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"It's about finding the highest and best use for the community at large."

- Danny Hopkins, Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources

[Sports]  Manatee Considers Purchasing Premier Sports
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch may soon become a Manatee County park, a move that would shift both the responsibility for maintaining the 140-acre complex and change the level of public access.

Rex Jensen, president of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, sent a letter earlier this month to county officials offering to sell the campus to Manatee County for $5.2 million, the cost of improvements the developer has made to the property. That offer includes 126.9 acres of parking, 22 athletic fields and all on-site buildings. It also would include 36 acres set aside for an aquatic center. Officials say the cost could be covered through impact fee revenue collected by the county. County Administrator Ed Hunzeker told county commissioners in a workshop last week that the deal is being reviewed right now.

County officials say the land itself is worth about $20 million, so in terms of a real estate transaction the price would be a bargain, though it also takes all that land off county tax rolls. The biggest benefit may be in providing parkland in a part of the county underserved by public facilities, according to Danny Hopkins, Manatee County Recreational Division manager. “The area is growing exponentially,” Hopkins says. “This gives us an opportunity to defer some of the impact on Lakewood Ranch’s parks.” It also could assist in other infrastructure needs, and Hopkins notes the campus sits beside the site of a future high school planned to serve the Lakewood Ranch area.

The campus today serves a variety of sports, including soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, rugby, archery, senior games, Ultimate Frisbee, Special Olympics, flag football, youth football, Frisbee golf and punt/pass/kick football. The facilities have served as venue to local, state, regional and national sporting events. 

Charlie Hunsicker, director of Parks and Natural Resources for Manatee County, released an optimistic statement about the potential land purchase. "The addition of the Premier Sports Campus to our inventory of recreational spaces will greatly enrich the community’s recreation opportunities,” Hunsicker said. “The facility is consistent with the upcoming Parks Master Plan, and the acquisition of this site at cost only is a great opportunity for our community and the thousands of children who will be served.” 

But what would change if the campus, which already hosts countless scholastic and professional sporting events, were to be managed by the county? Hopkins says even if the land changes hands it shouldn’t disrupt any already planned tournaments coming to the campus, and the county would intend to use the facilities to host future events as well. Of course, such tournaments hold valuable economic impact to the region, something county officials don’t intend to disrupt. “If the county commissioners decide this is the way to go, we will find whatever operational opportunities to make it as seamless as possible,” he says.

The land in the future would have a different level of public access as a county park. The biggest question for county officials in evaluating the deal would be calculating the operational costs. No decision has been made yet about how much would be spent on the planned aquatic center, an amount that officials say will be determined by the scope of the facility, which could range from a community pool to a professional-level sporting venue. Also, no decision has been made as to whether the county would maintain the property with its own staff or contact separate management, as occurs with other major sporting venues under public ownership on the Gulf Coast. “It’s about finding the highest and best use for the community at large,” Hopkins says. 

[Awards]  Doctors Hospital of Sarasota Earns Awards

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has earned three awards in the areas of heart attack care, heart failure treatment and stroke treatment by following specific quality measures by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology Foundation. Awards earned include theStroke Gold Plus Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, recognizing facilities that give lifesaving clot busters in less than 60 minutes and in less than 45 minutes at least 50 percent of the time, theHeart Failure Silver Plus and theMission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Silver award. The hospital earned these awards by meeting specific quality measures for the diagnosis and treatment of patients, proper use of medications and  receiving information on managing conditions and follow up appointments before patients are discharged. 

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

[Executive Moves]  Keller Williams Realty Select Hires Seven

Keller WIlliams Realty Select has announced the addition of seven real estate agents to its team: Marie Chaleman, Juan Jaimes, Joseph Riggio, Ivy Neyedly, Jacob Truong, Tracy LeClair and Michael Jarrett. Chaleman studied nursing then cosmetology in Manatee County and started her real estate career in 2016. Jaimes served eight years in the US Marine Corps and four as a police officer, before spending six years as a private investor in real estate. Riggio has joined Keller Williams Realty Select with a trade background is a graphic designer/marketer. Neyedly moved from Toronto, Canada to Sarasota in December 2016. Truong graduated high school at Braden River High school in 2013 and attended the State College of Florida followed by the University of South Florida. LeClair graduated from Florida Southern College in Lakeland with a degree in business management and human resources. Jarrett began investing in Sarasota real estate three years ago, and moved to Sarasota last year from Austin, TX, transitioning where he was an operations and client services executive in the healthcare information technology industry. 

Keller Williams Realty Select

[Exec Moves]  Hart Joins Venice Regional Bayfront Health Board

Dr. Melinda B. Hart, a board-certified general surgeon specializing in breast surgery, has been appointed to the Venice Regional Bayfront Health Board of Trustees. Hart previously has served as chief of surgery and chief of staff at Venice Regional. She has practiced surgery in Venice and Englewood since 1991, and since 2005 her practice has focused on breast cancer patients. Hart received an undergraduate degree from Florida State University and a medical degree from the University of South Florida, where she also completed a residency in general surgery. The Venice Regional Board of Trustees provides counsel and support for the hospital’s administrative leadership. 

Venice Regional Bayfront Health

[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: IncrediBello! , June 13 – July 29

This summer promises to be a hair-raising event when Feld Entertainment brings Bello Nock back to the Sarasota stage. Bello, the world-renowned, gravity-defying comedic daredevil with the unmistakable foot-high hair, returns to his hometown to engage audiences with his lovable personality, trademark humor and playful antics.

Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Of Summer and Silence , June 20 – June 30

Susan J. Foster presents an exhibit of remarkable oil paintings, “Of Summer and Silence” in Miano Gallery at Southern Atelier in Sarasota. The opening reception for this exhibit will be on Friday, June 16th from 6pm until 9pm. The paintings will be on view from June 20th through June 309:30–4pm. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge. Sue Foster is a long-time resident of Bradenton and an instructor of still life painting at Southern Atelier.

Miano Gallery at the Southern Atelier , 7226 21st Street E,. Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Broadway in Black , June 21 – July 23

This summer, the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe salutes Broadway with an original revue by Nate Jacobs. Sing along with your favorite songs from award- winning shows and breakthrough roles that helped launch the careers of such Black artists as Melba Moore in Purlie, Ben Vereen in Pippin, Jennifer Holliday in Dreamgirls, and Nell Carter in Ain't Misbehavin'. It's Broadway, WBTT syle...electrifying! 

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe , 1343 Main St. Suite 402 Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Taste Magazine and Le Bordeaux French Wine Dinner , June 22, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Come to Le Bordeaux to enjoy a five course wine pairing dinner. Courses include escardgot å la bordelaise, salade gascogne, medallion de veau sauce perigourdine et ses légumes, black grouper menuiére and poired pochées au vin. 

Le Bordeaux , 1900 Main Street, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Painting Floral Still Lifes , June 23 – June 25

Artists will learn how to quickly sketch "Alla Prima," the colorful harmonies and abstract patterns of some of nature's most vibrant subject matter. This seminar will highlight color composition and painting from life under nature's light. 

Southern Atelier , 7226 21st St. E., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: High School Musical Jr. , June 23 – June 24

Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life in Disney’s High School Musical Jr. The students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. The show’s infectious, danceable songs are sure to engage performers and audiences alike.

Manatee Performing Arts Center , 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Celebrate International Day of Yoga at Selby Garden , June 24, 8:00am-9:30 am

Calling all Yogis and Yoginis! Join Pineapple Yoga Studios at Selby Gardens in celebrating International Day of Yoga on June 24 with a morning of limber exercise. Claudia Baeza and Lauren Beth Jacobs will co-teach an hour long all levels yoga class on the beautiful Great Lawn Pavilion at Selby Gardens. Everyone from advanced Yoga instructors to new Yogis are invited to attend this free donation based yoga event to support Selby Gardens and the Pineapple Yoga Studio Teacher Training Scholarship Fund. There will also be a children's corner with a Children's Yoga Instructor, so please bring your little Pineapples along! DJ Neon Tiger will be providing the music and a photobooth will be in the garden so you can capture yourself mastering yoga poses. To get more involved with the sarasota yoga community check out Pineapple Yoga's Instagram for their 6 days 6 Yoga pose challenge. Registration for the event opens at 8:00am with the class beginning at 8:30am. See you and your Tribe soon!

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Powerboat 2017 Grand Prix Festival , June 24 – July 4

The 33rd Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival returns June 24-July 4 with events for the entire family to enjoy. Powerboat and AquaX Pro race teams will compete for the checkered flag on July 1 and 2 just off Lido Beach with televised coverage to over 100 countries beginning late July.  New events this year include a Grand Prix Comedy Night at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, a venue change for the Festival Kickoff Party to Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens, and a Grand Prix Fan Fest on July 1 and 2 in the Van Wezel parking lot.  The Fan Fest is free with Suncoast Charities for Children producing the entire Festival, including the July 4th Bayfront Fireworks.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Volunteer Interest Coffee , June 24, 9:00-11:00am

Interested in becoming a Mote volunteer but need more information? Join them for a causal volunteer interest coffee in Mote's WAVE Center (former Sea Cinema). Staff from the volunteer office and current Mote volunteers will be available to answer any questions you may have about the benefits, commitment and rewarding opportunities that come with being a volunteer.

Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota

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