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"The Department of Education took swift action against Mr. Hundley's teacher certificate with the expectations that he would no longer be in a position to put Florida students in harm's way."

- Richard Corcoran, Florida Education Commissioner

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[Education]  State Steps In On Lincoln, Manatee Schools Dispute
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran has stepped in regarding a dispute between Manatee County school leaders and a Palmetto charter school. He supported district taking action to force Lincoln Memorial Academy to remove Eddie Hundley as head of school. 

Corcoran said Hundley had failed to protect the health, welfare and safety of students.  

“The Department of Education took swift action against Mr. Hundley’s teacher certificate with the expectations that he would no longer be in a position to put Florida students in harm’s way,” wrote Corcoran.

As the state steps into a dispute between Manatee schools and the publicly funded charter school, it’s putting a spotlight on the role districts play in oversight of taxpayer-funded schools being independently run. The board for Lincoln Memorial Academy has kept Hundley in place at the school.

An administrative judge and the state Education Practices Commission recommended Hundley’s education credentials be suspended. That stems from the fact Hundley recommended a teacher for a job in Sarasota despite accusations the instructor had been inappropriate with students at Lincoln. After the teacher was hired by Sarasota, he was arrested for possessing child pornography.

Sarasota School Board member Bridget Ziegler applauded Corcoran for stepping in. On social media, she thanked the commissioner for “protecting these students and holding this school’s governing board accountable.”

Manatee County School Board member Scott Hopes said he anticipated the state stepping in after months of dispute between the district and charter school.

“I’m hopeful the Lincoln board will act to be ready for school to start in a few weeks, but a series of communications with DOE over the past few weeks has not resulted in their board taking definitive action,” Hopes said.

But Hundley at a town hall meeting earlier this month said the governing board for the school will make decisions based on its own assessment of the situation.

“If Manatee County Schools is interested in the best thing for these kids, they should find out what that is from the people who voted and take care of those kids,” Hundley said at the meeting. “That’s what they need to do, and that is exclusive of me.”

Corcoran has generally been regarded as a champion of charter schools. Hopes said he counts himself a supporter of school choice as well. But this case shows the limits of autonomy, he said, and why charter schools must cooperate with the local education authority .

Hopes noted that amid the scandal, recent school grades show Lincoln has fallen in state assessments to a D.

“The big issue is that they have a principal, a head of the company, who is not allowed to be employed in public education in Florida and to be around children,” he said.

Certificate requirements on administrators differ, however, from teachers. And Lincoln leaders have remained steadfast about working on their own schedule.  

Photo courtesy Lincoln Memorial Academy: CEO Eddie Hundley.

[Government]  Sarasota County Relaunches Neighborhood University

Sarasota County's Neighborhood Services team is re-introducing Neighborhood University, a program specially designed to help residents make informed decisions in their neighborhood. Neighborhood University classes are one hour long, facilitated by county staff and free to attend. Six Neighborhood University classes have been approved by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for continuing education credits for CAM members.

Neighborhood University will present a Neighborhood-level Tree Care class at 10:30am on Thursday, July 25 at Gulf Gate Library in Sarasota. This class will review methods and reasons to incorporate trees into landscaping, proper tree maintenance and pruning, and mitigating pests and potential damages. Other classes available through Neighborhood University include neighborhood-level landscaping practices, neighborhood-level stormwater management, neighborhood-level energy and water conservation, and neighborhood-level planning strategies.

To register or for more information on Neighborhood University and other programs provided by Neighborhood Services, visit the website below. 

Sarasota County Neighborhood Services

[Real Estate]  Bowden Returns to SVN Commercial Advisory Group

SVN Commercial Advisory Group has announced the addition of Gail Bowden as senior advisor, returning to the firm after 2.5 years with Michael Saunders Commercial Division. Bowden brings more than 30 years of experience and a blend of strategic creativity and expertise to brokering commercial real estate transactions. Known for closing complex and varied commercial investment projects, specializing in medical office buildings, multifamily, and industrial properties from $500,000 to $60 million, Bowden has accumulated career sales of more than $200 million.

Bowden was previously with the company from 2010–2016 and holds several of SVN’s most prestigious awards including multiple “Partners Circle” achievements, and has been ranked among the top agents worldwide and number 1 in Florida. In 2016, she was named GlobeStreet’s Real Estate Woman of Influence. 

SVN Commercial Advisory Group

[Health & Wellness]  One Tribe Fitness and Star Academy Host Grand Opening Next Week

One Tribe Fitness and Star Academy of Dance and Aerial Arts will be hosting a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony together with the Chamber of Commerce on July 26th at 5pm at 602 Manatee Ave. The doors will be open from 4pm to 6pm so that members of the community and potential clients can view the facility, ask questions about services provided, sip on beverages, enjoy appetizers and support our local business community. Special membership pricing is available to those who sign up prior to the ceremony and in the studio the evening of July 26. 

One Tribe Fitness

[Travel]  Frontier Airlines Announces Nonstop Service from SRQ to Trenton

Frontier Airlines has announced new nonstop service between Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) and Trenton, NJ, marking SRQ’s 30th destination. As Frontier announced the nonstop service from SRQ to Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN), it also announced an increase in flights to Cleveland and Philadelphia, included in the winter schedule. Flights to TTN begin November 15 and run Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Weekly flights from SRQ to Cleveland and Philadelphia will increase from two to three. 

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

[Business]  Overturf's Floor & Fabric Care Relocates and Expands

Overturf’s Floor & Fabric Care recently moved into a 5,000-square-foot building on Manatee Ave E to accommodate the high volume of area rug cleaning and high end fabric protector the company performs. From humble beginnings as a husband and wife startup in 2008, to 2013 when Overturf moved into its first brick and mortar location, the business has seen continuous growth in the Manatee and Sarasota service areas, especially in the specialty Oriental rug cleaning segment, and earned the 2015 Small Business of the Year award from the Manatee Chamber of Commerce. This new location will allow Overturf to do even more volume, lower turn around times and continue to grow. 

Overturf's Floor & Fabric Care

[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]  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

[TODAY]  THEATER: SHOUT! The MOD Musical! , July 10 – July 21

With its irresistible blend of hip-swiveling hits, eye-popping fashions and outrageous dance moves, SHOUT! takes audiences back to the music, style and freedom of the 1960s, following five groovy gals as they come of age during those glorious days that made England swing. Created by Phillip George and David Lowenstein, the soundtrack includes new arrangements of such classic tunes as "To Sir with Love," "Downtown," "Son of a Preacher Man" and, of course, “Shout.”

The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[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

[TODAY]  THEATER: Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow , June 26 – August 10

This powerful musical biography celebrates the life of actress and singer Ethel Waters. From abject poverty to Broadway and Hollywood stardom, Ethel Waters crossed racial barriers to become a legend. No matter what challenges she faced, music gave Waters strength, solace, and success. 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[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

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip: Paddling the Waterways of Nokomis , July 22, 8:30am-11:30am

John Sarkozy will lead this kayak trip, exploring the bays and canals around Nokomis. Check out the islands, birds and marine life in this area. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip. Contact John for additional information, exact launch location and required reservations. 

[SOON]  THEATER: The Swingaroos: Hollywood Serenade , July 23 – August 30

Back by popular demand, The Swingaroos return to FST with a brand new show. Inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood, this jazzy music revue pays tribute to such icons as Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway, and Fred Astaire. Travel back in time this summer to the ‘30s and ‘40s when big bands and swing dancing were all the rage. 

Florida Studio Threatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

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