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STORM DEBRIS COLLECTION |More trucks working on county storm debris collection, with completion of first passes through areas anticipated in 90 days By Rachel Brown Hackney / SarasotaNewsLeader.com

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Sarasota County is on track to complete the “first pass” of storm debris collection within 90 days, Assistant County Administrator Jonathan Lewis told the County Commission on Oct. 11. Additionally, County Administrator Tom Harmer reported that staff is working with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation on what he termed an “after action” review of the county’s readiness for and response to Hurricane Irma. He hopes to have that completed within 90 days, as well, he said. “We are starting to see an improvement with services from our vendor,” Lewis said on Oct. 11. CrowderGulf, with which the county has its primary storm debris contract, provided more trucks last week and again this week, he continued. (The firm is based in Alabama.) Even more trucks were expected late this week, he added. Further, Lewis reported, the county has eight of its own trucks working in both North County and South County, with the opening of more debris management sites having made that possible. Continued on page 40

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Paid Parking |County staff asked to hone proposal for public parking lot on South Midnight Pass Road and seek information about parking management consultants By Rachel Brown Hackney

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When it comes to a paid parking approach for Siesta Key Public Beach, the director of Sarasota County’s Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department summed it up on Oct. 11: “It’s complex.” In response to County Commission direction in July, Carolyn Brown reported to the board on the research staff members had pursued, offering a wide variety of options. It took about 50 minutes before the commissioners agreed to have staff come back to them soon with more details on a plan that would create a total of 56 public spaces on property the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office will be vacating at the end of the year at 6647 Midnight Pass Road. The land is owned by the county’s Public Utilities Department. Continued on page 38

Turtle Beach Campground upgrades delayed by Hurricane Irma By Rachel Brown Hackney Although Hurricane Irma delayed the completion timeline from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1, the Sarasota County project to move power and telephone lines underground was well underway at Turtle Beach Park, Manager Kyle Carson told about 35 people during the Oct. 5 meeting of the Siesta Key Association (SKA). Additionally, infrastructure that will enable guests to enjoy cable TV and Wi-Fi also is being put underground, Carson explained, and new sewer equipment is being installed. On a unanimous vote on July 12, the County Commission approved the $1,050,000 cost of the project, with a staff memo in the agenda packet noting that the water and sewer lines and electrical equipment date to about 1970. The county “inherited all the original infrastructure” when it bought the property in 2006, Carson explained, “including the bathhouse in its current condition.” He further noted that a lot of that old infrastructure at the campground was made of metal. People who have lived on Siesta Key for some time probably have “learned the hard way,” he continued, that “metal doesn’t work well right here on the Gulf.” Continued on page 22

‘Sharrows’ coming soon to Ocean Boulevard

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During the February SKA meeting, President Harold Ashby talked about Sarasota County’s plan to paint “sharrows” on Ocean Boulevard where no bike lane exists, to make the road friendlier for cyclists. The approximately 825-meter stretch of Ocean Boulevard from Beach Road, through the Village, to Treasure Boat Way is the area targeted for the directional arrows, Patrick Lui, coordinator of the county’s Bicycle,

Pedestrian and Trails program stated. Ashby had anticipated the work would be completed during this summer. The sharrows topic arose most recently during the Oct. 11 County Commission’s discussion of paid beach parking and other transportation options for Siesta Key. Carolyn Brown, director of the county’s Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department, explained that the sharrows are

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painted on paved roads to indicate bicyclists may use any portion of the full width of a lane. She added that they would be added to Ocean Boulevard in this fiscal year, though she did not specify a timeline. When SNL checked with Lui on Oct. 13, he reported that the project will be completed “as soon as possible.” Continued on page 42

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came around with a pitcher of filtered water (cuz being out at the beach all day can make you thirsty!). (Yessyhara, Sarasota, Florida) ~ Best ice cream in Sarasota and stellar service we love this place!!!! Abel’s has the best ice cream around! My wife and I come here as often as possible and the owner Jerry always takes excellent care of my wife and I and if he’s busy or not in his attentive employees are there to greet you with a smile and the best ice cream cone you have ever tasted. Whether you’re here for a weekend or were born and raised if you haven’t had Abel’s ice cream...you’re cutting yourself short! ITS DELICIOUS (Bryan A) As the snowbirds begin to arrive again, they bring with them cooler (slightly!) temperatures. To welcome them back, we’ll be featuring a couple of flavors that make us think of the change of seasons and the holidays. Carrot

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Owners of 162 Beach Road accept county’s offer By Rachel Brown Hackney

MEMBERSHIP MEETING NOTICE Tuesday, November 14, 2017 3:30 PM Siesta Key Chapel at 4615 Gleason Ave.

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Ronald and Sania Allen of Osprey have accepted Sarasota County’s offer of $1.4 million for their parcel at 162 Beach Road. However, neither Wendy B. Cooper, trustee of the Burton M. Cooper Credit Shelter Trust No. 1, nor the Cooper family’s attorney has responded to the county’s offer of $1,450,000 for the Cooper property at 168 Beach Road, county Media Relations Officer Jason Bartolone told SNL in an Oct. 13 email. Staff was “in the process of finalizing a contract” with the Allens, Bartolone noted. In their first regular meeting after Hurricane Irma swept through Florida, the commissioners discussed counter proposals the Allens and the Cooper family made to the county’s offers for their property earlier this year. The commission has remained steadfast in refusing to grant a Coastal Setback Variance for construction on either parcel, because the residences would be fully seaward of the Gulf Beach Setback Line, the county’s line of protection from storm damage. After more than an hour of discussion on Sept. 13, including exchanges with attorney William Merrill III of the Icard Merrill firm in Sarasota — who represents the Allens — the board members voted 4-1 to stick with the county’s offer of a total of $2,850,000 for the parcels. Commissioner Michael Moran cast the “No” vote. The Allens’ counter proposal was for $1.7 million, while the Coopers wanted $1.8 million for their

property. Moran’s motion to split the difference between the $2,850,000 and the $3.5 million died for lack of a second. Merrill had talked of the potential of filing suit against the county over an illegal “taking” of the Allens’ land because of the board’s refusal to approve several requests for variances for construction. Commissioner Charles Hines challenged Merrill on that issue on Sept. 13. The commission never had been asked about granting a variance for a parking lot on the land, for example, Hines said, while Commissioner Nancy Detert talked of the potential for a beach cabana on the property, for another example. If the property owners took the county to court, Hines indicated he felt confident that the county would prevail. Neither the Allens nor the Coopers nor the Coopers’ attorney was present for the Sept. 13 discussion.

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Sarasota woman linked to six burglaries of vehicles on Siesta Key and two cases of credit card fraud By Rachel Brown Hackney A 20-year-old Sarasota woman has been charged in connection with six burglaries of vehicles on Siesta Key, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has announced. Sarah A. Young of 3616 Teal Ave. initially was arrested on Sept. 19, the Sheriff’s Office reported. She was linked to burglaries of vehicles in the 4800 block of Higel Avenue and the 5200 block of Siesta Cove Drive, as well as credit card fraud in both incidents, the Sheriff’s Office reported. She was taken into custody again on Sept. 22 after detectives allegedly connected her to a second incident on Higel Avenue, two on Island Circle and one on Roberts Point Road, according to Sheriff’s Office reports. In both cases, Young was ordered held on a $6,000 bond. She was released on bond from the county jail on Oct. 3. On Sept. 27, she entered a plea of not guilty and asked for a jury trial, 12th Judicial Circuit Court records show. Young is being represented by Assistant Public Offender Lori Huskisson. In announcing Young’s second arrest, the Sheriff’s Office added that detectives were continuing their investigation and expected to link Young to yet more burglaries. The investigation began on July 17, a Sheriff’s Office news release noted, when the first victim reported his credit card had been stolen from his unlocked vehicle on Higel Avenue. An online purchase costing $176.42 was made with the card at 4:06 a.m. on July 17, just hours after the burglary occurred, the Sheriff’s Office report pointed out. A package subsequently was delivered to a Tangerine Drive address in Sarasota, the report noted. On Aug. 8, the second victim reported his credit card stolen from his vehicle on Siesta Cove Drive, the news release added. That card allegedly was used to make a purchase that also was delivered to the Tangerine Drive address, the release noted. The Tangerine Drive house is on a corner lot at the intersection with Shade Avenue, according to a map provided by the Sarasota County Property Appraiser’s Office. “Detectives quickly gathered surveillance video from a nearby residence,” which showed a female suspect going through

Sarah A. Young vehicles at the second victim’s home, the news release said. After detectives obtained subscriber information for the internet account associated with the Tangerine Drive home, the release continued, detectives identified Young “as the suspect who made the online purchases.” She also appeared to be the person in the images pulled from the surveillance video, the release added. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the Tangerine Drive address, the Sheriff’s Office report pointed out. That led to interviews with the homeowners, who told detectives that Young had been living in the house and dating one of their sons. They also said she was working at the Tasty Home Cookin restaurant in Tuttle Bee Plaza on South Tuttle Avenue in Sarasota, the Sheriff’s Office reported. “It took approximately 5 hours to sort and inventory” the items recovered from the Tangerine Drive house after detectives first interviewed Young, the report continued. In the second Higel Avenue case — also in the 4800 block — the victim told detectives that on July 13, someone took his Titleist golf bag and equipment from his unlocked vehicle, which was parked in front of his home, the report noted. One of the items Young’s boyfriend and his mother turned over to detectives was a Titleist golf bag with clubs and a Bushnell range finder, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The name on a tag on that bag matched the name of the victim, the report added. When detectives arrested Young and showed her a photo of the golf bag, the report continued, “she readily stated that she took the bag ‘from the back of a truck (SUV) on Siesta Key.’” The report also pointed out that Young earlier had admitted to numerous burglaries in a specific area of Siesta Key during June, July and August. Among the later cases, the first on Island Circle also was logged on July 13, the report said. It took place in the 400 block, the report added. That victim — who had left his vehicle unlocked in front of his home — told officers that he was missing miscellaneous items of clothing and a “VW embossed roadside emergency kit,” the report said. That kit was found among items in Young’s vehicle, the report added. The second case on Island Circle case — in the 200 block —occurred on July 13, as well. That victim told officers she, too, had left

her vehicle unlocked in front of her home. In this case, the victim said that a child’s violin case, a passport and miscellaneous jewelry were missing. The violin case, with the violin still inside, was among the items recovered from the Tangerine Drive house, that report noted. In the fourth case — also reported to have occurred on July 13 — the victim, who lives in the 3900 block of Roberts Point Road, told detectives, he, too had left his unlocked vehicle in front of his house. He said an Apple iPad Mini had been removed from it, the report continued. The iPad was recovered from Young’s vehicle, the report noted. During the Aug. 3 Siesta Key Association meeting, Sgt. Jason Mruczek, leader of the Sheriff’s Office substation on Siesta Key, told members that 10 to 15 burglaries of vehicles had been reported on the north end of the island in recent weeks. He reminded the audience, “Lock your cars; don’t keep anything in plain sight.”

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Siesta Key Round-Up Condo Council Meeting The Siesta Key Condo Council will hold a meeting on November 14 at 3:30 PM at Siesta Key Chapel 4615 Gleason Ave. The Topic is Hurricane Irma and Insurance: • Flood vs Wind Driven Rain Hazard • FEMA Factors: Zones, Cost, Trends, Status • Association vs Owner: Flood, Hazard, Flood Mitigation, Loss Assessment. The main speaker is Jeffery Bajza from Ameriflood Insurance, followed by question and answer session.

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Light Up Siesta Key and Village Holiday Parade The 33rd annual Light Up Siesta Key and Village Holiday Parade will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 5 to 9 PM. Festive décor and holiday atmosphere will Light Up Siesta Key. A community Christmas tree will be at the Village Gazebo. The Village Holiday Parade which will begin at Avenida del Mare and Beach Road at 5:30 PM traveling north on Beach Road onto Ocean Blvd. into the Village. Many businesses and local groups will be participating in the parade and welcoming Santa to Siesta Village. If you would like to participate in the parade, please email Mark Smith, Parade Coordinator, at mark@smith-architects. com. There is no fee to participate in the Parade, but registration is required. Santa will arrive at the Siesta Center at approximately 6:15 PM to greet all children. The first 250 to see him will receive gift bags donated by Beach Bazaar. At Siesta

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Center, there will also be face painting and activities. Photos may be taken with Santa, free of charge. Shops and restaurants will offer refreshments and special holiday bargains from 5 to 9 PM. There will also be live music at various venues, plus carolers and a martial arts demonstration. Free public transportation is provided courtesy of the Siesta Breeze Trolley from Turtle Beach to the Village (with multiple stops along the route, including Siesta Beach) making it easier for all to participate in the festivities. This festive event is sponsored by merchants, businesses, and friends of Siesta Key; and is free and open to the public.

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Sarasota County has a total of 1,218.84 acres on the water — beaches, bayside parks and other public water accesses — Shawn Yeager, manager of the Beaches and Water Access Division of the Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources (PRNR) Department, told Siesta Key Association (SKA) members during their Oct. 5 regular meeting. On Siesta alone, according to a document staff had compiled, 188.86 acres are divided among 13 accesses, Siesta Key Public Beach, Turtle Beach Park and Turtle Beach Campground, along with a couple of pocket parks, Nora Patterson Bay Island Park (part of which the City of Sarasota owns) and Jim Neville Marine Preserve. Continued on page 13


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Irma delays wastewater plant project By Rachel Brown Hackney As a result of Hurricane Irma and a lot of rain that fell about two weeks before the storm blew through, the project to replace the Siesta Key Wastewater Treatment Plant with a master pump station has been delayed, Siesta Key Association (SKA) members learned during their Oct. 5 meeting. “I’ve been trying to make sure the county lives up to its commitment to get the plant shut down by the end of the year,” Robert Luckner, a member of the organization’s Environmental Committee, reported. County staff had foreseen completion of the project in November. “Now it’s in December,” Luckner said, but at least the schedule is not anticipated to run into 2018. The pump station work was about 80% complete as of Oct. 5, he continued, and the entire project was about 70% complete. The effluent will travel off the island through new pipelines, so it can be treated at county

plants on the mainland, staff has explained at prior SKA meetings. Staff also told him that the contractor hoped the pipeline connection across Midnight Pass Road to Shadow Lawn Way would be completed by Oct. 13, Luckner noted. About a week after that has been accomplished, he added, the blocked inbound lane of the street will reopen for traffic. Noting that Siesta Isles residents won a county grant to make improvements to the median in late 2015, Luckner pointed out that if the construction work damages the median in any way, the contractor is obligated to make all the necessary repairs. Staff also told him the construction on Shadow Lawn Way should be completed by the latter third of October, he continued. Although the original plan was to use a method called directional boring to install the new sewer force main underground,

Luckner explained, because of a problem the contractor encountered in one area, the contractor had to resort to the open trench method. After everything has been finished on Shadow Law Way and the system has been pressure-tested, Luckner said, the road will be repaved. Staff told him that should take place before Thanksgiving. Additionally, Luckner noted, staff reported that no problems had been conveyed to the county regarding the school bus stop on Midnight Pass Road, which is in the vicinity of the project. However, Luckner asked that if any of the SKA audience members knew of any issues the construction was posing to students at the bus stop, they should alert county staff. “We did have one odor complaint,” Luckner continued. Because the smell was similar to that of rotten eggs, he added, he feared that a problem had

Bob Luckner; John Saputo, Construction Mgr. reviewing project schedule arisen again with the wastewater treatment plant. (The odor once was a major focus of complaints among residents who live near the plant. After the SKA invited David Cash, manager of the county’s Water/Wastewater Division, to a meeting in April 2016, Cash and his staff worked to alleviate the problem.) As it turned out, the odor was a result of the contractors having to pump groundwater out of the construction site, Luckner told the SKA audience. Because of all

the rain, the groundwater level had risen considerably, he said. Cash reported back to him the same day Luckner asked about the odor, Luckner noted, and it was a weekend day, at that. The normal discharge from the wastewater treatment plant into the Grand Canal flows from a pipeline that is below the canal’s surface, Luckner added. “I’ll keep after ’em,” he said, in regard to the project’s staying on schedule.

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Historic designation denied for house at 112 Sandy Hook Road South on Siesta Key By Rachel Brown Hackney Siding with their historical resources manager instead of the county’s Historic Preservation Board, the majority of the Sarasota County Commission voted on Sept. 26 to deny a formal historic designation to the house at 112 Sandy Hook Road South on Siesta Key. Only Chair Paul Caragiulo was supportive of the application from the homeowners, voting, “No” on a motion by Commissioner Nancy Detert. Robert Bendus, the county’s historical resources manager, told the board during a public hearing that the one-story, midcentury modern ranch house built in 1960 “has undergone later additions and alterations.” Further, he continued, “Research indicated that the original owners, the Gerlach family, does not appear to have made a contribution to the local, regional, state or national history for the association to be considered historically significant.” However, Lorrie Muldowney, the agent for the current owners, noted that during her 20 years of work in historical resources with the county, she co-authored the ordinance at the focus of the discussion that day. It was written to recognize “places that are important to us as a community but may not seem so important to others or be so well understood by others outside the community.” The Philip “George” and Caroline Gerlach residence, Muldowney pointed out, was part of the subdivision that renowned architect Mary Rockwell Hook helped develop on Siesta Key. Muldowney added that Hook “did want to retain some design control” over Sandy Hook homes. In 1906, Hook became the second woman to graduate from the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and she worked with a number of architects in the community who went on to garner national and international attention, Muldowney explained. “It’s kind of a ‘Who’s Who’ of significant Sarasota County architects.”

The County Code has specific criteria for granting historic designation to a property, Muldowney explained, and, in her opinion, the Gerlach house meets the preponderance of them. However, testimony during the hearing from a member of the county’s General Contractors Licensing & Examining Board, seemed to have swayed at least one commissioner’s vote. Morgan Skoegard said a contractor who had been involved with improvements to the house had appeared before the Licensing & Examining Board the previous week. The real reason behind the application for the historic designation, Skoegard added, was that winning that designation would enable the homeowners not to comply with what is known as the “50% Rule” of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): If the owner of a structure in a floodplain wishes to undertake work on it, and the total expense will exceed 50% of the value of the building, then the owner must elevate the structure to the appropriate height to withstand storm surge. Muldowney told the board that the contractor Skoegard referenced was not involved with the current project team. Nonetheless, in seconding Detert’s motion, Commissioner Alan Maio pointed out, “We really need to honor what FEMA is trying to accomplish.” “The testimony by Morgan was a bit surprising to me,” Muldowney stated in a telephone interview later that day. “I really didn’t have any factual information to be able to corroborate or dispute anything he said.” The contrast between Skoegard’s remarks and those of the architect working with the homeowners probably confused the county commissioners, Muldowney added. In the wake of the board’s vote, the owners of the property at 112 Sandy Hook Road — George and June Shadoan — will talk with their architect, Dan Ionescu of Englewood, Muldowney felt sure, “to see what options

are available to them.” They were interested in the fact that the historical designation would allow them to forgo the 50% Rule, Muldowney pointed out. However, Muldowney added that found it unfair for members of the public to believe that owners of historic properties “are given a free ride, if you will,” by FEMA.

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Manager Bendus provided to the County Commission in advance of the Sept. 26 meeting says the Shadoans made a preliminary presentation to the county’s Historic Preservation Board (HPB) on Jan. 20. After HPB members requested more information, the memo notes, the Shadoans suggested the county’s Historical Resources staff conduct a site visit. That was done on Feb. 7, the memo adds.

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‘Property acquisition’ one facet of resolving flooding By Rachel Brown Hackney Midnight Pass flooding was in the proverbial spotlight on Sept. 26, as the Sarasota County commissioners debated the hiring of consultants to assist with stormwater projects. As discussion ensued, it finally became clear that county staff feels the use of eminent domain in obtaining land for a Siesta project ultimately may be necessary. The agenda item called for the County Commission to review the proposed ranking of projects for which the county will seek funding from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). In reading through the list staff had provided to the board, Chair Paul Caragiulo noted the Midnight Pass Road item and asked, “This is a study to do a project, right?” Ben Quartermaine, interim stormwater utility manager for the county, responded that the item proposed for ranking as No. 4 out of seven on the county list does not include the construction phase. The total expense would be $300,000, the list said, with the funding split 50/50 between the county and SWFWMD — if the board of the water management district agrees to the grant. “I know we have tried mightily several times to fix a lot of the problems on Midnight Pass Road,” Commissioner Alan Maio said, “and we’ve been somewhat successful.” However, the average “layman out there on Siesta Key,” Maio continued, does not understand the complexity of the potential solutions. “People say, ‘Pipe the water to the [Gulf].’ It’s just not that easy. The water has to be contained, attenuated, treated. It’s just not that easy,” Maio stressed. Part of the difficulty in dealing with the Midnight Pass Road issues, Quartermaine responded, “is that we are going to have to condemn … to acquire property.” Therefore, part of the study for which staff has proposed seeking SWFMD funding assistance would help identify the most appropriate solution. “So when we do have to go in front of a judge and condemn, we have the backup to say, ‘This is the most cost-effective project,’” Quartermaine added. “I’ve looked at the area ad nauseam,” Quartermaine continued. “There’s just no route from Midnight Pass to the bay or to the Heron’s Lagoon without acquiring some property.” (Heron Lagoon is an enclosed body

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of water south of Point of Rocks.) Flashing a bit of his well-known sense of humor, Maio told Quartermaine, “What you’ve achieved there is a massive shift.” Earlier, Caragiulo had talked of the increasing numbers of emails he has received from constituents about flooding issues since he has been on the board. Maio was referring to the fact that the Midnight Pass Road discussion was going to lead to many people contacting him instead of Caragiulo, as Maio represents Siesta Key as part of his District 4 territory. As explained in the detailed project information in the SWFWMD grant application, the Midnight Pass Road project “will develop a stormwater management plan to address the coastal, barrier island flooding on Midnight Pass Road and meet the adopted flood protection level of service for the evacuation route.” Midnight Pass Road from the Stickney Point Road bridge to the road’s southern terminus — a distance of approximately 3 miles — was designed as an evacuation route, the application adds, but the road has been reconstructed over the past 80-plus years without a “cohesive, engineered stormwater management system” that can handle the drainage from adjacent lands. “Redevelopment over the past 20 years,” the report continues, has increased the stormwater runoff volume directed to and stored in the Midnight Pass Road right of way “to the extent that the roadway is not passable during the more frequent rainfall events.” The application points out that the county’s flood protection level of service for evacuation routes calls for no water to stand on a roadway during a 24hour rainfall event that produces a level of flooding expected once every 100 years. The project staff envisions for the road will evaluate alternatives such as pumping stations; easement acquisitions, so construction could be undertaken over land; “potential land acquisitions for stormwater runoff storage with potential reuse opportunities; potential land acquisitions for stormwater treatment; modification to the existing Midnight Pass Road right-of-way for a stormwater management system”; and horizontal and vertical alignment changes to the road.

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Dutch Valley Restaurant, A Sarasota Staple In 1972, the original Dutch Valley Restaurant in Sarasota opened just a few blocks away from the present location, at 6721 South Tamiami Trail. Dedicated to quality “down home cooking” foods and more than reasonable prices drew crowds that it made necessary to move to the present location shortly after opening. Continued good operations demanded the need to add even more seating and provide better service for customers. Not long after renovations were completed, Dutch Valley changed owners. In June 1999, Fernando Piney and his late wife Renee, purchased Dutch Valley. Having settled in Sarasota in 1995, the couple brought varied entrepreneurial experience and hard work to the restaurant business. The main focus for the new owners was consistency and a sense of family. The success of Dutch Valley, since its inception, can be attributed to having a high level of consistency in the food they serve, with over 100 items on the menu. Even with a change in ownership, the menu has remained reliable for the many visitors that come through the doors every day. And you can still count on seeing Fernando at the restaurant every day, shaking hands and visiting with customers. Sunday breakfast seems to be their busiest time, but since they serve breakfast, all day, every day, you can skip the Sunday crowds and enjoy breakfast anytime you want. A few customer’s breakfast favorites are Eggs Benedict Florentine – toasted english muffin halves topped with tomato slices, fresh spinach, 2 poached eggs and creamy hollandaise sauce; Their twist on a traditional omelette - A Greek Omelette that’s stuffed with sausage, onions, feta cheese, green peppers and tomatoes. If you like your breakfast sweet, you have to try their Famous Belgian Waffle, plain or with fruit toppings. Lunch choices include basic diner fare such as sandwich melts, hot open-faced sandwiches, Sirlion burgers and corned beef Ruebens. Other menu items include Greek plates, Mexican dishes, sandwiches and salad choices. The dinner menu has lots to choose from so take your time deciding. Customer favorites are the four pc. Broasted Chicken Dinner; Roast Beef Victorian - thin slices of slow roasted sirloin of beef topped with homemade brown gravy and freshly sautéed mushrooms, green peppers & onions and Dutch Valley’s Liver and Onions – the name says it all. All dinners and the daily specials are served with a cup of homemade soup, tossed salad, choice of potato and dessert. Don’t like to spend hours in the kitchen on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day? Bring your friends and family to Dutch Valley and let them do the cooking for you so you can actually spend time visiting. They typically have a set menu for the holidays with traditional favorites such as Roast Turkey, Sliced Baked Ham, Prime Rib and Salmon as well as a few regular menu items. And, all holiday dinners are served with a cup of homemade soup, tossed salad, potato choice and dessert. While Dutch Valley began as an Amish restaurant, today they carry a wide variety of meals with a diner flare. Breakfast is served all day and they have American and Greek foods and a variety of desserts. You could eat here every day for a year and probably not eat the same meal twice. Not only is Dutch Valley Restaurant a staple in the Sarasota community, they participate in fundraisers for various charities and hold quarterly blood drives. Their commitment is to provide every customer top quality food with good and friendly service for very reasonable prices. Dutch Valley Restaurant - 941.924.1770

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Landscape company employee electrocuted on Siesta Key was experienced in operating bucket lifts, co-worker and supervisor say By Rachel Brown Hackney A 50-year-old native of Guatemala who had worked in Sarasota County for several years was the victim of the accidental electrocution on Siesta Key’s Freeling Drive last month, the Sarasota Police Department has reported. Based on a detective’s investigation into the incident and the District 12 Medical Examiner’s report, it appeared that the bucket lift in which Juan Alba Rodriguez was positioned struck a power line as he raised the lift in an effort to reach tree limbs in front of a wall at 684 Freeling Drive. The incident occurred about 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, the report added. Rodriguez’ co-worker, Julio Hernandez, told the detective that Rodriguez had been with Horticopia for four or five years, while Hernandez had been employed by the company about a year. “Hernandez stated that Rodriguez usually operated the lift and noted he was very good at it,” the detective’s report said. Rodriguez lived on 61st Avenue East in Sarasota, according to the police report. Mark Steinberg, owner of Botanical Solutions, told the detective that Rodriguez and Hernandez were working as subcontractors for him the day of the

incident. “Steinberg further confirmed that the decedent was a very proficient operator of the bucket lift and a very hard worker,” the detective’s report added. The detective recommended that the death be classified as accidental and the case considered closed, the report said. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the case, nonetheless. In response to questions, spokesman Michael D’Aquino wrote in an Oct. 11 email that he was not able to provide a timeframe for when that investigation would be concluded. “However, the OSHA Act does require the agency to complete its inspections within six months (that doesn’t mean it will take six months),” he pointed out.

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The first officer on the scene saw a chain saw lying in the grass directly below the bucket lift, the report said; the saw was not running, but the engine of the lift truck was, the report noted. A broken power line also was dangling directly above the lift, “which was lying across the tree tops,” the report added. After a Sarasota County EMS crew arrived on the scene about 3:11 p.m., the Fire Department requested that the electric grid for that area be shut down. Rodriguez was lowered to the ground, the report said, where the EMS crew pronounced him dead at 3:30 p.m. Hernandez, who also was on the scene at the time of the accident, told a police officer he was on the ground behind a wall, cutting up the branches that Rodriguez was dropping to the ground. Hernandez said he did not “know anything was wrong until a neighbor came running down the road and pointing to the bucket lift,” the report noted. Hernandez also said that he and Rodriguez had been working at the Freeling Drive residence since about 9 a.m. that day. Many areas on Siesta Key — especially neighborhoods on the north end of the

island — suffered significant tree damage as a result of Hurricane Irma’s track through Florida. The Police Department detective’s report noted that the house at 684 Freeling Drive is on the south side of the street; a cement retaining wall between 6 and 8 feet tall surrounds most of the property. The detective wrote that the bucket lift had controls both on the base of the unit and in the bucket. “The lift was positioned underneath the power lines and had stability legs in place on each side of the lift.” After investigating the scene, the detective determined that Rodriguez “lifted the bucket into the top power line that carried approximately 7,620 volts of electricity. The bucket controls,” he continued, “which are surrounded by a metal cage with a black rubber coating, showed evidence of impact with the power line at the top right portion of the control panel.” The detective noted that it appeared the lift struck the wire as the lift was moving up; electricity apparently arced through the all-metal bucket lift, where Rodriguez was positioned.

MUSICSEAFOODDRINKS On Sept. 24, after the power went out at the house located at 690 Freeling Drive, the resident went outside and looked down the street, the Police Department report said. The resident spotted Rodriguez “slumped over” in the lift, which was about 30 feet in the air, the Police Department report noted. The resident then asked a neighbor to call 911.

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Warning about South Siesta Renourishment assessments By Rachel Brown Hackney An SNL reader sent an email on Sept. 29, saying, “We have found the proposed south Siesta Key beach assessments in the 2018 Notice of Proposed Property Taxes to be varying from 0 to $1700 for the same units in our complex.” In the spring of 2016, the county completed its second renourishment of an approximately 2-mile stretch of beach on south Siesta Key, including the area at Turtle Park. As with the first renourishment — in 2007 — property owners in the affected area are being assessed a portion of the expense. The reader continued, “We have contacted the County and apparently there was a problem in the computer calculation.” County staff assured the reader that the correct assessment figures would be on the property tax bills mailed in November. However, the reader warned that anyone being assessed for the South Siesta Renourishment Project should be vigilant in checking the tax bill. The reader also pointed out that owners of units on the beach side of one condominium complex on south Siesta are being billed higher assessments than owners on the bay side, even though the residents of that complex share the beach. The county staff was asked for details about the reader’s comments. On Oct. 3, Laird Wreford, the county’s coastal initiatives manager, responded: First, he wrote, “Due to a computer sorting error, some of the TRIM [Truth in Millage] notices had

inaccurate amounts for the South Siesta Key Beach Restoration assessments. Of the 474 parcels in the assessment district, 195 were inaccurate. Fortunately, this error was discovered prior to the final tax bills being printed, so those bills will be correct when mailed out in late October. Staff is in the process of sending notifications to the 195 parcel owners, providing them with the correct information.” Regarding the differences in the assessments for residents of the condo complex, Wreford continued, “The reader is referring to the Bay Tree Club residents. That was a unique situation, where the condo property runs from gulf to bay. There is one building that is gulf front (40 units), and two buildings that are bay front (80 units). It was decided from the first nourishment (and carried forward for the second) that the total assessment for the parcel would be split among the condo owners with the gulf front owners paying twice the assessment of the bay front owners. That split was based on the findings of the property appraisal expert hired by the County to certify the benefits to the assessment district parcels.”

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New Partner Program Offered By Siesta Key Community Fitness Center By Diana Colson

The Siesta Key Fitness Center is a family run business. It serves not only locals, it also provides over 25,000 visitor workouts annually. In their ten years of operation, owners Bruce and De Day have served some quarter-million fitness-minded tourists, enthusiasts delighted to find high-quality, state of the art equipment offered in a welcoming 7-day-a-week environment. Despite this high level of interest, a substantial majority of accommodations on Siesta Key do not offer adequate on-site fitness facilities. This can be construed as a mistake: in today’s world, a large percentage of people are committed to staying in shape. Indeed, according to TripAdvisor, fitness is the #1 amenity requested by vacationers when making holiday bookings. When hunting for accommodations, exercise-minded consumers want to hear only one thing: YES! The property being offered does indeed offer fitness. With that in mind, the Siesta Key Fitness Center has launched an entirely new partner arrangement to help places of accommodation secure more bookings. For a small weekly fee, hotels, condos, resorts, property management companies, and Vacation Rental by Owner (VRBO) listings may partner with Siesta Community Fitness Center, providing guests with a 50% discount on visitor passes. Property owners and managers are then free to advertise that they are listing partners with the only gym on the island, giving renters that valuable 50% discount. The fitness-minded consumer does not expect free, he just wants to know that a facility is nearby and available at a reasonable cost. Offering discounted fitness serves to attract and retain more bookings.

Bruce & De Day The cost is surprisingly small. The average price of a weekly stay on Siesta Key is approximately $1,600. Based on the volume of units an owner or manager puts on the program, the cost of this program ranges from $3.75 to $5.75 per week per unit. As Bruce Day points out, if a property owner invests only $5.75 per week ($299 annually), and secures only one new booking a year as a result, the ROI is a staggering 542% - and that is from gaining only one new customer per year. There is another substantial benefit for property owners. In addition to being able to advertise that they offer fitness on their own websites, all SKF partners receive both a listing and a link on www.SiestaKeyFitness. com. The website receives over 75,000 unique visits annually, visits coming from folks looking for fitness options on the island. The partner fee should therefore be considered part of the property’s advertising budget, not part of their amenity budget. This small expenditure puts the property in front of thousands of fitness minded consumers who make buying decisions based on fitness availability and access. When people vacation on Siesta Key, they prefer to stay right on the island, a sentiment applauded by local shopkeepers and restaurants. As the only gym on the

island, Siesta Key Fitness not only provides a much-needed service to residents and visitors, it helps keep dollars on Siesta instead of sending them off to the mainland. As icing on the cake, SKF charges less than mainland gyms for visitor passes. The facility is impeccable and professional. Bruce Day holds a B.S. in Physical Education/ Teacher Certification, as well as a B.S. in Physical Education/Sports Management. He has been the Owner/Operator of Fitness Centers for 31 years, and has had 32 years of Physical Therapy experience. His wife and business partner, De Day, holds a B.S. in Exercise Science/Physiology with a Minor

in Sports Nutrition. She holds Certification in ACE & ACSM, and has had 18 years of industry experience. Other members of the SKF staff are equally well credentialed. People want fitness: it’s important. If your accommodation does not have fitness, Siesta Key Fitness does. Located at 5243 Avenida Navarra (in the Village directly behind the Daiquiri Deck) SKF offers staffed hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. (Annual members have 24-hour access.) Signing up for an Accommodations Partnership is both simple and quick! Call 941.349.8500 for more information.

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Rodriguez had severe burns on the right side of his face, neck and head, as well as on his back, right shoulder and left knee, the report added. The bucket lift was about 15 to 20 feet in front of the wall, the report said. Sea grapes standing 30 to 40 feet tall lined the front of the wall, the report pointed out. The Medical Examiner’s report, which the Sarasota Police Department provided, said

that Rodriguez was working around power lines when it appeared he made contact with them “and was electrocuted.” Rodriguez’s son was the only other member of the family living in the area, Steinberg — the owner of Botanical Solutions — told the detective, according to the report. Steinberg added that he had asked his office manager and his girlfriend to notify the son about Rodriguez’ death, the report added.

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There were a total of 12 crimes reported on the Key between 9/20-10/17/17

9/20/17 Grand Theft 9000 Blind Pass Rd. A man left his cell phone on the beach in the area of Turtle Beach. Someone else found the phone and set it by a wall at 9000 Blind Pass Rd. Another unknown person found the phone and took it. The victim electronically locked the phone and sent a text message requesting a call back from whoever had his phone. The victim received a call back from a man who negotiated $100 to return it. The suspect returned to the area. A maintenance man who was aware of the situation managed to snatch the phone from the suspect. Meanwhile, the victim’s wife had taken a photo of the suspect from a distance. The suspect drove away in a Pontiac G8. He later sent a text message relating that he still had the phone’s memory card and would not return it. Several attempts were made to contact the suspect. They were unsuccessful. 9/27/17 Battery 5200 Block Ocean Blvd. Officers responded to a battery at a Village restaurant. The victim had a laceration to the face and explained that he had been accused of stealing a wallet and was struck in the face by an unknown male. He stated that even if the suspect was located, he did not wish to press charges and wanted to leave. Officers attempted to have him sign a waiver of prosecution but he was drunk, uncooperative and covered in blood. According to the complainant, an employee of the restaurant, she received a complaint from the suspect that someone stole his wallet. Video cameras revealed the victim was in the vicinity of the suspect’s wallet before it was taken but there was no proof that he had taken it. When the suspect approached the victim to ask about the wallet, the victim pushed him and swung at him but missed. The suspect stated when the victim did this he struck him one time to get the victim away from him. Probable cause could not be determined due to the fact that the victim did not wish to press charges and failed to cooperate. It was also noted that the victim was ordered to never return to the establishment because he has caused disturbances there in the past.

9/28/17 Theft 1000 Block Peppertree Drive A part time resident reported a theft. She stated that sometime between October 2016-Januuary 2017 unknown person(s) took miscellaneous clothing from her apartment. She was out of town at the time and stated that the maintenance personnel and an unknown cleaning crew had access to the apartment. There was no evidence of forced entry. The clothing was valued at $4000. The victim filed the report for insurance purposes. 9/29/17 Burglary Residential 3000 Block Roberts Point Rd. A woman reported she checked on her brother’s residence and found someone had thrown eggs all over the driveway and garage. The driveway is long and would not facilitate a drive by egging. It is assumed someone must have entered the fenced in yard. The driveway gate was still locked. Estimated cost to clean the garage door and driveway is $200. The woman named a suspect she assumes is possibly involved because the suspect believes that the owner of the house’s business manager is using the house to conduct liaisons with the suspect’s wife. 9/29/17 Grand Theft 6400 Block Midnight Pass Rd. A man reported that an unknown person removed his bicycle from Access 12. The bike was secured to the access gate with a cable lock. The lock had been cut and the cable was left behind. The bike is a Specialized brand bike valued at $700. It is described as a men’s mountain style with bullhorn handlebars. It is neon green with black trim. The victim’s initials are on the bottom of the crankcase.

9/30/17 Theft 5200 Block Ocean Blvd. A woman advised she left her wristlet purse on a table in a Village bar and walked around taking pictures. She discovered her purse was missing when she attempted to pay her bill. The staff searched the premises for her bag with negative results. The purse was later recovered in the area of Access 3 on the beach and returned to the victim. The contents of her bag (credit card, driver’s license and keys) were all present except for $65 cash. 10/8/17 Battery 5100 Block Ocean Blvd. A Deputy responded to a call in reference to a domestic battery. The victim explained she and her fiancé of six months were involved in a physical altercation. She said the two began arguing over her car keys. She explained that when she attempted to leave the area and locate her car, her fiancé followed her to a nearby parking lot, pushed her into a bush and grabbed her keys. She stated that she attempted to get the defendant away from her and in the process struck him several times with the keys causing puncture wounds. Based on the interview with the victim, probable cause was found to charge the defendant with domestic battery. She suffered no visible injury but had grass and dirt on her from being pushed into the dirt. The defendant suffered minor puncture wounds due to the victim’s attempt to get away. She refused to make a sworn witness statement. 10/9/17 Burglary 1000 Block Sharswood Lane A residence under construction was burglarized. The home is a shell with windows and some doors installed. No door hardware (locks and handles) has been installed. A table saw and miter saw were being stored on the second story of the residence. The tools were locked together with a cable and padlock. An unknown subject cut the cable with a hacksaw. The table saw was taken but the miter saw was left behind. The home is in a gated community and has controlled access but no video cameras. The pedestrian gates are left open.

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Redevelopment proposed for hotel on Stickney Point Road By Rachel Brown Hackney A limited liability company that owns the Siesta Key Palms Hotel and Resort at 1800 Stickney Point Road has filed a rezoning application with Sarasota County to allow the redevelopment of the 1-acre site. Sarasotaville of Siesta Key also wants to reactivate the Tourist Resort Redevelopment (TRR) zoning district that was moved to the inactive district list in 2003, when the county’s zoning ordinance was updated, according to the Sept. 18 application. A letter accompanied the application — written by Bo Medred of Genesis Planning and Development in Bradenton — points out that the TRR district is “designed to encourage the preservation and redevelopment of existing historic hotels and motels. This district is intended to apply to older transient accommodations and related tourism resort facilities,” the letter adds. “The intent of allowing rezonings to TRR for such properties is to facilitate their being redeveloped with ‘boutique’ motel or hotel resort uses,” the application explains. Such facilities would be smaller than traditional hotels — having fewer than 75 rooms — and they would have unique settings and accommodations, the application adds. The TRR zoning would allow a maximum of 36 rooms per acre, according to the application, but Sarasotaville of Siesta Key says the maximum planned with the redevelopment of the hotel is 30. The Siesta Key Palms website names prominent developer Henry Rodriguez of Osprey as the owner of the

facility. He is listed as the manager of Sarasotaville of Siesta Key in state Division of Corporations records. The hotel has 21 rooms, its website says. The application notes that six multifamily units and eight motel units stand on the site. Part of the property is zoned Residential Multifamily-4, while the rest is zoned Office, Professional and Institutional (OPI), the application says. Sarasotaville of Siesta Key is seeking to have all of the property rezoned TRR. Of the five buildings on the site, the applicant wants to preserve four and construct a new one. After Building 6 has been completed, the application adds, then Building 3 would be demolished “to make way for additional parking” for the motel units in the new structure, the application points out. Another goal is to add a new pool and spa. Two accesses to the site are on Dawn Street, with another two on Avenue B. Those would be closed, the application adds, with an access on Stickney Point Road relocated further south. Six-foot-wide landscape buffers would be provided

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Bree Scarbrough (24) of Sarasota and Aurora Davis congratulating one another after winning a point during their Women’s Open Division match. Bree played collegiate indoor volleyball at American University and graduated from the University of South Florida and Aurora played at Florida State.

Nid Ovathanasin (25) of Tampa digs a ball to save a critical point during a Women’s AA Division match on the powdery sand of fabulous Siesta Beach.

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Nid Ovathanasin (25) of Tampa, and Katie Cumby (30) of St. Petersburg before the start of their Women’s AA Division match. They’ve partnered most of the year and rank in the top five of Volley America’s Women’s AA Division.

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From Turning the Page to Respecting the Flag Betts Sentenced in Aftermath of Bayfront Drama After Donna Betts did her bayfront audition for the lead role in “Annie Get Your Gun” this past March, you had to wonder what the eventual consequences would be. The wife of legendary Allman Brothers Band co-founder Dickey Betts stood accused of aiming a rifle (later determined to be unloaded) at members of the Sarasota Crew rowing team as they readied for practice on the afternoon of March 27th. Betts was reportedly frustrated with the noise and distractions the daily rowing practices had brought to her formerly tranquil waterfront neighborhood across the bay from Siesta Key near Osprey. Other neighbors have expressed similar frustrations, albeit without the involvement of firearms. Betts was eventually charged with 18 counts of aggravated assault stemming from the incident. Up until as recently as last summer those charges could have resulted in a maximum sentence of up to 54 years in prison according to the letter of the law, as each individual count carried a minimum mandatory term of three years behind bars. Luckily for Betts, her passion play came after the Florida legislature struck the ‘mandatory’ and ‘minimum’ sentencing requirements from the statute in July of 2016. With those provisions gone, most figured the final sentence would end up being relatively light, especially given that no shots were actually fired and that society generally seems inclined to expect such outbursts from celebrities and those close to them, as they sometimes seem to behave as if jumping up and down on the stupid button is an occupational requirement. So it was no surprise when word came down that Betts, her attorney and local prosecutors had agreed to a plea deal on one count of aggravated assault without intent to harm, for which Betts was sentenced to 30 days in the county lock-up. She reported to Jail on October 3rd. She was also required to write a letter of apology to the Sarasota Crew. Oh, and maybe a voluntary ban on any future backyard Broadway revivals would be a good idea too...with the possible exception of a one time performance of “All’s Well that Ends Well,” as a humble tribute to the outcome here. This might have ended so much worse... for everyone involved.

Nice Work if you Can Get it... Like so many trendy municipalities these days, the city of Sarasota employs a ‘sustainability’ manager. But just what does a sustainability manager and requisite support staff actually do? It’s all a bit fuzzy, purposely so I imagine. But I think it has something to do with ‘sustaining’ the free and steady flow of money from the pockets of taxpayers to the pockets of those so employed in the form of salaries and benefits. And just how does one go about measuring the success of these folks? Well, it may take awhile, but you’ll know they did their jobs if nothing happens. As Winston Churchill might have said: “Never have so many, paid so much to so few for so little.”

“If You Ever Decide to Motor West...” Travel my way, Take the highway that’s the best, Get your kicks, on Route 66... Don’t wait too long though. The California legislature is considering phasing out gasoline powered vehicles by the year 2040. So, as the song goes, you might want to... Get hip to this timely tip, And make that California trip...* It just won’t be the same in a 2040 model year all electric Prius... (*Route 66, by Bobby Troup. © 1946, 1973 Londontown Music).

Otherworldly Excuse Cops in Casper, Wyoming pulled over Bryant Johnson recently on suspicion of drunk driving. But Johnson had an explanation, one that had even seasoned officers scratching their heads. He said he had been time traveling, returning from the year 2048 to warn us all here in 2017 of an impending alien invasion. Johnson’s blood alcohol came in at .136, well over Wyoming’s limit of 080. But he had an explanation for that too, saying that in order to prepare him for time travel the aliens had to pump him full of alcohol. I wish the cops had asked him why the Aliens would send him back to 2017 to warn us of their invasion, wouldn’t that ruin the surprise? I’m sure his answer would have been as entertaining as the rest of his story.

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More Comings and Goings on Local Media Front We reported on the departure of longtime local columnist Tom Lyons from the Herald Tribune in this space last month. Now another high profile news personality is moving on. Hayley Wielgus, co-anchor of the five, six and eleven o’clock news broadcasts at local ABC network affiliate WWSB, is leaving to co-anchor the weekday evening news broadcasts at Nashville’s ABC affiliate WKRN. According to information posted on Wielgus’ facebook page, the move has been made official by WKRN, though as of press-time, no similar announcement has been forthcoming from WWSB where as of press-time Wielgus is still prominently listed on the station’s website as an active employee; of late though she has been replaced as co-anchor by relative newcomer Jacqueline Matter. The new position is a significant career move for Wielgus, as she will jump from the nation’s 62nd to 36th largest market. Such leaps are not uncommon for WWSB alumni: the station has proven to be a launching pad for the careers of many young journalists. Last year around this time WWSB’s morning co-anchor Rebecca Vargas tearfully signed off locally for the last time after accepting a position with FOX affiliate WSVN in Miami, a top 10 market. Will there be a similar on-air sign-off for Wielgus? Unknown. If not, chalk it up to the often-mercurial nature of the news business where folks you invite into your living room and grow fond of sometimes disappear without a trace...Remember WWSB’s Don Brennan? One day he’s here, the next...Poof! Gone...akin to those out of favor party members in the days of the former Soviet Union who would suddenly become “non-persons.” By far the biggest winner in the WWSB career ‘Long Jump’ category though is Kevin Negandhi who was the station’s sports director for several years in the early part of the last decade (a position the station eliminated during the Great Recession and has yet to bring back). Negandhi went from covering Fiday Night Lights games between the likes of Riverview, Venice and Manatee high schools to the national stage as an onair personality covering collegiate and professional sports at ESPN. This fall the network promoted him, naming him host of their high profile weekend show “ESPN College Football on ABC.” As for Wielgus, her career goals are no less lofty. In a ‘Women of WWSB” segment

by long-time WWSB reporter Linda Carson a few years back, Wielgus was asked about her long term ambitions. She replied by pointing to a promo for “Good Morning America” and replied with characteristic confidence tempered by a wry smile to soften any hint of boastfulness: “a girl can dream can’t she?” Wielgus has made many friends in the Sarasota, Bradenton and North Port area and we wish her and husband Max Winitz well as they leverage their experiences here in pursuit of their ambitions. And even if she doesn’t make it all the way to New York, well, there’s a Broadway in Nashville too. And as many Sarasotans have discovered it’s not a bad place to land on a Friday or Saturday night if you’re looking to have a little fun.

OMG! Banned... For Life! According to an Orange County Sheriff’s Department incident report, USA Olympic Women’s’ soccer star and former athlete of the year Alex Morgan was among a group of six soccer players asked to leave Disney World recently for being loud and belligerent to guests and staff. The report also stated Morgan appeared to be impaired. Disney asked the group to leave and not come back. Ever. Banned for life? From The Happiest Place on Earth? I wonder how she’ll explain that to any kids she may have when she grows up.

Talk About Understating a Problem... Calling disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein a sex addict is like saying Stalin had anger issues with those with whom he disagreed. As Emma Thompson was quoted as saying last week when interviewed about Weinstein, “...he’s not a sex addict, he’s a sexual predator.”

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Sniki Tiki, a tropical retreat After a day on the beach, it’s time to finish off the day with a real tropical feel. The Sniki Tiki, located in the Captain Curt’s Village, is an iconic tropical oasis centrally located on the Key, just 1 block south of Stickney Point Road. You can’t miss Captain Curt’s Village…just look for the giant American flag towering over the intersection of Midnight Pass Road and Old Stickney Point Road. The Sniki Tiki offers what many vacationers want to experience during their time away. Its newly decorated restaurant and outdoor Tiki hut bar lends to the tropical vibe and laid back attitude that Siesta Key is noted

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for with live music offered every night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The daily specials they offer along with a Happy Hour (4 to 6 p.m. and 12am to close) will surely help you attain that laid back attitude. And, before you leave, be sure to try their award winning clam chowder. This secret recipe won 1st Place as World’s Best Clam Chowder at the Schweppes International Great Chowder Cook-off in New Port, Rhode Island. The Sniki Tiki is open from 11am-until close. 1200 Old Stickney Point Road. 941-349-3885.

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Turtle Beach Campground upgrades delayed All the water and sewer lines also were being removed and replaced, Carson pointed out. Workers were installing pedestals that are “marina-grade,” he added. Constructed of a type of plastic, he said, they have a coating that will help them withstand the environment. A guest will find all the hookups the guest needs right on the pedestal, he noted. “A lot of new plumbing” was added to the bathhouse, as well, Carson continued. That facility has showers and a washer and dryer for campground guests to use, he pointed out. After all the work was completed, he said, the driveway would be resurfaced. Although he did not elaborate on the damage from Hurricane

Irma, Carson did tell the audience, “We’re pretty excited to get back open.” He and the other staff members are used to being outside most of the time, he added; instead, they mostly have had to stay in the office located near the Midnight Pass Road end of the campground. In her introduction of Carson, SKA Vice President Catherine Luckner noted how rare it is to find a campground adjacent to

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the Gulf of Mexico. “That is what makes us so unique,” Carson agreed. “We are the only campground in Southwest Florida that has direct beach access,” though plenty advertise that they are on the water. “Either a major road blocks them” from direct access,” Carson said, or they are on an inlet. The campground also has a direct path to Turtle Beach Park, he noted. At the beginning of his presentation, Carson explained that for about six years before he came to Sarasota County, he managed the Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, which is in the Hudson Valley of New York State. “It was a great facility there,” he added, but “I needed a little bit more sun.”

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Siesta Key Round-Up Even more public acreage is comprised by beaches and water accesses in Venice, the chart shows: 298.6. Parks with access to Sarasota Bay make up 305.13 acres. Altogether, the chart shows, 913.81 acres of waterfront access is available to the public on the county’s barrier islands. The county acquired a few of the properties through its Neighborhood Parkland Acquisition Program, which uses revenue brought in by a voter-

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… throughout the year.” One of the original staff members at what was called the Gulf Beach Campground, before the county purchased the property, still works with him, he said. “She’s a great resource.” The campground has 39 sites, he continued; among its major draws are that “it’s quiet and very small; it’s quaint.” The total piece of property is “not even 2 acres,” he pointed out.

Even before the upgrades, Carson noted, the campground offered full hookups. However, he added, camping in tents also is allowed. Asked about the maximum length of stay and rental fees, Carson explained that when the county bought the property, “the goal was to give access to as many people as possible.” Therefore, the maximum stay is 30 nights, so people will not be enticed to stay all year. “We want this to be a vacation place to enjoy,” Carson said. The campsites rent from $32 per night, plus tax, to $60 per night, plus tax, he continued. Discounts are available for people who stay a week at a time or a month at a time. The facility is not designed for large modern recreational vehicles, he pointed out. When someone calls to make a reservation, Carson explained, staff takes the time to find out exactly what types of vehicles they have, so their needs can be accommodated. Because the road into the campground provides both ingress and egress, he said,

people have to be able to back their vehicles or travel trailers into the sites. As for sizes of vehicles: He noted that only two sites can accommodate a motor home that is 38 feet long, and another two sites are set aside for travel trailers up to 28 feet in length. Asked about making reservations, Carson pointed out that county residents may book spaces up to nine months in advance, while those who do not live in the county can book no further out than six months. Given the demand for spaces, he encouraged the audience members to keep those rules in mind, as those windows are “exactly when you need to book.” Just before Hurricane Irma arrived, he continued, people were trying to make reservations for vacations in March. They would call “on the dot” at 9 a.m. to get the spaces sized to fit their vehicles’ needs, he added. Irma “put a big damper on that.” Because the campground’s phone lines went down, Carson said, it took a while before people once more could reach staff. He estimated “upwards of 60 phone calls from 9 a.m. to 9:05 a.m. just for one or two sites” after communications were restored. “So book early.”

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approved tax. Among those, for example, are Beach Accesses 3b and 7 on Siesta Key. Yeager noted that, along with the county property it oversees, staff does manage some of the accesses owned by municipalities. One example, he said, is a portion of Lido Beach, which is a City of Sarasota property. The handout county staff had created provides property identification numbers (PID) for many of the access points, Yeager pointed out. Using that information,

a person may visit the Sarasota County Property Appraiser’s Office website and look up those parcels. The county’s GIS mapping system also enables the public to see a map of the property, he said. For example, among details about the larger portion of Beach Access 7 — 50,645 square feet — is the fact that the Property Appraiser’s Office valued the land at $10,255,600 this year. The county acquired the property in October 2007, working with the nonprofit Trust for Public Land, which is based in Tallahassee. SKA Vice President Catherine Luckner noted that county staff is at work, too on a document about the historical perspective of the public accesses on Siesta Key. The county acquired the first portion of Siesta Public Beach in 1954, Luckner added, thanks to help from the Trust for Public Land. Luckner further pointed out that one of the Siesta access points listed on the chart Yeager provided the attendees is Christopher Wheeler Park. “I just discovered this by happenstance recently,” she said, noting that the sign links the pocket park to the SKA, as well.

It is at the very end of Old Stickney Point Road, she added, beyond the Marina Del Sol condominium complex; it was created on property where the original Stickney Point Road bridge stood. “It’s a really neat place,” Luckner said. “That’s actually one of my favorite pocket parks,” Yeager replied. “Right now, it’s still feeling the effects of Irma,” he noted, though staff has been working to clear the debris. “It is peaceful,” Yeager said. “I’ve heard that it’s also very good snook fishing.” “Oh, really?” Luckner responded. “So it is a great spot,” Yeager told the audience. In conjunction with his remarks, Yeager continued, he wanted the audience to know about the new kayak launch at the Myakka River Park in Venice. It is attached to a floating dock, he explained. “You ratchet yourself up with your oars” after pulling up to the dock, he said. The “EZ launch” helps the kayak remain stable while a person gets in or out of the vessel, he added. “It’s a safer alternative than trying to stabilize yourself on a floating

dock.” In an Oct. 6 email to county administration, Carolyn Brown, director of the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department, provided photos of that EZ launch. “We believe this system will be well used by residents and visitors,” she wrote. “We are planning for similar launches in the future.” Furthermore, Yeager reminded the SKA audience members about new amenities installed this summer at Turtle Beach Park. Among them are a kayak launch, more paved parking spaces, picnic areas and “a brand new beach shower that was just opened up about a week ago. … Let us know what you think of them,” he said.

More SKA news Harold Ashby stepped away from the SKA Board on Oct. 6. “In comments to the SKA Directors, Harold expressed sincere gratitude to the SKA Board members for their support during his brief term as President and expressed his confidence that SKA will continue to thrive under their stewardship. Continued on page 25


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Siesta Key Drum Circle Before You Leave...

If you have any non-perishable food items that have not been opened, the Siesta Key Chamber, located at 5114 Ocean Blvd, in the Village at the Davidson Plaza along with St. Michael’s Parish, located at 5394 Midnight Pass Road will gladly take these items and pass them on to the less fortunate in the Sarasota area. Chamber hours for items to be dropped off are as follows: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For instructions on after hour drop-offs, please contact the Chamber office at 941-349-3800. St. Michael’s hours for items to be dropped off are as follows: Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – Noon and again from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. – Noon.

If you are dropping off items after hours, please leave any items at the front door of the parish office. For any additional questions, please contact the office at 941-349-4174.

Every Sunday is a perfect time to come to the Key to reconnect with Mother Nature and to enjoy some wonderful entertainment. I’m talking about the Siesta Key Drum Circle that takes place each Sunday starting about an hour before sunset and lasting until about 10 p.m. The gathering meets up just south of the main pavilion - just follow your ears and watch for the swelling crowd. Please note the following rules of etiquette that need to be observed at the Drum Circle so that all can enjoy the experience: the inside of the drum circle is

for participants only, not for people standing around. Feel free to enter the circle, take a picture and dance, but always keep moving. Never play someone’s drum without getting clearance from the owner. Always ask before borrowing other people’s property, especially hula hoops. Flash photography and bright video lights are distracting, so photograph during daylight or use a night vision camera. And finally, please do not drink alcohol or smoke inside the circle and respect our beach by placing all trash in the appropriate receptacles. Photo by Jane Dough

Before you leave Sarasota, you must try this one! As seen on the Food Network Guy Fieri’s “Diner’s, Drive-In’s and Dive’s” show. The TurDucKen “One big bird” Boneless chicken stuffed in a boneless duck stuffed in a boneless turkey with a variety of great seasonings. Alpine Steakhouse just off of Siesta Key located between the bridges at 4520 S. Tamiami Trail. 941-922-3797

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Village gets recycling containers at last For years, Michael Shay has been yearning to see recycling containers installed in Siesta Village. As maintenance manager for the Siesta Key Village Maintenance Corp., he has spent considerable time scouting out locations where people routinely throw cans and water bottles into the garbage. Yet, because the contract the County Commission approved with Buccaneer Landscape Management in August 2014 included no provision for recycling, Shay learned that recycling could not be added to the firm’s responsibilities. The Maintenance Corp. — which supervises and pays for the Village upkeep through an assessment on property owners — would have to wait until that contract ended and ask to get recycling included in the new one. Finally, with county Procurement Department staff working on a new vendor contract — recycling was ready to begin the first full week of October in Siesta Village. The bins — clearly marked for bottles and cans — have been placed at the Daiquiri Deck, Gilligan’s Island Bar, The Beach Club, Davidson’s and the gazebo. They stand next

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to the regular garbage containers, he noted. “We’re starting with five,” he said. “The intent is if it goes well … and we find other areas where they should be installed, we’ll get more pails.” The contract does not specify a finite number, he added. “If we find a pail is completely empty” over time, he noted, and recyclables appear to be plentiful in a garbage can at another location, then staff has the flexibility to move one of the recycling bins to a different spot. Staff told him to expect the delivery of the first five bins on Oct. 4. They were to be “fully assembled,” Shay said. Staff members planned to notify him about the time they expected to arrive at the Village, he added, so he could assist in making certain the containers were installed in the designated spots. During the quarterly meeting of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce held in August , Shay reported, “The containers are going to be very standard, labeled recycling containers,” with signage stating they are for bottles and cans. They will have openings

By Rachel Brown Hackney designed to prevent other types of items from being deposited in them, he noted, such as pizza boxes. “Though I guarantee you someone will try to put a pizza box in one and someone will get it done.” As he listed the locations, he said that in his research, he found “a gazillion water bottles in the garbage can outside The Beach Club,” which made that seem an excellent location for one recycling bin. He asked the Chamber for help in publicizing the recycling initiative, pointing out that education will be a key to the program’s success. Lisa Cece, the county’s special district coordinator, who works with the Maintenance Corp., pointed out that the county has educational posters that could be used, as well. Information about the program could be added to the Chamber website, Chair Mark Smith responded. “No question that you’re still going to

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For those that have enjoyed th cuts and camaraderie at the Villag Barber over the years, you can sti continue to see Scott Reich at hi new Gulf Gate Barbershop locatio at 6575 Gateway Ave. in Gulf Gate The Siesta Center was sold an the new ownership of the Ocea Blvd building wasn’t quite meetin up to expectations. You can reach Scott at 941 346-0222. His hours are 8:30-4:0 Tuesday thru Friday and 8:30-12:0 Saturday.

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have recyclable goods in the trash,” Shay said in the interview. That will be no different, he added, than finding trash on the ground in spite of the fact that garbage cans are located in many Village locations. The only unresolved issue when Shay spoke on Oct. 2 related to collection of the materials. Waste Management picks up the garbage in the Village, he pointed out. However, county staff has told him that he

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needed to call each of the five firms approved by the county for recycling contracts and obtain information from the companies to assist county staff in settling on which will handle the Village materials. The plan is for a company to pick up the recyclables from the enclosure in the Municipal Parking Lot, where the garbage is placed for Waste Management. The vendor that ultimately will be awarded the new Village custodial contract will collect all the recyclables from the containers in the Village and then place the materials in ags for storage in two 96-gallon bins in the nclosure in the parking lot, he explained. If the recycling initiative becomes really opular in the Village, Shay added, it might be necessary to find another location hat would be able to accommodate more materials between collections than the two 6-gallon bins can hold. “We have to keep n eye on that.”

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Harold has committed to continue to work with SKA in an unofficial volunteer capacity to help ensure SKA does not experience any disruption in its ongoing programs that Harold has initiated or supported during his service to SKA.

New opponents to Saba Sands II proposal emerge

A new effort is underway to fight a developer’s proposal to construct a house seaward of Beach Access 10 on Siesta Key and to use the access as the driveway to the property. A property manager on Siesta Key, a yoga instructor and “an avid beachgoer,” Victoria Ochoa told about 35 people at the Oct. 5 Siesta Key Association (SKA) meeting that she is among creators of a Facebook page, Save Siesta Key Beach Access 10. On May 18, Saba Sands II, a limited liability company managed by Sarasota attorney William A. Saba, filed an application with Sarasota County staff, seeking a Coastal Setback Variance for construction seaward of the county’s Gulf Beach Setback Line (GBSL). The latter is the figurative “line in the sand,” as county commissioners and environmental permitting staff have put it, that protects the beach environment and property owners near the shore. The application says Saba Sands II wants to build a three-story house and pool west of the house at 655 Beach Road. If Saba wins, Ochoa told the SKA audience on Oct. 5, “we will all lose.” One major reason Siesta Key’s beach is so beautiful, she continued, is because of all its marshes. Those areas also are a primary habitat for wildlife, she pointed out. Any owner of property on the island will see the value of that land

decline if Saba is successful in winning County Commission approval of the variance, Ochoa said, because that would open the door to even more construction along the Gulf of Mexico. More buildings, she added, translate into less beach. “My intent today is to bring awareness,” Ochoa continued, urging the audience members to contact the county commissioners. “Tell them we do not accept this.” When asked about the status of the Saba Sands II petition, county Media Relations Officer Drew Winchester replied in an Oct. 10 email that Saba had yet to provide the additional information county environmental permitting staff requested during the summer.

Why no garbage cans on the beach itself? When Shawn Yeager asked for questions after his presentation to SKA members on Oct. 5, one issue an attendee raised has proven to pop up frequently in discussions about Siesta Public Beach: Why are there no garbage cans on the beach itself? “They seemed to work well,” the man told Yeager. “Now they’re gone.” “We moved them back to the accesses,” Yeager replied. “One of the biggest reasons why is for safety.” On a holiday weekend — such as July Fourth — or a busy weekend during spring break season, Yeager continued, the county’s garbage cans at Siesta Public Beach need to be emptied about every 30 minutes. If the cans were on the beach packed with people, he pointed out, it would be almost impossible to reach them without risking the potential of injuring someone. Continued on page 33

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November means Thanksgiving and one of the things I’ve always been MOST thankful for is music. You’re reading this column, so that probably applies to you as well. Siesta Key is blessed with an embarrassment of riches in the various arts, making it easy to take for granted. Let’s not do that this month. This month, let’s make it a point to get out and enjoy our musical artists and let them know how much we value all their hard work and talent. When we talk about special talent and Siesta Key, the first name that comes to mind is Richy Kicklighter. Richy is kind of an “untypical” entertainer as the one thing he’s not very good at is blowing his own horn. In other countries, especially Japan, Rich is well known and appreciated, but here in his hometown he’s such a quiet, unassuming neighbor that it’s easy to take him for granted. Ever wonder why Rich named his music company (http://kicklighter. wixsite.com/blues) “Midnight Pass Music?” Those who have been here for many years will never forget the infamous attempt of man … well, a couple of men … to interfere with Mother Nature in an ill-fated attempt to move a mighty pass that was a force to be reckoned with; they were hoping to protect their south Key waterfront homes from the advancing water. Needless to say THAT didn’t work, and it screwed up Sarasota Bay badly. As a lifelong surfer and scuba diver, Rich was (like the rest of us) distraught over this foolish destruction. Everyone loved the now long-gone Midnight Pass; it was a rarity and a local treasure. But I digress. The point is that the water in general and Midnight Pass specifically, meant enough to Richy that he not only named his music company after it, http:// kicklighter.wixsite.com/blues but signed with Grammercy only on the condition

that it be non-exclusive so that he could keep his beloved label active. Rich’s writing ability matches his playing versatility in that he can ace everything from jazz to blues to “children’s music that doesn’t drive parents crazy.” His whole life can be heard in his songs, from the teenage years at Riverview High School, through his young adult years surfing on Siesta Beach and playing in local clubs, to a difficult time overcoming typical musician challenges and creative struggles on the road before he matured and found a good and balanced life back on Siesta Key, including a wife and children. Friday evenings in November, you can hear Richy Kicklighter live at The Boatyard Waterfront Bar and Grill (across the bridge at 1500 Stickney Point Road) from 5 to 9 p.m. www. facebook.com/boatyardsiestakey/ events. Once you do, you’ll probably want to hear his music in your car and home as well. You can find it on the All Music site. https://www.allmusic. com/artist/midnight-pass-musicmn0000962548 Thank you, Richy, for sharing so much of yourself with us through your amazing writing and playing. The Casey Key Fish House (801 Blackburn Point Road in Osprey) has Jordy Christy (www.jordychristy.com) playing Friday, November 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. Captain Curt’s Crab and Oyster Bar (http://www.captaincurts.com/ 1200 Old Stickney Point Rd) has always … well O.K., maybe not “always,” but darn near … been a primo place to hang out on the south end of Siesta Key. Casual, laid back, and upbeat, you’re pretty much guaranteed to make new friends of some former strangers and have a great time, whether

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making your own kind of music in Captain Curt’s back room karaoke, or listening to the pros and live music in the tropical outdoor Sniki Tiki Bar. Paul Duffy plays Wednesdays (November 1, 8, and 15) from 6 to 10 p.m. Perfect timing: that coincides with the end of the beach day, our incredible Siesta Key sunset, and these beautiful autumn early evenings. PS – If you love clam chowder, Captain Curt’s got first place in the “Great Chowder Cook-Off, home of the International Chowder Championships in Newport, R. I. “ If being able to commune with nature while listening to music and being with friends are things that you feel thankful for, you’ll love the goings on at Siesta’s #1 Beach! A weekly celebration, the Sunday Sunset Siesta Key Drum Circle begins about an hour before sunset and continues ‘til about 10 p.m. Just follow the drums to the spot near the main pavilion on Siesta Key Public Beach. Also, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, November 11, Tropical Ave. http:// www.tropicalave.com/text/7452.html is playing for the Siesta Key Crystal Classic sand sculpting festival. There will be LOTS of music, check the schedule for your favorites. https:// www.siestakeycrystalclassic.com/ event-info/festival-schedule Music on the beach in November; who could ask for anything more? FOOTNOTE: Speaking of asking for more, our wish list for next month is to continue bringing the best of each month’s Siesta Key live music venues to our readers so they don’t miss anything. Players and Siesta Key venues, please mark your calendar NOW to submit your information prior to November 10 for the December Siesta Sounds column. We hate to disappoint anyone! Thanks, and have a great Thanksgiving.

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In the Village 941-349-9822

DAIQUIRI DECK RAW  BAR In the Village  941‐349‐8697  GILLIGANS 

MONDAY

TUESDAY

Ryan Tharin  (13th & 27th ONLY)   7PM   

    Sound Paint       7 PM   

WEDNESDAY Justin (1st ONLY)   Live Music  7 PM   

THURSDAY

Rob Viola  (2nd, 9th , & 16th)  Al Fuller (23rd & 30th)  7 ‐10 PM   

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

Dr. Drive   (4th , 11th, & 18th)    Mike Koch  th (25  ONLY) 7pm  LIVE MUSIC    LIVE MUSIC (3‐7 PM)  (3‐7 PM)  DJ TJ (10 PM)  DJ Crawford (10 PM)  the Whole   Band  7pm 

SUNDAY

Bird Tribe   (5th & 12th)  Jason Haram   th th (19  & 26 ) 7pm  BREE   (3‐7 PM)  

Rodney Shenk  6 ‐10 PM 

RPM   6‐10 PM 

Patrick 6 ‐10 PM  DJ – 10 PM 

RPM  6 ‐10 PM  Ladies Night w/ DJ            10 PM 

In the Village 941-346-5358

 

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Al Donadi  7‐11 PM    Service Industry Night  ½  off Drinks  9PM‐CLOSE 

Open mic night  7‐11 PM 

Kettle of Fish  7‐11 PM 

FolkLab  7‐11 PM 

   Tic Toc Tuedays        9 ‐10:30 PM   50 cent Beer & Cocktails 

Ladies Night  DJ Coz or Kensi  9 PM – 2 AM 

Sink or Swim  DJ Coz  9 PM‐2 AM 

Whiteleather 2‐6 PM  Rising Tide  8 PM – 12 AM 

Live Music 6-9 PM

Live Music 7-10 PM

Live Music 7-10 PM

Live Music 7-10 PM

Live Music 6-9 PM

Live Music Noon – 3 PM 3:30 – 6:30 PM 7-10 PM

Live Music 1 – 4 PM

4:30 – 7:30 PM 8:30 PM –midnight

Live Music 1-4 PM 4:30 – 7:30 PM 8:30 PM - midnight

Live Music Noon – 3 PM 3:30 – 6:30 PM 7-10 PM

Karaoke     9PM – Close 

Karaoke   9PM – Close 

Karaoke 9PM – Close 

    LIVE MUSIC           6‐10PM 

LIVE MUSIC  6‐10PM 

LIVE MUSIC  6‐10PM 

LIVE MUSIC  6‐10PM 

LIVE MUSIC  5‐9 PM 

LIVE MUSIC  5‐9 PM 

LIVE MUSIC  5‐9 PM 

In the Village 941-346-8122

Lelu’s Coffee Lounge 

(SKOB) In the Village

941‐346‐5443 THE BEACH CLUB  In the Village 941-349-6311

THE COTTAGE  In the Village 941-312-9300

THE HUB‐BAJA GRILL  In the Village 941-349-6800

BACKROOM SALOON  @ CAPT. CURTS  Crescent Beach Shops

941‐349‐3885 SNIKI TIKI @ CAPT  CURTS 

Crescent Beach Shops

941‐349‐3885 Turtle Beach Grill   Southern end of SK   941‐349‐2280  BOATYARD BAR & GRILL  Over the South Bridge 

941‐921‐6200

 SAND DOLLAR POOL BAR  @ Best Western Plus  6600 S. Tamiami Trl. Sarasota 941‐924‐4900

Live Music 6-9 PM

Live Music 6-9 PM

Live Music Noon – 3 PM 3:30 – 6:30 PM 7-10 PM

Live Music Noon – 3 PM 3:30 – 6:30pm 7-10pm    

LIVE MUSIC  6‐10pm 

LIVE MUSIC  6‐10 PM 

Live Music Noon – 3 PM 3:30 – 6:30 PM 7-10 PM  

LIVE MUSIC  6‐10 PM   

LIVE MUSIC            5‐9 PM

Marcel Almanzor        Acoustic Guitar  (5‐8 PM)   

Dami Canes or Dasi  Adams w/ Island  Sounds (5‐8 PM)   

941‐966‐1901

Live Band: 8 – 11 PM  Live DJ 11 PM ‐2 AM 

The Richy Kicklighter              Band  5‐9 PM 

Acoustic Pete Blues          Service 2PM 

DJ  KConn  10 PM        Eddie James          Jazz Band  7‐10 PM  Dana & Co 2‐6 PM  Mike Tozier   8 PM – 12 AM 

Live Reggae  w/Desi Adams:  2 – 6 PM    T.B.A:  2‐6 PM  Tozier:  5‐9 PM  Chris Otto: 11 PM –  3 AM 

Live Band: 8 –11 PM    Live Band: 8‐11PM  Live DJ: 11 PM‐2 AM      DJ: 11PM – 2AM 

Larry Williams  OR Jokers Duo  5‐9 PM 

RPM            (5‐8 PM) 

  Bri Rivera           (5‐8 PM) 

 

Live Music  3‐6 PM 

Live Music  3‐6 PM 

Live Music  3‐6 PM 

Live Music  4‐8 PM 

Live Music  3‐7 PM 

Live Music  3‐7 PM   

CASEY KEY FISH HOUSE  801 Blackburn Pt. Rd, Osprey

DJ  Ryan   10 PM 

Above information is subject to change. We suggest calling venues for confirmation.

Reggae w/Tribal Love 

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Island Humor [ Aging Mildred was a 93 year old woman who was particularly despondent over the recent death of her husband Earl. She decided that she would just kill herself and join him in death. Thinking that it would be best to get it over with quickly, she took out Earl’s old Army pistol and made the decision to shoot herself in the heart since it was so badly broken in the first place. Not wanting to miss the vital organ and become a vegetable and a burden to someone, she called her doctor’s office to inquire as to just exactly where the heart would be. “On a woman,” the doctor said, “the heart would be just below the left breast.” Later that night, Mildred was admitted to the hospital with a gunshot wound to her knee. [ Four surgeons were sitting around discussing who they like to operate on. The first surgeon said, “I like operating on librarians. When you open them up everything is in alphabetical order”. The second surgeon said, “I like

operating on accountants. When you open them up everything is in numerical order”. The third surgeon said, “I like operating on electricians. When you open them up everything is color coded. The fourth surgeon said, “I like operating on lawyers”. The other three surgeons looked at each other in disbelief. One of them asked why. The fourth surgeon replied, “Because they are heartless, gutless, spineless, and their hinder and head are interchangeable”. [ At school, a boy is told by a classmate that most adults are hiding at least one dark secret, and that this makes it very easy to blackmail them by saying, “I know the whole truth” even when you don’t know anything. The boy decides to go home and try it out. As he is greeted by his mother at the front door he says, “I know the whole truth.” His mother quickly hands him $20 and says, “Just don’t tell your father.” Quite pleased, the boy waits for his father to get home from work, and greets him with, “I know the whole

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[ WIFE: “There’s trouble with the car. It has water in the carburetor.” HUSBAND: “Water in the carburetor? That’s ridiculous.” WIFE: “I tell you the car has water in the carburetor.” HUSBAND: “You don’t even know what a carburetor is. I’ll check it out. Where’s the car?” WIFE: “In the pool.” [ Two old ladies, Sunny and Tina, were outside their nursing home having a smoke, when it started to rain. Tina pulled out a condom, cut off the end, put it over her cigarette, and continued smoking. Sunny: “What’s that?” Tina: “A condom.” Sunny: “Where’d you get it?” Tina: “You can get them at any chemist” The next day, Sunny hobbled into the local chemist and announced to the pharmacist that she wanted to buy a pack of condoms. The guy looked at her strangely (she was, after all, in her eighties), but politely asked what brand she preferred. “Doesn’t matter,” she replied, “as long as it fits on a Camel.” The pharmacist fainted. [ A lawyer’s dog, running about unleashed, beelines for the local butcher shop and steals a roast off the counter. The butcher goes to the lawyer’s office and asks, “if a dog, running unleashed, steals a piece of meat from my store, do I have a right to demand payment for the meat from the dog’s owner?” “Absolutely,” the lawyer responded. The butcher immediately shot back, “Good! You owe me $7.99 for the roast your dog stole from me this morning.” The lawyer, without a word, writes the butcher a check for $7.99. A few days later, the butcher, browsing through his mail, finds an envelope from the lawyer. The contents read “Consultation: $250.00.”

Name of Bartender: John Anderson Hometown: Medfield, MA (Go Pats!) Q: What’s your bartending experience and how long have you worked at SKOB? A: I’ve been bartending 10 years, four here at SKOB. Q: What was the strangest or funniest experience you witnessed or were party to at work? A: A bunch of Key rats decided to throw a superhero pub crawl. They all came in dressed up as every superhero in the book. I have never felt safer in my life knowing that all these crime stoppers were at my bar. I mean we had 3 Quail man super heroes for goodness sake! Q: Any hobbies, goals, etc. you enjoy when not working? A: Music, dancing, camping, video games, paddleboarding, skating and hanging out with my girlfriend, Samantha, who is beautiful and ALWAYS right! Q: How would you describe yourself? A: I’m like a tuxedo T-shirt because it says I want to be formal, but I’m here to party! Q: What makes SKOB a special place to visit? A: SKOB is a bar for all ages and walks of life, and it has the most expensive wallpaper! Q: What specialty drink is SKOB noted for? A: Our coconut strawberry lemonade Q: When is the best time for locals and visitors to enjoy your company at SKOB? A: Sundays starting at 9 p.m. We are the only Bears Bar with a “Brady Brunch”

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Annual Pet Blessing

and animals is often celebrated on October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, or on a Sunday near that date.

St. Boniface Episcopal Church Rector,Wayne Farrell begins the Pet Blessing Service. He grew up in Sarasota and began his ministry at this event, a year ago

Sarasota Pavilion is a popular shopping destination for numerous locals and visitors alike. Its prime location is close enough to the island for frequent trips with a nice selection of chain stores set in one convenient location. But what truly lends to the uniqueness of this district is the host of small, locally owned, specialty shops, boutiques, restaurants, and neighborhood bars bordering this pavilion. It makes for a fun and rewarding shopping experience. Over 150 businesses make up this district. This section helps highlight what you’ll find within this walkable Gulf Gate shopping Village. Piccolos Italian Market & Deli (G-47) carries a full line of imported cheeses, fresh baked bread daily, homemade sausages, fresh mozzarella, and numerous hard to get items. They now carry Khorasan Wheat which is an ancient and organic grain. Their deli is complete with huge hot and cold sandwiches, salads, fresh homemade lasagna and baked ziti. And, you cannot leave without trying their cannoli filled with their own homemade cannoli cream or the tiramisu or Sfogliatelle from Brooklyn. Here is where you will find great Italian specialty gourmet items without the gourmet price.

Participants gather around Pastor, Fr. Michael Cannon (center) before this year’s pet blessing at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church on Siesta Key

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A large group gathered with their pets and animals at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church and St. Boniface Episcopal Church on Siesta Key for the annual pet blessing recently. The blessing of pets

St. Michael’s Pastor, Fr. Michael Cannon delivering the blessing

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Tony’s Chicago Beef Company (S-16) is owned and operated by true Chicagoans. Dedicated to deliver Chicago’s best food - Chicago style Hot Dogs wit’ the works...

Dragged through the garden on poppy seed buns with fresh cut fries, Italian Beef Sandwiches anyway you like, dipped or dry, sweet or hot. All served in true Authentic Chicago Style. Sarasota Brewing Co. (G-4) Sarasota’s first micro brew pub always has something new to offer. From over 20 seasonal beers that rotate throughout the year, the Brewing Company always has at least five unique brews online as well as several favorites from around the world. Established in 1989, their menu has been a winner in the Reader’s Choice Awards of the Sarasota Herald Tribune featuring their mouth watering burgers, Chicago style Pizzas, and Chicago beef sandwiches. With dozens of televisions, it’s a great place to catch a game with friends and family. 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. Hurricane Mike’s Saloon (M-10) is a little neighborhood bar at 2639 Mall Drive, where everyone knows your name type of establishment and friendly staff. TV’s with the MLB and NFL packages, pool table, and full Florida Lottery games. Happy hour daily from opening to 7pm. Hours: Mon – Sat, 8am – 2:30am and Sun., noon – 2:30am. Continued on the next page

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White Tablecloth Restaurant

6516 Superior Ave. (Gulf Gate) First time participant, Alexis Smith of Sarasota with her bird, Trillion and dogs, Penny Lane and Isabell

Michael Shay of Sarasota participates for the second consecutive year with his dog, Milo

Ed Sanderson of Sarasota with his dog Amanda, a Coton

• St. Michael’s Catholic Church 5394 Midnight Pass Rd, Siesta Key, 941-349-4174 www.stmichaelssiesta.com • St. Boniface Episcopal Church - 5615 Midnight Pass Rd, Siesta Key, 941-349-5616 www.bonifacechurch.org

Bonnie Harrison with her service dog Wyn, a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, and her good friend Tom Monaghan

Beth Murdock with her dog, Newton, a French Bull dog, and her daughter, Megan (6) with Buck, a Golden Doodle

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Places of Worship Island Churches: • Siesta Key Presbyterian Chapel - 4615 Gleason Ave, Siesta Key, 941-349-1166 www.siestakeychapel.org

Pastoral Assistant, Dianne Holt with Fr. Michael Cannon’s dog, Oscar

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Off- Island: •Temple Sinai, a Reform Congregation (The closest Jewish congregation to the Key for visitors) 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota, 941-924-1802 www.templesinai-sarasota.org

• St. Andrew United Church of Christ (Protestant) (In the Gulf Gate area, near Beneva and Gulf Gate Drive) 6908 Beneva Road, Sarasota, 941.922.7595 www.uccstandrew.org • The Superior Word Rev. Charlie Garrett Service starts Sunday mornings at 10am. Bring a friend and share in God’s word. 6512 Superior Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34231 • First Christian Church 7601 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34241. 941-922-4434 www.fccsarasota.com


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The Shop SRQ (G-2) Local owners, Erick and Dawn use a back to basics approach to grooming with precise attention to detail. Their commitment to excellence has provided them with many loyal customers. Their old school barber traditions, clean contemporary shop, coupled by their southern hospitality and humor are what separates them from the rest. They welcome the opportunity to earn your trust. Hours: Tues. - Fri. 8:30am - 6pm, Sat., 8:30am - 3pm. (Nov. 1st - May 30th) and Sat., 8:30am 1pm (Jun. 1st - Oct. 31st). Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 6625 Gateway Ave, 941-626-4894.

staff member works hard to make sure you receive the best service and quality food so you’ll want to return often. Take a look at their mouth-watering menu at www. originalwordofmouth.com. Hours: Mon-Sun.: 8AM-2PM. 6604 Gateway Ave., Sarasota, 34231, 941-925-2400.

Moments In Time Photography (G-28) specializes in several different photography beach portraits starting at just $49 and wedding beginning at $495. Check out their website: www. sarasotaphotos.com or visit their store to see why they have been the photographer of choice for over a decade and a half.

Pride of the South (S-34) has been awarded Top Barbeque in Sarasota for 2016 by Trip Advisor and Yelp. It has been awarded for the best Southern Hospitality. Pride of the South has a brisket BLT, hands down, one of the best sandwiches you ever tasted. The smoked chicken wings are unbelievable. Backed up with the pulled pork sandwiches, the smoked bologna, the smoked turkey, the collard greens, fried corn on the cob, fried okra, fried green tomatoes, and one of the best mac ‘n cheese you ever tasted. We do catering with no limit to the size of the group. Come in and follow your nose to 6616 Superior Ave, Sarasota,

At the original Word of Mouth Restaurant (G-31), every seemingly insignificant detail receives special attention from the warm, inviting decor to each specially crafted variety of freshly baked muffins to the signature menu items. This small diner is where the locals come to eat breakfast and lunch. Each 1

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One Minute Key Shop (GG51): Left your keys in the car? No worries, the One Minute Key Shop will help you safely unlock and retrieve your keys. They specialize in high security locks, keys, re-keying, master keying, and safes for residential, commercial or automotive. Give them a call at 941-924-8020 or visit their showroom where they have a large display of locks and safes. 2120 Gulf Gate Drive. Solorzano’s Late Night Pizzeria (S-32): At every Solorzano’s, 4

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PICCOLO

Italian Market & Deli

Hot or Cold & Vegetarian Sandwiches

Authentic New York Italian Market & Deli We carry a full line of Imported Cheeses, Boars Head Luncheon Meats, Pasta, Olive Oil, Assorted Imported Olives, Khorasan Wheat (ancient & organic grain), and more. GG-46 G-47 Specialty Italian gourmet items without the gourmet price

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Water World

Major contributors to the cause and special thanks go to: Scott Dolan of Big Water Fish Market Gemma and Dennis Huff of Hurricane Mike’s Saloon Andrew Rauch of Tropical Beach Resort Peter Castro, a Florida Keys resident Craig Metille, a Sarasota resident Captain Tony of TNT Charters Bob and Emy Stein of Siesta Sand Paper

Fundraising for Cudjoe Key Big Water Fish Market’s fundraiser to help rebuild Cudjoe Key, Florida, from the devastation Irma caused with a direct hit to the Keys, was met with generous support from friends and neighbors. BWFM was able to raise $2000 for this worthy cause. The funds raised were sent to Square Grouper Bar and Grill, which was demolished by the storm. The owner has already begun the rebuilding process and hopes to be open in time for tourist season. With a little help from Siesta Key they come closer to accomplishing this goal.

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We received a special Thank you from Lynn Bell, owner of Square Grouper Bar and Grill via Facebook. It read: “OMG! We received your donation and it made me and my staff cry. Thank you so much Siesta Key. Words cannot express to you how grateful we are for your generosity. We are still digging out but rebuilding and moving forward. One day at a time. Your donation will be put to great use for sure. Huge Thank you to Siesta Key.”

Gemma & Dennis Huff

Andrew Rauch & Scott Dolan

Captain Tony

WEEKLY BEACH CLASSES: • FREE T’AI CHI CHIH - Siesta Beach, Access #5 - Every Monday, 15 minutes before sunset. Open to all, no experience necessary. Contact Diana Daffner 941-346-1024 for information. (Access #5 is in Siesta Village, where Beach Rd meets Ocean Blvd.) • FREE YOGA - Mon.-Wed.-Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m. Classes held between blue and green lifeguard station. Call 941-320-6693 to register or go to website for more info. www.yogaonsiestabeach.com/about • NIA - Tues. & Thurs., 9 a.m., Siesta Public Beach (yellow lifeguard chair). Contact Kathy Oravec at 941-724-9719 for more info or check website: www.nianow.com/kathy-oravec • SIESTA KEY BEACH HOOP JAMS – Every Tuesday one hour before Sunset on Siesta Key beach we gather for a community Hoop Jam. (Between the red lifeguard stand and the pavilion; around where the Sunday drum circle happens.) Register at: www.outwardspiral.net WEEKLY DRUM CIRCLE: • Every Sunday about an hour before sunset. South of the main pavilion. You can participate or watch this weekly gathering and dance, hoop, play the drum or other musical instrument, and enjoy the spectacular Siesta sunset. On The Beach… • NOV 3 (FRI) 5-9PM / MOONLIGHT MOVIES: Come and enjoy the movie Labyrinth on the sand with friends and family starting at sunset. (Rainout date: Sat., Nov. 4). Admission is free. Be sure to bring your blankets and beach chairs for this fun family event. • NOV 10 - 13 (FRI - MON) CRYSTAL CLASSIC MASTER SAND SCULPTING COMPETITION: This annual event brings some of the finest artists in the world to our beach. Live demonstrations of sand sculpting, vendors, food concessions, live music, and an amateur sand sculpting contest are all part of this beautiful event that promises some of the most stunning sand masterpieces. This event opens at 10 a.m. and closes 9 pm Friday and Saturday and closes at 5 pm on Sunday and Monday. See website for complete schedule, site map and ticket pricing as well as this year’s competing sand artists: www.siestakeycrystalclassic.com • MARK YOUR CALENDAR: DECEMBER 2-3 (SAT & SUN) 10AM – 6PM. SIESTA BEACH SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL: FREE Admission. The event is a unique blending of food, music and visual entertainment, affording attendees a potpourri of delectable seafood creations and delicious drinks prepared by the top restaurants in Siesta Key and Sarasota. Combined with the mouth-watering foods will be outstanding musical performances by local and regional musicians in a diversity of genres from rock ‘n roll, jazz, calypso, steel pan, R&B, and Caribbean sounds. Also part of the event is a marketplace of arts, crafts and fine products.

What’s Happening Experience delicious, freshly-cooked foods and cool refreshing drinks while relaxing to outstanding live musical performances. See website for more info: www.seafoodfestivals.com

Around the island… • WEEKLY FARMER’S MARKET IN THE VILLAGE: Every Sunday from 8am – 1pm in Davidson’s Plaza in the Village. 5124 Ocean Blvd. Produce, Plants & Flowers, Music, Art, Organic Skincare, Italian Olive Oil, and Freshly Prepared Foods. Listen to live music while you shop. • OCTOBER 31 (TUES) 3-6PM VILLAGE TRICK-OR-TREAT: Join the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce and the whole Village of Siesta Key for a fun and safe trick or treat in Siesta Village along Ocean Blvd. and the surrounding streets. Look for participating members displaying orange and black balloons and pumpkin flyers in their windows. This free event provides a safe venue for children on Halloween. For more information visit the web site at events.siestakeychamber.com/events/ details/halloween-safe-treats-for-kids-1152 • NOVEMBER 4 (SAT) 5PM: PIG ROAST: This dinner will take place at St. Michael’s Church located at 5394 Midnight Pass Rd. Cost is: Adults - $12 and Children under 12 - $6. BYOB. Dinner will include: pulled pork, potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw, applesauce and dessert. Reservations are required. No Sales at the door. Deadline for reservations is Thursday, November 2nd. 50/50 drawing. Stop by the Parish Office or the Knight’s Sunday Coffee & Donuts for reservations with payment. • NOVEMBER 16 (THURS) 5:30PM: EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATION: Siesta Key Sports & Physical Therapy is celebrating their 7th year anniversary with a party and educational, interactive presentation by a registered dietician. 5147 Ocean Blvd, in the Village. Please RSVP at 941-870-5811. • NOVEMBER 18 (SAT) 8:30AM – 2PM: CB’s SALTWATER OUTFITTERS ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY FISHING SCHOOL: The school will cover fly casting basics, line control, shooting line and the roll cast. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basics but also work with intermediate casters on correcting faults and improving casting skills. Cost for the school, which will run from 8:30 AM to early afternoon, is $175 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle and lunch. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 3494400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations. Located at 1249 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota, FL. 34242. • NOVEMBER 25 (SAT) 6-9PM: LIGHT UP THE VILLAGE & PARADE: Children can give Santa their wish list, have their face painted, visit with Santa’s elves and be entertained by 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

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fire truck following the parade at approximately 6:15 pm. Businesses will provide refreshments, while you enjoy live musical entertainment by the Pine View High School Jazz Band, Keyboard 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. • MARK YOUR CALENDAR: JANUARY 26- 27 (FRI & SAT): ST. MICHAELS OL’ TIME CURCH FESTIVAL & AUCTION: This year’s festival will take place on the grounds of the Church and Parish Hall, 5394 Midnight Pass Road on Siesta Key. This special family oriented event will kick off on Friday night, January 26, 2018 at 6pm in the Church Hall with an old fashioned live auction beginning at 6 pm. The festivities on Saturday, January 27 will take place from 11am to 5:30pm. They will include food, crafts, music, games, raffles and other fun activities for all ages. This event is open to all. If you are interested in taking part as a volunteer, sponsor, food or local craft and artisan vendor, please send an email to theresejack.sw@gmail.com. And Beyond… • NOV. 10-13 (FRI – MON) 10AM – 6PM / CHALK FESTIVAL: The Chalk Festival will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary. This year’s theme is “Evanescent”. This venue has grown over the years and boasts being the largest gathering of renown pavement artists from around the world with amazing interactive 3D illusions along with a variety of food trucks, beverages and spirits as well as cultural, arts and craft and fine art vendors. Festival will take place at the Venice Airport Fairgrounds. For ticket information, event schedule and site map, go to their website at: www.chalkfestival.org • PALM AVENUE FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK / 6-9PM: Every month local galleries open their doors to the public for the evening, offering a chance to meet with artists and admire their work. See website for location map. http://palmavenue. org/ • TOWLES COURT THIRD FRIDAY ARTWALKS / 5-9PM: Gallery and studio openings on a moonlit evening of fun and beauty- both natural and handcrafted beauty. Free music, events, refreshments. Meet the artists, shop and dine in authentic “ Old Florida” in downtown Sarasota. 1938 Adams Lane Sarasota, Florida 34236. www.towlescourt.com/index. htm We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, please be sure to always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.


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By Scott Dolan, Big Water Fish Market SIESTA KEY’S “SWEET MEAT”

“Two crabs swim into a sand bar. The crustaceans ask, “Do you serve crabs here?” The sand bartender says, “Of course….we serve everyone.” Well your local fish markets are now serving crabs to everyone as well. The one and only Florida Stone Crabs are now available as crab season just started on October 15, 2017 and will continue to serve this Gulf Coast delicacy nicknamed “sweet meat” until May 15. 2018.

Here are some super fun facts about Stone Crabs that you might not know. • If a crab loses a claw, it will grow back making stones sustainable. (most of us locals do know that.) • A crab’s teeth are in its stomach. (I didn’t even know that.) • Males grow one larger claw. Its purpose is to impress the female crabs. • The largest variety of crab species in a single country is found in the US. Probably the main reason, we are the greatest country in the world. • Crabs have 10 legs making them bad dancers because of their 5 left feet. Also, they walk and swim sideways so I assume they dance sideways. • Crabs are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. • Crabs are delicious as their taste reflects their diet of plants, fish and shellfish.

Chelsea Branch from Palmetto, FL with a big Sarasota speckled trout 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. Soft plastics such as the Bass Assassin Sea Shad 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

over a large area. Successful anglers will fish quickly until the fish are located. Redfish schools will be thinning out in the shallow water, but there will still be plenty of fish in the pot holes, along mangrove shorelines, under docks, and around oyster bars. Rapala plugs, weedless gold spoons, and Bass Assassin Elite Shiners on a Pro Elite jig head are all excellent choices for probing the shallow flats. These same lures will also catch snook, along with speckled trout and jack crevelle. Snook will be migrating through these areas on their way to their winter haunts and will be feeding heavily. Points, bars, and docks with current are prime ambush spots for game fish. Large live shrimp are deadly when fished under docks, although it will not allow anglers to cover as much water. Night fishing under lighted docks and bridges will also produce a lot of snook this month. King mackerel, Spanish mackerel, false albacore, cobia, and sharks will bend rods and test drags in the inshore Gulf of Mexico, provided the severe fronts stay away. Point of Rocks on Siesta Key is a prime fall spot to either sight cast to breaking fish or troll plugs and spoons. Live bait will also produce, especially once fish are located. Live blue runners and threadfins slow trolled on a “stinger” rig will catch some very nice kings along with sharks. Drifting a live shrimp or small bait fish will catch plenty of Spanish and albies.

Kathleen D Sailing Catamarans Let’s go sailing, KATHLEEN D Sailing Catamarans, serving Siesta Key from 3 locations: Downtown Sarasota, Longboat Key, and Anna Maria Island. If you would like to experience being on the water viewing Dolphin Watches, Sunset Sails, Snorkeling and Shelling call us at 941-870-4349 or go to our web site for detailed information www.kathleend.net USCG Certified for 20 passengers.

Stone Crabs are a bit scarce this time of year since there are more people in the state of Florida who want to eat them then the crab boat captains can supply. Because of this supply and demand, it makes this particular crab a bit expensive at times. There are only a few places in our surrounding area that you can either buy or be served this Gulf Coast tradition at a reasonable price and on a consistent basis. Local Stone Crab boat captains don’t usually supply the big supermarkets, so you need to know the local spots to go.

Here are some of the only places to find Stone Crabs in our immediate surrounding area during the crab season.

1. BIG WATER FISH MARKET – SIESTA KEY 2. WALT’S FISH MARKET – SARASOTA 3. CAPTAIN EDDIES – VENICE 4. CRAB & FIN RESTAURANT – ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE 5. AP BELL – CORTEZ Life is good when you have Stones on your plate. Time to get crackin’ and enjoy. Live well…Eat Crab Scott Dolan Big Water Fish Market 6641 Midnight Pass Rd, Siesta Key 941-554-8101 www.BigWaterFishMarket.com

Siesta Key Round-Up Additionally, Yeager explained, gulls will become accustomed to eating the remains in the cans, which would lead to their relying on that artificial food source. Moreover, he said, both gulls and crows will pull leftover food out of garbage cans and inevitably drop some of it elsewhere on the beach or in the Gulf of Mexico, which is an unhealthful situation. Yeager’s boss — Carolyn Brown, director of the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department — faced a similar question in August during a quarterly meeting of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce. She pointed out that even using a golf cart to move among crowds on the beach to pick up garbage “is really an unsafe thing.” That is why county staff has been working hard to educate the public about using the receptacles at the accesses to the beach, she said. In response to a suggestion on Oct. 5 from SKA member Margaret Jean Cannon, Yeager said that if the

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county installs stands at the beach accesses with bags for people to use for disposing of trash, “folks will just take ’em and use ’em for shells or whatever.” However, he told Cannon that he would talk with staff about the potential for county employees to distribute bags to people on the beach. In the meantime, he said, staff has been working to emphasize that people “pack out” what they take to the beach, so no trash remains on the sand when they leave. Yeager thanked the SKA members and all the volunteers on the island who assisted county staff members with handing out yellow bags for garbage collection over the July Fourth and Labor Day weekends. He added that he certainly did notice a decrease in trash on the beach after Labor Day. “That’s a tribute to each of you and your help.” Continued on page 37

NOVEMBER 2017 TIDE CHART Florida, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Sarasota Bay

November 2017

N 27° 20' / W 82° 33' Date

Day

Sunrise

Sunset

Moonrise

Moonset

1

We

11:21a

High Tide 1.9

11:15p

High Tide 2.0

5:49a

Low Tide 0.6

5:55p

Low Tide 0.6

7:42a

6:46p

5:23p

4:51a

2

Th

12:14p

1.9

11:40p

2.2

6:31a

0.4

6:29p

0.8

7:42a

6:45p

6:03p

5:52a

3

Fr

1:05p

1.8

7:13a

0.1

6:59p

0.9

7:43a

6:45p

6:46p

6:55a

4

Sa

12:07a

2.3

1:58p

1.7

7:57a

-0.1

7:28p

1.1

7:44a

6:44p

7:33p

8:00a

5

Su

12:37a

2.4

1:55p

1.6

7:45a

-0.3

6:56p

1.2

6:44a

5:43p

7:23p

8:06a

6

Mo

12:12a

2.5

2:59p

1.6

8:36a

-0.3

7:24p

1.3

6:45a

5:43p

8:19p

9:13a

7

Tu

12:51a

2.5

4:16p

1.5

9:32a

-0.3

7:56p

1.4

6:46a

5:42p

9:18p

10:17a

8

We

1:36a

2.5

5:52p

1.5

10:33a

-0.2

8:39p

1.4

6:47a

5:42p

10:20p

11:17a

9

Th

2:30a

2.3

7:16p

1.5

11:40a

-0.1

10:12p

1.4

6:47a

5:41p

11:22p

12:12p

10

Fr

3:41a

2.0

8:00p

1.6

12:48p

0.1

6:48a

5:41p

11

Sa

5:23a

1.8

8:32p

1.6

12:29a

1.4

1:52p

0.2

6:49a

5:40p

12:23a

1:45p

12

Su

7:19a

1.7

9:00p

1.7

2:19a

1.1

2:48p

0.4

6:50a

5:39p

1:23a

2:26p

13

Mo

8:50a

1.6

9:27p

1.8

3:33a

0.8

3:35p

0.6

6:50a

5:39p

2:20a

3:03p

14

Tu

10:00a

1.6

9:51p

1.9

4:28a

0.6

4:15p

0.6

6:51a

5:39p

3:17a

3:39p

15

We

10:58a

1.6

10:14p

2.0

5:14a

0.3

4:48p

0.8

6:52a

5:38p

4:12a

4:15p

16

Th

11:48a

1.6

10:35p

2.1

5:54a

0.1

5:16p

0.9

6:53a

5:38p

5:06a

4:51p

17

Fr

12:33p

1.6

10:56p

2.2

6:30a

0.0

5:40p

1.0

6:53a

5:37p

5:59a

5:28p

18

Sa

1:15p

1.5

11:19p

2.2

7:04a

-0.1

6:03p

1.1

6:54a

5:37p

6:53a

6:07p

19

Su

1:55p

1.5

11:44p

2.3

7:38a

-0.2

6:25p

1.1

6:55a

5:37p

7:45a

6:48p

20

Mo

2:35p

1.4

8:12a

-0.2

6:50p

1.2

6:56a

5:36p

8:37a

7:32p

21

Tu

12:14a

2.2

3:18p

1.4

8:49a

-0.2

7:21p

1.2

6:57a

5:36p

9:27a

8:19p

22

We

12:48a

2.2

4:06p

1.4

9:29a

-0.2

8:01p

1.2

6:57a

5:36p

10:14a

9:08p

23

Th

1:27a

2.1

4:59p

1.4

10:14a

-0.1

8:58p

1.3

6:58a

5:36p

11:00a

9:58p

24

Fr

2:14a

1.9

5:51p

1.4

11:03a

0.0

10:20p

1.2

6:59a

5:36p

11:42a

10:51p

25

Sa

3:13a

1.7

6:38p

1.5

11:56a

0.1

11:59p

1.2

7:00a

5:35p

12:23p

11:44p

26

Su

4:30a

1.6

7:18p

1.6

12:52p

0.2

7:00a

5:35p

1:01p

27

Mo

6:06a

1.5

7:52p

1.6

1:31a

1.0

1:45p

0.3

7:01a

5:35p

1:39p

12:39a

28

Tu

7:41a

1.5

8:24p

1.7

2:42a

0.7

2:36p

0.5

7:02a

5:35p

2:16p

1:35a

29

We

9:02a

1.5

8:55p

1.9

3:40a

0.5

3:21p

0.6

7:03a

5:35p

2:55p

2:33a

30

Th

10:12a

1.5

9:26p

2.0

4:31a

0.2

4:02p

0.6

7:03a

5:35p

3:35p

3:33a

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3rd

New

1st


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Arts on the Horizon

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By Rodger Skidmore

How do we know hurricane season is over? One indicator is when the Snowbirds start winging their way south. And how can we forecast when this will begin to happen? Why, when we see that the first Masterworks concert of the season is to be performed by the Sarasota Orchestra. Florida Studio Theatre, the Urbanite Theatre and the Players all perform in smaller venues and can schedule shows all year long, but the Sarasota Orchestra, which performs in the 1,745 seat Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, is the real harbinger of cooler weather. Cooler weather here, and the beginning of unpleasantly cold weather up north, brings thousands of Snowbirds to Sarasota. And lots of Snowbirds equals lots of fannies which means those Masterworks concert’s seats can now be filled for three days in a row. While it might be nice to open the season with a bang, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture was performed by the orchestra just this past May at Ed Smith Stadium, so the opening big bang will have to be a metaphysical or metaphorical one. Dvořák’s Cello Concerto is the starting gun with guest artist Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas performing. Gutiérrez, a Spaniard born in Munich seems like the perfect person to be bowing this masterpiece by a Czech composer. His debut with the London Symphony was in Madrid performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor in 2010 under the baton of ........... Anu Tali. It, and they, were exquisite, as Dvořák’s concerto should be, as well. And the big gun on November 10th, 11th and 12th? Mahler’s 5th Symphony. Mahler wrote the original version of this work in 1904, revised it in 1905 and again in 1911 (although this later version was not published until 1964, when the score was republished). It is this later version that we will hear. And see. Watching Ms. Tali conduct the orchestra is always a pleasure - the vibrancy and clarity of the SO under her is a joy to behold. With the arrival of masses of Snowbirds in November, and their ranks swelling in December, it might also be a good thing to book your tickets for the December Masterworks concert - entitled Symphonic Carnival - before the Snowbirds snap up too great a share of the tickets. {If you are a Snowbird reading this column - don’t worry, we really do love you}. True to the theme of this concert (performed on December 8th, 9th and 10th) the opening number is the Roman Carnival Overture by Berlioz. It is followed by Barber’s Violin Concerto, the Symphonic Dances from Bernstein’s West Side Story and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. Benjamin Beilman is the soloist on Barber’s wonderful concerto.

New Takes They say that there are no new stories, only old ones that are retold: time and time again. Whether that is true or not, this is the season for retelling. First up is one of the oldest - Oedipus. Sophocles wrote three plays about Oedipus. In sequence they were Oedipus (Oedipus Rex), Oedipus (Oedipus at Colonus) and Antigone. Oedipus / Oedipus Rex - also known as Oedipus Tyrannus (not to be confused with Tyrannosaurus Rex) - is the most famous of the three and was first performed in 429 BCE - 2,446 years ago - how

time flies). Sigmund Freud was the first to describe the Oedipus Complex (young males wanting to kill their fathers and have sex with their mothers) and declared it to be both natural and normal. While many may differ with his conclusions one must admit that this theme, or subtle variations of it, have drawn playwrights, producers, directors, actors and playgoers together for thousands of years. Many remakes try to make a show appeal to a new generation by changing the setting to Nazi Germany or mobsters in Chicago - steel helmets or vintage clothing from the 1920s do so much to change one’s perception of a play. But doing it straight permits the director and actors to really show their stuff - if they have it. And the FSU/Asolo conservatory for Actor Training usually does. With Oedipus, Greg Leaming is directing his seventh play with FSU/Asolo and has done another seven with the Asolo Repertory Theatre, after having served as Director of Artistic Programming for the Long Wharf Theatre in Conn. Later in the month Josh Rhodes is not only directing a new production of Evita, the Bio-Musical about the short unhappy/happy/unhappy life of Eva Perón, but has newly choreographed it as well. Like Jack Benny, this musical is only 39 years old and, given the state of affairs around the world, is still quite relevant. After all, the sexy wife of an evil dictator does have a certain allure. Ms. Perón, by putting her face and stamp of approval on government giveaway programs, was able to permit the corrupt administration of her husband to steal millions (billions, in today’s money) from the Argentine people. Puerto Rican singer and actress Ana Isabelle, chosen by 30 million Univision viewers as the next Latin music superstar, will become, for a month and a half, a small town girl who is able to sleep her way to international acclaim. Oedipus is at the Cook Theatre and runs from November 1st - 19th while Evita starts its run at the Mertz theatre on November 18th and continues through December 30th. The two shows also have preview presentations. More info for both at Tickets.asolorep.org.

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Forget Carnegie Hall, how do you get to Rootabaga Country? Just head straight to the Sarasota Opera House on November 11th and 12th. While the vegetable called rutabaga contains high levels of manganese, potassium, phosphorous, and zinc, the Sarasota Youth Opera’s world premiere of Rootabaga County contains laughs, life lessons and lots of interesting characters. Where else than Rootabaga Country could you take a sky journey via the Zigzag railroad to meet up with the Potato Face Blind Man, and follow the exploits of Please Gimme and Ax Me No Questions as they strive to find out more about their mother, Alelia while traveling through a land of farms, trains and corn fairies. This new opera by Rachel Peters is based on stories by the composer Carl Sandburg. The stories were written, partly, because Sandburg thought that American children did not really relate to European fairy tales that were filled with royalty and knights - and Rootabaga Country certainly is miles away from Paris and Mad King Ludwig’s castle. In writing the opera Ms. Peters took a series of interrelated tales and wove them into one story with a plot that children, the intended audience, could understand. The opera is about an hour long and has no intermission so will be over before a child’s attention span has reached its limit. And if you, your children or your grandchildren are enchanted by this stage production, there are the books and a CD that you will be able to share with each other that contain the entire range of characters, including those that did not make it into the opera. Times and ticket information at Tickets.sarasotaopera. org. Beware, this web site also highlights the performances of this season’s upcoming operas, which may also appeal to you.

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Then, on March 7, Muldowney submitted the formal application for the historic designation, and on May 23, the HPB recommended approval, the memo notes. Historic Resources staff agrees that the house possesses three of the seven attributes a property needs to win historic designation, Bendus told the commission on Sept. 26: location, setting and feeling, based on the context of the Sandy Hook subdivision. On the other hand, Muldowney said during her presentation she believes the property meets four of the attributes: setting, location, feeling and association. “Staff opined that the only direct association is tangential in nature, represented by the sale of the lot by Mary Rockwell Hook to the Gerlach family and the possible, but unsubstantiated design review conducted by Hook,” the memo explains. Conversely, the HPB members “agreed that the residence possesses three attributes of integrity” as set forth in the County Code in regard to historic designation: setting, location and feeling, the memo notes, “and they believe it embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period or method of construction, specifically the Mid-Century Modern style.” The house is not listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it is not eligible for such a listing, as confirmed by the State Historic Preservation Office, Bendus told the board on Sept. 26. Muldowney explained that she has nearly 30 years of experience in historic preservation and urban planning. Two years ago, she added, she resigned as manager of the Historical Resources Division to go into private practice. Muldowney said she believed staff was not relying enough on local factors in recommending against the designation for the Gerlach house.

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Q: Dear Donnarose, I often see sequential numbers like 222 or 1111, etc. Then time will go by, and there they are again. I “bump” into feathers in the oddest places as well. What’s your take on all this? ~Thank you, A.F. A: “If it’s numbers or feathers you often find near, there may be a message to heed to, or a hello from someone you held dear.” ~ Donnarose Melvin

That is so great you see the numbers, as well as the “Angel” feathers as some of us like to call them. Whenever we see feathers, I feel it’s a sign of a positive nature every time. It tends to happen that when we have a deceased loved one heavy on our mind, if we could use some sign that they’re with us, a feather often appears. I also feel when there’s a life change, or something happened where we really could use some confirmation from our angels, a feather tends to appear. I personally have some great feather stories, and they happened at times I mentioned above. It’s such a sweet way of reminding us that no matter what, our loved ones and Angels are right here with us fully supporting us on our journey. As far as the repeating number sequences, when we see these numbers, I feel it’s definitely a sign to pay attention. This link of Joanne Walmsley’s https://sacredscribesangelnumbers.blogspot. com/p/index-numbers.html?m=1 as well as Doreen Virtue’s “Angel Numbers 101” book, are good references to explore what each of these numbers represent, and the messages behind them. I see these numbers all the time for years now. And every time, the messages I’ve read in the above references, held some significance to my situation. The key is to heed the messages. And when we don’t, it’s often we can depend on our Angels to remind us over and over again, and often through these numbers. If at times it’s a challenge to heed the messages, immediately ask your Angels for help. They’re always here for us. ~♥ Q: Dear Donnarose, I can communicate with spirits who have passed on, and want to continue to do so. But I tend to hesitate because I’ve found that not all spirits are nice on the other side. And at times, they’ll bother me for a couple days. Is there a way to handle this to my favor? ~Blessings, L.S. A: “When you have a ‘knowing’ that you’re protected, only positive energies will be expected.” ~ Donnarose Melvin There are definitely lots of opinions out there, but my answer will be based on my own experiences. After doing well over eight thousand intuitive

medium readings within the past seven years, I’ve spoken to many thousands of spirits in full form the way I’d see someone alive. There are two ways I have successfully avoided negative energies from entering my space. One, is they know they’re not invited. Meaning, I have set boundaries and rules and attached firm energy on same. And two, is on a daily basis, I have a “knowing” that through God, I’m protected by Archangel Michael. Some use other names than the latter. But to me, Love is Love no matter what name we attach to it. It’s all good. If you prefer to say some words for protection, what works just as effectively, is you can silently or aloud say the following to whatever loving Higher power you use. “Thank you for clearing my body and space of any energy unlike love, for protecting me and keeping me safe, please and thank you.” It’s very important to trust and know it to be true that by saying the latter, you’ll be protected where just loving energies will be allowed into your space. Trust is key. Another thing, and this is very rare, well for me it’s been anyway. If you ever have a person enter your space whether it’s someone in a store, a client, a friend, etc., who has a negative energy attached to them, just silently or aloud, say the above “thank you...” statement but direct it to that person. Be sure to have firm and trusting energy attached to your words. And finally, as you can see, this process is kept simple, and that’s on purpose. As the sooner we’re silent, the faster we can receive. If you want to add crystals, and sage to the mix, that’s fine too. I wear crystals and have them around, as well as sage my space here and there. I enjoy it, and there’s nice energy attached to the latter. But it’s important to refrain from depending on things external to you, and trust that your inner power connected to your Higher power is sufficient to do the job. ~♥ Donnarose Melvin is a Professional Ancestral Energy Clearing Intuitive. Her knowledge from her advanced practitioner trainings in Ancestral Energy Clearing, and her BA degree in Psychology, along with her natural born intuitive gifts, have helped many achieve increased peace and happiness. Please send your questions to: Donnarose1010@ gmail.com She will select questions each month to share with you. Donnarose regrets that unpublished questions cannot be answered individually. ~ If you’d like a powerful distant Ancestral Energy Clearing, please contact Donnarose at the email address above.

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Following are properties sold on Siesta Key in the last 60 days, providing a snapshot of home values on the Key for both single family homes and condominiums.

HIGHEST PRICED SINGLE FAMILY PROPERTY: 1430 POINT CRISP RD, SOLD FOR: $2,100,000 Once in a while, an extraordinary historic property becomes available in Sarasota. This is one of those properties. Tucked away on Siesta Key amid the tropical tranquility of Point Crisp, the close to ¾-acre site spans a total of 371 feet on the Bay— providing both endless views and a waterfront lifestyle beyond compare. Bring your vision for a dream island home to this exclusive locale with expansive waterfall pool, where your

Floridian neighbors will include playful dolphin and graceful manatee. The new owner will not only enjoy a magnificent property, but also inherit a marvelous story to share with family and guests. The existing 1950’s Old Florida bungalow with detached guest house once belonged to renowned local writer, John D. MacDonald, who is known to have hosted one of the greatest American authors of the 20th century, Ernest Hemingway. The Point Crisp enclave is just minutes from laid-back Siesta Village for al-fresco dining and shopping, as well as the crystal quartz sands the island is known for. Downtown Sarasota, the cultural capital of Florida, awaits merely a short drive away. Contact us today to discover more about this uncommon opportunity. The sale of this property came to $532.45 a square foot. Courtesy of Michael Saunders.

HIGHEST PRICED CONDO: 501 BEACH RD, #B: SOLD FOR: $2,250,000 Spectacular waterfront Siesta Key living awaits you. Experience Siesta Key living on a spectacular scale from this light, airy and ultra-contemporary townhouse. Designed by Yehuda Inbar, a leader in Sarasota architecture, the masterfully constructed concrete block residence is located directly across from the powder soft, dazzling white sands of Siesta Beach. Sensational views over the Gulf of Mexico appear through floor-to-ceiling glass,

LOWEST PRICED SINGLE-FAMILY PROPERTY: 1002 GLEBE LN, SOLD FOR: $720,000 Chic and elegant, this optionally furnished pool home is located only minutes from the award winning Siesta Key Beach. This beautifully remodeled residence epitomizes island living with its casual, tropical vibe and masterful use of finishes. The open floor plan of the main living area is highlighted by a cathedral ceiling, natural light and two sets of French Doors inviting you to enjoy the outdoor gathering space, saltwater pool with spa, and lush tropical landscaping. The artistic fusion of vintage reclaimed woods, porcelain floors and textured tiles in natural hues provide a sense of tranquility throughout the interior of this very special home. A newer air conditioning system, washer, dryer and master bath shower, make this residence the perfect turnkey purchase in a great location next to Glebe Park and a quick walk or bike ride to the beach and Siesta Key Village where restaurants, shopping and entertainment are abundant. Furniture package is available under separate Bill of Sale. This home could also serve as an excellent rental/investment property. The sale of this property came out to $398.23 a square foot. Courtesy of Kathleen Daniel LLC.

with free-flowing interior spaces that create a haven of island serenity. The residence spans 4 floors, with a private elevator from the garage serving all levels. On the ground floor, you will find a private entry, garage, garden and shared swimming pool. The second level is comprised of a sleek kitchen with a deluxe compilation of appliances, living room, dining room and laundry room. Spanning the third and fourth levels are two master suites, a guest bedroom and family/ bonus room. A roof-top deck presents the stunning venue for soaking in the outstanding, unobstructed tropical beauty of the Gulf and beach. From this unparalleled island location, Siesta Key Village is just a short walk away, where open-air restaurants, live music and quaint shops await. Downtown Sarasota’s opera, ballet, art galleries, theatres and culinary destinations are all a short drive across the bridge. Home sold as-is. The sale on this unit came out to $605.16 a square foot. Courtesy of Michael Saunders.

LOWEST PRICED CONDO: 5858 MIDNIGHT PASS RD, #1: SOLD FOR: $248,000 Lowest priced Siesta Key Gulf side condo in one of the nicest small complexes on Crescent Beach which is still the#1 beach!!! Also, one of the best pools on Key-pool is actually on beach with great community clubhouse alongside heated pool. Short trip to Siesta Key Village or South Village near Stickney Point Road. End unit with beautiful open new kitchen with granite counter tops, top of the line stainless steel appliances, high end tumbled edged travertine floors (stone), vaulted ceilings & front patio to enjoy you morning coffee as it gets early morning Sun (Southern Exposure). The sale came out to $590.48 a square foot. Courtesy of Amy Robinson Real Estate.


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Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival

The Siesta Key Breeze remained popular through the summer, Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) staff told the SNL in October, though ridership was down quite a bit in September. In July, SCAT recorded 25,506 passengers on the open-air trolley that circulates between Turtle Beach Park and Siesta Village. For August, the total was 14,040, Kendra Keiderling, marketing, outreach & customer service supervisor for SCAT, wrote in an Oct. 9 email in response to a query about the latest statistics. In Sept., however, she noted, ridership was 5,165. “We knew it was not going to be good,” she said of the figure. Not only is September traditionally the slowest month for tourists on the Key, she pointed out in a telephone interview, but Hurricane Irma dampened that trend even more. “We had at least 6 days affected by the hurricane,” Keiderling wrote in the email. When the County Commission held its two public hearings on the 2018 fiscal year budget in September, County Administrator Tom Harmer made a point of reminding the board members that — at their request — SCAT had full funding for the Breeze included in that budget. Commissioners have remarked at length about the success of the trolley, including its reduction in motor vehicle traffic on Key roads.

Join us for great food and refreshing drinks, live musical performances on stage and a marketplace of arts and crafts at the 2nd Annual Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival in Siesta Key on December 2 and 3. Hours are Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm. The event is a unique blending of food, music and visual entertainment, affording attendees a potpourri of delectable seafood creations and delicious drinks prepared by the top restaurants in Siesta Key and Sarasota. Combined with the mouth-watering foods will be outstanding musical performances by local and regional musicians in a diversity of genres from rock ‘n roll, jazz, calypso, steel pan, R&B, and Caribbean sounds. Also part of the event is a marketplace of arts, crafts and fine products. General admission is FREE. Please check our website for Driving Directions: www.seafoodfestivals.com

Oct. 3 Village incident

An incident that prompted a reader to contact SNL about a number of Sheriff’s Office and emergency vehicles near the Beach Bazaar in Siesta Village involved an allegedly stolen vehicle and the driver’s fear he was suffering a major medical problem, according to the Sheriff’s Office report. The driver also did not have a valid license, the Sheriff’s Office report says.

After a deputy began talking with him, the report notes, the driver “complained of chest pain and stated he was having a heart attack.” The official report says that about 3:30 on Oct. 3, a woman walking near the Siesta Key Oyster Bar, located at 5238 Ocean Blvd., saw an older model Chevrolet Trail Blazer pull onto Ocean Boulevard across the street from her, with tires screeching. She added that it began to fish tail before she observed it pull into the parking lot near Beach Bazaar, which is located at 5211 Ocean Blvd., the report continues. “Concerned for the safety of pedestrians in the area,” the report notes, the woman contacted the Sheriff’s Office. Two other witnesses, it turned out, also had observed the vehicle; they provided similar descriptions, the report adds. The two deputies who responded found one person in the Trail Blazer near Beach Bazaar, the report says. When one of them checked the license plate of the vehicle, that deputy learned that the City of Sarasota had a report listing the vehicle as having been stolen, the Sheriff’s Office report notes. The male suspect then was placed in handcuffs, the report says, because of his actually being in physical control of an allegedly stolen vehicle. That was when the suspect said he did not have a valid driver’s license — which a check of records confirmed, the report notes. In fact, the report says, the man will not be eligible for a license again until

Sept. 14, 2018. After he was put in handcuffs, the man complained of chest pain, the report says, adding that he was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The suspect is Juan Carlos D. Acuchi, 39, of 510 Audubon Place in Sarasota. The Sheriff’s Office report explains that because Acuchi was admitted to the hospital without having been arrested first, the case information was forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office for review. SNL found no file on Acuchi that had been recorded with the Office of the Sarasota County Clerk of Court and County Comptroller as of Oct. 9. Because of a federal law regarding privacy in medical issues, the publication also was unable to learn whether Acuchi was still in the hospital.

Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome 5 new members this October 2017: SunCoast Blood Bank, Landmarks Shoes, Tiny House Siesta, All Event Rental and Design, and Realtor Debbie Baraona with Coldwell Banker The SKCC office is located in the Siesta Key Village at 5114 Ocean Blvd. If you would like to be part of the Chamber please contact Suzanne Roberge membership@siestakeychamber.com or call 941-349-3800.

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Boating, Beaches & Bistros!!! 3 BR/2 BA Key West Style Grand Canal home on Siesta Key built in 2005 to current Hurricane standards. Sip a glass of wine by your outdoor Tiki Bar in the pool/spa area. Step out your back door, onto your boat (boat lift) and enjoy a leisurely cruise up the Grand Canal...just minutes away from your favorite waterfront dining, watersports and world class fishing. Perhaps you’re in the mood for a stroll or bike ride into Siesta Village...while others scramble for beach parking, walk or bike down the street to your own beach access (#10). All this and you haven’t even stepped inside this beautiful Key West style home on a lushly landscaped tropical lot with a brick paver walkway to your dock. This Island Style home was lovingly built in 2005 with huge lower level bonus area, pool shower and a 4-car garage for all your toys. Open floor plan, gourmet kitchen, large rooms, elevator, wood-burning fireplace, vaulted ceilings; walk-in closets; beautiful master suite, plenty of storage and custom touches throughout. This is a must-see home on Palm Island.

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Spencer Anderson, interim director of the Public Works Department, had provided the board an estimate of $507,000 for a shell lot on the site or $530,000 for an asphalt lot, adding 39 spaces to the 14 already available. Both Commissioners Alan Maio and Charles Hines indicated their surprise at the figures. Maio asked that Anderson and his staff undertake further work on the proposal, acknowledging that utility lines underground are a factor to be considered in any design. Staff should be able to get back to the board quickly on that plan, Administrator Tom Harmer responded. Additionally, at commissioners’ request, Harmer said staff will contact other nearby counties that have paid parking programs at their beaches to ask for information about the consultants they used and the expense of hiring that outside help. Brown made it clear to the board that no one in her department or Public Works has the expertise to handle the design of a paid parking program for Siesta Public Beach. “Parking management is a very highly specialized industry,” she pointed out. Maio suggested staff come back to the board more frequently on ways to tackle “smaller bites” of the array of options Brown laid out. “We could likely change your direction,” he told her, after initially indicating that Brown could make her next presentation in six months. “Definitely before the next budget cycle,” Chair Paul Caragiulo said of Brown’s timeline. Typically, the board begins its budget workshops in February. If a paid parking program at the beach is introduced ineffectively, Caragiulo pointed out, “you’ve now poisoned the well for an awful long period of time.” If the board does choose to put a payment system in place, he added, “it should be some sort of tiered system.” Furthermore, Caragiulo noted, “People need to know exactly where the money’s going, because that affects their behavior very much.” A survey of the Siesta Key Association’s members in August and early September — which netted 693 responses — found that 59.52% of respondents believe all the proceeds from paid parking at the beach should be invested in transportation and parking projects for Siesta Key, Brown noted. The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce board voted in August, Brown added, to voice the view that all proceeds be used on the island, as well. Hines suggested that owners of property near the beach think about ideas they could offer the commission. For example, he said, Benderson Development Co. has been working on the proposed Siesta Promenade project at the northwest corner of the U.S. 41/Stickney Point Road intersection. That concept includes a hotel. Benderson could build an extra couple of levels in a parking garage for that facility, Hines said, and charge people to park there and then take a trolley to the beach. Brown noted in her report that the free Siesta Key Breeze open-air trolley operates seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., between Turtle Beach and Siesta Village. The free service is funded through the 2018 fiscal year, with an annual cost of $863,700. Although grants are covering much of the cost, commissioners acknowledged that revenue from a paid parking system at the beach could pay to continue the Breeze’s operations after this fiscal year and to add legs to the route. For another example, Hines said, the county has a Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) transfer station in the Gulf Gate shopping center near the Stickney Point Road/U.S. 41 intersection. Perhaps the county could build a parking garage on the mall site, he added, so people could leave their vehicles there and then use a mass transit option to reach the beach. Although Brown and her staff had researched park-and-ride sites at schools such as Phillippi Shores Elementary — with the Sarasota County School Board having expressed interest in that potential — Hines pointed out that people want easy access to

the beach. Those schools, he said, are just too far from Siesta Key.

Pay or not? “My stumbling block is what is the point of paid parking?” Commissioner Nancy Detert told Brown. Is the purpose to create revenue for a new parking lot, she asked. Is it to try to encourage people to leave the beach sooner, opening up spaces for other visitors? Is it to enable property owners to incur less expense — through the allocation of permits at lower or no cost — so they can access the beach more easily? “I think you’ve hit the nail on the head with all of those potential results,” Brown responded. The money could be reinvested in maintenance of the beach park and in management of the parking area to create a more orderly process, for examples, Brown said. “The purpose of paid parking is to provide an opportunity for the parking at the beach,” Caragiulo said. Yet, both Detert and Commissioner Moran voiced opposition to making the public pay for parking at any of the county’s beaches. “Free beach parking is one of the few amenities that is so special to Sarasota County,” Moran said. From the wealthiest people to fixed-income senior citizens to growing families — all can go to the beach for free, he stressed.

Dr. Beach and the paid parking issue On Oct. 11, when the Sarasota County commissioners were reviewing research staff had undertaken about paid parking options for Siesta Public Beach, Carolyn Brown, director of the county’s Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department, noted that staff had sought the views of Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman of Florida International University — known worldwide as Dr. Beach. In an Aug. 16 conversation, Brown continued, Leatherman said he considers parking fees in relation to beach access, “including how reasonable the charge is and how the revenues are used” — for example, if the money goes toward operations at the beach or related activities, as well as reinvestment in the beach. He added that the free Siesta Key Breeze trolley is “a clear benefit to beach visitors,” Brown noted.

Highlights of the letter sent to the County Commissioners on October 9 from the Siesta Key Association Siesta Key Association (SKA) is aware that the Sarasota County Commission will be reviewing the possibility of instituting some form of paid parking at Siesta Key Public Beach, and possibly at other Siesta Key Locations. The Board of Directors of Siesta Key Association respectfully requests that the Commissioners consider the following position statement, which is based on the results of a member survey conducted by SKA during September of 2017. 1) Siesta Key Association strongly supports the implementation of some form of paid parking at Siesta Key Public Beach. However, SKA believes this can only be done effectively if accompanied by consistent enforcement of noparking zones on Siesta Key to prevent beach visitors from trying to evade parking charges by parking on restricted neighborhood streets. 2) While the majority of SKA members support fee-based parking at Siesta Key Public Beach, they also may be open to the Commission proposing paid parking at other selected Siesta Key locations. 3) While many SKA members believe that Sarasota County property tax payers should be able to park for free, the majority support some level of fee-based parking for property tax payers. The SKA Board of Directors recommends that Sarasota County offer one discounted parking sticker or pass to each property tax payer, whether

resident or non-resident. We leave it to the wisdom of the Commissioners to determine the fee, but the SKA Board suggests fees in the range of $25-50 per year as being acceptable to SKA members. We presume that County Staff and the Commissioners will review the possibility of fee-free off-peak hours with their Parking Management consultants. 4) SKA members strongly support the use of revenue from paid parking for maintenance of the Public Beach and beach access points, as well as for on-island and island access transportation. 5) Irrespective of paid parking on Siesta Key, SKA members are greatly concerned about restoring safe and reasonable traffic service levels onisland and to and from the island. The SKA Board of Directors strongly encourages the Commissioners to explore and implement off-island parking and transportation solutions as a high priority. The above points summarize the position of the SKA Board of Directors on behalf of its members. The detailed results of our survey have been made available to Carolyn Brown, Sarasota County Director of Parks and Recreation, to support the work of her staff in making recommendations to the Commission. The SKA Board of Directors would be happy to collaborate with Sarasota County Staff and Commissioners in any detailed discussions of parking and transportation initiatives related to Siesta Key.


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Silestone counters in the remodeled kitchen, Canadian wood flooring, and views of the Gulf and Blind Pass from nearly every room: these are just a few of the features of a recent listing in The Inlets, a condo community of 39 oneand-two bedroom units on the south end of Siesta Key. After just one week on the market, as of press time, there had already been several showings and an interested party, says Keith Redding, the listing agent and broker with Key Solutions Real Estate. The two-bedroom, third-floor unit was recently renovated, from top to bottom, and was listed because the sellers are relocating from the area. “The building is phenomenal,” says Kelly English, who owns the unit with her husband. “I think we live in paradise. But we live in the quieter part of paradise. It is much quieter than the main beach on Siesta.” The Inlets, at 9200 Midnight Pass Road, is a short walk to Turtle Beach, as well as three restaurants and Turtle Beach Marina, yet it is the quiet atmosphere amid shaded landscaping that English has come to love. “We are big walkers and we often walk to the Stickney Point Bridge. It is shaded on this side of the Key. There are a lot of regular walkers and that nice to see.” The charming community consists of 39 one and two bedroom units in a single three-floor building. The property lies between Midnight Pass Road and Blind Pass, which connects Turtle Beach Park and boat ramp to the Intracoastal Waterway and Little Sarasota Bay and the Gulf beyond. Community amenities include boat docks which are available on a first come/first served basis, a large pool overlooking Blind Pass, outdoor grilling, elevator and covered carports. Owners are permitted one small pet and rentals are permissible for a minimum of 1 month 12 times a year. Redding, the real estate broker, notes that The Inlets is unique for a Siesta condo community in that the majority of residents reside there fulltime or seasonally. Good price vales and reasonable HOA fees, as well as a one-monthminimum rental policy, tend to attract more residentowners rather than investors. Units here, Redding says, rarely come on the market, with only one recent sale over the past year. The Inlets offers condos for those who want to be on the water and close to the beach — “without the full pricing of being beachfront,” Redding told Siesta Sand. In addition, the HOA fees of $469 a month is very reasonable compared to similar properties, and is a good value when considering all of the amenities and excellent maintenance track record of the community, Redding adds. “There is a huge greenspace, with a lawn around the pool along the water,” Redding said. “It is almost like a golf course, the condition of the grass. It is a very well-kept community.” English has also served as Vice President of the community’s homeowner’s board. “It is an extremely well run community. We are a small board, and our reserves are very healthy.”

English says the board is focusing on year-round quality of life at the Inlets. “Most of the members of the board are permanent residents,” English told Siesta Sand. “It is our home, so we do all we can for it. It is not a community where the board sits around all summer, waiting for the winter people and plant flowers to get ready for that. We want to make sure it is pleasant for everyone all the time.” Recent Sales • The unit recently listed for sale, by Redding, of Key Solutions is a two-bedroom, two-bath unit with 922 square feet, listed for $375,000. The listing price comes out to $406 a square foot. The fully renovated condo unit has Gulf or Blind Pass water views from nearly every room. The recent, designer renovations include: Canadian maple flooring, silestone counters, stainless steel appliances, new cabinets, light fixtures and fresh paint throughout. Additional renovations include new bathrooms, vanities, counters, new electric window shades, and new HVAC. The enclosed lanai offers an additional 200 square feet of living space and provides the most amazing views of Blind Pass and the azure waters of the Gulf. • In November, 2016, a one-bedroom, one-bath unit sold for $275,000. That sale came out to $390 a square foot. The 706-square-foot unit was turnkey furnished. The condo unit was recently updated, and it overlooked Turtle Lagoon and the Gulf of Mexico. Upgrades included: Hardwood floors, granite counters, stainless appliances, paint, furniture and furnishings, as well as a newer AC unit. In addition the lanai was enclosed.

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Storm Debris Collection Earlier in the week, Richard Collins, the county’s emergency services director, announced that the county had closed Rothenbach Park on Bee Ridge Road so it could use that site for debris management. The park would remain closed until further notice, the county noted on social media. Altogether, Collins wrote in an Oct. 9 email, as of that day, 21 trucks were collecting storm debris countywide. Staff still was waiting on 10 rental trucks for which it had made arrangements, Lewis told the County Commission, but they should be in by the beginning of next week at the latest. Additionally, “staff has made significant progress” in its efforts to obtain signed “hold harmless” agreements, so workers can pick up materials on private roads and in gated communities, he said. Message boards are going up in neighborhoods on private roads about two or three days in advance of crews’ expected arrival, he said, so more residents will have the opportunity to turn in agreements. Contrary to misinformation that has been spread, Lewis pointed out, not every resident on a private road has to be willing to have storm debris collected for the county to send a crew down that road. When Commissioner Alan Maio asked how residents are being notified on private roads, Lewis responded that door hangers are being used along with the message boards. Contractors’ representatives also are going door-to-door to alert

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people, he noted. Moreover, Lewis said, staff planned to begin using its CodeRed alert system to spread the word about the collection schedule. Harmer pointed out that the interactive map that staff created on the county website has been of assistance to residents. Anyone can enter his or her address to find out when storm debris collection is anticipated in the resident’s neighborhood, he added. The public also can see information about the areas where the first passes have been completed. “That map should be changing frequently as additional resources some in,” Lewis noted. Furthermore, the fees at the county landfill have been waived indefinitely for vegetative debris, Lewis told the board, and the landfill remains open on Saturdays for the public to bring in such materials. More than 25,000 tons of debris has been deposited there already, he noted. The landfill is located at 4000 Knights Trail Road in Nokomis. Commissioner Michael Moran then told County Attorney Stephen DeMarsh that he thought the Office of the County Attorney did “a phenomenal job” on the contracts with the vendors for storm debris collection. Although he is not an attorney, Moran said, he thought “a first-year law student could read [the contracts] and see that the punitive language in there was very specific, and it was designed for specifically this exact situation that happened.” Moran was referring to the fact that when the county began working on storm debris collection, subcontractors hired by its vendors learned they could make more money — twice as much in some cases — by heading to South Florida instead of staying in Sarasota County. That has led to the delay in Sarasota County collections. “Do you need or want anything from us to, as aggressively as possible, collect on some of the punitive clauses in the contracts?” Moran asked DeMarsh.

“I do not need anything from the commission today,” DeMarsh replied. “We are working with the administration to evaluate the best course to proceed.” If it appears a lawsuit will be necessary, he continued, he would seek the board’s approval of that step. As for the ongoing expense of the hurricane: In his Oct. 9 email,

Collins wrote that the county had incurred expenses so far totaling $5.2 million.

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Additionally, staff plans to bring in at least three professional emergency managers from other Florida counties to conduct a peer review, Harmer noted. A formal report will be produced and “ultimately presented to the board for discussion, review and support,” he continued. “Are we paying somebody to facilitate this?” Commissioner Nancy Detert asked. The foundations offered to assist with the process, which will include the Sarasota County School District, Harmer replied. “A facilitator charges,” Detert said. The county has not budgeted for that, Harmer told her, though “there may be a cost.” He reiterated his statement that the foundations had offered to be “part of the process.” “We’re not paying for that service [of the facilitator]?” Detert asked again. That has not been finalized, Harmer replied. “There’s a charge for a facilitator,” Detert said. “We’re in the early stages,” Harmer told her. Then Emergency Services Director Collins pointed out that staff is “working through that process now,” including

researching the expense of a facilitator. “I think you did a great job,” Detert said of staff’s response to the hurricane. “There’s two little blips,” she added, but “I don’t think we need to pay a facilitator. … I’m just not interested in paying a consultant to tell us what we did right or wrong. If you all have the time and money, you’re on a different planet from me, quite frankly.” “I do think that the system needs to be audited,” Chair Paul Caragiulo responded. “Arguably, [the county’s assistance to the public in an emergency is] the most significant and important thing that we can do. It is the reason why you have government in the first place.” Considering the number of people involved and the fact that people suffered little damage, he added, he thought things “went very well.” Nonetheless, he said, “I absolutely want somebody from the outside to take a look at this.” Commissioner Maio said he thought Caragiulo’s “use of the word ‘audit’ is appropriate. … But, overall, we just did a phenomenal job.” An audit will provide guidance on the number of shelters it should use, shelter locations and the need for backup generators for special needs shelters, for example, for a future emergency, Maio

pointed out. The participation of the foundations in the review “only further drives home the point of how important it is,” Caragiulo said. As for bringing in the emergency management professionals: Harmer explained that as the design of the Emergency Operations Center was underway a few years ago, staff brought in emergency managers from counties where such facilities recently had been built to ask them for their thoughts. The county paid for their lunches and possibly some of their travel expenses, he added. “That return on investment was tremendous. … We’re not looking to spend a lot of money in this review.” Detert told Harmer that the only problems with the county’s efforts for the hurricane that she would call “blips” dealt with the lack of shelters in Venice and the need to communicate better with the municipalities on shelter space they can provide their residents. “People should have a list; they should know where they’re supposed to go,” Detert added, and they need to know that “well in advance.” “It’s definitely an area we are going to be reviewing and responding on,” Harmer told her.

City of Sarasota update In his Oct. 6 newsletter, Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin reported that as of the middle of that week, “approximately 40% of the storm debris throughout the city limits has been picked up during the first collection cycle. Crews are working in all areas of the City now and we expect they will finish the initial pass for the entire City by October 20th,” he added. “Approximately 75% of the debris north of Fruitville Road has been collected, as contract and city Public Works crews continue to work from north to south,” he noted. “Additional crews are now in neighborhoods south of Fruitville Road and on the barrier islands. “So far, a total of 20,000 cubic yards has been picked up. We calculate the amount of debris created by Irma is almost the same amount of yard debris our crews would pick up over two years. It’s an enormous task made even more challenging with so many communities throughout the southeast seeking the same resources,” Barwin pointed out. “The Storm Debris Hotline is still active and will continue to take calls as long as necessary,” he wrote. The number for the hotline is 855-428-4526.


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The contractor the county hired to undertake the painting ended up with a backlog of work, Lui explained. Staff has been waiting “to get through their queue. … The project is planned and it’s funded.” During the Oct. 11 County Commission discussion, Commissioner Michael Moran asked whether the members of the county’s Bicycle Pedestrian Trail Advisory Committee had discussed the sharrows and a proposed bike-sharing program for Siesta. Paula Wiggins, the county’s transportation planning manager, responded that the committee members had talked about the plans. She added, “We are coordinating with our partners in the municipalities, and we are working on a scope [of work] to seek those firms that have the experience and the proficiency” to handle the bike-sharing program for the county. She told the board that staff expects to have the draft of that scope completed “as early as this month.” “That is great news,” Commissioner Alan Maio responded. Maio has been pushing staff to get bike-sharing programs underway in the county. A sharing program — typically implemented for trips ranging between half-a-mile and 3 miles — entails the picking up and dropping off of bikes at multiple sharing sites. Automated kiosks and racks are installed for customers, Brown said. During the Oct. 11 discussion, Brown further noted that residents have told staff they would use their own bikes to reach the beach if they had better ways to secure the equipment at the park. Therefore, staff plans to implement a pilot program through which it will install two bike lockers that can store two bicycles each, she said. Bike racks also might be a good addition to the beach accesses on the island, Commissioner Maio told Brown.


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House Hunting Siesta Key to Longboat Key SHORT WALK TO SIESTA BEACH 195 Vista Hermosa Circle, #9-A, Siesta Key, FL. MLS# A4189942 Wonderfully remodeled 2 BR, 2 BA villa. Designer tile & carpet throughout. This villa is being sold turnkey furnished (with some exclusions). Dan Miller, Re/ Max Tropical Sands. 941-376-7442 FULL GULF VIEW OF #1 BEACH: $550,000 797 Beach Rd, #305, Siesta Key, FL. MLS# A4188853 Completely remodeled unit with high end tile floors in main living area, quality custom kitchen cabinets with granite counters. All the lighting has been upgraded throughout this TURNKEY FURNISHED (some artwork excluded) unit. Dan Miller, Re/Max Tropical Sands. 941-376-7442 KEY WEST STYLE GRAND CANAL HOME ON SIESTA KEY: $1,290,000 418 Island Circle, Siesta Key, FL This 3 bedroom / 3 bath single family house boasts an open floor plan with custom touches. It has a lushly landscaped tropical lot with Tiki bar in the pool/spa area. Dan Miller, Re/Max Tropical Sands. 941-376-7442 4967 KESTRAL PARK WAY N., LANDINGS CARRIAGE HOUSE $425,000 MLS#A4183699 2 BD with Den/2 BA Significantly updated. Judy Greene/Tara Lamb, Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker, 941-350-0451 (Judy) or 941-266-4873 (Tara) 5272 HERON WAY, LANDINGS COACH HOUSE $295,000: MLS #4185882 3BD/2BA Southern exposure with lake view. Judy Greene/ Tara Lamb, Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker, 941-350-0451 (Judy) or 941-266-4873 (Tara) 5259 HERON WAY, LANDINGS COACH HOUSE $295,000: MLS #4197208 2BD 2BA Ground floor updated condo with Lake View Judy Greene/Tara Lamb, Michael Saunders & Company Licensed

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floor plan, each bedroom with private bath. Large kitchen with sit-in area and expansive living/ dining space. Spacious lanai with great views of the ICW. Garage. Pool, clubhouse, tennis, and day dock. Short walk to Siesta Beach. MLS #A4178449, $849,000. Key Solutions Real Estate Group, Sheri & Bob Ruiz. Bob: 941-5443299 or Sheri: 941-400-4186. GULF & BAY BAYSIDE 2 units for sale! Great beach home, vacation, or rental property. Deeded beach access just across the street. 3/2 end unit or 2/2 with views of ICW. Both beautifully renovated and furnished with attached garages. Resort-like amenities. MLS #A4185953, $649,000 and MLS#A4182348, $539,000. Key Solutions Real Estate Group, Sheri & Bob Ruiz. Bob: 941-5443299 or Sheri: 941-400-4186. HARBOUR TOWNE YACHT CLUB Ideally located near Siesta Beach, ICW, and Gulf just beyond. Beautifully renovated 2/2 with deeded dock and water view! Turnkey. 1 car attached garage. $449,000. Key Solutions Real Estate Group, Sheri & Bob Ruiz. Bob: 941-544-3299 or Sheri: 941-400-4186.

SIESTA POINTE Lovely 3 BR 2 1/2 bath Key West style townhome in the ideal location!!! New finishes and fixtures! Short walk over Stickney Point Bridge to Siesta Key. Avoid the traffic and higher property costs. MLS# A4192292 $365,000. Key Solutions Real Estate Group, Sheri & Bob Ruiz. Bob: 941-544-3299 or Sheri: 941400-4186. HARBOUR TOWNE YACHT CLUB Beautifully renovated and furnished 3/3 with deeded 40’ dock and 10k lift. Garage and storage. Across the street from Siesta Beach. Great boating community of 50 families. MLS# A4196664, $669,000. Key Solutions Real Estate Group, Sheri & Bob Ruiz. Bob: 941-5443299 or Sheri: 941-400-4186. MID CENTURY BEAUTY This 3BD/3BA home, is a former Ralph Twitchell show home with an amazing open floor plan and high ceilings located on a quiet canal front corner lot. Has a 7K lbs. boat lift and is a short 5-minute commute to the bay.

Has a new modern kitchen with gorgeous Brazilian granite counter tops. 505 Givens St, Siesta Key, $1,029,000 MLS #A4160488, Key Solutions Real Estate, 941- 8941255 SIESTA KEY GEM With views of both the gulf and blind pass from almost all rooms, this 2BD/2BA condo is what you’ve been waiting for! Fully renovated and even has an enclosed lanai adding 200 extra sq. ft. of living space. Sit and enjoy the beautiful views. 9200 Midnight Pass Rd #32, Siesta Key, $375,000 MLS #A4197341, Key Solutions Real Estate (941) 894-1255 AMAZING VACATION PROPERTY Located just across from world famous Siesta Key beach, this 3BD/2BA condo comes fully furnished and ready to enjoy! Recently renovated with new cabinets, granite, and tile baths along with new roof in 2015. 1350 Siesta Bayside Dr #1350B, Siesta Key, $649,000 MLS #A4185953, Key Solutions Real Estate (941) 894-1255.


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Emergency (General).................................. 911 Emergency Animal Clinic..........941-929-1818 Fishing & Hunting Licenses......941-362-9888 FPL – Florida Power & Light.....941-917-0708 FPL – Outage Report.............. 1-800-468-8243 Marriage License Bureau...........941-362-4066 Poison Info Center.................. 1-800-282-3171 Sarasota / Bradenton Intl. Airport................. .......................................................941-359-2770 Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT)........... .......................................................941-316-1234 Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce................. .......................................................941-349-3800 Sheriff / non-emergency...........941- 861-1601 Waste Management....................941-924-1254

Lorin & Anna Mae from MI

Answers to the WORD SEARCH found on page 35 MarinerWord Search www.themariner.com

Picked up from Airport:

SRQ

$ 30

$ 40

TPA/St. Pete

$105

$125

Punta Gorda

$ 70

$ 80

Miami

$250

$300

Orlando

$200

$220

Ask for DOLPHINS Eddie Answers from Page 14

Prices Include Tolls, Fuel & Parking For Airport Pickups your Chauffeur will have a sign with your name on it.

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15-20 MINUTE RESPONSE TIME (Based upon traffic)

SERVICING

Siesta Key Beach Siesta Village Turtle Beach

DRIVER TIPS ONLY

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• Jonny’s Original Free Ride – The Original Ride the Key Free service on Siesta to anywhere, everyday from 10 AM – 2 AM. Driver tips only. Call 941-928-9200.

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Wanda & Jerry from Sarasota

F Siesta Key Inn F Siesta Palms by the Beach

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Dental Work

Uninsured patients only. During regular business hours. Not valid with any other offers. After hours and weekends are extra.* Expires 11-30-2017.

NOVEMBER 2017

- Extractions - Pain Relief - Root Canals - Dental Fillings - Trauma - Broken Teeth

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Island Girl

Logan

This month’s Island Girl is Logan of Toledo, OH. She moved to Sarasota two years ago after graduating from Newberry College in South Carolina majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Logan played college volleyball and especially loves sand volleyball on Siesta Beach. She plans to enter Dental School at the University of Florida.

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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...