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SRQ DAILY Dec 17, 2018

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"A lot of research and a lot of great ideas are in this document."

- Steve Cover, Sarasota Planning Director

[Government]  Comment Period Closing on New Sarasota Code
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Sarasota city leaders continue to gather comments on a draft form-based code released nearly three months ago. “What we are going to do is to look at all those things in this draft and identify what are good ideas to move forward with,” says Steve Cover, Sarasota Planning Director.

The Urban Design Studio in Sarasota spent five years developing the citywide form-based code, and allowed for a three-month input window after the draft release. That period comes to a close at the end of December.

But Jason Bartolone, Sarasota city spokesman, stressed there will still be numerous opportunities for further input before portions of the code go before Sarasota City Commissioners for a vote.

“Although the comment period runs through December, a date/deadline for all comments to be provided has not been decided due to the need for the community/staff/Commission to review and develop an overall understanding of the Form-Based Code,” he says.

Cover said there’s already been a good deal of input reflecting popular and controversial portions of the code. There seems to be broad support for wider sidewalks and building setbacks, for example. And there seems to be agreement that density bonuses within the Rosemary District have spurred positive redevelopment.

He notes Sarasota in January will also be embarking on related efforts like a transportation master plan, so there will be eternal evolution to building codes.

It’s unlikely the entire code will end up for city commission consideration in one fell swoop. With the draft code at nearly 600 pages, he says portions of the code will go up for vote periodically, which could be a year and a half process in itself.

“A lot of research and a lot of great ideas are in this document,” Cover says. “What we want to do now is reach out to the public and have them identify what pieces are worth pulling out to further research.” 

Graphic courtesy City of Sarasota: Height density maps on Sarasota island neighborhoods including Bird Key and St. Armands Circle.

Read the draft here.

[Lecture]  RCLA Town Hall Lecture Series Single Tickets Now Available

Individual and limited tickets are now available for morning lectures only for the 2019 Ringling College Library Association (RCLA) Town Hall Lecture Series. Morning lecture tickets will be sold online and must be purchased five days prior to the lecture dates. The 39th annual lecture series will showcase international newsmakers and their insights on timely national and global issues.

The series begins on Wednesday, January 16, with a talk by athlete/icon Shaquille O’Neal, followed on February 4 by James Comey, who will speak on his service as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2013 to 2017. Jimmy Wales, technology visionary and founder of Wikipedia, will speak on February 18, and Caroline Kennedy, an attorney who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, will speak on March 4. During her tenure she helped realize the United States military's return of land on Okinawa to the Japanese government, and President Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima. Wrapping up the 2019 series on Thursday, April 11, Ian Bremmer will discuss global trends and issues. Dubbed the “rising guru” in the field of political risk by The Economist, Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, a leading global political risk research and consulting firm. 

All five lectures will be presented at Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. Morning lectures begin at 10:30am and the evening talks begin at 7:30pm. For tickets, call 941-309-5100 or visit the website below. 

RCLA Town Hall Lecture Series Tickets and Subscriptions

[Government]  Buchanan Hires Cruz, Rose as Senior Staffers

Congressman Vern Buchanan has announced the hiring of two new senior staffers in his Washington D.C. office.

Anthony Cruz, a former deputy press secretary for Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL, will be Buchanan’s new communications director. A New York native and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Cruz most recently was communications director for New York Congressman Dan Donovan. In Rubio’s office, he worked with national and Florida media and assisted with the senator’s Spanish interpretation operation. Ashley M Rose, a former legislative director and counsel for Congressman Carlos Curbelo of Florida, will serve as Senior Policy Counsel. A Miami native and graduate of Florida State University and American University Washington College of Law, Rose lived in Sarasota for a year while she worked as a legal assistant for a local law firm. She will handle healthcare, among other issues, for Buchanan. 

The Office of Vern Buchanan

[Real Estate]  Local RE/MAX Alliance Agents/Teams Ranked Statewide, Nationally

RE/MAX Alliance Group commercial associates and teams have been listed among the top Florida and U.S. commercial and residential agents in the RE/MAX network year to date. 

Statewide, recognized local commercial agents include Stan Rutstein and Russell Tilton of the Bradenton office, who ranked #1 and #13, respectively. Erick Shumway & Associates of the Sarasota office ranked #2 and the Ivan Gould Team of the Sarasota office ranked #7. Nationwide, Rutstein ranked #15, while Erick Shumway & Associates ranked #6 and the Ivan Gould Team ranked #38.

In terms of local residential agents, four associates were ranked, including Carey Beychok of the Sarasota office at #25, Ryan Carson of the Siesta Key office at #48, Kim Stephens of the Venice Office at #76 and Nancy Ellerson of the University Park office at #88. Several local teams were ranked nationally, including The Brewer Team of the Sarasota office at #13, the Stiver Firth International Team of the Englewood office at #20, the Travis Group of the Bradenton office at #25 and more. 

RE/MAX Alliance Group

[Education]  Schmidt Earns Pacific 12 Conference Leadership Award

A four-year starter on the University of Oregon lacrosse team, Natalie Modly Schmidt, now a first-year student at the LECOM School of Dental Medicine in Bradenton, recently was honored with the Pacific 12 Conference Leadership Award. The award was established to recognize student-athletes who have served on institutional Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC) and who have demonstrated leadership. To qualify, the nominees must have completed their final season of athletics eligibility, be enrolled in graduate school, have been a letter-winner in a varsity sport and have served a minimum of one year on the campus SAAC. Leadership activities, community service, grade-point average and athletic achievement also are factors in the selection.

In her athletic career, Schmidt earned a spot on the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Academic Honor Roll in 2017 and 2018 and was named a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic Scholar-Athlete in 2016 (prior to Pac-12 play). In 2018, she earned Pac-12 All-Academic first-team honors as well as the University of Oregon Jaqua Award given to the graduating senior student-athlete with the highest Grade Point Average. She graduated in March with a 3.90 GPA in general sciences and also received a Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship in July 2018.

Schmidt also served as the co-director and executive board member of Oregon’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and volunteered for the Special Olympics, the HOSEA Homeless Shelter, National Girls in Sports Day, Read Across America Day and monthly events for cancer patients. She also traveled to Nicaragua in 2016 as a dental assistant to provide medical care and dental hygiene educational courses to underserved communities. 

LECOM School of Dental Medicine

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Watercolors from the Permanent Collection , September 15 – February 3

A selection of watercolors drawn from The Ringling’s permanent collections, illustrating various ways artists have used the medium. The exhibition will feature works by Edward Hopper, Charles Burchfield and Childe Hassam, among others.

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

[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]  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.

[TODAY]  MUSIC: Itzhak Perlman - In The Fiddler's House , December 17, 7:30PM

Regarded as the world's greatest living violinist, Itzhak Perlman is no stranger to audiences in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Almost twenty-three years have passed since Perlman made his iconic album of klezmer music, “In the Fiddler’s House.” In this only-area performance, Perlman revisits this meaningful and personal project, joined onstage by Hankus Netsky, Music Director, Saxophone and Piano; Andy Statman, Clarinet and Mandolin; members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band; and other special guests.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Lights in Bloom , December 20 – January 6

For the 15th year, and with an expanded 15-night schedule, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will light up the holiday season with Lights in Bloom!  More than one million lights will illuminate the Gardens and walkways. The tropical holiday paradise will also include nightly live entertainment, games, crafts, and grilled foods from Michael’s on East. Celebrate the holiday season at Lights in Bloom! Event dates are December 20–23, 26–30, and January 1–6.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: 15th Anniversary Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency , December 20 – January 5

The 15th Anniversary Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency takes over USF Sarasota- Manatee beginning December 20, culminating with the Celebration Concert at the Sarasota Opera House on January 5. 20+ free events will be held in the Performance Tent, including orchestra and chorus rehearsals, master classes, and works-in-progress recitals. Super Strings, December 29, features Florida students performing side-by-side with PMP students under the baton of Itzhak Perlman. Complete schedule and tickets available online at PMPSuncoast.org.

USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Cirque Ma’Ceo , January 4 – February 3

The Magic of Ma’Ceo... described by the ocala star banner as an- “Equine Cirque du Soleil”! This theatrical European style, equestrian themed, cirque show tells a beautiful seamless story with a contemporary blend of Acrobatics, Aerial, Dance, and Equestrian Arts woven to the acoustic beats of rich Spanish guitar. This renowned show has toured the nation this past decade, recently performing in Honolulu, Hawaii, Alaska, and Las Vegas. For the first time ever, Cirque Ma’Ceo will be performing in front of their hometown crowd,Sarasota Florida! To make this occasion even more special, we will be offering a VIP ticket to purchase a Benefit Dinner with the rare opportunity to eat, drink, and personally get to know the cast of Cirque Ma’Ceo right under the Big Top! A large portion of the ticket proceeds will be directly donated to Big Cat Habitat and the animals who have filled our lives with joy.

Big Cat Habitat, 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: New Year's Eve at Selby Gardens , December 31

This black tie event features a private journey through tropical holiday light displays, passed hors d’oeuvres, a seated four-course dinner, live entertainment and dancing, culminating with a champagne toast overlooking the fireworks on Sarasota Bay.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Illumination , December 31, 9:00PM - 1:00AM

The most anticipated party of the year is right around the corner....NEW YEARS EVE!

Full Moon Promotions is bringing back THE Sarasota New Years Eve Party to the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium to ring in 2019. This will be THE Biggest & Best Ticketed New Years Party in the area! Tickets are all inclusive; open full bar, bottomless champagne, catered apps, live & DJ entertainment, and a huge dance floor and light show. Ring in the new year right at Sarasota Illumination!

Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: 15th Anniversary Celebration Concert , January 5, 5:00PM

The culmination and highlight of the 17-day Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency, the 15th Annual Celebration Concert at the Sarasota Opera House features the most gifted, young musical talents of our time. The PMP Chorus is led by Patrick Romano, Chorus Master and the PMP String Orchestra performs under the baton of Itzhak Perlman.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cycle 3: SVAS, Nugent & Arbaugh, ASALH and Work of He(art) , January 24 – March 1

In Gallery 1, Sarasota Visual Artists Studios will present an exciting exhibition featuring the work of Andrea Dasha Reich, Barbara Banks, Bill Buchman, Duncan Chamberlain, Grace Howl and Larry Forgard. A collaboration between Jen Nugent and Jack Arbough uses drawing, collage and video to address competing impulses to conserve and explore in Gallery 2. In Gallery 3, the Manasota branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History highlights African-American artists from Sarasota and Manatee counties. And Gallery 4 features an open, juried exhibition.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Pirates of Penzance , January 10 – January 27

This rollicking, music-filled farce, which premiered in 1879, includes home-town references to our own Pittsburg Pirates. At eight years of age, Frederic was apprenticed to a group of fun-loving, soft-hearted pirates. Now 21, he decides to leave the pirates to lead “a blameless life.” He makes it his goal to eradicate these pirates. Fun and mayhem follow.

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

[SOON]  THEATER: The Crucible , January 11 – March 10

In the black of night, a Salem village reverend discovers a group of teenage girls dancing devilishly around a fire in the woods. When his daughter exhibits strange catatonic symptoms the following morning, the townsfolk are frenzied with rumors of witchcraft. Deep-seated jealousy, deadly accusations, and seething resentments pit neighbor against neighbor as a deeply religious community is thrown into turmoil, in this Arthur Miller classic.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Images- Who Stole the Mona Lisa , January 12 – January 13

“Who Stole the Mona Lisa?” is a whimsical and imaginative animated film that offers a delightful, multimedia, classical music performance presented in synchrony with a live performance of Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from “The Firebird.” Live and visual pairings of “Babar the Elephant” and “Pictures at an Exhibition” complete the program. Alexandre Moutouzkine mans the piano while Edward Alley narrates.

Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: American Watercolor Society , January 15 – February 22

Artists are local, national and international, and Art Center Manatee is one of only five venues in the country to host the exhibit. Admission is $5. In a neighboring gallery, and on display for the same period of time, the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society will also be showing work from its member-artists.

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

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Hairspray , January 17 – February 3

“Welcome to the 60s” where Tracey Turnblad, a pleasantly plump teenager dreams of fame and fights to racially integrate the Corny Collins Show. This winner of eight Tony Awards (including “Best Musical”) is based on the John Waters film and proves that “You Can’t Stop The Beat.”

The Players Theatre, 838 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

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