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SRQ DAILY May 14, 2019

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"21st-century developers bear an awesome responsibility, because buildings account for 39% of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States, more than any other sector."

- Marshall Gobuty, Pearl Homes

[House + Home]  New Smart Home Community Debuts With Net Zero Carbon Footprint
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Sarasota-based developer Pearl Homes recently unveiled Hunters Point Resort & Marina, the world’s first Zero-Energy community built for the masses. Designed with help from the Florida Solar Energy Center, the 86 private residences and 48 private boat slips are all LEED-certified and comprise a de facto power grid—providing a host of highly-progressive implications. Every Pearl Home within Hunters Point’s waterfront site, “generates more energy than it consumes,” says President and Founder Marshall Gobuty. “Our team went before the Manatee BOCC (Board of County Commissioners) and we were accepted 7-0, showing the importance and interest in these types of smart communities.”

He, along with former NBA player Dahntay Jones, now managing partner and vice president, envision Pearl Homes as a catalyst in creating a new norm in responsible, sustainable living on the Suncoast, and beyond. The energy-efficient and technology-advanced modern homes in Cortez, FL have gained national and global attention—with Gobuty and Jones now fielding interest from builders and potential partners across the U.S. and around the world. “Since both Manatee and Sarasota counties are leading the way in making home availability and affordability for working class homeowners, it's a natural transition for these counties to now take the lead in creating the first net zero plus community offered at a comparable price point to similar homes in the area,” says Gobuty. “Hunters Point stands as the driver of sustainable living, creating the first-ever community that will generate 90-95% of all its power from renewable resources.”

Producing more energy than necessary, Pearl Homes tapped right into Florida’s greatest natural resource, and Hunters Point eliminates its carbon footprint by running solely on solar power. But beyond the structures’ solar PV panels, the “game changer” deems to be the German-engineered SonnenBatterie® technology attached to each residence. The revolutionary solar battery system is the only one of its kind to take all the power from a house’s solar panels, store the excess for use at night and even share its energy with other Sonnen users—creating a whole community grid to operate as a “virtual power plant of clean energy”.

Each residence is constructed of a carbon fiber material, strong enough to withstand a category 5 storm. Every 600-square-foot house features ample exterior living space with wrap-around decks, a rooftop Skydeck, ENERGY STAR appliances, WaterSense fixtures and irrigation, and a two-car garage with electric vehicle charging ports. They’re also equipped fully with Google Home Automation systems Nest and Google Assistant. Google’s artificial intelligence eliminates any electric bill and also ensures the sonnenBatterie never reaches below four percent, by knowing the right times to source power and charge up the grid. Meanwhile, with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, an alternative energy water taxi is available to take homeowners to AMI and out to neighboring beaches.

"21st-century developers bear an awesome resoonsibility, because buildings accounts for 39% of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States, more than any other sectory," says Gobuty. "That's why we believe it's imperative that we improve our world with the way we live and the way we iinteract with nature and our community." 

Photo provided by Pearl Homes.

Hunters Point Florida

[GoodBite]  If You Like Pina Smoothies
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Green Zebra Cafe, the airy cafe on St. Armand’s providing vegetarian and vegan-friendly options, along with all-day breakfast, fruit smoothies, wellness shots and fresh-pressed juices, will move into the former Mozaic restaurant downtown. The soon-to-expand move to Main Street is receiving a highly-anticipated welcoming by clean-eating Sarasotans. Green Zebra’s second location will feature a larger kitchen and more seating, while keeping its mostly raw menu of omelets, avocado toast, wraps/sandwiches, hearty salads, acai bowls and gluten-free chia puddings. However, rumors abound that they are also looking to expand the downtown menu with additional breakfast items, as well as more vegan and keto options. Green Zebra’s new 1377 Main St. location is slated to open this summer, just in time for thirst-quenching smoothie jaunts and getting caught in the rain. 

Photo courtesy of Green Zebra Cafe.

[Government]  Manatee County Re-Opening New and Improved Skateparks

Later this month Manatee County will officially re-open two new and improved skateparks at G.T. Bray Park and Blackstone Park. Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources will host a grand opening of G.T Bray Skatepark at 6pm on May 22 and Blackstone Skatepark at 6pm on May 23. Free helmet fittings for all ages will also be available first-come first-serve at both grand openings.
The new skatepark improvements include permanent “skate-able” landscapes that will be fun for every skateboarder—no matter their age, style or experience. Each skatepark has different layouts and transitions, plus a skateboard repair station equipped with tools. The G.T. Bray Skatepark includes bleachers and shade. Future funding will provide for bleachers and shade at the Blackstone Skatepark as well.
The skatepark replacements are a major project funded by the half-cent infrastructure sales tax, approved by Manatee County voters in the fall of 2016. Both skateparks were designed and constructed by Jason Baldessari with Spohn Ranch Skatepark and constructed by Rampage, LLC. 

Manatee County Government

[Business]  Applications for Gulf Coast Board Institute Closing Soon

Gulf Coast Community Foundation is still accepting applications for the Summer 2019 Gulf Coast Board Institute. The deadline to apply for this high-level nonprofit governance training series is this Friday, May 17. The online application is available at the website below.

The group will meet for four full-day training sessions on consecutive Fridays from July 12 to August 2. The institute covers topics including the fundamentals of nonprofit board governance, financial and legal oversight responsibilities, and how to create a highly functioning and engaged board.

Applicants must be currently active board members at a nonprofit in the region to be considered. 

GCCF Gulf Coast Board Institute

[Business]  SRQ Airport Announces Traffic Increase, Economic Impact

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) passenger traffic for the month of April was up 40% over April 2018 with 183,119 passengers traveling through the airport. Year-to-date passenger numbers are up 37.6%. 

Over the past 13 months, SRQ has added two new air carriers, Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines, 23 new routes and 18 new destinations including Ashville (AVL), Baltimore (BWI), Cincinnati (CVG), Cleveland (CLE), Columbus (LCK), Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW), Denver (DEN), Grand Rapids (GRR), Harrisburg (MDT), Indianapolis (IND), Melbourne (MLB), Nashville (BNA), Philadelphia (PHL), Pittsburgh (PIT), Richmond (RIC), Syracuse (SYR), Traverse City (TVC) and Washington, D.C. (IAD). There are now eight airlines providing nonstop service to 29 destinations at SRQ.

The Florida Department of Transportation released an economic impact study this month that shows the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport has an annual economic impact of over 1.33 billion dollars per year and generates over 12,000 jobs, and a payroll exceeding $475 million. 

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

[BrandStory]  The Bayside Club's BrandStory is now online

Now available for view and download on issuu.com, The Bayside Club BrandStory delves into one of downtown's newest, upcoming condominium complexes. Developed by Bruce and Josh Weiner, owners of The Longboat Group and creators of CitySide Apartments, The Bayside Club will feature an incredible array of amenities. At The Bayside Club, owners will have all of the hotel services that go along with resort-vacationing at their fingertips. 

View The Bayside Club's BrandStory Here

[TODAY]  THEATER: Sweeney Todd- The Demon Barber of Fleet Street , May 4 – June 1

This murder and revenge in 19th Century London has shocked audiences. Unjustly imprisoned for 15 years, barber Sweeney Todd returns to take his revenge on the judge who took him from his family. When he partners with Mrs. Lovett and opens a barber practice above her meat pie ship, Todd’s need for vengeance increases. Their notoriety soars until Todd comes face to face with the judge. This thrilling theatrical treat is Sondheim at his very best.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Honk! A Musical Tale of "The Ugly Duckling" , May 10 – May 19

Enjoy a musical spin on a story based on Hans Christian Anderson's "The Ugly Duckling." Ugly looks quite different from his duckling brothers and sisters, and the other animals on the farm are quick to point this out. Feeling rather insecure about himself, Ugly embarks on an adventure of self-discovery. Along the way, he even encounters a flock of characters who are unique like him and discovers that being different is not so bad after all.

Venice Theatre, 140 West Tampa Ave., Venice.

[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

[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]  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]  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: 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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