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"We want to say your vote matters and your vote ought to count."

- Sheryl Wilson, Manatee Democratic Party

[Election]  Local Officials Optimistic About Smooth Recount
Jacob Ogles

As Florida goes through its first statewide recount since 2000, elections officials in Sarasota and Manatee remain hopeful of meeting a Thursday deadline without catastrophe. Thus far, party leaders in the region have faith that will occur as well.

“The recount is going,” says Mike Bennett, Manatee County Supervisor of Elections. He says that, after a problem, officials realized a voting machine was failing sort undervotes, and the project had to be restarted hours into the process. “We will be done by Thursday at 3pm. There’s little glitches here or there,” Bennett said. 

Despite the early trip-up, Manatee Democratic Chairwoman Sheryl Wilson says elections officials identified and fixed the problems, and so far she sees things moving relatively well. “As far as the effort so far, it’s been good,” Wilson says. “It’s clicking along.”

In Sarasota County, Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner has made sure machines are all tested and calibrated for the recount. “The recount has been going smoothly,” he says. “We will continue from 9 to 5 each day, as needed to complete.” But when asked when everything will finish up in Sarasota, Turner only promises “before the deadline.”

Christian Ziegler, Sarasota County Republican state committeeman, expects little fighting on the Gulf Coast. “Sarasota County is fortunate to have Ron Turner at the helm. He is a great Supervisor of Elections who is beloved by both political parties and runs a tight ship,” he says.

That’s in contrast to the suddenly scrutinized jobs being done in counties like Broward and Palm Beach, where late tabulations over the past week resulted in margins in three statewide races shrinking from apparently clear Republican wins to tight results requiring a recount.

In a year with five hotly contested statewide contests, three of the races came down to margins so small they triggered a machine recount. For U.S. Senate, Republican Rick Scott leads Democrat Bill Nelson by 12,562. For Governor, Republican Ron DeSantis topped Democrat Andrew Gillum by 33,684. And for Agriculture Commissioner, Democrat Nikki Fried held a 5,326-vote edge over Republican Matt Caldwell.

Florida law requires recounts when margins fall below 0.5 percent. A hand recount will take place if after the machine recount, the margin remains below 0.25 percent, a likely outcome in the Senate and Agriculture Commissioner races.

Wilson, an election observer in Manatee, says her focus in the recount will simply be on making sure no legal votes get left uncounted. She was distressed at reports some voters went to wrong precincts on Election Day but didn’t fill out provisional ballots. “We want to say your vote matters and your vote ought to count,” she says.

Ziegler, who helped organize volunteers to watch elections statewide, says his role as an observer in Sarasota is just to provide a check on the credibility of the count. “When it comes to elections,” he says, “you can trust, but you must always verify. That’s what this recount is about.” 

[GoodBite]  High Five BurgerFi
Brittany Mattie

Craving a bombtastic burger? The stylish, eco-minded chain out of Ft. Lauderdale continues to popularize upon being named as one of the top two national brands in the fast food burger industry. Maintaining the highest culinary standards, the upscale burger joint serves all grass-fed burgers, always sourced from the best ranches in the country and using only the top 1% of natural Angus beef, squeezed in between house-baked buns and breads, stamped with the staple ‘BurgerFi’ and star logo. For a limited time only, sink your teeth into the gourmet Steakhouse Bleu Burger, piled high with double patties, Danish bleu cheese, cracked pepper bacon, Cabernet onion marmalade and steak sauce.
BurgerFi Sarasota also recently introduced two new sandwiches to the menu at the UTC's trendy eatery. Introducing chef-created favorites, the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, 100% all-natural (no antibiotics, steroids or hormones) chicken a top fresh lettuce, tomato and organic BBQ honey mustard. And for the vegetarians, try out the Beyond Burger®, 100% plant-based from Beyond Meat® (no soy, gluten or GMOs), with an option to make it vegan—using a lettuce wrap instead and sans the cheese and mayo. This crazy good “burger” miraculously satisfies the taste buds and tummy just like real beef does. And don’t forget to add a side of the hand-cut fries with house sauce for the ultimte dipping adventures, then wash it all down with craft beer or cider of the national and local variety. Hungry yet? 

Photo provided by BurgerFi.

257 North Cattlemen Rd. #90, Sarasota, 941-800-1800.

[Healthcare]  MHCCI Selects New Executive Director, Development Director

The Board of Directors of the Mental Health Community Centers, Inc. (MHCCI) has selected Arin K. Norris to be its next executive director. Norris is currently the program manager for the guardianship program of Lutheran Services Florida in Sarasota. Prior to moving to Sarasota in 2017, she was executive director of the Guardianship Services of Southwestern Indiana and, before that, executive director of Mental Health America in Indiana. Norris received a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis and is currently a Board Member of the National Guardianship Association and a member of the Florida State Guardianship Association. MHCCI has also selected Ashley Light to be its next development director. Light most recently served as the Development Coordinator for Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. She also serves as the chair of Fund Development with the Junior League of Sarasota and is working to set up its first ever donor database. 

Mental Health Community Centers, Inc.

[Philanthropy]  Ear Research Foundation Welcomes Lane, Patel

The Ear Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the research, education, and community outreach for hearing and balance disorders, has named Melissa Lane as executive director. The nonprofit has also welcomed Dishank Patel as Research Coordinator working in cooperation with the Silverstein Institute. Lane’s nonprofit career spans more than 20 years advocating for community awareness, charitable support and operational growth for arts and human service organizations across Sarasota. Patel was with Hill Top Research, Inc. in St. Petersburg for the last three years, and will help coordinate studies relating to innovations concerning ear diseases, hearing loss, balance disorders, as well as sinus and throat diseases. 

Ear Research Foundation

[Healthcare]  VidaCann Opens Bradenton Location

VidaCann, a leading provider of cannabis products, opened its newest dispensary in Bradenton this month. Located at 5203 Cortez Rd., the VidaCann dispensary will offer a wide range of premium cannabis products including tinctures, capsules, vapes and concentrate syringes. The dispensary will be open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and closed on Sundays. Delivery is currently available in Union, Baker, Duval, Columbia, Clay, St. Johns, Nassau, Volusia, Flagler, Indian River, Brevard, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Palm Beach, Martin, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades, Highlands, Hardee, DeSoto, Sarasota, Pinellas and Manatee counties. All VidaCann products are manufactured in its state-of-the-art, FDA cGMP certified laboratory following strict standard operation procedures to ensure purity and consistency in every product. VidaCann is also Florida’s exclusive provider of Stanley Brothers products, the creators of the well-known Charlotte’s Web brand. The Bradenton dispensary is the fourth location for VidaCann. 


[Business]  Bridge Angel Investors, USF Sarasota-Manatee Host Angel Investing Seminar

Sarasota-based Bridge Angel Investors, in conjunction with the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, will host “Wealth Creation for an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” on Friday, November 16, from 4pm to 6:30pm at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. “Wealth Creation for an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” is designed to provide an overview of angel investing and to explain how it can benefit the Sarasota-Manatee region through effective collaboration among the “ecosystem” of entrepreneurs, investors, universities, businesses and regional development organizations. Comprised of a network of more than 40 private individuals, BRIDGE Angel Investors funds and mentors emerging startups locally and throughout Florida. The keynote will be presented by Karen Rands, a leading angel investing expert. Rands is author of “Inside Secrets to Angel Investing” and is founder and CEO of the National Network of Angel Investors. She will provide a high-level explanation of angel investing and further the understanding of how it can be the catalyst for economic growth and community sustainability. Please visit the website below to register. 

Bridge Angel Investors

[Real Estate]  Ware Joins RE/MAX Alliance in Venice Office

Linda Ware has joined RE/MAX Alliance Group as a realtor in the Venice office. She joins seasoned real estate professional Jeff Stone to form the StoneWare Team. Ware has years of sales, marketing and customer service experience as the director of Sales and Marketing for independent-living retirement communities. She is currently sales director of Sarasota Bay Club, with an average sales volume of $23 million per year over the past five years. She also has a background as a speaker, author and executive coach. 

RE/MAX Alliance Group

[TODAY]  THEATER: Dike , November 9 – December 16

Written by Hannah Benitez, a Cuban-Jewish-American millennial originally from Miami, Dike follows a pair of sisters from a religious family who reunite after two years of separation to navigate the cloudy waters of identity. An awkwardly hilarious and gripping exploration of love, sexuality, and sisterhood, with an all-female cast, Dike questions the limitations religion and social conditioning raise within all of us.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  GALLERY: By the Sea , November 9 – December 10

This group exhibition celebrates the beauty of glistening waterscapes with inspired artwork. Sarasota-based and nationally acclaimed artist Linda Richichi presents oil and pastel paintings along with Florida Landscape artist Gary Borse and other gallery talents. This show aims to not only highlight nature’s beauty, but also use the space as a platform for conversations about conservation.

530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Ct., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Silence! The Musical , November 2 – November 25

Based on the 1991 psychological thriller Silence of the Lambs, this mischievous twist on the Oscar-winning film features a narrating, singing chorus of floppy-eared lambs, while Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown in the midst of kidnapping the unlucky Catherine Martin and Dr. Lecter sings about the life he dreams of outside the prison walls.

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W, Venice

[TODAY]  BUSINESS: Nominations Now Open for 2019 Localpreneur of the Year , November 8 – December 7

Nominate a passionate and purposeful local entrepreneur who you believe has forged a successful company in the Sarasota and Bradenton region with astute corporate drive, a heart for giving back, a talent for engineering innovation and indelible leadership qualities. Your entrepreneur nominee should have an active for-profit business located in Sarasota or Manatee County and may represent any sector of business.  The LOCALPRENEUR OF THE YEAR program celebrates these courageous and intrepid visionaries who make this one of the best places to start and run a successful small business. We will announce the finalists at the SB2 Regional Economy and Localpreneur of the Year Awards Luncheon on January 24, 2019 at The Hyatt Regency Sarasota and showcase all nominees and finalists in the February 2018 edition of SRQ | The Magazine.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Surviving the New Sarasota - DSCA Workshop on Construction Safety , November 15

Downtown Sarasota is experiencing construction boom that is creating disruption and hazards for downtown residents & visitors. Over 50 of the construction projects are located in the greater downtown neighborhood. Attend this free workshop to learn your rights and what steps to take to protect your condo, home and neighborhood with construction projects nearby. You must register to attend.

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

[SOON]  GALA: Rock The Boat - Against Sex Trafficking , November 15, 7:00PM

An extraordinary evening to fight sex trafficking affecting American children on the rooftop of the Westin, downtown Sarasota, Co-Chaired by Marko Radisic and Elizabeth Moore. This will not be a seated event. Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, beverages and entertainment, a fabulous auction and moving survivor speaker! Please contact Sponsorship@SelahFreedom.com with questions or for more information.

The Westin, 100 Marina View Drive, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Lifelong Learning Expo 2018 , November 15, 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Join us Lifelong Learning EXPO 2018!  Light up your life on November 15 at the Carlisle Conference Center in Sarasota. The daylong event will feature renowned speakers and topics, like-minded learners, food, humor and information about all this region has to offer. 

The Carlisle Inn Conference Center, 3727 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Master of Dance , November 16 – November 17

Accompanied with live orchestra and operatic singers, Program 2 features the company premiere’s of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Rhapsody and Jerome Robbins’ The Concert alongside the revival of Christopher Wheeldon’s There Where She Loved.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Festa Italia! , November 16 – November 17

The Venice Symphony debut of Music Director/Conductor Troy Quinn will feature the joyous Festive Overture, op.96 by Dimitri Shostakovich, Ottorino Respighi’s lush Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome and Carnival of Venice featuring The Venice Symphony’s Aaron Romm on Cornet. Concertmaster Marcus Ratzenboeck solos on Saint-Saens’ showpiece Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, op. 28.

Venice Performing Arts Center, One Indian Ave., Venice

[SOON]  GALA: Champions for Children , November 17, 6:00PM

Champions for Children will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018. This annual signature gala, will be held at our Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club. All proceeds will support our valuable programs designed to enhance more than 7,000 Club members’ academic success, healthy lifestyles and character and leadership development. Champions for Children engages over 300 guests representing our community’s social philanthropists, foundations, donors, and friends of BGCSC.

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

[SOON]  THEATER: The Music Man , November 17 – December 29

The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this American institution with its one-of-a-kind score features fast-talking salesman Harold Hill, who brings trouble to River City, Iowa when he cons the townspeople into buying instruments for an imaginary band—but his plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when his heart is stolen by the town librarian. Tony Awarded-nominated Jeff Calhoun directs.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALA: Christmas at Casino Royale , November 17, 4:00PM - 10:00PM

Join the Sarasota County South Elks at their Christmas at Casino Royale benefitting Toys for Tots! Enjoy a sit-down dinner, casino games, auctions, raffle prizes and more. $45 per person and VIP full table reservations are available.

Please call Jim Lamb at (941) 228-6800 to reserve your tickets.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, 5680 Rosin Way, Sarasota

[SOON]  SPORTS: Putting for Pets - Golf Tournament Fundraiser , November 18, 7:00AM

Enjoy a day of gold benefitting homeless shelter pets! Register as a foursome or individually; all includes 18 holes of golf, cart, generous goody bag, awards banquet barbecue luncheon and 2 beer, wine or soft drink tickets. Contests and prizes throughout the day!

Heritage Harbour Golf Club, 8000 Stone Harbour Loop, Bradenton

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Woodblock Prints from Post-War Japan , November 18 – May 5

In the wake of the Second World War, woodblock prints emerged as a channel of diplomacy and friendship between Japan and the U.S. Printmaking continues to be a vibrant and ever-changing art form well into the 21st century. This exhibition draws the Ringling Museum of Art’s extensive holdings of postwar Japanese prints and local collections. On display will be works by key artists including Onchi Koshiro, Hiratsuka Un’ichi, Saito Kiyoshi, Yoshida Chizuko, and Hoshi Joshi, including a number of new acquisitions and never-before exhibited pieces.

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

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Misatango , November 25

Misatango, a tango mass from Argentina, combines the passion of tango with the ancient beauty of the Latin mass sung to the melodies and rhythms of the streets of Buenos Aires. Dancers from Sarasota Ballet’s Studio Company, choreographed by Elizabeth Bergmann, perform while Argentine composers Astor Piazzolla, Martin Palermi and Ariel Ramirez’s evocative Misa Criolla captures the sounds of Argentina with guitars, accordion, strings, voices and percussion.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

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