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"“Based on the issues where I want to make an impact, the state Senate is the best place to make some change.”"

- Amanda Linton, state Senate candidate

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[Politics]  Democrat Files for Bradenton State Senate Seat
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A Democrat became the first candidate to file for an open Senate seat serving all of Manatee County. Hillsborough County teacher Amanda V. Linton last week submitted her paperwork to the Division of Elections to run in District 21.

“Since 2016, my husband and I have talked several times about running for office,” she said. “Based on the issues where I want to make an impact, the state Senate is the best place to make some change.”

The educator cares, of course, about providing higher salaries to attract better teachers to Florida. She also lists environmental preservation and equality as top-tier issues.

Specifically, she wants to see more done to hold polluters accountable for nutrients feeding algal blooms. She announced her campaign as blue-bloom algae takes hold in the Manatee River.

As for current leadership, she’s frustrated lawmakers this year voted to allow school districts to expand the Guardian program and let armed teachers in the classrooms. She’s relieved that at least for now, Hillsborough and Manatee school officials have elected not to take that step.

“Arming teachers is never the answer at all to solving some of the threats we are having in our schools,” she said.

Of course, the district provides challenging territory for a Democratic candidate, let alone a first-time candidate. Book closing reports in 2018 showed almost 156,000 Republicans registered in the district, compared to almost 110,000 Democrats; there are also about 96,000 non-affiliated voters and roughly 3,000 third-party voters. In Manatee County, which makes up about 67 percent of the district, the division is especially lop-sided for the GOP.

State Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, cannot seek another term because of term limits. Many Republican contenders are waiting to see if former state Rep. Jim Boyd enters the field on the red side.

Linton said those demographics are part of why she started now. She plans to spend her summer break away from the classroom raising funds and becoming in involved with regional labor unions and Democratic leaders to boost her name ID throughout the region. 

Photo courtesy Linton campaign.

[Government]  Colonneso Elected VP of Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers, Appointed to Executive Council

Angel Colonneso, the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, was recently elected and sworn in as the vice president for the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers and to the Executive Council of the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation.

In her role as vice president, Colonneso and the 15-member board are responsible for establishing administrative, financial, personnel and related policies of the finances of the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers, the statewide, nonprofit member association. She was appointed by Florida Senate President Bill Galvano to serve on the Executive Council of the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation with nine other council members, who will make decisions regarding Clerks of Court Operation Corporation business and budgetary matters. Her two-year term as a Senate appointee begins immediately and ends April 10, 2021.

Colonneso will also serve on the Executive Committee, a five-member committee that provides ongoing oversight of the business and program policies and operations and assist with the association’s budget and personnel committees. 

Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court

[Government]  Manatee County Accepting Applications for Children's Services Advisory Board

Manatee County is now accepting applications for three open seats on the Children’s Services Advisory Board (CSAB). The volunteer board makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners about priorities and expenditures of the County’s dedicated millage for children’s services.

To qualify for consideration, applicants must be residents of Manatee County. The open seats on the CSAB are for two- or three-year terms that begin October 1. The vacancies include: one physician, preferably a pediatrician; one criminal justice representative; and one child advocate, not affiliated with any agency receiving County funds. Employees, owners or voting board members of agencies that receive funding from Manatee County, or individuals who contract with agencies that receive County funding, are not eligible to serve as a child advocate on this advisory board.

Applications must be submitted by August 1 at 4pm. Applications must include: Advisory Board Application, Children’s Services Advisory Board Supplemental Questions and a resume or a Curriculum Vitae (CV). The application and supplemental questionnaire can be found on the website below. 

Manatee County Advisory Boards

[Real Estate]  Halfacre Completes Addition, Renovation at Historic Palmetto Church

Halfacre Construction Company recently completed a 13,365-square-foot welcome center addition and renovation for the First Baptist Church of Palmetto, which opened in 1892.

Construction on the $4 million project began in May 2018. The new welcome center connects the three buildings on the church’s current campus and serves as the new entrance to the church. The new structure’s design includes an exposed foyer, large storefront windows to allow for lots of natural lighting and a stair tower that extends above the roof line for a steeple-like feature with a back-lit cross.

Located at 1020 4th St. W. in Palmetto, Halfacre also remodeled the children’s building, gym, sanctuary and office building, totaling 8,559 square feet. The commercial construction company also refurbished and installed the original stained glass windows from the sanctuary built in 1920 and demolished in the late 1980s. 

Halfacre Construction Company

[Real Estate]  Ellis Appointed Sales Manager for The DeMarcay

Bobbi Ellis was recently appointed as the sales manager for The DeMarcay, a luxury residential project in downtown Sarasota by GK Development. With 34 years of experience in the real estate industry, Ellis is a licensed realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential and part of the team at ON Collaborative, the marketing and sales company representing the project. In her new role, she will assist potential buyers at the newly unveiled showroom and sales gallery and work with customers throughout the entire process. The boutique luxury building is slated to break ground this fall, with construction scheduled to be complete by early 2021. 

The DeMarcay

[Health & Wellness]  O'Donoghue Dermatology Introduces Juvenus Med Spa

Named after Dr. J. Morgan O’Donoghue’s exclusive line of skin care products, JuvenusMD, O’Donoghue Dermatology has announced the addition of the Juvenus Med Spa to its newly expanded Field Road campus. The cosmetic services division will be headed by licensed aesthetician and electrologist Olivia Blakely. A 2009 graduate of Douglas J. Aveda Institute in East Lansing, Michigan and graduate of the Manatee Technical College for Advanced Aesthetics, Blakely’s services will include laser microcurrent facelifts, facials, chemical peels, facial waxing, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning and more. 

O'Donoghue Dermatology

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 Transformation in Philanthropy Symposium- July 25; 11:30am-1pm , July 25, Registration 11am. Program 11:30am-1pm.

Join us for the SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy Luncheon on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota from 11:30am to 1pm. The topic of discussion will be creating bold and resonant impact through the nonprofit mission. Registration opens at 11am. Panelists include special guests: David Moore of Moore Strategic Consulting, Sabeen Perwaiz of the Florida Nonprofit Alliance and Lilly Weinberg of the Knight Foundation. Tickets: $55/person. Table Sponsorships Available. Purchase tickets online at SRQSB2.COM. 

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: The Fabric of India , July 7 – October 13

This exhibition showcases over 140 examples drawn from the internationally-renowned holdings of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and private collections. This exposition illustrates the variety, technical sophistication and adaptability of Indian textiles from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Through a range of historical dress, carefully preserved fabrics, and cutting-edge fashion, discover how Indian textiles have been interwoven with religion, politics and global trade for centuries. Or join the Curator of Asian Art Dr. Rhiannon Paget for a tour at the Gallery Walk and Talk, 10:30am–6pm on July 25. 

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[TODAY]  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]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip: Shakett Creek to Dona Bay , July 12, 8:30am–11:30am

Join John Sarkozy and have a relaxing time paddling on Shakett Creek and Dona Bay. All kayak equipment will be supplied and is included in the cost of the trip. Grab an opportunity to go outside and get to know nature again. Call John for additional information, exact launch location and required reservations. 

[SOON]  THEATER: Sophisticated Lady: Songbook of Natalie Cole , July 13, 8:00pm

Cole’s career spanned decades and genres, from R&B to pop. Her greatest success was “Unforgettable… with Love,” made popular by her father, which sold over seven million copies. In this concert, Katt Hefner pays musical homage to Cole and her music. Hefner’s extensive credits include off-Broadway musicals, television, movies, jazz festivals and much more.


Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Family Saturdays: Circus Costumes , July 13, 10am

Explore the Circus at Ringling through a creative project: costume making! Work in the Education Building classrooms and explore the Museum with a special handout to help locate and learn more about the objects and places that inspired the project.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Ringling Reflections , July 14, 10:30am

Embark on a relaxed, conversation-based gallery tour designed specifically for people with memory loss and their care partners at the Museum of Art. Listening devices, including induction loops for t-coil hearing aids, will be provided. Wheelchairs and portable stools will be available free-of-charge for all participants. The tours are free but advance registration is required and space is limited.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip: Little Sarasota Bay to Palmer Point Beach , July 14, 8:30am–11:30am

Join John Sarkozy as he shows off the natural beauty of Little Sarasota Bay. All kayak equipment will be supplied and is included in the cost of the trip. Take a break on the "crown jewel" of our local beaches and take a swim, walk or do some birding before we paddle back to the mainland. Call John for additional information, exact launch location and required reservations. 

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Museum of Art Mondays: Colorful Venus , July 15, 10am

Join the Ringling staff in the Education Building for a Colorful Venus art-making project, bridging active creation with artwork in the Museum. Then visit the galleries to find each day’s featured artwork and learn more about it from a docent!

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip: Myakka River from Snook Haven , July 16, 8:30am-11:30am

Join John Sarkozy, get outside and take a kayak trip on the wild and scenic Myakka River. This trip will travel the portion of the river that is downstream from Snook Haven. All kayak equipment will be supplied and is included in the cost of the trip. Call John for additional information, exact launch location and required reservations. 

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Rebel Heart , July 19

Join us for The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s FREE outdoor summertime concert series! The events run from 5-9pm and are located on the Bayside Lawn of the Van Wezel. Each of the four events will feature food trucks, beverage vendors and more – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a summer sunset over Sarasota Bay.


Rebel Heart returns to Friday Fest at the Van Wezel with some of today's most popular country songs, mixed with a healthy dose of hits from pop, rock, dance and the blues! The 5-piece band puts on a high-energy, powerful and melodic country rock act that you won’t want to miss

Van Wezel

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Christmas in July , July 19 – July 20

Forget your stresses and get in the spirit at the Downtown Venice “Christmas in July” event. Catch Santa and Mrs. Claus riding the trolley and visiting the shops, ride the trolley from 11am to 4pm or participate in a raffle for four large gift baskets. Pick up your free raffle tickets at many of the participating downtown businesses and experience holiday magic like never before.

Historic Downtown Venice , 101 West Venice Ave. #23

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Family Saturdays: Terracotta molds , July 20, 10am

Explore Ca d'Zan through a creative project: sculpting terracotta molds! Work in the Education Building classrooms and explore the grounds with a special handout to help locate and learn more about the objects and places that inspired the project.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

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