Kolter Group names CASTO
to lease The Mark's retail space

The developer of The Mark Sarasota, the Kolter Group, has brought in real estate organization CASTO to manage tenant leasing for the ground-level retail space.

Now under construction and slated for completion by the summer of 2019, the mixed-use community at 1400 State St. will have 35,000 square feet of retail space, 11,000 square feet of high-end office space, and 157 contemporary condominium units.

CASTO, founded in 1926, has a portfolio of 23 million square feet of commercial property and more than 4,000 residential units in the Midwest and Southeast. It is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, and has five offices in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio, according to a news release. Locally, it brought the Whole Foods grocery store to the Shoppes at Sarasota Row.

Business alliance backs
millage for schools

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance board of directors has voted to endorse both the continuation of the millage tax for the Sarasota County School District and the new millage tax for the Manatee County School District.

The organization says in a news release that it believes passing these measures will provide area schools with the necessary resources to stay competitive and ensure the long-term success of the region. It is strongly encouraging its members and the public to vote “yes” in support of these measures on or before the March 20 elections.

“Supporting our schools and public education is critical for the future of our region,” said Heather Kasten, the group's president/CEO.

Sarasota Memorial cardiac
program earns top ratings

Sarasota Memorial Hospital is one of only three cardiac programs in the United States and Canada to earn the nation’s highest 3-Star ratings in all five adult heart surgery categories evaluated by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the hospital said in a news release.

The 3-Star ratings place the hospital's cardiac surgery team among the top performers of more than 1,000 cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiac surgery groups that voluntarily submit case records to the Society's Adult Cardiac Surgery Database for analysis and comparison with benchmarking data for quality improvement initiatives. The latest analysis of data spans July 2014 through June 2017.