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SRQ DAILY Nov 21, 2022

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"After a seasonal drop in closed sales in September, single-family home sales in October saw a very healthy bounce back."

- Tony Veldkamp, RASM President, SVN Commercial Advisory Group

[Real Estate]  Sales Slow But Prices Skyrocket After Hurricane Ian
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Hurricane Ian may have caused a dip in home sales during October, but prices continue to reach record highs, according to the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee.

Data released Friday by the Association shows the median sale on single-family homes in the Sarasota-Bradenton-North Port market climbed to $544,343. That’s a 31% jump from October last year. The median price in Sarasota County rose to a record high of $537,500, and it went up to $549,444 in Manatee County.

But the total number of closed sales during the month dropped to 1,542. That’s a 24.3% decrease from last October. It also represents a 22.1% increase from September, but the Realtor Association said that’s because of a major dip in activity as a result of the hurricane. Ian made landfall in Lee County on Sept. 28, caused business closures days ahead of that, and caused significant damage through various parts of the region. The effect of the storm could be seen in the distance from landfall as well, with Manatee County seeing a 14.9% decline in home sales from last October but Sarasota County seeing a 34% drop in sales. Condo sales saw even sharper declines.

September also typically sees less activity in this market, experts said.

“After a seasonal drop in closed sales in September, single-family home sales in October saw a very healthy bounce back,” said Tony Veldkamp, 2022 president of the Association and a senior advisor at SVN Commercial Advisory Group. “While closed sales are not at 2020 to 2021 levels, October 2022 is very comparable to 2018 to 2019 levels.”

The spike in actual prices still provides good news for sellers and real estate professionals. Sarasota’s median prices climbed 31.1% from last year and Manatee’s prices went up 29.3%, massive jumps.

“The growth in sale prices continues to amaze us,” Veldkamp said. “There is no reduction in median prices this month and we continue to have a very strong market. With our good job market, we expect that trend to continue over the next few months and as interest rates begin to stabilize and even drop, 2023 will see an increase in activity in our real estate market. It remains a great time to sell.”

New listings in the market dipped more than 24% in the region, which means inventories remain low. There’s a 2.8-month supply of single-family homes in the metropolitan region, and a 2-month supply of condo units. A year ago, there was just a 0.6-month supply for either. But generally, real estate professionals consider a six-month supply as a balanced market, leaving this a time for sellers to gain.  

Graphic courtesy Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee.

[Award Competition]  Lights in Bloom® Competing for National Award from USA TODAY

Lights in Bloom®, the annual holiday light show presented by Marie Selby Botanical Gardens at its Downtown Sarasota campus, is in the running for a repeat national award from USA TODAY. The Selby Gardens display was nominated again this year for “Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights” in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Fans may vote for Lights in Bloom® daily at https://bit.ly/vote-LIB-2022.Lights in Bloom® is one of 20 botanical garden light shows nominated in the 2022 competition, which runs through noon on December 5. Winners will be decided by popular vote online. In both 2021 and 2019, Lights in Bloom® was recognized among the 10 best botanical garden holiday light shows in the country by USA TODAY. “Lights in Bloom® has become a must-do holiday tradition in Sarasota,” said Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President & CEO of Selby Gardens. “We appreciate the many supporters who have voted for us so far, and we remind everyone that you can vote for Selby Gardens daily until December 5!” Lights in Bloom® will be on view select nights from December 10 through January 5. The show features more than two million colorful lights plus other whimsical holiday and botanically themed decorations throughout the 15-acre Downtown Sarasota campus. Several ticket options are available to view the show, and advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. More information and tickets are available at selby.org. A panel of experts and 10Best editors chose Lights in Bloom® as a nominee for the 2022 Readers’ Choice award in the Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights category.  

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[Airport News]  SRQ Passenger Numbers for October 2022

In October 308,012 passengers traveled through the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. This is a 12% increase as compared to October 2021. Passengers traveling through the airport year-to-date totaled 3,110,343, a 25% increase compared to 2021 year-to-date passengers. The 12-month activity thru October 2022 totals 3,779,254 passengers which is a 39% increase compared to 2,719,941 passengers for the 12 months thru October 2021 or 1,059,313 more passengers. With an expected increase in vehicle parking, the airport will operate multiple remote parking lots that travelers may be directed to once the long-term parking is full. These lots will have shuttle service available to and from the terminal. The airport will also provide a “U.S. 41 Holiday Discount Parking Lot” for $5 per day located at 8101 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. The discount lot is open for entry 11.21.22 - 11.23.22 with limited availability. Once the Discount Lot fills it will be closed to further traffic. Courtesy shuttle service will be provided to and from the terminal. “We look forward to welcoming travelers for the Thanksgiving holiday. For a stress-free travel experience, we ask that all passengers arrive at least 2 hours early, check your flight status, and visit TSA’s website for any questions regarding security screening,” stated Rick Piccolo, President, and CEO of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. 

[New Director]  RCLA Announces New Executive Director

Ringling College Library Association announced today that Lauren Kurnov will join the organization as Executive Director beginning December 1, 2022. Kurnov succeeds Stephanie Grosskreutz who will retire at the end of the year. Association board chair, Emily Walsh, is thrilled to welcome Kurnov to the organization. A Sarasota native, Kurnov moved back to the area in 2015 with her husband, Gary, and two children. She has more than 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit and education sectors in various leadership roles. Locally, Kurnov has worked at both the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee as the Assistant Vice President of Student Success, as well as at New College of Florida’s Office of Outreach and Inclusive Excellence and Student Affairs to promote community outreach and student success. Kurnov received her Doctor of Education degree in 2021 from the University of South Florida, and she is a proud alum of the Florida Gulf Coast Leadership Institute Class of 2018. Most recently, Kurnov ran for the Sarasota County School Board. Throughout her campaign, Lauren built a broad coalition of community support, secured notable key endorsements, and raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars in direct campaign contributions. Kurnov will head up the organization’s TOWN HALL lecture series, kicking off on January 17th with Nobel Prize winning journalist, Maria Ressa. The Ringling College Library Association is dedicated to the ongoing development of the Alfred R. Goldstein Library at the Ringling College of Art & Design and acts as a catalyst for educational growth of students, faculty and the community. To learn more about Ringling College Library Association and the TOWN HALL series visit RCLAssociation.org. 

[New Hires]  Fawley Bryant Welcomes Four New Professionals

Fawley Bryant Architecture, a full-service integrated architecture and interior design firm with offices in Sarasota and Bradenton, is proud to welcome four women to its roster: Sr. Project Manager Christy M. Woods, Architect and Sports Project Manager Mackenzie Grouse, Architectural Staff Level I Tuba A. Ahmed and Administrative and Marketing Coordinator Stacey Marks. Christy Woods joins Fawley Bryant following her time as project supervisor at Benderson Development, where she managed projects through construction. Prior to that, Woods worked at Stofft Cooney Architects in Naples and Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design in Miami. She is a certified general contractor, LEED AP, and earned her bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Miami. Mackenzie Grouse developed an interest in the architecture of sports facilities during her time at OSPORTS in Tampa and Populous in Kansas City, Missouri. She brings ten years of experience in space planning, rendering, and managing the designs of various projects. Grause also served as a facilities architectural intern at Tesla. She is a licensed architect with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and earned both her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and master’s in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. Tuba Ahmed joins the firm as Architectural Staff Level I following her time as a project associate at Robert J. Stahl Architect in Eastchester, New York, where she managed documents, filed daily reports, and insured that activities of a project ran smoothly and were properly implemented. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture from City College of New York – Bernard and Anne Spitzer School. Stacey Marks brings 13 years of creative experience in cultivating long-lasting community relationships and marketing expertise to the firm. Marks is a co-owner and instructor of Fly Dance Fitness, where she successfully expanded her dance center’s digital brand through online strategies that increased local awareness of her business. Marks earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of South Florida and served as a marketing specialist and director for CalmCo and On-Site Supply. 

[Assistance]  The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County Launches Online Business Resource Guide for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Sarasota County launched a new virtual resource center on their website geared toward supporting entrepreneurs and business owners. Through the click of a button, the EDC’s Business Ecosystem Website Tool allows users to leverage the myriad of free and low-cost business assistance that exist in Sarasota County thanks to the strong roster of local organizations that are available to help. Users can search by areas of assistance including access to capital, growth assistance, green business, internships, and much more. The Business Ecosystem Website Tool is intended to guide entrepreneurs through the landscape of business assistance that exists in Sarasota County. There is a list of local organizations whose core missions are to help local businesses grow through the provision of industry expertise, networking, business planning and more. The new virtual tool will expedite research processes by compiling all relevant information into one location. 

Users can access the online business resource guide on the EDC’s website here:

[New Therapy]  SMH Adds High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy to Specialized Therapies Available at Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is adding a new cancer-fighting technique – high-dose rate brachytherapy -- to the advanced treatment options available at the Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute. Previous techniques include continuous low-dose brachytherapy that place radioactive seeds inside the body for extended periods of time, requiring patients to remain hospitalized and isolated, often for days, while completing a treatment; in the case of prostate cancer, radioactive seeds often are permanently implanted in the body. That continuous low-dose technique is being replaced with high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, a newer, accelerated treatment that allows physicians to deliver equivalent doses of radiation in as little as one to four outpatient treatments that last just a few minutes each. Unlike older techniques, the radioactive source is removed after each session, allowing patients to go home the same day and safely be around others, including children and pregnant women. HDR brachytherapy has demonstrated superior outcomes for several types of cancer, including uterine (endometrial) and prostate cancers, Saigal said. Many women who have had surgery to remove endometrial cancer can reduce their risk of recurrence with four brief outpatient treatments, while early-stage prostate cancers can be treated in as little as two sessions, he said. For more advanced tumors, brachytherapy can be combined with external beam radiation therapy to optimize treatment outcomes by delivering more effective doses of radiation therapy to the tumor. Dr. Saigal and radiation oncologist Matthew Biagioli, MD, both fellowship trained in brachytherapy, will administer the HDR treatments in the Jellison Cancer Institute brachytherapy suite on the SMH-Sarasota campus. 

Pictured: Drs. Biagioli and Saigal. Photo courtesy of SMH.

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[Culture City]  Always Creating
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

ALWAYS CREATING | Brigitta Sultana finds a new focus in her latest gallery opening, Emerge.

Take a sneak peek into Sultana’s Stones and Salt Flats series through this link, on our social media, or in the November edition of SRQ Magazine! 

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[SOON]  SPORTS: Tournament Features Elite Female Baseball Players as the Original All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Passes the Torch to A New Generation of Female Athletes , November 19 – November 22

The Legends of Woman’s Baseball in America announces the inaugural All-American Woman’s Baseball Classic Tournament to be held at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida from November 19-22, 2022. The multi-day event will include a free baseball clinic for girls ages 5-18 coached by former MLB players and a championship female coaching team, on Monday, November 21st. Pro-level tournament competition will begin on Saturday, November 19th between four teams, each wearing replica colors of jerseys worn by the 1943 All- Americans. The event will culminate on Tuesday, November 22 with a championship tournament and awards ceremony. Our legacy sponsor Misdee Wrigley Miller, the granddaughter of Phillip K. Wrigley, founder of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), will throw out the first pitch of the championship game in his honor on Tuesday, November 22nd. Sixty of the nation’s elite woman athletes, many of whom are members of the prestigious Women’s Baseball World Cup, will showcase this generation’s major league-level talent while recognizing the women who paved the way before them. The tournament will pay homage to the League’s history by using the names of the original four teams – Peaches, Blue Sox, Belles, and Comets. Baseball is America’s pastime, yet it has passed women by. We believe that’s about to change. Timing is ripe to shine a light on equality, diversity, access, and inclusion. Every girl should have the opportunity to play baseball.

[SOON]  FOOD: Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar - Waterfront Dining On Thanksgiving Day , November 24, 11am-8pm

Phillippi Creek is the perfect waterfront destination for gathering with family and friends.  The award-winning Phillippi Creek restaurant will feature the regular menu with additional specials like fresh Stone Crabs, baked stuffed seafood,, fresh steamed oysters, and oysters on the half shell and  Seafood boats for two along with a traditional Turkey Dinner for those craving the flavors of the holiday.  For over 37 years, the “Creek” as locals like to call it, has been a favorite to gather for the freshest seafood, cocktails and daily specials for lunch and dinner. Large parties without reservations are welcome for al fresco dining or can enjoy one of the larger tables indoors. Whether early lunch, late afternoon family meal, or a cozy dinner for two, Phillippi Creek is your destination to enjoy the holiday. Thursday, November 24, 2022  Opening at 11a.m.-8:00 p.m. 5353 Tamiami Trail South Sarasota, FL 34231 (941) 925-4444  www.creekseafood.com

Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar, 5353 Tamiami Trail South Sarasota, FL 34231

[SOON]  THEATER: URBANITE THEATRE: The Burdens , October 21 – November 27, Varied

Siblings Mordy and Jane have a problem. Their dreadful, centenarian grandfather is an emotional and financial tax on the family, and he just won’t die. Scheming almost entirely via sarcastic and misspelled text messages, the siblings hatch an outrageous plan to relieve their family of their grandfather’s burden. Zany, twisted and inventive, this dark comedy reminds us it’s much easier to write what we could never say face to face. LOCATION 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236 CONTACT (941) 321-1397 info@urbanitetheatre.com www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[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]  PERFORMANCE: An Evocative Exploration of the Mystical and the Royal , November 27, 4:00 PM

On Sunday, November 27, Key Chorale, violinist Daniel Jordan, sitarist Kanada Narahari, and The Sarasota Ballet Studio Company will take you on an unforgettable journey of the senses with Mystics & Kings. Works by James Whitbourn and Jake Runestad incorporate texts of luminaries and mystics laced with Indian soundscapes, invoking musical settings which are radiant, peaceful and luminous. Black composer Margaret Bonds’ rarely heard 1954 cantata The Ballad of the Brown King, sets texts by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes in styles of classical, jazz, gospel and calypso to tell the story of the journey to Bethlehem through the eyes of Balthazar, the dark-skinned king. The performance will take place: Sunday, November 27, 4:00 PM at the Sarasota Opera House. Tickets are $35-$45. For tickets, go to keychorale.org or call the box office at 941-552-8768.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Cabaret , November 16 – December 31, Varied

In here, life is beautiful.

Willkommen to Kander and Ebb’s iconic CABARET, which transports us to 1939 Berlin and the dynamic and pleasure-filled Kit Kat Klub. As a dark shadow falls over the city and the power of the Third Reich begins to mount, the Klub’s performers and patrons must decide if they’ll wake up to the evil on their doorsteps or continue to escape to the alluring fantasy world of the cabaret.

Since its debut in 1967, this classic musical has won countless awards, including the Tony Awards® for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Revival of a Musical. Packed with vibrant and beloved songs like “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time,” “Money,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” and, of course, “Cabaret,” this timely masterwork will burst to life on stage under the direction of Broadway and Asolo Rep favorite Josh Rhodes. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST - A Place in the Sun - A Tribute to Stevie Wonder , November 16 – March 26, Varied

FST’s second Cabaret of the Winter Season, A Place in the Sun – A Tribute to Stevie Wonder, will begin playing in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret on November 16, 2022. The new music revue celebrates the legendary musician whose catalogue spans six decades and multiple musical genres, taking audiences through the beloved songbook of musical pioneer, Stevie Wonder. Created by Jason Cannon, Richard Hopkins, and Sarah Durham, this all-new Cabaret features such timeless hits as “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “Isn’t She Lovely?,” and “Superstition.” Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Broadway's Record-Breaking, Tony Award-Winning Musical Smash , November 29 – November 30, 7:30 PM

CHICAGO is back in town and after 25 years, CHICAGO is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz, with one show stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. CHICAGO is celebrating with the 25th Anniversary Tour that arrives in Sarasota, FL, November 29-30 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall! Tickets on sale now.

[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.

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