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SRQ DAILY May 8, 2023

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"Manatee County will receive millions in state support for critical community priorities this year."

- Sen. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton.

[Government]  State Budgets Millions for Education, Infrastructure in Region
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The regular Legislative Session drew to a close on Sunday, and local lawmakers touted significant budget wins.

Manatee County should see a number of education projects funded. That includes $20 million for the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus for a STEM Nursing facility. 

“As the demand for graduates in nursing and STEM-related fields continues to grow, this facility will help attract students and faculty to the campus,” said state Rep. Will Robinson, R-Bradenton. “I appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with Sen. (Jim) Boyd on this project, as this funding is transformational to the campus.”

The budget includes smaller line items including $9 million for a State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota campus in Parrish, $2 million for the Guy Harvey Academy of Arts and Science on the barrier islands and $600,000 for expanding the Sarasota Academy of the Arts.

Sen. Boyd, R-Bradenton, said the region tallied a number of budget victories.

“One way to measure the success of a legislative session is robust funding for local projects,” he said. “Manatee County will receive millions in state support for critical community priorities this year.”

SCF was a big winner in the budget, with another $33.4 million budgeted for baccalaureate programs at the community college.

That includes nearly $4.42 million in support for county child services. Meanwhile, the budget includes $730,000 for a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder program in Sarasota County. The All Star Children’s Foundation Campus of Hope and Healing should have $1 million coming in state funding, and the One More Child program at the Sarasota Campus for Children and Families should receive $1.5 million.

Education funding should also go to Sarasota, including $1.5 million for a HUB facility for the Education Foundation of Sarasota County.

There are also infrastructure line items in the state budget, including $1 million contribution toward the local effort to reopen Midnight Pass and $1 million for the Alligator Creek Aerial Pipe Crossing Replacement Project.

On roadways, lawmakers budgeted $8 million for expanding Moccasin Wallow Road, $4 million for replacing Lighthouse Drive Bridge and $2.5 million for extending 51st Street West.

Sarasota County will receive $1 million for a regional firefighter and EMS facility while Manatee County public transit should see $1.1 million roll into station.

The state budget includes about $14.4 million for a School Readiness Program in Manatee County and another $9.6 million for one in Sarasota. Voluntary pre-K allotments of more than $7.6 million in Manatee and $4.5 million in Sarasota. For workforce education, some $10.7 million was allotted for Sarasota and $10.1 million for set aside for Manatee.

None of the budget wins are guaranteed, however. The budget was passed by members of the House and Senate, but now must be sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who wields line item veto power on the document. 

Photo courtesy Florida House: Rep. Will Robinson, R-Bradenton, on committee.

[New Homes]  John Cannon Homes Opens The Model Experience Sales Center at Waterside in Lakewood Ranch

John Cannon Homes has built a new concept in Sales Centers. Located in Waterside Place in Lakewood Ranch, The Model Experience will be the place where you can get a taste of the quality of homes built by John and his team. With 7 room vignettes and two large walls of video screens showcasing homes they have built over the past 36 years, customers can feel like they’re in an award-winning, custom-built John Cannon Home. John feels this is also a perfect opportunity to introduce and showcase one of their newest communities in Waterside, Kingfisher Estates. With assistance from the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and the support of Lakewood Ranch, John Cannon Homes hosted the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of  The Model Experience today. John Cannon welcomed members of the community, local businesses, and realtors as they cut the ribbon and opened the doors to this unique, new concept in sales centers that will have you coming back for more! “This is an exciting day, and we are so thankful for the support we’ve received from all of you,” John said as he addressed the crowd gathered to be a part of the celebration. John Cannon Homes is a custom home builder that brings uncompromising craftsmanship and customized dream homes to life for discerning homebuyers. In an industry where quality is often compromised for speed or cost, John Cannon Homes stands by their commitment to providing only the highest quality standards and materials. John Cannon Homes have constructed over 2,000 private residences in many of the area’s most prestigious neighborhoods and gated golf course communities. Renowned for incomparable waterfront designs, John Cannon Homes has built homes on many of our area’s barrier islands; Longboat Key, Casey Key, Bird Key, Siesta Key, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria; from Punta Gorda Isles in Port Charlotte to Tierra Verde and Tampa Bay. 

[Recognition]  SMH Continues Straight A Safety Streak and Earns CMS Highest 5 Star Quality Rating

Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) continues to lead the region in quality and safety, earning a 5-star rating for overall quality from the federal government in April and an “A” for patient safety in The Leapfrog Group’s hospital report cards released today. SMH-Sarasota is the only hospital in Florida to repeatedly earn the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) highest 5-star quality award since the federal government launched the rating system in 2016. The overall rating system, which ranges between 1 and 5 stars, assesses hospital performance on a variety of quality measures into a single rating. SMH-Sarasota is part of a prestigious list of hospitals to earn a 5-star rating as approximately 8% of 5,000-plus hospitals reviewed across the nation received 5 stars in the CMS ratings in this year’s assessment. In a separate quality review released by The Leapfrog Group today, SMH also maintained its straight-A safety streak. It has earned consecutive A’s in every grading cycle since it began participating in Leapfrog’s safety survey in 2016. The organization, which focuses exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care, releases hospital report cards in the spring and fall of each year to help patients choose the safest hospitals to seek care. Of the nearly 3,000 hospitals graded this spring, 29% received an “A” grade. Hospitals that have been open less than two years, including SMH-Venice, are not yet eligible for review or a star rating. 

[Recognition]  HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital Earns Spring 2023 A Hospital Safety Grade

HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital received another “A” safety grade from The Leapfrog Group. It is the hospital’s 17th ‘A’ rating. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national organization that assigns letter grades to hospitals based on more than 30 different safety measures including errors, accidents, injuries and infections, and what hospitals have in place to prevent harm. The new grades are based on data and performance primarily during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Leapfrog Group updates hospital grades twice a year in the fall and spring. 

Pictured: ICU nurses at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital.

[Recognition]  Kim Stephens Earns RE/MAX Platinum Club Award

Kim Stephens, a Broker-Associate in the RE/MAX Alliance Group Venice office, has once again qualified for the RE/MAX Platinum Club award, honoring high-achieving real estate professionals for their service to buyers and sellers during 2022. This is her 12th consecutive Platinum Club award since 2011. A real estate agent since 1997, Stephens focuses on residential properties in the Venice, Englewood, Osprey and Nokomis areas. She is a RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement awardee and has earned the Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI), e-PRO and Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designations. She has served as a director on the Venice Area Board of Realtors for six years. The RE/MAX Alliance Group Venice office is located at 1314-B East Venice Avenue, Venice, Florida 34285. Stephens can be reached at (941) 321-6858 or Kim@HomesOfVenice.com. RE/MAX Alliance Group is the #1 RE/MAX franchise in Florida and the #1 RE/MAX franchise in Florida for contributions to the Children’s Miracle Network. The company offers residential and commercial real estate solutions through 13 offices in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties. For more information, please visit https://www.alliancegroupfl.com.  

[SOON]  MUSIC: Monday Night Jazz Cabaret , May 8, Dinner begins at 6:30 pm and concert begins at 7:30 pm

The Jazz Club of Sarasota presents the Monday Night Jazz Cabaret with the Scotty Wright Quintet performing music from Duke Ellington. Doors will open for guest to purchases dinner and drinks at 6:30 pm. To purchase tickets, visit jazzclubsarasota.org. John C. Court Cabaret at Florida Studio Theatre, 1265 1st St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Grace, The Spirit of Aretha , May 8, 7:30 pm
The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Key Chorale will present a powerful tribute to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, titled Grace, The Spirit of Aretha. This performance, which will feature WBTT artists Matelyn Alicia and Naarai, singing along with the 100 incredible singers of Key Chorale, takes place at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Show tickets are $35-$100 and are available on the Van Wezel website, vanwezel.org; reception tickets are available for purchase there as well or call the Key Chorale box office at 941-552-8768. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
[SOON]  GALLERY: Lake Club of Lakewood Ranch Art Exhibition , May 8 – July 31, 9 am-5 pm
ComCenter Lakewood Ranch hosts local art groups to exhibit in the main lobby area of the building. The exhibits are open to the public to view Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, and the majority of the art is for sale. The artists are usually treated to a welcome reception by ComCenter as well. The exhibits continually change about every four to six months so there is always something new to see and our ComCenter clients and their clients enjoy the ever-changing exhibits. The next group, The Lake Club of Lakewood Ranch, will be exhibiting for the first time at ComCenter from May 8 through July 31. ComCenter Lakewood Ranch, 9040 Town Center Pkwy, Lakewood Ranch, comcenters.net.
[SOON]  GALLERY: Disney Artist and Ringling College Alumnus Tim Rogerson Show , May 2 – May 26, During gallery hours

Madeby Gallery invites you to the Disney Artist and Ringling College Alumnus Tim Rogerson Show now through May 26. Over 50 of Tim’s original paintings, giclee on canvas, and lithograph prints are for sale. Many have been personalized on the back by Tim, which brings added value to the Disney piece. Don't miss this rare opportunity to add to your Disney collection. Tim Rogerson is a Disney Fine Artist and Ringling College Alumnus. He is one of only a select group of artists allowed to recreate iconic Disney characters and scenes. Visit madebygallery.com to learn more. Madeby Gallery, 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: From the Chambers Honoring John Sims at Ringling Museum , May 6 – August 6, Museum hours

In December 2022, the innovative artist, activist, writer, and filmmaker John Sims passed away suddenly at his studio in Sarasota. The tragic loss of Sims left a deep impact on the art world. His art, informed by mathematics, design, sacred symbols, and poetic text, boldly confronted white supremacy, the Confederate flag, and the deep disparities and division within our society. The Ringling is honored to have had the opportunity to work closely with Sims, who was their artist in residence in 2020. The exhibition From the Chambers, Honoring John Sims brings those two works together, on view publicly for the first time, in conjunction with John Chamberlain’s sculpture Added Pleasure. The exhibition serves as just one part of the significant legacy the artist leaves behind, in Sarasota and beyond. On view May 6 through August 6, 2023 in the Searing East galleries. Ringling Musuem, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org

[SOON]  MUSIC: Big Sexy The Fats Waller Revue , April 19 – May 28, Various times

Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller was an American jazz pianist, composer, singer and comedic entertainer. He realized his dream of becoming a professional musician at age 15. His Harlem stride style influenced the sound of modern jazz piano. Nate Jacobs’ original tribute, “Big Sexy, The Fats Waller Revue,” to this irrepressible artist features Waller’s signature songs, including “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Your Feet’s Too Big,” “The Joint is Jumpin’” and many more. Tickets are $50 for adults, $20 for students and active military (cost includes all ticket fees). WBTT's Donelly Theatre, 1012 North Orange Ave., Sarasota, westcoastblacktheatre.org.

[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]  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]  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]  PERFORMANCE: Comedy Roulette , April 13 – May 17, Various times

FST Improv’s free-form show, Comedy Roulette, is an off-the-wall improvisation potpourri where performers are freed from the traditional do’s and don’ts of improv. Instead, improvisers are encouraged to follow the funny and launch into a new scene or storyline whenever inspiration strikes. Comedy Roulette plays Saturdays in FST’s Bowne’s Lab from April 8 to May 17, 2023. Florida Studio Theatre, 1265 1st St., Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Summer Photo Contest with the Conservation Foundation , April 26 – May 31, Submissions open through midnight May 31st

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is delighted to announce the return of their virtual Summer Photo Contest. Entering its fourth year, this annual event invites photographers of all ages and experience levels to share their original work showcasing the natural beauty of the Sunshine State. As in years past, the exhibition will be entirely virtual with website and Facebook displays. Works submitted for this online juried exhibition must have been taken in Florida within the past year. There is also a Youth Perspective category for ages 15 and under. The submission deadline is midnight on May 31. For categories, details, entry rules, and submission forms visit conservationfoundation.com/summerphoto.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Extended Orioles Spring Training , April 28 – June 3, Various times

With the Major League Baseball season now underway, the Orioles’ year-round baseball operations continue in Sarasota with Extended Spring Training. The public is invited to watch Orioles minor league players in action at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in April, May, and June. Baltimore’s farm system is currently rated as the top player development system in baseball, according to Baseball America, ESPN, and MLB Pipeline. Visit orioles.com/sarasota to learn more.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Unique Differences at Art Uptown Gallery , May 2 – May 26, Various times

The newest artists at Art Uptown Gallery will be featured in the May exhibit, Unique Differences showcasing their original paintings. Meet the artists, Ian Begg, Lynn Armstrong Coffin, and Tammy Keller, at the First Friday public reception on May 5 from 6-9 p.m. All four award-winning artists are local, full-time residents of Sarasota. The exhibit opens on Saturday, April 29 and runs through Friday, May 26. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse work of award-winning regional artists is exhibited daily. Telephone 941-955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com for hours and further information.

[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]  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]  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.

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