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Upcoming Event

The next Sarasota Republican Club meeting will be held on


Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 6:30 pm at Marina Jack



Guest Speaker:

Sarasota Airport President & CEO

Rick Piccolo

Rick Piccolo has been the president and CEO of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) since 1995. After earning a bachelor degree in business administration from the State University of New York Buffalo, he began his career as a janitor at the Buffalo International Airport (BIA). He held several positions at BIA including building superintendent, property manager, assistant to airport manager and assistant director of operations. Locally, he worked in the operations department at Tampa International Airport and, prior to his position at SRQ, he was the assistant airport director at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.

Mr. Piccolo has served as president of the Florida Airports Council. He has achieved executive accreditation to the American Association of Airport Executives, the largest professional airport managers association in the world. Mr. Piccolo served as the 2007 chair of the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA). He also served as chair on the Board of Directors of Airports Council International.

The Florida Department of Transportation selected Mr. Piccolo as the 2005 Aviation Professional of the Year. The Federal Aviation Administration also chose him as the 2005 Commercial Service Airport Manager of the Year. In October 2009, Airport Revenue News announced Mr. Piccolo as the winner of the “Small Airport CEO of the Year for 2009.”

Mr. Piccolo is a past chair of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a past recipient of the Premier Volunteer Award, an honor given for his significant leadership commitment to the Chamber and community.

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Recent Events

Sarasota County Commissioner Nancy Detert

Highlights February Club Dinner Meeting

The Republican Club of Sarasota's dinner meeting on Thursday, February 16, 2023 had the honor of having Sarasota County Commissioner Nancy Detert, as guest speaker.  Commissioner Detert entertained the audience with an interesting Q&A session in which she told us many funny stories about her long career in local politics.  It was a great night and a wonderful meeting!

Mission Statement:​
The Sarasota Republican Club is a proactive group of Republicans that sponsor events and dinner meetings to promote constitutionally-based, conservative principles of government while seeking to support candidates who represent those principles. We provide members with up close political insights and the opportunity to personally and constructively engage in the political process.
 Our Constitution

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