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"I know I'm the underdog, but I've always thought this was a very winnable race."

- Tracy Pratt, District 71 House candidate

[Politics]  Pratt Boasts Record Helping Disaster-Struck Residents
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Editor’s Note: Part 1 of 2 

Tracy Pratt wasn’t going to run for state representative if there was no chance of winning. But the Bradenton attorney feels, this year, Democrats have a real chance of taking the Bradenton-centered district she calls home. “I know I’m the underdog,” Pratt says, “but I've always thought this was a very winnable race.”

Pratt’s now the Democratic candidate running in District 71 against Republican Will Robinson, also a Bradenton attorney. The seat is held now by state Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, who is retiring because of term limits.

She felt bolstered by the special election in February in District 72, where Democrat Margaret Good flipped a House seat. It’s not just that the district sits geographically adjacent to 71, but that its demographic make-up so closely resembles its neighbor. In terms of registered voters, both districts are about 42 percent Republican. District 72 is 33 percent Democrat; District 71 is 32 percent Democrat.

And Pratt feels the district also hungers for change, especially as red tide strikes the coastline. Much of the economy depends on beach tourism, and therefore can’t afford Republican policies that put dollars over people’s health, she says. “I fear the Legislature is going to continue to neglect environmental concerns in exchange for extreme deregulation,” Pratt says.

For the record, Robinson, a conservative in most respects, says he wants to hold polluters responsible when it comes to feeding red tide. “It’s not an excuse to me that red tide is naturally occurring,” Robinson says. 

Both candidates want to see improvements in funding for research. Robinson wants improvements in forecasting technology to better predict major algal blooms. Pratt wants a better infrastructure to look at clean-up for disasters and regulations that prevent the pollution that worsens conditions.

Pratt, a Micgigan native of who studied law in Louisiana, helped with legal cases that held BP responsible for damage done to businesses after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She also helped communities struck by Hurricane Katrina.

“I’m extremely familiar with the impact a giant storm or flooding can have,” she says. "It falls on government to make sure communities devastated by disaster, whether natural or man-made, recover to their full strength and capacity as fast as possible."

Robinson says he wants to look at ways changes in septic tank policies can prevent pollution to waterways, and also wants resources that show exactly when industry contributed pollution into the water table so offenders can be held accountable. “We need to get tough on whoever is polluting our waterways, and any resources gained by fining folks can go to red tide,” he says.

Pratt and Robinson face off in the November 6 general election, open to all voters registered in District 71, which includes parts of Sarasota and Manatee counties. 

Photo courtesy Pratt campaign: Tracy Pratt speaks to voters.

[Education]  Rookies Rank Ringling College in International Top 10

The Rookies came out with its annual lists of Best Creative Media & Entertainment Schools in the World 2018, ranking Ringling College of Art and Design among the Top 10 Schools for 3D Motion Graphics, Digital Illustration and Game Development. Moving up two slots from last year, the college ranked #3 worldwide for 3D Motion Graphics. Among the world’s best Digital Illustration schools, Ringling College placed #6. And finally, the college placed #3 in the world for Game Development and highest of any school in the United States. All of the rankings are determined by the quality of the student work that is submitted for those categories. More links and info can be found below. 

2018 Best Creative Media & Entertainment Schools

[Housing]  Alloro at University Groves Announced off Broadway

The City of Sarasota will soon be home to a new $50-million-dollar luxury senior market-rate rental community. The Alloro at University Groves is a proposed independent living community for adults aged fifty-five and older, and will be located off University Parkway, just west of The Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota. The maintenance-free and pet-friendly community will consist of 183 one-and-two bedroom apartments, and 10 two-bedroom penthouse suites in three residential buildings above covered parking. Each apartment will feature a screened-in balcony, a fully equipped kitchen and a washer and dryer. Apartment square footage will range from 708 square feet to 2,199 square feet, and rent will begin at approximately $1,750. There will also be a movie theater, a state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga studio, a private dining room that residents can reserve and a private salon and spa. The community will also feature a resort-style swimming pool, an outdoor kitchen and fire pit, a pickleball and bocce court and a dog park. The Alloro at University Groves’ address will be 3560 Broadway Avenue in Sarasota, and construction will begin in the coming months. 

Proposed Development at University Groves

[Government]  Sarasota County Schools Hosts Digital Town Hall

Sarasota County Schools will be holding its latest Digital Town Hall from 7pm to 8pm on Wednesday, October 10. Emceed by TV personality Adam Cellini, the evening will focus on the importance of civility, the value of preventative care like counseling and therapy, ways to reach emotional well-being and how the community and schools can partner together and provide wraparound care for Sarasota’s children and families. Viewers will be able to ask questions and join in the conversation live through the district’s Facebook page and Twitter handle. Guest panelists will include: Dr. Todd Bowden, Superintendent of Sarasota County Schools; Veronica Thames, Senior Vice President of Talent & Innovation and Chief Operating Officer, Gulf Coast Community Foundation; Kirsten Russell, Director of Community Investment, Community Foundation of Sarasota County; and John Annis, Senior Vice President of Collaboration & Impact and Chief Operating Officer, Barancik Foundation. Guests can watch the Digital Town Hall online at SarasotaCountySchools.net or via The Education Channel on Comcast 20 and Frontier 33. To send questions in advance of the live digital event, please email: SCSTownHall@sarasotacountyschools.net. 

Sarasota County Schools

[BRANDSTORY PARTNER]  Sabal Palm Bank Embodies Community

“As a community bank, our mission is the community; we live it and breathe it everyday, in everything that we do.”

SRQ Magazine invites you to meet the team at Sabal Palm Bank, as the featured BrandStory Partner in this October’s 2018 edition of SRQ Magazine.The passion for community at Sabal Palm Bank goes beyond a mission, it’s a lifestyle. Through economic ups and downs, Sabal Palm Bank has adapted and thrived, developing programs to support their clients and the community from within, even when times get tough.  

Read the full story!

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection , September 9 – December 2

Explore two exhibitions selected from one of the world’s finest private collections of French art, “Imaging Text: French Drawings for Book Illustration” and “17th and 18th Century French Paintings,” from The Horvitz Collection. Features 60 drawings and 10 related prints for book illustration, created between the 16th and 19th centuries, as well as a selection of 10 paintings. Subjects range from mythological and religious scenes to more playful genre imagery.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Raisin , October 3 – November 11

Taking place in the 1950s on the South Side of Chicago, the story revolves around a working class black family aspiring to a better life after the death of their father. Hope is sparked by the arrival of a $10,000 life insurance check. But conflicts arise when mother and son want to spend the money in different ways. 

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

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SkillSHARE October 4 Mentoring Summit , October 4, 5-7:30pm

Made for speed, SkillSHARE is the basics of mentorship concentrated into mini-sessions that encourage honest interactions and allow for spontaneous connection. This event is a way to meet like-minded professionals, make valuable connections and get straight to your most burning questions about career and personal development. Each participant will be paired with several mentors for mini-sessions. Lasting from 10-12 minutes, each mini-session is unstructured, allowing for conversation, guidance and direction from each mentor.

SRQ Studios, 331 S Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: Piano Grand III , October 6

Don Bryn, Joseph Holt, Andrew Lapp, Thomas Purviance and Jonathan Spivey; this year joined by Genevieve Beauchamp, Avis Romm, Lee Dougherty Ross, Milana Strezeva and Aza Torshkoeva. Five Steinway Concert Grand pianos direct from New York and featuring ten renowned pianists performing familiar classics and popular songs.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Day of Action: Mental Wellness and Stigma in Communities of Color , October 6, 11:00am

Day of Action:  Mental Wellness and Stigma in Communities of Color:  A 2-Generational Approach will be presented Saturday, October 6, 2018, 11:00 AM at Lincoln Memorial Academy located at 305 17th Street, East in Palmetto, FL.

The Bradenton/Sarasota (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and Lincoln Memorial Academy (LMA) are partnering to promote a diverse program on mental wellness that will foster education, awareness, positive social interactions, self-esteem and self-worth to six grade students and parents of LMA on mental health, applying a two-generational approach. 

Lincoln Memorial Academy, 305 17th Street East, Palmetto

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Beer, Bands & BBQ , October 6, 12pm-7pm

Music Compound is ready to kick off the fall season with the 4th annual Beer, Bands & BBQ. This will be a day for the whole family, with craft and domestic beers, local BBQ favorites, top local bands and local businesses supporting the talent. Not only will there be traditional BBQ to look forward to but also BBQ with a twist, with menu items such as BBQ chicken pizza and more. At this event, everyone can enjoy the music that they love with different genres playing each hour.

Music Compound , 1751 Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232

[SOON]  DANCE: SCD + NOW Ensemble , October 11 – October 14

Sarasota Contemporary Dance kicks off the season with their live music and dance collaboration, "SCD + NOW Ensemble." NOW Ensemble is a dynamic group dedicated to making new chamber music for the 21st century. This evening-length performance, led by Mark Dancigers (Composer) and Leymis Bolaños Wilmott (Choreographer), will feature a world premiere composition and choreographic work inspired by Joan of Arc and, by popular demand, a restaging of "Dreamfall," co-choreographed by longtime company dancer, Xiao-Xuan Dancigers.

Jane B Cook Theatre - FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cycle One: Lerner, Jounquil, Onghena , October 11 – November 16

The first exhibition of Brooklyn-based artist Natalie Lerner, daughter of Leslie Lerner, features a series of intimately scaled etchings and graphite on paper drawings. Miami-based installation artist Brookhart Jounquil brings his mesmerizing and illusory glass- and light-based sculpture. An Onghena, brings her diaristic take on traditional and contemporary printmaking to create a series of daily prints.

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

[SOON]  GALA: Key to the Cure , October 11, 5:30pm-9pm

Don’t miss Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundations's Key to the Cure on October 11. In partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, Key to the Cure has raised more than $1,500,000 to further research for women’s cancer services, which include breast, ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer. Proceeds are reserved for SMH Cancer Care Programs and continue to benefit the prevention and treatment of women’s cancers including state-of-the-art technology and surgical approaches.

Saks Fifth Avenue , 120 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Pirates in Paradise , October 13, 9am-4pm

Aargh!  Listen up, Matey!  Don’t miss the 80th Annual Flower Show presented by the Scallywags of the Sarasota Garden Club. Enjoy a fun flower show both inside and out as you view the creative and beautiful floral designs, the lush and diverse horticulture and the stunning photography. While enjoying the flower show, be sure to stroll through the acre-plus of botanical gardens, a real Pirates Treasure you won’t want to miss. Avast ye! You ain’t done yet! Don’t miss the Annual Plant Sale & Gardenfest in conjunction with the Flower Show with a variety of plants and flowers propagated by club members priced typically lower than retail.

Sarasota Garden Club , 1131 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Coco Fusco: Twilight , October 14 – February 17

A solo exhibition presenting recent video projects by internationally acclaimed writer and interdisciplinary artist Coco Fusco. Works explore the current political and social climate in Cuba as the Revolution enters its twilight years. Fusco will be premiering her lasted video project currently in production. This newest project, made possible by her 2016 Greenfield commission at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, is a short video-essay on contemporary Cuba that reflects on the anxieties emerging as the country faces an uncertain future. Fusco will also be unveiling a new sculpture on The Ringling’s grounds.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALA: An Evening in India , October 19

The world needs saving, and Poonam Maini believes the world can do it together. Join Poonam Maini and the Share Care Global team for this second annual fundraising gala. This year’s program of focus is a girl’s home designed to help spark a change in the lives of 10 troubled youth. Participation will allow Share Care Global to encourage women and children to live their most authentic lives.

Michael's On East, 1212 South East Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Robert McKee: STORY , October 19 – October 21

The story-crafting maven who has taught Hollywood notables such as Peter Jackson, Geoffrey Rush and Kirk Douglas brings his famous seminar to Sarasota. An opportunity for not only professional writers, aspiring writers, producers, directors, and numerous creative individuals in many genres, but also for educational institutions, their faculty and staff, and students of all ages, in many creative disciplines. Interested parties can call the Sarasota County film commission for registration and details: (941) 309-1200 extension 104.

Ringling College Academic Center Auditorium, 2700 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer , October 20, 7am

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks raise awareness and funds to help save lives from Breast Cancer. The event at Nathan Benderson Park, will raise money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and help people reduce their risk and find it early when it is easier to treat. From the opening ceremony to the post walk entertainment, the Making Strides event is a celebration of survivors and an opportunity to honor loved ones lost. It’s a day that won’t be forgotten and should not be missed.

Nathan Benderson Park , 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL 34235


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