Monthly Archives: October 2017

IN YOUR MAILBOX: SRQ’s November Chic Modern Homes Issue is Here!


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Its finally starting to feel like fall and with that comes SRQ Magazine’s November 2017 issue, all about aspirational living, so sit back, relax and let us take you inside the some of the area’s most spectacular homes, buildings and sporting events along the Gulf Coast.

November Features

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Minimalist Modern: Outside meets inside seamlessly in architect Dale Parks’ Collins Residence, where glass features create an airiness that connects the structure to the exterior environment.

Siesta Sleek: Inside an already lauded tower, designed by an iconic Sarasota architect, the Donnelly Condo is an interior renovation that merges beloved history with brand-new beauty.

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World Rowing Championships: 921 rowers, 369 boats and thousands of friends and family from 69 countries around the world— all focused on the glistening 2,180 meters of still blue water at Nathan Benderson Park for the return of the World Rowing Championships. Once a pasture, then a sandpit and now one of the premier rowing destinations in the world, Nathan Benderson Park transformed into an Olympic-style athletic village for the nine-day international competition, bringing world-class competitors to sandy, sunny Sarasota in search of excellence, gold medals and that elusive perfect stroke.

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Building of the Year Awards: SRQ Magazine proudly presents Building of the Year, a competition celebrating the new commercial, mixed-use and public buildings enhancing the skyline along the Gulfcoast. Judged on design concept, function and usage, integrity of design, creativity and features, we recognize the stunning structures that garnered this year’s top awards.

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SRQIST- Local Heart & Soul Stories About the People, Places and Experiences that Define Our Hometown 

  • New CFAS Exec: Tammy Hauser has spent a lifetime woking in the arts, founding Blue Sky Thinking to consult and provide administration for cultural institutions locally and around the country. Now, she heads up the Center for Architecture Sarasota, celebrating the beautiful physical environment in a community that helped drive the modern movement. We spoke with the new CFAS executive director about her own foundation.
  • Natural Palette: For floral artist Bruno Duarte, Mother Earth is a canvas and medium all in one.
  • East Main’s Next Reel: Regal upgrade is the first big move for BBC Main.
  • Dear Millennials: How taking phone pics of old buildings keeps Millennials in love with the Gulf Coast.
  • Ferry Tale Landing: A catamaran could connect Sarasota Bayfront, Bradenton Riverwalk and Anna Maria.

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CULTURE CITY- Arts + Culture, Performing and Visual Arts, Portfolio, In Studio, Artsheet

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CARGO- The GoodS, Retail Therapy, Book Brand, NicNacs, Nest

  • Warm Metals: Embrace the modern lines and classic look of copper and its offspring alloys.
  • Tactile Tiles: Tiles of varying relief add depth and movement to one-dimensional surfaces.
  • Vintage Bulbs: Timeless filament bulbs honor the old with new adaptations and applications.
  • Going Atomic: Interest grows in Greenbriar’s Mid-Century Mod homes.
  • Antiques from the Orient: Jadeite wonder from the other side of the world.
  • Book It: Experience the culture of the Renaissance alongside the adversities of the Floridian frontier with these selections, both of which will take readers to the past.

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FORAGE- At the Table, Crumbs, Restaurants, 5 Ingredients, Pantry, Foodie Life

  • Not Your Average Spin Off: Bravo Coastal Bar and Kitchen may steal some thunder from its established parent restaurants, but Sarasotans are better for it.
  • Jennings Downtown Provisions: Jennings Downtown Provisions presents the total package.
  • Zen and Art of Noodles: Follow the Japanese tradition of mindful action comes richly flavored noodle bowls from State Street’s hidden gem of a chef, Nori.
  • Sour Suds: More than a year in the making, Calusa Brewing’s Wildest Dreams Sour Ale make it worth the wait.

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RECONNOITER- Collaborative Dialogue, Dispatches, Case Study, Agenda, Rattlebag

Get swept away by the incredible thins enhancing the skyline, shoreline and even the finish line along the Gulf Coast and pick up your copy of SRQ’s November issue today!

-The SRQ team

Click here to access the pages of the November SRQ digital edition.























































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Building of the Year is Here and We Have the Trophies to Prove It!


The November edition has made its grand debut, and with it comes SRQ Magazine’s, 2nd Annual Building of the Year Competition! As part of the celebration for this noteworthy competition, we hosted the finalists and contributors at SRQ Studios for an awards ceremony recognizing their achievements and distributed the very first copies of the November edition to the public.


Representatives from ARCOS, 2017 Building of the Year Reader’s Choice winner at the BOTY awards ceremony. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


“Each year, this competition recognizes some of the most amazing local talent in design and construction along the Gulf Coast. And since our magazine is devoted to living local, it is only fitting that we celebrate and showcase some of the region’s most jaw-dropping structures,” said Wes Roberts, Executive Publisher of SRQ Magazine.


Guests of the 2nd Annual Building of the Year Competition await the announcement of the winners. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


The 2017 Building of the Year competition delivered some of the most stunning examples of architecture, construction and design that we have ever seen. And we are thrilled to introduce the categories that highlight these major projects in a big way.

  • Residential Building / Complex
  • Commercial Building, includes Hotels
  • Mixed-Use Building
  • Public Building / Public Space
  • 2017 Reader’s Choice

Each entry requires a concept statement that describes the project and often includes challenges that were presented and overcome along the way. Others indicate the inspiration, owner’s preferences and materials used to bring the project to life. Each project is gorgeously showcased through photography that highlights its incredible features and draws our readers in.


Mark Sultana of DSDG Architects accepts the Platinum award for his project, INFINITY. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


The SRQ Building of the Year panel of judges review the submissions and score each project based on innovation, function, architecture, aesthetics, place-making and livability to name the Building of the Year Platinum, Gold and Silver award recipients to be featured in the November edition of SRQ. 


Dean Thompson and his team accept the Platinum award for their project, Eilling Eide Center. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

And without further ado, announcing . . . this year’s Building of the Year award winners!

Residential Building/Complex
Platinum: DSDG Architects | INFINITY
Framework Group, LLC & Forge Capital Partners | ARCOS]

Commercial Building, Including Hotels
Platinum: The Schimberg Group, Inc. | Beach House Waterfront Restaurant Deck
Gold: Fawley Bryant Architecture | IMG Academy Performance and Sports Center
Silver: Sarasota Memorial Health Care System | Sarasota Memorial Rehabilitation Pavilion

Mixed-Use Building
Platinum: Dean Thompson, Inc. | Eilling Eide Center
Gold: HOYT Architects | The Mark
Silver: HOYT Architects | SANSARA

Public Building/Public Space
Platinum: Fawley Bryant Architecture | Nathan Benderson Park Finish Tower
Gold: Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. | Ringling College of Art and Design Alfred R. Goldstein Library
Silver: DeAngelis Diamond AND Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System | Sarasota Memorial Hospital Jean & Alfred Goldstein Health Center

2017 Reader’s Choice 
Platinum: Framework Group, LLC & Forge Capital Partners | ARCOS


Representatives from Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Systems accept their two awards for the Rehabilitation Pavilion and the Jean & Alfred Goldstein Health Center. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


Special thanks again to our 2017 Building of the Year judges and to Sarasota Trophy for providing us with this last night’s awards.

To view a gallery of photos from the Building of the Year awards ceremony, Click Here. And to view the amazing buildings and survey the incredible talent of the architects, builders and design companies in Sarasota and Bradenton, pick up your copy of the November edition of SRQ today!


Steve Padgett, Stu Henderson and their Fawley Byrant Architecture team anxiously await the announcement of the 2017 Building of the Year Award winners. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


We will be back together this spring celebrating winners for the Home of the Year Annual Competition showcasing incredible residential spaces in the region—so be sure to share the call for entries, which closes on December 8th. Click here for the official entry packet.

Don’t miss the launch of SRQ Magazines 2017-2018 SB2 Luncheon Series with SB2: Philanthropic Agenda on Thursday, November 30th at The Francis featuring some of the area’s top philanthropic minds discussing trends in the regional giving agenda. Tickets are on sale at SRQSB2.COM.


Join Us: Tickets SB2 Luncheon | Philanthropic Agenda, November 30


SRQ is pleased to announce that the SB2 Symposia Series has moved to lunchtime. Although many die-hard SB2 fans loved getting up at the crack of dawn for SB2’s signature compelling dialogue and content (not to mention the bacon) we want to share the conversation with an expanded audience and provide for a longer luncheon deep-dive into important conversations affecting both Sarasota and Bradenton.

Join SRQ Media for the kick off of the 2017-2018 SB2 Luncheon Symposia series with SB2: Philanthropic Agenda on Thursday November, 30 2017 from 11:00am-1:00pm at The Francis, Downtown Sarasota. Local foundation experts will explore the dynamic and ever-changing world of the independent sector and state of philanthropy in our region. What’s trending, who’s innovating, why are donor-advised funds growing so rapidly and what exactly are donors looking for? Don’t miss this deep-dive exploration into the factors influencing philanthropy on the Giving Coast.

Guest Panelists include: Carol Butera, Executive Director of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation; John Annis, Senior Vice President of Community Investment for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Mark Prichett, President and CEO of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation; Martha Wells, Former President of the Southwest Florida Association of Fundraising Professionals; Monica Van Buskirk, President and CEO of the Van Wezel Foundation.

Tickets are $45/per person, which includes a mouth-watering plated lunch provided by The Francis. Reserve your spot online at SRQSB2.COM

.We hope to see you at the “New SB2”!

In Your Mailbox: SRQ October 2017 Arts and Culture Issue is Here!



Sarasota and Bradenton’s 2017-2018 cultural season has begun and (lucky for you) we are here to guide the way. Our October 2017 Arts and Culture issue highlights all things visual arts, performing arts and culture —from sculpture to film, dance to theater and much more.

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Culture Canvas: Between celebrating Leonard Bernstein with the Sarasota Orchestra and lamenting the star-crossed lovers on the Sarasota Opera Stage, expanding the mind at the fourth annual PINC Sarasota conference and diving into the political at the Ringling Museum of Art, this year’s cultural season expects nearly as much from the audience as the audience does of it.

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SRQIST- Local Heart & Soul Stories About the People, Places and Experiences that Define Our Hometown 

  • Heavy Lifting: Robrady and Lockhead Martin bring future tech to Sarasota.
  • CCA 2.0: Cross College Alliance enters its next phase.
  • Students on Set: Partnering with Ringling College of Art and Design and Semkhor Productions, Hollywood actor Dylan McDermott has for the last year worked with Ringling students in Ringling facilities to bring his latest project to life—a web-series called Sugar, about a young woman exploited by Florida’s sex trafficking industry and looking to rebuild her life—while working simultaneously with local nonprofit Selah Freedom to spread awareness in conjunction with the production.
  • The Greatest Match on Earth: The youngest two Ringling brothers each left indelible marks upon Sarasota, but armed only with their achievements and legacies, who will be victorious in the an SRQ Deathmatch for the ages between John and Charles Ringling?


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CULTURE CITY- Arts + Culture, Performing and Visual Arts, Portfolio, In Studio, Artsheet

  • Astral Art: Former astronaut Nicole Stott makes re-entry in the world of art.
  • Kaleidoscope City: Painter Ricky Otto interprets the urban landscape in vivid color.
  • Directing the Classroom: Ringling College’s Brad Battersby builds a Hollywood-worthy film program right here in Sarasota.



CARGO- The GoodS, Retail Therapy, Book Brand, NicNacs, Nest

  • The Goods: Explore your inner rocker with these Grunge-inspired pieces.
  • Beauty in Grief: More than 200 years later, the mourning of Dorothy Toplis endures.
  • Book It: From cookbooks to noir novels, check out the recently revamped cooking section at A. Parker’s Books and this month’s new release book recommendation, Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan.



FORAGE- At the Table, Crumbs, Restaurants, 5 Indgrediants, Pantry, Foodie Life

  • Crumbs: New fall menus grace the tables at Louies Modern and Libby’s Café
  • Five Keys to Our Heart: We catch up with 3 Keys Brewery, a new family-friendly pub in Bradenton.
  • Elodie: This French restaurant in Bradenton is growing family roots.


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RECONNOITER- Collaborative Dialogue, Dispatches, Case Study, Agenda, Rattlebag

  • Form Based Future: Can new city codes offer an accurate glimpse at Sarasota in years to come?

Check out the special Culture Primer Guide to the 2017-18 Season in print and in the online digital edition!

While we can’t wait for you to soak in the creativity within the October issue, we’d rather you get out there and experience for yourself the fire within the Creative Coast!

-The SRQ team


Click here to access the pages of the October SRQ digital edition.

SB2 RUMBLE Reports Out: Sarasota, How Does Your City Grow, September 26


Left to right: Debaters Eileen Normile, Mollie Cardamone, Kate Lowman, Wes Roberts (center, host/moderator), Javi Suarez, Kevin Cooper and Chris Gallagher battle it out at the SRQ Rumble. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


On September 26, SRQ MEDIA hosted the second installment of our newest powerhouse initiative: SB2 Rumbles. Audience members turned out in droves to hear both sides of an impassioned argument as to whether or not public hearings should be required for all large-scale developments in the city.

Based on a modified Oxford Style debate, SRQ Rumbles tackle challenging topics relevant to the Sarasota–Bradenton region by presenting a thoughtful “for” and “against” position on a motion that distills the topic. The purpose of the SB2 Rumble is to provide the community with articulate, well-researched, presentations on both sides of the motion structured around transparent and civil public dialogue.


Rumble event sponsor, MaryAnne Young from the New College Foundation welcomes guests. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


After opening remarks from event sponsor MaryAnne Young of the New College Foundation, event co-moderator, Jacob Ogles discussed the modified Oxford Style debate guidelines and presented the motion stating “Sarasota should require public hearings for all large proposals in the downtown development review process.”


Event co-moderator, Jacob Ogles presents the format of the Rumble and motion for the evening. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


Debating For the motion were Eileen Normile, Kate Lowman and former City of Sarasota Mayor, Mollie Cardamone. All three women are founding members of STOP!, a civic group organized to advocate for specific changes in the City of Sarasota’s zoning code. STOP! has asked the City to adopt public hearings for large projects, standards for wide sidewalks and to pursue better traffic studies. Kevin Cooper, President of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Chris Gallagher, Partner of HOYT Architects and Javi Suarez, Principal of Apex-Studio of Suarez were on the opposing side debating Against the motion.


Kevin Cooper argues that Sarasota should not require public hearings for all large proposals in the downtown development review process. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


Kate Lowman kicked off the debate by emphasizing that community input at hearings could ultimately benefit all involved including developers, landowners and members of the community. “That’s what public hearings are really all about,” she said. “They are almost never about stopping the project. Usually, they are about making a project fit better.” On the opposing side, Kevin Cooper argued that the current administrative review process does protect the rights of land-owners, including some 1,800 property owners who saw down-zonings with the approval of the Downtown Master Plan. “The other side of that was always administrative review, a simplified, stream-lined process,” he argued.

Former Mayor, Mollie Cardamone advocated that major developments should still land at public city hearings noting that elected officials often have to answer for projects approved without their input. An example of this would be The Vue, a project Cardamone said was attractive but had narrow sidewalks separating the building from the road. “There are some problems I would take issue with,” she said.

Chris Gallagher, a partner at HOYT Architects, however argued that more positive developments have come into place because of the master plan and administrative review such as the Aloft. Gallagher also noted that Sarasota’s WalkScore is the 4th best in America.


Eileen Normile emphasizes the importance of community input in the development process. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 


With a massive copy of the city development code in hand, Eileen Normile noted that asking the public to be constantly involved in public conversation about the broader city code isn’t fair to citizens who simply want input on projects that affect their neighborhood or community. Normile also stated that though our region is rated the 4th best according to WalkScore, it is also ranked the 10th most dangerous for pedestrians by Smart Growth America.

Javi Suarez, emphasized that developers share concern for the community and assured that professional city staff involved in review provide the oversight needed to make sure projects serve community needs. “It cannot take away public input and allow the staff to make decisions,” he said. “What it can do is determine dimensional standards, building design standards and so forth.”


Event moderator/host, Wes Roberts facilitates audience Q & A. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 


Audience members brought the heat, with hard-hitting questions directed at both debate teams during the Q&A portion of the evening. Nothing was off limits as many voiced their concerns on such a controversial topic. Both debate teams were begging for more time to answer each thought-provoking and concise question that was posed.



Kate Lowman presents closing argument supporting the motion that Sarasota should require public hearings for all large proposals in the downtown development process. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

In the end, the crowd swayed in favor of the motion and determined that Sarasota should require public hearings for all large proposals in the downtown development review process with a 5 percent sway of the crowd as opposed to the 3 percent sway on the other side. SRQ Rumbles serve as a reminder that we can disagree mightily, and then walk away friends through evoking change in our region.


Audience members at the September 26 SB2 Rumble. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

To view a full gallery of images from the September, 26th SRQ Rumbleclick here.

The next SRQ Rumble Parley will take place on Tuesday, February 27 at the Powel Crosley Estate discussing school vouchers, charter schools and school choice in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Purchase your tickets at: and join us for the next “rumble!” Seats are limited at the location, so reserve yours early.