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"We celebrate policies that advance a free and open society while shining a spotlight on shortsighted proposals that would diminish or dilute our freedoms."

- Skyler Zander, Americans for Prosperity
 

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[Lobbying]  Film Industry Rebate Debate Hits Sarasota Mailboxes
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The question of whether state incentives should go to Florida film productions led a conservative group to paper Sarasota mailboxes with a political message last week. 

The words “Stop the Hollywood Handouts!” blared in large type on political mailers sent by Americans For Prosperity, a right-leaning group that has opined against any types of incentives for years. The mailers also included a picture of Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, who for several years has sponsored legislation to create a new rebate program.

Officials at AFP say it’s nothing personal.

“AFP regularly engages citizens of all kinds in communities across the state, sharing information about policy proposals that affect their daily lives,” said Skyler Zander, AFP’s state director. In just the first weeks of this year, we have sent out tens of thousands of mailers on key issues to households from Pensacola to the Florida Keys. We celebrate policies that advance a free and open society while shining a spotlight on shortsighted proposals that would diminish or dilute our freedoms – and we do it, always, without focusing exclusively on any particular political party or individual official."

Gruters has said Florida needs something to attract film productions back to Florida. “This will bring a needed boost to our economy,” he has said at Senate committee hearings on the legislation.

Gruters' legislation would establish a rebate program that may make as much as $2 million in rebates available to productions, but only once projects are completed and they can verify certain guidelines were met. That includes hiring 70% of cast and crew from the state of Florida. Keeping projects that employee Florida film professionals would be an important way to keep graduates from top film schools like Ringling College of Art & Design in the state once they graduate, he said. Instead, many graduates leave to do projects in other states.

There’s particularly urgency for Florida as Georgia has become a new film capital, in part thanks to a generous incentives program there. Long-running series like The Walking Dead and blockbusters like Avengers: Endgame shot there.

The AFP mailer argues now isn’t the time to give money to the film industry. “While Gas Prices are Rising and Grocery Prices are Soaring, Politicians in Tallahassee are Focused on Giving Away Millions in Taxpayer Dollars to Hollywood Movie Moguls,” the flyer states. 

[In Conversation]  In Conversation with Natalya Evans of Your Family Matters Law Firm

In the February 2022 issue of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed Natalya Evans of  Your Family Matters Law Firm to discuss family law and estate planning. Below is an excerpt from the article.

What is your professional goal, for yourself and/or your practice?

In my practice, I want to help and educate as many local families as I can. A lot of times, unfortunately, as younger parents, we research the highest-rated car seat and the most protective helmet for our kids. And most parents know they need to do something in case something happens to them, but they don't even know where to start. So, I really try hard to get out in the community and put on seminars just to educate families about estate planning so they know, and if they come to use me, great. And if they use someone else, that's fine, as long as they get things in place to protect themselves and the kids in case something happens. That's a huge goal of mine. And obviously, with divorce, just try to keep things as amicable and positive as possible, and not lose sight of the kids in the process. The hardest thing when I did litigate was seeing kids, whether intentionally or not, being stuck in the middle, and unfortunately, at times, being used to get what one of the spouses wants. And, that is just the most heartbreaking thing to see.



 

Your Family Matters, P.A., 3277 Fruitville Rd. Suite F2 Sarasota, FL 34276, 941-275-2785. https://yourfamilymatterslaw.com/

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[New Project]  Rosewood Residences Lido Key

The Rosewood Residences project on Lido Key marks Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® first-ever exclusively residential offering. Rosewood Residences Lido Key is a one-of-a-kind project that is the brand’s first exclusively residential development. The 65-unit property is a joint effort of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and The Ronto Group, based in Naples, FL. A just-released rendering of the design by Swedroe Architecture is a first look at the beachfront property on Lido Key. Donna DeLoach and Julia DeCastro, the project’s sales team, say that response to the project has been energetic. They note: “We’re offering something unique to this area. Today’s residential consumers seek a living space combining the amenities, facilities, and services of a five-star resort with the intimacy and comfort of a private home. We’ve seen outstanding area developments over the last few years. But Rosewood Residences Lido Key takes it to another level.” Commanding a wide stretch of three and a half miles of sugar sand beach along the Gulf of Mexico, Rosewood Residences at Lido Key will stand as a benchmark for an exclusive and private waterfront lifestyle. This idyllic way of life is the fruit of a powerful creative synergy. The collaboration begins with Swedroe Architecture, Miami, and interior design by Lillian Wu Studio, New York. Together they bring uniquely imaginative spaces, with thoughtfully orchestrated details, bathed in natural light, and opening to spectacular vistas on every side. The residences sit atop an amenity level conceived, curated, appointed and serviced by Rosewood. The spacious interiors measure from 3,300 to nearly 5,000 square feet. Pricing starts in the high $5 millions. Floor plans and prices for all 65 residences are now available. Construction is projected to be completed in 2025.



 

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[Promotion]  Icard Merrill Associates Promoted to Member

The law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen, and Ginsburg, P.A., is pleased to announce that Associates Bianca N. Manos, Nicole M. Price, and Patrick C. Seidensticker have been promoted to the position of member. The advancement reflects a significant move based on their practices and contributions to the firm.

Manos has a diverse practice working in the areas of family law and civil litigation, with a particular focus on matters involving breach of contract, dissolution of marriage, child custody disputes, alimony, paternity, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and child support. She graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in English and minors in mass communications and classical studies. She earned her J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. In 2020, she was recognized for providing 100+ hours of pro bono work and was listed a Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Price’s law practice focuses on community association law and general civil litiation, with additional experience in construction litigation, personal injury litigation, and family law matters. She received an undergraduate degree in history and psychology from Johns Hopkins University and her J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Price coordinates Icard Merrill’s pro bono program and was recognized in 2020 for contributing 100+ hours of pro bono work.

Seidensticker’s law practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial real estate, land use, and property valuation. He received undergraduate degrees in philosophy and finance from Tulane University, and his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, graduating magna cum laude. In addition, he is co-founder of Tableseide Restaurant Group in Sarasota. 

[Board Members]  All Faiths Food Bank Announces 2022 Board of Directors

As the pandemic impacts continue to spur historic levels of need and the cost of living skyrockets for community members in every economic bracket, All Faiths Food Bank is committed to meeting immediate needs as well as bringing attention to – and working to bring down – the social and systemic barriers that contribute to food insecurity. All Faiths is pleased to announce its 2022 board of directors, who will help to support and continue the organization's decades of committed service as a trusted organization working to better the community.

The 2022 officers of the board are: Ben Hanan, chair; Terri Vitale, vice chair; Paul Cantor, treasurer; Patricia Courtois, secretary; and Nelle Miller, immediate past chair. Members are: Mary Kay Burns, Tomas Dinverno, Dennis Doughty, LaShawn Frost, Lisa Keverian-Press, Bart Lowther, Hal Munter, Neal Vorchheimer and Elton White.

Burns and Frost are new to the board this year. Burns, who served as the Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health – for both DeSoto and Highlands counties – from 2004-2021, is extremely active in the community. She has served on All Faiths Food Bank’s DeSoto Food & Resource Center Advisory Council and worked with organizations and efforts in DeSoto County including the Age Friendly Network, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, DeSoto Community Foundation, Rotary Club DeSoto, Take Stock in Children, and United Way Suncoast Leadership Committee.

Frost is the principal of Booker Middle School. Since arriving at Booker nine years ago, the school has been named a College for Every Student (CFES) Pathways School of Distinction (based on its performance during the 2017-18 school year). She has received numerous awards for her achievements in education and the community, most recently as the University of South Florida’s 2021 Distinguished Alumni of the year for Education; she was also the recipient of the College of Education’s Spirit of Partnership Award.

"As our focus grows from providing nutritional assistance to our neighbors in need to working to eradicate the root causes of hunger, having strong, visionary leaders with diverse backgrounds and life experiences is essential to guiding our efforts," said Sandra Frank, CEO of All Faiths. "We are very pleased to welcome LaShawn and Mary Kay to our board and are confident they will contribute significantly in helping us to carry out our strategic plan, support our culture, and connect us with others in the community." 



[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Ringling: Gallery Talks: Lots of Love , February 15, 10:30am

Join The Ringling to explore various aspects of the Museum and its collection. Tickets are free with Museum Admission and are available for pick-up on the day of the program. Tickets are limited. Members may reserve tickets in advance 2 weeks prior each program. Lots of Love will take place on Tuesday, February 15 at 10:30am. Love is in the air. In this gallery tour, we’ll examine all types of love—from doting mothers to amorous couples— in a belated Valentine’s Day celebration.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Gladys Knight , February 15, 8pm

Seven-time Grammy winner GLADYS KNIGHT has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. Known for hits such as “You and I Ain’t Nothin’ No More,” “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” “If I Were Your Woman” and “That’s What Friends are For,” Knight has recorded more than 38 albums over her 50+ year career in the entertainment industry. This performance will take place on Tuesday, February 15 at 8pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Beehive: The 60’s Musical , February 16 – February 26, 7:30pm and 2pm

Big voices with big hairdos! BEEHIVE celebrates the powerful female voices of the 1960’s with such timeless hits as “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Be My Baby,” “Son of a Preacher Man” and “Me and Bobby McGee.” Told from the perspective of six young women who come of age in this enigmatic decade, BEEHIVE takes us from their first Beehive Dance to the challenges we faced as a nation. Single tickets available Sept. 1, 2021 ($26.50 preview/ $29.50 single/ $14 student). Subscriptions are available now. The show dates are Feb. 16-19, 22-26 at 7:30pm and Feb. 20, 26-27 at 2pm.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Hermitage Artist Retreat: Unscripted 2.0 with Hannah Hasan , February 16, 5:30pm

“Unscripted 2.0” with Hermitage Fellow Hannah Hasan will take place on Wednesday, February 16th at 5:30pm on The Lawn at Van Wezel Hall. Unscripted is a unique collaboration between the Van Wezel Foundation and the Hermitage Artist Retreat in which audiences share an interactive encounter with an award-winning Hermitage artist, inviting audiences to be an active part of the experience by responding to a prompt as part of the program. Following a successful virtual season in 2020-2021, “Unscripted 2.0” launches in person with celebrated poet and storyteller Hannah Hasan. Hermitage Fellow Hannah Hasan is an award-winning spoken word poet, speaker, and storyteller who believes that our stories can set us free. With themes that center home, social justice, racial justice, women’s rights, and more, Hasan is often commissioned to write and perform, present keynote addresses, and facilitate workshops for events, conferences, and meetings. 

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Chamber Soirees: Voices of Color , February 17, 5:30pm

These remarkable composers share life-affirming music born of their African-American experience on Thursday, February 17 at 5:30pm at Holley Hall. Inspired by Nikki Giovanni's BLK History Month. This program consists of William Grant Still Miniatures for Woodwind Quintet, Valerie Coleman Red Clay and Mississippi Delta, Valerie Coleman Umoja, and Florence Price String Quartet No. 2 in A minor.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Arts Advocates Gallery: Monthly Speaker: Dr. Robyn Bell , February 17, 11am

February 17, 2022, 11am – Dr. Robyn Bell is the director of instrumental studies at State College of Florida; conductor of the SCF Symphonic Band, the Bradenton Symphony Orchestra, and the Pops Orchestra of Sarasota and Bradenton; and host of the Suncoast Culture Club’s podcasts on the performing and visual arts on the Suncoast. Arts Advocates is keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 situation and will decide whether their monthly speaker programs will be in-person luncheons at Bird Key Yacht Club or held via Zoom as each event nears. These programs are open to the public. Visit ArtsAdvocates.org for more information.

[SOON]  DANCE: Van Wezel: Dancing With The Stars - LIVE! 2022 Tour , February 17, 8pm

America’s favorite dance show returns to the Van Wezel to celebrate its 30th Season with Dancing with the Stars – LIVE! 2022 Tour on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 8pm. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 8 at 10am. Launching January 7th in Richmond, VA, this year’s all-new production will feature fan-favorite professional dancers thrilling audiences with all of the breathtaking dance styles seen on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars. The show continues its legacy of performing showstopping routines from the TV show alongside new numbers choreographed specifically for the live show, ranging from time-honored dances like the Quickstep and Foxtrot to sizzling Latin styles like the Cha Cha, Salsa, and Tango. In this year’s state-of-the-art production, audiences will have the opportunity to experience the excitement, glitz and glamour they see in the ballroom every Monday night live in their hometowns. The tour delivers a spectacular night of pulse-pounding dance performances from world-renowned dancers including Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten, Artem Chigvintsev, Sasha Farber, Daniella Karagach, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, and Britt Stewart with more surprise casting to be announced. Tickets are $47-$102 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. VIP packages are also available. All single tickets for the Van Wezel’s 2021-2022 season are on sale now.

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: Love Jones , February 17, 1pm

The passion between a struggling photographer and an unemployed writer is undeniable, but will it last? In this sweet, comic romance set against the jazz rhythms of Chicago, two educated, upscale urban artists discover modern courtship as they both experience a Love Jones. Darius (Larenz Tate), an aspiring writer, and Nina (Nia Long), an aspiring photographer, share an instant connection after a chance meeting at a Chicago club. The two bond over music, photography and poetry, and eventually begin a torrid romance. However, when Nina decides to move to New York and mend her relationship with her ex-fiancé, Marvin (Khalil Kain), it leaves Darius heartbroken, and the couple's future in jeopardy. This film is part of the Black Love Film Showcase. Love Jones will show on February 17, 2022 at 1pm at the Historic Asolo Theater. Black Love Film Showcase will take place February 17-19. Celebrate Black love with five films in three days. Let’s journey through time sampling the depiction of Black love by Black Screenwriters and filmmakers. Each film offers a window into a particular perception of black romance, and we will see how that view changes over time.

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: Moonlight , February 17, 6:30pm

A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him. Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Golden Globe for Best Picture, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor. This film is part of the Black Love Film Showcase. Moonlight is the tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality. Moonlight will show on February 17, 2022 at 6:30pm at the Historic Asolo Theater. Black Love Film Showcase will take place February 17-19. Celebrate Black love with five films in three days! Let’s journey through time sampling the depiction of Black love by Black screenwriters and filmmakers. Each film offers a window into a particular perception of black romance, and we will see how that view changes over time.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Ringling: Homeschool Third Thursday: Kaleidoscope of Color , February 17, 10am-12pm

Kaleidoscope of Color will take place on February 17, 2022. Color is a building block in the artist’s toolkit, and different art movements have approached the use of color in different ways. During this interactive program, homeschool families will explore The Ringling’s collections through a colorful lens, exploring how artists from the Baroque to Color Field Movements have used color in dazzling and delightful ways. Join us on the third Thursday of each month, for a special day designed just for homeschool families. Tickets are timed in order to avoid over-crowding; please check in at the Visitors Pavilion at the time noted on your ticket. Please note that this is a self-guiding program. Wristbands, a map, and a program packet with activities and information will be provided at check-in and families are invited to explore the museum at their own pace.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 24th Annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival , February 18 – February 20

The 24th Annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival is a three day event held at the Sarasota Fairgrounds to benefit Suncoast Charities for Children. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy continuous live music with featured headliner FireHouse performing Saturday - February 19th. This year’s Festival includes a “Born To Be Wild” Kickoff Party, a “United We Ride – America Strong” charity motorcycle ride, 17 Class Bike Show, Stereo “Sound Off” contest, burnout contest, great food, and so much more! Dry & full service camping is available on site. Gate admission on Friday and Sunday is $5 and gate admission on Saturday is $10 - 12 and under free.

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