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"We take our role as an economic generator very seriously, as we do our role of bringing more international visitors."

- Rick Piccolo, SRQ Airport

[Flight]  Service to Canada Grows at SRQ
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The number of flights between Sarasota and Canada will double this summer, following an announcement by Elite Airways about the expansion of service to and from Halifax, Nova Scotia. “The ability to bring more people here from Canada is good for tourism,” says Rick Piccolo, president of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. “We take our role as an economic generator very seriously, as we do our role of bringing more international visitors.”

Elite Airways announced that starting on July 2, passengers will be able to fly on Thursdays and Sundays from Halifax to Sarasota, with a stop in Portland, Maine. Passengers will not have to deplane in Maine, Piccolo notes. From the Sarasota facility’s point-of-view, this means a doubling of direct flights to Canada from SRQ, on top of existing twice-weekly summer service to Toronto via Air Canada. “Last year was the first year for Air Canada summer service,” Piccolo says, “which shows growth in the Canadian market.” Air Canada provides daily service between Toronto and SRQ during season.

John Pearsall, Elite Airways president, says its been the strength of existing flights between Florida and Maine that allowed for this expansion. “There’s a unique opportunity to extend this service to Halifax, Nova Scotia—as Florida is also a key market to Canada,” Pearsall says. “As a Maine-based business, we are especially proud to expand our Florida-to-Northeast routes to now include Atlantic Canada, and we thank government, city and airport officials for their support.”

Beginning on July 2, passengers can board flights leaving SRQ at 9:30am, arriving in Portland at 12:30pm, then continuing and landing in Halifax at 3:30pm. Flights will depart Halifax again at 4:15pm, arriving in Portland at 4:30pm, then continuing and landing back at SRQ at 8:15pm. Connections from Halifax to SRQ will start at $229, while SRQ-Portland tickets start at $199.

Piccolo says the airport continues to look for ways to expand international travel to other destinations, with a priority of Europe, though no flights have materialized yet. The airport has worked to expand its customs capabilities and can now move 300 passengers per hour through its local customs station. 

[Ryan Flies]  From the Cockpit Part 25: Mooney M20J
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Editor’s Note: This is part 25 of an ongoing series documenting the flights of active-duty US Navy Pilot Ryan Rankin on his journey to fly 52 planes in 52 weeks through the year 2017.

As word continues to spread of Rankin’s yearlong endeavor, offers from pilots with their own planes come out of the woodwork. “Word is getting out and most people appreciate what I’m trying to do, promoting aviation,” he says. “You’re always going to have people who just want you to fit into the norm and not challenge yourself, but, by and large, everyone’s excited about it.” At an invitation from Terry Ogle, a Navy veteran who flew gunships in Vietnam, Rankin heads out to Peter Prince Field in Milton, FL where Ogle’s Mooney M20J awaits. Scheduling the flight proved difficult, with a number of cancellations almost scuttling the venture, but it turned into a particularly memorable flight that Rankin’s glad he took.

A stalwart and slick aircraft designed to comfortably zip the pilot, a couple friends (in a four-seat cockpit with leg room) and a couple bags through the night in style and comfort, the M20J may not boast a reckless resume like some bush craft or aerobatic trickster, but what it does, it does well. “It’s a good popular aircraft,” says Rankin, who found no real quirks or challenges—just a real smooth flight. And fast, with the M20J topping out at 201mph, thanks to an aerodynamic design with retractable gear and flush rivets, though Rankin kept the airspeed to around 160mph. “Owners that have them, love them,” he says of the plane, and it’s no surprise that some variant of the M20J has been in production almost uninterrupted since its first flight in 1955.

But the real star of the day was Ogle—Navy pilot, Vietnam vet and the man who got the Pensacola bus company to paint his M20J from nose to tail like the American flag. A flight instructor after his service, Rankin may have trained under him, but for being assigned to a different base. Stepping into the cockpit together, conversation was automatic. “It was one of those flights that’s over before you know it because you’re enjoying the conversation,” says Rankin.

What Rankin didn’t know at the time, soaring through the clouds for a blissful 45 minutes with Ogle, was that this was to be Ogle’s final flight and he was hanging up his wings. To fly legally, every pilot needs an annual medical evaluation showing them capable and sound to take the responsibility. Ogle decided to pass, letting Rankin know only after, via phone, that he’d made the decision. “I was quite honored,” says Rankin, to have been with Ogle on his last flight, to share the experience and the stories, though sad in a way. “Terry’s an amazing guy.”

For more about the flight in Rankin's own words and a video of the flight, follow the link below. 

Pictured: Ryan Rankin and Terry Ogle fly the Mooney M20J. Photo courtesy of Ryan Rankin.

Ryan Flies

[Daily Shop]  The Undeniably Authentic India Artisans
Jasmine Respess, jasminer@srqme.com

Tucked in the middle of Historic Downtown, amidst coffee shops and tourist boutiques, there lies a piece of India in India Artisans. The store features multiple rooms filled with everything from bejeweled shoes and flowing saris to colorful tapestries that catch the eye. Handmade in different towns across India, the store’s owner, Rekha Chiroli, travels all the way to India to stock her shelves and brings the best finds back to Sarasota. Often made with repurposed materials, such as antique and vintage bridal saris, Zardozi tapestries are also sewn with silver and gold coils and have been made since the days of the Mughal Empire. Small patterns can take days to finish and a complete tapestry can take up to two weeks—and no two tapestries are exactly the same. Tapestries range from $29 to $100. 

Photo by Jasmine Respess.

India Artisans,1899 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, 941-224-7227.

[Marina Jack]  Calamari With a Twist at Marina Jack

We love a fresh take on a classic- a concept Executive Chef Shane Dabney at Marina Jack is no stranger to. Their “calamari frites” are made with calamari steaks, providing a much larger, tender bite. These morsels are fried to crispy, golden-brown perfection and coated in cornstarch rather than flour, which also makes them available to the gluten-free customer (score!). They are then drizzled with a curry aioli placed delicately on a bed of fresh arugula. Dabney finishes this appetizer off with a trickle of hot sauce to “jazz it up.” Once you go frites, it can’t be beat – go try them out today!

Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Marina Jack is a member of Nosh, the SRQ magazine content marketing program for local restaurants. 

Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236, 941 365-4232.

Marina Jack

[Expansion]  New College of Florida Embarks on Growth Plan

New College of Florida announced plans to embark on a transformative plan for its future, with the funding to expand the number of students it provides with its unique and world-class education by 50 percent. With Gov. Rick Scott’s signing of the 2017-18 state budget, this new funding provides $5.4 million to New College for the first phase of a growth plan, unanimously approved by the State University System Board of Governors in November 2016 and endorsed by approval of the Florida Legislature in May. This first phase will allow New College to begin recruiting 15 new faculty in 2017-18, beginning three years of hiring that will add 40 new professors. That will bring the College’s total full-time faculty to 120 by 2020-21. At the same time, New College will begin to gradually expand its enrollment, to an estimated 900 students by 2018-19 and 1,200 by 2022-23. Both enrollment and faculty would grow by 50 percent over that time, allowing the College to maintain its hallmark 10:1 student-faculty ratio and small classes with close faculty-student mentoring. Staffing would grow by about 20 percent, to accommodate the admissions and student support positions needed for the larger enrollment. New College will work with its partners in the College Consortium to expand infrastructure and explore public-private partnerships (P3) for housing infrastructure needs. Funding for this will be requested in subsequent years. 

New College of Florida

[Recognition]  Dupont Announces 2017 Packaging Innovation Winners

Penta5 USA’s MosquitoPaQ LLC, based in Sarasota, Florida, won a Gold award at the 2017 DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. The company’s patented secure no-bite outdoor zone spatial attractant/confounder/repellent pouch was recognized for its innovative use of a frangible (breakable) seal pouch as part of a new application for mosquito repellent. The pouch allows consumers to mix and activate dry and wet ingredients in the repellent at the time of use, without having to pour out or touch the package’s contents. After activation, consumers simply hang the pouch and leave it alone as the attractant/confounder/repellent is released over the course of fifteen days. With a holistic focus on customers, the MosquitoPaQ LLC division also included graphics on the pouch itself that teach consumers how to use this innovative package.  


[Exec Moves ]  Moore Appointed CEO at Venice Regional Bayfront

Venice Regional Bayfront Health has appointed Bob Moore as chief executive officer. Moore has more than 30 years of executive hospital leadership experience. For the past three years, he has served as CEO for Munroe Regional Medical Center, a 421-bed hospital in Ocala. Moore will join the hospital in late July. During his tenure in Ocala, Moore led work to bring the hospital's master facility plan to life through an Emergency Room expansion, development of a 12-bed Level II NICU and expansion of women's healthcare services. Planning for the development of a new 100-bed acute care hospital in western Marion County is well underway. Moore also led capital investments to expand and introduce new services, including expansion of robotic and minimally invasive surgery technologies. Access to primary and specialty care has grown with the recruitment of more than 20 physicians to Munroe Medical Group. Patient satisfaction as measured through HCAHPS has increased each of the past three years in Ocala, as have employee and physician satisfaction. Prior to his most recent position, Moore also served as CEO of hospitals in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Illinois. Moore holds a Master’s of Science in Management from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, and a certificate in Hospital Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. 


[SB2]  Reserve Your Tickets: SB2 Good Hand Building Capacity in our Independent Sector

Join SRQ Media for the conclusion of our dynamic 2016-2017 SB2 event season with SB2: GOOD Hand–Building Capacity in our Independent Sector on Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 7:30am–9:00am at The Francis, Downtown Sarasota. Local foundation expets will give us insight on fundraising, innovation and nonprofit consultants. Keynote, David Odahowski, President and CEO of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, will discuss the organization's work giving grant money to qualified non-profit organizations to improve the quality of life for the people of Central Florida. Special guest panelists include: Roxie Jerde, President and CEO, Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Stacey Corley, Vice President of Advancement, Ringling College of Art and Design; Veronica Brandon Miller, Vice President, Goodwill Foundation; Susie Bowie, Executive Director, Manatee Community Foundation; and Heidi Brown, CEO, Jewish and Family Children's Service.

Tickets are $35/per person, which includes a mouth-watering breakfast spread provided by The Francis. 

Reserve Tickets.

[TODAY]  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]  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]  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]  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

[SOON]  THEATER: Just For Laughs , June 29 – July 28, 9:45am, 11:30am, 1:30pm

Join FST Children’s Theatre this summer for a one of-a-kind improvised experience that will tickle your funny bone! This improv and music extravaganza is completely made up on the spot every performance based on your suggestion and your participation. The cast will perform scenes, make up songs, and tell stories that will be appropriate for all ages. No two shows are alike! Best of all, those who want to jump on stage will have the chance to interact with us. Their show is ideal for family outings, birthday parties, and camp field trips. FUN for the whole family! Recommended for children ages 4+

Florida Studio Theatre , 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: America the Beautiful: A Patriotic Celebration , July 1, 7:30pm

Just in time for the Fourth of July, join Brian Gurl and friends on a patriotic adventure as you experience a captivating, exhilarating show honoring the music of American Legends such as Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, Lee Greenwood, Elivis Presley, George M. Cohan, John Philip Sousa and more! For more information and to purchase tickets please visit http://www.theplayers.org/shows/snap/

The Players Theatre of Sarasota, 838 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: 9th Annual Sarasota Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular , July 4, 11:00 am-10:00 pm

Join Marina Jack for their annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on Independence Day between 11:00 am-10:00pm. Indulge in the decadent menus from the Dining Room, Blue Sunshine Patio Bar & Grill and Deep Six Lounge & Piano Bar all while enjoying the magnificent display of lights in the sky. Marina Jack II will host a three hour cruise featuring a buffet, live music and premier viewing of the fireworks display.

Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  BUSINESS: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne , July 5 – August 6

In this award winning southern regional premiere, tenacious and flamboyant 14 year-old Leonard Pelkey disappears. A small town New Jersey detective slowly unravels the mystery, portraying over a dozen eccentric characters along the way. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, the town’s citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.floridastudiotheatre.org

Florida Studio Theatre , 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: YPG After Hours at Escape Countdown , July 6, 5:30-7:30pm

Come join us YPG Thursday, July 6th at Escape Countdown for the area's largest monthly networking event, YPG After Hours! With an average of 80-100 young professionals gathering on the first Thursday of each month you're guaranteed to make new friends, secure new clients, and learn more about what Sarasota has to offer. Along with great drink specials, enjoy appetizing lite bites for the duration of the event.

Escape Countdown , 6525 S. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Venice Summer Cabaret Festival , July 6 – August 27

Venice Theatre is delighted to invite audiences to its 5th Annual Summer Cabaret Festival. The popular event keeps music lovers and theatergoers entertained throughout the summer months with a variety of music in a nightclub setting. The irrepressible Eric Watters will kick off the festival on Thursday, July 6, 2017 with his tribute to Johnny Mercer, "My Huckleberry Friend." The festival will continue in “Pinky’s Cabaret” (the theatre’s black box Pinkerton Theatre) through Sunday, August 27, 2017. Tickets are $20 for each show and will go on sale June 6, 2017.

Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave.,Venice

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College of Art and Design at the Englewood Art Center , July 7 – July 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

With original works of art created by more than 20 area artists, this free, family-friendly event features art in a variety of media, including paintings, watercolor, ceramics, fiber art, sculpture and photography. The two-day event also features artist demonstrations, live music, food trucks and activities for children.

Englewood Art Center , 350 South McCall Rd., Englewood

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