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The great outdoors In hopes of becoming the new ‘Village’ on the south end, Crescent Plaza pursues permanent sidewalk seating By John Morton

W If an incorporation effort succeeds, this sign could someday read “Welcome to the Town of Siesta Key.” (photo by John Morton)

Is it time to try to become a town?

Frustrated Siesta Key resident begins incorporation exploration By John Morton Convinced that Sarasota County officials don’t act with Siesta Key’s best interests in mind, island resident Mike Cosentino is spearheading an effort to have Siesta Key become its own town. If successful, it would have its own government made up of elected council members and employees. Cosentino hosted a public meeting Feb. 17 at the Siesta Beach pavilion that featured guest speakers Ralf Brookes, an attorney, and Brian Lichterman, a planner. A month later, he hosted a meeting at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, where government consultant Joe Mazurkiewicz spoke.

Another meeting at the church is set for April 14. Cosentino told those in attendance that he hopes to get an application for incorporation to the Florida Legislature by a Sept. 1 deadline that ensures it will be addressed during its next session. In Florida, towns can only be established by a legislative special act. If approved, a referendum vote by island residents would follow. The earliest the incorporation could become reality is next year. “I’ve been working in the background on this for a couple of years and, in talking with people, I think it’s high

hen city rules were temporarily loosened to encourage outdoor seating at restaurants due to the pandemic, the eateries at Crescent Plaza got a taste of what could be a new direction. “‘This is winning for everybody’ is what we all thought,” Scott Dolan, the owner of Big Water Fresh Market, said. “It gave us an idea.” And now, the 15 members of the plaza’s business association will combine to spend $30,000 in the next few months to give a facelift to their plaza in the 6600 block of Midnight Pass Road. Beginning soon, landscaping and painting will take place, as will the removal of permanent benches and planters. Then, a repaving of the parking lot will follow. Come summertime, the project kicks into another gear with the expansion of the walkway that wraps around the front of the businesses, provided a permit is obtained. It will only amount to an extra foot of space, but it opens the door to permanent outdoor seating for the four eating establishments in the plaza – Big Water Fish Market, Pizza N’ Brew, Miguel’s, and Toasted Mango Café. “In all, we’re looking at 16 outdoor tables,” Dolan said. “Probably four for each restaurant. We want our area to be like the Village, but on the south end. We want to become that much of a destination.” The expanded walkway will come as a relief for Kim Duffy, co-owner of Toasted Mango Café. “Permanent outdoor seating is definitely a priority,” she said. “In today’s climate, with the virus, people want to be outside. And we’ve got the weather for it. “We are even sacrificing a couple of our parking spots to accommodate that right now. Every morning, we erect a tent and set up temporary tables.” Said Dolan, “Everyone is getting as creative as possible.” That includes Dawn Henson, owner of the Sunshine & Sand Hidden Treasures gift store. “I want the room to place things outside. I’m tucked in the corner, so I want to be seen. I also know there are still people who are cautious and don’t want to come inside,” she said.

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nce upon a time, there was an island community that had county leaders shove a big hotel down its throats. Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf only wish they had such a terrifying tale to tell. To my friends on Fort Myers Beach, does this sound familiar? In this month’s Siesta Sand, an initial meeting to explore incorporation, hosted by resident Mike Cosentino, is covered. He seems hell-bent on this. For me, this tale goes beyond what’s now red-letter news on Siesta Key. It’s got some déjà vu doing some voodoo on me. Upon being named editor several years back of a newspaper on Fort Myers Beach, I had 30 days to put together a special section that commemorated the island’s 20th anniversary of it becoming its own town. The celebration was to be held New Year’s Eve, 2015. As my crash course began, I wondered to myself why my beloved Siesta Key was not incorporated. After all, Fort Myers Beach, which is also known as Estero Island, is 6.2 miles long and has a population

Smart? Or overkill? And, taxes have climbed. That would be a likely scenario for Siesta Key if it did its own thing. Also, quite incredibly in the eyes of some, Fort Myers Beach recently approved a 254-room Margaritaville Resort that required some deviations from the existing codes. Wasn’t the avoidance of such monstrosities the whole reason for rebellion more than two decades ago? Fast forward to what Siesta Key is facing. It’s eerily similar and a common conundrum for coastal communities. How do you preserve a place in which everyone wants a piece of the pie? Anita Cereceda was the first mayor of Fort Myers Beach, elected shortly after the Florida Legislature gave it the green light to become a town. She has subsequently been re-elected mayor twice. When I asked her to share her thoughts on both the pros and cons of incorporation, here’s what she said: “The fight for incorporation doesn’t end with a vote. Know that before you even start. Twenty-five years later our town still debates the issue with great fervor anytime something controversial arises. “In my opinion, as someone who has been involved from day one, the greatest benefit is being able to make major landuse decisions at the local level. These actions impact the future of your community in a most profound way. This is also the absolute most difficult element

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Welcome to the great incorporation debate of about 7,000 – many of whom are snowbirds. Those stats closely mirror Siesta Key. Meanwhile, both are southwest Florida barrier islands and are considered big-time international tourist destinations. Anyway, the impetus for incorporation on Fort Myers Beach, sure enough, began when Lee County vacated land that locals hoped would become a beachfront park and instead gave the green light for a highrise hotel. The people had enough of strangers in downtown Fort Myers making their decisions. They wanted to control their own destiny. Twenty-plus years later, it’s interesting to note that plenty of residents there might warn Siesta Key residents to be careful what you wish for. They are crying for an aboutface, desiring a designation of non-incorporation. That’s right, they want to once again become governed by Lee County. Just like Siesta Key is currently governed by Sarasota County. The reasons? Many feel the local leadership can be too much of a clique and too heavy-handed in areas such as code enforcement, somewhat resembling a homeowner’s association. And some feel it’s a tattle-tale free-for-all. Can local government be too local? For example, right or wrong, Fort Myers Beach continues to mandate masks despite no such thing coming from the county.

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and usually at the forefront of any debate regarding whether incorporating was a good idea. You can’t please everyone. “Our incorporation came about because of a vote, at the county level, to build a hotel that was too big, too tall, too dense. Ultimately, the owners of that property Cereceda became excellent community partners, but there are still those who scorn the day it broke ground. “No matter what the naysayers may claim, I think incorporation was the best decision we could have made for our community. Even though it might be rare for me to sit in a restaurant without someone telling me how much they hate a decision I made, or rare for me to not get trapped in the frozen-food aisle at Publix while a resident complains about the neighbor’s grass being too high, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.” Amen. And I can attest to the non-stop onslaught of what she’s gone through. As an elected official in a small town with big things going on, you become public property. One day you’re Elvis, the next day you’re Dr. Evil. Would such be the life here for those on the council? Maybe. What I do know is there are hundreds of talented and Continued on page 42

What do you think of the plan to create a roundabout at the intersection of Midnight Pass Road

Jennifer Gulf Gate “I think it will be great. I travel north up (U.S.) 41 to go to work and the new roundabouts in that area are fantastic. They’re beautiful and they save me 10 minutes, minimum.”

Alan Balaton, Minnesota “They are hard to get used to, but after a while I think they work out for the best. It will limit the severity of accidents. You don’t see cars getting demolished at roundabouts.”

Sharon Colorado Springs “That’s all you see in Colorado, and all they do is cause more congestion. They’re confusing, and delay you getting from Point A to Point B. The locals here are probably going to regret it.” Chris Siesta Key ““It will be helpful for the people like me who are migrating off the island to get to work. The light that’s there now is often a threeminute showstopper. As long as people learn how to use it, it will be a good thing.”


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Post-dredging waves causing damage Sandy Cove residents report deterioration of their dune system By Rachel Brown Hackney  SarasotaNewsLeader.com

Above, the beachfront at Sandy Cove as photographed by residents before dredging occured in Big Pass. Below, an example of erosion that now exposes the roots of a dune area that has been hollowed out by intensified wave action, according to residents. (submitted photos)

On Dec. 13, 2017, Todd Walton sat on the stand in a county courtroom in downtown Sarasota. He explained that he had more than 40 years of full-time experience in the field of coastal engineering, 24 of which he spent with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Walton was testifying in a Florida Division of Administrative Hearings proceeding for which leaders of two nonprofit organizations on Siesta Key had petitioned. The Siesta Key Association and Save Our Siesta Sand 2 hoped the proceeding would result in the state deciding not to allow the removal of up to 1.3 million cubic yards of sand from Big Sarasota Pass to renourish about 1.6 miles of Lido Key Beach. Under questioning, Walton talked about having reviewed materials produced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of its planning for the Lido project. “The diagrams that the Corps shows have at least 30 to 100% of cumulative wave energy increase along [Siesta

Key’s north] shoreline,” Walton said. “And that’s average. If you actually consider the maximums rather than the average, that’s going to go way up.” When the Siseya Key Association attorney asked whether it was Walton’s opinion “that the Army Corps of Engineers and the city [of Sarasota have] not provided reasonable scientific evidence to establish that no erosion will occur on Siesta Key as a result of this project?” Walton replied, “I would agree that is the case.” The city of Sarasota was the local sponsor for the Lido initiative. In the aftermath of that hearing, the administrative law judge recommended that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issue the necessary permit to the Corps and the city for the Lido Key Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project. The department did so. Just after mid-July of last year, a dredge began removing sand from Big Pass. After that work began, residents of

a homeowners association in Siesta’s Sandy Cove area began noticing changes in their shoreline, which faces Big Pass. One resident, especially, observed a difference in the channeling of waves toward the beach. Those waves began chewing out the lower part of the berm overlooking the water, Stephanie Jacobson, the association president, explained. That berm, she said, “has probably been sheared in half.” Sandy Cove comprises four different homeowners groups, Jacobson noted. Residents in the one she represents live in 52 units that are 50 years old. That section of Sandy Cove is an historically significant development designed by renowned architect Frank Folsom Smith. The dwellings on Big Pass are set back from a wide lawn, protected by a dune system covered with sea oats. Jacobson does not know how long that dune system will remain intact. “This is just since July. This is how Continued on next page 42


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Island  Chatter Siesta falls from No. 1 to 17 on TripAdvisor top-beach list After being recognized in 2020 as No. 1 on TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Beaches list for the United States, Siesta Key Beach fell to No. 17 this year. The new No. 1 is St. Pete Beach, followed by Ka’anapali Beach on the island of Maui, in Hawaii, as No. 2. Other Florida beaches that snagged spots on the latest list were Madeira Beach, at No. 9; Ormond Beach, at No. 12; Henderson Beach State Park in Destin, at No. 13; Pensacola Beach, at No. 15; Treasure Island Beach, at No. 16; and Clearwater Beach, at No. 18. Altogether, seven beaches in Hawaii were honored, putting it in second place behind Florida for 2021. Based on 7,816 reviews on TripAdvisor, Siesta Beach received 4.5 out of five stars. TripAdvisor cited 5,160 reviews for St. Pete Beach, which also earned 4.5 stars. And while Ka’anapali Beach had 4.5 stars as well, TripAdvisor noted 9,203 reviews for it. Out of all the reviews for Siesta Beach, 6,205 rated it “Excellent”; 1,104 marked it “Very Good”; 105 gave it a “Poor” rating; and 97 marked it “Terrible,” TripAdvisor’s website showed.

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Bobby Schneck

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You have reached some lofty accomplishments in the music business. Share with us some of the most significant.

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“To answer this question is difficult because my involvement in the music industry has been very unique and varied as far as switching between studio work, being a guitar technician, and being a performer. “I would have to say my favorite memories are the times I’ve spent working with Aerosmith. I started off with them 16 years ago as Brad Whitford‘s guitar tech and ended up filling in for him on the 2009 tour when he had a serious injury. It’s definitely not the way you want to get a gig when your buddy is in the hospital, but I got in there and got the job done until he was able to return.

“After that I played with Slash from Guns N’ Roses for a couple of years and played with a couple of other artists on and off before going back to work for Aerosmith as Tom Hamilton‘s bass technician. From the mid-1990s to around 2004 I was also working a lot in Los Angeles as a guitar tech for a lot of the biggest producers in the business on recording sessions. Basically, just coming into the sessions in the morning and making sure all of the stringed instruments were ready for the recording sessions as well as amplifiers and effects systems. Those are what I remember as the salad days. “That kind of work disappeared when people were able to start making records in their bedrooms, so the recording budgets dwindled away to almost nothing. That’s when I started going on the road a lot more, either as a musician or a guitar tech.”

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When I got to my permanent base in North Dakota, I bought my first electric guitar at 18 and it was either uphill or downhill from there -- whichever way you look at it!”

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How did it feel to return to the stage after the coronavirus shutdown?

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“It was really freaking weird. I remember driving down to this gig somewhere near Sanibel on Fourth of July in 2020. It was a full-band gig with RJ Howson and I singing and playing guitar, and it was one of the most bizarre gigs I’ve ever played in my life. “We were playing on a boat dock in 96-degree heat to a bunch of boats that were floating around in the water. Believe me, it was really great, but I remember just feeling like it had been 100 years since I had done it.”

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Can you tell us a bit about your musical background?

“There was always music playing in my house when I was growing up. My father loved jazz -- he played trumpet and guitar -- but my Mom and I connected more musically. “My Mom and I used to hang out in the kitchen when I was real little, digging the same radio station where I grew up in Philadelphia. My

A A 2009 Aerosmith tour found Schneck (left) alongside the legendary Steven Tyler.

Dad had bought her a guitar, but she never really picked it up, so he learned to play it and I learned by watching him and

by watching my friends in high school as well. “I entered the Air Force straight out of high school.

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‘Ethan’s Law’ goes to lawmakers ‘Kill switch’ on boats requested in honor of local victim By Rachel Brown Hackney  SarasotaNewsLeader.com

Guitar hero Slash (right), of Guns N’ Roses fame, also recorded and performed with Schneck.

pool of artistic talent on Siesta Key and in the Sarasota area in general is just unbelievably deep.”

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Where can local music fans watch you perform?

“I’m at the Crescent Club at 7 p.m. every Wednesday night. I also play at Gilligan’s, the Sniki Tiki at Captain Curt’s, the Daiquiri Deck,

and the Siesta Key Oyster Bar. “Off the island, I play at the Big Top Brewing Company.” (Community Spotlight each month features a resident who has an interesting occupation, activity, or story to tell. Please submit subjects you feel are worthy of some recognition to managing editor John Morton at info@27statemedia.com or by calling or texting (941) 313-6992.)

State Rep. Fiona McFarland and state Sen. Joe Gruters, both Sarasota Republicans, have filed bills in the 2021 legislative session that would require any operator of a boat less than 26 feet in length to wear a device that automatically would shut off the engine if the operator were thrown overboard. It’s the result of an accident that took the life of a Sarasota youngster. Additionally, in January, when Congress approved the latest National Defense Authorization Act, it included a provision in that bill that requires operators of boats 26 feet and smaller to attach “their lanyard kill switch or use their wireless lanyard if either is available on their vessels if they are on federal waters,” according to the website PropellerSafety.com . In December 2018, the site notes, a law was passed to require the installation of “kill switches” on new boats of 26 or fewer feet. The federal “kill switch” law is expected to go into effect around April 1. That regulation imposes a civil penalty of $100 for a first offense, $250 for a second offense and $500 for any subsequent offense. McFarland’s and Gruters’ proposed legislation, called “Ethan’s Law,” honors the memory of Ethan Isaacs,

a 10-year-old Sarasota boy who was fatally injured as a result of a Sarasota Youth Sailing program accident in November. Ethan, who was a sixthgrader at Pine View School in Osprey, “was taking part in a youth club sailing practice when he was struck and killed by an unmanned motorboat in Sarasota Bay after the instructor lost his footing and fell overboard,” a news release explained. Ethan’s parents approached McFarland shortly after his death, the release continued. (McFarland was elected to the District 72 House seat on Nov. 3.) “We are grateful for the opportunity to make a positive change to boating safety in the state of Florida in honor of our son Ethan Isaacs,” said Greg and Mindy Isaacs in the news release. “Ethan was an extremely gifted and kind boy with a full life ahead of him. His tragic death, which has caused our entire family a great deal of suffering, could have been prevented. It is our hope that Ethan’s Law will prevent future tragedies, save lives and make the Florida waterways safer for everyone.” McFarland has reported wide support for the bill, having worked with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, boat owners associations, boat

manufacturers, and other marine-safety stakeholders when crafting the bill’s language. “Whenever there’s a tragedy, particularly when a young child dies, you always wonder what could have been done to prevent it from happening,” said McFarland in the release. “I’m honored to be working with the Isaacs family to make the Florida waterways safer.” According to the release, “Florida regularly ranks as a top state in number of boating accidents and fatalities, according to recent government reports.” Since 2015, 95 formal reports have been filed regarding accidents involving an operator who fell overboard, 79 of which resulted in an injury or death, the release added. The legislation would allow the FWC, county sheriff’s office personnel, and marine safety officers on waterways to enforce Ethan’s Law, the release noted. Ethan’s Law would not “apply to motorboats making way solely by the use of a trolling motor or to vessels with a main helm installed within an enclosed cabin,” the House bill says. “Trolling motor” refers to a selfcontained unit with an electric motor, a propeller and controls that is affixed to a vessel’s bow Continued on next page 33


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Gruters proposes beach smoking ban, again By Rachel Brown Hackney  SarasotaNewsLeader.com As he has in previous years, state Sen. Joe Gruters (R-Sarasota) has filed a bill in the 2021 Florida legislative session that would give local governments the ability to restrict smoking at their beaches and in parks. The short title of Senate Bill (SB) 334 is “Florida Clean Air Act.” The bill would amend Section 386.209 of the Florida Statutes to allow counties and municipalities to “further restrict smoking within the boundaries of any public beaches and public parks that they own. Municipalities may further restrict smoking within the boundaries of public beaches and public parks that are within their jurisdiction but are owned by the county if doing so

would not conflict with a county ordinance.” Additionally, the bill would prohibit smoking within any state park. If it wins passage in the Legislature and Gov. Ron DeSantis signs it into law, it would go Gruters into effect July 1. Gruters filed the bill on Dec. 18, state Senate records show. On Jan. 26, it won approval from members of the Senate Community Affairs Committee on an 8-1 vote. The next day, it moved to the Environment and

Natural Resources Committee. A companion Florida House bill has been filed, legislative records also show. As of March 5, no votes had been taken on it. The sponsor of the House version — House Bill (HB) 239 — is Rep. Thad Altman (R-Indialantic). In his previous two terms in the state Senate, Gruters filed bills to try to end smoking on public beaches, but he was unable to garner sufficient support from his colleagues for the measures to pass. In a December 2012 court ruling involving the City of Sarasota, a 12th Judicial Circuit Court judge pointed to a state law that prevents local governments from imposing

smoking bans on public property. A July 21, 2011 opinion issued by the Florida Attorney General’s Office in a case involving the St. Johns River Water Management District said, “In sum: The Regulation of smoking is preempted to the state pursuant to [the Clean Indoor Air Act], and the … District may not adopt a policy prohibiting smoking or tobacco use that is broader than the terms of [that statute].” After the December 2012 court ruling, the Sheriff’s Office ceased enforcing the county ban on smoking on Siesta Public Beach. Sgt. Scott Osborne, then the leader of the Siesta substation, said the citation included a $100 fine.

Be conscious of your investment environment Sarasota Local Brings Experience & Trust to Siesta Key On April 22, we observe Earth Day, an occasion that has inspired millions of people over the decades to take steps to clean up our world. Of course, your physical surroundings are important, but you also operate in other “ecosystems” -- social, cultural and political. And you’ll need to consider your investment environment, too. How can you improve it?

your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon.

Here are a few suggestions: Avoid “toxic” investment strategies The dangers of pollution helped drive the creation of Earth Day. As an investor, you also need to watch out for “toxins” -- particularly in the form of unhealthy investment techniques. For example, chasing after “hot” stocks can burn you. In the first place, by the time you’ve heard of them, they may already be cooling off. Second, and probably more important, these hot stocks just may be wrong for the investment mix that’s appropriate for your needs.

Joe St. Onge outside his office on Siesta Key.

Another toxic investment strategy: trying to “time” the market by “buying low and selling high.” No one can really predict when market highs and lows will occur, and if you’re always jumping in and out of the investment world, you’ll likely waste time and effort -- not to mention money. Instead of looking for today’s hottest stocks or guessing where the market is heading, try to create and follow a long-term investment strategy based on

Reduce waste From an environmental standpoint, the less waste and garbage we produce, the better it is for our planet. As an investor, can you find “wasteful” elements in your portfolio? It’s possible that you own some investments that may be redundant – that is, they are virtually indistinguishable from others you may have. Also, some investments, due to their risk profile or performance, no longer may be suitable for your needs. In either case -redundancy or unsuitability -- you might be better off selling the investments and using the proceeds to purchase others that can be more helpful. Recycle wisely Recycling is a major part of the environmental movement. At first, though, you might not think the concept of recycling could apply to investing. But consider this: If you own stocks or mutual funds, you may receive dividends, and, like many people, you may choose

to automatically reinvest those dividends back into the stocks or funds. So, in a sense, you are indeed “recycling” your dividend payments to boost your ownership stakes – without expending additional resources. And, in fact, this can be quite an effective and efficient way to increase your wealth over time. Plant some “trees” Planting trees has always been a key activity among boosters of the environment – with the recognition that their efforts will take years, or even decades, to reach fruition. When you invest, you must sometimes start small. By purchasing a limited amount of an investment and nurturing it over the years by adding more shares, you may one day have achieved significant growth. (Keep in mind, though, that there are no guarantees -- variable investments such as stocks can lose principal.) By making these and other moves, you can create a healthy investment environment – one that can help you achieve your long-term goals.

Joe St. Onge, ChFC® Financial Advisor Edward Jones Investments 5112 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, FL 34242 (941)-346-0560 phone (941)-320-4030 mobile Joe.StOnge@edwardjones.com This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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By Jane Bartnett There’s a new yoga studio in town. And it has a fun name. Studio Yooga, in the heart of Siesta Key Village, is a peaceful and welcoming place. Its dark wood floors, cool gray wall, soothing music and warm comforting air instill an immediate sense of calm and well-being. Jillian Walker, a Reike master and certified yoga instructor who trained in Costa Rica, leads a team of four certified yoga instructors. She has taught yoga in Sarasota for a number of years and first came here as a student at New College. After graduating, she never left. Studio Yooga’s mission, Walker said, is what sets it apart from Studio owner Michael Schindler (left) participates in exercises with instructors Lauren other yoga studios. Nevius (middle) and Jillian Walker. (photo by John Morton) “Our classes are designed to celebrate Studio Yooga’s Siesta unlimited yoga classes. And, lower stress and improve the Key home and the beauty of the drop-in classes that normally go whole body’s being, including island. for $21 are being offered for a mind, body and spirit,” she said. On the first Thursday of short time at the rate of $15 to the Designed to hold up to 10 every month, at 6:30 p.m., yoga first three people in the door. students and one instructor at enthusiasts are invited to meet For those signing up for a time, Yooga’s classes, Walker Yooga instructors on the sand recurring monthly sessions, believes, “will open your heart, for Vino & Vinyasa. On the third Yooga is offering an unlimiteddeepen your connection to your Thursday of each month at 6:30 class package for $130. A onebreath, improve flexibility and p.m., there’s Yoga & Beach Brews. month unlimited package is $140. balance, and give you the tools “These are BYOB and bring A three-class pack is $51, a fivefor a more aligned life.” your own yoga-mat events,” said class pack is $81, and a 10-class With an array of classes offered Walker. pack is $151. seven days a week, Walker Every Wednesday at 7:30 A line of unique boutique items believes that there is a yoga class a.m, begin your day with a that include the work of local for everyone. Studio Yooga Rise & Shine Sun artisans, mala beads, candles, and For those new to yoga, she Salutation yoga session. On industry-standard, high-quality recommends the alignmentSundays at 6:30 p.m., the Sunset yoga mats and towels are also based, Warm Vinyasa class, or a Yoga Flow class ends the week. sold at the studio. gentle Restorative Yoga session. Full Moon Yoga and New Located on the second floor “It will,” she says confidently, Moon Yoga Sound Bath evenings of 5212 Ocean Blvd., in suite “improve your sleep and have on the beach are also being 4, Studio Yooga accepts all you walking out of here feeling planned for the near future. credit cards, checks and cash blessed, balanced, open and “We ask our clients to register for payment. Visit www.yooga. joyful.” online for our beach events com for updates and a full list of For expert and seasoned yogis, and we also request a cash classes and special events. Or, call Walker suggests the Hot Power contribution for these sessions,” Studio Yooga at (941) 248-3890. Vinyasa classes. These, she Walker said. “People come to yoga because reports, are “for people who love To celebrate the studio’s they want to change their life and to sweat and listen to amazing opening, new clients who are they want to feel better,” Walker music while opening their heart.” Siesta Key and Sarasota residents said. “It’s important to find space In addition to Yooga’s daily may purchase a one-time-only to make your life better.” classes, ongoing special yoga $35 package for two weeks of events held at Beach Access 5 will

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Spa guru returns with treatments galore By Jane Bartnett

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Longtime Siesta Key massage therapist Connie Lewis has opened a new boutique day spa called Spa Experience Siesta Key on the second floor of 5700 Midnight Pass Rd. A part of the local wellness community for more than 25 years, Lewis opened her first spa in 1996 and served as director. During those years, the spa was based at Davidson Plaza and then in Gulf Gate. It won four TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence awards before Lewis closed it in 2018. However, she continued her work in the area. Now, as 2021 gets underway, Lewis is looking ahead to growing her new spa and welcoming back many former clients and friends. “I love Siesta Key and I know this community,” she said. At the new Spa Experience Siesta Key, clients will find two private treatment rooms as well a third private room reserved for couples massage sessions. “It’s wonderful to welcome back so many long-standing clients,” Lewis said. “At our new location, we can accommodate four clients at the same time.” Her staff includes licensed massage therapists and aestheticians. Lewis, who is also both, holds a Bachelors of Science degree. “In the coming months,” she said, “I plan to bring on a medical aesthetician, an acupuncturist, as well as chiropractic services.” Speaking of her new venture, Lewis said what makes her spa different is that “we provide a very relaxing and supportive atmosphere.” She explained that “as a massage therapist, I get to be what I call my client’s day-maker. People have suffered so much this past year. We take safety very seriously and we observe HEPA safety, employ UV lights, and are fully committed to maintaining a healthy and safe environment.” She added, “Our massage treatments are tailored to each client’s needs. Our therapists and I are fully trained in the different

Connie Lewis applies the perfect touch at her new spa. (photo by Jane Bartnett)

massage treatments that we offer.” They include therapeutic, Swedish, neuromuscular/medical, sports, and deep tissue massage. Facial treatments are one of Lewis’ specialties. “Many of our clients come to us for facial sculpting, a treatment that uses radio frequency waves to stimulate collagen and tighten facial muscles,” she said. “We use the Beautiful Image machine that was initially developed for medical use to aid Bell’s Palsy patients.” Known as the “lunchtime facial,” the treatment gained popularity when celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston spoke about its merits. “It’s like a little workout for your face,” the actress told In Style Magazine. For best results, Lewis recommends a once-a-week treatment for three weeks and then once a month for maintenance. The spa also offers additional facial treatments and facial massages as well as specially designed treatments for hands, feet, lips and eyes.

A Reike master, Lewis offers clients Japanese Reike treatments that are designed to instill a sense of peace, security and well-being. Aromatherapy massage is another popular treatment. “We use traditional massage and aromatic oils to ease muscles and clear the mind. It also helps to transform stress and for the rebalancing the body and mind.” In addition to the spa’s treatments, Lewis also carries the award-winning Pevonia Botanica line of skincare treatments and products. Made in France and Switzerland, Pevonia is sold in select spas and resorts. “It’s so wonderful to be back again and to help people as we all begin to heal,” Lewis said. Spa Experience Siesta Key is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. All major credit cards are accepted and additional hours are available by appointment. For a full list of services, pricing, appointments, and treatments, visit www. SpaExperienceSiestaKey.com or call (941) 349-4833.

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Did You Know Siesta Key has a GEMSTONE? It’s no secret that the sand on Siesta Key Beach is composed of 99% pure quartz. The crystalline white sand of Siesta Key is luxurious, soft, white and cool to the touch 365 days a year. This is why our beloved beach has been revered as one of the most beautiful in the world. Wanting to capture the experience and essence of Siesta Key beach was the goal of the proprietor of Silver City, Monica. “Tourists always wish they can somehow take their vacation memories with them,” so with this in mind, Silver City designed the Siesta Key Watercolor GemstoneTM. They were able to capture the colors of Siesta Key’s blue/ green water and put it into a quartz gemstone. This quartz gemstone is a fusion of the tropical colors that surround us. Just looking into the clear, beautiful gemstone will transport you back to our island paradise representing the Sea, Sky and beautiful sand of Siesta Key Beach. Silver City has now become a “Must Stop” destination for tourists (Currently named #1 shopping destination on TRIP ADVISOR on Siesta Key). Shining brightly among the cases of this uniquely mirrored store lies the much raved about Siesta Key Watercolor GemstoneTM. Every jewelry piece is designed and made by Silver City Sarasota. The staff of Silver City Sarasota is very proud of their unique collection and variety of designs in Sterling Silver and in 14K gold.

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The snowy plover blends into the sand and is easily disturbed while nesting. (photos courtesy of Kylie Wilson)

Beachgoers asked to avoid snowy plover nests By John Morton

Siesta Key Oyster Bar, or “SKOB” as the locals call it, is the hangout with the laid-back, beachy atmosphere that will get you right into the Island Spirit. One of the things that set SKOB apart from the other restaurants in Siesta Key Village is that we have some of the best food on the Key.

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No more than a dozen snowy plovers are believed to exist in Sarasota County, and a handful are currently nesting on the northern part of Siesta Key – just beyond the public beach. Kylie Wilson, shorebird coordinator with Audubon Florida, is reminding beachgoers to be respectful of nesting areas that are taped off. The birds are easily disturbed by humans, so it’s best to stay at least 30 meters away, she said. “We are very lucky to have them on Siesta Key and we want them to stay here,” she said. The inconspicuous pale little birds are easily overlooked. “They blend in with the sand, so they aren’t easy to see. Camouflage is this bird’s only defense,” Wilson said. “And they’ll pop out eggs anywhere at any time, right on the beach.” The annual nesting season runs between Feb. 15 and the end of September. “They seem to be active early this year, with us finding nests in March,” Wilson said. “With Spring Break arriving, it’s important to get the word out. That area gets busy.”

Unfortunately, the society did indeed report acts of vandalism to local nests in late March. The bird’s susceptibility to feeling disturbed can cause it to abandon a nest. Wilson said it’s considered a cause of the snowy plover’s dwindling population in Florida, now at about 200. Dogs aren’t allowed on Siesta Key beaches, and Wilson hopes people will adhere to that rule. “Dogs are particularly problematic for the birds, even when they’re on a leash,” she said.

The birds typically lay two or three eggs, Wilson said, often one day at a time. Then, they often wait three days to start to incubate them. “So, even if you see a nest area that’s marked but there’s no bird in it, please stay away. There likely are eggs in it,” she said. Wilson is looking for volunteers to help with locating nests and offers virtual training sessions. If interested, you can contact her at Kylie.wilson@audubon.org or by calling (941) 266-5407.

New facility helps prevent sewage spills By Rachel Brown Hackney  SarasotaNewsLeader.com On April 10, 2018, wastewater began flowing from the new Siesta Key Master Pump Station to the mainland, following a years-long Sarasota County project. The conversion of the Siesta Key Wastewater Treatment Plant to a pump station ensured that sewage no longer would be handled on the Key, county staff explained. And, given the redundancies in the equipment included in the new facility, leaders of the county’s Public Utilities Department told Siesta Key Association members that they should not have to worry about any more effluent accidentally ending up in the Grand Canal. Unfortunately, that did not prove to be the case. On July 9, 2019, about 36,000 gallons of untreated sewage flowed right into the canal from the master pump station site located on Oakmont Place, adjacent to the Siesta Isles community. The incident was a result of a failure at the county’s Lockwood Ridge Road booster station, a Florida Department of Environmental Protection report said. County staff had to manually

open a valve at the Lockwood Ridge facility to divert some of the flow of effluent to the north; that eased the pressure in the sewer force main from Siesta Key, the report added. Then the flow increased from the Siesta master pump station, the report noted. That stopped the spill. About 14,700 gallons of the wastewater was recovered from the canal, the report said. Samples were taken, the report added, and lime was distributed in the immediate vicinity of the spill as a mitigation measure. That spill was among many, entailing millions of gallons, altogether, that the department documented in a consent order that the Sarasota County Commission approved in August 2019. The order laid out a series of steps the county would need to take, by specific dates, to improve its wastewater treatment facilities to prevent future spills. Over the past year, the Sarasota County Commission has been approving a wide variety of contracts for projects designed to meet the department’s stipulations. Among those, the

commissioners on Jan. 26 unanimously approved a $1,245,890 contract with TLC Diversified Inc. of Palmetto to construct a new Lockwood Ridge Booster Pump Station (BSP) at 5758 S. Lockwood Ridge Rd. A staff memo in the board packet explained that the station “is a critical component of the wastewater collection system, which boosts flow received from the Siesta Key Master Pump Station, then pumps it to the Central County Water Reclamation Facility for treatment.” (The Central County complex stands on Palmer Ranch in Sarasota.) The Lockwood Ridge BPS has been located within an easement on property owned by Gulf Gate Church, the memo added. The new site, the memo notes, is “more suitable.” The project’s scope of work says that the original pump station was placed into service in September 2018. Construction of the new facility is expected to begin shortly and take about 266 days to complete.


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Abel’s reaches a tasty milestone Now 10 years old, ice cream shop will host April 11 party By Jane Bartnett When Norma and Bill Abel opened Abel’s Ice Cream 10 years ago, they never dreamed that their little shop would become a Siesta Key and Sarasota institution. “When after four-and-a-half years, we decided to sell and we met Jerry and Jill Williams,” recalled Norma Abel. “We knew they were the perfect people to take it over. This 10th anniversary celebration is a dream come true.” At home in its original Stickney Point Road location, Abel’s has as held the No. 1 ranking by TripAdvisor for ice cream shops in Sarasota for seven consecutive years. The little sweet shop that serves up more than 40 flavors of Florida-made ice cream, sherbet and yogurt to customers from all over the world was inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame in 2018.

Last year, Abel’s was awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence. “Pretty cool for a little ice cream store,” said Jerry Williams, who along with his wife, Jill, has overseen the growth and success of the popular spot. “A 10-year anniversary is a big deal for any small business,” said Williams, who serves on the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors. “To celebrate, Abel’s will have a special evening celebration on Sunday, April 11, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. We’ll have a tent, balloons, and music from Sarasota violinist Matt Dendy.” Customers will be able to participate in a special raffle and Abel’s will offer complimentary coffee samples of Tropical Shores Gourmet Popcorn and LeLu Coffee. Both Siesta Key brands are

sold in the store. Looking back on the past 10 years, Williams said that Abel’s “is a place where people come together.” Like many other small Siesta Key-area businesses, Abel’s saw a dip in business during the worst days of the pandemic. But now, Williams is optimistic about the future. The shop’s low-key welcoming vibe features walls decorated with local photographer Wendy Cohen’s framed color photographs of Siesta Key’s iconic lifeguard chairs and wildlife. Happy tunes also fill the air. While ice cream is the star of the show, many loyal chocolate lovers also drop in to scoop up a few pieces of handmade gourmet chocolate truffles or rich fudge, made by Sweet Shop USA and imported all the way

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from suburban Dallas. Over the years, Williams has conducted his own non-scientific survey of his customers’ favorite ice cream flavors. “Stellar Coffee is our biggest seller and No. 1 customer favorite. Captain’s Chocolate comes in at No. 2, and Elephant Ears -- vanilla ice cream with peanut butter and chocolate chips -- rounds out the list at No. 3.” Meanwhile, he said that kids can’t resist Abel’s Superman or Birthday Cake ice cream. “And this month, in honor of our founder Norma Abel, we’ll be featuring her favorite flavor, Raspberry Truffle,” he

proclaimed. In addition to the many awards that grace Abel’s walls, Williams is also extremely proud of his part-time staff of high school and college students. “Some have been with us for close to five years,” he said, calling them “just fantastic.” He credits his young workers with making Abel’s the place to where so many people love to come. Williams, who spent his own career in the hospitality and food industry, believes that working with the public in a service business “offers a great start for a young person.”

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While following trends and opinions can often be helpful, as we learn more about canine nutrition it’s important to separate fact from fiction. After all, it’s our precious pups’ health and well-being on the line. With that in mind, let’s take a look at five common dog-food myths and how to dispel them with science and research from pet professionals and nutritional experts.

meat is fairly easy for dogs to digest and, naturally, gets easier with higher quality cuts and products. Additionally, protein promotes muscle growth and helps deter atrophy. Vegetable and plant protein, on the other hand, is more difficult to break down and can be hard on a dog’s body. So, when it comes to high protein keep mind that the butcher is your best bet.

Myth No. 1: Kibble promotes dental health

Myth No. 5: Raw food and eggs are dangerous

You’ve probably heard this one a lot – dog food companies have made sure of it. That’s right. Big Kibble is largely responsible for the myth that their products promote doggie dental health. But unlike humans, a dog’s saliva doesn’t contain amylase, the enzyme that breaks down carbs and starches in our mouths. As such, when dogs consume kibble, binder can combine with oral bacteria to cause plaque, tartar and potentially gum disease. If you do opt for kibble to supplement your dog’s diet, just know that it could harm rather than help your pup’s teeth, and make sure to keep chew toys and chew bones on regular rotation to counter binder buildup.

Myth No. 2: Dietary changes lead to digestion challenges It’s no secret that brands want consumers to stay loyal to their labels. So, it’s not surprising that, when it comes to our second myth, long-established traditional dog-food companies are up to their old tricks. Changing a dog’s diet could upset their digestion? As you might expect, pretty much the opposite is true. If your pup doesn’t possess any major digestion issues or food intolerances, much like their owners they can bore easily of the same old grub. Try mixing up meals with a variety of healthy meats, vegetables,

and carbs that can not only keep things interesting but also introduce important amino acids and micro-nutrients that make for a more balanced diet.

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Dog and cat digestive systems are roughly half the size of that of a human. This means that they can process and eliminate food at roughly twice the speed of their owners. Armed with this knowledge, you can put worries about salmonella or E Coli to bed when varying your dog’s diet with raw food or the occasional egg. When planning your dog’s diet, how can you separate fact from fiction? Watch your labels, talk to professionals, and trust the experts to ensure your pup is making the most of mealtime—without the myths.

Myth No. 3: Meal is a miss

Rule of thumb: not all meal is created equal. How can one tell? Like we’ve discussed before, label literacy is key. If a product label lists “chicken meal,” “beef meal,” and the like, that’s A-OK as 100% of the meat content is concentrated protein. But if the label is byproduct meal or, worse, unspecific about its animal source it’s time to raise the red flag and avoid those offerings.

Myth No. 4: High-protein diets are detrimental

Similarly to questions about meal, the high protein diet discussion is dependent on defining specifics. Protein derived from

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Happiness is…A Decade of FUN

Jerry and Jill Williams, owners of Abel’s Ice Cream

A little more than five years ago, when Jill and Jerry Williams bought Abel’s Ice Cream, Jill remembers Jerry saying, “this is going to be fun.”

pandemic. Our customers are different. They are special. The support is crazy. I can’t wait to see what the next decade brings.”

And on the Tenth Anniversary of Abel’s operation, the Williams still can’t quite believe how much fun it’s truly been. Not only have they enjoyed their group of amazing crew members through the years, but the family of loyal customers and friends that return to Abel’s year after year have been a complete joy.

Join the celebration at Abel’s on April 11th. From open to close they will have free anniversary cake, balloons for the kids and a raffle to enter to win a variety of prizes. From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., enjoy violinist Matt Dendy (www.srqviolinish. com), a visit from Abel’s founders Bill and Norma Abel, free samples of Lelu’s coffee, Tropical Shores popcorn, and Sweet Shop USA, and an appearance by the photographer Wendy Cohen whose photographs hang in the shop. The raffle drawing will take place at the end of the

“I am amazed at the love our customers have shown us. I am so humbled,” Jerry stated. “We’ve survived a hurricane, a red tide, Jill having a stroke, and now a

night. The winner must not be present to win. Abel’s Ice Cream is located at 1886 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota in the South Bridge Plaza. Open Sunday through Thursday from Noon-9:30 pm, and Friday and Saturday from Noon-10 pm. Learn more online at our updated website, www.abelsicecream.com or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram. Awarded their Certificate of Excellence for SIX years straight!

Your Go-To Store on the Island Morton’s Siesta Market is your one-stop shop for easy island living. We offer a large selection of staple groceries, beer and wine, as well as fresh produce, meats and seafood. In keeping with our Morton’s tradition, we also carry a delicious array of prepared foods, perfect for take-out, picnics, parties and more.

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produces one or two eggs annually as compared with a clutch of four to seven heron eggs. Just 24 hours after hatching, a crane chick leaves the nest on foot and forages with its parents. Heron chicks stay in the nest for 12 to 14 days, fed soley by their parents. The Florida sandhill cranes pictured here are easily identified by the bright red crown, white cheeks, and imposing stature of 36 to 48 inches. A long slender bill helps this omnivore to hunt for insects, snakes, frogs and mice in wetlands, as well as to gather seeds, berries and grains in fields. Observers will note the range of soft grays and hints of rust arrayed in a cascade of feathers extending to a wingspan of 6 to 7 feet. Jan Baumgartner’s handmade notecards showcase Siesta Key natural scenic beauty and wildlife. They are available in two locations: BLVD Beachwear 5239 Ocean Blvd (941) 349-2583 Shelly’s Gift and Christmas Boutique 4420 S Tamiami Trail (941) 260-8905

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Petrea Volubilis, mostly called Queens Wreath, features such a sharp contrast of soft delicate large clusters of light purple flowers to hard green leaves that feel like sandpaper. This beautiful vine blooms several times a year, between February and June. It grows best on arbors, a trellis, or fences. Loves full sun but can grow also in semi-shade. Once established, this is a drought-resistant plant. It will need some pruning as these vines can get quite large. A real bonus is no major pest problems. This vine and blooms will remind you of Wisteria vines. Another bonus is that this plant attracts pollinator butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. If you have the space, this is a nice addition to

your garden. It’s currently in bloom in the Circle Garden of the Sarasota Garden Club, located at 1131 Boulevard of the Arts. Every Friday morning between 8 and 11 a.m., you can work in our nine gardens, get some fresh air, and enjoy the camaraderie of club members. You do not have to be a member to work in our gardens. Our next events are: Mother’s Day in the Gardens, 4 to 6 p.m., May 9. Enjoy our beautiful gardens, music by Elijah, wine, refreshments, light bites, and mothers receive a beautiful flower. Visit SarasotaGardenClub.org for information. Submitted by Kay Weber, Botanical Gardens Chair, Sarasota Garden Club

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Mind Body Soul: Seek Harmony By Dolores Day “He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.” -- Marcus Aurelius In all things, we should seek harmony. This is “the pleasing agreement of parts” as defined by Webster’s Dictionary. When we begin seeking harmony within our very being, we can then extend this out into the entire world, doing our part to perpetuate peace. Our very essence is made of three parts: our minds, our dody and our deeper soul (that is who we are originally without the mask of the ego). When all parts sing in harmony with health, peace and happiness we experience true joy. It is important to note that when one of our parts is not in alignment and operating at full capacity, it can throw us off a perfectly balanced equilibrium, creating displeasing or even devastating experiences in our life. First, we must have a desire and a willingness within to create harmony in our lives. Cultivating this inner desire is necessary if we want this harmonious state to manifest in our daily lives. There are many ways to produce harmony in every moment, and every day. Most of them are very simple and take only seconds to participate in but can generate powerful effects on our life experiences. One way is by seeking out activities and environments that support this decision and help fuel this intention of inner harmony. This means making a conscious decision of where and with whom we place our energy. There have been many places and people in my life who do not radiate an energy of love and peace. In fact, some can be downright toxic and harmful. We have all found ourselves in situations or perhaps conversations that certainly do not resonate an energy of goodness.

The more we become aware of these moments, the quicker we can make a decision to protect our peaceful state and either remove ourselves or avoid these places/people altogether. In this way we are making a proactive conscious choice not to participate in anything that would cause harm to the very harmony we are trying to harvest in our lives. This is not always easy, but it is necessary if we crave complete harmony. We achieve this state quickly if we have congruency in our thoughts and actions that display this desire. Also, for me personally, not a day can go by without me studying deep spiritual and intellectual reads that help to foster a calm state of being within me. Words have such a powerful affect on our lives. They can literally nourish our souls and reset our minds to become more powerful and present. However, this takes an assertive approach on our part to seek out these reads and then wedge the time into our daily schedule to procure this habit. When we fill our hearts and imprint our minds with peace-filled words, this begins the very causation of correspondence in our lives. Our thoughts then turn into our daily actions that sing in concert to this beautiful chord of love. I encourage you to find a

daily inspiration and meditational book that you can read daily in the morning before you begin the day. This daily meditational practice will absolutely set in motion the healing power of peace. Let the momentum of your day swing this way, as opposed to the chaos of your emails, text messages and your to-do list. Another way to create harmony is by praying. This harmonious daily habit will cultivate extraordinary peace in our minds and fill our soul with a powerful and lasting connection and can heal the body. By praying to our higher source we are coating our minds with words of goodness and plugging in to our real power. It is important to note that there needn’t be a religious affiliation in order to engage in this spiritual practice. No, speaking to God is greatest when it is not repetitive words without meaning, but rather heartfelt connection from your very heart/mind. We needn’t be amongst others or be wearing anything specific. Rather in any moment, we can pause, inhale, and say a few words to our creator. We can ask for help. We can pray for blessings on others. Or, we literally can utter just two single words -- “thank you” -- and have a blissful experience that can ripple through the body and create a healing harmonious effect on our cells. May we all seek to cultivate more harmony into our lives and then propagate it into the world which will offer all a blanket of peace. Let it begin with me. Peace be with you friends. (To read a daily dose of inspired teachings or work with De you can find and follow her on Instagram @spread.love.and.light or on her website at www.de-day.com.)

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What a hoot it is to scoot By John Morton

“They only go as fast as about 35 mph, but you feel like you’re going 50 mph because they are so low to the ground.” That’s how Billy Justice, manager of Robin Hood Rentals, describes the thrill of buzzing about Siesta Key in one of his shop’s Scoot Coupes. “The reaction from renters is always positive. These little cars are a blast,” said Justice, whose shop is located at 5255 Ocean Blvd. in the Siesta Key Village. “We rent a lot of transportation items here, and the Scoot Coupe probably makes up at least a quarter of our business.” The one- or two-seat scooter cars require that you be 18 with a valid driver’s license for operation and, although they are street legal, they can’t leave the Key. They come in a variety of styles at Robin Hood Rentals, including some that replicate Herbie the Love Bug. “That’s for sure a favorite,” Justice said. “It’s fully loaded.” With Spring Break crowds on Midnight Pass Road in full force, Justice recommends slowing down and hitting the side streets in a Scoot Coupe. “They are the best way to see our neighborhoods, our canals, and all the beautiful houses,” he said. “It’s very peaceful.” On the south end of the island, Ride & Paddle by Siesta Sports Rentals, located at 6551 Midnight Pass Rd., also rents scooter cars. There, 21 years of age is the requirement for the driver. “That was relaxing,” said Debbie Richey as she ended her first-ever scoot on March 25 at the Ride & Paddle parking lot after a trip all the way to the south end of the Key. “I was a little nervous beforehand, but it turns out they are very easy to drive. I asked to be a passenger first on a test drive, so I was OK once I took the driver’s seat. That was nice of them.” She was visiting from Benton, Arkansas with her 11-year-old grandson Landon Pelkey. “Time flew by,” he said. “That was really fun.”

Above, Debbie Richey and grandson Landon Pelkey are all thumbs up after their first-ever spin with a Ride & Paddle scooter car. Below, the Herbies are ready to roll at Robin Hood Rentals. (photo by John Morton above, submitted photo below)

April is a doozy for those who want to frolic Ready to experience the variety of offerings on Siesta Key this month? Let us give you some suggestions: Turtle Beach on the south end is a treat, and an Easter-egg hunt makes it that much sweeter. From 9 a.m. to noon April 3 you’ll have a blast with the kiddos, thanks to the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce. It helps offset the sadness of the annual sunset service on the beach being cancelled this year. Next, everyone loves Siesta Beach, home to an enormous stretch of public sand and all things volleyball, sand sculpting, swimming, shell collecting, and unmatched people watching on what is often ranked as America’s No. 1 beach. So, with it being the height of Spring Break, you’ll feel the energy here in a big way. Count the number of different license plates and college shirts! Meanwhile, on every Sunday, hundreds of beachgoers drum to the Siesta Key beat within the one-of-a-kind drum circle. It starts near the Siesta Beach pavilion at about 4:30 p.m. and rocks until sunset. If you don’t have a bongo to pound, having a Hula Hoop to swirl around your hips will do the trick. Jump in the middle and go! You won’t be alone. Otherwise, this is a month geared toward tourism and the myriad of things our visitors are aching to do. Parasailing, wave runners, tubing in the gulf, deep-sea or Intercoastal Waterway fishing, paddleboarding, kayaking, biking, Segways, scooters ... you get the idea. Oh, and the mini-cars are a blast (see story to the left). As for live music, most every establishment has it every night. Classic rock is the usual driving force. One of the Key’s favorite musicians is profiled in this issue of Siesta Sand (page 6). Meanwhile, the Key has a trolley that can take you back and forth as needed. How about that for convenience? Please know that masks are required for riders right now. Finally, cross the bridges and stock up on what you need at the Phillippi Farmhouse Market, held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at 5500 S. Tamiami Trail. More than 50 vendors make it a maze of splendor. It’s the final month for the market before it goes on summer hiatus, so now’s your chance. A smaller market is held in the Siesta Key Village from 8 a.m. to noon on Sundays. -- John Morton

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Island Chatter Great American Cleanup is April 17 at public beaches

The annual Great American Cleanup on Siesta Key is slated for 8 to 11 a.m. April 17. Volunteers are being asked to help pick up debris at both Siesta and Turtle beaches. That same day, from 7 to 10 a.m., a turtle sculpture will be unveiled in the grassy area near the Siesta Beach pavilion.

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Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal announced that it had “provisionally set” Siesta Key resident Mike Cosentino’s North Beach Road case for oral arguments at 11 a.m. on April 13. Although Cosentino’s nonprofit Reopen Beach Road originally was a co-plaintiff in the action, the Tampa attorney he hired last year to assist with the appeal withdrew.

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Therefore, “Reopen Beach Road, Inc., is foreclosed from filing additional briefing, participating in oral argument, and filing any post-decision motions,” the docket noted. Cosentino originally filed his case in June 2016, after the County Commission voted 4-1 to vacate a 373-foot-long portion of North Beach Road starting at the Columbus Boulevard intersection. If indeed oral arguments are conducted on April 13, Cosentino will go it alone in trying to persuade the Court of Appeal that the 12th Judicial Circuit Court’s final order in favor of Sarasota County should be overturned.

Sunrise service cancelled

Due to the pandemic, the April 4 sunrise service on Siesta Beach has been cancelled, according to Sarasota County

Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources. The annual Easter service is hosted by Pine Shores Presbyterian Church.

Easter-egg hunt is April 3

An Easter-egg hunt and children’s party will be held from 9 a.m. to noon April 3 on Siesta Key’s Turtle Beach, 8918 Midnight Pass Rd. The event, sponsored by the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, is geared toward children ages 1 through 6. It will be limited to 175 participants and the cost is $10 per child. Each child will receive a goodie bag. The outing will feature photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, games and prizes, and the serving of Kona Ice. A mounted patrol will be on site, and at 10 a.m. there

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LIQUOR STORES / FINE WINES Gabbiano’s Wine Club....................Map-D #70 Gilligan’s........................................... Map-B #33 Siesta Key Wine Bar........................ Map-C #61 Siesta Village Liquors..................... Map-C #26 The Beach Club.................................. Map-D #22

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Law enforcement sees early Spring Break activity

Spring Break season appeared to get an early start in February, Sgt. Arik Smith, leader of the Sheriff’s Office substation on the Key, has reported. The total number of calls for service was 365, Smith said. Of those, 23 — about 6% — were of the more serious nature that the FBI used to classify as “Part 1 crimes.” “We had two vehicle burglaries; we had six assault and battery cases, [for] all of which we have suspects identified and arrested,” he

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noted. Additionally, six bicycle thefts were reported, he continued. In all of those cases it appeared that locks had been cut, Smith said. Extra deputies will be on patrol every day, he said, and members of the Mounted Patrol will be out on the public beach each day.

Fire chief shares numbers

Sarasota County Fire Chief Mike Regnier recently reported on the activity of local Fire Station 13. In 2020, the Fire Department dealt with 1,653 on the Key. In 2019 it handled 1,569 incidents. Out of the 2020 total on the island, 1,208 were related to emergency medical situations; 44 entailed motor vehicle collisions, including one extraction; three incidents

involved pedestrians struck by motor vehicles; 31 elevator rescues; 10 water/surf rescues; and nine watercraft rescues took place. Of the 445 fire-related calls, two involved structure fires; 18 others entailed other types of fires; 42 involved hazardous conditions; 188 false alarms were recorded; crews dealt with two lightning strikes without fires; and 77 calls were for other types of service. The mean response time from 911 Dispatch receiving a call to a fire or rescue vehicle’s leaving Station 13 was 1.1 minutes. From the time of departure to arrival on scene, the mean time was 6.1 minutes. March and June 2020 were tied for the highest number of EMS calls in a month at 128. February was in second place with 122 and January was in third place, with 112.

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“21 on the beach” -- Not people, but Marlene Zook (front row center). She is surrounded by all her Lancaster, Pennsylvania friends as she celebrates her 21st birthday week on Siesta Beach. A repeat visitor, Zook said “I love to play volleyball and spike the ball out here, honestly.” One of Zook’s top birthday wishes would be to visit Australia for six months

“Castle makers” -- Twins Kylie and Kelsey, 4, and mom Kara Garber of Pennsylvania are busy sand sculpting on family friendly Siesta Beach. When the twins become adults, Kelsey wants to be a mommy and Kylie a doctor. Nurse practitioner Kara and the girls were getting a needed a break from the stress of the pandemic.

“Hand-and-sand sculpted” -- A savvy, card-playing Florida student could open with this pair of gators left behind for all beachgoers to enjoy as they walk by. The powdery sand makes this beach ideal for sculpting, which is why the annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Festival finds its home here every November.

“Fill it up, please” -- A third-time visitor to Siesta Beach, Harrison Graber, 2, of Indiana works to fill up his sand hole with water from the Gulf of Mexico. Mom said Harrison will play in the sand as often as possible during their week-long vacation.

“Playing it cool” -- Best friends Stameslava Toborcerova (left) and Taviana Bilinska of Slovakia are refreshed by strawberry daiquiris at the Sun Deck concession stand. Bilinska discovered Siesta Beach when on vacation about three years ago. She commented, “I can tell when all these young people leave the beach -- somebody’s taking care of it. It’s all the time clean, you know.”

“Eye on the target” -- Mervin Esh, 8, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania attempts to fly his Frisbee through the slot of the other Kan Jam container. His last visit to Siesta Beach was seven years ago as a baby. Mervin is a big fan of Paw Patrol and loves the sand and swimming.

“Volleyball mascot” -- Isabella Thayer of St. Petersburg with league mascot Kuuyi, a Pacific parrotlet. Kuuyi means “water” in the Hopi North American Indian language. Thayer related, “She doesn’t know how to be alone in the wild,” but loves being with them. “She’s a happy bird.”

“Beachin’ it” -- Jaxon Fernandez, 7;, Taylor Adamek, 17; and Kendall Flowers, 11, of Milwaukee enjoy all Siesta Beach has to offer. Kendall loves the sand because it doesn’t get hot and it’s not like the quicksand of other beaches. She’s also a terrific soccer player. Her sister Taylor’s big wish would be to move to Fort Myers or Sarasota.

“A bit breezy” -- Heavy winds, indicated by the flags of the red lifeguard stand, are not ideal for those who want to enjoy Siesta Beach. The number of students may be down this year as many colleges and universities have cancelled Spring Break because of the coronavirus pandemic. That said, numbers are hard to predict as virtual classrooms may lead students to bring their laptops and attend classes from a beachfront condo.

“Eyes on the ball” -- Repeat visitors Lauren Styskal and fiancé Luke Sexton of Boston paddleball pass on Siesta Beach. Lauren works for a startup medical diagnostic company and Luke works in finance at a bank. They plan to be married on June 17, 2022.


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Fundraiser for new ministry hall gaining momentum By Jane Bartnett  In early March, St. Michael the Archangel, Siesta Key’s only Roman Catholic Church, officially re-launched its $5.25 million capital campaign to build a new ministry hall that will hold meeting and office space, as well as a full kitchen. A separate structure, designed as a cloister or covered walk with outdoor spaces and tropical gardens, will stand alongside the hall on the 9-acre church campus. A second $750,000 fund-raising effort will fund the complete renovation of the 60-year-old church. First announced in 2019, a year after flooding ruined its original hall, St. Michael church officials paused the capital campaign in March of 2020 when COVID-19 restrictions were put into place. In January of this year, a $500,000 gift from longtime parishioners Patty Smith and her father, Maurice “Moe” Dinneen, made it possible for the Rev. Michael Cannon, St. Michael’s parish priest, and the church’s campaign committee to jump-start the effort. “My prayers were answered,” said Cannon. That week, Cannon asked Jim Holt, chairman of the St. Michael’s capital campaign, to announce the good news to the parish during a televised Sunday mass. The half-million-dollar donation, Holt reported, was made on behalf of the Eluned & Edward Russell Charitable Foundation at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. “I want to have a new center to bring people back together,” said Smith. “My Dad and I hope this gift inspires others who are just as passionate about our church and church family.” While announcing the re-launch of the campaign, St. Michael’s also reported that architect Sean Williams of Carbon Design & Architecture of Sarasota was appointed architect-of-record for the project. “It will be a truly special place with a mix of outdoor gardens and beautiful buildings,” said Holt. “When complete, we will have new office and educational space for the parish.” Cannon added that “it will also allow us to have room for community groups, weddings and celebratory functions.” To keep the parish community informed of the campaign’s progress, St. Michael’s began holding a series of 30-minute outdoor information sessions. Held under a tent on the site of the old parish hall, Holt leads a discussion of the campaign and presents a short-video virtual walk-through of the completed project. Sessions are held every Sunday at 2 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. The meetings will be

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From left, the Rev. Michael Cannon, pastor of St. Michael’s the Archangel, accepts a capital campaign donation from Maurice “Moe” Dinneen and Patty Smith. (submitted photo)

held through April. “Anyone is welcome to attend,” Holt said. With close to 900 families who are registered members of the parish, St. Michael’s also welcomes many seasonal and vacationing Catholics. “We have a lot of people who tune in to watch our mass on YouTube each week from many places,” said Cannon. According to Holt, there are “as many of 400,000 Catholics from around the world who visit Siesta Key each year.” The goal is

to reach many of them, he added. Looking ahead to a new parish hall, gardens and a complete renovation of the church itself that will “have a flow between the buildings,” St. Michael’s pastor said that he has great hope, optimism and gratitude. “I want to thank all of our various parish committees that are making this project a reality,” he said. “Everyone has been incredibly generous in helping us to get to where we are.” Recalling the catastrophic water

damage that took place nearly three years ago, the memory of that grim 2018 day still haunts him. “It was during vacation bible school,” Cannon said, when “we had a major plumbing issue and the aging pipes gave way. The hall flooded, the floors were ruined, and the walls were found to be damaged beyond repair. “We had to tear the building down. It was 60 years old, built below flood level, and the cost to bring the building up to code was $2.8 million.” He credits the Siesta Key parish of St. Boniface Episcopal Church and its generosity in sharing its meeting space with St. Michael’s for helping the parish to make it through. “They have been great to us,” he said. With the loss of the parish hall and the worst days of the pandemic behind them, Holt and Cannon are now focusing on the capital campaign. As of mid-March, Holt reported, the campaign had more than $2.7 million in collected donations. Pledges stand at $1 million, and written commitments have also begun coming in. When 80% of the total funds have been raised, construction on the new parish hall project will begin. “We are still welcoming gifts and familynaming opportunities,” said Cannon. Groundbreaking is targeted for 2022.

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Sheriff’s Report Feb. 24 burglary A man left his rental condominium at noon to go to the beach and returned at 2:30 p.m. to find that someone had entered and rummaged through his unit. He reported numerous pairs of shoes, clothing, and a purse containing $3,000 and a driver’s license missing. The only means of to the rental unit was by accessing a keypad code, which the rental company advised is changed before new renters arrive. The only people who know the code are two maintenance men and the cleaning crew. There were no signs of forced entry. Fingerprint evidence was collected and surveillance footage from adjacent condominiums was requested. Feb. 27 burglary While on vacation, a woman rented a house and five bicycles. She parked the bicycles on the covered front porch of the house but on the morning of Feb. 27 she noticed that one of the bicycles was missing. She contacted the homeowner and the front desk to report the bicycle stolen. The bicycle is a 3G, 19-inch male beach cruiser with inventory number 1482 on the frame and serial number US0919H090128 on the steering neck.

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March 1 theft A man rented an electric bike and parked it in the parking lot at the public beach. The rental company provided a lock with the bike, but the renter did not use the lock. Upon returning to the lot, he was shocked and dismayed to find that the bike had been stolen. He did not have a serial number to provide to authorities or any other evidence at the time of the complaint. March 4 burglary Complainant reported that a silver MacBook computer, valued at $1,000, was stolen from a vehicle inside an unsecured garage. March 8 theft Complainant reported that sometime between March 6 and 7, someone stole his unlocked bicycle from where he was storing it next to his condo. He described the bicycle as a black 10-speed, valued at $450. The complex has security and video surveillance, and the investigation remains open. March 8 burglary Police responded to a report of Continued on page 42

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By John Morton The business formerly known as City Pizza has changed its name, but it remains part of the family. It transitioned in October under the new ownership of Frank Segreti, who took over the longtime Siesta Key restaurant, located at 6645 Midnight Pass Rd. in the Crescent Plaza, that was being operated by his mother. It has been rebranded as Pizza N’ Brew, and it will rely upon the family’s original marinara sauce recipe that helped launch a New Yorkarea chain of about a dozen pizza parlors back in the 1950s, beginning in the Bronx. Segreti’s grandfather started the business, which found its way to Siesta Key 32 years ago. “We are happy to continue the family tradition in south Siesta Key with good pizza,” Segreti said. “Our new brand brings a modern touch to the food and a fun atmosphere.” That includes interactive video

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games and several large TVs, creating a sports-pub atmosphere. The new menu features not only pizza but burgers, chicken wings, and salads. Segreti’s plan took a detour because of COVID-19. His new

venture was targeting downtown Sarasota as its first location, taking the place of the Tavern on Main pizzeria, with St. Pete and Tampa locations to follow. Meanwhile, his mother would operate City Pizza for one more year. But things were put on hold, so the Siesta Key locale became the natural place to get the ball of dough rolling. “We had to pivot, but it’s truly a happy coincidence for us to start where it all began,” Sean Diener, chief operating officer, said. “Having 32 years of history here is no small fete and we hope to not only replicate that success but take it to another level.” Business hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Outdoor dining is available on the restaurant’s side deck. If you’d like to order online, visit pizzanbrew.com.

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Meanwhile, considering what’s already taking place in the neighborhood, Dolan feels it’s the perfect time to strike. “You’ve got the Crescent Club with its new outdoor addition, Captain Curt’s remains dominant, and you’ve got the new Daquiri Deck around the corner. We’re all within walking distance of one another. “Then, there’s the plan for the new hotel at the end of Old Stickney Point (Road). Down the road at Turtle Beach, Bayfront (Yacht Works &) Marina has expanded now that it is being run by Marina Jack. They are bringing in larger boats. “What we’re seeing around here is an explosion of people. The potential is huge.” Keith Green, general manager at the Crescent Club, agrees. “We are happy as hell to help improve the whole area,” he said of his expansion, which features two outdoor bars, several large-screen TVs, and which plays host to live music. “This part of the island is a fun and happy place. We feel it.” As for the parking limitations that sometimes plague Crescent Plaza, helps appears to be on the horizon. Dolan said there is countyowned land adjacent to the plaza to its south that has room for 43 parking spots. He said bidding on the parcel is in the early stages. “If it becomes private parking, it might be something used by

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employees of the businesses. If it stays with the county, it might become paid parking,” Dolan said. “It’s across the street from the beach, so that’s another positive. That draws people. “Either way, it’s a win-win for us.” Regarding the plaza’s storefronts, Dolan said the final vacancy will likely be filled by an optical store in the coming months. Meanwhile, he recently filled a vacancy next door to his business by moving his retail operation there and combining his seafood offerings with a new deli. His original space is now exclusively home to his expanded restaurant. With the changes taking place, updated signage at the plaza’s

entrance is also likely. “This plaza has received very little love in the last 30 years,” said Sean Diener, chief operating officer of Pizza N’ Brew. It’s the plaza’s long-standing roadside establishment, recently transitioning in ownership after being known as City Pizza for more than three decades (see related story above). Frank Segreti, the new owner, is now the president of the plaza’s owners association. “He’s making a big push to get things going,” Diener said. Added Henson, “A lot is starting to happen here, and it’s exciting. It’s time the south end was no longer ignored.”


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And, as you view all things Monet, you will not be alone. Representations of the art of the POP artist Roy Lichtenstein, who fell in love with Monet’s paintings back in the 1960s, are spotted about the paths that wind through Selby’s jungle walkways. And not just Monet’s Lilly pads. There are also 3D versions of Monet’s haystacks -- in morning, afternoon, and evening light -- as envisioned by Lichtenstein. From little things like Lichtenstein flower pots filled with real eye POP-ing flowers to a two-story Lichtenstein version of Monet’s house are as unreally real as one could wish. This exhibition Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes POP! is part of the continuing Jean & Alfred Goldstein’s exhibition series which, in the past, has brought us the Selby’s visions of Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, and Marc Chagall. A highlight of highlights of this exceptional exhibit would be a slow walk through the conservatory where Claude Monet’s garden, arches, arbors, home, and lily pond are all Lichtenstein-ized with the evergorgeous display of tropical flowers encompassing them. And, at the other end of the garden, the Payne Mansion contains a number of original Lichtenstein paintings on loan from the Lichtenstein Foundation, museums, and a local collector. Lichtenstein Nights (entertainment, light refreshments, and beautiful sunset lit views included) are another hit. Information at Selby.org.

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The new supersedes the old

While the title of this section is a generally accepted phrase, it is quite often, upon analysis, not the case. Yes, at the end of each year we see a cartoon depicting an image of a decrepit old year being pushed aside by a little runt representing the new year -- and everyone applauds. Sure, out with the old, in with the new. And naturally, when the shine on an old trophy wife gets a bit dull, get a newer one, even if it’s a bit plastic. Yes, the new may be super (at least by its own definition), but the old does not always cede its place to the new. Good dancers still grace our TV screens doing a graceful waltz, while there are not many shows featuring the Macarena. And

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With unique menu, restaurant makes its 10th year special Clark Road establishment celebrates with new brunch offerings, live entertainment By Jane Bartnett Chianti Ristorante Italiano, whose name pays homage to the wine made in the Italian region of Tuscany, is an ode to the wonders of Tuscan Mediterranean cuisine. This year, the Clark Road bistro is celebrating its 10th anniversary. To toast the milestone, Chianti owner Olga Larina and executive chef Stefano Castaldo, a graduate of the Italian Culinary Institute near Venice in Italy, created a special brunch menu that is a new addition to the restaurant’s daily offerings. On Saturday and Sunday, brunch diners will find a special selection of cocktails as well as a full array of Tuscan-inspired salads and pastas, as well as egg dishes such as Florentine and tomato frittata. For dessert, Chianti’s own tiramisu and zabaione with mixed berries are on the menu. “Tuscan cuisine is based on simple, fresh, peasant food,” explained Chianti sous chef Luigi Raso, who works alongside Castaldo in the kitchen. Pasta, he advised, is an important staple of Tuscan cuisine. At Chianti, pasta takes center stage. Here it is made in-house, by hand, from scratch, every day. With pasta as the basis for many of Castaldo’s celebrated Tuscan dishes, his Chianti lasagna is a customer favorite. It also happens to be Larina’s favorite dish. She spoke of her pride in offering customers Chianti’s signature dishes, as well as the fish and meat dishes that celebrate Tuscany’s heritage of land and sea. Describing Tuscany as a land filled with olive and lemon groves, she noted that the food at Chianti celebrates the flavors of Tuscany. “It’s not complicated, but always fresh and delicious,” she said. Larina took ownership of the restaurant from longtime owner Eduardo Pizzuti in 2018. Since then, she has increased the restaurant’s emphasis on fresh and imported ingredients used in its in-house recipes and signature dishes. Calling Stefano’s Tuscan recipes “very memorable,” she said they “set us apart.” The restauranteur, who came to Sarasota in 2017 from her native Kiev, Ukraine, brings a youthful spirit to the dining spot. Drawing on her professional 20-year

‘Ethan’s Law’ or stern “and which is used to move the vessel,” the bill explains. Anyone violating the law who causes damage to another person’s property or causes an injury less severe than a serious bodily injury, as defined in another state law, would be guilty of a second-degree misdemeanor, the bill continues. If someone who violated the law caused serious bodily injury to another person, as defined in the Florida Statutes, that boat operator would be guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor, the bill adds.

Chef Stefano Castaldo prepares handmade pasta as he discusses dinner menus with owner Olga Larina. (photo by Jane Bartnett)

background in business and law, and as an owner and manager of a large and successful catering business, Larina has added new dishes to the menu as well as nightly entertainment. “A different performer is here every night,” she said. The current list includes a classical violinist, jazz and Flamenco guitarists, and a classical keyboardist.

In the near future, Chianti will offer outdoor dining and a new Italian brick pizza oven will be added to the kitchen. “Pizza is not currently on the menu,” Larina said, “but, when the brick oven is in, Stefano will create his own special pizza. “I can’t wait for that day and I know that many families will enjoy that.” She also plans to add a children’s menu and make greater use of Chianti’s private dining room that is separated from the main dining space. “Our happy hour is also a customer favorite,” said Larina. “We have drink specials as well as appetizers from chef Stefano’s kitchen that we serve only at the bar.” Chianti also features daily dinner-special entrees. Its “Sunday sauce” features slow-cooked and tender meatball, sausage and rib, served with Chianti’s San Marzano tomato sauce over rigatoni for $17.95. On Monday, meatballs are the special item. They are served atop a large plate of spaghetti or rigatoni with Bolognese sauce for $12.95. The popular lobster-Tuesday dish features a 1-and-aquarter-pound Maine lobster served with red potato and a vegetable, along with the diner’s choice of salad or New England clam chowder, for $19.95. On Wednesday, Parmesan is the star of the show. Choose from eggplant parmesan for $11.95, chicken parmesan for $14.95, or veal parmesan for $17.95. All parmesan dishes are served with rigatoni marinara. Chianti’s ravioli-Thursday menu features chef-prepared, house-made pasta pockets for $14.95. Diners may select from three types of pockets. On Fridays and Saturdays, Chianti offers specially prepared seasonal chef’s specials. The restaurant is open daily from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner, while brunch hours on Saturday and Sunday are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Happy hour is each day from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Takeout service is available with pick up at the restaurant or by requesting DoorDash home delivery. Reservations and take-out orders can be made by calling (941) 952-3186.

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This rigid inflatable boat caused the death of Ethan Isaacs last year. (submitted photo)

Finally, if an individual violating the law caused a death, the person would be guilty of vessel homicide, as defined in another section of state law, the bill notes. Florida Statute 782.072 defines “vessel homicide” as “the killing

of a human being by the operation of a vessel as defined in [Florida Statute 327.02] by another in a reckless manner likely to cause the death of, or great bodily harm, to another.” Vessel homicide is a felony. That section of state law “does not require that the person knew that the accident resulted in injury or death.” If Ethan’s Law wins legislative approval, and Gov. Ron DeSantis signs the bill, the law would take effect on July 1, the Florida House notes.

Mason Tush, whose family owns CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, said he feels the bills should specify the types of vessels that really need to be the focus of such a law, including rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) and boat tenders. Both have low freeboards, he noted, which makes it easier for an operator to fall overboard. Persons who drive jet skis already are required to have the kill switch devices tethered to them, he added. And even if Ethan’s Law went into effect, Tush said “It’s going to

be basically unenforceable.” FWC does not have nearly enough officers on the water to ensure compliance with laws already on the books, Tush added. For example, he said, “People blow through the manatee zones every day,” but ticketing for such violations is rare. He was referring to zones on the water where the sea creatures commonly gather. State law requires extra slow boat speeds in those areas to try to protect the manatees from serious injury and death.


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What’s new ... beyond the bridges Welcome to “What’s New,” where we will be focusing in on the newest and most exciting restaurants, businesses and places that have recently opened in the Siesta Key region. We’re all ready for good news and looking for new places to go and things to do. The welcome mat is out, so let’s get started on looking ahead to brighter days! Minutes from Siesta Key, the Gulf Gate neighborhood is well on its way to becoming one of the most exciting new hot spots for dining, and the celebrated Brine Seafood & Raw Bar at 2250 Gulf Gate Drive is setting the tone. After opening in the fall, the reviews are in and Brine appears here to stay. Brine’s sophisticated exterior reflects the design of the eatery’s welcoming and spacious interior. Anyone who lived in

the Baltimore or Washington, D.C. area or spent time vacationing on Maryland’s eastern shore will feel right at home. The vibe is decidedly sandy shores and Chesapeake Bay. If you’re longing for that taste of Maryland crabs, fresh oysters, and the best seafood from the North Atlantic, you’re in for a treat. Meanwhile, a weekend brunch menu is planned for the near future. The establishment is the brainchild of Mike and Gary Mazan, two brothers who know their way around a shoreline. Brine is sure to become a local favorite. In addition to fresh seafood, Brine also offers a selection of steaks, chicken, chops and fish. Its a la carte raw bar features east- and west-coast oysters,

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as well as clams and shrimp cocktail. Open for lunch and dinner, Brine also offers a popular happy hour that runs each day from 4 to 6 p.m. If you’re visiting Brine on a Thursday evening, be sure to try the Chesapeake shrimp boil special for $28. Brine is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call (941) 952-3039 or visit: www.BrineSarasota.com Two more new additions to the Gulf Gate food and drink scene are Moondoggy’s Saloon and ZuZu’s Cocktail Lounge. Both are under the ownership of Sarasota restauranteur Mark Rosato. Just a few doors down from Brine, Moondoggy’s is a selfproclaimed surfing-inspired tropical “dive bar” with a welcoming open-air feel. It features top-shelf liquors and happy hour pricing from 7 a.m.

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to 8 p.m. Cigarette smoking is permitted. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Next door, ZuZu’s is designed to appeal to the sophisticated young-adult market. The cocktail lounge held its grand opening on St. Patrick’s Day. It offers a sleek, smokefree environment and serves top-shelf liquors used to create special martinis and exotic tropical mixed drinks. Entertainment and all-day happy-hour specials are sure to make ZuZu’s a popular new spot. Doors open at 3 p.m. and close at 2:30 a.m. daily. Call Moondoggy’s at (941) 260-8588 and ZuZu’s Cocktail Lounge at (941) 312-4637. Visit both online at www.zuzumoondoggys.com Continuing our dining journey off the Key, a casual, new, family-friendly spot called The Parrot X-Press Grill at 2407 Bee Ridge Rd. can’t be beat. The third Parrot restaurant to open in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, The Parrot X-Press Grill has indoor and outdoor shaded seating and curbside pick-up. Try the tacos, “grab and go” salads, buffalo shrimp, a variety of pizza, and tasty burgers in quarter- and half-pound sizes. On those warm days when a cool delectable custard or special sundae calls out to you, head there for a sweet taste treat. It’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call (941) 922-4000 or visit theparrots.com. Finally, new to The Landings shopping center is the muchanticipated Tripletail Seafood & Spirits restaurant at 4870 Tamiami Trail. It opened in midFebruary. Fans of the waterside Dry Dock Restaurant on Long

Char-grilled octopus, as displayed by co-owner Mike Mazan, is among the vast seafood offerings at Brine. The new resturant is located in Gulf Gate. (photo by John Morton)

Boat Key, another gem in the crown of the Gecko’s Hospitality Group, will feel right at home at this upscale dining spot that shares many of Dry Dock’s most loved menu items. Tripletail diners will find an excellent selection of locally sourced fresh fare from the Gulf of Mexico, the ocean, bays, and shore on the menu. Decorated with a nautical flair, the new eatery can seat up to 150 people. Dine in comfort in Tripletail’s deep red leather booths that are divided by glass partitions. On the patio, a 10-foot waterfall creates an inviting ambiance for outdoor lounging and dining. Tripletail is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call (941) 529-0555 or visit www.TripletailSRQ.com.

Tripletail Seafood & Spirits is new to The Landings. It features an outdoor patio that is adorned by a 10-foot waterfall. (photo by John Morton)

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Anglers on recent Quiet Waters fishing trips, run out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, enjoyed good shallow-water fishing and dock-light fishing. Most trips were fly-fishing focused, but we did have a few really fun conventional light-tackle trips mixed in. It’s been breezy on the water lately, but we’ve found ways to stay out of the wind and stay on the fish.

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Snook Snook are becoming significantly more active on the shallow flats and Spanish Mackerel in the back country with the spring weather pushing water temperatures up. Wherever we found baitfish (mostly glass minnows), the snook Dohlpin “Mahi-Mahi” weren’t far away. Fly anglers did well when using surface flies like gurglers and floating minnows, while anglers using light tackle excelled with paddle tails and the Aquadream spoon. Dock lights continued to be a Scoolmaster dependable way to target snook with a fly rod. Snook are still focused on smaller flies resembling glass minnows or small fry. We primarily use 8- or 9-weight Orvis Recons on dock lights. They’re accurate, durable, Scamp and responsive fly rods.

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Mike Perez of Sarasota (above) and Al Joseph of Cape Coral both used a fly to land a snook in the Intercoastal Waterway. (submitted photos)

A mighty snook ends up on a hook. (submitted photo)

Redfish Redfish have been shallow and they have been very active. It’s tough to beat the production of the Aquadream spoon on light tackle. The redfish never seem to tire of chasing spoons down in shallow water. Soft plastic paddle tails were a close second to spoons and fooled plenty of redfish over the past week or so. On the fly, shrimp patterns and the floating minnow were productive flies on redfish. Small, sparsely tied Clouser minnows worked well on dock lights at night for redfish.

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Seatrout There are plenty of class-size seatrout over the deep grass right now. Drifting over the deep grass and straight-retrieving paddle tails rigged on ¼-ounce jig heads or larger Clouser minnows worked well. It’s really good to see so much vibrant life on the deep grass. It’s a good sign of things to come. We found larger seatrout near sandbars off of grass flats and in feeding zones near points and in troughs.

Redfish is always a tremendous score. (submitted photo)

Looking Ahead As our temperatures continue to creep up, we should continue to see an increase in snook activity on the flats and in the back country. Sight fishing should be excellent for snook and redfish in the coming weeks, provided there’s enough sun. It should be a great time to hunt fish. The deep grass will be a great place Landing a seatrout made this boy happy. (submitted photo) to fish for anglers seeking constant action. There are plenty of seatrout, ladyfish, and sail cats on the deep grass to go around. We’re seeing crevalle jack more regularly and we’re beginning to see schools of larger jacks which should provide some fun times in the coming weeks for anglers in the Sarasota area. Capt. Brian Boehm Coastal Fishing Adventures CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key Sarasota, FL 34242 (941) 400-6218

Recently, fly anglers fishing with me out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key had good action with snook at night and with trout in Sarasota Bay. Fly fishing for snook at night remains a dependable option. Mike Perez of Sarasota and Al Joseph of Cape Coral fished dock lights in the Intercoastal Waterway and had good action catching and releasing snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Al got his first snook and Mike caught and released a 31-inch snook to end the evening. Michigan’s Alan Sugar also fished Sarasota Bay with me and had good action with trout on Clouser flies. Fishing the deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, blues and Spanish mackerel. Shallow-water fishing for reds and large trout is also a good option now. With winter conditions we have very clear water, which usually requires long casts to avoid spooking fish. Depending on tide, sometimes afternoons and evenings will fish better due to warmer water. Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation. So please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit. Tight Lines, Capt. Rick Grassett FFI Certified Fly Casting Instructor Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis Outfitter of the Year, 2011 Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc. www.snookfin-addict.com and www.flyfishingflorida.us Email snookfin@aol.com (941) 923-7799 (office/land line)

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Bonnie Czepiel with an average king mackerel caught off Siesta Key. (submitted photo)

Each season is different, and weather is a major factor when it comes to fishing. The March weather was pretty typical, though water temps were above average. April should offer good fishing for a variety of species. Big Pass and New Pass will be alive with fish migrating in and out of the bay this month. Spanish mackerel, bluefish, pompano, and ladyfish should be plentiful. Pompano prefer a small white or chartreuse jig Klopfer bounced along the bottom, while the mackerel are often found higher in the water column or breaking on the surface. There is nothing more exciting than casting a surface plug on light tackle or a fly into a feeding frenzy. Action on the deep flats will be very good for speckled trout (catch and release only), pompano, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and ladyfish. The best flats to fish will be from Siesta Drive north to Long Bar. Flats that are near both passes will be especially productive. The quarter-ounce Bass Assassin Sea Shad is a great lure to prospect with -- a lot of water can be covered and just about every species will hit it. Plugs work very well when surface activity is seen. They also are a great lure to troll slowly and locate schools of fish. Silver and gold spoons are another good choice. Live bait is always a great choice, too. A live shrimp free-

lined or fished under a noisy float is a deadly technique. The area between Siesta Drive and Blackburn Point will be good for snook and redfish (both catch and release only) as they migrate out toward the beach to spawn. Any point, oyster bar, dock, or creek mouth that drops off into deeper water is a likely spot to try. High, outgoing tides are best. Plugs cover a lot of water and result in vicious strikes while jigs require more patience but will fool more redfish along with snook. Don’t be surprised when a big crevalle jack or trout inhales an offering meant for a snook or red. This has been a good season for sheepshead and, while it is past its peak, there should still be a few of these tasty saltwater panfish around. Docks, seawalls and bridges near passes will hold sheepies. A live shrimp fished on the bottom will fool them, along with snapper, grouper, and flounder. Surf fishing should be very good for Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, flounder, pompano, and more. Live or frozen shrimp fished near the bottom with a little weight works well. Spoons, plugs, and jigs will also catch plenty of fish. April is a great month for anglers with a small boat and not a lot of experience to catch big fish. The beaches and inshore artificial reefs will be thick with king and Spanish mackerel, along with false albacore and the occasional cobia. Trolling spoons is very easy and deadly on all species. Sight casting to schools of breaking fish is fantastic sport using spinning or fly tackle.

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The months following Easter are prime time for Florida’s most wellknown edible fish such as grouper and snapper. This is because the border restriction from Mexico is lifted in April and the size of the catch and limits are more lenient. Fish prices will drop and grouper and snapper will be abundant and in season once again. Stone crab season, however, does come to an end in May, so make sure you indulge yourself with some Florida crab before it’s too late. As Floridians, we are all familiar with the abovementioned like snapper and grouper. A very similar fish, that is not as well known, is a fish called corvina which is in the Sciaenidae family -- or better known to Floridians as the drum fish family. Corvina is very similar in texture and taste of a grouper or snapper. If a grouper or snapper were to have a baby, the result would be a corvina. It’s a large, flakey fish which is pinkish when raw but turns white when cooked. Corvina has a sweet, mild flavor and is great for all types of marinades and ceviche. The reason many have never heard of corvina is because even though it tastes like it was caught in the Gulf of Mexico, it is actually caught in the warm tropical waters of Central America and South America. Corvina is wild-caught in countries such as Nicaragua, Peru, and Costa Rica. It is highly prized as a one of the best edible fish. It is silvery bluish/gray on its back with dark dots on its scales and yellowish fins. It’s harvested by commercial fishing nets and handline. You can find grouper and snapper daily at Big Water Fish Market and corvina when available, which is often. Corvina is a reasonably priced fish and costs less than grouper and snapper. Another good option is also tripletail, which is available yearround but not as abundant after stone-crab traps are pulled, seeing as that’s what they like to eat. Tripletail, grouper, snapper, and corvina are all rich in omega-3 fatty acids and are great fish to use in ceviche dishes, whether being baked, sauteed, grilled, or even fried. Here is a popular Peruvian ceviche recipe I enjoy: • 1 ½ lbs. fresh tripletail, grouper, snapper or corvina • 1 red onion, thinly chopped • ½ cup fresh-squeezed lemon

Corvina (left) is similar to grouper in texture and taste, but at a cheaper price.

Tripletail (right) makes for a good option as well for those looking to prepare a perfect ceviche. (submitted photos)

Left, chef Daniel Lindsey at Big Water Fish Market performs the prep work with a red snapper as he creates a Peruvian ceviche meal. An hour later, below, he has a delicious dish ready for eating. Other fish ideal for the recipe include corvina, tripletail and grouper. (photos by John Morton)

juice • ½ cup freshsqueezed lime juice • ½ cup clam juice (optional) • 1 to 2 jalapeños cut in half, without seeds and deveined and finely chopped • 2 to 3 sprigs cilantro finely chopped ... salt to taste. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and chill for at least one hour. Serve and enjoy! Live well ... eat fish. -- Scott Dolan Big Water Fish Market BigWaterFishMarket.com 6641 Midnight Pass Road Siesta Key

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Doc Dojutrek fooled this pompano when using a jig on the north side of Siesta Key. (submitted photo)

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The Highs and Lows of Properties Sold on Siesta Key

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The 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 RESIDENCE 3500 BAYOU LOUISE LANE, $8.05 MILLION Tucked away on the north side of Siesta Key, this rare exclusive property has changed hands only twice in more than 50 years. Located on Sarasota’s Big Pass at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico, only a few exclusive homes are lucky enough to have this big water as their backyard. Across the expansive Caribbean blue water of the pass is a federally protected

LOWEST-PRICED SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCE 121 VISTA HERMOSA CIRCLE #46-B, $360,000 Your very own single-family residence just steps away from the crystal sands of Crescent Beach at a truly affordable price. This spacious two-bedroom, twobath 1,260 -square-foot maintenancefree villa will let you enjoy all the

conveniences beach living has to offer. The open floor plan showcases the natural light and generous room sizes. Kitchen and bathroom updates match the neutral decor. You have access to the lovely tropical grounds which include heated pool, clubhouse, BBQ locations, shuffleboard and plenty of outdoor space. Your association fee includes all of this plus on-site

kayaking mangrove trail and manatee habitat. One of architect Thorning Little’s most transcendent designs, combining a distinctive symmetry beautifully balanced with the water as its backdrop. Nearly every room overlooks the water, offering respite from the busy world. More than $2.5 million in upgrades since acquired with every room detailed with the finest finishes including, Italian plaster, bookmatched Calacatta gold slab marble, hand-carved limestone, hand-finished Clive Christian kitchen, custom designed

authentic wood floors, Palm Beach Designer ceiling, and custom American walnut library. The home is completely modern and automated with Lutron Lighting, hardwired camera and security system, two high-speed fiber optic lines with Eero WiFi extenders in every room for full home coverage, two Tesla highspeed charging stations, cellular gate call box, Seura TV mirrors in master and inlaw bathroom suites, and programmable motorized window blinds. Courtesy of List Now Realty

maintenance, roof replacement, outside maintenance, water, trash, sewer, basic cable, landscaping, and commonarea insurance. If you’re looking for additional income, it doesn’t get better. A two-week minimum rental 26 times a year provides for that great investment opportunity. Courtesy of Charlene Vega

HIGHEST-PRICED CONDO 4750 OCEAN BLVD. #PH301 $5.05 MILLION Boasting an immense 4,500 square feet of living space, an additional 800 square feet of outdoor terrace space, and an unheardof 70-plus feet of width per residence facing directly onto the Gulf of Mexico, these are the views of imagination. Unlike direct beach-front settings where sunset is

followed by darkness, at Oceane sunsets are only the beginning. In true encore fashion, as the sun disappears, the real show begins as you witness the magical twinkling lights of the city skyline come to life each evening. Built to the highest of standards in both fixtures, finishes and construction, and upgrades, there is no substitute to the safety and security of concrete walls topto-bottom and high impact glass at every

opening. Soaring ceilings, an incredibly open and connected floor plan, an outdoor summer kitchen, private pool-side cabana, an expanded three-car garage, and at the touch of a button you can shut out the outside world with beautiful automatic blinds. Courtesy of Keller Williams

LOWEST-PRICED CONDO 5863 MIDNIGHT PASS RD., #111 $287,500

Very spacious, functional and nicely upgraded describes this one-bedroom,one-bath design, one of only 32 single-bedroom condominiums located in desirable White Sands Village. Assigned carport space #118, abundant guest parking, heated community pool, recreation building, four outdoor grilling stations, and lush manicured tropical landscaping add appeal to the perfect location on Siesta Key. Live, rent, or both. Courtesy of Fine Properties

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Wonderful Siesta Key Grand Canal home located on desirable Palm Island (a Island on a Island) just a few minutes walk to Siesta Beach. You will fall in love with this 3,366 square foot 4 bedroom/3.5 bathroom Key West style home. Chill in the Mangrove shaded yard around the Fire Pit. This incredibly light & bright home features gleaming hardwood floors throughout the home, arched walls, crown molding. Glazed wood cabinetry in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, gorgeous custom granite counters & designer tile backsplash. Upstairs is a large master bedroom suite with tray ceiling & balcony with lovely water views, 2 additional oversized bedrooms and bath. The en-suite 4th bedroom is located on a separate, private level, ideal for a home office or guests. Relax on the multiple screened-in lanais overlooking the private backyard with heated swimming pool. Screened pool area on the canal with a boat lift & dock.

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413 Island Circle, Siesta Key, Florida Palm Island - Paradise on Siesta Key. Renovate or build new. This Tropical Home with separate In-Law suite is a 3 minute walk to world famous Siesta Beach. Palm Island has its own beach access (Beach Access 10). This home is sited on a large lot (12,426 sf) with excellent potential for a new home to build if you wish. Lovely setting on a tranquil Bayou for whittling the hours away in peaceful bliss. Live in the existing 4 bedroom / 3 bathroom home with open kitchen and large In-Law suite or split build new. This house is just a short walk to all the shopping, bistros & nightlife Siesta Key Village has to offer. You will love Palm Island, “An Island on Siesta Key”, close to everything , yet secluded.

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Casa Mar offers unique community experience, great convenience in middle of Crescent Beach

Located mid-Crescent Beach with more than 300 feet of private direct beachfront, Casa Mar is a charming community of 74 units in one- and two-story buildings. Constructed of 18-inch concrete block and exposed panel and beam ceilings, the units are solidly built and easily made light and bright with paint and interior design. Built prior to most developments on the Key, the community’s palm-lined

common areas and walkways lead to one of the largest private beachfronts on Siesta. A pair of two-story beachfront buildings combine with four one-story buildings to make up the residences. Parking for residents and guests is convenient to the units. Casa Mar has a long list of amenities, including tennis, volleyball, four lighted shuffleboard courts, clubhouse, video library, internet cafe, and

two resort-like pools. Casa Mar’s location at the center of the island directly on Crescent Beach and within walking distance to midKey village with a myriad of restaurants and shops, as well as a quick “free ride” to Siesta Village, make this community a draw for resident owners and investors alike. Bob Ruiz of Key Solutions Real Estate asserts that the location, amenities, and one-weekminimum rental policy make this property highly attractive to investors. The community is popular among vacationing families and retirees -- approximately 75% of renters are return guests, which speaks highly of the desirability of the property. Most renters stay well beyond the one-week minimum. An excellent on-site management and rental team makes for convenient services and superior management of buildings and grounds. Reservation maintenance, check-in and checkout, weekly housekeeping, and linen service are among the many options provided.

The layout of the complex lends to a very friendly atmosphere. The courtyard and picnic areas are conveniently located to allow for mingling of guests and owners. The expansive beachfront lends to the community’s popularity for weddings and events. There is currently one unit for sale in Casa Mar, listed by Nicholas Hays with Key Solutions Real Estate. A 420-square-foot studio is listed for sale at $349,900. This upscale unit has been completely renovated in a contemporary style to include a wood-paneled

wall with built-in Murphy bed in the living space, a state-of-the art kitchen with bar seating, a stunning fully tiled bath, and a smart nook with a single bed. Two units have sold in the past six months, including a studio of 420 square feet for $315,000 and a one bedroom of 708 square feet for $374,,000. To learn more about Casa Mar or any other Siesta Key property, contact Bob Ruiz, Key Solutions Real State Group, at (941) 544-3299 or RobertRuizRR@aool.com.


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From missing the beat to grannies’ deceit

Footloose in Sarasota? Not so much ...

T

he Sarasota County school board had some good news last week for high school seniors who have sacrificed so much this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There WILL be a senior prom this year. There’s just one thing: no dancing allowed. Just how do you have a prom without dancing? Beats me. But the school board has an answer: You compensate with games and other “fun” activities (...with appropriate social distancing guidelines in place, of course). Oh, and don’t forget your masks. They’re required. Principals will also have the option of requiring temperature checks before entry of students at their individual schools. Sounds like every teenager’s dream, no? Kevin Bacon could not be reached for comment.

... and may Howard be with you Radio talk-show host Stacy Washington and her listeners were talking on a recent broadcast about some of the entertaining things young children are inclined to blurt out on occasion. One listener called in with a story about a conversation she had

with her young son in which she had invoked the name of God. The 4-year-old boy said, “You mean Howard?” The startled young mother replied, “Howard?” Who told you God’s name was Howard?” To which the boy responded by dutifully reciting the Lord’s Prayer he had recently learned, “Our Father who art in heaven, Howard be thy name...”

Bumper sticker spotted east of town ... Eat Beef: The west wasn’t won on salads. Or another of my favorites: “OBEY GRAVITY: It’s the Law!”

Teaching by example? Sebring High School teacher Arial Reed, 30, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old-male student in her classroom, in her car, in her home…. Reed was hired by Sebring High in 2019 to teach ... (wait for it) ... critical thinking.

leading to the arrest of the mutt who shot your dog walker?

$61,000 ... for a tent? Let’s hope Sarasota doesn’t take a page from San Francisco’s playbook in dealing with its homeless population. That city just approved spending $16 million for 262 tents to keep up with its burgeoning homeless population. That works out to $61,000 per tent. Now if you head to the Dick’s Sporting Goods on University Parkway, its top-of-the-line tent retails for $519 for a massive 12-person extravaganza. So how does San Fran get to a $61,000 price tag? Well, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, if you’re homeless in Frisco, you’re not simply entitled to a tent, but individual bath facilities to go along with it. Throw in food service and security and you end up with a taxpayer-funded program with a monthly expense of $5,085 per individual. Now housing costs are high in the city. Still, the median price of a one-bedroom apartment in the city is just over $2,000 per month. Brilliant!

More fake grannies on the loose ...

It’s a dog’s life ... Perhaps you heard about Lady Gaga’s dog walker being attacked at gunpoint by two dog nappers who made off with the singer’s two prized French bulldogs and leaving her dog walker for dead after pumping two bullets into his chest. Amazingly, he survived the attack. Gaga tweeted shortly after the attack that she would pay a $500,000 reward for the safe return of her pups. Fine. I get it. We all love out pets. But what about a reward for information

We reported in this space a while back about teens dressing up as senior citizens to score beer and wine at their local convenience stores; now comes word of two young ladies disguising themselves as grannies not to score alcohol but rather to get COVID-19 vaccine shots. It happened up I-4 in Orange County outside Orlando. The two must have done a pretty good job with their disguises though, since they reportedly made it through the first round of the vaccine regimen, only to get nabbed when they returned for their second shots.

Too bad they hadn’t gotten the Johnson & Johnson one-and-done vaccine ... if so they would have been home free.

Time-shifting blues According to Allstate Insurance, fatal car crashes increase 6 percent in the week following the return to daylight saving time each spring. And according to cardiologist Dr. Thomas Boyden, there’s also an increase in heart attacks and stroke after we “spring forward” each year. So why do we do keep partaking in this bi-annual time-shifting ritual? We’re not at war with the Kaiser anymore (which purportedly led to the first U.S. adoption of the policy as a means of conserving energy in 1917). No one seems to offer a convincing or even widely agreed-upon reason for not simply sticking with it year-round, though the proposition of school-age kids not having to walk to school in the dark is probably the one that makes the most sense. But while that might be true in the fall and early winter, it falls flat this time of year when the sun doesn’t come up until around 7:30 a.m., and kids will still be in school for another couple of months. Still, Florida senators Rubio and Scott have tried again, introducing legislation in Congress in recent weeks to allow Florida to stay on DST year-round; but if I had to bet, I’d put my money on them striking out…again. Why? One of life’s little mysteries I suppose. Or perhaps just another example of governmental inertia. Politicians love passing bills. But repealing them? Where’s the fun in that?

Beach fire concerns neighbors about activities at Access 7 By John Morton

Dune vegetation caught fire the night of Saturday, March 20 adjacent to Beach Access 7 on Siesta Key, leaving behind about 40 yards in diameter of char. Firefighters extinguished and cleared the scene of the blaze, reported at 10:35 p.m., by 1 a.m., a Sarasota County spokesperson said. The cause is undetermined. Jamie Clouse, who was visiting her parents at the

neighboring Siesta Gulf View Condominium at 420 Beach Rd., called in the fire. “I was getting ready to put my kids to bed and one of them said, ‘The beach is on fire.’” She called 911 and then watched it spread rapidly. “It was windy, and within four or five minutes it tripled in size,” she said. “The wind and the smoke were going toward the Gulf, fortunately, so I wasn’t

worried about our place but I was worried about the houses behind it. “There’s a lot of brush down there and I’m thankful the firefighters were here so fast. It was impressive to watch them get their hoses onto the beach like they did. That’s not easy.” Her mother, Beverly Donaldson, also watched the fire from their balcony. Continued on page 43

Siesta Gulf View Condominium resident Beverly Donaldson took this picture of the March 20 vegetation fire near Access 7, in the 400 block of Beach Road, on Siesta Key. (submitted photo)


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Potential remedies As the situation worsened, Jacobson contacted Sarasota County Environmental Permitting staff, which provided her the names of companies that could truck in compatible sand to stabilize the dune. One such load would cost $50,000, Jacobson said. “Sacrificial sand,” she added, is the phrase used for such fill. “It’s not inconceivable that two or three years down the road,” the association would need to truck in another load of sand, she pointed out, based on her research. “We don’t have a reserve system that has $50,000 every other year.” A more expensive measure, Jacobson said, would be the

construction of a wall adjacent to the lawn to try to protect the villas from flooding. That option carries a $100,000 estimate. Jacobson also called leaders of the Siesta Key Association. President Catherine Luckner and her husband, Robert, a director of the nonprofit, came to Sandy Cove to survey the situation. In July 2017, Robert Luckner presented slides to association members that showed facets of the predicted increase in wave energy on the northern part of Siesta Key, if Big Pass were dredged. In the aftermath of the Luckners’ visit to Sandy Cove, Robert Luckner characterized the situation as “an amazing amount of erosion,” with the threat that the dune could collapse. The ‘insurance policy’ Because of Siesta Key leaders’ concerns about potential damage to the island if the Big Pass project

were to take place, then-Sarasota Manager Tom Barwin proposed years ago that funds be set aside as an “insurance policy” that could be used to address any problems. In February 2017, the Sarasota City Commission agreed to put $2.5 million into that reserve. However, on Feb. 19, 2019, City Engineer Alexandrea DavisShaw asked the board members to free up the money to cover a shortterm emergency renourishment project on Lido Key that was planned to stabilize the shoreline until the Florida Department of Environmental Protectionpermitted undertaking with the Corps could begin. “When the [insurance policy fund] was set up,” Barwin said, “the final permit had not been issued [for the long-term renourishment project].” He added that the project has “gone through a number of court

reviews ... [and it] does include extensive monitoring. ... We voluntarily wanted to exceed the standards for monitoring. That is built into our permit.” The commissioners finally voted 3-2 to remove $2.1 million from the reserve. A little more than two years later, Jacobson reflected on the planning for the Lido project. “I think the most disturbing thing for me [is] that the Corps of Engineers actually admitted that there was going to be problems [with the wave energy].” Yet, she continued, the city kept pressing for the Lido initiative. Jacobson is eager to learn whether other properties along Big Pass have begun to experience the same level of erosion that she and her neighbors are seeing. “It’s a great community,” Jacobson said of Sandy Cove. “We want to save every bit of it.”

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accomplished people living on Siesta Key. But would they trade peace of mind for a piece of the political action? I will tell you, there have been some radicals who ran for a council seat on Fort Myers Beach, but mostly the cream of the crop found its way to the dais. I think that’s common most anywhere. I’d say a little more than half have been retirees. They get paid roughly $17,000 annually. And all the elections have had challengers to the incumbents. And with that, there has been some mudslinging and dirty tactics. Still, at the end of the day, the place seems quite civil to me. By the way, that hotel to which Cereceda referred is called DiamondHead Resort. It’s not only a good neighbor, it’s where the local gala events are held for most community

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dramatic [the situation] is,” she said. Sea grapes on the beach have had their roots exposed, too, she noted.

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groups. It’s a shining star on an island with few showcase hotels. Could the new hotels being proposed here not play a similar role? And wouldn’t a new, upscale hotel toward the back of Old Stickney Point Road shore-up an area that’s been a bit of a hodgepodge? As for Margaritaville, it will be built starting this summer in a high-profile area at the main entrance of Estero Island that was left dilapidated in 2004 when Hurricane Charley pounded it. It has been an eyesore for all these years. I’ll bet it becomes another source of pride. So, do you think Siesta Key should go for incorporation? I suppose we should see if this idea builds any momentum. If so, prepare to be asked to sign a petition and then possibly vote on the

matter. There’s a lot to consider here. It’s hard to argue against being in charge of your own back yard, but is it sometimes easier and more effective to hire a lawn service? Either way, the Key needs some solid stewardship in these challenging times. “Welcome to our beach, everyone, but we kindly ask that you remove your shoes. We’re trying to keep things nice.” That could be our mantra. Meanwhile, my Mom just said something very profound in favor of incorporation: “Mayor Morton has a nice ring to it.” Oh, that’s silly. Then again, mother does know best. (John Morton is managing editor of Siesta Sand.)

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a residential burglary and, upon arrival on scene, were notified of similar in-progress incidents happening in the vicininity. One homeowner reported a thin, 5-foot-8, 30-year-old white male with a large brown beard, approach his home on a black bicycle and ask for water. When the homeowner went to get water, the suspect ran to the rear of the home and threw a blue bicycle helmet onto the patio furniture and took off. While at that residence, another report came in and the police redirected to that nearby address. That homeowner observed the same suspect approach her garage and take a black 10-speed cruiser bicycle with lock valued at $300 and a blue bicycle helmet valued at $25, which turned out to the same helmet from the patio of the first residence. Yet another homeowner reported that the male suspect entered her carport, touched the trunk of her car, and left on a bicycle with a box of her business cards when she started yelling at him. DNA evidence was collected at that location. A final homeowner saw the suspect ride up to her front door on a bicycle, open the door, and walk inside. When she confronted him, he said “wrong house” and fled on the bicycle after she took two photos of him. She stated that she felt that he entered surreptitiously with the intent to commit an offense therein until his efforts were stopped by her confronting him. She will provide surveillance video evidence. Reports came in of the suspect travelling the area on foot, on bicycles, and swimming across canals. Ground and air support conducted a search, but were unsuccessful in locating him.


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“I saw the ring growing and heard the pops,” she said of small trees and plants bursting into flames. Residents there wondered if it was caused by Spring Break visitors having a bonfire. The area is a large and secluded spot, popular for parties. “It’s a really active place and they have let it grow out with the vegetation,” Siesta Gulf View resident Rachel Hollstadt said. “And, it’s away from the main beach, so it’s an easy

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time we brought it to fruition,” Cosentino said. “Certainly, I have a vision for the island, but I think it should be our vision, not the county’s vision. We have 7,000 voters here on the island and it’s time for us to take control of our future and our destiny.” Cosentino has had several land-use issues with the county, and now the recent proposal for two new hotels on the Key, and a rebuild and expansion of another, has prompted him to begin the push for incorporation. Details in the plans – one is eight stories high (the first three levels are parking), the other seven -- exceed the island’s current 35-foot height limitation. “We already have enough laws on the books right now that most of the things that are happening just shouldn’t be happening at all,” Cosentino said. “We want to get a government in place and attorney’s office in place that advocates for the rules of law and we want to set up those laws the way we want to see our future unfold.” Local residents have previously played a role in planning. The 1999 Siesta Key Community Plan is a foundational document that resulted in certain protections for the Key. Citizens worked with the county to create it, but Cosentino and others feel it’s being largely ignored. Lichterman noted it’s more of a “feelgood plan” than a legal document. Still, Brookes pointed to the plan as an example of Siesta Key residents’ desire and ability to set expectations. Furthermore, the island’s history with the creation of civic groups also bodes well for an incorporation attempt, he added. “I think it’s a particularly relevant and appropriate time for us to revisit this issue – I think it may have been visited 15 or 20 years ago but times change, and things happen, and unincorporated areas grow,” said Brookes, who is certified in city, county, and local government law, and is a former Siesta Key resident who worked in the Sarasota County Attorney’s Office in the 1990s. He’s played a role in several incorporations, including that of Key Biscayne in 1991, he said. Brookes said that some applications from unincorporated areas are turned down because the area is rural and parts of it lack infrastructure. Siesta Key, he said, has no such challenge. “You’ve got everything you need in place,” he told the attendees. The nitty gritty of incorporation Other requirements are that the area in question has a population of at least

Legislature, giving towns the ability to establish its form of government through its charter and to then enact ordinances, codes, plans and resolutions without prior state approval. Since then, 32 incorporations have been established in Florida. Conversely, 11 have been dissolved. Estero, a Lee County village incorporated in 2014, is the community closest to Sarasota to have most recently made the transition. Generally, a town is a populated area with fixed boundaries and a local government while a village is a small community in a rural area.

Siesta Key resident Mike Cosentino is looking to apply for the incorporation of Siesta Key. (file photo)

5,000 in a county of 75,000 or more and a population density of at least 1.5 persons per acre. Siesta Key meets both criteria. Brookes explained that an application needs to be represented by only three residents. However, a petition consisting of signatures of at least 10 percent of registered voters with a Siesta Key address must accompany it. Cosentino said he hoped to far exceed that threshold. “Let’s get 70 or 80 percent on board,” he said. Brookes also said the Legislature looks for examples of broad support from influential local entities, such as businesses, chambers of commerce, civic groups, and homeowner associations, in the forms of letters expressing their desire for incorporation. Finally, a $40,000 feasibility study conducted by a consultant is also a requirement, Brookes said. It serves in part as viability proposal for the area and includes a five-year fiscal analysis that shows it can be finacially independent for the first five years. Cosentino said he’d need to establish a fundraising effort for the study. His supporters have established a Facebook page entitled “Incorporate Siesta Key Now” and Cosentino said he’ll organize other social-media and networking campaigns, as well as additional public meetings. In March, he put together a steering committee and established a nonprofit corporation called the Siesta Key Preservation Commission. The group is now seeking donations. Florida Statute 165 outlines the process of incorporation. In 1973, the Home Rule Powers Act was ratified by the Florida

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The power of planning While Brookes described the process, Lichterman focused on the execution. A private land-use planner who previously spent 22 years as a planner with Sarasota County, Lichterman told the audience he has played a role in rezoning approximately 65 properties in the county. If incorporated, he suggested the Key could be divided into sections where each has its own rules and regulations regarding development, limiting it in some areas in order to promote more pedestrian and bicycle lanes. “The planning and the zoning are where the rules hit the road,” Lichterman said. Focusing on the concept of “selfdetermination,” he said Siesta Key residents could create an overall vision for the community, “rather than allowing things to happen incrementally.” Added Lichterman, “Even though most of Siesta Key is already built out and you don’t have a lot of future-growth areas, there’s certainly going to be a lot of redevelopment that’s going to occur. And right now, the Sarasota County plan is basically a 20-year plan. “Now, 20 years sounds like a long time, but it actually goes by on the blink of an eye. What I really think you need to be doing is planning for a 50-year timeframe and coming up with really long-range strategies about how you want to grow. And, as individual re-zonings and amendments come forward, you can evaluate those proposals against your comprehensive plan, against your vision, to see if in fact it is consistent.” Decisions, decisions ... Brookes said a potential town would likely have five elected council members. Creation of a charter would determine the length of terms; whether they are paid and how much; whether seats are organized by

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district or at-large, or a combination; and if the government has a “strong mayor” who’s elected separately, has veto power, and controls the budget and staff, or one that is elected separately and has the same vote as the other council members. Another option is that all council members are elected in the same manner and then a mayor is put in place by a council vote. In the latter two scenarios, a councilhired town manager would run the administration. The mayor would run the meetings, but otherwise mostly serve in a ceremonial role. “I highly recommend that,” Brookes said of the town-manager concept, “because then you’ll likely have a professional with a master’s degree in public administration -- and the criteria (for the position) you can actually put into your charter.” The hiring of a town attorney would be another likely need. Services become another consideration, Brookes said. Would the town want to establish its own police and fire departments, or enter into contractual agreements with what the county already provides? It’s commonly known as “government light.” “These would be your decisions to make,” he said. However, getting there can be an arduous process, Mazurkiewicz warned attendees of the second meeting, including some pushback from residents. “The hurdle you are about to approach is not going to be easy,” said Mazurkiewicz, a Cape Coral-based consultant who said he has produced 30-plus feasibility studies of which 25 resulted in incorporation. “Who the heck wants to have another layer of government? Anybody? Because that’s exactly what you’re contemplating doing.” He also said the Legislature will ask if an applicant can achieve its goals in a manner that doesn’t require incorporation. Overlay zoning (over an existing zoning base to create special provisions) is a common suggestion, Mazurkiewicz said, but he acknowledged it’s a method that’s already in place on Siesta Key and is failing in the eyes of many. Annexation into the city of Sarasota could be another suggestion, he noted, especially since Sarasota has already incorporated part of the Key. The bottom line, Mazurkiewicz said, is that an applicant’s case must highlight compelling “threats” to a community’s unique culture and/or quality of life. “They’ll also look at keeping things the status quo,” he said. “If you remain as you are ... what are you possibly facing?”

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