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SRQ DAILY Feb 6, 2023

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"I am proud to work with Congressman Buchanan on this legislation to help our farmers get relief."

- Darren Soto, US Rep, D-Kissimmee

[Trade]  Buchanan Seeks Protections For Seasonal Agriculture
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Farmers producing seasonal crops can’t seek the same protections from unfair practices as those selling produce year-round. But U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, said Congress can level the playing field. 

He filed legislation in the House to protect Florida growers and allow them to file grievances against Mexico’s trade practices.

“Illegal seasonal dumping and unfair Mexican trade practices are crippling Florida’s fruit and vegetable growers,” Buchanan said. “It’s time to level the playing field and protect hardworking Florida farmers and our vital produce industry.”

He filed bipartisan legislation in the House with U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee. Meanwhile, Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, both Republicans, will carry a companion bill in the Senate.

Notably, Buchanan serves on the House Ways and Means Committee. While he recently lost a race for chair, he remains the most senior member on the panel that oversees trade policy for the U.S.

If the Defending Domestic Produce Production Act becomes law, it will allow seasonal fruit and vegetable growers to petition the federal government and get relief from unabated foreign imports through the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission.

“As Florida growers face significant economic losses, it is crucial for us to stand with them and work to find solutions,” Soto said. “I’m proud to work with Congressman Buchanan on this legislation to help our farmers get relief.”

Buchanan notably served as a House liaison to the Trump administration during negotiations of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement. He praised the deal at the time but also promised to pursue further protection for specialty crop growers. 

Since 2000, there has been a 580% increase in produce imports from Mexico into the U.S. In Florida, that has created an estimated $4 billion annual economic loss, with seasonal growers bearing a hit of between $1.31 billion and $2.63 billion each year.

“Volumes of unfairly priced produce imported from foreign suppliers continue to soar at an alarming rate, putting extreme pressure on Florida growers of fresh fruits and vegetables and forcing many out of business. Solutions like those presented in The Defending Domestic Produce Production Act will combat the flood of produce imports entering the U.S. market, helping to level the playing field for Florida growers and ensure a strong domestic food supply,” said Mike Joyner, president of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association.

“We appreciate the continued leadership of Congressman Buchanan, as well as the entire Florida congressional delegation, on this important issue and look forward to continuing our work together to identify desperately needed trade mechanisms.”


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[Recognition]  JMX Brands Recognizes Business Manager Doug Tuck with President’s Award

JMX Brands Business Manager Doug Tuck received the President’s Award during the company’s annual awards ceremony on January 26, 2023. Since 2017, the JMX Brands awards ceremony has celebrated and recognized individuals’ outstanding character, commitment, hard work and results.Tuck joined JMX Brands in June 2020. A fast learner, he quickly became comfortable assuming leadership within Business, Finance and Human Resources (BFH) team and the larger company. Under Tuck’s leadership, the JMX Brands accounting system, budget process, financial reporting and financial management systems were improved. His oversight of human resources has required competency at the strategic level and in managing individual situations and processes. He has a vision for change over time that is consistent with the company’s culture. His impactful contributions include overseeing JMX Brands existing properties and the development of new properties. The JMX Brands President’s Award annually recognizes one employee for excellence in work and game-changing contributions. For his notable achievements, Business Manager Doug Tuck was presented with a trophy and monetary award. 

Pictured: Jim Miller (left) with Doug Tuck. Courtesy of JMX Brands.

[Airline News]  Breeze Says Get off the Couch with Sarasota-Bradenton Sale

Since the pandemic, studies have shown Americans are spending more time than ever on the couch with it becoming a work station as well as a place to relax and unwind. Breeze Airways has just announced the “Get Off The Couch” sale from Sarasota-Bradenton, FL, with fares starting from $39* to Hartford and New York’s Westchester County, which should help to reverse that trend. From Sarasota/Bradenton, FL to: Hartford, CT starting from $39*, Westchester County/New York, NY starting from $59*. Must be purchased by February 6 (11:59pm ET), for travel through February 28, 2023. 

[Anniversary]  Nationwide Protective Coatings Celebrates 59th Anniversary

Happy 59th Anniversary to Nationwide Protective Coatings! For the past 59 years, Nationwide Protective Coatings has been a leading provider of high-quality architectural paints and coatings for a variety of surfaces and structures. With a commitment to excellence and a passion for protecting and preserving, Nationwide has earned a reputation for delivering top-notch results as well as exceptional customer service. Over the years, Nationwide Protective Coatings has expanded its offerings to include a full range of coating solutions for a wide variety of industries. From industrial and commercial to residential, we have the expertise and the products to meet the unique needs of each client or project anywhere in the world. Whether you need a coating to protect against the elements, to extend the life of a surface, or to enhance its appearance, Nationwide Protective Coatings has the solution you need. With a focus on sustainability and environmentally friendly products, Nationwide provides coatings that not only protect but also care for the planet. We are proud to have been a part of Nationwide Protective Coatings' journey over the past 59 years and look forward to many more years of success. Congratulations to our team on this amazing milestone and here's to many more! Next year is the big 6-0! For more information about Nationwide Protective Coatings and their products, visit their website at www.nationwidecoatings.com. 

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[New Homes]  Only two homes remain at The DeMarcay Residences

The DeMarcay, a luxury residential condominium project in downtown Sarasota, is pleased to announce only two homes in the Developer Reserve Collection remain for sale in the luxury condominium building in the heart of downtown Sarasota. Residence 1301 is offered at $4.25 million and features 3,407 square feet of living space with three bedrooms plus a den, 3.5 bathrooms, two outdoor terraces with stunning waterfront views and two parking spaces. Residence 1601, the largest home in the building occupying the 15th and 16th floors, is offered at $12.5 million. The stunning, two-story residence features 6,814 square feet of living space, with four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and three additional customizable rooms that can be made into a library, wine room or home theatre, among others. The main living area and primary bedroom enjoy expansive views of Sarasota Bay and the marina. A formal guest suite sits on the second level, a full-service guest quarters with kitchenette resides on the first level, and a private internal elevator connects the two floors. Four parking spaces are also included. This week, construction crews will pour the 17th floor deck, drywall is complete through the seventh floor, and windows are complete through the tenth floor. Situated high above the collection of Zagat-rated restaurants and nearby entertainment venues, the 18-story DeMarcay Residences on S. Palm Avenue will feature unmatched city and water views, an unrivaled connection to shops and restaurants, and a rooftop pool and lounge. Starting on the 13th floor, the Developer Reserve Collection floor plans boast a number of exclusive features including expansive bay and city views, soaring 11-foot ceilings, upgraded gourmet kitchens, generous primary suites with large walk-in closets, en-suite guest bedrooms, laundry rooms with side-by-side washer/dryer and sink, two terraces, two parking spaces and floors with only 2 other residences. Luxury interior home finishes include imported Italian Snaidero cabinets, Kallista faucets by Kohler, Caesarstone quartz countertops and Miele appliances. The DeMarcay’s historic address and high walkability scores make the building a prime location for downtown dwellers. Residents will also have a resort-style rooftop pool and large clubroom high atop the city with expansive waterfront views of the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. The clubroom and lobby areas will feature a mix of transitional and Spanish Colonial styles which are in harmony with the historic 1920s DeMarcay façade. All of this, along with 24/7 on-site staff and valet parking, provides residents with a fabulous luxury home in the best location in Downtown Sarasota. Located directly across the street from the project is the DeMarcay sales gallery at 32 S. Palm Avenue. Visitors can see a scaled replica of the building, take a virtual tour of all remaining residences, see two vignettes of kitchens and bathrooms, and hold samples of the interior finishes. To schedule an appointment or a building tour, call 941-404-8858. 

[Air Quality]  Total Indoor Environmental Solutions Celebrates National Care About Your Indoor Air Month

National Care About Your Indoor Air Month is observed in February, and we plan to celebrate it by cleaning our air filters, ducts, and vents and ensuring our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (H.V.A.C.) units run efficiently. Total Indoor Environmental Solutions (T.I.E.S. 360) observes this annually and offers everyone the opportunity to think
about the air they breathe indoors with these suggested solutions. Is Indoor Air Quality Important? “One of the more popular statistics often cited about indoor spaces is just how much time the average American spends indoors. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates it at 90%,” said Kay Lenard, president of Total Indoor Environmental Solutions. “Indoor air quality is also significant because of its role in health and wellness. There are many known adverse health effects from exposure to poor air quality.” Healthy indoor air quality is associated with many benefits. There are many solutions and strategies available to ensure healthier, safer, cleaner breathable air in the indoor spaces you frequent. 1. Preventive Maintenance: This includes routine filter changes, seasonal HVAC maintenance, and performing system checks or IAQ testing to take care of problems before a problem is out of hand. 2. Healthy Home Habits: These are simple daily actions or routine practices to change to better control pollution sources. Source control tricks include not wearing shoes inside or cooking with windows open. 3. IAQ Upgrades & Control Strategies: Home system upgrades include air filtration, purification, humidity control options, and improved ventilation. “Like everything else in your home, your air ducts collect dust and debris over time. Dirty ducts cause respiratory health problems and serve as a breeding ground for dust mites, mold, bacteria, and other fungi,” said Lenard. For more information, please call (941) 870-3302 or visit www.ties360.com. 

[Leadership]  SWFL Homebuilder Appoints Carissa Anderson as Director of Sales

Christopher Alan Homes announces the selection of Carissa Anderson as its director of sales. Anderson will be responsible for all sales operations for Southwest Florida, regional emerging markets and managing all aspects of the Christopher Alan Homes world-class customer experience. Anderson is an accomplished real estate leader with more than 15 years of experience in strategic direction and sales execution, marketing and branding. She has managed teams at several of the top homebuilding companies in the nation and holds a bachelor of science in engineering and technological management from Arizona State University. Prior to joining Christopher Alan Homes, Anderson was a director of sales for a national homebuilder, where she managed a team of over 40 including sales professionals, interior designers and online sales agents across neighborhoods in Southwest Florida, encompassing more than 2,700 closings. She was also responsible for over 30% of the business in the homebuilder’s Southwest Florida region. Christopher Alan Homes is a builder-owned organization affiliated with Barron Collier Companies. It was the only local homebuilder among Southwest Florida’s top 10 builders for single-family residential permitted units in 2021, ranking fourth against a field of national companies. Christopher Alan Homes is a preferred home builder in Southwest Florida because of its focus on customer needs and simplifying the homebuying process. Christopher Alan Homes also builds on scattered homesites in Charlotte, Sarasota and Lee counties in Southwest Florida and Melbourne and Palm Bay on Florida’s East Central Space Coast. For more information, visit www.ChristopherAlanHomes.com or call 855-44-MYCAH. 

[SRQIST]  Wonder Woman
Kevin Allen, kevin.allen@srqme.com
WONDER WOMAN | How Jaime Marco is transforming the way professionals communicate with each other and their customers. 
Jaime Marco changes lives through training programs at Evolve Business Consulting, LLC. Find out how her clients walk away inspired, optimistic, and eager through the link, on our social medias, or in the February edition!

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[SOON]  HEALTH: A Woman's Journey , March 3, 9:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Don't miss A Woman's Journey, on March 3rd at the Westin Sarasota. Since 1995, Johns Hopkins Medicine’s annual women’s health program A Woman's Journey provides new and compelling information about important issues affecting women's health. Through a selection of seminars presented exclusively by Hopkins faculty physicians, participants are able to hear first-hand about advances in medicine from the individuals performing the research, all the while interacting with a diverse group of attendees. Registration is $95. Click here to register: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/awomansjourney/upcoming-live-programs/florida-2023-sarasota.html

[SOON]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: Birds of North America , January 6 – February 12, Varied

"Birds of North America" runs January 6th-February 12th, 2023 at Urbanite Theatre. As birders, John and his daughter Caitlyn adore spending tender autumn days attempting to catch glimpses of elusive birds. But as seasons, the climate, and global politics change, the two find their connection as rare as a red-headed Woodpecker.  In a lyrical and endearing family portrait, Birds of North America unfolds in delicate, detailed layers like the scattered leaves of each passing year. For tickets and information contact Ph. (941) 321-1397, Email info@urbanitetheatre.com, Website www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors , January 16 – February 7, 11:00 AM

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) is hosting its annual golf tournament, Scramble for SPARCC, at the Laurel Oak Country Club on Monday, January 16, 2023. With the support of sponsors, community donations and golfers, this tournament raises funds to help provide life-saving, free and confidential programs and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Entry fee is $185.00 per person and includes green fees, individual carts, happy hour light bites, beverages (cash bar available) and player awards. Registration opens at 11:00 AM with a shotgun start at 12:30 PM to kick off the 18-hole scramble. In addition to the golf tournament, there is also a closet to the pin contest, closest to the line contest, golf ball launcher, 50/50 chance drawing, and awards celebration. Co-Chairs for this event are Sandy Fulkerson and Bonnie VanOverbeke.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Thursday at Sarasota Art Museum , February 9 – June 8, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Join Sarasota Art Museum for Jazz Thursdays featuring live jazz music, contemporary art, and sips and bites from Bistro. Hosted by the Jazz Club of Sarasota. Jazz Thursday happens on the second Thursday of each month, 5:30-8 p.m. Galleries, Bistro, and SHOP open. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members.

[SOON]  FILM: Bruno Sammartino Documentary at Manatee Performing Arts Center , February 9, 2 p.m.

The Manatee Performing Arts Center (MPAC) will host a very special matinee showing of a rags-to-riches story featuring a young man, whose family fled the Nazi invasion of their home in Italy, and who would one day become the most famous professional wrestler in the world. Bruno Sammartino makes its Florida debut at MPAC on Thursday, February, 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased on the MPAC’s ticketing center online.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Ranch Nite Wednesdays at Waterside Place , February 8 – May 31, 6 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy a night of fun at Waterside Place during Ranch Nite Wednesdays. The event features food trucks, live music, a night market, a vintage mobile bar and cornhole. Visit lakewoodranch.com to learn more. Waterside Place, 1561 Lakefront Drive, Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe at The Bay: Jazzlinks Civil Rights: Bridging The Movement , February 7, 5 p.m.

Enjoy a live performance by the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s “Jazzlinks” group showcasing the popular music of 1940s to the 1960s!

There are so many different styles evolved during these eras – Boogie Woogie, Jazz, Rock, R and B, and Pop — songs like Numbers Boogie, Straighten Up and Fly Right, The General Jumped at Dawn, and Blue Suede Shoes – all the way to The Temptations and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. It’s a fun way to learn some African American history as WBTT’s “Jazzlinks” shares information and get to hear music that will undoubtedly have you moving and up on your feet!

*RAIN OR SHINE. In case of inclement weather, this program will be moved to the Municipal Auditorium (801 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, 34236)

[SOON]  FILM: Cinema at the Bay: When Harry Met Sally , February 9, 7 p.m.

Join us for a free movie at The Bay Park. Bring your blankets, chairs, family, and friends to enjoy a wonderful evening under the stars.

The Nest, the new concession at The Bay, will be selling tasty food and beverages to make the evening a legit and fun movie-going experience for all.

(R) - In 1977, college graduates Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) share a contentious car ride from Chicago to New York, during which they argue about whether men and women can ever truly be strictly platonic friends.

Visit thebaysarasota.org for more information. The Oval at The Bay, 1055 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota. 

[SOON]  MUSIC: A Sea Symphony Masterwork by Vaughan Williams , February 10 – February 11, Various times

Chorus, orchestra and soloists sing of ships and their captains, wind and waves, the voyage of every human soul, and music so vivid you can almost taste the sea spray in the air. Vaughan Williams’ setting of Walt Whitman’s sea texts elicit thrilling viscerality in its climactic vision of the individual soul sailing forth ‘for the deep waters only, where mariner has not yet dared to go.’ This large-scale symphony was one of the first to incorporate choir throughout the work and is considered one of the mightiest first symphonies ever composed. Baritone Jamal Sarikoki and soprano Suzanne Karpov add their stunning virtuosity to this epic masterwork.
All ticket buyers are welcome to join us for a special presentation by Mote Marine President and CEO, Dr. Michael P. Crosby, one hour before each concert. Dr. Crosby will reflect on the importance of the sea as he shares Mote’s mission, its groundbreaking research, ocean conservation, education and plans for its exciting future with Oceans for All!

Visit keychorale.org for more information and to purchase tickets. Church of the Palms,
3224 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Storybook Street at Suncoast Technical College Sarasota , February 11, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Follow the beat of happy feet to a magical place where art and literacy meet. It’s all on the avenue we’re taking you to…Storybook Street! The Early Learning Coalition's FREE, family-friendly, book-themed wonderland returns—this time to Suncoast Technical College in Sarasota. Storybook Street will once again collaborate with more than a dozen local arts and culture organizations to bring children’s books to life. Designed for children ages birth to 7, this year’s extravaganza will be an in-person event. The event will feature dance, drama, art, music, movement and more. Preschool-level performances will be coupled with engaging, hands-on, age-appropriate activities for young children to enjoy. No registration necessary. Just show up (early) with a smile! The first 400 families will have an opportunity to walk away with 16 new children’s books each, a swag bag of goodies as well as meaningful, memorable moments to help foster an early love of reading. To enjoy the full experience, the Coalition recommends arriving before 10am since families will likely take more than an hour to visit all the booths and collect books. Children are welcome to dress up as their favorite storybook character!
Visit earlylearningcoalitionsarasota.org for more information.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Cars and Coffee at University Town Center , March 11 – December 9, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

This monthly gathering of car enthusiasts brings together automobile lovers from every walk of life, not to mention a wide array of spectacular cars. Bring your own vehicle (all makes and models are welcome) to show off, or check out the hundreds of cars on display. Each month, the event sponsors a different charity, and attendees are encouraged to donate $10 to benefit the charity. The event, occuring on the second Sunday of each month, will feature live music, complimentary coffee and more. To learn more, visit facebook.com/carsandcoffee941. Sarasota Cars and Coffee, The West District at University Town Center near Ford’s Garage, 295 N. Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota.

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