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SRQ DAILY Mar 14, 2022

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"We had a chance, I believe, once again to battle the rising costs of homeowners’ insurance keeps the market stable."

- Sen. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton

[Regulation]  Insurance Reform Could Force Special Session
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Lawmakers will meet today for the last day of the Legislative Session and vote on a budget. But much work remains undone, and many expect a special session to be called soon on homeowners insurance.

Sen. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, carried legislation that would have changed a number of laws regarding litigation of claims, available policies for roofs and other parts of statute. While it passed in the Senate, the House did not take it up before Friday, the last day of the session when regular bills could be considered.

“We had a chance, I believe, once again to battle the rising costs of homeowners’ insurance to keep the market stable,” Boyd said. “We were unable to do that. We had a very good proposal and a compromise sent to the House, which sadly didn’t embrace it. Now the market is still in shambles and policy owners and homeowners will pay more.”

Last year, Boyd carried another reform bill that did pass in both chambers and was signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis at a ceremony in Sarasota. That bill impacted how long insurance claimants could bring action against carriers after a disaster. It also addressed solicitation from adjustors and vendors, but many of those provisions were tossed out of court on First Amendment grounds.

Regardless, House Speaker Chris Sprowls expressed skepticism to the press about whether a new round of reform needed to occur so quickly. “If what has been told to me in the eight years I’ve been here from the insurance lobby is true, which is that it takes 18 months to see an impact on rates — which is what I’ve been told over and over and over again — then I don’t think we are yet seeing the impact we are having in rates by the bill we passed last year,” he said.

But industry voices say last year’s law, while not fully impacting the market yet, hasn’t stopped the situation from getting worse, and that’s largely because the House wouldn’t hear provisions passed in the Senate in 2021.

Boyd hopes to find a compromise this year on that language which still allowed legitimate advertising for roofing services but stopped bad actors from preying on individuals with roof damage by promising complete replacement costs from carriers but landing clients instead in litigation.

The senator said there needs to be an understanding of the role of insurance and better comprehension of what can be expected from certain materials. He notes roofs on homes have  life expectancy, and he would like to see state law changed so that policies could be written that cover depreciated or real cash values on roofs, not complete replacement costs. “Insurance is not a warranty,” he said. 

[Travel]  Allegiant Begins Nonstop Service to Wisconsin

Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) begins service from Sarasota International Airport (SRQ) to Appleton International Airport (ATW) in Wisconsin. “We are so excited to offer travelers a gateway to the Great Lakes region,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant’s senior vice president of revenue and planning. “We know this route will be a popular destination for vacationers from the Midwest who will enjoy Allegiant’s affordable, no-hassle flights." The new flights will operate twice weekly. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com. 

[Expansion]  Teen Court of Sarasota Expands Services with Community Support

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an extraordinary toll on youth and families, amplifying stressful situations and exacerbating a variety of factors that can increase a youth’s likelihood of delinquent behavior. Locally, Teen Court of Sarasota is witnessing this trend as the organization has seen their number of referrals from law enforcement rise by more than 30 percent.

But we are not powerless in the face of these challenging circumstances. One promising factor is that the number of youth taken into custody and held in the juvenile justice system is trending down thanks to intervention and diversion programs like Teen Court.

Last year alone, the organization was able to provide peer-on-peer court sessions, group classes focused on the negative impact of drugs and alcohol, mentorship, and life skills training to more than 700 youth in the community. Completion of a Teen Court referral means the young person will not be arrested or expelled from school. Not only does the diversion of incarceration provide a second chance for the student, it also takes the strain and financial burden off of law enforcement and the justice system.

“We believe in teens helping teens, encouraging young people to help each other through a time of difficulty in their lives,” says Executive Director Heather Todd. “The quality provided through our case managers, intervention and prevention services continues to empower our students through experimental learning and peer on peer mentorship.”

To meet the growing need, Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation recently awarded the organization with a $125,000 to expand its services and hire additional case managers to support children.

The support is much needed, with more than 70% of participants who receive Teen Court’s services free of charge due to financial need. With the average time spent of 5 months with Teen Court and the inclusion of families into the healing process, the funding has eliminated the cost for services which in turn eliminates the stress a family feels when they are going through the program. 

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[Collaboration]  The Hermitage Partners with Sarasota Contemporary Dance

The Hermitage Artist Retreat and Sarasota Contemporary Dance (SCD) will partner to participate in the biennial National Water Dance (NWD) event, with new work inspired by gratitude for water and the urgent need to preserve local water resources as part of this year’s NWD theme, “Dancing Out of Time,” on Saturday, April 23 at 3:30pm. This performance by the SCD company of professional dancers will be presented outdoors and socially distanced on the Hermitage Beach (Manasota Key). The performance will be broadcast simultaneously with performance groups from across the country and all around the world, with an introduction by Dr. Emily Heffernan, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at New College of Florida.
"Sarasota Contemporary Dance is thrilled to partner with the Hermitage Artist Retreat on lands originally occupied by the Calusa people to perform in the National Water Dance awareness campaign,” said SCD Artistic Director Leymis Bolaños. “Partnering with National Water Dance and founder Dale Andree since the start of National Water Dance more than ten years ago, SCD is honored to continue this long-standing partnership to bring awareness to the s 

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[Health & Wellness]  Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center

There’s never been a more important time to quit tobacco. 

Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center, as part of the Tobacco Free Florida AHEC Cessation Program, offers free tobacco cessation sessions to help individuals quit all forms of tobacco.  These group sessions—held virtually and in-person—will assist you with developing your own customized quit planFree nicotine replacement therapy in the form of patches, gum or lozenges (if medically appropriate and while supplies last) and follow up support from a trained tobacco treatment specialist are provided with the session.

Contact us today at 866-534-7909 or visit our page to schedule a class or learn more about the program! 

Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center, 2201 Cantu Ct. # 220, Sarasota, FL 34232

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[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Concert Association: Takacs Quartet with pianist Joyce Yang , March 15, 7:30pm

Takács Quartet with pianist Joyce Yang will perform on Tuesday, March 15 at 7:30pm at the Riverview Performing Arts Canter. Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang joins the internationally renowned Takács Quartet in their celebrated return to Sarasota, performing Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 2, Bartók’s String Quartet No. 1, and Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat major.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Opera: Salute to the Stars Awards Luncheon , March 15, 11:30am

Salute to the Stars Awards Luncheon will take place on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 11:30am at Sarasota Yacht Club. On stage a singer’s voice is commanding. Imagine how you will feel hearing it just feet away from your table. Join us and celebrate the outstanding Sarasota Opera Apprentice and Studio Artists who will be honored in 2022. Enjoy a gourmet lunch while you experience performances by the awardees. The awards are presented through the generosity of visionary individuals as well as the Sarasota and Manatee Opera Guilds.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Concert Association: Music Matinees: Sarasota Opera's Studio Artists , March 16, 1pm

A longstanding community outreach program, Music Matinees feature accomplished area-based musicians who perform an array of musical styles. Concerts take place on Wednesdays from noon to 1pm in David Cohen Hall, Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. Sarasota Opera’s Studio Artists will take place on March 16. The Sarasota Opera’s Studio Artists is a select and auditioned group of emerging artists who perform in mainstage productions by understudying principal roles and performing supporting roles, gaining valuable experience in the process. With dozens of roles needing understudies each season, the Studio Artists often step in to substitute for an ill or injured principal, sometimes with little notice.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Great Escapes: Journey on the Orient Express , March 16 – March 20, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 8pm and 4pm

Join an unfolding murder mystery as the orchestra, conducted by Steven Jarvi, travels the fabled route of Europe's most famous train, enjoying the music along the way on Wednesday, March 16 at 5:30pm, Thursday, March 17 at 7:30pm, Friday, March 18 at 5:30pm, Saturday, March 19 at 8pm, and Sunday, March 20 at 4pm at Holley Hall.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Some Enchanted Evening , March 16 – March 27, 7:30pm and 2pm

More than those of any composer or lyricist writing for the stage, the songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein have become an integral part of our everyday lives. This stunning collection of their compositions places five performers in a theatrical setting: first ‘backstage,’ where the songs are sung as personal interplay, and then ‘onstage,’ where the songs are presented to an audience. Offering its performers an opportunity to explore timeless songs within their own styles and sensibilities, SOME ENCHANTED EVENING delights its audience with a glorious parade of genuine hits. Single tickets available Sept. 1, 2021 ($26.50 preview/ $29.50 single/ $14 student). Subscriptions are available now. The show dates March 16-19, 22-26 at 7:30pm and March 20, 26-27 at 2pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Sheléa: Natural Woman, A Night of Soul , March 16, 8pm

With widespread comparison to the vocal expertise of the legendary Whitney Houston and the piano prowess of Alicia Keys, it’s no surprise that artist and actress, SHELÉA (pronounced shuh-lay-yuh), has garnered co-signs from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, David Foster, Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, Quincy Jones and more. Blending traditional pop, jazz, R&B and soul, Sheléa brings a contemporary edge to classics and a classic touch to contemporary pop standards. A vocal powerhouse, she’s performed twice at the White House, the Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and more. She made her acting debut in 2020 as Dorinda Clark in The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel. Sheléa will perform on Wednesday, March 16 at 8pm. 

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Arts Advocates Gallery: Monthly Speaker: Fine Art Photography , March 17, 11am

March 17, 2022, 11am, Fine Art Photography – Who are today’s leading fine art photographers and rising stars? We will hear from Christopher Jones, curator of photography and new media at The Ringling Museum. 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]  GRAB BAG: The Ringling: Homeschool Third Thursday: Women in the Circus , March 17, 10am-12pm

Women in the Circus will take place on March 17, 2022. March is Women’s History Month and this year we’re exploring the important role women played in circus history. Learn about circus greats like equestrian May Wirth, aerialist Lilian Leitzel, and human cannonball Silvana “Cha Cha” Zacchini. Students will learn about these amazing women and more, and discover how phenomenal performers challenged traditional gender roles in the early 20th century. 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]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: An Evening with Chris Botti , March 17, 8pm

For over two decades, Grammy Award-winning master trumpeter and composer CHRIS BOTTI has amassed a spectacular variety of honors, including multiple gold and platinum albums, to become the nation’s largest-selling instrumental artist. His mesmerizing performances with a stunning array of legends such as Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Yo-Yo Ma, Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Andrea Bocelli have cemented his place as one of the most brilliant and inspiring forces of the contemporary music scene. Whether he’s performing with illustrious symphonies or at renowned venues around the globe, his unparalleled crystalline and poetic sound transcends musical boundaries. Chris Botti will perform on Thursday, March 17 at 8pm.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College Galleries + Exhibitions: Regan Dunnick: Plum Bobs Ulysses, Pt. 2 , January 22 – March 18, Gallery hours.

Featuring original paintings and drawings by renowned illustrator and long-time Ringling College Faculty member, Regan Dunnick (Class of 1976 + 1992) from January 22 to March 18, 2022 at Project Space 340 (PS340), 340 Central Ave. Regan Dunnick is an internationally known illustrator. He has won numerous awards and his works are in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. He has been selected to such major exhibitions as the United Nations Environmental Show, The New Pop Show — which toured Europe and chronicled innovators, American Illustration, and The Hiroshima Memorial Design Show (Hiroshima, Japan).

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: The Daughter of the Regiment , February 19 – March 18

The Daughter of the Regiment (La fille du regiment) by Gaetano Donizetti with poetry by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard. Love for Marie, a girl raised by a French regiment, will lead the young Tonio to unexpected lengths in this colorful comedy set in the Tyrol during the Napoleonic Wars. The Daughter of the Regiment will run from February 19 until March 18, 2022.

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