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Mar 09

A Word with Ethan Hawke at North Trail's Ringling College

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling College , North Trail , Ethan Hawke

Oscar and Tony Award-nominated actor, screenwriter and director Ethan Hawke visited Ringling College of Art and Design this week, where he met with students, led a master class and discussed the possibility of future projects with the college. Hawke, known for his numerous collaborations with acclaimed director Richard Linklater (including Boyhood) and his Oscar-nominated turn in Training Day opposite Denzel Washington, recently worked with four Ringling College interns on his latest film Blaze, about cult musician Blaze Foley, which he wrote and directed and is set to release in 2018. Yesterday afternoon, Hawke took a moment with SRQ to talk about the joy of working with students, breaking into film and the future of production.

SRQ: You taught a master class yesterday. Why did you want to take the time to work with students and what were you hoping to impart? Hawke: That expression is dubious. The whole idea of a master class is not really a title I feel I deserve. But I love being around students. Students have idealism in their eyes and in their questions and in their energy. The way that they look at the profession that I’ve dedicated my life to is with the eyes of somebody who really sees the best in it and they see so much hope in it. One of the things that is amazing after 30 years of being an artist in the professional world is surviving all of the whips and scorns of professionalism, meaning reducing everything to finance or some lowest common denominator. I love being around students and I find that one of the most surprising things about getting older is the joy I get from being around young people.

Is that energy why you brought four Ringling students on board your latest film, BlazeI love the idea of incorporating school and work and apprenticeship, and exposing young people [to the world]. A lot of young people, particularly with film, have these ideas of what Hollywood is. People are often shocked to find out that I live in New York. They have this idea that Hollywood is something you can touch, as if it’s a real thing. And it’s not. It’s imaginative. There is no "they." Exposing students to real life work helps break down that wall and helps them see that they too can be Hollywood. What I love about schools and education is that it’s a place where you’re not forced to compete in a commercial world, but you’re forced to compete to educate yourself. Just because you may not feel you have permission to enter this universe, that is the way everyone feels. All of us are scared to have permission. You have to decide if you think the arts have value. And if you believe that any movie or any performance or any painting or any dance or any song has value, then it’s a worthy attempt to try and make such a thing. Then it’s up to the universe.

Feb 01

Developers Celebrate Launch of New North Trail Project

Posted by ntadmin in The Strand , North Trail , Jebco

Developers Celebrate Launch of New Whitaker Bayou Project

The development team behind The Strand, a new waterfront condo coming to north Sarasota, celebrated the project’s launch during a party that drew more than 350 attendees last Wednesday.

The development team behind The Strand, a new waterfront condo coming to north Sarasota, celebrated the project’s launch during a party that drew more than 350 attendees last Wednesday. The party included live music, champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Located at 1889 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, The Strand will include three buildings with 116 condominium units and 47 private boat slips. The building was designed by Hoyt Architects and includes a swimming pool, fitness center, dog park, boardwalk and a kayak and paddleboard launch area.

Original article published February 1, 2017, by 941CEO.
Jan 20

JEBCO Ventures Announces New Condo on North Trail

Posted by ntadmin in The Strand , Jebco

JEBCO Ventures Announces The Strand

Sarasota developer, JEBCO Ventures, Inc., announces The Strand, Sarasota’s newest waterfront condominium community. Located on Whitaker Bayou, one mile from Downtown Sarasota and one mile from the Gulf of Mexico, The Strand provides the Suncoast’s most sought-after coastal lifestyle features—proximity to downtown on the Suncoast and waterfront living with private boat slips. The Strand, located at 1889 North Tamiami Trl., comprises three buildings with 116 condominium units and 47 private boat slips. Designed in coastal contemporary style by Hoyt Architects, each unit features open spaces, breezy balconies and gourmet kitchens. Other amenities include a resort-style swimming pool, fitness center, dog park, boardwalk and a kayak/paddleboard launch area.  The project will be completed in two phases with 76 waterfront units constructed first and 40 garden/pool view units completed in the second phase. 

Original article published January 20, 2017, by SRQDaily.

Jan 13

North Trail's Asolo Rep Stages an Epic Conclusion

Posted by ntadmin in Stage , North Trail , Asolo Rep

Asolo Rep Stages An Epic Conclusion
Philip Lederer,

Following the success of last season’s All The Way, Asolo Repertory Theatre continues playwright Robert Shenkkan’s chronicling of Lyndon B. Johnson’s tumultuous presidency with the sequel, The Great Society, opening tonight. To produce both had been “a dream,” says Asolo Rep Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards, but it was the enthusiastic reaction to All The Way, which sold out to standing room only, that convinced him it was not only possible but the right course to take for the final season of the American Character Project. “We should see this amazing historical story to its conclusion,” he says. “It would feel like unfinished business if we didn’t do The Great Society.”

Whereas All The Way focused on Johnson’s ascension to the presidency after John F. Kennedy’s assassination and his ensuing triumph in passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and securing the Democratic nomination for president, The Great Society looks at Johnson’s decidedly less triumphant second term. Embroiled in both the Vietnam War and the War on Poverty, an embattled Johnson struggles to pass ambitious social programs and realize his “Great Society,” as the various political forces that surround him angle for their own agendas. A compelling drama that raises, among others, questions of race relations in America, the role of the federal government and the justness of war, The Great Society is “a play with amazing contemporary pertinence as well as historical significance,” says Edwards.

Jan 11

North Trail's Ringling College Unveils New Library

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling College , North Trail

Ringling Unveils New Library, New Mural
Philip Lederer,

The Ringling College of Art and Design community came together this past Monday to celebrate the next step in the institution’s development with the opening of the new Alfred R. Goldstein Ringling College Library. To mark the occasion, a line of faculty, students, college officials and community supporters formed a human chain to transport books from the old library in the Kimbrough Building through the courtyard and across and down the street to the doors of the new facility in a ceremonial “passing of the books,” culminating in an address from Ringling College President Dr. Larry Thompson and the unveiling of a three-story mural inside the building.

Located on the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Old Bradenton Road, the $18-million construction opens just in time for the spring semester, and though the official ribbon cutting remains two weeks away, students and faculty will now have access to the new library 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Coming in at 46,000 square feet, the Alfred R. Goldstein library contains, in addition to 65,000 books and periodicals, a 24-hour computer lab on the first floor, group study rooms on all three floors and collaborative spaces where students have access to technology such as digital scanners and tablets.

Jan 04

North Trail's USFSM to Introduce NCCA Women's Rowing

Posted by ntadmin in USFSM , University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee , North Trail , NCAA Women's Rowing

USFSM to Introduce Area's 1st NCAA Women's Rowing Team

USF Sarasota-Manatee will begin the year with high hopes as it introduces new academic and athletic programs to Southwest Florida. Situated along US 41 at the border of Manatee and Sarasota counties, the campus will enter the year with a mandate to raise $1 million in order to launch an NCAA women’s rowing team in 2018. Seeds for the team were planted years ago and last year the idea was included in the campus’ long-range vision, Focus on Quality 2020.

But now the idea is firmly taking root. Earlier in 2016 the proposal won the NCAA’s backing and when the team officially launches as a member of the American Athletic Conference, it will mark the first time an NCAA Division I team has been based in the Sarasota-Manatee area. 

Jan 02

North Trail High Visibility Enforcement Program

Posted by ntadmin in Sarasota Police Department , Safety , North Trail

The Sarasota Police Department has received a grant for a High Visibility Enforcement program for pedestrian and bicycle safety.  The safety campaign, which will begin the first week of January 2017, is in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation and the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research. 

Officers will observe, educate and enforce traffic laws in the five chosen areas in an attempt to reduce the number of pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle crashes.  Officers will also be working to educate citizens about the importance of traffic laws.

The goal of the safety campaign is geared to increase awareness of pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle safety through education and enforcement.  The grant, provided by FDOT and USF, will allow officers to be present at five (5) key corridors in the City of Sarasota. 

Dec 30

North Trail's USFSM Established Office of Community Engagement

Posted by ntadmin in USFSM , North Trail

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee recently established an Office of Community Engagement and appointed an administrator and program coordinator. Amy Farrington has been named administrator of the office and Katie O’Connor has been hired as coordinator of service learning and community engagement for academic and student affairs. The college says the move will bring it closer to being recognized as a community engaged campus, a classification accorded to colleges and universities by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The designation is a goal outlined in the school’s recent strategic plan, “Focus on Quality 2020.”

Original article published by 941CEO December 21, 2016.

Dec 20

North Trail's New College Makes Kiplinger’s Best Value

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , New College , Kiplinger

For the 14th consecutive year, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has recognized New College of Florida as one of the nation’s best values in higher education. The magazine ranked New College 19th on its list of the 100 best values in public colleges for 2017. New College ranked 7th among the nation’s public colleges for the lowest total cost to in-state students after awarding need-based financial aid. New College ranked 6th among public colleges for lowest total debt at graduation, and 11th among all colleges, public and private.  The complete rankings are now available online at and will appear in print in the February 2017 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands Jan. 3.

Original article published by 941CEO on December 20, 2016.

Dec 14

North Trail Redevelopment Partnership Meeting Minutes

Posted by ntadmin in NTRP , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership , North Tamiami Trail

Thanks to those who joined us December 9th!     Please click on the following to see the minutes!