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"We came up with something that would be an asset for the city."

- Shawn Wilson, Blue Sky Communities
 

[Government]  Sarasota Considers Petition on Homeless Housing
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A proposal for a Sarasota facility providing permanent housing for the homeless could faces opposition. City commissioners today will discuss an appeal for the project, which if it moves forward could advance a long-stated desire for Housing First solutions to a transient problem.

Sarasota Planning Board on Feb. 14 unanimously approved a site plan for a mixed-use project on Fruitville Road that would include 80 residential units. The joint effort of Blue Sky Communities and Community Assisted and Supported Living, operating as Blue CASL, will serve a disadvantaged population. A site plan application to the city says 50 percent of units will be leased to homeless individuals with disabling conditions and 20 percent of those units will be reserved for people transitioning from community residential care or who have been classified as “chronically homeless.”

“We came up with something that would be an asset for the city,” said Shawn Wilson, president and CEO of Blue Sky Communities, during the planning hearing. He stressed that the project has secured state and federal funding, meaning developers can advance the city’s Housing First approach without actually requiring the city to subsidize costs.

But commissioners today will discuss a petition by land-use attorney Dan Lobeck, who says the project is the wrong development for the wrong neighborhood. Lobeck says neighbors will come to City Hall to express reservations about having the dense development, where as many as four individuals could be houses in units that are less than 700 square feet. “And this is a population with significant potential for problematic contact with neighborhoods,” Lobeck says. “Even if we weren’t talking about diseases such as schizophrenia and about active drug users and alcohol abusers, that density is a problem.”

In the Planning Commission meeting, CASL executive director Scott Eller said past projects from his organization have seen tremendous improvement in the lives and conduct of residents. Planning Commissioners seemed most concerned about making sure the development interfaced with both city and county homeless individuals, and worked with the city’s homeless outreach teams.

The petition will be discussed at the city commission’s 6pm meeting at City Hall. 

[Exec Moves]  SMHF Welcomes Moran as Director of Development

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation has welcomed Craig Moran as director of development. Moran brings more than 20 years of experience in fundraising and management of nonprofit organization. Prior to accepting this position, he served as director of development and major gifts at Tampa General Hospital Foundation. He also held various development roles with Jupiter Medical Center Foundation and Bon Secours Richmond Healthcare Foundation. Moran has planned, organized and directed several multi-million-dollar capital campaigns for healthcare, education and cultural organizations. For the Healthcare Foundation, he is responsible for engaging the community to support the philanthropic mission of the Healthcare Foundation. Moran earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Area Studies from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. He served for 22 years in the US Army/National Guard as an Infantry Officer, holding various staff and command positions both nationally and internationally. After a successful tour in Afghanistan, he retired in 2005 from the Florida Army National Guard. 

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation

[Government]  MCAT Introduces Mobile Ticketing Pilot Program

Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) buses will begin offering mobile ticketing as a new fare payment option for passengers beginning today. Mobile ticketing provides a simple, cost-effective approach to buying bus passes using a mobile device. The one-year pilot program makes available to MCAT passengers the Token Transit software application for the purchase of single ride fares, as well as daily, weekly and monthly bus passes. With Token Transit no onboard equipment is necessary and Manatee County Government incurs no equipment or maintenance costs. The new fare option requires only visual validation by the Transit Operator, which expedites the boarding process. At the same time, passengers benefit from a new fare payment option which requires no cash on hand or ticket that might be lost or misplaced. Instructions for downloading the Token Transit app and purchasing MCAT single ride fares and bus passes are available onboard MCAT buses, at Transit Stations and via the website below. 

Manatee County Area Transit

[Newtown]  Center for Architecture Sarasota Final Design Proposals

Join the Center for Architecture and its Good Will Reconsidered program in partnership with Newtown Alive for the Design Proposal Final Presentations for the New Cultural Arts Center planned for Newtown. Student presentations will be made on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 1-5pm with a reception from 5:15-6:15pm and public comments, questions and winning design recognition and awards from 6:15-7pm. Admission is free, but registration is required. Good Will Reconsidered is a collaboration of the University of Florida's CityLab-Sarasota, Newtown neighborhood civic leaders 'Newtown Alive', Goodwill Industries Sarasota/Manatee and the Cenber for Architecture Sarasota. UF student teams from the School of Architecture and Rinker School of Construction Management are developing speculative design proposals for a new cultural arts center in the heart of the Newtown neighborhood on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota. The Center for Architecture's mission is to heighten understanding of and appreciation of innovation architecture, good design and sensitive urban planning.  

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[Recognition]  Coastal Orthopedics Athletic Trainer Wins Southeast Athletic Trainers Association Award

Athletic trainer Steve Favia withCoastal Orthopedics was recently named the recipient of the 2018 Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association (SEATA) Clinic/Industrial/Corporate Athletic Trainer of the Year award. The annual award is presented to an athletic trainer who best represents their profession in a clinic, industrial or corporate environment while educating the public to the benefits of having an athletic trainer in the workplace. This is the first time Favia has won the award. Favia has more than seven years of private practice experience in athletic training, including working with outpatient orthopedic patients and focusing his skills on occupational and industrial athletic training. He has been with Coastal Orthopedics since 2011. In addition to working for Coastal Orthopedics, Favia also is the head athletic trainer for Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School in Sarasota and owns his own practice providing ergonomic and onsite industrial athletic training services.

  

Coastal Orthopedics

[Recognition]  JAJF's Founder Jon Albert Named 2018 CNN Hero

CNN Heroes has received more than 85,000 nominations from more than 100 countries since 2007. Jon Albert, Founder of the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation, is the newest CNN HERO. CNN honors individuals who make extraordinary contributions and make a difference. When a parent is diagnosed with late-stage cancer, a family’s world is immediately turned upside down as children face the imminent loss of their young mom or dad. Imagine taking a fabulous family trip during your chemo and radiation treatments. Enter the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation. JAJF, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit, treats children facing the looming loss of their young Mom or Dad to cancer to WOW! Experiences®—a prescribed timeout as part of treatment protocol together as a family away from their late stage cancer to create positive, cherished, (indispensable) memories while they can. JAJF has become exceptionally—even profoundly important nationally because of the lives they are measurably impacting across the United States since 2006. Oncologists prescribe JAJF as part of the treatment protocol for the patient, the spouse and their children. Oncologists have validated the medicinal impact JAJF is having in the immediate term and now longer term for these families especially the children who are losing their heroes and security blankets at such a vulnerable time. Oncologists validate the power of laughter and smiles—of positive, fun family time together.

 

  

JAJF



[TODAY]  GALLERY: Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads , June 9 – June 1

The Ringling is pleased to announce the presentation of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s 12 monumental bronze sculptures, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads. A sculptor, photographer, installation artist, architect and social activist, Ai is one of the most renowned artists working today. Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads was inspired by the fabled fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan, an 18th-century imperial retreat just outside Beijing. The 12 bronze Zodiac Heads stand on bronze columns. Each animal head measures approximately 4 feet high and 3 feet wide. The animal heads on their columns reach between 9.8 and 12 feet high, with each one weighing approximately 800 lbs. The sculptures will be on The Ringling’s grounds, which are free and open to the public. For more information please visit www.ringling.org

The Ringling, 5401 Bayshore Rd., Sarasota

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Reflections of Collaboration , March 23 – April 6, 5:30pm

Three artists working in three different disciplines present a show and auction to raise money for Pines of Sarasota. Opening tonight with an artists reception at 5:30pm, works from Grace Howl, Kate Hendrickson and Amy Ernst will all be available for viewing. The three artists will host an artists talk on March 28, and the work will be available for auction at the end of the show on April 6.

Grace Howl Contemporary Art, 419 & 421 Central Ave., Sarasota.

[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]  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: 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]  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]  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]  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]  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]  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]  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]  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: 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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