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"We will have a chess match on how to get respect, then figure out who has the best interest of the people at heart."

- Fredd Atkins, Sarasota County Commission candidate

[Politics]  Atkins Feels Close As Ever To County Commission Seat
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The fight for a winnable Sarasota County Commission district is one Fredd Atkins waged for decades. Now he hopes to win election as the District 2 member of the board. “It’s been a labor of love, and I have loved it,” Atkins said.

The Democrat faces Republican Mark Smith on Nov. 8.

Atkins, a former Sarasota Mayor, has been outspent, raising $74,093 to Smith’s $181,325. But he feels decades of name recognition will prove invaluable on Election Day. It’s not just two long stints on the Sarasota City Commission or his history as Sarasota’s first Black Mayor.

“I have been bigger than the City of Sarasota; I’m an international Black man,” he said. “I am consistent, I am persistent, I am unbought and I am unbowed.”

He’s also a Democrat. And thanks to a change to single-member district voting four years ago, one voters affirmed in a special election earlier this year, that gives his a statistical advantage in this race— albeit a slight one. District 2 as of the latest voter registration report on Oct. 7 served as home to 25,013 registered Democrats and 23,542 registered Republicans, along with 17,083 voters with no party affiliation and 1,411 registered with minor parties. 

That hasn’t stopped Atkins from being outspent, but he won the Democratic primary despite having the least amount of cash of three Democratic candidates.

This isn’t his first run for the county commission, but it’s the first time he has been able to run a district level race. He faced County Commissioner Al Maio in an countywide race for the District 1 seat six years ago. He filed to challenge Maio again in 2020, but a decision to redistrict then, one Atkins challenged unsuccessfully in court, denied voters of that rematch. Then this year, County Commissioner Christian Ziegler chose not to seek a second term, and the contest to fill the District 2 seat became top tier.

This im many ways marks the second march for Atkins down a similar path. He worked with the NAACP in the 1980s as litigation eventually led to the election of district commissioners on the Sarasota City Commission. After working on much of the research fueling a lawsuit against the city, Atkins won election as the first District 1 City Commissioner, and a few years later was elevated by peers to the role of Mayor.

More than his political party, Atkins said he brings to the race a level of independence. He already imagines the changes that could take place on the board over the next four years, when all commissioners elected before the return of single-member districts will face term limits. Atkins imagines new alliances and commonalities will be found on a board of fresh faces.

“We will have a chess match on how to get respect, then figure out who has the best interest of the people at heart,” Atkins said.


[Recognition]  Sarasota Bradenton International Airport Announces Kent D. Bontrager, A.A.E., P.E., Professional Airport Accreditation

The Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority is proud to announce Kent D. Bontrager, A.A.E., P.E., Vice President, Engineering, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, Sarasota, FL, has been awarded the distinction of Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). 

[Schools]  Local Parents and Community Members to Open Classical K-12 Charter School

A group of Hillsdale parents and community members are developing and plan to open a new classical charter school in Manatee County in the fall of 2024.Bradenton Classical Academy, as it will be called, will open as a K-5 tuition-free public charter school, adding one grade each year until it serves all grades K-12. Through an affiliation with Hillsdale College’s Barney Charter School Initiative the school will offer a classical education. Before it can take concrete steps toward opening the school, the Bradenton Classical Academy
founding group must go through a rigorous charter application process that examines proposed timelines, budgets, operations plans, and curricula.This curriculum covers language, math, science, history, literature, and philosophy. Bradenton Classical Academy will also put an emphasis on music and art and begin implementing Latin courses in the sixth grade. The Bradenton Classical Academy founding group is presently working on its charter application, which it plans to submit to the Manatee County School Board in a couple of weeks. 

[New Hires]  Icard Merrill Welcomes Two New Associates

The law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen, and Ginsburg, P.A., is pleased to announce that N. Macaire King and Meghan E. O’Connell have joined the firm as associates in their Sarasota office. King’s practice is focused primarily in the areas of land use, land use litigation, and commercial real estate. She has experience representing developers, landowners, and others on issues such as rezoning, special exceptions, comprehensive plan amendments, and a variety of other land-use related matters. O’Connell is a litigation attorney practicing in the areas of personal injury and general civil litigation. 


MY 52-YEAR JOURNEY AS A FINANCIAL ADVISOR has been met with much self-motivation, humbling successes and failures, opportunities to lift others, personal growth, all to develop and harness my best self. Living life with intentionality and encouraging others to do the same—whether it’s taking that once in a lifetime trip, pursuing a new career endeavor, or going back to school (all financially pre-approved, of course)—is a great strength of mine. My most important accomplishment is nurturing the persona of Aunt Jenn or AJ. Making a deep connection to another human being, especially a child is tremendously rewarding and powerful. There has not been a role more important in my life. My beautiful nieces and nephews have been a long-time objective; be there, listen, encourage, comfort, stretch, teach, grow, hug, play games, cook, create, and become that resource, that trusted adult, and fun aunt. 

As a financial advisor, I try to apply this philosophy to my work. For me, it’s about encouraging women to take financial control, acting as an advocate for women in financial transition—whether it be helping through a divorce, navigating an inheritance, retirement, or selling a business—being a sounding board through life’s most challenging moments, and truly being a resource to help guide them to the next level of their journey. 

I’ve found that many women can be unsure of where to start on their financial planning journey. To me, financial planning is not that complicated. What do you have? And what do you want? My first book, Squeeze the Juice: Live with Purpose, then Leave a Legacy is a risk-free interview with me; a look behind the cur- tain. It’s a two-hour read, and you will know if we are a good fit. Only then can you truly consider coming on this journey to financial freedom with an advocate. It all comes back to creating a life with intention. Will you take this journey?  

Jennifer Lee's Profile

[Accreditation]  CAN Community Health Pharmacy of Arlington, Texas has Achieved Accreditation Through the Accreditation Commission for Healthcare (ACHC).

CAN Community Health Pharmacy of Arlington proudly announces it has achieved accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for the services of Specialty Pharmacy with an Infectious Disease Specific to HIV distinction. Accreditation is a process through which healthcare organizations demonstrate
compliance with national standards. Accreditation by ACHC reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of
performance and patient care. 

[Grant]  St. Armand's Key Lutheran Church Foundation Helps Formerly Homeless Residents Develop New Roots

The St. Armand’s Key Lutheran Church Foundation (SAKLCF) recently granted Second Heart Homes $15,000 to help refresh the appearance and landscaping of six houses that keep formerly homeless individuals off the streets and on a path toward recovery from mental illness. Attractive landscaping not only makes a house feel like a home to its residents but improves curb appeal and protects property values in the neighborhood. The grant’s value will be enhanced by volunteer landscapers from St. Armand’s Key Lutheran Church and elsewhere in the community. 

Pictured: (left to right) Don Resler, SAKLC Foundation Grants Committee Chair; Megan Howell, Executive Director Second Heart Homes; Rev. Dr. Kenneth Blyth, Pastor SAKLC; Roger Arnholt, SAKLC Foundation President. Photo by Lori Sax.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Manatee Performing Art Center: Pets! , November 2 – November 20, Varied

Pets! November 2 – 20, 2022. This critically-acclaimed musical revue consists of 22 musical scenes dealing with the very special relationship between people and their pets. It’s clever, user-friendly and suits audiences of all ages. Cats, dogs, mice, turtles, iguanas, parakeets and other species are having the times of their lives. The scenes range from a dog hungrily eyeing his owner’s bagel in “There’s a Bagel on the Piano'' to the hilarious, harried Rumanian dog walker in “I Walk Ze Dogs.” For more information visit www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra - November Concert , November 4 – November 6, Varied

Sarasota Orchestra Presents Acclaimed Guest Artists in November Concerts. Masterworks 1: Symphonie Fantastique runs November 4th-6th at the Van Wezel. Sarasota Orchestra’s first Masterworks program of the 2022-2023 season features works written by three composers at the beginning of their careers. Prizewinning composer Quinn Mason describes A Joyous Trilogy, written in 2019, as “the very embodiment of happiness and cheerfulness.” Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang shines in Grieg’s Piano Concerto, completed when the composer was just 24. The program concludes with Berlioz’s evocative Symphonie fantastique. Tickets from $37, available at www.SarasotaOrchestra.org or (941) 953-3434

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Secret World of Og , November 5 – November 6, 11/05 at 5:00PM, 11/06 at 12:00PM

Sarasota Youth Opera will perform the operatic adaptation of the well-known children’s book by Canadian icon Pierre Berton.  Discover the classic story of a group of siblings who venture into the dark subterranean world of the Ogs to rescue their baby brother and cat.  This story has been a favorite with Canadian children since its publication in the 1960s. For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org or call +1 941 328 1300 61 N Pineapple Ave Sarasota, FL 34236. For tickets visit www.sarasotaopera.org/tickets-events or call +1 941 328 1300 61 N Pineapple Ave.Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Manatee Performing Arts Center: Night of R&B and Jazz with Nu Jazz , November 5, 7:30pm

NuJazz is a contemporary jazz band from the Sarasota/Bradenton area. They play hits from many artists in the genre such as The Rippingtons, Richard Elliot, Peter White, Spyro Gyra, Boney James and many more. NuJazz is led by Dr. Melvin Price, a local Foot & Ankle Surgeon with MCR Health. Along with accomplished musicians Eric Enfield, Ron Ross, Corey Ross, Gregg Jordan, Keith Allenand Veola Drain. NuJazz brings your favorite R&B tunes to a new level with a jazz twist. For more information visit www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875

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

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Friendsgiving - Dessert and Wine Auction , November 5, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Save the date for Friendsgiving, a Dessert and Wine Auction to benefit local shelter animals on November 5th from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Elks Lodge #1511, 2511 75th St. West Bradenton. Delectable desserts made by professional bakeries and gift baskets will be available by live and silent auction. There will be a wine raffle, lite bites and a cash bar. Free to attend. Proceeds benefit: Grace and Friends Medical Fund, Heal My Heart treating heartworm positive dogs, Slumber Fund for dog beds, Traveling Paws transporting dogs to northern forever homes, Enrichment and Food for Ferals. 

Elks Lodge

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Medieval Fair , November 5 – November 27, 10am-5:30pm

SARASOTA MEDIEVAL FAIR Every Saturday and Sunday running November 5th-27th, 2022 at Woods of Mallaranny (29847 FL-70 E.Myakka City, FL 34251). Welcome one and all to four weekends of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun at the 18th Annual Sarasota Medieval Fair! Live the majesty and madness of knights, jesters, minstrels, acrobatics, wenches, and sword swingers! Watch jousts and human combat chess tournaments! Listen to musical displays of powerful bagpipes and the heart pounding drums. Feast on turkey legs and hearty ales. A full day of entertainment. You will not miss your favorite show as you stroll through the village as the shows repeat several times a day to adjust to your schedule. Get into the fun by wearing your favorite medieval or renaissance garb to feel part of the clan! For tickets visit www.sarasotamedievalfair.com Phone 1-888-303-FAIR (3247)

Woods of Mallaranny, 29847 FL-70 E. Myakka City, FL 34251

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: WSLR's 13th Annual Very Merry Jerry Day , November 6, 4pm-9pm

Break out the tie-dye and hula hoops for WSLR's annual celebration of Jerry Garcia on Sunday, November 6th from 4-9pm. Playing guitar and singing for his band, The Grateful Dead, as well as several others, Garcia took his hippie movement from the 60's into the 90's, inspiring the following of millions of long-haired, tie-dye t-shirted, carefree "Deadheads."  The newly renovated patio will be hopping as The Joint Chiefs and Dead Uncle’s Ship take the stage. This is a family-friendly event, with kids’ activities and local vendors tabling. Attendees can bring t-shirts, socks, etc. for tie-dying, but no coolers please. Come out and help us re-create the mood and celebrate the music of the Grateful Dead.  Tickets are $12 for WSLR members and $15 for the general public; half-price for students and free for children under 12.  Tickets are available at www.wslr.org.  For more information call WSLR at 941-894-6469.  

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Art Museum: Jazz Thursdays , January 13 – January 12, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Jazz Thursdays at Sarasota Art Museum will runs through January 12, 2023 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members. Sarasota Art Museum invites you to be our guest at our first Jazz Thursday at SAM, featuring Hot Club of SRQ. Sarasota Art Museum is partnering with the Jazz Club of Sarasota for Jazz Thursdays. Join us for our special late-night performances on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza. Jazz Thursdays will occur on the second Thursday of each month until January 12, 2023. Galleries + Bistro + Shop will be open.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime: Limelight Market , April 23 – December 17, 10am-3pm

Every 3rd Saturday from 10-3 The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime opens their outdoor space for guest vendors, dog rescues, and live music. Check out the 40 local creators and curators inside The Bazaar every Thursday - Saturday. Enjoy a delicious lunch and support local. Free, until you buy something amazing! 

[SOON]  GALLERY: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens - The Orchid Show 2022 , October 15 – December 4, 10am-5pm

EXHIBITION: The Orchid Show 2022, October 15 – December 4, 10 AM – 5 PM Marie Selby Botanical Gardens showcases the beauty and diversity of orchids in “The Orchid Show 2022: Capturing the Perfect Shot.” This immersive, photography-themed exhibition features innovative horticultural vignettes with hundreds of orchids in flower in the Tropical Conservatory and large-format photos of rare orchids from the Gardens’ own collection in the Museum of Botany & the Arts. On view through December 4 at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus. For more information, visit selby.org. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus1534 Mound Street, Sarasota, FL 34236 Historic Spanish Point campus401 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229 TEL 941.210.0874

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , 1534 Mound Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: CoolToday Park Announce Second Annual Grilled Cheese Festival , November 19, 11am-6pm

CoolToday Park, the Spring Training Home of the Atlanta Braves, announce the return of the wildly popular Grilled Cheese Festival on November 19, 2022. The free, family-friendly event will take place on Saturday, November 19, from 11am-6pm, and will feature food trucks, a beer garden, live music, kids’ activities, and more. Parking is $5 per car. Each food truck will offer grilled cheese themed items along with their regular menu. Attendees can vote on their favorite grilled cheese items from these categories: Traditional, Meat Lovers, and Freestyle. Armbands will be issued to those aged 21+ for free beer samples. Craft and domestic beers will be available for purchase, along with a custom beer stein. On the Front Plaza lawn, kids’ activities will include face painting and a speed pitch game. Also on the Front Plaza will be a stage with live music, community booths, and the Braves Street Team. For more information on the Grilled Cheese Festival, or CoolToday Park, visit cooltodaypark.com.

CoolToday Park , 18800 South West Villages Pkwy Venice, FL 34293

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 2 - Expressions , November 18 – November 19

The Sarasota Ballet is excited to announce the Company’s 2022 – 2023 Season. Over seven programs, The Sarasota Ballet will perform 15 works by some of the most celebrated and prestigious choreographers and composers of the ballet world. Program 2 - Expressions. November 18-19, 2022 at Sarasota Opera House. Featuring: Danses Concertantes (Company Premiere) Choreography by Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Music by Igor Stravinsky. Dante Sonata (Company Premiere) Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton, Music by Franz Liszt. Rhapsody - Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton
Music by Sergei Rachmaninov. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Box office 941.359.0099

Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SPORTS: Bradentucky Bombers vs. Swan City Roller Derby , November 5, 5pm

The Bradentucky Bombers are excited to announce our next home game on Saturday, November 5th against Swan City Roller Derby, a team out of Lakeland, Florida. Saturday, November 5th at Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex (5309 29th St E., Ellenton, Florida 34222) at 5:00 p.m, doors open at 4:30pm. Tickets are available! Presale—$10 online; Adults at the door—$15; Kids 6-12––$10 at the door; Kids 5 and under FREE! For more information visit www.bradentuckybombers.com or our Eventbrite to purchase tickets (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bradentucky-bombers-vs-swan-city-roller-derby-tickets-435757411147).  Plenty of bleacher seating is available, but for close-up action and trackside seating, bring a chair. Make sure to shake the Florida sand out of your beach chairs before coming in, friends!

Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex , 5309 29th Street East Ellenton, FL 34222

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Orchid Show 2022 , October 15 – December 4, 10 AM – 5 PM

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens showcases the beauty and diversity of orchids in “The Orchid Show 2022: Capturing the Perfect Shot.” This immersive, photography-themed exhibition features innovative horticultural vignettes with hundreds of orchids in flower in the Tropical Conservatory and large-format photos of rare orchids from the Gardens’ own collection in the Museum of Botany & the Arts. On view through December 4 at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus. For more information, visit selby.org.

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