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SRQ DAILY Jul 16, 2018

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"There's a lot of opportunities here. You don't get this type of airside undeveloped area - especially this large - in the Florida area."

- Kent Bontrager, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

[Flight]  Developable Land Hits Market at SRQ Airport
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

You don't see close to 100 acres of runway-front property come up for sale everyday, but thanks to some renovations at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, a chunk of land just hit the market. Before executives headed to an aviation trade show in England, SRQ airport announced the newly available property within the Airside North Quad Commercial Park.

Kent Bontrager, senior vice president of engineering, planning and facilities at SRQ airport, says the 92 acres of land has gone undeveloped for years because of potential obstruction for the air traffic control tower. But since the tower just got moved closer to U.S. 41, the land can now be leased to a private developer.

“We are hoping for either a larger maintenance operation or some corporate hangars to go into this site,” he says. “There’s a lot of opportunities here. You don’t get this type of airside undeveloped area—especially this large—in the Florida area.”

The news comes just in time for the Farnborough International trade show, one of the largest aerospace industry events of the year. Rick Piccolo, SRQ airport president and CEO, was in England in anticipation of the show when the Sarasota airport announced the land availability. The trade show will feature some 1,500 exhibitors from 52 countries, and attract some of the biggest players in international aviation. According to Farnborough marketing materials, more than $124 billion in new orders and commitments were placed at the trade show in 2016, making it a good place for SRQ airport leaders to talk deals. The show runs from July 16-22.

Bontrager says executives have already had some conversations about corporate leases on the land. A YouTube video marketing the site shows how corporate or maintenance facilities could look on the site and what access the property enjoys to amenities at the airport and in the Sarasota vicinity. The property provides easy access to runways and a seven-airline commercial terminal, and since this is an international airport, there’s also U.S. Customs and Border Protection clearance facilities onsite. 

Image: A Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport animatic shows what development could exist on site.

[Healthcare]  Lakewood Ranch Medical Receives Stroke Care Awards

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines, the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Lakewood Ranch Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients also receive education on managing their health, schedule a follow-up visit, as well as other care transition interventions. Lakewood Ranch Medical Center additionally received the association’s Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll award. 

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

[Healthcare]  Stratum Health, Tidewell Hospice Announce Fleece as CEO

Cliff Walters, chairman of the Blalock Walters board of directors, has announced that attorney Jonathan Fleece has accepted the role as CEO of Blalock Walters client Stratum Health System and Tidewell Hospice, Inc. The firm congratulated Fleece on his new position and announced it looks forward to sustaining a strong working relationship with Stratum, Tidewell and Fleece, who will transition from the Firm in mid-September to start his position at Tidewell October 1. 

Stratum Health System

[Business]  Pinkerton Earns CPWA Designation

Scott Pinkerton, the senior partner for Pinkerton Harkins & Mehserle Private Wealth (Pinkerton Private Wealth), recently earned a Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA) designation through the Investments & Wealth Institute at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. CPWA is an advanced credential for wealth managers who work with high-net-worth families and individuals, focusing on the life cycle of wealth: accumulation, preservation, and distribution. Pinkerton is also a Certified Financial Planner and Certified Investment Management Analyst. 

Pinkerton Private Wealth

[Business]  SouthTech Hires Saywoir as Systems Support Solution

SouthTech, a provider of managed technology solutions, has recently hired Jasmine Savwoir, who will be joining the client support team, assisting users with support and rectifying technical issues. Originally from New Orleans, Savwoir has lived in Florida for the past 11 years, and recently received a degree in Information Technology from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. While at UCF, she began an internship with their Office of Research and Commercialization, during which she handled Tier I and Tier II tech support. The internship grew into an official position as a Computer Specialist with the UCF IT department, and from there she began working as a Consultation Agent for Geek Squad. 


[Real Estate]  Wagner Presents to RASM Commercial Investment Division

E. John Wagner, II, an attorney with Williams Parker, recently presented to the Commercial Investment Division of the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee, where he discussed the impact of the new tax laws on commercial real estate. Wagner is a board-certified tax attorney and chair of Williams Parker’s corporate and tax practices. He represents executives, entrepreneurs and real estate investors in tax, transactional, capital raising, estate planning and estate administration matters. He also serves as editor of The Williams Parker Business & Tax Blog. He earned his Master of Laws in taxation from the University of Florida’s Graduate Tax Program and his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. 

Williams Parker

[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: Summer Circus Spectacular , June 12 – July 28

The 2018 Circus Spectacular will amaze and dazzle you. Join the performers for an hour of incredible family fun at affordable prices. Presented in collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, this onstage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful summer entertainment for “children of all ages.”

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Music of the Night , July 17 – August 19

The Swingaroos return to the cabaret with an all-new show—Music of the Night. Offering their swingin'est versions of songs embraced by the worlds of theatre and jazz, this hit show overflows with hits by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, Kander & Ebb and many more. With a touch of 30s and 40s flair and bold arrangements, The Swingaroos lend a spirited voice to the most-cherished American songs and personalities of the past century. 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip Through The Waterways of Nokomis , July 17, 8:30am-11:30am

John Sarkozy will lead a kayak expedition through the bays and canals around Nokomis, exploring the small islands, the birds and the marine life of the area. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members. A short training class will be offered before the launch, for those interested. 

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  GALLERY: Possibilities , July 19 – August 17

This members only, juried exhibition opens July 19th with an opening reception from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Approximately 250, two- and three-dimensional works in a wide variety of media will be on display throughout all four galleries. Juror Vicki Chelf is a fine art graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design and also studied classical drawing at the Southern Atelier in Manatee County. Chelf derives much of her inspiration from spontaneous thoughts and unplanned drawings, as well as current events. 

Art Center Sarasota, 707 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: The Little Mermaid , July 20 – July 21

Disney's The Little Mermaid is a stage musical based on the animated 1989 Disney film of the same name about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love. Come see the theater bring classic underwater tale alive.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. West, Bradenton

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: The 10th Anniversary Sarasota Improv Festival - North Coast Extends Its Stay , July 20 – July 21

New York City’s premier hip-hop comedy team, North Coast, is extending its stay in Sarasota following the 10th Anniversary Sarasota Improv Festival.  After the festival, running from July 12-14, North Coast will be in residence at FST for an additional week, leading workshops and delivering special encore performances on July 20 and 21 in FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre at 7:30pm each night. Workshops are $35 and are limited to 16 people. Those interested in discovering their own creative spontaneity can register for workshops by calling Pamela Smith, Education Administrator, at (941) 366-1350.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave, Sarasota.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip From Snook Haven Down The Myakka River , July 24, 8:30am-11:30am

Take a kayak trip led by John Sarkozy from the wild and scenic Myakka River, and travel downstream from Snook Haven. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 per person for ALS members and $25 for non-members. For those who want it, there will be a short training session given before launch.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Little Sarasota Bay to Palmer Point Beach , July 26, 8:30am-11:30am

Join John Sarkozy, as he shows you the natural beauty of Little Sarasota Bay. All kayak equipment will be supplied to you and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members. A short training session will be given before the trip for those who wish to take it. Take a break on the “crown jewel” of local beaches and take a swim or a walk before paddling back to the mainland.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 Luncheon: Transformation in Philanthropy , July 26, 11:00am-1:00pm

The SRQ Transformative Philanthropy luncheon and panel discussion will explore the organizations and individuals who are changing the face of the nonprofit world through innovative approaches, strategic alliances and groundbreaking initiatives that foster and employ engagement to make a difference. The luncheon will culminate with presentation of the SRQ Local Philanthropy Hero Award honoring area trailblazers whose passion and drive are benefitting nonprofit organizations along the Gulfcoast.

The Francis , 1289 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Friday Fest: Reverend Barry & the Funk, July 27 , July 27, 5:00 PM

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is continuing their Friday Fest summertime concert series with Reverend Barry & the Funk. Bassist and lead singer Barry Nicholson only has one goal for the band: to keep the crowd dancing all night long! The group regularly performs at nightclubs, parties, and private events around Sarasota. Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Prince are just a few of the classic artists that audiences will hear from this dynamic group. And while you’re enjoying the music, be sure to check out Van Wezel’s selection of food trucks, drink vendors, and more! This seven-piece band--including a live horn section--will make this Friday Fest the best one yet!

Bayside Lawn of Van Wezel, 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALLERY: Nights Out - ArtCenter Manatee , July 27, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Learn to make a Stained Glass Suncatcher with artist Pamela Kramer, using the traditional copper foil techniques with lead free solder. Many colors are available and all tools will be provided to complete your masterpiece! Bring a friend and start creating! Seating is limited so register today! Tickets cost $40.00 and include supplies, wine or beer, and light snacks. 

ArtCenter Manatee , 209 9th St West, Bradenton, FL 34205

[SOON]  MUSIC: 1st Annual Sun n Fun Music Festival , July 27 – July 29

This festival will rock Sarasota's residents and RVs. Bands featured include Kiss America, a slammin' Kiss cover band, the Shane Duncan Band for country music lovers, Rush Hour, an intriguing Countdown Reloaded cover band and many more. You will not want to miss this day of music, food and fun. 

Sun n Fun RV Resort, 7125 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Caspersen Beach to Lemon Bay , July 28, 8:30am-11:30am

Enjoy quiet water, open-seated kayaking and exploration from Casperson Beach to Lemon Bay. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Don Quixote , July 28, 4pm

“Don Quixote” is a ballet based on episodes taken from the famous novel “Don Quixote de la Mancha” by Miguel de Cervantes. Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa to the music of Ludwig Minkus and first presented by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, Petipa’s choreography reflects the local Spanish culture by incorporating the dance idiom into the movements and bringing Cervantes’ gypsies and bullfighters to life. This is a perfect family comedy ballet with rich costumes and sets and a host of colorful characters.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. West, Bradenton.

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