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SRQ DAILY Jun 17, 2019

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"It's beach first. These are definitely beachgoers."

- Virginia Haley, Visit Sarasota County

[Tourism]  In-State Travelers Drive Summer Visitation
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

While the winter season may always be king when it comes to tourism on the Gulf Coast, the summer season will bring with it a serious boost of drive-in travel and family vacationers.

Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota County, says hospital leaders are preparing now for a July rush. That means a shift in marketing and in the type of consumers enjoying Sarasota as a destination.

“We do a lot more with the drive markets within Florida,” she says. “And it’s beach first. These are definitely beachgoers.”

Instead of spring newlyweds or retired snowbirds, the summer means families with children in tow.

It’s not all sands and sunshine. Sports events drive much of the event-driven travel. Haley notes Nathan Benderson Park hosted the US Rowing Youth National Championships last weekend. Such tourneys tend to attract entire families to book rooms and spend a weekend shopping and dining in the Sarasota-Manatee area.

On the horizon, the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix begins on Jun 29 and runs through Independence Day and on to July 7.

“We want to stage events that excite and entertain, ensuring enjoyment for spectators and TV audiences with great sponsor value and a real economic impact for host venues,” says Powerboat P1 CEO Azam Rangoonwala, and Offshore Powerboat Association President Roland Smith in a joint statement.

And it will bring a boost to the number of guests in Sarasota as well, Haley says. While she acknowledges the beach serves as a draw during the Fourth of July no matter what, hosting the powerboats alongside the island destination brings additional crowds. “Research has shown the races do draw people coming here specifically for the races,” she said.

Throughout July, Haley anticipates strong traffic from summer vacationers, many from Miami, Tampa and Orlando. The tourism bureau has shifted its marketing efforts to draw those visitors from Florida onto Interstate-75 to enjoy the region’s beaches. 

Photo courtesy Visit Sarasota County

[Government]  School District of Manatee County Hosting Support Staff Job Fair June 20

The School District of Manatee County will host a Support Staff Job Fair on Thursday, June 20 from 9am until 2pm. The event will take place at the Wakeland Support Center, located at 1812 27th Street East in Bradenton.

Positions available in Support Services include custodians, food service workers, school bus operators, school bus attendants, school office staff and paraprofessionals. Candidates attending the Support Staff Job Fair will have the opportunity to interview with representatives and complete job applications. The goal of the event is to provide an opportunity for candidates to apply in-person and to have an on-the-spot interview.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply online before the Support Staff Job Fair. To view a list of all open positions at Manatee County Schools and to apply online visit the website below and click on “Careers.” 

School District of Manatee County

[Government]  Silvertooth Judicial Center Opening Nursing Room for New Mothers

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held 3pm on June 24 for a new nursing room at The Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center in Sarasota. Members of the Sarasota Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL), members of the judiciary and courthouse personnel will be on hand for the official ceremony to open the room.

The nursing room will be open to any courthouse visitor—whether an employee, juror, attorney or member of the public—and will be available during business hours of the courthouse, providing a private space that is shielded from view and interruption from the public. The nursing room offers new mothers a quiet, comfortable place to nurse or pump breast milk within the courthouse, equipped with a glider, changing station, fridge and other essentials such as baby wipes, diaper genie, diaper refill bags and breast milk bags. 

Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center

[Healthcare]  Bradenton Vet Named President-Elect of Florida Veterinary Medical Association

Dr. Mary Smart was installed as president-elect of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA) at the 90th FVMA Annual Conference in Tampa. Smart previously served as the District 7 Representative, serving Southwest Florida, which is comprised of Charlotte, De Soto, Hardee, Lee, Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Smart is currently employed at Westbay Animal Hospital in Bradenton. She is a past president of the Manatee County Veterinary Medical Society and is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). 

Westbay Animal Hospital

[Travel]  SRQ Airport Sets All-Time Passenger Record for May

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) passenger traffic for the month of May set an all-time record with 161,435 passengers traveling through the airport. Traffic for May 2019 was up 39.9% over May of 2018. Year-to-date passenger numbers are up 38%. Over the past 15 months, SRQ has added two new air carriers (Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines), 23 new routes and 18 new destinations, including Ashville (AVL), Baltimore (BWI), Cincinnati (CVG), Cleveland (CLE), Columbus (LCK), Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW), Denver (DEN), Grand Rapids (GRR), Harrisburg (MDT), Indianapolis (IND), Melbourne (MLB), Nashville (BNA), Philadelphia (PHL), Pittsburgh (PIT), Richmond (RIC), Syracuse (SYR), Traverse City (TVC) and Washington, D.C. (IAD). There are now eight airlines providing nonstop service to 29 destinations at SRQ. 

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

[Real Estate]  Boiteau, Moon and Pierce Join RE/MAX Alliance Group

Realtor Renee Boiteau has joined RE/MAX Alliance Group as a member of the Audrey Smith Group. She has 10 years of real estate experience, frequently achieving the Five Star Real Estate Agent Award for excellence in customer satisfaction. Prior to becoming a realtor, Boiteau was a successful franchise owner of an international fitness company.

Patricia "Pat" Moon has joined RE/MAX Alliance Group as a realtor in the Venice office. She is a buyer specialist. Moon is a native of Ohio where she worked as a systems analyst. She moved to Venice in 2014.

Barbara Pierce has joined RE/MAX Alliance Group as a Buyer's Agent Specialist with the Audrey Smith Group. With 13 years of Florida real estate experience, she assists buyers in their home search from Bradenton to Punta Gorda—with particular experience and expertise in the community of Venice. 

RE/MAX Alliance Group

[Real Estate]  Caravello Joins Premier Sotheby's International Realty

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has announced that Anita Caravello has affiliated with its Longboat Key office. A 38-year real estate veteran, Caravello brings sales experience with national brokerage firms. Originally from New York, she has spent the majority of her career honing her craft in the Sarasota market, and has worked as a sales associate with a national real estate company in Longboat Key for the past 26 years. Headquartered in Naples, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has over 1,100 associates and employees in 40 locations throughout Florida and North Carolina.  

Premier Sotheby's International Realty

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Interpolations: Artwork from The Ringling and Monda Collections , March 17 – September 8

This new exhibition fuses artworks from The Ringling’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary art and selections from Keith D. and Linda L. Monda’s collection. As part of the four promised gifts from the Monda family, pieces by Beverly Pepper, Teo González, Yayoi Kusama and Richard Serra enable the Museum to present a broader and more complex history of late twentieth- and early 21st-century art. These new promised gifts will be featured along with other selections from Monda’s collection and key works from the Ringling’s own growing collection of modern and contemporary art.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Natasha Mazurka: Order Systems , March 17 – September 29

Mazurka’s work reflects the communicative potential of pattern by combining visual references to architecture, biology, data analytics and instructional code. From her intense research into pattern languages, Mazurka presents an art exhibition that flatters and disturbs concepts of certainty and stability residing within pattern systems existing all-around us.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cycle 5 , May 30 – July 5

In Gallery 1, Monumental, a group show, features small-scale sculptures. Next door, local artist Keith Crowley will exhibit a recent series of his meticulously layered photographically-based oil and watercolor paintings in his first solo exhibition at Art Center Sarasota. In Gallery 3, and featuring incisive and satirical investigations of the ego, sexuality, and competitiveness found on full display at gyms, Caitlin Albritton’s paintings and drawings of contorted figures address questions of gender issues and body politics.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Niceties , May 31 – June 30

Zoe is called into her professor's office to discuss her paper about slavery's effect on the American Revolution. What begins as a polite clash in perspectives explodes into an urgent debate about race, history and power.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Club of Sarasota (Summer Concert Series) , June 17

Enjoy a fabulous concert featuring The Danny Sinoff Trio and Patricia Dean. In this concert, Danny Sinoff obtains a style of Jazz that is both swinging and emotionally heartfelt. On drums and vocals is Patricia Dean. As a drummer, she is an inspiring and supremely tasteful time-keeper, accompanist & soloist. On vocals, she is swinging, sensitive and musical. Completing the trio is Scott Smith on bass. Jazz Club members $35; non-members $39. 

Florida Studio Theatre Court Cabaret, First Street and Coconut Avenue, Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: June BCE at Siesta Key Palms Hotel , June 20

Mix and mingle with fellow Siesta Key Chamber members at the June Business Card Exchange hosted by Siesta Key Palms Hotel. Join for complimentary drinks, appetizers, and chances to win prizes. Don't forget to bring business cards and a door prize to promote businesses. 

Siesta Key Palms Hotel, 1800 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Big Night Out , June 21

Join us for The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s FREE outdoor summertime concert series! The events run from 5-9pm and are located on the Bayside Lawn of the Van Wezel. Each of the four events will feature food trucks, beverage vendors and more – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a summer sunset over Sarasota Bay.


Kicking off Friday Fest 2019 is Big Night Out – a grooving six-piece dance band performing Latin, R&B and Island dance music! A powerful horn section and Latin percussion add to the commanding vocals of Frank Alverez. Dance the night away with a perfect view of the Sarasota sunset as Big Night Out’s kicks off our annual summer concert series!

Van Wezel

[SOON]  THEATER: Junie B. Jones The Musical , June 21 – June 22

Junie B. starts her first day of first grade, where she encounters many changes. Her best friend finds new best friends. She makes friends with Herb, the new kid. She has problems reading the blackboard in Mr. Scary’s class. Include the friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament, and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” First grade has never been more exciting! A Kidz Camp production.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Wigs and Wit , June 25, 8pm

This showcase features a head-to-head battle of the wits between the area's most fabulous drag queens and hilarious stand-up comics. Music, comedy and surprises make this a unique live experience. Hosted by Jeff Klein and Sarasota's favorite hometown girl, Miss Beneva Fruitville.

McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.

[SOON]  THEATER: Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow , June 26 – August 10

This powerful musical biography celebrates the life of actress and singer Ethel Waters. From abject poverty to Broadway and Hollywood stardom, Ethel Waters crossed racial barriers to become a legend. No matter what challenges she faced, music gave Waters strength, solace, and success. 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Elvis Jailhouse Ballroom Revival! , June 30, 7pm–9pm

From his romantic ballads to his lively jives, embark on a journey through the era of Elvis. Choreographed and directed by world-renowned three-time World Champion, Wilson Barrera, this production is performed by both the professional dance instructors and students of Wilson's Dance Club International. Experience Elvis like never before.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Share Your Story - SRQ Magazine's Reader Engagement Survey , July 1

There's still time to connect with the team at SRQ Magazine | Live Local and Love Local for the 2019 Readers Engagement Survey. We invite readers to share their thoughts on how they want to enjoy their time with the magazine—from the types of stories we cover to the way we lay them out in our pages. We want to know what you'd like to see more of in our coverage. Thank you for sharing your insights with us. To take the survey, visit SRQMAG.COM/HelloReader before July 1st.

[SOON]  GALA: "Red, White & You" Bayfront Kickoff Party , July 3

Kickoff the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival and 4th of July weekend at one of the biggest parties of the year! This event is a fundraiser for Suncoast Charities for Children. Guests will enjoy an open bar, island style food stations, live music and exciting live auction destination packages. Dress is Patriotic/Island Casual.


Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall - Grand Foyer, 777 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  SPORTS: Fireworks on the Lake 2019 , July 3, 7pm

Celebrate Independence Day a night early with music, food, concessions and a sky show on the water. Join in on a family fun, four-mile, patriotic themed race just before sundown, followed by the annual fireworks display on the lake. The race begins at 7pm, followed by fireworks at 9pm. Race participants get VIP parking for the fireworks, and a front row seat in the park after completing the race.

Nathan Benderson Park , 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir., Sarasota

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