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SRQ DAILY Apr 26, 2021

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"We find that our second chance team members are extremely motivated to work – they are hardworking, reliable, and eager to get on the path to a stable, successful future. We are proud to help them get there."

- Margie Genter, Goodwill Manasota Vice President

-Best of SRQ Winners, as seen in SRQ's April 2021 edition. Click the photo for the full article.
[Logistics]  TransMontaigne Extends Port Manatee Deal for 25 Years
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Gas will keep pumping through Port Manatee for decades more. That’s thanks to an extension between the Manatee County Port Authority and TransMontaigne Terminals approved last week.

“Port Manatee is pleased to extend its valued relationship with longtime tenant TransMontaigne for at least another quarter of a century – or for 50 more years if the lease option is exercised,” said Manatee County Commissioner Reggie Bellamy, chairman of the Manatee County Port Authority.

“This lease renewal is good news for motorists throughout our region and furthers the significant favorable impacts Port Manatee has upon Southwest and Central Florida.”

Transmontaigne has been delivering petroleum through Port Manatee since 1970. The Denver-based company maintains a 28.41-acre port tract on site. The new lease negotiated with the port ensures the company will keep operations running through at least 2046, with an option at that point to sign on for an additional 25 years.

The latest SEC reports filed in March lists Transmontaigne’s Gulf Coast operations as a strong asset. “Our Gulf Coast terminals consist of eight active product terminals and comprise the largest terminal network in Florida,” it states. The company has a presence at eight Florida ports. The Manatee County facility has the capacity for 1,408,000 gallons, more than any Florida facility except for Port Everglades North. The Florida ports collectively boast approximately 6.9 million barrels of aggregate active storage capacity.

Gas and other petroleum commodities move through the Transmontaigne facilities and serve such major companies as Pilot Flying J, Freepoint Commodities, RaceTrac Petroleum, Atlantic Trading and Marketing, Tesoro, Musket Corporation, BP, Associated Asphalt, Magellan Pipeline Company, the U.S. government, Valero Marketing and Supply Company, PMI Trading, Exxon Mobil Oil Corporation, World Fuel Services Corporation, Chevron Corporation, Shell, Marathon Petroleum, Gunvor and Vitol.

The business conducted by Transmontaigne makes a significant chunk of the $3.9 billion annual economic impact tied to Port Manatee. 

[New Hire]  Sarasota Concert Association Welcomes New Board President and Two New Members

The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) has announced that Dr. Dale Anderson will succeed Joy McIntyre as the organization’s board president. Ms. McIntyre will remain on the SCA board as immediate past president. During its annual meeting on April 22, the board of the Sarasota Concert Association also welcomed Ann Stephenson-Moe and Paula Rothman as new members.  

[Milestone]  Caldwell Trust Company Board and Staff Celebrate Jan Miller’s 20th Anniversary

R. G. “Kelly” Caldwell Jr., CEO and president of Caldwell Trust Company, hosted a Zoom party with the company’s board of directors to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Jan Miller, senior executive vice president and trust officer. 

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[Marine Life]  Sea Turtles Arrived in Sarasota on Earth Day

It’s official, the first sea turtles have landed on the shores of Sarasota County, just in time for Earth Day. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program (STCRP) documented the first nest of the season today, April 22, 2021. The nest is located in Venice, just north of the public Venice Beach area. Melissa Bernhard, Mote Senior Biologist and Conservation Manager said, “We’re looking forward to another successful season for sea turtles. We’ve seen incredible growth in nesting locally in the last decade, and we hope to see these threatened animals continue to increase their numbers.” 

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[Update]  Summerfield is Now Truewood by Merrill, Bradenton

Summerfield senior living is now part of the Merrill family of senior living communities and will be known as Truewood by Merrill, Bradenton. The name change reflects the lifestyle and culture that come from having the backing of one of the highest quality providers of senior housing in the country.  

[New Hire]  Maribel Martinez Joins The Patterson Foundation as Initiative Consultant

The Patterson Foundation has hired Maribel Martinez as a consultant on its Digital Access for All initiative. In this position, she will collaborate with the Foundation’s staff members and other consultants on strengthening access to digital technology that connects individuals, organizations and communities across Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties.  

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[New Hire]  District Announces New Principal for North Port High School

Sarasota County Schools is pleased to announce that Shannon Fusco, the current Assistant Principal of Curriculum at North Port High School, has been appointed as the new Principal of North Port High School. Mrs. Fusco will begin her new role this summer at the end of the 2020-21 school year. 

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[New Show]  The Seventh Annual Alumni Show at Madeby Gallery

This multi-media exhibition includes artwork from an extraordinary group of Ringling College Alumni. The show features a wide variety of media, styles, and a diverse range of art from emerging and established alumni. Live Zoom opening reception Wednesday, April 28 from 5:30 - 6:30pm. Please RSVP to madeby@c.ringling.edu to receive the Zoom virtual link. The show runs through Friday, May 21, 2021. 

[COVID-19]  Manatee County to Host Final First-Dose Opportunity at Tom Bennett Park

Manatee County will host its final first-dose vaccination event next week at Tom Bennett Park. Anyone ages 18 and older may come for a first-dose appointment on Wednesday, April 28 from 3 - 7pm. Those who receive a first dose on April 28 will be scheduled for a second drive thru appointment at Bennett Park on Wed., May 26. Tom Bennett Park is located at 400 Cypress Creek Boulevard. 

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[Board Expansion ]  Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Charitable Foundation Board Expands

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Charitable Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of Charles D. Hines and Captain John Walsh to the Board of Directors.  Hines, a Venice attorney, is the former Chair of the Sarasota County Commission, a Board member of the SW Florida Regional Planning Council and is active in community organizations.  

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[New Workshop]  SRQ Strong Announces Dates for Next Raising Anti-Racist Children Parenting Workshop

Many parents in Sarasota are looking for resources and support for how to talk with their children about racism and privilege, and how to support the development of values of racial equity and justice. This workshop provides the opportunity for participants to reflect on their own racial attitudes while also learning and practicing ways to discuss racism with their children. This workshop is designed by Sarasota, FL grassroots efforts, for local parents of children ages 7-12 who are newcomers to anti-racism work.  

Register through Eventbrite, for questions please email sarasotastrong@gmail.com.

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[Job Opportunities]  Goodwill Proud To Be A Second Chance Employer

April is Second Chance Month, a time to raise awareness of the challenges facing people with criminal backgrounds and to spotlight the important work being done by community-based organizations – like Goodwill – that empower second chance individuals to achieve career and life success. At Goodwill Manasota, as of February, 58 team members (7% of the organization’s workforce) noted that their primary barrier to self-sufficiency was that they were ex-offenders. Across all of its programs, Goodwill Manasota served 165 ex-offenders, or 9.2% of program participants. "At Goodwill, we believe that anyone who wants to work and strive for a better future deserves the opportunity to do so," said Goodwill Manasota vice president Margie Genter. "We find that our second chance team members are extremely motivated to work – they are hardworking, reliable, and eager to get on the path to a stable, successful future. We are proud to help them get there." 

Pictured: Goodwill 'second chance' team member Sue Ottomanelli, who has overcome past drug abuse and to become a store manager at Goodwill.

[Volunteer Opportunity ]  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manatee County Partners with The Center of Anna Maria Island

Beginning in May 2021, Big Brothers Big Sisters will be providing one-to-one mentoring to the students enrolled in The Center of Anna Maria Island’s after-school program. They will meet on site, at The Center for one hour a week. The mentors will develop a friendship with the child, work on academics, offer guidance, and have fun. We are in need of volunteers, 18 and over, in the local community to support these children. No experience is necessary, just a desire to make a difference in a child’s life and in the community. 

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[Meal Donations]  Community Partners Serving Families with Food Pantry

A food pantry is now open exclusively for families of Manatee Elementary. The district’s Community Partnership School held an inaugural drive-through food distribution on April 14, 2021. It brought a steady stream of families to the four-hour event. Extended partnerships from United Way Suncoast and Feeding Tampa Bay allow the school to better serve families with their food pantry. It will be open from 10am until 2pm every Wednesday. 

[In This Issue]  Best Of SRQ Competition Winners April 2021

Best of SRQ Local Readers Awards winners. 

Click here to read the full article in SRQ's April 2021 edition.

[School Enrollment]  New Student Registration and Existing Student Re-Registration for the 2021-22 School Year

Sarasota County Schools is encouraging all parents and guardians to begin registering first-time students, as well as re-register existing students, for the upcoming school year. 

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[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Mote Marine: Wild Kratts: Ocean Adventure , January 30 – June 6, Museum hours.

Wild Kratts: Ocean Adventure - a new exhibit created by Minnesota Children's Museum and the creators of the top-rated PBS Kids TV series "Wild Kratts" - will open soon at Mote Aquarium. The exhibit focuses on building STEM-based skills for children ages 3 to 9. It will be at Mote from January 30 to June 6, 2021. Wild Kratts: Ocean Adventure transports visitors to the Wild Kratts world, immersing them in whole body explorations of ocean habitats. Using Wild Kratts technology and the powers of science and teamwork, children and their families will join the Wild Kratts team to solve problems, help marine animals, and foil the villains' nefarious plans. 

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Bishop: Badlands to Bradenton: Lessons from the Field , January 28 – June 6, Museum hours.

Since 2011, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature has partnered with the Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences to lead more than 50 Manatee County teachers on paleontology expeditions to the Nebraska Badlands, allowing them to gain hands-on experience they can bring back to their classrooms. Starting January 28, The Bishop will share these expeditions with guests through its newest special exhibition, Badlands to Bradenton: Lessons from the Field, which showcases some of the most fascinating fossil finds and tells the story of these summer paleontology digs and how they can support learning. Badlands to Bradenton: Lessons from the Field will be open through June 6 and visiting is included in the price of admission. Badlands to Bradenton also includes interactive features for smartphones and tablets, including 3D models of fossils and paleoart commissioned especially for the exhibition.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Discover Sarasota: Psychic Sunday Tour , January 1 – December 31

Get in touch with Sarasota’s psychic influence on this interesting trolley or van tour. Learn why Sarasota is called Sedona by the Sea, explore the tools psychics and mediums use, hear about the history of the tarot, and learn why Sarasota is a psychic and spiritual energy center. Visit Pixie Dust on Sarasota’s Main Street, walk the sands of Siesta Key Beach, explore a labyrinth, and then enjoy a Spirit Gallery Reading and a mini tarot reading on the trolley or van. You can also book a 15-minute personal tarot reading with tour guide Michael Newton-Brown at the cottage after the tour. Ages 12+; young people ages 12-20 may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Tours with fewer than 10 guests will travel in our comfortably air-conditioned high-top van. Tour tickets are $34.99 and include FREE Parking.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Discover Sarasota: Circus Secrets Of Sarasota , January 1 – December 31

Learn about the rich circus history of Sarasota on an unforgettable trolley or van tour. Pass by key city landmarks as our informative and passionate tour guide, Bob Collins, tells stories about the colorful cast of circus characters, showmen, and performers who called Sarasota home. Meander through historic neighborhoods such as the Rosemary District, known for its vibrant food and art scene. Learn about the rich history of the Ringling brothers, the five brothers who owned and operated the circus renowned as the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Pass by the 21-gallery museum John Ringling constructed to house his extensive artwork collection, which opened to the public in 1931. Explore several other locations intimately involved in Sarasota’s circus history, including Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Circus Arts Conservatory, and the Circus Ring of Fame on St. Armands Circle. This 90-minute trolley or van tour is perfect for all ages and shows you a whole new side of Sarasota. Get ready for a fun-filled circus adventure during this show on wheels. It’s an illuminating experience you don’t want to miss. Tours with fewer than 10 guests will travel in our comfortably air-conditioned high-top van. Tour tickets are $34.99 and include FREE Parking.

[SOON]  : Discover Sarasota: City Sightseeing Tour , January 1 – December 31

On this air-conditioned City Sightseeing Trolley or Van Tour, see the BEST places to tour, shop, and dine through Sarasota’s historic downtown neighborhoods of Gillespie Park, Burns Court, Laurel Park, St. Armands Circle, Lido Key, and the Rosemary Design District. You also see our world-class artistic and cultural organizations: The Ringling Museum, Ringling College, Asolo Theater, Selby Library, Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Selby Gardens, Sarasota Opera House, Art Center Sarasota, and Sarasota Symphony Orchestra. Learn more about the architects and developers who designed some of our most unique homes and buildings, like the Blue Pagoda, Crocker Memorial Church, and Splendida. Circus history, Amish culture, real estate development booms and busts, and colorful stories about Sarasota’s founders give you a true overview of Sarasota’s rich and amazing cultural history. Trolley tours usually run on Fridays. Tours with fewer than 10 guests will travel in our comfortably air-conditioned high-top van. Tour is year-round, tickets are $34.99 and include FREE Parking.

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Larry Rivers: Boston Massacre , February 14 – May 16, Museum hours.

Also opening February 14 is Larry Rivers: Boston Massacre. In this series of 13 mixed-media prints, Larry Rivers, one of the pioneers of Pop Art, reimagines the tragedy of the Boston Massacre. This event, marking the beginning of the American Revolution, occurred March 5, 1770, when British Army soldiers fired their muskets into a crowd of civilians gathered on the streets of Boston, killing five colonists and galvanizing American sentiment for independence from Great Britain. Two hundred years later, Rivers revisits this moment in a series that disrupts traditional depictions of historical narrative through fragmentary visual references to the past that intermix with imagery from the political unrest of the 1960s. This exhibition presents the Boston Massacre portfolio from The Ringling's permanent collection. The exhibition will run until May 16, 2021. On February 23 at 10:30am, the Ringling will offer a Virtual Conversation: Images of Conflict. Guests will join curators Ola Wlusek and Sarah Cartwright in a conversation about artworks depicting conflict and trauma in The Ringling's collection. While focusing on the exhibition Larry Rivers: Boston Massacre, in consideration with examples of European Renaissance and Baroque art, representations of power and violence across time will be explored and how these images can help us understand conflict and address societal change today.

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Frans Hals: Detecting a Decade , February 14 – May 16, Museum hours.

Frans Hals: Detecting a Decade will run Feb. 14, 2021 through May 16, 2021. The Ringling's portrait of Pieter Jacobsz. Olycan, by the Dutch Baroque master Frans Hals (1582/83 - 1666), is one of the museum's treasures. Renowned in his own day for his lively brushwork and uncanny ability to capture the vitality of his sitters, Hals continues to be a favorite among art lovers, collectors and artists alike. In this exhibition, organized by the Dallas Museum of Art, The Ringling's painting, which was executed about 1639, will be displayed side-by-side with a second portrait by Hals of Olycan (private collection), painted about 10 years earlier. Through close examination and comparison of these two portraits of the same person, the exhibition will shed light on Hals's revolutionary painting technique, and will explain how his work evolved over the decade of the 1630s. On March 18, at 10:30am, Dr. Sarah Cartwright, Ulla R. Searing Curator of Collections, will present a Virtual Gallery Conversation: Frans Hals: Detecting a Decade.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Selby Gardens: Roy Lichtenstein: Monet's Garden Goes Pop , February 13 – June 27, 10am-5pm

This exhibition showcases the legendary Pop artist's screen prints based on Monet's world-famous paintings of waterlilies and haystacks from February 13 until June 27, 10am to 5pm. Lichtenstein's rarely seen Water Lilies and Haystacks provide an unexpected homage to a staple of the public imagination - Monet's paintings of his garden and home at Giverny that inspired them. The display of Lichtenstein's art in the midst of a horticultural evocation of Giverny creates a unique experience for more than 100,000 garden visitors. Selby Gardens, transformed into Monet's famed gardens at Giverny through the Pop Art lens of Roy Lichtenstein, includes iconic elements of Monet's garden such as the green Japanese bridge, trellises, and benches. This conjuring of Lichtenstein's world also serves as the dynamic backdrop to the lush plantings and mixed borders for which Monet's paintings were renowned. An avid gardener, Monet once said, "My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece." Marie Selby Botanical Gardens evokes this crowning achievement with a surprising Pop Art twist.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Dabbert Gallery: Spring's Promise , March 1 – April 30, 11am-5pm

Dabbert Gallery presents "Spring's Promise" Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 5pm March through April, 2021. As winter gives way to natures renewal, nine Gallery Artists explore the wonder of Spring's Promise. Featured artists include Kasia Bruniany, Arnold Desmarais, Bill Farnsworth, James Griffin, Candace Knapp, Barbara Krupp, Joe Palmerio, William Suys, and Tom Swimm.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Beer Yoga Sundays in Big Top's Beer Garden , February 24 – May 2, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Join us for BEER YOGA outside at Big Top Brewing Co, in the beer garden from February 24 through May 2 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. $10/ Yoga + 1 beer (or cider). Approachable for ALL levels. BYOM: Bring Your Own Mat & any props you desire. Enjoy your (1 included) tasty Big Top Beer before, after, or during class. If you choose to have it during class, we will use it! Be prepared to raise your beer to the sky in Triangle Pose or maybe take a sip as you balance in Dancer Pose. Each class, Tara offers a fun yoga routine designed to provide a well-balanced practice. Modifications are always offered to make asanas more approachable or more challenging for a student at any level. Yoga with Tara Garland. Space is limited, so sign up today.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College: 2021 Spring Semester , March 8 – April 30, Varied.

The spring semester features 50 classes and other programs covering a wide variety of topics. Highlights include Alzheimer’s Talks, a two-part series exploring 10 ways to love your brain; Only Hope: My Mother and the Holocaust Brought To Light, about a woman’s internment in Polish ghettos and two Nazi concentration camps; and From Public Health To Public Enemy: What Happens When Public Sentiment Obstructs Public Health. Classes and lectures are offered using a hybrid model—in-person on the Ringling College Museum Campus and online via the Zoom platform. Registration is now open for the spring 2021 semester at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College (OLLI at Ringling College), which runs March 8 through April 30, 2021. The semester features dozens of classes and programs covering a wide variety of topics. Classes are offered using a hybrid model—in-person on the Ringling College Museum Campus and online via the Zoom platform. Classes cover a rich diversity of topics, including art and music appreciation, health and well-being, global issues, philosophy, religion, culture and travel, and science. When offered in-person, classes will be held at the Ringling College Museum Campus (1001 South Tamiami Trail); masks and physical distancing will be required.

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