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SRQ DAILY Sep 4, 2023

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"Our mission is to strengthen the local community by partnering with local businesses and providing access to affordable, high-quality financial products and services"

- Sherod Halliburton, CEO of Financial Access.

[Government]  Sarasota-Manatee Report $4M+ Damage From Idalia
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

While Hurricane Idalia made landfall in Florida’s Big Bend, storm surge and wind caused significant damage in the Sarasota-Bradenton region. Sarasota County officials estimated some $2.65 million in damages in the unincorporated areas alone.

County leaders have requested state assistance and extended a state of emergency through Sept. 11, next Monday.

In Manatee County, officials continue to assess the level of damage, but have seen extraordinary impacts in particular on the barrier islands in Holmes Beach, Longboat Key and Bradenton Beach. Residents well after the storm passed the region found streets flooded, with saltwater flowing from the Gulf of Mexico into the Intercoastal Waterway.

In total, infrastructure damages in the county likely top $2 million, a threshold for obtaining additional financial assistance from the state.

“We’ve been running rescue all night,” said Manatee County Public Safety Director Jodie Fiske. “We are doing what we need to keep people safe.”

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, also joined a bipartisan letter to President Joe Biden calling for a major disaster declaration in Florida, including in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

“This major hurricane will continue to impact the state for some time, and the full extent of damage will not be known for days,” read the letter, led by U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott and co-signed by eight U.S. representatives. “However, approving this declaration request will allow Floridians to be better prepared for the recovery phase. As such, we urge you to approve the State of Florida’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration.

Officials for the City of Sarasota say overall fared well. Some flooding occurred, but officials said new drainage systems at intersections like the Gulfstream Avenue roundabout on U.S. 41 performed well. The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall saw some water intrusion but there was no observable damage to the building roof or signage.

“It’s been a whirlwind week, but we made it,” wrote Mayor Kyle Battie in a letter to constituents. 

Photo courtesy City of Sarasota: Hurricane Idalia lands a boat in Bayfront Park.

[Recognition]  Financial Access Federal Credit Union is Recognized as Best of the Best

The Financial Access Federal Credit Union (Financial Access), a Treasury-certified Community Development Financial Institution headquartered in Manatee County, was recently recognized in the “Best of the Best” in the Bradenton Herald’s 2023 People’s Choice awards. Every year, the Bradenton Herald invites readers to vote for their favorite service providers in a variety of businesses. “We’re honored to be recognized as one of the best credit unions in the region,” says Sherod Halliburton, CEO of Financial Access. “We deeply appreciate the votes of confidence that made this possible. I thank our dedicated team for their unwavering commitment to our mission and to the greater community for their trust in us.” According to Halliburton, Financial Access’ core focus has remained unchanged since it was established as a not-for-profit financial cooperative in 1958. “Our mission is to strengthen the local community by partnering with local businesses and providing access to affordable, high-quality financial products and services,” he says. “That’s why we’re here.” Halliburton adds that Financial Access’ mission remains the same in good times and bad. “Our members depend on us to keep their businesses going, hold onto their homes, and deal with medical bills. I’m very proud of our team’s unfaltering commitment to community empowerment through financial inclusion.” 

[Recognition]  Fergeson Skipper Attorneys Named 2024 Best Lawyers in America

Sarasota-based Fergeson Skipper, P.A. takes pride in announcing that two of its attorneys – Richard R. Gans (Trusts and Estates) and Gerald I. Carp (Litigation, Trusts and Estates) – have been designated “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for the Sarasota Metro Area. In addition, Gans and Carp were named “Best Lawyers” by the publication, along with James O. Fergeson, Jr., (Business Organizations, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates), as well as fellow shareholders Matthew B. Mayper (Business Organizations, Elder Law, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates) and Daniel L. Tullidge (Trusts and Estates). Tullidge was also included on The Best Lawyers in America’s “Ones to Watch” list for Business Organizations, Corporate Law, and Trusts and Estates, in company with shareholder Declan Mahoney for Construction and Real Estate Litigation. "We extend our congratulations to our colleagues for their outstanding accomplishments," said Fergeson Skipper Shareholder David S. Maglich. "These accolades aptly reflect their exceptional efforts in serving our clients." The Best Lawyers in America’s lists of outstanding lawyers are compiled by conducting peer-review surveys in which leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their peers. The publication’s methodology is designed to capture consensus opinion about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. 

Pictured: Fergeson Skipper attorneys have been recognized in the 2024 The Best Lawyers in America for the Sarasota Metro Area.

[Real Estate]  Gulf of Mexico Modern Beach Retreat with Gated Beach Access on the Market for $12M

Unveiling the pinnacle of coastal living at this pristine beachfront residence at Bonaire Longboat Key. A newer gem completed in 2020, this turnkey masterpiece is a rare find. Wake up to the Gulf's gentle waves at your own beach retreat. Crafted with precision and built by Eason Home Builders, this home seamlessly blends modern innovation with the allure of West Indies-inspired architecture. Every corner of this residence is designed to capture the breathtaking beach views that stretch to the horizon. From the towering great room windows to the inviting balconies on each floor, the Gulf of Mexico's beauty is your constant companion. Step into an interior that's not just beautiful but also brilliantly functional. Designer furnishings, smart home conveniences, and striking light fixtures harmonize with oak wood flooring and sleek surfaces, creating an ambiance that's as modern as it is inviting. The heart of this home is a chef's dream. The gourmet kitchen is elegant and functional, boasting custom cabinetry, sprawling island, and top-of-the-line appliances. The CornuFe polished white and stainless-steel trimmed gas stove, accompanied by a statement-piece range hood, add to the allure of this culinary haven. The master suite is a sanctuary of indulgence. Set in a secluded northwest spot, it offers a private sitting area framed by bay windows, his and her walk-in closets, and a spa-inspired en-suite with a steam shower, soaking tub, and dual vanities. This residence embraces the outdoors as an integral part of its charm. Balconies on each floor offer panoramic views and create a seamless indoor-outdoor flow. Recent updates enhance the allure of this home. A/V upgrades, solar shades, water softener, reverse osmosis, water chiller, and water pressure booster are just the beginning. The indoor cabana opens to a resort-style pool deck, complete with covered dining, a summer kitchen, lounge areas, a fire pit, and a saltwater pool with a swim bar and raised spa. Beyond the pool, your own gated access leads you to the pristine shores of the Gulf. The meticulously landscaped yard features a hammock, and convenient outdoor shower. This home also includes an additional buildable parcel (the current owners have transformed this area into a botanical garden with beautiful lush landscaping). 

To learn more, visit

[Law Enforcement]  Corrections Supervisor Graduates from Florida Leadership Academy

Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman is pleased to announce that Corrections Sergeant Jennifer Shaddix-Barker graduated on August 25 from the Florida Leadership Academy, Class 54, hosted by the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute (FCJEI). Sergeant Shaddix-Barker and 45 other first-line supervisors attended the four week-long sessions at the Ocala Police Department. The graduates learned skills necessary to support the needs of their local agencies and their communities as they prepare for future challenges.  

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: 2023 EcoSummit , December 4 – September 6, Various times

The EcoSummit will feature lively, solutions-oriented lectures, panel discussions, storytelling, and music. Dozens of national, regional, and local experts will share fascinating insights and future-forward innovations for recharging our environment and reducing our impacts, crucial to sustaining our coastal community and environment-based quality of life. The EcoSummit kicks off December 4, 5-8 p.m. at The Bay Park Nest with a free outdoor screening of the film 2040, and the evening of December 5 features Florida Stories with Carl Hiaasen, an unforgettable evening with this savagely funny, riotous, and cathartic storyteller, with emcee (and award-winning journalist) Craig Pittman, local storytellers and a musical guest. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit eco-summit.org.

[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]  BUSINESS: Marketing on Main Sarasota Networking Event , September 27, 5:30-8:30pm

Exchange cards, explore and create powerful realationships by getting invovled in MonM. This event is filled with positivity, encouragement, motivation, and is built for those who are looking to make a difference. If you are a small business, just starting out in business, a multi-million dollar conglomerate, a career seeker, a student or just someone trying to be the change they would like to see in Sarasota...then Marketing on Main is a must attend. BOLD, Sarasota, 1680 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SCORE Webinar, How Artificial Intelligence Can Take Your Social Media to the Next Level , September 20, 12 to 1 pm
Step into the whirlwind love story of AI and Digital Marketing: Love at First Byte. This engaging session spotlights the unexpected couple, Artificial Intelligence and Content Creation, redefining the rules of engagement in the digital marketing arena. We will delve into how AI is crafting compelling content, generating everything from catchy headlines to creative copy, with surprising effectiveness and wit. And, as any love story goes, there are a few complications. We will navigate the complex ethical terrain that comes with this tech-empowered creativity. Perfect for marketers, content creators, or anyone with a thirst for understanding the role of AI in the digital realm. Prepare for a journey full of wit, wonder, and the odd aha moment as we delve into the heart of the role of AI in content creation.
[SOON]  BUSINESS: SCORE Webinar, What your organization needs to know about applying for grants , September 6, 12 to 1 pm
Sandra Lundgren will share the secrets of writing winning grant applications including: Telling Your Organization’s Story, Articulating Your Need, Finding Funders, Preparing the Proposal, and Reporting Requirements.
[SOON]  SPORTS: 27th Annual Chargers Soccer Club Labor Day Tournament , September 2 – September 4, 8am-5pm

The eagerly anticipated 27th annual Chargers Soccer Club Labor Day Tournament is scheduled to take place from September 2-4, at the prestigious Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Hosted in partnership with Visit Sarasota County, this marquee event is an integral part of the local soccer tradition, and has been a source of excitement for players, fans, and communities alike for over a quarter-century. Games will run from 8am to 5pm on September 2nd and 3rd, with final matches set to be played from 8am to 2pm on September 4th, the tournament promises an exhilarating display of skill and determination. The conclusion of the games will be marked by the presentation of trophies and medals to the victorious teams, capping off a weekend of intense competition. Admission and parking for the tournament are free to the public, making it an inclusive event for soccer enthusiasts of all ages. So, mark your calendars and gear up to catch all the heart-pounding action at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch! For more information, visit visitsarasota.com.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Working Conditions at The Ringling , August 26 – March 3, varied times

Explore labor through The Ringlings Working Conditions photography exhibit, running until March 3, 2024. The Industrial Revolution of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries radically changed the nature of human labor. That era is defined by a global shift from producing goods by hand to manufacturing by machines and technologies that emphasized efficiency. Working Conditions explores the myriad ways in which photographs have communicated ideas about labor since the nineteenth century through examples from The Ringlings photography permanent collection. For more information, visit ringling.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Cars and Coffee at University Town Center , March 11 – December 9, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

This monthly gathering of car enthusiasts brings together automobile lovers from every walk of life, not to mention a wide array of spectacular cars. Bring your own vehicle (all makes and models are welcome) to show off, or check out the hundreds of cars on display. Each month, the event sponsors a different charity, and attendees are encouraged to donate $10 to benefit the charity. The event, occuring on the second Sunday of each month, will feature live music, complimentary coffee and more. To learn more, visit facebook.com/carsandcoffee941. Sarasota Cars and Coffee, The West District at University Town Center near Ford’s Garage, 295 N. Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Wellen Park Summer Music Series , July 19 – September 30, Various times

Wellen Park invites the community to come out and enjoy music from local bands and artists during the Summer Music Series every Wednesday through Sunday in Downtown Wellen. Now through September, Wellen Park is hosting different musicians throughout the week. Every week, Wind Down Wednesdays, Thursday Tunes and Saturday Sounds will feature music under the Heritage Tree from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday Night Live, the first Friday of the month, will feature a band on the Solis Hall stage overlooking the Great Lawn from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday Groove, the second, third and fourth Friday of the month, will feature music under the Heritage Tree from 5 to 9 p.m. On Unplugged Sunday, every Sunday, there will be music under the Heritage Tree from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. The series is open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating on the Great Lawn and around the Heritage Tree. For more information, visit wellenpark.com/events/summer-music-series.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sights and Sounds at Waterside Place , July 28 – May 31, 6 to 9 p.m.

Head out to Waterside Place for a rocking evening as part of the Lakewood Ranch Sights and Sounds Program. Enjoy a live concert in partnership with Easterseals and EveryoneRocks, featuring artists who are rocking their spectrum. This event is free and open to the public; there is limited seating at the Plaza, but attendees are welcome to bring their own seats. Food and beverages will be available from numerous Waterside Place merchants. For more information on shows, dates, and times, visit lakewoodranch.com/sights-sounds/. Waterside Place, 1560 Lakefront Dr., Sarasota.

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