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The opioid crisis in Bradenton drew the attention of officials statewide. For state House candidate Melissa Howard, the problem hit close to home. A foster child living in her house two years ago fought through drug problems himself. “He’s better now,” Howard says, “but this wreaks havoc on families. I know firsthand.”

Howard this week formally filed as a Republican candidate for state House in District 73, which covers parts of east Manatee and Sarasota counties. If not for the drug issue in her home, Howard says she likely would have run two years ago, but was happy to see Joe Gruters run and win instead. With Gruters now eyeing a state Senate seat, Howard wants a place in the state House, where she would handle issues like opioids, following in the steps of area lawmakers like outgoing state Rep.


Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, and former state Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice.

Howard, local chapter chair for the Florida Federation of Republican Women, feels the perspective of a female conservative will serve the region well in Tallahassee. “It’s not to say men and women don’t care the same, but, as in any business, every study shows you should have a diverse group of people in leadership, whether it’s on a board or a management team, to be the most effective,” she says. Howard jumped into this race, she says, after Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh decided not to run for the seat.

The Bradenton area Republican says she would go to Tallahassee a supporter of funding for Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida, an issue that created a divide last year between Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran and Gov. Rick Scott. Howard’s stance puts her on Scott’s side of the issue in supporting jobs and tourism-promoting agencies. “Whether we like it or not, we get a lot of revenue from that work,” she says of funding business incentives and visitor marketing. That stance puts her on the same footing as Gruters, who stood with the governor instead of House leadership.

But Howard would have voted differently on recent gun legislation passed by the state House but opposed by the NRA. She doesn’t like a ban on bump stocks, which can increase the firing rate of legally purchased firearms, she says. But more importantly, she doesn’t care for a blanket ban on the purchase of guns by citizens age 18 to 21. She would have supported restrictions, she says, but not a total prohibition. “If you have a concealed carry permit and have training, you should make an exception to the law,” she says. Similarly, she’s says anyone 18 to 21 who serves in the military should be permitted to purchase weapons.

All college students want to show their school spirit; however, not all have the money to buy overpriced t-shirts at the school gift shop. For Florida State University students and families, Bows and Arrows Boutique has bountiful selections for sporting events, family or alumni weekends, or just to make everyday game day for around-campus attire. Owned by Chelsea Havelka , she graduated from FSU with a degree in Apparel Design and Merchandising, but still could not find cute FSU gear for game day anywhere. Soon, Bows and Arrows Boutique was born. Find T-shirts, tank tops, hoodies, shorts, and even day dresses to show off your school colors and stay stylish, all while not breaking the bank.

Try the Seminoles Repeater Ringer Tee for a vintage look. If you want something for the gym, the Florida State University Cropped Racerback will be sure to please. And if you’re a mom looking for a game day outfit try the Florida State Seminoles Sunset Vibes Dip-Dye Dress—it’s a perfect outfit to show your support, but not look like you’re about to paint your entire face gold and garnet for a tailgate party. Bows and Arrows Boutique even has options for men and kids, such as polos and muscle tanks, so the entire family can now show their Seminole pride without being too embarrassing. You can either easily order online or head down to the store on University Parkway—so get ready to strap on your tomahawk, whip up a war chant and sport that trendy new Nole outfit at the next FSU soccer game.

A real piz-za work, the Margherita Fresca is in popular demand at this charming St. Armands Circle restaurant. Owner, Joseph Casadio was born and raised on the Italian coastline in Sestri Levante, a beautiful tourist town on the Mediterranean, with similarities to Sarasota. Today, 15 South Ristorante remains a family-owned and -operated hot spot, as it wines and dines guests with a heavily inspired Northern Italian menu of boot-shaped specialties and imported wine for dinner nightly.

With an elegant formal dining room, as well as casual outdoor seating and a lively piano bar, you can have your pick of ambiance as you bite into the crunch of this homemade staple. The thin pizza crust is made to order, then baked in a wood-burning oven from Italy. Mozzarella di bufala (fresh mozzarella cheese), freshly diced tomatoes, parmesan cheese and basil make the Margherita Fresca a wholesome delight for the whole family. Want to create your own pizza? 15 South Ristorante lets you customize exactly how you like it. That’s Italian hospitality at it’s finest.

The City Commission of the City of Sarasota is seeking individuals willing to serve on a number of Advisory Boards, including two seats on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, two seats on the Board of Adjustment, ten seats on the Board of Rules and Appeals, one seat on the Citizens with Disabilities Advisory Board, two seats on the Employee Retirement Account Committee, two seats on the Historic Preservation Board, one seat on the Newtown Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board, two seats on the Nuisance Abatement Board, two seats on the Parks, Recreation & Environmental Protection Advisory Board, two seats with the Planning Board/Local Planning Agency, two seats for the Police Complaint Committee, one seat for the Sarasota Housing Authority and two seats for the Sarasota County Stormwater Environmental Utility Advisory Committee (SEUAC). Each board has its own requirements and stipulations for joining. Preference is given to persons who reside or own property in the City of Sarasota. To receive an application for appointment, contact the Office of the City Auditor and Clerk, 1565 First Street, Sarasota, (941) 954‑4160, Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. The application may also be obtained from the City website below and selecting Advisory Boards under Government.

SRQ | The Magazine hosts the fourth annual Women in Business Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at The Francis in downtown Sarasota. We will recognize this year’s nominees and winners who are inducted into the esteemed 2018 WIB Leadership Circle during the awards ceremony. Keynote Speaker Cricket Burns of CricketsCrush.com is known for her renowed personal style and for having her finger on the pulse of collective fashion trends. She became an esteemed fashion editor and stylist in New York City where for three decadres, she held masthead positions at numerous publications including posts as fashion editor at Harper’s Buzaar and Seventeen magazines. Now she focuses her laser-chic styling on the world of home decor. This year’s Trailblazer Awards honoree Patti Cazzato was appointed CEO of Timbuk2 in 2014 to helm the company in its 25th anniversary year. She spent nearly three decades in global retail expansion, creative merchandising, product innovation and sustainable manufacturing with high-profile, multi-billion dollar global brands. Pop Up Boutiques and Registration: 10:30am, now expanded to Louies Modern. Luncheon program: 11:30am to 1pm. And, new this year, a post-event Roar Social takes place at Louies Modern from 1-3pm. Tickets: $75/person and $850/table. Click here for tickets.