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SRQ DAILY Jul 12, 2021

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"The overarching goal of the Loan Loss Reserve Program is to provide current and prospective business owners in the CRA access to low-cost capital in order to establish a pathway towards financial stability and wealth creation."

- Katerina Gerakios-Siren, the Bradenton CRA programs

[Redevelopment]  Bradenton CRAs Consider Loan Program
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Bradenton’s Community Redevelopment Agency is expected to approve a Loan Loss Reserve Program to streamline access to loans for business owners in designated areas.

“The overarching goal of the Loan Loss Reserve Program is to provide current and prospective business owners in the CRA access to low-cost capital in order to establish a pathway towards financial stability and wealth creation,” reads a memo by Katerina Gerakios-Siren, executive director of Bradenton’s CRA programs.

The CRA advisory board will meet at 1 p.m. in City Hall today, where it will discuss a program that will be spearheaded by the Financial Access Federal Credit Union. Bradenton has three Community Redevelopment Areas covering more than 1,500 acres of the city. Each one has its own trust funds and tax increment finance revenue sources, and each will supply up to $10,000 this fiscal year and up to $30,000 in the next one for the program.

The credit union will provide current or prospective business owners within the CRAs with debt restructuring loans, high-interest auto loan refinancing and access to business loans are lower interest rates.

“This program will be utilized as a credit enhancement tool that will allow Financial Access to provide capital through loans to credit- and capacity-challenged business owners who will benefit from the below-market interest rates,” Gerakios-Siren wrote. “These current/prospective business owners will also have access to business operation assistance from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and comprehensive financial and credit literacy programs including credit and financial counseling, personal finance analysis, budget creation, credit score tracking, and other financial literacy tools at no cost to them.”

If loans go into default, the credit union plans to transfer money from an established reserve fund to offset losses. The credit union plans to offer loans until a $5 million loan pool gets exhausted, at which point it will tap into $1 million available through the U.S. Treasury Department 

Map Courtesy city of Bradenton

[In Conversation]  In Conversation With Darcie Duncan of Duncan Real Estate

Published in the July magazine, In Conversation: The State of Real Estate showcases five local experts in the real estate and construction field. Below is an excerpt from the discussion in which Darcie Duncan of Duncan Real Estate on Anna Maria Island shares her insight with SRQ readers on the state of the vacation rental market from a realtor's perspective. 


In addition to real estate, we are in the vacation rentals market, so I can give you good insight. The impact of tourism is here since we opened back up. We’re almost solidly booked for May, and rentals are completely booked for June. July is looking busy. Are those people buyers? Yes. Some are, they always are. But we have no supply. If you’re not coming in with clean cash, no contingency, you’re not even in the running. We are seeing some buyers that are coming into the market that are not necessarily looking at buying a home as a vacation rental, maybe using it part of the time, but mainly they ask, ‘what are the rental numbers?’ That’s all they care about because they’re not going to use it as their home. There are some buyers [that can afford to compete in this market] looking to relocate their families. I think this pandemic has triggered a whole different mindset, and we have a lot of heads of companies - CEOs, big executives - coming out of the cities. They’re moving their families here and can work remotely. We see that, and that’s great. 

This is an excerpt from the In Conversation with Leaders in Real Estate and Construction published in the July 2021 edition of SRQ Magazine. Click here to see the full article.  

Read More From In Conversation Here

[Performing Arts]  Summer Circus Spectacular Returns to Thrill Audiences This Summer

Circus fans of all ages will be able to enjoy world-class entertainment – in person – during the Summer Circus Spectacular. Families can beat the heat at reasonable prices while experiencing the best of the circus arts at the Historic Asolo Theater on the grounds of The Ringling. Some of the circus world’s most exciting acts have signed on for the annual show, with performances presented for just two weeks this summer.

This celebrated summertime event has become a seasonal highlight for locals, visitors, families and groups, and was sorely missed last year, when it was canceled due to the pandemic. To complete their circus experience, Summer Circus Spectacular patrons can enjoy access to the Circus Museum on the day they attend a show for just an additional $5 – an incredible value for a full day’s entertainment.

“Each year we are thrilled to partner with the Ringling to present The Summer Circus Spectacular. We were obviously disappointed last year when we weren’t able to offer the show but are excited to be presenting it again this year,” said CAC Executive Vice President Jennifer Mitchell. “This show offers an affordable entertainment option for all ages and is the perfect summer family-friendly activity.” 

Pictured: Juggler Noel Aguilar, taken by Cliff Roles

[Community]  Englewood Community Cleanup Set for Saturday, July 17

It's time to clean out the garage and gather discarded household items, appliances, junk, tree trimmings and other items as Sarasota County will hold a free community cleanup in the Englewood area from 8 am to noon Saturday, July 17.

Dumpsters will be available at the following locations: Buchan Airport, 1390 Old Englewood Road and VFW Post #10178, 550 N. McCall Road. Hazardous waste, auto parts, commercial printers and tires over 26 X 16 will not be accepted at the listed location. However, these materials may be taken to the Sarasota County Chemical Collection Centers 8 am to 4 pm, Wednesday through Saturday. The centers are located at 8750 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota; and 250 S. Jackson Road, Venice. 

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit scgov.net. 

[Housing]  Demolition Funds Donated to the Child Protection Center

The Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) recently demolished their cottage, an aged building in the rear of their Sarasota property, thanks to donated funds from Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Henry and Gwendolyn Hope Katz. “We were excited to see the demolition of the cottage as it gives us a blank slate for our future,” said Doug Staley, the Executive Director of the nonprofit. “I believe that the demolition has given us a window to the future and the incredible impact we will have for the future of our children. A future where children are safe from abuse and free to thrive.”

By donating the price of the demolition, the Katz’s allowed CPC’s fundraising dollars to remain in its essential programs, serving the children and families who face the traumas of child abuse.

For more information on CPC, visit www.cpcsarasota.org or call 941-365-1277. 

Photo courtesy of Child Protection Center

[Wellness]  Sunnyside Health and Rehabilitation Center is Bringing Nature Indoors

Sunnyside Health and Rehabilitation Center nursing care residents are getting a hands-on therapeutic connection to nature through innovative indoor gardening from Eldergrow, which specializes in therapeutic horticulture gardens. Sunnyside Village’s therapeutic garden is the result of a $1 million grant awarded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Agency for Healthcare Administration to LeadingAge Florida for the joint Eldergrow GARDEN project. Eldergrow brings nature inside 12 months a year. 

Eldergrow offers seniors a therapeutic connection to nature through enrichment classes on horticulture, the culinary arts, and garden art. The project will implement therapeutic horticulture programs in 22 LeadingAge Florida member nursing homes across the state — including Sunnyside Village — enhancing the quality of life for seniors living in these communities. Eldergrow, an award-winning Seattle-based company, offers therapeutic gardening programs to seniors in residential and skilled communities. Through this new partnership, Sunnyside Village residents are now able to nurture a lush indoor garden from within the safety of their community. 

Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Health and Rehabilitation Center.

[Board]  The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations Elects Jennifer Vigne as Chair of Organization

The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations recently elected Jennifer Vigne, President & CEO of Education Foundation of Sarasota County, as Chair of Organization. Vigne is one of four officers who, along with five statewide local education foundation leaders, govern the Consortium, a membership organization for Florida’s district-wide local education foundations.

To learn more about the Consortium, visit educationfoundationsfl.org or contact Mary Chance, President, at (352) 338-0250 or marychance@cfef.net. 

[Real Estate]  Cynthia Knight Joins RE/MAX Platinum Realty

Cynthia Knight has joined RE/MAX Platinum Realty as a Realtor in the downtown Sarasota office. She joins longtime Realtor Dianne Anderson, team leader of the Go Team, to better serve buyer and seller clients. A Sarasota resident for almost four decades, Knight brings extensive local knowledge, strong customer service and communication skills, and a passion for negotiation. She has 38 years of experience in the service industry in Sarasota, most recently as a hair stylist and salon owner. She is a graduate of Sarasota High School and the State College of Florida.

The Sarasota office is located at 1500 State Street. Knight can be reached at 941-376-3999 or CynthiaKnightSRQ@gmail.com. 

[In This Issue]  Conversing With Shapes

Artist Tom Casmer blooms in the shadow of the pandemic. 

Click here to read the full article in SRQ's July/August 2021 edition.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Sarasota Bay Estuary Program: Eyes on Seagrass , July 12 – July 24

Water conditions and the health of seagrass beds in the Sarasota Bay area have been changing rapidly, and there is a pressing need to gather more information about the amount of algae growing in our bays. Algae is a natural part of the ecosystem, but if changing conditions cause it to grow out of control, it can damage vital habitats. Volunteers will help monitor macroalgae by snorkeling in an assigned area, estimating the coverage of seagrass and macro algae, and collecting samples. Volunteers of all levels of experience are welcome. The Eyes on Seagrass survey will take place over a two week window from July 12 - July 24. Volunteers can pick any time during this window. The survey will take about one hour. Training and gear distribution will be held over three days. You Will Need: A team of 2 or more (Give your group a name), Transportation, Mask & Snorkel, Kayak, paddle board, or boat, and GPS or GPS capable phone. We Will Provide: Survey equipment, Dive flags, and Training. Training and Gear Distribution on June 28 at Blackburn Park 9am-1pm, June 29 at Ken Thompson Park 9am-1pm, and June 30 at South Coquina Boat Ramp 9am-1pm.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Veterans Equine Therapy , July 12 – August 23, 3-5pm

Operation Warrior Resolution has another session of Veterans Equine Therapy starting July 12th. It’s 6 sessions, running each Monday from 3pm-5pm, July 12-August 23 (break on August 9) at InStride Therapy, Inc. in Nokomis, FL. Those veterans who have been apart of this previously say it is  an incredible experience! The program is specifically designed to address veteran specific issues through the use of horses. The horses provide a very unique experience to learn how to become more self-aware, regulate the nervous system response, be in the present moment, build trust, confidence, connection, and more. To join this upcoming session please email at info@operationwarriorresolution.org, 1629 Ranch Rd, Nokomis

Operation Warrior Resolution

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Shades of Buble: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Buble , July 13 – September 19

With three voices singing incredible songs like “Feeling Good,” “Moondance,” “Come Fly With Me,” “Home,” “Everything,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” and many more, Shades of Bublé: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Bublé brings the swinging standards and pop hits of Bublé to the stage in an unforgettable high-energy concert event. Next up in the Cabaret is Shades of Bublé: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Bublé, a high-energy concert event highlighting the swinging standards and pop hits of “The Modern Sinatra.” Since the show’s sold-out debut in 2015, Shades of Bublé has entertained audiences across the country with exciting three-part harmonies, smooth choreography, and sophisticated charm. Featuring songs like “Feeling Good,” “Moondance,” and “Home,” Shades of Bublé will play in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret starting Tuesday, July 13 and will run through September 19.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting , July 13, 7pm

On Tuesday, July 13 at 7pm from the Grammy-nominated folk singer and songwriter, an inspiring exploration of creativity and the redemptive power of song. Award-winning songwriter Mary Gauthier presents Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting. This program is part of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Reader Meet Writer Author Series. The ticket price is $35. This includes a copy of Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting and the Zoom special event. A ticket is $40.50 to have the book shipped via USMail. In Saved by a Song, Mary Gauthier pulls the curtain back on the artistry of songwriting. Part memoir, part philosophy of art, part nuts and bolts of songwriting, her book celebrates the redemptive power of song to inspire and bring seemingly different kinds of people together. More event info at  https://www.sarasotabooks.com/events or 941-365-7900.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: The Mysteries to Die For Zoom Book Club led by Elsie Souza , July 13, 2pm

On Tuesday, July 13 at 2pm The Mysteries to Die For Zoom Book Club will be led by Elsie Souza. This month we are discussing When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain. A fee of $35 is required for participation. This includes a copy of When the Stars Go Dark to be picked up at Bookstore1 and the book club meeting. The fee is $40.50 to have the book shipped via USMail. From the bestselling author of The Paris Wife comes an atmospheric novel of intertwined destinies and heart-wrenching suspense: A detective hiding away from the world. A series of disappearances that reach into her past. Can solving them help her heal? Weaving together actual cases of missing persons, trauma theory, and a hint of the metaphysical, this propulsive and deeply affecting novel tells a story of fate, necessary redemption, and what it takes, when the worst happens, to reclaim our lives--and our faith in one another. Ticket purchase required for Zoom link. More event info at https://www.sarasotabooks.com/bookclubs or 941-365-7900.

[SOON]  FOOD: 100 Years Feature Night , July 13, 5-8pm

Fruitville Gecko's will be hosting a 100 Years Feature Night at Fruitville Gecko's on Tuesday, July 13 from 5:00-8:00 pm. Guests can sample the latest craft beer offerings from Big Top Brewing Company, including special feature beer, Centennial Lager, which celebrates Sarasota's 100th birthday. And this special collaboration not only tastes good but does good, with GHG donating a portion of every can enjoyed by guests to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Charitable Foundation, a 5013c whose mission is support our law enforcement employees who find themselves in extraordinary personal or family need. The Sheriff's Office is also commemorating their century of serving families and communities. Taste, enjoy & share when you get your six packs to go!

Fruitville Gecko's, 351 N Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Beyond the Dark: A Multisensory Experience , July 13, 10am

Come along on a journey as Southeastern Guide Dogs welcomes the public back to campus for Beyond the Dark, a program where attendees will meet graduates, hear their triumphant stories and witness how extraordinary dogs transform lives. Beyond the Dark invites participants to experience this transformation and connect with the mission of Southeastern Guide Dogs. Tickets are on sale now.Through sensory experiences, participants will see what it is like to benefit from a guide or service dog. Graduates will also share the powerful stories that led them to Southeastern Guide Dogs, while instructors will demonstrate the advanced skills of our working dogs.“Beyond the Dark helps people see what it’s like for a veteran like me to find help through my service dog, Pella,” said Sean Brown, U.S. Army Veteran and Southeastern Guide Dogs graduate. “I have accomplished so much because of her. She's the inspiration that keeps me going, just like all of our service dogs do for my fellow graduates. The Beyond the Dark experience will give people insight into this and see how truly amazing our dogs are.”Tickets for Beyond the Dark are currently on sale through the Southeastern Guide Dogs website. The cost of admission is $20, and ticket sales go toward mission-critical support for the organization. The first presentation of Beyond the Dark is scheduled for July 13, 2021, at 10 a.m., and it will continue to run weekly.

Important Details for those Attending:

Masks are optional at this event.
Doors open at 9:45 a.m. and the program begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.
Without revealing any surprises, be prepared to engage your senses and try on a blindfold.
Because of the sensory and emotional nature of the program, Beyond the Dark is not recommended for young children or preteens.
Trigger warning—for veterans and others with PTSD, be aware that Beyond the Dark includes an audio presentation reminiscent of combat scenes.

4210 77th St. East, Palmetto

Southeastern Guide Dogs

[SOON]  GALLERY: We Dream A World: African American Landscape Painters of Mid-Century Florida, The Highwaymen , July 10 – September 26

We Dream A World, African American Landscape Painters of Mid-Century Florida, The Highwaymen, explores the depth of art and business enterprise created by a unique set of landscape artists. Guest Curator Radiah Harper takes visitors through the experience of African Americans who, living in a hostile climate of racial injustice, were able to both learn their artistic craft through formal and informal education, and successfully break away from traditional field labor jobs to monetize their work. This exhibition will be presented in collaboration with the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition from July 10 to September 26.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , 1534 Mound St., Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Pages & Popsicles Open House , July 16, 10am-12pm

Visit the Manatee County Agricultural Museum and Palmetto Historical Park at 515 10th Ave. West, Palmetto, for their Pages & Popsicles Open House on Friday, July 16, from 10 am to 12 pm. The Ag Museum will be celebrating the launch of their new Little Free Library with a ribbon-cutting at 10:15 AM.  Children and adults will be able to take home a book from the little library and if visitors have books at home that they would like to donate to share with others, please bring them along to add to the library. Free popsicles will be distributed during the open house. Palmetto Historical Park will be conducting a tour of their historical buildings at 11:00 and a craft activity will be available on the grounds or to take home. A story time will be held at 10:30, 11:00, and 11:30 in the Chapel featuring the book, “Little Libraries, Big Heroes,” by Miranda Paul.

Manatee County Agricultural Museum and Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. West, Palmetto

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: Saying the Unsayable: Innovative Storytelling , June 9 – July 14, 3:30pm-5pm

New College creative writing professor Dr. Emily Carr presents a Zoom writing workshop: Saying the Unsayable: Innovative Storytelling in Jenny Offill’s “Dept. of Speculation” & Other Contemporary Works by Women. This six-part workshop series is offered on Wednesdays, June 9-July 14, 3:30pm to 5pm: June 9, June 16, June 23, June 30, July 7, and July 14. This workshop is open to writers in all genres, as well as those who do not yet identify as writers but want to learn more about the art of storytelling. A fee of $105 is required for participation. This includes a copy of The Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill, and all six Zoom sessions. The cost is $110.50 to have the book shipped. Storytelling projects will arise through the reading of The Dept. of Speculation. Reading and conversation will lead to writing; most of the time will be devoted to creation, generation, recreation, transcendence, experimentation, and other process-oriented exploration. Participants will leave with their own inspiration for storytelling projects, and writerly tips and tricks to translate ideas into stories, poems, essays, and more. More event info at  https://www.sarasotabooks.com/events or 941-365-7900.

[SOON]  : Sarasota Music Festival Streaming , June 24 – July 24

The Sarasota Orchestra is re-imagining its Music Festival this year, the event includes socially distanced live performances by faculty and former fellows. Starting June 24, audience members who purchase streaming access will be able to watch the festival's five events at any time. Events include, Voices of the Violin, The Romantic Revolution, Majestic Cello, Dedications and Calidore Quartet.


Sarsota Orchestra , Virtual

[SOON]  GALLERY: Beneath the Surface Exhibition , June 26 – July 30

A solo exhibition of abstract figurative paintings by William Swanson Inspired by the beauty of the coral reef will be open June 26-July 30. His passion for the beauty and mystery of the coral reef has led Bill Swanson to attempt to bring attention to its endangered ecosystem through his paintings. William started scuba diving in 1985 with a trip to Roatan, Honduras. It was not until 1998 that Swanson began studying painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His love of diving has remained, but due to the strenuousness of this sport, he limits his exploration to snorkeling to catch the beauty of underwater life. Memories of the beauty he saw while scuba diving and his continued concern for the underwater environment have been a constant theme in his large paintings. His works are featured in the window and inside the gallery during this solo exhibition. Swanson will be in the gallery for our MEET THE ARTIST event on two consecutive Saturdays, June 26 and July 3 from 10am to 3pm. 1367 Main St., Sarasota 

Art Uptown Gallery

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: 2021 Professional Summer Programs , May 22 – July 16

Sarasota Contemporary Dance is hosting 2021 Professional Summer Programs from May 22 to 28, June 19 to 25, and July 10 to 16. Get ready to move this summer with Sarasota Contemporary Dance and guest teachers in sunny Sarasota for a week-long dance intensive, unlike any other. You have three weeks to choose from - or do all three. Open to High School Students through to Professionals (minimum age 14). Participant Performance Friday and Virtual Broadcast Saturday alongside Sarasota Contemporary Dance. Daily classes include improvision, contemporary, liquid strength, afro-modern, jazz, and SCD repertory. Participant Rising Choreographer Progam (2 per program). Guest Faculty include Dazaun Soleyn, Jennifer Nugget, and Christal Brown. SCD Faculty include Melissa Rummel, Monessa Salley, and Xiao-xuan Dancigers. Housing available, each program capped at 20 students. Work-Study positions are also available.

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