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SRQ DAILY Jul 26, 2021

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"We are staying ahead of this situation and we will be announcing additional efforts to keep our beaches clean and clear in the coming days."

- Manatee County Administrator Scott Hope

-Through The Looking Glass, as seen in SRQ's July/August 2021 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[Water]  Manatee to Partner With Shrimpers in Red Tide Fight
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

As red tide deals a blow to marine life in Tampa Bay, Manatee County officials want to collaborate with the fishing industry to protect local shores. County officials stepped up raking efforts on Anna Maria Island to keep all red tide debris from the sands. Now, county commissioner will deliberate on Tuesday about a $500,000 agreement with shrimp boat captains to police the waters and guard from such toxins nearing the beaches.

“We are staying ahead of this situation and we’ll be announcing additional efforts to keep our beaches clean and clear in the coming days,” said Manatee County Administrator Scott Hopes. “Multiple County departments and dozens of our staff are making considerable efforts behind the scenes to ensure we know where red tide is, where it’s headed and how we’ll address it before it impacts our local beaches.” 

The agreement in front of commissioners as drafted would direct Tourism Development Tax revenue toward paying shrimp boats to capture red-tide related debris out at sea.

While the most recent Karenia brevis outbreaks don’t hit the same wide area as major red tide blooms did in 2018, there’s concerns problems could flow south from Tampa Bay. But the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continues to track the levels of the algae in water around the area. As of Sunday evening, red tide levels have been detected as 'high,' meaning there are greater than 1 million Karenia brevis cells per liter in the water, at four test sites along Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. The tests were for samples collected at the 10th Street Pier, Longboat Pass Boat Ramp, Longboat Key Beach and North Lido Beach. Another eight coastal sites in Sarasota and Manatee County had concentrations less than 1 million but greater than 100,000 cells per liter.

County officials have seen concentrations of fish deaths around Longboat Pass, Coquina North and South and the Kingfish boat ramps.

Notably, many waterway observers express some concern a disaster at the Piney Point site in Manatee County, where state officials had to pump industrial wastewater directly into the Bay out of fear of a breach, may have contributed to the current red tide bloom. But Department of Environmental Protection officials say that spillage, which entered Tampa Bay waters months ago, likely was not the direct cause of the recent surge.


Graphic courtesy FWC.

[In Conversation]  In Conversation with Alexandria Twigg of Lucido Global of Keller Williams Realty

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 Alexandria Twigg of Lucido Global of Keller Williams Realty shares insight with SRQ readers about inventory on the residential market.


They always say, “Six months of inventory up, buyer’s market. Six months less, seller’s market.” So the fact that we don’t even have half of a month of inventory on the market is leading to multiple offers, bidding wars, people purchasing from all over the world not even seeing these properties. If you look back at December when we ended the year, our average price per square foot just in Sarasota County was $239. In March, the average price per square foot was $276. That’s a $37 a square foot raise in one quarter. It’s unheard of. So if you look at the trend going upwards, we’re just flying right now. Nationally the trends say that once a majority of the population is vaccinated, we will see an increase in inventory. I don’t necessarily think that’s going to happen here in our area. 

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

[TerraNova Equestrian Center]  TerraNova Equestrian Center Brings International Equestrian Events to Southwest Florida

Tucked into the picturesque countryside of Myakka City, TerraNova Equestrian Center is a welcoming setting for all levels of horse enthusiasts to enjoy equestrian sports. The team at TerraNova built a family-friendly facility designed to deliver an unparalleled experience for competitors and horses while keeping safety a priority. No detail was over looked with six state-of-the-art arenas and a sprawling Olympic-level cross-country course.

For spectators, the expansive park-like backdrop offers accessible viewing areas to get you close to the action. During a break in the action, stroll through boutique shopping and enjoy gourmet fare. For those just discovering horses or Olympic athletes, TerraNova has something for everyone.

The TerraNova calendar is filling with a variety of exciting events. The inaugural event, The Event at TerraNova, is scheduled for Oct. 22-24,2021. This international competition will showcase the Olympic sport of three-day eventing, best described as the equestrian world’s triathlon–a thorough test of the abilities of horse and rider. Together they compete in three phases–beautiful and precise dressage, exhilarating cross-country and sensational show jumping for a final, cumulative score.

For show jumping fans, the Split Rock Jumper Tour Sarasota International comes to TerraNova Jan. 26-30,2022, (pending approval from the equestrian governing bodies USEF and FEI).

Join us for the ultimate in equestrian sportanda great day outdoors.General admission and VIP experiences are available. Visitthewebsite for details. TerraNovaEquestrian.com 

TerraNova Equestrian Center is only open to the public during scheduled events.


Photo Credited to EQ Media

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[Reading Festival]  FST Announces Live In-Person Staged Reading Festival of New Plays in August

Florida Studio Theatre announces the 2021 August Play Reading Festival, presenting three staged readings of new works by members of FST’s Playwright Collective, a select group of artists dedicated to developing new work for FST’s stages. Part of the theatre’s New Play Development program, this Festival will take place in FST’s Keating Theatre on August 2, 9, and 16 at 7pm each day. Subscription packages to see all three readings range from $28.50-48.00. Single tickets are $20 per-person for each reading.  

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[Recognition]  Kerkering, Barberio & Co. Ranks in the Nation's Top 300 Accounting Firms

Kerkering, Barberio & Co., Certified Public Accountants, is pleased to announce that it has been ranked one of the Top 300 Accounting Firms in the nation by INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA 300).  Kerkering Barberio has increased position to 207 from 219 in the 2020 survey.  

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[Local Artists]  DiVosta’s BeachWalk by Manasota Key Sales Center Showcases Work from Local Artists

At BeachWalk by Manasota Key, the new amenity-rich, DiVosta community located just two miles from Manasota Key Beach, photography from three renowned local artists blends beautifully in the stunning sales center. The stunning artwork echoes the theme of the new coastal-inspired community. 

[Accreditation ]  Foundation Retains Accreditation with Rigorous Standards for Philanthropy

Gulf Coast Community Foundation received confirmation this month that its accreditation with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® has been renewed for three years.  “Documenting our adherence to these rigorous standards is painstaking but vital,” said Veronica Thames, Gulf Coast’s chief operating officer. “Maintaining compliance and completing the months-long reaccreditation process amid the COVID-19 pandemic shows our donors and nonprofit partners how committed Gulf Coast is to integrity and excellence as we serve and support them.” 

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[Home Sales]  Real Estate Broker Debra Lichter Sells $7.5 Million Property

Debra Lichter, Broker/Owner of Sarasota Beach-to-Bay, Inc., represented the buyer in the sale of a $7.5 million home at 600 Wedge Lane in the prestigious Country Club Shores neighborhood on Longboat Key. 

[Job Opportunity ]  Manatee County Accepting Applications for Children's Services Advisory Board

Manatee County is now accepting applications for six open seats on the Children’s Services Advisory Board (CSAB). The volunteer board makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners about priorities and expenditures of the County’s dedicated millage for children’s services. There is also one open seat on the CSAB for a one-year term that began in 2019 and will expire Sept. 30, 2022. 

[Recognition]  Florida Clerks Recognize Senator Jim Boyd as Legislator of the Year

The Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller and 2021-22 Florida Court Clerks and Comptroller (FCCC) President Angel Colonneso gathered together with fellow Clerks and Comptrollers on Tuesday, July 20, in the historic courtroom within the Manatee Clerk’s Office to present Senator Jim Boyd with the Clerk Legislator of the Year Award for his support of Clerks’ during the 2021 Legislative Session. Clerk Colonneso was joined by: Sarasota County Clerk and Comptroller Karen E. Rushing
Hillsborough County Clerk and Comptroller Cindy Stuart Flagler County Clerk and Comptroller and FCCC Legislative Chair Tom Bexley.


[New Hire]  Intercoastal Medical Group Welcomes New Internal Medicine Physician

Intercoastal Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Internal Medicine physician Jacob S. Gardner, MD, to its Hyde Park East office. 

[SOON]  MUSIC: Nina On My Mind... And I'm Feelin' Good! , July 26, 7:30pm

She was one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century, an icon of American music. She was the consummate musical storyteller, a griot–who used her remarkable talent to create a legacy of liberation, empowerment, passion, and love through a magnificent body of works. She earned the moniker High Priestess of Soul for she could weave a spell so seductive and hypnotic that the listener lost track of time and space as they became absorbed in the moment. She was who the world would come to know as Nina Simone. 

Synia Carroll returns to the Court Cabaret with her unique take on the music and sensibility of Nina Simone. A master storyteller in her own right, Synia brings her earthy, evocative singing style to Ms. Simone’s songbook, much of which came to prominence in the turbulent social dialogue of the 1960s. Synia’s interpretations demonstrates that these musical messages are no less relevant today.

The Jazz Club of Sarasota , 1265 1st St., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Thank You for Your Service: Veterans, PTSD and Access to Treatment , July 26, 6-7:30pm

PTSD will affect 28 million Americans during their lifetimes. It is the #1 health concern of veterans, regardless of when or where they served. This event will feature the personal story of recovery of one veteran who experienced PTSD, addiction, and homelessness after returning from Iraq. The panel will also discuss military culture, the impact of prior life experiences on military personnel, and local services and supports for veterans experiencing PTSD. Attend this virtual event for veterans on July 26.

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[SOON]  SPORTS: Kids Summer Beach Run , June 22 – July 27, 5:30-7pm

The Kids Summer Beach Runs are one mile beach runs held every Tuesday (through July 27) at Siesta Beach on Siesta Key near the pavilion, and every Wednesday (through July 28) at Brohard Beach (1600 Harbor Drive) next to the Venice Fishing Pier, near Fins at Sharky's, Venice. This one-mile fun run for kids is a summer favorite and a great opportunity for families to exercise together and have fun at the beach! Weekly registration begins at 5:30 pm with race time at 6:30 pm. Kids receive a participation ribbon at each run. Complete four runs and earn a free custom t-shirt. The runs are a popular summer event combining exercise and fun. Ages 1 - 17. 948 Beach Rd., Sarasota

Siesta Beach, Venice Beach

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Summer Circus Spectacular , July 30 – August 14

The Circus Arts Conservatory and The Ringling are happy to partner once again to present the Summer Circus Spectacular at the Historic Asolo Theater. Don’t miss this family-friendly show that runs Friday, July 30, 2021 through Saturday, August 14! The Summer Circus Spectacular showcases some of the finest circus artists from around the world, performing acts to thrill audiences of all ages. The Summer Circus Spectacular takes place at the Historic Asolo Theatre at The Ringling (5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota). Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Opening Night Performance & Celebration, Friday, July 30 @ 7:00 PM

The Ringling Museum , 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Rounding Third , July 28 – August 29

Bringing FST’s 2021 Summer Mainstage Series to a close is Rounding Third by Richard Dresser, an Off-Broadway comedy exploring fatherhood, friendship, and what it means to truly win. Rounding Third follows Don and Michael, two Little League coaches who battle over everything from character-building to shoelaces to misfired pop-flies. Called “Stellar” and “Hilarious” by Variety, this heartwarming two-hander begins playing in FST’s Gompertz Theatre Wednesday, July 28 through August 29. Little League coaches Don and Michael couldn’t be more different—Don believes in winning at all costs, while Michael just wants the team to have fun. From their first tentative meeting until the championship game, these two coaches battle it out over everything from character-building to shoelaces to misfired pop-flies. This Off-Broadway comedy is a heartwarming story of runs and errors, exploring fatherhood, friendship, and what it means to truly win.

[SOON]  DANCE: The Ringling: Sidewalk Salsa Dance Series , July 1 – July 29, 6:30pm

Participate in 60-minute Salsa dance lessons taught by DK Dance from July 1 through July 29 at 6:30pm. Then practice your new dance moves with 30 minutes of social dancing. This evening of Latin culture and lively dance will be great for students who participated in the Summer Latin Series and beginners alike. This is an outdoor event. Please wear workout clothes and sneakers. We also encourage participants to bring a water bottle. Museum admission is not included. About the Instructors: DK Dance Creations is a Latin dance studio located in Sarasota, FL. Offering Latin dance classes, choreography services for wedding/quince/sweet-sixteens, private instruction, dance teams, dance shoe store and makeup classes. They provide an array of classes including but not limited to Bachata, Salsa On1, Salsa On2, Cha-cha, Kizomba, musicality, spinning techniques, tricks and lifts and many more. Individual Class is $15 for nonmembers, $14 for members, and $10 for students. Purchase the complete 5-class series and save, $50 or $45 for members.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: InMotion Performance , July 29 – July 31

This year, The Sarasota Ballet has returned to an entirely in-person format for their sold-out, five-week Summer Intensive program, which started June 28th and culminates in four performances at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Fully booked, this represents the largest Summer Intensive participation on record at The Sarasota Ballet with over 120 students in attendance. The InMotion performances, which open July 29th and close July 31st, will feature extracts from beloved classical excerpts, as well as new works created specially for the students, including a world premiere by Resident Choreographer Ricardo Graziano. Tickets are available in two pricing tiers, $35 and $25, and are on sale now. Children's tickets are available through the Box Office for $10. Socially distanced seating is accessible in the Mezzanine and Balcony sections of the theater, and patrons who are not yet fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be required to wear masks throughout these performances. For additional information, audience members can contact The Sarasota Ballet Box Office at 941-359-0099.

The Sarasota Ballet Summer Intensive , 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Together Again! Virtual Variety Show , July 31, 7-8:30pm

The countdown is on and the ALSO Youth Virtual Variety Show: Together Again is only days away!!! Mark your calendars right now and plan to join Joey Panek as your emcee as he guides you through an evening of top-rate entertainment, fabulous auction items, live guests, and a few more surprises.

The show may still be days away, but our ONLINE AUCTION IS OPEN RIGHT NOW with over 40 exciting items, and more are being added every day!!!! Items include travel packages, artwork from local artists, dinner at your favorite restaurants, themed baskets, and even a chance to win 4 premium tickets to see Randy Rainbow at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall complete with 4 sets of official Randy Rainbow Pink Glasses!!! The auction will close on the night of the show, so make sure to start bidding today!!

ALSO Youth, 501 5th Street East, Bradenton

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre Improv: Life's A Beach , June 5 – July 31, 7:30pm

Florida Studio Theatre (FST)’s resident improv team, FST Improv, returns to the Bowne’s Lab stage with one the troupe’s most popular shows, Life’s a Beach. Drawing inspiration from audience suggestions, FST Improv’s cast members create scenes and musical numbers that celebrate—and poke fun at—all things Sarasota. Beginning June 5, FST Improv will perform Life’s a Beach every Saturday at 7:30pm in FST’s Bowne’s Lab. Doors open one hour before show time. A full food and drink menu is available for pre-show dining. Tickets are now on sale at 941-366-9000 or floridastudiotheatre.org. After performing for live, limited capacity audiences this spring in FST’s Mainstage Keating Theatre, FST Improv will now return to its home theatre, FST’s Bowne’s Lab. Lampooning and celebrating this piece of paradise loved by so many are FST Improv members Kevin Allen, Sarah Durham, Kyle Van Frank, and Will Luera. ​These quick-thinking performers will also be joined onstage by one of two musical improvisers, Sergei Glushonkov and Michelle Neal. From the annual snowbird migration and never-ending construction to pervasive roundabout confusion and elusive downtown parking, nothing is safe from a good-spirited tease.

[SOON]  HEALTH: St. Armands Circle: Sol of the Circle: Breathe: An Outdoor Yoga Series , June 9 – September 8, 6pm-7pm

Life on the Circle only gets better when days are bathed in the summer sun. Enjoy a breath of fresh air and immerse yourself in the perfect setting for adventure and fun. Join us for the “Sol of the Circle,” a series of special events for the entire family. Breathe: An Outdoor Yoga Series will take place every second Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm. Dates are June 9, July 14, August 11, and September 8.

[SOON]  MUSIC: St. Armands Circle: Sol of the Circle: Songs on the Circle , June 1 – September 7, 6pm-9pm

Life on the Circle only gets better when days are bathed in the summer sun. Enjoy a breath of fresh air and immerse yourself in the perfect setting for adventure and fun. Join us for the “Sol of the Circle,” a series of special events for the entire family. Songs on the Circle will take place every first Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm. Dates are June 1, July 6, August 3, and September 7.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Great Balls of Fire , June 15 – August 22

In the Cabaret, FST will present the ultimate tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis: Great Balls of Fire. Created by Jason Cohen and Michael Schiralli, Great Balls of Fire brings the ivory-smashing superstar back to life, featuring “Good Golly, Miss Molly,” “Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” This electrifying act will play in FST’s Court Cabaret beginning Tuesday, June 15 and will play through August 22. Jerry Lee Lewis was the original bad boy of Rock & Roll. Led by Jason Cohen, who has played Lewis in nearly 80 cities across North America, Great Balls of Fire brings the ivory-smashing superstar back to life. With hits from the ‘50s and beyond, including “Good Golly, Miss Molly,” “Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” this electrifying act will have you dancing in your seat.

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