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Floridians may be faced with more of a philosophical rather than political dilemma come Election Day 2014: Should medical marijuana be legalized for chronically ill people in the state? UnitedForCare, People United for Medical Marijuana, is working to place the medical marijuana issue on the Nov. 4, 2014, ballot. The not-for-profit Orlandobased group has and is soliciting volunteers and signatures for a petition to place the question before voters. The group has its work cut out for them, both logistically and financially. A total of 683,149 signatures of registered Florida voters need to be collected and validated as correct by Feb. 1. According to UnitedForCare Campaign Manager Ben Pollara, “We have nearly 200,000 petitions collected and are expanding our efforts

throughout the state.” The ballot language then needs to be approved by the Florida Supreme Court. If the proposal makes it to the ballot, 60 percent of the voters must approve the measure for it to become law, probably in early 2015. Major funding source behind the ballot initiative is John Morgan, the attorney whose firm’s advertisements of Morgan & Morgan “For the People” seem to be on radio and TV every commercial break. Morgan has estimated that the bankroll for the signature collection will cost about $3.5 million. The expected fight with anti-drug groups will probably cost another $10 million, the conservative Morgan conservatively predicted. Story continued on page 24.


Why I support legal medical marijuana By John Morgan Guest Commentary: I watched cancer kill my dad. Many of you know what that’s like. To be honest, it was horrifying to see someone so strong, so big in my life, waste away and in constant pain. My family felt helpless. He didn’t want opiates, which just made him foggy and uncomfortable. The only thing that worked to stimulate his hunger and ease his pain was marijuana. No one should have to risk going to jail for providing medical marijuana to someone who needs it. Doctors should have the right to make this call.

It really is that simple. I am trying to convince other potential large donors to get behind this campaign, but they want to know the grassroots support is there. They’re measuring our progress in signups, volunteers, and number of donations. Please join me in supporting United For Care and contribute here today to help us make our end of quarter goal. On behalf of my dad and the thousands of other people that have experienced the same thing, I thank you. Contribute to today.



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Master Sand Sculptor Brian Wigelsworth Scientific first for male turtles By Diana Colson

Brian Wigelsworth is truly a “Renaisands Man!” ‘ Yup—I spelled that one right. Not only is Brian a Master Level sand sculptor, he is the designer and creator of the Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition. Founded in 2010, Brian works in partnership with the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Sarasota County Parks and Recreation, Mote Marine Laboratory, and the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau. Now in its 4th year, the event has proved to be a resounding success. The Competition is a favorite with professional sand sculptors from all over the world because of the crisp beauty of Siesta’s pure white sand. Brian Wigelsworth is also the Sand Coordinator for the Crystal Classic. His main responsibility is to see that the best Master sculptors are invited, to oversee their transportation arrangements,

and to insure that they have what they need to create their works of art. Brian also designs the plot layout for the event and decides on the centerpiece sculpture upon which all entrants will work together. He also sets up the news desk, organizes the Photo Op sand sculptures, and sees to a myriad of other pesky details that make the event run like clockwork.

Brian was a Military Brat. His father was a Missile Commander in the Air Force who was involved in the Titan Missile Program. As happens in the military, the family moved around a lot, living mostly on coastal bases. Story continued on page 13.

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Murph is happily wending his way through the depths of the Gulf after a near-death experience off Turtle Beach. According to Mote Marine Laboratory’s Turtle Stranding Team, “a large loggerhead appeared to be tethered to something underwater off Turtle Beach on Siesta Key. While the turtle could surface for air, it couldn’t get free. Mote Stranding

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Investigations Program Manager Gretchen Lovewell and Biologist Rebeccah Hazelkorn went to safely rescue the turtle, and enlisted the help of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement Marine Patrol and helicopter, Sarasota County, and Longboat Key marine patrols to help. Story continued on page 16.

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30th Annual Sharks Siesta Key Sprint Triathlon Hundreds of bikes are lined up, numbered and racked in the parking lot transition area before sun rise at the 30th Annual Sharks Siesta Key Sprint Triathlon. The triathlon is the largest fundraiser for the Sarasota Sharks swim team. It helps support their national swim meets by providing them funds for road trips and air travel. Photo by Trebor Britt.

Kelly Sims (far right) of Sarasota waiting anxiously to begin her first Sprint Triathlon. Sponsored by Tempo Cyclery in Northridge Plaza, Kelly taught herself to swim just six weeks ago. Photo by Trebor Britt.

Triathletes running into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico to begin the half mile open water swim, the first segment of this years’s sprint triathlon on Siesta Key. Photo by Trebor Britt.

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Siesta Key Association October Meeting Notes Michael Shay, Vice President of the Siesta Key Association, chaired the meeting. President Catherine Luckner was off on a well-deserved vacation. The minutes of the September meeting were approved before moving on to the agenda.

• Code Enforcement

In the absence of John Lally, Joe Volpe covered current issues. Within the past month, Code Enforcement had shut down a couple of houses under construction or renovation whose owners had not pulled the proper permits. Code Enforcement had had a large backlog of such violations, but was now fairly well caught up.

• Sheriff’s Office

Sgt Scott Osborne reported a couple of burglaries. He said that different groups of 3 to 4 homeless persons come in every month. When they see they are being watched, they move along. There were some problems with narcotics and sleeping on the beach. There were also some issues following the Sunday Night Drum Circle when 500-600 people were breaking up. Other than these relatively small issues, Sgt. Osborne said the parking lots were not full, crowds are down, and the Sheriff’s Office is having an easier time at the moment.

• Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce & Siesta Key Village Association

Joe Volpe said that Siesta Key was looking forward to serving “safe treats” from 3 to 6 PM on Halloween. Following Halloween, the Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, November 30. Both organizations have been hard at work on making the parade a grand success. “It’s going to be a great parade,” said Volpe. “Santa Claus will be there!”

• Beach Road Drainage Improvement Project

Alex Boudreau, Professional Engineer and Project Manager, Sarasota County, used charts to address the group. “We had a dense

area and a small retention pond on the south side of Siesta Beach Park. Right now we are under contract to build the project. The idea is to clean up the contaminants before they go out into the bay. In order to build the pond, we are going to run into ground water. “There is no place to put this water until we can get the bacteria out of it. Ultimately, when the Retention Pond overflows, water will be treated through the pipe and put out to sea. 40 acres worth of drainage water will be filtered. When the ponds are reconfigured, water will then be pumped through the pipe. That pipe will take the water 3000 feet off shore, where it will dissipate in the sea water. “So far, the construction of the pipe has gone well. However, to finish the pipe, we have to first finish the trench.” When asked about the depth of the pond, Boudreau responded that at approximately 15 feet deep, it would be significantly larger and deeper than its predecessor. Ultimately it will hold enough water to survive a 25year storm and be treated by ultra violet light. When asked if there would be a backup generator, Boudreau responded that none was put into the original design. He reminded the audience that this was more of a treatment project than a drainage project. Michael Shay addressed the issue of storm water currently flooding Beach Rd., and asked if this project was supposed to alleviate that flooding. Boudreau responded that the thrust of the project was to improve the quality of water coming out of the pond. No aeration fountains are included in the plan. Joe Volpe asked: “What’s going to keep it from stagnating?” Boudreau answered that it was going to be flushed out, and that the sun’s ultra violet light was supposed to eliminate the bacteria. Commissioner Nora Patterson added that in the past, there had been numerous beach closures. She said that the goal of this project was to keep pollution from dangerous bacteria off of Siesta Key Beach and minimize the probability of beach closures. Several board members reported that the major concern of many Siesta Key residents was whether the beach path will be returned when the project is finished. Michael Shay assured them that “The pathway will still be

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there, but not as an organized path. It will just be a path through the woods.”

• Committee Reports

Michael Shay reported that the International Coastal Cleanup had a perfect day. In addition to several other groups of volunteers, 33 people showed up from SKA, and covered from Access #3 to Point of Woods. “The beach was amazingly clean, and relatively free of cigarettes, plastic straws, water bottles, beer bottles, and the like. It was a great day! Everyone saw schools of stingrays. For anyone that hasn’t done this in the past, please join us next year.” As for Big Pass Dredging, Shay said that the SKA Directors are still gathering information. “Hopefully after the December meeting, we will have good information on the project and be able to take a position. “

• Old Business

SKA is still working on the problem of businesses putting racks and tables out onto the sidewalk to display their wares. Solving this issue remains an ongoing project.

• New Business

Bill Irish and Carolyn Koffer from Siesta Key Kiwanis told the audience that the group is gearing up to do their Annual Fruit Tree Gleaning for the All Faith’s Food Bank. From January to April, the group will collect fruit that would otherwise be wasted. They will not only pick fruit from trees, they will also take broken fruit to the Big Game Preserve. If you have one or more trees in your yard, go on line and register your trees. If you prefer to harvest your own fruit, Kiwanis will be glad to pick it up. The group aims to pick fruit every weekend from January to April, with some kids from some schools helping. Several businesses have also offered to help. The idea here is that food does not go to waste. Kiwanis plans to get food out to the people who need it. The goal for this year is to salvage 12,000 pounds of fruit. Volunteers may register at the Kiwanis website. For more information, go to:

Becca Toor (23) of Sarasota striking a serve at the Reflekt Polarized Big Shot Volleyball Tournament on Siesta Key. She and her partner, Natalie Gaudreau (24) also of Sarasota, competed in the Women’s AA division. Photo by Trebor Britt.



Siesta Key News • Nourish Lido from Big Pass?

Plans are moving as swift as an outgoing tide to take sand from the ebb shoal on the north side of Big Pass and use it to renourish Lido Beach. At a joint city-county commission meeting in late October, several citizens rose to ask the plans get a “peer review” before starting the project. Big Pass between Lido and Siesta Keys has never been dredged. The City of Sarasota and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers want to “mine” the ebb shoal on the north side of the pass to deliver 400,000 cubic yards of prime quality sand to Lido. The “peer review” was completed years ago, said Laird Wreford, the county coastal resources manager. He developed an “inlet management plan” that was subject to public review and comment between 1999 and 2004. It suggested sand could be removed along the northern contour of the ebb shoal. But Milan Mora with the Corps showed a plan with a rectangular borrow area, and no sculpting the


By Stan Zimmerman contour. His plan also showed a dredger cutting a deep-water channel through the sand barrier offshore of northern Siesta Key. That would create a navigable channel for deeper draft vessels. Lido is currently eroded despite having a renourishment in 2009. A consultant estimated the beach was worth $82 million “in direct visitor spending” per year. The Army Corps of Engineers will cover five-eights of the project cost, with the state and county’s tourist development tax picking up the remainder. City Engineer Alex Davis-Shaw said this was not a one-time deal. The Corps’ plan is good for a halfcentury. But later additions of sand will come from New Pass, between Longboat and Lido Keys. “Every five years, 615,000 cubic yards will be needed,” said Mora.

• County seeks playground money

Sarasota County is asking the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for money to build a new playground at Turtle

Beach. And not just any kind of playground. This one will be designed for the use of disabled children between the ages of 2 to 12. The grant request for $111,000 would also build a new gazebo in the park. The existing small playground between the campground and the beach parking lot would be renovated. The new gazebo would not only provide shade, but a picnic space and venue for small events. The playground and gazebo would join renovations to the existing restrooms and community spaces.

• Starring Lego Man!

The Travel Channel came to Siesta Key Public Beach last month to do a story on the mysterious appearance of the eight-foot-tall Lego Man two years ago. It “washed up” on Siesta Beach to coincide with the start of the Sarasota Chalk Festival. Lego Man was linked to a Dutch artist who was making a street drawing in Burns Court composed

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of an army of Lego soldiers similar to the Terracotta Army discovered in the tomb of China’s first emperor. The Travel Channel crew was working on a series of “things that show up from nowhere.” Sheriff Tom Knight took the 100-pound statue “into custody,” and later released it to the tender care of the Chalk Festival organizer. Lego Man was last seen locally on March 2012 at St. Boniface Episcopal Church on Siesta Key at an appearance by Stephen Leatherman – Dr. Beach – who spoke at the annual meeting of the Siesta Key Association. Lego Man was last spotted somewhere in California.

• Hurricane season limps to a close

It ain’t over ‘till it’s over, but the 2013 hurricane season will go down as one of the most unusual on record. Maybe even before records were kept. Last April the two University of Colorado hurricane gurus – Bill Grey and Phil Klotzback – predicted 18

named storms, with nine hurricanes. And in May the Climate Prediction Center (part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) gave a 70 percent chance of 13 to 20 named storms this year, of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes, and 3 to 6 of them as majors. The normal average would be 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. In fairness by press time we have seen 12 named storms, but only two hurricanes – Humberto and Ingrid – both in mid-September with 85 mile-per-hour winds. Humberto led a long but colorless life in the mid-Atlantic. Ingrid formed quickly off the Mexican east coast and came ashore south of the Texas border. By mid-season on Labor Day, not a single hurricane had formed despite warmer Atlantic and Caribbean waters, and a lack of El Nino to dampen storm formation. It’s not too late for more cyclonic activity, because the hurricane season doesn’t end until Nov. 30. But as waters cool and cold fronts begin to arrive, a November hurricane is a rare event in Florida.

Downtown and Beyond

By Paul Roat

|New Orleans doesn’t come to Sarasota through one restaurant remodel proposal A Siesta Key businessman is branching out into Downtown Sarasota. Unfortunately for Chris Brown, the city commission has cut off one of the limbs on his expanding enterprises. Brown, who has bought the former Patrick’s Restaurant at Five Points and two adjacent businesses, presented the commission with a proposal to create a New Orleansstyled building with a porch-like structure above the sidewalk for diners. “The Galleries at Five Points” would allow patrons to have a panoramic view of the heart of the city, he proposed. No, city commissioners said. His unprecedented approach of making his pitch first to the commission rather than parading his plan through the usual path of other city departments and boards apparently irked some officials. Other concerns voiced included the aesthetics of his building plan juxtaposed with other architectural themes on Main Street. Commissioners also voiced obstruction problems created by columns on the sidewalks to support

the galleries, as well as potential noise generated by al fresco diners within the keen earshot of nearby condominium. Brown owns the Beach Club and Hub Baja Grill in Siesta Village, as well as other properties on Main Street.

All those facilities, by the way, are in North Sarasota. “Consultant Richard Marbut has said a homeless facility should be close to the services that are needed, which is District 1,” Shaw said. “He has said we must get beyond Not In My Back Yard. “No one in District 1 has had any input. I’m concerned that the process is not transparent and it is not inclusive to the community that is being impacted. “North Sarasota bears the distinction of having the highest crime rate in Sarasota. “North Sarasota bears the distinction of having the highest unemployment rate in Sarasota. “North Sarasota has borne the homeless as an issue. “No homeless facility should be placed in District 1, and I hope my constituents support my stance. The homeless issue is a Sarasota issue. It

NIMBY for District 1 Vice Mayor Willie Shaw stated loud and clear that there shall be no homeless shelter built in District 1, his city commission district in northern Sarasota. Shaw blasted a city homeless consultant, Richard Marbut, for offering his proposals to help get homeless men and women off Sarasota streets and alleys to the media rather than to the officials who are paying his $100,000 fee. Marbut is scheduled to come before the city commission sometime this month to offer his proposals. Media reports have indicated he favors some massive overnight facility for those living on the streets, located near existing caregiving facilities.

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is a regional issue, and we should not have a concentration of poverty in District 1.” “I am 100 percent opposed to the City of Sarasota and the city taxpayers taking on the issue of the homeless within the city boundaries,” said Marilyn Kirkwood. “It is a regional problem. We have to take care of our own people first. It is unfair to place [this regional facility] financial burden on city taxpayers. Recent census data provided by the Suncoast Partnership to End

Homelessness indicated there were 1,460 homeless people in Sarasota County. There are less than onequarter of that number of beds available for the homeless. Men outnumber women by a 3-to-1 ratio, and almost all of the homeless are found in northern Sarasota County, with a large percentage visiting the city from Manatee County and even Arcadia. The arts capital of Florida, it seems, is also a mecca for the homeless.

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News Up & Down the Trail

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• Newtown ‘history wall’ is back up

The consultant hired by the City and County of Sarasota is due to unveil his suggestion for the location of a new homeless shelter in late November. Robert Marbut’s contract calls for him to make at least one suggestion for the location. Two Sarasota City Commissioners are already saying it should not be inside city limits. District One Commissioner – and vice mayor – Willie Shaw says he will not support establishment of another human services agency in north Sarasota. Commissioner At-Large Susan Chapman says homeless and vagrancy are regional issues, and the new facility should reflect that by being somewhere else besides inside the City of Sarasota. Marbut asked a mini-census be conducted to determine the number of people sleeping without shelter in Sarasota County. More than 25 social service agencies volunteered their help, and homeless people too, found more than 1,700 people in the county that are considered homeless.

Last year some residents of North Sarasota were shocked to see a row of historical markers was missing from Fredd Atkins park at the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Washington Boulevard. Years ago neighborhoods, local businesses and the William and Marie Selby Foundation raised $100,000 for plaques commemorating local African-American pioneers. In these days of metal thieves, the missing monuments were a cause of grave concern. Then the city’s manager of landscape, parks and environment said he was the culprit. He had ordered the bronze markers removed so the wall could be repaired. A mere 10 months later, the history wall is back, the wall stuccoed and repainted a vivid orange.

• Legacy Trail expansion eyed The hiking and biking trail from Venice to Clark Road has proved a huge success with the public. Now a “friends of the trail group” proposes pushing it northward to Payne Park east of downtown Sarasota. Bruce Dillon, with the “Friends of the Legacy Trail” said while public money would be appreciated, he anticipated private donations will be a major part of the funding scheme. The trail follows the right-ofway of the Seminole Gulf Railway, which is leased from the CSX Corporation. The existing trail south of Clark Road was purchased by Sarasota County. The rails and ties were removed, and an asphalt path created. For the next leg, Dillon says the Seminole Gulf Railway’s chief executive officer suggested creating the path alongside the existing tracks. The next step is getting city and county approval for a feasibility study.



• GWIZ building future uncertain After the Gulf Coast Wonder and Imagination Zone (GWIZ) closed its doors for good late this summer, responsibility for the building fell back on its owner – the City of Sarasota. The 33,000 square-foot building has an admirable view of Sarasota Bay, but it is expensive to operate and maintain. The electricity averages about $4,500 per month. And the roof has always been a headache to keep sealed. The city wants to lease the property, but under rules of the state transfer of land, it can only be used for a non-profit use. It was built as a county library, and then became



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• Changes afoot for retail Sarasota merchants and their landlords are bracing for the opening of a huge new mall at University Boulevard and I-75 late next year. The shopping Mecca is being built and managed by Benderson Development. It has retailers on St. Armands Key, downtown Sarasota and other shopping venues working to keep their operations viable in the face of a new and beguiling competitor. One tactic long awaited for downtown is longer hours for retailers. The city’s Economic Development Director Norm Gollub says some downtown commercial property owners are considering provisions to their lease to keep merchants’ doors open longer. Meanwhile both the Downtown Improvement District and the St. Armands Business Improvement District boards will soon hire a consultant to determine if either or both areas should try to limit the growth of restaurants at the expense of retail. “Once it’s a restaurant, it almost never comes back to retail,” said BID Chair Marty Rappaport. Parking continues to bedevil both downtown and St. Armands. The BID wants to see at least one parking structure, and maybe two be built. A recent parking study indicated St. Armands was short more than 1,000 spaces. And speaking of parking garages, the one on State Street downtown will be months late because Sarasota City Commissioners took several months to figure out what design they desired. It is supposed to open in February 2015, under terms of an agreement with Pineapple Square. Said Pineapple Square’s John Simon, “The last thing you worry about when you go to a mall is parking. For downtown, it’s the first thing.”










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Off Islands By Paul Roat Boat parking issues on Longboat, car parking problems on Circle - toast to woes in Venice Perhaps you could call this story a tale of two cities on one key. Longboat Key, that is. Back in the days before condominiums and Arvida, the key was a laid-back place. There are two mobile home parks on the key, believe it or not, and the north end — Longbeach Village — is still home to an eclectic group of folks who like to sit on the porch and watch the peafowl waddle by. There is a public dock in the Village, and a little boat ramp. Villagers sometimes trailer their little boats to the little ramp and putter around Sarasota Bay or Longboat Pass. It’s the boats on trailers in yards that have some folks who live in the southern, tonier territories on the key, somewhat upset. There apparently has been a task force/blue ribbon committee/ working group/study panel/ whatever that is suggesting that boat parking in yards be regulated. Just what “regulated” means is yet to be seen, but it has been suggested that certain areas are good for boats while other are bad. It will be interesting to see how the freethinking Villagers fare against those people who live in a community designed by a central intelligence.

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part of Southwest Florida: death, taxes, and a need for more parking at St. Armands Circle. The Circle has been a destination for shoppers, diners, and gawkers for decades. It’s truly pedestrian friendly, with wide sidewalks and an accommodating park in the center of the traffic circle featuring frequent arts and crafts festivals, car exhibits, and concerts. The stores are eclectic and, although pricey, feature some interesting items. A quick off-the-top-of-the-head count totals at least a dozen places to eat, from the iconic Columbia Restaurant to the always-popular Daiquiri Deck to the new The Shore. But although the Circle is friendly to walkers, it’s always been a chore to find a place to park a vehicle. Sarasota City officials are hoping to come up with a solution. In conjunction with the St. Armands Business Improvement District, the city has approved a $49,000 parking study. Kimberly-Horn and Associates will look at how more parking spaces may be created, probably in the form of some sort of additional multi-level parking garage. The study is scheduled to be completed this winter. Perhaps it’s just me, but parking has never been much of a problem for me on the Circle or even Downtown. Most of the time I seem to get a spot

right in front of where I’m going. If I don’t get the “rockstar parking” place, the walk is always enjoyable. After all, shopping isn’t a race, is it?

‘Wine-ing’ in Venice

Venice has discovered a love of wine. The American Wine Society, which numbers more than 4,000 members in 120 chapters, may now include Venice within its member groups. An initial session was held in September with 18 attendees. The October soiree had so many people seeking to attend that some were turned away due to lack of space at Brindley’s Liquor, Wine & Gourmet. The November meeting is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 17 at a location yet to be determined. Cost is $15, and further information may be obtained by calling Ted DeVirgilis at 941-4977729 or The American Wine Society is an educational organization, DeVirgilis explained, with publications, national conferences, wine tasting sessions, and even scholarships for those wishing to pursue wine understanding more fully. The organization began in 1967 with 200 grape growers, winemakers, and wine fans. DeVirgilis has been a member of the American Wine Society for 31 years, he said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”

Reflekt Polarized Big Shot Volleyball Tournament Photos by Trebor Britt

Left: Sheelagh Dunn (15) and partner Anna Massey (14) of Sarasota, all smiles at the Reflekt Polarized Big Shot Volleyball Tournament. They competed in the Girls 16 & Under division. This was Anna’s first beach volleyball tournament. She and her family just moved here in July so she could attend the theater program at Booker High School.. Center: Eight of the twenty volleyball players from Stockholm Sweden who added to the international flavor of this year’s tournament. Their Captain reported it was snowing in Stockholm the day of the event. Twenty eight more players would join their group for a tournament the following weekend in Clearwater. Right: Simon Ekback (28), of Stockholm Sweden, setting his partner for a smash at the Reflekt Polarized Big Shot Volleyball Tournament on Siesta Key. Over 300 players participated this year.



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There were a total of 24 crimes reported. Below is a highlight covering some of the violations.


• 9/26 DUI Siesta Public Beach Officers observed a man arguing with his girlfriend in his car at the public beach. They saw the girlfriend yelling at the man who was seated in the driver’s seat of the car. As the woman opened the car door, officers noticed a large, empty bottle of vodka fall to the ground. The woman then struck the man in the head while continuing to yell at him. When officers approached the man, he was sitting in the drivers seat with the engine running, wearing only a pair of boxer shorts. He appeared dazed and officers could smell a very strong smell of alcohol on him. When asked to step out of the car to discus the potential battery that had occurred, the man stumbled out of the car, almost falling into the officer. After falling into the side of the car, the man had to lean on it in order to stand up. The man denied having “really anything” to drink. He refused to submit a breath test and became loud and obnoxious in booking, yelling that he would “go psycho” if he wasn’t released. He was arrested for DUI.

• 9/30 Burglary/ Felony Siesta Beach The owner of the Siesta Pavilion Concession reported that someone climbed to the roof of his business and stole 2 Bose speakers. They also attempted to break into the building and a coke machine. • 10/2 Burglary/ Felony Beach Road A woman heard noises downstairs and called her father. When he arrived, he saw an unknown person walk past the French doors to the rear of the residence. When police arrived, they found no one in or around the house. However, a large Samsung TV was disconnected from the wall and found lying on a chair, 3 smaller TV.s and their remotes and wires from the upstairs bedrooms were all placed on one bed along with a decorative glass turtle. Another bed had a metal hermit crab on it and the last bed had a large wooden whale moved onto it. Fingerprints were lifted from the scene. The woman later called police when she noticed that her Nikon camera and telescopic

lens were stolen from the property. Apparently, the thief had gained entry through a front window. • 10/4 DUI 1100 Block Beach Road A man on a motorcycle nearly crashed into a fire truck that was turning into the fire station. The engine driver heard tires braking behind him. As they turned, they saw the man staggering around his motorcycle, which was down on the road. The firemen brought the man in the station to treat him for a head injury, as well as scrapes and lacerations. When police arrived, they noticed the man’s slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and a strong scent of alcohol. He was unsteady and appeared intoxicated. The man initially stated that he had not been drinking. At the jail, when asked if he would take a breath test, he stated, “of course I will, I’m drunk.” He then stated, “I’m gonna blow this thing off the wall, watch.” While en route, he admitted, “You did the right thing,, I’m drunk.”

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• 10/11 Burglary/ Felony 8600 Block Midnight Pass A man reported that an unknown person broke into his condo and stole a window blind. Entry was gained through a bedroom window. The lower portion of the window was found below on the carpet. The missing blind is the blind for that window. The condo was vacant and void of any belongings during the time of the break in. • 10/14 Theft/ Felony 7000 Block Point Of Rocks A man returning home from a trip had to get the keys to unlock his front gate. The keys were located in the house. He sat his bag and some

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groceries down at the gate, jumped over it, and ran inside the house for the keys. He was gone no longer than 5 minutes. When he returned to unlock the gate, he noticed that his groceries were still there but his bag, containing a laptop and reader, were gone. • 10/17 Burglary/ Felony 5000 Block Calle Minorga The Manager of an apartment complex reported a flat screen television stolen from a rental unit. An unknown person appeared to have gained entry to the vacant apartment through an unlocked kitchen window.



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November 1 & 8: Music in the Park (6pm to 8 pm) Bradenton Riverwalk Kettle of Fish plays on November 1st & Applebutter Express on November 8th. This family friendly concert series will continue every Friday of the month. Riverwalk has a beautiful 1.5 mile walkway along the beautiful Manatee River. Stroll the sidewalk and you’ll find entertainment for the whole family. There’s a skate park, outdoor amphitheater, splash fountain, tidal zone, volleyball court, fishing pier, day dock, canoe & kayak launch, botanical walkway and outdoor living rooms for lounging or reading. There are even Food Trucks serving food & drinks. Riverwalk has something for everyone! November 2: Sarasota Bay Water Festival (10 am to 5 pm) Art Zone & Live music plus much more! Free Admission. The Sarasota Bay Water Festival is Saturday, November 2 at Ken Thompson Park. The theme this year is Enjoy the Bay! The Festival runs from 10 am to 5 pm with live music from noon until sunset. The purpose of the Festival is to celebrate the importance of the Sarasota Bay to our area’s environment, economy and quality of life. A variety of talented fine artists and wildlife photographers will be on hand displaying their art. The Art Zone will showcase the winning submissions to the I Love Sarasota Bay Photo Contest. Winners will be displayed and visitors will be able to vote for the People’s Choice Award. Live Music line-up for the event: Ben Hammond, Luke Andrews, Democracy, Hymn for Her and Come Back Alice. http://SarasotaBayWaterFestival. com/ November 2 & 3: Karen Akers in “Porter: Anything Goes” at the Historic Asolo Theatre. Broadway, cabaret and film vocalist Karen Akers performs an evening of classic and rarely heard songs by Cole Porter. Artist Series Concert. This Sarasota non-profit group presents performances all season long, mainly at the Asolo. Highlights include a variety of concerts, opera, orchestra, Broadway and film.

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November 9: Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden Grand Opening (1pm to 3pm) Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ newest family-friendly garden! The Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden festivities will include tours, refreshments, performances, games, storytelling, and more. Admission to the grand opening celebration is included with paid admission to the Gardens. November 9: 25th Annual St. Armands Art Festival & Fall Sidewalk Sale (10 am to 5 pm) More than 175 artisans displaying original works.

November 13 to 18: Sarasota Chalk Festival (9:30am to 6pm) This year’s theme is ‘Legacy of Valor’ honoring Veterans, inspiring patriotism and embracing freedom. It is a tribute to our freedoms and Veterans! The festival will honor our veterans with events and activities including music, art, drama and dance. Street artists create masterpieces using chalk and the pavement as their canvas, creating huge works of art! You will be amazed at the 3D artwork! This celebration of unique art brings people together from all walks of life, to be inspired and participate in the cultural and performing arts. The event is free. Donations are welcome.

November 2 & 3: 26th Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival (10 am to 5 pm) There will be 150 Artists, selling all types of arts & crafts. November 3: Jazz on the Water (3pm to 5pm) LeBarge Tropical Cruise - Enjoy an afternoon of Jazz on Sarasota Bay! Featuring Jeremy Carter Quartet; Rick Steuart, keyboard; Dan Navarro, bass; Joe Renda, drums; and Jeremy Carter, tenor sax.

November 15 to 18: 4th Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic (9:00am – 5:00pm) A special meet & greet on November 14th at 5:30 pm Meet the Artists at Daiquiri Deck on Siesta Key. Twenty master sand sculptors from around the world will be competing for $4000. Contestants from Canada, Czech Republic, Italy,

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Latvia, Mexico, Poland, Germany and the United States will display their carving techniques forming pristine sand sculptures. Live music will entertain. Vendors will line the our #1 Siesta Key beach for this creative event! November 16th (9am to 3pm) for the AMATEUR COMPETITION! Children join in on the fun on Saturday! $5 admission. (children under 4 are free) Proceeds benefit Mote Marine Laboratory’s sea turtle research and conservation programs. November 16 & 17 “Crossover” with the Rastrelli Cello Quartet (7:30 pm) at the Historic Asolo Theater. event/rastrelli-cello-quartet/

November 23 & 24 Longboat Key Fine Art Festival (10 am to 5 pm) 60 Artists exhibiting at the Bayfront Recreation Center. 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Sarasota. November 30: Siesta Key Annual Lighting and Holiday Open House (6 p.m. until 9 p.m) Santa will be on hand for children to give their present wish list, there will be face painting, Santa’s elves, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Sunshine the Clown. Santa’s gift bags provided by Beach Bazaar will be given to the first 250 children who visit with Santa. Santa will arrive by fire truck at approximately 6:15 pm. Businesses will provide refreshments, while guests enjoy live music by Pine View High School Jazz Band, Barbershop Quartets, Key Board Players and choirs singing holiday songs. Siesta Key businesses will be decorated for the holiday season. Free Trolley Rides will be available from Siesta Key Public Beach to the Village from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Enjoy the excitement in Siesta Key Village! November 30: Venice Holiday Parade Over 3,000 participants and music groups join together to make this a community family event fun for all ages!

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Top Left: Dad, Pazless age 5, Ryleigh age 7, Charlee age 9 from SRQ. Top Center: Jon & Nicole, Cameron age 2 (baby in front of Jon) from Bradenton. Top Right: Braden age 5, Daniel age 1, Ashley age 7 from SRQ. Bottom Left: Chloe age 3 from North Port. Bottom Center: Justin Matthews from Bradenton (wildlife rescue). Bottom Right: JaCoby age 2 from SRQ.

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Brian grew up playing on one beach or another, never dreaming that in his late forties he would discover a whole industry of master sand sculptors who actually made their living “playing in the sand.” He is certainly no stranger to the arts. For many years he was a commercial illustrator in Minneapolis, and has worked in a variety of mediums, including stained glass, wood and tiki pole carving, large scale murals, and airbrush art. One day Brian and his wife left Minneapolis and moved to Sarasota. “Trudy is my total inspiration. We’ve been together for over 30 years!” He became involved in a lot of things, from restaurant management to home remodeling. More importantly, he began to participate at Siesta Key’s local amateur sand sculpting competition held every spring. Before long, he was winning top honors as an amateur. A passerby saw his work on Siesta Key and asked if he would like to do sand sculptures for beer displays inside a group of nearby Publix and Walmart stores. “Do I get paid?” asked Brian. “Absolutely!” replied the stranger. Brian enthusiastically agreed, located a sand quarry out at Lakewood Ranch, and proceeded to begin creating 40 sand sculptures on site at stores all around the Bay Area from Tampa to Fort Myers. It was a big job, and he soon found he had to enlist helpers. Sand was wheeled in by the wheelbarrow, delivered to a store early in the morning, and Brian got to work, taking up to two days to finish a single piece. Soon, he had exceeded the qualifications necessary to compete in Sand Sculpting at the Master Level. He was recognized for exceptional work and invited to a master event. He competed in the Fort Myers Beach American Championships, where he found himself in a totally different class of competition. “These artists were amazing! I was a beginner all over again.” As he worked the Fort Myers Beach sand, he came to realize that the sands of Siesta Key had attributes that were truly unique. You see, a beach like Siesta is rare anywhere the world. It has minimal shells because of multiple submerged sand

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Sarasota History By Paul Roat November notable events on Siesta Key November appears to be an anniversary month for Siesta Key. From what passes for city government celebrates 65th anniversary this month. Two restaurants have their “birthdays” this month, and there is also a solemn anniversary of the demolition of a popular Gulffront home, torn down due to the ravages of waves and erosion.

“We must take care to assure that the ambiance and beauty that attracted us here in the first place are maintained,” SKA officials said. For more information about SKA, call 941-3644880 or go to send an email to

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The Siesta Key Association held its first meeting Nov. 12, 1948. The non-profit organization then, and still today, is the residential voice of the Key’s estimated 11,000 permanent residents. The 1,700 families that comprise SKA have an 18-member board of directors who some say serve municipal duties, except the “tax” levied by the organization which is a $25-a-year membership fee. The board “gathers facts and figures, consults with government officials, represent the Association at numerous meeting, and frequently testifying at hearings before the Sarasota County Commission and other governmental offices,” according to SKA documents. Board members are non-paid and volunteer their time and expertise. All are volunteers who serve without compensation. “Over the years, we have shaped the vision of a prestigious residential beach community within the Sarasota County area,” according to SKA. “We accomplished this by working with County officials to develop zoning policies that protect our quality of life. In fact, it was the founders of SKA that convinced Sarasota County to develop the first Zoning Code in 1954. The Zoning Code was eventually adopted Countywide in 1960. Since 1960, we have worked diligently to improve the code to prevent overdevelopment, including our involvement in creating the Siesta Key Overlay District in 1999 that separates our zoning from that of the mainland.” Other highlights of SKA’s 65-yeartenure has been the Save Our Sand initiative to block the taking of sand from the mouth of Big Pass for a Venice beach renourishment project in 1992. SKA also was instrumental in renovation at Siesta Public Beach in 2009, and current work with Sarasota County officials in addressing stormwater runoff issues near the beach.


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Midnight Pass in September 1973, with the late Sid Solomon’s house at lower left. Photo courtesy George Bishopric

Siesta Village’s venerable Old Salty Dog opened its doors Nov. 1, 1985. The fishing shack motif, with wood decking and the feel of being on the water, proved popular to patrons, as did the hot dogs and cold beer. The owners “mixed the best of the Florida Keys and their British heritage to create a fun family environment that is appealing to people from all walks of life,” according to the Dog. A second location, this one actually on the water fronting New Pass on City Island, opened later. Both feature the perennial favorite “Traditional English Fish & Chips” as well as other seafood and traditional pub fare.

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Popular Siesta Key Oyster Bar will celebrate its 10th season of operation Nov. 19 with prizes, giveaways and more from its Siesta Village location. Reviews of the outdoor patio/ indoor dining establishment are always positive. Both residents and visitors enjoy the daily happy hour with oysters and drinks specially priced. The laidback atmosphere appeals to either those looking to relax from a tough day at the beach or a grueling day at the office.

Tumbling down in wake of waves

It was in November 2004 that a 20-year-plus saga of a nice house at a wrong location on south Siesta Key ended. County officials ordered the demolition of the late artist Syd Solomon’s historic structure due to safety issues. In December 1983, Solomon and neighbor Pasco Carter successfully petitioned Florida and Sarasota County officials to relocate Midnight Pass away from their beachfront homes. The inlet, described by coastal engineers as a “wild, migrating” pass, was threatening their homes as it moved ever closer to their properties. Erosion was rampant on their land,

and officials agreed to relocate the pass to protect their property. The relocation effort failed. Eight times. The two homeowners eventually gave up the project, and Midnight Pass has been “Midnight Beach” ever since, with the closure of the navigational channel that once separated Siesta and Casey keys. County officials approved the demolition of Solomon’s home, which at the time was owned by Nancy Burns. She bought the house in 2001 for $800,000 and, despite the pass closure — actually the pass disappearance — beach erosion had continued to chew away the property. Thanks to hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne, the Gulf of Mexico had undermined the Solomon structure to the point that Sarasota County officials condemned it and ordered its demolition. The Solomon house was part of the genre that is referred to as the Sarasota School of Architecture and was generally thought of as historically significant. Syd Solomon, by the way, was an abstract artist, some of whose paintings are held in collection of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. He died Jan. 28, 2004, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 86. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and earned the Bronze Star for his efforts in the Battle of the Bulge. After he returned to the states, he and wife Annie moved to Sarasota, where he began to paint, drawing inspiration from the seascapes surrounding their home. During the 1950s, Solomon helped make Sarasota a nationally known artists’ colony, including writers such as John D. MacDonald, Elia Kazan, Betty Friedan, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and artist John Chamberlain. FYI: If you’ve got a memorable anniversary milestone in 2014, drop me a note and tell me about it:





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Scientific first for male turtles began off Turtle Beach

By Paul Roat

Continued from cover story.

“With the helicopter hovering above and providing a much-needed set of eyes to spot the turtle, the rest of the team motored out to the right spot and found a whopping 300-pound adult male loggerhead — one of the largest turtles ever rescued by Mote. “‘Once we cut the line, we quickly realized that he had to come back to Mote’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital,’ Hazelkorn said. “At the hospital, Rehabilitation and Medical Care Coordinator Lynne Byrd assessed the situation, finding that the turtle had fishing and crab trap line tangled around his neck and flippers and even had two large shark hooks caught in his shell. ‘His entanglement was pretty severe and we know he was stuck in one place for nearly a week,’ Byrd said. ‘But he’s made a great recovery and we’re ready to send this big guy home.’” The nickname comes in honor of Navy Lt. Michael Murphy, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005. According to Mote, “Every Memorial Day, Crossfit gyms nationwide host a ‘Murph’ workout — which Hazelkorn had done the morning of the rescue and so thought the name was a fitting tribute to a fallen officer.” Murph was rescued on Memorial Day.

The large male is also a record setter. Murph was outfitted with a satellite transmitter that will provide scientists with data on his location as well as water temperature and the depth of his dives. He’s the first such male loggerhead to have such equipment in the Gulf. You can follow Murph’s travels at sea at seaturtle. org/tracking. Murph should appear under the Mote Marine Laboratory Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital page. Sea turtle nesting finished for 2013 The 2013 sea turtle nesting season is over. Total nests in the region were down slightly from last year. Female loggerhead sea turtles laid 2,239 nests from the north end of Longboat Key south to Venice this year; last year’s total was 2,384, a 146-nest difference. There were 30 rare green turtle nests this year, though, compared to seven last year. Female turtles lumber ashore in the dead of night, crawl up the beach, scratch out a deep nest and lay up to 100 golf-ball-size eggs. Momma then crawls back to the Gulf of Mexico and heads out. Females usually return to the place of

their birth to nest. Baby turtle hatchlings burrow out of the nests about 60 days after the nest was dug. Again at the dead of night, the babies scamper to the Gulf and swim like crazy for three days, reaching floating Sargasso seaweed offshore where they eat, rest, and grow. The turtle breakdown by beach, as tabulated by Mote Marine Laboratory’s turtle team, had had 324 nests on Siesta Key (there were 326 in 2012), 66 on Lido Beach (80 last year), 639 on Longboat Key (648 in 2012), 894 on Casey Key (953 in 2012), and 316 in Venice (398 in 2012). Perhaps to bring the numbers into perspective — or to confuse the issue further — is another number: there were a total of 1,011 nests in the region in 2005. Turtle experts speculate that the huge spike in nests of late may be due to better protection of adult turtles from shrimp net fatalities, resulting in greater numbers of egg-bearing females coming ashore. Kudos to the hundreds of volunteers who get up at dawn to walk the beach, spot the nests, stake them out, then monitor the eggs until the hatchlings make their way to the Gulf.

Murphy, a 300-pound male loggerhead sea turtle, was released into the Gulf of Mexico in early October after recuperating at Mote Marine Laboratory’s Turtle Stranding Center. Murphy was released with a sophisticated tracking and monitoring system affixed to his carapace. Photo by Paul Roat

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Beach Bazaar...................................... Map-C #28 Beach Bazaar’s Swin Shack............. Map-C #28 Blvd. Beachwear.................................. Map-B #30 Comfort Shoes-Birki & More.........Map-D #64 Foxy Lady Fashions........................... Map-A #40 Gidget’s Coastal Provisions............... Map-B #44 Island Cotton Company.....................Map-C #29 Le Grand Bisou Chic Boutique......... Map-D #11 Siesta T’s............................................... Map-B #30 Sun Glass Outlet & Henna.................Map-C #24 GAS STATION Circle K Store......................................... Map-E #6 GIFTS & SOUVENIRS Beach Bazaar...................................... Map-C #28 Created Gems......................................Map-C #51 Gidget’s Coastal Provisions............... Map-B #44 Hurricane Rita’s Gifts.........................Map-C #51 Mount-N-Repair.................................. Map-B #48 Sea Pleasures & Treasures...................Map-C #2 Siesta Key Bead Shack....................... Map-A #36 Siesta Key’psakes................................ Map-B #29 Siesta Key Outfitters.......................... Map-D #11 Siesta Key University....................... Map-A #36

AccomModations Siesta Beach Resort ........................Map-A #38A ART GALLERY / STUDIO Calle Studios.........................................Map-B #32 ATM / BANKS PNC ATM............................................. Map-C #61 Martin Funding......................................Map-E #1 Sun Trust Bank & ATM.........................Map-E #4 Bakery & Deli A Taste of Germany............................Map-C #53 Heavenly Cupcakes.............................Map-B #50 Meany’s Mini Donuts......................... Map-C #24 BARS & NIGHTCLUBS Blase Café.............................................Map-A #38 Blu Que Island Grill............................ Map-C #57 Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar................Map-B #42-43 Gilligan’s...............................................Map-B #33 Siesta Key Oyster Bar........................ Map-B #45 The Beach Club....................................Map-D #22 The Cottage.......................................... Map-C #58 The Hub-Baja Grill..............................Map-D #59 BOOK STORES Used Book Heaven...............................Map-B #48 COFFEE SHOPS Lelu’s Coffee Lounge...........................Map-B #31 The Local Bean................................... Map-D #62 DRUG & HARDWARE Davidson’s Drugs................................Map-D #65 Village Hardware................................ Map-C #26 FASHION & ACCESSORIES Aqua Beachwear................................ Map-D #12

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Lori Major & Chris Harrington, Beachside Resort

Dawn Bear-Tropical Beach Resorts, Mike Bear- Dex Imaging

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INTERNET / WiFi SERVICES Davidson Drugs................................. Map-D #65 Internet Cafe......................................... Map-D #9 Lelu Coffee Lounge............................. Map-B #31 The Local Bean...................................Map-D #62 JEWELRY Created Gems......................................Map-C #51 Michael & Co. Jewelers...................... Map-B #29 Mount -N- Repair Jewelers................ Map-B #48 LIQUOR STORES / Fine Wines Gabbiano’s Wine Club....................... Map-D #70 Gilligan’s.............................................. Map-B #33 Siesta Key Wines............................... Map-C #61 The Beach Club................................... Map-D #22

(l-r) Mike Burns-Ben Brown Agcy, Rebecca Ronan-Welcome Guide Map, Chuck Cress-Let’s Get on Charter, Max Moore-A Better Solution


ICE CREAM/treats Big Olaf Creamery..............................Map-C #52 Ciao Gelato...........................................Map-C #50 SubZero Ice Cream Yogurt............... Map-D #16 Sunni Bunni Frozen Yogurt...............Map-C #53

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MASSAGE Hands of Light Massage.................... Map-B #35 Massage Experience Siesta Key......Map-D #62 Siesta Key Massage Ctr....................... Map-D #9 MEDICAL - DENTAL Dr. Barry LaClair MD.........................Map-C #56 E.K. Koster DMD................................ Map-D #63 Karen F. Leggett, D.O.........................Map-C #56 Siesta Key Physical Therapy............. Map-D #20 Siesta Smiles Dentistry....................... Map-B #49 MISCELLANEOUS Chamber of Commerce..................... Map-D #67 Roberti Enterprises............................ Map-A #39 Sheriff’s Office...................................... Map-D #9 Solorzano Smoke Shop.......................Map-C #50 PROFESSIONAL SERVICEs CG Designs.......................................... Map-E #74 Edward Jones Investments............... Map-D #68 Smith Architects.................................. Map-E #74 REAL ESTATE / Rental SERVICES Ascendia Real Estate.......................... Map-D #11 Beachside Resorts Rental.................. Map-D #11 Charles Rutenburg Realty..................Map-C #53 Coldwell Banker Realty..................... Map-D #20 Horizon Realty.................................... Map-B #34 Island Homes.......................................Map-C #51 Key Realty.............................................. Map-E #5 Michael Saunders Realty..................Map-E #72 Re/Max Alliance Group................... Map-D #60 ReMax Tropical Sands....................... Map-D #67 Robasota Rentals & Real Estate..... Map-A #39 Siesta Key Realty.................................. Map-D #9 Waterside Realty.................................Map-C #29 RESTAURANTS Another Broken Egg..................Map-C #54 & 55 Beach Bites..........................................Map-D #16 Blase Café............................................ Map-A #38 Blu Que Island Grill......................... Map-C #57 Bonjour French Cafe...........................Map-C #47 Café Gabbiano.................................... Map-D #71 Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar............... Map-B #42-43 Eat Here Restaurant.....................Map-D #17/18 Flavio’s Brick Oven & Bar.................. Map-B #29 Flavio’s Italiano Ristorante................ Map-B #30 Gilligan’s Island Bar & Grill.............. Map-B #33 The Hub - Baja Grill........................... Map-D #59 Jo To’s Japanese Restaurant...............Map-C #47 LeLu’s Coffee Bar................................ Map-B #31 Lobster Pot.......................................... Map-C #23 Napoli’s Italian Restaurant................Map-C #53 Old Salty Dog Rest. & Pub................... Map-E #2 Señor Siesta......................................... Map-D #69 Siesta Key Oyster Bar........................Map-B #45 Solorzano Bros. Pizzeria.................... Map-D #15 Subway Sandwiches........................... Map-B #30 Sun Garden Café................................ Map-D #19 The Cottage..........................................Map-C #58 Village Café........................................Map-D #14 SPAS - HAIR & BEAUTY Nails By Iris..........................................Map-C #50 Salon Capelli......................................... Map-D #9 Sassy Hair Salon................................ Map-A #40 Siesta Key Nails...................................Map-D #9 Village Barber....................................... Map-D #9 SPORTS INTEREST/Rentals CaliFlorida............................................ Map-B #32 Robin Hood Rentals.........................Map-D #34 Siesta Village Outfitters................... Map-C #53

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Gifts & Souvenirs Capt. Curt’s Souvenirs.............................B-3 #8 Green Turtle Shells & Gifts................. C-3 #14 The Silversmith ...................................... D-4 #17 Silver City Jewelry.................................. C-3 #14 Health & Beauty Lorraine’s Beauty & Barber.....................B-3 #8 Salon Siesta............................................... D-4 #17 Siesta Key Salon & Spa........................... C-3 #14 The Key Spa & Salon.............................. A-5 #12 Ice Cream & Treats Orange Octopus .......................................B-3 #8 INTERNET / WiFi SERVICES Davidson’s Drugs.................................... C-3 #14 Mail Pack Center.................................... C-3 #14 Liquor Stores Crescent Beach Grocery...........................B-3 #1 Crescent Club............................................B-3 #13

Siesta Spirits............................................. C-4 #17 Mailing & Shipping Mail Pack Center.................................... C-3 #14 US Post Office Sub Station..................... C-3 #14 Markets 7-11 Store.................................................. C-3 #16 Big Water Fish Market.......................... C-4 #17 Crescent Beach Grocery..........................B-3 #1 Miscellaneous Moving & Storage....................................B-3 #10 Flowers by Fudgie................................... D-3 #17 Real Estate / RENTALS Beckmann Realty........................................B-3 #8 Homes & Condo Rentals........................ D-3 #17 Moynihan Realty..................................... D-3 #17 Re/Max Tropical Sands............................B-3 #1 Siesta 4-Rent.............................................. C-3 #1 Restaurants

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Who’s Playing Tonight

By Mike Sales

|An interview with “Kettle of Fish” front man, Dana Lawrence The promo and reputation of “Kettle of Fish”, was, so well executed and band founder, front man, Dana Lawrence, (AKA The hardest working man in SRQ showbiz) kept his schedule so filled that I was hearing good things long before I finally got to see them, headlining a festival, I MC’d. These days, I MAKE time to go see them. The energy, polish and musicianship of Dana and guitarist, Thorson Moore, bassist, Todd Cook, keyboardist, Matthew Frost, and drummer, Garrett Dawson, is literally world-class and they always draw a crowd. I caught up with Dana at a table outside of The Hub, while we were both on break from our respective Siesta Key lunchtime gigs… WPT: Where are you from? Dana: Boston, by way of Key West, California, and Nashville, but this is home now. WPT: When did you start singing? Dana: I began singing in college. I filled in for a friend’s band, whose singer couldn’t make it to an event and I knew some of their songs. We played 6 songs. It was “an amazing rush” and people encouraged me to continue singing. It had always been something I enjoyed, and did for fun, but it was on the backburner for a long time. WPT: How long after that, did you start playing professionally? Dana: Ha, many years. I moved to Key West, where I wrote for a local paper and ran a guesthouse, and then to San Francisco, where I tended bar and became a bar manager. In Key West, I began learning how to play guitar and write songs. I’d play, far off from Duval St, way out on the southernmost point pier,

to spare people, because I didn’t think I was good, yet, but did get a gig, hosting an open mic night. At that time, I didn’t play many originals out. WPT: You wrote for a paper? Dana: I was an English major, in college, and my goal was to write for Rolling Stone Magazine, because I loved music, but didn’t think I had any musical ability or even an inkling to perform. While in school, I wrote short stories, which proved to be a good prep for songwriting. WPT: Are you currently writing any articles or blogs? Dana: No, between raising my daughter and playing up to 7 gigs per week, I don’t currently have time. WPT: How did you wind up in Siesta Key? Dana: Out in California, I began to burn out on the bar business, so I made a decision to help out with the family business, which is based out here in Venice. I began playing open mic nights and got my first island gig, at Siesta Key Oyster Bar (SKOB), playing Mondays, for fun, on the side. As the economy slowed, I began transitioning away from the family business and more into playing music, until it was all I did for a living. WPT: How long ago did you land the SKOB gig? Dana: This January it will be 10 years. WPT: When was “Kettle of Fish”, born? Dana: I’d always liked that name for a band, and played the first publicized band gig, under that name, out in San Francisco, in 2001 at the Red Devil Lounge, as a duo,

playing cow-punk songs, like Hank Williams Sr and some originals.

room for about 45 minutes, just talking, as peers, was an experience that may never be topped.

WPT: What can people expect to hear, when they come to hear you play? Dana: We play blues, with a lot of soul, a little funk and the energy of rock and roll. Thorson is very funky and Garrett has a Latin and afroCuban background which creates interesting dynamics, makes it fun and creates the energy I play off of. WPT: You have an amazing voice, with the solid, consistent vibrato of an r&B singer, which you power, fullbore, like a rock singer. Who are your influences? Dana: James Taylor, Lyle Lovett, Eddie Vedder, Jeff Buckley, Otis Redding, Frank Sinatra…my background is from all over. WPT: How many songs have you written? Dana: Over 50, but I wouldn’t play most of them. WPT: How many cd’s have you put out? Dana: We released our first one in April. WPT: You’ve been playing 10 years and have a tremendous following; you play all over, headline festivals and even landed a spot at the Wanee Festival. Why did it take you so long to record? Dana: We’ve been “Kettle of Fish”, ever since we first started playing at SKOB, with Mason Dunn on guitar, who preceded Thorson, who’s now been with us for about 7 years.

WPT: What are your career aspirations? Dana: Currently; I’m working on a solo project, featuring originals and covers that wouldn’t fit the band. The band has plans to record a live cd, and we’re still writing songs to finish the current full length album. Long term, I’d like to tour as an opening act for major label artists, and beyond that Madison Square Garden.

Dana Lawrence We started as a duo, when I still had a day job and then got more serious 7 years ago. I’ve always been so busy and continue to be a perfectionist. Rather than release anything that would not properly represent us, I waited until we were ready. I’m happy with what we came up with, even though it was an EP we rushed into production, in order to have ready for Wanee. I look forward to adding more songs, to create a full-length album. WPT: What songs are on the EP? Dana: A few old songs of mine that evolved with the band adding parts I never would have thought of. WPT: What is the highlight of your career? Dana: Hanging out with Jackson Browne, who is one of my all-time favorite songwriters, in his dressing



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WPT: Who are some of the local bands you go to see? Dana: I like to go see The Venturas, featuring Greg Poulos, Tony Tyler, The Lounge Cats, when they used to come down from Tampa, and Billy Seward and Soulfonic, out of Tampa. WPT: What’s your message to your audience? Dana: Thank you Dana Lawrence and Kettle of Fish perform weekly. For more information visit SKOB is located at 5238 Ocean Blvd Siesta Key and features live music daily The Hub Baja Grill, is located at 5148 Ocean Blvd Siesta Key and features live music daily. Mike Sales is a local singer/ songwriter. For more information visit

Island Humor [ The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is advising hikers, hunters, fishers, and golfers to take extra precautions and keep alert for alligators while in Osceola, Polk, Brevard and Orange Counties. They advise people to wear noise-producing devices; such as, little bells on their clothing, to alert, but not startle, the alligators unexpectedly. They also advise the carrying of pepper spray in case of an encounter with an alligator. It is also a good idea to watch for fresh signs of alligator activity. People should recognize the difference between small young alligator and large adult alligator droppings. Young alligator droppings are smaller and contain fish bones and possibly bird feathers. Adult alligators droppings have little bells in them and smell like pepper spray. [ Q: What do you call a man who has lost 90% of his intelligence? A: Divorced [ A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women’s locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with

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ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, “What’s the matter, haven’t you ever seen a little boy before?” [ A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. “Mama. Look what I found,” the boy called out. “What have you got there, dear?” With astonishment in the young boy’s voice, he answered, “I think it’s Adam’s underwear!” [ A student was heading home for the holidays. When she got to the airline counter, she presented her ticket to Florida. As she gave the agent her luggage, she made the remark, “I’d like you to send my beige suitcase to Hawaii, and my blue suitcase to London.” The confused agent said, “I’m sorry, we can’t do that.” “Really??? I am so relieved to hear you say that because that’s exactly what you did to my luggage last year!”

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Ritz Carlton comes to the corner of Gulf Gate Drive & Gateway Avenue? Maybe not Ritz Carlton but the two faces that opened Jack Dusty in Sarasota Ritz Carlton are now in the neighborhood at 6630 Gateway Ave. (formerly Piatti Bistro & Bar). Patrick Bucko and Ruth Hardy are opening a new venture with Nick & Tracy Melone. Also joining their team will be local bar tenders Sean Dargin and Shannon

Mulholland. The concept for the new venue will be local seafood with weekly menu changes and a late night menu bar offering. As of October 17th they have asked locals to help “Name our Restaurant” whoever’s name is chosen will win a $300 gift certificate. The expected opening date will be Nov 7th.


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|Discover Gulf Gate... Be sure to include a trip to the Gulf Gate shops next time you frequent the Sarasota Pavilion. With our map, located on the previous page, you’ll be able to navigate your way to our featured shops with ease. Oh Mamma Mia! (GG-4) Offers a truly unique dining experience with dinner shows by Chef Giuseppe Urbano. Enjoy the family ambiance as you watch him prepare an authentic Italian regional dish with fresh ingredients just for you. Fine dining, great atmosphere at casual dining prices. Reservations highly recommended. Gulf Gate Golf Course – Conveniently located just a stones throw from the Gulf Gate Shops, this 27 hole Executive Course offers men’s and women’s rental clubs. You can start your day with a round of golf, enjoy a bite to eat at the many wonderful restaurants or simply relax with a pint of ale at the pub before you head out to explore the many fine shops. Moments In Time Photography (G-28) specializes in several different photography services including Siesta Key Beach portraits starting at just $49 and wedding beginning at $495. Check out their website: www. or visit their store to see why they have been the photographer of choice for over a decade and a half. Piccolos Italian Market & Deli (GG-49) carries a full line of imported cheeses, fresh baked bread daily, homemade sausages, fresh mozzarella, and numerous hard to get items. They now carry Khorasan Wheat which is an ancient and organic grain. Their Deli is complete with huge hot and cold sandwiches, salads, fresh homemade lasagna and baked ziti. And, you cannot leave without trying their cannoli filled with their own homemade cannoli cream or the tiramisu or Sfogliatelle from Brooklyn. Here is where you will find great Italian specialty gourmet items without the gourmet price. Tony’s Chicago Beef Company (S-16) is owned and operated

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by true Chicagoans. Dedicated to deliver Chicago’s best food - Chicago style Hot Dogs wit’ the works...dragged through the garden on poppy seed buns with fresh cut fries, Italian Beef Sandwiches anyway you like, dipped or dry, sweet or hot. All served in true Authentic Chicago Style. Scandinavian Gifts (GG-37) has an extensive selection of gifts and Scandinavian foods. The specialties here include candles, Ekelund table linens, Flensted mobiles, imported glassware, Swedish Klippan textiles and so much more. The baked goods and groceries include imported candies, salty licorice, as well as cheeses, breads, seafood and vegetables from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. Sarasota Brewing Co. (G-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 mouthwatering burgers, Chicago style Pizzas, and Chicago beef sandwiches. With dozens of televisions, it’s a great place to catch a game with friends and family. Solorzano’s Italian/American Restaurant (S-54) brings a true Hoboken New Jersey attitude to the area and offers a nice selection of made-to-order dishes in their cozy restaurant. Solorzano’s offers an experience familiar to those who understand the importance of family and dedication. West End Pub (G-49) Where else can you watch your favorite game with a great selection of beers, wines and liquors served by a friendly staff AND where you’re allowed to bring your own restaurant or deli food? Right here…

November offers Siesta Key anglers diverse opportunities. A wide variety of species are available this month, and multiple techniques will be successful. The key is adapting to the conditions; weather will become a factor at times. Water temperatures will be falling as it cools off and the days become shorter, and this will trigger fish to feed. Both Big Pass and New Pass will be productive spots to fish this month. Pompano will be targeted by many anglers, along with Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and ladyfish. Drifting with the tide and bouncing a jig off the bottom is a proven technique to catch pompano and other species. Yellow, white, and chartreuse pompano jigs work very well in deep, swift water. These jigs are small and compact, allowing them to sink quickly. These same jigs are effective in shallow water and on bars when cast out and retrieved back to the boat using short hops. Spoons and Rapala plugs are very effective when breaking fish are seen working in the passes. Pompano will also be taken on the deep grass flats, as will speckled trout, bluefish, mackerel, jack crevelle and other species. Scented soft plastics such as Trigger-X baits on a ¼ ounce jig head are extremely productive and a lot of fun to fish. A live shrimp either free lined or fished under a cork is the top choice for anglers who prefer live bait. Fish will begin moving south from the passes to the flats between Stickney Pt. and Blackburn Pt. and will be scattered

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1. Is there a safe and easy way to give my cat his pill medicine? There certainly is no safe way and much less an easy way to pill a cat. However, it is possible. You may have to start dragging cat out from under the bed or off the curtains. You may be left with scratches and bite marks, but it is worth it for the health of your cat. My advice is to get a piller from your vet clinic and ask technicians to show you how it is done. 2. What would cause my 3-year-old dog to pee in her sleep? Age, the dreadful signs of hormonal loss. Urination during sleep or rest is most common in female dogs and related to a lose sphincter tone of the urethra. It happens mostly in spayed females and starts with a few drops found where she slept then eventually a big wet spot. Not pleasant, but manageable. Kegels are not easy to do in dogs this is why there are medications to help fix the little problem due to hormonal changes. It happens. It is fixable. Ask your vet!.

3. It is common for Dachshunds to suffer a disk herniation. What are the symptoms, treatment options and recovery time? Now here is my specialty: Dachshunds. I have one and yes he had a herniated disc. Yes he had a surgery and is still jumping and running years later. Dachshunds are a popular breed and account for about 43% of all the spine surgeries I do. This happens in many other breeds with long body short legs, but not only in those breeds. Sudden pain, limping, not walking well or at all are the main signs. Sometimes the dogs have a scrunched up neck and head down if the disc herniation is in the neck; they walk like a person with whiplash. Sometimes they look like they have belly pain because they are hunched up and so tense in their abdomen due to the back muscle spasms. If you note any of the above-mentioned symptoms, see your vet immediately. Often, 85% of the time, medical care can alleviate or even cure the symptoms. There are times, however, when you need to consider surgery; when the pet is not walking, the pain is intractable, relapse after stop medications, or the medications are not working. The good news is almost all of these dogs walk again, run again. But big advise; see a neurosurgeon, for this is not a run of the mill procedure.

Dr. Chauvet earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, completed a small animal medicine/surgery internship at the University of Illinois in Urbana and finished her residency in neurology/neurosurgery at the University of California, Davis. She has been trained in small animal rehabilitation by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute of Wellington, Florida and is known internationally for her specialized work in the relatively rare field of veterinary neurology speaking to, training, and consulting with veterinary practices and organizations globally.

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Are we ready for such a law? Florida voters usually fall into the ranks of older, white, conservative, and retired from the Midwest or Northeast. The stereotype of voters call for things to stay the same, in other words maintain the status quo, keep the taxes low, protect us from the tales of woe caused by crimeridden streets, and let us remain oh-so-happy in our retirement years on the beach or golf course. But a funny thing has happened to the typical Floridian — baby boomers are growing up. There’s excitement sought, active retirement demanded, a younger element fomenting in the Sunshine State and hey! some have found that marijuana eases the pain caused by cancer, HIV, and other debilitating diseases. “Marijuana, legal as medicine under state law in 19 states and the District of Columbia, has been shown to be an effective treatment for the symptoms and side effects associated with HIV/AIDS, cancer, hepatitis C, PTSD, MS and other neuromuscular disorders, glaucoma, and chronic pain,” according to United For Care. The group adds that “the American College of Physicians, American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association, and many other associations and organizations support the availability of medicinal marijuana.” It’s important to remember that the proposal as written would only allow marijuana to be used as a prescription drug by physicians. The ballot summary pretty much sums the matter up: “Allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’ medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers. Applies only to Florida law. Does not authorize violations of federal law or any non-medical use, possession or production of marijuana.” Opponents appear to be headed by a national nonprofit group based in St. Petersburg, Drug Free American Foundation, Inc. DFAF is headed by Betty S. Sembler, Chairwoman, and is a “non-profit

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drug prevention organization committed to developing, promoting, and sustaining global strategies, policies, and laws that will reduce illegal drug use, drug addiction, drug-related injury, and death.” The group has stated that “Smoking is an ineffective and illogical way to deliver medicine — dosage cannot be regulated, and tar and other harmful compounds are delivered directly to the lungs along with any helpful cannabinoids (compounds in marijuana). “Other delivery methods aren’t safer either,” the group continues. “Vaporizing does not filter cancercausing tar or other chemicals, and eating delivers the same damaging compounds as well as the insecticides and fungi found in unmonitored crops.” The group then goes into something of a “Reefer Madness” scenario in its on-line comments ( Smoking marijuana can cause “Respiratory damage, increased risk of lung cancer, increased heart rate, reproductive damage in both sexes, and immunosuppression.” “Psychological problems include “paranoia, emotional disorders, increased risk of schizophrenia and other neuropsychiatric disorders, memory loss, increased tolerance to intoxication, addiction to marijuana and other drugs (especially with its increasing potency), loss of ability to concentrate and loss of inhibition. “The claim that smoked marijuana is medicinal is a tactic to legalize marijuana for any purpose and to eventually legalize other drugs for personal use,” DFAF continues. “There is great potential to make a lot of money through the sale of marijuana. Tobacco companies, who made a killing on cigarettes to the detriment of so many, have already patented names for marijuana products.” Setting aside the he-said, shesaid commentary are the results of a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling between Sept. 27-29. About 74 percent of Independent voters favored legal medical marijuana; Democrats approved the measure by 68 percent; and Republicans were 46 percent favorable of the issue.

Law or compassion?

Proponents argue that marijuana’s calming effect helps ease the nausea

and general cruddy feeling associated with chemotherapy or radiation treatments in cancer patients. California is one of the 19 states that have passed a medical marijuana initiative. The “Other Coasters” have more recently legalized pot for individual consumption with a hefty tax. Canada has also legalized medical marijuana. Price per “joint,” or cigarette, is about $7, around twice the cost of cheap tobacco smokes. Morgan has been quoted as saying that legal, medical marijuana use “is not so much a law but an act of compassion.” He tells the story of his brother and father using pot to fight the nausea of chemo treatments. One colleague said he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Surgery and other intrusive medical treatments were advised. He demurred and continued to smoke dope. Six months later, when he went back to the doctors for a checkup, the tumor had vanished. He calls it his “magic marijuana treatment.”

Political ramifications

There have been some mutterings that John Morgan is bankrolling the marijuana initiative to assist his friend and law partner, Charlie Crist, in his potential run for Florida governor against incumbent Rick Scott in 2014. Political aficionados indicate that the expected Democratic turnout next year by younger voters would bode well for Crist’s run for office. He served a term as governor as a Republican, and lost to Scott last time running as an Independent. He has since changed his party affiliation to Democrat. Insiders have hinted that any Democrat on the ballot next year could expect a 3- to 5-percent “bump” in votes if the marijuana issue is on the ballot. Morgan is also a Democrat and contributed significant funds into President Barak Obama’s election bid.

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Q: Dear Donnarose, I am set to receive some money soon. But it’s been delayed so long that I’m now destitute. I need money to bring my girlfriend here so we can begin our lives. All the psychics I’ve called keep saying the money is coming, but I am panicking bc I don’t see it! So clearly they’re all wrong. When do you see this money coming in? This is my last shot on asking a psychic. ~Nicholas A: ~ “Keep reminding yourself: I get what I think about, whether I want it or not.”–Dr. Wayne Dyer Well Nicholas, it would be easier for me to just say you’re correct, and those psychics are all wrong, and no money is coming and end it right there. But, I have to tell you, they’re all correct. That sum of money is coming to you as it was shown to me. Your more detailed note mentioning all of your extreme worrisome thoughts is the reason the money has been delayed. The quote above is completely the truth, whereas what we think, is what we get…period. So it’s critical to change your thoughts, and fast...real fast. Take the advice of Osho who says, “Dont seek, search, ask, knock or demand. If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it.” Mark my words, that if you make a conscious choice to truly surrender, and TRUST completely in the power of your Higher Self, and relax your energy, the money will be in your hands, and sooner than you think. I wish you peace Nicholas. ~♥ Q: Dear Donnarose, I’m adopted, 48 yrs old, and terrified to contact my birth parents due to fear of rejection. I know they are still alive, and I know where

they are. What’s the energy you feel on the outcome if I seek them out? Thanks. ~Richard A: ~ “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”- John 8:32 Well, since I can relate to this personally, as well as to those who are the result of a rape or a love affair (long story I will soon write more on), I say to you Richard, you shouldn’t feel terrified, bc you’ve already been living with the rejection for many years. Many clients in this situation have told me that they have no desire to seek their birth parents, that they processed it, and are over it. Yet, so often during their readings with me, their loved ones come through and bring up the topic, and want my clients to address it. My clients usually look dumbfounded bc they thought they were able to avoid the issue. The energy I feel is just fine and relief is attached to it. Having the information on their whereabouts is a gift. Many learn too late. Grab your phone…make the call. You won’t regret it no matter what the outcome, as the truth shall set you free. ~♥ Go to for additional Q&A. Donnarose Melvin is a professional psychic, medium and energy healer, whose pleasure is to assist clients worldwide. She incorporates knowledge from her degree in psychology, along with her clairvoyant, clairaudient, clairsentient and empathic gifts to guide her clients towards peace and success. Please send your questions to or private message her via facebook: Go With Your Soul. Donnarose will select questions each month to share with you. She regrets that unpublished questions cannot be answered individually.

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Old and New Holiday Traditions Retail Brokers and Broker Dealers get a SEC Wake-up Call It’s November and the Holidays are already upon us. It’s a wonderful time of year when we begin planning to get together with family and friends for our annual celebrations. Many of us will adhere to traditions passed down through the generations, and some of us will venture out to create our own new traditions, hoping that future generations will embrace new ideas. Wine has been part of our holiday traditions for centuries. The type of wines we use in our celebrations has also changed over the years with more wines available now than ever before. In 19th century France, the villagers would await the early vintage of Gamay in Beaujolais and then celebrate the successful harvest. In 1985 the Beaujolais regions of Burgundy decided to all release their young Gamay wines on the same date, the 3rd Thursday of November, hence beginning this new tradition of releasing Beaujolais Noveau. Beaujolais Noveau has made its way into the American culture, mainly because of its release every year just before Thanksgiving. The wine is only fermented for 3 days and is extremely light with a relatively high level of acidity. It must be consumed within the first year or it will lose its quality. It was meant to be drunk as a table wine in which one could over indulge because of its lack of heartiness. If you are looking for a better quality wine in Beaujolais, then one must try one of their 10 Beaujolais Cru’s that can mature from 3 to 20 years depending on the type. Those are some really good Beaujolais’ A much more elegant grape from the Burgundy region is Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noir harvest is later than that of Beaujolais and is definitely worth the wait. With its silky smooth texture and lower acidity level, it’s our choice for your Thanksgiving Dinner. But, let’s kick it up a notch this year for a change of pace and try Pacifico Sur Pinot Noir from Chile. It’s a wonderfully fruity Pinot Noir with a medium body and will be an excellent complement to your Turkey Dinner. Even the most discriminating palate will appreciate this wine. What about starting some other new traditions? Last year we introduced an

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Investment Advisors have been under strict guidelines and rules, governing how and what they do when providing investment advice. Investment advisors are not allowed to sell or promote products that are in their best interest against the interest of their clients. There is a huge fine for non-compliance and of course the damage to their reputation and respect in the community of investors. Investment advisors who recommend stocks, funds, bonds, etc. are required to inform clients if they are invested in the instruments they are recommending, which has the opposite effect the law intended. These rules have changed little since the 1940s when investment advisors were first mandated to adhere to the Investment Advice Standards Act. Now an SEC subcommittee called “The Investor Advisory Committee” has recommended that the SEC expand these rules and regulations, mandating that brokers put “the best interest of their clients before their own when providing retail investment advice.” This is a game changer as to what will be construed as “investment advice” when applied to brokers who offer all kinds of services and products, and investment advisors are not allowed to sell. To date, ALL brokers had been exempt from the Investment Advisors Act of 1940. Any conflict of interest would be required to be stated to the customer before the transaction or sale, which could turn into a myriad of problems for brokers. What does this mean for all retail investors and retail traders who must use brokers for their online transactions? What is certain is that the new rules will not be identical to the Investment Advisors Act, which forbids sales of proprietary products. Retail brokers sell proprietary products and services often to include additional tools such as charts, analysis, research, and other technical services

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Places of Worship Island Churches:

Siesta Key Presbyterian Chapel 4615 Gleason Ave, Siesta Key, 941-349-1166 (Mike, make sure all emails are in this color) St. Michael’s Catholic Church 5394 Midnight Pass Rd, Siesta Key, 941-349-4174 St. Boniface Episcopal Church 5615 Midnight Pass Rd, Siesta Key, 941-349-5616

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 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



St. Michael the Archangel hosted their annual Luau which was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

A fabulous show and lunch that features items from the Saint Boniface Thrift Shop. From casual to evening wear, there will be something for every taste and every occasion! A light lunch, entertainment and door prize drawings follow, proceeds support the outreach ministries of the Thrift Shop, located at 6622 Superior Ave. in the Gulf Gate Shopping District. $15 per person, RSVP to (941)349-5616 ext 5. Event to be held in the Saint Boniface Community Center, 5615 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key. ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL CATHOLIC CHURCH

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH AT 10:00 AM Guided tour by Sr. Cathy Buster of the facility of Casa San Bosco in Arcadia, Fl, with lunch at Mary Margaret’s Tea and Biscuit Restaurant followed by a visit to the area antique stores. Will be returning back to Sarasota around 4:30 p.m. For more information contact Annamarie at 941-3495363. Line Dancing begins November 11th. Call the parish office for more information. 941-349-4174.

(l-r) Jim Curran, Burt Lucan & Jim Piro greeted arriving guests.

(l-r) Fred Mercurio & Joe Brousseau made sure everyone had enough to drink.

Overall a nice turn out.

Recognizing Our Volunteers Dr. Rudi Wadle

Dr. Rudi Wadle has been volunteering for the Sheriff’s Substation for the past 16 years. He comes in every Thursday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., answering the phone and notifying the Sheriffs of any problems. He and his wife moved down to Sarasota in the mid 1990’s from

Union N.J. where he practiced as a proctologist and was an active member on many boards. Some of Dr. Wadle’s hobbies are playing golf, wood carving, oil painting and reading mystery books. He also enjoys spending time with his grandkids proudly sharing that he has a set of 10 year old triplets quickly adding that he looks forward to seeing all his grandchildren and family. He truly enjoys working at the substation and says, “The deputies are a great bunch of guys to work with. They’re both friendly and know when to be serious”. Well, Dr. Wadle, I’m sure the feeling is mutual. The deputies are fortunate to have you on their team. Thank you for your time and dedication in helping the visitors and residents of this island.

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Annual Pet Blessing at St. Boniface Once again, St. Boniface hosted their annual pet blessing ceremony. This event is sponsored by the Boniface Eco-Stewardship Team (B.E.S.T.) and takes place each October in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. All in attendance were on their best behaviors.

Cousins Andy & Tay newly bathed and groomed for the occasion. This was Bogey’s first pet blessing. Mary Angel and Catherine were allowed to tag along.

Another first was the Sheriff’s horses standing by patiently waiting for the ceremony to begin.

Fr. Fred Mann promised to bless any pet brought to him - having already blessed a tarantula.

Even the owls from Save Our Seabirds (S.O.S.) came by to see whooooo stopped by.

Dachshunds (l-r) Mickey (3-legged), Callie, Grace & Izzy – all rescue pets and feeling blessed each day.

What’s Happening …on the beach Each Week: - Beach Hoop Dance Class – Thurs. 6:30 – 7:45pm. Register at - Free Yoga Mon-Wed.-Fri.-Sat. 8-9:30 am. Classes held between blue & green lifeguard station. Call 941-320-6693 to register or - NIA Tues. & Thurs. 9a.m., Siesta Public Beach(yellow lifeguard chair) Joy Donation: $12.Contact Kathy Oravec at 941-724-9719or - Pilates on Siesta Key Beach – Every Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sun. 7pm. Cost: $10.(yellow lifeguard station). Register online: http:// - Sunset Fusion – every Wednesday at 7pm. For additional info and to register online go to: - Drum Circle – Every Sunday two hours before sunset and lasts until around 10pm. South of the main pavillion. EVENTS FOR NOVEMBER: - Nov. 1 (Fri) SandFest, 5-11PM Fundraiser for SK Chamber, ticketed event- music, food, alcohol sales. This year’s theme – Gilligan’s Island. For more information, call 941-349-3800. - Nov. 2 (Sat) Take Steps Walk, 3PM Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis is a family friendly community walk dedicated to raising mission critical funds and awareness for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). For more information contact Laura Kraubetz at 646-203-1214 or - Nov. 9-10 (Sat & Sun) Spike Key Volleyball Tournament, 9AM – 5PM. Youth tournament, college coaches. SpikeKey Beach Combine is targeted at junior sand volleyball players who want to play at the collegiate level. During the two day event athletes will be instructed by coaches and professional beach volleyball players. Their goal is to increase awareness and growth of beach volleyball.

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- Nov. 15 – 18 (Fri – Mon) Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition, 9AM5PM. 30,000 people, vendors on beach, small volleyball tournament, off-site parking at Riverview, admission fees. 22 of the top Sand Sculptors in the world will be creating 8-10 feet high sculptures. Enjoy some great tropical bands on the beach while taking in all the sights. Speed sculpting contests throughout event along with Sand Sculpting demos. For event schedule and more information, go to: - Nov. 16 & 17 (Sat & Sun) SKB Crystal Classic Beach Volleyball Tournament Junior athletes have the opportunity to learn and play with the professionals. This event is designed to fan friendly, and includes meetand-greets, photo-op’s, and interaction with the outgoing professional players. Format: (Saturday) Junior Tournament (Sunday) Pro King and Queen tournament. - Nov. 23 (Sat) Everyday Blessings 5k, 7-11AM - 150 runners south, nonprofit Fundraiser. For more information, contact Pam Bell at (813)982-9226 ext 227 or pbell@ or Trish Adams at 941-993-0023, or email her at tadams@ - Nov. 23 (Sat) Dodgeball War, 10AM-2PM 200 participants, tournament on open Beach. For more info please visit www.socosports. com | 941-266-8578 |

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Single Family Condos *Statistics provided by MFR MLS

Reminiscent of September 2012, late summer tends to have lower real estate sales numbers compared to August highs, but September 2013 showed sales were up 22.5 percent compared to 2012. Compare August 2013 sales of 957 homes and September 2013 sales of 817 homes just in Sarasota County alone and you get a 14.6 percent difference. Most September sales were single family homes compared to condominiums. For example, 545 houses sold compared to 272 condominiums.

The Time is now

…around the island - Siesta Key Farmer’s Market – every Sunday from 8am – 2pm in Davidson’s Plaza in the Village. 5124 Ocean Blvd. Fresh fruits, vegetables, music, art. - Nov. 2(Sat) Devil’s Run Longboard Push Race – 4th annual race. Register at Califlorida Surf & Skate or call 941-346-0310 for more information. - Nov. 19 (Tues) Siesta Key Oyster Bar’s (SKOB’s) 10th Anniversary Party - 9:00PM - 2:00AM. Help us celebrate 10 wonderful years at Siesta Key Oyster Bar! There will be cake, prizes, music and lots of fun! Special drink menu and food menu as well. Join us in the celebrations!! Be sure to drop in and

give your guess for how many dollar bills are on the wall”. Contest winner - Nov. 11 (Mon) Meet the Sky - 7:00PM announced before cake cutting. to 8:30PM - Where Siesta Beach Pavilion. Explore and discover the intriguing night sky. Learn to navigate visible the night sky by the stars, planets and constellations to the naked eye and observe through telescope provided. Weather permitting. Free to all ages. For information call 952-1200.


- Nov. 27 (Sun) 16th Annual Turkey Trot Pub Crawl - Begins at 9PM. $4.00 Bud and Budlight drafts in a 22oz Commemorative cup. Live music by Kettle of Fish at SKOB. Free shirts and goodies will be given out. Story continued on page 30.

if you have ever thought about spending more than a week (or month) here

The Time is now

if you have ever thought of calling siesta Key home

The Time is now

Let me show you a Real estate market that clearly states

The Time is now

Peg Davant, sales Associate, 941.356.4552 sotheby’s international Realty and the sotheby’s international Realty logo are registered service marks used with permission. each office is independently owned and operated. equal housing opportunity.



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Annual & Seasonal Rentals Available Unit 109 Sea Shell Condominium, Siesta Key FL 2 Beds, 2 Baths, Pool. Sea Shell Condominium is located directly on the beach and has many amenities and features to make any Siesta Key vacation very enjoyable.

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5379 Ocean Blvd, Siesta Key, FL 34242 •P: 941-926-1800

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- Nov. 30 (Sat) Annual Lighting and Holiday Open House, 6-9PM. Children can give Santa their wish list, have their face painted, visit with Santa’s elves and be entertained by Clifford the Big Red Dog and Sunshine the Clown. Santa’s gift bags provided by Beach Bazaar will be given to the first 250 children who visit with Santa. Santa will arrive by fire truck at approximately 6:15 pm.

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Businesses will provide refreshments, while you enjoy live musical entertainment by the Pine View High School Jazz Band, Barbershop Quartets, Key Board Players and choirs singing holiday songs. Ocean Blvd. will be lined with luminaries and businesses will be decorated for the holiday season. Free Trolley Rides will be available from Siesta Key Public Beach to the Village from 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Snapshots of Island Visitors

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7 1: Lou & Jenna from Minnesota. 2: Kem & John from SRQ at SKOB. 3: Galvin from SRQ. 4: Rob, Lynn from Maryland & Chrissy from Appollo Beach. 5: Dylan age 1, Maurie, Cole age 4 from SRQ. 6: Patrick & Cathleen from Chicago at Daiquiri Deck. 7: Gracie age 4, Barbara, Tommy, Pearl age 1 & from Winter Park, FL. 8: Maritza and Robert, Oscar (the dog) from the East Coast of FL (Parkland). 9: Kevin, Jenna, Lisa, Mark from SRQ.



Island Girl

Congratulations go out to our November island girl, Emily, who is also the winner of the 2013 Model Search contest held at BluQue Island Grill & Bar in the Village. Emily earned a surgical technologist certification in 2009 and worked at an ENT’s office for four years. She enjoys going to the beach and eating at the various restaurants. She currently does various promotions around the country and when asked about her goals, she replied, “Soon, I hope to be a published international model :)” We wish you well Emily.

If you would like to be considered for our next Island Girl, contact us at (You must be of legal age to participate)

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DIRECT GULF FRONT, FULL GULF VIEW! Enjoy the white sands from this front corner 2/2 unit directly on Crescent Beach. Excellent Rental Property. Turn Key Furnished. The picturesque serpentine pool is secluded for your privacy and heated for your comfort. The office/clubhouse, rest rooms & shower are close by for your convenience. A full time professional rental manager is on premises. $599,900

Waterfront Shortsale!

Entire home updated and expanded. High quality upgrades include granite counter tops, maple custom kitchen cabinets, custom wet bar in 15’ x 21’ game room, 19’ x 19’ media/ home theater, many extra features. Close to the village/beach and boat to your favorite fishing hole. Jet ski davit as well as boat lift. Hurricane shutters, game room with full bath and steam shower. $899,000*

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Unparalleled Gulf Views!

This 4 bedroom, 4 bath condo close to Crescent Beach has the best views on Siesta Key! Two separate Lanais with full Gulf of Mexico views for all those spectacular sunsets. Completely and elaborately renovated and turnkey furnished. A very versatile condo that could be separated into 2 units of 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. A gorgeous heated pool only steps from the beach and the warm waters of the Gulf. $2,375,000

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Tropical Beach Front Condo!

DIRECT GULF FRONT 2 bedroom on SIESTA KEY with FULL GULF VIEWS! Beautifully updated kitchen, baths, flooring and furnishings. TKF with wood cabinets, granite counter tops, stainless appliances, stone tile, washer & dryer. MUST SEE THESE AMAZING FULL GULF VIEWS TO APPRECIATE! None other like this on SIESTA KEY in $400k price range that offers all this. $435,000

*Short Sale. Listing price may not be sufficient to pay the total of all liens and costs of sale. Sale of property at full listing price may require approval of seller's lender.

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Island Visitor's Siesta Sand serves Siesta Key residents and visitors with key information about the area. It is a free monthly newspaper th...

IV Siesta Sand - November 2013  

Island Visitor's Siesta Sand serves Siesta Key residents and visitors with key information about the area. It is a free monthly newspaper th...