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"The lodge has created so many memories for our families as they have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries and other milestones."

- Syd Kitson, Chairman and CEO, Kitson and Partners.

[Real Estate]  Siesta Home Listed for Nearly $16M
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A Siesta Key mansion just hit the market with a price tag of $15.95 million, the latest sign the luxury real estate market on the Gulf Coast continues to thrive.

Marketed by the Laughlin Tanner Group of Premier Sotheby’s, the Point Crisp Road property sits on a private peninsula on Little Sarasota Bay, making the location especially attractive. Like other Gulf Coast properties, agents had no problem posting a seven-figure listing.

“Siesta Key is a sought-after destination where superlatives are a way of life,” said Peter Laughlin, of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. “This home transcends island luxury; presenting a one-of-a-kind residential opportunity to wake up and live inspired every day.”

Just in January, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty listed another home for $22 million, the priciest home on the market at that time. A search of listings also shows Ocean Real Estate has a sale pending on a $16.95 million home on Higel Avenue. There is also a 6-bedroom coastal home on Sanderling Road listed at $16.8 million.

While listings and inventory are on the rise in the Sarasota market, it remains a seller’s market. The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee in February reported about 3.5 months of inventory. A balanced market typically means there are six months worth of inventory available.

The latest listing on Point Crist Road, built in 2001, features coastal contemporary architecture with an elevator and views from every room. It boasts 7,000 square feet of air conditioned space, including six en-suite bedrooms and eight and a half bathrooms. Most of the rooms have balconies. The property has 546 feet of waterfront, as well as a heated spa, beach kayak launch, tiki hut gazebo, fire pit and boat dock.

It’s also a home designed for entertaining, with a gourmet kitchen and a climate-controlled wine room. Gathering spaces include a movie theater, fitness center and family room with French doors connecting to a covered patio and open balcony.

There have also been upgrades to the property including its security system, landscaping and limestone seawalls.

“The meticulously maintained landscape is enclosed for the utmost privacy so that the island lifestyle can be enjoyed to the fullest,” reads a release on the listing. 

Photo courtesy of Premier Sotheby’s.

[New Hire]  Shumaker Adds Attorney Development Officer to Legal Talent Team

The national law firm Shumaker is pleased to announce that Kristen Connelly has joined the firm as the Attorney Development Officer. She will utilize her more than two decades of legal and recruiting experience to promote the professional growth and success of the firm’s attorneys. Kristen’s primary focus is to guide associates as they develop into successful partners. Additionally, she will focus on initiatives related to the recruitment, development, and advancement of lawyers at all levels while working closely with firm leadership. Prior to joining Shumaker, Kristen spent more than 20 years practicing law at Toledo firms, where her primary focus was on defense of claims for professional negligence against physicians, nurses, hospitals, and nursing homes. She also counseled and represented clients in matters before the Ohio State Boards of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and Pharmacy. In addition to her legal practice, Kristen served on the Recruitment Committees at her previous firms. 

[Recognition]  Matthew J. Otto Recognized Again as Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisor

The Otto Group, a wealth management firm that provides holistic and advanced planning solutions to a select group of families, individuals, and business owners, announced that Managing Director and Partner, Matthew J. Otto, has been named a 2023 Best-In-State Wealth Advisor Florida (Tampa Area) by Forbes for the sixth consecutive year (2018-2023). Otto holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) and Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) designations. In addition, he holds the Series 7, 26, 31, 63, 66 and Florida Life, Health, and Variable licenses. He is a member of the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) and the Suncoast Chapter of the Financial Planning Association (FPA). The Forbes rankings were developed by SHOOK Research, which used an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative data to rate thousands of advisors with a minimum of seven years of experience in the wealth management industry. The rankings were compiled through analysis of several key factors, including revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, and industry experience of more than 34,000 nominees; just over 7,300 made the final list. For more about The Otto Group, visit theottogroupathightower.com. 

Pictured: Matthew J. Otto of The Otto Group is a six-time Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisor.

[Airport News]  SRQ Breaks 500,000 Passengers for March

Last month 514,889 passengers traveled through the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, compared to 442,846 passengers in March 2022. This is a 16% increase and is the highest number of passengers for the month of March and for any month in the entire history of SRQ. The 12-month activity through March 2023 totals 4,048,419 passengers, a 10% increase compared to 3,684,977 passengers for the 12 months through March 2022. The first three months of calendar year 2023 has seen an18.5% increase in passenger traffic over the same period in 2022. “SRQ has reached a multitude of milestones this March. Not only can we celebrate a record half a million passengers in a single month and over 4 million passengers in the last 12 months, but also the groundbreaking of a new 5-gate terminal expansion. The continuation of record-breaking numbers demonstrates the need for expansion and represents a major shift in how SRQ is transforming to serve the needs of our fast-growing community. It has been our desire to provide travelers with multiple airlines and destinations to choose from for both leisure and business travel. With 11 airlines serving 55 nonstop destinations, we are excited to see both visitors and locals embrace the many air service choices now being offered from SRQ,” stated Rick Piccolo, President, CEO of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. 

[Grand Opening]  Del Webb BayView Opens Multi-Million Dollar Amenity Center

Residents at Del Webb BayView in Parrish can now enjoy the showpiece of their community as the active adult community celebrates the grand opening of its amenity campus on April 1, 2023. Prospective homebuyers can also enjoy exclusive access to the community’s amenities with a two-night stay through its Explore Del Webb BayView program. The highlight of Del Webb BayView’s amenity campus is the state-of-the-art 22,500-square-foot clubhouse, The Driftwood Club. This contemporary coastal-inspired clubhouse provides an exceptional meeting spot for residents with a host of indoor and outdoor gathering spaces and activity rooms, as well as state-of-the-art cardio, fitness, and movement rooms. The Driftwood Club features multipurpose spaces designed to be used for meetings, arts and crafts, games and cards, and so much more. A Demonstration Kitchen provides a full-sized professional teaching kitchen where regular classes will be offered.BayView residents can now enjoy the year-round Florida sunshine lounging in the resort-style pool with beach entry, hot tub, and resistance pool. There are several built-in shade structures around the pool when it’s time to escape the sun. Other outdoor amenities include multiple pickleball and tennis courts, shuffleboard, bocce courts, cornhole on shaded, artificial turf, walking trails, and a future community garden and outdoor amphitheater. In addition to the amenity campus, Del Webb BayView features the full-service Sailfish Grille, a private restaurant with full bar which opened to homeowners on April 1st. At completion, Del Webb BayView will feature 950 single-family homes and low-maintenance villas. All home designs feature open floor plans and flex rooms, ideal for use as a home office, craft room, or fitness studio, and covered lanais to enjoy the Florida lifestyle year-round. This distinctive community is just 30 minutes from downtown Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Tampa, with easy access to I-75 and I-275. Award-winning Gulf Coast beaches are also just minutes away. Reservations to Explore Del Webb BayView are still available. This unique experience lets prospective homebuyers spend up to two nights in a fully-furnished home for $300 (plus tax)*. Guests receive access to the community’s amenities, bicycles, golf carts, and a personal VIP tour with a sales consultant. A complimentary meal voucher at The Sailfish Grill rounds out this unique homebuyer experience. For more information or to make an Experience Del Webb BayView reservation, visit www.delwebb.com/bayview or call (877) 847-8297.  

[All Faiths Food Bank]  A Decade of Filling the 'Hunger Gap' for Area Children

Summertime should be the best part of the year for our community’s students. Sadly, as many as 40,000 area children will need food this summer.

Nearly 50% of Sarasota County and 100% of DeSoto County students rely on free and reduced-cost meals at school. The summer months can be especially difficult for the children of families struggling to put food on the table, as they lose access to those meals as well as school pantries, which also provide nutritional assistance.

Since 2014, All Faiths Food Bank has worked to fill the summer “hunger gap” for students and their siblings through the Campaign Against Summer Hunger.

With a challenge match of $900,000 this year, all donations to the Campaign Against Summer Hunger made between April 1 – May 15 will be doubled. Gifts of any amount are appreciated and will help thousands of children.

Please visit allfaithsfoodbank.org to make a gift. 

[Renovation]  Babcock Ranch Lake Timber Lodge Renovations Enhance Resident Connections

Kitson & Partners has completed renovations at Babcock Ranch’s first recreational amenity building and unveiled a new name – Lake Timber Lodge, a rustic waterfront clubhouse with a swimming pool and gathering spaces for events, meetings and activities for residents. Renovations added poolside cabanas and a new screened porch at the lodge, formerly known as The Lakehouse. With iconic architecture accented by stone and exposed beams and a 25-foot indoor ceiling, the landmark has welcomed arriving residents, homebuyers and visitors since opening in early 2018 at Babcock Ranch, the nation’s No. 5 fastest-selling residential community in 2022. The building is located just past the Lake Babcock Drive bridge, once the town’s only entrance, and perched along Lake Timber near the Lake Timber neighborhood. “The lodge has created so many memories for our families as they’ve celebrated birthdays, anniversaries and other milestones,” said Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, developers of Babcock Ranch. “Kids and adults have formed lasting friendships around the pool, at resident events and during everyday interactions at the lodge. The screened porch elevates that experience as a place to meetup with friends and enjoy the birds and wildlife along the lake.”

The renovations were unveiled during a concert March 31 and a music workshop the following day. Inspired by the historic Cypress Lodge on neighboring Babcock Reserve, Lake Timber Lodge was built with structural insulated panels stronger than masonry and was the most energy-efficient building at Babcock Ranch, America’s first solar-powered town. Spanning 2,400 square feet, it offers a double-sided fireplace enjoyed from interior gathering spaces and by the zero-entry pool and lakefront sundeck. Additional amenities include barbecue grills and a playground. Inside, exposed beams tower above a catering kitchen, a comfortable living room featuring relaxed rustic-chic décor and TVs and expanses of windows and doors overlooking the lake and a nearby fishing dock.Encompassing 18,000 acres, Babcock Ranch is planned for 19,500 residences and about five million square feet of commercial space. Created by Kitson & Partners with the philosophy that smart growth and sustainability work hand in hand, half of Babcock Ranch’s town’s footprint is set aside as greenways, parks and expansive lakes, providing recreation and scenic backdrops for Babcock Ranch’s homes and the Founder’s Square downtown district.Babcock Ranch continues to explore higher environmental standards in homebuilding with the introduction of Innovation Way, a neighborhood with seven showcase homes serving as a testing ground and living laboratory. National homebuilders Lennar, Pulte Homes and D.R. Horton are evaluating the possibilities for a new wave of homebuilding solutions, implementing cutting-edge technology, new materials and construction practices to create the most energy-efficient, water-preserving and health-forward homes on the market. Florida Power & Light Company will analyze energy efficiency throughout the testing period. The town also offers homes from national and regional homebuilders, including D.R. Horton, Lennar, Meritage Homes, Pulte Homes, Toll Brothers, WCI and William Ryan Homes and custom homes by AR Homes by Arthur Rutenberg, Divco Custom Homes and Florida Lifestyle Homes. Christopher Alan Homes will also soon introduce new homes at Babcock Ranch. Midtown, Babcock Ranch’s exciting next development phase planned for a mixed-use town center, parks and village green, will feature six initial neighborhoods and dozens of new floor plans adding to the over 50 home designs already available. Homes range from 1,120 to more than 4,000 square feet with pricing from the upper-$200,000s to over $4 million. For more information about Southwest Florida’s new hometown, located just northeast of Fort Myers off Babcock Ranch Road/State Road 31, visit the Woodlea Hall Discovery Center at 42850 Crescent Loop in Babcock Ranch, call 877-709-6620, or visit www.BabcockRanch.com. 

Pictured: The newly renovated Babcock Ranch recreational building, Lake Timber Lodge, features a zero entry swimming pool, lakefront sundeck, flexible gathering room, catering kitchen and more.

[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]  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]  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]  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: 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]  MUSEUM: Reclaiming Home, Contemporary Seminole Art at Ringling Museum , March 29 – September 4, Museum hours

Reclaiming Home, Contemporary Seminole Art group exhibition will mark The Ringling’s first presentation of contemporary art by Native American artists with ancestral, historical, and present-day connections to Florida. An imperative step toward establishing a meaningful relationship with the Native American artistic community, Reclaiming Home will highlight the breadth and depth of the artwork by Seminole, Miccosukee, and mixed-heritage artists from Florida with the important work by internationally-recognized artists. The exhibition will expand the conceptual framework of Native American art made in Florida today and provide a fuller understanding of the complexities of issues within the art of the Seminole diaspora. Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.

[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]  FESTIVAL: Urbanite Theatre: 2023 Modern Works Festival , May 3 – May 7

2023 MODERN WORKS FESTIVAL Presented by Summer Wallace. May 3 - May 7, 2023. Urbanite Theatre. Back for the fourth time and returning to an in-person experience, the Modern Works Festival is a playwriting contest, reading festival and celebration of women in theatre. See all three finalist readings and become eligible to vote on the festival-winning playwright! Titles of finalist plays will be announced in 2023. For information contact - phone (941) 321-1397, email info@urbanitetheatre.com, website www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: That Must Be The Entrance To Heaven , June 9 – July 9

THAT MUST BE THE ENTRANCE TO HEAVEN by Franky D. Gonzalez. A World Premiere. June 9 - July 9, 2023. Urbanite Theatre. Glory. Survival. Legacy. Citizenship. Four Latino boxers all chase a world title to achieve their personal versions of heaven. But to get there, they must battle each other, their own battered bodies, and the universe itself. All four men walk the line between life and death in this poignant, poetic collision of combat and cosmos. 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]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Man of La Mancha , May 10 – June 11, Varied

Considered by many to be one of the best musicals of all time, MAN OF LA MANCHA is brilliantly reimagined with a contemporary urgency by celebrated director Peter Rothstein, who immerses us in Miguel de Cervantes’s retelling of Don Quixote and his quest. This epic and poignant journey celebrates the perseverance of one man who refuses to relinquish his ideals and who is determined to see life not as it is, but as it ought to be. The winner of five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, and featuring a soaring score, including “Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)” and one of theatre’s most beloved songs, “The Impossible Dream,” this classic musical celebrates the power of theatre, the bravery of holding strong to our dreams, and the resilience of imagination.

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Joseph's Coat, Skyspace by James Turrell , April 13 – May 26, Various times

Joseph’s Coat: Skyspace by James Turrell (2011) is a triumph of technology, engineering, and aesthetics. The Skyspace, created by internationally-renowned artist James Turrell, is a gathering place for contemplation and offers a unique experience. At sunset, a sophisticated system of LED lights is employed to change the color of the space. In doing so, the artist changes the context in which we view the sky through the 24-foot aperture in the ceiling, affecting our perception of the natural environment and the surroundings. As we gaze up at the sky we are invited to contemplate light, perception, and experience. Tickets are $10 and are free for members. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.

[SOON]  THEATER: Visit Joe Whitefeather and Bring the Family at Florida Studio Theatre , April 12 – May 21, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of Visit Joe Whitefeather (and bring the family!) by award-winning playwright Bruce Graham. It’s the 1970s in Beaver Gap, Pennsylvania, a small town with a problem. Tourism has declined and it doesn’t look like there is any hope on the horizon. When a new resident joins forces with the bewildered city council, they devise a plan to rename the town to honor a dead, Native American war hero who had never visited the town before. It’s a plan so wild and insane that it just might work. Tickets range from $25-39 and are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000. FST’s Gompertz Theatre, 1265 1st St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Paralyzed at Florida Studio Theatre , March 29 – April 21, Various times

Leigh and Lee are two strangers who have little in common besides their names. She is a Type A statistician, and he is an aggressive former athlete. But the discovery of a mysterious suicide note in a hotel bathroom sets their lives on unexpected paths that go anywhere but according to plan. Paralyzed tells a striking story of guilt, personal responsibility, and the power of forgiveness. Single tickets range from $18-39 and are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or 941.366.9000. FST's Bowne's Lab Theatre, 1265 1st St., Sarasota.

[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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