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SRQ DAILY Mar 1, 2021

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"We need to think carefully about where our data goes, how it travels, who has control of it from an intelligence perspective."

- State Rep. Fiona McFarland, R-Sarasota

[Politics]  McFarland Speaks at CPAC, Preps for Session
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The biggest headliner at the Conservative Political Action Conference may have been former President Donald Trump, but it also served as a key event lifting the profile of state Rep. Fiona McFarland, R-Sarasota. The local lawmaker was the only sitting state legislator to be featured on the national event’s agenda. She spoke as part of the “Red Votes, Blue Votes: How to Win New Votes” training session on Saturday.

She expressed excitement at the chance to speak at the American Conservative Union event. “I hope just bringing people of different backgrounds and experiences to politics will encourage other people to run,” she said.

Notably, McFarland’s mother K.T. McFarland, former Deputy National Security Advisor under Trump, also participated in several events at the conference. And U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, led a breakout session there, “Familiarity Breeds Contempt: How Will China’s Neighbors Survive.”

The political event came weeks before McFarland gets ready for her first legislative session since winning a high-profile election in state House District 72, flipping the seat from blue to red. As she prepares for this legislative session, she will carry one of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ top priority bills, on consumer data privacy.

“It’s a very collaborative bill,” she said. “We need to think carefully about where our data goes, how it travels, who has control of it from an intelligence perspective.” It’s an arena she knows something about from her work as a consultant with McKinsey and Company working on similar policies in the U.K. She plans to speak with technology companies about policy but will remain focused on keeping the burden off consumers.

She stressed this legislation should be bipartisan, pointing to polling that shows as high a number as 90% of consumers feel their data privacy is important to them. Despite her appearance at a famously right-wing event like CPAC, McFarland said she intends to focus on broad-reaching issues in the legislature.

That could be critical representing the region’s one true purple district. The last four individuals for the community she represents include two Democrats (Margaret Good and Keith Fitzegerald) and two Republicans (Ray Pilon and Alex Miller). 

[New Hire]  Fawley Bryant Welcomes New Senior Project Manager and Architect

Fawley Bryant Architecture, a full-service architecture firm with offices in Sarasota and Bradenton, recently welcomed Senior Project Manager Aaron Jacobson and Architect Nicholas (Nick) Bosman to its team.   

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[New Hire]  Tidewell Hospice Welcomes Dr. Daniel Deems to Board of Trustees

Tidewell Hospice is pleased to announce the appointment of physician, neuroscientist, businessman and author Daniel Deems, MD, PhD, FACS, to its Board of Trustees. “Dr. Deems’ experience as an acclaimed physician, researcher, writer, entrepreneur and community leader will be a tremendous asset to the Tidewell Board of Trustees,” President and CEO Jonathan D. Fleece said. “Dan is also an all-around great person whose cultural and moral values fit hand in glove with Tidewell’s.” 

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[New Position ]  Florida CraftArt Welcomes New Board Members Starlett Massey and Elizabeth Reilinger

Founded in 1951, Florida CraftArt is a members-supported, statewide nonprofit gallery with a mission to serve contemporary fine craft artists and the creative economy in Florida. The organization is overseen by a Board of Directors and is proud to welcome two new members: Starlett Massey and Elizabeth Reilinger. 

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[Recognition]  Aimee Cogan Named to Forbes Magazine’s List of Best-in-State Wealth Advisors

Morgan Stanley announced that Aimee Cogan, CFP, a Managing Director, Wealth Advisor in the Firm’s Sarasota Wealth Management office, has been named to Forbes Magazine’s 2021 list of Best-in-State Wealth Advisors.  

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[SRQ Airport]  Southwest Airlines Adds Seasonal Service to Milwaukee

Southwest Airlines has added seasonal nonstop service between the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) and Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE).   The service between SRQ and MKE will begin April 17, 2021 and is scheduled for Saturdays only through May 8, 2021. In addition to the new MKE service, a 2nd daily flight to Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) will be added starting March 11 and will go through May 7, 2021.      

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[New Commitee]  Goodwill Announces Committee to Oversee Use of $10M Gift

Goodwill Manasota was thrilled to learn last December that it was one of 384 nonprofits to receive multi-million-dollar gifts from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. Goodwill is ensuring that the $10 million contribution is put to the best possible use by convening a task force of active Goodwill Board community leaders. Goodwill Manasota President and CEO Bob Rosinsky said, “With the leadership and guidance of our Gift Committee and input from valued community partners, we are looking forward to expanding existing programs and launching new ones where there are identified gaps. Our ultimate goal will be to combine our successful social enterprise with the $10M, to ensure that sustainable resources will be available so that our essential programs and services are available to those who need them for many years to come.” 

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[Pilot Program ]  Program Incentivizing Residents to Plant Mature Trees Returns

Following a successful first round, Phase II of the Mature Tree Pilot Program has been launched. The initiative offers an incentive up to $500 to City of Sarasota homeowners who pay $100 toward the cost of purchasing and planting an approved mature tree. Trees cost less than $600.  Program participants will purchase and own the tree and will be required to water, prune and maintain it. A tree landscaper will obtain required permits, deliver, and plant the tree.  Once the planting is verified by City staff, the City will reimburse the resident up to $500.   

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[Author Conversation ]  Bookstore1Sarasota Hosts Conversation with Author Brad Balukjian of The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife

Wednesday, March 17th at 7:00pm journalist and biologist Brad Balukjian joins Bookstore1 just in time for spring training to chat about his book The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife. Balukjian will be in conversation with Bookstore1’s Event Manager and baseball fan, Elsie Souza. 

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[Performing Arts Camp]  The Florida Studio Theatre School Announces In-Person Spring Break Camp

The Florida Studio Theatre School will be offering its popular Spring Break Camp for students ages 7-12 from Monday, March 15 to Friday, March 19. This one-week educational experience runs from 10am – 2:30pm each day and will be held in-person on FST’s downtown Sarasota campus. 

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[Volunteer Opportunity ]  Art Center Sarasota is Looking for Volunteers

Art Center Sarasota is looking for volunteers to help with the following: pick up of artwork from "Staying Connected" on Saturday, March 6th. Any hours between 10am and 4pm, receiving of artwork for the upcoming show: "Revealed" on Monday, March 8th or Tuesday, March 9th. Receiving is from 10am - 6pm both days, but volunteers can work in 1/2 day shifts. Jobs include checking in artists, bringing artwork into the Art Center and hanging work (for jurying) and Hanging of artwork (for show) on Thursday, March 11th and Friday, March 12th. Hours are flexible. 

To volunteer and for more information call 941-365-2032 or email barbara@artsarasota.org or andrew@artsarasota.org.

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[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Jazzlinks , February 16 – March 12

For the sixth year, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe – in collaboration with The Jazz Club of Sarasota and the Sarasota County Schools – will help history to come alive for area students. Jazzlinks is an integrated arts experience to help illustrate, through music and theatre, the contributions of African Americans in U.S. history. Due to the coronavirus, WBTT will present Jazzlinks virtually this year, streaming the songs and stories of the Harlem Renaissance into high school classrooms from February 16 through March 12. The presentation will feature musical performances by WBTT artists and interactive discussions with cast members and students about the historical and cultural contributions of African Americans. This year’s installment of Jazzlinks is one of the programs supported by a 2020 Gulf Coast Community Foundation Arts Appreciation Grant to WBTT. At press time, Jazzlinks is slated to perform for more than 1,500 students. The presentation will be via Zoom and interactive, incorporating video from a previous Jazzlinks production with added commentary from artists Syreeta S. Banks, Brian L. Boyd, Brentney Stephens and Donovan Whitney. The subject matter will focus on the Harlem Renaissance. WBTT founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs worked with staff members Travis Ray, Michael Mendez and Adrienne Pitts on the script and creating related program materials. Jacobs directs and Ray is the coordinator. Teachers can sign up for Jazzlinks through the “EdExplore” website (edexploresrq.com).

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: Try Your Hand at Poetry a Writing Workshop led by Doug Knowlton , February 16 – March 9, 6pm

Try Your Hand at Poetry a Writing Workshop led by Doug Knowlton will take place over the course of four Zoom sessions on Tuesdays at 6pm, including February 16, February 23, March 2, and March 9. Have you always wanted to write poetry, but thought the genre was just too difficult? This is your chance to give it a try using Mary Oliver's A Poetry Handbook as a guide. With passion, wit, and good common sense, the celebrated poet Mary Oliver tells of the basic ways a poem is built - meter and rhyme, form and diction, sound, and sense. She talks of iambs and trochees, couplets, and sonnets, and how and why this should matter to anyone writing or reading poetry. Doug's been writing poems and lyrics since the 1960s. He emceed the open mic at Java N'Jive Coffee House in Palmetto in 2002-2003. He was a regular at the Fogartyville Cafe Open Mic in 2002-2005 and hosted the Village Bookshop Poets and Writers from 2006-2011. Doug finds it especially fulfilling to encounter readers and listeners who are awakening to poetry's vast potential. A fee of $21 is required for participation. This includes a copy of A Poetry Handbook and all four sessions. The book can be picked up curbside or at the store (We will send you an email when the book is ready for pickup). The cost is $26.50 to have the book shipped to you via US Mail.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Weekly: Sunday Polo at the Sarasota Polo Club , December 13 – April 25, 1pm-4pm

Welcome to the 30th Anniversary Season at the Sarasota Polo Club beginning Sunday December 13th, 2020 thru Sunday April 25th, 2021. Sunday Polo matches are open to the public every Sunday at 1pm beginning December 13th, 2020 through April 25th, 2021. Gates open at 10am. Fieldside general admission tailgating, reserved midfield premium seating or VIP midfield boxes are available for Sunday Polo. Children 12 and under are free, (general admission tailgating). Exciting polo action, opening parade, live national anthem, theme weeks, half-time entertainment, food, drinks, and divot-stomping. Dress comfortably and for the weather. Remember, you will be walking on the grass. Well socialized dogs are welcome on a leash.

Sarasota Polo Club

[SOON]  GALLERY: Virtual: Art Center Sarasota: Found Forms: Sculpture by Carl Abbott , February 12 – March 5

Found Forms: Sculpture by Carl Abbott: This exhibition features vibrant sculptures by the internationally acclaimed architect Carl Abbott FAIA virtually through March 5. Comprised of reformed metal ductwork and antique, agricultural implements, Abbott’s sculptures are both playful and monumental. Abbott is one of the most highly awarded architects in the Florida/Caribbean region. He received his degree in architecture from University of Florida, and his master’s degree from Yale, studying under Paul Rudolph. For several years, he worked with Mayan archaeologists in Mexico and Central America. “In/Formed By The Land” is a book about Abbott’s architecture.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Florida CraftArt: Members' Show: Contemporary Craft at its Finest , January 29 – March 20, 6pm

Members’ Show: Contemporary Craft at its Finest is a juried exhibition of original art showcasing the best of handcrafted work by Florida CraftArt members. Forty-six artists created 79 pieces from intricate jewelry to glass sculptures. Visitors will have the opportunity to virtually meet the artists and the show’s judge Susana Weymouth at the virtual opening reception on Friday, January 29 at 6 p.m. The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82206474125. The show runs through March 20 when the People’s Choice Award will be presented at the closing reception. People can vote for their favorite work of art in the Florida CraftArt Exhibition Gallery.

[SOON]  FILM: Virtual: 2021 Jewish Film Festival of Sarasota-Manatee , February 1 – March 25

As we enter the festival’s 12th year, we are especially proud to present a premier line-up of 21 remarkable and diverse films that will impact, provoke, and move you. They are documentaries, narratives, tragedies and comedies, mysteries and love stories. Most have won awards and will have special meaning to our community of viewers. All films are being held virtually. During this time of COVID we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our Sponsors for their continued support of the Jewish Film Festival. In doing so, you are fulfilling our Federation’s mission and the tenet of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world, ultimately, helping to provide our community much needed enjoyment. The Jewish Film Festival is one of many programs also sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. The yearly Film Festival that attracts so many movie-goers, both Jewish and non-Jewish, is all about strengthening Jewish life in Sarasota-Manatee. We hope you will leave energized, inspired and moved by the rich traditions and culture of Judaism found in movies celebrated around the world. See you at the movies.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Virtual: Art Center Sarasota: Skins In It: Work by Neil Bender and Cynthia Mason , February 12 – March 5

Skin’s in It: Cynthia Mason’s low-relief and sculptural wall pieces create abstract forms that riff off of grids and known structures that are uncanny and disarming vurtually through March 5. Some of the soft sculptures recall solid objects (shelves, windows), but lack rigidity. Some recall the body but lack smooth contours. Sewn from coarse fabrics and stuffed with shredded documents, they bloat and pudge. Gender is rendered in provocative shapes noisily on display, questioning gender performance in politics and how we consume it. Neil Bender’s work explores the complexity of sexuality and the body through paper and paint, making flattened images that play with the shallow spaces of slightly overlapping images, and the shallow spaces of popular cultural vernaculars. Recent images range from small-scale collages and sketchbook drawings to shaped, cut-paper garments, and large, expansive wall murals. Both artists use whimsy and play to make viewers aware of the potency of negotiating and reconciling art amongst other bodies in public spaces. Bender and Mason also collaborated on a site-specific atmospheric wall painting that will serve as a stage for the actors (the paintings, drawings, and sculptures) to have enhanced dialogues This is a kinetic, tactile, and immersive collaborative experience that is sensorily-engaging, ribald, and pleasurable.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Ringling College: Disney Fine Artist Alumnus Tim Rogerson , February 10 – March 12, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Madeby Gallery hosting Disney Fine Artist - Ringling College of Art and Design Alumnus Tim Rogerson and the original Tinker Bell Margaret Kerry. Zoom Virtual Opening Reception on Wednesday, February 10 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Margaret, a Sarasota resident, will be sharing her amazing journey of how Walt chose her to be the original Tinker bell model for the Disney Animators’ in her book, "Tinker Bell Talks." Tim will be taking us on a tour of his magical Disney artwork. Originals, giclees and prints will be available for purchase. Tim has created exclusively for the show, his newest original of Tinker Bell, titled "Pixie Pose." The show runs from February 10 through Friday, March 12.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Virtual: Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative and Art Center Sarasota: The 2021 Student Black Muse Exhibit , February 8 – March 5

Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative and Art Center Sarasota Present The 2021 “Student Black Muse” Exhibit. The exhibit is presented virtually at Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative and Art Center Sarasota through March 5. Students from Booker, Riverview, Sarasota, and Northport high schools and Booker Middle School participated in this exhibit, which celebrates Black History Month. The Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative (SBAC) and Art Center Sarasota partnered with four Sarasota County high schools and one middle school to offer students of African descent the opportunity to participate in a visual arts exhibition commemorating Black History Month. The 2021 “Student Black Muse” exhibit, which showcases the works of 20 young artists, is available for viewing virtually through March 5 at www.artcentersarasota.org and www.suncoastblackartscollaborative.org.

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