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"I was just amazed by what ordinary clams could do. It's just one small thing to do to clean the water."

- State Rep. Will Robinson, R-Bradenton

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[Government]  Robinson Seeks Money To Lift Oyster Populations
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Oysters helped formed the Manatee River, even though the shelled water creatures aren’t found there in large numbers today. But state Rep. Will Robinson, R-Bradenton, hopes to see the populations replenished.

The state lawmaker filed an appropriations bill this week seeking a $950,000 investment in a Manatee County program to place live clams and oyster shells in the Manatee River, Sarasota Bay and some Tampa Bay estuaries. The county will work with the University of Florida Sea Grant program, the Gulf Shellfish Institute, Sarasota Baywatch and Solutions To Avoid Red Tide on the project.

It’s not just about building up fauna. Robinson said increasing these wildlife populations will assist with a major priority of the state: water quality improvement. Robinson spent a weekend recently with business leader Ed Chiles discussing beach reclamation and learned about how shellfish aid in the ecosystem.

“This allows the water to be cleaned by nature,” he said. “I was just amazed by what ordinary clams could do. It’s just one small thing to do to clean the water.”

The effort won’t be funded entirely by the state. Manatee County’s Parks and Natural Resources Department will provide $100,000 for design and planning and $200,000 for finalizing plans and permitting, along with $320,000 in construction costs. Marine Serves will chip in $10,000. The county will work with the University of Florida Sea Grant program.

Several nonprofits have also committed resources. The Gulf Shellfish Institute, has promised $230,000, Sarasota Baywatch $70,000 and Solutions To Avoid Red Tide $20,000, according to the formal state appropriations request. Robinson’s office also cites research by the Tampa Bay Estuary Program into facilitation of seagrass productivity using indigenous, suspension feeding bivalve oysters, specifically Mercenaria campechiensis.

Longterm, the program will expand seagrass coverage in the waters and improve clarity, while reducing shoreline erosion.  Oysters will be monitored long-term. And as fish populations thrive in cleaner water, officials figure there could eve be a tourism boost as more anglers visit the Manatee River and other benefitting water bodies.

“We have heard loud and clear that good clean water, both dirnking water and obviously water in our Gulf, is totally important to this region,” Robinson said. This program is one of many water-centric projects local lawmakers will push for when the Legislative Session begins next week. 

[ASID FL West Coast Chapter]  Leaders In Design

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is the oldest and largest professional organization for interior designers. Through education, training, business support and advocacy it has garnered more than 36,000 members—hosting 48 regional chapters across the United States and Canada. The Society’s practicing members represent all sectors of interior design including residential, commercial, hospitality, medical, industry partners, students and educators. The throughline of every chapter remains committed to the notion that “Design Impacts Lives”, which keeps ASID designers at the forefront of leading research initiatives in the industry—providing its members with the latest industry expertise, networking opportunities and support on national and local levels. Once onboard, the creative culture of being a part of ASID not only inspires members by promoting the value of interior design, but enriches them through continued education, workshop seminars, social events and introductions to industry contacts.

“Members of ASID are consummate professionals. They protect their clients against unscrupulous alliances,” says Alice Alexander, Allied ASID and current Florida West Coast Chapter (FLWC) president. “It’s just such an honor to be part of its advocacy.” Of Florida’s three different chapters, FLWC remains one of the more collaborative, immersed and close-knit groups throughout the country—compared to densely populated metropolitan city chapters or even multi-state ones that have to be combined. Covering a bandwidth spanning from Tampa to Naples, Florida, learn what makes this passionate group of local creatives a powerhouse in the world of design in the Chapter's January 2020 SRQ BrandStory.


Click here to view the BrandStory

[Sports]  Orioles Spring Training Tickets Go On Sale Saturday

Individual tickets for all 17 of the Orioles’ 2020 Spring Training games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale Saturday, January 11, at 10:00 am. The Orioles will offer a special online 36-hour presale today at 10:00 am to Friday, January, 10 at 10:00 pm to fans subscribing to the free digital Sarasota 365 Newsletter or Warehouse Wire. To receive an invitation for the exclusive presale, fans can sign up for the Sarasota 365 Newsletter and Warehouse Wire at Orioles.com/Newsletter. The 2020 season marks the club’s 10th anniversary at Ed Smith Stadium. 

The Orioles will play their first of 17 home games at Ed Smith Stadium on Sunday, February 23, at 1:05 pm against the Boston Red Sox. As part of the 10th anniversary celebration, the Orioles will offer special gate giveaways and promotions throughout the Spring Training season, including a Brooks Robinson Bobblehead, Birdland Hawaiian Shirt, Fireworks Night, and more. “This 10-year anniversary is a celebration for our organization and the community, and a testament to the support of our fans in Sarasota and throughout Birdland,” said Jennifer Grondahl, Orioles Senior Vice President, Community Development and Communications. “We take a great deal of pride in being part of the Sarasota community and our commitment to making a positive impact in the region. We look forward to celebrating this milestone with our fans during Spring Training.”

In addition to online sales, fans can purchase individual game tickets by visiting the Ed Smith Stadium Left Field Ticket Office, located at 12th Street and Tuttle Ave. The box office will be open on January 11 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.


Purchase tickets here.

[Staff Announcement ]  Attorney Nicole F. Christie Appointed to the Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee of the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee

Williams Parker is pleased to announce attorney Nicole F. Christie has been appointed to the Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee of the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) for a two-year term which began January 1, 2020.The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee consists of eight realtors appointed by RASM and eight attorneys, six appointed by the Sarasota County Bar Association and two by the Manatee County Bar Association. The committee is responsible for providing timely and accurate information to RASM members by planning, organizing, and presenting educational seminars and providing articles for the RASM Magazine.  Ms. Christie focuses her practice in the area of real estate. She represents developers, investors, lenders, and individuals in connection with purchase and sale transactions and the development of subdivisions, condominiums, and real estate investments.  

[Community]  Visit Sarasota County Announces Fiscal Year 2020 Board of Directors

The board members serve from October 1, 2019 until September 30, 2020. Coinciding with the recent appointments and the new decade is the launch of the Destination Strategic Plan (DSP) for 2020-2025 and Annual Action Plan for 2020.The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors is comprised of the following individuals:  Chair, Christine Johnson, President, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast; Vice Chair, Nicholas Mavrikis, General Manager, Embassy Suites; and Secretary/Treasurer, Lorrie Liang, Chief Operating Officer, Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Steven High, Executive Director, The Ringling Museum is the Immediate Past Chair. 

Returning general members of the VSC Board are: Heather Kasten, Executive Director, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Patrick Moreo, Professor and Dean of College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership, USF-Sarasota Manatee; Russell Matthes, Owner/V.P. of Marketing, Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar; Sondra Guffey, Marketing & Business Development Specialist, The City of North Port; and Varinia Van Ness, Esquire, Van Ness Law Group, P.A. New appointments to the Board are: Alan Maio, County Commissioner, Sarasota County Commission; Gil Reyes, General Manager, Westin Sarasota; Lori Ruth, Associate Publisher, Observer East; and Richard Russell, Executive Director, Sarasota Opera.

To learn more about the Fiscal Year 2020 Board of Directors, the 2020-2025 DSP or the 2020 Annual Action Plan, visit www.VisitSarasota.com or contact Britney Guertin at BGuertin@VisitSarasota.org. 

[Luncheon]  Recherche Masterpiece 2020 Luncheon To Serve VOSS at Signature Empowerment & Networking Event

Lakewood Ranch's Recherche High Cotton, Corp.’s signature event Recherché Masterpiece not only boasts top notch keynote speakers, C-Suite participants and a three course meal, it intends to only serve water designated as fine water regardless of the venue. Upon snagging large water partner, Total Wine & More, 2020 luncheon guests will be drinking Norweigan-based VOSS-Artesian water. “Our slogan speaks of our company being where luxury and success is at our core. And this event will be the flagship to demonstrate it.” said Alicia M. Phidd, the Chief Creative Officer. “The luxuries of life will be subtle at our events but it will be noticed.” The keynote speaker for the Recherché Masterpiece 2020 luncheon is Mark Huey, CPA, MBA, the former CEO of the Economic Development Corporation. 

The event is set to occur on Wednesday, January 29, 2020  at 11:00 am at Bayside Community Church and already has registrants spanning industries across the spectrum, including construction, legal, commercial real estate, insurance, banking and tele-communications. Tickets can be purchased online here.  

[January 2020 | The Goods]  Active Outfitters
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Get your New Year's fitness ramped up with these modern goods featured in the January 2020 edition of SRQ Magazine.  

Click here to see the article.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Specters and Parables , December 8 – March 1

Born and raised in Mexico City, where he spent most of his career, Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902-2002) was one of the most important figures in 20th century Latin American photography. Although he took art classes at the Academy of San Carlos, his photography was mostly self-taught, but he was savvy to the emerging international artistic avant-garde. Considered to be one of the founders of modern photography, his work extends from the late 1920s to the 1900s. He was a key figure from the period following the Mexican Revolution—often called the Mexican Renaissance—in which arts and literature flourished. This “Renaissance” owed to the happy—though not always tranquil—marriage between a desire for modernization and the search for an authentic national identity with Mexican roots, in which archaeology, history and ethnology played an important role. Support for this exhibition has been provided, in part, by the Ringling Endowment at the Florida State University Foundation. Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues. 

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed , December 15 – April 26

Concealed and Revealed offers a unique selection of paintings by the artist, along with numerous objects from the Solomon Archive on view for the first time. Syd Solomon (American, 1917-2004) described himself as an “Abstract Impressionist” alluding to the fact that his work infused impressionism into the processes, scale and concepts of Abstract Expressionism. Solomon moved to Sarasota in 1946 with his wife Annie. His was the first work of contemporary art to be collected by The Ringling in 1962. His paintings were greatly influenced by climatic factors and reveal a fascination and concern for Florida’s aquatic environment. Solomon incorporated his experience as a camouflage designer during World War II into his painting. It is not well-known that he was also an accomplished graphic artist, who in his early years designed commercial signage for prominent hotels and businesses in Sarasota. Like his work in camouflage, Solomon’s calligraphic skill was essential to the development of his later gestural abstraction.

Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed is presented in partnership with the Estate of Syd Solomon and is accompanied by a 96-page publication with essays by former curator at The Ringling Michael Auping, George S. Bolge, Dr. Gail Levin, and Mike Solomon. The exhibition will include artworks from private collections and The Ringling’s permanent collection.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Dabbert Gallery Presents "Local Color, Florida Style" , January 3 – January 31, 11am-5pm

Dabbert Gallery presents the exhibition "Local Color, Florida Style" to open at the First Firday Gallery Walk on Friday, January 3, 2020 and continues through January 31, 2020. Featuring six of the gallery's Florida artists including Arnold Desmarais, Martin Dunn, Bill Farnsworth, James Griffin, Joe Palmerio and Luke Steadman. Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm.

Dabbert Gallery, 46 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  GALLERY: Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica at Selby Gardens , January 5 – January 26, Opening Reception: January 4, 2020, 4:30-6:30pm. Exhibit open Gardens hours.

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind display of native Borucan Art at the annual Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica exhibit and sale. The Opening Reception on January 4, will give attendees the first chance to purchase the masks of their choosing before the exhibit opens to the general public on January 5. The hand-carved and painted, vibrant masks will be on display in The Museum of Botany & the Arts. Members of the Borucan tribe will be at the exhibit on select days for mask carving demonstrations.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning (SILL) , January 7 – March 26, 10:30 am

Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning (SILL) is preparing for its 49th year of extremely popular global issues lectures and musical conversations. In 2020, these programs will begin in January and continue through the end of March. Speakers of global issues lectures are well-known, highly experienced experts, and guests on musical conversations are internationally renowned musicians, singers, and performers. SILL is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. In its 49th season, its programs will include 96 lectures and musical conversations presented in Sarasota, Venice, and Lakewood Ranch. SILL audiences mostly consist of highly educated and intellectually curious seniors living on the Suncoast year-round or during winter months. SILL also simulcasts some of its lectures to selected senior communities. Last year, attendance at SILL events exceeded 40,000. Single tickets to SILL events are only $10 at the door when available, and a season ticket for 12 same-day lectures cost just $85, which represents substantial savings. For program schedules, venues, speaker bios, and ordering season tickets visit sillsarasota.org

First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave.

[SOON]  GALA: The Hospital Gala , January 11, 6pm-11pm

The Hospital Gala has raised more than $2.2 million to benefit Sarasota Memorial Hospital ER/Trauma Services and Cardiac Services. This year, proceeds will support Cancer Services to help the SMH cancer care team deliver the best life-saving care for you, your loved ones and those in our community.

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: Young Concert Artists International Star Xavier Foley and Kelly Lin , January 12, 3:00 pm

For the past several years, dazzling young bassist Xavier Foley has been thrilling audiences and critics alike with the stunning musical magic he makes with the essential but often overlooked double bass. Foley’s playing makes this largest and lowest member of the string family as important as any solo instrument. The Philadelphia Inquirer calls him a “spectacular player” and one who is “blissfully unaware that dazzling virtuosity is usually someone else’s job.” A native of Marietta, Georgia, Foley was also featured recently on PBS Thirteen’s NYC-ARTs and was named to New York WQXR’s "19 Artists to Watch” list for 2019. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra, amongst others. Joining Foley will be pianist Kelly Lin, a sought-after accompanist whose groundbreaking collaborations with Foley have dazzled audiences and been hailed by critics for their “agile interplay between piano and bass,” as well as their “radical, riveting reinventions of old classics.” The duo will be performing their critically acclaimed program that includes Foley’s reinvention of Mozart’s Violin Sonata in E Minor, that transposes the violin part to a range comparable to a cello’s; Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata, D 821, which showcases Foley’s vast range, utilizing every bit of the bass’s vast sonic capability; their phantasmagorical take on Glière’s Intermezzo and Tarantella; and original compositions by Foley.

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

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Mote Marine Laboratory's Lecture Series: The Wild Side of Manatee Research , January 13, 6:30 pm

Mote's Special Lecture Series features expert speakers highlighting fascinating ocean topics on Monday evenings. Doors open at 5:30 pm and lectures start at 6:30 pm in Mote Marine Laboratory's WAVE Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, 34236. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members (per ticket per lecture). Registration required for all. Jan. 13: Kerri Scolardi: The wild side of manatee research: How science and policy are saving a species.

WAVE Center at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SEMINAR: SWAC Lecture: Jamal Abdi , January 14, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Join the Sarasota World Affairs Council for the next program in its 2019-20 Lecture Series, “The Politics of Hate Have Driven the U.S. and Iran to the Brink,” featuring Jamal Abdi, President of the National Iranian American Council. Mr. Abdi will describe the background and mission of the Iranian-American Council, as well as provide an update on the current Iranian-American relationship and international efforts to establish prospects for peace in the region. Each SWAC lecture is followed by a members-only reception with the speaker in a historic building on Sarasota Bay. The lecture is free, but reservations are suggested.

Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

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