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"Nobody wants to default on our debt, but neither can we afford to keep spending money we don't have."

- U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota

[Federal]  Debt Deal Doesn't Satisfy Local Congressmen
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

President Joe Biden signed a spending bill this weekend to raise the national debt ceiling by as much as $4 trillion. But the officials representing the Sarasota-Bradenton area all spoke against the deal.

Both U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, and Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, voted in April in favor of a spending deal passed by the Republican-controlled U.S. House that would have hiked spending by about $1.5 trillion. But that wasn’t acceptable to the Democrat-controlled Senate or the White House. That set off weeks of negotiations between Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Biden to the deal ultimately signed into law.

Buchanan said the deal falls short of needed reductions in federal spending.

“Nobody wants to default on our debt, but neither can we afford to keep spending money we don't have,” he posted on social media. “Very disappointed to see this bill increase the national debt by $4 trillion in half as many years and do very little to actually get our fiscal house in order. A vote for this bill is a vote for reinforcing Washington’s wasteful spending habits.”

Steube also said he couldn’t support the legislation.

“While I was originally optimistic about some of the conservative wins found in the negotiated debt ceiling package, I have read the bill, heard from hundreds of my constituents, and ultimately cannot in good conscience vote for this legislation,” Steube said.

“House Republicans acted responsibly weeks ago by passing a plan to address America’s fiscal crisis and Speaker McCarthy successfully forced President Biden to the negotiating table. I supported that plan, and I was prepared to support a good-faith compromise. But this bill does not go far enough to address Washington’s spending problem.”

The bill passed in the House 314-117. Buchanan and Steube were among 71 Republicans in the House to vote against the final deal. The Senate passed the package on a 63-36 vote. Both U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, and Rick Scott, R-Florida, voted against it as well.

Biden defended the deal as testament to the power of compromise.

“This is vital because it’s essential to the progress we’ve made over the last few years — is keeping full, faith, and credit of the United States of America and passing a budget that continues to grow our economy and reflects our values as a nation,” Biden said in a televised address. 

Photos: Vern Buchanan, Greg Steube.

[The Out-of-Door Academy]  RocketKids: Guide to Private Schools - The Out-of-Door Academy

ESTABLISHED IN 1924, THE OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY is home to more than 800 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The school offers an innovative program focused on educating the whole child in a caring, supportive community. Out-of-Door continually implements new programs and strategies to meet the emerging educational needs of the next generation. Through its evolution, ODA has honored the legacy of its visionary founders who established a school where important lessons would be learned “out-of-door,” or outside the classroom. Central to that vision was a belief that education should integrate hands-on learning experiences, physical activity, and the arts. Two campuses boast space for visual and performing arts opportunities, as well as 12 interscholastic team sports. More than 50 student-run clubs and activities, including cultural, arts, and service organizations are offered. The Out-of-Door Academy remains dedicated to its longstanding commitment to the development of self-confident, well-rounded graduates who become responsible, contributing members of the global society.

School's Mission

The Out-of-Door Academy is an independent, college preparatory school with campuses in Siesta Key and Lakewood Ranch. Students in preschool - grade 12 achieve high academic goals and build character through a balanced program of academics, athletics, and the arts. Using a student-centered educational philosophy, ODA prepares students for college and for life. 


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[New Homes]  Pulte Homes Announces Plans to Offer Single-Family Homes in Lakespur at Wellen Park

Pulte Homes, one of the nation’s most recognized and trusted brands in homebuilding for over 70 years, has finalized the purchase of homesites in Lakespur, a new gated neighborhood in the sought-after Wellen Park master-planned community in Venice. Pulte will offer single-family homes nestled along the gated neighborhood’s large lakes, wetlands and preserves. Pulte is expected to begin construction of the professionally designed model homes in early summer 2023. The first phase of Lakespur will offer 137 new single-family homes. The neighborhood will also feature a resident-only amenity campus with a pool, cabana, patio, outdoor kitchen, office, fire pit, playground and dog park. Lakespur is located convenient to South River Road and U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail, and just 14 minutes to I-75 and 40 minutes from the Punta Gorda Airport. Lakespur is also conveniently located to top A-rated schools and just south of a new K-8 charter school opening for the 2023-24 school year, as well as a future Sarasota County high school. With a focus on health, wellness, community connections and nature, Wellen Park was named the eighth fastest-selling community in the U.S. in 2022 by John Burns Real Estate Consulting. The first phase of Downtown Wellen includes an 80-acre lake for paddle sports, a 3-mile lakefront trail, parks, and unique outdoor gathering areas, plus restaurants, boutiques, medical offices, beauty, and professional services. For exclusive monthly updates as the community progresses, join the VIP List for Pulte Homes at Lakespur by visiting www.Pulte.com/Lakespur. 

Pictured: With homesites overlooking lakes and preserves, Lakespur will offer a collection of 137 stunning new single-family home designs in the sought-after Wellen Park master-planned community in Venice.

[Military Training]  Military Aircraft Training Missions

SRQ and Dolphin/Hawthorne Aviation will be supporting the Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) from June 4 – June 14. ATAC is the world’s largest outsourced civilian tactical airborne training organization. They maintain a versatile and highly capable fleet of transonic and supersonic aircraft to support the US Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. ATAC is contracted by the military to engage in various training missions such as fighter intercepts, basic fighter maneuvers, offensive and defensive counter-air tactics, and advanced electronic attack. The Sarasota/Bradenton community can expect to see a variety of fighter jet aircraft arriving and departing the SRQ airport from June 4 – June 14. The fighter jets include the F-21 Kfirs and the Mk-58 Hawker Hunters. Additional information about ATAC can be found here: www.atacusa.com. 

[Recognition]  Christopher Alan Homes Named as Gulfshore Business Best Places to Work

Christopher Alan Homes’ commitment to its employees, a culture centered on work-life balance, volunteerism and a positive, collaborative work environment is recognized by Gulfshore Business as one of the Best Places to Work in 2023. The builder-owned company is featured in the magazine’s June 2023 issue honoring Southwest Florida’s top businesses for employee satisfaction. The magazine’s independent selection process is weighted largely by in-depth employee statements. Top companies are chosen by an independent research firm that specializes in identifying and recognizing the area’s greatest places to work. The firm analyzes applicants’ company policies, practices, benefits and demographics, along with employee statements. To optimize the work experience, the company formed an employee culture committee that focuses on application of core values, mission and purpose. The cross-departmental sessions put the company philosophies into practice through group activities, outings and community outreach projects. Philanthropic service is supported by Christopher Alan Homes and the team enthusiastically participates in projects on behalf of Lee County BIA’s Builder’s Care, the Community Cooperative, and local schools. Schmoyer also attributes employee satisfaction to the organization’s fast growth, coupled with Christopher Alan Homes’ strong company values and a commitment to providing homeowners with the highest quality single-family homes at attainable prices. It is the only local homebuilder among Southwest Florida’s top five builders for single-family residential permitted units in 2022, ranking fourth against a field of national companies. 

Pictured: Part of Christopher Alan’s success is attributed to a company culture centered on work-life balance, volunteerism and a positive, collaborative work environment.

[Community News]  Community Invited to Participate in Survey, Public Meetings for Resilient SRQ Program development and funding uses countywide

Community members are invited to participate in the newly-launched Resilient SRQ survey to provide feedback for the forthcoming public action plan and potential use of funds to support recovery efforts countywide from the impacts of Hurricane Ian. The survey is available at scgov.net/ResilientSRQ from June 2 through June 28. Paper copies are also available at county libraries, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension and Sustainability Sarasota office, and several community centers and parks. In addition to the survey, community members may also provide feedback during one of the Resilient SRQ public meetings at the following locations and times: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., June 21, at Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Public Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice, 6 to 8 p.m., June 22, at Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Public Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd, Sarasota, 2 to 4 p.m., June 24, at Shannon Staub Public Library, 4675 Career Lane, North Port. The county will use information from the survey, public meetings along with data from federal, state, and local sources to develop an action plan over the next several months, detailing projects and programs to best meet the unmet needs identified in Sarasota County. Projects will be designed to primarily assist low to moderate income households within the categories of housing, restoration of infrastructure, economic revitalization and mitigation. The Resilient SRQ program was created for an anticipated $201,535,000 allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR). As part of the program, the county will submit an action plan outlining the use of CDBG-DR funds. The plan will require approval from the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners and HUD prior to the county taking receipt of the funds. To learn more or be notified about program updates, events and information, visit scgov.net/ResilientSRQ or call 311. More information on future participation will be released as additional opportunities are finalized. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Script to Screen Movie with Post Film Talk, Saturday June 17th 7 pm

Join BookStore1 Bookseller and Film Critic Roxanne Baker to watch and discuss the 2022 Palme D'Or Nominated Film Eight Mountains. Eight Mountains explores the life long friendship between two very different men, one who is apathetic to his father's Alps hiking and the neglected boy who thrives on climbing endurance. The novel, Eight Mountains by Paolo Cognetti, was adapted to the screen by husband and wife team Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch. The book is available at BookStore1 Sarasota 117 S. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota (www.sarasotabooks.com) and the film showing and talk takes place at Burns Court Theater and tickets are available at www.filmsociety.org or at the box office at 506 Burns Lane Sarasota. 

[Interview With]  New Boss For New College
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

New Boss For New College | Skepticism and anxiety greeted Richard Corcoran's hire. Can the school's new hire convert his critics? May/June 2023. 

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[SOON]  BUSINESS: Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps SCORE Workshop , June 14, 12pm
Showing up when customers are searching online is more important than ever. Ensure customers can find accurate, updated information about your local business on Google Search and Google Maps, no matter which device they use. In this workshop, you will learn how to create and manage a Google Business Profile from start to finish. In this session we will show you how to create or claim your Google Business Profile, manage your business info across Google Search and Maps and use your Business Profile to connect with potential customers. Visit score.org to register.
[SOON]  GALA: Dog Prom , June 8, 5-9pm
The Humane Society of Manatee County is proud to partner with Bayside Pet Resort for the first annual Dog Prom on Thursday, June 8 from 5-9 pm. This pet-friendly event will allow guests to dance their tails off while enjoying light food, photo opportunities, games, raffle prizes, a Bone Bar, and more. Guests will also have the chance to meet adoptable dogs from the Humane Society of Manatee County and vote on who receives the title of Prom King and Queen. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting the events calendar at www.humanemanatee.org. Each $25 ticket includes general admission, light food, a wag bag filled with goodies, and two raffle tickets. Recommended dress attire is formal for both humans and dogs, so bring out your bowties and dresses for paw-some photos and a fashion show! For those who plan to bring their furry friend, updated vaccine records are required for entry. To learn more or purchase tickets, please visit www.humanemanatee.org or contact Samantha Harris, Event Coordinator, at 941-747-8808 ext. 315 or events@humanesocietymanatee.org. Dog Prom, Motorworks Brewing in Bradenton, 1014 Ninth St. West.
[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: 8 Track, The Sounds of the 70s in Concert , June 8 – June 18, Various times
Get your platform shoes out and brush up on your favorite disco moves because June 8 through 18 the 8-Track, The Sounds of 70s in Concert is coming to The Players Centre. Get ready to boogie down through 10 years of groundbreaking music. With its propulsive rhythms and dazzling harmonies, 8-Track is a fast-paced musical romp through one of the most impassioned decades of the 20th century. This concert features the music of The Emotions, The Carpenters, Labelle, Barry Manilow, Marvin Gaye, The Doobie Brothers, The Bee Gees, Helen Reddy, KC and the Sunshine Band, and more. Rediscover the heart and soul of the forgotten decade with this joyously rousing, moving, and often downright hilarious musical in concert. 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Ste. 1130, Sarasota, theplayers.org.
[SOON]  FILM: Cinema at The Bay featuring The Notebook , June 8, 8pm
Join us for a free movie at The Bay Park. Bring your blankets, chairs, family, and friends to enjoy a wonderful evening under the stars. The Nest, the new concession at The Bay, will be selling tasty food and beverages along with Nakos Tacos Food Truck to make the evening a legit and fun movie-going experience for all. In The Notebook, a poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom. However, social differences soon get in the way.The Bay Park, The Oval at The Bay, 1055 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, thebaysarasota.org.
[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Conservation Foundation Trivia Nights , June 9 – August 11, 5 to 8 p.m.

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is excited to announce a monthly trivia series this summer at their Bay Preserve headquarters in Osprey on June 9, July 14 and August 11. The free community events will take place from 5pm to 8pm with trivia beginning at 6pm. Each month a different food truck duo will be onsite offering a variety of tasty options the whole family can enjoy. The public is invited to come watch, play, or simply enjoy nature and food with family and friends. Each monthly event will have a different theme with a variety of questions covering categories ranging from movies and music to science and nature. Teams can have up to eight members and multi-generational teams are encouraged. The winning team for each individual monthly event will receive a prize package in recognition of their win. Points will also be accumulated across the series, with the overall winning team receiving their choice of a private, guided hike or kayak trip for up to ten people. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to sit upon for this outdoor, picnic-style gathering. In the event of rain, the trivia component will be moved to an area under cover. Learn more and RSVP at conservationfoundation.com/events. Conservation Foundation, 400 Palmetto Ave., Osprey.

[SOON]  DANCE: Saltare Mortis In Studio Series at Sarasota Contemporary Dance , June 9 – July 17, 7pm
At the Saltare Mortis In-Studio Series, come take a glimpse into our lives as detectives as we attempt to solve a mystery in a town where crime is next to none. Though detectives in training, we have many tools up our sleeve to help us solve the mystery. But we could use your help. Put your detective skills to the test to help us unmask the criminal. You never know what surprises we will run into along the way. Shows will run in person on June 9 and 10 and July 14 with virtual options on June 19 and July 17. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit sarasotacontemporarydance.org.
[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Summer Circus Spectacular , June 9 – August 12, Various times

Circus fans of all ages, from near and far, can beat the heat this summer at reasonable prices while experiencing the best of the circus arts, thanks to the continued partnership of The Circus Arts Academy and The Ringling. The Summer Circus Spectacular returns this year, with exciting acts signed on for the one-hour, action-packed show. The 2023 Summer Circus Spectacular, which has become a seasonal highlight for locals, visitors, families and groups alike, takes place from June 9 through August 12. Tickets are $20 for adults, $13 for children 12 and under, and tickets for the 7 p.m. opening night performance and celebration on Friday, June 9, which includes a gala reception with the artists, are $50. To complete their circus experience, Summer Circus Spectacular patrons can enjoy access to the Circus Museum on the day they attend a show for an additional $5. Visit Ringling.org or call the Box Office at 941-360-7399 to purchase tickets and learn more. The Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Think and Drink Science at The Bishop, Burrowing Owls, Uncovering the Secrets of Their Natural Lives , June 14, 6:30 to 8:30pm
Join us for a Special Edition of think and drink, science featuring guest speaker Dr. Raoul Boughton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Rangeland Scientist-Wildlife. Presented by Mosaic Company. The Florida Burrowing Owl, is one of a few bird species to excavate its burrows, using them to protect their nests and young and to escape predators and the midday sun. Join Dr. Boughton as he discusses the biology and conservation of this State Threatened species and research that is being done to uncover their secret nocturnal lives. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, bishopscience.org.
[SOON]  FILM: Summer Movies at CoolToday Park featuring Top Gun Maverick , June 18, 5pm

Summer movie nights are back at CoolToday Park. Top Gun Maverick will be shown on the scoreboard and will begin at 5pm each night. Children ages 3 and under will receive free admission, while tickets for ages 4-9 are only $3, and ages 10 and up are $7. Tickets are available now at the CoolToday Park box office, online at cooltodaypark.com/movies or by calling 941-413-5004. Parking is free, seats will be available in the seating bowl. No outside food or beverages are chairs are allowed inside the stadium. The Superior Pools Tomahawk Tiki Bar and Grill will be open for full dinner service. For more information on the 2023 Movie Nights, or CoolToday Park, visit www.cooltodaypark.com , email springtraining@braves.com, or call 941-413-5000.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Silver Pride at Project Pride SRQ , June 10, 12-5pm
Project Pride SRQ and Senior Friendship Centers will present the first-ever Silver Pride to celebrate the community of LGBTQ individuals aged 50 and better on June 10 from 12-5 p.m. The free event will feature live music, local vendors, food trucks, all day raffle drawings and more from community partners. All are welcome. Senior Friendship Center Sarasota campus at 1888 Brother Greene Way, Sarasota, https://www.ppsrq.org/.
[SOON]  FOOD: Savor Sarasota , June 1 – June 14, Various times
Mark your calendars for the most delicious time of the year in Sarasota, the 18th annual Visit Sarasota County’s Savor Sarasota. Beginning Thursday, June 1st through Wednesday, June 14th, visitors and residents alike will be able to wine and dine their way around Sarasota area restaurants relishing multi-course meals. Savor Sarasota restaurant week is a two-week dining program that offers artfully crafted prix-fixe menus for both lunch and dinner. Lunch menus feature a two-course menu for $25 per person, and dinner menu features three courses for $40 per person. Many restaurants will also offer menu upgrades and wine and spirit pairings to elevate the experience. Visit https://www.visitsarasota.com/savor-sarasota/restaurants for an up-to-date restaurant list.
[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: 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]  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]  THEATER: Shear Madness , May 31 – July 16, Various times

There has been a murder in a local hair salon, and it is up to the audience to solve the crime. Everyone is a suspect when the old lady living above Shear Madness salon is mysteriously offed. Join two police officers to piece together the clues behind this strange, scissor-stabbing homicide. Chock full of up-to-the minute spontaneous humor, Shear Madness has slayed the hearts of audiences around the world. Now it is up to Sarasota audiences to outwit the suspects and catch the killer in this interactive comedy whodunit. FST Gompertz Theatre, 1265 First St.
Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Comedy Lottery at Florida Studio Theatre Improv , June 3 – July 29, 7:30pm
It is the lottery where everyone wins. Twelve lucky audience members determine the fate of our team by selecting the nightly lineup of games. Our cast of funny people are off to the races spinning scenes, sketches, and songs to win your laughter. Bownes Lab, 1265 First St., Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.

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