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"They made a decision to make a deeper dive."

- Todd Bowden, Sarasota Superintendent of Schools

[Government]  State Auditors To Follow Up With Sarasota Schools
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The Florida Auditor General’s Office will conduct a follow-up audit of Sarasota County Schools’ budget oversight. The move came after contractors could not document some 40 percent of costs of the Suncoast Technical College branch in North Port for state auditors in January.

State Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, asked the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to take a further look at the books. “Wherever you see an almost 40-percent failure rate in a certain area, it makes you question what’s going on,” he said. “You want to see how widespread a problem is.”

The audit in January found district records lacked documentation of general condition costs for the branch campus. “The District had not established policies or procedures for effectively monitoring and documenting the reasonableness of general conditions costs,” the audit read. Auditors were able to get records for $47,294 of such costs but not for a remaining $28,355.

Sarasota Superintendent of Schools Todd Bowden said he understood Gruters’ concern. He was present in Tallahassee when the audit committee voted, though he noted he was already in the Florida Capitol testifying to a legislative committee on teacher salaries, and would not otherwise have made the trip for an audit vote.

He supports another outside audit to look closer at the numbers in question. “They have identified this as an issue of potential concern," Bowden said. “They made a decision to make a deeper dive.”

Gruters, whose children attend public schools, says he’s happy with the quality of curriculum, and as a parent that’s all he cares about. But as a state senator, he said he has to act as a watchdog on fiscal accountability. A further state audit will look beyond the sample of costs with Suncoast Technical College and see if it’s in fact indicative of a larger problem or if it was largely an anomaly.

Bowden notes that since the last audit, the district has brought in an internal auditor, a move that adds financial accountability. Gruters applauded that move, but said it’s also important to have external review by the Auditor General as well.


Rendering courtesy SchenkelShultz Architecture: Suncoast Technical College North Port branch.

[Groundbreaking]  Local Builder Perrone Construction and CMSA Architects Break Ground on Bird Key

Waterfront custom home builder, Perrone Construction, CMSA Architects, and landscape architect, Hazeltine Nurseries have broken ground on a new custom home located on Bird Key. The three have a remarkable history dating back to the early 1980s building some of Sarasota’s most notable landmark homes, some of which are in excess of 20,000 sq ft.

Often, clients who have worked with the Perrone Construction and CMSA team are repeat clients, several of which they have built as many as four homes for. The first project Rich Perrone and Cliff Scholz ever collaborated on was an impressive estate in the Oaks Club while they were just in their mid-twenties. Perrone even built Scholz’s own home. Over the years the companies have evolved, Perrone Construction is now a multi-generational run company with over 200 years of combined building experience with Rich and Ricky Perrone as the principals, and CMSA has formed a partnership between local architects Cliff Scholz and Daniel Shaffer, and Colorado architect Rick Oswald.

This new project is bringing the team back together again for an encore. The owner hired Perrone Construction and CMSA after purchasing a home built in 2003 by both Perrone and CMSA, 622 S. Owl Dr., and the adjacent lot, 626 S. Owl Dr., on Bird Key. The transitional French architecture of the new home will complement the original, adjacent structure. 

[Dental Care]  Family Dental Care of South Bradenton to Host Free Dentistry Day, November 2

Residents in the Bradenton community and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to receive free dental services at Family Dental Care of South Bradenton on Saturday, November 2. Dr. Nichole Koby, Dr. Quyen Dang and team at Family Dental Care of South Bradenton will be improving the oral health of the community as part of Free Dentistry Day, a day dedicated to providing free dental care to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 108 million Americans are living without dental insurance.

There is increasing evidence that links oral health to overall health and well-being. The signs and symptoms of over 100 medical conditions, including diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Lou Gehrig’s disease and oral cancer may first be detected through traditional oral examinations. During this Free Dentistry Day event, a choice of one cleaning, filling or extraction will be provided to patients on Saturday, November 2, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 3565 53rd Avenue West in Bradenton. Patients will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call 941-758-3996 or visit www.FreeDentistryDay.org.  

[Recognition]  Robert Lincoln Recognized as Sarasota’s 2020 Lawyer of the Year in Land Use and Zoning Law by Best Lawyers in America

Robert K. Lincoln, founder and partner of the Law Office of Robert K. Lincoln, P.A., was named the Best Lawyers® 2020 Land Use and Zoning Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Sarasota. Lincoln also was selected by his peers to be included in the 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers in America for both Land Use and Zoning Law and Litigation – Land Use and Zoning.  

Lincoln, who is certified in City, County and Local Government Law by the Florida Bar, specializes in land use and local government law and litigation. Lincoln has been recognized by Best Lawyers® for Land Use and Zoning since 2010 and for Litigation – Land Use and Zoning since 2011. The Law Office of Robert K. Lincoln, P.A. has been recognized by Best Lawyers® since 2016 as a Best Law Firm in Sarasota in the areas of Land Use and Zoning Law and Litigation-Land Use and Zoning. 

Founded in 1981, Best Lawyers in America highlights the top legal talent in America through an exhaustive selection process of peer evaluation based on professional expertise.  For the 2020 Edition, 8.3 million votes were analyzed, and the top attorneys exemplify a standard of extremely high overall feedback for excellence and influence. 

[Board of Directors]  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County announces 2019-2020 Corporate, Foundation Board of Directors

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County announced the 2019-2020 Corporate Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Directors as the agency prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020 as a leading youth-serving organization in Sarasota and DeSoto Counties.

The executive team of the Corporate Board includes Chair Lee DeLieto, Michael Saunders & Co.; Chair-Elect Meghan O. Serrano, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; Secretary Ric Saba, Law Office of Richard D. Saba, P.A.; and Treasurer Ken Freeman, Gartner Executive Programs. The Corporate Board also includes Hank Battie, Cravats’ Custom Clothiers & Haberdashery; Michael Beaumier; Fatima Demlak, STAR Leadership Training Student Representative; Jaime DiDomenico, Cool Today; Eric Kaplan, Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust; Karen Madden, Baldwin Risk Partners; Michael Moulton, Michael Saunders & Co.; Richard Perlman, Exam Works; Dr. Richard Rehmeyer, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System; Robert Scheb, Bowman, George, Scheb, Kimbrough, Koach & Chapman; Ric Smalley, Merrill Lynch; Lee Thacker, Caldwell Trust Company; Lee Wetherington, Lee Wetherington Companies; community volunteers David Glorius, Dr. Robert Gussin, Nancy Mina, Mark Morrison and Tom Shapiro; and Former County Commissioners Gene Matthews and Nora Patterson.

The organization also announced the 2019-2020 Foundation Board of Directors including Chair Brian Palmer, Palmer Accounting Group, PA; Chair-Elect Neil McCurry, Sabal Palm Bank; Secretary Christine Davis, Crews Bank & Trust; and Treasurer Alexandra Armstrong, community volunteer. The Foundation Board also includes Chad Gates, Band, Gates & Dramis, PL; Herbert Hoffmann II, Morgan & Morgan; Mark Huber, Michael Saunders & Co.; Amy Hunt, Wells Fargo; Jon Lee, LCM Capital Advisors; Robert Scheb, Bowman, George, Scheb, Kimbrough, Koach & Chapman; Brian Skarbek, Cypress Trust Company/Cypress Capital Group; Robert Wagner, Brown & Brown of Florida, Inc.; and Rob Weiss, Provenance Wealth Advisors; and community volunteers Barbara Lancer, Mike Scharf and Steve Townsend. 

[SOON]  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

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Orchid Show , October 12 – December 1, 10am-5pm

Blossoms of Asia combines a dazzling display of living orchids in the Tropical Conservatory with an elegant exhibition of orchid treasures from Selby Gardens’ bibliographic and preserved collections in the Museum of Botany and the Arts. The magnificent orchids in the Tropical Conservatory will include Asian specimens from Selby’s living plant collection. The display will reference traditional Japanese garden design and horticultural practices, including ikebana (the art of flower arrangement) and bonsai (the creation of miniaturized trees), in order to evoke a sense of Asia in the heart of Sarasota.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  BUSINESS: BeingWE: The Superwoman Badge , October 29, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Women are natural-born leaders. Yet, many feel overwhelmed by attempting to juggle life’s demands and have it all—home, family and career. How to balance work and home life? The Women’s Resource Center will explore these issues with BeingWE (Being Women Empowered), a guided conversation series for women by women, created by Keren Lifrak, an area-based entrepreneur and real estate professional. The series launches with three sessions: The Superwoman Badge, October 29th, Women Balancing Business & Life: Creating What’s Possible Against All Odds, December 3rd and Follow Your Bliss: How Our Brains Are Uniquely Wired to Take Action, January 23rd. Each session is 4:30-7:30 p.m., and all genders are welcome to participate.  

Women's Resource Center, 340 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  FILM: Gazebo Starlight Cinema Series , November 1

Join the Gazebo Starlight Cinema series with this month’s movie: The Peanuts Movie. 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]  PERFORMANCE: Casa Patas Flamenco: Raiz de 4 , November 6 – November 7, 7:30pm

Curated by the Casa Patas Flamenco Foundation, Raíz de 4 honors the art of Flamenco by delving into its most primitive roots, evoking the convergence of cultures and the folklore of Spain. The purest styles of flamenco, some of which are: romances (ballads), martinetes, fandangos and soleares are brought into the forefront in a performance made up of a cast of distinguished dance and musical artists. Song (cante), dance (baile), guitar (guitarra), and percussion (percusión) seamlessly convey a genuine love for this art form and take the audience on an intensely authentic and unswerving journey of sensations, and emotions.

Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SPORTS: 16th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament , November 9, 7:30am

Golf one of the country’s finest courses while supporting children, teens and young adults in grief. Before you tee off, a delicious breakfast will be generously provided by Station 400. Enjoy food and fun on the course, and then come back to the clubhouse for cigars and whiskey. All food and drink for the entire day is included in your golf registration. 

Legacy Golf Club At Lakewood Ranch, 8255 Legacy Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34202

[SOON]  SPORTS: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk , November 10, 8am

This year's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will be held on November 10, 2019, at Nathan Benderson Park. When you sign up, you join thousands of people just like you who want to see a world where this disease doesn't exist. You'll walk, you'll fundraise, you'll make lifelong friends. Most of all, you'll help save lives from breast cancer - and help us work toward a future without it. Check in begins at 8am for participants and the walk starts at 9:30am.

Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL 34235

[SOON]  FOOD: Bowls of Hope 2019 , November 10, 11am-2pm

Bowls of Hope returns November 10th to Ed Smith Stadium. Join All Faiths Food Bank for one of the community’s largest and most popular family-friendly events where more than 40 of our community’s finest restaurants and caterers serve delicious soups, breads, desserts, and more. Guests select beautiful handcrafted bowls to keep, donated by by local potters, artists, and students while enjoying a modest meal as a reminder of the empty bowls they help to fill.

Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: New Topics Lecture Series | Can You Dig It: Sea Turtle Research and Conservation at Disney's Vero Beach Resort , November 12, 5:30pm

A lecture with Rachel Smith, the conservation programs manager at Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment. From climate change to dwindling habitats, sea turtles face a range of challenges. But they also have powerful allies. Smith will explore Disney’s efforts to reverse the decline of this beloved species and share tips on what people can do to help. Tickets are $15. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made at ncf.edu/new-topics, or by calling the New College events hotline at 941-487-4888. 

Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Sound of Music , November 13 – December 28, 7:30pm and 8pm evening performances and 1:30 and 2pm matinees

Like a breath of fresh Alpine air, this beloved musical masterpiece sweeps onto the Asolo Rep stage just in time for the holidays. Maria, a young nun causing trouble at the abbey, is sent off to be governess to Captain Von Trapp’s seven troublesome children. She brings much-needed love and joy to the family – and the widowed captain – and transforms their world and hers through the power of music. But the looming threat of Nazi Germany’s invasion of their native Austria darkens their future. Overflowing with some of the most iconic songs of all time, this heart warming family musical will be helmed by Josh Rhodes, returning on the heels of his spectacular production of Evita in 2017.

FSU Performing Arts Center, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Modern Home Symposium , November 13, 5:30-7pm

Join SRQ MEDIA and Modern Home Magazine for the annual Modern Home Symposium featuring panelists who represent the top modern architecture and design gurus from the region to share their most memorable structures. Taking the audience into the design process, each panelist shares their source of inspiration in creating some of the area’s most significant spaces. Panelists include Nathan Cross of NWC Contruction, Steve Murray of Murray Homes, Jonathan Parks of Solstice Planning and Architecture and Mark Sultana of DSDG Architects. Registration opens at 5pm. The program is from 5:30-7pm. Light bites, wine and beer. RSVP to srqmag.com/moho.

SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota

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