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Apr 10

North Tamiami Trail Region Named Happiest!

Posted by ntadmin in Tamiami Trail , North Tamiami Trail

Region Named Happiest in America
The North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton metro area has been named the No. 1 "Happiest City in America" by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The poll reports population growth of 6.4 percent between mid-2010 and July 2014, attributing the cause to employment opportunity and Americans seeking warmer climate. The poll also suggests that strong health indicators--an obesity rate of 22.5 percent in the North Port area was among the lower rates nationwide--and retirement may be among the contributing factors to well-being. Read more here
Original article published April 8, 2015, by BIZ(941).
Feb 08

North Trail's Profit With Purpose

Posted by ntadmin in North Tamiami Trail , Motels , Apartments

Profit with purpose

Harvey Vengroff owns more than 1,400 apartment units in the Sarasota-Bradenton region. He recently started a new business line to convert rundown motels into efficiency apartments for homeless people.

Executive Summary
Entrepreneur. Harvey Vengroff   Industry. Multifamily real estate Key. Vengroff is in rare space, converting rundown motel rooms into studio apartments.

Read full story published by The Business Observer here .....

Dec 01

Repurposed motels aid homeless, and North Trail

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , North Tamiami Trail

In the lobby of what used to be the Sarasota Airport Hotel, the manager must tell people — sometimes, desperate people — that he has no vacancies.

This place is not a motel anymore, but it is full.

It still looks like a motel, from its battered old front desk to the ice machine and rooms overlooking the pool. But for the past few months, it has operated as the Oakridge Apartments. It's an experiment in low-income housing conceived by a savvy businessman who has been buying up North Trail motels and renting the rooms out monthly.

Oct 24

North Trail's Asolo Rep Opens New Season

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , Asolo Rep

The Asolo Repertory will open its 2014-15 season in November and continue its series exploring the American Character with a production of the 1949 Tony Award-winning musical South Pacific. Known as much for its musical score and story as it is for its progressive social awareness, the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic has brought great talent to town, including Kelly Felthous, previously Glinda in the Wicked national tour, as Nellie Forbush and Anthony Festa, who recently starred in a West End production of West Side Story, as Lt. Joseph Cable.

Loretta Ables-Sayre also returns as Bloody Mary, the role she played in the Lincoln Center revival for which she received a Tony nomination.

Preceded by 1776 in 2012 and Show Boat in 2013, South Pacific brings the American Character series up to World War II and America’s struggle with racism in a changing world. Actor Ben Davis returns to the series after last season’s Show Boat, as does director Rob Ruggiero, who feels the show to be a fitting addition.

Oct 07

North Trail's NCF's Featuring Dr.Burger

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , New College

Burger Presents “The Five Elements of Effective Thinking”

New College of Florida ( hosts a free public speaking event at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 8, featuring Dr. Edward Burger, president of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and co-author of “The Five Elements of Effective Thinking.” Burger’s talk will take place at the Sudakoff Conference Center on the New College campus. For more information, contact David Gulliver, news services manager, at (941) 487-4154 or

Original article published October 7, 2014, by BIZ(941).

Oct 06

Renovation of North Trail Motel

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , North Tamiami Trail


By renovating his North Trail motel - and embracing some of its distinctive characteristics - Jay Patel hopes he can become a catalyst for long-awaited change in the area.

Patel owns the Regency Inn and Suites at 4200 N. Tamiami Trail.   He's been a part of the North Trail Redevelopment Partnership since 2007, and has served as a prominent voice calling for the revitalization of the area since then.

Sep 18

North Trail's NCF's Board Elects New Officers

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , New College

NCF Board of Trustees Elects New Officers

The New College ( board of trustees elected Keith D. Monda as its new chair and Felice Schulaner as its new vice chair. Monda, who has previously served as president and COO of Coach, Inc., was appointed to the board by Gov. Charlie Crist in 2010. Schulaner, who served as a consultant to the Coach Foundation, was appointed to the New College board by the Florida board of governors in 2009.

Original article published September 18, 2014, by BIZ(941).

Sep 02

Ringling College Graduate Wins Eisner Award

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling College , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail

Ringling College of Art and Design today announced that illustration graduate Jordie Bellaire of Orlando received the 2014 Eisner Award for best coloring. The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the comics world, and Bellaire's coloring work is responsible for winning her and publishers Image, Dark Horse, DC, IDW, Marvel, Titan and Valiant this industry recognition. Nominees in each category are chosen by a five-member, blue-ribbon panel of judges in the spring of each year, then voted on by comic book professionals, with awards presented at the annual Comic-Con International convention held in San Diego. 

Original article published September 1, 2014, by SRQDaily.

Aug 29

USFS-M and Longboat Key Club Join Forces

Posted by ntadmin in USFSM , University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee , North Tamiami Trail

Two regional giants, The Resort at Longboat Key Club and USF Sarasota-Manatee partnered to ensure a quality and prepared workforce specific to the needs of Sarasota County.  With 19.4% of individuals in our region employed either directly or indirectly in the hospitality and tourism field this program will lay the groundwork for employment opportunities for students to begin and to build their careers in Sarasota County.

Original article published August 29, 2014, by SRQ Daily.   

Aug 26

SRQ Airport Boosted by United Newark Service

Posted by ntadmin in SRQ Airport , Sarasota , North Tamiami Trail

Airport officials in Sarasota for the past seven years have heard one destination requested as a place passengers want to fly but cannot. That destination, Newark, will come within reach of SRQ Airport travelers in February when United Airlines starts non-stop flights from Sarasota to New Jersey.

“It’s the most requested route we’ve had from the public,” said Fredrick Piccolo, president and CEO of SRQ Airport. “Every time I give a speech people ask about it, and then they follow up with phone calls and emails.”

United announced on Monday that the airline will offer seasonal daily service starting Feb. 12 and running through May 15 in 2015. Tickets are available for purchase now. The flight provides a direct connection between SRQ Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). The New Jersey airport is critical in creating a flight network because it houses United's New York hub, from which the airline services a total of 142 domestic and international destinations.