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Sarasota Sky Bar & Club to open Friday

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.

1927 Ringling image
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.

Major League Football investor breaches contract, pulls $20M away from Lakewood Ranch-based league


BY MATT M. JOHNSON via Bradenton Herald

LAKEWOOD RANCH — Just days away from starting its free-agent player draft, Major League Football has disclosed that an investor pulled out of a contract that was supposed to bring $20 million to the fledgling league.

On Feb. 5, the Lakewood Ranch-based league filed a Form 8K/A with the Securities and Exchange Commission that details what league officials call a “breach” of the contract.

Frank Murtha, the league’s senior executive vice president, said the expected investment would have given Clairemont Private Investment Group, a Texas company, shares of stock in the league as well as first right of refusal to start an expansion franchise team in Missouri City, Texas.

In a press release issued Monday, league officials said they intend to pursue “legal remedies” against Clairemont and its chairman, Robert Queen Jr. Clairemont’s investment was to be used for the league’s operating expenses and would have been the first of several “other private and institutional investors scheduled to make contributions,” Murtha said.

Commenting on the issue Monday afternoon, Murtha struck a conciliatory tone about the contract dispute. He said league officials are still trying to ink an investment contract with Clairemont.

“He wasn’t the Lone Ranger,” he said of Queen. “We’re still in some discussions with him.”

Clairemont and the eight-team league entered into an initial $15 million securities purchase agreement in September. The parties later canceled that agreement, then inked a new one in October for $20 million. Clairemont officials could not be reached for comment Monday on the issue.

The failure to complete the contract and get Clairemont’s money on time will likely push the start of training camp and league play back a couple weeks, Murtha said. MLFB had initially planned to start its league games at the beginning of April.

Major League Football is scheduled to commence its free agent player draft on Feb. 15. The league has already received about 1,400 signed contracts from potential players looking to take to the field for one of the league’s teams. A set of drafts in January brought eight so-called “franchise players” to the league, as well as hundreds of other players in a territorial draft and a national draft. Each team in the league will start the preseason with 80 players on its roster.

SEC documents show that MLFB’s expenses greatly exceed revenue. In a third-quarter 2015 filing, the league reported bringing in $24,250 of revenue for the six months ended Oct. 31.

Operating expenses far outstripped income, totaling just over $1.8 million for the six-month period, documents show. Overall, MLFB recorded a $2.75 million net loss for the period with the SEC.

Outside of the deal with Clairemont, the league reported in its most recent quarterly filing two sales of stock totaling $150,000 in November.

Another hiccup in the league’s startup took place in December, when Jerry Vainisi, the league’s expected CEO, pulled out of the last stage of finalizing his employment contract. Murtha said Vainisi will likely remain involved with the league, but he did not specify how.

The league relocated its headquarters from Delaware to Lakewood Ranch last year. The Manatee County Commission approved a $200,000-plus incentive grant for MLFB, but the league must meet certain criteria such as creating jobs to get that money.

Florida’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange coming to Sarasota

Florida’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange coming to Sarasota

By  via WFLA.com News Channel 8

SARASOTA, FL (WFLA) — Florida’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange is coming to one of the Bay area’s busiest stretches of roadway. Engineers believe the innovative design will help ease congestion and reduce crashes at I-75 and University Parkway.

The Diverging Diamond Interchange eliminates a left turn movement onto an interstate entrance ramp.  Drivers will travel on University Parkway through a cross over onto the left side of the road.  They can then turn left onto the ramp without stopping.  If they are not getting on the interstate, they will continue straight and cross back over to the right hand side of the road. Watch below to see exactly how it works.

REV3 Venice, Florida Half (70.3) & Olympic distance 2014 triathlon results

REV3 Venice, Florida Half (70.3) & Olympic distance 2014 triathlon results

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What You Need to Know About the Mosquito-Borne Disease Ravaging the Caribbean : It has also been reported in Venezuela & Florida.

What You Need to Know About the Mosquito-Borne Disease Ravaging the Caribbean : It has also been reported in Venezuela & Florida.

Chik-V & West Nile

Chik-V & West Nile

Laura Begley Bloom via Yahoo Health

If you’re traveling to the Caribbean anytime soon, bring the DEET. Chikungunya, a virulent mosquito-borne illness with no known cure is sweeping the islands. The disease is similar to dengue and causes extreme muscle pain that can last months or even years; it has been fatal in rare cases.

Historically, chikungunya (pronounced chik-en-GUN-ya), which was first discovered in Tanzania in 1952, has been more prevalent in Africa and Asia. Saint Martin was the first location in the Western Hemisphere to report cases of the disease in December 2013. In recent months it has spread across the region, with over 10,000 cases on islands like Guadeloupe and Martinique. Even tony Saint Bart’s hasn’t been spared. There have also been isolated cases as far away as Florida and Venezuela.

“It’s been absolutely blowing up recently,” Chris Pardee, the manager of health intelligence for iJET International told Yahoo Travel. The disease even has a nickname throughout the islands: Chik-V.

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Ironman Florida 2014 Results

Ironman Florida 2014 Results


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The trouble with y’all moving to Texas

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The Sexiest Small Cities in the U.S.

The Sexiest Small Cities in the U.S.

Laura Allan via Movoto

If someone mentions the word “sexy,” what cities do you think of? Las Vegas, maybe. San Francisco with its Folsom street Fair. Or perhaps you think ofNew York City and its chic and often revealing fashions.

Basically, you think of big cities. Instead, imagine someone asked you to think of sexy small cities.

Not so easy, is it? Well, the Movoto Real Estate Blog is here to help you out, and we’ve made a list of the 10 hottest and sexiest small cities out there. These spicy little spots were:

1. Sarasota, FL
2. Pensacola, FL
3. Bradenton, FL
4. Marietta, GA
5. Carson City, NV
6. Ocala, FL
7. Grand Junction, CO
8. Lancaster, PA
9. Chapel Hill, NC
10. San Marcos, TX

Some of these might not be much of a surprise, and seeing so much Florida on there is probably to be expected. But how exactly did we determine what makes a place sexy?

Math might not be the most sultry subject, but we think it’s pretty hot, and we’ll talk about it in the very next section.

If you can’t stand the anticipation, you can scroll to the bottom of the article and take a look at the 50 sexiest small cities. We won’t hold it against you.

How We Created This Ranking

We’ve been around the block a few times when it comes to rankings, but let’s go over our methodology for all you Big Deal List virgins.

First, we made a list of small cities with populations between 50,000 and 60,000, which gave us 140 places. Then, we collected data from the U.S. Census (2010) and business listings in seven sexy criteria:

  • Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
  • Lingerie stores per capita
  • Adult stores per capita (novelties, videos, etc.)
  • Adult entertainment per capita (strip clubs, burlesque, use your imagination…)
  • Massage parlors per capita (hey, it can be a sensual experience)
  • Hotels per capita
  • Average summer temperature (hotter means fewer clothes *wink*)

After that, we ranked each place in each category from one to 140, with numbers closer to one being sexier. Then, we averaged each places’ rankings into one Big Deal Score, with lower scores being better.

The place with the lowest Big Deal Score became our sexiest small city, which ended up being Sarasota, FL.

Let’s take a look at each of our top 10, and why exactly they ranked where they did. Be forewarned: some of these details might get you a little hot under the collar.

1. Sarasota, FL

Sexiest Small Cities In America

Source: Flickr user doubleuely

Sarasota blew away the competition with the first place ranking in hotels and nightlife. We guess if you meet someone special at a club one night, it’s not too hard to find a nearby hotel room at the spur of the moment?

Of course, that wasn’t the only area in which Sarasota flashed a little skin. Not a single ranking across the board was below ninth, which means if you like adult entertainment, lingerie, or some sensual massage, you can find it here.

If you’ need any inspiration with finding the right outfit, you can grab something from one of the No. 3 ranked lingerie stores, like Intimate Ideas. The average summer temperatures here are also very high, which means swimsuit weather is a regular thing.


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Paradise... Officially!

Paradise… Officially!