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"To me, the chance of this plan being realized is much higher than if it was sitting on one of the back shelves of the Parks and Recreation Department of the city."

- Hagen Brody, Sarasota City Commissioner

[Community]  Bay Conservancy Ready For The Hard Part
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

After weeks of extensions in negotiations, an agreement is now in place allowing The Bay Conservancy to move forward. Managing Director Bill Waddill says the newly formed organization will soon look to hire a construction management company and begin planning the ambitious redevelopment of Sarasota’s Bayfront.

“We are beginning to think about the evolution in our outreach,” Waddill says. The city has now approved a master plan and, just this week, approved details regarding the conservancy’s relationship to the city.

Now Waddill’s focus shifts toward building Phase 1, which will take place near Boulevard of The Arts. In about three years, the conservancy will look at getting day-to-day operations running at the site.

As for the city, Commissioner Hagen Brody feels satisfied with the partnership and wants the conservancy largely driving the future.

“It’s time we allow them to execute on their dream and get out of the way,” Brody says. “This was never driven by the city. This is a group of highly capable community activists and leaders that came up with this.”

As an arrangement came together, many skeptics have expressed concerns promises of community assets won’t materialize. But Brody says the professionals at The Bay make him more optimistic, not less.

“To me, the chance of this plan being realized is much higher than if it was sitting on one of the back shelves of the Parks and Recreation Department of the city,” Brody says. “Here, folks have taken on huge undertakings.” 

A.G. Lafley, former chairman and CEO for Proctor & Gamble, serves as CEO of the conservancy. Waddill worked on park redevelopments over a career at Kimley-Horn. And Veronica Brady, former senior vice president for Philanthropy at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, just came on as the conservancy’s director of Advancement.

As far as fears the conservancy won’t generate enough outside dollars, Waddill hopes Brady’s arrival eases those fears. “The first phase is about $50 million in hard costs or so, of which half or two-thirds will come from private donations and philanthropy,” he says. “She’s focused on helping us raise that money.”

The group has ambitious goals, but the expertise to meet them, he says. 

[Government]  Manatee County Hosting Business Recovery Expo Next Week

Manatee County will host its annual Business Recovery Expo next week to share information with local business owners on how to prepare for this year's Hurricane Season and natural disasters. The expo, "Are You Ready?", is free and open to the public, and will be held Thursday, April 25 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.
Business resiliency professionals will present information on preparedness and recovery. Speakers and topics include: Tasha Carter, Director of the Division of Consumer Services, Florida Department of Financial Services, speaking on disaster preparedness and insuring one’s business;  Patricia Staebler, State-Certified Appraiser, Staebler Appraisal and Consulting, speaking on the 50% FEMA Rule Process; and Justin Mosley, Chief Meteorologist, Suncoast Network News on the 2019 Hurricane Season Forecast. The expo will also feature exhibits from local disaster recovery businesses and nonprofit organizations as well as workshop speakers from the National Weather Service and Florida Power & Light, and lessons learned from the Manatee County Emergency Operations Center. 

Manatee County Economic Development

[Government]  Sarasota County Legacy Trail Bonds Earn "AAA" Rating

Sarasota County's general obligation (GO) bonds, issued for the Legacy Trail project, recently earned a "AAA" rating from S&P Global Rating and Fitch Ratings, reflecting the county's continued financial stability and pragmatic practices. The GO bonds will be the first of two expected issuances to fund the extension of the Legacy Trail. The extension will allow for access to the trail for walking, biking, running and more. S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings also issued "AA+" ratings for capital improvement revenue bonds, issued for a Sarasota Sheriff's Office support facility and the refinancing of previously issued bonds.Sara 

Sarasota County Government

[Government]  Colonneso Appointed to Executive Council of the Florida CCOC

Last week, Florida Senate President Bill Galvano appointed Angel Colonneso, the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, to serve on the Executive Council of the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation (CCOC). Colonneso joins nine other council members, who discuss and make decisions regarding Clerks of Court Operation Corporation business and budgetary matters.

The Clerks of Court Operation Corporation was created at the direction of the Florida Legislature and tasked with the important role of supporting the Clerks of Court in all 67 counties in Florida with their court-related budget activities. The Clerks of Court Operation Corporation provides the professional budget support to ensure fair and equitable allocation of resources needed to sustain court operations for Clerks.

As the first-ever female Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court, Colonneso has nearly 30 years of public service with Manatee County. Her two-year term as a Senate appointee begins immediately and ends April 10, 2021. 

Executive Council of the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation

[Education]  Sarasota Christian School Names Mudrow Head of School

Sarasota Christian School has announced that Jeff Mudrow has been named as the next head of school. Mudrow comes to SCS with more than twenty years of experience in education, including seven years as head of school in a private school setting. Most recently, he served as upper school head at Cypress Christian School in Houston, TX. In addition to experience as head of school at Hosanna Christian Academy in Klamath Falls, OR, and Lenawee Christian in Adrian, MI, he has served as an athletic director, assistant principal and teacher.

Mudrow's first day on campus will be July 1, 2019. 

Sarasota Christian School

[Business]  Polk Receives Judge John M. Scheb Professionalism Award

Williams Parker has announced that Bonnie Lee Polk, a litigation attorney with the firm, has been honored by The Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court with its Judge John M. Scheb Professionalism Award. The award recognizes a lawyer annually from Sarasota County who exemplifies professionalism in his or her practice and contributes their time and talents to the overall cause of professionalism within Sarasota’s legal community. Nominations are sought from community members and nominees can be Inn members or non-members.

Polk works with clients involved in probate and trust disputes, representing trustees, personal representatives, beneficiaries, and interested third parties in trust proceedings, will contests and other fiduciary litigation. She also represents clients involved in corporate and real estate disputes. 

The Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court

[Business]  Entech Announces Re-Opening of Bradenton Office

Entech’s Bradenton office has a new look and new feel. After a renovation last December, the Fort Myers-based IT managed services and integration provider is now opening its doors to the community to show off the new modern space. The grand opening event will be held on Thursday, April 25, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, and is open to the public. Guests will have a chance to meet the team of certified engineers, tour the office, play a round of “stump the geek” and enjoy barbecue and drinks. Guests will also receive free giveaways. As part of the celebration, The Manatee Chamber of Commerce will join the Entech team for a Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 5:30pm. Event registration is required and can be found at the link below. 

Entech Grand Opening

[TODAY]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Gauguin's Voyage to Paradise , February 10 – June 30

Just as Paul Gauguin left an indelible mark on the post-Impressionist art world, the deep impact of botanical imagery on his work cannot be denied. This exhibition will highlight the essential role of botanicals in achieving the artist’s vision of the savage, primitive and exotic. Together with lush displays of tropical plants in the conservatory and gardens, the show will feature dramatic woodcuts and rarely seen works in other mediums by the artist.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Wednesday's Child , April 3 – May 24

A world premiere from Mark St Germain, when a young surrogate mother is found dead, a police investigation explodes the lives of everyone who knew her. As Detective aleece Valez and Walt Dixon begin to put the pieces together, secrets surface, alibis weaken, and lies are uncovered. This dramatic new play explores motherhood, passion, and the thin line between right and wrong.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Love Sung in the Key of Aretha , March 13 – April 28

Four women musically review their life experiences as told through the songs made famous by the late and legendary “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin. Join to pay tribute to one of America’s most iconic voices in this joyful appreciation of Aretha’s music and its impact on our lives.

Westcoast Black Theatre Mainstage, 1646 10th Way., Sarasota

[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: Sailor Circus 70th Anniversary Spring Show , April 18 – April 27

These performances will be held for two weekends Thursday, April 18-Saturday, April 20 and Thursday, April 25 – Saturday, April 27. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Spring show.

Sailor Circus , 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: FOMCAS Casino Night , April 20

Are you an animal lover? Get tickets for Casino Night, a fabulous event benefitting the shelter animals of Manatee County. Casino Night is Saturday, April 20th 7:00 pm at Manatee Performing Arts Center. Authentic gaming tables, a poker tournament, amazing silent and live auction items including a stay in Las Vegas, local resort stays and fun excursions and experiences. Fabulous food and cash bars. Tickets are $75 general and $100 for VIP. Everybody gets a goodie bag. Visit fomcas.org to attend Casino Night and help the Friends of Manatee County Animal Services fundraise to help local shelter animals.  

Manatee Performing Arts Center

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Gershwin and Chopin , April 21 – April 22

Hailed by Gramophone as a "star of the future" and acclaimed by Piano Magazine for the "elegance and rapturous beauty" of his music-making, pianist Igor Lovchinsky has performed solo recitals in the United States, Europe and Canada.

Fischer/Weisenborne, 7459 Cabbage Palm Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Easter Brunch and Family Fun , April 21

Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club is offering some family fun for Easter, including an egg-cellent Easter Brunch at the popular Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen. In addition to the usual fabulous menu options, Executive Chef James Baselici has created several specialty items for Easter.

Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club , 5325 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Pioneers of Climate Science , April 23

An entertaining talk about the basics of climate science through stories from the lives of scientists, from Benjamin Franklin to Jennifer Francis. Jim Eachus is the organizer of Sarasota Climate Change Meetup.  He is a retired computer geek with a PhD in theoretical physics.  Jim will show slides, tell stories, and disagree with the most powerful man on the planet.

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center , 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: An Emerald Evening , April 25

Join NAMI Sarasota County for an evening to raise awareness and support youth and family mental health programs in our community. The event will include dinner catered by Michael's on East, open bar, live auction, and music and entertainment by the one and only Jonathan Cortez.

Michael's On East Ballroom, 1212 East Avenue, Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Relay For Life Of Venice , April 26 – April 27, 7:00pm - 7:00am

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is the world’s largest movement to end cancer. Money raised from Relay For Life helps the American Cancer Society save lives by funding ground breaking research to discover cancer’s causes and cures and help people facing cancer today with free programs and services. People form teams and raise money together leading up to the event. Then, everyone comes together for a night of fun that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost to cancer, and unites us in our commitment to fight back against the disease.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: A Journey Through India , April 26 – April 28

Created in collaboration with local community partners, the festival will celebrate the performing and visual arts, literature, flavors and thought of historical and contemporary India. Friday, April 26, the festival will kick off with a Bollywood dance party in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Saturday, April 27, look forward to a day-long program of cultural exploration, including a series of lectures from scholars speaking on various aspects of Indian culture; music and dance performances by community groups; art-making and other activities for families; and a market featuring local food and artisan vendors. Sunday, the Festival culminates with a free, celebratory morning Hatha yoga event on the Ca’ d’Zan terrace.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Hear Me Roar Women in Business Leadership and Awards Luncheon , May 2, 10:30am-1pm

Join us for the 2019 Hear Me Roar Awards and Leadership Luncheon taking place on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 10:30am to 1pm at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota in Sarasota. Every year, this incredibly powerful event features a nationally-recognized keynote speaker, a noted luminary who has made a significant impact in their field and the announcement of the winners of this year’s 2019 Women in Business Competition. We are thrilled to announce this year's Keynote Speaker Geralyn Lucas, author, breast cancer survivor and inspirational speaker and this year's 2019 Trailblazer Award Recipient, Journalist and Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Butler Gilliam. Stories collected over the course of the past year's Women in Business initiative will be shared along with the announcement of the 2019 inductees into the Women in Business Leadership Circle who will engage in the science and art and mentorship through regional programming aimed to empower women—from 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th-grade girls in Sarasota and Manatee counties to professionals looking to expand their capacity for leadership. Tickets online through March 25.

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Evolving/Revolving , May 2 – May 5

"Evolving/Revolving" is becoming SCD's annual homage to the 'upbringing' of Sarasota Contemporary Dance. The final performance of the season will be comprised of diverse, new works by past company collaborators and/or dancers as well as works brought back by popular demand. This year's production will feature Gerri Houlihan, Pamela Pietro, and an aerial work by SCD Co-Founder, Rachael Inman.

Jane B. Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers , May 2

Named one of the ‘Top 10 New Country Artists you Need to Know’ by Rolling Stone Country, Phoebe Hunt is an accomplished Americana instrumentalist with foundations in jazz and swing music.  Phoebe is skilled at taking seemingly disparate elements and pulling them together in a dazzling kaleidoscope of lush, coherent sound and rhythm patterns. The result is music that swells, crashes, and breathes organically under Phoebe’s soulful, plaintive voice.

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center , 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

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