Sarasota Orchestra, the music world suffers the loss of musical director Bramwell Tovey

On July 13, the Sarasota Orchestra announced that musical director Bramwell Tovey had died, following a battle with a rare form of sarcoma. Tovey, who died Tuesday night, just a day after celebrating his 69th birthday, joined the Sarasota Orchestra as music director in 2021.

“Although his time here was short, his impact was truly quite grand,” says Joseph McKenna, president and CEO of the Sarasota Orchestra. “He will leave a remarkable legacy in the music world, far bigger than Sarasota. His legacy is that of an institution builder – in his time with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and countless other companies, he was respected around the world as a conductor. orchestra.

Tovey’s illustrious career began as a student at the Royal Academy of Music and the University of London and included stops with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and a range of other top companies. In 2021 alone, Tovey was not only named Music Director of the Sarasota Orchestra, but also extended his position as Artistic Director with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and was named Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchester symphonique de Québec.

Through it all, Tovey’s incredible sense of music was matched only by his down-to-earth spirit. “Bramwell was like the commoner who became the conductor – if you met him in the hallway he would have a very warm, laid-back conversation with you. He brought that same kind of warmth and authenticity to the podium when ‘he made music and led the orchestra,” says McKenna. “One of the things that was so remarkable about him was that he treated everyone the same, whether you were a first-year player, a member of the board of directors or a member of our administrative staff. We were really lucky to have him as musical director.

Sarasota Republicans’ Sarasota Dolphin Research Program Removes Nearly 90,000 Trash

The Sarasota Dolphin Research Program has removed nearly 90,000 pieces of trash from Tampa Bay area waterways and has now released information on what they collected the most.

The Search Program’s Marine Debris Program removed a total of 86,536 pieces of debris during 26,039 clean-up events. According to a pie chart in a recent Facebook post, nearly 40,000 pieces were spray cans and nearly 10,000 were cigarette butts.

Other types of debris collected the most plastic or foam fragments, plastic food wrappers, and plastic bottle or container caps.

In the Facebook post, the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program invited others to join their marine debris team by downloading the free “Marine Debris Tracker” app. Those interested should search their favorite app store for the Chicago Zoological Society green mink logo.

Once the app is downloaded, users are prompted to log the trash they pick up.

“Each trash ‘saved’ is one less object that could pollute the environment or be ingested by or entangled around a seabird, sea turtle, fish, manatee, or a dolphin,” the research program says on its website.

Dock on the way

More dining and retail options may be coming to The Quay in downtown Sarasota after it received a recommendation for approval from the city’s planning board on Wednesday.

Project developer Quay Venture LLC offers a 10,000 square foot restaurant and 5,000 square feet of retail space on Block 10 of the project, an internal parcel nestled between the historic Belle Haven building and the completed Ritz Carlton Residences , the only two occupied properties in the development that began in 2016.

The wharf sits on 14 acres between US 41 and Sarasota Bay between Arts Boulevard and Fruitville Road.

Deadliest areas for pedestrians: Sarasota and Bradenton, ranked high in the US

The Sarasota-Bradenton-North port area is the 19th most dangerous metropolitan area for pedestrians in the United States according to Smart Growth America’s 2022 Dangerous by Design report.

The report, which compiles the number of people who have been struck and killed nationwide and ranks the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the United States by pedestrian fatalities, found that “almost every state and metropolitan area is becoming more more deadly.” (Read the full report below.)

Dangerous by Design compared the average fatality rate over five-year periods — data from 2016 to 2020 with rates from 2011 to 2015 — and found that 81 metropolitan areas saw increases in pedestrian fatalities.

In 2020, more than 6,500 people across the United States were hit by cars and killed while walking, according to the report. This represents an average of 18 pedestrian fatalities per day and a 4.5% increase from 2019.

The report also found that people of color and those walking in low-income areas are hit and killed by cars and higher rates.

The FDACS said its investigation into the listeria outbreak that originated with Big Olaf Creamery is ongoing.

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