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SRQ DAILY May 13, 2019

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"How do we move transportation among people who drive in Sarasota-Manatee but are just going through our counties?"

- Vanessa Baugh, Manatee County Commissioner

[Traffic]  Leaders Seek Regional Transit Solutions
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

As the number of options for moving around grow, business and government leaders say the approach to transportation must evolve as well.

And it’s one regional leaders have to work on together to solve the large and small challenges that come wth ride-sharing, autonomous vehicles and shifts in demand for public transportation.

“If you look at the future and the whole idea that at some point we’ll be in driverless cars, you have to ask if spending money on widening roads is the best long-term solution,” says Heather Kasten, president and CEO of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a complicated issue.”

Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh says leaders must work together on regional solutions. She serves on both the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization, which addresses local transportation priorities, and the Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council. She says leaders must find ways to address congestion and create more corridors that move individuals who live in the region or just pass by.

“One of the main things we have to work on, and the Florida Department of Transportation does too, is how do we move transportation among people who drive in Sarasota-Manatee but are just going through our counties?” Baugh says.

It’s important that leaders find a way to make sure those fly-through drivers don’t create congestion for individuals commuting to work or driving between locations within the region. In Manatee, government is extending 44th Avenue to create a better east-west alternative to State Road 70 and State Road 64.

Kasten says the area should also look to transportive alternatives in densely population areas like the county downtowns. Services like Uber and Lyft are dramatically changing how people choose to move around. She also notes cities like Nashville have successfully incorporated personal scooter models people can use to go short distances on a publicly accessible scooter, then leave the the small vehicle at their destinations. 

“It’s an incredible way to move people that’s similar to the bike model,” she says.

Officials say there need to be solutions at the big-picture level but also on the small scale, particularly as the region sees some areas become more densely populated. And there’s a number of transportation conversations going on, from MPO projects to a City of Sarasota mobility survey to an FDOT summit coming up in Sarasota this month to discuss commuter traffic.

Kasten says the Chamber still would like to see operations at Sarasota County Area Transit to be examined to see if the best routes are in place to help commuters get to and from work. Baugh says the topic of SCAT and Manatee County Area Transit working more closely comes up often. 

“We have buses from both counties that work together to make sure to get people where they need to go,” Baugh says. 

[Firmo Construction]  Firmo Construction Completes Remodel for White Sands Physical Therapy

Firmo Construction, one of Sarasota's leading sustainable construction management firms, has announced the completion of White Sands Physical Therapy & Aquatics. A comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation center offering physical therapy, aquatics, and balance programs to heal patients, the owner of the facility, John Sutherland, initially approached Firmo for a bathroom remodel. However, through a series of attentive, personalized meetings, the Firmo team was able to collaborate with Sutherland and configure an extensively remodeled interior space and exterior facade facelift for White Sands, addressing all of his needs and business objectives.  

With a phased approach during the construction process, Firmo was able to ensure White Sands continued operation during construction, resulting in a fully gutted and revitalized facility, giving White Sands, and Sutherland, exactly what he needed.  

Firmo Construction | 205 N. Orange Avenue Suite 301, Sarasota, FL 34236 | (941) 917-0494

Visit Firmo Construction's Website

[Education]  LECOM Announces Online Masters in Public Health Program

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Health Services Administration has announced the inaugural Masters in Public Health (MPH) class starting May 30, 2019. Donald Simpson, Ph.D., M.P.H., has been appointed the MPH program director and he brings three decades of public-health experience facilitating community wellness, conducting epidemiology research and providing graduate-level educational leadership.

The MPH program curriculum is delivered through a web-based, online education platform by an expert team of faculty with deep public-health expertise. The fully accredited 45-credit hour master’s degree program is completed one course at a time with student access available around the clock. This 24-month degree is specifically designed for working professionals who wish to continue to work full-time while completing their formal educations. 

The MPH degree is the third master’s-degree program offered through the LECOM School of Health Services Administration, which also includes the Master of Science in Biomedical Ethics and the Masters in Health Services Administration. 


[Real Estate]  GATES Construction Begins Inventioneer's Lab Expansion

GATES Construction has started the Inventioneer's Lab expansion at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. Located at 15080 Livingston Road in Naples, the addition will include a two-story glass wall, designed so visitors may view activities in the learning area and new mezzanine loft. A new display wall will highlight recent projects completed by children. The renovation of the existing classrooms will make way for a collaborative workspace for creating, learning and problem-solving. This new exhibit will provide hands-on learning, build critical thinking skills and foster the imagination of children of all ages. The Maker Space is slated to be completed in fall 2019. The design services are provided by Hlevel. 

GATES Construction

[Real Estate]  Gentile Joins RE/MAX Platinum Realty Lakewood Ranch

Kristy Gentile has joined RE/MAX Platinum Realty as a realtor in the Lakewood Ranch office. Previously with Coldwell Banker, she specializes in single-family homes in Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton and the Parrish area. Before entering real estate, Gentile worked in sales and marketing management in the healthcare industry, last serving as regional marketing director for an urgent care center in Danbury, CT. She brings 12 years of experience in marketing, sales and negotiating contracts. 

RE/MAX Platinum Realty

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Chivalry & Circus , February 9 – May 13

The exhibition shows the imagery of knights in shining armor and how are they woven throughout the history of American popular culture. Founded with the democratic values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, from its beginning, the United States has idealized the traits of courage, piety, and civility that are embodied in images of knights of the Middle Ages.

Circus Museum , 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[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

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Hydrosols - The Next Aromatherapy , May 15, 10am-1:30pm

Discover the multilayer use of the distillates of aromatic plants, including the aromatic waters of Rose Damascena, Greek Sage, Frankincense, Rose Geranium and Lavender Angustifolia. These aromatic waters can also be found as a delicious flavoring in deserts, complementing their simultaneous therapeutic value. Taste, smell, and experience food and drinks from these waters and blend some to take home. Registration is $50 for members/$65 for non-members.

Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Spritzing, Spattering, Sponging, French Rule and More Advanced Watercolor Techniques , May 16, 10am-4:30pm

At this special workshop with Academy of Botanical Art Founder, Olivia Braida, learn various advanced watercolor skills. Bring all paints and brushes. Instructor will supply several special tools and paper to help accomplish our goals. Registration is $135 for members/$160 for non-members.

Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Introduction to Ikebana , May 17, 10am-2pm

Discover the pleasures of this ancient Zen art and learn to create spontaneous, understated and decorative flower arrangements using branches, flowers and leaves easily found around the home and garden. No experience necessary. Instructor will furnish materials. Bring garden scissors, paper towels and a creative spirit. Registration is $50 for members/$65 for non-members.

Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Relay for Life Sarasota , May 18

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.

Van Wezel , 777 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  FOOD: Morton's Market 50th Anniversary Party , May 19

Join Morton's Market to celebrate their 50 Year Anniversary. Food & Fun! Live music & raffle prizes! All proceeds to benefits the Morton Culinary Education Fund.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Fur, Feather, Flora & Fauna , May 21 – June 21

An all media, open exhibition throughout all galleries. Includes Art & Animals on June 1—a fun family day with animals and art, nonprofit organizations, information, activities and photo opportunities. Guests are invited to bring their leashed, well behaved pets.

ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St W., Bradenton

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kokedama - A Different Bonsai , May 22, 10am-12pm

Kokedama is a style of bonsai in Japanese culture. In this class you will take a fresh plant (epiphyte) and wrap it in a peat-based soil recipe that is designed to hold its spherical shape; then you will fasten moss around it to make a gorgeous little green orb. You will make two of these plants to take home and display. Registration is $35 for members/$50 for non-members.

Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Warrior Pose For Warriors: A Yoga Fundraiser Supporting Veterans at the Sarasota Opera House , May 23

An evening with Operation Warrior Resolution (OWR) supporting military servicemembers with yoga, breath and body work and sound immersions on the stage of the legendary Sarasota Opera House. The event will be led by popular yogi master and Lululemon ambassador, Ms. Ashley Stewart. All proceeds will support OWR’s mission of providing immediate and effective mental health care at no cost for all U.S. military veterans and family members. Operation Warrior Resolution is a locally-based military nonprofit celebrating its first year as an officially recognized 501 c3 with a warrior pose for warriors – doing a downward dog on the same very stage a young Elvis Presley once shook his hips and sang “Hound Dog” at the Sarasota Opera House.


A variety of small eats and juices will be provided by local vendors in the courtyard immediately afterwards. Spots are limited, so get your ticket today and support our country’s warriors with a warrior pose yourself at the Sarasota Opera House!

Sarasota Opera House

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Still Life & Flat Lay Photography , May 23, 10am-1pm

Learn how to photograph “top down” from above. Create vignettes, explore props to use, minimalist styles, what to use for backgrounds and how to create backgrounds. Hands on play and photographing. Focus on mobile photography but all cameras welcome. Open to all levels. Registration is $60 for members/$75 for non-members.

Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Gelli Plate Printing a la Gauguin , May 24, 10am-3pm

Experience the joy of mono-printing without a press thanks to the gelli plate, a product that looks and feels like gelatin and can be used again and again. In recognition of the Gauguin exhibit, special emphasis will be placed on printing leaves and flowers from Selby Gardens Botanical Paradise. Create one-of-a-kind prints using textures, stencils, household items and acrylic paint. Registration is $50 for members/$60 for non-members.

Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: SRQ Margarita Festival , May 25, 2:00PM - 10:00PM

Join us for the inaugural SRQ Margarita Festival, the perfect combination of live music and margaritas. Enjoy a variety of margarita flavors, 5 great bands, the areas best food trucks, games, anda spectacular firework display to end the night. Tickets are limited and are on sale now. Proceeds from event will benefit Turning Points, Barking Out Loud Rescue, and Farm Dog Fosters. #SRQritafest

Van Wezel, 777 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cycle 5 , May 30 – July 5

In Gallery 1, Monumental, a group show, features small-scale sculptures. Next door, local artist Keith Crowley will exhibit a recent series of his meticulously layered photographically-based oil and watercolor paintings in his first solo exhibition at Art Center Sarasota. In Gallery 3, and featuring incisive and satirical investigations of the ego, sexuality, and competitiveness found on full display at gyms, Caitlin Albritton’s paintings and drawings of contorted figures address questions of gender issues and body politics.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

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