Parrish rancher named to state panel
PARRISH -- Renee Strickland of Parrish has been appointed to the Agriculture Policy Advisory Committee by Ray Vilseck, U.S. agriculture secretary.
Strickland, president of the Lifestock Exporters Association of the United States, will offer advice on how international trade affects the domestic beef industry.
International trade has been a major story this year with much of the conversation centering around the Trans Pacific Partnership, strongly supported by President Obama and Republicans in Congress.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is in favor of TPP, Strickland said Thursday, but at the same time wants to ensure that trade is fair for domestic ranchers.
'Insane Pools' show returns to Manatee
MANATEE -- The swimming pool business promises to become even more high profile next February when the second season of Animal Planet's "Insane Pools" debuts with more high-style, Bradenton area swimming holes.
This week, Lucas Congdon of Lucas Lagoons confirmed his Osprey pool construction company will build more huge, rock-festooned residential pools in the 10-episode second season of the show. Last season, the company built pools almost exclusively in the Manatee-Sarasota area. For the new season, the company will not only build in the Bradenton area, but in out-of-state locales including Alabama and Tennessee.
Congdon said his construction crew is already at work on camera, building pools that will be featured in the new episodes.
Bradenton apartment buyer expands reach
SARASOTA -- An apartment building buyer that notched a $25 million sale this year in Bradenton has turned around and spent its gains on two apartment buildings elsewhere in Florida.
Insula Companies recently purchased two apartment complexes in separate transactions in Tallahassee and Altamonte Springs. According to a news release, the company purchased the 120-unit Club at Lake Jackson for $6.375 million in the state's capital. It also spent $12.8 million to buy the 164-unit Village Green Apartments in Altamonte Springs. Insula will put a total of $2.3 million in improvements into the properties, according to the release.
In May, Insula sold the 30 West Apartments at 2835 50th Ave. W in May for $11 million more than it bought it for in 2013.
Insula has a portfolio of more than 3,200 units and $200 million in assets in Florida-based multi-housing complexes.
-- Herald staff reports