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SRQ DAILY May 15, 2023

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"Everly expands the homebuying opportunities and custom choices in our community while offering an incredible social lifestyle focused on community connections and a waterfront vibe"

- Rick Severance, President, Wellen Park.

[Growth]  Wellen Park Unveils Plans for Everly
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Wellen Park continues to grow its vision and footprint in South Sarasota County. Developers last week announced plans for Everly, the first multi-homebuilder neighborhood there. 

“Everly expands the homebuying opportunities and custom choices in our community while offering an incredible social lifestyle focused on community connections and a waterfront vibe,” said Wellen Park President Rick Severance. “Residents will enjoy exceptional lakefront amenities, an elegant social hall, and the on-site conveniences of a fitness center, a resort pool and private cabanas – all with spectacular sunset views. Residents will also have access to pickleball courts and a chip-and-putt golf facility.” 

John Cannon Homes, Lee Wetherington Homes and Neal Signature Homes will all build custom homes on 75- and 85-foot homesites in the community, and upscale residences will be built on 62-foot sites from Homes by WestBay. Builders have already started presales and six model homes are under construction.

The community is being marketed as luxury real estate with amenities including a clubhouse and fitness center with a poolside veranda. That will also had a social hall with a kitchen and reception area, as well as an outdoor firepit. A community area will also have a fishing platform, event lawn and dog park.

John Cannon Homes’ model will be from its Warrina line, with a three-bedroom, three-bath home with more than 3,400 square feet under air and an 850-square-foot covered lanai.

Lee Wetherington Homes will have two models, the Caravel and the Haven. The Caravel will showcase coastal contemporary style. Both homes will show speciality rooms including a library, media room, pool room and primary spa bath. The builder will construct one- and two-story homes in Everly with 3,200 to 4,000 square feet of living space with four bedrooms and up to four-and-a-half baths and three-care garages.

Neal Signature Homes, meanwhile, plans to build homes with 2,562 to 4,214 square feet with various structural options for consumers.

Homes by WestBay will showcase open floor plans in its two-story Gasparilla BII model home,  which will include beamed and tray ceilings, stone-accented walls, a gas fireplace and a ship lap, along with a bonus room on the second floor.


Rendering courtesy Wellen Park: Wellen Park has introduced EVERLY, a gated neighborhood of luxury single-family homes with private amenities and select homesites along a 50-acre lake for prime sunset views.

[Recognition]  S-One Holdings Corporation Named Best Workplace

S-One Holdings Corporation, a global company headquartered in Sarasota with a focus on the digital imaging industry, has been named to Inc. magazine’s annual Best Workplaces list. Additionally, S-One has been named as a winner to a special category Medium to Large Employee size 100-499. The list is the result of a comprehensive measurement of American companies that have excelled in creating exceptional workplaces and company culture, whether operating in a physical or a virtual facility. "We are honored to be a winner of Inc’s 2023 Best Workplaces and are proud that our team members consider S-One a great place to work," stated S-One Co-Founder Art Lambert. "Our people are at the heart of our company. Their diverse talent, perspectives, loyalty, and selfless service create a unique company culture unlike any other." After collecting data from thousands of submissions, Inc. selected over 500 honorees this year. Each company that was nominated took part in an employee survey, conducted by Quantum Workplace, which included topics such as management effectiveness, perks, fostering employee growth, and overall company culture. The organization’s benefits were also audited to determine overall score and ranking. “Being named to Best Workplaces is an honor that only a small fraction of companies have been able to claim,” said Inc. Editor-in-Chief Scott Omelianuk. “Proving to the world that you’re a magnet for talent and have a culture that keeps teams engaged, productive, and proud to come to work is a truly remarkable achievement.” 

[Medical Procedure]  Coastal Orthopedics Celebrates Completion of 500th Robotic Knee Replacement Procedure

Coastal Orthopedics, a full-service provider of comprehensive orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, spine care, pain management, diagnostic imaging and physical therapy service, recently celebrated the completion of its 500th robotic knee replacement procedure. Coastal Orthopedics has been performing outpatient knee replacement surgeries since 2014. In an effort to expand its outpatient knee replacement surgery offerings, in October 2021, Coastal Orthopedics became the first practice in the region to offer Stryker’s Mako Robotic-Arm assisted total and partial knee replacement procedures at an outpatient surgery center. Robotic-arm assisted surgery offers the potential for a higher level of patient-specific implant alignment and positioning. The technology allows surgeons to create a 3D plan and perform surgery using a surgeon controlled robotic-arm that helps execute the procedure with a high degree of accuracy. Mako SmartRobotics™ consists of three unique components – 3D CT-based planning, AccuStop™ haptic technology and insightful data analytics. In clinical studies, Mako Total and Partial Knee demonstrated the potential for patients to experience less pain, less need for opiate analgesics, less need for inpatient physical therapy, reduction in length of hospital stay, improved knee flexion and soft tissue protection in comparison to manual techniques. The technology also allows surgeons to cut less, which can result in less soft tissue damage and greater bone preservation. Following the personalized pre-operative plan, the surgeon guides the robotic-arm during bone preparation to execute the predetermined surgical plan and to position the implant. By selectively targeting only the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis, surgeons can resurface the diseased portion of the knee while helping to spare the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding the knee joint. Studies have shown robotic-arm assisted partial knee replacement is two to three times more accurate than manual partial knee replacement procedures. For patients at Coastal Orthopedics, robotic-arm assisted surgery provides a new level of precision that can take surgical outcomes to an even higher level. It also allows them to take advantage of the latest innovations in health care right here in the community, without the added expenses of traveling to a teaching center or university. 

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[Recognition]  JMX Brands Chosen as Finalist in 2023 Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Small Business Award

JMX Brands, the leading retailer of Amish furniture at dutchcrafters.com, is pleased to announce the company has been selected as a finalist for the 2023 Frank G. Berlin Sr. Small Business Award in the category of Medium Business of the Year. JMX Brands is one of three finalists in the Medium Business category. The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce (GSCC) has announced 27 finalists in nine categories. Winners will be announced at the 2023 Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Small Business Awards luncheon presented by the Herald-Tribune at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota on Friday, June 23. More than 115 applications were received for the nine award categories, compared to 68 and 67 applicants in the previous two years. The finalists in all nine categories are judged on several criteria, including innovation of product or service, business growth, and their contributions to the community. In addition to the nine businesses announced as finalists for small, medium and large business categories, another18 companies were selected as finalists for awards recognizing their companies’ contributions in community impact, minority business, non-profit business, rising star, woman-owned business, and workforce development and innovation awards. To register for the 2023 Small Business Awards luncheon, visit the Sarasota Chamber's website event page. 

[New Homes]  A Boater Paradise at Harbor Villas of Dona Bay

Quick access to the Intercoastal Waterway and Gulf of Mexico make this new Nokomis waterfront listing a boater’s paradise.Located at 516 Tamiami Trail South, Unit #402, in the Harbor Villas of Dona Bay, the property includes a deeded 36-foot boat slip, water, electric and mesmerizing waterfront views. Only 18 units compose the pet-friendly community, offering maintenance-free resort living with a heated saltwater pool and spa, club room, fitness room and kayak launch. This unit comes with a spacious storage space and two secured under-building parking spaces. Listed by the Kotaska Team of RE/MAX Alliance Group for $999,000, the unit has 2,158 square feet under air, three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and an expansive great room design with spectacular sunset views from the great room, dining room and open-air balcony. It is beautifully finished with crown molding, tile, granite countertops, newer Rev Wood laminate flooring, California Closets and upgraded lights, fans and fixtures. The spacious kitchen is a chef's delight with sparkling granite countertops, GE Monogram stainless steel five-burner cooktop, built-in microwave and oven, side-by-side counter-depth refrigerator, dishwasher, breakfast bar, painted cabinets with roll out shelves, travertine backsplash, dual bowl sink and separate bar sink. The Owner’s Suite, also featuring gorgeous water views, offers balcony access, a walk-in closet, and an ensuite bath with spa tub, frameless glass shower and dual sinks. The two separate ensuite guest bedrooms and baths provide privacy and space for guests. Ideally located, the property is minutes from the beaches, historic Venice dining and boutique shopping, Centennial Park, the farmer’s market and local events. More information, please visit 516 TAMIAMI #402 – $999,000 (mlsmatrix.com) or contact Kotaska Team member Jim Lorenz at (941) 308-3809 or JamesLorenz.Venice@gmail.com. The Kotaska Team is based in the RE/MAX Alliance Group Sarasota office at 2000 Webber Street, Sarasota, Florida 34239. Dennis and Terri Kotaska can be reached at reached at (941) 907-8207, or visit their website at www.SarasotaHousing.com. 

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[Epiphany Cathedral Catholic School]  RocketKids: Guide to Private Schools - Epiphany Cathedral Catholic School

EPIPHANY CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL (ECCS) was founded in 1959 and opened its doors to 54 students in 1st through 4th grade with two Sisters of St. Benedict as teachers, Sister Helen and Sister Lucy. Epiphany Cathedral Catholic School is the only Catholic elementary school in Venice and has served its parish and local Venice families with quality education for over 60 years. Epiphany Cathedral Catholic School is home to 262 students in Pre-Kindergarten (3s and 4s) through 8th grade. Our school serves as a partnership with teachers, parents, families and feeder parishes in reinforcing morality, spirituality, and other Christian values in the faith-filled teaching process. We adhere to best instructional practices, current curriculum, latest technology, and hire quality teachers. Of our 35 teachers, 12 teachers have Master’s Degrees in their field of study or in Educational Leadership and 12 teachers hold certifications in ESE, ESOL, or Gifted.

Our programs and curriculum are accredited by The Florida Catholic Conference and we follow the guidelines for the Florida State Standards. Epiphany follows a STREAM Curriculum which is an interdisciplinary, standards-based model that integrates science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Educational specialist teachers complement the classroom teacher in the areas of: music, Spanish, technology, library, Art, and Physical Education. We offer a variety of athletic, artistic, and educational competitive teams and clubs. Community service is an integral part of our daily lives and we offer a number of outreach programs organized and completed by our students. We believe all students have the capacity to learn in an environment that fosters academic excellence through diversified instruction. Epiphany Cathedral Catholic School offers a safe and nurturing environment for our students.

School’s Mission

Epiphany Cathedral Catholic School provides excellence in Catholic education which nurtures a loving relationship with God and builds a caring community that serves others. How are we living out this mission at Epiphany? We offer advanced math and Spanish classes in our middle school which can lead to high school credit. Daily Religion class and weekly school-wide Mass. School-wide service or donation projects. National Junior Honor Society—open to 6-8th graders who meet the GPA requirement and the standard for service, leadership, citizenship, and character. Young Marines— is a national youth program for boys and girls, ages eight through high school graduation, focused on leadership, citizenship through community service, self-discipline, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. 

EPIPHANY CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL - 316 Sarasota St. Venice, FL 34285 - ecstigers.com - Admissions Director: Andrea Mitchell, email: mitchell@ecstigers.com, phone: 941-488-2215 - Director of Development: Leah Mihm, email: mihm@ecstigers.com, phone: 941-6

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[New Homes]  Neal Land and Neighborhoods Introduces Vistera of Venice

Neal Land & Neighborhoods announces a new master-planned community in development named Vistera of Venice. Spanning over 300 acres, the gated community will be centrally located on Laurel Road, just over a mile east of Interstate 75 (I-75). Phase one of the two-phase development is expected to be completed this summer. Neal Land & Neighborhoods is an award-winning land development organization in Southwest Florida. Vistera of Venice will be a mixed-use development with a planned 582 single-family homes. Phase one will incorporate single-family homes from acclaimed home builders David Weekley Homes, M/I Homes and Neal Communities, starting in the high $400’s. The new community is designed to offer active living amenities and proximity to a variety of outdoor recreation and activities. Over half of the community will consist of lakes, wetlands, and open green areas. Vistera of Venice is currently generating an early waitlist through its VIP list as pre-sales are expected to begin this summer. Development completion for the master-planned community is estimated for the end of 2024. The community’s amenity center will include a fitness center, a game room and lounge, a pool, a hammock park, free community bikes and an event lawn. To learn more about Vistera of Venice, visit www.visteravenice.com. 

[Forage]  Made From Scratch
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

Made From Scratch | The dynamic duo of Frank Imbarlina and Melissa Louty serve up homemade delicacies at Two Chefs on Hillview, May/June 2023. 

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[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota County Schools Job Fair , May 15, 10 am to 2 pm

You are invited to attend a Job Fair on Monday, May 15 at the Carlisle Inn in Sarasota. You will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of careers available throughout the SCS district, learn about the valuable benefits offered and complete an online application. School and district staff will be available for questions and application assistance. To register, please visit sarasotacountyschool.net. Email recruitment@sarasotacountyschools.net with any questions. Carlisle Inn, 3727 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: School District of Manatee County Job Fair , May 16, 2-5 pm
The School District of Manatee County is hosting a job fair Tuesday, May 16. A variety of positions are available for teachers and paraprofessionals with on-site interviews available. Interested applicants are encouraged to pre-register, view openings and apply online. For more information or view a list of open positions, please visit www.ManateeSchools.net. Wakeland Support Center, 1812 27th St. E., Bradenton.
[SOON]  FOOD: Geckos Hospitality Group Iron Chef Challenge 2023 , May 15 – June 18, Restaurant Hours

Join the Geckos Hospitality Group family of restaurants to celebrate the culinary creativity of your favorite Geckos Grill and Pub Chefs during the annual Iron Chef Challenge. From May 15th to June 11th and June 12th to 18th each of our six Geckos will participate in a weekly special Iron Chef Menu, with several of our Chefs designing delectable and inventive fare, plus some tried and true favorites with a creative twist. The contest is a weekly competition between Geckos Kitchen Creatives and guests may sample what the GHG kitchen pros have up their Chef Jacket sleeves. Whichever Iron Chef Special Menu is the favorite of our GHG guests for the week wins the Iron Chef title for that week and a cash prize with seven Iron Chefs named after the competition knives have been cleaned and put away in June. There will be a Championship Final the week of June 12-18th, with the winning GHG location being crowned the Iron Chef 2023 Champ. All Geckos Hospitality locations, geckosgrill.com.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Kettle of Fish at Ringling by the Bay , May 15, 6 pm
Join us on the Bolger Campiello for live music from Kettle of Fish and dancing. Food and beverage will be available for purchase on the bayfront. Tickets are $10 for members and $20 for non-members. 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.
[SOON]  FOOD: SIN Nights at Geckos on Hillview , May 12 – August 31, 10 pm to midnight

Enjoy SIN Nights for Geckos Hospitality and Service Industry Colleagues. Join Geckos on Hillview Street in Southside Village and let us serve you late at night after your shift on Friday and Saturday nights. We will keep the light on late for you and offer Geckos food and drink specials just for you from 10-Midnight. Come in wearing your uniform or bring in your schedule and enjoy the camaraderie of friends at Geckos on Hillview. 1900 Hillview Street, Sarasota, www.GeckosGrill.com.

[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]  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]  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: 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]  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]  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]  MUSEUM: Eco Engineers , April 12 – September 3, During museum hours

Eco Engineers are plants and animals that profoundly impact their ecosystem. Through their presence or behavior, eco engineers create microhabitats, or unique areas within an ecosystem. Other species have taken notice of these microhabitats and decided to move in! In this exhibition, explore nine of Florida’s eco engineers and discover why our landscape wouldn’t be the same without them. Eco Engineers is a bilingual (English and Spanish) special exhibition created by our own Museum curators. Included with museum admission. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, bishopscience.org.

[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]  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]  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.

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