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Donald Trump's Sarasota Event Sells Out

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1. If you don't have a ticket for , then you're out of luck.

The Republican Party of Sarasota County announced Thursday that Statesman of the Year dinner sold out to a record crowd. Trump will receive the Statesman of the Year award from the local GOP party that night before 950 guests.

“This is the largest crowd we have ever had attend a ticketed function.  There has never been anything like it, the press coverage, the excitement and the overwhelming number of people wanting to witness Mr. Trump receive the honor of Statesman of the Year has been bigger than anything we have ever dealt with before," Party Chairman Joe Gruters said in a news release. 

2. opening weekend continues as the show brings back favorites from Jackie Wilson, Otis Redding and more. The show, adapted by Artistic Director Nate Jacobs, has performances at 8 p.m., Tuesday through Saturdays and 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday. Tickets cost $29.50 and can be purchased on www.wbttsrq.org or by calling the box office at 941-366-1505.

3. Preparations are already taking place in Sarasota for Tropical Storm Isaac, which may turn into a hurricane. County officials will discuss this afternoon whether or when a and this weekend. Classes are canceled Monday and Tuesday.

4. Jazz great and Venice resident Dick Hyman will perform standards and his favorites at 7:30 p.m. tonight at . He'll be accompanied by clarinetist Ken Peplowski. Tickets cost $10. For more info, call 366-1552.

5. You'll have to watch how long you're parking at the garage more carefully now. The and will issues warnings through the rest of the month. Tickets will be issued starting Sept. 1.

Kathryn Baker August 24, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I wouldn't go to see or hear Donald Trump if they were paying me to be there. The great "birther's" ideas are as crazy as his ego is large.I wonder how many times he will name drop the Wharton School when in Sarasota?
redhededkewty August 24, 2012 at 10:10 PM
It is ridiculous to think Trump might be a statesman. He's a businessman and an attention addict who's attempt at politics is an off-topic, old news 'birther' jab at Obama. Great going there, Skippy. Sorry Sarasota, no Trump Towers for you, no matter how hard you kiss heinie.
dee August 25, 2012 at 01:59 AM
It shows the lack of intelligence that these folks have. How ignorant can you be to lead around in today's time by a loud mouth racist with no class. This event should be held at Ringling Bros. for all the clowns who attend. It would be an insult to most folks intelligence to be near that event.
Kathryn Baker August 25, 2012 at 11:16 AM
please tell me Sarasota officials are not trying to lure a Trump Towers here. Remember the half done deal he walked away from in Tampa.......

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