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"We were just thinking of ways to help."

- Jesse Biter, BOLD Cowork Sarasota

[Hurricane Irma]  Commerce Helped Back to Life
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

As the wheels of commerce attempt to spin in the wake of a paralyzing hurricane, business slowly is getting back to normal.

The City of Sarasota on Wednesday announced it would waive all standard fees on storm-related emergency building and electrical permits. And one co-working space in downtown Sarasota, BOLD Cowork Sarasota, said they would allow displaced businesses to operate there for free for the moment.

Sarasota officials say they want to fast-track permitting for projects, so long as applicants state the work is related to damage caused by Hurricane Irma. "We ask for your patience," says building official Larry Murphy. "We will make every effort to cover all inspections that are called in, but expect some delays while we fast track and assist those impacted by Hurricane Irma." The city will waive fees for remastings on buildings, roofs, electric meter cans and sewer lines on private property.

Meanwhile, private sector help for entrepreneurs came with BOLD Cowork announcing it would open up its doors through Sept. 22 to entrepreneurs and startups in need of a safe and powered work environment. Community tables have been set up on the third floor of the BOLD building and extra space will also be made in the building lobby and cafe. Businesspeople can sign on to the BOLD Guests wi-fi network, and can reserve private space through building manager Bryan LaRosa.

BOLD owner Jesse Biter says the decision to open space was made after several requests came in to the facility. “We were just thinking of ways to help,” he says. “We had a few people reach out to us for temp space so we gave it to them.” FPL has announced that it expects to restore all power on the Gulf Coast by Sept. 22, the last day when BOLD plans to offer space. 

[Sports]  County Approves Braves Deal

Sarasota County Commissioners on Wednesday approved a deal with the Atlanta Braves to contribute $21 million toward a North Port stadium. The move came weeks after Florida economic officials agreed to pay $20 million toward the deal, financing similar to what the state has done to retain Grapefruit Leagues in the state. The last major piece of the spring training puzzle will now come Tuesday, when North Port City Commissioners vote on contributing $4.7 million toward the deal.

Updated renderings were released Tuesday showing the proposed stadium in the West Villages District, which is providing the land for the stadium. The Braves have expended roughly $10 billion on design and architecture, and will pay the remaining costs of the $100 million stadium, county leaders said. The Atlanta Braves plan to begin spring training in the new stadium in February 2019. 

[Ryan Flies]  From the Cockpit Part 37: OH-6 Cayuse
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Editor’s Note: This is part 37 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.

Heading out to Ferguson Airport in Pensacola for an interview with a local news station, Rankin finds himself with the rare opportunity to fly an OH-6 Cayuse helicopter, thanks to Ross Ansell of Ansell & Brown Aviation. Eager to get more whirlybird experience under his belt, Rankin hops in the cockpit and straps in.

One of the most iconic helicopters ever made, the OH-6 was introduced in 1963 and first saw military service with the US Army in 1966, the same year it set 23 world records for speed, endurance and speed of climb. Nimble, versatile, reliable and with the ability to deliver troops in and out of small areas, the OH-6 became a mainstay in the Vietnam War, and variants continue to serve. A favorite in special ops, if one sees a bunch of bad looking dudes holding serious firepower and dangling off the skids of a helicopter, it’s probably an OH-6, says Rankin. An OH-6 variant, the MH-6, also offered crucial support during the Battle of Mogadishu, the inspiration behind the book and film, Black Hawk Down.

Ansell’s OH-6 saw combat in Vietnam, surviving three tours before making it back stateside. Rankin’s flown a lot of WWII-era aircraft, including planes that saw combat, but he admits there’s something a little different about this one. “The history is different and I appreciate that,” he says, talking not only in terms of recency, but knowing that many soldiers were drafted and many uncertain about the conflict. “It was a different war, a different vibe and it had a different feel to it.”

Flying with Ansell, Rankin performs basic maneuvers and handles himself well, but the crowning moment comes in a 30-40 second hover—what he considers his first “real” hover. “Up until this moment, I had transient moments of hovering,” he says. But this time Rankin conquered the minute movements required, and, in the video, one can see his feet working ever so slightly to manage the tail rudders. “The helicopter is much more finesse, much more a ‘feel’ thing,” he says. Would flying barefoot help? “Honestly,” he says, “I wouldn’t doubt it.”

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

Pictured: Ross Ansell's OH-6 Cayuse. Photo courtesy of Ryan Rankin.

Ryan Flies

[Daily Shop]  Room Decor: Scrabble Style
Rebecca Thompson

Serve creativity in the kitchen or light up the living room with these antique, customizable 10-inch letters from Sarasota Architectural Salvage. A decorative phrase or word, hung from the wall or arranged on a table, built in vintage tin style will put the finishing touch on any space. The perfect complement to a bare wall, these rustic letters range from A to Z. Put a do-it-yourself twist on any plain space to get guests talking. $20 each. Numbers, symbols and smaller sizes also available. 

Photo by Rebecca Thompson.

Sarasota Architectural Salvage, 1093 Central Ave., Sarasota, 941-362-0803.

[Sharkys On The Pier]  Hankering for Hogfish
Phoebe Ray

With a view as stunning as Sharky’s on the Pier offers, it's only fitting they would boast an outstanding menu to pair it with.  As you dine right on the Gulf, it is easy to be drawn to one of their mouthwatering seafood selections. A favorite on the menu is their Hogfish Paradise. Fried flaky snow-white Hogfish filets are topped with creamy smooth brie and a fresh mango salsa. We know fruit and cheese are a great combination but adding fresh Florida fish to the mix? A whole new level of deliciousness. This plate is topped off with the seasonal vegetable and a choice of starches for the perfect dish.

Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Sharky’s on The Pier is a member of Nosh, the SRQ magazine content marketing program for local restaurants. 

Sharkys on The Pier, 1600 Harbor Dr. S, Venice, 941-488-1456

Sharkys on The Pier

[Film]  SFS President Barbara Ann Caras Passes

Sarasota Film Society (SFS) has announced the passing of its president and CEO, Barbara Ann Caras, on August 24, after a “short but fierce” battle with cancer. Caras began her time with SFS as a bookkeeper in 2003 and was eventually promoted to chief financial officer. When SFS founder, Dick Morris, stepped down, he appointed Caras executive director and eventually president. With her passing, SFS Managing Director Nick Caras has stepped into the role of president, and Alma Eason has joined SFS as CFO. Sarasota Film Society asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society in her memory. 

Donate to the American Cancer Society

[Hurricane Irma]  EDC Reminds Community of Recovery Options

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County President and CEO Mark Huey has reached out to the community with information for small businesses on the road to recovery. If a business has sustained damage, owners can visit Florida's Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center. This is the primary portal for private sector preparation, damage assessments and recovery, and damage assessment forms are available at http://www.flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=bda. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are also available to individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations. The loans can be used for loss and damages not fully covered by insurance. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018. A Disaster Recovery Center location will be set up in Sarasota County for applicants who need in-person assistance with either FEMA or SBA programs. More information will be announced. Locally, foundations have established funds to assist with Hurricane Irma disaster relief, including Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Gulf Coast Community Foundation and United Way Suncoast.  

Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County

[Hurricane Irma]  Education Foundation Seeks Donations For Recovery

To assist in the Hurricane Irma recovery effort, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County is seeking cash donations, which will be used to purchase and replenish much needed classroom supplies in Sarasota Count Schools. Many of the supplies were used during the storm and teachers already personally contribute to their classrooms. The Education Foundations asks the community help Sarasota’s teachers focus on their students and feel affirmed by the community. 

Education Foundation of Sarasota County

[TODAY]  THEATER: Mame , September 14 – October 1, 8pm

Follow the journey of well-to-do Mame in this blast from the past. Set in New York in the 1920s, the play is centered around Mame and what happens when she is surprised by Patrick, and orphan nephew. Tickets are $27, $30 or $37, depending on seating.

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

[SOON]  GALA: 12th Annual Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast , September 15, 7:30am-9:00am

On Friday, September 15, the Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County will present the 12th Annual Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast; celebrating community members who support youth as leaders in our community. The honorees this year are CEO of PGT Industries, Rod Hershberger, and Director of Sarasota County Library System, Sarabeth Kalajian. The event takes place at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club from 7:30-9:00am. Cost is $50 for an individual ticket. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please call 941-366-3911.

Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club , 3100 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  HEALTH: Grey Matters: A Symposium on Alzheimer's Research , September 22, 11am-1:30pm

The Roskamp Institute is hosting a Brain Health and Awareness Symposium this September the 22nd at The Sarasota Yacht Club. The aptly named Grey Matters Symposium will offer a deep dive into current Alzheimer’s research by Institute Directors and will be moderated by ABC7’s Hayley Wielgus. There will be a presentation, interactive panel, and an opportunity for Q & A. For more information or to become a sponsor today please call (941) 552-9832 or visit www.roskampinstitute.org/events.

Sarasota Yacht Club , 1100 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Antsy McClain , September 23, 8pm

Antsy is a rare performer whose music will create an unforgettable night. His casual, approachable presentation and relatable songs will have you laughing one moment and crying the next. His storytelling and theater make each of his concerts special.

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Dreamscapes , September 24, 5:30pm

Enjoy the a variety of flute and piano music in this ethereal performance. Each piece in the vast repertoire expresses landscapes or scenes with the characteristic mystery of dreams. Be a part of the magic through interactive program notes. Tickets are $14.

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

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: iconcept jr 2017 , September 24, 12:00pm

Twenty-five young designers will use their problem solving and creative skills to create outfits from repurposed and unconventional materials. The incredibly talented designers will showcase their creations in an exciting runway fashion show.

Art Center Sarasota , 707 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Grid Un-locked , September 25 – October 30, 6:00-7:00pm

Join The Chamber, in partnership with Gulf Coast Community Foundation and SRQ Media, as we explore the facts, plans, and future of mobility and transportation in the Sarasota region. This six-week series will cover everything from traffic basics and land use impacts, to traffic studies and roadway improvement plans, and will wrap-up with a look at creative solutions. This session will be an introduction to automobile congestion, peak hours, and peak season and will cover local and national facts plus information on peer communities. Demian Miller, Principal at Tindale Oliver will be the featured speaker for this weeks’ event. Each event in the series is $10 and will be hosted at The Francis.  Click here for more info.

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

[SOON]  THEATER: You Can't Take It With You , September 26 – October 15, Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm

In this play by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, enjoy an American comedy classic centering around the life of the eccentric Sycamore family. When the only daughter with a normal job invites her fiancé and his family for dinner, the household erupts into chaos. Tickets are $25 for adults, $17 for college students and $15 for children.

Venice Theatre, 140 West Tampa Ave.,Venice

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 Rumble: How Will STOP! Impact Our Economy and Growth? , September 26, 5:30-7pm

What will be the impact of the recent STOP! movement on economic growth and the quality of projects in our region? Join us at the Mildred Sainer Pavlion at New College for lively debates on issues that some consider “too hot to handle” where our modified Oxford-style debate gives us civil discourse designed to sway through both factual information and rhetorical skill. Attendees are asked their position on the topic of the day before and after the debate–the success of the participants being judged on those they sway from their initial positions. 

Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  FOOD: Dining for a Difference , September 28, 5pm to close

Dine at one of 18 participating restaurants to support local nonprofits through this event. Restaurants will donate 15% of food and beverage sales from 5pm to close to the Designing Daughters Grant Program, which will benefit a variety of Sarasota area charities and causes.

[SOON]  THEATER: Beehive: The '60s Musical , September 28 – October 22, Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm

This musical will go back in time to the days of miniskirts, transistor radios and flower power. Told from the perspective of six young women who came of age in this enigmatic decade, the muscial looks back on the challenges they facesd alongside memorable songs from the era. Tickets are $30 for adults, $17 for college students and $15 for children.

Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice

[SOON]  THEATER: The Will Rogers Follies , September 28 – October 15

Anyone who has heard of Will Rogers knows his signature phrase:  “I’ve never met a man I didn’t like”. This philosophy is the jumping off point for this showy piece of Americana that follows his many accomplishments as well as his tumultuous personal life. It was the winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and Best original score!

The Players Theatre, 838 N Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Forty Carrots 15th Anniversary Educational Community Speaker Event , October 3, 7:00pm

The not-for-profit Forty Carrots Family Center is commemorating 15 years of free annual education talks with its most prominent speaker to date. Dr. Siegel will explain how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that children can lead balanced, meaningful and connected lives by drawing insights from his best-selling book, The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind.  Dr. Siegel will offer parents, teachers and other professional strategies to nurture children’s minds at all ages, survive everyday parenting struggles, and help your family thrive. Along with Dr. Siegel’s sage advice, attendees will receive a free copy of the book and Sarasota County educators will have the opportunity to earn continuing education credits (CEUs). While admission is free, tickets are required and available starting August 1.

Riverview High School Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL 34231

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: William R. Mote Memorial Snook Shindig , October 6

Don't let Mote's snook tournament be "the one that got away!" On October 6 and 7, 2017, anglers can join our William R. Mote Memorial Snook Shindig- a catch, sample and release tournament targeting snook released by scientists from Mote’s Fisheries Ecology and Enhancement Program and our colleagues at Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Anglers of all ages can take home prizes (and new fish stories) in this tournament on Sarasota Bay. Participants will help Mote scientists find out how snook fare after being raised and released into the wild by Mote and FWC staff. 

Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Prkwy., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Aftermath: The Fallout of War - America and the Middle East , October 8 – January 21

Active in the US and Middle East, the artists in the exhibition depict the conditions and people caught in the crossfire of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, and Israel from a variety of perspectives. The artists included are Lynsey Addario, Jananne Al-Ani, Jennifer Karady, Gloriann Liu, Rania Matar, Eman Mohammed, Farah Nosh, Suzanne Opton, Michal Rovner, Stephen Dupont, Ben Lowy and Simon Norfolk.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  DANCE: SCD + Piazzolla , October 12 – October 15

The highly anticipated collaboration with renowned Harpist, Ann Hobson Pilot and Violinist, Tai Murray is a performance inspired by and to the music of Astor Pantaleon Piazzolla.

Jane B Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

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