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SRQ DAILY Mar 21, 2022

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"The Foundation has begun to undertake the important steps forward in bringing the new performing arts center to life by assembling a global team of experts in preparation for executing the project."

- Overview of Van Wezel Foundation agreement

-Episode 2 of SRQ MEDIA's In Conversation | Perspectives in Medicine Podcast is out now!
[Planning]  Sarasota to Consider Agreement of New Bay Venue
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The Sarasota City Commission today will consider an agreement with the Van Wezel Foundation for the planning and construction of a new performing arts center on Sarasota Bay. The project will be the centerpiece of redevelopment for The Bay.

“The Foundation has begun to undertake the important steps forward in bringing the new performing arts center to life by assembling a global team of experts in preparation for executing the project,” reads a proposed partnership overview from the Van Wezel Foundation.

A new center will cost an estimated $300 million to $350 million, with the burden split 50%-50% between private and public sector funding. The City likely won’t be alone on the public side — the Florida Legislature approved state funding the past few years. There’s sources of tax revenue in the city including tax increment financing that will fund the massive effort to build a new structure.

Plans include a 200,000 square-foot venue with seating for 2,250, and yes, there will be a center aisle. There will also be another 400 potential seats allowed in flex space that would also be used for performances. Plans will also include multiple outdoor performance spaces, part of the generational effort to redevelop the Bayfront as a cultural public destination. Modern simulcast technologies will also be part of any plan.

The foundation intends to select an architect for the project this year and move aggressively toward a 2027 opening. At that point, the agreement on the agenda tonight will leave ownership of the hall in city hands but assign operations to the foundation.

“The Foundation will be responsible for the artistic and educational programming and facility management. The Foundation anticipates thousands of 25 of 30 new jobs will be created during the planning and construction, and in addition to retaining current Hall positions, additional jobs will be filled as SPAC will operate on a year-round basis with increased programming.”

There’s still decisions that will be left to the city. The need for 1,000 parking spaces to support the venue, for example, will be addressed by the city, which intends some surface parking and a certain number of spaces beneath the new arts venue.

The plan makes clear the existing Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall will continue to operate in the future. But the city will need to pull together a blue-ribbon committee on the vulnerable structure. 

[Fitness]  Local Sarasota Resident Changing Lives Through Fitness
Barbie Heit. Barbie@srqme.com

CR Fitness CEO, Tony Scrimale has a rags-to-riches kind of story.

He moved to Sarasota from upstate New York at the age of 19. With no real experience in the fitness industry, he began by working as a cleaning attendant in his local gym. An athlete with a passion for health and fitness, Tony knew he wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. He quickly worked his way up the fitness ladder and officially became CEO of CR Fitness  October of 2021.

Tony comes from an overweight family and as he was moving to Florida, his 5’8” father who he describes as “deconditioned” was entering his 50s. Knowing that his father’s life would be changed if he only had the courage to walk into a gym and meet with a person who cared, Tony was inspired. “Each and every day, my gym tours became more about the person I was touring. I just wished someone would walk into my dad’s life who was doing exactly what I was doing. That was my drive to teach my people to be more focused on who was in front of them and consider how fitness can impact their lives.”

As CEO, Tony knows everyone in the company depends on him. He positions himself to be a leader. He is currently developing teams with a "no judgment mentality" to inspire members to embrace a healthy lifestyle. He focuses on how employees can build relationships in their communities and develop transformation stories to inspire everyone, from the general managers to the cleaning staff. With his father in mind, Tony works daily to help people stay healthy enough to see and play with their grandchildren.

There are 4 Crunch Fitness clubs in Sarasota. The Crunch Bee Ridge and Crunch University were the first two clubs to open in the company and will be celebrating their 10th anniversary this summer. 

Pictured: Tony Scrimale, CEO of CR Fitness. Photo courtesy of CR Fitness.

[Mobility]  City of Sarasota Announces Veo Scooter and Bikes

The City of Sarasota's new micro-mobility initiative featuring scooter and bicycle sharing offered exclusively by Veo has officially started. Veo is slowly rolling out this new service and plans to have approximately 350-400 scooters (seated and stand-up) and 50-75 bikes (traditional and pedal-assisted) available for rent within the next few weeks. Look for established scooter and bike corrals and approved parking areas on Main Street (conveniently located near Bay Runner trolley stops), St. Armands Circle and other parts of the city. Staff will be evaluating the parking corral areas to determine efficiency, location and whether modifications are required.Hours of operation are 6 am to 10 pm daily. The vehicles can be unlocked and rented via the Veo mobile app available in the App Store and Google Play. Rental costs for scooters are $1 to unlock and 37 cents per minute. Bike rentals are 50 cents per half hour. Through its Veo Access program, the company also offers discounted rates to low-income users who qualify. Our goal with the program is to offer a short distance transportation option that is easy, safe and convenient. Interested in checking out the scooters and bikes in person and learning more? Representatives from Veo and our Parking Management and Mobility team will be at the Farmers Market Saturday, March 26 offering demonstrations and answering questions. 

More about Veo.

[In Conversation]  In Conversation with Drs. Logan and Laura Swaim

In the March 2022 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed Dr. Logan Swaim and Dr. Laura Swaim, co-founders of the Roots Health Centers as part of our In Conversation feature about Lakewood Ranch. Below is an excerpt published in the magazine in which the doctors share insights with SRQ readers on living and working in Lakewood Ranch.

Tell us about the changes you've seen since you opened in the community. What sort of evolution have you seen in Lakewood Ranch since the pandemic?

Dr. Logan: It's been really great as more and more people are fleeing New York and New Jersey to come here. The need for services and maybe what they were used to up north, really allowed us to open the doors. Those people that are retiring and moving into Lakewood Ranch didn't want to travel outside of Lakewood Ranch. They didn't want to go down to Sarasota. They didn't want to go to Bradenton. They wanted something in their backyard. And it's great for us to be able to offer so many different services to meet their needs.

Dr. Laura: There's a couple of things that have happened. Obviously with the pandemic and having a lot of individuals working from home, we saw people with gut health issues because their dietary habits changed and they're not eating what they used to. And then we also saw a lot of foot pain, believe it or not. We've been helping many people with plantar fasciitis. And then with the new year, weight loss, we've been helping people with their goals for that. Our office has grown over the years, but we're still that mom and pop shop where people like to come and have those services provided. So I think the biggest thing that sets us apart is our gentle approach to how we care for our patients.


The Roots Health Centers, PLLC 8209 Natures Way | Unit 115 Lakewood Ranch. 941-877-1507. TheRootsNeuropathy.com

To read the full article, click here.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: PROUD Tina: The Ultimate Tribute to Tina Turner , March 22, 8pm

PROUD Tina: The Ultimate Tribute to Tina Turner starring Caroline Borole and featuring a special guest performance by Belinda Davids on Tuesday, March 22 at 8pm. Get the electrifying concert experience of Tina Turner, brimming with Tina hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s & ‘90s. The powerful, raspy vocals, high-intensity dancing and thrilling stage presence live on stage, plus band, brass section, backing vocalists and dancers, making this the definitive tribute and a fabulous night out. 

[SOON]  FOOD: USF Sarasota-Manatee: HospitaBull , March 22, 6pm

Join the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus for their 10th annual HospitaBull on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 6pm at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. Enjoy a night of exquisite dining while supporting USF's Hospitality Management program. This sophisticated dining experience is organized and brought to you by USF Sarasota-Manatee campus students and faculty.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College Galleries + Exhibitions: Parallel Visions: The Paintings of Tom + Peggy Root , January 8 – March 22, Gallery hours.

In both the life of the artist and of the college student, finding oneself becomes as vital as gaining skills and knowledge. Ringling College graduates Tom and Peggy Root managed to find both themselves and each other. After meeting at and graduating from Ringling College, the married pair went on to pursue their art in parallel careers, including continued study at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Connecticut. Peggy’s body of work picks up right where the original plein air painters left off, though she shies away from the label because of differences in practice and aesthetics. Tom’s paintings focus primarily on portraits and figures, with an exquisite understanding of the subject borne of his uniquely thorough process of observation. In-person viewings are free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm from January 8 to March 22, 2022. The Thompson Alumni + Skylight Gallery is located at 2621 Bradenton Road, on the first floor of the Keating Center. This exhibition was made possible by the Ringling College Library Association and in part, by WUSF 89.7, and paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Attila , March 12 – March 22

Attila by Giuseppe Verdi with words by Temistocle Solera. Attila the Hun has conquered most of Western Europe and is about to take Rome itself, but is brought to his knees by his love for a female warrior, Odabella. Attila will run from March 12 until March 22, 2022.

[SOON]  FOOD: Mattison's Forty-One: Round Pond Wine Dinner , March 24, 6:30pm

Join Round Pond Winery Estate Winemaker John Wilson and Chef Paul Mattison, owner of Mattison’s Restaurants and Catering for an immersive 5-course Wine Dinner. Chef Paul and his team of chefs have created a menu perfectly paired with the wines from the Round Pond portfolio. Price is $125 per person. The Round Pond Wine Dinner will take place at Mattison’s Forty-One private event space, the Galleria on March 24, 6:30pm. Reservations are required. Call 941-921-3400 to reserve a seat or table. Round Pond Estate, owned and operated today by the second generation of the MacDonnell Family, is a 468-acre Rutherford farm and winery that specializes in the creation of pure, expressive wines from the heart of Napa Valley. Sustainability, people, place, and purpose are at the forefront of their daily operations and creation of some of the finest wines in the world.  

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College Galleries + Exhibitions: POW! The Comic Art of Mike Zeck from the Costas Collection , October 18 – March 25, 9am-3pm

After attending Ringling College in the late 60s, Zeck made a name for himself illustrating the horror stories of Charlton Comics before turning his talents in both illustration and storytelling into one of the most successful careers of The Bronze Age of comic books. His talents served him well for both Marvel and DC. Zeck is credited with creating the alternative black costume for Spider-Man that would eventually become the character Venom, and his work on Kraven’s Last Hunt is considered one of the best stories in the Spider-Man canon. In the DC universe, he helped modernize Batman into the flawed and dark knight he would become in the modern era. With “POW!,” Ringling College Galleries has compiled the best of The Costas Collection, featuring over 60 original illustrations of Zeck’s most iconic storylines and covers. This exhibition will be on view from October 18, 2021 – March 25, 2022. In-person viewings are free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm at The Lois and David Stulberg Gallery is located inside the Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center on campus at Ringling College of Art and Design at 1188 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College Galleries + Exhibitions: A Few of Our Favorite Things, Pt. 2 , January 10 – March 25, Gallery hours.

Ringling College Galleries + Exhibitions presents A Few of Our Favorite Things, Pt. 2, the 13th annual curated exhibition of works from the world-class art glass collection of Richard and Barbara Basch, from January 10 until March 25, 2022 at the Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery. This season’s not-to-be-missed exhibition features animal-themed works in “Animal Lovers’ Corner” and small-scale works in “Barbara’s Mini-Bar”. This exhibition features some of the most exceptional examples of art glass and brilliant one-of-a-kind commissions by the greatest masters of the medium from around the world: Lino Tagliapietra, Lucio Bubacco, Dale Chihuly, Laura Donefer, Baldwin and Guggisberg, Davide Salvadore, and many more. This exhibition is made possible, in part, with support from Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Exchange, Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues , Sarasota Herald Tribune Media Group, and WUSF 89 .7. 

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College Galleries + Exhibitions: Ligature XII: Foundations , January 21 – March 25, Gallery hours.

Celebrating its 12th year, Ringling Type Club presents Ligature XII: Foundations - a juried exhibition showcasing the typographic excellence of the Ringling College student body from January 21 to March 25, 2022 at the Willis Smith Construction Inc. Gallery in the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center. This exhibition features works from every major in various categories such as Drop Cap, Type in Motion, Hand Lettering, and Books & Publication. Ligature XII: Foundations honors the founding of Type Club and gives thanks to the years of support granted to the exhibition’s pursuit of sharing beautiful design and typography with the community. Architectural themes have been a guiding muse for the look of past Ligature shows, and the tradition is continued this year with a twist. Instead of a specific style of architecture, this show is derived from concepts of structure and planning - for without a solid foundation, structures cannot be built, and progress cannot be made. Through this theme, the members of the Ringling Type Club and Ligature XII's participants express their thanks for the foundation built many years ago in order for the Ligature Exhibition to be where it is today. This year’s exhibition was produced by the Ringling Type Club and directed by Adam Myerscough, Arthur Morris, and Sean Clancy.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery: Painted Words Mixed-Media Abstract Paintings by Liz Cole , February 26 – March 25, 6pm-9pm

In March, Art Uptown Gallery artist Liz Cole will exhibit “Painted Words,” a colorful collection of acrylic and collage paperworks. Ms. Cole’s paintings are comprised of layers of color, patterns and markings that provide as rich a dialogue to the viewer as the written word. The “Painted Words” exhibit runs from Saturday, February 26 through Friday, March 25. The public is also invited to a reception on First Friday, March 4, from 6-9pm. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes you to the 1367 Main Street gallery, where the diverse art works of 29 local artists are shown seven days a week. 

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: The Last Match by Anna Ziegler , March 2 – March 25, Varies.

REGIONAL PREMIERE. It’s the semifinals of the U.S. Open. Sergei Sergeyev, an up-and-coming Russian phenom, and Tim Porter, a great American superstar in the twilight of his career, go head-to-head under the lights of the tennis court. Journey into the minds of these two extraordinary players as they consider the shots they didn’t take, the sacrifices they made for success, and the legacy they may leave behind. By match point, much more has been won and lost than a game of tennis. The Last Match will show from March 2 t0 March 25, 2022.

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