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Listeria outbreak puts Big Olaf in limbo, but Siesta shop regroups By John Morton

Adaline Winegar, 5, is sent skyward by her dad, Justin, off the northern coastline of Siesta Key. The Winegars fell so in love with the island when first visiting from South Carolina in 2018 that they bought a condo at White Sands Village. Now, this kind of bliss is always at their doorstep. (submitted photo)

From business as usual to business without a name. That describes the five-day whirlwind that transformed the ice cream parlor on Ocean Boulevard that was previously known as Big Olaf Creamery. Whether the immensely popular longtime Village mainstay, which has operated there for 40 years, ever bears that name again is undetermined. For now, it is selling Yoder’s Southern Creamery ice cream and all signage and references to Big Olaf have been removed. The drastic and frantic changes come in the wake of a public warning issued July 2 by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention that linked, at least in part, Sarasota-based Big Olaf Creamery to an outbreak of listeria that has caused one death and 22 hospitalizations in 10 states. The CDC recommended that any Big Olaf

The ice cream parlor at 5208 Ocean Blvd., fornerly known as Big Olaf, now operates as nameless. All signage was removed during the first week of July. (photo by Trebor Britt)

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Request for later live music gets opposition By Phil Colpas

About a dozen or so concerned citizens showed up June 28 at a workshop at Out-ofDoor Academy to address concerns related to Gilligan’s Island Bar & Grill’s request for a special exception that would allow the establishment to offer live music past 10 p.m. -- the current cutoff time on Siesta Key.

Granting the request would require the county to issue an exception to its Unified Development Code, which prohibits live music after 10 p.m., and allows only recorded music to be played past that time. The request for a special exception does not include any changes to current decibel-level

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restrictions. As part of the approvals process, the restaurant is required to submit concept plans. Gilligan’s representatives indicated there would be no changes to the restaurant’s structure, use or height. “The only main change is that real people will be playing

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Greetings from the Gulf Mike is being like Mike, and then some; and then some other stuff By John Morton

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or starters, let’s talk some Roe vs. Wade. Ha! That was to get my publisher’s blood pumping. No, I would never do that. I’m more about talking politics. Oh, and I’ll save the religion talk for next month. Maybe this is why you aren’t inviting me to your Thanksgiving dinner table? Anyway, regardless of what you think of local county commission candidate Mike Cosentino, you’ve got to admit it looks like he’s having fun on the campaign trail. This is the guy who noted he had a “wiener” when asked about abortion at a Tiger Bay Club candidates forum. And he was cheered! I guess that’s how it rolls when you drive around town in a converted camper known as the I Like Mike Mobile. He even has a tailand-tongue-wagging pooch named Remus hanging out his window. Pretty darn boss. Better yet, he used his cruiser in a classic staged Facebook video where he pulls up on the sidewalk of a house sporting a Hagen Brody sign in the yard. That’s one of Cosentino’s opponents. He knocks on the door, speaks to the homeowner who nods in agreement, and the homeowner subsequently replaces his sign with one supporting Cosentino. It’s all done to the Mission Impossible theme. The video even features the show’s slick production tricks. What, did Cosentino hire Steven

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Spielberg? It’s that good. (By the way, no, this column will not self-destruct in five seconds. Some will say it already did. Enjoy your chuckle.) Oh, and Cosentino also dons a Captain America suit from time to time. Well, he does raise and lower the flag at Patriot’s Pier every day. He’s earned it. “People just love it,” Cosentino said of his antics. “It makes them smile, which makes us smile. Nothing goes better with hard work than a smile.” Which brings me to this ... Thanks go out to the superheroes with the Island League. Sort of like our version of the Justice League, assuming you think things here are unjust ... JUST sayin’. OK, that was a groaner. But it is the new moniker for the

collaborative efforts of these groups: Save Siesta Key, the Siesta Key Association, the Siesta Key Coalition, and the Siesta Key Condominium Council. Do you know how sick and tired I am of typing out those names? Fifteen words just went down to two. I’m beyond appreciative. And that’s no Joker. And speaking of costumes, time to brainstorm on different get-ups for the different groups. I’m open to any suggestions, as long as the end result sees condo chief Frank Jurenka in a cape and in tights. And speaking of justice, how are we going to enforce what I project will be another go at a cigarette smoking ban on Siesta Key? Quick backstory -- there’s a snapshot of me somewhere in the family pile of pics from the early

‘90s that shows me confronting two middle-age Jersey gals after tossing their butts in the Siesta surf. Yes, I’m that vigilant. The county commission will likely bring up this topic, now that the state Legislature has reversed its thinking and such a ban can be reinstated at the local level. We had a ban here from 2007 to 2013. When you see a smoker, waving down the beach cops is no answer. Nor is offering NicoDerm. Here’s my idea: I create a Facebook page, entitled something like “Siesta Smokers,” that is open to the public to post pics of violators. No confrontations, but rather public humiliation. Isn’t that the ultimate enforcer these days? Not bad, eh? One new Florida law that is indeed on the books is one that prohibits music that’s too loud to be cranked out of cars. In 1979 I would have fought this and introduced Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes as Exhibit 1. Now, in 2022, I not only support the law but I point to the same evidence. If you are 50 or above, feel free to pump your fist and grin. And speaking again of campaign videos ... Mr. Cosentino, I need to let you know that only one man has outdone you. Hit YouTube for Alice Cooper’s “Elected” video. And then watch Cosentino get his hands on a chimp to share his ride. I wouldn’t put it past him! And that’s not my way of saying he’s bananas. He’s just having fun. (John Morton is managing editor of Siesta Sand.)

Word on the beach Who made the biggest impression on you at the July 19 county commission candidates forum? Ken Siesta Key “Mark Smith. He’s a longtime resident and understands the key issues. And he spoke very intelligently.” Robert Siesta Key “Lourdes Ramirez. She’s extremely wellinformed and involved. Her lawsuit against the county demonstrates that.” Katherine Sarasota “Mike Cosentino. He unveiled the truth about what’s going on in the city and the county. It’s an ugly truth, but it needs to be told.” Laird Siesta Key “Lourdes Ramirez. She’s passionate, knows the issues, and definetly has Siesta Key front and center.”

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Back on March 29, in a rare unanimous ruling against development, the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners upheld its earlier vote to deny a coastal setback variance for a Siesta Key property on Mira Mar Beach. On Jan. 13, 2021, the board unanimously denied a request by Siesta Key property owner Michael Holderness to construct a twostory-over-parking, single-family home entirely seaward of North Beach Road, and just north of Beach Access 3. The board cited the dynamic shoreline and the impact the proposal would have on the dune system as its primary reasons for denial. Holderness appealed the verdict. According to an interoffice memorandum to the board from Frederick Elbrecht, county attorney: In April 2021, the county attorney’s office received a request for relief from Siesta Beach Lots LLC, which invoked the requirements of the Florida Land Use and Environmental Dispute Resolution

Act (FLUEDRA). Holderness is listed as the primary of Siesta Lots LLC. After the board denied the coastal setback variance, Siesta Beach Lots filed a FLUEDRA petition, alleging that the board’s action was “unreasonable” and “unfairly burdens the use of the property.” Siesta Beach Lots argued that its application met all code criteria, and that the board’s action was “arbitrary” and “capricious” based on the board’s prior approval of other coastal setback variances. Siesta Beach Lots also alleged that the board considered “erroneous” and “irrelevant” information during its “quasi-judicial” hearing. The special magistrate conducted an unsuccessful mediation on June 18, 2021, and hearings on the merits of the petition on June 18, Nov. 3 and Feb. 28, 2022. On March 1, 2022, after the conclusion of the hearing, Siesta Beach Lots disclosed to the special magistrate that a “building restrictive covenant” was placed on the property pursuant to a contract

entered on Jan. 20, 2021. As part of his analysis, the special magistrate found that Siesta Beach Lots had contracted away its right to construct a single-family home prior to the board’s denial of the coastal setback variance. “Through a restrictive covenant, Siesta Beach Lots limited itself to the construction of a tiki hut on the property. Essentially, Siesta Beach Lots rendered its own application development order moot,” read the letter. “Therefore, the special magistrate concluded that the board’s development order is not unreasonable, nor does it unfairly burden the property.” On March 8, 2022, the county attorney’s office received the special magistrate’s recommendation that the board’s development order should remain undisturbed. The county attorney’s office followed suit, recommending that the board accept the special magistrate’s recommendation. The board voted unanimously to Continued on page 41


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Beginning July 1, individual counties and municipalities in Florida now have the choice whether or not to ban cigarettes and cigars with filters on public beaches and in public parks. The filters contribute to the ongoing litter problem, taking as long as 10 years to decompose. The Florida House and Senate passed the measure in late February and early March, respectively, and Gov. Ron DeSantis signed off on the law June 17. Previously, the issue had been under state control. Bans have not been not allowed here in Sarasota County since 2013, when a circuit judge ruled against them. Catherine Luckner, president of the Siesta Key Association civic group, has recently notified her members that she’ll be requesting that Sarasota County put the topic on an upcoming commission agenda. State Sen. Joe Gruters, who represents Siesta Key, pushed the measure for four consecutive legislative sessions before seeing an overwhelming victory this year (including a 30-8 House vote). Back in 2007, Sarasota County did indeed impose such a ban, lasting six years, with a 4-1 vote. While the issue of being subjected to second-hand smoke was at the forefront of previous arguments – one that triggered smoking bans on the inside of establishments – this time it was the issue of litter that ruled the day. Gruters reported that filters are the No. 1 piece of debris collected during beach clean-up efforts. -- John Morton

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County: a wait-and-see approach with sailboats By Phil Colpas The sailboat saga on Siesta Key continues. For many years, by Beach Access 8, there has existed a ragtag yet picturesque collection of catamarans, which are sailboats featuring two parallel hulls of equal size. Sailors would simply pull them up on the beach, secure them roughly, or not, and pull them back down the beach when they were ready to sail again. But the increasing popularity of Sarasota, and Siesta Key in particular, has made some smalltown ways, such as leaving your sailboat on the beach, more and more difficult to maintain. Of late, some residents have seen their boats go missing. At the July 12 meeting of the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners, commission member Christian Ziegler again brought up the catamaran issue. “My understanding is the property to the south or north … of the beach access … catamarans have been there for years and years, and one of the property owners complained, rightfully so,” he said. “Look, it’s private property and these boats were on their property. So, people moved them over … and then they went on(to) other private property and into our public access, which is owned by the county, that people use to get to the beach, and now catamarans are there.” Originally, all boats were ordered to be removed by May 1 but the county commissioners agreed to a 60-day extension. Nicole Rissler, the county’s

Another look at how the sailboats are staged near Beach Access 8, as of early July. (submitted photo)

director of Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, told the board “As of yesterday for the deadline (July 11) -- that was the extension you all provided -- the public access, at Beach Access 8, which is only 60 feet wide, all catamarans have been removed from there.

There were only three left, as of yesterday morning, and two of those were absolutely derelict. They were falling apart. Those pieces were removed. There was one that was sea worthy; that was removed and it is being held at Siesta public beach in our

maintenance area. “The remaining catamarans that are there in that area or to the south of beach Access 8 are currently on private property.” Siesta Key resident James Burns used to keep his sailboat at Beach Access 8 with permission. He has now moved his boat elsewhere, and he continues to monitor the situation. Burns has a Facebook page called Siesta Key Sailing Club, which is all about celebrating sailing and sharing sailing information and stories. Burns said now that the county has made this an issue, as many as 20 boats have been moved south of the beach access to private property -- a 16-unit condo complex at 460 Beach Rd. -- but only two have actual permission to be there. One of those with permission is Sam Hayes, Burns’ neighbor. Meanwhile, the private property owner to the north has chased away those attempting leave boats on his property, Burns said. “The sailing community here was originally about keeping our boats on private property, with permission, so we could all enjoy it,” Burns said. “Today, it’s all about not having permission. That’s unfair to the property owners.” Said Ziegler, “I love the catamarans. If you’ve ever done a family photo shoot, you’ve done it in that area. I think it brings a lot of charm to Siesta Key. “You have county property and who has a right to put their boats on there or not? Why can’t I put in a trailer with a boat in one of

the parking lots or use the county administration parking lot to store vehicles? So, there is an interesting debate and discussion there. I’d like to keep the catamarans somehow, but I’m not sure how to do it.” Ziegler suggested enacting some sort of a medallion program to allow participants to keep their boats there, but then the issue becomes “how do you pick who gets to stay and who doesn’t get to stay?” he said. “I know we need to protect the public access, but I’d like to keep the catamaran access for people. “All this goes back to the fact that -- I mean look, Sarasota County (is) the No. 1 place constantly for people to move to, to retire to, to visit, and there’s so much popularity and we’re having so much growth that now we’re starting to have these issues pop up that are really small-town… you got away with it during a smalltown feel. “Now, as Sarasota gets bigger, we’re running into these issues and, you know, we actually have stuff like this pop up that we’re going to have to address. I’d like to keep the small-town feel as long as we can and drag it out, and I think keeping the catamarans does that.” The county commission decided not to take any official action at this time regarding the catamaran issue, preferring instead to take a wait-and-see approach. “I guess we’ll let that play out and we’ll deal with it if we need to later,” said Alan Maio, the commission’s chairman.

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Online, but certainly not out of style After more than 40 years in Southbridge Mall, Things You Like owner transitions to web-only resort-wear business By Jane Bartnett

Things You Like, the longstanding Siesta Key women’s resort wear boutique in Southbridge Mall, has become an online store. Shoppers visiting the website thingsyoulike.biz will still find their favorite LuLu-B and Look Mode USA items, as well as other standard clothing lines. For more than four decades, Diane Suczewski welcomed shoppers. She began the business in 1979 after moving to the Siesta Key area from the New Jersey shore town of Bricktown. When she made the decision to move her shop online, Dave and Denise Havill of Anna’s Deli agreed to take over the space, allowing them to make a sizable expansion. “We will miss our friend Diane,” said Dave Havill. “We’ll certainly tell everyone that Things You Like is now online.”

Suczewski said that she misses being able to interact with her customers face to face and to guide them in their purchases, but encourages her customers to call her and discuss any questions about fit and style over the phone as they shop online. Every All Things You Like purchase ships for free. “For so many women who drove from Lakewood Ranch and all over Sarasota to see us, shopping online with free shipping will be much easier for them,” she said. “My customer is the woman who either lives here in Siesta Key and Sarasota or loves to visit here. I have so many loyal customers who’ve been coming to my store for over 40 years.” When Suczewski began Things You Like, she purchased it from the previous owners who had opened the Siesta Key store

but only kept it for a few months before discovering that retail was not the right business for them. They had been featuring junior fashion styles geared to young women and teens. Suczewski revised the shop’s offerings to focus on resort wear for women who lived locally, and for snowbirds and vacationers. Looking back over the past decades, Suczewski said that she has certainly seen many changes and looks that are reflected in the resort wear that her customers love. For example, in the 1980s capri pants become very popular. “Walking shorts also came into style,” she recalled. The look was shorts and a matching suit jacket, recalling the popular TV show Murphy Brown. Continued on page 46

Diane Suczewski is the owner of the Things You Like boutique, formerly of Southbridge Mall. (submitted photo)

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Anna’s coowners Dave and Denise Havill at the door to the former neighboring business that opened the door to their expansion. Customers will soon be exiting through this door.(photo by Jane Bartnett)

The world famous Anna’s Deli expands its business, adding hot items to menu By Jane Bartnett Siesta Key’s Anna’s Deli will soon be bigger and better than ever. With construction underway, fans of Anna’s can look forward to a larger and even more welcoming space at Southbridge Mall. Construction has begun and is expected to be completed in a matter of weeks. “We’re shooting for an October opening,” said Anna’s co-owner Dave Havill. As Siesta Key’s oldest eatery, the landmark deli traces its roots back to

1971. It has a loyal fan following that reaches far beyond the borders of the Key and Sarasota. Known for its Surfer sandwiches and many other favorites, Anna’s is expanding into the space formerly occupied by the Things You Like women’s resort boutique. Dave and Denise Havill, who have owned Anna’s Deli since 1998, are overseeing the expansion that will double their current space. “This will create better flow -- we’ll have more room for those eating in,”

said Denise. Dave echoed her enthusiasm. “Our customers have been so understanding, even when the line sometimes stretches to the street and around the block,” he said. Their daughter Ashley Paynter will continue to manage the Siesta Key Anna’s. “It’s going to have an old-Florida feel,” said Dave. “We’re going to add some beautiful new photos of Siesta Key to the Continued on page 45

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Sweet treats on their way to the Village Kilwins will open in Davidson Plaza where Local Chill Ice Cream used to do business By Jane Bartnett Kilwins, the nationally known ice cream and chocolate emporium, is coming to Siesta Key’s Davidson Plaza on Ocean Boulevard in the Village. The sweets shop will be opening in the home of the former Local Chill Ice Cream store. Siesta Key resident Lance Cassagnol is the owner of the new operation. “We’re looking at a late September opening,” he said. “We hope to have all of the equipment loaded in by the end of August.” For the Siesta Key native, the new venture is a special event. “I grew up riding my bike through Siesta Key Village,” he said. With a background in restaurants and financial investments, he is looking forward to the new adventure and the many smiles that the new store will bring to Siesta Key visitors and residents alike. The confectionary is known for its rich ad creamy ice creams as well as its fudge, chocolates and other sweet treats, such as caramel apples that are made by hand in the Kilwins store. The business began in the northern lands of Michigan in 1947. Its 25-plus varieties of Kilwins-made ice cream include such luscious and unusual flavors as blue moon, cake batter, cappuccino chocolate chip, Kilwins mud, Marsh-Mallow S’more and Traverse City cherry. Traditional flavors such as chocolate, rum raisin, butter pecan, mint chocolate chip, sorbetto-lemon and sorbetto-raspberry and strawberry chunk are also waiting to be enjoyed in a cup or a cone. Kilwins fans also know about the internationally famous chocolates that are

Above, the site of the soon-to-be-here Kilwins at 5140 Ocean Blvd. in Davidson Plaza. Lower right, refurbishing is underway inside the property. (photos by Barttnett)

best-sellers. When it comes to fudge, the Kilwins Mackinac Island Fudge takes the cake. The recipe that was created in 1948 still holds true today. It will be made in the new Siesta Key store from copper kettles, as the recipe calls for, and then placed on a marble slab where it will be hand-paddled and cut for sale. Other not-to-be-missed tempting Kilwins fudge flavors include Turtle Fudge, Sea-Salt Caramel Fudge, Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge, Peanut Butter Fudge, Mud Fudge, Chocolate English Walnut Fudge, and

Cookies n’ Cream Fudge. Also, the perfect flavor for Siesta Key: Kilwins’ Lemon Fudge. Tempting chocolates such as Tuttle Nut Caramels are also on the menu at Kilwins. Siesta Key customers will be able to find a variety of other tasty items ranging from taffy chews to what Kilwins calls its “heritage chocolate classics,” and caramel corn. Just in time for the start of the season, the Siesta Key shop will join more than 140 Kilwins shops found in 25 states, all east of the Rocky Mountains. The tough part will be deciding to have just one scoop or two.


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New incorporation effort has higher mill rate An optimistic Save Siesta Key updates residents with new plans during Zoom meeting By John Morton One half of a mill. That’s the new millage rate being proposed by Save Siesta Key as the group readies for a second stab at incorporation. Still very modest in comparison to other municipalities, it doubles the .25 starting rate that the group proposed last year, which resulted in an estimated budget of $3.75 million. Those numbers were met with skepticism by one of the members of the Sarasota County Legislative Delegation who voted no in a 3-3 tie vote that locally killed the incorporation effort last January before it could get to Tallahassee for consideration. “We see it as a necessary change to get through the political process,” said Tim Hensey, chairman of Save Siesta Key, during a July 13 public Zoom meeting that drew more than 200 viewers who were invited to submit questions. Vice-chairman Tracy Jackson and treasurer Steve Lexow joined Hensey as moderators, while new board members Jodie Tierney and Gary Rodkin introduced themselves with a short visual presentation. That new .5 mill rate will be one of the adjustments to a feasibility study the group will have to resubmit by Sept. 1 as part of the incorporation application process. Previously, the .25 rate represented an annual tax bill for Siesta Key residents of $96.75 based upon the average assessed value of a home on the island,

Save Siesta Key incorporation supporters march along Midnight Pass Road. (file photo)

which late last year was at $440,062. That value is likely to be a higher number when recalculated this year as property values continue to skyrocket. “We don’t think that we’re at a choking point with anyone financially,” Hensey said of the new mill rate. A mill is one thousandth of a dollar, or one tenth of one cent. The millage rate is the number of dollars of tax assessed for each $1,000 of property value. Generally, the new .5 mill proposal doubles the scenario for taxpayers. Also new is a second round of a fundraising campaign for the group as it seeks $100,000 for its new effort. As of July 20, it had raised $19,811 via 62 donations.

Last year, it raised roughly $120,000 but most of that has been spent. “Right now, we only have enough money to get us through the end of August,” Hensey said. Save Siesta Key is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit group, so contributions are not tax deductible. Those interested in donating can visit savesiestakey. org. Hensey said the investment would support something he feels is very promising for several reasons. “We’re not just wasting money. We’re not just spinning our wheels,” Hensey said. “We really think we’ll get there this time.” A new political landscape One of those reasons, Hensey reminded participants, is the

recent shake-up from House redistricting that favorably altered the delegation, taking it from six members down to four. Gone is state Reps. Will Robinson and Tommy Gregory, who voted no. The third no vote can from Rep. James Buchanan, who Hensey said was scheduled to have a face-toface meeting with Save Siesta Key on July 18. A viewer asked if a writing campaign would still be effective with Buchanan in mind, such as what hundreds did last year, and Hensey reaffirmed the value of such a tactic to reinforce community interest. “I’d love to see Buchanan get 400 letters,” Hensey said. New to the delegation, thanks to the new maps, is state Rep. Michael Grant, who represents part of the county’s southern portion. A recent meeting with Grant, Hensey said, resulted in Grant asking many questions but voicing no opposition. “He was satisfied with our answers,” Hensey said. While Grant didn’t promise a vote of approval, “We believe we’ll get it,” Hensey said. That leaves state Rep. Fiona McFarland, who directly represents Siesta Key and last year agreed to sponsor the bill. State Sen. Joe Gruters also represents a yes vote, and Hensey called his ongoing support as unwavering. “He has always championed Siesta Key,” he said of the state senator.

While a successful 3-1 outcome seems likely, Hensey feels, and a 4-0 vote possible, one wild card is the fact that both Gruters and Gruters McFarland face opposition in the upcoming elections. “It’s important if Gruters and McFarland lose their seats,” Hensey said of the urgency of convincing Buchanan and Grant. For Gruters, he’ll know his fate in an Aug. 23 universal primary (where all registered voters can vote, regardless of party affiliation) with fellow Republican Michael Johnson, who lives near Orlando. If Johnson were to win, he’d have to move to Sarasota County. No Democratic candidate is on the ticket, so there is no November election. McFarland, a Republican, has no primary in August but faces Democrat Derek Reich in the November general election. The earliest the delegation would vote on incorporation would be December, so those two outcomes could be critical, Hensey said. Another promising scenario on the horizon, Hensey said, is that new lobbyist David Ramba will be on board. The Tallahasseebased lawyer has a strong history at the capitol building and will Continued on page 43

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charged the victim with his hand raised as if to hit him. Victim raised his elbow in or-der to block the incoming strike and connected with the male juvenile’s right arm. The three individuals then fled the scene. June 7, stolen vehicle The complainant stated that she parked her rental vehicle in front of her unit the previous night and the next morning noticed it was missing. She immediately contacted the police and the rental company to inform them of the incident. The vehicle was recovered by law enforcement at a nearby gas station, but the suspect is still unknown. June 8, burglary Victim indicated that he arrived home to find his 2015 Jeep Wrangler with the passenger door ajar and his belongings from the glovebox scattered about. Upon inspection he believed there to be three missing items: a pair of black Ray-Ban sunglasses, a spare ignition key for the Jeep, and a bag of change valued at $23. The Jeep was checked for fingerprints and video footage was sought. June 14, theft Victim was on beach near Beach Access 12 where there was a relay race occurring and countless people on the beach. Victim indicated that an older white male approached her and started talking about how he was a photographer. After engaging in conversation, during which time the victim was watching her children on the beach, the male

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At the July 12 meeting of the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners, no concerned citizens spoke at a public hearing to consider an ordinance to adopt a privately-initiated amendment relating to parking requirements for the Siesta Key Overlay District -- more specifically the south bridge area. The proposed amendment alters the formula for calculating parking for restaurants and bars in the south bridge area of Siesta Key, and provides credit for the provision of golf cart parking. The proposed ordinance has been deemed by Planning and Development Services staff not to inhibit or obstruct any goals, objectives or policies contained within the Sarasota County Comprehensive Plan. Currently, the parking standard for all restaurants and bars within the Siesta Key Overlay District (SKOD) requires one parking space per 50 square feet of waiting, eating and drinking area. County staff recommended that the commissioners adopt the new ordinance and approve Unified Development Code Amendment No. 46, which reduces parking requirements to one space per 75 square feet of indoor and outdoor patron area. The proposal also allows credit for “golf cart parking” for an individual commercial business or multi-business plaza, in addition Continued on page 46

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million. If the board’s departments had increased their expenditures by the annual inflation rate, their 2022 expenditure budgets would have been exceeded by $31 million. But county staff and our board were more careful with the funds. Sarasota County has continuously found ways to do more with less and has not pursued a millage rate increase in 23 years. (If we had kept the millage rate at what it was in 2000, we would have collected over a billion dollars.) And, once again, the proposed fiscal year 2023 budget for Sarasota County does not include a millage increase. In fact, our current millage rate is the second lowest of the 67 counties in the state of Florida, which is even more important because it took over a decade – from 2008 to 2020 – for our gross taxable property values to recover after plummeting nearly 38% during the great recession. Sarasota County has remained focused on our financial priorities related for maintaining a very high level of service despite the ups and downs of the housing market. For fiscal year 2023, it’s important to remember that despite potentially higher property values for the county, homestead property values are capped at 3% growth on their property tax bills, and nonhomestead property values are

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Last summer was bartender Amy Petrocelli’s first at the Crescent Club, and it was not only sweltering hot but red tide was often in the air. Her main duties were working the historic tavern’s new outdoor patio, and it was rough. This summer, things are so much different. A new, state-of-theart dedicated outdoor air system is to thank. “It makes our shifts so much easier,” Petrocelli said. “To be able to sit outside and not sweat is no nice. And what’s best is you still get to feel like you’re sitting outdoors.” Owner Gary Kompothecras began the permitting process a year ago, but delays were commonplace. In June, the system

was finally in place. “In the summertime, no one wanted to sit outside,” he said as he sat at an outdoor table on July 16. “It’s now perfectly comfortable out here.” The dedicated outdoor air system, which is the first of its kind for a business on Siesta Key and cost Kompothecras more than $100,000, creates droplets that dissipate, causing no condensation. It’s described in more technical terms as a type of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system that consists of two parallel systems: a dedicated system for delivering outdoor air ventilation that handles both the latent and sensible loads of conditioning the ventilation air, and a parallel

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system to handle loads generated by indoor/process sources and those that pass through the building enclosure. Kompothecras’ customers clamored for the system and are now enjoying its virtues.

“I did kind of hint at it,” said customer Kevin Maguire with a chuckle. “Now, we’re celebrating. We waited for more a year.” Other customers agreed. “When I was here last summer, I’d just sweat,” said Mary Eiken,

a Peppertree Bay resident who is a regular at the Saturday free hot dog gatherings. “It’s now so much more pleasant to come here in the middle of the day.” Said customer Derek Williams, “It feels like inside while we’re outside. It’s perfect.” Added customer Gary Kortzendorf, “This is fantastic, especially on days like this.” The system also allows Kompothecras to drop his transparent screens to keep out bright sun or heavy rain while keeping things cool and comfortable. The screens also keep in the sound during his nightly live music offerings. “The air system really serves two purposes for me,” he said.

How should you respond to a bear market? Sarasota Local Brings Experience & Trust to Siesta Key So far, 2022 has not been a good year for investors. In fact, we’re moving into bear market territory. What should you know about bear markets? And how should you respond? To begin with, a bear market occurs when a stock market index, such as the S&P 500, falls at least 20% from its most recent high point. You might think this type of drop is rare, but that’s not actually the case. Historically, bear markets have occurred every few years and are a normal feature of the investment landscape. We experienced a bear market fairly recently, from mid-February 2020 through late March of that same year. What causes bear markets? Each one is different, but the current one is largely the result of several factors, including high inflation, rising interest rates, the war in Ukraine and global supply chain problems. When will the financial markets again start moving in a positive direction? No one can say for sure,

but in any case, it’s not really a good idea to make investment decisions based on what may happen next in the financial markets. Instead, consider these moves: Be patient. It can be challenging to look at your investment statements during these days. But you’ll help yourself by taking

a long-term view. Consider this: From March 2009 until the end of 2021, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained more than 460%. So, if you’ve been investing for a while, compare where you are now to where you were 10 or 12 years ago. You’ve probably made pretty good progress over this time – and 10 years from now, the current downturn may not look like such a big event, either. Review your risk tolerance. If you’re having a hard time coping with investment losses – even if they’re just “paper losses” for now – you may want to review your tolerance for risk and see if it’s still the same as it was when you began investing. Even without a bear market, people’s risk tolerance can change, especially as they approach retirement. Review your goals. A bear market is not meaningless, but by itself, it shouldn’t cause you to change your long-term goals. And if your goals haven’t changed, neither should your investment strategy

Look for buying opportunities. During a down market, you can find quality investments at attractive prices. So, you could take this opportunity to fill gaps in your portfolio or add shares of investments that you already own and that you believe have good prospects for growth. Get some help. When trying to navigate a lengthy market downturn, it can be useful to get some support and guidance. Consider this: Among investors who work with a financial advisor, 84% said that doing so gave them a greater sense of comfort about their finances during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey conducted in 2020 by Age Wave and Edward Jones. And getting professional help may provide the same type of reassurance during the current market turmoil. A bear market is never enjoyable. But taking the long view and making moves appropriate for your needs can help you get through this period and look ahead to better days.

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2 big business listings on Gateway Avenue Gulf Gate continues its transformation with more turnover potentially on the horizon By Jane Bartnett

In recent weeks, two large Gateway Avenue retail/restaurant properties in the Gulf Gate business district have come on the market for sale. According to a website search, American Property Group is representing the sellers in both transactions. The Sarasota Brewing Company, a popular Gulf Gate sports bar at 6607 Gateway Ave., closed its doors after suffering a kitchen fire during the Memorial Day weekend. The property was listed for sale in June for $1.4 million as restaurant/retail space. Built in 1969, it is described on the real estate firm’s website as: “Four restrooms, second story (upstairs) office/loft. Brew equipment. All fixtures, furniture and equipment come with sale. Lot size 0.15 acre. Property size 4,383 SF. Gross land area 6,600 SF.” In July, the Rebellion Night Club at 6523 Gateway Ave. was also listed for sale as commercial retail space. The listing price for the 7,584-square-foot night club, which continues to operate, is $3.495 million for the building and the business. Rebellion is described on the real estate website sales page as: “Currently operating as the locally popular Rebellion Club; current business has a strong clientele and followers, new roof, new electrical, new plumbing; completely remodeled ADA bathrooms (4); large open layout: 3 separate areas allow for multiple ambiances.”

The Rebellion Night Club website bills the venue as “the hottest, upscale nightclub that will revolutionize Sarasota nightlife. Live music, top DJs, full bar, go-go dancers and large dance floor!” Calls to American Property Group real estate agents representing the two properties were not returned. Known for its seasonal beers, Chicago-style pizza and beef sandwiches, the Sarasota Brewing Company had served locals and tourists alike since 1989. “Fire has closed our Sarasota Brewing Company,” the restaurant’s website reports. “We were forced to close the restaurant. Thank you to all of our guests!” Owner Tony Ficano, who also owns Tony’s Chicago Beef on neighboring Superior Avenue, decided to close Sarasota Brewing Company -- at least for now. With its own micro-brewery on site, the restaurant enjoyed a long history as a Gulf Gate fixture. For many years, it had the distinction of being Sarasota’s only brewery. However, in recent years, a collection of new breweries -including Almazónica Cervecería, Brew Life, Big Top Brewery, Calusa Brewing -- entered the Sarasota market. When reached for comment, Ficano said that he is reviewing options and working with his insurance company. Local Gulf Gate merchants say that the sale of both the Sarasota

Both the Sarasota Brewing Company (top) and Rebellion Night Club are on the market. (photos by Jane Bartnett and John Morton)

Brewing Company and the Rebellion Night Club, at both ends of the block, has the potential to bring a dramatic change to the evolving landscape of the Gulf Gate retail and restaurant scene. When the Rebellion Night Club opened in 2021, it transformed the appearance of the far end of the street. The space, previously known as Chester’s Reef and the Boar’s Head before that, became a

dramatic, upscale entertainment location. Recently, when the Screaming Goat Taqueria moved its restaurant from 6606 Superior Ave. to 6566 Gateway Ave., it brightened and re-decorated the space that had been home to Kazu 2.0 Sushi. The vivid and cheerful Screaming Goat signage and bright red decor has added new excitement to the south side of the street as a steady stream

of diners drop in throughout the day. The larger seating area allowed owner Malin Parker to turn his original Screaming Goat space at 6606 Superior Ave. into a new small event and meeting space called Screaming Goat Events. “I’ve been here for five years and I’ve seen it change a lot for the better, said Parker. “There’s a lot of good quality businesses coming in. Gulf Gate is a wonderful hidden gem in Sarasota.” While it may not be a new addition to the street or to Gulf Gate, the Piccolo Italian Market and Deli at 6518 Gateway Ave. stands as an anchor. It remains the place that knowledgeable cooks and lovers of fine Italian food consider the go-to place to find fine Italian ingredients and, delicacies as well as delicious food to enjoy there or to take home. When the Skinny Dip Frozen Yogurt Bar at 6616 Gateway Ave. opened in 2021, its brightly painted green and purple exterior drew in visitors who discovered a wide selection of tasty cool treats on tap. In the fall of 2021, when the long-anticipated opening of elegant Opus Sarasota came about in the post-COVID-19 era, the restaurant was met with rave reviews and a bright spotlight was cast on Gulf Gate as a dining center. What does the future hold for Gateway Avenue and the former home of the Sarasota Brewing Company and the Rebellion Night Club? Time will tell.


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-- all very, very different. There are so many conflicting ideas, fads, myths, books, and research studies. Every year, I watch how a new string of diets enters into the mainstream, where hopeful consumers get excited that this will be the right diet for them that works. The entire health industry is an explosion of the next promise to take away excess, unwanted fat. I am so confused. Are you? I love to be educated. I do. And I’m keenly interested in things that make the mind and body balanced and healthy. However, I’m so tired of the next new thing. Last year it was keto, the year before it was intermittent fasting, and you can continue to go back almost yearly and find a new way of eating that gives hope to the eater that they will drop their cholesterol, shed pounds, and give them the promise of a healthier way of living. I wonder if it’s the conflicting excess of information that keeps us confused. And let’s face it, we’re still not meeting our goals. Food is the energy our body needs to meet its ever-demanding obligation to sustain our life, which includes millions of tasks per day. I have never completed a million tasks in one day, by the way! How about you? Thanks body! Seriously, the human body is a complete universe in and of its own. And, just like the universe has checks and balances that help it sustain life and function, so does

at food as energy. Maybe we even see it as the enemy? However, when we work to shift our mindset around food and understand that it is good and is energy and we need it for the body to function completely, perhaps it will change how and why we consume it. I believe that 80% of the way we look and feel is based on how much energy and life comes from each food. I don’t subscribe to calories-in and calories-out. Why? Because not all food is created equal. What the human body, our personal universe, will do with one food is NOT what it will do with another. Let’s break it down easily. Food can be placed in two simple categories: Live, living, and full of energy; or dead, denatured, poor quality, and low energy. That’s it, two simple buckets. Common sense can really help us determine which bucket each food lives in. When we choose to consume more “alive” foods our body has more of the building blocks we need to function, and the by product is that the body feels better with less inflammation. When we consume foods that are processed and have more manmade ingredients, the body has a harder time assimilating it and using the constituents to do its job. It has an inflammatory response. I am definitely oversimplifying it for sure. But that’s the point -- I think when we complicate things in our life and increase information, options and decisions, our minds get confused and we actually become paralyzed as to which diet to subscribe to or what foods to eat or not to eat. We want to make

strong bricks that last though storms and an occasional fox trying to blow the house down? We can start by simplifying food choices into live foods/eat always, and deader foods/eat Sometimes. If we apply this rule consistently, we become more balanced. We no longer bounce from one diet to the next and our body begins to trust us again. Then the body will begin to develop its own healthy homeostasis. Micheal Pollan, whom I cited, is a world’s leading nutritional journalist. His work is profound and incredible as he seeks to understand food and the industry behind it. I highly recommend his work if you want to learn more, or keep it simple with his Food Rules, an Eater’s Manual. Its perfect simplicity will absolutely get one pointed in the right direction. My whole life I have watched people struggle with emotions and habits of poor eating. So, I will say if this is you, don’t give up hope. There are many different wonderful modalities that can help you heal this in your life, such as personal coaching, hypnotherapy, tapping, or NLP. Let’s give thanks for our nonstop-working body and make the commitment to give it more of what it requires so we can live a high vibrating, wonderful life! Yours in health, De Day. (De Day is an empowerment life coach who specializes in helping women create and live their best-balanced life with mind body soul whole practices. To work with her privately please contact her at info@de-day.com or visit her website at www.de-day.com.)

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THE RACE FOR THE SARASOTA COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS PRIMARIES ARE AUG. 23 AT ST. BONIFACE CHURCH, 5615 MIDNIGHT PASS RD.

Siesta a key topic at Tiger Bay Club forum By Jane Bartnett Mike Cosentino and Mark Smith, Siesta Key residents and primary candidates for the Sarasota County Board of Commissioners seat for District 2, appeared on the Sarasota Tiger Bay Club’s candidates panel during a luncheon on July 7 at Michael’s on East. They were joined by fellow District 2 candidates Fredd Atkins, a former county commissioner, and Hagen Brody, a current at-large city of Sarasota commissioner. Cosentino, Atkins and Brody are on the Democratic ticket. Siesta Key resident Lourdes Ramirez, who is running on the Republican ticket against Smith, was not in attendance. Sarasota attorney Morgan Bentley served as moderator of the panel. The candidates discussed a broad range of issues ranging from development, the environment, beach access, parks, abortion, and Siesta Key’s incorporation bid. When the topic of affordable housing and development were raised, Cosentino criticized Brody for what Cosentino said were his ties to developers and for not doing enough to create affordable housing. The state, Cosentino said, needs to allow for more shortterm rentals. He complained that the county has “produced zero affordable housing plans in the last 20 years.” Shooting back, Brody called the

Above, the candidates on hand were (from left) Fredd Atkins, Hagen Brody, Mike Cosentino, and Mark Smith. Below left, Smith and Cosentino share thoughts with an audience member. Below right, Catherine Luckner of the Siesta Key Association and Tim Hensey of Save Siesta Key speak with Smith. (photos by Jane Bartnett)

claim “absolutely false” and said that he has worked with the private sector to create affordable housing. Cosentino then invited Brody to debate him on Cosentino’s Facebook Live page. Brody did not respond. Calling for an end to exclusion zones, Smith urged the creation of mixed-use space in order to satisfy the affordable housing crisis.

“In older shopping centers, units above the stores can be created,” he said. “We need to work hand-inhand with the developers to solve problems.” Atkins also called for working together with developers to create more affordable housing. The candidates also differed on how Sarasota’s parks and beaches should be managed. Calling for

an end to business contracts on park land, Smith advocated for a licensing system and noted that several small Siesta Key businesses operate on park property. “We can have a symbiotic relationship,” he said. Cosentino said that he believes that businesses should not be on park lands while Brody said that the issue should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. “What would Siesta Key be without the concession stand?” asked Brody. Atkins warned that businesses should not overwhelm public access to the beach. Cosentino was also critical of the county’s work with Benderson Development Corporation. “The county should quit subsidizing developers,” he said. Atkins called on the county to be more accountable to all of its residents, and Smith encouraged the development of parks “where the kids are.” Brody stated that the county needs to invest in legacy parks. Meanwhile, there was general consensus on the topic of public beach access, although the four Candidates presented different paths to allow greater access to Sarasota County and Siesta Key beaches. “Eminent domain is necessary,” said Smith. “We need to better educate property owners.” Atkins stated that “everyone needs to have access to the beach.

Cosentino spoke of his success in keeping Siesta Key’s Beach Road open to the public and Brody cited the doctrine of customary use, stating that the county could purchase private property. When Bentley opened the microphone to audience members, Save Siesta Key board member Tracy Jackson asked the candidates if they would support efforts to approve Siesta Key’s incorporation. Save Siesta Key is a community organization working to make Siesta Key its own municipality, through legal incorporation. “I fully support it,” Cosentino answered. “The ongoing lawlessness of the Sarasota County commission has led to this movement.” Smith said that he is undecided on the issue. Calling incorporation “financially unattainable with what it presents now,” Smith cited infrastructure concerns and insufficient funds in the budget for ongoing infrastructure needs. He closed by saying, “but I am open for discussion.” Atkins quickly stated that he opposes incorporation. Brody said that he is “indifferent” but believes that it is “up to the citizens to decide.” Jackson called some of the candidates’ responses to her question on future incorporation for Siesta Key “disappointing.” She said, “I don’t think they’ve read the feasibility study.”

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THE RACE FOR THE SARASOTA COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS PRIMARIES ARE AUG. 23 AT ST. BONIFACE CHURCH, 5615 MIDNIGHT PASS RD.

Local issues bring lively debate at chapel By Phil Colpas About 75 people congregated at Siesta Chapel July 19 to listen to Sarasota Board of County Commission candidates discuss the issues ahead of the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 23. In this forum, sponsored by the Island League, which comprises Save Siesta Key, Siesta Key Association, Siesta Key Coalition, Siesta Key Condominium Council and Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, candidates were given two minutes to answer each question in a Q&A series covering a variety of topics, most importantly how to maintain responsible, sustainable development. At the end, candidates were given two minutes to explain to Siesta Key voters why they should vote for them. Absent from the forum was Joseph Neunder, Republican candidate for the District 4 seat. The remaining seven candidates took part: three Democrats and two Republicans for the District 2 seat; and one Democrat and one Republican for the District 4 seat. All will face off in the upcoming primary election. Participating in the forum were: Running for the District 2 seat: Democrats Fredd Atkins, Hagen Brody and Mike Cosentino; and Republicans Lourdes Ramirez and Mark Smith. Running for the District 4 seat: Republican Mike Hawkins and Democrat Daniel Kuether.

One of the hot button topics for voters: increasing traffic. “A lot of times traffic studies just tell us what we already know. We need solutions,” Atkins said, suggesting that better communication between residents, visitors and employees would help to establish more accurate peak traffic times. Brody said that peak times heading to and from the beach were most important to mitigate. “The trolley on the island is great, but we need trolleys to take people on and off the island,” he said. “I think people would use it if we do it right.” Hawkins said the current county commission has failed us by not better controlling increasing traffic and allowing the Benderson complex to move forward at Stickney Point Road and U.S. 41.

He would like to see a moratorium on new construction until the situation can be improved: “You can remodel, but you can’t add more traffic.” “No new development is not how the world works, unfortunately,” said Kuether. “What we need are some real concessions and compromises. That’s how we get real quality solutions.” Cosentino shared a story about growing up in Sarasota: “My eighth-grade math teacher at Brookside said, ‘Figures don’t lie, liars figure.’” By which he meant, “The usefulness of the (traffic) study is entirely predicated on who is conducting the study. We need to incorporate the island, self-govern and determine how to handle our own traffic.” “If a developer does a traffic

study, it’s going to be faulty,” agreed Ramirez, who has a long history fighting developers and sued the county against building one of its proposed Siesta Key hotels. Ramirez supports independent, third-party traffic studies, followed up on by open discussion with citizens. Atkins agreed there is too much traffic and new development will create more traffic, suggesting it may be time for a fresh community plan. “The community needs to be able to stipulate their wants and needs in a comprehensive plan,” he said. “We have a jewel in Siesta Key.” And how would candidates address the voters’ growing loss of faith in politicians? “The first solution is not electing another Republican to the county commission,” Kuether said, suggesting that we need

From the left, Mark Hawkins, Mike Cosentino, Hagen Brody, Fredd Atkins, Lourdes Ramirez, Daniel Kuether, and Mark Smith. The Sarasota County Board of Commissionesr candidates squared off in a debate at the Siesta Key Chapel. (photo by John Morton)

more forums where solutions are proffered, not just where problems are complained about. Smith argued that a forum isn’t going to help if the data is faulty, “or you’ll just get the wrong answers again,” he said. Through zoning problems and mismatch of usage, Brody said that it’s easy to see people’s frustration when you look at the number of civic groups that displeased citizens have formed. Siesta Key generates 30% of the taxes in the county, Ramirez said. “We need to go in with the attitude that we’re important; we provide a lot of taxes, and you should pay attention to us.” Atkins added that voters should “demand your respect” from the county. “To bemoan the process you all should be dictating is embarrassing,” he said, urging change. “For 50 years, there hasn’t been a Democrat out here on the county commission. Are you happy with the way it’s going?” Cosentino said it’s not the voters’ imagination that they’re being ignored. “Our government doesn’t understand they represent us … and they don’t even, they represent development. Go downtown and look at all the buildings. If that’s what you want Siesta Village to look like, then Brody’s your guy.” Brody, a longtime city commissioner, insisted he has a wide range of support, is Continued on page 44

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Guiding the way as man’s best friend Chloe the guide dog has given Siesta Key’s Alan Frost comfort as a second sets of eyes By Hannah Wallace

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etiree Alan Frost and Chloe the guide dog are a regular presence in the Village on their morning strolls. While Chloe, like any dog, appreciates the exercise, she’s also the one taking Frost for a walk. Now on the verge of turning 70, Frost has been legally blind almost half his life. A telecommunications professional originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Frost first began having trouble with his eyesight around the age of 35. “I couldn’t see very well at night,” he said from his home on Siesta Key. Soon, daytime presented its own problems. A flash of sunlight would saturate and wash out his vision altogether, so he wore billed caps to shade his eyes as best as possible. Still, “It just deteriorated over the years,” he said. Driving became impossible, and he was forced to retire. Doctors diagnosed him with a rare autoimmune condition called retinitis pigmentosa. Tunnel vision and sensitivity to bright light are among the most common symptoms. Frost handled the news with typical Midwestern practicality, chalking it up to random misfortune. “It’s a genetic condition,” he explained. “Bad luck.” He adapted, and his wife helped him, but mobility remained a challenge. Falling bothered him the most. Then, a year ago, came Chloe. Frost’s wife had applied for a dog on his behalf, and Chloe came to them through Palmetto’s Southeastern Guide Dogs. This time, Frost was the recipient of good fortune, as he saw it: “Dumb luck.” Chloe’s presence has made a huge difference in Frost’s confidence, removing a lot of fear from his travels. “If you take a fall it’s very painful,” he

Siesta Key resident Alan Frost enjoys a stroll through the Village with Chloe, the guide dog he acquired. (submitted photo)

said. “If you have a dog, you don’t do that so much.” Before their meeting, while Chloe was still

being raised as a guide dog, Frost, too, had to prepare for their relationship. Fortunately, he said, “I’ve been a dog person since I was a

child. I was very comfortable around dogs.” Southeastern Guide Dogs representatives came to the couple’s house to make sure it would make a suitable environment for a dog. And Frost embarked on the organization’s extensive human training — first learning rudimentary dog handling, and then the specific mechanisms of the human/guide dog relationship. He underwent an “intense” three-week training program on the organization’s campus. Along the way, he gained new appreciation for the work that Southeastern Guide Dogs does. “The quality of the dog-human teams that come out of Southeastern is superior to anything else I’ve seen,” he said. “These people are very good.” Lastly, Frost has been able to learn Chloe’s individual personality. For instance, he said, Chloe enjoys their morning walks along the shoreline, even though she’s afraid of the water and doesn’t want to get her toes wet. Ultimately Frost considers that trait a positive for her job performance. “The dog is a very big help as far as reducing my ability to walk off piers,” he deadpanned. At this point in his life, Frost is also looking out for Chloe’s future. He wants to ensure she’s still a happy, healthy and well-trained guide dog for the other visionimpaired people who may inherit her down the line. She doesn’t “belong” to him, he argued. Instead, Frost considers his relationship with Chloe to be an act of service for her future humans. “There’s ownership and then there’s stewardship,” he said. “My gig is to get her to her next gig.”

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hile on a charter boat in the Caribbean, Dustin Johnson was startled when a woman seemingly floated by, seemingly in the air, on what looked a surfboard. “She simply said good morning in a calm, quiet voice and just kept on going, as if she was passing someone in a grocery line,” Johnson said. “I didn’t even hear her coming. Whatever it was that that she was on, it was that quiet. “I remember thinking it looked like the hoverboard in Back to the Future II, or like a magic carpet ride. At first, I thought I must be dreaming. She was levitating? Then when I realized I wasn’t, I decided then that I needed to find out more about this. It looked like the most fun thing to do in the world.” What he witnessed was a motorized efoil. It’s a propellor-driven electronic surfboard that allows you to skim across the water as high as 2 feet at speeds up to 30 mph. So impressed with this new technology, which is now about three years old, the former Tennessee resident chose to go into the efoil business. “I studied the technology for a year and then quit the day job,” said Johnson, who debuted his business in March. “I knew this was going to be big.” And he chose Siesta Key as his primary locale. “It’s the perfect spot for this, with the beautiful beach and calm waters,” said Johnson, whose mobile Sarasota Efoil

business typically delivers the apparatus to customers at Beach Access 4 near the Village, located at 180 Beach Rd. where Beach Road intersects with Avenida Navarra. Sessions last 90 minutes. Upon arrival, Johnson or business partner Seth Hajek gives a five-minute demonstration. Riders first learn about how to get up from their belly to their knees to their feet, and then about the Bluetooth handthrottle control and its 15 different settings. It includes a power-saving mode that allows for that quiet glide that is so peaceful. “It’s one of the easiest things to learn,” Johnson said. “We have riders that are in their 70s.” The efoil runs on a lithium-ion battery that is good for two hours. The board is 5 to 6 feet in length and can hold up to 300 pounds and is designed for just a single person. Below it is a mast and foil wing and a guarded propellor. Riders must be at least 12 years of age and must stay away from swimmers. Johnson recommends that riders go out about 250 feet from shore. The cost for a session is $300 for one board and one person, $400 for one board and two people (alternating), $550 for two boards and two people, and $650 for two boards and three to four people. Visit sarasotaefoil.com or call (941) 799-5722 to book a session. Johnson and Hajek also sell efoils, manufactured by Lift Foils.

Above, efoils do their thing. Below left, Dustin Johnson with one of his efoils on Siesta Key. Below right, Seth Hajek provides a rider demonstration. (submitted images)

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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County commission race fundraising update

Three Siesta Key residents are vying for the District 2 seat on the Sarasota County Board of Commissioners, with a Democratic primary set for Aug. 23. District 2 represents the northern half of Siesta Key. Resident Mike Cosentino is running as a Democrat and residents Lourdes Ramirez and Mark Smith are running as Republicans. As of July 20, here are the

contribution levels they’ve reported, as required: Cosentino, $48,458.31; Ramirez, $19,404, Smith $48,550. The others in the Democratic primary are Hagen Brody ($63,864 ) and Fredd Atkins ($17,627.92). Regarding the District 4 seat, which represents the southern half of the Key, two Republican candidates are running (Mark Hawkins and Joe Neunder) and one Democrat (Daniel Kuether). Their fundraising numbers are: Hawkins, $8,120; Neunder, $120,220, and Kuether $13,635.

Poll workers needed for upcoming elections

Interested in serving as a poll worker in the upcoming Aug. 23 and Nov. 8 elections? Requirements for becoming a poll worker include being a registered (or pre-registered) voter of Sarasota County and being able to attend training and work on election days. Poll workers are paid a total of $175 to $300 per election, based on position. For the Aug. 23 primary election, there is a particular need for inspectors and deputies. For more information visit SarasotaVotes.gov/PollWorkers or call (941) 861.8640.

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Island Chatter According to a survey conducted in June by the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce regarding whether or not public restrooms should be installed in the Village, 489 of the 566 respondents said yes. The chamber plans to present the results to Sarasota County officials in hope that the county will consider funding such an endeavor. According to the chamber, the No. 1 question it gets from visitors is whether or not the Village has a public bathroom. The chamber’s employees and volunteers tell them it doesn’t, and that the nearest public bathrooms are at the public beach, about a mile away. The chamber’s Visitor Center reports it welcomed 5,223 walk-in visits in 2021, with 2,089 inquires about bathrooms -- representing about 40% and about eight bathroom inquires per day.

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RESTAURANTS / CAFÉS Another Broken Egg................ Map-C #54 & 55 Blase Café..........................................Map-A #38 Bonjour French Cafe......................... Map-C #47 Café Gabbiano................................... Map-D #71 Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar.............. Map-B #42-43 Flavio’s Brick Oven & Bar.................Map-B #29 Flavio’s Italiano Ristorante...............Map-B #30 Gilligan’s Island Bar & Grill......... Map-B #33 Island House Bar & Grill................Map-D #69 Lobster Pot......................................... Map-C #23 Mojo Risin’ Coffee Company........ Map-B #31 Old Salty Dog Rest. & Pub..................Map-E #2 PI Pizza & Craft Beer.........................Map-A #3 Ripfire Pizza........................................Map-B #47 Siesta Key Oyster Bar...................... Map-B #45 IL PANCIFICO.................................Map-D #15 Subway Sandwiches..........................Map-B #30 Summer House.................................. Map-C #57 Sun Garden Café............................... Map-D #19 The Cottage........................................ Map-C #58 The Hub - Baja Grill.......................... Map-C #59 The Seafood Joint.............................Map-D #15 The Star Thai Sushi.................. Map-D #17 & 18 Village Café.......................................Map-D #14 SPAS - HAIR & BEAUTY Sassy Hair Salon...............................Map-A #40 Sassy ... the Little Day Spa.............Map-D #62 Siesta Key Nails & Spa.....................Map-D #9 Shaman Sanctuary Salon.................... Map-D #9 SPORTS INTEREST/RENTALS CaliFlorida.......................................... Map-C #29 Robin Hood Rentals........................ Map-B #34

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FASHION & ACCESSORIES Beach Bazaar’s & Swin Shack........ Map-C #28 Blvd. Beachwear.................................Map-B #30 Casa Smeralda Fashion’Style............. D #12-11 Comfort Shoes-Birki & More........Map-D #64 Foxy Lady Fashions.........................Map-A #40 Ganja Mon Vibes................................. Map-D #9 Gidget’s Coastal Provisions........... Map-B #44 Island Boutique..................................Map-B #50 Island Style......................................... Map-C #53 Lilly Pulitzer.....................................Map-D #66 Sea Shanty.......................................... Map-C #24 Siesta T’s..............................................Map-B #30 The Sandal Factory............................Map-B #46

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In June, the Siesta Breeze trolley system recorded its one millionth rider. The Sarasota County Board of Commissioners acknowldged this milestone at a July meeting.

The trolley is free and runs daily on Siesta key from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. from the Village to Turtle Beach and back, featuring sevearl stops in between. The trolley debuted in 2017 and the county reports that it represents its highest-performing transit route.

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Members of the Board of Sarasota County Commissioners assemble in front of a decorated Siesta Breeze trolley to commemorate the free service’s one millionth passenger. From left are Ron Cutsinger, Nancy Detert, Alan Maio, Christian Ziegler and Michael Moran. (image courtesy of Sarasota County)

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Purple gallinule Porphyrio martinica The purple gallinule’s distinctive plumage is awash with its eponymous hue along with a range of vibrant blues and greens. Gallinules are included in the rail family of birds whose members are chickenlike marsh dwellers with short wings and tail and disproportionately long legs and toes. True to their rail heritage, the skittish gallinule strolls gingerly across floating vegetation while darting in and out of the thick cover of marsh grasses and brush Despite the fact that its large feet are not webbed, the purple gallinule swims almost as deftly as a duck while bobbing its head to the beat of its own drum. The yellow-tipped red bill is

akin to that of the common gallinule except for the forehead shield; the purple has a baby-blue shield while the common gallinule has a bright red one. The purple gallinule’s flamboyant color palette blends surprisingly well with the surrounding tropical and subtropical scenery. This yearround resident of South Florida is a shy and secretive bird whom you may be lucky enough to spot in freshwater marshes near Siesta Key — marshes with dense stands of vegetation providing lots of places to hide. Jan Baumgartner’s handmade notecards are available at BLVD Beachwear, 5239 Ocean Blvd., and Shelly’s Gift and Christmas Boutique, 4420 S. Tamiami Trail.

Blooming this month: Staghorn ferns Staghorn ferns look like deer or elk antlers, hence the unusual name, The ferns are in the genus Platycerium of the polypod family. These plants do the best growing in the semi-shade and do well in the fork on a tree. They can be mounted on boards or driftwood, and can hang in a large basket on a large tree limb. These bright green leaves are a nice addition to your gardens. When planting in a tree, wrap some fishing line to keep it in place. About six months later the fern should be attached to the fork on the tree. You can then take off the

fishing line. We have two huge staghorn ferns hanging from two large oak trees in our grassy area. We have one mounted on an oak tree in the Falling Waters Garden, and we just took the fishing line off of a Ligustrum tree that has three staghorn ferns mounted in the fork of the tree. These ferns are all drought resistant. They are located at the Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Boulevard of the Arts. Visit sarasotagardenclub.org. Submitted by Kay Weber, Botanical Gardens Chair

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After a warning in April, the Crescent Club, 6519 Midnight Pass Rd., was fined by Sarasota County for $4,000 on June 3. It came as the result of code enforcement officials determining that live music was occuring past the county-mandated 10 p.m. cutoff time. Complaints often came from the House of the Sun condominium complex directly across the street. Residents there asked the Siesta Key Association civic group for assistance. “Our residents and visitors have submitted numerous complaints to both the sheriff and code enforcement regarding noise and unpermitted music after hours allowed,” association president Catherine Luckner said. “We hope to see a reduction in noise violations and unpermitted live music. We are a community of many neighbors and visitors that enjoy our family-friendly island. Crescent Club owner Gary Kompothecras said he has taken measures to respect the cutoff time, and has also installed a decibel meter in his establishment within view of musicians on his outdoor patio. He also has transparent pulldown screens he uses and is directing more speakers inward, he said. -- John Morton

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Live music hours multiple complaints against the Blase Cafe & Martini Bar, 5263 Ocean Blvd. “Noise levels have continued to be way above code,” yelled someone from the audience. “It’s the hooting and hollering that spikes the decibel meters,” said Mike Holderness, who owns the nearby Siesta Key Beach Resort & Suites, 5311 Ocean Blvd. He also said that Blase Cafe’s disregard for the noise ordinance has cost him thousands of dollars in business. Holderness suggested that Gilligan’s feature more mellow music that would “dissuade the crowds from getting loud.” “There are six establishments within 50 feet of me that do have bands,” Smith responded. “I’m not looking for advice on what kind of music I should have.” After hearing other complaints regarding the Blase Cafe, Smith said “I don’t think I should be held accountable for Blase Cafe.” “Right now, we play recorded music at night; we’ve been doing that for 20 years,” Smith added. “We’re not looking for an exception to be louder, just to be able to play live music.” Smith said he has three settings for music, with loud bands inside and more mellow acoustic music outside, and reiterated that he is still restricted by the existing noise ordinance. “I’m not looking to do something else; I’m trying to do what everybody else is doing … most businesses in the Village already have a special exception,” Smith said. “Now, at 10 p.m., I’m required to switch over to recorded music. And that music is (often) louder.” Gilligan’s currently closes at

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midnight during the week, and 2 a.m. on the weekends, said Smith, indicating that 2 a.m. is the latest he would close. Currently, Smith said, his crowd leaves at 10 p.m. when the live music ends. Perhaps by midnight, there is another, younger crowd gathered primarily for prerecorded dance music. “I’m asking to be allowed to play different kinds of music,” he said. “And if I’m granted this special exception, you will never know the difference. “Thirty percent of this is because I want it, and 70 percent is because my customers want it,” Smith said. “I’ve had Gilligan’s for 20 years, and I love live music. Twenty years ago, I couldn’t afford to do this. I’m just trying to give my customers what they want.” Proponents of the special exception also point to the added traffic with two separate crowds, when they could simply seek to retain and augment the initial crowd by extending hours of live entertainment. The noise level decibel limits will remain unchanged from how they are now: DBA: 75 decibels before 10 p.m., 70 decibels after; DBC: 80 decibels before 10 p.m., 75 decibels after (dBA applies to mid-range frequencies, while dBC measures low and high frequencies). Holderness expressed his concern for drums outside. “Decibel meters mark the highest point,” Smith said. “So, if drums are spiking, we won’t be able to have them outside.” The special exception process is continuing; the request will go to the county for final approval.


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Fondly remembering the days of the dinghy

he current situation involving the county removing sailboats from Beach Access 8 evoked a memory remnant of mine growing up on south Siesta Key in the 1980s. Back then, I recall that just north of Point of Rocks and Crescent Beach, tucked up near the sea oats close to a public beach access, there was a wonderfully colorful depository of sailboats of various makeups -- mostly catamarans, but also old, hand-

painted, single-hull kits and barely seaworthy dinghies, including our own entry into this beach sailboat menagerie, the deathtrap called Enterprise. Aye, I still get chills when I think about her. A beat-up, fiberglass dinghy in pale blue, the Enterprise was someone else’s trash, but my father’s treasure. He had always fancied himself a bit of a sea captain, or perhaps an admiral in the Royal Navy, but his teacher’s salary had relegated his command to a lesser fleet. Stuffed with broken catamaran hull pieces to bolster her form, and Styrofoam to

boost her buoyancy, the Enterprise and we braved the angry sea. And very nearly perished on several occasions. The mast set precariously in a jagged fiberglass hole, and when the faded blue sail took the wind it shook the hull, violently. When she came about, you had to time your deck dive to the millisecond, or risk being knocked out cold by the boom. Water rushed in -- and over -the hull until the very real danger of being swallowed up by the sea necessitated our beachward return. And then we’d pull her up on the

beach again, leaving her safely and securely tucked up close to the sea oats. Until the next time. I had to eventually part ways with the Enterprise; I figured it was either her or me. I’m sure this improvised dry dock on the beach is long gone, but it was wonderful while it lasted. Pull your boat up, secure it, make sure it’s out of people’s way. Owners of some of the fancier boats made attempts, of varying degrees of success, to secure their vessels by chaining them to something, trees being a favorite, but also signs, newspaper boxes

and even other boats. Others convinced themselves that simply pulling their boats up into the sea oats a few more feet was enough to render them completely invisible to passersby. One sailor purposefully left his clean, sporty catamaran unsecured, and invited anyone to take her out. “If I’m not using her, feel free,” he would say. “Just put her back where you found her.” As I’ve mentioned before, this was life on Siesta Key before the world at large discovered it. Back when it was still just a small beach town.

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stories of her earlier days as a circus performer. She comes from three generations of circus entertainers and has traveled around the world performing with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The family earned their Activated Charcoal own “Star of Fame” at St. Gelato Armands Circle - The Theron Cycling Troupe. Made In Rome Organic Gelato is located at 5204 Ocean Blvd, in the Siesta Key Village. Their hours are Mon. - Thurs: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Fri. - Sun. Their holiday hours are 11:00 a.m. -11:00 p.m. Above: Sage offers an Italian Coffee Cappuccino to Made In Rome (941) 960-5344. Organic Gelato customers. Inset: Activated Charcoal, One of the 48

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Hip Hooray! It’s National Dog Day! Kyle Baker, Senior Pet Food Nutritionist at DOGPerfect

It goes without saying: every day is a great day to celebrate our furry friends. Still, any opportunity to show them a little extra love is a good one, and National Dog Day offers just that. Created by the National Dog Day Foundation, this annual holiday for dogs and dog lovers is celebrated on Aug. 26 right in the middle of the dog days of summer. It was introduced as a day to celebrate all dogs of course, but specifically it’s a day set aside to elevate awareness for canine support organizations and promote the adoption of rescue dogs. In other words, National Dog Day celebrates good feelings and great causes. Let’s take a look at why you’ll want to take time to mark this puppy loving holiday, and how you can help support dog-centered efforts in your community. Dogs Enrich Our Lives As a pet parent, you know how instrumental your pup has been to your own personal health and well-being. That’s right: not only does your love and attention provide a happy and healthy existence for your dog, but these highly affectionate and active animals enhance our lives in a number of ways too. They help keep us physically healthy. Did you know that dog owners are almost twice as likely to engage in physical activity? In fact, according to one UK study, dog owners are more active than their counterparts — even on days with bad weather. With that kind of commitment to activity, it’s no wonder the National Heart Association says that dogs can also help a person heal from a cardiac event. Speaking of heart health, our dogs also help lower our stress levels and boost hormones that aid positive emotional responses. Playing with, petting, or even just looking at a dog can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, and even short interactions with dogs will release Oxytocin — aka “the love hormone” — which increases feelings of relaxation, trust, and empathy while reducing anxiety. Of course, famously, our dogs are always happy to see us when we get up in the morning and absolutely over the moon whenever we come home. They offer comforting friendship, cheer us up during difficult times, and if we ever need someone to listen, they provide a non-judgmental sounding board. On top of all that, our best friends aren’t stingy with our friendship — they help us

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they’re lost, abandoned, or surrendered by their owners. By choosing adoption, you give a dog a second chance at a life of love and fulfillment. Finally, if you’re already a pet parent, National Dog Day is another chance to indulge your pup with a favorite treat or activity. How about a trip to the local doggie bakery for a pup cake? Or maybe it’s time to try making dog friendly ice cream at home. Instead of a trip to the dog park, how about mixing it up with a visit to a dog friendly beach or hiking area. Even a long walk or ride in the car is a great way to observe National Dog Day, and celebrate living a happy and healthy life together.

socialize more too! Any dog owner can tell you that pups are people magnets. Just take a walk around the block and you’re sure to encounter another pet owner who wants to chat. Even people who don’t have dogs are likely to offer a friendly smile because dogs just have that effect on people. Sometimes these friendly interactions that start with a walk can lead to a new friend — and maybe a new play pal for your pup! How You Can Celebrate National Dog Day Whether you’re a loyal and loving dog owner or just a fan, there are lots of ways you can help celebrate National Dog Day. For example, if you love dogs but you’re not ready to get one of your own, consider volunteering at a local shelter. Engaging with sheltered dogs can help socialize them and ease their loneliness as they wait to discover their new family. If you’re short on volunteer time, donations of quality items or money can help these organizations provide their pups with better care. Donations are also great for organizations that train courageous canines to provide services like companion care or work with first responders. These particular dogs go above and beyond in their relationships with us, offering love, comfort, and even protection of lives and property through detection of narcotics, weapons, injuries, and disease. If you are thinking about getting a dog, please consider adopting from a local shelter. Believe it or not, more than 3 million dogs enter shelters in the U.S. each year because

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He’s a 15-week-old Weimaraner, known as a German hunting dog. His breed first lived among European royalty in the early 19th century, chasing boar, bear and deer. Common characteristics are blue eyes, floppy ears and a silver coat. His owner, Steve, taught Enzo all his commands in Italian so they’d stand out as exclusive to him as he begins his life in Sarasota. He’s playful, Steve says, and thinks everything in the house is his toy. (Submit your Paw Pal to the Siesta Sand at info@27statemedia.com.)

Kyle Baker, senior pet food nutritionist at DOGPerfect, has a passion for educating pet parents on the power of nutrition and how it can improve their pet’s lives with proper food, supplements and treats. DOGPerfect is a locally owned and operated pet supply store with locations in The Landings, University Park, and Lakewood Ranch. Visit www.DOGPerfect.com for more information and to sign-up for a free oneon-one nutrition consult with Kyle.

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“Thumbs Up“Owen, 5, of Lakewood Ranch indicates his approval as he and his dad Chris take a short break on the kids’ playground before returning to the beach. Chris said, “We come nearly every week and why not, it’s paradise.” He moved the family here just two months ago from Massachusetts and is a heavyequipment operator.

“Suited for July 4th” -- Kelly and Eric Ribeiro of Sarasota taking in a day on the beach. They moved here a year ago from Baltimore and try to get to the beach every week. Their favorite thing about Sarasota? “It’s the people. It’s as friendly as everyone says it is,” Kelly said. “No one is sick of living here and everyone is happy to wake up and be here.” They own Pest Master Services, a local pest control business.

“Beach Bachelorettes” -- New Yorkers and first-timers (from left) Samantha, bachelorette Gina, and Yaryna partying on one of the new day-bed rentals on Siesta Beach. Gina will be married Oct. 8 and works in administration at a New York police precinct. She and her future husband have known each other for five years. She discovered Siesta after searching online for America’s best beaches.

“VolleyBeach“-Canadian cousins Jade, 7, Brooke, 8, and Avery, 10, of Ontario are about to practice their volleyball skills on the beach. Brooke and Avery excel in elementary school soccer. Their moms emphatically interjected in unison, “This is our favorite place on earth.”

“Bunker in the Sand” -- Second-time visitors Martyna Wilczewska, 11, and Maksym Blyshak, 16, of Chicago relax in their sand bunker deep enough to strike water after an hour of digging. Martyna enjoys the series Stranger Things and Maksym is a big fan of Marvel movies.

“Three Gens” -Mother Tara Roth and daughter Alivia Roth, of Indiana, and grandmother Tamara Hayhurst of Ohio, prepare to order lunch on the Sun Deck. A high school cheerleader, Alivia will attend the University of Cincinnati next year. This is their fourth visit. Tara visited Siesta Beach for the first time about 20 years ago after a recommendation from her cousin in Bradenton.

“Siesta Chillin’” -First-time visitor Julia Bodor of Napa Valley and Siesta Key resident Michael Fraraccio relax on the beach during their first-time meeting after picking her up from the airport a couple days before. A mutual friend introduced them. Michael is headed into his sophomore year as a tight end for the University of Pennsylvania and Julia is a beach volleyball player at the University of California-Davis.

“Jai Alai“ -- Repeat visitor E.J., 7, of Zephyrhills makes a great catch playing Jai Alai along the gulf shoreline. “The most about the beach I like is to go in the water and get salt in my mouth,” E.J. said. “That’s the funnest part.” As a first-grader, his favorite think to do in school is to eat and then go to recess.

“Sand Sculpting” -- April, 7, of Sarasota enjoys nearly everyone’s favorite aspect of Siesta Beach: the sand. She said, “I like to dig and swim like a dolphin.” Avatar is her favorite movie.

“Siesta Anticipation” -- Cousins Jacquese, 5, Harlel, 3, and Gasiyah, 8, of Lakeland are well-prepared to have an awesome day at the beach. All of them were keyed up to go out in the water to swim.


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arpon will still be a good option this month. Shallow water action for reds and big trout will be best early and late in the day. Some of the best action will be with trout, blues, pompano and more on deep grass flats. Catch-and-release snook fishing in the Intracoastal Waterway at night or in the surf should also be good options. This is my favorite time to fly fish for tarpon. The tactics are the same as earlier in the season, anchoring or staking out on travel routes, although fish are in a better mood. Unlike the large tarpon schools that we see around full and new moon phases in June, July and August fish are usually aggressive. Large schools of tarpon are impressive, but if you spook the lead fish you will spook all of them. Tarpon will thin out towards the end of the month as they begin to move to inside waters of Sarasota Bay, Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor. They move into these areas to rest and feed following spawning. They can be targeted in these areas with flies, a variety of DOA lures or live bait. Also look for tarpon feeding in schools of “breaking” ladyfish in these areas. Catch-and-release snook fishing will be a good option this month. With very warm water this time of year, it is important to use tackle heavy enough to land them quickly. Spin anglers should do well fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW with CAL jigs with shad tails or jerk worms or DOA shrimp. Fly anglers should do well with clear intermediate sink tip lines and wide profile flies, such as Lefty’s Deceiver or EP flies, since larger baitfish may be more predominant. Docks and bridges close to passes should be the best ones. You’ll also find snook in the surf, where you can walk along the beach and sight cast to them in shallow water. Gibby’s DT Variation is a go-to fly for many snook surf anglers. You’ll find reds very active in shallow water this month. With plentiful baitfish and higher tides, they’ll spend more time feeding over shallow grass flats. Look for them along the edges of bars or in potholes when the tide is low or along mangrove shorelines and around oyster bars when the tide is high. You’ll also find big trout in many of the same areas where you find reds, but the bite for big trout is usually best early or late in the day. Surface walking top water plugs or fly poppers and Gurglers may draw some big explosions! Casting CAL jigs with shad tails or jerk worms ahead of your boat is a good way to locate reds. I like to drift deep grass flats and cast ahead of my drift with CAL jigs and shad tails or jerk worms, DOA Deadly Combos or Ultra Hair Clouser flies tied on long shank hooks on sink tip fly lines to find trout. A drift anchor will slow your drift to a more manageable speed if it’s windy. Look for birds or baitfish on the surface to find fish. You may find Spanish mackerel, blues, pompano and more mixed with trout on deep grass flats. Flats close to passes or on points that get good tidal flow are usually productive. There are lots of options this month: late season tarpon, snook in the surf or at night, or fishing skinny water for reds or big trout. Tarpon fishing is best when sweat is pouring down your back, but you’ll want to fish early in the day in shallow water.

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Lobster rolls reign supreme on Thursdayts at Big Water Fish Market. (submitted image)

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Sarasota is commercially harvested off the southern tip of Florida and is caught live using special traps set at depths of 6 to 300 feet. The retail lobsters are sold at local fish markets such as Big Water Fish Market on Siesta Key. In the fall -- generally in September coinciding with deteriorating weather conditions -- Florida lobsters migrate from the shallows to deeper water in long continuous lines, antennae to tail. This is known as “the lobster march.” I have my own version of the lobster march when I march myself to Marathon every September to partake in a vacation lobster feast. If you can’t make it to the Keys, no worries – come see us at the Big Water Fish Market for stuffed spiny lobster specials and lobster rolls every Thursday. By the way, the business will be closed Sept. 21 to Sept. 30. Can you guess where we’re going? -- Scott Dolan BigWaterFishMarket.com 6641 Midnight Pass Rd. Siesta Key

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August Leffner (left) and his friend Hunter show off a sand shark they caught while fishing with CB’s Saltwater Outfitters. The two boys were visiting from Illinois. If you’d like to submit a picture of a child’s fishing moment, send it to: info@27statemedia.com.

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DISCOVER GULF GATE’S SHOPPING VILLAGE With our map on the next page you’ll be able to navigate your way to our featured shops with ease. The Shop SRQ (G-2) offers flat-tops, fades, tapers, blowouts, razor cuts, and straight razor shaves. Owners, Erick and Dawn use a back to basics approach to grooming with a precise attention to personal detail. Their commitment to excellence has provided them with many loyal customers. They welcome the opportunity to earn your trust. Hours: Tues. – Fri. 8:30am – 6pm, Sat., 8:30am – 3pm. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. Gulf Gate Barber Shop (G11) has been an institution in the community for years, owned by Kyle Flannery. The super-clean barbershop’s clientele is comprised of primarily men, but the shop services children as well. Scott Reich, formerly of the Siesta Key Village Barber Shop has relocated to this location. West End Pub (G-49) Where else can you watch your favorite game with a great selection of beers, wines and liquors served by a friendly staff AND where you’re allowed to bring your own restaurant or deli food? Right here. 6500 Gateway Ave. 941-554-8905. Tony’s Chicago Beef Company (S-16) is owned and operated by true Chicagoans. Dedicated to deliver Chicago’s best food Chicago style Hot Dogs wit’ the works...dragged through the garden on poppy seed buns with fresh cut fries, Italian Beef Sandwiches anyway you like, dipped or dry, sweet or hot. All served in true Authentic Chicago Style. Solórzano’s Late Night Pizzeria

(S-34): At every Solórzano’s, they offer an experience familiar to those who understand the importance of family and dedication. Their recipes and techniques have been perfected through three long generations based on the traditional simplicity of the methods used by their Italian ancestors. Dine inside, outside, pick up, or DELIVERY anywhere on Siesta Key, or in Sarasota until 3:30 a.m. 6574 Superior Ave., 941-924-5800. Gulf Gate Food + Beer (S-51): Sarasota’s late-night hot spot for the service industry, night owls, and midnight snackers. It’s not your typical sports bar, offering unique menu selections for carnivores and vegetarians. Be sure to check out their menu online at: eatfooddrinkbeer.com. Hours: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. (Sun. - Thurs.) open until 2 a.m. (Fri & Sat.). Roberts Realty, Inc. (M-5) John Garner, Broker Assoc. & Diane Shane, Broker Assoc. have a combined 40 years’ experience in Sarasota of making dreams come true for our clients. For buyers, we have had great success in finding the right property for our clients because we listen closely to their wants and needs and matching that as close as possible. For sellers, over the years we have successfully listed and sold many, many properties throughout Sarasota County. Our philosophy is to have fun, enjoy the experience, achieve great results, make friends and receive referrals. We’re with you every step of the way! Call 941-924-2330 or drop by our office. Only Eyes Optical (S-24) brings a new, exotic, eclectic, eccentric, unique collection of vintage,

hipster, contemporary eyeglasses and sunglasses to the community. Licensed and experienced optician available to fill your prescriptions. Only Eyes Optical has a large assortment of free frames with the purchase of new lenses. Call 941444-7984 to set up an appointment with their licensed optician. Zuzu’s & Moondoggy’s (GG26, GG25) Ready for an evening out? Choose from Zuzu’s -- an exotic Polynesian top shelf cocktail lounge where you can dress to impress and enjoy cocktails with friends, or Moondoggy’s -- a fun surfing-theme atmosphere where you can chill and have fun. Located at 2234-2236 Gulf Gate Drive, Zuzu’s & Moondoggy’s has 13 big screen TV’S, MLB Package, ACC, BIG10, SEC, NFL Package, pool table, SUPER CHEXX BUBBLE HOCKEY and a punching bag! Zuzu’s is open 12:00 PM – 2:30 AM daily. Moondoggy’s is open 7AM – 2:30AM daily. Scandinavian Gifts Baked Goods and Grocery (GG-37) A fixture in Sarasota for 25 years, Scandinavian Gifts offers an assortment of linens, glassware, cookbooks, jewelry, candles, food items, and Christmas collectibles. Located at 2166 Gulf Gate Drive, the store is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Karen’s Pet Place (S-23) Pampering furry friends and serving the Sarasota community for over 15 years. Spa services include bathing, haircuts, nail trimming, and a lot of TLC. A member of the Gulf Gate business community for over 15 years. Call 941-400-2562 to schedule an appointment. MondayFriday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Screaming Goat Taqueria moves to larger locale, creates special-event space at old address By Jane Bartnett It’s been a very busy summer at Gulf Gate’s wildly popular, award-winning Screaming Goat Taqueria. A go-to dining spot for the past five years, those who love tacos and chef and owner Malin Parker’s own twist on modern Latin street food should know the business has moved to a larger space at 6566 Gateway Ave. The original location at 6606 Superior Ave. is now the site of Screaming Goat Taqueria Events. “We outgrew the restaurant space on Superior Avenue,” Parker said. “Creating an event space was something that people had been asking for.” The new space can comfortably accommodate 30 to 35 people at a time. Louise Faras-Dorst, director of catering, reported that this summer a New Jersey couple hosted their wedding rehearsal dinner there. “We had 45 people there. Everyone had a wonderful time,” Faras-Dorst said. In creating the unique event space in the heart of Gulf Gate, Parker said that his goal is to not only offer a special place for family gatherings but one for special corporate and business occasions. On July 14, the Screaming Goat held a private kickoff party in the new space for the Gulf Gate business community. Faras-Dorst hand-delivered the invitations to local store owners the week before the party. “Mix and mingle. Bring your business cards! This will be an opportunity to meet other professional herein our Gulf Gate neighborhood,” the invitation read. That evening, between 30 and 40 business owners and friends dropped in to toast the new Screaming Great Taqueria Events location. The sense of camaraderie was evident as introductions were made and business cards exchanged. “This is a close-knit group,” said Lili Kinsman, owner of Butter Curated Thrift on Superior Avenue. New businesses owners such as Eric Sauer of the Natural Apothecary Shoppe on Gateway Avenue, with Emmy Award-winning NBC makeup artist Laurie Lombardi, plus Clare Jerome of Clarabell Cookies on

Above, chef and owner Malin Parker works the taco bar. Above right, Parker and catering director Louise Faras-Dorst. Right, the old location is now an events center. (photos by Jane Bartnett)

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Listeria outbreak ice cream be thrown out and that consumers should clean any areas, containers, and serving utensils that may have touched Big Olaf ice cream products. The agency also said that Big Olaf’s headquarters in Sarasota’s Pinecraft neighborhood was voluntarily contacting retail locations to recommend against selling its ice cream products until further notice. Eventually, on July 13 the state’s health department shut down Big Olaf’s production facility when nine traces of listeria were discovered on the premises from 100 samples taken on July 7. Big Olaf has since recalled its products. Big Olaf’s Siesta Key location at 5208 Ocean Blvd. closed its doors Sunday, July 3 -- two days after Big Olaf’s corporate office learned of the CDC investigation. Johnny Seitz, and annual visitor from Tampa to partake in the Key’s Fourth of July activities, was one of many people who consumed Big Olaf ice cream as late as 10 p.m. Saturday, July 2. “The company should have closed, just as a precaution,” said Seitz when learning of the July 1 warning. He was among those who had one of the final servings of Big Olaf ice cream at the Siesta location. on the heels of the company learning of the warning. “If they knew Friday, they risked spreading listeria to everyone else from Friday and Saturday,” he added. “And the place was busy like always when I was there. Sort of crazy that they weren’t forced to close, since the CDC said it came from big Olaf. Doesn’t even make sense.” Meanwhile, the Siesta Key business subsequently underwent

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a “thorough cleaning,” manager Caitlin Bray reported, including the scrubbing of all surfaces and containers. Also, the commercial cleaning company JAN-PRO provided disinfectant services, Bray said, during the break in business. Big Olaf branding was eliminated during that time period, leaving behind a mostly naked storefront. The business reopened Friday, July 8, serving the Yoder’s product. “If we aren’t serving Big Olaf, we’re not allowed to use any of the branding,” Bray said. “So right now, we don’t have a name.” Indeed, employees are currently answering the phone with a generic “hello” greeting. Meanwhile, the store’s owner declined to answer any questions. Christian Ziegler, whose District 2 seat on the Sarasota County Board of Commissioners represents Siesta Key’s northern half, backed the warning on July 3 after consulting with the county’s health department. “Big Olaf is great, but take a break,” he said. “They are pulling their product as well. Throw away any product you have at home.” Ziegler said flu-like symptoms such as fever and diarrhea usually appear within days and go away, “but can get more serious is you aren’t treated for listeria. “Symptoms can start two to three weeks after consuming the product. So, if you have eaten at Big Olaf within the last three weeks and get fever-like symptoms, go get tested ASAP. They can treat this – it only becomes an issue if you don’t get diagnosed. “The elderly and pregnant women are most at risk.”

Siesta Key’s Big Olaf Creamery at dusk during happier days. (file photo)

Reactions galore Among the hospitalizations is one that involved a fetal death. According to the CDC, listeria can cause severe illness (known as invasive listeriosis) when the bacteria spread beyond the gut to other parts of the body. Ziegler shared this comment on July 2 from a Big Olaf spokesperson, whose tone was that of some skepticism and denial: “For now it is only speculation as it is an ongoing investigation. Our brand has not been confirmed to be linked to these cases. I am not sure why only Big Olaf is being mentioned and targeted. “The original report we got from the Florida Department of Health on July 1 was that there are 23 cases reported. The first one reported was January 2022. Six out of the 23 patients mentioned having consumed Big Olaf ice cream, but nothing has been proven. We have been cooperating with the Florida Department of Health, FDACS and the FDA as soon as we were informed about the situation. We have been transparent and have answered all their questions and provided them with all the

information requested from us, as the health and well-being of the public is our first priority.” Added Ziegler, who noted that his family regularly eats at Siesta Key’s Big Olaf shop, “Big Olaf is a great business, so once they are in the clear let’s all rally together to support them.” Said Bray on Monday, July 10 of the reaction she’s getting from customers, “It’s been positive. It seems like most people are rooting for us.” The closing fueled Siesta-themed social media platforms with hundreds of comments from those with concerns about having eaten at the Village’s Big Olaf. Julie Fausey of Minster, Ohio reported that several members of her family ate there and that most felt ill in a variety of ways, including her pregnant daughter who consumed ice cream three times in one week. Linda Eberhardinger of York, Pennsylvania also expressed fear after returning from a visit that included eating at Big Olaf. “I was very worried and scared at first, but the fear is easing up because it’s been a couple of weeks

and I haven’t had any symptoms,” she said. Would she visit the shop again? “I probably would go back, unless they have another outbreak between now and when I return,” Eberhardinger said. Raquel Spencer of Franklin, Tennessee, whose family owns a condo at Siesta Isles, wasn’t as forgiving. She, her 4-year-old son, and a cousin ate at Big Olaf the two nights prior to the closing. “I am pregnant and was still very early in my pregnancy at the time,” Spencer said. “It is extremely scary that nine samples contained listeria. “Luckily, none of us has gotten sick but I now have to be careful and be monitored for two months to make sure I don’t get any symptoms. “I doubt we will ever go back.” Big Olaf’s many franchisees handled the situation in different ways. The other location closest to Siesta Key, located at 4862 S. Tamiami Trail in The Landings, closed temporarily from July 3 to 16 for cleaning. It is now serving Sarasota-made McClain’s ice cream instead of Big Olaf. It too removed all Big Olaf branding. It will be renamed the Blue Pineapple, co-owner Eszti Bazso reports. Two lawsuits against Big Olaf have been filed in the aftermath of the outbreak. One involves the estate of 79-year-old Mary Billman, a former Sarasota resident living in Illinois, who died Jan. 29 in a Florida hospital. The other involves a Massachusetts woman who lost her pregnancy. Both were linked to the consumption of Big Olaf ice cream, the lawsuits say.

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Arts on the Horizon By Rodger Skidmore Here today, gone tomorrow

Literally. In 2020 CT (COVID Time) the Sarasota Ballet had put the pas de deux from Marius Petipa’s Le Corsaire on its January Gala program, and divertissements from the same ballet on its Conservatory Spring Concert. Did you miss seeing them? Well, you have a chance to see even more of this ballet when two dancers from London’s Royal Ballet perform on July 30, along with a full core de ballet. The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School is doing a one-night-only performance at the Sarasota Opera House. Want to attend? Just drive or run down there and enjoy. Tickets at SarasotaOpera. org/5970/5971. The disappearing act continues with a number of treats at the Ringling Museum. Remembrance, a retrospective of the works of Eleanor Merritt, who studied under Mark Rothko, is on display through Aug 21. Her creative use of oils, acrylics, inks, and paper gave her a platform that permitted her to show her Caribbean and African roots through the lens of abstract expressionism. Look at a photo of a tiger and you see an image of a tiger. A zoologist, looking at a tiger, sees what it eats, how it

sleeps, how it evolved, and how it reacts with its offspring, its prey, and its habitat; thus, seeing how it interacts with its ecosystem. Metadata: Rethinking photography from the 21st Century on exhibition until Aug. 28 does the same with photography -- from Kodak through Instagram and Flickr. Not just the images themselves, but the how, why, and what of their creation. Nine artists are represented in the exhibit and, among other things, show how artificial intelligence algorithms decide who to identify with facial recognition. Ballroom Florida is not about Florida. While Miami Beach was a hotbed of Art Deco architecture and interior design in the 1920s, the show Ballroom Florida: Deco & Desire in Japan’s Jazz Age is about the use of this style of design in outfitting one of Tokyo’s most lively dance halls in 1928 (yes, cultural appropriation on their part, but indirectly. It was named after a dance hall in Paris). In turn, this dance hall, with its hot taxi dancers and hotter jazz, inspired other artists, as well as filmmakers and writers. In addition to international musicians, the international elite, such as Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, took turns around the dance floor with a few of the more than 100 dancers that were there each evening. Paintings and photographs show how the dance hall looked and how striking the art was. The show goes on until Sept. 25. Also at the Ringling until Sept. 25 is a display of five stressed, painted, cut, marbleized, built, layered, and textured ceramic bowls. The origins of this form of agateware date back to China’s Tang dynasty. Matsui Kõsei, a Japanese ceramicist, not only resurrected the original technics, but added new ones. More info at Ringling. org.

Tennis anyone?

Or maybe tenors? New Jersey is known for many of its exports: Jersey pizza comes to mind. Also, the aroma of roasting coffee drifting over midtown Manhattan whenever

there is a west wind blowing. Certainly, Tony and the Sopranos, as jailbirds have a musical connotation. But the songbirds that have flown down to roost in Sarasota are The Jersey Tenors. They are here now and don’t fly north again until the fall -- or just after Sept. 11, whichever comes first. They have built their nest in Florida Studio Theatre’s Goldstein Cabaret and, being night owls, can be seen and heard in the evening when the sun goes down. While nightingales sing to each other from afar, the Jersey Tenors tend to sing quartet style, in a group of four. Magpies can be heard to mimic other birds, dogs, and car alarms, but Jersey Tenors take melodies from other Jersey songbirds such as Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valli, and Bon Jovi, and make them their own by constructing quite distinctive melodic rhythms. The JTs have been here in years past but they’ve learned a new set of tunes -- from “Walk Like a Man,” to “Eye of the Tiger,” and on to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Speaking of FST, its third dramatic offering of the 2022 summer season starts Aug. 3 at the Gompertz. Smoke & Mirrors is a comic murder mystery, a pastiche of most TV who-done-its of the1970s and 80s -- Colombo, Agatha Christie, Get Smart, and Murder She Wrote, among others. The action takes place on an island off the coast of Louisiana where a movie is about to be filmed and is a send up of Hollywood, TV shows, and the south. Two members of a movie production company wish to eliminate, in the fullest sense of the word, the third partner. You are given enough clues so that you don’t know who did it until the very end. Info at FloridaStudioTheatre.Org.

Well, there is some truth in those cliches. If you think you are cool, you just might become cool. So, even though it is August, imagine you are somewhere in February or March that it is cool -- like the Sarasota Opera House. And how do you know you are there if they aren’t producing operas in August? By watching the operas they are showing on their big movie screen. Have you seen the Sarasota Opera’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata? Of course you have. Maybe a couple of times -- great stage sets, beautiful singing, and pretty good music, too. But have you seen the Royal Opera House’s production in London? Didn’t think so. But, here’s the nice thing, you can see it on Aug. 7, in HD, at the Sarasota Opera House. You’ve probably seen horror movies where the monster takes a pretty girl and wants to turn her into something just like it? Well, the twist would be if a monster (or maybe a pretty water nymph) wanted to become just like a handsome prince -- like, maybe, human. This actually happens in the opera Rusalka on the 25th in the Teatro Real version from Madrid. Sure, it’s an adult fairy tale, but it’s all done to the music of Antonín Dvořák, and that makes everything OK. Want to be cooler on more days? In the south, before air conditioning, many people slept on a sleeping porch to keep cool (northerners take note: a sleeping porch is a porch with a bed on it). In the movie Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye plays his fiddle on the roof -- probably thinks it’s cool. You will be, too. Watch him do it on Aug. 5 on that big screen. Or, if you want to double your coolness, watch Double Indemnity on the 19th. Barbara Stanwyck will give you the chills as she gets her husband killed. More info at SarasotaOpera.Org.

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Screaming Goat Taqueria Also on hand was the designer of the Screaming Goat Taqueria logo, Pete Olszak. He owns Big Wave Graphics. “I love Latin cuisine,” said Parker, speaking of his restaurant and its growth. “I worked in a Dallas restaurant and that’s where I fell in love with Latin food. Tacos are comfort food. All of our food is homemade and healthy. We’re a gluten-free destination.” In fact, one half of the Screaming Goat Taqueria menu items are vegan. The welcoming space at the Screaming Goat Taqueria Events on Superior Avenue mirrors the ambiance at the new larger Gulf Gate Avenue restaurant. It has a more intimate feel with space for mingling as well as tables and chairs. A flat-screen television is mounted on the wall for media presentations. Custom catering is offered for both offices and homes. “We’ve catered many events at people’s homes on Siesta Key and off the Key,” Parker said. “Lots of destination weddings, rehearsal parties, baby showers and other special occasions. This summer has been

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The Screaming Goat Taqueria team celebrates its new digs with a ribbon-cutting ceremony provided by the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce. (submitted photo)

a busy time for us. We do a lot of office deliveries during the day.” Business in June, he noted, has been “up 50% year-on-year.” Custom catering offerings include: • Breakfast: Breakfast tacos or breakfast burritos along with a selection of croissants, scones and muffins as well as juice, water, tea and coffee. • Lunch/ Bowls: Tacos, bowls and toppings as well as water and a

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accept the recommendation. Assistant County attorney David Pearce represented the board during this litigation. The Siesta Sand reached out to Holderness, who said he made an under-market-value offer in March for the county to buy the property with the stipulation that the county use it as a public beach and install a lifeguard. “The county denied the right to enjoy any reasonable use of the property but continues to use it as an unmanaged de facto public beach,” Holderness said. “We will continue efforts to hold our government accountable and pursue remedies in federal court.” That fight continued July 11, when the trial was slated to begin again in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court. Siesta Beach Lots is seeking $4.8 million to settle two lawsuits that Holderness previously filed against the county in 2019 and 2020. Siesta Beach Lots owns Lots 14, 15, 16 and 17 of Block 7 of the Mira Mar Beach subdivision. The properties sit alongside Beach Access 3. The county would pay $4.8 million for Lot 14, where

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Holderness has been denied permission to build a house. In addition, Holderness would provide Lots 15 and 16 to the county “at no cost,” and would trade Lot 17 to the county in exchange for a small piece of property next to Fire Station 13, just south of the Siesta Key public beach. Holderness also wants the county to provide a lifeguard stand at Block 7 of the Mira Mar Beach subdivision. He said he would pay for a second lifeguard stand at Block 8. A sticking point has been the lifeguards. According to Holderness, “County staff have indicated a reluctance to provide a lifeguard station at this location due to the presence of rip tides along the shoreline and the potential liabilities associated with taking on such an operation.” Through his lawyers, Holderness released the following statement: “The parties have ongoing settlement discussions, and we hope to achieve a favorable resolution very soon.” He did not respond to requests for further comment.

selection of bottled sodas. Small Bites: When it’s cocktail time, the Screaming Goat offerings include a selection of mini-tacos, chips and guacamole and salsa along with wine, beer and soda. There is an option to offer served wine and beer or as a cash bar. Before opening the Screaming Goat Taqueria, Parker honed his craft at the Culinary Institute of America. He spent his •

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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 1430 POINT CRISP RD. $8.5 MILLION New construction. Discover this one-of-a-kind home being built on a tucked-away island located at Point Crisp Road on the world-famous Siesta Key. This stunning Florida modern home features 4 LOWEST-PRICED SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCE 5234 WINDING WAY $839,000 This adorable mid-century modern home located less than a mile to beautiful Siesta Key Beach! This home is on a quaint canopy road with a large pond with lighted fountains and a park for neighborhood get-togethers and informal gatherings. New roof 5/2022, A/C

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2021, Appliances 2017, Whole house sewage updated 2021. Featuring cool modern tones throughout with a large open great room/ dining plan, indoor laundry, and 2-car carport with large storage units. Wait until you see the massive privacy-fenced back yard, with no rear neighbors. Seller had a general contractor look at the home and a second story can be added to create a large dream home! Courtesy of Keller Williams

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Save Siesta Key update have plenty of time to work with state Rep. Paul Renner, who will take over the role of House speaker in 2023. He replaces state Rep. Chris Sprowls, whose hardline stance on no new taxes would have likely hindered incorporation at the previous legislative session and possibly influenced, even if indirectly, the delegation votes by Robinson and Gregory, Hensey has said he believes. Both Robinson and Gregory said at a December town hall meeting on Siesta Key that the climate in Tallahassee was not conducive for an incorporation request. Looking ahead Regarding any thoughts of annexation by the city of Sarasota, Hensey confirmed it was a dead issue. Save Siesta Key and other local civic groups attended a February meeting with Sarasota Mayor Erik Arroyo to hear his pitch, but the high mill rate at roughly 3.2, or possibly a point lower if Siesta Key joined the city thanks to an influx of property values, was still too high for consideration. The city’s ongoing surge of high-rise development was another turnoff. “We didn’t like what we saw,” Hensey said. Speaking of the city, the new feasibility study will once again not include provisions for the several hundred residents who live

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in Siesta Key’s Bay Island neighborhood near the north bridge, which is already part of Sarasota. It was a sticking point for Robinson during the delegation vote. Bringing them on board after incorporation would be a possibility, if so desired by those residents, board members said. Hensey also said Save Siesta Key is still hoping to get a local non-binding straw poll on the November ballot, which Gregory had suggested, to gauge interest. It would, however, require a vote of approval by the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners – the very entity that the incorporation group opposes, springing it into action last year with an effort to break away from being governed by the county in what it considers a reckless and indifferent manner. “Our lobbyist thinks he can get that done,” Hensey said of swaying the county to allow for the straw vote. Viewers asked many questions about the two large hotels on Siesta Key that the county has approved, with two more in the application phase, and Hensey acknowledged there was little his group could do. However, two lawsuits filed by local residents have those hotels in limbo. Trial dates are set for next spring.

Hensey speculated that if a successful referendum vote were to occur in November of 2023, with incorporation to follow on Dec. 31 of that year and a local election of five council members to follow in March of 2024, the possibility of a building moratorium could be explored until the new town could handle its on land-use issues. Before that happens, first must come a favorable delegation vote followed by the same from the House and Senate next spring. Even after all that, the governor must sign off on the bill. Safer, more appealing, more control Meanwhile, beyond the high-profile conflicts with the hotels the incorporation group emphasized its desire to control its overall look and feel on a smaller -- but still important -- front. It feels the county is mostly ignoring this or is being misguided with its decisions. For example, Hensey said architectural standards should be consistent with coastal environments, and beautification should also be an emphasis. “We’re the No. 1 beach in the world. I want to look like the No. 1 beach in the world,” Hensey said. Pedestrian safety was also discussed.

“We have seven pedestrian crosswalks in one-fifth of a mile,” Hensey said of the intersection of Midnight Pass and Stickney Point roads, noting the need for more safetyrelated signage. Then there are the illegal short-term rentals that many feel are a plague on the Key. The issue came up as a question. When asked if incorporation could help control that issue, Hensey responded with an emphatic “Absolutely.” Like last year, the group is also recruiting neighborhood ambassadors. About 20 volunteers are networking in 10 condominium communities, and Jackson said she’s hoping to double that number. She also said additional Zoom meetings are likely, seeing as they reach people regardless of their location. Said Hensey, “One of the biggest things we’re fighting is that many residents aren’t here right now.” Still, the group’s members kept emphasizing their confidence. “We see the horizon much brighter,” Hensey said in comparison to things last year at this time. Added Rodkin, in closing, “Just think of what Siesta Key will look like in five years if we don’t incorporate.”

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person loses,” he said. “We need a county run by and for the people, not developers.” Hawkins, who grew up in Sarasota County, said that the county commission has abused our waterways. “They pumped a billion gallons of wastewater into Phillippi Creek, which spurs and grows red tide,” he said. “We must stop polluting our creeks and waterways; it’s our most valuable asset.” “Marine restoration and maintenance of our waterways is most important,” Atkins agreed, adding that any other amenities aren’t much use without our pristine waterways. Brody favors a comprehensive plan to take a look at our waterways. “We take the environment as second place to everything else,” Kuether said. “We don’t pay attention to these things until it’s already a problem.” Regarding the illegal short-term rental situation, Cosentino said code enforcement should be doing more to enforce the law. Ramirez agreed, recommending establishing a dedicated code enforcement officer to focus solely on illegal short-term rentals. “We cracked down on short-term rentals on Lido,” Brody said. “We created a process where you can pull the rental certificate and they can be punished. We also limited the amount of people you could rent to.” Smith agreed that code enforcement needs to step up when it comes to regulating short-term rentals, especially due to the fact that too many people staying in these houses is a safety issue. “We need a registration program,” he said. “We need to limit parking and cut out the loopholes.”


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Anna’s Deli expands walls, but it will continue to be Anna’s Deli.” In addition to the expanded retail space, Dave and Denise are both very excited about the new hot sandwiches and soups that will be added to the menu offerings. “’The hots,’ as I call them, are going to be a big new addition,” Dave said. “Of course, all current Anna’s items will continue.” He noted that their acclaimed Surfer sandwich still makes up 50% of their business. “We’ve wanted to add hot items for a long time,” said Denise, but “we never had the space or ample electricity.” “We’re adding Reubens and our version of the classic Italian sandwich that we call ItaliAnna,” she added. “Our version of the Cuban sandwich that we call the CubAnna is another reason to look forward to the fall opening. Both the ItaliAnna and the CubAnna can be found on the menu at Anna’s Deli University store, located near the UTC mall. “The Siesta Key space simply lacked adequate space for these specialty offerings.” The Anna’s new space was designed with extensive input from the employees. “We wanted to create a positive atmosphere for our employees,” said Dave. With the counter space running horizontally, the line will run from right to left. Customers will be able to watch the sandwiches being made and all the seating will be in the front of the store.

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Dave and Denise Havill, co-owners of Anna’s Deli, behind the counter at their Southbridge Mall location. (photo by Jane Bartnett)

“We’ll have a greatly expanded and better kitchen, prep space, more freezer space, a new oven and much more kitchen equipment,” Denise said. Once completed, Anna’s will expand from its current 875 square feet to 1,760 square feet. A separate dining area will allow more space for those dining in and create a better flow. Dave pointed out that in the new space,

bench seating will remain. Customers, he explained, will enter though the current doorway and exit through the door that had been the entrance to the Things You Like space. “We’ll have two cash registers -- one for orders and one for pick-ups. We’ll also maintain our 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. hours,” he said. “We’re not the restaurant that tries

to be everything to everybody. We want to be 100% all the time. It’s a 50/50 deal. The customers and the employees have to be happy.” As one of Siesta Key’s longest-running businesses, Dave and Denise have found a true formula for success. “We have about 100 years of experience between us,” said Dave as the couple looked back on their careers and what led them to Anna’s Deli. The Bloomington, Indiana natives met while working together at a corporate franchise. “We figured out what works best,” said Denise, explaining how they came to the decision to maintain Anna’s Deli at the Crescent Beach location as well as their second store in the University Town Center area. “The Crescent Beach community is such a family-oriented place,” said Dave. “Our landlord does a great job with this center and the new development in this area of the Key is very beneficial.” Both also spoke warmly of Anna’s customers. “We have a ton of regular customers -families, workers, construction guys,” said Denise. Added Dave, “We are adding to our staff. We’re looking for a good attitude and reliability.” Visit annasdelis.com for updates on opening day.

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to the bicycle and motorcycle parking credit currently applicable within the SKOD. This amendment was presented to the Planning Commission on May 5. Discussions ensued as to the definition of a golf cart (size, street legality) and whether parking would be available for use for alternative types of small-wheeled vehicles that are currently in use on the Key, in addition to the overall shortage of parking on the Key and illegal parking on residential side streets. Based on the discussion, what was originally referred to as “golf cart credit” has been changed to “low speed vehicle (LSV) credit,” and a definition provided. The Planning Commission provided a favorable recommendation of approval. The proposed ordinance has been found to be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. In the commercial general/SKOD district within the commercial enclave south of Stickney Point Road (identified as the “south bridge area” under the Siesta Key Community Plan), bar and restaurant parking requirement shall be one parking space per 75 square feet of indoor and outdoor patron floor area. The patron floor area only includes indoor and outdoor square footage used for eating, drinking and waiting areas. This includes all square footage on patios, decks or other outdoor areas of the parcels that are used for eating or drinking or waiting. A credit of one parking space is permitted per individual commercial business that provides a bicycle parking facility in an accessible on-site location. The bicycle parking facility must comply with county specifications. A credit of one parking space for every two motorcycle parking spaces is permitted for an individual commercial business, up to a maximum credit of four parking spaces or 25% of the required parking, whichever is greater. All motorcycle parking spaces must be located on-site and be clearly designated as motorcycle parking only. Motorcycle space parking dimensions must meet accepted engineering standards. Valet parking is allowed in the SKOD subject to county standards. Additionally, queuing of vehicles in the right-ofway for local streets only may be allowed for restaurants and bars on Siesta Key. A credit of one parking space for every one LSV parking space is permitted for an individual commercial business or multi-business plaza, up to a maximum of four parking spaces or 25% of the required parking, whichever is greater. Each LSV parking space shall measure 6 feet wide and 18 feet deep. A low-speed vehicle (LSV) is defined as a street legal vehicle that has a minimum speed of 20 mph and a maximum speed of 25 mph, and may include golf carts, scooters, scoot coupes, etc.

Things You Like Continued from page 8 “Capris still sell like crazy,” she notes. The 1990s ushered in a wider, straight-leg pant as well as bell bottoms. “Shoulder pads were a must,” said Suczewski, “and tops were oversized.” Although the dawn of the new decade brought in low-rise pants, the trend was not the right look for Things You Like customers and Suczewski didn’t carry those items, she said. In the decade of 2010, scarves, shawls and ponchos were “huge,” she added. Looking back at the strength of the accessory that women embraced, she noted that “between 2015 and 2020, we sold thousands of scarves.” Today’s women’s resort look, she says, calls for brightly colored oranges, blues, pinks and yellows. Quiet shades of beige, tan and gray are out. “This fall, we’re looking at colors that are not quite as bright. Orange, violet, green and orange-red as well as goldyellow and teal and olive are being shown. It’s a bit more muted,” Suczewski advised. Pants are also getting a longer look. “If you’re slimhipped,” she said, “you want the skinny ankle pant and you can carry this fashion trend. If you don’t have slim hips, stick to tapered.” Looking ahead to the holiday season, as well as spring and summer, she says that resort clothes will be rich jewel tones. As for other popular contemporary looks, Suczewski notes that the “Cold shoulder look is still being shown.” She added that customers embrace the casual LuLu-B casual line that she carries. When it comes to a dressier look, she advises that “The addition of ruffles on a print dress does not necessarily make it dressy.” Color, print and fabric determine how dressy something looks, she added. She also reports that maxi dresses are back in style and she will carry them in the winter. “Long dresses can also be very casual,” she said. She’ll soon be adding the Ethyl line to the site as well as items from the True Blue Clothing Company. “They have the best-fitting denims and other bottoms,” Suczewski said. Looking ahead, Things You Like customers can look forward to seeing more colorful, casual easy-fitting clothing for which the store is known. After attending the September fashion shows in West Palm Beach, Suczewski will add to her online offerings. “For the coming season, I hope to add the perfect handbag and the perfect accessories,” she said.


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Key Employees Caroline and Spencer Caroline and Spencer love their jobs at Mojo Risin’ Coffee Company, the popular coffee shop in Siesta Key Village, found at 5251 Ocean Blvd. They work full time behind the counter, meeting and greeting tourists and locals alike. “I love working with everyone here,” said Caroline. “Our co-workers are like family.” Spencer agreed, saying that he really likes the friendly environment. “It’s a super unique atmosphere compared to other coffee shops,” he said, recalling his time spent working at Starbucks. “Here you can be yourself and have fun.” Caroline, a native of New Hampshire, has been in the Siesta Key area for about 2 years. “I enjoy meeting the people who are from all over. I also love the regulars that we get to know,” she said with a big smile. Spencer, who comes from Ohio, has called the Siesta Key region home for about 10 months. “The theme here at Mojo Risin is summer sun, fun and chill,” Spencer said as he poured a cup of brew.

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