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SRQ DAILY Dec 10, 2018

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"There seems to be a constant back-and-forth."

- Marlon Brown, Deputy City Manager

-Guests enjoy SRQ Media's twenties themed holiday party at Sarasota Waterworks.
[Government]  Ongoing Struggle Regarding G. Wiz Structure
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The former G. Wiz building on Sarasota’s Bayfront once again has sparked a struggle between Sarasota’s architectural history and a recently approved vision for the future.

Sarasota’s Historic Preservation Board right now has taken steps to get an historic designation on the building, the original site of the Selby Library. Sarasota City Commissioners, however, already voted to tear down the long-vacant structure as part of the first phase in developing The Bay public space.

“There seems to be a constant back-and-forth,” said Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown at the last Sarasota City Commission meeting.

The most recent move has frustrated some City Commissioners. “They’re double backing on our policy directions,” said Commissioner Hagen Brody, “continuing to take votes that will complicate this board’s prior decision to move forward with that project.”

But City Commissioner Jennifer Ahearn-Koch, who voted against demolishing the structure, said the problem lies with the commission taking action without advising first with the Historic Preservation Board. “If we have advisory boards and we don’t consult them when we have historic structures, that could be one of the reasons this is going on,” she said.

Brown, though, said because the site never has been designated as an historic structure in the past, the fate of the building never was put in front of the Historic Preservation Board. Indeed, the state already determined the building was ineligible for historic designation.

The Walter Netsch-designed structure, which decades ago won national architectural awards, was greatly renovated before the G. Wiz operated there. And after G. Wiz unexpectedly closed six years ago, the building suffered years of vacancy and neglect.

Still, the local chapter for the American Institute of Architects argued earlier this year against tearing down the structure, a rare instance of a prominent business group siding with neighborhood leaders in a fight against a major redevelopment project in the region. 

But Sarasota City Commissioners ultimately voted 3-2 in favor of moving forward with the first phase of a 53-acre public space. The structure otherwise costs the city $40,000 in upkeep and for years officials have been unable to find a tenant who would move in to the structure. 

[Government]  Sarasota Board of County Commissioners Select Hines, Moran, Maio

The Board of County Commissioners has selected Charles Hines, District 5, as chair and Michael Moran, District 1, as vice chair for 2019 during its annual retreat Friday. Alan Maio, District 4, will serve as Pro Tem. The chair presides at commission meetings. The commissioners voted to select the positions, which are effective January 1. The votes were unanimous. Current Chair Nancy Detert will continue serving in that role for the remainder of 2018. Hines currently serves as the vice chair. Hines was elected to the Sarasota County Commission in 2012 and previously served as chair in 2014. He has also served local government on the City of Venice's ADA advisory committee, Sarasota County's Surtax Oversight committee and as part of Sheriff Tom Knight's advisory committee. Hines' other community and civic association actives include: the Venice Chamber of Commerce, the Sertoma Club of Venice, United Way of South Sarasota and Big Brother Big Sisters. He is a member of the Florida Bar Association and the Sarasota Bar Association. 

Sarasota County Commission

[Real Estate]  RASM Installs 2019 Officers and Board, Announces Awards

The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) has installed the 2019 officers and directors and recognized six award winners at its Installation and Awards Banquet. Incoming President Amy Worth, Broker Associate with RE/MAX Platinum Realty, announced her goal to focus on the professionalism, productivity and profitability of RASM’s 6,500 REALTOR members.

The newly installed officers for 2019 are President Amy Worth of RE/MAX Platinum Realty, President-Elect David Clapp of RE/MAX Alliance Group, Treasurer Adam Chicoine of RE/MAX Alliance Group, Secretary Georgina Clamage of Michael Saunders & Company and Immediate Past President Greg Owens of Keller Williams on the Water. The board of directors serving in 2019 are Tony Barrett, Rico Boeras, Michael Bruno, Jody Carlson, Jaymie Carter, Michelle Crabtree, Lee Forbes, Bill Furst, Sharon Gould, Alex Krumm, Renee Marquiss, Maryellen Paterson, Roger Piro, Brian Tresidder, Tony Veldkamp and Steve Zeris.

Six members were also recognized for their contributions and achievements in 2018. The following recipients were nominated and selected by their peers: Peter Crowley, RE/MAX Alliance Group – 2018 REALTOR of the Year; Roger Piro, RE/MAX Alliance Group – 2018 President’s Award; Michael Bruno, Michael Saunders & Company – 2018 Distinguished Service Award; Robin Wentz, Keller Williams Realty Manatee – 2018 Humanitarian Award; Jamie Black, Cross Country Mortgage – 2018 YPN Member of the Year; and Elizabeth Reynolds, IAS Marketing Services – 2018 Business Partner of the Year. 

Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee

[Business]  EDGEcon2019 Small Business Conference Coming to Sarasota

EDGEcon2019 Small Business Conference is coming to Sarasota February 22-23, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Founded by David Kauffman, Sarasota-based business coach, author, Master DISC Trainer, owner of Empowering Small Business, and EDGE (Exceptional Discipline Generates Excellence) Peer Group Founder, this conference will bring renowned speakers from around the country to promote entrepreneurship and small business ownership. The conference theme is based on David Kauffman’s Six Pillars of Business Success (marketing, sales, procedures, office and tracking, relationships, and leadership) and includes speakers who are experts in these fields.

Speakers for EDGEcon2019 include Kauffman, who helps small business owners across the country achieve long-term success in their industry; Maria Andros, leading video conversion and live streaming expert who taught as a guest expert speaker for Tony Robbins’ Business Mastery; Bryan Flanagan, the former director of corporate training for the Zig Ziglar Corporation for over 20 years; Delotorro L. McNeal II, best-selling author and peak performance expert; and Ron Klein, the inventor of the magnetic strip on the credit card; among others.

Registration is now available for the conference. 

EDGEcon2019 Small Business Conference

[SRQ Events]  SRQ MEDIA’s Roaring Twenties Holiday Soiree

SRQ Media would like to extend a heartfelt 'Thank You'  to all of our friends, clients, and partners that joined us last Friday night for our annual holiday party. This year's celebration honored our 20th year in publication with twenties themed music and dress and was held at Sarasota Waterworks. It was a sparkling night filled with delicious food, refreshing libations, and exceptional company. Be sure not to miss checking out all the gorgeous event photos. 

Holiday Party Photos Here!

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Coco Fusco: Twilight , October 14 – February 17

A solo exhibition presenting recent video projects by internationally acclaimed writer and interdisciplinary artist Coco Fusco. Works explore the current political and social climate in Cuba as the Revolution enters its twilight years. Fusco will be premiering her lasted video project currently in production. This newest project, made possible by her 2016 Greenfield commission at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, is a short video-essay on contemporary Cuba that reflects on the anxieties emerging as the country faces an uncertain future. Fusco will also be unveiling a new sculpture on The Ringling’s grounds.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: "Hi, I'm Rich..." , December 9 – December 10

Join masterfully musical and wickedly funny Rich Ridenour, the Pops Orchestra and local singing star and this year’s second runner up in the Ms. Florida pageant, Lauren Nielson, to brighten the stage and the holiday spirit.

Sunday- Riverview Performing Arts Center Monday- Neel Performing Art Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota 5840 26th St. W, Bradenton

[TODAY]  SEMINAR: Voice & Visibility Salon Series , December 12

Please join us for an intimate evening that will include a featured presentation by Shannon, conversation, and resources for action! Also enjoy light refreshments and an inspired art installation. What does Investing in Women’s Progress look like in this noisy climate? Which women? Where do we start? Investing in Women’s Progress will ensure you:

  • Learn about the diversity of women’s needs

  • Evaluate what resonates with you and your organization/company

  • Create an “invest in women strategy” that yields a strong return

  • Receive resources and an overview of the upcoming Voice & Visibility Salon series offerings

[SOON]  THEATER: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder , November 7 – January 13

Monty Navarro may be distant heir to the family fortune, but there are several deadly ways to jump the line of succession. Along the way, Monty has to juggle his mistress, his fiancée and the constant threat of landing behind bars. It will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

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

[SOON]  THEATER: Dike , November 9 – December 16

Written by Hannah Benitez, a Cuban-Jewish-American millennial originally from Miami, Dike follows a pair of sisters from a religious family who reunite after two years of separation to navigate the cloudy waters of identity. An awkwardly hilarious and gripping exploration of love, sexuality, and sisterhood, with an all-female cast, Dike questions the limitations religion and social conditioning raise within all of us.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Woodblock Prints from Post-War Japan , November 18 – May 5

In the wake of the Second World War, woodblock prints emerged as a channel of diplomacy and friendship between Japan and the U.S. Printmaking continues to be a vibrant and ever-changing art form well into the 21st century. This exhibition draws the Ringling Museum of Art’s extensive holdings of postwar Japanese prints and local collections. On display will be works by key artists including Onchi Koshiro, Hiratsuka Un’ichi, Saito Kiyoshi, Yoshida Chizuko, and Hoshi Joshi, including a number of new acquisitions and never-before exhibited pieces.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Guitar Girls , November 28 – March 31

A celebration of female singer-songwriters who have used their music to give themselves a voice in contemporary America. Artists like Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, and Carly Simon have made indelible marks on the music industry.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cycle 2: Art Center Instructors, McMennamy and Gatzambide , November 29 – January 4

Art Center Instructors exhibition will feature the talented local and visiting Art Center Sarasota instructors. A second gallery will offer Stephen McMennamy, an Atlanta-based artist, his first solo exhibition featuring his time-based video collages. Artist Peter Gatzambide will exhibit a recent series of assemblage paintings and works on paper in his first solo exhibition at Art Center Sarasota.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Elf- The Musical , November 29 – December 16

Santa Claus narrates the story of Buddy, who was raised at the North Pole. Prior to Christmas, Buddy learns he’s human, not an elf. He convinces Santa to let him return to New York City to find his real father. He finds his father (who’s on the naughty list) and a step brother who doesn’t believe in Santa. Buddy decides it’s up to him to bring back the spirit of Christmas to his family and all of New York.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave W, Bradenton

[SOON]  GALLERY: By the Sea , November 9 – December 10

This group exhibition celebrates the beauty of glistening waterscapes with inspired artwork. Sarasota-based and nationally acclaimed artist Linda Richichi presents oil and pastel paintings along with Florida Landscape artist Gary Borse and other gallery talents. This show aims to not only highlight nature’s beauty, but also use the space as a platform for conversations about conservation.

530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Inspired Juried Show & Women's Contemporary Artists , December 4 – January 11

Two exhibits open up in the four galleries, including an all-media juried show featuring artists from all around the region. Women's Contemporary Artists is a group of women artists from Florida's Gulf Coast. Opening reception on December 5.

ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St. W, Bradenton.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SRQ Magazine's 6th Annual Women in Business Competition , December 10 – January 25

Nominations are now open for SRQ Magazine’s 6th Annual Women in Business Competition, recognizing extraordinary women who have made meaningful contributions to the Sarasota and Bradenton communities through their business, non-profit and philanthropic endeavors. Know someone who deserves to be recognized? Nominate them today! Once nominated, individuals will be invited to submit a formal application which will be juried by a panel of outside judges.

Nominations are open through Friday, January 25, 2019; midnight.

[SOON]  THEATER: Straight White Men , December 12 – March 1

Monty Navarro may be distant heir to the family fortune, but there are several deadly ways to jump the line of succession. All the while, Monty must juggle his mistress, his fiancée, and the constant threat of landing behind bars. Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

Florida Studio Theatre , 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Sarasota World Affairs Council Speaker Series , December 12, 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Join the Sarasota World Affairs Council for the next program in its 2018-19 lecture series, The Boiling River: Adventure and Discovery in the Amazon, featuring Andrés Ruzo, Founder/Director of the Boiling River Project in Peru and National Geographic Explorer, who was the first geoscientist to obtain permission to study the sacred river.  He will share his research and discoveries and his concerns for the future of this unique river and the people who live along side it.  Each SWAC lecture is followed by a members-only reception with the speaker in a historic building on Sarasota Bay.  The lecture is free, but reservations are suggested (sarasotawac.org).

MILDRED SAINER PAVILION, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Black Nativity , December 12 – December 21

Originally written by Langston Hughes, this Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe production is a celebration of the Nativity story with gospel, blues, spiritual, and Christmas music, paired with the poetry of Langston Hughes and the creativity of WBTT. Will inspire and entertain all ages.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 North Orange Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALA: Men, Whiskey and Watches , December 13, 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Men, Whiskey & Watches is an annual event that will benefit the Child Protection Center of Sarasota, FL. Featuring whiskey tastings from select distillers, an assortment of fine watches, premium cigars, a live auction and plenty of business networking opportunities.

Included in general admission ticket price: Open Bar, whiskey tasting and cocktail sampling, cigar sampling and food from some of the best local restaurants in the area such as: JPan Sushi & Grill, Mattison's, Selva Grill, Gold Rush BBQ, Naples Flatbread and more!

Edson Keith Estate , 5500 S. Tamiami Trl, Sarasota

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