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SRQ DAILY Sep 14, 2021

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"From our ongoing discussion with airlines, we are confident that SRQ will continue to grow and add additional service over the next year."

- Rick Piccolo, President and CEO of SRQ Airport

-Wake Up Wonderful with four local morning stops and AM bites, as seen in September's Trendsport issue of SRQ Magazine
[The Dish]  Hotdog Destination Where the Pun is Very Much Intended
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

It’s not that the name of the new hotdog establishment on Main Street is particularly innovative—surely every middle schooler or college-aged stoner for a thousand miles could have arrived at it quite easily. What’s impressive is that this restaurant had the audacity to put it on a giant sign on a busy street. “Doggystyle,” it reads in blue and red comic book script. 

Sandwiched between a real estate office and a bar, Doggystyle offers hot dogs both inventive and traditional, with a long list of regional styles from around the US to go along with a build-your-own option including any number of freshly prepared toppings and sauces. All of their hotdogs use Hummel Brothers’ product, a third-generation Connecticut-based meat company founded by German immigrants in the 1930s. The result is a textbook foundation for the franchise-looking restaurant to riff on. The Californian hotdog—depicted on a wall by a blonde cartoon hotdog on a surfboard—comes with bacon, lettuce, red onion, tomato and caraway mayo. The latter makes the hotdog fun and interesting with the caraway’s herbal, almost cooling effect on the flavor profile.

By the time you dig into a small side of perfectly crispy crinkle cut fries, the obvious joke in the name of the place is nearly forgotten. Nearly. 

Photo taken by Andrew Fabian

Doggystyle, 1544 Main St., Sarasota, 941-260-5835.

[GoodBite]  Don't Let the Name Fool You, You Can Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day at Pizza N' Brew
Chloe Cuyler, chloe@srqme.com

National food holidays really seem to offer a delightful distraction from the monotony of our daily routine. Restoring our sanity and uplifting our souls with a little excuse to celebrate this week is National Cheeseburger Day. This Saturday, September 18, what better way to take a break from the maddening mundanity and recharge than to bite into the cheesy, gooey, meaty goodness that is a classic American-made cheeseburger? 

Pizza N’ Brew, having recently opened its downtown location on Main Street last month (second to its original Siesta Key location). And, the newly hopping bar/restaurant has added burgers to its already popular pizza, calzone and wings menu. Find a juicy, ground sirloin patty, accompanied by bleu cheese, bacon, caramelized onion and tomato on the menu with the name The Bleu’s burger—one of Pizza N’ Brew’s new signature items. Take the same patty and caramelized onions, but substitute the bleu with swiss, add roasted mushrooms and steak sauce, and now you have the Shroom and Swiss burger. And for those who like to keep it simple, or create their preferred combo, Pizza N’ Brew also has the option for diners to build their own burger. 

And if Saturday is still too long to wait to satisfy your every-growing cheeseburger craving, pop into Pizza N’ Brew on Wednesday for the all-day Burger special, which runs every week and includes any burger and domestic draft beer for only $12. If you didn’t have a reason to celebrate before, now you definitely do. 

Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Pizza N' Brew, 1507 Main St., Sarasota, 941-259-3894, @pizza.n.brew.downtown.srq

[Opening]  Jeremiah's Italian Ice of Bradenton's Grand Opening

Get ready to celebrate the newest sweet spot with tasty frozen treats at Jeremiah's Italian Ice of Bradenton. On Saturday, September, 18th and Sunday, the 19th, Jeremiah's new ice shop, located at the corner of 26th St and Manatee Ave W, will officially open its doors. To show their appreciation for the Bradenton community, they will be scooping up all small, medium and large treats for half-off. There will also be live music, a DJ, balloon artist, musician, and a few other items of entertainment that will be loads of fun. Lastly, they will be offering "free ice for a year" to one sweet guest who checks into their location during the celebration on their J-List Rewards app! Download the app before visiting to start earning all of the sweet perks of membership. 

Photo courtesy of the business

[Performance]  The Venice Symphony Welcomes Two New Trustees

The Venice Symphony is pleased to announce that Barbara Jackson and Paul McCullough have joined The Symphony’s Board of Trustees. “We are honored and fortunate that Paul McCullough is returning to the Board after years of Board service and extraordinary leadership,” said Christine Kasten, President and CEO of The Venice Symphony. “His guidance as an advisor and Emeritus Trustee has been invaluable and we are thrilled to have him back as a trustee.” Kasten added, “Barbara Jackson is new to Venice and we are grateful to our former Board Chair Debbi Benedict for introducing her to The Symphony. Barbara is a dynamic and enthusiastic leader and she is the ideal trustee to chair our first Symphony Ball, taking place in March.” 

[Travel]  SRQ Breaks Calendar Year Passenger Record

The number of passengers traveling through SRQ in the first eight months of 2021 totaled 2,034,538, breaking the all-time calendar year record of 2,010,304 set in 1990. In the month of August, passenger traffic at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) totaled 247,900. Compared to August 2020, passenger traffic was 327% higher than the COVID-19 impacted level of 58,115 passengers. “It is amazing to see us break our annual passenger record only eight months into the calendar year. While this incredible growth has resulted in added revenues that resulted in a continued decrease in costs for our airline partners, it has created the need for a number of significant capital improvements that the airport is moving on as quickly as possible," says Rick Piccolo, President and CEO of Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. 

"As one of only a few debt-free airports in the US, the increased revenue collected will allow us to continue lowering our rates and charges for the airlines serving our airport. In our proposed FY 2022 Budget that will go to our Board this month, the average cost per enplaned passenger (CPE), a measurement used by airlines to determine the cost to operate at an airport, will drop by 53%." Providing lower operating costs for the airlines that serve SRQ will not only make tbe airport more competitive, but encourages both existing and new carriers to expand air service there. "From our ongoing discussion with airlines, we are confident that SRQ will continue to grow and add additional service over the next year," states Piccolo. 

The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport has no taxing power and operates solely on the revenue generated by its tenants and provides an annual economic impact of over $1.3 billion to the community.  SRQ currently has 10 airlines providing nonstop service to 50 destinations.   

[People]  B&I Contractors' HR Director Michael Biskie Appointed to State of Florida Credentials Review Committee

Michael Biskie has been appointed to the State of Florida Credentials Review Committee. This brand-new committee will serve under the Reimagining Education and Career Help (REACH) Act—a Florida House Bill that was approved in the 2021 session.  Biskie joins a roster of 16 accomplished industry, education and workforce development leaders who will bring additional rigor and accountability to the state’s workforce and education systems.

As stated in the Florida State Legislature, the REACH Act was “created to address the evolving needs of Florida’s economy by increasing the level of collaboration and cooperation among state businesses and education communities while improving training within and equity and access to a more integrated workforce and education system for all Floridians.” The Credentials Review Committee will play a vital role in ensuring the alignment of education and skill training with the current and future demands of the industry. Mr. Biskie’s commitment and dedication to this effort will help support the goal of building a stronger and more competitive Florida workforce.

To learn more, call 239-332-4646 or visit bandiflorida.com. 

Veganism Revolution, as seen in September's Trendsport issue of SRQ Magazine

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Summer Food Truck Series at Bay Preserve , July 23 – September 17, 8pm

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast invites the community to a monthly Food Truck Friday Night this summer at their Bay Preserve headquarters in Osprey. Enjoy food and fun with friends while taking in a summer sunset at this family-friendly event. Each month, July through September, a different food truck will be onsite serving up local flavor on the shores of Little Sarasota Bay. Members of the Conservation Foundation team will be available to answer questions about their work and the Burrows-Matson House will be open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket for this picnic-style gathering. The dates and food trucks are as follows: Friday, July 23, 5pm to 8pm - Curb Your Appetite (classic American fare) Friday, August 20, 5pm to 8pm - Big Blue Grilled Cheese Company (creative versions of a family favorite) Friday, September 17, 5pm to 8pm - Killik’s Kitchen (modern Asian-Hawaiian fare) “After the isolation of the last year, connection is what we are all craving,” notes Christine Johnson, president of Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. “Connection with other people and connection with nature. We hope these Friday nights help our community reconnect with each other and with our beautiful natural environment.” Bay Preserve is located at 400 Palmetto Avenue in Osprey, Florida. This series is free and open to the public, however in an effort to ensure plenty of parking, RSVPs are requested. To RSVP for any of the dates, visit conservationfoundation.com/events. Food prices vary by truck. Learn more about each truck’s menu on Facebook.

Conservation Foundation, 400 Palmetto Ave., Osprey

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Arts A Blaze Studio: Saturday Morning Pottery and Donuts , September 11 – October 30, 10am

Bring your Coffee, Tea or Hot Cider and join Arts A Blaze Studio at 8111 Lakewood Main St. #107, Bradenton on Saturday Mornings throughout September and October at 10am. Free Donuts for every Painting Customer while they last.

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: Stromboli , September 16, 1pm

The first collaboration between Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman is a devastating portrait of a woman’s existential crisis, set against the beautiful and forbidding backdrop of a volcanic island. After World War II, a Lithuanian refugee (Bergman) marries a simple Italian fisherman (Mario Vitale) she meets in a prisoner of war camp and accompanies him back to his isolated village on an island off the coast of Sicily. Cut off from the world, she finds herself crumbling emotionally, but she is destined for a dramatic epiphany. Balancing the director’s trademark neorealism—exemplified here in a remarkable depiction of the fishermen’s lives and work—with deeply felt melodrama, Stromboli is a revelation. This On Screen will show on September 16 at 1pm at Historic Asolo Theater.

[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]  HEALTH: Florida Inline Skating Marathon , October 17

The World Inline Cup will cross the ocean to the USA later this year. After negotiations with the organizers were finalised, an agreement was reached on a race under the Florida sun on October 17. Since the race, like the marathon in Dijon, France, will take place after the official final in Berlin, the marathon in Sarasota will receive the status of an Associated Race. This means that the race will be an official part of the World Inline Cup, but the points will not be included in the overall ranking. The prize purse is now at $15,000 and growing. Top Class Marathon in 2022 in Florida in planning. The Associated Race is intended to be a first step towards an official World Inline Cup Top Class Race in Florida in 2022 and beyond. Further details about the WIC season 2021 in these COVID impacted challenging times will be communicated shortly. For further information, please visit www.world-inline-cup.com and/or contact Volker Schlichting.

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: Journey To Italy , October 7, 1pm

Among the most influential films of the postwar era, Roberto Rossellini’s Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) charts the declining marriage of a couple from England (Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders) on a trip in the countryside near Naples. More than just the anatomy of a relationship, Rossellini’s masterpiece is a heartrending work of emotion and spirituality. Considered a predecessor to the existentialist works of Michelangelo Antonioni and hailed as a groundbreaking modernist work by the legendary film journal Cahiers du cinemá, Journey to Italy is a breathtaking cinematic benchmark. This On Screen will show on October 7 at 1pm at Historic Asolo Theater.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Art Museum: Fresh Perspective Lunch Series , November 16 – February 8, 11:30am

A new series focusing on topics like history and architecture, and how they relate to the museum. A catered, two-course lunch will follow. Fresh Perspective Lunch #1 on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 11:30am in Thomas McGuire Hall at Sarasota Art Museum, Featured Speaker to be announced soon. Fresh Perspective Lunch #2 on Tuesday, February 8, 2021 at 11:30am in Thomas McGuire Hall at Sarasota Art Museum, Featured Speaker to be announced soon. Individual Tickets: $125/person, Member Price: $75/person, Contact Laura Stuart Wood at lwood1@ringling.educreate new email or 941-309-4321.

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