Reimagining the Sarasota Bayfront

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Reimagining the Sarasota Bayfront

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The Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization (SBPO) is working to fulfill the community’s vision for a blue and green oasis – a connected and culturally vibrant waterfront – created for and open to everyone as a lively new gathering space. After 5 years of public input from Sarasota residents, The Bay is now on its way to becoming an exciting destination where local residents can meet up.

We’re working on a plan – right now!

SBPO is leading the creation of a comprehensive, long-term master plan for our one-of-a-kind Bayfront that delivers on your expectations with a plan that is financially feasible, operationally do-able, and environmentally sustainable. A plan that delivers on your expectations and the adopted Community Vision and Guiding Principles below.

Over 3,000 community residents have weighed in so far with their ideas about what should happen at The Bay.

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What’s Next?

Join the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization (SBPO) in April as Sasaki shares three design options for The Bay’s future! These options build on community feedback in February and the desired future activities along The Bay. Though each design will be different, all three will combine nature and environment, arts and culture, and recreation and boating opportunities into one spectacular place that is welcoming to all.

April Public Open House Times with Sasaki Design Team:

  • Robert L Taylor Community Complex – 1845 John Rivers St (Formerly 1845 34th St) Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Van Wezel Grand Foyer – 777 North Tamiami Trail
    Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    8:30 AM – 10:30 AM or 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Herald-Tribune Community Forum – Sarasota Orchestra Hall
    Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

It’s Not About Voting for a Winner…

The purpose of the upcoming meetings is to share the three options and gather your input about which aspects of each appeal to you as well as feedback about what is missing. It’s not about voting for a winner; we will take all your feedback and use it to create a desired master plan for the site. The draft plan will be shared at the next community meetings in late May and will incorporate ideas from the different options.

Tell Us What You Want!

Like the February meetings, we will also launch an online survey with identical questions you’ll see at the open houses. The survey will close on April 27, 2018.
We hope to see you in April! Please help spread the word to your friends and neighbors, too.

How You Can Be a Part of It

  • Learn more about The Bay opportunity: www.thebaysarasota.org
  • Share your ideas: Attend our April open houses and tell us what you think
  • Attend SBPO Board Meetings (1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month)
  • Participate in community get-togethers and meetings
  • Help us schedule speakers for events and meetings to share news
  • Join in the dialogue via www.TheBaySarasota.org and on social media
  • Volunteer as we partner with other organizations on Bayfront events
  • Any combination of the above!

Contact The Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization (SBPO) with any additional ideas or if you have any questions: info@thebaysarasota.org.

 

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Sarasota Film Festival Celebrates 20 Years

This year we celebrate our 20th Anniversary of the Sarasota Film Festival.  The 10-day festival will showcase 90 features, 131 shorts and will take place in Downtown Sarasota from April 13 – 22, 2018.

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Our In Conversation With series features in-depth interviews with Eric Stoltz whose award-winning feature Class Rank will open the SFF, Oscar-nominated Virginia Madsen, seasoned actor Steve Guttenberg and Academy Award-nominated director, producer and philanthropist Rory Kennedy.

The educational program will expand this year with the introduction of the 20 Hour Film Contest. As in our past festivals, we continue to provide programming of, by, and for students within the Sarasota-Manatee region.

This year’s special edition poster was designed by local Kelsey Hunt-Dolan, a graduate of New College of Florida.  The iconic statue of David, which serves as the city’s official symbol and the Roman numerals “XX” on the poster commemorates the 20 year anniversary of the festival.

For more information and tickets to the 20th Anniversary Sarasota Film Festival, please visit www.sarasotafilmfestival.com.

The Q Dash Scavenger Hunt: 5 Reasons to Join in the Fun

Sarasota’s most unique downtown scavenger hunt is back! The 2nd Annual Q Dash Scavenger Hunt, hosted by the Sarasota Young Professionals Group, will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 2-5 p.m. Teams of four will compete to decode clues and find landmarks throughout downtown Sarasota and earn points by posting on social media.

Wondering if you should join in on the fun? Here are 5 reasons why you’ll regret not signing up:

Compete for a Grand Prize package…and bragging rights.

            Teams earn points by decoding clues and discovering landmarks throughout the city. When teams find a correct landmark, they will post a photo on social media, which alerts our Q Dash judges to add points to their total score. The team with the most points will win a Grand Prize package of goodies from local businesses and organizations, including Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Escape Countdown, Bookstore1, Penzey’s Spices, and more! Even if you don’t win the Grand Prize, there are still opportunities to win prizes with the Judge’s Choice for Most Creative Photo, Best Team Costume, and Best Wrong Answer.

 

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“The Tape Players” team from Intertape Polymer Group hamming it up in the
2017 Q Dash Scavenger Hunt.

 

It’s a cheap, fun way to get your team out of the office and do some real team-building.

Looking to re-energize your staff and help them connect outside the office walls? The Q Dash is a wonderful team-building experience! Learn about your staff’s areas of strength and how they work together to solve problems in a new context, all while having FUN!

Being new to Sarasota can be an advantage.

            You might wonder it life-long Sarasotans will be more likely to find the landmarks, but that simply isn’t true. Q Dash Co-Chair, Andrea Knies, says “Having a diverse team really makes a big difference. Newcomers to the area will have fresh eyes, and spot things that those who grew up here easily overlook.”

 

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Team “Where the Wild Things Are” spot a mosaic in Burns Court

 

Discover a side of downtown you didn’t know.

The Q Dash is all about noticing. One of the common themes we heard from our participants last year was that they noticed interesting buildings, public art, and other quirky landmarks that they hadn’t before; even after walking past them hundreds of times. In the year since our first Q Dash Scavenger Hunt, we’ve added lots of new landmarks and expanded the bonus menu—keeping even the most seasoned Sarasotans on their toes!

 

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The “K2 Mountain Climbers” enjoying specialty cocktails at MeLange.

 

 

Sample food and drink at the Q Dash Pit Stops.

Need a break and time to re-strategize? Check in at one of our Pit Stops, like Louies Modern! Enjoy complimentary food and drinks while reviewing the Clue Book.


Register Here!

TEAMS OF 4 – $80

Contact Mimi Cirbusova, Q Dash Coordinator, for more information: mcirbusova@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4038.

Celebrate the Tropical Way at Hob Nob

hobnob-fb-cover-1Join us at Hob Nob for tropical luau – a member showcase featuring unique cultural experiences from Chamber member businesses. Looking to join in on the fun? Showcase your business or attend and expand your network to over 400 Sarasotans, elected and business officials.

Hob Nob 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017 |  5 p.m. – 8 p.m.  |  Phillippi Estate Park
5500 S Tamiami Trail  Sarasota, FL 34231

We invite you to get your ticket and join in on the fun and get involved. How?

1.)  Sponsor. Get your name out to the community and in front of our 400 attendees. Receive recognition on all Hob Nob marketing materials, signage at the event and the opportunity to do giveaways at your booth.

2.)  Exhibit. Showcase your business by participating as a Food Booth, decorate your booth like the tropics, hula and all, and provide a food item. This is a great way to meet contacts and make connections.

3.)  Attend. Bring your staff and connect with other attendees while enjoying complimentary food and drink from over a dozen Chamber Member Teams.

Click here to see Sponsorship and Ticketing options!

Live reggae music from Jah Movement Reggae Band!

Jah Movement Reggae Band specializes in the Best top 40 Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, R&B, Funk, Soul and Old School Hip-Hop to keep you dancing and feeling Irie! Jah Movement was recently voted ‘2016 Best Reggae Band‘ by Tampa Bay Creative Loafing ‘Best of the Bay‘ and Sarasota voted lead vocalist, Shantel Norman, ‘Best Entertainer‘ in the Herald-Tribune’s 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.


Click Here to Register. For more information on Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Brittany Lamont at blamont@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4040.

Member Tip Monday – Submit a Community Event

Submitting an event to The Chamber’s Community Events Calendar is one of the many benefits your Chamber Membership offers. Utilizing the community calendar provides your event with more visibility to members and visitors coming to the area. Submitting an event is exclusive to our members and must be done through the members only section. In this post, we will walk you through posting your community event to The Chamber website.

  • First, login with your Chamber Login username and password to login to the “Member’s Only” portal. (Don’t have your login credentials? Contact Craig McGonigal, cmcgonigal@sarasotachamber.com.)

 

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  • After you’ve successfully logged on, select “Submit an Event” from the Quick Links Menu on the left side of your screen.

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  • Complete & submit the form and your event will then be included in our Community Events Calendar. Don’t forget to place registration directions in the event description. (Remember to select COMMUNITY EVENT)

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For questions or concerns using the website, please contact Dillon Buckland, Communications Coordinator at dbuckland@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4039.