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SRQ DAILY Sep 13, 2021

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"We have not ruled out options within the city limits, but at this time there appear to be no viable options."

- Joseph McKenna, Sarasota Orchestra

[Culture]  Orchestra Turns Attention Beyond City Limits
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

After two years of candid back and forth between the Sarasota Orchestra and the City of Sarasota, it now looks all but certain the cultural institution will relocate outside the city limits. In a lengthy statement released by Orchestra President and CEO Joseph McKenna, he said the organization will focus on sites outside the city for a new performance hall.

The decision closes more than two years of controversy that started when the Orchestra expressed interest in building a new hall at Payne Park, drawing pushback from the community and ultimately the Sarasota City Commission.

“Our detailed, multi-year planning work identified the need for seven acres,” McKenna’s statement explains. “This has been our plan throughout our process, and we are committed to bringing it to reality, even though it will not reside in Payne Park. We have not ruled out options within the city limits, but at this time there appear to be no viable options. Since Payne Park is not an option, and other locations we reviewed with City Officials have all been ruled out, we are currently concentrating on opportunities in Sarasota County.”

A joint statement from Mayor Hagen Brody and city Manager Marlon Brown expressed some resignation at the choice, underlined in frustration no locale beyond Payne Park had met the Orchestra’s criteria.

“Of the city locations previously offered and considered, including its current location on the Bayfront and in or around Payne Park, the Sarasota Orchestra is clearly not open to those locations and desires to look elsewhere,” the statement reads. “We wish the Orchestra the best of luck in its relocation search and extend our continued offer to assist with any additional support with a location in the city limits that it may find suitable. That offer remains on the table.”

But the McKenna statement seems to signal the Orchestra may already be in tune with other locations. “The Orchestra is engaged in confidential site analysis work and that process is expected to last until the spring given the impact by the ongoing pandemic. When that process is completed, we look forward to sharing more details,’ McKenna explained.

“The Orchestra continues to be diligent in its efforts and has looked at numerous sites throughout its planning process. For privately owned sites that have not worked out, the Orchestra has appropriately guaranteed confidentiality and privacy to the involved parties. Because the City owns Payne Park, that process was appropriately open and transparent. As an independent non-profit, our focus is currently on privately owned parcels, so it would not be appropriate for us to comment publicly until the process to negotiate terms and determine site suitability is completed. We are as eager as the community to share news as soon as it is possible, and we remain very committed to our mission and our goal of bringing a world class music center to our Sarasota community.”

Of course, this notably isn’t the first time the Orchestra and City and have seemingly parted ways;. McKenna released a similar statement in January 2020.

The potential departure of the Sarasota Orchestra adds to a list of losses for the city. The Players will relocate soon from a long-time home in Sarasota to The Players Center for Performing Arts in Lakewood Ranch on 4.5 acres there. Mote Marine Laboratory, while maintaining a science presence in Sarasota, broke ground in November of a new aquarium site at Nathan Benderson Park. 

Rendering of one-time plan for permance hall in Payne Park.

[SRQ Thrifting Series]  Gently-Loved Goods to SPARCC Your Attention
Grace Castilow, grace@srqme.com

As the third installment of a new weekly series, we're rolling out local thrifting destinations for those frugal shoppers to get their fair share of gently-used, recycled bargains.

If you searching for some serious treasure, look no further than SPARCC. The local nonprofit's mission to stop domestic and sexual violence doesn't stop there. Through their retail sector Treasure Chest, which relies on thoughtful and quality donations — from home accessories, antiques, collectibles and clothing — they're able to provide help, hope and healing for victims. With a background in quality furniture and clothing, the manager Linda Thull refers to their stock as "the high-end of resale." Florida brands and items that fit the quintessential Floridian lifestyle are always popular. “Sometimes, having just moved to Sarasota, people come in to look and leave having furnished nearly their entire home,” she says. Furniture, clothing and jewelry have been selling particularly well as the masses migrate. “We have people who come in for hours or in groups; they play dress-up and imagine their lives with our pieces,” she says. She invites the community to support a great cause, find gently-loved pieces for heavily-loved prices, and enjoy an experience with Treasure Chest. Walking into Treasure Chest is more than a shopping spree; it is truly an adventure, or rather, a hunt.  

Photo courtesy of the organization

SPARCC Treasure Chest, 1426 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, 941-953-7800.

[The Roots Neuropathy]  Claim your $49 Neuropathy Special Today with The Roots Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy can be an agonizing and painful condition that is a result of nerve damage, and, if not treated, can result in a person being confined to a walker or wheelchair. Neuropathy can be due to a number of causes, such as diabetes, traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes, even exposure to toxins, such as chemotherapy. The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are tingling in the hands or feet, burning pain, muscle weakness, sensitivity, electric-like pain, numbness and even problems with coordination.

Many people revert to taking dangerous opioids that just mask the symptoms; those medications don’t fix the problem. Today there are cutting-edge treatments that can help a person live their life pain free with no drugs, no injections, and no surgeries. The focus should be regenerating nerves and arteries that are damaged or dead with treatment that is safe, non-invasive, and FDA cleared.

The best way to determine if someone has peripheral neuropathy is to get a consultation and exam. Today’s diagnostic tools allow healthcare professionals to calculate the exact percentage of sensory loss someone has in their hands or feet. Once a patient has reached 80% nerve loss, it may have become permanent. That is why it is critical to identify and treat the condition as soon as possible. The Roots Neuropathy is offering a $49 Neuropathy Special which includes a personal consultation, exam, and report of findings. Call 941-877-1507 to set up your consultation today. You can visit TheRootsNeuropathy.com for more information. The Roots Neuropathy is located at 8209 Natures Way, Unit 115, Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202. 

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[Environment]  Local Public Relations Association’s Program to Present Award-Winning Journalist and Author

During this month’s professional development program, the Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (CWC-FPRA) will present “The State You’re In: Florida Men, Florida Women and Other Wildlife” on Tuesday, September 21, from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM via Zoom. The event will feature Florida native Craig Pittman, an award-winning reporter and author. During the presentation, Pittman will take attendees on a journey through Florida, exploring Florida men, Florida women, and all the other wildlife in between through the lens of books, media, and journalism. Pittman graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him "the most destructive force on campus." 

After 31 years at the Tampa Bay Times, where he covered a variety of beats and several natural disasters — including the Florida Legislature — he now writes a weekly environmental issues column for the Florida Phoenix and co-hosts the popular podcast "Welcome to Florida." He's the author of six non-fiction books about Florida, including the New York Times bestseller “Oh, Florida: How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country” and “Cat Tale: The Wild Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther." His most recent, published in September, is The State You're In: Florida Men, Florida Women, and Other Wildlife.

“We’re living in interesting times in an interesting state, and no one writes about that better than award-winning author and journalist Craig Pittman,” says Melanie Reda, APR, CPRC, president of CWC-FPRA. “CWC is thrilled to present this virtual program, and we welcome anyone who is interested to join us.”

Tickets for the program are $10/FPRA members, $15/guests. To register, visit cwcfpra.com/events. This event is sponsored by Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast and Next-Mark. Visit cwcfpra.com for more information. 

[Outdoors]  Green Dream and ROBRADY Raise the Stakes for Turf Maintenance and Crowd Management with New Retractable Barrier System

Sarasota-based companies Green DreamLLC and ROBRADY design announces the next generation of outdoor barriersThe Green Dream Retractable Barrier system provides crowd management and traffic control with the added benefits of minimal setup time and negligible terrain disruption. Years of experience managing grounds and controlling pedestrian and cart traffic on golf courses inspired Green Dream founder Stephen Patterson to create a barrier system that eliminates the shortcomings of conventional stake and rope barriersTo bring his vision to life, Patterson engaged product development firm ROBRADYdesign. Not only did ROBRADY handle design and development, but in collaboration with Patterson, the team leveraged its expertise with materials and manufacturing, digital design and marketing, and turn-key fulfillment to create a market-ready line of outdoor productsThe Green Dream Retractable Barrier system is a convenient all-in-one solution that requires less manpowerand once in place, its flexible barriers can be extended and retracted as needed. In additionGreen Dream’s highly visible design maintainthe natural look of the environment while promoting safety-making it ideal well beyond the links for applications such as college campuses, construction sites, parks, and even beaches.

“It’s been an exciting process to see the idea come to fruition,” says Patterson. “ROBRADY’s comprehensive expertise has been invaluable creating an even stronger product than I ever imagined.”


Photo courtesy of the companies.

[People]  Manatee Community Foundation Hires Amy Treis, Events and Administrative Manager

Manatee Community Foundation has welcomed Amy Treis to the position of Events and Administrative Manager. In her capacity at the Foundation, Treis will provide administrative management and event management for donor, community and nonprofit events. Previously, she served for six years at the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance supporting the staff team, business and nonprofit members, sponsors and event participants as Membership Manager. “Amy is energetic, passionate about the charitable sector, well-connected, and an experienced professional with customer service at the heart of her work,” said Susie Bowie, MCF Executive Director. “We look forward to the difference she will make in philanthropy, working with the caring people who partner with the Foundation.”

Visit ManateeCF.org to learn more. 

[Health & Wellness]  Wellen Park to Hold Community Tree Planting Day

Wellen Park will host a Community Tree Planting Day to beautify and protect Downtown Wellen landscapes and shared community spaces surrounding the Grand Lake. Resident volunteers of all ages will be planting a variety of pine tree saplings to enhance walking trails, picnic spaces and bike paths and create a natural habitat for wildlife. With guidance from landscapers, volunteers will dig holes, add soil enhancers, plant the saplings and water the new trees. Residents are expected to plant 300 trees in Downtown Wellen on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 9 am - 12:30 pm at the tree planting staging area located on Preto Blvd. VeniceWellen Park representatives will also be onsite for the event.  

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: The Ringling: Private Lectures presented by Dr. David Berry , April 13 – December 31

David Berry, Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Special Projects, is one of Sarasota’s favorite lecturers. His dry sense of humor and wealth of knowledge is sure to both entertain and educate your group. Dr. Berry is available to speak on any of the following subjects: The origins of museums, museum architecture and display, The Victorian museum, early museums in America, museums, education, and community engagement, great women collectors, the illicit trafficking of cultural property, world fairs, an introduction to natural history, great illustrated natural history books, natural history and children’s literature, scientific illustration, natural history specimens, natural history collections, art and medicine, the art of anatomy, the art of astronomy and microscopy, the art of geology and paleontology (including dinosaurs), botanical and zoological art, botanical and zoological gardens, the golden age of botanical exploration, the orchid craze in Victorian Britain, and Japanese garden design and horticultural practices (ikebana and bonsai). $100 flat fee; must be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance, $250 for custom topics; must be scheduled at least 6 weeks in advance. Lectures include a single-speaker, slide illustrated lecture. All programs are hosted via Zoom. For additional information, or to book a virtual program, contact Laura Steefel-Moore, Head of Educational Programs, at laura.steefel-moore@ringling.org.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The City of Sarasota: Public Input Meetings for Penny Sales Tax , September 15 – October 6, 6pm-7pm

The City of Sarasota will host three community meetings to welcome input on infrastructure projects for the continuation of the countywide Penny Sales Tax. Residents are invited to suggest infrastructure projects during the following public listening sessions: Wednesday, Sept. 15 6pm– 7:30pm at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St., Thursday, Sept. 16, 6pm – 7:30pm at Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex, 2650 Waldemere St., and Wednesday, Oct. 6 6pm – 7:30pm at City Hall Annex – SRQ Media Studio, 1565 First St. Input also can be provided online at www.SarasotaCountySurtax.net. The Sarasota County Penny Sales Tax, also known as the sales surtax, surtax, or one cent tax, is a countywide voter approved one percent sales tax used to invest in local infrastructure improvements, including parks, libraries, schools, sidewalks, police vehicles, street resurfacing and mobility upgrades. Sarasota County voters approved the Penny Sales Tax in 1989 and again in 1997 and 2007. The current surtax expires at the end of 2024. Voters throughout Sarasota County will have an opportunity in November 2022 to continue the Penny Sales Tax for another 15 years to fund local infrastructure projects.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Michael Murphy Gallery: Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection , September 16 – September 26, 1pm-3pm and 7pm-9pm

Michael Murphy Gallery, Tampa’s premier fine art gallery, is proud to announce its presentation of Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection. The collection will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at the gallery beginning September 16, 2021. The exhibition is a rare opportunity to meet Madame Christine Argillet, daughter of Dali's legendary publisher and confidante Pierre Argillet, during scheduled special appearances by Madame Argillet for the public: Saturday, September 25 from 1pm–3pm and 7pm–9pm as well as Sunday, September 26 from 1pm–3pm. All appearances are complimentary to the public. For additional information about this exhibition, contact the gallery via phone: 813.902.1414 or info@michaelmurphygallery.com. RSVPs are strongly recommended HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/salvador-dali-the-argillet-collection-tickets-165960505339.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Let's Get Healthy Tampa Bay Wellness Expos , September 18 – September 26, 10am-2pm, 11am-3pm, 10am-2pm, 12pm-4pm

Let’s Get Healthy Tampa Bay Wellness Expos, Florida Penguin Production’s annual wellness expo series, is returning to 4 locations this September. (Brandon, Sarasota, Clearwater & Citrus Park) Each “Let’s Get Healthy Wellness Expo” will feature 30-40 wellness related resources & activations catered to patrons of all ages. From Geriatrics to Pediatrics, and holistic to modern, we have it all in one place for Tampa Bay to learn more about all the options available to them. Activities include fitness demos, free health checks, healthy food & drink samples, product sampling stations, a Teddy Bear Giveaway sponsored by Florida Blue, and dozens of vendors on display including many of the top Health Insurance brands, chiropractors, mental health, government services, primary care, fitness, and healthy food and drinks. Sponsored by Florida Blue, Liberty Dental Plans, Life Guard Imaging, and Your CBD Store. September 18th (10am-2pm) at The Mall at University Town Center - 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, September 19th (11am-3pm) at Westfield Brandon Mall - 459 Brandon Town Center Dr, Brandon, September 25th (10am-2pm) at Countryside Mall - 27001 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, and September 26th (12pm-4pm) at Citrus Park Mall - Center, 8021 Citrus Park Town, Tampa.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Friends of the East Manatee Library: Heather Graham Interview , September 19, 1pm

Prepare your mimosas, sit back, and relax while Heather Graham shares intimate knowledge about her career and sneak peek into her upcoming book. “The Unknown” is the latest in the Krewe of Hunters series and takes place in New Orleans. A suspicious fire sets off an investigation that sends an agent to catch a serial arsonist roaming the shadowy streets of New Orleans... before the city burns down. Registration is open for the virtual event that takes place on September 19, 2021 at 1pm. Tickets begin at $15 and can be purchased at https://libraryfriendsemlwr.org/events. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Heather Graham, majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. She has written over 200 novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, and the occult.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime: Book Fair , September 25, 10am-3pm

Love to read? On Sept. 25 from 10am-3pm The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime welcomes more than a dozen local authors. Meet the writer of your new favorite books including children's books, vegan cookbooks, romance, mystery, and sci-fi. While you are here, enjoy food from award-winning Hamlet's Eatery, live music, and the 40 local vendors and artisans who make up The Bazaar community. Participating authors include: Vicki Chelf, Ann and Alan Votta, Rena Koontz, Lucia Barrett, Kate Costigan, David Marks, Hannah Bagnall, Christina Westott, Karen Hamilton, Simone Knego, Tara September, Darlien Simos, Teresa Michael, Betty Mann McQuee, MaryKatherine Wainwright, and more. Located at 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information visit www.BazaaronApricotandLime.com.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Friends of the East Manatee Library: Author Luncheon Presents Author and Journalist Mary Walton , October 6, 11:15am

Author Luncheon presents acclaimed author and journalist Mary Walton. She will share the historic account of one of our nation’s leading suffragettes, as featured in her book, A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot. Where HIStory meets HERstory will celebrate the perseverance and self-sacrifice of Alice Paul that resulted in the unalienable right for all women, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Registration is open for the in-person fundraiser that takes place on October 6, 2021 at 11:15am. Very limited seating. Masks strongly encouraged per CDC guidance. Tickets begin at $45 and they can be purchased at https://libraryfriendsemlwr.org/events. Sponsorships available. Mary Walton is a retired journalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer for 22 years, where she wrote scores of articles as a staff writer for the Sunday Inquirer magazine. She has also written for the New York Times, Washingtonian, the Washington Monthly, the American Journalism Review, and PBS. She is a graduate of Harvard University.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST Improv: Comedy Lottery , September 11 – September 25, 7:30pm

It’s the lottery where everyone wins! Twelve lucky audience members determine the fate of our team of highly-adaptable improvisers by selecting the night’s lineup from FST’s bucket of over 50 different improv games. Once the night’s games are chosen, our cast of funny people will be off to the races, spinning scenes, sketches, and songs to win your laughter. What will they come up with next? We have absolutely no idea. But one thing is for sure: every Saturday night at 7:30pm through September 25, their destiny is in your hands.

[SOON]  FILM: 6th Annual Single-Take Film Challenge , October 8 – October 10

1917. Rope. Birdman. Victoria. Russian Ark. Lost in London. All these films tell their complete stories in one continuous, uninterrupted take. Or at least they give that illusion. The Sarasota-based Single-Take Challenge, however, is only for filmmakers attempting the "real thing". 2021 marks the 6th anniversary of the Challenge, to be held both online and live at a theater in Sarasota. The Challenge prides itself on finding professional filmmakers to act as judges. This year for example, Larry McConkey is on the panel. McConkey is best known for shooting the infamous "Copa scene" long take in the movie "Goodfellas." Filmmakers interested in creating and submitting their one-shot masterpieces have until August 15. The awards and screening ceremony will take place the weekend of October 8-10. For more information contact SingleTakeChallenge@gmail.com

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