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"I will be attending Barnard in the fall with the ultimate goal of becoming a pediatric oncologist. Having spent some time at Seattle Children's Hospital, I was able to see the way doctors work with children. It was inspiring and I’d like to be able to do that for children one day."

- Quinn O., Senior, Sarasota High School.

[Politics]  Accusations of dishonesty fly in Manatee District 4 race
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Races for the Manatee County Commission continue to turn increasingly acerbic. As County Commissioner Misty Servia faces mortgage broker Mike Rahn in a Republican primary, the focus often has turned to insults about party loyalty and even family matters.

Servia earlier this year sent a cease and desist letter when Rahn accused the incumbent of calling Gov. Ron DeSantis a racist. More recently, Rahn employed the help of his ex-wife as he demanded ads stop that alleged he fought paying child support. 

“Misty Servia is a serial liar and absolute fraud,” Rahn wrote on Facebook. That came after a political committee released a mailer accusing him of trying “to dodge paying spousal support.”

Servia stood by ads, pointing to 1997 court filings from Rahn’s divorce where he argued he should not have to pay spousal support when h made $100,000 a year and his wife made $25,000.

Rahn’s ex-wife, Sharon Jobe, released a video this week saying her ex never tried to shirk parental duties. “It is a lie and a low blow,” she said. “Mike is a wonderful father.”

But not long prior, Servia had her own critique of the honesty of Rahn’s campaign messaging. The Rahn campaign leaned into a Fox News piece during 2021 when Servia criticized a pop-up clinic in Lakewood Ranch for being set up to benefit “the whitest demographic, the richest demographic” in Manatee County.

The comments have been used to suggest a divide between Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Republican county commissioner. But Servia said she supports DeSantis, and her comments were always aimed squarely at County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh, who is still fighting ethics findings that she abused her position of power to bring the vaccine clinic to her neighborhood and put herself on a VIP list to receive shots.

“The state Ethics Commission investigated it and agreed with me that what she did was an abuse of her power,” Servia said. “Baugh has a real problem with the truth. And my opponent has nothing to run on, which is why he hasn’t told anyone what he wants to do on the Manatee County Commission.”

With write-in candidates qualified in the race, the Republican primary between Servia and Rahn will be open only to registered Republicans in District 4. The election will be held Aug. 23. 

[Recognition Given]  Outstanding Youth Leadership in Our Community: Quinn O.

Our community is filled with many incredible young people doing such amazing things. This summer, we are featuring some of these young people in our Thursday Family & Education edition. Each of the students we are highlighting has been chosen as one of this year’s SRQ Magazine’s top youth leaders based on their values, determination and outstanding achievements in different aspects of their lives in and out of school.

Last fall, Quinn earned her Cambridge AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) Diploma through her studies at Sarasota High School, where she is a current senior in the top 10% of her class. A proud member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties, Quinn serves on behalf of The Club as the STAR Youth Leader for the Sarasota County Human Services Advisory Council. Quinn is President of La Sertoa Female Leadership Club, the Vice President of Student Government, a member of National Honor Society and the Science National Honors Society, has been inducted into Rho Kappa. She has also participated in the Florida House of Representatives Messenger Program and is an active volunteer in Sarasota County. In 2020, Quinn took first place at the Engineering Regional Stem Fair and received the Yale Science and Engineering Association Award and the Florida Power & Light Excellence in Engineering Award. Quinn will attend Barnard College in the fall.

We asked Quinn to tell us about her role model.

"My role model is my grandmother who was a nurse. She wanted to attend Barnard but was unable to pursue that dream due to her personal circumstances," she told us. "I will be attending Barnard in the fall with the ultimate goal of becoming a pediatric oncologist. Having spent some time at Seattle Children's Hospital, I was able to see the way doctors work with children. It was inspiring and I’d like to be able to do that for children one day." 

Pictured: Quinn, O., a senior at Sarasota High School. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

[In Conversation]  In Conversation with Philip Tavill and Kathleen Sullivan of Children First

In the July/August 2022 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed Philip Tavill, President & Chief Executive Officer, and Kathleen Sullivan, Vice President of Programs for Children First as part of our In Conversation feature about nonprofit leaders. Below is an excerpt published in the magazine in which Tavill and Sullivan share their insights with SRQ readers on community growth and changes.

As a result of so many people coming to Sarasota the housing prices have gone through the roof. What is the immediate challenge? And what kind of pressure is that putting in the community?

This impact is not only felt by our families that we serve, because they're coming to us typically, if not below the federal poverty level, at 130% of the federal poverty level. And believe me, that extra 30% does not get you Napa Valley and caviar, it's brutal. And, while folks may assume that many of our people live in the housing authority or have section eight vouchers, what many people don't know, even though we have a phenomenal housing authority, is that the waiting lists for housing authority units and section eight vouchers at times over the years has been so long you can't see the end of the line. So, it's a mechanism that helps a certain number, but it's brutal on our families, particularly when you have 70% single head of household, primarily women, many of them working two jobs. If they're lucky enough to have one full-time job, typically they have no benefits. So, rent consumes such a huge portion of what they make, and it's one of the reasons we exist, so they can be with us free of charge. Their children are doing well in excelling, we've got family strengthening support systems, and they can make rent, hopefully. 


Children First, 1723 N Orange Ave, Sarasota. 941-953-3877. https://www.childrenfirst.net/

To read the full article, click here.

[Recognition]  Sarasota Bradenton International Airport Receives Commercial Service Airport of the Year Award

On August 1, 2022, the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) was awarded the 2022 Commercial Service Airport of the Year Award by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). This award recognizes outstanding achievements in airport aesthetics, safety, and airport management in the State of Florida. The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) is the fastest-growing commercial service airport in the state of Florida. For 2021, SRQ processed 3,163,542 passengers, a 155.7% increase over 2020 and a 61% increase over 2019. Over the past 4 years, the airport has grown from 6 airlines and 12 nonstop destinations to 11 airlines and 53 nonstop destinations. SRQ utilizes modern technology on its air carrier runways and takes great care to ensure the airfield is maintained in compliance with all federal standards and regulations. SRQ places a high value on security with a recent installation of a new access control system and a digital CCTV system. The airport is regularly inspected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with outstanding results. In 2020, an airport gateway project upgraded the airport entrance signage and landscaping. Parking lots were expanded to accommodate the rapid growth in traffic and the security checkpoint was increased from 4 to 6 lanes. To support the continued growth of the airport, more than $200 million in construction projects have been approved for airport expansion and improvements. Projects include a new five-gate passenger terminal, an apron expansion for aircraft parking, an updated baggage handling system, a new consolidated rental car facility, a new Customs facility for general aviation, a new ground transportation area, and a revamped cell phone lot. “We are honored to be named FDOT’s Commercial Service Airport of the Year for 2022,” stated Rick Piccolo, President, and CEO. “This award acknowledges the outstanding efforts of our employees, contractors, and concessionaires, as well as the strong support from our governing board. Their enthusiasm and commitment help improve the travel experience for our passengers and the desirability of SRQ as the airport of choice.” 

[Board Member]  New Mote Trustee

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is pleased to welcome former United States Congresswoman Susan Molinari as a new member of the Mote Board of Trustees. In addition to her time in the U.S. House of Representatives, Ms. Molinari’s public service includes a term as a member of the New York City Council. Outside of elected office, Susan has held positions including Vice President of Google’s Public Affairs for the Americas, as leader of multiple offices for international public affairs and lobbying giant Omnicom, and as a respected media communicator on multiple networks, such as CBS, Fox, PBS and CNN. Mote's Board of Trustees provides critical support for the Lab to achieve its mission of advancing marine and environmental sciences. This support is central to the organization’s ability to achieve the goals and objectives of Mote’s 10-year Beyond 2020 strategic plan, which includes the completion of the new, state-of-the-art Mote Science Education Aquarium (SEA) at Nathan Benderson Park. Susan and her husband, Bill Paxon, met while serving together in Congress. They have two daughters, Susan Ruby and Katie Mary, and they are all marine science enthusiasts. 

[School News]  New School Year to Kick Off with Bus Send Off

School Board Members, Superintendent Cynthia Saunders and district leadership will continue a first day of school tradition, the school bus send off. Buses will depart from Matzke Support Complex beginning at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. The group will wave and cheer for our school bus drivers as they get rolling for the 2022-2023 school year. Matzke Support Complex is located at 1 Matzke Way in Bradenton. In addition, if you want to visit one of our schools on the first day, we ask that you visit one of the schools below when Superintendent Cynthia Saunders will be on those campuses. The Superintendent will be available for interview outside the schools’ front offices. Members of the media should arrive 15 minutes before the estimated times below: 8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. – Southeast High School: 1200 37th Avenue East in Bradenton; 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. King Middle School: 600 75th Street NW in Bradenton; 10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Braden River Elementary School: 6125 River Club Blvd. in Bradenton. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre Improv: The More You Know , August 6, 7:30pm

FST Improv Presents: The More You Know Saturday, August 6 at 7:30pm. It’s time to go back to school! Uproarious characters and memorable plot twists will arise as the audience provides suggestions that the FST Improv cast will improvise into a John Hughes Back to School-style epic. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a teen, or a younger brother or sister, everyone can identify with the timeless characters that cross paths in our school’s hallways. Come relive your school days with FST Improv’s The More You Know!

Florida Studio Theatre's Bowne's Lab

[SOON]  HEALTH: Health and Wellness Beauty Fair , August 6, 11am-3pm

This relaxing day will feature the latest technology in non-invasive, no down time facial/neck treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, SofWave. On-site treatments, demos, discounts & samples, vendors & shopping, food, wine & live music + amazing door prizes! Free EMSlim body sculpting session w/ SofWave purchase. Please come out and meet Nancy Dowe, RN, BSN, Licensed Esthetician with 30 years of nursing and skincare experience and owner of Esteem Medical Aesthetics of Bradenton. Saturday, August 6th, 11 am to 3 pm, Peridia Golf and Country Club, 4950 Peridia Boulevard East, Bradenton, RSVP by text: 615-319-3603.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Rock & Roll Reignited With Not Fade Away , June 14 – August 7, Varies.

This is Rock & Roll Reignited! Inspired by the legendary music of artists like Buddy Holly, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more, this new revue reignites Rock & Roll classics with sizzle, showmanship, and style. Fresh off their national tour, Not Fade Away has performed to sold out theatres in over 150 cities. Now, the four-piece band brings the best of the ‘50s and ‘60s to Sarasota with such hits as “It’s So Easy,” “Rave On,” “Johnny B. Goode,” and more. Rock & Roll Reignited With Not Fade Away, created by Jared Mancuso with musical arrangements by Jared Mancuso and Nick Gallardo plays June 14 - August 7, 2022, in FST's John C. Court Cabaret. Run Time is 70 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

Florida Studio Theatre's John C. Court Cabaret

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Hard Heart Burlesque at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre , August 7, 8:00 pm

Hard Heart Burlesque is back at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre August 7 at 8pm for an unforgettable night of tease, variety and more. This show is a love letter to the films we love, each act paying homage to the silver screen. Hard Heart is bringing together some of the starlets of Florida burlesque to bring you a steamy night of celluloid. Starring your producers "the sweetheart with a switchblade," Miss Marina Elaine and "the quadruple threat," Karma Kandlewick, this smoke show features the talents of Dahlia Dupre, Morgan La Rue, Nilla Bean, Mr. Mary and your emcee, the one and only, Lady LaLa. Tickets are $37 and can be purchased here: https://www.mccurdyscomedy.com/shows/show.cfm?shoID=404.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: New York State of Mind: All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys , August 9 – October 2, Varies.

With more than 40 years of cumulative work on some of Broadway’s biggest hits, The Uptown Boys use Billy Joel’s rich songbook as a way to share their stories of life, love, and trying to make it in New York City. Whether you’re a fan of Billy Joel’s entire catalogue or just a casual listener, The Uptown Boys have something to satisfy everyone. Featuring such hits as “Only The Good Die Young,” “For the Longest Time,” “Piano Man,” and many more you know and love. New York State of Mind: All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys™ by Alexander Aguilar and John De Simini will play beginning August 9, 2022 in FST's John C. Court Cabaret. Run Time is 70 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

Florida Studio Theatre's John C. Court Cabaret

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Tap Takeover Tuesdays at Geckos on Hillview Street , August 9 – August 31, 7:00-8:00 pm

Still going strong on the second Tuesday of each month. We are local and we support local! Join us from 7:00-8:00 to sample flights of the latest craft beer offerings from our local craft breweries as they take over our taps, along with all your favorite Geckos fare. August is Sierra Nevada Brewery’s five newest craft beers to enjoy. Hillview-Southside Village, 1900 Hillview Street, Sarasota. wwwgeckosgrill.com

Gecko’s on Hillview

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Artful Philanthropy at The Ringling , August 10, 10:30 am

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to offer community members interested in philanthropy, estate planning, and making an impact on arts and culture a variety of resources, including seminars, curator talks, and panel presentations. In collaboration with the national organization Black Philanthropy Month (BPM) which engages 19 million people across 60 countries celebrating Black philanthropy, The Ringling is proud to host this dynamic panel discussion on the deep history and culture of giving by black women, and the importance of family philanthropy in Black communities. Join us for Black Women in Philanthropy: A Lesson in Altruism + Engaging the Next Generation, taking place on Wednesday, August 10, at 10:30 AM in The Ringing's Chao Lecture Hall. The session is FREE to attend, and will feature Dr. Caryl Sheffield, President of the Masala Giving Circle; Dr. Lisa Merritt, Executive Director for the Multicultural Health Institute and Member of The Ringling Board of Directors; and Ranata Reeder, Vice President, Knowledge and Equity at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The Ringling's Associate Director of Development, Michelle Young, will moderate the discussion. Morning refreshments will be provided.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Friday Fest 2022 , June 17 – September 16, 5pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Friday Fest events are our outdoor concert series that provide the community with 4 entertaining and FREE events from June to September, showcasing the best of local bands from Sarasota and Bradenton. Friday Fest brings together a wide variety of talented artists along with food trucks and drink stations on the Van Wezel lawn along the beautiful Sarasota Bayfront. Our Friday Fest lineup includes: Yesterdayze - June 17, Kettle of Fish - July 15, Big Night Out - August 12, and Jah Movement - September 16 at 5pm. 

Van Wezel

[SOON]  HEALTH: Zumba at The Bay , July 9 – September 24, 10am-11am

Join Ya’el Campbell for a special monthly Zumba from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. This is a high energy outdoor Zumba class! Come dance with a fantastic group of Zumba Rockstars who will make you move, smile, jump, shake and sing… (it happens sometimes). Grab a friend, bring your kids, and meet new Zumba friends. Program Dates: July 9 (Bayfront Community Center); August 20 (Bayfront Community Center); September 24; The Bay Park, 655 N. Tamiami Trail.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: To Rum or Not To Rum: That is Not Even a Question , August 31, 5-6 pm

Hamlets Eatery and Siesta Key Rum have come together to create a fun and delicious experience on Wednesday, August 31 from 5-8 pm. Chef Lisa of Hamlet's Eatery will tantalize your taste buds with a five-course tasting menu paired with Siesta Key Rum craft cocktails. Between dishes Chef Lisa and Nicole of Siesta Key Rum will guide you through the pairings. Live Steel Drum music by Nax Steel throughout the evening. Timeline: 5-6 pm Enjoy Siesta Key Rum Tasting, a craft cocktail and live steel drum music; 6pm: Dinner; 8pm: Take your full and happy belly home. Hamlets Eatery is located at 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. The event will be outside under a covered patio with fans. Casual attire. Must be 21+ years of age. Tickets are $80 per person and must be purchased in advance. Non-refundable. Purchase tickets here: https://bit.ly/ToRumOrNotToRum For more information call 941-445-1938. Cheers!

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