Monthly Archives: October 2017

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.