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SRQ DAILY Mar 24, 2022

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[New Community]  New Waterside Place Tenants Opening This Year

Lakewood Ranch, the nation’s best-selling master-planned community for all ages, has announced numerous new tenants for its 36-acre retail, dining and entertainment destination, Waterside Place. Shore Rejuvenation Day Spa and Modish Salon will offer Waterside Place visitors the opportunity to relax and feel refreshed with luxury spa treatments and on-trend hairstyles. Set to open this summer, Marmalade Waterside Boutique, John Cannon Homes, Integrity Sound, and Capstan Financial will add to the area’s diverse offerings. Additional tenants set to open in Waterside Place by the end of the year include O&A Coffee Supply, CROP Juice, The Yoga Shack, Body Bar Pilates, Man Cave for Men, Bay Area Aesthetics, Duck Donuts, authentic Italian restaurant Osteria 500, Mexican-American restaurant and tequileria Agave Bandido, and Korê, a new Asian restaurant concept featuring Korean barbeque and an upscale cocktail lounge. Later this year, Forked at Waterside and Good Liquid Distillery are also expected to open locations. Recently named the “Best Lifestyle Program in the U.S.” by the National Association of Homebuilders, the vibrant lifestyle and suburban location at Waterside Place is an ideal location for many brands.  

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[Business opening]  Capstan Financial Consulting Coming to Downtown Wellen

Capstan Financial Consulting Group is expanding to Wellen Park. The independently owned and operated Sarasota-based firm will occupy a 4,500-square-foot, second floor office in Downtown Wellen, the social hub and gathering spot for residents of Wellen Park and the surrounding region. Currently under construction, the first phase of Downtown Wellen is expected to open during the
fourth quarter of 2022. Capstan Financial has already established a presence in Wellen Park, operating from temporary office space at 19503 S. West Village Parkway Suite A4 until the new building is completed. Managing Partner Matt DePalma said the location will employ about a dozen people and have offices for eight advisors, a 1,000-square-foot patio and two conference rooms, including one in a turret. Started by DePalma and Bill Marsh in 2010, Capstan is a boutique financial consultancy, managing $1 billion in client assets as of March 2022. The firm provides retirement, estate and education planning, wealth management, investment plans and employee and executive benefits. DePalma said Capstan is currently recruiting advisors and support staff. For more information on Capstan Financial Consulting Group, call 941-477-5300 or visit capstanfinancial.com. 

[Politics]  Pompeo to Discuss World Events at Statesman Dinner
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will headline the Republican Party of Sarasota’s Statesman of the Year Dinner tonight. The event at Nathan Benderson Park will also bring Sen. Rick Scott to the event. The dinner has become a stop for candidates with presidential aspirations and helped turn Sarasota into a must-visit destination for national figures on the right.

“In the past, Sarasota has been a stopping point or place to speak for aspiring presidential candidates,” said Jack Brill, acting RPOS chair. 

Indeed, Pompeo has been rumored to be considering a run for president. Scott has ruled out a run this election cycle but has known ambitions for the White House. And Gov. Ron DeSantis, last year’s Statesman of the Year award recipient, comes in first or second in polls of Republicans on who they would support. The only candidate consistently beating him is former President Donald Trump, who won the Statesman honor twice.

Brill said the timing of the Pompeo stop will make the event an important one to attend regardless of politics. Pompeo served as Trump’s secretary of state and before that as CIA director. With an invasion in the Ukraine, tension of human rights in China and a host of other international events in the headlines, Pompeo’s take on a number of subjects should be of interest.

“He was peacekeeper of the U.S. and the world for four years,” Brill said. “I’m curious about his comments on (Vladimir) Putin and everything. With what’s going on in the world, the only place you want to be is in Sarasota.”

The barbeque dinner at Nathan Benderson Park will begin at 5:30 p.m. There is a VIP event that starts at 5 p.m. for those who paid for special access. Ticket sales have already closed for the $100 to $300 a plate dinner.  

[In Conversation]  In Conversation with David Hunihan

In the March 2022 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed David Hunihan, CEO of Lee Wetherington Homes as part of our In Conversation feature about Lakewood Ranch. Below is an excerpt published in the magazine in which Hunihan shares his insights with SRQ readers on living and working in Lakewood Ranch.

As a local organization, from a philanthropic standpoint, how do you contribute to the parts of the community that are so important to you?

As a company, we've been blessed with so much success that it only makes sense to give back to the community. And giving has always been a part of the Lee Wetherington Homes legacy. All our employees live here in the community, meaning the greater community of Schroeder-Manatee. A lot of us actually live in Lakewood Ranch. Lee's been here in this area for almost 50 years. I've been here for 30. This is home. So we need to take care of our home. Lee has been a tremendous supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs here locally, which I think has been a great charity that really invests in our youth and helps people that might not otherwise get opportunities. Lately, Lee's been involved in rebuilding some of the Boys & Girls clubs. And in fact, we're doing an addition right now on the Boys & Girls club in downtown Sarasota. We have actually built some of the clubs buildings locally, and worked with the other people that have donated and sponsored. And it's a lot of people that do that, not just us obviously. But it's been a pleasure to be able to do that. And we feel blessed to be able to be a part of it. 

Lee Wetherington Homes 7590 Fruitville Rd Sarasota. 941-922-3480. https://lwhomes.com/

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[Grant Awarded]  Meals On Wheels of Sarasota Awarded $75,000 Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Grant

Meals On Wheels of Sarasota is thrilled to announce the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation has generously awarded the organization a $75,000 grant to help support its meal service program. Meals On Wheels of Sarasota clients, who range in age from 3 to 106, receive meals because they are unable to prepare meals or go to a food pantry or grocery store. Meal recipients are frequently individuals whose plight is overlooked by society but, with meal assistance, can remain safely independent in their homes with relatively minor help. Hundreds of volunteers help prepare, pack, and deliver 800 heart-healthy meals daily throughout the year. 

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[Upcoming Shows]  Ring Sarasota, Sarasota's Premier Handbell Ensemble, Announces Upcoming Performances

After over a year of social distancing, masks and mandates, Ring Sarasota is ready to cut loose! Having missed attending concerts, plays, and movies, the ringers are ready to entertain audiences with some of their favorite music from the stage & screen. From TV favorites to classic westerns, and songs where audiences can hum along, the diverse repertoire includes such titles as “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Over the Rainbow,” and “The Addams Family.” In addition, the ringers have selected a few original pieces to show off the amazing music composed specifically for handbells. Upcoming performances: Sunday, April 3rd - 5:00 PM Free - St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Venice; Sunday, April 10th - 4:00 PM $15 - Peace Presbyterian Church, Lakewood Ranch; Sunday, April 24th – 6:00 PM $15 - Church of the Palms, Sarasota. 

Pictured: RIng Sarasota Season 12 group photo.

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[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 6 - A Comedy of Errors , March 25 – March 26, 7:30pm and 2pm

Program 6 brings the World Premiere of A Comedy of Errors, a full-length balletic adaptation of William Shakespeare’s iconic comedy The Comedy of Errors, to the stage. Sir David Bintley, one of today’s most sought-after choreographers, puts his personal touch on this beloved story, with a score commissioned from renowned composer Matthew Hindson and sets and costumes by celebrated designer Dick Bird. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2020 for his services to dance, Bintley has spent the last 40 years choreographing for some of the world’s most prominent ballet companies. Simultaneously, he has created a reputation for choreographing works that seamlessly use dance as part of a rich narrative and has established himself as one of Britain’s finest choreographers. A Comedy of Errors will take place on March 25 2022 at 7:30pm and March 26 2022 at 2pm and 7:30pm at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: St. Petersburg Shrimp & Music Festival , March 25 – March 27, 4pm-10pm, 11am-10pm, and 11am-6pm

Join us March 25-27 for the Premiere of the St. Petersburg Shrimp & Music Festival in Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg. Enjoy live music, shrimp and a variety of other seafoods, meats and vegetarian dishes along with the shopping opportunities in a marketplace of arts, crafts and fine products that will be part of the event. Admission is FREE. Hours will be Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. Fun, food, art and great music await.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Ringling: Gallery Talks: Comparing Buddhist Imagery Across Cultures , March 25, 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. Comparing Buddhist Imagery Across Cultures will take place on Friday, March 25 at 10:30am. This gallery talk, facilitated by two FSU graduate students-in-residence, will highlight a range of sculptures depicting the Buddha and bodhisattvas currently on view in the Center for Asian Art. The students will discuss the significance of these objects and compare representative examples from several different regions of Asia. Each object will be discussed within its cultural context, with special attention to its visual style and original use.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation: Women & Medicine Educational Luncheon , March 25, 10:30am-1pm

Women & Medicine Educational Luncheon is the place to be for the most useful women’s health information. The Luncheon will take place on Friday, March 25, 2022 from 10:30am to 1pm at Michael’s on East, 1212 East Avenue. Attire is Business/Luncheon. The 9th annual educational luncheon will feature informative presentations and a lively interactive panel discussion with female physicians and our genetic counselor. To date, this event has raised more than $687,000. In 2022, the proceeds will support Genetic Counseling Services at the Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute at SMH. Speakers are Beverly Long, Gynecologic Oncology (First Physicians Group), Elizabeth Guancial, Oncologist (Florida Cancer Specialists), Nicole Wood, Genetic Counselor Lead (BDJCI), and Stephanie Roberts from “The View” will be joining us as our panel moderator. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sally Schule, Director of Community and Donor Engagement, at 941.374.9700 or sally-schule@smh.com.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Party on the Point 2022 , March 25, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Party on the Point will take place on Friday, March 25, 2022 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at 1950 Ringling Blvd. You're invited to a night of music, food, fun and refreshments on the point of Sabal Palm Bank and Golf Street. The night includes a celebration of Sabal Palm Bank becoming a part of Seacoast National Bank, and a special salute to several local non-profits. Additional entertainment provided by select local non-profit organizations.

[SOON]  GALA: Forty Carrots Family Center: The Firefly Gala , March 26, 6pm

The Firefly Gala will take place on March 26, 2022. Now in its tenth and final year, Firefly Gala has brought in a slate of nationally and internationally renowned entertainers. In addition to the concert, the evening includes a fabulous dinner and a fast-paced live auction of experiences that take you from coast to coast. Experience the sparkling night of Firefly Gala beginning with an incredible cocktail party, fabulous auctions, delectable dining followed by an intimate private concert. Your participation will help to ensure that children and families create good beginnings that last a lifetime. Cocktails and Spectacular Silent Auction on the lawn followed by Dinner at 6pm, Cash Bar opens at 9:30pm, Private concert featuring Pitbull at 9:45pm, and Dancing at the After Party, featuring DJ Jeffrey Michaels of J2 Events at 11pm. Sparkling cocktail attire. Wedges, wide heels, or flats are suggested for the ladies’ comfort on the lawn. Jacket, no tie, for the gentlemen. Guests must be 21 or older to attend The Firefly Gala.

[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: Florida Studio Theatre: Friends in Low Places , November 17 – March 27, Varies.

Friends in Low Places celebrates the contemporary country musicians who transformed their genre and rocketed to the top of the charts. Artists like Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, and George Strait spiked their honkytonk with Rock & Roll flair, and yet, they never strayed from country music’s core: truthful, authentic storytelling. Featuring such songs as “Could I Have This Dance,” “Bluebird,” and “Good Hearted Woman.” Friends in Low Places, by Rebecca Hopkins and Richard Hopkins with musical arrangements by Jim Prosser, will play beginning November 17, 2021 through March 27, 2022 in FST's Goldstein Cabaret.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Ringling: Bayfront Garden Tours , November 1 – March 28, 10:30am

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to announce that they are once again offering guided tours of the Bayfront Gardens. The tours will start Nov. 1 and run through March 28, 2022. Garden Tours are available Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, beginning at 10:30am. This walking tour led by volunteer guides will introduce guests to interesting botanical specimens on the 66-acre campus while providing a historic overview of the development of the estate. The Ringling’s grounds have been accredited as a Level II Arboretum through ArbNet.  The property boasts over 2350 trees within the arboretum representing native, exotic, historical and culturally significant trees. The Bayfront Gardens tours last approximately 90 minutes and cover about 1 mile in distance. Guests are encouraged to bring bottled water, and wear appropriate closed-toe footwear, sunblock and hats. There will be a maximum of 10 participants per tour. Tours are subject to weather conditions. Tickets will be available 30 days before each tour. Price: $15 / $10 for Members. More information and tickets are available at: https://www.ringling.org/events/bayfront-garden-tour. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: The Price Is Right Live , March 29, 8pm

THE PRICE IS RIGHT™ is a sellout interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to "Come On Down" and play classic games made famous by the iconic network television show, The Price is Right™. Contestants can win cash, sought-after appliances, epic vacations and, of course, a brand-new car by playing favorites like Plinko™, Cliffhangers™, The Big Wheel™ and the fantastic Showcase. Showing to sold-out audiences for more than a decade and counting, The Price Is Right Live™ has given away over 12 million dollars in cash and prizes to lucky audience members all across North America. The interactive stage show will take place on Tuesday, March 29 at 8pm.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Manatee Community Foundation: Spirit of Manatee , March 30, 11:30am

2022 Spirit of Manatee will take place on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 11:30am at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. Purchase a table of 8 ($1,000), table of 4 ($500) or single ticket ($125). Questions? Contact Amy Treis at ATreis@ManateeCF.org. Premier sponsor Milestone Financial Group at Morgan Stanley. 2022 Spirit of Manatee Honorees... Lifetime Spirit Award: Joe and Barbara Najmy, Nominated by Easterseals Happiness House, Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, Inc., State College of Florida Foundation. Leadership Spirit Award: Steve and Carolyn Roskamp, Nominated by School District of Manatee County & United Way Suncoast and Omar Edwards, Nominated by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Community Spirit Award Honoree: Bank of America. Young Spirit Award Honoree: Gabriella Cortes-Alban, Nominated by Healthy Teens of Manatee County. Charles Clapsaddle Community Spotlight Award Honoree: Paul Sharff.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Mayors' Feed the Hungry: Strike out Hunger , March 30, 1:05pm

Volunteers will be accepting donations of food when the Orioles host the Rays for spring training at Ed Smith Stadium at 1:05pm on March 30. Look for Mayors’ Feed the Hungry partners at each entrance and at the community booth on the concourse. The Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program coordinates with churches and food pantries throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties. The program also works with agencies that serve children in low-income families, survivors of domestic violence, and the elderly. Please consider bringing a donation to support our efforts. The Orioles will donate the proceeds from the speed pitch machine on the concourse to the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program, so test out your skills for a good cause! The team will also let kids run the bases, which doesn’t raise money for the hungry but is another incentive to come out and cheer on the Orioles and the Rays. Remember, you can help the hungry year-round by donating online. Visit FlanzerTrust.org and choose the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program when you make your donation to raise matching funds from the Flanzer Trust. 

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