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This City Is Like the Disney for Retirees



Picture looking West out towards the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay.

By Jennifer LeClaire
Published: June 27, 2017

Beyond being known for its beaches, Sarasota is a community rich with live theater, concerts, ballet, opera, galleries and museums. According to a study that examined 182 regions in the country, Sarasota’s arts and cultural industry accounts for more than $180 million in spending, which is more than the entire state of Nebraska. As such, the arts industry has a huge impact on the area’s economy.

GlobeSt.com caught up with Jag Grewal, partner at Ian Black Real Estate in Sarasota, to discuss recent activity among the region’s top arts organizations, and what it means for its commercial real estate market in part one of this exclusive interview. Stay tuned for part two, in which Grewal will discuss the impact of expansion on the area’s commercial real estate.

GlobeSt.com: I understand Sarasota has a reputation as an arts community. Can you tell me a little about the strength of this sector in the market?

Grewal: Sarasota is a mecca for arts organizations. In fact, on the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s annual list of top cultural nonprofits based on 2015 revenues, five of the top fifteen were organizations in Sarasota. When compared with other Florida counties in the study, Sarasota County generates the highest amount of cultural spending per capita.

This spending supports 4,579 full-time equivalent jobs—the national median is 1,533—generates $134.4 million in household income to local residents, and delivers $20.1 million in local and state government revenue. This is big business in our area, and activity we’re seeing from the arts organizations that are expanding are helping to shape the commercial real estate market and the future of our city.

GlobeSt.com: Which organizations are you seeing have the biggest influence right now?

Grewal: Several prominent organizations are expanding. Our firm recently represented The Asolo Reparatory Theatre in purchasing a 5,000-square-foot building on just under half an acre next to its existing location to expand its footprint. And we’re representing The Players Centre for Performing Arts, which has its long-time property on the market and is working on raising money to build a new $30-million theater complex in Lakewood Ranch.

We also worked with Florida Studio Theatre on its recent all-cash purchase of a 2,200-square-foot building in the downtown area, which is a testament to the strength of the downtown commercial real estate market. These are just a few examples of the flurry of activity we’re seeing among these organizations.


PART 2 —————————————————————————-



It’s not the big city—but it’s a cultural city. And it’s attracting investors in droves.
According to a study that examined 182 regions in the country, Sarasota’s arts and cultural industry accounts for more than $180 million in spending, which is more than the entire state of Nebraska. As such, the arts industry has a huge impact on the area’s economy.

GlobeSt.com caught up with Jag Grewal, partner at Ian Black Real Estate in Sarasota, to discuss how this is impacting the commercial real estate market in part two of this exclusive interview.

You can still read part one: The Arts’ Impact on Sarasota Real Estate.
Globest.com: What kind of impact are art organization expansions having on commercial real estate in the area?
Grewal: These arts organizations touch many aspects of Sarasota’s economy. They have a lot of purchasing power and the ability to invest.
We’re seeing this influence activity among restaurants that want locations near these performing arts centers, because they attract large numbers of people. In addition, a vibrant, thriving downtown will ultimately help attract more businesses to the area.
These expansions are also impacting the housing market, as larger theater productions require bigger casts and crews. For example, the Sarasota Opera House recently purchased 38 apartment units in the Rosemary District to house performers. Also, the Florida Studio Theatre is expanding its planned housing with the development of
the Kretzmer Artist Housing Project, which will house up to 20 visiting artists, interns and apprentices throughout the theater’s season.
GlobeSt.com: What kind of long-term outcomes do you expect to see, as a result of the activity that’s happening now?
Grewal: Sarasota is going to be like Disney for retirees. People will be able to see a different show every day of the week, and have plenty of restaurants and other entertainment venues in a walkable area.
We have 1,200 apartments coming on line downtown and expect a melting pot of people who live here yearround and those who rent apartments a few months of the year. More people will want to come visit us.


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Has Our Region Failed Young Professionals?


Picture via SRQ Magazine



Raucous rhetoric and amiable jabs marked the Tuesday launch of a new debate series hosted by SRQ Media Group, where two teams debated the question “Has our region failed our young professionals?”

The SB2 Rumble, promised as an intellectual bloodsport, turned the Powell Crosley Estate into an academic wrestling ring before onlookers weighed in on who made the best case in the modified Oxford-style debate.

Criminal defense attorney Jacob Grollman, of Glen and Hibbert, who led the team arguing the region has failed young professionals, argued that regional failures extended much further. “We continue to discuss this problem but nobody offers any solution,” he argued. He noted home prices since the recession have skyrocketed up to $242,000 even though average annual wages here run around $28,000, or $2,000 less than the national average.

Jag Grewal, a broker with Ian Black Real Estate, added that county leaders failed to attract North American Roofing for petty reasons, giving up a chance for high-paying jobs. And Raymmar Tirado, chief disruption officer for Clear Idea Labs, suggested the exodus of Sarasota-trained college grads to other areas showed how badly the region has abandoned the needs of millennials. “All you have to do is ask a young person,” Tirado said. “They do not get involved because it is not advantageous to be involved.”“They do not get involved because it is not advantageous to be invo

But Frank Maggio, of Centennial Bank, suggested infrastructure has been in place for 15 years that empowers professionals, but that it’s on young people to become more engaged. “The community is doing what it can to attract and engage young professionals,” he said. “There are many of us that are actually doing something and influencing things.” Doug Grosso, a broker associate with Dwell Real Estate, said many millennials are living in the area—in their parents’ homes—and noted that the Sarasota-Bradenton market lags behind only Orlando and Dallas in terms of business development and job growth. Candice McElyea, owner of ThreeSixOh PR, noted many successful professionals today grew up in the region and chose to stay here because of the opportunities and quality of life. “The people I went to school with, everybody made a name for themselves,” she said.

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Stay Serious When Seeking Greater Good


The Way I See It


While enjoying a sabbatical last May in the “Ould Sod,” my ire was elevated when I learned that the County Commission folded to the “fierce backlash” not of the business community, as referred to in Zach Murdoch’s recent column in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, but to the demands of one or two roofing contractors backed by the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange to shut the door to efforts to bring the corporate headquarters of the North American Roofing Company to our community. My ire was further elevated upon reading Mary Dougherty-Slapp’s recent column in SRQ Daily, which stated: “Let’s make Sarasota a place that businesses want to come to grow and hire workers with good paying and quality jobs.” So, are we now to believe that the GCBE, after advocating the very opposite in opposing Project Mulligan, now want us to believe that the board have had an epiphany? Hopefully so. The GCBE has always been a proponent of economic growth and vitality even though on this occasion they appeared to be in cahoots with those who would not be in favor of efforts to attract meaningful jobs to our community.

Diversification of our economy is a serious topic and I am heartened that the County Commission, encouraged by our newly elected Commissioners, have prioritized this subject for the BCC over the next year. As a community, we are asking for trouble if we do not take advantage of the incentives that are available for economic diversity. We need to balance the three-legged stool. It is not sufficient that we rest on our superior “quality of life” reputation to attract qualified targeted industries and corporate headquarters. These targeted industries are well documented by the State and are revised every three years. These industries have been identified as those that can help diversify local economies to make them more robust and resilient during an economic downturn or an economic recession. 

I am all for working together to create a strong future as suggested by Mary’s column. The tools necessary to do this are readily available for use in the right circumstances. However, we as a community need to seriously get behind these efforts and not simply put the interests of a few before the greater good when an opportunity such as Project Mulligan comes before us in the future.

There is a time honored maxim in my industry: “Dear God please give me one more real estate boom and I promise I won’t fritter it away.”

Ian Black is founder of Ian Black Real Estate.

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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.

Sarasota Sky Bar & Club opening in downtown Charles Ringling Building

Sean Dreznin & Jag Grewal from Ian Black complete the sale of a property near the new Wal-mart on Bee Ridge Rd & Beneva.

Sean Dreznin & Jag Grewal from Ian Black complete the sale of 4020 S. Beneva Rd, near the new Wal-mart on Bee Ridge Rd & Beneva.

The property at 4020 S Beneva Rd was sold for $1.3 million by Sean Dreznin & Jag Grewal of Ian Black Real Estate.  Sean & Jag represented Seller & Buyer, respectively.

Sold by Sean Dreznin for $1.3 million

Sold by Sean Dreznin for $1.3 million

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. 



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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