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SRQ Daily May 14, 2018

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"Sarasota Memorial has a mandate to take care of the population of Sarasota County."

- David Verinder, Sarasota Memorial Hospital

[Healthcare]  Hospitals Move Forward in Venice Facilities
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Major legal hurdles got cleared last week by Sarasota Memorial Hospital and by Venice Regional Bayfront Health to open new hospitals in the Venice area. Presuming the state Agency for Health Care Administration issues final approvals in the next few weeks, the full-scale hospitals could be up and running within a few years.

Sarasota Memorial plans to open a new hospital on Laurel Road by the Interstate-75 exit. “We’re at capacity on patients at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. We need to have facilities down there,” said David Verinder, CEO for SMH. “Sarasota Memorial has a mandate to take care of the population of Sarasota County.” Right now, many patients drive from North Port or Venice to come to the main SMH hospital in Sarasota. All those patients live in the taxing district for the public hospital, Verinder notes, and they deserve to have the hospital brand and services in the region.

The new hospital will have full service from an emergency room to a maternity ward. While SMH already runs a free-standing emergency room in North Port and has urgent care facilities throughout the county, the new hospital brings baby delivery services to south Sarasota County for the first time, and surgical procedures that once required a drive to Sarasota will be available in the new facility. In total, the community hospital will have 90 acute care beds and 20 observation beds, a 25-room emergency care center, 10 labor/delivery/recovery rooms and an obstetrics operating room, among numerous other services.

Hospital spokeswoman Kim Savage says the new hospital should open in 2021 and will treat 4,883 medical and surgical patients and 768 OB patients. The hospital expects 60 percent of Sarasota County results to live in South Sarasota County at the time this hospital opens.

The same day an administrative law judge recommended approval for the SMH facility on Laurel, the judge also recommended approval for Venice Regional Bayfront Health to open a new acute care hospital on Jacaranda Boulevard at Venice Avenue. Hospital officials expect to move most operations into the new facility. “The need for a replacement hospital was well-documented, undisputed and strongly supported by the community,” said Bob Hite, Venice Regional marketing director. “We are anxious to receive AHCA’s final decision and look forward to moving forward with this important project." 

Rendering courtesy SMH: Sarasota Memorial Hospital plans its hospital on property at Laurel Road and Interstate-75.

[Recognition]  BACVB Presents Champions in Tourism Awards

The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (BACVB) has announced the recipients of the 2018 Champions in Tourism Awards. Now in their eighth year, the awards were established to recognize some of the individuals who have contributed greatly to the Bradenton Area’s visitation. The annual Tourism Ambassador Award—honoring an individual who represents the destination positively, engages in promoting and supporting area visitation and who has provided the best possible visitor experience—was presented to Karen Riley-Love by last year’s winner, PIER 22 Executive Chef and General Manager Greg Campbell. Riley-Love sits on the board of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and is directly involved with the city’s tourism outreach initiatives. She is a founding member of Friends of the DeSoto National Memorial and served as Director of the Florida Maritime Museum. In addition, BACVB Executive Director Elliott Falcione presented the second-ever Ed Hunzeker Hospitality Leadership Award. Created in 2017 to honor its namesake and first-ever recipient, County Administrator Ed Hunzeker, the award was presented to Doctor Patrick Moreo. Selected for exemplifying the leadership, vision and lasting impact reflected by Hunzeker, Dr. Moreo has served hospitality and tourism industries as an educator and administrator for more than 30 years, including as the dean of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership at the University of South Florida and a FRLA Sarasota-Bradenton Chapter board member. 

Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

[Education]  Sarasota County Schools Seeking Chief of Police, Sergeants

Sarasota County Schools is seeking a chief of police and three sergeants to form the command staff of a new, school-based police department. These officers will work directly with the district’s executive director of Public Safety to create a comprehensive, progressive police department for the district’s 53 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. Per the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, all schools in Florida are required to have a school-safe officer in every school. Since the law was authorized this spring, the district has partnered with local law enforcement to have officers and deputies in every school. Starting this fall with the 2018-19 school year, the district intends to employ school-based police officers in each of its 23 elementary schools, with continued support from local law enforcement in its secondary schools. The long-term goal is to employ school-based police officers in each district school, as well as detectives and other key personnel to support the security work of the district. Candidates interested in applying can do so on the school district’s website below. 

Sarasota County Schools Jobs

[Real Estate]  Cooke Joins RE/MAX Platinum Realty

Longtime local resident Curt Cooke has joined RE/MAX Platinum Realty as a realtor in the West Villages office. He has nine years of real estate experience, specializing in both residential and commercial properties, with a focus on waterfront properties and new homes. He has a background in construction. A native of Indiana, Cooke moved to Florida in 1978. He is well versed in the Sarasota and Charlotte County markets and offers strong marketing and negotiation skills. He enjoys the Florida lifestyle and can be seen cycling, golfing or boating on the Gulf waters. RE/MAX Platinum Realty offers full-service residential real estate solutions in Sarasota and Manatee counties in Florida, specializing in luxury and waterfront properties. 

RE/MAX Platinum Realty

[Exec Moves]  Sotheby's Welcomes New Seven New Associates

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce the following associates have affiliated with the company’s Sarasota-area office locations: in the Lakewood Ranch office, Maggie Davenport, Lisa Gullick, Tana Moody and Art Paterson; in the Venice office, Julie Russell and Lauren Mosolini-Muia; and in the St. Armands office, Tyfani Kennedy. Headquartered in Naples, Florida, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has over 1,100 associates and employees in 40 locations throughout Florida and North Carolina. Premier Sotheby's International Realty also benefits from an association with the storied Sotheby's auction house, established in 1744. 

Premier Sotheby's International Realty

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Sea Debris - Awareness Through Art , December 9 – June 15, 10am to 5pm

Artwork made of marine debris including Greta the Great White Shark and Natasha the Turtle will arrive to Mote Marine this winter. This exhibit will bring awareness to the 4.4 pounds on average of trash genereated by each American daily. These larger-than-life sculptures are entirely made from plastic and other debris gathered from the Oregon Coast.

Mote Marine, 600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota

[TODAY]  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]  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]  MUSIC: Sky Stahlmann Returns to the Reserve , May 17

The Reserve's (former) singing barista returns for a very special performance to show off what she has learned at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In her music, Sky Stahlmann grew up singing and dancing opera and plays with the genres of jazz, musical theatre, rock and pop in her music. She is currently working on her first EP in a style that she calls "popera" which signifies her mesh of pop and her classical roots.

The Reserve SRQ, 1322 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[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.

[SOON]  FILM: Bag It Film Screening , May 22, 7pm

Sponsored by Rethinking Plastics, the goal of this screening is to raise awareness regarding the average American's overuse of plastics. Americans use roughly 60,000 plastic bags a day for a few minutes of single use before it is thrown away. Jeb Berrier's film, Bag It, follows where "away" is and the fate of these plastic bags. For environmentalists and for those looking to learn more, the film is an interesting piece that will open eyes to just how much we use plastic, why that is harmful and what people can do.

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Roots of Unity (with Chris Kottke) , May 27, 2pm

This performance is from a jazz ensemble called The Roots of Unity, headed by trumpeter Chris Kottke. Their repertoire includes both straightahead and latin jazz, from classic standards to modern originals. Kottke attended the Berklee College of Music and was active in the Boston jazz scene for about a decade before moving to Sarasota in 2016 to pursue his day job as a math professor at New College of Florida. In addition to the Roots of Unity, Kottke can be occasionally heard in such Sarasota-based jazz ensembles such as Ocean's 11 and the Sarasota Jazz Project.

The Reserve SRQ, 1322 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Always...Patsy Cline , May 30 – July 1

A tuneful and memorable tribute, Patsy Cline's rise to legendary stardom is told through the eyes of her biggest fan, Louise Seger. From her performances in honky-tonks to the Grand Ole Opry, Patsy Cline will "always" have a place in country music, with hit songs such as, “Walking After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Crazy,” “Sweet Dreams,” and many more you know and love.

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

[SOON]  FOOD: Reserve Spring and Summer Wine Tastings , May 31, 6pm

Come through the Reserve to help them fine tune their retail wine selection. Wines from a wide array of places such as France, Italy, Argentina and more are offered. Pair the wine with a savory meat and cheese platter and enjoy the low key evening. The event is reoccuring, so May 31 is not the last chance to take advantage of this wonderful deal.

The Reserve SRQ, 1322 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: World Oceans Day , June 2, 10:00am-1:00pm

A worldwide ocean celebration is on the horizon. Join the fun during the World Oceans Day Family Festival on Saturday, June 2 at Mote Aquarium. Mote’s World Oceans Day event will spotlight the ocean's deep connection to the human spirit and the boundless inspirational power of our natural world's greatest resource. The family festival is free with regular paid admission to Mote Aquarium and is free for Mote Members.

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium , 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Jungle Book , June 6 – June 24

Join Mowgli, Baloo and friends when Asolo Rep presents the world premiere of Jungle Book from the creators of the hit show Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Using the same jaw-dropping multi-media theatrical approach, Jungle Book re-imagines Rudyard Kipling’s classic stories through modern eyes to transport audiences to the world’s jungles. Family Day is June 16; Family Package pricing starts at just $15 per ticket when one person in the party is 18 or younger.

Asolo Repertory Theatre , 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  THEATER: Jungle Book , June 6 – June 24

Using the same multimedia jaw-dropping approach as past hit show Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, this reimagination of Kipling's classic stories will transport audiences to the world's jungles. Audiences will have the chance to truly meet characters like Mowgli the Man-Cub and Baloo the Bear in this upcoming performance.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Carole's Kings , June 12 – July 15

Be transported back in time with Carole's Kings, an all-male Carole King tribute that mixes fabulous music with clever writing by The Second City, the legendary home of sketch comedy and improv. With a cast fresh from Broadway, Carole’s Kings will have you singing and dancing along to “The Locomotion,” “You've Got a Friend,” and “I Feel the Earth Move.” Jam-packed with humor, this salute to Carole King will take you back to when she was the queen of the airwaves.

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

[SOON]  THEATER: Crossing Delancey , June 13 – May 24

Isabelle Grossman is living the dream. She has a rent-controlled apartment in New York’s upper West Side, a job at a prestigious independent bookstore, plenty of friends, and a handsome local author to dream about. None of this matters to her Bubbie, however. Unbeknownst to Isabelle, Bubbie hires a marriage broker to save the day and she is introduced to pleasant and unassuming Sam, who runs his own pickle stand on the Lower East Side.

Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

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