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"We know this stadium and the excitement of Major League Baseball have more than just an economic impact."

- Martin Black, West Villages Improvement District

[Sports]  North Port Explores Potential Braves Impact
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The construction of spring training facilities for the Atlanta Braves could bring a $1.7 billion economic impact to North Port over the next three decades, according to a study commissioned by the West Villages Improvement District. North Port commissioners will discuss the spring training deal at a special meeting today, and could ask for an independent study. 

“We know this stadium and the excitement of Major League Baseball have more than just an economic impact,” says Martin Black, West Villages district chairman. “It will truly touch this community for two generations or more.” The study works on the assumption spring training will attract at least 73,500 in attendance in the first year and see increases in attendance over the next decade to reach more than 80,000 by 2028. 

North Port already voted in favor of a letter of intent with to bring the Braves to town on property provided by the West Villages district, with commissioners noting the prospect not just in attracting a popular pro team to the region each spring but in having a sports complex available for other public use as well. But officials there say they also want to explore the costs that the city will incur taking land off the tax rolls while contributing to a deal with Sarasota County to attract the team. City Commissioner Debbie McDowell has asked the commission consider directing staff to complete its own summary of the economic impact with the Braves facility. 

North Port officials have asked for any deal to release North Port from liability to the stadium, for any arrangement to specify there will be additional use for overflow fields and that North Port will be named in promotional materials for the facilities and activities there. 

The Braves have trained at the ESPN Wide World of Sports for 20 years, but as other MLB teams have migrated their facilities further south, the team announced it would leave the Disney-owned facility in Central Florida. The team is expected to remain in Lake Buena Vista next year, but will move to North Port after a stadium opens in January 2019. Notably, the Braves have seen annual Spring Training attendance average about 122,500 per year since 2010, which may indicate the West Villages calculations were extremely conservative.

The economic impact study done by West Villages is part of a grant request submitted last month for for $20 million from the state’s Spring Training Retention Program to help pay for the stadium. Sarasota County will contribute about $21.26 million funded from tourist development tax revenue. North Port will contribute about $300,000 per year as part of the deal, as will West Villages.

West Villages officials say the stadium will have 6,500 fixed seats and 1,500 in grass berm seating, with 60 percent of seats shaded. The 80-acre site will host the stadium and a 55,000-square-foot clubhouse with executive offices for major and minor league operations. 

[Ryan Flies]  From the Cockpit Part 27: de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Editor’s Note: This is part 27 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.

In From the Cockpit Part 24, Rankin was prepping a WWII-era de Havilland Tiger Moth when a fleeting opportunity to fly the Bolkow Bo 125 helicopter took precedence. But Rankin did head back to the Tiger Moth after landing, taking off with Airbus Captain Jacek Mainka from an airfield in Konstancin, just outside of Warsaw.

A WWII-era trainer biplane built for the RAF, the Tiger Moth shares much in common with both the Stearman N2S and the Bu 131 Rankin flew earlier this year (From the Cockpit parts 2 and 20, respectively), being a utilitarian craft with only basic controls, but designed to focus on the trainee’s airmanship. There are some differences, with the more powerful Stearman sporting a large radial engine and a larger cockpit, so Rankin places the Tiger Moth closer to the Bu 131 as one of the nimbler crafts.

Still, each has its own distinct feel when flying, with the Tiger Moth coming across as somewhat “sloppy,” says Rankin, comparing the broad movements to that of steering a bus or moving truck. “But it’s not a negative,” he adds. “You just have to give the controls the proper attention. It requires more and it’s more deliberate.” Flying for around 40 minutes, there was nothing sloppy about Mainka’s formation flying and eventually the two tried their hand at some light aerobatics over the European countryside.

Even with all the different aircraft Rankin has flown, he increasingly finds himself drawn to these WWII-era biplanes. There’s something about them that he can’t quite explain. Part of it’s the history. “You think about the people who sat in that seat before you,” he says. “The people who strapped it on during a war, knowing it might not end well.” And it’s in the machine itself, its parts as exposed as the pilot. “There’s something elegant about that,” says Rankin. “There’s something pure.”

Now at the halfway point in his yearlong adventure, Rankin admits that at times the prospect remains daunting “but at the same time, I’m very much looking forward to it.” It helps that he’s saved some of the more exotic aircraft for the second part of his journey, including gliders, balloons and (maybe, possibly—fingers crossed) a blimp. Whatever the craft, it’s the people Rankin meets that he’ll remember. “It sounds cliché, but it’s true,” he says. “It’s the part I’m going to miss, because I’m going to keep flying.”

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

Pictured: Ryan Rankin flies the de Havilland Tiger Moth. Photo courtesy of Ryan Rankin.

Ryan Flies

[Daily Shop]  Rustic Meets Vintage
Shelby Schwartz, shelbys@srqme.com

Sturdy and stylish, a Corinthian column base stands as a stalk sprouting upward to a wooden circular top. Marcotte’s Design, known for its handcrafted furniture and barn doors, combines vintage style with rustic flair—a practice brought to great success in this dining table. A piece of home décor rich in character, the table’s white paint finish shows wear and hewn edges, exposing a light wood that complements the salvaged top. Perfect for small parties and family dinners, bringing people around Marcotte’s dining table adds a taste of rustic and vintage to any get together. Enjoy for $495. 

Photo by Shelby Schwartz.

Marcotte’s Design, 532 South Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 941-366-8485.

[Recognition]  Syprett Meshad Attorneys Named Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

Four attorneys at the Sarasota law firm of Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer have been selected by Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, to its 2017 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Firm President Michael Resnick and Partner Teresa Jones were both selected to the "Super Lawyers" list, and Managing Partner Nancy Cason and Associate Attorney Derek Eisemann were selected to the "Rising Stars" list. Only 5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected for the annual Super Lawyers honor. This is the 11th consecutive year that Resnick has been selected; he was recognized in the category of Family Law. A board-certified civil trial attorney, Jones was selected for the 11the time since 2006 in the Personal Injury-General Defense category. Cason was selected as a Rising Star for the sixth year in a row in the category of Real Estate law, and Eisemann for the second consecutive year in the category of Personal Injury. Lawyers selected to the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers rates attorneys nationwide through independent research, as well as peer nominations and a statewide survey of lawyers and peer reviews by practice area. 

Syprett Meshad

[Synergy]  Sarasota Opera Receives $20,000 From NEA

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $20,000 to the Sarasota Opera in support of the commissioning and world premiere of Rootabaga Country, a new opera by composer by Rachel J. Peters, which will mark the company’s 6th world premiere. The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. The winning work is an adaptation of selections from Carl Sandburg’s 1922 book Rootabaga Stories which is a collection of whimsical short stories created out of Sandburg’s desire to invent American fairy tales to match American childhood. 

Sarasota Opera

[Recognition]  MMH Recognized for Cardiac Treatment Standards

Manatee Memorial Hospital has received the Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. Manatee Memorial Hospital is the only hospital in Manatee County to receive this recognition. Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication. The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment. Manatee Memorial Hospital is recognized for having an 85% composite adherence and at least 24 consecutive months of 75% or higher compliance on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients. 

Manatee Memorial Hospital

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Luminescence by Cecile Moran , July 6, 6pm

The paintings of Cecile Moran are infused with gold and copper leaf, which radiate with an inner glow.  At times, the glow of the sky at sunrise presents a luminous backdrop for quiet and serene spaces of woodlands. The glow is ever changing as the surrounding light changes. At other times the fleeting shimmer of the gold off of the leaves of the trees present a feeling of the movement of the breeze through the forest.There is a quiet and peace found in the woodlands within the paintings.  Cecile’s paintings have always been imbued with a strong sense of color and boldness. The paintings reflect off the walls with their sense of color and luminescence. Cecile, also a calligrapher and illuminator, began introducing her knowledge of the traditional methods of gold leaf application to her painting in recent years. Having learned the tradition from her father who worked with gold leaf on glass in his sign work, she continued the tradition in her calligraphy and painting.

Bird Key Yacht Club, 301 Bird Key Dr., Sarasota

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Florida's Finest , July 6 – August 11

This juried exhibition showcases the wide-ranging talents of Florida-based artists, and includes two- and three-dimensional works in a variety of media. R. Lynn Whitelaw, the founding director and curator of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at St. Petersburg College, juries this year’s exhibition to be installed in all four of the center’s galleries. 

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  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]  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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Madera Fina Brings Tropical Sounds to Sarasota , July 9, 7pm

The singer-songwriter Abraham Dorta and percussionist Delvin López give life to the Afro-Caribbean music duo Madera Fina that demonstrates the wide range of genres that unfold in the Puerto Rico independent music scene. In the hand of Abraham's guitar mastery, Madera Fina blends a broad amalgam of tropical styles including bossa nova, classical and Caribbean styles.  

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center , 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Marvelous Wonderettes , July 12 – July 23, 7:30pm and 2pm

This smash Off-Broadway hit whisks you away to the 1958 Springfield High Prom where four girls with hopes and dreams serenade you with over 30 classics from the 1950s and 1960s. Single tickets are $18.

The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 N Tamiami Tr., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr. , July 13 – July 17

Join the Blue Fairy, Stromboli and a lively cast of characters as Geppetto journeys beyond his toyshop to discover the meaning of family. When the Blue Fairy grants Geppetto’s wish to bring his beloved puppet to life, the new father quickly learns about the challenges of being a father.

Venice Theater , 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Little Black Dress: Salute the Runway Fashion Show and Luncheon , July 13, 11:30 am- 1:00pm

The Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida will team up with local women veterans through the Goodwill Manasota Veterans Task Force to recycle dresses from Goodwill and put together an amazing fashion show. Join us at the Hyatt July 13 and discover the unique creations of these wonderful students while supporting a good cause!

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Blue Eyed Bettys , July 18 – August 20

With Daniel Emond on banjo, Sarah Hund on fiddle, and Ben Mackel on guitar, The Blue Eyed Bettys delight with their contemporary bluegrass sound. An original music group formed while performing in the hit FST Cabaret show Poems, Prayers, and Promises, audiences are snapped to attention with their powerful vocals, three part harmony, inventive storytelling, and natural onstage chemistry. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.floridastudiotheatre.org

Florida Studio Theatre , 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 GOOD HAND: Building Capacity in Our Philanthropic Sector , July 20, 7:30-9:00am

Join SRQ Magazine for the last SB2: Breakfast Symposium of the season on Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 7:30 am-9:00 am at The Francis, Downtown Sarasota. Keynote David Odahowski, President & CEO of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundationwill give us insight on building capacity in the philanthropic sector. Special guest panelists include: Roxie Jerde of The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Stacey Corley of Ringling College of Art and Design, Veronica Brandon Miller of Goodwill Manasota, Susie Bowie of Manatee Community Foundation and Heidi Brown of the Jewish Family and Children's Service. Moderated by SRQ MEDIA Executive Publisher Wes Roberts. Tickets are $35/per person and includes a delicious breakfast buffet provided by The Francis. Reserve your spot online at SRQSB2.COM.

The Francis, Downtown Sarasota, 1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance , July 20 – July 23

Directed by Leymis Bolanos Wilmott, a one woman show performed by Stephanie Bastos, who dances with the aid of a prosthetic leg.

New College of Florida, Black Box Theater, 5800 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Shrek the Musical , July 21 – July 22

Based on the Oscar-Winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek the Musical is a hilarious show with a powerful message for the whole family.

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

[SOON]  GALLERY: Painting Children's Portraits , July 28 – July 30

Often without much experience, students contend with washed-out or chalky flesh tones when painting portraits, In this seminar, learn how to capture a likeness, as well as the vibrant tones of a young person's skin tone. 

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

[SOON]  THEATER: Zombie Prom , July 28 – August 12

Set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where a zany, tyrannical principal lays down the law, a pretty senior has fallen for the class bad boy. Family pressure forces her to end the romance, and he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns a glowing zombie still determined to take her to the prom. Directed by Brad Wages.

Venice Theater , 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice

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