By the year 2030, Florida Power & Light plans to install another 30 million solar panels. So whatâ€™s that mean for the region where FPLâ€™s first solar plan went online a decade ago? Officials say a greener, more sustainable grid will also save customers money over the long run.
“FPL and NextEra Energy Resources have been at the forefront of advancing affordable clean energy for decades,”Â says Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL.Â “It’s why our customers enjoy electricity that is among the cleanest and most reliable in the country for a price more than 30 percent below the national average. That said, we’re not satisfied with the status quo and understand that our customers expect even more from us as energy experts and industry leaders.”
FPL already operates 18 large solar centers in Florida. The FPL DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, the first solar plant in Florida, opened in Arcadia in 2009 with President Obama attending the event. The FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center in Manatee County, FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center in DeSoto County and FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center in Charlotte County all opened in 2016.
The expansion between now and 2030 should make Florida a leader in clean energy, officials said. When considered alongside two FPL nuclear plants, a more controversial but also clean energy source, officials estimate 40 percent of power produced by the company in Florida will be emissions-free.
Stephen Heiman, FPL spokesman, says all power generated goes into a shared power grid, so itâ€™s hard to say what areas rely more on solar than other sources of energy. But he says having more panels will mean more clean power systemwide. â€śThatâ€™s why weâ€™re building solar sites throughout the state of Florida,â€ť he says.
That means more panels should be exposed to the sunâ€™s rays more of the time. â€śWe know this is the Sunshine State,â€ť Heiman says, â€śbut we also have more thunderstorms than any other state in the U.S.â€ť
Sarasota and Manatee counties together serve as home to 450,000 FPL users, Heiman says, representing a big chunk of 5 million FPL customers statewide. All will benefit from the millions in savings the solar centers should recoup, he says.Â
Photo: FPL DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center
Sarasota County is looking for community feedback regarding traffic and parking on Siesta Key.Â Locals and visitors alike are encouraged and invited to share their thoughts at the website listed below. Input will be accepted until Sunday, February 17. There will then be a public workshop Wednesday, February 27, at 9am at the Sarasota County Administration Center. For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.Â
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources has announced the return of the popular sunrise beach walks atÂ Siesta and Nokomis beaches, running every Wednesday through March 27.Â These fun, energizing walks requireÂ a one-time registration fee of $5, whichÂ includes an event T-shirt and punch card. Check in before or after a minimum one-mile walk to have the card punched between 8am and 9:30am. Siesta Beach walkers will register and check in at the main pavilion, 948 Beach Road. Nokomis Beach walkers will register and check in at the plaza classroom, 100 Casey Key Road. AfterÂ completing four walks, participants will receive a goody bag filled with items that encourage an active lifestyle. For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit the website below.Â
The St. Armands Garage at 47 North Adams Drive will open to the public Tuesday, February 12, with nearly 500 public parking spaces launching a paid parking program at St. Armands Circle to boost parking availability and reduce street congestion.Â Almost 200 on-street parking spaces in the St. Armands Parking District will be free.
Â The four-level garage includes 484 parking spaces, five electric vehicle charging stations including one DC fast charger, bicycle storage and repair station and public restrooms. Twenty-three surface lot spaces adjacent to the garage also were created. With a continued commitment to sustainability, the garage features efficient lighting systems, a tire inflation station and solar panels that will be installed on the rooftop and will help power the garage.
The $15 million facility is the result of a mutual partnership between the City of Sarasota and St. Armands commercial property owners who will help pay for the facility through a special assessment.Â The paid parking program also will fund the project and operations.Â The parking rate in the St. Armands garage is $.50 per hour Monday through Saturday, excluding holidays recognized by the City of Sarasota.
MarineMaxÂ has announced they will now be offeringÂ Aviara,Â which will be launching its first model at the upcomingÂ Miami International Boat Show, February 14â€“18. AviaraÂ is the newest brand manufactured by MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc. Aviara creates an elevated open water experience by fusing progressive style and effortless comfort in each and every modern, luxury vessel. Focused on the production of vessels 30-feet and over, Aviaraâ€™s first model, the AV32, will be available through MarineMax starting this year.Â Pre-sale activity forÂ AviaraÂ will begin on February 14, 2019, for boats that will be delivered to MarineMax dealerships across the country starting on July 1, 2019. For more information about Aviara, visit the website below.Â
Over the coming weeks, pharmacy students from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) will be promoting the importance of medication adherence throughout the communities of Erie, PA, and Bradenton through the national Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge.
The Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge is a two-month intercollegiate competition that engages health profession student teams and faculty across the U.S. in raising public awareness about medication adherence as a critical public health issue. Since the competition launched in 2011, over 15,000 students throughout the country have advised nearly 65,000 consumers and educated more than 24.5 million Americans on why using medication as directed is so important.
Statistics show three out of four individuals do not take their medication as prescribed and one out of three patients never fills their prescriptions. More than a third of medication-related hospitalizations are because a patient did not take medication as prescribed, and each year nearly 125,000 U.S. deaths are attributed to non-adherence. From a financial standpoint, non-compliance translates to approximately $300 billion annually in additional costs for doctor appointments, emergency room visits, hospital admissions and additional medicine.Â
SRQ MEDIA is pleased to announce that applications are now open for this Aprilâ€™s SkillSHARE: Mentoring at the Speed of Life program. Powered by the Women in Business Initiative, SkillSHARE leverages the art and science of mentorship to create a meaningful program that engages insightful interactions between local women professionals in challenge areas while also inviting spontaneous connections. The mentors who will facilitate this April’sÂ SkillSHARE includeÂ Liz Brookins, Sandra Stone, Kathryn Shea, Gabriele Harris, Laurie Pike, Kameron Hodgens, and Jeannie Perales. Joining us for SkillSHARE on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota from 5-7:30pm for a warm, inviting and a-ha filled evening. The deadline for applications to participate in SkillSHARE is Friday, March 15, 2019. Â
A solo exhibition presenting recent video projects by internationally acclaimed writer and interdisciplinary artist Coco Fusco. Works explore the current political and social climate in Cuba as the Revolution enters its twilight years. Fusco will be premiering her lasted video project currently in production. This newest project, made possible by her 2016 Greenfield commission at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, is a short video-essay on contemporary Cuba that reflects on the anxieties emerging as the country faces an uncertain future. Fusco will also be unveiling a new sculpture on The Ringlingâ€™s grounds.
The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.
Just as Paul Gauguin left an indelible mark on the post-Impressionist art world, the deep impact of botanical imagery on his work cannot be denied. This exhibition will highlight the essential role of botanicals in achieving the artistâ€™s vision of the savage, primitive and exotic. Together with lush displays of tropical plants in the conservatory and gardens, the show will feature dramatic woodcuts and rarely seen works in other mediums by the artist
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota
AJ Cali and Alex Zickafoose will bring back the 1960s and the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as they present many of the great songs from the Tony Award-winning jukebox musical Jersey Boys. And the California Girlsâ€”the Stiletto Brass Quintetâ€”are sure to knock your socks off.
Sunday- Riverview Performing Arts Center Monday- Neel Performing Art Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota
5840 26th St. W, Bradenton
Dr. Carol Ockman, curator-at-large for Selby Gardens, presents an engaging talk about the featured artist, Paul Gauguin, whose work inspires and is displayed in the annual Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series.
Selby House Cafe, 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota
Set in London, 1910, Bert, a jack-of-all-trades, guides audiences into the dysfunctional home of the Banks family, where the children have gone through numerous nannies. Mary Poppins magically flies into their lives bringing whimsy, magic and commonsense discipline for both the children and grown-ups, and everyone learns that â€śanything can happen if you let it.â€ť
Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W, Sarasota
The 21st Annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival is a three day event held at the Sarasota Fairground to benefit Suncoast Charities for Children. Bring you lawn chair and enjoy continuous live music featuring rock, blue, and country featuring national recording artist StealHeart performing Saturday, February 16th. This year’s Festival includes a Sunday charity ride (open to all vehicles), vendors, freestyle acts, a motorcycle & truck show, burnout competition, great food, and much more! Admission is $5, children 12 and under free. $10 three day passes and VIP tickets may be purchased online in advance at thunderbythebay.org.
In its long-held tradition of featuring a visiting company each season, to provide audiences a different insight to the art of dance, the Sarasota Ballet presents the Martha Graham Dance Company, the oldest dance company in the States, founded by contemporary dance legend Martha Graham and called â€śone of the great dance companies of the worldâ€ť by the New York Times.
FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota
â€śThe (M)othersâ€ť is a collection of excerpts from interviews conducted by Dr. Nikki Yeboah with Bay-area mothers who have lost loved ones at the hands of police. Through their stories, there is a closer to understanding of the toll police violence takes on families. The folllowing day the locations will be moved,Â Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center atÂ 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota
USF – Sarasota Manatee, 8350 North Tamiami Trail., Sarasota, FL
The Manatee County Agricultural Museum presents Night for the Museum. The evening will feature a live and silent auction, a cash bar, and barbecue dinner. Dress is jean casual.
Woman’s Club of Pametto, 910 6th Street W., Palmetto
Join SRQ MEDIA for the RocketKids Modern Education Symposium on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 5:30-7pm at the SRQ Studios at 331 S. Pineppple Avenue, Sarasota. Hear from Sarasota and Manatee private and charter school on their personal inspiration, philosophy on education and innovative teaching techniques. Featured panelists include: Tim Seldin of NewGate School, Christine Brandford of Sarasota Christian School, Laura Murphy of The Out-of-Door Academy, Cindy Hoffman of Island Village Montessori School and Siobhan Young of St. Martha Catholic School. Wine, beer and light bites offered. Free admission. Advance RSVP by Monday, February 18 online at SRQMAG.COM/MOED. Open to parents whose children are in PreK to 12th grade, expecting parents, educational professionals and non-profit professionals working in education.
SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
Celebrate the wonder and magic of the cosmos, accompanied by a gourmet dinner, live auctions, dancing and more!
Funds raised at this special event help make a local impact and support essential American Cancer Society programs, services and extensive research for all cancers in all stages of life.Â The American Cancer Societyâ€™s Starry Night Soiree will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019Â atÂ The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with a pre-event reception which includes a silent auction followed by an elegant dinner, a live auction, and incredible entertainment.Â
The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr, Sarasota
This annual festival celebrates its 18th annual Festival featuring local and regional artists. All media. Held at Bradenton Rivewalk in the pavilion area.
This interactive program of popular Russian and folk songs from the Barynya Russian Balalaika Duo incorporates colorful costumes and dance into a full experience. Highlights include â€śTaraâ€™s Themeâ€ť from Dr. Zhivago, the Russian Gypsy dance â€śTwo Guitars,â€ť the â€śCossack Dance,â€ť â€śMoscow Nights,â€ť â€śKalinkaâ€ť a charming â€śTongue Twister Medleyâ€ť and more. Instrument highlights include the balalaika, garmoshka and contrabass.
Michael’s on East ballroom, 1212 South East Ave., Sarasota
The read-in is an eventÂ where members of the NCF community read aloudÂ inspirational texts written by Black authors. Wes BellamyÂ is the youngest person to ever be elected to the Charlottesville City Council and was involved with the initiativeÂ to move the Confederate statue.
Jane Bancroft Cook Library , 5800 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota
Join SRQ MEDIA for PROJECTHINK, a collaborative community initiative designed to explore the world of innovation and creativity in learning. PROJECTHINK is a two-day conference hosted at the Ringling College of Art and Design on March 1-2, 2019. The conference kicks off on Friday March 1 from 5:30-7pm with celebrated TEDx keynote speaker and global education innovator Ismet Mamnoon, followed by presentations from Dr. Larry Thompson, Ringling College of Art and Design; Jennifer Vigne, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, and Chris Laney, CareerSource Suncoast. On Saturday March 2 from 8:30am to 1pm, PROJECTHINK opens the world of creativity through hands-on engagement through creativity workshops and immersive workshops that transform the creative process facilitated by Ringling College faculty. The conference concludes with Lunch on the Lawn from 1-2pm, featuring local food trucks. PROJECTHINK is produced by SRQ MEDIA in partnership with the Ringling College of Art + Design, the Education Foundation of Sarasota, and CareerSource Suncoast.
Ringling College of Art and Design Campus, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Mendelssohnâ€™s powerful choral masterpiece brings to life some of the most dramatic moments in the Old Testament. Fire comes from the heavens, storms gather, and the people cry for vengeance. From the prophetâ€™s curse of drought, to confronting an evil queen, to his ascent to heaven on a fiery chariot, Elijah is an extraordinary musical experience.
First United Methodist, 104 South Pineapple Ave., Sarasota