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signage by Larry Burke | City Editor
Proposed amendment causes uproar After responding to Bay Isles constituents about a commercial vehicle’s signage, a commissioner proposed an ordinance to keep similar trucks from view.
+ Lots of lights
It’s that time of year again, when breezes are getting cooler, days shorter and the nights — brighter? The Longboat Observer’s annual “Light Up the Keys” contest is just around the corner. A few contestants have already been spotted hanging garland, stringing multi-colored lights in trees and putting mechanical reindeer in place. Every year The Observer awards the most spirited holiday decorations in three categories: single-family residential, multi-family residential and commercial. And, then, there’s the coveted Publisher’s Choice award. As you’re out driving, gawking at the spectacular holidaythemed displays, make sure to remember which ones are your favorites and then let us know. (It’s also OK to brag about your own lighting display.) Call Patti at 383-5509 with those addresses. Judging dates are Dec. 14, Dec. 15 and Dec. 16. The winners will be declared Monday, Dec. 18, and the results will be printed in the Dec. 21 issue of The Longboat Observer. Come on, make Chevy Chase proud.
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Paul Mattison still remembers the message he received about eight months ago: “I’m tired of looking at your old, ugly truck. Move it!” The directive was referring to the catering truck that Mattison parks in the Bay Isles parking lot of his Mattison’s Steakhouse at the Plaza. “I thought to myself, ‘Wow,
my truck isn’t ugly,’ Mattison said, “‘and it’s only 2 years old.’” Not long after that incident, Town Commissioner George Spoll contacted Longboat Key Codes Administrator Randy Fowler to go to Mattison’s Steakhouse to investigate a possible violation of the town’s sign code. “Randy talked to me about the truck,” Mattison said. “I told
Vehicles like this one owned by Andrew Hlywa at The Market, may soon have to move out of sight. him that I use it every day for catering and for my business. He asked me to move it in closer to the building and I told him I
would.” Fowler was interpreting the
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Choir members sing during the procession of the Interfaith Thanksgiving Nov. 21 at Temple Beth Israel. The 26th annual gathering of churches included a worship service and refreshments afterwards. Look for more pictures and a story in the Nov. 30 issue of The Longboat Observer.
SAND MAN by Larry Burke | City Editor
Mr. Whatmough goes to Tallahassee In an effort to provide a solution to the difficult Gulfside Drive Beach problem, the town commissioner will take his plan to the FDEP. Longboat Key Town Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough hopes to present his proposal to solve the dark-sand situation at the Gulfside Drive beach access to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Town Manager Bruce St. Denis, Public Works Director Juan Florensa
and a representative from the town’s beach consultant, Coastal Planning & Engineering, will accompany Whatmough. The decision to move forward with the plan came after almost an hour of discussion at the Nov. 16 Town Commission workshop. Florensa said his staff had tak-
en measurements the day before, to see what changes had taken place over the past 30 days. A review of the beach profiles suggested a flattening of the mixed and dark, coarse sand on the beach, seaward of the berm. Also, a visual inspection south from the R50.5 marker shows a southern movement of sand along with a slight mounding of mixed coarse sand onto the berm. Florensa said that the move-
ment is to be expected not only from the daily movement of the beach, but also from the recent stormy weather. “It kind of makes sense,” Florensa said, “because the white sand is finer and the coarse sand resists movement. Coarse sand tends to mound up in bad weather, which is good for protection, but bad, obviously, aesthetically.” St. Denis elaborated that the
See SAND page 4A
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+ From her boys and girls
OUR TOWN continued from page 1A
Mazie Ulmer, long-time friend and supporter of the Longboat Key Fire-Rescue, died Oct. 31. The generous 93-year-old woman was never caught empty-handed. She was known for making sure everyone had enough to eat, from firefighters to the neighbors on her street. Longboat Key officials, town employees and friends and family of Ulmer gathered Nov. 17 at the fire station to pay tribute to her. Ulmer received a Lifetime Membership Award from the Longboat Key Fire-Rescue
and a proclamation from the town read by Mayor Joan Webster that recognized Ulmer’s dedication and caring. Several neighbors and her nephew, Steve Betron, spoke about Ulmer’s unmatchable generosity and kindness, while others touched on unique characteristics that defined her, like her “bullheadedness.” During the ceremony, the fire station’s phone rang twice, with no voice on the other end of the line. “I said, ‘It’s Mazie,’” said Anne Lathrop, Fire-Rescue administrative employee. “I have no doubt the two phone calls were from her. She just wants to let us know that she’s still here.”
+ Doggone wheels
+ Feeding the fellas
Where would these men be without the ladies? That’s what Sonnie Handy, Dorothy Beemsterboer, Dionne Reinert and Anne Kelley said as they helped out at the St. Mary’s Mens’ Club monthly dinner Nov. 16. The dinner was catered by Harry’s Continental Kitchens and featured former NHL hockey coach Scotty Bowman. (See story on page 3A.)
+ Tennis center dedicated
Longboat Key resident Ed Brickman honored his late wife, Alice, with an eight-court tennis complex at the Flanzer Jewish Community Center. Brickman said his wife loved to play tennis. The dedication of the Alice and Ed Brickman Tennis Center was held Nov. 18 at the center. Joining Brickman, a Longboat Key resident, in the formal ribbon cutting was his daughter, Carol Brickman Diamont. Following the dedication, the BrickmanTennis Classic was held.
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performance by Larry Burke | City Editor
Town manager gets 7.7% increase The Town Commission rewarded the efforts of Bruce St. Denis by raising his salary to $152,500. After discussions of a costof-living and merit raises, the Town Commission voted 6-1 at its Nov. 16 workshop, to raise Town Manager Bruce St. Denis’ wages 7.7% to $152,500. The pay raise is retroactive to Oct. 1. St. Denis made $141,606.40 for fiscal year 2005-2006. Prior to the vote, St. Denis received scores on a variety of issues from each commissioner, along with comments. To supplement the existing evaluation tool and add more objectivity to the process, May-
or Joan Webster and the Town Commission developed a set of goals and performance objectives back in January. With the system, the commission produces a list of goals for the town and the objectives needed to meet them. This results are much more measurable, than the 11-year-old system that had been in place. St. Denis brings his own report card back on evaluation day — were these goals met, or not? “I want to compliment you
for what you’ve done,” Mayor lowest marks of all the commisJoan Webster said to St. Denis. sioners, went along with Web“I would like us as a group to ster’s proposal. continue with our TM Commissioner Ran(Town Manager) goals dy Clair said he could and objectives for annot go along with other year.” the merit raise, but Webster presented a thought the COLA was series of achievements appropriate, which St. Denis accomplished prompted Vice Mayor in the previous year Lee Rothenburg to (see Sidebar 1, page question the diverse 7A). opinions of the comBased on those efmissioners. forts, she proposed St. “The 4.11% is not Denis receive a Cost a raise,” Rothenburg of Living Adjustment said. “It’s a Cost of LivBRUCE (COLA) of 4.11% and a ST. DENIS ing Adjustment. We sit 5% merit raise. here and say the guy Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough, while providSee ST. DENIS page 7A ing St. Denis with some of the
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house for sale
Town Commissioner and Sleepy Lagoon resident Jeremy Whatmough has put his expansive 5,000 squarefoot home on the market. Cheryl Loeffler, of Prudential Palms Realty, is the listing agent for the five-bedroom, five-bath, sixcar garage home on Gulf of Mexico Drive. The property lists for $6.2 million. Whatmough’s term on the commission ends in March 2008.
+ Town seeks buried line price
Town Manager Bruce St. Denis has requested an estimate from Florida Power & Light to provide a preliminary cost estimate to convert overhead power lines to underground. St. Denis indicated in the letter to FPL that every street, whether it be public or private, be included in the non-binding estimate. The estimate will be presented to the Town Commission for consideration.
They’re keepers, all right! Jim Bakle and Bill Brittain donned striped aprons for their role as bartenders last Friday night at the reception for the “Second Serve” cookbook compiled by owners at Club Longboat. The cookbook is a sequel to the “First Serve” edition, which was published in 1990, and includes recipes from owners, friends and family members. For the story and more photos, see page 6A+.
MEN’S CLUB by Larry Burke | City Editor
Hockey legend reflects on career St. Mary Star of the Sea Men’s Club hosted longtime National Hockey League coach and sports icon Scotty Bowman at its monthly dinner meeting. It appears the St. Mary Star of the Sea Men’s Club scored a hat trick at its monthly dinner meeting Nov. 16: 1) National Hockey League Hall of Famer and Longboat Key resident Al Arbour was there to introduce the evening’s speaker. 2) The speaker? The legendary Scotty Bowman, the most successful coach in the history of the National Hockey League and the man Sports Illustrated magazine dubbed “the greatest coach in professional sport.” 3) Members and guests
enjoyed an excellent dinner catered by Harry’s Continental Kitchens. When Arbour introduced Bowman, he had the rapt attention of the 110 men in attendance. After all, how often does one get the chance to be in the same room with two professional sports personalities who, together, have won 17 Stanley Cups? Bowman, a part-time Siesta Key resident, made frequent ref-
See BOWMAN page 11A
+ Manatee joins traffic study
The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners has authorized a payment of $7,500 to help fund Longboat Key’s upcoming traffic study. With Sarasota County already on board with its $7,500 contribution, a total of $15,000 has been contributed to the study, reducing Longboat’s contribution to $20,000. Plans are under way for the study to begin in a few months.
+ Meetings & Agendas
Hockey legends Scotty Bowman and Al Arbour discuss game-time strategy prior to Bowman’s speech at the St. Mary’s Men’s Club monthly dinner meeting Nov. 16.
Planning and Zoning Board Special Meeting — 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29. Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. Town Commission Regular Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4. Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. Code Enforcement Board Meeting — 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11. Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting — 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.
The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006
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gray is staying in place, but there is proportionally more white sand loss and that the beach has lost about a foot of depth over a 40-to-50 foot area. He went on to say the white sand to the north is eroding more quickly; but all of the sand is moving. “We are seeing the initial effects of a mixed beach here,” he said. “We have not had enough time to see how much of the sand is going to continue to layer.” To complete the job of removing sand and placing new sand in from one of these mines would be about $58 per cubic yard. The area in question covers about 2,800 cubic yards, which would then cost about $162,400. If the sand needs to be moved further than a mile away along the beach, the
costs will increase. “Well,” said Commissioner Whatmough, “unless any of my fellow commissioners have something better, let’s go talk to the DEP about my idea … if they say, ‘No,’ then I am out of ideas.” St. Denis explained that if approved, the project would require a permit modification from the DEP, either minor or major. “To be granted, a permit modification would be 90 days anyway,” St. Denis said. “Then you have the issue of the turtles.” Sleepy Lagoon resident and ardent north beach activist Deborah McKenna thanked St. Denis and the commission for their efforts, while again noting the importance of white sand beaches on the Key. “Unfortunately, I feel that you have changed the look of Longboat Key’s beach,” McKenna said.
THE WHATMOUGH SOLUTION (ABRIDGED) The area that would be tested for the Commissioner Whatmough’s proposed solution would start from Coastal Planning & Engineering’s Marker 50.5 and head north for four properties, ending at 6441 Gulf of Mexico Drive, and head south for four properties to 6321 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
lahassee and invite a representative to be present for a demonstration. (DEP should be asked to first allow the town to do a dry run to ensure the feasibility of this proposal.)
• FIRST: From CP&E’s Hole No. 5 north and south, push the white sand west to east to form a pile, eventually forming a trough, sloping to about 6 feet in depth in the middle; the white sand will form a pile west of the sea oats and vegetation and will run north and south. (Note: the trough’s depth may vary from location to location.) • SECOND: Push the light gray sand, just east of the dark gray sand and west of the trough, into the trough; about 18 inches to 2 feet would be scraped into the trough. • THIRD: Push the piled white sand on top of the light gray sand that is in the trough west of the trough; cover the LBKand Nov#4 entire area with white sand. • FOURTH: Contact the DEP in Tal-
Contact with DEP could be a written request signed by all seven commissioners and presented at a meeting with the DEP attended by the mayor and the town manager. For the Dry Run and the DEP demonstration, I would suggest the town’s Massey Ferguson all-wheel-drive tractor with its front-end loader be used. For the DEP Demonstration, there should be three areas worked, from north to south, and with each area being about 25 feet wide and in equal distance from one another. The results of this demonstration will lead the DEP to a decision on whether or not to approve of this solution. This is not an invasive procedure and may “fix” this unanticipated situation.
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Lido Key residents meeting ends in passionate discussion An ongoing debate about a proposed 400unit condo development on School Avenue in Sarasota was brought to the forefront at monthly meeting. The monthly meeting of the Lido Key Residents Association ended up in a heated back-andforth between Kelly Kirschner, president of the Alta Vista Neighborhood Association, and Ken Shelin, Sarasota city commissioner. Kirschner, the Nov. 18 meeting’s guest speaker, spoke to the audience about a development project on School Avenue in Sarasota, which has been in the works for a year. Developer Ron Burks and residents in the Alta Vista area have disagreed over the size and design of the project. Burks plans to build a 400-unit condo development on a 9.5-acre parcel of land, which would put the project at 40 units per acre. The current zoning is for 18 units per acre. Burks has said he will provide 127 units of attainable housing in the project, which Kirschner said in the residents’ meeting he sees as a tactic by Burks to get
zoning changed in his favor. Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta spoke after Kirschner’s talk, saying he was speaking as an individual and not as a county commissioner. “He (Burks) is using affordable housing as a ruse,” Barbetta said. “We all need to go back to the drawing board.” Shelin then had a turn and brought up points in Kirschner’s speech he thought were incorrect or misleading. “You say we (City Commission) didn’t follow the correct process, but we met with the city attorney and he gave us four choices, and we followed one of those,” Shelin said. Shelin said Kirschner misspoke when he said the zoning had been changed on the undeveloped land. “We haven’t approved downtown core (zoning), and I don’t know if we ever will,” Shelin said. “The land use has changed, not the zoning.” Kirschner and Shelin debated for a while, before Lido Key Residents Association President Sandy Bower thanked the two for their passionate discussion. Kirschner ended his talk by urging residents to show their support of issues such as this, which could have a big effect on communities.
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“This healthy debate has been very good for us; we need to hear both sides,” Bower said. “This helps us to understand that we as residents are important.” Bower said she invited Kirschner to talk for a couple of reasons. She wanted to show local residents what issues other neighborhoods face, which could easily happen in all areas. She made reference to a similar development, Azure Park, a project on Lido Key about six years ago. A developer applied for waterfront zoning on his parcel on Ben Franklin Drive that was not on the Gulf side of the street. Bower said the developer was successful in getting the zoning changed despite the fact that Lido residents at that time did not have enough support from other associations when the matter was being discussed. “We (neighborhood associations) face the same issues, and if we join together, we can bring citizens with more ideas and influence together to find an acceptable solution,” Bower said. “We want to bring more focus on what neighborhoods need and ensure that county officials understand that and what we’re trying to protect. We also want to make sure land-use changes are not done inappropriately.”
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Phyllis McGuire, Longboat Key Favorite dish: Stuffing What makes it special: The whole family likes it. I make it with Italian sausage, dried cranberries, celery and onions, which makes it festive. And it tastes good! This year my daughter and I are each making a pumpkin trifle. She’ll make it from New York and I’ll make it here, and we’re going to call each other and discuss it.
Sandy Dearwester, Longboat Key Favorite dish: Dressing What makes it special: It’s a 40-year-old recipe. I stuff the turkey with fruit: apple, orange lemon, celery, onions, garlic and grapefruit. I’ve given that recipe to a lot of people, and they all love it. It gives the turkey a nice flavor. I got the recipe from Chef Alfredo, who wrote for The Longboat Observer about 20 years ago. Glenda Grause, Longboat Key Favorite dish: Getting together with my family and friends — that’s my favorite dish! But my second favorite dish is candied yams and sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallows. I really like the marshmallows. What makes it special: I’m really excited to get together with everyone.
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The meaning of Thanksgiving
In search of a Thanksgiving message this year, serendipity struck. We thought of years past when we recited on this page many of the gifts for which we are thankful. In fact, when we re-read the list we printed in last year’s Thanksgiving edition, it’s remarkable how little has changed. We’re still thankful for all that we listed — and then some. This year, we would add a happily married daughter, a new son-in-law, a happy mother of the bride, a successful wedding, perfect wedding weather, a larger extended family. The list of our fortune could go on. And it’s humbling. So often when we see others’ misfortune we say: “There
but for the grace of God go I.” We are so blessed. But in our search for that profound message that captures the spirit of Thanksgiving, we were struck while editing a story by one of our Sarasota reporters, Tammy Roberts. Tammy covers Sarasota County schools. Her specialty is interviewing young kids before holidays and eliciting from them priceless gems — often hilarious, spurof-the-moment responses. Just as often, the comments of these innocent, little youngsters are remarkably profound. Tammy did it again for Thanksgiving. For your pleasure, then, and to help you shift into the spirit of the
Thanksgiving holidays, we’re sharing a sampling of Tammy’s interviews with kindergartners from Bay Haven and Gulf Gate Elementary Schools in Sarasota. They’ll make you laugh. They’ll also make you think. These precious little minds, in only a few years of life, know what is important. Asked for what they are thankful, their responses are simple and moving. Even at age 5, they know what matters most. God bless, and Happy Thanksgiving.
What They’re Thankful For … Carter Beckstein Age 6, Bay Haven
What are you most thankful for? God, my parents and my house.
What are you most thankful for? God. And Thanksgiving.
What is your favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving? Green beans and chicken. What happened on the first Thanksgiving? The Americans took the Mayflower to the Southeast. And then they unpacked their stuff. They were traveling for their freedom. How do you cook a turkey? You just put it in the oven and cook it I think maybe for a half hour. Then you can take it out and cut it, and the whole family can enjoy it. What are you most thankful for? My grandmother.
What happened on the first Thanksgiving? They all got together and ate turkeys and cranberries. What’s your favorite thing to eat at Thanksgiving? Peanut butter and jelly. What’s the name of the ship the Pilgrims sailed? The Flower. No wait … it’s the Mayflower! How do you cook a turkey? You buy a turkey and put it in the microwave for 10 seconds. Then you eat the turkey up! What are you most thankful for? Mom and Dad.
What kind of food do they have at Thanksgiving? They have turkey and mashed potatoes and stuff. If you don’t want turkey, you can have toast and butter. What happened on the first Thanksgiving? They wanted freedom from the king because he was saying, “Now, you better go to my church.” Then they took the Mayflower to go have a big feast. Who all was there? The Pilgrims and the Indians. And Squanto was one of their names. How do you cook a turkey? First someone has to catch it. Then you have to pull the feathers off. Then you have to make it. You cook it I think about 60 hours in the oven. Then you have a pumpkin pie to go with it. What are you most thankful for? My family, my cat and my friends.
What do you like to eat on Thanksgiving? Turkey, hot dogs, chocolate cake, you know … What happened on the first Thanksgiving? They went from the East to the West to get away from the Indians. How come? Because they weren’t holy. Do you remember any of their names? George Washington was one. How do you cook a turkey? You catch it. Then you kill it. Then you cook it in the stove for two minutes. Then you eat it. What are you thankful for? My mom.
What kind of food do they have at Thanksgiving? Turkey, vegetables, carrots, mashed potatoes and apples. What food don’t you like at Thanksgiving? Cranberries. What happened on the first Thanksgiving? The Pilgrims invited the Indians to a little house on America. They wore black and white clothes with a little pink on the collar. Why is it called Thanksgiving? Because they were giving thanks for all their food. How do you cook a turkey? You get the turkey and then put some powder and oil on it and stick a monitor in it. Then you bake it in the oven for eight minutes. What are you thankful for? All my aunts and uncles, my friends and my classmates.
Age 5, Bay Haven
Age 5, Bay Haven
Age 5, Bay Haven
What do you like to eat on Thanksgiving? Turkey and ice cream. Sometimes together. What was the Mayflower? That’s the ship. The big one that they all took to get across the water. How do you cook a turkey? Why don’t you just go into the woods and shoot a turkey ... ? Then after you shoot it, cook it in the oven about 80 minutes.
What’s your favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving? Pumpkin pie and Indian pudding. Mmmm. What happened on the first Thanksgiving? The Pilgrims went over to the Indians and made friends. They were trying to get away from the king because he wanted them to go see a museum. How do you cook a turkey? First you cover it with salt and pepper and stuff it with lemons, and then you put it in the oven and cook it for 15 minutes.
Age 5, Bay Haven
Age 5, Gulf Gate
Age 5, Gulf Gate
Madison Grek Age 5, Gulf Gate
What’s your favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving? Turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. No gravy. What food don’t you like to eat on Thanksgiving? The honey hams. What happened on the first Thanksgiving? The Pilgrims came to America because they didn’t want to worship the king. Why not? Because he made the Pilgrims come to his church so they went on the Mayflower and they didn’t have no houses, so they had to stay on the boat for the night. Then in the morning, the boy Pilgrims built the houses. How do you cook a turkey? You first find one at the grocery store, then take it home and put some garlic sauce and salt and pepper on it. Then you put it in the oven for 30 minutes and invite all your friends over. What are you thankful for? God. And my mommy, because she always gives me lots of gifts.
The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006
MY VIEW by Marvin H. Morse | Contributing Writer
Undervote comments distort reality Substantive barriers to successful voting disenfranchise the electorate, and that is exactly what happened in the District 13 congressional race. Your Nov. 16 editorial, “Undervote is no mystery,” mischaracterizes as a “media circus and frenzy” attributable to “National Democratic Party Strategy,” the focus on undervoting in Sarasota County’s 2006 13th Congressional District election. How ironic in the face of the most devious Vern Buchanan and National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee campaign. Your call to Kathy Dent, Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections, to “stay the course,” reminiscent of the discarded Iraq War rallying call, blinks reality. By her own admission, Dent was aware at least after early voting began, that the touchscreen voting regimen was flawed. Not only were screens for the 13th Congressional District obscure, but many, many voters encountered difficulty in capturing their congressional selection when they reached the summary vote button to recapitulate and record their votes. In the Election Day aftermath, even Dent now supports a paper trail to audit whether voters’ intended selections are on record.
Dent admits that one in seven Sarasota County voters at the polls failed to record a vote for a congressional candidate, an incomprehensibly large voting gap, but denies responsibility, despite having had two weeks to remedy the deficiencies and/or alert every voter to the difficulties. To my knowledge, in the week prior to Nov. 7 in e-mails to three voters who had brought early voting touchscreen difficulties to her attention, they were assured that she had “reminded my early voting coordinators to reinforce the voting process with the voters [and] prepared a press release … to assist voters.” Regrettably, however, I am told that poll worker training immediately prior to Nov. 7 included no such admonishment, although some voters have reported that poll workers explicitly alerted them to be cautious so as not to lose their 13th District vote. Your implication of a nefarious intent “to dig for ammunition for an expected legal challenge” on the part of those inquiring of voters exiting the polls “whether they had trouble with the voting
ST. DENIS from page 3A
ing everyone speak, he offered a compromise. Spoll said that with just the 4.11% adjustment, the raise would be about $150,000; with the 4.11 and the 5% merit raise, the figure would climb to about $155,000. “Let’s split the difference down the middle,” Spoll said. “Don’t couch it as a COLA. Set the number as an increase in salary and make it $152,500.” The compromise passed, 6-1, with Clair being the only vote against. “I enjoy working with all of you,” St. Denis said. “You are a challenging and talented group, and I would underscore challenging.” Just before the vote, however, Webster apologized to St. De-
did a good job, now we should do something. Commissioner Bob Siekmann, who spoke with St. Denis privately and was the only commissioner who did not turn in a written evaluation form, looked for a rounder number, such as $150,000 or $155,000. Commissioner Peter O’Connor, another low scorer on the evaluation, took a more pragmatic view. “These are ‘walk-on-water’ evaluations,” O’Connor said. “There needs to be room for improvement.” Commissioner George Spoll sat through all the discussion with pencil in hand. After hear-
system” demonizes those who were simply seeking confirmation of a fair and honest election. For most of Election Day, I was among Democrats outside Longboat Key Town Hall who, aware of difficulties encountered by early voters, provided an alert that poll workers were supposed to be providing as well. We did not differentiate among prospective voters as to their political party or preferred candidate. Having raised the issue before voters entered the polling place, post-election challenges can hardly be marginalized and belittled as an after-the-fact “bellyache” as you assert. In contrast, hundreds of voters across the county returned again and again to their 13th District selection before being satisfied that the vote button recorded their selection. You do a disservice to your readers who are committed to sound government and fair elections to suggest an evil intent in following up our alerts to be cautious by inquiring whether in fact trouble was encountered with touchscreen procedures. You categorize those who voted but failed to record their votes successfully as “idiots,” but you attribute the massive undervote to voter disapproval “of either candidate.” Your argument beggars reality: Nowhere in the 13th Congressional District except for Sarasota County’s touchscreens
was there noticeable undervoting. Significantly, Sarasota absentee voting overwhelmingly contradicts your claim. For example, at Town Hall, the Precinct 19 vote was Buchanan 808, Christine Jennings 736, with a 199 undervote (11.4%); early voting by Precinct 19 Longboat Key Sarasotans was Buchanan 223, Jennings 247, with a 77 undervote (16.4%). But our Precinct 19 absentee ballot count was Buchanan 316, Jennings 415, with 11 undervotes, yielding a nominal 0.015% undercount. At the Longboat Key Manatee County polls, with 514 votes for Buchanan, 519 for Jennings, the undervote was 3 of 1,036, a de minimus 0.0028%. Moreover, your analysis that only “Jennings/Democratic Party campaigners,” and not Republicans asked whether voters had difficulty can be understood as an implicit acknowledgement that the touchscreens failed to record only Jennings votes. If you are correct that Buchanan voters experienced no problems, it is reasonable to infer that something more sinister than innocent/unbiased technological imperfection is involved. It would be comforting to hope realistically that the divisiveness of the 2006 political campaigns, locally and nationwide, might be behind us. But your vicious denigration of those
concerned that Sarasota touchscreens were fatally flawed is not encouraging. I call on you to join in acknowledging that a vote that could only be successfully navigated by the most persistent and sophisticated voters needs to be revisited. The substantial undervote experienced on Longboat Key Sarasota (287 of 2,745), 10.5%, including the miniscule absentee ballot undervote, is one-third that of some precincts where voters are less educated and/or less conversant with English and less motivated. Substantive barriers to successful voting disenfranchise the electorate no less than physically preventing access to the polls. That is exactly the case in the Sarasota County 2006 election for Florida’s 13th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Not all Longboat Observer readers are Republicans. As the numbers add up, Jennings, not Buchanan, carried Longboat Key Precinct 95 in Manatee County (subject to early voting and absentee ballot counts not yet available) and Longboat Key Precinct 19 in Sarasota County. How nice if your editorial policy were as even-handed as the equilibrium among your Longboat Key neighbors. Marvin H. Morse is president of the Longboat Key Democratic Club.
TOWN MANAGER AND STAFF ACHIEVEMENTS • Accomplished most of the goals & objectives set by the public for this commission. • Accomplished most of the goals & objectives set by the Town Commission as a supplement to the existing evaluation. • Led the training of staff in hurricane preparedness and recovery. • Prepared an updated hurricane plan. • Approval of a policy for the clearing of major and private roads after a major storm. • Established a policy for the reconstruction of nonconforming structures after involuntary destruction. • Worked with the Building Department to streamline its processes and procedures. • Encouraged the MIS Department to develop an electronic permit process. nis for having to sit through the discussions of his future salary. “To hear us up here talking about all this in front
• Developed a fiber interconnect for the town’s computer network. • Dealt swiftly with the red tide fish clean up. • Completed the beach renourishment project under budget. • Continues to improve the town’s Web site. • Installed the town’s “Code Red” notification system. • Established a water-conservation system. • Seeks grants for town projects. • Engaged in a visioning process. • Improved Bayfront Park Rec Center for Little Leaguers.
— Presented by Mayor Joan Webster
of you,” she said, “I want to apologize.” An amused Jeremy Whatmough, considering the mag-
nitude of the wage, dryly said: “Yes, I know, Madame Mayor — he’ll be crying all the way to the bank.”
SALARY COMPARISONS YEARS OF ANNUAL DEFERRED COMP. (457) SEVERENCE PAY CITY NAME MANAGER SERVICE SALARY PENSION OR 401(a) OR 401(k) AMOUNT Town of Longboat Key Bruce St. Denis
City of North Port Steven Crowell 1 year $144,500
28%-401(a) or choice
1 year + benefits
NO. OF FULL TIME EMPLOYEES
1x Annual Salary
FRS-Senior Mgt. Class – 2% multiplier 10%-457 1 year salary 1x Annual Salary 510
6% is contributed by city to a reg. $150,111 Pension Fund (nonCity of Michael A. (includes 2% FRS) with a 2.5% Sarasota McNees 5 years longevity) multiplier FRS-Senior Mgt. Sarasota Class – 2% County James L. Ley 9 years $202,966 multiplier
Max. allowed under 457
$20,000 (max. plus catch-up)
1 year + value of benefits for one year
1x Annual Base Salary +$150,000
1x Annual Base Salary
City of Venice Martin P. Black 2.5 years $140,000
General Employees Pension Plan; Paid by City 3% multiplier
maximum allowed under 457 1 year salary
Manatee County Ed Hunzeker
FRS-Senior Mgt. Class – 2% multiplier
5% or max allowed under 457
Begins 1/15/07 $165,000
LIFE INSURANCE PAID BY CITY
3 months in first yr. 6 months after first yr.
Courtesy of the Town of Longboat Key
The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006
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Fabulous 7th floor, 2BR overlooking private beach, Gulf & pool. Currently in hotel program. Directly on the beach with spectacular sunsets. $1,350,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #299363 BIRD KEY. Pristine, renovated home on a large lot on prestigious Bird Key. Perfect for the buyer who wants value, quality & privacy in a 3BR home in the areaâ€™s hottest neighborhood. $1,296,000. Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 586-3789. #326803 SANCTUARY. Desirable furnished penthouse with fabulous golf course views & Gulf vistas from the wraparound balcony. Set behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. $1,250,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #329641 SPECTACULAR DIRECT GULF-FRONT designer showcase. This 2BR unit has been extensively renovated with tile floors, granite counters, plush rugs & new furniture. Your tropical paradise awaits. $1,250,000. Craig and Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 302-0686. #320200 BEACHPLACE - DIRECT GULF FRONT. 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