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SRQ DAILY Dec 21, 2020

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" We want our beaches ranked so we can continue to help our tourism market."

- State Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota

-Hometown Spirit, as seen in SRQ's December 2020 feature. Click here for the full article.
[Government]  Gruters Wants Butts Off Beaches
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Sarasota County since 2013 hasn’t been allowed to regulate smoking on its beaches. State Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, filed legislation this week aiming to change that. A bill filed on Friday would allow cities and counties to ban smoking or vaping on publicly-owned shores. It would ban smoking altogether in state-owned beaches — and all state parks.

“Not only will we allow families the quiet enjoyment of not reaching into the sand and pulling out a cigarette butt or having to breathe second-hand smoke,” Gruters said, “Dr. Beach gives bonuses for smoke-free beaches and it is a huge economic driver. We want our beaches ranked so we can continue to help our tourism market.”

That last part is a big deal economically. Siesta Key Beach has topped the Dr. Beach rankings for best beaches in America twice in the last decade, quite an achievement as the Florida International University list retires beaches for a decade once they hit No. 1. Tourism officials in the region say that while Sarasota’s beaches regularly score well on other hospitality grade cards, the Dr. Beach recognition provides an unrivaled boost in visitation.

How’s smoking fit in? Dr. Stephen Leatherman, the geoscientist behind the rankings, gives points for beaches that ban smoking. Thee grading system puts a high priority on the quality of sand, a big part of why the routinely renourished white sands of Siesta do so well, and measures that ensure cigarette butts don’t mix ash in the grains get looked on favorably.

Sarasota County used to ban smoking at its beaches, but a court decision in 2013 said that violated state law, which explicitly preempts restrictions on outdoor smoking. Gruters two years ago filed legislation to ban smoking on beaches statewide but it never won a committee vote. Last year he filed legislation empowering counties to put local restrictions in place and it made it through a single Senate committee before stalling out. This year’s bill reads like last year’s, and he’s hoping it makes it further through the process. 

Photo courtesy Gruters campaign: Sen. Joe Gruters' family on the beach.

[Caldwell Trust Company]  The Caldwell Trust Company Promise

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[European Food]  Amore Restaurant Takes Eating Local to the Next Level

While one door closes, another opens. And so it is with Sarasota’s Amore Restaurant, a long-established Italian restaurant with roots in both Longboat Key before relocating to Sarasota’s historical district where it operated successfully for 5 years. Until COVID-19 hit. Persevering, the Vitorino’s had a burning passion that runs through their Portuguese blood, and they found another venue for a new beginning as independent restaurateurs. This time around, they are adding a flair to their menu by offering traditional Portuguese dishes that are unique to Sarasota County. Amore reopens on December 28 and hopes to recapture their loyal customers from their former location and also attract new ones. "I thought this move would be a great opportunity to bring Amore to that next level and open up this restaurant to include some of the delicacies we’ve known when we grew up in Portugal,” says Tito Vitorino, who will be Amore’s chef. Amore’s menu will span a range of Italian classic dishes with local ingredients, such Linguini Pescatore, Bronzino, Veal Marsala, Ossobucco and more. The big hit, however, is expected to be the Cataplana: a savory Portuguese which is both the name of the dish and the copper pot that it is cooked in. The new restaurant has been completely renovated and includes tables and also booths equipped with glass panels separating diners for environmental safety. Outdoor seating is also available.


180 North Lime Avenue,

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[Secondhand Shopping]  The Happy Thrifter Mystery Resale Shopping Bus Tours to Premiere on PBS

The Happy Thrifter Mystery Resale Shopping Bus Tours was thrilled to be featured on an upcoming segment of PBS “Growing Bolder” program. The program which will air in the spring of 2021 will feature an in-depth interview with Patti Clark, founder of the Mystery Resale Shopping Bus Tours, and will feature a few of the people who have been part of the tour story over the past five years. It was filmed in Clearwater at SunCoast Hospice Thrift Store in December. This guide features not only the place they visit on the tour routes but other resale shops along with a handy 4 page pull out map and stories about each merchant in the guide. The Happy Thrifter annual resale guide is published for the Greater Tampa Bay area and the original resale guide focuses on the resale community from Apollo Beach to Naples. 

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[New Hire]  Williams Parker Welcomes Kimbrell J. Hines as Attorney

Williams Parker is pleased to announce that Kimbrell J. Hines has been promoted from law clerk to associate with the law firm, following her admittance and swearing-in to The Florida Bar. “An extraordinary accomplishment in an extraordinary year,” added Jennifer Fowler-Hermes, leader of Williams Parker’s Labor & Employment practice. “We are thrilled to have Kimbrell with us. Her previous HR experience brings a unique perspective to our Labor & Employment team.” 

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[In This Issue]  Gift an Experience

Classes and passes for holiday fun. 

Click here to read the full article in SRQ's December 2020 edition.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Around Town: Amandah Jantzen , December 21, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Join The Jazz Club of Sarasota and Amandah Jantzen from 6:30pm to 9:30pm on Monday, December 21 and every other Monday at The Cottage at 153 Avenida Messina on Siesta Key for this edition of Jazz Around Town.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Virtual: Jazz Around Town: Al Downing Monday Night Jazz Hour , December 21, 6pm-7pm
Join The Jazz Club of Sarasota and Al Downing for a jazz hour on Monday, December 21 from 6pm to 7pm live on Facebook for this edition of Jazz Around Town.
[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: The Bishop: The Night Sky in the Ancient World , December 23, 7pm

The stars are the stars during our monthly live, guided tour of the night skies, Stelliferous. This month Planetarium Manager Howard Hochhalter and Bishop Curator Tiffany Birakis are teaming up for a special program at 7pm on December 23, 2020 that will explore how different cultures around the ancient world ascribed meaning to the movement of the stars and planets, including the Star of Bethlehem. This Zoom program will include opportunities for Q&A.

[SOON]  FOOD: Celebrate Christmas with Michael's On East , December 25, 12pm-8pm

Join Michael's On East for Family Style Dinner, Housemade Desserts, or Individual Servings on Christmas Day, December 25. Family Style Dinner Heat and Serve options include Turkey Dinner for $199 and Prime Rib Dinner for $299, both of which serve up to 6 people and are available for pickup from 12pm until 1:30pm. Housemade Desserts include a chocolate yule log, pecan pie, key lime tart, cheesecake, and Christmas cookies and are available for pickup from 12pm until 1:30pm. A La carte Individual Turkey and Prime Rib Dinners are alternatively available for dine-in or pick up from 2pm until 8pm. Order online before Sunday, December 20.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sailor Circus Academy: Season's Greetings , December 26 – December 31, Times vary.

For over 70 years, students ages 8-18 have amazed audiences with an incredible spectacle of youth circus arts. See them flip, fly and soar to new heights in this annual holiday production daily at 2pm and 7pm, Sunday at 1pm and 6pm and Thursday at 1pm from December 26 until December 31, 2020. The entire family will enjoy acts showcasing beautiful aerial artistry, heart-stopping acrobatics, incredible acrobatic roller skating, lightning fast juggling and more.

Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista Street

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Selby Gardens: Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica Exhibition and Sale , January 9 – January 31, Museum hours.

For the 15th year, Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica will return to Selby Gardens. A collection of more than 300 masks created by a collective of indigenous Borucan artists will be on display and available for purchase. The Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica exhibit and sale showcases artists from the Borucan Indian tribe of Costa Rica. Experience the vibrant, hand-carved and painted balsa wood masks showcased in the Museum of Botany & the Arts from January 9 to 31, 2021.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Bookstore 1 Sarasota: PoetryMic , January 10, 2pm

PoetryMic is a series that presents an array of varied and talented poets. This month's poets are Don McLagan, Liz Kelner Pozen, Mary Saily and Carol Sundberg. There is no charge for this first PoetryMic event on January 10, 2021 at 2pm. There is an optional fee of $7.00 to help defray the cost to the bookstore. Reservations required for Zoom link.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Virtual: The Ringling: Music in the Circus , January 12, 1pm

Join Jennifer Lemmer Posey, Tibbals Curator of Circus, and representatives from the circus music historical society Windjammers Unlimited, Inc., as they discuss the integral role that circus musicians played in the success of the show at 1pm on January 12, 2021. $5 / Free for Members.


[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Bookstore 1 Sarasota: The Mysteries to Die For Zoom Book Club led by Elsie Souza , January 12, 2pm

This month we're discussing Open Season by C.J. Box on January 12, 2021 at 2pm. A fee of $22 is required for participation. This includes a copy of Open Season and the Zoom book club meeting. The fee is $27.50 to have the book shipped. The first novel in the thrilling series featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett from #1 New York Times bestselling author C. J. Box. Ticket purchase required for Zoom link.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Virtual: Lakewood Ranch 5k Jingle Run/Walk , December 24 – December 27, 8am-1pm

This year's event will be a Virtual Race on Thursday, Dec. 24 at 8am through Sunday, December 27th at 1pm, 2020 and is hosted by the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center Auxiliary to benefit their Nursing and Health Careers' Scholarship Program. Keep the tradition going in 2020 with the 9th Annual Jingle Run, a virtual 5K run/walk to help support the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship Program. Proceeds from The Virtual Jingle SK Run and Walk go directly to the Auxiliary's New Nursing Scholarship Program designed to benefit students enrolled in college nursing program and currently doing their clinical affiliation at the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. To register for the Virtual race go to www.raceroster.com, go to register for a new event and search under the word "Jingle." Register to run or walk wherever you are to show your support for future nurses. Participants will receive a bib number and custom designed 2020 medal. Participants who complete the virtual run/walk and submit results will be eligible for raffle prizes.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Mote Marine: Sensory Saturday , January 2, 8:30am

We are excited to announce that Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium will open its doors an hour early exclusively for individuals who have sensory processing differences or those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) on January 2, 2021. Individuals with disabilities who would benefit from a calmer sensory experience are also welcome. Mote will foster an inclusive environment for these aquarium guests. Our exhibits may be enjoyed under soft lighting without heavy crowds, and with decreased noise level and visual stimulation wherever possible. Sensory Saturday will open at 8:30am. Groups will be allowed time entry to minimize crowding and in accordance with Mote’s Safety Guidelines. Regular Aquarium hours begin at 9:30am.

[SOON]  GALA: Virtual: Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation: The Hospital Gala , January 9, 6:30pm-7:30pm

This year, the spotlight will be on the SMH healthcare heroes. Their commitment and compassion during one of the most challenging years in the hospital’s history has been extraordinary. Proceeds from the gala on January 9, 2021 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm will also support the hospital’s areas of greatest need helping to ensure that SMH retains its ranking as one of the nation’s top hospitals. 

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Bishop: Science Sprouts , January 10 – April 25, 10:30am-11:30am
We're happy to report that our popular program, Science Sprouts, for budding scientists ages 2-5 will be returning on January 10 from 10:30 to 11:30am on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. January 10 is "A Waddle of Penguins", January 24 is "All About Opposites", February 14 is "Wonderful Wetlands", February 28 is "Burrow Buddies", March 14 is "Prehistoric Pals", March 28 is "Manatee Mischief", April 11 is "Earth Sweet Home" and April 25 is "Beneficial Bees". Tots can bring their favorite grown-ups to explore and discover in the Mosaic Backyard Universe. Cost is $14 per child for members of the Discovery Society and $18 per child for all others. This includes one adult to accompany each child. Advance reservations are required.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Artist Series: Todd Thomas with Joseph Holt , January 21, 11am-12:15pm

Todd Thomas has been recognized by opera companies and critics alike as one of the true Verdi baritones gracing stages today. A favorite of opera houses across the country, (including the Sarasota Opera), Thomas returns once again to Sarasota at 11am on January 21, 2021 where he is joined by pianist Joseph Holt for a delicious assortment of operatic, Broadway and popular tunes.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Institute for the Arts & Education: Sarasota Fine Art Show , January 23 – January 24, 10am-5pm

All art is original and personally handmade by the artist present at the show on January 23 and 24, 2021 outdoors at Phillippi Estate Park from 10am to 5pm - there is something for everyone, in all price ranges. Free Admission and $5 close & convenient parking supports Institute for the Arts & Education, non-profit organization with focus on visual arts, cultural diversity, community enrichment and fostering art education among youth. Juried by art professionals, criteria for judging is based on originality, technique/execution and booth appearance. As part of our commitment to bring art education into the community, the events integrate a Youth Art/Budding Artist Competition within the art shows. This one-of-a-kind program encourages all young artists in grades K-8/6-12 or ages 5-13/9i-19 to enter his/her original and personally handmade art that is publicly displayed within the show. There is $250 in youth art awards as students begin to learn the rules and are exposed to the entrepreneurship opportunity of doing art shows for a living.

Phillippi Estate Park

[SOON]  MUSIC: New College New Music: Claire Chase , January 30, 8pm

Claire Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and advocate for new and experimental music. Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of hundreds of new works for the flute in performances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and she has championed new music throughout the world by building organizations, forming alliances, pioneering commissioning initiatives and supporting educational programs that reach new audiences. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2012, and in 2017 was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize. In 2013 Chase launched Density 2036, a 23-year commissioning project to create an entirely new body of repertory for flute between 2014 and 2036, the centenary of Edgard Varèse’s groundbreaking 1936 flute solo, Density 21.5. This concert, at 8pm on January 30, 2021 will feature music by Suzanne Farrin, Du Yun, Mario Diaz de Leon, Felipe Lara, and others. Tickets: $15/ Pre-concert talk at 7:30pm.

New College

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Virtual: The Ringling: Lecture, Challenges to Inclusivity in Museum Collections , February 2, 1pm

Throughout her long career in the museum field, Marian Carpenter, currently Associate Director of Collections/Chief Registrar at The Ringling, has experienced several occasions where she had to defend appropriate cultural representation in object interpretation, documentation, and care. In this conversation at 1pm on February 2, 2021, she will share what she learned from these instances, as well as provide insight into ongoing challenges faced by the museum field as it tries to become more inclusive and equitable. $5 / Free for Members.


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