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SRQ DAILY Aug 20, 2018

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"Traffic on the beach is reduces, and that in turn affects all of the shops, restaurants and bars."

- Ann Frescura, Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce

[Law]  Nine Williams Parker Attornery Named One of The Best Lawyers in America

Williams Parker has announced that several of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The attorneys named to the 2019 list include Charles D. Bailey, Jr. (Land Use and Zoning), John T. Berteau (Trusts and Estates), Ric Gregoria (Trusts and Estates), Michele B. Grimes (Real Estate Law), J. Michael Hartenstine (Real Estate Law), Patrick W. Ryskamp (Real Estate Law), William M. Seider (Real Estate Law), James L. Turner (Real Estate Law and Trusts and Estates), and E. John Wagner, II (Tax Law). Additionally, Mr. Bailey and Mr. Wagner have been recognized as 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" recipients, an honor which recognizes individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than six million confidential evaluations by attorneys across the country. 

Williams Parker

[Firmo Construction]  Rosemary Square Takes Shape with Firmo Construction

Local construction management firm, Firmo Construction, known for their work with the Circle House and the Warm Mineral Springs Resort, is delighted to announce its latest project. The company will be creating build-outs for multiple new businesses in the growing Rosemary District of Downtown Sarasota in partnership with well-known community figures, such as Mark Kauffman and Red Property Management. Aiming for completion in fall 2018, Firmo is working closely with business owners within the new Rosemary Square building to construct the spaces they envision. The build-outs will include spaces for Pura Vie Spa, Wonder Cake Creations, and The Sarasota Ballet. 

With ambitious project scheduling and coordination, as well as a push in production for a swift turnaround, Firmo has worked closely with each business to provide tailored solutions to unique problems, such as reduction in sound transmission for quiet studio spaces. The addition of the building is a small part of revitalization efforts occurring in the Rosemary District, and Firmo Construction is excited to contribute and collaborate with local figures like Jonathan Parks of Solstice Architecture for some of the build-outs. 

Firmo Construction

[Business]  Rominiecki Signs 10-Year Contract with Selby Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Board of Trustees has secured a 10-year contract ensuring the long-term commitment of its top leadership position, as Chief Executive Officer and President Jennifer O. Rominiecki of Selby Gardens has signed a contract extending her appointment for the next decade. Rominiecki’s successes over the last three years—including overhauling Selby Gardens’ fundraising, business operating model and setting a vision for its future—were cited by the board as leading indicators in their decision to enact the contract. Since Rominiecki enacted the Gardens’ “living museum” operating model in 2015, which delivers a series of rotating, original exhibitions and events to encourage repeat visitation, the institution’s overall earned revenues have increased by 59 percent, admissions has increased by 47 percent and membership has grown by 60 percent. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

[Business]  Sarasota Chamber Announces Engage Sarasota Openings

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce has announced openings for its next Engage Sarasota class. Engage Sarasota is a community orientation program for anyone who is eager to establish business and civic relationships, meet area leaders and fast-track their knowledge about the inner working of greater Sarasota—all with a minimum investment of time and money. Participants will have the opportunity to: broaden their working knowledge and understanding of the community via a monthly luncheon series with targeted topics at each program; acquaint themselves with formal and informal decision-making channels and local leaders; and connect topics and meet people who will enrich their lives as businesspersons and residents. Registration is now open. 

Engage Sarasota

[Government]  Manatee County Expands Red Tide Cleanup, Adds Hot Line

This past weekend, Manatee County has expanded its red tide cleanup, becoming one of Florida's first Gulf Coast counties to extend efforts to smaller canals and waterways where fish have begun to foul local waters. Over the weekend, the County and its contractor surveyed local waterways to evaluate the areas needing cleanup and to form an action plan. The vendor will begin cleaning the most affected areas today. Manatee County Parks and Property Maintenance crews have cleaned public beaches and parks in Anna Maria since the first signs of red tide. To date 151 tons of red tide-related waste has been removed from public beaches and parks. As of this weekend, a red tide hotline will be staffed from 8am to 5pm, seven days a week, as conditions persist. Residents can call with questions about red tide and the cleanup operations. The red tide hotline number is (941) 749-3547. More details will be available during a red tide update to Commissioners on Tuesday. 

Manatee County Government

[Government]  Loans Offer Bridge of Hope Amid Red Tide Scare
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Small business owners affected by red tide in Sarasota and Manatee counties can now qualify for a bridge loan of up to $50,000 from the state, money that could mean the difference in keeping doors open at some establishments.

“In overcoming disaster events, each day that passes, the likelihood of businesses closing goes up and up,” says Michael Myhre, CEO of the Florida Small Business Development Center. But federal funding for businesses often won’t come for weeks or months after an event like to recent red tide blooms in the Gulf of Mexico.

That’s why the state opened its Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program up to counties recently impacted by algal blooms. 

Businesses in counties impacted by blue-green algae coming into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers thanks to water discharged from Lake Okeechobee became eligible for such loans on July 9. But as those blooms released nutrients into estuaries and the Gulf, feeding more explosive blooms, Gov. Rick Scott also declared a state of emergency in seven counties impacted by red tide, including Sarasota and Manatee.

Ann Frescura, executive director of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, says the red tide blooms have hit businesses on the islands at a time of year when traffic already slows to a trickle. “Traffic on the beach is reduced, and that in turn affects all of the shops, restaurants and bars,” she said. Hotels have reported cancellations as well. “It’s affecting everyone in our community,” Frescura says.

To get bridge loans, Myrhe says businesses must demonstrate an impact on their vitality cause, whether that’s physical damage to their business or economic damage demonstrated whether through year-over-year financials, reservation losses or other documentable means. The program is open to companies with more than two but fewer than 100 employees.

It’s the same program that helped many companies here last year in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Frescura notes the loan programs are interest-free—an incentive to use them. But officials also reminded people to remember this is a loan, not a grant.

In the meantime, Frescura says island businesses have also worked hard to educate consumers and visitors that there’s still reason to visit Siesta Key and other area destinations. Live camera stream images online let people know the state of beaches at any point. “We’re trying to remain positive and pull together,” she says. 

[Real Estate]  Seaward Development Announces Complete Epoch Team

Seaward Development has assembled an award-winning team to design and build EPOCH, a boutique condominium of just 22 original residences. Patrick DiPinto III and David D.R. Hargreaves, Seaward Development’s principals, are creating a building that reflects the architectural history of Sarasota while taking full advantage of the sweeping views of Sarasota Bay. The design team includes the international architecture and planning firm of Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolf & Associates, DWY Landscape Architects and B. Pila Designs. Sales are being handled exclusively by Ocean Real Estate. Gilbane Building Company has been chosen as the general contractor for the downtown condominium project. EPOCH’s exterior is a nod to the Sarasota School of Architecture, with expansive terraces and large overhangs designed to underscore the play of light and shadow. The interior design carries through the midcentury aesthetic and the exterior amenities will include a 70’ lap pool, an entertainment area, intimate gathering spaces and a view of Sarasota Bay on display from every residence through expansive walls of glass. 

Seaward Development

[TODAY]  THEATER: The Turn of the Screw , August 7 – August 26

1840: an era charmed by superstition, madness, and the writings of Sigmund Freud led Henry James to write one of the most chilling ghost stories of all time. A young governess arrives at a seemingly idyllic country house to look after two orphaned children. But shortly after her arrival, she realizes they are not alone. She risks everything to keep the children safe, until she begins to question her sanity, and the children’s innocence.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: German American Social Club Sommerfest, August 25 , August 25, 6:00 PM

This is one party you won’t want to miss! Come down and celebrate everything you love about summer at this shindig hosted by the German American Social Club of Sarasota. Enjoy friendly conversation with other Sarasota locas. Kick your feet up and relax with an ice-cold beer. Enjoy lively dancing and music provided by DJ Bustin Justin. You’re guaranteed to have a good time at this casual summer bash! Authentic, delicious German food will be provided by the Schnitzel Trailer, and proceeds will go toward benefiting students studying German both here and abroad. You can purchase tickets in advance on their website.

Music Compound, 1751 Cattlemen Road Sarasota, FL 34232

[SOON]  GALLERY: VOLUMES , August 12 – October 9

This summer light and sound come into play with a special installation by the artist Ezra Masch. VOLUMES harnesses the speed of light to reveal the volume of sound and space. This immersive audio and visual installation will feature a 3-d grid of LED lights that will fill the interior of the Ringling’s Monda Gallery.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: 16th Annual Forty Carrots Free Community Speaker Event , September 25, 9am-12pm; 7pm-8:30pm

Forty Carrots Family Center's Annual Free Community Speaker Event presented in partnership with Community Foundation of Sarasota County returns for a 16th year featuring best-selling author and parenting expert, Dr. Michele Borba. She will be discussing “How to Cultivate Mentally-Healthy, Resilient, Empathetic Children (Despite a Trophy-Giving, Anxiety-Driven, Helicoptered and Bubble-Wrapped Culture)” and “UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About Me World.” In these free presentations, parents and educators will learn how to shift children's focus from I, me, and mine, to us, we and ours. With examples from years of research, Dr. Michele Borba will offer a framework that yields successful, happy kids who grow up to be kind, moral, courageous and resilient adults.

Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Riverview High School Performing Arts Center, 2635 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota; 1 Ram Way, Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: "40 by 8" , June 25 – August 31

True to its name, the summer exhibit, curated by Mark Ormond, features 40 works by eight artists, including Luisa Basnuevo, Jean Blackburn, Luis Delgado, Daphne Gamble, Leslie Lerner, Melissa Meyer, Helen Shulman and Joyce Ely Walker. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art Gallery, 1288 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL, 34236.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Real Men Wear Pink Reveal Party , September 29, 5pm-7pm

Join the American Cancer Society as they reveal the 2018 Real Men Wear Pink of Sarasota–Manatee. The candidates will participate in a fashion show, hosted by the tenants of the Mall at University Town Center. Come out and see which men in our community are dedicated to raising funds and awareness to help fight breast cancer. Light refreshments will be served.

The Grand Court at The Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Making Strides Kick Off Celebration , August 23, 5:30pm-7pm

Don’t miss the 2018 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kick off Celebration at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. Celebrate survivors, hear from Team Leaders and learn more about the mission of the American Cancer Society. If you have been thinking about starting a team, becoming a sponsor or you just wish to know more about the programs and services the American Cancer Society provides in our community, the Kick Off celebration is the place to start. Light refreshments will be served and complimentary valet parking is available.

Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Wakey, Wakey , August 3 – September 2

How do we confront the uncomfortable inevitability of death? Obie-award-winning playwright Will Eno chooses to celebrate life’s lingering gifts with an uplifting mix of gratitude, absurdity and humor in a profound rumination on life and humanity.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged , August 21 – September 23

Pour the pirate sherry, braid the raven hair, polish up the handle of the big brass door, and celebrate Gilbert & Sullivan’s most beloved songs. Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged has delighted audiences across the US with lovingly loopy renditions and joyfully irreverent excerpts from HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, and The Pirates of Penzance. Last seen at New York’s 54 Below, this isn’t your grandmother’s Gilbert & Sullivan!

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

[SOON]  FOOD: Dining for a Difference , September 20, 5pm-10pm

Join the Designing Daughters for Dining for a Difference, a community wide, dine out event featuring 20+ local Sarasota and Manatee County Restaurants who will donate a portion of all sales made on September 20 back to the Designing Daughters Grants Program for local Children and Family charities. Simply grab your friends, colleagues and neighbors, pick a participating restaurant and enjoy a meal. No ticket, no fancy clothes, just a night out with your favorite people.This simple act will make a huge impact for local families in need.

Multiple locations, Multiple locations

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: iconcept jr: The Future of Fashion , September 23, 12pm

25 designers ages 8–16 are encouraged to use repurposed/recyled materials in their creations. Most of them will also wear their outfits in the runway show, adding self-confidence and stage presence as skills gained. The participants are treated to a professional fashion photoshoot for the program guide, as well as professional hair and makeup stylists backstage to complete their look. Proceeds from the event benefit the expansion of the Art Center's youth art education programs and help students who are in need of financial assistance receive scholarships.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Elsewhere , August 30 – October 5

This juried exhibition opens with a reception on August 30th.

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

[SOON]  GALA: 2nd Annual Taste of New Orleans Benefit Dinner , September 22, 6pm-9pm

Truly Valued presents its 2nd Annual Taste of New Orleans Benefit Dinner, at Michaels on the Bay at Selby Gardens with speaker Captain Todd Shear of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and a night of entertainment with NuJazz. All proceeds support Truly Valued's mission of building self-esteem, confidence and character to promote a positive self- image, positively impact educational and career aspirations and improve academic achievement in adolescent girls. Dinner is complimentary and an opportunity to make a financial gift will be extended during the event.

Michaels on the Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens', 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

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