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"I do think he will veto to punish those who went after Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida."

- State Rep. Wengay "Newt" Newton, D-St. Petersburg

[Politics]  Lawmakers Rally Resistance to Vetoes
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Lawmakers representing Sarasota and Manatee counties don’t expect Gov. Rick Scott to veto the entire state budget, as he has publicly considered. But they say he could likely use his line-item veto power to kill local spending projects as punishment to representatives who voted for major cuts to Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida. At an event held by Gulf Coast business organizations on Tuesday, lawmakers appealed to community leaders to call Tallahassee and stress the importance of many items in the budget approved by the Legislature this year.

“A lot of good things are coming to Sarasota and Manatee counties,” says Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton. “It’s important for everyone in the room, if you are inclined and do have connections in the executive office of the governor, to say this is important to our community.” Noting such locally important funding projects as funding for the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and infrastructure improvements like those planned on River Road, Boyd and other lawmakers encouraged citizens to lobby the governor directly if they could.

The session exposed acrimony between the House and Scott this year when Scott called for $100 million to be budgeted for Visit Florida and for Enterprise Florida to have $85 million in business incentives allocated. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, citing mismanagement in both agencies, called for all funding to be stripped. The final budget to come out of the Legislature included $25 million for Visit Florida and no incentives for Enterprise Florida.

The business meeting on Tuesday, hosted at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota by the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange and the Manatee Sarasota Building Industry Association, marked one of the first chances for lawyers to talk to local leaders since the close of session. State Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, says that budget pressure came entirely from the House, but the final budget ultimately won the approval of both chambers of the Legislature by wide margins. Should Scott veto the whole budget and call lawmakers back to a special session, the Legislature would likely override the veto and the governor might then forfeit the chance for line-item vetoes.

State Rep. Wengay “Newt” Newton, D-St. Petersburg, sided with the governor on funding state agencies, and says Scott has made his pleasure known to lawmakers who backed the spending and his displeasure known about those who did not. “I do think he will veto to punish those who went after Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida,” Newton says. “I know the benefits of having those incentives to help attract companies to certain areas.” But Newton said the organizations likely would not be in political crosshairs if more effort had been made distributing incentives and tourist marketing funds more evenly around Florida. 

State Rep. Julio Gonzalez, R-Venice, says many of the funding measures that could be vetoed, from swimming programs at the YMCA to Easter Seals' contributions to road safety measures, could save lives.  

State Rep. Alex Miller, R-Sarasota, expects lawmakers to be called back to Tallahassee quickly to handle unfinished business implementing a medical marijuana amendment. But she says House leadership is unlikely to change position on the level of funding for Enterprise Florida or Visit Florida. She noted the Visit Florida budget was the same level as it was in 2009, and that only recently had funds gone up. She’s not worried about losing state funding to boost tourism here. "People need to be educated on going to Pasco County," Miller says. "They don't need to be educated on Siesta Key." 

[Good Bite]  Criminally Delicious
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Biting into the fifth croissant donut, all you can think is, “This is too good to be legal.” Oh, but it is. Opening today off Ringling Boulevard on the strip between the Sheriff's Office and Shamrock Pub, Five-O Donut Co. is upping Sarasota’s donut game big-time. The latest from baker mastermind Christine Nordstrom (of Sift Bakehouse fame), this police-themed donut shop takes cheeky aim at the old officer-pastry pairing from the décor to the jargon, but for Nordstrom’s first foray into the world of donuts, the true focus is just great taste. Divided into regular offerings—Sarasota’s Finest—and daily inventions and requests—The Most Wanted—the array at the counter can be daunting, but the croissant donut always satisfies. Beginning with laminated croissant dough (heavy on the butter and flaky when eaten), the donuts are hand-cut into squares and holed before deep-frying. Simple enough, but the real magic comes with Five-O’s signature vanilla bean glaze, rounding out the rich croissant flavor with a decadently sweet finish. 

Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Five-O Donut Co., 2241 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 941-960-1370.

[Exec Moves]  SCF Welcomes Three Board Members

The State College of Florida Foundation has welcomed three new board members. Joining the board are Dianne Anderson, Robert Klingbeil and Barbara Najmy. Klingbeil, of Venice, joined the board in April. He is a native of Florida and graduate of the University of Florida’s law school. His law firm, Klingbeil & Roberts, has been serving the Venice area since 1993. He concentrates in the area of estate planning and guardianship and also does general corporate work. Klingbeil is an active member of Grace United Methodist Church and the Sertoma Club of Venice, serving as club president. Anderson, an associate with RE/MAX Platinum Realty, joins the board May 17. She began her career as a financial advisor, and has served as a volunteer, mentor and fundraiser in education throughout her career. Najmy, a lifelong resident of the Sarasota area, also joins the board May 17. She has a diverse professional background, including real estate, marketing, high-end retail, sales and management, and new home construction. She joined Michael Saunders & Company in 2003 and has brokered some of the area’s top luxury sales, including closing the highest single sale in the company’s Lakewood Ranch office. 

State College of Florida

[Exec Moves]  Civetti Joins Miromar Development

Miromar Development has announced that Jay Civetti has joined the real estate sales team at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club. A Florida-licensed realtor, Civetti brings with him more than 30 years of proven sales expertise focused in real estate and finance. Civetti is currently a member of the board of directors for the Mortgage Bankers Association of Southwest Florida as well as an allied member of the Naples Area Board of Realtors. Before joining Miromar, Civetti served as a sales agent for some of Southwest Florida’s top real estate companies and was director of sales and marketing for a Naples-based real estate advisory services company. A native of Massachusetts, he was also previously the northeast regional director of sales for Polo Ralph Lauren Golf. 

Miromar Realty

[Synergy]  National Packaging Companies Select Grapevine

Grapevine Communications, one of the area’s leading full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency, has been selected by two major packaging companies. Sarasota-based Penta5 USA, LLC, which is a division of PPi Technologies Group, and Canada-based Midlake Specialty Food Products have both enlisted the agency to provide branding and packaging design services. Grapevine has created a niche in the manufacturing and packaging industries dating back to its original operations in Montreal, Canada from 1988 to 1998. When Grapevine was re-established in the Sarasota area in 2002, clients have included Quasar Pure Silk, Weighpack Machinery and EverSafe all-natural mosquito control, among others. Penta5 USA, LLC hired Grapevine to create branding and design packaging for its UltraSun Cream, a paraben-free, zinc oxide (non-nano), broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen with no chemical filters and enriched with avocado and hemp oils. Midlake Specialty Food Products chose the agency to design packaging for its line of premier hempseed food products, including powders, oils and Nutracis Hulled Hempseeds. 

Grapevine Communications

[TODAY]  THEATER: Rich Girl , April 5 – May 26

Held at the Gompertz Theatre, Rich Girl by Victoria Stewart is a clever and contemporary comedy about women and their relationship to men, mothers and money. This play asks to consider two of the most important goals in life: love and money. 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Mind and Body Transformation by Kasia Bruniany and Lisa Flam Corin , May 3 – May 26

This two-woman exhibit features the imaginative jewelry of Lisa Flam Corin and brilliantly colored oil paintings of Kasia Bruniany. An opening reception will be held May 5 from 6-9pm. For more information and gallery hours please visit www.artuptown.com

Uptown Art, 1367 Main St., Sarasota

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Andrea Dasha Reich: Off The Wall and Marsha Owett: Fifty Shades of Red , April 7 – May 26

Alfstad& Contemporary's 4th season comes to a close featuring solo exhibitions with abstract artist Andrea Dasha Reich’s “Off the Wall” and New York-based photographer Marsha Owett’s “Fifty Shades of Red,” presenting their newest work. Explosively colorful and ingeniously designed specifically for Off the Wall, Dasha Reich has created a unique line of latex ArtWear, necklaces and bracelets on display. In Owett’s show, flowers act as surrogates for the body shot close-up against her flesh. The results are softly shaped images, a surprising sensuality.

Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 5th St., Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom , May 18, 11am

Orphaned during her passage from Ireland, young, white Lavinia arrives on the steps of the plantation kitchen house and is placed, as an indentured servant, under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate slave daughter. Lavinia learns to cook, clean, and serve food, while guided by the quiet strength and love of her new family. She attempts to straddle the worlds of the kitchen and the big house, but her skin color will forever set her apart from Belle and the other slaves. Meet the author at this reading. Reservations for this event are suggested. 

Bookstore1, 12 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 GOOD PEOPLE: The Tourism Economy , May 18, 7:30am-9:00pm

Join SRQ Magazine for another dynamic SB2: Breakfast Symposium on Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 7:30 am-9:00 am at The Francis, Downtown Sarasota. Keynote Carol Dover, President & CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Associationwill give us insight on the 2016-2017 impact of tourism on quality of life. Special guest panelists include: Rick Piccolo, President & CEO, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport; Jeff Mayers, General Manager, The Resort at Longboat Key Club; Elliot Falcione, Executive Director, Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Tickets are $35/per person and includes a mouth-watering breakfast spread provided by The Francis. Reserve your spot online at SRQSB2.COM.

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

[SOON]  GALA: Men Whiskey and Watches South County , May 18, 6:00 pm

Men,Whiskey and Watches - South County at the Suncoast Air Center, is raising awareness about child abuse in our community. Enjoy libations from local restaurants, whiskey tastings from select distillers, an assortment of fine luxury watches, premium cigars and live and silent auctions. A ladies sky lounge from Sun Bug will be featured at the event for all of the women in the room. Proceeds will support Child Protection Center’s mission in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse.

Suncoast Air Center, 400 Airport Ave. E Venice

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Starflower Retreat Mixer , May 18, 6:30pm

The Starflower invites Guitarist/Singer Scott Owens to play his original songs. Herbal Elixir and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. There is a suggested $20 donation. Please RSVP.

Starflower Retreat, 7085 Wild Horse Cr. Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Amazing Acts of the Greatest Show on Earth , May 19 – September 11

Explore the history of the Greatest Show On Earth, from the days of P.T. Barnum to the later partnership with the Ringling brothers, up to the contemporary shows from Feld Entertainment. The exhibition features original posters spanning the history of this singular brand, giving visitors the opportunity to marvel at a few of the amazing talents that have performed for the Greatest Show on Earth. Free with admission. For more information visit www.ringling.org.

The Ringling, 5401 Bayshore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Men Who Cook & Brew , May 21, 6pm

This year's event will feature craft beer from local vendors, along with Sarasota and Bradenton's finest guest chefs who will prepare a dinner filled with their favorite recipes. The final fundraiser of Asolo Rep's 2016-17 season will also feature a raffle for gourmet cooking classes, awards for best table décor and “People’s Choice” best chef, live music, the parade of chefs and more. Individual tickets are $200 and are available online or by contacting the Asolo Rep Special Events Department.

Mattison's Bayside at the Van Wezel, 777 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Joy of Jazz at Centennial Park, Venice , May 21

Free concert at the Centennial Park Gazebo. Reschedule of concert from January 22 that was cancelled due to weather. Marc Mannino Sextet featuring vocalist Shari Morningstar, Pete Carney, George Mancini, John Miller and Bob Lunergan.

Co-sponsored by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation


Centennial Park , Centennial Park Gazebo, Venice Ave, Venice, FL

[SOON]  SPORTS: Golfing for our Veterans , May 25, 8:00am

At a shotgun start, you are playing for cause! All proceeds for The SRQ Beer Invitational go directly to SRQ Vets, a local foundation. There is a 4 man scarmble offered for $200. This includes golf, beer, cart, tip and meal provided at JDub's Brewing company. Single players are $50 each. For more information visit the SRQ Beer Invitational website.

Rolling Green Golf Club, 4501 North Tuttle Ave, Sarasota.

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