Sprucing Up The Neighborhood

The Chambery subdivision of the Meadows in Sarasota dates back to the spring of 1983 where its four streets each featured sandblasted wood entry marker signs that performed well over the years.

3d Routed HDU Subdivision sign

Chambery Subdivision HDU Sign – Chantilly

It was determined by the homeowners association that the time had come to update the look of the community and armed with an assistance grant design solutions were sought from local sign companies. Gulf Coast Signs presented the design that was ultimately selected and work commenced on producing four sets of 3′-0″ x 3′-6″ x 1½” custom 3d routed HDU panels.  These panels feature a wood grain textured field with raised copy and border trim with an inset Heron graphic element. Each Heron graphic was hand painted making each entry marker unique to its neighborhood. The panels are mounted to their wood posts with concealed fasteners and are ready to identify each street for the next three decades.


Siesta Beach Grand Opening

Siesta Beach WayfinderSarasota County to celebrate the completion of the Siesta Beach improvements project with a ribbon cutting ceremony this Saturday, 2/20/16 at 9 am.

Jon F. Swift Construction was selected as Construction Manager for the 24 month project that included an upgraded and elevated concession area, modern and expanded restrooms, the relocation of several buildings and restoration of the historic pavilion as a public gathering place, improved access to and from Beach Road, an expanded and renovated parking lot and a pedestrian esplanade connecting the park from east to west.

To help the public navigate the newly transformed destination Gulf Coast Signs was brought on board to create a series of way-finding signs and banner structure poles that serve as identifying markers for the renovated parking lots along the esplanade.

The final elements provided were computer cut dimensional letters mounted to the face of the north, south and central monument signs at the borders and entries to the beach park.

We’re proud to have been a part of this project and look forward to enjoying the new amenities with our neighbors and visitors for years to come.


Ghost Eye Ranch

3d HDU post sign

3d HDU post sign

Recently completed pillar logos now welcome the owners and visitors to the Ghost Eye Ranch in east Bradenton. The project began as a request by the owners to provide a durable version of a logo sketch to mount on a gate pillar at the entrance to their property. Initially conceived as a simple flat cnc cut aluminum element painted and decorated with a high resolution digital image site visits inspired our design team to evolve the proposed brand into a more 3 dimensional product using high density urethane as the substrate and introducing texture and color to the piece echoing the textures and color found on items throughout the ranch. The result so pleased the owners that the initial single product became a matching pair of brands adorning each gate post.

Historic Times for Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota

1975… it seems like only yesterday, Sony introduces Betamax videotapes, the blockbuster film Jaws is released, Jimmy Hoffa disappears, a gallon of gas hits 44 cents but that’s just trivial information. What was really important to us that year was the fact that it was the year we came into being and we’ve been going strong ever since! Over the last forty years we’ve had the privilege to serve a great number of local, regional and national clients with their branding needs. Over the last decade Gulf Coast Signs has expanded it’s focus beyond providing the highest quality product for its clientele to embracing practices that insure environmentally responsible production and personnel safety.

To that end another milestone was reached this week as we recorded our 3000th day since our last ‘Lost Work Injury’ as span reaching back over 8 years. This is just one more example of the commitment to our company motto of …Working Safely, Producing Quality…

A new home, a new sign

Orchid Lady Illuminated Wall SignThe Orchid Lady at Westfield Southgate known for providing a beautiful selection of orchids to the Sarasota market for years, is preparing to relocate to a permanent space within the mall. Having been referred to Gulf Coast Signs we designed a storefront sign incorporating elements that both the client and mall management desired. The result is a thin profile custom fabricated cabinet measuring 2½’ x 6½’ with white acrylic push through copy protruding ½” from the sign face that is illuminated from within by Principal LED’s Street Fighter wide beam True White slim modules. The 2″ deep cabinet was finished in a satin black low VOC acrylic polyurethane paint and is further enhanced by a high resolution digital image accent graphic along the top. The project was completed with two oval blade sign faces with laser cut acrylic copy that mount to the mall’s custom blade sign brackets.

AllCare Medical debuts in Bradenton

The AllCare Medical Center recently opened the doors to it’s new facility in Bradenton as the anchor of the new AllCare Medical Plaza. The 18,500-square-foot two-story building was built by Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc. of Sarasota who brought us in to assist with the exterior branding. Elements created for this project include a pair of ground signs built to comply with the Riverclub Plaza design criteria and are illuminated with Principal LED Qwik Stix. These signs consist of a multi tenant sign along Ranch Lake Boulevard at the north end of the property with a single panel AllCare Medical Plaza sign at the entry drive further south. An additional pillar style sign is featured at the northwest corner of this master planned development along the eastbound SR-70 exit ramp from I-75 N. The branding was completed with two sets of raceway mounted LED illuminated channel letters on the buildings east and north elevations.

Gulf Coast Signs adds the Accu-Bend Model 26

Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota has added Accu-Bend’s cutting-edge technology to our inventory of production equipment with the purchase of the Accu-Bend Model 26. Recognition as the market-leading channel letter bending machine since producing the first machine in the world to notch, flange and bend complete channel letters was an important factor considered during our extensive evaluation of all available machines on the market.

This upgrade insures that we can continue to provide our clients with the highest quality products they’ve come to expect over our 40 years in the industry at competitive prices.

River Club Car Wash Branding Completed

Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota was pleased to put the finishing touches on the River Club Car Wash in Bradenton recently in preparation for the planned February opening. The full branding package consisted of fabricating an 11′-6″ x 24′-0″ single faced wall sign featuring LED illuminated push thru and channel letter copy, a second 2′-11″ x 6′-0″ single faced wall sign combines digitally printed graphics with LED channel letters. The building is completed with (2) two additional sets of LED channel letters. Navigating the property is assisted by (8) eight vehicle directional signs and ancillary signage for the car wash tunnel. Final touches included handicapped parking signs and additional digital graphics.

A Sign of Things to Come

At 8:30 this morning an announcement sign went up at the site of the future River Club Car Wash. The 4′ x 8′ digitally printed sign panel features a conceptual image of the facility applied to an aluminum composite panel mounted to PVC posts illustrating what will be built by R.E. Crawford Construction for Scott Pinkus on an out-parcel at the Super Wal Mart anchored River Club Plaza on State Route 70. The Tommy Car Wash Systems facility is the second in Florida and is on track for a November opening this year and was recently the subject of a Bradenton Herald story.

Gulf Coast Signs worked closely with Scott to develop the branding package that will feature prominently on the buildings as well as the property – check back with us for more on that this fall.

Ethan Allen Debuts New Store

A new generation Ethan Allen Design Center has opened in the Sarasota market and we were pleased to assist both Benderson Development and Ethan Allen in branding this signature building. Working from the original architects drawings and at the direction of Ethan Allen’s construction department an expanded grid panel was designed to replace slat style awnings at the East and West entrances allowing an increased sign area on these elevations. The aluminum and fiberglass grids were contracted through the developer and were built in conjunction with the LED  illuminated channel letters ordered by Ethan Allen for these elevations and assembled as complete units. These grids serve multiple purposes by providing visual interest at these entrances, a degree of shade originally intended by use of metal awnings and as the support for the channel letters.

The branding was completed with another smaller set of channel letters mounted to a parapet wall on the southeast elevation and a final set of channel letters standing on a raceway mounted to edge of a small roof at the north elevation. These off white letters read well against the darker earth tones and black tile that feature prominently on this building.