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"If we can't come up with something reasonable, then I'm sure they will do what that always do and just sue us."

- Nancy Detert, Sarasota County Commissioner
 

[Government]  Could Newtown CRA Solve Dispute?
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

As administrators with Sarasota County and the City of Sarasota discuss a dispute over the final payment for an expired redevelopment agreement, city officials have suggested leaving that argument behind and having the governments instead partner to tackle blight in the Newtown area.

Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin on Monday suggested, among a list of “painless win-win city county partnerships,” that the city reset the base year for raising tax increment financing within the Newtown Community Redevelopment Area (CRA), and that the county agree to fund the CRA for 30 years. “The Newtown CRA will be a slow-growing economic development district due to its small size and low-density zoning, and symbolize a new era in Sarasota County,” Barwin wrote in prepared notes, “with both major governments in the county addressing the historical challenges the 100-year-old neighborhood known as Newtown continues to strive to overcome.”

The suggestion was part of a list of possible partnerships proposed by the city to resolve a dispute over the sunsetted Downtown Sarasota CRA. That was allowed to sunset by county commissioners last year, but city officials then noted that despite a 30-year agreement with the county over funding the redevelopment effort, payments were only made for 29 years, and the city says it should be paid one more installment of $4.7 million. County officials have maintained that no money was paid the first year, and no discussion of a 30th payment ever arose before the final payment from the county was authorized. At a joint meeting of city and county commissioners, elected officials on both boards encouraged administration to come together and reach a resolution outside of litigation. 

County Commissioners will likely discuss the issue at a meeting today, but County Commissioner Nancy Detert suggested another 30-year agreement may not be the best resolution. “Then we are just dragging it out for 60 years,” she says. “I’d like some resolution, but a resolution that is proposed soon and is over soon. If that worked out well, then we could move to other projects and see if we want to partner again long-term.”

Barwin said he had been encouraged in conversations with county officials to suggest solutions based not on hitting a dollar amount but in finding reasonable partnerships and projects. The city leader also suggested solutions such as joint support of the city-owned Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, where a majority of users live outside city limits, or with extending an agreement regarding the Marion Anderson Brownfield and potentially establishing workforce training onsite. In return, the city would drop threats of litigation over the funding, and could also move forward on a park and parking facility on Ringling Boulevard. 

Mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie says it makes sense for a resolution to direct funding toward Newtown. “We need to make sure funds, if there are any, go to the area that needs it the most,” she said at a meeting Monday. Officials also suggested that area would benefit not just from brick-and-mortar investment but in better marketing and economic development.  

Detert stressed that the county had a solid defense that no money was owed at all. She still hopes for a resolution. “If we can’t come up with something reasonable, then I’m sure they will do what that always do and just sue us,” she says, “and we’ll see how much that costs.” 

[Daily Shop]  Gold on the Ceiling
Jasmine Respess, jasminer@srqme.com

The folks hawking furniture at McCormack & Company are newcomers with old souls. Collecting art and furniture for 30 years, on his 75th birthday, Tony McCormack’s storage units were filled to the brim, so he opened a store with his business partner, John Farr, opening on April Fool’s Day of 2017. McCormack & Company boasts vintage furniture from the ‘50s and works from famous artists such as architect and designer Ettore Sottsass of the Memphis Design Group, who made chairs for Disneyland, and pottery from ceramicist Frederick Rhead. The shop also features works from local artists, such as sculptor Dorothy Gillespie. This brutalism-inspired chandelier created in collaboration by Jerry Fels and Curtis Freiler, under the compound nom de artiste C. Jeré, stands out in the shop, its gold and cubic light fixture functional and modern, striking without being overbearing. An architectural movement typified by blockish and imposing constructions of raw concrete, brutalism was popular from the 1950s to the mid-1970s and recently seems to be staging a comeback. This piece of the comeback available for $5,800 dollars. 

Photo by Jasmine Respess.

McCormack & Company, 500 Pineapple Ave. S, Sarasota, 941-350-2785.

[L. Boutique]  Heavenly Hammitt

Nothing screams summer more than bright colors and cheeky prints. Arriving just in time, Hammitt’s Corey reversible leather crossbody bag is the perfect pop to complement a breezy sundress and beachy tan. A luxury accessories brand based in Los Angeles, CA, Hammitt’s handbags are at the heart of their collections. Fully equipped with a cellphone pocket for those of us who need a little organization in our life, the bag is reversible, giving you the option to switch up your style with an alternate design in mere seconds. Shown above, Frankie/Brushed Gold ($558). Not into patterns? You can choose from an array of tones and solid colors.

Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

L. Boutique, 556 S Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

L. Boutique

[Awards ]  Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Awarded Grant from NEA

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe recently received a $10,000 Arts Work award from the National Endowment for the Arts to help underwrite its 2018 production of The Mountaintop, a fictional account of the last night of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life. The funds will also be used to underwrite costs of community outreach activities related to the play. WBTT will take a four-pronged approach to the community outreach activities. First, there will be two free performances of The Mountaintop for low-income residents, one specifically for school-aged children. Next, WBTT will hold a free “Voices” community discussion about the play and Dr. King’s leadership in the civil rights movement. Third, WBTT will incorporate readings from The Mountaintop in a new Jazzlinks curriculum for area high school students that will focus on the civil rights movement. Finally, the show and Dr. King’s legacy will be tied into WBTT’s 2018 summer musical intensive theatre program, "Stage of Discovery.” 

West Coast Black Theatre

[Awards]  FPZA Awards Sarasota County's Plan an Award of Merit

Sarasota County's Comprehensive Plan has received the 2017 Award of Merit from the Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA). The FPZA is a professional planning organization consisting of planners, zoning officers, property owners, developers, engineers, private and public lawyers, landscape architects, appointed and elected officials, lay persons, businesses and administrators. The organization's awards committee noted it was impressed with the streamlined, user-friendly plan, which guides the county's decision-making related to the physical development of the county. Last year, the county's Planning and Development Services staff, as well as more than 50 subject matter experts from each county department, completed an 18-month update to this important, overarching plan in order to reflect changes to community characteristics and demographics. Staff received the Award of Merit during the 2017 FPZA Awards Luncheon at the Ritz Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. 

Sarasota County Government

[Expansion]  SMHCS Opens Newtown Internal Medicine Practice

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System (SMHCS) opens its newest facility today with the grand opening of the Sarasota Memorial Internal Medicine Practice – Newtown. Located at 1825 Dr. Marin Luther King Jr., Way, the group physician practice will offer comprehensive, coordinated care and accessible services to patients over 18, staffed by resident physicians training under the direct supervision of board-certified Internal Medicine physicians from the faculty of the Florida State University College of Medicine’s Internal Medicine Residency at Sarasota Memorial. The new facility will offer a full range of primary and preventative care. The facility opens today with a ribbon cutting at 1pm. 

SMH Internal Medicine - Newtown

[Awards]  Beth Joseph Recognized as a Top Sales Leader

Lykes Insurance has recognized Beth Joseph, private risk consultant at Fiducia Insurance, LLC, as one of its sales leaders during its annual Leaders Club Sales Incentive Trip. Fiducia Insurance, a premier insurance services and risk management solutions company, was created under the umbrella of Neal Communities and Lykes Insurance. Leaders are selected on the basis of meeting and exceeding goals for the year. The event recognizes sales leadership and encourages camaraderie among its leaders. Joseph has a degree in computer science and holds Florida licenses in property and casualty and life and health.Joseph began her insurance career in 2001. As a private risk consultant with Fiducia Insurance, she works with her clients and educates on the coverage that best fits their insurance needs.  

Neal Communities

[Synergy]  Gold Coast Eagle Picks Up Naughty Monk

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing has announced that it is adding Naughty Monk Brewery to its portfolio of craft beers. Gold Coast Eagle will start distribution in late June with Naughty Monk’s Naughty Monk Blonde, a 6% ABV Belgian Blonde Ale. Initial distribution will be a draft only offering available in half and sixth bottles. Naughty Monk Brewery is a 9,000-sq. ft. facility in Lakewood Ranch with 6,000 square feet of production brewery space and a 3,000-sq. ft. tasting room. Gold Coast Eagle Distributing is located in Lakewood Ranch, employs more than 160 associates, services more than 1,800 retail locations per week and is involved in more than 900 charity events in Sarasota and Manatee counties each year. 

Naughty Monk Brewery



[Women In Business ]  SRQ Kicks Off Summer With An Evening Of Engagement and Empowerment at SkillSHARE, June 15
SRQ Media kicked off the summer season with an evening of connection, engagement and empowerment at its SkillSHARE Mentorship Summit. SRQ Studios came alive with positive energy, enthusiasm and laughter as participants arrived to meet the Women In Business Leadership Circle and special guest mentors. Powered by the Women In Business Initiative, SkillSHARE features the basics of mentorship concentrated into mini-sessions that encourage honest interactions and allow for spontaneous connection. Participants meet like-minded professionals, make valuable connections and get straight to the heart of their most burning questions about career and personal development. With new friends, insights and connections, the group eagerly launched into mentoring breakout sessions in which skilled mentors met with participants for four rounds of 15-minute concentrated mini-sessions. Enthusiastic participants were armed with specific questions looking for advice from some of the regions top female entrepreneurs. SRQ’s skilled mentors shared their own experiences on participant’s questions on a myriad of topics from navigating the ladder to success and effectively communicating with team members to maintaining a business and work life balance. Mentors and mentees alike shared their delight in learning from each other and their in-depth conversations. As the evening concluded, the strong connections in the room were undeniable with many praising the format and above all atmosphere of this one of a kind networking event.
 
The next SkillSHARE Summit will take place on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 5:00pm-7:30pm. To submit your application to participate in the February 2018 SkillSHARE, please click here to register.

Click here for more photos from the June 2017 summit!

 

Women In Business

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Of Summer and Silence , June 20 – June 30

Susan J. Foster presents an exhibit of remarkable oil paintings, “Of Summer and Silence” in Miano Gallery at Southern Atelier in Sarasota. The opening reception for this exhibit will be on Friday, June 16th from 6pm until 9pm. The paintings will be on view from June 20th through June 309:30–4pm. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge. Sue Foster is a long-time resident of Bradenton and an instructor of still life painting at Southern Atelier.

Miano Gallery at the Southern Atelier , 7226 21st Street E,. Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Broadway in Black , June 21 – July 23

This summer, the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe salutes Broadway with an original revue by Nate Jacobs. Sing along with your favorite songs from award- winning shows and breakthrough roles that helped launch the careers of such Black artists as Melba Moore in Purlie, Ben Vereen in Pippin, Jennifer Holliday in Dreamgirls, and Nell Carter in Ain't Misbehavin'. It's Broadway, WBTT syle...electrifying! 

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe , 1343 Main St. Suite 402 Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: High School Musical Jr. , June 23 – June 24

Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life in Disney’s High School Musical Jr. The students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. The show’s infectious, danceable songs are sure to engage performers and audiences alike.

Manatee Performing Arts Center , 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

[SOON]  GALLERY: Painting Floral Still Lifes , June 23 – June 25

Artists will learn how to quickly sketch "Alla Prima," the colorful harmonies and abstract patterns of some of nature's most vibrant subject matter. This seminar will highlight color composition and painting from life under nature's light. 

Southern Atelier , 7226 21st St. E., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Celebrate International Day of Yoga at Selby Garden , June 24, 8:00am-9:30 am

Calling all Yogis and Yoginis! Join Pineapple Yoga Studios at Selby Gardens in celebrating International Day of Yoga on June 24 with a morning of limber exercise. Claudia Baeza and Lauren Beth Jacobs will co-teach an hour long all levels yoga class on the beautiful Great Lawn Pavilion at Selby Gardens. Everyone from advanced Yoga instructors to new Yogis are invited to attend this free donation based yoga event to support Selby Gardens and the Pineapple Yoga Studio Teacher Training Scholarship Fund. There will also be a children's corner with a Children's Yoga Instructor, so please bring your little Pineapples along! DJ Neon Tiger will be providing the music and a photobooth will be in the garden so you can capture yourself mastering yoga poses. To get more involved with the sarasota yoga community check out Pineapple Yoga's Instagram for their 6 days 6 Yoga pose challenge. Registration for the event opens at 8:00am with the class beginning at 8:30am. See you and your Tribe soon!

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Powerboat 2017 Grand Prix Festival , June 24 – July 4

The 33rd Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival returns June 24-July 4 with events for the entire family to enjoy. Powerboat and AquaX Pro race teams will compete for the checkered flag on July 1 and 2 just off Lido Beach with televised coverage to over 100 countries beginning late July.  New events this year include a Grand Prix Comedy Night at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, a venue change for the Festival Kickoff Party to Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens, and a Grand Prix Fan Fest on July 1 and 2 in the Van Wezel parking lot.  The Fan Fest is free with Suncoast Charities for Children producing the entire Festival, including the July 4th Bayfront Fireworks.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Volunteer Interest Coffee , June 24, 9:00-11:00am

Interested in becoming a Mote volunteer but need more information? Join them for a causal volunteer interest coffee in Mote's WAVE Center (former Sea Cinema). Staff from the volunteer office and current Mote volunteers will be available to answer any questions you may have about the benefits, commitment and rewarding opportunities that come with being a volunteer.

Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Just For Laughs , June 29 – July 28, 9:45am, 11:30am, 1:30pm

Join FST Children’s Theatre this summer for a one of-a-kind improvised experience that will tickle your funny bone! This improv and music extravaganza is completely made up on the spot every performance based on your suggestion and your participation. The cast will perform scenes, make up songs, and tell stories that will be appropriate for all ages. No two shows are alike! Best of all, those who want to jump on stage will have the chance to interact with us. Their show is ideal for family outings, birthday parties, and camp field trips. FUN for the whole family! Recommended for children ages 4+

Florida Studio Theatre , 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: America the Beautiful: A Patriotic Celebration , July 1, 7:30pm

Just in time for the Fourth of July, join Brian Gurl and friends on a patriotic adventure as you experience a captivating, exhilarating show honoring the music of American Legends such as Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, Lee Greenwood, Elivis Presley, George M. Cohan, John Philip Sousa and more! For more information and to purchase tickets please visit http://www.theplayers.org/shows/snap/

The Players Theatre of Sarasota, 838 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: 9th Annual Sarasota Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular , July 4, 11:00 am-10:00 pm

Join Marina Jack for their annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on Independence Day between 11:00 am-10:00pm. Indulge in the decadent menus from the Dining Room, Blue Sunshine Patio Bar & Grill and Deep Six Lounge & Piano Bar all while enjoying the magnificent display of lights in the sky. Marina Jack II will host a three hour cruise featuring a buffet, live music and premier viewing of the fireworks display.

Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  BUSINESS: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne , July 5 – August 6

In this award winning southern regional premiere, tenacious and flamboyant 14 year-old Leonard Pelkey disappears. A small town New Jersey detective slowly unravels the mystery, portraying over a dozen eccentric characters along the way. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, the town’s citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.floridastudiotheatre.org

Florida Studio Theatre , 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: YPG After Hours at Escape Countdown , July 6, 5:30-7:30pm

Come join us YPG Thursday, July 6th at Escape Countdown for the area's largest monthly networking event, YPG After Hours! With an average of 80-100 young professionals gathering on the first Thursday of each month you're guaranteed to make new friends, secure new clients, and learn more about what Sarasota has to offer. Along with great drink specials, enjoy appetizing lite bites for the duration of the event.

Escape Countdown , 6525 S. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Venice Summer Cabaret Festival , July 6 – August 27

Venice Theatre is delighted to invite audiences to its 5th Annual Summer Cabaret Festival. The popular event keeps music lovers and theatergoers entertained throughout the summer months with a variety of music in a nightclub setting. The irrepressible Eric Watters will kick off the festival on Thursday, July 6, 2017 with his tribute to Johnny Mercer, "My Huckleberry Friend." The festival will continue in “Pinky’s Cabaret” (the theatre’s black box Pinkerton Theatre) through Sunday, August 27, 2017. Tickets are $20 for each show and will go on sale June 6, 2017.

Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave.,Venice

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College of Art and Design at the Englewood Art Center , July 7 – July 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

With original works of art created by more than 20 area artists, this free, family-friendly event features art in a variety of media, including paintings, watercolor, ceramics, fiber art, sculpture and photography. The two-day event also features artist demonstrations, live music, food trucks and activities for children.

Englewood Art Center , 350 South McCall Rd., Englewood

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