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Siesta Key beaches have never needed sand renourishment
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“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” Siesta Key is a very unique island, one of the few islands throughout Florida with public beaches that never needed renourishment. As we await the Administrative Judge’s ruling from the December 2017 FDEP Administrative Hearing of challenges to the City plan to dredge and borrow 1.7 million cubic yards of sand from Big Sarasota Pass to nourish Lido beach, I thought it wise to look how well government intervention worked out for the southern part of Siesta Key, Turtle Beach. Continued on page 30
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FDOT remains concerned about lack of documentation in traffic studies for Siesta Promenade By Rachel Brown Hackney / SarasotaNewsLeader.com Almost exactly five months after Sarasota County staff notified Benderson Development Co. of a multitude of insufficiencies in the firm’s revised proposal for the mixed-use Siesta Promenade complex, Benderson responded to the county. However, based on copies of correspondence SNL has obtained between the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and consulting firm Kimley-Horn and Associates of Tampa, Benderson has yet to provide all sought details about traffic projections for the project. In a Dec. 19, 2017 email, Nathan Kautz, an FDOT traffic services engineer, notified KimleyHorn employees that they had not proved that a traffic signal would be warranted at the intersection of Stickney Point Road and Avenue B and C. Kautz added that the median opening at Glencoe Avenue would need to be closed to accommodate traffic headed from the east to a northbound queue, “if a signal is warranted.” Further, Kautz wrote, “How Avenue A will work with the queues at the proposed signal should be addressed.”
In a Nov. 6, 2017 email to Kimley-Horn employees, Kautz noted that some of his colleagues had asked for assurance that the proposed signal at Stickney Point Road and Avenue B and C would not cause westbound traffic queues to back up into the intersection of U.S. 41 and Stickney Point Road. In a Nov. 17, 2017 letter to Kautz, Christopher
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Hatton, senior vice president of Kimley-Horn, wrote that the firm’s traffic studies indicated westbound traffic at the intersection of Stickney Point Road and Avenue B and C “is not anticipated to back up into the signal at the intersection of Stickney Point Road & US 41.” Continued on page 10
|‘David versus Goliath’ hearing wraps up; Advocates for Big Pass expect judge’s decision soon Peter van Roekens and coastal scientist Richard Gilmore went out on Big Pass with Captain Paul Oversmith on an evening in late July. They were on the lookout for speckled trout, and they discovered the fish were mating in Big Pass and the juvenile trout were using the seagrass beds. “That mating ground would be destroyed,” van Roekens, chair of Save Our Siesta Sand2 (SOSS2) told Siesta Sand, about the U.S. Army Corps and City of Sarasota’s proposed joint project to dredge Big Pass for sand to renourish a large swatch of Lido Beach. The specific information van Roekens and Gilmore documented on speckled trout, during the July trip, was later presented during an administrative hearing that is the latest twist in the contentious battle over the future of the pass. It’s been noted that the Army Corps plan to mitigate any seagrass destruction from the Big Pass dredging at a distant mitigation point in Manatee County — a move that would not likely counter the negative impact to the population of speckled trout and other fish that feed on them. The reasons are twofold: first is that Perico Preserve is near a fresh water river, which is inimical to spawning sea trout. And second, it is highly unlikely that any of the sea trout will migrate the 18 plus miles from Big Pass to the preserve. As Gilmore said, “No one has told them!” The Army Corps project — which would place 1.2 million (note: 1.2 million cubic yards is the number the Army Corps continues to report;
however, in realty 1.7 million cubic yards can be dredged from Big Pass based on the documentation associated with the joint permit application submitted to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection) cubic yards of sand on Lido Beach — is designed to protect a vulnerable stretch of shore on Lido Key. A public affairs specialist with the Army Corps’ Florida district tells Siesta Sand the purpose of the Lido Key Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction project is to reduce future storm damage and maintain the recreational qualities of Lido Beach. But mounting concerns about the project’s impacts on nearby areas have arisen, and a coalition of organizations spearheaded by the Siesta Key Association (SKA) and SOSS2 have filed lawsuits to stop the plan. They say dredging Big Pass, which has never occurred before, will put their barrier island’s renowned beaches and shoreline at risk. SKA and SOSS2 have led a well-organized challenge to the Army Corps project —culminating thus far in the Florida administrative hearing, held starting Dec. 12, 2017, and running for five days in what Siesta advocates described as a “David versus Goliath” legal proceeding. Administrative law judge Bram D.E. Canter is expected to rule in the administrative hearing by March, or April. Catherine Luckner, Vice President of SKA, describes the “David versus Goliath” atmosphere in the courtroom during the administrative hearing.
Sarasota mayor convinces City Commission to keep Big Pass dredging ‘insurance policy’
Variety of ‘bizarre laws’ enacted for condominium associations in 2017 legislative session
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Demolition of old Fandango Café building approved By Rachel Brown Hackney / SarasotaNewsLeader.com During a Dec. 7, 2017 Planning Commission public hearing, a Siesta resident noted in her remarks that the building that once housed the Fandango Café on Old Stickney Point Road was scheduled for demolition. SNL confirmed that in county records. As of Jan. 5, the permit was ready to be issued, county records showed. Graber’s Excavating Inc. of Sarasota was the company that submitted an online application to the county on Nov. 10, 2017, seeking the permit. A note in the file initially said the application failed the “Resource Protection/Air Review.” On Nov. 20, 2017, SNL learned, county employee Jody Brown wrote that either a determination that the Environmental Protection Agency’s Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants does not apply in this situation “OR Graber’s must provide an Asbestos Survey required per County Code 54-119.” On Jan. 5, Brown put in another comment, saying the report had been received. “No Asbestos
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Containing Material was detected,” Brown continued. Therefore, no further surveys or testing was required, he added, and he gave his approval for the issuing of the permit. The building on the property, which encompasses 7,514 square feet, according to the Sarasota County Property Appraiser’s Office, was constructed in 1984. It is owned by Stickney Storage LLC, whose principal is Dr. Gary Kompothecras. Over the past year, island residents have protested Kompothecras’ plans to construct a new hotel on the Key.
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Kompothecras bought the former Fandango property in August. 2016 for $1,225,000, the Property Appraiser’s Office records also show. Last year, the land was valued at $903,000, while the building was valued at $130,000. The total land area is 35,720 square feet. The permit application also notes, “Driveway to remain. NO TREES to be removed emphasis in the document.” The demolition expense is listed as $26,900. The expiration date listed for the permit is May 9.
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On Jan. 3, the average Sarasota resident who has adapted to the balmy Florida winters was shivering on land. Yet, two Sarasota County lifeguards proved once again that first responders take their responsibilities very seriously, even in very uncomfortable circumstances. Siesta resident Michael Shay, who lives on Big Sarasota Pass, went out of his home about 4 p.m. on Jan. 3 to pick up his mail. He immediately spotted a Sarasota County Fire Department truck, an EMS unit and two Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office vehicles in his driveway. Seeing no people, he walked around to the Gulf side of his property, he continued, “and that was where the ‘action’ was.” Shay said he learned from Deputy Chris McGregor of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office that boaters had become separated from their vessel in the pass; it had drifted across the channel and become grounded on riprap along the seawall. Continued on page 9
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Sarasota mayor convinces majority of City Commission to keep Big Pass dredging ‘insurance policy’ By Rachel Brown Hackney Sarasota Mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie convinced the majority of her colleagues in mid-January to keep $2.5 million set aside as an “insurance policy” in the event the proposed dredging of Big Sarasota Pass were allowed to proceed and resulting damage needed to be mitigated. Reporting on discussions she and City Engineer Alexandrea DavisShaw held in Washington, D.C., in December 2017 with representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and members of the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations committees, Freeland Eddie stressed her concern that moving the money back into the city’s general beach renourishment account could jeopardize federal funding for the planned replenishment of sand on South Lido Key. “The $2.5 million was one of the bright lights in terms of showing the city’s additional investment in the project,” she said on Jan. 16. On Feb. 21, 2017, the City Commission voted unanimously to set up what City Manager Tom Barwin characterized as an “insurance policy.” The action came almost exactly two months after the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) announced its intent to issue the city
and the USACE a permit to dredge about 1.2 million cubic yards of sand from Big Pass to renourish about 1.6 miles of critically eroded South Lido Key. In January 2017, the Siesta Key Association (SKA) and Save Our Siesta Sand 2 (SOSS2) filed administrative law challenges in response to FDEP’s Dec. 22, 2016 announcement. Barwin voiced optimism during that February 2017 City Commission meeting that if the board established the emergency mitigation fund, the SKA and SOSS2 could be dissuaded from pursuing their challenges. He Sarasota Mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie did not specifically address the FWF action. “This is a good faith effort to On Jan. 16, City Attorney Robert Fournier respond to concerns which have been expressed,” he said, referring to the views pointed to the fact that because the hearing of SOSS2 and SKA leaders that the dredging already had been held, the reasoning for would damage not only the pass but also maintaining the emergency fund was moot. Nonetheless, Freeland Eddie said, if Siesta Key. In mid-December 2017, Judge Bram Canter rules for the city and the USACE, the D.E. Canter presided over a five-day federal agency “will be able to go full-speed Florida Division of Administrative Hearings on our behalf,” based on the scoring of the (DOAH) proceeding during which the SKA city’s application for the project. and SOSS2 presented a series of expert She did not mention that the SKA also filed a verified complaint in the 12th Judicial witnesses.
Circuit Court in January 2017, seeking to prevent the removal of sand from the pass. Judge Lon Arend ruled in April 2017 that the case would be held in abeyance until after Canter ruled in the DOAH proceeding.
‘A more vulnerable position’ During her and DavisShaw’s discussions in Washington, D.C., in December 2017, Freeland Eddie told her colleagues on Jan. 16, they learned that the continuing legal challenges to the Lido Renourishment Project have put the city “in a more vulnerable position …” It was made clear to her and DavisShaw, she pointed out, that no federal money has been allocated for the estimated $21.5-million project because the legal issues have remained unresolved. In unveiling the Lido proposal in September 2013, the USACE project manager at the time — Milan Mora of the Jacksonville District Office — said the federal agency would cover about 62% of the cost. The rest of the money would come out of Tourist Development Tax (TDT) revenue Sarasota Continued on the next page
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County allocates to the city for beach renourishment initiatives and from the state, in the form of a grant. The latter two amounts would be equal, based on city documents released as late as the summer of 2017.
Exceeding a deadline Kelly Strickland, the city’s director of financial administration, explained to the commission on Jan. 16 that the $2.5 million could not be used for any purpose except beach renourishment-related actions. Yet, Freeland Eddie voiced concern about the appearance of moving the money back into the beach renourishment account. “There are so many states vying for the same pot of federal dollars.” “I agree with what the mayor said,” Vice Mayor Liz Alpert announced. If the city did receive the FDEP permit, Alpert continued, and the dredging began, “I’d rather have this money sitting there, ready, in case we do need to use it for the mitigation.”
“I share the concerns, as well,” Commissioner Hagen Brody added. “I don’t want anything to influence the administrative law judge that just sat through this whole hearing in December.” Brody made the motion to deny the staff request to move the money back into the overall beach renourishment fund. Commissioners Jan Ahearn-Koch and Willie Shaw opposed the motion, resulting in a 3-2 vote.
SKA and SOSS2 responses In response to a request for a comment on the City Commission a ct i on , SK A V i ce President Catherine Luckner responded in a Jan. 16 email, “Sadly, the $2.5 million would not fully approach the portion of responsibility should there be post-project damages.” For example, she pointed out, in its formal Biologic Opinion, which is part of the FDEP file on the permit application, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “has stated there must be funds to remove the groins structures should they
USACE plans over a 50-year period. Peter van Roekens, chair of SOSS2, responded in an email: “One house and its seawall on Big Pass would not be covered by $2.5 million; talk about being
create other problems for wildlife.” That action, she pointed out, would “be costly.” Two groins have been proposed on South Lido to help hold the sand in place between subsequent renourishments of the beach the
underinsured by many orders of magnitude. Given the data from the recent DOAH hearing, the City would find they could not purchase insurance on the open market to cover the potential risk to Siesta Key.”
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Variety of ‘bizarre laws’ enacted for condominium associations in 2017 legislative session, Sarasota attorney tells Siesta condo owners and directors By Rachel Brown Hackney / SarasotaNewsLeader.com From term limits to websites to thirddegree felonies, the 2017 Florida Legislature enacted a number of “bizarre laws” affecting condominium associations, a Sarasota attorney who has specialized in condominium law since 1980 told about 60 people during the Jan. 23 meeting of the Siesta Key Condominium Council. For many years, Dan Lobeck said, “I thought the condominium associations were probably the second most highly regulated industry in the state of Florida, second only to nuclear power.” In the aftermath of the 2017 legislative session, he added, he believes the associations have taken the top spot. Lobeck explained that a number of facets played into why the Legislature “did what it did to make laws so burdensome and complicated on condo boards.” A key factor, however, was a Miami Herald expose about unethical and illegal actions involving condo boards and managers, he pointed out. After the paper published its findings, the state attorney in Miami-Dade County convened a grand jury, which offered recommendations that ended up in bills that were enacted. The laws Lobeck focused on went into effect on July 1, 2017, he noted. First, directors who serve two-year terms may not be elected more than four consecutive times. The idea behind that, he said, was that “if you’re serving your community for an extensive period, you must be abusive … even though some of the best directors that I have seen … have really devoted themselves to the community over the long haul, and the community appreciates that.” The term limit can be waived by a vote of two-thirds of the membership, he added, and in circumstances when not enough eligible candidates are available to fill the vacancies at the time in question.
Fortunately, he said, both the state and condo association attorneys in Florida have taken the position that the four consecutive terms would have to start after July 1, 2017. That law does not apply to directors who serve one-year terms, Lobeck noted, and case law in the state effectively has prohibited terms of three years or longer. Another new law makes it illegal for use of a debit card issued in the name of an association or billed directly to an association. “Credit cards — you can steal money with them,” Lobeck joked, eliciting laughter from audience members. A management company could use a debit card to draw on association funds, he continued, as long as the association name is not on the card. Then Lobeck addressed new criminal penalties, “as if there wasn’t enough discouragement to volunteer to serve on your board.” Moreover, “Legislators made at least half a dozen mistakes in the law,” he pointed out, as many of the crimes are not listed as such in other parts of the Florida Statutes. “You have to amend the criminal statutes to create a new crime.” For example, he said, one new provision makes it a third-degree felony to forge a ballot envelope or voting certificate used in an election. “But they didn’t make forgery of the outer envelope a crime,” Lobeck noted. Yet another action that results in a third-degree felony charge, he continued, is the destruction or refusal to allow inspection or copying of an official record of a condominium association that is accessible to unit owners, in the furtherance of any crime. For example, Lobeck explained, if someone stole money from an association, and a cancelled check would prove that, “it’s a felony to destroy the check.” Any director or officer charged or indicted
for any of the crimes related to he pointed out, is not only the forgery, theft or embezzlement, agenda of any board meeting or the destruction or withholding and documents to be voted on, of records, is barred from serving but also “any other document as an officer or director of another required for the meeting,” and Dan Lobeck association,” he continued. the latter has to be put on the If an officer or director is website at least 48 hours before charged with a crime, Lobeck the meeting. That means any continued, that person is to be removed from issue that will come up at the session should the board and a temporary replacement be posted on the website, he said. put in the person’s place. “So much for the The website also has to contain a passwordprotected section including not only all the presumption of innocence.” If the accused later is cleared of the crime, board materials, Lobeck continued, but also Lobeck said, the person can go back on the the recorded association declaration and board. bylaws; the filed articles of incorporation, Lobeck then talked of new financial reports, with all amendments; the association rules; including the necessity for associations to file bid summaries, which must be available a form naming every institution where it for a year; the annual financial report; the maintains accounts. That makes it possible, annual budget; and “any proposed financial he noted, for “an aggrieved owner to find report to be considered at a meeting.” When asked whether a management out where you keep your money.” In response to a question, he said that company can operate the website, Lobeck documents should be filed at the same replied that it could. He added that the address where the association provides its website “just has to be capable of access by annual report. the board without management.” For associations with 150 or more units, he Finally, in response to another question, continued, the Legislature has required “a Lobeck said “a fairly recent law” makes it huge complicated website” by July 1 of this legal for board members to “communicate year. “This is totally insane as to what has very freely by email,” as long as they do to be on this.” not take an official vote on an issue via Among the material that has to be posted, email.
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Art project dominated by cairns By Rachel Brown Hackney
On Jan. 12, Siesta Key Association (SKA) President Catherine Luckner had been observing changes on the 162 Beach Road parcel, which the owners agreed last year to sell to Sarasota County. She spied two men on the property in early January, and they appeared to be creating an art project dominated by cairns. Four days later, the undertaking appeared to be complete. Luckner kindly sent several photos to SNL, which forwarded one of them to Sarasota County staff to learn whether anyone in the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources (PRNR) Department had an explanation for the transformation of the parcel. Media Relations Officer Jason Bartolone reported back on Jan. 18, saying that PRNR staff members he consulted were unaware of the objects on the property until after he provided them with Luckner’s photos. Then they contacted the county’s Environmental Permitting Division. Regardless of what the objects were, they would have to be removed, Bartolone said in a brief telephone interview. In an email, he provided the following information from Howard Berna, the county’s permitting manager:
“The Coastal Setback Code is applicable here (Chapter 54, Article XXII of the Sarasota County Code of Ordinances). In particular, Section 54-723(a) lists out prohibitions seaward of the Sarasota County Gulf Beach Setback Line (GBSL) including: • (1) Construction or excavation; • (2) The installation of non-native plants and landscape boulders in or on a beach, dune system or coastal hammock habitat, except as provided for within Section 54-723(g)(8); • (3) Alteration or removal of native plants located within a dune system or coastal hammock habitat.” Berna added, “It appears that these cairns are inconsistent with item (2) and quite likely item (3) above.” By the way, Bartolone also indicated that the county closed on the 162 Beach Road parcel on Dec. 28, 2017. Owners Ronald and Sania Allen of Osprey had sought $1.7 million for the property, but the County Commission voted on Sept. 13, 2017 to maintain its earlier offer of $1.4 million. The couple finally accepted that. Photo by Catherine Luckner
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Then the two lifeguards came to the rescue. According to the official Emergency Services report from Sarasota County, a call came in at 4:10 p.m. on Jan. 3 to Siesta Key Beach, reporting that two people were “stuck on a sandbar in the pass and their boat had come loose from anchor and was drifting out to the Gulf of Mexico.” Lifeguards Brad Ward and Parker Lennertz climbed aboard one of the jet skis they keep at hand for emergency situations and responded about 4:15 p.m. to the scene amid “red flag rough conditions,” the report added. “Red flag” means no one should be in the water, to put it succinctly. As Shay characterized the situation, “That was a miserable cold, windy day. Those boaters had no business out there.” The temperature at 2:25 p.m. that day was 58, the National Weather Service noted, with wind gusts ranging from 22 to 31 mph out of the northeast. Shay said he had put his mail inside the box he keeps in his home for recyclables as he talked with McGregor. “I couldn’t find a spot to put the box down … without getting stuff blown all over the place,” he added, referring to the wind. The report says Ward and Lennertz spotted the boat along the rocks, but they
proceeded to the “patrons on sandbar to make sure everyone was ok.” Their thinking, the report continued, was that if the boat was drivable, they would bring it to the people on the sandbar so the people could leave in it. The folks on the sandbar told them, “‘Yes, the keys are on the boat,’” the report added. Therefore, Ward and Lennertz proceeded to the boat. “Ward made sure that there were no leaks, hull damage or engine damage before he hopped upon the boat to make sure everything was safe.” He was able to start the engine, the report continued, so he drove it back to the sandbar. The people “were very grateful and appreciative lifeguards were there to ensure their safety and to help them get their boat back,” the report added. The lifeguards completed the call at 4:35 p.m. and headed back to the beach, the report concluded. “It was a nasty day out there,” Shay stressed, and neither lifeguard was wearing a wetsuit. That was all the more reason he felt Ward and Lennertz deserved recognition — even if they were just doing their job.
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Siesta Drive Safer campaign — discussed at the January Siesta Key Association (SKA) meeting — reminded SKA Vice President Catherine Luckner of another long process to achieve a desperately needed traffic improvement on the Key. People who have lived on the island for many years, she said during that SKA meeting, probably remember that a blinking, caution light used to stand at the intersection of Midnight Pass Road and Higel Avenue. “I think it took four deaths in accidents at that spot,” she added, before the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) finally installed the stoplight. Addressing the Make Siesta Drive Safer members, Luckner said, “I think you’ve exceeded that data.” Make Siesta Drive Safer members obtained extensive accident data as they launched their effort to enhance driver and pedestrian safety on Siesta Drive from Osprey Avenue to Higel Avenue and on Higel to the Midnight Pass Road intersection. The committee of the Bay Island Siesta Association is seeking as much support as possible from residents and other organizations on the Key as it works with FDOT and City of Sarasota and Sarasota County representatives on a variety of initiatives.
Where did Lido go?? About 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, heavy sea fog rolled into Big Sarasota Pass. Visibility was so bad, one resident reported, that Lido Key — which is right across the pass — literally disappeared. National Weather Service data recorded at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in Sarasota noted “Fair” at 4:43 p.m., with visibility listed as 9 miles. Exactly one hour later, at 5:53 p.m., the listing said “Fog,” with visibility having dropped to one-half mile. At 6:53 p.m., the fog was persisting, the data show, with visibility down to a quarter-mile. The fog, and then a mix of fog and mist, continued through the night. As of 5:53 a.m. on Jan. 12, the weather report replaced the “Fog/Mist” notation with “Sky Obscured.” However, visibility was back up to 2.5 miles by 8:53 p.m. on Jan. 11. When an inquiry to Ashley Lusby, media relations officer for the county’s Emergency Services Department, whether any boating incidents occurred in the area as a result of the rapid deterioration of visibility, she responded that the Venice Fire Department did handle one situation linked to the weather that day, but nothing else appeared in the records that was linked to the weather. Continued on page 12
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However, Siesta Key residents have talked of such traffic backups occurring already on days during the height of season when beachgoers are headed from the mainland to the island via Stickney Point Road. Additionally, the responses to county questions that Benderson submitted to county Planner Todd Dary on Dec. 28, 2017 indicate increased plans for Siesta Promenade residents and shoppers to use streets in the adjacent Pine Shores Estates neighborhood. Todd Mathes, Benderson Development’s director of development, had assured Pine Shores residents that the firm BIRCHWOOD ST would limit traffic through the neighborhood, Sura Kochman, a spokeswoman for the Pine Shores Neighborhood Alliance, told SNL in a telephone interview. However, a map in Mathes’ 71-page response to county staff shows “Vehicular Connections” on Glencoe Avenue and Crestwood, Beechwood, Birchwood, REDWOOD ST Brentwood, Hazelwood and Redwood streets. The Alliance is a coalition of six neighborhood associations and commercial property owners in the vicinity of the Siesta Promenade site, which is on the northwest corner of U.S. 41 and Stickney Point Road. Parts of Pine Shores Estates date to the 1950s, Kochman told SNL. “This is not a major thoroughfare neighborhood, and they are going to destroy the instead of 150. However, Benderson still peaceful existence of everybody in this neighborhood for their own gain,” she called for 140,000 square feet of retail and said of Benderson Development employees. office space. Kochman pointed to Future Land Use From the past to the future Policy 2.3.7 of the county’s Comprehensive Plan to underscore her belief that Siesta In that Dec. 28, 2017 letter to county Promenade, as proposed, would be Planning and Development Services staff, inappropriate where it is planned. That Mathes reiterated that Siesta Promenade policy says, “In established residential areas, is planned on property that “was formerly incompatible land uses shall be discouraged home to a 300+ unit mobile home park.” He if traffic is generated on abutting local streets added, “The site has long been considered in amounts that would substantially and eligible and appropriate for CAP Critical adversely affect traffic flow, traffic control Area Plan designation.” On Jan. 25, 2017, the County Commission and public safety.” On June 28, 2017, Mathes submitted voted 4-1 to allow the firm to proceed with revised plans for Siesta Promenade to county specific studies in accord with the request for staff. Instead of 506 dwelling units, the new the CAP designation. Winning approval for proposal called for 415. The December 2017 that would allow Benderson to have density up to 25 units per acre, instead of the 13 per documentation says 414. A hotel on site was modified in the June acre allowed in standard county Commercial 2017 documents to provide 130 rooms General zoning districts.
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In his Dec. 28, 2017 letter, Mathes says the proposed density would be 18 units per acre. However, Kochman disputes that, saying the 414 dwelling units, combined with the 130 hotel rooms — which equate to 65 residential units — add up to 20.5 units per acre. In one response to county staff’s July 2017 questions, Mathes indicated that the residential units would be priced at “market rate (with the exception of the required attainable living units) and unrestricted by age or otherwise.” Because most will have one or two bedrooms, and they will be close to the beach, he continued, “our expectation is that more units will be occupied by temporary residents and single or dual occupant households but, again, there will be no restriction.” The development would include five-story, three-story and two-story residential towers, transitioning down in height the closer they
would be to Pine Shores Estates, he noted. Planner Dary wrote in a Jan. 2 email that county staff would begin its standard review of the latest documents to determine whether they are complete. That would take 30 to 45 days, he indicated. After that, if the materials are deemed complete, he added, the formal review process would commence. The first public hearing on Benderson’s petition for rezoning of part of the 23.38 acres and its request for CAP designation would be held before the county’s Planning Commission about 60 days after Planning and Development staff signed off on the revised applications, Dary noted. The final hearing before the County Commission would occur approximately 45 days after the Planning Commission hearing, he added. Notices of those hearings will be advertised, he pointed out.
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There were a total of 21 crimes reported on the Key between 12/21/17-1/23/18 12/26/17 Theft Deputies were dispatched to Access 2 in reference to a theft. The victim, a 14-year-old female, advised that her red “Bose” Bluetooth speaker ($130) was taken while she was on the beach. Her friend had a pair of sunglasses ($15) that they believed were stolen by the same suspect at the same time. The victim said a juvenile white male named Thomas had stolen the items. After describing the car in which he left the beach, he, and the driver of the car, was stopped by another deputy. The driver was adamant that he did not know the speaker was in his car and Thomas apologized and explained that he had not stolen the speaker; he had only run away with it after some other juveniles tried to search his backpack. He didn’t know anything about the sunglasses. The females were satisfied with the investigation after getting the speaker back and did not wish to press charges. Parents were contacted and waivers of prosecution were signed. 12/27/17 Burglary- Vehicle Public Beach A man visiting the beach had his wallet stolen from his car while it was parked. The wallet, which had been in the glove box of the rental car, contained his license, $10 in cash and multiple credit cards. The man later found out his credit cards had been used at 5 different gas stations around Sarasota County. The victim thought he had locked the car although there were no signs of forced entry. 12/30/17 Theft 200 Block Canal Rd. A theft occurred at a Village Market. A loss prevention employee observed on camera two males enter the store and walk around. The men were then seen entering the aisle where the Fever Tree Ginger Beer was located. One of the men was seen ripping open a four pack of the beer and placing a bottle into his backpack. As the suspects approached the front of
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contained miscellaneous jewelry. The woman first noticed the items missing when she returned to her condo in September. Although there were no signs of forced entry, she found a key sticking out of the safe and several items missing from it. She did not report the crime at that time because she was still attempting to remember all of the items that had been in the safe. Several people had access to her condo over the summer as she was having her bathroom remodeled during that time. The missing jewelry was valued at approximately $2425. 1/9/18 Burglary/ Recovery 1000 Block Portofino Dr. A woman recovered an envelope containing $3000 in cash that she had originally reported as stolen. The woman had reported that she had placed the envelope in a drawer on 12/28/17. She realized the envelope was missing when she went to retrieve it on 1/2/18. The complainant and her husband stated they looked for the cash for about a day before calling law enforcement. There was no evidence of a forced entry and the front office of the condo stated that the condo had been cleaned by staff prior to 12/28 and had not accessed the apartment since then. On 1/9, the complainant called the Sheriff’s Office to say that she had found the envelope of cash in a cosmetic bag that she had apparently placed in another room.
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Lorraine Anderson, public information officer for the City of Venice, provided a copy of the Venice Fire Department report. That said a 75-foot vessel collided with a 34-foot sailboat approximately 8 miles west of the Venice Inlet. “There was poor visibility in the Gulf,” the report adds. “No injuries, but substantial damage to the sailboat.” That call was recorded at 4:38 p.m. on Jan. 11, the report notes.
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On April 7, 2016, residents packed the Parish Hall at St. Boniface Episcopal Church, a number of them eager to vent frustrations about a year-long delay in the schedule to decommission the Siesta Key Wastewater Treatment Plant. They had come to the SKA’s monthly meeting to hear a report on that project, whose primary goal was to send all of Siesta’s wastewater to county facilities on the mainland, where it would be treated; that would mean no more discharge into the Grand Canal. Most important to residents at that April 2016 meeting, several indicated, was that the transformation of the plant would mean no more horrid odors as they tried to engage in outside activities in their neighborhoods. Along with running a sewer forcemain and a new water main from the mainland, under the Intracoastal Waterway, to Siesta, the overall project called for transforming the Siesta wastewater plant to a master pumping station, David Cash, the manager of the county’s Water/Wastewater Division, and Gregory S. Rouse, a county engineer who had been involved in the design process, explained to SKA members and guests during that April 2016 meeting. Rouse said that residents in a mainland neighborhood where lines had to be laid had protested about the initial design of that facet of the work. Therefore, staff agreed to changes in the design. Knowing that would add a bit to the project schedule, county staff also won permission from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to allow the Siesta plant to continue to function until June 2018. Originally, the county’s plan called for wastewater treatment to end on Siesta as 2016 ended. County Commissioner Alan Maio noted the change in the timeline during his “State of the County” update to SKA members as part of their 2016 Annual Breakfast Meeting. Then the news spread among residents who live near the plant. As SKA Vice President Catherine Luckner put it during the Jan. 4 SKA meeting, “Everybody was so angry last year.” Almost exactly 21 months after that contentious April 2016 meeting, Robert Luckner, a member of the SKA’s Environmental Committee, reported to about 70 members and guests on Jan. 4 that the end of the project truly was near. If Hurricane Irma had not struck the state in September 2017, Luckner said, he believed the county could have met its late December 2017
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That many vehicles!?! As a condominium complex resident who lives near Stickney Point Road bridge, Michael Nestor has seen a lot of traffic backups on that bridge. Still, he went on to say, the situation a day or two after Christmas was the worst ever. His understanding, he continued, was that traffic literally was backed up all the way to Beneva Road as visitors and residents labored to reach the fine white quartz sands of Siesta Key Beach. In fact, Nestor added, he also understood that drivers were getting ticketed for creating gridlock at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Stickney Point Road.
The ‘hotel amendment’ debated During the Jan. 4 Siesta Key Association (SKA) meeting, Director Joe Volpe reminded audience members that on Jan. 30, the County Commission was scheduled to hold a public hearing on a proposed zoning text amendment to the Siesta Key Overlay District (SKOD) regulations. Volpe and SKA Secretary Joyce Kouba encouraged residents opposed to the amendment to send emails to the County Commission so their comments could be made part of the public record provided to the board in advance of the meeting. When an audience member suggested a petition drive, SKA directors responded that individual letters to the commissioners are more effective. Vice President Catherine Luckner recommended people use the email email@example.com, as all the commissioners receive communications sent to that address. “I think the SKA board is going to do some brainstorming about this,” Luckner said of the proposed amendment, adding that the board planned to send its own letter to the commission. On Dec. 7, 2017, the county Planning Commission voted 8-1 to recommend that the County Commission approve the change to Siesta’s zoning regulations for which the owners of Clayton’s Siesta Grille have applied. It would allow a commercial structure as tall as 85 feet to be as close as 2 feet to the sidewalk. The County Commission would need to grant a special exception to make that narrow a distance possible, however. Continued on page 20
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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is working on plans for restriping and the installation of “Qwick Kurb” devices at the intersection of Siesta Drive and Higel Avenue on Siesta Key, the president of the Bay Island Siesta Association announced to Siesta Key Association (SKA) members. The goal is to reduce the number of accidents in that vicinity, Pat Wulf, the newly elected Bay Island Siesta Association president, explained during a January presentation. The flexible poles, about 3 feet tall, he said will be anchored into the asphalt, creating a barrier to keep cars from veering outside the travel lanes. The poles — made by Qwick Kurb Inc., which is headquartered in Ruskin — will not cause damage to a vehicle that hits them, he pointed out. If the system works, he added, FDOT engineers said they would consider replacing the poles with a guardrail. Additionally, FDOT plans to install new speed “feedback” signs facing motorists entering the curve, so if people are traveling more than 25 mph, the signs will flash “Slow Down,” Wulf said. The current signs flash “Slow Down” only if a motorist is driving faster than 30 mph, Wulf noted. As for the 25 mph warning signs on both approaches to the curve: Wulf explained that those are not considered speed limit signs. A person driving faster than 25 mph cannot be cited for an infraction, he said. In August, FDOT installed new signage that lowered the speed limit from 40 mph to 30 mph in the immediate vicinity of the Higel/Siesta Drive curve. The sign facing southbound traffic will be moved nearer the Anglin Drive intersection, he noted, to make it more visible. FDOT also will consider installing another speed feedback sign on the left side of Higel Avenue to increase the odds that northbound drivers will see a warning about their speed as they approach the sharp curve, Wulf continued during his January presentation. That would complement the sign on the right side of the road, he noted, which will be moved from its location behind a utility pole, so it will be more visible. Wulf addressed the approximately 70 audience members on behalf of the Make Siesta Drive Safer (MSDS) committee of the Bay Island Siesta Association, which has been working over the past months on a number of initiatives to try to increase the safety of both drivers and pedestrians on the 1.9-mile segment of Siesta Drive from the Osprey Avenue intersection to the Higel Avenue intersection. Continued on the next page
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Yet another request MSDS has made, Wulf continued, is for FDOT to forbid left-hand turns out of La Paloma Avenue, which is the residential street just north of the Siesta/Higel curve. If a person tries to turn left onto Siesta Drive from La Paloma, Wulf pointed out, “You are basically taking your life into your hands.” One audience member familiar with La Paloma, however, cautioned Wulf to talk further with FDOT staff about the installation of the “Qwick Kurb” devices. The woman pointed out that if those devices are in place, that will reduce the ability of motorists to veer out of the way on Siesta Drive if they are behind a northbound vehicle getting ready to turn right into the La Paloma neighborhood. In spite of residents’ efforts to ensure they use signals and brakes well in advance of their turns, the woman said, some motorists fail to take sufficient notice and steer to the left to avoid collisions. If the flexible posts are in place, a southbound vehicle on Siesta Drive would have nowhere to go to avoid hitting a northbound motorist attempting not to hit someone making that turn into La Paloma, she explained. “I appreciate your bringing that up,” Wulf replied. “No one had thought of that,” he added, but MSDS representatives will address that with FDOT. Members of the committee had suggested a stoplight at the intersection of Siesta Drive and Higel Avenue, Wulf noted, but FDOT officials opposed that. Their goal is to keep traffic flowing on the road, Wulf said, as it is a hurricane evacuation route.
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Although Make Siesta Drive Safer would like to see the speed limit lowered to 30 mph from Osprey Avenue to the intersection of Midnight Pass Road and Higel Avenue, Wulf explained, FDOT says that because the route is a state road (758), state guidelines call for the 40 mph signs to remain there — unless accident statistics and/or a speed study conducted in early October give the department sufficient reasons to lower the speed. If the road were a county road, he said, FDOT engineers indicated they easily would be able to lower the speed limit to 30 mph because of its residential nature. Although MSDS representatives have talked with Sarasota County Administrator Jonathan Lewis about the potential swap of River Road, a county road, for several Siesta routes, that transaction is unlikely to occur soon, Wulf added. A few months ago, then-County Administrator Tom Harmer announced that negotiations had begun between county administrative staff and FDOT regarding such a swap. The county has been unsuccessful in winning state funding to make the improvements the commissioners argue are needed for River Road because of significant new residential development in that area of South County and the construction of a new Spring Training complex for the Atlanta Braves in the West Villages. The latter is scheduled to open in 2019. When SNL asked county staff for an update, Media Relations Officer Drew Winchester replied that as of Jan. 5, “there was nothing new to report regarding the potential swap. Negotiations remain ongoing with FDOT.” Finally, Wulf noted that MSDS has been talking with FDOT engineers about adding crosswalks at the intersections of North Shell Road and Hamilton Avenue, along with how best to create a safe crossing situation for pedestrians to the north and west of the Siesta/Higel curve. When SKA Environmental Committee member Robert Luckner pointed out that the pedestrian crosswalks FDOT installed in 2012 on Midnight Pass Road between Beach Road and Stickney Point Road were an inexpensive but successful addition, Wulf replied, “We’re jealous as we can be about those crosswalks.” FDOT staff has said that the statistics it has about pedestrian crossings on Siesta Drive and Higel Avenue have been insufficient to warrant the installation of crosswalks, Wulf added. However, MSDS members are hopeful that the October 2017 traffic study will provide updated numbers to support such an initiative.
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Siesta Key Association (SKA) Director Joe Volpe found an unwelcome “visitor” at his home on Jan. 16, a 12-foot python that appeared to still be alive but that was suffering the effects of the cold temperatures. He fished it out of the canal, he said. Volpe ended up contacting a private trapper to come to his home to collect the critter. When the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) was contacted about the snake, Melody Kilborn, public information coordinator in the FWC’s Southwest Region Office in Lakeland, undertook a bit of research. In a Jan. 17 email, she wrote that the type of snake Volpe captured was a reticulated python. From 1989 up until this week, she continued, the FWC “has received 12 verified reports of reticulated pythons in the wild,” adding that they likely escaped from owners or were captive animals or pets that had been released into the wild. In response to a related question, Kilborn noted that the pythons found outside south Florida that have been reported to the FWC are not considered to be part of the “breeding population of Burmese pythons.” State newspapers have had quite a few stories in recent years about Burmese pythons in the Everglades.
A doozy of a start to DOAH hearing By Rachel Brown Hackney Another topic anticipated for SKA discussion was the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) proceeding, which began on Dec. 12 in Sarasota and ended up concluding a day early — on Dec. 18 — in Tallahassee. The proceeding allowed the SKA and Save Our Siesta Sand 2 (SOSS2) to present expert witness testimony that challenged the plan of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to issue a permit to the City of Sarasota and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to dredge 1.7 million cubic yards of sand from Big Sarasota Pass to renourish a 1.6-mile stretch of critically eroded South Lido Key Beach. The first day of the hearing began with more than a little confusion, as this reporter learned firsthand. The DOAH case file included a notice about the location of the proceeding, which was to begin at 9 a.m. However, many attendees focused on one phrase in that notice, “Sarasota County Justice Center,” figuring that meant the location would be the Judge Lynn Silvertooth Judicial Center. When this reporter could not locate Courtroom 2 on the sixth floor of that Ringling Boulevard structure in downtown Sarasota, this reporter was fortunate indeed to find a bailiff who readily showed her the correct location, across the street. The correct courtroom, as it turned out, was in the building where the Sheriff’s Office’s administrative staff used to work and where the State Attorney’s Office continues to operate. Fortunately, too, while Judge Bram D.E. Carter entered the courtroom early on the morning of Dec. 12, he did wait until about 9 to start the hearing. That at least enabled other confused parties to find seats in the nick of time. As for concluding the hearing in Tallahassee: On Dec. 15, Canter conferred with the parties and counsel and then made the decision to finish up testimony at
the DOAH headquarters in Tallahassee. Along with the DOAH, FDEP’s offices and, in fact, the offices of Hopping Green & Sams, the SKA’s law firm, are in Tallahassee. The USACE counsel represented that federal agency’s Jacksonville District Office, while the City of Sarasota’s outside counsel was from the GrayRobinson firm’s offices in Fort Lauderdale. The Lido Key Residents Association had hired the Bradenton firm Lewis, Longman & Walker to represent it. Interested persons who did not want to make the trip to Tallahassee were afforded the opportunity to participate in the rest of the hearing by video conference at the Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims on Parkland Drive in Bradenton, a bit north of University Parkway. Later, the DOAH staff did provide a call-in telephone number, too, as space in the Parkland Drive facility was reported to be quite limited.
And speaking of the hearing … Those who attended the DOAH hearing found Judge Canter not only to be quite engaged in the testimony but also to have a good sense of humor. On Dec. 18, for example, Robert Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines — a joint Duke University/University of Western Carolina initiative — was on the stand. As Martha Collins, the attorney for Save Our Siesta Sand 2 (SOSS2) was attempting to enter an exhibit into the record at one point, opposing counsel apparently had some difficulty finding the document to which she was alluding. That led to Canter dropping the second “S” in SOSS2 as he worked with Collins to clarify the number of the exhibit. “If I refer to your client as SOS, which has a certain ring to it, would that be OK?” Canter asked Collins. She readily agreed that that would be fine. Thus, he was dubbing the exhibit SOS 83, Canter told opposing counsel.
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From Very Small Spaces to Very Big Numbers ‘Tiny Home’ Concept Coming (back) to SW Florida? You’re probably aware of the ‘tiny home’ trend that has caught on in some parts of the country, mostly in places like San Francisco, Seattle and other communities where housing costs have soared beyond the means of modest wage earners lacking trust funds or degrees in software engineering or database analytics. There are even shows featuring the phenomenon on cable TV, including Tiny House, Big Living on the Home & Garden channel and Tiny House Hunting on FYI.tv. But so far the trend has failed to gain much traction here in SW Florida, where conspicuous consumption has been cultivated as an art form, where bigger is almost universally seen as better, where modest, functional/ practical homes have been torn down by new owners in some of our more affluent neighborhoods and replaced with towering ‘megamansions’ that cast enormous shadows (both literally and figuratively) over their formerly well-proportioned neighborhoods. Just take a drive through Country Club Shores on Longboat Key if you need to see for yourself. So I was surprised to read about a recently approved development called Hunters Point planned for just under 19 acres north of Cortez Road adjacent to the northern reaches of Sarasota Bay in Manatee County. According to the Herald Tribune, the project will feature 86 solar equipped ‘cracker’ style cottages boasting 484 square feet of interior space...Really? 484 square feet? Why, that would barely qualify as a reasonably sized kitchen in some parts of town. The irony here is that the concept of small living spaces has already come and gone in these parts, with the many beach cottages built on Siesta Key back in the late 40s and throughout the ‘50s as part of the genesis of what would come to be known as the Sarasota School of Architecture pioneered by Paul Rudolph who later went on to become dean of Yale University’s School of Architecture. Those early designs featured simple, open floor plans and exterior walls that merged exterior
and interior spaces with such innovations as the now ubiquitous sliding glass door, which originated right here in Sarasota. Early examples were small and open to the outdoors allowing breezes and filtered light to stream in...They were perfect as beach getaways; but alas, success led to ever larger, grander examples like the Umbrella House on Lido Shores in a trend reminiscent to my mind of the svelte, classic 1955 Thunderbird morphing into the giant, gas guzzling monstrosity it became throughout the 60s and 70s. So good luck to Hunters Point developer Marshall Gobuty and his plan to return to a simpler time when less was seen as more. But I just wonder if his vision can survive the inevitable crush of potential buyers asking his sales associates to ‘super size’ their orders. Returning Merchandise Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry... Have you ever felt guilty about returning merchandise that maybe you used once or twice, then wrapped back up as best you could in the original packaging and brought back to the store for a full refund? Well, apparently there was no such anxiety for a Costco shopper who purchased a ‘live’ Christmas tree before the holidays and then returned it a week after Christmas, wanting a full refund because...(wait for it)... the tree died! No, you can’t make this stuff up. But perhaps the most ridiculous part of this story? Costco gave the woman her money back! Squeezing in an Appointment at the Dentist’s Office Authorities are still trying to figure out how a driver was able to crash his car into the second story of a medical office building in Santa Anna, California last week, though speed, just the right angle of impact with a median...and yes, alcohol and/or drugs, are all suspected in this improbable traffic mishap that left the driver and his vehicle wedged in the window of a dentist’s office, 10 feet off the ground.
Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! Mardi Gras is just around the corner and if you want to partake in the festivities but don’t have the boundless time and energy that propelled you on road trips to New Orleans during your misspent youth, well, perhaps you should consider getting your ticket punched for Goodwill Manasota’s 13th annual Mardi Gras Gala on February 8th, 6-9 pm at Michael’s on East in Sarasota. There will be Cajun music, shrimp étouféé, crab cakes, jambalaya. Guests are encouraged to dress in masks and beads and all manner of ridiculous costumes; an open bar will serve hurricanes and other adult beverages. And in the spirit of Lent, your ticket proceeds will contribute to the community by actually helping Goodwill Manasota help folks get the type of training and experience needed to land and keep a job, a refreshing and vastly more successful ‘handup’ approach to helping turn lives around than the ‘handout’ approach that has contributed to the growing, self-perpetuating problem of homelessness in the area over the past several years. While the intoxicating element of risk that accompanied those long ago trips to the Big Easy may be missing, at least you shouldn’t have to worry about waking up face down in the street in an unfamiliar part of town outside the French Quarter, where if you’re lucky, all that’s missing is your wallet. For information and tickets, call 941-355-2721, ext. 104. But get a move on, this event usually sells out quickly. Run Oprah, Run! Yet more evidence of the truth behind Paul Simon’s observation in the song “The Boxer” that “...a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest...” It comes in the aftermath of Oprah’s dramatic and moving speech delivered at the Golden Globe Awards in which she addressed recent revelations of entrenched sexual harassment throughout Hollywood and other corridors of power. Continued on page 20
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South Gate Barber Shop: An “Olde Fashion” Place The South Gate Barber Shop has been in existence for over fifty years. It was fading into obscurity when taken over by TJ Vincent in 2014, who came in, redid the shop, and kept it all going. TJ Vincent is a lady barber in a field usually dominated by men. At the time she got her first license, she was the first female in Florida to be tested for barbering. TJ—also known as Teresa—first graduated from Beauty School before deciding that becoming a barber would be even more appealing. She attended Barber College in Ft. Lauderdale, passed stringent state tests with flying colors, and—before long—was a full-fledged barber with three shops in Orlando and one in Old Englewood Village. She had but one goal: to provide first-class barber services. TJ soon went back for additional studies. “I wanted to know it all and become well-rounded,” says this entrepreneurial woman. She took a course in the Roffler method of hair design. The program was designed by Edmond “Pop” Roffler in 1958. It brought advanced European hair cutting methods to America, translating those methods to fit American taste and style. Entirely new and different, Roffler used the straight razor to cut and blend the lengths of hair. His system caught on quickly and he began to teach courses in his advanced technique. TJ signed up for one, and soon was completely enthralled! When the South Gate Barber Shop became available in 2014, TJ jumped at the chance to take it over. Her goal was to run a real “Olde Fashion” Barber Shop with a candy stripe barber pole out front. She came in and redid everything. She brought Old Tampa Theater seats to use as her waiting chairs. She filled the place with Burma Shave pictures, hung lures from a fishing pole, and stocked the room with a lot of antiques. TJ put in five stations for haircuts, bought red and white striped capes, and found four other lady barbers to help—as well as a gentleman barber who fills in when snowbirds arrive. Before long, customers came streaming in, for the services were truly professional. South Gate Barber Shop offers a variety of haircuts: Tapers, Flattops, Fades, and Razor Cuts. They also offer beard trimming, full face shaves, men’s hair color, and shampoos on request. Attention is paid to various grooming needs, including ears, nose, eyebrows, and mustache. The shop is “real picky” about sanitation, and all haircuts are finished with a hot lather neck shave. “We don’t cook breakfast, but we do serve coffee,” says TJ, and two large screen television sets are housed at either end of the shop to keep adults entertained. The shop also specializes in serving children, for TJ feels that “Kids are our future!” She keeps a few toys on hand to amuse kids as they wait, and every boy’s haircut ends with the presentation of a Tootsie Roll. The aim of the shop is to be homey and comfortable. As TJ puts it, “A lot of old-fashioned barbershops have faded away, but we are here to stay! No appointments are necessary. A guy can come in, relax, and have a good time.”
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Don’t let the down-home approach fool you. The haircuts being offered at South Gate are both skilled and sophisticated, for the Roffler technique is one in which TJ is utterly proficient. This method is an approach that focuses on understanding and mastering the hair design process. It uses classic principles of art and beauty, as well as proven cutting techniques. The use of quality products completes the Roffler look. Gentlemen—you are going to emerge from this barbershop looking GREAT! Famed for its fair prices and friendly atmosphere, South Gate Barber Shop is located at 2081 Siesta Drive in Sarasota, opposite LUCKY’S in the same strip mall as the Siesta Drive Post Office. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 to 6, Saturday from 9 to 4, and is closed on Sunday. Call 941-312-6001 or simply walk in.
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Dr. Gary Kompothecras, prominent for his 1-800-Ask-Gary advertising for his chiropractic clinics, has been working for more than a year on a proposal to construct a hotel on property zoned for commercial uses on the Key. His actions led to the zoning regulations proposal. In June 2017, the county’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) voted 3-2 in support of county Zoning Administrator Donna Thompson’s interpretation of the SKOD commercial zoning stipulations. She had provided a letter to Kompothecras’ attorney, Charles D. Bailey III, saying that the SKOD requires a building to be set back a minimum of 25 feet from the sidewalk if the structure is taller than 35 feet. The maximum setback would be half the height of the building. Since 85 feet is the maximum height allowed on the county’s barrier islands, Thompson indicated in a zoning determination letter, the setback for an 85-foot-tall building in the SKOD would be 42.5 feet. Bailey, who is with the Williams Parker firm in Sarasota, had appealed her determination to the BZA. Subsequently, a different attorney acting on Kompothecras’ behalf filed a complaint in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court, seeking to overturn the BZA ruling. That case has been on hold as a result of an agreement between
the County Commission and Kompothecras, as the proposed zoning text amendment remains under consideration. Although residents on Old Stickney Point Road are convinced Kompothecras has plans to erect the hotel partly on the site of the former Fandango Café, Volpe told the SKA members on Jan. 4, “The elephant in the room is the Village,” as it is zoned for commercial uses. “And there’s a lot of money at stake here,” Volpe added. Yet, he continued, “Everybody likes the quaintness of the Village.” “Commissioners get elected by votes,” Volpe said. “It’s time to speak up and put a stop to this nonsense.” Then Bob Waechter, a past chair of the Sarasota County Republican Party and a former SKA board member, asked Volpe if he could speak. “I think you’re mischaracterizing it a little bit,” Waechter said of the SKOD. “I was very involved in the whole process to draw up the Siesta zoning regulations. And I realize what I am going to say is probably not going to be popular with some of the folks in this room.” The SKOD was written to encourage the construction of commercial buildings “2 feet off the sidewalk,” Waechter continued. Referring to the 12th Judicial Circuit Court case, Waechter noted, “There is a legal
challenge pending that will go through if this amendment doesn’t go through.” If the court overrules the BZA, Waechter pointed out, “There will be no recourse.” Buildings will be allowed to stand 85 feet tall just 2 feet off the sidewalk, he continued, without the County Commission having any say about extra setback, as the board would under the guidelines of the zoning text amendment. “So I think you’re making an argument against your own interests,” he told Volpe. “We should just roll over and just let ’em do this?” Volpe responded, referring to approval of the amendment. “I don’t think so.” Then Lourdes Ramirez, president of the Siesta Key Community, told the audience that Waechter “is a good friend of 1-800 Dr. Gary, so he has a special interest in getting Gary’s hotel built.” Ramirez added, “The lawsuit is frivolous. Kompothecras is suing for a right he doesn’t have.” Siesta Sand will have a full accounting of the County Commission hearing on the amendment in its March issue.
A littering issue In a Jan. 8 email, SKA board member Joe Volpe addressed an issue that he did not have the time to bring up during the Jan. 4 SKA meeting.
He copied the paper on a Dec. 30 email he sent to Susan Stahley, the county Code Enforcement officer who works on the Key. “I have attached a piece of literature that was folded up inside a zip-lock bag with rocks and thrown out of a vehicle ‘delivering’ them,” Volpe wrote. “Not only is this littering but whoever did the delivery just dropped them in the gutters in front of the homes on Treasure Boat Way sometime late Friday or Saturday 12/30/2017.” The material to which Volpe was referring was a flyer for a landscaping company in Sarasota. In response to a query about a Code Enforcement response to the complaint, county Media Relations Officer Drew Winchester explained that the Sheriff’s Office handles littering. Therefore, SNL contacted Kaitlyn R. Perez, community affairs director for the Sheriff’s Office.” She wrote in a Jan. 9 email, “It sounds like based on your email this incident isn’t something that would typically meet our threshold of investigating.” However, she pointed out, “dumping a large quantity of anything on a residential street, wooded area, public access road or other, would certainly fall under the county ordinance for illegal dumping and littering.” Continued on page 32
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The resulting swoon by the media suddenly had Oprah running for President in 2020. But the narrative initially got started due to a misunderstanding on the part of her longtime companion Stedman Graham of a reporter’s backstage question. Asked if Oprah would make a run for president, Stedman replied “Absolutely!” But amid the noise, he had misheard the question. What he thought he was being asked was whether Oprah would make a good president. Most everyone heard his answer in the context of the question the reporter had actually asked; few heard the later explanation of his answer in terms of what he thought her question had been, proving yet again the power of fake news, intentional or not: that a good story can circle the globe before the truth can get its shoes on. Amazing Numbers for Amazon If this was a youth baseball game it would have been called after the first inning with Amazon ahead a gazillion to nothing and
the competition – even Wal-Mart –thoroughly demoralized. According to Bloomberg News, Amazon accounted for 89% of online spending from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Talk about covering it all from A-to-Z as the company’s smiley face logo suggests, Amazon’s dominance in online retail would make the robber barons of the gilded age blush. But few politicians or writers today seem to notice or care the way the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and Sinclair Lewis did early on in the last century. Remember how fearful everyone was over Wal-Mart’s supposed dominance of retail not that long ago? Even at its zenith, it was nothing like Amazon’s online dominance today. And on a related item: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is now not only the richest person alive; he is the richest person to have ever lived, with a reported wealth of $105 billion. Parting Thought The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
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If you have any non-perishable food items that have not been opened, the Siesta Key Chamber, located at 5114 Ocean Blvd, in the Village at the Davidson Plaza along with St. Michael’s Parish, located at 5394 Midnight Pass Road will gladly take these items and pass them on to the less fortunate in the Sarasota area. Chamber hours for items to be dropped off are as follows: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For instructions on after hour drop-offs, please contact the Chamber office at 941-349-3800. St. Michael’s hours for items to be dropped off are as follows: Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – Noon and again from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. – Noon.
If you are dropping off items after hours, please leave any items at the front door of the parish office. For any additional questions, please contact the office at 941-349-4174.
Every Sunday is a perfect time to come to the Key to reconnect with Mother Nature and to enjoy some wonderful entertainment. I’m talking about the Siesta Key Drum Circle that takes place each Sunday starting about an hour before sunset and lasting until about 10 p.m. The gathering meets up just south of the main pavilion - just follow your ears and watch for the swelling crowd. Please note the following rules of etiquette that need to be observed at the Drum Circle so that all can enjoy the experience: the inside of the drum circle is
for participants only, not for people standing around. Feel free to enter the circle, take a picture and dance, but always keep moving. Never play someone’s drum without getting clearance from the owner. Always ask before borrowing other people’s property, especially hula hoops. Flash photography and bright video lights are distracting, so photograph during daylight or use a night vision camera. And finally, please do not drink alcohol or smoke inside the circle and respect our beach by placing all trash in the appropriate receptacles. Photo by Kenny Brooks
Before you leave Sarasota, you must try this one! As seen on the Food Network Guy Fieri’s “Diner’s, Drive-In’s and Dive’s” show. The TurDucKen “One big bird” Boneless chicken stuffed in a boneless duck stuffed in a boneless turkey with a variety of great seasonings. Alpine Steakhouse just off of Siesta Key located between the bridges at 4520 S. Tamiami Trail. 941-922-3797
Lunch Turducken Sandwich $8.95 and Dinner Turducken $18.95 w/mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce
A ‘symbol’ of the holiday season Apparently, someone who may have been celebrating New Year’s Eve a bit too robustly hit the Village sign on the southern approach in the wee hours of Jan. 1. The collision destroyed the solar panel as well as the sign, Michael Shay, manager of the Siesta Key Village Maintenance Corp. reported. “The wooden light post and light are still standing!” he wrote in an email that morning to Maintenance Corp. directors and Lisa Cece, the county special district coordinator who supervises the Village upkeep. “In the dark the bushes didn’t look too bad but the sign is in pieces!” Shay added. The good news, though, he noted, was that all the bollards that light the Village crosswalks managed to survive the New Year’s Eve/New Year’s traffic. The Highway Patrol handled the Jan. 1 collision, but Siesta Sand was unable to obtain a copy of the report.
Again?! The landscaped medians and decorative signs that mark the entry to Siesta Village from both the northern and southern approaches just seem to be magnets for accidents. On Jan. 9, Michael Shay, manager of the Siesta Key
Village Maintenance Corp., reported that the northern median was struck sometime after midnight. Signage ended up in the grassy area just east of the median, he added. “You can also see that the plants have been run over again!” he wrote in an email to Sgt. Jason Mruczek of the Sheriff’s Office, leader of the Siesta substation, and Lisa Cece, special district coordinator who supervises the Village upkeep for the county. On Aug. 27, 2017, a 26-year-old Sarasota man was
charged with careless driving after he struck the welcome sign on the northern end.
Questions arise about new signs in the Village The second week of January, the manager of the Siesta Key Village Maintenance Corp. noticed small red-and-white signs attached to different structures
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For those that have enjoyed th cuts and camaraderie at the Villag Barber over the years, you can sti continue to see Scott Reich at hi new Gulf Gate Barbershop locatio at 6575 Gateway Ave. in Gulf Gate The Siesta Center was sold an the new ownership of the Ocea Blvd building wasn’t quite meetin up to expectations. You can reach Scott at 941 346-0222. His hours are 8:30-4:0 Tuesday thru Friday and 8:30-12:0 Saturday.
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GAS STATION Circle K Store...........................................Map-E #6 GIFTS & SOUVENIRS Beach Bazaar........................................ Map-C #28 From God’s Garden..............................Map-D #9 Island Trader......................................... Map-C #51 Sea Pleasures & Treasures.................. Map-C #29 Siesta Key Outfitters...........................Map-D #11 Siesta Kids..............................................Map-B #36 HEALTH & FITNESS Indep. Lifestyle Solutions .................. Map-D #10 Siesta Key Fitness............................... Map-B #73 ICE CREAM/TREATS Big Olaf Creamery............................... Map-C #52 Ciao Gelato............................................ Map-C #50 Made in Rome Gelato.......................... Map-C #53 Meany’s Mini Donuts.......................... Map-C #24 SubZero Ice Cream/Yogurt................ Map-D #16 Sunni Bunni Frozen Yogurt................ Map-C #53 The Donut Experiment........................ Map-D #16 INTERNET / WiFi SERVICES Davidson Drugs..................................Map-D #65 LeLu’s Coffee Lounge........................ Map-B #31 The Local Bean.....................................Map-D #62 JEWELRY Created Gems....................................... Map-C #51 Mount -N- Repair Jewelers.................Map-D #9 Map C #61
while on his monthly wa whether any upkeep issue One of the signs was at reported. The top line on the sign Life.” That was followed b for cigarette butts on the g When Shay checked with director of the Siesta Key
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alk-through to determine es needed to be addressed. t Big Olaf’s, Michael Shay
ns said, “Protect Our Sea by the notice, “$250.00 fine ground.” h Ann Frescura, executive y Chamber of Commerce,
about whether the Chamber staff knew anything about the signs, she responded in an email, “New to me!” By Jan. 11, the number of signs Shay counted had doubled, from three to six. Lisa Cece, the special district coordinator who supervises Village maintenance for Sarasota County, checked with Code Enforcement staff and learned that the posting of any signs on county property or rights of way is illegal. Additionally, she notified Shay and Chamber leaders, a county permit is required if a person wants to post a sign on private property. “This type of sign would not be approved,” she pointed out of those Shay had spotted. Moreover, Cece explained, no fine exists in the county Code of Ordinances for the offense of dropping cigarette butts on the ground. She also noted that the signage “creates a liability for the County, within the Siesta Key Village Public Improvement District,” where the county oversees maintenance. (The property owners in the district are assessed annually by the county for the Village upkeep.) In December 2012, after the City of Sarasota lost a lawsuit over its prohibition of smoking on Lido Beach, the Sheriff’s Office ceased enforcing the prohibition against smoking at Siesta Public Beach. Because of a
state law, local governments cannot forbid smoking in public places, the Office of the County Attorney explained to the county commissioners. Therefore, Cece asked for the Chamber’s help in notifying its members and other business owners that the signs needed to be removed. If they were not gone in a week, she added, county staff would remove them. As a convenience to whoever had purchased, the signs, Cece added, the signs would be delivered to the Chamber office for return to the purchaser, if county staff had to take them down. Further, she suggested that if the Chamber leaders wished to communicate with the public about the proper disposal of cigarette butts, perhaps a discussion at an upcoming meeting for Chamber members would be the appropriate time for that. The next quarterly Chamber meeting for members will be in mid-February. Finally, Cece wrote that she would be happy to provide more information to the Chamber about the county’s Code of Ordinances and its permitting requirements.
Repaired at last It took about five months, but the streetlight that had been out at the intersection of Givens Street and
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Ocean Boulevard, just north of Siesta Village, finally is shining again. Michael Shay, manager of the Siesta Key Village Maintenance Corp., reported in August 2017 that the light was not working. In spite of several conversations and emails Shay conducted with Florida Power & Light Co. representatives, FPL was just slow in getting the streetlight operational again. Conversely, the utility company had streetlights put out by Hurricane Irma shining again in much quicker fashion, Shay noted.
Siesta Key dates to remember for February The Annual Siesta Key Village Craft Festival takes place Sat. and Sun., Feb. 24 and 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arts and crafts, music and great food make this twoday celebration the first popular event of the year. The Village Valentine Stroll takes place Wednesday, Feb. 14. Take a stroll through Siesta Key Village for sweets and treats. Look for pink or red balloons displayed outside participating businesses. Both events are sponsored by the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit www.siestakeychamber.com or call (941) 349-3800.
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B.C. HATHAWAY Threading neatly through the southern end of Siesta Key is Midnight Pass Road, a winding two-lane drive named for what was an adjacent natural waterway created hundreds of years ago by Mother Nature, then destroyed in the early 1980s by two self-serving humans determined to live where they pleased. The sad saga in Siesta Key history has been told many times in many places, perhaps best in this very publication by my friend and a former editor, the late/great journalist extraordinaire, Paul Roat 1. Despite the waterway’s tragic story, the road bearing its name goes on forever… or so it may seem. Whatever you do, don’t turn back or you’ll miss something wonderful. There is an end in sight so just enjoy the wonderful excursion. Drive south, south, and still further south on this winding, tree-shrouded road (extra points for those in convertibles or on motorcycles) and eventually you’ll find yourself at Turtle Beach Grill and Bar , a bay front, boataccessible (inter-coastal waterway marker 48) dog-friendly (on the deck section) oozingly-tropical thatch-roofed throwback old-Florida island restaurant and bar with affordable eats and a Thursday through Sunday Happy Hour side of live music for your listening and deck-dancing pleasure. It’s a friendly, laid-back atmosphere where a cheerful, welcoming staff serves a rather extensive pub menu; boasting, among other offerings, what has been named the area’s best burger, there are also some vegetarian and gluten-free choices, and $3.99 happy hour appetizer specials from 3 to 6 p.m. The Gulf breezes, salt air, and spectacular sunsets are included at no extra charge. A first look at this castaway-ish venue may belie its silent secret: while it certainly bears no resemblance to a high-tech/pitchperfect, finely tuned band shell or concert hall, it features some of the best acoustics available for performers and listeners alike.
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The cushy thatch roof absorbs enough ambient noise to make a four hour gig a little easier on a solo vocalist, while allowing listeners to listen and converse without having to strain their ears or vocal chords. This rare attribute, pointed out to us by Sunday night special entertainer B. C. Hathaway, is one part of what has made Turtle’s his favorite place to play, a privilege he says he’ll thankfully continue “for as long as they’ll have me.” And this man has played a lot of rooms all over the country over the years. In a rocky start, Texas born B.C. faced a future without his mother; she died the day after he was born. He and his older sister grew up in what was called a “Children’s’ Home,” with its own self-contained school, then “graduated” into the open world at 18 years old. B.C. says he thanks God for that upbringing and remembers it fondly. It was there that he and some of the other boys sang (under duress at first) in what
had formerly been an all-girls glee club, and where he bought his first guitar from a fellow resident “for four dollars,” he laughs, adding wryly “and it was worth about fifty cents.” But it was a great investment, fueling what would turn out to be a lifelong love of music, an amazing career, and a constant source of joy. In 1973, B.C’s agent booked him into a Tampa gig, at the end of which he called to query if the singer might like to extend his Florida stay by playing a marina club in a city slightly farther south: Sarasota. The town was not as yet “on the map,” but it sounded good so B.C. accepted, never dreaming he would fall in love with the area and the “extended gig” would turn into many, many southwest Florida gigs that would both last and sustain him for the rest of his life. B.C. finally came off the road where he’d lived for so long, to a home of his own where he could settle down and sleep in the same bed every night… quite a novelty for someone who had spent his childhood in a group home and his young adult life on the road. This certainly isn’t lost on him; B.C. says “I thank God for every day, I love it here. I am so blessed.”
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Also appearing at Turtle Beach Grill and Bar located at 8865 Midnight Pass Road for this month’s Happy Hours: Patty Highland on Thursday and Saturday; Captain Dave on Fridays. www.turtlebeachgrill.com
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So that’s how this seasoned entertainer ended up at the end of Midnight Pass Road some 45 years later to entertain the crowds at Turtle Beach Grill and Bar every Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. The music is, as B.C.’s life was, varied. In the course of an evening you may enjoy some old time “real country,” some Big Band tunes, a few Latin rhythms, and of course the 50s and 60s classic rock that is the soundtrack of every Boomer’s life. In a locale like Siesta that draws people of all ages and backgrounds, from all walks of life and every part of not only the country but the world, entertainers need a wide repertoire. B.C. has just what the club owners search for when choosing entertainers who will keep the customers happy and coming back for more. And as B.C. says, he’s happy to do it for as long as they’ll let him, so meander down Midnight Pass to the south end of Siesta and enjoy it with him.
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Island Humor [ Two doctors in practice in a small town clinic in Bluebell had to hire a new nurse. They interviewed nurse Nancy and decided to hire her. She had only worked two days when one doctor called the other to his office and said that they would have to let nurse Nancy go. “Why, we just hired her?” “Well, I think she is dyslexic and does things backwards. I told her to give Mr. Smith two shots of morphine every 24 hours, but she gave him 24 shots in two hours and it almost killed him. I told her to give Mrs. Jones an enema every twelve hours and she gave her twelve in one hour.” The doctor barely finished his reasons when the other doctor rushed out of the room. “Where are you going in such a hurry?” the doctor asked. “To see nurse Nancy, I just instructed her to prick Mr. Hill’s Boil!” [ I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor’s permission to Join a fitness club and start exercising.
I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over. [ A f e w d a y s b e f o r e h i s proctological exam, a one eyed man accidentally swallowed his glass eye. He was worried for a while, but there were no ill effects, so he forgot about it. Once he was in the doctor’s office, the man followed instructions, undressed, and bent over. The first thing the proctologist saw when he looked up the man’s arse was that eye staring right back at him. “You know,” said the doctor, “you really have to learn to trust me.” [ Jim and Mary were both patients in a Mental Hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Jim suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sank to the bottom and stayed there. Mary promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled Jim out.
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Becoming aware of Mary’s heroic act, the medical director immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as he now considered her to be mentally stable. When he went to tell Mary the news, he said “Mary, I have good news & bad news. The good news is you’re being discharged, because since you were able to jump in and save the life of another patient, I think you’ve regained your senses. The bad news is, Jim, the patient you saved, hanged himself with his bathrobe belt in the bathroom. I am so sorry, but he’s dead.” Mary replied, “He didn’t hang himself, I put him there to dry.” [ R e p o r t e r i n t e r v i e w i n g a 104-year-old woman: ‘And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?’ the reporter asked. She simply replied, ‘No peer pressure.’ [ The nice thing about being senile is you can hide your own Easter eggs. [ My wife and I have the secrets to making a marriage last... Two times a week, we go to a nice restaurant, a little wine, good food and companionship. She goes Tuesdays. I go Fridays. We also sleep in separate beds. Hers is in Florida, mine is in NY. I take my wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back. I asked my wife, “Where do you want to go for our anniversary?” “Somewhere I haven’t been in a long time!” So I suggested, “How about the kitchen?” We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops. She has an electric blender, electric toaster, and electric bread maker. Then she said “There are too many gadgets, and no place to sit down!”, so I bought her an electric chair. My wife told me the car wasn’t running well, there was water in the carburetor. When I asked where the car was, she told me “In the lake.” My wife is on a new diet. Coconuts and bananas. She hasn’t lost weight, but BOY, can she climb a tree now! She got a mudpack and looked great for two days. Then the mud fell off.
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Wishing all the ladies a Happy Valentine’s Day Name of Bartender: Rudolf (Rudy) Ondrejkovic Hometown: Kosice, Slovakia Q: What’s your bartending experience and how long have you worked at The Cottage? A: I’ve been in the restaurant business since high school and have gone through every position available. I’ve been bartending for the last 10 years. I joined the Cottage a year ago from the Ritz-Carlton. Q: What was the strangest or funniest experience you witnessed or were party to at work? A: Oh, well, with my lovely, cute and sometimes sexy accent, there is always fun around me. Beach turns into “bitch”, burger into “bugger”, etc. Stop by to see me and find out for yourself. Q: Any hobbies, goals, etc. you enjoy when not working? A: I enjoy taking care of my family and anything that my daughter wants to do. I also like watching some football and hockey, if allowed…lol. Q: How would you describe yourself? A: Hm…hm…hmmmmm…why don’t you stop by and be my judge. Q: What makes The Cottage a special place to visit? A: Outstanding food and drinks, and of course, awesome service and a unique environment with nightly live music in our lively back patio. Q: What specialty drink is The Cottage noted for? A: There are too many to mention, but a favorite of the ladies would be “Adam & Eve” made with German fig vodka, a splash of fresh lime juice and topped with prosecco and a basil leaf. For the guys, their favorite may as well be, “The Perfect Getaway” made with Jameson, a touch of chocolate bitters and in-house made cinnamon, orange blossom honey syrup and topped with an awesome Amarena cherry. And, everyone’s favorite is Jalapeno Watermelon Margarita made with fresh watermelon puree, jalapeno infused agave, and fresh lime juice makes it so yummy! Q: When is the best time for locals and visitors to enjoy your company? A: Monday / Tuesday – all day. Friday/Saturday – Dinner (after 5 p.m.)
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Sarasota Pavilion is a popular shopping destination for numerous locals and visitors alike. Its prime location is close enough to the island for frequent trips with a nice selection of chain stores set in one convenient location. But what truly lends to the uniqueness of this district is the host of small, locally owned, specialty shops, boutiques, restaurants, and neighborhood bars bordering this pavilion. It makes for a fun and rewarding shopping experience. Over 150 businesses make up this district. This section helps highlight what you’ll find within this walkable Gulf Gate shopping Village. Piccolos Italian Market & Deli (G-47) 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. 1
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.
Hurricane Mike’s Saloon (M-10) is a little neighborhood bar at 2639 Mall Drive, where everyone knows your name type of establishment and friendly staff. TV’s with the MLB and NFL packages, pool table, and full Florida Lottery games. Happy hour daily from opening to 7pm. Hours: Mon – Sat, 8am – 2:30am and Sun., noon – 2:30am. The Shop SRQ (G-2) Local owners, Erick and Dawn use a back to basics approach to grooming with precise attention to detail. Their commitment to excellence has provided them with many loyal customers. Their old school barber traditions, clean contemporary shop, coupled by their southern hospitality and humor are what separates them from the rest. They welcome the opportunity to earn your trust. Hours: Tues. - Fri. 8:30am - 6pm, Sat., 8:30am - 3pm. (Nov. 1st - May 30th) and Sat., 8:30am - 1pm (Jun. 1st - Oct. 31st). Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 6625 Gateway Ave, 941-626-4894.
Sarasota Brewing Co. (G-4) 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 mouth watering burgers, Chicago style Pizzas, and Chicago beef sandwiches. With dozens of televisions, it’s a great place to At the original Word of Mouth Restaurant catch a game with friends and family. (G-31), every seemingly insignificant detail West End Pub (G-49) Where else can receives special attention from the warm, you watch your favorite game with a great inviting decor to each specially crafted selection of beers, wines, and liquors served variety of freshly baked muffins to the by a friendly staff AND where you’re signature menu items. This small diner is allowed to bring your own restaurant or deli where the locals come to eat breakfast and food? Right here. lunch. Continued on the next page
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Big Pass Hearing a legal assistant taking on the legal wrangling of the hearing. Conversely, the side representing the project — including legal staff for the City of Sarasota, the Army Corps, and the Lido Key Residents Association — had a larger presence in the courtroom where the hearing was held. “The other folks had four tables,” and well over 10 legal representatives, Luckner told Siesta Sand.
Legal costs mount In terms of legal costs, SKA and SOSS2 have invested thousands in their efforts thus far to protect the pass. Martha Collins, a Saint Petersburg lawyer who has successfully litigated, lobbied, and negotiated precedent-setting environmental and land-use cases and policies to protect Florida’s environment, represented SOSS2; and representing SKA was environmental lawyer Kent Safriet, from Hopping, Green & Sams (Tallahassee) with a legal assistant. SOSS2 has spent over $200,000 since it first contested the project in 2014. More funding will be needed when this case goes to appeal no matter which side wins, and the SOSS2 continues to accept donations at www.soss2.com/ donate. The Siesta Key Association has exceeded $170,000 in 2017 alone, when it was most active in the efforts involving the administrative hearing. Luckner noted Safriet worked with the group to keep legal costs down — including not charging for his legal assistant. Several months ago, the organization launched a specific website [skedf.org] for its Siesta Key Environmental Defense Fund that helps donors know how much has been raised thus far; skedf.org is a Tax
Each staff member works hard to make sure you receive the best service and quality food so you’ll want to return often. Take a look at their mouth-watering menu at www. originalwordofmouth.com. Hours: Mon-Sun.: 8AM-2PM. 6604 Gateway Ave., Sarasota, 34231, 941-925-2400. Pride of the South (S-34) has been awarded Top Barbeque in Sarasota for 2016 by Trip Advisor and Yelp. It has been awarded for the best Southern Hospitality. Pride of the South has a brisket BLT, hands down, one of the best sandwiches you ever tasted. The smoked chicken wings are unbelievable. Backed up with the pulled pork sandwiches, the smoked bologna, the smoked turkey, the collard greens, fried corn on the cob, fried okra, fried green tomatoes, and one of the best mac ‘n cheese you ever tasted. We do catering with no limit to the size of the group. Come in and follow your nose to 6616 Superior Ave, Sarasota, FL 34231. Call (941)926-0099. See you soon. Moments In Time Photography (G-28) specializes in several different photography
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Exempt charitable organization. The Fund will be a ‘forever’ entity as part of SKA’s protection of the environment and structures of Siesta Key. “We are fortunate that donors initiated a new $10,000 Matching Fund. We hope all able, will donate again through skedf.org. For all donations up to $10,000, the matching fund doubles anyone’s donation,” Luckner added. Both groups deposed expert witnesses, such as Gilmore, to speak about the project and its anticipated impacts. In addition, there are likely to be additional legal costs associated with a secondary hearing in state court, a process that Luckner says is a backup option, or an appeal of the administrative hearing. “Whoever loses this will obviously appeal,” van Roekens added. And though van Roekens doesn’t expect the Siesta side to lose, they will have to be there to challenge the appeal. During one interesting turn in the administrative hearing, Luckner recalls how experts from USF discovered what Luckner calls an error in the Army Corps coastal modeling. “The Army Corps gave us 7 terabytes of data, and we had two experts from USF who were looking at all this data and saw the error,” Luckner said. The Army Corps modeling had a default setting that accidently eliminated more extreme wave occurrences from the modeling, Luckner explained. As the experts uncovered the mistake — that would in turn throw off predictions made regarding sand and waves movements after the proposed dredging — the administrative law judge “listened very carefully,” Luckner said. The Army Corps, Luckner
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added, was asked if representatives had notified the Florida Department of Environmental Protection or the City of Sarasota of the oversight. The answer, according to Luckner, was, No, they had not. A public affairs specialist with the Army Corps’ Florida district said, “the Corps of Engineers stands behind our engineering model and we are awaiting the findings of the administrative law judge.” The overall projected downdrift impacts on Siesta Key, as a result of a possible oversight could be incorrect, Luckner said. “That’s an important factor when looking at an inlet project that can impact other people’s homes,
safety, and infrastructure,” the SKA Vice President said. One projection involving possible wave height was off by two times. “What kind of faith can you put in measurements like that?” van Roekens said.
Making their case Luckner, who is former president of SKA, says she believes the Army Corps and City of Sarasota were surprised how organized the “David” side of the courtroom had been during the hearings. “We were organized and on top of stuff, and I think they had no idea we would be that prepared,” Luckner said. As a result of this miscalculation, the
presentation by the Army Corps was fairly brief, allowing the parties challenging the permit to provide more information to the judge. Big Pass is an untouched natural asset that’s part of the allure of the coastal region, Luckner says, and should be protected. Conversely, people don’t travel to Tampa Bay, for instance, because they want to “go into a lovely bay.” Luckner is hopeful that the judge will at least order the Army Corps to modify its project or revise its engineering and design. Van Roekens says SOS2 is committed to fighting for Big Pass, even if that means going to federal court, if “we lose at the state level.”
Places of Worship Island Churches: • Siesta Key Presbyterian Chapel 4615 Gleason Ave, Siesta Key, 941-349-1166 www.siestakeychapel.org • St. Michael’s Catholic Church 5394 Midnight Pass Rd, Siesta Key, 941-349-4174 www.stmichaelssiesta.com • St. Boniface Episcopal Church 5615 Midnight Pass Rd, Siesta Key, 941-349-5616 www.bonifacechurch.org Off- Island: •Temple Sinai, a Reform Congregation (The closest Jewish congregation to the Key for visitors)
4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota, 941-924-1802 www.templesinai-sarasota.org • St. Andrew United Church of Christ (Protestant) (In the Gulf Gate area, near Beneva and Gulf Gate Drive) 6908 Beneva Road, Sarasota, 941.922.7595 www.uccstandrew.org • The Superior Word - Rev. Charlie Garrett Service starts Sunday mornings at 10am. Bring a friend and share in God’s word. 6512 Superior Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34231 • First Christian Church 7601 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34241. 941-922-4434 www.fccsarasota.com
Siesta Key Public beaches have never needed sand renourishment Siesta Key’s Midnight Pass, a cautionary tale In December 1983, two property owners on the southern part of Siesta Key — Pasco Carter and internationally acclaimed artist Syd Solomon — were alarmed that their homes were precariously close to tumbling into Midnight Pass. Their only hope, they decided, was to relocate the waterway. On Oct. 4, 1983, they won permission from the Sarasota County Commission to do that. Then in December 1983, they brought in bulldozers and closed the channel, according to a timeline provided by the nonprofit Midnight Pass Society. As members of the Society wrote in a publication they issued a decade later, “State officials hastily blessed the plan with no environmental impact studies, no baseline data, no water monitoring, no administrative hearing and no engineering review to improve chances the plan would succeed.” The publication continued, “The senseless act all but destroyed the historic environment, the ecosystem that once was Little Sarasota Bay. … Vast and vibrant seagrass beds once teeming with life have been devastated, breaking the chain of life that existed here for as long as we know. The numbers and diversity of fish have been severely reduced, and all of the clams have been killed.”
History highlights A former SKA director who served for many years with the organization — and a longtime member of the Midnight Pass Society— Bob Waechter addressed about 80 people during the January 2017 SKA meeting. Referring to the Midnight Pass situation and the City of Sarasota/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to remove sand from Big Pass, Bob Waechter said, “this is what happens if you don’t stop them before they do it.” Before Midnight Pass was closed, Waechter continued, “we had all the assurances as a
community from the permitting agencies: ‘This is going to work just fine.’ We didn’t know that there was a knife in their hand when they said that.” He added that the proposed Lido project is proof of Spanish philosopher George Santayana’s famous quote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” About 10 people attending the January 2017 SKA meeting at St. Boniface Episcopal do remember what has happened since December 1983, Waechter added. As a direct result of the closing of Midnight Pass, he continued, the county has had to help pay for two renourishments of South Siesta Key’s Turtle beach. (The most recent undertaking was completed in late April 2016, at a cost of approximately $21.5 million. The first — completed in 2007 — cost about $11.2 million.) During a November 2015 presentation to SKA members, Laird Wreford, the county’s coastal initiatives manager, also talked about how the closing of Midnight Pass had exacerbated the situation on south Siesta. When the pass was open, Wreford pointed out, “sand was still being somewhat held in” on the southern portion of the Key. “You didn’t have that same rate of erosion on Turtle Beach and south Siesta as seen today.” During the January 2017 SKA meeting, Waechter told the audience that, among other impacts of the closing of the pass, the benthic creatures in Little Sarasota Bay died off, “to be replaced by another environmental community but a much inferior environmental community.” (“Benthic” refers to the lowest level of a body of water. Organisms living in that zone — including crustaceans — are an important part of the food chain, scientific research has shown.) In 1994, Waechter explained, “the county came around to our way of thinking,” in large part because of the efforts of Nora Patterson, who served on the County Commission for four terms before having to step down in 2014
as a result of term limits. Prior to that, she was a Sarasota city commissioner for eight years. Patterson also lives on Siesta Key. Sarasota County spent $1 million in a fight for the state permits to reopen Midnight Pass, Waechter told the audience. State environmental officials required the county to undertake “all the studies and the engineering reports that they didn’t do before the pass was closed.” The state agency that was the predecessor of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) even insisted that the county undertake an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Waechter said. “Unfortunately, we were fought to a standstill.” “The state ultimately refused to grant the county permission to reopen the pass,” he added. If the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the city are allowed to dredge Big Pass once, he pointed out, “you will never get them to retreat.” Former Commissioner Patterson told the SKA members that when the USACE announced that Big Pass would be its primary sand source for the Lido project, the County Commission asked why it did not seek other sources before it dredged “a pass that had never been dredged. Their answer was that the nearest sand source was miles away.” The USACE’s response, Patterson continued, “sort of inbred, especially for those of us who have been here a very long time on Siesta Key and in Sarasota … a certain distrust of really quick answers from the Army Corps.” She added, “It’s hard to trust folks once they’ve fooled you.”
Money, money, money… As noted above, Turtle Beach has been renourished twice since Midnight Pass closed at a cost of $32.7 million. Oh by the way, property owners by the beach are hit with a renourishment fee on their annual property taxes to help pay for the renourishmnets,
What’s Happening WEEKLY BEACH CLASSES: • FREE T’AI CHI CHIH - Siesta Beach, Access #5 Every Monday, 15 minutes before sunset. Open to all, no experience necessary. Contact Diana Daffner 941-3461024 for information. (Access #5 is in Siesta Village, where Beach Rd meets Ocean Blvd.) • FREE YOGA - Mon.-Wed.-Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m. Classes held between blue and green lifeguard station. Call 941-320-6693 to register or go to website for more info. www.yogaonsiestabeach.com/about • NIA - Tues. & Thurs., 9 a.m., Siesta Public Beach (yellow lifeguard chair). Contact Kathy Oravec at 941724-9719 for more info or check website: www.nianow. com/kathy-oravec • SIESTA KEY BEACH HOOP JAMS – Every Tuesday one hour before Sunset on Siesta Key beach we gather for a community Hoop Jam. (Between the red lifeguard stand and the pavilion; around where the Sunday drum circle happens.) Register at: www.outwardspiral.net • YOGA AT TURTLE BEACH - Residents and visitors to the south end of Siesta Key can enjoy All-Levels Yoga on Turtle Beach, every Tuesday, from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., starting December 5, 2017. For more information about registration, please e-mail Julie at: firstname.lastname@example.org WEEKLY DRUM CIRCLE: • Every Sunday about an hour before sunset. South of the main pavilion. You can participate or watch this weekly gathering and dance, hoop, play the drum or other musical instrument, and enjoy the spectacular Siesta sunset. On The Beach… • FEBRUARY 7, 14, 21, 28 (WEDS) 8-9:30AM / SUNRISE BEACH WALKS: Participants pay a onetime $5 registration fee and receive an event t-shirt with orginal design and sponsor logos and a punch card. Each week, participants check in with parks and recreation staff between 8-9:30AM and after walking four weeks they are entered into a drawing for prizes. Contact 941-861-5000 for details. Potluck at the beach. Meet at the pavilion, then head to the beach. Members only event. • FEBRUARY 14 (WED) 6-8PM / SAY I DO: A romantic beachside renewal of wedding vows, offering couples a beautiful backdrop to express their continuing love and commitment to one another. Couples renew their vows at this non-denominational sunset ceremony then enjoy wedding-themed refreshments. Couples receive a beautiful certificate to commemorate this very special ceremony. Registration is required. Call 941-8617275 to register.
Around the island… • WEEKLY FARMER’S MARKET IN THE VILLAGE: Every Sunday from 8am – 2pm in Davidson’s Plaza in the Village. 5124 Ocean Blvd. Produce, Plants & Flowers, Music, Art, Organic Skincare, Italian Olive Oil, and Freshly Prepared Foods. Listen to live music while you shop. • FEB. 24, MAR. 24, APR 14 (SAT) – 8:30AM-2PM/ CB’S SALTWATER OUTFITTERS ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY FISHING SCHOOL: the schools will cover fly casting basics, line control, shooting line and the roll cast. Instructors, Capt. Rick Grassett and Capt. Ed Hurst, will also cover leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly fishing techniques. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basics but also work with intermediate casters on correcting faults and improving casting skills. Cost for the schools is $175 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle and lunch. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or email@example.com to make reservations. CB’s Saltwater Outfitters is located on Siesta Key, just over the Stickney Point Bridge. 1249 Stickney Point Rd. • FEBRUARY 14 (WED) 5-8PM / VILLAGE VALENTINE STROLL: Residents and visitors are invited to stroll through Siesta Village which will be adorned with Valentine cheer. There will be something for everyone including live music throughout the Village and candy kisses which will be distributed by the merchants. Participating merchants will be displaying red and pink balloons outside of their businesses. Siesta Key Village offers romantic destinations for you and your sweetheart and lots of fun for the whole family. To avoid parking problems, you can use the FREE trolley service or one of the TIPS ONLY pedi-cab or golf cart services. Sponsored by the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce. Call 941-3493800 for more information. • SIESTA KEY CRAFT FESTIVAL FEBRUARY 24 & 25 (SAT & SUN): VILLAGE, 10AM – 5PM: Free admission. Join us at the 24TH Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival and discover wonderful creations from more than 100 crafters exhibiting and selling their work in an outdoor gallery. From photography, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more showcased from local and traveling crafters as well as music and great food. For more inforamtion visit: www.ArtFestival.com or the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce at 941-349-3800. And Beyond… • FEBRUARY 9 (FRI): SHIVOO HAVANA FASHION SHOW & LUNCHEON: Live Cuban Music, a Flower Photo Wall and Silent Auction in addition to the Luncheon
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something the Lido folks will not have to pay. It’s all about the money for the city of Sarasota. At an annual cost of about $21 million to do each harvest of Big Pass, the Federal portion is about 62%, $13 million, with the last portion split between the state and city, going on for the next 50 years. Without the federal dollars the city would have to carry a bulk of the costs. During the Administrative Hearing, Army Corp and FDEP staff verified that neither the ACOE nor a municipality (city) can be held liable for damages as a result of a project such as the Lido Beach renourishment.
Questions asked How many millions of dollars will be spent by Siesta Key residents protecting the north end of the key with continuously replacing new seawalls? Will this affect tourism to Siesta Key? Siesta Key has been the golden goose for the area. How will the Big Pass ecosystem change, since this will happen every 5 years never allowing a healing process? What will be the financial impact on the boating community, business and personal with the sand bars destroyed? What will the north beaches look like on Siesta Key? Siesta Key beaches to the north end of the island will be like the south end and every other island in Florida, waiting for beach renourishment. Something so special will be destroyed. As noted by Nora Patterson, there are alternative harvesting sites along with mined sand inland. We need to stop this before it gets started. Stop history from repeating its self. If you care about Siesta Key, please donate to the Siesta Key Environmental Defense Fund. This is charitable and fully tax exempt. Please go to www.Siestakeyassociation.com and donate.
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and Fasion Show all taking place at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Show Tickets are $75 per person ($65 for SGC members). To purchase Fashion Show Tickets via PayPal click here, or go to www.eventbrite.com or call (941) 524-3749 or e-mail SHIVOO@dkkjj.com, but wait there is more….. a Raffle. Gardening Tour Trip for two to CUBA. See website more information: sarasotagardenclub.org/ events/event/fashion-show-shivoo-havana/ Drawing to be held Feb 09, 2018 at the SHIVOO Fashion Show. Winner need not be present. • PHILLIPI ESTATE PARK: LOCATED AT: 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231. Phillippi Estate Park welcomes back WINTERFEST IN THE PARK, an Arts and Crafts show, on Sat, February 3, and Sun. February 4. The Arts and Crafts show will take place in the front field of the park, is FREE and has ample parking available. The show features local, regional and national artisans. Hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days. On Wednesday, February 21 join in the ARCHAEOLOGICAL WALKING TOUR. A Sarasota County Historical Resources archaeologist will discuss the Phillippi Flake Scatter and the Prodie Shell Midden as you stroll the estate and learn about the prehistory of the area. From 5,000 B.C. to 2,500 B.C. the native population sharpened and produced stone tools on site. The FREE tour begins in front of the Historic Keith Farmhouse. For details, please call 941-316-1309. Join us for the annual BROWN BAG CONCERT SERIES at the Gazebo every Thursday during February and March at noon for a one hour concert.. There is ample free parking at the Gazebo and Open Space field on the south side of the park. [Add attachment schedule]. February 18 JAZZ IN THE PARK returns to the park. This annual salute to the traditional American art form appeals to all ages, is FREE and will feature a local high school jazz band as well as professional artists. Mark your calendar for a wonderful afternoon of jazz in Phillippi Estate Park. For more information, please call the Jazz Club at 941-366-1552. Sunday, February 25 the Bradenton-Sarasota Rose Society will be holding its monthly meeting at the Edson Keith Mansion from 2 to 5 p.m. The public is welcome to join in this free event to learn about roses and how to grow roses in southwest Florida. For more information, please visit: www.b-srs.org. Phillippi Estate Park is open daily from 6 a.m. until midnight. Enjoy the shoreline trails for bird-watching, photography, picnicking and being out in nature. There are 2 fishing piers, a Gazebo and playground. Fun for the whole family! For more information, please call 941-316-1309.
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February is the last month of winter here in Sarasota. There will be days when it feels like spring is in the air. But, weather patterns will still be unstable, and fishing will follow suit. Being flexible and understanding how weather affects fish behavior will be the key to angling success this month. On many mornings the tide will be very low, especially with a hard northeast wind following a cold front. Under these conditions, fishing the afternoon high tide is often a better choice. Also avoid the areas near the passes after a blow, the cold and dirty water is not conducive to success. One species that anglers can count on most every trip in February is sheepshead. They bite better in cold, dirty water than most other species do. Also, redfish, black drum, and flounder will be caught on the same structure and using the same techniques that are effective for sheepies. Basically, any structure will attract sheepshead. From the rocks at the west end to the Siesta Drive Bridge on the east side, the north end of Siesta Key is a great area to fish. Deep water, docks, rocks, seawalls, and rip-rap will attract and hold fish. All of the bridges and docks in both Big Pass and New Pass may hold fish, as well as the docks and oyster bars south to Albee Rd. The preferred rig is a #1 live bait hook with a 24” piece of 20 lb leader and just enough weight to hold bottom. Live and frozen shrimp,
fiddler crabs, sand fleas, and oyster worms are the top baits. Shrimp are the easiest bait to obtain and work great. Sheepshead bite very lightly. Usually, it starts with several light “taps”. It is important not to move the bait at all, the fish will sense that something is wrong. Instead, wait for a steady pull, then reel fast and raise the rod tip sharply. Anglers fishing from Siesta Key beaches should do well when the surf is clear. Whiting will be abundant and silver trout, flounder, pompano, sheepshead, ladyfish and other species will hit live or frozen shrimp fished near the bottom. The deeper grass flats all throughout the area will be productive for speckled trout this month. Incoming tides a couple hours before high tide are usually the best times to fish. Again, avoid the areas around the passes when dirty water is present. Bass Assasin jigs, suspending plugs, gold spoons, and live shrimp under a popping cork are all effective baits. Pompano, jack crevelle, ladyfish, and bluefish all feed over the deep grass. Snook will be found in are rivers, creeks and residential canals, along with redfish, drum, flounder, sheepshead, and jacks. Jerk baits, scented soft plastics, and live shrimp will all produce fished near structure in creeks and canals. We are shaping up to have an actual “winter”, this should trigger a river snook migration.
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|John Ringling’s bad luck with boats February was a cruel month for Sarasota entrepreneur, circus magnate, and yachtsman John Ringling. Ann Shank, former Sarasota County Historian, sums it up best when describing Ringling’s boat disasters. “One exploded and burned. Another ran into an uncharted object and sank. Small or large, John Ringling’s yachts were a signal to local residents that he had a presence in Sarasota.” The “presence” element — horrible circus fire that killed more than 160 people in Hartford, Conn., failed real estate projects, an abandoned hotel left crumbling for decades on Longboat Key, bankruptcies — set aside, his boating problems and the cast of characters involved read like a mystery novel. And anyone who has ever owned a boat will recognize this cacophony of catastrophes as being even beyond the kin of the joys of boat ownership. Circa 1910, Ringling owned a small yacht named Wethea. He used the vessel to entertain dignitaries as they tooled around Sarasota Bay and other Southwest Florida ports. Ringling exchanged the Wethea for the Vidoffner II in 1917. His latest 110-foot yacht began Ringling’s spate of bad boat luck Feb. 13, 1920, when it exploded. The boat was getting new engines and receiving other repairs at port in Tampa when it blew up. Crewmember Ben Olson died in the explosion. Chief Engineer Erwin Gremli suffered serious burns. Boaters may question why a boat needs new engines after three years, but the record is mum on the need or rationale. Ringling was undeterred in his need for yachting and purchased the “Zalophus” for $200,000 in January 1923. She was 125 feet long, had six staterooms, and held smaller cabins for what could only be described as housing for myriad servants. As historian Shank put it, “The Zalophus was well suited to the kind of hospitality Ringling hoped would impress potential investors and buyers, especially those whose name and fortune attracted attention.” Attention did indeed strike the yacht at 3 a.m. Feb. 4, 1930. Reports indicate that the vessel struck an uncharted rock and sank. Two crew members were injured, but the four passengers escaped without injury. Then the mystery began and lasted for several years. As Shank phrased it, “Years later the story emerged that two of the unnamed passengers had been New York Mayor Jimmy Walker, who had several times visited the Ringlings in Sarasota, and actress Betty Compton.” Also aboard was reportedly Mr. and Mrs. Sam Gumpertz.
Oh, and they were all on their way to Useppa Island. And as an FYI, why was Ringling in New York when all of New York was visiting him in Sarasota? Jimmy Walker, Betty Compton Jimmy Walker was a songwriter (Will You Love Me in December (as You Do in May)?) and was a New York State Assemblyman and Senator until his election as New York Mayor in 1926. He had no problem with speakeasies during his terms during Prohibition nor chorus girls like Betty Compton, for whom he left his wife. After intense federal investigation, Walker resigned his office in 1932 and went to Europe, where he married Compton. Walker’s life was featured in a 1957 film “Beau James” starring Bob Hope. Samuel Gumpertz “Dreamland” morphed into Coney Island circa 1911 in New York. Samuel Gumpertz took over management. It was slated to be high-tech, high-class entertainment with what was described as 1 million light bulbs illuminating its buildings. Oops. Just before opening night there were some lastminute repairs to a concession called Hell Gate, a boat trek through dimly lit caverns. There were leaks. There was tar to fix the leaks. The light bulbs began to explode. Fire ensued. Fire hydrants weren’t operational, and the facility was completely engulfed in flames and destroyed. Useppa Island Useppa Island is located in Lee County northeast of Captiva and Sanibel. It was bought by Barron Collier (Collier County) in 1911 and at various points entertained dignitaries such as Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, the Vanderbilts, President Herbert Hoover, the Rockefellers, the Rothschilds, Gloria Swanson, Shirley Temple, and Zane Grey. Useppa Island later gained some level of infamy as the staging ground for the ill-fated Central Intelligence Agency’s (whatever) at Bay of Pigs in Cuba in 1961.
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Arts on the Horizon
By Rodger Skidmore
Baseball, war, and music The Washington Grays baseball team started in Homestead, PA and played for 38 consecutive years, most of its later years in Washington, DC. The Washington Grays of Philadelphia were a volunteer army regiment formed in 1822, and there were three Washington Grays regiments in New York State. Of all these Washington Grays, only one, the 8th Regiment, based in the Bronx at the Kingsbridge Armory, had a march named for it. So, if you are not at an Orioles spring training game at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 25th (they play the Red Sox), attend the Suncoast Concert Band at Church of the Palms on Bee Ridge Road, and hear this march. It was written in 1861 by Claudio Grafulla, and is a mainstay in US parade and band repertoire. While there will be a Sousa march (there usually is), there will also be two pieces by Percy Grainger - “Ye Banks And Braes O Bonnie Doone” and “Themes from Green Bushes”. The George Washington Bicentennial March and Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer, will also be on the program. The theme for this concert is “February Potpourri” which is French for “February grab bag of good things.” Time for a question. Do you have tickets for the Orioles game against the Phillies on Sunday, March 25th or will you be attending the Suncoast Concert Band’s concert at Church of the Palms on that date? This venue seats over a thousand, is comfortable, has unobstructed views, and is air conditioned. Unfortunately, they don’t sell popcorn. March’s theme is “Spring to Bach and Bernstein” and will feature a world premiere of a composition by Johannes Bach. To be a bit more exact, a world premiere of Leonard Murphy’s arrangement of Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue. How many world premieres of a work by Bach have you heard? What else will you hear on March 25th? How about two pieces by Leonard Bernstein to commemorate his 100th birthday - A Musical Toast and a selection of pieces from West Side Story. And, get this, a euphonium solo - “Un Bel Dei.” How many people even know what a euphonium is? One clue is that its name comes from the Greek word for “sweet voiced.” And if you can’t get enough of that instrument, it is then joined by a flute when you hear “The Elephant and the Flea” played by Nada and Mike Montgomery. Second clue is that the elephant is represented by the euphonium.
The Big Three - Music, Voice and Dance The Choral Artists of Sarasota are laying it all on the line on February 3rd at the Church of the Palms on Bee Ridge Road. One of the most transcendent works in music is Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Not just the music itself, which was written in 1935/36, but the choral singing of poetry from the 11th thru 13th centuries in the style of Gregorian chants from the 9th and 10th centuries - a most wonderful blending by Orff. The Carmina Burana is a series of 254 Latin poems and texts which are often satirical in nature. But fear not, Orff composed his music around only 24 of those poems so we are not talking about an all day, all night performance. And by keeping the Gregorian chants in Latin one can perceive the voices as being a single low monophonic musical instrument. Of course the English version of the poems is also fun to read. A partial translation of one is ....hateful life first oppresses and then soothes as fancy takes it; poverty and power it melts them like ice.... The untranslated text, when sung with the meaning intact, gives a most ominous tone. So much so
that it has been used in many movies (The Hunt for Red October, Natural Born Killers, Joan of Arc and Oliver Stone’s documentary on The Doors) and at every Pittsburgh Pirates home game. Many ballet companies have mounted quite exciting productions of Carmina Burana and the Choral Artists of Sarasota have enlisted Leymis Bolaños Wilmott and Sarasota Contemporary Dance to choreograph a new piece for Carmina Burana in Motion (yes, another world premiere). The Sarasota Young Voices will augment the chorus along with the dynamic range provided by Catherine Wethington, soprano; Timor Bekbosunov, tenor; and Jason Sterns, baritone. There will be two pianos and a percussion ensemble to provide the background beat. More info at www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org. And yes, this is the group formally known as Prince (I mean Gloria Musicae). Want more music? These choral artists will be doing Brahms’ Requiem and Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G Minor at First Church on April 15th at 7:30 p.m., you may wish to attend after sending in your income tax forms (check included) - just joking, the 15th is a Sunday, so taxes aren’t due until Monday.
World War II comes to Sarasota No, not the war, just the civilians who supported what led up to the war. The Iron Guard, a fascist group in Romania, was formed in 1927 and the playwright Eugéne Ionesco, a student in Bucharest, watched his fellow students being recruited, one by one. Ionesco saw the dichotomy develop between reasonably well to do students and their families, who felt they were slowly being left behind in a faltering economy, and similar Romanian’s who did not see that there
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1/15/18 Grand Theft 6200 Block Midnight Pass Rd. A woman reported items stolen from her parents’ residence. The woman, whose parents now reside in a nursing home, had hired a cleaning service she had worked with in the past to clean the apartment. Since she was not available to let the crew into the apartment herself, she asked her realtor to meet them for her. Once the crew was inside, the realtor left them alone to clean. When the woman came back to give a check to the crew, they said they needed another 30 minutes to finish up. The woman advised the subjects that she had to be somewhere and that they could shut the door when
was a specific group that could be blamed for what occurred. The leaders of the Iron Guard shared many of the beliefs of Nazi Germany and so allied themselves with the Germans when war became imminent. And when one buys into a set of beliefs, it is hard to disentangle oneself when approaching the edge of a precipice - if one sees the precipice - and/or if one sees that one is entangled. Perhaps Ionesco could see this dichotomy because his father was an ultra-nationalist Orthodox Christian (81% of Romanians are) ready to support anyone or any group in power, and his mother was a French Protestant from a Jewish family that had converted to Calvinism. He grew up living within two belief systems and during his formative years saw how they began to tear apart his country. Ionesco’s play, Rhinoceros, written in 1959, takes place in a small French town where, one by one, all the residents turn into rhinoceros (plural is the same as the singular, hence, one by one, the ones become like the many). The people that have directed or played the leads in this play, over the years, are phenomenal - Orson Wells, Laurence Oliver, Joan Plowright, Michael Gough, Maggie Smith, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, Jean Stapleton, Zero Mostel (Tony award), Gene Wilder, Karen Black and Benedict Cumberbatch. This play seems to be as valid today as it was when first experienced, written and performed. The adaption is by twotime Tony award winner Frank Galati and will be running at the Asolo Rep, February 7 - April 14. David Breitbarth will play Jean Berenger (Mr. Breitbarth has performed in over 75 productions at the Asolo Rep). More info at www.AsoloRep.org. NOTE: The Tony Bennett concert that was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma has been rescheduled for 8:00 p.m. at the Van Wezel on February 10th.
they were finished and not worry about locking up since she would be back to do it. On this same day, a member of the cleaning crew had asked if she could have some of the clothing in the closet. The woman told the subject she did not want to give away the clothes. The woman returned to the apartment after the crew had left and locked the door without inspecting. The next day, she returned and noticed that the Captain Spy glass made of wood ($1000) was missing as well as the clothes from the closet ($1500). The names of the cleaning crew were reported and the case is under further investigation.
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If the issue on Treasure Boat Way continued, she added, Volpe should contact the Sheriff’s Office with details. Then an officer would arrange to meet with the business owner to discuss the matter.
Love is in the beach air Say “I Do” Again! Wednesday, Feb 14, celebrate a renewal of your wedding vows at sunset on beautiful Siesta Beach. The nondenominational service begins promptly at 6 p.m. Registration required. For more information, call Sarasota County at (941) 8615000.
Trolley riders There were 42,958 riders on the trolley from September thru December. The Siesta Key
Chamber and other business leaders meet with SCAT staff regularly to make the Breeze Trolley a better experience for residents and visitors.
Next Siesta Key Council meeting The SK Condo Council’s next meeting will be Tuesday, February 20, 3:30 PM at the Siesta Key Chapel at 4615 Gleason Ave. on Siesta Key. The main topic is the State of the County, with guest speaker Commissioner Alan Maio. There will be a question and answer session following the commissioners presentation. Other topics to be discussed are the Update on the Army Corps of Engineers Dredge Project, Siesta Key Overlay District and the Siesta Key traffic considerations.
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“Infinite Source, All That you Are, for me, my family, our entire lineage, and all our relationships throughout all time-past, present and future: For all hurts and wrongs, heartbreak, loneliness, lies, betrayal, swallowed anger, infidelity, mistrusting energy, unworthiness, times we put a wall up so we wouldn’t get hurt again; For all regret, resentment, judgment, jealousy, mistreatment, abuse, fear, shame, rejection, times we felt we let love slip away; For times we put everyone else first and neglected ourselves, times we felt unloved, unwanted, invisible, forgotten, taken for granted and advantage of, times we felt no one cared; Please help us all forgive each other, forgive ourselves, forgive all people, and all people forgive us for the highest good, no matter what happened, or who was involved, please and thank you. Please help us be at peace with each other and ourselves, love and bless each other and ourselves, now and forever, please and thank you, please and thank you, please and thank you.” Reading this prayer repeatedly, as well as engaging in life in ways that are aligned with love, should help you more and more to feel the love in your heart and soul. And the more we continue to prosper in love, the faster we will raise our vibration, as well as help with the positive shifting of our planet’s vibration. “And the world will be a better place, for you and me. You just wait and see.” (Enjoy listening to the rest of the above quote in this song link: “Put a Little Love in Your Heart”). Happy Valentine’s Month! ~♥ https://www.google.com/search?client=opera&q=pu t+a+little+love+in+your+heart+video&sourceid=opera &ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
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There’s no way around it, “Love is the answer”. That sure sounds good to me. Speaking of love, what better time to talk about it than during “Love month”. I say month, because one day is simply not enough to celebrate love, as the topic is so important for our spiritual existence. Even better, how great would it be if we considered including love throughout our day, every day? That would certainly be what I call “living life in the light”, as anytime we put a little more love in our heart, it raises our vibration, and expands our light. Just think about one of the happiest times in your life where love was involved. Your love energy at that moment could probably light up the room. That’s the kind of light we’re talking about- the light of love. Yes we need more of that! We discussed the importance of raising our vibration in last month’s column. Well feeling, giving and receiving love will raise it for sure. When we share our love, it’s like unzipping our heart and letting love energy pour out. As a result, our vibration gets higher and higher. The more consistently we share love, the more our vibration tends to maintain at that higher frequency. That’s what helps us to stay in Higher living mode, and live life in the light continually. Those around you will benefit from that love energy emanating from you as well. And, believe it or not, it helps lift the energy on our planet too. Love is that powerful. But certain people have told me that they indulge in all types of loving activities, yet something is still missing. That they can’t seem to feel love at the level they desire. The thing is, it’s not what they’ve been adding to their lives that’s been the issue, it’s what has yet to be removed. Meaning, for years they’ve been carrying around negative energy in the form of resentment, guilt, anger, jealousy, shame, unworthiness, etc., towards themselves and others. Does this resonate with you? However the good news is, once this negative energy that no longer serves us is lifted and cleared out, that emptied space gets filled with that which is our true natureLove. What this means is that we just have to clear away anything that’s blocking our natural flow of love. It’s similar to if you saw rocks blocking the water from flowing down the stream and moved them aside. It would allow the natural movement of the water to continue. So let’s do a little clearing to perhaps get some love flowing. It’s somewhat in prayer form some would say. So if you feel uncomfortable, just skip to the end of it.
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The Highs and Lows of Properties Sold on Siesta Key
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Following are properties sold on Siesta Key in the last 60 days, providing a snapshot of home values on the Key for both single family homes and condominiums.
HIGHEST PRICED SINGLE FAMILY PROPERTY: 5332 SHADOW LAWN DR, SOLD FOR: $2,090,000 Brand New...Award winning Allegra Homes new construction. British West Indies inspired located on the coveted Grand Canal of Siesta Key in Siesta Isles. Enjoy a waterfront lifestyle of boating and the beach. A deep water
idle ride out the canal into Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Located on the curve of the Grand Canal, this home features broad views. Situated on 1/3 of an acre and 130 ft. of newer seawall. An impressive exterior greets you as you approach this smashing, drop dead gorgeous home. The center and heart of this home is the beautiful gourmet kitchen including Wolf brand gas 42” stove, Sub Zero brand refrigerator, furniturestyle all wood cabinetry with a large island overlooking great room. Master Suite is on the ground floor with a glamorous bathroom including separate vanities overlooking the custom designed pool. The pool, spa, and summer kitchen are all enclosed with clear view screening overlooking the Grand Canal. Unique, barnstyle sliding door in the office and upstairs game room. Beautiful hardwood floors. Very close to the #1 rated beach, Siesta Key. All Hurricane windows and doors and 3 car garage. 1 year builder warranty and 10 year structural warranty. The sale of this property came to $511.63 a square foot. Courtesy of Michael Saunders. bedroom and master bath ensuite with pedestal tub, and dual vanities. On the level below are three guest bedrooms and recreational area/media room/wet bar with quality finishes from the coffered ceilings, granite counter top island and custom cabinetry. Intimately private from the gated entrance to your own two-car garage and secured elevator, this 2009 Mediterraneanstyle, maintenance-free building with heated pool and spa has ONLY four residences. The fabulous roof-top deck and six balconies are perfect for enjoying the cool breezes, and sunny days. Whether primary or a second residence or for the investor, potential income can offset expenses for your future Siesta Key home. The sale on this unit came out to $420.27 a square foot. Courtesy of Sothebys.
HIGHEST PRICED CONDO: 304 CALLE MIRAMAR, #304-S2: SOLD FOR: $1,360,000 Barrier Island Penthouse characterized by location and the proximity to Siesta Key Village, exciting nightlife, street-side cafes and Siesta beach offers 3,236 square feet of living space on two levels. This unique upgraded penthouse is accented by the warmth of the cherry hardwood floors throughout and is being sold turnkey furnished. On the top floor bask in the living area and chef’s kitchen with gas stove, sub-zero refrigerator, and custom cabinetry, perfect for gracious entertaining. You can easily relax in this expansive residence while luxuriating in the master
LOWEST PRICED CONDO: 6727 MIDNIGHT PASS RD, #112A: SOLD FOR: $285,000 Discover Vista Hermosa, ideally located near the south end of Siesta Key’s Crescent Beach and convenient to shops, restaurants and island activities. Close to the beach, this two-bedroom, two-bath, first-floor end residence is the perfect property for those looking for an investment on Siesta Key or for those who want to enjoy beach life. Open living and dining area, and sliding doors to private patio create a comfortable yet spacious feel inside. This residence is also furnished, includes
LOWEST PRICED SINGLE-FAMILY PROPERTY: 445 REID ST, SOLD FOR: $352,275 Welcome to this garden home on the north end of Siesta Key. This home is incredibly convenient for those looking to be close to the Out of Door Academy. When you walk in the front door, the kitchen is ahead with a large open living room to the right and an attractive stone fireplace. The master suite is sizable with a bright sunroom that features large windows bringing the outdoors in, and the room is even built around a large oak tree creating a unique space. The lifestyle cannot be beat living on the north end of Siesta Key, close to the beach and the shops of the Siesta Key Village. This is your opportunity to own in paradise! The sale of this property came out to $212.47 a square foot. Courtesy of Alison James.
covered parking, and is move-in ready. The sale came out to $316.67 a square foot. Courtesy of Sothebys.
Exploring the Fascinating Landings Heritage
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By Dee Ricapito
Two places and one shared Heritage with Spanish Point John McCarthy, executive Director of the Gulf Coast Heritage Association, gave us a look through the window of time exploring the pre-history of The Landings and our connection with our Spanish Point neighbors at the Free College session at the Racquet Club. In 1883 there was no downtown. Life was closer to this neck of the woods. The first resident in The Landings was Chandler Younge, an early boat builder. He lived just north of Phillippi Creek, named for an early Cuban fisherman whose fishing rancho was a few miles north of here. Chandler Younge was building boats right on these grounds. He and the pioneers who followed him could walk across the thick mangroves at that time, from The Landings’ Gazebo area to reach Siesta Key. He could circle around and also walk from Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar, (which were orange groves at that time) back through The Landings using a trail now named Landings Boulevard. The Tree Houses as well as some homes have a rich history since they were built on shell mounds built by the Native Americans. The mounds at The Landings are approximately 2000 years old. Only 6 miles away in Spanish Point, the oldest Burial Mound was found dating nearly 3000 B.C. These mounds were built by many
generations of prehistoric Indians who lived along the bay from about 300 to 1000 A.D. Human bones and ceremonial offerings of shark teeth, smashed pottery, and other materials were periodically placed on the mound, then covered with sand. You must go to Historic Spanish Point and see it for yourself. (Just a side note: By the 1770’s the Native Indians had died off, mostly impacted by European diseases). McCarthy discussed another Landings connection with Spanish Point, through Mrs. Potter (Bertha) Palmer of Chicago, once called “founding mother” of Sarasota. When the locomotive was built as far as Sarasota, Mrs. Palmer arrived and made her home in “The Oakes” from 1910 to 1918, and her son, Honore built his home here in The Landings. The name he gave his home was “Immokalee” which means “My Home” in the Seminole Indian language. Incidentally, “The Landings” was coined by RAMAR Development due to the large presence of American bald eagles observed landing in the area at the time. It’s just magic walking over the shells carpeting our nature trail and stopping on the footbridge taking in a view of nature’s tranquility. Walking by native ferns, trees and palms, epiphytes (air plants), and spotting many varieties of birds on
the way to the gazebo; our window to the waters. Imagining the early Indians experiencing abundant fishing in the same spot where the gazebo stands today with an excellent view of a wilderness we now call Siesta Key. I often get that same sense of immediate peacefulness driving off of Hwy. 41 onto Landings Blvd. Maybe the ghosts of the Pioneers are welcoming home its new residents.
That shared feeling of tranquility is found in Historic Spanish Point when walking the paths through the Palmer water garden, to the burial mound, through Mary’s Chapel, to the Pioneer Cemetery, then catch the magical feeling at the lychee fields and butterfly garden while you take in the smells of evergreen and flowering plants. It’s just like living here in The Landings - a place not to miss!
Paradise Awaits... 195 Vista Hermosa Circle, #9-A Sarasota, FL
Just a short walk to Siesta Beach. 2 BR, 2 BA villa. Ideal rental opportunity. Custom wood cabinets in the kitchen with granite counters & upgraded appliances. Bathrooms boast tumbled marble & granite. Custom lighting. New A/C in 2017 and recently installed water heater. Roof replaced in 2016. Sold turnkey furnished (with some exclusions).
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797 Beach Road, #305 Sarasota, FL Full Gulf view of #1 Beach in the USA. Completely remodeled, priced to sell! High end tile floors in main living area, quality custom kitchen cabinets, deisgner kitchen. Crescent Royale offers an onsite rental program, heated pool and much more!
Beaches, Boating & Bistros!! Live the island lifestyle in this spacious 4 BR, 4 BA house located on desirable Palm Island currently grossing approx. $60k in rental income. Recently renovated with new kitchen, new master BR and master BA. This house boasts a new boat lift on the Grand Canal. Lounge in the heated pool and spa or enjoy your favorite libation at your own private Waterfront Tiki Bar. Privacy abounds with a lovely tropical view across the canal. Huge bonus area on lower level. This house is located on Palm Island which is an Island on an Island and is a short walk to World Famous Siesta Beach(Beach Access 10) and Siesta Village with all its excitement and wonderful dining. This is the Perfect Home or Investment property for the discerning buyer.
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Boating, Beaches & Bistros!!! 3 BR/2 BA Key West Style Grand Canal home on Siesta Key built in 2005 to current Hurricane standards. Sip a glass of wine by your outdoor Tiki Bar in the pool/spa area. Step out your back door, onto your boat (boat lift) and enjoy a leisurely cruise up the Grand Canal...just minutes away from your favorite waterfront dining, watersports and world class fishing. Perhaps you’re in the mood for a stroll or bike ride into Siesta Village...while others scramble for beach parking, walk or bike down the street to your own beach access (#10). All this and you haven’t even stepped inside this beautiful Key West style home on a lushly landscaped tropical lot with a brick paver walkway to your dock. This Island Style home was lovingly built in 2005 with huge lower level bonus area, pool shower and a 4-car garage for all your toys. Open floor plan, gourmet kitchen, large rooms, elevator, wood-burning fireplace, vaulted ceilings; walk-in closets; beautiful master suite, plenty of storage and custom touches throughout. This is a must-see home on Palm Island.
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Sand Castles At home, steps from Crescent Beach By Roger Drouin Sara Sea is a small mid-Key condo community that’s a bit of a secret jewel on Siesta. The community is nestled just a quarter of a block from Crescent Beach and close to Point of Rocks. “There are only just 12 units, so it has a residential feel to it,” says Realtor Dawn Bear, with Key Solutions Real Estate. “It is just a little jewel.” The community is situated on the highly sought-after private street of Sara Sea, says Bear, who is the listing agent on a two-bedroom unit that looks out onto the garden area. The units at Sara Sea have a home-like feel amid a lush garden setting. The 12 units are situated in two buildings that have been superbly maintained, Bear adds. Significant improvements include a 100-year metal roof rated up to 180 mile-an-hour winds and hurricane-proof windows. Bob Ruiz, of Key Solutions, says the mid-Key location is prime. “Steps to the beach with no roads to cross, Sara Sea is an ideal location for anyone, especially families with small children,” Ruiz told Siesta Sand. Most owners are seasonal residents in the friendly community. Sara Sea’s rental policy allows one-monthminimum rentals, but most owners do not rent their units out, Bear says. “The clientele that owns there typically do not desire to rent their units out,” Bear says. All of the units are a very short stroll to the beach. The buildings sit on property that’s just over a half acre, Ruiz notes. Right outside the first-floor unit Bear has listed is a sun deck area for reading or sunning, and the unit catches a nice cross breeze. “You walk out your door down a private street to private, deeded beach access,” Bear says. “It’s beautiful.” While Sara Sea doesn’t have the usual amenities of a typical larger Siesta Key condo, such as a pool or gym, it’s location, privacy, and lush setting are top-notch, Bear says. Surrounded within lush tropical gardens, steps to fabulous restaurants, boutiques, shopping, and activities, the community provides the ultimate island experience. In addition to the beach, owners can stroll to such nearby businesses as Toasted Mango café and Miguel’s French restaurant, notes Bear. “And if you want to go to the Village, you can just hop on the Siesta Trolley and go into the Village,” Bear says. “You can park your car and not use it.” And Ruiz notes that the community’s close locale to the south Siesta Key bridge, means owners and visitors alike don’t have to battle as much of the seasonal traffic that backs up especially near Siesta Public beach. The community was constructed in 1975. There is not much turnover at Sara Sea. Over the past two years, there have been two sales, both selling for over $340 a square foot. Current listing, and recent sales: • The first-floor, two-bedroom, two bath unit listed by Bear is on the market for $420,000, or $359 a square foot. It features 1,092-square-feet, and the unit is in a quiet and private location, Bear noted. “This may be the best location [in the community],” the realtor says. “It is ground floor, the closest to the beach and further from Midnight Pass Road. There is a gorgeous expansive lawn area out the door.” The unit also has privacy glass. • In June, 2016, a 1,002 square-foot unit with two bedrooms and two baths sold for $360,000, or $384 a square foot. The unit was updated with stone counter tops in the kitchen and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen table overlooks the private balcony. The master bedroom has built-ins with a cute window seat as well as a closet, and the second bedroom has a Murphy Bed – so you can choose to use it as a study or a bedroom. • In April, 2017, another two-bedroom, two-bath unit, with 1,092 square feet of living area, sold for $375,000, or $343 a square foot. The updated upstairs end-unit condo boasts multiple windows for all day light and air flow. In addition, the kitchen has been opened up completely and renovated, as well as the two baths.
Connor Wozniak, Overall male, Stacey Monroe event organizer 5th Annual Andrew Monroe Memorial Scholarship 5K was hosted January 7, 2018 on beautiful Siesta Key Beach. More than 300 runners/ walkers took part in this charity event that benefits both Riverview High School Soccer athletes as well as Sarasota County Athletes through the Sarasota Community Foundation, Andrew Monroe Memorial Scholarship Fund.
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Overall Male: 17-year-old Connor Wozniak from Pine View School at 17:43.1. Overall Female: 14-year-old Emma Paliotta from Lakewood Ranch High ran a 21:39.7. Andrew Monroe was a Riverview High School soccer player killed in a tragic auto accident in 2011.
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Bleeding Heart Vine (Clerodendrum Thomsoniae) A pop of bloom in cooler weather. This is the prefect plant for a trellis or fence. Easy to train and maintain if you make the effort. Produces a stem of multiple heart shaped white flowers on 6” stems. Also available in a purple blooming variety. Drought resistance plant that blooms off & on all year. If damaged by a frost, these vines can be cut back; but will come back on new growth. Can get to 10’ tall & spread about 10’ also if not cut back. What a welcome sight to see this vine in bloom, especially when butterflies & hummingbird come to visit this plant. An added bonus is the long lasting blooms are very popular in cut flower bouquets. Kay Weber, 3rd VP and co-chair Horticulture Study Group Sarasota Garden Club.
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House Hunting Siesta Key to Longboat Key SHORT WALK TO SIESTA BEACH: $450,000 195 Vista Hermosa Circle, #9-A, Siesta Key, FL. MLS# A4189942 Wonderfully remodeled 2 BR, 2 BA villa. Designer tile & carpet throughout. This villa is being sold turnkey furnished (with some exclusions). Dan Miller, Re/ Max Tropical Sands. 941-376-7442 FULL GULF VIEW OF #1 BEACH: $539,000 797 Beach Rd, #305, Siesta Key, FL. MLS# A4188853 Completely remodeled unit with high end tile floors in main living area, quality custom kitchen cabinets with granite counters. All the lighting has been upgraded throughout this TURNKEY FURNISHED (some artwork excluded) unit. Dan Miller, Re/ Max Tropical Sands. 941-376-7442 KEY WEST STYLE GRAND CANAL HOME ON SIESTA KEY: $1,290,000 418 Island Circle, Siesta Key, FL. MLS# A4195871 This 3 bedroom / 3 bath single family house boasts an open floor plan with custom touches. It has a lushly landscaped tropical lot with Tiki bar in the pool/spa area. Dan Miller, Re/Max Tropical Sands. 941-376-7442 PALM ISLAND HOME ON THE GRAND CANAL: $965,000 322 Island Circle, Siesta Key, FL. MLS# A4199085 Recently renovated with new kitchen, new master BR and master BA. This house boasts a new boat lift on the Grand Canal. Privacy abounds with a lovely tropical view across the canal. Huge bonus area on lower level. Dan Miller, Re/Max Tropical Sands. 941-376-7442 5272 HERON WAY, LANDINGS COACH HOUSE $275,000: MLS #4185882 3BD/2BA Southern exposure with lake view. Judy Greene/ Tara Lamb, Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker, 941-350-0451 (Judy) or 941-266-4873 (Tara) 5259 HERON WAY, LANDINGS COACH HOUSE $279,000: MLS #4197208 2BD / 2BA Ground floor updated
condo with lake view. Judy Greene/Tara Lamb, Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker, 941-350-0451 (Judy) or 941-266-4873 (Tara) 1610 STARLING DR, LANDINGS COACH HOUSE $269,000: MLS 4182814 2BD/2BA Ground floor condo with patio overlooking a fabulous lake view. Judy Greene/Tara Lamb, Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker, 941-350-0451 (Judy) or 941-266-4873 (Tara) 1363 LANDINGS DR TREEHOUSE $490,000: MLS 4192826 3BD / 2.5BA Expanded floor plan with screened deck overlooking lake view. Judy Greene/Tara Lamb, Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker, 941-350-0451 (Judy) or 941-266-4873 (Tara) 5430 EAGLES PT CIR #203, EAGLES POINT CONDO $749,000: MLS #A4202341 3 BD with Den, 2943 sq ft Spacious condo, private garage and 2nd car spot. Judy Greene/ Tara Lamb, Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker, 941-350-0451 (Judy) or 941-266-4873 (Tara) 1757 PINE HARRIER CIR SINGLE FAMILY HOME $575,000: MLS 4202741 3BD/2.5BA Two-story home with kitchen overlooking family room. Judy Greene/Tara Lamb, Michael Saunders & Company
Licensed Real Estate Broker, 941350-0451 (Judy) or 941-266-4873 (Tara) DOLPHIN BAY The ultimate 2/2 in over 1900 square feet of living space. Exceptional property with split floor plan, each bedroom with private bath. Large kitchen with sit-in area and expansive living/ dining space. Spacious lanai with great views of the ICW. Garage. Pool, clubhouse, tennis, and day dock. Short walk to Siesta Beach. MLS #A4178449, $799,000. Key Solutions Real Estate Group, Sheri & Bob Ruiz. Bob: 941-544-3299 or Sheri: 941-400-4186. GULF & BAY BAYSIDE Great beach home, vacation, or rental property. Deeded beach access just across the street. 3/2 end unit. Beautifully renovated and furnished with attached garage. Resort-like amenities gated, 2 pools, tennis, clubhouse, fitness, etc. MLS #A4185953, $649,000. Key Solutions Real Estate Group, Sheri & Bob Ruiz. Bob: 941-544-3299 or Sheri: 941400-4186. SIESTA POINTE Lovely 3 BR 2 1/2 bath Key West style townhome in the ideal location!!! New finishes and fixtures! Short walk over Stickney Point Bridge to Siesta Key. Avoid the traffic and higher property costs. MLS# A4192292 $339,000. Key Solutions Real Estate Group, Sheri & Bob Ruiz. Bob: 941-5443299 or Sheri: 941-400-4186.
HARBOUR TOWNE YACHT CLUB Beautifully renovated and furnished 3/3 with deeded 40â€™ dock and 10k lift. Garage and storage. Across the street from Siesta Beach. Great boating community of 50 families. Gated, pool, spa, tennis, clubhouse, grilling area, marina. MLS# A4196664, $669,000. Key Solutions Real Estate Group, Sheri & Bob Ruiz. Bob: 941-544-3299 or Sheri: 941-400-4186.
MID CENTURY BEAUTY This 3BD/3BA home, is a former Ralph Twitchell show home with an amazing open floor plan and high ceilings located on a quiet canal front corner lot. Has a 7K lbs. boat lift and is a short 5-minute commute to the bay. Has a new modern kitchen with gorgeous Brazilian granite counter tops. 505 Givens St, Siesta Key, $999,900 MLS #A4160488, Key Solutions Real Estate, 941894-1255
SOMERSET COVE Fabulous single family home in gated community of just 11 residences. Large 2,758 square feet, 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath with 2 car garage plus bonus space. Boat dock with water and electric only minutes to ICW and Gulf. Walk to beach and Village. MLS # A4201541, $889,000. Key Solutions Real Estate Group, Sheri & Bob Ruiz. Bob: 941-544-3299 or Sheri: 941-400-4186.
AMAZING VACATION PROPERTY Located just across from world famous Siesta Key beach, this 3BD/2BA condo comes fully furnished and ready to enjoy! Recently renovated with new cabinets, granite, and tile baths along with new roof in 2015. 1350 Siesta Bayside Dr #1350-B, Siesta Key, $649,000 MLS #A4185953, Key Solutions Real Estate (941) 894-1255
HARBOUR TOWNE YACHT CLUB Walking distance to Siesta Beach and quick free shuttle to Siesta and mid-Key Villages. Deeded dock only minutes to the Gulf. Water views! Fabulous 2/2 end unit. Attached garage. Gated community with pool, tennis, Clubhouse. MLS# A4207562, $465,000. Key Solutions Real Estate Group, Sheri & Bob Ruiz. Bob: 941-544-3299 or Sheri: 941400-4186.
SIESTA KEY BEACH LIVING This ground level unit is just a short walk down a private street, Sara Sea Circle, to one of the best beaches. This 2BD/2BA beach home has private beach access, close to shopping, restaurants and Point of Rocks. This home comes equipped with hurricane proof windows and 100-year metal roof rated for 180 mph winds. Enjoy the Mediterranean style patio, brick paver entry to home and full privacy windows! 6708 Sarasea Cir #103, Siesta Key, $420,000 MLS #A4202591, Key Solutions Real Estate (941) 894-1255
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• Robin Hood Rentals – for all your Siesta Key rental needs with a wide variety segways, bikes, kayaks, scooters and more, free pickup and delivery anywhere on the key. 5255 Ocean Blvd Siesta Emergency (General)..................................................911 Key Village. 941-554-4242 Emergency Animal Clinic......................... 941-929-1818 • Siesta Key Bike & Kayak – Located on Siesta Key in Capt Curts Fishing & Hunting Licenses..................... 941-362-9888 Village serving Siesta Key, Lido Beach and Sarasota. We offer FPL – Florida Power & Light.................... 941-917-0708 bikes, kayak rentals, kayak eco tours, paddleboards and scooters. FPL – Outage Report..............................1-800-468-8243 1224 Old Sickney Pt Rd. 941-346-0891
Marriage License Bureau.......................... 941-362-4066
• Siesta Sports Rentals – Located on Siesta Key, bike, kayak, Poison Info Center..................................1-800-282-3171 kayak tours, scooter, children strollers and car seats. Delivery and Sarasota / Bradenton Intl. Airport................................. pickup available, 6551 Midnight Pass Rd, 941-346-1797
STORAGE UNITS FOR RENT • Sawyer Storage: FREE OFFERS! HUGE DISCOUNTS! Rent by the day, week or month-to-month. Climate-controlled units with 20 sizes to choose from. We offer the lowest prices in town. Give us a call for all your storage needs. 941-929-9620, www.sawyerstorage.com
...................................................................... 941-359-2770 Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT)........................... ...................................................................... 941-316-1234 Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce................................. ...................................................................... 941-349-3800 Sheriff / non-emergency.......................... 941- 861-1601 Waste Management................................... 941-924-1254
Staci and Travis from OH
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Answers from • Sun Ride Pedicab – Eco-friendly Pedicabs. Siesta Page Key 15 Tours and rides – tips only, 941-343-3400
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• Jonny’s Original Free Ride – The Original Ride the Key Free service on Siesta to anywhere, everyday from 10 AM – 2 AM. Driver tips only. Call 941-928-9200. • Dollar Limo – holds up to 10 people and is cheaper than a D.U.I or taxi. Call 941-735-4732
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This month’s Island Girl is Caitlin from Coral Springs. She visits Siesta Beach twice each year as a staff girl and player with the Dig the Beach Volleyball Series. While here, you’ll find her enjoying a sunset and the popular drum circle. Caitlin loves to move, move, move. Outside of her interest in yoga, she keeps her body moving doing acro yoga, rock climbing, slack lining and volleyball. If you see Caitlin wearing ear buds she’s probably listening to Alternative Rock or Indie music. Her current favs are The Lumineers, Mumford and Sons, Rainbow Kitten Suprise, Trevor Hall, Ed Sheeran, and Bleachers. She earned her Masters Degree from Florida State University and is currently a Speech Language Pathologist at an elementary school.
Island Visitor's Siesta Sand serves Siesta Key residents and visitors with key information about the area. It is a free monthly newspaper th...
Published on Jan 26, 2018
Island Visitor's Siesta Sand serves Siesta Key residents and visitors with key information about the area. It is a free monthly newspaper th...