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SRQ DAILY May 6, 2024

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"I am looking forward to utilizing my media skills to help the GCMM find unique ways to entertain and educate the community about Florida's important boatbuilding and maritime history,"

- Jim Bigham, Board of Directors, The Gulf Coast Maritime Museum.

[Flight]  Sheltair breaks ground of $40M project at SRQ airport
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Ground broke on a new private aviation facility at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Sheltair, the largest privately owned aviation network in the country, plans to open facilities near the end of 2025, promising to invest $40 million as it opens two hangars at the property.

“I can’t begin to express how excited we are to be in the Sarasota market,” said Lisa Holland, Sheltair president and CEO. “We recognize the potential that it holds for us, and we look forward to working with the community to bring our Family First mission to the area.”

The company plans to open one hangar with almost 30,000 square feet of hangar space and just under 6,000 square feet of office space. A second hangar will provide another nearly 17,000 square feet of hangar space and another 3,500 square feet for offices.  Those will accommodate all classes of commercial aircraft.

The “crown jewel” of the site, according to an announcement from the airport, will be a 10,705-square-foot terminal on 15 acres of airport space with a large airspace canopy. That will include space for pilots and passengers for private flights with a private lounge and conference rooms available. There will also be crew rest facilities available.

Airport officials say the new facility to further establish SRQ airport as a private flight terminal, not just as the fastest growing commercial airport in the country.

“We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Sheltair as the third fixed base operator at SRQ,” said Rick Piccolo, president and CEO of Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. “Situated on 24 acres within the new north quad airport development, this addition will provide another choice for the general aviation community and bring numerous job opportunities to the Sarasota-Bradenton area.”

Other FBOs already in operation at SRQ airport include Dolphin Aviation and Atlantic Aviation.

For Sheltair, the expansion to Sarasota marks the company’s 13th location in Florida and 17th location overall.

Long-term, Sheltair plans to grow its facilities to include a 60,000-square-foot maintenance, repair and overhaul facility and as many as four more hangars, each of those adding more than 20,000 square feet of space. 

Photo courtesy SRQ Airport: Sign shows plans for Sheltair facility.

[County News]  Community Invited to Shape Future of Transportation in Sarasota and Manatee Counties Through Short Survey

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is excited to announce the launch of Invest Today, Transform Tomorrow, an initiative to shape the future of transportation in Sarasota and Manatee County. The public is invited to share their thoughts and opinions regarding their ideal transportation future through the Phase 1 Visioning Survey, open now through June 15, 2024. To take the Phase 1 Visioning Survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/SMMPO To learn more about Invest Today, Transform Tomorrow/2050 Long Range Transportation Plan, visit www.transform-tomorrow.com 

[Partnership]  PGT Custom Windows and Doors Announces Partnership with Celebrity Designers Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt

PGT Custom Windows and Doors by MITER Brands is pleased to announce a partnership with Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt, custom home designers featured on popular HGTV shows, including 100 Day Dream Home and Rock the Block. The partnership provides the Kleinschmidts access to the full suite of PGT window and door products, which they recommend as their preferred window manufacturer for all new construction projects. For 2024, the couple has 35 new home builds and remodel projects scheduled, as well as a boutique hotel makeover. Many of the building projects will be featured in the upcoming season of HGTV’s 100 Day Dream Home and a new series on the network. PGT Custom Windows and Doors is committed to delivering an unbeatable experience for homeowners, supported by its mantra: the freedom to live where and how you want. The brand is recognized as “America’s authority in high-performance laminate glass for the fenestration industry.” This distinction translates to energy efficiency, burglary deterrence, and noise abatement benefits for homeowners, offered through the brand’s products. 

Pictured: Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt. Photo courtesy of PGT.

[Voting]  LWVSRQ to Host First Ever Hospital Board Candidate Forum Prior to the August Primary Election

On April 8th, over 100 concerned citizens attended the League’s Sarasota Memorial Hospital Board Election Panel “Understanding the Issues” at the Selby Library.  Many attendees expressed their desire to hear directly from the hospital board candidates prior to the primary election on August 20th.  In response, the League of Women Voters of Sarasota County will hold their first ever Primary Election Candidate Forum at the Jacaranda Library on July 11th from 5:30-7pm.  The forum will be followed by a 30-minute Candidate Meet & Greet for those attending in person.  Registration is required and will be available on the League’s website after the June 14th candidate qualifying deadline. Prior to the August Election, the League will also host a Sarasota School Board Candidate forum on July 17th.  For more information go to lwvsrq.org. 

[Recognition]  Aimee Cogan Named to Forbes Magazine's Top Women Wealth Advisors Best-In-State List

Morgan Stanley announced today that Aimee Cogan, CFP, a Managing Director, Family Wealth Director in the Firm’s Sarasota, FL Wealth Management office, has been named to Forbes Magazine’s list of Top Women Wealth Advisors Best-In-State for 2024, listed on forbes.com.  This is the second year in a row Aimee ranked #1 in the State of Florida, for the north Florida region. Forbes’ “Top Women Wealth Advisors Best-In-State” is a select group of individuals who have a minimum of seven years of industry experience.  The ranking, developed by Forbes’ partner SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative data, rating thousands of wealth advisors and weighing factors like revenue trends, AUM, compliance records, industry experience and best practices learned through telephone and in-person interviews. Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, a global leader, provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses, and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, cash management and lending products and services, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services.   

[Board of Directors]  Gulf Coast Maritime Museum Elects Jim Bigham to Board of Directors

The Gulf Coast Maritime Museum (GCMM) is thrilled to introduce award-winning Filmmaker and seasoned sailor Jim Bigham as a new addition to its Board of Directors. With a film career spanning 5 decades, Mr. Bigham has an impressive repertoire that includes feature films, documentaries, and commercials. His recent film credits include the line producer for Marvel’s Ms. Marvel, Black Widow, and Spider Man: Far From Home, as well as Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children & Plastic. Other notable projects include Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike and Mosaic, the feature film Dolphin Tale, the TV shows Romanoff’s, Ballers, and Chasing the Dream, an Academy Award-nominated documentary. Jim's contributions to the film industry have been recognized with a Spirit Award for producing the indie feature film Sweet Land, which was named one of the Ten Best Films of 2006 by critics, including LA Times and Entertainment Weekly. He was also part of the first film crew behind the Iron Curtain to produce the historic Glasnosts Rock. His television highlights include Saturday Night Live and 5 museum films for the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta. Jim is most proud of his documentary For Once In My Life, which won Audience Awards at SXSW and many other prominent domestic and international festivals. Jim, as director and producer of the film, also won the IDA Award for Best Musical Documentary. This film was a 2012-2014 selection by the US State Department and USC’s American Showcase Series, shared with several European and Asian countries. Bigham’s deep-rooted passion for sailing can be traced back 60 years to his first experience on a small craft in a lake in Southwest Ohio. Since then, he has not only sailed but also competed on a national level. Currently, he and his wife, Cathy, find joy in racing their Flying Scot and cruising on their Freedom 45.

“I am looking forward to utilizing my media skills to help the GCMM find unique ways to entertain and educate the community about Florida’s important boatbuilding and maritime history,” said Bigham. The museum will be a great asset to the Gulf Coast and the entire state of Florida.” Other GCMM board members include Chairman Chad Weiss, Vice Chair Lynne Seibert, Treasurer Pat Ball, Legal Counsel Dave Mulock, and Maritime Counsel Courtney Ross. 

[SRQIST]  Balancing the Pressures and Needs
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

BALANCING THE PRESSURES AND NEEDS | School superintendent Terrence Connor speaks about balancing the pressures of the job and the needs of Sarasota's students, May/June 2024. 

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[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]  BUSINESS: Lets Connect at Oscura in Old Manatee , August 31 – December 26, 8:30-10am

Connect with local business owners at every Thursday at Oscura. Lets Connect is a community of collaborative business professionals from the Manatee and Sarasota County areas. RSVP on Eventbrite to attend, admission is free.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Collaborative Coworking Meetup at UTC , September 1 – December 27, 11am-4pm

Attention all business professionals, join us for a productive and inspiring coworking event at Panera Bread at the UTC Mall every Friday. 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. Panera Bread, 215 N. Cattlemen Road, Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Divorce Support Group , May 1 – January 6, Every Wednesday from 5-6:30pm

The Womens Resource Center presents a Divorce Support Group facilitated by Paula Falk, BS. This in-person, free program happens every Wednesday, 5-6:30 p.m., starting May 1, at the Womens Resource Center Sarasota, 340 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Participants can attend one or all of the sessions. To register, visit www.mywrc.org/divorcesupportgroup. For more information, call 941-366-1700.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: WordPress 102, A Three Part Series , May 8, 12pm
In this session, we will be reviewing how to install a WordPress theme and install plugins. We will review how to keep your WordPress theme and version up to date, as well as keeping your plugins updated. We will also review backing up your WordPress site and how to recover from some common issues that may occur when updating. We will also be touching on on-site security. Free, online webinar. score.org/manasota.
[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota County Connect Business Networking and Panel Discussion , May 9 – July 11, 5:30-8pm

Offered in conjunction with 26 West, the State College of Florida Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation, the monthly Sarasota County Connect Business Networking and Panel Discussion series held through July is for those interested in entrepreneurialism. The program taps into the fast-growing small business climate. Upcoming sessions include: the May 9 workshop with Zeev Wexler, a digital industry leader, marketing automation disrupter and the CEO of a growing marketing firm, who will present on brand-boosting with AI, the June 13 session which features Problem-Solving for Entrepreneurs by Stephen Diasio, a podcaster and professor of entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of South Florida, and July 11 Business IDEA Lab, community forum moderated by Chris Williams, managing director of a Sarasota digital marketing firm, offers an opportunity for participants to share business ideas and gain expert feedback. Sarasota County Connect events run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and are free with advanced registration required at 26west.scf.edu/sarasotaconnect.

[SOON]  FOOD: The Magnolia Mothers Day Cocktail at Geckos , May 12, All day
Geckos mixologists created The Magnolia, a refreshing cocktail that combines the rich, smooth flavors of NYAK peach brandy with the sweetness of peach nectar and the tang of orange and lemon juices. Topped off with a splash of sparkling wine, this drink is the perfect blend of sweet, just like Mom, and citrus in every sip. www.GeckosGrill.com.
[SOON]  FOOD: Mothers Day at Amore Restaurant , May 12, 5-9pm

Treat Mom to a special meal at Amore Restaurant, which will be open from 5 to 9 pm on Mothers Day. Enjoy their regular menu and live music with Eddie Tobin, the former music director of Engelbert Humperdinck. To learn more, visit amorelbk.com.

[SOON]  FOOD: Mothers Day Brunch , May 12, 10:30am, 12pm and 1:30pm
Celebrate Mothers Day amid Mother Nature at Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus. Enjoy a delicious brunch buffet catered by Michaels On East with a special performance by the female vocal trio The Vocalitas at each brunch seating. Tickets to Mothers Day Brunch grant you full access to our Downtown Sarasota campus to view our Spring Exhibition Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia OKeeffe before and/or after brunch. Check-in opens at 10:00 a.m. outside of the Welcome Center. Mothers Day Brunch takes place inside the Event Center. To learn more, visit selby.org.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Patriotic Pops and Fireworks Concert, American Heroes , May 25, 7:30pm
The Venice Symphony is proud to present the fifth annual Patriotic Pops and Fireworks Concert, American Heroes, on Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 pm at CoolToday Park, the Spring Training home of The Atlanta Braves. A spectacular fireworks display will follow the concert. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Visit the CoolToday Park Box Office at 18800 S. West Villages Parkway, Venice, or call 941-413-5004 or visit Ticketmaster to purchase tickets.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Tribute to Heroes Parade , May 26, 5-8pm
The annual Tribute to Heroes Parade is back and bigger and better than ever. Join us on Sunday, May 26th, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on Lakewood Main Street for a celebration of our local veterans, active duty, and fallen heroes. This special event aims to pay tribute to those who have served our country with honor and bravery. The parade will feature floats, live entertainment, delicious food and drink vendors, and activities for children, providing fun for the whole family. Admission to the parade is free, and event proceeds from the event will support local non-profit and veteran organizations. It is a great way to show our heroes the love and appreciation they truly deserve, so come out and join us in honoring our heroes. If you or if you know of anyone interested in participating in the parade, visit LWRTributeToHeroes.org.
[SOON]  GALLERY: The North County K through 12 Spring Art Show , April 30 – May 13, Various times
Students from 18 elementary, 7 middle, and 6 high schools throughout Sarasota County will show off their creative talents at the North County K-12 Spring Art Show, April 30-May 13, at Art Center Sarasota. Nearly 50 teachers are part of the effort. The North County Art show is presented in conjunction with the South County Art Show at the Venice Art Center, April 29-May 9, to comprise the Sarasota County Schools Spring Art Show, serving all the public schools in the county. Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For information, visit www.artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032.
[SOON]  HEALTH: Yoga at The Ringling , May 1 – May 15, 6:30pm

Yoga at The Ringling, May 1 and May 15, taught by Ashley Stewart, is an all levels vinyasa class. You can expect a mix of seated, standing, and lying down postures synced with the flow of your breath. Ashley will guide you through connected movements to help increase your self-awareness while immersed in the healing powers of being in nature. Music is played in the background to enhance the senses as your eyes dance across the sunset sky to see birds, dolphins, and fish that often make an appearance in the evening. Tickets must be purchased online prior to the event. Please bring sunglasses, water, towel, a yoga mat, and sunscreen to make it the most pleasurable experience. $20 / $15 Member.

The Ringling, Ca' d'Zan Terrace

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Petticoat Painters , May 3 – June 1, Various times

Check out The Petticoat Painters, an exhibition of female artists, at SPAACES. The exhibition runs from May 3 through June 1, with an opening reception on Friday, May 3 from 6-8pm. The Petticoat Painters is one of the oldest continuously exhibiting art groups of women in the U.S. This group was formed in 1953 to showcase the talents of female artists at a time when women had difficulty finding venues to show their work. Seven women participated in the first show held at a local Sarasota, Florida gallery. These original members selected the name Petticoat Painters, thinking it would be a one-time show of their work. The name continues to be used both in honor of the founders and to retain its historical signature. While we revere our history, each generation of members evolves its own identity framed by contemporary thinking. As we continue to engage new members, we actively move into the 21st Century in concert with the dynamic metamorphosis in art philosophy and aesthetics. Learn more at Petticoatpainters.com. SPAACES Art Gallery, 2051 Princeton Street, Sarasota.

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