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SRQ DAILY Aug 8, 2019


"End-of-life organizations like this make a big difference."

- U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota

-GOLFTOON 49: LOST BETWEEN HOLES. -The standalone golf course is becoming a rarity, leading to some vast distances between holes that often requires driving through neighborhoods in search of the next tee box. Increasingly, golf courses are just one item on an amenity package for a high end housing development. The truly walkable course design is usually an older course built in the last century and sadly they seem to be going the way of the 3 iron.
[Government]  Buchanan, Good Both Tackle Health Care Needs
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Republican Vern Buchanan and Democrat Margaret Good both burnished their health care resumes in advance of a Congressional showdown next year.

U.S. Rep. Buchanan, R-Sarasota, picked up the Hospice Champion Award, something he characterized as a pleasant surprise. The honor came as Buchanan pushes legislation in the House aimed at improving drug pricing transparency, senior assistance with insurance and an expansion of mental health resources.

Buchanan also held a roundtable at Tidewell Hospice as he accepted the award, and said afterward he would help important causes to the organization, like streamlining auditing and improving support for veteran services.

“End-of-life organizations like this make a big difference,” he said, “and then we have Hospice providers all over the state and country.”

State Rep. Good, D-Sarasota, traveled to Orlando to pick up an honor of her own—a Champion of the Elderly Award from the Florida Health Care Association.

She took the honor in part for advancing legislation this year that could improve licensing and oversight requirements for senior assisted living facilities. The bill won unanimous support in the House this session, and Good feels confident the Senate will take up the bill next year.

“I worked with a number of stakeholders and will work with them again to modernize assisted living facilities statutes,” she said. “We have 32 facilities in my district and a large number of really wonderful seniors.”

Good announced she plans to challenge Buchanan next year for his Congressional seat. 

That both candidates devoted their legislative energies this year shows the significance to the issue in the race and to the region.

Notably, both candidates stressed that any potential success in passing legislation will come from an ability to work in a bipartisan fashion. 

[Government]  Stroud Named Manatee County Human Resources Director

Manatee County Commissioners have unanimously confirmed the appointment of Kim Stroud as the county government's new Human Resources director. For the past nine years, she has served as the division manager for the county's award-winning Employee Health Benefits division.

During her time as Benefits Manager, Kim helped the county's workforce transition to a wellbeing model that incentivizes good health behaviors. In recent years, the county's health benefits package has become a model of success and efficiency renowned in the healthcare industry. Gallagher, the international insurance brokerage and risk management services firm, recently named Manatee County's Employee Health Benefits package among the "best in class" among public sector employers. 

Manatee County Government

[Government]  Nominations Open for Manatee County Agricultural Awards

Nominations for Manatee County Outstanding Agriculturalist and Agriculture Hall of Fame are now being accepted. These awards honor those who have contributed to the success of Manatee County’s agriculture industry. This includes farmers, industry representatives, crop consultants, agriculture educators and any other folks who have had a significant impact in Manatee County’s agricultural industry. The Outstanding Agriculturalist must be a current member of the community and will be honored during the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton Farm City Week Luncheon on November 19.  Nominees for the Manatee County Agriculture Hall of Fame may be living or deceased and will be honored at the Hall of Fame Luncheon on Nov. 21. Photos of both recipients will be placed in the Manatee County Agricultural Museum and the Hall of Fame in Palmetto.

Nomination forms and award guidelines may be obtained at the website below. 

Manatee County Agricultural Award Nominations

[Architecture]  Nautilus Homes Receives Grand Aurora Award

Sarasota-based Nautilus Homes was recently honored by the Southeast Building Conference with two top awards, including the coveted Grand Aurora Award for the highest achievement in design. The event honors the region’s most outstanding builders, planners, architects, developers, designers, interior merchandisers and other housing-related professionals. The Aurora Awards competition drew nearly 400 entries in 60 categories within the 12-state region stretching west to Texas and Louisiana, north to Virginia, and also including the eastern Caribbean.

Nautilus Homes won the Grand Aurora Award for Best Interior Detailing (for a home valued over $2 million) and a Silver Aurora for Best Custom Home (for a home sized 4,000 to 6,000 square feet). The organization received these awards for “Old Grove,” an antebellum-style estate the company built for a renowned musician on the Manatee River in Ellenton. The clients selected William B. Litchfield as the project architect, a Philip T. Shutze award-winning designer based in Atlanta. The design team was led William B. Litchfield and Heather Kurtzer of William B. Litchfield Designs while the owners coordinated the impeccable interior decoration. 

Nautilus Homes

[Theater]  Players Appoints Kaminsky Treasurer for Center Stage Capital Campaign

The Players Centre for Performing Arts has announced that Joseph F. Kaminsky accepted the appointment to The Center Stage Capital Campaign’s treasurer position. The Players Centre for Performing Arts is raising $50 million to establish a state-of-the-art performing arts center in Waterside Place. The project includes a cabaret, a black box theater, a 500-seat main theater, an outdoor event plaza and ample parking.

Kaminsky, in addition to serving as a trustee on The Players Centre for Performing Arts Board of Trustees, is a Certified Public Accountant (retired) having worked as a Senior IRS Agent for the U.S. Treasury in Washington D.C. He was also a Senior Manager at 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. Since 2016, Kaminsky has served as treasurer of The Lakewood Ranch Anglers Club. 

Players Centre for Performing Arts

[Law]  Sorrell Appointed to Gulfcoast Legal Services Board of Directors

Sarasota attorney Ben Sorrell, an associate with the law firm of Syprett Meshad, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc., a regional nonprofit organization providing free, comprehensive civil legal aid for vulnerable individuals and families in the Greater Tampa Bay area. Prior to being appointed to the board, Sorrel served the organization as a volunteer, providing pro bono legal services to those in need within the Sarasota and Manatee communities. Focusing in the areas of real estate, commercial litigation, and personal injury, Sorrell is licensed to practice before all Florida state courts as well as the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida. He is a member of the Young Lawyers Division of the Sarasota County Bar Association. 

Gulfcoast Legal Services

[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

[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

[TODAY]  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

[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]  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]  SEMINAR: Sarasota Military Academy First Annual Education Summit , August 9, 9am-2pm

Sarasota Military Academy (SMA) is proud to announce the first annual SMA Inspire Education Summit, in partnership with SMA teacher and outreach director Todd Brown, PhD., creator of the SMA “The Inspire Project.” The summit will feature renowned speakers from around the world with a focus on health, earth, and equality. The event is open to teachers from around the county who are invited to register to attend at no cost. Attendees will receive tools to involve and equip schools, clubs and teachers for large-scale initiatives and lessons that will increase civic and scientific engagement at a local, state, national, and/or international level. Registration is ongoing through the Sarasota County Professional Development System.

SMA Prep Campus, 3101 Bethel Lane, Sarasota

[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]  HEALTH: Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group , August 19, 10am

On every third Monday of the month, Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers Comfort Creations, LLC, facilitates a Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group. This group focuses on the caregiver and offers a retreat from the never ending mental and physical responsibilities of caregiving. This free, open group provides compassionate support and an opportunity to explore new solutions together to caregiver challenges. The group meets in the classroom outside of the cafeteria.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, 5731 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL

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