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"These [turtle sculptures] are our treasured environmental assets, and it is our duty and our responsibility to protect them."

- Ron Cutsinger, County Commissioner

[Senate Plan]  Senate Funds Piney Point Cleanup with Rescue Plan

The Florida Senate on Wednesday announced intentions to spend $100 million in coronavirus relief to clean up the Piney Point industrial site. Sen. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, said he expects the House and Gov. DeSantis to support the move.

“$100 million committed and [it] will be more if proven necessary,” Boyd said.

The Senate wants to fund the long-term clean-up of the Piney Point site using a portion of some $10 billion expected to come to Florida as part of the American Rescue Plan. That’s money included in a package passed by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden as the latest coronavirus relief package. Senate President Wilton Simpson earlier this month endorsed that approach, and suggested at the time it could cost up to $200 million to permanently close three manmade ponds at the Piney Point site.

An environmental disaster happened at the Manatee County industrial site— and it happened with the Florida Legislature halfway through its regular session. Gov. Ron DeSantis declared an emergency as a breach in one of three on-site reservoirs forced the evacuation of more than 300 homes earlier this month. The incident prompted the state Department of Environmental Protection and the federal Army Corps of Engineers to pump more than 200 million gallons of industrial wastewater directly into Port Manatee and neighboring Tampa Bay.

Officials said that was necessary to release pressure and prevent a full collapse of the water stack. But it raised concern about whether the rush of nutrient-rich water would fuel algal blooms. Indeed, last week Sarasota County reported red tide near Siesta Key. So far there has been no mass event with red tide such as that experienced in 2018, when blooms hurt tourism and caused fish kills up and down Florida’s west coast.

Legislators expect to finish up session next week, including all decisions about the budget. Senate leaders would like to close the Piney Point site this year. But it also remains to be decided what will be done at the site. Boyd has said the state could drain all of the water from the water stacks and move it then safely to deep well injection that would not contaminate the Floridan Aquifer. 

[ShopTalk]  Shop and Mingle at the Kompose Hotel Pool with Olala Events
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Olala Events brings the luxurious and relaxing aspects of French culture to Southwest Florida through monthly "Beauty & Chill " pop-up events. These catered events include local beauty and wellness services and vendors with the opportunity to meet these talented female professionals. The next event is this coming weekend, located at the amazing new Kompose Hotel (965 University Pkwy, Sarasota), Friday April 22 at 5pm. Shop and mingle with the women behind Olala at the hotel's pool area and lounge. The event is free and includes a welcome drink while shopping for artisan jewelry, skincare, handmade soaps, fashion items, accessories and more. Representatives of CryoXL Cryotherapy and IV Therapy will be there as well as French jewelry maker Apana by Marie, Rockstar Roll-On topical, botanical and CBD healing and fashion apparel from MOI Concept Store to name a few. Grab the girls and head to Kompose for a different kind of happy hour this Friday!


Photo courtesy of Olala Events

[ASID FL West Coast Chapter]  In the Know: Key Highlights from the ASID 2021 State of Interior Design Report

In this month's BrandStory the ASID Florida West Coast Chapter shares inights from the ASID 2021 Economic Outlook and State of Interior Design Report.

The report reviews the state of interior design including: key insights for the future of the profession, summarization of the trends related to people and business with implications to design, and expands into key economic factors that impact construction and interior design services. The report concludes with diverse perspectives from professionals we partner with in the built environment on how trust is the fundamental key for propelling the profession into the future.

State of Interior Design The interior design industry, business, profession and practice show positive signs for recovery from the impact of COVID-19, emerging stronger and more adept in re- sponding to critical issues that have emerged in 2020. Trends and Implications Health, wellness and safety are the critical pillars of interior design and have become top priorities for individuals and institutions. Trends in understanding people and business, in general, have significant implications for designers to empathize and implement into practice. Economic Outlook The U.S. economy in 2020 was tumultuous, but the overall economic outlook for 2021 and 2022 is positive despite the expected slower recovery. Spending in the residential market had sustained the industry overall, balancing the drop in the commercial sectors. Future Insights Unprecedented times foster increased dependence on each other and our shared resources. The pandemic has re-emphasized the need for trust in data, people and physical spaces. Interior designers have been called to serve as essential advisors, not only to respond to COVID-19, but more so to lead and activate health, safety and welfare for all. 

Image Caption: The Mark, an ASID Winning Project by Holly Dennis Interiors

Read More From the ASID BrandStory HERE

[Environmental Protection]  Environmental Turtle Sculpture Installed at Siesta Beach

Gulf Coast Community Foundation recently gifted a second aluminum sea-turtle sculpture for a Sarasota County beach—this time, Siesta Beach. Leaders from Gulf Coast and Sarasota County unveiled the larger-than-life environmental artwork last Saturday before a socially distanced crowd near the main beach pavilion. Installed close to Siesta Beach’s popular postcard “selfie” sign, the new addition aims to raise awareness of the hazards of marine debris to our local waterways and wildlife. Gulf Coast commissioned the sculpture as a gift to Sarasota County in honor of the foundation’s 25th anniversary. The Siesta turtle—along with a sister sculpture at Venice Beach—was conceived and constructed by artists at Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Koski Center. 

[Recognition]  All Star Children’s Foundation Founders Graci and Dennis McGillicuddy Are Recognized With Key to the City

All Star Children’s Foundation’s founders Graci and Dennis McGillicuddy were recognized by the City of Sarasota on April 5, 2021, for their longstanding commitment, philanthropy, and activism to protecting vulnerable children, especially those in the foster care system. Sarasota Mayor Hagen Brody presented the couple with a key to the city, proclaiming that they have “worked tirelessly to prevent child abuse and expand treatment and care for our community’s most vulnerable children. In recent years, the McGillicuddys have focused on the connection between childhood trauma and long-term mental health. Today, we recognize the special impact the McGillicuddys’ leadership, compassion, tenacity and care has made on the lives of countless children in our city and the broader community.”  

Pictured: Mayor Hagan Brody, Commissioner Liz Alpert, Graci McGillicuddy, Dennis McGillicuddy, Commissioner Erik J. Arroyo, Commissioner Kyle S. Battie.

[New Building]  Sarasota Memorial Hospital Moves Forward with Next Phase of Expanding Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute Cancer Institute

The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board this week authorized Sarasota Memorial staff to move forward with preliminary site and design plans for two new outpatient oncology facilities – a new 6-story cancer pavilion on the hospital’s main campus in Sarasota and a 2-story cancer center on its developing Venice campus. The new facilities are the next phase of the expanding Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute, a comprehensive cancer program SMH began developing in 2018 to provide patients seamless access to the latest treatments, technologies, support services, and clinical trials in their own community.


[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Designing Women Boutique: Donations for Selby Gardens , April 24, 10am-2pm

Join us this Saturday, April 24 from 10am to 2pm at Historic Spanish Point. You will be greeted by Designing Women Boutique staff who will accept your donations of jewelry, art, housewares, clothing and accessories to benefit Selby Gardens' Groundworks Scholarship Initiative. With your donation you will receive a free day pass to Historic Spanish Point.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Concert Association: The Russian National Orchestra with pianist Alexander Malofeev , February 8, 7:30pm

The Russian National Orchestra with pianist Alexander Malofeev will perform on Tuesday, February 8 at 7:30pm at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits leads the Orchestra in Beethoven’s Overture to Fidelio and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5. Nineteen-year-old piano sensation Alexander Malofeev will join the Orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Concert Association: Violinist Benjamin Beilman with pianist Yekwon Sunwoo , February 25, 7:30pm

Violinist Benjamin Beilman with pianist Yekwon Sunwoo will perform on Friday, February 25 at 7:30pm at the Riverview Performing Arts Canter. Benjamin Beilman displays his astonishing virtuosity along with Van Cliburn gold medalist Yekwon Sunwoo in works by Gershwin and Kreisler, as well as Ravel’s dazzling Sonata No. 2 and John Adams’ adventurous Road Movies.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Concert Association: Takacs Quartet with pianist Joyce Yang , March 15, 7:30pm

Takács Quartet with pianist Joyce Yang will perform on Tuesday, March 15 at 7:30pm at the Riverview Performing Arts Canter. Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang joins the internationally renowned Takács Quartet in their celebrated return to Sarasota, performing Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 2, Bartók’s String Quartet No. 1, and Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat major.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: Asolo Repertory: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity: Wrestling with America , April 22, 7:30pm

Is it worth working within the system to beat the system? Through the frame of Asolo Rep’s production of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, participants will discuss how systems, labels, and our willingness to play affects our ability to “win" on April 22 at 7:30pm. An IllumiNation Digital Three-Event Package is $39.00. Tickets to individual events are $15. For more information on the events and to purchase tickets, patrons should visit www.asolorep.org.

[SOON]  SPORTS: SPARCCle on the Links Golf Tournament , April 22

Join SPACC for the SPARCCle on the Links Golf Tournament on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice for a safe and fun tournament - complete with cash prizes, chance drawings and silent auction items. Registration is $135 and includes green fees, individual carts, a boxed lunch, beverages and awards. Opportunity to win a $50,000 cash prize from the hole in one contest, sponsored by The Bob Adams Agency. All proceeds support SPARCC’s free and confidential programs and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: Amy Green Discusses Expose Moving Water: The Everglades and Big Sugar , April 22, 2pm
On Thursday, April 22 at 2pm Award-Winning Environmental Journalist Amy Green discusses her engrossing exposé Moving Water: The Everglades and Big Sugar in a Zoom author visit. A riveting story of environmental disaster and political intrigue, Moving Water exposes how Florida's clean water is threatened by dirty power players and the sugar cane industry. Amy Green is an award-winning radio and print journalist covering the environment at NPR affiliate station WMFE 90.7. There is no charge for this event. There is an optional fee of $7.00 to help defray the cost to the bookstore. Reservations required for Zoom link.
[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: The Ringling: Coffee and Conversation with Executive Director Steven High , April 22, 9am

We are pleased to invite our Supporting, Partner, and Circle members to join Steven High, Executive Director, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, for a virtual Coffee and Conversation on April 22 at 9am via Zoom. Pour your favorite breakfast beverage, relax and enjoy a casual conversation and update on The Ringling with Steven High. This event is by invitation only. RSVP information will be available in your invitation.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Virtual: The Ringling: Zumba , April 22, 6:30pm

Let's Move. Shake and shimmy away 2020 with a virtual Zumba fitness dance class on April 22 at 6:30pm. The instructor will dance live from The Ringling's studio space while participants can follow along from the comfort of their own homes. Work up a sweat performing a series of easy-to-follow dance steps. Zumba is a fun and effective fitness class that feels more like a night out dancing to international rhythms than a work out. Party yourself into shape with dance moves inspired by hip-hop, swing, Bollywood and Latin styles such as mambo, salsa, merengue and more. This is a virtual class via ZOOM. Once you purchase a ticket you will be sent a link and passcode. Although you will be in your own home, please dress for a moderate- to high-intensity 60-minute workout.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Day to Night Broadway on the Bay , April 22 – April 25, 5:30pm

Experience a day in your life told through Broadway tunes in the enchanting Marie Selby Botanical Gardens from April 22 to 25 at 5:30pm. Each show takes place at sunset and is not to be missed. Our last Selby Gardens show sold out, don't miss this one. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12.50 for Students under 24 (Call 941-365-2494 to purchase student tickets) plus $1.50 per ticket handling fee. Ticket sales will turn off 2.5 hours prior to show start. Tickets can be purchased at the door depending on availability. No tickets will be printed for this event. Upon making your purchase your name will be on a reservation list. Masks are required for this outdoor event. Temperature checks will also be done and and patrons will be socially distanced.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Sarasota Art Museum: Janaina Tschape Between the Sky and the Water , December 14 – May 2, Museum hours.

Between the Sky and the Water is a mid-career retrospective of Janaina Tschäpe (b. Munich, Germany 1973) that will run from December 14 through May 2. Tschäpe’s wide-ranging oeuvre is visually connected by a lexicon of forms that array across a variety of media—painting, drawing, installation, sculpture, photography, video, and performance. These varied articulations of her core concepts comprise a holistic cosmology, a gesamtkunstwerk (a total work of art), a grand evolutionary opera where each piece plays a supporting role, subsumed by the totality of the body. Recurring themes persist—Kafkaesque metamorphosis and transformation, a feminist resistance to the perpetual policing of the female body, a collapsing of scale undifferentiating the grand cosmos from the infinitesimal cellular, an excavation of the nature of landscape—but always, most importantly, is an exploration of painting as a way of understanding the world. Travelling from deep sea to land to space, the terrain is constantly shifting and yet the same, like a creature tropically and symbiotically adapting to whatever environment they find themselves inhabiting. Atmospherically sliding between the figurative and the abstract, the work invites your eye to travel, free of regard for chronology, or need of narrative.

[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: Sarasota Art Museum: Carl Abbott Architecture for Nature , November 8 – April 25, Museum hours.

The exhibition features over a dozen projects that exemplify Abbott’s unique climate and site-based perspective on living in harmony with one’s environment and will run from November 8, 2020 through April 25. Using his Bayou Studio as the epicenter of Abbott’s creative inquiry, the exhibition shows how key concepts developed in the experimental atelier space find physical form in his built projects, whether commissioned or conceived with a prescribed program. Nature is at the heart of Carl Abbott’s creative practice. All of his gestures — however small or grand — exemplify Abbott’s committed ethic and aesthetics, his site-based perspective on living in harmony with one’s environment. While some belief systems posit a “man” v. “nature” sensibility, Abbott’s cosmology understands human beings to be of nature. He thus shapes space, physically and conceptually, to serve nature’s—our—needs, in terms of comfort and shelter, but most importantly, in terms of one’s enrichment and enhancement of life. This exhibition aims to elucidate the art of architecture, examining origin stories, early influences and how the visual environment shaped Abbott’s “ways of seeing”. We hope to bring alive the practice of architecture as an artistic pursuit, a humanistic discipline, and a way to reunite with nature. The exhibition arrays over three areas on the Museum Campus: La Musa Azul – a site-responsive meditation grove located in the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza, Exant/Extinct – a spotlight exhibition in the historic portion of the Wendy G. Surkis & Peppi Elona Lobby, and The Bayou Studio – a mini-retrospective in the Claire H. Rusen Gallery.

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