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Sarasota Sky Bar & Club to open Friday

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The nightclub is slated to open in the Charles Ringling building on the east end of downtown this weekend.
by: Alex Mahadevan News Innovation Editor

Following some delays, downtown Sarasota’s newest nightclub will open this weekend in the historic Charles Ringling building.

Sarasota Sky Bar & Club will open at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at 1927 Ringling Boulevard, which is adjacent to McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre. The club will feature 1960s-themed local band Robin and the Retros starting at 8 p.m., with a $5 cover to get in, said co-owner Tony Tannus.

Democracy, a reggae band, will play during the same hours Saturday.

“We have to mix it up,” said Tannus, who said he wants to focus on bringing in a mature crowd to the non-smoking building. “I’m not bringing in 20 year olds to bounce around.”

Tannus, who also co-owns the Meadows Village Pub & Grill, said the 7,000-square-foot size of the interior, and its history, attracted him to the property. Charles Ringling, John Ringling’s brother, constructed the two-story building in 1926.

“His office is still up there,” Tannus said.

 

Sean Dreznin & Jag Grewal from Ian Black Real Estate handled both sides of the transaction.

Sarasota Sky Bar & Club set to open

Nightclub will occupy Charles Ringling Building in downtown Sarasota.

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Business partners, Tony and Marie Tannus, and Alex Hagush have leased the Charles Ringling Building for Sarasota Sky Bar & Club. The building on Ringling Blvd. in Sarasota was built in 1926 and has been home to several nightclubs over the years. // Photo via Ian Black Real Estate

Following a delay earlier this month, the owners of Sarasota Sky Bar & Club say they’re ready to open Friday with a performance by high-energy area dance band Robin & The Retros. Longtime local reggae group Democracy will be playing on Saturday.

Both performances are scheduled for 8 to 11 p.m. with doors opening at 4 p.m. There will be a $5 cover charge for each evening and management has stated that “at this time we will not be offering parking nor valet services to our patrons and will be advising them to utilize available public parking in the vicinity.”

Sarasota Sky Bar & Club, a smoke-free establishment aiming to attract people in their 30s to 60s, occupies the historic Charles Ringling Building in downtown Sarasota. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sarasota Sky Bar & Club, 1927 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota; $5;  sarasotasky.club

Sean Dreznin from Ian Black Real Estate handled both sides of the transaction.

Sarasota Sky Bar & Club opening in downtown Charles Ringling Building

Come enjoy the guided Rosemary District Tour in Sarasota

Rosemary Tour with CID

Sponsored by: Rosemary Square Thursday, March 31 Tour begins at 4 p.m. Networking at 5:45 p.m.    Meet at Mandeville Beer Garden 428 N Lem…

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Commercial Real Estate Profile: Ian Black

Commercial Real Estate Profile: Ian Black

 

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Ian Black founded Ian Black Real Estate as a boutique commercial real estate brokerage and management firm in Sarasota, following stints with Icorr Properties and Fred Starling Inc. Today the company is one of the largest commercial brokerages in Southwest Florida. Photo by Lori Sax

 

February 05, 2016

IAN BLACK
Founder and CEO,
Ian Black Real Estate
Sarasota

Ian Black Real Estate has been busy of late, and not just with the transactions the Sarasota-based commercial real estate brokerage and management firm has been closing in the region’s heated market.

In the past two months, firm founder and CEO Ian Black has named new partners, moved his office, sold his former business address and purchased an investment property in the city’s burgeoning Rosemary District.

His firm has also taken on additional lines of business, been moving into new territory and been involved in some of the largest deals of its 13-year history.

The moves come, too, amid a 30% hike in revenue in 2015.

Taken together, Black says the moves demonstrate the business is “growing up.”

“So much has happened of late that we need to make sure we don’t get ahead of ourselves, and I don’t think we have,” Black says. “We have a good team of people who work well together.”

Most noticeably, the firm moved its headquarters earlier this year to the 84,000-square-foot Kane Plaza office building in downtown Sarasota. There, Ian Black occupies 4,000 square feet and has rights to another 1,600 square feet.

As part of the shift from its long-standing quarters in the city’s Rosemary District, Ian Black also is spearheading roughly $10 million in renovations to the building’s lobby, common areas, bathrooms and signage with owner TerraCap Management, of Bonita Springs. The firm is handling both leasing and management of the property.

“We presented the landlord with a series of recommendations aimed at taking it from a (class) C building to a B-plus or an A building,” Black says.

To date, the recommendations are paying off with new tenants. When TerraCap acquired Kane Plaza, for instance, it was 76% occupied. Thanks to a series of outstanding leases Ian Black has negotiated, the building could be 92% committed by March.

“They’ve done a great job so far,” says Steve Good, a TerraCap partner. “They’re a good fit for us, and we’ve worked really well together as a team.”

While Ian Black has remained focused on Sarasota, the firm has begun chasing deals in Charlotte and Lee counties, as well. It has also expanded into tenant representation, corporate services and by taking on joint listings with giant brokerages like Cushman & Wakefield.

Internally, Ian Black has added partners Michele Fuller and Nick DeVito to its roster, bringing to six the number of principals in the firm. Black, 69, says the appointments recognize the strength and depth of the firm’s talent.

But the firm’s increasing business has really differentiated it. Late last month, firm partner Jag Grewal brokered the $20 million sale of a 30-acre tract in Charlotte County at the entrance of Gasparilla Island. The deal marked the largest in firm history, and came on the heels of its work in the $18 million purchase of the Main Plaza office and retail complex in downtown Sarasota late last year.

“When we made the decision not to have an internal leasing team, Ian was the first person and company I chatted with to do that,” says Fred Starling, a Sarasota County developer and investor whose 600,000-square-foot portfolio is leased by Ian Black.

“I’ve always been impressed with Ian and his team, and his ability to reach out, assess a deal and make recommendations,” Starling adds.

Black, too, has personally been making moves. Last month, he sold his firm’s office at 1069-1075 Central Ave., in Sarasota, for $510,000, and then acquired a building on the same street for $1.03 million through a 1031 tax-free exchange.

Black first invested in the city’s burgeoning Rosemary District in 1995.

And despite all the moves, Black says his ambition is that the firm will continue growing, and move further into tenant representation and receiverships, as well as asset management.

“I’d like us to continue to widen our base of skill sets,” he says. “We never want to be a big company and we know we don’t have the resources to compete in that arena, but I like to think that our marketing material and capabilities are on par with the big firms.

“We’ve had a lot to contend with all at one time, it’s true, but at the same time, we had a great year last year, so we’re thankful for that.”

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City attorney blasts ACLU lawsuit on behalf of homeless

City of Sarasota attorney, blasts ACLU lawsuit on behalf of homeless

By  via Herald Tribune

The city will continue enforcing its no-lodging ordinance despite a lawsuit filed last Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Sarasota on behalf of six homeless men who claim that the law, and another against panhandling, violate their constitutional rights.

City commissioners declined to stop enforcement Monday after their attorney, Robert Fournier, couched the lawsuit as a political ploy to force Sarasota to approve a controversial come-as-you-are shelter supported by Sarasota County but opposed by the municipality.

Commissioners reiterated their objections to a come-as-you-are shelter while debating the utility of an upcoming city-county meeting to discuss homelessness. Scheduled for Nov. 6, the meeting is intended to end a two-year stalemate on the issue, but neither side appears willing to budge from their respective positions.

“The plaintiffs aren’t being helped here,” Fournier said of the lawsuit. “They’re being used. They’re pawns in a chess game to influence policy making.”

Fournier specifically blamed Michael Barfield, vice president of the ACLU of Florida and chief architect of the lawsuit, for twisting the facts to support his agenda.

Barfield, Fournier claimed, hopes that blocking enforcement of the no-lodging ordinance will prompt a tent city to materialize at Five Points Park, thereby riling wealthy condo residents who will then pressure the municipality to cede to county demands for a shelter.

Fournier further stated that the lawsuit itself lacks any legitimate claim of a constitutional violation on the part of the city or its police officers who enforce the ordinance.

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Has traffic affected tourism in Sarasota County?

Has traffic affected tourism in Sarasota County?

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Congestion pic by J. Parisi (C)

by: Alex Mahadevan Digital Editor via yourobserver.com

Traffic woes again surfaced during a local government meeting Tuesday, with Sarasota County officials downplaying the effect it has on the local tourism industry.

“Do we have traffic problems? Yes. Do we need to continue to work on it? Yes,” said Commissioner Christine Robinson. “But, the comments that tourists are beginning to shy away from Sarasota simply aren’t true.”

Robinson said she looks forward to working on traffic problems, but said the “rumor mill” she’s heard at community and government meetings about gridlock crippling regional tourism weren’t true. And that amplifying those comments could actually hurt the tourism sector in the long run.

“We have had occasional complaints, but they have had more to do with parking ticket issues,” said Visit Sarasota County President Virginia Haley, who was presenting the Tourist Development Council’s annual report.

According to visitor profiles complied by the Visit Sarasota County for the first quarter of this year, 97% of tourists polled were satisfied with their trips and 93% of respondents said they would return to the region again. While Haley expected to get dinged this year due to traffic, those numbers did not fall compared with the same timeframe in 2014.

Gridlock doesn’t have a profound affect on visitors because they aren’t in a hurry to get to work or drop their kids off at school, Haley said. And when traffic backs up on the Ringling Bridge or through St. Armands Circle, the views of Sarasota Bay and surrounding areas are pleasant sights.

“It’s not a terrible experience,” Haley said.

But, Haley said it will be important to explore new ways of moving tourists throughout the county, citing ideas for more trolleys or water taxis as potential transportation options.

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The Longboat Key Resort wants to add a second hotel

LONGBOAT KEY – In most towns, if a resort wants to add hotel rooms it can do so by acquiring the proper building and occupancy permits. 

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THE VOTE

Longboat decision On May 12, the elections offices in Sarasota and Manatee counties will count the mail-in ballots they received in a Longboat Key referendum about replacing potential residential units with hotel rooms at The Resort at Longboat Key. 

For more information, Longboat voters in Sarasota County should call that elections office at (941) 861-8600 or go to sarasotavotes.com. Longboat voters in Manatee should call that elections office at (941) 861-8600 or go to votemanatee.com.

On Longboat Key, however, adding “tourism units” becomes a more complicated endeavor in which public opinion becomes the determining factor.

Ocean Properties, the owner of The Resort at Longboat Key, wants to build a second hotel with 259 guest rooms at its Islandside property on the south end of the key.

To do so, it must get the consent of the townspeople.

“In order to increase density, we have to hold a referendum,” Town Manager Dave Bullock said.

On March 12, 1984, Longboat’s electorate approved an amendment to the town charter. It states that, whatever densities (units per acre) were allowed on a property by the town’s comprehensive land use plan as of that date “shall not be increased without the referendum approval of the electors of Longboat Key.”

The Resort at Longboat Key Club consists of two areas: Islandside, a golf course community with houses, condos, a gulf-front hotel and amenities for club members; and Harbourside, a golf course community also called Bay Isles on Sarasota Bay with homes, a tennis center and other facilities for club members.


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Mandeville Beer Garden takes root in Rosemary District

Mandeville Beer Garden takes root in Rosemary District

Pic by Nick Friedman

Sipping a beer with her brother in Lowry Beer Garden during a trip to their native Denver, Rebekah Mandeville-Gelvin had a thought.

“I wish we had something like this in Sarasota,” she thought aloud as she surveyed the outdoor beer garden, lush with greenery and brimming with energy.

“Why not?” her brother replied.

That was 2013. Today, she’s less than two months away from realizing that dream in the form of Mandeville Beer Garden — Sarasota’s first true beer garden, located at 428 N. Lemon Ave. in the Rosemary District.

(It’s OPEN!!) As the grand opening approaches, Mandeville-Gelvin says she’s excited to open an establishment where people from all walks of life can come and enjoy themselves.

“Sarasota doesn’t have a place where people can go to enjoy the fruits of all of our brewers’ labors,” she says. “There are people doing incredible work here, and to be able to showcase that in the form of a beer garden, it’s really an intangible thing. It’s about the experience.”

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Ivory Lounge lawsuit against condo owners continues

Ivory Lounge lawsuit against condo owners continues

by: Alex Mahadevan via The Observer.com

The battle between a downtown Sarasota nightclub owner and his residential neighbors at 50 Central Ave. will continue in court after a judge’s action this week.

Circuit Court Judge Rochelle Curley on Tuesday denied Plaza at Five Point Condominium Association’s request to dismiss the lawsuit Ivory Lounge owner Ambrish Piare filed last year. The suit claims condo owners have made false claims and defamed the bar in order to shut it down.

“Obviously, we’re very pleased,” said attorney Andrea Mogensen, who is representing Piare and his firm Jarala Entertainment in the suit. “We’ll begin to engage in discovery and proceed with litigation.”

In early 2014, the city of Sarasota rejected claims Plaza at Five points residents made that the nightclub violated its conditional-use permit, deprived residents their right to quietly enjoy their units, lowered their property values and operated as an “adult cabaret.” Mogenson said that complaint is just one of several “well-documented” incidents cited in the suit.

“The acts of the (Plaza at Five Points owners) were intentional, spiteful, malicious, without justification and made with a  purpose to,” interfere with the Ivory Lounge’s lease and operations, harm business relationships and compel the city to revoke the bar’s permit, according to the May 12 complaint.

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