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"The top priority is reinstalling faith that the City Commission as an institution can effectively address the issues."

- Hagen Brody, Sarasota City Commissioner-elect

[Politics]  Brody, Ahearn-Koch Dominate in Sarasota
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Former prosecutor Hagen Brody and Tahiti Park neighborhood leader Jennifer Ahearn-Koch won spots on the Sarasota City Commission on Tuesday night, while Chamber of Commerce leader Jill Luke won a seat on the North Port City Commission.

In Sarasota, Brody led a field of three candidates with 6,333 votes according to final unofficial election results, while Ahearn-Koch pulled in 5,057. Third-place finisher Martin Hyde ended with 3,094 votes. The top two vote getters win seats. In North Port, Luke bested former city employee Pete Emrich by 2,441 votes to 2,160 in a special election battle for Seat 4.

Brody believes his mandate from voters shows a desire for a more effective government. “The top priority is reinstalling faith that the City Commission as an institution can effectively address the issues,” he says. “Over time, every time we talk about changing the form of government, or we talk about having an elected mayor, it’s people saying they are not sure the commission in its current form can get things done. I disagree. We can get things done, and I’m going to give it a go.”

Ahearn-Koch, a steering committee member of STOP!, ran on a neighborhood-focused platform, and said the array of issues discussed in the past few months of the campaign need to be addressed collectively. “With Administrative approval, it’s very important to start restoring the citizen’s voice in the development process,” she says, and also stresses support for Housing First and affordable housing initiatives. “It’s time we get to work and focus on the issues citizens care about.”

As returns came in, it became clear the race was decided before Election Day. Based just on early and absentee votes, Brody and Ahearn-Koch had more votes than Hyde would get even after ballots cast at polls on Tuesday were taken into account.

Brody, Ahearn-Koch and Hyde were the top vote-getters in a March election where five other candidates, including incumbent Susan Chapman, were eliminated. Luke and Emrich in March were the top candidates in a three-way race. 

Graphic courtesy Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections.

[Good Bite]  Choice Chorizo
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Sitting on Washington Boulevard with minimal signage and little flash, it can be easy to drive right on past La Primavera, but it would also be a mistake. A combined Latin market and restaurant, the continually crowded eatery serves up some of the best and most authentic tacos in town, resisting the foodie trend to add, add, add and keeping the fare simple and delicious. Options abound, from the mainstays chicken, carnitas and steak, to rarer offerings such as calf brain, tripe and barbacoa, but the chorizo is a never-miss. Never too dry, the juicy ground pork gleams with a hint of red as the piquant aroma of Mexican chili peppers gets your mouth watering before the first bite. Served on house-made corn tortillas (that you can watch being made every day), with a smattering of chopped onions and a sprinkling of cilantro, the red salsa may be hotter but the tomatilla is a primo pairing. 

Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

La Primavera, 901 North Washington Blvd., Sarasota, 941-366-5321.

[Exec Moves]  Abell Joins Miromar Development Corporation

Miromar Development Corporation has announced the appointment of Shari Abell as director of marketing. Abell will be working with all Miromar properties in the development and implementation of advertising, collateral, public relations initiatives and special events. Abell has an extensive background in sales and marketing as the real estate key accounts executive for Gannett/News-Press Media Group, managing print and digital advertising for some of Southwest Florida’s top builders and developers for the past seven years. Prior experience includes marketing management for several major consumer products. Abell has a Bachelor of Science in journalism with minor degrees in communications and political science from West Virginia University. 

Miromar Development Corporation

[Exec Moves]  Brooke Chase Places Quinn with Mountain Plumbing

Richard Miller of executive search firm Brooke Chase Associates has announced the successful placement of Quinn Starker as Junior Engineer Plumbing with Mountain Plumbing Products. Quinn will be tasked with managing and improving new product development competencies and processes, while maintaining international installed base including certifications, cost reduction, improved serviceability and customer service. Quinn holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering from The University of Tulsa. Founded in 1997, Mountain Plumbing Products is a leading manufacturer of high-performance water appliances. Brooke Chase Associates is an executive search firm specializing in the recruitment of executive management professionals within the building materials and kitchen/bath industries. 

Brooke Chase Associates

[Exec Moves]  Selby Gardens Welcomes Dr. Sally Chambers

Selby Gardens has welcomed its newest professional botanist this month, Dr. Sally Chambers, expanding the institution’s study of the fern plant group. Typically, orchids and bromeliads are the stars of the Gardens’ research focus, but, with the addition of Chambers, the ferns, with approximately 30% of species being epiphytic, will receive increased attention. Though Chambers’ research work will apply to all of the plants Selby Gardens studies, not just ferns. Chambers most recently held the position of postdoctoral researcher at the University of Florida. She holds a PhD in plant ecology and evolutionary biology from Purdue University and completed her undergraduate work in natural resource and conservation management at the University of Kentucky. Chambers’ botanical garden experience includes an internship in the Horticulture Department at Missouri Botanical Garden. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

[Women In Business ]  Nancy Bernardini Named President of Zotos International, Inc.

SRQ Media’s 2017 Hear Me Roar Trailblazer Award Recipient Nancy Bernardini has just been named President of the powerhouse beauty brand Zotos International, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Shiseido Americas Corporation. Ms. Bernardini is a veteran of the beauty industry, most recently serving as General Manager of Gurwitch Products and CEO of leading prestige brands Laura Mercier and RéVive. During her tenure, Bernardini helped put Gurwitch’s brands on a strong growth trajectory and significantly accelerated sales and profit growth. Gurwitch was acquired by Shiseido Americas Corporation in July 2016, and since then, Ms. Bernardini has helped successfully integrate the Laura Mercier and RéVive brands into the Shiseido Americas organization and position them for continued success. “I am excited to lead Zotos and to help the business continue to thrive in the professional haircare industry. I have tremendous respect for the organization and for their high-quality products, and also for the values that I have seen Shiseido instill in all its brands since Laura Mercier joined the Shiseido family. Our priorities will be to accelerate Zotos’ performance and delight more salon professionals around the world, creating a more powerful presence for the Zotos portfolio of brands in the global professional haircare market,” said Bernardini. 

Zotos International Inc.

[TODAY]  GALLERY: 2017 Ringling College Senior Thesis Exhibitions , May 1 – May 11

Ringling College seniors are pleased to present their final projects in the annual Senior Thesis Exhibitions. View work in all media by graduating artists and designers in the campus galleries from Monday, May 1 through Thursday, May 11. Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Ringling College of Art and Design, All Galleries, 2700 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  DANCE: Evolving/Revolving , May 11 – May 14

Join Sarasota Contemporary Dance for the 11th annual Evolving/Revolving Showcase highlighting past young choreographers as well as students that have been nationally recognized for their works in dance. This year’s event will focus on past favorite routines by Artistic Directors Leymis Bolanos and Liz Bergmann, followed by new performances from Alyson Dolan, Kris ‘Tetris’ Powell; a Sarasota local hip-hop success, all choreographed by Erin Fletcher. The show promises to be emotional, physical and highly entertaining.

Asolo Theater, 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  GALA: 27th Year Collaboration Celebration , May 11

Come celebrate with The Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center as they honor their Tenant Partner Agencies who have been with them from the beginning during the 27th Year Collaboration Celebration at the Selby Gardens Great Room by the Bay. Being home to over 18 non-profits the mission of the center has always been to provide assistance to low income and at risk families with hopes of maintaining contributive and productive members in the community.

Selby Gardens Great Room by the Bay, 811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  DANCE: Evolving/Revolving , May 11 – May 14, Thurs-Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2pm

A mixture of re-staged favorites by Alyson Dolan, this concert is being held to remember dancers and choreographers who have graced their stage as well as ones that are nationally celebrated. Includes new works by Sarasota's local hip-hop sensation Kris Tetris Powell and former Sarasota ballet stalward Sayward Grindley.

Jane B. Cook Theatre, 5555 N Tamiami Trl Sarasota, 34243

[SOON]  MUSIC: Outdoor Pops: Hits and Home Runs , May 12 – May 13, 8pm

Join the Sarasota Orchestra for a fan-friendly Outdoor Pops concert at the Baltimore Orioles' Ed Smith Stadium featuring American Idol season 14 runner-up Clark Beckham. Get yourself a hot dog, some popcorn, and sit back to enjoy the Orchestra in the outfield. Winning Pops selections, vocals by fan favorites and a spectacular fireworks display all contribute to an evening of hits and home runs. Friday May 12th 8pm and Saturday May 13th 8pm. For more information and Tickets please visit www.Sarasotaorchestra.com


Ed Smith Stadium , 2700 12th St., Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Art of the Sketch: Sketching Class , May 12 – May 13, 1-3pm

“This sketching class intends to explore a variety of formats to develop skill in free hand drawing. The goal will e to achieve a comfort level in picking up a pen to draw while traveling, relaxing or, as many of us may need while pressed to come up with a concept for a project at hand.” Ron Haase All skill levels are welcome. The class is $50.00 for members and $75.00 for nonmembers. For more information and to register for the class please visit www.cfas.org All Sales Final

Center for Architecture , 265 South Orange Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: 20th Century Modernism Modern Show , May 12 – May 13

The Center for Architecture Sarasota welcomes back the Modern Show this year with a special focus on Art and Architecture. Enjoy an exclusive art show and sale, tours, mini lectures, VIP parties and much more during this exciting and inspirational two-day event. All proceeds benefit the Center for Architecture Sarasota’s mission to teach, encourage and protect good design.

The Center for Architecture Sarasota, 265 S Orange Avenue, Sarasota FL

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Tech Savvy Workshop for Girls , May 13, 8:30-2:30

Girls in grades 5-9 from Sarasota and Manatee counties and their parents are invited to participate in a STEM workshop. The students’ day will focus on classes and presentations on robotics, coding, rockets, crime scene investigation, marine biology, and other technology related subjects. Please register at www.tinyurl.com/mn8shm7 or email Martha.Flynn@SarasotaCountySchools.net The deadline for registration is Wednesday, 10th

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: 1st Annual Blue Jean Ball , May 13, 6:30 pm-10:00 pm

The 1st Annual Blue Jean Ball invites you to kick up your boots and get ready for a night to remember at the 1st annual Blue Jean Ball. This festive event will feature live entertainment by Kim Betts and the Gamble Creek Band, dancing, dinner, open bar, silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $75 per person so act fast as seating is limited!

Farm Bureau Pavilion, 7289 Palmer Blvd Sarasota, FL, 34240

[SOON]  GALA: Golden Hearts , May 13, 6:30 pm

Join the Sarasota YMCA at Michael’s on East for an evening of philanthropic celebration as they honor the 2017 Golden Heart recipients who have affected more than half a million lives, Sandy and Representative Vern Buchanan, Betsy Kane-Hartnett, Dennis and Graci McGillicuddy, Louis Robinson and Dick Vitale. This whimsical interactive evening will feature heart glass blowing, caricature artists, a live band and three amazing live auction items.

Michael's on East, 1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239

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