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.


Why should you be a member of Manatee-Sarasota BIA?

Here are a few good reasons: 

We work together for a better business environment with local, state and federal government officials. We’re on your side. 

We have countless opportunities for you to expand your network with building industry professionals and to market your business. Being an active member will grow your business. 

Members-only discounts that mean real savings on many daily business essentials. Plus the NEW Member to Member Discounts for local business and personal needs. 

Classes and seminars on relevant industry topics to give you an edge over the competition and meetings on changes affecting the industry. 

We are working on opportunities to marketing member businesses with a new printed and always up to date online directory. By attending Home Shows and Business Expos, publishing articles in local newspapers and of course the annual Parade of Homes, we work to get our member businesses in front of the local consumers. 

Monthly meetings, volunteer opportunities, community service events and fun times with fellow building industry professionals. We think of our members as a family. Come join the fun! 

Now the question is, why not be a member of MSBIA? 

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