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SRQ DAILY Nov 11, 2019

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"The tech sector is getting a little bit of muscle."

- Mark Huey, President and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County

[Tech]  Silicon Valley SRQ Aims To Boost Regional Tech
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Who needs a valley when you could have a beach? The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County in October celebrated the first meeting of the Silicon Beach SRQ networking organization. The hope for the tech initiative, according to EDC President Mark Huey, is that better connections between high-tech companies headquartered in the Sarasota region will lay a strong foundation for the industry.

“It’s the kind of things an economic developer looks for to see how a sector might be maturing,” Huey said.

The event drew nearly 100 people from some 25 local companies to convene at Clickbooth. Huey said the technology continues to be a growing industry, and increasingly companies are launching from outside Silicon Valley and other major metropolitan areas.

But while it’s always nice to see job growth, Silicon Beach SRQ represents the evolution of a true business community, Huey said. “You can have tech companies around, and all that is good and well,” he said. “When you do something together to solve a problem they see, in this case how to retain and attract new talent to the community, that’s a great thing.”

Huey said Sarasota County already has about 5,500 individuals employed in the tech sector, making an average of $72,200 annually. But over the next five years, another 3,000 jobs are projected, and companies need the right workers to fill those openings. Simply convening to discuss cultivating talent will show reasons why other tech firms and prospective employees should continue doing their work in the region, he said.

And while Huey said the EDC is happy to help to provide connections, what’s exciting is to see leaders within the industry proactively working in cooperation. Huey said the October meeting was the first of hopefully many get-togethers of leaders in the field. “The tech sector is getting a little bit of muscle,” he said. 

Photo courtesy Silicon Beach SRQ Facebook Page

[History]  Newly Discovered History at Historic Spanish Point in Osprey

Come to Historic Spanish Point to see the ongoing natural restoration project at The Point, an archeological wonder that has remained covered by vegetation for nearly 100 years. The Point is the most recent discovery at the 30-acre outdoor museum on Little Sarasota Bay. This is the first time in this century that visitors have the opportunity to see items on The Point that have been hidden for decades—marked pathways, a cistern, planters, building foundations, a swimming pool, and much more. 

John McCarthy, Historic Spanish Point’s Executive Director, stated, “The clearing of The Point will provide our visitors with another look at life in early Florida. I am certain that we will discover even more history about the Palmer, Conrad, Spang, and Webb families who lived at Spanish Point in the late 19th and early 20th Century.”

The Point, the farthest western extension of Historic Spanish Point in Little Sarasota Bay, saw a rapidly changing landscape during the late 1800s and early 1900s. In those years, multiple families built homes and gardens, many of which no longer exist. Historic Spanish Point has undertaken a project to remove invasive plant species from this area, and through this process remnants have already been uncovered from this historical period, 1892-1931. Historic Spanish Point Curator Garrett Murto and Site Horticulturist Nancy Paul are heading the team that is revealing the hidden structures and recent discoveries of bottles, glass, pottery, and other historically significant items.  



[Sports]  Pan American Ultimate Championships Going On Now at the Sarasota Polo Club

More than 1,000 ultimate players from North, Central and South America have traveled to Sarasota County to compete in the week-long Pan American Ultimate Championship (PAUC), being held at the Sarasota Polo Club. The tournament includes multiple divisions, including men, women and mixed. Game play takes place from 9 am until approximately 1:30 pm each day, giving locals and visitors an opportunity to attend for free and enjoy watching this niche sport in Sarasota County. The event is sanctioned by the World Flying Disc Federation and hosted by Oshadega LLC, an ultimate events production company. 

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[Jobs]  Manatee County Hosts 5th Annual Small Business Expo

Entrepreneurs, start-ups and established business owners can access up to 20 local business resources from financial, marketing, workforce recruiting/training and small business development industries at Manatee County’s fifth annual Small Business Expo Thursday, Nov. 21. The free event is open to the public and offers information about products and services that could help anyone launch a business or operate an established business more effectively.  The expo gives business owners a chance to network and promote their products and services to each other. Local organizations with booths at the expo will include Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) Florida, Career Source Suncoast, Manasota SCORE, Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Manatee Community Federal Credit Union, Manasota County Black Chamber of Commerce, Spark Growth Station 2 Innovation, State College of Florida, Suncoast Community Capital, Manatee County Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity, Manatee County Whole Child, Manatee County Veterans Services, Manatee Sheriff's Office, Manatee County Library Services, the Bradenton Area Convention Bureau and United Way Suncoast. The County’s Redevelopment & Economic Opportunity Department Economic Development Division will host the event from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. at Downtown Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Boulevard West, Bradenton. 

[Recognition]  Blalock Walters Earns 2020 "Best Law Firm" Ranking by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

Blalock Walters, P.A. is pleased to announce that for sixth consecutive year, the firm has been ranked as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. Firms included in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4-percent of practicing attorneys in the United States. Blalock Walters has seven lawyers listed in The Best Lawyers in America - Clifford L. Walters, III, Charles F. Johnson, Matthew J. Lapointe, Fred E. Moore, William C. Robinson, Mark P. Barnebey and Robert G. Blalock. Almost 16,000 lawyers provided more than 1,229,000 law firm assessments, and more than 12,000 clients participated providing 107,000 evaluations. 

[Giving Back]  Manatee County Clerk of Court Collects Books For Children

 During October, the staff of the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller acknowledged Domestic Violence Awareness Month by collecting 374 books to benefit children visiting itsViolence Protection division.The donations will be placed in Domestic Violence, Family and Child Support Program waiting areas for children visiting the office. Contributions were made to the Violence Protection division inside the Manatee County courthouse or at any of the Manatee County Clerk of Court’s historical sites, such as theFlorida Maritime Museum,Manatee County Agricultural Museum,Manatee County Historical Records Library,Manatee Village Historical Park andPalmetto Historical Park.  

[Recognition]  SMH Receives Straight A's for Patient Safety

Hospital safety report cards were released today, and Sarasota Memorial Hospital continued its straight-A streak for keeping patients safe from medical errors, infections, accidents and other harm. The Leapfrog Group assigns hospitals across the nation A, B, C, D or F safety grades in the spring and fall of each year based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harm to patients in their care. Of the 2,600 hospitals ranked in the Fall 2019 safety report, SMH was one of 199 hospitals nationwide and just 15 in Florida to achieve straight A's since Fall 2016. Researchers said more than 50,000 lives could be saved if all hospitals performed at the level of A-graded hospitals, noting in particular that patients had almost double a risk of dying at D and F hospitals than at an A-graded hospitals. 

In the Fall 2019 report, 33% of hospitals in the nation earned an “A,” 25% earned a “B,” 34% earned a “C,” 8% a “D” and just under 1% an “F.” Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades are calculated by top patient-safety experts twice each year to help patients assess and choose the safest local hospitals to seek care.  In addition to the highest Leapfrog safety score, SMH has consistently earned the highest ratings from all of the major quality programs in the nation. In 2019, SMH was named one of the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals” by Truven Health Analytics and one of the world’s best hospitals in the first global ranking by Newsweek magazine this year. SMH also was among 57 “standout” hospitals recognized in the 2019-2020 U.S. News & World Report magazine’s Best Hospitals list, and the only hospital in Florida to have consistently earned the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ highest five-star quality award since that rating system launched in 2016. 


There is nothing more meaningful than the referral from a respected peer. The doctors who are being honored in this year's prestigious SRQ TOP DOCTORS | PEER REVIEW program have received the overwhelming support of colleagues in the medical professional communities of Greater Sarasota including Palmetto and Palmetto Bay, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Venice and North Port, Florida.

Published in the SRQ November magazine, the SRQ Top Doctors feature is now available to view and downloand online. Congratulations to this year's honorees! 

Click here to view the feature

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Orchid Show , October 12 – December 1, 10am-5pm

Blossoms of Asia combines a dazzling display of living orchids in the Tropical Conservatory with an elegant exhibition of orchid treasures from Selby Gardens’ bibliographic and preserved collections in the Museum of Botany and the Arts. The magnificent orchids in the Tropical Conservatory will include Asian specimens from Selby’s living plant collection. The display will reference traditional Japanese garden design and horticultural practices, including ikebana (the art of flower arrangement) and bonsai (the creation of miniaturized trees), in order to evoke a sense of Asia in the heart of Sarasota.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALLERY: Artists Minding Their Business , October 18 – December 6

How do you go from creative spark to creative business? An interactive multimedia exhibition and event series, Artists Minding Their Business takes us on the evolution from making art to making a living. Ringling’s Business of Art & Design Department and founder of Culture Hustlers, Lucas Spivey (BFA/MBA) have curated the Willis Smith Gallery into a visual showcase of the entrepreneurial journey. Inside interactive installations, visiting founders and creative entrepreneurs swap inspiring stories and provide visitors with practical advice. Opening Reception, Friday, October 18, 6-8pm.

Willis Smith Construction Inc. Gallery in the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Sound of Music , November 13 – December 28, 7:30pm and 8pm evening performances and 1:30 and 2pm matinees

Like a breath of fresh Alpine air, this beloved musical masterpiece sweeps onto the Asolo Rep stage just in time for the holidays. Maria, a young nun causing trouble at the abbey, is sent off to be governess to Captain Von Trapp’s seven troublesome children. She brings much-needed love and joy to the family – and the widowed captain – and transforms their world and hers through the power of music. But the looming threat of Nazi Germany’s invasion of their native Austria darkens their future. Overflowing with some of the most iconic songs of all time, this heart warming family musical will be helmed by Josh Rhodes, returning on the heels of his spectacular production of Evita in 2017.

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

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Modern Home Symposium , November 13, 5:30-7pm

Join SRQ MEDIA and Modern Home Magazine for the annual Modern Home Symposium featuring panelists who represent the top modern architecture and design gurus from the region to share their most memorable structures. Taking the audience into the design process, each panelist shares their source of inspiration in creating some of the area’s most significant spaces. Panelists include Nathan Cross of NWC Contruction, Steve Murray of Murray Homes, Jonathan Parks of Solstice Planning and Architecture and Mark Sultana of DSDG Architects. Registration opens at 5pm. The program is from 5:30-7pm. Light bites, wine and beer. RSVP to srqmag.com/moho.

SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Reverend Barry & The Funk , December 5 – December 8, 7:30pm

As part of Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, SCD Artistic Director’s passion to collaborate with local musicians, SCD will join forces with Reverend Barry & The Funk, an 8-pc funk band featuring a 3-pc horn section, and one of the fastest-rising “buzzworthy” acts in the state of Florida. Fueled by their recent #1 Global Position on ReverbNation’s Funk Charts after the release of their debut album “SxyGdLuv,” and the success of their recent breakout single “LoveShine,” the band is now headlining festivals and larger venues around the state. This is the first time that SCD will be partnering with a funk band, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that they are already a Sarasota favorite. This production will feature original choreography by Artistic Director, Leymis Bolaños Wilmott in collaboration with the SCD dancers. This unique evening is sure to be unlike any other, and is not to be missed!

Jane B. Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Art of Performance: Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol: Tijuana , December 6 – December 7, 7:30PM

This Mexico-city based theater ensemble has created a suite of works that explore ideas of democracy in the 21st Century and blends them with narrative collages from Mexican history. The solo work Tijuana is the staged result of a real anthropological theater experiment undertaken by Lagartijas ensemble member Gabino Rodríguez, in which he abandoned his life in Mexico City to work on an assembly line in a Tijuana factory on the U.S. border. Passing under a false identity for six months, he earned the legal minimum wage to explore how the current day Mexican working-class survives.

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

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Women's Sports Museum Launch Party , November 16, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM

Be a part of HERstory.  The Women’s Sports Museum is the first-of-its-kind in the world devoted solely to women in sports to be built in Sarasota, Florida. The much-anticipated museum will be a living, breathing museum featuring interactive, state-of-the-art exhibits that recognize the women who have given their time, talent, tears and triumphs to defy gender stereotypes and lead all women to heights beyond expectation. Don't miss the Women's Sports Museum Launch Party at the Sarasota Yacht Club

Sarasota Yacht Club

[SOON]  SEMINAR: PINC 2019 , December 12, 8am-8pm

PINC is People, Ideas, Nature, and Creativity. It's a one-day, conference-style experience delivered by a cascade of international speakers from every imaginable discipline, skill, and talent you can think of. Speakers range from Iditarod champions, the founder of Vertical Farming, a famous felt artist and a lawyer whose territory is outer space, all the way to Nobel Prize winners, perfume virtuosos, a Master Acoustician, and the doctor who performed the first-hand transplant. Whether a speaker or a guest, the PINC experience attracts creative thinkers, entrepreneurs, specialists, designers, artists, scientists, and anyone looking to stimulate their mind, heart, and soul. It's an opportunity to participate in an eclectic mix of the fundamental pieces that create the human experience. If you want to be inspired, you want to be at PINC.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  HEALTH: Veterans' Caregivers Free Lunch and Learn Support Group , November 18, 12:15pm-1:45pm

Welcoming all Veterans' Caregivers and Veterans caring for a loved one to a free lunch and monthly Caregivers Support Group every third Monday of the month. This group focuses on the Caregiver, and not the patient. Julie Cook Downing, Facilitator and President of Caregivers' Comfort Creations, LLC, has over two decades of experience with both support groups and Family Caregiving.

Mindspa Integrative Wellness Center, 5632 Bee Ridge Rd #101, Sarasota, FL 34233

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