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"We need the unified, strong support of entire delegation, and you know we have it."

- State Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota
 

[Government]  Sarasota Delegation Hears Range of Requests
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A promise for better university stature. A need for better roadways connecting Venice and North Port. A shift in how Florida fights red tide.

More than 60 local governments and organizations came before Sarasota County’s Legislative Delegation on Monday, each one with a promise for a better quality of life in the region and most with a request for state dollars in hand.

Karen Holbrook, regional chancellor for University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, spoke to lawmakers about the progress on consolidation with the main Tampa campus, just a few years after the Sarasota campus won independent accreditation. She assured the change would allow more engineering and science programs to thrive in Sarasota, and she called on lawmakers to support the creation of a new technology complex on campus.

Meanwhile, officials with the Metropolitan Planning Organization asked for lawmakers to lobby transportation officials for faster funding of a River Road extension, a long-desired project slated to start in 2021. North Port Chamber of Commerce officials called on a streamlining of the certificate of need process so a hospital could open sooner in the state’s largest city without a hospital of its own.

Michael Crosby, president and CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory, called on lawmakers to support a Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative, which he said would bring a “paradigm shift” in the state’s approach to harmful algal blooms. The request came after Visit Sarasota County President Virginia Haley informed lawmakers the region suffered a worse hit to tourism last year than it has felt since immediately after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

State Rep. Wengay Newton, D-St. Petersburg, cautioned all comers that lawmakers in Tallahassee will be fighting over budget funding for projects in each of Florida’s 67 counties. “Everybody is snatching at this $90 billion budget to bring back the appropriations we need,” he said.

But state Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, said most of the issues being discussed at the delegation meeting enjoyed bipartisan support. “We need the unified, strong support of entire delegation, and you know we have it,” he said.

State Rep. Tommy Gregory, R-Sarasota, said the delegation would work as a team in Tallahassee on regional concerns.

State Rep. Margaret Good, R-Sarasota, said the meeting was an important way to educate lawmakers about the value of projects. She said water quality efforts will be at the forefront of all lawmakers’ minds. 

Photo by Jacob Ogles

[ShopTalk]  Stone-Cold Cutters
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

A treasure chest of interior decorating touches, Stylish Living by Chasen Reed seems to always find the right touch for your style-centric dwelling. Exquisite arrangements of faux flowers and a back wall entirely lush with greenery, as well as artisan pots, vases and planters, reign supreme here. But an unexpected section of handcrafted goods piques shoppers' interest when they find a set of culinary tools adorning the shelves. It immediately appears as though you’ve found something special. Onlookers will find black suede boxes displaying cutlery of natural stone varieties paired with resined wood. Trading out plain black, plastic holders, find instead Azurite knife carvers, serrated knives laid in Turquoise and wood, Coral steak cutting knives, a Jade and Opal salad set and other sharp gemstone treasures. To comply with the proprietary supply of this exclusive brand of handcrafted provisions, Stylish Living wished to keep the name of the artist and company anonymous, unless otherwise shopped for. No better time than the present to become top-chef and stock your kitchen drawers or knife block with the coolest collection of imaginative utensils seen east of the Mississippi. You’re at-home barbecuing skills will no doubt burgeon to another spectrum and receive enviable sentiments from dinner guests.

Stylish Living by Chasen Reed, 10 South Palm Ave., Sarasota, 941-363-7975. 

Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

[Visual Arts]  Fogartyville Hosts Emerging Artists Showcase

WSLR+Fogartyville have announced an Emerging Artists Showcase on Friday, February 1. Opening night of The Emerging Artist Showcase will feature emerging performing artists as well as visual artists. Artists that will be part of the exhibit include Rebecca Quigley, Dganit Greier, AJ Wolff, Erik Neikrug, Sherry Svekis, Debby Hall, Chris McCormack, Cordelia Oehmig and Jackie Bennett. Opening the show on Friday will be musicians and spoken word artists from Greatness Beyond Measure, a movement designed to help teens and young adults realize their maximum potential: academically, socially and artistically. Doors will open at 7pm and the program will begin at 8pm. Admission is $5 for adults and half-price for students. The art will remain on display through March 31, and Fogartyville will be open weekly for viewing from 4pm to 6:30pm every Tuesday.  

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center

[Government]  Barnett Appointed to Historic Preservation Advisory Board

Claudia Barnett, a sales associate with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Sarasota - Downtown office, has been elected vice chair of the Sarasota Historic Preservation Advisory Board. Appointed by the City Council, she is serving her second year on the board. An accomplished professional with 40 years of experience in real estate, Claudia specializes in historic preservation. The Sarasota Historic Preservation Advisory Board was established for the purposes of recommending the designation of historically significant structures and archaeologically significant sites to the City Commission. The board also can recommend the designation of historically significant districts, approve applications for permits and review recommendations for local properties being referred to the National Register of Historic Places. 

https://www.scgov.net/government/advisory-boards-and-councils/community-services/historic-preservation-board

[Government]  Women's Resource Center Advocates for Benefits "Cliff" Policies

At yesterday’s Sarasota County Legislative Delegation meeting at the Sarasota County Commission, Women’s Resource Center CEO Ashley Brown asked state legislators to put a social programs “benefits cliff” on their agendas. Social program benefit cliffs occur when a marginal increase in income results in a loss of public benefits. Brown contended that, each month, more than 250 women seek counseling and training from the Women’s Resource Center, and work hard to receive a workforce training credential only to realize they cannot afford to receive a pay increase because it results in a loss of benefits with a wage that is not livable. The current Florida benefit system, she said, does not provide for a gradual shift off funded programs as workers earn more money. Brown asked the legislators to implement changes to provide for a more gradual phase-out of benefits in order to help break the cycle of poverty in our community. 

Sarasota County Legislative Priorities

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[SB2 Wrap Up]  SRQ Announces the 2019 Localpreneur of the Year Award Winners

Developed to recognize entrepreneurs who have made impactful regional contributions, the ‘Localpreneur of the Year’ program celebrates locally-owned business owners who have earned the respect of their peers in the following areas: corporate acumen, innovation, philanthropy, leadership and community impact. This year, the five Localpreneur winners were announced at the Annual SB2 State of the Regional Economy symposium at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota on Thursday January 24, 2019. SRQ MEDIA is pleased to announce the 2019 Localpreneurs of the Year: Kelly Ison, Einstein Pets; Candice McElyea, One Eight Oh PR; Paul Mattison, Mattison’s Restaurant and Catering; Pete Petersen, Dealers United; Brett Wallin, Walt’s Fish Market and Restaurant. Congratulations to our Localpreneur winners and to the award honorees and nominees. We are proud to have you as drivers of the local economy. Thank you to our SB2 host sponsors Hyatt Regency Sarasota and audio visual sponsor PSAV. 

Check out the photos here

[TODAY]  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.

[TODAY]  THEATER: The Crucible , January 11 – March 10

In the black of night, a Salem village reverend discovers a group of teenage girls dancing devilishly around a fire in the woods. When his daughter exhibits strange catatonic symptoms the following morning, the townsfolk are frenzied with rumors of witchcraft. Deep-seated jealousy, deadly accusations, and seething resentments pit neighbor against neighbor as a deeply religious community is thrown into turmoil, in this Arthur Miller classic.

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

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Pelican Plaza Grand Opening: Center For Sight , January 31

Attend the Grand Opening to celebrate the launch of the Center For Sight at the Pelican Plaza office location. Attendees will enjoy exclusive discounts, extravagant giveaways and prizes, special swag bags for first 500 attendees, and delicious food and drinks with samples from surrounding businesses to kick off the new location and store.

Center For Sight , 8224 South Tamiami Trail., Sarasota

[SOON]  DANCE: Dance Makers , January 31 – February 3

"Dance Makers" is the annual dance celebration bringing together some of the most sought out contemporary choreographers. The evening will feature new and imaginative dance works by internationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers, such as Ana Maria Alvarez (LA), Katiti King (NYC), Kira Blazek (NC) and Kwesi Johnson (UK), in addition to a multi-media solo set on Artistic Director, Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, choreographed by Tennille Lambert (NYC). This versatile program is sure to delight and inspire - while offering something a little unexpected.

Jane B Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Steak & Burger , February 1, 6:00PM - 9:00PM

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County is thrilled to announce our Steak & Burger Event, Celebrating Our Youth of the Year, will be held at The Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club on February 1, 2019 at 6:00 pm. Join us for this western-themed, fun filled night, where kids eat steak and adults eat burgers! Support of Steak & Burger helps financially sustain high-quality programs that we offer to more than 7,000 youth in Sarasota County. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, helping our members reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

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

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Meet the Author: Peter Kegeyama , February 1

Manatee Community Foundation will present a free community lecture and discussion with Peter Kegeyama, author of “For the Love of Cities” and “Love Where You Live.” Kegeyama will be joined by Lilly Weinberg of the Knight Foundation and Johnette Isham of Realize Bradenton. Kageyama will talk about what attracts people to get engaged in special places and why people love their cities.

 

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave W., Bradenton, FL

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Upscale Sidewalk Sale , February 2, 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Join Designing Women Boutique on Saturday, February 2nd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the areas most unique Upscale Sidewalk Sale offering only the best fashion brands with new and gently loved merchandise, as well as vintage and limited selection items.  Entry is free.

Browse amongst booths filled with beautiful clothing and jewelry, elegant handbags, fine art, antiques, home furnishing and more. Expect to see goodies from Chanel, Gucci, Hermes, Versace, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein and many other favorites.  Food court, refreshments and other goodies will be available for purchase.

Another highlight of the day will be the presence of appraisers Linda Dyer, Colleene Fesko, Stuart Whitehurst and Sara Wishart as seen on PBS Antique Road Show will be on-site by appointment providing verbal appraisals and to evaluate any treasures shoppers care to bring along.  There will be a minimal charge for this service and the time slots will fill up fast.

Proceeds will benefit DWB’s grants program and their signature GroundWorks initiative that funds scholarships, mentoring and career advancement opportunities.

Designing Women Boutique, 1226 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Knights , February 3 – April 21

Drawn from the superb collections of the Stibbert Museum in Florence, Italy, this extraordinary exhibition reveals the figure of the knight in the Middle Ages and Renaissance through over 80 exquisite objects, including full suits of armor, helmets, corselets, swords and other weaponry. The exhibition explores the function and craftsmanship of these exquisite objects as well as their historical context, focusing on themes of love and war, jousts and tournaments, and the 19th-century revival of interest in medieval knighthood.

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

[SOON]  SEMINAR: SWAC Speaker Series: Can We Prevent the Next Attack? , February 4

Join the Sarasota World Affairs Council for the next program in its 2018-19 lecture series, Can We Prevent the Next Attack?  Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges of Countering Violent Extremism, featuring Dr. Stevan Weine, MD, Director of the International Center on Responses to Catastrophes at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. For the past 25 years, Dr. Weine has studied trauma- and migration-impacted populations to provide culturally-sensitive mental health and support services to the victims of mass violence, deprivation, terrorism, displacement, and disease.  Each SWAC lecture is followed by a members-only reception with the speaker in a historic building on Sarasota Bay.  The lecture is free, but reservations are suggested (sarasotawac.org).

[SOON]  GALA: 2019 Lemur Gala: Red Ruffs & Roses , February 7

The 2019 Lemur Gala, Red Ruffs & Roses, is a captivating and inspiring evening to celebrate lemurs and join to help save them from extinction in the wild. World-renowned conservationist Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, world-renowned conservationist who coined the term "biological diversity is the distinguished speaker at the event.

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

[SOON]  GALA: Party Under the Stars , February 9, 6:00PM - 10:00PM

Party Under the Stars in the Grove is a festive evening “under the stars,” featuring music, dancing, dining and a silent and live auction with fabulous prizes. All event proceeds provide non-medical, financial assistance to cancer patients and their families.

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Turandot , February 9 – March 22

Although unfinished at the time of his death, this opera remains one of Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s most loved works, known for being his most musically adventurous. The story opens with exiled Prince Calaf, wandering outside of the Chinese Imperial Palace, where he falls in love with the cold and distant Princess Turandot. To obtain her hand in marriage, a suitor must answer three riddles—but if they fail, they face execution. Prince Calaf declares his intention to complete the challenge and win the Princess’ heart, but a surprise test follows.

Sarasota Opera House , 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Sweat , February 8 – April 13

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Lynn Nottage’s play looks at life of working America. It’s the year 2000 in Reading, Pennsylvania, and friends Tracey and Cynthia only need their factory jobs and their favorite bar. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to be limited, the friends are pitted against each other. This new play confronts issues of race, class, family and friendship—and the tragic community without opportunity.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Bradenton Area River Regatta , February 9

The fifth annual Bradenton Area River Regatta oozes over–the–top exhilaration coupled with all the traditional festival favorites—music, food, fun things to do—in one awe-gasping extravaganza that will fascinate spectators of all ages long after the day is done. 

It all starts with the fastest inland boats on water and the largest tunnel boat race on tour—Powerboat Superleague Formula-2—splitting the surf at speeds over 120/mph. And to make sure you get all the speed you need, we’ve added Formula-3 racing this year…nimble, agile and nearly as fast—at speeds hitting 100/mph!

With music that will make your feet move and body groove all day long on two main stage venues! National recording artists and Bradenton natives: We The Kings and headliners on Palmetto's main stage from Arcadia, FL, country music group: The Andy Pursell Band.

Watch as world fly-boarding Champion Kristen Smoyer skies 80 feet into the air on an elevator of water in one somersaulting sequence of acrobatic moves. Then marvel at all the fun four-legs can conjure up in the Frisbee® flying, canine trick antics of Team Zoom and Daredevil Dogs. Plus cool kids zones on both shores of the river and enough food and drinks to satisfy appetites large and small.

And, the after-dark delights are spectacular, too, as the nation’s “First Family of Fireworks,” Zambelli Internationale, paints the sky with pyrotechnic wizardry to end the day in one rousing blast of kaleidoscopic beauty.

The all FREE, fifth annual Bradenton Area River Regatta, Saturday, February 9, 2019. Save the date then savor the excitement!

Bradenton Riverwalk

[SOON]  GALA: Live, Laugh, Love Extravaganza , February 9

Benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Live Laugh Love Extravaganza will take place at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota on February 9th. Guests will shop at a variety of Boutique vendors selling their wares, and peruse the fabulous treasures at the silent & live auction along with fun and exciting raffles items. The program kicks off with a delicious lunch, and guests will be treated to a fashion show featuring fabulous Bigs and their Littles as they model fashions by Panache, Tommy Bahama, Gap Kids, Debbie Dannheisser Threads and jewelry designed by Contessa Jewels.

The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr, Sarasota

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