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"Aunt Marie felt passionately about education and public access to nature, and that’s why she donated her land."

- Letter from eight descendants of Marie Selby

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[Culture]  Selby Descendants Endorse Gardens Master Plan
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Count some of Marie Selby’s descendants among supporters of a master plan for the botanical gardens bearing her name.

Officials at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens this week released a letter signed by eight relatives of the early Sarasota matriarch. There, the living legacy endorsed a long-term plan to build up capital facilities.

“Aunt Marie felt passionately about education and public access to nature, and that’s why she donated her land,” the letter reads. “If the Master Plan is approved, the Gardens’ collection will be housed and protected in a new herbarium with Category-5 hurricane-rated windows, and expanded facilities will offer even more opportunities for visitors to learn about one of the world’s best collections of rare plants.”

Signatories to the letter include Lawrence E. Zehring, Christine Zehring Schou, Robert A. Haynes III, David R. Haynes, Sarah Haynes Cowan, Richard B. Haynes, Diana Haynes Runyon and Michael R. Minshall. All are great nieces and nephews of Selby, and half live locally, the letter states.

The opinions run counter to many in the neighborhood. A banner hangs from a home across the bayou from Selby Gardens asserting Selby herself would vote to nix the plan.

But family members say such presumptions trample on the Selby legacy more than a sky garden. “Everyone is entitled to an opinion, and as a trailblazing woman, Aunt Marie often shared hers,” the letter reads. “But we respectfully request that community residents express their own personal opinions and not belittle Aunt Marie’s memory by implying that they know what she would or wouldn’t think.”

The letter noted several assets of the master plan, including a controversial five-story parking garage that will use renewable energy to power the campus.

And Selby officials have noted that the master plan calls for new construction on land acquired around the original Selby property but leaves the land donated by Selby herself intact. 

[Government]  Sarasota County Confirms Mylett as Director of Public Utilities Department

The Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) confirmed Mike Mylett as the new director of Sarasota County's Public Utilities Department. Mylett has been with Sarasota County Government since 2000, serving in a variety of roles within public utilities, including division manager of Water and Wastewater starting in 2018, until his appointment to interim director in April. By ordinance, the BCC must confirm the public utilities director. Commissioner Charles Hines, who also serves as the BCC chairman, said Mylett has worked hard to earn the role since his appointment as interim director and has continued to recognize water quality as a top board priority. Mylett earned a bachelor's degree in public health and administration from Indiana University and his master's degree in business administration from Weber University. 

Sarasota County Government

[Government]  BACVB Hires Pohl as General Manager of Convention Center, Powel Crosley Estate

The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (BACVB) has announced the hiring of Anna Pohl to the position of General Manager of the Bradenton Area Convention Center and Powel Crosley Estate. A native of Texas, Pohl has lived in Bradenton for the past 17 years and has extensive experience in special event/meeting planning. She also has previously worked at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Arts, Mattison’s Restaurant and Catering and Linens by the Sea, a division of US Tent Rental. Pohl also is a graduate of Leadership Manatee, sponsored and facilitated by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce. She also taught at State College of Florida through the Lovegevity Certification event and wedding planning program and is a member of Meeting Professionals International and the Florida Society of Association Executives. 

Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

[Tourism]  Visit Sarasota County Receives Accreditation with Distinction

Visit Sarasota County (VSC), Sarasota County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO), has received a Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) re-accreditation with distinction at Destinations International’s (DI) Annual Convention. This is the highest international recognition in the travel and tourism industry and marks VSC’s eighth year of accreditation. Of the 48 DMOs that received a DMAP seal at this year’s DI Convention, there were nine, including VSC, that received accreditation with distinction.

According to DI, the DMAP accreditation program requires a destination organization to successfully comply with a multitude of mandatory and voluntary standards that span a variety of performance areas. The standards cover nearly all aspects related to the management and marketing of destination organizations including governance, finance, human resources, sales, communications, destination development and research. To earn accreditation with distinction, a DMO must also achieve the 21 aspirational standards, which are such due the variances in budgets between each organization. VSC met 20 of the 21 aspirational standards, with categories like long-range planning, employee wellness and social responsibility. 

Visit Sarasota County

[Healthcare]  AAASWFL Seeking Volunteers for Chronic Disease Workshops for Seniors

The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL) is seeking volunteers to lead workshops to help seniors in Charlotte, Sarasota, and DeSoto counties manage their chronic conditions. Free training is provided to volunteers who wish to be trained to lead the Stanford-designed Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP).

The CDSMP is an evidence-based wellness program designed to help older adults and adults with disabilities to make a step-by-step plan to improve their health and their lives. AAASWFL has received grant funding to offer these workshops in six Southwest Florida counties, including Charlotte, DeSoto and Sarasota. AAASWFL will provide a free four-day training for volunteers willing to commit to leading CDSMP workshops on the agency’s behalf.  The agency also reimburses mileage for all volunteer-related travel.

AAASWFL volunteers should be at least 18 years of age, have a valid drivers’ license, and must be able to pass a background screening.

Potential volunteers may contact Sherry Young, AAASWFL Health & Wellness Coordinator, through the Elder Helpline at (866) 413-5337 (866-41-ELDER) or by emailing sherry.young@aaaswfl.org for more information. Volunteer applications can also be found at the AAASWFL website below. 

Area Agency on Aging of Southwest Florida

[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: Natasha Mazurka: Order Systems , March 17 – September 29

Mazurka’s work reflects the communicative potential of pattern by combining visual references to architecture, biology, data analytics and instructional code. From her intense research into pattern languages, Mazurka presents an art exhibition that flatters and disturbs concepts of certainty and stability residing within pattern systems existing all-around us.

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]  FILM: Gazebo Starlight Cinema Series , September 6

Join the Gazebo Starlight Cinema series with this month’s movie: X-Men. With a screen stretched around the Gazebo pillars and family flicks back-projected from within, what better place than the facing grassy knoll to relax in a beach chair or curl up on a blanket? Bring the whole family to kick off your weekend while enjoying the park! Support local Venice Avenue businesses by bringing snacks, dinner, ice cream (or gelato!) to enjoy during the movie.

Downtown Venice Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Ave.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Goldtones , September 7, 8pm

The Goldtones have been called the “hottest doo-wop group in Florida” and entertain their audiences with the sweet sounds of street-corner harmony and all the favorites from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The group is back by popular demand after performing at Venice Theatre for five years in a row. Proceeds benefit the Venice Theatre Guild’s Scholarship Fund!

Venice Theatre MainStage, 140 W Tampa Ave.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: 14th Annual Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast , September 13, 730am

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County will honor Jaime DiDomenico, Cool Today/Plumbing Today/Energy Today President, and Dr. Rachel Shelley, Booker High School Principal, at the 14th Annual Intertape Polymer Group (IPG) Leadership Breakfast for their commitment to empowering our community’s future leaders to reach their full potential. The event will take place on Friday, September 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, located at 3100 Fruitville Road in Sarasota.  Individual tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at bgcsarasota.com. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Tanya Orr, Community Engagement Manager, for more information by calling (941) 366-3911 or emailing torr@bgcsarasota.com.

Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Oktoberfest , September 13, 5–8pm

Put on your best German lederhosen and get ready to sample beers and shop during Oktoberfest. Ticket holders will be able to enjoy a fall-themed beer tasting at each of the participating locations in Downtown Venice as live, traditional German music fills the air. Attendees will receive a small sampling stein on a lanyard and get to sample a variety of brews in 3-ounce tastings as they follow a map of beer-tasting locations.

Downtown Venice

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota Wellness Expo , September 15

This expo provides an opportunity for locals to meet with local businesses that promote healthy living, and learn how to better their health and mind. This event caters to all ages and attendance is free. Guests can enjoy free fitness demos, health checks, a teddy bear clinic for kids, healthy food demonstrations, interactive activities and more.

Westfield Sarasota Square , 8201 South Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

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