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.


About Us



To serve our Membership by working to ensure a positive building environment.


Providing advocacy to allow for the success of Members while fostering a positive community image of the building industry.


The Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association (Manatee-Sarasota BIA) was chartered in 1983. It is a professional trade organization comprised of local builders and associated businesses involved in the homebuilding industry. The association is affiliated with both the (FHBA) Florida Home Builders Association and the (NAHB) National Association of Home Builders. The BIA is an advocate for the housing industry.

The Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association was originally chartered in August of 1962 by NAHB. The association operated for many years as a single entity covering Manatee, Sarasota, Hardee and DeSoto counties. In 1983 the organization split its operations and was re-chartered as two separate associations, one in Manatee, and one in Sarasota County. Manatee's charter included Hardee, and Sarasota's charter included DeSoto. DeSoto was later acquired by Charlotte County BIA in 2004.In 2009 Manatee and Sarasota again joined forces as a single entity as the HBA Manatee-Sarasota. The association has a long history of building industry advocacy and community involvement. In October of 2013 the HBA Manatee-Sarasota changed its name to Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association to better represent the makeup of our membership.The BIA continues to support our industry concerns and housing issues for the good of the industry and the citizens of the community.


The BIA is fully engaged and entrenched into the community with clear understanding of giving back both by individual members as well as collectively from the entire membership. The BIA has embraced the development of the FBA Future Builders of America program with our high school students, our support for Habitat for Humanity efforts, to meaningful and worthwhile charities that provide the help to our citizens in this community.

As a trade organization reflective of the residential construction industry we give great credence to “DO BUSINESS with a MEMBER! Because of the collective causes and issues that the membership focuses on it creates a tangible benefit where members can share contacts and business opportunity to everyone’s success.

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