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SRQ DAILY Aug 13, 2019

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"We can't wait on everybody else."

- Jonathan R. Lewis, Sarasota County Government

[Government]  Unlocking Manasota: Developments for the SRQ Region
Olivia Liang

On Thursday, August 8, the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance hosted a State of the Community Luncheon with presentations by Cheri Coryea, the Manatee County Administrator, and Jonathan R. Lewis, the Sarasota County Administrator. This sold-out event demonstrated the unified efforts of the SRQ region and revolved around a refreshingly simple concept: growth.

In its most recent Citizen Survey, Sarasota County reported that 97% of the surveyed described their overall quality of life as excellent (45%) or good (52%), which is up from previous years. And not only is the region growing, but growing up and out. With the expansion of Lakewood Ranch moving the population east and SRQ Airport recently being named the second fastest growing airport in the nation, the population is up 9,200 people in solely Manatee County since 2018. And “we are ready for that,” says Coryea, demonstrating natural disaster preparedness plans and newly established infrastructure, like 225 additional miles of road since 2008.

Tourism continues to grow, with Nathan Benderson Park bringing in a net $47 million for sports tourism in the past year. And between the rebranding of the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature in downtown Bradenton to the institution of roundabouts to regulate the flow of school traffic on Honore, the expansion of the Legacy Trail for resident-use and the construction of the new Atlanta Braves Spring Training Stadium that was widely funded by the private sector and will be owned by Sarasota County, the region shows no signs of slowing. Sarasota County’s social media presence has been consolidated to three main accounts (Government, Play and Emergency) and can reach an average of 8,000 people per day, and plans for new East/West, North/South roads will link and advance both counties more than ever.

But one looming presence seemed to unite the two counties more than any other: water quality. With red tide and blue and green algae blooms affecting the “economic lifeblood of the state,” according to Lewis, both counties agree that the improvement of water quality “needs to happen on a statewide basis.” But at the same time, “we can’t wait on everybody else,” added Lewis, referencing the June Sarasota County Water Quality Summit with 700 attendees, demonstrating the active and current conversation surrounding a proposed $150 million wastewater treatment plan that would improve drinking, fishing and swimming water, in combination with a $5 million septic-to-sewer program.

“[Water quality is] a joint effort but it’s clearly going to be a main topic for the next year or two,” says Coryea. 

[ShopTalk]  The Power of a Pop-Up
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

The fresh, modern-looking space will offer a selection of contemporary women's fashion, activewear, fine and costume jewelry, shoes and accessories. Some stand-out designer brands featured include Alo Yoga, APL, L’AGENCE, Citizens of Humanity, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, Sundays, MOTHER, XiRENA and more. “Lotus has built a very strong following from its flagship location in Downtown Sarasota," says Mark Chait, executive director of leasing for UTC developer Benderson Development. "We look forward to helping to extend the brand even further through the UTC pop-up shop.”


Opening up to the idea to fill its prospering retail spaces up to locally-owned businesses and tentants—as opposed to the many franchise chains saturated throughout The University Town Center (UTC)—the shopping and dining mecca recently welcomed Lotus boutique this month for a pop-up takeover. “We’re always looking for creative approaches to enhance the retail experience at our shopping centers,” says Evan Benderson, leasing representative of UTC. “And pop-up stores are a great way to add some newness and excitement.” 

Downtown Sarasota shoppers may already know the women's fashion boutique from its Main Street flagship. But this kind of venture proves exciting—expanding Lotus’ bandwidth to a new and more densely populated market that uses the UTC as its go-to shopping hub. The pop-up intends to stay open through the holiday season, with the hopes that it will become a full-time store. “This pop-up not only provides them with the opportunity to grow and expand, but it also adds a dynamic, new retail destination to the UTC district,” says Benderson. “It’s a win-win.”

The fresh, modern-looking space will offer a selection of contemporary women's fashion, activewear, fine and costume jewelry, shoes and accessories. Some stand-out designer brands featured include Alo Yoga, APL, L’AGENCE, Citizens of Humanity, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, Sundays, MOTHER, XiRENA and more. “Lotus has built a very strong following from its flagship location in Downtown Sarasota," says Mark Chait, executive director of leasing for UTC developer Benderson Development. "We look forward to helping to extend the brand even further through the UTC pop-up shop.” 

Located in The Market shopping center at The University Town Center.

Photo provided by Lotus

[Science and Nature]  Mote to Establish Center of Excellence for Increased Minority Participation

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium has announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has granted a three-year, $1.5-million award for Mote to serve as the lead institution for establishing the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP): Marine Science Laboratory Alliance Center of Excellence (MarSci-LACE).

The LSAMP MarSci-LACE will serve as a nexus training, resource and supporting partner to other independent marine research institutions, degree granting institutions, LSAMP students and science mentors and faculty, with goals to: provide unique and authentic research and training opportunities to underrepresented, minority students that go beyond the training received by traditional degree-granting institutions; increase the number and preparedness of underrepresented minority students earning undergraduate degrees in marine sciences and related natural resources field; create resources and develop best practices to share among students, academic faculty, and independent marine research institution staff to improve academic and career retention and success in the marine sciences; and show the vital role that independent marine research institutions play in academic and early career recruitment, retention, and success.

Mote is the only non-academic institution to receive an LSAMP Center of Excellence award. For more information, click the link below. 

National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Grant

[Real Estate]  Sterling Realty Wins Quantum Leap Award at International Marketing Conference

Long-time local real estate company Sterling Realty was announced as the winner of the Quantum Leap Award at the inaugural Craig Proctor Social Media Marketing Conference in Toronto, Canada. The Quantum Leap Award recognizes agents/teams for exceptional gains in real estate success achieved through aggressive and inspired implementation of the Craig Proctor Ultimate Real Estate Success System. In Sterling’s case, the company more than doubled its sales production in the last 12 months. Greg Martin, the company’s Broker/Owner was on hand at the Hilton Hotel in Toronto to collect the award on behalf of his team, in front of more than 700 of the top real estate brokers and agents from all over North America in attendance.

Sterling Realty was launched in 1993 and has been providing what it calls “Lifecycle Real Estate” services throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties. These include specialized sales of homes and condos as well as rental and property management services. Its clients include both local and international buyers, sellers and investors. 

Sterling Realty

[TODAY]  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

[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

[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]  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: 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

[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

[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

[SOON]  FOOD: Caregivers Comfort Socializing Lunch , September 2, 1215pm

Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers' Comfort Creations, LLC and Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group Facilitator, hosts a monthly lunch at The Rosemary restaurant. This event provides caregivers some time to relax, enjoy themselves and eat super delicious food with others sharing similar situations. The lunch takes place from 12:15pm-1:45pm. For lunch details, contact Julie at caregivercomfort@aol.com.

The Rosemary, 411 North Orange Avenue

[SOON]  THEATER: Who Love You, Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and Beyond , September 3 – October 13

Experience the signature songs and dance moves of one of the most successful acts in music history: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. A musical tribute to the group that has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, Who Loves You will have you clapping and singing along to hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” and many more you know and love.

Florida Studio Threatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Stars, Stripes and Style 26th Annual Fashion Show , September 4, 11am

Join us in celebration of the Women's Council of Realtors Sarasota Network 26th Annual Fashion show on Wednesday, September 4 at 11:00 am. WCR will honor America's veterans at the Stars, Stripes and Style fashion show featuring fashions by Goodwill Manasota. Enjoy lunch by The Hyatt Sarasota and a fun filled fashion show by local realtors and business partners. There will be a live auction, lotto tree raffle, silent auction and shopping at tabletop boutiques.

Hyatt Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

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