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"Our residents should continue to monitor the forecast by watching reliable news sources and following the County's social media accounts."

- Steve Litschauer, Manatee County Emergency Operations Management

[Hurricane]  Dorian Already Impacted Manatee-Sarasota
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Government leaders in Manatee and Sarasota counties over the weekend de-escalated emergency response teams as Hurricane Dorian’s storm path turned northward. But there remain consequences from the storm even if it no longer seems a physical threat for Southwest Florida.

"Thankfully, Hurricane Dorian tracked eastward again and Manatee County is no longer in the projected path of the storm,” said Manatee Emergency Chief Steve Litschauer on Saturday evening. “We are putting everything on hold until the storm goes by us.”

But that doesn’t mean officials won’t keep alert.

Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin said based on the storm trajectory, no shelters opened in Sarasota on Sunday as planned. "It appears we were fortunate and the potentially dangerous impacts from Dorian will thankfully miss our region," Barwin said. "I remain hopeful for a near normal, perhaps a bit soggy-maybe windy, Labor Day barbecue."  

But that could change if the storm today fails to turn north, as models project. And depending on what impacts come on the east coast from the storm, it's still possible emergency personnel in Southwest Florida will need to assist in other areas.

And Sarasota paid a certain economic price in room cancellations on a holiday weekend. The 2019 Tampa Bay Labor Day Tournament, a major soccer event at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch was cancelled Friday. Attendees had booked rooms in hotels up and down Interstate-75 for the event, but the storm disrupted travel plans significantly.

Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota County, said hospitality leaders were concerned about the impact of losing the event. But the tourism agency already has plans to draw visitors through the fall to Sarasota County.

"Dorian does not figure into our plans for season if the current path holds," Haley said. "We are focused on restarting our Sarasota Big Pass promotion as soon as the storm clears to give us a pre-season boost."

It’s important to note, of course, that the models have shown wildly changing storm paths for Dorian, and first responders are not yet turning their attention away from the hurricane.

"It's been an unpredictable storm and it could take a left turn just like it took a right turn,” Litschauer said, “so our residents should continue to monitor the forecast by watching reliable news sources and following the County's social media accounts." 

[Business]  Manatee County Habitat for Humanity Names Shoemaker CEO

Manatee County Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director Diana Shoemaker has been promoted to the position of CEO, and Greg DeMeuse and Gurn Freeman have joined the organization’s board of directors. Shoemaker has been with Manatee Habitat for 10 years, earning her promotion through strong leadership and a commitment to its mission to help hardworking families achieve strength and stability through affordable housing. Greg DeMeuse of Blalock Walters and Gurn Freeman, formerly Director of Government Sales for FedEx, were brought on as board members to enhance the efforts of the board in accord with organizational growth and capacity building plans.

Prior to joining Manatee Habitat, Shoemaker served as the Director for Family Promise of Manatee County, a nonprofit providing shelter and resources to homeless families. She also served as chair of the Manatee County Affordable Housing Task Force and is a graduate of Leadership Manatee and the LWRBA Executive Academy. She and her team recently completed the Patterson Foundation’s No Mission, No Margin initiative that provides guidance to nonprofits, helping them to increase their capacity to do good.

The Manatee Habitat Board of Directors is led by Board Chair Roger Arnholt, Vice-President Kirsten Regal, Treasurer Barry Berman and Secretary Lauren Fuller. DeMeuse and Freeman will join current board members Todd Powers, Tim Polk, and Gary French. 

Manatee County Habitat for Humanity

[Business]  Kratz Opens Elegant Style Boutique at The Bazaar on Apricot and Lime

Christie Kratz has opened Elegant Style Boutique inside The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime in Sarasota. Kratz hails from Maryland with 30 years of retail experience, and moved to Florida a year ago with a passion to help women find the look they want. Her store features comfortable and stylish clothing and accessories with a bohemian edge. Her favorite brands include Umgee and Azule. She also designs her own line of children's t-shirts which kids can spend hours repeatedly coloring.

The Bazaar is an indoor indie market home to more than 25 local vendors selling clothing, art, honey, vintage, furniture, collectibles, and so much more. Located at 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota and open weekly Thursday–Saturday 10am–3pm. For more information visit the website below. 

Bazaar on Apricot and Lime

[Education]  Registration Opening Soon for OLLI at Ringling College Fall Semester

Registration opens on September 3 for Gold Members and September 10 for the general public for the fall semester at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College (OLLI at Ringling College). There are more than 100 classes, workshops, lectures and other programs covering a rich diversity of subjects, including art appreciation, culture and travel, health and well-being, global issues, science, philosophy, religion, digital art, studio arts, photography, sculpture, painting and more. Classes, lectures, Einstein’s Circle discussions, the CONNECTIONS documentary film series and other special events are held at the following locations: The Ringling College Museum Campus, The Center of Anna Maria Island, OLLI East, Westminster Point Pleasant and Ringling College’s main campus. To register, visit the website below. 

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College

[TODAY]  FILM: Sun Xun: Time Spy , August 11 – February 16

A mesmerizing 3D animated film by Chinese painter and draughtsman, Sun Xun incorporates traditional techniques including ink painting, charcoal drawing and woodblock printing. He uses analog and digital technologies to explore pressing concerns of the time.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[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

[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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