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"This contract, directly with Disney Hong Kong, is an excellent opportunity for us to expand in Asia and with major amusement parks."

- Adam Sulimirski, Cruise Car

[Business]  Cruise Car Wins Contract With Hong Kong's Disneyland
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Sarasota-based company Cruise Car Inc., continues to expand its global presence—winning a coveted contract to supply Disney Hong Kong with custom-built low-speed vehicles throughout the amusement park grounds and resort. The team worked closely with Disney Hong Kong’s management team and the city's authorities to obtain this approval.

Last week, the Hong Kong Transportation Department solidified the contract after a "lengthy application and approval process." This will be the first time Cruise Car will be providing vehicles directly to Disney, as opposed to distributing to vendors of Disney. “This contract, directly with Disney Hong Kong, is an excellent opportunity for us to expand in Asia and with major amusement parks,” say Adam Sulimirski, president of Cruise Car. 

Low-speed transportation vehicles with golf cart-like models, are currently capped in Hong Kong at about 500 units—requiring the city’s DOT to approve a license to outsource additional vehicles. After meeting in Sarasota with the Hong Kong-based engineering team, a formal purchase order was issued with a multi-year opportunity for Cruise Car to ultimately replace their 60-vehicle fleet. Of Cruise Car’s 100 different vehicle models, Disney selected two ideal utility carts for its flagship property. Cruise Car then customized the models to match their exact need/application to handle specific tasks. For this specific fleet, the team engineered Disney Hong Kong's carts for aggressive use, a challenging topography and salt-air environment. 

“Hong Kong uses standard back-to-back carts, but we approached them and suggested building the same cart on a longer chassis,” explains Sulimirski. “This would allow us to place a secured locker area down in the hauler body and also a storage cage between the back-to-back seats. Disney has serious hills, so a fully programmable motor/controller package included a torque package and a special 240v onboard charging system.” The two-passenger and four-passenger vehicle models provided not only have those hill climbing features and built-in storage lockers, but are fabricated with aluminum to avoid common rust issues, as Hong Kong’s salt air tends to eat away steel carts. Cruise Cars may all be manufactured as street legal LSV’s (low speed vehicles) and include a 17 Digit VIN allowing them to be plated and used on streets posted up to 35mph. 

Now breaking into a global niche market, Sulimirski notes, “We have always focused on large institutional fleet buyers, but find our walk in retail business has accelerated with the positive publicity we have received.” 

Photo courtesy of Cruise Car.

[GoodBite]  Rheinland Romantics
Olivia Liang

Siegfried, a legendary German hero, slew a dragon then bathed in its blood for invincibility—all to earn young Kriemhild’s affection. Nowadays, flirting needn’t be quite as extreme. Historic Downtown Village’s new Siegfried's Restaurant has you covered with its cozy indoors, string lit beer garden and family recipes straight from Erkelenz, Germany, like the Düsseldorfer Senfrostbraten. A striploin steak sourced from Geier’s Sausage Kitchen, this tender cut is grilled then topped with a cheese crust, German mustard and fried onions, then served alongside Bratkartoffeln—sliced and pan-fried German potatoes with bacon and onions—and a salad with homemade raspberry vinaigrette.

“We want to show the locals our favorite Rheinland dishes and hopefully make them their favorites, too,” says René Zimmerman, co-owner of Siegfried’s. After vacationing in Sarasota his whole life, Zimmerman, alongside his wife Kim, sold everything but six bags of belongings and their dog Lacey to indulge the big SRQ. Try their classic German pretzels, Wiener Schnitzel, Bratwurst or Siegfried’s Currywurst for an authentic taste of the Rheinland.

Siegfried’s Restaurant is open 4–10pm Wednesday–Sunday and plans to expand hours at the turn of the season. 

Photo courtesy of Siegfried's, 1869 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, 941-330-9330.

[Pets]  Adopt-A-Palooze Comes to Bradenton Area Convention Center on Saturday

The 5th Annual Adopt-A-Palooza will be held this Saturday, August 3, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto from 11am to 4pm.

Adopt-A-Palooza is the largest one-day adoption and expo-style event in Manatee County and will feature more than 100 adoptable puppies, dogs, cats and kittens from Manatee County Animal Services, local shelters & animal rescues. In addition to adoptable pets, the family-friendly event will include retail vendors selling a variety of pet products and providing pet information resources, demonstrations, raffles/silent auction items and more. For those pet-owners interested in adopting another, there will be shelter staff and volunteers who can assist with a meet and greet between furry strangers.

The proceeds from the event will benefit Friends of Manatee County Animal Services. 


[Performance]  Players Centre Invites Miller and Kaminsky to Voting Board

The Board of Trustees for The Players Centre for Performing Arts has invited two of its Advisory Council Members to join the voting board.

Cynthia L. Miller is the vice president at 1st Source Bank – Wealth Advisory Services in Downtown Sarasota. Miller has been a banker for 37 years but with 1st Source for 17 years. She has served on various nonprofit boards including South Bend Civic Theatre and Indiana University at South Bend Arts Foundation. Joseph F. Kaminsky is a Certified Public Accountant and has worked as a Senior IRS Agent for the U.S. Treasury in Washington D.C., Senior Manager KPMF Peat Marwick in New York, Americas Regional Head of Tax ING Bank in New York,  Global Head of Tax ING Investment Bank in London, Senior Tax Advisor ING Bank in Amsterdam NL, and Managing Director of KAM Capital LLC, business to business financial consulting. 

Players Centre for Performing Arts

[Business]  Robinson Preserve Expansion Garners Award for Engineering Excellence

The American Council of Engineering Companies Florida Chapter (ACEC-FL) presented the Tampa-based Stantec with a Grand Award in the Water Resources Category for its work on the Robinson Preserve Expansion project at its annual Engineering Excellence Award Banquet. The awards recognize projects that represent a wide range of engineering achievements and demonstrate the highest degree of skill and ingenuity.

The Robinson Preserve Expansion project, located in Bradenton, restored 150 acres of formerly disturbed farmland to a mosaic of native coastal habitats where wildlife can thrive. The preserve is home to endangered and threatened species that include the American oystercatcher, bald eagle, black skimmer and wood stork. As part of Stantec’s role, the team provided site assessment, planning, engineering design, permitting and construction phase services for Phases I and II of the project involving passive recreation, ecological restoration and habitat creation. 

Robinson Preserve

[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: Scorch , July 26 – August 25

For Kes, falling in love for the first time happened online. But the exhilarating fantasy quickly turns into a terrifying reality when the young teen is accused of criminal conduct. Inspired by real cases of ‘gender fraud,’ Scorch is a touching and provocative story of love though the eyes of a gender-curious teen.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip: Myakka River from Snook Haven , July 30, 8:30am–11:30am

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 provided and is included in the cost of the trip. Contact John for additional information, exact launch location and required reservations. 

[SOON]  THEATER: The Cottage , July 31 – August 24

Set in the English countryside in 1923, this sexy comedy of love and betrayal unfolds when Sylvia Van Kipness decides to expose her secret love affair to her husband. The true meanings of love and marriage are called into question as a surprising, hilarious web of secrets unravels in this ridiculous—potentially murderous—romantic comedy.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  FILM: Gazebo Starlight Cinema Series , August 2, 8pm

Join the Gazebo Starlight Cinema series with this month’s movie: Mrs. Doubtfire. With a screen stretched around the Gazebo pillars and family flicks back-projected from within, what better place than the facing grassy knoll to relax in a beach chair or curl up on a blanket? Bring the whole family to kick off your weekend while enjoying the park! Support local Venice Avenue businesses by bringing snacks, dinner, ice cream (or gelato!) to enjoy during the movie. 

Downtown Venice Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Ave.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Family Saturdays: Colorful Classical Sculpture , August 3, 10am

Delve into the grounds and gardens of Ringling with a creative project: creating classical sculptures! Work in the Education Building classrooms and explore the Museum and 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]  FESTIVAL: Friends of Manatee County Animal Services Adopt-A-Palooza Pet Expo , August 3, 11am

Join us at Adopt-A-Palooza, the area’s largest one-day pet expo and animal adoption event on August 3, from 11-4 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. The event will feature over 100 adoptable animals, more than 50 pet retailers displaying and selling pet related products and services, a search and rescue demo, plus raffles and silent auctions. Adopt-A-palooza is fun for the whole family, and the first 500 people will receive a goodie bag. Even if you aren’t looking to adopt, come to shop and support the Friends of Manatee County Animal Services’ efforts to help shelter animals find forever homes. Free to attend/free parking. Leashed pets are welcome.

Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, FL 34221

[SOON]  FILM: Art and a Movie: Summer Film Series , August 5, 1:30pm

Visit the showing of Kusana: Infinity 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 Road

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 3rd Annual Woodstock Revival , August 10

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock while supporting Sarasota Farmers Market and Downtown Sarasota. Kettle of Fish will be the band this year. See vintage Volkswagens, participate in the "Best Dressed Hippie" Contest, buy local produce and reexperience peace and love. 

Sarasota Farmers Market, 1 N Lemon Ave.

[SOON]  FILM: Sun Xun: Time Spy , August 11 – February 16

A mesmerizing 3D animated film by Chinese painter and draughtsman, Sun Xun incorporates traditional techniques including ink painting, charcoal drawing and woodblock printing. He uses analog and digital technologies to explore pressing concerns of the time.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Reverend Barry & The Funk , August 16

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.


Featuring 3 Grammy®-nominated musicians, this 8-piece band plays a high-energy set of originals and covers of funk & soul music including Earth, Wind & Fire, Commodores, Kool & the Gang and Prince. Sit back and relax or dance the night away as Reverend Barry & The Funk returns to the Friday Fest stage! 

Van Wezel

[SOON]  GALA: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kick Off Celebration , August 29, 530pm

Join us to Kick Off the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer season and for the reveal of the 2019 Real Men Wear Pink candidates.  Hear about the American Cancer Society’s lifechanging research and patient programs that are funded by Making Strides and Real Men Wear Pink events. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. RSVP is required. Please RSVP by Monday, August 26th to Lucy.Fox@cancer.org or 941-328-3755. MakingStridesWalk.org/SarasotaManatee

The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236

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