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"I'm committed to making a difference and helping members of the Hispanic community achieve their dreams of homeownership."

- Barbara Mollanazar of RE/MAX Alliance Group

-Photo from SRQ Magazine's New SEPT/OCT 2020 Feature, Photography by Wyatt Kostygan.
[Politics]  Where The Votes Are: Pandemic Drives Voters To The Mail
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

More than 70% of voters who cast ballots in the August primary in Sarasota or Manatee counties did so by sending their vote in the mail or dropping it off in a dropbox. It’s a phenomenon sure to be discussed at a Where The Votes Are discussion being held online by SRQ MEDIA this morning.

That’s a phenomenal migration to the mailboxes that portends dramatically different voter behavior during the presidential election in November as a pandemic rages on.

For those populations especially at risk from the effects of COVID-19, there was an even greater interest in voting by mail. Nearly 79% of voters in the 70s voted by mail, compared to less than 15% who cast ballots at the polls. For voters in their 90s, nearly 93% voted by mail and less than 6% went to the polls.

But there was a definite partisan split to absentee voting as well. While more than 84% of Democrats in the region sent their ballot by post, only around 56% of Republicans did so. Roughly a third of GOP votes cast their ballots on Election Day, while under 11% of Democrats dared venture to their precinct. Independent voters didn’t go the mail route by quite as high a percentage as Dems, but it was close, with nearly 81% choosing to vote by mail and just over 14% waiting until the day of the election.

Older voters continue to dominate at the polls in Sarasota and Manatee. But returns from the Aug. 18 primary show that gap is less pronounced that in the past.

In the two county area, roughly the same number of voters turned out who were under 40 (26,299) as who were over 80 (26,649). At the same time, older voters both outnumber and outperform younger ones in both counties. Voters in the 70s had a turnout of greater than 47% in the August election within the two-county area, anumber down nearly 2% from the 2018 primary but still nearly double the under 25% turnout for voters in their 50s. Voters in their 20s had a turnout in the region of less than 9%

And of course, there’s a greater number of older voters in the retiree-rich area. The region is home to nearly 45,000 voters in their 70s, but only around 29,000 voters in their 20s. 

[US Navy]  Bradenton Sailor Serves in Arabian Gulf

Yeoman 1st Class Diana Martin, from Bradenton, Fla., assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), makes a flight deck log entry. Ralph Johnson is part of Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three critical chokepoints to the free flow of global commerce. 

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[Donation]  Personalized Estates Liquidation Presents Boys & Girls Clubs with $65,000 for Renovation and Education in Newtown

Personalized Estate Liquidation (PEL) Benefiting Youth, Inc., presented Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County with a $65,000 gift to support academic enrichment programs and the renovation of a classroom at the organization’s Irving and Marilyn Naiditch Campus, home of the Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club, on 21st Ave. in Sarasota. This award is the second gift in support of the major capital expansion and remodel project, joining Marilyn Naiditch’s $1 million lead gift made in honor of her late husband and long-time Boys & Girls Clubs Board member Irving Naiditch. Funding from PEL will ensure thousands of children and teens in the underserved Newtown neighborhood have access to award-winning youth-development programs for years to come. “PEL’s demonstrated commitment to our community’s future leaders enables our organization to provide greater opportunities for them to achieve their full potential,” said Bill Sadlo, President/CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. “This gift will connect youth to educational resources, inspire life-long learning in a state-of-the-art classroom and have long-term impact.”  

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[New Grant]  Morton’s Gourmet Market Grants $25,000 to All Faiths Food Bank

Morton’s Gourmet Market has donated $25,000 to All Faiths Food Bank of Sarasota County to help those in most need at this time. This donation will be part of a match $500,000 gift from the Joe and Mary Kay Henson Family Fund and an additional $100,000 from an anonymous donor through the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, all donations made will be matched up to $600,000. “Morton’s contribution towards our current matching gift opportunity is greatly appreciated during this time of increased need. COVID-19 has created its own pandemic of hunger in our community, as high unemployment rates continue and those affected are left with unknown futures," says Sandra Frank CEO of All Faiths Food Bank. Morton’s support will help us as we continue to provide food and assistance to those struggling the most.”  

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[New Hire]  New Board Members Join Efforts to Face the Region’s Human Service Challenges

Launching a new fiscal year, The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center is welcoming 6 new members to its board: Knickole Barger Stone, Nick Gladding, Nate Jacobs, Chris Johnson, Nikki Taylor, and Nick Zennario. Robin Serbin is stepping into the role of Board President. The Center is increasingly focusing on three areas of programming: sustainability, connection, and leadership. Under Serbin’s leadership as Board President, the 2020-2021 board gathers virtually to strategize. “In a year of when our region will face unknowable challenges, this board’s expertise and energy will ensure that we meet our community’s needs for resources and connection,” says Executive Director & CEO Dr. Kameron Hodgens. “Sustainability is in our DNA. We help to stabilize the human services network during these times of change.”


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[Open Position]  School Board Seeking Audit Committee Member

The School Board of Manatee County is seeking one civic-minded citizen to serve as member of the Audit Committee for a three-year term. Those interested in serving must: live in Manatee County, be a CPA (active or retired) or had employment experience in school district financial operations, submit a letter expressing interest, providing contact information and providing a brief summary of their work experience.  Responses must be sent to the Manatee County School District, Michele Boyes, Board Agency Clerk, P.O. Box 9069, Bradenton, Florida 34206-9069 no later than Friday, September 18, 2020. 

For more information e-mail Barbara Vedder, Audit Committee Chair at vedderb@manateeschools.net.

[Youth Organization ]  New Look for First Tee Sarasota/Manatee

First Tee Sarasota/Manatee, a youth development organization empowering kids to build their strength of character through the game of golf, has updated its brand to better serve kids and address the growing pressures they face.First Tee — Sarasota/Manatee is part of a network of 150 chapters and is undergoing a brand refresh for the first time in the organization’s 23-year history. “First Tee — Sarasota/Manatee has always been about helping kids navigate challenges, and to grow stronger as they move through them,” said Lexi McKenney, Executive Director. “We still believe the game of golf is the perfect platform for personal growth. We are excited to bring forward a powerful mission and a modern look and feel to everything we do.”


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[New Hire]  Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute Welcomes Jason Coe as Chief Operating Officer

 Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is pleased to announce that Jason Coe has been named to the Executive Leadership Team as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the statewide practice, focusing on delivering high quality, value-based cancer care. “After conducting a thorough and extensive nationwide search, we chose Jason for this critical position because of his demonstrated success in guiding healthcare organizations through strategic change,” said FCS CEO Nate Walcker. “The selection committee was also very impressed by Jason’s strong operations background and hands-on approach.” 

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[Recognition]  Barbara Mollanazar Named One of the Top 250 Latino Agents

Barbara Mollanazar of RE/MAX Alliance Group has been recognized in the prestigious 2020 Top 250 Latino Agents ranking. The annual report, released by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® (NAHREP), honors exceptional Latino real estate agents in the U.S. and is based on 2019 sales performance. “I’m committed to making a difference and helping members of the Hispanic community achieve their dreams of homeownership,” Mollanazar said. Ranked 47th in the South, Mollanazar has been on the list each year since it started nine years ago. She is one of 43 RE/MAX agents to be recognized among the Top 250 – more than any other brand – for the sixth consecutive year.  

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[In This Issue]  SRQ SEPT/OCT 2020 Issue Out Now

Check our SRQ's newest SEPT/OCT 2020 edition is now live. Check it out for the TrendSport cover feature covering new people, experiences and places that are leading the pack this Fall as well as meeting the honorees of this year's SRQ Magazine Elite Top Attorneys Peer Review Program. 

[Funding]  Applications for Round 2 of Manatee CARES Act Update

The application window for the second round of Manatee CARES Act funding for local small businesses, nonprofit agencies and community organizations will close temporarily at noon on Friday to allow staff to review pending applications. Applications for Round 3 of the Manatee CARES Housing Assistance Program, which provides rent and mortgage assistance to residents affected by the coronavirus, close at 5pm on Monday, September 7.

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[COVID-19]  Manatee Memorial Hospital Visitation on Nursing Inpatient Units Resumes

Inpatient visitation will resume at Manatee Memorial Hospital, starting Tuesday, September 8 at 12:00 p.m. Manatee Memorial Hospital will allow one visitor, age 18 or older to visit patients on the Nursing Inpatient Units from 12pm - 6pm, each day. Patients who are positive for COVID-19 or are being tested for COVID-19 will not be allowed visitors. 

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[Labor Day ]  Sarasota County Labor Day Closures and Reminders

Most Sarasota County Government offices, including the Administration Center, 1660 Ringling Blvd., and the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County will be closed Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day. All Sarasota County libraries, Historical Resources and recreation centers will be closed and Sarasota County Area Transit will not operate that day. However, the Siesta Key Breeze will operate Sept. 7 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on a regular Monday schedule. The UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County offices will also be closed for the holiday. All solid waste facilities will be closed for the holiday, including the Central County Landfill, 4000 Knights Trail Road, Nokomis; the Citizen's Convenience Center, 4010 Knights Trail Road, Nokomis; and the Chemical Collection Centers, 250 S. Jackson Road, Venice and 8750 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. All trash, recycling and yard waste collection services will be delayed by one day due to the holiday. 

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[SOON]  SEMINAR: SRQ MEDIA Where the Votes Are Webinar-Precinct by Precinct Analysis by Jacob Ogles , September 3, 8:30-9:30am

Register for SRQ MEDIA's first virtual Where The Votes Are Webinar  taking place Thursday, September 3, 2020 from 8:30-9:30am  where Contributing Senior Editor and political guru Jacob Ogles conducts a precinct level analysis of the recent election results in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

- Where did Republicans and Democrats enjoy the greatest levels of turnout?
- Which voters migrated to mail amid the pandemic? Which drifted away over security concerns?
- How did turnout differ by age, race and gender?
- What can be gleaned about turnout in the presidential election this fall?

Find out this Thursday morning at the SRQ Media Where The Votes Are webinar. 

Register required. Register online by clicking here.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: VIRTUAL Forty Carrots Presents Mark Brackett, Ph.D. , September 23, 7pm

Forty Carrots Family Center announces its 18th annual Free Educational Community Speaker Event, presented in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. This year’s event transitions to a virtual platform, broadcasting at 7 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 23rd. The event is free and open to the community, but advance registration is required. Dr. Brackett will present insights from his book; “Permission to Feel” helping parents, caregivers, teachers and professionals understand how emotions influence our lives; cultivate emotional intelligence in our children and develop tools for greater well-being and success.  Dr. Brackett is a research psychologist and the founding director at Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. He has developed a remarkable effective plan to improve the lives of children and adults – a blueprint for understanding emotions and using them wisely to help, rather than hinder, an individual’s success and inspiration in equal parts. Advance registration is required. Click to register online.


[SOON]  SEMINAR: Art Lecture Series with Baila Miller: Abbie Aldridge Rockefeller and the Founding of MOMA , September 15, 1pm-2:30pm

Join Historic Spanish Point for incredible stories on the artists that shaped and influenced history around the world. We are proud to offer this art lecture series with Baila Miller as part of our monthly programming. Baila’s unique storytelling presentations will connect you to the art world in a whole new way. All presentations take place at Historic Spanish Point’s Visitor Center Classrooms. Tickets: $15 for Historic Spanish Point members and $20 for future members.

Historic Spanish Point’s Visitor Center Classrooms, 337 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229

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