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"One of the potentially most devastating and highly visible impacts around Charlotte Harbor was to the spawning snook population."

- Dr. Michael Crosby, Mote Marine Laboratory

[Science]  Mote Joins With CCA and FWC to Restore Snook After Red Tide
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A new partnership between conservation organizations aims to restore the snook population inthe Gulf of Mexico, and Mote Marine Laboratory will play a key role in the effort.

Coastal Conservation Association Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Monday announced the “Adopt-A-Snook” effort, a two-year initiative to raise and release 10,000 hatchery-reared juvenile snook along Florida’s southwest coast. 

“It’s our duty to ensure that the fishing stocks are healthy and plentiful,” says Brian Gorski, executive director for CCA Florida. “Obviously with the red tide that caused these fish kills, we thought it was important to help.”

Through the CCA Florida website, individuals can adopt snook for $100 a piece. The fish will be released in April, the soonest when scientists believe the waters will be free from red tide blooms, or when waters are deemed safe.

Mote will locate tidal creek "nurseries" to restock with snook that would usually be supplied by spawning snook but were hard hit by the red tide bloom,” says Mote spokeswoman Stephannie Kettle. 

It’s part of an ongoing effort to keep healthy fish populations. “Snook stock enhancement is not new to Mote,” Kettle notes. “For more than 20 years, Mote has partnered with FWC to grow high-quality eggs, larvae and juvenile common snook.”

But this program puts a stronger emphasis on the importance of such efforts, especially after natural disasters like this year’s red tide blooms.

The blooms this year hit the fishing industry especially hard as summer time normally serves as peak snook season. But the disaster could also have long-term effects on the local fish population. 

“One of the potentially most devastating and highly visible impacts around Charlotte Harbor was to the spawning snook population,” says Dr. Michael Crosby, president and CEO for Mote. “Many of the dead snook were laden with eggs to produce the next generation.”

Gorski, who works from a home office in Bradenton, says CCA Florida also launched a similar effort last week for redfish. The organization has undertaken various projects to improve fishing eco-systems all around Florida, including creating artificial habitats through sink ships. This is the first major restocking effort by the organization.

Adopted fish will be tagged and tracked, and individuals who adopt snook will receive a certificate as well as updates on the life on the snook once released into the waterways.

FWC officials say partnerships between the state and scientific organizations like Mote will ensure effective efforts to protect the wildlife. “FWC and Mote have a decades-long partnership with snook research and recovery,” says FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton, “and we are pleased to be a partner with CCA Florida, Mote and the community to enhance this effort.” 

Photo by Conor Goulding, courtesy Mote: Dr. Ryan Schloesser holds a juvenile snook raised to be released for fisheries enhancement research.

[GoodBite]  Meet Your New Fall Fling
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Upon celebrating its soft opening on August 24, OfKors Bakery welcomes you to their second location (with a third quickly on its way). The new location OfKors Donuts, glows with ambiance of hanging light bulbs, fresh flowers on each table, modern hi-top stools, ceiling-to-floor windows and a wooden tiered bench for extra seating in the corner surrounded by greenery. Sit and sip freshly brewed coffees and specialty drinks like Organic Matcha Latte and Freddo Mojito. But don’t stray too far after ordering your morning bev—the main attraction is set out before you through the looking glass. Feast your eyes on the grand display of hella fancy and utterly delicious donuts. OfKors’s circular confections are made oh-so-fresh daily, completely from scratch and with organic ingredients.

We have traditional donuts with different glazes and we also have 24 signature brioche donuts, filled with different creams and covered with homemade glazes,” says Marie Korsykova, co-owner of OfKors Bakery with husband Alex. “We’ll also be adding European Ponchiki and savory donuts with salmon.”

For the sweet teethers, fill that donut hole in your stomach with tropical kiwi and pineapple or the brioche pink guava. Other off-the-cuff flavors include lemon meringue, whiskey glazed, tiramisu with real mascarpone cream and a signature take on the faved cronut croissant-pastry. This, friends, is the real breakfast of champions. And now’s the time to indulge—OfKors is running a special promotion this week—buy four donuts and cop one for free. Don’t mind if we do.

Look out for OfKors Donuts Grand Opening sometime in October. In the meantime, stop by during its 7am-3pm hours and give some love to the Korsykova’s. They do-nut disappoint. 

Photo provided by OfKors Bakery

OfKors Donuts, 4862 South Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, 941-922-4199.

[Arts and Culture]  Sarasota Hosts Dedication for Blanco's "BRAVO!"

The City of Sarasota has invited the public to celebrate the dedication of a world-class sculpture by artist Jorge Blanco. The newest addition to Sarasota’s public art program, BRAVO!, seeks to express the cultural energy of the City of Sarasota, representing dance, music and the performing and visual arts for which Sarasota is known. The sculpture stands 18 feethigh and is located at the Ringling Boulevard and Orange Avenue roundabout. Join city officials and more for a dedication and celebration, September 25, at 5:30pm, in front of PNC Bank on Ringling Boulevard. 

City of Sarasota

[Recreation]  Historic Spanish Point Relaunches MAGIC

Historic Spanish Point is celebrating the relaunch of its boat, MAGIC, this Friday, September 14, after a summer of volunteer-led restoration. The MAGIC is a replica of a sailboat owned by pioneer John Webb, which he converted to a motorboat around 1900. Webb and his family used the original  to transport and entertain boarders at Webb’s Winter Resort, once located on the site that is now Historic Spanish Point. With support from the volunteers of the Maritime Heritage Program at Historic Spanish Point, MAGIC continues to offer interpretive boat tours for visitors to the area. Historic Spanish Point will celebrate the September relaunch with weekly boat tours on Little Sarasota Bay. The public is encouraged to come to meet volunteer Captains and crew and enjoy a tour. 

Historic Spanish Point

[Opening]  Bazaar On Apricot & Lime Plans Grand Opening Celebration

The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime is officially celebrating its grand opening—Passport to the Bazaar—on September 26, and invites the public to enjoy live music, complimentary drinks and food, local shopping and a chance to win a Sarasota Staycation (value $1000+). Vendors include local artisans, collectibles, baked goods, gifts, jewelry and more. At the Bazaar, pick up a “passport” and get it stamped by 12 of the 25 creators and be entered to win. No purchase necessary. Package includes two-night stay at Hotel Ranola, passes to Mote Marine, Ringling Museum, Selby Gardens, meals from Michaels on East, Gecko’s, Mattison’s 41, bowling at Evie’s on Main street and more. The grand opening celebration will be on September 26 from 5pm to 7pm at the Bazaar. 

The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime

[Travel]  FAA, SMAA, FDOT Dedicate Air Traffic Control Tower

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority (SMAA), and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) dedicated the new Air Traffic Control Tower at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport yesterday. The 128 foot-tall tower is a significant investment in  the nation’s airport infrastructure and enhances air traffic controllers’ ability to provide the safest, most efficient service to flights at the busy Florida airport. The FAA, SMAA and FDOT funded the $24.8 million facility under a unique agreement.  The FAA invested $7.2 million in the new tower design, engineering and electronic equipment, which the agency installed and will maintain. SMAA funded $8.9 million for construction and it will own and maintain the building. FDOT also contributed $8.7 million for tower construction. The facility includes a 9,000-square-foot base building that houses equipment, administrative offices and training rooms. The new facility includes an updated voice communications system, radio transmitter and flight data processor, which controllers use to communicate with other FAA facilities and the airport. 

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

[Business]  JMX Brands Named to Business Observer Top 500 List

JMX Brands, parent company of the largest online retailer of Amish furniture at www.dutchcrafters.com and eco-friendly home goods site www.ecofriendlydigs.com, has made the Business Observer Top 500 list for the fifth year in a row. Formerly the Gulf Coast 500, the annual list ranks the top 500 companies by revenue in the nine counties that form the area from Tampa to Naples. Founded in 2003 by CEO Jim Miller, JMX Brands saw an increase in revenues of 23 percent to make the list again. The niche Internet retailer was also recently named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing privately held companies for the sixth time. 

JMX Brands

[LOVE LOCAL]  Deadline Extended to Wednesday, September 26

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[Inside the Brand]  You're Invited!

Join SRQ MEDIA as we celebrate 20 years of superlative coverage, community engagement and living hyper-local on October 20, 6pm-11pm for LaStrada | SRQ’s 20th Anniversary Street Festival! Chill under the stars and roast s’mores, stroll the street noshing on food truck delights, view fabulous films from Ringling College of Art and Design students, groove to local tunes and more!  

Tickets and info here!

[TODAY]  THEATER: Salute to the Queen: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin , September 11 – September 15

Nate Jacobs directs this special tribute to the life and legacy of the Queen of Soul, featuring WBTT favorites Naarai Jacobs and Teresa Stanley. The evening highlights Franklin's classic hits and musical impact, while ongoing narration spotlights her professional achiecements and lasting influence.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 North Orange Ave., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Florida Watercolor Show , September 7 – October 26

Considered one of the finest watercolor shows in the country, whether one credits the local talent or local beauty, watercolorists from around the state will be showing in all three galleries of the art center, taking over the entire space for this premier exhibition.

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

[SOON]  FOOD: Boys & Girls Club 13th Annual Leadership Breakfast , September 14

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County will honor Dick Vitale, Sarasota Philanthropist and Sports Personality, and Todd Jones, Publix Super Markets’ CEO, at the 13th Annual Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast for their commitment to empowering local youth as future leaders. The event will be held on September 14, 2018 and will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, located at 3100 Fruitville Road in Sarasota. Individual tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at bgcsarasota.com. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Tanya Orr, Community Engagement Manager, for more information by calling (941) 366-3911 or emailing torr@bgcsarasota.com.   

Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Road, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Friday Fest: Dr. Dave Band , September 14, 5pm-9pm

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is wrapping up their Friday Fest summertime concert series this September with the Dr. Dave Band. A Bradenton favorite performing for more than a decade as a top-choice house band, this group knows how to wow a crowd with high-energy Southern Rock blended with bluegrass banjo and fiddle. During the show, don’t forget to indulge in the refreshments provided by Van Wezel, including local food trucks and popular beverage vendors. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and settle in for a good time.

Van Wezel, 777 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Watercolors from the Permanent Collection , September 15 – February 3

A selection of watercolors drawn from The Ringling’s permanent collections, illustrating various ways artists have used the medium. The exhibition will feature works by Edward Hopper, Charles Burchfield and Childe Hassam, among others.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., 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]  THEATER: Annie Get Your Gun , September 20 – October 7

Sure-shootin’ Annie Oakley can win prizes with her marksmanship, but she can’t get a man…or can she? This slice of magical American musical theatre still thrills audiences with the classic tunes of the legendary Irving Berlin.

The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[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.

[SOON]  FOOD: Boards for Bravery: A Charity Charcuterie Event , September 23, 4:30pm–7pm

Learn how to build the perfect charcuterie board while supporting pediatric cancer research. Inspired by Benjamin Gilkey’s love of charcuterie, admission includes wine and appetizers from Louies Modern, a handcrafted charcuterie board to take home, pairing education from local experts and the chance to create your own palette of fine meats, cheeses and delicious accoutrements, provided by local artisans. Proceeds benefit The Benjamin Gilkey Fund for Innovative Pediatric Cancer Research, which supports groundbreaking studies led by physicians at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

Louies Modern, 1289 North Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[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]  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]  SEMINAR: 2nd Annual Grey Matters, A Symposium on Alzheimers Research , September 28, 11am-2pm

Don't miss out on this year's amazing Grey Matters Luncheon Symposium benefitting The Roskamp Institute. This year's Alzheimer's Disease-Research based Symposium will focus on lifestyle, wellness and healthy aging. For information or to be added to this year’s waiting list please call Megan Micale at (941) 552-9832.

Michael's on the Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[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.

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