Siesta Sand - June 2012
A visitor's guide to Siesta Key Florida.
www.SiestaKeyFitness.com SIESTA KEY ROUND-UP PAGE 4 ISLAND CHATTER PAGE 3 FEATURED ARTIST PAGE 11 GIVING BACK PAGE 8 LIVE MUSIC PAGE 20 WATER WORLD PAGE 16 JUNE 2012 | 941.539.0205 | ISLAND VISITOR PUBLISHING, LLC | www.SiestaKeyIslander.com |Living The American Dream By Diana Colson.. |Sarasota duo goes to the sea for speed By Stan Zimmerman... Steve and Stephen Kildahl are father and son in search of another world championship in one of the most grueling and dangerous sports known to man � offshore powerboat racing. Steve has won three world championships, three national championships and two Florida championships. Stephen � who just turned 21 � has one world championship, one national and two Florida championships. Now they've begun the hunt again in a new boat. Whipp was the operator of Gulf Wind Marina, and founder of the Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix. The race has raised more than $14 million since 1985 to build and maintain facilities for children with special needs in Sarasota County. The race is now known as the Suncoast marina on Phillippi Creek," said Steve. "Gene Super Boat Grand Prix Festival, but has Whipp asked me to race a 22-foot Velocity since always taken place over the July 4 weekend. It's a huge moneymaker not only for the our boat was destroyed." Suncoast Charities for Children, but is a big tourist draw. A study by the Sarasota County Sports Commission indicated the event had an economic impact of $12.7 million in 2011. In the mid-1990s, Steve won a world championship aboard a 26-foot Velocity, and also set a world speed record with a 24"We used to terrorize Sarasota Bay when I was a kid," said Steve Kildahl, the elder of the duo. And when organized racing came to Sarasota with a grand prix in 1985, Steve was there as an independent, long before Stephen was born. Steve recalled. "There was not always a class dominator. We had Wellcraft Scarabs, Donzi was just coming into racing, the Velocities of course." Continued on page 22A Turtles Restaurant is located at the south end of Siesta Key on Little Sarasota Bay. It has been around since 1986, and customers enjoy great views of the water from anywhere inside the restaurant or outside on the deck. The General Manager at Turtles is a delightful guy by the name of Alex Ortega. His road to success is a fascinating one, for he has truly lived the American Dream. Alex Ortega was born near Aguascalientes children. He grew up on a small ranch complete with horses, chickens, a housewife mom, and a father who was a teacher. When he was eight, his father passed away, leaving a wife who had never worked to support the family. In addition to taking care of her offspring, Alex's mom was given a job by the school board to help support the family. All seven children saw how hard their mother was working, and were inspired to do all that they could to help. Continued on page 18A |Making a splash on the key... Key Solutions Real Estate Group, located on Midnight Pass, is certainly making a name for itself on Siesta Key. Although new to the area, the seasoned group of realtors and property managers are setting new standards for the real estate profession. This boutique real estate agency Since Key Solutions is independently owned, they are able to cater to their clients in every way. If you're interested in buying, selling or leasing, their team of professionals can assist you through the home buying process. Owner Susan Saltalamacchia, a resident of the Key, has a long history of home sales. The daughter of a home builder, Susan realizes that buying or selling a home is one of the biggest events in a person's life. Of primary importance is that each and every client feels their home has been given the attention it deserves. Local Grand Opening of Big Water Fish Market See Page 10 Continued on page 13A 2A | Island Visitor June 2012 Siesta Sand JUNE 2012 941.539.0205 www.siestakeyislander.com |The Snowy Plover... The Snowy Plover, with banding registered by Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), was born in St. Joseph's Peninsula in the Florida Panhandle. St.Joseph's Peninsula State Park was rated #1 by Dr. Beach in 2002. After dogs were allowed on the beach, it was feared the bird was frightened off or had died. Everyone was thrilled that the bird found its way to the #1 beach in America, Siesta Beach. Photo by Linda Gammello, a Siesta Key resident and avid `birder'. (We neglected to give credit to photo's author in last month's issue. We apologize for the oversight.) Breakfast starting at $3.00 Lunches starting at $5.00 Delicious Fresh Dinners To Go $10.95 5263 Ocean Blvd. | Next to Blase' Cafe' 941.349.7651 | www.siestavillagegourmet.com NY Bagels Lunch Deli Live Music Daily 11am - 3 pm BOAT RENTALS s s s Complete Bait & Tackle Shop Sarasota has such a diverse population with a citizenry from all walks of life. We are truly fortunate to have so many caring and talented people in our midst. With each issue of Siesta Sand we will introduce you to some of these interesting people, businesses and/or organizations. Everyone has a story to tell and with our gifted team of contributing writers, we will help bring them to you. As we celebrate Father's Day this month, we share with you an article of a father/son team that competes in one of the most dangerous sports around � offshore powerboat racing. Read how this dynamic duo quenches their need for speed and how their relentless passion garnered them a combination of four world championships, four national championships, and four Florida championships. We also share with you Alex Ortega's story of how he is living the American dream. Through hard work and determination he proves that you can succeed, regardless of where you come from or what challenges you face. In our "Giving Back" column, we talk about how clowning around provides much In This Issue... needed healing therapy and introduce you to a wonderful organization that helps brighten the lives of our seniors and young hospital patients. Our featured artist this month has her own gallery on the island. We cover the story of Gail Rubinfeld, artist and innkeeper of the Turtle Beach Resort and The Inn at Turtle Beach. With a sampling of her paintings featured alongside her story, you'll be able to appreciate her artistic diversity. And, did you know that Siesta Key is the oldest island in the region? Find out more in our Sarasota History column. We hope you take some time to enjoy this edition. Find a comfortable hammock, beach chair or corner. See if you agree that our paper is no longer just a tourist publication anymore. As always, we appreciate your patronage of our loyal advertisers. They allow us to continue sharing with you stories on how Sarasotans celebrate coastal living. Your Island Residents & Business Owners, Emy & Bob Stein |Cover Background... Artist Shawn McLoughlin provided the image of his painting "Palmer Point" for our cover background. Visit siestashawn.com Or visit his YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/user/siestashawn. Fishing Charters Sportswear ORVIS Light Tackle Fly & Spin ENDORSED FLY-FISTING OUTFITTERS for Men & Women 941.349.4400 Royal Robbins, Life is Good, Ex-Officio, Colunbia, Patagonia, North Face, Quiksilver, Keen, Reef, Sperry & Teva, Sanuk, 5 Fingers, Olukai Open 7 Days 7am-6pm 1249 Stickney Point Rd. Siesta Key June 2012 Siesta Sand | 3A www.siestakeyislander.com 941.539.0205 JUNE 2012 Island Chatter Beverly B. Arias Siesta Key Association siestakeyassociation.com Moonlight and Mothers.... is there a correlation? The month of May was the perfect time to consider such a romantic thought. In May, Mother's Day is always a special celebration each year, and the month brought the ascent of the "Super moon", which appeared larger in the night sky and was a third brighter than usual due to its close orbital proximity to the earth. This May to October, local beach visitors may be quite moonstruck to witness another one of Mother Nature's fascinating phenomena. At the Siesta Key Association (SKA) meeting in May, one of our guest speakers was excited Siesta Sand |A message from our Island Associations... several thousand happy birthdays for the hatchlings that will start their moonlit crawl to the sea. For every two thousand hatchlings with about half being female, only one female will make it back to Siesta Key thirty years from now, by around 2042! Amazing that this season's turtles had been born around 1982. Interestingly, temperature determines the turtles' gender. Tommy added that cooler temperatures produce males, and hotter temps produce females...thus their nicknames "cool daddies" and "hot mamas". Instinctively, the newly born turtles head toward the brightest light- to swim out to sea and nourishment. Unfortunately, many a mother turtle and their hatchlings will become disoriented by the light glow from shorefront condos, homes, and businesses. Continued on page 16A to share her knowledge of some very special visitors to our coastal community, many of them on the Gulf Coast, can weigh 250 pounds at maturity - about 30 years old. Under the thirty years! They are the sea turtles who have moonlight, a female Loggerhead returns to the returned to our beaches to lay their eggs. On same beaches where she'd hatched, then digs May 1st, right on schedule, two sea turtle nests out a nesting area into which she drops over were discovered on Siesta Key beaches. Tommy one-hundred eggs that look like ping-pong Vaughn-Birch, who is a long-time volunteer balls. After laying eggs every two weeks, and instructor for the Sea Turtle Conservation she leaves behind four to seven nests during a & Research Program (STCRP) of renowned season and returns to the sea for a few years. Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, provided Crawl tracks, which can look similar to a single a captivating educational presentation on the tire track, can be found heading from and then back to the water. Nighttime beachgoers who annual sea turtle nesting season. Sarasota hosts the largest sea turtle happen upon nesting sea turtles should watch population on Florida's west coast. Sea turtles From 30 years of monitoring by Mote's are differentiated from land turtles by their Sea Turtle Patrol volunteers, about 1.5 million their heads. By early May, there were already hatchlings were recorded along 35 miles of over twice the number of Loggerhead turtle beaches from Long Boat Key to Venice. Starting nests on Siesta Key as the same time last year. this July after a two-month incubation, expect Marker 32 Live Music Sunday Friday, Saturday and 4A | Island Visitor June 2012 Siesta Sand JUNE 2012 941.539.0205 www.siestakeyislander.com Siesta Key Round-Up Total Tennis and Anna's Deli, both located on Avenida Madera in the village, made the decision to relocate their business to off island sites. (The remaining Anna's Deli located on the south end of Siesta Key in the Southbridge Mall will remain). With limited parking in the village, some wonder what type of business will be able to occupy the vacated premises. Currently, due to parking restrictions, one parking space is required for every 50 square feet for a restaurant vs. one parking space for every 250 square feet for a retail business. Sarasota occupancy on either location thus far. Sol�rzano Bros. Pizza and Sun Garden Caf� are the two remaining businesses down this short corridor. Two long time businesses leave Siesta Key 8th Annual FIT Triathlon Another business has set its sights on an off island location. A Taste of Asia, one of two Asian restaurants located in the Village is relocating to its new place on Tamiami Trail. The Lum family is currently in negotiations with three business owners offering to pick up their remaining lease. No date set yet on when the move will take place, but you'll still be able to enjoy the same great quality. You'll just have to travel a bit further. Two new businesses opened their doors in the Village these past months. Back in April, Village Eats opened its window. It's located right next door to the Lobster Pot. The small donut stand serves made-to-order mini donuts sprinkled with either cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar. The other new business in the Village, Bonjour French Caf�, opened their doors in May. Among their offerings are crepes, salads, croissants and espresso. The north bridge will remain open during the construction project which is slated to begin to last until its completion on October 16, 2012, with a temporary reopening of the lane during the July 4th holiday (June 29th � July 8th) and Labor Day weekend (August 31st � September their website: siestakeybridge.com From its early beginnings in 1993, when the restaurant made its debut in the Village, Daiquiri Deck has been serving both residents and visitors on the Key. Its ever-expanding menu includes more. Co-owners Russell Matthes, Matt Grover, and Troy Syprett contribute their success to the knowledge they've gained over the years in identifying the taste preferences and expectations of their customers. They opened their second location in St. Armands Circle on Lido Key on February 22, 2011 and are set to open their new restaurant in Venice this fall. Daiquiri Deck expands to Venice Asian Restaurant to leave the Key New businesses open in the Village On May 23rd, Sarasota county commission voted unanimously to approve a variance for the water main pipeline replacement project between Siesta Key and Casey Key. Of concern was the question whether the pipeline would pose any problems for future initiatives to re-open Midnight Pass. County staff assured everyone present that replacement of the water main pipeline would not interfere with future initiatives. Howard Berna, environmental supervisor in the county's Conservation and Natural Resources Department noted that the pipeline would be placed between 30-35 feet below the existing grade and that dredging for pass openings, in the past, had taken place at levels much shallower than that. County commission votes to approve variance for water main replacement project North bridge constructions to start June 5, 2012 40th Annual Amateur Sand Sculpting Contest Property owners in violation of conservation easement According to a conservation easement approved in April 2011 by the Sarasota County Commission for two area lots located on Beach Road, the property owners may have unknowingly violated the terms by having the lots raked and groomed by, what appeared to be, mechanical means. The conservation easement was put in place to help protect the known nesting sites for the endangered snowy plovers. The natural debris such as seaweed and shells are needed for the survival of this delicate species thereby prohibiting the use of mechanical instruments to rake and groom the area in question. Back in January, the Siesta Key Village Association discussed a proposal to purchase better crosswalk lighting for the seven crosswalks located throughout the Village. As of May 24th little progress has been made to secure any type of lighting option. According to Ryan Montague, with the requesting demonstrations to determine the effectiveness of each product, but only one vendor has responded to their request thus far. He is hopeful that by the end of June they will have the three demonstrations needed to help them prepare a request for a proposal or quote. In the meantime, talks continue on the cost and the county's best use of the limited taxpayer's dollar. Lighting for Siesta Key Village crosswalks still in Limbo June 2012 Siesta Sand | 5A www.siestakeyislander.com 941.539.0205 JUNE 2012 Siesta Sand 6A | Island Visitor June 2012 Siesta Sand JUNE 2012 941.539.0205 www.siestakeyislander.com Sarasota Up & Down the Trail By Stan Zimmerma Al Hogle died after a motorcycle crash in the Blue Ridge Mountains on May 14. Hogle was police chief of Longboat Key, former chief of the Bradenton Police Department, and retired as a captain from the Sarasota Police Department. Hogle was an active motorcyclist, and would often put his Ducati on a trailer and drive to North Carolina with friends to cruise the back roads. He was motorcycling with three friends when the Ducati went down at low speed in a corner. Hogle struck an obstacle and was killed. quipped, "I bet you've never talked to somebody who's bought pounds of cocaine." Commission, and later won the seat outright. He served a term as mayor before quitting to become the Bradenton Police chief. Hogle was born in Gulfport, Miss, and is a 1966 graduate of Sarasota High School. After graduation, he served a hitch in the U.S. Air Force before joining the Sarasota Police Department in 1970. The Sarasota County Charter Review Board moved ahead a proposal to eliminate special elections for citizen-petition proposed changes to the county's home-rule charter. The charter today says once the required signatures are validated, the county has 60 days to hold an election on the question. County Assistant Attorney Kathleen Schneider said it takes the elections supervisor at least 8 weeks to prepare a ballot, with the special election costing $500,000. To get the question on the November ballot, the charter board moved up the required public hearing to June 6 at 7pm. The hearing will be held at the county administration building on The charter board meets infrequently. At the next regular meeting in October, it will consider a three-year maximum on petition signature validity, and the expansion of the county commission Longboat Police Chief and former Sarasota Mayor Killed said Snyder. "And most of our voters live in the high-rent district." Caragiulo followed up Snyder's comment by saying, "You've got to be willing to fall on your sword over this." Later that day Suzanne Atwell was re-elected mayor of Sarasota. She said during her "State of the City" address, "We need a balanced approach to balance the budget. A combination of revenue stabilization funds, as well as a millage increase." Caragiulo showed chamber representatives a chart indicating Sarasota has the third-lowest property tax rate for the 50 most populous cities. And when the county's millage rate is added, the combined levy for the city is the lowest in the state. The Florida Supreme court ruled May 10 in favor of term limits approved by voters in charter counties. County Commissioner Jon Thaxton was planning on running for his fourth term. County voters in 1998 approved a two-term limit as part of an amendment to the county's charter. However a circuit court judge struck down the election. A Broward County case on similar challenge. Port city commissioner, and businessman William Slider have announced they are running. the state legislature. Thaxton knocked from county commission race Charter Board examines by-elections, signature sunsets and more Pressure grows on Rep. Buchanan on May 9 when the U.S. House Committee on Ethics said it will "further review" allegations violated" federal law, the committee said in a statement. the charges against Buchanan. Citing witnesses, the report says, "Buchanan intended to have individuals reimbursed for campaign contributions" since 2005. The report said there is "substantial reason to believe" Buchanan broke federal laws against bribing witnesses, obstructing proceedings and tampering with witnesses. which raises and disburses money for candidates. If you're counting votes, it looks like there are at least three for a City of Sarasota tax increase this fall. Speaking before the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce's Government Issues Group, Commissioners Paul Caragiulo and Shannon Snyder telegraphed the coming hike. "If we start raising taxes, which we're going to eventually do, there will be a taxpayer revolt," Three city commissioners hint at tax increase June 2012 Siesta Sand | 7A www.siestakeyislander.com 941.539.0205 JUNE 2012 Broken Egg Siesta Key wouldn't be Siesta Key without the Broken Egg restaurant. The venerable breakfast and lunch spot has 1985. Covered deck seating on Siesta Key is seats provide a view of the art gallery of local Siesta Sand By Paul Roat |Broken Egg offers breakfast, lunch outdoors and in... A good choice for a wrap is Ev's Chicken iesta Key S Breakfast offerings are extensive and portions large. "Colossal cheese on grilled rye for $8.99. Pancakes" overlap the Outside dining at the Siesta plate. A single ($5.99) or ingredients at 75-cents Key location of the Broken Egg is popular for hungry diners during breakfast and lunch. Inside dining provides patrons at the Broken Egg with walls of paintings featuring a Florida theme. O ys SKOB ter Ba r north a couple islands and you can try the The Best!! In Florida Seafood The Broken Egg features a host of "Sandwich Selects" of served on a host of bread choices with all the All sandwiches include a pickle and a choice Cranberry Pecan Salad ($10.99) with blue cheese chicken in a cranberry citrus vinaigrette. the Half Shel l! or fresh fruit and toast. Other Broken Egg egg specialties are Benedict with blue crab for $13.99. Join us at our rustic, "Old Siesta Key" Seafood House. Dine outside on our tropical deck, overlooking Ocean Boulevard or inside in air conditioned comfort. In The Heart Of Siesta Village nH p tacea a py Hou us r Cr $6.00 Dozen Oysters Crawfish (Raw or Steamed) or Visit Us For Our 3 to 6pm Every Day potato of your choice; and fruit or grilled Apparently in keeping with the Broken ENTERTAINMENT Every Night of the Week & More! Call For Schedule LIVE Late Night Happy Hour The Broken Egg as two other locations The Siesta Key Veggie Burger is popular for ...Oysters on Our Specialty 5238 Ocean Blvd. Next To 7-11 Store on an onion bagel for $8.59. Burger -- a third-pound of ground beef with and celebrities. On The WEB: www.skob.com 346-5443 8A | Island Visitor June 2012 Siesta Sand JUNE 2012 941.539.0205 www.siestakeyislander.com |Laughter Unlimited humor with a Serious Purpose By Diana Colson... Sarasota is famed for its circus history. For decades our town has been home to circuses, trapeze artists, clowns, midgets, tumblers, daredevils, bareback riders, lion tamers and the like. But did you know about Laughter Unlimited? It is an between heath care professionals and families by creating a masterful blend of therapeutic medicine they proudly call "Humor Therapy." Under the auspices of Circus Sarasota, this group includes professional clowns, entertainers, musicians, and trained volunteers who make regular visits to nursing homes to enhance the daily life of residents, patients and staff. There, institutionalized seniors experience the comfort of a caring arm around a shoulder. It is amazing to see how most of these residents react to the clowns. Dementia residents rarely have much of any kind of reaction to anything, but in Laughter Unlimited programs, nursing home patients actually become involved and interact. Talented, gentle pranksters bring the old folks to life, returning them to happy moments of their childhoods. Ten years ago, Laughter Unlimited began as an innovative program at just one nursing home: The Pines of Sarasota. This came into being under a William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Innovative Partnership grant. (The Selby's once lived in what is now Selby Gardens. The couple has been gone for decades, of course, but their foundation carries on, doing ever-somuch for the City of Sarasota.) y ) Hospitalized patients of all ages are often not able to join in activities because of physical limitations, or perhaps they simply do not have the desire to join in. Here, the team makes room-to-room visits. They work one-on-one with patients, using improvisational visitations to lift spirits p and elevate the quality and meaning of daily life. dai Laughter has been shown to L reduce stress, ease anxiety and red depression, and decrease the de perception of pain. It has been pe improve the quality of life for others. Currently the Laughter Unlimited facilities on a weekly basis: The Pines of Sarasota, J.H. Floyd, The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch, Pinebrook Nursing and Rehabilitation, Springwood Care and Rehabilitation Center, Sarasota Health and Giving Back Today, the Laughter Today Unlimited team interacts with children in hospitals as well as senior residents of nursing and assistant living facilities. Created by Circus Sarasota, the program has grown to serve 71 facilities in Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte counties. Most recently, Circus Sarasota implemented this program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. lasting effect on the body's immune system, heart, and brain. "Humor with a Purpose" enhances not only the lives of patients, but also the lives of families and staff. For nursing home residents, a component called "Memories...Lost & Found" is designed to address memorychallenged persons at all levels of impairment. This aspect of the program takes the resident through a series of interactions proven to increase sociability and awareness. "Comedy in Motion" is but another component. It is designed to increase physical range of motion through the use of comedy and clown skills. There are also additional Interactive Programs for seniors, Inter-generational Events, and even a Men's Club--all designed to inspire residents to function at their personal best. These programs are simply vehicles by which loving persons are able to establish relationships and Rehabilitation, Senior Friendship Centers in Sarasota and Venice, United Cerebral Palsy, Anchin Pavilion, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and Heathpark Care Center. Through the dedicated energies of people in Laughter Unlimited, a new dimension is added to the lives of those in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult day-care centers. Laughter Unlimited brings an opportunity for people to laugh in an environment that often brings stress. The clowns bring passion, commitment and dedication to the program. Hats off to the wonderful team of professionals: Karen Bell, Robin Eurich, Jackie LeClaire, Chuck Sidlow, Noriko Sidlow, and Billy Bob Steinberg. This skilled group is supported by an equally dedicated team of volunteers. To learn more, become involved, or contribute, go to www.CircusSarasota.org. Your gift of time and/or money will touch the lives of both youth and seniors in our community. June 2012 Siesta Sand | 9A www.siestakeyislander.com 941.539.0205 JUNE 2012 Special night `starts' By Paul Roat Siesta Sand Photo by Paul Roat Crescent Beach Grocery Recipe Easy Fig & Goat Cheese Log Ingredients (Serves 4-6) Directions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Crescent Beach Grocery 1211 Old Stickney Point Road | Siesta Key | 941-312-0472 |All Star Laundry and Dry Cleaning 2241 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34239 941.921.1258 |Maduro Cigar & Wine Bar 7386 S. Tamiami Trail (opposite Wilde Honda) Sarasota, Florida | 941.925.4747 2nd location OPEN NOW at University Park 10A | Island Visitor June 2012 Siesta Sand JUNE 2012 941.539.0205 www.siestakeyislander.com |Grand Opening Party Scheduled - June 16th... Back on November 11, 2011, Big Water Fish Market opened its doors to the visitors coming to Siesta Key. With over six successful months under their belt, the owners would now like to take some time to celebrate the locals. So they've scheduled a GRAND OPENING PARTY to take place Saturday, June 16th, complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony, sponsored by the Siesta Key Chamber. The ribbon cutting is to take place at 6 p.m., but drinks and appetizers will be available from 5 � 7 p.m. Wondering what they'll be serving up? Well, on hand as well as other seafood served just the way everyone loves � fresh and plentiful. Beer and wine to accompany, but hey, you didn't hear it from me. What's not to love? If you haven't been to their market yet, this would be a great time to meet the owners of this small family operation and try a sampling of what they have to offer. This wonderful little and specialty items in addition to some local fresh and organic produce, fresh squeezed Florida OJ, and a daily lunch special. Big Water Fish Market is located at 6641 Midnight Pass Road in the Crescent Beach shopping center. Their hours of operation are Mon � Sat, 10am � 6pm and open on Sundays 11am � 4pm. Not a local? No matter, come anyway. Just smile, partake in the festivities, make a few friends and you'll blend right in. Big Water Fish Market BIG WATER FISH MARKET 6641 Midnight Pass Rd. Siesta Key 34242 | 941-554-8101 | www.bigwaterseafood.com |4 & 20 Pasty Company 5638 Swift Road, Sarasota, FL 34231 941.927.1421 | 4and20PastyCompany.com British owned authentic Bakery specializing in a huge variety of Pasties, Sausage Rolls and Traditional Pork Pies. All home-made fresh daily, just off Siesta Key. Served hot from the oven or frozen. Awards galore, this is a real British & UP Michigan treat, created by ex-pat master bakers who love life in the sun. Authentic Bacon, Pork Sausages, Black & White Puddings, Kippers etc. plus imported UK Candies & Sodas complete the picture. A unique spot for carry-out or alfresco eat-in and home from home for Brits, friends to all. Summer open Tues-Fri 9am�6pm, Saturdays 9am�4pm. Closed Sunday & Monday June - Sept. June 2012 Siesta Sand | 11A www.siestakeyislander.com 941.539.0205 JUNE 2012 |Gail Rubinfeld: Born to be an artist By Diana Colson... Gail Rubinfeld is an accomplished artist. She loves to create in a variety of media, producing portraits, life drawings, collages, pastels, and anything else that approaches her art with the excitement of ns gallery, and her many exhibitions with graceful, colorful work. Looking back at her life, she realizes she was always meant to be an artist, but got waylaid by circumstances. Her identical twin sister, Miri, was supposed to chosen the more practical road of becoming a fashion designer. Both the girls took art classes as children in West Harford, CT. Right after high school, Miri moved to Israel and Gail went on to attend Pratt Institute in s the twins had been apart. It was a time when letters took weeks to o t arrive and a phone call could cost d in the hundreds. It was the wild and crazy 70's, and Gail found the e g. free-wheeling era bewildering. e With temptations surrounding, she d stuck to her guns and graduated h with honors from Pratt in 1974 with a major in fashion and a minor in professional illustration. About this time the FAX AX machine appeared, and Miri and nd Gail were back in frequent and rapid touch. h. As always, Miri kept painting away while le Gail embarked on a multitude of careers: rs: fashion design in New York, real estate, e, interior design, raising three children, n, and ultimately becoming a Siesta Key y innkeeper along with her husband, David. d. Now Mrs. Marian Rosenfeld, Miri i was deep into painting landscapes, , creating mono prints, and raising her r own family in Israel. She was stunned d when diagnosed with breast cancer. Having visited the Wellness Center here in Sarasota, Miri dreamed of one day starting a similar cancer center in Jerusalem. (Nothing like our Wellness Center existed in Israel.) This dream was not to materialize during her lifetime however: in 1998, at the age of 46, Miri tragically passed away. Her art supplies had been mailed to Gail's Florida studio, but they arrived after her death. Gail took this as a signal to start seriously ly doing her own work. From that point on, Gail began to approach art as a calling. She was determined to become every bit the artist her treasured sister had been. Gail also set about realizing Miri's dream of creating the Jerusalem Support Center for Those Affected by Cancer. It was a project Gail thought would take only one year, but it ended up taking eight. Named "Ma'agan"-- which means anchor or safe harbor--the center in er Jerusalem provides a place where people with cancer join together with families and friends to build social and emotional supports to supplement ment artwork. Gail continues to donate a percentage of her sales to support At her mother's instigation, Gail's father, now i 85, 8 started painting when he was 80. "He had been an electrical 8 engineer," Gail says. "He even en worked on the lunar module. Who w knew he was an artist?" kn Well, her father's 101 year old W uncle knew. "Of course you are un an artist!" the old man said. "My brother, Herman, was an artist in bro Hungary." Hu Ah, A ha, thought Gail. I always knew kne I was born with the art gene. Although her parents both live in A Israel, much to her Dad's delight, Gail Israe arranged for him to have an art show arran right here in Sarasota. Of O her own work, Gail has this to say: " create paintings that capture a "I moment in time, a psychological portrait mome down to its essence. There is a spiritual connection in capturing the image with connec immediacy and drawn lines. I transfer immed and manipulate this quiet moment onto on ont canvasses with paint, print, and collage to form new images, either co ol colorful or monochromatic. I often co ol being born a twin, channeling my b twin's artistry." tw Gail regularly exhibits in group shows as well as solo shows, s and her artworks are in private a collection in the United States, c Israel, UK and Switzerland. She I and David own and operate The a Turtle Beach Resort as well The Inn T at Turtle Beach. Together, these two properties incorporate twenty unique cottages into two glorious Siesta Key settings. To learn more about this amazing woman and her artwork, go to www.gailrubinfeld.com, call 941349-4799, or make an appointment to visit The Gallery at Turtle Beach Resort. It is located just north of Ophelia's at 9049 Midnight Pass Road on Siesta Key. Featured Artist Siesta Sand organization, organization Ma'agan offers--free of offers free charge--support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events in a nonresidential, yet warm, home-like setting. The center welcomes all in need: Jewish, Arab, religious, secular, new immigrants and veteran Israelis. Both Miri's and Gail's artwork are currently exhibited at Ma'agan, which provides a permanent setting for Miri's 12A | Island Visitor June 2012 Siesta Sand JUNE 2012 941.539.0205 www.siestakeyislander.com Accommodations Locator Map Seaside Resort Rentals Weekly, Monthly & Seasonal Vacation Rentals for every budget. Specializing in Siesta Key. Annual Rentals too. Seaside Resort Rentals & Management, Inc. 1715 Stickney Point Road, Unit C 8 Sarasota, FL 34231 Fax: (941)923-7312 www.seasidemgmt.com � Island Visitor Publishing, LLC 2012 June 2012 Siesta Sand | 13A www.siestakeyislander.com 941.539.0205 JUNE 2012 Siesta Sand |Making a splash on the key... Continued from the cover story Bob has also been involved in Assisted by her son, Brian Tresidder, Key Solutions Property ps Management is second to none. When someone leaves their a number of business start ups ny "home away from home" in their capable hands, they can rest including a printing company d assure that their home will be cared for with the same attention that he founded and managed o they give their own homes. They make it their mission to make for 12 years. Prior to coming to n Sarasota, he spent a year on sure everyone has a good experience e a the Eastern Shore of Virginia when they use Key Solution Real Estate e d renovating a one hundred and Property Management Group. s year old home and has Broker, Keith M. Redding brings d developed a good eye for the a unique vision to the company. A p potential of every home. Bob diverse background in marketing, i is known for his devotion to advertising, and professional selling, h his clients, both buyers and Keith has the ability to think outside s sellers, and works tirelessly of the box when it comes to real estate. o on their behalf. He also uses "We want to bring something very Keith M. th the latest internet marketing different to the Sarasota real estate Redding tools to expose his client's to industry. We are creating a team p property to the widest atmosphere for our agents in which ra range of qualified buyers. Many companies say customer service, but we prove it every Bob revels in the challenge of day. Our goal is not one transaction, but to gain a customer for tracking down the right home life." Although Key Solutions is a new company, the team has at the right price for his clients. Member of Mid Florida Regional the experience and background necessary to be successful on Siesta. "We consider it a privilege for Key Solutions Real Estate MLS, Member Manatee Association of to be a part of the Siesta Key community. The commitment Realtors, Member of Florida Association of we have to the Key runs far beyond the investment in our new Realtors, Member of National Association of Realtors. Graduate of the University of in residential sales are a testament to the professionalism and Maine with a BA in Public Administration. Real Estate Specialist, Samantha unparalleled customer service that we offer. We look forward to exceeding our customers' expectations in all of their real Kaspryzk-Benge is a multi-million dollar producer specializing in residential real estate needs." rld estate. Her experience in the corporate world has Top salesman Bob Schult, who holds g given her an understanding of the importance to the REO Specialist designation m multi-task, prioritize and self-direct. This coupled brings more than twenty years of w with her market knowledge and results driven sales and marketing experience to Sarasota real estate. Prior to joining Samantha's expertise is in the Sarasota Key Solutions Real Estate Group, a and Bradenton markets assisting clients with he played a lead role in organizing, r relocation, vacation homes and investments marketing and selling for a South i in rental properties. She also assists several p professional sports organizations and their staff had been a regular monthly top such as the Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays producer for the Lakewood Ranch and Pittsburg Pirates with their real estate needs office of a large international real Bob Schult on the Gulf Coast. estate franchise. Samantha Kaspryzk-Benge 941-306-1246 3 1 Professional Property Management & Rentals www.sarasotabeachrentals.com Come and stay in one of our vacation homes, enjoy our serene sunsets, swim and snorkel in our crystal blue waters, parasail, jet ski, kayak and frolic with our dolphins. Our wonderful homes and beautiful beaches await you... Outstanding Agents. Outstanding Results. 800.486.4557 Buy Sell Rent Robasota Real Estate ext. 102 14A | Island Visitor June 2012 Siesta Sand JUNE 2012 941.539.0205 www.siestakeyislander.com |Behind the Design... Architects and Interior Designers rely on the expertise of the General Contractor. One of the interpretation and implementation of the project. Island Design By Cheryl Gaddie Inc is a proprietor skilled in his trade His team performed in every area; Mr. Tom Hoeft Mr. Dave Hogg treads. James Holland of J.T. Holland I have had the privilege to work with some these companies have given insight into what expertise and attention to detail kept this Rene Girard County of Sarasota Looney Electric is a professional that never Siesta Key Real Estate Report Mr. James Holland Cheryl Gaddie, owner of C.G. Designs 941-346-7415 | www.cherylgaddiedesigns.net "We Start With Listening" Because it's NOT about us, it's about you... A KEY SIEST BUY! BEST A KEY SIEST BUY! BEST Siesta Key... Beach location near Siesta Village. Live on Siesta Key. BEST BUY at $329,900. Ethel Lovelace 941.586.7390 KEY SOLUTIONS REAL ESTATE GROUP Siesta Key... Newer Luxury Condo overlooking Intracoastal Waterway. GREAT VALUE at $690,000. 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Dock your boat right outside your door! End unit with extra Southwestern exposure. 2 car garage, chef kitchen and designer luxury. $595,000 Shelley McGuire, GRI, Realtor� PRUDENTIAL ELITE REALTY Sarasota, Florida 1907 Magnolia St. 5966 Midnight Pass Road #G-36 Charming 3BR/2BA in walking - Palm Bay Club distance to Southside School. Turnkey furnished 2BA, in Tower. Minutes to downtown and Siesta. Nice upgrades. MLS#A3953409 $469,000 MLS#A3953620 $459,000 g din en ! dP Y an E DA ted N Lis IN O 2225 Wisteria Street Cell: 941-544-2702 FAX: 941-907-2895 firstname.lastname@example.org SEARCH THE ENTIRE MLS AT: - www.sarasotaparadisehomes.com A Passion for Paradise! Pelican Cove boasts 6 pools, 3 club houses, & classes, sailboat water/docks, canoe group, & bay walk. Large, peaceful, updated 3Br/3Ba unit with over 1800 sq.ft. plus deck, balcony, & patio will capture your heart! $200,000 This week's featured listings... Sold for 98% of List Price! (941)894-1255 KEY SOLUTIONS REAL ESTATE GROUP Call us at (941)894-1255 or visit www.keysolutionsrealestate.com 16A | Island Visitor June 2012 Siesta Sand JUNE 2012 941.539.0205 www.siestakeyislander.com | Island Chatter www.siestakeyassociation.com. "Like" Siesta Key Association on Facebook! Continued from page 3A |Captain Jack Ryan Kevin Cooper Executive Director Siesta Key Chamber siestakeychamber.com The month of June will be a warm one after May's warmer than usual temperatures. Permit will be on our on med/heavy tackle. Small dollar size crabs and good size shrimp will be the ticket for these brutes. The "M" reefs are good spots to check out in June and July. Catch and release is the best option. the beginning of their spawning activities. This is not a necessary catch and release Water World the hook. This weighted rig will go to the the reef or wreck. Sharks, Spanish mackerel, King Mackerel and Cobia will also be on the hunt for food. Always keep a rod and reel ready for casting to these sometimes has been my favorite with a 40 lb. leader to make short or long casts. Make sure the hook is very sharp so that it will penetrate Keep an eye on the weather forecasts in June. However if you would like for us to watch the weather, supply the knowledge and all the tackle where all you have to pictures and the dinner table then give us Turtle tracks have been found on the sand going around in circles, and turtles have gone astray onto beach properties and are stalled or even killed by becoming trapped under beach furniture. To protect our special turtle turtles so they can continue their precious life cycle on Siesta Key for many decades to come. Now it's June, the month of weddings, the longest daylight hours of the year as summer begins, and here in Florida it is the start of hurricane season. As we prepare for potentially intense weather, remember to stock up with water, weather radio, evacuation map, important documents and, if possible, be ready with a power generator to keep the lights on. Speaking of power and light, SKA's guest speakers, Rae Dowling, Steven Anderson, and India Monihan, shared news from Florida modernize Sarasota's energy grid. By replacing a home's electric meter with the new `Smart communication, FPL is developing an online power monitoring grid for electrical outage detection and prevention and more expedient response for needed repairs. As it works today, if electricity goes out it must be reported to FPL so they can respond and restore power. Steven addressed questions about client privacy and health concerns related to a meter's radio frequency by assuring the audience that the new meter is simply measuring how much energy is used, not how it is used, and its radio frequency is a hundred times lower than FCC limits. Light and safety are some of the "Key" concerns for SKA. SKA Vice President, Peter van Roekens, is making great progress in securing crosswalk lighting to protect both pedestrians and drivers at night on our busy Siesta Village boulevard. Many thanks for the shared concern and collaboration with Siesta Key Village Association and Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce to negotiate a solution with County Commissioners. With its focus on maintaining and enhancing the quality of life on the Key, the Siesta Key Association's representation of island resident interests ultimately benefits everyone who spends time on Siesta Key. SKA's website is It is yet again the time of year when the Siesta Key, and Greater Sarasota, resident and business communities come together to support and a reality. The nearly $35,000 needed to fund the annual community celebration is 100% dependent on generous contributions from those who live here, own businesses here and visit here for the holiday. We've worked hard for over twenty years to ensure that the event dollars from local government. This year, the Chamber is offering three ways for everyone in our community to get involved. inaugural Poker Tournament at the Sarasota event sells out with 200 players, the winner will will be granted access to a complimentary dinner buffet complete with beer & soft drinks. Second, the Chamber is hosting the Second Annual Firecracker 5K on June 30th at Siesta Beach. Chamber and Manasota Track Club can register on the day of the event for $25. Balance Sarasota on Stickney Point Road on Finally, on the 4th of July, the Chamber will host a VIP party at Siesta Beach leading will receive a VIP parking permit and two admissions to the party which includes food, beer, wine, beverages and live entertainment. We desperately need your support in one or more ways to ensure that we continue to be able to host this centrally important, patriotic event here on Siesta Key. For information regarding each of the events, visit www.siestakeychamber.com or phone 941.359.3800. time along with some chumming over carbon 30 lb. as leader is the combo. You or the Knocker Rig. The Knocker rig has a small 1/4 or 1/2 oz. weight right on Capt. Jack Ryan, Sea Dog Charters | Located at Turtle Beach Marina in South Siesta Key | 941.349.3119 trips for families � and for families with small children � as well as customized day and overnight trips. June 2012 Siesta Sand | 17A www.siestakeyislander.com 941.539.0205 JUNE 2012 Siesta Sand |Captain Jim Klopfer | Adventure Charters 941-371-1390 Capt Jim Klopfer's Fishing Forecast for June 2012... the weeks leading up to it should be outstanding! another month. Catching these giants is really itself. A trolling motor helps considerably courteous to anglers that are already working a school. be light. With many anglers "out on the beach" the bays are relatively un- you can choose to anchor up on a likely become more of a problem. spoons. Anglers 1518 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34231 US Coast Guard Certified for 27 Passengers generally be smaller. 3" Gulp shrimp in grubs on a � oz jig head will account for Sightseeing Tours In Beautiful Experience beautiful Nokomis & Venice, Florida by... Venice & Nokomis Florida Just Minutes From Siesta Key Land & Water ...aboard The JD Dolphin, LARC V Amphibian. The vehicle that covers local attractions, wildlife, & the wonderful waterfront sights along the Intra-Coastal Waterway. Possibly the most unique form of transportation you will ever take!! Trips Depart Daily Noon & 2 PM night. Adults: $23.50 Seniors & Children $21.50 Charters Parties Siesta Key's Credit Cards Not Accepted Top Picture: Alden Prime (17) from Bargersville, IN and Capt Jim with a big speckled trout. Bottom Picture: Todd Bruce from MN with a nice Siesta Key snook. South Bridge Stickney Pt. Rd. ta as a co I nt r 41 TA M US |Just Ducky Sightseeing Tours Located at 1011 S. Tamiami Trail - US 41, Nokomis, Florida | 941.485.6366 (One Block South of capt. Eddies Restaurant) Take a trip through land and water on this ex-military Vietnam era vehicle commonly known as a duck. Your ride begins in beautiful Nokomis and travels to Venice before it splashes into the picturesque inland waterways of Venice and Casey Key down to the Gulf of Mexico. Your guides Captain Stewart and son Shane entertain you with the history of "Ducky" and its capabilities and point out sites of interest throughout this 90 minute tour. The scenery is beautiful so be sure to bring your camera. Small coolers and binoculars are welcome. Tours depart daily from Nokomis. For reservations contact Just Ducky Amphibious Tours at 941-485-6366. Small Coolers, Cameras & Binoculars Always Welcome Cal l IL I A M I T R A Captain Stewart For Reservations: Osprey l ay Waterw One Block South of Capt. Eddies Restaurant 941-485-6366 1011 S. Tamiami TrAIl-US 41 Nokomis, Florida Just 20 min. South on US 41 SR 681 Casey Key Nokomis X 18A | Island Visitor June 2012 Siesta Sand JUNE 2012 941.539.0205 www.siestakeyislander.com What's happening ...on the beach Booty Camp by Evan Join us on Siesta Key, Wed's @ 8:30am Events Around the Island June 9-10, USA Beach Junior Volleyball Tournament June 12, 19, & 26, Kids, Summer Beach Runs And Beyond... June 23 � July 4 28th Annual Super Boat Grand Prix Festival � Race Day July 1. Free Yoga On Siesta Key Beach Location: Siesta Public NIA On Siesta Key Beach June 22, Miracle Swimming Introduction to the Ocean h O for Adults |Living The American Dream Continued from the cover story By Diana Colson.. Cook, then as Sous-Chef, then as Chef, and finally as Kitchen Manager. The owners of Turtles ago they made Alex Ortega the General Manager. Of current owners Frank & Barbara Kelleher and Karen Flanagan, Alex has this to say: "I thank them so much for giving me the opportunity to become General Manager. The trust that they put in me--you just don't ." see many people like that anymore." As Alex moved into management, he brought in the only people he could fully trust--his family. "About twelve or thirteen years ago, my three brothers came here to work so that they could help the family. They went into restaurant business. When I became General Manager, I put them in charge of the kitchen. Cooking, working--it is an art. Julian is Kitchen Manager, Manuel is Sous-Chef, and Agapito is Cook. Whatever needs doing, they do it." In 1991, Alex had gone back to Mexico to marry his childhood sweetheart, Irma, in a civil ceremony. At that time he was only nineteen. He went back to Mexico again a year later for the ceremonial wedding. Today, the couple has four children: Ezequiel, who is eighteen, and on the Rams Team at Riverview; Sebastian, High School; Maria, ten, and Pedro, eight, who both attend Southside Elementary. Alex's four brothers also live in Sarasota along with their families, and their mother and grand-mother often travel from Mexico to visit. "We believed in working hard, developing ourselves, paying our health insurance and In 1987--an era when green cards were not hard to come by-- America beckoned as the land of promise. Alex decided to join his He spoke no English, but by keeping long, hard hours, he could earn sixty to seventy dollars a week. That would mean a lot to his mother back home. So, he went out every day very early in the morning to see who needed an extra worker. It was backbreaking work, but he was young and optimistic. At that time, one of his cousins was working at Chez Med, a restaurant near Turtles, since closed. His cousin invited Alex over and told him to apply at Turtles. Alex knew zero English, but dishes don't talk much, so he applied for the job of dish washer. He was the first Spanish speaking person to work at Turtles, so when servers came into the kitchen to ask for a particular plate, they would have to pick up one to show him. As Alex looked around at the restaurant operation, he began to grow more and more ambitious. He moved from Dishwasher to Prep and from Prep to Pantry, where he made salads and the like. Pretty soon Alex was promoted to Expeditor-- the person who takes a plate from the Chef and dresses it up with appropriate side dishes. Alex never had the opportunity to go to Culinary School or to formally study English. He did, however, get his Food Manager Manager do?" I asked. "He knows temperatures, sanitizing, delivery," responded Alex. "He knows everything there is to know about foods." Alex went back to school at what was then known as VoTech. There, classes were conducted in Spanish as well as English. He Alex with brother Julian; one of three brothers working at Turtle's Restaurant. living the American Dream," Alex says with a grin. The brothers all work from four to sixtyrestaurant requires. Alex's management team consists of Ken Idsardi, Amber Davis and himself. They handle the front of the house. His three brothers handle the back of the house. This cheerful, articulate, good-looking guy has this to say about being in the restaurant business: "its fun. You meet a lot of people. It's a great feeling. You get to meet people from many other states." Turtles Restaurant is located at 8875 Midnight Pass Road. If you are traveling by boat or kayak, it is located at Marker 48 on the Intercoastal Waterway. Turtles offers Early Bird dinners from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. They also have Happy Hour, and Sunday Brunch. They do not take reservations, although they do have something called "preferred seating" for groups of 6 or more. Turtle's phone number is (941) 346-2207. Stop in and say "Hi" to Alex Ortega. He's a charmer--you'll be glad you did! LOCAL RIDES ON SIESTA KEY 9AM - 2AM EVERY DAY! Call 941.306.9097 www.jonnysfreebeachrides.com -TIPS ONLY- June 2012 Siesta Sand | 19A www.siestakeyislander.com 941.539.0205 JUNE 2012 Siesta Sand |Life can be overwhelming! Eat a well balanced meal, exercise at least thirty minutes per day, take your vitamins, make sure you have a hobby, prepare for your future, save money, work forty hours a week, family. Life can be overwhelming! Sometimes the very advice that would keep us healthy and happy stresses us out! Over the past ten years, health and wellness have been brought to the forefront of media coverage. Companies exercise programs, meal plans, diets and selfhelp books. No doubt that people care about Six minute workouts with a special shake sounds like a great way to take the stress out of achieving our goals. The truth is, health and wellness are inseparable. One integral component that is often overlooked is the mind-body connection. Mental health and wellbeing are often deemed separate issues from physical problems. The truth is that a plethora of mental health issues can manifest themselves through physical symptoms. Depression, anxiety, addiction and low self-esteem are often accompanied with somatic complaints. These symptoms may include fatigue, nausea, insomnia, headaches, back pain, chronic pain, chest pain, digestive problems, changes in appetite and/or weight just to name a few. These symptoms can also be indicative of a more serious health problem and should be checked by a medical doctor. So now you've seen your physician and you've received a clean bill of physical health but are still experiencing symptoms. What is going on? What can you do? Often times we are so busy living life that we do not pay attention to ourselves until our bodies have gone on strike and refuse to perform at more than minimal capacity. A simple way to begin is to take a few minutes for a personal inventory. stressing me out? How are my relationships with family and friends? When is the last time I took personal time for myself? Sometimes this will provide insight to areas of weakness in wellbeing. Still coming up empty? Fear not. Sometimes a little further inquiry is necessary. trained to assist clients in identifying strengths and areas which are inhibiting them from achieving their goals. Counseling is a private, personal and unique process for each individual. Healing and growth are paramount to the methods of counseling. The mission of the counselors at the Mangrove Wellness Center is to provide a caring, professional and holistic approach to assist clients along their path in life. The staff offers flexible scheduling options for individual, relationship and family counseling. Educational workshops covering topics such as managing stress, developing helpful communication skills, coping skills, grief, assertiveness and many more are offered on a monthly basis. The small group setting allows for a fantastic dynamic, rapport building and peer skill set development. The staff of the Mangrove Wellness Center is comprised of two former teachers who pursued degrees in Mental Health Counseling after spending many years in helping professions and a clinical director who is a licensed Psychologist. Less formerly known as Lisa, Alisha and Bob, each member brings a wealth of experience and a variety of modalities to suit the needs of clients. The center is conveniently located to serve clients from Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte Counties. If you would like further information on counseling, workshops or resources available at the Mangrove Wellness Center, please feel free to contact them with the information listed below. (941) 822-5620 www.mangrovewellness.com www.facebook.com/mangrovewellness 7731 Holiday Drive Sarasota, FL 34231 Island Health 20A | Island Visitor June 2012 Siesta Sand JUNE 2012 941.539.0205 www.siestakeyislander.com Island Beat Tuesday's at Capt. Curts Backroom Saloon Friday's at SKOB Swamp Donkie Florida's newest sensation, Swamp Donkie is comprised of international recording artist JOHN WHITELEATHER and South Carolina's own MARY BETH PONDER. In the short time they've been together, they've created quite a buzz amongst a growing audience and venues alike. Delivering a raw, energetic, and at times, humorous approach to music; Swamp Donkie's spontaneity keeps folks coming back knowing that each performance will be a fresh and unique experience. Parrothead Alert! James White "Sunny Jim" Sunny Jim's show takes you on a tropical vacation where you can feel the warm sunshine and sea breezes. From ballads to upbeat fun, soca tunes, his original songs tell the story of the islands. Island music at its best! Lots of original scores plus all the traditional favorites that will give you that..."Low Latitude Attitude"! Don't miss this outstanding show. CLUB BLAS� CAF� In The Village 941 349 9822 MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY Russell classical guitar 6 10pm THURSDAY Swamp Donkie 6 10pm Mike Sales 1 3pm Democracy 3 5 Reggae Music 6 10pm FRIDAY Pedro & Island Friends 6 10pm (Fri., Sat or Sun.) Music All Day SATURDAY Smoking J's Best of 70's & 80's 6 10 (Fri., Sat., or Sun.) SUNDAY Al Folet 6 10pm (Fri., Sat., or Sun) BLU QUE ISLAND GRILL In The Village 941 346 0738 Mike Sales 1 3pm Democracy 3 5pm Reggae Music 6 10pm Mike Sales 1 3pm Democracy 3 5 Tommy Dee 6 10pm Mike Sales 1 3pm Democracy 3 5 Georgia 6 10pm Democracy 1 5pm Georgia 12 4pm Venturas or Jennifer Leigh 5:30 9:30pm DAIQUIRI DECK In The Village 941 349 8697 DJ Kaiser 10pm 2am Rodney Shenk 6 10pm RPM 6 10pm DJ 10pm 2am Patrick 6 10pm DJ 10pm 2am RPM 6 10pm DJ 10pm 2am Live Music 6 10pm DJ 10pm 2am Marvin (4 8pm) DJ Daze (10pm 2am) Acoustic Pete 1 5 Live Music 6 10pm Sly (4 8pm) Road Block 3 7pm Live Music 6 10pm DJ 10pm 2am GILLIGANS In The Village 941 346 8122 DJ 10pm 2am SIESTA KEY OYSTER BAR (SKOB)In The Village 941 346 5443 Tony Tyler 7 11pm Al Donadi Band 9pm 2am Live Music 6 9pm Live Music 12 4pm 5 8pm Ben Hammond's open mic nite 7 11pm Nick Levally & Co. 9pm 2am Live Music 6 9pm Live Music 12 4pm 5 8pm Kettle of Fish 7 11pm DJ Rev Kev Gregg R 10pm 2am Live Music 6 9pm Live Music 12 4pm 5 8pm Acoustic Pete 7 11pm Matt Gerhard Band 10pm 2am Live Music 7 10pm Live Music 12 4pm 5 8pm Live Music 6 9pm Long Island Johnny 11am 3pm Swamp Donkie 2 6pm Rising Tide 8pm � 12 am Rising Tide DJ Gravity 10pm 2am Live Music 7 10pm Live Music 12 4pm, 5 8pm 9pm 12am Long Island Johnny 11am 3pm Dana & Co 2 6pm Mike Tozier 8pm 12am Tony Tyler Band 5 9 Cort Farris & Cougar Wranglers (2 6pm) Chris Otto 7 11pm Tony Tyler Band 5 9 Democracy(Reggae) DJ Jimi O & DJ Rev Kev 10pm 2am Live Music 6 9pm Live Music 12 4pm 5 8pm THE BEACH CLUB In The Village 941 349 6311 THE COTTAGE In The Village 941 312 9300 THE HUB BAJA GRILL In The Village 941 349 6800 THE LOCAL BEAN In The Village 941 870 2671 THE VILLAGE GOURMET In The Village 941 349 7651 Live Music 11am 3pm Live Music 11am 3pm Live Music 11am 3pm Mighty Mongo DJ Rev Kev 10pm 2am Live Music 7 10pm Live Music 12 4pm, 5 8pm 9pm 12am Live Music 6 9pm Long Island Johnny 11am 3pm Long Island Johnny 11am 3pm BACKROOM SALOON @ CAPT. CURTS Crescent Beach Shops 941 349 3885 Fab Three 9pm 12am Nick LeValley 6 10pm Sunny Jim 9m 12am Marc Anthony 9pm 12am Karaoke 9pm 2am Karaoke 9pm 2am Chris Otto 6 11pm Ben Hammond 6 10pm Karaoke 9pm 2am Matt Gerhardt 6 11pm Solo Guitar 6 10pm SNIKI TIKI @ CAPT CURTS Crescent Beach Shops 941 349 3885 Nick LeValley 6 10pm Democracy (Reggae Music) 4 8pm BOATYARD BAR & GRILL Over the south bridge 941 921 6200 BENTLEY'S RESORT HOTEL 1660 S. Tamiami Trl., Osprey 941 966 2121 (One Place Three Venues) Call for Band Schedule Open Mic Karaoke 8pm Midnight (In Ballroom) Open Mic Karaoke 8pm Midnight (In Ballroom) Tiki Bar Live Music (6 9pm) Underground Club (9pm 1am) Tiki Bar Live Music 6 9pm Live Music 4 8pm Live Music 5 8pm Tiki Bar Live Music 5 8pm Live Music 4 8pm Live Music 5 8pm CASEY KEY FISH HOUSE 801 Blackburn Pt. Rd.,Osprey 941 966 1901 Live Music 4 8pm Live Music 5 8pm Live Music 5 8pm Live Music 5 8pm Live Music 5 8pm Live Music 5 8pm SPANISH POINT RESTAURANT & PUB 135 Bayview Dr., Osprey 941 966 5746 Above information subject to change. We suggest calling venues for confirmation. June 2012 Siesta Sand | 21A www.siestakeyislander.com 941.539.0205 JUNE 2012 Siesta Sand Name of Bartender: Persefoni or Persi (She's the brunette) on Bartenders of The M901 th... Casey Key Fish House | 941-966-1 801 Blackburn Point Rd., Osprey Name of Bartender: Annie (She's the blonde) Hometown: Indiana Q: How long have you been bartending? A: 2 years. Hometown: New Jersey Q: How long have you been bartending? A: 5 years. Q: What was the strangest or funniest thing you experienced at work? A: There was a bikini clad boat coming into the Fish House and the owner, Jimmy, was walking along the dock with an armful of supplies. He was so mesmerized by the girls that he walked right off the dock into the water!! Such is the power of the thong bikini � gotta love it! Q: What do you do in your spare time? A: Love anything and everything outdoors in the sun! Q: How would you describe yourself? A: A little sweet...a little sassy ;) Q: How would you describe Casey Key Fish House? A: I would describe the Casey Key Fish House as a fun friendly place to visit for cocktails or dining...great food, great drinks, great customers & staff! A beautiful serene view that makes you say, "Wow...now this is paradise" Q: When's the best time to see you? A: All day Wednesday... great break 1/2 way through your week :) Q: What was the strangest or funniest thing you experienced at work? A: (I actually have two cute stories.) We are a dog friendly bar so when a dog treat was placed on the bar a patron mistakenly thought it was beef jerky and was so pleased we offered such wonderful bar snacks!! hehe... treats for ALL dogs! Dolphins play frequently within eyesight of the bar and one day some tourists were at the bar amazed by this sight. I told them there was a button behind the bar that I could press to cue the dolphins and they believed me! Ahh, the amazement of alcohol!!! Q: What do you do in your spare time? A: Boating and spending time with my family. Q: How would you describe yourself? A: Sweet and a bit of a Smart A##. Q: How would you describe Casey Key Fish House? A: Casey Key Fish House has a wonderful atmosphere with great people and fantastic food! A place to come and enjoy the beauty of a tropical island oasis, meet new people or just relax with the comfort of friends. Q: When's the best time to see you? A: Tuesdays and Fridays. HOTTEST BAR IN GULF GATE... NFL/College Packages FULL BAR 22A | Island Visitor June 2012 |Sarasota duo goes to the sea for speed By Stan Zimmerman... Continued from the cover story Siesta Sand JUNE 2012 941.539.0205 www.siestakeyislander.com Meet the Natives Somebody else was coming along in the decade of the 1990s. Stephen was born in 1991. In the second half of the decade of the 1990s, rules were changing. Organizers wanted to bring more manufacturers and more sponsors to offshore powerboat racing, so a "factory class" was created with � as Steve describes it � "a sealed motor and a minimum weight." The idea was to feature boats that a family could use one day, and go racing in the next day. "It brought several manufacturers back to racing," said Steve. "Formula, Fountain, Laveycraft of California, all dual-purpose boats. But eventually it became an all-racer class until it was discontinued in 2006." In 2000 Steve created a youth racing division, using 15-horsepower Mercury outboards and a 10-foot boat design used for Disney World rentals. They called it the "Water Mouse," and young Stephen raced it for four years. "Then I began to crew with my dad, when I was 14 and 15, driving the boat during testing," Stephen recalled. The rules for Super Boat International set the minimum age for a racer at 18, but Steve asked for an exception for his son. It was granted and Stephen debuted as a racer at 16. license," he said. Since the 2007 season, Steve and Stephen have handled increasingly larger and more powerful racers. "I do it because I love it," said Stephen. "I don't brag about it." After racing Velocity-brand boats for more than two decades, the Kildahls have debuted a new raceboat for the 2012 season. It's a Phantom, and features a closed cockpit like an airplane. "It's there for safety," said Steve. "But there is also a speed advantage." The duo took the boat out for its shakedown class. Sea conditions were not perfect. "There was a three-foot chop with a groundswell on top of that," said Steve. "We were really glad It is a complex procedure to translate 600 horsepower into the propulsion required by a racer. Some of the mechanical decisions can determine the outcome. "You change propellers based on the conditions," said Steve. "You prop-down for rougher seas." Most boats are now running six-blade propellers because some of the time the entire Florida Panther (Felis concolor coryi) Other names: puma, mountain lion, cougar, catamount Status: FL=endangered, IUCN=CR (critically endangered) Length: with tail, 8 ft (2.4 m) Height: at shoulder, 2-2.5 ft (60-76 cm) Reproduces: in Southwest Florida Found: all counties, near coast, mainland Months found: jfmamjJASond. boat is out of the water except for the props, which are spinning at the surface of the water. "Surface-piercing water props are pretty much the standard now," said Steve. When the boat is in the air, it's Steve's job at the throttles to pull back on the gas, and then slam them full-bore when the boat is back in the water. In rougher seas, the pounding can be intense. Steve and Stephen are strapped in place with a harness, and wear helmets but that's about the extent of their protection. No kidney belts, shock absorbing, special padding or other amenities. Because the duo is now racing a closed cockpit boat, Stephen must use an aftfacing television camera to look behind him. Mirrors port and starboard are standard. The cockpit prevents either the helmsman or the throttleman from being ejected from the boat when it "stuffs into a wave," causing Offshore powerboat racing has never been for the faint of heart. It is dangerous. Bradenton racer Joey Gratton died in Key West last November during the world championship races, the third fatality in three days of racing there. Does that cause 21-yearold Stephen to lose any sleep? "I always lose sleep, thinking about how to make the boat go faster," he said. "Sarasota is the flagship race of the season," said Steve. "There are eight races, one in Michigan, one in New York and six in Florida." Sarasota is home to many of the teams. "At one time, there were 13 teams here. Now it's racers," said the elder Kildahl. "The offshore community is very family-oriented." For the Kildahls it's even more so. The family is in the cockpit. CharlesSobczak email@example.com The Florida panther is the largest feline carnivore in North America. The last remnant population of the Eastern subspecies has managed to survive in the southern portion of Florida, including Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Monroe, Palm Beach, Brevard, and Miami-Dade counties. Although several cats have been authenticated as far north as Polk County, there appears to be no substantial breeding population north of the Caloosahatchee River and Lake Okeechobee. There are an estimated 120 to 150 panthers living in Florida. As the Latin name (coryi) implies, the Florida panther was once considered a viable subspecies of the much more successful North American cougar. Recent genetic studies of mitochondrial DNA have disproved this status. There are now, according to Mammal Species of the World, of which are located in South America. The Florida panther, although still in desperate need of protection, is no longer considered a viable subspecies by the world's leading taxonomists. In fact, since the introduction of several Texas pumas for several years to prevent inbreeding, the genetically "pure" Florida panther no longer exists. The North and South American cougar family is currently listed as LC (Least Concern) by the IUCN. The cougar is the only large feline in the world whose population is increasing throughout most of its range. This is especially true of the western cougar population, which is expanding its numbers and range throughout the entire western edge of North America, from Colorado to British Columbia. The panther in Florida survives largely on feral pigs, armadillos, raccoons, and white-tailed deer. The major cause of death to the Florida panther is the Florida panther. The extremely territorial male requires a tremendous range, of up to 200 square miles depending on available q p prey. Within that given range it may have two to rang male panther is born, his future is uncertain. When he matures, should he come across a dominant male in search of his own range, he will likely be seriously injured or killed. The second leading cause of panther mortality is automobiles. This is also a byproduct of too many cats in too small of a range. As the male cat attempts to avoid the dominant male in any given range, it in a suburban or urban environment where its chance of getting struck and killed by an automobile increases dramatically. The Florida panther is Florida's state animal, a designation granted by the schoolchildren of the state in 1982. The irony is that Florida's incessant growth and its demand for more subdivisions, shopping malls, and asphalt put constant pressure on the ever-shrinking wild places the panther requires to survive. Scientists have calculated that to prevent further inbreeding, the state would need a resident population of approximately 240 panthers. Based on the panther's habitat needs, this equates to 8,000 to 12,000 square miles of range. With developers edging in from all directions, it is unlikely the panther will population without genetic intervention from outside stock. A male panther requires more than 5,000 calories a day to survive. A nursing female cat requires twice that. That translates to 3.8 pounds of meat a day for a male to survive and 8 pounds for a female with cubs. It is estimated that a single panther can kill up to 50 deer a year and 10 times that number of raccoons. The panther has also been known to kill and eat immature alligators, snakes, and iguanas. With proper management and continued importation of Texas cougars to keep the reason to believe this remnant population of pumas will survive in the heartland of south Florida for years to come. Your chances of seeing one of these elusive animals in the wild are almost nil. One of the best places to see panthers in a semiwild environment is at the Babcock Ranch in eastern Charlotte County, covered in the Charlotte County destination section of The Living Gulf Coast. � This article is an excerpt from "The Living Gulf Coast - A Natural Guide to Southwest Florida," which is available for purchase at Capt. Curt's Souvenir Shop, Beach Bazaar and Davidson's Drugs Photos by Dick Fortune and Sara Lopez. June 2012 Siesta Sand | 23A A woman decided to treat herself to an overnight stay at the best hotel in town for her 75th birthday. When she checks out the next day, the desk clerk hands her a bill for $800.00. Upset, she demanded to know why the charge was so high. "It's certainly a nice hotel room, but doesn't justify the high cost for a one-night stay," she indicated. "I didn't even order room service." The clerk informs her that it is the standard rate to which she requests to talk to the manager. The manager listens to her complaint and announces, "I'm sorry you feel this way madam, but this hotel is the best in town and offers patrons an Olympic-sized pool and a huge conference Centre which are available for use." "But I didn't use them," she said. "Well, they are here and you could have," replied the manager. He went on to explain that she could have also seen one of the shows. "We have the best entertainers from the world over performing here," he said. "But I didn't even see any shows," she declared. "Well they are available and you could have attended a show without charge," replied the manager. He continued to extoll all the wonderful amenities the hotel offered, to which she replied, "But I didn't use them." He in turn countered with his standard response. Island Humor Realizing she wasn't getting anywhere, she decides to write out a check and hands it to him. He thanked her then looked at the check and says, "But madam, this check is only for $300.00." "That's correct. I charged you $500.00 for sleeping with me," she replied. "But I didn't!" exclaimed the very surprised manager. "Well that's too bad. I was here and you could have." A man was working out in the gym when he noticed a beautiful young woman. He asked his trainer, "What machine should I use in here to impress a girl like that?" The trainer looked him up and down and said, "I'd try the ATM down the hall". highway outside Washington D.C. Nothing was moving. Suddenly, a man knocks on the window. The driver rolls down the window and asks, "What's going on?" "Terrorists have kidnapped Congress, and they are asking for a $100 million dollar ransom. If there demands aren't met they are going to douse them all in gasoline and car looking for donations." "How much is everyone giving on average?" asked the driver. The man replies, "About a gallon." "An Accidental Affair" by Eric Jerome Dickey �2011, Dutton $26.95 / $28.50 Canada 352 pages. Beach Reads www.siestakeyislander.com 941.539.0205 JUNE 2012 Siesta Sand |Important Phone Numbers... 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When James Thicke beat down Johnny Bergs for sleeping with James' wife, it seemed that Johnny got what he deserved. But in the new book "An Accidental Affair" by Eric Jerome Dickey, James might pay for the beating with his life. s He absolutely lost his temper. o When the steamy video r went viral, screenwriter . James Thicke went crazy. There it was, Johnny o Bergs making real love to beautiful Regina Baptiste for the movie cameras. But Regina Baptiste was Thicke's wife and while every man wanted to sleep with her, Thicke was the only man who had that right. Johnny Bergs had crossed a line. So when James Thicke found Johnny that rainy night, some he pounded Johnny's handsome face into pulp. That was Mistake Number One: Johnny was rumored to be the son of a gangster. In order to escape the Bergs family and his feelings of anger for his wife, whom he trusted to do a love scene without actually doing a love scene, Thicke moved to a low-income apartment complex. It was a good place to hide from the Bergs, the law, and his own thoughts. Mistake Number Two: there were too many needful women at the complex, and Thicke smelled like money. It was hard to avoid them, even when he wanted to. But then Regina Baptiste started following James Thicke, crying, begging. She claimed that the scene with Johnny Bergs was a mistake. She wasn't herself. She never intended for it to happen. It was an accident. Once upon a time, James Thicke stole Regina Baptiste from another man. She had been living with that Norwegian, Bobby Holland, but she didn't love him and he was bad for her. Holland had gotten her hooked on cocaine, and Thicke knew that the powder y would eventually be the death of her. Which was Mistake N Number Three: the death w was likely to be James T Thicke's... Well, there we go. Author E Eric Jerome Dickey has, o once again, made me stay a awake until all hours of th the night, losing sleep and re reading. Yes, this is one of those ki kinds of books. "An Accidental Affair" sta starts out a little rough. It go going to be another tiresome ero erotica novel... and then the sto story grabs you by the throat and slams you into James Thi Thicke's world, where the l l h only people who can be trusted are those even then, you're never sure. I loved the intrigue here. I loved the touches of twisted wit. Reading "An Accidental Affair" is, in fact, like chewing on ambrosiacoated sandpaper: it's gritty, but oh-so-very tasty and if you need a copy of it for your own, you need to get to your library or bookstore now. Because that's where you'll get yours. Beach Reads Bio: The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 12,000 books. The Brazilian Ingredients - 1 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice - 2 ounces cacha�a - 1/2 ounce agave nectar - 2 ounces pur�e of tropical fruit, such as blended papaya and pineapple - 1 ounce or more soda water, to taste - Lime wheel, for garnish Directions except soda. Shake vigorously. Garnish with a lime wheel. Makes 1 drink. Nutritional information per serving: Calories 240 (approximate). Courtesy of www.yumsugar.com/Easy-Healthy-Tropical-Cocktail-Recipe-13305560 24A | Island Visitor June 2012 Siesta Sand JUNE 2012 941.539.0205 www.siestakeyislander.com |Siesta Key oldest island in region, thanks to Point of Rocks By Paul Rote... Siesta Key held the title of the No. 1 beach in the nation. Historically, it appears, the island has had the top spot of beaches in Southwest Florida for about 4300 years. A 2003 report by University of South Florida scientists indicate that, based on analysis of Point of Rocks near Crescent Beach, "these beach deposits were in place at least 1800 years ago and might have been there as long ago as 4300 years ago. "This means that some type of barrier island was in place at that time." The report quotes another coastal geologist who wrote that the information "shows that Siesta Key is one of the oldest barrier islands ... along the west-central Florida coast. The study, "Formation of `Beach Rock' at Siesta Key, Florida, attribute all beachrock to a single process," they wrote. The USF scientists submitted samples taken from Point of Rocks to a barrage of tests. They also studied other elements found in the vicinity. Their conclusions? "Without question, the island immediately landward of the present beachrock exposure is not the paleo-island or the portion of the present island ... this means that an older barrier occupied this site and was removed prior to the accumulation of sediments that constitute the landward, present barrier." The team continues that further data collected "... implies that an island of considerable size (once) existed ... an island seaward and perhaps much larger than the one present today." In other words, islands now known as Siesta Key have evolved over time both east and west of Point of Rocks. What is happening today is a bit different. "Atmospheric loading of greenhouse gases is expected to increase global temperatures and accelerate rising sea levels to rates greater than those in normal climatic cycles." Greenhouse gases are the fossil fuels that spew from our cars, truck, power plants, lawn mowers and anything else than takes gasoline or coal. Sarasota Bay may expect water levels 14 inches higher than today in 2065, and 25 inches higher in 2115, according to data accumulated by Mote Marine Laboratory. Looking back, the Point of Rocks team found that "sea level must have been very close to its present position at least 2000 years from present." What will happen 2000 years from now, of course, is uncertain to say the least. Sarasota History Darren Spurgeon, Richard A. Davis Jr., and Eugene A. Shinnu. Point of Rocks, sea level rise Rising sea level is one of the looming threats to all barrier Siesta Key beachgoers are familiar with Point of Rocks, a unique beachrock outcrop that juts into the Gulf of Mexico for a island residents -- actually, it's a threat to all people living near little more than a half-mile along the shore. Much of the rock is the water in Florida. A little history, from "1992 Framework For Action" by the above the water at low tide, allowing for an up-close exploration Sarasota Bay Estuary Program. "During the last ice age (18,000 years ago) temperatures other critters. The rocks are popular for snorkelers and divers at high tide. averaged 41 degrees colder than today, and sea level was 328 Fishers enjoy a chance to get a little farther away from shore feet lower. The Florida Gulf Coast was located 80-100 miles west of what is now the mouth of Tampa Bay, and the climate at all times. Exactly why Point of Rocks exists, and why it is where it is, in Florida was described as similar to the present climate in has always been up in the air. The team admits that question, North Carolina. "Changes in sea level are caused by changes in climate, and and doesn't really explain why the rocks are only found at that therefore temperature. The changes that occurred during the one location. "Most of the proposed theories on beachrock cementation last ice age were predominately so slow that plant and animal have strong supporting evidence making it impossible to life were able to adapt to changes in sea level." Point of Rocks, circa 1988. Photo from "Explore Sarasota and Vicinity," by Kenneth F. Tricebock