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"I'm running to provide the face of who they are trying to get out of the process."

- Fredd Atkins, Sarasota County Commission candidate

-GOLFTOON 48: BETTER LUCKY THAN GOOD. -We've all experienced luck on the course. The sculled iron that somehow nestles up on the green 6 feet from the pin or a shot that ricocheted off a tree back into the fairway. Or the always popular 'play it off the ball washer.'
[Politics]  Atkins Files In District 1, Whatever That May Be
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Former Sarasota Mayor Fredd Atkins will run for Sarasota County Commission, no matter what district lines look like.

“It should be rather obvious the county commission is trying to redraw the lines to significantly affect the campaign,” Atkins said. “I’m running to provide the face of who they are trying to get out of the process.”

Atkins last week filed as candidate in District 1. That’s the same district where the Democrat was defeated by Republican Mike Moran in 2016, but this year brings a decidedly different political landscape. With passage of single-member districts, commissioners will no longer be selected by county-wide vote but by only voters within their district.

At least for the moment, Democratic voters make up a plurality in District 1. The district also boasts the highest concentration of black and Hispanic voters in the county.

In so many ways, Atkins sees this election as a parallel to his entry into politics in the late 1980s. After working for years with the NAACP to force Sarasota to go from city-wide races to having three district races, Atkins in 1985 ran and became Sarasota’s first black city commissioner. A couple years later he was elected mayor.

Now he wants to be Sarasota County’s first Democratic commissioner in more than 50 years. He’s always disliked at-large elections, which he said unfairly superimpose a majority view in a large area across all smaller communities in a jurisdiction.

He promises to bring change in a number of ways to county dialogue. That includes reducing the influence of developers and increasing transparency of meetings, he said.

He also hopes to take some lessons he demonstrated at the city for solving the county’s affordable housing crisis. “I tore down shacks and shanties and quarters and put in attainable housing that working class people can afford to buy,” he said, pointing at work by the Sarasota Housing Authority.

The county has turned away from mechanisms like community redevelopment areas to list blighted areas and improve housing options, but he believes, with a seat at the dais, he can direct the conversation toward progress.

Atkins is the first candidate to file for the 2020 election in County Commission District 1. 

[Sarasota Big Pass]  A Big Deal: Announcing The Sarasota Big Pass

September is truly for the locals. During these dwindling days of the Floridian Summer and before the snowbirds fly southward, what better month for a Staycation on one of Sarasota County’s picturesque gulf beaches? Or, a visit to one of the region’s world class cultural attractions? Even better, what if we shared that these local hotspots can now be enjoyed at special promotional rates? This September, Visit Sarasota has introduced The Sarasota Big Pass—a one-stop-shop to take advantage of some of the region’s best promotions ranging from Buy One Get One, 25% Off and $5 Off Discounts at favorite local attractions, restaurants, hotels and more. 

The Sarasota Big Pass' website offers a full listing of their serious savings. With promotions like 25% off of accommodations at the Sarasota Modern Hotel, BOGO admission at The Sarasota Classic Car Museum, and entree specials at Tommy Bahamas on St. Armands and Le Petit Jardin in Venice, these deals are not to be “passed up!” Visit the Big Pass Website to learn more.  

Image courtesy of VisitSarasota.com

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[Philanthropy]  Hansen Named Amongst Top 500 Executives in Florida

Teri A Hansen, President and CEO of Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, was named one of Florida Trend magazine’s Florida 500, a special recognition that highlights the most influential executives in different economic sectors throughout the state. Hansen joins a dozen philanthropic leaders positively impacting the lives of children and families in their communities.

Under Hansen’s leadership, Barancik Foundation became a major catalyst for improving the lives of the less fortunate in Sarasota County and beyond—spearheading efforts like First 1,000 Days and Here4Youth Mental Health Initiative. Previously, she transformed Gulf Coast Community Foundation into a regional philanthropic powerhouse that awarded more than $200 million in grants during her 13-year tenure.

Hansen also serves on the boards of Ringling College of Art and Design, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Philanthropic Network. 

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation

[Healthcare]  SMH Receives National Recognition as an "Age-Friendly Health System"

Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) recently received national recognition as an “Age-Friendly Health System,” joining more than 100 hospitals in the US that are implementing best practices to enhance care for older adults. The movement is led by The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to encourage hospitals and other care settings to deliver safe, reliable, high-quality care based on what matters most to older adults as individuals.

SMH is the only hospital in the region and one of a handful in Florida with Age-Friendly status. Health systems participating in the initiative are testing and putting into place a set of evidence-based interventions—known as the “4Ms”—which have proven to be essential in providing better care to older patients: What Matters, Medication, Mentation and Mobility. An example of the “4Ms” in action at SMH includes the deployment of specially trained mobility technologists in nursing areas to help patients get moving earlier during their hospital stay, which can result in improved patient outcomes. Another 4M initiative is SMH's REACH pilot program, in which teen volunteers visit patients 65 and older on select nursing units to provide friendly conversation and activities. 

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

[Law]  Bentley & Bruning's Grosso Named to 2019 Legal Elite

Attorney Jennifer L. Grosso, of the Sarasota-based law firm Bentley & Bruning P.A., has been named to Florida Trend magazine’s prestigious Legal Elite list. Those named to the Legal Elite list are selected by their peers, who are invited to name attorneys for whom they have the highest regard or whom they would recommend to others. Only 1,126 lawyers in Florida were named to the 2019 list, which represents fewer than 1.3 percent of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida. 

Grosso concentrates her practice in the areas of estate and trust disputes, medical negligence defense and general business disputes. She serves as litigation counsel for the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, representing them in complex commercial, tort, and contract disputes. In addition to her work with Sarasota Memorial, Grosso handles estate and trust litigation, including will contests, trust contests and inheritance disputes. Grosso is a member of the Executive Council of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar (RPPTL). 

Bentley & Bruning

[Government]  Manatee County Accepting Applications for Planning Commission

Manatee County is accepting applications for one seat on the Planning Commission, a citizens advisory committee that makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on land use items. The seat is for a four-year term that expires in October. The current Planning Commissioner is seeking reappointment.

Applicants must be registered voters in Manatee County. Applicants with experience or training in planning, engineering, environmental science and the development industry may be given additional consideration for appointment. Planning Commission members cannot be employed by the County or serve as a member of another land development-related advisory board serving unincorporated Manatee County.

Applications are due Friday, Sept. 27, and may be found online at the website below. 

Manatee County Planning Commission Application

[Tribute to Business]  SRQ Magazine | Tribute to Business

As a locally grown, locally owned company, SRQ MEDIA pays tribute to our community’s visionary local businesses and the people behind them who work hard to create economic opportunities every day on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The SRQ September Tribute to Business special section is now available to view and download.


Click here to view the feature

[TODAY]  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

[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]  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

[SOON]  HEALTH: Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group , September 16

On every third Monday of the month, Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers Comfort Creations, LLC, facilitates a Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group. This group focuses on the caregiver and offers a retreat from the never ending mental and physical responsibilities of caregiving. This free, open group provides compassionate support and an opportunity to explore new solutions together to caregiver challenges. The group meets in the classroom outside of the cafeteria.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, 5731 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL

[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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