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.

       

Community Outreach

The BIA has a long history of community involvement. The BIA was one of the original founding Charter members for the Future Builders of America program in 2003 with the (FHBA) Florida Home Builders Association and their FBA Foundation providing scholarships to student chapter members pursuing construction related post secondary educational programs. Since 2003 the FBA program has expanded in size and scope adding an annual Leadership Camp for those FBA students demonstrating leadership and academic excellence.

The Lloyd Williams Scholarship was established by the BIA in 2004 as a local scholarship program for students in the community pursuing construction related educational programs. This scholarship is administered through the (MCF) Manatee Community Foundation with the BIA’s participation in the scholarship recipient’s selection each year.

The Parade of Homes ™ is an annual winter event that brings the latest in design and technology to showcase the areas top builders products to the residents and visitors of the community. The annual display and judging of these outstanding model homes is an annual anticipated event for Manatee and Sarasota counties.

The Sarasota Slam is the annual fishing tournament presented by the BIA and headquartered at the areas outstanding venue of Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota. The Sarasota Slam selects a local charity each year to receive a donation. www.sarasotaslam.com

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