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SRQ DAILY Sep 26, 2022

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"The opportunity to work with the heroes of Sarasota County Fire Department is an extraordinary one."

- David Rathbun, Fire Chief, Sarasota County Fire Department.

[Hurricane]  Emergency Officials Closely Monitor Ian

Public safety officials in Sarasota and Manatee County had their eyes tuned on Tropical Storm Ian, a named system threatening Florida’s entire west coast. According to the latest storm track forecasts, the system has a high likelihood of impacting this region, which still falls in a cone for potential landfall. 

“This is a time to just kind of watch it, stay aware of what’s happening by watching the local media, putting your disaster supply kit. Just stay calm and know what you are going to do,” said Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane. “We don’t want people waiting until the light minute to put their supplies together.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency in all of Florida. President Joe Biden has already authorized FEMA to direct resources in 24 Florida counties, including Sarasota and Manatee, at risk of direct impact. As of late Sunday, a tropical storm watch and storm surge watch was in place from Englewood south.

But it could still be days before the full effects of the storm are known on this area. Manatee and Sarasota school officials made the call Sunday evening to leave schools open today, and will closely monitor the storm to make decisions through the week.

The National Hurricane Center expects Ian to reach hurricane-force winds today and to become a Category 4 storm by the time it passes over Western Cuba. It will remain a major hurricane as it enters the Gulf of Mexico, forecasts show, but is expected to diminish in force as it heads for West or Northwest Florida. Bute forecasters with the Center remind that forecasting models once the storm moves past Cuba show great uncertainty about its path and its intensity.

State officials have also stressed that even if the storm diminishes in power, the presence of a Category 4 storm in the Gulf could generate significant storm surge on Florida’s coast even if wind forces slow down.

“No matter what track Ian decides to take, there is a risk of storm surge, hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall along the west coast of Florida by the middle of this week,” reads a statement released by Manatee County emergency officials on Twitter.

Officials in both counties have declared a state of emergency locally. In Manatee, self-serve sandbags are available at Bennett Park, Buffalo Creek Park , Rubonia Community Center and Myakka Community Center, pre-made bags are available at Manatee Beach, Bayfront Park and Ciquina Beach and full-service distribution is happening at G.T. Bray Park and the Bradenton Area Convention Center. Sarasota County has self-serve locations at Ed Smith Station, Twin Lakes Park and South County Fleet. The City of Venice is also allowing self-serve sandbagging at Wellfield Park, and North Port is doing the same at the George Mullen Activity Center. 

[Appointment]  Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Shumaker Partner Hunter G. Norton to Twelfth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

Shumaker is pleased to announce that Sarasota Partner Hunter G. Norton has been appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to the Twelfth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission for a term ending July 1, 2026. Norton is reappointed from a list of nominees recommended by the Florida Bar after serving a term from 2018 to July 1, 2022. The Judicial Nominating Commission (JNCs) selects nominees to fill judicial vacancies within the Florida court system. There are 20 judges for each circuit court and county courts contained in that circuit. The JNC is required to operate in accordance with the Uniform Rules of Procedure applicable to each level of JNC.Board certified in business litigation by the Florida Bar, Hunter is considered an expert in his field, focusing his practice on business, construction, and civil litigation. Renowned as a determined oral advocate who can speak to the court, he counsels his clients on all phases of the litigation process. He received his bachelor’s degree from Regents College and his law degree from the University of Miami. 

[New Hire]  Sarasota County Hires New Fire Chief

Sarasota County welcomes David Rathbun as the fire department’s next Fire Chief following a nationwide search. Throughout his more than 30 years of service at Orange County Fire Rescue, Rathbun rose through the ranks, providing direction and leadership for nearly every division during the span of his career with the department. Rathbun started with Orange County Fire Rescue as a firefighter/EMT in 1989 and has served as a lieutenant, battalion chief, assistant chief, division chief of logistics, division chief of operations and division chief of planning and technical services. He retired as the department’s Deputy Fire Chief in January. Throughout his 32 years with OCFR, Rathbun managed fire operations, emergency medical services and special operations, fleet and equipment needs for the department with more than 1,500 personnel. He developed standard operating procedures, long-term station location and facility capital improvement plans, implemented a strategic planning process and new computer aided dispatch system as well as managed the department’s re-accreditation.

“The opportunity to work with the heroes of Sarasota County Fire Department is an extraordinary one. I look forwarding to getting to know them and deepen the ties we have with our residents and visitors,” Rathbun said. Rathbun holds a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in business management and marketing. He also proudly served in the United States Navy from 1983 to 1987. Rathbun is a native Floridian and is married to his wife Michele. Together they have five children and eight grandchildren. He is expected to start his new role with SCFD on Nov. 7, 2022. 

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[Award]  Finalists Announced by EDC for Ringling College Innovation by Creative Design Award

Today, the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, in collaboration with the Ringling College of Art and Design, announced the three finalists for their 7th Annual Innovation by Creative Design Award, which are S-One Holdings Corporation, EcoRover Chairs, and Cruise Car . Leadership from each company will speak on a panel moderated by Ringling College of Art and Design President Dr. Larry R. Thompson during the EDC’s Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon on Friday, October 7th. Pete Petersen, CEO of Dealers United, and 2018 award receipient, will announce the 2022 Innovation by Creative Design Award winner following the panel. The Ringling College Innovation by Creative Design Award recognizes a business or individual for their innovative product or service that demonstrates a creative design solution and has achieved market success. It serves as part of the EDC’s Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon, Foundations of the Future, which will take a look at local businesses and spotlight those that are emerging as local and national leaders, as well as those altering the landscape with their innovative approaches. Attendees will hear from forward-thinking companies that are diversifying our economy, with visionary and even unconventional approaches to growing their companies. Interested attendees should register as soon as possible, as seating is limited. Half and full table purchases can be made directly through the EDC office to avoid service fees. For more information on tables, please contact Allison Evanitz at aevanitz@edcsarasotacounty.com. Individual tickets are $70, which can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-meeting-awards-luncheon-2022-tickets-365922272367. 

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[Opportunity]  Registration is Open for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College’s Fall Semester

Registration is open for the 2022 fall semester at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College (OLLI at Ringling College), which offers noncredit educational opportunities for adults to pursue new interests, expand intellectual horizons, and enrich their lives. The semester, which runs September 28-November 18, 2022, features nearly 60 courses, lectures, and special presentations covering a wide variety of topics, including arts and entertainment, history, music appreciation, health, literature, philosophy, religion, and science. Course highlights include “Improv Brain Games,” “Democracy and the Electoral College,” and “Living Green and Helping the Environment (A Walking Tour).” Classes are offered in-person on the Ringling College Museum Campus, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, and online via the Zoom platform. To register, or for more information about becoming an OLLI member, visit www.OLLIatRinglingCollege.org or call 941-309-5111. 

[Hospital News]  As ShorePoint Venice Shuts Down, SMH-Venice Steps Up

As ShorePoint Health Venice shutters its hospital, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is flexing its team and facilities to meet the community’s increased demand for care. ShorePoint’s abrupt announcement last month that it would close the city’s oldest hospital left many patients and their doctors only days to find new specialists and facilities to provide not only emergency, inpatient and surgical care, but also essential outpatient care and procedures, including rehabilitation therapy for people recovering from illness and injuries, infusion therapy for people battling cancer and bariatric and interventional radiology procedures. It also left hundreds of healthcare workers looking for new jobs. When Sarasota Memorial learned of the looming closure on Aug. 22, just one week before that hospital shut down its ER, SMH leaders began taking aggressive steps to prepare for the increasing number of patients seeking care at SMH-Venice. Those measures included: Reconfiguring and converting administrative space and waiting and reception areas to add more triage and treatment rooms to its emergency care center; Hiring additional staff across its health system, including nearly 100 from ShorePoint; Meeting with EMS and patient care teams at its Venice, North Port and Sarasota campuses, and network of urgent care centers to streamline processes and help ensure patients in Venice and the surrounding community have timely access to urgent and emergency care, as close to home as possible; Expanding hours and diagnostic services at its network of imaging and outpatient centers, and adding outpatient rehabilitation services at Sarasota Memorial Health Care Center at Blackburn Point, to help serve patients from Venice and south county who need outpatient rehabilitation care; Expediting construction that will double SMH-Venice’s capacity to care for patients. The first phase, a new patient care tower that will add 68 more beds, will be complete in 2024, followed soon after by the expansion of the ER, diagnostic imaging and surgery areas; Moving forward with plans to build a new hospital in North Port and develop a comprehensive medical campus on land it owns in nearby Wellen Park. In the interim, SMH leaders continue to explore every option to expand emergency services in Venice. SMH made several attempts in the past few weeks to talk with corporate executives at ShorePoint Health about options that could keep the Venice hospital’s ER open on a temporary basis, including a short-term lease that would allow SMH to care for patients in ShorePoint Venice’s ER. For information about SMH services or help finding a doctor, call SMH HealthLine at (941) 917-7777. 

[Trendsport]  An Eclectic Fall

AN ECLECTIC FALL | From subdued earthbound hues to riveting patterns, trends this fall point toward the individualistic. Fashion is in the eye of the beholder, and certainly in Sarasota and beyond, our local purveyors curate an abundant collection of styles.

Check out this season’s sensational styles through this link, on our social media, or in the September edition of SRQ Magazine! 

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[Trendsport]  Restaurant Revitalization
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

RESTAURANT REVITALIZATION | The restaurant industry took a serious hit from extended lockdown policies.

Hear more about the state of Sarasota’s restaurant industry through this link, on our social media, or in the September edition of SRQ Magazine! 

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[SOON]  GRAB BAG: UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County: Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Fair , October 1, 8am-1pm

2022 Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Fair is an exciting community event, drawing in a variety of consumers from casual houseplant owners to dedicated horticulturalists. Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 8:00am to 1:00pm UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County will be hosting a plant fair at the Barbara Davis Educational Gardens located at 1303 17th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221. Instead of buying your next plant at a big box store, why not find a more affordable, expertly grown plant that supports your local community? All our plants are grown by Master Gardener Volunteers and all proceeds go towards supporting and maintaining Manatee County’s Master Gardener Volunteer Program. People can register for free for a one hour time slot on the UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County Eventbrite page. 1303 17th Street West, Palmetto Saturday, October 1, 2022 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Information Call Alyssa Vinson at 941-722-4524 extension 1822


[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]  THEATER: Manatee Performing Arts Center: RENT , September 14 – October 2, Varies

La Vie Boheme! Jonathan Larson’s iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that shaped a generation of audiences and taught us all to measure our life in love. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon. with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. This is theatre at its best – exuberant, passionate and joyous. For more information visit www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875

Manatee Performing Arts Center , 502 Third Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Venice Theatre: The Revolutionists , September 16 – October 2, Varied

The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson. Four bodacious women lose their heads (literally) in this irreverent, women-centered tragicomedy set during the French Revolution. This witty, thought-provoking, raucously funny adventure was inventively conceived by one of today’s most-produced American playwrights. * Includes adult language/themes. Audience discretion advised. September 16-October 2, 2022. Tickets Adult $29 College/Educator $21 Youth $15 For more information visit venicetheatre.org, Ph. 941.488.1115, email info@venicetheatre.net 

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W Venice, FL 34285 (The Box Office is currently closed for walk-up business)

[SOON]  MUSIC: Artist Series Concerts: Virtuoso Violins Magnificent Markovs , October 2, 4pm-6pm

Violin phenom Alexander Markov has wowed audiences playing his gold electric violin in the world’s most prestigious concert halls and packed stadiums. This program unites him with his gifted violinist parents as the “first family of the violin” presents classical favorites, followed by Alexander Markov’s original composition Caesar, for electric violin, organ, choir, percussion, rhythm section and orchestral musicians.  Sunday, October 2, 2022 4:00 PM 6:00 PM at the Sarasota Opera House For tickets visit artistseriesconcerts.org Ph. 941-306-1202

Sarasota Opera House , 61 North Pineapple AvenueSarasota, FL, 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Guys and Dolls , October 5 – November 20, Varied

A Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Guys and Dolls tells the story of New York City gambler Nathan Detroit, who dreams of setting up a big dice game while avoiding the authorities—and marriage to his longtime fiancée. Meanwhile, fellow gambler Sky Masterson ends up wooing a strait-laced missionary in a scheme to fund the game. WBTT will add its own special twist to this crowd-pleasing show! Performances run October 5th-November 20th, 2022. For more information visit westcoastblacktheatre.org, Ph. 941-366-1505, Box Office questions email boxoffice@westcoastblacktheatre.org

The Donelly Theatre , 1012 N. Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: MOTE MARINE: Meet the Women of Mote , September 14 – October 7, Varied

MEET THE WOMEN OF MOTE This year, we are celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of  Mote’s founding director, Dr. Eugenie Clark. Thanks to her amazing legacy, many women have followed in her wake. This fall, we introduce you to the marine science educators, researchers, and ocean explorers that we call "The Women of Mote".  You’ll learn about their journeys, career challenges, and their incredible accomplishments impacting marine environments in our own backyard and around the globe. We hope you'll join us- and find yourself inspired- as we celebrate these talented and pioneering women during the second season of Women of Mote. The three-part series will include two virtual events, and one hybrid event held in the WAVE Center at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium while being broadcast to our virtual audience. Sept. 14 and 21 and one hybrid event Oct. 7. More event details can be found at mote.org/womenofmote

Mote Marine , 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, Florida.

[SOON]  THEATER: CreArte Latino Cultural Center: MADENUSA , September 16 – October 15, Varied

CreArte Latino Cultural Center Presents MADENUSA A Play by Claudia Soroka September 16-17, at 8 p.m., September 18 at 5 p.m., and October 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. MADENUSA is an amusing and fresh take on the immigrant experience that delves into the intricacies of adjusting to a different culture. The comedy is directed by Carolina Franco, president and artistic director of CreArte Latino Cultural Center. The play will be performed in Spanish with subtitles in English. The playwright will attend the show on September 17 with a bilingual Q & A after the performance. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, visit www.creartelatino.org. CreArte Latino Cultural Center is at 8251 15th Street East, Airport Mall Plaza, Suite 1, Sarasota. The show is sponsored, in part, by a $3,000 grant from Bradenton Area Arts & Culture.

CreArte Latino Cultural Center, 8251 15th Street East, Airport Mall Plaza, Suite 1, Sarasota.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Little Shop of Horrors , October 6 – October 16, Varied

Join The Players in their 93rd Season with Six That Matter – shows that explore finding purpose, the universal desire to live a life that matters, to fully appreciate aspiration. Be it finding true love, sacrificing it all, a life of devotion, cultivating artistry, finding fame, each of these unforgettable shows- important in their own genres, are celebrations of greatness, of striving for more, that will make memories, sparking feelings of joy- of what being alive fully means. Little Shop of Horror will feed the need for musical hilarity with this delicious sci-fi smash about a man who seeks fame at the cost of his morals with the help of a man-eating plant. A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, this musical has devoured the hearts of theatregoers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world. October 6-16, 2022. For tickets visit theplayers.org, Ph. 941-365-2494, email BoxOffice@ThePlayers.org

The Players Centre For Performing Arts, Performance Venue & Box Office The Crossings at Siesta Key 3501 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130 Sarasota, FL 34239

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