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SRQ DAILY Aug 21, 2023

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"We are continually seeking innovative ways to make our community safer."

- Kurt A. Hoffman, Sheriff, Sarasota County.

[Education]  Hotels to House New College Students As Academic Year Begins
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Sarasota’s hotels will serve this fall as dormitories for New College of Florida. The university announced partnership with three area hotels to accommodate students displaced by problems at the Pei dorms on campus.

“Out of an abundance of caution, and for the health and safety of the NCF community, Interim President (Richard) Corcoran has made the decision to shutter all of the Pei dorms,” reads a statement by the college. “This decision was made after the recent engineering report indicated air quality concerns.”

The college has a partnership with the neighboring Home2Suites on the north side of campus, which will be used entirely for student housing as students begin check-in this week. A large block of rooms in the adjacent Hilton Garden Inn will also house students. Those hotels will be used by lowerclassmen at the school.

Meanwhile, upperclassmen will live in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Sarasota.

“By arranging accommodations through these area hotels, NCF is providing students with housing that exceeds the quality at most other schools,” the statement reads. “Whether residing on-campus or at an affiliated off-campus hotel, NCF students will have the same degree of freedom and access to both hotel and campus amenities.”

At Hyatt Regency, officials said officials were deeply focused on a move-in process for students. Shuttles will connect students to the campus.

Orientation for new students at New College kicked off this weekend, with student check-ins scheduled for Wednesday.

The school, meanwhile, will kick off the year amid significant scrutiny. This marks the first term since Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed a number of new trustees fired the former President and brought on Corcoran. The school also eliminated its diversity, equity and inclusion programs and just canceled any classes in areas including Gender Studies. But Corcoran said regardless, the school is attracting a range of students in a record sized freshman class.

“New College of Florida is achieving diversity,” Corcoran tweeted. “This week we will be welcoming to our campus the incoming class, a class which exponentially increases the number of both Black and Hispanic students.” 

[Blood Drive]  Blood Drive for Hawaii

HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital and Suncoast Blood Centers are teaming up for a blood drive to help the victims of the Hawaii wildfires. For every donation made, Blood Centers of America, will make a $20 dollar donation to the Hawaii Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund. According to the Foundation, 100% of the donations will be distributed for community needs in Maui. Caregivers from HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital will be donating blood and plasma. The blood drive is open to members of the community as well. The event will take place Monday, August 21 from 8:00am- 2:00pm at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital, 5731 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota.


[Announcement]  WealthGen Advisors Announces Richard Rayles as New Director of Operations and Chief Compliance Officer

WealthGen Advisors, a leading financial advisory firm in Sarasota, is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Rayles as its new Director of Operations and Chief Compliance Officer. Richard brings over 16 years of extensive experience in the financial and investment industry, making him an invaluable addition to the WealthGen Advisors team. Richard Rayles' appointment marks a significant milestone for WealthGen Advisors as the firm continues to expand its offerings and serve its clients with dedication and innovation. Richard will be responsible for overseeing the firm's day-to-day operations, ensuring seamless execution of client services, and enhancing overall operational efficiency. He will be entrusted with leading WealthGen Advisors' culture of compliance, ensuring adherence to industry regulations and best practices. Before joining WealthGen Advisors, Richard held prominent positions in the financial landscape. He served as a foreign exchange trader in the U.S. and Hong Kong, gaining a global perspective on financial markets and international investment strategies. Richard's experience extends to his time as a fund accountant at BNY Mellon, the world's largest custodian bank, where he honed his fund management and financial reporting skills. Additionally, he demonstrated his expertise in the dynamic fintech sector, leading operations in a successful startup. Richard holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Central Florida. Besides his accomplished career, Richard cherishes family values and shares a beautiful life with his wife and three daughters in Sarasota, Florida. 

[Airport News]  SRQ Passenger Numbers Continue to Grow in July 2023

Last month 323,396 passengers traveled through the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, compared to 283,125 passengers in July 2022. This represents an increase of 14%. The 12-month activity through July 2023 totals 4,185,188 passengers, a 12% increase compared to 3,752,032 passengers for the 12 months through July 2022. Year-to-date the airport has experienced a 14% increase in passenger traffic over the same period in 2022. “We are excited to see our passenger traffic continue to grow at SRQ and are working hard on multiple construction projects to handle the future growth needs of the airport. Last week we opened a new cell phone lot which provides paved parking and upgraded restroom facilities. A new 5-gate terminal expansion is in on track to be completed by the end of next year and additional paved parking lots will be completed before this upcoming season’s peak travel days. Concourse B is currently being refreshed with additional space for seating, new carpeting, a new companion assist restroom, and a new mother’s nursing room. Additional projects will break ground in the next couple of months including a new ground transportation facility, expansion of the west air carrier apron, and expansion of the employee parking lot,” stated Rick Piccolo, President, CEO of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. 

[County News]  Manatee County to Host Supplier Outreach Symposium in September

To increase its engagement efforts, Manatee County’s Procurement Division will host a Supplier Outreach Symposium for suppliers to meet with representatives of Manatee County departments. This event is designed to involve a diverse group of suppliers and provide guidance on how to do business with Manatee County. This will also be an opportunity for suppliers to share information on their services and goods available to Manatee County. The Supplier Outreach Symposium will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the Manatee County Administration Center, 1112 Manatee Avenue West in Bradenton. In addition to networking with other business professionals and members of both the Manatee County Procurement Division and multiple Manatee County departments, the event will include a How to Do Business with Manatee County workshop presentation at 9:00 a.m. and again at 10:30 a.m. The workshop is intended to cover the basics of doing business with Manatee County Government, followed by a brief question-and-answer period. Pre-registration is available at this link. Supplier registration will also be available at the event. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. Learn more about Manatee County’s Procurement Division at mymanatee.org/purchasing. For more information about Manatee County Government, visit mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ManateeGov. 

[Grand Opening]  Sweet Sparkman Architecture and Interiors Opens New Studio in St. Petersburg

The rapid growth of the Tampa Bay area continues with a new addition to the city of St. Petersburg. Award-winning and internationally recognized Sarasota-based design firm, Sweet Sparkman Architecture, and Interiors, officially opens the doors of its new office on the city’s vibrant Central Avenue on Friday, July 21st. Sweet Sparkman has contributed to the development of St. Peterburg for several years, working on projects in the city and its surrounding area. The firm worked on the campus of Eckerd College for a number of years. Recently, creating the design for the St. Petersburg Sanitation Complex, currently in construction. The firm also designed the Largo Fire Station #43 winner of the 2018 Florida West Coast Branch American Public Works Association Project of the Year. Given its ongoing involvement with St. Petersburg, the firm seeks to affirm its commitment to the community with the new office and a local base of operations. In addition to the firm’s multitude of partnerships for current and future projects in the area, St. Petersburg provides an environment rich with youthful energy and an appetite for innovative design that lends itself well to Sweet Sparkman’s team of bold, inventive designers committed to design excellence.  

[Grand Openings]  Waterside Place Adds Two New Tenants and Announces New Openings

Lakewood Ranch, the nation’s best-selling master-planned community for all ages, recently announced two new tenants for the Waterside Place town center – a retail, services, dining, and entertainment destination. Both are scheduled to open in the first quarter of next year. Eatalia will be an Italian market that will specialize in imported meats, cheeses, olives and nuts, homemade bread, build-your-own charcuterie boards, fresh pasta and other grocery items, as well as a cold bar with various salad items. Eatalia will be for people who are “passionate about Italian cuisine, or anyone looking for a quick, quality- made bite on the go.” The Wellness Space will offer an array of services, including mentoring and meditation with different modalities to create clarity. There will also be private and group coaching services for individuals, couples, family and children, as well as corporate services. The newest dining spot at Waterside Place is Osteria 500, which opened at the end of July. Osteria 500 is an Italian restaurant featuring antipasto, salads, meat and fish entrees, and pasta dishes made fresh and in house. There are also numerous pizzas and paninis from which to choose. Osteria 500 has an extensive wine list, as well as specialty cocktails. Other recently opened businesses include SHACK yoga + Fitness, Marmalade, featuring home décor, furnishings, and women’s apparel and gifts; Modish Salon, Capstan Financial Consulting Group, and Williams Parker Attorneys at Law. These recently opened businesses at Waterside Place join tenants Korê Steakhouse and cocktail lounge, Good Liquid Brewing company, O&A Coffee Supply, CROP Juice, Bay Area Aesthetics, Body Bar Pilates, 3Form Fitness, Kilwins, Paint Nail Bar, Lakewood Ranch Medical Group, Smith Law, Man Cave for Men, a luxury modern barber shop; Monkee’s, an upscale women’s boutique; Florida Provisions Co., a retail and bar concept; Forked, a breakfast, lunch, brunch and cocktails establishment; the John Cannon Model Experience Center, M/I Homes Design, M/I Homes Financial, and M/I Homes Title Agency. Still to open are Agave Bandido, a Mexican-American restaurant and tequileria; Deep Lagoon, a seafood  & oyster house; Good Liquid Distilling Co., Duck Donuts, Cileone Jewelers, The Black Dog store, which will sell resort wear, and La Chic Boheme, offering spa services and treatments.For more information about Waterside Place, visit www.WatersidePlace.com. For more information on Lakewood Ranch, please contact Lisa Barnott at 941-757-1542. 

[Safety]  Online Reporting System Now Available

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is proud to announce the launch of a new online system for reporting crimes. To serve the Sarasota community better and more efficiently, SCSO is now providing an online citizen reporting system accessible through the agency’s website. This system has been developed and tested to provide convenience and a higher level of service to our citizens while conserving law enforcement time and resources. An online report can be initiated by visiting the sheriff’s office website at www.SarasotaSheriff.org. Click on either the “File A Report” link under the Programs and Services header at the top of the page or the “File A Report” icon under the photo slideshow, then click the appropriate tile from the classifications listed. From there, a fillable form will specify the necessary information to complete the report. While not every incident can be reported via the online form, the sheriff’s office has included several that are typically reported, including scams, property damage, and vandalism, to name a few. “Technology that can help us serve more effectively and use our resources more efficiently will benefit everyone,” said Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman. “We are continually seeking innovative ways to make our community safer.” 

[SOON]  GALA: Brunch on the Bay at USF Sarasota Manatee , November 5, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Tickets are on sale for Brunch on the Bay, the annual marquee fundraiser for the USF Sarasota Manatee campus, which returns on Nov. 5. Attendees will enjoy culinary delights from local restaurants and caterers, and get a sneak peek at a major campus expansion project, a new student center and residence hall set to open in the fall of 2024. Proceeds from the 2023 Brunch on the Bay will support student scholarships and campus initiatives. Brunch on the Bay will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, on the USF Sarasota Manatee campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Visit sarasotamanatee.usf.edu/brunch for ticket and sponsorship information.

[SOON]  GALA: SPARCCle in the Garden with SPARCC , November 3, 6 pm

The annual SPARCC black tie gala, SPARCCle in the Garden will take place on Friday, November 3 at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Enjoy live musical entertainment by The Bay Kings, an open bar and passed hors doeuvres, a delicious three course dinner and exclusive live auction packages. All proceeds support free and confidential SPARCC programs and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

[SOON]  GALA: 21st Annual Buddy Walk with Bringing Up Down Syndrome , October 28, 10 am to 2 pm

Bringing Up Down Syndrome will hold its 21st annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, October 28th from 10 am to 2 pm at Bayside Community Church, located at 15800 FL64 in Bradenton, Florida. This exciting event is the largest Down syndrome awareness and celebration experience in the area. This event will feature live music with celebrated vocalist and DJ, MoTown Ross Brown, silent auction, carnival games, a 50/50 raffle, food and beverages, and a variety of other family friendly activities. All donations support programs and services offered to over 250 families across Manatee and Sarasota counties. Register now at manasotabuds.org.

[SOON]  FOOD: Taste of New Orleans at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , October 28, 5:30-7:30pm

Taste of New Orleans will take place on Saturday, October 28th at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. This event has developed an exceptional reputation, providing guests with hors doeuvres, live entertainment, and an unforgettable bayfront setting. Taste of New Orleans sponsorships are available at a variety of levels. Proceeds support Truly Valued programs, that increase confidence and better decision making skills through changed behaviors of the youth and families that we serve. Visit https://trulyvalued.org/taste-of-new-orleans to purchase tickets.

[SOON]  DANCE: Romeo and Juliet at the Van Wezel , October 8, 5pm
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome the International Ballet of Florida’s production of Romeo and Juliet to Sarasota on Sunday, October 8, at 5 p.m. For over ten years, the International Ballet of Florida, IBF, has gained a reputation for original full length ballets and has garnered acclaim across the state. Alongside its students, IBF proudly welcomes principal guest artists from the National Ballet of Ukraine, Lithuania Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and more as they begin the 2023 through 2024 season. Tickets are available now, starting at $30 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should call 941-263-6726.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 2023 Wedding Expo at Solis Hall , September 16, 9 a.m. to 12pm and 2 to 5 p.m

Wellen Park is hosting its first Wedding Expo at Solis Hall, the newest waterfront venue in the region for weddings, community celebrations, business meetings, milestones and just because events, in Downtown Wellen on Saturday, Sept. 16. The Wedding Expo will feature more than 20 local vendors in the wedding industry to help couples plan their big day. Interested guests can register to attend one of two sessions taking place 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased online in advance at wellenpark.com/events. Attendance is limited to 80 people per session. Solis Hall, 19745 Wellen Park Blvd., Venice.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Suncoast Composer Fellowship Program Concert and Conversation , September 5, 7pm

ensembleNEWSRQ, enSRQ, the innovative chamber music ensemble, has collaborated with Sarasota based Soundbox Ventures in the Suncoast Composer Fellowship Program, SCFP, a new residency program for six emerging composers and nine classical musicians. The group is producing the program’s first concert, on Tuesday, September 5, 7 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 1031 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota. The event will include a pre-concert lecture and salon, featuring wine and refreshments, while the composer fellows speak about the work that will be performed that evening. Audiences can meet and greet the artists and composers following the concert. Tickets are $25 for the general public, free for enSRQ subscribers if a season subscription is purchased before September 5 and can be purchased at www.EnSRQ.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Family Art Day at Creative Liberties , August 26, 9am-12pm

Bring the whole family and participate in free art projects led by professional artists at Creative Liberties. Artist Kaitlin Kelly, aka Swirly Painter, will lead families in a creative project that is suitable for all ages and skill levels. No RSVP required. For more information Creative Liberties, visit www.creativeliberties.net; call 941-799-6634 or email info@creativeliberties.net.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Business Networking and Cowork Session , August 22 – June 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Attention all business professionals. Join us for a productive and inspiring coworking event every Tuesday at Out and About Coffee in downtown Sarasota. Take advantage of this opportunity to network and collaborate with fellow professionals in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Limited spots available, so register now on Eventbrite. O and A Coffee Supply, 1316 Main St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: August Lunch and Learn at the Conservation Foundation , August 22, 11:30am-1pm

Join Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast for an in depth look at the role we play in protecting the places that make a difference in our community, giving us clean water to drink, protected habitat for plants and animals, beautiful natural places to enjoy, great spots to hike and fish, and a world class shoreline. During this one hour presentation, we will discuss the history of our organization, programs, past and present initiatives, and ways for you to become a part of our conservation community. As a special bonus, after lunch, we will take you on a guided tour of Bay Preserve. Registration for this free event is required and space is limited. Register at conservationfoundation.com. Bay Preserve at Osprey, 400 Palmetto Ave., Osprey.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Key Financial Concepts for the Entrepreneur, A 3 Part Webinar Series 3, Building A Balance Sheet , August 23, 12 to 1 pm

A balance sheet provides all sorts of insights into the strengths, risks, and future prospects of a company, and understanding the entries and reading between the lines is important. What about when it comes to your own company? Creating the balance sheet should be more than simply listing the entries in the right places. You have an opportunity to analyze trade offs, project future effects from today’s decisions, and fix problems before they spiral out of control. This webinar will address those factors, while reviewing the elements and rules for balance sheet creation. This webinar is free. Visit www.score.org/manasota to register.

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