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"Our community has some of the most distinguished red tide researchers in the world and we will be working with NOAA to ensure that they get a crack at the funding."

- U.S. Rep Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota

[Science]  Funding Bill Includes $8M for Red Tide
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A sweeping funding bill out of Washington includes $8 million set aside to combat toxic algae blooms following the passage of legislation sponsored by Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota. The congressman hopes to see much of that go to institutions on the Gulf Coast. “Our community has some of the most distinguished red tide researchers in the world and we will be working with NOAA to ensure that they get a crack at the funding,” Buchanan tells SRQ.

The funding goes to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. After Buchanan’s office announced the opportunity, Mote Marine Laboratory CEO Michael Crosby issued a statement praising action, stating that the increased funding will “significantly bolster the scientific community’s research to detect, respond to and develop innovative technologies to lessen the impacts from some of the country’s most challenging harmful algal blooms - red tide - on our environment, marine life and human health.”

Buchanan said red tide threatens not only the ecology of the Gulf of Mexico, but the economy in regions adjacent. “We need to understand more about the toxins in red tide so we can stop the damaging effects,” Buchanan says. NOAA estimates harmful algal blooms cause $82 million in economic losses annually for the seafood, restaurant and tourist industries, all of which have a strong presence in this region.

Much of that comes because of the poisoning of seafood by the algal blooms. Blooms can also force beach closures and swimming bans.

The funding was included in a bill to keep the federal government open through September. President Donald Trump signed the bill last week. 

[ShopTalk]  Don't Sweat It
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

It’s easy to make up excuses why not to head out for a run on the beach or game of tennis in sweltering temps—too sunny, too hot, too sweaty. Well, where there’s a will, there’s a way for this Sarasota dentist and outdoor sports enthusiast! Dr. Steven Wieder developed SAAKA due to the quality letdown of conventional head/wristbands on the market. "Southwest Florida is arguably one of the hottest places in the United States," says Wieder. "But, that shouldn’t stop us from playing sports and engaging in our favorite outdoor activities 12 months out of the year. We needed something better to prevent sweat from compromising our passions." Queue in SAAKA sportbands specially designed to manage our body’s perspiration and keep us moving at peak performance level. After experimenting with different fabrics, Wieder stumbled upon just the right combination—creating a three layered system for our sweatiest pursuits. The inner layer consists of moisture-wicking antimicrobial poly/spandex that immediately pulls sweat off the skin's surface. The middle layer naturally combats odor with viscose and the bamboo charcoal fibre collects and retains sweat 30% more than cotton. The outer layer wicks the remaining wetness from the super absorbent middle layer and moves it to the outside environment, allowing quick evaporation into the air. These banded bandits are assembled and manufactured in the U.S., provide UV protection, effectively fight trapping odors and are highly breathable.

As natives to the heat and humidity here, we adapt to the balmy nature of southern hemisphere living, but that doesn’t mean that with today’s innovative technology, we can’t take advantage of making our lives a little easier and a little dryer—no more sweat in the eyes, slippery hands, post-cardio stank, or bulky terry cloth keeping us uncomfortably hot and drenched. “We all want to keep sweat out of the way of our game,” Wieder notes, “And SAAKA is a simple concept that solves a frustrating problem.” So for all the workout junkies who tend to drip with dampness upon increasing heart rate—these sustainable, lightweight, high performance sportbands are soft to the touch and come in a wide variety of styles, cool colors and fun prints. If all this doesn’t encourage and promote the athlete in you, you’re better off Netflixing and chilling inside.

“Fitness is key to each and every individual's physical and mental well being. So with every purchase, SAAKA gives back to charities like Sports Charities USA to provide sports and outdoor recreation opportunities for disabled Veterans and handicapped children.” 

Images provided by SAAKA

SAAKA Performance Sportbands, 1227 Tallevast Rd., Sarasota, 941-706-2841

[Duval's]  Musseling to the Top
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Duval’s continues to up their game, reinventing its menu and forging ahead of the foodie train with eclectic eatery and a passion for superior seafood and service. With a real focus on freshness and a desire to support our community, they source only the finest ingredients from local fisherman and farmers. And while we all crave the classics now and then, it’s great to shake things up a bit sometimes. Chef Nils at Duval’s was getting tired of the traditional lemon/butter and marina-style mussels. Wanting to really create a signature dish unique to Duval’s, he came up with the Creamy Dijon Mussels dish:

Garlic cloves, diced onions and roasted potatoes are put on high heat to make them crispy then deglazed with white wine, heavy crème, whole-grain Dijon mustard and tasso ham. A pound of Prince Edward Island Mussels get sautéed and tossed in the end there, topped off with herbs. Toasted parmesan crostinis make an appearance to sop up all the rich sauciness on the bottom. While they still offer the traditional mussel recipes with lemon/butter and white wine, this dish adds a delectable twist. The rest of town must agree—having been extremely well received with 99% of mussel sales dominated by the Cream Dijon take. Who says people don’t like change?  

Duval’s is a member of Nosh, SRQ’s content marketing program for local restaurants.

Image taken by Wyatt Kostygan

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood., 1435 Main St., Sarasota, 941-312-4001.

[Education]  BIG, GCCF and CareerSource Partner for State of Jobs, Mind the Gap

CareerSource Suncoast, BIG and the Gulf Coast CEO Forum have announced their partnership to combine the State of Jobs Conference and Mind the Gap with the purpose of focusing on tomorrow’s workforce through these two student events. The 2018 State of Jobs Conference will welcome nearly 1,200 high school students for an all-day conference focused on college and career exploration with a focus on high-demand industries within the region. Bright Ideas on the Gulf Coast is an initiative of The Gulf Coast CEO Forum, an organization made up of the area’s top CEOs and leaders. BIG understands the demand for high-quality talent, which led to the creation of the first Mind the Gap event in 2016. Mind the Gap has provided a forum for college students to directly connect and communicate with business leaders in our community about the potential of having a career on the SuncoastOn October 30th, high school students will experience the conference during the day while Mind the Gap will be in the evening for college students. Further details on how to participate will be announced this summer. 

CareerSource Suncoast

[Opening]  Floridian Club of Sarasota Breaks Ground

The Floridian Club of Sarasota, a long-term lease community for young-at-heart adults that offers a “live here, play here” philosophy with hassle-free homes, an array of resort-inspired amenities, and a calendar full of activities, has officially begun construction with a groundbreaking ceremony. Nestled on 48 acres in south Sarasota County, The Floridian Club of Sarasota is located in a high-growth area surrounded by shopping, dining, golfing, and the Gulf beaches. The Club will feature 261 single-story villas and 48 units in elevator-served buildings. A variety of open floorplans offer one- and two-bedroom layouts with optional garages and stylish designer touches. Residents can lease their units from two to 10 years and have the freedom to personalize their space with their own decorative touches. A full-time maintenance manager will be onsite. A 10,000-square-foot amenity center will serve as the social focal point of the community where residents can gather for a myriad of clubs such as running, cycling, kayaking, wine tasting, cooking or travel. The grounds will also feature a fitness center, yoga studio, café, sports bar and pet spa. The Floridian Club of Sarasota is located just off I-75 on Jacaranda Boulevard. 

The Floridian Club of Sarasota

[Government]  Manatee County Accepting Applications for Healthcare Advisory Board

Manatee County has one vacancy for a representative of the business community to serve on the Manatee County Healthcare Advisory Board, a volunteer group that evaluates, monitors and discusses the healthcare system in Manatee County and makes recommendations to the County Commission regarding the funding of healthcare services in Manatee County. Applicants should be willing to meet a minimum of eight times per year on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 5pm to 7pm in the County Administrative Center. Other meetings may be scheduled as necessary. Applications are due April 13 at 5pm. 

Manatee County Healthcare Advisory Board

[Recognition]  Kiesel, Spitler Earn Meritorious Achievement Awards

Sheriff Tom Knight presented two awards during a ceremony Wednesday to employees who demonstrated exemplary service to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. Chief Financial Officer Lisa M. Kiesel and Director of Planning and Research William J. Spitler were presented with the Meritorious Achievement Award, recognized for their dedication and tireless work to provide the employees of the sheriff’s office with a new facility. Both were then given the task of planning the logistics of moving nearly 200 employees, along with their desks and computers, to the new headquarters. Due to their hard work, a significant portion of the sheriff’s office workforce is housed under one roof, greatly improving the efficiency of operations. For the first time in 30 years, all science-related units are now located in one area. 

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

[TODAY]  THEATER: Funny Girl , March 29 – April 15

Fanny Brice is a nobody who dreams of being famous, and through sheer guts and determination, fulfills her dream and becomes a star of the Ziegfeld Follies. Set in New York City just prior to and following World War I, it’s the songs and story that generations have grown to love including: “People,” “I’m the Greatest Star” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade.”  The original cast recording was even inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame!

The Players Theatre , 838 N Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[TODAY]  SEMINAR: American Modern Architecture: Frame + Character in Hitchcock's Cinematic Spaces , March 29, 5:30pm

Buildings played a pivotal role in Alfred Hitchcock's groundbreaking works. For Hitchcock, modern buildings both visually and metaphorically represented the future in contrast with the past. Hitchcock utilized modernism's essential elements as cultural shorthand to convey society's views on anonymity and one's place in increasingly complex urban environments. Christine Madrid French, an advocate for the study and preservation of American architecture, will discuss in this visually-rich presentation of Hitchcock's penchant for filming suspenseful scenes against the backdrop of American modernist architechture. 

Ringling College of Art and Design's Alfred Goldstein Library, 2700 Bradenton Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Little Bit Country Little Bit Rock n' Roll , March 30

Grab yer guitar and boots, tilt yer cowboy hat and got ready to “Yeee Hawwww” your way through this country romp mixed with a healthy serving of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Jimmy Mazz takes you back to visit great country classics like Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, then crossing over to rockers like Bobby Darin, Jerry Lee Lewis and of course, Elvis plus many more!

The Players Centre of Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Femmes Fatales , March 31 – April 27

In this exhibit, Elisabeth Trostili's digital paintings celebate the power of women. Each painting in Femmes Fatales could be described as a digital photographic collage that captures beauty, diversity, gender roles, spirituality and the richness of woman. New work by all of Art Uptown's 25 professional artists will be shown along with Trostili's featured pieces.   

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Master Class: Introduction to Connoisseurship , April 3, 10am

Master Classes offer a deeper look at various subjects, though are designed for any level, so no advance training required. This Master Class session will engage with key questions around art and quality. Throughout the series, you’ll discover your own criteria for quality, and begin to use your skills to assist your decision-making, whether you are acquiring works of art, or simply engaging as a viewer. 

The Works, 891 South Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Honor Killing , April 4 – April 25

Allisyn Davis, an American reporter for The New York Times, heads to Pakistan to cover the honor killing of a young woman. Through a series of cultural collisions, candid interviews, and dangerous encounters, she learns the details of this event, and faces her own demons and judgments. One culture mirrors the other, asking questions about forgiveness, self-worth, and justice

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

[SOON]  THEATER: Gloria , April 4 – April 29

Directed by Greg Leaming, this biting commentary on the office environment and the drive to succeed marries the horror of shocking workplace violence with a satirical sendup of how individuals respond, whether taking advantage or falling apart. A Pulitzer Prize finalist and selected by The New York Times as one of the best shows of 2015.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Women Laughing Alone With Salad , April 5 – May 13

Sheila Callaghan breaks all the rules of our image-obsessed culture in this raw, audacious comedy about the unreasonable expectations demanded of women and their bodies. Gleefully vulgar, bitingly poignant and raucously unafraid, Women Laughing Alone With Salad is a gender-bending feminist fantasia with balls. For more information please visit www.urbanitetheatre.com for show times and tickets. 

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 Second Street, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: Save Our Seabirds Sunset Soirée , April 5, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Don’t miss a fabulous evening of fine food, fun, and music to benefit Save Our Seabirds at Sarasota's hottest new venue, Michael's on the Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Enjoy gourmet dinner, open bar, silent auction and live auction and live Music. Save Our Seabirds mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick and injured wild birds while educating our community about preventing injuries and preserving habitats.

Michael's on the Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour , April 6

This kids show is an all new interactive live concert experience. Sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters: Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia The First, Puppy Dog Pals, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, The Lion Guard and more! Kids of all ages and their families are invited to get up and dance, play games and join the biggest dance party around!

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Glades to Gallery , April 6

530 Burns Gallery is pleased to announce Nikki Sedacca for Dusty “Wildman” Crum, a line of luxury python snakeskin accessories designed by Nikki and made in Florida. The goal of the collaboration is to raise awareness of the dire threat invasive Burmese pythons pose to humans and native wildlife of Florida’s Everglades. The show will highlight the efforts made by Dusty “Wildman” Crum and members of the Python Elimination Program to restore the Everglades’ delicate ecosystem. 

530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Ct., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: SRQ Magazine's Best of SRQ Local TGIF Party , April 6, 5-8pm

Join us to celebrate the winners and finalists of this year's Best of SRQ Local Readers Competition at the Best of SRQ Local TGIF Party on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Aloft Sarasota Hotel from 5-8pm. Meet the restaurants who topped the charts and garnered the most reader votes to sample their award-winning dishes and cocktail pairings. Thank you to 20th Anniversary Partner Ringling College of Art and Design and TGIF host Aloft Sarasota Hotel.

Aloft Sarasota Hotel, 1403 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Red Violin , April 6 – April 8

Enjoy this program featuring one thrill ride after another. John Adams' Short Ride is full of surprises and leaves you wishing for more. While a contemporary composition, John Corigliano's Violin Concerto evokes music of past eras. Based on his score for the film, The Red Violin, the work showcases the expressive capabilities of the violin. Elina Vähälä is the perfect star for this ravishing work.

Van Wezel, 777 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota

[SOON]  SPORTS: 32nd Annual Run for the Turtles , April 7, 6:30am-9:00am

Time to dust off those running shoes and get ready for the 32nd Annual Run for the Turtles on Siesta Key Public Beach. This run supports the Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory and is the Program's major fundraiser devoted to help sea turtles! Sign up to walk, run or crawl (for turtles only!) in this year's Run for the Turtles.

Siesta Key Beach , 948 Beach Road Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sources of Inspiration , April 9 – April 18, 8pm

La Musica stages four concerts for a springtime festival celebrating musical virtuosity and the grandeur of the concert stage. With single concert tickets at $40 and bundled deals for the entire festival run, rehearsal passes are also available for sale, for those wanting a behind-the-scenes look.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 , April 10, 6pm

Join us for a talk & book signing with ICA, Boston curator Ruth Erickson. Black Mountain College was born out of a desire to create a new type of college based on John Dewey’s principles of progressive education. During its brief existence, Black Mountain College attracted and created maverick spirits, some of whom went on to become well-known and extremely influential individuals in the latter half of the 20th century, including; Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, Cy Twombly, Franz Kline, Buckminster Fuller, Dorothea Rockburne and many others.

The Works, 891 South Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jersey Boys , April 10 – April 12

Jersey Boys is the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30.  The show features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” 

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Mavericks of Rhythm , April 11 – April 14

This concert showcases the mavericks who defined the distinctive rhythms of American music. You’ll experience popular American composers such as Bernstein, Copland, Mancini and Ellington, as well as a few lesser known, but no less intriguing and accessible pioneers of the American sound.

Holley Hall, Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

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