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SRQ Daily May 20, 2019

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"The new Mote Science Education Aquarium will become a landmark destination, not only for our local region, but also for the State of Florida, and it will be recognized worldwide once completed."

- John LaCivita, Willis A. Smith Construction

[Development]  Mote Taps Willis Smith For SEA Project
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

While officials at Mote Marine Laboratory have searched nationally for top talent to design and oversee construction of a new aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park, officials selected a local construction firm to build the facility.

Dr. Michael Crosby announced at a press conference last week that Willis A Smith Construction will work with The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company on the project.

“This is a significant step in our journey to create Mote SEA and realize its economic and societal benefits for the southwest Florida region and the State of Florida,” Crosby says. “Our Trustees, staff, supporters and communities should be proud of all they’ve done to help us reach this point and excited that we will now be able to focus increasingly on the concrete details of creating this important and lasting cultural asset.”

Mote officials say Willis Smith’s long history building public, environmentally sustainable projects tipped the scales in the firm’s favor. John LaCivita, executive vice president of Willis Smith, says hiring a firm with a 47-year-history in the region will serve the project well.

"The new Mote Science Education Aquarium will become a landmark destination, not only for our local region, but also for the State of Florida, and it will be recognized worldwide once completed,” he says.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, a Maryland-based firm with offices in 19 states including Florida, comes on board with an expertise in aquariums. Most notably, the firm has worked with the National Aquarium in Baltimore since 1981 to design and develop exhibits there.

LaCavita said Willis Smith officials were excited to partner with Whiting-Turner on the Mote project.

“We have teamed with the prestigious firm of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., an industry leader in specialty entertainment construction and aquariums,” he says. “During the construction phase, this project will be an economic driver to all of Southwest Florida, and it will have tremendous, annual economic impact to both counties, once open. Our team is ready to get started.” 

[Business]  Cogan Named to Forbes' Top Women Wealth Advisors

Morgan Stanley has announced that Aimee Cogan, a financial advisor in the firm’s Sarasota Wealth Management office, has been named to Forbes magazine’s list of America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors. The list is a select group of individuals who have a minimum of seven years of industry experience. The ranking, developed by Forbes’ partner SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative data, rating thousands of wealth advisors and weighing factors like revenue trends, AUM, compliance records, industry experience and best practices learned through telephone and in-person interviews. 

Morgan Stanley Sarasota Branch Office

[Business]  DOGPerfect Opening Second Location in UTC

DOGPerfect, a Florida-based pet retail company, has announced the upcoming grand opening celebration of its second store at the UTC Shopping Plaza. DOGPerfect is a local marketplace for bringing dogs and their people together, by providing resources, caring services and healthy products.

The University Park location will offer professional grooming, a self-serve dog wash and a DOGPerfect Arena designed for socialization, play and dog training. To celebrate DOGPerfect’s second store opening, dogs who visit the University Park store can enter a raffle to win free dog food for a year, valued up to $1,800. No purchase is necessary to enter. And customers at both the Lakewood Ranch and University Park locations will receive the following specials June 6–10: 25% off all raw/frozen dog food;  20% off all dry dog food; and buy-one-get-one free on all styles of tender-tuffs toys. Adoptions events will be held at the UTC location June 8 and 9.

A third DOGPerfect location is currently under construction and is set to open in The Landings of Sarasota this fall. 


[Business]  Waterline Marina Resort Appoints New General Manager

Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club has announced the appointment of Lacey Lloyd-Jones as general manager of the full-service boutique waterfront hotel on Anna Maria Island. Lloyd-Jones will oversee the hiring of new staff and day-to-day operations of the resort.

Lloyd-Jones joined Waterline as front office manager in December of 2018. In the absence of a general manager early this year, she stepped up to fill the position on an interim basis, while maintaining her role as front office manager. Under her direction, the resort has made continued improvements during a very busy peak season. 

Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club

[Arts and Culture]  Roucher to Receive Dr. Mary Palmer Trail Blazer Award

Nancy Roucher of Sarasota has received the prestigious Dr. Mary Palmer Trail Blazer Award from the Florida Alliance for Arts EducationThis accolade is presented to Roucher for her contributions to the elevation of arts education in both Sarasota and the state of Florida.

In the early 1980s, Roucher worked as the director of Project HEART (Helping Education Through Arts Resources for Teachers), which served 75 school districts in the Midwest. She then became co-director for the Florida Institute for Arts Education, which was one of only six national arts education institutes sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Trust.

When Roucher moved to Sarasota in 1986 she immediately began contributing to the arts community. In response to the cuts to arts education in Sarasota County in 1988, Nancy founded the Arts Education Task Force through the Sarasota Arts Council (now the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County). Roucher had remained at the helm of this group and continues to dedicate her time and expertise to support arts education. In addition to this work, Nancy is also an active member on the Arts and Cultural Alliance Board and serves on the Community/Schools Partnership for the Arts.

Roucher will be presented with her award at the Florida Alliance for Arts Education’s Annual Summit in Fort Lauderdale on June 21. 

Florida Alliance for Arts Education

[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]  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]  FOOD: Sip and Savor , May 22, 5:30pm

Enjoy an extravagant wine tasting and food pairing where dress code is Field Club Casual (dress shorts acceptable, no jeans please). There will be a silent auction featuring wines from Argus member wine cellars!

Field Club, 1400 Field Road, Sarasota.

[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]  FOOD: Venice Brew Bash , May 25, 3:00pm-7:00pm

Sample over 60 different craft and import brews while enjoying great music. This event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers or just the casual beer drinker!


Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Avenue, Venice.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Annual Myakka River Blues Festival , May 27, 11am-6pm

Tune in for a great lineup of artists this Memorial Day, including The Kat Crosby Band, The Collaboration Band, Sarasota Slim, Ghost Mountain Revival Band and Ben Prestage. Snook Haven is located in a sedate area near the riverbed in a natural cove that holds the true old Florida ambiance. Enjoy two stages with non-stop music with styles from the Chicago blues scene to southern style blues. Tickets are $15 pre-sale and $25 at the door. 

Snook Haven, 5000 East Venice Avenue, Venice. 

[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

[SOON]  THEATER: The Niceties , May 31 – June 30

Zoe is called into her professor's office to discuss her paper about slavery's effect on the American Revolution. What begins as a polite clash in perspectives explodes into an urgent debate about race, history and power.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota

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