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SRQ DAILY Jul 10, 2023

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"My amendments are commonsense and will make our nation safer and stronger."

- U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota

[Politics]  Steube Wants DEI Removed From Military Academies
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Florida has removed many diversity initiatives from the state’s university system. Now, U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, wants the same happening with the U.S. military.

The lawmaker filed more than a dozen amendments to the proposed defense budget in the U.S. House, many focused on removing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives, or DEI. He said the military needs to focus on military readiness.

"I filed thirteen amendments to this year's NDAA to ensure our military's budget prioritizes the safety and security of the American people,” Steube said in a statement.

“My amendments are commonsense and will make our nation safer and stronger. To name a few: Military personnel who chose to avoid the COVID-19 vaccine should be reinstated with backpay, DEI activities should not be funded in the Armed Forces, and state sponsors of terrorism should not be able to purchase U.S. real estate."

Steube wants Congress to prohibit the use of any federal funding for DEI activities in the Armed Forces, National Academies and Department of Defense.

That’s similar to a mandate just signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis ending DEI efforts at state colleges and universitys. Before that was even passed, New College of Florida eliminated DEI programs at the Sarasota public university.

 Three years after COVID-19 reached the U.S., Steube also said its time to reinstate anyone drummed out of the military over refusal to take a COVID-19 vaccine. He also wants cadets and midshipmen kicked out of military academies to be reinstated.

Steube also urged sanctions on property acquisition for those involved in Afghanistan’s mineral trade and anyone involved with foreign governments recognized as state sponsors of terrorism.

The Congressman also said he wants an accounting of money spent on the military conflict in Ukraine thoroughly accounted for moving forward. He wants the Defense Department’s Inspector General to provide a detailed audit on any U.S. resources sent to Ukraine provided within six months of passage of the budget.

"My amendment directing the DoD's Office of Inspector General to report to Congress on the U.S. taxpayer-funded assistance to Ukraine will provide critical transparency to the American people on the billions we sent to Ukraine, since this administration has failed to do so," Steube said. 

Photo courtesy Steube's office: Rep. Greg Steube addresses Concerned Veterans for America.

[Hospital News]  Sarasota Memorial Celebrates Two Milestones in Maternity and Newborn Care

Sarasota Memorial Hospital- Sarasota Campus has achieved two major milestones in maternity care: earning the Level III Maternal Care Verification from the Joint Commission, and renewing its Baby-Friendly Hospital designation from Baby-Friendly USA. The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American College of Obstetrics, assess and verify a hospital’s maternal levels of care through a voluntary survey every three years. Sarasota Memorial received the Level III verification for providing advanced care to low and moderate-risk pregnancies, as well as to high-risk patients, including subspecialty care for more complex maternal medical conditions, obstetric complications and fetal conditions. Following a comprehensive on-site assessment, SMH-Sarasota has also achieved re-designation as a Baby-Friendly Hospital. The international recognition spotlights hospitals that create a care environment and culture that supports mother-baby bonding, breastfeeding, and best practices in maternity care. The standards required by Baby-Friendly USA are built on evidence-based practices recommended by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. SMH-Sarasota was the first, and remains the only hospital on the Suncoast to earn the Baby-Friendly Hospital designation in 2017, and has successfully been re-designated for another five years. Sarasota Memorial’s two campuses are the only hospitals delivering babies in Sarasota County, with more than 4,500 births in 2022. The health system offers a full range of maternity services, including an Obstetrical Emergency Care Center, the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the area, a team of board-certified specialists, and comprehensive education and support programs.


[Veterans]  PulteGroup will Dedicate New Mortgage-free Home for Hometown Hero and Bronze Star Medal Recipient U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Lucio Gaytan

A local United States Army veteran will receive the keys to his mortgage-free home in Sapphire Point at Lakewood Ranch, a Pulte Homes community, in a special dedication ceremony. The new home will be donated through national homebuilder PulteGroup’s Built to Honor® program and Building Homes for Heroes, a partnership which provides the gift of a new home to deserving veterans and their families across the country. The mortgage-free Pulte home was built in partnership with national homebuilder PulteGroup’s Built to Honor® program and non-profit veteran support organization, Building Homes for Heroes. Launched in 2013, PulteGroup’s Built to Honor® program has awarded more than 75 mortgage-free homes to veterans and their families across the country.

Army Sergeant First Class Lucio Gaytan joined the military on Feb. 1, 1996, out of Imperial Beach, California. He was the first person in his family to serve in the military and has stated that there was no greater honor than to serve his country. After 22 years of service, he was honorably retired in February 2018. In 2005, SFC Gaytan was injured during a parachute jump while training for his deployment to Afghanistan. His sustained injuries from the severe landing fall include herniated discs, bulging discs, degenerative disk disease, a lumbar sacral injury from his L-1 down to his S-1, and spinal stenosis all in conjunction with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Despite his injuries, he completed his deployment overseas and continued to serve until he was physically unable. He medically retired after being transferred to the Warrior Transition Battalion. SFC Gaytan has undergone many medical procedures to help with his injuries, but still suffers from chronic pain and a traumatic brain injury (TBI), hearing loss and tinnitus. Despite his injuries, SFC Gaytan is a participant in adaptive sports, such as wheelchair basketball, wheelchair football and has even taken part in the Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games for Team SOCOM. For his service to his country, SFC Gaytan has been awarded several military honors, including the Bronze Star Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ 4 Campaign Stars, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star, Master Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. The ceremony will take place Wednesday, July 12--9 a.m. guests begin to arrive, 10 a.m. dedication ceremony begins. Special motorcade procession to welcome U.S. Army veteran and family.

Sapphire Point at Lakewood Ranch, 16411 Sapphire Point Drive, Lakewood Ranch, Fla. 34211. 


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[Recognition]  RE/MAX Alliance Group Associates Named Among America’s Best

RE/MAX Alliance Group associates were recently recognized in the 2023 “America’s Best Real Estate Professionals” rankings by RealTrends + Tom Ferry. Those ranked are among the top 1.5% of 1.6 million real estate professionals in the United States. The prestigious survey is based on 2022 transaction sides and sales volume for participating agents and teams in the United States. To qualify for the RealTrends + Tom Ferry “America’s Best Real Estate Professionals” list, participating agents must have completed at least 50 transactions or closed $20 million in sales volume during the year. Participating teams were required to have completed at least 75 transactions or closed $30 million in sales volume. 

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[Leadership]  Visit Sarasota County Names New President and CEO

The Visit Sarasota County (VSC) Board of Directors voted to appoint current VSC Vice President Erin M. Duggan, CDME as the new President and CEO of VSC effective September 30 when the current President, Virginia J. Haley, CDME retires. Duggan has been with VSC since 2005, serving first as Public Relations Manager then Brand Director and most recently as Vice President since 2016. In her various roles at VSC, she helped create initiatives such as the wildly successful airline marketing incentive program that attracted new air service into the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. Eighteen years ago, she developed Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week that annually occurs the first two weeks of June and put Sarasota on the culinary map. Over the years, she has developed award-winning marketing and public relations campaigns. Duggan has been a long-time leader in the local community, serving as President of the Junior League of Sarasota and is the Past Chair of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Leadership Program. She is a graduate of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation Leadership Institute and the Sarasota Chamber’s Leadership Sarasota programs. Professionally, Duggan has served on the Board of Directors for Destinations Florida, the trade association for all of Florida’s destination tourism organizations, the Board of the Society of American Travel Writers and the VISIT FLORIDA Marketing Council. She was named one of 30 Under 30 by Sarasota Magazine in 2007 and one of 40 under 40 by the Tampa Bay Business Observer in 2016. Prior to her career at VSC, Duggan served as the Community Relations Manager for the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County and the Director of Marketing and Communications for United Way of Manatee County. Duggan is a graduate of Florida Southern College and holds a Certified Destination Management Executive designation from Destinations International and Purdue University. Duggan lives in Sarasota and is married to attorney Patrick Duggan and they have two teenage sons. 

[Recognition]  Three Fergeson Skipper Attorneys Named Shareholders

Fergeson Skipper, P.A. recently announced that Matthew Francis, Declan Mahoney, and Daniel Tullidge have become shareholders at the firm. The appointments reflect their outstanding contributions to the firm’s growth and their dedication to providing exceptional counsel.  Matthew Francis, who has been designated a Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers, is admitted to practice before all local and state courts in Florida as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Florida and the Middle District of Florida. His areas of practice include litigation and dispute resolution, business contract and commercial litigation, construction litigation, estate and trust litigation, and consumer litigation. Francis received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and his B.S.B.A. in Economics from the University of Florida Warrington College of Business. Declan Mahoney is admitted to practice before all local and state courts in Florida as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Florida and the Middle District of Florida. His practice is focused on commercial litigation and dispute resolution, probate and trust litigation, breaches of contract, business torts, real estate disputes, and contractual relationships. Mahoney graduated magna cum laude from University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois. Daniel Tullidge is board certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in wills, trusts, and estates. Board certification identifies Tullidge as an attorney with special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in his practice area as well as a reputation for professionalism and ethics. Additional practice areas include taxation, nonprofit, and business organization. Tullidge received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, cum laude, and Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Florida. He earned his Master of Law in Taxation (LL.M.) from the University of Florida, where he served on the Florida Law Review and Florida Tax Review. Tullidge was a graduate of the Gulf Coast Leadership Institute and editor of the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Docket. 

[SRQIST]  Cut From Entrepreneurial Cloth
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

CUT FROM ENTREPRENEURIAL CLOTH | Tweeds Suit Shop launches brick-and-mortar, July/August 2023. 

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[SOON]  SEMINAR: Create and Send Your First Email Campaign in 15 Minutes or Less , July 12, 12 pm
Not sure how to get started with your first email campaign? Do not worry, we will take you through how to create and send your first email campaign. By the end of this session, you will know how to create an effective email campaign that looks great on any device and gets your subscribers to take action. Free, online event. To enroll, visit score.org/manasota.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Geckos Grill and Pubs Trivia , July 1 – June 1, 7:30 pm

Geckos Grill & Pub’s Award-winning Trivia-Think While You Drink! If you love Trivia, join the fun at Geckos all year round. All Trivia starts at 7:30pm. We will have prizes, giveaways and specials plus the Geckos made-to-order fare, signature cocktails and hospitality you love. Monday trivia will be held at the Clark Road location in Palmer Crossing and on Tuesdays at the SR 64 location in Braden River Plaza. The SR 64 location will be taking a break from Trivia in October, but will start back up in April. On Wednesdays, trivia will take place at the Hillview Street location in Southside Village. www.GeckosGrill.com.

[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]  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]  GALLERY: Identity, Exploring the Human Condition , June 1 – August 5, Gallery hours

The 2023 exhibition season continues with Identity, Exploring the Human Condition, which highlights the diverse talents of artists from across the southeast region of the United States and will be on display in all four gallery spaces. On view from June 1-August 5, the opening reception is Thursday, June 1, 6-8 p.m. The juror is Christy Paris, an art professor and PhD candidate in the College of Education at the University of South Florida. A Juror’s Critique, with Paris, will take place on Tuesday, June 6. Art Center Sarasota is located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For information, visit www.artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032.

[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]  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]  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 Surfer Boys at Florida Studio Theatre , June 13 – August 13, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre kicks off its Summer Cabaret Series with The Surfer Boys,an energetic tribute to the music of The Beach Boys. Featuring such hits as California Girls, Good Vibrations, Barbara Ann, and Surfin USA, The Surfer Boys is filled with the honey-tinged harmonies and unforgettable melodies that defined 1960s California and pop music. The Surfer Boys begins playing June 13 in the FST Goldstein Cabaret. Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  GALLERY: 55 Frida Project , June 18 – August 18, Various times

Maverick, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo painted 55 self-portraits in her short and tragic life. View the commemorative exhibit by artist Beck Lane of her work at UUCS Lexow Wing Gallery, her artwork merges extraordinary creative vision and innovative technique and has been collected and shown in pop-up galleries, solo shows, galleries, and private collections in Boston, California, New York City, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Miami, Brussels, Switzerland, South America, and Israel. On her YouTube Channel, Catalyst and Co., Beck records herself painting live, while offering encouragement to fellow artists, and sharing her experiences as an artist and her painting process and techniques. These mixed medium works pulsate with powerful, vibrant energy, fluid color and rare style. On Sunday, July 16, Lane will be painting live from 12-2 pm at the Lexow Gallery. UUCS Lexow Wing Gallery, 3975 Fruitville Rd., www.uucsarasota.com, www.becklaneartist.com.

[SOON]  THEATER: Black Pearl Sings , June 28 – August 6, Various times

In 1935 Depression-era Texas, two women from very different backgrounds discover the other holds the key to everything they have each been searching for. Susannah is an ambitious Library of Congress musicologist, determined to record undocumented slave songs. Pearl is an African American woman with a soulful voice, a steely spirit, and a sentence in a high-security female prison. Pearls memory is a treasure-trove of unrecorded slave era music, but can she hand over her ancestors’ songs without giving up something of herself? Black Pearl Sings tells the evocative story of an unlikely bond, preservation of musical heritage, and the human need for hope and healing. Florida Studio Theatre, Keating Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.

[SOON]  THEATER: Divas Three , July 11 – September 17, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre presents Divas Three, a dynamic music revue featuring four decades of hits by some of the most influential women of music. With songs made famous by Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Carole King, and more, this original revue pays tribute to the artists whose musical impact has earned them the coveted title of diva. Created by Nancy Allen Productions, Divas Three begins playing on July 11 in the FST Court Cabaret. Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000. Florida Studio Theatre, 1265 1st St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Webb Space Telescope Anniversary , July 12, 6:30 pm

Join us in The Planetarium at The Bishop as we celebrate the one year anniversary of the first Webb Telescope images. At 7 pm, we will join the NASA live stream featuring expert panels and a new image. After the live stream, our Planetarium Manager will open the floor for questions and discussions about this historic mission. The evening begins at 6:30 pm in The Planetarium Lobby with free NASA giveaways where drinks are available for purchase. Visit bishopscience.org to purchase tickets. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St W, Bradenton.

[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]  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.

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