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"Let's play ball, let's get to work and hopefully let's see something happen pretty soon."

- Linda Yates, North Port mayor

[Baseball]  Braves Deliver Detailed Pitch
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Details of a potential spring training deal with the Atlanta Braves were greeted by Sarasota County Commissioners and North Port Town Commissioners with enthusiasm Tuesday. Executives from the Braves organization made clear they want to move their operations from Lake Buena Vista to North Port in time for the 2019 pre-season. “We intend to create an incredible complex,” says John Schuerholz, Atlanta Braves president, who made the trek to Sarasota to pitch county officials today.

But while officials expressed enthusiasm at the prospect of a second Major League Baseball team training in the county, there remain financial resources to shore up. The Braves want to open an athletic complex valued between $75 million and $80 million. Sarasota County officials plan to raise $22.1 million in funding, with bonding costs, for the deal, but the deal also relies on $20 million from the State of Florida. The City of North Port would be expected to contribute $4 million to $5 million. West Villages, partnered with Mattamy Homes, plans to provide land for the complex, and would take on the liability for the land if a deal falls through.

The Braves are one of only two teams training in Florida that don’t have a 20- to 30-year lease, and therefore are one of the only ones not already supported with a state grant. County Commissioner Nancy Detert says without a transferable grant, funding from the state could be more difficult to secure. If no state funding is available, “that could be problematic,” Detert says. The Atlanta team wants to sign a 30-year lease with five-year options at the end of that, something that will make a state grant more enticing. But North Port commissioners made their own participation in a deal contingent on the state funding.

Plans right now include a 6,500-seat stadium with 2,500 general admission guests allowed on the berm and a 360-degree concourse walkway, as well as luxury suites. The complex would have six full practice fields and two more half-fields. There would be 750 paved parking spaces on site as well, and plans include multi-use grass parking lots that could also be used as sports fields. A critical facility in the plans would also be a year-round baseball academy, where Braves players could do physical rehab and there could also be sports medicine facilities. County Commissioner Mike Moran said this type of permanent job creation could be the most important part of any deal. “It’s careers I’m looking for in this,” he says.

County Commissioner Charles Hines called the prospect of the Braves training the county: "The biggest announcement I’ve heard in my lifetime.” North Port Commissioners all put on Braves jerseys before voting unanimously to enter negotiations as well. But even while broadcasting enthusiasm, officials in North Port offered a “wish list” of priorities for the city. Mayor Linda Yates stressed that the athletic complex made financial sense for the city primarily because of the prospect of facilities for youth sports available year-round. “It would take us millions of dollars and many years for one multi-year field,” Yates notes; renderings show space for six such fields at the proposed Braves complex.

County Commissioner Paul Caragiulo stressed any deal would have to be negotiated with transparency. “Doing business in Florida is not an easy thing,” he says, noting the state’s open government laws. “It’s sometimes like going to marriage counseling in a comedy club.” But he also stressed that Sarasota County has a community that is engaged and would rightly scrutinize any deal. “We need clear information on who is spending what and what it is being used for,” he says. 

Rendering courtesy of West Villages.

[Good Bite ]  Forget Chipotle
Kendall Sompolski

Move over Chipotle, there’s a new place in town specializing in the beloved burrito bowls that have emerged as a significant foodie trend. Poppo’s Taqueria one-ups Chipotle with authentic and locally sourced gourmet Mexican street food. Prepared in a healthful way with a multitude of fillings such as feta cheese, arugula, kale, red cabbage and organic tempeh, Poppo’s has the best of both worlds—refreshing flavor and holistic ingredients. Pair your overflowing bowl with a probiotic-filled Moringa Lavender kombucha from local brewer 221BC, served on draft at the bar. Avoid Chipotle’s mile-long lines and questionable “antibiotic-free meat” and head to the laid-back atmosphere of Poppo’s Taqueria for the real deal.  

Poppo�s Taqueria, Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 941-254-7941.

[SRQ Story Project Partner Spotlight ]  Women & Medicine Helps Women Steer Health Care Course

When it comes to making family healthcare decisions, women are often at the helm. As the primary caregivers for their families, they steer the healthcare course for their children and spouses and many times their parents and friends. The mission of the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s Women & Medicine Lunch series, now in its fifth year, is to educate, enlighten and empower women with the knowledge they need to be able to make the very best healthcare decisions for themselves, their families, their friends and the community. The series showcases leading physicians from the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System team and the latest information about prevention, screening and diagnosis, along with treatments available at Sarasota Memorial.

This year’s program focused on trends and innovation in cardiac care. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women. More women die of heart disease than any other disease and more than all cancers combined. One out of every three women in the US will die from heart disease; 30 percent more African American women will die of heart disease than their Caucasian counterparts.

Co-chairs for this year’s event were: Beverly Bartner, Johanna Gustafsson, Charlie Ann Syprett and Sylvia Taylor. 

SMH Foundation

[Exec Moves]  Charlotte Named Argus Foundation President and CEO

Jeff Charlotte, president and CEO of J.E. Charlotte Construction Corp., a Venice-based commercial construction company, was installed as the president of the Argus Foundation on January 12. Charlotte brings over 20 years of experience in the commercial construction industry, community leadership and his dedication to community philanthropy and outreach to his new role for the Argus Foundation, a nonprofit business think-tank organization dedicated to joining business leaders from diverse industries and leveraging their talents and experience to benefit the community. During his one-year term as president, Charlotte aims to focus on fostering community conversations, collaborating with community partners and being part of solutions to improve the local community with issues like economic development, growth, affordable housing, infrastructure and more. 

The Argus Foundation

[Exec Moves]  Mooney Joins RE/MAX Platinum Realty

Realtor John Mooney has returned to RE/MAX Platinum Realty in the Venice office. Previously with Coldwell Banker, he has 18 years of real estate experience. Mooney specializes in the Sarasota, Venice, Osprey, Nokomis and North Port areas, and has experience with both resales and new construction. His strong marketing and negotiation skills have earned him awards for sales performance. A native of Ohio, Mooney attended Franklin University and received his bachelor's in Business Administration from the Ohio State University, both in Columbus. He has a background in the retail industry, owning designer shoe stores in several states and serves on the Venice Area Board of Realtors Professional Standards Committee. 

RE/MAX Platinum Realty

[Synergy]  GCCF Transfers BIG to CEO Forum

Gulf Coast Community Foundation (GCCF) is transitioning the operation of BIG—Bright Ideas on the Gulf Coast to one of its biggest and longest-running partners in the entrepreneurial support initiative, the Gulf Coast CEO Forum. The CEO Forum will focus BIG activities on engaging entrepreneurial college students with its member businesses as well as retired executives, and reinvigorating BIG’s original strategy of connecting young talent with existing resources to stem brain drain from the region. Gulf Coast Community Foundation will support these activities while it continues to advance the larger mission behind BIG of fostering an entrepreneurial ecosystem on the Gulf Coast. The Forum also seeks to grow its CEO Forum Associates program, which enables students to participate in special CEO Forum activities, learning from and networking with members. 

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

[Inside The Issue]  Setting Stones

Take a peek behind the Diamond Vault curtain this month in Setting Stones as we observe the process behind the beauty. From multi-generational gemologists to finding a balance between Old- and New-World techniques, the jewels that emerge from within the Diamond Vault prove as mysterious as they are dazzling.  

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[SRQ SkillSHARE ]  Don't Forget to Register for SkillSHARE!

On February 9 at 5:30pm, SRQ MEDIA will host SRQ SkillSHARE: Mentorship at the Speed of Life powered by the Women in Business Initiative. Made for speed, SkillSHARE is professional mentorship concentrated into mini-sessions that encourage honest interactions and allow for spontaneous connection. Send us your most burning questions about career and personal development. Each participant will be paired with several mentors for 10- to 12-minute sessions curated to address those questions. Applications for SkillSHARE are accepted through Friday, January 27, 2017.  

Register for SkillSHARE

[]  THEATER: Brownsville Song (b-side for tray) , January 25 – March 26

Brownsville Song by Kimber Lee is an award-wining play based on real-life tragedy and loss. Its a beautiful and compelling tale that sheds light on the cycle of violence and the strength of families in Brooklyn's inner city. The play will be held at the Gompertz Theatre.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue

[]  GALLERY: Gaining Momentum , January 25 – February 11

madeby Gallery presents an exhibit featuring the work of Goldstein Library Muralist Julie Kanapaux. A contemporary abstract artist influenced by nature on both micro and macrocosmic scales, Kanapaux’s work is about perception and the universal connection in space. With a passion for art from an early age, Kanapaux is an Honors Graduate from Ringling College of Art and Design. Kanapaux will be at the exhibit for a Meet the Artist session at the opening from 7–8pm and again on Saturday, January 28, from noon to 2pm.

madeby Gallery, 2700 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[]  SEMINAR: Former Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor , January 25, 7pm

Ambassador Ron Prosor will speak about Israel’s foreign policy and its enduring but often volatile relationship with the U.S. Proser was a Israeli diplomat, writer and columnist. He served as Israel’s 16th permanent representative to the United Nations from June 2011 to October 2015. During his tenure, he was elected to the position of vice president of the UN’s 67th General Assembly. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at jfedsrq.org/events.

Temple Emanuel, 151 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 GOOD EDUCATION: Learning for a Lifetime , January 26, 7:30am–9:00am

Join us on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 7:30-9:00am for the next installment of the 2016-17 SB2 Season on the adaptations going into innovative thinking in the K-100+ education experience with Keynote Speaker Mary Chance, President of the Consortium of Florida Education and panelists Jennifer Vigne of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Dr. Larry Thompson of Ringling College of Art and Design and Mireya Eavey of CareerEdge. Tickets $35/per person. Register online at www.srqsb2.com. Symposium location is at The Francis, Downtown Sarasota.

The Francis , 1289 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALA: A New Beginning Fashion Event , January 26, 11:30am–1:30pm

Selah Freedom presents their fourth annual A New Beginning Fashion Event from 11:30am–1:30pm at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Co–chaired by Tammy Karp and Donna Koffman, this fashion show and champagne luncheon will showcase stunning fashions from Selah Vie Boutique and Karen Roth Eco Luxe Resortwear, inspirational survivor stories and fabulous raffle prizes. Ticket and sponsorship opportunities are available. 

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALLERY: "Steady Flow of Cool" and "Hollowed Truths" , January 26 – February 24

The Annual Contemporary Studio Glass Weekend in Sarasota begins with a pair of glass exhibits: Katheleen Mulcahy’s “Steady Flow of Cool” and the late Ron Desmett’s “Hollowed Truths.” The husband-and-wife team were co-founders of the Pittsburgh Glass Center and well-known for their innovative glass sculptures. The show kicks off with an opening reception on January 26 at 5:30pm.

Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 5th St., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Sarasota World Affairs Council January Lecture , January 26, 6:30pm

Join the Sarasota World Affairs Council for the next installment of their 2016–2017 lecture series on January 26 featuring Terry Garcia, the man responsible for the National Geographic Society Core Mission Programs that support and manage more than 400 scientific field research, conservation and exploration projects annually. Mr. Garcia will be the featured speaker during a unique and inspiring dinner event in celebration and support for the Sarasota World Affairs Council and Mote Marine Laboratory and their service to the Sarasota community. 

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium , 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALA: Masquerade Ball Vernissage , January 26, 6pm

Celebrate the original works of figurative artist Teresa Oaxaca at this special exhibition opening plus masquerade ball. Free and open to the public, revelers are encouraged to don masquerade-style costumes for a magical evening of dance, costumes and original oil paintings.

Southern Atelier, 7226 21st St. East, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Ideation , January 27 – March 12, Wed-Sat 8pm; Sun 2pm

Aaron Loeb brings a dark comic edge to this psychological suspense thriller, in which a group of corporate consultants work together on a mysterious and ethically ambiguous project. As the lines between right and wrong are blurred, these characters must navigate cognitive dissonances and moral dilemmas to decide for themselves if everything is as it really seems. Tickets range from $5-$28.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second Street Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Women & Medicine , January 27, 10:30am–1:30pm

Don’t miss Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s Women & Medicine Interactive Luncheon on January 27at Michael’s on East. This year’s program will focus on women and cardiac health, showcasing the innovative and personalized services and treatments offered at Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Systems. This event will also highlight the hospital’s rehabilitative and community programs, designed to educate and empower us to take better care of ourselves, our families and our community. After a panel discussion, guests will have an opportunity to continue the health conversation and Q & A session.

Michaels on East , 1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  GALLERY: Opening Reception at Stakenborg Fine Art , January 27, 6–9pm

Peruse a new show of paintings, drawings and prints by Darwin Musselman, and other recent acquisitions at the gallery. Seven new Rembrandt etchings have been added to the collection and will be on view. Recent acquisitions by the following artists will also be on display: Erte’, Man Ray, Rembrandt, Elie-Anatole Pavil, Jim Dine, Joan Miro, Salvadore Dali, and Leonetto Cappiello.

Stakenborg Fine Art, 1545 Main St., Sarasota

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