 AM | Anonymous

    Kerkering, Barberio & Co., Certified Public Accountants, has announced that participating employees donated over $15,000 to the United Way Suncoast in 2017. Kerkering Barberio and its members are strong supporters of the United Way and conduct annual campaigns to raise funds for the organization. In 2017, the firm exceeded its fundraising goal. Kerkering, Barberio & Co. is one of the largest independent certified public accounting firms in Southwest Florida. The firm has been serving clients since 1972.

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