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"We were then in a period when the U.S. had a difficult time in terms of international competition."

- Bruce Lehman, International Intellectual Property Institute

[Government]  Fighting for International Copyright from Gulf Coast
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The International Intellectual Property Institute for decades has shown how ownership of patents and copyrights could bring economic growth to communities. It’s a mission founder Bruce Lehman devoted himself to 20 years ago. And now that he’s moved to Sarasota, much of the work of the organization gets done here on the Gulf Coast.

Lehman, previously the Assistant Secretary of Commerce under President Bill Clinton and the U.S. commissioner of patents and trademarks, retired to Sarasota less than a year ago, but he continues to serve as chairman for the IIPI. He actually got into property law first through his work as counsel for the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. His time in Washington, which dates back to 1974, included proceedings on potential impeachment of President Richard Nixon, but he ended up serving as the principal legal counsel drafting the Copyright Act of 1976, which remains the primary law governing copyright in the U.S. today.

“We were then in a period when the U.S. had a difficult time in terms of international competition,” Lehman recalls. Japanese manufacturers were savaging the U.S. in the electronics and automotive fields, and when President Jimmy Carter got elected in 1976, an even greater priority was placed on international patent law and encouraging investment in technology. Before the advent of the internet, Lehamn helped with creating the first digital databases used by the federal government during a modernization of patent registration. He would only grow in stature in the IP field, getting the nomination from Clinton in 1993, and then founding the IIPI in 1998. The Institute, in Lehman’s eyes, could educate people around the world about how strong intellectual property laws could spur economic growth, and that respect for patents and copyrights would ultimately be good for developing countries.

Since Lehman’s move to Sarasota, the IIPI hired Sarasota resident Susan Nilon as executive director.Both Lehman and Nilon last weekend traveled to Washington, D.C., where the Institute still keeps its main office walking distance from the Hart Senate Office Building, in part to talk about various aspects of copyright with board members and federal officials. Nilon, who also works with the Florida ACLU, says the organization right now is shifting more resources to copyright in addition to the patent work done over the past 20 years. 

Nilon notes that intellectual property in fact is ingrained in the U.S. Constitution, and the long tradition of recognizing ownership of ideas helped the nation prosper in the industrial revolution and prior. And in an increasingly digital world, it’s important laws still protect the rights of writers, artists and patent holders today. “Intellectual property is what makes us work,” says Nilon. “It’s about how we compete in the marketplace.”

And it's an area of law where traditional partisan lines mean little, according to Nilon. "It's equally supported by all parties," she says.  

[GoodBite]  Floridian French
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Appropriately titled, Floridian French: a “Baker & Spice” Collaboration Dinner—foodies far and wide will be lured to join hosts Chef Louis Robinson of Spice, and Chef Isaac Correa of Baker & Wife. The two local businesses share a common interest of positively impacting the food scene and community of Sarasota. “Chef Correa and I have been good friends for a long time, but this is the first dinner we are officially doing together,” Chef Robinson proclaims of the culinary comrades deciding to combine forces for this special pop up event.

Expect a gourmet three-course French dinner with a splash of Florida sunshine, plus an amuse-bouche (hors d'oeuvre), which the menu states as, “a little surprise to get you ready for the rest to come.” The first course impresses right out the gate: Rock Shrimp Tartare—with rye crisp, herbs de Provence, cured egg yolk and herb oil. Chef Robinson divulges, “The idea for this dish was to take a lot of the traditional ingredients for a french tartare, and give it a Florida spin, bringing something fresh and light. So instead of beef, we went with rock shrimp—an awesome local ingredient we have here.” The main course is revealed as Duck a la Florida Orange—crispy leg confit, datil chili marmalade, duck fat potatoes, charred florida sweet onions and orange au jus. Dessert features a Caramelized Pineapple Pavlova—meringue, grapefruit curd, cream and spiced caramelized pineapple.

Local musicians will be performing live throughout the evening, and the bar will have a theme-worthy wine selection available for purchase, should you be so inclined to put your pinky up in the Siesta air while sumptuously feasting. Tickets are currently available for $55, but are sure to sell out, so don’t wait. Join the dynamic duo collab on Monday, May 21st at 6:00pm for an exclusive French experience in the heart of Florida. Bon appétit! 

Images provided by Spice Florida

Baker & Wife, 2157 Siesta Dr. Sarasota, 941-739-5913.

[Opening]  New Mid County Tax Collector Office Opens May 2

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Mid County Tax Collector Office at 6100 Sawyer Loop Road will be held at 9am, this Wednesday, May 2. The new facility was a joint effort between the Sarasota County Tax Collector, Sarasota County Public Works, Fawley Bryant Architects and Tandem Construction. The 10,770-square-foot building provides enhanced services for Sarasota County residents, offering a full range of Tax Collector services, including the issuance of drivers' licenses, vehicle titles and registrations, and tax payment collection. The new building also features an after-hours payment drop-box and a convenient drive-thru service.  The nearly six-acre site also includes a road course for drivers' license testing. The building was also designed using sustainable building practices and materials, including LED lighting, high efficiency air conditioning, environmentally sustainable materials and native plant species that don't require ongoing irrigation. The total project cost was $6.68 million. 

Mid County Tax Collector Office

[Recognition]  Mills Wins Balistreri Award for Excellence in Arts Education

Carrie Mills, drama teacher at Booker Middle School, received the 2018 Cindy Balistreri Award for Excellence in Arts Education. The award was presented by The Community/Schools Partnership for the Arts (C/Spa), a collaboration between the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County and Sarasota County Schools. She received a $500 stipend to be used for classroom experience or professional learning as part of the award. Mills has been teaching in the Visual and Performing Arts program at the school for the past nine years and she currently directs six shows annually at Booker Middle School. Prior to her current teaching position, Mills served as Education Director for the Asolo Repertory Theatre and Teaching Artist at Venice Theatre. The Cindy Balistreri Award for Excellence in Arts Education is designed to recognize an individual who has demonstrated continued excellence in teaching the arts and/or integrating the arts into curriculum and instruction. The award is named for Cindy Balistreri, former music teacher and Fine Arts Program Specialist for Sarasota County Schools, and a highly regarded leader in arts education on the state and national level.  

Community/Schools Partnership for the Arts

[Community]  MSC Commercial Announces Cobia Plaza 100% Leased

MSC Commercial, a division of Michael Saunders and Company, has announced the successful leasing all of Cobia Bay Plaza, a retail and office space located off Fruitville Road in Sarasota. The newest tenants take up over 15,000 square feet of space, including Jack Dean Flooring, Burn Boot Camp, AltMed LLC, and CreateU D-I-Y Workshop. They join existing tenants Jet’s Pizza, Sleep Number, and the UPS Store. Built in 2011, Cobia Bay Plaza is in close proximity to shopping centers currently anchored by Target and Publix. While it sits in the heart of a strong retail zone, the retail-style exterior coupled with the more industrial feel of the building’s interior had posed a challenge for traditional tenants.  More than 50 percent of the space had been vacant for some time. According the MSC Commercial quarterly market report, retail space in Sarasota and Manatee counties remains in high demand, partly due to growth in the number of year-round residents. Rents continue to rise and residential sales are fueling retailer success. 

Michael Saunders & Company

[Exec Moves]  Gallagher Joins Fergeson Skipper

The law firm of Fergeson Skipper has announced Lisa K. Gallagher has joined the firm’s Wills, Trusts and Estates Department as an associate attorney. She is admitted to practice before all local and state courts in Florida. She has an extensive background in securities law, financial products, and the financial services industry, which will help to expand the firm’s tax and estate planning services. Gallagher’s areas of practice focus on wills, trusts, estate planning, taxation law, and business organization and corporate law.  She received her Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Science in Finance degree from the University of Arizona and her Master of Laws in Taxation from Boston University. She holds securities licenses as a General Securities Representative, Registered Options Principal, General Securities Principal, and Municipal Securities Principal. Having passed the Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination and the Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination, she is also registered and authorized to provide investment advice. 

Fergeson Skipper

[Recognition]  Michael Saunders and Company Sales Set Records

Michael Saunders & Company has closed two significant sales in the Sarasota luxury home market.  Representing two of the highest sales in their respective areas, 1219 Westway Drive sold for $7,000,000 and 2251 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #501 sold for $5,400,000. The highest sale in Lido Shores since 2013, 1219 Westway Drive was listed and sold by Deborah Beacham of the Michael Saunders & Company Downtown Sarasota office. The five-bedroom, six-bathroom home amassed over 7,415 square feet with 200 feet of gulf frontage. The highest condominium sale of 2018 in Sarasota and Longboat Key, 2251 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #501 was listed by Tom Delaney of the St. Armands Circle office. The Aria penthouse featured over 7,800 square feet, a private rooftop terrace and custom upgrades throughout the residence. 

Michael Saunders & Company

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: How People Make Things , January 27 – May 6

In this new exhibit inspired by Mister Rogers' Factory Tours, kids learn firsthand about the tools and processes used to manufacture everyday objects. 

South Florida Museum, 201 10th St West., Bradenton.

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Warhol: Flowers In the Factory , February 11 – June 30

This exhibition showcases the surprising and little examined, role of nature in Warhol’s art and life. The spectacular 15-acre tropical setting of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens on Sarasota Bay will provide a matchless context for examining Warhol’s fascination with the natural world in this focused, immersive exhibition. It is curated by Carol Ockman, Ph.D., curator-at-large of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and the Robert Sterling Clark Professor of Art History at Williams College

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: A Tribute to Music in Cinema , May 4 – May 5

We will end our Finding Maestro Season in spectacular fashion as acclaimed violin soloist and former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, Glenn Dicterow, performs John Williamsʼ themes from Far and Away and Schindlerʼs List. The program also features classics from Oscar-winners Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith and Ennio Morricone.

Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Shakespeare in the Gardens , April 18 – May 15

Experience Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” during the Asolo Rep’s outdoor performances. The lawn behind Payne Mansion will serve as the backdrop to this comedy anchored by the entire ensemble of second year graduate actors of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Soul Man: A New Musical Revue , April 18 – May 26

As the 1960s Civil Rights movement unfolded, black music evolved from the controlled Motown performances to fiery cross rhythms sound—a little gospel, a lot of soul. The passionate soloists, such as James Brown, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, added energetic movements and unique vocalizations that inspired many future performers. Soul Man will feature some of WBTT’s most popular male performers.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1646 10th Way., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: SRQ Magazine Salsa de Mayo Festival , May 5, 10:30am-1pm

Join us for SRQ Magazine's SALSA DE MAYO FESTIVAL on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10:30-1pm outside at Morton’s Market in Southside Village, Sarasota. Local chefs are invitied to create an interpretive gourmet salsa to compete for the title of Best Handcrafted Salsa. Attended by food enthusiasts, families and neighbors, Salsa de Mayo showcases innovative creations from fire-roasted poblano salsas to shrimp salsa ceviches! Join us to celebrate the magazine's 20th Anniversary as we turn up the heat!

Morton's Gourmet Market, Outside, 1924 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Veg Fest , May 5

Featuring nationally renowned and local speakers, food preparation demonstrations, plant-based food, live music from a variety of talented musicians, dance performances, eco-friendly vendors & exhibitors, humane education, a veggie kids zone, yoga classes, film discussions, a veg parade, and more, the event is fun for all ages, genders, and species. 

Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., 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]  MUSIC: City Sounds , May 5, 7:30pm

In aconcert that is sure to capture the essence of bustling city life, some of the world's greatest cities provide the backdrop for this Discoveries program. Beethoven's mighty music speaks of the Parthenon's destruction in his Overture to The Ruins of Athens. Night music creeps through sultry Madrid streets in Boccherini's highly evocative Quintet in C Major. See the Big Apple through the lens of dance in excerpts from Leonard Bernstein's ballet Fancy Free and and Gruber's lively swing-style Manhattan Broadcasts. Copland's Quiet City casts the bustling metropolis in subdued and achingly beautiful colors.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SPORTS: 88th Annual Sarasota Tarpon Tournament , May 9 – June 17

A party at White Buffalo Saloon will kick off this year's 5 week Tarpon Tournament. This tournament is historic and has taken place in Sarasota anually since 1930. If you’re looking to make new friends, have some fun and test your angling skills, come fish with us and yours could be the next name on that trophy. Tarpon are world-class game fish and are easy to access directly off Sarasota’s beautiful beaches. Described as one of the most exciting fish to catch, tarpon are known for spectacular leaps and determined fights. For more information, click the following website: http://www.sarasotatarpontournament.net/.

White Buffalo Saloon, 5377 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Evolving/Revolving , May 10 – May 13

The final performance series from Sarasota Contemporary Dance will comprise of diverse new works by past company collaborators and dancers which celebrates the company’s past and future through impactful collaborations.

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Outdoor Pops: Field of Dreams , May 11 – May 12, 8pm

Join the Sarasota Orchestra for a fan-friendly outdoor Pops concert at Ed Smith Stadium, home of the Orioles. Get yourself a hot dog, some popcorn, and sit back to enjoy the Orchestra in the outfield. The concert will showcase Broadway stars Deedee Magno Hall and Cliffton Hall. Conducted by Andrew Lane, the musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra will play a wide range of popular music including songs from La La LandGrease, Les Misérables, scores from Disney films and other fan favorites.

Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Teen Court's 2018 Golf Tournament , May 11

Come out and enjoy a beautiful day of golfing for a good cause. Proceeds will benefit Sarasota Teen Court's substance abuse reduction, anti-bullying and character development classes that they provide for young people.

The Meadows Country Club, 3101 Longmeadow., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Southern Watercolor Society Curated Show , May 15 – June 22

Bringing its 41st Annual Juried Exhibition to Bradenton, the Southern Watercolor Society takes over all three of ArtCenter Manatee’s galleries with a collection juried by international award-winning master watercolorist John Salminen. In addition to the exhibit, each annual show brings with it a watercolor workshop for interested artists. Salminen will be teaching the workshop as well.

ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St. W., Bradenton

[SOON]  SPORTS: Bombers vs. Swan City , May 19

Watch Bradenton's favorite, fierce roller derby squad face Swan City in their home arena. Prepare for a night of tough competition and keep the good times rolling to benefit Ewenity Farm, a herding dog haven. 

Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, 5309 29th St. East, Ellenton.

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