Business briefs: Port picks top choices for berth project

PORT MANATEE -- This week, the Manatee County Port Authority will approve top contenders for geotechnical engineering and surveying services. A port staff committee evaluated several firms for each scope of work and will present their top choices to the port authority at its monthly meeting Thursday.

Firms considered responded to a request for qualifications published by the port in November.

Ranking first on the list among geotechnical firms is Dunkelberger Engineering and Testing of West Palm Beach. As the highest-ranking firm in the qualifications analysis, Dunkelberger will be the first firm engaged to negotiate its segment of work on the berth project. If negotiations fail, the port will move onto its second choice, PSI of Oakbrook, Ill.

For the surveying work, the port will negotiate with Bradenton firm George F. Young Inc. Its second choice is Hyatt Survey, also from Bradenton.

The port operates 13 shipping berths, three of which were rebuilt and recommissioned early this year. Ten others are as old as 50 years. The port expects to spend an estimated $42 million on those recommended for total replacement, according to documents filed with state's Department of Environmental Protection.

First Watch enters Texas breakfast market

UNIVERSITY PARK -- First Watch Restaurants announced Tuesday that it is opening its first restaurants in Texas.

According to a press release, University Park-based company entered into an exclusive franchise development agreement with Best Choice Restaurants, a newly formed subsidiary of Sun Holdings, to develop at least 15 restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth during the next five years. The first restaurant is expected to open in late 2015.

The franchise agreement is the largest in the company's history, according to the release.

Sun Holdings is ranked by Franchise Times Magazine as the eighth-largest franchise organization in the United States, boasting more than 400 multi-brand restaurants and nearly $450 million in annual revenue.

First Watch is a breakfast- and lunch-only restaurant. It has more than 120 restaurants in 17 states. It also operates 19 restaurants under The Good Egg name in Arizona.

CitySide Apartments schedules spring start

SARASOTA -- Rosalyne Holdings will break ground this spring on CitySide, a four-story apartment complex to be built in the Rosemary district of downtown Sarasota.

The project will be built in two phases, according to a press release issued by Rosalyne's publicist, Next-Mark. The first phase, which will include

228 units on 2.9 acres, will be at the southeast corner of Boulevard of the Arts and Cocoanut Avenue. The second phase is set to have about 250 units on 3.6 acres across May Lane from the first phase.

Sarasota-based Ascentia Development Group is the project developer. Rosalyne is the property owner, having purchased the downtown land in 2013 for $4.5 million. Rosalyne is a subsidiary of Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Longboat Enterprises.

Rent rates have not yet been set, but most apartments are expected to range from approximately $1,000 to $2,000 monthly. The apartments will range from studio units to two-bedroom apartments with dens.

-- Herald staff reports