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SRQ Daily May 29, 2018

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"It's not about me, and that's where politicians get confused. I want to be a public servant."

- Alexandra Coe, County Commission candidate

[Politics]  Coe Enters County Commission Contest
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Alexandra Coe spent years working to shift political conversation from the outside, but now wants to change things within the Republican Party. An organizer for the planned Republican Liberty Caucus of Sarasota County, Coe announced last week she will run for Sarasota County Commission in District 2. “I’m going to put myself out there and see what happens,” she says.

It’s not the first time she’s sought the post. She ran four years ago as an independent, losing to Republican Paul Caragiulo. Coe’s also been involved in the past with Libertarian politics in the area. She’s never lost her interest in the county post, she says, but now wants to work within the party with the strongest voice in local politics. 

Coe moved to Sarasota County in 1995 and founded the Community Green Charter School in 2010. She said the county has largely lost its way and ignores principles of the 2050 Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2000, choosing instead to continue with sprawling subdivisions built with a dated planning model. An anthropologist with experience working on United Nations committees, she’d like a better long-term vision.

She’s also trying to change the way people campaign. “Traditional fundraising is more about an elite group of people who have a habit of contributing. You romance them and make them supporters,” she says. Instead, she’d like to fund her campaign with small donations.

Coe last year had considered running in a special state House election but ultimately did not qualify. She considered running for that seat in November, and she also wondered if recent problems she’s having with county government regarding flooding on her east Sarasota County property would impact the race. But ultimately, Coe decided the open county commission seat was calling her. “It’s something I want to do,” she says. “But when I ran in ’14, I was running as the people’s commissioner, and I will be running on that again. It’s not about me, and that’s where politicians get confused. I want to be a public servant.”

Coe will face Sarasota County Republican State Committeeman Christian Ziegler in the August 28 primary. The winner will face Democrat Ruta Jouniari in the Nov. 6 general election. 

[Good Bite]  Pop It Like It's Hot
Jordan Glover

As the brutal Florida heat kicks into full gear for summer, you might find yourself craving a cool, refreshing snack. Look no further than The Hyppo, the ultimate gourmet ice pop shop specializing in over 450 unusual yet remarkable flavors sure to strike a chord with any palette, and that “crafts foods with integrity and serves them up with their one-of-a-kind blend of welcome and whimsy.”

Flavor selections vary with the seasons to ensure the freshest and ripest of fruits and vegetables. For those seeking a more classic choice, The Hyppo provides traditional flavors such as strawberry, lime, orange, chocolate and vanilla to name just a handful, as well as its fair share of creative flavors outside the box–ice box, that is–for adventurous taste buds. Avocado dark chocolate, blackberry goat cheese, cantaloupe chili, cranberry habanero, watermelon jalapeño margarita, sweet potato crunch and sweet corn serve as just a few from the seemingly endless list.

The Hyppo also does an extraordinary job of incorporating spice as a cardinal ingredient in several of the pops; cherry clove, carrot mango cayenne, starfruit basil and coconut curry cashew all take full advantage of their prominent spice bases to produce compelling flavors. The pops sell for $4 each, and customers can pay an additional dollar to have theirs dipped in a chocolate coating.

Do your tongue a favor and “pop” in for a sweet­ (or savory) time after a trip to Lido Beach or a stroll around the Circle. 

Pictured: Passion Fruit Pop from The Hyppo Sarasota. Photo courtesy of The Hyppo Sarasota.

The Hyppo Sarasota, 438 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, 941-388-3330.

[Healthcare]  Kotcharian Joins Sarasota Orthopedic Associates

Sarasota Orthopedic Associates has welcomed Ashot Kotcharian, MD, board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a specialty in Interventional Spine & Sports Medicine and Pain Management. He joins SOA after serving as assistant fellowship director at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation department. Kotcharian is skilled in interventional therapies for spine disease and sports injuries, and an expert at both diagnostic and interventional fluoroscopic-guided spinal procedures including steroid injections, nerve blocks and radiofrequency denervation. 

Sarasota Orthopedic Associates

[Education]  Williams Parker Takes Four for Summer Associate Program

Williams Parker has welcomed four law students to the firm for its 2018 summer associate program: Robert Garcia of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Ryan Larson of Florida State University College of Law, Liam O’Connor of Notre Dame Law School and Kelley Thompson of Stetson University College of Law. Williams Parker’s summer associates engage in intellectually demanding work indicative of real associate life. The eight-week program introduces law students to life in Sarasota as a Williams Parker attorney and provides professional experiences and training, which will stay with the summer associates throughout their legal careers. 

Williams Parker

[Music]  Venice Symphony Welcomes Benedict, Chivas, Robinson

The Venice Symphony has announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors with three-year terms beginning on June 1: Debbi Benedict, David Chivas and Alicia King Robinson. Benedict is a columnist for the Herald-Tribune’s Style Magazine and long-time community volunteer, including chairing many galas and luncheons, along with being the president of several local boards.  She and her husband Jan, have been residents of Nokomis for 36 years. Chivas grew up in Michigan, where he worked at Ford Funeral Home for 22 years, taking over as owner for another 22 years before retiring in 2012. A former violin and viola player, he has had a home in the Venice area for many years, moving here full-time four years ago. Robinson is a Venice native and the director of public relations at Three Six Oh PR, a Sarasota-based public relations agency. She has worked in the agency and nonprofit sectors and for The Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County. Returning members of the Venice Symphony Board of Directors are Robert Anderson (president), Kevin Bellosa (musicians’ representative), Maureen Bentley, Elliott Corn, Jim Crandall, Barbara Freeman, David Joyner, Floyd Juday, Paul McCullough (vice president), Donna Perkins (secretary), Mack Wilcox (treasurer) and Janice Zarro Wood. 

Venice Symphony

[Exec Moves]  DeMeuse Joins Artists Guild Board of Directors

Blalock Walters real estate attorney Gregory S. DeMeuse, Esq. has been appointed to the board of directors of The Artists Guild of Manatee, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build a community where artists live and work while enhancing quality of life and creating a harmonious environment. The Guild is comprised of Village of the Arts residents and business owners, along with community members who share the same vision. DeMeuse focuses his practice in real estate, land use and local government law. His real estate practice focuses on commercial and residential transactions. In the areas of local government and land use law, he serves as counsel to a wide variety of local government entities, such as municipalities, special districts, community development districts and interlocal governments. DeMeuse also represents private clients in all aspects of the permitting and development process. 

Artists Guild of Manatee

[TODAY]  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

[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: 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]  THEATER: Menopause the Musical , May 30 – June 10

Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, writer Jeanie Linders created Menopause The Musical® as a celebration of women who find themselves at any stage of “The Change.” Set in a department store where four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra meet by chance at a lingerie sale, the all-female cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. 

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

[SOON]  THEATER: The Twenty-Third Annual Loveland Show–Unplugged: The Best Day of Your Life! , May 31 – June 3

Venice Theatre and the Loveland Center have been partnering for 20 years to provide adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities the chance to grow and learn through theatre study. Loveland students, under the direction of professional staff and with help from community volunteers, rehearse all season to present this full-scale musical on MainStage.

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave West, Venice

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Free Performance by Reggie Harris and Sarah Gancher , June 1, 7:00pm

Join the Retreat in welcoming Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Reggie Harris and Playwright Sarah Gancher as they share their work and spread knowledge of American history through song; Harris will share and explain secret code songs used by runaway slaves and their allies during the time of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, and Gancher will share a scene or two from the play she is writing for the Asolo Repertory Theatre.

Hermitage Artist Retreat, 6660 Manasota Key Rd., Englewood

[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]  FESTIVAL: All About Women Expo , June 3, 12pm–5pm

Experience a day of pampering for women with four featured areas that host Beauty, Wellness, Fashion and Girls Wanting to Have Fun. Enjoy make-up and hair care techniques, massages, sample products, talk to doctors and health professionals, watch a fashion show and more, all for free. Register to have access to the VIP area with wine tastings, a painting class, photo booth, appetizers and everyone receives a glam bag full of swag.

Westfield Sarasota Square Mall, 8201 South Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Music Festival , June 4 – June 23

Classical musicians from around the world converge for three weeks of breathtaking concerts, featuring artists such as Vijay Venkatesh and Robert Sirota.

Sarasota Orchestra, Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  SPORTS: 2nd Annual Big Run 5K for Global Running Day , June 6, 6pm

Fleet Feet Sports Sarasota, the local retail leader in building and supporting the Sarasota running and physically active community, will join in Global Running Day as part of a nationwide 5K Big Run celebration. Designed to unify the efforts of running communities in different locations across the U.S. behind one event, the more than 70 participating Fleet Feet stores across the country collectively drew more than 12,000 participants in 2017.  The event is open to all ages and ability levels and the 3.1-mile-long course will take participants down to and around Sarasota’s Bayfront.

Fleet Feet Sarasota, 711 South Osprey, Sarasota.

[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]  GALLERY: Floridian Artists Exhibition , June 8 – June 30

As the warm summer heat sets in, 530 Burns Gallery is pleased to highlight artists who hail from Florida. Summertime and sunshine always bring inspiration, and each artist uses his or her diverse style to create innovative and original art works. Featured artists include Gary Borse, Linda Richichi, Katie Cassidy, Todd Andrew Babb, Randy Colbath and Bettina Sego.

530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Incognito , June 8 – July 8

In a cerebral journey through neuroscience, amnesia, and the theft of Albert Einstein’s brain, playwright Nick Payne investigates the nature of identity in a series of mysterious and touching interwoven tales.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Latin Jazz with the Viva Cal Sextet , June 9, 8pm

Come enjoy Latin Jazz with the Viva Cal Sextet, featuring an All Star cast of musicians including Jose Antonio Lao on Timbales, Michelle Salazar on Bass, Hector Mayoral on Vocals, Bongos, Bell and Chekere, Alexis Montalvo on Piano, Cole Hazlitt on Vibraphone, Frankie Pineiro on elongated bongos.  Band leader Frankie Pineiro has long been a fixture of the Tampa Bay Jazz community. 

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

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