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"This is the first implementation of a coordinated system where everybody is working from the same sheet of music."

- Wayne Applebee, Sarasota County Homeless Services

[Government]  County to Consider Emergency Beds, HOT Teams
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Homeless people in Sarasota County may soon be delivered to shelter beds instead of jail cells, should Sarasota County Commissioners pass a "Quality of Life" ordinance today. But law enforcement officials remain concerned about the costs of proactively seeking out transients in a 725-square-mile unincorporated area.

Commissioners today will vote on a contract for emergency beds housed at The Salvation Army in Sarasota, and will consider an ordinance that allows sheriff’s deputies to take transients violating an outdoor lodging ordinance to go to the shelter instead of into jail. The approach largely builds upon the Homeless Outreach Teams used by the Sarasota Police Department for the past two years, according to Wayne Applebee, Sarasota County director of Homeless Services.

But Sheriff Tom Knight suggested to commissioners in a letter in August that such efforts will put increased demands on law enforcement serving a regional jurisdiction. While acknowledging Sarasota deals with a “steady homeless and transient population” more concentrated than the county, Sarasota police still work within a 25-square-mile city where homeless individuals congregate in select areas. “As evident in various parks and beaches throughout Englewood, Nokomis and Venice, we too have a large contingency who may need services,” Knight wrote to county commissioners.

The Sheriff’s Office estimates the cost for a fully loaded team of clinicians and deputies and a sergeant dedicated as a field supervisor for HOT teams would bring an operating budget of $540,700. “While the idea is promising and may certainly make an impact on our homeless and transient populations, the demands it would put on any organization are significant,” Knight writes.

It’s possible county commissioners will wait on implementing the ordinance until later this month, when they are scheduled to discuss budget issues with the sheriff. Applebee says the ordinance would not go into effect until mid-March regardless. He does hope a decision gets made today on funding the emergency shelter beds. “We could have the beds and no ordinance, but we can’t have the ordinance with no beds,” he says. That’s because the ordinance would require beds be available to individuals transported by the sheriff’s office at no cost to the person and with no requirements for treatment programs or religious services. Right now, the city funds 20 beds, and the county action if approved would cover another 30 beds over the next five months. 

The ordinance and use of HOT teams marks a coming together in policy for the city and county, which have debated for four years how to move forward on shelter provisions in a plan to address homelessness. County commissioners in 2013 passed 12 strategic recommendations from consultant Robert Marbut, including the "Quality of Life" ordinance and a call for a shelter that could serve about 250 individuals. But disagreements over creation of a facility incited disagreement between city and county officials. Applebee says that while the 50 beds at The Salvation Army provide only a portion of the beds recommended by Marbut, the city and county have moved ahead with policy addressing any concerns raised legally by the ACLU about providing appropriate shelter conditions. “This is the first implementation of a coordinated system where everybody is working from the same sheet of music,” he says. 

[Exec Moves]  Garriott Joins Board of Children's Guardian Fund

Emily K. Garriott, an associate attorney with the Sarasota-based law firm of Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, P.A., has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Children’s Guardian Fund (CGF). A privately funded organization, CGF provides financial assistance to meet the emergency needs of more than 1,000 children in foster and state care in Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit. Children’s Guardian Fund responds to the needs of children removed from abusive and neglectful homes, as well as funding in support of the recruitment and training of Guardian ad Litem Program volunteers who respond day and night on an emergency basis, to advocate for children in crisis. CGF also provides funding to help children reestablish normal childhood experiences such as celebrating birthdays, playing sports, attending summer camp, tutoring and driving lessons. 

Children's Guardian Fund

[Exec Moves]  JMX Brands Promotes Wiemken

Ross Wiemken has been promoted to business and finance team manager at JMX Brands, the largest online retailer of Amish furniture under the brand name DutchCrafters. He will oversee the finance and human resources responsibilities for the company. Wiemken was previously a product portfolio manager at JMX Brands. Before joining JMX Brands, Wiemken worked as an operations manager and internal systems specialist for retail businesses. He is completing a bachelor’s degree in marketing at the University of South Florida. 

Dutch Crafters

[Expansion]  County Fire Department Hosts Virtual Ride-Along

Sarasota County Fire Department (SCFD) is taking citizens on a virtual ride-along 9am to 4pm on Nov. 16, as the department will host itsfirst-ever "Tweet from the Heat." The virtual ride-along will allow residents to see what happens in the course of a day in the fire department. The Emergency Services Media Relations Officer will tweet on behalf of Battalion Chief Derek Boyer, who will share what happens in the course of his day, station crews that fall in his battalion area and safety tips. Followers on Twitter @scgoveoc will also be able to ask questions and interact with SCFD personnel while they are on shift. To join the Sarasota County Fire Department in the "Tweet from the Heat" virtual ride along, Twitter users can follow the handle @scgoveoc

Sarasota County Fire Department

[TODAY]  THEATER: A Christmas Story, The Musical , November 14 – December 10

This classic holiday tale centers on a mischievous, bespectacled boy, Ralphie, who dreams of getting a BB-gun for Christmas. In the weeks before the big holiday, Ralphie, his friends and his family get into all kinds of situations — including run-ins with a bully, a tongue stuck to a flagpole, a bar of soap in the mouth, a garish leg lamp, and a Chinese Christmas dinner.

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave W., Venice

[TODAY]  THEATER: Evita , November 14 – December 30

Directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes and winner of eight Tony Awards, Evita is among the most passionate and memorable productions. The musical retells the story of Eva Perón, Argentina’s celebrated but controversial First Lady. This exemplary musical is set to impress with a spectacular new staging at Asolo Rep.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[TODAY]  SEMINAR: BASE Talks , November 14, 5:30pm

BASE Talks are an outreach lecture series centered around the core subjects of business, arts, science and entertainment. The presentations are designed to enhance community engagement and add value to the local arts and entertainment sectors. Learn more about these topics and become a smarter thinker. Tickets are $27, $30 or $37, depending on seating.

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

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Orchid Mania , November 15, 12pm to 1pm

Utilizing material also included in the Orchid Show, this presentation will hone in on one of the most prized exotic plants of Victorian Birtian. Learn about the craze that came to be known as Orchid Mannia, and just how far nurserymen went to supply the orchid market. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: The Cheapskate's Handbook , November 16, 11am and 5:30pm

Local humorist Mifflin Lowe will be doing a chat and sign for his new book, The Cheapskate's Handbook. With over 200,000 copies sold, the book delves into the hilarities of life that often go unnoticed. Reservations are suggested for attendance the 11am session.

Bookstore1Sarasota, 12 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: Motown Mania , November 17, 6pm

This gala combines cocktails and dinner with a can't miss show full of motown funk. This special performance is in honor of Audrey Coleman and Eva Slane of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Tickets are $200 and dress is cocktail attire.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1646 10th Way, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Echoes , November 17 – December 17

Tillie and Samira were born 175 years apart, but their parallel stories eerily mirror one another across generations. Tillie is a Victorian pioneer woman sent to Afghanistan to fulfill wifely duties for an officer of the British Raj, while Samira is a Muslim schoolgirl who runs away to Syria to become the jihadi bride of an ISIS fighter. Both are confronted with tragedy in war-torn lands as they face the oppressive realities of their male-dominated landscapes. For more information please visit www.urbanitetheatre.com for show times and tickets. 

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 Second Street, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jon Stickley Trio , November 18

The Jon Stickley Trio has been rising in popularity with the release of their independent and fan-funded 2nd album. The group combines Jon's rapid-fire guitar with the wild but refined melodies of Lyndsay Pruett on violin and the deep groove of Patrick Armitage on drums. Their music is a repertoire full of flavor. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

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

[SOON]  FOOD: Champions For Children , November 18, 6:00PM

Join the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County in honoring Drs Robert and Patricia Gussin at this year’s “Under the Tuscan Sun” Champions for Children event, with dinner, dancing, and entertainment all night long. Held at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club at 6pm, tickets are $350 per person and can be purchased online. All proceeds will go to support the local Boys and Girls Club. 

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

[SOON]  GALA: Miracles on 17th Street , November 19, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Miracles do happen but not without the commitment of a collaborative community and the support of people like you! Please join Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center in the celebration of the everyday miracles made possible by their campus partners, a collaborative of more than 18 nonprofit agencies providing over 80 programs to those most in need, and get a first look at future miracles to come.

Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center, 1750 17th Street Sarasota, FL 34234 United States

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