We the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association (MSBIA) and our fishing tournament Sarasota Slam, has been implicated by association with a now infamous video of 3 young men dragging a shark by boat. The video tape footage revealed one of the men in the video was wearing one of our fishing shirts, they are not a member of the MSBIA. We are making this statement because our association has been under attack via social media, emails and phone calls from the public and from media outlets, both local and beyond. We want the public to know that the MSBIA does not stand for nor condones this type of behavior and has been swift in its actions in banning these young men from participating in the Sarasota Slam. We are providing information to the Florida State Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC), and cooperating with their investigation. We will be not providing any names, or any other information, except to the appropriate authorities. We take pride that our tournament is safe and family friendly, donates a portion of proceeds to charity, and follows all NOAA and Billfish Foundation rules and regulations. We expect all anglers in the tournament to also comply with FWC Commission rules and regulations.


Locally Owned Design Build Firm Announces Expansion and Rebranding

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September 01, 2016

A leading, longstanding local remodeling company is expanding its operations and has re-defined its brand with a focus on offering a total solution for kitchen and bathroom design build services. Located at 816 Manatee Avenue East in Bradenton and serving residential properties throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties, Gilbert Design Build is managed by fifth-generation construction specialists Jarrod and Evan Gilbert, along with their father Ernest Gilbert, owner of Gilbert Construction Inc.

Important to the distinction of Gilbert Design Build is both its continued tradition of family-owned operations and its deep-rooted connection to the local construction industry. As a part of the rebranding, brothers Jarrod and Evan Gilbert have taken on roles as co-owners. The Gilbert brothers – and many key team members – have spent years working under the direction of Ernest Gilbert, who has built a reputation on providing exceptional construction and restoration services, and has proudly served the area since 2000 with a commitment to honesty, integrity and results.

“Expanding and rebranding Gilbert Design Build represents an exciting opportunity for our family and team of professionals,” said Evan Gilbert, Finance Director of Gilbert Design Build. “We have a tremendous legacy in the Manatee area and we are proud to continue this into the future. Our new brand identity reflects our passion and focus on delivering quality kitchen and bathroom remodeling consultation and construction services that perfectly suit our clients’ vision, budget and lifestyle requirements.”

Fully licensed and state-certified, the Gilbert Design Build team offers a full-service remodeling experience, working under a single contract to manage the full depth of design and construction services. Rather than collaborating with separate entities, the client enjoys a unified design build team comprised of in-house designers, carpenters and contractors. This unique, total solution approach creates a single-source responsibility, thereby centralizing accountability and ensuring superior efficiency with every project.

After experiencing substantial growth over the past couple years, the company has added nearly 20 staff members and recently opened a second design center at 4049 Clark Road, located in the Expo at Clark plaza near Palmer Ranch. With this expansion, Gilbert Design Build expects to create over a dozen new jobs in the next 24 months with interior designers, carpenters and other required positions to meet the needs of clients.

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“It is an honor to be entrusted with fulfilling the dreams and visions of our clients. From onset to completion, everybody is working together towards that amazing finished product,” said Jarrod Gilbert, carpenter and licensed contractor at Gilbert Design Build. “We’re excited about our future and have already positioned ourselves for growth with the second location to serve Sarasota County clients recently opened.”

The design build method has demonstrated a high level of satisfaction among clients, who experience significantly reduced project time, lower costs and better communication with the team throughout the process. “Gilbert Design Build performed a complete renovation of our master bathroom for accessibility and updating,” said Gilbert Design Build customer Jane Smith. “All aspects of the job were done with exceedingly superior cleanliness, quality and communication. Gilbert Design Build went above and beyond to meet those objectives and more.”

For more information on Gilbert Design Build, visit BathKitchenRemodels.com or call 941-757-3395.

Grapevine Communications provides full-service advertising, marketing and public relations services to clients nationwide. The firm is the most award-winning advertising agency in Sarasota, Florida, and the surrounding areas. Recent accolades include the 2015 Greater Good Philanthropy Award – Small Business by Biz(941) Magazine, the 2014 Small Business of the Year by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce; the 2016, 2015 & 2014 Best Marketing/PR Agency by SRQ Magazine readers; and the 2010 Small Business of the Year by the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. For more information on Grapevine Communications, contact Shelby Isaacson (Shelby@grapeinc.com) at 941-351-0024 or visit the website at www.grapeinc.com

Kayla Buckson, Marketing Coordinator
kayla@bkremodels.com, (941) 757-3395

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