Business briefs: Buccaneers open Sarasota ticket sales office

June 3, 2014 

SARASOTA -- In an effort to expand sales in Sarasota and Manatee counties, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers opened a ticket sales office in Sarasota.

The Bucs will sell season and Stadium Club memberships, group tickets, and tailgate options, as well as a new Legends Suite package.

Season and Stadium Club members receive savings on individual ticket prices, in-stadium food, beverages, merchandise and parking. Stadium Club members receive greater access to events such as the annual draft party, training camp and night practice. Group packages for corporate outings, birthday parties, youth groups, church or school groups are available for 10 or more.

Sarasota and Manatee county schools may participate in the Buccaneers school fundraising program, where a portion of each ticket sold goes back to the respective school. Top-selling schools may be eligible to win a Tampa Bay Buccaneers pep rally with special guests Captain Fear and a Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader.

For information call Chris Spano in Sarasota at 813 870-2700, ext. 2240, or email

Saunders wants to grab your home photos

MANATEE -- Photos taken by home buyers, real estate agents and other people who tweet will soon show up on a revamped website being launched by Michael Saunders & Co. this summer.

Aiming to keep the photo-heavy look of its new website fresh, the real estate agency is opening its Twitter feed to a potential stream of images that illustrate slices of Manatee-Sarasota life. At its annual meeting last week, the company debuted a new hashtag, #SaundersSights, that amateur photographers with a penchant for sharing on Twitter can use to send their best shots to the company.

Tagged photos will be amassed in an ever-growing compendium that could be used on the company website.

"We want to show the world what it's really like to live here," said Jen Horvat, MS&C's marketing director.

When the photo and hastag campaign starts in earnest, the real estate company will try to boost participation with photo contests, sweepstakes and other incentives. Horvat said her company plans to use the photos for its advertising. It has no plans to sell the images for any other use.

Photographers who tweet using #SaundersSights do implicitly give their permission for Michael Saunders & Co. to use their photos.

Port Tampa Bay wins state money for cranes

TAMPA -- Port Tampa Bay received state money to buy new post-Panamax gantry cranes to expand capacity at the port's growing container terminal -- a $12 million boon for the state's largest and most diversified port.

Port Tampa Bay's strategic investment in post-Panamax cranes will enable it to serve the container vessels

being deployed by regional and global carriers.

"Port Tampa Bay is very fortunate to be in a time of growth and a time of unprecedented support on the state level for port projects," Paul Anderson, port president and CEO, said. "This funding is consistent with the governor's tremendous strategic vision of investment in our state's seaport infrastructure to strengthen our state's competitiveness."

A central focus of the port's growth moving forward, the port authority continues to invest in container yard-related infrastructure and upland improvements in order to meet the needs of a rapidly growing consumer market in west and central Florida. At full build out, the container terminal will be 160 acres.

Herald staff reports

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