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SRQ DAILY Oct 23, 2023

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"This is a testament to the great team of employees and tenants at the airport who work diligently every day to make our users' journey safe, secure, and as stress-free as possible, especially during this period of unprecedented growth at SRQ."

- Rick Piccolo, CEO, SRQ Airport.

[Real Estate]  Sales Spike A Year After Ian, But Prices Remain Steady
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Realtors enjoyed a much better September this year than last, though that’s largely attributable to Hurricane Ian disrupting market activity in 2023.

The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports 1,770 sales across the North Port-Sarasota-Beadenton metropolitical region. That’s a 40.1% increase over September 2022, when 1,263 units sold, but just a 0.7S% increase from August. Hurricane Ian made landfall on Sept. 28, but largely stopped for days before that, and recovery from the storm particularly in South Sarasota disrupted the market afterward.

“Despite the current market fluctuations, median sale prices in Sarasota and Manatee counties remain relatively stable,” said Brian Tresidder, 2023 RASM President and Strategic Growth & Sales Manager at William Raveis Real Estate. “Home prices are maintaining their value and only experiencing a marginal decrease from previous highs.”

The median sales price on single-family homes in the market was $499,945, a 1% drop from last year. For condos, the median sales price remained exactly the same as a year ago, at $375,000.

So while the volume of total sales was up $49 million in condos and $277 million in homes, the cast of homes remains roughly the same as it was last year and where it has been the last couple months. While sales activity comes and goes, prices stay largely the same.

“The real estate market in the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton MSA is a constant ‘tug-of-war’ between new listings and pending sales,” said Tresidder. “This dynamic is contributing to a slow but steady rise in the month’s supply of inventory.”

But inventory reports signal this remains distinctly a seller’s market. There’s a 3.2-month inventory of homes and a 3.3-month supply of condos. Real estate professionals consider aix-month inventory of homes to be a balanced market. In Manatee County, the home inventory remains at less than a 3-month supply. 

Graphic courtesy RASM.

[Leadership]  Tervis Taps Hosana Fieber as New Chief Executive Officer

Tervis, the nationally loved and family-owned drinkware company founded in 1946, recently appointed Hosana Fieber as its new CEO, with Rogan Donelly, the company’s current CEO, moving into an executive chairman of the board position. The change in leadership comes as a result of the business being poised to enter a significant growth phase. As a whole, no changes will be made to the ownership of Tervis, and the Donelly family will continue to drive the family legacy through the brand.Fieber, who was most recently promoted to chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Tervis in 2021, first began her tenure with Tervis in 2009. Throughout her career with the drinkware company, she has held a number of roles, including financial planning and analysis manager, controller and vice president. “When I first started at Tervis many years ago, it quickly felt like I was part of an amazing family culture that produced timeless, quality products,” said Fieber. “I have a deep and strong affinity for the Tervis brand, and I'm passionate about our people and our product. My vision for the future is anchored in those truths." Most recently, Fieber was the chief financial officer at Organics Management Holdings in Okahumpka, Florida. She has her bachelor’s degree from The University of Miami and her master's degree in business administration from Florida State University. In her new returning role as CEO, Fieber will be tasked with running the day-to-day operations of the company, creating and driving a strategic plan for the organization, and ensuring both short and long-term goals are coming to fruition for Tervis. Donelly, a third-generation owner of Tervis, was appointed as CEO in 2016. As he moves into his new role as executive chairman of the board, Donelly will be entrusted with making higher-level decisions for the future and long-term vision of the company, monitoring and measuring the strategic plan, community philanthropy and ensuring the company’s mission is being met. The board currently has seven members, four of which are Donelly family members and three of which are external. “With such promising growth on the horizon for our brand, there is really no better time than now to have Hosana take the reins as Tervis’ new CEO,” said Donelly. “Hosana has an unwavering commitment to our family business and her goals are very closely aligned with ours. We are looking forward to her continuing the success of our brand.” The leadership change is effective immediately.



Pictured: Hosana Fieber and Rogan Donelly.

[Airport News]  SRQ Passenger Numbers Show 21 Percent Increase for September 2023

For the month of September, 230,685 passengers traveled through the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, a 21% increase compared to 190,405 passengers in September 2022. The 12-month activity through September 2023 totals 4,249,760 passengers, a 13% increase compared to 3,746,571 passengers for the 12 months through September 2022. SRQ has seen a 14% increase in passengers for the calendar year-to-date as compared to the first 9 months of 2022. “We are pleased to see continued growth in the number of passengers using the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. To support our ongoing growth, we are diligently working towards completing numerous infrastructure projects that will facilitate the expansion of the airport, while consistently delivering the level of customer service and amenities our passengers anticipate. In addition to the recently opened cell phone lot, airport improvements will include additional paved parking lots, a new ground transportation area, updated food and beverage concessions, and a new 5-gate terminal. Many of these improvements are currently on schedule to be completed by the end of next year,” stated Rick Piccolo, President, CEO of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. 

[Hospital News]  SMH Honors Physicians, Installs New Medical Staff Leaders

Sarasota Memorial Hospital honored two physicians for outstanding service this week and announced its 2023-2024 chiefs of staff for the SMH-Sarasota and SMH-Venice campuses. Rickey Wiseman, MD, was awarded Sarasota Memorial’s 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award and Matthew Waldron, MD, was named 2023 Physician of the Year. After input from the medical staff, a committee of physician leaders recognized Drs. Wiseman and Waldron at the SMH-Sarasota annual medical staff meeting on Oct. 17. Rickey Wiseman, MD, received the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award for decades of dedicated service to Sarasota Memorial and the community. A longtime internal medicine specialist in the community, Dr. Wiseman has spent the past 45 years combining his passion for medicine, compassion for people and strong faith while caring for patients in our community. His peers praise him as a mentor and role model for compassionate, high-quality care. Dr. Wiseman has volunteered his time and services caring for low-income and uninsured patients at Sarasota Memorial’s Community Specialty Clinic since its inception 30 years ago, while also caring for patients in a busy private practice for decades. Among other contributions, he continues to serve as medical director and a volunteer physician in his retirement at the clinic, which provides free care, consults and specialty services to thousands of vulnerable Sarasota County residents each year. Mathew Waldron, MD, a cardiac anesthesiologist, was awarded Sarasota Memorial’s 2023 Physician of the Year. Dr. Waldron joined Sarasota Memorial’s medical staff in 2022, but served a vital role his first year as the health system opened its own anesthesiology practice to meet the growing region’s increasing medical needs. Although a relative newcomer to Sarasota, Dr. Waldron’s advocacy and unwavering dedication to patients and his ability to lead, unify and inspire his peers helped Sarasota Memorial create a new anesthesia practice that combined longtime anesthesiology professionals in the community with new ones recruited by SMH, creating the largest medical division within SMH’s First Physicians Group (FPG). Dr. Waldron’s peers praised him for his tireless efforts the past year to coordinate a successful transition during a challenging, nationwide shortage of healthcare professionals. In related news, the Medical Staffs of SMH-Sarasota and SMH-Venice selected their Chiefs of Staff for 2023-2024: Sarah Temple, MD, was named Chief of Staff, serving as the top representative of SMH-Sarasota campus’ 1,800-plus medical staff members and advanced practice providers; she succeeds Jonathan Hoffberger, DO, whose one-year term as chief ends this month. Scott Perrin, MD, was named Chief of Staff for the SMH-Venice campus, serving as the top representative for that hospital’s 1,200-plus medical staff members and advanced practice providers; he succeeds Christopher Jefferson, MD, who has served as chief since the hospital opened in 2021.  

[Airport News]  Fredrick J. Piccolo Named 2022 Air Carrier Airport Manager of the Year by the Federal Aviation Administration

The Federal Aviation Administration’s Southern Region Airports Division has named Fredrick J. Piccolo, AAE, President, Chief Executive Officer of the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority, the 2022 Air Carrier Airport Manager of the Year.  This award is given to an airport professional who exemplifies excellence in airport management, demonstrates exceptional leadership, tirelessly works to promote the aviation industry, and has achieved efficiencies and improved productivity in their organization. Recognizing his achievements, the award emphasizes Piccolo’s aptitude for guiding the airport through unprecedented passenger growth, marked by an outstanding increase of 46% over 2021 and 155% over 2020.  From 2018 through 2022, the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport grew from 6 airlines and 12 nonstop destinations to 11 airlines and 54 nonstop destinations.  During this time, Piccolo ensured the design and construction of multiple projects to meet the growth of the airport, including an expansion of the screening checkpoint from four to six lanes which increased efficiency by 33%; enlarging the long-term, shade, and overflow parking lots; adding a new paved cell phone lot with amenities; quadrupling the on-site fuel storage capacity; and the groundbreaking and construction of a new 5-gate terminal. Piccolo has been successful in obtaining FAA, FDOT, and State grant money to help pay for several expansion projects, allowing the airport to remain debt free.  The pay-as-you-go philosophy Piccolo instituted after paying off the airport’s bond debt in 2014 has allowed the airport to keep its rates and charges low, resulting in increased demand by airlines to serve the airport.  “I am very grateful and humbled to receive this award from the FAA Southern Region Division.  This is a testament to the great team of employees and tenants at the airport who work diligently every day to make our users’ journey safe, secure, and as stress-free as possible, especially during this period of unprecedented growth at SRQ,” said Rick Piccolo, President, CEO. Piccolo has been President, CEO of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport since 1995 and has served as Chairman with state, national and international aviation organizations. This is his second time being named FAA Air Carrier Airport Manager of the Year – he was honored with this award in 2005. Locally, Piccolo serves on numerous business, charitable and educational boards. He also serves on the University of South Florida Board of Trustees. 

[Law]  Local Attorneys Host Free Community Advice Sessions at Selby Library

Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources is giving residents a chance to tap into the power of legal knowledge by partnering with the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Sarasota Bar Association. Attorneys will provide free presentations followed by question and answer sessions at Selby Library, 1331 1st St., Sarasota on Oct. 25, Oct. 27 and Oct. 28. The sessions will take place over three days and cover a variety of topics including estate planning, financial literacy, landlord/tenant issues, debt collection, and more. “One of the most requested topics from library patrons is for legal advice,” said Renée Di Pilato, director of Libraries and Historical Resources. “Our goal is to empower residents by providing them with information on popular topics and by connecting them with resources for legal assistance.” The events are free and open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to have one-on-one discussions with attorneys and local organizations to learn what resources are available. “The Young Lawyer’s Division of the Sarasota Bar is dedicated to impacting our community in a positive way,” said Forest Sutton, Assistant State Attorney of the Twelfth Judicial Court. “I’m hopeful that this program will be a continuous endeavor towards increasing access to information and resources to our community members in vital areas that desperately need information. We’re honored to be able to assist those who seek out help that couldn’t otherwise afford legal representation.”  The schedule is as follows: 6 – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25 - Personal finances and budgeting and Financial Literacy and Debt and Credit. 2:30 – 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27 - Wills and estate planning and Controlling your assets. 10:30 – 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28- Landlord/tenant rights (10:30 – 11:30 a.m.),  Domestic violence (12 - 1 p.m.) and Criminal law: interactions with law enforcement at traffic stops (1:30 – 2:30 p.m.). No registration is required. For more information, email mfavorite@scgov.net or call 941-861-5421. 

[Recognition]  First Lady Casey DeSantis Celebrates Disability Employment Awareness Month by Highlighting Hope Florida Expansion at New College of Florida

On Thursday, First Lady Casey DeSantis was joined by Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) Director Taylor Hatch and New College of Florida President Richard Corcoran to recognize October as Disability Employment Awareness Month and highlight new job opportunities available through Hope Florida – A Pathway to Possibilities. Through this initiative, New College of Florida is providing employment opportunities for individuals with unique abilities, including positions at libraries and food-service locations on campus. As the first educational institution to partner with Hope Florida, New College announced scholarships specifically for Floridians served by Hope Florida, including Floridians with unique abilities. New College’s new Hope Florida scholarships include two full-tuition, room and board scholarships which will be awarded annually to two Hope Florida participants, as well as additional assistance opportunities, such as book stipends. Following the event, Chancellor of the State University System Ray Rodrigues and Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz Jr. sent a letter to all Florida colleges and universities asking them to join these efforts. Click here to view the letter. Ensuring there are employment opportunities for participants is a key component of Hope Florida. New College of Florida is partnering with the initiative to specifically provide jobs and educational scholarships for people with unique abilities and other Floridians served by Hope Florida. October is a key month for the developmental disability community and holds significant importance in raising awareness and promoting the employment and empowerment of individuals with these unique abilities. As a part of the event, First Lady DeSantis also recognized Aladdin Equipment Company, Inc. as an Exceptional Employer for their continued commitment to employing this population. Hope Florida, created by First Lady Casey DeSantis and implemented by a number of state agencies, was first launched in 2021. Since its inception, the initiative has served more than 74,000 people, helping over 8,500 Hope Florida participants to reduce or eliminate reliance on public assistance to meet food or cash needs. Over a 10-year period, participant reduction of public assistance will save taxpayers almost $190 million.


[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Fresh Harvest Farmers Market at Wellen Park , June 25 – December 29, 9 am to 1 pm

Visit Fresh Harvest, the newly launched weekly farmers market in Downtown Wellen. Fresh Harvest offers a selection of local goods from nearly 40 local vendors. Fresh Harvest takes place every Sunday in Downtown Wellen from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees can peruse different vendor booths and stock up on a variety of goods. Vendors will offer a wide variety of locally grown and produced food, including herbs, spices, cut flowers, teas, canned and preserved fruits and vegetables, syrups, baked goods, pickled foods, fresh seafood, meats, poultry, eggs, milk and prepared food and beverages. A limited selection of craft vendors also participate in the farmers market. For a listing of participating vendors and more information on Fresh Harvest Farmers Market, visit wellenpark.com/events/fresh-harvest-farmers-market. Downtown Wellen, 19745 Wellen Park Blvd., Venice.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Collaboration and Community: Art in Common Places at Creative Liberties , October 5 – October 28, 5-7pm

Creative Liberties Artist Studios and Galleries presents Collaboration and Community: Art in Common Places, October 5-28, at 927 N. Lime Avenue location. This exhibition is a retrospective of 34 broadsides, both one-sided prints and posters, created by artists and poets collaborating via the local non-profit, Art in Common Places. An opening reception is October 5, 5-7 p.m., and will feature live poetry readings. Jackie Cutrone will read The Rhythm of Structure by the late John Sims, Anne Morrison will read her poem On the Beach and Glenn Schudel will read Process. The founders of AICP, and many of its artist and poet members will be in attendance. Lite bites and refreshments will be available. For more information, visit creativeliberties.net.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Orchid Show 2023: A 50th Anniversary Celebration at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , October 7 – November 26, n/a

The Orchid Show 2023: A 50th Anniversary Celebration will be on view October 7 through November 26 at the Downtown Sarasota campus. Since its establishment in 1973, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has formed the best scientifically documented collection of living orchids in the world. The Orchid Show 2023, presented by Better-Gro, will celebrate Selby Gardens 50th anniversary and highlight spectacular orchids from the living plant collection for which it is known across the globe. The Orchid Show 2023 will include a horticultural display in the Tropical Conservatory and an exhibition in the Museum of Botany & the Arts. Orchids of various shapes, colors, and patterns will abound in the Conservatory, illustrating the beauty and diversity of one of the largest and most beloved families of flowering plants. The Museum exhibition will present a selection of rare artifacts and historical images to help tell the rich story of Selby Gardens’ first 50 years, with emphasis on the plants and people who have made it such a special place. For more information, visit selby.org.

[SOON]  FILM: Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular Saturday , October 28, 5-6:45pm

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, the Baltimore Orioles and the Sarasota Film Festival will present Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular Saturday, Oct. 28 at Ed Smith Stadium. Enjoy free children's games, activities, a sensory area and community booths in the stadium concourse and on the baseball field from 5 to 6:45 p.m. At 6:45 p.m. join the Orioles' Bird, for a Halloween costume parade around the bases. The feature movie, "The Nightmare Before Christmas," rated PG, will begin at 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket to enjoy the movie from the outfield or watch the movie from stadium seating. Entry at the left-field gate begins at 5 p.m. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring one non-perishable food item to benefit All Faiths Food Bank. One Blood will be onsite with their bus to take donations in the parking lot near the entrance. Children ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Ed Smith Stadium is located at 2700 12th St., Sarasota. For more information call 311 or visit SarasotaCountyParks.com.

[SOON]  GALA: Resilient Retreat Farm to Table , November 5, 4 pm

Please join us for the annual Resilient Retreat Farm to Table dining experience on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 4:00 pm. The funds raised at the event are critical to Resilient Retreat to continue to serve survivors of trauma and first responders and helping professionals. Come immerse yourself among the majestic oaks at 84 acres of conservation land on the retreat. In true farm to table fashion, our local chefs will craft a tasting menu featuring the very best local seasonal foods. Dine under the stars nestled among the beautiful live oaks while experiencing al fresco farm to table dining. Farm to Table proceeds will benefit the Resilient Retreat mission to empower survivors of trauma to thrive through self care and community. Visit https://givebutter.com/farmtotable2023 for more information and to purchase tickets.

[SOON]  FOOD: 34th Annual Hob Nob BBQ Event , December 6, 5:30-8:30pm

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is excited to announce they will be the new home for the 34th Annual Hob Nob BBQ event on December 6th, previously put on by Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation. This event has been the premier networking event in the region for decades, which brings together the business community from the Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch Region to enjoy an evening of food, drinks and fun. The event will be held at the Premiere Sports Campus from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.For more information, visit members.lwrba.org.

[SOON]  GALA: Celebrate 75 Gala and Concert , February 15, 6pm
Celebrate 75 years of inspiring music all season long, and our Celebrate 75 special concert and gala experience will be the party to top them all. We invite you to support 75 more years, and beyond, of enriching lives through music by purchasing tickets to Celebrate 75. For access to the best seats and the full celebration, opt for a Gala ticket, which includes pre-concert cocktails and a gourmet dinner after the performance. Concert-only tickets are also available for purchase. The concert program, led by Creative Partner Peter Oundjian, captures all the euphoria of reaching this milestone in our history as Florida’s oldest continuously operating orchestra. After two stirring fanfares written by Aaron Copland and Joan Tower, legendary pianist Garrick Ohlsson joins Sarasota Orchestra for the monumental Piano Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninoff. Paired with An American in Paris by Gershwin, a rhapsodic portrait of a stroll through the City of Lights, this one-night-only program promises to thrill. Gala begins at 6:00 pm, and concert begins at 7:00 pm. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, sarasotaorchestra.org.
[SOON]  GALLERY: Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O Keeffe at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , February 11 – June 30, n/a

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will present Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O Keeffe as the eighth iteration of its annual Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition, which examines the work of major artists through the lens of their connection to nature. The exhibition, which will be on view from February 11 through June 30, 2024, at Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, will explore the unexpected yet profoundly impactful mentoring relationship that developed between iconic artists Yayoi Kusama and Georgia O Keeffe. The theme of the upcoming Goldstein Exhibition is the latest announcement of programming planned for Selby Gardens 50th anniversary season. For more information, visit selby.org.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Feast Upon the Fields , December 3, 12:30pm
Join us for an unforgettable afternoon at the beautiful and conserved Myakka Headwaters Preserve. Located where seven creeks converge to form the mighty Myakka River, our Myakka Headwaters Preserve is a breathtaking slice of natural Florida. The property contains numerous diverse landscapes, including floodplain forests, marshland, longleaf pine flatwoods, and oak hammocks. Fields of wildflowers host pollinators of all shapes and sizes, and fern-lined streambanks rise just a foot or two above the clear-flowing water, which supports submerged aquatic vegetation unable to grow in the sunlight-blocked blackwaters found elsewhere in the Myakka River. Experience this stunning landscape firsthand at our eighth annual farm-to-table luncheon, Feast Upon the Fields. Featuring a one-of-a-kind menu by Chef Paul Mattison, this ticketed event will sell out quickly. Early reservations are strongly recommended. conservationfoundation.com.
[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.

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