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"We, in Florida, are experiencing firsthand the effects of climate change. Sea level rise means our streets and homes are flooding and ocean warming means our coral reefs are dying."

- State Rep. Margaret Good, R-Sarasota

-GOLFTOON 15: JUST SHORT. Stunned and still in full pose, your jaw slackens, your eyes widen and you are speechless, too stupefied to resort to profanity much less close your gaping mouth. By just inches, your swing went from the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat. But don't worry, it happens to the best of us.
[Politics]  Good Joins Push For Climate Change Policy
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

State Rep. Margaret Good, R-Sarasota, today will join some of the Florida’s political heavy hitters on climate change to discuss saving Florida’s environment.

Outside the Florida Energy & Climate Summit in Tampa, she will stand with U.S. Reps. Charlie Crist and Kathy Castor, Agriculture Nikki Fried and other elected officials to address the need to act on energy efficiency. Ahead of the event, she told SRQ DAILY that inaction could produce problems for Gulf Communities like Sarasota.

“We, in Florida, are experiencing firsthand the effects of climate change,” Good said. “Sea level rise means our streets and homes are flooding and ocean warming means our coral reefs are dying.”

The concerns will drive her efforts in the 2020 Legislative Session, which starts in January. Already, lawmakers are filing legislative and meeting in committee in Tallahassee.

Notably, her involvement in the issue comes as she seeks a higher office. Good earlier this year announced she’s running against U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota. It’s an uphill battle; Buchanan in 2018 defeated Democrat David Sahpiro by about 10 percent.

Her participation in the presser this morning, though, shows the role within Democratic politics that she will play on the issue. Fried is the top elected Democrat holding statewide office in Florida, Crist a former Republican Governor-turned-Democratic Congressman. Castor was named by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as chair of a Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. So Good’s position beside party leaders on green issues shows a level of confidence in her political potential.

But Good said she’s not just focused on a popular Democratic issue. She worked with Republican colleagues this year to bring red tide research funding to the region and hopes to achieve more this year in the Republican Legislature. Climate change, she said, threatens the tourism and beach economy in the region and the state as a whole.

“Our quality of life and economy depend on Florida increasing renewable energy usage, creating resiliency plans, and reducing harmful emissions,” she said. 

Photo courtesy Florida House: Margaret Good on the House floor with Democratic leaders.

[Seminar Series]  New College Announces 2019-2020 New Topics Lecture Series

New College of Florida and the New College Foundation announced the 2019-2020 season of New Topics, a five-lecture series featuring national speakers from a broad range of disciplines exploring topical issues. The series runs November 2019 through April 2020, and includes a conservationist program manager from Disney; an historian and jeweler who adorned the main characters of Downton Abbey; a contemporary Sherlock Holmes who excels in recovering stolen and looted works of art; the research manager at Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment; and experts in New Urbanism and environmental studies. Each program starts at 5:30 pm in New College’s Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota. Tickets are $15. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made at ncf.edu/new-topics, or by calling the New College events hotline at 941-487-4888.  

Pictured: Christopher A. Marinello.


[Funding]  Mote Receives Federal Grant to Study Highly Migratory Sharks As Part of New Consortium

Mote Marine Laboratory is bringing its long history of shark expertise to a new consortium studying highly migratory species, thanks to new funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sea Grant program. The Pelagic Ecosystem Research Consortium (PERC) will have a goal of improving stock assessment, management and sustainability of highly migratory species, such as tuna, swordfish and sharks, in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. PERC is being led by the University of Maine, with partners from Mote Marine Laboratory, Nova Southeastern University and Auburn University.

The PERC award was one of three competitive grants totaling $2 million, awarded through the 2019 Sea Grant Highly Migratory Species Research Initiative. More information about the national initiative is on the NOAA Fisheries website. This new Sea Grant initiative was championed by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), who together recognized the national need for this research.

PERC will conduct projects in five areas of research focused on bycatch reduction, increased understanding of life history, post-release mortality and other objectives for multiple species of highly migratory fish in the Northwest Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Comprehensive information on the life history of highly migratory species is lacking, including data on age, growth, indices of abundance, reproduction, post-release and natural mortality, infectious disease, anthropogenic disturbance, habitat utilization/migratory behavior and stock structure.

Research by the consortium is expected to fill gaps in information that will reduce uncertainty in stock assessment models and population status, and inform appropriate quotas to promote sustainability. Mote Marine Laboratory’s Center for Shark Research is leading the shark component of PERC’s objectives. 

Pictured: Dr. Bob Hueter, Director of Mote's Center for Shark Research, applies a satellite tag to a bull shark during a study in 2016. Bull sharks are one of the migratory shark species that PERC will focus on. Photo credit: Olivia Raney / Mote Marine La

[Staffing]  The Education Foundation of Sarasota County Names Diana Dill as Chief Development Officer

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County has named Diana Dill as the organization's Chief Development Officer.  Dill most recently served as VP of Development for Feeding Tampa Bay and previously served as the Executive Director for Take Stock in Children of Manatee County.  She brings a heartfelt passion for education and strong fundraising skills. Dill will join the EFSC team starting on October 21, 2019. 

[Philanthropy]  Bank of America Awards UnidosNow Inaugural Neighborhood Champion Grant of $50,000

Bank of America selected UnidosNow as the inaugural Neighborhood Champion in the Sarasota-Manatee region—awarding them a grant of $50,000 to expand our work in Manatee County’s Samoset area. The pilot program will include our education component, critical aspects of financial literacy, wellness, and access to resources. 

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[Grants]  NOAA Announces $15.6 Million in Grants for Gulf Ecosystem Research

The NOAA RESTORE Science Program has awarded approximately $15.6 million in grants to four teams of researchers and resource managers from across 20 institutions including universities, federal and state agencies and non-governmental organizations to support work on living coastal and marine resources and their habitats in the Gulf of Mexico.

“These awards continue NOAA’s commitment to producing timely and high-quality science to support the management and sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico,” said Steven Thur, director of NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. “Improving our understanding of long-term trends in the Gulf will help us make the decisions now and in the future necessary to ensure the Gulf remains a vibrant resource for the nation.”

The grants are in response to the RESTORE Act, which in July 2012 authorized the use of administrative and civil penalties resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to restore and protect the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, coastal wetlands and economy of the Gulf Coast region. 

[Real Estate]  Preferred Shore Brings in The Altier Group

Preferred Shore has expanded their agent base with Florida native and lifestyle expert, Abigail Altier and the Altier Group. Robert Milligan, founder of Preferred Shore says, " We are thrilled to bring in Abigail and the Altier Group to Preferred Shore. Our close-knit group stays apprised of each other's listing inventory, which expands the buyer-pool all over the world. Our progressive marketing and agent camaraderie ensure that our customers have the best probability of a timely sale." Abigail Altier says she chose a boutique firm to concentrate on quality over quantity and to be more deeply committed to an economically sound, beautiful and welcoming community. 

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[Staff]  Orioles Introduce New Senior Management Team

After launching an organizational transformation in baseball operations nearly one year ago with the hiring of Executive Vice President and General Manager MIKE ELIAS, the team now confirms the leadership vision off the field. The Orioles have hired T.J. BRIGHTMAN as Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, and promoted JENNIFER GRONDAHL to Senior Vice President of Community Development & Communications, and GREG BADER to Senior Vice President of Administration & Experience. The trio join LISA TOLSON, who was named Senior Vice President of Human Resources prior to the season, as the senior management team in charge of the club’s day-to-day business operations. 

The comprehensive process to reposition the club’s baseball operations began last year when Elias was hired to reconfigure the baseball operations department to reflect the industry’s state-of-the-art practices surrounding scouting, player development, and the use of analytics across all areas. These practices have helped the Orioles’ organizational talent ranking rise this season from 22nd to ninth according to Baseball America. To complement this new approach in building baseball operations, the addition of business and community leadership will create enhancements in business operations. 

Pictured, left to right: Lisa Tolson, Greg Bader, T.J. Brightman and Jennifer Grondahl

[Real Estate]  Nancy Aultman Joins RE/MAX Alliance Group

Nancy Aultman has joined RE/MAX Alliance Group as a Realtor in the Bradenton office. Formerly with RE/MAX Premier Realty in Ocala, she specializes in residential sales, foreclosure sales, first-time home buyers, residential acreage and vacant land. RE/MAX Alliance Group is the #1 RE/MAX franchise in Florida and the #15 RE/MAX franchise in the United States. It is the #1 office in Florida for contributions to the Children’s Miracle Network. The company now offers residential and commercial real estate solutions throughout Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. 

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[SOON]  FILM: Flamenco, Flamenco , October 4, 6:30pm

Directed by legendary Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura, Flamenco, Flamenco is an evolutionary musical journey through the light, song and dance of a dynamic and alive art form. Beautifully photographed by famed Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now), and showcasing a powerful new Flamenco through dazzling musical and dance performances by emerging talents, and the greatest living Flamenco masters, this unique musical odyssey reaches beyond the borders of Flamenco and Spanish culture toward a universal artistic expression.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Hotel Indigo Oktoberfest , October 5, 3pm-7pm

Joining the recent “boom” of the Rosemary District, Hotel Indigo is hosting their first annual Oktoberfest event on the premises of their hotel with a cultural, community event supporting Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Charity, over a three-day celebration of food, music, games and neighborhood connections. Taking place in the parking lot, the main event will be the Oktoberfest on October 5 from 3-7pm, including Bavarian beer and food, Derby games, Stein Holding competition, Das Boot Chugging Competition and much more. There will also be an Oktoberfest Happy Hour from 5-8pm on Friday October 4, and an Oktoberfest Brunch from 11am-2pm on October 6.

Hotel Indigo's Back Parking Lot , 1223 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  DANCE: Nrityagram Dance Ensemble: Daśavatār: Ringling Art of Performance , October 11 – October 12, 730pm

One of the premier Indian Classical dance ensembles performing today, Nrityagram is more than a dance company. Founded as a village devoted to dance and the preservation of the Odissi classical dance tradition, the all-female ensemble’s daily life of intensive training and meditation brings to the stage compelling captivating performances that are at once sensual and lyrical. Daśavatār brings together brilliant dance traditions with shared ancient roots, accompanied by a live original score. The performances will take place on Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30pm, and tickets are required.

Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SEMINAR: DreamLarge Weekends , October 11 – October 13, 5pm

DreamLarge Weekends is a program designed to educate and inspire tomorrow’s generation about community issues and philanthropy, empowering their imagination to create innovative solutions and make our community a brighter place. This hands-on, weekend-long program invites students and mentors to work together towards a goal of figuring out creative, unique, and collaborative solutions to community challenges. Over the course of the weekend, students will have spent time creatively exploring a real-world issue, honed in to a single solution, prototyped their plan to create social impact, and pitched their ideas to a panel of local community leaders.

Ringling College of Art + Design Academic Center, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Local Planning for Sea Level and Climate Change , October 11, Networking, 6:30pm. Meeting, 7pm.

Join CONA - Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations when Lee Hayes Byron, the director of the Sarasota County-University of Florida/IFAS extension and sustainability, Stevie Freeman-Montes, the sustainability manager for the city of Sarasota, and Darcy Young, the director of planning and communications for the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program discuss current planning by our local governments regarding adaptation to sea level and climate change. They will lead the discussion among a panel of municipal representatives. Bring questions to submit for discussion. Following a traditional half-hour networking opportunity, the meeting will open with brief neighborhood updates about their issues.      

Firehouse Station, 2070 Waldemere Street, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Modern Education Symposium , October 23, 5pm-7pm

Join SRQ Magazine and its family magazine RocketKids for an evening with representatives from local private and charter schools in Sarasota and Manatee Counties in a panel discussion about how each school prepares their students for success.  With the future workforce continuing to evolve rapidly, we ask local schools how they are creating programs that will prepare our students. We will also discuss the increasing importance of teaching social emotional literacy (SEL) and the role of schools in engaging with students in fostering these skills. Schools include: The Out-of-Door Academy, NewGate School, Sarasota Christian School, Island Village Montessori School, St. Martha's Catholic School and The Pinnacle Academy. Free admission. Lightbites, beer and wine will be served. RSVP at srqmag.com/moed.

SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Out of the Blue NAMI , October 24, 6-830pm

The second annual Out of the Blue benefits National Alliance on Mental Illness Sarasota County. NAMI works to support families in Sarasota County who have a loved one living with mental illness; advocate at the county, state, and national levels for non-discriminatory access to quality healthcare, housing, education, and employment for people with mental illness; educate the public about mental illness; and work to eliminate the stigma of mental illness.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Safari Sarasota , October 24 – October 26, Different festival event dates and times.

Safari Sarasota is a three-day, five event experience, produced by Michael's On East in partnership with the All Heart Fund of South Africa's Good Work Foundation. Safari Sarasota is the only event experience in the United States that brings together internationally-recognized guests from South Africa's Good Work Foundation and its founding patron, the Londolozi Reserve. There will be five sensational opportunities to experience the flavors of South Africa through food and wine, including an Interactive Cooking Experience led by Chef Anna Ridgewell from Londolozi Game Reserve and Chef Jamil Pineda of Michael's On East.  

Michael's On East, 1212 East Avenue S. Sarasota

[SOON]  FILM: Gauguin in Tahiti, Paradise Lost , October 24, 1pm

Gauguin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost traces the legendary life story of Paul Gauguin who left France for Tahiti, feverishly in search of deep immersions into lush nature, for feelings, visions and colors, ever purer and brighter. Audiences join this journey from Tahiti to American museums including New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery of Art in DC, and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts where Gauguin’s greatest masterpieces are now preserved.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  DANCE: Graziano, Retrospective , October 25 – October 27, 7:30pm evening performances and 2pm matinees

The Sarasota Ballet’s first program of the Season, titled Graziano, Retrospective, serves as a tribute to Principal Dancer and Resident Choreographer Ricardo Graziano’s tenth year with the company by featuring three of his choreographic works. Opening the program, Shostakovich Suite is his most traditionally classical ballet; premiered in 2011 and set to movements from Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2” and “Ballet Suite No. 2”, Shostakovich Suite is an eight-scene ballet demonstrating the aptitude of the company dancers whom Graziano has grown to know so well over the past decade. Graziano’s 2015 work, En las Calles de Murcia, not seen since its world premiere, returns to the stage; the choreography was inspired by the city of Murcia in southeastern Spain as well as the music of early eighteenth-century guitarist and composer Santiago de Murcia, bringing a distinctive vibrancy to the dance. The program closes with Graziano’s critically lauded In a State of Weightlessness; since its August 2015 world premiere at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA, the production, set to Philip Glass’s “Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra”, explores concepts of lightness in motion while generating its own ethereal sort of emotional gravity. 

FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  FILM: National Theatre Live A Midsummer Night's Dream , October 25, 1pm and 6:30pm

A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences. Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Strategies for Success Leadership Educational Conference , October 25, 12:30-5pm

Join Leadership Sarasota for a half-day Leadership Educational Conference. Speakers will present their ideas on the best way to engage employees including Larry Face of Next Level Achievement, Jim Kuhlman, formerly of CenterState Bank and Pete Peterson of Dealers United. Admission: $29 for Leadership Alumni and $79 for Future Alumni. Networking, lite bites and drinks.

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  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

[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]  GRAB BAG: Sun Coast Jaguar Club Concours d'Elegance , October 12, Registration begins at 8am; Judging complete by 3pm; Awards Dinner and Silent Auction, 6pm

The Sun Coast Jaguar Club 34th Annual Concours d’Elegance presented by Wilde Jaguar Sarasota will be presented on St. Armands Circle. Registration for the event begins at 8 am, with judging completed by 3 pm. The public is invited to attend the showcase, free of charge. Sanctioned by Jaguar Clubs of North America, the Sun Coast Jaguar Club Concours d’Elegance attracts the finest Jaguar automobiles from across the U.S., including vintage antiques, current classics, future models and competition-modified prototypes. Vehicles are judged and awarded in a variety of classes, and all Jaguar owners are encouraged to register. The event also features a display of the latest and state-of-the-art Jaguar models. Special recognitions and club winners will be announced on the Concours lawn after judging concludes. Official JCNA trophies will be presented at 6 pm during the awards dinner and silent auction, accommodated by the Holiday Inn Sarasota-Lido Beach. Specifically, silent auction proceeds will benefit Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, helping care for Manny, a rescued Jaguar.

St. Armands Circle

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