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SRQ DAILY Aug 9, 2021

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"Waterside is destined to have many thousands of homes in the next 10 to 15 years."

- Chris Smith, SmithLaw

[Development]  Tenant Lineup Grows at Waterside Place
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Lakewood Ranch announced three new tenants for Waterside Place, a new cultural center within the community set to open this fall. Italian restaurant Bella Vita and medical spa Bay Area Aesthetics both have signed on to be part of the new development. Lakewood Ranch Medical Group will also open a 7,000-suqare-foot primary care center.

“Our mantra, when it comes to leasing at Waterside Place, is to look for only best-in-class restauranteurs, retailers and shops, which has been a successful focus as shown by the quality of our current tenant list,” said Kirk Boylston, president of Lakewood Ranch Commercial. “Without exception, these tenants are among the best in the region and will provide an unmatched user experience at Waterside Place. We clearly have narrowed the pool of candidate tenants, but the level of quality in the design, construction and programming at Waterside Place has allowed us to be successful as we continue to lease up the project.”

It's all part of a line-up of destination food and service places. The center will host the Players Centre for Performing Arts. Restaurants and bars include Good Liquid Brewing, O&A Coffee Supply, CROP Juice, Duck Donuts, Kore and Kilwins, while other destinations include upscale barber ManCave for Men, salon PAINT Nail Bar, gyms 3 Form Fitness and The Yoga Shack and the relocated SmithLaw.

Chris Smith, managing partner at SmithLaw, said he’s confident the new center will be a great place for his law firm's clients and staff alike. “Waterside is destined to have many thousands of homes in the next 10 to 15 years,” he said. “It’s going to be a growing area with a lot of homes to be built. The closer you are to clients, the better off you are. Especially with affluent clients.”

The new restaurants will contribute to an evolving culinary and culture scene. Bella Vita was created by restauranteur and Italian native Giuseppe “Peppe” del Sol, from the Napule restaurant in Sarasota. Bay Area Aesthetics, led by Amy Lauvray Hurlebaus, will offer skincare and rejuvenation treatments and products.

In addition to Bella Vita, the area has seen prominent restaurant groups set up shop, such as Tableseide, which is working with Good Liquid on the brewery, and JPAN owners, who are opening up the Kore barbeque concept.  

Image via Lakewood Ranch

[Live Like a Local]  Have Fun in the 941 with Fins Frenzy: Daily Happy Hour

Summer's halfway over, but the happy hour fun doesn't have to stop. Take a drive down to Venice for a change of scenery and enjoy some delicious lite bites and drink specials at Fins Frenzy, Fins at Sharky's Happy Hour! Specials run daily and are offered from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, excluding holidays. Grab a seat outside on Fins' Cocktail Deck and soak in the views of glistening gulf and iconic wooden pier, or stay cool inside at the bar and bask in the AC.

From Moroccan Style Sausage Sandwhich and Smoked Gouda Potato Nachos to Truffle Parmesan French Fries and Creole Shrimp Cornbread, these lite bites are unlike other any other happy hour specials around. And to really unwine from a day, cocktails raise the bar with Fins Passion Rum Punch, a Blackberry Margarita, Electric Limeade and a freshly shucked vodka-based Oyster Shooter.  You can check out Fins Frenzy full happy hour menu here. 

Deal valid through September 30, 2021. 

For more information and ideas on how you can Have Fun in the 941, head here. Have a shooter for us and remember to hashtag #funinthe941 on social. 

Fins at Sharky's 1600 Harbor Dr. S Venice, 941-999-3467, @finsatsharkys.

[People]  Charles D. Hines, Esq. Joins The Bay Park Conservancy’s Board of Directors

The Bay Park Conservancy (BPC), the nonprofit organization responsible for overseeing the redevelopment of 53-acres of City-owned land along Sarasota Bay into a public park, announces that Charles D. Hines, Esq. has joined its board of directors. Hines brings a wealth of experience to the BPC board including over 30 years of legal expertise as well as eight years of county-wide elected service as a Sarasota County Commissioner.

“As a lifelong resident of Sarasota County, I am excited to continue my service working with this transformational project for our community," says Hines. "The Bay Park will unite the best of our community attributes, including the arts, culture, environmental protection, education, social connectivity, and open space that will be accessible to all. I look forward to working alongside an impressive and thoughtful board of professionals and civic minded individuals." 

Hines’s leadership and commitment to our community, alongside his relationships with local, state, and federal officials and organizations will strengthen the BPC’s long-term vision for the future of The Bay Park. “Charles’s experience, not only as a legal expert, but also as a community leader with remarkable public service experience identified him as a natural fit and strong addition to The Bay Park Conservancy’s board,” says Cathy Layton, BPC Board Chair. “Charles’s commitment to his community aligns with The Bay’s vision and our guiding principles to ensure our park is open, accessible, free and welcoming to all.” 

For more information about The Bay Park Conservancy, visit thebaysarasota.org or contact Nicole Zimmerman at nicole@largeinc.com or 201-394-4000.  

Phase 1 Rendering, courtesy of BPC.

[Kids Activities]  SCD Brings Back Kids Classes

Sarasota Contemporary Dance recently announced that they are bringing back their popular Kids Classes: Intermediate Movers (ages 8-12), which run Tuesday's, 4:30-5:15 pm and Little Groovers (ages 5-7), which run Saturday's, 10:00-10:45 am. Dance instructors will be working closely with participants to give them a fun and diverse dance experience.

Classes run from August-May. Year commitment of $45/month. Click here for class information and registration.  

Photo courtesy of SCD.

[Testing]  Sarasota County Will Open Two Additional COVID-19 Testing Sites

The Florida Department of Health-Sarasota (DOH), Sarasota County, the City of North Port and the City of Sarasota have partnered with Sarasota-based Lab Services to increase the availability of COVID-19 testing in the community. Beginning  today, Lab Services will be operating walk-up testing sites at Dallas White Park in North Port, and at the Robert L. Taylor Community Center in Sarasota. Testing will be offered 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday at both locations:

·       Robert L. Taylor Community Complex parking lot, 1845 34th Street, Sarasota.

·       Dallas White Park, 5900 Greenwood Ave, North Port. 

Testing is free, PCR and Rapid Antigen tests will be available. No appointments will be required, and anyone can be tested regardless of their symptoms.

Lab Services is a locally owned medical laboratory with high volume COVID-19 testing capabilities that has partnered with the DOH throughout this pandemic. They are offering these services to our community at no cost to local government or the individual testing. 

[In This Issue]  From The Ground Up

Learning self-sufficient agricultural methods at Beaucoop Farm. 

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

[SOON]  GALLERY: Downtown Sarasota Alliance: First Friday Gallery Walk , February 5 – December 3, Times vary.

The DSA Presents First Friday Gallery Walk. Enjoy your walk or stroll in Downtown Sarasota with participating galleries, including State of the Arts Gallery on State Street, AlexArt International located at 25 North Pineapple Avenue, Dabbert Gallery on Historic Palm Avenue, Art Uptown Gallery on Sarasota’s Main Street, and 530 Burns Gallery in Historic Burns Court.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Motorworks Yappy Hour to Benefit Friends of Manatee County Animal Services , February 21 – December 19, 1pm-4pm

Friends of Manatee County Animal Services (FoMCAS) invites everyone to join them at the February Yappy Hour at Motorworks Brewery. FoMCAS will be the featured nonprofit and will have over $4000 in raffles and silent auction items plus a 50/50 drawing to help fundraise for the Manatee County Animal Services shelter animals. The family friendly and pet friendly event will be held on Sunday, February 21st in the Motorworks Beer Garden from 1pm to 4pm. The event will feature vendors selling an array of pet and non-pet related products with drink specials and food from local food trucks all in the 12,000 sq ft. artificially turfed beer garden. Raffles and silent auction items include resort stays on Anna Maria Island, spa packages, restaurant gift cards, sailing excursions, fabulous gift baskets, pet items, tickets to sporting events and a golf package, handmade arts by local artisans, jewelry, baskets of spirits, gourmet gift packages, and much, much more. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their leashed pets to enjoy the day and help contribute to the Friends of Manatee County Animal Services whose mission it is to work hand in hand with Manatee County Animal Services to enrich the lives of the shelter animals by raising funds to provide additional resources, medical care and heartworm treatment. Animal Network is the event partner with Motorworks Brewery for the monthly Yappy Hour held on the third Sunday of each month. It features different local nonprofit animal organizations that support, rescue, and find loving homes for dogs and cats in our community. Each month, the guest organization receives the funds raised through the silent auction, raffles and 50/50 split drawing. Over the last three years the event has raised over $100,000 shared among the various guest organizations. Animal Network, Dawg Phonics and Motorworks are sponsors of the Yappy Hour.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: First 1,000 Days Sarasota: Color the Community , April 6 – December 31

First 1,000 Days Sarasota County is a community initiative to improve the health and well-being of babies and families. At the end of 2020, the initiative and its 75 community partners launched a website to empower all parents and caregivers with simple tools proven to promote quality early childhood development. The initiative partners are now using the power of art to celebrate families and promote local educational resources available to them.  Utilizing free curriculum with fun activities for parents to do with their children and a sidewalk chalk festival, First 1,000 Days Sarasota is encouraging the community to get involved this spring in the “Color the Community” campaign. The campaign kicked off with the unveiling of three new works of art across Sarasota County: “Swing Out Into the World,” by Laura Pommier at 14212 Tamiami Trail in North Port, its sister mural, “Bubbles,” by Truman Adams, at Forty Carrots Family Center, 1500 South Tuttle Avenue, in Sarasota; and a traveling artwork, “Making Roots,” being created by Traci Kegerreis, are designed as gateways for young families to learn about resources available to support parents in being their child’s first teacher. Artists were encouraged to creatively express one or more of the fundamentals of early childhood development, known as “The Basics.” First 1,000 Days Sarasota County is now asking the broader community to follow suit. Children and families can easily get involved by: Creating sidewalk chalk art (or your preferred medium) inspired by The Basics early learning principles: Maximize love, manage stress, Count, group, compare, Talk, sing, and point, Explore through play and movement, and Read and discuss stories; Posting photos of you and your masterpiece to social media. Tag @First1000DaysSarasota on Facebook and Instagram and use hashtags #First1000DaysSarasota #ColortheCommunity; and Visiting First1000DaysSarasota.com to sign up for free text tips on The Basics and connect with local resources for parents and young children.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex: Summer Swim Lessons, Programming & Extended Hours , May 8 – August 31

The City of Sarasota Parks & Recreation District is increasing the accessibility and enjoyment of swimming at the Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex. From lessons, to extended hours, they have your swimming needs covered. Learn to Swim: This program provides a positive, fun-filled opportunity for youth to learn abilities that will help reduce the number of water accidents and provide lifelong skills in swimming. Swim lessons are geared toward youth ages 6 months to 12 years. Participants will be divided into classes based on their abilities and ages. Sessions offer eight lessons for a registration fee of $65. Parent & Me classes are offered in a four-week session consisting of four lessons on Saturday mornings for $35. Adding to Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex’s Aquatic Programming is the Aqua Blast Class. Join us every Tuesday and Thursday for a steady paced cardio exercises mixed with weights and resistance training. This new class is a great way to burn calories just before lunch time. Non-swimmers welcomed, as this class is in our 3-foot Water Instructional Pool. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting May 11 from 10am to 10:45am. Ages 18 and up are welcome, and classes are $3 each. Purchase a 5-Class Pack for $55. Registration Deadline: Mondays prior to Tuesday class and Wednesday prior to Thursday class. Call 941-263-6732 or register on eTrak: https://www.letsplaysarasota.com/program-guide/online-registration/how-to-register. Starting May 8 Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex will be open on Saturdays. Reservations are available on the hour between 11am and 4pm. The high diving board is closed, but the low diving board will be available. Reservations for Saturday swim are now available on eTrak: https://www.letsplaysarasota.com/program-guide/online-registration/how-to-register.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: Blue Star Museums Initiative , May 15 – September 6, Museum hours.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art announced it will join museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2021 program will begin on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, and end on Labor Day, Monday, September 6. Find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums nationwide. Blue Star Museums include children's museums, art, science, and history museums, zoos, gardens, lighthouses, and more, and hail from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The current list of participating museums will continue to develop over the summer as organizations are welcome to register to be a Blue Star Museum throughout the summer.

[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]  GRAB BAG: Summer Spoken Word Series , July 17 – August 13

WSLR + Fogartyville is pleased to host a Summer Spoken Word series for individuals that want to explore the art form or those experienced with spoken word that want to work in a collaborative environment to develop new pieces. Spoken word poetry is a broad designation for poetry intended for performance. Though some spoken word poetry may also be published on the page, the genre has its roots in oral traditions and performance. Spoken word can encompass or contain elements of rap, hip-hop, storytelling, theater, and jazz, rock, blues, and folk music. Characterized by rhyme, repetition, improvisation, and word play, spoken word poems frequently refer to issues of social justice, politics, race, and community. Related to slam poetry, spoken word may draw on music, sound, dance, or other kinds of performance to connect with audiences.

The series will start with four workshops and end with a live performance on Friday, August 13th at 7pm. Each workshop will be two hours in length and participants are asked to make a commitment to all four sessions. The cost to attend all four workshops is $20 per person and scholarships are available if the cost is a barrier to participation.

Participants will learn about the spoken word art form---including (but not limited to) what it is, its history, writing techniques, and performance practices. In doing so, participants will also gain self-knowledge as they create different narratives and performances. All participants will walk away with a portfolio of poems at various stages, as well as two polished performance pieces. They will perform these poems at a culminating event, open to the public. The workshop series will spark creativity, nourish vulnerability, strengthen community and uncover marginalized histories and art (spoken word poetry is inextricably linked to the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and hip hop). The workshop will be limited to 20 participants. Pre-registration is required. You can register online at WSLR.org.

WSLR, Fogartyville , 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

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