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SRQ DAILY Oct 29, 2020

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"We have to recognize people own land, and if they want to sell or develop that land, we can't stop them."

- James Satcher, Manatee County Commission candidate

[Politics]  Satcher, Brown Offer Distinct Approaches to Planning
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A Manatee County district race will produce a new County Commissioner Tuesday regardless who wins. James Satcher already defeated Commissioner Priscilla Trace in an August Republican primary, but faces Democrat Dominque Shauntel Brown on Nov.3.

Satcher believes the race should be focused on police protection. He promised to fully fund the budget request from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office that comes to the board. “We are going to fund the sheriff and his priorities to keep everyone safe,” he said, ”and then we are going to bring a conservative voice to the commission and to the people.”

Brown, who served in the Air Force before establishing The Dream Law Firm in Manatee, said she’d like to see change in the overall direction of county decisions. “Manatee County needs leaders who care more about uniting our communities and not tearing us down or pitting us against each other,” she said. “When elected to the District 1 seat, I will zealously advocate for everyone, not just the few, and I will be a voice for the overlooked and voiceless.

“Representation Matters - my platform is all inclusive - for all residents of District 1,” she added. “I would also offer more balance to the 6-1 Republican to Democrat ratio that currently exists and be one of a small minority of commissioners who did not get on the board after taking money from developers who’ve enjoyed a rubber stamp from it for more than a decade."

Satcher will bring his own type of change. He said he ran against Trace in the primary not because he disliked her personally but because he felt there needed to be a philosophical shift on the commission. His primary win shows many agree. “It was a vote of confidence in me and in our message,” he said. ”It was also a reaction and a frustration from the voices who are not being heard, and that’s what we are endeavoring to do, to hear from voters and take their concerns to the commission.”

On issues of development, Satcher said the county needs to be mindful of property rights. “We have to recognize people own land, and if they want to sell or develop that land, we can’t stop them,” he said. “What we can do is work to do that as responsible as possible and also to keep the area safe. I think a big part of that is safe roads to access where the growth is occurring. A lot of changes are authorized already. If I were to be elected, these homes that have already been approved, we would work hard to make sure we do the best with what we have.”

Brown called proper growth management the most important challenge facing Manatee County, and said development must meet the needs of the community and solve its lack of infrastructure. “Our roadways need the most attention, but we also need to consider employment opportunities and commercial developments,” she said. “We have many houses being built, but where will the people work? If they can’t work within the District, they’ll be utilizing the roadways. I plan to continue listening to the voices of the people in order to figure out what they want and need in their community. I also plan to work with the developers to ensure that they know what it is that they people want and need. Finally, I’ll work with the elected members of the BOCC to ensure that we address these concerns.” 

Photo: James Satcher, Dominique Shauntel Brown.

[Politics]  Charges Recommended Against Sarasota County candidates
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Less than a week before the election, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office recommended misdemeanor campaign finance charges against Sarasota County Commission candidates Mark Pienkos, Cory Hutchinson and Alice White.

The Sheriff's Office issued "non-arrest probable cause affidavits." It will be up to the State Attorney's Office whether to pursue charges.

The three candidates, Democrats running respectively in Districts 1, 3 and 5, allegedly accepted donations from the county and state Democratic Party knowing the amounts exceeding the county limit of $200.

Finance records show Pienkos accepted $6,000 from the Florida Democratic Party and $1,500 from the Sarasota County Democratic Party in his fight against incumbent Commissioner Mike Moran. They also show Hutchinson collected $2,000 from the local party to battle incumbent Nancy Detert, and White took $1,000 in her race against Republican Ron Cutsinger.

All three returned the money in excess of the $200 per donor limit after Republican Party of Sarasota Acting Chair Jack Brill sent a letter to the county attorney’s office calling for an investigation. Brill said it's unfair the rival party would orchestrate pouring thousands into the races, effectively creating a dark money system where anyone could give money to the party and then have money far exceeding the legal limit get siphoned into campaign coffers.

The Sheriff’s Office met with White and Hutchinson, who said they understood the legal limits but had been told by Sarasota County Democratic Party Chair JoAnne DeVries that party donations could exceed the county limit. For state positions like senator or representative that’s true, but those positions are not subject to limitations of the Sarasota County Charter.

Pienkos had his attorney contact investigators and say he did not want to discuss the matter. He previously told SRQ he believed the donations were legal but returned the money out of an abundance of caution.

DeVries said she believed charges were a politicization of the legal process, and that it's not unusual for excessive donations to result in refunds. "The impartiality of our justice system represents the foundation of our civil society in America," she said. "When the justice system is used as a political tool it undermines everyone’s faith in the justice system."

"What is unusual in this instance is that one political opponent requested a political prosecution," she added. "All Sarasota residents should condemn such political prosecutions." 

[Nature ]  The Butterfly House at Historic Spanish Point Opens This Weekend

Just in time for Costume Day on Halloween, Saturday, October 31, a new Butterfly House will open at Historic Spanish Point campus. You are invited to visit and be surrounded by colorful native Florida butterflies and their favorite flowers in the region’s only Butterfly House Learn and delight in this family-friendly educational experience. The Butterfly House will be open daily 10am to 5pm. 

Click here for more information.

[New Show]  Key Chorale Online Season Opener Premieres Friday

The streaming online season opener Together We Rise: Celebrating the Resilience of the Human Spirit brings us together to experience the healing and hope of music. Premiering this Friday, October 30th, The Key Chorale Chamber Singers will present an inspirational program of favorites, uplifting spirituals and music that celebrates the resiliency of the human spirit. Artistic Director, Joseph Caulkins says, “We have all been through a lot in 2020 from social unrest, to a divisive election, and a worldwide pandemic. But the human spirit has an amazing way of finding the good through our ability to overcome, even when times are as challenging as these." 

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[New Grant]  All Faiths Food Bank Receives $95,000 in Support of Mobile Pantries and COVID-19 Response Efforts

All Faiths Food Bank recently received grants and support from the following organizations: $7,500 from the Wells Fargo Foundation in support of COVID-19 response efforts $80,000 from Publix Super Markets Charities in support of the Mobile Pantry program, $7,500 from the TJX Foundation in support of the Mobile Pantry program. Mobile Pantries which provide access to fresh produce, meats and groceries to those in need across Sarasota and DeSoto counties, and COVID-19 response efforts. 

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[Headliner]  Broadway Star Lorna Luft Headlines at Tidewell Foundation Signature Luncheon

Lorna Luft, Broadway star and daughter of the beloved legendary star July Garland, will be the keynote speaker at Tidewell Foundation’s 12th Annual Signature Luncheon, scheduled for February 5, 2021. The 12th Annual Signature Luncheon is Tidewell’s signature fundraising event to help fund the services Tidewell provides to more than 10,000 patients annually, regardless of their ability to pay. The luncheon gets under way at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, February 5, 2021, at The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota. 

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[Recognition]  Local FPRA President Earns Public Relations Accreditation

Eleni Kouvatsos has earned her professional accreditation in public relations. In receiving the designation of Accredited in Public Relations (APR), Kouvatsos joins the more than 5,000 professionals nationally that represent an elite group of highly skilled public relations professionals committed to practicing with exemplary ethical standards. 

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[New Website]  Climate Adaptation Center CAC Launches Website

The CAC will launch its one of a kind website on October 30th in two Zoom virtual events. Bringing Climate Warming from Global to Local level enables decision makers to use easy to understand and highly trusted information to advance our adaptation to disruptive climate events increasingly impacting Sarasota and Florida. CAC is hosting two Zoom virtual events to launch our website and give you an inside look at brining impeccable science to serve society in one of the world’s most beautiful but threatened areas. 

Click here to register.

[New Class]  Sarasota Sports Medicine Now Offering the latest in Class IV Therapy Laser

Sarasota Sports Medicine announced the addition of The Apex Tri-Wave Class IV Laser to their practice.  “Class IV laser, also known as warm laser, has consistently shown to be an effective modality for treating chronic pain and sports injuries of the lower back and neck, elbow, shoulder and knee. Now, with the addition of the Apex Tri-Wave Laser, we have a powerful new tool to help patients recover faster from a multitude of injuries,” says Dr. Kaufman. “The Apex Laser is surpassing the excellent results we were already able to achieve with our previous system."  

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[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]  FESTIVAL: Selby: 45th Anniversary Orchid Show: Women Breaking the Glasshouse Ceiling , October 10 – November 29

The year the land for Selby Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus was purchased is also a momentous one in women's history. The dynamic display in the Tropical Conservatory celebrates the Suffrage Movement and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The Museum of Botany & the Arts will showcase our preserved plant collections. Our Historic Spanish Point campus Gazebo will also receive the Orchid Show treatment and pay tribute to Sarasota pioneer Bertha Palmer. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the official opening of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus. To celebrate, the Orchid Show will honor founder, Marie Selby, and highlight the accomplishments of the many notable women who have built on her legacy and helped to make Selby Gardens home to the best scientifically-documented collection of orchids in the world. The year the land for Selby Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus was purchased is also a momentous one in women's history. The dynamic display in the Tropical Conservatory celebrates the Suffrage Movement and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The Museum of Botany & the Arts will showcase our preserved plant collections. Our Historic Spanish Point campus Gazebo will also receive the Orchid Show treatment and pay tribute to Sarasota pioneer Bertha Palmer. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 1534 Mound Street Sarasota, 34236

[SOON]  HEALTH: Monthly: Lakewood Ranch Community Bike Ride , October 17 – March 20, 8am-9am

Join your Lakewood Ranch Ambassador, Greg Spring, on the third Saturday of each month from 8am to 9am October-March for a 10-mile, 1-hour casual bike ride through Lakewood Ranch. We will meet at the fountains on Main Street. This is a great way to see the Ranch. Don't forget to bring your helmet.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Illest of Ill , October 23 – December 4, Museum hours

Illest of Illustration is an annual juried exhibition that showcases the outstanding works created by current Illustration students of Ringling College of Art and Design. Over 100 works were chosen from more than 200 submissions. The talented guest jurors, Justin and Annie Stegg Gerard, made their selections based on the quality of technique, concept, and skill of medium used. Exhibition open by appointment only. Email galleries@ringling.edu to request an appointment. This exhibit began on October 23, 2020 and will end on December 4, 2020, during museum hours.

Ringling College Galleries

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Out Of The Blue 2020 Fundraising Event , October 29, 6:30pm-8pm

Welcome to Out of the Blue 2020 – a unique Live Online Event and Costume Contest supporting the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Throughout the month of October, you will have the opportunity to enter a picture of your best “BLUE” costume. On October 29th from 6:30-8:00 pm, NAMI will host a Live Online Zoom event emceed by entertainer Jonathan Cortez and featuring local artists and talent all in support of NAMI. Our evening will wrap up by announcing the Costume Contest winners with a “Best in Blue” winner in each category. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to have fun creating a “Bluetiful” costume along with an enjoyable – and safe – evening of entertainment.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Big Cat Habitat Annual Wild-O-Ween , October 31, 12-4pm

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is hosting its annual kid friendly Wild-O-Ween Halloween event Oct 31. The events will be held during normal admission times from 12 to 4pm, for the regular admission prices of $20 for adults and $10 for children ages three to 12. Children under two and active military and veterans are admitted free. Events include costume and mummy wrapping contests, a live animal demonstration and pony rides. Children also can participate in pumpkin bowling and pumpkin painting.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Boo at The Bishop , October 31, 10am-2pm

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature invites you to a special Halloween-themed family day of spooky science and fantastic physics. You won't want to miss Phreaky Physics a one-day-only show about black holes at 11am and 12:30pm in The Planetarium. During Boo at The Bishop, you can stop at the spooky selfie station, discover an eerie science experiment and real fossils, and explore the Museum with a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt

[SOON]  FOOD: Glow Table Dinner , November 6, 7-9:30pm

It's time to celebrate safely, joyously, and with great food all while being entertained between meal courses with skillful, artistic cirque performers.  Glow Table DInner, presented by Lamborghini Sarasota, will highlight its first of several magical dining experiences utilizing their chic, colorful dining tables with tempered glass on Friday, November 6, 2020 in Lakewood Ranch, FL, just off Main Street, in front of Grove's restaurant and ballroom.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Selby Spooktacular , October 31, 10am-5pm

Join Selby for family-friendly Halloween fun at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Everyone is encouraged to wear their Halloween costume and enjoy the wide-open spaces at Selby Gardens' Downtown Sarasota and Historic Spanish Point campuses. Guests 12 and under in costume will receive a special Halloween goodie bag (while supplies last). Be sure to pick up a copy of the Garden Discovery Guide for fun activities like bird bingo and plant hunts.


[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Boo! at The Bazaar , October 31, 10-3pm

Come trick or treat at The Bazaar. Enjoy interactive experiences from 21 Century Shakespeare Theatre company. Every hour they will be performing Halloween inspired skits outside in the courtyard, also Let's Create Art is hosting a coloring contest with prizes.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 2020 AIA Gulf Coast Sarasota Design Conference , October 29 – November 1

For over three decades, AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter has hosted the Sarasota Design Conference, a unique event in a unique city. The Conference aims to be motivational for both attendees and speakers and has created a history of featuring design-innovative speakers both established and up-and-coming who are able to interact with their attendees in a casual setting that encourages dialog and learning. This biennial event is well attended by industry professionals, primarily architects in the Florida Caribbean region. Registration for virtual attendance is open now through October 25, 2020

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Online Learning Labs: Mote Marine High School Program , October 7 – December 2

Mote’s Learning Labs are a series of virtual, interactive college and career preparatory labs that will provide students the opportunity to develop and hone professional skills for future STEM careers. Participants will gain basic knowledge in marine science concepts and experience in lab/field work. Additionally, marine science professionals will introduce participants to a variety of career opportunities and conduct career explorations. The intention of this program is to offer participants a head start toward their future goals in STEM and advance the next generation of STEM professionals. Learning Labs take place monthly on Wednesdays from 5pm to 8pm, via secure Zoom webinar. Registration for each Learning Lab is $10 and covers all necessary materials for your session.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Opera Film - Madama Butterfly , November 1, 1:30pm

Madama Butterfly is one of most performed and best loved operas of all time. The tragic story of the geisha Cio Cio San and the U.S. naval officer Pinkerton touches all audiences. Director Mario Gas sets his new interpretation in a 1930's film studio, where they are working on a movie adaptation of Puccini's soaring opera of romance and innocence lost.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Artist Series Concerts Presents Max Tan, Violin with Joseph Holt, Piano , November 3, 11am-1pm

Taiwanese American violinist Max Tan has been praised as “eloquent” by the New York Times and as a “warmly rhapsodic player” by the Boston Globe. As a winner at Artist Series Concerts’ 2018 National String Competition, an alumnus of the Perlman Music Program and a member of the Sarasota Orchestra, Tan is a welcome and familiar presence on Sarasota’s arts scene. He has also been the recipient of numerous other awards, most recently the 2019 Foote Prize from the Harvard Musical Association. He has been featured on WNYC/WQXR and on Belgian radio Musiq3 as a semifinalist in the 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition. He has performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the Juilliard Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, Longwood Symphony, Boston Philharmonic Youth, and Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestras. Tan performs on the 1701 “ex-Franko” Stradivarius on generous loan from the Juilliard School. Pianist, arranger and conductor Joseph Holt is director of artist programs for Artist Series Concerts and artistic director of Choral Artists of Sarasota. Dr. Holt served more than 20 years as principal pianist with the United States Army Chorus, performing for U.S. presidents, military officials and dignitaries from around the world. Doors open at 10:30am and Luncheon following at 12:15pm. Tickets are $53.

Michael's On East, 1212 South East AvenueSarasota, FL, 34239

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