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"The other piece is a lot more costly, when you are cleaning up later."

- Rep. James Buchanan, R-Venice

[Government]  Buchanan, Robinson Lead House Committees into Session
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Area lawmakers enter this year’s legislative session in positions of significance in the Florida House.

Rep. James Buchanan chairs the House Environment, Agriculture & Flooding Subcommittee, where preservation of wildlife corridors and coastal resiliency loom large. Rep. Will Robinson, R-Bradenton, heads the House Professions & Public Health Subcommittee, and also holds a vice chair spot of the House Legislative Redistricting Subcommittee. That means both with tackle bills this significantly impact the business and ecological environment of Florida in ways that could have impacts for years.

“We're doing some of the finishing touches this session on some of the resiliency work that we got done last year,” said Buchanan, referencing legislation that helped standardize projects to make more comprehensive and equitable evaluations of merits. He would like to see the leveraging of some state dollars to help projects of ecological significance advance. He’d like to see efforts like preserving contiguous wildlife resources and stopping damage to the environment before the state needs to fund restoration. “Number one needs to be solving the source of the problem,” he said, “because the other piece is a lot more costly, when you are cleaning up later.”

Robinson is working in some similar areas, like seeking appropriations to buy Rattlesnake Key.

He’s also working on cleaning up some of the fee structures in Florida. For example, many governments are shifting more from road impact fees to mobility impact fees, which can be used for multi-modal improvements like bike lanes and bus stops. “But there's nothing in statute that provides a framework or guide posts for what a mobility fee means,” Robinson said.

He’s found even some local governments who collect such fees would like a framework that clearly defines how money can be used and avoiding.

He also has legislation to guard individuals’ investments, a response to a court ruling he found atrocious. But he’s using fewer bill slots this year and focusing more on his committee work, governing what happens with business certification and regulation requirements statewide.


[35 Under 35 Awards]  35 Under 35 Honoree Alyssa Gay Shares Her Formula for Success

New to our portfolio of community engagement programs, the SRQ Magazine 35 Under 35 Competition recognizes and honors young professionals, innovators, scientists, creatives, entrepreneurs and philanthropists within our hometown. 

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From our very first class of 35 Under 35 Honorees—featured in our December Edition—we have Alyssa Gay, Founder + Chief Content Strategist of Alyssa Gay Consulting. After growing up in a family of entrepreneurs and gaining a first-hand look at the many hats business owners wear, Alyssa decided to transform her passion for storytelling, degree in communications, and deep understanding of what it takes to run a business into a full-service marketing firm.

Her mission: to help business owners take back their time.

From partnering with clients to create a brand identity, curate a standout social media presence, or harness the power of influencer marketing, the team at Alyssa Gay Consulting continues helping businesses elevate their brands through buzz-worthy strategies.

What's Alyssa's secret formula to success?
"My formula for success focuses on people and relationships. Whether that is cultivating positive relationships and impact with the community or with clients, and more importantly, the relationships amongst the team at Alyssa Gay Consulting. When people feel empowered and supported, magic happens.” 

Alyssa Gay Consulting, 1432 1st Street, Suite A, Sarasota, hello@alyssagay.com, 941.295.9325

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[New Employees]  FourThought Private Wealth Adds Team Members

FourThought Private Wealth (previously Pinkerton Private Wealth), a wealth management firm headquartered in Venice, FL, has expanded by adding Alex Wolfe as an Associate Planner and Erin Guzzo as Director of Marketing to the team. Wolfe comes to FourThought with five years of experience in the financial services field. He has held positions such as a relationship manager, planning consultant and private client group representative. At FourThought, Wolfe will be responsible for partnering with other private wealth planners to ensure clients’ financial plans are aligned with their goals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Texas A&M University. Guzzo will manage communication and branding for all the FourThought brands. She has 20 years of experience in project management, communications, events, media relations, community outreach, and client engagement. A Massachusetts native, Guzzo spent her first eight years as a senior custody specialist and marketing specialist. In 2005, she moved to Sarasota as a marketing project manager. Prior to onboarding with FourThought, Guzzo was the marketing manager at Van Wezel for six years and the Florida Regional Marketing Coordinator at BMO- Harris Private Bank for over five years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration management from Merrimack College and a master certification in paralegal studies from Northeastern University. 

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[Realty Award]  Matt Seider Earns CRS Designation

Matt Seider of the Seider Group at RE/MAX Alliance Group has earned the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation from the National Association of Realtors. The CRS designation is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers and brokers. A native Floridian, Seider grew up in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Florida State University and earned a Law Degree from the Arizona State University College of Law. He has a 14-year background in marketing management in San Francisco and New York City. Seider serves Sarasota, Manatee and Pinellas counties, including Lakewood Ranch, the barrier islands and surrounding communities, providing a level of market knowledge and customer service that sets him among the industry’s leading professionals. He is based in the Sarasota office at 2000 Webber Street, and can be reached at (415) 794-3865 or mattseider@gmail.com. 

[Free Celebration]  Fresh Fridays Searches for Couple to be Wed at Feb. 4th Event

On Friday, February 4th, downtown Sarasota will glitter with twinkling eyes as love and romance are celebrated like never before at Five Points Park from 7-10 p.m. The first-Friday event organizers invite couples to apply for a chance to be married or renew their wedding vows at Five Points Park by City of Sarasota mayor, Erik Arroyo. In addition to the public ceremony, the couple selected will also get an assortment of wedding support from downtown merchants, including jewelry, hair/makeup, wardrobe, and a private reception for friends and family—all complimentary. Interested couples should send an email to freshfridays@next-mark.com with their names, a brief introduction, and why they think they should be the ones to get married at Five Points Park for LOVE IN THE AIR. Deadline is Wednesday, 1/19. Like previous events, LOVE IN THE AIR will feature free signature party favors, free light bites, free roses for the first 500 guests, free entertainment, and the opportunity to enjoy an adult beverage al fresco. Though the wedding ceremony is the marquee moment, the event is designed to celebrate love and romance for all attendees. 

[Walking Tour]  Compass Rose History Experiences Introduces 1926 Sarasota: A Guided Walking Tour Experience

Compass Rose History Experiences announces the launch of 1926 Sarasota: A Guided Walking Tour Experience. Guides Mimi Cirbusova and Andrea Knies navigate attendees on a journey back in time to experience the triumphs and tragedies of this pivotal year in Sarasota’s history. Locals and visitors alike will enjoy being emersed in stories of the people and places of Sarasota in 1926. Tours meet at Five Points Park in Downtown Sarasota and cover a distance of less than one mile over the 75-90 minute tour. All tours begin at 3:30 pm and are currently available on Saturday, January 29th, Friday, February 25th, and Saturday, March 26th. Tickets cost $19.26 and must be purchased in advance. For the safety and experience of the guests, tours are limited to 20 participants. Compass Rose History Experiences is owned and operated by Mimi Cirbusova and Andrea Knies. Their mutual love of local history inspires them to share their knowledge and passion with the world — not just their friends at happy hour. Both women serve their community in various history-related volunteer roles, and are known to “fall down the rabbit hole” of historical research. Both have tattoos related to Sarasota. Both are known to talk about dead people as if they were alive.



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[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Crosley Theater Company: A Literary Feast: Ernest Hemingway & F. Scott Fitzgerald , January 13 – January 23, Varies.

A Literary Feast: Ernest Hemingway & F. Scott Fitzgerald will run from Thursday January 13 2022 to Sunday January 23 2022 at Bradenton Kiwanis Theater, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton. Approximate running time: 2 hours. For their last production of the season, the Crosley Theater Company will focus on the two of the most famous American authors of the 20th century, Ernest Hemingway & F. Scott Fitzgerald. One never knows, The Old Man of the Sea may meet up with the Great Gatsby. Please join us for a feast of literary delights presented from a bygone era.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Art Museum: Jazz Thursdays , January 13 – January 12, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Jazz Thursdays at Sarasota Art Museum will runs through January 12, 2023 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members. Sarasota Art Museum invites you to be our guest at our first Jazz Thursday at SAM, featuring Hot Club of SRQ. Sarasota Art Museum is partnering with the Jazz Club of Sarasota for Jazz Thursdays. Join us for our special late-night performances on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza. Jazz Thursdays will occur on the second Thursday of each month until January 12, 2023. Galleries + Bistro + Shop will be open.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Urbanite Theatre: The Smuggler , January 14 – February 20, Varies.

The Smuggler by Ronán Noone Directed by Brendan Ragan will run from January 14 to February 20, 2022. Irish immigrant Tim Finnegan wants to be a writer in America but struggles to find his path. That all changes when a stranger arrives with a plan to make people “disappear and reappear.” In this mischievous, one-man, rhyming-verse comedy, Tim learns the price he must pay to become an American.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival , January 14 – January 16, 4pm-10pm, 11am-10pm, and 11am-6pm

The Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival returns for its Sixth Year on January 14-16, 2022. Join us in JD Hamel Park in downtown Sarasota at Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street. Bring along your family and friends to enjoy fresh seafood and outstanding live musical performances. The event begins Friday night January 14 with festivities running 4pm-10pm. The event continues Saturday from 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. General admission is FREE. The event, hosted by the Downtown Sarasota Enrichment Association, offers a diverse menu of foods cooked fresh on site. Seafood items are prepared using only the freshest local and sustainable ocean resources from the Florida Gulf Coast. Meat and vegetarian offerings also are on the menu, along with a variety of side dishes and of course - tantalizing desserts! Alcoholic, non-alcoholic and fruit drinks are available along with a selection of sodas and bottled water. In the breaks between performances, explore shopping in a marketplace of fine arts, crafts, and select fine products and food items. While savoring your meal, relax to some of Florida’s top musical groups from genres such as R&B, blues, jazz, rock and Caribbean sounds. Performers in 2020 were: Dr. Dave Band, JP Soars & The Red Hots and Black Honkeys, The Whole Band featuring Callie Chappell, the Billy Rice Band, Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio, The Verge and 22N, Big Night Out, Kettle of Fish, and Fleetwood Max. Check back as the event approaches to see the bands participating and their performance times. They will be posted on this page in the column to the right.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Venice Theatre: Ain't Misbehavin' The Fats Waller Musical Show , January 14 – February 6, Varies.

The inimitable Thomas “Fats” Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club with a jumpin’ new beat. Ain’t Misbehavin’ evokes the infectious energy of this American original as a versatile cast struts, strums and sings the songs that Waller made famous. Winner of the 1978 Tony Award for Best Musical. Ain’t Misbehavin’ will show from January 14 to February 6, 2022 at the Venice Theatre. 

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 3rd Annual Sarasota Beer & Burger Festival , January 15, 12pm-8pm

The 3rd Annual Sarasota Beer & Burger Festival and the Sarasota Winter Carnival at The Mall at University Town Center will take place on January 15th from 12pm to 8pm. The BEST Traveling Beer & Burger Festival in Central Florida is back in Sarasota again. This family-friendly, live, in-person event includes at least a dozen Burger Artisans, Craft Brewers with in-person sampling, and 4 live music performances, plus sponsored giveaways, shop local market, and a 5-day Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Full Carnival by Dreamland Amusements. Live Entertainment and Concert: 12:30pm - Live DJ with Top Hits, 3pm - Sound Hammer, 6pm - The Best of Both Worlds Florida: Van Halen Sammy Hagar Tribute. FREE CRAFT BEER SAMPLES from 12pm to 4pm (while supplies last). Winners from the craft beer sampling will be announced around 4:30pm. PEOPLE'S CHOICE BURGER COMPETITION from 12pm to 7:30pm. Guests must pick which food truck is their favorite and order their meals directly, and if they deem the food worthy, they can cast a single vote per person for that food truck to win. The winning truck with the most votes will receive the coveted People’s Choice Best Burger Award. The judge’s choice winners will be announced at 4:30pm for Craft Beer and 6pm for the Burgers. They will each receive a special award for winning in their class.  

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Jay Leno , January 15, 8pm

From The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car-builder and philanthropist ... it’s no wonder that JAY LENO is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.” Leno is the recipient of many honors, including Emmy®, People’s Choice and TV Guide Awards, as well as a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. This show will take place on Saturday, January 15 at 8pm.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Music Compound: Shred the Love , January 15, 6pm-9pm

The Music Compound invites its members and the community to enjoy an unforgettable evening of music, food, art and more during its Shred the Love fundraiser, with proceeds supporting scholarships for area youth who have lost a loved one to COVID-19 or whose parents have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Organizers hope that the event, which takes place on Saturday, January 15 from 6pm to 9pm at Music Compound (1751 Cattlemen Rd.), will raise at least $5,000. This event, a partnership with local not-for-profit Every Child, is being organized by middle and high school students, led by homeschool student Sam Stahlmann. “Shred the Love” was originally started as an IB project at Riverview High School to support career readiness, enable students to learn how to plan and implement an event, and see the value of charitable works. The inaugural Shred the Love concert in 2018 funded the purchase of ukuleles for children with cancer; in 2019, the event funded music programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County and Children First. Committee members include Eden Stahlmann (homeschool student), Hailey Renner (10th grader at Cardinal Mooney), Macy Young (State College of Florida), Asher Voros, and Caitlyn Healey (homeschool student).

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: The Righteous Brothers , January 16, 7pm

The Lovin’ Feelin’ is back as blue-eyed soul pioneers, THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS, return to the Van Wezel! Original Brother Bill Medley is joined by Bucky Heard in a concert experience that features their biggest hits, including the most-played song in radio history: “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.” Don’t miss hit-favorites such as “Soul & Inspiration,” “Unchained Melody,” “Rock and Roll Heaven,” Medley’s Grammy®-winning Dirty Dancing theme, “The Time of My Life,” and much more. This show will take place on Sunday, January 16 at 7pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: WSLR + Fogartyville: David Wilcox , January 16, 7pm

More than three decades into his career, singer/songwriter David Wilcox continues to push himself, just as he always has. Wilcox, by so many measures, is a quintessential folk singer, telling stories full of heart, humor, and hope, substance, searching, and style. His innate sense of adventure and authenticity is why critics and colleagues, alike, have always praised not just his artistry, but his humanity, as well. David Wilcox will perform on Sunday, January 16 at 7pm. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Knights of Columbus Hall: Car Show , January 16, 11am-2pm

Join the Knights of Columbus Hall for their First Annual Car Show to benefit Knights of Columbus Charities. The Car Show will take place on Sunday, January 16, 2022 from 11am-2pm, at their Hall at 4880 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. Early registration is $15, or $20 the day of show. Goodie bags & T-shirts for the first 100 cars. Trophies, Door Prizes, Live DJ - Trivia, Great food & full bar for purchase. For info & registration, contact Ken at kjnshark@yahoo.com or Candy Girl at candy@carnewsbycandygirl.com.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Dr. MLK Jr. Celebration , January 17, 7:30pm

Join us for a WBTT annual tradition honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in spoken word and song on Monday January 17, 2022 at 7:30pm at First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., arranged and directed by Nate Jacobs. Reverend Charles McKenzie will return to lend his voice to Dr. King's words, and WBTT professional performers and Stage of Discovery students will fill the house with uplifting music and dance. We will also recognize the 2022 winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest sponsored by the Sarasota County Bar Association Council for Diversity and Inclusion.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Guitar Sarasota: Emerging Artist Series: Dr. Sam Desmet , January 17, 7:30pm

Join Guitar Sarasota for a six-concert series that showcases local and regional musicians who perform a 45-minute concert, followed by a question and answer session. Free and open to the public, thanks to a generous and ongoing grant from the Vera and Imre Hecht Foundation, these concerts entertain, educate, and raise awareness of the beauty of classical guitar music. Dr. Sam Desmet, Classical Guitar, will take place at 7:30pm on Monday, January 17, 2022 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Praised for his “poetic and sensible playing,” award winning European Guitarist Dr. Sam Desmet has performed in Asia, Europe and the United States, interpreting nineteenth and twentieth century repertoire.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Beautiful - The Carol King Musical , January 18 – January 19, 7:30pm and 2pm

BEAUTIFUL — THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, BEAUTIFUL has a book by Tony Award® nominee and Academy Award®-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two 2014 Tony Awards® and a 2015 Grammy® for Best Musical Theater Album. This show will take place on Tuesday, January 18 at 7:30pm and Wednesday, January 19 at 2pm.

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