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"A quarter-of-a-million-dollar grant is significant, and these funds will help ensure the health and safety of the Sarasota community through the continuation of critical operations at lift stations during an emergency, power outage situation."

- Jan Thornburg, City of Sarasota

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[Government]  State Grant Awarded For Sarasota Generators Post-Irma
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Sarasota city leaders celebrated a state grant this week that will ensure sewer systems stay operational in the event of a storm.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity provided $250,000 to the city to improve critical emergency power sources to lift stations. It was part of some $84 million announced by Gov. Ron DeSantis to improve areas struck in 2017 by Hurricane Irma.

“The recovery of Florida communities remains a high priority for my administration, especially in the Florida Keys, which are still recovering from Hurricane Irma.” DeSantis said. “We have worked tirelessly to get recovery dollars to all areas impacted by Hurricane Irma and will continue to do so as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

For Sarasota, Irma created power problems that last in some cases for weeks. The funding was announced last week and city officials on Wednesday confirmed the revenue. It will be used for generators to keep the utilities powered.

“A quarter-of-a-million-dollar grant is significant, and these funds will help ensure the health and safety of the Sarasota community through the continuation of critical operations at lift stations during an emergency, power outage situation,” said city spokeswoman Jan Thornburg.

The funding comes from federal Community Development Block Grant funding designated for Disaster Recovery, which is being dispersed through the Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program launched in July last year.

Ken Lawson, DEO executive director, said the program was key in fast-tracking funding to communities that have needed the dollars now for years.

"Under Gov.DeSantis' leadership, we remain focused on ensuring that Florida communities have the long-term disaster recovery funding and resources they need to fully recover from Hurricane Irma," Lawson said. 

[ASID FL West Coast Chapter]  ASID Florida West Hosts a Tri-Association Event for Architects, Interior Designers, and Industry Partners

On Thursday January 23rd, ASID Florida West Chapter in conjunction with AIA Florida Gulf Coast and CSI Suncoast chapters hosted an event for professional interior designers, architects, and construction specialists at the newly dedicated Robinson Center at The Church of the Redeemer in downtown Sarasota.  The event featured guided tours by father and son architectural team Javier Suarez, AIA, and Javi Saurez, AIA, from Suarez Architecture, and Holly Dennis, ASID, the project interior designer from Holly Dennis Interiors. The new building was constructed by Gilbane Building Co.  

“Building tours of prominent commercial projects are particularly interesting for the architectural and design community, and this project seemed like a great place to kick off the 2020 year and showcase the work of many talented individuals. We all like to share our work with our colleagues and this unique downtown project happens to have a wonderful event space to host such an event for our peers”, said Holly Dennis.

The Church of the Redeemer, an Episcopal Church, was founded in 1885 by Scottish immigrants and Colonel John Hamilton Gillespie; a confirmed member, lay reader, and ordained Deacon. The church has been at the current site since 1950.

With a growing parish of more than 2,200 active members,  the largest in the Diocese of Southwest Florida, Redeemer, had a great need to expand in effort to meet the demand for more classroom space, offices for clergy and administrative staff, and a community space (now dedicated as Goewey Hall).

Visit ASID FL West Coast Chapter and AIA Gulf Coast to learn more about these professional organizations.  

Photo courtesy of Holly Dennis.

ASID FL West Coast Chapter

[Community]  The City of Sarasota Designates New Neighborhood District

The City of Sarasota has officially recognized The Limelight District, an area which consists of businesses north of Fruitville down Lime Avenue through 12th street. “This area is a hidden treasure,” says Limelight District President Kim Livengood, APR, CPRC. “But we don’t want to stay undiscovered.  We are off the beaten path, but not too far from downtown Sarasota and definitely worth the extra few minutes it takes to get here.” Livengood is with The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, an indoor indie market, and spearheaded the idea. It came to fruition with the help of Robert Livengood, Jenny Townsend, Brad Bierman and Howard Davis. Joining them to make up The Limelight District official board is Barbara Brant, Steve Rowe, and Debra Bartlett. Included and near the Limelight District is JDub’s Brewery, Music Compound, Brant’s Bookshop, Burgess Signs, Ed Smith Stadium, The Humane Society, Jon F. Swift Construction, Speed Pro Imaging, and so much more including the soon to open Wa Wa, the Marriott Hotel and the Pickleball Complex.

The Limelight District hosted quarterly membership meetings and established a board with the help of Sarasota Planning Director Steven Cover and City of Sarasota Neighborhood Planner Nancy Kelly to make this a reality.  

Pictured (left to right): Robert Livengood, Kim Livengood, Jenny Townsend, Brad Bierman

To learn more about shopping in the Limelight District, visit here.

[Parks + Recreation]  Neal Communities' Indigo and Silverleaf Neighborhoods Popular Choices for Active Families

Neal Communities, Southwest Florida’s premier, private homebuilder, will open new playgrounds at the company’s Indigo and Silverleaf communities in February to serve the growing number of family homebuyers. The Manatee County communities are popular choices for families who seek outdoor opportunities and an active lifestyle. Indigo, located in Lakewood Ranch, is nearing 40% sold out, seeing an increase in sales attributed to young families. Parrish’s Silverleaf community is 65% sold out with 23.8% of sales coming from families. Many of the Indigo and Silverleaf residents are looking for an active lifestyle, which Neal Communities supports through parks, amenities and activities. Silverleaf will debut a new playground named Symphony Park on Saturday, February 8 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The park is located in the center of the community near a pavilion and grill, activity lawn and the pool. Refreshments will be provided along with face painting, balloon twisting and yard games for kids to enjoy.

The Park Indigo playground opened on Saturday, February 1 in the center of the large, open green space for resident enjoyment. As the amenity offerings expand with new family-oriented options, Neal Communities has also introduced a wider range of single-family homes that include increased square footage and additional bedrooms. 

Rendering courtesy of Neal Communities.

For more information or to schedule a private guided tour with a new home sales associate, call 941-877-6394 or fill out the online form

[Environment]  Choral Artists of Sarasota Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Fund “Listen to the Earth” Initiative

Joseph Holt, the artistic director of Choral Artists of Sarasota recently announced that the group has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for its Listen to the Earth Project. This ecological initiative commemorates Earth Day’s 50th anniversary with a world premiere concert, film screenings, panel discussions, and a community-wide partnership to promote regional environmental engagement, April 17-19, at various venues in Sarasota. Jane Alexander, a Tony Award-winner, two-time Emmy Award winner and former director of the National Endowment for the Arts, is the featured speaker. Other highlights include a panel discussion led by Dr. Terry Root of Stanford, the noted environmentalist who shared a Nobel Prize with Albert Gore for her contributions to “An Inconvenient Truth.” The initiative’s capstone is the world-premiere performance of James Grant’s symphonic cantata, “Listen to the Earth,” on April 19 at the Sarasota Opera House. The Kickstarter campaign started on February 3, and will run for 60 days. The Kickstarter campaign will enable the group to raise $12,500 to be used toward supporting the instrumental ensemble that will accompany the world-premiere concert of Grant’s cantata. It will also help to fund the creation of a multimedia presentation that will be part of the concert. According to Holt, the entire Listen to the Earth Project will cost the group $85,000. 

View the Kickstarter campaign here. 

For more information about this initiative and to inquire about partnership opportunities

[Rebrand]  Pinkerton Private Wealth Rebrands, Becomes Registered Investment Advisor

Pinkerton Private Wealth, a long-established private wealth firm based in Venice, FL announced that it has become a fully independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA). The move allows the firm to function as a fiduciary, putting clients’ interests first in every situation. It also helps ensure that decisions regarding clients’ accounts and investment management are made at the local level. Prior to launching as an independent RIA, the team operated through Wells Fargo FiNet, the independent contractor division of Wells Fargo. In tandem with the transition, the firm renamed and rebranded. It will henceforth have three divisions: FourThought Private Wealth, serving individuals and families; FourThought Signature, for highly affluent families who seek family office services and multigenerational planning; and FourThought Institutions, providing institutional consulting and investment management services for corporations, nonprofits, foundations and endowments. While the name and business model have changed, FourThought Private Wealth’s focus and mission have not changed from that of Pinkerton Private Wealth. It aims to reduce the stress of financial planning by answering the universal question, “Are we going to be okay?” and identifying potential planning blind spots.  Plans and investment strategies are customized to client needs and aligned with the way they think.  

Pictured (left to right), FourThought Private Wealth leadership team: Donna Guinta, Chief Operating Officer/COO Patrick Baumann, Chief Investment Officer/CIO Scott Pinkerton, Senior Partner and Planner Bill Mehserle Jr., Partner and Planner

Learn more about FourThought.

[Real Estate]  15-Acre Multi-Family Site In Venice To Become New Apartment Community

A 15-acre multi-family site located at 409 and 461 Ramsey Road closed for $2,100,040 on Wednesday, January 22nd. Commercial Advisor Dennis Dahm of MSC Commercial represented both the buyer, The Gallina Corporation, and seller, Discovery Village at Venice, LLC. Under contract for two years, the site was rezoned and is now ready for development, intended to host 116 market-rate rental apartments. The Gallina Corporation currently offers residential rental properties in Wisconsin and Florida, including its newest community off Fruitville Road – The Bergamot. Dahm also brokered this transaction in 2018. Dennis Dahm has more than 41 years of experience in all facets of real estate including commercial and residential sales, land acquisition, sales management, property management, and real estate education. Within real estate and sales he has sold and closed $81 million in property and more than 230,000 square feet of space in investment office buildings. Dahm works out of the Michael Saunders & Company Commercial Division office at 100 South Washington Blvd. and can be reached for comment at 941-809-1070. 

Connect with MSC Commercial at facebook.com/MSCCommercial, and receive market updates from the division director, Scott Cietek at michaelsaunders.com/commercial 

For more information on MSC Commercial

[Voting]  Ballots For March 17 Primary Election Scheduled For Mailing

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner will begin mailing vote-by-mail ballots for the March 17 presidential preference primary to overseas civilians and active-duty military personnel and their spouses and dependents, who are absent from Sarasota County. Turner said 1,011 ballots will go out to military and overseas voters. Following the initial mailing, requests for vote-by-mail ballots will be processed and ballots mailed daily.  The initial mailing of ballots to stateside voters is scheduled for early February. Requests for ballots to be mailed within the United States must be received by the elections office no later than 5 pm on the 10th day before the election (March 7) to allow sufficient time for the ballot to reach the voter and be returned to the elections office in time to be counted.  Voted ballots may be returned by mail or in person but must be received by the supervisor of elections no later than 7 pm on election day. Voters are urged to return their ballots promptly to avoid postal service delays.

A voter may submit a vote-by-mail request online at SarasotaVotes.com/VotebyMail or by calling 941-861-8618.  

Submit a vote-by-mail request, and learn more about upcoming elections

[ITB]  SRQ Magazine & Seaward Development Present Forum 2040: Philanthropy and the Arts

Forum 2040: Philanthropy and the Arts is now available to view online. This past October, SRQ Magazine hosted a private gathering of some of our area’s most influential super-donors and key community stakeholders to engage in a dialogue about Visionary Philanthropy and its impact on Arts and Culture in our region over the next two decades. This first in a series of conversations was held at the end of 2019 as part of SRQ Forum 2040, a continuing editorial and community engagement project produced by SRQ Media, and generously underwritten by the team at Seaward Development.  

Click here to view the feature

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Specters and Parables , December 8 – March 1

Born and raised in Mexico City, where he spent most of his career, Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902-2002) was one of the most important figures in 20th century Latin American photography. Although he took art classes at the Academy of San Carlos, his photography was mostly self-taught, but he was savvy to the emerging international artistic avant-garde. Considered to be one of the founders of modern photography, his work extends from the late 1920s to the 1900s. He was a key figure from the period following the Mexican Revolution—often called the Mexican Renaissance—in which arts and literature flourished. This “Renaissance” owed to the happy—though not always tranquil—marriage between a desire for modernization and the search for an authentic national identity with Mexican roots, in which archaeology, history and ethnology played an important role. Support for this exhibition has been provided, in part, by the Ringling Endowment at the Florida State University Foundation. Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues. 

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Handle With Care | Florida Studio Theatre , December 11 – March 8

A young woman from Israel, Ayelet, reluctantly joins her grandmother on a trip to the United States. Circumstances both absurd and tragic bring Ayelet, who has little command of the English language, together with Josh, a young American man who has little command of romance, on Christmas Eve. Is their inevitable love an accident…or is it destiny, generations in the making? 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning (SILL) , January 7 – March 26, 10:30 am

Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning (SILL) is preparing for its 49th year of extremely popular global issues lectures and musical conversations. In 2020, these programs will begin in January and continue through the end of March. Speakers of global issues lectures are well-known, highly experienced experts, and guests on musical conversations are internationally renowned musicians, singers, and performers. SILL is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. In its 49th season, its programs will include 96 lectures and musical conversations presented in Sarasota, Venice, and Lakewood Ranch. SILL audiences mostly consist of highly educated and intellectually curious seniors living on the Suncoast year-round or during winter months. SILL also simulcasts some of its lectures to selected senior communities. Last year, attendance at SILL events exceeded 40,000. Single tickets to SILL events are only $10 at the door when available, and a season ticket for 12 same-day lectures cost just $85, which represents substantial savings. For program schedules, venues, speaker bios, and ordering season tickets visit sillsarasota.org

First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Ringling Reflections , January 12 – June 14, 10:30 am

Ringling Reflections programs are designed specifically for people with memory loss and their care partners. They are relaxed, conversation-based gallery tours in the Museum of Art. The tour routes will be wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available for use free-of-charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Listening devices, including induction loops for t-coil hearing aids, will be provided. Portable stools will be available for all participants. Tours take place on select Sundays. Please plan on arriving to the museum’s Visitors Pavilion at 10:00 to check in. The tours are free of charge, however, advance registration is required and space is limited.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Ringling Underground , February 6, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Enjoy live music, and art in the Museum of Art Courtyard. This event features an eclectic mix of local and regional live music. Check out up-and-coming artists displaying their work in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Select galleries will be open until 11 pm.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Art of Performance: Aline Kuppenheim/Teatro y su Doble: Feos (Uglies) at The Ringling , February 7 – February 8, 7:30 PM
Chilean director/puppet artist Aline Kuppenheim's Feos (Uglies) is her first collaboration with renowned playwright Guillermo Calderon, and is based on Mario Beneditti's short story, "Noche de los Feos" (Night of the Ugly). It's an adult work, about desire and love by two people with physical deformities told with deft and spellbinding puppetry that is intimate and addresses loneliness, conformity, self-acceptance and individual courage. Please note: Feos is performed in Spanish with English supertitles. February 7 & 8, 2020; 7:30 PM, Historic Asolo Theater, $25-$35

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Conversation With Aline Kuppenheim , February 8, 10:30 am

Chilean director and puppet artist Aline Kuppenheim discusses puppetry and her collaboration with renowned playwright Guillermo Calderon. $5/ free for members. 

Chao Lecture Hall, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  SPORTS: 2020 LECOM Suncoast Classic , February 10 – February 16, 8:30 AM

After the success of the inaugural LECOM Suncoast Classic, the tournament will return to the Korn Ferry Tour (previously the Web.com Tour) the week of February 10-16, 2020. Lakewood National Golf Club in Lakewood Ranch, Florida will again host the 144 professionals competing for a $600,000 purse and a chance to contend against the world’s best golfers on the PGA TOUR.

Lakewood National Golf Club, 17605 Lakewood National Parkway, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211

[SOON]  SEMINAR: SWAC Lecture: Evans Revere , February 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Join the Sarasota World Affairs Council for the next program in its 2019-20 Lecture Series, “Not with a Bang: Moving toward the Endgame with a Nuclear North Korea,” featuring Evans Revere, Senior Director at the Albright-Stonebridge Group. Mr. Revere will discuss whether the U.S. prepared to live with a nuclear North Korea and the implications for America's security. Each SWAC lecture is followed by a members-only reception with the speaker in a historic building on Sarasota Bay. The lecture is free, but reservations are suggested.

Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Anyone's Game Tabletop Game Conference | Ringling of College Art + Design , February 7 – February 9, February 7, 7PM-10PM | February 8, 10AM-10PM | February 9, 10AM-6PM

Anyone’s Game is a tabletop game conference that explores Creativity, Design, and Openness in gaming. Here, up-and-coming tabletop game developers can test their game designs with players from the community and industry professionals from around the country. Hosted at Ringling College of Art and Design, one of the world’s premier art and design colleges, the conference will include Game Design Panels, workshops and Playtest new and innovative unpublished games. 

Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

[SOON]  GALLERY: Salvador Dali: Gardens of the Mind , February 9 – June 28, Garden hours.

The fourth annual exhibition in the Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series, Salvador Dalí: Gardens of the Mind, in collaboration with The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, will open February 9 and conclude on June 28, 2020. Salvador Dalí: Gardens of the Mind highlights the artist’s repeated use of botanical imagery alongside a surreal display of plants in Selby Gardens’ Tropical Conservatory and gardens. The photolithographic series Flordalí, on loan from The Dalí Museum, will be the centerpiece of the Museum of Botany & the Arts, along with photos that put the artist’s life, work, and relationship with nature into context.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Museum Store Trunk Show , February 12 – February 25, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Ringling Museum Store hosts a variety of trunk shows, bringing you the very best from local and international artisans. The Museum Store is located in the Visitors Pavilion and everyone is invited to drop by and shop these unique collections; no Admission is required. Elma_Felix_EbijouEbijou February 12, 10 am-5 pm, ITALIANISSIMO® February 18 & 19, 10 am-5 pm, Sugar, Sand, Silver February 25, 10 am-5 pm.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Out-of-Door Movie Matinee Concert featuring Orchestra, Chorus, and Jazz Band , February 15, 2:00 pm

Out-of-Door presents a lively mix of songs from popular movies in a unique concert that’s free and open to the public!  Enjoy music selections from “Star Wars,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “James Bond,” “La La Land,” “The Greatest Showman,” “Moana,” “Walk the Line” and more. Admission is free with donations benefiting Manasota Buds.

Woodland Community Church, 9607 East State Rd. 70, Bradenton

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Automotive Art of Ferdinand Porsche and Enzo Ferrari , February 1 – May 1, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Guests can “step back in time” to see an in-depth history of both Ferrari and Porsche, and the incredible cars that were released along the way, at Sarasota Classic Car Museum’s upcoming exhibit. The exhibit will showcase over 16 Porsche models, from 1951 to 2004, as well as six classic Ferraris ranging in years from 1965 to 2011. This exhibit is included in the price of admission to the museum. 

Sarasota Classic Car Museum, 5500 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  FILM: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child , February 13, 1:00 pm

A thoughtful portrait of a renowned artist, this documentary shines the spotlight on New York City painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. Featuring extensive interviews conducted by Basquiat's friend, filmmaker Tamra Davis, the production reveals how he dealt with being a black artist in a predominantly white field. The film also explores Basquiat's rise in the art world, which led to a close relationship with Andy Warhol, and looks at how the young painter coped with acclaim, scrutiny and fame

Historic Asolo Theatre at the Ringling , 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

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