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SRQ DAILY Feb 27, 2023

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"A 39-acre farm that's waiting for you to transform it into something truly special."

- Selina Bradley, Coldwell Banker Realty

[Real Estate]  Mixon Fruit Farms Up For Sale
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

One of Florida’s largest citrus farms is now on the market.

Mixon Fruit Farms, a Bradenton business and property, has been listed for sale for $15.8 million. Selina Bradley, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Realty, announced the listing, suggesting numerous uses for the 39-acre farm.

“Calling all developers! Welcome to your dream property, a 39-acre farm that's waiting for you to transform it into something truly special,” she wrote in a listing.

“Whether you're a developer looking for a prime piece of land, or an entrepreneur looking to build your own business empire, this property offers everything you need to make your vision a reality. For developers, this property offers plenty of untapped potential waiting for your vision to come to life. The possibilities are endless — from residential housing to commercial development, the choice is yours. And with the land already divided into parcels, it's easy to customize your project to fit your needs. The sprawling land is divided into four parcels, each with its own unique character and charm.”

That also signals a significant end of an era for the east Manatee County agricultural property. The farm will officially close on July 29. Until then, a number of prescheduled events will still take place as expected, including a March 24 murder mystery, a March 25 Easter event and craft fair, and a May 13 banquet celebrating the farm’s 84-year history serving Bradenton.

The property in addition to being a working fruit farm has become a destination of its own, with a public-facing store, café, regular tours, and an event space that has hosted weddings and other gatherings. The farm also has donated a portion of its property for a Wildlife Education Center used for rehabilitating injured birds, animals and reptiles. 

But the future of the land is unlikely going to continue to be 100% agricultural. The land will be sold with existing facilities in place including a pavilion, gazebo, warehouse and three-bedroom home. The property also has three on-site wells, two of which run 600 feet deep.


[Recognition]  SRQ Magazine's Home of the Year Competition Recognizes 2023 Award Winners
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

SRQ Magazine's 2023 Home of the Year winners were announced at an awards ceremony that took place this past Friday evening in the Rosemary District at SmartHouse Integration, the event’s presenting sponsor and host. The Home of the Year Competition celebrates Gulf Coast homes in the region that articulate superlative architecture and design form and function, from the integrity of the space to the design process. Each year, homes are submitted by home builders, architects, landscape architects and interior designers in the Sarasota and Manatee region. A panel of judges from around the country jury the entries and award the Home of the Year Platinum, Gold and Silver awards—judges for this year’s competition were architects Bruce Sparano, Hugo Mijares and David Poorman. 

The celebration began with cocktails and light bites provided by Pier 22 Catering as guests mingled throughout the intimate atmosphere of the SmartHouse Integration showroom where they were able to interact with the most innovative designs in home electronics, security, and home management systems. SmartHouse Integration founder and president Mark van den Broek welcomed guests to his “experience center” and expressed gratitude for being part of the vision of the architects, builders and homeowners who included his team’s design and products in their homes.

Awards were then presented by SRQ Magazine Executive Publisher, Wes Roberts in the following categories: Best Sustainability | Green Home, Best Remodel | Renovation, Best Kitchen, Best Overall Interior Design, Best Overall Home between $1 Million and $2 Million, Best Overall Home Over $2 Million.

Congratulations to all of the stunning entries and winners in the 2023 Home of the Year Competition. These winning entries are published in the March 2023 awards edition of SRQ Magazine. 

Click to view this year's Home of the Year feature.

[Recognition]  CB's Saltwater Outfitters wins Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce 2022 Large Business of the Year

CB’s Saltwater Outfitter was announced the Large Business of the Year winner at the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce annual awards dinner on January 25, 2023. Each year dozens of nominations are sent into the Chamber for numerous awards and a committee is tasked with choosing the winners based on their outstanding achievements and contributions.to the community. CB’s has been a member of the Siesta Key Chamber since the late 1970’s and this is their first time winning this prestigious award. “Being chosen as the Siesta Key Chamber large business of the year is a tremendous honor, says co-owner Aledia Tush. It is a privilege to be part of a Chamber that does such great work for Siesta Key & Sarasota. When my husband Lee and I purchased CB’s back in 1976, we never dreamed of this award. So much of our success is due to our community support, a staff team led by manager, Doug Forde, who cares about every single customer, and to our son, Mason Tush, III, whose innovation and boldness have helped us make tremendous leaps. I am humbled, proud, and grateful.” 

[Recognition]  DSDG Architects Promotes Scott Gross, AIA, NCARB to Partner

DSDG Architects is pleased to announce that Scott Gross, AIA, NCARB, has been promoted to Partner in the firm, joining Principal Architect Mark Sultana, AIA, NCARB. Scott joined the firm in 2011. During that time, he has had an impact on the firm’s service, leadership, intellectual development, and overall growth. Scott and Mark have worked closely over the years to
develop and refine the multiple award winning DSDG style that has become so well known throughout the community and beyond. 

[Hospital News]  Hospital Board Reviews SMH Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

On November 29, 2022, the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board voted to conduct a review of the care provided by Sarasota Memorial Health Care System throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. A COVID-19 Panel was assembled to review policies, procedures and practices instituted as part of its pandemic response. The Panel found that Sarasota Memorial performed strongly across a wide range of assessment areas when compared to other Florida hospitals and U.S. hospitals, and was pivotal to the strong COVID survival rate and clinical outcomes seen in the Suncoast region. The report reflects deep lessons learned and outlines how Sarasota Memorial intends to move forward on behalf of the community we faithfully serve. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023, the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board voted 7-2 to accept the Panels’ report and approve several recommendations to help guide the health system moving forward. 

A full copy of the report is available here.

[Realtors]  Michael and Ann Winger Join RE/MAX Platinum Realty

Michael and Ann Winger have joined RE/MAX Platinum Realty in the downtown Sarasota, Florida, office. Both have two decades of local real estate experience, specializing in luxury and waterfront homes, second homes, and investment properties. Michael, a Broker-Associate, is a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource designee (SFR) and e-PRO. His performance and customer service have earned him the RE/MAX Hall of Fame award and the Five Star Real Estate Agent Award for nine of the past 10 years. He has a background as a mortgage broker and salesman, including technological sales for IBM, Arrow Electronics and Seiko Epson. He also owned a computer hardware and software business in Burlington, Vermont. A native of the Albany, New York, area, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Union College in Schenectady. Ann holds the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) designation and Transnational Referral Certification (TRC). She is also a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame for outstanding performance. A home staging specialist, Ann has a background in office administration and sales. A native of Dublin, Ireland, she attended Dominican College in Dublin and Katherine Gibbs Business College in Boston. The Wingers have been with the RE/MAX brand since their first day in real estate. They support All Faiths Food Bank, the Children’s Miracle Network, Suncoast Community Blood Bank and Florida English Bulldog Rescue. RE/MAX Platinum Realty’s Sarasota office is located at 1500 State Street, Sarasota, Florida 34236. Michael can be reached at Mike@RingTheWingers.com and Ann can be reached at Ann@RingTheWingers.com, or by phone at (941) 927-0949. 

To learn more click here.

[Event]  SB2 Luncheon

Join us on March 7, 2023 at Michael's On East for a dynamic luncheon symposium centered on conversations focused on regional philanthropic topics. The luncheon will include keynote speaker Mark Brewer, CEO and President of the Central Florida Foundation and a regional panel discussion exploring the ever-changing world of non-profits. In the Good Hero Philanthropic Awards program, outstanding individuals who have made a meaningful impact within the philanthropic community will be recognized. Join us, tickets on sale through Thursday, March 2, 2023. 

Reserve Your Tickets Here

Kate Wight
RENOVATING SPACES | Building the family business with Brista Homes
Building has always been in the family business for the Ursini family. Read about their renovation business 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]  MUSEUM: Walking Tours at The Ringling's Arboretum Available Now Through May 2023 , November 26 – May 29, 12:00 PM

This walking tour led by volunteer guides will introduce you to interesting botanical specimens on the estate while providing a historic overview of the development of the estate. The Ringling Arboretum has been accredited at Level II through ArbNet and there are over 2350 trees within the arboretum representing native, exotic, historical, and culturally significant trees. Garden Tours are available Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays and take place entirely outdoors. It is 90 minutes in length and covers approximately 1 mile. We encourage visitors to bring bottled water, and wear appropriate footwear, preferably closed-toe, sunblock, and hats. There will be a maximum of 10 participants per tour. Tours are subject to weather conditions. Please check it at the Visitors Pavilion prior to your tour. Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each tour.

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Ken Ludwigs The Three Musketeers , January 11 – March 26, Varied

Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Directed by Peter Amster. Harrowing adventure, bravery, and friendship take center stage in Ken Ludwig's THE THREE MUSKETEERS, a thrilling adaptation of the popular novel by Alexandre Dumas. One of the world’s most enduring comedies, this classic tells the tale of a daring young man who finds himself in the company of the world’s greatest swordsmen, as well as some of the world’s most dangerous men and women. Directed by Peter Amster, who most recently directed Asolo Rep’s smash hit Murder on the Orient Express in 2020, this play promises to be a fast-paced, witty, swashbuckling good time. All for one, and one for all! 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Concert Association announces Free Music Matinees , January 4 – April 19, 12:00 PM

The Sarasota Concert Association announces its 2023 Music Matinees concert series. These four free noon-time concerts showcase exceptional regional musicians performing a variety of musical styles, including classical and folk music. Scheduled this season: Passerine; Wednesday, January 4 at noon. With inventive vocal harmonies and song-writing skills, supported by the sounds of acoustic strings, Passerine offers a fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music, as well as a repertoire of original songs that range from ballads to contemporary Americana. Duo Pianists Michael Baron and Priscila Navarro; Wednesday, February 22 at noon; The Baron-Navarro Piano Duo performs a wide range of music, from classical to popular, for two pianos and piano four–hands with electric energy and melting lyricism. Their New York City debut as a piano duo at Carnegie Hall in March of 2022 was sold out and met with critical acclaim. Soprano Hein Jung and pianist Gregorios Zamparas; Friday, March 17 at noon Soprano Hein Jung has performed in recitals and with opera companies in major cities throughout the U.S, Italy and South Korea. She will be accompanied by pianist Gregorios Zamparas who has been praised for his versatility as a recitalist, orchestra soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and Europe. Cellist Natalie Helm and Pianist Jesse Martins; Wednesday, April 19 at noon Principal Cellist of the Sarasota Orchestra, Natalie Helm is a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and educator. For this performance she will collaborate with pianist Jesse Martins, who also serves as conductor and vocal coach with the Sarasota Opera. The concerts are free but pre-registration is required and available 30 days before each concert at SCAsarasota.org. Performances take place at David Cohen Hall in the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail. Visit www.SCAsarasota.org or call the box office at 941-966-6161.

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

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]  MUSEUM: Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks at the Bishop , January 11 – March 18, During museum hours

Get inspired to create your own ‘towers of tomorrow’ with over 200,000 loose LEGO® bricks available in hands-on construction areas. Young and old will be limited only by their imagination as they add their creations to a steadily rising futuristic LEGO® metropolis inside the exhibition. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit bishopscience.org.

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Silent Sky , January 19 – March 5, Varied

At the turn of the 20th century, years before women had the right to vote, one woman’s breakthrough changed our perception of the stars. Full of wonder, humor, and heart, SILENT SKY is the remarkable true story of Henrietta Leavitt, one of the pioneering women astronomers working at Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s. You will be enthralled by the story of this extraordinary woman who took on the astronomy establishment in order to discover the mysteries embedded in the sky. Henrietta transcended the odds while navigating love, family, and the universe, going on to make a world-altering advancement to the field of astronomy that forever changed our view of the cosmos.  Written by one of today’s leading playwrights, Lauren Gunderson, this mesmerizing drama is directed by Seema Sueko, who recently brought this work to life at Washington D.C.’s Ford’s Theatre. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

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