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SRQ DAILY Jul 15, 2019

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"There's been a growing demand throughout the community for Sarasota Memorial's high level of care."

- David Verinder, Sarasota Memorial

[Health]  SMH Opens New Facilities at Lorraine's Corner
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Sarasota Memorial Hospital expands its presence in Lakewood Ranch with the official opening of new offices and medical facilities at Lorraine Corners. The SMH Health Care Center will include First Physicians Group Pediatrics and Internal Medicine practices, along with additional office space for subspecialties.

“This new health care center will help ensure that people of all ages in this community have convenient access to primary care,” said David Verinder, CEO of Sarasota Memorial.

Hospital officials on Friday held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting event, including tours of new facilities and a chance for community members to meet doctors there. There, Verinder said the growing Lakewood Ranch community represented a perfect market in which to open new facilities.

The expansion comes amid growing demand, SMH officials said, for the hospital’s services in all corners of Sarasota County.

“There’s been a growing demand throughout the community for Sarasota Memorial’s high level of care,” Verinder said. “In 2018, the hospital and First Physicians Group had more than 82,000 visits from patients from the Lakewood Ranch area—an increase of over 50 percent from the prior year. That’s no surprise, as this is one of the fastest growing master planned communities in the nation.”

The hospital provided the first 100 children in attendance with free teddy bears, and offered the chance to bring those plush toys and others to a teddy bear clinic. The center also offered free balance screenings and chair massages among other festivities.

“To help serve the area’s growing population, we also have outpatient and urgent care centers and physician offices on University Parkway and in Heritage Harbour,” Verinder said. 

Photo courtesy SMH: Sarasota Memorial First Physicians Group officials cut ribbon on Lakewood Ranch center.

[Education]  Manatee County School District Reports 'Stellar' Year

The School District of Manatee County has reported a stellar year academically, according to School and District Grades released by the Florida Department of Education. Of the 59 Manatee District schools that received School Grades from the state (including Charter Schools), 57 received an A, B or C grade this year. Only two district schools received a D grade, down from six D schools the previous school year. And, for the third consecutive year, not one Manatee District school received an F grade from the state. The District itself received a B grade for the third consecutive year, and for the fourth time in the last five years. Prior to 2015, the Manatee District had received three C grades in a row.

Sixteen Manatee District schools improved their grades this school year over the previous year, including Palm View Elementary, which vaulted from a D grade in 2018 to an A grade this year. In addition, Samoset Elementary and Blackburn Elementary both jumped from a D to a B, and Rowlett Academy for Arts and Communication improved from a C to an A.

In total, the District had 20 A schools, 19 B schools, 18 C schools and two D schools. The only Manatee District schools to receive a D this year are Oneco Elementary and Lincoln Memorial Academy. According to Superintendent Saunders, the Manatee District is only six points away from becoming an A school district. 

School District of Manatee County

[Travel]  SRQ Airport Reports Continued Traffic Increase in 2019

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) passenger traffic set an all-time record for the month of June with 147,615 passengers traveling through the airport. Traffic for June 2019 was up 48.7% over June of 2018. Year-to-date passenger numbers are up 39.6%. Passenger traffic for the first 6 months of 2019 totaled 988,105 passengers. SRQ has seen 16 straight months of passenger growth and has expanded service to eight airlines serving 29 destinations. The rapid growth at SRQ has made it the second-fastest-growing airport in the US. 

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

[Business]  Jeffers Named General Manager for The Lake Club

Brad Jeffers has been named the general manager for The Lake Club, admired as the most exclusive village in Lakewood Ranch. In his position, Jeffers will oversee various aspects of Lake Club living and work closely with other members of the team to ensure resident and builder satisfaction and goal success. Jeffers comes to The Lake Club with a years of experience in hospitality, club management, and community governance, including years spent managing clubs, such as The Ritz-Carlton Club, and implementing hospitality programming throughout Colorado. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality, Restaurant and Travel Administration from Southern Illinois University and is a designated Florida Community Association Manager. 

The Lake Club

[Law]  Syprett Meshad Attorneys Named to 2019 Florida Super Lawyers

Three attorneys with the Sarasota law firm of Syprett Meshad have been selected by Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, to its 2019 Florida "Super Lawyers" list. Syprett Meshad president and founding partner Michael Resnick was recognized in the category of Family Law; partner and board-certified civil trial attorney Teresa Jones was selected in the Personal Injury/General Defense category; and managing partner Nancy Cason was selected in the Real Estate category. Lawyers selected to the "Super Lawyers" list have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected for this annual honor. Super Lawyers rates attorneys nationwide through independent research, as well as peer nominations and a statewide survey of lawyers and peer reviews by practice area. 

Syprett Meshad

[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: 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

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Fourth Quarter: Senior Athletes, their Indomitable Spirit , April 13 – July 21

This exhibition features new work by acclaimed photojournalist David Burnett, commissioned by his 2017 Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. For this latest project, Fourth Quarter, Burnett spent nearly two years photographing senior-aged athletes from around the country who dedicate themselves to serious physical competition and team sports. In this engaging series, he treats his subjects with reverence as he celebrates their tenacity and challenges notions of aging in the 21st century.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[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

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip: Caspersen Beach to Lemon Bay , July 20, 8:30am-11:30am

Enjoy quiet water and open-seated kayaking from Caspersen Beach to Lemon Bay with John Sarkozy. 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]  FILM: Art and a Movie: Summer Film Series , July 22, 1:30pm

See the showing of Nevelson: Awareness in the Fourth Dimension as part of The Ringling and Monda Collections’ Summer Film Series. Ringling staff will introduce the film and lead a brief discussion about each of the three highlighted women artists of the series. Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of free Mondays at the Museum of Art to visit the exhibition before or after the film.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Museum of Art Mondays: Fabric of India , July 22, 10am

Join the Ringling staff in the Education Building for a Fabric of India art-making program, 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

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