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Stay Serious When Seeking Greater Good

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The Way I See It

BY IAN BLACK * SRQ DAILY * SATURDAY PERSPECTIVES EDITION * SATURDAY DEC 17, 2016

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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Florida predicted to be No. 1 market in 2014

Florida predicted to be No. 1 market in 2014

By Josh Salman
Published: Friday, October 25, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

Follow the sun ~ pic via Sean Dreznin

Follow the sun ~ pic via Sean Dreznin

Housing analysts predict Florida’s real estate market will be the one to watch in 2014 — again.

The Home Buying Institute predicts the Sunshine State will surpass housing markets in California, Las Vegas and Phoenix to retake the national spotlight next year, edging out other recovering markets, according to a new report.

The institute’s prediction comes as housing supply is waning in some of Florida’s most popular areas, including Sarasota and Manatee counties.

At the same time, demand to purchase real estate is rising statewide, from a combination of retiree growth, job gains and other economic improvements.

For those reasons, the institute says Florida will be the top market to watch in 2014.

The institute’s forecast also predicts mortgage interest rates will top 5 percent next year.

That could spell minor trouble for some housing markets around the country, but the impacts will likely be less significant in Florida, where an overwhelming number of homebuyers are now using cash for their purchases, according to the report.

300 days of sunshine ~ Pic Via Sean Dreznin

300 days of sunshine ~ Pic Via Sean Dreznin

Overall, the institute sees Florida in 2014 experiencing a housing market that continues to favor sellers over buyers, and that the economic trends in the state could influence the nation as a whole.

“Florida is once again going to be a very good indicator,” McCabe said.

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Sarasota multimillionaire sailing on to Belize; Selling Investment Portfolio in Sarasota & Manatee

Sarasota multimillionaire sailing on to Belize; Selling Investment Portfolio in Sarasota & Manatee

By Michael Pollick
Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

The remodeled El Patio Apartments near the bayfront in Bradenton.  A classic building with character!

The remodeled El Patio Apartments near the bayfront in Bradenton. A classic building with character!

Great Property in Highly Desired Location - Contact NAI Tampa Bay;s Sean Dreznin or Keller William's Andrew Haddad for more information.

Great Property in Highly Desired Location – Contact NAI Tampa Bay’s Sean Dreznin or Keller William’s Andrew Haddad for more information.

Harvey Vengroff, a self-made multimillionaire who moved to Southwest Florida 23 years ago so he could go sailing every day, is sailing on — to Belize.

NAI Global (Sean Dreznin, Kyle Keelan, Phillip Paul Ginexi) & Keller Williams (Andrew Haddad) are proud to present... A portfolio of investments

NAI Tampa Bay (Sean Dreznin, Kyle Keelan, Phillip Paul Ginexi) & Keller Williams (Andrew Haddad) are proud to present… A portfolio of investments


Vengroff, the 72-year-old founder of one of the world’s largest collection agencies, plans to sell a $75 million Southwest Florida property portfolio that he amassed after arriving in 1990. He has hired NAI Tampa Bay and Sean Dreznin, Phil Ginexi & Kyle Keelan & Andrew Haddad of Keller Williams to sell the portfolio investments. He is also making it possible for his real estate employees to acquire another $20 million worth of apartments on favorable terms.

NAI Tampa Bay - Sean Dreznin

NAI Tampa Bay – Sean Dreznin

Since he got here, Vengroff has been a colorful character who prefers casual clothes, rails against government bureaucrats and tends to do things his own way.



Vengroff renamed the collection agency that is still in the family as Vengroff Williams Inc.

That company, which employs more than 100 in this region, maintains larger offices in Long Island, N.Y.; Chicago and Orange County, Calif., collecting on commercial delinquent accounts for a large number of clients, including General Electric Co., Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc.

“We are not moving anybody out of Sarasota,” Vengroff told the Herald-Tribune. “We are just going to add new people in Belize, that’s all.”

One of them will be Harvey Vengroff.

On a more personal level, Vengroff said he has been disappointed in the reception he has gotten from the City of Sarasota when he has asked for higher density rights on properties so that he could build rental apartments. Specifically, he has sought permission to build high-rise rental buildings at 2211 Fruitville Road, the close-in, 8-acre site now on the market for $8 million.

“If you want to build luxury condos you can get 200 per acre,” Vengroff said. “If you want to build affordable housing, you cannot get 50 per acre.”

Vengroff says he has empowered three agents to liquidate the roughly $75 million in real estate, most of it affordable housing.

These agents are Sean Dreznin, Kyle Keelan and Phil Ginexi from NAI Tampa Bay.

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“I don’t think there was anybody who ever dedicated themselves more to affordable housing for the work force than Harvey,” said Kerry Kirschner, executive director of Argus Foundation, who in a former political life helped recruit Vengroff to Southwest Florida.

At 68, preparing for her seventh Ironman triathlon

At 68, preparing for her seventh Ironman triathlon

By Billy Cox
Published: Friday, September 28, 2012 at 5:44 p.m.

STAFF PHOTO – ELAINE LITHERLAND Venice resident and psychotherapist Theo Carroll is about to enter her seventh Ironman triathlon in Hawaii at 68 years old. November’s race will be her seventh.

With the approach of her 69th birthday in November, Theo Carroll of Venice is doing what most people her age would consider insane: swimming, jogging and cycling up to 24 hours per week in preparation for one of the toughest physical challenges on the planet.

Next month, her training will peak as she competes in her seventh Ironman triathlon.


As one of the oldest triathletes in the 350-member Sarasota Storm Tri Club
, Carroll is the only group member traveling to Hawaii for the event that is akin to football’s Super Bowl — the Ironman World Championship.

The legendary challenge requires participants to swim 2.4 miles, pedal 112 miles and run a full 26.2-mile marathon in treacherous conditions in a single day.
She’ll do it without taking a break, and intends to finish within the 17-hour limit required by the World Triathlon Corporation.

Along the way, Carroll will not only represent her club and challenge the definition of “elderly,” but she will culminate a lifelong battle to overcome past addictions.

On the 25th anniversary of her sobriety, people sometimes ask if Carroll’s immersion into the punishing triathlon culture is a matter of swapping one addiction for another. After all, for 26 years, Carroll was an alcoholic who augmented her compulsion with binge eating.

“There’s certainly some kind of parallel — it is obsessive,”
Carroll acknowledges as she prepares to test herself again in Hawaii. “But if I had to go two weeks without working out, I’m OK with it. It’s not always on my mind and making me crazy in the head.”

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The Homeless/Vagrants are getting out of control. * Updated Pics * 3/19/2013

The Homeless/Vagrants are getting out of control in downtown Sarasota and surrounding cities.

UPDATED – With Pictures of Homeless, Vagrant, Displaced

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Drugs & Laziness

Drugs & Laziness

Lazy & Drunk

Lazy & Drunk

Ian who lives on the corner

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Hobo's with signs

Hobo’s with signs

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Hassling downtown patrons

Hassling downtown patrons

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It appears the city and police are making a gentle push to move the growing hoard of bums that congregate outside Elaine Fischer’s store on North Lemon Ave, the downtown public library, five points, and throughout downtown, every evening.

Sarasota Homeless outside the Elaine Fischer store

HOMELESSNESS

THE PROBLEM IS REALThe perspective is different. I am confident that there are many voices who argue for compassion and support for the homeless. I understand this support for folks who are earnest in making positive strides, volunteering and putting in an effort to lift themselves up. From what I see every night while I work downtown, the homeless on the streets of Sarasota, are not the ones you would find on an infomercial with Sarah McGlaughlin music playing in the background.

* Open containers of alcohol
* Sprawled out on the sidewalk
* fights
* drunken and drugged out behavior
* verbal and physical hostility towards any authority
* begging and harassment of locals, tourists and patrons of downtown businesses
* unsanitary actions and behavior
* mental instability and unpredicatability
* constant loitering
* endangering themselves (this is exhibited mostly by drunken dancing out in the street
* Numbers have grown from 2 to 3 per night to 10 to 14 per night.
* Apparently (from a co-worker who bikes to work) the library had 30+ gathered outside. I’m sure this would be intimidating for anyone, especially a woman who is WORKING herself to the bone and being a productive, tax paying citizen.

Here are some links and articles which support these nightly actions…

Your local ACLU board members. The main catalyst behind what Sarasota has become!

Pete Tannen
Andrea Flynn Mogensen
Hannah Ackerman
Joan Donnelly
Michael Barfield
Gwen Calloway
Joan Froede
Joseph Hirshfeld
Dr. Ted Hoffman
Dr. Mark Magenheim
Daniel Rein
Andrew Swain
Grissim Walker
Victor Yengle

https://www.change.org/petitions/city-of-sarasota-outlaw-street-side-panhandling

Updated 03/19/2013

Sarasota Police arrest homeless man for burglaries

Homeless woman so high, she gets free health care and leaves hospital on her own and walks into traffic.

HOMELESS HAVOC – The Observer

Cops: Couple has sex in Nokomis park as kids play

Venice Police: Woman sexually assaulted on beach

2011 Census Results

Sarasota taps brakes on homeless campaign

Homeless man decapitated in fight over spilled food

Sarasota homeless man charged in double homicide

Also, here is a link to the Sarasota Salvation Army, which I’ve been told is one of the country’s largest at 65,000 sq ft.

The Homeless/Vagrants are getting out of control. * Updated Pics * links * Articles

The Homeless/Vagrants are getting out of control in downtown Sarasota and surrounding cities.

UPDATED – With Pictures of Homeless, Vagrant, Displaced

photo2

Drugs & Laziness

Drugs & Laziness

Lazy & Drunk

Lazy & Drunk

Ian who lives on the corner

infuriating1

infuriating2

Hobo's with signs

Hobo’s with signs

infuriating4

Hassling downtown patrons

Hassling downtown patrons

hobos1

photo3

photo5

photo7

photo4

photo (1)

It appears the city and police are making a gentle push to move the growing hoard of bums that congregate outside Elaine Fischer’s store on North Lemon Ave, the downtown public library, five points, and throughout downtown, every evening.

Sarasota Homeless outside the Elaine Fischer store

HOMELESSNESS

THE PROBLEM IS REALThe perspective is different. I am confident that there are many voices who argue for compassion and support for the homeless. I understand this support for folks who are earnest in making positive strides, volunteering and putting in an effort to lift themselves up. From what I see every night while I work downtown, the homeless on the streets of Sarasota, are not the ones you would find on an infomercial with Sarah McGlaughlin music playing in the background.

* Open containers of alcohol
* Sprawled out on the sidewalk
* fights
* drunken and drugged out behavior
* verbal and physical hostility towards any authority
* begging and harassment of locals, tourists and patrons of downtown businesses
* unsanitary actions and behavior
* mental instability and unpredicatability
* constant loitering
* endangering themselves (this is exhibited mostly by drunken dancing out in the street
* Numbers have grown from 2 to 3 per night to 10 to 14 per night.
* Apparently (from a co-worker who bikes to work) the library had 30+ gathered outside. I’m sure this would be intimidating for anyone, especially a woman who is WORKING herself to the bone and being a productive, tax paying citizen.

Here are some links and articles which support these nightly actions…

Sarasota acting fast to stop panhandling. ACLU says they will likely file another lawsuit.

Your local ACLU board members. The main catalyst behind what Sarasota has become!

Pete Tannen
Andrea Flynn Mogensen
Hannah Ackerman
Joan Donnelly
Michael Barfield
Gwen Calloway
Joan Froede
Joseph Hirshfeld
Dr. Ted Hoffman
Dr. Mark Magenheim
Daniel Rein
Andrew Swain
Grissim Walker
Victor Yengle

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20130416/ARCHIVES/304161031/-1/todayspaper?Title=An-easy-way-to-end-traffic-panhandling

https://www.change.org/petitions/city-of-sarasota-outlaw-street-side-panhandling

Updated 03/19/2013

Sarasota Police arrest homeless man for burglaries

Homeless woman so high, she gets free health care and leaves hospital on her own and walks into traffic.

HOMELESS HAVOC – The Observer

Cops: Couple has sex in Nokomis park as kids play

Venice Police: Woman sexually assaulted on beach

2011 Census Results

Sarasota taps brakes on homeless campaign

Homeless man decapitated in fight over spilled food

Sarasota homeless man charged in double homicide

Also, here is a link to the Sarasota Salvation Army, which I’ve been told is one of the country’s largest at 65,000 sq ft.

Recap of the 2011 Siesta Key Triathlon – MultiRace Sprint/Olympic Distances

Recap of the 2011 Siesta Key Triathlon MultiRace Sprint/Olympic Distances

Getting called to a higher (Gear)...Power.

WARNINGThis article is full of swagger and lots of self-confidence. You’ve been fully warned.

This was not going to be just any little sprint race. Not this time. I learned my lesson the week before at the Englewood Triathlon. After finishing 7th out of 18 in my age group, and reviewing the splits and times, I realized that, had I taken the race more seriously and focused on performance and not solely improving my triathlon tan, then a Podium finish (top 3) was a real (albeit difficult) possibility.

So using that motivation in looking forward to the Siesta Key Triathlon, I was amped on a confident knowledge that I could perform better, but also stewing on the anxiety of knowing only I could actually apply the training I had been diligently completing and harnessing the lessons I had learned along the way. I replayed these scenarios through my mind as I drove down Midnight Pass Road with a small armada of vehicles following me to the Siesta parking lot or as I would have you believe… the location of the final battle scene!

Sarasota Storm!

Berster hard at work! Safety & Speed First!

4 Markers!! Ambidextrous Shenanigans!

I parked my truck, gathered all my triathlon gear, my Kestrel (Nikita) and made my way over to the transition area. Awaiting our arrival was the usually excitable Nicole Chapman and sometimes stoic Andrew Berster, respectively. They were already body marking at warp speed! The other Usual Suspects were there, always ready with a supportive boost, light jab or competitive barb, including Carl Knutsson, Sarah Senter, John LeTourneau, Ren Schrock among so many others… <Click Here to see pictures of those other people rocking it at the race!>

As we meandered down the soft silky sands of Siesta to the shoreline, an interesting dynamic was taking place. The Olympic distance competitors were starting on the South end of the main beach, while the Sprint and Duathlon racers were going to start near the North end of the main beach. I imagine this would create some overlap, but all in all, it seemed to work out pretty well. As we were entering the gulf to begin our sprint swim, some of the olympic swimmers were headed our way as well, but just like a school of fish in the open water, we all assimilated and continued towards our goal.

Deceiving waters of the Gulf await!

For me, the swim was solid, although it was congested to start with some beginners swimming all over the place, so I made an immediate decision to go wide and swim near the beach bouys and just keep a strong pace. 7:00 minute swim time was satisfactory for me and soon enough my feet felt sand and I was running towards the shore.

Pic by Nicole Chapman

Out of the water, up on the beach, and pacing ourselves to the transition area to gather our reliable and sexy steeds and begin the 13 to 26 mile trek down to Turtle Beach and back again, and for some…again! This was a fun portion of the race for me, as I felt great and basically stayed just right of the center lines, passing a slew of people. Lately my biking has gotten stronger and in doing so, it makes for a much more enjoyable race as passing people is obviously and logically more satisfying then being passed. At least for me, but in doing so, I didn’t realize that I was easily PR’ing my biking split time and mph by a couple of minutes, which for 13 miles is nothing to shake a stick at. I did hear some unnerving news about a few riders taking some spills and the course was packed with so many riders, vehicle traffic and a compacted course, but then again, I was going so damn fast, I didn’t feel any effects of that nature. (Embarrassed from lack of humility!) 33:03 = 22.5 mph/avg which for me is a PR and 12th overall on the bike = Yay for me!

After crushing the bike course, I dismounted and promptly switched shoes and made sure to leave my helmet next to my bike… (I’m looking at you Stephen Groth!) …and headed off to the sands of Siesta… Did I mention they are silky and soft, which makes laying out a wonderful thing to do… But running through it can be a little bit tedious and on most beaches, Siesta included, you tend to be running at about a 15% angle. (Thank goodness one leg is shorter then the other!)

Mr. Always passes me on the run, Kowalski!

So on the run, my buddy (aka – always catches and passes me on the run, Kowalski) shows up on my radar as I am doubling back from just making the turn at the halfway point of the 3.1 mile run and he is approximately 20-30 seconds behind me… catching up a little bit with each quick strike of his maddening pace! I made my deal with the running devil earlier and it was to run as far as I could without stopping, but eventually the lure of a couple cups of water at around the 2 mile mark was too much for my parched psyche and so I relinquished and quenched my thirst with one cup and drenched my large steaming noggin with the other! This was just the opening that Mr. Kowalski needed and sure enough, with about 1 mile left, he graciously passed on my left and begin his normal and methodical pull away…

But not today… Today I was not going to let him beat me badly on the run. I quickened my pace, just focusing on the ground in front of me and trying not too look up, or at my watch or at anything other then the back of Mark’s shoes as I kept about 4 feet between us. It was a thing of beauty, in that watching a fighter who battles all fight, only to get knocked down near the end of the fight and continually struggles to beat the 8 count, but repeatedly gets up… again and again. Just like that. Ok, maybe thats a little too much Rocky versus The Russian, but I digress.

As we headed up the grassy path to the picnic/transition/finish line area, Mark had opened a wider gap and although my lungs were burning and my legs packed full of Lactic acid, there was a moment, where it all just went away and I fought to find that final gear… It finally kicked in and with all the dignity and vinegar I could muster, I crossed that finish line 0:00:00:56 behind Mark Kowalski and he helped me finish 27th overall out of 280 sprint racers. Not world record stuff, but a step in the right direction.

Podium!!!

After I got some water, watermelon, a turkey sandwich and an apple crumb muffin dropped from the heavens, I headed over the to the MultiRace camper where they had flatscreen TV’s affixed to one side which posted automatic times from the race. It showed I was in 2nd place in my group, which meant if the times held, I would grab my first Podium and actual award Hardware, ever!?! I was psyched. Please let the times hold. It took me a few minutes to realize that logically, everyone finishing behind me would be slower and when reality finally took hold, a nice contentment took over. I was gonna savor this moment for all it was worth.

After taking the podium, having such great support from friends and other triathletes, I get it. I understand why we do it. For me, it was and will always be ok to finish in the middle of the pack, enjoying the race, the scenery and the camaraderie. But I get it. It felt great to stand on that podium and smile for the camera phones and to proudly hold the award up.

Apparently now, I have to do it again.

Yikes!

Some shots of other podium winners!

Just Do-ing It.