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"This beautiful area offers so much for visitors to enjoy, and these new flights will start just in time for a warm winter getaway."

- Drew Wells, Allegiant Air

[Transportation]  SRQ Airport Sets Passenger Record This Summer
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport’s passenger traffic set an all-time record last month, with 147,068 passengers traveling through the airport. With traffic up 42% over last summer’s, and year-to-date passenger numbers up 40%, 1,135,173 passengers have used the airport so far this year. As one of the fastest growing airports in the country, President and CEO of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport Rick Piccolo mentions an increased number of nonstop destinations and air carriers at SRQ will continue to expand. The eight airlines already servicing SRQ cater to both business and leisure travelers alike, “ranging from business class seating to basic economy with fares at ultra-low prices,” he says. 

Representing some of those discounted fares is budget airline Allegiant. Recently, the carrier announced new nonstop seasonal routes to Sarasota from eight new cities. Those cities include Des Moines, Flint, Fort Wayne, Knoxville, Louisville, Rockford, St. Louis and South Bend, and will offer fares beginning in November as low as $59. Allegiant will now service a total of 20 nonstop routes from the airport. 

“With eight new routes added just this week on Allegiant Air, SRQ now offers nonstop service to 37 destinations,” says Piccolo, in a continued effort to provide “our community and visitors convenient choices and low fares.” Whether a year-round resident, soon-to-be visitor or a business looking forward to high-seasonality, the announcement will prospectively affect traffic and tourism numbers this upcoming season.

“We’re excited to announce this major expansion in a sought-after Allegiant destination—Sarasota / Bradenton,” says Drew Wells, Allegiant vice president of planning and revenue. “This beautiful area offers so much for visitors to enjoy, and these new flights will start just in time for a warm winter getaway.” 

Photo provided by SRQ Airport.

[GoodBite]  Caribbean Chic at the Creek
Olivia Liang

A Sarasota staple, Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar delivers the Siesta ambience that tourists pay to enjoy and locals can’t help but indulge in, one savory bite and sweet sip at a time. Arrive by land or sea for casual waterfront dining with fresh local seafood, including the recently released Caribbean Chopped Salad, appearing on the permanent menu this week. With jumbo shrimp speared kebab-style then marinated and grilled in an avocado citrus vinaigrette, this new salad screams bright coastal cuisine with its red vine-ripe tomatoes and radishes, and English cucumbers and avocados for some splashes of green. Then pair the vibrantly colored dish with a Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita, also new to the menu. Fashioned from gold tequila, orange liqueur, fresh citrus juices and chili pepper sugar for a sip with a kick, the fiery cocktail comes complete with a neon swirly straw and extra slices of cucumber to munch. Sit down amongst crab traps, ship wheels, fish and friends to eat the Sarasota way—colorful and fresh with a bit of flair. 

[Sustainability]  Registration Open for 2019 Sustainable Communities Workshop

Early-bird registration is now open for Sarasota County's 14th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop on November 14, a daylong event to showcase strategies for healthy, resilient and thriving communities. Under the "Growing Greener Generations" theme, the 2019 workshop will tackle resiliency, food production, social equity, biodiversity, green economy and other topics through multi-generational panels and three keynote speakers: Josh Tickell, an author and filmmaker whose work provides young people with tools to reshape political power and change the climate conversation; Chris Castro, director of Orlando's Office of Sustainability & Resilience and developer of Fleet Farming, a social enterprise that redefines local food systems by building organic farms on residential lawns; and Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, a firm that specializes in creating and developing master-planned communities focused on sustainable, responsible growth.

Early-bird registration of $35 is available through October 14, and $45 after. Students pay just $25. All registrations include continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. For more information, follow the website below. 

Sarasota County Sustainable Communities Workshop

[Business]  Meet the Minds Luncheon Brings Secretary Lee to Michael's on East

Next week, August 23, The Argus Foundation will be hosting Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee at its Meet the Minds luncheon at Michael’s on East Ballroom. These luncheons are hosted for special guests to educate the community about critical issues impacting the community, state and world. Interested community members must register to attend. Seating is limited.

The Secretary of State is Florida’s Chief of Elections, Chief Cultural Officer and the head of the Department of State, which consists of the Office of the Secretary and the Divisions of Administrative Services, Corporations, Cultural Affairs, Elections, Historical Resources, and Library and Information Services. Lee served six years as Circuit Court Judge in Florida’s Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County presiding in the Circuit Civil, Civil Appellate and Domestic Relations Divisions ahead of her appointment as Florida’s 36th Secretary of State by Governor Ron DeSantis in February 2019. During this time, she was a member of the Florida Supreme Court’s Steering Committee on Family and Children in the Courts and the Florida Supreme Court’s Commission on Trial Court Performance and Accountability. 

The Argus Foundation

[Business]  DeAngelis Diamond Ranked Among Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Inc. magazine has named DeAngelis Diamond No. 3881 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, a prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents an inside look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become a hallmark of entrepreneurial success.

The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. DeAngelis Diamond is an innovative, award-winning, national construction management firm, specializing in commercial, multifamily, and healthcare construction with more than 20 years of general contracting experience across the United States and in the Caribbean Islands. 

DeAngelis Diamond

[TODAY]  THEATER: The Cottage , July 31 – August 24

Set in the English countryside in 1923, this sexy comedy of love and betrayal unfolds when Sylvia Van Kipness decides to expose her secret love affair to her husband. The true meanings of love and marriage are called into question as a surprising, hilarious web of secrets unravels in this ridiculous—potentially murderous—romantic comedy.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Scorch , July 26 – August 25

For Kes, falling in love for the first time happened online. But the exhilarating fantasy quickly turns into a terrifying reality when the young teen is accused of criminal conduct. Inspired by real cases of ‘gender fraud,’ Scorch is a touching and provocative story of love though the eyes of a gender-curious teen.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  THEATER: The Swingaroos: Hollywood Serenade , July 23 – August 30

Back by popular demand, The Swingaroos return to FST with a brand new show. Inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood, this jazzy music revue pays tribute to such icons as Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway, and Fred Astaire. Travel back in time this summer to the ‘30s and ‘40s when big bands and swing dancing were all the rage. 

Florida Studio Threatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: The Fabric of India , July 7 – October 13

This exhibition showcases over 140 examples drawn from the internationally-renowned holdings of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and private collections. This exposition illustrates the variety, technical sophistication and adaptability of Indian textiles from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Through a range of historical dress, carefully preserved fabrics, and cutting-edge fashion, discover how Indian textiles have been interwoven with religion, politics and global trade for centuries. Or join the Curator of Asian Art Dr. Rhiannon Paget for a tour at the Gallery Walk and Talk, 10:30am–6pm on July 25. 

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Interpolations: Artwork from The Ringling and Monda Collections , March 17 – September 8

This new exhibition fuses artworks from The Ringling’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary art and selections from Keith D. and Linda L. Monda’s collection. As part of the four promised gifts from the Monda family, pieces by Beverly Pepper, Teo González, Yayoi Kusama and Richard Serra enable the Museum to present a broader and more complex history of late twentieth- and early 21st-century art. These new promised gifts will be featured along with other selections from Monda’s collection and key works from the Ringling’s own growing collection of modern and contemporary art.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kick Off Celebration , August 29, 530pm

Join us to Kick Off the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer season and for the reveal of the 2019 Real Men Wear Pink candidates.  Hear about the American Cancer Society’s lifechanging research and patient programs that are funded by Making Strides and Real Men Wear Pink events. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. RSVP is required. Please RSVP by Monday, August 26th to Lucy.Fox@cancer.org or 941-328-3755. MakingStridesWalk.org/SarasotaManatee

The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FOOD: Caregivers Comfort Socializing Lunch , September 2, 1215pm

Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers' Comfort Creations, LLC and Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group Facilitator, hosts a monthly lunch at The Rosemary restaurant. This event provides caregivers some time to relax, enjoy themselves and eat super delicious food with others sharing similar situations. The lunch takes place from 12:15pm-1:45pm. For lunch details, contact Julie at caregivercomfort@aol.com.

The Rosemary, 411 North Orange Avenue

[SOON]  THEATER: Who Love You, Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and Beyond , September 3 – October 13

Experience the signature songs and dance moves of one of the most successful acts in music history: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. A musical tribute to the group that has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, Who Loves You will have you clapping and singing along to hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” and many more you know and love.

Florida Studio Threatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Stars, Stripes and Style 26th Annual Fashion Show , September 4, 11am

Join us in celebration of the Women's Council of Realtors Sarasota Network 26th Annual Fashion show on Wednesday, September 4 at 11:00 am. WCR will honor America's veterans at the Stars, Stripes and Style fashion show featuring fashions by Goodwill Manasota. Enjoy lunch by The Hyatt Sarasota and a fun filled fashion show by local realtors and business partners. There will be a live auction, lotto tree raffle, silent auction and shopping at tabletop boutiques.

Hyatt Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Voice + Visibility Women's Summit Lift Off Luncheon , September 17, 11am

Don’t miss the Voice + Visibility Women’s Summit hosted by Shannon Rohrer-Phillips, LLC at 11am on September 17 at Michael’s on East. The Voice + Visibility Network of SW Florida convenes diverse female leaders in Business, Philanthropy, The Arts and Community Advancement for maximum impact. At the event, SRP, LLC will highlight local leaders and announce the Inaugural Program for February 4th, 2020. VVWS will feature nationally recognized visionaries who will share their stories of leadership, innovation, wealth creation, and community investing in women and girls.

Michael's on East, 1212 South East Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Ari and the Alibis , September 20

FREE outdoor summertime concert series! The events run from 5-9pm and are located on the Bayside Lawn of the Van Wezel. Each of the four events will feature food trucks, beverage vendors and more – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a summer sunset over Sarasota Bay. Rounding out Friday Fest 2019 is the high-energy band, Ari and the Alibis! Infusing Funk, Jazz and Samba with Blues Soul and Rock, this 5-piece group has earned two Grammy® nods (Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance) and an award for “Best original song by a local group” in the Bradenton Times “Best of the Bay.” Don’t miss Ari’s powerhouse voice filled with emotion and strength – live at the Van Wezel’s Friday Fest!

Van Wezel

[SOON]  GALA: ACS Real Men Wear Pink Fashion Show , September 21, 5pm

Don’t miss the 2019 Real Men Wear Pink fashion show at 5pm on September, 21st in the Grand Court at The Mall at UTC. The show will feature Sarasota and Manatee candidates and each man will be dressed by one of the stores in the UTC Mall. These men are raising awareness and funds to fight breast cancer in our community.  Public is Welcome. Reserved Seating available. Contact Bethany Lynch at bethanyk.lynch@cancer.org to reserve your seat. Let's support these men in our community who are dedicated to fighting breast cancer.

The Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SPORTS: Totally Tailgate Benefiting Girls Inc. , September 21, 630pm

Get ready to tailgate at the 4th Annual Totally Tailgate benefiting Girls Inc. of Sarasota County. Girls Inc. invites you to the largest tailgate party under one roof with fan favorite food and drinks, classic games, raffles, multiple screens to watch your favorite football games and the opportunity to brag about the team nearest and dearest to your heart. Come out and represent your favorite team and support Girls Inc.

Michael's on East, 1212 South East Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239

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