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What Causes Menopause?

The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:

Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.

Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.

Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.

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Depression

If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.

Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:

  • Mood Swings
  • Inappropriate Guilt
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Too Much or Too Little Sleep
  • Lack of Interest in Life
  • Overwhelming Feelings

Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.

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Hot Flashes

Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.

Symptoms of hot flashes include:

  • Sudden, Overwhelming Feeling of Heat
  • Anxiety
  • High Heart Rate
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.

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Mood Swings

Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.

The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.

Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Fruitville, FL for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.

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Weight Gain

Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?

  • Estrogen: During menopause, estrogen levels are depleted. As such, the body must search for other sources of estrogen. Because estrogen is stored in fat, your body believes it should increase fat production during menopause. Estrogen also plays a big part in insulin resistance, which can make it even harder to lose weight and keep it off.
  • Progesterone: Progesterone levels are also depleted during menopause. Progesterone depletion causes bloating and water retention, while loss of testosterone limits the body's ability to burn calories.
  • Ongoing Stress: Stress makes our bodies think that food is hard to come by, putting our bodies in "survival mode". When this happens, cortisol production is altered. When cortisol timing changes, the energy in the bloodstream is diverted toward making fat. With chronic stress, this process repeatedly happens, causing extensive weight gain during menopause.
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Low Libido

Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Fruitville, FL can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?

The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.

Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.

Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.

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Vaginal Dryness

Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.

Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.

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Fibroids

Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.

Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.

Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.

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What is Sermorelin?

Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.

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Benefits of Sermorelin

Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.

  • Benefits of Sermorelin include:
  • Better Immune Function
  • Improved Physical Performance
  • More Growth Hormone Production
  • Less Body Fat
  • Build More Lean Muscle
  • Better Sleep
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What is Ipamorelin?

Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.

Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.

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Benefits of Ipamorelin

One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.

When there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:

  • Powerful Anti-Aging Properties
  • More Muscle Mass
  • Less Unsightly Body Fat
  • Deep, Restful Sleep
  • Increased Athletic Performance
  • More Energy
  • Less Recovery Time for Training Sessions and Injuries
  • Enhanced Overall Wellness and Health
  • No Significant Increase in Cortisol

Your New, Youthful Lease on Life with HRT for Women

Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Fruitville, FL, we are here to help. The first step to reclaiming your life begins by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation. Our friendly, knowledgeable HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!

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Ticket Editor: One of best Sarasota restaurants sets opening date for new location

Downtown Sarasota is home to many of the most famous restaurants in the region, including my 10 favorites from ...

Downtown Sarasota is home to many of the most famous restaurants in the region, including my 10 favorites from Main Street to Burns Court. Just to the north, on the other side of Fruitville Road, the Rosemary District boasts its own impressive roster of dining establishments despite the recent losses of beloved businesses The Overton and The Blue Rooster. Fingers crossed that the Jewish deli we previously reported on will soon open in The Overton spot at 1420 Boulevard of the Arts, while the handsome Blue Roster building at 1525 Fourth St. has already been filled by another locally owned restaurant I consider among the best in Sarasota-Manatee.

What are the best restaurants in downtown Sarasota? Here are 10 of my favorites

'It's official': Food + Beer new location in Sarasota's Rosemary District replaces Blue Rooster

"It’s official, our downtown Sarasota location is opening January 17th at 4 p.m.," Food + Beer posted to social media on Jan. 10. "See you there."

And, yes, I plan on visiting as soon as possible.

Some people are impressed by fancy restaurants that do ridiculous things like decorate their crazy expensive entrees with stones and branches. I'm not one of those people. While I appreciate upscale dining, I prefer places that consistently serve quality comfort food in a fun, casual setting. And that's exactly what Food + Beer has been doing now for about five years — and each time a new location opens, it's cause for a celebration (and, yes, a column).

Food + Beer owners Mike Whalen and Casey Daniels debuted their crowd-pleasing concept of first-rate pub grub paired with various brews (and now, craft cocktails) in Gulf Gate in 2018 and soon followed with a location on Fruitville Road. They opened Food + Beer's Bradenton restaurant in August 2021, and then another in Venice this past October.

Perhaps you read my glowing review of their enviable comfort foods? I've also included Food + Beer in my lists of best restaurants for burgers, wings, and chicken sandwiches. Ahead of our current football season, I featured Food + Beer among my favorite sports bars. Yeah, the new Rosemary location should be a great spot to watch theplayoffs.

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Best things to eat at Food + Beer

In addition to the previously mentioned burgers, wings and chicken sandwich, my other favorite items at Food + Beer include the Mexican street corn with chipotle mayo, "tin can" nachos with tomatillo stewed chicken, and PBR fried pickles with their killer jalapeno ranch. The hand-breaded chicken nuggets served with honey siracha are nearly as addictive as the wings, and no trip to Food + Beer is complete without ordering their fresh-cut fries, which are showered with Old Bay and blackening seasoning.Food + Beer also serves salads and bowls. I keep meaning to order one, but have been too busy with their five burgers and wings that can be tossed in about 10 different sauces. Perhaps I'll finally get around to eating a salad or bowl at the new Rosemary District location — along with fries, of course!

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Five Sarasota news stories to watch in 2023

Eventful in its own right, the year 2022 also set the stage for news in Sarasota in 2023. Among significant developments in the year prior were the start of restoration of the Bobby Jones Golf Course, completion of the roundabout at Gulfstream Avenue and U.S. 41, the opening of the first phase of The Bay, the launch of the Bay Runner trolley and the approval of comprehensive plan amendments designed to incentivize workforce and attainable housing.All of these developments will carry into 2023 with implications well into the future. He...

Eventful in its own right, the year 2022 also set the stage for news in Sarasota in 2023. Among significant developments in the year prior were the start of restoration of the Bobby Jones Golf Course, completion of the roundabout at Gulfstream Avenue and U.S. 41, the opening of the first phase of The Bay, the launch of the Bay Runner trolley and the approval of comprehensive plan amendments designed to incentivize workforce and attainable housing.

All of these developments will carry into 2023 with implications well into the future. Here are stories to watch as 2023 unfolds.

Restoring the Donald Ross layout

After five years of delays and changes in plans and scope, the renovated Bobby Jones Golf Course is moving toward a late summer or early fall opening. Budgeted at $12.5 million, golf course architect Richard Mandell of Pinehurst, North Carolina is leading the restoration of the original 18-hole layout, paying homage to the legendary Donald Ross who designed the course that opened in 1926 while adding a contemporary feature of a nine-hole “adjustable” par-3 course across Circus Drive.

The golf course will occupy 108 acres with the remainder of the 261-acre city-owned site redeveloped as wetlands and a nature park, the entire complex engineered to naturally purify stormwater runoff as it moves from the northern edge at 17th Street to the southern boundary at Fruitville Road.

Built on a floodplain, which frequently left parts of the course under water, the restoration includes raising portions of the course above flood level and contemporary drainage management systems that will redirect stormwater into the wetlands.

The course will open with a temporary clubhouse and will include three new accessory buildings. Mandell is guided by original Ross drawings and descriptions that were preserved at Tufts Archives in Pinehurst. The land has been placed in a conservation easement, which means it will be preserved in perpetuity.

The entire project is budgeted at $18.8 million, funded by $20 million city bond supported by a $3 million Southwest Florida Water Management District grant for wetlands improvement, which requires a 50% local government match; and a $487,500 Florida Department of Environmental Protection grant for the Bobby Jones Water Quality Improvement Project, which requires no local match.

Trails into the nature park are expected to open along with the golf course with development of the park itself to take several more years.

SRQ vs. city of Sarasota

Litigation between the city and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport will determine if an apartment complex can be built on the 25-acre former site of Sarasota Kennel Club.

On Nov. 7, the Sarasota City Commission approved Aventon Sarasota, a 372-unit rental community across University Parkway, located 1,500 feet from the end of the airport’s runway. The development is planned by North Carolina-based Aventon Companies, which is also named in the airport’s legal challenge.

Throughout the months-long approval process, SRQ President and CEO Rick Piccolo and attorneys representing the airport objected the rezoning and site plan approval of the apartments, citing an interlocal agreement between the airport and the city that prohibits residential development beneath the 65 decimal day-night average sound level contour unless that land use “must” be permitted.

The airport’s litigation and the city’s defense hinges on how the word “must” is defined. The airport defines must as land use required by deed restriction. The city counters that it defined as a critical need to address the city’s housing shortage resulting in a lack of workforce and attainable priced rental units.

In December, the airport filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the 12th Judicial Circuit, which is an appeal of a judicial action to overturn the City Commission’s approval made in a quasi-judicial proceeding.

A mediation session is scheduled for Jan. 5, the only possible solution the developer agreeing to redesign the development to move the residential buildings to the west side of the site away from the noise contour. Representatives for Aventon told commissioners that is a non-starter because of stormwater management and the $1.5 million Aventon has already invested in the project.

The airport has also filed for an administrative challenge to the city’s comprehensive plan amendment, which enabled the rezoning to a future land use consistent with multifamily housing. The administrative law judge has kept the case in abeyance, with a status report due Jan. 30. If the matter has not settled between the parties, a hearing will be scheduled between March and May.

Municipal Auditorium

Among the final acts of City Commissioner Hagen Brody’s time behind the dais was to champion The Players Centre for Performing Arts effort to secure a long-term lease agreement with the city for Municipal Auditorium.

Following an unsuccessful flirtation with Lakewood Ranch master developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch to locate a permanent home in Waterside, the nomadic troupe is seeking to return home to downtown Sarasota six years after selling its former facility at 838 N. Tamiami Trail in 2016.

In exchange for investing upwards of $9 million for repairs and upgrades, plus assuming the $300,000 annual cost of staff and maintenance, The Players proposed it would manage the facility and control booking and scheduling of its performances and other events at the facility for eight months each year. That plan ran afoul of other local groups that regularly hold events in the auditorium and with the Bay Park Conservancy, which reminded commissioners that, as part of The Bay, a guiding principal of the 53-acre, city-owned park is that its facilities — including the auditorium — be open to all.

As part of The Bay, the BPC argued, it should manage the building and control scheduling of events there.

Rejecting the lease proposal by a 4-1 vote with Brody opposed, city commissioners sent the matter back to staff to further mediate negotiations between The Players and the BPC, which it had previously done in March. The Players CEO William Skaggs told commissioners that round of talks had reached a stalemate.

Before the vote, commissioners introduced another option for The Players: renovating and expanding the city’s Payne Park Auditorium, where The Players currently stages summer stock performances. Where The Players eventually lands, and who controls Municipal Auditorium, may be determined in the next 12 months.

Attainable housing

Now that the previous City Commission has cemented comprehensive plan amendments intended to incentivize the inclusion of attainable and affordable housing in new multifamily developments, plans are beginning to find their way into the pipeline to help address the dearth in the city’s workforce housing inventory.

In addition to providing density bonuses in the downtown core and along primary corridors ripe for redevelopment, the amendments expand administrative approval of site plans outside of downtown for qualifying projects. Density bonuses are provided to developments that include a minimum 25% of attainable units within the additional density, providing they include the same specs, finishes and are scattered throughout the project.

The first test case — Bahai Vista Apartments at the corner of South Tuttle Avenue and Bahia Vista Street — didn’t pass muster with the Planning Board, which sided with residents of adjacent Arlington Park who opposed the plan on the six-acre former Doctors Hospital of Sarasota site. Although the Planning Board recommended not approving the rezoning and site plan, the final determination will be up to the City Commission.

The expansion of administrative approval — a primary point of contention to the amendments — applies to sites zoned appropriately for multifamily residential. Completion of identifying and rezoning parcels by staff will likely extend beyond 2023, but that process is underway. The Bahia Vista site has not yet been rezoned, leaving the fate of the project in the political realm.

Commissioner Jen Ahearn-Koch, who was the lone opponent to the comprehensive plan amendments, repeatedly expressed concern over potential gentrification of legacy neighborhoods and pricing residents out of homes that are currently affordable to them.

As the comprehensive plan amendments are enabled, staff has told commissioners there are multiple projects with attainable-priced housing — defined as 80% to 120% of the area median household income of $69,490 — in the queue for consideration in 2023 and beyond.

More Legacy Trail extensions

December’s ceremonial grand opening of the Ringling Trail complete street project with an emphasis on creating a protected bike lane on Ringling Boulevard from Legacy Trail to the bayfront is the newest spur of the multi-use trail that will extend from the Manatee County line to North Port.

Further, it's part of the Florida Gulf Coast Trail which, at 336 miles, is planned to span seven Florida coastal counties from Hillsborough to Collier. The Legacy Trail is now complete from Fruitville Road just north of Payne Park to the Venice Train Depot, with extensions to University Parkway near Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport to the north and to North Port to the south.

Plans for north extension have stalled along with negotiations with Seminole Gulf Railway, which owns the right-of-way of the intended trail path. But as an alternative route northward is being sought, plans are also being developed to extend the trail across Fruitville Road at Tuttle Avenue along and through the Bobby Jones Golf Complex site and into the underway expansion of Sarasota County’s 17th Street Park.

From there, it would continue to Nathan Benderson Park and across the planned flyover bridge at I-75 and into Lakewood Ranch.

In March 2022, the section of the trail from Ashton Road to Fruitville Road opened, connecting Payne Park to the network.

During the Ringling Trail ribbon cutting, former Sarasota County Commissioner Charles Hines, now director of the Florida Gulf Coast Trail, said plans for that eastward extension of the trail toward Lakewood Ranch are solidifying, and that Ringling Trail fills an important connectivity gap for the trail network. Sarasota, he added, is at the geographic center of the Florida Gulf Coast Trail, which will continue to progress in 2023.

Andrew Warfield is the Sarasota Observer city reporter. He is a four-decade veteran of print media. A Florida native, he has spent most of his career in the Carolinas as a writer and editor, nearly a decade as co-founder and editor of a community newspaper in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Downtown Sarasota building: 1 year, 2 sales, 125% appreciation and a $4.3M sale

A nearly half-acre parcel in downtown Sarasota, once the planned site of a 10-story mixed-use development, has sold for the second time in a year.The new owner of the 0.44-acre piece of property at 2051 Main Street is an LLC named Center Pointe Property. It paid $4.29 million for the property — 125% more than the previous owner paid in May.According to a statement from SVN Commercial Advisory Group, which represented the seller, the new owner has no immediate plans for the property but says a 6,050-square-foot building on...

A nearly half-acre parcel in downtown Sarasota, once the planned site of a 10-story mixed-use development, has sold for the second time in a year.

The new owner of the 0.44-acre piece of property at 2051 Main Street is an LLC named Center Pointe Property. It paid $4.29 million for the property — 125% more than the previous owner paid in May.

According to a statement from SVN Commercial Advisory Group, which represented the seller, the new owner has no immediate plans for the property but says a 6,050-square-foot building on the site will be demolished.

The property previously changed hands in May, when MainView Sarasota Development, which had planned to build a hotel on the site, paid $1.9 million for it according to county records.

MainView, in 2021, had filed preliminary plans for a 10-story mixed-use development on the site that would have included 36 condominiums and 10,000 square feet of retail. The developer, at the time, was operating as Development & Growth LLC.

SVN’s Mike Migone says in the statement that the quick turnaround came about because interest in the property grew after the city added an overlay district on some downtown properties to increase density with the addition of affordable housing. He says the change made the property appealing to developers and increased the property value “substantially.”

MainView bought the property with the idea of developing “but because there was so much interest in this property since they had acquired it, they changed course and put it on the market instead.”

The 2051 Main St. property is near nine acres that were sold last year to a Georgia developer with plans to for a major renovation that will include a retail component as well as market rate and attainable housing.

That assemblage of property, which is on the southeast corners of U.S. 301 and Fruitville Road, was bought last year by the Brook Farm Group. At the time of the purchase, the developer announced plans to build a development called Park District.

Both are east of the 259,000-square-foot One Main Plaza. The development, which is under construction, includes two 10-story towers with 418 luxury apartments and 55,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor.

Orchestra's plans for new center approved by Planning Commission

Sarasota Orchestra’s plan to build a regional music center just outside the city limits will head to the Sarasota County Commission in early 2023 with an unanimous recommendation from the county's Planning Commission.By a vote of 5-0 in early December, the Planning Commission approved a package of requests sought by the orchestra to pave the way for development of nearly 32 acres on Fruitville Road, just west of Interstate 75.“If you heard this random scream coming from out east, that was from me when I got this,&rs...

Sarasota Orchestra’s plan to build a regional music center just outside the city limits will head to the Sarasota County Commission in early 2023 with an unanimous recommendation from the county's Planning Commission.

By a vote of 5-0 in early December, the Planning Commission approved a package of requests sought by the orchestra to pave the way for development of nearly 32 acres on Fruitville Road, just west of Interstate 75.

“If you heard this random scream coming from out east, that was from me when I got this,’’ Planning Commission member Teresa Mast said during the Dec. 1 meeting. “My children have been a part of this incredible organization, I cannot begin to say how excited I am. I can’t wait to get my season tickets. I am so excited.”

Among the key provisions of the approval were changes to elements of a 1980s-era set of standards in the area’s so-called Planned Commerce District. Among them, allowing the highest portion of the orchestra’s new centerpiece performance hall to rise 110 feet from ground level for interior acoustics, allowing indoor performances past 10 p.m. and some changes in buffer configurations.

“Acousticians have calculated that the building height may need to be up to 110 feet to accommodate comfortable and accessible seating, while also creating reverberation times that optimize the sounds of orchestral and choral groups,’’ the orchestra said in an update to members.

Also required: the establishment of a ADA-compatible bus stop and shelter at the facility, along with changes to Fruitville Road’s intersection with Paramount Drive, which will provide main in-and-out access. A traffic light already exists at the intersection.

“This is an incredible project,’’ said Kelly Klepper, planning firm of Kimley-Horn. “It’s not only a community, county asset but it's also a regional asset.”

Sarasota Orchestra plans an 1,800-seat main concert hall on the property at 5701 Fruitville Road, in addition to a 700-seat flexible recital hall space and educational and office space, room for a youth program, a library and instrument storage.

Sale of the land, owned by Wal-mart Stores East LP, is set to close in February, attorney Dan Bailey said, pending County Commission approval. The Commission is set to consider the measure on Jan. 18, 2023.

The 31.7 acre plot is sandwiched between a shopping center to the west, a Sam’s Club location to the east and a residential neighborhood to the north. The land was sold to Wal-mart in 2005 by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

No purchase price has been revealed, but a release announcing the plans in March 2022 said private philanthropy had already been fully raised. County records indicate the land has a 2022 value of $7.6 million.

Bailey said design and construction would likely take about five years combined.

“The committee has been held in suspense for quite some time trying to figure out where the orchestra was going to land,’’ Bailey said. “We were kind of in suspense, too, trying to figure it out. There were a number of sites that were under consideration.’’

The orchestra’s announcement in March 2022 of the site in unincorporated Sarasota County brought to a close years of conversations about a future home for the organization. With 245 employees, Bailey said at the Planning Commission meeting, the orchestra had simply outgrown its downtown Sarasota home.

In September 2021, Orchestra CEO McKenna said the group had ruled out all sites within city limits and is focusing its search for a new home elsewhere in Sarasota County.

Since 2019, the orchestra had identified Payne Park as the lone viable site for a new music hall within city limits as the organization plans to relocate from its current primary venue on the bayfront. Although the city initially rejected a proposal to use seven acres in Payne Park for an orchestra facility, the City Commission reversed course, empowering staff to include parkland in its negotiations with McKenna.

In June 2020, McKenna said the orchestra considered Payne Park to be “off the table,” citing legal issues and questioning the city’s openness to allowing the orchestra to use a portion of the property. At the time, city officials expressed optimism the orchestra was still willing to negotiate.

Mote Marine Lab and Aquarium is building a new attraction not far from the site at Benderson Park. Additionally, the multi-use Fruitville Commons area is under construction nearby on the east side of Interstate 75 and Lakewood Ranch's Waterside community continues to grow south deeper into Sarasota County.

“You would’t hear me screaming, but I’m very excited to see this come to fruition, and I’m excited for the next iteration of the orchestra here in town,’’ said Planning Commission member Kevin Cooper.

Eric Garwood is the managing editor of the Longboat Observer and the Sarasota Observer. Since graduating from University of South Florida in 1984, he's been a reporter and editor at newspapers in Florida and North Carolina.

Last-minute holiday shopping? Here's where you can go Christmas Eve in Sarasota-Bradenton

Oops you did it again!This year was going to be different. You budgeted well, you gave some thought to gifts you were going to get and you really, truly planned to drive to the mall at some point during the first few weeks of December.But now look at you. It's Christmas Eve, and you still have to do the majority of you...

Oops you did it again!

This year was going to be different. You budgeted well, you gave some thought to gifts you were going to get and you really, truly planned to drive to the mall at some point during the first few weeks of December.

But now look at you. It's Christmas Eve, and you still have to do the majority of your holiday shopping. At this point, not even Jeffrey Bezos could make everything magically show up on your doorstep on Christmas morning. (What's that? It's not Bezos, it's Santa Claus? Please, people, it's 2022. Get real).

Well guess what? All hope is not totally lost. You're probably going to have to sit in traffic, sure, but you can still get out and finish your Christmas shopping today -- and no one will even know you waited that long.

Several stores are open until at least the early evening on Saturday, Christmas Eve. Most of the major local Walmart stores, including at 4381 Cattlemen Road and 8320 Lockwood Ridge Road, are open until 6 p.m. The Mall at University Town Center is also open until 6 p.m., with Macy's closing an hour later at 7 p.m. (Dillard's closes at 6 p.m.)

If you're shopping for gifts, Christmas pajamas or even household necessities a little bit later, going to Target might be your best bet. The retailer's University Town Center, South Tamiami Trail, Fruitville Road, 14th Street West in Bradenton and Venice stores are open until 8 p.m.

If you're in a rush -- or you're multitasking shopping with last-minute food preparations -- you can take advantage of Target's order online, pick-up in store service, or its drive-up service. As long as orders are placed by 6 p.m. local time on Christmas Eve, they should be ready for pick-up within two hours, according to the retailer.

For delivery, customers can place their Target orders through Shipt by 4 p.m. Christmas Eve for same-day delivery. There's a $35 order minimum and delivery for non-Shipt members is $9.99. Orders can be delivered as soon as 1-2 hours from the time of ordering.

Best Buy stores are open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Some items are available for same-day delivery with the retailer on Christmas Eve, as long as they're placed by 11 a.m. EST. Curbside pickup orders can be placed by 5 p.m.

And then there's Amazon. Christmas Eve is, in most parts of the country, too late to order presents through the e-commerce retailer. Not even the biggest company in the history of the world has cracked the code to literally becoming Santa -- not yet anyway. But you can always use Amazon to gift someone a useful piece of currency for humans in 2022 -- an Amazon gift card, delivered immediately by email.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

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