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SRQ DAILY Mar 27, 2023

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"I've been in airports for 50 years and I've never seen anything like this."

- SRQ Airport CEO Rick Piccolo

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[Flight]  SRQ to Break Ground on New Terminal
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The Sarasota Bradenton Internal Airport breaks ground today on a terminal expansion adding five new gates. SRQ Airport CEO Rick Piccolo said the project will increase capacity for the once-tiny airport to serve as many as 7 million passengers a year.

An 11 a.m. event on Air Cargo Avenue kicks off the $71-million vertical construction phase, representing the most significant portion of the $100-million terminal project. This follows a three-year period when traffic to and from SRQ tripled, making it the fastest growing airport in America.

“I’ve been in airports for 50 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Piccolo said.

Over a decade before the COVID-19 pandemic, the facility saw roughly 1.3 million passenger flights a year. But the airport in 2022 saw nearly 4 million passenger flights, and Piccolo believes it will see 4.5 million in 2023. That has all been in facilities built with a maximum imagined capacity about 3 million passengers a year.

The airport at the dawn of the pandemic hosted six airlines with nonstop flights to 12 destinations. Today, 11 airlines fly in and out of SRQ, heading to and from 55 nonstop destinations.

The primary purpose for the new terminal simply will be to serve the swelled growth already experienced by SRQ since 2020. Better scheduling software and the hiring of 100 additional staff in the last three years allowed the airport to serve more passengers, and extra gates, concessions and simple indoor space will ease the capacity issues that exist now.

But the efficiency improvements spurred by necessity make Piccolo confident the airport can do much more once extra facilities open. The airport will see $200 million in improvements in the next 18 to 24 months, including the new terminal, a $50-million baggage system and a series of other improvements. Once that work concludes, Piccolo expects airlines will want to add service and destinations in the next year.

Florida tourism saw a burst in visitation after the start of the pandemic when it began lifting lockdown restrictions ahead of tourism destinations. But growth at SRQ continued well past that. Piccolo attributes a number of factors.

One is tourists introduced to the Gulf Coast in 2021 who returned for repeat visits. Many even bought homes here, whether seasonal or permanent. “Out little secret is gone,” Piccolo said.

But the increase in road traffic between Sarasota and Tampa International Airport, the largest major airport, also made for longer car trips that have to be calculated into travel plans. While SRQ once bled a significant number of passengers to TIA, an increase in destinations from the local airport allowed more to choose to depart from here.

When the new terminal opens, it will be called Terminal A and have no connection to the existing terminals. Travelers going to the airport will stop at existing ticketing stations but then go to separate security checks depending which gate they use. Decisions have not been made as to which airlines will operate from the new gates.

But Piccolo is already thinking about the future. Plans already exist for another phase of construction adding three gates and connecting the terminals. That could cost $150 million to $200 million and happen in the next decade depending on growth. 

[Tax Preparation]  Free Food, Free Activities for Children, and Free Tax Preparation

United Way of South Sarasota County’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides FREE federal income tax preparation to individuals and families with a yearly household income of up to $74,000. By using the VITA program taxpayers save between $200-$500 on tax preparation costs and gain tax credits and refunds! Tax preparation is completed by IRS-certified preparers and is by appointment only. On April 1st, 2023 United Way will be hosting its first-ever Tax-A-Palooza from 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM. During this time Free Tax Preparation is being offered to all on an appointment basis. From 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM, free food and childcare will be provided during the duration of your appointment. There will be activities such as face painting and crafts for the children to enjoy while their guardian has their taxes prepared. Appointments for Tax-A-Palooza can be made right now by visiting: www.uwssc.org/vita or by calling (941) 484-4811. To learn more about the VITA program, required documents, and locations with appointment availability through April 18th, 2023, please visit www.uwssc.org/vita. If you have questions, please contact Teri Andrews, Director of Programs, at tandrews@uwssc.org or by calling 941-484-4811 ext. 104. 

[Leadership]  Community Leaders Join Hospital Board of Trustees

Mary Dougherty and Irene Fleshner, RN have joined the Board of Trustees at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital. Both are leaders in the community and in their professional roles. They will advise hospital leadership on quality and operations. The board follows standards set by The Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals. Mary Dougherty is the Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange which represents commercial contractors in Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties. She previously served in the same capacity at the Manatee Homebuilders Association. She also worked as the Deputy County Administrator for state and federal relations in Desoto County. Mary is the Past President of the Board of Teen Court Sarasota and is the current Board Chair of Honor Animal Rescue. Irene Fleshner, RN, MHA, recently retired as Principal with Reno, Davis and Associates, Inc. where she provided consulting services to healthcare organizations, suppliers, and professional associations. She specializes in areas of clinical operations, business strategy, and workforce development. She spent 15 years as the Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer with Genesis Health Care and worked as the Vice President of Operations and Professional services at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. She began her career as an acute care nurse and nursing administrator at Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. She serves on the board of Center Place Health, a federally qualified health center, in Sarasota. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing, and is a Life Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

[Rentals]  Tropia Wellen Park Luxury Rental Apartments is Now Open in Downtown Wellen

Residents have begun moving into Tropia Wellen Park, the 13.6-acre luxury apartment community located along U.S. 41 in Downtown Wellen. Tropia offers private amenities, including a resort-style pool, two-story fitness center, dog park and pet spa, as well as the prime convenience of a high-energy downtown lifestyle. Created by Davis Development, Tropia Wellen Park’s 279 one- to three-bedroom luxury apartments offer 684 to 1,548 square feet of living space, bedrooms with large walk-in closets, washers and dryers, kitchens with spacious islands and feature upscale modern finishes like wood-look vinyl floors throughout, quartz countertops in kitchens and bathrooms, sleek matte black fixtures, two-tone paint color schemes and smart-home Nest thermostats for improved energy efficiency. Most units have patios and balconies, primary bathrooms with soaking tubs, and garages attached by indoor corridors. The four-story buildings showcase views of Downtown Wellen and scenic sunsets along the 80-acre Grand Lake. Headquartered in Atlanta, Davis Development has built 25 communities in Florida with many more in planning or under construction. Davis Development oversees day-to-day management operations at Tropia Wellen Park and curate monthly events. Tropia’s amenities cater to a resort-inspired lifestyle and include an expansive resort-style pool with sun shelves and cabanas along a large deck, a game room featuring a golf simulator, a movie-theater, cyber bar, private offices, a gourmet coffee and tea bar, and a clubhouse social lounge. The two-story fitness center offers barre, spin, resistance and free weights, cross training and cardio equipment. Two guest suites with private lounges accommodate residents’ overnight guests. As a pet-friendly community that welcomes larger breeds, Tropia also offers a dog park and pet spa and the added convenience of Spruce, a user-friendly app to schedule dog walking, pet sitting, household chores and cleaning. In partnership with Experian, residents in Tropia can also build their credit for future homebuying, simply by paying their rent on time. Residents also enjoy the steps-away proximity to Downtown Wellen, a pedestrian-friendly gathering and social destination with dining, shopping, entertainment and outdoor recreation opening later this year. Tropia rents currently start at $1,899. Residents also have options to rent climate-controlled storage units and garages, with monthly rents starting from $25 and $225, respectively. Future residents can view Tropia’s available apartments and apply for a lease by calling 941-265-1023 or visiting tropiawellenpark.com. To learn more about living at Wellen Park, call 941-960-7805, go to wellenpark.com or visit the Welcome Center, open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Pictured: The first of Wellen Park’s rental communities has officially opened, Tropia Wellen Park provides residents with the prime convenience of a high-energy downtown lifestyle located within walking distance of Downtown Wellen..

[Recognition]  Nautilus Homes Sweeps 2023 HOUZZ Awards

Houzz, an online community for interior design and home- improvement, has selected Nautilus Homes, a Sarasota-based luxury builder, as the top regional winner in five categories in its “Best of Houzz Design” awards: Best
kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, bedroom, and living room. This marks the sixth consecutive year that Nautilus has won Best of Houzz awards. Nautilus Homes was chosen by the millions of homeowners that comprise the Houzz community from among more than three million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. Established in 2012, the annual Best of Houzz awards recognize the top-rated home pros and most popular designs on Houzz across the country and around the world. Winners are determined by more than 65 million Houzz users’ reviews or photos they save to idea books. 

Pictured: Nautilus Homes won awards for the bedroom in the Magnolia House, which was inspired by farmhouses of a bygone era.

[Taxes]  Property Taxes Due March 31st

Sarasota County Tax Collector Barbara Ford-Coates reminds taxpayers with unpaid 2022 taxes to take advantage of the various payment options to avoid additional charges before taxes become delinquent on April 1st. “The quickest and easiest way to pay is at www.SarasotaTaxCollector.com. After the online payment is complete, a receipt can be printed immediately,” Mrs. Ford-Coates explained. Onlinepayments must be made by 11:59 pm (EDT) on Friday, March 31st. Other payment options include: in a 24-hour drop box at any location: Downtown Sarasota, Mid-County, Venice andNorth Port City Hall (Checks only; please do not place cash in the drop box.), by mail with a postmark of Friday, March 31st, in person by scheduling an appointment at www.SarasotaTaxCollector.com The penalty for missing the deadline is no small matter. Accounts unpaid as of April 1st are delinquent and a penalty is added. On May 1st, additional fees are charged and accounts are advertised pursuant to Florida law. If the taxes remain unpaid, the amount due will increase substantially on June 1st. Visit www.facebook.com/SarasotaTaxCollector for office updates and information. 

[Recognition]  JMX Brands Honors Steve Doe with Category Manager Award for Two Consecutive Years

JMX Brands, the leading retailer of Amish furniture at www.dutchcrafters.com, recognized Steve Doe with the Category Manager Award at the company’s annual awards ceremony for the second year in a row. Product Management and Innovation (PMI) Manager Seth Carter presented the award, which was created to recognize the hard work and impressive results of a specific product category manager whose contributions have served a vital role in the organization’s success. Doe joined JMX Brands in 2018 as a furniture specialist and became a category manager with responsibility of the dining room category in 2019. A University of South Florida alum, he also serves as the chairperson for the sustainability committee at JMX Brands. He led the initiative to install solar panels at the company headquarters and DutchCrafters Showroom in Sarasota, Fla. Doe previously served on the family and events committee, participated in JMX Brands’ gardening club, and won the Work Without Veneers award, which JMX Brands gives quarterly to an employee who embodies the company’s core values of authenticity, sustainability, creativity, giving and excellence. 

Photo courtesy of JMX Brands.

[New Homes]  Luxury Knows No Limits at the Tower Residences at The Ritz-Carlton

The Tower Residences at The Ritz-Carlton offer a luxury lifestyle guaranteeing world-class signature service and amenities on the Bay in culturally rich downtown Sarasota. The Tower Residence 905 is one of the most sought-after and rarely available three plus bedroom, four bath, private corner Tower Residence. The floor plan lives like a single family home and offers beautiful bay and panoramic vistas from every room in the Residence along with two spacious terraces. Owners enjoy an opulent lifestyle with signature service provided by the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton including concierge, 24-hour in Residence dining and VIP status at all Ritz-Carlton Hotels around the world. Building amenities include a fully equipped fitness center, massage room, steam shower, outdoor heated resort style pool and spa, private home theatre and two elegantly appointed social and recreational rooms. Known as the “cultural capital of Florida” Sarasota boasts the finest offerings in theatre, opera, ballet, symphony and art with fine dining and shopping within walking distance. Nearby are picturesque beaches, marina, Selby Botanical Gardens, and Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. Luxury Knows No Limits. 

Pictured: Sunset at 35 Watergate Drive Residence 905. Photo courtesy of GianFranco Spagnolo Photography.

To learn more click here.

[Living Lakewood]  Rooted in Farming

ROOTED IN FARMING | Springtime Produce from local farms dedicated to providing our community with high-quality products, March 2023. 

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[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]  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]  GRAB BAG: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 2023 Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature , February 12 – June 26, During garden hours

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ 2023 Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature showcases the creativity and innovation of American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). The first exhibition of its type to be presented in a botanical garden, the exhibition highlights the inspiring connection between Tiffany Studios and the natural world through unique horticultural displays in the Tropical Conservatory and the Gardens, accompanied by seminal examples of Tiffany’s work on view in the Museum of Botany and the Arts. To learn more, visit selby.org. Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, 1534 Mound St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Chicken & Biscuits , February 15 – April 13, Varied

The hilarious new play CHICKEN & BISCUITS introduces us to the Jenkins family, as they gather to celebrate the life of their beloved and recently deceased father and grandfather, the Revered Bernard Jenkins. When an unexpected guest reveals a secret, they all discover that nothing brings a family together like a big side of drama. This side-splitting new Broadway comedy explores the tenderness of family, the joy of reconciliation, and the nourishing power of love. Written by Broadway newcomer Douglas Lyons and directed by the talented Bianca LaVerne Jones, who was associate director of the 2021 Broadway production, CHICKEN & BISCUITS proves that while family may drive us crazy, we’re lucky to have each other. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  MUSIC: Reel Music at the Florida Studio Theatre , February 15 – June 25, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre presents the original music revue, Reel Music, celebrating the movies that helped create the soundtrack to the last century. Featuring classics like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Circle of Life,” and “My Heart Will Go On,” this new Cabaret traces how films—and the music highlighted in them—have evolved over the past one hundred years. Created by Richard Hopkins, Rebecca Hopkins, and Sarah Durham with musical arrangements by Jim Prosser, Reel Music begins playing February 15, 2023, in FST’s Court Cabaret. Single tickets for Reel Music
range between $18-39 and are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Rep: Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help , March 15 – April 22, Varied

Take a trip back to 1973 with the Irish Catholic OShea family in the uproarious INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP. This boisterous and moving new memory play introduces us to young Linda, as she recalls a week she’ll never forget. When Linda’s mother instructs her to tell her sister about the birds and the bees, things quickly snowball into a potential crisis after the conversation is overheard by the parish priest. Secrets are unintentionally revealed, and a quick-witted group of women realize what really matters as they work to protect their family reputation and each other. This wild and tender comedy directed by Asolo Rep Associate Artistic Director Celine Rosenthal explores the foolishness of first love, the pains of Catholic guilt, and ultimately, the power of family.  

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: Backwards Forwards Back , March 24 – April 23, Varied

BACKWARDS FORWARDS BACK by Jacqueline Goldfinger. A World Premiere. March 24 - April 23, 2023. Urbanite Theatre. When a soldier returns from war carrying the ghosts of his tour, he’s faced with a sobering decision: address his alarming PTSD with Virtual Reality therapy, or risk losing access to his family forever. Can this new technology recalibrate the brains and bodies of wounded soldiers? This electric, vivid, one-man drama studies the power of healing and finding strength in vulnerability. For tickets and info contact phone (941) 321-1397, email info@urbanitetheatre.com, website www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Relocating and Reconstituting Modern Structures , March 28, 5:30 p.m.

Does a Modern building’s design significance stand independent from its original site, as does a work of art or sculpture? This talk will explore the concept, the recent trend, the future implications, and the possible preservation opportunities of treating Modern architecture as "moveable" heritage. In addition to moving buildings to preserve them, the presentation will also feature the emerging phenomena of treating significant Modern architecture as works of art that can be acquired by collectors including their sale and auction followed by being disassembled, packed up, transported, and reassembled on a new site. McCulloch Pavilion 265 S Orange Ave., Sarasota, architecturesarasota.org. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: SPARCC Runway Fashion Show - Timeless Treasures , March 31, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) is hosting its signature, annual fashion show on Friday, March 31, 2023 at The Ritz Carlton, Sarasota. The 2023 event, SPARCC Runway: Timeless Treasures will be filled with nostalgia and fashion-forward styles as we showcase trends that have come full-circle. Guests will enjoy valet parking, a champagne toast, shopping in the event’s premiere, pop-up fashion boutique (featuring great deals on high-end fashion pieces from SPARCC Treasure Chest), a delicious luncheon complete with wine service, and an unforgettable and fantastic runway fashion show. This year guests can also join in on our inaugural Fashion Show After-Party, and avoid the valet rush, with musical entertainment, for purchase beverage options and additional opportunities to shop the boutique. Registration and shopping begin at 10 AM, followed by the seated luncheon and fashion show at noon and the after-party immediately following. All festivities wrap-up by 2:30 PM. This year’s Fashion Show Chairs are: Vickie Smith, Event Chair; Darci Jacob, Fashion Chair; Coral Pleas (Cutting Loose Hair Salons) and Terry McKee (Nuovo Salon Group) as Honorary Chairs. As the owners of Sarasota’s most beloved hair salons the event’s Honorary Chairs are coming together to show their support of SPARCC, take a stand for survivors and help make Timeless Treasures an event to remember! All proceeds from the event support SPARCC’s free and confidential programs and services for
survivors of domestic and sexual violence. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.sparcc.net/events or call 941-365-0208 ext. 110.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: She Engineers at the Bishop , January 24 – July 30, During museum hours

SHE ENGINEERS is a bilingual (English and Spanish) poster exhibition highlighting eight women in various engineering fields. In their own words, the women share their passion and what inspired them to become engineers. If we support a woman in STEM, then she can change the world.

[SOON]  FOOD: 2023 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival , April 20 – April 24, Various times

The 2023 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival will return for its 16th year. The Festival is scheduled for April 20-24, 2023 and offers a world-class weekend of winemaker dinners, interactive wine seminars and wine tastings that culminates with the alfresco Grand Tasting event at The Ringling Museum of Art Courtyard. Guests will savor delicious dishes presented by over 40 members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurant group and sample from a collection of more than 300 unique wines from across the globe. There will be live musical entertainment and an expansive silent auction of rare and collectible wines and experiences. Due to the unprecedented demand this year, there are three available ticket levels: VIP, early access and general admission. For more information on Forks and Corks and to purchase tickets, visit EatLikeALocal.com. Follow Forks and Corks on Facebook and Instagram.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 7 - Tribute to Balanchine , April 28 – April 29

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 7 - Tribute to Balanchine. April 28-29, 2023 at the Sarasota Opera House. Featuring: Divertimento No. 15 - Choreography by George Balanchine, Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Four Temperaments - Choreography by George Balanchine, Music by Paul Hindemith. Western Symphony - Choreography by George Balanchine, Music – American folk tunes arranged by Hershy Kay. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Box office 941.359.0099

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

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Resilience: A Guided Walking Tour Experience by Compass Rose History Experiences , February 25 – April 22, 3:30 p.m.

Compass Rose History Experiences announces the launch of Resilience: A Guided Walking Tour Experience. Guides Mimi Cirbusova and Andrea Knies will navigate attendees on a journey back in time down Main Street as we explore the resilience of the Sarasota community during the Great Depression and World War II. Locals and visitors alike will find inspiration from the stories of the people and places of Sarasota's past. Tours meet at Five Points Park in Downtown Sarasota and cover a distance of less than one mile over the 75-90 minute tour. All tours begin at 3:30 pm. Tickets cost $20.00 and must be purchased in advance. Guests purchasing both tours can receive a $10 discount by selecting the ticket package. Visit CompassRoseHistory.com to purchase your tickets or to learn more about Compass Rose History Experiences.

[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.

[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]  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.

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