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SRQ DAILY Feb 17, 2020

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"This certainly shouldn’t be finding any traction, New College is a top producer of Fulbright scholars and it’s one of the top liberal arts schools in the United States."

- State Rep. Margaret Good, D-Sarasota
 

[Higher Education]  Local lawmakers Rally against New College proposal
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Lawmakers from Sarasota will spend much of this week pushing back on a plan to merge New College of Florida into Florida State University. But there are increasing signs leadership for the Legislature wants to pursue the controversial plan.

“This certainly shouldn’t be finding any traction,” said state Rep. Margaret Good, D-Sarasota. “New College is a top producer of Fulbright scholars and it’s one of the top liberal arts schools in the United States.”

State Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota agrees. “New College has an important role to play in our community and overall in the university system we have in Florida,” he said. “I’m going to do all I can.”

Both Good and Gruters plan to participate in a press conference this week with leadership for the college.

But state Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay and the sponsor for legislation stripping New College of its independence, said it costs the state roughly 10 times as much to produce a from New College than at one of the state’s larger public universities. That’s largely because of extra administrative costs for the small school.

But he also noted New College has been given extra funding to grow its enrollment to 1,200 students, but instead has seen the numbers decline. That’s not the fault of school leadership, he said, as much as students themselves favoring major universities.

“The students you want to go to the honors college of Florida are choosing to go to the University of Florida or Florida State University,” he said. “The market is speaking.”

Meanwhile, House Speaker Josè Oliva, R-Miami, said this week he has not heard an argument merging New College into FSU, or a connected plan to merge Florida Polytechnic University into UF, was a bad idea. And Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, said the Senate is open to hearing the proposal. 

[Real Estate]  Praxis Capital Group Funds Construction Loan for Florida Condominium Project

Private lender Praxis Capital Group has funded a $29 million construction loan for The DeMarcay, a luxury residential condominium project by GK Real Estate in downtown Sarasota, Florida. With new financing in place and sales already underway, the Illinois-based development firm anticipates the building will be completed in fall 2021. “With our construction loan in place, buyers have peace of mind knowing that we will begin construction and that there will be no financial delays for the project,” said Greg Kveton, principal at GK Real Estate, the developer of The DeMarcay. “Our construction team has already started the process of preserving the on-site historic facades, and we anticipate steady updates as our construction timeline gets underway. We expect that homeowners can begin moving in as soon as the fourth quarter of next year.”

 Located directly across the street from the project at 32 S. Palm Avenue in Sarasota, The DeMarcay sales office provides a preview of the planned high-rise condominium through a variety of visuals, including a scale model and the deluxe finishes available for the well-appointed kitchens and bathroomsThe 18-story building will boast valet parking, concierge services and a resort-style rooftop pool and clubroom with expansive waterfront views of the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. Ranging from 1,144 to 3,106 square feet, the floor plans will have the flexibility to combine units for larger square footage. 

For more information, call 941-404-8858 or visit here. 

Rendering courtesy of The Demarcay

[Girl Scouts]  New Cookie Packaging Creates Local Girl Scout Celebrity

Girl Scout Cookie booths opened Friday, February 14, at various area locations, and sales will run through March 15. Cookie aficionados will notice that their favorite variety has a new look on the outside, with the same great taste inside. The refreshed cookie packaging features new images of current Girl Scouts taking part in a diverse range of experiences—including Cape Coral Girl Scout Olivia Trader. Trader was one of six national winners in Girl Scouts of the USA’s Cookie Pro contest and was selected for a spot on the package of her favorite cookie—Tagalongs®. There’s also a new cookie variety debuting: Lemon-Ups, a crispy lemon cookie baked with messages inspired by Girl Scout entrepreneurs. “I am a go-getter” and “I am an innovator” are among the eight phrases that bring the experience of Girl Scouting to life. The new cookie joins the national 2020 lineup, which also includes favorites such as Thin Mints®, Samoas® and Trefoils®. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world. “Young cookie entrepreneurs learn important business and financial literacy skills that are proven to build their leadership skills and position them for success in the future,” says Mary Anne Servian, CEO of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida. “And, every dollar from the Girl Scout Cookie Program stays within the local council to support troop activities, community service projects, council programs and more.” 

The new Girl Scout cookie packaging

To learn more about Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, or to find a cookie booth near you

[Voting ]  Supervisor Of Elections Urges Voters To Consider Vote-By-Mail For March 17 Presidential Primary

Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is suggesting Sarasota County voters consider voting by mail in the March 17, 2020 elections as an alternative to going to the polls on election day. “Voting by mail is a safe and convenient option for both election day voting and early voting and is available to all voters,” Turner said. The March 17 elections include the presidential preference primary, Holiday Park Park and Recreation District election, and the Town of Longboat Key bond referendum. A request for a vote-by-mail ballot may be submitted online at SarasotaVotes.comor by phone to 941.861.8618. A vote-by-mail ballot may be requested for a specific election or for all available elections through 2022. A voter, who would like a ballot mailed to him/her for the March 17 elections must make the request no later than 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. Voted ballots may be returned by mail or in person, but must reach any one of the following three supervisor of elections offices by 7 pm on election night: Sarasota County Terrace Building, 2001 Adams Ln., Sarasota; R.L. Anderson Administration Building, 4000 Tamiami Trail South, Venice; Biscayne Plaza, 13640 Tamiami Trail, North Port. Voted ballots may also be dropped into secure vote-by-mail drop boxes located inside all elections offices during regular business hours (8:30 am - 5 pm weekdays), as well as inside all early voting locations during early voting dates and times (March 7 – March 14; 8:30 am — 4:30 pm daily).  

For more information, contact the supervisor of elections office at 941.861.8618 or visit sarasotavotes.com

[Military Service]  Bradenton Native Serves Aboard Multifaceted Navy Warship

Littoral combat ships were first introduced more than a decade ago to the naval fleet to increase forward presence and complete diverse missions. Fireman Apprentice Brittany Davis is one of the sailors serving aboard USS Jackson, homeported in San Diego. Davis is a 2017 Manatee High School graduate and native of Bradenton, Florida.  According to Davis, the values required to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Bradenton.  “I learn better when I get to do something, so learning things hands-on was very fun for me, especially when it came down to fixing things,” said Davis. "What I learned growing up in Bradenton influenced the job I chose in the Navy." 

With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.  

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tim Miller

Read full story here.

[Merger]  Complete Small Business Solutions has Merged with Howard, Howard, and Hodges

Complete Small Business Solutions is thrilled to announce that we have become part of the Lake Mary, Florida based Howard, Howard, and Hodges Family - Certified Public Accountants and Small Business Consultants. The Sarasota-based company merged its teams in order to bring outstanding service and expertise to its clients. Brian J. McGinn, CPA continues as a firm owner overseeing the Sarasota office. This means the local team you’ve come to know and trust, plus a larger staff will be available, as well as more resources and solutions, and better service throughout all the areas they serve. "This change will enable us to more effectively leverage rapidly changing technology to improve your business and efficiently run our own." The office remains in Sarasota and will now lead under the Howard, Howard, and Hodges umbrella.  

Click here to learn more about Howard, Howard, and Hodges.



[Sculpture]  Prometheus Rising
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

A sculptor in a strange land rebuilds what he left behind.

 

Click here to read the full story in our February 2020 Business Edition!

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Automotive Art of Ferdinand Porsche and Enzo Ferrari , February 1 – May 1, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Guests can “step back in time” to see an in-depth history of both Ferrari and Porsche, and the incredible cars that were released along the way, at Sarasota Classic Car Museum’s upcoming exhibit. The exhibit will showcase over 16 Porsche models, from 1951 to 2004, as well as six classic Ferraris ranging in years from 1965 to 2011. This exhibit is included in the price of admission to the museum. 

Sarasota Classic Car Museum, 5500 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Museum Store Trunk Show , February 12 – February 25, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Ringling Museum Store hosts a variety of trunk shows, bringing you the very best from local and international artisans. The Museum Store is located in the Visitors Pavilion and everyone is invited to drop by and shop these unique collections; no Admission is required. Elma_Felix_EbijouEbijou February 12, 10 am-5 pm, ITALIANISSIMO® February 18 & 19, 10 am-5 pm, Sugar, Sand, Silver February 25, 10 am-5 pm.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: How To Be Better In Bed: America's Sleep Doctor Tells You How , February 17, 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Research strongly suggests that it is worthwhile to adopt a brain-healthy lifestyle across the lifespan. Dr. Stephanie Peabody will discuss how lifestyle impacts, for better or worse, both the structure and function of the brain and contributes to health, illness and performance. Dr. Peabody is a neuropsychologist with more than 20 years of experience as a clinician and program designer, consistently working to improve outcomes in brain health, development, aging, and performance at the individual and community level. In collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital, and scientists and clinicians across the Harvard campus, she is the creator and Founding Director of the Brain Health Initiative. Follow Dr. Peabody, Michael J. Breus, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist, and Board Certified Sleep Specialist, commonly known as America's Sleep Doctor will provide the basic mechanisms of how sleep works in the brain, the importance of sleep cycles and circadian rhythms, how sleep changes as we age and how we can all accommodate these changes. In addition, he will describe how sleep deprivation (from apnea to sleeplessness) affects all aspects of brain health and neurological disease. He will give everyone several techniques to determine their personalized bedtime, help create a personalized pre-bed routine, strategies for nocturnal awakenings and how to wake  feeling refreshed and ready to meet the day.

RSVP on Eventbrite

The Grove Ballroom, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, 34202

[SOON]  SEMINAR: New Topics Lecture Series | The Art of Art Recovery: Recovering Stolen and Looted Works of Art , February 20, 5:30pm
A lecture with Christopher A. Marinello, CEO of Art Recovery International. Art crime is an ugly fact of art history. Fortunately, Marinello is on the case. His case studies offer a compelling glimpse at the painstaking detective work and tenacious legal wrangling that goes into recovering looted treasures. 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.

Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: SB2 | STATE OF THE ECONOMY AND LOCALPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARDS , February 20, 11:00 AM

The SRQ State of the Regional Economy luncheon and panel discussion will explore the forecast on the horizon of small business, regional economic trends and economic development. What's trending, who's innovating, why are donor-advised funds growing so rapidly and what exactly are donors looking for? The luncheon will culminate with the SRQ Localpreneur of the Year program at which we will honor the finalists and winners of the annual cometition recognizing business leaders who have forged a successful path for their entrepreneurial endeavors in our region. 

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

[SOON]  THEATER: Art of Performance: Inez Barlatier - Spotlight Florida, Moun-Moon | The Ringling Museum , February 21 – February 22, 7:30 PM

Miami native Inez Barlatier is a multifaceted artist of Ayisen (Haitian) descent. With her first band Kazoots, Inez and her bandmates evolved from their fathers’ Haitian folkloric ensemble, mixed with next-generation influences. Going solo in 2016 allowed her further exploration, as she embraces history and heritage, finding inspiration from African, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin cultures. Inez’s incredible vocal delivery organically flows between an ancestral guttural bellow to an airy angelic falsetto, full of energy. Besides performances, Inez will conduct drumming workshops and an artist talk. Tickets $25-$35.">

Miami native Inez Barlatier is a multifaceted artist of Ayisen (Haitian) descent. With her first band Kazoots, Inez and her bandmates evolved from their fathers’ Haitian folkloric ensemble, mixed with next-generation influences. Going solo in 2016 allowed her further exploration, as she embraces history and heritage, finding inspiration from African, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin cultures. Inez’s incredible vocal delivery organically flows between an ancestral guttural bellow to an airy angelic falsetto, full of energy. Besides performances, Inez will conduct drumming workshops and an artist talk. Tickets $25-$35.

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

[SOON]  FILM: Grace Hartigan: Shattering Boundaries , February 24, 1:00 pm

Shattering Boundaries is a portrait of artist Grace Hartigan, a courageous and key figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement in American Art. Attendees are invited to see Hartigan’s work on display in Remaking the World: Abstraction from the Permanent Collection after the film. Admission is $5/ free for members. 

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Building a Community of Hope and Healing; Addressing Trauma, Building Resilience , February 25, 6:00 pm -7:30 pm

SRQ Strong is bringing nationally-recognized trauma expert Rev. Paul Abernathy, CEO of Pittsburgh’s Neighborhood Resilience Project, to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ for a community presentation, “Building a Community of Hope and Healing; Addressing Trauma, Building Resilience.” Rev. Abernathy, whose work is informed by both a personal and a collective experience of trauma, will discuss the framework he has developed in Pittsburgh’s Hill District to promote resilient and healthy neighborhoods by creating opportunities and support for residents to reach their full potential. SRQ Strong is a growing group of Sarasota County residents committed to learning about trauma and responding to its impact on our community. Its mission is to promote community-wide trauma awareness through healing, education, action and leadership; its vision is to create a community that cares for itself. 

The event is free to the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP to reserve your seat at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/89307259417 

To learn more about Rev. Paul Abernathy and his work, you can view his latest video at https://youtu.be/hstV63MVVDg.


Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Community Room, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Fabulous Frescos , February 27, 5:00 pm

Artist Walter O'Neill will lead a participatory workshop on the art of buon fresco. Attendees will learn the Renaissance technique of fresco, using the same materials and methods Renaissance artists used. Students will explore the various aspects of creating a fresco: mixing and applying plaster, grinding pigments, transferring drawing and painting in the wet plaster. Please dress casually. Tickets are $15/ $13.50 for members. 

Ringling Education Classroom, 5401 Bay SHore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  FILM: Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts , February 28, 1:00 pm & 6:30 pm

Chasing Ghosts is an inventive feature documentary capturing the vivid life of Bill Traylor, who in his late 80s, living homeless on the street in the thriving segregated black neighborhood of Montgomery, produced a body of extraordinary art. Born into slavery in 1853 on a cotton plantation in rural Alabama, Traylor witnessed profound social and political change during his life spanning slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation and the Great Migration. In his later years, Traylor poured out those memories from within, drawing and painting over 1,000 pieces of art from 1939-42. Using historic and cultural context, the film is designed to bring the spirit and mystery of Traylor’s incomparable art to life.

Historic Asolo Theatre at the Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Science and Art of South Florida , February 29, 10:30 am

Abstract Expressionist Syd Solomon lived and worked in Sarasota, Florida. From his home on Siesta Key, Solomon painted Florida’s coastal ecosystem and was profoundly inspired by the local landscape. Solomon was also an advocate for environmental conservation, a legacy continued by The Ringling today. During this workshop, participants will learn from Rose Garden Horticulturist Kai Sacco as he leads a walking tour of the Bayfront Gardens exploring topics such as coastal ecosystems, red tide, pollinators and the importance of native plants. Attendees will also learn how to create a Florida Friendly landscape using native plants.

The program will begin in the Chao Lecture Hall followed by a walking tour tailored to the topic. Please wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes and allow additional time to make your way from the Visitors Pavilion to the Lecture Hall.

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

[SOON]  GALA: Goodwill Manasota's 15th Anniversary Mardi Gras Gala 2020 , February 29, 6:30pm

Goodwill Manasota has announced their signature event, Mardi Gras Gala 2020, where the fabulous Phil Mancini will transform Michael's On East once again into Bourbon Street a' la Michael's serving authentic New Orleans food, in a lively, street party atmosphere! There will be amazing cajun food, awesome auction items, fantastic music, inspiring dancing, marvelous performers and more. Fun and festive marti gras attire is encouraged. Tickets are $175 per person, and can be purchased HERE. For sponsorship opportunities click HERE

Michaels On East, 1212 S. East Ave Sarasota

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