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The first paragraph of a recent press release from the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau states something so disarmingly obvious you might find yourself smiling in amusement upon reading it for the first time. “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is issuing a final rule to implement laws requiring mortgage lenders to consider consumers’ ability to repay home loans before extending them credit. The rule will take effect on January 10, 2014.” That’s right. Soon lenders will actually be required to give some thought as to whether-ornot mortgage customers have the wherewithal to pay back the money they borrow. As our cousins across the pond might say: Brilliant! But all joking aside, re-stating what should be obvious is perhaps a necessary starting point given the abuses leading up to the great real estate boom and bust of 2005-2007 and the even greater recession that followed. And there’s little sympathy to be found for the lending industry that helped steer the economy onto that rocky shoal where it has floundered for years now. Many would argue it has only itself to blame for its double-secret-probation status and forced exile to the regulatory equivalent of a kindergarten classroom, where scissors and other sharp objects have been removed and behavior is closely prescribed and even more closely monitored. Yet with the ability to qualify for loans now
anything but easy, the question becomes one of whether or not the new regulations will make much of an impact. Some fear they will cause the mortgage application process to become even more difficult as lenders tighten standards further for fear of possible statutory sanctions resulting from any failure to fully comply, whether intentional or not. First time homebuyers and those with anything less than stellar credit will be the most adversely affected by any tightened standards. All of which has many in the housing industry concerned for what they see as nascent signs of a modest, though still fragile recovery in both the real estate market and broader economy as a whole. Indeed, realtor.com reported just last week that nationwide, homes in February sold at the fastest clip in over six years. The average time to sell a home fell from 123 days in February of 2011 to 98 days in the same month this year. Lew Sichelman writes a nationally syndicated column titled “The Housing Scene’’ that runs in some of the nation’s largest newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. In a phone interview last week, he explained that while he supports the new rules and the bureau’s efforts, he is somewhat skeptical about their impact, especially over the short term. Story continued on page 28
Siesta Key Chamber’s 2012 Local Business of the Year Located on Stickney Point Road in South Bridge Plaza between New Balance and Stonewood Grill is a specialty ice cream shop that offers unique flavors and has earned the reputation for superior quality ice cream. Bill & Norma Abel opened Abel’s Ice Cream in April 2011, and have already been recognized for offering Sarasota’s best specialty ice cream flavor, Spumoni (swirled pistachio, chocolate and cherry ice cream, almonds and a special blend of fruits) in the July 2012 issue of Sarasota Magazine. It now adds the 2012 local business of the year award from the Siesta Key Chamber to their growing honors.
Of the 36 flavors of premium Florida made ice cream they offer, “Hands down, the #1 seller is Stellar Coffee” (rich coffee ice cream with fudge and mini dark chocolate coffee cups)says owner Bill Abel. Their brand is the recipient of 11 national awards issued by the National Ice Cream Retailers Association since 2009. The Abel’s pride in their business is evident with their sparkly clean shop where they personally welcome you and serve their ice cream with a cup of water and the news of the day. Abel’s Ice Cream is opened 7 days a week. 1886 Stickney Point Road, 941-921-5700, www.abelsicecream.com.
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Executive Officer, Siesta Key Association siestakeyassociation.com Shhhh…..listen to the serenade of sounds on Siesta Key. At our top rated Siesta Beach, hear the gentle splashing of waves edging the fine, crystal sand that scrunches underfoot as you search for the best vantage point from your beach chair. On a walk along our island’s main streets, hear the palm fronds softly rustle in the breeze, accompanied by the whoosh of passing cars. Siesta Village begins each day quietly greeting early risers, as chirping birds musically accent the morning calm. The motions of the day crescendo with a medley of live music and singing, talking and laughter, cars humming and motorcycles roaring. Then, as the day winds down, hushed bedtime preparations at home may be juxtaposed with amped up tunes and thumping bass beats for those just beginning their
|A Message From Your Siesta Key Association... night of fun. Siesta Key is a wonderful paradise for our island residents, our increasing visitors, and the many businesses that we patronize from north of the Key to the south end. Some sounds we hear are captivating, energizing, and pleasing. Some sounds are irritating, tediously repetitive, or discomforting. It depends on whose ears these sounds fall, what time or day of the week it is, and it could even depend on which way the wind is blowing. While noise complaints may occur throughout the day due to construction, property management, or barking dogs, many complaints are made during the late hours when some are home trying to relax or sleep while others are participating in the island’s entertainment or their own private home gatherings. Noise and sound pollution were the topic of last month’s Siesta Key Association (SKA) meeting. Sarasota County’s Noise Ordinance and Policy, due to soon sunset – or expire, was extended to this November to allow time to consider whether the current code requires change. SKA welcomed a number of guest speakers from Sarasota County Zoning and Code Enforcement who were introduced by Donna Thompson,
Assistant Zoning Administrator. Responding to prepared questions presented by SKA President, Catherine Luckner, and other SKA Directors, they reviewed what was covered by the County sound ordinance and how exceptions are approved, such as the exception granted for holiday outdoor events. There are established parameters for acceptable noise levels in residential and commercial areas. When these codes are violated, or when they continue to result in disruption to a peaceful life on the Key, communication is key to striking the right chord of balance between the receivers of sound and the makers of sound. Realistically speaking, however, Commissioner Nora Patterson admits that the world does have to function. She has spent many years weighing the interests of those who want the noise because it is producing something of benefit to them, i.e. landscaping, those who complain about the noise, and those who make a living making the noise. While there are occasions of blatant disregard for the noise code, in some cases there are other factors to consider when noise becomes an issue. Story continued on page 32
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Siesta Key Round-Up
Siesta’s Avenida de Mayo in parking tiff
Right now there are no parking restrictions on Avenida de Mayo, but that could change if a neighbor’s efforts are heard. Marlene Merkle says parking on the street near Siesta Village now leaves only one lane open for traffic. “It’s a nightmare in the middle of season,” she says. She is seeking a parking ban on the south side of the street she’s lived on for 25 years. Parking is a perennial problem in and around the village. As the tourist season starts to be a year-round affair, the occasional parking problems are becoming endemic on the island. Merkle says other streets off Ocean Boulevard do not allow parking, or parking by resident permit only. The issue is likely to end up before the Sarasota County Commission in May. In the past some areas have been festooned with large rocks to prevent parking, although the rocks are on county right-ofway. Even in summertime parking in the area can get chaotic, for example during Fourth of July fireworks on the key.
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starting off the northern end of the public beach. One race will be a three-mile sprint, while the other will be a 12-mile endurance race looping around Lido Key and City Island, using both New Pass and Big Pass. The events are sanctioned by the World Paddle Association, and represent the first sanctioned paddleboard competition on Siesta Key. Proceeds benefit the Surfrider Foundation which protects access to beaches and waves. Depending on turnout, up to seven round-trip tickets will be awarded to winners of the six classes in the endurance race, plus one ticket will be raffled off. For more information see siestakeyclassic.com
More high marks for Siesta Beach
The sugar sand is on a run. Last year’s ranking as America’s number-one beach is causing other organizations to take a peek. Gogobot has ranked Siesta Beach as number 15 in a list of international beach favorites. The award calls Siesta “family friendly” and invites visitors to the Sunday afternoon drum circle. Bridge park gets new seawall The notice follows Siesta’s second-place notice on TripAdvisor. The work you might see at the western terminus of the Siesta com’s rank of best American beaches, and third in FlipKey.com’s Drive bridge will replace the seawall along Bay Island Park. rank of international playas. More than 80 percent of the $1 million price will be covered by a grant from the West Coast Inland Navigation District. Banner year for tourism so far The City of Sarasota will contribute $114,000 because half Early statistics show this tourist season could break all the property is city-owned. The other half is county-owned. The records, and signal an end to the American recession. Last year park is a Mecca for fishermen, day and night. state statistics showed spending topped pre-recession levels, Fear not, motorists. The work will be performed from barges and this year looks to surpass 2012. at the waterside. No traffic impact is expected. President of Visit Sarasota County Virginia Haley said last year visitors were up by eight percent, and spending was up First paddleboard race set for April almost 14 percent. This year, she indicated continued growth Siesta Key’s first paddleboard races are set for April 20, at about three percent.
Booking rooms has been harder than ever this year, with several motels and hotels reporting “no vacancy” for many days in March. Historically March is the peak of season and bookings normally top 90 percent. One rental agency reported, “We have nothing available from Boca Grande to Anna Maria Island.” Siesta Key historically captures about a quarter of the Sarasota County ‘bed tax’ on short-term rentals that funds county arts organizations and tourist promotions.
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Noise has been an issue recently. The city is struggling with its noise ordinance, and Siesta Village has always had a noise problem. But a recent incident near the junction of Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road was a strong example of worst-case circumstances. The Blasé Café is a one-story, low-key business set back from Ocean Boulevard. But when musicians play there, the speakers point out to a pair of condominiums almost intentionally designed to capture and magnify the music like a whispering gallery in a museum. Terrace East and the Beach Terrace condominiums share the junction of Beach Road and Ocean Boulevard where they join at the end of Siesta Village. The Blasé Café building is shaped a bit like the flare of a trumpet, while the architectural details of the two condos act very much like a giant ear. County Code Enforcement Officer Kevin Burns tested the sound levels at the Terrace buildings, and told the Siesta Key Association the condo residents are hearing the same sound level as the patrons of the café because of the acoustic fluke. When informed the proprietor of the Blasé Café immediately pointed the speakers away from the Terrace buildings, and further testing will be held.
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Up & Down The Trail
City turns Walmart down
After eight hours of public testimony and another hour of legal advice, Sarasota City Commissioners voted to overturn the advice of its citizen planning board and reject a site plan for a new Walmart Supercenter in the middle of town. The corporation wanted the store at the site of the almostabandoned Ringling Shopping Center three blocks east of the historic courthouse. About one-third of the 98,000 square-foot facility would sell groceries; the other space would sell general merchandise. The city commission was voting on an appeal of the planning board’s 3-2 vote in favor of the company’s site plan. The reversal, by the same margin, means Walmart must take the city to circuit court in order to pursue its plans.
City voters prune candidates to three
About 17 percent of eligible Sarasota city voters went to the polls on a rainy Tuesday March 12 to cut the slate of candidates from six to three. The survivors will contest for two at-large city commission seats on May 14. Emerging from the fury ahead of the pack were incumbent Commissioner and Mayor Suzanne Atwell, neighborhood activist and attorney Susan Chapman, and newcomer retiree Richard Dorfman. In the dust were two three-time challengers – Linda Holland and Pete Theisen – and the only political neophyte in the field, Rev. Kelvin Lumpkin. Chapman emerged as the top vote-getter, with Atwell second and Dorfman third. Their yard signs will be a reminder through April to mid-May the city election is still underway.
Local robot builders win state award
Students from five Sarasota-area high schools won state recognition in March at the Orlando Regional Robotics
By Stan Zimmerman
Competition. Sarasota’s Jungle Robotics Team received the chairman’s award to recognize students’ achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The award qualifies the team to attend the national competition in late April in St. Louis. The “Jungle Team” is composed of 30 students from Riverview High School, Suncoast Polytechnical High School, Venice High School, Pine View School for the Gifted, and the private Out-of-Door Academy. It will be their second trip to the nationals.
City budget nearly $5 million in the hole
Sarasota City Commissioners will spend the summer wrestling with the consequences of a $4.8 million shortfall in the preliminary budget proposal offered by their staff. Whatever they do will go into effect Oct. 1. At a workshop, staff asked for guidance to fill the deficit. Commissioner Terry Turner, a lame duck who declined to run for re-election this year, suggested, “Reduce police positions, I think we have to.” The city’s long-time Finance Director is leaving city hall too, headed for medical retirement. He noted the staff is already proposing to reduce seven police officer positions and five other city employees. “That’s $3.5 million, leaving $1.3 million,” he said. “Use more revenue stabilization funds (e.g. “savings”)? That would use it up. Without a [property tax] rate increase, it will come out of the general fund.” A second workshop is planned for July, and there will be one – and perhaps two – new faces on the five-person commission. Mayor Suzanne Atwell is running for re-election, and Turner is stepping down.
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With our beaches and our arts and our upscale ambience, it can be easy to overlook the city’s authentic heritage. But on Jan. 29, Nik Wallenda reminded us we’re a circus city as he strolled the high steel wire across US 41. You could see it on national television, but locals with their hearts in their throats saw him in the flesh. Commemorating Nik’s jaywalk across the Tamiami Trail from 200 feet above, the Sarasota City Commission presented him with a framed mid-walk photo called “A man and his city.” When he asked commission approval for the feat, he said he wanted to spotlight his home town. To show the blue bay waters and the downtown skyline. His Sarasota wirewalk received more than 150 million media impressions. After walking the wire across Niagara Falls in 2012, he plans to traverse the Grand Canyon in June. At 1,500 feet above the Colorado River, it would be his highest wirewalk yet.
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resignation of the city manager, the firing of a department head and the 14-month furlough of a senior staffer (with pay). It kicked off investigations by the FBI, the Office of Housing and Urban Development, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and a city-paid consultant. In the end, no charges were filed and none of the allegations were substantiated. It was Sarasota’s version of a Sen. Eugene McCarthy witch hunt, but half-a-century later. Instead of insider Communists, it was government sunshine-law violators. It was a costly witch hunt. More than $72,000 was paid in legal fees; the consultant cost nearly $130,000; severance pay for the departing city manger added an additional $112,000; and the 14-month furlough cost nearly $120,000. Throw in the expense of hunting for a new city manager and IT director, and their moving costs comes to more than a half-million dollars.
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|Blooming this month... Not a pineapple This bromeliad, Pitcairnia smithiorum, is a native of South America. It grows up to 24 inches in height and is a perennial plant with a stunning pineapple-shaped reddishorange bloom. It will take light to full shade, can withstand cold, blooms repeatedly throughout the year and needs average water. Although it likes to grow on trees, it also flourishes in containers. Photo courtesy Rob Branch.
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Experience a Taste of Philly without the Plane Ride. You’ll find it tucked in the South Trail Plaza, next to Bacon’s Furniture. It’s a small shop that’s creating big flavor with their authentic Philadelphia cheesesteak sandwiches. Gentile Bros. Authentic Philadelphia Cheesesteaks and Hoagies’ owners Nick and Bill Gentile ensure a genuine taste to their sandwiches by starting with the best; fresh hearth-baked Amoroso rolls delivered directly from Philly. Add to that 100% hand-sliced rib eye steak, grilled to order, and you have the beginning of what an
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Downtown and Beyond Everybody has someplace to go where everybody knows your name. For some, it’s a place of worship. Other folks may enjoy the camaraderie of a fraternal lodge. Can you make a noise like a moose? Some people get comfort from the neighborhood watering hole, keeping up with the gossip while sipping on a brew — or a few. One place locally has karaoke Friday nights that is standing-room-only for college students and oldsters all belting out really, really bad music. Nobody seems to care, and everybody has a great time. But Sarasota’s longest-running group “club” has to be the Downtown Farmer’s Market. Thousands and thousands of people congregate at Lemon Avenue and Main Street every Saturday morning to grab some fresh, locally grown produce, sip a cup of coffee, catch up with the latest with their favorite venders, enjoy the live music, and greet their friends and, of course thump the myriad dogs on the head. A recent visit to the Market negated any need for a visit to China. The mass of people present must be the same as a street scene in Beijing. Brown’s Produce had about six lanes open for people to check out with the strawberries or fresh Florida onions, with a half-dozen people waiting in each line. At least three bands were playing, plus the scattering of guitarists hoping for a buck or three to end up in their empty cases. And the 70-plus venders with everything from coffee to burgers to crepes to honey, or clothing, hot sauces, rain barrels, handcrafted jewelry, fresh fish and shrimp — everyone was selling very, very well indeed. Small groups of friends were
clustered together catching up on their respective week. There were dogs everywhere, sniffing everything. Nearby shops were packed, as were restaurants, boutiques, and other sundry stores. The Downtown Farmer’s Market has morphed into exactly what Paul Thorpe wanted it to become more than 30 years ago: A place where people would gather, gossip, and most importantly, shop Downtown. Thorpe was president of the Downtown Association, the group of merchants who were similar in their recalcitrance as a herd of cats. Thorpe was able to corral them into a somewhat cohesive body during the years of his leadership, thanks no doubt to the success of the Market. Inside trick for the Market is to park in the Whole Food parking garage off Second Street, go up several floors and park near the elevators. Also bring a cloth bag to carry your goodies. Hey, you’re buying local, why not save a plastic bush as well to feel especially green? A bike is, of course the best mode of transport, or by your own two feet. Election The first round of Sarasota City Commission elections has been completed. Susan Chapman (24.5 percent), incumbent Suzanne Atwell (23.6 percent), and Richard Dorfman (21 percent) will advance to the runoff election May 14. Two will take office. Of the city’s 35,480 registered voters, only 17.3 percent voted March 12. It will be surprising if 10 percent vote in the runoff if past voting trends are any indication. Think about that figure for a minute. Only 3,500 people in a city with a population of more than
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52,000 will elect two people to help set their taxes, decide the fate of noise, homeless, police, water and sewer, and all the other elements of everyday city life. If ever your vote will count, it will be May 14. … and beyond Goodwill Industries has opened a new outlet at 5150 N. Tamiami Trail in north Sarasota. The store has 30,000 square feet of space, including a 5000-square-foot community room. It employs 64 to stock, repair, input, and sell used “stuff” including clothing, books, housewares, furniture, and other stuff. Boats and cars are farther up the Trail by the airport. A recent weekday visit saw a packed parking lot — there are free car-charging stations if you drive an electric vehicle, by the way — and lots of people picking through the racks of clothing. Merchandise goes fast, and there is a lot of turnover of goods, so visit Goodwill early and often to get the best deals.
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Investing For Your Future - The Frank Dodd Act & OTC Swaps What the professionals worry about and discuss in their news feeds is totally different than what the retail side worries about and discusses incessantly in their news. The pros are currently focused on the new regulations being set in place with the Frank Dodd Act. The discussions have gone way beyond whether that is a good or bad law to how to cope with the regulations and what it means for the financial markets’ capital structures, individual professional traders’ profits, and dealers’ profits and risk. Right now Swaps are up for some major regulation, and the OTC Swap market is gargantuan. The outstanding contracts are estimated to be $600 trillion in notional value which is 40 times the US GDP. The market turnover is approximately 2.5 times a year which means there is an estimated $1,800 trillion notional value traded annually. That is a staggering amount. Swaps are a major part of profitability, risk management, hedging, and growth of the financial industry. Pros have many concerns as the OTC Swaps have been mandated to have clearing houses just as stocks and other instruments are cleared, as a means of full transparency and full documentation of the risk inherent in the financial system. As an example, the international Banks have been holding a vast number of Interest Rate OTC Swaps. This was a hugely profitable trading strategy for them while the Feds suppressed interest rates. But without knowing
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exactly how many of these Swaps were out there, the risk is high that there may not be sufficient collateral in the event something started to unravel. Another big discussion is whether dealers can still make the huge profits as these OTC markets convert to more traditional and standardized systems. These are the worries of the professional side at this time. Certainly transparency in such a massive market as OTC Swaps is necessary, but margin to cover losses is a key issue. What you need to worry about as a retail trader are those firms that are vested in Swaps and the risk these changes and mandates will create for those firms. Certainly GS, C, BAC, JPM, and other big banks, dealers, and market makers are going to see major structural changes to their Swaps trading activity and this will have a ripple effect in Stocks, Options, Indexes, ETFs that are associated with financial services, and big banks. The retail side news is telling everyone that banks are a great bargain. The Professional side is watching and waiting to see what the OTC Swap regulations truly mean for these industries’ future profitability. Trade wisely. Martha Stokes, CMT and CEO of TechniTrader® TechniTrader® the Gold Standard in Stock Market Education™ http://technitrader.com/courses Phone: 888-846-5577
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Break out the red carpet, the champagne, and the slinky dresses—the Sarasota Film Festival is back in town! With over 45,000 attendees expected, SFF ranks among the largest festivals in the southeastern United States. It not only supports and encourages filmmakers, it provides them with educated and eager audiences. Of the SFF, Variety has this to say: “Regarded by many as the acme of a regional American film fest, Sarasota possesses virtues that run both sides of the podium. On the one hand, a team of informed, passionate programmers; on the other, an intensely loyal, slightly older-skewing audience who turn out in numbers . . . Visitors praise the sense of community the fest fosters, with a high number of filmmakers flown in.” The festival runs from April 4th to 14th, with most films being shown at Regal Hollywood 20. Most individual tickets are $12.50, with packages providing a better buy. Now in its 15th year, the 2013 SFF will screen more than 200 films, including features, documentaries, shorts and films designed especially for kids. The SFF hosts a Narrative Feature Competition for international and domestic narrative films. It also hosts an Independent Vision Competition designed especially for low-budget American films and emerging US artists. Last but not least, its Documentary Feature Competition is considered by many to be the best documentary showcase in the Southeast. Winners in each competition category receive generous post-production packages as prizes, making it a destination event for emerging filmmakers. To be considered for programming, filmmakers must have sent in a DVD of their complete film (no trailers or rough edits for selection purposes.) The film must not have been commercially screened in the US or available for video or internet distribution prior to April 3, 2013. The film must have completed production within the last year, and must be in its original language with English subtitles where applicable. Entries were required to arrive at the SFF office in Sarasota not later than January 13 of 2013. DVD’s had to be accompanied by entry forms as well as fees which vary from $25 for student films to $60 for features. Hundreds of films were submitted for consideration, and over 200 were selected, with entrants being notified prior to March 15, 2013.
The Opening Night Film at the Van Wezel auditorium is “Blackfish,” a documentary about the history of killer whales in captivity. Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite will be in attendance. The showing will be preceded by the FSU College of Medicine Scholarship Reception, and followed by an after-party where revelers are expected to dance the night away. The Closing Night Film is “Frances Ha”, a masterful new comedy set in contemporary New York City. Directed by Noah Baumbach, it will be screened at the Sarasota Opera House. “The Spectacular Now” is the Narrative Centerpiece. It is a modern portrait of the power of young love, and is directed by James Ponsoldt, who will be in attendance. The Documentary Centerpiece is “Running From Crazy”, an inspirational portrait of Mariel Hemingway and her family’s battles with depression and mental illness. Mariel will be here to receive the festival’s third annual Impact Award, honoring women in the film industry for their off screen impact. She is being honored for her advocacy on the issue of suicide prevention, an award co-presented by the Gulf Coast Chapter of U.N. Women. This U.N. group also supports a sub-festival within the SFF: Through Women’s Eyes International Film Festival. Here, films are exhibited that have been made exclusively by and about women. This group sees film as a means to make people aware of women’s problems with violence, poverty and inequality. As many other film festivals flounder and fail, SFF keeps its head above water. To quote Tom Hall, SFF director: “As non-profits around the country work harder than ever to secure limited numbers of grants, sponsors and donors, the costs of operating a film festival continue to creep upward; travel costs, new technologies (including the transition to Digital Cinema) and a general decline in sponsor dollars have created a new set of challenges. Thankfully, surviving festivals are working hard to deliver great events to their communities and industry constituencies (filmmakers, distributors, the press), but as these changes require diligent management, an entirely new set of economic pressures are being shifted on to festivals, those of traditional film distribution.”
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Food and Wine Pairings Big, Bold, Beautiful Blends By Mary Catherine Rooney, Siesta Key Wines, 5238C Ocean Blvd., Davidson Plaza in the Village, 941-552-9105 Some people shy away from wine blends thinking that they are somehow less “wine” then a wine made from a single varietal. But this could not be farther from the truth. A “blend” is the combination of different complementary varietals into a new unique taste. Blends have been prominent in the wine world since the beginning of the wine industry. The most popular wine blends come from the Bordeaux and Cotes du Rhone regions of France. Some examples from the “New World” come from California, Chile, and Florida (yes, Florida!). The characteristics of most blends are complex with many complementary flavors. An example from California comes from Napa’s Ca Momi Rosso di Napa. This wine is an exceptional blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Petit Verdot. This wine is round, medium-bodied, smooth, and velvety. Light flavors of strawberry and raspberry add to the velvety feel of the wine. The many flavors of the four very distinct grapes in this wine lead to the complex taste and feel that is experienced when this wine is enjoyed. It is exceptional with burgers, pizza, and pasta with a meaty red sauce. An exquisite blend from Chile is Estampa’s Gold Carmenere blend. This wine is a blend of Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot,
and Cabernet Franc. This wine is full bodied and ruby red. There are smoky undertones from the French Oak casks (less oak taste than the American oak commonly used in California, but still leaves a nice toasted flavor), with hints of coffee, raspberry, and spice. This is an exceptionally smooth wine that is full of robust flavor. Try it with a hearty steak or game meat. A truly unique blend comes from right here in Florida, it is Swamp Juice. Don’t worry the wine is far more complex than the name implies. The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Syrah. This wine is truly unique because it does not create one blended flavor, you can actually pick out each of the three grapes. The flavors that shine in this wine are the cherry from the Cabernet, the berries and spice from the Zinfandel, and the dry chalkiness of the Syrah. When you try this wine you can really pick out each of these flavors. It goes great with barbecue, chili, and a well seasoned salmon. Wine blends keep the wine world always evolving and are always showing off new flavors. Stop in to Siesta Key Wines and try Ca Momi Rosso di Napa, Estampa Gold Carmenere, and Swamp Juice the next time you pass through the Village.
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Who’s Playing Tonight
By Mike Sales
|An Interview with Ben Hammond Visitors looking for quality entertainment must stop in to the Siesta Key Oyster Bar for SKOB Open Mic Night with Ben Hammond, every Tuesday evening. The line up often includes artists such as: Tony Tyler, Dani Jaye, Chris Otto, Zach Regan, John Werner, Nick Charles, John Patti, Kindred Sheeler, Cort Farris, Christian Becker, James Dubone, Sandi Grecco, Kara Nally, Zack Yoder, Neil Rosenquist, Matt Gerhart, Stew Bradish, Derek Decesare and Tom Hammond, not to mention a few budding musicians who come to try their stuff in front of a real audience. There’s also the occasional cameo from a national recording artist, playing every kind of music imaginable and some on-the-fly improvisation. The night moves seamlessly through the online pre-signup list, including as many people as possible. Ben Hammond knows how to run a show, but is quick to point out the ten years it was hosted by Noel
Harris, who helped launch the careers of many local musicians. Ben acknowledges, “He deserves a lot of respect for keeping it going so long.” Ben, an accomplished singer, songwriter, producer and arranger performs as a one-man band, stacking looped guitar, stand up bass, vocal harmonies and beat box parts. He can read a room like a DJ, mashing songs and genres to keep the floor. Ben also plays weekly band gigs. Originally from “middle of nowhere” (Hiram, Maine), his formal music education was kick-started at Fryeburg Academy. The High School music program, directed by (family friend) Brent LaCasce, was very strong in jazz and featured an award winning Vocal Jazz group. He went on to graduate McGill University in Montreal, Honors in Music Technology, with a Concentration in Jazz Voice.
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While in college, Ben performed with two different semi-professional A Cappella groups, comprised mainly of students. They were the first group from outside the US to compete at the ICCA Finals (as in “Pitch Perfect” movie). He played bass and sang backup with various funk / rock / hip-hop-type bands for fun and money and began booking solo gigs and fronting his own band in his final year. I managed to take time out of the busy Siesta Key season for a short interview for the (Who’s Playing Tonight) column:
WPT: How did you wind up in Sarasota? B: My parents inherited a house here and converted it into rental property. One of their tenants moved out as I finished recording my first album up north, so they suggested I come down, rent from them and check out the scene. I met a bunch of musicians, liked it and returned every season.
WPT: How long ago? B: Five years.
WPT: Do you play original shows? B: I average about one per month. I’m active with the “Noise Ordinance” and just booked a show with Skipper’s Smokehouse. Even “original” shows feature some covers, but they’re obscure, like a Bjork medley, for instance.
WPT: How do you spend down time? B: I run, swim, visit bars … I pay to watch my friends play.
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WPT: Give ‘em some of their money back? B: Exactly. I travel. I just booked a trip to New Zealand with Kendra to play as an accompanist part of the time, which will take some strain off my voice for a while, too. WPT: What’s your favorite part of being a performer? B: Obviously, bringing joy to the audience; but also the flexibility of setting my schedule and traveling, with my guitar, wherever in the world I want, in pursuit of my passion … for a living!
WPT: What are some memorable career performances? B: I’ve played two sold out shows at the prestigious Stone Mountain Art Center. Here, many a Saturday at “The Hub” can break into an impromptu dance party with crazy mash-ups of different songs and genres … I just lose myself in it and have fun.
WPT: What is your message to your audience? B: [I believe in] approaching music from a scholastic point of view and being a fan of many different genres. I try to nudge people out of their comfort zone, open their heads a little bit and get them to enjoy music they otherwise wouldn’t hear. Its increasingly harder to sell a younger dancing audience on going to dance at a live venue; but a good live act can blend styles, songs and genres and offer a unique-to-the-moment experience. Siesta Key Oyster Bar is located at 5238 Ocean Blvd Siesta Key. Learn more about Ben Hammond at: benhammondmusic.com.
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I Starred In A Movie At SCTI
By Diana Colson
Finally—my fifteen minutes of fame! The phone rings, and it is Bob Gray asking if I would play a key role in an upcoming film being shot at Sarasota County Technical Institute (SCTI). “Of course,” I said, hoping it might be the role of The Princess or the Movie Star, or perhaps even Maleficent the Witch. No such luck! I was being cast as The Grandmother. “Oh,” I said, picking my ego up off the floor. “Well . . . what do grandmothers wear?” “Regular stuff,” said Bob. So I pulled on my brown fringed cowboy boots, a long On the set with Maddie Turner denim skirt, and an apple green sweater, put on lots and LOTS of jet black mascara, and brushed on a killer-red Faraway kids are brought in by bus from high schools mouth. If I was going to play Grandma, she was going all over the county to attend either the morning (7:45 am to be descended from Annie Oakley! – 10:45 am) or afternoon (11:15 am – 2:15 pm) sessions. I drove to the main campus SCTI, located at Beneva For the remainder or the day students attend their regular and Proctor, and parked overlooking the lake. After high school classes where they study a core program. signing in at the visitor’s entrance and showing photo In this program, students gain practical knowledge ID—standard procedure for schools these days—I and skills for entry level in the fields of video production, received a badge and was taken to Studio A, where television production, news gathering, and film teacher Bob Gray introduced me to his afternoon group production using current digital video equipment. of young people. Students get hands-on experience in script writing, Ashley McBreen had created the story, while Oliva preproduction planning, scheduling, hiring a crew, Monks and Sean McGann co-wrote the script. It went like camera work, lighting, audio recording set design, studio this: a grandmother would be seen showing her teen- production, field production, and editing. aged granddaughter photos in an old family album. As Every spring, counselors travel all over Sarasota they look at the pictures, the grandmother tells of meeting County to tell 10th graders of the offerings given at her future husband during World War II. Maddie Turner Sarasota County Institute of Technology. Digital Video would play the granddaughter, while Ashley and Sean Production is but one of 34 state-of-the-art career and would portray the young lovers during flashback scenes technical programs offered, including such wide-ranging of World War II. Bob Gray would play the grandfather fields as Law Enforcement, Cosmetology, and Practical as an elderly man. Nursing. Most of the kids who come to SCTI first heard There were many scenes to the story. Today, however, about these programs through counselors. they would film only scenes in which Grandma appears. Ashley: “I always used to make little u-tube videos. Deanna Covert was running sound and doing makeup. Then I saw a presentation at my school and decided to Liam Jordan was operating the digital camera attached enroll.” She attends Venice High School for the remainder to a floating boom. Alexia Salavar and Clarissa Lynch of the day. were in charge of the lighting. Olivia Monks and Sean Olivia also travels in from Venice High: “I was always McGann would share the duties of director and editor. filming action sports – skateboards, scootering, BMX. I’ve We would be shooting ten short scenes, some of them been doing it since 6th grade. I always knew I wanted voice-overs. My script was hidden inside a magazine: to film.” hopefully I could see it but the camera would not. Liam takes a 45 minute bus trip to Sarasota from North I nervously sat on a bright red couch. The crew stared Port. “They cancelled the program in North Port,” he at the monitor as the camera got ready to roll. shrugged. Bob Gray explains that the State Department “Hold the mike up over the actors.” cut Video Production as a High School course. It is now “Take you hand off the boom arm. Check the focus. only offered as a Career and Occupational course. Stay tighter on the photo.” The rest of the students were enrolled at Suncoast “Maddie, get ready to walk into the frame.” Polytechnical High, a school located on the edge of the “. . . Someone has to say ACTION . . .” SCTI campus. We started shooting Scene One. It took several takes. Deanna: “I took Multi Media last year. Did a class The first shot was deemed unusable as the glare of the with Mr. Gray. Thought it was worth going into.” lights was reflected in the glass on a framed photo. On Sean: “I’m a big film nerd. Decided to make movies the second take, a door squeaked open and ruined the myself.” sound. A third time I fluffed my line. Alexia: “I tried Architectural Drafting last year, but “Go wider and do it again.” it didn’t work out for me. So I We did. And we did. And we tried this class and really liked did, resetting camera and lights each it.” time. Two hours later the scenes Clarissa: “It sounded fun. It were “in the can” and I had a chance all looked cool.” to talk to this wonderful group of Maddie: I’m a big movie kids and their instructor. fanatic. I wanted to learn I learned that the Digital Video how to make my own. This is Production program at SCTI is a my calling.” two-year program for high school Thanks to Bob Gray and juniors and seniors. It focuses on the excellent program offered broad, transferable skills, focusing at SCTI, these film dreams on key elements of the Digital Video just might possibly come Mr. Gray’s afternoon digital video production class at SCTI. production industry. true! Left to Right: Ashley, Alexia, Sean, Maddie, Liam, Deanna
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Spring is upon us along with plant pollen. Live Oak and its yellowish pollen is the most visible. This year it is joined by Red Tide.
At Palmer Ranch Dental, we are noticing a definite increase in vague but very uncomfortable tooth pain especially in the upper back teeth. Even careful examination usually can’t localize the pain to specific teeth or another oral area. In the absence of a definite oral problem we try to rule out some sort of sinus issue. Since the roots of the upper back teeth are close to sinus areas, inflammation or infection of the sinus can mimic tooth discomfort. Often we recommend that patients take their usual antihistamine medication to see if this helps.
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1: Melanie Massell Jazz Duo, at Hotel Indigo 2: Zena & Bob 3: Anne & Bob from Newport, RI 4: Al Hixon Jazz group, at Salute 5: Katt Hefner & Allstae group, played at The Gator Club 6: Betty & Glenn from Buffalo, NY 7: The Venturas - Featured at Marina Jacks 8: The six piece swing band - Metro Connection, featured at Floribbean
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Soulful Advice Q: Dear Donnarose, I consider myself to be a spiritual person and pretty much connected to my guides and angels. However, at times I start to feel a little lost and off track, and I start to feel a little panicky as if the inner work I’ve done went right out of the window! Why does this happen? ~Dana A: ~ “Staying calm at your core will connect you more.” –D. Melvin You mention you may feel disconnected and lost, but from what you wrote in your extended question, most likely you still possess the tools you’ve been using all along that has kept you connected to your soul and Higher Powers. You just have to reconnect to them again. Regarding that panicky energy that starts to creep in, it feels like it’s your Ego trying to bring in or resurface some old emotional thought patterns that say you are less than love. This is usually in response to a trigger via a situation or person. Consider this to be an illusion, because it is, as you are certainly not less than love. Often many forget they are ultimate love. One with God, always. The first thing to do when feeling that uncertain panicky energy is to take some nice deep slow breaths while putting your hand near the bottom of your rib cage, and think or whisper, “I AM calm at my core, calm at my core, calm at my core”. Then allow yourself to be silent for some moments. This will help you to acknowledge and reconnect to your essence, your soul..that energy that is keeping your heart beating and is connected to a Higher Power. You see, when you feel lost, it is simply an indication that you are unplugged to your soul and
From Donnarose Higher Power so to speak. And all you need to do is reconnect again..something like putting the half out lamp plug fully back into the socket, which then turns the light back on. Same concept. Like my quote above says, staying calm at the core will keep you connected more. It will help to keep you plugged in. And this will invite your Divine support back which will shift and lift your energy back up, and increase your vibrational frequency. During this time continue to stay in I Love Me mode, which will help you to continue to feel deserving of this Divine support and your connection to it. You will know when this is happening because you will feel that wonderful releasing breath, and you will definitely find yourself feeling more at ease and at peace with the path you are on. Enjoy your reconnection! ~♥ Bio: Donnarose Melvin is a professional psychic, medium and spiritual healer, whose pleasure it is to assist clients worldwide. She incorporates knowledge from her degree in psychology along with her clairvoyant, clairaudient, clairsentient and emphatic gift, she guides her clients towards peace and success. Send your questions to GoWithYourSoul@ gmail.com or private message her via facebook: Go With Your Soul. Donnarose will select questions each month to share with you. She regrets that unpublished questions cannot be answered individually. ~ ♥ For more Q&A’s, check out her column on our website: www.siestasand.net
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Arts on the Horizon April 3 - 6, 2013: The PAL Sailor Circus! Exciting entertainment for the entire family under the Big Top… Sailor Circus has been around since 1949. It began as a small gymnastics class at Sarasota High School. Now under the direction of PAL, the Big Top boasts a spectacular 4 ring circus. It’s known as the Greatest “Little” Show on Earth. Geared toward the youth in our area, trainers focus on teaching skills, while developing character. After school, students from 4th through 12th grade enjoy the opportunity to experience the performing arts, in a circus atmosphere. Dedicated students practice 20 to 30 hours per week, with volunteer coaches, who are retired circus performers, sailor circus alumni and circus enthusiasts. Over 200 competent volunteers show their strong community involvement, donating over 25,000 hours of their time to the Circus. They have achieved a huge goal by turning out confident and capable young individuals. Come out to the Big Top and bring your family to what’s sure to be a thrilling show! Sailor Circus Box Office (941) 366-0156 - 2075 Bahai Vista Street.
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4th Annual YouthArts Fest April 6, 2013 - 9:45am to 4:45pm, Five Points Park, Downtown SRQ - Free Admission. Enjoy a day in the park with the artistic talented students from our community. The Selby Library will show student art exhibits and student-made films. Learn how an Arts Education program contributes to our local students. Performing arts organizations provide our kids with a chance to express themselves in a number of ways. YouthArts Fest will feature hands-on arts & crafts areas and kid-friendly food and drinks. Sponsored by The Arts and Cultural Alliance. Ringling Museum Monday Movie Nights at the Ringling Museum “Visitors Pavilion”. 7pm. Tickets $7. April 1st “Clerks” - April 8th “The Usual Suspects”, April 15th “Scream”, April 22nd “As good as it Gets”, April 27th “Good Will Hunting” information line 359-5700 April 4th – “Some Like it Hot” The Music of Marilyn Monroe – Jazz Club of Sarasota 7:30 at Beatrice Friedman Symphony 366-1552 Tickets $30 to $35. Sarasota Orchestra: - April 5th East Meets West –8pm at the Neel Performing Arts Center 953-3434 Tickets $30. - April 6th at 2:30 at the Van Wezel and April 12th & 13th at 8pm with the Pop Series “Ol’ Blue Eyes” - April 18th – 5:30. The orchestra will be performing Vienna Classics – Chamber series at Holley Hall. Tickets $27 - April 27th – 8pm – Great Escape Series: “By Popular Demand” at Holley Hall Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall: - April 2nd “Hair”– 8pm tickets $30. - April 9 & 10th at th 8pm Chicago the Musical. $30 to $75 for more info call 955-7676 - April 11th Smokey Robinson will perform at 8pm. Call 953-3368 - April 24th Chris Booth at 8pm Tickets are $30 to $65. Call 953-3368
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Players Theatre: Through April 7th “Harvey” http://theplayers.org/ Call 365-2494 Florida Studio Theatre: Through April 14th “The Columnist”. Tickets $19 to $36. Call for more information 366-9000 Asolo Repertory: - Through May 2nd “Clybourne Park” (strong language) Meet the actors of Clybourne Park on May 2nd following the 2pm performance. There will also be a pre-show discussion before each. - “The Game’s a Foot” A murder mystery runs through May 12. - “You can’t take it with you” by Kaufman & Hart through April 20th (comedy) April 10 - May 12, 2013 IT AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT THE BLUES! An inspiring musical show illustrates the progression of the Blues from its beginnings through the Southern Spirituals to the exciting songs of the Chicago nightclubs. The performance will touch the heart and will leave the soul feeling warm! http://www.wbttsrq.org/it-aint-nothin-but-the-blues April 17th & 19th 8pm Celebration, La Musica 8pm at the Sarasota Opera House tickets $40 Sunday April 21st 3:00 to 5pm - Sarasota Pops Concert – Here comes the Bride at the Sarasota Opera House – It’s the wedding of the year! The ceremony will be performed during the second half of the concert. Featuring Jeffert Weber, singing the bride and groom’s favorite love songs. Felicia Brunelle will also be performing. This concert will be a wedding experience like none other. Call 366- 8450 (Doors open at 2:30) Admission $20 & $25. April 18th 5pm “Yesterdayze” Music by the Bay - Art After Five $10. Ringling Museum The Sarasota Ballet: Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal Gardee (The Wayward Daughter) A full length performance at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall accompanied by a live orchestra. April 18 - 19 – Thursday 8:00pm, Friday at 2:00pm & 8:00pm. It’s worth the trip to visit to the Venice Little Theatre! - “Crowns” runs through April 21 Tickets $13. to $28 Call 488-1115 - “A Behanding in Spokane” April 11th – 28th - “Second Samuel” April 30th at 8pm. Runs through May 19 (comedy)
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By Dr. Anne Chauvet
READER - my dog’s breath is foul! My veterinarian advised a dental cleaning. I am afraid that the anesthesia in this 10 year old dog is too dangerous. What is your advise? Dr. Anne - I agree that anesthesia carries risks. However we assess those risks not so much on age but general health matters most. So I would get a full physical exam, complete blood exam, blood pressure and chest radiographs to ensure all organs necessary for anesthetic success are working. After that, the dental should be fine. By the way, the foul odor is usually from the gingivitis (inflammed gums) more than the tartar. You can, after the dental, prevent some of the build up again. You can brush your dog’s teeth daily, and you can also rinse your dog’s mouth with salt water or aloe vera juice. A healthy diet also is essential for good dental health. READER - What should I feed my pet? There is so much out there and all labels are now “natural” or “organic”. I see “vegetarian” and “gluten free”. I thought my diet choices were complex but I am gettting guilt feelings shopping for my pet, constantly wondering what is best. Also what about the raw diet? Dr. Anne - Boy, do I ever get you! I feel the same way. Pet diet industry is a multi billion dollar market. with the great trends in our diets to go “healthy” with no glutens, vegan diets, be organic, the pet diet manufacturers have jumped on the band wagon to market “healthy” pet food. Some foods need to be frozen like the raw diets. Some need to be stored sealed to prevent decay. And you have to make sure your pet is not allergic to the protein source in the diet. It is so complex. So here is my two cents worth. If you have not done an allergy test and your dog has skin issues or teary eyes, get a allergy test for foods. This is a simple blood test and will give you a whole list of foods your dog can eat. That will narrow some of your choices. Next, decide if you think your carnivorous dog or cat needs to become a vegetarian. This is a personal choice. Take a good look at the ingredients and the vitamins and minerals. There are guidelines on line of what is appropriate for your pet. You can compare. Decide if your pet prefers canned or dry. I know that cooking denatures the proteins and damages vitamins so, for my pets, I have chosen a raw diet. My commitment to my work and my family are such that I have chosen a dehydrated raw diet so I do not forget those frozen burgers and take a risk of infection with salmonella or E. Coli. In a world of unlimited choices, there is also the price factor and the fancier you get, the pricier probably it will be. How do you assess the results? No vomiting; your pet loves it; no diarrhea; formed small stools; and no gas.
Dr. Chauvet earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, completed a small animal medicine/surgery internship at the University of Illinois in Urbana and finished her residency in neurology/neurosurgery at the University of California, Davis. She has been trained in small animal rehabilitation by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute of Wellington, Florida and is known internationally for her specialized work in the relatively rare field of veterinary neurology speaking to, training, and consulting with veterinary practices and organizations globally.
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By Paul Roat
|Cownose rays flutter through nearshore waters Call them the bovines of the beach. Vast herds of cownose rays should start to appear in the nearshore Gulf of Mexico waters off Siesta Key. The rays are a couple feet wide and a golden brown color. The rays are sometimes called golden rays. Cownose rays get their moniker due to their cowlike face, with big eyes and large, round “nostrils.” The rays, like all rays, do have a barb at the base of their whip-like tails. Unlike the common stingray, though, cownose rays don’t burrow in the sand but instead spend all of their time swimming. If you stand still as they approach, they will gently pass by unscathed by the barb as long as you don’t try to pick them up. They flap their broad wings to swim, occasionally diving to the bottom to nose the sand for food: oysters, mollusks, and other marine invertebrates, which they crush between tooth plates. Since food is often found close to shore, cownose rays come close to shore, too. The golden rays are incredible travelers. The rays are found as far north at New England, as far south as Brazil, and throughout the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. They travel north in the spring, south in the fall, and are most commonly spotted off Southwest Florida about now. They travel in huge herds. Sometimes it looks like there’s a cloud darkening the Gulf until you look up and notice there’s no cloud. Herds of cownose rays can number to up to 10,000. It’s not all that great an idea to be in the water near cownose rays. Their only
real predator seems to be hammerhead sharks. Rays plus humans plus hammerheads equals a bad equation. Cownose rays are not protected. I haven’t been able to find anyone, even hardcore commercial fishers, who will fess up to eating them, but apparently they are edible and taste not unlike diver scallops. If you want to try a cownose ray for dinner, below is a common recipe that doesn’t sound all that bad. Enjoy?
Chesapeake Ray Fajitas 1 ½ lbs. cownose ray filets, skinned 2 tablespoons garlic, minced 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon lime juice ¼ cup vegetable oil, plus 2 tablespoons 1 cup sweet red pepper 1 cup onion ¼ cup julienned jalapeno or poblano pepper 1 lime, cut in wedges 1 teaspoon oregano 1 tablespoon garlic minced 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, minced Salt and pepper Combine 2 tablespoons minced garlic, the cumin, lemon and lime juice and ¼ cup vegetable oil. Skin ray filets and slice into strips. Season ray with salt and pepper. Cover in the marinade and let sit in refrigerator for about 1 hour. Heat skillet to medium high heat and quickly sear ray strips on both sides. Ray should be medium rare; do not overcook. Remove from skillet and reserve in a warm oven. Add additional garlic to pan and sauté for one minute. Add pepper and onions and cook until soft. Add wedges of lime and heat through. Serve ray and vegetables with soft flour tortillas and condiments such as sour cream, guacamole, and salsa. Recipe adapted from original version developed by Chef John Maxwell, Richmond, Va. Photo courtesy of the Georgia Aquarium
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Situated along the northern edge display area. of Ponce de Leon Park, the Peace Volunteers take visitors through River Wildlife Center offers a close- the center’s small zoo of injured up encounter with 120 resident birds, animals, pointing out the different turtles, and mammals. The 10-acre species and answering questions park itself sits along the eastern about the raptors, wading birds, shoreline of Charlotte Harbor, which and other animals kept there. This is one of the healthiest and largest is a great opportunity to see these estuaries left along the west coast of animals very close up. Feedings are Florida. The view across the harbor especially interesting to watch as the stretches across miles of open water, hungry pelicans and larger wading and the mangrove-lined buffer of the birds line up for lunch. Several wild Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park great blue herons, white ibis, and on the other shore makes it seem as an endangered local wood stork are if you are the first to discover this sometimes spotted in the Wildlife treasure. Center’s open-air enclosure. They The park has picnic tables, a were never patients but have come covered picnic area, restrooms, and to appreciate the free lunch of glass a small boat ramp. A boardwalk loop minnows and threadfin herring. trail takes you through a red and black Entrance into the Wildlife Center mangrove forest, where informative is free but donations are welcome to placards point out different animal help cover the considerable expense and plant species. One stretch of the of the veterinary staff, medications, boardwalk doubles as a fishing pier. and fish for feeding the hungry birds. Look for mangrove and fiddler crabs One of the major funding sources is in the trees and blue crabs in the tidal through recycling aluminum cans and creek that borders the park to the other items. The center has teamed up south. with Allied Recycling Inc. and has The Wildlife Center, though four large containers by the back gate fairly small, handled 1,395 orphaned for locals to deposit their aluminum or injured animals in 2009. As the cans or larger recycled items. The gift urbanization of Southwest Florida shop offers an assortment of T-shirts, increases, so too do the patient gifts, and books for sale, all of which admissions at the Wildlife Center. help to fund the mission of helping More subdivisions mean more roads, injured wildlife. and more cars mean more accidents The combination of the Wildlife involving wildlife. The majority of Center and the Ponce de Leon Park, the birds, mammals, and reptiles with its lovely beach and huge admitted to the center are treated, tidal flats to explore, makes this an mended, and released into the wild. unusually attractive eco-destination. A handful can be mended but their The birds and wildlife on display injuries are too severe to allow them constantly change, and there is to be returned to the wild. These always something new to see at the either remain in the care of the Peace River Wildlife Center. Wildlife Center and are added to their displays of local fauna or are sent to other Florida facilities for public exhibit or long-term care. Birds on display at the Wildlife Center include yellow- and blackcrowned night herons, bald eagles, and a truly spectacular red-tailed hawk. There are also gopher tortoises, and the center is adding a mammal – 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
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Mother Nature has been kind to Sarasota in 2013. Sunny skies and warm days have the water temperature up higher than normal and the fish are a little ahead of schedule. April should offer incredible fishing for a variety of species. Big Pass and New Pass will be alive with fish migrating in and out of the bay this month. Spanish mackerel, bluefish, pompano, and ladyfish should be plentiful. Pompano prefer a small white or chartreuse jig bounced along the bottom while the mackerel are often found higher in the water column or breaking on the surface. There is nothing more exciting than casting a surface plug on light tackle or a fly into a feeding frenzy! Action on the deep flats will be very good for speckled trout, pompano, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and ladyfish. The best flats to fish will be from Siesta Drive north to Long Bar. Flats that are near both passes will be especially productive. A ¼ ounce Cotee jig in gold, olive, or rootbeer is a great lure to prospect with; a lot of water can be covered and just about every species will hit it. Rapala X-Raps work very well when surface activity is seen, they also are a great lure to troll slowly and locate schools of fish. Silver and gold spoons are another good choice. Live bait works very well, too. There should be plenty of whitebait to net up and of course a live shrimp free lined or fished under a noisy float is a deadly technique. The area between Siesta Drive and Blackburn Point
Spanish mackerel are plentiful in April and are great sport. Dan Vukner fooled this one on a fly!
will be good for snook as they migrate out towards the beach to spawn. Any point, oyster bar, dock, or creek mouth that drops off into deeper water is a likely spot to try. High, outgoing tides are best. Plugs cover a lot of water and result in vicious strikes while jigs require more patience but will fool more redfish along with snook. Don’t be surprised when a big jack crevelle or trout inhales an offering meant for a snook or red. This has been a fantastic season for sheepshead and while it is past its peak there should still be plenty of these tasty saltwater panfish around. Docks, seawalls, and bridges near passes will hold sheepies. A live shrimp fished on the bottom will fool them, along with snapper, grouper, and flounder. Surf fishing should be very good for Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, flounder, pompano, and more. Live or frozen shrimp fished near the bottom with a little weight works well. Spoons, plugs, and jigs will also catch plenty of fish. April is a great month for anglers with a small boat and not a lot of experience to catch big fish. The beaches and inshore artificial reefs will be thick with king and Spanish mackerel, along with false albacore and the occasional cobia. Trolling spoons is very easy and deadly on all species.
|Tour by Land and Sea with Just Ducky Tours... It’s a trip on the JD Dolphin LARC V (Light Amphibious Resupply Craft), an ex military vehicle commonly known as a duck. The comfortable, open air boat is U.S. Coast Guard certified for up to 27 passengers. One climbs a ladder to board because the trip starts in a parking lot beside US 41 (the Tamiami Trail) in Nokomis located between Sarasota and Venice. Once aboard, Captain Stewart and son Shane give you the history of “Ducky” and its capabilities. Then you are off down the three lanes of US 41 high above the traffic - much to the amazement of passing motorists. Shane hoots his ancient horn at people and there is much waving by everyone on board. Ducky enters the water at the old railroad station park in Venice. The captain points out nature habitats and other highlights of land and sea as you travel the picturesque inland waterways of Venice and Casey Key down to the Gulf of Mexico. Often dolphins swim alongside and an occasional manatee is sighted.
You’ll see ospreys, other wildlife, and beautiful waterfront sights. The Duck returns to shore at Higel Park boat launch on Venice Island. You’ll then travel by land down scenic Venice Avenue with much more hooting at the pedestrians and storekeepers. Then you’re back over the bridge that you had earlier gone under by water. Back to the lot and you’ll be talking about this cruise for a long time! Small coolers, binoculars and cameras are welcome. Daily Trips Depart from Nokomis at 10, 12 and 2. Location # 15 on our Waterway map located on page 23. 1011 Tamiami Trail South Nokomis, FL 34275 (Just South of Capt. Eddies restaurant) For Reservations contact Just Ducky Amphibious Tours by calling (941) 485-6366
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|Do New Rules Miss the Reality of Today’s Real Estate Market?
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“Lenders are already very, very conservative,” he said. “And until all the rules are on the table and understood, they’re going to remain conservative.” That conservative approach marks a180 degree course correction from the mania of the early years of the last decade when all a borrower had to do was “fog a glass” to qualify for a loan. “Back then,” says Sichelman, “the thought (among lenders) was houses are going to increase, so it doesn’t matter if they have the ability to pay their loan back or not. If a house is worth $200,000 today and the borrower goes under in six months, it’s going to be worth $250,000 and we’re going to get our money back and then some.” Such was the mindset. And it was shared by almost everyone, almost everywhere…and seemingly all at once. But as we all now know, somewhere along the line, that good-time script, with its happy ending got rewritten, and not just in isolated markets, but for the nation as a whole, though some regions (including states like Florida, Arizona, Nevada and California) were certainly hit harder than others. Leading up to the bust, it was taken as an article of faith among lenders that a diversified loan portfolio (across regions and income classes), along with continued housing price appreciation in most areas (even if some fell back) would limit any downside risk. Combined with the Federal Reserve’s loose monetary policies in response to the bursting of another bubble, the dot.com one, and also the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the table was set for a feeding frenzy for market share among the major lenders. It was like a replay of a 19th century gold rush with all the players racing to stake their claims for the easy money everyone saw as being there for the taking. “A company like Countrywide, with their desire to hold market share and remain the number one lender in the face of all this...that is what brought them down, because they started making all kinds of crazy loans just to keep up with everybody else,” said Sichelman. The “Irrational exuberance” former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan had noted in the stock market well before the precipitous collapse of the tech-heavy NASDAQ in 2000-2001 had by 2005 taken up full-time residence in the housing sector. And when investment banks began heavily promoting the securitization of mortgages, where large numbers of loans were bundled together, divided into shares and sold to investors, the appealing, almost hypnotic perception took hold that such new and untested investment vehicles
would somehow magically remove risk from the market. “Because they could package them up with Moody’s, Fitch’s and Standard and Poor’s blessing, as AAA rated, they (investment banks) could sell them (securitized loans) to investors including municipalities and even governments and really spread what was our bad real estate market throughout the globe,” said Jack McCabe a Real Estate consultant and analyst based in Deerfield Beach, Florida during a recent interview for this story. “There are so many steps and so many parts to this perfect storm, but to me what it all comes back to is egregious greed,” he continued. Large insurers, notably AIG, sought to squeeze even more risk out of the trading of these mortgage securities by sprinkling their own brand of pixie dust over them. Called Credit Default Swaps, for a modest premium these instruments would pay buyers in the event of any unlikely (or so it was thought) default. But with all the irony of a Shakespearean tragedy, as the perception grew that risk had been all but banished from the kingdom, it was actually increasing exponentially on all sides, with epic consequences soon to be revealed. The whole economy was on the brink of what author Nassim Nicholas Taleb refers to as a “Black Swan Event,’ defined as a rare occurrence beyond the realm of normal expectation, often with wrenching, unforeseen consequences.” The name “Black Swan” comes from the longstanding belief that swans could only be white... a notion that was dispelled in the late 19th century when a black swan was discovered in Australia. The common characteristics shared by all such events are that they seemingly come out of nowhere and their effects are dramatic, often earth shattering in terms of the shift in world view they bring with them. The 9/11 attacks are an example. As was the Great Depression of the 1930s. And now, the financial meltdown of 2008, built on the assumption that the housing market could only go up, and that risk was now a thing of the past. Of course, we’re wiser now, right? It’s safe to get back into the water, isn’t it? We’ve adopted new rules to avoid the mistakes of the past…haven’t we? But the new rules coming from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau seek to instill a measure of temperance among lenders that the industry has itself already exceeded by several orders of magnitude. “Now we’ve gone from the North Pole to the South Pole, to the point where it seems the banks are trying to find ways not to make loans as opposed to make them,” says McCabe. “Even doctors and attorneys with long term relationships with lenders are having a hard time getting a mortgage,” he points out. The world has changed. New paradigms have brought new challenges, while those of the recent past recede from view. With tight lending practices limiting the pool of available mortgage applicants, cash is now king, especially here in Florida where many recent retirees selling homes up north are able to buy their new homes here outright. Cash buyers also include large private equity funds like the Blackstone Group LP that has recently been coming into communities and buying homes in large numbers, 276 in Sarasota and Manatee Counties alone since October. The long-term implications of such large scale buying are unknown. Still, McCabe is worried: “Corporations could have enough real estate holdings in concentrated areas to literally manipulate the market and manipulate prices. That’s what I’m really concerned about and I’m starting to see that happen already because instead of buying at bargain basement prices, some of the things they’re buying now, they’re drastically overpaying for, without a doubt in my mind.” Why, would they pay more than they have to? McCabe suggests that by pushing prices up in an area such large syndicates stand to reap greater rewards in the future with higher prices when it comes time to sell. It’s the flipping mentality all over again, but potentially on a much greater, corporate sized scale. Another unpleasant scenario: imagine one of these large syndicates buying up the majority of homes in your neighborhood. They could then effectively control community standards, especially if there’s a homeowner’s association in place that they would now control by virtue of owning a majority of the homes in the subdivision. Combined with the ability to influence prices by timing when they buy or sell, individual homeowners could find themselves out in the cold when it comes to influencing the direction of their communities and protecting their equity. If Black Swan events like the financial collapse of 2008 are by definition unforeseeable, how do rules and regulations written for some other time and place address circumstances as yet unseen? The history of bubbles and manias, recent and long past, would suggest that greater regulatory attention and resources should be focused on what’s happening right now as opposed to the transgressions of the past. There’s a saying that comes to mind: it’s the mosquito that’s not buzzing that you should be worried about.
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|Plane, train, automobile historical firsts in Sarasota’s history Historic April has been a month of vintage airplanes, fallover trains, and the roar of car engines along the fledgling Tamami Trail. April was definitely a planes, trains, and automobiles month for Sarasota. Planes If you pictured a devil-maycare young aviation pioneer, a pioneer of the flying machine who created the first commercial airline in the world between St. Petersburg and Tampa with a Photo courtesy of Sarasota branch to Sarasota, a ladies man County History Center with impeccable manners and dark good looks, you’re looking at a picture of Tony Jannus. Jannus, born Antony Habersack Jannus in Washington, D.C., was of American, British, and Hungarian descent. He arrived at age 25 in Tampa Bay, a principal stockholder of Benoist Aircraft Co. in St. Louis. His history seemed larger than life. According to TampaPix, “He had gained fame in exhibition flying, long distance flying planes and airboats, testing military planes and weapons, as well as piloting the first flight for a parachute jump, all by 1913. By virtue of his technical education, he was involved in the experimental and design aspects of aviation and became one of the foremost designers of aircraft.” Tony and brother Roger, his mechanic, arrived in St. Petersburg in 1913 with a goal of piloting Thomas Benoist’s “Flying Boat” No. 43 as a commercial passenger airline service, the “St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line.” It was the world’s first scheduled passenger airline service using heavier-than-air planes, running between the yacht basin in St. Pete and the Hillsborough River in Downtown Tampa.
First flight took place Jan. 1, 1914. He made two flights daily, six days a week, for four months. Cost was $5 per person, and $5 per 100 pounds of freight or whatnot. The airline expanded its flight plan to include Bradenton and Sarasota in April. Jannus and a passenger flew from Bradenton to Sarasota on April 9, flying along the Manatee River and then Sarasota Bay to Sarasota in 27 minutes. According to former Sarasota archivist Mark D. Smith with the Sarasota County History Center, “During the long weekend he spent in Sarasota, Jannus entertained the crowds with exhibition flights and offered rides to adventuresome passengers for $15.” Apparently the first Sarasota airplane ride was made by developer/landowner/ entrepreneur Owen Burns. Mrs. I.R. Burns was the first woman passenger. Speaking of women, Jannus had quite the way with the ladies. According to TampaPix, “His personality, good looks, and talent as a speaker made him a highly desired individual; he often dated movie actresses, and women idolized him, having become the epitome of the romantic flyer. Jannus became the bay area’s most well-known celebrity. At age 25, he was a bachelor in demand; not wealthy, but well-off financially. He was handsome, with dark, brooding good looks and twinkling eyes. He was certainly capable of turning feminine heads. The whole crew of the St. Pete-Tampa Airboat line, especially Tony, was treated royally in the bay area, especially in St. Pete.” The St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line eventually carried 1,205 passengers without injury and with only two forced landings. Business leaders from Sarasota and Manatee Counties began to create what is now the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in 1939 on 630 acres on the county line. Work was completed, at a cost of $1 million, in 1942, and the airport leased to the Army Air Corps until 1947. Improvements, more land acquisition, commercial flights, international flights and more enhancements continued and still are taking place today. Trains On April 12, 1890, Col. John Hamilton Gillespie was named president of the Manatee and Sarasota Railway and Drainage Co. “ “Sarasota’s earliest rail line was built in 1892 and nicknamed the ‘Slow and Wobbly,’” according to Lorrie Muldowney with the Sarasota County History Center.
“The Slow and Wobbly was a financial failure even though it could cut two hours off the three-hour wagon trip over sandy roads between Sarasota and Bradenton,” she continued. “Its susceptibility to overturn, an irregular schedule and unpleasant conditions kept away all but the most adventurous. ” “Old Pete,” as the engine was named, ended its run April 16, 1895. Muldowney writes, “Less than three years after the Slow and Wobbly arrived in Sarasota, the tracks were pulled up and sold to help overcome some of the venture’s debts. It would be more than 10 years until Sarasota had a successful railroad. “It was 1903 when the United States and West Indies Railroad and Steamship Company, later absorbed by the Seaboard Air Line Railway, brought its first train into Sarasota. The wood-burning engine pulled a day coach, Pullman and baggage car. The first station, built in a pine thicket on what is now First Street, served both passengers and freight. A separate passenger station was built along Lemon Avenue, just north of Main Street, about 10 years later. “The Atlantic Coast Line railroad was the second successful railroad to lay tracks into Sarasota. The $100,000 passenger station at the eastern end of Main Street opened in October 1925. “Demand for passenger and freight rail service diminished after World War II. The SAL and ACL merged in 1967 to form the Seaboard Coastline Railroad, and the last passenger train left the depot four years later. The depot later became a restaurant, Brewmaster’s Steakhouse, but was finally demolished in January 1986.”
Automobiles You could get there from here in Florida around 1900, but steamer or mule was about the only transportation. It took a Tampa businessman, E.P. Dickey to dream the dream of a eastwest connection between Tampa and Miami, and the Tamiami Trail was began. According to the Sarasota County History Center, “Surveying and preliminary work began through alligator infested swamps with the help of Seminole guides. Work progressed slowly. Drilling machines often sank in the muck. Ox teams hauled dynamite that was used to loosen the limestone, which was used for the foundation of the roadway. “After 13 years, the Trail was completed. In Sarasota County the route followed earlier roads from Sarasota Photo courtesy of Sarasota to Venice. South of Venice County History Center the Trail followed Old Englewood Road and Dearborn Street through Photo courtesy of Englewood. The official State Archives of Florida opening was celebrated on April 25, 1928, with the governor and his huge entourage traveling the length of the new road. The Tamiami Trail cost $8 million, took 13 years to complete, and 2.6 million sticks of dynamite were used in its construction.
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|Talented Tables - The Art of Entertaining... If you have ever been to a party and envied the hosts’ talent of décor, I hope you were able to attend this year’s Simply Sarasota Kitchen and Garden Festival. An event organized and hosted by the Junior League of Sarasota, Inc. It was fabulous!! I was honored when the committee chair asked if my home could be placed on the tour. And yes, there were hundreds of people in my home over a couple of days and it was rather intimidating – even for me. Those who toured were not disappointed. The talent was superb and the ladies were a pleasure. It is easy to see why this organization is so well supported and respected. If you are planning a spring garden party, a graduation banquet or maybe a champagne brunch, these ladies make it at the very least appear to be no big deal. Although understandably, I now know how much effort is put into this type of design. As an interior designer, you would imagine I have the skill of turning a dining table into an immediate party. Not in the least. In fact, when Jill Berg came into my home to begin preparing and decorating for the event, I was able to watch the talent of someone who enjoys and loves the craft of beautiful entertaining. I learned you do not need a high-end budget to have a stunning party table. What you do need is a lot of patience, an ability to be a true craftsperson and understand the advantages of details… I would never be able to create the chocolate mouse cupcake, designed by Jill Berg who continues to defend her position that – “it’s so simple”! Thank you Junior League for lending us your talent!
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Another guest speaker, Doug Price of Quest Technology, has 25 years experience in acoustics and is hired by the County to provide training on noise measurement and equipment utilization. Doug enlightened the audience on the scientific perspective of sound. In areas surrounded by water, sound travels easily. As sound travels in other open areas, sound will dissipate with distance, becoming harder to hear. He shared that hearing is like smell as you can hear more downwind than you can upwind. Even cloud cover and humidity are material that can transmit sound further. Kevin Burns, Code Enforcement Officer, reported on a recent noise study in Siesta Village. This was initiated to determine the level of noise heard by condominium residents whose tall buildings are located across a shared street from a restaurant which plays live or recorded music at night. The surprising result from the study was that, even living several stories up, the condo residents were hearing the sound at the same decibel level as though they were sitting in the establishment itself. In effect, an amphitheatre was formed between the building’s architecture-tall pillars astride cavernous balconies-and the angle of sound waves emitted from outdoor speakers at the restaurant. Jane Grogg, of County Neighborhood Services, initiated this presentation on the Noise Ordinance and Policy. She concluded the discussion by offering that future meetings will be held to receive additional community and county input on the Noise Ordinance and needed additional Code Enforcement. SKA held its’ Annual Membership Breakfast on Saturday, March 23rd, which was attended by 105 attendees and guests. Commissioner Nora Patterson and County Administrator Randall Reid were guest speakers. SKA Nominating Committee Chair, Joyce Kouba, reported that all SKA Board Directors will return for another year. She also announced SKA elected officers: Catherine Luckner – President, Michael
Shay – Vice President, Peter Van Roekens – Secretary, Helen Clifford – Treasurer. SKA Vice President, Michael Shay, is again this year inviting volunteers for ‘Keep Sarasota Beautiful-Great American Cleanup’ on April 27th. The first 1000 to sign up with the county will receive free T-shirts and Volunteer packets. SKA has pre-registered 25 volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for this effort, please send an email to info@siestakeyassociation. com. 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 www. siestakeyassociation.com. “Like” us on Facebook!
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For the first time in five years, the Sarasota real estate market has witnessed a marked improvement in home sales. In fact, this year’s January sales figures were up an astounding 22% over January 2012. This is without a doubt a terrific start for the new year, and evidence that the improving market in 2012 was no fluke. Realtors and home sellers witnessed quite an improvement this past January. With 626 combined single family home and condo sales, 2013 seems to be off to a great start, not to mention the 1,047 deals that are currently pending.
Island Humor [ A student taking his mid-term exam wanted to earn the extra points on the bonus question so he took a stab at answering it. The question was: Name seven advantages of Mother’s Milk. It was worth 45 points so he came up with the following: 1) It is the perfect formula for the child. 2) It provides immunity against several diseases. 3) It is always the right temperature. 4) It is inexpensive. 5) It helps form a bond between child and mother. 6) It is always available as needed. And then the student was stuck. Finally, in desperation, just before the bell rang, he wrote: 7) It comes in two attractive containers and it’s high enough off the ground where the cat can’t get it. He got an A. [ A wife comes into the bedroom and asks her husband, “Honey, have you ever seen a twenty dollar bill all crumpled up?” “No”, said her husband. She gave him a sexy little smile, slowly reached into her cleavage and pulled out a crumpled twenty dollar bill.
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Entire home updated and expanded. High quality upgrades include granite counter tops, maple custom kitchen cabinets, custom wet bar in 15’ x 21’ game room, 19’ x 19’ media/ home theatre, many extra features. Close to the village / beach and boat to your favorite fishing hole. Jet ski davit as well as boat lift. Hurricane shutters, game room with full bath and steam shower. $1,100,000*
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Come enjoy Siesta Key and all that it has to offer with its beautiful turquoise water and white sparkling sand beaches. This light and airy 2 bedroom/2 bath condo is located in a 25 acre community in the heart of Siesta Key and is right on the Gulf of Mexico with its own private beach! Relax on your 36’ lanai with views of the tranquil lagoon. You will enjoy the clubhouse and heated 2 pools and all that this wonderful community has to offer. $324,900
(941)894-1255 * www.keysolutionsrealestate.com
*Short Sale. Listing price may not be sufficient to pay the total of all liens and costs of sale. Sale of property at full listing price may require approval of seller's lender.
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The Time is now
if you have ever thought about spending more than a week (or month) here The Time may Be now if you have ever thought of a second home here The Time may Be now if you have ever thought of calling siesta Key home The Time may Be now Let me show you a Real estate market that clearly states The time is now
Peg Davant, sales Associate, 941.356.4552 Each office is independently owned and operated.
What’s Happening …on the beach • Beach Hoop Dance Class – Thurs. 6:30 – 7:45pm. Register at www.outwardspiral.net • Free Yoga Mon-Wed.-Fri.-Sat. 9-10:30 am. Classes held between blue & green lifeguard station. Call 941-320-6693 to register or www. yogaonsiestabeach.com • NIA Tues. & Thurs. 9 a.m., Siesta Public Beach (yellow lifeguard chair) Joy Donation: $10 Contact Kathy Oravec at 941-724-9719 or Kathyoravec@gmail.com • Pilates on Siesta Key Beach – Mon & Wed 6pm. Sun. 9:30am. Cost: $10. (yellow lifeguard station). Register online: www.studiorubylake.com • 4/6 (Sat) – 27th Annual Run for the Turtles 5K Run. 7-11a.m. This run supports the conservation and research efforts for the Sea Turtle program at Mote Marine Laboratory. Registration begins 6:30 a.m. at the Siesta Key Gazebo, south of the pavilion. The 1-Mile Fun Run or Walk begins at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K Manasota Track Club-Sanctioned Run begins at 8 a.m. More info: Contact Paula Clark, (941) 388-4441, ext. 357 or firstname.lastname@example.org • 4/10 (Wed) – T-Rec Beach Party 9am – 2pm. The T-REC Coalition of Sarasota County invites all teens and adults with disabilities and their families/caregivers to their annual Beach Party. Come dance to your favorite tunes courtesy of “Wired for
Sound” while enjoying the beauty and fun of one of our community’s greatest assets, Siesta Beach. Light, healthy refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring your brown bag lunch to enjoy. This is a free event, though a R.S.V.P. is requested. Call 861-5000 or register online. • 4/12-4/14 (Fri-Sun) 5th Annual Fiesta on Siesta Women’s Collegiate Volleyball 9am – 6pm. The Fiesta on Siesta Key is one of the largest collegiate sand volleyball competitions ever held. Check the www.fiestaonsiestakey. com website for more information. • 4/20 (Sat) 6th Annual Tribuo 5k for Mental Health 7-10am. Each year Tribuo hosts a 5k run/walk to raise funds to befinit individuals with mental health illnesses. To register go to their website: http://tribuo.org/ • 4/20 (Sat) 1st SUP Race 8;30am – 12:30pm. Inaugural Siesta Key Classic Paddle competition, an official WPA sanctioned event, hosted by HYPR Atlantic Surf and Paddle and benefiting Surfrider Foundation. This unique event will be held on the gulf coast barrier island of Siesta Key, and competitor’s will stage from the sugar white sand of the #1 Beach in America. To register, go to website: http://www.siestakeyclassic.com/ • 4/25 (Wed) – Full Moon Meditation 7-8pm. Far North end of the main public parking lot and enter into beach there.
• 4/27 – 4.28 (Sat-Sun) East End Volleyball Tournament 8am-6pm The Reflekt Polarized Big Shot Volleyball Series, presented by Rider Sandals Teams from throughout the East Coast will compete as they warm up for the 2013 Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. All events are sanctioned by Volley America. …around the island • Siesta Key Farmer’s Market – every Sunday from 8am – 2pm in Davidson’s Plaza in the Village. 5124 Ocean Blvd. • Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school April 13 - The course is designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters. Cost for the schools, which will run from 9 AM to 3 PM, is $150 per person and includes the use of premium Orvis fly tackle, a text book and lunch. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 (941) 3494400 or Info for Reservations. • 4/13 & 4/14 (Sat-Sun) 35th Annual Siesta Fiesta - The outdoor, open air street party and art and craft fair is held in Siesta Village on Siesta Key from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days. All artists and crafters will be present for the duration of the show, available to discuss their work and inspiration. Ocean Boulevard will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at Ocean and Canal and running through to Beach Road.
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|Crescent Beach Featured Shops |City Pizza, Inc.
www.citypizzaofsarasota.com 6645 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, FL 34242 941.349.4490 City Pizza Inc. is a friendly, family owned and operated restaurant that began in 1989, serving the neighborhood area. Our specialty is Italian and we pride ourselves in making your food fast and fresh when you order it. We are a casual restaurant close to the beach. Licensed to serve beer and wine to compliment our large menu. For your pleasure and convenience, we offer take-out and delivery, but please feel free to dine in or eat on our porch. Come early and stay late! Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at City Pizza Inc.
6631 Midnight Pass Rd, Crescent Plaza 941.349.4024 | www.miguelsrestaurant.net Miguel’s is a family owned restaurant that specializes in French and Continental cuisine. Serving Siesta Key since 1983, they offer a wide selection of appetizers, a Caesar salad for two, perfectly prepared at your table and include fresh gulf seafood, choicest cuts of filet mignon, delicious poultry and veal dishes among their entrees. Finish the night off with decadent desserts including banana fosters, cherries jubilee and traditional creme caramel. Miguel’s also has an extensive wine selection and a full bar.
|Sarasota Wind and Water Adventures
1518 Stickney Point Rd., In the Boatyard Village | 941-379-4222 www.SarasotaWindAndWater.com We are located in the Boatyard Village, right off the south Siesta Key Bridge. Our shop offers kiteboarding lessons, paddle board lessons, sunset boat cruises, tubing, water skiing, fishing charters and other water sports. Our mission is simple: provide the best products and service to our customers at the lowest prices possible. We take great pride in our company, our commitment to customer service and in the products we sell. We always try to meet or beat any reasonable quote. Store Hours: Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday by appointment.
|Siesta Key Bike & Kayak, LLC
www.siestakeybikeandkayak.com 1224 Old Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key, FL 34242 | 941.346.0891 Siesta Key Bike and Kayak, located on Siesta Key is family owned and operated serving Siesta Key, Lido Beach, Turtle Beach, Crescent Beach, Sarasota and the surrounding areas. We offer a variety of energizing and relaxing things to do while you visit this beautiful scenic area. We offer quality equipment and a friendly reliable expert staff so that you can get the most from your vacation... GUARANTEED.
|Big Water Fish Market
6641 Midnight Pass Rd., Crescent Plaza 941.554.8101 Offers fresh-from-the-docks seafood along with a variety of complementing sides. They also offer a catering service with selections such as clam bakes, oyster roasts and beach picnic baskets. Come in and choose your own fresh catch or try one of their lunch specials where everything is always good and always fresh.
|The Orange Octopus
|Captain Curt’s Crab & Oyster Bar
www.captaincurts.com 1200 Old Stickney Point Rd, Siesta Key, FL 34242 | 941.349.3885 | email@example.com A family seafood restaurant. Fish, seafood, prime rib, baby back ribs, baskets, sandwiches, salads & children’s menu. Full bar. Happy hour 4-6pm featuring The Back Room Saloon & Sports Bar. Live entertainment. Daily lunch & dinner specials. Gift Shop. Open 7 days a week.
|Jonny’s Free Beach Rides
www.jonnysfreebeachrides.com Siesta Key | 941.306.9097 Jonny’s Free Beach Rides is the original free ride on Siesta Key. Now entering our third year of providing a fun, safe and ecofriendly way to cruz the Key. Our service route extends from Turtle Beach to Siesta Key Village and allows you the freedom to enjoy the Village or beach without the hassle of trying to find a parking spot. Our electric vehicle seats up to six passengers and our friendly drivers will happily provide you with all the highlights the island has to offer. We now also offer shuttle service to and from Best Western Hotel. Operating hours are from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. daily. Call 941-306-9097
1220 Old Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key, FL 34242 | 941.346.8080 Home of the orange squeeze! Featuring hand-mixed ice cream, coffees, shakes, malts, |The Green Turtle Souvenir sundaes, smoothies, candles and fudge. Ask us about our ice cream parties! Located behind & Gift Store Captain Curt’s Restaurant on the corner of 6525 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, FL 34242 Midnight Pass & Old Stickney Point Road. 941.349.4751 Siesta Key’s most friendly & unique Open daily until 9:30pm. shopping spot! You’ll find gifts, souvenirs, beach fashions, beach supplies, beach cover|Siesta Sports Rentals ups, ladies & junior fashions, plus a super www.siestasportsrentals.com men’s line! Siesta Key’s largest seashell & coral 6551 Midnight Pass Rd., Siesta Key, FL selection! 941-346-1797 | Fax: 941-346-1954 Located on beautiful Siesta Key Island providing you with hours of fun, whether |Siesta 4-Rent vacationing or living in Florida, we offer you www.siesta4rent.com the opportunity to see Sarasota and Siesta 6555 Midnight Pass Rd., Siesta Key, FL 34242 Key, Florida the way it was meant to be seen. 941.349.5500 | 877.482.5550 Just steps from Crescent Beach, we provide firstname.lastname@example.org friendly, quality service at affordable prices. We offer Studios – 5 BR condos and Homes Delivery and pick up available. Mention you here on beautiful Siesta Key Beach. All units found our web site and we will give a discount fully equipped, most directly on the beach off your next rental. Stop by and say hello. or beach access. Pets welcome at some. Call or check website for rates. 1 week minimum required.
|Crescent Beach Grocery
1211 Old Stickney Point Road, Sarasota, FL Owners: Nancy Connelly & Bill Singleton 941.312.0472 The Crescent Beach Grocery is Siesta Key’s premier full-service grocery store. Carrying an extremely wide range of groceries, sundries, beer, wine, delicatessen items and fresh-cut meat – as well as practically anything else you can think of – the grocery caters to the needs of both residents and visitors on Siesta Key. The store is particularly well-known for providing good value, personal service and a warm, friendly environment.
ATM & Banks Bank of America........................................ A-3 #3 Bars & Nightclubs Capt. Curt’s Backroom Saloon................B-3 #7 Crescent Club........................................... C-3 #13 Sniki Tiki....................................................B-3 #8 Delis & Sandwiches Anna’s Sandwiches................................ C-3 #14 The Beach Deli @ Crescent Beach Grocery..... ......................................................................B-3 #1 DRUG STORES Davidson’s Drugs..................................... C-3 #14 Fashion & Accessories CB’s Saltwater Outfitters........................ A-3 #4 Coconuts Fashion.....................B-3 #1 & B-3 #8 Green Turtle Swimwear......................... C-3 #14 Key Casual Fashions............................... D-4 #17 Things You Like...................................... C-3 #14 Gifts & Souvenirs Capt. Curt’s Souvenirs.............................B-3 #8 Green Turtle Shells & Gifts................. C-3 #14 The Silversmith ...................................... D-4 #17 Silver City Jewelry.................................. C-3 #14 Health & Beauty Lorraine’s Beauty & Barber.....................B-3 #8 Salon Siesta............................................... D-4 #17 Siesta Key Salon & Spa........................... C-3 #14 The Key Spa & Salon.............................. A-5 #12 Ice Cream & Treats Orange Octopus .......................................B-3 #8 INTERNET / WiFi SERVICES Davidson’s Drugs.................................... C-3 #14 Mail Pack Center.................................... C-3 #14 Liquor Stores Crescent Beach Grocery...........................B-3 #1 Crescent Club............................................B-3 #13 Siesta Spirits............................................. C-4 #17 Mailing & Shipping Mail Pack Center.................................... C-3 #14 US Post Office Sub Station..................... C-3 #14 Markets 7-11 Store.................................................. C-3 #16 Big Water Fish Market.......................... C-4 #17 Crescent Beach Grocery..........................B-3 #1 Miscellaneous Moving & Storage....................................B-3 #10 Flowers by Fudgie................................... D-3 #17 Real Estate / RENTALS Beckmann Realty........................................B-3 #8 Homes & Condo Rentals........................ D-3 #17 Moynihan Realty..................................... D-3 #17 Re/Max Tropical Sands............................B-3 #1 Siesta 4-Rent.............................................. C-3 #1 Restaurants
Boatyard Waterfront Bar & Grill.................A-5 #12 Capt. Curts Crab & Oyster Bar.................B-3 #7
City Pizza Italian Restaurant............... D-3 #17 Clayton’s Siesta Grille...............................B-3 #9 Javier’s Restaurant.................................. C-3 #17 Miguel’s Restaurant............................... C-3 #17 Water Sports - Fishing - RENTALS A to Z Beach & Bike Rentals.................. A-5 #12 CB’s Saltwater Outfitters........................ A-3 #4 Sarasota Wind and Water Adventures.A-5 #12 Siesta Key Bike & Kayak . ......................B-3 #8 Siesta Key Jetski (inside CB’s)................. A-3 #4 Siesta Key Marina..................................... A-4 #5 Siesta Key Parasailing............................... A-4 #5 Siesta Key Watersports........................... A-5 #12 Siesta Paddle Sports................................ D-4 #17 Siesta Sports Rentals............................. C-3 #14 Waves Boat & Social Club...................... A-5 #12
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Hand-Mixed Ice Cream • Cones • Shakes • Malts • Sundaes • Smoothies • Coffee & Bagels Map B-3#8
Home of the Orange Squeeze!
In Season Hours 8AM-9:30PM
1220 Old Stickney Point Road Siesta Key • Behind Captain Curt’s Restaurant Corner of Midnight Pass & Old Stickney Point Road
THE GREEN TURTLE SHELL & GIFT CITY
er Sale up Ladies Bathing Suits
“A Tropical Department Store“
Siesta Key’s Most Friendly & Unique Shopping Spot! SOUTHBRIDGE MALL
19.95 Reg. To $49.00
Siesta Key’s Largest Seashell & Coral Selection!
GIFTS & SOUVENIRS BEACH FASHIONS BEACH SUPPLIES BEACH COVER-UPS LADIES & JUNIORS FASHIONS SUPER MEN'S LINE In South Bridge Mall
6525 Midnight Pass Road
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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 (941) 923-6077 • (888) 428-5678 Fax: (941)923-7312 www.seasidemgmt.com
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Siesta Key Drum Circle Siesta Beach has become the home to what is considered one of the largest drum circles in the nation. This is not a commercial event but local phenomenon that began spontaneously and now has a life of its own. If you’re visiting the area, or live nearby be sure to check this one out. There are loads of drummers and belly dancers plus lots of families, beach going onlookers, & curious tourists, especially during the winter tourist season when the crowds can swell into the thousands. Bring a blanket or chair, most everyone does. It happens every Sunday starting a couple of hours before sunset, and ends around 10 PM. This gathering meets up just south of the main pavilion between lifeguard stands 3 and 4 on Siesta Public Beach. Just follow your ears. This is true community - freeform drumming, open to the public and entirely improvised in-the-moment. Instruments center around drums and percussion, but may include other instruments such as flutes, didgeridoos, and other non-percussion instruments. Participation is voluntary and includes singing or chanting, dancing, relaxing, and listening. It’s always a good time with solid musicality, dancing, and a great vibe. Admission is free. The Siesta Key Beach address is: 948 Beach Road, Sarasota, Florida 34242 to get more info visit the website www.drumcircles.net/sarasota.html or there is a Yahoo group, and a Facebook group named “Siesta Key Drum Circle” just search for them.
941-306-1246 Annual & Seasonal Rentals Available
Professional Property Management & Rentals
Unit 109 Sea Shell Condominium, Siesta Key FL
2 Beds, 2 Baths, Pool. Sea Shell Condominium is located directly on the beach and has many amenities and features to make any Siesta Key vacation very enjoyable.
Robasota Real Estate (Roberti Companies)
5379 Ocean Blvd, Siesta Key, FL 34242 •P: 941-926-1800 www.robasotarealestate.com
Outstanding Agents. Outstanding Results.
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AccommodAtions Siesta Beach Resort .......................Map-A #38A ARt GALLERY / stUdio Calle Studios ........................................Map-B #32 Atm / BAnKs ATM ..................................................... Map-C #53 PNC ATM............................................ Map-C #61 Martin Funding .....................................Map-E #1 Sun Trust Bank & ATM ........................Map-E #4 BAKERY & dELi A Taste of Germany ...........................Map-C #53 Heavenly Cupcakes ............................Map-B #50 Village Eats.......................................... Map-C #24 BARs & niGHtcLUBs Blase Café ............................................Map-A #38 Blu Que Island Grill ........................... Map-C #57 Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar ...............Map-B #42-43 Gilligan’s ..............................................Map-B #33 Old Salty Dog ........................................Map-E #2 Siesta Key Oyster Bar ....................... Map-B #45 The Beach Club ...................................Map-D #22 The Cottage ......................................... Map-C #58 The Hub-Baja Grill .............................Map-D #59 BooK stoREs Used Book Heaven..............................Map-B #48 coFFEE sHoPs Lelu’s Coffee Lounge ..........................Map-B #31 The Local Bean.................................. Map-D #62 dRUG & HARdWARE Davidson’s Drugs...............................Map-D #65 Village Hardware ............................... Map-C #26
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FAsHion & AccEssoRiEs Aqua Beachwear ............................... Map-D #12 Beach Bazaar ..................................... Map-C #28 Beach Bazaar’s Swin Shack ............ Map-C #28 Blvd. Beachwear ................................. Map-B #30 Comfort Shoes-Birki & More.........Map-D #64 Foxy Lady Fashions .......................... Map-A #40 Island Cotton Company ....................Map-C #29 Le Grand Bisou Chic Boutique......Map-D #11 Siesta T’s .............................................. Map-B #30 GAs stAtion Circle K Store ........................................ Map-E #6 GiFts & soUVEniRs Beach Bazaar ..................................... Map-C #28 Created Gems .....................................Map-C #51 Hurricane Rita’s Gifts ........................Map-C #51 Mount-N-Repair ................................Map-B #48 Sea Pleasures & Treasures ..................Map-C #2 Siesta Key Bead Shack ...................... Map-A #36 Siesta Key’psakes ............................... Map-B #29 Siesta Key Outfitters ........................Map-D #11 Siesta Key University ...................... Map-A #36 HEALtH & FitnEss Indep. Lifestyle Solutions ............... Map-D #10
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• segway rentals • PaDDleBOarDs • scOOter cars • kayak tOurs/rentals • Bikes • scOOters • Beach gear 5255 Ocean Blvd • Siesta Key Village www.robinhoodrentals.net
A Taste of Germany German Breads • Cakes Deli Sandwiches and Coffees Breakfast and Lunch
Map C #53
“More than a Bakery” 5204 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, FL • 941-346-1800
US Post Office .................................... Map-D #65 mARKEts/Food stoREs 7-11 Store ............................................. Map-B #46 Circle K Store ........................................ Map-E #6 Siesta Market.......................................Map-C #25 mAssAGE Hands of Light Massage ................... Map-B #35 Massage Experience Siesta Key.....Map-D #62 Siesta Key Massage Ctr ...................... Map-D #9 mEdicAL - dEntAL Dr. Barry LaClair MD ........................Map-C #56 E.K. Koster DMD............................... Map-D #63 Karen F. Leggett, D.O. .......................Map-C #56 Siesta Key Physical Therapy............ Map-D #20 Siesta Smiles Dentistry ...................... Map-B #49 miscELLAnEoUs Chamber of Commerce .................... Map-D #66 Ocean Club ........................................ Map-A #37 Roberti Enterprises ........................... Map-A #39 Sheriff’s Office ..................................... Map-D #9 Solorzano Smoke Shop ......................Map-C #50 Sun Glass Outlet & Henna ............. Map-C #24 PRoFEssionAL sERVicEs CG Designs.......................................... Map-E #74 Edward Jones Investments .............. Map-D #68 Smith Architects ................................. Map-E #74 REAL EstAtE / REntAL sERVicEs Ascendia Real Estate ......................... Map-D #11 Beachside Resorts Rental. ................ Map-D #11 Charles Rutenburg Realty .............. Map-C #53 Coldwell Banker Realty.................... Map-D #20 Horizon Realty.................................... Map-B #34 Island Homes ......................................Map-C #51 Key Realty ............................................. Map-E #5 Michael Saunders Realty .................Map-E #72 Re/Max Alliance Group ..................Map-D #60 ReMax Tropical Sands ...................... Map-D #67 Robasota Rentals & Real Estate .... Map-A #39 Siesta Key Realty ................................. Map-D #9 Waterside Realty ................................Map-C #29 REstAURAnts Beach Bites.........................................Map-D #16 Bella Roma Italian Rest...................... Map-B #30 Blase Café ........................................... Map-A #38 Blu Que Island Grill ...........................Map-C #57 Bonjour French Cafe ..........................Map-C #47 Broken Egg ............................... Map-C #54 & 55 Café Gabbiano ................................... Map-D #71 Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar .............. Map-B #42-43 Eat Here Restaurant ....................Map-D #17/18 Flavio’s Brick Oven & Bar ................. Map-B #29 Gilligan’s Island Bar & Grill ............. Map-B #33 The Hub - Baja Grill .......................... Map-D #59 Jo To’s Japanese Restaurant ..............Map-C #47 LeLu’s Coffee Bar ............................... Map-B #31 Lobster Pot ......................................... Map-C #23 Napoli’s Italian Restaurant ............... Map-B #44 Old Salty Dog Rest. & Pub .................. Map-E #2 Señor Siesta ........................................ Map-D #69 Siesta Key Oyster Bar .......................Map-B #45 Solorzano Bros. Pizzeria ................... Map-D #15 Subway Sandwiches .......................... Map-B #30 Sun Garden Café ............................... Map-D #19 The Cottage .........................................Map-C #58 Village Café .......................................Map-D #14 sPAs - HAiR & BEAUtY Nails By Iris .........................................Map-C #50 Salon Capelli ........................................ Map-D #9 Sassy Hair Salon............................... Map-A #40 Siesta Key Nails..................................Map-D #9 Village Barber ...................................... Map-D #9 sPoRts intEREst/REntALs CaliFlorida........................................... Map-B #32 Robin Hood Rentals ........................Map-D #34 Siesta Village Outfitters .....................Map-C #53
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|Coconuts of Siesta Key... Coconuts of Siesta Key 1215 Old Stickney Point Rd., Siesta Key, FL 34242 941-346-2954 coconuts-sk.com Bringing fun and colorful clothing to Siesta Key since 1982. Explore more than 3000 sq ft of Fresh Produce Clothing,Vera Bradley handbags, Crocs Shoes, jewelry,hats, beach bags and a huge selection of cool Siesta Key t-shirts,sweatshirts and souvenirs for the whole family. From infants up to 3x plus sizes,we have you covered. Coconuts features Fresh Produce Clothing which is one of the most original and refreshing casual resort lines. Known and loved by women for lush colors,simply inspired designs and coastal comfort. Stop in and see why locals and visitors return time and time again to Siesta Key’s original locally owned clothing store. Huge selection,exceptional service and great prices. Live Life-Enjoy Color Coconuts is located one block south of Stickney Point Rd( Siesta Key’s South Bridge)-Next to Crescent Beach Grocery (B-3 #1 on the Crescent Beach map).
|Home of the Finest Consignment Boutique Fifi’s Fine Resale Apparel has been in the consignment business for over 20 years specializing in the resale of designer and name brand apparel for women. Fifi’s prides itself with providing exceptional service to the local community, and is celebrating being a part of it for over 20 years. At Fifi’s, you’ll find authentic designer handbags, new jewelry & accessories, and brand name consignments – all at bargain prices. Fifi’s is nationally recognized and has been selected Newsleader Best of the Best Consignment shop in 2008, 2009, & 2010.
Visit any or all of the locations listed below. to find pretty clothes at bargain prices. Fifi’s of Sarasota | 941-312-6950 1905 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota FL 34239 Fifi’s of Osprey | 941-451-8298 11 South Tamiami Trail Corner of Bay Street and Tamiami in Osprey Fifi’s of Venice #1 | 941-244-2663 219 Venice Ave. W, Venice FL 34285 Fifi’s of Venice #2 | 941-488-4848 223-A Miami Blvd., Venice FL 34285 Fifi’s of Lakewood Ranch #1 | 941-907-8900 8322 Market Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 Fifi’s of Lakewood Ranch #2 | 941-758-7222 7343 52nd Place, E, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
|Sassy Hair On Siesta Key... As Sassy Hair on Siesta Key approaches its 32nd Birthday, we would like to take this time to reflect on our 4 years on Siesta Key! With the idea of downsizing, the move to Siesta Key from Midtown Plaza has been a huge surprise. Our space is smaller, however our business has grown in leaps and bounds. With a work week that covers all 7 days, we’re able to accommodate our year round clients as well as visitors. Working people love Sundays, no rushing home to cook dinner or get to the next appt. Our staff of very talented stylists can please everyone from 2-102. The accumulation new products and services has been a huge boost for us. Facial waxing, hair extensions, eye lash extensions, and make up go hand in hand with all the current trends in hair styling and color services. Our Bridal Business is the best in Sarasota, as we are a member of Weddings of Sarasota. Your special day is made more perfect with bridal hair and airbrushed make-up. Our 3 nail girls have perfected the nail art trend. Your eyes will glow when you check out all they have to offer. Stilettos to classic, they do it all!
You’ll find the atmosphere warm and inviting as everyone is treated like a special friend. It’s a culture we strive for and have succeeded. No job is to big or to small, no time is to early or too late. As we say, “Were open till were done.” Sassy prides itself on giving back to the community that gave us so much. Our favorite charities are Sarasota in Defense of Animals, Breast Cancer Awareness, and Mothers Helping Mothers. We support our client’s charities as well, giving to the local High Schools, churches and temples. Make Sassy your “go to” destination for all your beauty needs. All of our hair, nail and skin care products can be purchased at on our “On Line Store” at sassyhair. com Hope to see you soon Bobbie Sassy Hair: 209 Beach Road, Sarasota, Fl 34242 | 941-349-6525 | Sassyhair.com
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|Beach Bazaar On Siesta Key... Beach Bazaar 5211 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, FL 34242 941-346-2995
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Beach Bazaar is the souvenir, surf and swim gear store that specializes in men’s and women’s fashions for the beach. They’re the fourth largest retailer of Reef TM sandals and Zap TM skin-boards in the United States and carry a wide range of hot brands like Body Glove TM, L*Space TM swimwear and more. Pictured is the L*Space TM and Body Glove TM swimwear. Both lines offer mixand-match options for a customized fit and style. Check out their wide selection for that perfect look. Conveniently located in the village. (C-28, on the village map)
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April - June 2013 Siesta Sand | 13B |Discover the Shops of Gulf Gate... Come and explore the wonderful mix of eclectic shops, bars and restaurants that make up Gulf Gate’s Commercial District. These shops are conveniently located behind the Sarasota Pavilion off South Tamiami Trail. You’ll find each business reflects the owner’s pride in showcasing their specialties and that the longevity of these shops is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit that lives on here in Gulf Gate. With our map, located on the next page, you’ll be able to navigate your way to our featured shops with ease. Oh Mamma Mia! (GG-4) Offers a truly unique dining experience with dinner shows by Chef Giuseppe Urbano. Enjoy the family ambiance as you watch him prepare an authentic Italian regional dish with fresh ingredients just for you. Fine dining, great atmosphere at casual dining prices. Reservations highly recommended. Gulf Gate Golf Course – Conveniently located just a stones throw from the Gulf Gate Shops, this 27 hole Executive Course offers men’s and women’s rental clubs. You can start your day with a round of golf, enjoy a bite to eat at the many wonderful restaurants or simply relax with a pint of ale at the pub before you head out to explore the many fine shops. Moments In Time Photography (G-20) specializes in several different photography services including Siesta Key Beach portraits starting at just $49 and wedding beginning at $495. Check out their website: www.sarasotaphotos. com or visit their store to see why they have been the photographer of choice for over a decade and a half. Piccolos Italian Market & Deli (GG-46) carries a full line of imported cheeses, fresh baked bread daily, homemade sausages, fresh mozzarella, and numerous hard to get items. They now carry Khorasan Wheat which is an ancient and organic grain. Their Deli is complete with huge hot and cold sandwiches, salads, fresh homemade lasagna and baked ziti. And, you cannot leave without trying their cannoli filled with their own homemade cannoli cream or the tiramisu or Sfogliatelle from Brooklyn. Here is where you will find great Italian specialty gourmet items without the gourmet price. Tony’s Chicago Beef Company (S-16) is owned and operated by true Chicagoans.
Dedicated to deliver Chicago’s best food - Chicago style Hot Dogs wit’ the works... dragged through the garden on poppy seed buns with fresh cut fries, Italian Beef Sandwiches anyway you like, dipped or dry, sweet or hot. All served in true Authentic Chicago Style. Scandinavian Gifts (GG-37) has an extensive selection of gifts and Scandinavian foods. The specialties here include candles, Ekelund table linens, Flensted mobiles, imported glassware, Swedish Klippan textiles and so much more. The baked goods and groceries include imported candies, salty licorice, as well as cheeses, breads, seafood and vegetables from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. Sarasota Brewing Co. (G-3) Sarasota’s first micro brew pub always has something new to offer. From over 20 seasonal beers that rotate throughout the year, the Brewing Company always has at least five unique brews online as well as several favorites from around the world. Established in 1989, Their menu has been a winner in the Reader’s Choice Awards of the Sarasota Herald Tribune featuring their mouthwatering burgers, Chicago style Pizzas, and Chicago beef sandwiches. With dozens of televisions, it’s a great place to catch a game with friends and family. Zante Gyros (S-56) serves up generous portions of authentic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine as well as American fare. They offer an extensive menu for dinein or take-out with such favorites as the “original” gyros sandwich, lamb souvlaki platters, spanakopita, and tiropita to name a few. Meat-less options are available as well as kid’s meals and party menus. Open Mon. - Sat. from11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Come and put some “OPA” in your life. Solórzano’s Italian Ristorante (S-54) Solórzano’s brings a true Hoboken New Jersey attitude to the area and offers a nice selection of made-to-order dishes in their cozy restaurant. With specials like Gnocchi alla Romana( gnocchi baked with prosciutto, ricotta and spinach),Pork chops alla Toscana with polenta, and baked white filet fish with shrimps and pasta on the side, it gives you a great incentive to pay them a visit.
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Places of Worship
Siesta Key Presbyterian Chapel
Temple Sinai, a Reform Congregation
4615 Gleason Ave., Siesta Key 941.349.1166
4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota | 941.924.1802 templesinai-sarasota.org
(See Siesta Key street map for location)
Church on the Beach
(See Siesta Key street map for location)
St. Michael Catholic Church 5394 Midnight Pass Rd., Siesta Key 941.349.4174
(The closest Jewish congregation to the key for visitors)
Held every Sunday at 10:00am by the picnic area of Turtle Beach Park.
St. Boniface Episcopal Church (See Siesta Key street map for location)
5615 Midnight Pass Rd, Siesta Key 941.349.5616
|Important Phone Numbers... Emergency (General)........................................................................................................... 911 Fishing & Hunting Licenses............................................................................... 941.362.9888 Marriage License Bureau.................................................................................... 941.362.4066 Public Library - Gulf Gate Branch..................................................................... 941.316.1213 Sarasota/Bradenton Intl. Airport...................................................................... 941.359.2770 Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT).............................................................. 941.316.1234 Sarasota County Information Call Center................................. 941.861.5000 / scgov.net Sarasota County Sheriff Office - Siesta Key Office.......................................... 941.349.2900 Sarasota Doctors Hospital................................................................................... 941.342.1100 Sarasota Memorial Hospital/Health Care System.......................................... 941.917.7760 Siesta Shuttle Transportation.......................................................................... 1.888.536.0030 Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce......................941.349.3800 / siestakeychamber.com
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Island Weddings Whether it’s your first trip down the aisle, renewing your vows or celebrating a special anniversary, what better place to honor your union then on Sarasota’s favorite island?
Tropical Beach Resorts are one of many popular places that host beach weddings. They offer wedding packages in addition to couples beach massages and complimentary weekend beach yoga classes for guests to enjoy. According to manager Dawn Bear, they host about 40 weddings a year and will help in any way they can to assure your special day is hassle free. So whether it’s barefoot or black-tie, experience your storybook wedding on the magical sands of Siesta Key~
|Rated #1 Beach In America by Dr. Beach... Siesta Public Beach, located inside Crescent Beach, is renowned for its truly breathtaking sunsets, easygoing waves, and gorgeous crystal white sand. The sand is 99% pure quartz, soft and cool to the touch. Among the many awards it has earned are the “Whitest, Finest Beach Sand in the World” (The Great International White Sand challenge, 1987), “The Best Sand Beach in America” (The Travel Channel, 2004) and for 2011, it was rated #1 beach in the 21st annual Top 10 Beach List, produced by coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, Director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research. Walking along, or swimming and playing in the Gulf of Mexico or merely basking in the tropical sun is enough fun for many folks, but others are drawn by Siesta Beach’s many amenities, which include tennis and vollyball courts, shaded playground and picnic/barbecue areas and convienent concession stands. Shallow water near shorline and year-round lifeguard protection make it a great family beach. Beach wheelchairs can be borrowed to help special needs visitors cross the sand. There’s always something for everyone to do at Siesta Beach. It’s island location is within easy walking distance to many of the village shops and restaurants located in the Siesta Village.
Crescent Beach actually begins between beach access #2 & #3 and extends to beach access #13 with the southern part relatively secluded and quiet, as it has only one public access road. Located just south of Siesta Beach, the scene here tends to be more peaceful and private. At the southern tip of this beach is Point of Rocks - a lovely snorkeling and diving area that is rich with coral rock formations as well as colorful and abundant marine life. Crescent Beach visitors staying in nearby resorts, rentals and beach clubs rave (but only to their closest friends) about Siesta Key’s best “non-private private” beach. Turtle Beach is at the southern tip of Siesta Key, and affords a sportier, “family play” beach experience. The beach has picnic areas, a playground, a vollyball court and horseshoe pit. There’s also a boat launch, and fishing is permitted in the adjacent Blind Pass Lagoon. There are restaurants nearby, with shopping and a few local night spots just a short drive away. Turtle Beach is a narrow beach, with a somewhat steeper incline. The sand on the beach tends to carry more shells, making it perfect for beach combers and shell collectors. Many find petrified sharks’ teeth to take home and treasure, especially after a storm.
Beach Flags: Indicate surf & beach conditions
Siesta Key Public Beach Lifeguards on duty
Here are some usefull tips: If you find yourself in trouble: 1-Remain calm 2-Call for help 3-Follow the instructions of rescuer If you are being swept out tosea in a rip current: 1-Remain calm 2-Swim parallel to shore 3-Once out of current, swim to shore at an angle, not straight in Please remember: • No glass permitted on beaches • Always respect others & their privacy • Never damage vegetation or take live shells
|Pet Friendly Beaches... Although dogs are not allowed on any of the beaches on Siesta Key, there are a few places you can take your furry pal within a short distance from the island. Brohard Paw Beach, 1600 Harbor Drive, Venice, FL 34285. Hours: 24 hours per day, 365 days per year (parking closed from 12 AM – 6 AM); dogs allowed on the designated portion of beach from 7 AM to dusk only Paw Park is one of the few places along the beach where dogs are allowed. The park features an enclosed run for big dogs and one for small dogs, as well as an open beach area where dogs can swim. This park, across from Venice’s airport, is where you and your “best friend” can play in the gulf and socialize with other dogs, offering doggie drinking fountains; showers on decks for “dogs only”, fire hydrants and leash posts, dog lovers have declared this park… and beach… to be the best doggie park in the state! Shaded by towering oaks, small dogs will enjoy their fenced in arena while the big boys can frolic in the larger pen. Double gates access both parks and the beach. A paved walkway leads directly to the beach where your best friend will delight in this 300’ section of sand and water.
Note: Summer months may force you to carry your furry friend as the sand can be hot under paw. Doggie waste bags and receptacles are provided and strategically placed around the park. Human comforts include drinking fountains, picnic tables and restrooms. Parking is very limited although off road parking is across the street. Bird Key Park is located on Bird Key, Florida, at the foot of the Ringling Causeway Bridge, which leads to Sarasota. This small stretch of beach along Sarasota Bay is a well-known spot for dog lovers. You and your dog can swim together while enjoying stunning views of the blue-green water. The park is open from 6 a.m. until 12 a.m. year-round, and admission is free. (Source: eHow) Ken Thompson Park, a small beach on the Gulf Coast of Florida, is a hidden treasure near the Mote Marine Aquarium on Sarasota Bay. Here you will also find the New Pass Fishing Pier, which winds through the mangroves. You and your pet can stroll along the pier or relax in the sun while watching the kayakers launch their boats. The beach is open from 5 a.m. until 11 a.m. and admission is free. (Source: eHow)
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Pizza - Pasta - Salads - Subs and more...
Restaurant New York Style! 12” Personal Pie........................................$9.95 Small Pizza 14’’ inch - 6 Slices.................$12.00 Large Pizza 16’’ - 8 Slices........................$14.00 Sicilian (Thick) 14”x16” inch - 8 Slices......$16.00 Additional Toppings............................... $2.00 Gourmet Toppings..................................$4.00 Half Topping.............................................$1.25 Half Gourmet...........................................$2.25 Standard Pizza Toppings: • Italian Sausage • Sliced Meatballs • Pepperoni • Oven Baked Ham • Strip Bacon • Canadian Bacon • Mushrooms • Anchovies • Green Peppers • Onions • Black Olives • Sliced Tomatoes • Fresh Garlic • Spinach • Pineapple • Broccoli Gourmet Pizza Toppings: • Artichoke • Feta Cheese • Eggplant • Grilled Chicken • Shrimp • Sun Dried Tomatoes • Portabella Mushroom • Clams
Stromboli Roll 2 Ingredients............................$8.95 Additional Ingredients $1.00 each Gourmet Ingredients $2.25 each
Specialty Pizzas No Substitutions Allowed...........14”............. 16” Marinara................................. $14.95...... $17.85 Coated with Garlic, Oil, and Fresh Basil and Tomatoes, Topped with Parmesan Cheese
Black Pearl Seafood Pizza...... $18.50..... $21.40 Baby Shrimp and Clams, Spinach, Tomatoes, and Black Olives
Chicken Ranch Pizza.............. $18.50..... $21.40 Ranch Dressing, Sliced Tomatoes, Strip Bacon, Chicken Breast, Coated with Garlic and Oil and Topped with Cheddar Cheese
Meat Lover’s Pizza.................. $18.50..... $21.40 Pepperoni, Sausage, Strip Bacon, and Meatballs
Vegetable Pizza...................... $18.50..... $21.40 Mushrooms, Peppers, Onions, Black Olives, & Sliced Tomatoes
City Pizza Supreme................. $19.75.....$22.95 Sausage, Pepperoni, Black Olives, Mushrooms, Onions, Green Peppers, Anchovies, and Meatballs
Mediterranean Pizza.............. $18.50..... $21.40 Mozzarella Cheese, Artichoke Hearts, Black Olives, and Sliced Tomatoes
Open 7 Days A Week Sunday - Thursday 11am to 10pm Friday and Saturday 11am to 11pm
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6645 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key, FL
White Pizza............................ $15.95......$18.85
With a Delicious White Wine Sauce and Blend of Spices
Pesto Pizza............................. $16.50..... $19.40
With Choice of Pasta
Hot & Spicy............................. $16.50..... $19.40
Ricotta, Mozzarella, and Provolone Cheese
(Pesto Sauce Prepared with Fresh Basil and Garlic)
Davy Jones Deep Sea Calamari.............. $14.95
Sicilian Pizza - 14”x16” inch - 8 Slices......$16.00
Dinner Salad............................................ $3.75 Tossed Salad.............................................$8.50
Stromboli Pizza (Baked Between Two Dough Crusts).....$25.95
Chef Salad............................................... $9.50
Pepperoni, Banana Peppers, and Fresh Garlic (Thick Crust)
Lettuce, Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Olives, Pepperoni, Mozzarella Cheese, and Onions
Ricotta, Mozzarella, Pepperoni, Sausage, Black Olives, Green Peppers, Mushrooms, Onions, and Meatballs
Lettuce, Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Olives, Pepperoni, Mozzarella, Swiss Cheese, Onions, Ham, and Turkey
Lettuce, Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Olives, Pepperoni, Onions, Provolone Cheese, Salami, and Anchovies
(Rolled Over Dough Filled With Mozzarella Cheese, Ricotta Cheese, And Our Own Blend Of Spices With Marinara Sauce On The Side)
Cheese Calzone........................................$6.95 Additional Toppings.................................$1.75 Gourmet Toppings...................................$2.25
Antipasto Salad.......................................$9.95 Tuna Salad............................................... $8.25 Lettuce, Tomatoes, Olives, Onions, Celery, and Tuna in Light Mayo
Greek Salad.............................................$9.25 Lettuce, Tomatoes, Olives, Onions, and Feta Cheese
(See Pizza Toppings for what’s available for your Calzone)
Chicken or Grouper Available on Any of Our House Salads $4.00
($2.00 Split plate charge.)
Stuffed Shells...........................................$12.95 Lasagna................................................. $13.50 Ravioli (Meat or Cheese)........................ $12.50 Chicken Parmigiana with Choice of Pasta....... .............................................................. $14.95 Veal Parmigiana with Choice of Pasta............ .............................................................. $16.95 Ziti or Spaghetti with Marinara...............$9.95
Romaine Lettuce, Tomatoes, Croutons, and Caesar Dressing
Munchies and More
Soup of the Day.......................................$3.95 Hamburger..............................................$5.95 with Fries, add $1.50
Cheeseburger...........................................$6.95 with Fries, add $1.50
Side Order of Meatballs or Meat Sauce . ..$4.25 Mozzarella Sticks...................................... $8.25 Baked Ziti or Spaghetti...........................$12.95 Calamari Rings........................................$8.95 Spaghetti with Red or White Clam Sauce......... Buffalo Wings.......... Small $5.95 Large $8.95 .............................................................. $14.95 French Fries . ...........................................$3.95 Ziti or Spaghetti with Meatballs............. $12.50 Side Order of Spaghetti........................... $4.50 Ziti with Broccoli or Mushrooms..............$12.25 House Bread (Focaccia)........................... $1.99 Available with Red or White Wine Sauce Garlic Cheese Bread................................ $4.50 Eggplant Parmigiana (with Choice of Pasta).. (A Delicious Blend of Spices and Cheese) .............................................................. $14.95 Homemade Chips....................................$4.25 Ziti Calabrese..........................................$13.95 Alfredo Sauce available $3.50
Fresh Garlic with Olive Oil, Plum Tomatoes, Mozzarella Cheese, and Mushrooms
Pesto with Your Choice of Pasta.............$12.95 Shrimp Scampi ......................................$15.95
Hot & Cold Subs, Kids Meals, & Desserts available
WINE & BEER OFFERED
*Prices are subject to change 18% Gratuity added for parties of Six or More
Dine-in, Take-out, or Delivery (Outside Dining Available) 941-349-4490 • www.citypizzaofsarasota.com
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