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SRQ DAILY Jun 10, 2019

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"We said we were going to build the recognition of Sarasota as a phenomenal tourism destinations by having major events."

- Ronald Shapo, SANCA

[Tourism]  Shapo Says SANCA Strategic Plan Will Deliver More
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Attorney Ronald Shapo has served as a board member for Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates since its formation. Now, he’s been selected as the new chairman for the organization’s board of directors. Shapo tells SRQ it's an exciting time for Nathan Benderson Park.

“We’ve had a lot of success to date,” Shapo says. “We’ve increased our revenues tremendously. We have many more event attendees coming in at some pretty major events.”

The World Rowing Champions remains the most high-profile event to have occurred at Nathan Benderson Park, but major events happen each weekend. SANCA is in talks to headquarter the National Rowing Hall of Fame at the park, and the venue will soon serve as home to a new Mote Science Education Aquarium.

But Shapo says SANCA remains aware of a role as stewards of a publicly-owned facility. The park doesn't exist purely for ticketed events and admission-charging attractions.

“We have to be focused on the fact that we are a public park,” Shapo says. "It’s an obligation and a responsibility.”

And of some 600,000 people who used the park last year, he says only about 125,000 came for specific events. The rest came to enjoy the park as a public facility, whether running around the lake, using playground equipment or any other recreational reasons.

And there are improvements in the future. SANCA is raising $8 million for a boathouse and community center, and has $4 million in matching funds already pledged. The center likely won’t be built this year or next, but Shapo expects it to be part of a five-year strategic plan.

The board also just added two new members, Randy Mallitz and Michael S. Taaffe. As the board looks to long-term planning, Shapo says there’s talent and drive to build upon. And that’s after the park already delivered $142 million in economic impact and a 600-percent economic return on investment.

He dismisses complaints SANCA has not done enough private fundraising or brought facilities online quickly enough. “When SANCA took over, which is only five years ago, there was nothing there,” he says. “We said we were going to build the recognition of Sarasota as a phenomenal tourism destinations by having major events. We had a world championship.” 

[Element]  Global Ingredients and Flavors in their Element

Looking to indulge your travel bug without leaving SRQ? Beginning June 10, diners in downtown Sarasota can now enjoy a midday meal at Element to explore the restaurant’s new globally influenced lunch menu. Chef Niles Tarantik transports your taste buds on a cross-continent culinary adventure by infusing modern Mediterranean cuisine with flavors from South America and the Middle East. 

Begin the meal by cooling off with one of Element’s chilled starters. Try the spiced shrimp cocktail with pilpelchuma peppers or a jumbo lump crab ceviche tossed with gremolata and fresh lime. Element’s signature house and caprese salads will be available during lunchtime, along with some new additions including Chef Niles’ Latin-inspired salad of crisp hydro bibb lettuce tossed with queso fresco, chermoula dressing and fresno chilies. A selection of artisanal sandwiches are available for those seeking a handheld lunch but don’t be shy to try a course from the ‘Sea and Land’ portion of Element’s menu. Pan roasted salmon served with asparagus crème, citrus asparagus salad and piquillo pepper-horseradish coulis is a fresh, inspired option. Or, be transported to France with Element’s Poulet Rouge accompanied by roasted summer vegetables, a pomegranate reduction, pan jus and bitter greens. Finally, enjoy a rotating chef’s section of charcuterie and cheese with condiments and a house made marmalade-- a true European end to the meal.

It’s okay to put those travel plans on hold. Prepare to taste bold flavors found throughout the globe in Element’s new lunch dishes without ever leaving Main Street.

Lunch at Element will be served Monday through Friday from 11 am – 2 pm. Element is a member of NOSH, SRQ magazine's content marketing program for local restaurants.   

Element: Modern Mediterranean Grill | 1413 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236 | (941) 724-8585

Element Modern Mediterranean Grill

[Education]  Riverview Basketball Coach Takes Post at Florida Gulf Coast University

William “BJ” Ivey, the head men’s basketball coach at Riverview High School has resigned his position and accepted a job with the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) where he will serve as director of basketball operations for the men’s basketball team. Ivey, a former Sarasota County Schools Teacher of the Year, has been with Riverview High School for 14 years and has been recognized by former Florida Governor, Rick Scott, with a Shine Award and was named the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches Class 8A Coach of the Year in 2016.

Riverview High School will soon announce a new head basketball coach for the 2019-20 school year. 

Riverview High School

[Business]  Manatee Tiger Bay Club Luncheon to Address Growth in Manatee

The Manatee Tiger Bay Club has announced the topic and speakers for its Manatee Tiger Bay Club Luncheon on June 27 at Pier 22 Restaurant. “Is growth in Manatee County inevitable?” will be the topic under discussion, addressing questions such as how to implement smart growth protocols to address community concerns surrounding traffic, infrastructure, new homes and tourism. Speakers will include Manatee County Administrator Cheri Coryea, Pursuit CRE Principal George Kruse, Manatee County Commissioner Misty Servia and Michael Neal of Neal Communities. The luncheon will be held at Pier 22 on June 27. Tickets are $25 for members, 35$ for non-members. 

Manatee Tiger Bay Club

[Business]  B&B Theatres Announces New Venice Location

B&B Theatres has announced the acquisition of an 11-screen theater location at 2101 Tamiami Trail in Venice.  B&B Theatres will assume ownership today, at which point the theater will close for four days for onboarding and employee integration.  The B&B Theatres Galleria Stadium 11 will reopen for business on June 14.

The Venice location marks B&B Theatres’ fifth location in the Sunshine State, with facilities in Amelia Island, Naples, Sebring and Tavernier. 

B&B Theatres

[Law]  Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Names Bucha Partner

Q Auto & Injury Attorneys, McCue, Reams & Associates, a staple of Manatee County and the Tampa Bay area for over 30 years, has announced the promotion of Attorney Sandra Bucha to partner, as it has expanded its medical malpractice division. Bucha has more than 30 years litigation experience, including 10 years with the firm. Her division has obtained numerous multi-million dollar settlements in medical malpractice/nursing home cases. In addition to her legal experience, she is a world-renowned long-distance swimmer, named to the International Swimming Hall of Fame. 

Q Auto & Injury Attorneys

[Top Doctors]  Nominations Are Now Open for the 2019 SRQ MEDIA Top Doctors Medical Resource

SRQ MEDIA invites medical professionals to nominate their peers in the medical community that are making an impact in their field. The submissions will be compiled to produce the Top Doctors Medical Resource of 2019, a reputable, well-rounded list of regional medical providers in the Greater Sarasota region including Sarasota, Venice, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria, Palmetto and Palmetto Bay and North Port. Created in partnership with Colorado-based research company, DataJoethe peer-to-peer survey is now online and nominations will be accepted until July 1, 2019. Submissions must be completed by a medical professional practicing in the Greater Sarasota area and nominations will remain anonymous. Please visit the Top Doctors Medical Resource survey for a complete list of submission guidelines.

The Top Doctors Medical Resource results will be published in the November 2019 edition of SRQ Magazine. 

Access the Top Doctors Medical Resource survey here

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Interpolations: Artwork from The Ringling and Monda Collections , March 17 – September 8

This new exhibition fuses artworks from The Ringling’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary art and selections from Keith D. and Linda L. Monda’s collection. As part of the four promised gifts from the Monda family, pieces by Beverly Pepper, Teo González, Yayoi Kusama and Richard Serra enable the Museum to present a broader and more complex history of late twentieth- and early 21st-century art. These new promised gifts will be featured along with other selections from Monda’s collection and key works from the Ringling’s own growing collection of modern and contemporary art.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Natasha Mazurka: Order Systems , March 17 – September 29

Mazurka’s work reflects the communicative potential of pattern by combining visual references to architecture, biology, data analytics and instructional code. From her intense research into pattern languages, Mazurka presents an art exhibition that flatters and disturbs concepts of certainty and stability residing within pattern systems existing all-around us.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., 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

[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

[SOON]  THEATER: Around the World in 80 Days , June 7 – June 23

Eight actors, 109 characters, six trains, six boats, four flights, one storm, a circus act and an elephant take center stage in this play. When Phileas Fogg and servant Passepartout board the train in London in 1875, he has only 80 days to travel the world to win a wager with his fellow members at the Reform Club. An adventure lies ahead that includes romance, danger and surprises with Scotland Yard pursuing him at every turn.


Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Come Together: When the 60s met the 70s , June 11 – July 21

With music made famous by Cher, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and more, this rockin’ revue explores the changing musical landscape from 1965-1975. Come Together explores the musical soundtrack of one of the most exciting, controversial, and impactful decades our country has ever seen. Featuring hits like “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Come Together,” and “Killing Me Softly.”

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Summer Circus Spectacular , June 11 – August 3

This family-friendly spectacular showcases some of the finest circus artists from around the world, performing acts to thrill audiences of all ages. Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets for preview shows, June 11-14, are just $12; for the remainder of the run tickets are $16/adults, $12/children 12 and under.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Manatee Players' Production of Tony N' Tina's Wedding , June 12 – June 23

Attend this raucous Italian-American wedding experience, including the ceremony and ballroom wedding-reception buffet –– complete with wedding cake and dancing! Enjoy the performance alongside the improvisational cast of exaggerated, stereotypical characters. Tony n' Tina's Wedding premiered in New York and was the first immersive theater experience of its kind.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SkillSHARE: Mentoring at the Speed of Life, June 13 , June 13, 5-7:30pm

Join us for an evening of deep-dive peer mentorship at the spring SkillSHARE: Mentorship at the Speed of Life on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the SRQ Studios at 331 South Pineapple Avenue in Downtown Sarasota from 5-7:30pm. Register online by submitting questions from the areas in which you'd like to be paired with a peer mentor for the evening at SRQMAG.COM/SKILLSHARE. Light bites and wine. Registration closes on Friday, May 17, 2019; the registration fee is $25 per person. Limited to 16 mentees. For more information, contact SRQ MEDIA at 941-365-7702 x204.

SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: Three Titans (Saturday Symphony) , June 15, 7:30pm

Spend an evening with three titans of the Classical Period of music history: Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. “Papa” Haydn and Mozart were close friends; the young Beethoven studied with Haydn and played for Mozart. Together, these three giants form a family of classicists that transformed the history of Western music in the space of 75 years. The program opens with the young Beethoven’s Octet in E-flat Major for winds. Festival Faculty are joined by Fellows for this boisterous romp of youthful enthusiasm. The concert continues with Haydn’s Symphony No. 80, performed “classical style” without a conductor. The Festival Orchestra will be led by Dallas Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Alexander Kerr. 

Sarasota Opera House, 709 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Garden Music Series , June 16, 1pm

Join local band favorite, Ari and the Alibis, for an afternoon of Funk, Jazz, Samba, Blues, Rock and Soul infusion. Experience a taste of classical, modern and well-known hits while venturing on a relaxing stroll throughout Selby's lush greenery. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first served basis.

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Club of Sarasota (Summer Concert Series) , June 17

Enjoy a fabulous concert featuring The Danny Sinoff Trio and Patricia Dean. In this concert, Danny Sinoff obtains a style of Jazz that is both swinging and emotionally heartfelt. On drums and vocals is Patricia Dean. As a drummer, she is an inspiring and supremely tasteful time-keeper, accompanist & soloist. On vocals, she is swinging, sensitive and musical. Completing the trio is Scott Smith on bass. Jazz Club members $35; non-members $39. 

Florida Studio Theatre Court Cabaret, First Street and Coconut Avenue, Sarasota.

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