Designing Women Boutique Announces 2017 Grants

     Designing Women Boutique recently announced the recipients of its annual grants program, which is expected to bestow more than $100,000 in the coming year. The list includes local non-profit groups that focus on the arts and human services, such as the Asolo Foundation, All Faiths Food Bank, Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota, The Circus Arts Conservatory, Forty Carrots Family Center, the Sarasota Ballet, Tidewell Hospice, and Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.
     “It is our great pleased to have the resources to be able to support these outstanding organizations in our community,” said Ida Zito, DWB board president. “Everything we do throughout the year, from running our boutique to our annual gala to our luncheons and fashion shows, is geared towards raising funds that allow us to support the greater good.”

County Votes Against Celery Fields Recycling Center

     Controversial plans to build a recycling center near Celery Fields were denied recently by the Sarasota County Commission in a 3-2 vote after a day-long special hearing that attracted hundreds of residents and more than 80 public speakers.
     Located at the southwest corner of Palmer and Apex, the proposed recycling center would have been situated on 10 acres of undeveloped county-owned land which is located about 1,000 feet from Celery Fields, a stormwater management system that the county has spent millions to improve and that is now a popular park and bird watching area. 

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