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SRQ DAILY Aug 19, 2019

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"These workers view the jobs as transitory, not long term. They think, 'I'll do this job until I find a real job.'"

- Tarik Dogru, FSU assistant professor

[Hospitality]  Tourism Creates Jobs, But Can Wages Keep Up?
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A new study shows tourism standing tall as Florida’s top industry. But it also found wages were not increasing at the same rate as other jobs, potentially exposing a weakness with long-term consequences.

The study, conducted by Florida State University’s Dedman School of Hospitality and published by Tourism Management, shows tourism delivering an $86 billion economic impact each year and supporting 1.5 million jobs.

But employees earn less than in any other Florida labor sector. For every $1 in measured increase in average Florida wages, pay in the hospitality center rose just 81 cents.

“The hospitality industry is not in an attractive position to offer entry-level employees career opportunities with such low salaries,” says Tarik Dogru, FSU assistant professor.

Still, Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota County, sees tourism as an industry offering a bright future to those working there.

“The role the tourism industry plays is that it provides a pathway to job careers,” she says. “You can enter as a busboy, as a hostess, as a lifeguard, and work your way up, not necessarily even getting a college degree, to being a highly compensated general manager or director of marketing for an attraction.”

But Dogru says the trick may be getting entry-level workers to see that potential in the first place. If wages can’t keep up in the marketplace, those GMs of tomorrow may not take that job bussing tables today.

His study shows the average weekly wage in leisure and hospitality around $311. Meanwhile, Florida’s average weekly wage comes in around $710. In Florida’s highest paying job category, professional and business services, the average weekly salary sits around $1,162.

“Nationally, wages are rising more in other industries than the hospitality industry,” he says. “These workers view the jobs as transitory, not long-term. They think, ‘I’ll do this job until I find a real job.’”

Haley says it may be a matter of educating incoming workers about the opportunities beyond the most visible jobs in the field.

“That’s one of the challenges I see when I speak to high school classes. They don't know how broad or how many jobs or careers are in the tourism industry,” she says. “When you think of the people in a hotel, you are not seeing the sales team or the revenue management and accounting teams. The high-wage jobs aren’t out in front.” 

[Business]  CWC-FPRA Installs New President, Board of Directors

The Central West Coast chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (CWC-FPRA) recently installed its 2019-2020 board of directors. The board was installed by the state association's incoming president, Alyson Lundell, APR, CPRC; each member will serve a one-year term. Kim Livengood, APR, CPRC was recognized as the new president. 

The CWC-FPRA 2019-2020 Board of Directors includes: President-Elect Eleni Kouvatsos of First Watch Restaurants; Immediate Past-President Rhonda Leiberick, APR, of Habitat for Humanity Sarasota; VP of Finance Kendra Gemma of klg communications; Finance Director Crystal Rothhaar of Senior Friendship Center; Sponsorship Director Melanie Reda, APR, of FCCI Insurance Group; VP of Communications Heather McLain of On Ideas; Media Relations Director Sheryl Vieira of Caldwell Trust Company; Creative Director Daniel Hodous; Editorial Director Sharon Kunkel of Wordslinger Marketing & PR; VP of Professional Development Andrea Knies of Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County; Events Co-Directors Shelby Isaacson of Bogart Labs and Brian Craft of Realize Bradenton; VP of Membership Murray Devine of Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and more. 


[Travel]  SRQ Airport Reports All-Time Passenger Record for July 2019

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) passenger traffic set an all-time record for the month of July with 147,068 passengers traveling through the airport. Traffic for July 2019 was up 42% over July of 2018. Year-to-date passenger numbers are up 40% with 1,135,173 passengers using the airport so far this year.

Over the past year and a half, SRQ has added 2 new airlines, Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines, and 26 new destinations including Ashville (AVL), Baltimore (BWI), Cincinnati (CVG), Cleveland (CLE), Columbus (LCK), Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW), Denver (DEN), Grand Rapids (GRR), Harrisburg (MDT), Indianapolis (IND), Nashville (BNA), Philadelphia (PHL), Pittsburgh (PIT), Richmond (RIC), Syracuse (SYR), Trenton (TTN), Traverse City (TVC), Washington, D.C. (IAD), Knoxville (TYS), Des Moines (DSM), Rockford (RFD), Flint (FNT), Fort Wayne (FWA), Louisville (SDF), St. Louis/Belview (BLV) and South Bend (SBN). 

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

[Law]  Seven Blalock Walters Attorneys Selected for Best Lawyers 2020

Blalock Walters, P.A. has announced that seven attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2020. Clifford L. Walters, III and William C. Robinson, Jr. have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Real Estate Law; Charles F. Johnson was selected in the practice area of Commercial and Litigation – Real Estate; Mark P. Barnebey was selected for Land Use & Zoning Law; Matthew J. Lapointe was selected for Corporate Law; Fred Moore was selected in Commercial Litigation and Robert G. Blalock was selected for Trusts and Estates. Additionally, Clifford. L. Walters, III was named the Best Lawyers 2020 Real Estate Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Sarasota.

A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. The lists are compiled based on a peer-review evaluation, and 87,000 industry-leading lawyers from around the world are eligible to vote. For the 2020 listings, 7.8 million votes were analyzed. 

Blalock Walters

[Law]  Six Icard Merrill Attorneys Selected for Best Lawyers 2020

Icard Merrill has announced that six of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Shareholder Charles J. Bartlett was also named the Best Lawyers 2020 Real Estate Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Sarasota. Bartlett was previously named Sarasota Construction Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in 2018.

Icard Merrill attorneys selected to the list of 2020 Best Lawyers are Charles J. Bartlett (Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Real Estate), Michael J. Furen (Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law), Thomas F. Icard, Jr. (Construction Law, Mediation), Robert G. Lyons (Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs), William W. Merrill III (Administrative/ Regulatory Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning), and Jaime L. Wallace (Family Law). 

Icard Merrill

[Law]  Bentley & Bruning Partner Named to Best Lawyers 2020

Attorney Morgan R. Bentley, managing partner in the commercial litigation law firm Bentley & Bruning P.A., was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the 26th edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the practice areas of commercial litigation and real estate litigation. Bentley has received the Best Lawyers in America award numerous times. 

Bentley & Bruning

[Education]  New College of Florida Appoints Peterson as Career Center Director

New College of Florida has appointed Dwayne Peterson to serve as director of its Center for Career Engagement & Opportunity. As CEO Director, he provides strategic leadership for developing, implementing and evaluating career exploration and education, internships, national fellowships, employment, graduate and professional school preparation, and professional development for New College students. He also serves as the point of contact for employees and graduate and professional programs that wish to recruit talent from New College.

Peterson comes to New College from Georgia College & State University, where he worked as the assistant director of the career center for four years. He has also held career services and professional roles in higher education at the University of Florida and the University of North Florida. 

New College of Florida

[4WALLS]  Call for Entries: 4WALLS Design Competition

Are you an architect, interior designer, contractor, builder, or developer? Submit a recent project to the 4WALLS Design Competition. We're looking for the best multi-unit projects designed as public or private spaces.

The competition is open to multi-family, commercial or mixed use buildings, new home communities and public spaces. Your project does not have to be fully realized, but must have complete renderings to be considered.

The 4WALLS winners will be announced in the December 2019 edition of SRQ Magazine. 

Learn more and submit your entry HERE

[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]  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]  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

[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

[SOON]  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.

[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]  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

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Voice + Visibility Women's Summit Lift Off Luncheon , September 17, 11am

Don’t miss the Voice + Visibility Women’s Summit hosted by Shannon Rohrer-Phillips, LLC at 11am on September 17 at Michael’s on East. The Voice + Visibility Network of SW Florida convenes diverse female leaders in Business, Philanthropy, The Arts and Community Advancement for maximum impact. At the event, SRP, LLC will highlight local leaders and announce the Inaugural Program for February 4th, 2020. VVWS will feature nationally recognized visionaries who will share their stories of leadership, innovation, wealth creation, and community investing in women and girls.

Michael's on East, 1212 South East Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Ari and the Alibis , September 20

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. Rounding out Friday Fest 2019 is the high-energy band, Ari and the Alibis! Infusing Funk, Jazz and Samba with Blues Soul and Rock, this 5-piece group has earned two Grammy® nods (Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance) and an award for “Best original song by a local group” in the Bradenton Times “Best of the Bay.” Don’t miss Ari’s powerhouse voice filled with emotion and strength – live at the Van Wezel’s Friday Fest!

Van Wezel

[SOON]  GALA: Sertoma Speakeasy and Casino Night , September 21, 7pm

Come out and support Sertoma Kids at the Speakeasy and Casino Night featuring casino-style games, hor d-oeuvres, cocktails, silent auction and raffle. Entertainment provided by Bill Buchman's Art of Jazz Band. Flappers, Hollywood Glam and Ganster attire is encouraged. True to Speakeasy tradition, the party will be held at an exclusive private location. Password and location will be provided via email after purchasing tickets. All proceeds benefit Sertoma Kids, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit outpatient speech clinic funded by Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota. Purchase tickets at SertomaKids.org/news.

Private Club in Downtown Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Forty Carrots Free Community Speaker Event , September 26, 7pm-830pm

Register now for the Forty Carrots 17th annual Free Educational Community Speaker Event, “Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child,” featuring renowned child psychologist and best-selling author Ross W. Greene, Ph.D. Greene will share how to cultivate a better parent-child relationship using his empirically supported model of collaborative problem solving. Discover how to nurture empathy, resilience and independence, improve communication and avoid power struggles. RSVP is required. Register at www.fortycarrots.org.

Riverview High School Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Grey Matters A Symposium on Alzheimer's Research , September 27, 11am

Join us at the Grey Matters luncheon symposium at 11am on September 27th at The Ritz-Carlton. The luncheon will be hosted by The Roskamp Institute, and will involve presentations and interactive Q&As from their leadership team in addition to featuring New York Times bestselling author Kimberley Williams-Paisley as the Keynote Speaker. Attendees will hear updates on various areas of brain health, potential treatments and information for caregivers, preventative measures, early symptom warnings and clinical research updates regarding the potential for new treatment. Proceeds raised go towards research and development at The Roskamp Institute. 

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

[SOON]  FOOD: 3rd Annual Taste of New Orleans Benefit Dinner , October 5, 7pm

Truly Valued presents its 3rd Annual Taste of New Orleans Benefit Dinner with speaker Edward James III. Enjoy an evening of elegant dining and live entertainment by the Soul Sensations. Proceeds support Truly Valued programs and services for youth designed to provide knowledge, skills and inspiration that will help them grow to lead happy and successful lives as adults. If you are unable to attend the event, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution. Tickets are $50. Visit www.trulyvalued.org to purchase tickets. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available.

Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240

[SOON]  SPORTS: NEW! Race Moved to Sunday, October 20—First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon, Relay, 10K & 5K , October 20, 6:30 a.m.

UPDATE: The 14th Annual First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon, Relay, 10K & 5K, a signature event produced by Life Time, the premier healthy lifestyle brand, will be moving to Sunday, October 20, 2019 due to inclement weather. The Half Marathon, Relay and 10K showcase the beautiful Sarasota area. All participants will start and finish at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and embark along a captivating waterfront route, including the John Ringling Bridge and around St. Armand's Circle before heading to downtown Sarasota.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

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