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SRQ DAILY Sep 28, 2020

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"We just have to wait and see when guests feel comfortable coming together in larger groups. And that's not something that's driven by the government."

- Michael Klauber, Michael's On East

[Culinary]  Restaurants Move Cautiously As Restrictions Lift
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Restaurants in the region greeted news with appreciation and a heaping helping of caution when Gov. Ron DeSantis gave all the clear to run with full capacity. Some will continue to limit capacity at restaurants, perhaps until some medical advance occurs with COVID-19, while others will continue to closely watch testing even as they open their dining rooms.

DeSantis on Friday announced Florida entered Phase Three of reopening following a statewide lockdown intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Not only does that mean the state will lift capacity restrictions of 50% occupancy in restaurant dining rooms and bars, but DeSantis said his administration will preempt any local restrictions put in place that close businesses allowed to operate under state rules.

Nancy Krohngold, owner of Nancy’s Bar-B-Q, said her locations in both Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch will remove capacity caps. But she noted both have bountiful outdoor dining in place, with picnic tables already set six feet apart, and she anticipates the public will still show some trepidation about rushing to dine out.

“We will continue masking policies for all our staff and for our dining room, and we will continue our heightened sanitation requirements," she said. "But we will open both stores with 100% capacity. It's about economic survival. No restaurant says we can make our business model work with 50%. Nobody can keep doing that indefinitely."

But since the start of the pandemic, there's been a signiificant uptick in take-out orders, and there's fewer customers electing to eat inside anyhow. Live music in the Lakewood Ranch location plays outdoors. Krohngold anticipates customers will still be wary to fill the indoor seating for some time.

Michael Klauber, co-proprietor of Michael’s On East, still recalls the sudden action the restaurant had to take in March when DeSantis ordered dining rooms closed with hours notice. Since then, the restaurant has adjusted as needed to seating guests more than six feet apart. For the moment, he said Michael’s will still maintain half the capacity allowed pre-pandemic.

“We are also going to preserve our current operational and safety protocols,” he said. “Since the beginning, we have chosen to meet and exceed CDC guidelines and state of Florida guidelines.”

That’s in part, Klauber admits, because the restaurant can afford to do so— at least for now. A base of loyal customers has continued to dine since the floor was allowed to reopen at half capacity, and the fine dining options at Michael’s On East allow the company to keep employees paid. In early October, the restaurant plans for the first time to allow seating in its atrium.

“We have people who feel safe coming to dine with us right now, and we want to preserve those relationships,” he said. “We’re going to pivot, but will pivot to the safety side for now. We just have to wait and see what guests feel comfortable coming together in larger groups. And that’s not something that’s driven by the government.” 

Photo: Nancy's Bar-B-Q at Lorraine Corners

[Recognition]  Steven Pajevic Named to Business Observer’s 40 Under 40

Steven Pajevic of Sarasota, Florida, has been recognized in the Business Observer’s 2020 40 Under 40 selections. Pajevic is the CEO, and co-owner, of Crystal Clean Green Cleaning which provides recurring residential cleaning in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. After a 75% drop of revenue, the business pivoted to provide COVID-19 disinfection services.  Even during tough times the Crystal Clean Green Cleaning staff, and clients, continued to raise food for local food banks and make a positive community impact. “There are a lot of publications that do similar lists each year,” says Business Observer Executive Editor Kat Hughes. “We wanted our list to stand apart as a group of young professionals who aren’t afraid to take charge and take risks in their business. They are willing to try new things and put their ideas into action. To us, this is what it means to be a business leader, and we feel these 40 individuals embody that spirit.” 

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[Recognition]  Sarasota Partner Meghan Serrano Has Been Named the 2020 Board Member of the Year

Sarasota Partner Meghan Serrano has been named the 2020 Board Member of the Year by the Florida Area Council for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. This prestigious honor recognizes Serrano’s unwavering commitment to empower youth to achieve their full potential at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. “Meghan has played an instrumental role in helping us grow into one of the leading youth-serving organizations in the area,” said Bill Sadlo, President/CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. “While she lends her expertise in law, board governance and strategic planning, Meghan embodies our mission and inspires our community’s future leaders to excel in school, discover their passion and explore career paths.” 

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[Business Event ]  The SouthTech “Data Dump” Event Returns to Ed Smith Stadium

SouthTech, a provider of managed technology solutions serving businesses in Southwest Florida, has teamed up with the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce to host the Fall 2020 Data Dump. A biannual event made possible by Quicksilver Recycling Services, SouthTech encourages locals to recycle their old and outdated technology in a clean, sustainable manner. The Data Dump will be held on Friday, October 16th at the parking lot outside of Ed Smith Stadium. “While it’s crucial that we get our clients operating on the best devices, we also need to make sure we’re properly disposing of the old ones," says SouthTech’s Business Development & Marketing Manager, Henry Decoo.   Not just for security reasons, but for environmental reasons as well." The event will take place from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Tents will be set up and there will be drinks and single-serve snacks for participants to enjoy while they wait for their materials to be recycled. Team members will be wearing masks during the event.  


[Achievement ]  Living Vogue Real Estate Records Highest Price Land Sale in Sarasota County

Living Vogue LLC, doing business as Living Vogue Real Estate, recently closed on an extraordinary $5 million beachfront lot on Siesta Key, representing the buyer of the highest priced residential land sale in Sarasota and Manatee counties this year. “In luxury real estate, it’s who you know and how you can reach them. Matching buyers with high-end properties requires relentless marketing outside of Sarasota,” said Living Vogue Real Estate CEO and Broker Mark Coppens. “Our unrivaled strength lies not only in our focus on bringing prospective buyers and investors from around the world to our local market, but also in showcasing the luxurious lifestyle afforded with each property. That’s Living Vogue!”  

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[Recognition]  Children First Named Top 12 Best Place to Work in Sarasota-Manatee

Children First has been recognized as a top employer in Sarasota-Manatee in the 25 “Best Places to Work” competition. Selected for its mission-driven approach to employment, Children First was named the #12 top place to work in Sarasota-Manatee and was the top-ranked nonprofit organization out of the four recognized. “Children First is honored to be recognized as a best place to work for the second year in a row. Since 1961, we’ve focused on our mission of strengthening children and families and providing each employee every opportunity to be successful," says CEO Philip Tavill. We have always appreciated our dedicated staff’s commitment and now, together, we celebrate what makes our agency a best place to work once again!”  

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[Radio Station]  WSLR Community Radio Expands Covid Coverage

To increase news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the local community, WSLR 96.5 hired a part-time community reporter with generous support from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Recent New College graduate Jacob Wentz has been serving in this position since July and will continue through December. WSLR can be heard at 96.5 on your FM dial or livestreamed at www.wslr.org. 

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[Recognition]  B & I Contractors Announces 13 Apprenticeship Graduates

B&I Contractors is proud to announce the following 13 Apprenticeship Graduates: Jesse Foster, Bradley Kopale and Lucas McKee have graduated and received their HVAC-4 Certification; Romie Franklin and Isaac Washington have graduated and received their Plumbing Certification (PL-4), Douglas Grossi has graduated and received his Electrical Certification (EL-4). Jose Angel Lopez Del Toro and Gremir Mendez-Cardenas have graduated and received their Plumbing Certification (PL-4). Alan Ruiz has graduated and received his Plumbing Certification (PL-4). Elton Elliot; Osmay Tejada Sanchez and Ryan Varney have graduated and received their Sheet Metal Certification (SM-4) and Alejandro Hernandez has graduated and received his Plumbing Certification (PL-4). 

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[New Grant]  Van Wezel Foundation Receives $10,000 Grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation

The Van Wezel Foundation has received a $10,000 leverage grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation to support a year-long culturally responsive arts education initiative to meet the needs and unique challenges educators face this academic year. “It is vitally important that we invest in arts education strategies that address socially relevant topics to eliminate racial and cultural discrimination,” commented Cheryl Mendelson, CEO of the Van Wezel Foundation. “Bridging the gap between educators and students will encourage greater interaction and collaboration and facilitate open and honest conversation. We are honored to be a catalyst in helping the Van Wezel Arts Education Department inspire meaningful dialogue in our community through the power of the performing arts.” 

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[COVID-19]  Citywide Public Health Emergency Extended through October 2

The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through Oct. 2 following a weekly review, as required by the City Charter, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order extends the City’s temporary street closure program through Oct. 31 in order to allow additional space for outdoor dining and help restaurants and retailers severely impacted by the pandemic. Face coverings are now required in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in the City limits, whenever proper social distancing cannot be maintained in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The temporary face covering is in effect through October 28. 

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[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Farmers Market , August 1 – December 26, 7am-1pm

The Sarasota Farmers Market is proud to announce the reopening of the market on Saturday, August 1st. Hours will remain the same as always, 7am-1pm, rain or shine. We understand the severity of COVID-19; therefore, we are instituting some guidelines for both vendors and customers to follow as you join us downtown. Customer Code of Conduct: Stay home if you are sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick, Make a shopping list before coming, Pre-order and prepay vendors online if possible, Designate one shopper per household, Leave pets at home unless it is a service animal, Wear a mask, Look with your eyes only touch what you will buy, Maintain 6 feet of space between you and any others, Shop quickly and get everything to go, No gathering keep walkways clear, Hand sanitizer available at all vendor booths and sanitizing stations. Thank you for your cooperation during this challenging time!

Downtown Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Moving Meditation in the Museum of Art Courtyard , August 28 – October 30, 10:00am

Join Claudia Baeza, a Kripalu trained yoga instructor, for Yoga and Meditation on the loggias of the Museum of Art Courtyard for a unique opportunity to gently move the body and calm the mind. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  MUSIC: Women of Note: A Celebration of Female Composers of the 19th and 20th Centuries , October 1 – October 12

As part of Florida Studio Theatre’s Suffragist Project, an artistic celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of women’s right to vote, this stellar all-female quartet which includes Artist Series Concerts co-founder Lee Dougherty Ross, performs pieces by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Amy Beach and Marion Bauer. The concert was filmed in July 2020 at Church of the Palms in Sarasota. Women of Note is hosted by Marcy Miller, executive director of Artist Series, and features cameo appearances by Kate Alexander, Ariel Blue and Meg Gilbert. With Jenny Kim-Godfrey, soprano; Robyn Rocklein, mezzo soprano; Gail Berenson and Lee Dougherty Ross, piano.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: OLLI Lecture:: John Ringling and the Florida Boom , October 1, 2:30pm-4pm

No name has dominated Sarasota’s history like that of John Ringling, commonly known today as the “circus king who built a museum and started an art school.” A century ago, Ringling and his wife, Mable, spent a dozen quiet winters in Sarasota before the dramatic Florida Land Boom began in the 1920s. Always one to recognize opportunity, Ringling, often working with developer Owen Burns, seized the chance to profit from his significant land holdings in Sarasota and on its barrier islands. While developers George Merrick, Addison Mizner, Glenn Curtiss and Carl Fisher fought over the Miami-Palm Beach corridor, Ringling had freshly minted Sarasota County largely all to himself. This program traces the riches-to-ruin story of both the Florida Boom and John Ringling. He had many acquaintances but few friends, yet he reshaped Sarasota’s image and helped make it the cultural capital it is today. In this lecture, you will learn details of Ringling’s life that go far beyond the common perception. Tickets: $15. Members: $10.  Registration Closes On: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 @ 12:00 AM

Online Seminar

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Connections Documentary Film Series: Made in Boise , October 13, 2:30pm-4:30pm

In the conservative heartland of Boise, Idaho, a most unexpected industry has emerged— commercial surrogacy. Here, 1 in 15 mothers (most of whom are Mormon or Catholic) will carry a baby for strangers who struggle with infertility, for gay couples, and single men from around the world. The local hospital St. Luke’s, runs the most comprehensive surrogacy program of its kind with a network of community, medical, and legal support. Made in Boise is an eye-opening rare glimpse into how this red state became the unofficial surrogacy capital of the U.S. and is redefining family in unexpectedly progressive ways. This surprising story is beautifully told and heart-warming at every level. Tuition: $15. Member: $10. Registration closes on October 10 at 12am.


[SOON]  MUSIC: Soiree Series Concert Presents A Soprano, a Tenor and a Piano , October 25 – October 26, 3pm and 7pm

Jennifer and Austin delighted judges and audience members alike at Artist Series Concerts’ 2016 National Voice Competition, where they took first and second place respectively. Fast-forward to 2020 and the duo, each now pursuing a busy music career, returns to Sarasota to perform together at the first soirée series concert of the organization’s 25th season. Soprano Jennifer Kreider is pursuing a performer’s diploma under the guidance of Jane Dutton at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Her past roles include Musetta (La Bohème), Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel), Linfea (La Calisto) and many others. She has been a young artist at Opera in the Ozarks, the CoOPERAtive Program in Princeton, New Jersey, and the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, Austria. A native of Brandon, Florida, tenor Austin Cripe is currently pursuing his master’s degree at Florida State University. He has performed with Florida State Opera in the roles of Gastone in La Traviata, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the title role in Candide and others. He has also performed with Red River Lyric Opera, the Savannah Voice Festival and Opera Tampa. Tickets are $53. 

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ian Dean: Nostalgicons , August 28 – October 2, Open by appointment 8/28-10/1 Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. For appointment please email galleries@ringling.edu

Nostalgia can be a powerful trigger of emotions and memories, sometimes even invoking forgotten past events, places, and moments. Nostalgia also sells. Products replicating or calling back to the 1980’s and 1990’s have seen a surge (resurgence?) of popularity recently. These products are often marketed to younger generations who are fascinated with the decades, right along with the adults who actually owned the original items - or still do.

Dean photographs both the popular and old toys he still has from his childhood. Well-known toys that evoke nostalgia in others, the obscure tokens, and the items made by companies that no longer exist; all have histories which have been lost to time. In doing so, Dean found himself pondering the origins of the objects, who might have designed and created them, how many of them were made, the persistence of similar colors, and how many still exist. Over time, each object also picks up its own unique set of bumps and scratches, becoming tiny fragments of years that only grow more distant. Dean creates new art out of the mass-produced trinkets. He makes new memories out of the old, playing with color and shape; creating something for the viewer to enjoy looking through. Perhaps connecting with them as well by unlocking a buried snapshot of a distant time and place.

Patrician Thompson Gallery in the Keating Center, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Art Lecture Series with Baila Miller: Photographer Francesca Woodman Lived 22 Years , November 17, 1pm-2:30pm

Join Historic Spanish Point for incredible stories on the artists that shaped and influenced history around the world. We are proud to offer this art lecture series with Baila Miller as part of our monthly programming. Baila’s unique storytelling presentations will connect you to the art world in a whole new way. All presentations take place at Historic Spanish Point’s Visitor Center Classrooms. Tickets: $15 for Historic Spanish Point members and $20 for future members.

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