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SRQ DAILY Sep 19, 2022

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"This milestone approval by the Bay Park Improvement Board enables The Bay Park Conservancy to accelerate the construction of the park and open more park."

- A.G. Lafley, The Bay Park Conservancy

[Recreation]  Second Phase of The Bay Approved as Opening Nears
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A $48-million second phase plan was approved for development of The Bay by leaders of the outside organization planning its future. Between 2023 and 2026, the Bay Park Conservancy will complete the circle plan for the new public park south of the 10th Street boat launch. Funding will be directed through use of a tax financing district created in 2020 to capture revenue from increased property values in the immediate area around The Bay.

Implementation of Phase 2 will include the dockside South Canal District, city-side Cultural District, sunset boardwalk and western shoreline of the project. It should provide a criticial piece to redevelopment.

The capital improvement plan for the project still must come before the Sarasota City Commission on Oct. 3 and the Sarasota County Commission on Oct. 11. The plans won Conservancy approval even before the official grand opening of The Bay. 

“As we approach the Grand Opening of The Bay, this milestone approval by the Bay Park Improvement Board enables The Bay Park Conservancy to accelerate the construction of the park and open more park — faster and for the benefit of the entire community,” said A.G. Lafley, CEO of the Conservancy.

While portions of the project are already accessible to the public, a day 10-day grand opening celebration for The Bay beginning on Oct. 14 will kick off the wider ability to enjoy the new park. Some 90 free events are already planned, including a concert by We The Kings on Oct. 15, a Taste of the Bay Food Festival starting Oct. 16 and a Boo! At the Bay movie night, showing Hocus Pocus, on Oct. 21.

“It will be our first real meaningful piece of the park that opens,” said Bill Waddill, executive director of the Conservancy. At that point, some 20-25% of the entire project will be open to the public, he said.

“During those 10 days, we're going to have sort of a sampling of anything and everything that our community might expect to see at The Bay Park and everything from music to food to arts, culture, games, recreation,” Waddill said. “Sort of anything and everything.”

The total project cost for the redevelopment of 53-acres of land on Sarasota’s Bayfront will eventually run between $300 and $400 million, including the cost of a new Performing Arts Center. 

Graphic courtesy The Bay Park Conservancy.

[Recognition]  Monica Yadav Earns Public Relations Counselor Certification

Monica Yadav, APR, CPRC, has earned her professional credentials as a Certified Public Relations Counselor from the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). In receiving the designation of Counselor, Yadav joins an elite group of public relations professionals statewide who have proven their ability to counsel during a variety of public relations scenarios, including crisis communications, while exhibiting high levels of public relations practices and exemplary ethical standards. Yadav is the director of communications and community engagement at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital, where she oversees external communications, media relations, social media and events for the hospital. Before working in healthcare, she was the manager of external relations for a large home services company and was responsible for media relations, media training and crisis communications for franchise owners across the country.

Yadav started her professional career as a TV news anchor and reporter and worked for 15 years at network affiliates in Arizona, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Florida. She is originally from Orlando and is a proud graduate of the University of Florida, with a degree in Telecommunication News. 

[Staff Announcement]  Intercoastal Medical Group Welcomes New Endocrinologist

Intercoastal Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Endocrinologist Gayatri Sarkar, MD, to its Lakewood Ranch II Endocrinology office. Dr. Sarkar earned her medical degree from the University of Calcutta Medical College, Kolkata, India, and received a Masters of Neuroscience degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, NY. From there, Dr. Sarkar completed a fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. Dr. Sarkar has lived on the two coasts and is excited to join the sunny Sarasota community along with her husband and two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family; traveling, hiking, water activities and exploring the different cultural aspects of new places. Dr. Sarkar is accepting new patients. She is located at the Intercoastal Medical Group Lakewood Ranch II Endocrinology office, 11715 Rangeland Parkway, Bradenton, FL; phone (941) 538-0077. Call for an appointment or, to request an appointment on-line, visit www.intercoastalmedical.com.
Intercoastal Medical Group is a professional association of more than 100 physicians in more than 20 specialties, serving Sarasota and Manatee counties with multiple locations. Founded in 1993, Intercoastal features a team of board certified, experienced physicians, all of whom completed their residency training programs in either the United States or Canada. The majority of Intercoastal physicians have completed fellowship training in their specialties and sub-specialties. 

[Pets]  Manatee County Pet Adoption Event This Weekend

Manatee County Animal Welfare is partnering with Best Friends Animal Society on a pet adoption campaign this weekend, encouraging people to choose to adopt, not buy, their next pet. 

The adoption event runs from Friday, September 16, through Sunday, September 18, at all Manatee County Animal Welfare (MCAW) locations. The Palmetto Adoption Center (located at 305 25th Street West in Palmetto) and Bishop Animal Shelter (at 5718 21st Ave. W in Bradenton) are open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 1 pm to 4 pm on Sunday. The Cat Town Adoption Center (located at 216 6th Ave. E in Bradenton) will be open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday but will be closed on Sunday.

Adoption fees for all pets are waived. Adopters will receive a complimentary gift bag for their new pet (while supplies last), plus an entry to win a special prize basket, courtesy of the Friends of Manatee County Animal Welfare. Adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip and rabies certificate (a value of over $300). Manatee County residents are required to license their new pet for an additional $20. 

“This National Adoption Weekend is an opportunity to bring home a forever friend,” said Manatee County Animal Welfare Division Chief Sarah Brown.

Recent data released by Best Friends showed that U.S. shelters were seeing an increase in animal intakes and a decrease in pet adoptions from shelters. This has steadily turned into a crisis in the animal welfare community, where many shelters are over capacity. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Art Museum: 209 - Author Mara Torres González Speaks , September 20, 4pm-6pm

Mara Torres González to Speak About Her Visual Art Book Exploring the Aftermath of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico September 20, 4-6 p.m., at Sarasota Art Museum. Torres González tells the story of the resilient, through “209,” a book featuring her own artwork and published by the Peppertree Press, LLC. “209,” which refers to the date the hurricane took place—September 20—features images of Torres González’s mixed-media paintings, with photography. The book also includes a poem about the hurricane by the New Jersey poet and author Danny Shot, which Torres González will read at this event, which happens to take place on the same day as the hurricane, five years later. Learn more about the artist on her website: www.marastudiogallery.com

Sarasota Art Museum , 1001 South Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Forty Carrots Family Center 20th Annual Free Virtual Community Speaker Event , September 21, 7:00 pm

Registration is open for Forty Carrots Family Center’s 20th annual free educational community speaker event Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine, presented in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The virtual presentation will feature educational psychologist and best-selling author Michele Borba, Ed.D. at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21st. The event is free and advance registration is required. Michele Borba’s latest book, Thrivers, is a sharply insightful, science-backed guide that helps parents and educators teach the essential character traits kids need to become “thrivers” – young people who flourish in rapidly changing, digitally-driven and uncertain world. Borba will identify seven teachable strengths that will safeguard kids for the future, offering practical “how-to” strategies and ideas for everyday activities that build up kids’ strength, resilience, happiness, and success. Certificates of Attendance and CEU’s will be available. The previous 19 speaker events have reached nearly 14,000 parents, professionals, and educators in our area. To register for this free virtual community event visit www.fortycarrots.org, email events@fortycarrots.com or call (941) 365-7716. RSVP is required and registration is open at www.FortyCarrots.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Atelier de SoSi Art Show , August 12 – September 22, 7pm-10pm

Atelier de SoSi announces the opening of their newest art show “An Artful Home at Atelier.” Exhibition Dates: August 12th - Sep 22nd; Opening night: August 12th 7-10pm; Gallery hours Tues - Wed - Thur 1 - 5pm. “An Artful Home at Atelier” - focus is to showcase that art can be both functional and beautiful. Atelier de SoSi’s gallery space will be transformed to represent a living space. Displaying functional art such as: handmade table settings, glassware, lighting, textiles, furniture, etc. The space will also be featuring one of a kind paintings, sculptures and an array of other unique pieces. We want to show the viewer that artwork comes in all shapes, sizes and functionalities. Yes, your coffee table can be a piece of artwork along with your favorite reading chair, lamp, and coffee mug. Art can touch every area of our lives, come see examples of this and find one of a kind pieces for your own living space.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Table Talk Bistro: 80's Themed Murder Mystery Dinner , September 23, 7pm-10pm

Audience involved murder mystery dinner show all 80s theme. Tickets include dinner, show & a choice beverage. Participation Encouraged! We are time traveling back to the 80s! So, dress in those bright color and break out the hairspray for that big hair!! If you attended our last sold-out show, we have a twist for you! Each guest will either be a suspect or a detective! The food will be plentiful and amazing, we do our best for that always! If you have special dietary needs, please let us know upon booking.Seating will not be assigned; tables will remain in our normal restaurant set up and guest will pick their seat as they arrive. You may be meeting new people at your table. Most of our tables are 4 or 6 tops. Message us Directly at Info@tabletalkbistro.com with any questions. Tickets $70 Eventbrite

Table Talk Bistro , 3999 Cortez Road West Bradenton, FL 34210

[SOON]  FILM: Summer Movies at Sarasota Opera House , May 22 – September 23, Varies.

Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2022 summer movie series: HD at the Opera House and Classic Movies at the Opera House. HD at the Opera House featuring filmed performances of opera and ballet from around the world will open on Sunday, May 22nd at 1:30 p.m. with Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, with tickets at $22, and $20 for Sarasota Opera subscribers. The Classic Movies at the Opera House series will open with In the Heat of the Night on Friday, July 8th at 7:30 p.m. with tickets at $12. (Tickets will go on sale starting Monday, May 2nd.)

[SOON]  HEALTH: Zumba at The Bay , July 9 – September 24, 10am-11am

Join Ya’el Campbell for a special monthly Zumba from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. This is a high energy outdoor Zumba class! Come dance with a fantastic group of Zumba Rockstars who will make you move, smile, jump, shake and sing… (it happens sometimes). Grab a friend, bring your kids, and meet new Zumba friends. Program Dates: July 9 (Bayfront Community Center); August 20 (Bayfront Community Center); September 24; The Bay Park, 655 N. Tamiami Trail.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre Improv: We're Doomed , August 13 – September 24, 7:30pm

FST Improv Presents: We're Doomed Beginning August 13 on Saturdays at 7:30pm. In a world where blockbusters come and go, FST Improv entertains with an unforgettable, original, and fully improvised motion picture! The cast of We’re Doomed will perform an improvised horror movie based on a title provided by the audience! We’ll leave the fancy equipment behind as we use unique staging, special effects and onstage acrobatics to recreate the excitement and magic of the silver screen. You’ll even get to see improvised previews of upcoming attractions.

Florida Studio Theatre's Bowne's Lab

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Venice Theatre: God's Country , September 9 – September 25, Varied

God's Country by Steven Dietz. A riveting, highly theatrical docudrama about those dedicated to revolution against the U.S. government and the expulsion from "God's Country" of non-Aryans. Three narrative spines are skillfully interwoven in this thought-provoking, unsettling, and challenging fare that examines America’s dark soul, and asks, “What can/should we do about it?” * Includes violent and graphic images, adult language and heavy adult themes. Audience discretion advised. September 9th-25th, 2022. For more information visit venicetheatre.org, Ph. 941.488.1115, email info@venicetheatre.net

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W Venice, FL 34285 (The Box Office is currently closed for walk-up business)

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County: Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Fair , October 1, 8am-1pm

2022 Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Fair is an exciting community event, drawing in a variety of consumers from casual houseplant owners to dedicated horticulturalists. Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 8:00am to 1:00pm UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County will be hosting a plant fair at the Barbara Davis Educational Gardens located at 1303 17th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221. Instead of buying your next plant at a big box store, why not find a more affordable, expertly grown plant that supports your local community? All our plants are grown by Master Gardener Volunteers and all proceeds go towards supporting and maintaining Manatee County’s Master Gardener Volunteer Program. People can register for free for a one hour time slot on the UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County Eventbrite page. 1303 17th Street West, Palmetto Saturday, October 1, 2022 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Information Call Alyssa Vinson at 941-722-4524 extension 1822


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