Siesta Sand - December 2022

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Smith is victorious

Neunder also earns county seat while McFarland retains House seat

For the first time in eight years, a Siesta Key resident will have a seat on the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners.

It was darn close, but on Nov. 8 longtime island volunteer and leader Mark Smith edged former Sarasota mayor Fredd Atkins in the District 2 race by a margin of a little more than 1%. Smith garnered 19,141 votes (50.51%) compared to 18,755 for Atkins (49.49%).

“I want to thank all my supporters for their help in the election.” Smith said.

District 2 represents, in part, the northern half of Siesta Key. The southern half belongs to District 4, and that’s where former Venice City Council member Joe Neunder defeated Daniel Kuether. Neunder received 28,038 votes (59.42%) and Kuether 19,148 votes (40.58%).

Another hotel gets the nod

How impressed with Dave Balot were members of the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners?

For starters, it was Nancy Detert who made the motion on Oct. 26 to approve his plans to build a six-story, 112-room hotel at 5810 Midnight Pass Rd. – where the old Wells Fargo bank once stood.

She happens to be the only commissioner who voted against both of the two high-rise hotels the commission approved last winter.

“The difference is night and day,” she said of Balot’s proposal when compared to the hotels that got the green light at Calle Miramar near the Village (eight stories, 170 rooms) and Old Stickney Point Road near the south bridge (seven stories, 120 rooms). “He understands the community. The other two were

unbudging and in-your-face greedy.”

Next, as outgoing commission member Christian Ziegler – who in District 2 represents the area where the hotel will be built –shared similar praise, he literally suggested that Balot could be a strong candidate for mayor of Siesta Key if it indeed becomes its own municipality.

“If you don’t make a run for mayor, I hope you’ll run some seminars for other developers,” Ziegler said of Balot’s approach, which included two neighborhood workshops and many discussions with various organizations including the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, the Siesta Key Association, the Siesta Key

‘... a defining moment for the future of Siesta Key’

Save Siesta Key to host public information meeting Dec. 6 at Siesta Key Chapel as another legislative delegation vote nears

287-0824 in order to receive one.

“The Future of Siesta Key” is what the island’s incorporation group is calling a public information meeting it plans to hold at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at Siesta Key Chapel, 4615 Gleason Ave.

That’s how important Save Siesta Key feels its current straw vote is. At the meeting, the group that’s fighting for Siesta Key to become

its own municipality will reinforce the ballotby-mail campaign it has initiated, with the ballots due back by mail hopefully by Dec. 8 and no later than Dec. 17, it has reported.

More than 7,000 ballots went out in midNovember to the island’s registered voters. If you did not receive one and are a registered voter, Save Siesta Key asks that you call (941)

While the results are non-binding, the group hopes the outcome will demonstrate the residents’ desire to see the incorporation issue on a local referendum ballot. In January, when the Sarasota County Legislative Delegation shot down the group’s first attempt with a 3-3 vote, some in the

delegation suggested that a straw vote that gauges the community’s interest could be persuasive.

“It’s critical,” Tracy Jackson, vice-chair with Save Siesta Key, said of initiative. “The straw vote is a defining moment for the future of Siesta Key.”

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Mark Smith celebrates his victory with an embrace from Mike Gatz, general manager of Gilligan’s Island Bar & Grill, where an election-results watch party was held. (photo by John Morton)
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‘Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the isle Free trees were everyone, just find a good pile

Keep that eggnog flowing, keep your guests on the sauce

And they’ll never know your tinsel is really Spanish moss

from the Gulf

And to all a good night ... and a bit of good grief, too

House of the Sun is first; so tell me, what’s the rub? You say want a little musical revenge on the ol’ Crescent Club?

Allow me to book you a streetside guest to stop your wailin’ That’s right, a reservation for a resurrected Eddie Van Halen

Anna’s Deli, you say you still want your expansion? Our reality show moved to Miami, so there’s room in the mansion

Speaking of gifts, would someone out there finally say Who pulled the trigger on Memorial Day

Our favorite guys named Mike, I haven’t forgotten about you No mediators, no lawyers, just a holiday dinner for two

For answers to problems, some dial 1-800-ASK-GARY But may I suggest we look to the man here most merry?

Deck the halls with boughs of palm fronds, it’s what we’re seein’ And busted pine cones for ornaments, thanks so much Ian

And instead of a stocking with a lump of coal How about a visit soon after from his girlfriend Nicole?

Now Calle Miramar! Now Old Stickney! Now former Wells Fargo!

Prompting letters to Santa asking for a hotel embargo

And the lawsuits were filed at the county with care In hopes that a man in a much different robe would soon be there

Sugar cookies were baked, plus brownies and fudge Sent to the 12th Circuit Court to sweeten that judge

In hopes that he’ll tell Anderson, Dr. Gary, and Balot That NO is the answer, not with gavel but mallet

Seeing as our community has its fair share of rifts Let Siesta Sand Santa smooth things over with holiday gifts

Giving is what I do, I possess such propensity Unless it’s something outrageous like unlimited density

Come on now, I know it’s the Christmas season But I ask that you try to keep requests within reason

What’s that you say? This already took place? Several on the naughty list are snickering with maniacal grins on their face?

Right or wrong, good or bad, it’s time we were with A local on the county commission, my gift is Mark Smith

Time to please many others, and I’ll do it en masse My sleigh arriving by dolphin through an open Midnight Pass

For Save Siesta Key, another year of waiting would sure be a pity For a group of determined folks who want to be a city

So here’s what I’ll give you, before another potential painful vote A yacht the size of a town and then set you afloat

Heck, the S.S.K. already sounds like the name of a boat Complete with dinghies named Buchanon, Gregory and Robinson? I’ll make a note

For the anti-hotel folks, I sure hope this is legal When I send down your chimney not me but Mark Spiegel

Mini-reef lovers, you’ll receive in your hanging sock Jean Cannon’s one-woman rendition of “What’s up Dock?”

Not a creature is stirring, you say, not even a mouse? Clearly you don’t live next door to people in an illegal hotel house

It is true that even for you folks my generosity does run a-plenty But I’m not delivering Christmas Eve pizzas for one-hundredand-twenty

At Gilligan’s I’ll bestow upon you rock n’ roll heaven Go ahead and have live music playing 24/7

But let me just warn you, you don’t want to tick-off A neighborhood so tough it survived eating Big Olaf

Even the bad guys get gifts, such as those who rob Here’s a staple remover, now good luck at the SKOB

For the packs of riders who continue to make us scream “yikes!” I’ve removed the beach ban on those electronic bikes

So crank ‘em all up to 40, and rest those weary feet Oh, and sorry I forgot to mention I removed each and every seat

No, that’s not me, I arrive but once a year oh-so nary I’m talking about a photo bomber we love, and his name is Larry

Who else demonstrates such unconditional care?

Whether you want it or not, he’s always right there

Want proof of his generosity? OK, just ask it

He’s my only subject in history to send me a thankyou basket

If I missed anyone in error, getting past me a la Bill Buckner

Spare me a thorough investigation, telling neither Luckner nor Luckner

Oh, and to our fishy friends that don’t live on the land May you continue to feel nice and snug, wrapped tight in the Siesta Sand

Fact is, dear friends, life on Siesta is low on trouble Especially when you see those to the south dealing with rubble

As we know, it’s important whether we be Santa or elves To count all our blessings and laugh at ourselves

And with that we bid adieu to the man they call Mort Who hopes your Christmas is great, and that you are one heckuva sport

(John Morton is managing editor of Siesta Sand.)

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Improvement for area turtles

Siesta Key numbers slightly better this year compared to 2021

An increase of 10 nests, and a decrease of 19 false crawls.

Those are the modest numbers of improvement for the Siesta Key sea turtle population, but improvements nonetheless, as Mote Marine Laboratory released its final numbers that wrap up the 2022 nesting season.

Each year it runs from May 1 to Oct. 31.

On Siesta Key, 2022 saw 531 nests with 584 false crawls. In 2021, those numbers were 521 and 603, respectively. The 2020 numbers here were 465 and 581.

Mote Marine monitors 35 miles of beach in the area, made up of Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Casey Key, and Venice.

Casey Key this year had the most nests at 2,053. Longboat had 1,300, Venice had 494, and Lido 160.

In total, 4,538 nests were located.

Of those numbers, 4,373 were loggerhead sea turtle nests, 163 were green sea turtle nests, one was a Kemp’s Ridley nest, and one

was a leatherback nest.

This year’s overall number in the region was a healthy increase compared to 3,786 in 2021 and 3,716 in 2020.

A record amount of 5,112 nests

were discovered in the region in 2019. That year, Siesta Key had 711 nests.

Still, the 2022 regional results are among the top five in the 41-year history of Mote’s role in monitoring nests, the organization reports.

Jean Cannon, a Siesta Key Association member who focuses on the environment, was pleased with the results.

“Let’s continue to be good stewards and protect and nurture our environment for marine life, including sea turtles,” she said.

Sea turtles became protected under federal law in 1973.

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Siesta Village Ice Cream is new name for business

The ice cream parlor known as Big Olaf Creamery for nearly 40 years now has a new name: Siesta Village Ice Cream.

Located at 5208 Ocean Blvd., the business dropped its affiliation and branding with Big Olaf after the company was shut down in July when a listeria outbreak took place at its Sarasota production plant, according to health officials.

After being closed for a few days for cleaning, the Siesta Key franchise reopened without a name and stayed that way for several months.

It has been serving ice cream from the local Yoder’s Creamery since reopening.

Next Siesta Key Association meeting is Thursday, Dec. 1

The Siesta Key Association civic group meets the first Thursday of each month. The December meeting will be on the 1st from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in St. Boniface Church’s community room, 5615 Midnight Pass Rd.

Among the topics will be a report from Sarasota County regarding the scheduled sand renourishment for Turtle Beach.

The county received a FEMA grant after Hurricane Hermine took away from the beach a large amount of sand that had been recently put in place.

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Cash is just part of the atmosphere at Siesta Key Oyster Bar, where guestsigned dollar bills (and some larger denominations) adorn the walls and ceiling. It’s an homage to an old fishing village tradition, here performed with a sharpie and staple gun.

Traditionally, fishermen having breakfast (or a pre-launch drink) would fasten a bill to the wall of the tavern so that, should they return empty-handed, they could still buy themselves a beer at the end of the day. But at SKOB, which will celebrate 20 years in business in 2023, the money buys a lot more than a beer.

On Nov. 2, SKOB general manager Kristin Hale drove a car full of colleagues 100 miles south to Bonita Springs in order to present more than $11,000 cash — plus dozens of cases of water and other donated items — to the 23 employees of the two Sanibel Fish House restaurants. All of that money came directly from the walls of Siesta Key Oyster Bar.

The cash accumulates year-round and usually hangs on SKOB’s walls for months at a time. Then, when space starts to dwindle and SKOB owners feel the time is right, they clear the walls, pool all the bills together, and donate them to a worthy cause.

This time, giving to victims of Hurricane Ian was an easy call. But the specific connection to Sanibel Fish House was more serendipitous.

“We have the same insurance company,” explained Hale. “When our owner (Beth Cipielewski) called our insurance company right after the storm, they mentioned that Sanibel Fish House had literally lost everything — two locations, inland and on Sanibel. The one on the island was completely destroyed.”

The money will be distributed among Fish

House employees, most of whom are dealing not only with professional challenges but with personal loss and property damage as well.

“They still don’t have power. They don’t have water,” said Hale, remembering the shock of the drive south of Sarasota County. “It was like a war zone.”

Of course, SKOB is part of a large group of Sarasota-area restaurants (as well as other businesses and individuals) that have contributed money, aid, and fund-raising efforts to hurricane victims. The instinct is natural, said Hale, especially considering how close Siesta Key came to that same fate on Sept. 28.

“When I woke up that morning at 6

a.m., they were saying it was going to be a Category 5,” said Hale. “You consider that storm surge. It would have destroyed Siesta Key.”

The Fish House staff “come from a community that’s full of restaurants, like we do. It’s like a family,” she added.

When guests leave behind their signed bills, they can rest assured the money will be used for similar causes. Past recipients of SKOB’s wall money have included the Salvation Army as well as SKOB employees themselves. Sometimes a coworker going through hardship will be gifted $500 or so to help them through; other times, as with COVID-19 shutdowns, the entire staff receives aid from their restaurant’s own


When it comes to a large-scale cash cleanout (as it was for Sanibel Fish House), SKOB managers and employees use a heavyduty staple remover to take the ones, fives and sometimes twenties from the walls, ceiling, columns and wherever else they’ve been stuck inside the restaurant. The cash is then taken to Sarasota’s Crews Bank & Trust, where it’s counted and compiled for donation. Some bills have been damaged or defaced irredeemably, but Hale credits Crews for accepting the vast majority of them.

“I’m curious to see how long it will take to get our walls full again,” said Hale. “I’m guessing not long.”

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Midnight Pass group undaunted by county report

About $84 million. That’s what a Sarasota County staff-assignment report said it would cost to open and maintain Midnight Pass – the former waterway between Siesta Key and Casey Key – during a nine-year period. That number comes off a 2009 study that estimated $61 million for such an endeavor, with inflation now added.

It originally included $13.9 million for the construction of the new pass and $37 million for a beach nourishment project.

The report was requested unanimously Sept. 13 by the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners, initiated by outgoing District 2 Commissioner Christian Ziegler who told the board he is often engaged in meetings from those seeking to restore the natural waterway that the county in 1983 chose to close.

At that time, homeowners Syd Solomon and Pasco Carter said their homes were under threat of being destroyed by the waters that connected the Gulf of Mexico and Little Sarasota Bay, and if the inlet was filled-in they said they would pay for the pass to be rerouted. Soon thereafter, they said they ran out of money and gave up.

The board has not commented on the report and it has not been on an agenda. No funding for such a project exists in the county budget as of now.

The staff report also outlined several attempts in the past by

the county to address the issue, including in 1984, 1988, and 2003, with no success. The 2003 effort was rejected by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, prompting the county to rescind its application to both that entity and the Army Corps of Engineers. Those two agencies have the final say on the matter.

That 2003 decision prompted a group of citizens named Midnight Pass Society to advocate for a solution, and when it fizzled out a new group named Midnight Pass Society II to emerge last year.

Scott Lewis, a local Realtor who is part of the new effort, created a RESTORE MIDNIGHT PASS NOW Facebook page, currently with more than 5,000 followers. He also established a non-profit 501(c) (3) designation in order to collect donations that are tax deductible in order to fund studies and marketing.

When asked about the county report’s $84 million, Lewis considered it far from daunting when you consider the results.

A 1983 Sarasota County fle photo showing the two homes along Midnight Pass that were suffering adverse impacts. The image is part of a staff report regarding the possibility of restoring the waterway.

“Just the increase in value of properties on Siesta Key and the mainland would make up for that in no time,” said Lewis, referring to what he considers a stagnate Little Sarasota Bay as a result of a lack of waterflow. “Plus, the commerce alone – between the waterfront establishments, fishing, boating, and all the recreational activities that have been impacted.

“When it comes to the clarity of the bay, there’s no price on that.”

Meanwhile, his group is coming off a successful public gathering Nov. 13 at Evie’s at Spanish Point where about 150 attendees gathered. The event featured a speech by Dave Tomasko, executive director of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program.

Midnight Pass Society II collected more than $15,000 in donations, Lewis reported, including $5,000 from Siesta Key resident Mike Holderness’ Beachside Management business. The overall total reached threefourths of the group’s $20,000 fundraising goal.

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The power of the pooch

Siesta friends create means of transporting their dogs, maintaining a special bond

This is the story of four best friends who one Siesta

Key morning, 12 years ago, found each other at the popular Bean Coffee spot in Davidson Plaza. Two of those best friends, Riley and Bodhi, are of the four-legged, canine variety. And they never leave the sides of their own two-legged, human friends -- Jackie Baumann and Andi Chappell.

When the foursome first met, both dogs were quite young. Jackie, an IT executive, and Andi, a marketing executive, were working remotely from their Siesta Key home offices. Both enjoyed starting their day by walking their pups and stopping for a quiet cup of coffee. Although the women had hopes of socializing at the coffee shop, their dogs had other ideas. That’s where it all began.

Jackie’s dog Riley, a golden retriever was, as she recalled, “a leash-eating puppy at the coffee shop.” When Andi arrived with Bodhi, a shepherd and saluki mix, the two women began to talk but the two pups weren’t getting along. Despite the challenging situation, the two ended up chatting for an hour. As the days and months went by, their meetings continued, and the two dogs came to an amicable truce.

“They tolerated each other,” said Andi, as both women laughed.

And a friendship began that has held through the years. One summer day, the women decided that they and their husbands would get together for a weekend visit while both couples were vacationing in the mountains of North Carolina. Jackie and her husband, Mike, drove with Riley to the house of Andi and her husband, Greg. When Riley jumped out of the car, Bodhi greeted him with all the joy and enthusiasm of seeing a long-lost friend. The two pups played and ran together the whole weekend. They never looked back. The two families grew closer. When Jackie and Mike traveled, Riley stayed with his best friend Bodhi at Andi’s and Greg’s home.

The years went by and when Mike was injured in a car crash in Mexico, Andi, Greg and Bodhi were there for their friends. They’ve also weathered other storms together, including Hurricane Ian.

“We got through it,” said Andi.

“The two dogs and the four people,” said Jackie. “We packed up, hoped that we’d have houses to return to, and moved to a hotel in Lakewood Ranch. Together. We made it through.”

Another storm that the two families are facing came as a terrible surprise when Riley’s veterinarian diagnosed the

furry gentle giant with leukemia. The news came at a time when both dogs were showing signs of aging, and both were having trouble with their back legs. The best friends’ daily walks around Siesta Key became a challenge. As Riley began chemotherapy treatments, the human friends came up with a solution. The two women would attach wheeled carts to their bikes and instead of a walk, they’d all bike ride around the Key together.

Greg, a builder, spent hours designing a cart for the longlegged Bodhi that attaches to Andi’s bike. Jackie found a perfectly sized dog cart on wheels that attaches to her bike. When the women presented the canine chariots to the dogs, Bodhi and Riley got right in. They were ready for their ride.

“It’s as though they’re saying, let’s go somewhere,” said Andi.

Both dogs consider each other’s home their own. Although Riley has some difficult days, he loves riding behind Jackie on her bike with the wind blowing through his golden locks. His friends Bodhi and Andi are right there with him. Bodhi is in his cart and Andi leads the way on her bike.

When Bodhi and Andi come to visit, both pups howl in delight.

“They’re always so happy to see each other,” said Andi.

When it came time to celebrate Riley’s 13th birthday, Andi, Greg, and Bodhi created a special party for their pal. The two dogs enjoyed three-tiered birthday cakes made of beef with pumpkin sauce and wonderful memories were made.

“We are so grateful that we live here and that we found each other,” said Andi.

Added Jackie, “It takes a lot of energy to be good friends. We have this vision of finding a compound together someday.”

During the days of COVID-19, the two started a butterfly garden in Jackie’s yard.

“We’ve released hundreds of butterflies,” said Andi.

As a beautiful orange butterfly fluttered by, the two dogs lay together on Jackie’s and Mike’s patio. “OK, let’s go,” said Andi. As though on cue, Bodhi and Riley stood together and followed behind Jackie and Andi on the way to their bikes and carts.

The two women helped each other to load the pups and the two furry best friends settled in and glanced over at each other. Jackie and Andi got on their bikes and away they went. It was time for the four best friends to take a ride through the Key. And, as dogs love to do, it was time check out the latest neighborhood sights and smells.

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A cozy house party

Taco treasures, a bevy of beers make Island House Tap & Grill a must-visit

Hanging out at Island House Tap & Grill with owner Troy Jenkins felt like being on vacation.

Jenkins has a way of making everyone who drops in at the cozy casual eatery, in the heart of Davidson Plaza in the Village, feel at home.

It was a Taco Tuesday and the busy lunchtime hours had passed. “Yeah, we had a busy day so far,” said Jenkins as he looked around at his outdoor patio that still had a fair number of tables occupied at 3 p.m. “We have indoor seating for 22 and a comfortable number of tables on the outside patio that we share with (neighbor) Gabbiano’s.”

Tacos filled with chicken, gulf shrimp, tuna, lobster, and the very popular grouper cheeks are just one of the menu items for which Island House Tap & Grill is known. Jenkins highly recommends the grouper cheeks in a taco or in one of the restaurant’s signature bowls.

“Tacos are a big focus. Our chef creates 25 sauces that are unique to us. They’re a labor of love,” Jenkins said.

Having tasted them, I’d say he’s right about that.

Speaking of neighbors, Jenkins can’t say enough about all the small businesses in Davidson Plaza. “Gabbiano’s is a great neighbor. It’s a great little plaza. We all work very well together,” he said.

Looking across the parking lot, he noted that “the Siesta Key Wine Bar owners are also good friends, and we deliver directly to their customers who just tap into our app, place an order, and we walk it right over,” Jenkins said.

He also noted that when the

new Kilwins Siesta Key ice cream and dessert emporium opens he expects that both businesses will also complement each other.

When asked if there are any future plans for his restaurant, Jenkins paused thoughtfully and said “I’d love to expand into the space next door to us,” referring to the area formerly occupied by Edward Jones Investments.

Before Island House, Jenkins spent most of his career in the Sarasota real estate market. “I bought my first house at 19 and got my real estate license in 2002,” he recalled.

In addition to managing the restaurant, he is also an owner/ managing broker at Realty Executives, based in The Landings Shopping Center. So, just how did a successful real estate guy get into the restaurant business?

“I was looking for a craft beer location,” he said. “Good food, scratch kitchen, farm to table.”

In 2018, when the Davidson Plaza space became available, he

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Sheriff’s Report

Oct. 22, DUI

Suspect was observed striking several vehicles in the parking lot of a Village bar. The suspect was observed leaving the scene without providing information to the victims after the third impact. Suspect was observed with an open beer in the center console of the vehicle. Based on the totality of the circumstances the officer determined there was probable cause to charge suspect with driving under the influence.

Nov. 1, theft

Complainant and her family rode their bikes to the Village to shop. They were inside a store shopping when a male walked up, looked around quickly and then rode off with it. The bike was a white and purple Schwinn Mountain bike. The bike is valued at $500. Video footage, which showed the incident, was obtained and turned in as evidence. The suspect appeared to be a tall, thin, white male with long blond hair tied in back and a tattoo on his outer left forearm.

Nov. 5,


Complainant reported that somebody appeared to have ripped the key fob for his rental car off of his key ring while he and his wife were at the beach. The complainant

requested that the theft be reported to the rental company.

Nov. 7, theft

A lifeguard on Siesta Beach reported a theft that occurred on the beach. Two subjects were observed stealing unattended property. The victim reported that she was in the water when a male and female took her blue SRQ beach towel, a white shirt with gold studs, a pair of gray sandals, a can of spray sunscreen, and a water bottle. A witness came forward

with photographs of the suspects, who appeared to be in their late 40s or early 50s, which were entered into evidence.

Nov. 9, theft

Victim walked in the Sheriff’s Office to report a theft of her beach bag from Siesta Key Beach. The beach bag is white with sunflowers on it. It contained her car keys, wallet and medication bottle. Victim stated she went for a walk for about 15 minutes and when she came back the bag was gone.

Incorporation meeting

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The ballots will be tabulated by an independent law firm to ensure credibility. Save Siesta Key hopes to provide results to the delegation when it likely votes in early January. That body -- now consisting of state Sen. Joe Gruters and state Reps. Fiona McFarland, James Buchanan, and Michael Grant – serves as a gatekeeper of sorts before an incorporation bill can move to Tallahassee during the state’s legislative session that begins in March. There, it must pass both the House and Senate, and then be approved by the governor, before it comes back to Siesta Key for a local referendum vote that would require a majority. It all that goes in Save Siesta Key’s favor, the island would become a township on Dec. 31, 2023.

Meanwhile, the meeting will also serve as an update for the residents who are returning for the winter season, Jackson said. A similar town hall meeting was held last December, hosted by Gruters, and it served as both a pep rally of sorts and the chance for residents to address some members of the delegation. Members of the delegation have been invited this time as well, Jackson said.

The Siesta Key Association civic group is co-hosting the event, and it will feature a toy drive that will benefit hurricane victims.

Fundraising will also be a priority. As of mid-November, Save Siesta Key was about $45,000 shy of its $100,000 goal for Phase 2 of its incorporation effort.

Save Siesta Key is a non-profit 501(c)(4), so donations are not taxdeductible.

A revised feasibility study, as required by law in the application process for incorporation, has been filed by Save Siesta Key.

You can read a summary, or the entire document, by visiting clicking on the “feasibility” tab.

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Happiness is...the holiday season

The holidays can be a stressful time of planning, shopping, cooking, and cleaning. Or it can be a time of family and memories. Most often, it’s some of both. But the crew at Simon’s Coffee House are doing their part to take some of the stress out of the holiday season.

Get friends and family out of the house by bringing them to Simon’s to sample a breakfast and lunch menu full of delicious vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore options. Fair warning, though. It’s possible you may find yourself

ordering off Simon’s menu for holiday meals. Yes, they’re that good.

Whatever your holiday season brings, your friends at Simon’s Coffee House wish you a joyous time and a prosperous and happy new year.

Simon’s Coffee House is located at 5900 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota in the DeSear’s Plaza. Open Monday through Saturday from 8-3 and Sundays from 9-3. Learn more or order take out online at their website, or connect with them on Facebook or Instagram.

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Recent improvements to Nora Patterson Bay Island Park brought out the former county commissioner and Bay Island resident for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The park, renamed in her honor in 2015, just had a project completed that featured a building with public bathrooms and an observation deck. From left, Patterson speaks, county employee Nicole Rissler presents flowers, a look at the new facility, and Patterson performs the official cut with husband, John, on her left, and commission member Ron Cutsinger on her right. (photos by John Morton) Simon’s coffee house

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The rapid transformation and growth of the 150,000-square-foot shopping center known as The Landings continues. As 2022 comes to a close, nine new businesses will toast the new year at their new Landings locations. Plans are also in place to add trellises of blooming bougainvillea at entryways and a new outdoor green space.

The center is located at 4910 S. Tamiami Trail.

In early January, the longawaited renovation of the 48,000-square-foot Publix store is expected to be completed, according to Lance Hood of J. Raymond Construction. Hood is the superintendent of the Publix Landings project. He reported that supply-chain issues and Hurricane Ian have contributed to the delay in completing the renovation. Reflecting the design of newer Publix stores, the new grocery will feature a pharmacy and a new Publix liquor store that will stand adjacent to the store. The parking area in front of the store is also being repaved and updated.

Last renovated in 2012, the Publix has served as the anchor store for The Landings since 2009.

During the past five years the shopping center has once again become a thriving, lifestyledriven destination that draws shoppers and diners. Plucked from bankruptcy in 2017 by Benderson Development, the shopping and dining mecca may be one of the strongest real estate retail success


Above, the facelift and remodel for Publix at The Landings is nearing completion. Left, Origin Craft Beer & Pizza Cafe is among the newcomers.

(photos by John Morton and Jane Bartnett)

Outlet, Realty Exec Solutions, Sally Beauty, and the Publix. Although COVID-19 led some tenants to shutter their stores, others took their place.

To date, since 2017 Benderson has added 23 new shops and restaurants. Of those 23, 15 are open and another eight will welcome customers in the coming months.

The new businesses that have joined the center this year include 1800 Barbershop, The Breakfast Company, Crumbl Cookies, Florence and the Spice Boys, Mantra Fitness, Origin Craft Beer & Pizza Café, Pacific Counter, StretchLab, and 3 Natives Acai and Juicery.

As for the former home of the Sweet Tomatoes restaurant, Julie Fanning, Benderson Development’s director of marketing, reports “We have exciting redevelopment plans for the site, which we will share as soon as all the details are confirmed.”

The Origin Craft Beer & Pizza Cafe, known for its classic and specialty pies and baked wings, opened recently. Offering a large selection of craft beers, wings, salads and pizzas that include vegan, vegetarian and glutenfree options, this family-friendly place also has arcade games. The Landings is Origin’s fourth Sarasota location.

Last month, Florence and the Spice Boys welcomed diners at

Beyond new stores galore, Publix reopen is nearing
stories in Sarasota County. The rebirth began three months after the developer took it over. Benderson initiated a series of structural renovations and improvements that included facade renovation, new lighting and landscaping. DaRuMa, the popular Japanese steak house, moved in along with Station a breakfast and lunch spot joining original businesses that included Corkscrew Deli, Dollar Tree, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Landings Travel, Nuovo Salon, Optical
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Carl Jara is far from laying down on the job.

The winning creations

Owner Diane Theron-Cuna invites you to watch the process as she creates a batch of her sinfully delicious gelato from scratch every 15 minutes.

“We are very proud and happy each day. to be here on Siesta Key,” says Theron-Cuna.

“My husband’s family recipes used to create our gelato comes directly from Rome, Italy and only certified USDA organic ingredients are ever used.”

There are 48 flavors to choose from and the staff at Made In Rome Organic Gelato generously provide samples of their madefrom-scratch, in-house gelato. No hydrogenated fats or colorants, or preservatives are ever used so you can really taste the difference.

Sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan options are also made fresh each day. Besides their gelato, the shop also carries Italian coffee, cakes, and focaccia sandwiches.

If you’re lucky enough to catch TheronCuna at the shop, she will happily entertain

you with 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 own “Star of Fame” at St. 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. (941) 960-5344.

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Siesta Key Rum tour

Ahoy mateys. Arrrgh!

Take a tip from the pirates of long ago and discover the fascinating world of rum -- Siesta Key Rum, that is.

If you’re in the mood to channel your inner Captain Jack Sparrow, spending a few hours discovering the wonders of Siesta Key Rum is a great way to enjoy a late morning or afternoon on a 45- to 60-minute distillery tour. You’ll learn from a Siesta Key Rum expert about the intricate process of creating rum, the history of rum, and how this award-winning rum distillery came to be. Best yet, the tour is free.

In a most pirate-like manner Troy Roberts, Siesta Key Rum’s founder and owner, discovered the perfect location for his small rum distillery 15 years ago. Tucked away in an industrial park, close to the Sarasota airport, this is where the “best rum distillery in the United States,” according to the Caribbean Journal, can be found. Although rum was certainly a favorite of many a pirate on the high seas, these days many sophisticated rum lovers enjoy flavored rums. They hardly ever wear eye patches and like to sip their rum cocktail chilled, on the rocks, or neat.

When visitors enter the Siesta Key Rum factory, large gleaming copper stills stand before them. A side wall is filled with wooden casks marked “Siesta Key Rum.” For craft-rum lovers, this is where the magic happens.

Accolades for Florida’s oldest craft distillery have appeared in leading publications around the world. This summer, Forbes magazine singled out Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum as one of the best smaller rum producers in the premium-rum category.

Cooking Light magazine named Siesta Key Spiced Rum one of the best artisan products in the United States, and Garden & Gun magazine called the brand’s Silver Rum “smooth as beach glass.”

For six years in a row, the Caribbean Journal honored the distillery with its Best Spiced Rum award.

In May, to celebrate the distillery’s many achievements, Roberts and his team held a 15th-anniversary party that drew thousands of Siesta Key Rum fans. Owning this business was a dream for this entrepreneur who, as a teen, attended Riverview High School and made Siesta Key his home.

Although Roberts had no formal experience in the distillery business, he honed his business skills by spending 10 years in the software business far from Siesta Key at Compuwear Corporation, serving as director of product management. In 1999, he took his first leap into entrepreneurship when he left the corporate world and launched several successful sports car websites.

When Roberts sold the websites in 2007, he had the financing and the business acumen

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Nicole Kaplan, Siesta Key Rum’s director of operations, organizes the barrels. (photo by Jane Bartnett)
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Chamber recognition nominations sought

Each year the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce recognizes member businesses, community and business leaders, and volunteers for their outstanding achievements and contributions.

Chamber member businesses, customers and employees may submit nominations. Selfnominations are accepted and encouraged.

Completed nominations must be received no later than 5 p.m. Dec.

15. Use one form per nomination.

Nominees will be evaluated based upon the following criteria: • Demonstration of excellence in business or profession

• Demonstration of chamber involvement

• Demonstration of community service

Awards will be presented at the chamber’s awards dinner Jan. 25 at Marina Jack.

To complete a nomination, visit

Toy drive taking place at Michael Saunders office

Drop off a new, unwrapped toy or gift at the office of Michael Saunders, 5100 Ocean Blvd., by Dec. 7 to support its 10th annual holiday toy drive.

For more information, call Karen Cadou (941) 349-3444.

Santa to visit Daiquiri Deck’s south location on Dec. 18

Christmas service on Siesta Beach is Dec. 23

The Church of the Palms will hold a Christmas service at the Siesta Key public beach beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23.

The service is contemporary with an emphasis on holiday songs.

Chamber holiday reception is Dec. 7 at Gilligan’s

The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce will hold a holiday reception featuring an appetizer buffet and desserts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Gilligan’s Island Bar & Grill, 5253 Ocean Blvd.

All children

gift from Santa. The event

Prizes will be awarded to the man and woman dressed in the most festive attire.

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Laughing gull Leucophaeus atricilla

As you explore Siesta Key’s three public beaches this holiday season, guard your snacks carefully. The laughing gull, perhaps more than any other, looks for opportunities to help itself — even stealing a morsel right out of your hand! If the ruse is successful, the clever thief’s mocking call is sure to follow —Ha-ha-ha- haaa-haaa-haaa — indicating the joke is on you.

Temptations of human food aside, the laughing gull’s paleo diet

includes small fish, crustaceans, insects and worms. The freshest seafood needs neither gift wrap nor bow to be properly appreciated by this jovial pair! As you gather your flock and bid 2022 farewell — from our nest to yours — we wish you a joyous and bountiful holiday season.

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: Poinsettias

The familiar red poinsettias, which are a favorite flower for the holiday season, every year grow well in this area – given the proper care.

The bright-red petals are actually leaves in the top of the plant; they surround the actual flowers, which are yellow or green and accent the center of the display. Natives of Mexico, they bloom in late December in the semi-tropical climate.

They can be grown here after the holidays by simply planting the individual plants in the ground, after making sure the soil is rich but has a lot of sand in it – and be sure to keep the soil fairly moist. This works well sometimes but

fails sometimes, too.

However, the most pleasure comes from making cuttings from branches of the mother plant and rooting them in pots. The soil should be rich potting soil mixed with clean sand and kelp slightly moist. They thrive in high heat and humidity, but they need dark nights in the late fall for nearly two months for flower bracts to develop. Remember, not every cutting will survive, but many will do well.

It is a true delight to grow your own plants to be given as gifts that will be happily received. Have fun!

The Sarasota Garden Club is at 1131 Boulevard of the Arts. Visit

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New Energy Medicine Technologies are Now Offered at Spa Experience, Siesta Key

After completing the Life Transformation program at Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida, and experiencing firsthand the cutting-edge energy medicine offerings there, Connie Lewis is excited to bring Qrs and H-Wave healing therapies to Spa Experience Siesta Key. Lewis has created a new service that encompasses all her areas of expertise including trigger point therapy, Reiki, Cupping, CBD massage Hot stone Massage, Sports Massage, and now QRS and H-Wave therapies. Consultation and coaching time are included with your session.

Qrs is energy medicine that utilizes PEMF (pulsed electric magnetic therapy via a mat laser and ear and eye accessories. These noninvasive therapies are painless and ultra-relaxing and healing in nature. Some of the many benefits of the Qrs Mat and laser are improved and speedier recovery from physical tiredness and over-exertion. Qrs balances the body’s acupuncture points in 8 minutes leaving you feeling stress-free, energetic, and ready for whatever the day may bring. Qrs aids in healing muscle soreness and post-workout stress while healing the muscles joints and bones.

H-Wave is an FDA-approved medical device used to flush lymphatic fluid, increase circulation and eliminate pain and restore function. If the space around the cell is congested, the cells cannot uptake the oxygen

and nutrition it needs resulting in pain sickness, disease, and premature aging. If the space around the cells is free of congestion and metabolic waste products, the cell can now uptake oxygen and nutrition resulting in less pain sickness, more energy better health, and slower aging physically and mentally.

Incorporating these technologies into her Spa treatments will be an incredible leap forward in assisting clients live a more painfree relaxed life.

Spa Experience Siesta Key was opened in January of 2021 when Connie decided to expand her Spa in scope and services. Having owned and operated Massage Experience Siesta Key for 22 years she wanted to offer a wider range of services now including Acupuncture, Qrs, H-Wave energy medicine,

and Spa Parties. Lewis continues to offer her pampering results-driven facials using Pevonia Botanica Skincare and body line. Pevonia Botanica products are available for purchase by calling or stopping by the Spa.

Spa Experience Siesta Key boasts 5 treatment rooms that can accommodate up to 8 guests at a time. We are happy to help you make arrangements for your Bridal party, family reunion, or a spa day with friends. Please call for details and package options.

Spa Experience Siesta Key is conveniently located near the Siesta Key public beach at 5700 Midnight Pass Road, Suite 4b, Siesta Key, FL 34242 Our phone number is 941-349-4833 and our website is

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Registration open for Andrew Monroe event

In honor of the life of Andrew Monroe, the Annual Andrew Monroe Memorial Scholarship 5K Walk/Run was established for the benefit of senior soccer players at Riverview High School in Sarasota. Senior, girls and boys, soccer players, track athletes and JROTC cadets have the opportunity to receive scholarships through an essay process.

The proceeds from the event also goes toward the Andrew Monroe Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Sarasota Community Foundation. The scholarship is open for all county soccer players through an essay submission process. The event over the last nine years has generated roughly $115,000 in scholarships and has met the fund balance at the Sarasota Community Foundation.

The Andrew Monroe Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation will have two $1,000 scholarships in perpetuity.

The event will be Jan. 8 at Siesta Key Beach, with same-day registration from 6 to 8 a.m. A chip-timed 5K begins at 8:15; the 1-mile fun walk at 8:20.

The race is sanctioned by the Manasota Track club.

Registration before Dec. 16 is $35 for non-running club members, $30 for running club members. After that the costs becomes $40 for everyone.

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Please bring a can or two of food for Mayors Feed the Hungry. Goodie bags to the first 400 entries.

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Andrew Monroe

The winners were sworn in Nov. 22 in the Sarasota County Administrative Center. Both are Republicans, keeping a streak alive of Republican-only commission members dating back more than 50 years.

The other election to directly impact Siesta Key was that of House District 73.

Republican incumbent Fiona McFarland, who represents the Save Siesta Key incorporation effort, outlasted challenger Derek Reich by capturing 56.27% of the vote.

“We are delighted that Fiona has been re- elected. Her track record and values as a legislator representing the priorities of our district are to be commended,” said Tim Hensey, chairman of Save Siesta Key.

As for the victorious Smith, he jumped into the race when incumbent Christian Ziegler chose not to run for re-election. He faced challenges in a district that had more registered Democratic voters than Republicans – a rarity in this region – and that was for the first time within the framework of the single-member-district voting process.

“I am honored and humbled by the number of non-Republican voters that took a leap of faith and voted for me, proving that there are more issues that bind us than divide us,” Smith said.

Single-member voting districts were upheld by voters in 2020, meaning that only voters within a given district could vote for a candidate that resides in that same district.

On election night, Gilligan’s Island Bar & Grill was home to an election-result “watch party” for Smith. Mike Gatz, the general manager of that business who is also the current president of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, was among those who celebrated Smith’s win with high-fives and hugs after Smith returned from a victory speech at Robarts Arena.

Gatz, who described Smith as

“a man with integrity,” noted that his profession as an architect will well-serve the construction-happy region.

“With his expertise, he’ll be a positive force for the commission, especially with all the building going on,” Gatz said of Smith.

Indeed, Smith said he’s be focusing on that building boon, primarily near I-75, as one of his main focal points right out of the gate.

“I plan on reviewing all the planned development out east. I want to understand the full impact of these developments on our infrastructure, environment, and the neighboring communities,” he said.

Also, he wants to address environmental issues.

“There is a serious air pollution problem in the city of Sarasota that the county can resolve,” he said.

Smith’s keys to success?

“I believe my history of successfully getting things done for Siesta Key -- beautification of the Siesta Key Village, additional parking on the Key, volunteering to review the Siesta Beach construction costs to convince the BCC to keep the project moving forward -- resonated with neighborhood leadership that I could help them get their issues resolved. I also believe my years of volunteering to help organizations like the Girl Scouts and All Faiths Food Bank showed my commitment to our community,” said Smith, who will be the first Siesta resident on the commission since 2014, when Nora Patterson’s 16-year run ended due to newly established term limits.

Smith, who is chair-elect of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, will step down from that role but remain on the organization’s board of directors.

Regarding Neunder, among his areas of focus will be an issue that’s a hot topic on Siesta Key.

“There are a lot of opportunities ahead of us.

I’m especially excited about the prospect of reopening Midnight Pass,” he said. “It will be a heavy lift, but I think we can get there.”

He added, “I moved to Sarasota as a kid and am honored to have our community’s trust as its incoming commissioner for District 4. I look forward to delivering on the issues I ran on: tax relief for Sarasota residents, support for our sheriff and first responders, and building a community where my sons and their generation can live out their own version of the

American dream.”

Kuether, who spent a good amount of time on the Key during his campaign, was disappointed. It was his first pursuit of public office.

“Unfortunately, the developerselected candidates won again, and big development continues to hold control over the Sarasota County Commission,” he said. “I’m afraid that Sarasota County and Siesta Key are destined to continue to see the influx of high-density hotels, the bypassing of environmental protections, and the overruling of Sarasota‘s comprehensive plan.

“Many of these local issues surpass party lines, and my campaign focused heavily on reaching across the aisle to talk about making a Sarasota that worked better for us all. I’ll continue to fight for Siesta Key incorporation, protecting our beaches, and maintaining the Sarasota we all love any way I can.”

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Arts on the Horizon

The play’s the thing

Shakespeare in Love was a pretty decent movie – it even won seven Oscars – for best actress, best picture, and, best of all, for best screenplay. Since Shakespeare was a very important writer-type person back in the late 1500s, it is only fitting that Hollywood screen writers did their best when writing about him. Too bad they were not making movies back when Shakespeare was writing, he would have cornered the market in little gold men if he had a gig as a screenwriter.

Since Mr. Peabody and Sherman’s Wayback machine was not working at the time this film was in production, it is presumed that most things that took place between characters in the movie were fictionalized versions of what someone thought might have happened.

Ah!, but what if the Wayback machine was once again in working order? We could go back and see, not just Shakespeare and how he plied his craft, but the entire theatre scene of that time. While we believe (because our English lit professors told us so) that Shakespeare was the most important playwright of his time, was that true? A contemporary of his, Thomas Kyd, wrote The Spanish Tragedy, a play which included horrors of ghosts, insanity, murder and suicide. The number of times that play was reprinted show, that at that time, it was more popular than anything Shakespeare had written.

We know of Kyd, Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and others, but what

about the Bottom brothers? Shakespeare knew of them, he even made fun of them by naming a donkey “Bottom” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. So, who were they and for what were they famous? That is the subject of the Broadway hit Something Rotten!, that has made its way to the Florida Studio Theatre, and is running through Jan. 1.

This musical was nominated for 10 Tony awards (which is 10 more than Shakespeare was nominated for in his entire career) and has brought joy, via national tours, around the U.S. Korean and Swedish language productions show that a musical set in London in 1595 has broad international appeal.

Not saying that Shakespeare was a scoundrel, but he might have stolen the idea for his proposed play Richard the II from Nick and Nigel Bottom. And they, in order to keep being funded by their investors, invented the musical play – where speaking actors, for no apparent reason, start to sing their lines. Actually just “his” lines, as it was illegal for a woman to be on the stage back then.

At first, they planned on doing a musical about the Black Plague but settled on one somewhat, sort of, possibly, akin to Hamlet. So, just settle into your comfortable FST seats and enjoy the show. More info at

Want an in-tents musical experience?

Sarasota certainly is the musical capital of, at least, the entire southeastern portion of the North American continent. And the music here is about as laid-back or intense as anyone would want. But true music appreciation is not just about quality and quantity, it also concerns venue.

Sarasota has the Van Wezel, the Opera House, Holley Hall, FST’s Cabaret, a host of churches, schools and nightclubs, the Drum Circle on Lido Beach, and special musical events at an everchanging and expanding variety of venues. One that pops up each year (except during plague years) is the

Perlman Music Program Winter Residency (created by Itzhak Perlman’s wife, Toby Perlman). On the quality side Itzhak Perlman is truly hard to beat. He has been performing publicly since 1945 and, according to quite a few sources, has improved considerably since then.

But Mr. Perlman doesn’t just create music by playing the violin or conducting orchestras, he also creates music by energizing hundreds of other musicians, and by pleasing thousands of listeners. He does this with the PMP residency program. Between Dec. 29 and Jan. 8, the music students that have descended upon Sarasota from all over the world, perform in multiple ways.

Gaining skills and stage presence help provide these students with the knowledge and experience required to move up the ladder towards a position with an orchestra. What better way to do so than to perform in a tent on the grounds of the USF SarasotaManatee Campus, just north of the Ringling Museum.

Each evening the students rehearse various orchestral compositions that will be part of the Celebration Concert, to be performed on Jan. 5 at the Sarasota Opera House.

In addition to the orchestral pieces, a number of the students will be presenting Works in Progress, concerts where they perform various chamber works. There will also be a student chorus, led by Maestro Patrick Romano, who will explore choral masterworks for their knowledge and training and for your pleasure.

A special performance, also at the Opera House, will showcase violinist Randall Goosby, and pianist Zhu Wang. Previously they have performed Adoration, by the composer Florence Price, at Ground Zero for the 20th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony of 9/11.

There is no charge for attending rehearsals, Works in Progress, or Choral selections at the Performance Tent at USF, although donations will provide you with reserved seats in the center section.

Information for all performances at

Hello, Goodbye – or, more accurately, Goodbye, Hello

Every once in a while, thank goodness, there is a revival of that great musical, Cabaret. Most know of the movie, starring Liza Minelli and Joel Gray, which, of course, was based on the Broadway musical of the same name. But that show was based on the straight play, I Am A Camera, by Christopher Isherwood. Which, in turn, was based on his short story, Goodbye to Berlin.

Why “goodbye,” “who” is a camera, and how did that turn into “Willkommen” (hello)? Isherwood, a British author, was in Berlin in 1939, and observed the continuing Nazifacation of Germany. His short story, and the straight play, told what was happening to that country and to the Jewish population that lived there. Told with as little emotion as possible, just as it might be recorded by a camera – “Just the facts, ma’am” seemed, back then, horrible enough.

After writing that story, Isherwood exited Berlin – and many others tried, unsuccessfully, to do the same. By 1966, things that were a bit darker were more “Willkommen.” especially if portraying the Nazi in an ironic, satirical, definitely non-PC kind of way. Such an approach brought just as much bite, but made it a bit easier to swallow. While the musical still showed everything as it actually was, the structure and content of the show permitted the audience to put their own emotions onto each character, act, and deviative motive. And it still does.

Cabaret, at the Asolo repertory theatre, is the total package, and runs through the end of the year. More info at

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Spread the Love

All pups need to be shown affection, especially during the holidays. That’s why the season of giving is also a great time to give back and share the love you have for dogs with those less fortunate.

Reach out to your local shelter to see how you can help. Monetary donations are always welcome and go a long way, but often shelters will have a list of needs — like beds, blankets, toys, or treats — that you can help them fill. Even better, you can also give the gift or your time.

If you can, ask your shelter about volunteer opportunities or even serving as a foster pet parent or family during the holidays.

For all the love they give us throughout the year, this season, find a way to celebrate your favorite pups at home and in your community.

Happy Holidays!

Here we are again: the most wonderful time of the year! Time to celebrate with family and, of course, our favorite furry friends. Has your special pup made their wish list yet? No? Well, not to worry, because we’ve got exactly the suggestions you need to make it the best holiday season yet.

Let’s get started!

Cozy Christmas Cuddles

When temperatures drop and the days are short, giving the comfort of soft and warm blankets and toys is always a hit.

Tall Tails offers plush toys and products, from extra soft blankets and beds to squeeze toys and even bath towels that will keep your canine cozy and often busy. If you need to hold their interest and stay even busier during the hustle and bustle, SodaPup serves up chews and enrichment toys that will keep them occupied and help them relax over the hectic holidays.

Sweet Holiday Treats

Speaking of something to munch on, one of the best things about the holidays is the food! Let your dog indulge a bit with a

special treat or two (or more). Brands like

Animal, Einstein Pets, and Bocce

offer scores of options that will have your dog drooling with delight.

Of course, if you’ve got time, there’s nothing like a homemade treat to show your love.

Whether you’re baking up something special or introducing them to one of these great products, seasonal snacks are sure to keep them satisfied — just like you — during the festivities.

Make a Memory

Puppy presents don’t just have to be something they can chew, chase, or chill out with. Let’s face it: with as much wear and tear as those gifts get, they don’t last like a memory.

Commemorate the occasion this year with some fun photography. This can come in the form of a photo of your dog or you and your pup together in a card or frame. If you want to go big, you can even schedule a special session with a local pro or grab a seasonal snap on a visit with the big guy himself, Santa! Great photos make memories that last a lifetime.

Meet Rocco

Rocco is a 10-year-old terrier mix. He goes by the nickname Rockstar and enjoys taking the stage at the Crescent Club on hot dog Saturdays.

He was rescued as a puppy when found in a car near the Ohio State campus. After several foster-care homes, he found his forever home and now lives in Sarasota.

“His favorite word is ‘go!’” reports Lisa, his owner. “He is very approachable, loves people and other pups, and can be found at area dog-friendly patios. He can’t hold his ‘licker’ when he meets someone new, and people love his beard.”

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Rum tour

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necessary to launch a successful company. His dream of owning a rum factory and returning to Siesta Key became a reality. That year, Roberts bought a still and opened Drum Circle Distilling, in tribute to the famous Siesta Key drum circle.

Roberts taught himself the craft of rum making by watching YouTube videos and reading books. Soon he began to create his own recipes, all made with Florida molasses and fresh ingredients. His then-fiancé and now wife, Nanci, joined him in the business and the young company opened its doors.

In 2010, Drum Circle Distilling released Siesta Key Silver. Today, Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum, made with raw shredded toasted coconut, and Spiced Rum, created with natural sweetened domestic honey, have both won numerous awards. Siesta Key Coffee Rum, made with imported Columbian coffee beans, has also been added to the company’s offerings, along with the small batch Siesta Key Distiller’s Reserve and Siesta Key Spiced Beer Barrel rums.

Roberts encourages his team of 13 employees to bring new ideas to the table. “We tried mango rum but we weren’t happy with that.

Banana rum was another idea,” said Nicole Kaplan, Drum Circle Distillery’s director of operations, with a laugh.

“When Troy started the company, he decided to make infused rums. He is truly a master infuser -- that’s the craft. No one makes infused rums like we do.”

In the past few years, the company has seen tremendous growth that Kaplan attributes to the growing interest in rum, as

well as the taste and quality of its own products. With more than 30,000 followers on Facebook, Siesta Key Rum is sold in some 2,000 Florida locations. It is also available at Total Wine stores in 20 different states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Siesta Key Rum can also be found at other outlets in Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

“Our Toasted Coconut is our best-seller,” said Kaplan. “If you’re entertaining for the holidays, try a glass of Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum with a splash of pineapple juice. It’s the perfect drink.”

Another tip: Store a bottle of coffee rum in the refrigerator and serve it cold, she said.

A large selection of festive Siesta Key Rum cocktail recipes that are perfect for the holiday season and beyond are found at siestakeyrum. com/cocktails.

The Siesta Key Rum factory store offers a full line of bottles of Siesta Key rums, T-shirts, hats and other items for rum-loving friends and family members on your shopping list.

Free tours are held Monday through Thursday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The Siesta Key Rum Distillery can be found at 2212 Industrial Blvd. To book a tour, call (941) 7028143 or visit

Private group tours are also available.

Above and clockwise: Owner and found Troy Roberts (submitted photo); distiller Shane Spalding; Lori Dillon greets guests in the tasting room; a look at the company’s store. (photos by Jane Bartnett).

Holiday-themed recipes featuring Siesta Key Rum

Coconut Coquito (makes one small pitcher, approximately six servings)

8 oz Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum

37 oz coconut milk (two 13.5 oz cans)

14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

1.5 oz water

3 pinches of salt

3 pinches of cinnamon

Mix in blender, then chill in refrigerator.

“It’s a traditional Caribbean Christmas drink and tastes like ice cream. It’s a perfect alternative to eggnog,” said Nicole Kaplan, Drum Circle Distillery’s director of operations

Cranberry Mojito

1¾ cup Siesta Key Silver Rum

20 oz sparkling water, chilled

1¼ cup fresh lime juice

¾ cup cranberry juice cocktail concentrate, thawed ½ cup sugar

1 bunch fresh mint (about 1 cup)

Using a wooden spoon, mash mint with sugar in the bottom of a large pitcher. Add Siesta Key Silver Rum and lime juice, stir until sugar dissolves. Mix in thawed cranberry juice concentrate and water. Mix in six cups of ice.

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Where the eyes have it

Only Eyes Optical Boutique in Gulf Gate is a treasure trove for men and women who wear glasses. Walking into the bright and welcoming space that is filled with color, art and beautifully designed glasses is a feast for the eyes. Eyeglass frames on display designed for men and women, as well as unisex designs along with a large selection of sunglasses, are far beyond what a big box retail optical store offers.

Optician Diana Reason is the owner of the business on Superior Avenue and an artist in her own right, making it a special place.

“Eyeglasses are an extension of your personality,” Reason said. “I love it when my customers are able to see how good they look and how well they can see, as well.”

With 25 years of professional experience as a licensed optician, Reason opened the Only Eyes shop three years ago after relocating to Sarasota from Fort Lauderdale.

After selling her successful optical store there that she ran for 14 years, she was delighted to make Gulf Gate her new location. “This is a such a special community. We all help each other and

work together here in Gulf Gate,” she said.

Before running her own business, Reason spent time working as a licensed optician for large optical concerns, giving her a multi-faceted understanding of the business. The daughter of an eye doctor, Reason has made the optical field her own. She brings a wealth of clinical as well as aesthetic experience to her patients.

Sorrelly (left) and Sophie try on some favorite styles. (submitted photo)

the right kind of glasses for them, in addition to selecting an appealing design is what she enjoys.

As skilled as she is in her clinical duties, Reason brings the eye of an artist to her work. A talented painter, she enjoys creating and designing specialized eyewear for her customers that make the glasses a one-of-a-kind item.

“I’m like the pharmacist,” she said. “The patient brings the prescription and I fill it.”

Experience in the optical world, she explains, as in all fields of medicine, is important.

“Not all prescriptions are suitable for all frames. For example, a piano player has different lens needs than a golfer who needs sun protection,” she said. Being able to inform the patient about

“Glasses are art for your eyes,” she said, while holding up a pair of women’s Coco & Song Eyewear glasses that are delicately decorated with real dried flowers and recycled coins.

“Why not make your glasses your own personalized accessory? People want to express themselves and your glasses say that I am unique, I am not one of the crowd.”

Selecting a pair of glasses that are


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Only Eyes owner Diana Reason shows off her wide array of eyewear offerings at her Gulf Gate boutique. (submitted photo)



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 flattops, 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.

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.

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 941-4447984 to set up an appointment with their licensed optician.

Customized sunglasses available, with or without prescription. Polarized lenses enhanced colors, contrast and clarity, also protect from glare and 100% of harmful UVA & UVC rays. FREE FRAMES, pay for lenses only, from selected collections, bring your prescription. More details in the store. Full Service Optical Boutique. Call today and make an appointment with our Board Certified Optometry Physician. Discover this hiding gem in Gulf gate. Unique Contemporary & Vintage Eyeglasses. 6541 Superior Ave. • Sarasota, FL 34231 GULFGATE Business District 941-444-7984

Hours: Tues. – Fri. 8:30am – 6pm, Sat., 8:30am – 3pm. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Gulf Gate Barber Shop (G-7) 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.

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.).

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!


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. 941554-8905.

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.

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 941-9242330 or drop by our office.

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 32 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 MondaySaturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Solórzano’s Late Night Pizzeria (S-34): At every Solórzano’s, they

Only Eyes Optical (S-24) brings a new, exotic, eclectic, eccentric, unique collection of vintage, hipster, contemporary eyeglasses and sunglasses to the community.

The Skinny Dip (G-26) Established in 2020. The Sarasota Skinny Dip location is a family-owned business, with husband-and-wife Alex and Sorelly, and their kiddos, Sophie and Noah. The business specializes in letting you make your frozen yogurt the way you want it! We specialize in Skinny8 Froyos, which are only 8 calories per once! Also available vegan and low-fat options so that all Dippers can, well, dip!

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Fishing Forecast

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You may find blues, Spanish mackerel and pompano mixed with trout on deep grass flats this month. You should also find larger trout in skinny water along with reds. Snook will stage around bars and on shallow flats as they make their move towards winter areas. Action in the coastal gulf with false albacore, tripletail, Spanish mackerel, blues and more should explode!

Spotted seatrout has reopened to harvest in southwest Florida with a three-fish-perperson bag limit and a six-fish boat limit. Trout must be from 15 to 19 inches with one allowed per vessel over 19 inches. I feel that it’s important to protect these larger trout, which are usually female breeders. Snook remains closed to harvest in the Charlotte Harbor area. Full regulations and details can be viewed at

You should find snook staging around docks and bridges in the Intracoastal Waterway and along sand bars and in potholes on shallow flats. They may be along mangrove shorelines when the tide is high. I like CAL jigs with 3-inch and 4-inch shad tails and surface-walking top-water lures like the DOA “PT” in shallow water for snook. CAL jigs with shad tails or jerk worms, DOA TerrorEyz, DOA Shrimp and small white flies, like my Grassett Snook Minnow, will work well around dock and bridge fender lights. Fish the strongest tides for the best action.

Reds will spread out on shallow grass flats this month. You should find them along bars, in potholes or around docks. Look for them along mangrove shorelines when the tide is high, but they are just as likely to be roaming with mullet schools in shallow water. CAL jigs with shad tails, grubs or jerk worms and gold spoons should work well for reds in shallow water.

Fly anglers may score with lightly weighted flies, such as Clousers, spoon flies or my Grassett Flats Minnow fly.

You may also find big trout along with reds in shallow water this month. The same lures and flies that you use for snook and reds in shallow water will also work for trout.

You’ll also find trout on deep grass flats in water from 3 to 7 feet deep. I like to drift and cast quartering ahead of my drift with CAL jigs, DOA Deadly Combos or weighted flies on sink tip fly lines to locate trout. In addition to

making a series of drifts to find fish, look for baitfish on the surface or birds to find them.

You may also find blues, Spanish mackerel, flounder or pompano on deep grass flats this month. The techniques to find them is the same as for trout, although blues and Spanish mackerel may feed on the surface making them easier to find. Likewise with pompano, that may skip on the surface when you run or drift past them. When that happens, circle back upwind and drift back through the area, casting ahead of your drift.

I like a 1/16- or 1/8-ounce chartreuse CAL jig head with a gold grub for pompano. You’ll need to add wire or heavy fluorocarbon when toothy fish are around to keep them from biting you off. You may find flounder on a mixture of grass and sand, particularly on the edges of bars or in potholes.

There should be good action in the coastal gulf with false albacore (little tunny), Spanish and king mackerel, blues, tripletail or cobia. Look for Spanish mackerel, blues or false albacore feeding on the surface to find them. Diving terns or terns hovering just above the surface of the water and moving fast will give their presence away if they aren’t on top. CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms and top water plugs will work well. Fly anglers should score with small white flies, Ultra Hair Clousers, poppers or Crease flies. Look for tripletail around crab trap floats and cast DOA Shrimp, CAL jigs with shad tails or DOA TerrorEyz to them. Cobia may also be found around crab trap floats, swimming on the surface or over structure. They will require medium-heavy spinning tackle or at least a 9-weight fly rod. Larger baits like DOA Baitbusters, CAL jigs with 5½-inch jerk worms or the DOA SnakeKoil should work well for cobia on spinning tackle. Fly anglers should score with wide profile baitfish patterns.

This a great month for fishing the flats or the coastal gulf. Since the action in the coastal gulf is seasonal and will end when it gets cooler, I like to fish there when conditions allow it. However, if that’s not for you or if conditions won’t allow it, there will be plenty of action for a variety of fish on shallow and deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay.

Kid Catch of the Month!

Seafood festival is Dec. 2-4

The fifth-annual Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival is being held Dec. 2 through 4 on Siesta Key’s public beach, 948 Beach Road.

Hours are Friday, Dec. 2, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The event will offer a variety of seafood that’s cooked fresh on site. Dishes are prepared using fresh, local and sustainable ocean resources from the Florida Gulf Coast.

Select from meat and vegetarian offerings and a diverse menu of side dishes and desserts. Alcoholic, nonalcoholic and fruit drinks are available.

On the breaks between live-music performances, enjoy shopping in a marketplace of fine arts, crafts, and select fine products and food items.

Here is the music lineup:


Jack’D Up, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Gas House Gorillas, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

K-Luv and United Funk Foundation, 7:30 to 9 p.m.


Undr8ed Band, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sean Chambers, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

YaYa Diamond Band, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Memphis Lightning, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Annika Chambers Deslauriers & Paul Deslauriers, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Sunday Kettle of Fish, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dr Dave Band, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

22N 3:30 to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit festival/siesta-beach-seafood-music-festival

Key Chorale receives $10,000 grant

Key Chorale is pleased to announce a grant from the Cordelia Lee Beattie Foundation. “With the support we receive from the Cordelia Lee Beattie Foundation, we become all that much closer to our goals. We thank them for helping to be a driving force. We are most grateful for this generosity,” said Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins.

The grant, managed through Wells Fargo Wealth Management, in the amount of $10,000, is instrumental in allowing Key Chorale to continue to deliver outstanding educational outreach programs. Key Chorale provides musical opportunities and experiences that will nurture and enhance the educational growth of students of all ages in a lifelong passion and pursuit of music.

Director of Community Engagement Johnette Cappadona said, “We thank the Cordelia Lee Beattie Foundation for this support, and for their continued and constant support.”

The purpose of the foundation is to provide scholarships for deserving, gifted, and needy individuals without regard to race, creed, nationality, color, or sex in order that they may attend schools, colleges, universities, or other educational institutions in the state of Florida, or in order that they may engage in scientific or medical research in the state of Florida.

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flattering, comfortable and within budget

While it is an individual decision, Reason enjoys helping her patrons

find the right pair for them. She noted that men often have trouble picking the right frame.

“I have an Italian line of glasses for ‘big men’ by Chemistrie Di Lusso. They are handmade in Italy and comfortable. I help them to find the frame that best fits their face,” she said.

Two of Reason’s favorite small brands in her Only Eyes collection are Mattisse, hand-painted Italian frames, and Mattew, architecturally inspired eyewear from

Denmark, made from pure titanium.

She carries another popular titanium line from the German eyewear designer Cazal. A unisex line, Elvis once wore the line. Snoop Dog and Brad Pitt like them too, said Reason. “They never go out of style and they are very light on your face.”

The Caviar line of women’s glasses are sheer vintage glamor. Designs decorated with glittering Swarovski crystals and black cat eye frames are perfect for a night on the town. “Many of my customers have glasses for every occasion and to match their outfits,” she said.

For active men and women who fish and

boat, protecting their eyes from the sun is very important and Only Eyes has a wide selection of glasses that can be worn to enjoy Siesta Key’s and Sarasota’s natural wonders.

“I carry a line of Maui Jim sunglasses that are specially designed for being on the water. I can also customize prescription sunglasses for men and women. The Wiley X line offers a good-looking combination safety and sunglass with cushioning around the inside of the frame,” she said.

Comprehensive eye examinations by Dr. Alex Brocato, a board-certified optometry physician, are available by appointment at Only Eyes. Reason also offers a large

selection of free children’s frames suitable for kids from 5 to 15. She also fills prescriptions for definition progressives and contact lenses. Paying tribute to veterans such as her husband, son and daughter, Reason offers veterans 15% off prescription glasses.

Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments may be arranged by phone for frame selection and for eye examinations with Brocato. The Only Eyes website features many of the styles sold at the store. Visit or call (941) 444-7984. Store hours are Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Advice can help when making charitable gifts

Now that it’s the holiday season, gifts are probably on your mind – and you might intend for some of those gifts to go to charities. Although your intentions are good, you could be shortchanging both your recipients and yourself with your method of giving. But with some guidance, you can make choices that work well for you and those charitable groups you support.

Of course, you could simply give money to these groups. However, by donating other types of assets, can you increase the value of your gift and gain greater tax benefits, too?

It’s certainly possible, but your ability to gain any tax advantages depends somewhat on whether or not you can itemize deductions on your tax return. Due to legislation passed a few years ago that significantly increased the standard deduction, many people may no longer be itemizing. But if you still itemize, you can generally deduct up to 60% of your adjusted gross

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income for cash donations to IRSqualified charities.

Another contribution strategy involves donating other assets, such as stocks. You could donate stocks directly to a charitable group, but you might gain more benefits by making an irrevocable contribution to a donor-advised fund (DAF). Again, assuming you can itemize, you can deduct the full fair-market value of the asset,

up to 30% of your adjusted gross income, and your contributions can be invested in mutual funds or similar vehicles. The contributions have the opportunity for growth, and distributions to the charity are tax-free. You can then decide, on your own timetable, which IRS-qualified charitable groups you would like to receive the money. Furthermore, if you donate stocks that have risen in value, you won’t incur potential capital gains taxes that you would have when you eventually sold the stocks. These taxes can be considerable, especially if you’ve held the stocks for a long time. (You’ll want to consult with your tax advisor on how charitable gifts can affect your taxes, especially if you’re thinking of using a donor-advised fund.)

These charitable donation methods are not secrets, and they are available to many people – you don’t have to be wealthy to employ them. Yet, here’s an interesting statistic:

Those who work with a financial

advisor on charitable strategies are more than three times as likely to donate noncash assets such as stocks than those who contribute to charities but don’t work with an advisor, according to an August 2022 survey from financial services firm Edward Jones and Morning Consult, a global data intelligence company. These findings suggest that many more people could be taking advantage of tax-smart charitable giving moves – if only they had some help or guidance.

Also, by getting some professional financial assistance, you may find it easier to implement your charitable giving decisions within your overall financial strategy, which is designed to help you meet all your important long-term goals, such as achieving a comfortable retirement.

Your instinct to help support charitable groups is a worthy one –and by getting some help, you can turn this impulse into actions that may work to everyone’s benefit.

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Condominium Council, and the anti-hotel Siesta Key Coalition.

What transpired was a 5-0 vote in favor. It came on the heels of an 8-0 recommendation by the county’s planning commission in September. Neither of the two previously approved hotels had unanimous support at either level.

“You’re being rewarded for your community interaction, and you did everything to support our rules,” Detert told Balot. “You did it right.”

Even the 10 speakers in opposition of Balot’s plan acknowledged, without exception, that Balot was forthcoming and a pleasure. However, several of them told the board that while Balot was open to revisions and adjustments during conversations, only one item of concern – raising a concrete barrier around his property from 6 feet in height to 8 – ever made its way to the fine print of the proposal that was ultimately approved.

Others that needed to be in writing, said opposing resident Eileen Jones who is a board member of the Siesta Key Coalition and an ambassador with Save Siesta Key incorporation group, included details about trees being planted on the hotel’s south boundary, the posting of no-trespass signs on neighboring private-beach properties, posting of various rules in hotel rooms, and some roadway signage that addressed traffic flow and turn lanes.

Added Darrel Peters, a board member with neighboring Gulf & Bay Club, the promises “were only oral – there’s no written documentation.”

Commissioner Ron Cutsinger would counter that concern later in saying, “From what I’ve heard from the petitioner, I’m confident that these details will be worked out.”

Among those concerns was how to manage stormwater runoff. Catherine Luckner, president of the Siesta Key Association, said the construction would leave the hotel’s footprint 75.7% impervious – problematic for an area already known for flooding.

Other concerns included what Bob Luckner of the Siesta Key Association and the Siesta Key Coalition argued was an insufficient traffic study, while others reminded commissioners that local setback interpretations remained in a state of chaos after county staff acknowledged in January that the other hotels were approved despite an oversight regarding language in the codes.

Beyond all that, reminders were also voiced about how the approvals of the other hotels were soon to be in question via

lawsuits alleging the county violated its own codes. Thus, there should be no hurry or purpose in rendering a decision seeing as the Balot hotel would also be in limbo for now.

“You should table this, and see where you are in the litigation,” Patricia Petruff, a land-use attorney representing the antihotel Siesta Key Coalition, said. “Should you approve another one? Is that the best use of the taxpayers’ dollars?”

All these objections, including others, were previously voiced to the planning commission.

The details

Like the other two hotels, Balot received two special exceptions: one for the site being used for transient accommodations, the other for exceeding the 35 feet of height that’s currently allowed. Balot’s hotel will be 59 feet tall, with four floors of rooms and amenities above two stories of parking.

A 7,000-square-foot restaurant, bagel/ coffee shop, golf-cart rental operation, pool and courtyard are part of the plan. The architecture is 1960s-inspired and the name will be The Siesta Hotel.

Balot will also will create a parallel frontage-road design in front of the hotel to allow for service vehicles, drop-off/pick-up services, golf carts, and the Siesta Breeze trolley to stay off Midnight Pass Road, easing potential congestion.

In part because his site has no beach access, he also plans to shuttle guests to the nearby public beach.

Speaking of parking, Balot said 43 spaces in his lot will be allocated for public use. And, confident that many guests won’t have a car, he speculated that as many as 100 spots could be consistently available for public use. He said, as co-owner of the Siesta Key Beach Resort and Suites in the Village, it is becoming a norm to arrive without a vehicle and make use of the public transportation

on the Key. He estimated that half the guests take that approach.

“It will be a stay-and-play resort. The amenities’ primary role is for the guests,” he said.

Balot’s comments came on the heels of a traffic analyst on Balot’s behalf telling the commissioners that between 20% and 30% of Siesta Key traffic comes from motorists “trolling” around for an open spot to park.

That caught Commissioner Mike Moran’s attention. “Anything that can give relief to that (parking problem) I’ll support,” he said.

Regarding concerns about the undetermined setback situation, Balot’s plan has 20-foot setbacks for the first 35 feet, as required, but instead of adding 1 foot of setback for every 4 feet of height above 35 feet, as previously interpreted and in what creates a “wedding cake” type of design by stepping it back gradually in intervals, he chose to go with 26 feet of straight-up setback all at once after the 35-foot mark.

Also, on 2.15 acres of land, Balot was able to limit his density to 52 rooms per acre. It’s much less when compared to the 170-room Calle Miramar hotel that would sit on slightly less than 1 acre.

This, despite Balot having to change his

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artist’s renderings of the hotel proposed for 5810 Midnight Pass Rd. It was approved Oct. 26 by county officials. (submitted images)

plans last year due to a protected oak tree at the front of his property. As a result, he lost more than 20 feet of land and had to go up in height (originally five floors) and in the numbers of rooms (originally 101 rooms) to meet his needs.

Still, “This has significantly less density than the other two hotels,” Balot said.

And, as he also did during the planning commission hearing, Balot noted that he has a 20-year history with Sarasota and is currently building a home on the Key. He said he’d be working at his hotel, as would his children.

And he said he’d continue to be transparent and a good neighbor.

“I’m here, front and center, not hiding behind an attorney,” Balot said. “I’m not a developer. This is my first rodeo.”

Balot bought the property in March of 2021 for $4.41 million.

When asked afterward for comment on how well he was received by the commission and even his opponents, Balot said: “I credit my parents with teaching my siblings and I to treat people the way we want to be treated.

“In addition to having a great team, that advice assisted me in getting the special exceptions approved.”

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The Highs and Lows of Properties Sold on Siesta Key

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.



$5.445 MILLION

Magnificent waterfront home enjoys 100 feet of shoreline on south Siesta Key. Extending from the shoreline is a kayak launch, a private dock with composite decking with electric/water, and a boat lift, offering quick bay access. Ambiance and spaces for outdoor entertaining abound -- saltwater pool and spa, luxurious appointments throughout, and a gourmet kitchen with premium appliances. An eight-car garage provides plenty of parking. Inside, 500-plus square feet of space for entertaining and fitness await. An elevator serves all three living levels. A flight of steps up from the parking area leads to the formal front entry, with its custom, ornate iron door, and transom. Overhead coffered ceilings, chandeliers, and a stunning fireplace rising 21 feet high and finished in imported Turkish stone. Through the formal entry




The lowest priced canal-front property available on Siesta Key. Don’t miss this adorable waterfront vintage beach bungalow just two blocks to the world-famous powdery white sands of Siesta Beach. Ready for your own touches, this adorable home is the perfect beach getaway. Only .4 miles

and beyond lie the dining room with custom built-ins and living room, floored impeccably with Travertine and well-shaded with premium plantation shutters. The gourmet kitchen has Viking appliances, including a six- burner gas cooktop and a built-in Miele coffee system. A luxurious, private office space accented by custom built-ins and a desk provides charming water views. The executive suite features impressive walk-in custom closets this dazzling ensuite showcases a spacious double vanity, sunken jacuzzi tub, and a marvelous picture window adorning the double shower that floods the space in bright, natural light. The main home’s first level includes a two-story staircase, breakfast area, one ensuite guest bedroom, guest and pool bathroom, laundry room, and storage. The third floor comes with a fully equipped theater room, wet bar, two ensuite guest bedrooms, and a bonus loft space with access to the mezzanine.

to Beach Access 11 and .9 miles to Siesta Village’s unique restaurants and boutiques. Fish, kayak, paddleboard, or power boat from your dock on great boating water direct to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Circular concrete driveway, metal roof, oversized storage shed. Just 15 minutes to downtown Sarasota’s urban and cultural amenities, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment.

Courtesy of Premier Sotheby’s



Located in Coveted Building A and the END UNIT THIRD FLOOR BEACHSIDE! The VIEW of the Beach and Gulf from this condo speaks for itself, prepare yourself for spectacular sunsets and direct beach access. Gulf and Bay Club Provides a Beach Front Experience unrivaled on Siesta Key. This unit has been enjoyed by the same family since the 1980s. Recent updates include the Primary bath renovation with a

to three of Siesta Key’s favorite restaurants or ride the trolley to Siesta Key Village for dining and shopping. Minutes away from downtown Sarasota.

Spectacular view of the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Penthouse at Sunrise Cove Yacht & Racquet Club. Updated furniture will be included. One-month rentals allowed. Close

glass shower enclosure, dual sink faucets, and a custom single basin vanity. Guest bath renovation with glass enclosure and granite vanity. Granite counters and Crystal Cabinetry with multiple slide- out drawers and wall pantry in kitchen. The AC unit was replaced in 2019. Solid surface flooring throughout makes maintenance a breeze. The 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom unit was modified in the mid-’90s to extend the living space to meet the northwest-facing windows.

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Siesta Key CONDO Monthly Update 10/16 to 11/15

ACTIVE LISTINGS: 76 actives vs 68 last month. 15 are new. 25% priced to 700k, 40% from 700 to 1mil, 35% over 1 mil. 8 have 1 bdrm, 55 have 2 bdrms and 13 have 3+.

DAYS ON MARKET: a fifth have been on for up to 30 days, a third from 31 to 90 and just under half for over 90 days. Given the coming Thanksgiving and Christmas season these numbers will likely increase.

PRICE DROPS: there were 38 price drops vs 34 in the previous month. Fully 50% of the actives have had a price drop, 12 have had 2 and 6 three or more. These ratios haven’t changed.

PENDINGS: 17 vs 11 listings in the previous month. 6 went pending within a week vs 2 the previous month. Back to pre IAN levels.

SOLDS: 15 vs 23 in the previous month. 40% were in 2 wk or less rental complexes. 6 sold for under 800k, 8 for 800 to 1.2k and 1 over 1.2m.

SUMMARY: closings were down, most likely due to IAN, while pendings are back up. Expect to see more of the same until season.

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its new Landings restaurant. The November opening began a new chapter for the once wildly popular Sarasota food truck. Diners will enjoy the signature modern Mediterranean and middle eastern flavors that drew so many followers. The decor will feature a comfortable, brightly decorated, fast-casual setting. Indoor and outdoor seating will overlook a new green-space that is being added to the property.

This month, The Breakfast Company, a popular breakfast and lunch restaurant and bakery, is scheduled to open next door to the new Publix. Dimitri Syros and his mother Terri are the owners of the well-known Bradenton eatery.

“We’ve been looking to expand into Sarasota for some time and The Landings provides a perfect, central location,” said Syros. Hours will be Tuesday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Indoor and outdoor seating with pet-friendly tables will be available as well as a communal “pappous” table. The word pappous is Greek for grandfather.

Other inviting food destinations

that will open soon include:

Crumbl Cookies: The fastest growing cookie company in the U.S., Crumbl offers more than 200 cookie flavors. The selection changes weekly.

Pacific Counter: Voted Tampa Bay’s best poke bowl restaurant, poke fans will enjoy this “coast-to-

counter” eatery and dig into poke bowls, sushi burritos and more.

3 Natives Acai and Juicery: Healthy eating is on the menu at this Florida franchise featuring smoothies, wraps and acai bowls along with other tasty items. All items will be made in-house with locally sourced ingredients.

On the fitness front, two new locations will soon join EosFitness at The Landings: Mantra Fitness: A boutique studio specializing in the Megaformer workout, Mantra’s 45- minute core, cardio and strength training for women and men, follows the Lagree method of Pilates.

StretchLab offers assisted stretch sessions designed to improve flexibility, enhance movement, reduce pain and improve quality of life.

And, at 1800 Barber, men can drop in for a modern haircut and shaves, all in a classic barbershop setting.

Place 450

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Peppertree Bay II

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5855 Midnight Pass Road #119 | $775,000 Jennifer Thompson | 941.928.0790

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Island House burgers, I told Jenkins, are starting to rival the tacos for star billing. When the popular Sarasota restaurant blog “Sarasota Bites” called Jenkins’ Steakhouse Burger a “big, delicious burger” and one that “tastes like a burger should: meaty,” the word was out. The blog also praised Island House Tap & Grill for having “one of the best craft beer selections in Siesta Village.”

A delicious burger and good craft beer, we both agreed, make for one great meal.

Craft beer, Jenkins explained,

is the kind of beer you don’t find at any old place. My mind drifted back to my college days. One day at Fordham University’s college bar, known then as The Ramskeller, a fellow student taught me the fine art of tapping a keg. I’m pretty sure it was Budweiser. Craft beer was much too fancy for us.

Thinking about the more plebeian types like me who still like the old boring stuff, I had to ask -- and he assured me that yes, Bud, Bud Light and Stella are on the menu. For those with a more refined beer palate, you’re in luck too.

On any given day, Jenkins advised, Island House offers 12 draft beers and 40 different

packaged beers in cans and bottles.

“We switch out the selection every week. Some of our beers are constant but the others are from small distributors,” he said.

European beers, beers from all around the U.S., as well as local Sarasota and Florida beers await the visitor.

“People really like Belgian beers,” Jenkins said. “They also like what I call candy cane beers. They’re sweet tasting.”

Several non-alcoholic beers in bottles and cans to stay or to go are also available.

“We also have a great wine selection of reds, cabs, chardonnays and hard seltzers,” he added, “Some of our 25 wines are sold by

the bottle.

“We’re a family place and we also offer a kid’s menu and soft drinks.”

The location is 5110 Ocean Blvd.

Happy hour runs every Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m.

and there’s live music every Friday and Saturday evening.

Menus and more are on the restaurant’s website at Or call (941) 487-8116. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

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Key Employee


She has spent 13 years at Turtle Beach Bar & Grill as a bartender and server, crediting her longevity to her manager and co-workers. “We’re like a little family here,” Ashley said.

What makes her good at her job? “I’m fast, great with the customers, and I make rum runners and margaritas that are perfection,” she said.

Ashley is a native of California and lived in Colorado for 10 years before coming to the Sarasota area 15 years ago.



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by John Morton. Garden Cafe recognizes the impact that quality workers can have on a business, and is proud to sponsor the Key Employee each month. The community appreciates it. Congratulations, Ashley! Your dedication has resulted in a gift certificate for breakfast for four at Sun Garden Cafe, located at 210 Avenida Madera in the heart of the Village.